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Places to explore

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

The bustling capital city of the Dominican Republic—and the oldest European settlement in the Americas—Santo Domingo is a must-visit on any Caribbean vacation.

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Oaxaca City has long drawn artists and creative minds to her cobbled streets, and just one visit to the enchanting colonial city is all it takes to see why.

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Mexico City

Mexico City is home to innovative cuisine, design-conscious boutique hotels, and more museums than anywhere else in the world.

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It wasn’t all that long ago that Medellin was dubbed “the most dangerous city in the world.” But recent years have brought a remarkable transformation not only to Medellin but also to Colombia.

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Taiwan is on the brink of becoming a major tourist destination—and visiting Taipei is at the forefront of must-have experiences on the island. Get to Taiwan before everyone else discovers it.

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Panama City

Panama City is a hub for both Eastern and Western cultures. It’s a gateway to lush rainforest. And it’s a destination with culture and history unlike any other destination in Central America.

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Hong Kong

When you begin to dig under the surface of Asia’s most cosmopolitan city, the old-world traditions and international cultural influences become increasingly evident—and mesmerising.

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Granada, Nicaragua

Characterised by its crumbling pastel-coloured buildings, horse-drawn carriages and unique location next to Lake Nicaragua, Granada boasts a surprising elegance with plenty to explore.

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Decreased drug production, increased safety, and a growing culture of boutiques, chic hotels and top-notch restaurants are quickly making Bogota one of the trendiest capital cities in South America.

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Rio de Janeiro

Easily one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Rio boasts a playful charm that’s hard to find anywhere else.

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Mr Hudson on the highlights of the north coast of the Dominican Republic

A place of sweeping beaches, rolling hills, a rich culture, and friendly locals, we share the highlights of the Dominican Republic’s North Coast – arguably one of the most spectacular stretches of coastline in the country.

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Mr Hudson on Koh Lipe, Thailand’s secret island paradise

With glassy turquoise water, powdery white sand, and peaceful palm-fringed beaches, one visit to the island of Koh Lipe is all it takes to fall hopelessly in love with Thailand.

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Mr Hudson on luxury hotels in Koh Samui, Thailand

Thailand has its fair share of spectacular islands, but when it comes to the ultimate in cosmopolitan luxury, there’s perhaps no better destination than Koh Samui.

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Mr Hudson on exploring the best of Costa Ballena, Costa Rica

A 4-hour drive from Costa Rica’s international airport, the raw authenticity of Costa Ballena belies its accessibility. Here, verdant mountainous terrain meets picture-perfect, palm-tree clad beaches.

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Mr Hudson on Paradise found in Isla Holbox

Welcome to Isla Holbox, Mexico—an idyllic island that feels worlds away, yet remains (somewhat) easily accessible from the tourist hub of Cancun.

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Mr Hudson on the best day trips from Puerto Vallarta

On your next vacation to Mexico, skip Cabo and Cancun and head to Puerto Vallarta instead. Then, leave plenty of time to explore a few magical gems that are a quick and easy trip away.

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Mr Hudson on the best wellness retreats in Costa Rica

If you’re looking to get a bit more out of your vacation, then look no further than Costa Rica. This verdant country known for its pura vida lifestyle is the ideal place to rejuvenate and recharge.

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Mr Hudson on discovering the best of Maui driving through Upcountry

Maui is world-renowned for its dramatic coastline and stunning beaches, but much of the island’s magic is located inland on the misty slopes of Mt. Haleakala. Locals refer to the region as Upcountry.

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