WatchBoom.com's Travel Destinations of the Month

Small ship cruising brings the ports to you

Small ship cruising brings the ports to you

Veteran travel writer Michelle da Silva Richmond says this about cruise liners: “Sure, the mega ships offer a plethora of non-stop activities, dizzying entertainment and food galore, but if you yearn for a truly tranquil journey, you should ‘think small’ when searching for a cruise.” In her debut story for WatchBoom, she shares a sailing adventure on one of the four small luxury cruise ships (they sleep 148 to 310 passengers) operated by Windstar Cruises.

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LOUISIANA TIME

LOUISIANA TIME

As the locals say: There’s three ways to become a Cajun: By the ring, by the blood, and by the back door. The longer a visitor hangs out with these Cajuns, the more that back door seems to open. Travel writer Robert N. Jenkins is romanced by the people and food of the south.

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Why whale sharks go to Mexico for their spring break

Why whale sharks go to Mexico for their spring break

Imagine splashing around the waters off a little Mexican island with 1,400 of these giant fish, called whale sharks. It’s perfectly safe – they migrate here once a year to breed and feed on tiny plankton, small fish and the like – as long as you stay away from their barn-door-size mouths when they’re opening up for a nosh.

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What’s the best resort in the Caribbean?

What’s the best resort in the Caribbean?

If you haven’t actually been to the Caribbean, chances are you’ve seen pictures of those exotic resorts down there. Some look like tropical palaces with uber-luxurious rooms...others have powdery beaches right off the travel posters...still others have views to die for. Each year, the readers of the prestigious Travel & Leisure Magazine vote on “the best of” in various travel categories. This year they again named a spot – for the third time – as their No. 1 resort in the Caribbean.

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UNTAMED IN UCLUELET

UNTAMED IN UCLUELET

One day, travel authority Anne Z. Cooke took a hard look at the cluster of pins stuck into the world map, each one marking an epic journey, and realized how much she’d missed. Vancouver Island, 299 miles long and 50 miles wide, off the southwest coast of British Columbia, was one of those places

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TENNESSEE TALES

TENNESSEE TALES

From the atomic to the Appalachian, eastern Tennessee is a land of many historical tales. It is home to two of the world’s super computers, a cave with Civil War graffiti, the source of famous pink marble, the “Secret City” of World War II, and a library that serves walloping drinks. Daniel Boone, Mark Twain and Alex Haley are among the legendary local figures. When Contributor Lisa TE Sonne visited Tennessee, she learned that you might be “historic” too.

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Mazatlan: The planes and ships are back – all full of tourists

Mazatlan: The planes and ships are back – all full of tourists

The booming Mexican resort at Mazatlan hosted over 300,000 guests from the U.S. and Canada in 2013 – the resort’s best year since 2007. And the way things are going so far this year, the visitor count should jump by a whopping 85 percent over 2013. Whassup down there?

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