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Where to stay in Halkidiki, Greece | Nefeli Villas & Suites

Where to stay in Halkidiki, Greece: Nefeli Villas & Suites

We spent the first half of our Halkidiki trip at Philoxenia Bungalows in Psakoudia. It was such a fantastic time and it left us with the feeling that the second half of the trip would be pretty awesome, too.  What we didn’t know was just how fantastic that second half would be, and our stay […]

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Where to stay in Halkidiki, Greece | Philoxenia Bungalows in Psakoudia

Where to stay in Halkidiki, Greece: Affordable family accommodations at Philoxenia Bungalows

Deciding where to stay in Halkidiki, Greece can be an adventure all on its own because there are so many options. Accommodations range from backpacker-budget to absolute luxury. So, where does the budget-conscious family begin to look when planning a Halkidiki beach vacation? My recommendation is to look no further than Philoxenia Bungalows in Psakoudia. […]

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Legend of Santa Lucia

Celebrating an Italian saint in Sweden: The feast and legend of Santa Lucia

Santa Lucia (Saint Lucy) is a Catholic saint who was born in Syracuse, Sicily, in 283 AD and was martyred at the age of 20. Though she lived a considerably short life, she is still celebrated in different parts of the world almost two thousand years later. Few facts are known about Lucia’s life and […]

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Halkidiki: The best place in Greece you've never heard of

Halkidiki: The best place in Greece you’ve never heard of

“So, which island did you visit?” asked the taxi driver in Athens. “We didn’t visit any of the islands,” I replied. “You’re American, no?” “Yes, we’re American.” Baffled, the taxi driver continued, “No islands? Then where did you go in Greece?” I’ll tell you where we went: Halkidiki. While there, we met no other American […]

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Family Travel Guide to Curonian Spit, Lithuania

Family travel guide to the Curonian Spit, Lithuania

The Curonian Spit is the most captivating place you’ve never heard of. It is rich in history and full of natural wonders, and it’s an ideal family travel destination. A spit is defined as “a narrow point of land projecting into the sea”, and that’s exactly what the Curonian Spit is. The swath of land extends into […]

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Hill of Witches | Juodkrantė, Lithuania

Folklore in the forest: The Hill of Witches in Juodkrantė, Lithuania

The Hill of Witches (Raganų Kalnas in Lithuanian) is a public trail system through a forested sand dune just off the main road in Juodkrantė, Lithuania. The forest here is teeming with mystical wood carvings, all representing figures from Lithuanian folklore and pagan traditions. I came across photos of the Hill of Witches as I was doing research for […]

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BEST.DAY.EVER. with Urban Adventures | Vilnius, Lithuania

Best.Day.Ever. in Vilnius, Lithuania with Urban Adventures

Urban Adventures is a division of Intrepid Travel and offers tours in 153 cities around the world. All Urban Adventures tour guides are locals and have intimate knowledge of the cities they’re representing. Unique tours are offered in each city, ranging from historic walking tours to hands-on cooking classes, and there is also the possibility of […]

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Rome, Italy

Dear Rome, I love you.

I felt compelled to write the following upon learning that this week’s #JAchat topic is Rome. (#JAchat is a weekly Twitter travel chat that I co-host. Read here to learn more.) I’ve heard other travelers compare picking a favorite place in the world, out of all the towns, cities, and countries they’ve visited, to choosing which […]

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