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Japanese Customs: Dos and Don’ts for Visiting Japan




One of the main reasons so many travelers have Japan at the top of their bucket list is for the tiny island nation’s one-of-a-kind culture. Japan kept itself isolated from the rest of the world for centuries under their isolation policy of Sakoku, finally emerging in the mid-1800s with an utterly unique identity, free of the Western influence that had already seeped into many parts of Asia. Japan has changed drastically in the more than a century since the end of Sakoku, and while it has certainly been influenced by the rest of the world in that time, it has maintained the majority of its still strong cultural identity.




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Topics: Asia, Planning a Vacation, Travel Tips


Differences Between Airline Security Clearances




When traveling to the airport, it’s essential to factor in extra time for the security line. But what if you could bypass the line and cut your waiting time in half? There are three types of airport security clearances that will make your trip less of a hassle:




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Topics: Planning a Vacation, Travel Tips, Airlines


Facts About Verona: The Setting of Romeo and Juliet



In a courtyard in Verona, Italy a young girl stops to tuck a piece of paper in the crevice of a stone wall just below a tiny balcony. One of thousands of notes that carpet the wall, hers is barely noticeable. She has left it here at Casa di Giulietta, the home where Juliet Capulet of Shakespeare’s tragic love story lived, in hopes that the secretaries of Juliet will respond. It’s a sweet tradition that has been observed by lovers from every age, language and background. It’s also just one of connections shared between the British Bard and the country of Italy where nearly a third of his works were set.




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Topics: Planning a Vacation, Europe


Things to Do in Santiago, Chile




Ringed by the Andes Mountains and anchored by a dazzling historic downtown core, Santiago, Chile  has more than earned its stellar reputation as one of the most appealing cities in South America. It is considered a mecca for artists, foodies, and history buffs, as well as for fans of Chile’s unique culture—a disarming combination of European and indigenous influences. You'll never forget your time in the glorious City of the Island Hills!




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Topics: Planning a Vacation, Travel Tips, International Travel


6 of the Best Places to Visit in 2020




Begin the year with an incredible adventure that will set an exciting tone for the new decade. Discover a different country or return to an old favorite with our list of the best places to visit in 2020.




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Topics: Planning a Vacation, Travel Tips, Senior Travel, Solo Travel, International Travel


How to Plan for Vacation without Breaking Your Retirement Budget




Exploring the world is a common dream, but without a solid retirement travel budget, it may seem unattainable. Luckily, it’s much easier to start crossing countries off your bucket list if you figure out how to save for a vacation.




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Topics: Planning a Vacation, Travel Tips, Senior Travel


Why Is The Sand Pink?...And Other Facts About Bermuda’s Beaches




An island nation fewer than two hours by plane from Atlanta and Miami, Bermuda is an easily accessible paradise on earth. It is renowned for its crystal-clear water, delicious food, and friendly people—but it’s famous for its striking pink sand beaches. A peculiar sight created by very particular conditions, Bermuda’s pink sand beaches must be seen to believe.




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Topics: Planning a Vacation


Best Attractions Along Historic Route 66




One of the greatest parts about traveling down Route 66 is the attractions you’ll find along the way. Nicknamed “America’s Main Street” and “The Mother Road,” the 2,448-mile-long highway snakes its way through eight states, from the heart of Chicago to the Santa Monica Pier, passing by countless interesting places along the way. It would be impossible to name our favorite stop along the whole of Route 66, but we would love to share what we look forward to most in each state. Travel West with us along The Mother Road, as we share some of the best attractions along Historic Route 66!




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Topics: Americas, Planning a Vacation, Travel Tips, Food and Dining


National Parks with the Best Wildlife Viewing




National Parks are the best place to see wildlife in America. They offer protected habitats for wild animals to roam freely. Visitors can observe wildlife as they live and interact with each other in their natural environment.




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Topics: Americas, Planning a Vacation, Hawaii


Costa Rica Rainforest Travel Guide




Costa Rica’s legendary rainforests are teeming with life. The small Central American country covers barely 0.03 percent of the earth’s surface but is home to almost 6 percent of its biodiversity. What does that mean to visitors? Lots of amazing animals, glorious plants, and interesting things to do, all while surrounded by more shades of green than you’ll find at a paint store. Costa Rica’s rainforests truly are a sight to behold and are at the very top of the Bucket List for countless nature lovers.




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Topics: Americas, Planning a Vacation