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Food Lover’s Guide to the Big Island of Hawaii

Hawaii has long been associated with growing three foods—pineapples, sugar, and macadamia nuts—but they are now cheaper to grow in other parts of the world and aren't as prevalent in the 50th state as the once were. On a recent trip to Hawaii…
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The ghosts of Paris at Pere Lachaise

As the Woody Allen film Midnight in Paris depicted, the City of Lights has a long history of attracting fascinating characters. All those people eventually have to end up somewhere, often at Pere Lachaise and Montparnasse Cemetery. Paris has…
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Things to do in Las Vegas without gambling

Strolling down the Strip in Las Vegas, our faces were overwhelmed by the glow of a million pulsating lights. We don’t gamble so what would we do in a city that is defined by casinos? We weren’t alone. Las Vegas is one of the country’s…
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Caution! Don’t order a Black and Tan at Irish pubs in Dublin!

If you don’t want to get tossed out of Irish pubs in Dublin (or anywhere in Ireland, really) then don’t order a Black and Tan. I wish I had read that before we went there. Brush up on your Irish pub etiquette before visiting the Emerald…
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7 tips for how to drive on the left side of the road

With a little planning it's easy to drive on the left side of the road. On our around-the-world journey we spent more time driving on the left side of the road than we did on the right; doing so in Ireland, the UK, Australia, New Zealand and…
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Jerusalem, it’s complicated

Jerusalem is the most difficult city to decipher on earth. That’s not just us saying it. Try finding it on Google Maps. For security reasons high-resolution satellite pictures are not available, reducing the city to a fuzzy haze. This complexity…
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Postcards from Pyongyang: Images of North Korea

We'd like to share some images of North Korea from postcards we picked up in Pyongyang. Some of them display the incessant propaganda while others are images of the modern city center. Unless you've avoided all media, you've probably…
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A visit to the Cambodian Landmine Museum

The Cambodian Landmine Museum and Relief Centre may be the only museum in the world that prints this disclaimer on their tickets: "Everything on display has been inspected 100% free from explosives." Would that the fields in the nearby countryside…
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Mostly free things to do in Auckland

Guest Post from Kathryn I grew up in New Zealand and was always looking for free things to do in Auckland. From nature hikes to museums to contemporary art, here are a few of my favorites. 1)  Stroll the boardwalk between Mission Bay and St…
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Is dulce de leche the best flavor in the world?

Dulce de leche seems simple. It's made up of just two ingredients: milk and sugar. The milk and sugar are slowly cooked so the sugar caramelizes, creating an intense, complex sweetness that is the best flavor on earth. The birthplace of…
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Free things to do in Cairns, Australia; even free scuba

Cairns is a popular jumping off point to explore the Great Barrier Reef. There are many free things to do in Cairns, we'll even give you some tips on how you can scuba for free. Since Australia is so expensive, you have to take advantage…
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How to travel: 14 Travel Myths Debunked (Part 2)

This week we tackle travel myths and misconceptions related to destinations. In our many years of travel to 70 countries, we've learned to take what we read in guidebooks with a grain of salt and form our own opinions. Some places were…
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Free things to do in Medellin

From guest writer Dani Blanchette ~ Medellin, Colombia has emerged from a turbulent past and evolved into a modern city on the forefront of technology and public transportation. There are many free things to do in Medellin for all…

11 free things to do in Boston

By Lola of Lola's Travels ~ When I think of Boston, the first things that come to mind are Harvard, Paul Revere & the Boston Tea Party. There is so much history here and those few things are just the start of an exciting visit. Luckily,…
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How to travel to North Korea

Update June, 2017: Since our visit to North Korea in 2011, the recent death of American tourist Otto Warmbier, who was detained while visiting the country, is a tragic situation that is inexcusable. Accordingly, despite our feelings that…
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Centralia Pennsylvania: The unforgettable fire

Thomas Wolfe said you can't go home again. But what if you can't go home again because it no longer exists? Centralia Pennsylvania used to have a Norman Rockwell atmosphere: Little League games, Memorial Day parades and  neighbors looking…
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Purple Haze: Pollution in Chiang Mai

We really looked forward to visiting Chiang Mai in northern Thailand. Travel writers outdid themselves crafting clever similes to describe its ethereal beauty and local color. Others used one word repeatedly to describe it: amazing. That…

Wings over Lord of the Rings

When Peter Jackson chose New Zealand to film his epic Lord of the Rings trilogy it wasn't just because he's a Kiwi. The scenery is truly spectacular. It's the best of America's national parks all crammed into a relatively compact area. Picture…