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Katie Hammel

Katie Hammel a travel writer and editor based in San Francisco. She been working in the travel industry for a decade and has written for travel publications including BBC Travel and Travel + Leisure. Previously, she was the content manager and blog editor at Viator (a TripAdvisor company) and the Iceland-based startup TripCreator.

A Tapas Tour of Northern Spain

  Tapas. Pinxtos. Or less formally, little bites of Spanish goodness. There are plenty of reasons to go to Spain; tapas just happen to be the tastiest. In northern Spain, typical tapas styles and the dishes that represent them can vary widely, as can the protocol for ordering and eating them in different regions. Here’s …

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Riding the Trans-Siberian Railroad

The Trans-Siberian railroad connects Moscow with Mongolia and China, stretching across European Russia into Asia. The route was completed in 1913 and spans nearly 6,000 miles (one-third of the way around the world) and eight time zones. Today the line carries goods across the continent and transports mostly Russian passengers, though many foreign tourists also come …

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A Honeymoon in Tuscany

When my husband, Dan, and I were planning our honeymoon in Italy, we tossed around several options for honeymoon locations. We wanted a mix of relaxation and excitement, of city and country, of days filled with shopping and sightseeing and days where we had nothing to do but enjoy wandering slowly around town. We wanted …

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