Cities We Love: New York City

New York may be ever-changing, but when it comes to must-see stops, the classics are always top favorites. Walk the Brooklyn Bridge These days, no visit to New York City is complete without a trip across the East River. Take the F train to the York Street stop in Brooklyn to check out the bridge-side […]

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Because Someday I Dream of Exploring Hawaii

Islands are your happy place. Soaking up the sun, exploring crystal seas, connecting with local culture, it’s all a recipe for a much-needed recharge. But if you haven’t experienced island hopping in Hawaii, you haven’t experienced true island paradise, American style. The sun-drenched 50th state is six major islands, each with its own personality and […]

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The Two Faces of Canada

With its vibrant cities, natural wonders and two distinct — French and British — heritages, Eastern Canada makes a rich travel experience.  Both the French and British cultures of the country are combined on Trafalgar's nine-day “Best of Eastern Canada” itinerary that begins, appropriately, in the country's largest city, Toronto. Though not the capital (that […]

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Dream Job

At the young age of 9, Matt Spencer was captivated hearing his neighbor’s stories of their next travel adventure. Living in a small town, Spencer could only dream of the destinations he heard about. That is, until he decided to look up the address for state tourism bureaus and request information of the destinations for […]

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River of Gold

Centuries-old pastel houses cling precariously to the steep Douro riverbanks. Gloriously sculpted church towers point heavenward. The intricate steel Luis I Bridge soars dramatically over the river. And bustling restaurants pour small glasses of the city’s legendary port wine.  The city of Porto, Portugal’s second largest, welcomes visitors to the River of Gold, the Douro. […]

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Open for Business

As temperatures drop you’re probably considering an escape to somewhere warm. So are we! But if you think last year’s storms have swept this year’s Caribbean vacation off the table, think again. Truth is, 70 percent of the region was unaffected by last year’s hurricanes, and several that were have already bounced back. Here are […]

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River vs. Ocean

No matter which type of cruising you choose, both promise an unforgettable voyage.  Sitting down to an onboard wine tasting, a passenger looks out the window at the scenery flanking France’s Garonne River. Sloping hillsides draped in vineyards, punctuated by centuries-old towns, reveal he’s in wine country. When he disembarks at the next port, he […]

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When to Tip at Home and Abroad

Tipping can be a puzzling experience when traveling. Here are five things to keep in mind — our global gratuity guide. When to Tip While Traveling The Americas A good rule of thumb to keep in mind while on vacation in the U.S. and Canada is “if they touch it, you tip it.” In hotels, […]

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