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Homestay Hopping: Amazing Cuba Road Trip

*This Cuba road trip article is the cover story in the Spring 2018 issue of Vacation Rental Travels Magazine (pages 34 – 47)* It’s been one of the most controversial destinations for Americans since the 1960s.  But love it or hate it, no one can deny that Cuba is intriguing. Starting in January 2015, President Obama opened […]

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The NAKED Truth about Atlanta’s Jeju Sauna & Spa

Kary and I were excited to check out Jeju Sauna – the Korean health and wellness spa just north of Atlanta in Gwinnett County.  It wasn’t that long ago that we’d been to South Korea; Jeju Island was our favorite spot so many happy memories flowed to the surface as we planned our day of […]

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Amazing Azores Holidays: Sao Miguel Road Trip Planner

Officially part of Portugal, São Miguel is the largest of the islands in the Azores archipelago.  More than half of the Azores’ population calls this island home. Also known as “the green island,” it’s all about nature and enjoying the outdoors in São Miguel. The island is packed with volcano craters, lagoons, small rivers, natural […]

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Conquering Communism: Best Things to Do in Warsaw This Year

Careening through the backstreets of Warsaw in a minibus that bumped and jostled us through a former Communist neighborhood, I immediately regretted that extra pierogi I’d had for lunch that now threatened to expel itself. As if clairvoyant, Tomas, our guide, stopped and guided us into an area where partially destroyed, bullet-ridden brick structures were oddly […]

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Gdansk Beaches: 7 Reasons to Visit the Polish Riviera

The wind whipped my ponytail across my new Polish sunglasses and into my mouth – which was open because I was laughing.  In spite of the brooding sky and rapidly approaching cloud formations, I was at one of the Gdansk beaches.  The beach.  My happy place. Poland has something that most of the other land-locked […]

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Pickpocketing in Europe: How to Avoid and What to Do If It Happens

The 7th-floor terrace of House of Legends restaurant was small and cramped, just two tables taking up any excess space.  I squeezed past the diners, made my way over to the railing, and whipped out my smartphone to snap a photo of the stunning sunset over Lviv, one of Eastern Europe’s most beautiful cities. Recalling […]

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Baby Boomer Travel: 15 Bucket List Holidays

Baby boomer travel is exploding!  Baby Boomers comprise approximately 26% of the U.S. population and are responsible for 80% of all luxury travel spending.  AARP statistics indicate that Boomers who are still working will take all/most of their vacation time and an average of five trips a year. Baby Boomer travel is different than Millennial […]

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Go Gwinnett! Top 10 Things to Do in Atlanta’s Playground

If you’re looking for something in the Atlanta area other than big city crowds and traffic, go Gwinnett!  Just 30 minutes north of Atlanta, Gwinnett County offers an entirely different experience and offers some of the best things to do near Atlanta. Charming small towns dot the landscape and delectable food experiences from nouveau gourmet […]

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chernobyl tours

10 Reasons Why Chernobyl Tours Are the Best Dark Tourism Experience

Broken glass crackled and crunched beneath my feet. Sun streamed through the remains of a once-magnificent stained glass window. Broken dolls and filthy baby shoes littered the floor.  A child’s storybook stood open as if waiting for its reader to continue.  Never would I have imagined that Chernobyl tours, the site of the worst nuclear […]

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Outer Banks Beach Rentals and Activities in Outer Banks

With over 100 miles of pristine blue beaches that fringe the North Carolina coast, the Outer Banks is a popular vacation destination.  Four narrow barrier islands stand between the North Carolina mainland and the Atlantic Ocean, each with its own unique vibe – from chill to action-filled. The best way to stay in the Outer […]

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