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A Guide to the Islands of Scotland

john mcsporran/Flickr Scotland is known for many things: romantic castles, the formidable Highlands, kilts, and the Loch Ness Monster, among many others. Whether for the natural landscapes, rich cultural sites, or something kitschier, Scotland ranks high on many travelers’ itineraries. Many visitors base their trip around Edinburgh with perhaps a day-trip or two to the…

Where to Travel in the South Pacific

Thinking about islands in the South Pacific will likely conjure images of turquoise lagoons surrounded by coral reefs, protruding mountains with lush greenery, and immaculate white-sand beaches with palm trees and hammocks. While you’re all but guaranteed to find that in any of the nations within this region, there are differences between each that make…

Where to Go in Japan: A Cheat Sheet to the Top Destinations

Cherry blossoms, Tokyo/Oyster Think of Japan and images of cherry blossoms, Buddhist temples, and a Shinkansen train zooming past Mount Fuji probably come to mind. But this is a country of diverse landscapes and seasons, 30 national parks, 21 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, avant-garde design and architecture, and one of the most refined cuisines in…

The Ultimate Guide to the Regions of Italy

Italy is a place that’s as diverse as it is beautiful, and its inhabitants are not only passionate about their own region, but also the country as a whole. Between bustling cities like Rome and Milan, areas with spectacular natural beauty like Cinque Terre, and regal lakes found in the southern islands, there’s plenty to…

A Guide to Venice’s Best Islands

Venice/Oyster Magnificent Venice one of the most unique cities in the world because it’s built on a series of more than 100 small islands sandwiched in between the Venetian Lagoon and the Adriatic Sea. It’s also a city chock-a-block with stunning examples of Byzantine, Gothic and Renaissance architecture, including churches and basilicas, monasteries, palazzos and…

Where to Go in the Netherlands Besides Amsterdam

Don’t get us wrong, we love Amsterdam. It’s one of our favorite spots along Europe’s well-trodden, must-hit list of cities. According to Mastercard’s annual Global Destination Cities Index, Amsterdam is the 13th most-visited city in Europe by international overnight tourists, but don’t be fooled into thinking it’s the only city worth a visit in the…

Where to Go in the Philippines: A Guide to the Top Destinations

With a population of over 100 million scattered across roughly 7,640 islands, the Philippines is defined by much more than sunny beaches, natural disasters, and a boisterous, corrupt president, Rodrigo Duterte. Straddling the Ring of Fire, this island nation is blessed with rich biodiversity and awe-inspiring landscapes. The remoteness of the many mountainous islands led…