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The Middle East may seem off limits to some female travelers – there are vast cultural differences in attitudes toward women and women aren’t usually seen traveling alone in these countries. However, women don’t have to miss out on visiting these fascinating countries. You can still safely travel to the Middle East with some research, common sense and respect for…

President Obama was the world’s most prominent traveler this week, with a much discussed trip to Israel. To mark that, we have some dining advice for POTUS, courtesy of the New York Times’ Emily Brennan. She speaks with a chef from Jerusalem who offers guidance on the best places to eat in the ancient city, including where to find the…

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We’re all here on this page because we share a love of traveling, but we also understand that traveling can be very challenging. From exhaustion to inconvenience to downright danger, visiting your dream destination can be a nightmare. A small sampling - this morning there are predictions of increased security risks now that sequestration has happened in Washington and the…

Northern Africa and the Middle East is a part of the globe rich with human history, and therefore a fascinating destination to visit. It is also a region prone to be very volatile, and we saw that again this week. Deadly protests that began in Libya and Egypt at the start of the week have, as of Friday morning, spread…

When you travel to a new place, you usually have some concern over making sure you adhere to local customs and etiquette practices (assuming you have some level of self-awareness). What’s the proper greeting? How do I cross my legs without offending someone? Is my go-to hand gesture considered obscene? Smart travelers pay attention to travel etiquette, and we’re here…

Experiencing cultural differences and learning about the way people live in other countries is one of the great allures of international travel. But it can also be intimidating trying to navigate another culture without offending the locals. And one custom that changes from country to country and that can seem perplexing is tipping; what’s the proper amount to tip someone…

Last week, we wrote about the record number of tourists flocking to Mexico despite the country’s ongoing drug violence. And while that fact is true, it’s not a permission slip to naively stumble down to Mexico without any idea of where you’re headed and what’s happening there. This week, the U.S. Department of State issued a very detailed travel alert…

Successful citizen revolts in Tunisia and Egypt have set off a wave of demonstrations in capital cities in the Middle East and North Africa with dissidents seeking to throw off decades of political repression.  International news organizations are reporting marches and skirmishes with police that may be the beginning of sustained efforts to force major changes in regimes. From Algiers,…

Key West, FL has reported 28 cases of dengue fever since July 2009 – prior to July 2009 dengue was absent from the continental U.S. since 1945 and from Florida since 1934. Why dengue has returned to Florida is still being investigated but some contributing factors might be an increase in mosquitoes capable of delivering the disease, an increase in…

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