Category Archives: Featured Videos

New TripVlogger Series: The Oregon Coast

Discover the gorgeous and wild Oregon coast with Elinor Manoogian-O’Dell in this new TripVlogger series. While Oregon boasts plenty of natural beauty and rugged coastline, its towns like Newport, Florence, and Seaside also offer plenty to explore, from famous traditional seafood restaurants to promenades and recreation areas. Watch the videos below to get to know the Oregon Coast.

A Trip to the Oregon Coast

The Oregon Coast is not your typical beach destination. In 1967, the Oregon Legislature passed the Oregon Beach Bill which made all land from the water up to sixteen vertical feet above the low tide mark along the Oregon coast public. For that reason, the coast remains wild and accessible.

A Trip to Newport, Oregon

Newport, Oregon features unique local restaurants, the Hatfield Science Center, Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area, and much more.

A Trip to Florence, Oregon

Florence, Oregon is a quiet town with a local feel. The downtown area is charming, and the people are friendly. Florence is also the perfect place to explore the beaches and nature of the Oregon Coast. Florence is close to the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area which is ideal for hikers, photographers, and off-road vehicle enthusiasts. A trip to Mo’s Restaurant is also in order. Mo’s is known by coast-goers as a classic lunch or dinner choice. They have locations all up and down the coast.

A Trip to Seaside, Oregon

Seaside, Oregon, features arcades, an indoor carousal, and a 1.5-mile long beach-side promenade. Off of Broadway St., is the historical marker for the end of the Lewis and Clark expedition trail.

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New TripVlogger Series: Discovering Indonesia with Lucy Taylor

Indonesia is a fascinating country in Southeast Asia made up of over 14,000 islands. In this new TripVlogger series, Lucy Taylor introduces us to some of Indonesia’s memorable highlights, from the palaces of Yogyakarta to the Buddhist temple of Borobudur. Find out what are the best dishes to try in Indonesia, what activities and attractions Bali has to offer beyond its famous beaches, and more! Watch the videos below to get going.

Java’s City of the Sultan

At the heart of the Javanese city of Yogyakarta sits the Kraton: a complex of royal palaces, temples and gardens that are not only a glorious tourist attraction, but also still function as the private residence of one of Indonesia’s last Sultans.

What to Eat in Indonesia

Indonesia’s cuisine is like its people: full of colour, spice and vibrant flavour, with so much more on offer than just Nasi Goreng! Here’s a guide some mouthwatering must-try flavours for visiting foodies.

Exploring Borobudur Buddhist Temple

The soaring towered temple of Borobudur was once the centre of the Buddhist world—until it was mysteriously abandoned before the 15th Century. Today, however, visitors come from around the world to admire the epic site and climb the levels to the top: Nirvana.

Mandapa: Bali’s Ultimate Luxury Hotel

After the very best in Bali? The newly opened Mandapa, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve is in a league of its own—combining effortless luxury with a stunning natural setting, while simultaneously highlighting the ancient and beautiful culture and traditions of Ubud.

Bali: Beyond the Beaches

Bali has reputation as an idyllic beach destination, but the island has a whole lot more to offer than just sun, sea and sand! From cultural performances and cat-poo coffee to temples and monkey sanctuaries, get off the beaten track…

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Travel Together in China with Kelley Ferro

Kelley Ferro travels to China in the latest Travel Together video series from USTOA. On her travels with Wendy Wu Tours, Kelley has the chance to live like a local as she explores and experiences China from Beijing to Shanghai with local guides and visits world-famous marvels like the Terracotta Warriors and the Great Wall. Watch the videos below to see some of the ancient and modern wonders of China.

Exploring Ancient China

I recently explored China with Wendy Wu Tours and I was blown away by how China’s rich history is still very much alive and in full focus today. Bejing & Xi’an both had neighborhoods where I felt like I was stepping back in time. Take a trip through history with me in this episode where we see the terracotta warriors, the hutongs of Beijing and the Great Wall!

Modern China

Just as China is so ancient, it is also so futuristic and advanced. In Shanghai, Xi’an & Beijing, the three cities that I visited on my experience with Wendy Wu Tours, I met up with many young locals and learned a lot about what it was like to live in modern China.

Bucket List: China

China has certainly always been on my bucket list and I was thrilled to get to experience the country with Wendy Wu Tours. I toured 3 cities and found each to be filled with world wonders and bucket list sites. Check out my favorite spots in China—including the Great Wall!

Food of China

On our journey with Wendy Wu Tours, we ate some of the best of the best of China’s exciting foods. From a variety of types of noodles (my favorite being “biang biang”) to soups, dumplings, hot pot and all sorts of street snacks, eating in China was an adventure. We toured the markets and saw the food come from the source. What was my best meal? Peking duck of course!

China: A Country Profile

I had a whirlwind week in China with Wendy Wu Tours and I experienced so much in this exciting, ancient and modern country. From the skyscrapers of Shanghai, to biking the old wall of Xi’an, to seeing the Terra Cotta Warriors up close and exploring the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall—China was full of life changing moments. Here’s a glimpse into what we did on our tour through this amazing country.

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Read more about the #TravelTogether adventure in China here.

New TripVlogger Series: Lisbon with Westfalia Digital Nomads

Westfalia Digital Nomads travels to Lisbon in this new TripVlogger series. One of the oldest cities in the world, Lisbon is a city of many nicknames, from “The City of Seven Hills” and “The City of Tolerance” to “The City of Light” and “Queen of the Sea.” These excellent video guides give us an overview of Portugal’s capital city. Get to the know the city and find out the best places to eat, how to get around, and what sights you won’t want to miss.

A Glimpse of Lisbon

An overview of the city of Lisbon.

A Taste of Lisbon

The famous Pasteis de Belém and the Ginjinha.

Getting Around Lisbon

A few tips to get around in Lisbon.

5 Must-See Lisbon Places

Five must-see Lisbon places. A unique experience in this lovely town.

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Travel Together in Brazil with Kelley Ferro

Kelley Ferro travels to Brazil in the latest Travel Together video series. On her trip with and USTOA, Kelley has the chance to live like a local as she explores Rio de Janeiro and Salvador with local Brazilian guides. Follow along as she tries classic Brazilian dishes like feijoada, acaraje, and açai and experiences exciting adventures in Chapada Diamantina National Park from hiking to spelunking. Watch the videos below for a taste of the passion and culture of Brazil.

Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro is as beautiful as it is cultural, and on our USTOA tour, we explored its peaks, beaches, historic neighborhoods, favelas and everything in between.

Bahia Culture

Bahia is a Brazilian state with an identity all it’s own. Salvador, it’s capital, has been the central port and thus a melting pot of this fusion culture. We explore the dance, the food, the art, the culture, and the charming towns through the people on this USTOA and experience.

Adventure in Brazil

Find adventure in Brazil.

Brazil: A Country Profile

Brazil is one of my favorite destinations—besides an incredible landscape, delicious food, unique traditions and vibrant cities, the PEOPLE of Brazil are just so alive. The energy is contagious—here’s a taste of it in our video.

Brazil’s Food

The culture of Brazil translates directly its food—each dish has a history, story and purpose. I loved the rich feijoada, the crispy acaraje, decadent churrascurias and of course, refreshing açai. Don’t miss the caipirinhas either!

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Read more about the #TravelTogether adventure in Brazil here.

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The World’s Smallest Countries

Looking for a unique destination for your next trip? Don’t overlook the world’s smallest countries. Though these nations might be small, they are home to some larger-than-life attractions. (See our recent TripVlogger series on Malta for example.) Cheapflights shared this infographic with us that is packed with information on these littlest countries. Check it out!


Have you visited any of these small countries? Tell us about it in the comments!

New TripVlogger Series: Italy with Nomadic Frames

Nomadic Frames live la dolce vita in this new TripVlogger series on Italy. From the country’s mouthwatering cuisine to some of its most iconic destinations, you’ll see why Italy is such a popular destination for travelers—it’s the fifth most-visited country in the world! Watch the videos below for an extraordinary overview of Venice, Cinque Terre, Tuscany, and, of course, Italy’s amazing food.

Eating Italy

There are many ways to experience Italy but we chose to do it via our mouths. Italian food every day all day for 30 days. More please.

Peaceful Venice

Venice, Italy is many things to different people but few can argue that it is not crowded with tourists. But there are less jam-packed neighborhoods and we spotlight one of them: Cannaregio, also known as the Jewish Ghetto. Come see where Venetians live and few tourists go.

Cinque Terre: The Five Lands

These five, small, medieval-period fishing villages clinging to rocky cliffs along the Mediterranean coastline on the Italian Riviera are a must see. Where else can you find pastel-hued houses perched upon one another beside tiered vineyards and stone towers perviously used as pirate lookout towers. Ferries, hiking trails and a 19th-century railway line cut through a series of coastal tunnels connect The UNESCO World Heritage carless towns.

Castles & Wine

There is no better place in Italy than Tuscany and within the wine country our favorite destination is the Chianti Classico. Do yourself a favor and carve out some time to enjoy as long a visit as possible.

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New TripVlogger Series: Porto with Westfalia Digital Nomads

A new TripVlogger series by Westfalia Digital Nomads takes us to Porto, the second-largest city in Portugal. This historic city is filled with narrow cobblestone streets and charming colorful houses, not to mention the famous Port wine and francesinha sandwich. Anywhere you go in Porto, you’ll find examples of the city’s incredible architecture and local culture. Watch the videos below to explore Porto.

A Glimpse of Porto

An overview of the city of Porto.

A Taste of Porto

The local dish francesinha and the famous Porto wine.

5 Must-See Porto Places

Five must-see Porto places. A unique experience in this lovely town.

Getting Around Porto

A few tips to get around in Porto.

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New TripVlogger Series: Exploring Mexico

Explore Mexico with Lucy Taylor in this new TripVlogger series on San Cristobal de las Casas, Oaxaca, and Tequila. Lucy takes us from charming cobblestone streets to bustling municipal markets, and doesn’t hold back from trying traditional local food and drink. She even tastes deep-fried ants! The verdict? “Crispy…and very very delicious!” Watch the videos below to join in on the journey.

Exploring Elegant San Cristobal de las Casas

Spanish heritage meets indigenous culture in this bright and beautiful Mexican city, where you can find everything from imposing Baroque churches to traditional insect snacks!

Top Tastes of Oaxaca, Mexico

Visiting Mexico’s foodie capital of Oaxaca? Then check out this must-taste guide, from fried grasshoppers and mouthwateringly hot chillies, to locally grown chocolate!

Getting Lost in Oaxaca’s Massive Central de Abastos Market

Central de Abastos is a shopaholics dream! Or nightmare, depending on your point of view… Either way, it’s a memorable experience. Here are some tips on exploring this labyrinthine Mexican market!

A Taste of Tequila

Tequila is a lot more than an university party shooter – it’s actually a complex and often delicious spirit with a rich history, as I discovered on a visit to the Mexican town of Tequila…

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New TripVlogger Series: SPESUS Travels Southeast Asia II

In this new TripVlogger series, SPESUS returns to Southeast Asia to give us expert tips on where to go, what to see, and what to eat in some of Southeast Asia’s most beautiful and impressive cities. From Cebu City, Philippines to Hanoi, Vietnam and Phuket, Thailand, these video guides give you an honest look at these destinations. Watch the videos below to see for yourself!

Explore Cebu City

Known throughout the world for its beautiful beaches, we take you on a tour of the Philippines second city.

Krabi Beach and Eats

One of the best places in Thailand for sun, surf and food. In this video we take a look at Ao Nang in Krabi.

Ko Phi Phi Island

Explore the most beautiful islands of the Andaman Sea.

Amazing Hanoi

The most beautiful city in Southeast Asia.

Patong Beach – Day & Night

One of the most famous beaches in Thailand – Patong – is perhaps a victim of its success. This unlikely spot is where you see some pretty interesting cross cultural exchanges. While somewhat dirty, tacky and more expensive than other places in Thailand, it is still worth a visit.

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For more videos from SPESUS in Southeast Asia, be sure to check out this TripVlogger series on Saigon, Vietnam; Phnom Penh, Cambodia; and Bangkok, Thailand. Find it here.