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52 Places to Visit This Year

Is this you? Do you need a “vacation motivation” to get through the day-to-day monotony of your workday? Or maybe you just want to travel the world without ever leaving your favorite armchair? 52 Places to Visit This Year* is for you! This short postcard delivered right to your inbox once a week features an […]

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Meet Puerto Rico’s Most Impressive Woman: Doña Fela

Felisa Rincón de Gautier, known affectionately as Doña Felisa or Doña Fela, was the first woman mayor of San Juan and one of the most prominent political figures in the history of Puerto Rico — a gorgeous Caribbean island that Americans generally do not need a passport for. Dona Fela’s Background Born in Ceiba as […]

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These Are the 12 Best US Islands to Visit

You don’t need a passport to land the perfect beach destination.  There are hundreds of US islands to visit that offer a perfect ocean-side retreat.  Using a criterion of attractive beaches, good selection of restaurants and active pursuits, these are some of the best. Block Island, RI Floating 12 miles from the coast of Rhode […]

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Rosarito Spring Break at the Rosarito Beach Hotel

Looking for a last-minute spring break destination?  The Rosarito Beach Hotel in Baja California, Mexico, offers students families, and expats everything they’d want in an affordable beach getaway. This iconic hotel was made popular mid-century as a retreat that catered to Mexican presidents, international royalty, and Hollywood stars, and the little beach town grew around […]

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Things to Do in Moorea: Jeep Safari Adventure

The jeep safari adventure is one of the most fun things to do in Moorea! The open-air “safari” jeep bucked hard on the vertical jungle path on Mo’orea, a small island in French Polynesia. I banged into the side of the 4×4, which was better than being hurled over the enclosure and down the mountain, […]

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Black Hills Tourist Attractions: Blown Away by the Badlands. Literally.

With just 48 hours to spend in Rapid City, I had already scheduled a visit to Mt. Rushmore, a drive on the Needles Highway, and a Buffalo Jeep Safari at Custer State Park, and a pit stop to eat the famous Wall Drug donuts. From my hotel the first night, I spontaneously Googled “things to do” […]

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Cruises for Single Travelers: Good Venue for Solo Women?

As someone who frequently travels alone, I’d never considered taking a cruise.  For one thing, I’m prone to motion sickness and the thought of being out in the middle of the ocean with no escape for stabilization was not appealing.  In addition, spending just one day at an exotic location didn’t seem like it would […]

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Culebra Beach and Beyond: Family Fun on the Caribbean’s Best Kept Secret

“It’s invisible water!” exclaimed my 9-year-old son. I could see his point. Standing waist -deep in the crystal surf, the water below him looked more like it came out of a tap than the ocean. That’s what Flamenco Beach on the northwest coast of Culebra is like. Hailed in tourist brochures as one of the […]

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Top Six Things to Do in Ensenada Mexico

As stories about Mexico’s safety continue to be targeted by U.S. media, one region defies the reporting and continues to emerge as a safe and versatile destination: Baja. Located in northern Baja, Ensenada is just a short drive from the California border and has everything desired for a vacation – rich culture, delicious food, friendly […]

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Baja Wine Region: Wine, Dine and Have a Great Time

  Move over Napa! The heart of Mexico’s wine district – the Valle de Guadalupe in Baja, Mexico – is demanding critics’ attention. Off the beaten path, but rapidly gaining respect is Adobe Guadalupe – a vineyard, winery, stables, and sprawling hacienda open to tourists. Founded by American Don Miller and his Dutch-born wife, Tru, […]

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