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Up, Up and Away: What to Do After the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

The Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta is without a doubt a once-in-a-lifetime experience. From the thousands of colorful orbs that paint the skies and cast shadows across the desert floor to the flaming fires of a nighttime launch, the most photographed event on the planet does not disappoint. But what’s next? As you prepare to leave the Valley of the Sun en route to the balloon fiesta, we recommend you take a bit of time to stop off at the Casa Grande Ruins.

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Topics: sonoran desert, new mexico, roswell, carlsbad caverns, santa fe, after glow party, hot air ballon, alburquerque hot air ballon fiesta, casa grande ruins, white sands national monument

Top Travel Destinations for Fall

As summer is wrapping up, many of us are turning our attention to the fall travel season. Often over-looked, autumn offers many enticing reasons for an off-peak getaway. To begin with, the start of school, or as the Parisians call it, la rentrée, means many cities see little-to-no tourists in these months. In addition, even though the crowds have thinned, the weather remains pleasant and mild. Gone are the hot and humid days of summer and winter is still months away, making the climate delightful just about any place you get your passport stamped. From art festivals to harvest season, Oktoberfest to music festivals, now is the perfect time to hit the road and experience life as a local -- all for some of the lowest prices of the year.

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Topics: Americas, Cuba, Europe, Caribbean, Ireland, Ireland Vacation, Italy, Mediterranean, Spain, Greece, travel, Amsterdam, France, England, Germany, Portugal

What to Eat in Lisbon

Portuguese cuisine was born from trade routes and the country’s perch overlooking the sea. Hearty peasant bread and stick-to-your-ribs rice dishes, sweet pastries and fresh sausages, round out a diet that is based largely on what can be pulled from the water. From neighborhood tascas serving up affordable homey dishes to fine dining establishments and bakeries, Portugal is full of good food. So grab a bottle of Madeira wine and pull up a seat at the table for the best things to eat in Lisbon:

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Topics: Europe, Travel Tips, dining, food, Portugal, Sea food, Portuguese cuisine

Montezuma’s Castle: Tips for Visiting Arizona’s Cave Dwellings

In the Verde Valley of Central Arizona there is a 20-room “high rise” apartment carved into the soft limestone of a cliff. Created nearly a millennia ago, this ancient cave dwelling gives us a peak into the lives of the Sinagua people. Five stories and 20 rooms in total, the structure was built in the alcoves of a cliff high above Beaver Creek Canyon. Created over the course of three centuries, the apartment-style dwellings were fashioned out of weathered limestone caves and featured floors of logs, grass and branches that were covered in clay to create a surface so solid it is still in existence 1,000 years later.

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Topics: Americas, Travel Tips, Montezuma's Castle, Red Rocks, Sinagua, pre-Columbian architecture

Call Me Old Fashioned: The Legacy of Jack Daniel's

Made in the Volunteer State from generation’s old mash bills, or recipes, Tennessee whiskey is the result of corn filtered through sugar-maple charcoal aged in new, charred oak barrels. Located in the heart of a “dry country,” Jack Daniel’s is the oldest-working distillery in the nation and the legacy of the small town of Lynchburg. Carefully crafted from water pulled from an ancient iron-free spring, Jack’s whiskey is pure honey-colored magic. Whether you’re sipping at home or on a distillery tour of your own, here are the how-to tips you’ll need to know for a whiskey tasting:

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Topics: Travel Tips, travel, drinking, whiskey, whiskey tasting, dixieland tour, Jack Daniel's, Tennessee

The 7 Best Things to Do in Kauai

Lush and green, Kauai is the oldest of the Hawaiian Islands; created from a single volcano rising from the ocean floor. A tropical paradise, the island has been the backdrop for many cinematic blockbusters from Jurassic Park to King Kong. So whether you hope to hike the North Shore peaks or soar over the towering seacliffs, kayak the jungle waterways or hang-ten at Hanalei, Hawaii’s ground zero for surfing, and there’s no better escape. Here is a list of our favorite things to do in Kauai:

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Topics: Hawaii, travel, volcano, hike, kayak, Waimea Canyon, Poipu Bay, Kilauea Lighthouse, Kauai, surf, loung on the beach, Na Pali Coast, Kalalau Trail, Lumahai Beach, mount Waialeale

Exploring Cologne’s Cathedral and Other Must-See Sites

You may have to catch your breath a time or two as you climb the 509 steps to the dizzying heights of the Cologne Cathedral gallery. Housed in the 318-foot south tower, it is the highest church tower in the entire world, and once the tallest man made construction of any kind on the planet. 

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Topics: travel, Germany

Taking Tea: One of the Top Things To Do in London

Everyone from royalty to commoners takes afternoon tea in England; but nowhere is this quintessential British tradition served with more reverence and ceremony than at the Ritz. Setting the standard for London’s most cherished of observances, Tea at the Ritz is a right of passage for every visitor to the Queen’s city.

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Topics: Travel Tips, travel, England, tea and dessert

Snorkeling in Hawaii: 6 Tips for First-Timers

One of the best things about YMT Vacations’ Ultimate Hawaii Tour with the Pearl Harbor Experience is that it offers that perfect mix of organized group tours and relaxing leisure time. During your down time, there’s nothing better than hitting the beaches and diving into the crystal-clear waters. Snorkeling is an easy and enjoyable escape that lets you explore the beauty that lies beneath the surface of Hawaii’s waters. Whether it’s your first time or if you just need a refresher, there are a few things you’ll need to know before you dive in. With some basic skills, good equipment and ocean knowledge, you can avoid the common mistakes and ensure a great time exploring the sea.

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Topics: Hawaii, Travel Tips, travel

The Joy of Going it Alone: 8 Tips for Solo Travel

We live in a world of noise, always surrounded by people. That’s why it’s often a good idea to spend some time alone, getting to know ourselves. Traveling by ourselves gets us out of our comfort zone where we can meet new people, try new things and open ourselves to new and different experiences. Here are some benefits of going solo:

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Topics: Travel Tips, travel, senior travel, solo travel

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