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7 Tips for Planning Multi Generational Family Travel

Posted by on September 26, 2016 · Leave a Comment  

Have you always wanted to take a vacation with your extended family, but feel like it might be too hard to make everyone happy?

Don’t be intimidated. A growing number of families are in the same boat! According to survey data gathered by Preferred Hotel Group, many people are now taking at least one trip a year that includes three or more generations of their family.

With multi generational family travel growing in popularity, we’ve compiled seven tips for planning an unforgettable family vacation that gets everyone– from grandparents to grandkids– excited. If you think of any we’ve missed, feel free to add your tips in the comments!

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Sep
21

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Holidays in Cuba: 4 Ways to Choose Your Adventure

Posted by on September 21, 2016 · Leave a Comment  

Cuba is calling, and more and more Americans are hearing that call. The vibrant island nation previously shrouded in mystery is now ready to be rediscovered by its neighbor to the north.

Due to travel restrictions that remain in place visitors to Cuba from the United States, more and more structured “people to people” holidays to Cuba have popped up. Countless tour operators cater to the curious by operating within the confines of the rapidly changing rules and regulations for U.S. travelers.

While convenient, these large tours are often complete with overcrowded hotels and massive buffet meals. These mass tourism pitfalls can feel really impersonal, and make it difficult for visitors to immerse themselves in the warm and inviting communities they visit. There’s little room for exploring your own interests when you’re traveling alongside 50 other people!

Don’t want to miss out on all the special moments that make traveling to a new place so fulfilling? There are other options that allow for more meaningful experiences. In fact, Discover Corps recently introduced new holidays to Cuba, including a Celebration of Arts & Culture tour, a Preserving Nature’s Wonders tour, a Yoga & Culture Exploration tour, and a shorter Havana Weekend Getaway. 

Read on for our choose-your-adventure guide on things to do in Cuba, designed to help you decide which of these Cuba travel options is right for you!

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Sep
18

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Living Mayan History in Belize and Guatemala

Posted by on September 18, 2016 · Leave a Comment  

For those born in the 21st century, it’s difficult to imagine what life was life before computers, cell phones, or cable TV. Now try to imagine life without metal tools. It’s almost incomprehensible!

It was during such an era that the Maya Empire came into existence. Evidence of their civilization dates back to around 1800 BC. By the 6th century AD, the Mayans were at the height of their power, having built an empire of great influence that excelled in agriculture, pottery, hieroglyphic writing and mathematics.

The Maya people spread across the Yucatan Peninsula in what is now Belize, Guatemala and parts of Mexico. Their location and concentration made them less vulnerable to attack than other civilizations of that time, and so their empire grew and flourished.

It’s the challenge of looking back so many years and trying to imagine what life would have been like that attracts so many people to ancient cultures. In Guatemala and Belize, Mayan History comes to life amidst the rocky ruins, tucked away in remote jungles. But the magic really comes to life once you realize that aspects of this ancient culture still live on today…

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Sep
13

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The Top 10 National Parks in the World

Posted by on September 13, 2016 · 5 Comments  

The world’s first national park, Yellowstone, was signed into law by President Ulysses S. Grant in 1872. Congress created the U.S. National Park Service 44 years later (on August 25, 1916), with a mission “to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and wildlife therein, and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations.”

Over the past century, the concept behind what documentarian Ken Burns called “America’s best idea” has been applied to more than 6,ooo national parks in nearly 100 different countries around the world. For US-based travelers , whose disposable income and vacation time are tighter than ever, national parks offer a great return on investment in terms of nature, wildlife and outdoor recreation.

But not all national parks are created equal. Some are too crowded. Some fail to measure up to visitor expectations. Some are simply too remote to fit into most travelers’ budgets. Still, a “must-see” list of national parks would number in the hundreds, if not thousands. So consider this our subjective guide to the Top 10 National Parks in the World, and please share your favorites in the comments!

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Exploring Peru’s Sacred Valley of the Incas

Posted by on August 31, 2016 · 1 Comment  

Machu Picchu ranks among the world’s most popular tourist attractions, attracting over 1.2 million visitors annually.

But a few years ago the number of daily visitors to the ancient archaeological site was getting out of hand. So UNESCO urged Cusco’s Ministry of Culture to create strict rules for Machu Picchu visitors. These included hiring an official guide, following one of three routes through the complex, and facing time limits to keep traffic flowing.

Machu Picchu is just one of many impressive cities the Incas built from 1438 to 1533, before the Spanish conquest destroyed their civilization. It’s not actually the largest, oldest, or most important of the Incan archaeological sites. For a complete picture of the history and culture of the Andes, travelers to Machu Picchu would benefit from exploring the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

Located near Cusco, the Urubamba Valley was considered sacred due to its natural beauty, which ample fresh water and fertile soil for growing food. Here we’ll take a look at the heartland of the Inca Empire, including the archaeological sites and cultural traditions that make the Sacred Valley of the Incas a one of the top things to do in Peru.

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