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Mar 31 2015

March travel42 Madness commentary: Which destination will take the championship?

Category: FavoritesMegan Leader @ 06:21

You might have heard it through the grapevine (you know, Facebook), but March travel42 Madness is in full swing! In this competition, we are pitting some of our favorite travel destinations head-to-head to see which place comes out on top as the fan favorite! Have you cast your vote yet? Voting ends on April 7 at noon EST. Click below to cast your vote for the championship title!

If you're just now joining in on the fun, let me bring you up to speed. Here's how the competition has played out so far.

Round 1's hottest matchup was Tokyo vs. Istanbul. More...

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Mar 25 2015

Uros Islands, Peru: Beth Levich's Trip that Made a Difference

Trips that Made a Difference is a series that features travel industry leaders and the trips that have changed their lives. Beth Levich is a member of travel42's Advisory Board. She started Cruise Holidays of Portland in 2002 and has been on 89 cruises, including nine river cruises. Her new company, All About River Cruises, uses the motto “We know because we go!” Beth discovered travel42's destination guides years ago and uses them to map out every client’s trip with detailed descriptions of what to do, where to eat and sights to see. Her favorite information tab is “Dos and Don’ts.”


I went with Collette Vacations on a trip to Peru that included Lake Titicaca. One cultural oddity of the lake is that is contains a chain of 60 small, man-made islands woven out of the thick reeds that grow in the water. By making their homes centuries ago on thatched mats in the middle of the lake, the Uros people avoided land disputes with local tribes and domination by the Incas or the Spaniards. Their culture was preserved by isolation. 

At the time of my visit, I was going through a divorce and experiencing a lot of chaos and turmoil.  Visiting the floating islands was a life-changer.


The inhabitants of the islands will not sanction a marriage until the couple has been together for three years.  They feel it takes that long for a pair to really get to know each other.  They do not care whether the couple lives together during that time, but they say the trial period is important because the islands, each of which is not much bigger than a tennis court, are too small for divorce. After a three-year courtship, the marriage is celebrated.

Ladies who are available wear colorful tassels to signify they are not married. Here's a photo of me with the tassels on. 

After my divorce, I made up my mind that if I dated anyone and it looked like we were getting serious, I would not commit to marriage until we had been together for three years. And guess what: After 5 years of being in a relationship, I am now engaged to a wonderful man.  And we feel like we know each other very well.


What I tell people is special about the Uros Island inhabitants is that they are living today as they have for many years.  Yes, Machu Picchu is fabulous but the Incas no longer live there.  Neither the Incas nor the Spaniards ever bothered to subdue the island people, so they were left alone to keep their culture as it was.  When visiting there you are a part of history, the present and the future all at once. I had no idea people still lived like that. And they were so happy! It truly did change my life.

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Mar 23 2015

Exploring the art scene in LA

Category: DestinationsMegan Leader @ 07:27

Los Angeles is an inspiring city full of creatives, so it's no wonder that this metropolis is brimming with innovative art and design. When we revamped our travel42 Los Angeles guide a few weeks ago, I couldn't help but be drawn to these venues. If I were planning a trip to LA, these art museums and galleries would definitely be on my personal itinerary.



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Mar 18 2015

Best Of: Bali Island Resorts

Category: Hotelstravel42 editorial team @ 07:33

The island of Bali is among Indonesia's most popular destinations, and it's no wonder why: The island's friendly people, Hindu culture, rhythmic dances, volcanoes, sculptured rice paddies, spectacular beaches, and beautiful jungle and mountain scenery—combined with a wide array of accommodations—make it one of the most fascinating places in the world.

Whether you're looking for a quiet, intimate villa with few other guests or a megaresort with all the lavish amenities you can imagine, Bali delivers. Here are our top picks for large, medium and small resorts on Bali. More...

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Mar 17 2015

Best Of: Where to stay before a cruise

Category: Cruises | Hotels | Best OfMegan Leader @ 06:26

There's something special about the anticipation travelers feel before departing on a cruise: Whether you're traveling to the Caribbean or Alaska, or if you're sailing along the Rhine, your expectations are high and you're ready for an adventure, so you want to make sure your trip starts out on the right foot. That's why we've collected some of our top hotel recommendations for an exceptional stay before your cruise departure.


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Mar 13 2015

The Peggy Guggenheim Collection: Modernity in Venice

Start your day in Venice in Piazza San Marco (St. Mark’s Square), sipping an Italian-style coffee and sampling some dolci from any one of the numerous cafes lining the square, and watch the bustle of the city go by for a little while. Be warned, though, that sitting at an outdoor table will cost you, and these cafes are often overpriced due to their location. Still, it’s a fun way to start the day from a central location with great people-watching. Soak up the feeling of old Venice as you take a leisurely fifteen minute walk that leads you around the winding streets of Venice and over the Grand Canal (via the Ponte dell’Accademia) to the Peggy Guggenheim Collection. Housed in an 18th-century palace where Peggy Guggenheim (a member of the famed art-loving Guggenheim family) once lived, the museum is a treasure trove of important modern works by the likes of Man Ray, Pablo Picasso and Max Ernst (Guggenheim’s former husband), among many others, and covers all the important art movements that comprise modernism, from surrealism to futurism, abstract expressionism to cubism. The 300-piece permanent collection is comprised of Guggenheim’s own personal purchases.


                                            photo via Joanbanjo, Wikimedia Commons


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Mar 9 2015

Greek hotels with spectacular views

Category: HotelsMegan Leader @ 11:12

When travelers dream about visiting the Cyclades Islands in Greece, they probably have an exact picture that comes to mind: enjoying a cocktail (or ouzo) at sunset on your hotel balcony while gazing dreamily at a picturesque panorama of the serene sea and the whitewashed buildings that dot the coastline.

The good news is that this dream can be easily made a reality in Mykonos, Crete and Santorini. Hotels on these islands not only afford luxurious amenities, but also the stunning views your clients have always dreamed of. If it's that picturesque, hilltop sea view you're pining for, here are some of our top picks for living the dream in the Cyclades.


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Mar 6 2015

5 best hotels in Puerto Rico for the active traveler

Category: Hotels | On The SceneMichaela Haberer @ 09:52

Puerto Rico has a vast appeal. It’s a cultural epicenter and a hiking haven, and it arguably has some of the most amazing beaches. Clients looking for a tropical getaway find comfort in the accessibility of the island. U.S. residents enjoy a selection of over 2,000 weekly flights and the security of traveling to a U.S. territory—and the best news yet—no passport!

Travelers looking to do more than soak up the rays on Puerto Rico's hot sand have plenty of options for activities both inside their resort and out. Here's our list of the top five hotels in PR (as the locals call it) for the active traveler.


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Mar 5 2015

Myanmar: all eyes on Burma

Category: DestinationsAnna Goodman @ 07:54

One of the most talked-about travel destinations lately is Myanmar, and rightly so. There's a lot to be discussed before you can seriously consider leaping into a country that, like Cuba, has been politically isolated from the rest of the world since the 1960s.



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Feb 25 2015

Tasmania's best hotels

Category: HotelsKaren @ 11:29

The island-state of Tasmania, located 170 mi/275 km south of Melbourne off the country's southern coast, is a place of long stretches of uninhabited beaches, jagged and often snowcapped mountains, slow-moving creeks and rivers, gorges, historical sites, forests and a rugged shoreline. In general, the climate there is cooler than mainland Australia.

Hotels in and around Hobart, Tasmania's capital, take full advantage of the spectacular scenery, offering a range of choices from petite boutique properties to large, traditional business-class hotels. Here are four of our favorites. More...

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