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Legal Travel to Cuba For Americans (Updated for 2019)

Legal Travel to Cuba For Americans (Updated for 2019)

Cuba tourism is booming, and all American’s can now legally travel to Cuba – with some limitations.

American travelers have been restricted from visiting Cuba for years now due to a trade embargo preventing the US from spending money on the island, and while “tourist travel” is still prohibited, travel restrictions are now less severe, and any American wishing to travel to Cuba may do so for one of 12 reasons.

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A Trekking Guide to Bhutan: Things You Need to Know Before You Go

A Trekking Guide to Bhutan: Things You Need to Know Before You Go

If you’re planning on trekking in Bhutan, there’s one thing for sure; you’re in for a solid adventure!

A small nation located on the eastern side of Himalayas, and popularly known as the ‘Land of The Thunder Dragon’, Bhutan is world famous as the happiest place on earth, and this small piece of land seems lost in time.

Tucked away in the Himalayas, it is Bhutan’s isolation that has preserved its ancient traditional and cultural lifestyles, and its isolation that makes trekking here such a unique experience; one that is less crowded and allows for the exploration of ancient and untouched trails.

With the majority of the country covered with forests, there are plenty of opportunities to hike on trails that could last anywhere from 2 days to almost a month. Trekking routes vary from easy to challenging, based on the length, altitude and difficulty levels.

The following is a trekking guide to Bhutan with all the basics that first time trekkers should know.

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7 Things You’ll See on an Alaskan Cruise

7 Things You’ll See on an Alaskan Cruise

The first time we visited Alaska we flew into Anchorage and planned out a self drive itinerary by land. The thinking was that this would allow us to see and do more.

And while we had an incredible time, camping in the rugged interior of Denali, and encountering bears along some of the States most scenic drives, we actually missed out on the big show.

Because cruising actually allows you to experience more of Alaska than a land based DIY tour; while cruising offers the best of both worlds, and allows for land based excursions, driving means you completely miss out on sailing on the icy seas.

Cruising in Alaska means whale watching at 6am as soon as you fall out of bed. It means the opportunity to visit islands and towns not accessible by road. It means dining on fresh salmon as you float past massive blue glaciers, and snow-capped mountains shrouded in mist.

If you’re thinking of cruising Alaska, the word epic barely does the experience justice. Here are 7 things you can expect to see.

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How to Spend 48 Hours in Koh Samui

How to Spend 48 Hours in Koh Samui

For anyone with the choice of visiting one of the world’s most beautiful islands, it’s likely that you’ll try to spend as much time as possible. Though Koh Samui is one of those destinations that you wouldn’t want to miss, even if you only have two days to spare.

The lush tropical island is one of the most stunning in Thailand. Despite being small, the island is dotted with glorious beaches and breath-taking ocean views. Chasing paradise, travelers flock here from all over the world, the beauty of the island attracting everyone from the budget backpacker to the mega famous.

There is plenty to see and do here beyond beaches and crystal clear waters, so if you know that you have only 48 hours on hand, it’s worthwhile planning your itinerary in advance. Even with only two days, you can take in a side of the island that is both varied and interesting! Feel free to use this itinerary.

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5 Things Expats Shouldn’t Be Afraid to Do

5 Things Expats Shouldn’t Be Afraid to Do

To live in a different country is a rich and rewarding experience, but moving abroad can (at first) definitely feel disruptive; it changes your daily life, throws you into the unknown, and you may have given up all of your creature comforts from home.

It’s very common for some people to find their first months abroad a bit sad, and a bit nostalgic, but when you feel that way, it’s the perfect moment to tackle new challenges.

We’re jumping in with a list of 5 things you shouldn’t be afraid to try when living away from your home country.

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Things You Probably Didn’t Know You Can Do at Niagara Falls

Things You Probably Didn’t Know You Can Do at Niagara Falls

While Niagara Falls is famous for its amazing waterfalls, and is known around the world as a popular honeymoon destination, this beautiful part of North America has a lot more to offer.

When it comes to adventurous activities, there are plenty to choose from, and, despite being one of the most travelled destinations in the world (30 million people visit annually!), Niagara still manages to keep a few secrets.

If you’re planning a trip to the Niagara region, start by booking one of the many great hotels in Niagara Falls, Canada, and then make sure you set aside time for some of these things you probably didn’t know you can do!

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How to Stay Cyber-Safe While Travelling

How to Stay Cyber-Safe While Travelling

Whether you’re a digital nomad, business traveller, or simply using the internet while on vacation, travelling abroad poses a unique set of cyber-security threats to internet users.

Those who travel for business are the most vulnerable since they usually carry a variety of sensitive information on their laptops, smartphones, and other devices.

However, even if you’re simply using open Wi-Fi connections while travelling abroad (ie connecting at hotels, airports, or cafes), it’s important to understand that there are still many risks involved with using public internet sources.

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How Safe is Cuba for Tourists?

How Safe is Cuba for Tourists?

Cuba is a country of indefinable magic. Think beautifully kept colonial cities, pristine beaches, awe inspiring nature, intriguing culture, an innate musicality, and food that will leave you licking your fingers wanting more.

Cuba tourism is booming now that their relationship has warmed with the United States, and a lot more people are starting to plan travel to the island.

But exactly how safe is it? You might be surprised to hear that, according to a recent survey conducted by the Center of Responsible Travel, Cuba is one of the safest destinations for tourists in the world.

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Natural Wonders in India for Your World Travel Bucketlist

Natural Wonders in India for Your World Travel Bucketlist

India is a land of chaotic charm; a country with a civilization dating back to 5500 BC, and a culture which is a pandemonic mix of the modern and the ancient worlds.

While many travelers visit India to experience spirituality, culture, and history, the country also has an incredible natural allure.

From the icy peaks of the Himalayas in the North, to the sun-kissed beaches in the South; from the dry deserts of the west to the wettest place on earth in the east, India is often rightly called the mini world.

The following are 10 of India’s greatest natural wonders, but visit now; with an evolving world climate, some of these sites may not exist for too long.

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5 Ways Prepaid Phones Can Save You Money When Traveling

5 Ways Prepaid Phones Can Save You Money When Traveling

When traveling internationally, many cellphone providers charge high rates to cover roaming fees. Sending a text or checking emails quickly becomes a costly expense for travelers.

Many people think that the only ways to avoid paying massive bills is to leave their cellphones at home. But if the thought of living without your smartphone while you travel makes you want to scream, don’t despair.

Many cellphone providers offer affordable options to help you stay connected no matter where you are in the world. Learn about the following five ways prepaid phones can save you money when traveling.

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Authentic Greek Foods You HAVE to Try in Athens

Authentic Greek Foods You HAVE to Try in Athens

From dazzling beaches, to historic ruins, and a spirited cultural energy, there are many reasons to travel to Greece.

A passionate country, and a cultural treasure trove, Greece is an exciting destination that often feels otherworldy; standing in the shadow of landmarks that have been there for centuries, catching locals in heated political debates, or accidentally bumping into a festival … no, wait, that’s just a large family gathering!

The Greeks are passionate about a great many things, but one thing they’re most passionate about is their food. Traditional cooking is the way in Greece, with an emphasis on regional produce like mussels steamed in ouzo, herbs from the mountains, and fish straight out of the sea.

There are a great many Greek restaurants around the world, though you haven’t truly tasted Greek food until you’ve tasted it in Greece. The following are 10 Greek foods you have to try in Athens.

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Traveling to Canada? Make Sure You Pack These Essentials!

Traveling to Canada? Make Sure You Pack These Essentials!

Traveling to Canada is an experience worthy of any bucket list. But forgetting to pack the right items can turn any dream vacation into a tourist’s worst nightmare.

Use these expert packing tips for travel to Canada so you can spend less time and money shopping for things you forgot and more time enjoying your destination.

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How to Spend a Month in Bali

How to Spend a Month in Bali

Bali may not be a big island, but it is the kind of place you could spend a lifetime and still feel like you have barely scratched the surface.

A month may not seem like long enough (is any amount of time long enough when you are on a tropical island?!), but, with some careful planning, you should be able to get a good taste of all the island has to offer.

To help you out, I have put together a quick itinerary that, hopefully, has something for everyone, whether you are looking for mountains to climb, beaches to relax on, or towns to party it up!

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Free and Cheap Things To Do In Byron Bay

Free and Cheap Things To Do In Byron Bay

Byron Bay is like nowhere else in Australia, and it’s worth visiting at least once. It may not be a big destination, but it packs plenty of punch in terms of counterculture, nature, atmosphere and fun.

Gone are the days when Byron Bay was a sleepy little hippy haven; it’s still very popular with those into the alternative scene, but on any given day it is teeming with visitors from all walks of life.

One of the great things about Byron Bay is that it doesn’t have to cost much. Those on a budget can still have a fabulous time here, as this inviting seaside town is chock-full of cheap and free activities, and surrounded by incredible nature for miles around.

Whether you want to party, dip in the lakes, waterfalls and oceans, hike through wild nature, browse the many markets or just relax in the serene vibes, you’ll find it easy in Byron Bay. Use this list for inspiration during your stay.

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The UK’s Busiest and Most Popular Airports for Airport Parking

The UK’s Busiest and Most Popular Airports for Airport Parking

Are you planning a getaway over the Christmas break? Perhaps you’ve traveled for a white Christmas in the UK, or you’re in the UK and planning out your escape!

Either way, if you’re planning on driving to the airport and paying for parking facilities, bear in mind that some are definitely busier – and more expensive – than others.

A study conducted by Staysure, a UK travel insurance provider, investigated search engine data and airport parking sites to determine how passengers at UK international airports use airport car parking services and how much they pay for them.

The results provided some surprising insights.

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Art Series The Chen: A Luxury Hotel Celebrating Australia’s Rich Multiculturalism

Art Series The Chen: A Luxury Hotel Celebrating Australia’s Rich Multiculturalism

Australia is a county shaped by migrants; it is said that one in four Australians were born overseas, and this rich, cultural diversity is one of our greatest strengths.

While European settlers started the trend in the late 1700’s, Australia today sees migrants from more than 190 countries; from India, the UK, and, most notably, China. (Fun fact, Mandarin has become the most spoken language in Australia after English).

Australian cities have become a melting pot of cultures, and no-where is this more prevalent than the Melbourne suburb of Box Hill. Home to Melbourne’s largest Chinese population, well over half the population of Box Hill was either born in China or has Chinese ancestry. And this is a fact that Melbournians are incredibly proud of.

One hotel that has embraced and showcased this beautiful ethnic diversity is the Art Series Hotel – The Chen. Named for the Chinese born artist Zhong Chen, who migrated to Melbourne as a teenager, The Chen is a boutique hotel that celebrates not only Chen’s abstract art, but Australia’s rich multiculturalism.

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What to Pack if You Had Infinite Space!

What to Pack if You Had Infinite Space!

Gone are the good old days where you could get away with cramming anything and everything into your luggage. Airlines worldwide are really cracking down on excess baggage lately, decreasing both the size and weight of baggage allowances.

Many airlines have begun charging for even a single checked bag and recently even carryon bags come with a fee. They say these changes are to ensure passenger safety, but whether this is true or simply revenue raising, there’s not much we can do!

We’ve all seen some of the crazy and ingenious hacks designed by fellow travellers to beat the system. From stuffing a suitcase worth of belongings into a large bulky jacket to wearing a half a dozen layers of clothing, there are many ways to sneak a bit more onboard than you’re allowed to.

In a perfect world we would be allowed to take whatever we want with us travelling, which begs the question; what would you take if there were no luggage restrictions and you had infinite space?!

This is my list …

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Mantra Lorne: Where to Stay on the Great Ocean Road

Mantra Lorne: Where to Stay on the Great Ocean Road

The Great Ocean Road is one of Australia’s most scenic drives. A 250 km route that hangs precariously on soaring sea cliffs along Victoria’s coastline, it winds between pretty towns and beaches, all set against the backdrop of Australia’s few temperate rainforests.

Though for one of Australia’s most popular tourist destinations, most visitors to the area sadly see very little, and most of that through a car window. But you won’t see the best sights from your car.

While the road can technically be driven in a day, you’re doing yourself a great disservice by not setting yourself up in one of the lovely towns along the route and making that your base for several days.

Much more than a scenic highway, this region is home to a myriad of coastal tracks, rainforest trails, and hikes which connect historic seaside villages, taking in ocean views and dramatic waterfalls.

While there are several towns offering accommodation along the route, if you’re looking to stay directly on the beach, one of the best options is Mantra Lorne.

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Travangelo Reveals the Best Time to Book Flights for Christmas

Travangelo Reveals the Best Time to Book Flights for Christmas

It’s that time of year again; the holidays are upon us and if you haven’t already made Christmas travel plans you’re probably brainstorming where to spend the season. After all, you’ve now only got a little over a week!

Traveling over Christmas is a fantastic way to escape the usual stress the season may bring. And holiday memories are often the memories that are most cherished.

But when do you actually pull the trigger and book your flights? Some people think they should book their tickets as soon as they can. Others want to wait out until the very last moment.

But if you haven’t already run your flights comparison and booked your flights, you may be cutting it too close. Whether you’re interested in a beach getaway or skiing vacation, Travangelo has revealed the best time to book flights as Christmas fast approaches.

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The Watson Adelaide – Your Guide to the Adelaide Art Scene

The Watson Adelaide – Your Guide to the Adelaide Art Scene

I often say that travel is an art. It’s not simply as easy as booking a plane ticket, hotel room, and tours. Art is how we express ourselves and showcase our creativity and uniqueness.

How we travel should be no different than how we paint, sculpt, dance, or sing. It’s not simply about finding a destination that inspires us, it should be an avenue for creating your own unique journey. And that’s what I love about Adelaide.

Yes, South Australia’s capital has many notable attractions, but this isn’t a city that defines itself by a top 10 list. I found Adelaide to be a city that prides itself more in offering unique travel experiences than pushing must see attractions down your throat.

Adelaide is a destination where expressing yourself is the focus, and that begins from the moment you check into The Watson Art Series Hotel. Australia is home to several Art Series Hotels; a brand which looks to provide travelers with artistic comfort to inspire a unique journey.

Oscar Wilde said that “life imitates art far more than art imitates life”. Art has the ability to alter our perception of life, so we were more than happy to let the The Watson Art Series Hotel alter our perception of Adelaide.

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The 7 Best Wildlife Experiences & Natural Attractions in South Australia

The 7 Best Wildlife Experiences & Natural Attractions in South Australia

No place in Australia offers such a diversity of natural landscapes than South Australia. From stunning beaches to the rugged and arid Outback, you’ll find some of Australia’s greatest natural treasures here.

And when it comes to wildlife, experience a wide variety of iconic Aussie animals in the wild by visiting places like Kangaroo Island, and come face to face with critically rare species from around the world at the Adelaide Zoo.

Adrenaline seekers can dive with great white sharks, go underground into caves filled with the remains of prehistoric beasts, explore sinkholes filled with lush gardens, and enjoy incredible underwater cave diving.

You can embark on the incredible Ghan railroad to Darwin or remain in the state to cross the Nullarbor Plain and see the Dingo Fence.

With outdoor adventure all around, the only trouble is finding enough time to experience it all. To make things easier, I give you some of South Australia’s greatest natural attractions and wildlife experiences.

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Careers That Allow You to Work Remotely

Careers That Allow You to Work Remotely

Having a career that allows you to work remotely is the dream for most travelers these days. And luckily, there are a lot of ways to work remotely in today’s age.

Technological advancements in recent years have completely changed the way people do business, and as a result, many careers now allow for location independence.

If you’ve dreamed of pursuing a career which allows you to work remotely, while traveling, one of the following career paths could be perfect for you!

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Everything You Need to Know About Traveling with an Emotional Support Animal

Everything You Need to Know About Traveling with an Emotional Support Animal

So you’ve got your adorable ESA (emotional support animal) and you’re feeling healthier than you have in years. With your new companion, you feel like you can accomplish anything – make new friends, climb a mountain or even get on a plane!

For those with anxiety associated with flying, or even those who have never traveled with an animal before, traveling with a pet can seem like a huge deal. And it is in some ways. The good things is that as long as you’re prepared, things can go as smoothly as ‘I can’t believe it’s not butter!’ – and traveling with your pet can be a game changer.

People who travel with ESA’s find that it gives them a newfound sense of freedom, and motivates you to get out there and grab life by the horns!

If you’re nervous about your first foray into traveling with your ESA, don’t be, because this is a round-up of everything you need to be prepared (and then some!).

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Safety Tips for Traveling with Small Kids

Safety Tips for Traveling with Small Kids

The holiday season is upon us once again and it’s time for your family vacation. You already have a picture in your mind of a stress free holiday, where the kids are happy, as are mum and dad.

One of the most important elements to ensuring a stress free vacation is knowing everyone is safe. That’s not to say that you should spend the whole trip overly paranoid about “what can go wrong”, but it definitely helps if you’ve put a couple of precautionary measures in place.

Armed with some good organization, and the following advice, you can enjoy your holiday in the knowledge that everyone is safe.

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