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February 2015
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The Tenacious Traveler

At Long Last, Your Chance to Explore Cuba After 50 Years of Restrictions

The streets of Old Havana (Habana Vieja), the original 16th-century walled city, are lined by a treasure-trove of architectural gems. Mountain ranges rise dramatically from verdant valleys and fields of sugar cane. And almost everyone I met welcomed visitors with a warm smile on their lips, music in their souls, and a mix of both resignation and humor about the challenges of their lives.

Liburdi

Toronto and Niagara: A Perfect Pair

Canadian ATMs and merchants accept conventional U.S. credit and debit cards. That is, it's not necessary to have one of the new smart-chip type cards that are required in Europe.

Scott
Compulsive Traveler

Islands of the Caribbean

There are more than 700 islands and cays to explore but most people go to Nassau, the capital, and the adjacent Paradise Island where they can bask in the sun, be kissed by a dolphin, and frolic with hundreds of red flamingos.

January 2015
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The Tenacious Traveler

Vieques Island: from Bomb Site to Beach Destination

The island has been ranked by TripAdvisor among the top 25 destinations in the world for outstanding beaches, and it doesn't take long to understand why.

Scott
Compulsive Traveler

Aruba: One Happy Island

Aruba’s Arashi Beach is on the list of top beaches in the world. Some are in front of a hotel but all Aruba’s beaches are public. Some are busy but there are also vast stretches that are virtually unvisited.

December 2014
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The Tenacious Traveler

Proud, Rugged, Beautiful Scotland

Although Scotland is about the size of South Carolina, its Highlands comprise one of the last great wilderness areas of Europe.

Scott
Compulsive Traveler

Ten Things to Do in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

The park is the hub of all the activity in the historical zone. It is centered by a statue of Christopher Columbus. Interestingly Columbus’s back is to the Cathedral and he faces the Hard Rock Café –  two faces of the city.

November 2014
Scott
Compulsive Traveler

10 Great Things to Do in Seoul, South Korea

The 20-minute ceremony is reenacted several times a day with the beating of the giant drums and guards in full regalia. It is a rare chance to get a glimpse into a traditional event. Every effort has been exerted to keep the ceremony authentic.

October 2014
Scott
Compulsive Traveler

Haunted Historical New York State

Vortexes and ley lines are places where there are special energy forces. Some say the vortex portal at Thompson Park has sent people into time warps. The park is a Frederick Law Olmstead-designed park so it is special in its own right.

September 2014
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Dollar Sense

Fall Vacations and Upcoming Holiday Trips: Keep Your Money Safe

Thieves know, travelers are not expecting a pickpocket among that crowd of friendly faces. So while vacationers are busy taking selfies on their SmartPhones in front of the Washington Monument, they don’t expect the guy sitting nearby enjoying the view, to be a thief. He may appear to be answering email on his phone or laptop, when he is actually operating a handheld device which peels the passwords and account numbers right off of the credit and bank cards in your wallet.

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