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ANZAC Day

Turkish soldier carrying wounded ANZAC soldier

The UK has Rememberance Day, the US has Memorial Day and down under we have ANZAC Day. Every child in Australia and New Zealand knows December 25 is Christmas Day, and April 25 is ANZAC Day. During our time at school we learn about the day when Australia truly grew up and became a real […]

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April 23, 2014 by | 2 Comments

Insider Guide to the Best Malaysia Beaches

Thailand is not the only country in southeast Asia with stunning beaches. Malaysia has dozens of tiny islands on both the east and west coasts that rival the beauty of southern Thailand. Plus, the best Malaysia beaches have the added advantage of being relatively unknown (read: cheaper, less crowded, more unspoilt).

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February 25, 2013 by | 61 Comments

Ode to Istanbul

For Western travelers, Istanbul is truly exotic. The dictionary defines exotic as “intriguingly unusual or different; excitingly strange” and that’s a great way to think about Istanbul. The sights, the sounds, the food, the music, the culture — it’s all excitingly strange, intriguingly unusual.

I jumped into a taxi and headed straight to the small hotel I had booked in Istanbul’s Sultanahmet district. The last thing I remember before collapsing into bed is opening the window of my 4th-floor room.

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November 26, 2012 by | 10 Comments

Suggested Itineraries for Vietnam

Editor’s Note: I originally posted this Vietnam itinerary to answer the questions I was fielding from friends about suggested itineraries for Vietnam. Over the past two years dozens of travelers have asked some great questions about what to see and do in Vietnam, which I wanted to share. If you have a question, just leave a comment and I’ll do my best to reply.

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October 20, 2012 by | 209 Comments

Top 5 Things to Do in Paris with Kids

Museum National d’Histoire Naturelle

Paris may be the city of love, but this stylish vibrant metropolis has myriad delights and adventures to enchant those traveling with children. This is especially true in spring and summer, when the streets of Paris come to life with street fairs, kid-friendly shows and concerts, and plenty of outdoor activities to keep young travelers entertained. Here are my top 5 picks for things to do in Paris with kids.

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July 24, 2012 by | 1 Comment

Suggested Itineraries: 3 Days in Rome

They say all roads lead to Rome, and hopefully the road you are on will eventually wind its way around to the Eternal City as well. A trip to Rome means coming face to face with both ancient history and modern-day European city life, as well as a pinch of some of the tastiest traditional Italian home cooking to fuel your explorations of this living museum.

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July 15, 2012 by | 4 Comments

Top 5 Easy Hikes in Europe: Hadrian’s Wall to Cinque Terre

Not every hiker can master the entire 2,175-mile (3,500 km) Appalachian Trail! Not every hiker likes to struggle for months, climbing challenging peaks or carrying dehydrated food along the way. That’s why Europe is a paradise for lazy (or almost lazy) walkers – there are many easy one-week hikes with plenty to see, great food along the way and often a comfortable bed at the end of the day. Because trekking doesn’t have to be a struggle, I have picked out five special hikes for next summer.

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June 26, 2012 by | 3 Comments

10 Foods to Try Before You Die

Ever wanted to eat your way around the world? All diets are off on this no-limits top 10 list of iconic dishes from around the world. Try them at least once, before it’s too late!

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June 1, 2012 by | 0 Comments

San Francisco Mission District Murals

Spanning the full range of SF’s art spectrum, and blurring the distinctions somewhat, are the murals for which the city is rightly famous. They’re all over town – in the lobbies of government buildings and along alleyways that double as urinals for the homeless. Celebrated treasures (including three by Diego Rivera) are hidden away in the Financial District and on college campuses around town. But murals are at heart a public artform – they are art for the common man. So for an appreciation of murals, let’s head to San Francisco’s Mission District, where the spirit of the art is community-based and still very much alive.

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April 30, 2012 by | 1 Comment

Visiting a Turkish Hammam in Istanbul

It was my first visit to Turkey, to Istanbul. I had been to a hammam before, and places claiming to be hammams, but this was the real deal. Visiting a a Turkish Hammam in Istanbul where people have been bathing for over 500 years.

It was my first visit to Turkey, to Istanbul. I had been to a hammam before, and places claiming to be hammams, but this was the real deal. Visiting a building where people have been bathing for over 500 years.

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March 11, 2012 by | 11 Comments

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