Travel Channel’s Samantha Brown Shares Her Top Packing Tips

Travel Channel’s Samantha Brown Shares Her Top Packing Tips

Top Packing Tips

Top Packing Tips

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Chances are packing properly won’t make or break your next vacation-unless you forget something major-but it can still be more important to a pleasant voyage than you think. With constantly changing security regulations, here are some tips from Travel Channel’s Samantha Brown on getting your vacation off to a good start:

•Top Packing Tipsd with everything else, every top with every bottom.

• Start with a base of one basic color. Black, brown and navy are versatile. Even in Europe, dress codes are relaxing at many restaurants, so you may only need to pack jeans (but if you have a specific restaurant in mind, check with it or your guidebook before going).

• Colorful accessories brighten up both da...

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Visiting Yucca House National Monument in Colorado

Yucca House National Monument is one of the most unique sites in the entire U.S. national park system. Despite being a declared a national monument by Woodrow Wilson in 1919, the site has had absolutely no development. There is no visitor center, no ranger, and no staff dedicated to the site.

In fact, in one of the oddest entrances to any park service site, you have to drive through someone’s front yard to get to the property.

Unlike many of the neighboring sites preserving Anasazi culture, the Yucca House National Monument in Colorado is mostly unexcavated. It remains as it was when it was rediscovered in the 19th century. Here’s what you should know about Yucca House—including what you can expect when visiting, what to do, and where to stay nearby.

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Spain: have it your way

Spain is home to emerald hills, charming red-roofed hamlets, and pristine white villages, not to mention an abundance of wine, olives, cheeses, and culinary delicacies unique to each region. While the interior of the country has much to offer in its own right, we have found the most inspiring scenery and cultural treasures in the northern and southern regions. Walk the highlights of the famed Camino de Santiago across northern Spain, or pair southern Spain with northern Morocco to discover two distinct cultures with a fascinating shared history.

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Staying at the Andronis Boutique Hotel in Santorini

Andronis Boutique Hotel

Andronis Boutique Hotel

I’m feeling salty and sun-kissed! My recent trip to Greece was an absolute dream. It’s been about five years since I was last in the Mediterranean and I won’t stay away for that long anymore!

During our trip, I explored Santorini for the first time and let me tell you—it’s as perfect as the postcards!

I’ll admit I’ve been wanting to visit ever since my Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants days. It looked so glamorous…in reality, it was hot, hot, HOT. Luckily, I spent plenty of time lounging around the pool during the heat waves.

During our visit, we stayed at the Andronis Boutique Hotel and I loooooved it! It’s by far the best hotel I’ve ever stayed at in terms of customer service. The staff is unbelievable...

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Uncruise Alaska – The Ultimate Alaskan Cruise Through Glacier Country

An Alaskan cruise is on many person’s lists of dream vacations. There are numerous cruise lines in Alaska to choose from. We were looking for a trip that took us off the beaten path away from the usual route, and the small ship cruise with UnCruise did the trick.

Alaskan Cruise introduction.

Today, we will cover the benefits of cruising with a small ship and a detailed breakdown of what’s included in an UnCruise to what you can expect from day-to-day.

Alaskan Cruise

Alaskan Cruise

Uncruise Alaskan Cruise

When UnCruise asked us if we would like to go back to Alaska, we jumped at the chance because we knew we wanted to do something different.

We’ve taken small ship cruises to Antarctica, Greenland and along the Amazon River and loved them.

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Halkidiki Greece – The Complete Travel Guide

Those that come by plane, land in Thessaloniki.

From Thessaloniki, a car transfer can be arranged to the hotel or even a car rental.

Once you get to your hotel there are several options to rent a car in the main resorts, but probably it is better to get one at Thessaloniki airport.

You will need it anyway to explore the area!

Of course, there is public transport in the region, but the charm of Halkidiki lies in its isolated beaches that cannot be reached by public transport. That is why it is important to have a car.

Where is Halkidiki?

Halkidiki Greece

Halkidiki Greece

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Halkidiki is a peninsula on mainland Greece, with mountains on one side and seaside resorts on East (from Akanthos to Egnatia Odos) and West (from Thessaloniki to Nea Moudania).

It has three “legs” entering the Aegean Sea.

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Silverton Bucket List: 10 Things to Do in the Southern Colorado Town

Though a really tiny town (population under 1000!) , Silverton not only has its rich history but has its fair share of visitors. Wedged in Colorado’s southern San Juan Mountains, the city’s roots may be in mining, but today its draw is mostly in adventure and heritage tourism. It’s the gateway to surrounding activities, like skiing, hiking and ATVing. But, the town itself has remained true to its authentic and old charm, rather than rounding its curves for the tourists.



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Top 5 reasons to visit Selous

Whilst gliding through one of the waterways that meander through Africa’s largest game reserve, you could be mistaken into thinking you’re in the heart of the Okavango Delta. With pods of hippos bubbling and buffalo wallowing, the myth that only Botswana produces such an iconic water experience is dispelled. Tucked into the South East of Tanzania and spanning over fifty thousand square kilometres, there is a network of permanent waterways that indicate the Selous Game Reserve.

Selous

Selous

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The Best Time to Travel to Japan

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Japan

Japan may be a small country but it’s filled to the brim with so many incredible locations and things to experience! Whether you’re looking for a snowy vacation in Hokkaido or you want to soak in the views of the cherry blossoms in Tokyo, the best time to visit all depends on what you want to see and do!

The country prides itself on having four distinct seasons, and let me tell you…the way the weather impacts the scenery can only be described as pure magic! Plus, festivals take place year-round so there isn’t exactly a “wrong” time to enjoy a Japanese getaway!

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Tips for Traveling Belgium on a Budget

Belgium

Belgium

Fascinated by European history? Have a sweet tooth? You will fall head over chocolate-covered-waffles in loooove with Belgium. From the thousands of castles to the vast trails of museums and don’t get me started on the world-class breweries…there is so much culture to explore!

While I adore Belgium, it is far from a budget destination. Like many places in Northern Europe, it can get expensive quickly—but it doesn’t have to! A few insider tips will go a long way in helping you stretch your euros.

Here are my top tips for visiting Belgium on a budget!

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