Tawny Portugal and Golden Spain

Growing up, I read hundreds of books of history, entranced by tales of exploration and discovery, and often fantasized of roaming the Old World. Last summer I finally seized the opportunity to fulfill my childhood dream.    Portugal Bound I flew to Lisbon for a mid-summer journey through time, meandering the Iberian Peninsula amongst castles, […]

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Bordeaux to Bilbao: Basking in the Basque Country

Whether it’s savoring a wild Atlantic turbot grilled over oak-wood coals or noshing on a silken sliver of pear and foie gras, there’s no better way to taste the flavors of Basque country than by meandering along the southern crook of the Bay of Biscay from Bordeaux, France to Bilbao, Spain. It’s a 200-mile, two-nation […]

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Land of Pure Life

Costa Rica's vibrant, exotic sights, sounds and flavors create a wonderland for travelers.   Hear howler monkeys call out through a misty rainforest, savor the tangy sweetness of a just-picked pineapple, meet the friendly brown eyes of a sloth hanging from a tree: a day in Costa Rica is a tropical dream come alive. Pura […]

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Matches Made in Heaven

Label lovers and brand aficionados, rejoice! Your favorite brands have taken to the high seas and can now be found on your next cruise. Cruise lines are launching new land-based brands to help set their ships apart from their competitors and enrich the overall cruise experience, according to Carnival Cruise spokesman Vance Gulliksen. Check out […]

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Your Story: A Disney Dream Job

Haley Cobb and Hunter Haag were the kind of kids who knew exactly what they wanted to do when they grew up. Family vacations to Walt Disney World had left such a strong impression that they wanted to create magical moments for others, just like those they had experienced. “Going to Disney molded me as […]

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Captivating Cambodia

Exploring the intoxicating landscape and rich history of this Southeast Asian nation.   Morning Reflections Close your eyes and imagine you’re walking a long driveway. It’s pre-dawn and the only light is from hundreds of multi-sized beams ranging from small pen light size to standard flashlights. The only sounds are the patter of feet padding […]

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Trip Notes: Nine Best Travel Packing Hacks

There are two types of travelers: those who pack light and those who wish they had. Packing efficiently gives you the freedom of keeping everything with you in an overhead bin. It also saves you money on checked luggage fees.  The downside? If you pack too light, you run the risk of forgetting something important […]

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Cruising the Canal: An Epic Canal Deserves an Epic Experience

Seeing the mind-bending Panama Canal, touted as “one of the seven wonders of the modern world” by the American Society of Civil Engineers, used to be considered a once in a lifetime encounter. Now, this storied waterway that divides two continents and connects two oceans is one of the most popular repeat list cruising destinations […]

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