Katie Hammel Travel Articles

 
Drink Your Way Around Portugal
Drink Your Way Around Portugal Portugal seems to get lost in the shuffle, a side trip on the Iberian Peninsula, a long strip of land between Spain and the sea. But that's about to change. Not only is Portugal one of the most affordable wine-tasting destinations in Western Europe, but in addition to producing an incredibly diverse array of quality wines, the country also offers enough other specialty drinks to keep your liver working overtime for weeks.
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Seven Reasons to Attend the Beaver Creek Wine and Spirits Festival
Seven Reasons to Attend the Beaver Creek Wine and Spirits Festival The annual Beaver Creek Wine and Spirits festival attracts hundreds of drink connoisseurs who come from around the country to sip and sample some of the nation's best wine and spirits, paired with culinary delights from the some of the country's best chefs, all set against the beautiful backdrop of Colorado's Gore Mountain Range. Here are seven reasons why you should consider attending as well.
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Is Bigger Better? The Pros and Cons of Small-Ship Cruising for Independent Travelers
Is Bigger Better? The Pros and Cons of Small-Ship Cruising for Independent Travelers Independent travelers often turn their noses up at the idea of cruising, but for those who want to enjoy some of the benefits of a cruise without succumbing to the mass tourism pitfalls associated with megacruises, a small-ship cruise is an excellent compromise.
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Cruise Review: Star Clippers Costa Rica and Nicaragua Cruise
Cruise Review: Star Clippers Costa Rica and Nicaragua Cruise As an independent traveler, Katie Hammel never had much interest in cruising. But the idea of a more intimate ship that could get into smaller ports of call enticed her to give it a try. Here's her review of the Star Clippers cruise of Costa Rica.
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On Solid Ground: Conquering a Fear of Flying
On Solid Ground: Conquering a Fear of Flying A fearful flyer takes a flying lesson to conquer her fears, and realizes getting over the phobia won't be that easy.
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Seven Things to Do in Denver
Seven Things to Do in Denver Known for excellent beer, the Denver Broncos, and its close proximity to some of Colorado's best outdoor spots, Denver is a vibrant, liveable city with a lively nightlife, interesting history, beautiful parks and gardens, and burgeoning arts scene.
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6 Countries on the US State Dept. Alert and Warning Lists That You Should Visit Anyway
6 Countries on the US State Dept. Alert and Warning Lists That You Should Visit Anyway The US State Department is notoriously over-cautious when it releases travel alerts and travel warnings for countries. Katie Hammel reminds us that we shouldn't take those as gospel and lists 6 places that you should still visit anyway.
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Iceland’s Natural Wonders in Photos
Iceland’s Natural Wonders in Photos Iceland is one of those places where the city is best kept for a quick visit, and the highlights are spread around the country. Katie Hammel takes us on a tour if some of the amazing things you'll find there.
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California Wine Country: Planning a Cheap Trip Yourself
California Wine Country: Planning a Cheap Trip Yourself If you aren't careful then a trip to California's Wine Country can cost a fortune, but it doesn't have to. Katie Hammel has figured out helpful strategies to have a fantastic trip on a small budget.
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Cheap Safari Tips: DIY at South Africa’s Kruger National Park
Cheap Safari Tips: DIY at South Africa’s Kruger National Park If you've assumed safaris are only for the rich, think again. Katie Hammel pulled it off herself on a low budget, so she shares her expert tips for how to do it yourself.
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