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What to See in Algiers, Algeria

What to See in Algiers The Rich History of Algiers A visit to Algiers is a walk through the twists and turns of the city’s complex history. While Algeria gained independence from France in 1962, traces of this time and earlier eras still mix with modern life. The ruins of an expansive Roman outpost –Tipaza– …

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7 Reasons to Visit Valladolid – Mexico’s Lesser-known Magic Town

7 Reasons to Visit Valladolid – Mexico’s Lesser-known Magic Town Last winter, I spent far longer in Mexico than intended. Initially, my plan had been to head down to Central America after whizzing around Mexico. However, I discovered that Mexico was too beautiful (and large!) to hurry. Valladolid in Yucatan state was one of the …

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How to Visit Sidi Bou Said

How to Visit Sidi Bou Said, Tunisia

How to Visit Sidi Bou Said, Tunisia Sidi Bou Said is a gorgeous, well-preserved village in Tunisia that is now an exclusive place to own property as well as a popular attraction for residents of Tunis and foreign travelers. It is an easy half-day trip from Tunis.  Getting to Sidi Bou Said Getting to Sidi …

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Getting Off the Beaten Path in Northern Ireland

A Guide to Getting off the Beaten Path in Northern Ireland Northern Ireland is massively popular with Game of Thrones fans, as well as being home to the Giant’s Causeway, one of the world’s best-known natural wonders. Yet outside of these two huge tourist draws, Northern Ireland offers rich pickings for the adventurous traveler. This …

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Things to do in Hobart

Top 14 Things to do in Hobart, Tasmania

Top Things to do in Hobart, Tasmania (Australia) Nearly half of all Tasmanians live in Hobart, Australia’s southernmost state capital. The city began as a penal colony for British convicts (stealing a watch in London could get you transported to the end of the earth in 1804) and has evolved into a major port town …

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What to do in Tbilisi, Georgia in 3 days

Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia, offers a diverse scene of historical sights. Being part of many trade roads, including the Silk Road, Tbilisi developed into being a unique blend of European and Asian architecture. So, here’s your three-day itinerary of what to do in Tbilisi.  Abanotubani  Abanotubani is the central historical landmark of Tbilisi dominated …

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Devonport Tasmania Beach

Explore Devonport: Gateway to Tasmania

Explore Devonport Tasmania (Australia) Devonport, on Tasmania’s north coast, is a popular arrival point for trekkers heading into the mountains and wild rivers of the island’s interior. Don’t be in a hurry to hit the road, though. There’s plenty to see around Devonport, and most of the area’s attractions can be easily explored on foot. …

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6 Must-See Sights on the Road to Tatev, Armenia

6 Must-See Sights on the Road to Tatev, Armenia The drive from Yerevan to Tatev, in southeastern Armenia, offers an incredible array of historic and natural sites, culminating in the ancient monastery complex atop high cliffs. Whether you rent a car or hire a driver to take you, driving from the Armenian capital gives one …

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How to Bike Like a Local in Copenhagen

How to Bike Like a Local in Copenhagen Copenhagen is often called the biking capital of the world, with an infrastructure to match. Almost half of its population uses bicycles on a daily basis, cycling down endless bike lanes, separated from car traffic. Yet when I first arrived in Denmark, I was terrified at the …

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7 Inspiring Reasons to Travel to Hokkaido, Japan

Reasons to Travel to Hokkaido Few people outside Asia undertake the journey to reach Japan’s northernmost territory and natural heaven, Hokkaido. The island is the second largest in Japan, but the least inhabited, which makes it a soothing respite from the crowded urban zones of Tokyo and Osaka. Whether you’re looking for sunshine and summer …

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