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New Year

New Year Celebrations Around the World

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Ushering in the New Year used to be simple. Friends had the same dates and kept the same customs. Today, however, people operate in the midst of several calendars, they’re increasingly conscious that it’s celebrated in myriad ways, and as a result, encounter many different New Year traditions. Therefore, in the spirit of an increasingly…

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Still Focused on Ireland

Still Focused on Ireland

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It’s not very often that my mind is still in a place I visited two months ago. But it is. My mind has been in Ireland since my visit in October on a trip via Insight Vacations to the southern part of the country. I’m still trying to figure out why the images and experiences…

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A Guide to Cava

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Cava is, in layman’s terms, Champagne made in Spain. The devil, however, lies in the detail. Champagne, as a region, is very different both in soil and climate to Sant Sadurni, where most Cava is produced. Oenophile and wine expert, Anna Abadia, notes that ‘there’s a lot more sun in Spain, so we get a…

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Exploring the Balkans with Insight Vacations Tour Director Hugh McMillan

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  Hugh McMillan may have been a late starter when it came to wanderlust, having first left Australia at 22, but he’s more than made up for it since. With a decade of travel industry experience to his name, he has immersed himself in the Balkans for the past few years as a Tour Director…

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How to get an Upgrade at the Airport

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Few things are quite so pleasurable as walking through the doors of an aircraft and turning left, especially on the first day of your holiday. And when an upgrade is courtesy of the airline, and not your Amex, even better. Here are some tried and tested ways of getting champagne, extra legroom and proper cutlery…

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Venice

Inside The Bauer L’Hotel in Venice

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Venice, it is said, has the highest concentration of luxury hotels in the world. However, few truly capture the city’s well-developed sense of romance more ravishingly than the Bauer L’Hotel. Founded in 1880 as the Bauer-Grunewald, it was sold to Arnaldo Bennati in 1930, whose extensive refurbishments in the Gothic-Byzantine style contrasted with an entirely…

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An Interview with Insight Travel Director Chad Hartin

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Vancouver-based Chad Hartin has been leading tours across the globe for well over a decade. However, his thirst for discovery goes back much further – ever since a travel director came to his father’s beef farm in south-eastern Ontario farm when he was 12 years old. Chad is a staunch believer in the importance of tapping…

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Packing for Rome: An Insider’s Guide

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Every city offers its own unique set of challenges, but packing for Rome is particularly tricky; a fashion conscious city that demands a lot of legwork to fit in all the sights, with the added consideration of both its religious sites and, if you’re travelling in summer, soaring temperatures. Thankfully, Insight Travel Director Bradford McEwen,…

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Where to Visit in April

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Sandwiched between the winter freeze and the hotter months of high season, April is an ideal time to plan that perfect trip, particularly across Europe and the United States. For many places, it’s the month that sees spring really take hold, with temperatures that, while warm and pleasant (particularly in the south of Europe) are some…

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Another Successful Family Vacation – Insight Staff Stories

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When it came time to decide where to go on our next family vacation, we decided that the Glories of Greece tour was what we were looking for. From Greek mythology, to ancient ruins, to a wide range of Greek cuisine this tour met all our needs for a perfect vacation. When I think about…

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