Winter Get-a-Way to the Philippines

Summer has ended in California and the drizzly rain has arrived. About this time each year I start searching online for far off places to visit where I can bask in the sun and escape the cold. In years past I’ve enjoyed going to South East Asia because it’s so beautiful and reasonably priced versus traveling in the United States. We have done Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Indonesia. Recently, our dear friends came back from vacation in the Philippines and…

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Discovering the Best Regions of Spain

Spain is one of Europe’s most popular holiday destinations, attracting both first time and return visitors who come to explore the country’s varied topography and cultures. For those who have never spent time in Spain it can be tempting to visit one or two of the major cities and think you have gotten a good sampling of Spanish experiences. But it is only when you travel more widely, from Galicia to Calatunya, or Tenerife to Granada, that you truly begin…

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Best European Cruise Destinations For Solo Travelers

Do you love to travel solo? Or does the idea of going abroad alone make you feel anxious? The only way to know if travelling solo is for you is to give it a try. Many people say that solo travel opens your eyes much more than travelling in a group, and that being on your own pushes you to meet new people and try new things. Do you agree? One good way to get a feel for solo travelling is…

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The Ultimate Babymoon Destination: Villa del Palmar

With our first child on the way in a few months, my wife (easily) convinced me to pack our bags for one last vacation with just the two of us. Soon enough it’ll be all about diapers and car seats, but for now, we wanted tropical and decided that Cabo San Lucas was the perfect quick escape to paradise. Now well into my 30’s, it’s clear that what I’m looking for in a Mexico beach vacation getaway has matured right…

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Land at The Bird Rock Hotel

Nestled in the heart of San Juan Island’s downtown is the Friday’s Historic Inn building. That’s where the Bird Rock Hotel lives, perfectly situated near the market and across the way from the ferry terminal that takes you to and from the mainland. It’s in the center of the walkable harbor district, close to the restaurants, shops and attractions. The structure is dramatically contradictory. Outside you see a warn-in, historic harbor town building. The moment you walk in the door you…

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Local Voices: Amanda Ponzio-Mouttaki

 This installment of Local Voices features Amanda, an American woman living in Marrakech with her Moroccan-American husband and their two children.  Where did you grow up?  I grew up in northeastern Wisconsin right on the border of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  Very rural and lacking of diversity. What was it like where you grew up? I think it’s one of those places that you either can’t imagine leaving or can’t wait to get out and never turn back. I was…

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