Drink Your Way Around Portugal

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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.

Seven Reasons to Attend the Beaver Creek Wine and Spirits Festival

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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.

Is Bigger Better? The Pros and Cons of Small-Ship Cruising for Independent Travelers

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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.

Cruise Review: Star Clippers Costa Rica and Nicaragua Cruise

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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.

Book Review: The Lost Girls

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Whether long-term travel is on your dream list or not, you can probably relate to the feelings of the Lost Girls – three 20-something women who decided to push pause on the conveyor belt of life in order to find out if they were really heading in the right direction and set off on a year-long, round-the-world adventure.

Five Things Travelers Should Care About From PhoCusWright

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This week, BootsnAll attended PhoCusWright, the the ultimate business to business travel industry conference, and reported back on what we learned from the top executives in the business, as well as new and emerging companies in travel. Here are just a few of the things we learned at the 2010 PhoCusWright Conference that will have the most effect on independent travelers.

On Solid Ground: Conquering a Fear of Flying

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A fearful flyer takes a flying lesson to conquer her fears, and realizes getting over the phobia won’t be that easy.

Seven Things to Do in Denver

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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.

Lessons Every Travel Blogger Can Learn from TBEX

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Last weekend’s Travel Blog Exchange conference was all about learning – from experts in the industry, from those who’ve been writing for decades or blogging since the medium’s inception, and from peers making their own way in the community. Of all the points made throughout TBEX, these are the ones that I found the most useful.

TBEX 2010 Wrap-Up and Photos

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Held over two days, several sessions, and countless cocktails, the 2010 Travel Blog Exchange (TBEX) conference had its highs and lows. It wasn’t perfect, but it was an unprecedented event for the travel blogging community, and one that likely will only be bigger and better next year. Here are some of our thoughts on the event, along with a selection of our favorite photos of attendees at the Saturday night BootsnAll/EuroCheapo party.