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Mickela dances with women celebrating at the Asrlar Sadosi Festival in Navoi, Uzbekistan.

Whose dream isn’t to dance around the world? Mickela Mallozzi, host and creator of the travel TV series Bare Feet, ”experiences the world one dance at time,” and boy, are we jealous. From reconnecting with her family’s roots while folk dancing in Italy to sweating it out with locals dancing salsa in Puerto Rico, Mickela discovers how different cultures express themselves without words.

A classically trained dancer, Mickela has performed on various other TV shows, including Sesame Street, the Today show and The Dr. Oz show, and she is the co-director of the Women’s Travel Fest, an annual conference for inspiring and connecting women through travel.

We caught up with Mickela — between her Riverdancing in Ireland and getting intimate with Argentines over tango — to chat about the intersection of travel, dance and culture.

Find out how Mickela got hooked on dancing around the world, how dance enthusiasts (read: amateur dancers) can join her as she moves around the globe, and what country she thinks has the best dancers. (Hint: It’s not the US.)

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Worst Driving Cities in America

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If you’re planning a road trip, avoid driving in these 3 buzzing American cities. You’re sure to encounter some of our nation’s most reckless drivers. For anyone brave enough to take their wheels for a spin, we’ve gathered the worst parts of driving in these cities and a few tips for navigating them.
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Photo Courtesy of Alex Chacón

Hitting the road on a motorcycle can be a major adrenaline rush, and for Alex Chacón, viewing the world from the seat of his motorcycle is the only way to travel.  This adventure videographer and photographer lives to ride on the open road and is committed to documenting his adventures while raising awareness and money for charitable organizations.  In fact, his most famous charitable expedition was a 500-day solo trip from Alaska to Argentina to raise money for the Children of Uganda in Africa.

In addition to his charitable efforts, Alex also owns Your Expedition South, a motorcycle travel consulting business that offers advice and occasionally leads motorcycle tours in Latin America. We wanted to catch up with this unique adventurer for Our Type of Traveler and understand why Alex is at his happiest when traveling on a motorcycle, even after clocking hundreds of miles. Buckle up and enjoy this ride.
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Wales is hosting the largest gathering of international leaders ever to take place in Britain for the NATO summit Thursday and Friday (Sept. 4-5). The last summit in the UK was held in London almost 25 years ago.

President Obama will be in attendance, making him the first sitting US president to visit Wales. The assembled world leaders will focus on the crisis in Ukraine, Afghanistan’s future and new threats such as Islamic State. We’ll let them deal with those issues while we take a much lighter route. With the first family’s interests in mind, VisitBritain shared a few not-to-be-missed places to see and things to do if the president has some free time (not likely) or if the family makes a return trip to visit Wales.
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Summer is coming to an end, and still there are 41% of you out there who don’t plan to use all of your PTO (paid time off) before the end of the year. But why are we so reluctant to hit the road for a little fresh air? The U.S. Travel Association released a survey of 1,300 employees and business leaders, and their findings explain why Americans take so few much-needed days of rest and relaxation.

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Machu Picchu (Photo Courtesy of ShermansTravel)

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Is peering down at the awe-inspiring ruins of Machu Picchu on your bucket list? How about a picturesque boat ride on Lake Titicaca or a stroll through the charming city of Cuzco? Check all of this off and more on an 8-night comprehensive tour of Peru while saving $1,000 from similar tours offered.

For $1,999 per person ($182 per day), this package from smarTours includes round-trip airfare on LAN Airlines, 8 nights of accommodations at first class hotels, all domestic flights, ground transportation and transfers, 11 meals (8 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 2 dinners) and sightseeing with an English-speaking tour guide.
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Go behind the tent for a look at one of America’s last traveling sideshows in our brand new web series, All American Sideshow. Watch as the World of Wonders Sideshow kicks off circus season with eye-catching headliners including sword-swallower Tommy, knife-thrower Spif and “Diva of Danger” Sunshine. These daring performers share their unique take on travel while living in a tractor-trailer and entertaining the masses in towns across America.

 

When they’re not on the road, the sideshow crew heads to Gibsonton, FL. Dubbed the “weirdest place in America,” Gibtown has long been the winter retreat for the carnie and circus community. Watch as sideshow owner Ward Hall harkens back to the days when you could find yourself bellying up to the local bar with a giant, a bearded lady and the “living half-girl.”

To see even more freaky performances, check out the rest of the All American Sideshow web series, and get a look at some behind-the-tent photos.

Paris Plage (Photo Courtesy of Reuters / Charles Platiau)

Celebrated on July 14, French National Day or Bastille Day commemorates the beginning of the French Revolution and the Storming of the Bastille on July 14, 1789. Celebrations are held all over France, but thousands line up along the Champs-Elysees in Paris to watch the oldest and largest military parade in Europe. These annual festivities aren’t limited to the celebration on the ground, but locals and tourists can look high above the crowds to see the Patrouille de France aerobatics team in action.

Bastille Day isn’t the only thing tourists should add to their agenda when visiting Paris in the summer. Here’s a quick list of 5 fun summertime experiences you don’t want to miss when vacationing in Paris.
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Mercedes House (Photo Courtesy of Neil R)

Overwhelmed by New York’s neon canyons? Wary of running with the tourist hordes? If you’re “Times Squared-out,” you can visit an authentic part of New York City just a short distance away. Explore Hell’s Kitchen, the area roughly bordered by Port Authority and 57th Street to the north and south, and 8th Avenue and the Hudson River to the east and west.

This once-raffish neighborhood was home to bad-boy Travel Channel host Anthony Bourdain. Today, it thrives with restaurants, bars and opinionated, demanding locals. Parts of Hell’s Kitchen also offer peace and quiet — something visitors may think is unattainable in New York. Here are a few rough and refined recommendations on what not to miss in this hood: READ MORE

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“Belo Horizonte” means beautiful horizon in Portuguese, which is fitting for its magnificent landscape. When the city was first built, it was planned to house only a few hundreds of residents. No one ever expected that it would grow to have more than 5 million inhabitants. Unlike São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Brasília, tourists often overlook Belo Horizonte as a travel destination. That means those who venture out to Belo Horizonte gain unique experiences that most visitors don’t know exist.

Belo Horizonte, Brazil’s “Bar Capital.”
Belo Horizonte is the capital of Minas Gerais state, but it is also known as Brazil’s “bar capital.” The city has more than 14,000 bars for locals and tourists to choose from, which makes Belo Horizonte’s nightlife extremely animated. This is the ideal setting for people who don’t necessarily have tickets to the World Cup games in the Mineirão Stadium (Estádio do Mineirão), but want to celebrate with some of the world’s most spirited fans.
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