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10 days in Portugal trifecta: cities, beaches, and wineries
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10 days in Portugal trifecta: cities, beaches, and wineries



There aren't many countries I'd say this about, but you really can't go wrong with Portugal. Most other countries I love had at least one or two slight pitfalls, such as too busy, expensive, or crappy service. The one idea that keeps popping into my mind about Portugal is that I can't think of anything I didn't like about it. So consider 10 days in Portugal a slam-dunk vacation.
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2 days in Lisbon: Portugal’s captivating capital
Portugal

2 days in Lisbon: Portugal’s captivating capital



You know what I love about Lisbon? There isn't an over the top amount of "must see" attractions like in Rome, New York, or Paris. The pressure is off to go here, there and everywhere, ticking major attractions off a list. While cities with many famous highlights are exciting, wandering for 2 days in Lisbon, taking in a few fascinating sights, and simply going with the flow, is just as ...
Douro Valley road trip + a side of luxury = three perfect days (Portugal)
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Douro Valley road trip + a side of luxury = three perfect days (Portugal)



Acres of terraced wine vineyards. Picture-perfect views. Vintage ports and old-world wines. Sunshine and relaxation. A Douro Valley road trip and stay at the Six Senses Douro Valley made for an epic ending to our trip to Portugal.

Let's rewind. In 2017, I flipped through Condé Nast magazine and came across its annual Readers' Travel Awards. The number one hotel location ...
Top 8 must-see Tenerife attractions
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Top 8 must-see Tenerife attractions





The following is a guest post by Nick Dean of

globalbackpackers.com. When Nick reached out about a Tenerife, Spain guest post on my site, I immediately thought of the song "Tenerife Sea" by Ed

Sheeran. When my blue-eyed daughter Vayla was a baby, Ed's album X was new and I'd dance around the kitchen holding her and singing that song. It cheered me up ...
Fancy a Tuscany road trip? Love wine? Read this.
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Fancy a Tuscany road trip? Love wine? Read this.



A few years ago, I had the pleasure of drinking a bottle of 2008 Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino. I instantly declared it one of the best red wines I had ever tasted and can still feel its perfectly smooth and silky finish. Fast forward to October 2017, when Nick and I travelled to Italy for the first time with his sister Ashley and her now husband Dale (who goes to Italy for their ...