Barge Cruising: A Guide for First Timers

Barge cruising is one of the most relaxed and luxurious ways to see the European countryside. Barge cruises are vastly different than other types of voyages such as a river, small ocean or windjammer cruises. First-time barge cruisers...

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Best Vacation Rental Homes Around the World

I know a thing or two about vacation rentals because I have been renting them for several years. Right around the time our kids were no longer willing to sleep in the same bed, it stopped being fun to...

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Viking River Cruise Longship Overview

I am not much for crowds, especially while on vacation. That means when I cruise, I tend to favor small luxury cruise ship lines that carry just a few hundred passengers. You won't find me on a mega-ship with thousands...

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48 Hours In Berlin

Berlin is an underrated city and less expensive than many of the other larger European capitals. If you are interested in history, particularly World War II and the Cold War, then Berlin is an ideal place to visit. I...

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Why Windstar Cruises are Beyond Ordinary

Windstar Cruises maintains that they are 180 Degrees from Ordinary. After sailing on their luxury cruises four times, I cannot refute that statement. In fact, they are extraordinary. Recently my husband and I set off from Dublin, bound for Lisbon, on their...

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Top 5 Things to Do In Porto

It is hard to believe I almost missed visiting Porto for the first time. During a recent Windstar cruise, I sailed from Dublin to Lisbon on Windsurf. Porto was one of the last stops on our itinerary. We were...

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5 Vacation Rentals You Wish You Had Booked

Did you know that a weekly vacation rental is likely to be less expensive than staying in a single hotel room for 7 nights? Don't get me wrong, I love a luxury hotel room just as much as the next girl....

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A Walking Tour of London with Context Travel

My favorite way to see a city is to walk it. On a typical day, I'll wander the streets, logging anywhere from 7-10 miles. When I set out I don't usually have a plan. I may have a destination in mind, but you won't find...

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