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The World’s Top Four Travel Destinations In 2016

Plaza de Armas Lima Peru - JoeBaur

Originally published as part of Viator.com’s top 50 travel destinations of 2016. Below are my four selections.

FRANKFURT, GERMANY

Frankfurt Skyline - JoeBaur

Germany in of itself is the place to be in 2016 to enjoy a variety of beer festivals across the country as the Fatherland celebrates 500 years of the Reinheitsgebot, or Beer Purity Law. The law was a series of regulations determining the ingredients in beer adopted in Bavaria, 1516.  That said, Germany isn’t exclusively all barley, malt and hops. Frankfurt, better known as one of the primary international business hubs of the world, is also the gateway city to Germany’s wine country. The area surrounding Frankfurt is world renowned for their Riesling history, stretching back to the 1200s thanks to the cool climate producing an acidic grape that comes through in the wine. Back in Frankfurt, check out the Bahnhofsviertel neighborhood near the central train station. Traditionally this was a no-go zone or brothels, but now artists and restaurateurs are buying up the cheap space to revitalize the neighborhood. Across the river, get back to wine culture by checking out Lorsbacher Thal for some traditional Apfel Wein that owner Frank Winkler says, “tastes like the angels peed in it.” Continue reading

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Running Peru’s Ina Trail in One Day with Dan Berlin

Dan Berlin joins Joe on Without A Path to talk about how he became the first blind athlete to run Peru’s Inca Trail in less than 24 hours with help from Team See Possibilities and Intrepid Travel. Plus, Joe previews what’s coming from his recent Japan travels as he prepares to travel to the Baja Peninsula with Un-Cruise Adventures in the Sea of Cortés.

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Slapped in Nicaragua with Travel Journalist Laura Blake

Travel journalist Laura Watilo Blake of Far Flung Travels talks with Joe about her career behind the camera, living in Peru and how getting slapped in Nicaragua got her published with Frommer’s. If you want to ignore my nonsense, skip ahead to Laura around the seven minute mark.

Special thanks to RØDE Microphones and Master & Dynamic. Music courtesy of Los Waldners‘ “Papalotes.”

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Photo: Laura Watilo Blake

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Three Neighborhoods to Travel in Lima, Peru

Originally published at Jacada Travel.

Peru is best known for the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu but there’s also a vibrant city right on the coast that’s worth exploring. With an increasingly popular culinary scene, foodies are flying right over the famed Inca ruins to get to la Ciudad de los Reyes, or the City of Kings. Of course I’m talking about Lima, and although a novel could be written about the city’s neighbourhoods, these three stand out the most. Continue reading

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Peru: 19 Photos from Lima to Huacachina and the Ballestas Islands

The Monastery of San Francisco in the Historic Center of Lima, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The Monastery of San Francisco in the Historic Center of Lima, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

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