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Secret Airport Hubs & Airlines: Dublin & Aer Lingus
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Secret Airport Hubs & Airlines: Dublin & Aer Lingus

Are you thinking of flying to Europe or Scandinavia? Most of you will want to go point-to-point and nonstop on the “usual suspect” airlines. But as part of our continuing… Read More…

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The Travel Detective / Cruise Travel

Inside the Construction of a Cruise Ship

There are dozens of shipyards around the world, all of which are running at full capacity. That’s because more than 20 million people worldwide take cruises annually, and that number… Read More…

A Look Inside Family Run Hotels in Hawaii
Hotels & Accommodations / The Travel Detective

A Look Inside Family Run Hotels in Hawaii

In Hawaii, you can find a number of seaside hotels that have been owned by the same family for decades. Several of them were founded by Hawaiian native Richard Kimi,… Read More…

Hidden Gems of Memphis, Tennessee
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Hidden Gems of Memphis, Tennessee

Named after the ancient city of Memphis in Egypt—Memphis, Tennessee is located in the southwestern part of the state, on the Mississippi River. Memphis, or The Bluff City, is filled… Read More…

When A Destination is Too Popular: The Problem With Overtourism
Travel News / The Travel Detective / Destinations

When A Destination is Too Popular: The Problem With Overtourism

Travel and tourism accounts for 10.2 percent of the world’s GDP. That’s the equivalent of 7.6 trillion dollars, and one in every ten jobs on the planet is related to… Read More…

Hidden Gems of Brisbane & Australia’s Gold Coast
The Travel Detective / Hidden Gems / Australia & New Zealand

Hidden Gems of Brisbane & Australia’s Gold Coast

When you think of visiting Australia, Sydney and the Great Barrier Reef often come to mind. But if you’re going to Australia, you won’t want to miss the city of… Read More…

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Unique & Immersive Cruise Ship Excursions

What comes to mind when you think about a shore excursion on a cruise ship? Often, you’ll get on a bus, go to a restaurant, and eat. Today’s cruise lines… Read More…

Hotel With A Past: Corinthia Hotel Budapest in Hungary
Hotels & Accommodations / The Travel Detective / Eastern Europe / Hotels With A Past

Hotel With A Past: Corinthia Hotel Budapest in Hungary

Straddling the famous Danube River is the iconic Chain Bridge, connecting “Buda” on the west to “Pest” on the east, which together now form Hungary’s capital city. Along these river… Read More…

How the Cross Border Express is Influencing Air Travel
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How the Cross Border Express is Influencing Air Travel

In the midst of continued talks about building a wall at the Mexico-United States border—where San Diego and Tijuana meet—they’ve built a bridge. Now people aren’t driving across the border… Read More…

How U.S. Citizens Can Travel to Cuba
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How U.S. Citizens Can Travel to Cuba

In 2014, Barack Obama announced that he and Cuban President Raul Castro had begun the process of normalizing relations between the two countries. Part of that agreement included lifting some… Read More…

Hidden Gems of Jordan
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Hidden Gems of Jordan

Bordered by Israel and Palestine to the west, Syria to the north, Iraq to the east, and Saudi Arabia to the southeast, Jordan is a relatively small country—but it is… Read More…

Hotel With A Past: The Buccaneer in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
Caribbean / Hotels With A Past

Hotel With A Past: The Buccaneer in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands

It’s only ninety square miles, but St. Croix is a world away from most other Caribbean islands. Only 50,000 people live there, but it’s full of history. While visiting, we… Read More…

Cardiff, Wales: Like a Local
The Travel Detective / British Isles / Like a Local

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 who come to see St. John the Baptist Church, the castles,… Read More…

Visiting Dubrovnik, Croatia During the Off Season
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Visiting Dubrovnik, Croatia During the Off Season

The bustling coastal city of Dubrovnik, located in the southern tip of Croatia, boasts some of the most beautiful views of the Adriatic Sea. It’s not only a UNESCO World… Read More…

Hidden Gems of Ras Al Khaimah
The Travel Detective / Hidden Gems / Adventure Travel & Sports / Culinary Travel / Culture / Middle East

Hidden Gems of Ras Al Khaimah

When people think of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), a couple of places probably pop to mind. UAE’s capital city of Abu Dhabi and Dubai are modern cities known for… Read More…

Hotel With A Past: The Omni Homestead Resort
Hotels & Accommodations / The Travel Detective / Hotels With A Past

Hotel With A Past: The Omni Homestead Resort

There are many hotels that claim to have a history. But The Omni Homestead Resort actually made history. The Homestead is the first resort in the United States. In fact,… Read More…

Hotel With A Past: The Plaza Hotel in New York City
The Travel Detective / Hotels With A Past

Hotel With A Past: The Plaza Hotel in New York City

When you think about iconic New York hotels, it’s hard to beat The Plaza Hotel. Several famous authors stayed there, such as Truman Capote, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Kay Thompson…. Read More…

Creative & Funny Airline Safety Videos
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Creative & Funny Airline Safety Videos

I think I can safely say that I’ve seen thousands of airline safety videos in my life. But even if you don’t travel as often as I do, when the… Read More…

York County, Pennsylvania Like A Local
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York County, Pennsylvania Like A Local

When you think of states like Pennsylvania, the big cities that come to mind: cities such as Philadelphia in the East, or Pittsburgh way out West. But if you’re looking… Read More…