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Welcome to this month’s FREETOGO blog post.


I am reminded regularly just how special it is to have FREETOGO available to everyone. I hope you have given yourself a chance to visit this website often.


In this blog post, I’d like to bring your attention to three subjects and multiple videos.


1. First of all, given that today is Valentine’s Day in many parts of the world, I’ll point your attention to three romantic getaways.


Bruges, Belgium (click here or find in the category ‘More UNESCO sites’)


“Rick Steves' Europe Travel Guide | We start in Bruges to check into a medieval hospital, savor the exquisite art of Memling, climb a bell tower to get up close and fortissimo at a carillon concert, and sample fresh frites and the world's tastiest chocolate. Then we ride the train to Brussels, where we stroll Europe's finest square, revel in Bruegels' country scenes and Magritte's surreal dreamscapes, then pay a visit to the bustling hub of European democracy.”


Italy's Riviera: Cinque Terre (click here or in the category ‘More UNESCO sites’)


“Rick Steves' Europe Travel Guide | Exploring Italy’s most remote and romantic stretch of Riviera, we visit five tiny port towns: dramatic Vernazza, surrounded by vineyards; reclusive Corniglia, high on its bluff; pastel Manarola; hardscrabble Riomaggiore; and the pint-sized resort of Monterosso. Fishing for anchovies, sipping wine out of rustic barrels, and savoring twinkling Mediterranean vistas, we enjoy the ultimate Riviera adventure. | © 2014 Rick Steves' Europe”


Santorini (click here or find in the category ‘Geographical – all else’)


“It is these cliffs and the flooded caldera that have become Santorini’s iconic calling card, and the first stop on your Santorini tour. Here’s your first bit of trivia: The whitewashed homes that appear on so many postcards and photographs are larger than they appear on the outside. They’re partially built into existing cliffside caves, and feature some of the most distinctive Mediterranean architecture you’ll ever see.”


2. Next, in case you are not already familiar, I’d like to highlight the wonders of French Polynesia. I’ll do this by pointing you to three of its main islands/island chains, Tahiti, Bora Bora, and the Cook Islands.

Tahiti (click here or find in the category ‘Geographical – all else’)

“Tahiti – from mountains to jungles to reefs, this island paradise beckons lovers of nature, history and culture alike to come explore. Nicknamed the Queen of the Pacific, this island is rich in natural beauty, lively island culture and unique cuisine, influenced by the region’s French heritage. Discover​ the most dynamic of French Polynesia’s sun and sand with a viewing of this video about Tahiti​, the biggest of this archipelago’s 118 islands. Its main city, Papeete, is a hub for local culture and traditional cuisine and provides access to explore​ the island’s natural marvels.”


Bora Bora (click here or find in the category ‘Geographical – all else’)


“The destination that dreams are made of. Follow our journey through this island paradise. Check out all the places we visited in this video. You can fill a photo album with its natural beauty, from its famous beaches to its lush greenery to its soaring volcanic peaks. There is unrivalled relaxation on the sand and endless fun on the water.”


Cook Islands (click here or find in the category ‘Geographical – all else’)


“Situated at the very center of Polynesia, a mere four-hour flight from New Zealand, the Cook Islands is an archipelago nation comprised of 15 islands. It is spread across an area in the South Pacific three times the size of Texas. According to legend, these tiny islands, dotted amongst the vast ocean, were discovered thousands of years ago by the very finest Polynesian seafarers. Guided by the stars and using other sophisticated navigation techniques, they landed their legendary double hulled Vakas and set about creating paradise. It has been almost 250 years since Captain Cook became the first European to discover these islands and yet there is a gentle timelessness that endures here.”


3. Lastly, what do you mean when you say, “Don’t miss out?”


Don’t miss out on “Experiencing the Freedom of Virtual Travel” by accessing FREETOGO regularly.


I’m not kidding when I make a point of repeating this message. It is just too easy for us all to get into our usual routines and miss out on seeing so many wonders that are in our world.


To underscore this point, here is the main quote on the FREETOGO home page:


​“The purpose of life,

after all, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost,

to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”


~Eleanor Roosevelt


Schedule some time to just sit down and watch a video/some videos on FREETOGO. (There are now 260 curated videos accessible on FREETOGO.) It is remarkably easy to do and I guarantee you will be more than happy that you did.


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Note: FREETOGO is entirely free. As well, there are no ads on the site to interrupt your visit. That is not true for many of the videos because YouTube hosts them. However, if you wish, you can eliminate the ads by paying to become a premium member of YouTube.


You can access YouTube’s Premium Membership signup here:

https://www.youtube.com/premium?ybp=OgIIEEoNCAYSCXVubGltaXRlZA%253D%253D


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I invite you to check out the above videos and the many others curated for this website.


Also, be sure to see all of the many ways people are using FREETOGO at the bottom of the ‘Travel Now’ page.


Most importantly, help to improve the quality of life of everyone. Please share this website far and wide, especially with anyone unable to travel freely. Sign up as a member, leave a testimonial, and visit the website regularly!


Get creative and have some fun traveling virtually. I look forward to the day when the term Virtual Travel will be as commonplace as the term travel.


Thank you.

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