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Pastéis de Belém: Lisbon’s Best Pastry

Pastéis de Belém: Lisbon’s Best Pastry

Have you ever eaten something you just can’t stop thinking about? Something that was so good that days, weeks, or even months later it’s still on your mind? I’ve always had a soft spot for custard, but after visiting Portugal I just can’t stop fantasizing about Pastéis de Belém, an egg custard tart made using... read more
8 Surprising Things To See & Do In Aruba

8 Surprising Things To See & Do In Aruba

This post was made possible by Aruba Tourism Authority. As always, all opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting the sponsors that help make Wanderplex possible. “Same, same, but different.” If you’ve traveled to Thailand, you’ve no doubt heard this funny little phrase that shopkeepers use all the time. It means that what they’re trying... read more
Convento do Carmo: Lisbon's Open-Air Church

Convento do Carmo: Lisbon’s Open-Air Church

I’ve been to hundreds upon hundreds of churches around the world – not because I’m a religious fanatic or anything, but simply because visiting churches is something one seems to do when traveling. Especially when traveling in Europe. There, churches are not just a place to pray – they’re also a rich part of the... read more
5 Things To Do When You Arrive In Any New City

5 Things To Do When You Arrive In Any New City

What’s the first thing you do when you get to your vacation destination? Go out for a celebratory drink? Unpack? Take a nap? While all of those are good ideas, they’re not at the very top of my list of things to do when I arrive in a new city. Here are five things I... read more
In Transit? Learn How To Make The Most Of A Layover

In Transit? Learn How To Make The Most Of A Layover

Sometimes I have only a day – or even just a few hours – to see a city. Whether I’m passing through town during an overland journey or I have a flight that is transiting in the city, figuring out what to see during that short period can be tough. I mean, when you have... read more
TED Talk On The Science Of Jet Lag

TED Talk On The Science Of Jet Lag

If there’s one thing that can zap the fun out of a vacation or drain the productivity from a business trip, it’s jet lag. Feeling hungry in the middle of the night, dosing off during the day, and struggling to sleep after dark are just some of the debilitating symptoms associated with hopping on a... read more
11 Ways To Get More Pleasure Out Of Your Travels

11 Ways To Get More Pleasure Out Of Your Travels

If you’re reading this website, chances are you already agree that travel is a pleasurable experience. It’s something you look forward to and enjoy and probably want to do more of. But since few people can travel all the time, getting the most pleasure possible out of the time we do spend traveling is worth... read more
Hotel Germ Hotspots And The 7 Things You Should Sanitize

Hotel Germ Hotspots And The 7 Things You Should Sanitize

When you stay at a hotel – particularly a high end one – the expectation is that it’ll be clean. But no matter how fancy the establishment or how high the price tag, study after study shows that many hotel rooms are seething with germs. While hotel rooms do get cleaned after each guest checks... read more
Get Front Row Seats At Panama’s Carnival Celebrations

Get Front Row Seats At Panama’s Carnival Celebrations

Another Carnival season has come and gone, and as usual, most eyes were on the biggest celebration in the world – Brazil’s. But actually attending Rio’s famous festival is no easy feat — you’ll have to contend with crowds numbering in the millions, high hotel prices, and seats far from the parade action. In fact,... read more
How To Look Good While Traveling Light

How To Look Good While Traveling Light

In a lot of places, we’re judged on how we look. It’s not necessarily fair, but many bars, clubs, and even restaurants will turn away would-be patrons because they’re not dressed the part. Now maybe you don’t care…because maybe you wouldn’t want to frequent any kind of venue that was so judgmental or superficial in... read more
11 Things All Travelers Should Keep In Their Wallets

11 Things All Travelers Should Keep In Their Wallets

Most of us spend a lot of time obsessing about what to pack for our upcoming vacations, yet we rarely stop and think about what we pack in our wallets. We tend to just grab and go – taking the same stuff we carry around everyday and transporting them halfway around the world. But that’s... read more
Online Reviewers Who Blackmail Hotels And Dupe Travelers

Online Reviewers Who Blackmail Hotels And Dupe Travelers

Imagine if you could walk into a restaurant that had a line of patrons winding all the way out the door – but you could skip straight to the front of the line. And imagine if you could enter a five star hotel and instantly get a 50 percent discount – just for being you.... read more