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Discover Amsterdam's Local Food Scene on this Avalon Waterways Shore Excursion

Discover Amsterdam's Local Food Scene on this Avalon Waterways Shore Excursion

Everyone wants to try 'real' local food when they travel. But we don't always have a real local to point us in the right direction. That's why we loved our Avalon Waterways' culinary tour of the Jordaan, a walking-sipping-snacking tour of the revitalized neighborhood in Amsterdam. It gets you out of the tourist core and into the heart of the Dutch lifestyle the way the locals in the Netherlands really live.  Want to taste the local beer? And the snack the locals order...


The Chinese New Year Dish You Need To Try This Year

The Chinese New Year Dish You Need To Try This Year

Kung Hey Fat Choi! Chinese New Year celebrations brighten up the winter months throughout Asia and Asian communities around the world. It's the most important date on the Lunar calendar and includes weeks of festivities with family and friends from late January through March. Many activities give everyone a chance to get into the spirit of a fresh, healthy, happy and prosperous upcoming year.Among the many outstanding traditions like lion dances, flower markets, decorations of lanterns, red and gold banners, and orange...

The Chinese New Year Dish You Need To Try This Year

Ponies and 3 More Reasons to Visit Scotland's Shetland Islands

Ponies and 3 More Reasons to Visit Scotland's Shetland Islands

They say on St. Patrick's Day everyone's a little bit Irish. So it's fair to say that on Rabbie Burns' Day, we're all a little bit Scottish. The national poet of Scotland – he wrote the song you likely sing every New Year's Eve: Auld Lang Syne – was born on January 25, 1759. And every year on January 25th, Scots and people of Scottish ancestry world-wide celebrate the man voted the 'Greatest Scot' in the country's history.In Scotland and in...


8 Facts About the Panama Canal

8 Facts About the Panama Canal

Panama is one of the fastest-growing destinations in Central America, and the Panama Canal is the country's star attraction. Although it's on everyone's list of things to experience, the canal is more important as a global shipping transit than tourist experience. Whether you sail the canal on your next cruise or watch in action from land, here are 8 things you need to know about this wonder of the modern world.1. It's a short cut between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.The...

8 Facts About the Panama Canal

Discover Tropical Romance in 3 Overwater Bungalow Resorts on the Caribbean Sea

Discover Tropical Romance in 3 Overwater Bungalow Resorts on the Caribbean Sea

(Re)kindle the romance close to home – without long flights to the South Pacific or the Maldives!Overwater villas are the next best thing to a private tropical island of your own – a luxury, bungalow suspended right over top of jewel-toned seas with the rustic-chic experience of living indoors and outdoors. It doesn't need to be Valentine's Day or your honeymoon for you and your sweetheart to deserve an overwater dream holiday. Here are 3 resorts on the Caribbean Sea...


Go Glamping in the Galapagos on the Celebrity Flora

Go Glamping in the Galapagos on the Celebrity Flora

What's better than a once-in-a-lifetime cruise to the Galapagos Islands? Sleeping under the spectacular night skies in one of the most remote places in the world on the deck of a ship that's the height of modern luxury.   The Celebrity Flora is a first for the cruise line, dedicated to exploration of the natural wonder of the Galapagos islands. The ship launches in May, 2019, and is based on the island of Baltra in the Galapagos.   100 privileged guests...

Go Glamping in the Galapagos on the Celebrity Flora

11 Best Places in the World to Go Whale Watching

11 Best Places in the World to Go Whale Watching

70 percent of our planet is covered by oceans, and whales are not only the largest marine mammals, but the largest animals alive. No wonder humans are drawn to the oceans and these mammals who dwarf us and remind us how small we are in the universe. Whale watching tops many travelers' wish lists. Seeing whales in their natural environment touches every traveler, no matter how young or old, and it's an experience accessible to travelers of all budgets.As with any interaction...


Top 6 Wellness and Fitness Cruises You Should be Booking Now

Top 6 Wellness and Fitness Cruises You Should be Booking Now

Have you resolved to travel more AND be more fit and well? Why not put these life goals together on your next cruise? Cruise lines have upped their health, wellness, and fitness games in recent years. In fact, some of the best wellness experiences in the world are now at sea.BestTrip's Lynn Elmhirst has put together her list of wellness/fitness opportunities on river, ocean, luxury and more affordable cruise lines you should be booking now. Seabourn:This ultra-luxury cruise line has partnered with acclaimed...

Top 6 Wellness and Fitness Cruises You Should be Booking Now

Grain Silo Transformed into Breathtaking Museum and Hotel

Grain Silo Transformed into Breathtaking Museum and Hotel

Within a year of its breathtaking reincarnation, Cape Town's historic Grain Silo has already been named one of the world's top 100 places. When it was originally constructed in the 1920's, the Grain Silo on the city's waterfront was the tallest building in Sub-Saharan Africa, and a symbol of connection to the rest of the world.A century later, after the Grain Silo was decommissioned, rejuvenation efforts could easily have seen it imploded to make way for bland new builds. Instead, the visionary...


Oprah, Music and More: 6 Things You'll Love About Holland America's Nieuw Statendam

Oprah, Music and More: 6 Things You'll Love About Holland America's Nieuw Statendam

Is there room for more than one at the top? Holland America's Nieuw Statendam joins the Konigsdam in the line's newest 'Pinnacle' class of ships. Fan favorites from the first Pinnacle-class ship join new innovations on the latest ship for the beloved Dutch cruise line.Here are just 5 reasons you'll want to be among the 2600 guests sailing on the Nieuw Statendam:History This is the sixth 'Statendam' ship for Holland America; the 'Nieuw' was added to distinguish it from the original,...

Oprah, Music and More: 6 Things You'll Love About Holland America's Nieuw Statendam