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Essential Phrases for traveling in Portugal

When we think of great European vacations, our thoughts often turn to France, Italy and Great Britain. And while these are certainly exciting travel options, don’t forget one of the hottest destinations in Europe: Portugal. Recently named Travel + Leisure’s Destination of the Year, Portugal is perhaps the best overall value among all the countries in the eurozone. And thanks to its vibrant cultural and thriving artistic and culinary scenes, this historic spot on the Iberian Peninsula is having quite a moment. To make the most of your travels there, plan to master some basic Portuguese sayings:

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Topics: Europe

Balloon Events Around the World

Balloon festivals launch giant, colorful orbs into the skies to go, quite literally, “where the wind takes them.” Whether you’re lucky enough to see a nighttime glow, a dawn launch, or a mass ascension, it’s an experience you won’t ever forget. Here are our favorite balloon festivals taking off around the world:

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Topics: Balloon Fiesta

River Cruising: Up Close and Personal

When it comes to European river cruising, there are many options to choose from, but they all have one thing in common: an unforgettable vantage point. From Germany to the Netherlands, Austria to France, these sailings let you get up close and personal and prove that the joy truly is in the journey.

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Topics: River Cruises

8 Foods to Eat in Hawaii

You’ve finally made it to Hawaii. You’ve got an umbrella drink in one hand, a paperback in the other, and your only shoes are several pairs of brightly colored flip flops. But before you get the idea that a Hawaiian escape is all about the pool deck, we invite you to head a bit further afield to discover the real flavors of the islands. Pull up a seat at the table and enjoy the best of the Aloha State with these 8 beloved Hawaiian foods:

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Topics: Hawaii

5 Great Guys' Trips


Family time, date nights, and your everyday responsible life is terrific, sure, but it’s sometimes very important to get away with the lads. Kick back, talk (or not) about your goals, your concerns, and whether LeBron could ever surpass MJ as basketball’s true Greatest of All Time, on these 5 perfect Guys Trips:

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Topics: US National Parks, Ireland

Tips for your first trip to China

China is a country with a rich cultural heritage and centuries of history, but it can be a bit overwhelming if you’re not prepared for the different way they do things. Rather than miss out on this fascinating corner of the world, prepare yourself for your journey with a few simple tips and suggestions:

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Topics: China

Historic Summer Celebrations

Summer is a popular time for celebrations and festivals, some of which have long and intriguing histories. Whether you’re traveling through Europe, exploring the Caribbean, or touring the Rocky Mountains, you’ll have opportunity to take part in these historic festivals—if you’re in the right place at the right time. 

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Topics: Oberammergau

America's Best Historic Travel Destinations

History comes alive when you walk in the steps of the past. From our nation’s capital to the battlefields of Gettysburg, there are plenty of sites to explore. Learn the facts behind America’s storied past, or visit its iconic monuments. Here are just a few of the great historic destinations you’ll want to explore on your upcoming travels:

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Topics: Americas

Traveler's Booklist


Whoever said getting there is half the fun never experienced a long plane ride. Without something to occupy your mind a six-hour flight can seem like an eternity. Mobile devices offer escape through digital entertainment and music, but we believe that one of the best travel distractions is a good book (preferably paired with a set of noise-reducing earphones). With that in mind, here’s a selection of travel-related books to keep your mind focused on the joys of exploring the world. Maybe you’ll find your next destination hidden in their pages!

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Topics: Travel Tips

25 French Phrases Every Traveler Should Know

While most people in France know English, the French appreciate attempts to speak their language—especially in Paris. To be polite, and since there are no guarantees that every business has English-speaking employees, it’s best to know a few key words before you go to the “City of Light.” Here are some of the most important French phrases every traveler should know:

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Topics: Travel Tips