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An Honest, Detailed Travel Guide to the Aeolian Islands, Sicily

The coastline of Stromboli, black volcanic sand next to bright blue water, people bathing in the sea, green slopes leading up to the tip of the volcano.

Have you heard of the Aeolian Islands in Sicily? I’ve been dreaming about traveling to the Aeolian Islands (Isole Eoglie) since my semester in Florence in 2004. I huddled over my Let’s Go: Italy guidebook, reading about a Sicilian archipelago with lava-spewing volcanoes and black sand beaches. Finally, I got my chance 17 years later. …

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How to Spend Three Days in Dubrovnik: The Best Itinerary

A view of the city of Dubrovnik from the walls -- lots of orange terra-cotta roofs, a church tower in the foreground, and a green island in the background, all under a blue sky.

Dubrovnik, Croatia, is one of the most magical places in the Mediterranean: a city of ancient walls and orange roofs, a city of Game of Thrones, rocky beaches, and pršut ham carved from the leg and brought to your lips. If you’re visiting Croatia, I recommend spending three days in Dubrovnik to make sure you’re …

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On Sustainability, Responsibility, and Travel During a Pandemic: A Look at Maslina Resort

A view over the balcony at Maslina Resort Hvar. Below you see a teal rectangle pool surrounded by beach chairs and a wooden platform. There are lots of palm trees. In the background is the blue Adriatic Sea and you can see jagged coastline in the distance.

It’s pretty rare that I get to share my favorite conversation of the summer with you, word for word — but here we are, and I think you guys are REALLY going to enjoy it. Sustainability and responsibility are two essential parts of travel — but how do those play into economic survival during a …

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Visiting Korčula, Croatia: A Travel Guide to Croatia’s Coolest Island

Kate wears a racerback top and bike helmet and stands with her hand on her hip, overlooking the vineyards of Lumbarda, Croatia.

Are you looking to visit Korčula, Croatia’s most fabulous island? Well, you’ve come to the right place — this Korčula travel guide is designed to give you all the information you need to plan the trip of a lifetime. I’ve explored Croatia extensively over the past decade, and I think Korčula (pronounced KOR-chu-la) is one …

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Campeche, Mexico Travel Guide: Things to Do in Campeche and More

Street vendors serving food, set against a purple evening sky.

I visited Campeche, Mexico, for a weekend getaway from Mérida, and discovered a delightful city: tiny and stately, bright and colorful, filled with interesting things to do, but perfectly sized for a short visit. It’s hard to find places to visit in Mexico that are a little bit off the beaten path, but places you’d …

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Visiting Sumidero Canyon from San Cristóbal de las Casas, Mexico

The walls of the canyon rise up against a blue and white sky, the river bright green.

One of the best activities I did in inland Mexico was visiting Sumidero Canyon. This canyon is one of the most beautiful and stunning sights in the Chiapas region of Mexico. If you’re visiting Chiapas, in Mexico’s south, you’ll probably be visiting San Cristóbal de las Casas. This is an incredibly beautiful and charming city …

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Can Americans travel to Cuba? I did. Here’s how. [2021 Update]

A bright green car in front of blue and white colonial homes in Havana.

I’m nervous in the waiting line at Cuban immigration, but I know I shouldn’t be. I did everything right. Still, this is Cuba. I’m visiting Cuba as an American. Can Americans travel to Cuba? Yeah, we can. This country has been off-limits to us since 1959 — though that hasn’t stopped lots of Americans from …

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