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Best Christmas Markets in Europe: Hidden Gems

Best Christmas Markets in Europe: Hidden Gems

It’s that time of year again. Twinkling lights strung up across buildings, decorated trees commanding city centers, holiday music dancing through the air, the smell of hot wine and baked gingerbread suffocating your nose and of course, chestnuts roasting on an open fire. If you love the holiday season, then there aren’t too many experiences as magical as exploring different Christmas Markets across Europe. While they’re all worth seeing, it may be hard to choose the right market for you. Each country does it differently as vendors focus on local cuisine and souvenirs that will leave you overwhelmed, wanting to buy everything. The biggest and most famous markets definitely live up to the hype, but it is the lesser known ones off of the usual tourist route that will give you the most unforgettable Christmas market adventure.

Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula: Beyond Cancun & Tulum

Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula: Beyond Cancun & Tulum

The famous and picturesque Yucatán Peninsula stretches into the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea whilst being occupied by the three Mexican states of Campeche, Yucatán and Quintana Roo. This area of Mexico has some of the best history, culture and scenery across the entire country, however most travelers only visit the “tourist hotspots”. Cancun, Tulum and Playa del Carmen are not just three of the most visited places in Mexico, but the world. Yes, these resort towns are appealing and have some of the most gorgeous beaches around, but are they the best places to visit? If you’re searching for authentic Mexico, the simple answer is no. The best way to enjoy this stunning peninsula and be immersed in Mexico’s rich culture is by taking the road less traveled to these six destinations.

Places to Visit in Morocco: A Photographer’s Guide

Places to Visit in Morocco: A Photographer’s Guide

Julian is a travel photographer based in New York City. He specialized in underwater photography and has traveled the world, capturing his experiences along the way.

On Morocco, he says, “I spent a full month in Morocco, and was absolutely enchanted. There was some good and some frustrating, but overall it leaves you wanting to come back to explore more.”

The Faroe Islands: Your Next Nordic Adventure

The Faroe Islands: Your Next Nordic Adventure

The Faroe Islands are the Nordic adventure you never knew you needed. This quiet, quaint corner of the North Atlantic Ocean is one of Europe’s last true hidden gems. The people are friendly, the landscape is extreme and the culture is rich. You won’t find big-box chain businesses or crowded city streets. On the Faroe Islands, you will find an experience that will have you asking why you didn’t visit sooner.

Colorful Culture, Mountain Landscapes, and Trekking in Nepal

Colorful Culture, Mountain Landscapes, and Trekking in Nepal

“N.E.P.A.L: Never Ending Peace And Love” — the unofficial slogan for Nepal sits baking in the sun, carefully hand-painted onto the side of a small yellow taxi, its passengers unloading hiking packs from the roof. Some of the highest mountains in the world form a rock and snow panorama to the North. To the South, rolling forested hills dotted with small villages, terraced rice fields, and fast-flowing rivers fed from Himalayan glaciers.

St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands: Heart of Culture

St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands: Heart of Culture

“Sunrise. The best time of day. Beautiful natural light peeking over the ocean’s unobstructed horizon, at first casting silhouettes of everything in its path before revealing the true beauty of the landscape we venture to. This time it’s a cultural gold mine: St. Croix, an island ripe with culture and ready for exploration.”

This Small Brazilian Town Will Surprise You

This Small Brazilian Town Will Surprise You

Last winter, I was lucky enough to spend a month working as a specialty English teacher at the ACES School in Palmas, Brazil. When I wasn’t in the classroom, I explored the small and beautiful city with the families I stayed with and some local teachers who took me under their wing. My “teacher friends” helped me with my Portuguese while we explored hidden waterfalls and secret beaches—and of course while we sat for hours at barbecue joints.

Go To Laos — Here are 5 Reasons Why

Go To Laos — Here are 5 Reasons Why

Laos is truly one of my favorite untraveled destinations. Between the food and the scenery, I got lost in a frenzy of travel bliss. This country will likely never blow up to an obnoxious level of tourism, so anytime is a great time to get your feet wet out there.