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Elizabeth Zach is a 43-year-old native of Sacramento, Calif., who has lived in Berlin for 14 years. She is a writer ( as well as director of communications for a cancer research nonprofit there.

Kerry Christiani, 34, is a native of Essex, England, who first visited Lisbon – Portugal’s capital and largest city – as a child. She is the author of the recently updated “Pocket Lisbon” (Lonely Planet, $13.99).

Q. For the 2014 World Cup, Sao Paulo is hosting a semifinal and Rio is hosting a quarterfinal and championship. What will the weather be like?

Why take a road trip once the leaves have fallen? There are many good reasons to enjoy winter in the Carolinas.

Co-owner of Charlotte-based outfitter has advice for first-time trekkers

Before the Calvert family developed Maryland, they attempted to start Avalon, a colony on the windswept coast of Newfoundland that archaeologists are exploring today.

Jerry Bogar and his wife, Carrie, own The Veya Restaurant on the Caribbean island of Anguilla. The Bogars, both 40, moved to this British dependency from Pennsylvania 2 1/2 years ago. Jerry is the restaurant's manager and sommelier.

Ari Hiltula, 48, is owner of Taxari Travel Agency ( in Kami, Finland, and director of the Simon Wanha Pappila (Old Priest House) hotel there.

Ken Karas, originally from Long Island, N.Y., has lived in Belize about 12 years. Karas, 48, is the managing director of Belize Lodge & Excursions (

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John Bordsen
John Bordsen is the Travel Editor for The Charlotte Observer.