travel guides

A Geek in Indonesia: Discover the Land of Komodo Dragons, Balinese Healers, and Dangdut Music

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Whether you've always wanted to go to Indonesia, or interested in learning about this interesting country, I've got a book for you!

A Geek in Indonesia: Discover the Land of Komodo Dragons, Balinese Healers, and Dangdut Music

What You Need to Know Before Visiting the Dominican Republic

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Do you love traveling with a knowledgeable friend? One that knows the ins and outs of a place? I do - it's the surest way to have a better, more enjoyable journey. Let me tell you about one of my favorite guidebook authors, Lebawit Lily Girma.

Here's How to Plan the Ireland Vacation of Your Dreams

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Ireland - there's a reason why this small island nation is on everyone's travel list. It's gorgeously green, full of history and art and culture, and boasts world-renowned drink (Guinness, looking at you!) and delicious food. There's also the Irish people, known for their hospitality and kindness.

A Guide to Navigating A Thai Open Air Market

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In Asia, grocery stores are hard to find and always overpriced. For this reason, locals rarely frequent them and instead run to open air markets

Open air markets are vibrant, fabulous places full of aromatic food, colorful clothing, fruits and vegetables, and anything else you can think of. The goods are cheap, and these markets can be found in every city across Thailand. 

Exploring Belize with Moon Guides and Lebawit Lily Girma: The Essence of Belizean Culture and Its People

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Belize - gorgeous waters, perfect for diving and snorkeling; ancient ruins; rainforests and caves; the tallest waterfall in Central America; wildlife and marinelife; and a deep culture that entices you to explore more deeply. Affectionately called "The Jewel" by locals, this is a destination worth exploring.  I recently read Moon Guides Belize, by Lebawit Lily Girma, and let me tell you - I'm impressed.

Choosing Your Own Travel: Local Travel Writer on the Best of Auckland

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Do you remember reading those choose your own adventure books, when you were growing up? I couldn't get enough of them, and would re-read them until they fell apart, finding new paths to a satisfying (or not) ending. I recently read and was inspired by a new travel guide to Auckland, New Zealand, by a friend and fellow travel writer, Rhonda Albom. Rhonda has written one of the best guidebooks I've ever read - and let me tell you why. This book? It's the SAME concept - but with travel!

A Locals' Guide to New York City? Yes, Please!

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You know how it is: big city = overwhelming choices! You want a friend, a local to show you around. Luckily for us, author Gigi Griffis has a WHOLE series of travel guides, where locals share their best tips (we've shared her Italy guide here). Her newest, released today, is a guide to New York City, one of the most intimidating cities to travel to, for there are TOO MANY CHOICES for what to see, do, explore!

Lonely Planet: Istanbul

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I love Lonely Planet: Istanbul. When I was in Istanbul, Turkey this May, with Turkish Airlines and our White House Travel Bloggers group, it provided great inspiration, airplane reading, and help navigating the big city.