South of France: Great Vacation Ideas

By Emma Grant: Which French cities do you know? Paris? Cannes? Lyon? Nice? The last three are in the South of France, the area sometimes called Occitania, the French Riviera, or Cote d’Azur (blue coast). It’s a beachside region shoring the Mediterranean, and it’s a popular spot for vacations. Even the French themselves ‘fly south…

First Time in Paris: 20 Year Reflection and Tips

By Alex Kallimanis: I grew up wanting to travel the world. And living at home during my university years helped me achieve that dream during semester breaks in college. When I was 19 I scored a great deal on a roundtrip ticket from Orlando to Paris in the spring of 1998. Like many Americans, I…

First Time in Paris 20 Years Ago, Eiffel Tower

Great Romantic Day Trips from Brussels

Brussels is romantic. With an abundance of delicious chocolate, beer, pastries, food and phenomenal architecture like the Grand Place, there’s a lot for couples to love. But Brussels is also a base to explore beautiful and romantic towns in Belgium and neighboring Holland, France and Germany. Paris is around 90 minutes by train, so while doable, it’s…

Couples Share Travel Tips for Valentine’s Day

In honor of Valentine’s Day, we’re proud to feature couples from around the world who love to travel. Stories here include those by journalists, a U.S. Marine, writers, bloggers, doctors, IT workers and other walks of life. These wonderful couples share travel tips for romance on the road, inspiring us with tales of amazing destinations that…

What Are the Best Olympic Cities to Visit?

Amid controversies over viruses, pollution, and doping, the 2016 Rio Olympics are underway. But for all the criticism and second guessing that Brazil has faced, once the games begin, the spotlight is where it should be: on the athletes and the culture of the host nation. Many also questioned whether Athens could pull off a…