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How to Combine a Disney World and Universal Orlando Vacation

Disney World (Photo Credit: Flickr/Sean Yu)<p>Orlando is one of the most popular travel destinations in the world, especially for families. With fantastic theme parks, great shopping, and varied dining, there's something for every member of the family to enjoy. Two of the most popular vacation spots …

The Bazaar: Abstract Art

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11 Thai Dishes That Do Not Wimp Out

The era of pad thai is finally over! Thai cuisine is back, and it’s a lot more interesting this time around than when we were all being introduced to …

How to Earn Hotel Perks Using Social Media

<i>Victoria Winters / Flickr</i><p>It's difficult to deny that social media has become a part of our everyday experience, including travel. When you go on vacation, you tweet about your hotel, share your location on Facebook and upload photos to Instagram.<p>Travel brands -- hotels in particular -- have taken …

The Best Beauty Gifts for the 2017 Holidays

Presents so perfect, there's no need to include a receipt.<p>Save time shopping by clicking through our most beloved beauty gift picks.

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Dad Conducts Science Experiment To Find Best Angle For Spraying Whipped Cream

We just found the world's greatest dad. We thought we had located him when we came across the dad who made Spirograph pancakes for his kids, but we were wrong. The world's greatest dad is the guy who somehow made a science experiment out of topping a sundae with mountains of whipped cream. That's …

Worthy of the Commander-in-Chief: A Dozen Hotels Where U.S. Presidents Have Stayed

Now that it's November, we're constantly thinking about elections and presidents -- even if that vote is a couple of years away. While leading the country is one of the harder jobs you can have, it does come with a few perks. We imagine the extensive traveling is exhausting, but at least it gives …

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5 Ways to Open a Wine Bottle Without a Corkscrew

This post was written by Pixable's Cristina Gutierrez.<p>Corkscrews have a nasty habit of playing hide and seek on the days you need a glass of wine the most. The stress of every minute that passes as you and your wine bottle wonder what to do next just multiplies the number of glasses you'll need to …

Elena’s St. Petersburg

<b>Elena Kozlova</b> relocated to St. Petersburg from another city in Russia in 2006 to pursue higher education, but her love for the city made her stick around after she claimed her degree. These days she holds a corporate job and shares her insider intel with the Spotted By Locals community in her spare …

Munira’s Mumbai

<b>Munira Chendvankar</b> has traveled across much of India, but maintains a “happy bias” toward her hometown. In keeping with the city’s status as the country’s entertainment capital (hello, Bollywood!), this self-proclaimed “film-ie” works as a senior producer for a television production house and says …

Caroline’s New Orleans

New Orleans native <b>Caroline Gerdes</b> may have recently moved to Washington, D.C., but she loves her hometown. So much so that she recently spent a year–with the help of a Young Explorers grant from the National Geographic Society–of her life working on an oral history project about the Ninth Ward, …

Jeremy’s Miami Beach

<b>Jeremy Albelda</b> was born and raised in Philadelphia, but when it came time to choose a college, he decided to trade in those northern winters for endless summer in Miami Beach. The city hooked him, hard, and he’s been a proud resident ever since. Though Jeremy’s gig as a travel blogger means he …

Erna’s Dublin

Originally from a small town in northwestern Ireland, <b>Erna O’Connor</b> first came to <b>Dublin</b> to attend Trinity College in the 1980s. She now works at the preeminent institution, as a lecturer at its School of Social Work and Social Policy. Erna finds that Dublin’s friendly people, cultural vibrancy, and …

Clive’s Valletta (Malta)

Clive Cortis has spent the past 40 years in Malta and doesn’t “regret one single year.” He spends his days as a certified tour guide, showing off the things he loves about the island’s capital city of Valletta. From sandy beaches to exceptional nightlife, here are some of Clive’s favorite things …

Jill’s San Francisco

<b>Jill Schneider</b>‘s career as a photojournalist takes her all around the world, but her hometown of San Francisco always calls her back. A high school photography teacher and leader for National Geographic Student Expeditions, Jill is also a frequent Intelligent Travel contributor. Here are some of …

Marina’s Bratislava

<b>Marina Popjakova</b> might not be a native of Bratislava, but she certainly feels like one after having lived there for so long. This self-proclaimed “economist wannabe” and movie enthusiast thinks Bratislava deserves more attention than it gets–and shares her enthusiasm for Slovakia’s capital city …

Stephanie’s Taipei

<b>Stephanie Hsu</b>, who hails from New Jersey, relocated to Taipei on a “winter-break whim” and has never looked back. She now spends her days studying business at National Taiwan University and blogging about the place she calls home on her website, The Thousandth Girl. Here are a few of Stephanie’s …

Sharada’s Hyderabad

When <b>Sharada Annamaraju</b> moved to <b>Hyderabad</b> as a teenager, it wasn’t exactly love at first sight. But time and distance can change a person. Eight years (and one language learned) later, she decided to give the capital of Andhra Pradesh in southern India another chance. This time, sparks flew, and she …

Emma’s Philadelphia

<b>Emma Fried-Cassorla</b> can probably get away with saying she’s from the City of Brotherly Love after spending most of her life there. In addition to working a day job in communications at the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation, this hometown enthusiast shares her insider intel on Philly Love Notes, …

Emily’s Oxford

Nat Geo Young Explorer <b>Emily Ainsworth</b> was born and raised in <b>Oxford, England</b>. After studying at her hometown’s prestigious university, the audacious anthropologist joined the circus in Mexico, performing nightly as a dancer in the ring while producing an award-winning documentary about life …

Oliver’s Frankfurt

<b>Oliver Weiss</b> is a born and bred Frankfurter. And though he’s a fervent traveler, he’s always happy to return to his home base–which he describes as a village with a “touch of city.” In fact, Oliver has so much love for his hometown that he’s willing to share his insider intel with the world for …

Erika’s Bogotá

Nat Geo Student Expeditions leader <b>Erika Skogg</b> is a photographer, writer, and educator with a passion for travel. After braving the frozen tundra of Wisconsin in her youth, Erika made the move to sunny Bogotá, <b></b>where she has been working as a media producer for Off Bound Adventures and writing for the …

Paul’s Johannesburg

Travel journalist <b>Paul Steyn</b> hails from Jozi, or <b>Johannesburg</b>–South Africa’s largest city. After serving as a guide throughout Africa for some years, he went on to edit a prominent travel magazine in Africa. Right now he’s a freelance writer and photographer focused on covering eco-forward …

Pamela’s Quebec City

Quebec City resident <b>Pamela MacNaughtan</b> left her career behind to pursue her dream of long-term travel in 2010, and hasn’t looked back. This self-proclaimed “bacon addict” isn’t only led by her taste buds; she’s also attracted to the unusual and adventurous side of travel. She’s toured working …

Winter Trips With a Side of Culture

Everyone’s heard tales of parents who blend pureed veggies into their kids’ cookies. I leave the cauliflower alone, but I love the vacation equivalent: sneaking a culture fix into an otherwise child-focused trip.<p>While not every museum is suited for families, I’ve rounded up a few favorites, old and …

Rediscovering Berlin 25 Years After the Fall of the Wall

On November 9, the up-and-coming cultural capital of Berlin will celebrate the fall of the Berlin Wall and the reunification of their city. The historic event will be celebrated with a large-scale art installation -- a string of lights that will run the former course of the wall -- and the …

The Rise and Fall of the Berlin Wall

<b>Rethinking the Unthinkable</b><p>Twenty-five years ago this week, the unthinkable happened. On November 9, 1989, East Germany opened the gates, allowing its citizens to travel west. The people celebrated by beginning the process of pulling down the wall that had separated them from the "free world" for …

4 Thanksgiving Wine Strategies

There’s no such thing as a perfect Thanksgiving wine. But there is such a thing as a perfect Thanksgiving wine strategy.<p>There’s no such thing as a perfect Thanksgiving wine. But there <i>is</i> such a thing as a perfect Thanksgiving wine strategy.<p>1. Be a Boss<p>You’re hosting, you’re cooking: <b>Make the guests</b> …

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