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What You Need to Know About the Schengen Area

Part of my job this year is researching how my husband and I will accomplish the impossible.  An extended-stay European trip.  We aren’t students.  We don’t have support [in visa form] from a c...
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Roccaraso: Secret Skiing in Italy

The weekend of my birthday trendy millennials amassed in Chamonix, France for something called The Ski Week.  A week long, let’s call it a festival, where you ski all day and then enjoy epic après...
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Budget Travel: Sonoma Valley Wine Region

When you think about wine production in the US you most definitely think California.  First vines were planted by the Spanish in the 18th century and the industry steadily grew until the introduction...
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Backpacking Azores: Flores Edition

Flores is the western most island in the Azorean chain.  It actually lies on the American continental shelf – this practically makes it just like home for US folks.  I was told Flores is the most ...
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Inspiration needed to Visit: Azores Islands

As far as European travel destinations go, the Azores Islands probably aren’t high on your list.  That’s if you’re even aware of this archipelago made up of 9 volcanic islands in the mid...