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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

Small Carpathian Wine Country Day Trip

Daytripping to Carpathian wine country from Bratislava

The Carpathian Mountains run from Western Slovakia, near Bratislava, all the way to Transylvania in Romania. Slovakia was formerly behind the Iron Curtain, and part of the sprawling Austro-Hungarian Empire prior to World War I. Then it separated from Czechoslovakia to become its own country. Does Slovakia have an identity of its own? The locals certainly think so. I booked the Small Carpathian Wine Country Day Trip From Bratislava, the capital, in order to find out.

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July 28, 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

Day Trips from Sofia

Snowy street of Plovdiv's Old Town.

Historic towns and UNESCO-listed monasteries surround the capital city of Bulgaria, not to mentioned the wild landscapes of the Seven Rila Lakes. Here are some of the most popular day trips from Sofia:

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June 15, 2015 by | Comments Off

More Than a Layover: Lima in 24, 48 or 72 Hours

Museo Larco in Lima, Peru

For many travelers, Lima is nothing more than a layover city or on-the-way stop to Cusco and Machu Picchu. The truth is, treating Lima solely as a stopover would be a mistake. With its contemporary museums, colonial architecture, immense culture, endless archaeology, green spaces, food scene and window into the life of the 10 million people who live there, Lima has something for everyone, even if it’s for as little as 24, 48 or 72 hours.

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May 25, 2015 by | Comments Off

Ten Amazing Things to Do in Montenegro’s Kotor Bay

Many people who come to Kotor Bay, Montenegro do so as a day trip from Dubrovnik, Croatia. They tend to loiter around Kotor Bay just long enough to have a light taste of what the area has to offer, before heading back the way they came.

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October 3, 2014 by | Comments Off

Two Countries, One Trip: How to See More on Your Next Vacation

Even if you’re not the kind of traveler who wants to check off as many destinations as possible in a week-long vacation, you might get restless staying in one place for that long. With some cities, you not only have the option of visiting another region, you can also stamp your passport by going to a whole different country for a few days.

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August 18, 2014 by | 0 Comments

Independent Stonehenge and Bath Afternoon Tour from London

As one of the world’s most fascinating architectural sites, Stonehenge has long been on my travel ‘to do’ list. When the opportunity finally arose this spring, I was more than a little excited. Figuring that the 90 minute trip from London warranted a full day out, I opted to include the charming town of Bath – famous for its ancient Roman Baths and Jane Austen Centre – to the itinerary.

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July 23, 2014 by | 0 Comments

Nairobi in One Day

At the Karen Blixen Museum

Most people find themselves in Nairobi on either end of a safari trip. The city is Kenya’s capital and main area of business in the region. Aside from the few favorite restaurants in the downtown area, the city itself doesn’t offer a lot of action for tourists. The best way we found to spend a day in Nairobi is to explore the many attractions outside of the city limits. We toured the Nairobi National park, Langata Giraffe Center, and the home of one of Kenya’s most famous past resident Karen Blixen.

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July 14, 2014 by | 0 Comments

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