Get Your Iron Ready and Waffle On

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Waffles are such a popular world-wide phenomenon that two days every year are set aside to celebrate the consumption of them. International Waffle Day is celebrated around the world on March 25, and National Waffle Day is celebrated in the U.S. on August 24.

From Belgian waffles dusted with confectioner’s sugar and Southern fried chicken and waffles drenched in sugary maple syrup to sweet Hong Kong waffles laced with peanut butter and grilled cheese waffle sandwiches, these delicious, dough-based, griddled cakes are popular for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack or dessert.

The waffle dates back to the 12th century when Greeks cooked flat cakes known as obleios between two metal pans and topped it with cheeses and herbs. Maple syrup wasn’t around back then, and since the waffle iron was invented and became a popular kitchen gadget in 1869, these tasty delicacies have caught on around the world. (There’s even a Waffle Iron Day every June.)

Let’s explore the vast diversity of waffle deliciousness and how this delectable holiday is celebrated around the world.

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St. Patrick’s Day around the World

Everyone is a little Irish on March 17 (or so they claim). Whether you’re lucky enough to hail from the Emerald Isle, or you’ve only dreamt of traveling there, you don’t have to be in Ireland to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day today. Check out these St. Patrick’s Day celebrations from around the world!

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It’s March Madness! Vote for Your “Top Destination of 2015”

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It’s March Madness time! As basketball fans around the world prepare for Selection Sunday this weekend, we’ve come up with our own bracket featuring a selection of “Top Destinations of 2015.”

Starting with our list of Elite 8, we’ll break it down to our Final 4 and finally crown our “Top Destination of 2015” based on your votes.

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Dining Down Under

Succulent dishes, complementary wines and amazing scenery — come savor the best kept secret Down Under: Restaurant Australia.

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Hanami in Spring

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Nothing kicks off the spring season quite like the sight of blooming cherry blossom trees. That first splash of pink after months of dreary winter days always lifts my spirits and gets me ready for picnics, walks in the park, and warm-weather fun.

The traditional Japanese custom of enjoying the transient beauty of flowers, most often the native cherry blossom, is celebrated around the world in the spring. If you’re looking to take in the sights, enjoy Japanese culture and see the cherry blossoms in bloom, here are some great destinations and festivals to visit for hanami, or ‘flower viewing,’  in March and April:

 

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Memphis: Home of the Blues

The third stop in our History in Living Color series is the Home of the Blues: Memphis.

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Ask anybody what they know about Memphis and the immediate response is blues, rock n’ roll, Elvis Presley and Beale Street. There’s also a great deal of African American history waiting to be explored. Don’t miss these historical attractions when you go:

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Welcome to the District

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The next stop in our History in Living Color series is our nation’s capital. I absolutely love Washington D.C. It has it all— from charming restaurants to historic monuments, D.C. has something for everyone.

Nestled between Maryland and Virginia along the Potomac River, D.C. has strong ties to black history. The National Mall is the perfect place to explore American history and the countless contributions of African Americans.

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Destination I Do: On Location at the Wedding of Your Dreams

 

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Romance isn’t the only thing to think about when planning a destination wedding. Here are seven tips to assist you on the journey of a lifetime from Miss to Mrs.

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Take Your Love Around the World

From candle light dinners to long walks in the park — romance is essential to Valentine’s Day. With the holiday quickly approaching, many of us are buying cards, flowers, candy and gifts for that special someone, but do you know what would make your Valentine’s Day even more special? A trip to one of the most romantic places on Earth. Even if you’re unable to get away this Valentine’s Day, you should consider planning some time to celebrate love and enjoy our list of some of the most romantic places in the world. Read more »

Atlanta’s Southern Charm

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Black History Month has been recognized by Americans every year since 1926. All of this month, through our four-part History in Living Color series, we’ll help you experience the vibrant culture of African-Americans and explore some of the destinations that helped to influence it. From exhibits and lectures to concerts and art, the achievements of African-Americans throughout history are commemorated and celebrated in unique ways, in dynamic locations.

This week we’re heading to “Hollywood of the South” — Atlanta.

 

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The Top Reasons to Visit Europe Now

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It’s traditionally “low season” in Europe right now, but thanks to the strength of the U.S. dollar, it’s really “go season.” From London’s Buckingham Palace and Rome’s Colosseum, to Ireland’s Cliffs of Moher and Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum, you can avoid the crush of crowds and get amazing deals to some of the most exciting destinations in the world.

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Boston vs. Seattle: Who Does it Best?

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It’s Super Bowl time! A time for avid sports fans to get together with family and friends and eat, drink and yell to their hearts’ desire.  It’s also a time for people who don’t watch sports to cheer for a team that they’ve never heard of.

So how do you pick your team when you don’t know who’s playing? Do you look at the team’s colors? Do you go with the team that has the best mascot? Or do you just pick a name out of a hat? Whatever your method, we’re here to help you pick a side — Seattle or Boston — in our Seattle versus Boston city showdown.

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All I really knew about Amsterdam could be summed up in a few words: clogs, coffee shops, cheese tulips, and the Red Light District. I had no doubt that my first visit would prove to be so much more.

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Vacation Done Right — Los Cabos

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Two of my favorite types of scenery are strikingly different: deserts and vast depths of bright blue water. Because of this, Cabo has always been a place I’ve wanted to visit. Read more »

Top 5 Cities to Celebrate New Year’s Eve

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January first represents a fresh start — a golden opportunity to make some positive changes and a time to celebrate the accomplishments you made in the past year. Whether you’re looking forward to ringing in the new year at home or abroad, here is our list of the top five places you can visit for a grand New Year’s Eve celebration. Read more »

Double the Fun in Vegas

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Seven girls from Texas, Florida and Georgia travel to Las Vegas for a birthday celebration for twins Brittney and Whitney’s 25th birthday. It’s our first time in Vegas! We’re all so excited to party, see the sights, go to shows and eat that we can’t wait to get off the plane. It’s Friday night and we’re ready for our weekend to begin. We originally planned to take a shuttle to the hotel, but since there are so many of us, it’s actually cheaper to take a limo. We’re fine with that, because we can pull up in style. Read more »

Playful Palm Beach Part II

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Palm Beach is posh, but it also has a playful side. It’s a great place for families, singles and couples on any budget, year-round! If you’re planning your next Florida escape, here are some great activities and attractions in Palm Beach.
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Christmas Celebrations Around the World

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It’s that time of year again when the sights, sounds and smells of Christmas permeate every avenue of our culture here in the U.S. Christmas carols, joyful festivities, shopping, decorated homes with presents neatly wrapped beneath a tinseled Christmas tree and traditional family gatherings are essential. One of the most celebrated holidays around the world, Christmas and its traditions vary throughout cultures and destinations. Here is just a sample of surprisingly unique Christmas celebrations.

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Posh and Playful Palm Beach – Part 1

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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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