April 2021

Welcome to the April 2021 issue of Travel Research Monthly!

Welcome back!!!

Another month closer to normalcy.  I look around at friends and family tentatively sticking their toes in the sand…taking previously planned trips closer to home, then maybe a little further afield.  Taking a plane instead of driving.  Maybe a little nervous at first but then reconnecting with their spirit of adventure.  It is an exhilarating experience and one that I know we are all looking forward to.  When you get the chance, with proper precautions, I hope you are able to take a trip and enjoy!


A woman’s vision and a historical pastry have brought Kolomna, Russia back as a tourist destination.
It is truly inspiring to see what can be set in motion when one person’s vision leads to real change.  Two women set a course to revive a long forgotten pastry as a souvenir gift representative of the city of Kolomna and its history.  In doing so, they have inspired others to develop and support cottage industries that have put the city back on the map as a place to visit.


Endangered Skara Brae settlement offers a glimpse into the Neolthic Age.
Skara Brae was settled in 3180 BC and remained undiscovered until a massive storm lashed the Orkney coast in 1850.  What emerged was an almost perfectly preserved Neolithic site.  Sadly, time and the elements are taking their toll and the sea is creeping ever closer to this UNESCO World Heritage Site.


Guadalajara is a hip destination often missed.
When planning a trip to Mexico the inclination is to head to Mexico City but Guadalajara is worth considering.  It offers much of what Mexico City has to offer in terms of great food, artisans and hip neighborhoods but on a smaller scale.


Teretti Bazaar celebrates Kolkata’s small Chinese Indian community’s street food.
If you sleep in while in Kolkata you will all but miss the historic but small Teretti Bazaar.  Vendors specialize in Indo-Chinese food so appreciated that it frequently sells out before dawn.

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Travel Research Monthly

  1. Moroccan culture is all about focusing on the moment. (Africa, Morocco)
    Author: Kelsey Yarnell
    Source: Darling, Magazine
  2. Africa offers more than just safaris. (Africa)
    Author: Naledi K. Khabo
    Source: Condé Nast Traveler
  3. Zanzibar’s white sand beaches and turquoise waters provide a relaxing invitation. (Africa, Tanzania)
    Author: Staff
    Source: Luxury Travel Magazine
  1. Bored at the beach? Jamaica has answers. (Caribbean, Jamaica)
    Author:  Staff
    Source:  Caribbean National Weekly
  2. Salt water fly-fishing reels in fishermen in Belize. (Caribbean, Belize)
    Author:  Chris Santella
    Source:  The Spokesman-Review
  3. Making the most of road trip around Barbados. (Caribbean, Barbados)
    Author:  Staff
    Source:  Caribbean Beat
  1. Naritasan Shrine and Gardens offer beauty and peace to all visitors.
    Author:  Casey Baseel
    Source:  SoraNews24
  2. Tokyo Yokocho takes “Food Hall” to another level. (Asia, Japan)
    Author:  Lim Chee Wah
    Source:  TimeOut
  3. Distinct day trips a train ride from Tokyo. (Asia, Japan)
    Author:  Jake Seguin
    Source:  Bold Magazine
  1. Mérida’s boutique hotel scene is hot. (Mexico)
    Author:  John Newton
    Source:  Architectural Digest
  2. Hide from the paparazzi at this secluded celebrity favorite in Careyes, Mexico. (Mexico)
    Author:  Hannah Chubb
    Source:  People
  3. What you must see on your first trip to Mexico City. (Mexico)
    Author:  Mark Chesnut
    Source: Travel Pulse
  1. Lighthouse buffs help preserve these national treasures. (United States)
    Author:  Anna Fiorentino
    Source:  National Geographic (Subscription-4 free articles per month)
  2. Top wellness retreats catering to female travelers. (Miscellaneous)
    Author:  LLM Reporters
    Source:  Luxury Lifestyle Magazine
  3. Dog friendly destinations your four legged friend will enjoy. (Miscellaneous, United States)
    Author:  Mike Powell
    Source:  MENSBOOK
  1. Bornholm is a well-kept Danish secret. (Scandinavia, Denmark)
    Source:  Visit Denmark
  2. Visit these quaint Finnish towns to avoid the crowds. (Scandinavia, Finland)
    Author:  Paul Joseph
    Source:  TRAVELMAG
  3. Aalborg, Denmark is coming into its own as a travel destination. (Scandinavia, Denmark)
    Author:  Sebastian Modak
    Source:  New York Times (Subscription-5 free articles per month)
  1. Uber digs deeper into travel. (Travel Business)
    Author:  Jessica Puckett
    Source:  Condé Nast Traveler
  2. Covac Global membership brings peace of mind during the pandemic. (Travel Business, Air)
    Author:  Terri Marshall
    Source:  Travel Squire
  3. Come back to the painstakingly restored 120 year old Belleview Inn. (Travel Business, United States, Florida)
    Author:  Ashley Shaw
    Source:  Southern Lady Magazine


  1. Guadalajara is a hip destination often missed. (Blog, Mexico)
    Author:  Jennifer Weatherhead Harrington
    Source:  Travel & Style
  2. Everything you need to know for a well-rounded trip to Bhutan. (Blog, Asia, Bhutan)
    Authors:  Daniel Noll & Audrey Scott
    Source:  Uncornered Market


  1. All that is new in Nashville. (Podcast, United States, Tennessee)
    Host:  Lauren Roberjot-Clarke
    Source:  The Travel Podcast
    (Podcast – 46 minutes 51 seconds)
  2. All the small details-Aeolian Islands.  (Europe, Italy)
    Host:  Katy Clarke and Josie Armao
    Source: Untold Italy
    (Podcast – 1 hour 2 minutes)


  1. Majestic Chicago. (Video, United States, Illinois)
    Source:  4K World
    (Video – 15 minutes 13 seconds)
  2. Sites from along the Golden Ring of Russia. (Video, Europe, Russia)
    Source:  Russia Beyond
    (Video – 2 minute 9 seconds)


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