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Cuban Customs: 15 Do's And Don'ts For Visiting Cuba



Time stands still on the Caribbean’s largest island. Classic Ford Thunderbirds rumble along the seawall beside the crumbling Spanish-Colonial palaces peering out over the ocean. Cuba’s beauty disguises a complicated history that Americans are just now glimpsing for the first time in more than half a century. To see it for yourself, you’ll need to know the dos and don’ts of visiting this forgotten slice of paradise:




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Topics: Travel Tips, Cuba


4 Top Tips For Staying Safe When Traveling Abroad



Travel security has never been tighter—from airport scans to train station protocol, we’re all a bit more conscious and aware of our surroundings. While most of the countries you’ll visit are likely just as safe as the United States, it still pays to be prepared when heading abroad. Here are our top tips for staying safe, and feeling secure, when vacationing internationally:




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Topics: Travel Tips


Hawaiian Customs: 10 Dos and Don’ts for Visiting Hawaii



 

It’s 85 degrees, the sun is shining, and the ocean breeze carries just a hint of coconut-scented sunscreen. It’s true that there’s never a bad day in paradise, but that doesn’t mean a slip up in etiquette or a misstep in planning can’t cloud what would otherwise be the perfect trip. However, with these 10 common sense dos and don’ts, you’ll be well on your way to understanding the local culture, and ensuring the Hawaiian vacation of a lifetime:




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Topics: Hawaii, Travel Tips


Best food destinations in the world



The quality of a destination’s food has become one of the first considerations for travelers—there’s no better way to appreciate a new culture than by pulling up a seat at the table and digging in. At the end of each year, there is a glut of must-eat lists. Here are a few of our favorites for 2018.




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Topics: Travel Tips


What Is The Best Season To Visit Olympic National Park



It’s hard to predict the best time to visit Olympic National Park. With more than a million acres, this vast wilderness in Washington State stretches from the sandy beaches of the Pacific to the peaks of Mount Olympus, across a wide range of distinct ecosystems. Each area features its own weather patterns, with temperatures that vary from season to season and day to day. Imagine temperate rainforests, glacier-capped mountains, and 70 miles of rugged coastline. As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Olympic National Park is an adventure no matter the season you visit.




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Topics: Americas


The Ultimate Guide to Christmas Markets in Germany



There’s no better time to experience Germany than during the Advent season, when all of Deutschland sparkles with lights and gemütlichkeit, or winter cheer. From late November through the third week of December, Christmas markets dominate the town square of nearly every city and hamlet. Decorated stalls spill over with handmade ornaments, wooden toys, and weihnachtspyramiden, the traditional candle-powered merry-go-rounds that are staples in most local homes. From the Marienplatz of Munich, with its enormous decorated fir, to the Erzebirge pyramid in Erfurt, German Christmas Markets are the ideal way to usher in the season and celebrate the holidays. And the best way to learn about this brightly festive season is by following this, YMT’s Ultimate Guide to German Christmas Markets.




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Topics: Germany, Travel Tips


8 Common Packing Mistakes To Avoid



An upcoming vacation is certainly a reason to get excited! It is understandable that travelers may focus their attention on tour activities and excursions instead of the details involved in packing luggage. However, packing poorly adds unnecessary stress to any trip. It can compromise your plans, cost you money, or unintentionally offend locals. Below are eight common packing mistakes and how you can avoid them to ensure the best experience possible on your escorted tour:




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Topics: Packing Lists


4 Most Popular Wine Regions In Europe



Some people say that wine in Europe is equivalent to water in America. Wine is a distinct part of European culture and did you know it predates the Romans? During your European travels, you will not only experience how art, history, and the sciences have influenced various regions of a country, but also observe firsthand how wine acts as an important part of life.




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Topics: Europe


What You Need To Know About The 130th Rose Parade



If you’re one of the lucky million revelers to descend on Pasadena for the 130th annual Tournament of Roses Parade, which features flower-covered floats, spirited marching bands and high-stepping equestrian units, you will certainly want to come prepared. Whether you plan to experience America’s New Year Celebration in comfortable pre-purchased stadium seating, camp out for free curbside spots, or view the spectacular floats at a pre- or post-parade event, this helpful guide will help you plan and enjoy the parade fully.




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Topics: Rose Parade


A Step-by-Step Checklist to Prepare for Your International Travels



6 Months Until Your Departure




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Topics: Travel Tips