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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.

Cider Houses Rule in Basque Spain

While Spain’s Rioja region is famous for its red wine and the Andalusian area of the south is known for its sherry production, the Basque region around San Sebastián has a specialty drink of its own – a tart, vinegary alcoholic cider. The cider, referred to as “natural” – it is still rather than carbonated – is …

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The Outer Islands of Venice: Murano, Burano and Torcello

The best of Venice can be seen in two days. So, if you’d like a different experience after the bustle of Venice, you may want to take a day trip to explore one of Venice’s outer islands. The nearby islands of Murano, Burano and Torcello, are each unique and can easily be accessed by vaporetto …

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Exploring Italy’s Cinque Terre

Italy’s Cinque Terre offers one of the country’s most stunning coastlines. Cinque Terre means “Five Lands” and is a collection of five small villages nestled into the cliffs on the Ligurian Sea. Formerly supported by fishing, the primary industry today is tourism. And it’s not difficult to see why thousands of visitors come to this beautiful area …

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