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Vacations are a chance to break away from your routine, to relax, explore and discover new things. And they aren’t an everyday occurrence, so you want to make each one count.

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In many places around the world, the period leading up to the solemn observance of Lent is a time for Carnival, celebrations that culminate in Mardi Gras, which this year falls on Feb. 21. Travelers who want to join in the fun have plenty of choices.

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After being essentially closed to tourists for more than two years, Japan is welcoming back visitors from around the world.

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December through February is a popular time for proposals and that means many couples will be thinking about when and where to tie the knot.

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Sure, New York City is famous for the ball drop at midnight on New Year’s Eve, but there are plenty of other terrific destinations where you can ring in 2023, from festive big cities to more relaxing, intimate spots.

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OREGON COAST — For the first time since 2019, Oregon State Parks will host Whale Watch Week in person along the Oregon coast from Dec. 28 through Jan. 1, and visitors are invited to see their journey.

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The Mexican Riviera, on the country’s Pacific coast — not to be confused with Riviera Maya, on the Yucatan Peninsula — is a charming destination of historic beachside towns, luxury resorts, stunning scenery and vibrant culture.

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Thanksgiving marks the start of a busy holiday travel season that continues through Christmas and New Year’s Day. If you have a trip planned, here are some tips to keep in mind before leaving home.

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For years, air travelers have faced the prospect of paying a fee if they needed to change their flight after purchasing a ticket. In some cases, that cost them more than $100.

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If you’ve been following the news, you know that flight delays and cancellations have become an increasingly common part of travel, with staffing shortages and weather conditions among the contributing factors.

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Fall brings a new season of festivals, performing arts and cultural events, making it an exciting time to explore a big city. Here’s a sample of what’s happing around the country.

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When it comes to traveling in Europe, fall has traditionally been a slower season. But with pent-up demand to get out and see the world, you may not find as much slowing down this year.

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Dear readers, even though it may appear so, this is not a puff piece for people to buy an RV. We’re living in a unique time where specific factors are contributing to the downtrend of RV sales nationwide. In a nutshell, this could be great news for those looking to buy their first RV.

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The weather will soon turn cooler and the leaves of maples, oaks and other trees will start to show off their brilliant colors. It’s a great time to plan a trip to view the fall foliage.

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Like any business, travel has its share of unfamiliar terms. Part of the job of a Travel Leaders travel advisor is to explain all of the language that comes with planning a trip, so that you know exactly what you’re getting.

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If you’re planning a vacation with a group of friends or famttily, you want to make sure you’re in a setting that will allow you to spend lots of quality time with each other.

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If you’re planning a trip to Great Britain, London should certainly be on your list of places to spend time. But don’t overlook the smaller cities in England, Scotland and Wales when putting together your itinerary. They have their own history and charm.

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The people who work at hotels, restaurants and other establishments that cater to tourists are doing their best amid staffing shortages. So you want to leave a tip for good service.

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Did you know, RVing is here to stay? What started over 75 year ago is still going strong today. But despite the great financing options and smaller (less expensive) RV unit solutions, at the end of the day, RV’s aren’t cheap.

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Scandinavia’s rugged beauty, unique culture and warm, welcoming atmosphere make it a terrific tourist destination.

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When Wayne Estes isn’t serving on the Oakland Museum board, he is creating his own history. While he considers himself to be just another retired tourist, there is something that sets him apart from most sightseers.

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With miles of trails, abundant wildlife and breathtaking natural features, national parks are great places to explore during the day. But in the evening, unobstructed skies make the parks perfect places for stargazing.

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If you’re planning a family vacation this summer, it can be a time to spark your children’s imagination as well as have fun and relax.

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I can hear my readers now saying “How can you say it’s a good time to buy a RV when gas prices are high, interest rates increasing and inflation on the rise?” All great points.

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National Girlfriends Day was Aug. 1, and a great way to celebrate this bond is by taking a trip with your nearest and dearest female friends. (Yes, your mom, siblings and other relatives count, too.)

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The storming of the Bastille prison on July 14, 1789, marked the start of the French Revolution. Today, France’s national holiday is celebrated in Paris with citywide parties, a military parade, a concert and fireworks.

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Some may know them as affordable housing. Others know them as tiny homes. Regardless of what you call them, they have made a significant impact on our society and the trend continues to rise as a valuable resource to solve displaced families from forest fires and the homeless issue nationwide.

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July is National Family Reunion Month, and if it’s been too long since you’ve gotten together with your loved ones, this is a great time to plan a trip together.

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With abundant sand and sunshine, the Caribbean is a great destination for a relaxing vacation. But if you’re the type of traveler who loves outdoor activities, you’ll find plenty of opportunities for adventure, too.

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This week I wanted to feature a News-Review reader, Janice Burke of Glide, who reached out to me and wanted to share her RVing experience, specifically Boondocking. Take it away, Janice.