Lara Meeker

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An Authentic European Experience With Kids? C'est Possible

If you're headed to Europe this summer, you probably have a checklist of "must-do" items.<p>Visiting Paris? A tour of Versailles and a stroll down the Champs-Élysées, maybe. Going to Rome? Definitely the Vatican and the Coliseum.<p>But if you want more from a European adventure, you'll want to avoid all …

Pirin National Park, Bulgaria

<b>Name:</b> Pirin National Park <b><br>Location:</b> Bulgaria <b><br>Date Established:</b> 1962 (as Vihren National Park) <b><br>Size:</b> 105 square miles (272 square kilometers)<p>Did You Know?<p>• <b>Old Forests</b> Pirin is a realm of steep-flanked peaks and ridges soaring to 9,564 feet (2,915 meters), alpine meadows, dozens of glacial lakes, …

23 Overlooked European Cities You Must Visit In Your Lifetime

(Photo: Getty Images)<p>Everybody loves a European adventure. But when we are going abroad we tend to overlook smaller cities for enduring favorites like Paris, London, Venice and Rome.<p>Once you've visited the classics, it's time to head to one of these underrated cities in Europe.<p><b>1. Cork, Ireland</b><p>Cork …

The 10 Best Beaches In America

Lucky for those of us with spring fever, TripAdvisor just released its latest list of the best beaches across the nation through their Travelers' Choice Beaches Award s.<p>It officially seems like the time to campaign for that trip to Hawaii, as it nabbed seven of the top ten spots. Florida and South …

How to Create a Travel Budget

"A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving." While that free-spirited approach might have worked for Lao Tzu, globetrotters with finite funds have less room for spontaneity. Drawing up a travel budget can feel like an overwhelming task, but planning your expenses before you …

21 Reasons to Finally Take That Trip to Italy (PHOTOS)

"I never saw Venice" is a classic last-words cliché for a reason: Most would love to visit Italy, but very few end up going. Well, now's the time to start thinking about that summer vacation, and we've gone through tips and photos from thousands of travelers at minube to help you make up your mind. …

5 Places to Fall in Love in Paris

Oh, the city of lights. For centuries, Paris has enticed poets, artists, and lovers with its cobbled streets, cafe culture, and romantic views. Our love affair with the city runs deep, and we've rounded up some of our favorite spots in Gay Paree to fall in love.<p><b>Jardin du Luxembourg</b><p>The lush gardens …

What's New in France in 2014

As part of our annual guidebook updating process, we assemble a series of "what's new" articles for each region in Europe. This is the second in a series of these articles I'm posting to Huffington. Today we're going to France. If you or your friends have a trip coming up, get up-to-date with the …

5 essential tips for budget travel in Germany

Welcome to Germany! Once you’ve gotten all of the inappropriate questions about World War II, David Hasselhoff, and Rammstein out of your system, …

Paris Breakfasts: Carol Gillott Pens a Blog in Paris

Photo Credit: Carol Gillott<p>There is only one blog I subscribe to and it's Paris Breakfasts by watercolor artist Carol Gillott. Gillott, a Francophile at heart, moved to Paris over a year ago, where she opens the door to her daily quintessential Parisian experience. Each photo-laden post instantly …

Advice on quitting your job and travelling for a year

Embarking on an extended adventure often means taking a leap of faith and leaving key responsibilities behind. But those that have done it say the experience is more than worth it.<p>Most of us see the world in snippets at a time – a long weekend here, a two-week vacation there. But when wanderlust …

Irish Manor Houses

Downton Abbey dreams rival the real stories and characters welcoming guests at these five Irish manors.

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