All My Bags Are Packed, And I’m Set To Go To Ushuaia, Argentina

A welcome sign within the city of Ushuaia beholds the message, “Ushuaia: Fin del Mundo.” I’m traveling to the end of the world! Up until quite recently, my thoughts of Argentina consisted of only sub-tropical temperatures, the few words that I know in Spanish, and Eva Peróne singing woefully from a balcony.

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Uganda And Israel- What’s The Connection?

Uganda’s political history is one that has been scarred by tumult and struggle. The notorious Idi Amin, who became known as the Butcher of Uganda (which makes me shudder) was the President of Uganda and military dictator from 1971 to 1979. During this time, Amin’s rule was marked by ethnic persecution, numerous human rights abuses, and untold corruption. Sadly, the exact death toll of Ugandan people during his reign is unknown. Some estimate it to be around 80,000, while others put it as high as 300,000.

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Tu B’Shevat In Israel

Tu B’Shevat is a festival that dates back to a time when tradition called for thanking the creator for what nature has provided in plenty. Tu B’Shevat, the New Year for Trees, is a holiday of great important in Israel. It is actually a festival of trees celebrated by Israeli Jews where they devote their time during the day taking care of what nature has offered and appreciate the natural resources of the country.

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Trekking In Iceland

It may surprise many people to know that the northern country of Iceland is an ideal place for hiking or trekking tours. While many assume that Iceland, known as the “land of fire and ice,” is completely covered in ice and snow, nothing could be further from the truth. The natural beauty of the countryside, generally moderate climate, pristine fresh air, and fascinating sights make Iceland a great choice for the serious hiker who is looking for something a bit different. National Geographic Traveler Magazine recently named Iceland one of its best travel destinations in the world, and one visit will show you why!

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Tough Choices This Summer? Where Should I Go?

About this time of year, I always start getting deluged with requests for suggestions for the perfect summer tour. Summer is always a wonderful time for travel, and I have three top suggestions for you to consider this summer. I base these particular suggestions on a combination of the weather or what’s going on there during the summer months. So without further ado, here are my three suggestions for your dream vacation abroad.

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The Best and Worst Airlines of 2011

Since travelling is literally my business, you can imagine how often I get asked about my favorite (and least favorite) airlines. It’s a subject about which I’m not coy – there are airlines that are distinctly better and worse than others. As I come to the end of another year of travel, I’m ready to share for the first time my preferred rankings with one and all.

Without further ado, here are my 2011 rankings:

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The Beaches of Tuscany

When people think of Tuscany, they usually think of its rolling hills, lush vineyards, and green countryside. These are all wonderful aspects of one of Italy’s most popular tourist areas – but there’s a hidden Tuscany that the typical traveler doesn’t hear much about. Native Italians flock to this area, as well as in-the-know tourists. It’s an area that is relatively uncrowded, accessible, and quite beautiful.

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