Halloween and Ireland: Bonfires, Barmbrack, Ancestors
At Halloween in Ireland, you can certainly find many places to dress up in costume (which is known as guising in Ireland – think disguise and you’ll get where that comes from), to take the kids for a night of fun, to get scared, to see a parade, to learn some history, to attend fairs and carnivals – all the things you’d do in the rather commercial side of this holiday in other places. Albeit there’s an Irish twist to some of it, such as the spooky goings on at the Dublin Zoo, the revelers who fill the streets of
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Can Americans Take a Weekend Break in Europe?
I left the US nearly 4 years ago to travel the world, but many of my readers have never been across the pond. Most of my stories are about Europe and things to do in cities for a day or two, but how real is it for Americans to take a weekend break in Europe? Every week, I help friends find flights all over the world. Quite often, I can find a deal for a fraction of what they were planning to pay. Unfortunately, traveling from some parts of America can be considerably more difficult. Some cities like New York,
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A Manhattan Oasis on Roosevelt Island
There is a place in New York City where you can dangle above the East River in an aerial tramway, enjoying spectacular views, then land in a quiet, park-like setting that feels completely different from the usual Manhattan hustle. Yes, you can drive to Roosevelt Island over the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge or the Roosevelt Island Bridge, or you can take the Astoria – Wall Street/Pier 11 NYC ferry, or you can miss the views altogether and take the MTA subway to the Roosevelt Island stop. But if you can take the tram and don’t mind heights for the 3-4
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Autumn Colors Across Canada
As autumn makes its way across Canada, there are places in just about every province where you may enjoy the blaze of changing colors. Up for exploring? Here are a few suggestions. The Canadian Rockies in British Columbia and Alberta offer shades of gold, with aspens often contrasting with the dark hues of evergreens. Outside the high mountains there are other beauties to explore, as leaves change on Vancouver Island on the Pacific Coast, and through the backroads of Alberta. The prairie provinces of Saskatchewan and Manitoba are better known for opportunities to see northern lights and polar bears than
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So You Want to Write a Guidebook?
When I tell people about my current position as a guidebook writer, they are quick to jump in with words of envy. “You’re so lucky,” and “That must be so amazing, getting paid to travel.” Of course, traveling the world for work is always an incredible experience that few get to have — but like any job, it is not without its challenges. Your work begins long before you step foot in the city you’re writing about. You have a limited budget and limited time. It’s not possible to sleep in every hotel, eat at every restaurant, and do every
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