Big cities have big name recognition with travelers, especially when planning a once-in-a-lifetime type trip to a destination like Europe. But getting out of town, and leaving those well-known cities behind, can come with big benefits.
Paris, London, Rome and Amsterdam. They’re all big cities, and even if you’ve never been, you tend to know a decent amount about them. Leave city limits – and all bets are off. But in Amsterdam, that’s a good thing.
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The devastation in Northern California wine country is unprecedented. The images – particularly of neighborhoods in Santa Rosa, my hometown, are horrifying. But it doesn’t matter where you live, truthfully. Folks around the world watched the scenes play out in disbelief. I was in Ecuador when I received a text from my neighbor asking if I was going to evacuate. That’s how I found out about the wildfires ravaging Napa and Sonoma. Even there, folks knew what was going on in my hometown.
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It’s that time of year again. Fall is here. Kids are back in school. Not ready to say goodbye to summer?
Just visit spots where you can make a splash and feel like it’s summer all year round.
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After years of being off limits, Cuba is open to American travelers. But questions still remain about planning a trip.
The idea of traveling to Cuba can be overwhelming. It’s different than anywhere else in the Caribbean. It’s confusing, but it’s doable. There are just some things you need to know.
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Camping is a summertime must-do for many folks.
The list of things to love about enjoying the great outdoors is long, but the preparation takes a great deal of work, and the roughing it part, basically that sleeping on the ground thing, rules out camping for a number of folks.
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Not being able to get a non-stop flight, has a knack for stopping vacation planning before it even has a chance to heat up. But thanks to some new flights taking off, exploring is easier than ever from the San Francisco Bay Area.
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Everyone likes to getaway, especially on long weekends, but don’t forget to take advantage your own backyard. Memorial Day weekend serves as the kickoff for summer, and this year the must do list in the San Francisco Bay Area seems longer than ever.
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The list of places to visit in the Caribbean is long. And it’s about to get even longer.
Island hopping has long been a thing. A fun thing. But if you’re the type of traveler who likes to go places off the beaten bath, the Caribbean probably hasn’t been on your radar. But good news, there still are spots where mass tourism isn’t the norm.
First stop, Nicaragua’s Corn Islands.
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For most folks a trip to Yellowstone National Park, is what summer vacations are made for. But winter has some perks worth considering when planning your next park adventure.
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Part of the fun of traveling somewhere new is the unexpected. Even when you’ve done your research, surprises can be a good thing. Unexpected wows. That’s what I like to call them. Even if you’ve read countless travel websites and every guidebook out there, they can sneak up on you.
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