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51 Great Summer Vacation Ideas

Something for everyone in the family to love this summer

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51 Great Summer Vacation Ideas

Summer vacation is the time to reconnect and relax with family, and recreate some favorite childhood memories together. What does it for you? Is it lying on a beach or around a resort pool, hiking mountain trails, learning history from a national park ranger, exploring a new city, being thrilled by an exotic adventure or a daring new theme park ride? — Family Travel Forum

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10 top chocolate spots for Valentine’s Day treats

The trend for chocolate is very hot now — like it was for wine and cigars.

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10 top chocolate spots for Valentine’s Day treats

Dessert Professional magazine announced their Top Ten Chocolatiers at a first annual celebration event on Wednesday, January 27, at the Institute of Culinary Education (ICE) in Manhattan’s Brookfield Place. Florida’s Norman Love became the first inductee to the Chocolatier Hall of Fame. — USA Today Travel

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Five myths about travel insurance and terrorism

The recent terrorist attacks in Paris and Mali have put many travelers on edge.

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Five myths about travel insurance and terrorism

The recent terrorist attacks in Paris and Mali, not to mention the warnings for major cities around the world, have put many travelers on edge. For those of us who’ve already bought and paid for a trip, or are planning to travel in the near future, travel insurance might seem like a good idea. But what can it really do for you in these circumstances? Here are five myths about travel insurance and terrorism.— USA Today

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NOLA’s backyard: Boudin and beyond in Cajun country

Fun on the bayou always involves food. And plenty of it.

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NOLA’s backyard: Boudin and beyond in Cajun country

“Jambalaya, a crawfish pie, filé gumbo…
Son of a gun we’ll have big fun on the bayou.”
–Hank Williams
Fun on the bayou always involves food. And plenty of it. One of the most ubiquitous treats, boudin balls, can be found everywhere from gas stations to fancy butler passed hors d’ouevre trays.—USAToday.com

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Napa Valley’s Wydown Hotel for Wine Lovers

Wydown is a chic 12-room boutique hotel in the heart of Napa Valley wine country.

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Napa Valley’s Wydown Hotel for Wine Lovers

Wydown is a chic 12-room boutique hotel in the heart of Napa Valley wine country. Located on Main Street in St. Helena (population 5,947), the hotel exudes a calming effect that encourages couples to stroll hand in hand through the quaint town or luxuriate in the hot tub and gaze at the stars. The hotel appeals to sophisticated, well-heeled visitors of all ages, and to romantics who enjoy ambling through an historic small town but appreciate returning to modern accommodations.—Honeymoons.About.com

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Touring Both Sides of the Tracks in India

The trains that unite the Indian mainland connect people in unexpected ways.

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Touring Both Sides of the Tracks in India

It wasn’t until I had traversed the street running past Mumbai’s main CST rail station three times, that I realized I was seeing the same people over and over; a woman hanging dohtis out to dry on a parking barricade, a man studiously brewing chai over a tiny coal fire, children rolling on plastic tarps on the sidewalk, laughing and playing.—Medium.com; October 2015

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Spring Break Getaways with Kids in Tow

Fresh Ideas for Family Partying

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Spring Break Getaways with Kids in Tow

The perfect spring break getaway is one of the easiest and best value vacations to plan. Tucked between the pricey winter holidays and the crowded summer ones (or vice versa in some parts of the world), vacations between February and April are easier on your budget, too.—Family Travel Forum

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Rooms With A Story

A Grand Swiss Hotel Brings History to Life

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Rooms With A Story

The Plaza has its Eloise and the Stanley of The Shining fame its haunted room 418, but at the Hotel Schweizerhof Luzern, every key has a story. Crowned heads, rock stars, political heavyweights, literary geniuses, and classical composers are among the greats who have populated its 101 rooms over its 175-year history. —The Daily Meal, Sept 5, 2015

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Fabulous Fall Getaways

Festivals, Cruises, Deals and Halloween Events Worth the Trip

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Fabulous Fall Getaways

Escaping from the everyday during fall is one of travel’s greatest secret pleasures: the perfect climate, right ratio of visitors to locals, meals that celebrate the harvest bounty, and off season prices that make it truly affordable.—Family Travel Forum Sept 2017

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Romantic Lake Como for the 99 Percent

We didn’t really need George Clooney to tell us Lake Como is romantic.

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Romantic Lake Como for the 99 Percent

Greta Garbo made the point in 1932 in the movie “The Grand Hotel.” And so did the 19th century composer Franz Liszt who declared that “the story of two happy lovers” should be set there. Lake Como is the ideal setting for a fairy tale wedding, a honeymoon, an anniversary celebration, possibly even a proposal.

Lake Como, ringed by stately Italian villas the color of faded terra cotta and burnt ochre, is touted as a playground of the rich and famous. Celebrities are spotted at Villa d’Este, the Grand Hotel Tremezzo, or the villa of a Russian oligarch. But does one have to be rich to take a romantic getaway at Lake Como? Actually, no!—Everett Potter’s Travel Report

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