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Guide to Sintra: Fairy-Tale Day Trip from Lisbon

Located in the hills just 25 km to the northwest of Lisbon, Sintra has been a forested retreat for generations, complete with beautiful villas, hilltop castles, and over-the-top palaces to gawk at. Even if you only have a short time in Lisbon, visiting Sintra is the perfect destination for a quick day trip. Highlights include the historic National Palace, the hilltop Moorish Castle, with expansive views over all of Sintra, and Pena Palace, occupying the hilltop across from the Moorish Castle, with eye-catching architecture and colors.

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Best Beaches in the Algarve

The western Algarve is one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline in the world. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be picky about which beach you choose to stretch out your beach towel upon. We’ll provide the pictures, first hand experience, and the logistical details for the best of the best beaches, so you can focus on what matters: relaxing. 

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Tips for Driving in Portugal

Driving in Portugal is one of the best ways to explore its beautiful scenery, particularly its majestic beaches. Cruising through the Algarve, marveling at tiny white-washed villages and cliff-side beaches, is the only true way to experience this part of the world, but it’s important to be prepared. Here are some important differences that you should prepare for when driving in Portugal.

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Top Day Trips from Lagos

The English language doesn’t have enough beautiful adjectives to describe the beaches along Lagos’ coastline. But if you get the need to venture further afield from your secluded beach and glass of port, spectacular day trips await: The end of the known world at Sagres is a 30 minute drive west, the caves of Benagil are a 30 minute drive east, and the always beautiful Seville is just across the border in Spain. 

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Where to Stay in Lisbon

Choosing a place to stay in Lisbon can be difficult as each of its neighborhoods have their own unique advantages, which means the disadvantage of each is that you have to choose only one. Let us help you decide by outlining the unique aspects of each, so you can make sure you pick the right neighborhood for your style.

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Where to Still Find Magic in Cinque Terre

The Cinque Terre was one of the first places we visited away from home, and is primarily responsible for our love of travel. It is that good. So as painful as it is to say this, we’ve already strongly argued that it may be best that you not visit these 5 majestic lands at all, as the massive crowds often spoil them beyond hope of redemption. However, we understand the allure of this place, and its power to pull you in. So if you must, here are our tips for how to visit Cinque Terre like a pro.

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Read This Before Driving in Italy

Driving in Italy can be a delight. Cruising down narrow country roads through the vineyards and hills of Tuscany is a wonderful way to experience the Italian countryside, and the only real way to see this part of Italy. Driving through the center of ancient cities and small, narrow hill towns, however, is not an enjoyable, or advisable, experience. If your itinerary calls for reaching some out of the way places, go ahead and rent a car, but do your homework before you go. There are some important differences that you should prepare for when driving in Italy.

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Best Italy Itinerary for First-Time Visitors

With everything on offer in Italy, how do you best spend your time exploring all of the wonders of this magnificent country? Fear not, because thankfully you can take in all of the highlights and still have some time to relax, wander the quiet alleyways, and sip sciacchetra from your harbor-side table next to the Mediterranean. Here is a suggested itinerary for trips ranging from a few days to a couple weeks that allow you to take it all in.

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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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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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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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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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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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