WatchBoom.com's Travel Destinations for the Month of February 2016

Tales of a ‘one pant man’ in Cahuita, Costa Rica

Tales of a ‘one pant man’ in Cahuita, Costa Rica

Imagine Harry Belafonte sitting on a dock on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica telling tales of how a lady named Matilda took his money and ran off to Venezuela. That’s the legacy of thousands of Jamaicans brought to this Central American country to build a railroad through the jungle in the late 1800s – and when it was done decided to stick around.

TRIER AND ITS TREASURES: FINDING GHOSTS IN A ROMAN EMPIRE OUTPOST

TRIER AND ITS TREASURES: FINDING GHOSTS IN A ROMAN EMPIRE OUTPOST

If you do your homework on Trier, Germany before your visit, you’ll know you’re seeing not Caesar’s ghost but the Porta Nigra, the old Roman gateway to the city, built in the first century A.D. the 98-foot high sandstone monument is one of seven Trier World Heritage Sites.

In Israel: Getting Over ‘the Jerusalem Syndrome’

In Israel: Getting Over ‘the Jerusalem Syndrome’

Veteran tour guides say Israel’s millions of annual visitors typically are well behaved, respect the spiritual beliefs of others and take the country’s religious histories in stride. But now and then some get a little, er, carried away.

Smoke, Steam and Steel

Smoke, Steam and Steel

The History of Railroading in America is Alive and Well at the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad crisscrossing the border of Colorado and New Mexico. Travel Authority Rich Grant rides the rails and posts a history lesson.

ST. CROIX: A WILD WAY

ST. CROIX: A WILD WAY

The U.S. Virgin Islands offers the warm delights of the Carribean. Award-winning travel writer Lisa TE Sonne witnessed the wild side of St. Croix and offers up survival tips that could save your life.

MORE of SCOTLAND

MORE of SCOTLAND

The word “more-ish” is slang for “you want more of it.”  Lisa TE Sonne travels to the Isle of Eriska to discover why travelers to Scotland return to this beguiling place.

VEGAS MIXOLOGY CLASS

VEGAS MIXOLOGY CLASS

Travel journalist Yvette Cardozo rolls up her sleeves for a Mixology class in the city that pours 23/7. MGM’s M Life Mixology Moment is, well, better than co-staring with Tom Cruise in Cocktail.

VEGAS FOR NON-GAMBLERS

VEGAS FOR NON-GAMBLERS

She’s back. Travel authority Yvette Cardozo makes it her mission to revisit Vegas passing the time doing everything except gambling. The trip pays off. Vegas delivers—everything from the High Roller to Red Rock Canyon. Take her tips with you next time you’re in Sin City.

TASTEFULLY WRITTEN TASTEFULLY WRITTEN

TRAVEL + MORE

Courtney Drake-McDonough is a Colorado-based writer and editor. A Denver native,she has written for magazines and newspapers, locally and nationally, for nearly 30 years, specializing in topics of travel, restaurants, theater and parenting. With roots in marketing and public relations, Courtney also helps companies with marketing content including writing websites and social media messaging. When she's not writing for other people, Courtney is also the editor of a news and reviews blog she founded at www.InGoodTasteDenver.com. Courtney considers herself extremely fortunate that eating wonderful food, traveling to beautiful places and meeting great people is part of her workday.

TED ALAN STEDMAN TED ALAN STEDMAN

CONTRIBUTOR

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After working in the corporate world and confining his travels to annual vacations, Colorado-based writer Ted Alan Stedman cut the cord more than 20 years ago and is now a frequent traveler on the hunt for compelling experiences. His various magazine assignments have taken him to the Philippines, Australia, throughout Africa and South America, parts of Europe, islands of the Pacific and Caribbean and beyond. You can catch his work in magazines that include Sport Diver, Alaska Beyond, AAA Journey, Men’s Journal and others.

The author’s story was based on Victoria Cruises’ “The Majesty of the Yangtze” river cruise. www.victoriacruises.com.

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