10 Local Foods to Try in Portugal

Portugal

Portugal

Are there any dishes that come to mind when you think quintessential Portuguese food?

I have to say, before visiting Portugal, I’m not sure I’d ever had Portuguese food nor did I know what kind of dishes I would find there. And I’m guessing you might be in a similar boat. Known for their seafood and wide variety of spices, Portuguese food is Mediterranean food at its finest!

So whether you’re a newbie when it comes to Portuguese cuisine or you’re super familiar with their dishes, I dare you to try one of these! Oh and don’t even get me started on the incredible markets and their fresh produce…

Here are 10 local foods you absolutely need to try when visiting Portugal!

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Cozido à Portuguesa

Cozido a Portuguesa is one of the most popular dishes in Portugal, but even w...

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Dry Tortugas National Park: A Delightful Day Trip from Key West

Last Updated on August 26, 2019

Dry Tortugas National Park is one of the least-visited, but surely one of the most unique, gems in the U.S. National Park tiara. For most, the highlight is a massive sentinel red brick redoubt, Fort Jefferson, that stands resolute and in stark contrast to the bright blue skies and crystalline Gulf of Mexico waters that surround it.

Dry Tortugas National Park

Dry Tortugas National Park

Dry Tortugas National Park

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Visiting the Dry Tortugas on a Day Trip

The 100-square mile Dry Tortugas National Park as a whole is 98% water so the primary ways to access the fort are either via float plane or the more accessible Yankee Freedom III ferry from Key West. Experienced sailors can pilot their own vessels there too, or you could charter a boat...

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The Best Time to Travel to Egypt

Egypt

Egypt

Egypt is one of the most mysterious destinations on the planet and it’s been on the top of my bucket list for AGES. Now that I’ve been, I’m 100% convinced that it should be on the top of everyone’s bucket list. Between the Nile, the Red Sea, Alexandria, Cairo, and pyramids that date back to 2500 BC, there’s so much history and culture to experience.

Because the landscape is primarily desert, picking the perfect time to go can be a bit tricky. I visited this past April and although it was warm, it wasn’t unbearable by any means.

So, if you’re interested in visiting this mystic country, check out this guide to the best time to travel to Egypt!

The Pyramids at Giza

March to May

Springtime in Egypt is one of the most popular times to visit...

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8 Interesting Facts About Tuvalu

Last Updated on August 24, 2019

Let’s get honest here for a moment: There’s a good chance you’ve never heard of Tuvalu. And if you have heard of it, you probably don’t know much about this island country located in the Pacific.

Don’t worry. I’m here to help. I have visited Tuvalu, and there are a few interesting and fun things you should know whether you’re planning a trip, or if you’re simply interested in learning something new! Let’s dive into a new installment of Facts You Might Not Have Known: Tuvalu facts edition.

But first, let’s get one question out of the way.

Where is Tuvalu? Tuvalu is a tiny collection of Pacific Islands just south of the Equator—they’re located in the middle of the Pacific Ocean and technically located in Oceania...

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The top 5 coastal activities in Portugal

With over 1200 kilometres of coastline and 300 days of sunshine each year, it is hardly surprising that Portugal has some of the best coastal activities you could hope for on a holiday.

Whether you are on mainland Portugal or one of the archipelagos (the Azores and Madeira) there will be something to suit all tastes. Activities such as boat trips, whale/dolphin watching, surfing, fishing, diving or just relaxing on a private yacht watching the sunset in Lisbon are just some activities you can experience.

Portugal is the place to enjoy those coastal activities.

The choice is extensive, but we have compiled a list of the top activities to try, covering all of Portugal.

Boat trips

Boat trips are available from all areas of the Coastline, ranging from small intimate cruises along the coast to ...

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The Best Time to Travel to Switzerland

 Switzerland

Switzerland

Switzerland has quickly become a popular year-round travel destination, despite the cold winters! With so many different activities to choose from and serious seasonality, you may find yourself wanting to visit Switzerland every month of the year!

Visits in the spring and summer bring chances to attend large festivals, hike the once snow-capped peaks, or paraglide into a lovely pasture. While a visit during the winter means never-ending snow sports and endless cups of famous Swiss hot chocolate…yum!

Determining the best time to visit Switzerland all depends on the activities that you’re wanting to partake in! If you’re not quite sure what you’re wanting to do or when would be best for you to venture to the land of chocolate and cheese, follow this guide to help you decide!...

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Where to Stay in Venice (2019) A Guide to the Best Neighborhoods

Having a hard time deciding where to stay in Venice? I get it.

There are so many neighborhoods to choose from and it can be overwhelming. That is why I wrote this guide for where to stay in Venice.

Having lived in the city and, also being a frequent visitor, I can give you the low-down on some of the best neighborhoods to stay in Venice, and insider tips on interesting things to see and do as well in Venice, Italy.

If you want to skip directly to any of the neighborhoods of Venice, click on the links below.

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Venice Neighbourhood Guide

Venice is a tricky city. It is built on water and made up of 118 islands. It must have been a mad genius to start building a city on it in the first place, but I’m so glad they did.

Getting around isn’...

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Saving the planet: our top 5 eco-friendly hotels around the world

With environmental awareness an increasing concern across the globe, especially when it comes to hot topics such as global warming and plastic waste, luxury hotels are also increasingly doing their bit for the planet, with guests encouraged to play their part during their holiday. Ditching plastic water bottles for reusable non-plastic ones is just the tip of the (rapidly-melting) iceberg: these five hotels push the boat out when it comes to eco-friendliness – without stinting on luxury and style.

The Brando, Tahiti

Marlon Brando fell in love with Tahiti while filming Mutiny on the Bounty in the 1...

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3 Best Activities in Iguazu National Park, Argentina

Last Updated on August 12, 2019

Iguazu National Park in a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Argentina and one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature. Created in 1934, the park was designed to protect one of Argentina’s greatest natural wonders, which is landlocked by its neighboring countries, both Brazil and Paraguay.

The Iguazu Falls are definitely not the biggest waterfalls in the world by any means, but with trans-border accessibility and complex walkway systems, and many top activities, the attraction has been noted as one of the most accessible waterfalls in the world. Are you ready to explore what Iguazu National Park has to offer those planning a visit?

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Activities in Iguazu National Park

There are many fun and adventurous activities in Iguazu National Park—asid...

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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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