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Considered one of the most important and famous Buddhist temples in the Yunnan province of China, the grand Yuantong Temple in Kunming delights the senses. It was as I leaned against a wall gazing at the pavilion, mesmerized by the peacefulness and subtle magic that I was inspired to create the watercolor of the Yuantong Temple.
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Just back from China where our 9 ways to communicate tips were put to the ultimate test ... and passed with flying colors. #travel #communication #language #translation #traveling #traveltips
While English is one of the most commonly spoken languages in the world, if you really want to be comfortable traveling in a country where English is not the native
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The outdoor market on a warm summer day in the town square of Wernigerode, in the picturesque Harz Mountains of Germany, is colorful, festive and, to an artist with an ipad, irresistible. My iPad art is painted and drawn using Procreate.
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Just found the perfect travel jacket ... style and function rolled into one. In fact, HI Travel Tales just granted it our HITT Seal of Approval. +ExOfficio +Tami Fairweather #Travel #TravelTips
Dressing classy yet staying functional while traveling is easier with the ExOfficio Ometto Blazer.
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Loving these travel shoes from Lowa. #traveltips   #travel   #traveladvice   #Lowa  
The Lowa Bandon GTX for men is a casual, classy and highly versatile travel shoe, making it an ideal choice for any situation.
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Thanks to our friends at Quill who created a nifty business trip packing tips infographic to help take the worry out of packing your luggage and carryon.
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Be sure your digital you is secure before you travel ... we offer up 10 must-do tips.
Digital security is hard enough to maintain at home. Once you add in the variables of traveling, protecting your digital world becomes even more challenging. Here are 10 must-do tips from HI Travel Tales to help ensure your digital security when traveling.
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I was sitting a chair at the dentist’s office, pretty comfy in my Arborwear Canopy pants, which have also become a go-to everyday wear. Then my dental hygienist walks
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Sunset along the Hudson River ... looking over at a Manhattan skyline. Light dances off the tall buildings creating a dramatic scene. Thank you to my friend, Matthias Assmann who shared the photo with me, taken on his phone during a recent trip, that served as inspiration for my painting. The oil pastel pencil, ink and watercolor is called, "Manhattan Skyline at Sunset". My iPad art is painted and drawn using Procreate.
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Carnival parades in Europe are WAY too much fun. 

#MardisGras   #Fasching   #Fasnacht   #CarnivalParades   #Karneval  
You don’t have to head to the crowd-filled streets of big towns in Germany, France or Switzerland to experience great carnival parades in Europe.
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We tried to do some tax-free shopping in Germany recently. It seems so easy. But it’s not. Get ready for hoop-jumping in a quest to do tax-free shopping.
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Villagers in a small German town keep Christmas alive by answering letters to Santa every year. #santaclaus   #letterstosanta   #christmas   #nikolausdorf  
A German town has been answering letters to Santa Claus, Nikolausdorf (Nicholas village), for 50 years -- nearly 8,000 letters each year.
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Lowa Bandon GTX one classy travel shoe - HI Travel Tales
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The Lowa Bandon GTX for men is a casual, classy and highly versatile travel shoe, making it an ideal choice for any situation.

EU tax-free shopping takes effort, but worth it - HI Travel Tales
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We tried to do some tax-free shopping in Germany recently. It seems so easy. But it’s not. Get ready for hoop-jumping in a quest to do tax-f

Business Trip Packing Tips: Fight wrinkles & worry - HI Travel Tales
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Thanks to our friends at Quill who created a nifty business trip packing tips infographic to help take the worry out of packing your luggage

Tiny German town answers letters to Santa for 50 years - HI Travel Tales
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A German town has been answering letters to Santa Claus, Nikolausdorf (Nicholas village), for 50 years -- nearly 8,000 letters each year.

It’s my mum’s birthday…. I miss her
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Today is Mother’s Day for me, my mum’s birthday. Though Mary passed away on May 27, 2001, I still take time every Dec. 12 to honor her. I mi

Holiday Travel Gift Guide 2015: 10 perfect picks - HI Travel Tales
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From stocking stuffers to elegant gifts, you will be sure to find something in our holiday travel gift guide that will delight the most pick

Packing light: smart load-trimming tips - HI Travel Tales
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Tips for packing light are really all about adjusting your attitude. The “might” in “might need” is key there and forget the Boy Scout motto

L.L. Bean DuraReader glasses a lifesaver - HI Travel Tales
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HI Travel Tales has reviewed packable travel readers before but L.L. Bean has a great entry to the no-break, pack-along travel readers: Dura

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Take a quick virtual tour of the variety of rooms available onboard the Hurtigruten MS Midnatsol.

Patagonia Nine Trails Pack keeps travel adventures light - HI Travel Tales
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From fast-and-light hikes to quick-moving trail runs or even bike escapes, the Patagonia Nine Trails Pack proves its worth for the active tr

Marvel at Seoul's shamanist Guksadang shrine on Mt. Inwang-san - HI Trav...
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The Guksadang shrine and the surrounding complex on Mt. Inwang-san offers views of Seoul that are unsurpassed if you are willing to be a lit

Simple but brilliant Exotac FREEKey a travel essential - HI Travel Tales
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Rental car keys, VRBO keys and more. The solution is to pack a lightweight key ring that isn't a battle to get keys on and off, like the Exo

DMZ tour Korea: Wear shoes you can run in - HI Travel Tales
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On a South Korean DMZ tour you are literally standing just steps away from what is considered the world's most heavily fortified and militar

Ahnu Noe Leather: Comfy all-round great travel shoe - HI Travel Tales
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Your feet are your best friends on the road. Treat them well with a great travel shoe like the Ahnu Noe Leather, that goes from city to adve

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Head to a beehive of popular beer gardens nestled deep in the forest of Franconian Switzerland in Upper Bavaria – the Kellerwald Forchheim b

Insect repellent clothing: Keep bugs away without sprays or lotions - HI...
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Keep mosquitoes, ticks, chiggers and more from biting without dousing your skin with chemicals. How? With insect repellent clothing using In

Hi-Tec outdoor sandals: Lightweight, all-round travel buddies - HI Trave...
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Hi-Tec Sports is turning out superior lightweight outdoor sandals - the men's Laguna and the women's Galicia. They have earned our HITT Seal

Powermonkey Extreme: Power-to-go with solar recharge - HI Travel Tales
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If your travel takes you far away from electrical outlets – so you need solar power to recharge a battery pack -- the Powermonkey Extreme is

Eight tips for flying in comfort - HI Travel Tales
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Your flight is booked and your luggage packed. What else can you do to ensure a comfortable flight? Follow our eight tips for flying in comf