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The Unofficial Park Ranger of Riga

In 1992, I traveled to newly-independent Latvia and the neighboring Baltic republics as a tourist, as my partner and I had long been interested in those three little countries in the far northwest of the then recently defunct Soviet Union. I wanted to see and feel the joy for myself, not to mention the beautiful architecture and historic sites -- and, of course, to support their fledgling economies with our tourist dollars.

While sightseeing in Riga, a city I especially…


Added by Jose Balido on October 13, 2015 at 4:31pm — No Comments

Blood Money: A Funny Little Scam in Cartagena, Colombia

On a lovely reent repeat visit to this gorgeous UNESCO World Heritage city, and the previous night, although on my various travels I’ve been hit up (and once literally stuck up) for cash, this one took the cake (the flan?). 

A local friend…


Added by David Paul Appell on October 12, 2015 at 7:12am — No Comments

Tunisia's Kerkennah Islands

The archipelago of the Kerkennah Islands is a paradise for rest and relaxation. Essentially made up of the islands of Chergui and Gharbi, and facing the coast of Sfax, they stand just three meters above sea level. With a population of just 15,000 and having been recently declared a Ramsar Wetland of International Importance,…


Added by Iberostar Hotels & Resorts on October 11, 2015 at 9:07pm — No Comments

The Captain’s Manor Inn: All the Delights of a Cape Cod Autumn

Our favorite travel season is upon us. The summer heat has ebbed, the kids are back in school, traffic is a bit more tolerable, and most lodgings are dropping their prices in anticipation of winter. Best of all, the leaves are putting on their autumnal extravaganza of color. This is an exceptionally rewarding time to visit New England.

We are particularly fond…


Added by Page on October 10, 2015 at 10:56am — No Comments

Shoreham, Vermont's WhistlePig Whiskey Baron

Rye whiskey, an American original, came to life out of necessity during the American Revolution when rum supplies dried up. Scottish and Irish settlers in western Pennsylvania and Maryland came to the rescue using their longstanding expertise in distilling rye grain while a post-presidential George Washington popularized the endeavor distilling rye at Mount Vernon.…


Added by Steve Mirsky on October 9, 2015 at 8:49am — No Comments

Celebrating 147 Years, Atenas, Costa Rica Is an Expat's Dream

“You don’t choose where you are born, but you can choose where you live” wisely states the message from the town hall of Atenas, Costa Rica for its 147th birthday celebration this past August 7.

This pastoral coffee town in…


Added by Shannon Farley on October 8, 2015 at 9:46am — No Comments

Spirits of St. Augustine, Florida

St. Augustine is a very old city - so old, in fact that it is celebrating its 450th year in existence.  Because of its age and rich history, people often come here looking for spirits, like the one at The St. Francis Inn, the oldest continuously operating inn in North America.…


Added by Jim DeLillo on October 7, 2015 at 7:09am — No Comments

18 Tips for Respectful, Responsible, Rewarding Travel

When you go on holiday, try to remember the following :


- Dress respectfully and be aware of local standards.

- Dress modestly at the religious sites.

- Before you leave home, check as much…


Added by Tarek Abdel Halim on October 6, 2015 at 12:52pm — No Comments

California Dreamin’ in the O.C. - 24 Hours in Laguna Beach

Winter, spring, summer or fall - every day is a beach day in Laguna Beach

Since, the majority of my life has revolved around San Francisco and Northern California, where  the weather tends to be 10 to even 20 degrees colder than our neighbors to the south, any chance for a warm beach day has always been something that I cherished.  In my early days as a surfer in Santa Cruz, I have always been drawn to the California…


Added by Nicholas Kontis on October 5, 2015 at 2:14pm — 1 Comment

Brussels Sprouts Plenty of Appeal

Bruselas - Fiestas del Folclore

by Cristóbal Ramírez

For some, Brussels on the surface doesn’t appear to offer all that much to admire – not just politically, but as a place to visit, with a bit of a reputation for being grey, boring, bureaucratic, even soulless. Like most stereotypes, blown way…


Added by Iberia Airlines on October 4, 2015 at 11:26am — No Comments

From Gettysburg to Hastings: Re-enactments and Living History

For some people, history is a thing of the past, over and done with. But for others, history is something through which we can get in touch with our roots and learn something about ourselves and those who came before us. Throughout the world, there are many groups who strive to bring history to the masses, through re-enactment of specific events - such as battles - or…


Added by Agnes Riley on October 3, 2015 at 9:00am — No Comments

Great Expectations – and Surprises – in Cornwall, England

More than a few non-Brits have at least vaguely heard of a place called Cornwall – maybe even that its duke is Prince Charles and its duchess Camilla (née Parker-Bowles), and that it's in the southwest of England. If they're really up on this…


Added by David Paul Appell on October 2, 2015 at 4:39pm — No Comments

When Women Travel Solo

Many women  want to travel alone, or with other women,  and not a guy... a fact most men find very difficult to accept.

And while we think there are too many movies and books that give us too many images of women as helpless victims, the truth is that a majority of women say that security…


Added by Kaleel Sakakeeny on October 1, 2015 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment

Top 5 Beaches of Mexico's Riviera Maya

There are no bad beaches in the Yucatan Peninsula's Riviera Maya, stretching south of Cancun. All of them are paradises of white sand and crystal waters, so any destination a visitor picks will be a good choice. Even so, it is more than evident that each piece of coast is different to the rest, with small nuances which make them…


Added by Iberostar Hotels & Resorts on September 30, 2015 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Rocking the Righteous River Rapids with Pocono Whitewater


Added by Travel Daddy on September 29, 2015 at 10:18am — No Comments

Caribbean Costa Rica Has Been Big in the News in 2015

The beautiful southern Caribbean Costa Rica region has received its share of media love this year as Costa Rica surges in the international news with new flights to the country, better travel opportunities, and newsworthy events happening.

IKEA Films…


Added by Shannon Farley on September 28, 2015 at 8:36pm — No Comments

Tips for Conserving Fuel on Road Trips

The rising cost of fuel is a topic that we are all familiar with and it can affect us both in our daily life plus our holiday travel plans. It is not just the UK that is facing this problem; it is a common factor all over the world and with many of us choosing to book holidays that involve a car hire it…


Added by Auto Europe on September 27, 2015 at 1:16pm — No Comments

Tulbagh, a Wine Valley of Abundance in South Africa

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There are so many…

Added by Elegant Places on September 26, 2015 at 3:23pm — No Comments

Diving Into Delft

Amsterdam is justly celebrated for, among other things, its canals. But if any Netherlands…


Added by Jose Balido on September 25, 2015 at 12:58pm — No Comments

Airport Marshallers: Traffic Cops of the Tarmac

Today we hit the tarmac to learn more about the important role played by the ladies and gents you see outside your aircraft window gesticulating up a storm. They’re called marshallers(known as señaleros in…


Added by Iberia Airlines on September 24, 2015 at 5:00pm — No Comments

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