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Lisa Merten

Since both of her parents are German immigrants, Lisa grew up with a lot of German culture. In fact, she’s more familiar with German traditions as opposed to the North American way of life. Growing up, she was fortunate enough to spend many summers in Germany with her family and she is fluent in German. Lisa is also quite the expert on Caribbean cruises, and has been to almost every island. She was also fortunate enough to work at a travel agency for almost 2 years to learn some of the ropes of the industry, and she's happy to share her experiences, tips, and travel hacks with her readers.

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Welcome to the world of DIY Travel – who needs an agent when you’ve got the internet at your fingertips? It can be time-consuming to plan your trip, but it’s rewarding and ensures that your trip hits all of your expectations. When you take the reins of planning your next upcoming trip, you’re in complete …

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Eastern Germany boasts a rich history and stunning architecture that beckons travelers from around the globe. As you venture through this captivating region, you’ll encounter charming towns, time-honored landmarks, and a blend of cultures that creates a unique and unforgettable atmosphere. Among many must-see destinations in Eastern Germany are Magdeburg, its awe-inspiring Lutheran Cathedral of …

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The unique Caribbean island of Dominica is truly a marvel. Dominica has been coined the “Nature Island of the Caribbean” and lives up to the title. You’ll love exploring this lush island as you’re surrounded by endless exotic greenery. I loved my time in Dominica. The nature island was one of our stops onboard a …

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Personally, living the dream would be soaking up that Southern California lifestyle. Nothing beats immersing yourself in surf culture and digging into mouthwatering Mexican or coastal food. Each day greets you with the warm sun and the most perfect weather you can imagine. Southern California provides an experience that you can’t get anywhere else. Where …

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Europe is home to some of the world’s top culinary destinations, and that’s no surprise. Nothing quite beats sipping some world-famous wine in Paris, devouring a five-course meal in Italy, or tasting fresh seafood in Spain. Even the Yorkshire Pudding isn’t to be sniffed at! The food scene in Europe has many delectable treasures waiting …

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Guten Tag! Are you ready to experience culture amidst the charming and historical beauty of Germany? Located in central Europe and sandwiched between nine countries, Germany is a hotspot for beer lovers, history buffs, hiking enthusiasts, and soccer fans. The land features picturesque sights like rolling hills, towering churches and cathedrals, enchanting forests, and majestic …

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The morning before a road trip hits differently. Nothing beats getting up at dawn, loading the car, and stopping at a drive-thru to buy your body weight in coffee. Watching the sunrise while driving on the open roads makes the early morning wake-up well worth it. The art of road-tripping is quite versatile. Make it …

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The concrete metropolis of Los Angeles conjures up images of celebrities, the glitz and glam of Hollywood Hills, and palm tree-lined streets and beaches. Let’s try a new angle. Did you know that this Southern California area is a hiking hotspot and rich in natural beauty? Being close to nature is a magical, healing, and …

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Welcome to Sunny San Diego, where the city boasts the perfect weather year-round. This west coast state can offer an intense selection of family-friendly activities. Grab some surf lessons, sprawl out in the sand, visit the world-famous San Diego Zoo, or indulge in San Diego’s coastal cuisine. If someone told me to close my eyes …

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When it comes to sun, sand, and surf, San Diego gets the gold medal. America’s Finest City is a haven for some of the best restaurants I’ve had the honor to eat at, world-class museums, and breathtaking beaches. Personally, visiting San Diego was love at first sight, and I’d move there in a heartbeat. My …

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Dortmund, Germany, is one of the country’s hidden gems, and there are many activities to consider if you’re building out an itinerary. Check out this guide for the most amazing things to do in Dortmund and its surroundings. You’ll love getting to know the largest city in the Ruhr Valley. Find Dortmund in Germany’s North …

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Although quite a small town, Travelers Rest has so much to offer. This charming South Carolina town is full of character and history. Travelers Rest is perfectly sandwiched between Greenville and the Blue Ridge Mountains. The town is hardly overcrowded, with a population of just over 7,700 people. If you stop by this incredible community …

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The travel industry offers plenty of interesting jobs. Travel agents are among the most common and revered workers in the industry. If you are thinking of changing careers, starting your own business, or adding a part-time hustle, consider some pros and cons of being a travel agent. If you love traveling or helping people create and fulfill …

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Editor’s Note: We are heartbroken to have witnessed the July 2023 floods that left many people scrambling for safety and caused widespread destruction throughout New England. While Vermont communities work to rebuild, we encourage our readers to confirm the status, hours, and availability of any attraction or accommodation mentioned below. I’ve explored Vermont a few …

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No trip to Germany is complete without tasting authentic and diverse German cuisine. The Germans have a way of effortlessly combining taste, quality, and texture when it comes to the culinary arts. Not only is their fare absolutely delicious, but it will satisfy every palette. Whether you’re a carnivore, have a picky appetite, or are a health …

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It’s well known that New York City is always booming, day or night. With a population of over seven million, locals flock everywhere as they go about their daily business. One of the world’s most populous cities must hold a secret to a happy life – could it be the endless choices of great restaurants? …

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