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Been There, Do This: Waikiki Beach in Washington State

Been There, Do This: Waikiki Beach in Washington State

I've always loved Waikiki Beach in Hawaii, but there's another Waikiki Beach that calls my name. It’s part of Cape Disappointment State Park on Washington's Long Beach Peninsula. On this moody, stormy morning, waves crashed against steadfast sea cliffs below a lighthouse first lit in 1856.

What It’s Like to Sail on a Carnival Live Music Cruise

What It’s Like to Sail on a Carnival Live Music Cruise

"Jump!" shouted the lead singer of #Groove6, the excellent band belting out ‘80s music in Ocean Plaza on Carnival Cruise Lines’ Carnival Breeze. The packed crowd, spilling over into the corridor, enthusiastically obeyed, roaring out the lyrics, dancing, waving their arms and generally having the time of their lives.

Been There, Do This: Diving in the Galapagos Islands

Been There, Do This: Diving in the Galapagos Islands

If you’re going to cut costs on a Galapagos Islands trip, don’t skimp out on a guided diving trip. As bumpy as my Galapagos adventure was (due to a choice to explore the islands without the comfort and convenience of a live-aboard boat), the few hours I spent underwater were unbeatable.

Been There, Do This: Royal Street in New Orleans

Been There, Do This: Royal Street in New Orleans

On my first day in New Orleans, I followed my ears to the French Quarter's Royal Street, one of the oldest strands in the city. I ended up face-to-face with a toe-tapping, crowd-pleasing jazz band, led by a singer who did double duty on a mean clarinet.

Been There, Do This: Eat Seafood Pasta in Positano, Italy

Been There, Do This: Eat Seafood Pasta in Positano, Italy

When vacationing in Italy, particularly when by the sea, you are essentially obligated to order the classic dish of spaghetti ai frutti di mare at least once. The above photograph depicts one of the three spaghetti ai frutti de mare dishes I consumed, specifically while in the coastal Italian village of Positano.

Been There, Do This: Boho Fun in Huertas, Madrid

Been There, Do This: Boho Fun in Huertas, Madrid

If you’re looking for something to do in Madrid besides hitting the discoteca until sunrise, check out the Huertas district, also known as el Barrio de Las Letras (the “Neighborhood of Letters”). As Madrid’s literary quarter, Huertas has been home to many famous writers, including Spanish novelist Miguel de Cervantes.

Been There, Do This: Temple of Hathor in Dendera, Egypt

Been There, Do This: Temple of Hathor in Dendera, Egypt

On my first trip to the continent of Africa, I visited Cairo and Luxor, Egypt in the middle of the summer. It was, as you can imagine, really, really hot. This came with some advantages though — there were fewer crowds and shorter lines at the region’s most popular tourism sites, including the Temple of Hathor at Dendera.

Been There, Do This: Feeding Deer in Nara, Japan

Been There, Do This: Feeding Deer in Nara, Japan

In Nara, Japan, more than 1,000 Sika Deer roam the grounds of the beautiful Nara Park, stalking visitors in hopes of earning a snack. These spry creatures were messengers of the gods in Japanese mythology, and so have been protected as national treasures for hundreds of years.