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5 Days in Mexico City

Life in Santa Barbara is heavily influenced by our historic roots as part of Mexico and Spain. We embrace the food, the architecture, the festivals, and of course the people and the Spanish language as part of life here. Yet most of our friends were puzzled when we told them we were going to Mexico [...]

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A Case for Giving | Luggage Trade-In Event at CircaTerra

Bring in Your Used Luggage, Save up to $100 on Briggs & Riley Luggage, and Benefit a Needy FamilyCircaTerra Travel Outfitters is very pleased to participate in “A Case for Giving”, an event that collected 2,000 bags for the needy last year across the U.S. HERE'S HOW IT WORKS:Bring your used wheeled luggage to CircaTerra [...]

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Choose the Right Electrical Adapter

Adapter or Converter?Most of the time what you need for plugging in overseas is simply an adapter plug, not a converter. While it’s true that most countries outside of North America and Central America operate on 220/240 voltage, smartphones, tablets, cameras, and laptops are dual voltage and therefore capable of converting overseas voltage to the [...]

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Postcards from Crete

My wife and I spent eight wonderful days in Crete this past June, exploring the capital (Heraklion) and nearby Knossos Palace, the provinces of Rethymno and Chania, and the famous Samaria Gorge. If you're considering a trip to the Aegean islands, have an interest in ancient history, and want to venture slightly off the beaten [...]

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Tipping Abroad

If you ask 10 Americans how they tip in the US, you’ll get 10 different answers, right? These days, nicer restaurants typically expect 15% to 20% on top of the bill for good service, and 18% or more is often added onto the bill for larger parties. But that doesn’t mean that’s what folks will [...]

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Bug Repellents for World Travelers

Mosquito-Borne DiseasesUnderstandably Zika virus is getting all the attention right now for travelers considering Brazil and the Caribbean; however, mosquito-borne diseases like dengue fever, malaria, and chikungunya are much more widespread.Dengue is considered a leading cause of illness and death in the tropics according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), with an [...]

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