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17 Best Things to Do in Kerala, India

At the southern tip of India, the State of Kerala is generally not on the top of the list for first-timers to this vast country, but is growing in popularity for good reason. Palm trees, tea plantations, backwater excursions, mountain hikes – this tropical region of India, settled (or conquered) by Syrian Christians, King Solomon’s [...]

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Jaipur to Udaipur India: The Journey Is the Destination

It’s a ten-hour drive from Jaipur to Udaipur in the Indian state of Rajasthan. Most first-time visitors fly from one to the other, if they go to Udaipur at all. But add another day or two to your itinerary and you’ll benefit from a deeper dive into the smaller villages, where locals are happy to [...]

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Best of Jaipur, India

The “Pink City” of Jaipur, one push-pin point on the “Golden Triangle” (along with Delhi and Agra), holds many surprises. Here, you find some of the most stunningly restored mirror ceramic-work in the world, a 300 year old “astrological” playground that will blow you away, a former Government Palace now a world-class hotel, and custom [...]

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Visiting India? Start Here – Delhi and Agra

Most visitors to this country of over a billion people fly in to Delhi, take a 3-hour train ride or drive to Agra to see this World Wonder, and then leave. But there are plenty of reasons first timers to India should stay a few days – a couple of nights in Delhi and one [...]

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20 Most Popular Towns in Northeast USA in 2016

GetawayMavens.com (“Bringing you the best offbeat escapes in the Northeast”) is just 3 ½ years old, but with over 300 destinations from Virginia to Maine, it’s garnering lots of attention. Proving that readers are a romantic bunch, the most searched and read post by far is “Most Romantic Destinations in the Northeast USA.” But what were [...]

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Chicago in Five Days

WHY GO: Yes, yes, we’ve all heard the fearful statistics about crime and killings in the major Midwest city of Chicago, but having just visited I’m here to report that for the most part, those tragic events happen in specific areas where tourists don’t tend to go. The town has so much going for it [...]

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Best Northeast Getaways for Art Lovers

From the venerable MFA in Boston to the fragile creations at Corning Glass Museum in the Finger Lakes NY, the Northeast is replete with destinations your art lover will adore. Here are 16 Best Northeast Getaways for connoisseurs of art: VERMONT: Bennington VT: Bennington Museum – largest collection of Grandma Moses paintings Woodstock VT: Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller [...]

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Last December, this Maven’s family of four traveled to Botswana and Zimbabwe with good friends – another family of four – who have been sharing our sense of adventure and world-exploration for several years. We spent nine days on photo safari (documented here and here), from December 19-29, 2015 and returned with camera SD cards [...]

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Douro Valley and Northern Portugal in Pictures

WHY GO: The Douro Valley in northern Portugal might not be on the mind of every wine-lover, but the way things are going, it soon will be. Home to some of the best Ports in the world (Dow's 2007 Vintage Port, 100 Points, Wine Spectator Magazine), and a growing number of acclaimed Reds, the Douro [...]

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Porto Portugal: Made for Wandering

WHY GO: If there was ever a city made for wandering, it's Porto, Portugal. Like Lisbon, streets are cobblestone, building facades gleam with colorful tile and the river (here, the Douro) figures prominently. But Porto is much more intimate, and all of that beauty is concentrated in its historic city center. Churches and public buildings [...]

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