What to See and Do in Split, Croatia

Peristil Square

When Roman Emperor Diocletian decided to retire, he could have chosen anywhere in the Roman Empire. The building of his vast retirement palace at Split was entirely an accident of geography – it was three miles (five km) down the road from the major Roman outpost at Salona, which in the third century AD was the capital of the province of Dalmatia and in modern-day Croatia is near the town of Solin.

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June 26, 2013 by
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Paia: A Funky-Chic Getaway on Maui’s North Shore

Paia Beach

These days, Paia, an eclectic beachfront community, is a destination in its own right for visitors looking for lodging, shops, and restaurants with more character than West Maui’s chain hotels and Cheeseburgers in Paradise. You won’t find big resorts or shopping malls here. What you will find are surfing beaches, independent shops and restaurants, and several cool places to stay.

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June 26, 2013 by
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The 10 Strangest Trees and Forests in the World

Guillotin tree, Paimpoint in France. Courtesy of Andy Hay via Flickr.

Put simply, humanity would not exist without trees on planet Earth. Forests cover 31 per cent of our world and are the oxygen-producing lungs without which we could not survive. They clean our air, provide shade, stem soil erosion, and filter the soil. Trees have long since been subject of worship and some of the strange trees and forests pinpointed below have great historical significance, due to their age, size, or simply through their extraordinary determination to survive.

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June 25, 2013 by
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Meet Jean Liu, a Private Guide in Shanghai

Meet Jean!

As a professional tour guide with years of experience as a private guide in Shanghai, Jean Liu strives to have her clients walk away from her tours satisfied and with an increased awareness of Shanghai’s historical and cultural legacy.

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June 25, 2013 by
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Penguins and Postcards in Port Lockroy, Antarctica

In my excitement I ended up with two stamps – the first, placed by the kayak expedition leader on my ship, the second one stamped myself in the British Antarctica Research Center at Port Lockroy. Now, my passport holds two blue ovals, each with the same date and map coordinates, each displaying an indigo blue Gentoo penguin.

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June 25, 2013 by
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Sailing through Panama and Colombia

Snorkeling around the islands.

Because there is no road crossing, combining both Panama and Colombia into one trip has historically been difficult – the simplest way having been to hop on a plane. However, there is now another way. Signing on as ‘crew’ and hitching your way through the beautiful aquatic world of the Guna Yala archipelago. Not only will you be crossing continents, you will feel like you are traversing time itself.

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June 21, 2013 by
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Save 50% on Sydney & Melbourne Day Trips

Blue Mountains

HURRY! Book by June 27th, 2013 to save 50% on select tours in Sydney and Melbourne. This exclusive offer applies to all scheduled departure times and dates through December 31st, 2013. Please note that this offer is available for new transactions only and cannot be applied to any existing booking.

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June 21, 2013 by
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8 Different Massages to Try Around the World

Thai Massage

One of the things you’ll notice when traveling the world is that there is never a spa too far away and that massages tend to change, sometimes drastically, from place to place. Whether it be a soft touch and relaxing hour in Sweden or sweating profusely and having your body twisted in Turkey, no massage is alike and each offers a different historical and cultural experience.

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June 20, 2013 by
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Following London’s Most Famous Detective on a Sherlock Holmes Tour

Sherlock Holmes tour in London

Whether you’re a fan of Doyle’s books, Ritchie’s films or Benedict Cumberbatch’s version of the character on BBC’s Sherlock, London is your destination for all things Sherlock Holmes. And the best way to experience the city like Holmes is to actually walk in his footsteps.

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June 20, 2013 by
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12 Reasons to Travel to Dahab, Egypt

The deserts are beautiful in Dahab.

Egypt – the word evokes images of pyramids and camels, tombs and temples, caches of ancient civilizations lying beneath a vast desert. Lesser known is Egypt’s other side – cerulean waters on soft sand beaches against mountain backdrops, colorful canyons and lush oases holding secrets of the desert and open and approachable locals happy to share bits of their lives. While these aspects of Egypt are not as famous as its ancient history, they are a powerful part of the country’s character. Where do you go to unlock this side of Egypt? One spot that holds the key is the south Sinai town of Dahab. Whether you’ve never heard of it or have been longing to go for years, here are a dozen reasons why you should travel to Dahab.

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June 19, 2013 by
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