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Riomaggiore, Italy Is The Most Beautiful Place In The World Right Now

You've heard of the Cinque Terre, those five Italian fishing villages that tourists often hike through one at a time. The one that starts the chain is called Riomaggiore, and if it were up to us, we might stop there and never continue to the rest.<p>There are many reasons to love Riomaggiore. Firstly, …

5 Places Not to be Missed in a Lifetime

In this post, I'm going to reveal the five destinations I'd love to visit, or re-visit, before I die.<p>As a travel writer since 1997, I have visited 100 countries, and I make 20 to 30 trips a year. I am always being asked where in the world I'd most like to go. In this post, I'm going to reveal the …

Travel Writing

Unusual places to stay in the USA

We all know that lodging can make a break or vacation, but staying somewhere truly unique – a tipi, say, or a giant bird's nest, or even spending the night underwater – can turn a humdrum holiday into an unforgettable trip.<p>The USA's entrepreneurial spirit knows no bounds, and it's frequently …

May the 4th Be With You: A Brief History of Star Wars Day

Today is not a regular day. Today is Star Wars Day!<p>Well, unofficially it is. Fans of the franchise adopted May 4 as the day to celebrate all things</i> …