Two Weeks in Ecuador: Touring Quito, Cuenca, and Salinas

Two Weeks in Ecuador: Touring Quito, Cuenca, and Salinas

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September 30, 2019

A lot has been written about Ecuador as a great retirement destination—and deservedly so. With mountains, beaches, and everything in between it is a land of an amazingly diverse range of comfortable climates and relaxed lifestyle opportunities. Perhaps overlooked in all of this is the fact that Ecuador is also a fantastic tourist destination...

Roman Holiday: Staying in a Converted Roman Monastery

Roman Holiday: Staying in a Converted Roman Monastery

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September 29, 2019

One of the most memorable hotel stays I have ever experienced happened in Rome, Italy. Already excited to explore this ancient city on an anniversary trip, I could have hardly imagined the breathtaking hotel my husband, Domingo, and I would stay in. If you are looking for a unique experience that marries modern amenities with historical relics and ruins...

Panama City’s Big Birthday: 500 Years of Growth

Panama City’s Big Birthday: 500 Years of Growth

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September 28, 2019

On August 15, 2019, La ciudad de Panamá—the Pacific Coast’s oldest conquistador settlement—celebrated its 500th anniversary. (That makes it older than even St. Augustine, Florida, the first such settlement in the continental U.S., est. 1565.) Panama City, a cosmopolitan capital on the Bay of Panama has long stood as a testament...

Varna: A Balkan Gem on the Black Sea Coast of Bulgaria

Varna: A Balkan Gem on the Black Sea Coast of Bulgaria

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September 26, 2019

Settled by the ancient Thracians, then by the Greeks and Romans from the 7th century B.C., Varna, on the Black Sea coast of Bulgaria, has seen countless conquerors. Nowadays, this Balkan gem is mostly known as the maritime capital of Bulgaria, and for its golden sandy beaches and warm summers...

Rovinj: Croatia’s Lesser-Known Coastal Hideaway

Rovinj: Croatia’s Lesser-Known Coastal Hideaway

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September 25, 2019

Rovinj (pronounced Roveen by the locals) is a small, picturesque fishing port situated along the western coast of the Istrian Peninsula in Croatia’s north. Although it feels thoroughly relaxed and far removed from the bustle of better-known destinations, it’s quite accessible to popular European hotspots: both Venice and Ljubljana...

10 Foods You Must Try in Parma, Italy

10 Foods You Must Try in Parma, Italy

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September 22, 2019

One of the joys of eating in Parma is the constant sense of surprise and discovery, even when you’re ordering foods you’ve known (or think you’ve known) since childhood. You’ll find that here, even the most familiar-sounding cheeses are richer and more flavorful, made with pure, fresh ingredients using processes that date back centuries...

The Best Places for Scuba Diving and Kiteboarding in the Caribbean

The Best Places for Scuba Diving and Kiteboarding in the Caribbean

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September 19, 2019

Some of the best spots in the world to go kite boarding and windsurfing, as well as scuba diving and snorkeling, are within a short flight of the U.S. Moreover, lessons, equipment rental, accommodation, entertainment, food, and transportation are a fraction of the cost of what you could expect to pay in the U.S...

Surfing in Indonesia: The Best Places to Visit

Surfing in Indonesia: The Best Places to Visit

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September 18, 2019

Indonesia is a nation comprising over 18,000 islands, and is known for its array of beaches, many of which are ideal surf havens. Each year surfers from all over the world flock to the islands in search of the perfect wave and an idyllic holiday. One of the benefits of surfing in Indonesia is the amazing number of world-class surf breaks...