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Top 10 Things to Do in Transylvania

The mythical land of Vlad the Impaler, Transylvania is the wild frontier of once-secretive Romania. It’s a mysterious region encircled by the Carpathian Mountains and is rapidly opening up to the West. It’s home to enticing Saxon-cum-Baroque cities, medieval villages, fortified churches and magical castles. There’s so much to see and do, but here are our picks for the top 10 things to do in Transylvania:

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August 26, 2015 by | Comments Off

How to Spend One Day in Papeete

When people talk about vacationing in Tahiti, they aren’t necessarily talking about staying on the island of Tahiti itself. Tahiti is the largest of the islands in French Polynesia, which many people commonly refer to collectively as Tahiti. Flights typically arrive to the capital city of the island of Tahiti, Papeete, early in the morning to allow for travelers to make connections to neighboring islands or spend a few hours before embarking on a Paul Gauguin cruise. If you’re looking for things to do in town, here’s how to spend one day in Papeete:

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August 19, 2015 by | Comments Off

Spending the Day at Trakai

Trakai Castle.

Lithuania is a country with rich history, beautiful scenery and Baroque architecture that will undoubtedly soon be a firm fixture on the destination hotlist. The small Eastern European nation joined the EU 10 years ago and is the home to the historic capital city of Vilnius. There are many charms lying within easy reach of Vilnius. One of the most popular day trips from the capital is to Trakai.

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August 10, 2015 by | Comments Off

8 Secret Places in China That Tourists Haven’t Discovered Yet

Hangzhou, China: Heaven On Earth

Don’t get us wrong: We’ll never stop being impressed with the Great Wall of China or the Forbidden City. But China is a vast country, and as more North Americans turn their sights eastward, we jumped at the chance to shine the spotlight on some less-known (at least to Americans) but exceptional experiences .

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August 7, 2015 by | Comments Off

Five Top Sights in Lithuania

Vilnius Old Town.

Lithuania’s lovely, small capital of Vilnius has a deliciously photogenic Old Town and many reasons to tempt visitors to explore; but outside the capital there are many more attractions to discover, from remote sandy beaches to bravura Baroque architecture and a UNESCO World Heritage memorial constructed from crucifixes. Here are five top sights in Lithuania, all within easy reach of Vilnius:

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July 30, 2015 by | Comments Off

Swakopmund Township Tour in Namibia

Musical performance from local university students.

The town of Swakopmund, Namibia was established as the main port for what was once German Southwest Africa in the early 1900s. During colonial times, the 12 native tribes of the area were moved to areas of the city called townships, where many still live today. In order to understand these integral parts of the city and Namibian culture, we decided to take a tour of the Swakopmund townships.

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July 29, 2015 by | Comments Off

The Best Way to See Greenville, South Carolina: By Segway

Gliding through Greenville on Segways

Of all the ways to see the sights in and around historic downtown Greenville, gliding effortlessly on top of a Segway has to be the most fun!

The “people mover” machines used on the Greenville Segway Tour are fun and easy. The non-motorized machines are based on balance and respond to how your body shifts. Leaning forward or backward or lightly moving the steering to the left or right is all you need to do — the Segway technology takes care of the rest.

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July 27, 2015 by | Comments Off

Ten Great Day Trips from Riga

Sunset on the Jurmala coast.

Sandwiched between Estonia and Lithuania, Latvia’s capital of Riga has exploded with fun things to do since the end of Soviet occupation and has become party-central of the Baltic. Outside the capital, the frenetic pace of life slows right down in towns and villages where time has virtually stood still. To see the contrast between the country’s turbulent history and its natural beauty, check out these suggestions for day trips from Riga:

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July 23, 2015 by | Comments Off

Six of the Most Beautiful Drives in Montana

Disappearing Ice in Yellowstone Lake

Montana is the fourth largest state in the U.S.A. and is home to a number of national parks and forests, making it a prime candidate for road trips. From the plains of the east to the Rocky Mountains in the west, Montana has no shortage of scenic drives, but here are some of the best.

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July 17, 2015 by | Comments Off

Exploring the Colorful Markets of Zanzibar

Skillful woodworkers on the job.

Zanzibar is a small white sand island dropped into the Indian Ocean and surrounded by turquoise waters. The island is almost synonymous with spice and it was a major part of the spice trade in colonial times. We got to explore the islands heritage and local crafts as part of the Handmade Zanzibar and Market Workshop tour while staying in Stone Town.

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July 15, 2015 by | Comments Off

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