International travel can be overwhelming to new travelers -- especially when regulations are in play. Scam artists are aware of this fact, and often target new international travelers and their passports before they leave home. With promises of validating passports or fast tracking visa applications, scam artists are quick to separate travelers from their money through any number of passport scams. In...
Having just returned from Rome for the umpteenth time I realized how much easier I find Italy as a tourist than my first trip here back in 2006. If only I had known what I know now, I could of avoided some sticky situations and a few embarrassments. When I am in Italy I see tourists make the same...
Connecticut offers an abundance of possibilities for freewheeling families. Wedged between New York’s Hudson Valley and the Quinebaug River, the state’s rolling orchards, forested mountains and brilliant foliage represent some of the East Coast’s loveliest scenery -- barely an hour’s drive from New York and Boston. So, whether you’re looking for a series of long weekend breaks or some quality...
Even the most seasoned travelers can encounter unexpected snafus, from flight delays and inclement weather to lost passports. But while you can’t do much to prevent those mishaps, there are certain things you can do to make sure you’re as prepared as possible if and when they happen. Ahead, 10 rookie mistakes travelers make — along with advice on how...
Number of passengers Ocean: Up to 6,296 (Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas). River: Up to 190 (on Viking River Cruises).   Destinations Ocean: Remote islands like Tahiti, major Mediterranean ports, far reaches of the globe (the North Pole region, for example). River: Inland cities and towns most oceangoing ships can’t get close to (like Luxor, Egypt, and Budapest).   Excursions Ocean: From ATV jungle treks to Zodiac boat trips to ice floes in Antarctica. River: Small-scale walking...
Expansive sapphire-blue skies, soaring red rocks, shifting white sand dunes that gleam in the sun — what better way to beat the cold than with a vacation to a desert? Forget the Sahara: You can find surreal and expansive landscapes to explore in the American Southwest and Pacific. From glamorous desert cities that buzz with excitement to solace-inspiring stretches...
Enjoy cold and snowy days in the world's winter capital. Oslo Winter Park The largest ski resort in the Oslo area, with 18 slopes and 11 lifts, just 30 minutes from the city centre. Oslo Winter Park expects to open... Spikersuppa Skating Rink The Spikersuppa ice skating rink in the middle of Oslo city centre is open and free for everybody. ...
Vacation: a chance to relax, unwind… and completely fall off the “healthy living” wagon! How is it that we can go months and months in perfect routine, dutifully eating healthy, never missing a workout, and staying on target, but a single week of vacation can be enough to throw us completely off balance and send us back to square one? Sure, it’s one...
Stunning views of the Hollywood Sign unfold at your own pace on hiking trails that meander through the rolling chaparral of the Santa Monica Mountains.  Trails originally blazed by paws, hooves, and yucca-thatched moccasins now connect us to cultural as well as natural wonders. The western frontier of Griffith Park offers hikers amazingly close encounters with the Sign, which...
If you are travelling to Switzerland, consider yourself very lucky. Switzerland is a beautiful country to visit, and will stay engrained in your memory forever. You will see magnificent mountains and peaceful lakes. Switzerland is a country with splendour absolutely everywhere you look. Secondly, you will need to know the tipping etiquette for this country. Most services include a “service”...

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