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Travel Cancellation Penalties: Dos and Don’ts

When it comes to cancelling or changing airline, hotel or cruise bookings that have any kind of cancellation penalty, you need to know some critically important realities. Nothing New Under the Sun  When it comes to excuses, there is nothing new under the sun. There is not a story, excuse or scenario that the airline or hotel has not heard before…especially the death in the family; dog ate my confirmation; lost my job; my phone died; I thought I cancelled this in time–or I just broke up or divorced. Different employees have different levels of authority to waive, reduce or cancel penalties. You...

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The Magic of the Camino in Just One Week

Thousands of pilgrims from all nationalities walk the Camino de Santiago routes each year (over 300,000 in 2018 alone!) but not all of them spend a whole month walking the 500 miles that separate St Jean Pied de Port and Santiago de Compostela. Many pilgrims start their journey further along the routes, much closer to Santiago, adapting their distance to their fitness level or indeed to the time they have available. It is possible to experience the magic of the Camino even if you only have limited time at your disposal, here’s how to plan a great Camino in one...

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How to Plan the Perfect Multi-generational Trip

Personal Experience is the Best Teacher As a travel advisor, it is my job to design journeys for my clients that will leave beautiful and lasting memories. The complexity of trip planning becomes exponential when you add more people and the diversity multi-generational considerations of ages and interests as well as family dynamics. As a wife, mother and grandmother who has taken and planned many extended family vacations, I am also able to provide my clients with first hand tips and tricks on how to make their multi-generational experience positive and as carefree as possible. All of these I...

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Eat Your Way Through Italy: The Best Locations to Indulge in Italian Cuisine

There are many ways to experience true Italian culture, including cultural hotspots like Rome and the must-try Bolognese sauce from Bologna. But with so many culinary tastes to enjoy – where would the best places be to explore? Citalia has recently created an interactive tool that explores the best Italian locations to visit, to truly indulge in these culinary masterpieces. Italian holidays are popular among tourists for a wealth of reasons, from the archaeology and architecture of the mainland to the clear blue water and hot, white-sand beaches of the islands – but there’s always something new to uncover, be it Bologna, the culinary capital of Italy, or the Roman ruins...

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Mexico City’s Ignacia Guest House Debuts New Additions

Consistently ranked among the world’s top places to visit, Mexico City is a global capital welcoming more than 12.5 million visitors each year with  its renowned cuisine, vibrant culture, rich history, unique neighborhoods and modern-day travel offerings. A sprawling metropolis bursting with a vibrant personality  blending  old and new, there are over a dozen distinct neighborhoods or “colonias” each with their own character and charm. An essential part of the city’s cultural and gastronomic life, the adjacent Roma and Condesa neighborhoods are home to Mexico City’s trendy creative class. The area overflows with diverse dining options and alluring nightlife...

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Europe’s Best Food Adventure Holidays [Infographic]

Within the travel sector, the market of food adventure holidays is growing enormously. Many holidaymakers enjoy the combination of exploring picturesque regions while simultaneously sampling a gorgeous gamut of indigenous recipes. This infographic from Ireland Walk Hike Bike picks out a few of the best places in Europe for foodie lovers who also enjoy adventure holidays throughout the continent. Chief among these is Italy’s Prosecco Hills, with the area giving its name to the world-famous wine. The vineyards from where prosecco originates are located in beautiful hilly regions dotted around charming medieval villages, with multiple pre-existing routes for adventure...

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What to Keep in Mind While Planning a Road Trip

You only live once. For most millennials, to be able to travel the world is their ultimate dream. But while flying abroad seems to be the trend these days, road tripping remains to be the best choice for travelers seeking to explore different places while skipping the inconvenience of air flights. In fact, recent figures show that 85 percent of American vacations are domestic. Furthermore, more and more people are choosing to hit the road even if they only have four or five days than book an international flight and spend a week or two on travel. Road tripping...

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Ovolo Hotels Introduces New “V.I.Pooch” Pet-Friendly Program

Ovolo Hotels, the independent, design-led hotel collection in Hong Kong and Australia, has launched a brand-new V.I.Pooch program to welcome its furriest guests in style. With the new V.I.Pooch initiative, each of Ovolo Hotels’ two properties in Hong Kong and six properties in Australia will offer pet-friendly rooms decked out with a plush dog bed, a no-mess eating and drinking mat and separate food and water bowls. And while human guests of Ovolo can enjoy the hotels’ signature Loot Bags full of snacks, V.I.Pooch’s get their own designer ‘Doggy Bags’ containing woof-worthy dog toys, healthy dog snacks and handy...

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7 Asian Destinations to Vacation for Nature Enthusiasts

Asia is home to the most beautiful landscapes, islands, forests, and seas. If you are looking for a nature-based vacation, choosing a destination in Asia will be greatly rewarding. Taking some time away from busy city life and getting in tune with nature outside is great for everyone to experience. Asia has the most breathtaking art created by nature. From Japan to India, there are countless locations that will embody the beauty that we all dream of. Tropics to mountainous landscapes, there are many countries in Asia that are homes to the most extravagant nature spots in the world....

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10 Tourist Dos and Don’ts of Traveling to New York City

Planning to travel to New York within itself can be overwhelming. You have a lot to think about and consider when taking a trip to this state, let alone the ‘Big Apple’. Making sure to factor in the costs and times of everything can be complicated. If you are traveling by yourself or with a big group, it’s important to figure out what’s the best way to get there and back. Whether you are renting a charter bus or booking a flight, try to find discounts by doing extensive research. Along with this part of the process of planning...

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The Best Ways to Add Luxury to Your Travels

Going on holiday is the time when many people start to think about how they could live a life of luxury for a week or two. Holiday-makers love to indulge when they go on holiday, and if you are looking to add a sprinkle of luxury to your travels, read on for some top tips on how to sit back and relax in style. Stay in a Private Villa One of the most luxurious things that you can do on your holiday is to stay in a private villa. Private villas allow you to escape the hustle and bustle...

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Weekend Fun in Bucolic Buellton

Planning a weekend getaway, we wanted to go somewhere within two hours from Los Angeles offering beauty, wine and culinary delights. After the winter rain, the Super Bloom is transforming California’s landscape into pastures of Spring wildflowers on full display. In the charming town of Buellton in Santa Barbara County, the verdant green hills are blanketed with vibrant yellow mustard flowers. We decided to investigate for a quick getaway. Buellton in Central California is an idyllic getaway for tasting some of the state’s best wines and culinary fare. It also offers some unique experiences that you won’t find anywhere else. We...

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