Spain Journal: Energetic and Beautiful

Spain leaves you with images of the good life, and savoring the little moments. Images of world class art and innovation. Feelings of immense power and influence. We journeyed from the storied center of Madrid to the historic yet youthful Salamanca, then south to energetic Seville and Granada before ending our trip in the cultural wonder that is Barcelona.

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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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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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Adventures Through Myanmar

Another sun is setting as thousands of ancient temples fade from view. I can still make out a red-brick temple nestled in a grove of palm trees. Everywhere I look are traditional Buddhist structures with fine details and elaborate entrances. Over there is a five-sided monument topped by a white and gold dome and surrounded by a high wall. This is Bagan in central Myanmar. Here, in an area of about 16 square miles, it is estimated that more than 10,000 temples, mostly Buddhist, were constructed during a religious frenzy that lasted from the 11th to the 13th centuries. About 2,200 have survived, though many have been damaged by earthquakes, floods and invasion. Follow us as we visit a city lost to time, a land of a thousand temples, and a mysterious water world.

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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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Myanmar's Secret is Out

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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Paradise Found: BVI Journal

When we dream of 'getting away from it all', our mind typically envisions a white-powder-sand beach, warm turquoise water, and a piña colada. A lone palm tree provides shade on our own little deserted island as we gaze out to our sail boat, reminding us that, where we are, no one else is, and that's just the way it should be.

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BVI Yacht Charter Packing List

Congratulations! You’re headed to one of the most beautiful places on earth, the British Virgin Islands, for a sailing adventure that will keep you in awe at every turn. You’ve been dreaming of all the amazing things you will see and do there but now it’s time to figure out what to cram into your suitcase. You’re in the right place because that’s exactly what we’re going to help you with. We’ve broken your packing list into a few broad categories below, however, here are a few important notes before we begin.

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6 Tips to Sail the British Virgin Islands on a Budget

So you want to go sailing in the British Virgin Islands but think it’s too expensive. Maybe you already read our article on the estimated costs of a BVI sailing trip and just can’t swing it. Maybe you want to bring your children along and have to cover their expenses too. Well, the good news is there are plenty of ways you can be creative to make a BVI sailing trip possible for you. Read on as we explore six ways to enjoy a budget friendly BVI sailing adventure.

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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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Stop Wishing for Safe Travels

You are about to leave. Your bags are packed. You are saying goodbye to those you love, and their response could just as easily be interpreted as if you're going to war, not a tropical beach to sip Mai Tais. As though the place you are going, or the means you are taking to get there, are inherently unsafe. Of course, your loved ones will miss you and want you to return safely to them, but are they not being just a little selfish by not wishing you a good, fun, or happy trip?

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