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Andre’s Travel blog highlights unique travel destinations, travel tips & current trends in the travel industry. Our world is changing rapidly & not necessarily always for the better. I enjoying using my travel blog as a platform to address the causes and challenges, which directly affect tourism. Not only does this blog inform travelers about what is happening in the world of travel, but it also gives me the opportunity to offer sage advice. I will help you navigate the changes & travel better.

Andre’ Leavitt

Ama Waterways River cruises are always an amazing experience. Having an environmental conscience just makes them the best choice.

Photo Courtesy - Ama Waterways River Cruises AmaWaterways’ AmaKristina has become the first river cruise ship to earn a Green Award certification recognizing a high standard of safety, quality and environmental performance.The ship’s officers and company executives were presented with the award on Jan. 30 in Arnhem, the Netherlands. Jan Fransen, executive director of the Green Award Foundation, presented the award plaque and a Green Award flag to Wade Korzan, director of AmaWaterways’ European operations, and representatives from Rivertech, the company providing technical services to the luxury...

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10 of the best sleeper trains in Europe

Night train services are having a renaissance, thanks to renewed investment from operators, amid the need to fly less. Stockholm to NarvikThe country that’s home to Greta Thunberg and that coined the term flygskam (flight shame) has plans to introduce new sleeper routes this year. New connections from Malmö will be welcomed but for many Swedes nothing can beat the 20-hour odyssey from their capital’s Central Station across the wilderness of the Arctic Circle and on to the Norwegian town of Narvik. This is one route to fight to keep the blinds up for. In summer, the midnight sun means seeing...

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4 National Parks That You Should Experience This Winter

These four spectacular national parks are much less crowded in the cooler months, when they offer a completely different kind of vacation than you'll find in the tourist-clogged summer season. Bundle up, and enjoy the elbow room.  YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK | MONTANA/WYOMING Photo courtesy of Jason Whitman True, Yellowstone is awfully cold in winter: You'll need to pack your warmest parkas, thermal underwear and snow boots. But you'll be rewarded with the chance to see glistening icy waterfalls, steaming hydrothermal pools and spouting geysers — all without the traffic jams and packed parking...

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5 Ways To Explore Ireland This Year

For a small country, Ireland has a remarkable wealth of dramatic sites, hidden corners and amazing discoveries. The problem is that left to your own devices in a rental car, a GPS and an itinerary on your iPad, you’ll have a great time but you’ll only see a fraction of what the Emerald Isle has to offer. Enter these specialized tour companies, who can transform a week in Ireland into a memorable vacation. With St. Patrick’s Day on the horizon, it may just be time to get your Irish on. Vagabond Adventure Tours: Epic Ireland Food Tour Vagabond Adventure Tours has a 6 Day Epic Ireland Food...

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Travel to China

CDC, State Department warn against any travel to China

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued its highest travel warning on Monday, urging Americans to avoid all nonessential travel to China because of the outbreak of coronavirus. At the same time, the State Department raised its China travel warning to level 3, urging U.S. citizens to “reconsider travel” to the country due to the coronavirus outbreak. The State Department also raised the travel warning for the entire Hubei province to level 4, advising against any travel there, noting that U.S. officials have “limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens” in the...

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Finland - Off the Beaten Path

Do you enjoy traveling off the beaten path, a journey with less crowds & a more authentic experience? Then Finland would be a great choice for your next European adventure. Many add Finland to their Scandinavian itinerary, but if you like to dive in depth, spend the entire time here. Finland will not disappoint. Finland is the eighth largest country in the European Union but the most sparely populated. One of the Finland’s most remarkable features is light. When the endless summer sun gives way to winter the Northern lights, appear in a big way. In Lapland, the northern part of Finland,...

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