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5 great things to do in Dubai

The emirate of Dubai has become widely known as one of the most popular destinations in the Middle East for Western visitors. As well as offering some of the most luxurious accommodation in the the world, it also has a more tolerant view of Western culture than some of the other countries in the region. […]

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Great river cruises of the world

The Aria by Aqua Expeditions

I always thought I hated cruising – until I went on a cruise. I fell in love with the simple joy of watching dolphins play in the boat wake from our balcony, the camaraderie with our fellow passengers, and the convenience of visiting a variety of destinations while only cracking open a suitcase once. Recently, […]

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Back to one of my favorite countries. Which one, you ask?

In just a few days, I will be taking a flight from Madrid to Amman, the capital of Jordan. Jordan is one of my favorite countries in the world and I believe, though I might be corrected on this by friends with better memories than me, that this will be my fifth trip there. Simply […]

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Jerusalem, the Most Historical City in the World?

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Jerusalem simultaneously confounds and amazes. In the list of “Cities Unlike Any Place Else,” it has to be right up near the top. It has been a few months since I was in Israel and I still really don’t know what to think. I spent two weeks there in Feburary and can only feel confident […]

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Jordan Travel Guide

roman ruins petra jordan

I have been incredibly fortunate to have been to over 60 countries during my travels and one of my favorite countries is Jordan, which is something that surprises many… but not those that have been there. On my RTW trip, I went through much too fast, but did get to enjoy the wonders of Petra. […]

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Traveler beware: travel hacking problems

The Royal Residenz in Wurzburg, Germany.

Travel hacking is an easy way to earn loyalty rewards that can be redeemed for free or significantly reduced-cost travel. […]

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