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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Know Before You Go - Malta

Malta is a hidden gem in Europe. In fact, many people don’t even know it’s a part of the European Union. Located in the Mediterranean Sea about 50 miles south of Italy, Malta consists of just 3 main islands. Here you will find out what you need to know if planning your visit to this spectacular country.

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Is It Safe to Travel to Myanmar?

Immediately after Myanmar opened its doors to the international community in 2011, the question on all adventurous travelers' minds, in addition to their excitement, was, "is it safe?" The country had been under strict military rule for nearly 60 years, with all forms of life controlled and regulated. The open doors were certainly promising, but could they be trusted?

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