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Budapest: Why You Can (and Should) Travel Solo

Once a mecca for backpackers and budget travelers, Budapest, the shining gem on Hungary’s Danube River, is enjoying an explosion of the luxury market and a well-deserved reputation as one of the most beautiful cities and the second fastest-developing urban economy in Europe. As a female solo traveler, I found Budapest to be among the […]

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Transfagarasan

Transfăgărășan: The World’s Best Road Trip

Romania’s Transfagarasan winds through the Fagaras Mountains, part of the Carpathian Mountain Range that connects Transylvania to Wallachia via a shocking series of white-knuckle hairpin turns and sharp descents. The 56-mile path climbs to an altitude of 6,699 feet, slinking past stunning outlooks of lake, waterfalls, and a dam. After our initial arrival and two […]

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Odessa Ukraine

Odessa Ukraine: 12 Reasons to Make This Your Next European Trip

Odessa Ukraine is a port city on the Black Sea, founded in 1794 (relatively young compared to Kiev or Lviv) by the Russian Empress Catherine the Great.  Its reputation as the summer capital of Ukraine draws in visitors who are eager to stroll around the city’s tree-lined “Old Town” taking in the pastel neoclassical architecture, […]

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St. Augustine

10 Reasons to Visit St Augustine in November

Proudly laying claim as America’s oldest city, the historical and charming St. Augustine was founded in 1565 and is also considered by many to be America’s most romantic destination. The brick-lined streets are reminiscent of the old town districts of European cities. Horse-drawn carriages carry tourists past grand historical architecture. The pleasant, sometimes humid, subtropical […]

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Would You Dare Try Bali Jungle Cat Poop Coffee?

The #1 most expensive coffee in the world is made from the #2 of a jungle cat. Kopi Luwak, aka Bali jungle cat poop coffee, is produced mainly on the islands in the Indonesian Archipelago. Agrowisata Abian Kusuma Sari, a coffee plantation in the Tampaksiring region of Bali is one such plantation and the location […]

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Dubrovnik's ancient walls

Explore Dubrovnik Ancient City Walls

When I was a child, I would envision images of magical medieval cities as my mother read nighttime stories to me.  Walking on top of Dubrovnik’s Ancient City Walls was like stepping back into that enchanted past, and was beyond a doubt the highlight of my visit to that history-filled medieval walled city. The thick […]

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Magical Diving at the Cancun Underwater Museum

It’s nothing short of surreal… A man “on fire” with fire coral flaring out of his eyes, nose and ears… A small smiling girl looks up to the surface… A group of businessmen with their heads in the sand, oblivious to the world around them… No, these are not real people, but just a few […]

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Swimming with Whale Sharks in Cancun

(This swimming with whale sharks in Cancun mega-adventure was published by Viator.) I sat on the edge of the boat, clinging to dear life as the waves tossed the “stationary” vessel about. Finally, I heard Csaba yell, “GO!” and I did as I’d been instructed. I pushed off the side of the boat into the […]

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10 Reasons Why I’m Obsessed with Oslo

“Go back. Baaaaaaaaaaaack! Over the falls!” My first brief introduction to Norway was on the Maelstrom ride in the Norway pavilion in Disney’s Epcot theme park. The animatronic troll bellowed his warning to unsuspecting trespassers whose Viking boat was about to “plunge” backward over the simulated waterfall, launching into a presentation of Norway’s mythology and […]

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L’Estartit: Spain’s Best Kept Secret. Shhhhhh.

Let me introduce you to L’Estartit. Never heard of it? Most Americans are unfamiliar with the treasures of Spain more obscure than Barcelona and Madrid. I recently had the opportunity to travel in-and-about this picturesque town. This is the first of my series of my adventures throughout Costa Brava; I’m looking forward to revealing its […]

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