Eat your way across Europe

One of the biggest pleasures of traveling Europe is the food. Every country has traditional and unique dishes to try, giving us the inspiration to spice up our own home cooking. While we can’t get out to Europe’s food markets to pick up culinary ideas and souvenirs, let us help you to taste your destination by guiding you through 9…

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Border hopping

The modern-day relationship between Canada and the United States has always been a good one.  Nearly always peaceful, the two countries share many similarities:  language, laws, trade and more. Cross-border travel is another.  The width of Canada and the USA are immense, 7069 kilometres from the west to the east, to be exact.  Getting around can take some time. Both…

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Go go Mongolia

With extreme temperatures and landscapes, extreme living, and some extremely wrong perceptions from outsiders, Mongolia is one of the most complex places—and Mongols one of the most misunderstood people—in the world. Conversations about the weather, the great expanse of the country, and the traditional nomadic lifestyle dominate talk of Mongolia, and it’s understandable. Temperature variations of +100°F are not uncommon…

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EasyJet just got easier

A few months back, we published an article about some of Europe’s low-cost airlines, such as EasyJet and Ryanair.  They offer some super deals to jet your way across the continent and are worth checking out. It was somewhat cumbersome to book them if you were outside of the EU.  But, now it’s easy peasy using Expedia’s updated listings.  Here…

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“Be” adventures

At the time of this writing, the world is starting to look forward to a Covid-free future.  Governments are – mostly –  doing their jobs and protecting their citizens. It will come as no surprise that many of those citizens want to travel, once more.  The pent-up demand will help to save not only cash-strapped airlines and hotels, but entire…

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Highly caffeinated things to do at airports

There are few things worse than a four-hour layover at the airport while you’re salivating to get to your destination.  How many times can you walk past the magazine stand? In some countries, such as the UK, there are people known as “anoraks” who pace up and down the long – and usually crowded – aisles diligently taking notes of…

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Clean blue jeans

We like to feature our affiliate friends when we can, as we choose them for their broad range of offerings, as well as their often innovative approaches.  Some are small, and some are large, but we value them equally and are happy and proud to be associated with them. But, here we’d like to tell you more about our affiliate…

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Sick of your country? Well, read this.

It happens to all of us:  we just get sick and tired of it.  We see no escape.  We feel boxed in, with no hope.  And it feels like there are no options. Is all of the world like this?  Cities are all the same, are they not?  Dirty, gritty, chaotic and grim.  Maybe yes, maybe no. Are there no…

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Immortality beckons

In the Asturias region of northwest Spain, a cave drawing of a woolly mammoth has a single, internal feature: a large red heart. This work of art, at least 14,000 years old, likely depicts a successful hunt and bloody wound. From the earliest days of our species, the detection of a pulse, the preservation of respiration and the beating of a…

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Shot thought

As of the time of this writing, things are finally moving when it comes to the world having access to the Covid-19 vaccines.  The curve is reaching upwards, which brings not only hopefulness that we will all go back to a more normal normal, but part of that “normal” will include travel, again. But, one of the discussions that we…

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They go the extra mile

Digital platforms provide a variety of technology-enabled tools that enhance market transparency, such as real-time monitoring, ratings of buyers and sellers, and low-cost complaint channels. How do these innovations affect moral hazard and service quality? We investigate this problem by comparing driver routing choices and efficiency on a large digital platform, Uber, with traditional taxis. The results may surprise you.…

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Road scholar

Traveling by car and staying in hotels and bed & breakfasts is a great way to go, but when you really want to get to know a place, renting a motorhome in Europe is tough to beat. These days, lots of travelers are foregoing staying in hotels for vacationing by motorhome, and there are plenty of great reasons that RV…

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Don’t pretend to be: be!

A devastating loss can shatter the façade we put up for others, exposing our deepest, rawest self. A work of art can do the same. Don’t show off! Don’t pretend to be, be!’ The piercing voice of my stern ballet teacher with the stick and the square glasses still echoes in my mind. These two sentences were standard at almost…

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Chateau No

Some people have all the luck. An infamous €57million French chateau that was built illegally in the Côte d’Azur has been definitively condemned for total destruction, in what is expected to be the final stage of a 15-year-long court case. Chateau Diter was built by Montreil-born property developer Patrick Diter between the years of 2000 and 2011, and is set…

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Poetic Ayurvedic

Known as a wellness and Ayurvedic destination, Sri Lanka is once again welcoming international tourists after reopening its borders. Anantara Kalutara Resort is launching signature treatments created by French chiropodist and “foot virtuoso” Bastien Gonzalez, called the Pedi:Mani:Cure Studio. The treatments are performed by chiropodists and specialized therapists using the premier Bastien Gonzalez product line and are sought out by…

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Slow boat o’ Kyoto

Hoshinoya Kyoto is a beautiful Kyoto ryokan, situated away from the crowds, in an place of tranquil scenery that continues to bedazzle travelers. Arashiyama is one of the most singular of scenic locations in Kyoto. Many international tourists who visit hope to to see the seasonal scenery, and the locale is brimming with visitors year-round. Located within eyesight not far…

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No, that can’t be right.

‘Your answers on this questionnaire suggest moderate to severe depression,’ I said gently. ‘Can I ask how long that’s been going on?’ My client, a middle-aged, widowed military veteran with chronic back pain, looked taken aback. ‘Depression?’ he repeated, in a voice of disbelief. ‘No, that can’t be right. I can’t be depressed.’ ‘I’m sorry,’ I said, puzzled, ‘but what…

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Ein Hausboot ist gut

Ein Hausboot ist gut = A houseboat is good As arctic temperature froze rivers and lakes in northern Germany, workers at houseboat charter companies were already gearing up for what they expect to be a busy summer season. “I think that big trips abroad and flying will still not be the dominant type of vacation for people this summer,” Dagmar…

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