September 27, 2016

Colombiaís Cartagena de Indias Offers UNESCO Charm, Affordable Luxury

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† Long discussed among international expats and indie travelers as a must-see destination, Colombiaís Cartagena de Indias has remained somewhat off the mainstream vacation radar of North American tourists. Lately though, Cartagena seems to be coming into its own. With a large portion of the city designated as a world heritage site by UNESCO, recreational [...]

Active Adventure, Veg-Friendly Food Scene Available on St. Lucia

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† If you thought sunbathing and spa treatments were your only itinerary options on the island of St. Lucia, think again. This Caribbean destination boasts nature trails, rainforest zip-lining, interactive volcano experiences and a developing food scene with serious potential. Headed there soon? Consider including the following activities and venues on your St. Lucia tourism [...]

Great Travel Gear for Girls

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† Women who spend a great deal of time on the road will be the first to tell you that logistical and scheduling stressors can be greatly reduced by having access to items which are designed to go the distance on the road. Whether you are getting ready for a trip of your own, shopping [...]

Greenville, South Carolina Offers Great Family Travel Value

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This South Carolina destination is large-dog friendly and offers a sense of Seattle chic in the South Atlantic with plenty of classic Americana thrown in for good measure. Main Street offers a scenic place to stroll, with a variety of shops and sidewalks wide enough to accommodate canines of all sizes. A free trolley system, [...]

Fun Finds for Vegan Air Travel

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† Navigating vegan vacations on the ground is one thing, but frequent travelers need more than basic salted nuts in order to stay fueled for problem solving in the air. Sure, more airport venues are stepping up with veggie burgers and individual fruit purchases, but once your plane goes wheels up youíre basically trapped in [...]

Packing a Frugal First Aid Kit

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On a recent trip to the Caribbean, an accidental injury reminded me that skimping on first aid supplies is a packing strategy with potentially serious repercussions. Repercussions I was going to have to deal with before I could possibly continue with my travel itinerary. Fortunately, I was able to fashion the few items I had [...]

Craft Stores Offer Creative Solutions to Travel Needs

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† On a recent trip to a well-known craft store, I noticed a selection of colorful wall chargers and mini USB cords available for $5. While they were obviously positioned for impulse purchasing, the display did make me stop and think. What other fun and frugal travel finds were available at craft stores? I bumped [...]

Try a Tiny Town for Your Next Travel Getaway

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† If your vacation preferences include getting away from the hustle and bustle of city life, but youíd prefer more to do than lounge by the pool, taking a trip to a tiny town may be just what the doctor ordered. Parkingís rarely a drag and crowds donít usually develop unless thereís an annual festival [...]

Asheville Offers Art Scene, Microbrew Circuit

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Adorning the mountains of North Carolina with a hip urban vibe, noteworthy art scene and a growing circuit of artisan microbreweries is the city of Asheville. Phenomenal food and well-preserved historical buildings are also part of the travel itinerary for this particular tourist destination. Hereís how to make the most of your vacation dollars while [...]

Great Spa Getaways for Guys

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Women arenít the only travelers trying to find the best penny-pinching options for a little pampering. Men have been demanding their own service preferences for some time now, and the industry has stepped up and taken notice. If youíre interested in a more masculine getaway with your best buds, check out some of these spectacular [...]

Shopping Strategies for a Successful Vegan Getaway

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Traveling while maintaining personal convictions regarding the consumption of animal products can make for tough times, particularly when youíre tackling unfamiliar destinations. While my personal success rate falls significantly short of 100 percent for longer trips, Iím becoming more adept at long weekends and getaways of up to a couple of weeks. Here are a [...]

Dome of the Rock: Up Close and Personal

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(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); This photo of the Jerusalemís Dome of the Rock was photographed deliberately from a close angle to provide a more modern perspective of this ancient pilgrimage site. Touring the site of this mosque is one of many unique things to do in Jerusalem.

Rooted Buddha

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(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); This giant head from an ancient Buddha statue has remained upright while the roots of a banyan tree have grown up around it. Itís one of the many unique photo opportunities at your disposal during a visit to the ancient city of Ayutthaya, Thailand.

Precious Moments Peruvian Style

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(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); This young girl was photographed playing on the floating islands of Uros, on Lake Titicaca between the nations of Bolivia and Peru. Her colorful clothing and reed play area are typical of this indigenous group.