How to Visit the Colosseum Like a Pro

This is it, the place that calls you to Rome. It’s the one thing you came to see, and if you see nothing else, it will all be worth it. The problem is, this is the same thought running through the minds of 4 million other tourists (at last count), jostling for that perfect selfie at the Colosseum. So how can you visit this wonder of the world and leave with expectations met and that wonder still intact? Here are a few tips that you would be wise to heed when planning your visit to his incredible place.

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Two Tips to Save You Hours at the Vatican

Millions of tourists visit the Vatican every year, and for good reason. It is the center of one of the world's largest religions, contains some of the world's greatest historical treasures, and is located in the center of Rome, one of the greatest cities in the history of the world. All of these reasons put it at the top of most bucket lists, but also make it a headache to navigate through the hordes that flood its churches and museums each year. Long lines for entry to the Vatican Museums and St. Peter's Basilica can each take hours to wait through. Thankfully, you don't have to waste half of a day waiting. Follow these two tips and you will navigate the Vatican sites like a professional tour guide.

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Cinque Terre Towns: Ranked

Thinking about visiting Cinque Terre? Do yourself, and all other visitors, a favor and stay a few days in one of the 5 towns. With so many tourists flooding the towns by boat and train each day, the best times to experience the magic of Cinque Terre is before they arrive, or after they leave. Here is our ranking of the best towns to stay at in Cinque Terre. 

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Cinque Terre Is So Over

Italy is a magical place. We fantasize about its rich history, gorgeous paintings and sculptures, beautiful countryside, beautiful people, and delicious food. No single place in Italy embodied all of these characteristics quite like the Cinque Terre...decades ago. Now? I can barely bring myself to recommend a visit. This is my plea: stay away, please.

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Common Travel Scams

When we travel, we are already outside of our comfort zone, trying to make our way through a place where the customs and language might not be familiar. To make matters worse, we are distracted by the sights, sounds, and other new senses all around us. All of these factors compound to make even the most seasoned travelers vulnerable to scams, and given that tourism is a rich industry, there are many people waiting to take advantage of your vulnerability. The best defense is to be prepared, and learn from the mistakes of others so you don't repeat them yourself.

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Drone Regulations in Fiji

Fiji is the perfect location for stunning drone footage. Turquoise water composed against coral reefs and pristine beaches, deserted islands formed by thousands of years of wind and waves, all make for images your loved ones back home won’t believe are real unless you capture them. But it’s important to obtain the proper permissions, and operate respectfully of local laws and customs. Here’s what you need to know to operate a drone in Fiji. 

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Incredible Fiji Safari Photography

Fiji’s beauty is everywhere. From tropical jungles with stunning waterfalls, to the sea with rainbow-colored coral and sea life, and in the sky, stargazing deep into the Milky Way with zero light pollution. If beauty, relaxation, and adventure are what you’re after, Fiji, and Vacala Bay Resort, have it all. Take a look at these photos and dream about your own Fiji vacation.

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Vacala Bay Resort Review

What criteria are paramount for a once-in-a-lifetime vacation? How about beautiful beaches, beautiful snorkeling, world-class food, and some adventurous excursions too? We were searching for all of this, and thought, how about Fiji? The only problem, which some would argue isn’t a real problem, is that finding all of these criteria in Fiji automatically had us looking at resorts. There are resorts in Fiji that certainly provide their own piece of paradise, but what if you want more than one piece? At the end of the day, you’re isolated to their beach, their food, and their tours for the duration of your stay. Not that the experience provided would be bad. Of course it would be incredibly relaxing, but what if it could be better? What if you could have all of the relaxation, the beautiful beach and world-class food, while getting out and exploring wherever you wanted to go? Seeing things few will ever get to see?

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Travel Safety 101

Adventure is calling, but you don't know the first thing about traveling abroad and are fearful that it may be unsafe. Don't worry, if you follow these tips you'll dramatically lower your risk and be prepared for the majority of circumstances you might encounter. If these tips seem easy, it's because they are, and the world isn't actually as scary as your mind, and news stations, make it out to be.

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What’s the difference between England, Great Britain, and the United Kingdom?

Tourists, and American tourists in particular, too often put their ignorance about geography on full display by using the names England, Great Britain, and the UK (United Kingdom) interchangeably. These names have very different meanings, defining things such as sovereign states, countries, and even simply geographical areas, and getting them wrong is not only embarrassing but can be quite insulting depending on who you’re talking to. Don’t commit this rude mistake, and make sure you can keep all of your travel partners inline too!

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Tips for Driving in the United Kingdom

The big cities are great, but you can’t truly experience a culture or a place without getting out into the countryside. This is especially true of London compared to the rest of England, or the whole of the UK. To do that, it is best to rent a car. Driving in the UK, however, is vastly different due to one major complication: driving on the left side of the road, while sitting on the right side of the car. Complicating things further are the narrow country roads with ancient stone walls or hedges creeping ever closer, and an oncoming tour bus taking up two-thirds of the road. What do you do? Here are a few tips to help you hit the road confidently. Follow these, and you’ll be driving like a local in no time.

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Weekend Guide to London

It is impossible to see all of London in one trip. Don't even try, it will leave you stressed. Instead, focus on a few must-see sights, and then leave time to wander in-between. We've found it is the in-between times that are the most magical. Sip afternoon tea. Stop in to your local pub. Stroll through Hyde Park. Some cities pull you in to their style and pace whether you're ready or not. London follows the the golden rule of doing unto others as you would have them do unto you. If you keep it at a distance, it will stay there. If you dive in, it will swallow you whole. If you take it slow, it will respond in kind with warmth and friendliness. 

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England: Town & Country

This would be our first trip with a newborn, 8 months old, to be precise, and we were taking every precaution. If it were to go well, it might offer a glimmer of hope that we can still be adventurous, even with a fragile new life to love and care for. So we booked a direct flight to Europe, to an English speaking country, for a week in the most tranquil, relaxing places we could find: the Cotswolds.

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Best Time to Travel to Europe

Taking that big trip abroad to the destination of your dreams is full of excitement, and not a small bit of anxiety. You want everything to be perfect. Perfect weather, the sites completely to yourself, and all for a bargain price. Setting healthy expectations is important, but there are a few things you can do to try to better your odds, and one of the most significant factors you can plan for is the time of year you visit. That's right, the time of year you decide to travel influences many things, from the size of the crowds you're competing with, expenses for all tourism related activities, and of course the weather.

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Forget Bucket Lists - Make This Your Top Travel Goal

What are those travel stories that you’ll be telling people for years to come? This question gave me pause. For me, was it hiking 60 miles and over 15,000 ft. elevation to Machu Picchu? Climbing from Yosemite’s valley floor to the top of Half Dome? Swimming with a couple dozen sharks in the waters of Tahiti? Without a doubt, these were all once in a lifetime experiences. But what if I told you there was something more, something deeper, that travel can give you, if you just know where to look?

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