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Reading Time: 14 minutes When in Portugal, add a few days to your itinerary to include time in the Douro Valley, home to the port industry. We’ve included a number of itineraries that account for different time tables (ranging from a day trip to three nights in the area).

In this post we describe our visit to five quintas, mostly in the subregion Cima Corgo, Douro Valley. We also include information about port, the Douro Valley & its UNESCO Heritage status.

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Reading Time: 6 minutes This is a list of activity recommendations for two days, one night in Healdsburg, California, USA, named one of the best small towns to visit in America. This itinerary includes visits to nearby wineries in Healdsburg.

If you are in San Francisco or coastal California, you may consider adding a couple of extra days to your plans so you can head inland to explore wine country.

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Reading Time: 2 minutes When preparing for a trip, it’s not our first instinct to consider that a medical emergency may arise. But spending some moments ahead of a trip preparing a medical records kit and overarching plan may help your travel companions, loved ones at home and medical providers better care for you in the event of emergency.

In this post we outline what resources we used during a medical emergency, one that required surgery abroad.

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Reading Time: 5 minutes Redwood City is situated between San Francisco and San Jose. Stop off for a visit to this storied city as you make your way from San Francisco to San Jose via car or train.

The city became an important post during the latter period of the California Gold Rush (1848–1855). The city has since transformed into a manufacturing hub during the 1960s and 70s and more recently, a home for some of Silicon Valley’s high technology companies.