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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Tips, BasicsAndrew HerrBasics
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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Greece: Finding Your Greek Isle

Geia sas, and welcome to Greece! This mythical land offers idyllic, laidback villages, a rich history, and some of the best sunsets in the world. Greece has earned its name as the cradle of Western civilization, as it is home to some of the world's greatest ancient monuments. After exploring some of your own ancient history, it’s a short journey out on the water to experience some of the most beautiful islands scattered across the Aegean Sea. The goal: finding your favorite Greek isle.

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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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The Best Camera to Travel With

The debate around which camera is the best camera is a fierce one, and also one that most people don't actually need to entertain. A camera is simply a tool that removes the restrictions keeping you from capturing the image you want. The part that so many people fail to realize is that it is up to them to find that image, and that is more than half of the battle.

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Photography Has Nothing To Do With Cameras

An artist’s brush or a sculptor’s chisel are useless in the hands of most, but in Michelangelo’s they produced the finest art the world has ever seen. Similarly, you don’t have to spend thousands of dollars of fancy equipment to capture amazing images. All it takes is a little planning, a little preparation, and a lot of luck.

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