Do You Make These 20 Common Travel Mistakes?

Going By the Book

Travel guides are a valuable source of information about your destination, but try to only visit one or two sites suggested on any given trip. Think about it: thousands of other travelers have this book, too. These places are likely crowded and “touristy.” Instead, live like a local and seek out the lesser-known sights and experiences. Ask for advice from your hotel concierge or the bartender at the local pub.

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Cultured Palate: Dishes from Iran

Iranian cuisine uses a myriad of spices, dried and fresh fruits, herbs, and nuts to flavor dishes. These ingredients turn even the simplest meal of rice and stewed meat into a sensory explosion.

Around the World in Holiday Baking

Every December, millions of pounds of butter, sugar, and flour contribute to the creation of spectacular treats for holiday celebrations. Even if you’re not ordinarily a baker, many people venture into the kitchen before the holidays to make sure that they’ve got plenty of treats to offer to family and friends.

The Most Unusual McDonald’s Menu Items from Around the World

If you’re a fast-food connoisseur, chances are you’re already familiar with the McDonald’s menu that’s typical in North America. They bring in new choices fairly frequently. However, most people stick with their usual order of Big Macs, Quarter Pounders, fries, McFlurries, and Apple Pies. It’s familiar food, and the bulk of the menu is essentially…