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Holiday Destinations Offer Festive Travel Retreats

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This holiday season, plan your next getaway! From tropical to traditional, enjoy these festive holiday hotspots for singles, couples, families, and friends.

If you need a break from the busy rush of the holiday season, or just want to go somewhere special this year, there are plenty of holiday travel destinations just for you! From tropical to traditional, relaxing to adventurous, you’ll be happy to check off the next item on your to do list—enjoying your next vacation! Continue reading

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Best Outdoor Magazines for Adventure-Seekers

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Do you live for a life of adventure? The opportunity to see new, wild and beautiful places, and push yourself to the limits? Whether you’re a backpacker, climber, biker or other outdoor enthusiast, we’ve got the perfect outdoor magazines to meet your passions and inspire your next adventure.  Continue reading

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Explore the World with International Desserts

Delicious food and travel come together in desserts from around the world! One of the finest parts of travel is exposure to new regional food favorites. Even if a Eurotrip is not in your near future, trying dishes from around the world is one way to experience other countries and cultures from the comfort of your own kitchen. While ice cream, brownies, and patriotic berry pie are certainly enough to satisfy any sweet tooth, you must try these desserts from around the world at least once.

 

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This egg-based pastry makes its way to American kitchens from Portugal. The outside is crispy and brown, and a creamy custard tops this dessert. Pastéis de Nata is perfect paired with decaf coffee after an evening meal.

If you want to create this Portuguese pastry in your own kitchen, get a muffin tin with 2 by 5/8 inch wells, and follow the recipe from Leites Culinaria.

 

 

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Baklava’s hometown is Istanbul, Turkey, although this dessert is enjoyed all over the world. Light and flaky, baklava is perfect if you want something sweet but not too heavy. Often filled with nuts, the layers of this pastry are held together by syrup or honey. Beware – this dessert can be messy to eat!

Check out Epicurious.com for the how-to!

 

 

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Flan is a favorite Mexican dessert that has become popular in many other parts of the world. Although there are several variations of this tasty treat, flan typically has a pastry-like exterior with a sweet filling in the middle.

Read here for full details on making your own flan! Prep time is only 20 minutes, which makes this dessert an easy one for beginners.

 

 

Regardless if you ever visit Portugal, Turkey, or Mexico, you nevertheless will have enjoyed staples of their cuisine. Want more delicious dessert recipes? Check out The Food Network!

Are there any other international treats that you recommend? Comment below and let us know!

Barcelona

So You Want to be a Globetrotter? Barcelona Edition

Between beautiful scenery and getting away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, a European vacation is like lemonade on a hot day. Whether you are in the midst of planning a trip or are simply exploring your future options, pick a destination that will leave you smiling, relaxed, and with plenty of fodder for Instagram pictures. Although there is no shortage of lovely vacation spots in Europe, some are simply a cut above the rest. This week, we are exploring the beautiful Barcelona!

Coming as no surprise to anyone, Barcelona makes the list for one of the best travel spots of the year. Combining historical authenticity and urban appeal, this Spanish city offers everything from Gothic architecture to street performers. A tourist will have no shortage of sights, smells, and sounds to absorb and enjoy! US News and Trip Advisor have a few “musts” for your Barcelona vacation.

Casa Batllo1. Take throwback Thursday to the next level with the historical buildings

Instagram’s first #TBT has nothing on Barcelona’s rich historical background. The city’s architecture is incredible, and a little touristy sightseeing action is a necessity for any traveler’s to-do list. Antoni Gaudi’s Church of the Sacred Family and Casa Milà are popular picks, as is his Casa Batlló. Leave room in your schedule for a trip to the Montjuïc Castle, and make sure that your camera battery is fully charged!

2. Try out the city’s sunny backyard – the beach

While Barcelona’s beaches might not have the most pristine sand and clearest water, they are nevertheless a perfect way to spend one of your vacation days and take in some vitamin D. After immersing yourself in the beautiful city La Ribera, change up the scenery with a relaxing beachy afternoon.

3. Shopping is a must

Wait no longer for the perfect excuse to be a shopaholic for a day (or three). Not only does Barcelona offer shopportunities that give most large European cities a run for their money, this Spanish metropolis also takes a more artistic twist that will make your Barcelona shopping experience as unique as the must-have jacket that you find on the street market.

4. Explore Las Ramblas

This street is one of Barcelona’s most famous and offers a wealth of unique experiences. From the aforementioned abundance of shopping experiences to tapas bars to human statue art, the pedestrian-friendly Las Ramblas will draw you into a cultural experience that you will never forget.

Don’t just take our word for it, though – some things you have to see to believe! Research your future vacation with magazines like Travel + Leisure and National Geographic Traveler that will help you plan the dream getaway.

We didn’t touch on all of Barcelona’s wonders! Comment below if you think that another must-see deserves to be on our Globetrotter: Barcelona list.

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Best Vacation Destinations

iStock_000009958489SmallSt. Augustine once said, “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” From the wind-whipped prairies of Kansas to the majestic remains of the Roman empire to the turquoise water surrounding tropical islands, the world is filled with stunning views and breathtaking scenery. Travel expands our horizons as we experience new cultures and meet people in lands far from our own. As Mary Anne Radmacher said, “I am not the same having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.” If you have the desire to leave your footprints all across the globe and make friends in foreign places, why not take some time this summer to travel to a new location? Exploring a new place will widen your understanding of the world and enable you to experience the beauty and diversity of cities different from your own.

If you’re not sure where to visit, you can find tried-and-true suggestions from one of these popular travel magazines:

1.) Travel & Leisure

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Each issue of Travel & Leisure magazine features stunning photography, reliable destination guides, and engaging features. The magazine is a must-read for anyone interested in leisure travel. Whether you want to stay local or travel internationally, Travel & Leisure is filled with information about countless dream destinations. With special sections devoted to the most delectable restaurants to eat at, the top hotels to stay in, and the best activities to participate in, Travel & Leisure is a relevant and reliable resource. The magazine provides plenty of invaluable suggestions about the top places to visit, as well as what to do once you’re there. Travel & Leisure is also filled with practical advice on packing, traveling, and sightseeing. Popular special issues include “The Hotels Issue,” “The Food Issue,” and the “World’s Best Awards Issue.” Want information about the top cities, islands, cruises, hotels, spas, and family vacations? Travel & Leisure will quickly become your go-to guide.

2.) Sunset Magazine

7951-MA-1-hiresIf you’re looking for the best of the west, Sunset magazine is the perfect resource for you. The regional lifestyle magazine highlights the western United States. Whether you’re planning a trip to a National Park or thinking about finding a secluded cabin in the woods, Sunset magazine is brimming with great ideas. From the best vineyards in Napa Valley to the most unforgettable views of Yosemite, Sunset magazine outlines the region’s best travel destinations, weekend getaway guides, and hot new cities to visit. Whether you want to visit the beach, mountains, or quaint towns, Sunset magazine has plenty of great ideas. Other features include seasonal gardening guides, recipes and wine pairings, and photos of beautiful homes. If you’ve been wanting to visit the western United States, this magazine will help you plan the perfect trip.

 

 

3.) National Geographic

7210-MA-1-hiresA trusted magazine for over a century, National Geographic features breathtaking images and riveting articles about science and travel. If you’re trying to figure out where to vacation this summer, a subscription to National Geographic will give you a plethora of wonderful ideas. Its sister magazine, National Geographic Traveler, is is a comprehensive travel magazine that will help you plan a trip from start to finish. The magazine is filled with suggestions on how to navigate a new area like a native. Whether you want to plan an international expedition or a day trip to a nearby city, the magazine will tell you everything you need to know about the best places to visit.