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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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Weekend in Athens? How to Still Find Your Greek Isle

What any traveler to Greece will tell you is to get out and explore its beautiful islands in the Aegean Sea. Mykonos, Santorini, Rhodes, Crete, the list of beautiful islands goes on and on, but what do you do if you only have a weekend to fly in and out of Athens? The Acropolis is a must, of course, but did you know that a quick 1 hour ferry away is an idyllic, postcard-perfect island village away from the tourist crowds?

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How to Watch the Sunrise at Angkor Wat

Sunrise can be one of the most majestic times to experience Angkor Wat. A kaleidoscope of purples, reds, oranges, and yellows fill the sky and reflecting pools, framing one of the most extraordinary wonders of our world. In order to experience this awe-inspiring moment, however, you need to plan. The sun rises early, after all, and Angkor Wat is one of the most visited tourist destinations in the world.

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Review: Mountain Lodges of Peru - The Best Way to Experience Machu Picchu

Mountain Lodges of Peru has accomplished something truly spectacular by building luxurious lodges deep within the Andes, greeting you at the end of each day’s hike with drinks, a hot shower, gourmet meals, soft beds, massages, and even outdoor jacuzzis. Now you can have the amazing trekking experience you’ve dreamt of without the cold, wet nights in a tent surrounded by the noise and odor of other hikers.

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Where to Eat in Cusco

The food scene in Peru will surprise you. The fusion of quality, unique flavors, and artistic expression are leading edge. Each dish uses delicious local products to take your taste buds on their own journey that reaches the heights of the Andes. Visit for an adventure, stay for the food.

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Charming Valletta

Malta’s charming capital city of Valletta is as beautiful as it is imposing. Built from the water up by the Knight’s of St. John in the mid 1500’s, Valletta now stands as a cultural gem in the Mediterranean. Recently named European Capital of Culture for 2018 Valletta has something for everyone. Read on as we look at what makes Valletta stand out from the rest and why it’s worth adding to your travel bucket list.

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Madrid's Top Sights and Day Trips

In Madrid you can truly say you’re at the center of it all. Not simply because Madrid is in fact the very center of Spain (que the eye roll from Leah…) but also because Madrid is full of culture, history and neighbors some of Spain’s must see day trip locations. Read on as we discover the top attractions and sites of Madrid as well as highlight several nearby towns you should consider adding to your itinerary. But before we get into the sights, let’s spend a minute to get our bearings and tell you what you need to know about visiting Madrid.

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GuideTim GerkeSpain
A Weekend in Barcelona

Barcelona is a magnificent city, one filled with awe-inspiring architecture, culture and history. And the food’s pretty amazing too. If you’ve decided to add a long weekend in Barcelona to your travel itinerary you’ll be glad you did! Read on to see what we recommend you see while you’re there.

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GuideTim GerkeSpain
Must See Cathedrals of Spain

While Italy and France often steal the title of ‘the most beautiful countries in Europe’, in our opinion, Spain should have a seat at the table too. From beautiful buildings to golden sunsets, blue cobblestone streets and miles of acorn tree-spotted hills, Spain’s beauty is awe-inspiring. And nowhere is this beauty more renowned than in its cathedrals. Read on as we look at our five favorite cathedrals in Spain.

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GuideTim GerkeSpain
Myanmar Disillusionment: Setting Expectations

Myanmar, a place lost to time, a land of a thousand temples, and a mysterious water world. Fisherman rowing with their feet, long-necked women weaving with the silk from lotus flowers, and ancient temples as far as the eye can see. This is Myanmar, but don’t be disillusioned. While these places are real, this is no longer the untouched land you’ve dreamt about. By the time you’ve finished reading this it will be even less so. Let me explain.

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Top 8 Snorkel Spots in the British Virgin Islands

When we think of sailing in the British Virgin Islands, we think of four things: awe-inspiring beaches, brilliant sunsets, complete and utter relaxation and epic snorkeling. If you’re like us and love being under the water as much as above it, then you’re in the right place as we break down some of our favorite snorkeling destinations in the BVIs. In our opinion, an epic snorkel destination is one that has a great mix of hard and soft corals, abundant sea life, easy accessibility and beautiful shells to discover on the seafloor. While there are dozens of spectacular snorkeling sites within the BVI, we’re going to keep our list brief and only list our absolute favorites. With that, let’s get to the list!

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