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8 Things You Should Know Before Traveling to Cuba

Cuba has, without a doubt, become one of the world’s hottest tourist destinations over the last few years. The formerly isolated country is slowly opening up to Americans, and the resulting boost in the tourism industry is encouraging travelers...

Caye Caulker, Belize

Giveaway: Win a $150 Travel Voucher!

If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would you go? Whether you’re dying to escape winter, tired of politics at home, or just have the travel bug, I’ve got a...

Mai Chau Valley, Vietnam

Vietnam Beyond the Bustle: Mai Chau Valley

Hanoi, Hue, Hoi An, Saigon… Most travelers to Vietnam know these city’s names well and are sure to include them in their itinerary. But Vietnam is a massive country (far bigger than I imagined!)...

Cuyabeno Reserve, Amazon, Ecuador

2016: The Travel Year in Review

I’ve declared it already: 2016 was the best year ever. Since 2011, I’ve summarized my travel-filled years (see my posts from 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015), but no year has ever come close...

Grand Canyon

16 Reasons 2016 Was the Best Year Ever

I’ve seen it all over friend’s Facebook posts, the media, and in conversations with friends: 2016 is the worst. Can it just be over already? Between terrorist attacks, disquieting politics, natural disasters, deaths of...

Puncak Pass Resort, Cianjur, Indonesia

Indonesia off the Beaten Path: Spotlight on Cianjur Regency

Many visitors to Indonesia’s choose Bali as their destination, and, as I found out this March, it’s a remarkable place, well-deserving of its status as Indonesia’s most popular island. However, Indonesia consists of up...