Hotel Review: Hotel Carina, Kusadasi

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If you’re looking to travel to Ephesus, your best bet is to either day trip from Izmir, or spend some time at seaside resort town Kuşadası. If you opt for the latter, the Hotel Carina is a nice, affordable option to inject some resort-like amenities into your Turkey adventure. Hotel Carina | From $60 Location: Most of the action in Kuşadası revolves … Read More

Hotel Review: Ares Hotel, Istanbul

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Coming back from Egypt we spent a couple of nights in Istanbul to do some shopping before flying home. I wanted to take advantage of this quick return to get some time-lapse video of the Hagia Sophia, and the terrace of Ares Hotel has a wonderful view of the ancient cathedral. After researching extensively, I found Ares to have the best … Read More

Hotel Review: Divalis Hotel, Istanbul

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Divalis Hotel is a small boutique property in the heart of the Sultanahmet district. Its combination of excellent location, great value, and friendly service led us to stay here not only on our first visit to Istanbul but our second one as well. Divalis Hotel | From $90/night. Location: Divalis is located adjacent to the Old City Wall which runs next … Read More

Shopping in Istanbul

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From centuries-old bazaars to glitzy strip malls, shopping in Istanbul runs the gamut. Whether you’re looking to take back hand-made local crafts as souvenirs, or need some serious retail therapy, you’re bound to find plenty of places to lose yourself shopping in Istanbul. Bazaars Whether or not you actually plan on shopping at any of the bazaars in Istanbul, you … Read More

Comparing the Osprey Farpoint 55 and Farpoint 70 Travel Backpacks

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I love my Osprey Sojourn convertible travel luggage. It’s been a faithful companion on many a trip. But lately I’ve decided that I want to travel lighter and go for a bag that’s carry-on-sized. After much searching I decided that the Osprey Farpoints have the feature set I was looking for: lightweight, roomy, potentially capable of being carried on, can … Read More

Planning Your Trip to Cuba from the U.S.

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Many U.S. travelers have been excited about the prospect of visiting Cuba since President Obama announced that the two countries would seek to normalize relations after 50+ years of enmity. Cuba has been off-limits to U.S. tourists during the embargo, although that hasn’t stopped some enterprising travelers. We had this trip on our radar for a few years, so when the first … Read More

How to Get a Great Deal on a Caribbean Vacation

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Our friends over at Dealspotr asked us to write a guest blog about getting a great deal on a Caribbean vacation. We live for good vacation deals and really enjoy helping others find deals as well so we were glad to oblige. Check it out! Photo is from the beach at Tulum, Mexico.

Street Photography from Havana

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Havana is a charming city with tons of character, and the vibrantly colored architecture and smiling faces around every corner made it easy to get great photos. We’ve shared some pics in our other posts, but there were so many we loved that we decided to just make a post with some of our favorite shots from the streets of Havana, which you … Read More

Top Five things to do in Havana, Cuba

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Cuba has been on our destination map for awhile now, but plans to visit never materialized. When the changes between U.S.-Cuba relations were announced, we knew we had to make it happen before U.S. corporations began setting up shop and the allure of the “Old Havana” began to change. We’ve just returned from a long weekend in Havana and the first … Read More