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Sossusvlei Namibia: Tips and Insights - With its tall red dunes, clay pans and extremely dry climate, Sossusvlei is a surreal area unlike any other place in the world. Located in the southern part of the Namib desert, it's not easily accessible and off-the-beaten-path, but well worth the trip. After a recent visit, I wanted to share my experience and provide some advice to help make your planning a little easier.

5 Great Travel Television Shows - Most of us love to travel, but in order to save up for that next big trip we have to work for it, which means having to put off our travels for months at a time. While stuck at home I often try to find ways to help appease my travel cravings, one of which is watching a variety of travel shows on TV. This helps me discover new destinations, and keeps me entertained with humorous travel tales that I can often relate to. This article describes 5 shows I enjoy.

Arequipa & Colca Canyon Peru - Located in southern Peru, Arequipa is the capital city of the Arequipa Region and the second most populous city in the country. It sits at an altitude of 2,380 metres (7800 ft) above sea level with the snow-capped El Misti volcano overlooking the city. Much of the architecture of Arequipa is built out of a white volcanic rock called, sillar, giving the city the nickname, La Ciudad Blanca (The White City).

Avignon & Provence France - Enclosed within a wall of medieval ramparts, Avignon’s old town is a labyrinth of cobblestone streets, architectural marvels, and culinary delights. Located in Southern France, it is one of the main cities in Provence and sits high above the banks of the Rhone River. The main attraction here is the Palais des Papes, or the Papal Palace. It was the reason for the construction of this historic fortified city, which is now a UNESCO Heritage site. The other major attraction is the Pont d’Avignon, also known as Pont de St. Benezet. The famous French children’s song, “Sur le Pont d’Avignon” is based on this bridge, however the original title of the song was actually “Sous le Pont d’Avignon”, meaning under the bridge of Avignon. In medieval times there were cafes under the arches where the dancing would take place.

Paris France - Ah Paris…the city of romance; with its delicate and artistic food, its clean neo-classical stone architecture, and its strong influence in art, fashion and all things luxury it’s easy to see why. Paris is unlike any city in France, or the world for that matter. Though the pace at which people move is quite a few notches faster than in any other area of France, people here still take the time to relax. Whether it's a picnic at one of dozens of beautiful parks or people watching on the terrace of the local cafe with a coffee and a buttery croissant, Parisians certainly know how to enjoy life.

10 Drinking Experiences From Around the World - Part 2 of 2 - The first part of this series focused on liquors from around the world. Part 2 is all about wine and beer. Beer is the third most widely consumed beverage behind tea and water, and first among alcoholic drinks. Wine, which has been around for at least the past 8,000 years, plays an important part in cultures around the world. I discovered the importance of this living in France. With many good wines characterized by olfactory descriptions such as petrol, cat piss, and wet wool, and bottle sizes such as the Nebuchadnezzar at 15 Litres, wine experiences can certainly be fascinating and eye opening.

10 Drinking Experiences From Around the World - Part 1 of 2 - I have found that one great way to get to know the local people and their culture is to take part in the drinking of the regional liquors, beers and/or wines. Though there are countless drinks to choose from, I have selected 10 that I have personally enjoyed over the years. Some of these may be great additions to your beverage bucket list!

Really Seeing Europe & Getting the Most from Your European Tour - When many people plan their European vacation, they only include major cities. I think that's a big mistake. If you really want to get a true sense of what Europe is like, you can't follow this approach. Though seeing big cities is fascinating, you're missing out on seeing the 'true' Europe, the lifestyle that most Europeans live, their ancestors live and the history.

The Art of Negotiating - Through my travels around the world, I have learned a few simple rules to help get great deals and have lots of fun. For those of us that live in a world of fixed prices, negotiating can be an uncomfortable and strange experience.

Alsace Region France - Strasbourg’s close proximity to Germany is the reason for its Germanic name, but the German influences do not stop there. The architecture and the food in the Alsace region are more German than French so being here gives you the feeling of being in a completely different country.

Hanoi Vietnam - Wandering around Hanoi took some getting used to, but after a few days of walking around town, I eventually considered the city one of my favorite destinations in Southeast Asia. Hanoi has been the worst city, by far, for touts and street chaos, but once you get used to ignoring them it's really easy to fall in love with this city.

São Luís & Lençóis Maranhenses Brazil - Lençóis Maranhenses, or the “sheet of the Maranhao” was named so because of the fact that it looks like bed sheets. Pictures do not do this place justice! I had never seen anything so awe inspiring in my life. The powder white sand that spanned for miles, the clear turquoise lagoons in the divots of the soft sand, the bright blue sky above…it took my breath away.

Sacred Valley Peru - The Sacred Valley is a mysterious and beautiful area surrounded by truly awe-inspiring landscapes, and along the way there are several incredible sites that you can visit, including Chincheros, the Moray Crop Terraces, and the Salineras de Maras.

Sarlat France - Sarlat is easily one of the most captivating towns in all of France. This medieval village is a UNESCO World Heritage site and because it has eluded most of modern society it has remained one of the best depictions of 14th century France. It is a region known largely for its gastronomy, as their main commodities are foie gras and truffles.

Vientiane Laos - The first thing that struck me about Vientiane was the overwhelming French influence in the architecture. The beautifully maintained and restored colonial buildings, the colourful Wats, and nice shops make for a great little capital to explore. Not only is the French influence evident in the architecture, but it can also be found in the cuisine of many local restaurants. Combine French cuisine with Southeast Asian prices & hospitality and you have a haven for budget travelers.

Luxor Egypt - You could spend an entire vacation visiting Luxor and the surrounding sites of the East and West Bank.

Yangon Myanmar - Myanmar remains one of the most isolated countries in the world. Though it may not at all be tourist friendly, there are plenty of good reasons to visit.