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What’s an Optional Tour?



Guided tours, cruises, and most packaged vacations offer optional tours in addition to included activities. An optional tour, which can also be called an optional activity or optional excursion, is an extra special experience not included in the base price of your vacation.

They are enhancements, experiences, dining or events that can be booked a la carte at your discretion. They are the cherry on the sundae, the final flourish of a great work of art, the personally significant moments that turn a great vacation into the best trip of your life.




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Topics: Planning a Vacation, Travel Tips, Travel Inspiration


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. In fact, it predates ancient Rome and Greece.

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 first-hand how wine acts as an important part of life there. 

Studies tout the benefits of wine in moderation. It has been shown that wine contains antioxidants, promotes longevity, and reduces the risks of certain diseases. What great reasons to raise a glass!




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Topics: Europe, Travel Inspiration


Top Bucket List Vacation Destinations in 2021



With a turn of the calendar to 2021, a fresh start has arrived. The world beckons us to explore new destinations, embark on exciting tours, and savor new experiences. From Italy and Ireland to Peru and Hawaii, you can say hello to a clean slate and new beginnings. 




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Topics: Travel Tips, Travel Inspiration


Must See Western National Parks to Visit for First Timers



The United States boasts 62 national parks spread over 31 states and territories. These range from small parks to large, famous ones such as Yellowstone and its most popular attraction, Old Faithful.

The western part of the U.S. has the most national parks, including the acclaimed Yosemite, Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Arches, and Sequoia National Parks. That makes the west an ideal destination to easily explore a variety of parks. These are our top five western national parks for first-timers.




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Topics: US National Parks, Travel Inspiration


Travel Quiz: Where Should You Travel Next in North America?



Sometimes it’s difficult to decide where to go on your next vacation. From tropical getaways to national parks and historic road trips, the options are seemingly endless.

To help you choose your next North America getaway and determine the type of traveler you are, we have created a Travel Destination Quiz. By answering a few simple questions, our quiz will help you choose the right destination to meet your needs and send you on a phenomenal North American vacation.




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Topics: Planning a Vacation, Quizzes, Travel Inspiration


Best Places to Travel for Your First Trip in 2021



2021 is just around the corner, and now is the perfect time to begin making your future travel plans.

From scenic national parks to world-class cities and tropical paradises, we have curated the top destinations in the United States to consider for your first trip in 2021.




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Topics: Planning a Vacation, Travel Inspiration


Benefits of Taking More Vacations




There are a million reasons why a vacation is important. Stepping out of your comfort zone and experiencing the world is good for the soul, but did you know it’s good for your health, too? That’s right, the next time you ponder your dream vacation, you might want to think about how taking that vacation can actually improve your physical and mental health.

To make sure you get the full benefits of taking a vacation, don’t be afraid to book an extended trip. The longer the getaway, the better. Some time away is just what the doctor ordered.




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Topics: Senior Travel, Travel Inspiration


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, Travel Inspiration


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, Travel Inspiration


26 Famous Travel Quotes to Guide Your Mindset




Famous quotes about travel are some of the most motivational quotes ever. The best wisdom comes from someone with a lot of experience, and it is the only real way to experience the world.




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Topics: Solo Travel, Travel Inspiration