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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.”

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.”

The People of Colombia

The People of Colombia

Travel, for many people, is a very scary thing. The idea of venturing to an unknown place where you don’t know anybody has the capability of intimidating the best of us. The beauty, however, lies in us making the decision to face our fears directly. For me, Colombia was one of those places.