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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...

Things To Do In Evora Portugal

Things To Do in Evora, Portugal: Visiting Portugal’s Museum City

Seeing all the things to do in Evora, Portugal is like taking a trip back in time.  In fact, Évora is often called Portugal’s “Museum City” because of its preserved architecture.  Evora is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, thanks to more than 2,000 years of history and an escape from damage in the 1755 earthquake that nearly leveled Lisbon. 

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Washington DC

Jefferson Memorial and Tidal Basin with cherry blossoms

Where To See Cherry Blossoms in DC: Maps & Tips From A Local

Every city is beautiful in spring, but I can’t help but think that spring in Washington, D.C. is something extra special. Besides the cherry blossoms that bloom in the Tidal Basin and National Mall, there are so many other lovely places to see flowers throughout the city. In this Washington DC Cherry Blossom Guide, I’ll share the best tips from a local on where...

Mexico

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.

Snorkeling

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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