Meet Dilek Camurcu, a Private Guide in Istanbul, Turkey

Meet Dilek!

As a Tourism graduate and fully licensed guide approved by Turkey’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Dilek Camurcu is a well-qualified guide eager to shower clients with her knowledge of the history, mythology, archaeology, religion and art of her beloved Istanbul.

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October 22, 2013 by
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8 Great Destinations to Explore in the Balkans

Bay of Kotor, Kotor, Montenegro

Often overlooked, the Balkan region is a land of unexpected surprises where history, art, and culture merge to create unique bustling urban centers. Historical sites and museums, distinctive architecture, and lively restaurant scenes are the norm. Throughout the region, striking natural landscapes provide ample opportunity for outdoor activities with lakes, rolling mountains, and even historical ruins dotting the countryside. Throw in the fact that the Balkan countries are relatively small, transportation options are numerous, and prices are quite low, the region is ripe for exploration.

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October 21, 2013 by
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Save 50% on Tours in Edinburgh!

Edinburgh sale

HURRY! Book by October 24th, 2013 to save 50% on select tours in Edinburgh. This exclusive offer applies to select departure times and dates through March 31st, 2014. Please note that this offer is available for new transactions only and cannot be applied to any existing booking.

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October 18, 2013 by
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10 Best European Castles You Can Visit

(Photo: Hohenwerfen Castle, Austria via Shutterstock)

Sometimes romantic, sometimes sinister, Europe’s best castles evoke a palpable sense of both melancholy and wonder. Their ancient stones brim with mystery and history—but not the stodgy old history of musty textbooks. Castles are the past brought to life, a visceral reminder that quests and battles and chivalry weren’t always the exclusive province of fantasy novels. Go medieval on your next trip with a visit to one of these castles where ancient history is alive and well.

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October 18, 2013 by
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Travel Alert: All US National Parks & Sites Have Reopened

Yosemite

As of October 1, 2013, all US national parks, national wildlife refuges and the Bureau of Land Management facilities, among other government agencies, have been temporarily closed due to a government shutdown.

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October 17, 2013 by
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Hiking on Matanuska Glacier in Alaska

Matanuska Glacier. Photo credit: Pam Mandel via Flickr.

The glacier is about a two hour drive from Anchorage, though you have to bake in extra time to stop at the viewpoint. On the day I made the trip, the sky was low and gray, but there was a window of blue visible just above the place where the glacier poured, in slow motion, into the river. There’s no telling what the weather will do in Alaska. You pack for the worst and hope for the best, and you go.

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October 17, 2013 by
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Fifty Years Later: Walking in the Footsteps of JFK in Dallas & Fort Worth

Dealy Plaza

The motorcade. The sixth floor window. The grassy knoll. The conspiracy. On November 22, 1963, the eyes, the heart, and then the horror of the nation was pinned on downtown Dallas as President John F. Kennedy Jr. lived his last day. Simultaneously, the country mourned the loss of a leader and way of life. The final road traveled by the smiling, and seemingly impregnable President ended at the corner below the Texas Book Depository, but his last final full day began 35 miles west in the companion city of Fort Worth, TX.

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October 16, 2013 by
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Meet Yasushi Watanabe, a Private Guide in Tokyo, Japan

Meet Yasushi!

Yasushi Watanabe has been serving as a licensed, freelance guide in Japan for more than six years. A Tokyo native, Yasushi is highly knowledgeable of his beloved city, and his learning, experience and enthusiasm makes his private tours truly one-of-a-kind experiences.

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October 15, 2013 by
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15 Strange Tourist Attractions in Japan

Jigokudani Monkey Park

Japan celebrates one of the richest histories and cohesive cultures of any country on the planet, but the country has a quirky side that it isn’t afraid to show to strangers. Strange tourist attractions in Japan range from the bizarre and unexpected to the downright freaky. All of them are one-of-a-kind and worth a visit, if only for the gawking factor.

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October 14, 2013 by
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Best Destinations for Beer Lovers

A trip to Milwaukee means a trip to Lakefront Brewery for their world-famous tour. Photo courtesy of Jason Dean via Flickr.

The world of beer is nearly as vast and as variegated as the world itself — good news for those who plan their travels around tasty booze and unique brew culture. There are so many destinations to choose from, and there are certainly no definitive answers when it comes to the best places to go. While some prefer cities with a wide selection of craft beers, others might prize a destination for its historic beer halls or the idiosyncrasies of its beer drinking traditions. That said, here is a list of cities that deserve special attention — some of the world’s best destinations for beer lovers.

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October 14, 2013 by
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