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10 Ways to Connect With Locals on Your Travels

Holi Festival of Colors in Delhi, India

There’s no better way to discover a country or understand its culture than meeting the locals. To help you break down the boundaries and seek out unforgettable experiences, here are 10 ways to connect with locals on your travels.

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August 30, 2016 by | Comments Off

International Moonshine: Local Drinks From Around the World You Have to Try

Woman brewing raksi (Nepali whisky) by Greg Willis (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Most countries have an indigenous beverage distilled at home — either legally or illegally. Some are tasty, some are scary, but all are potent. The difficulty of finding these local versions of America’s moonshine varies from location to location, but each provides an opportunity to learn a bit more about the people and places you’re visiting, giving you an unforgettable taste of a country and its culture.*

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March 23, 2016 by | Comments Off

10 Must-Pack Items for a Europe Winter Trip

The weather in Europe in the wintertime is fickle. From sunny and mild in southern parts of the continent to downright frigid in others, packing for the winter months can be a challenge depending on where you are going and your length of stay. The good news is it doesn’t have to be. The key to any good packing job is being able to mix and match, layer to warm up, and peel off to cool down. So, what are the essentials to make sure you’ve got everything you need for a stylish European vacation?
The good news is it doesn’t have to be.

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January 28, 2016 by | 3 Comments

50 Amazing Places to Go in 2016

Where will you go in 2016? We can’t plan your vacations for you, but we can certainly help you narrow your wish list of destinations with our annual Top 50 Travel Destinations list. No, we don’t propose that you visit all 50 in a year – although, hey, that’s an admirable goal – merely that you take these 50 places into consideration when planning your 2016 travels.

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January 5, 2016 by | 34 Comments

Festivals in December

When you think of December celebrations, dancing elves and Christmas songs likely fill your head. But there is more to December than Ol’ Saint Nick. While you were busy standing in line to get the hottest new appliances to put under the tree, you were missing other incredible celebrations going on around the world, some that are interesting variations on Christmas and others that have nothing to do with it. With this assortment of festivals, you’ll be celebrating all month long.

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December 8, 2015 by | 0 Comments

How To Prepare and Use Your Cell Phone Abroad

The last thing you want to come home to after an international trip is an unexpected cell phone bill. But making sure your cell phone will work is often low down on your pre-trip checklist, and it can be pretty confusing, too.

Of course, it’s important to have a working phone for safety reasons as well as social and practical considerations. So, before you get stuck trying to unlock your phone on the go or get left with hefty data roaming fees, brush up on these four common ways to go about prepping your phone for international travel.

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December 1, 2015 by | Comments Off

How to Pick a Safari in Tanzania

Setting off on a safari in the Serengeti

Tanzania is one of the best safari destinations, with world-famous parks like Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater, where you can find the Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and the nearly extinct rhinoceros) in their natural habitat.

Defining the right safari for you is the key to enjoying your trip. Different formulas are available depending on what you’re looking for and, of course, your comfort level and budget.

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November 30, 2015 by | Comments Off

Safety in Paris: What Travelers Need to Know Right Now

Paris, France

We are shocked and saddened by the recent tragic events in Paris. Our team members are on the ground in Paris, actively working with our local partners to assess the situation and provide our support in this difficult time.

We also want to keep you informed of what is happening for your own travel purposes. Read on for the latest news and security updates.

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November 16, 2015 by | Comments Off

Festivals Around the World in October

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. Photo credit: nicolicreer via Flickr.

From religious ceremonies to hot air balloons, October is filled with a variety of festivals. The changing colors in many places, along with cooler days, and the refreshing calm before the hectic holiday season draw locals and travelers to some of the world’s most famous – and obscure – events. Since festivals often showcase local and traditional music, arts and crafts, dance and food, attending an event is one of the best ways to learn about regional traditions, customs, cuisines and values. Here’s a roundup of October festivals around the world.

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October 2, 2015 by | 0 Comments

Where to Go in October: 20 Great Spots for Early Autumn

Central Park in Autumn

With the days getting cooler, the nights getting dimmer and the autumnal leaves beginning to shed from the trees, October marks the golden months of fall in the Northern Hemisphere and there are few more magical times to travel. Whether you’re looking to spot the best fall foliage, seeking a suitably spooky location to celebrate Halloween or hoping to swap the cold nights for sunnier climes, here’s our top picks for where to go in October.

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September 30, 2015 by | 0 Comments

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