Portugal Off The Beaten Path: The Algarve and The Azores

The Algarve is a great addition to a Portugal itinerary, ideal for relaxing after the bustle of Lisbon.

Portugal, as I’ve shared over the last few weeks, is an incredible up-and-coming European destination. Lisbon and Porto are both vibrant, fun cities with plenty to recommend them. The Douro Valley beckons those in search of great food and local wine. The clock seems to be ticking on the yet unspoiled reaches of Portugal, however,…

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Guide to Portugal, Europe’s Most Ascendant Destination

The steep streets of Lisbon, Portugal are reminiscent of San Francisco, and the colorful street cars enhance that image

Someone once told me to pay attention when I kept hearing about a destination from multiple people. Over the last year, that destination has been Portugal. From the sunny beach-strewn Algarve and the hilly, colorful streets of Lisbon, to the rugged northern hill towns and the steeply terraced Douro Valley, Portugal beckons. One of the…

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How Long Do I Need to Connect at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport? — Ask Anything

If you’re planning a trip to Europe, there’s a decent chance you’ll connect in Amsterdam. Amsterdam’s Airport Schiphol (AMS) is Europe’s third-largest airport in terms of passengers served and the world’s fifth busiest airport in terms of international passengers There are over 100 airlines at Schipol carrying passengers to over 300 destinations. As a luxury…

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New Zealand’s Capital, a.k.a. Little Hollywood, Is Welly Worth a Visit

This sign near the Wellington airport plays off the iconic Hollywood sign with a signature "Windy Welly" twist.

At the far end of (Middle) Earth lies what Lonely Planet has long referred to as “the coolest little capital.” Wellington, New Zealand, capital of this tiny island country, packs a punch that a lot of visitors tend to skip it in favour of Taupo and Queenstown. I’m here – as a former short-term resident…

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