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Welcome to Graceland: Inside the Expansion of Elvis’ famous home




It was 40 years ago when the music died at Graceland. The home that Elvis Presley bought in 1957 so that he and his mamma and dad could “stretch out in,” would never be the same. Following a $137 million expansion project this year, the famous home is welcoming visitors once again. In addition, the campus features two museums, a performance sound stage, and multiple shops and restaurants -- all honoring the life and legacy of Memphis’ famous son. Here’s what to see and do at Graceland:





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Topics: Americas, Travel Tips


2018 Travel Trend: The Move Away From Fine Dining




The top travel trends for 2018 are out and they are good news for thrifty, budget-conscious travelers and those on fixed incomes. According to the list created by DailyMail.com, one of the things we can expect in 2018 is a move away from lavish escapes in favor of more authentic experiences found off-the-beaten-path. One of the main trends we can expect to see is a rise in grassroots, local dining where refinement is measured by the quality of the experience -- not the thread count of the linens or the number of stars the restaurant holds.





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Topics: Travel Tips, food and dining


Taking it Slow: Traveling to Orvieto





The small Italian town of Orvieto seems to have somehow escaped the temptation to give into progress. While other tourist destinations have a Starbucks on every corner and four-lane highways rush past ancient monuments, it’s still possible to close your eyes and imagine this place the way it was centuries ago. Visiting here is a welcome change of pace from the hustle and bustle, a chance to pause in the midst of your Italian travels.





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Topics: Planning a Vacation, Europe, Travel Tips


See The Royal Wedding Locale: How You Can Tour Windsor Castle




When Prince Harry weds the American-born actress Meghan Markle, it will be in the oldest and largest occupied palace in Europe. Nearly a millennium old, Windsor Castle is a country estate in England’s grassy hill country nearly an hour’s drive from London. While a favorite weekend retreat of Queen Elizabeth II, chock full of bucolic charm and English luxury, it is also ground zero for some of the country’s most notorious historical moments.




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Topics: Planning a Vacation, Europe


Denmark’s Leading Lady: Odd Facts About the Little Mermaid




Perched on a rock overlooking the sea, Denmark’s favorite lady has had quite a history. Now 104 years old, the famous statue is based on a character from an 1830 Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale that was given as a gift by Carl Jacobsen to the city of Copenhagen. Sitting on a rock waiting for her prince to arrive, the Little Mermaid has become one of the most popular tourist attractions in Copenhagen. In fact she is the most photographed statue in the country with more than 5 million pics taken a year. Despite her many adoring fans, this lady has endured a lot - proof that for every prince, there’s a whole lot of frogs out there. Here are some of the ups and downs the Little Mermaid has suffered over the past century:




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Topics: Europe


Sleeping Alone: Tips for the Single Traveler




Single travelers around the world are often tempted to save some money by sharing the cost of a room. Such an offer may seem tempting, especially for those with limited budgets, but is room sharing with a stranger really the best option? What are the drawbacks? Are there other ways to save a buck without compromising your comfort and safety? Here are a few things to consider and some tips you’ll want to keep in mind if you’re a traveler facing a single supplement:




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Topics: Travel Tips


The Grateful Traveler: 8 Reasons Why Traveling Makes Us Thankful




While weighing your suitcase for the third time to ensure it meets the airline’s less-than-generous allowance, or scrambling to renew the passport you just realized was expired, it can be easy to forget why travel is a gift. We get so caught up in the details we forget what a privilege it is to experience our world. With Thanksgiving right around the corner, it’s time to remember all the things we have to be grateful for -- and if you’re fortunate enough to have some exciting travel experiences on your list, consider yourself doubly lucky. Here are some of the many reasons travelers have to be thankful:





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Topics: Travel Tips


The Best Winter Vacation of 2017




As the days grow shorter and the mercury dips, it’s easy to get discouraged. But before you succumb to the months of snow chains and parkas, consider this: blue skies and warmer weather are as quick as a plane ride away! To help bust the winter blues and seasonal doldrums, US News has just released the rankings of this year’s Best Winter Vacations. Topping the list of what’s hot is one of our personal favorites, Costa Rica!




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Topics: Americas, Planning a Vacation, Travel Tips


All You Need to Know About Mazatlán




Mazatlán is making a comeback. Luring visitors with postcard-worthy beaches and charming sidewalk cafes, the “Pearl of the Pacific” is once again in high demand. Thanks to the revitalization of the Centro Historico and a new host of museums and theaters, there’s more to see and do in one of Mexico’s best-loved destinations. Here are some top tips and things to do on your next visit to Mazatlán:





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Topics: Americas, Travel Tips


A Taste of the Big Easy: Tujague’s: A NOLA tradition




In 1852 Guillaume and Marie Abadie Tujague set sail for America from Bordeaux, France. Like many immigrants, they set their dreams on the promise of success they saw in the New World. The butcher and his wife plied their trade in the French Market of New Orleans for three years before deciding to do what their people did best: cook.





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Topics: Americas, food and dining