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One For Foodies: Modern Ways To Dine Abroad

    Long gone are the days when dining out meant searching endlessly for the local hotspots only to endure the disappointment of choosing the wrong location. Today, food and travel go hand in hand and resorting back to your hotel doesn’t have to be the only option. It has become much easier for travelers to...

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Why You Will Never Regret Traveling

    “I wish hadn’t spent so much time holidaying” said no one ever.  What people do regret, however, is not travelling enough. In fact, research shows that it’s one of the most common lifetime regrets. So many of us consider going on a trip, but it’s always in the context of “some day.” But the...

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Europe Comes In All Shapes & Sizes

    Is there truly something for everyone at every time, anywhere else, other than in Europe?  We think not.  The variety, complexity and appeal brought about from 44 unique cultures and climates on one amazing continent make it so that a trip to Europe can be exactly what you want and more, at any time...

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The Real Africa: 72 Years In The Making

    72 years in the making…we introduces you to our Africa – brand new trips that Trafalgar has crafted with first-hand knowledge and a connection to the local heritage that you won’t find with anyone else. For us, it’s being able to share our love of Africa – our iKhaya or ‘home’, where the Tollman...

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Picture This: The Largest Cruise Ship Ever to Transit the Panama Canal

As you can see, it was a tight fit when the newest mega-ship at sea arrived at one of the man-made wonders of the world in an iconic photo-op for the modern age of cruise travel. On her inaugural sailing from the shipyard where she was built in Germany, towards her homeport of Seattle, the Norwegian...

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The World's Tallest Geyser Is At It Again

It's a geological mystery and a rare spectacle of Nature at the world's first National Park.  Yellowstone National Park occupies over 2.2 million acres of land in Wyoming, Montana and Idaho – larger than Rhode Island and Delaware combined! The park's famously magnificent vistas include forests, lakes, waterfalls and petrified forests, all home to a treasure...

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Video: The World's Largest Spring Flower Garden - in Full Bloom on a Tulip-Time River Cruise!

They call it 'The Garden of Europe', and it's open for only 8 short weeks every spring. The spectacular Keukenhof garden in the Netherlands is said to be the largest spring flower garden in the world – and it's the highlight of our Avalon Tulip Time river cruise. BestTrip.TV filmed this once-a-year explosion of color of...

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10 Tips When You Travel To Amsterdam From A Monograms Local Host

There's nothing better when you travel than having a friend in town to give you the insider tips only a local would know. Most of us don't have friends everywhere on our travel bucket lists. But we do have Monograms.Monograms tours take the best elements of traveling on your own – and the best parts of...

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Packing Tips for Happier Trips

    We’ve all been there, standing over an empty suitcase feeling a little bit panicked about what to bring and what not to bring. If you pack too much, you wind up lugging all kinds of stuff you never use, but if you bring too little, you’ll inevitably find yourself very uncomfortable at some point...

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Now You Can Take the Chunnel Train to a New Destination in Europe

London to Paris for a romantic weekend? Belgium to London for tea? Travelers have gotten used to having the option of a high-speed train connecting city centre London to mainland Europe via the tunnel under the Channel.    Brexit politics aren't slowing down travel between the British Isles and Europe, either. So now the Eurostar is...

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7 Reasons to Cruise Canada and New England on Seabourn

One of the greatest natural spectacles in the world is the unmatched explosion of colorful foliage that takes place in Eastern Canada and the North-Eastern US every autumn.  And it's best experienced by cruise ship. Our cruise on the Seabourn Quest navigated the St. Lawrence from Montreal with calls at Quebec City, Canada's Maritime provinces, then...

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Video: Get a Bird's-Eye View of One of the Natural Wonders of the World

Something amazing happens when the highest tides in the world arrive in Saint John, New Brunswick. Twice a day, tides in Canada's Bay of Fundy rise as high as 56 feet in places – the height of a 5-storey building! In Saint John, New Brunswick, the St. John River drains into the Bay of Fundy. When the Bay...

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If You Think Bigger is Better, You'll Love the New Largest Ship at Sea

March 31st 2018 was a red-letter day in marine lore.  Royal Caribbean's Symphony of the Seas set sail with her first group of passengers.  It marks the 25th ship of the fleet – and the largest passenger cruise ship ever built. 5518 guests sail on this architectural marvel of a ship that's 3 and a half...

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Holland America Line's Culinary Council®

  An elite team of seven world-renowned chefs is charting an exciting course for dining across our fleet. With their global expertise and diverse culinary specialties, they’re adding inspired new signature dishes to our menus. The Culinary Council is led by Holland America Line’s Master Chef Rudi Sodamin.    •    Rudi Sodamin, Master Chef and Culinary...

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Why Travel with G Adventures?

  G Adventures is an adventure travel pioneer offering the planet's most awe-inspiring selection of affordable small-group tours, safaris and expeditions. Our award-winning trips embrace authentic accommodation, exotic cuisine and local transport to put travellers on a first-name basis with the planet’s people, cultures, landscapes and wildlife.  Why Travel with G Adventures? A Different Way to...

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Dive Into Culture: Experience Tuscan Cooking with Chef Libero in Florence

    Imagine weaving around crates of freshly plucked olives and the plumpest, juiciest tomatoes you ever did see. The smell of basil wafting in the air. To get you intimately acquainted with Tuscan cooking, our insider experience with local expert Chef Libero will take you to the finest markets in Florence and back to his...

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12 Relationships You'll Find on a Contiki Trip

  Travel is an experience best shared, and a Contiki trip provides the perfect people to make your trip as epic as possible.  You may have one, or you may have all 12, but guaranteed, you’re gonna leave a Contiki with some epic relationships, whether you start out solo or not.     Here are 12...

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Seven of the Most Spectacular Dining Experiences in the World

  In a world where the quality of food continues to skyrocket, it’s simply not enough just to provide brilliant standalone dishes any more. People want a little magic sprinkled here and there, something that elevates their food into the realm of the remarkable. From dinner served in the middle of the desert to dining like...

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Why Is It Called Easter Island?

That's actually a trick question. This tiny dot in the eastern South Pacific ocean, but technically territory of Chile, is actually Rapa Nui.The world over, Easter Island is synonymous with exotic mysteries of an impossibly distant, long-lost civilization and mind-boggling human endeavor.It may be the most remote inhabited island on the planet. Only a few thousand people live...

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Film Set Fantasy: Go On Location in Ireland

The Emerald Isle is Hollywood gold! Lovers of green beer and big parties may dream of visiting Ireland for St. Patrick's Day festivities. But if cinematic drama is more your style, Ireland is where your fantasy of standing in the spectacular natural setting of some your favorite movies can come true.Ireland's dramatic scenery has been the...

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It's All About Family

Like you, we believe our clients deserve the most incredible family vacations – ones filled with plenty of “Let’s do that again!” moments. Today’s families are more discerning than ever, and our carefully chosen travel experiences will give them just the right amount of thrills and relaxation they want – all while providing them the very...

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Best Family Beaches

Cape May Beach - Cape May, New Jersey At the Beach at Cape May, mathplourde on Visual Hunt / CC BY No matter the beach, the Jersey Shore is a great destination for families. Still, Cape May wins our vote with a combination of historic charm and modern fun. Build sandcastles and visit an old lighthouse...

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Charting a Whole New Course of Action in Europe

  Everyone travels to see new things, but many travel to do new things as well. With Avalon Waterways’ Active Discovery River cruises, there are activities for travellers with varying interests and for all energy and fitness levels. From action-packed experiences and interactive discoveries to traditional sightseeing, you can tailor a vacation to suit your interests...

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3 Greek Islands You Must Visit Before You Die

Greece is famous as the cradle of Western civilization. It's the birthplace of democracy, Western philosophy, literature and drama, marathons, the Olympics, plus some of your favorite math principles. Modern Greece consists of a mountainous mainland and hundreds of islands surrounded by the Aegean, Ionian, Cretan and Mediterranean Seas.  Over two hundred of the islands are...

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A Jewish Heritage Tour of South America

What’s better than an Argentina vacation? Adding Uruguay to go with it.Talk of the Town’s ‘A Jewish Heritage Tour of South America’, which departs June 4-14, 2018, hits all the classic stops, like Montevideo, Colonia, Buenos Aires, Santa Fe and Moiseville. But what really sets this itinerary apart from other South America itineraries is its focus...

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Here’s Why You Should Book with WestJet Vacations

With so much competition clamoring for you to book with them, it’s good to do your research. So, why should you choose WestJet Vacations? Well, we did the research for you. To make it easy, we’ve put together the following handy top 10 guide (in no particular order) to make your booking decision easy. Top 10...

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20 Things You Must Pack For Your Next Trip - and 1 Thing To Skip

Luggage allowances are shrinking and on many airlines, checking a bag comes at an additional cost.  So a savvy traveler only packs what's most important. Travel Expert and BestTrip.TV Producer/ Host Lynn Elmhirst has packing down to a science. Here's what's in her bag. The smartest travelers and frequent fliers try to never check a bag.  Not...

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The Jewish Glories of Spain & Morocco

It’s impossible to pack in a thousand years in just 10 days, but we certainly try our best on ‘The Jewish Glories of Spain & Morocco’ tour.Both countries boast rich and long Jewish histories that date back thousands of years, a history that’s worth retelling for generations to come. Departing May 6-16, 2018, this itinerary will...

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February - Where Romance Reigns

With their sunny skies and endless beaches, Mexico and the islands of the Caribbean offer love birds the perfect refuge for a romantic getaway. They’re also home to some of the absolute best vacation values thanks to their exhaustive array of luxe, all-inclusive resorts where nearly every amenity – from gourmet dining and drinks to watersports...

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Women of Valor

So often the women in biblical times are often relegated to the sidelines, nameless, faceless bystanders who few people know much about. But now, Talk of the Town Travel is putting them front and centre while on the ‘Women of Valor’ tour, a journey that shines the spotlight on Christian, Jewish and Moslem women – both...

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Dancing The Creative Path Retreat, Cozumel, Mexico

Sometimes you just wanna dance. And dance you will while on this three-day getaway to Cozumel!Talk of the Town’s ‘Dancing The Creative Path Retreat, Cozumel, Mexico’, departing March 14-17, 2018, invites all dancers, no matter the skill level, to participate in a series of nine workshops led by Pollyana Blanco, author of ‘In Rhythm With Your...

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5 Things You Must Do At Mardi Gras

New Orleans is home to one of the world's greatest parties.  Like other Carnival celebrations, Mardi Gras grew from the Christian practice of feasting and celebrating on 'Mardi Gras' – which means 'Fat' Tuesday - on Shrove Tuesday, just before the solemn fasting of the 40-day pre-Easter season of Lent.  The actual dates differ every year. ...

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What is the Top Golf Travel Destination in the Asia Pacific Region?

Twice in a row, the International Association of Golf Tour Operators has named New Zealand the golf destination in Asia Pacific with the best experience for golf travelers. Do you think of New Zealand as the golf world's hidden gem? In fact, only Scotland has more golf courses per capita in the world. This island nation...

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Sacre Bleu! Discover Iconic Paris

    Do you know the Notre Dame from the Sacre Coeur? Trafalgar invites you to discover the most famous sights in and around one of the most romantic cities in the world – Paris – and take the quiz to find out how well you know the city. 1.    The Tuileries Garden This iconic park...

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Visiting the Alhambra Palace

  The Alhambra Palace ranks among the world’s most revered sites, as capable of inspiring wonder in the 21st century as it was at the time of its construction some eight centuries ago. “When guests finish the tour of the complex they are tired but amazed,” says Dom Nemer, an Insight Vacations Travelling Concierge who has...

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What is it About Europe That Makes it So Perfect For First Time Travellers?

    When the wanderlust grabs a hold of you and you go on your first real trip, we all seem to find ourselves in Europe. It’s just what you do and where you go when you’re ready to start your life of adventures abroad. But why?  Here’s why, in our unscientific opinion, first-time travellers choose...

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The US Government Shutdown Has Limited Impact on Travel So Far

by Richard D'Ambrosio of Travelmarket Report Members of Congress will reconvene later today (January 22, 2018) to vote on a short-term budget compromise that will allow the government to fully fund its operations, but for the most part, travelers should see little immediate impact from the government shutdown initiated over the weekend. A provision in the government’s operating rules...

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The Magic of Europe

Steeped in more than 25 centuries of history, art, architecture, and culture, Europe is a brilliant mosaic of sights and sounds – and every country is certain to stimulate your senses. With so many countries, cities, and regions to choose from, deciding on just where to travel in Europe can seem a daunting task. Remember that...

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Newfoundland and Labrador

Tours highlight Newfoundland and LabradorCombining famous friendliness, jaw-dropping scenery and memorable seafood meals, there’s a “new” darling on the Canadian tourism scene: Newfoundland and Labrador.St John Harbour Newfoundland by Michel_Rathwell on VisualHunt.com / CC BYAnd what better way to explore this vast and remarkable province than in the company of new friends? Globus, a world leader...

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Cruise Into Savings

Helping Travellers ‘Cruise Into Savings’ With Exclusive Vacation OffersOur agency, has just mailed our latest brochure 'Cruise Into Savings' to help inspire travellers with special cruise deals this winter. Cruisers-to-be can choose from a variety of exclusive offers including stateroom upgrades, shipboard credits and pre-paid gratuities from an assortment of the most popular cruise lines. To...

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A Jewish Heritage Tour of India

Did you know that India has a long and storied Jewish past? Want to know more about it? Talk of the Town will delve deep into the country’s Jewish roots with our 12-day ‘A Jewish Heritage Tour of India’, departing Dec. 5-16, 2018. “Many people don’t know that India has a strong connection to the Jewish...

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Our 5 Favorite European Cities

ParisWe love the City of Light! Paris assaults the senses like few other cities. Here you can walk down the same street every day and always discover something you’ve never seen before. Everywhere, delightful aromas of baguettes, sugary crepes, and delicious cheeses waft in the air. And then there are the sounds: the French don’t speak...

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Top 5 Places to Celebrate New Year's Eve

Written by Elaine Glusac Celebrating the promise of a new year ahead, the entire world parties on December 31st. But a handful of cities around the globe have made the big night a bucket-list reason to travel whether you want to dance in a New York street, champagne-toast in the City of Light or surf an Australian...

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Feel Right at Home in a Far Away Place

Days and nights with Holland America Line are among the most memorable of a lifetime. Sail in classic style on beautifully appointed mid-sized ships where gracious service anticipates every desire. Relax in a chaise lounge, melt into a massage table, or learn to arrange flowers, blend wine and edit digital photos. Surprise and delight your palate...

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The "10 Most Christmassy" Towns in the U.S.

A hundred miles north of Detroit lies Frankenmuth, Michigan, a literal step back in time. From the moment you pull off the exit on I-75, you are transported to a European village – Michigan’s self-proclaimed Little Bavaria – complete with window flower boxes, lederhosen and what is arguably the "most Christmassy" place in America.   1....

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Destination Wedding Checklist

Here, five no-fail tips: 1. The Basics In general, organization experts suggest laying out your clothing options a few weeks before your trip, adding and subtracting as needed. Since you’ll be so occupied with wedding tasks, you should aim to have everything packed and ready to carry about one week before your departure. Using your wedding...

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4 Tips for Planning a Family Reunion Cruise

Over the years, families tend to spread out further and further away — which is why it’s important to put effort into planning fun family gatherings each year! Family cruises are a great way to ensure that you get to see your loved ones and that you all can take a little time off together to...

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Discover Silversea's Caribbean - Island Paradise Like Only We Can Deliver

Experience all the Caribbean has to offer with Silversea!

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Welcome to Our World

Do it all on Holland America Line's mid-sized ships!

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Offering Unique Vacation Experiences For Families

Family Getaway mailer has hit the streets!

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