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Gilão River aerial view of Tavira Portugal

Tavira, Portugal: Where To Stay In The Algarve

Looking for a less-touristy, off-the-beaten path addition to your Portugal itinerary?  I’ve got a contender: the hidden gem of Tavira, Portugal in the eastern Algarve region. Bypass the crowds of Faro and Lagos, and head straight to this charming city on the south coast of Portugal.  With beautiful beaches, a picturesque old town and accessible location, it’s a...

Washington DC


Packing Lists

Morocco Packing List

Morocco Packing List

Morocco is a crossroads. Spend a few weeks traveling here, and you'll find people, cultures, foods, and languages from Arab, African and European...

Snorkeling & Liveaboard Packing List

Liveaboard boat trips are an amazing way to experience snorkeling and diving destinations, but what should you bring? Grab these tips for what to pack for any snorkeling or diving trip, whether based on land or a liveaboard! I’ve used this list all over the world including Southeast Asia, the Caribbean, and the Florida Keys.


a snorkeler swims with manatees in florida

How To Pet A Manatee (Without Going To Jail)

The first time I saw a manatee in the water, I mistook it for a rock.  I first saw the manatee from the beach at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park in Key Largo, Florida.  It had been surfacing for air at the edge of the swimming area, so eventually I put on my fins and snorkel and swam out for a closer look. Unfortunately, it had...

The Inca Trail

Machu Picchu Booking Resources

Located in the Andes Mountains, Machu Picchu is the ruins of a 15th-century Inca city.  The Incas built it around 1450, at the height of their empire, but abandoned it a century later during the...

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Gallery

In recent years, hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu has become a rite of passage for adventure travelers.  By hiking the trail, you enter the park from the "Sun Gate" at dawn and are able to...

Inca Trail Part V: Booking Resource List

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