Aerial View of Old San Juan, Puerto Rico. (Photo Courtesy of Jessica van Dop DeJesus)
As a travel blogger, social media is a big part of how I promote my brand. I have been inspired, made meaningful friendships, and created amazing memories through my blog, The Dining Traveler. One of the things I noticed during my 5 years of blogging is that an image can speak a thousand words. A photo on Instagram has sparked my interest on many destinations, hotels, and restaurants. That being said, I felt there was a void in imagery when it came to travel guides. This is how the idea of the Dining Traveler Guide to Puerto Rico became a reality.
The results are in! We’re excited to reveal the Ghost Adventures Halloween marathon completely chosen by YOU. Read on to see which of your favorite episodes will air leading up to the all-new investigation of Deadwood, SD. Plus, receive a little Halloween treat from Zak himself.
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The Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ intimate Europa 2 is arguably one of the best cruise ships to set sail this year. The international brand is known most for cargo shipping, but the cruise line is a completely independent entity, bringing German luxury to the world. The friendly, bilingual crew switches seamlessly between speaking German and English, the official languages spoken on this cruise ship.
The immaculately-maintained, 500-guest Europa 2 features the best passenger space ratio in the cruise industry, which means there’s more room for everyone to roam freely onboard. High ceilings and a pair of glass elevator atriums – lining the ship’s sides – open up the space and draw guests’ attention to the ocean and ports of call. A light color scheme, sleek silver accents and an abundance of premium teak decking make the overall atmosphere more similar to a modern boutique hotel than an over-sized cruise ship.
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One of the best ways to learn about a new destination is by eating and drinking locally. When I’m on vacation, there’s nothing I want more than a refreshing beer after a long day of exploring. As the US craft beer movement has grown over the past decade, so have the ever-popular beer weeks.
Beer weeks celebrate the local beer community through (sometimes over-the-top) events featuring local breweries at their best. Whether it’s an easy drive from where you live or in a new destination to explore, a vacation or staycation can become a beercation by planning a visit to some of America’s most celebrated beer weeks. It’s a great way to relax, recharge and put some of those unused vacation days to good use.
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In exactly a year, on Aug. 5, Rio de Janeiro will be swarming with 10,500 Olympic athletes representing 205 countries for the opening ceremony of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. About 7.5 million tickets will be sold for 42 different sports. The majority of events will take place in Rio (in Barra da Tijuca, Copacabana, Deodoro and Maracana), but soccer matches are also expected to be held at venues in Brasília, Belo Horizonte, São Paulo, Salvador and Manaus.
In preparation for all the excitement for the 2016 Olympics, we pulled together a quick list of 12 things you should do when visiting Rio.
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As cruise ships get bigger and bigger, they often lose sight of the destination, but Viking Ocean Cruises and its new Viking Star are changing all that. After all, the destination is like a piece of art, and this intimate, 930-guest flagship is like a frame that perfectly accentuates the subject without distracting from it.
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Be a producer on a digital video shoot for Watt’s World host Nick Watt in Scotland? Yes, please! From the get-go, I knew that Scotland was green, it had a castle, and it was connected to England. So … I didn’t know very much. By the end of the trip, I knew how to pronounce Edinburgh (Edin-brah), had felt the love of Prince William and Duchess Kate at the coffee shop they frequented in college, and had experienced my first Scottish breakfast (black pudding and some other weird meats). But first, I learned how to drive on the other side of the road.
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Carnival Corp. announced that its new Fathom brand has been granted permission to cruise with US travelers to Cuba. The line plans to provide “cultural, artistic, faith-based and humanitarian exchanges between American and Cuban citizens.” Final approval from Cuba is still pending, but it’s expected in time for the 710-guest Adonia to arrive in the country starting in May 2016.
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You know the old Johnny Cash tune I’ve Been Everywhere? It’s my anthem. Reno, Chicago, Fargo, Buffalo … yep, seen ’em all.
Traveling for work is a great opportunity for face-to-face meetings that always seem more valuable to me than anything done over the phone. But if I’m being honest, sometimes as I’m striding around the airport with my practical overnight bag and sensible heels, I get gate envy.
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Currently Frozen over for the summer, Disney Cruise Line has a question for you: Do you want to build a snowman or let it go? Now, on select seasonal sailings on the Disney Magic in Norway and Disney Wonder in Alaska, you can.
The pirates of the Caribbean are on holiday, and in their place, characters from the hit animated film Frozen are taking over with an all-new deck party, day of fun and more. Onboard are none other than Queen Elsa, Princess Anna, iceman Kristoff and snowman Olaf, and I was just on the Disney Wonder to experience all the fun firsthand in Alaska.