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Off The Beaten Path in Bergamo, Italy

August 1, 2014

TPG contributor Lori Zaino takes us on a tour of Bergamo, Italy, a city with a double identity. It has both a Medieval Città Alta (high city) and a modern Città Bassa (low city). Set at the base of the Italian Alps about 25 miles northeast of Milan, Bergamo is filled with warm Italian locals, mouthwatering cuisine and […]

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Summer Festival Fun in Edinburgh

July 25, 2014

Summer in Edinburgh is a magical time according to TPG contributor Lori Zaino. Temps reach the soaring height of about 20 degrees Celsius on average (68 degrees Fahrenheit)  and everyone is ready to rock n’ roll after a long, hard winter. If you want to visit this lovely city, your best bet is July or August […]

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Spanish Summer Adventures: Asturias, Alicante & Gran Canaria

July 8, 2014

You’ve used your points to get you to Madrid or Barcelona. Hurrah! Now what? It’s boiling hot in the urban jungle, and not a Spanish city dweller in sight (all have long since fled to their country homes and beach apartments). Madrid-based contributor Lori Zaino suggests you hop on a train/plane/automobile and head straight out of the city […]

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5 European Beaches Perfect For A Summer Getaway

July 3, 2014

Beach getaways in Europe are practically a religion. Visit almost any large European city in July or August and it will feel noticeably empty. Why? Because everyone’s at the beach, of course. Madrid-based TPG contributor Lori Zaino explores some of the best European beach destinations, appropriate for both European city dwellers and foreign tourists anxious for a a little sun […]

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Tips for Traveling Through Spain By Train

June 26, 2014

In Europe, trains can easily be the best way to get around, especially in Spain. I asked Madrid based TPG Contributor Lori Zaino to delve into Spanish train travel: routes, tips and more to make your train travel through Spain easy and painless. If you ask anyone in Spain, they will tell you they prefer […]

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My Madrid: Eat, Drink, Play, Amor

June 21, 2014

Today we introduce you to another of the TPG staff based far and wide across the United States and Europe. To learn a little more about them, they’re sharing with you their experiences in the destinations they call home. Today, meet Foreign Correspondent Lori Zaino and her Madrid. When I arrived in Madrid in 2008, exhausted and overworked […]

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A Food Lovers Guide To Mexico City

May 29, 2014

Mexico City, or Distrito Federal/ D.F. as the locals call it is Mexico’s sprawling capital city, as well as one of the world’s top culinary destinations. Although it may seem intimidating, this city is well worth a visit, especially if you’re a foodie itching to sample local specialties like tamales or tortas. TPG contributor Lori Zaino, lover […]

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8 Snorkel Destinations That Will Blow Your Mind

May 15, 2014

As some of you may know, I recently became a certified scuba diver to prepare for my 2013 trip to the Maldives. Less than a year later, I’ve become a full-fledged diving addict with dives in Grand Cayman, Australia, Brazil and various other spots under my “weight” belt. And I have many more to tackle on my […]

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6 Great Places to Get Tapas in Madrid

May 9, 2014

One of the reasons Madrid is one of my favorite cities in the world is because of it’s amazing food, especially tapas.  Spanish tapas are small plates of food ordered in bars to “picar” (snack on) for dinner or lunch-it’s possible to “tapear” at any point of the day or night. Who better to ask […]

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10 Amazing European Islands That You May Not Know About

May 6, 2014

In the spirit of our “off the beaten path” initiative, we asked TPG Contributor Lori Zaino to pull together a list of island paradises that are far less visited than Capri or Mykonos. You might think of the Caribbean or Southeast Asia, but the gorgeous isles featured here are all in Europe, making them the […]

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Destination Edition: A Romantic Weekend In Paris

May 2, 2014

Paris may just be one of the most romantic cities in the world, and not just because of the typical Eiffel Tower proposals and whispers of French wafting on the breeze over the Seine. This chic city is filled with secret spots for lovers to tryst, and there are so many intimate places to see […]

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My Travel Destination Short List for 2014: Bora Bora, The Galapagos and More…

April 28, 2014

It seems like half the year is already gone, and even with a lot of bucket-list travel under my belt so far – like my first trip to Australia and a remote island paradise in Brazil, as well a return to my beloved Dublin – I’m finding myself feeling antsy for adventure. Before I blink […]

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Maximizing Train Travel Around Europe and Deciding When It Actually Makes Sense

April 25, 2014

Train travel through Europe is becoming increasingly popular, despite the onset of ever more low-cost airlines. It’s usually no cheaper than flying, and sometimes takes longer. So why are Europeans consistently choosing train travel? We asked Madrid-based TPG Contributor Lori Zaino to clue us in on what is so great about train travel, and how […]

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10 Strategies For Organizing A Budget Trip To Rome

April 18, 2014

You might notice a change in the title of our destination series. While for the past two years we’ve been featuring a Destination of the Week with information on using miles to get there and points to stay at various hotels, we’re branching out and trying something new we’re calling Destination Edition. Posts in our […]

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Destination Edition: Top 7 Emerging European Travel Spots In 2014

April 11, 2014

You might notice a change in the title of our destination series. While for the past two years we’ve been featuring a Destination of the Week with information on using miles to get there and points to stay at various hotels, we’re branching out and trying something new we’re calling Destination Edition. Posts in our […]

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