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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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Jai Mahal Palace, A Taj Hotel, Jaipur India

Because it is run by the venerable India-based Taj Group (93 hotels in 55 locations across India, and 16 others - including the Boston Taj and Taj Pierre in NYC - worldwide), the Jai Mahal Palace in Jaipur holds bend-over-backwards service sacrosanct. As with other high-end hotel brands – Four Seasons or Ritz Carlton for example [...]

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Hope Town Harbour Lodge: Hope Town, Abaco, Bahamas

Hope Town Harbour Lodge

Set between gingerbread-trimmed buildings and translucent aquamarine sea, on an island too sparsely populated to merit even one traffic light, Hope Town Harbour Lodge is a delightful collection of historic buildings and charming cottages. The resort sits perched on a tiny hill in the village of Hope Town, on the northern tip of Elbow Cay, a narrow [...]

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Choice Getaways in the Caribbean

Net hammock hanging from an arching palm tree on a white sand beach in the Caribbean.

The Farmers’ Almanac is predicting record-breaking snowfall in the Northeast this winter, and forecasters are already expecting a polar vertex. Here in Upstate New York, temperatures have dropped dramatically and we've already seen the first snow storms of the season. Conditions are ripe for a Caribbean getaway. I'm not ready to hunker down for the season. [...]

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Cabrera, Dominican Republic, the All-Inclusive Alternative

Pina Colada on Playa Grande Beach in Cabrera, Dominican Republic.

WHY GO: Not far from the popular beach town of Puerta Plata, there's the much quieter and lesser known Cabrera, Dominican Republic. You won't find manicured all-inclusive resorts here, but you will discover cliff divers, a blue lagoon, pristine and unpopulated beaches, and most welcome of all, small town hospitality. GO: Playa Grande. Deemed one [...]

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Sunset Beach Wedding - Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Imagine white lace, crisp linen, and your loved ones assembled in nature’s cathedral: a floor of white sand, looking out on translucent sapphire waters, with a canopy of lush tropical vegetation overhead. That dream can be yours at a Dominican Republic destination wedding. Carol Cain, founder of GirlGoneTravel.com, explains why she chose to wed on [...]

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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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Playa Coral - Varadero Cuba

It's getting easier than ever to travel to Cuba. Already most U.S. citizen may visit under the educational activities license although significant restrictions still apply. And now beginning this autumn, ten U.S. airlines have been approved to schedule flights from twelve American cities to ten Cuban destinations. Here’s what you need to know to plan legal [...]

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