The Algarve: Driving Southern Portugal

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Portugal’s southern coast is one of breathtaking beauty. The Algarve region is a popular summer destination, famous for its beaches, but there is plenty to see and do year around. Hiking: A three-hour drive from Lisbon, the mountain town of Monchique is a refreshing and off the beaten path destination. Beautiful vistas are everywhere and […]

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Top Things to do in Lisbon

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If you’re in love with Europe’s cobblestoned streets of the past, Lisbon is the place for you. Okay, so my first suggestion is not something you must do, but something you must eat. Pastéis de Belém (pash-TAYSH duh ba-LINE) refers to the popular pastry dating back to the Portuguese medieval period. It is egg-based and […]

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How to Pack for a Safari, in a Carry-on

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I like it when my luggage arrives at my final destination. Fortunately, it always has. This past summer was my first trip to Africa, and I had heard stories of bags going missing en route to Tanzania. There was no way I was going to risk losing my baggage. So I decided to pack everything […]

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The Day Travel Changed Me

Getting from here to there in Tanzania.

  I had traveled over 7,000 miles by plane to reach Kathmandu. After a hair-raising ride in a tiny taxi with holes in the floor, I arrived safely at the hotel. Perfect timing for a shower. Apparently, a cockroach thought so, too. The creepy critter was making his way across the bathroom floor, an unwelcome […]

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How to Choose a Mountain Guide

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I hopped on the back of the tiny motorcycle in Jarabacoa, a tropical yet rustic Dominican town at 1,736 feet above sea level. My driver was a soft-spoken man, who acted surprised when asked the night before if he’d bring me a helmet to wear. He rested his backpack on top of the gas tank […]

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