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Six Reasons to Visit the Mall of America in Minnesota

The famous Mall of America.

Mall of America is a massive shopping center located in Bloomington, Minnesota, just 10 miles from downtown Minneapolis. It’s the largest shopping mall in the United States and has a plethora of retail shops and activities covering four levels. Heading to a mall while visiting Minneapolis may not seem like something that that should be at the top of your travel list, but Mall of America is far from your average shopping center. From fun and games to fashion and food, this mega mall is a top place to experience when in Minnesota.

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August 3, 2015 by | Comments Off on Six Reasons to Visit the Mall of America in Minnesota

Where to Go in August: 20 Great Summer Travel Spots

Celebrate Elvis Week in Graceland

Summer is almost over and if you haven’t had a vacation yet, it’s time to start planning. August is the prime time to visit many cities around the world, plus many festivals and fairs occur in August. Take your pick from this compilation of some of the top spots to visit in August and start planning – it’s not too late for a last minute summer getaway.

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August 4, 2014 by | 2 Comments

Top Mediterranean Shore Excursions

Gaudi in Barcelona

Cruises to the Mediterranean are much-loved cruise sailings for a multitude of reasons. First off, the countries that call the Mediterranean home are stunning in their beauty, with cobblestoned roads, white and terracotta colored houses, and luscious gardens and hills bordered by sea water in various shades of teal and turquoise. Secondly, the people who live in the towns and cities of the Mediterranean are often welcoming and happy to introduce visitors into their laidback, pleasant lifestyle. And thirdly, there is a lot to do in the Mediterranean.

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May 12, 2014 by | 0 Comments

Cruises to the Middle East

View of Dubai from Burj al Arab

Many travelers wish to see the historic sites and experience the culture of the Middle East. However, for many, planning a trip to the Middle East seems daunting. That’s where cruising comes in. A cruise to the Middle East is an excellent way to experience many different cities and facets of this region of the world while traveling between each one comfortably and safely.

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August 7, 2013 by | 0 Comments

Cruising Alaska

Skagway Cruise Lines

Alaska is often considered to be America’s last frontier, with the state’s rugged mountains covering vast amounts of land, and much of it largely untouched by humans. Alaska is also home to glaciers and wide waterways, referred to as passages, bordering the thick brush of the mountains. It is these waterways that enable cruising to be such an incredible way to see Alaska. An Alaska cruise takes passengers alongside glaciers and wildlife with panoramic views visible from the decks of the ship.

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June 4, 2013 by | 0 Comments

Why You Should Consider a Canada Cruise

Whale watching in Vancouver

For being such a large country, Canada is a little known cruise destination. Most people’s minds immediately go to tropical destinations like the Caribbean or Mediterranean when they think of cruising; however, a cruise farther north is just as fun and memorable. Canada cruises confirm this by offering an array of attractions both onboard and in port. Experience delectable cuisine and sumptuous accommodations on the ship, then explore both the rustic and cosmopolitan aspects of Canada’s gorgeous countryside, mountains and cities.

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May 22, 2013 by | 1 Comment

Cruising in South America

Cruise ships going through the Panama Canal. Photo credit: Roger Wollstadt via Flickr.

When people think of vacationing to South America, they don’t often think of exploring it via cruise. However, this is starting to change as more and more travelers are realizing why seeing South America by cruise is a great way to explore the continent – whether it’s your first time in South America or your tenth.

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May 6, 2013 by | 2 Comments

How to Pack for a Caribbean Cruise

Cruise formal dinner

When packing for a Caribbean cruise, you’ll need to think of your wardrobe for your cruise vacation in three different components: days at sea, days in port and evening attire. What you’ll want to wear for each of these parts of your cruise will differ; here are tips on how to pack for each one to make sure all your cruise moods and activities are covered.

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April 24, 2013 by | 4 Comments

How to Choose the Best Cruise Staterooms


A cruise is much like a glorified resort at sea, and cruise lines realize this, which is why many of the top cruise lines devote a substantial amount of time and money to making sure the staterooms on their cruise ships are comfortable and inviting. That’s usually where the similarities end – even within a cruise line. When it comes to any one ship, though, you often have a variety of options to choose from that extend beyond the typical inside versus outside stateroom options.

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April 10, 2013 by | 0 Comments

Cruise News: The Best New Cruise Ships Debuting in 2013

The last several years have seen the debut of cruise ships that defy previous notions of what cruising is all about. From real grass lawns to ziplines to world class spas, cruise lines continue to innovate each time they debut a new cruise ship. This year is no exception. With improvements in stateroom layouts and amenities, and an impressive array of onboard entertainment, 2013 is continuing in the new tradition of cruise lines’ debuting inventive cruise ships with luxurious cruise ships – whether it’s sailing on an ocean or a river. So just what exactly is in store for cruise travelers this year on the newest ships? Read on to find out.

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March 22, 2013 by | 0 Comments

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