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5 Destinations To Visit As Soon As You Retire

Retirement is the ideal time to travel. Say goodbye to days spent packed with meetings, phone calls, and paperwork. Say hello to a leisurely lifestyle doing things you love and taking up hobbies that capture your interest! Retirement travel is the most desirable activity for baby boomers, and it’s time for you to take advantage of an open schedule to go wherever and whenever you want, for as long as you want.

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Topics: Asia, Planning a Vacation, Europe, US National Parks, China, Travel Tips, Senior Travel, Australia, International Travel

8 Countries Where English Speakers Can Easily Travel Around

Technology has changed the way people travel today compared to even ten years ago. For example, travelers now have access to mobile maps, translation apps, and cultural information with just a few taps. English has also become the universal language for many industries and has definitely been embraced by the tourism sector.

Americans are no longer limited to travels to Canada, the UK, and Australia in order to feel comfortable with the local language, as the list of English-speaking countries continues to grow. There are plenty of English-speaking European countries

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Topics: Asia, Europe, Travel Tips

10 Tips for Enjoying the French Concession--Shanghai's Most Charming Neighborhood

In a city of 20 million, there is always noise. The commotion never stops—the rumble of traffic, the familiar din of the metro line, the early morning staccato of jackhammers. But beyond the cacophony and bright lights there is another Shanghai—the Former French Concession.

When China lost the Opium Wars in 1842, it was forced to open itself to foreign trade, and to cede portions of its cities to colonial powers including the United States, Japan, and various European countries. Shanghai sacrificed much of its territory in a series of concessions where swaths of the city were leased, occupied and governed by these foreign governments. The occupying government’s citizens were given the right to freely inhabit, trade, and travel in these concessions—in some cases Chinese citizens were no longer welcome—making the areas effectively little slices of that foreign country, inserted in the middle of Chinese cities.

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Topics: Asia, History

The Best Places to Travel With Your Mom

We have a lot to thank our mothers for. They’re the ones who carried us, who nurtured us, who showed us right from wrong, how to get over heartbreak, and the key to choosing the best watermelon (does it sound hollow when you tap it?). Our mothers are some of the most precious women in our lives, and Mother’s Day is the perfect day to celebrate them.

This year, why not rethink your Mother’s Day gift? Cooking classes and flowers are nice, but if you want to really treat your mom, don’t overlook the power of a well-planned experience. We have a list of options your mom is sure to love. These are the best places to travel with your mom—whether she wants to take a Bucket List European vacation, or to finally stand at the rim of the Grand Canyon, we have something for every style of traveler.

Not sure where to start? We can help you narrow down the kinds of trips your mom would like by determining her travel style. Here are eight of the most common styles we’ve seen, and the best affordable tours for each type!

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Topics: Asia, Americas, Planning a Vacation, Europe, Rose Parade, Ireland, Italy, Greece, Balloon Fiesta, History, New Zealand, International Travel

How To Pack For Your Asian Vacation

A trip to Asia will immerse you in cultures and traditions that may be unfamiliar and exotic. The sights and sounds will captivate your attention as you visit vibrant and colorful markets, people-watch as locals go about their daily business, admire the serenity of temple grounds, and marvel at opulent palace grounds. Before embarking on your tour, be sure to set aside time for learning about the history of the places you’ll be visiting. Another area to look into is the weather at your destination in order to ensure you pack for maximum comfort on your escorted tour. The weather across the region varies from country to country, but depending on when you visit, humidity in the region may be unlike anything you have experienced before. To properly prepare for your trip, here are essential items to pack for your vacation to Asia:

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Topics: Asia, Packing Lists

Your Guide To Tipping When Traveling Abroad

Escorted tours make visiting new countries easy and convenient. Your tour company will take care of booking everything from transportation, hotels, and meals. But there will likely be occasions where you go out with your new travel friends to have dinner or plan an excursion independently. During those times, tipping is a great way to show appreciation for the various services you experience abroad, but expectations differ across continents and may even differ among countries in the same region. We’ve compiled general guidelines on how to tip when traveling to various destinations:

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Topics: Asia, Americas, Europe, Travel Tips, Australia, New Zealand

8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites to Put on Your Bucket List

With so many things to see and do in the world how do you determine where you’ll go next? To help make your travel plans easier, we suggest you look to UNESCO, or the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. Each year this organization identifies World Heritage sites—buildings and archeological sites, natural wonders and national parks— chosen for their outstanding value to humanity. From the Great Pyramid of Giza to the Sydney Opera House, each of the now 1,073 UNESCO sites on the World Heritage list are a rare privilege to explore. Here are just a few of the ones you can add to your travel bucket list:

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Topics: Asia, Europe

8 Top Tips for Your First Trip to Southeast Asia

With ancient temples, ultra-modern cities and glorious beaches, Southeast Asia is home to some of the world’s richest cultures. With so much to see and do in this fast-paced region, how do you decide? What do you need to know to stay safe and make the most of your time? Here are some tips and recommendations to help you plan, pack for, and maximize your enjoyment on your first journey to Southeast Asia:

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Topics: Asia

5 Must-Eat Foods around the World

Nothing allows you to embrace the open-minded spirit of travel—the willingness to risk and to experience something entirely new, unexpected, and potentially spectacular—like trying local foods. When you step off a long flight, do you seek out burgers and fries? Or do you embrace the culture and take a big bite of adventure?

Many of our tours allow YMT guests to delight in the delicious food offerings of new and exciting destinations. Here are some of the best dishes to try in the places that made them famous:

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Topics: Asia, Hawaii, Italy, Spain, Travel Tips, France

Best Destinations in the World to Visit

When readers of Travel + Leisure ranked the World’s Best Awards for 2018, several YMT Vacations destinations topped the list. From culinary hot spots to old-world villages and cosmopolitan cities, there’s plenty to choose from. Take a look at these winning destinations sure to make your bucket list, and inspire some serious wanderlust:

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Topics: Asia, Americas, Europe, Travel Tips, Australia, New Zealand