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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

Hong Kong Foodie Tour

Roe-topped dumpling.

As an Asian food lover, I knew good eating would be a pinnacle part of the plan for my visit to Hong Kong. However, it was hard to know where to start. I discovered the Hong Kong Food Tour, which combined excellent food tastings with a walking tour through some intriguing, traditional Hong Kong neighborhoods.

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May 11, 2015 by | Comments Off

10 Must-Try Food and Drinks of Southern Italy’s Puglia Region

It’s easy to be well-fed in Puglia, Italy. Situated in the southern heel of the boot-shaped country, the region is known for its broad plains and limestone hills, as well as its simple, rustic cuisine: handmade orecchiette pasta,creamy burrata cheese, and tons of locally harvested seafood. If you love good food and drink, here are ten treats you won’t want to miss.

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April 28, 2015 by | Comments Off

Discovering Coffee Culture in Nicaragua

Coffee beans

Coffee has played an important role in Nicaragua since its arrival in the 1800’s. Large-scale coffee crops started making an appearance in the 1850’s and by 1870, coffee was the primary export crop of Nicaragua. According to the Equal Exchange Co-op, whose mission is to foster mutually beneficial relationships between farmers and consumers, more than 40,000 coffee-farm families cultivate coffee beans, many of which help preserve the country’s forests and threatened biodiversity. By the late 1990’s, coffee production contributed $140 million US to Nicaragua’s economy and provided the equivalent of 280,000 permanent agricultural jobs. It’s estimated that 95% of Nicaragua’s coffee farmers are micro and small-scale producers.

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March 11, 2015 by | Comments Off

10 Most Important Safety Tips for Travelers

Travel can be exhilarating but also scary at times. When you’re venturing into the great unknown, follow these 10 safety tips to protect yourself and ensure a happy and secure journey

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February 23, 2015 by | Comments Off

Top Travel Fears and How to Conquer Them

Travel fears may start small, but they can take over and quash the very spirit that inspires us to explore the world. Here are ways to manage some of the most common fears associated with travel, from flight phobias to the specter of food poisoning.

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January 28, 2015 by | Comments Off

Exploring Brussels with a Chocolate Walking Tour and Workshop

At our chocolate workshop

When in Belgium, eat as the Belgians do – which, if tourist lore is to be believed, is a diet consisting of fries and waffles, washed down with beer and polished off with a buffet of chocolate. And so I had two goals when I arrived in Brussels. To try all the local delicacies on offer – I didn’t want to be rude, after all! – and to be able to button my pants upon departure. Thus, I signed up for Viator’s Chocolate Walking Tour and Workshop –the perfect combination of indulgence and activity.

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January 12, 2015 by | Comments Off

Getting a Taste of Orlando on a Winter Park Food Tour

I always encourage visitors to get outside of the theme parks for at least a day to see the Orlando area the way locals experience it. This tour is a great way to get to get to know the area and have a taste of why Orlando is earning a reputation for being a great city for foodies.

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December 8, 2014 by | Comments Off

How to Snack Like a Local in Europe

With so much food in the world to try, every traveler needs an excuse to snack between meals. Happily, many European countries build snacking right in to their culinary culture.

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August 1, 2014 by | 0 Comments

11 Craziest Ice Cream Flavors in the World

Want to cool down this summer with some scrumptious ice cream? You’d think this delicious-sounding list would be safe to read while eating … but maybe not. From foie gras to creamed cod to jellyfish-flavored ice cream, these crazy flavors require an iron stomach to enjoy.

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June 16, 2014 by | 0 Comments

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