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Suffering from the Monday doldrums? For everyone out there facing the beginning of another work week, here’s a little jolt of wanderlust to brighten up your morning. Each Monday, we offer a photo of a spectacular place to spark ideas for your future travels.

This week’s shot was snapped in the old medina of Chefchaouen, Morocco, a town known for its distinctive blue and white architecture.

chefchaouen morocco


Morocco Trip Reviews

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12 International Foods to Try Before You Die

– written by Sarah Schlichter

Suffering from the Monday doldrums? For everyone out there facing the beginning of another work week, here’s a little jolt of wanderlust to brighten up your morning. Each Monday, we offer a photo of a spectacular place to spark ideas for your future travels.

This week’s shot of a colorful tree frog was taken near the border of Costa Rica and Panama.

tree frog costa rica panama rain forest


12 Best Costa Rica Experiences

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Panama Trip Reviews

– written by Sarah Schlichter

We recently asked readers on our Facebook page to tell us — in five words or less — what their perfect vacation meal would look like. The responses poured in (and made our mouths water). As we read through them, a few common themes emerged. Together, they form the perfect recipe for a delicious dining experience on the road.

1. Ambience
For many readers, the surroundings and overall vibe are more important than the food itself. Chris Holman sings the praises of “fine wine w/ [an] amazing view,” while Edward Gramauskas paints a vivid picture: “Venice, cozy back street restaurant.”

venice street cafe night


2. Favorite Foods
What’s a perfect meal without a few favorite dishes? Elissa Leibowitz Poma wants to dig into a “piping hot pizza in Italy,” while Lawson Pride orders up a “margarita and spicy cheese nachos,” and Vicki Sharples drools over a “lobster roll in Bar Harbor!”

lobster roll coleslaw maine


3. Forget the Food — Where’s the Drink?
Many readers require a little tipple with their dream meal, including Lavida Rei, who responds, “Ice cold beer and protein.” Casandra McClellan lists the ever-popular combo of “bread, cheese, olives, wine!” while Deb Scott is a bit more single-minded: “Champagne, champagne, champagne, champagne, champagne.” Cheers!

wine glasses mykonos greece lunch view


4. Local Flavor
To paraphrase the classic book title, wherever you go, there you eat — and many of our readers declare that the perfect vacation meal must feature a local specialty. “The country’s native cuisine” is a must for Bridget Uittenbogaard, while Bea Dahlen puts it this way: “local fare cooked with love.”

street food vendor bangkok


5. And Most Importantly…
Eats and ambience aside, several readers noted that the best part of a meal on the road is that you don’t have to slave over your own stove. The ideal meal, says Betty Meyer? “Cooked by someone else.”

12 Delicious Destinations for Foodies
International Foods to Try Before You Die

What’s your idea of the perfect vacation meal?

– written by Sarah Schlichter

Suffering from the Monday doldrums? For everyone out there facing the beginning of another work week, here’s a little jolt of wanderlust to brighten up your morning. Each Monday, we offer a photo of a spectacular place to spark ideas for your future travels.

This week’s shot was taken on a summer evening in Butchart Gardens, Victoria, Canada.

butchart gardens victoria british columbia


7 Picture-Perfect Airport Gardens

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Vancouver Travel Guide

– written by Sarah Schlichter

Today is National Lighthouse Day and in honor of these lifesaving and oftentimes scenic attractions, we’ve combed through our IndependentTraveler.com boards to find out which lighthouses our readers have been most impressed with.

In no particular order here are five lighthouses you may never have heard of, but our readers recommend you visit.

lighthouse Point Reyes Lighthouse, San Francisco Bay area
The light house on Point Reyes has been a lifesaver for mariners trying to some of the windiest and foggiest waters on their way into the San Francisco Bay since 1870. Now retired from service, the lighthouse is a museum in which the era of the lightkeeper is preserved.



lighthouse Tybee Island Light Station, Georgia
Though the current building only dates back to 1916, the original lighthouse was built in 1732. Sitting on a five-acre piece of land the light station guides ships into the Savannah River. Visitors can go inside and climb the 178 stops to the top for stunning views.




lighthouse Gibbs Hill Lighthouse, Bermuda
Not only is Gibbs Hill Lighthouse the tallest lighthouse on Bermuda, the hill on which its located is one of the highest points as well. So whether you brave the 185 steps to the top or not, you’ll still get a wonderful vista of the island on your visit there.



lighthouse Celarain Lighthouse, Cozumel
Located in the Punta Sur Park, a 247-acre ecological park, the lighthouse is part of a nautical museum that can be visited via park-run tours. Inside the structure you can climb some 130 steps to the observation deck.





lighthouse Blockhouse Point Lighthouse, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
While you can’t actually go inside this lighthouse, built in 1851, its location offers a wonderful view of the harbor. But if you peek in the ground floor windows you should be able to see parts of the kitchen, parlor and two bedrooms.





Eight Unique Ways to Experience Fall

– written by Dori Saltzman

Suffering from the Monday doldrums? For everyone out there facing the beginning of another work week, here’s a little jolt of wanderlust to brighten up your morning. Each Monday, we offer a photo of a spectacular place to spark ideas for your future travels.

This week’s shot captures the Nanda Blue Hole on the South Pacific island of Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu. The spring water in the hole has been purified by filtering through underground limestone, which helps produce its vivid blue color.

nanda blue hole espiritu santo vanuatu


Vanuatu Trip Reviews

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16 Signs You’re Addicted to Travel

– written by Sarah Schlichter

Suffering from the Monday doldrums? For everyone out there facing the beginning of another work week, here’s a little jolt of wanderlust to brighten up your morning. Each Monday, we offer a photo of a spectacular place to spark ideas for your future travels.

This week’s shot was taken on a quiet, colorful street in Trinidad, Cuba.

trinidad cuba horse street


Why You Should Visit Cuba Now

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Slideshow: Which Caribbean Island Is Right for You?

– written by Sarah Schlichter

Suffering from the Monday doldrums? For everyone out there facing the beginning of another work week, here’s a little jolt of wanderlust to brighten up your morning. Each Monday, we offer a photo of a spectacular place to spark ideas for your future travels.

This week’s shot was taken in Zhouzhuang, a famous water village in China.

zhouzhang china water village bridge lantern


Our Favorite Beijing Hotels

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Tourist No More: Three Secrets for Traveling like a Local

– written by Sarah Schlichter

Suffering from the Monday doldrums? For everyone out there facing the beginning of another work week, here’s a little jolt of wanderlust to brighten up your morning. Each Monday, we offer a photo of a spectacular place to spark ideas for your future travels.

This week’s shot is from Ireland‘s dramatic Cliffs of Moher.

cliffs of moher ireland


12 Unforgettable Ireland Experiences

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How to Plan a Trip to Europe in 10 Steps

– written by Sarah Schlichter

Suffering from the Monday doldrums? For everyone out there facing the beginning of another work week, here’s a little jolt of wanderlust to brighten up your morning. Each Monday, we offer a photo of a spectacular place to spark ideas for your future travels.

This week’s shot is of colorful cloth for sale in a market in Quito, Ecuador.

fabric cloth market quito ecuador


Read Ecuador Trip Reviews

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Slideshow: The World’s Most Spectacular Train Trips

– written by Sarah Schlichter