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What’s the Impact of Galapagos Land Tours vs. Ship Tours?

If you are visiting the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador because you love nature and care about the environment, then one choice you make will support that stance with actions, not just words. Pass up the land-based tour options and book a trip with a responsible ship operator instead. You’ll have a better experience and you’ll [&hellip

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New Ways to Earn Hotel Loyalty Points Without Being Loyal

While everyone was watching the giant Marriott/Starwood merger play out to become Bonvoy Rewards, there was a story with wider appeal developing that was not getting as much play. That is the news about how many new brands have joined the other hotel loyalty point programs. It used to be that if you wanted to [&hellip

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Where Locals Run the Place: Napo Wildlife Center

You hear the word “sustainability” bandied about a lot in the travel trends articles these days, but what does that mean when it comes to a lodge or hotel? At Napo Wildlife Center in the jungles of Ecuador, sustainability goes beyond avoiding plastic and cutting down on waste. This jungle lodge is sustainable because the [&hellip

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A Luxury Train Journey Experience to Machu Picchu

One of the main reasons the citadel of Machu Picchu was never found by the Spanish conquistadors is its isolation. On a mountaintop above a raging river, the way there from Cusco becomes a narrow valley not wide enough for a road. It was hard enough just laying down train tracks to reach this spot, [&hellip

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The 5-Diamond Resorts of Mexico

The AAA 5-Diamond Awards are, in most respects, the most exclusive listings out there for North American hotels and resorts. There’s a thorough vetting and inspection process the properties go through and a long checklist of amenities that need to be in place to qualify. Unlike a membership organization like Leading Hotels of the World, [&hellip

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Latin American Destinations Where Business Class Flights Are a Deal

Most frequent fliers try to rack up points in a loyalty program so they can upgrade to the front of the plane instead of enduring a cramped economy seat. What if you could actually just buy that business class flight instead though, and rack up more miles in the process? Maybe even get into the [&hellip

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