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Feb 13 2017

Two Weeks in Cuba

Two weeks in Cuba is the perfect amount of time to get a diverse view of the country. Our two week travel itinerary for Cuba will bring you through cities and small towns and provide plenty of beach time. We recommend spending at least four days in Havana as there is so much to explore in Cuba’s largest city. This itinerary begins and ends in Havana and takes you on an overnight trip to Vinales, on to Veradero and then two days each in Trinidad and Cienfuegos.   Cuba's surprisingly diverse terrain...

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May 07 2016

Five Reasons to Visit Columbus, Ohio

We recently took a road trip through Ohio on a journey to pick up trailer toilets for our event facility from the manufacturer in Indiana. (I know, weird story.) I don't know if we would have ended up there otherwise, but it turned out to be worth the visit! Our beautiful drive through West Virginia came to an abrupt halt when the mountains were replaced with endless corn fields. Not a tree in sight and the only thing breaking the horizon in places were the occasional wind turbine. If you’re...

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Apr 24 2016

Six Scenic Flight Tours Around the World

One of the best ways to see a new city (or an old one) is from above. And I don’t mean staring through your tiny circular window as the wheels drop over a new destination. I mean preferably with the wind in your face soaring over the best natural and manmade wonders your location has to offer. After trying a few flying adventures, we can definitively say this one of our favorite types of exploration. You can gain a new perspective from the air: an improved sense of scale and...

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Jan 10 2016

The best luxury hotels of 2015

Narrowing down the best hotels of 2015 was even more difficult than last year. During this past year, we stayed in more than 70 different hotels in 7 different countries. Two of our favorite things about traveling in Southeast Asia are the amazing customer service at the resorts and hotels and the unique design concepts at some of the most luxurious hotels in the world. The region is home to some impressive global brands as well as hidden gems.   A few of these properties stand out most in our mind. It was...

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Sep 22 2015

Landmark Music Festival: Saving The National Mall

Washington, D.C., is bringing its music scene to a new level by hosting a full-fledged summer music festival this weekend. Landmark Music Festival managed to snag an impressive lineup headlined by The Strokes and Drake (a pretty nice testament to the diversity of taste in the District). New sensation George Ezra will also make an appearance as well as a variety of other acts from several, possibly surprising, genres including the Eagle Rock Gospel Singers.    The Cause   Great acts aside, that’s not what this inspiring music festival is about. Landmark Music Festival will...

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Jul 03 2015

Exploring Life In Columbus

As you already know I am always looking out for the next best thing in unique travel experiences. Since I’ve planted shallow roots in the USA for the next few years with the Walden Hall project, I’ve shifted my focus from Asia to a little closer to home. This coming August I will be heading to Columbus, Ohio to check out their booming craft brewery and distillery scene. I had not realized until recently how much culture is packed into Columbus. Dozens of music and art events are held every year...

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Jun 04 2015

Dripthat Social App For Travel

As you already may know, over the past year I have been quite the social media addict. On any given day I am active on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook but I also use another platform that you might not be familiar with. Dripthat is a new social app that enables you to combine video and photos into “drips” which can be shared instantly with your friends or the public and also over a stretched amount of time. This might sound a little bizarre, but I have been testing this new...

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Apr 10 2015

Big News: Our Next Home Base

It has been a busy few months here at Poplar Travels and now we finally get to share our plans for our next adventure! Last year, we started this journey by leaving Washington, D.C., with one-way tickets to Thailand. Our plan didn’t extend beyond our 6-month lease, and when it was up we started on a tour of Southeast Asia starting with two weeks in Vietnam followed by Cambodia, Malaysia and Indonesia. The past five weeks have absolutely flown by and we have so many stories to share. We stayed in...

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Mar 13 2015

What Is Luxury Travel?

During our work as travel bloggers, we have the opportunity to visit some of the top hotels, spas and restaurants in the world. These five-star destinations sometimes include beach front villas, in-suite pools and jacuzzis, private aircraft, live-in butlers and world-class dining, but that is not necessarily what earns their status among the greats of luxury travel. Best at Travel challenged us to define what luxury travel means to us, so we reflected on some of our favorite experiences. To us, luxury travel is the ability to travel without stress with every...

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Feb 26 2015

Where We’re Headed: Travel Plans For March 2015

In our disorganized frenzy to pack up our lives again, we realized we neglected to share our travel plans for March with our readers. You may have picked up from our social media accounts that we have a big trip coming up! So, to give you an idea of what we are up against and why it was so hard to pack, here is where we are headed in March. Two duffel bags, one backpack and a camera bag for five weeks on the road through four countries. We are over-packers...

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Jan 10 2015

A King’s School Christmas in Mae Hong Son, Thailand

Part of our volunteer trip to Mae Hong Son, other than the eye clinic, was joining the kids and staff for a dinner and celebration. On Christmas night, we headed to the remote school that has been working with Toys for Thailand and is home to the children for most of the year. This school has become a model for schools with similar structure and with the help of its administrator and the volunteers at T4T has completely transformed in the past 10 years. Although far from perfect, it is...

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Jan 02 2015

2014 In Review: A Travel Summary

When we started Poplar Travels, we were beyond excited to move to Thailand and start exploring the other side of the world. We have now been in Thailand for four months and we absolutely love it. While based in Chiang Mai, we have had the opportunity to travel to some really amazing locations in and outside of the country and even make a trip home to the East Coast. 2014 has been a fantastic year and in the spirit of the new year, we want to take a moment to...

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Nov 14 2014

Phuket and Krabi: First Impressions

Our trip to the south of Thailand brought us to Krabi and Phuket. We dove at Koh Phi Phi and got to visit the beautiful beach of Hong Island while no one else was there. We took a tuk-tuk up to see the big Buddha and we stayed at some amazing and beautiful hotels and resorts. It was great to see a completely different part of the country. It was different from Chiang Mai in every way from the landscape to the attitude to the available activities. We were thrilled...

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Don’t Look Up

Thailand is a country very in touch with nature. It is ingrained in their culture and made apparent through the presence and acceptance of strays in the streets, the number of restaurants that are essentially outdoors and even in traditional Thai architecture which allows many critters to come in and share the home. An occasional cat will wind its way through our legs while out at dinner and no one bats an eye. That being said, the Thais are incredibly clean. They remove shoes before entering homes, temples and some...

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Oct 31 2014

Poplar Travels Is On YouTube!

We have had some amazing experiences on our travels so far. Thailand has proved a beautiful and adventurous place. Not only do we have thousands of photographs already, we also collected some pretty awesome video footage. We decided you just needed to see it, so Poplar Travels has officially launched our YouTube channel! We are learning a bit of video editing as we go along, so things will only get better from here. Subscribe to our channel so you don't miss our upcoming videos from Phuket! Check out what we've uploaded so far...

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Five Cities That Deserve a Second Chance

No matter how often you travel, there will always be cities and towns in which you wish you had more time. Sometimes a couple of days in one place is enough to get a good feel of the area and see everything you had hoped. However, there are a few places that stand out in my mind as not getting the time from me that they truly deserved. Whether it was the schedule, my budget, or poor planning to blame for my first encounter, here are five cities that deserve a...

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Aug 23 2014

Thai Spicy

“We like spicy foods,” we told our host. He laughed and said “Ok, we’ll talk in a few days.” I assured him we understood that spicy here meant put-a-hole-in-your-mouth spicy, but that we were prepared, and really, we do like dishes with a kick. Somehow we were still unprepared. Last night we ate at a small restaurant around the corner from our temporary apartment where the owner didn’t speak any English. After a series of hand gestures, nods, and lots of smiles, we ended up with two plates of a yellow...

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Jul 30 2014

Goodbye Pains

It isn't easy to get rid of most of your belongings, pack the rest in boxes and say goodbye to friends, family and a city you call home. It is an exciting and terrifying feeling to drive along roads and realize you finally know exactly where they lead, only to remember moments later that you have a one way ticket out of this place. As I write this, I'm looking forward to a last weekend blowout with some pretty amazing girlfriends. I can't help but dread the inevitable Saturday-night-post-gin-and-tonic tears that...

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Jul 01 2014

Pictures Worth Pinning: Cape Town, South Africa

Pictures worth pinning: travel motivation from Poplar Travels” where we share our favorite and most inspiring photos from Pinterest every week! Do you have travel inspiration you think is worth adding to our list? Share it with us using #PoplarTravels and we might feature you in our weekly motivation! In this post we bring you 9 amazing photos of Cape Town, South Africa to inspire your travels! Post your thoughts in the comment section below the post.   Table Mountain, Cape Town The view from the top of Table Mountain has been described as one of the...

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