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One of the key ingredients to a memorable vacation is the culinary delights one discovers along the way. That tiny bistro tucked inside a centuries old cobblestone walkway; those delicate pastry delights, so tempting through that tiny village bakery window; or the aromatic flavors of an entire region, so bountiful and yes...so intoxicating! You owe it...

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Avalon Southeast Asia: A World of Difference

Avalon Waterways sails beyond Europe to some of the most captivating waterways of Asia. Our ships – the Avalon Siem Reap℠ and the Avalon Myanmar℠ - are built by local craftsmen and have a maximum of only 36 guests. All staterooms are a spacious 245 square feet with an Open-Air Balcony® featuring a wall-to-wall panoramic window...

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What to Order at the Bar in... Mediterranean Travel Destinations

When you imagine an escape to the sunny, sensuous Mediterranean, what drink are you ordering at the bar?  Lynn Elmhirst, BestTrip.TV's producer/ host, shares her favorites. I once traveled with a cameraman who spent our entire 3-week, 10+ city film shoot in the Mediterranean trying to teach bartenders how to make a White Russian. The confusion...

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Life Of Eden

Sticking To The Bear-Necessities Of LifeThis point proven not solely by our friend the furry Mountie (and beloved Jungle Book), but in clinical studies of psychology.So while this may entail leaving our life-sized bear-hugging buddy in Quebec city, it also requires that you live lighter, smarter and with much more happiness!From our suitcase living, to small...

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November in Portugal

Portugal is a southern European country, bordering Spain. Its location on the Atlantic Ocean has influenced many aspects of its culture: salt cod and grilled sardines are national dishes. The Algarve's beaches are a major destination and much of the nation’s architecture dates to the 1500s, when Portugal had a powerful maritime empire.Why November?November is the...

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Beautiful Britain

Looking to cross off some bucket list sites while traveling across Britain, globetrotter Kathy Bunbury discovers there are endless wonders just waiting to be uncovered. It was a week into our vacation, sitting on a steam train, enjoying Welsh beers, traveling through some of the most beautiful countryside we could ever have imagined, that my husband...

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The Beat Goes On!

The 2016 music festival season is already heating up with many of the hottest new acts and veteran bands lining up to take the stage. Lucky for you, we’ve got your ticket to the most exciting music events across the globe. Whether it’s rock, jazz, electro, folk, dance, hip-hop or pop, we’ve got you covered with...

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Greater Palm Springs

Greater Palms Spring is Southern California’s most seductive and spirited escape for visitors in search of relaxation, adventure, pampering, a modern lifestyle and entertainment. Famed for its chill culture and possessing a chillosophy on how to best enjoy each and every visit, Greater Palm Springs features nine distinct cities: Palm Springs, Desert Hot Springs, Cathedral City,...

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Europe on the cheap - How to get the most bang for your dollar when travelling in Europe

Hero Image: "Europe" by Charles Clegg, Flickr.com is licensed under CC BY 2.0 When it comes to planning a European vacation, understanding the costs associated with travelling is just as crucial as finding out how to make the most of your time abroad. With the Euro and other European currencies poised in a never-ending flux, travellers — especially those embarking from North...

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The Top 5 Fall Foliage Destinations

Autumn is truly a magnificent season. It is a time when Mother Nature reminds us all of her beauty by setting forests aflame with radiant colors. While brilliant foliage displays can be witnessed throughout much of the world, many of the most spectacular are found right here in our own backyard. Based on our travel agents’...

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Press Release - Lakeview Travel & TRAVELSAVERS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact: Steve Bico Lakeview Travel Becomes Part of a Global Travel Organization -- Vacationers and Business Travellers Enjoy World's Best Travel Experiences at Best Values from Local Travel Agency --6/27/2016 (St. Catharines, Ontario) - Lakeview Travel, based in St. Catharines, announced today that it has become a part of TRAVELSAVERS Canada, an international travel...

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The Beauty of Mexico

It’s time to rediscover Mexico! Here are a few of our favourite destinations where you’ll fall in love with the country’s warmth and magic. Baja California Wine Country Located to the northwest of mainland Mexico, the Baja California peninsula is home to beautiful and diverse landscapes and endless beaches. The region’s warm Mediterranean climate makes for...

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Oh What Grape Fun!

Hero Image: "Wine Glass" by Alex Ranaldi, Flickr.com is licensed under CC BY 2.0 Celebrating the Great Wine Harvests of the World Get ready to breathe in the crisp autumn air, stomp some grapes, and sip some fabulous wines. These fun and relaxed wine harvest festivals are a blast for serious connoisseurs and wine newbies alike. Montmartre Wine Harvest Festival • Paris,...

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A 'Treasure' of Authentic, Sustainable Jamaica at Treasure Beach

Many visitors traveling to Jamaica never see the island outside their all-inclusive resorts. But if you're an adventurous traveler who's willing to brave a few potholes driving on winding country roads, you'll find a 'treasure' of old Jamaica in the South West part of the Caribbean island.Treasure Beach is a village on the coast in the...

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Planning a Destination Wedding in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Puerto Vallarta, on the Pacific coast, is one of Mexico's top resort destinations.  In town, in the ocean, or in forest, there's plenty to entertain visitors.  Boardwalks in town are worth a stroll to see sculptors and artisans at work.  On the water, active visitors enjoy snorkeling, diving and kayaking, and less active guests can to...

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Lost in Havana by Margie Goldsmith

I’m lost on the outskirts of Havana, dressed in a sweaty T-shirt, shorts, and sneakers. I don’t have my cell phone but that doesn’t matter because there’s no one to call. The only other people I know in Cuba are my American teammates doing this Olympic-Distance Havana Triathlon Championship; but I’m the slowest and they’ve probably...

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Saying 'I Do' Off-the-Beaten Path in Treasure Beach, Jamaica

With its famous tropical beaches, music and lifestyle, no wonder Jamaica is a favourite Caribbean island for destination weddings.  Most couples who travel to Jamaica to celebrate their special day at one of the remarkable all-inclusive resorts. But some couples may want to venture off the beaten path to the southwest part of the island, where...

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Exploring the Wild Side of Ireland's Atlantic Way

1. Rock climb in Donegal Excellent rock climbing locations are scattered along Donegal’s coastline, and particularly great ascents can be found at Ireland’s most northerly point, Malin Head. The sea cliffs, slabs and sea stacks of here provide over 100 rock climbs in a stunning, wave bashed locations. Wild Atlantic Way Climbing will provide adventures for...

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Cruising with Kids! MSC Cruises' New Programs make Family Travel even more Fun

Brand new DOREBRO sports program; New kids cooking class in collaboration with Michelin-starred chef Carlo Cracco; and Exclusive LEGO® MSC Cruises ship toy   Every family planning a vacation knows how important it is to keep the youngest members of the family entertained so everyone has a relaxing holiday.  MSC Cruises is enhancing their kids activities and...

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Swiss Summer Sips

In the heat of the summer, even cooler regions of Europe look for ways to beat the heat.  Switzerland may be famous for chocolate and cheese, green meadows and snowy alps... but even they have some secrets to quench your thirst in the summer:   Mountain Fountain Water.   You might not want to try this...

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5 New Reasons to Escape to Nassau, Paradise Island, the Bahamas

Nassau Paradise Island, Bahamas is known for having some of the most beautiful white sand beaches in the world, turquoise blue water, the Caribbean’s best entertainment and a spectrum of resorts from ultra-exclusive to family-friendly. With a new hotel opening, local authentic culinary classes, kid-friendly events and more, here are Five More Reasons to Visit Nassau...

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Top 5 Craft Beer Destinations By Joe Boone

"fiersdenosbières-19" by David Taquin, Flickr.com is licensed under CC BY 2.0 Beer has been quenching humanity’s thirst for thousands of years. There is solid proof of beer production in ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia dating back to at least the fifth millennium B.C. Today, it's a 500 billion dollar a year industry and though it’s still dominated by a handful of big...

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Top 10 Reasons to Travel to Croatia

From an isolated backwater behind the Iron Curtain, Croatia has transformed itself into Eastern Europe's 'Riviera'.  Sun worshippers discovered the miles of sunny, pristine beaches and dramatic cliffs of the Dalmatian coast. Other tourism followed for ancient and historic monuments, including UNESCO world heritage sites and even some communist concrete architecture, spellbinding natural beauty featuring islands,...

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Planning a Trip to the Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands are one of the most ecologically extraordinary places on the planet. The ecosystem that inspired Darwin – now a protected part of our world heritage - continues to fascinate. Free and fearless animals, different from any others found anywhere else in the world, awe visitors who make the journey to this remote destination.If...

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One of a Kind Sports and Athletic Events in Hong Kong

When you think of Hong Kong, we bet you imagine its almost futuristic city skyline.  There's no doubt Hong Kong is one of the world's most dynamic urban centers, but it's also a travel destination for those who love the outdoors.  Every year, Hong Kong hosts a thrilling line-up of sporting events involving international athletes and...

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Secrets Akumal, Riviera Maya: Pure and Exclusive

Prepare to be dazzled! When you arrive at Secrets Akumal, an AMResorts property, you are greeted in the lobby by the signature scent for the property and a staff that is dedicated to making sure you are indulged in a truly magical Unlimited-Luxury® experience. Akumal means “Place of the Turtles” in Mayan. If you are lucky...

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Travel Tips: What to do if you Lose your Passport

When you travel abroad, your passport is possibly the most important document you will have with you.  Flight and hotel reservation documents, even insurance policy documents, all of these are secondary to your passport.  They can be relatively easily emailed to you or accessed long distance.  Your passport is in its own category of importance.  You...

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South Saskatchewan River Love in Western Canada

You don't have to travel to the tropics for some great fun in the water on your summer vacation. Canada's South Saskatchewan river winds through the city of Saskatoon, offering opportunities for water sports in town and in the surrounding countryside of a Western Canada vacation. The South Saskatchewan river is the thread that weaves communities...

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Visit Stuttgart, Germany's First UNESCO World Heritage Site

Stuttgart, in South-Western Germany, has its first UNESCO World Heritage Site, proclaimed in 2016.  Not a castle.  Or a monument.  Or ancient. The site is comprised of two houses, extraordinary examples of modernist architecture by the renowned Le Corbusier. Two Le Corbusier houses at the Weissenhof Estate in Stuttgart have earned the title "UNESCO World Heritage...

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Overwater Bungalows make a Splash in Mexico and the Caribbean

The icon of the exotic honeymoon or romantic getaway is now much closer than Polynesia and South East Asia. Uber-luxury overwater bungalows have arrived in the Americas.  Here are our new favorite places to sleep under a thatched roof with the sea lapping around you, where you can slip out of a gauzy, draped bed into...

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The Remastered Queen Mary 2: 'Downton Abbey at Sea'

The World's only Transatlantic Ocean Liner Gets a $130 million Reno. What does $130 million of retrofitting an ocean liner look like?  Well, it's a million hours of work, around the clock, for 25 days. 10 football fields of new carpet. 4000 new framed pictures. And 3900 gallons of paint – just on the hull!  Diane...

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How On Trend are your Travel Plans?

The results of a recent study have revealed the luxury fantasy destinations and travel bucket list experiences of 2016.  Are your travel dreams on the list? If you're hoping or planning to go 'Down Under' this year, you've tapped into the latest travel trends.  Australia tops the list of destinations for the upscale traveler, followed by...

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Top 5 Girlfriend Getaways

By James Shillinglaw What’s one of the most popular forms of group travel today? The answer is the girlfriend getaway—a trip where women who are former high school classmates, college roommates, good friends or family members can take that long-overdue vacation together. Here are five great getaway destinations for that long-delayed girlfriend escape as recommended by...

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Banya: Our Experience in One of Russia's Historic Steam Baths

Finland has sauna, Turkey has hammam, and Russia's historic version of bath house/spa is called: banya.  BestTrip.TV's Lynn Elmhirst went for a steam while filming in Moscow. In Russia, the banya is a social as well as therapeutic undertaking; even today, a lot of business happens in the banya.  And champions of Russia's version of the...

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Four Winter Festivals in Peru

Peru celebrates thousands of events each calendar year. The majority of these are organized to celebrate a patron saint. But even these religious events are mixed with the mystical local religion of the pre-Colonial period. Processions, music, dancing in costumes, and eating/drinking form the core activities of these festivals. Often, entire towns shut down to celebrate,...

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More than Tropical Beaches: Exploring the Natural Beauty of the Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism If you thought a vacation in the Dominican Republic was all about the sand and the surf, think again. Outside the resort areas you can find some of the most diverse natural beauty in the Caribbean. No less than nine different ecozones mean there's natural diversity and varying climates:  the perfect...

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Tips For A Pleasurable Family Travel

Family travel is a wonderful bonding opportunity and a minefield for conflicts, and brings to mind both happy memories and nightmares. In spite of its many pleasures, travel can be stressful, especially with children. Use the following tips to reduce the hassle and increase the fun of family travel: Plan ahead. Family travel requires more planning...

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Why We Love River Cruising in Europe

We love river cruising. Like all cruise travel, it's a hassle-free way to navigate to multiple destinations and get an overview of a region. You unpack once, really settling in to your ship environment like a home away from home. River cruise ships are small – almost by definition. They're restricted to the size of a...

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Three 'Starter' European River Cruises

If you haven't tried a European river cruise yet, here are the big three 'starter' cruises we're certain will get you hooked on river cruise travel.   Photo courtesy: BestTrip.TV The Rhine River Route: Rhine River cruises span at least four countries: usually the Netherlands or sometimes Belgium at one end, then through Germany and France...

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The Top 5 Spooktacular Places to Spend Halloween

From haunted houses and creepy graveyards, to eerie swamps and even entire neighborhoods transformed into supernatural other worlds, Halloween reigns supreme as the spookiest holiday shared round the globe – making it so much more than just a night for kids to get some candy. Here our travel professionals’ picks for the top spots for getting...

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Beyond Machu Picchu: Three More Reasons to Travel to Peru

  If Peru is on your travel bucket list, chances are it's the historic citadel of Machu Picchu that inspires you.  The extraordinary citadel remains the iconic symbol of the Inca civilization, as well as its awe-inspiring engineering and construction techniques.  The structures, built without mortar, are still so solid even a knife can't pass between...

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New Cruise Ships Arriving this Fall in the Caribbean

If you like 'new ship smell', you won't want to miss the opportunity to experience some of your favorite Caribbean ports of call this winter – in a shiny new cruise ship. A number of new cruise ships made their entrance on the cruising scene this spring and summer in Europe. But as temperatures cool, they...

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The Great Blue Hole of Belize

There's a lot that makes Belize an out-of-the-ordinary travel destination.  It is the only country in Central America with English as the official language (it's a member of the British Commonwealth).  Nearly half - half! - of the land in Belize is either a national park or a nature preserve, making it one of the most...

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Where to Travel to Breathe the World's Purest Air?

Where would you travel in search of the world's cleanest air? Here's logic you might use:  it has to be remote, since big cities and human activity are the world's polluters; an island, even; and in the less land- and human-dense southern hemisphere.  Eliminate places that are not inhabited year round for air quality monitoring, and...

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Dutch Design Company Aims to Revolutionize Travel. Well at least your Luggage.

The same Amsterdam-based company that revolutionized getting around with kids is hoping to achieve a new cult following among travelers.   If you are one of the countless parents worldwide devoted to Bugaboo stroller systems, you'll already be familiar with the stroller system that set a new benchmark for rugged, high-concept, modular, and - above all...

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First TransAtlantic British Fashion Week

Cunard Debuts First-Ever Transatlantic Fashion Week en route to New York Fashion Week on Queen Mary 2. Cunard brings a world of glamour and fashion and British luxury on board the iconic ocean liner Queen Mary 2 featuring Dame Zandra Rhodes CBE, Colin McDowell MBE, Fern Mallis, Gail Sackloff OBE, Royal College of Art and Storm...

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Who takes care of what bills for a Destination Wedding?

Here is a guideline to who pays what. In any wedding, there are several parties involved. They are; The bride and groom The grooms buddies and parents The bridesmaids and parents Guests Attendants Now if you want a wedding where you do not have to shoulder every cost, you need to share out the costs to...

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Culinary Cloud Nine

A beloved and long sought-after vacation retreat for travellers across the globe, The Palm Beaches and Boca Raton are a spectacular haven for those who want to experience “The Best of Everything.” Surprised? This special part of South Florida has an impeccable list of all-encompassing superlative experiences that include world-class accommodations, opulent resorts and spas, championship...

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Run For It!

Whether you’re looking for a fun, family-friendly 5K, training for your first marathon or looking for something much bigger —there’s an exciting running event to satisfy your need for speed! Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend Orlando, Florida January 4 - 8, 2017 The Happiest Place on Earth just got a whole lot sportier with a full...

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Planning a Destination Wedding?

You’re engaged and planning to say ‘I do” on a tropical island some thousands of miles away from home, where do you start? START PLANNING NOW Planning ahead – anywhere from eight to 10 months – for a destination wedding in Mexico or the Caribbean will allow you plenty of time to find a resort, settle...

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