Posh and Playful Palm Beach

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Known worldwide as the playground of the rich and famous — with its beautiful palm tree lined boulevards, spectacular mansions, upscale restaurants, Worth Avenue shops and prestigious polo club — Palm Beach has earned the right to be one of the top destinations in the world for a posh winter getaway or a cool summer retreat.

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6 Holiday Travel Survival Tips

It’s that time of year again! Dropping temperatures replace brightly colored leaves, decorations make everything merry and bright and the best of all — families and friends gather together for the holidays. We’ve compiled a list of 6 holiday travel survival tips to help you have a safe and cheery holiday season.

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  1. First and foremost, plan ahead:

It’s the most wonderful and busiest time of year — both on the road and at the airport. Plan ahead and save yourself the stress of last-minute arranging and packing. You’ll thank yourself in the end for your well thought-out agenda. Read more »

The Top 5 Reasons to Visit Ireland

I’ve been to Ireland a few times, so I think I’m qualified to tell you why it should be your first choice for a European destination — whether it’s your first international trip or your hundredth.

 

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Ireland — Land of Saints and Scholars

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Whether you’re a self-renowned foodie, avid adventurer or a little bit of a culture seeker, Ireland’s warmhearted lifestyle will capture your heart like no place else on earth. As rich in character as it is in delectable cuisine, Ireland’s rich history and dynamic culture are all defined by the geography of the land itself. Ice-cold seas surround fertile green pastures, ideal for fresh seafood, hearty livestock and rich cheeses. In Ireland, saints and scholars have created a utopia of history and literature, and travelers have cultivated natural wonders to be explored. So what are you waiting for? It’s time to jump into Ireland.

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Girls Who Go: Tips for a Girlfriends’ Getaway to Remember Part II

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Girls Who Go: Top 4 Tips for a Girlfriends’ Getaway to Remember

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Girlfriend getaways are all the rage. According to an American Express Travel survey, man-free trips are on the rise and 82 percent of women polled say they never check in with the office when traveling with pals.

So, what makes for a great girls’ trip? We’d say proper planning and a fancy for fun. We recently took a girls’ trip to Cancun and here’s our advice for having a great time:

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Choose Your Jamaican Getaway

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When you think of an island that offers a peaceful, relaxed and fun atmosphere, does Jamaica immediately come to mind? It does for many of us who are seeking a refuge from the humdrum of daily life, not to mention traffic and smog. In Jamaica, Reggae music, jerk chicken and rum are boasted from the heart of its friendly people.

 

Ocho Rios, Montego Bay and Negril are three popular destinations on this small tropical island, and each has its own reputation for something unique.

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Ignite the “All Right” Vibe in Jamaica

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Delta Vacations is hosting the “Jamaica: ‘Home of All Right’ Submit Your Pic” Sweepstakes on Facebook for a chance to win a free, 3-night stay for two at Grand Bahia Principe Jamaica in Ocho Rios, Jamaica.

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Celebrate Culture

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Celebrating American culture in the U.S. is something that permeates our everyday lives and is embedded in our society through what we eat, what we do in our spare time, what kind of music we listen to, etc. America is an eclectic melting pot filled with flavors from across the globe, so it’s important to honor cultures that make America the beautifully diverse land that it is.

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In Living Color

Fall is the best season of the year. The kiddos pack their lunch boxes and head back to school, the scorching summer heat dwindles into a cool breeze and — my favorite part — the sky fills with trees that emulate flames, painted with bold reds, warm oranges and friendly yellows. Before the bitter temperatures and fresh blanket of snow take hold, lace up your walking boots and head out to one of these deciduous tree laden destinations that will take your breath away. I bet you can already hear the leaves crunching beneath your feet!

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Vermont and fall foliage go hand-in-hand. The state’s old time charm paired with views of the Green Mountains is unbeatable during the short-lived transition from summer to winter. Route 100, which winds north to south through the state, is a popular choice of transportation for travelers who prefer to take it all in from the comfort of their cars.

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Long Island Uncorked: Part 2

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As a devoted “oenophile,” one thing that piqued my interest was the fact that Long Island’s wine country was named one of the “Top Ten Wine Regions in the World” by Wine Enthusiast in 2013, and has become a well-respected wine region that has blossomed from one small vineyard to more than three-dozen world-class wineries over the past four decades.

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It’s All German to Me

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As Americans, we are proud of our ethnic diversity, culture and origin. When it comes to our love of food, we can thank Germany for doughnuts, gingerbread, bratwurst, pretzels, sauerkraut and beer. Is your mouth watering yet?

Well, what would you say if there was a place where you could savor all of the above delicacies, while experiencing Bavarian culture and German hospitality? Then we have some good news for you: Oktoberfest 2014 in Munich, Germany is right around the corner.

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Long Island Uncorked: Part 1

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One of my favorite places to visit is New York City — Broadway shows, Times Square, Central Park and some of the best food on the planet. There’s so much to see, smell and consume I can barely think about leaving the city, but my love of wine drives me to do the unthinkable — rent a car and drive in NYC. Read more »

Come play in Costa Rica

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Costa Rica, often referred to as the “Switzerland of Central America” due to its breathtaking panoramic views, is nestled in the heart of wondrous Central America. Although small, Central America’s size (equal to that of Texas) is no deterrent to the flourishing of unique cultures and access to tumultuous landscapes, or hindrance upon your list of must-do activities.

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Pick Your Paradise Sweepstakes

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When it comes to travel planning, do you tend to be a procrastinator or are you more of a planner? The planners out there know the advantages of early booking which include getting the best deals, the best choices in accommodations, extra time to research your destination, but most of all, the excitement of knowing you have a vacation coming up!  All those benefits paired with dreamy destinations like Jamaica, Hawaii, the Bahamas, Puerto Rico and Costa Rica (just to name a few), and you have all the elements of our Early Booking Sale.

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The Soul of the Caribbean

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Globetrotters from around the world travel to the Caribbean in search of a breathtaking island retreat. Although the landscape is marvelous, amidst friendly faces, lively music, colorful cuisine, and unforgettable architecture, it’s easy to fall in love with Caribbean culture. The unique personality of each island is a result of the area’s exotic setting and rich history, influenced by African tradition, a splash of Native American settlement and, of course, colonial acquisition.

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A Perfect Week in Paradise at the Azul Beach Hotel

 

When it was time to plan our family vacation, Mexico was at the top of our list of destinations to visit and we chose to stay at the luxurious Azul Beach Hotel by Karisma in beautiful Riviera Maya. A variety of in-flight options made flying into Cancun easy with two small children and (bonus!) the hotel is just 20 minutes from the Cancun airport.

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Spa Getaways for Everyone

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Are you in the mood to be pampered? Maybe you’re in need of a romantic getaway with a loved one or a refreshing family vacation.  Indulge yourself at one of a handful of prestigious and world-renowned spa resorts to enjoy a dose of royal treatment.

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Top 3 Breweries in Australia

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I’m back! Here’s part 2 of my best pics for Australia.  Everyone knows Australia has terrific wines and Victoria boasts five wine regions — Rutherglen, Beechworth, Alpine Valleys, King Valley and Glenrowan — all reflecting a distinct quality and complexity of superb wines.

What you may not know however, is that Victoria has a great microbrewery scene. Here are my top three choices for some of the best handcrafted ales and beers:

 

 

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Top 5 Summer Escapes

You’ve determined that summer travel is a must-do, now it’s time to decide where your next adventure will take place. Destinations like St. Thomas in the tropical Caribbean Islands and the lively city of Cancun, Mexico are popular destinations for many travelers — and for good reason. These cities provide a gamut of activity from snorkeling in the world’s second largest barrier reef to dancing the night away at a Mexican discotheque. Ready to plan your perfect escape? Explore these pristine vacation locations in familiar destinations.

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Frozen Summer Fun Live at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®

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For the first time in forever, some of your friends from Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Frozen are taking Disney’s Hollywood Studios® by snowstorm during a live Frozen Summer Fun experience, July 5 through September 1, 2014.

Not only will you discover Frozen décor and entertainment throughout the Park, you’ll also hear from everyone’s favorite summer-loving snowman, Olaf, who’s enjoying a warm and wonderful vacation. Olaf will share his summertime adventures throughout the day at the Sorcerer’s Hat Icon Stage. And you can even take Olaf home by picking up a take-along Olaf from the Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post.

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All-Inclusive Antigua – Grand Pineapple Beach

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This summer, surprise your family with a memorable island getaway that includes authentic Caribbean cuisine, land sports and water activities. Grand Pineapple Beach Antigua is the perfect all-inclusive resort that has everything to keep you and your children entertained.

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Why Travel during Summertime?

Summer is the season for neighborhood cookouts, weekends on the water and evenings spent on rooftop restaurants. What many people do not realize, however, is that summer is a great time for a little family vacation south of the border, as well. Travelers often get stuck in their routines, visiting the same place every year for spring break, or maybe heading south over the holiday season to escape a winter cold front. Well, start packing your bags! Here’s a list of the top reasons to break from habit and book a trip this summer.

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Australia: Plan Your Adventure Sweepstakes

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An Australian adventure appears on many travelers’ bucket lists. Even those who’ve been fortunate enough to experience the land down under would agree that there’s really no place like it. From the Great Barrier Reef to the Great Ocean Road, the Daintree Rainforest to the Yarra Valley Wine country, Australia is full of different activities and adventures for every type of traveler.
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Top 10 Places to See Fireworks for the Fourth

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The Fourth of July is traditionally celebrated with family gatherings, great BBQ, American flags, patriotic parades and, most important, an extravagant display of fireworks. With this in mind, we composed a list of the top ten most captivating firework shows in the nation.

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How to Eat Like an Australian

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Victoria has plenty of awesome things to do and see. You most certainly should drive the Great Ocean Road and experience the famous limestone rock stacks known as the Twelve Apostles, soak up the beauty of Mount Dandenong or visit Phillip Island to watch the Penguin Parade at dusk. But if you’re anything like me, be sure to devote at least half your time to sampling one of the world’s greatest cuisines.

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Plan your Queensland, Australia Adventure!

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Choosing a vacation destination, whether it’s for just you or for your whole family, can prove to be a daunting task. But luckily, as travel experts we’re able to weed out the duds and come up with some truly fantastic vacation destinations for you to explore. No matter if your vacation is planned for next month, next season or next year — Queensland is the place to go. But don’t just take our word for it, let us show you why.

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Top 5 Places to Go in Ireland

Ireland’s natural landscapes are filled with historical monuments that give a glimpse into the country’s past. Here are the top 5 places to go in Ireland to get a look at the island’s natural, historical, and cultural beauty.

1. Giant’s Causeway

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Northern Ireland’s Giant’s Causeway is one of the most dramatic natural landscapes on earth. So dramatic in fact that is must have been built by a giant. You’ll get different stories about how these hexagonal basalt beauties came into being. Most likely the locals here will tell you that the Irish giant Finn McCool is responsible for this coastal oddity. No matter the origin, this is a site not to be missed.

 

2. The Ring of Kerry

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You may have heard of Kerry. Since Queen Victoria visited Killarney over 150 years ago, its mountains, lakes and coasts have been the picture-postcard image of Ireland overseas. And while visitors may argue about their favorite towns, everyone genuflects to the perfection that is the Kerry landscape. As the name suggests, “the Ring” begins and ends at the same point: Killarney. A trip around the Ring of Kerry is one of the most iconic in Ireland and most beautiful in the world.

 

3. Vibrant Dublin

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As friendly as a village and as intimate as a pub, Dublin is a capital city like no other. Dublin’s a great city to explore on foot. From the gracious city parks of Merrion Square and Iveagh Gardens, to the grand Georgian architecture and alfresco café culture of South William and Drury Streets, there’s a lot to divert your attention. And don’t forget Temple Bar – a cobblestoned cultural enclave of galleries, restaurants, hopping pubs and the lively Meeting House Square.

 

4. Connemara

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Defined by the smoke of the peat, the swaying bog grasses and the ancient stone walls, the rugged landscape and remoteness of the region has allowed Connemara to hold fast to its traditions. Passing through the desolate Doo Lough and Delphi Valleys towards the village of Leenane in County Galway is a dramatic journey. This is Ireland unplugged.

 

5.  Historic Belfast

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Small but with a big heart, super-cool Belfast is one of Europe’s true renaissance cities. Walking or taking a famous black taxi tour around this compact metropolis are the best ways to appreciate all that the city has on offer. One of the first things that might strike you are the colourful murals, splashed onto any available walls often with political themes showcasing Northern Ireland’s dynamic history.

 

 

Top 5 Things to Do in Ireland

Ireland is full of history, culture and adventure. So much so, it might be difficult to choose what you want to do during your stay. Here are the top 5 things you should do in Ireland to make your decision a little easier.

1. Take a tour of the Guinness Storehouse:

You can’t think “Ireland” without thinking “Guinness.” The Guinness Storehouse is a must-see destination that chronicles the history of this delectable beer and how it became one of Ireland’s top exports. The building itself stands 7 stories high and its core comically resembles a giant pint glass. A guided tour will satisfy your craving for brewing knowledge, and the seventh-story, glass-walled Gravity Bar will satisfy your thirsty palette with a complimentary pint and unsurpassed 360-degree view of Dublin.

2. Catch a game at Croke Park:

Entertainment is just as important to culture as anything else, so get a glimpse of Ireland’s two favorite pastimes, hurling and Gaelic football, at Croke Park. The sacred ground of Irish athleticism seats 80,000 fans and ranks the fourth largest stadium in all of Europe. “Croker” is somewhat of a hidden treasure, held close to the hearts of the locals, so chances are you’ll be one of few tourists present.

3. Stroll through Temple Bar:

Temple Bar isn’t just a bar, its Dublin’s Bohemian district. Here, you can get a taste of modern Irish culture and enjoy the many pubs, cafes, galleries, and craft shops. The area was historically known as the metropolitan center of the city, populated by family-owned businesses, and today remains the bustling pulse of Dublin.

4. Tour Trinity College:

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Trinity College lies in the heart of Dublin and was founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth. The campus is composed of buildings that are hundreds of years old, spurring an architectural rivalry because of their unbeatable composition. The college is also home to the Book of Kells, a Latin manuscript that is globally celebrated for its elaborate decoration and telling of the New Testament.

5. Visit St. Canice’s Cathedral:

St. Canice’s Cathedral is Ireland’s second largest cathedral, a gothic structure that hovers over the city of Kilkenny. The Round Tower is the oldest standing work of masonry in the city and rises amid an eerie display of ancient tombstones. The tower, although a tight squeeze, can be climbed to observe some spectacular views. The interior of the cathedral is supported by intimidatingly tall archways, lined with wooden pews that lead to the front of the church. Colorful stained glass portraits of biblical scenes decorate the lengthy windows, allowing for an unearthly demonstration of light to fill your soul.

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