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Cardiff, Wales: Like a Local
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Cardiff, Wales: Like a Local

It might surprise you to learn that about 20 million people a year come to Cardiff. They’re typically tourists. They come to see St. John the Baptist Church, the castles,… Read More…

Luxe Lavs: Hotels Where You Can Warm Up in Cold Weather
British Isles / Luxe Lavs

Luxe Lavs: Hotels Where You Can Warm Up in Cold Weather

This month, Luxe Lavs contributors Angela Fairhurst and Natalie Compagno went to non-traditional winter destinations, where cold weather can still be cool. They searched out great hotel bathrooms in former castles, mansions, and… Read More…

Bartending Through Galway, Ireland
Culinary Travel / British Isles

Bartending Through Galway, Ireland

When it comes to sampling local culture while you’re traveling, it’s not just about the food. For contributing writer Rachel Weil, local culture usually means an immersion into local wine…. Read More…

Voluntourism Spotlight: Give Back, Go Local, Go London
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Voluntourism Spotlight: Give Back, Go Local, Go London

Peter’s antidote to the Prince George fever that’s hit London this summer is to go local. And we don’t just mean hitting the pub. One great option is to volunteer…. Read More…

Image Credit: Sean C. Kelly
Destinations / British Isles / Culture / Europe

What to Do on Your Second (or Third!) Trip to London

The Royal baby watch is reaching a fever pitch, so it’s time to take a second look at everything that’s great about traveling to London. There’s more to get excited… Read More…

Travel Tip: Hotels with Great Art Collections
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Travel Tip: Hotels with Great Art Collections

People are always willing to travel to see great art, so why not stay at a hotel that’s practically an art gallery in its own right? Check out the Rosewood… Read More…

How to Be Irish All Year: St. Patrick’s Day Parades & Beyond
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How to Be Irish All Year: St. Patrick’s Day Parades & Beyond

St. Patrick’s Day, a holiday that originally paid tribute to the bishop who introduced Christianity to Ireland in the 5th century, has evolved into a celebration of all things Irish…. Read More…

Exploring Ireland’s ‘Wild West’: Galway, Connemara and Inis Mór
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Exploring Ireland’s ‘Wild West’: Galway, Connemara and Inis Mór

Many a visitor heads home from Ireland after sampling the sights—and the Guinness—in Dublin, Kerry and Cork.  Ask the  Irish though and they will tell you not to miss West… Read More…

Travel Tip: The Gathering
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Travel Tip: The Gathering

It’s not often that an entire country gets together to honor its heritage. I’m talking about Ireland, which is celebrating something called The Gathering this year. The idea behind The… Read More…

Voluntourism Spotlight: St. Patrick’s Festival in Dublin
Voluntourism / British Isles / Festivals

Voluntourism Spotlight: St. Patrick’s Festival in Dublin

Nothing says “Ireland” like St. Patrick’s Day. But instead of just watching the parade, get involved!  Head to Dublin March 14-18 where you can actually volunteer to help out at… Read More…

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5 Immersive Travel Experiences for Fans of Downton Abbey

Are you tuning into Downton Abbey? If you’re dreaming of walking the grounds of Downton like Mary and Matthew, the UK has real-life ways for fans to let loose your… Read More…

How You Can Travel Back to Downton Abbey: Castles, High Tea & More
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How You Can Travel Back to Downton Abbey: Castles, High Tea & More

Season Three of Downton Abbey has started and it’s shaping up to the be the best one yet. If you can’t wait until this Sunday’s episode, check out Alyssa Caverley’s… Read More…

Voluntourism: Excavate Roman Ruins in England
Voluntourism / British Isles / Culture / Europe / Museums

Voluntourism: Excavate Roman Ruins in England

Do as the Romans do…in England! Plan ahead for summer 2013, when you can donate your time to scientific research and excavation of the UK’s Roman heritage along the River… Read More…

Travel Hotspots for 2013: A CBS This Morning Report
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Travel Hotspots for 2013: A CBS This Morning Report

Daydreaming of your next vacation? Tracking airfares all the way into next summer? Check out Peter Greenberg’s report on CBS Saturday Morning where he shares his top destination picks for… Read More…

Surviving a Tri-Generational Trip to Ireland
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Surviving a Tri-Generational Trip to Ireland

Traveling with anyone can be challenging, whether it’s a partner or your family. Only if it doesn’t work out, you can’t exactly break up with your family when you return… Read More…

The 2012 London Paralympics
Adventure Travel & Sports / Accessible Travel / British Isles / Olympics

The 2012 London Paralympics

Think London is out of the spotlight for the rest of the year? Guess again. Once the Olympics ended, the city geared up to host the Paralympics. And once again… Read More…

London 2012 Insider’s Guide: Seat Fillers, Sustainable Stadiums & Patriotic Tributes
Travel News / Adventure Travel & Sports / British Isles / Europe / Olympics

London 2012 Insider’s Guide: Seat Fillers, Sustainable Stadiums & Patriotic Tributes

One of our favorite parts about the London Games has been getting the scoop from the stands. Our correspondent Phil Wallace made to six events in six days in London. … Read More…

London 2012 Insider’s Guide: Olympic Park Crowds, Bad Food & Questionable Stadium Quality
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London 2012 Insider’s Guide: Olympic Park Crowds, Bad Food & Questionable Stadium Quality

Corespondent Phil Wallace is on the ground at the Games reporting back with a few unexpected finds. It’s not just about the events but also the experience. See how the… Read More…

The London Buyer’s Market During & After the Games: A CBS This Morning Report
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The London Buyer’s Market During & After the Games: A CBS This Morning Report

Two weeks before the London Games, Peter wrote in his Travel Detective Blog that, for London, ” the massive building and price gouging is misguided.” One week into the Games,… Read More…