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Window Seat or Aisle Seat: Teaching Families Healthy Habits with Agritourism
Culinary Travel / Cultural Immersion / Family/Kids Travel / Travel News / Window Seat or Aisle Seat

Window Seat or Aisle Seat: Teaching Families Healthy Habits with Agritourism

It may seem like kids these days exist on a diet of chicken nuggets, but there is another way. This month, family travel expert Kerri Zane uses her Window Seat… Read More…

Ask the Locals: Sonoma County
California / Culinary Travel / Cultural Immersion / Culture / Destinations / Restaurants / Travel News

Ask the Locals: Sonoma County

TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice Awards chose Sonoma County, California as the top wine destination in the U.S. But don’t just follow the crowds into the wine-tasting rooms.  Keep reading to hear what… Read More…

Lost Magic Decoded Premieres Tonight: Meet the Millionaires’ Magician Steve Cohen
Cultural Immersion / Culture / Pop Culture Travel / Travel News

Lost Magic Decoded Premieres Tonight: Meet the Millionaires’ Magician Steve Cohen

Tonight, Lost Magic: Decoded, premieres on the History Channel at 9 pm. Peter was honored to co-executive produce the show. Before the premiere, find out a bit more about Cohen… Read More…

Cuba Travel Update: Renewed Licenses for People to People Operators
Caribbean / Cultural Immersion / Travel News

Cuba Travel Update: Renewed Licenses for People to People Operators

A month ago Peter interviewed Ellen Creager of the Detroit Free Press on what looked to be the end of “people-to-people” trips to Cuba as a result of the sudden… Read More…

Experience Nantucket Like a Native: 6 Off-Season Finds
Cultural Immersion / Northeast / Restaurants / Travel News / USA

Experience Nantucket Like a Native: 6 Off-Season Finds

September is truly the magic month for travel. For Peter, the magic is on Fire Island once the crowd leaves and the island reverts to what he remembers as a… Read More…

Travel Tip: Unexpected Religious Sites
Cultural Immersion / Culture / Museums / Travel Tips

Travel Tip: Unexpected Religious Sites

Every now and then, a public figure takes over the headlines and makes you want to know a little bit more about where they came from—including their religious background. Mitt… Read More…

Ask Peter: Booking Blocked Seats & Bucket-List Cruise Deals
Airlines & Airports / Ask Peter / Cruise Travel / Cultural Immersion / Family/Kids Travel / Travel News / Travel Tools

Ask Peter: Booking Blocked Seats & Bucket-List Cruise Deals

Yesterday, we threw a Twitter party all about creating the better bucket list. Today, in our weekly “Ask Peter” column, Peter looks at a few of the standout bucket-list questions…. Read More…

Is this the End of People to People Travel to Cuba?
Caribbean / Cultural Immersion / Culture / Travel News / Travel Safety

Is this the End of People to People Travel to Cuba?

When restrictions were relaxed, the rise in Americans traveling to the Caribbean island was well-reported. But is all that coming to an end? Peter sat down with the Detroit Free Press… Read More…

Volunteering in South Africa & How to Make a Family Voluntourism Vacation
Africa / Cultural Immersion / Family/Kids Travel / Voluntourism

Volunteering in South Africa & How to Make a Family Voluntourism Vacation

Inspired by her 42-day, around-the-world trip with four children under the age of 10, you chose Marie LeRose as our contributor contest winner for 2012. This summer Marie and her… Read More…

Beyond Manhattan: Rediscovering the Neighborhoods of Queens
Culinary Travel / Cultural Immersion / Museums / Northeast / Restaurants / Travel News / USA / Women's Travel

Beyond Manhattan: Rediscovering the Neighborhoods of Queens

When it comes to New York boroughs, they say that Brooklyn is the new Manhattan. Does this mean the pecking order — at least in perception — has changed? Does… Read More…

Slideshow: Top 5 Mormon Travel Landmarks
Cultural Immersion / Culture / Hawaii / Museums / Pop Culture Travel / Travel News / USA

Slideshow: Top 5 Mormon Travel Landmarks

 Despite a few setbacks from Tropical Storm Isaac, Mitt Romney is at the  Republican National Convention in Tampa to become the first Mormon presidential nominee of a major political party…. Read More…

Travel Tip: College Town Travel
Cultural Immersion / Student Travel / Travel Tips

Travel Tip: College Town Travel

When someone says “college town” you probably think football games and bars. But sometimes a college presence means there’s more activities for non-students than you might think. The first thing… Read More…

Hidden Gems: Australia, Sydney Icons Behind the Scenes
Australia & New Zealand / Cultural Immersion / Eco Travel / Hidden Gems / Hidden Gems: Australia / Museums / Videos

Hidden Gems: Australia, Sydney Icons Behind the Scenes

When it comes to Australia you think about kangaroos, boomerangs, didgeridoos, and the famous Sydney Opera House. Yes, most travels to Australia start in the harbor city of Sydney. But… Read More…

Travel Tip: Native American Sacred Sites
Cultural Immersion / Culture / National Parks / Travel Tips / USA

Travel Tip: Native American Sacred Sites

When someone refers to sacred Native American sites, you might think only of burial grounds or closed-off archeological areas. But the fact is, there are a number of important sites… Read More…

Slideshow: Taiwan Street Eats & Night Market Surprises
Asia / Culinary Travel / Cultural Immersion / Slideshow

Slideshow: Taiwan Street Eats & Night Market Surprises

With another summer weekend underway, you’re probably thinking about hamburgers, hot dogs and other backyard barbecue favorites, but if you really want to see something amazing look at what they’re… Read More…

Slideshow: 8 End of Summer Festivals from Around the World
Cultural Immersion / Culture / Destinations / Festivals / Slideshow / Travel News

Slideshow: 8 End of Summer Festivals from Around the World

Summer is more than half over, officially — but please don’t write it off. Starting today through the end of the month, we’ve rounded up all the different end-of-summer festivals from… Read More…

Voluntourism Spotlight: Driftless Folk School
Cultural Immersion / Eco Travel / Travel News / Voluntourism

Voluntourism Spotlight: Driftless Folk School

This week’s Voluntourism Spotlight highlights a different kind of education and volunteer opportunity. Learn about the Driftless Folk School in Wisconsin, which teaches regular people the skills associated with sustainable… Read More…

Like a Local: Saint John & Peter’s Top 5 Activities on the Bay of Fundy
Canada / Cultural Immersion / Culture / Like a Local / Videos / Water sports

Like a Local: Saint John & Peter’s Top 5 Activities on the Bay of Fundy

Don’t confuse Saint John in New Brunswick, Canada, with St. John’s in Newfoundland. Saint John is the largest city in the province, the oldest incorporated city in Canada and the… Read More…

Market Report: Chef Xavier Ribot in St. Lucia’s Castries Market
Caribbean / Culinary Travel / Cultural Immersion / Restaurants / Videos

Market Report: Chef Xavier Ribot in St. Lucia’s Castries Market

Right now is Carnival in St. Lucia and from food to music we’re reporting on a local’s experience of the island festival. Watch as Jordan Whitley heads to the market… Read More…