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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 [...]


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 [...]

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 [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


Vidago Palace Hotel and Spa: Vidago Portugal

Drive up the elongated entryway to the deep coral-colored Vidago Palace, in Chaves Portugal and you can almost imagine King Carlos I, happy to escape the pressures of Lisbon and his royal duties in Sintra. But Carlos never had a chance to use Vidago as his northern getaway, as he was assassinated in 1908. And neither [...]


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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Over 100 Best Surprisingly Romantic Destinations in the Northeast USA

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The Getaway Mavens have been hard at work, collecting and organizing the best two and three day escapes in the Northeast USA (Virginia to Maine).  The following surprisingly romantic destinations within a quick drive are perfect: to pop the question, for a nearby honeymoon, to celebrate a special life event, or just determine if you and [...]


Old Montreal Shines in Winter

Bare tree lit up with tiny lights against the backdrop of Old Montreal at night.

When the mercury drops and other places close up shop for the winter, Old Montreal positively sparkles. Gas lights cast a warm glow on cobble-stone streets as thousands of little white lights twinkle on multistory garlands adorning shops, art galleries, posh hotels, and comfort-food restaurants. 17th century buildings lie juxtaposed against a backdrop of modern buildings [...]


Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe and Zambia

  Bungee Jump off the Victoria Falls Bridge - a stomach churning 350 foot plunge. Visit the Falls. The whole of the town of Victoria Falls is actually a National Park, which means that animals are given free reign on the streets. But go into the actual “Falls” park to view of this Wonder of [...]



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