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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


5 Things You Didn’t Know About Denali National Park




There is so much to do in Denali National Park. The Alaskan preserve offers beautiful scenery, fascinating wildlife, and unbeatable views. While Denali is known for being home to North America’s highest mountain peak, that’s not all there is to discover in the country’s northernmost state.




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Topics: Alaska, US National Parks, Travel Tips


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


Best Things to do in Buenos Aires, Argentina




Falling in love with Buenos Aires is easy. It’s a capital whose charm runs deep, with a unique spirit and irresistible soundtrack. The tango is the heartbeat of the city. Strong, fast, and impossible to ignore, it’s a music, a dance, and a way of life. Buenos Aires fuses European architecture with a distinctly Latin joie de vivre, which has made it into the most visited city in all of South America.




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Topics: Americas, Travel Tips, Food and Dining, International Travel


Tips for Safely Watching Wildlife in National Parks




Observing wildlife in national parks is a magical experience. Seeing how animals act and interact with each other in their own territory is an experience you will remember forever. The advantage of visiting a National Park is that you don’t need fancy equipment or gear to find wildlife. There are plenty of paths and guided tours where animals roam freely throughout the year.




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Topics: US National Parks, Travel Tips


Top 10 Things to Eat at Vancouver’s Granville Island Market




Vancouver, British Columbia is consistently ranked as one of the most livable cities in the world. With an eclectic array of neighborhoods blessed with abundant outdoor activities and magnificent waterfront views, there’s a lot to love here -- not the least of which is Vancouver’s exciting culinary scene. One of our favorite foodie destinations is Granville Island Market, a bustling public market in a gentrified former industrial area right along the waterfront.




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Topics: Canadian Rockies, Travel Tips, Food and Dining


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