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  • The best one-tank road trips for summer

    USATODAY - Travel Top Stories
    5 Jul 2015 | 11:54 am
    Whether you want a romantic escape or a kid-friendly day trip, we've got you covered.        
  • Travel Tip: What You Need to Know About Rip Currents

    Peter Greenberg Travel Detective
    PeterGreenberg.com
    3 Jul 2015 | 5:23 am
    Read the full article on PeterGreenberg.com at - Travel Tip: What You Need to Know About Rip CurrentsNow that it’s beach season, there’s a serious safety concern. I’m referring to rip currents, which are not to be confused with rip tides. These currents kill up to 100 people—... Read More...The post Travel Tip: What You Need to Know About Rip Currents appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
  • 48 hours on Waiheke Island, New Zealand: where to go, what to do

    Travel | The Guardian
    Words and photographs Nikki Marshall
    5 Jul 2015 | 5:12 pm
    Beautiful, blissed-out, bohemian: this 20km-long island a short ferry ride from Auckland lures artists, wine-lovers, foodies and free spirits “What this island is about is art, food and wine – in any order you like,” we’re told on arrival at Waiheke, a 35-minute ferry hop from the centre of Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city.Heart-stoppingly beautiful, the 20km-long island is one of those idylls first “discovered” by hippies and artists, followed this century by foodies and multimillionaires: think Ibiza, Martha’s Vineyard, Byron Bay. Continue reading...
  • How to Plan for a European Vacation

    HappyTravelers.org: Travel Guide
    Editor
    25 Jun 2015 | 2:01 pm
    Getting the chance to travel abroad for an extended period of time is a great opportunity. Planning for a long vacation to Europe can be challenging, especially if you have never traveled the area before. Though planning a trip abroad can feel daunting, here are a few tips to getting started: One of the first things to get done is to apply for a passport, or to get a renewal if yours has...
  • 13 Common Travel Scams—And How to Avoid Them

    Room n House Blog
    admin
    2 Jul 2015 | 7:42 am
    While the vast majority of travelers return home without incident, there’s no denying we make easy targets. Excited, disoriented, and unaware of local customs, petty scams play you for a […]
 
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    Intelligent Travel

  • Reader Recs: Long Weekend Getaways

    Megan Heltzel
    3 Jul 2015 | 9:01 am
    It can be difficult to find time for a long trip, but that shouldn’t keep you from exploring the world. Take a break from reality (and an excuse to use up one of those vacation days) with a three-day getaway. Here are a few suggestions from our Nat Geo Travel Facebook fans to inspire your weekend wanderlust: Looking for a room with a view? Then Beverly M. suggests a long weekend excursion to Montauk,located at the tip Long Island’s South Fork peninsula, for its range of activities, including fishing, whale-watching, and horseback riding, as well as the delicious seafood…
  • Your Shot Photo of the Month: Freeze Frame

    Intelligent Travel
    3 Jul 2015 | 6:12 am
    Summer is as fleeting as a shooting star, so capture family memories as they happen—such as this image submitted to National Geographic’s Your Shot community by California mom Genny Salamon. Getting the shot: Salamon and her family were enjoying the swimming pool at her parents’ Los Angeles home. “I noticed that when my son Cas fell in, the water would move out around him, like a liquid crater,” says Salamon, a part-time attorney, “and I wanted to capture that moment of impact. To retain the details of the splash, I manually set the aperture so the shot would…
  • Travels on the Run: Marseille

    Barbara A. Noe
    2 Jul 2015 | 1:01 pm
    I admit, back in the days when Marseille exuded grittiness and underworld debauchery, I did not go there. Why bother? But now I stand at the edge of Marseille’s U-shaped Vieux-Port, beneath Norman Foster’s dazzling Ombrière, and I take in the magnificence of a true renaissance city. Indeed, thanks to billions of euros being poured into its economy, France’s second-largest city has transformed into (or, one could argue, returned to being) a booming business and cultural center, with more yet to come. Perhaps the greatest addition of all is the MuCEM, a glorious…
  • American Glamping: Three Great Finds

    Intelligent Travel
    2 Jul 2015 | 7:32 am
    Lodge in nature without sacrificing comfort. > Treehouse Point B&B (Fall City, Washington) Backdrop: The western foothills of the Cascade Mountains, beside the Raging River. Best for: Couples seeking lofty hideaways and Wi-Fi–free nights. Creature comforts: Six hand-built wooden tree houses with quilt-covered beds, large windows, and porches; breakfast of eggs, homemade granola, breads, and fresh juice served in the main house. Get busy: Scenic Snoqualmie Falls and surrounding hiking paths are ten minutes away. > The Hedges (Blue Mountain Lake, New York) A lakeside porch at The…
  • I Heart My City: Peggy’s Virginia Beach

    I Heart My City
    1 Jul 2015 | 2:38 pm
    Virginia Beach native Peggy Sijswerda can remember when her hometown was a sleepy little city covered in cornfields. Today, acting as editor and publisher ofregional magazines Tidewater Women and Tidewater Family keeps Peggy more than busy, but she still makes time to enjoy all this coastal gem has to offer—”amazing history, beaches, boating, swimming, and seriously tasty seafood” chief among them. Here are a few of her favorite things about the city she’s proud to call home. Virginia Beach Is My City When someone comes to visit me, the first place I take them is…
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    The TSA Blog

  • TSA Week in Review: 37 Firearms, Fireworks, Live Smoke Grenade, and More

    Bob Burns (TSA Blog Team)
    2 Jul 2015 | 7:35 pm
    Due to the Fourth of July holiday, this report is being posted on Thursday vs. Friday and only reflects the last six days (6/26 - 7/1). 37 Firearms Discovered This Week – Of the 37 firearms discovered, 34 were loaded and 16 had a round chambered. The firearm pictured above was discovered in a carry-on bag at (BNA). This live M18 smoke grenade was discovered in a checked bag at Madison (
  • TSA Fourth of July Travel Tips: 2015

    Bob Burns (TSA Blog Team)
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:40 pm
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  • TSA Week in Review: 54 Firearms, Swords, Comb Knife, and More

    Bob Burns (TSA Blog Team)
    26 Jun 2015 | 5:49 pm
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  • TSA Week in Review: 48 Loaded Firearms, Million-Volt Stun Cane, Cane Swords and More

    Bob Burns (TSA Blog Team)
    19 Jun 2015 | 6:15 pm
    53 Firearms Discovered This Week – Of the 53 firearms discovered, 48 were loaded and 19 had a round chambered.This firearm was discovered in a carry-on bag at (IND). Have you visited the TSA Instagram account? Not only did we just hit 300K followers, we were ranked #4 out of the top 100 Instagram Accounts by Rolling Stone Magazine. Be sure to check it out. A butane camping tank was
  • TSA Week in Review: 56 Firearms, Swords, Inert Grenades, Fireworks and More

    Bob Burns (TSA Blog Team)
    12 Jun 2015 | 4:54 pm
    56 Firearms Discovered This Week – Of the 56 firearms discovered, 45 were loaded and 18 had a round chambered.The firearm pictured above was discovered at HOU. Three swords were discovered in carry-on bags this week. (Top to Bottom )An 18-inch sword was discovered at Detroit (DTW), a fencing sword was discovered at Washington Dulles (IAD), and a 13-inch sword was discovered at Charleston (
 
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  • Check this radical day in the life perspective of a woman surfer in Australia

    Alice Latham
    5 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    Follow Matador on Vimeo Follow Matador on YouTube Steven Briand and Team O’Neill worked with Malia Manuel, a professional surfer, to capture a single day’s surf session in Western Australia. By utilising drones this allows the viewer to be taken into the waves and experience them just as Malia does.
  • Greece’s collapse is kind of awkward for Europeans there on vacation

    Lorraine Mallinder
    5 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    ATHENS, Greece — Greek civilization may be falling apart, but you wouldn’t know it at the Acropolis. The weary locals are supposed to vote Sunday on whether the country should accept more harsh conditions for aid money. And meanwhile, here at Athens’ ancient hilltop citadel, tourists from around Europe are wandering happily, seeming oblivious to the chaos that could ultimately threaten the very future of the European Union. That said, there are small signs of nervousness. “My friends told me I should say I’m from Austria or Switzerland,” joked Max Holtgrave, a German…
  • “American Parties” abroad prove these folks have never been stateside for the 4th of July

    Alex Scola
    4 Jul 2015 | 12:00 pm
    When it comes to celebrating America, it may seem obvious to anyone who’s been in the good ol’ US-of-A that there are certain core components to celebrating our great nation. Things like barbecues, fireworks, and our distinctly American beers will likely be found in every living room and backyard across the country during today’s festivities. So what happens when folks in other countries decide to throw an American-themed party? The results are hilarious, and rather culturally revealing. France: #Americanparty 🇺🇸#crazynight 🔥🎉 A photo posted by Beye Daniela…
  • 11 signs you were born and raised in West Texas

    Tanner Saunders
    4 Jul 2015 | 11:00 am
    1. You know wind that blows so hard that it bends the door of a Suburban off its hinges on a perfectly sunny day. You understand what a windy day really is. Listen, Chicago seems nice — but we can all agree that Lubbock or Amarillo should really be considered the Windy City. But also, only in West Texas are the people so resilient that the local tennis team still practices with 65 mph wind, because that’s just a normal day. Don’t even get me started on Haboobs. 2. You’ve survived a Haboob. Imagine a wall of dust a mile high, countless miles wide, and speeding in your…
  • How I drastically improved my photography with just 2 little decisions

    Manuel Becker
    4 Jul 2015 | 10:00 am
    Photo: Manuel Becker THE QUESTION I GET ASKED THE MOST IS: “Wow, nice pic! Which cam are you using?” Does this sound familiar? Every time I heard this question I used to answer in the same way, telling people which camera I was using, but that it didn’t really matter in my opinion. Beginners and hobby photographers usually expect that if they can only save enough money to buy much better equipment this will improve their results in a linear way. That’s maybe the reason why so many people are buying DSLR cameras without knowing or even without having an open mind to learning…
 
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    Wanderlust and Lipstick

  • Fjallraven Nikka Shorts ~ WanderGear Wednesday

    Beth Whitman
    1 Jul 2015 | 6:20 am
    It’s summer in Seattle and I’m confident enough that warm weather is here for awhile that all of my cool weather clothes are put away and my warm weather clothes are all that’s left in my closet and dresser drawers at the moment. That’s a great feeling. Even though our summer has technically just begun, […] The post Fjallraven Nikka Shorts ~ WanderGear Wednesday appeared first on Wanderlust and Lipstick.
  • Surfing Maui

    Beth Whitman
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:35 am
    Back in April, I had the chance to go to Maui (my first time there!) for a retreat with my fellow Expedia Viewfinder bloggers. We took writing, video and photography workshops, had business meetings and spent time experiencing some of Maui’s best activities. Oh, and we ate. A lot. Jon was able to tag along […] The post Surfing Maui appeared first on Wanderlust and Lipstick.
  • Are Full Body Scanners Safe?

    Beth Whitman
    23 Jun 2015 | 9:40 am
    I’ve written the past couple of weeks about the TSA Pre✓ program and the Global Entry program. Both are great for frequent travelers who want to get through lines at the airport more quickly. If you’re like me, however, you’ll avoid these programs because you must be fingerprinted in order to be part of them. Call […] The post Are Full Body Scanners Safe? appeared first on Wanderlust and Lipstick.
  • The ABC’s of Global Entry

    Beth Whitman
    16 Jun 2015 | 10:42 am
    A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about TSA Pre✓ when I realized that not everyone knows what this expedited screening process is. But what goes hand in hand with TSA Pre✓ is Global Entry, another expedited program. This one allows you to get through customs lines in the U.S. upon arrival on an international flight. […] The post The ABC’s of Global Entry appeared first on Wanderlust and Lipstick.
  • Pearl Izumi N1 Shoes ~ WanderGear Wednesday

    Beth Whitman
    10 Jun 2015 | 9:21 am
    Now that I’ve really gotten into the habit of running and am training for the Honolulu Marathon, I’m learning a lot about my body, the sport and the gear that works best for me. My recent “aha” moment was realizing that, depending on conditions and the length of my run, my gear needs might change. […] The post Pearl Izumi N1 Shoes ~ WanderGear Wednesday appeared first on Wanderlust and Lipstick.
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  • Kids Cruise Free: Norwegian Cruise Line Sale Ending Soon

    Rich Tucker
    26 Jun 2015 | 7:16 am
    With the latest Norwegian Cruise Line kids cruise free sale ending soon, I figured I’d do some research to help you find the best family of 4 cruise deals. The current Norwegian Cruise Line Freestyle choice is for 2015 sailings.  Select voyages include 3rd – 8th passenger in the cabin for cruise for free.  Most of the select voyages are in the first 2 weeks of December. Here are the top 4 Kids Cruise Free deals in the Norwegian Freestyle Choice Sale [must book by June 30th]: Top 4 Norwegian Family Cruise Deals: #1. 7-night Norwegian Jade Caribbean Cruise Departing Houston,…
  • Last-Minute 2015 Summer Cruise Deals

    Rich Tucker
    12 Jun 2015 | 6:49 am
    In general cruise prices are the highest we’ve seen in recent years for Summer sailings. GOOD NEWS: there are still a few last-minute summer cruise deals out there. Alaska Summer Cruise Deals The destination with the most cruise deals this summer is Alaska.  Prices have even dropped on the Roundtrip Seattle Alaska Cruises which had been staying much higher than the Northbound and Southbound Alaska Cruises. The Best Alaska Deals: $399 Oceanview on Princess 7-night Alaska Southbound Cruise departing July 4th, 2015. CLICK HERE for details.   $599 Holland America 7-night Alaska Cruise…
  • Top 3 Royal Caribbean Going, Going, Gone Deals

    Rich Tucker
    28 May 2015 | 3:50 pm
    What is Royal Caribbean’s Going, Going, Gone Sale?   It is Royal Caribbean weekly sale.  Every Tuesday – Wednesday, Royal Caribbean drops the prices on select cruises that are departing 2 – 6 weeks out.  These are sailings that they need to fill some unsold cabins. We get the select list of sailings ahead of time and I research current prices to find which ones are the best deals. I give you the heads up not to book and to start planning, so you are ready to book when the price drops next Tuesday. DO NOT buy Airfare until you book the cruise. These prices are not…
  • Cruise Ship Waterspout Videos

    Rich Tucker
    28 May 2015 | 8:26 am
    Every time we are at the beach and strong storm starts brewing, I start looking for waterspouts.  It is a strange obsession of mine. Out of hundreds of storms I’ve been in at the beach, I’ve only witnessed one waterspout.   We did get a photo, but it was not a very well formed waterspout. Yesterday, I came across a Cruise Ship Waterspout video in my Facebook Newsfeed. So, I did a little searching and found a couple more cool waterspout at sea videos. Cruise Ship Waterspout Videos Now this is a well formed waterspout.  How would you like to look outside your balcony and see…
  • Underwater Bar Video in Cozumel, Mexico

    Rich Tucker
    22 May 2015 | 2:24 pm
    I just came across something new to do for your next cruise to Cozumel, Mexico: The Underwater Bar in Cozumel.    It doesn’t look like there is any drinking going on underwater… not sure if that is even possible. I doubt that you will see the Underwater Bars popping up in the United States Doing shots and then going underneath the water seems like it may be a too much of liability for here in the States – so your next cruise to Cozumel may be your only chance to checkout an underwater bar. So, for your next cruise to Cozumel do you think you’ll be looking for the…
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    Europe a la Carte Travel Blog

  • Review of Kitchin Buffet Restaurant in Kings Cross London

    Karen Bryan
    1 Jul 2015 | 11:05 pm
    I usually have a buffet Indian lunch at the Poppadom Express when I’m in London, often before heading for a mid-afternoon train back to Berwick upon Tweed from Kings Cross Station. However on my most recent trip my train was departing at 2pm, so I decided to look for a restaurant closer to Kings Cross Station. […]Review of Kitchin Buffet Restaurant in Kings Cross London Tips on the best places to visit in Europe. Copyrighted content published on the Europe a la Carte Travel Blog.
  • 5 of the Best City Destinations in Spain

    Karen Bryan
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:08 am
    Spain is a country that changes dramatically by region. The landscape, the language, the pace of life, the culture, and food are all in some way uniquely moulded to their own area and to the people who inhabit that land. To get a taste for the many different flavours of Spain, there is no better […]5 of the Best City Destinations in Spain Tips on the best places to visit in Europe. Copyrighted content published on the Europe a la Carte Travel Blog.
  • 25 of My Favourite Buildings in Europe

    Karen Bryan
    28 Jun 2015 | 11:26 pm
    After reading an article on the most iconic buildings in Europe, I decided to write an article for Europe a la Carte featuring some of my favourite buildings in Europe. Roman Amphitheatre in Tarragona, Spain The Roman Amphitheatre by the seafront in Tarragona is remarkably well preserved. I’d recommend that you try to visit during […]25 of My Favourite Buildings in Europe Tips on the best places to visit in Europe. Copyrighted content published on the Europe a la Carte Travel Blog.
  • Useful Guide to Airline Hand Luggage Case Sizes

    Karen Bryan
    25 Jun 2015 | 11:00 pm
    To make travel simpler and help avoid confusion, Expedia have compiled a guide to airline hand luggage sizes. This is necessary, as there is such as wide variation between airlines on the size of luggage which you can take on board. You don’t want to risk turning up at the airport boarding gate with a […]Useful Guide to Airline Hand Luggage Case Sizes Tips on the best places to visit in Europe. Copyrighted content published on the Europe a la Carte Travel Blog.
  • Review of the Hungry Yeti in Ealing, London

    Karen Bryan
    24 Jun 2015 | 5:02 am
    On the day I checked out of the Holiday Inn Express London Royal Park I decided to take the Tube west to Ealing Broadway to visit Walpole Park. I thought it’d be a good idea to find somewhere for lunch after a walk around the park. The Hungry Yeti buffet restaurant in New Broadway, opposite […]Review of the Hungry Yeti in Ealing, London Tips on the best places to visit in Europe. Copyrighted content published on the Europe a la Carte Travel Blog.
 
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    Art of Non-Conformity

  • A Short Note to My Amazing Readers

    Chris Guillebeau
    23 Jun 2015 | 8:04 pm
    Hey everyone, First, if you read the blog, and especially if you’ve been around for a while: you really are amazing. Thank you. Second, I’ve written here for more than seven years without a break—and I’m not anywhere close to being burned out. Why put a pause on something you love and find meaningful? Breaks are boring. This week, though, my family experienced an unexpected loss that has left us all shaken. While I would like to keep publishing posts without missing a beat, the reality is that I need to step away from the blog for a bit. How long is a bit? I’m not entirely…
  • The Five-Year Road Trip: Two Adults and Two Teenagers Live Full-Time in an RV

    Chris Guillebeau
    23 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    This is a traveler case study. (Read others or nominate yourself Dissatisfied with the typical suburban lifestyle, the Boyinks packed up their teenagers and hit the road. For the past five years, they’ve lived together in an RV, traveling America, meeting like-minded families and having adventures. Introduce yourselves! We are Michael, Crissa, Harrison, and Miranda – parents and two teens originally from West Michigan. Five years ago, we packed an RV for a one-year road trip and ended up with a new life. Beyond seeing amazing places, we have more friends and better friendships…
  • Creative Ways to Succeed in the Knowledge Economy

    Chris Guillebeau
    22 Jun 2015 | 5:15 am
    Reading: How One Woman Makes $1 Million a Year on Etsy How to Make $225/hr Writing Poetry The Uber Driver Who Makes $250,000 a Year I enjoyed each of these stories that have been floating around. If you want to be negative, there’s at least one major point you could critique about each of them. The woman making tons of money on Etsy isn’t actually handcrafting most of her items, which is the guiding value of Etsy. The Rideshare Guy is essentially trading time for money. The poets, well, I guess you could say it’s more of a party trick than real poetry. All of these criticisms ignore one…
  • 6 Discoveries from Near and Far: Volume XLVII

    Chris Guillebeau
    21 Jun 2015 | 3:00 pm
    I. Around the World Things I found on long walks in foreign cities, or perhaps when someone posted them on Twitter. Courage, Happiness, and Gratitude — What if you took the stage with no idea of what to say? Jordan from the Air — An aerial tour of one of my favorite countries The Modern Nuns — From a Star Trek enthusiast to a former trade union worker, women share their stories about why they chose the religious life Working with Amazon Publishing — Behind-the-scenes with an author who’s tried a few different approached All Our Sons — A real-time map of…
  • Join Us for Sunset Yoga in Pioneer Courthouse Square on Saturday, July 11

    Chris Guillebeau
    20 Jun 2015 | 2:10 pm
    Link: Sunset Yoga in PCS In less than two short weeks, we’ll welcome many people from all over the world for the fifth annual WDS. WDS itself is long sold out, but as mentioned previously, you can still sign up for a few events that bookend the main weekend: Worldwide Waffles: Make History by Eating Breakfast WDS Academies: 11 Half-Day Workshops on Specific Topics Note: These activities will also sell out. Worldwide Waffles currently has about 150 spots left (out of 600), and several Academies are already fully booked. If you want to participate, don’t wait until the last minute to…
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  • Happy July 4th! Here’s what’s going on in Hawaii 2015

    Sheila Beal
    3 Jul 2015 | 11:30 am
    Aloha and Happy Independence Day!Great food, fun and fireworks are all in store for visitors and residents of Hawaii this July 4th. Here’s the scoop for where to celebrate the day and catch the islands’ great fireworks show:Oahu –  Ala Moana Shopping Center typically hosts one of the island’s biggest shows and they draw tens of thousands of spectators. If Ala Moana isn’t convenient to you, don’t worry there are plenty of other great events and fireworks around the island. For more details, see this link: Oahu July 4th 2015.Maui – Lahaina is the place…
  • Aloha Friday Photo: Reflecting Paradise

    Sheila Beal
    3 Jul 2015 | 6:12 am
    Mahalo to James Grenz for sharing another great photo with us for Aloha Friday Photos.The reflection of the coconut trees and sky amplify this peaceful view of paradise.James took this photo at one of the Hawaiian fishponds at Makaiwa Bay on the Big Island. This fishpond is one of several located on the grounds of the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows. Several ancient Hawaiian fishponds are still intact or have been restored. If you get a chance to admire one, it’s really worth your effort to visit one. They’re brilliant examples of aquaculture. Read our post to learn about…
  • Hawaii (Big) Island July 4th Fireworks & Events 2015

    Sheila Beal
    29 Jun 2015 | 1:27 pm
    Is Hawaii, the Big Island, your destination for July 4th? We’ve got the lowdown of all the best fourth of July events and fireworks to celebrate this holiday.Waikoloa Beach Resort July 4th Events & CelebrationsWaikoloa Beach Resort’s two shopping centers are hosting fun events and entertainment for the whole family.– Kings’ Shops hosts the 24th Annual Waikoloa Rubber Duckie Race plus live entertainment. See this link for more information.– Queens Marketplace hosts a Family Fourth of July with music and games. See this link for more information.Waikoloa…
  • Aloha Friday Photo: Ginger Blossom

    Sheila Beal
    26 Jun 2015 | 6:59 am
    Mahalo to Nina Victor for sharing this gorgeous photo with us for Aloha Friday Photos. We love the vibrant macro shot of this ginger blossom. It’s simply stunning!Happy Aloha Friday!© Go Visit Hawaii – Republication of this entire post is prohibited without prior permission. Using extracts of less than 100 words is permitted with full attribution and link back to GoVisitHawaii.com. Under no circumstances may any site scrape content automatically from our site or this RSS feed.
  • Maui & Lanai July 4th Fireworks & Celebrations 2015

    Sheila Beal
    25 Jun 2015 | 10:55 am
    Will you be celebration July 4th on Maui? If so, you’ll find fun ways to celebrate Independence Day on Maui and also across the channel on Lanai.Here’s what’s happening this July 4th, 2015:Lahaina July 4th Fireworks and CelebrationLahaina Town hosts an old fashioned Independence Day celebration including music, food, kids activities and a grand fireworks show.The fireworks show is set to start at 8pm. This display will be visible from Lahaina’s Front Street waterfront and from waterfront restaurants. Synchronized music can be heard from Hard Rock Cafe Maui at 900…
 
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    Happy Hotelier

  • Lancia Appia

    GJE
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:39 pm
    And there I was in Senigallia, Italy, where the local classic car club had a meeting in front of the castle. I found this car which is very similar to my first car. I have owned it approximately two weeks. Then in the first shower it appeared that the back wheelarches where rotten. The prior owner had driven it approximately 15 years in those days (early 70ies). He was the best friend of my granddad. He stored the car in a garage and hadn’t noticed the wheelarches problems. He took the car back without a hassle and subsequently I bought my first Citroen, a 2CV. Not really sure anymore I…
  • 10 Questions for Chandler Tomayko of The Chef with Red Shoes – Interview 48

    GJE
    16 Jun 2015 | 2:39 pm
    Happy to introduce you to a Real Chef: Chandler Tomayko. 1) Who Are you? My name is Chandler Tomayko. I am 28 years old. I am a Chef, a Traveler and a freelance Photographer. I have spent the past several years participating in culinary workshops around the world, learning about different cultures, working in different restaurants, teaching and collaborating with professionals in different fields. I have two blogs: thechefwithredshoes.wordpress.com started out as a way for me to keep tabs on what I was doing while traveling and working. My second blog: chandlertomaykophotography.wordpress.com…
  • 10 Questions for Chris Christensen of Amateur Traveler – Interview 47

    GJE
    9 Jun 2015 | 12:19 pm
    Happy to continue the series with Chris Christensen 1) Who Are you? Chris is the host of Amateur Traveler which is an award winning online travel show that focuses primarily on travel destinations. It includes a weekly audio podcast, a video podcast, and a blog. In 2015, Chris won a Lowell Thomas Award for Travel Journalism from the Society of American Travel Writers and was called the “Best Independent Travel Journalist” by Travel & Leisure Magazine in their annual SMITTY Awards. He also co-hosts This Week in Travel with Gary Arndt and Jen Leo. This Week in Travel has won 3…
  • Strépy-Thieu Boat Lift

    GJE
    8 Jun 2015 | 3:03 am
    Strépy-Thieu Boat Lift Touring in Belgium and visiting the cities of Mons (Bergen) and Namur (Namen) we made a small detour to visit the Strépy-Thieu Boat Lift. In 2002 the boat lift of Strépy-Thieu was completed, almost 20 years after its construction started. Together with a deviation in the Central Canal it replaces 4 historical boat lifts. The Central Canal connects the Meuse and Scheldt rivers. Two rivers important for water transportation in Belgium. Until a boat lift in China ( 3 gorges dam lift) will be completed, the Strépy-Thieu Boat Lift is the largest boat lift of the World.
  • Dolphin Sniffing

    GJE
    20 Apr 2015 | 1:41 am
    Do I Like Dolphin? No, I don’t like dolphin I’m going Backward and forward through thousands of photo’s I have made in the past and am still making. As a retiree I have much more time for this hobby than before and I discover little gems each day. These two were made during a stroll in December 2007 along the northern beach of Terschelling. It was after a hefty storm and still windy. That all was probably too much for this baby dolphin that had landed on the beach. Seagulls had feasted already on its dead body  and the dog asked himself apparently: “Do I Like…
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  • Wonderful Winston-Salem, NC

    RollingMama
    29 Jun 2015 | 10:36 am
    Sometimes, we all need a fairytale weekend.  While I wasn’t whisked away on a white horse, my husband did drive us across several state lines until we reached the rolling hills of Winston-Salem, NC.  You know the weekend is going to be special when the gentleman opening your car door introduces himself as the butler.  Larry was delightful, but I secretly thought I should call him Lawrence. Our home for the weekend was Graylyn www.grayly.com.  The centerpiece of the 86-room boutique property is the manor house, a fine example of Norman Revival architecture, which is typically found…
  • Discovering Daytona Beach

    MarvelousMiniMama
    25 Jun 2015 | 1:54 pm
    If you’re looking for a romantic weekend by the ocean, look no further than Daytona Beach.  Located on the Atlantic coast of Florida and just a few hours south of Jacksonville, Daytona Beach is an easy drive down Interstate 95.   My husband and I recently headed down there for our anniversary, and we discovered much more than just great views and amazing seafood!   We fell in love with Daytona Beach and the surrounding area; check out our list of favorite eateries, attractions and shops! The Beach Of course we have to mention the beach itself!  Miles and miles of gorgeous shoreline,…
  • Treasure Hunting in Tallahassee

    MarvelousMiniMama
    26 May 2015 | 5:48 am
    Most people recognize Tallahassee as a fun college town and the capital of Florida, or perhaps a pit stop along Interstate 10.  I thought much the same until recently, when I decided to grab my kids and my mother-in-law and stop to explore all the hidden treasures that this area has to offer.  I was more than pleasantly surprised! Tallahassee’s location makes it a great place to take your family for a long weekend; it’s close to Florida beaches and not far from the Georgia and Alabama borders, so vacationers from neighboring states can easily travel there for a getaway. Tallahassee has…
  • South Padre Island’s Beautiful Birding Center

    RollingMama
    21 May 2015 | 9:29 am
    Far, far away at the tip of Texas, lies South Padre Island (SPI). This laid back beach community on the Gulf of Mexico boasts the South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center www.southpadreislandbirding.com.  The fifty acre complex, next door to the convention center, is a serene escape for humans and a lovely stop for the hundreds of birds migrating from northern Central America and southern Mexico. One of nine World Birding Center sites located throughout the Rio Grande Valley,  the SPI Center is a stunning five story structure with sweeping views of Laguna Madre, beaches, dunes, and the…
  • Hot Deals in Houston

    RollingMama
    4 May 2015 | 8:30 am
    The fourth largest city in the country, Houston, is filled with hot deals for the summer.   Go to www.visithoustontexas.com for more information and discounts. Hotel ICON Hotel ICON Houston’s luxurious Hotel ICON invites you to “Discover Downtown” with exclusive, value added components on Friday or Saturday night stays.  With the Discover Downtown package, you’ll enjoy overnight accommodations, breakfast for two at the LINE & LARIAT  and receive insider perks at the GreenStreet District (a short walk from the hotel) including a $25 Spare Bucks gift card good…
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  • Getting Ready to Takeoff on the USS Harry S Truman

    Gary
    4 Jul 2015 | 7:03 pm
    Getting Ready to Takeoff on the USS Harry S Truman Camera NIKON D300S ISO 400 Focal Length 55mm Aperture f/4.8 Exposure Time 1/2500 Two weeks ago I had the pleasure of visiting the USS Harry S Truman off the coast of Virginia. We did a carrier landing and catapult launch off the ship and it was one of the most memorable things I’ve ever done. While touring the ship we were able to spend time on the flight deck, just feet from where multimillion dollar jet fighters were taking off and landing. The crew was undergoing certification while we were there, so it was a constant stream of…
  • This Week in Travel – Episode 190

    Gary
    4 Jul 2015 | 6:34 pm
    Jen Leo and Chris Christensen and myself are joined by this week’s guest Scott Eddy. Subscribe on iTunes | Become a Fan on Facebook | Download the iPhone app | Download This Week’s News: Delta pilot orders pizza for delayed flight IATA global standard could mean smaller carry-on allowance IATA hits ‘pause button’ over cabin bag restrictions Nude Malaysia photo: Eleanor Hawkins did what all solo travellers love – Telegraph Anti-Uber protests in Paris turn violent and block roads to airports Santa Monica City Council Approves New Airbnb Regulations, Taxes Picks of…
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site #298: Baptism Site “Bethany Beyond the Jordan”

    Gary
    3 Jul 2015 | 6:08 pm
    UNESCO World Heritage Site #298: Baptism Site “Bethany Beyond the Jordan” Camera NIKON D300S ISO 250 Focal Length 18mm Aperture f/13 Exposure Time 1/400 From the World Heritage inscription: Situated on the eastern bank of the River Jordan, nine kilometres north of the Dead Sea, the archaeological site consists of two distinct areas: Tell Al-Kharrar, also known as Jabal Mar-Elias (Elijah’s Hill) and the area of the churches of Saint John the Baptist near the river. Situated in a pristine natural environment the site is believed to be the location where Jesus of Nazareth was baptized by…
  • Photo Essay – The Blue Hour

    Gary
    3 Jul 2015 | 6:14 am
    Ivana and Gianni are a Slovakian and Italian couple who have been traveling around the world since 2012. They blog at NomadIsBeautiful.com I met them in Athens last October and asked them if they would be willing to do a guest photo essay for my site. They agreed and quickly got me the photos. However, because of my travel schedule, new blog launch, and sheer forgetfulness, I didn’t get around to post it until now. The subject they chose for their photo essay was “The Blue Hour”. That time of the evening just after sunset where the sky has a blueish tint, but the isn’t…
  • Museum Goers Inside the Louvre in Paris, France

    Gary
    2 Jul 2015 | 1:52 pm
    Museum Goers Inside the Louvre in Paris, France Camera NIKON D300S ISO 800 Focal Length 56mm Aperture f/5 Exposure Time 1/25 The Louvre is the most popular museum in the world in terms of annual visits. Over 8.5m people visit the museum every year. When visiting the museum, I found some of the best photo opportunities actually involves showing the mass of people. This is especially true in hallways like this and in the Mona Lisa room, which is exceptionally busy.
 
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  • Photo of the Moment: Busy Day at the Beach in Turks & Caicos

    Mike Richard
    25 Jun 2015 | 5:33 am
    Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. © Tobias Lindman The post Photo of the Moment: Busy Day at the Beach in Turks & Caicos appeared first on Vagabondish.
  • 7 Selfish Things I Miss About Traveling Solo

    Amanda Kendle
    25 Jun 2015 | 4:32 am
    Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. I often get emails from people asking for advice about traveling solo. They talk about their fears and worries and I have to say, I have to step back and take a deep breath to avoid emailing back and screaming at them that they should just go, now! Traveling on your own is not always easy, but with the right attitude it can be one of the most fantastic, selfish experiences you can have. Now that I have a young family, it’ll be a (long) while before I get the thrill of traveling solo again, but a girl can dream … so these are some of the…
  • How to Travel Like a Boss with the Right Credit Card

    Mike Richard
    12 Jun 2015 | 6:24 am
    Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. We’re finally seeing the dawn of a new generation who may work most, if not all, of their lives untethered to an office desk or even a fixed address. Today’s youth are eschewing the “standard” path — the typical 9-to-5 day job, 2-bedroom condo, and a BMW in the driveway — to instead live a life of experiences. For many, traveling the world is the ideal embodiment of that lifestyle. Free to go, at any time, to work and live anywhere. Photo © Cole Rise With this growing generation of travelers — these “citizens of the…
  • Photo of the Moment: Standing in the Light, Iceland

    Mike Richard
    12 Jun 2015 | 4:21 am
    Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. © Moyan Brenn The post Photo of the Moment: Standing in the Light, Iceland appeared first on Vagabondish.
  • 5 Reasons to Drop Everything & Visit Whitehorse, Canada Right Now

    Mike Richard
    11 Jun 2015 | 9:09 am
    Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. On my recent whirlwind tour to Western Canada, I stopped in British Columbia and ultimately in the Yukon. More specifically: Whitehorse. This pint-sized city of less than 23,000 inhabitants is a thriving metropolis compared to the rest of the territory. Barely a century ago, it was a hub of the North American gold rush. These days, it’s a haven for outdoor-loving travelers. In short, you could spend a lifetime exploring up there and never run out of things to do. I hooked up with the good folks at Adventures.com who specialize in awesome…
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    Adventure Girl

  • The US Open & Greg Norman

    Stefanie Michaels
    22 Jun 2015 | 11:12 am
    Last week kicked off to be such a fun one for me. I was invited to the US Open in Tacoma, Washington. Not only was I able to visit the pre-launch day of The Centurion Lounge pop-up lounge by American Express located near the 13th hole, (open to Platinum Card® and Centurion® Members attending the U.S. Open tournament), but inside this awesome space, was some really sweet perks. Throughout the week, Card Members get to recharge inside the pop-up lounge (literally, there are charging stations for cell phones), learn fitness tips from professional golf trainer Sean Cochran, putting practice…
  • 8 Great: The best things about Hotel Arts Barcelona

    Rachel Peace
    2 Jun 2015 | 5:07 pm
    There’s no better time to head to Europe! With the strength of the dollar surging, US travelers are at a huge advantage. London, Paris, Milan and Rome are all traditional hotspots on the bustling content. For today’s authentic travelers, the intrigue lies in going against the flow and exploring less-hyped destinations. With that in mind, a city to put on the 2015 bucket list is Barcelona, Spain. The destination draws culture connoisseurs, foodie explorers, fitness fanatics, beach bums, architecture addicts and more. Below are eight great reasons for the informed traveler to check out…
  • 8Great Florence Shopping

    Nardia Plumridge
    20 May 2015 | 11:17 am
    Far from being just the Renaissance capital of Italy, Florence is also a powerhouse when it comes to fashion. Like cutting edge yet elegant style? Read on Adventure Girls… 1. Shoes VIAJIYU – opened in 2013 by sassy American Nicole Still, this bespoke shoe company specializes in flats and makes shoes to order: you choose color, trim and details to create a one-of-a-kind style for the chic city traveller. http://viajiyu.com 2. Jewelry ANGELA CAPUTI – a Florence institution, Ms. Caputi opened her Oltrarno workshop and store in 1975. Her bold and contemporary resin statement jewelry pieces…
  • 8Great: Ways to Make the Best of Barbados

    Lavanya Sunkara
    19 May 2015 | 3:30 pm
    Barbados is more than just bumming around on a beautiful beach sipping rum punch. This Caribbean island is brimming with excitement, from surfing the famed waves of Bathsheba to snorkeling with sea turtles and exploring the island on safari. Any adventure girl can appreciate a getaway that makes her heart pump, pushes her limits, and satisfies her taste buds. There’s no better destination than Barbados for those seeking exciting quests of all kinds. Where: Barbados is the easternmost  island in the Caribbean, stretching 21 miles long and 14 miles wide, and made up of soft coral limestone…
  • Travel Gets Great with American Express Platinum Card Benefits

    Stefanie Michaels
    23 Apr 2015 | 1:05 pm
    I’ve really come to rely on the travel benefits the American Express Platinum card offers, since in an average year I’m on the road more often than not. Here’s my overview of what’s offered with the card for travel! You don’t have to pay for those pricy airport lounges anymore, because the card comes with the Airport Club Access Program for access to over 700 lounges worldwide, including complimentary airport lounge access to The Centurion Lounges. The new San Francisco Centurion Club is one of my favorites. There’s a wine bar, restaurant and comfy couches I cozied into with my…
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    Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast

  • “Hippo Poop and Tears” – This Week in Travel 191

    chris2x
    5 Jul 2015 | 1:23 pm
    This Week in Travel – Travel News Podcast. Regular hosts Gary Arndt, Jen Leo and Chris Christensen are joined by this week’s guest: Stephanie Arne, host of Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom […] The post “Hippo Poop and Tears” – This Week in Travel 191 appeared first on Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast. Related posts: Laura Bly and Stephanie Yoder on “Does Your Travel Insurance Cover Locusts?” – This Week in Travel #94 for Chris Elliott and Family “Away is Home” – This Week in Travel #91 Mary Jo Manzaranes in…
  • Cruising Southeastern Alaska on Un-Cruise – Episode 473

    chris2x
    4 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Hear about Cruising Southeastern Alaska on Un-Cruise Adventures as the Amateur Traveler goes on a cruise where dressing for dinner and bingo are replaced with kayaking and bushwhacking. Chris and his wife […] The post Cruising Southeastern Alaska on Un-Cruise – Episode 473 appeared first on Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast. Related posts: Un-Cruise Adventure – “We Stop for Wildlife, Weather and Whim” Cruise Travel – Alaska by Small Boat – Episode 21 Travel to Alaska – Episode 287
  • Fishing Boats in Essouaira Morocco – Photo

    chris2x
    2 Jul 2015 | 12:40 pm
    Amateur Traveler uses smugmug for its travel photos. The beautiful city of Essouaira in Morocco is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It has a small port filled with colorful fishing boats of […] The post Fishing Boats in Essouaira Morocco – Photo appeared first on Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast. Related posts: Ait Ben Haddu, Morocco – Photo Kasbah Reflection – Ait Ben Haddou, Morocco – Daily Photo Travel to Morocco – Episode 397
  • “Will Work for Vacation Money” – This Week in Travel 190

    chris2x
    30 Jun 2015 | 4:59 pm
    This Week in Travel – Travel News Podcast. Regular hosts Gary Arndt, Jen Leo and Chris Christensen are joined by this week’s guest: Scott Eddy – Digital Nomad Subscribe on iTunes | Become a […] The post “Will Work for Vacation Money” – This Week in Travel 190 appeared first on Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast. Related posts: Making Travel Writing Work with David Farley – This Week in Travel #169 Scott E. Jordan “Gold Diggers, Sharks and Pockets” – This Week in Travel #113 Award Winning Travel News – This Week in…
  • Travel to Namibia’s Skeleton Coast – Episode 466 Transcript

    chris2x
    29 Jun 2015 | 3:53 pm
    transcript to Travel to Namibia’s Skeleton Coast – Episode 466 Chris: Amateur Traveler, episode 466. Today, the Amateur Traveler talks about windswept desert landscapes, visiting the semi-nomadic Himba people, and seeing the […] The post Travel to Namibia’s Skeleton Coast – Episode 466 Transcript appeared first on Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast. Related posts: Travel to Namibia’s Skeleton Coast – Episode 466 Travel to Namibia – Episode 243 Travel to the Western Sahara, (Morocco) – Episode 421 Transcript
 
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    We Said Go Travel

  • Canada: My Story- Why I Do What I Do

    Tracy Munson
    5 Jul 2015 | 4:00 pm
      Canada:  My Story- Why I do what I do…. I was born in New Westminster, while growing up I was faced with situations that have made me who I am today. School was a challenge, I did not start learning to read until I was in grade 3. I can remember asking my teacher for help, she said to talk to the librarian, he said “that isn’t my job go to your teacher”, I didn’t ask anyone else. Later we moved and I can remember on my first day at the new school I was introduced to my new classmates at playtime, I asked a girl if I could play with her and she said “no”, I didn’t want…
  • The Goodland: A Kimpton Oasis in Santa Barbara

    Lisa Ellen Niver
    5 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    The Goodland is a Kimpton Oasis in Santa Barbara! The cool chic karma vibes of this Kimpton property in Goleta permeated my stay. I loved hearing the birds chirping and enjoyed being walking distance from local shops. The GoodBar has inside and outside spaces as well as a pool table and speciality drinks that complement the record playing vibes and fitness classes with a DJ. The lobby really invites you to lounge and stay awhile. The bicycles have a sign that says: “Take me I’m yours!” I loved that my closet was stocked with a yoga mat, an umbrella and a robe. The bathroom…
  • Changing Face in Turkey

    Lisa Morrow
    4 Jul 2015 | 4:00 pm
      Back in 2000 when I first lived in Istanbul, most of my foreign female friends were blonde. Whenever we met for coffee they would regale me with stories of being followed by strange men and touched intimately and inappropriately on the shoulder or the backside. Perhaps I was more prejudiced than I realised or simply naive, but at the time I felt they were exaggerating. Some of them went on about it so often I wondered if they secretly liked the attention, as by their accounts it was so much more than they received back home. Two years later, after a confusing day when it seemed like…
  • Visit Santa Barbara with Lisa from We Said Go Travel

    Lisa Ellen Niver
    4 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    I loved my visit to Santa Barbara. I highly recommend eating at Kyle’s Kitchen. The burgers were great and walking distance from my hotel, The Goodland in Goleta which is part of the Kimpton Family. Wondering what to do or where to wander? Have a picnic at the Santa Barbara County Courthouse in the sunken garden. It is a beautiful location and they even have movies here. Along historic State Street, visit the Granada theater and see an Opera. At the Painted Cabernet you can take a two hour art class with wine. An artist will lead you step by step to a fantastic painting of your own.
  • Finding Community Abroad in Japan

    Jessica Tsuzuki
    3 Jul 2015 | 4:00 pm
    The rental car cruises at a safe speed down a long and winding road as I sit squished in the backseat, sandwiched a nearly ten-year-old boy next to a car seat carrying my sleeping toddler. In the front, Elvis is blaring his heart out through the CD player, and we are making good time to the fox sanctuary in Shiroishi, a small town in southern Miyagi, Japan. As we push up a hill into denser forest, something occurs to me, and the smile beaming across my face cannot be stifled. We finally did it. For most of my life, I’ve been noticing these communities of happy families. These parent-friends…
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  • What’s your excuse for failure?

    Christopher Elliott
    5 Jul 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Hundreds of emails greet me every morning when I open my laptop. They are from consumers like Harriet Phillips, looking for help. Phillips needed advice on buying travel insurance, which is one of the most difficult kinds of requests I get. I’d really need to have an in-depth conversation...
  • Help! My honeymoon flight is canceled

    Rick Gegenheimer
    5 Jul 2015 | 9:30 am
    Gerri Sanford and her new husband used their frequent flier miles to book a honeymoon in London this summer. Their trip across the pond on American Airlines was "great." The post Help! My honeymoon flight is canceled appeared first on Elliott.
  • America’s best loved — and most loathed — fast-food chains

    Karla Bowsher
    5 Jul 2015 | 7:30 am
    Chick-fil-A is the nation’s highest-ranked fast-food chain, beating out 16 others in the American Customer Satisfaction Index’s latest restaurant report. The post America’s best loved — and most loathed — fast-food chains appeared first on Elliott.
  • Don’t fall for these common travel scams

    Jill Krasny
    5 Jul 2015 | 6:30 am
    There’s more to travel than road trips and games, as travelers can be prime targets for scams. To make sure you keep every cent in your pocket, we’ve listed the most common scams to watch out for. The post Don’t fall for these common travel scams appeared first on Elliott.
  • These zippers keep travelers safer

    Christopher Elliott
    4 Jul 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Little things sometimes make a big difference when it comes to travel safety. Like a strategically placed zipper. The post These zippers keep travelers safer appeared first on Elliott.
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  • Cranky on the Web – JetBlue’s Bag Fee

    CF
    4 Jul 2015 | 3:45 am
    What you need to know about JetBlue’s new bag fees – USA Today I’ve already written about this extensively here, but I also spoke with USA Today about JetBlue new fare families.
  • Topic of the Week: oneworld Priority vs SkyTeam SkyPriority

    CF
    3 Jul 2015 | 3:45 am
    Last week, oneworld rolled out its new alliance-wide premium service branding… oneworld Priority. I assumed this was the same as SkyTeam’s longstanding SkyPriority, but there is a subtle difference. SkyPriority is the overwhelming alliance-wide branding that is always in white type on a red background. On the other hand, oneworld Priority is more like a tag that just gets added more subtly to existing branding. What do you like best? Should there be more prominent alliance-wide branding or is a less prominent tag better?
  • JetBlue Introduces Fare Families Where Bags Aren’t Always Free and Change Fees Drop

    CF
    2 Jul 2015 | 3:45 am
    It’s been known for more than six months that JetBlue would be rolling out fare families and introducing a bag fee on the lowest fare category. What we didn’t know was when it would finally happen. Sure enough, the airline flipped the switch on its new fare families on Tuesday. The result? I like the idea, though I was hoping it would have been done just a bit differently. You may have seen JetBlue’s fare family comparison chart. But just in case you haven’t, I thought I’d put together a slightly-modified version to help you understand what your options are.
  • Suites Class on the Singapore A380 is Something Special (Trip Report)

    CF
    30 Jun 2015 | 3:45 am
    This is the final post in my Japan trilogy. Unlike most should-be-trilogies today, I haven’t blown this out into a two-part extravaganza. Oh, and no zombies or werewolves either. If you haven’t seen them, read the first post on booking the trip and flying up to San Jose. Then read the second on my ANA flight from San Jose to Tokyo. — I can’t say I was ready to leave Japan after what seemed like a very short week, but at the same time, I was really looking forward to the flight home. We used our miles to book two seats in the vaunted Suites class on the Singapore…
  • Is a Labor Slowdown The Reason United’s Operation Has Been Terrible?

    CF
    29 Jun 2015 | 3:45 am
    I’ve received several emails and read a handful of articles talking about United’s recent operational problems. If you’ve flown United this month, then you already know how ugly things have become. But what is causing this mess? The rumblings out there suggest that there may be a 15th anniversary party going on to recreate the nightmare that was the summer of 2000. Back then, it was the pilots that brought the airline to its knees. This time, the rumor is that the mechanics are behind it. Though I don’t expect official confirmation, the operational numbers do look…
 
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  • Travel Tip: What You Need to Know About Rip Currents

    PeterGreenberg.com
    3 Jul 2015 | 5:23 am
    Read the full article on PeterGreenberg.com at - Travel Tip: What You Need to Know About Rip CurrentsNow that it’s beach season, there’s a serious safety concern. I’m referring to rip currents, which are not to be confused with rip tides. These currents kill up to 100 people—... Read More...The post Travel Tip: What You Need to Know About Rip Currents appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
  • Travel Tip: IATA Proposes New Dimensions for Carry-On Luggage

    PeterGreenberg.com
    2 Jul 2015 | 5:21 am
    Read the full article on PeterGreenberg.com at - Travel Tip: IATA Proposes New Dimensions for Carry-On LuggageOn June 9, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced something called the Cabin OK initiative, which was immediately met with resistance by many U.S. airlines, not to mention passengers.... Read More...The post Travel Tip: IATA Proposes New Dimensions for Carry-On Luggage appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
  • Travel Tip: How To Keep Your Home Protected While You’re Traveling

    PeterGreenberg.com
    1 Jul 2015 | 5:22 am
    Read the full article on PeterGreenberg.com at - Travel Tip: How To Keep Your Home Protected While You’re TravelingBeing on the road also means leaving your house and its belongings unattended. Here’s how to get a little peace of mind—and keep your home protected—while you travel. Canary is... Read More...The post Travel Tip: How To Keep Your Home Protected While You’re Traveling appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
  • Travel Tip: Why Intercity Bus Travel Is On The Rise

    PeterGreenberg.com
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:27 am
    Read the full article on PeterGreenberg.com at - Travel Tip: Why Intercity Bus Travel Is On The RiseWe’ve seen a huge boom in intercity bus travel in recent years, and this summer is no exception. A new survey out of DePaul University predicted record numbers of holiday... Read More...The post Travel Tip: Why Intercity Bus Travel Is On The Rise appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
  • Travel Tip: No More Cruises to Nowhere

    PeterGreenberg.com
    29 Jun 2015 | 5:21 am
    Read the full article on PeterGreenberg.com at - Travel Tip: No More Cruises to NowhereYou’ve heard me talk about “cruises to nowhere,” which can be a good way to test out whether you like the cruising experience. Well, it looks like you’ll have to... Read More...The post Travel Tip: No More Cruises to Nowhere appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
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  • Resort at Squaw Creek, Lake Tahoe Family Fun

    Nancy Brown
    3 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Turning off the highway toward Squaw Valley, home of the 1960 winter Olympics, one can’t help but get excited passing by the Olympic rings. While we may not be world class athletes, we can certainly find a plethora of activities to challenge our inner jock at Resort at Squaw Creek. Then again, we can always […]
  • Top 7 San Diego Restaurants to Splurge On

    Nancy Brown
    1 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    As a full time food blogger at Little Leopard Book, focused on recipe development, I’m always looking for my next great recipe inspiration. A lot of this inspiration comes while dining out. My recipes are frequently influenced by eating my way through the United States while traveling, but a lot of my recipe influence comes […]
  • Montana Luxury Ranch Resort

    Nancy Brown
    26 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    Timid women need not apply. That’s what the job description would read if Triple Creek Ranch were advertising for participants at the Women’s Rocky Mountain Rendezvous. Of course, this Relais & Chateaux property located south of Missoula, Montana doesn’t need to advertise this exclusive women’s adventure. The six day luxury retreat is geared toward adventurous […]
  • Fed, White and Blue: A Love Story to America and its Food

    Jamie Rhein
    24 Jun 2015 | 8:51 pm
    With the days of summer reading upon us, and the 4th of July almost here, I can’t think of a better recommendation for that road trip than Fed, White and Blue: Finding America with my Fork by Simon Majumdar. Majumdar, to anyone who follows The Food Network is famous for his roll as a judge on “Cutthroat […]
  • Sustainable Ranching in Northern California

    Nancy Brown
    19 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    How connected are we to our food? My husband is a hunter; born and raised in Oregon, currently living in California. He cares about the animals that he hunts while enjoying nature. He cares that the meat he consumes hasn’t been raised on GMO fed corn and lived its life in a small pen. I, […]
 
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    Hawaii Aloha Travel » Hawaii Vacation Connection Podcast

  • Kauai vacation ideas

    Bruce Fisher
    16 Jun 2015 | 5:50 pm
    Fresh from our recent trip to Kauai today I share some Kauai vacation ideas you can enjoy when visiting the Garden Isle. The post Kauai vacation ideas appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Hawaii Airport Guide

    Bruce Fisher
    4 Jun 2015 | 7:23 pm
    Traveling to Hawaii by air is pretty straightforward when your destination is only one island, but when you have to travel between The post Hawaii Airport Guide appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Unplugging during your Hawaii Vacation

    Bruce Fisher
    26 May 2015 | 11:38 pm
    Unplugging from the internet during you Hawaii Vacation may seem like a far fetched idea in this day and age.  However, you The post Unplugging during your Hawaii Vacation appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Maui’s Best Pools and Aloha Attire tips

    Bruce Fisher
    5 May 2015 | 7:02 pm
    If you’ve ever wondered where the best pools are on Maui, then today we got you covered! I tell you all about The post Maui’s Best Pools and Aloha Attire tips appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Should Wailuku Maui be part of your Hawaii Vacation plans?

    Bruce Fisher
    28 Apr 2015 | 6:55 pm
    Today we answer a question from Paul Miller who is headed to Maui and wanted to know whether he should include Wailuku The post Should Wailuku Maui be part of your Hawaii Vacation plans? appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
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    Station Casinos Blog

  • 3:2 vs 6:5 Blackjack | A Devil in the Details

    Benjamin Barber
    11 Jun 2015 | 2:03 pm
    The Pros Know Seasoned Las Vegas blackjack connoisseurs have watched casino after casino shift from classic 3:2 Blackjack to 6:5 over the years. To gain further insight, we spoke with Station Casinos’ VP of Casino Operations Bill Burt who said, “I Read More ... The post 3:2 vs 6:5 Blackjack | A Devil in the Details appeared first on Station Casinos Blog.
  • A Bunch of Mother’s Day Brunches 2015

    Benjamin Barber
    6 May 2015 | 4:57 pm
    Hungry for brunch this year on Mother’s day? Show her you care with our amazing lineup of Mother’s Day Brunches. T-Bones Chophouse Mother’s Day Brunch T-bones has put out another spectacular Mother’s Day Brunch menu. The smoked prime beef strip Read More ... The post A Bunch of Mother’s Day Brunches 2015 appeared first on Station Casinos Blog.
  • In Its Entirety Concert Series at Red Rock Casino Resort Spa

    Benjamin Barber
    17 Apr 2015 | 1:23 pm
    Look: You’ve probably shelled out hard earned money to go see a tribute band that didn’t live up to the promise. Maybe the vocals were off, or they played a set list of songs that weren’t your favorites. It doesn’t Read More ... The post In Its Entirety Concert Series at Red Rock Casino Resort Spa appeared first on Station Casinos Blog.
  • Jackpot Patrol Winners!

    Benjamin Barber
    7 Apr 2015 | 10:42 am
    Jackpot Patrol has been hitting the streets handing out $500 cash to lucky winners all over the Las Vegas Valley. Be sure to visit your favorite Station Casinos location to enroll. No play required, just swipe and win! Check out Read More ... The post Jackpot Patrol Winners! appeared first on Station Casinos Blog.
  • Easter Brunch 2015

    Benjamin Barber
    31 Mar 2015 | 4:18 pm
    Easter is almost here and that means it’s time for another Easter Brunch roundup! We’ve got an awesome selection of menus to choose from, so let’s dig in. While you’re on property, don’t forget to sign up for Jackpot Patrol, you Read More ... The post Easter Brunch 2015 appeared first on Station Casinos Blog.
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  • Double take — Edmonton, Canada

    6 Jul 2015 | 4:16 am
    Double take - Edmonton, Canada Edmonton, Canada
  • Day 5 — Blackall, Australia

    6 Jul 2015 | 3:29 am
    Day 5 - Blackall, Australia Blackall, AustraliaLeft Charleville a little later today as we we weren't planning on a big trip, hopefully just to Blackall, about 200kms short of Longreach. Brian &amp; Greg went for a bush walk while Di &amp; I did domestic chores !!! Left Charleville after fuelling up and supermarket stop. Long straight road again, but not as much road kill. Roads aren't as good as previous but still not bad. Arrived Tambo after 2 hours for a lunch break. Went to the Tambo Teddy Shop for a look. They are home made teddies that are really lovely, but unfortunately they…
  • All Aboard the Fun Train! Krabi 29th - 2nd July — Tambon Ao Nang, Thailand

    6 Jul 2015 | 3:28 am
    All Aboard the Fun Train! Krabi 29th - 2nd July - Tambon Ao Nang, Thailand Tambon Ao Nang, ThailandPerhaps it's appropriate for me to write this post (Alex) as most if you know, it's usually me who can't resist the urge to drag Tom and I into childish games and parties... So we arrived in Krabi, via transfer with the company who run the elephant hills trip, and on arrival to our hostel our driver laughed and pointed... This, as you can imagine, didn't bode well with me after trusting Tom to book the hostel unsupervised! The hostel's name was "Slumber Party"... Do not ask me how he had no idea…
  • Kamakura — Tokyo, Japan

    6 Jul 2015 | 3:28 am
    Kamakura - Tokyo, Japan Tokyo, JapanA few issues with the trains this morning made a one hour trip to Kamakura take three. We made it at last to see the majestic big Buddha, over 700 years old. The view from the inside was also very cool. We also went to a nearby statue of a lady. She stands an impressive 9 metres tall and is made of wood - in the 700's AD! Hase-dera is very beautiful and is a popular Japanese Buddhist deity for compassion. Quite timely I appreciated some compassion after trudging through the effing rain to get there! (The trip was well worth it.) Boys had a big pancakes…
  • Here we are in Japan! — Minato-ku, Japan

    6 Jul 2015 | 3:24 am
    Here we are in Japan! - Minato-ku, Japan Minato-ku, JapanWe arrived at our new home for a week in Roppongi, Tokyo around 9pm 1st July. Our room is spotless and spacious enough; you could probably swing a cat if you wanted. Or do yoga whilst waiting for sleepy teenagers to wake up. The transport system lives up to its reputation. It's easy get about. Of course there's an app that makes it a cinch. There are 13 million people in Tokyo. That's like Sydney Melbourne Brisbane and Canberra all rolled into one. And then some. Our first night we wandered the neighbourhood a little. It's fairly quiet,…
 
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  • A Year of TravelPod Travel Blogs

    Fraser Cole
    29 Jun 2015 | 9:31 am
    With new TravelPod blogs appearing every day as our members travel the world, we thought it would be interesting to see what what all the blogs from one year would look like when we mapped them out together.
  • Holi: A Burst of Color

    Fraser Cole
    26 Jun 2015 | 1:51 pm
    Who wouldn’t love taking a day to fling handfuls of colored powder and water at friends and strangers alike in a jubilant celebration of spring, forgiveness, and renewal? Perhaps that’s why the ancient Hindu festival known as Holi is celebrated not only in South Asia where it originated, but throughout the world as well. Luckily for us, TravelPod bloggers...
  • Top 5 South American Cities for Travel Bloggers in 2014

    Fraser Cole
    24 Jun 2015 | 11:16 am
    Quick glimpses of the five most popular South American cities among TravelPod bloggers based on 2014 trips.
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    FareCompare » Tips & Advice

  • Cheap Summer Flights: The August Deal Zone

    Anne McDermott
    2 Jul 2015 | 10:33 am
    Cheapest flights for summer vacation? It’s just a few weeks away. I call it the August Deal Zone. You’ll call it the best time to fly. Cheap Summer Flights Here’s everything you need to know distilled into five FAQs. 1. What is the August Deal Zone? It’s actually the start of the airlines’ fall season. It begins in late August because that’s when many children go back to school and demand for flights takes a dive. 2. When exactly is the August Deal Zone? It begins on or about Aug. 24 and extends into October. 3. How much can you save? Prices in the August…
  • No Summer Airline Tickets Yet? It’s Not Too Late

    Anne McDermott
    1 Jul 2015 | 11:24 am
    By the time July 4 rolls around, most of us have our travel plans etched in stone with summer airline tickets in hand, right? Uh, no. Most buy within 30 days of take-off, even though that can mean paying more. Fortunately, it’s never too late to save. Check out these ideas and other useful travel tips. LISTEN: Never too late, says Rick Seaney. But don’t just sit there! Find Cheap Airline Tickets for Summer Two airlines are offering Fourth of July weekend deals. Book by Friday, July 3 and depart that day or July 4, then return Monday or Tuesday. Click the name of the airline to see…
  • 5 Best Bribes for Travel with Kids

    Rick Seaney
    1 Jul 2015 | 4:37 am
    As a parent, I know traveling with kids is a joy. Traveling with kids can also be an interesting challenge. Bribery helps. LISTEN: Do not the let the kids hear this podcast. Best Bribes for Kids Here are some of my favorites. I’d love to hear yours. 1. Candy Buy a bag of miniature Snickers or Reese’s or whatever your sweets your child craves then dole it out as follows: For good behavior (such as sitting quietly) For stopping bad behavior (such as kicking the seat) For using indoor voice (or lowering the outdoor voice) For buckling up (and if they don’t, YOU must buckle them…
  • Florida: Fishing, Diving, Golf and Beaches

    Anne McDermott
    25 Jun 2015 | 3:55 am
    Florida has something for everyone, particularly those who enjoy being active. For the rest of us, there are plenty of beaches for basking. We checked out several tourism and Florida-centric sites for the best fun-in-the-sun getaways and invite you to take a look. Tips at the end will help you find cheap flights to Florida. LISTEN: Travel expert Rick Seaney on the joys of Florida. Great Fishing, Diving, Golf, Beaches in Florida To find the cheapest flights, simply click the destination. Fishing Whether you’re a freshwater or saltwater fisherman or fisherwoman, there are so many options:…
  • 10 Things to Put on Your ‘Do Not Pack’ List

    Rick Seaney
    22 Jun 2015 | 1:42 pm
    It’s vacation time again, so pull out your bag and start packing. But first check out this list of ‘do not pack’ items. It could save you time, trouble and money. LISTEN: Travel expert Rick Seaney is a packing pro. The ‘Do Not Pack’ List This will help you avoid fees for checked-bags, overweight baggage fees and other packing problems. 1. Valuables Never pack irreplaceable items. Things get lost, things get stolen, things get broken. Tip: Most airlines state that valuables are not allowed in checked bags, so don’t count on getting reimbursed for your good…
 
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    View from the Wing

  • American Award Space ‘Back to Normal’ (Cough)

    Gary Leff
    5 Jul 2015 | 5:04 pm
    I value my American miles for partner awards, but most members look to redeem American miles on American flights and that’s gotten very hard. It used to be exceptionally easy. Sometime in mid-2012 premium cabin awards to Europe really tightened up. About 18 months ago premium cabin awards to Asia tightened up, and awards to South America did as well. About a week ago I wrote about American removing saver awards entirely from some domestic markets. Starting a month from now, there were only three days through the end of April where you could find a saver award flying Austin – Dallas.
  • How to Get Emails When Delta (And Other Airline) Award Seats Open Up

    Gary Leff
    5 Jul 2015 | 2:41 pm
    Expert Flyer is one of my favorite tools. It has several important uses for frequent flyers -- but since September Delta has prevented the site from displaying anything about the airline's flights. Fortunately they've brought back searches for Delta saver awards, and that means you can use their automated tool to email you when the award seats you want on a given flight open up! Continue reading How to Get Emails When Delta (And Other Airline) Award Seats Open Up...
  • American Eliminating First Class From 2 Of Their 3 New York – London Flights

    Gary Leff
    5 Jul 2015 | 12:04 pm
    As American retrofits its Boeing 777-200 fleet, their only aircraft that will retain a first class cabin is their Boeing 777-300ERs. The 777-200s get a good business class seat (similar to American's 787 business seat), but once reconfigured no longer have a first class cabin. Effective December 17 American is putting reconfigured 777-200s in for 2 of their 3 New York - London flights, apparently to free up aircraft for Sydney service. Continue reading American Eliminating First Class From 2 Of Their 3 New York – London Flights...
  • What’s the Best Hotel Breakfast?

    Gary Leff
    5 Jul 2015 | 9:34 am
    I'll take a good quality restaurant breakfast (not the standard US airport hotel buffet) over a club lounge, foregoing evening options. But for a mediocre restaurant breakfast I'll prefer the quick service of the lounge. There are hotels that offer some amazing breakfast spreads, especially in Asia. If I had to pick one city with the highest average it's Kuala Lumpur. The best single hotel breakfast I've had was probably the St. Regis Bali. And the chain with the best breakfast benefit for top elites is unquestionably Hyatt. Continue reading What’s the Best Hotel Breakfast?...
  • What’s the Best First Class for West Coast – Asia?

    Gary Leff
    5 Jul 2015 | 7:04 am
    The choice here is ultimately going to be driven by availability, although there are plenty of airlines worth checking given the miles that are available. Consider that it's entirely possible to use a different airline for the outbound as the return -- not just to try different products, but because schedules and availability may differ, especially for an outbound to North Asia and a return from Southeast Asia. I'd generally rank the first class products of airlines flying from the US West Coast across the Pacific as follows: Continue reading What’s the Best First Class for West Coast…
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  • 3 weeks, 2 carry-ons and 1 baby

    Robert Murgatroyd
    5 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    We’re known for traveling just about everywhere, for any length of time, carry-on only….but now that there’s a baby (and babies require lots of shizzle!) Will we still be able to travel with just carry-ons? Watch and see! The post 3 weeks, 2 carry-ons and 1 baby appeared first on Jet Set Life.
  • The Three Perfect Workout Headphones

    Robert Murgatroyd
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:10 am
    SHOW NOTES In today’s post I discuss my (ok crazy) obsession with workout headphones. So WHY do I use 3 different headphones??? Wellllll because they all three give me a different experience. Let’s take a further look…. 1. Westone 4’s Let me first say that they are stupid expensive and crazy amazing! You can hear things that you’ve never heard before in songs that you listen to all that time. I use these when I’m walking around and don’t care about wires but want to listen to great quality. Pros: Best sound quality I’ve ever heard- period Fit…
  • Apply for Our New Weight Loss Test Group!

    kim
    29 Jun 2015 | 3:20 pm
    Our Jet Set Body 90 Day Fitness program caters to the person that already works out, that wants to get into ridiculous Fitness Model shape. But what if you’re a newbie in the gym or maybe have 30 pounds or more to lose? Chances are, Jet Set Body isn’t right for you (honestly it’s a little advanced for the beginner). But, we are testing a great program that combines 3 home or gym workouts a week with our awesome super-food nutrition protocol! We are looking for 3 guys and 3 gals that… 1. Have 20-30+ lbs to lose and WANT HELP! 2. Are ready to 100% COMMIT to the program…
  • Going VIP with the Best of Mykonos

    kim
    24 Jun 2015 | 10:29 am
    It’s not secret that our favorite island to chill on in the summer is the white-washed island of Mykonos. Honestly, the richest Greek on the island is the one who sells that white paint! But, I digress.  Rob and I have spent countless hours basking in the Mykonian sunshine, exploring the island from end to end and meeting just about every local on the island. We’ve developed a Mykonos a circle of friends in Mykonos that feel more like family. We have a daily routine starting with a delicious Greek yogurt breakfast poolside at the Andronikos Hotel while we chat about which beach…
  • Why I Decided To Do a Vlog and How You Will Benefit

    Robert Murgatroyd
    15 Jun 2015 | 8:38 am
    SHOW NOTES In today’s post you’ll catch Kim& I [literally] in mid-conversation about the idea of me starting a blog The part right before this video, off camera, was us trying to figure out where to get the time! Kim came up with the idea of  a 5 minute VLOG! What the heck- Let’s test it! These VLOG posts will be a maximum of 5 minutes and have high value for you! Let me know what you think! PEOPLE MENTIONED Just us on this one:) LINKS Tibetan Bowls (This will be an upcoming VLOG) BECOME A V.I.P. Become a Jet Set Life V.I.P. here Connect With Jet Set Life: Jet Set…
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    Tony Wheeler's Travels

  • Lights of Mankind

    Tony Wheeler
    12 Jun 2015 | 6:25 am
    Lights of Mankind – it’s one of those books which you pick up as a remainder and you think ‘why didn’t this get more attention?’ Views from the International Space Station – a few years ago I went down to Baikonur in Kazakhstan to see a tourist go up to the station for a couple of weeks. They’re views at night, like the cover photograph with the brightly lit Nile River running up to Cairo and then Alexandria at the mouth of Nile, where it spills into the Mediterranean Sea. Off to the right, to the east, is brightly lit Israel. Or this view of the Straits of Hormuz, that…
  • Airline Seating – at the sharp end in particular

    Tony Wheeler
    8 Jun 2015 | 3:12 pm
    There’s constant discussion about how many seats airlines can stuff in. They all seem intent on shoving in one more across the aircraft or squeezing the ‘pitch,’ the distance between one row and the next, in order to get more passengers on board. But that’s back in economy which essentially doesn’t look any different today than it has any time in the past 30 or more years. ▲ Economy – and nothing but economy – in Ryanair on my recent trip to Turin. Economy is still usually just lots of people sitting shoulder to shoulder. We complain about how many people are crammed into the…
  • Bicycle Tracks, Bicycle Signs

    Tony Wheeler
    7 Jun 2015 | 4:04 pm
    ▲ On a recent visit to Turin in Italy I encountered this nice bicycle warning, admonishing cyclists not to go speeding down the laneway next to the Egyptian Museum, scattering pedestrians in all directions. ◄ I posted a recent photo of something I encountered on a bicycle track in Melbourne – an upside down 4WD. And here’s an explanatory warning about not cycling in parallel on the busy cycling roads of Mallorca, the Spanish Mediterranean island.
  • Turin

    Tony Wheeler
    5 Jun 2015 | 8:32 pm
    I spent a couple of days in Turin –Torino in Italian – for the Salone Internazionale del Libro Torino in the Lingotto Fiere, the imaginatively restored old Fiat car factory. Complete with its test track on the roof. ▲ It’s one of those cities which underlines why we love Italy so much – stylish, tasteful, comfortable, relaxed, what’s not to like. And wonderful vistas like this one of the Chiesa di San Carlo and di Santa Cristina on the Piazza San Carlo, that’s Emanuele Filiberto on his horse in the centre of the square. ▲ In the Museo Egizio it’s also got the best Egyptian…
  • The Bush

    Tony Wheeler
    2 Jun 2015 | 5:25 am
    Don Watson is best known for being the speech writer and political adviser to former Australian Prime Minister Paul Keating. Keating is famously touchy and his book about the Keating years – Recollections of a Bleeding Heart: A Portrait of Paul Keating PM – led to a major falling out between the two. Keating was also famous for his sharp tongue and killing one liners. You can watch a selection of them on an ABC TV video clip or read them in The Book of Paul, accurately subtitled ‘The Wit & Wisdom of Paul Keating.’ It’s full of useful lines like his description of an opposition…
 
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    Consumer Traveler

  • Vote on EU selfie ban set for Thursday

    Ned Levi
    6 Jul 2015 | 1:04 am
    On July 6, the European Parliament will vote to possibly eliminate the "freedom of panorama" enjoyed by photographers in most of Europe. If passed it would require photographers to obtain permission to use building photos commercially, which even includes traveler selfies posted to Facebook.
  • Flights disrupted in Toronto, AA discontinues first class to London, lessons learned from UPS 1354

    Stephanus Surjaputra
    6 Jul 2015 | 12:03 am
    Dispute disrupts flights at Toronto Airport A disruption by personnel that fueled airplanes caused delays at Toronto Pearson airport just as the Pan American games are scheduled to start on July 10. By 1:20 pm, [the airport’s] website showed 45 cancelled departures and more than 70 delays affecting a range of airlines. It was not […]
  • Newsletter – July 5, 2015

    Renee Kronon
    5 Jul 2015 | 5:39 pm
    Thank you for reading Consumer Traveler/Travelers United weekly newsletter. You can subscribe to our daily email newsletter here. A week in review: Complete ticket information, Visit Africa in North America, Code-sharing, Travel insurance and more Without a ticket, and the information contained on it, a traveler has no way of knowing which provisions of the tariff apply, […]
  • What we’re watching: Mercedes driverless car, cherry blossoms in DC, Van Gogh Holland

    Charlie Leocha
    5 Jul 2015 | 1:04 am
    These videos range from a ride in Mercedes's new driverless car to a long presentation from the Library of Congress about The National Mall and cherry blossoms, and to Holland that play on the theme of Starry Starry Nights to drum up tourism.
  • America’s great Independence Day fireworks displays

    Charlie Leocha
    4 Jul 2015 | 1:04 am
    he Fourth of July is the biggest holiday in the United States. Parades march down Main Street, picnic baskets overflow, families come together, and in the evening, fireworks light the sky.
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    EuroCheapo's Budget Travel Blog

  • Spain: 10 first-time mistakes to avoid when visiting

    Regina W Bryan
    2 Jul 2015 | 4:17 am
    You’ve booked your flights, bought your guidebook, and are ready to take off for beautiful España this summer — congratulations! You’ve made a wise choice. Bust as you plan your Spanish jaunt, it’s important to think about a few pitfalls that are easy to walk into… but just as easy to avoid. Once you reach Spain, keep these rookie mistakes in mind to avoid any mishaps that can cost you precious time and money. Related: Recommended budget hotels in Madrid | Barcelona | Seville 1. Trying to see too much Spain is fairly large as European countries go, and you cannot…
  • Paris: 50 Do’s and Don’ts guaranteed to improve your trip

    Bryan Pirolli
    29 Jun 2015 | 9:24 am
    Looking for advice about how to act or what to do during your upcoming trip to Paris? The amount of “advice” online can be daunting, with endless lists about how to act like a “real” Parisian (whoever they are!). The truth is, there isn’t just one type of Parisian, nor is there one way to act when visiting the city. But you know us—we couldn’t resist creating a jumbo list of our own. However, we’re listing only friendly do’s and don’ts that will help you make the most of your trip and your budget. Do… keep reading! Related: 10…
  • A budget guide to Glasgow, Scotland

    Frances Ambler
    24 Jun 2015 | 3:48 am
    While Edinburgh may woo visitors with its genteel charm, and there’s no escaping the sheer beauty of the Scottish countryside, visitors to Scotland too often overlook Glasgow as a destination. Scotland’s largest city has plenty to offer the budget traveler, whether it’s tremendous free museums or the city’s renowned social life. It’s a working city full of contrasts, by turns gritty, glamorous and generous – and one well worth getting to know a little better. Here’s how to enjoy this great city while saving along the way. How to get to Glasgow Air Glasgow’s International…
  • Avoid these common tourist mistakes in Italy

    Rebecca Holland
    23 Jun 2015 | 5:52 am
    Italy is one of the most visited destinations in the world, making it both very accessible but also teeming with tourists at certain times of year. While most of Italy’s cities and towns are visitor-friendly, there are still some pitfalls that tourists commonly find themselves stumbling into. Avoid these common travel-planning mistakes to make your next trip to Italy as enjoyable as possible. Trying to see it all It’s tempting to want to see everything on a vacation. Many tourists visiting Italy try to see a long list of cities in just one or two weeks, many rushing along the main…
  • How to survive Barcelona’s top 4 attractions

    Regina W Bryan
    22 Jun 2015 | 8:20 am
    At its best, Barcelona is an enchanting Mediterranean city with creative cuisine, golden beaches, and a fascinating history reaching back to Roman times. At its worst, it can be a total touristville with neon paella and ill-advised Mexican sombrero souvenirs. Furthermore, the busiest attractions in Barcelona can get incredibly overcrowded depending on when you visit. The beauty of the Gothic Quarter, the majesty of the Sagrada Familia, and the quirkiness of Park Güell just don’t have the same appeal when you’re just trying to keep your sanity. But we can help. Before you run…
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    Go Green Travel Green

  • Here’s a Quick Way to Keep Your Dog Healthy and Fit

    Alice Benny
    5 Jul 2015 | 9:08 am
    Author Jordan Walker practices his love for animals as he takes care of his own pet dog. He makes it a point to share his point of view when it comes to pet care through writing articles at  Coops And Cages. In this article he focuses on some of the easiest ways to bring back… Read more The post Here’s a Quick Way to Keep Your Dog Healthy and Fit appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • Best Travel Bags for Women

    Elizabeth
    20 Jun 2015 | 3:17 am
    There is never the time like the present for weekend getaways or a fun-filled vacations with family and friends. As you make your plans, check out these best travel bags for women sure to make your travel tension-free. Best Travel Bags for Women Work Travel Whether your job has you traveling to different cities or… Read more The post Best Travel Bags for Women appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • Rolling Duffle Bags: Best Duffle Bags with Wheels

    Elizabeth
    19 Jun 2015 | 11:50 am
    Whether you are packing your kids off to summer camp, getting ready to pack them off to college, or packing yourself off to a much deserved vacation, the rolling duffle bag is your new best friend. The perfect pairing between the flexibility of a duffel bag and the ease of movement of roller bags can… Read more The post Rolling Duffle Bags: Best Duffle Bags with Wheels appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • Weekender Bags: Best for a Weekend Getaway

    Elizabeth
    19 Jun 2015 | 7:02 am
    When it comes to a weekend away, packing should be the least of your concerns. Take a few tips from the pros and start your getaway stress-free. First, don’t bring too much. Over-packing is very common and only leads to more stress and more stuff. Think about what you need to take with you, add… Read more The post Weekender Bags: Best for a Weekend Getaway appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • 9 Hidden Toxins in Homes and How to Get Rid of Them

    Dawn Head
    29 May 2015 | 10:20 am
    Hidden toxins in homes? We’ve already eliminated the lead paint and asbestos… are there still more toxins? Sadly, yes! Over the last several decades there has been an increasing awareness of them. These toxins in homes reside in our everyday products, in everything from our food containers, pillows, toys, cleaning products, furniture, and more. With… Read more The post 9 Hidden Toxins in Homes and How to Get Rid of Them appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
 
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    Jaunted - The Pop Culture Travel Guide

  • No Speedboat, No Problem: Just Use This New Outdoor Toy Share Service

    Charyn Pfeuffer
    3 Jul 2015 | 1:05 pm
    In 2014, consumers spent $3.61 billion on outdoors and sports toys. That’s a huge chunk of change dedicated to the fine art of having fun. The sad thing is that a lot of these boats, RVs and personal watercrafts are initially loved, then long-forgotten in someone’s backyard, basement or garage. There’s a whole land of misfit recreational toys out there in need of outdoor love.
  • Washington: Here Are Some New Airport Eats Heading To Washington, DC

    kjb
    3 Jul 2015 | 11:30 am
    Your layover in DC just got better, as some new dining options area headed to the airports that serve America's capital. (Yes, we bring you this exciting news just in time for July Fourth. Cue the fireworks!) The good news comes via Eater, which reports that later this year two DC-serving airports will say "bon appétit" to some new options. In the heart of the city Reagan National airport's Terminal B/C will score some fast casual Thai and Chinese courtesy of Big Bowl, plus Georgetown Gourmet Market, which will serve salads, soups, and sammies will all do their thing at Terminal C.
  • Have You Herd? Google Sheep View Is Our New Favorite Site

    ClassicTom
    3 Jul 2015 | 9:20 am
    Thank you, Internet. What are people doing with Google Street View? Besides, that is, nostalgically tracking the changes to your childhood home or manically searching for that McDonald’s next to a big tree and a stop sign (because you remember better by landmark than road name)? Introducing a new sheep thrill: Google Sheep View.
  • 7 Things to Know About the Nathan's Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog-Eating Contest

    jsb
    3 Jul 2015 | 7:54 am
    July 4th = hot dogs, amirite? And there is no finer display of hot dog consumption in this great land than the Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog-Eating Contest. The event has taken place in Coney Island every July 4th since 1916, according to the organizers, Major League Eating, and if recent years are any indication, an estimated 35,000 fans could be in the crowd on the corner of Surf and Stillwell Avenues to watch the festivities this Saturday. If you’re in NYC and want to witness the spectacle – and, frankly, who wouldn’t? (heh) – you should take…
  • Icelandair Launches Stopover Stays in Lighthouse Hotel

    Scott Kearnan
    2 Jul 2015 | 2:00 pm
    If every detour were like this, we’d look to get lost a lot more often. If you’re looking for an excuse to visit Iceland — but not quite willing to commit to a dedicated trip — take note. Icelandair has launched a pretty impressive new promo, the Icelandair Stopover, which allows passengers to spend up to seven nights in Iceland en route to a final destination in continental Europe. (There’s no additional expense for finishing your flight plan later.) Even cooler? One of the potential accommodations is the recently refurbished, century-old Dyrholaey lighthouse in…
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  • Check-Out Folio: Happy Fourth of July Weekend

    juliana
    3 Jul 2015 | 11:30 am
    We're taking of a little early today because of the Fourth of July holiday. We'll see you back here on Monday. For now, enjoy our weekly wrap-up, Check-Out Folio where we round up the best (Credits in folio-speak) and worst (Charges) hotel news of the week. Got a scoop? Or just want to share a recent hotel story? Tell us all about it! CREDITS · FOUR SEASONS HAS A CONCIERGE WHO COMES TO YOU ON THE BEACH · THE LANESBOROUGH LONDON HAS REOPENED · THE BATHER'S ELEVATOR AT THE ROYAL HAWAIIAN · ALSO: THOMPSON's CABO HOTEL IS NOW OPEN CHARGES · BAHA MAR IS BANKRUPT; ALSO,…
  • New York: There's No 'Time' Like The Present for These Two NY Renovations

    DesignMinder
    3 Jul 2015 | 7:25 am
    This "time" it's a short commute for visionary architects Rockwell Group to their latest renovation and transformation of the Time Hotel New York One of the hotel brands we've had a recent eye on is in fact a multi-brand, multi-hip lifestyle company that’s “debuting” all over the country. The Debut Hotel Group is the team behind brands such as Dream, Night, Time, and in 2017, a two-fer in Chicago of Dream and Live Aqua. In New York, meanwhile, the countdown is on as renovations are underway this summer at Manhattan's The Time Hotel New York, with a second location reflagging in…
  • Aman at Playa Grande in the Dominican Republic Will Be Called Amanera

    JasonD
    3 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Northwest Europe is going through a heatwave this week (or as most other places would call it, “summer”), but Aman Resorts is with you if you’re thinking ahead to your winter break to the sun: Amanera, its resort in the Dominican Republic, will open towards the end of 2015. Above the view that will greet you from one of only 25 casitas the resort will have, with this particular setting reserved for one of 13 that have their own 10-metre private swimming pools. Their “raw, organic design” is meant to complement the natural setting, and each has a flat, biodiverse roof…
  • Paris: Paris Is Killing It with All These Potential Killer Views

    juliab
    3 Jul 2015 | 6:25 am
    It seems like only yesterday we were admiring the killer view from the potential Paris hotel at the Hermitage Plaza. No update on that, yet, but here’s another project to drool over: Tour Triangle, a 180m high glass pyramid in the Porte de Versailles area which will just so happen to contain a hotel. The four star property will have, according to the brochure, 120 rooms situated on floors 12-17 of the building. You may not think that sounds high enough for Eiffel Tower views, but remember, the City of Light is a city of low-slung architecture – views there are, from your…
  • Will Trump Hotels Be The Target of the Next Big Hotel Boycott?

    juliana
    2 Jul 2015 | 2:36 pm
    In his bid for presidency, Donald Trump made some derogatory remarks (to say the least) about illegal immigrants in America, leading Univision and NBC Universal to drop Trump and his "Miss Universe" which he partially owns. Trump was also recently dropped by Macys department store who announced that due to his remarks they would no longer be producing or selling his clothing line. So far, Trump has retaliated by telling Macys he never liked that they made his ties in China, and by banning Univision employees from his Trump National Doral Resort in Miami. Now, we can't help but wonder if Trump…
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    SmarterTravel.com: Travel Advice

  • Renting a Car Under Age 25 Is Possible, But Pricey

    30 Jun 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Youth can be a paradox: If you're age 18 or older you're considered mature enough to be able to vote, pay taxes, and even go to war. But, until recently, if you were under 25, many rental car companies wouldn't trust you to drive their vehicles.
  • Spectacular Rainbow Beaches with the World's Most Colorful Sand

    20 Mar 2015 | 4:57 am
    After a long, hard winter where everything was colored in white (and then gray, and then black) snow, you deserve some color in your life. Escape to these seven spectacularly hued beaches, where you won't believe the color of the sand.
  • 10 Bargain Caribbean All-Inclusive Resorts

    12 Mar 2015 | 6:01 pm
    Nothing beats the Caribbean when it comes to blissful beach days, and nothing compares to an all-inclusive for convenience. But prices can be all over the map, with some resorts topping out at thousands per night. So we went on the hunt for top-quality resorts with awesome amenities that offer surprisingly affordable rates.
  • Europe's Cheapest Cities This Year

    9 Mar 2015 | 6:01 pm
    The time to go is now. But Europe is a big place. So where should you visit to make the most of the strong dollar?
  • Top 10 Beaches in the U.S.

    26 Feb 2015 | 5:01 pm
    We have the perfect sunny cure for your winter-weather gloominess. TripAdvisor, our parent site, just released its 2015 Travelers' Choice Awards for Best Beaches.
 
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    Viator Travel Blog

  • France & Italy: The Best of Two Great Foodie Destinations

    Viator Travel Team
    2 Jul 2015 | 1:13 pm
    There’s no disputing the culinary prowess of France and Italy. Both countries have long been held up as examples of the finest food traditions, although for completely different reasons. French cooking is notoriously complex, with sauces that require constant attention and fussy processes that intimidate many home cooks. Italians, on the other hand, pride their cuisine on its simplicity – it’s about using only a few of the best quality ingredients and making them shine. In both countries, however, the emphasis is on food not merely as fuel, but as an experience to be savored.
  • Where to Celebrate the 4th of July

    Jessica Spiegel
    1 Jul 2015 | 12:16 pm
    For many Americans, July 4th is a family holiday  it involves backyard barbecues, maybe a parade through town and a local fireworks show. Some people, however, have dreams of celebrating the nation’s birthday with more pizzazz. Thankfully, there are plenty of options around the country that deliver 4th of July festivities worth traveling for. So, where to celebrate the 4th of July? These 11 places around the U.S. each offer something special for the day, whether it’s a stunning backdrop for fireworks or a party that makes you forget the fireworks altogether. Philadelphia,…
  • Travel With Viator: What’s Happening in July

    Viator Travel Team
    1 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    Summer is here! And since nothing spurs the desire for a getaway more than the long days and warm nights of this splendid and celebratory season, peruse these July tours and deals and start turning your daydreams of escape into reality. Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, Netherlands What’s Happening This Month Amsterdam, Netherlands This year marks the 125th anniversary of Vincent van Gogh’s death, a fitting time to pay tribute to the great artist by visiting Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum, which houses the largest collection of his works in the world. Bypass the usual lines and head for the…
  • Out of Office: Katie Wines and Dines in Burgundy

    Viator Travel Team
    26 Jun 2015 | 9:00 am
    Viator’s team of travel insiders is obsessed with finding the best things to do everywhere we travel. From traditional tours to once-in-a-lifetime experiences, everywhere from Australia to Zimbabwe, we spend our time scouring the globe for the best tours and activities around the world. Whether traveling for work or pleasure (or both!) our staff members are always on the go and we want to share their experiences with you! In this new series, Out of Office, we’ll bring you their stories, highlighting the best things to do and see in destinations around the world, as experienced by a real…
  • The Rums of Central America

    Tim Leffel
    23 Jun 2015 | 12:43 pm
      One of the great benefits of traveling through Central America is that it’s easy to find really good rum for a ridiculously low price. While most people associate rum with the Caribbean, many of the best ones actually come from the mainland of Central America. They might not be as famous or as heavily marketed brands like Bacardi, but that’s a good thing. Thanks to more abundant sources of fresh spring water and the ability to store the barrels above sea level, these often beat out the island brands in international tasting competitions. The easiest and least expensive way to try…
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    World Hum

  • A Not-So-Literary Tour of South-Central Mexico

    The World Hum Editors (eva.jt.holland@gmail.com)
    27 Jun 2015 | 1:11 pm
    Peter Ferry made the trip based on a story he'd heard about Hemingway's Lady Brett Ashley, but in Taxco, nothing was quite what it seemed.
  • The U.S. Interstate Highways, Ranked

    The World Hum Editors (eva.jt.holland@gmail.com)
    17 Mar 2015 | 4:26 am
    The common road-tripper’s wisdom tells us to steer for America’s secondary highways to really see the country—and doing so has resulted in travel writing classics like William Least Heat Moon’s Blue Highways. But over at MapQuest, Robert Reid argues that we shouldn’t give up on the interstate so fast. “No interstate can outrun what’s outside the window—a desert, a Rockie, a swamp, a beach, or witness that change in lighting of a southwestern dusk, or the size of a western sky, or even the steamy air in a southern night,” Reid writes.
  • ‘A Walk in the Woods’ Premieres at Sundance

    The World Hum Editors (eva.jt.holland@gmail.com)
    30 Jan 2015 | 5:18 am
    The long-awaited film adaptation of Bill Bryson’s travel classic, “A Walk in the Woods,” has landed—it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah last week. It stars Robert Redford and Nick Nolte as Bryson and Katz, and The Hollywood Reporter calls it “a fun, geriatric version of Wild.” Here’s reviewer Todd McCarthy: Anyone expecting this epic journey to result in profound insights into the human condition will be disappointed; at a certain point, whether the men reach the physical end of the trail or just hop off when they feel they’ve…
  • R.I.P. SkyMall?

    The World Hum Editors (eva.jt.holland@gmail.com)
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:09 am
    The company behind everyone’s favorite in-flight catalogue filed for bankruptcy last week. It’s not 100% clear yet if this spells the end for SkyMall’s presence on our flights—a Shark Tank savior may be riding to its rescue—but the Washington Post’s Paul Farhi went ahead and wrote an obituary anyway: SkyMall was never the first thing you grabbed on a long, dull flight. It was a surrender, coming somewhere over Wyoming, after you’d been softened up by the lulling rhythms of the airline’s official in-flight magazine (“Walt Disney: Man of…
  • Call Your Mother. Seriously.

    The World Hum Editors (eva.jt.holland@gmail.com)
    30 Dec 2014 | 11:03 am
    Abbie Kozolchyk visits a most unusual theme park in Singapore
 
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    Perceptive Travel Blog

  • When in Bangkok, Eat Thai at Eathai

    Brian Spencer
    3 Jul 2015 | 7:09 am
    In central Bangkok, Siam Paragon has its ground-floor Gourmet Paradise, a heaving, where-the-fuck-are-we-going-to-sit food sanctum packed to the cubic centimeter with scads of restaurants, food stalls, a food court, pop-up food exhibitions, and scores of foodies (or what some might just call “humans”). It’s an old favorite of mine and remains well in favor of locals and tourists, too, though proceed with caution during weekend afternoons, when the place is packed tighter than a… than a… than a this. Next door, trendy Siam Center has the fourth-floor Food Factory,…
  • Canada: Travels in Music

    Kerry Dexter
    30 Jun 2015 | 11:02 pm
    Canada. From the west where crashing sea meets forested coast to the far north of the Yukon, from the heights of the Rockies through the plains, from Lake Ontario to Niagra Falls to the waters of the Saint Lawrence, from the vibrant and varied cities of Vancouver, Winnipeg, Ottawa, and Montreal to the distant ranching towns of the west, the French speaking countryside of Quebec and the winding roads where Gaelic is spoken in Nova Scotia, it is varied land. So, too is the music made and listened to. Take a listen to musical journeys artists with Canadian connections are
  • Cider, Art Nouveau, and Wisdom from a Nonagenarian in Asturias

    Jennifer Walker
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:00 am
    At sundown, bronze ripples lapped Gijón’s small harbour as the locals came out to play. Holding dark green bottles filled with sidra natural, natural cider, they poured the amber coloured liquid from great heights, splashing a mouthful into cylindrical tumblers before downing in one and tossing the rest onto the ground. This was my last road trip in Spain. I lived in Madrid for seven years, but all my bags were packed ready for my move to Budapest. I wanted to do one last trip before and there was one place on my Iberian bucket list I had not yet ticked off
  • In Bangkok, Pleasuring Yourself on Phetchaburi Road

    Brian Spencer
    26 Jun 2015 | 7:09 am
    In Bangkok, there are certain things one should and should not do between 2pm and 5pm. One should not, for instance, visit the Grand Palace, lest one risk a scalding by the shimmering midday sun, and a trampling by hordes of scurrilous tour groups suckered into a midday scalding, fresh from their bloated buffet lunch of the blandest proportion. Between two and five in the afternoon, one should not attempt to purchase alcohol from a convenience store or a grocery store or other retail operation, because one cannot. Mai dai. Strict regulations exist in Thailand restricting the sale of alcohol
  • How to Save on Airfare: Tips For the Rest of Us

    Sheila Scarborough
    24 Jun 2015 | 12:53 pm
    If you are looking for the “magic beans” or a “weird secret trick” to find cheap flights, this post is probably not for you. If you are a regular person who would simply like to avoid over-paying for airline tickets, read on…. Be Willing to Fly On Off Days & At Crummy Times Look, the airlines have NO problem, for example, filling seats at top prices during the US Thanksgiving holiday season. In case you hadn’t noticed if you’ve been insane enough to be in an airport during that part of November, the entire freakin’ planet is trying to fly
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    Travel | The Guardian

  • 10 of the best ways to enjoy Paris … on a budget

    Rozena Crossman
    5 Jul 2015 | 10:30 pm
    From city beaches by the Seine and Paris’s oldest food market, to a nightlife scene buzzing with free festivals and live music, Paris doesn’t have to leave you feeling financially drainedEvery summer the city creates “fake” beaches with huge plots of sand around the Seine and the Bassin de la Villette. Dubbed “Paris Plages”, this year it begins on 20 July and is open every day, free of charge, from 9am to midnight. Activities (some of which you have to pay for) include volleyball, pedal boats, rowing, archery and street tennis. A similar idea is Les Berges de Seine, a stretch of…
  • 48 hours on Waiheke Island, New Zealand: where to go, what to do

    Words and photographs Nikki Marshall
    5 Jul 2015 | 5:12 pm
    Beautiful, blissed-out, bohemian: this 20km-long island a short ferry ride from Auckland lures artists, wine-lovers, foodies and free spirits “What this island is about is art, food and wine – in any order you like,” we’re told on arrival at Waiheke, a 35-minute ferry hop from the centre of Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city.Heart-stoppingly beautiful, the 20km-long island is one of those idylls first “discovered” by hippies and artists, followed this century by foodies and multimillionaires: think Ibiza, Martha’s Vineyard, Byron Bay. Continue reading...
  • Cape Cod's hidden modernist houses

    Becky Barnicoat
    4 Jul 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Some of the world’s greatest mid-century architects built their summer houses in the woods of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and now a few of these modernist gems are available to rent as holiday homesThere is something strange hidden in the woods of Cape Cod. Venture deep among the pine trees and flaky-barked locust trees, past the glacial “kettle ponds”, perfect for summer swimming, and you’ll stumble across it: a community of around 100 modernist houses, built by some of the world’s greatest mid-century architects.These homes popped up between the 1930s and 1950s, built by Bauhaus…
  • Travel tips: North Jutland, Denmark, and this week’s best deals

    Joanne O'Connor
    4 Jul 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Visit the Danish city with golden light, join a literary festival in Yorkshire or have an adventure holiday in ItalyWhy go?Fans of Danish TV dramas could be forgiven for picturing the country as a place of half light and unsolved crimes. But even the most hard-boiled Scandinavian detective needs a holiday from time to time and when they do they’re likely to head to North Jutland. With its powder-soft beaches and jolly seaside towns, this island in the far north of Denmark is the perfect antidote to Nordic noir. Its distinctive golden light has been attracting artists since the 19th century.
  • The foodie traveller … on the revival of Native American cuisine in Minneapolis

    Johanna Derry
    4 Jul 2015 | 11:00 pm
    The Tatanka street food truck serves wild rice, cornflour cakes and wild greens using local, organic ingredients. It’s mission is to redefine American foodTravel across the US and the cuisine doesn’t change much from state to state. It has a reputation for being sodium-filled, sweetened and glutenous (though, arguably, delicious) food. But chef Sean Sherman, known as the Sioux Chef, is hoping to redefine what we think of as “American” food. Continue reading...
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    Lonely Planet blog

  • Lonely Planet Kids: Holiday snaps competition

    Maria McKenzie
    2 Jul 2015 | 1:42 am
    Whether your family holidays are all about theme parks, having fun in the sun or discovering a new destination, we’re pretty sure you’ve got no shortage of holiday snaps. So, with the summer holidays in the northern hemisphere in full swing this month, we’d like our young travellers’ to show us their favourite travel photo! Follow the instructions below for a chance to win a selection of Lonely Planet Kids books! THE TASK Dust off the photo albums and take a trip down memory lane! Pick out your child’s favourite holiday photo and send it to us with a short explanation (no more than…
  • Join our Summer Escapes #LPChat

    Maria McKenzie
    23 Jun 2015 | 10:33 am
    It’s no secret that we love to travel come rain or shine, but we can’t deny that special summer feeling we get when travelling during the warmer months. The sun shines bright, the skies are blue and the beaches glisten…bliss! So, fresh off the back of our Best in Europe launch, we thought we’d find out where you’re headed this summer  (or the next one, for those of you in the southern hemisphere!) with our upcoming #LPChat.  Whether your idea of heaven is an isolated beach or a city that never sleeps, summer escapes can lead to the most unlikely destinations, and we want to hear…
  • Family travel snapshot: LP Destination Editor, Tasmin Waby

    Imogen Hall
    23 Jun 2015 | 2:57 am
    To paraphrase, a travel photo is worth a thousand words. Each month we’re diving into a recent trip from a family travel expert to discover the story behind their favourite picture and hear top tips from their trip so you can follow in their footsteps with your own kids. First up, Tasmin Waby hails from Melbourne and is currently working in London as Lonely Planet’s Destination Editor for Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific. She is mum to two lovely girls. Tasmin with her girls in Venice.  Image courtesy of Tasmin Waby What’s the story behind this photo? I am a bit excited as…
  • Quiz: which European beach are you?

    Maria McKenzie
    23 Jun 2015 | 1:31 am
    It’s that time of year again – the sun is shining and the beaches are calling – yes, in the northern hemisphere, it’s summer! And what better way to enjoy the European sun than some good old fashioned beach bliss? Europe is undoubtedly blessed with some beautiful coastlines; from hideaway coves lapped by shimmering turquoise waters to mesmirising volcanic beaches, so when it comes to picking the right beach for you, let our Best in Europe recommendations be your guide! Take our quiz and find out which European beach you are!  
  • Storify: Bonnaroo 2015 highlights

    Maria McKenzie
    22 Jun 2015 | 5:39 am
    Lonely Planet Destination Editors Cliff Wilkinson and Alexander Howard go on the road to rural Tennessee for the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, one of the region’s largest cultural celebrations. Here are some of the highlights they encountered. [View the story “Bonnaroo 2015 highlights: a festival retrospective” on Storify]
 
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    LandLopers

  • Some Of My Favorite Photos Around America

    Matt Long
    2 Jul 2015 | 12:55 pm
    In honor of the July 4th celebrations, the theme this week for FriFotos is America. It makes sense, I like it but there’s a problem. I actually don’t have as many great photos of my own country as I should. Either I visited places a long time ago and no longer have the photos, or I just haven’t gotten around to visiting them. So in this series, yes, everything is from the US but is it representative of everything I love about my country? Sadly not, but I hope you enjoy it nonetheless.Washington DCColoradoMauiSavannah, GeorgiaStrasburg Rail Road PennsylvaniaNew…
  • 5 Luxury Hotels In Queensland To Visit

    Matt Long
    2 Jul 2015 | 12:50 pm
    As a luxury adventure traveler, hotels are an important aspect of my stay. Whenever I travel, I’m always happy to spend a little more for an amazing hotel experience. Some people may not care about this part of their travels, but for me a good hotel can not only shape, but define a trip. This was absolutely the case as I meandered around Queensland, in search of adventure, yes, but also a relaxing and comfortable stay. I was frankly surprised at the quality and diversity of luxury hotels in Queensland, and these five in particular are ones every luxury traveler should add to their must-stay…
  • Update To My American Travel Bucket List

    Matt Long
    1 Jul 2015 | 12:55 pm
    A couple of years ago I wrote a post detailing all of the travel experiences in my own country that I’d like to do. It was an effort to force myself to think more about travel in the US, instead of always focusing on far-flung destinations. Looking back at that list two years later, it’s frankly sad to see how little of it I’ve accomplished. I guess I’m just too mesmerized by those destinations that I perceive to be exotic and foreign. So, with all of that in mind here is my second attempt to force myself to consider more domestic travel by listing a few of the many amazing…
  • Local Woman Inspecting The Maras Salt Pans in Peru

    Matt Long
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:45 am
    The post Local Woman Inspecting The Maras Salt Pans in Peru appeared first on LandLopers.
  • Brisbane – An Aussie City That Surprised Me

    Matt Long
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:55 am
    When it comes to prejudging places, I’m guilty as charged. I think it’s something we all do though, whether we consciously realize it or not. We all have images or certain preconceived notions of almost everything in life, and that certainly extends to the travel experience. The key isn’t to arrive to new places with a blank slate, that’s just not possible or even advisable honestly, no, the key is to arrive with an open mind and the willingness to be wrong. Before first visiting the capital city of Queensland, Brisbane, I didn’t know a lot about the city, aside from the boring…
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    Indie Travel Podcast

  • Quirky Vilnius — the Lithuania podcast

    Craig and Linda
    27 Jun 2015 | 7:45 am
    Lithuania is a country like no other, full of quirks and surprises. When we visited in 2007, the capital, Vilnius, was under serious construction in preparation for its tenure as European Capital of Culture in 2009. Now it’s humming with new buildings and new life, while keeping its old independent spirit. This is part two of a three-part series on the Baltic countries: Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. To listen to the Lithuania podcast, hit play below or find episode 301 in iTunes, Stitcher or Soundcloud: Location Lithuania is the southern-most country of the Baltic states, which also…
  • Travel with a four-year-old

    Linda Martin
    20 Jun 2015 | 10:00 am
    “Adios! Adios! Bye! Adios!” So ended two weeks with Henry, my four-year-old nephew, and his mum, my sister Anna. It had been a fortnight of arm kisses, making him fly like a plane, and (oddly) conversations about Jesus’s apostles. For a large part of their stay, we were at home in Alcalá de Henares, where I was waved off to work each day with air kisses and welcomed home with hugs around the knees. We spent the evenings together, either out at a playground or at home playing with Henry’s toys, and Anna took him out on excursions while I was at work. Plus, since their…
  • What is indie travel? — episode 300

    Linda Martin
    14 Jun 2015 | 6:39 am
    Mornings spent wandering around a new city; barbecues in strange places with new friends, where only half the meat is “meat”; learning how to make empanadas, or ceviche, or pasta… this is indie travel for us. Learning, experiencing, really being in our destination… that’s part of it too. But how can we define indie travel? For our 300th episode of Indie Travel Podcast, we decided to revisit our roots and discuss what indie travel means to us, as well as talking to some other bloggers and podcasters to get their opinion. To listen, hit play below or find episode 300 in iTunes,…
  • Ride-sharing: the way to go?

    Linda Martin
    8 Jun 2015 | 3:29 am
    We’d been waiting for half an hour when the van pulled up at the meeting point. We were going to be travelling by car, though, so this slightly dilapidated vehicle couldn’t be the one we were waiting for, could it? Two young men got out and one started towards us, a smile on his face. “Linda?” He asked. “I’m Moises, let’s go.” Moises? Who was this Moises? With a slight feeling of trepidation, I gave him my backpack to stow in the back of the van and found myself a seat in the middle row, next to two Argentinian sisters. Craig was in the front…
  • Four full days in Estonia… The Estonia Podcast

    Craig and Linda
    29 May 2015 | 5:06 am
    I’m just so excited about Estonia right now… We’re already planning a return trip this year, if we can get an apartment booked. What’s so exciting? The people, the history, the energy and a cost-to-value ratio that blows much of Europe out of the water. To listen to this Estonia podcast, hit play below or find episode 299 in iTunes, Stitcher or Soundcloud: Episode 299! Can you believe our next episode is number 300! If you’d like to take part, record an audio note on your phone and send it to linda@indietravelmedia.com. We’ll be answering the question,…
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    nerd's eye view

  • 7 Ways Your Brazilian Girlfriend is Cheating On You

    Pam Mandel
    4 Jul 2015 | 10:24 am
    Limited time value media wonkishness ahead. You can read this, or hey, for a better use of your time, read this story by Clementine  Wamiraya who fled the Rwanda massacres. Man, what a read. I’ve seen worse contributor plans than Hearst Publishing’s The Mix. You apply to be a contributor and if you’re approved, you’re added to the program’s mailing list. You get a daily email with suggested topics and if one of them sparks your interest, you log in and write a piece. If the editors like your submission, you get paid and the piece goes out to one of…
  • A More Perfect Union

    Pam Mandel
    27 Jun 2015 | 9:45 am
    I have a complicated relationship with the US. It had long been my desire to pull up stakes for Europe. I blame this on art school, reading about the Paris exiles, and a lot of misleading movies in which some not quite well formed young American goes abroad and becomes exactly who she’s meant to be, while effortlessly riding a bicycle in a skirt and some girly shoes, of course. I pursued this idea and I lived with an English boy in gritty Brixton, a London neighborhood that has long since gentrified, but was home to race riots between the predominantly black residents and the police…
  • Northwest Aurora

    Pam Mandel
    25 Jun 2015 | 2:58 pm
    I’ve only seen the Aurora Borealis once. I was flying home from Alaska and I looked out the window of the riveted dual prop plane to see green and yellow ribbons of light dancing in the sky. I still feel like I was imagining it. Given that it was nearly 20 years ago, I’m not surprised that’s how it feels in memory. I’d like to see the aurora again someday — I’ve been up to Alaska half a dozen times, and to the Yukon once in February, and I still haven’t had a second look at it. It came to us, though, here in the lower 48. My friend Aaron Green went…
  • Explaining American Gun Violence to Your Foreign Friends and Family

    Pam Mandel
    19 Jun 2015 | 3:56 pm
    Thanks to globalization, we Americans live in a world where more and more of us have deep ties outside the United States. This can be terrifically enriching. In our kitchens we cook up international food, our fold out couches host guests from around the world, our children might grow up speaking more than one langauge when we decide to procreate with that lovely research consultant we met while working on that localization project in the European Indian Southeast Asian subdivision. Darwin adores us for mixing it up. But every now and then, we’ll find a cultural barrier that we just…
  • Long Beach, Washington

    Pam Mandel
    8 Jun 2015 | 6:59 am
    This trail, in Cape Disappointment State Park, goes to a light house built in 1856. You can never tell what the weather is going to do on the Washington Coast, best you pack for the worst (and best) and go anyway. The wildflowers were abundant and huge; the foxglove were especially tall and bright. I love the way the beach becomes a place without edges when the fog rolls in. We had a hard time finding the ocean because everything was gray. The post Long Beach, Washington appeared first on nerd's eye view.
 
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    Cheapest Destinations Blog - Travel the World!

  • How to Make Money When You Leave Your Home Country

    Tim Leffel
    26 Jun 2015 | 7:14 am
    We've Moved! Update your Reader Now. This feed has moved to: http://www.cheapestdestinationsblog.com/feed/ Update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from us. Meanwhile, you can always see what's new by visiting www.CheapestDestinationsBlog.com!
  • Backing up Your Data on the Road

    Tim Leffel
    21 Jun 2015 | 9:59 am
    We've Moved! Update your Reader Now. This feed has moved to: http://www.cheapestdestinationsblog.com/feed/ Update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from us. Meanwhile, you can always see what's new by visiting www.CheapestDestinationsBlog.com!
  • These Cheap Countries Have the Fastest Internet

    Tim Leffel
    16 Jun 2015 | 1:54 pm
    We've Moved! Update your Reader Now. This feed has moved to: http://www.cheapestdestinationsblog.com/feed/ Update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from us. Meanwhile, you can always see what's new by visiting www.CheapestDestinationsBlog.com!
  • How to Travel Mexico on the Cheap

    Tim Leffel
    11 Jun 2015 | 7:02 am
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  • Where the Best Travel Deals Are in 2015

    Tim Leffel
    7 Jun 2015 | 9:56 am
    We've Moved! Update your Reader Now. This feed has moved to: http://www.cheapestdestinationsblog.com/feed/ Update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from us. Meanwhile, you can always see what's new by visiting www.CheapestDestinationsBlog.com!
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    Travel the Home Exchange Way

  • Home swap Q&A: look after my cat during an exchange?

    Home Base Holidays
    24 Jun 2015 | 3:28 am
    Q: Will I find members willing to look after my cat during an exchange?   A: Many member are happy to look after pets while on an exchange (some will even consider it a plus!). However it is important when adding your home swap offer to clearly indicate that you have a cat that will need looking after and also mention this when discussing a swap with members. This will ensure that everyone knows what is being agreed and also avoid anyone with a cat allergy taking up the offer. It's a good idea to leave detailed instructions for your exchange partners e.g. Is the cat allowed outside?
  • Home Swappers: the home exchange travel newsletter

    Home Base Holidays
    17 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    Home Swappers newsletter: Travel the Home Exchange Way Featured home exchanges: Victorian house exchange in London & C19th farmhouse in Aquitaine, France. Home exchange trip report: home swap in idyllic rural France Home swap Q&A: look after my cat on a home exchange? BBC One series on home swapping: participants needed! Read the newsletter: Home Swappers Newsletter Find your perfect home swap vacation: join Home Base Holidays Related articles Home Swappers: the home exchange travel newsletter Live like a local - April home exchange newsletter Home Swappers: the home exchange travel…
  • Reflections on home exchange by an experienced home swapper

    Home Base Holidays
    12 Jun 2015 | 6:29 am
    ‘When I tell friends that we do home swapping (we’ve been members of Home Base Holidays for several years) I’m often asked if I don’t worry about leaving our home to strangers.  I suppose the most obvious answer is that if I were that worried I wouldn’t be swapping at all, and it’s a two-way thing after all. But there are a few things I’ve learnt since we started this which I think are worth sharing if you’re new to this business. It may seem amazing to those of us who are well beyond youth, but you do get a feel for people even though the contact is all online. If you just…
  • Are dogs allowed on a home swap?

    Home Base Holidays
    8 Jun 2015 | 1:00 am
    Q: Do many UK homes allow dogs in the home swap? - Pat A:  A good number of UK members do allow home exchange partners to bring dogs with them. To find these: https://www.homebase-hols.com/search Browse Listings: choose Europe from the continent list, then England from the country list (you can do separate searches for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland). Scroll down and click 'Additional Options'; tick the box beside 'Pets Welcome'. You will see the results on the right of your screen (there will be several pages of listings for members in England who have indicated that pets are welcome…
  • Home Swappers: the home exchange travel newsletter

    Home Base Holidays
    4 Jun 2015 | 6:18 am
    Home Swappers newsletter: Travel the Home Exchange Way Featured home exchanges: River view home exchange in London & sea view home swap offer in Alicante, Spain. Home exchange trip report in Berlin, Germany Home swap tip: upload good quality photos to make your listing stand out Home swaps just in: Højbjerg, Denmark, Agadir, Morocco and Sierra Mountains, USA Read the newsletter: Home Swappers Newsletter Check out previous issues of Home Swappers Newsletter, in the Newsletter Archive. Subscribe to receive newsletters as published. Related articles Live like a local - April home…
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    Rick Steves' Travel Blog

  • Happy Fourth of July from Vietnam!

    Rick Steves Europe
    4 Jul 2015 | 1:55 pm
      I was wondering what to post to celebrate the Fourth of July and then my son sent me what I consider the most patriotic message I’ve seen in ages. (As a father, to see his son become a responsible adult not afraid to get out of his comfort zone and challenge norms at the expense of comfort, makes it a late Father’s Day gift as well.) Sure, Andy swallowed their propaganda, but doesn’t propaganda shape the way we see our world too? Andy and his sister Jackie are midway through 30 days of SE Asian fun (posting daily in our Travelers Café). Until today, I’ve never thought of…
  • Let’s Take a Road Trip

    Rick Steves
    3 Jul 2015 | 9:47 am
    Traveling by car is often the best way to discover off-the-beaten-path destinations and engage more easily with the locals. Auto Europe has earned a reputation that I trust when I’m planning a European road trip — so I’m delighted that they are now a sponsor of my Rick Steves’ Europe video podcasts. Auto Europe knows the value of smart and reliable service. They also know the value of a good guidebook. So, to celebrate our partnership, Auto Europe is offering a free Rick Steves eBook with any car rental. I think I feel a road trip coming on.
  • Rappin’ on Throwback Thursday

    Rick Steves
    2 Jul 2015 | 3:02 pm
    Here’s a Throwback Thursday musical interlude for a little inspiration. The first line — “I’m goin’ to Europe in just a couple of days” — has been my theme this week as I pack up. With PBS working to attract a younger market, what do you think of my new travel wardrobe? (This actually was produced a few years ago, when my daughter Jackie needed funding for her high school radio station. I said “Sure, you can have some money…but you and your friends need to write me a rap jingle for a radio ad and let me sing — for lack of a better word— the last verse.”) Might this…
  • Thought-Provoking Posts Fill Our Travelers Café

    Rick Steves
    30 Jun 2015 | 2:24 pm
    Wow, there’s lots going on in our Travelers Café – where I enjoy highlighting travelers I find particularly inspirational. My traveling alter ego, Beacon Bell, just biked across the USA from the East Coast to Seattle on nearly zero money and reports on his adventures. His latest post: Having a “zero day” doing absolutely nothing in Bozeman, Montana, and actually considering it a trip highlight (so different from me…yet so intriguing). Cameron Hewitt reports from Sarlat, in France’s Dordogne Valley: It’s market day and the world is a wonderland of tapenade, fruitcake, and…
  • A Pre-Dawn Volcano Climb

    Rick Steves
    28 Jun 2015 | 11:56 am
    My daughter Jackie’s latest journal entry takes us to the top of a Balinese volcano for sunrise and illustrates the value of hiring a local guide — whether in Bergen, Budapest, or Bali. Climbing Indonesia’s most active volcano, Mount Batur, they reached the summit just in time for breakfast before greeting the sun. “The top of Mt. Batur is probably the only time on this trip we will be cold. The fog was wisping along with the wind around us. Our guide cooked our breakfast on the hot steam of this active volcano: soft-boiled eggs and cooked banana slices sandwiched between Wonder…
 
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  • 7 Beautiful Boating Pics

    Susan Hall
    5 Jul 2015 | 10:22 am
    From Block Island to Petit St. Vincent, we’re celebrating boats on the water from around the world. Share your beach pics with us on Instagram by using the hashtag #CLPicks! Block Island, Rhode Island, by @therelaxedmom via Instagram   Lopud Island, Croatia, by @woman.meets.world via Instagram   Shem Creek, Charleston, South Carolina, by @jcollinsphotog via Instagram   Petit St. Vincent by @madeleinefrank via Instagram   Northern California house boat by @ryancarville via Instagram   Rottnest Island, Australia, by @glampackersyd via Instagram   Sunset…
  • Beach Music: True to Myself

    Susan Hall
    5 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    When anxious, uneasy and bad thoughts come, I go to the sea, and the sea drowns them out with its great wide sounds, cleanses me with its noise, and imposes a rhythm upon everything in me that is bewildered and confused. —Rainer Maria Rilke Great Harbour, Bahamas, by @ali_gentski via Instagram For a chance to have your photo featured as our View of the Day, follow us on Instagram at @Coastal_Living and tag the image with #CLPicks. Listen to more beach music all day with Coastal Living Radio
  • For Sale: Red, White, and Blue California Cottage

    Chandler Stroman
    4 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Nothing says Happy Independence Day like this charming California cottage—filled with red, white, and blue and Pacific views. Browse the 2,100 square feet of all-American rooms, and your Fourth will feel as festive as ever. Photo courtesy of Clay Bowman With four bedrooms, three full baths, and a two-car garage, this West Coast gem is currently listed at $3,550,000. Photo courtesy of Clay Bowman Coastal casual meets traditional in this cozy living room. Catch a glimpse of what lies on the other side of the sliding glass door, and you won’t be indoors for long. Photo courtesy of Clay…
  • Beach Music: America

    Susan Hall
    4 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    “America … it is the only place where miracles not only happen, but where they happen all the time.” —Thomas Wolfe 13th Street lifeguard station, Miami Beach, Florida, by Gregory Olsen/Getty Images   For a chance to have your photo featured as our View of the Day, follow us on Instagram at @Coastal_Living and tag the image with #CLPicks. Listen to more beach music all day with Coastal Living Radio
  • Sip on these Refreshing Beer Cocktails this Fourth of July Weekend

    marisaspyker
    3 Jul 2015 | 9:13 am
    There’s something about the beach and beer that just go hand in hand; the ice-cold, crisp, and bubbly beverage is the perfect complement to the summer heat and sun. But, while I’m a fan of brews straight from the bottle, it’s also nice to try something new. Mix up one of these beer cocktails at your Fourth of July shindig this weekend—you’ll please both the beer and liquor lovers alike.   Freedom Rings Tequila Beer Cocktail Photo: Courtesy of Sauza Beer and tequila are a natural pair–they work work well together in margaritas, mixed with fresh, citrusy flavors, and (of…
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  • OTAs dominate mobile travel bookings, for now

    markus.busch@hotelmarketing.com
    6 Jul 2015 | 12:10 am
    Phocuswright's report, "The Mobile Effect: Disrupting the Competitive Landscape in the Digital Travel Market", suggests that OTAs have a solid lead on other travel companies in the mobile sphere - despite consumer’s strong trust of larger supplier brands.
  • Who is the modern-day business traveler?

    markus.busch@hotelmarketing.com
    6 Jul 2015 | 12:09 am
    Today’s on-the-go executive is savvy and always connected, whose time is a precious resource. He views his hotel as a home away from home and expects it to deliver all the amenities he is used to accessing when not on the road.
  • Lufthansa GDS fee ‘a defining moment for travel’

    markus.busch@hotelmarketing.com
    6 Jul 2015 | 12:08 am
    Lufthansa's imposition of a €16 fee on GDS bookings is "a defining moment for travel", according to Advantage Travel Partnership corporate director Ken McLeod. He sees it as a huge gamble by Lufthansa to change distribution in the airline market.
  • How HotelTonight targets UK growth

    markus.busch@hotelmarketing.com
    6 Jul 2015 | 12:07 am
    With new UK and Ireland country manager Tomas Mendoza in place since the beginning of the year, efforts are being made to further increase its market penetration this side of the Atlantic.
  • How Expedia tapped into the emotional power of travel videos

    markus.busch@hotelmarketing.com
    6 Jul 2015 | 12:06 am
    According to Wendy Olson Killion, the director of product management for Expedia Media Solutions, “Travel sites are highly functional and rational. But travel is personal and emotional.” This misalignment between travel technology and consumer expectations offered Expedia an opportunity.
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  • Peter Pan takes flight with new magic as Disneyland celebrates Independence Day

    Andy Castro
    6 Jul 2015 | 3:17 am
    Disneyland celebrated the Independence Day holiday over the weekend with special performances from visiting U.S. military groups and, of course, fireworks. The holiday festivities came along with the reopening of the classic Peter Pan’s Flight…The post Peter Pan takes flight with new magic as Disneyland celebrates Independence Day appeared first on MiceChat.
  • Mousetalgia Podcast 350: Planning for the D23 Expo

    Jeff Baham
    6 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    Everything D23 Expo: This week, Mousetalgia talks to Kristin Rodack, a director with D23, to learn more about the upcoming D23 Expo to be held at the Anaheim Convention Center August 14-16. Get tips and…The post Mousetalgia Podcast 350: Planning for the D23 Expo appeared first on MiceChat.
  • Remembering Disney Legend Blaine Gibson

    Shelly Valladolid
    5 Jul 2015 | 10:17 pm
    It is often said that life is a game. If so, what defines winning that game? How about living practically an entire century, spending your life doing what you love and sharing that passion with…The post Remembering Disney Legend Blaine Gibson appeared first on MiceChat.
  • Summer Arrives at Disneyland Paris

    Max
    5 Jul 2015 | 1:13 am
    Summer Arrives at Disneyland Paris by Max Fan, DLPWelcome Hello everyone! Welcome back to beautiful Disneyland Paris. Let’s take a tour and see what the status of the park is. The renovation of the Fantasia…The post Summer Arrives at Disneyland Paris appeared first on MiceChat.
  • The Sweep Spot 157 History of Tomorrowland at Disneyland part 3

    the sweep spot
    5 Jul 2015 | 12:44 am
    In this episode we continue our series on the history of Tomorrowland. In part 3 of this series we talk about the years 1986 to 1998. We see many loved and missed attractions leave during…The post The Sweep Spot 157 History of Tomorrowland at Disneyland part 3 appeared first on MiceChat.
 
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  • 6 must-see Plazas in Peru

    Zach Smith
    5 Jul 2015 | 3:34 pm
    When you look at maps of Peruvian cities, you’ll notice every city includes a Plaza de Armas or a Plaza Mayor. For the Spanish, a city’s Plaza de Armas was the center of administrative, military, and religious power. These plazas aren’t always the largest or most centrally located squares, as many of Peru’s cities have […] 6 must-see Plazas in Peru is a post from A Luxury Travel Blog The post 6 must-see Plazas in Peru appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
  • 5 must-see gems of Rwanda

    Javier Luque
    3 Jul 2015 | 3:58 pm
    While the name Rwanda resonates for many with images of the 1994 genocide, the last 20 years have seen this landlocked country transform into one of Africa’s best-kept travel secrets. The ‘Land of a Thousand Hills’ may not boast the big-game wildlife safaris of its East African neighbours, but the astounding natural beauty of its […] 5 must-see gems of Rwanda is a post from A Luxury Travel Blog The post 5 must-see gems of Rwanda appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
  • The 5 best places to enjoy luxurious food in Dubai

    Vicky Anscombe
    2 Jul 2015 | 3:07 pm
    Dubai is known as one of the world’s most decadent locations for a reason; it’s got great shopping, the hotels are the very epitome of style and comfort, and the food’s extraordinary. Whether you’re a strict vegan or you’d like to sample some delicacies which aren’t often found on most ‘normal’ menus, Dubai is the […] The 5 best places to enjoy luxurious food in Dubai is a post from A Luxury Travel Blog The post The 5 best places to enjoy luxurious food in Dubai appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
  • Alternative activities along the Garden Route

    Matthew Coe
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:55 am
    The Garden Route is famed for its natural splendour and abundance of sights and sounds, which you can experience as you journey along it. Stretching along the south-eastern coast of South Africa, the Garden Route spans from Mossel Bay to Storms River, with a plethora of the country’s famous landmarks in between. We’ve made a […] Alternative activities along the Garden Route is a post from A Luxury Travel Blog The post Alternative activities along the Garden Route appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
  • 4 ways to get the most from Marrakech

    Colin Matthews
    30 Jun 2015 | 4:53 am
    Listed by many top travel publications as one of the best holiday destinations in the world, Marrakech in Morocco has taken a hit to its tourism due to the uncertainty of its neighbouring countries. The one question we get asked more than any other – is Marrakech safe? Marrakech is no less safe than many […] 4 ways to get the most from Marrakech is a post from A Luxury Travel Blog The post 4 ways to get the most from Marrakech appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
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    Travel Happy

  • 12 Years Of Travel: Perhentian Kecil Beach, Perhentian Islands, Malaysia

    Chris Mitchell
    24 Jun 2015 | 10:00 am
    Malaysia’s Perhentian Islands are a backpacker haven with great beaches and cheap scuba diving Perhentian Kecil Beach, Perhentian Islands, Malaysia 28 June 2006, 9 Years Ago This Week: I’d been commissioned to write a story about diving in the Perhentian Islands by Asian Diver magazine – while it’s a bit of a trek to get there, the sense of really being on a paradise island was hard to shake. (I wrote up a quick guide to diving the Perhentians if you’re interested in exploring underwater rather than just up top). I haven’t been back to the Perhentians…
  • No Vietnam Visa Required For Citizens Of Britain, Germany, France, Italy and Spain

    Chris Mitchell
    19 Jun 2015 | 4:49 am
    From July 2015, you don’t need to apply for a visa to enter Vietnam if you’re a citizen from Britain, Germany, France, Italy and Spain Vietnam Embassy, Bangkok The Vietnamese government have announced a important change for Vietnam tourist visas – if you’re from Britain, Germany, France, Italy or Spain, you no longer need to apply for a tourist visa from July 2015. Citizens of those countries can simply arrive in Vietnam without needing to obtain a visa beforehand. Travellers from Britain, Germany, France, Italy and Spain can stay for a maximum of 15 days in Vietnam…
  • 12 Years Of Travel: Bangkok Canal Bike Ride

    Chris Mitchell
    17 Jun 2015 | 10:00 am
    One of the best ways to see everyday Bangkok is to take a bike ride into the sprawling suburbs Bangkok Canal Bike Ride 21 June 2014, 1 Year Ago This Week: Most people greet the idea of cycling in Bangkok with some variation of “Are you insane?”. And while the city’s traffic can be dangerous, there are plenty of ways to circumnavigate it. Bangkok’s canals, or Klongs, used to be the main arteries of the city before being filled in to make way for roads – however, they still exist and following them makes not only for a safe ride (provided you don’t fall in)…
  • 12 Years Of Travel: Thames Barrier, Greenwich, London

    Chris Mitchell
    14 Jun 2015 | 5:22 pm
    London is steeped in history, but it’s also shaping the future of how we control the landscape Thames Barrier, Greenwich, London 10 June 2012, 3 Years Ago This Week: I spent a few days in Greenwich for my 40th birthday – it seemed appropriate to go back to the Source Of All Time as I celebrated being (hopefully) halfway through mine. I remember Greenwich as a kid being quite grotty – my parents took me to see the magnificiently restored Cutty Sark tea clipper – but now it’s full-blown Heritage London, and deservedly so – it’s one of London’s…
  • 12 Years Of Travel: View From Cortona, Italy

    Chris Mitchell
    14 Jun 2015 | 5:09 pm
    Famous as the backdrop for the 2003 movie Under The Tuscan Sun, Cortona is a stunning medieval town perched above the surrounding countryside View from Cortona, Italy 11 June 2013, 2 Years Ago This Week: Despite the vast amount of information about every conceivable travel destination available, I still find myself occasionally stumbling upon places in complete ignorance of where I actually am. Cortona was a case in point – we were on our way with a group of friends to stay in a villa in Umbria and Cortona was located nearby – I’d never heard of it before, but the town made…
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  • The Lost City Trek, Colombia: All You Need to Know

    Audrey Scott
    24 Jun 2015 | 6:29 am
    By Audrey ScottWe were out of breath, having just climbed 1,200 stone steps when Celso, our indigenous guide, called for us to join him around a group of stones arranged in a circle in a clearing. In the middle of the circle stood another square stone on top of which lay a pile of coca leaves placed as an offering. Celso explained with trademark calm in a slow, deliberate voice, “This is a place where we should let go of our impurities, our negative thoughts and emotions.” We stood in silence, not only to “cleanse” ourselves so that we might better experience this sacred site, but…
  • Travel to Colombia: First Impressions

    Audrey Scott
    15 Jun 2015 | 5:05 am
    By Audrey ScottCall it my imagination. While I looked forward to our visit to Colombia, I harbored the occasional image of thuggy bush-mustached Colombian narco-gangsters and aggressive gold cap-toothed street thieves shaking me down in the back shadows of Bogota or Medellin. (Yes, I realize I’ve probably watched one too many bad airplane movies.)Colombia, thankfully, was altogether different. We spent time on our own, under the auspices of friends, on tours, in cities, way up in the hills, on the coast, and in destinations in between.No narco-gangsters. No untoward experiences, for…
  • Adventures in Silence: A Vipassana 10-Day Meditation Retreat

    Daniel Noll
    26 May 2015 | 7:05 am
    By Daniel NollThis is my story about recently completing a 10-day course in Vipassana meditation in Malaysia. It’s also a story about impermanence. Day four. It was 90 degrees outside, maybe pushing 95. Inside the meditation hall, I had been in some form of a restless, tortured cross-legged meditation posture for a total approaching six hours that day. It was 2:00 P.M. and I was in the midst of what one might informally refer to as a “body scan.” I was systematically surveying the surface of my body for sensations when I again faced a familiar barrier.I sat hunched over at the…
  • Next Up: Exploring Colombia and Finding The Lost City

    Audrey Scott
    15 May 2015 | 10:51 am
    By Audrey ScottWe’re headed to Colombia tomorrow. We’re off to see a country we were supposed to visit five years ago. We’ll be on the trail for Colombian culture — from the Andes to the Pacific to the Caribbean — and to find The Lost City along the way. The colorful streets of Cartagena, Colombia. Colombia. It’s one of the countries that got away during the 15 months we traveled through Latin America a few years ago. We didn’t skip it because of safety concerns — in fact, even at that time ever more travelers were saying the opposite and urging us…
  • Switzerland by Train: A Mother-Daughter Journey

    Audrey Scott
    4 May 2015 | 5:33 am
    By Audrey Scott This is the story of why I went to Switzerland with my mom. It’s also a handy little Switzerland-by-train itinerary with recommendations and tips along the way.“Isn’t it hard to have your daughter so far away?” Angie, my mom’s friend from Basel, asked during our visit there.“Sure, but it’s kind of in the family. It actually began with my grandmother. She was from Basel,” my mom responded.The story dates back to 1911, when my great-grandmother, then a young woman, fell in love with and was engaged to a young man, my great grandfather. Instead of…
 
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  • Peach Picking Plan Comes to Fruition

    Darya Mead
    26 Jun 2015 | 10:52 pm
    I have wanted to pick stone fruit since I moved to California more than twenty years ago. In the interim I have picked blackberries, strawberries, blueberries, apples and some cherries from my urban backyard tree. The lure of fuzzy pink peaches, iridescent plums and, as comedian Mel Brooks would say, “I love a nectarine; It’s half a peach, half a plum, it’s a hell of a fruit” is tantalizing. Dreams of picking fruit, fresh off the tree dance in my head, particularly in summer. One of my happiest memories was wild camping in Provence waking up in our tent under a reine claude…
  • Justice & Soul in Cambodia

    Darya Mead
    4 Jun 2015 | 8:57 am
    I recently went for my thrice annual hair trim, and I love these sessions because my hair guy and I talk books, music, film and travel. I’ve sent him my top recommendations and links to things I have discovered and we always discuss details of his travels and reading list. So this time, I asked if he had any fun trips planned and he said he was headed to Cambodia in the fall for a working/volunteer vacation. Intrigued, I asked if it was teaching English, building infrastructure or joining a medical support program. He said he was so excited to be teaching Cambodian sex traffic survivors…
  • Woman in Gold—the Travels and Travails of one Famous Painting

    Darya Mead
    30 Apr 2015 | 1:21 pm
    I saw the film Woman in Gold recently, a true story starring Helen Mirren as an octogenarian Austrian Holocaust survivor seeking to reclaim her aunt’s famous portrait. The title painting, called “Woman in Gold” for many years so as not to name her aunt Adele Bloch-Bauer, and to obscure her Jewish heritage, is now so well-known it is featured on fridge magnets and mugs. I visited this painting and other Gustav Klimt works in Vienna’s Belvedere Palace Museum many years ago, lingering in front of my favorite works for what seemed like hours. At the time, I was obsessed…
  • Thaw Out in Cozy New York Haunts

    Darya Mead
    1 Mar 2015 | 11:58 am
    I packed silk long underwear, my warmest pants, boots, socks and other sundry cold weather gear for a last minute trip to NYC. It’s been years since I have visited my home town in February, and this year I was told the relentlessly arctic weather was unprecedented. Multiple images of the frozen Hudson River and moaning on Facebook made me truly ponder what to bring and how I was to survive the deep freeze. Once there, I was pleasantly surprised that my California outdoor gear was fine, better than fine, I actually enjoyed the blistering cold. I gave up on the outdoor ice skating idea, but…
  • Share a Suspended Coffee

    Darya Mead
    31 Dec 2014 | 1:53 pm
    The sharing economy seems to be changing how we manage fundamental parts of our lives. Companies like Uber, Airbnb and Zipcar are dramatically altering transportation, travel and our relationship to these services. It is not without controversy though, and it remains to be seen how we reconcile some of these very necessary services with other important factors such as insurance, safety, liveable wages and unionization, not to mention the housing cost crisis in many popular destinations here in the U.S. and abroad. As 2014 comes to a close, and the U.S. economy strengthens, more and more…
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  • Shutters on the Beach :: Santa Monica, CA

    Lara Smith
    14 Jun 2015 | 6:56 pm
    Simply put, Shutters on the Beach is a wonderful little oasis in the mist of Santa Monica and its beach. This hotel is in a perfect location on the Santa Monica boardwalk. The staff took care of us in a way that we felt like royalty. From the initial valet service, the checkin and our daily room service. The attention to detail was not lost on us. If we did have to choose just one thing we loved the most…it would be the beds. You will have one of the most comfortable sleeps of your life. Imagine a ginormous Nantucket style home plunked on the Santa Monica shore. The 198 rooms reinforce…
  • The Morgan – Dublin, Ireland

    Ava Stochinsky
    21 Apr 2015 | 8:02 pm
    Quite simply if you are going to Dublin and want to stay in the trendiest area, you need not look further than conveniently hip Morgan Hotel. The Morgan Hotel is one half of the Fitzpatrick Lifestyle Hotels set up in 2001 by Paul Fitzpatrick to create a portfolio of design focused boutique hotels. I found the entire vibe of the hotel to be contemporary and uncluttered, there was a simple elegance that ran throughout the property. We had a room at the back of the hotel. It was quiet enough, but the Morgan is not to blame for the early morning ritual of empty kegs being rolled down the alley.
  • Tom Colicchio`s Heritage Steak :: Las Vegas

    Ava Stochinsky
    6 Mar 2015 | 8:22 pm
    This is my Vegas go-to restaurant. The menu is not overdone, i.e. good selection but not so large that the kitchen is in mass production mode. We ordered a 8oz A5 Wagyu strip to share as an app. One bite and it ruined any other steak I will ever eat again. Recommend any of the steaks, I had the halibut from the restaurant week prefix, both were good portions and prepared exactly as we ordered. Great selection of drinks and wines. Some of their infused drinks were absolutely sublime.Service is spectacular and sides are just as amazing as the cuts of meat. The service was perfect. The servers…
  • The Liberty Hotel – Boston, Massachusetts

    Ava Stochinsky
    27 Feb 2015 | 7:41 pm
    Luxurious…yes. Elegant…yes. Comparable to any other hotel…nope. The Liberty Hotel is a perfect storm of all the elements you would expect from a historical landmark turned luxury hotel. The Liberty Hotel is ideally located in the heart of Boston’s Beacon Hill neighborhood near just a stones throw from the Charles River and its Esplanade. What was once the Charles Street Jail is now a hotel that is beyond compare to anything in Boston. After two years of renovations the hotel opened in September 2007. If there is a movie being filmed in town chances are the cast and crew will make an…
  • Telegraph Hill Luxury Robes

    Ava Stochinsky
    11 Jan 2015 | 5:55 pm
    If you are looking for a special gift for pretty much anyone, look n further than one of the luxury robes offered by Telegraph Hill. The robe I chose was the Chocolate Seersucker. It is made of 100% miccrofiber, and may be one of the most comfortable garments I have come across. The microfiber was not only great feeling but was a very beautiful color. The terry lining was the perfect feel without being too thick. The weight is heavy enough to cause it to drape nicely. This is a perfect choice for anyone who dislikes the bulkiness of a total terrycloth robe, yet wants coverage and comfort.
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  • Dig in: New England’s best lobster rolls

    Laura House
    3 Jul 2015 | 9:16 pm
    Happy Fourth of July to our Smiths in the USA! This Independence Day has us thinking about iconic favourites: baseball, apple pie and… lobster rolls. We still love you faithful ball park and street cart hot dog (promise), but there’s no better excuse for an East Coast escape than the search for this now all-American classic sandwich. From left: Clam Shack lobster roll, patrons queue up at the Clam Shack, Photos: Daryl Getman; The Captain Fairfield Inn; Kennebunkport beach KENNEBUNKPORT, MAINE The cool, clean waters just off of Maine’s rocky coast make an ideal home for the…
  • Spicers Vineyards Estate, Hunter Valley: Hotel of the week

    Team Smith
    3 Jul 2015 | 9:58 am
    Escape from Sydney for a leisurely long weekend of wine tastings, spa sessions, and bicycle rides for two. Only two hours from the city, the Hunter Valley will delight your inner gourmand with its abundant offerings, especially at restaurant Botanica. While spending the evening with your travel partner and a bottle of your new-found-favourite wine on your very own veranda at Spicers Vineyards Estate, you may find talk has turned to how to stay forever. STYLE Modern Manor House SETTING A vine romance WHY THIS WEEK? Let Spicers arrange a tasting tour for you; indulge in world-class wineries…
  • Road trip dispatch #4: the American desert

    Team Smith
    2 Jul 2015 | 11:28 am
    With an iPhone in hand, Jenny Grace, Smith travel specialist and a member of our cross-country road-tripping crew, couldn’t peel her gaze away from the terrain of the American Southwest. From the Chihuahuan to the Sonoran Deserts, spanning Texas, New Mexico and Arizona, here’s what she captured on the sand-swept road… When I used to think desert, the first places that came to mind didn’t include any arid stretch of the US. My brain went immediately to the Sahara and the Arabian, then the Gobi and Atacama. However, what I’ve discovered after driving for four days…
  • Road trip dispatch #3: the wild west

    Team Smith
    26 Jun 2015 | 5:30 pm
    The Smith American road trip rattles on through New Orleans, Texas and eventually California. Antony Merkel, a Smith travel specialist and expert highway navigator, offers his observations from the road… As soon as we pulled up to the Abita Mystery House in Abita Springs, Louisiana we knew we were in for one of the most memorable experiences of the trip. With taxidermy alligators, old license plates hanging from the walls and a shrine to hot sauce, this unique roadside attraction bills itself as ‘a folk art environment with thousands of found objects and homemade…
  • Hôtel Crillon le Brave, Provence: hotel of the week

    Team Smith
    26 Jun 2015 | 10:44 am
    Straight out of an impressionist landscape painting, Hôtel Crillon le Brave is our hotel of the week. Indulge in the best Provence has to offer – lavender-infused massages, leisurely wine tastings, and views of the rolling green landscapes that inspired van Gogh and Cézanne. STYLE Stone-built hilltop hideaway SETTINGSeven-house hamlet WHY THIS WEEK? Why not? There’s never any time better than the present for romance, and Crillon le Brave has it in spades year round: right now, though, you can take advantage of some especially tempting extras. Along with the romantic delights…
 
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  • Introducing a Brand New Awesome Nomadic Matt (Plus Some Announcements)

    NomadicMatt
    29 Jun 2015 | 8:34 am
    For close to three years, this website had the same design. When it came out, I loved it but over the course of those three years, the website has grown with a new forum, destination guides, new books, sections, and much more. To accommodate all that, I haphazardly added new sections of the website using a variety of designers. Nothing was really uniform. The website needed a change – something with a more up to date and clean look that better integrated all the moving parts. After months of designing, coding, and testing, today is the release of a super duper awesome brand new website…
  • Introducing: The NM Case Study Project

    NomadicMatt
    25 Jun 2015 | 5:42 am
    Months ago, I announced that I wanted to help four readers plan their trips from start to finish as part of a case study project for this website. While I haven’t talked about this in a long time, it’s because I’ve been busy making it happen. After going through 450 applications and countless follow-up calls, today I’d like to introduce you to the people I’ve been working with to help make their dream trip a reality. People often say to me; “Well, of course you can travel. You have experience and it’s easy for you, because you’re a white male from a middle class background,…
  • How to Visit Napa Valley on a Budget

    NomadicMatt
    22 Jun 2015 | 8:36 am
    With its verdant hills, acres of vineyards, and temperate climate, Napa Valley in California is one of the world’s premier wine-producing regions. Every year 3.3 million people flock to this region to bike, hike, swim in a veritable pool of wine, and eat rich, delicious food. However, Napa is not easy on the wallet. Restaurants, hotels, and winery visits add up quickly. Like a money-sucking feedback loop, visitors expect to spend a lot of money, and prices reflect people’s willingness to open their wallets. I went seeking an answer to the question I ask of all destinations: “Can you…
  • Travel and the Art of Losing Friends

    NomadicMatt
    18 Jun 2015 | 4:18 am
    After months on the road, you find yourself back home and excited to resume old friendships. You plan dinners, get-togethers, and nights out. And, as some people fail to respond or show up, you begin realize an awful truth — while you were out exploring the world, your friends crept out the back door of your life. And, unlike you, they aren’t coming back. They ghosted. After being away for over six months, I came back to New York eager to reconnect with my friends. I missed their faces, stories, and presence. But, as most New Yorkers will tell you, friendships are often hard to maintain…
  • How to Take Professional Travel Photos

    NomadicMatt
    15 Jun 2015 | 8:12 am
    Photography. It’s not something I’ve very good at. I take all my pictures on an iPhone and, if they aren’t used on the blog, they mostly just sit on my hard drive. But I still think photographs are important for the memories they represent. You look at a picture and it conjures up thoughts, feelings, and smells that take you back to a long forgotten place. Today, professional photographer Laurence Norah of Finding the Universe, begins a five part series on how to become a better photographer. Part one is on composition and framing. In 2009, I gave up my job in IT and set off…
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  • What Changes Can Starwood Timeshare Owners Expect?

    Lisa Ann Schreier, The Timeshare Crusader
    29 Jun 2015 | 7:54 am
    You've probably heard the news that Starwood (HOT) expects to "spin-off" its timeshare division in the near future.While this may have significant affect on the stock value of both Starwood and the new entity, to be called Vistana Signature Experiences, Inc., we here at the timeshare blog are more interested in the affects to individual timeshare owners.We posed some questions to Starwood and received these answers from someone who wants to be identified as "a spokesperson for Starwood Vacation Ownership": ·         For an average SVO current owner,…
  • I'm Mad As Hell, But I Don't Know How To Fix Things

    Lisa Ann Schreier, The Timeshare Crusader
    22 Jun 2015 | 1:24 pm
    Everyday I receive an average of three e-mails from timeshare owners who are confused, feel ripped off and want out.  I can only assist them so much as I'm a writer and an educator, I don't buy or sell timeshare, I'm not an attorney and everyone knows that it is nearly impossible to "get out" of a timeshare, particularly when there are thousands still owed on it.   Day after day these e-mails come in and day after day I try my very best to find out why these consumers don't seek out any assistance PRIOR to buying a timeshare, only afterwards.Here's the unedited e-mail that…
  • 7 Questions You Had Better Be Asking

    Lisa Ann Schreier, The Timeshare Crusader
    5 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    Ah, summer vacation season is here.  Beaches, theme parks, tourist attractions, dining, cities and oh yes, for millions of people, one or several timeshare sales presentations. As I've said for years, timeshare can be a great thing for some people.  However, you had better be asking something more than "how much is it?" before making any decisions. Here are some starter questions: 1)    Do you understand all the terms and conditions of the contract?2)    What are the current maintenance fees?3)    What is the five (5)…
  • Bluebell Ice Cream Understands "It"

    Lisa Ann Schreier, The Timeshare Crusader
    1 Jun 2015 | 8:17 am
    Lately, Blue Bell Ice Cream has made some mistakes...some of them serious.However, they maintain a loyal following in part, because of their ability to recognize, fix and move on from those errors.Take a look at this video clip:http://wordofmouth.org/blog/wom-tip-223-owning-your-mistakes-is-just-as-remarkable-as-fixing-them/#comment-19748The difference between Blue Bell and other companies is quite simple:  they don't operate in an us vs. them mindset, they own their mistakes, they talk about them and above all, they are mistakes, they don't have a history of unfulfilled promises,…
  • Help STOP This Timeshare Bill From Passing In Florida

    Lisa Ann Schreier, The Timeshare Crusader
    28 May 2015 | 10:19 am
    We received this today from our friends at the Florida Timeshare Owners Association and want to pass it along:IMPORTANT AND URGENT!The information provided below is from the office of my District's State Representative, Greg Steube.The proposed revisions to the Florida Timeshare Act, having now been approved by the Senate and the House, are now being sent to Florida's Governor, Rick Scott, for either his approval, or his veto. Once he receives the bill, HB453, he has up to 15 days to either sign the bill, or veto it. Many timeshare groups, including ours and the National Timeshare Owners…
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  • Paddling the Persian Gulf

    6 Jul 2015 | 12:30 pm
    One Expat’s Favorite Thing to do in the Little Desert Country of Qatar Paddleboarding in Qatar.By Chandi Wyant Drifting at sunset.The flat expanse of the Persian Gulf sparkles silver and in the 113... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Inner Mongolia: A Chinese Wedding/Westerners Eyes

    3 Jul 2015 | 7:21 am
    A Traditional Chinese Wedding, a Western Point of View Luke and Dolly carry the red ribbon towards the horse/carriage.  Photo by James Pope. By Sophie DealLuke unveils Dolly's face. Photo by... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Baja California: Cruising Mexico

    2 Jul 2015 | 7:46 am
      Baja California: Sailing the Sea of Cortez A small cruise provides big adventures along Mexico's western peninsula.  The Westward at sunset near Puerto Gato BCS Lauren Buchholz... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • South Dakota: Helping Two Drunks Down a Mountain

    1 Jul 2015 | 3:18 pm
    My Firsthand Experience in Rapid City, South Dakota Gerard E. Elkfoot and his brother Jim.* By Andy Christian Castillo The rocky outcropping that I was standing on, in Rapid City, SD. On comes the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Cuba: Tourists Flock to a Once Forbidden Land

    1 Jul 2015 | 12:24 pm
    Cuba: A Mysterious Neighbor to the U.S. The Modernized Cuba in 2015 Musicians in Cuba. By Daniel Maldonado Cuba, a beautiful Latin and Caribbean country... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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  • The Stunning Cathedral in Cologne, Germany

    Barbara Weibel
    4 Jul 2015 | 11:44 am
    More than once I’ve been told by fellow travelers not to bother visiting the city of Cologne, Germany. “Don’t waste your time,” they said. “The only thing to see is the cathedral.” So when I realized that Cologne was the first German city to be visited on my Viking River Grand European Tour, I was prepared to be underwhelmed. Exterior of Cologne Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the largest Gothic Cathedral in Northern Europe We began our walking tour in front of the Kölner Dom, as the cathedral is known in German, a UNESCO World Heritage Site said to be the largest…
  • PHOTO: Noordeinde Palace at The Hague

    Barbara Weibel
    3 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: Originally a medieval farmhouse, today’s Noordeinde Palace at The Hague is one of three palaces used by the Dutch monarchy. Since it is located in the official seat of government for The Netherlands, King Willem-Alexander uses it as his working palace. (Visited 18 times, 18 visits today)The post PHOTO: Noordeinde Palace at The Hague appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
  • PHOTO: The Royal Palace in Amsterdam, The Netherlands

    Barbara Weibel
    1 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: Built in the 17th century, the Royal Palace in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, is one of three palaces used by the Dutch monarchy. (Visited 37 times, 37 visits today)The post PHOTO: The Royal Palace in Amsterdam, The Netherlands appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
  • PHOTO: KAWS Sculpture at Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam

    Barbara Weibel
    29 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: KAWS cartoon character sculpture in front of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam presents an interesting juxtaposition for a museum that focuses on old masters (Visited 54 times, 54 visits today)The post PHOTO: KAWS Sculpture at Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
  • Amsterdam – 881,000 Bicycles and Counting

    Barbara Weibel
    27 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    Not two minutes after I stepped off the bus from the airport, my girlfriend yanked me back up onto a curb. Before I had time to be startled, a bike whizzed past in a blur, missing me by less than an inch. “You have to be careful of the bicycles in Amsterdam. We cycle everywhere.” She pointed out dedicated lanes paved with red brick in the streets and on the sidewalks, cautioning me to look both ways for bikes, even before considering motor vehicle traffic. Bicycles in Amsterdam coming out of the tunnel at the Rijksmuseum nearly run me over Indeed, everywhere I went for the next ten days I…
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  • Why We Travel

    24 Jun 2015 | 3:49 am
    “Please know that I am aware of the hazards. I want to do it because I want to do it.” Emilia EarhartWhen I was growing up, my parents often travelled to faraway lands. It didn’t worry me during the day, but at night I dreamt over and over again that they died in a plane crash.  I dreamt it so often that I taught myself how to control the story. Just as the plane was about to hit the ground, I would tell myself to wake up and not to worry, it was only a dream. One night, probably from boredom or just curiosity, I let the dream finish its terrible trajectory.  This night the…
  • The Gardens at Highgrove

    4 Oct 2014 | 6:15 am
    I visit gardens the way most folks watch MasterChef, I love to watch someone else perform but I haven’t a clue how to garden. Still, when the announcement arrived from my daughter’s school that tickets had been obtained to tour the Prince of Wales's gardens at Highgrove, I leapt at the chance. MasterChef Grand Finale here I come.It’s a bit complicated getting oneself to Highgrove southwest of Tetsbury in the Cotswolds. First, you must pre-book a ticket from the website or you can call the booking office on 0207 766 7310.  I’ve been told tickets for the season go fast. On arrival,…
  • A Chef, a TV Show and Flash Fried Collards

    19 Jul 2014 | 4:19 am
    My daughter loves Master Chef. It’s charms are somewhat lost on this old curmudgeon. I haven’t been excited about a TV cook since Julia Child - until I was introduced to the award winning public broadcasting series “A Chef’s Life” featuring an eastern North Carolina girl, a Yankee husband*, and a backwater called Kinston that has a real Civil War ironclad the CSS Neuse washed-up in the center of town. Does this sound like the makings of a fabulous TV show? Honey, it’s a cracker.I was introduced to “A Chef’s Life” by my friend Mase who would send to London DVDS and internet…
  • I'm ready Bill Cunningham

    13 Jun 2014 | 3:35 am
    It’s hot and sunny here. World Cup enthusiasm is in the air. It’s Friday and I am about to hit the streets of London. Get ready Bill Cunningham. But wait. He takes sartorial snaps on the streets of New York for the New York Times. There is absolutely no reason to dress for Bill Cunningham here in London.Oh yes there is. I always choose my outfits for Bill. His women stride across New York ‘expressing their personal style’. They’re having fun. They’re confident, cool and interesting. I want to be part of that tribe, those confident and interesting urban creatures here in London. So…
  • It's Mother's Day Somewhere

    9 May 2014 | 9:05 am
    Yikes! It's Mother's Day in America on Sunday.  Today, I am republishing something that I wrote in 2009 when it was Mother's Day in the UK but not the US. Five years later, my mother is still up to her old tricks, I'm still getting my dates mixed up and it's still Mother's Day somewhere. It’s Mother’s Day in the UK. Sure, the economy needs stimulating but this year’s commercial badgering to remember, love and shop for Mum is a bit much. Microsoft just sent me this. “Make her day even more special with Windows Live.” Hey Bill Gates & Co., I’ve got news for you, my…
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  • Wat Sra Sri & the lesser known temples of Sukhothai Historial Park

    Dave from The Longest Way Home
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:11 pm
    Wat Sra Sri And Tra Pang Tra Kuan in Sukhothai, Thailand Unknown & lesser visited temples of Sukhothai Historical Park Most of the big impressive temples have already been covered in my guide to Sukhothai Historical Park. They are all really worth visiting as obligatory – must sees. But what of the others that you’ll walk by on the way? Those large brick chedi’s, broken wats and in some cases chunks of stone scattered around a field, are they worth visiting? Let’s take a look at the other side of Sukhothai and the ruins that you might be passing like everyone else…
  • Thai food: Sukhothai Noodles

    Dave from The Longest Way Home
    23 Jun 2015 | 4:30 pm
    A bowl of spicy Sukhothai noodles in Thailand Sukhothai’s own dish is very much worth a try Also called “kuaytiaw Sukhothai” or “kwit-teow Sukhothai” this dish is Sukhothai’s own speciality noodle dish. It’s spicy sour and meaty. There are however several variation on this dish. Nearly every restaurant in Sukhothai I went into had a different take on it. A bowl of seriously spicy Sukhothai noodles However the base ingredients remain the same. Noodles. Flat noodles made from rice to be precise. It’s worth noting that this dish was spicy hot…
  • Wat Sa Si, Sukhothoi, Thailand

    Dave from The Longest Way Home
    16 Jun 2015 | 5:11 pm
    The elegant Buddha at Wat Sa Si in Sukhothai Historical Park Wat Sa Si is one of three not to be missed temples After Wat Mahathat and Wat Si Chum it’s easy to place Wat Sa Si as the third “must see” temple in Sukhothai Historical Park. Set on two small moat islands it looks great close up and from a distance across the water. It’s nickname is “Sacred Pond Monastery”. Wat Sa Si across the water Located practically in the middle of the central historical park area it’s not hard to miss (North West of Mahathat if walking). Wat Sa Si is noted for the…
  • Thai food: Spicy pork in glass Noodles

    Dave from The Longest Way Home
    9 Jun 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Spicy pork in glass noodles in Thailand is found everywhere in Thailand Spicy Pork with glass noodles is a great choice when visiting Thailand The word “spicy” and Thailand usually has me wincing at many a sadistic hawker lady. I like spicy but Thai spicy often means not getting to enjoy many of the other flavors in a Thai meal. I rather think one of the enjoyable qualities of good food is the taste and its ability to eradicate your tastebuds. The key in solving this is to simply say “no spicy”. Nearly every vendor knows this. Pork with glass noodles is delicious…
  • How long should I stay in Sukhothai? (The never ending sunset)

    Dave from The Longest Way Home
    2 Jun 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Rice Padi Sunsets in Sukhothai Sukhothai offers me a place to simply enjoy I’m a little behind due to the Nepal earthquakes so I’m just going to pick up in Sukhothai where I left off. When I first came to Sukhothai I was unsure about how long I would stay. It all depended on the temples. If they were great then a 3-5 days or maybe a week. If not, then just a day. There’s not much to Sukhothai city other than the old part. The new part of the city is Thai oriented. There’s a market and some small malls but little else other than places to eat. None-the-less,…
 
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  • News for the Week

    Donna Hull
    4 Jul 2015 | 1:05 am
    Happy 4th of July! From Donna: Happy 4th of July holiday weekend from hot, dry Montana. Alan and I don’t have any special plans, but there will be hamburgers for two, and watermelon, on our patio tonight. All fireworks have been declared illegal because of the extreme heat and dryness in Western Montana. How will you be celebrating the 4th? Subscribe to My Itchy Travel Feet and my personal summer cruise packing list is yours. And here’s why I didn’t write an article at My Itchy Travel Feet this week. I was busy creating a summer cruise packing list for boomer women. Want…
  • Top Five Apps for Summer Cruise Travel

    Nicole
    2 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    Summer time travel means different things to different people. However, for most of us it means enjoying a bit of down time either relaxing at home or traveling to beautiful destinations. Of course, for those avid cruisers out there, summer cruise travel means relaxing in a luxurious suite, long stretches of time at the pool and/or enjoying one of the many daily cruise excursions on offer. Two cold mimosas with a stunning view, please! Cruises these days are akin to large sized cities. Trying to decide what to do once you’re on the ship will (hopefully) be the most stressful part of…
  • Enter the Great AmericInn Adventure Contest and Win a Free Hotel Stay

    Nicole
    28 Jun 2015 | 12:00 pm
    SELFIE PRIZE PATROL: SEEKING WILD AND WACKY VACATION PICS! Have a phone filled with hundreds of crazy selfies? Love to travel to goofy places? Well, you’re in luck because the good people over at Great AmericInn are giving away one night at any AmericInn location. All you need to do is send in a photo of a wild, wacky or wonderful place you’ve visited here and you’ll be in the running for a free night hotel stay. A winner will be chosen every day and if you tag your friends in the winning photos, they’ll be eligible for a great prize as well. Can’t beat that!
  • News for the Week

    Nicole
    27 Jun 2015 | 1:05 am
    Does this photo inspire you to plan a hiking trip? Start with our Boomer Hiker’s Travel Planning Guide. From Donna: We’re experiencing extra hot weather here in Montana. From looking at the weather map, it seems that much of the U.S. is broiling. If you’re out recreating, don’t forget to drink plenty of water. One of the unfortunate results of aging is that we can become dehydrated more quickly. Starting out early in the day is another way to beat the heat. Have fun, but be safe! From Nicole: This Week’s Articles Talk about well-rounded travel! This week, Donna…
  • Five Funky Things To Do in the Florida Keys

    Donna Hull
    25 Jun 2015 | 1:05 am
    On a Florida Keys road trip, as a guest of The Florida Keys and Key West, I expected to indulge in tasty seafood, treat myself to key lime pie, appreciate early American history, go charter fishing and photograph numerous sunsets. While I found all of this and more, what I didn’t expect to find were the fun choices of funky things to do in the Florida Keys. Looking across the bow of the African Queen. Movie history, here I come. Cruise on the African Queen in Key Largo How many film buffs can say they cruised on a movie set? When Captain Lance Holmquist stokes the steam engine of the…
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  • Smithsonian Folklife Festival celebrates Peru

    Ellen Perlman
    2 Jul 2015 | 3:32 pm
    The culture of Peru is on display on the Mall in Washington, D.C., until Sunday. Catch Peru: Pachamama (Mother Earth) if you can. Most of you can't, but I would say put the Smithsonian Folklife Festival on your travel to-do list, should you ever visit D.C. in late June or early July. The Smithsonian does a great job of bringing in people, culture, crafts, food and more, from places all over the world. Last year...
  • Loving solo dining. Or at least not hating it.

    Ellen Perlman
    25 Jun 2015 | 7:57 am
    There are people I know who will jump out of perfectly good airplanes or ski double black diamond slopes in Utah who are afraid to dine out alone in a nice restaurant. Afraid! In this enjoyable story on dining solo, the writer describes it this way: When chilling out at home with a bowl of popcorn gets old, I opt for the solo dining experience – the next best thing to a bubble bath, except...
  • For solo travel, tap anyone you or your friends know

    Ellen Perlman
    15 Apr 2015 | 9:44 am
    You have friends, right? And they have friends? And relatives, too? Well, what are you waiting for? TAP THEM. You don't have to know them well, or even at all. They just have to live someplace you want to go. That's how I decided I could go to Ecuador without a travel companion. The thought of landing alone after dark in Quito, the capital city, was nerve wracking otherwise. But my childhood friend's husband's uncle's...
  • Solo travel around the world in the pre-Internet era

    Ellen Perlman
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    Imagine a woman traveling the world alone...a half century ago. I'm sure it wasn't common, certainly not as common as today. I was intrigued when I learned about the experiences of such a woman from her daughter, Jane Stein, who found her mother's travel logs and turned those adventures into a children's book on travel. Today I'm running a guest post that Jane wrote. I enjoyed reading the tidbits she listed on her website to...
  • Superstar of solo travel meeting new people wherever she goes

    Ellen Perlman
    10 Oct 2014 | 5:08 am
    I now have a solo travel idol. Her name is Laura and she's 25. She and her friend Alexa, two country girls from the (still) United Kingdom stayed with me in August, a few days before Alexa had to fly home and Laura was getting ready to continue traveling around the U.S. on her own for two months. In return for a few nights at my place, the two of them cooked me dinner and...
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  • 72 Days of Summer

    Christine Gilbert
    25 Jun 2015 | 7:54 am
    Hey guys, I’m running a summer offer on my online blogging course. For the first 72 people who sign up, it’s just $72. Or it ends in 72 days, whichever comes first. (Starting Sept 5th, I’m raising the price to $299). According to this list, there are 2300 travel blogs of some size. Let that number roll around in your mouth: two thousand three hundred blogs. Even I am daunted by that number and I’ve been around forever. I posted that link in my Blog Brilliantly group and here is one of the responses: “I have to thank Christine Gilbert for kicking my arse (in a…
  • Moments Like This Never Last

    Christine Gilbert
    13 Jun 2015 | 12:32 am
    Last night we packed up to leave Spain and head out on a road trip around Europe. In the middle of it all, clothes everywhere, kids sprawled out and sleeping on the futon in the living room, things half-cleaned and half-trashed, we got news that our friend Wyatt Neumann died. Everything stopped. We were beyond stunned. We still are. He was the best of us. Such an awesome guy, super talented, and just lived life in a way that was amazing to see. Rare. Now he’s gone. To be honest, it’s thrown us. We considered staying, but that seems like the opposite of what he would have…
  • A Quick No Hype Guide to the Paradise Pack

    Christine Gilbert
    1 Jun 2015 | 6:16 am
    My online blogging course, Blog Brilliantly is one of the items in the Paradise Pack that goes on sale today — a part of a 7-day flash sale that bundles $2000 worth of ebooks and online courses together for just $197. If you follow a ton of travel blogs, you’ll likely see this HYPED like crazy over the next week. (The website says, “Ready to travel more, work from anywhere and live your dream lifestyle?” — I love their enthusiasm, but that’s a pretty big promise.) I know when I see stuff like that, the messaging can prevent me from reading further, but I…
  • Create Camp is Coming!

    Christine Gilbert
    29 May 2015 | 10:34 am
    After the huge success of our first “Hell Week” — I received emails from people asking, “When’s the next one?” Well, here it is, coming this September to idyllic Tossa de Mar, which is north of Barcelona on the Costa Brava coast. After some reflection, I decided to change the name… it wasn’t a hell week so much as a create week, so Create Camp was born. What is Create Camp? The week-long workshop started because my workshop students asked for it. Last November, as we finished a Blog Brilliantly workshop in Barcelona, everyone said:…
  • Keep Your Job, Travel the World & Change Your Life (aka The Documentary is Here!)

    Christine Gilbert
    23 May 2015 | 10:36 am
    The film is here! The film is here! The film is here! If you’ve followed this blog since the beginning (the very first post was on April 26, 2008) then you might remember this site’s tagline was once: “Quit Your Job. Travel the World.” A little context: Tim Ferriss’ NYT best selling book the 4 Hour Workweek had just come out a year earlier; I was one of the first people to do take his advice: Drew and I sold our house, saved like mad for a year, and took the big, scary leap to living abroad and working for ourselves. The first two years were cushioned by our…
 
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  • defining adventure

    susan
    10 Jun 2015 | 6:40 am
    This past Sunday my family and I had nothing on the agenda. No barbecues, no parties, no errands (we do grocery shopping on Saturdays now, don’t be jealous). So we decided to be spontaneous – on a whim, we went to the zoo. The idea just came to us, I looked up Sunday hours and boom, we were in the car on our way to Stone Zoo just north of Boston. The idea was conceptualized, executed and completed within hours, which is pretty impressive with a 16-month-old in tow if I do say so myself. This post isn’t recap of our trip, you’ve been to a zoo before, they’ve got…
  • local roots

    susan
    9 Nov 2014 | 6:43 pm
    When traveling, the key to unearthing a place’s culture is often found in its food – when you avoid restaurants with menus that even attempt to cater to tourists, sip wine from local grapes and drink beer brewed with local hops. Sometimes, it’s even taking the extra step to visit a market to really live, breath – and eat – the life of the locals. It’s a habit that can get lost when you’re home. Routines and busy schedules can sometimes prevent us from stopping to appreciate what our own unique places have to offer. Yesterday, Ina Garten played in…
  • peeling back the layers

    susan
    18 Oct 2014 | 7:30 pm
    Today my yoga teacher laid out an analogy that made me think intellectually for the first time in a while, probably because these days, yoga – the third class I’ve been to in maybe a year – is the only time I have no choice but to think of nothing but the present. She told a story about her life before yoga, which included an array of fitness roles, from aerobics instructor to personal trainer. In those roles, she told us that one of the most asked questions she’d receive was, “how do I get six pack abs.” Her answer: “you have them, you just have some…
  • adventures in homebrewing

    susan
    8 Aug 2014 | 6:55 pm
    Mike and I set off on a new adventure more than a year ago thanks to a generous Christmas gift from my brother-in-law, Bill: a brew kit. Our first foray into brewing – which entailed me following Mike around the kitchen with my camera as he did all the work – was a complete success. The first batch tasted, well, like beer. I don’t mean to seem surprised, I’ve just heard that it takes some practice to perfect this concoction and to have our first batch not only turn out right, but delicious, was a lovely surprise. Since then there have been other cases, including one…
  • on motherhood

    susan
    21 Jun 2014 | 10:17 am
    This post – my first in ages – was started and stopped many times over the last several months. That’s because I had a baby. My sweet little Madeleine is about 4 months old now. It’s become clear that all of the adventures I’ve had to date were leading up to this point – this is what I was always meant to do. I look back and laugh at the times  I thought I was so busy balancing work and life now that Motherhood has jammed itself into the mix, but there’s a lot it has taught me. They’re lessons that aren’t groundbreaking, or even…
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  • A Laidback Tour of Colonial Antigua Guatemala by Troy Herrick

    2 Jul 2015 | 10:00 am
    A leisurely tour through the unspoiled atmosphere of colonial Antigua is a feast for your senses. Combine well-preserved colonial buildings, pastel coloured homes and cobblestone streets with the spontaneity of ferreting out undiscovered tourist treasures and you have the UNESCO World Heritage Site that is Antigua Guatemala
  • Grapevine Texas Has it All by Neala McCarten

    24 Jun 2015 | 10:00 am
    Several times a day, a gunfight breaks out in Grapevine Texas. This cheery town about 10 minutes northwest of the Dallas-Fort Worth airport isn't filled with violence, and these aren't actors pretending to shoot one another on the streets. It's Nat Barrett and Willy Majors, animatronic outlaws circa 1890 who argue and finally battle it out high above the gathered crowds. But this friendly town also offers an urban wine trail, great art, historic trains, and healthy chocolate.
  • Searching Seville Spain for its Heroes, History, and Architecture by John Thomson

    22 Jun 2015 | 10:00 am
    We're sitting at an outdoor cafe on the Alameda de Hercules, a broad tree-lined boulevard in central Seville, Spain's fourth largest city and the capital of Andalusia. Legend has it that Hercules discovered Seville and the Alameda is named after that mythic hero. Hercules didn't, of course, but old stories die hard and Seville has parlayed the Greek hero, or at least his name, into a tourist attraction.
  • Tips on Finding Group Accommodation in London

    18 Jun 2015 | 10:00 am
    When you're a tourist, one finds themselves being bombarded with a lot of advice on how they can keep themselves safe in a foreign land. Unfortunately, none of that information will have to do with ways in which one can save money while vacationing in an expensive place, such as London.
  • Quirky Festivals of the Finger Lakes

    15 Jun 2015 | 10:00 am
    The Finger Lakes in New York State offer a collection of unique and unusual summer festivals that are worth taking a weekend trip.
 
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  • New Orleans, Boston, Chicago: unique cities across the US

    Kathi
    5 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    TweetTranslated from the German version of this article. Nowhere in the world are there as many unique cities as in the United States of America. They all meet those clichés that have taken root in our minds: Boston’s European style, the film industry in Los Angeles, the southern charm of New Orleans or the unmistakable […] The post New Orleans, Boston, Chicago: unique cities across the US appeared first on tripwolf travel blog - your travel guide.
  • Photo and Travel Tips in Guatemala

    tripwolf
    29 Jun 2015 | 1:13 am
    TweetThis article is brought to you by Guatemala resorts.   Guatemala City (Also known as Guate) is the capital of the Republic of Guatemala, it also boasts as its biggest city of Guatemala and is a popular tourist destination for those planning a vacation in Central America, based on a small stretch underneath Mexico and […] The post Photo and Travel Tips in Guatemala appeared first on tripwolf travel blog - your travel guide.
  • Whether suitcase or backpack: We have the best tips to help you pack

    Kathi
    28 Jun 2015 | 1:00 am
    TweetTranslated from the German version of this article. Crumpled clothes? Forgot half of your stuff? Backpack shoulder straps making your back hurt? Recognize any of this? In the days before a vacation, we really just want to get going. We’re happy to take care of the annoyance of packing at the very last minute. But […] The post Whether suitcase or backpack: We have the best tips to help you pack appeared first on tripwolf travel blog - your travel guide.
  • Vegan, organic or traditional: These are the best ice cream parlors in the world

    Kathi
    21 Jun 2015 | 12:00 am
    TweetTranslated from the German version of this article. Ice cream is trendy these days. And not just because the temperature is steadily climbing. Vanilla and chocolate are yesterday; today, you can treat yourself pumpkinseed oil, goat’s cheese, and red beet and poppy seed. Extravagant variations are often the order of the day, but also sometimes […] The post Vegan, organic or traditional: These are the best ice cream parlors in the world appeared first on tripwolf travel blog - your travel guide.
  • Norman Peires’ Top Cape Town Tips

    tripwolf
    14 Jun 2015 | 3:19 pm
    TweetAs a child growing up in Cape Town, the city was always a place that people from Johannesburg would visit. They would come in the first week of December and leave by mid January – and that was the season. Which suited us just fine, as we Capetonians would then get the beaches to ourselves […] The post Norman Peires’ Top Cape Town Tips appeared first on tripwolf travel blog - your travel guide.
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  • Summer Festival in Costa Teguise

    Jules
    6 Jul 2015 | 12:35 am
    Teguise council would like to know what month residents in Costa Teguise would like to hold their summer party.   Oswaldo Betancort, the mayor of the Ayuntamiento de Teguise has invited residents of Costa Teguise to vote for their preferred choice of June or September on the council’s website. At the moment, the voting is equal after 224 votes. The campaign "Queremos celebrar contigo. Ponle nombre y alma a tu fiesta" came after a request from a group of representatives from Costa Teguise who approached the council, as they are the only place in the municipality, that does not…
  • Speeding Surveillance In Lanzarote

    Jules
    3 Jul 2015 | 7:09 am
    The Dirección General de Tráfico (DGT) have published the location details of speed cameras, which will be monitoring vehicles during their summer road safety campaign. The Spanish traffic department have identified 1,500 sections of intercity roads which are considered particularly dangerous. The criteria for identifying where to place the mobile radars is as a result of analysing the number of serious accidents, fatalities or injuries that have required hospitalization, the general number of accidents and the average velocity in these black spots. The locations have been made public so…
  • A Trip To The Beach

    Stuart
    3 Jul 2015 | 1:33 am
    I love beaches, and the great thing about living on a small island is that you're never far from one. The smell of the sea, the sand between your toes, and the seagull trying to steal your picnic are just a few of the reasons that draw me to coast. Not fans of lying around and sunbathing however, my girlfriend, her son and I are more likely to be found surfing, snorkelling or looking for crabs in the rock pools, and we take great pleasure in the relationship we have with our natural surroundings. Crabs, parrot fish, octopuses, cuttlefish, sardines, stingrays and angel sharks are just some of…
  • Lanzarote News In Brief - Week 27

    Miguel
    3 Jul 2015 | 1:22 am
    Arrecife Unemployment Alarmingly High The municipality of Arrecife is among the ten worst in Spain, with unemployment at 38.4%. It also  read more »
  • easyJet Connect Belfast & London Southend To Lanzarote

    Jules
    3 Jul 2015 | 12:42 am
    The budget airline easyJet have announced the opening of three new flight connections. The three new routes include a connection from Belfast to Lanzarote schedule which will start operating from the 7th November, London Southend to Lanzarote from the 6th November and Tenerife South with Amsterdam from the 15th December. Lanzarote’s new easyJet routes will be operating twice a week throughout the year, whereas the Amsterdam connection from Tenerife will be operational during the winter months. Belfast - Lanzarote There are flights departing Belfast on Saturdays at…
 
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  • Suburban escapes: Where to stay outside the city

    Lauren Mack
    29 Jun 2015 | 9:50 am
    Leave the bright lights of the big city behind this summer with one of these suburban escapes. Located close to popular U.S. destinations like Las Vegas, San Diego, Miami and New York City, these nearby options offer affordable alternatives to staying in major cities where prices are high and tourists are many. Easily accessible and irresistible, these quiet locales offer their own perks like famous attractions, picturesque landscapes and world class dining – all at a fraction of the price of their neighboring metropolises and with fewer crowds. Heading to the ‘burbs has never been…
  • Kids airport diversion guide

    Lauren Mack
    26 Jun 2015 | 10:05 am
    Flying with kids can be a challenge, particularly when there are flight delays and long layovers. Increasingly, airports around the world are expanding their family-friendly amenities, from family lanes at security checkpoints, family restrooms and nursing stations to play areas, art exhibits, museums and even massive dinosaurs. We spend much of our time in airports, so we have taken notes on key connecting airports worldwide to highlight airports that have the most exciting options for children to ensure your little ones are entertained on the go. United States Airports Merrily rolling…
  • How to survive San Diego Comic-Con

    Lauren Mack
    25 Jun 2015 | 1:39 pm
    More than 130,000 fans will descend on San Diego July 9-12, 2015 for Comic-Con International. The annual fan-tastic event – the largest of its kind in the United States – brings together the best in comics, entertainment and pop culture. Founded in 1970, the massive convention features a palatial exhibition hall, more than 700 events and panels, workshops and classes, anime and film screenings, games, the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards (the “Oscars” of the comics industry), a costume competition, autographs, an art show and more. Comic-Con is the…
  • Top 10 beaches for the non beach bum

    Jessica Padykula
    22 Jun 2015 | 9:35 am
    Who says a trip to the beach has to involve, well, lying on the beach? If the thought of staking out a spot on the sand and staying there for hours on end makes you crazy, there’s no reason to forgo beach time altogether. There are many beaches that offer more than the chance to work on your tan (wearing sunscreen, of course). We’ve taken on the enviable task of rounding up some of the best beaches around the world for people who just aren’t beach bums. Sunset Beach, Oahu, Hawaii, United States Best for: SUP and surfing Brock Roseberry, Palm on Sunset Beach via Flickr CC BY 2.0…
  • 15 ways to keep cool in Las Vegas this summer

    Lauren Mack
    22 Jun 2015 | 9:32 am
    Sin City is sizzling in the summer, but there are plenty of opportunities to keep cool that don’t involve casino hopping. Typically cheaper to visit in the hotter months when temperatures reach the triple digits, don’t let the heat deter you from booking a Las Vegas vacation. With so many ways to save and even more ways to keep cool, Las Vegas has a lot to offer summer travelers. And even in July or August, a trip to Las Vegas doesn’t have to be confined to climate-controlled casinos alone. In a city known for spectacular shows, glittering lights and a party atmosphere…
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  • Launching the Nordic Travel Bloggers collective

    Lola Akerstrom
    6 Jul 2015 | 3:06 am
    The Nordic Travel Bloggers Collective is the central point of contact for brands, destinations, and fellow collectives who are looking for specific Nordic travel bloggers and digital influencers to tell their stories to wide audiences in the Nordic region...
  • Meet the coolest mosaic artist in Ravenna, Italy

    Lola Akerstrom
    3 Jul 2015 | 1:07 am
    Meet Luca Barberini, arguably the coolest mosaic artist in Ravenna. He is taking an old medium and transforming it into fresh and modern art...
  • In Pictures: Exploring Ravenna and its UNESCO mosaics

    Lola Akerstrom
    29 Jun 2015 | 12:00 am
    I couldn't wait to witness these UNESCO mosaics in Ravenna myself so while recently exploring the region of Emilia Romagna, I took a day trip from Bologna out to Ravenna to soak up its essense block by block...
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  • A Travel Insurance Interview: Do You Really Need It?

    adam
    2 Jul 2015 | 1:01 am
    [section]The details are set: you're taking some time off work to travel.  This is your chance to get away and explore another part of the country or world.  The plane tickets are printed.  The hotels are booked.  You've even paid in advance for a few tours and adventure activities.  Or maybe you’re planning an extended RTW (round the world) trip.  You plan on traveling for several months, or maybe even a year.  The gear is purchased and the flight set.  You’re all ready to go.But there is one more aspect of your trip you should consider.  It’s not the most exciting part of…
  • Travel Insurance: Do you need it?

    Jennifer Miller
    1 Jul 2015 | 1:03 am
    [section]We are often asked what we do about healthcare and insurance for our family while we travel. It’s a topic that is much discussed among travelers, solo, couples and families alike.Should we have it?Can we do with out it?What kind of insurance is best?Which companies provide it?What should we look for in a policy?Does our home insurance cover us when we’re abroad?It can be more than a little bit confusing. If you’re American and required to be enrolled in an Obama Care certified policy, what does that mean for your travels abroad? If you’re Canadian, or British, or from another…
  • Five Reasons to Take a Career Break

    Jennifer Miller
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:03 am
    [section]You woke up this morning, washed your face, looked in the mirror and wondered, “How did I get here? Thirty-something, house, car, excellent job, by all measures “successful;” so why do I hate my life?” You’re not alone. I think eventually most people have the “Is this it?” moment in their adult lives where they step back and wonder if there’s more that they’re missing. The answer, most of the time, is “Yes! There is more, and you’re missing it!”So what’s a tired ad executive to do when faced with his five hundredth gray Monday morning? Splash on some Old…
  • Why It’s Not Crazy to Quit Your Job and Travel the World

    adam
    29 Jun 2015 | 1:03 am
    [title2]The American Dream[/title2] [section]Graduate high schoolGo to collegeStart your careerGet marriedBuy a houseHave childrenWatch them grow upSend them off to college, then to start their careersBecome a grandparentRetire, travel, and enjoy life It's the American dream, right?Anyone who has grown up in the United States usually has some variation of what I like to call the "10-point-plan." It has been ingrained in our brains since youth. The majority of Americans just take this life path as if we have no other choice.[/section] [banner type="red" subscribe="hide" description="hide"…
  • What Travel Has Meant to My Education

    admin
    25 Jun 2015 | 1:03 am
    [section]The idea that travel can be an excellent component of a well-rounded education is by no means a new one. In Australia, young men have been encouraged to go on walk-about as a coming of age for centuries. In Europe and many other countries around the world, to travel as part of an education, in the form of a gap year, is a bit of a rite of passage. Today, the idea is starting to gain popularity among Westerners, and more families are taking longer vacations or even transitioning to full-time travel.I’d say I have a good deal of experience in family travel. It’s affected me, and my…
 
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  • Places To Visit In Kumarakom

    Ashyln Molly
    6 Jul 2015 | 12:32 am
    If your vacation is long pending and if you are craving to stretch and relax on your much awaited holiday, you need to be in Kumarakom. The competitive world takes its toll and everyone loves a breather. While some may still seek action oriented holiday, some may love to be in the company of nature and feel one with nature. If you are looking for a break to be on a spot that has everything about it beautiful and naturally so, you cannot overlook Kumarakom. Kumarakom is a cluster of scenic islands around the picturesque Vembanad Lake. The town is nature rich with everything in it enjoying the…
  • Heading to the Beach

    Ashyln Molly
    3 Jul 2015 | 1:13 am
    You have a tune in your head…it is “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay” by Otis Redding. It’s hot outside…and something is missing. You have a sudden case of wonder lust. Ever notice how great everything suddenly becomes when you can curl your toes in the sand? The cool beach breeze on your face and calming sound of the waves clashing onto the shore make life feel so much better. Leave the monotonous 9-5 behind and be a beach bum for several days. If and when you go to the beach, what specific location do you go to? The U.S. is lined with countless beaches along the Pacific and…
  • All about the Colosseum in Rome

    Ashyln Molly
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:20 am
    The Colosseum was commissioned by Emperor Vespasian around 70AD and it was meant to be a gift to the people of Rome. The Colosseum, then known as the Flavian Amphitheater, was opened by Titus, Vespasian’s son, with 100 days of Roman games. It was actively used for 400 years, after which it fell into neglect. Indeed, until the 18th century, it was simply used to gather building materials. As such, two thirds of it is now destroyed, but enough of it remains standing to be enjoyed by tourists, for instance on the A Taste of Italy Globus Tours to Italy. Indeed, it has been turned into a symbol…
  • Great UK events this summer

    Ashyln Molly
    29 Jun 2015 | 11:34 pm
    With over 32 million people visiting the UK in 2013, it’s no surprise that Britain is in the top ten most visited countries in the world. And with its amazing heritage, beautiful scenery and eclectic mix of cultures, there’s so much to see. So here’s a quick checklist to make sure that you catch the best of the British this summer. Hit the beach The summer holidays are the time of year where the people of Britain head to the coast to experience the wonders of the British beaches. Popular seaside towns such as Scarborough and Blackpool have all of the old-fashioned Victorian…
  • 5 Places You Must Visit At Havelock Islands

    Ashyln Molly
    24 Jun 2015 | 11:42 pm
    The most visited of the Andaman Islands; the Havelock islands are among the top beach destinations of Asia and one of the prized beach destinations of India. The Andaman and Nicobar Islands being a fairly distant union territory of India is sans its huge population and thus remains a pure tourist spot with only a few so called industries. The Havelock Island is sparsely populated and is an island paradise. It’s beautiful beach shores lined with slivery and white sands with crystal clear waters and plenty of coral to watch, makes it a must visit beach destination for every traveler. In this…
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  • Beautiful Blue Boats in Essaouira, Morocco

    Luke Lakatosh (Stuck in Customs Support)
    5 Jul 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Before you plan a trip to Morocco Be sure THIS place is on your list: Essaouira. Yes I know it seems like too many vowels in a row, but you gotta go anyway. It was one of the most beautiful areas of Morocco, and you never think of that country as having a vibrant port-city, do you? Well all the more reason to go… Great photos, great food, amazing weather… it’s just amazing! Daily Photo – Beautiful Blue Boats in Essaouira, Morocco This whole medieval town is awesome, and it is more than enough fun getting lost inside the little streets and rampart walls. But I found the most…
  • Dinner by the Canal in Venice

    Luke Lakatosh (Stuck in Customs Support)
    4 Jul 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Eating Blind In London Have you heard about that restaurant in London where you eat in total darkness? You can’t see a thing… the waiters are either blind or have IR goggles… not sure… but you really pay attention to what you put in your mouth, as you might assume! Daily Photo – Dinner by the Canal in Venice If I lived in Venice, I reckon I’d try to eat dinner in every restaurant by the canal at least every other night. What could be better than Italian food and wine by a magical and mysterious network of canals? Who could get tired of that? I’ve often semi-joked in speeches…
  • Approaching the Korean Prison in Queenstown

    Luke Lakatosh (Stuck in Customs Support)
    3 Jul 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Self-Auditory-injury Question Let’s just say I want to live on the side of danger… I never find my earphones QUITE loud enough. I hear a good song and I don’t mind damaging myself a bit with it, know what I mean? I’ve tried many earphones… etc etc, but I want a somewhat illegal booster. I feel like all the major earphone manufacturers take things a few levels BELOW what is safe. I’d rather listen on the edge… know what I mean? Any suggestions? See the Landscape Tutorial Interested in shooting landscape photos? Check out the Landscape Photography…
  • Come see a giant work of mine at Art Southampton starting on July 9!

    Trey Ratcliff
    2 Jul 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Come out to the huge Art Southampton Event! Starting on July 9th, one of my biggest works will be displayed at Art Southamption in New York. The work is the one below and it’s printed at about nine feet across (3 meters). We used a very special printing process for it that you can see below. When you get there, look up Dranoff Fine Art or to find out more, you can email him at glenn@dranofffineart.com. Daily Photo – Poking the front of your face through the veil Those lovely green hills in the southern Guangxi province of China might look soft and plush, but the fauna hides a…
  • A View from the Hilton in Venice

    Luke Lakatosh (Stuck in Customs Support)
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Photographers tell amazing stories of their mind-blowage! Wow! Listen to these people talk what happened to them at www.TheArcanum.com – these are all Apprentices of Stephan Bollinger. BTW, we have a “rating system” like Uber and Stephan, like many Masters, hits it out of the park. He averages no less than a 5.0 rating! Here’s some of his Apprentices in this video: Pete Donohue , Jason Crader , Biju Oommen , Jake Randle , Maggi Woo , Daniela Vallant, Jeff Bond, Ryan Lundstrom , Jose Cabello , Paul McCranie , Mikhail Veter. Hot Venice Tip You’d think Venice is a city…
 
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  • Farm-to-Table & Summer Dining in the Heart of California’s El Dorado Hills

    Renee Blodgett
    6 Jul 2015 | 8:32 am
    When you think of the rural El Dorado Hills in Eastern California, you don’t necessarily think of food despite its abundance of wineries in the region. They are likely names you’ve never heard of like Cielo Estate, Colibri Ridge, Busby Cellars, Mount Aukum, Single Leaf, Sierra Vista, Shadow Ranch, Saluti Cellars, Nello Olivo, Perry Creek, Skinner, Windwalker, Findleton Estate, Grace Patriot Wines, Crystal Basin and Fenton Herriott, although there were a couple on the list I had heard of, like Gold Hill (we bought wine here) and David Girard Vineyards, where we saw selections from…
  • Asia Exploration: From Osaka to Shanghai

    Robert Schrader
    5 Jul 2015 | 3:21 pm
    I travel to the Far East a lot as you can tell from the volume of articles I have published about the region. Whether I’m in Japan, China or any of the other countries that make up this region of the world, I love the friendly people, the delicious food, the impressive technology and interesting culture, to name just a few features. As far as my own travels are concerned, I have a simple rule: When it doubt, head east. Here are five fabulous Far East cities for you to enjoy. Osaka Osaka is probably my favorite food city in the world, particularly local street food like takoyaki and…
  • Exploring the Best of Sardinia’s Beaches This Summer

    Robert Schrader
    5 Jul 2015 | 1:24 pm
    Summertime is approaching in the Northern hemisphere, and many of us wanderlusters are busy deciding where to travel so that we can be completely lazy in the sun, swim in beautiful waters and perhaps even practice some water sports. This is when I can brag and say that I am staying home this summer – as any other summer of my life. In fact, I am from Sardinia, and this is where I always return to after my travels across the world. Yes, this beautiful Italian island – with a strikingly different culture and a different language – at the heart of the Mediterranean has some of the most…
  • Head to California’s Gold Country For Serenity, Wine & River Fun!

    Renee Blodgett
    4 Jul 2015 | 11:10 am
    The truth is that I had never heard of El Dorado County so I certainly didn’t know where this “hot spot” was located when I was first encouraged to explore the area via a Twitter exchange one day close to a year ago. “Hot spot” shouldn’t go unnoticed because it’s not just a hot spot as a great Family Travel getaway but it’s also climatically very“hot” — that kind of dry heat that you feel in the California desert inland, which loses its breeze from the coast and any micro-climates surrounding it. It’s the home of…
  • An Interactive Food Experience in Italy’s Emilia-Romagna

    Megan McDonough
    3 Jul 2015 | 1:13 pm
    North Italy Foodie Alert! Let’s face it, Italy is almost synonymous with food and that’s especially true in the Emilia-Romagna region. During the course of the week, I had the chance to get crafty and I enjoyed every minute of it. Below are five of my favorite interactive experiences that I recommend for any traveler heading to Northern Italy. In a perfect world, I’d suggest spending three days in Bologna and then spending the remainder of the week driving through the region and staying at various agricultural spots, some of which I discuss below. 1) Learn the art of gelato-making…
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  • Postal theme

    5 Jul 2015 | 9:16 am
    I've shown almost all my postally themed stamp cards in the past so I've had to scrape the barrel. You can't have post without stamps of some sort so I've chosen these two.  It's really only one degree of separation, don't you think?This is a post for Sunday Stamps, hosted by Violet Sky at "See it on a Postcard!"  As usual, click on the button to see the other entries.
  • Holidays

    5 Jul 2015 | 8:43 am
    I have, some may have noticed, been away. Part of it was holidays when I did a lot of this:...But in a place more like this:The weather was wonderful and I feel very much the better for it.The girl reading, apparently propped up against a bicycle (though I suspect some PhotoShopping), comes from Russia, the Mediterranean doorway comes from the Netherlands.
  • Mushrooms

    17 May 2015 | 3:10 pm
    Neither of these PHQ stamp cards are in my possession because I've sent them to people who collect mushroom cards.  Personally, although I find them interesting, I don't think they are attractive at all and even verge on being sinister.  Day of the Triffids and all that.  I think I read that book too young.The first, as you can see, was issued in 1988 and ten years later came the second.  Interestingly, the 34p stamp was the highest value of the set, as was the 63p in 1998.  Now 63p is the first class internal mail rate, just seven years later again.This is a post for…
  • Summer

    12 May 2015 | 1:46 am
    Sometimes I receive cards that have no particular significance apart from being pleasant to look at. And this is one of them. It's title is "Summer" and that seems fair enough, it does look summery - and today was the warmest day this year here.  Very appropriate.It was sent from Belarus where it was 19 degrees C (66 F) at the time of sending.
  • The Stuart Highway

    11 May 2015 | 1:45 am
    John McDouall Stuart was the first explorer to cross Australia from south to north and back again.  He followed roughly the route of what is now the Stuart Highway which stretches from Adelaide in South Australia to Darwin in Northern Territory, 2,834 km or 1,761 miles.  This map of the route was sent to me earlier this year.It passes through and near some interesting places such as the Woomera Test Range (no stopping), Alice Springs,I don't know if you can read the inset Danger notice, because even the larger scan doesn't show it well. It reads Danger: unmarked holes.
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  • What are the benefits of using a fuel card?

    Brandy
    23 Jun 2015 | 10:34 pm
    Using one of the many available fuel cards in Australia can really be beneficial to your business in terms of administration and controlling costs. This article will look at how fuel cards can benefit your business and make your working day much more straight-forward when it comes to balancing the books. Pay and Reclaim This is the traditional method employed by businesses and is where employees pay out of pocket for petrol and claim back the amounts as expenses. This needs to be backed up by receipt evidence and this means physically handing over the information at some point, whereas a fuel…
  • How to style your holiday apartment to stand out from the rest

    Brandy
    8 Jun 2015 | 5:34 am
    Whether you plan to stay there yourself or let it out to other people, your holiday apartment should be the perfect home away from home. It needs to be welcoming, relaxing, easy to look after and a fun place to spend time. It should also be very different from your home, so that you really feel you’re getting away from your day-to-day life. You’ll need to get creative to bring this dream to life. Furniture A holiday apartment doesn’t need as much furniture as a home, so keep it simple. Bedrooms should have only beds and enough storage space for what can be brought there in suitcases –…
  • Savouring Majorca’s Unique Flavours!

    Brandy
    27 May 2015 | 5:41 am
    Majorca relies on its agriculture and tourism to support its economy. And the locals devote much of their time to both trades, even combining the two for inquisitive visitors that want to explore the islands unique flavours. The cuisine on the island is predominantly influenced by the mainland, although Majorcans are proud of their culinary heritage and are always keen for visitors to indulge in their recipes. Olive oil tours Olive trees were introduced to Spain by the Romans, and olive groves have been such a mainstay of Majorca’s economy, olive mills and infusion dishes have become museum…
  • Your Guide to Patagonia in Argentina

    Brandy
    22 May 2015 | 3:22 pm
    Imagine a landscape that stretches on for infinity, covered in arid steppe. This is what Patagonia in Argentina looks like. Known for its adventures, myths and legends, it is becoming an increasingly popular place for people to visit. After all, when people like Therou, Hudson and Chatwin start talking about it, as well as Charles Darwin of course, it becomes something to investigate even closer. A Land of Extremes Very few places on earth can be compared to Patagonia. Experience the biting winds of the Southern Patagonian Icecaps that howl over the largest permanent ice area away from the…
  • How to Prepare for a Long Haul Flight

    Brandy
    15 May 2015 | 6:05 pm
    International or long-haul flights are not just more tiresome than domestic flights, they also require more preparation. For travellers who have never spent more than 2 hours in the air, long-haul flights seem pretty intimidating. Timely and well-planned preparation is they only key to getting the most comfortable flying experience and reaching the destination in a good mood. For such long trips I recommend to try cheap first class flights or business class for your comfort. These simple tips will help you prepare for a long-haul flight and enjoy every minute of your trip. Opt for High…
 
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  • The 4th of July

    Sue Lobo
    4 Jul 2015 | 6:30 am
    Most of us know the story behind Independence Day, commonly known as the 4th of July. It’s the day that the 13 colonies gained their independence from Great Britain and formed the United States. This 4th of July we’ve highlighted some fun facts about the holiday as well as a few recipes that you can try at home. Independence Day almost was on July 2nd. The Declaration of Independence was adopted by Congress on July 2, 1776, but it had to be revised and that version was not adopted until July 4th. It wasn’t until 1941 that July 4th was declared a national holiday. July 4th…
  • Famous Unfinished Buildings Around The World

    Sue Lobo
    3 Jul 2015 | 6:30 am
    Ever have a home improvement project that you just couldn’t seem to finish? Well you don’t have to feel so bad because there are quite a few unfinished buildings all around the world. As you are reading through our famous unfinished buildings list, maybe it will inspire you to get that home improvement project done. Westminster Cathedral Westminster Cathedral is one of the most well-known churches in England. It’s also one of the most unfinished ones. Work on the church began back in 1985. As time went on it seems that it has been just too expensive to finish. The entire…
  • Costa Rica Vacations

    Sue Lobo
    2 Jul 2015 | 6:30 am
    For adventure seekers and ecotourists, Costa Rica has a surprising array of sights and experiences. The sheer variety of ecosystems is unbelievable. There are the cloud forests found in the mountainous areas of Monteverde, Los Angeles and Savegre, where the constant presence of mist fosters fascinating species of plant life found nowhere else on earth. The southwestern part of the country, near Corcovado, is blanketed in dense, lush rainforest. Then there are the flooded forests of Tortuguero in the northeast, home to the country’s wonderful collection of tortoise species. Costa…
  • Croatia Travel Information

    Sue Lobo
    1 Jul 2015 | 6:30 am
    Start your Croatia tour with a visit to the medieval walled town of Dubrovnik where you will also witness spectacular coastline and mountain scenery.  Walk the 1.2 mil city wall or take a cable car to Mount Srd. Both provide breathtaking views and photo ops.  Continue your visit through picturesque towns, museums, historical sites, lakes and the capital city of Zagreb.  A must see in our opinion is the Plitvice national Park which has amazing waterfalls connected to lakes. Make time to walk some of the trails. The park is a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site. Zagreb: …
  • Wackiest Festivals Around The World In July

    Sue Lobo
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:15 am
    In the United States there will be a lot of festivals to commemorate Independence Day in July. Other countries will have festivals for many different reasons that are very different than the typical July 4th celebration. There also is a very interesting festival occurring in New Mexico in the beginning of the month. Boryeong Mud Festival, July 17-26, Korea The mud in Boryeong is full of minerals and used as part of many beauty rituals. The mud festival started back in 1998 and has grew to epic proportions. People are often seen massaging the mud into their skin, wrestling in it, sliding…
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  • DAVID ATTENBOROUGH

    30 Jun 2015 | 2:05 am
    El siguiente video de David Attenborough constituye dos minutos de asombrosa belleza que van a colmar tu dia de paz, amor y los mejores deseos de un mundo mejor.
  • DAVID ATTENBOROUGH WONDERFUL WORLD BBC

    28 Jun 2015 | 12:40 am
    David Attenborough Wonderful World is a stunningly beautiful video we'd like to share with you. Two supreme minutes of pure joy and love that will brighten your day.
  • PLAYAS DE AMERICA DEL SUR

    24 Jun 2015 | 2:03 am
    Si adoras el sol y mar, la siguiente lista de playas de America del Sur te pondra en contacto con los mejores sitios que el continente tiene para ofrecerte.
  • SOUTH AMERICA'S BEST BEACHES

    21 Jun 2015 | 12:18 am
    If you're a sun-worshipper, the following list of South America's best beaches will put you in contact with the top places the continent has in store.
  • CATA DE VINOS EN AMERICA DEL SUR

    14 Jun 2015 | 8:20 am
    Si eres amante de los buenos vinos, ven a la cata de vinos en America del Sur, tanto Argentina como Chile producen algunos de los mejores vinos del Nuevo Mundo.
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  • Learning to Kitesurf in Tarifa, Spain

    Alberto Molero
    30 Jun 2015 | 11:05 am
    The wind is blowing strong and hard, tugging at my kite. Overhead, the sun’s rays are glaring and blinding my eyes. The wide, sandy beach stretches for miles and the cool waters of the Mediterranean are calling. I’m in Tarifa, trying my hands at kitesurfing, a sport I’ve long wanted to dabble in. For the uninitiated, kitesurfing is water sport that harnesses the power of the wind with a large controllable power kite to be propelled across the water on a board similar to a wakeboard. I’ve done surfing in Bali, wakeboarding in the Philippines and sailing in Hawaii…
  • Best Destinations for Overland Travel: From East Africa to the Silk Road

    Tom Mcloughlin
    26 Jun 2015 | 6:53 am
    Traveling overland is a fantastic way to really get to know a region. Watch the world fly by and sample every bit of it as you slowly weave your way through the back roads of a country. See what exists between the large towns and cities and the tourist traps and you’ll often be surprised and discover incredible gems that you would not normally be aware of if you flew direct into the places you were visiting. Below are five fantastic places to head out on an overland journey where every inch of land will thrill and entertain. AFRICA If you are looking for a wild ride, there’s no better…
  • Glamping in an Airstream: Embracing a Bohemian Lifestyle

    Nellie Huang
    24 Jun 2015 | 9:09 am
    It’s true what they say: It’s the people that make travel so enriching. Over the past decade or so, I’ve met many inspiring people on my travels who have interesting stories to tell. Trevor is one such person who made an impact on me. I recently met him when we rented his airstream, one of the coolest places I’ve ever stayed at. The gregarious Brit owns an ultra-cool airstream in the hills of Alozaina, a small village of 2,000 people in the heart of Andalusia’s countryside. He rents it out to travelers seeking something different and unique. Our encounter was a…
  • Traveling with a Baby — The Beach Holiday Edition

    Nellie Huang
    18 Jun 2015 | 9:26 am
    This is a part of my “traveling with baby” series to share our experience taking our new born baby on different types of trips around Spain this summer: from glamping trips to beach holidays. We hope to encourage you to show your baby the world too. You know how much I love adventures. I’m not someone who can lounge by the pool and do nothing for hours. But since having a baby, I’ve been craving to do just that — relax and kick back, enjoy the sun and do nothing. Perhaps it’s the stress and exhaustion that come with motherhood. Since the baby’s arrival, I’ve had to deal with…
  • From Nomad to Mother: A Personal Journey

    Nellie Huang
    15 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    Six months ago, my life was very different as what it is today. I was a full-time traveler, hitting the road at least once a month, to places far and wide — from Papua New Guinea and Antarctica to Iran and Mongolia. Last year alone, I went to 16 countries on four different continents. I hopped from one plane to the next every other week, and was always meeting new people and having exciting, unusual experiences. That was how I led my life for the past eight years, ever since I started this blog and carved a career in travel writing. Having a baby has completely changed my life. Now I spend…
 
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    South Africa Travel News

  • SA-Venues.com’s top 15 best value stays for 2015

    Wanda Coustas
    6 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    Send to Kindle Staying somewhere amazing is not just for the well-heeled. There are plenty of places filled with character around South Africa that offer comfort and charm in equal dollops – all of them for under R300 per person per night. We’ve trawled our listings to uncover those venues where character and low-cost meet to find 15 wallet-friendly, quality guest houses, cottages and camp sites for 2015. SA-Venues.com’s top 15 best value stays for 2015… BAYNESFIELD ESTATE,...
  • 10 of the Karoo’s most historically iconic towns

    Wanda Coustas
    3 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    Send to Kindle The Karoo conjures up a vista of wide open spaces, dusty back roads, historical churches and the endless overhead dome of the sky. It is South Africa’s heart, occupying huge tracts of the country’s inner, and more arid, land; often described as unforgiving. Once simply a vast area through which to travel en route somewhere else, today the Karoo is a series of little historic towns and various geological and botanical anomalies that attract visitors in their own...
  • Dinosaurs amongst the cycads at Kirstenbosch – 10 things you’ll see at Kirstenbosch right now

    Wanda Coustas
    1 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    Send to Kindle It’s a clever idea, putting life-size dinosaurs in amongst near-extinct cycads at Kirstenbosch. Not only does it give you a very real idea of just how large, or small, the dinosaurs actually were by standing next to them but you get a real appreciation for the critically endangered cycads that were part of the dinosaurs’ landscape, at the same time. On since early June 2015 the open-air art exhibition, known simply as ‘Extinction! Dinosaurs, and Cycads?’,...
  • Discovering the Spitskop Viewpoint outside Knysna

    Amelia Meyer
    24 Jun 2015 | 12:00 am
    Send to Kindle The Garden Route is full of gems – some are well known and frequented by tourists (such as the Bloukrans Bridge, Knysna Heads, and the Tsitsikamma), while others are secreted away for only the avid explorer to enjoy. Spitskop is one of the latter. It is part of the Ysternek Nature Reserve, which is a forest reserve that covers almost 12 square kilometres and showcases some of the most stunning scenery in the country…     Interestingly, the road up to Spitskop...
  • Snow porn: South Africa’s top 7 places for snow this winter

    Wanda Coustas
    22 Jun 2015 | 12:00 am
    Send to Kindle It is true that South Africa is not a snow destination. If it’s snow you’re after then you usually head to Alaska, Canada, Switzerland, the Northern Rockies, the mountains of France, Austria and Italy, America’s Colorado, Japan, and even New Zealand. Not South Africa. Yet South Africa is not without snow. And when it does fall in the high-lying inland regions of the country we behave as if we’ve won the jackpot; we’re so excited by the prospect of...
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    Velvet Escape

  • My annual digital detox

    Keith Jenkins
    2 Jul 2015 | 8:06 am
    Gosh, 2015 is just flying by! The past six months have been amazing, with trips to some of my favourite places in the world: Helsinki, Finland My first trip took place quite soon after the start of the year… to a wintry Helsinki in Finland, where I attended the Nordic Bloggers’ Experience and MATKA tourism trade fair. I was thankful for the ‘mild’ winter (by Finnish standards) and enjoyed exploring Helsinki for the first time. I loved the city’s eclectic architecture and my favourite experience was definitely the Finnish sauna in the woods and plunge into the…
  • Ten panoramas of cities in Germany

    Keith Jenkins
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:33 am
    This is a guest post by Jörg Dietrich, an architecture and streetscape photographer whom I met in Leipzig last year. Being an avid fan of architecture myself, I was impressed with his portfolio of streetscapes of cities around the world and I asked if he would like to showcase some of his photography on Velvet Escape. I was thrilled when he agreed! In this post, Jörg presents his ten panoramas of cities in Germany. 1. Checkpoint Charlie, Berlin Berlin The buildings at the former inner Berlin Checkpoint Charlie house a museum dedicated to the history of the divided city (Mauermuseum). The…
  • What I’ll be up to in Emilia Romagna

    Keith Jenkins
    22 Jun 2015 | 3:16 am
    Gorgeous porticoes in Bologna. My next trip takes me to the Italian region of Emilia Romagna. Located smack in the middle between the famous cities of Florence and Venice, Emilia Romagna is a diverse region boasting beautiful sandy beaches on its Adriatic coast, historic cities like Bologna, Ravenna and Modena, expansive plains and impressive mountains. Add to that an amazing array of food and wines, heavenly balsamico (the balsamico from Modena is the stuff of any foodie dream!), a state-of-the-art automotive industry (think Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati and Ducati), picturesque villages…
  • A Rhine Getaway with Viking Cruises

    Keith Jenkins
    16 Jun 2015 | 4:41 am
    Historic castles on the Rhine. The Rhine is one of the most famous rivers in the world. From its source in Switzerland, the river winds its way into France, where it forms the border with Germany, before continuing into Germany and finally the Netherlands where it reaches the North Sea. I’ve driven the length of the Rhine from the Netherlands to Switzerland, and did the reverse by train. When I received an invitation to embark on a Rhine Getaway with Viking Cruises, I accepted with glee – from the stories I’d heard about these cruises, I knew I was in for a treat! A Rhine…
  • Driving the Wild Atlantic Way

    Keith Jenkins
    10 Jun 2015 | 6:22 am
    The Wild Atlantic Way is clearly marked along the entire route. The Wild Atlantic Way is regarded as the “world’s longest defined coastal touring route”. Stretching 2,500km from County Donegal in Ireland‘s far north to County Cork in the south, it sure is long but aside from its length, the Wild Atlantic Way is without doubt one of the most epic drives I’ve ever done. Along the way, I was simply entranced by green rolling hills for which Ireland is famous, impressive mountains and tranquil lakes, daunting cliffs with its pounding surf, colourful towns, historic…
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    The Travel Expert(a)

  • 6 of the Best Restaurants – Leon and Granada, Nicaragua

    Marina Kuperman Villatoro
    5 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    Travel Experta - Specializing in Unique International Family Travel - Helping Families Get the Most of Their International Travels with Kids Whenever I plan a trip to a new place I like to search for restaurants that can provide amazing and unique experiences that will make us remember our time in that country or city. Plus, I often get questions about the best places to eat in the places I visit. So I came up with this list of six of the best restaurants in Leon and Granada, two of the main destinations in Nicaragua. 6 Restaurants Worth Visiting in Nicaragua 1. El Bodegon – Leon Photo…
  • 4 El Salvador Restaurants on the Beach

    Marina Kuperman Villatoro
    3 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    Travel Experta - Specializing in Unique International Family Travel - Helping Families Get the Most of Their International Travels with Kids The beaches of El Salvador are well known among surfers. Some say that they are the best surf spots of Central America. After hearing that I decided to take my family there to see what it was all about. Plus, they are not too far away from the Guatemalan border. We have since been to El Salvador a couple of times. It is a fun place to visit on a long weekend. During those trips we have visited a few restaurants and a few stood out. Most of them aren’t…
  • Hotel San Carlos – Elegance and Convenience – Guatemala City

    Marina Kuperman Villatoro
    30 Jun 2015 | 4:49 am
    Travel Experta - Specializing in Unique International Family Travel - Helping Families Get the Most of Their International Travels with Kids Every time my family and I go the US Embassy in Guatemala City we pass this gorgeous European style house. After several trips, I finally had a chance to find out what the place was all about it and it turns out it was a hotel. On a romantic weekend away from the kiddies, my husband and I decided to experience the hotel and their restaurant. Hotel San Carlos is literally half a block from the United States Embassy, on Avenida La Reforma, which is one…
  • Protect And Maintain Your RV By Using Matchless Camper Covers

    Marina Kuperman Villatoro
    28 Jun 2015 | 10:05 am
    Travel Experta - Specializing in Unique International Family Travel - Helping Families Get the Most of Their International Travels with Kids There are numerous individuals who love vacationing trip and utilize an effective camper in order to stay at an excellent location. The camper an expensive investment, so you should protect it from lots of environmental factors such as dust, rain falls, UV damages, dirt and snow. There are a number of resources available to protect your RV or camper, but some of them brings ultimate results. If you wish to know about the unique option, you can keenly…
  • Romantic Escape to La Inmaculada Hotel in Guatemala City

    Marina Kuperman Villatoro
    28 Jun 2015 | 4:09 am
    Travel Experta - Specializing in Unique International Family Travel - Helping Families Get the Most of Their International Travels with Kids Believe it or not, even though living in Antigua, Guatemala sounds romantic it’s similar to everywhere else you live. It becomes commonplace and after a while it’s great to get away for the weekend. And an even bigger treat when you can get away with your partner, sans kids. Guatemala City is probably the closest option to us with a decent selection of hotels. Since I’m quite selective when it comes to hotels, I was able to narrow down…
 
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  • INSIDEOUT by Leigh Sachwitz

    23 Jun 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Glasgow-born, Berlin-based architect and designer Leigh Sachwitz’s Studio for Design flora&faunavisions GmbH has created a mesmerizing interactive experience called “Insideout” for the Triennale der Photographie in Hamburg.   The Triennale has occurred every three years since 1999 and this year’s event is held from June 18 to June 28.   Leigh Sachwitz’s installation is both chilling and soothing at the same time. It is a 360° multimedia installation that explores the house as a sanctuary and as a safe haven from nature’s many forces.
  • Amazing Places To Experience Around The Globe (Part 1)

    20 Jun 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Preachers Rock, Preikestolen, Norway Blue Caves - Zakynthos Island, Greece Skaftafeli - Iceland Plitvice Lakes – Croatia Crystalline Turquoise Lake, Jiuzhaigou National Park, China Four Seasons Hotel - Bora Bora Ice skating on Paterswoldse Meer, a lake just South of the city of Groningen in the Netherlands. Marble Caves, Chile Chico, Chile The Gardens at Marqueyssac http://www.frenchmoments.com/Marqueyssac.html Ice Canyon - Greenland Capilano Suspension Bridge, Vancouver, British Columbia Valley of the Ten Peaks, Moraine Lake, Alberta, Canada Multnomah Falls, Oregon…
  • World's First Real Marble iPhone 6 Case

    13 Jun 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Synonymous with classical beauty and timeless style, marble has been the epitome of luxurious sophistication for millennia. Reinventing this ancient material for the modern lifestyle, the world’s first real marble smartphone case. Available in Black Marquina or White Carrara, and featuring a slice of marble as thin as a credit card, the CLIC Marble iPhone case offers the perfect balance between elegance, strength and durability.
  • Chasing Epic - Jared Chambers

    3 Jun 2015 | 5:00 pm
    At some point in time within the space of your existence you’ve imagined escaping, not to any place in particular, just merely escaping from everything you know. Winding down the windows and setting yourself loose with reckless abandonment. It’s that moment where the thrill of the moment far outweighs the thought of the final destination, a feeling that’s so unnatural within the day to day psyche Commissioned by The Cool Hunter, this stunning and unique photo by LA based photographer Jared Chambers is reminiscent of that exact feeling. Art is intended to evoke an emotion and…
  • Maza Cafe-Deli - West Village, New York

    2 Jun 2015 | 5:00 pm
    New Yorkers love their Mediterranean delicacies and they certainly love their coffee. Connect those two in a West Village café and you’ll have Maza Café. Located at 30 Carmine St, between Bleecker and Bedford streets, Maza offers more than the familiar, off-the-grocery-shelf Greek yogurt, honey and phyllo pastries. In particular, the yogurt menu is extensive and imaginative and gives the guests many reasons to return to try it in new ways. .   But we customers, of course, pay attention to the entire experience and Maza does not disappoint in the visual surroundings…
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    Man Tripping

  • Six Ways to Make Your Summer Getaway an Epic Adventure

    James Hills
    5 Jul 2015 | 2:37 pm
    With Fourth of July behind us, it's time to focus on the remaining weeks of summer. How will you be spending these hot summer afternoons? From looking good to doing awesome things, it's up to you to make the right decisions and turn a "good idea" into an "Epic Adventure". Your first stop to get ready should be a visit to Giant Eagle to pick up your Schick hydro razors and other items to make sure that you look as good as the vacation plans you are about to execute! Schick hydro is all about making sure ...
  • Celebrating Summer with These Awesome 4th of July Cocktails

    James Hills
    3 Jul 2015 | 7:23 pm
    Happy 4th of July guys! If you haven't already stocked up the bar for the weekend, then now is the time to do it and the great folks at Brown Forman have sent over some tips and recipes to make sure that no one goes thirsty! These are probably the easiest cocktail recipes you could possibly imagine, so just make sure you have the right supplies and you'll be the Independence Day Hero ... Fresh Mixers: Grapefruit Juice Hard cider Lemonade Ginger Beer Cranberry Juice Limes Grapefruit 4th Must-Haves: Sparklers Grill tongs and gear Glassware Festive straws Red, white and blue decor Fresh fruits…
  • Best Places In America to See Bald Eagles

    James Hills
    3 Jul 2015 | 1:59 pm
    Hunting isn't the only excuse to pack up your backpack and head off into the woods with a few of your friends for a guys weekend. Sometimes it is great to simply enjoy nature by observing one of the most beautiful birds in the world. The American Bald Eagle is thankfully coming back strong thanks to conservation efforts across the country. Few birds match America's majestic bald eagle for inspiring awe. Winter is prime viewing season for these incredible raptors, which often are more visible against the backdrop of the season's sparse landscape. Head to a national wildlife refuge to ...
  • Road Trip Tips for Traveling With Your Dog This Summer

    James Hills
    3 Jul 2015 | 8:05 am
    Are you planning a trip this summer? If so, I think it is awesome that there are so many new options for dog friendly hotels, restaurants with dog friendly patios and at least here in California you can even take your dog into a lot of retail stores too. Niki Belle loves to travel with me and one of her favorite things to do is look out the window as we do so. However, no matter how dog friendly a destination is, you've got to get there somehow. These five Road Trip Tips provided by Milk-Bone and Milo's Kitchen should ...
  • STOUFFER'S® Fit Kitchen - Good Food Quick and Easy

    James Hills
    2 Jul 2015 | 9:37 pm
    Frozen food has come a long way since I was a kid when "meals for men" were things like fried chicken with mac and cheese. Sure, those were tasty but they better be for all the bad stuff in them. STOUFFER'S® Fit Kitchen offers an alternative that is much more mature, with protein packed meals that are actually pretty satisfying. The other nice thing is that unlike some frozen dinners that are packaged in a tiny box forcing you to eat 2 or 3 of them to feel full, these are a complete dinner that is easy to make and ...
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    The Travel Tart

  • Inspirational Quotes – Nah, it’s Travel Demotivators Time!

    Anthony The Travel Tart
    3 Jul 2015 | 7:53 am
    Yay! It’s time to take the piss! One of my favourite sites is Despair – which is the site that produces those funny Demotivator quotes you see flying around your Inbox. Their catchphrase is that they are ‘the cure for hope’. Do ‘Inspirational Quotes’ really inspire people? But really, they like poking fun at those motivational quotes that seem to infiltrate many offices around the world that corporate visionaries stick on the wall in the vain hope of inspiring staff to do more work! The thing with demotivators is the reason that they’re funny is…
  • Plane Spotting! Like Train Spotting, but for Planes!

    Anthony The Travel Tart
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:44 am
    When I go to the airport, for the vast majority of the time, that means I’m about to board a plane somewhere and go travelling for a bit to enjoy myself. I love turning up to the check in counter to dump my backpack off, and receiving my boarding pass. This means I’m going away to somewhere different very soon! I also enjoy walking around the terminal to see what kind of planes have pulled up to the terminal. I pretty much know all of them because I’ve flown on them! (Yes, I’m grateful for that!). I know the differences between my Boeings and my Airbuses, and even some…
  • Flight Delays – How To Amuse Yourself at the Airport!

    Anthony The Travel Tart
    27 Jun 2015 | 5:26 am
    It’s First World Problems time again! It’s for those of us who like to whine at the superficial problems that people in the first world have to deal with all of the time, like running out of shampoo in the middle of the shower and having crap wi-fi so bad that it takes at least 10 seconds to upload some narcissitic selfie to your social media accounts! This time, it’s about those annoying times that you’re flight is delayed at the airport! Just remember, if you can afford to fly, you’re about 10 times richer on average than the person who can afford to travel by…
 
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    Jet Set Smart

  • FASHION FRIDAY: SASSY SUIT

    19 Jun 2015 | 7:18 am
    Happy Fashion Friday jet setters!  Hope you all have some fun plans for the weekend...and Happy Father's Day to all of the dads and grandfathers out there!  Today's post is all about my love for the jumpsuit (a favorite of mine), and this sassy printed one for under $35 at H&M was just too good to pass up!  I added a hat (bad hair day), a cardigan, a clutch and some sandals for church, but can't wait to wear it again for a date night with some high wedges and maybe a jean jacket. It's comfy and loose (two mom-friendly qualities), and looks like you spent a lot of time…
  • A NIGHT OF INDULGING!

    28 May 2015 | 6:46 am
    Talk about a night of fun!!!  Well that's what this mama got to enjoy a couple of weeks ago for an event called "Indulge" at The Mills at Jersey Gardens in Elizabeth, New Jersey. I got a fabulous invitation by the stylish and adorable Corine from Complicated Mama to join her and Sheila from Pieces of a Mom to a "Moms Night Out" filled with shopping, drinks and food.  I was in heaven!!! The Mills at Jersey Gardens was recently taken over by Simon (who happens to own beautiful malls all over the country) and got a face lift that is worth checking out!  The Mills at Jersey…
  • NEW JERSEY BLOGGER BRUNCH AT TALULA'S

    4 Apr 2015 | 4:29 am
    Blogging is my shot at entrepreneurship.  It's my ideas, and my hard work that always go into what you see and read here.  It's the same thing for Talula's in downtown Asbury Park, New Jersey-- a fairly new restaurant that opened it's doors only five short months ago, and has been serving up great farm-to-table food ever since. Talula's entrepreneurs haven't been able to do too much advertising yet, but instead rely on word of mouth to promote the restaurant.  That is why I picked Talula's as the spot to host my first New Jersey Blogger Brunch. In attendance were…
  • FASHION FRIDAY: HERE WE SNOW AGAIN!

    20 Mar 2015 | 8:07 am
    It's the first day of Spring today and Old Man Winter is preferring to stick around!  That's right...more snow today!!!  When will it end?  We snapped these pictures a couple of weeks ago and I didn't know if I would ever post them because the weather was warming up and it seems Spring was coming, but with this forecast...I thought why not?  At least it's supposed to warm up tomorrow!  These are also the first pictures I've posted on the blog with my new bangs.  I wanted to do something different and thought I'd give them a shot.  I'm not too sure how long…
  • LAKOTA WOLF PRESERVE

    10 Mar 2015 | 3:36 am
    (Photo Credit: TripAdvisor.com)Imagine getting up close to wolves, foxes and bobcats to see how they live in the wild?  Maybe it's because the PBS show Wild Kratts has been such a hit in our house, but I think it sounds pretty cool, and it's something we've been wanting to do with the boys for awhile now.  The Lakota Wolf Preserve in Columbia, New Jersey is the only wildlife preserve of its kind in the state.  The preserve is owned and run by two people who have raised and cared for the animals themselves.  At the preserve you get to go on an educational tour and stand on…
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    Breathedreamgo

  • The Tough Drops Tour of the Pacific Northwest

    Mariellen Ward
    25 Jun 2015 | 9:56 am
    This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Tough Drops TourThe “Gorilla 4″ on Mount St Helens: Beth, JD, Mariellen and Teri. A behind-the-scenes glimpse of a travel blogging campaign and the amazing glass that inspired it THERE WAS A MOMENT during my week-long tour of the Pacific Northwest when I started to notice the surfaces we were walking, hiking and climbing on. Have you ever noticed the surfaces of your travels? I noticed things like: the scrubby, scorched earth of a volcano’s mountainsides, the smoothness of rock eroded by waterfalls, tiny multi-coloured claystone…
  • The Ripple Movement: Maritime Memories

    Mariellen Ward
    23 Jun 2015 | 8:54 am
    Photo credit: Stephen DesRoches/Tourism PEI On the road to the Maritime provinces to retrace a childhood trip & showcase Canada’s natural beauty WHEN I WAS FOUR years old, I went on a road trip to Atlantic Canada with my family. I was just old enough to remember significant moments. The wonder at seeing a whale skull on an ocean pier. The sight of freshly cooked red lobsters, spread across a newspaper-covered picnic table. The smell of the salt air on the ocean breeze. So, when The Ripple Movement team were looking for “projecteers,” I immediately thought of going on…
  • For International Yoga Day: What is Yoga?

    Mariellen Ward
    19 Jun 2015 | 8:03 am
    Photo courtesy of Dave Bouskill, ThePlanetD.com Yoga is much more than a system of exercises. It’s a recipe for peace. Last year, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared June 21 to be International Yoga Day at the United Nations General Assembly and 177 nations supported the resolution. Modi said, “Yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition. It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfillment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well-being. It is not about exercise but to discover the sense…
  • How to travel safely in India webinar

    Mariellen Ward
    8 Jun 2015 | 7:47 pm
    A webinar and Q&A on travel safety for female solo travellers and first time visitors to India IF YOU ARE PLANNING a trip to India, or even just thinking about it, you need to watch this webinar. Together with Caroline Makepeace of Y Travel Blog and Reena Tory of Mantra Wild, I participated in a webinar about travel safety in India for women. We covered a lot of ground and provided lots of tips on what to wear, what to eat, where to go, how to book trains and travel, and much much more. You can also read other posts on this site about travel safety in India, listed below. Tips for travel…
  • Rocks and hills: Exploring the wonders of Oregon

    Mariellen Ward
    4 Jun 2015 | 7:40 am
    This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series Tough Drops TourAt Painted Hills Oregon with my Samsung Galaxy S6 Learning to walk on Smith Rock and walking onto an artist’s palette at Painted Hills HIKING SLOWLY UP the steep gravel path to the top of Smith Rock, Oregon, I remembered the lesson I had learned just two days before while climbing Mount St. Helens volcano in Washington State. I was worried there, too, about being able to make it to the top. I’m not in the best of shape right now, and overcoming some minor health issues. On Mount St. Helens, one of our guides, Mountain…
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  • Safe and Professional Home Cleaning Service with Helpling Singapore

    Zhiqiang &#38; Tingyi
    2 Jul 2015 | 9:05 am
    After a long trip away from home, there are lots of clothes to unpack and wash and also a lot of sleep to catch-up to adjust back from the time difference and uncomfortable plane seats. The last thing we (being very jet-lagged and tired) want to do is to deal with household chores like mopping and vacuuming the floor. But you will be surprised how dusty the house can get even when it is empty for 2 weeks, especially if there are ongoing construction/renovation work in your estate. This is where companies offering professional cleaning services like Helpling Singapore come in – for $20 an…
  • Go “Green” on Your Next Vacation – Try an Eco-Tour!

    Zhiqiang &#38; Tingyi
    1 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    Never been on an eco-tour? Last year in 2014 several million people went eco-touring, according to The International Ecotourism Society. If you like hiking, bicycling, kayaking, and nature, this type of holiday might be perfect for you. It’s a wonderful escape into the woods, the mountains, or a secluded beach far away from your high-rise work place. The best eco-tour companies follow eco-friendly protocols that minimize the environmental impact of travel. The tours are kept to small groups of perhaps 10 – 12 travelers. The guides are often trained scientists or environmentalists. You…
  • Review of Hello Kitty Cafe at Jeju Hello Kitty Island

    Zhiqiang &#38; Tingyi
    28 Jun 2015 | 5:06 am
    After a morning of fun at the Jeju Alive Museum, we proceeded on to another interesting themed museum – the Hello Kitty Island (also known as Jeju Hello Kitty Museum). The Korean GPS coordinates (by phone number) to get to Hello Kitty Island is 7926114 – just input this number into the onboard GPS provided with your KT Kumho rental car.  Do note as we are on a self-drive 4D3N Jeju itinerary, I am unable to advise on how to get to Hello Kitty Island by public transport – some instructions we found online: Jeju Intercity Bus Terminal → #750 (toward Seogwipo) → Sumbinari…
  • 3 Exciting Festivals to Visit This Summer

    Zhiqiang &#38; Tingyi
    25 Jun 2015 | 7:07 am
    It is summer, it is festival season! All over the world people are gathering around either a feeling, or a musical style, a piece of cultural heritage or something completely different – it doesn’t matter in the end, what’s important is to get together. What I plan to present below are three examples of festivals colorful enough to be memorable, but as relaxing as to play microgaming slot machines online at www.allslotscasino.com. Here we go. 1. Boi Bumba – Jun 26 – 29, 2015, Parintins, Brazil Maybe not exactly a festival, but rather a parade, but it is a…
  • Great Deals of Up to 50% off in Quality-Assured Unique Travel Experiences with Klook

    Zhiqiang &#38; Tingyi
    23 Jun 2015 | 9:01 am
    We like to travel free and easy and plan our itineraries on what to see and do in the destination itself. Arranging for hotels and air tickets is the easy part as there are many hotel and airfare aggregators to compare prices and book accommodation and airfare. The challenge is in finding out the best places to visit at the best price. This involves hours of Googling to find the websites of tourist attractions and shows to book tickets. This gets even more challenging when the websites are the old-school type and hard to navigate or when the website is not in English. Even when you have…
 
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    Fili's World

  • Metropolitan Cathedral and Constitution Plaza : Zocalo Mexico City

    Fili
    5 Jul 2015 | 8:35 pm
    My tour of Mexico City started at the Centro Historio, the historical center district, where many of Mexico’s historical tourist attractions are concentrated. Arriving at my B&B quite late, I set off for a walking tour of the area, first heading towards Zocalo to see the Constitution Plaza and the Metropolitan Cathedral – icons of Mexico City. The area has served as an important meeting area since the Aztecs, and there are some very interesting ruins still to be seen in the area, but till this very day it serves as place for political protests – most times against the…
  • Rosson House Museum at Heritage Square : Phoenix

    Fili
    2 Jul 2015 | 8:22 am
    Last Christmas eve, I found myself stopping over at Phoenix Arizona with some time to visit some of the local attractions. But, being Christmas eve, the city was dead quiet and so all the places I visited were completely empty, with me being the sole visitor. When visiting the Rosson House Museum at the Phoenix Heritage Square I got a private one hour tour by the local guide taking me through the house and explaining everything about the house. Truth be told, I am not one of those people who likes private tours, I don’t like the commitment and I keep feeling like I am either wasting the…
  • Monasteries and Churches walk through Cologne Old Town

    Fili
    28 Jun 2015 | 9:58 am
    The grand Cologne Cathedral is the most famous attraction in Cologne, but the old town offers quite a few other lovely historic churches, monasteries and cathedrals to see. A walking tour of an hour or two should be enough to visit the highlights, and so here’s what I saw during my visit.   Great St. Martin Church             Location:     Sankt Maria im Kapitol        Location:     Alt St. Alban            Location:   It’s a lovely area, and whether you’re aiming…
  • Balboa Park : San Diego

    Fili
    27 Jun 2015 | 5:18 pm
    Much to see and do in San Diego’s Balboa Park. It has an amazing array of top notch museums, a large zoo as well as gardens and restaurants, and depending on your preference you can either spend a few hours wondering around or a few days visiting all the museums and gardens. I skipped most of the museums, and just ventures into the gardens – the desert garden and the botanical gardens (both free) and there’s also some Japanese gardens with a strong contrast to the desert scenery.       Some parts of the park feel a bit like a touristic version of Mexico……
  • Griffith Observatory : Scenic views of Los Angeles from above

    Fili
    22 Jun 2015 | 2:03 pm
    Looking for stunning views of Los Angeles from above? On one of my previous visits to Los Angeles I suggested the wonderful world-class Getty Center. But, if art isn’t exactly your thing and you’re perhaps more into astronomy, or just want to get the views, then Griffith Observatory is definitely your first choice. Close to Hollywood, up the hills of Griffith Park, expect slow traffic and problematic parking, but once you get over all that and you make it to the observatory, you’re in for a real treat. I managed to get there just before sunset on a sunny partly cloudy day…
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    Reno Tahoe Blog

  • Dining Deals to Take Advantage of During the Construction of the New Virginia Street Bridge

    Christina Erny
    1 Jul 2015 | 3:31 pm
    Downtown Reno recently welcomed the construction of a new Virginia Street Bridge, replacing the one that has existed there for more than a century! During this construction period, businesses that exist behind the newly erected construction wall have needed to develop ways to continue to drive traffic into the historic building they share. To continue to draw business through the construction process, Wild River Grille and Sierra Arts collaborated to commission a mural that will be painted on the barrier surrounding part of the restaurant and the front of the nonprofit arts organization. As…
  • Burning Man Lodging Deals 2015

    Haley Gibbs
    1 Jul 2015 | 11:31 am
    Attention Burners! We have your guide on where to stay in Reno Tahoe before and after Burning Man, with some great offers made just for you! Relax before visiting the city in the desert, or clean off after the week long festivities by staying in some of the great accommodations located throughout Washoe County. Atlantis Casino Resort Spa: Atlantis Casino Resort Spa is a AAA Four Diamond resort with eight award-winning restaurants and a spa that’s been recognized as Best in the world. The outdoor pool and cabanas are the perfect place to relax and unwind before or after time spent on the…
  • 20 Must-Sees at This Year’s 20th Anniversary Artown

    Haley Gibbs
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:29 am
    Artown’s 20th Anniversary! This month-long summer arts festival mission is to strengthen Reno’s arts industry and to encourage local artist participation. Most events are free or at a low cost, and with over 90 different venues this year, there’s something for everyone. Help celebrate Artown turning 20, with 20 things you don’t want to miss at this year’s Artown. 20th Anniversary Opening Night Celebration, from 4 to 11:30 p.m., this free event at Wingfield Park includes a parade, performances by Glen David Andrews and MarchFourth and an over-the-top spectacle finale to kickoff…
  • Grand Sierra Resort’s New Grand Theatre Opening this Summer

    Christina Erny
    30 Jun 2015 | 4:11 pm
    The GSR’s new concert venue is opening August 7 (with Billy Idol)! We got a sneak peek at the place while they are one month out from their opening day, and can happily report that even in the back row, you will feel closer to the stage than the first section of most concert venues. The view from the back of the venue (no bad seats)! In early May, GSR announced a partnership with Live Nation, the largest concert promoter in the world. Since that time, northern Nevada’s premier resort has released an impressive lineup of chart-topping artists and award-winning musicians. The complete…
  • Golf with the Stars: Tahoe Celebrity Golf 2015

    Haley Gibbs
    29 Jun 2015 | 10:35 am
    Tee off this July at the 26th Annual American Century Championship at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course. Watch as sport legends, Olympians, heroes and Hollywood celebrities compete for a share of the $600,000 purse, happening July 14-19. From Grammy Award-Winning Musician/Actor Justin Timberlake and Country Music Artist Jake Owen, to United States Army Sergeant Major Rodney Gorman and NCAA Head Coach of Notre Dame Football Brian Kelly, this event is bringing all the stars and heroes together. The tournament this year has the stars playing on a 54-hole modified Stableford format. As a spectator,…
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    Cruise Radio

  • Richard Branson Launches Virgin Cruises

    cruiseandblog
    25 Jun 2015 | 9:44 am
    Richard Branson is no stranger to the travel industry with airlines, hotels, space, trains and now a cruise line.  We headed to Miami for the announcement and got response from industry professionals and listened to public opinion.  Also, we’ll answer listener questions about Caribbean shore excursions in Cozumel, Nassau and diving locations. 
  • Pride of America Review + Cruise News

    cruiseandblog
    19 Jun 2015 | 10:38 pm
    On this episode we get a comprehensive review of Norwegian Cruise Line’s Pride of America from Theresa Russell. She shares her Hawaii cruise experience, what is was like sailing on a U.S. flagged ship and what the Hawaii islands were like.  Cruise News Norwegian revamps their dining package Cruises to no where ending Recapping Carnival’s no bottle policy  HAL Noordam rescues sightseeeing boat
  • Carnival Legend Review + Cruise Deals App

    cruiseandblog
    16 Jun 2015 | 12:21 pm
    On this episode we talk to listener Marcy who just returned from an eight night cruise aboard Carnival Legend in Alaska. The cruise started in Vancouver and ended in Seattle. Marcy gives her a full Carnival Legend review.  We talk  to the creator of one of the newest cruise app out there, CruiseDeals, an iPhone app that monitors cruise prices drops. You can find price drops reduced as much as 80%. Find the app by searching Criuse Deals in the app store.
  • Crown Princess Review + Cruise News

    cruiseandblog
    11 Jun 2015 | 12:23 pm
    On this show Vickie gives us a review of Princess Cruises’ Crown Princess on her recent California Coastal cruise. We get to hear about the ship, staterooms, dining, and ports of calls. Angie Keilhauer is a talented acoustic musician we came across on Carnival Legend last year in Tampa. Since then she’s been spotted by some big names in country music like Kenny Chesney and is going big places! She’s currently off the ship and on tour and checks in with us. Stewart Chiron the Cruise Guy has cruise news on: Carnival’s ban on water bottles New Norwegian Cruise Line dining plans Fall…
  • Carnival Corp Launches New Cruise Brand

    cruiseandblog
    5 Jun 2015 | 4:38 pm
    Carnival Corporation has launched a tenth cruise brand called fathom. The brand category, called social impact travel, will offer an impactful travel experience and work alongside locals to tackle community needs. Fathom is purposed built, starting with one ship, and allowing guests to immerse themselves in local culture and economic development. Based out of Miami with a 700-passenger cruise ship, the first destination will be the Puerto Plata region of the Dominican Republic. This area is known for both beauty and poverty. Which is where fathom steps in. On this show we talk to: Arnold…
 
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    Nomadic Notes

  • Nomadic News: 5 July, 2015

    James Clark
    5 Jul 2015 | 11:32 am
    Here is this weeks edition of Nomadic News – assorted links on travel and digital nomadery. Be Inspired: 16 location independent entrepreneurs on their digital nomad lifestyle – A roundup by Graham Brown at barefootjournal.com. Visit to Sofia and the Sofia startup scene How this 30-year-old travels the world on as little as $30,000 a year Why “don’t worry about money, just travel” is the worst Advice of all time Why India and Bangladesh have the world’s craziest border Sicilian town tells outsiders: Take our homes. Please. Greek bailout fund – CrowdFunding a…
  • The grand Amsterdam Centraal station

    James Clark
    3 Jul 2015 | 1:27 pm
    I know I’ve said this about other stations, but Amsterdam Centraal is one of my favourite train stations in Europe. Lets just say it’s in my top 10. I’m travelling around Europe for one month with Eurail, who have provided my ticket. I started in Amsterdam and from here I’ll be visiting smaller cities that aren’t as well visited as the capital/alpha cities. As I’m visiting so many cities over the next month I will be posting travel photos daily, otherwise I will never catch up with the usual weekly photo. The grand Amsterdam Centraal station is a post from:…
  • Where I’m At: London for the 17th year in a row

    James Clark
    1 Jul 2015 | 2:08 pm
    Where I’m At is my monthly update of what I’ve been up to, site news, and where I’m going next. Greetings from London. I’m back in the U.K for what has become an annual tradition. This is now my 17th year in a row that I have been to London, starting from when I first came here in 1999 to work. That first was on a two year work visa. Now I just come for a few days to visit friends and then travel elsewhere in Europe. Where I’ve Been After three months in Saigon it was time to move on. I spent most of June in Saigon and the last week has been in London. I arrived…
  • Nomadic News: 21 June, 2015

    James Clark
    21 Jun 2015 | 10:32 am
    Here is this weeks edition of Nomadic News – assorted links on travel and digital nomadery. Meet the ‘digital nomads’ who travel the world in search of fast Wi-Fi – The life of digital nomads goes mainstream with a feature in theguardian.com. What I’ve learned from moving three times and trashing everything I own – This applies for long travel as well. When photography gets you in trouble at 35,000 Feet – Zach Honig from thepointsguy.com finds out about American Airlines photo policy the hard way. I never wanted a scooter until I met the Gogoro –…
  • A monolith and a meerkat – camping at Namibia’s highest mountain

    James Clark
    20 Jun 2015 | 8:57 am
    Brandberg Mountain is Namibia’s highest peak, standing at 2,606 metres. It is also a monolith, so when you cross the northwestern Namib Desert you will know when you see it. I was in Namibia visiting the Mad Max filming locations, which was mostly shot near Swakopmund (this was a press trip on behalf of the Namibia Tourism Board). After Swakopmund there was one more filming location to visit, which was on the road from the coast to Brandberg Mountain. We stopped on a flat and empty stretch of desert, devoid of any features except for the road and a power line. It doesn’t get any…
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    City Traveler Blog

  • Boston vs New York: How Does Each City Stack Up?

    Dan Patterson
    30 Jun 2015 | 3:18 pm
    New York City and Boston are situated on the Eastern seaboard and attract millions of tourists from around the world each year. Boston’s colonial roots mark it as the “Cradle of Liberty” while New York City’s Statue of Liberty was the first site many immigrants saw as their ships pulled into Ellis Island. But... that’s where the similarities end and the delightful differences begin. Boston views itself through the lens of blue collar pride, describing it as both strong and beautiful. New York, on the other hand, sees itself as a busy, bustling hub of culture and arts — running…
  • Hidden Gems Around North America: Let CityPASS Take You There

    Dan Patterson
    16 Jun 2015 | 11:08 am
    For adventure junkies and treasure hunters alike, the time has come to embark on the ultimate quest. Whether you're a curious parent or a retiree looking for adventure, CityPASS attractions offer many exciting gems. From Atlanta to Toronto, every city has attractions full of hidden wonders and worthwhile treasures. Explore North America's secrets and find your inner pirate. The Helmet Wall The Helmet Wall at Atlanta's College Football Hall of Fame Any die-hard football fanatic will have to put this gem on their "must-see" list. Visitors can customize their adventure at this ultimate…
  • Dallas joins CityPASS for big-time fun

    Deston S. Nokes
    27 May 2015 | 11:56 am
    You don’t need big dollars to tackle the Big D, not with CityPASS on your team. Dallas is the latest addition to the CityPASS family, which gives ticket holders discounted, front-line access to many of the city’s must-see destinations. As America’s ninth-largest city and the top tourist destination in Texas, Dallas has the best shopping in the Southwest, some of the best hotels, and year-round marquee sporting events. Some might be surprised to learn that Dallas also has the largest urban arts district in the nation, and 14 different entertainment districts. That’s why it’s called…
  • Animal All-Stars: Where to Go to See Famous Zoo and Aquarium Residents in the U.S.

    Dan Patterson
    29 Apr 2015 | 6:52 am
    It takes willpower to keep your gaze away from the magazine stands filled with celebrities and juicy gossip. People want to know what is going on outside of their idol's latest movie or music video, but you can only get so much from the pictures and articles in magazines. However, for many years, there have been stars willing to expose their lives to the public. These famous figures allow fans to watch them right outside their window! Animal all-stars have been soaking up the spotlight in a variety of cities throughout the nation. From the Dallas Zoo's Golden Girl Elephants to Myrtle the…
  • Win 4 Dallas CityPASS Booklets!

    CityPASS
    15 Apr 2015 | 5:14 pm
    We are pleased to announce that Dallas, Texas, is joining the CityPASS program on May 15. A Dallas CityPASS ticket booklet will save visitors 41 percent off combined admission to the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, Reunion Tower GeO-Deck, a choice between the Dallas Zoo and The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, and a choice between the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum and the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. You can WIN four Dallas CityPASS booklets by entering our giveaway! Click here to enter. Dallas CityPASS will be the second CityPASS program in Texas, following…
 
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    A Traveler's Library

  • Vera: British Mystery Draws Us to Northumberland

    Vera Marie Badertscher
    29 Jun 2015 | 8:03 am
    Every corner of England looks enticing if you watch PBS and their imported shows from BBC and other British producers–particularly mystery shows. (mouse over map to see what county or area is featured.) SHERLOCK, the contemporary take on Sherlock Holmes, teases us with images of today’s London in the VERY SHORT (3 episode) seasons. SELFRIDGES, although the longer running series about a popular department store is not a mystery, it takes us through several decades of commercial London and cuts across various social levels. INSPECTOR LEWIS (and its forerunner Inspector Morse) lures…
  • Summer Reads: A Double Header: Italy and Maine

    Vera Marie Badertscher
    24 Jun 2015 | 2:00 am
    Destinations: Italy and Maine Books: Enchanted August by Brenda Bowen (NEW in June, 2015) The Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Arnim (originally published 1922, NEW in Penguin Classics in June, 2015 with introduction by Brenda Bowen.) Four women who are strangers come together to rent a vacation home for a month. They become friends, renew romantic attachments with the men left at home and experience the magic of place. That describes both of these books. The venerable The Enchanted April (Penguin Classics), first published in 1922 by Elizabeth Von Arnim and the new book inspired by that…
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    littleindiana.com » Jessica Nunemaker

  • little Indiana Returns to PBS

    Jessica Nunemaker
    2 Jul 2015 | 12:00 pm
    It’s that time again! I am back in the studio at WTIU at the lovely Indiana University campus in Bloomington, Indiana. I recorded a slew of great new small town stuff that I can’t wait to share with you! But first, I’d like to draw your attention to super huge news: The Weekly Special won the Emmy for “Outstanding Magazine Program” for the episode “Renew and Reclaim,” Producer, Sarah Curtiss and Director Jay Kincaid. So, you know little Indiana is in good hands! They have a great design, excellent crew, and work really well together. It’s…
  • Homemade Strawberry Shortcake Recipe

    Jessica Nunemaker
    1 Jul 2015 | 11:00 am
    Homemade Strawberry Shortcake Recipe It seems almost cruel to make you look at all these images! There you were, going about your day, not even thinking about strawberry shortcake–and now look what I have done. Suddenly you found it impossible to think about anything else! That is just what this recipe for homemade strawberry shortcake does to you. This is the best strawberry shortcake I have ever had. No foolin’. After purchasing a bucket of fresh strawberries from our local farmer’s market, I had to do something! Oh, do I have strawberry recipes coming up for you. Having…
  • Fearrin’s Ice Cream and Yogurt Depot in Nashville

    Jessica Nunemaker
    26 Jun 2015 | 9:10 pm
    Fearrin’s Ice Cream and Yogurt Depot in Nashville, Indiana Hot Caramel Pumpkin Sundae Fearrin’s Ice Cream and Yogurt Depot in downtown Nashville, Indiana is an easy to visit snack destination. Although anywhere carrying ice cream ranks as a “must visit” for me, they even make their own homemade ice cream! And they carry more than just vanilla and chocolate. Fearrin’s Ice Cream and Yogurt Depot in Nashville, Indiana So many people consider Nashville, Indiana a shopping destination. While that is definitely easy to see why, I think it should also be a destination…
  • “Undeniably Indiana” Call for Writers

    Jessica Nunemaker
    23 Jun 2015 | 1:00 pm
    “Undeniably Indiana” Call for Writers What defines the state of Indiana? Is it our penchant for giant pork tenderloin sandwiches? What about sweet corn or sugar cream pie? Could it be more than food like, race cars, bridges, and larger than life legends? We always love a good gangster story! Well, this is what Indiana University Press, you know, the folks also publishing “little Indiana: Small Town Destinations“ in early 2016, are trying to find out. They want to hear your stories! Call for Writers for “Undeniably Indiana” “Undeniably…
  • Chocolate Chip Muffins Recipe

    Jessica Nunemaker
    22 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    Tasty Chocolate Chip Muffins Recipe I’ve tried variations of chocolate chip muffin recipes before but when you have two boys who just love them, you need to mix things up to keep it interesting! This recipe for chocolate chip muffins was fantastic. They were soft and moist–something not always found in chocolate chip muffins. The original recipe called for an entire bag of chocolate chips. I thought that that was way too much. I added in a cup and a half and, for me, I think I could still pare that down slightly because there’s a lot of chocolate in there. One cup would…
 
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    traveling greener

  • Discover the Unique Flavours and Characteristics of Vietnamese Food

    Tony
    11 Jun 2015 | 4:29 pm
    Eating food from Vietnam is a real treat, and Vietnamese food is rapidly gaining in popularity due to its intense flavours, tasty meat and noodle dishes, and succulent stews and soups. Vietnamese food is distinctive and unforgettable. Here is a quick primer on the different dishes you can expect to find on the Vietnamese menu, and why the cuisine is becoming so popular. The Beauty of Pho For a start, the classic Vietnamese dish of Pho is a must-eat whether you are starting out on an adventure in Vietnamese foods or you are already an expert. When talking about a classic Vietnamese restaurant…
  • Cutting Costs and Emissions When Travelling Through Spain

    Tony
    29 May 2015 | 4:30 pm
    Travelling can be very expensive, and most options aren’t green either. It is possible to travel in a green and low-cost way though – here’s how.   Travel by Rail   Train travel is a great way of getting around Spain if you’re looking to travel the length and breadth of the country. Going between cities by bus is possible and maybe slightly cheaper, but you’ll spend a lot longer traveling. And that means you’ll have a lot less time to do the fun things.   If you’re thinking of travelling to lots of town and cities, and maybe even to other neighbouring…
  • Christian Benteke of Aston Villa is Set to Beat Arsenal’s Defence in the FA Cup Final

    Tony
    29 May 2015 | 3:32 pm
    Players in Arsenal’s defence line will be getting more anxious about stopping Christian Benteke in this year’s FA Cup final. Aston Villa’s Ashley Westwood says that Arsenal’s defenders would be embarrassed by Benteke and he is sure that Tim Sherwood’s team will prove bookmakers wrong at Wembley. Bookmakers had earlier predicted that the odds were against Villa in their FA Cup semi-final match. But they were simply outstanding during their match against Liverpool, beating them 2 – 1 and moving on to their first FA Cup final since 2000. In same way, very few…
  • The Facts About Electric Cars

    Tony
    29 May 2015 | 8:29 am
    With so much misinformation uttered about electric cars and so many claims and counter-claims put forth about their environmental friendliness, it’s important that if you want to enter the market for an electric car, you have all the information and all the facts. It’s a fast growing market in developed nations, with thousands of plug-in and all-electric vehicles sold in the United States alone every single month. And there are compelling reasons why electric cars are proving so popular, given their value both to the individual driver and to the wider environment. Efficient Transportation…
  • Very Nice, A Trip To The French Riviera

    Tony
    28 May 2015 | 4:49 pm
    Planning a holiday to somewhere romantic in Europe is nothing new. Neither is picking France as your destination. Picking Nice over Paris, however, that’s uncommon right now. Nice is the anti-Paris in many ways. Its coastal location saves it from the sometimes drab grey skies of the French capital. Even in winter, the weather can stay calm. It usually goes ten years between snowfalls too. Not to mention Nice doesn’t suffer from a smog problem, due to all the traffic Paris has.   Nice is more about contemporary France. It is something you have to live in the moment of. Drinking a…
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    Plum Deluxe

  • Summer Citrus Carrot Jam Recipe with Ginger & Cardamom

    Andy Hayes
    6 Jul 2015 | 1:43 am
    This feature brought to you by Pringles® Summer Jam. Previously here in Plum Deluxe, we’ve covered summer jams extensively. No, not the musical kind – though we’ll get to that in a second. Fresh berry jam? Check. Veggie jam? Got it. While strawberry is a summer jam staple, I’ve found a new love momentary fascination: carrot jam. What I like in particularly, besides all those bright orange nutrients, is how versatile carrot jam is. Put a dollop on a piece of french bread with a pat of butter = heaven. A bit on the tip of a potato chip = a bit of crunchy carrot cake.
  • Sweet and Savory Bonfire Snacks

    Krista Bjorn
    1 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    One of the great pleasures of summer is sitting around a campfire roasting marshmallows for s’mores. But you can make the experience even more memorable and tasty by trying out an array of snack hobo ideas for making over a fire. Traditional hobos are simple aluminum foil packets filled with meat, potatoes, and other veggies before being sealed, tossed on a grill over the flames, and roasted until cooked through. They are easy to make and easy to personalize so they’re a great idea for a crowd. Snack hobos take this idea to a whole new level of fun and experimentation for you and…
  • Top 5 Tips for Patio Party Entertaining

    Andy Hayes
    29 Jun 2015 | 12:56 am
    This feature was brought to you by BEHR®. There’s nothing better than outdoor entertaining — the fresh air makes for fresh conversation and an opportunity for creative moments that perhaps aren’t as flexible inside. We’ve talked about making outdoor spaces feel like home, but what specifically can you do to make patio party entertaining even better? Alfresco entertaining can be a lot of fun, especially if you do a little planning & organizing in advance. Here are our Plum Deluxe-tested tips for patio party entertaining. 1. Spruce & Clean, Vigorously I hate…
  • How to Throw a Back Porch Pizza Party

    Carrie Keplinger
    26 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    This feature was brought to you by Stonefire Authentic Flatbreads. Who doesn’t love a good pizza party? This well-loved tradition is perfect for everything from large gatherings to intimate date nights. No pizza oven? No problem. We’ll get a little help from some yummy pre-made, stone oven-baked crusts. Set the Scene This is so not your college sorority pizza fest; you are classy and so is your pizza party. That means pulling out a festive table cloth and actual china — no paper or plastic for you! Set the table ahead of time and don’t forget to decorate with candles and vases of…
  • 5 Tips and Tools for a Successful Flea Market Trip

    A Guest Writer
    22 Jun 2015 | 11:00 am
    One of the most fun activities during the warmer season can be hitting the road to go antiquing and to check out some cool flea markets, either nearby or on a farther journey. And whether you’re a seasoned pro or this in fact is your first rodeo, there are a few important things to keep in mind. At bare minimum this is a fun, casual afternoon activity that can lead to some killer home decor. But to the creative directors who scour Brimfield at 5:00 a.m.and hop through designer yard sales as if on a stealth mission, the skill of antiquing isn’t just a pastime — it’s a…
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    J The Travel Authority

  • Comparing Travel Backpacks

    Jeanine Barone
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:03 pm
    My recent travels took me from JFK to Orly airport, to the streets of Paris for 5 nights at a friend's house, to a train ride bound for Redon in Brittany, to the Nantes-Brest Canal where I walked 10-some miles a day for six days. And I carried all my essentials, including wine bar-perfect dresses, and clothes that were comfortable for walking as well as lounging at the end of the day and my prepared-for-anything first-aid kit, in an ultra comfortable, tiny backpack: the Flight 30 by Six Moon Designs. I recently posted about what I packed in this bag that I would be carrying for the first time…
  • Fashionable + Ethical Bags for Your Weekend Travels

    Jeanine Barone
    28 Jun 2015 | 4:06 pm
    How perfect to find an ethical fashion accessory brand, especially one that's all about investing in women and girls, providing the women with fair work and, with the sale of each item, adolescent girls receive life skills mentoring. Also, it's so perfect that, planning to visit India in the fall, I found out that this company, Catrinka, which I originally wrote about months ago, is now selling the Kanta Weekender, a 100% cotton canvas bag with a hand drawn Indian street scene embellished with hand embroidery and mirrors.The artisans behind this fashionable and ethically-produced bag is a…
  • Ultra Light Carry-On-Only Packing

    Jeanine Barone
    11 Jun 2015 | 9:20 am
    Most people who travel to Paris for a week take along enough luggage for months of wardrobe changes. My trip will include not just five days in Paris but also more than a week in Brittany where I'll be walking 20 km from village to village with all my gear. These trip logistics dictated that I would be carrying my lightest pack ever. And it's especially timely given the new proposed carry-on rules that, hopefully, won't go into effect. (But they probably will.) According to the International Air Transport Association, the standard carry-on size would be 21.5" X 13.5" X 7.5". No problem…
  • What Not To Wear On The Plane

    Jeanine Barone
    9 Jun 2015 | 12:01 pm
    When you're trapped in a plane for anywhere from a few hours to having to cross multiple time zones, you're a captive, in a sense. And the clothes you chose for the flight had better keep you warm and comfortable and, sometimes more importantly, not attract unwanted attention. That means no beach wear: no low-cut revealing tops, no shorts (it's often cold in the cabin and don't assume the flight attendants will provide a blanket). No shirts with offensive words or phrases that could stimulate an air rage incident. No sky-high heels that are uncomfortable and impractical in the cabin. (And no…
  • A Rooftop Retreat in New York City

    Jeanine Barone
    29 May 2015 | 9:36 am
    You think you know a neighborhood, until you don't. Every day, I commute back and between Manhattan and  Queens via an express bus, a bus I board in the Herald Square neighborhood. Most non-New Yorkers know this as the home of Macy's, Madison Square Garden and Penn Station. It's one of my least favorite hoods, hardly one that would be considered charming. So imagine my surprise when I found out that a scenic rooftop bar was steps away from my bus stop. The Hyatt Herald Square is home to "Up on 20," a small faux greenery-walled venue with prime views of some of New York's iconic sites,…
 
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  • Can You Plan a Surprise Trip and Keep it a Secret?

    Jen
    3 Jul 2015 | 8:10 am
    A couple of months ago, I had this crazy idea to surprise my husband with a 36 hour trip to Las Vegas for our 15th wedding anniversary. It had been quite some time since we went away together and my brother-in-law offered to watch the kids. I watched the sales, booked the trip, and all that was left was to keep it a secret until it was time to go. Consider how you will fund the trip. This part was easy for me. I have gone back to work and had been putting away some money so I knew what kind of budget I wanted to stick to. I am also in charge of the bills. My husband is very much aware of our…
  • Camping at Crabtree Falls, Virginia – A Photo Tour

    Marissa
    30 Jun 2015 | 11:47 am
    Recently, Virginia is For Lovers posted about 13 Awesome Tent Camping Experiences in Virginia. The list was a great selection of camp sites across Virginia from False Cape to sites in Luray. Though 13 locations does not even begin to touch on the amazing places to set up your tent in the wildlife of Virginia, I was disappointed that one site in particular was left off the list. Crabtree Falls Campground is the epitome of what family travelers would like to see in a camping experience. There are things to do, clean facilities to use, nature all around, a friendly ownership, and the list goes…
  • Rocky Mountain National Park in 4 Hours or Less from the Grand Lake Entrance Station

    Jen
    29 Jun 2015 | 9:51 am
    Rocky Mountain National Park has so much to offer visitors from animal sightings, hiking trails, and pretty drives. Four hours just isn’t enough time to do the park justice but if you only have a few hours and you still want to see Rocky Mountain National Park, it is doable. Start your morning early and try to be at the entrance by 7 or 8am. We were staying the night at the Winter Park Resort so we chose to enter through the Grand Lake entrance. It took us about 50 minutes from Winter Park and would have taken us a little over 2 hours from our home in Denver. There is a visitor’s…
  • Indoor Skydiving at iFly Denver

    Jen
    28 Jun 2015 | 6:50 pm
    If you can’t tell from this blog, I am not what most would call incredibly adventurous. I try but my idea of adventurous does not match up with other people’s idea of adventurous. Sure, I like to step outside of my comfort zone every now and again but step outside of a perfectly good airplane? Um, no. When I first visited the mall area that is closest to us, I noticed a funny shaped building. I saw that it was an indoor skydiving place and it immediately went on our list of things to do. We haven’t had a chance to get there yet but hopefully we will be able to check it off…
  • Travel Bingo Laura Kelly Designs Printable

    Jen
    18 Jun 2015 | 3:20 pm
    Road trips with kids can make parents a little nutty but with a little proper planning, a road trip can be a lot of fun for everyone. While I am not against electronics in the car, I try to make sure that we have lots of different activities. If the car ride is going to be more than a couple of hours, my husband and I make sure the kids pack a bag with toys, books, and other things that will entertain them. Often, I will throw in a few fun surprises by hitting the interwebs to find some printables that I can put together in a folder. They include crossword puzzles, word searches, travel bingo…
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  • Azamara Quest – St. Peter Port, Guernsey

    Carrie Finley-Bajak
    5 Jul 2015 | 9:30 am
    Day 2 – Azamara Quest calls on Guernsey We are moving right along since leaving the Port of Southampton yesterday (click here to read recap). This morning Azamara Quest called on St. Peter Port, which is the capital of Guernsey as well as the main port.     The weather was glorious for our brief […] The post Azamara Quest – St. Peter Port, Guernsey appeared first on Cruise Buzz.
  • Azamara Quest – Southampton, England

    Carrie Finley-Bajak
    5 Jul 2015 | 9:11 am
    The Journey: 14 Night British Open Golf Voyage London Layover I am so glad that I overnighted in London prior to heading to Southampton to embark on Azamara Quest. To miss the iconic capital city would be a real shame: the people, history, culture, food, and activities should not be missed. Although I get that […] The post Azamara Quest – Southampton, England appeared first on Cruise Buzz.
  • (video) Voyage Recap Silversea Longyearbyen to Tromso

    Carrie Finley-Bajak
    3 Jul 2015 | 2:35 am
    Silversea Expeditions – Silversea Longyearbyen to Tromso Voyage at-a-glance video documenting what we saw along the way during Silver Explorer’s 10-day expedition from Longyearbyen, Svalbard to Trompso, Norway. Exploring the high Arctic 7 days of expedition cruising around Svalbard and Bear Island enroute to Tromso, Norway. Day 1- Arrival from Oslo via chartered flight to Svalbard Day 2 – […] The post (video) Voyage Recap Silversea Longyearbyen to Tromso appeared first on Cruise Buzz.
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  • Caribbean Weekly Wrap Up

    RumShopRyan
    4 Jul 2015 | 5:09 am
    Happy 4th of July Castaways! I hope you are spending the holiday on the sand and have a drink in your hand. This week’s Caribbean Wrap up has a lot of great information. But before we dive into that, I’d like to acknowledge the passing of a truly great person, Captain John Brandi. Most of you probably know John from his St. John charter business, Palm Tree Charters. He not only gave tours of the Virgin Islands but special special memories to all he met as well. I did not have the pleasure of actually meeting John face to face, but we spoke several times and I sent him a bunch of…
  • The Express De-stress: Boat Drink Recipe

    RumShopRyan
    1 Jul 2015 | 5:02 am
    After one sip, you’ll be on the fast boat headin’ south. Today is the last day to submit your drink recipe for the Key West Express Drink Contest. Tomorrow I’ll be compiling all the recipe and getting with the staff of the Key West Express to pick the 5 finalists. Then it’s on to the taste challenge to pick the winner. Do you want to go to Key West for free aboard the Key West Express? Do you know how to mix a drink? Then what are you waiting for! Give your recipe a name that relates to Key West or the Key West Express, give me the ingredients, how to mix it, and the…
  • Wicked Dolphin Sunken Barrel USS Mohawk CGC Reserve

    RumShopRyan
    29 Jun 2015 | 5:15 am
    Florida’s Top Craft Rum Producer Wicked Dolphin is releasing a very special limited reserve on July 2nd 2015, at the Wicked Dolphin Rum Distillery in Cape Coral, Florida a unique Rum The USS Mohawk CGC Reserve. Five Wicked Dolphin Rum barrels filled with distilled water were sent 90 feet down to the USS Mohawk Veterans Memorial Reef last week, and then raised 72 hours later. This batch will be used to craft the Florida distiller’s latest offering:  Sunken Barrel USS Mohawk CGC Reserve. Wicked Dolphin Rum and Lee Reefs have partnered to create the limited edition rum to benefit the Lee…
  • Caribbean Weekly Wrap Up

    RumShopRyan
    26 Jun 2015 | 5:10 am
    Cuba, for so long it has been the forbidden land for us Americans. Its treasures like rum, culture and of course cigars have been hidden from us. With restrictions loosening, you may soon find yourself taking puffs of the world’s best cigars. In this week’s Caribbean wrap up, there is a great story and video about why the Cuban cigar is so cherished. Give it a watch, I think you’ll like it. Other topics include the Key West Express drink contest I’m running, Jamaica’s Red Stripe beer becoming more local, sexy island bathrooms, and a great story about the very…
  • Key West Express Drink Contest – Win Two Tickets!

    RumShopRyan
    24 Jun 2015 | 6:36 am
    Rum and the sea fit together like to two dancers locked in a sexy rhythm of movement. Is that too dramatic? Nah, we are Castaways, we love our smooth rum and blue blue waters. Because rum and the sea fit together so well, I have teamed up with the Key West Express to send two cocktail enthusiasts to the Conch Republic on aboard one of their fast ferries. Getting to Key West really is half the fun when you fly across the Gulf waters on the Key West Express. It’s even better when the boat is serving the drink you created and you’re traveling for free! Wanna go? The Key West Express…
 
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  • 10 Tips on Managing Your Money While Abroad

    Julia
    3 Jul 2015 | 10:28 am
    How much do I need? Do I have enough? Can I afford it? Many of our fears around travel are associated with money and lack thereof. Before you go, here are a 10 quickie tips to handling your money while abroad. -First step is to sign up for online banking. Most people under the age of 80 have already done this, but if you’re new to online banking, be sure to sign up and create a user profile. This way you’ll be able to manage your finances electronically as you travel. -Almost all metropolitan cities have ATMs and it’s generally the best way to access money while abroad, but be sure to…
  • My New Book! Travel Junkie: A Badass Guide to Travel

    Julia
    26 Jun 2015 | 8:26 am
    I’m super excited to announce my new book! It’s called  Travel Junkie: A Badass Guide to Travel and it taps into my real-life around the world experiences backpacking to over 80 countries, across all seven continents. In this book, I aim to inspire and empower future travel junkies to travel further, play harder, say “yes” to new experiences and channel their inner badass. I share tried-and-true travel tips and advice for the next generation of adventurers. With chapters on scoring cheap flights, maximizing air miles, using the best travel apps, surviving solo travel and…
  • How to Add Adventure to Any Trip

    Julia
    4 May 2015 | 11:47 am
    When you think about the term ‘adventure travel’ some extreme images may come to mind: Daredevils base jumping from jagged cliff faces, hurling themselves into the air. Thrill seekers rafting down torrential foaming rivers, darting danger at every bend. Risk takers, with a need for speed, sand boarding down dunes on a quest for their next rush. For many, “adventure travel” is synonymous with such extreme experiences. There are those who have the perception that adventure travel is reserved for adrenaline junkies looking to push themselves to the brink of their physical and…
  • Before You Go: 5 Admin Things to Do Before You Travel Overseas

    Julia
    20 Apr 2015 | 12:18 pm
    Before You Go: 5 Admin Things to Do Before You Travel Overseas So you’ve scoured the globe, talked to your peeps and finally decided on where to go for your first big trip. Next step is to plan this bad boy and get all those exciting admin details out of the way for a problem-free vacation. I’m a planner and love to have as much information as possible about where I’m going before I hit the ground. That said, so much of the excitement of travel comes in the unexpected: the detours, the wrong turns, the random wandering and serendipitous encounters. It’s a delicate balance between…
  • Video: Getting Wild in Alaska With Celebrity Cruises

    Julia
    1 Apr 2015 | 1:17 pm
      Adventure. History. Wild, rugged nature. A trip to Alaska promises a range of experiences – from visiting frontier towns rich with colorful characters, to spotting wildlife and taking in some of the State’s most spectacular landscape. I was recently invite by Celebrity Cruise lines aboard the Celebrity Solstice to take part in their 8-night Alaskan cruise.  We’re talking float plane adventures, traditional salmon bakes, vintage train rides and some quirky Klondike history, so it was a pretty hard offer to turn down so I eagerly packed my bags and hit the road. My trip began in…
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  • From $179: Waldorf Astoria Orlando’s Summer Savings

    Kimberly Button
    3 Jul 2015 | 6:10 am
    Waldorf Astoria Orlando During the Waldorf Astoria Orlando’s Enchanted Evenings celebration, champagne at check-in and bagpipes at sunset are just a few of the luxury perks you can indulge in — starting from just $179 per night this summer. The Enchanted Evenings celebration, which takes place through September 6, includes a variety of specialty events all day long. Among them are lawn games and contests, pool activities, a scavenger hunt, and evening entertainment — all free for guests. Additional fees are required for programs such as poolside yoga, derby car building…
  • Photo Tour: The Sitting Areas of the Viking Star

    Christine Dayao
    2 Jul 2015 | 8:30 am
    Christine Dayao There’s much to admire on Viking Cruises’ first ocean-going ship, the Viking Star: beautiful decor, all-veranda staterooms, complimentary WiFi, impeccable service, the cuisine, and a friendly staff. But since we returned from our Lisbon-to-London media preview voyage in May, we often find ourselves daydreaming about the beautifully designed sitting areas throughout the ship. Featuring custom furniture, the seating areas are well-appointed for cozying up with a good book or just watching life pass by — and there’s plenty of seating for the…
  • Deal Alert: 25% Off Tulum Beach Hotel Through Fall

    Anne Roderique-Jones
    2 Jul 2015 | 6:30 am
    Mi Amor Hotel Mi Amor Boutique Hotel, situated on a secluded white sand beach in Tulum, Mexico, opened its doors this past winter. To celebrate, the property is offering a new opening discount of 25 percent off the regular room rate when booking between now and October 30. This rate includes a complimentary a la carte breakfast, along with all of the posh amenities available at this boho beach-chic property. Here, expect rooms complete with an overhead rain shower, Nespresso coffee machine, complimentary WiFi, MALIN + GOETZ toiletries, stylishly stocked beach bags, nightly turndown, and…
  • Disneyland vs. Legoland: Choosing the Right Park for You

    Teresa Bitler
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:30 am
    Flickr/wiredforlego/HarshLight Planning a trip to Southern California and can’t decide between Disneyland and LEGOLAND? We break down the differences, and here’s what you need to know. Price LEGOLAND: Tickets for one day in LEGOLAND California, not including admission to the water park and SEA LIFE Aquarium, are $84 for adults and $78 for kids ages 3-12. For admittance to all three, you’ll pay $115 for adults and $109 for kids. Disneyland: Forget purchasing a one-day ticket ($99 for adults, $93 for kids 3-9). You’ll want at least two days here ($185, $172). Upgrading to the park…
  • Windstar Introduces Small-Ship Cruising

    Lisa Cheng
    1 Jul 2015 | 8:30 am
    Facebook.com/WindstarCruises Many think that small-ship cruising is the equivalent to private yachting: exclusive, pampering, and out-of-reach. After the recent launch of two of Windstar’s power yachts, the 212-passenger Star Breeze and Star Legend, setting sail in Europe and the Caribbean, we can testify that only two-thirds of these assumptions hold true. A posh experience, yes – Star Breeze and Star Legend’s passenger count indeed makes you feel like a privileged few, and the upgrades lend the ships a refined polish. But — perhaps surprisingly — you won’t be…
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  • From $179: Waldorf Astoria Orlando’s Summer Savings

    Kimberly Button
    3 Jul 2015 | 6:10 am
    Waldorf Astoria Orlando During the Waldorf Astoria Orlando’s Enchanted Evenings celebration, champagne at check-in and bagpipes at sunset are just a few of the luxury perks you can indulge in — starting from just $179 per night this summer. The Enchanted Evenings celebration, which takes place through September 6, includes a variety of specialty events all day long. Among them are lawn games and contests, pool activities, a scavenger hunt, and evening entertainment — all free for guests. Additional fees are required for programs such as poolside yoga, derby car building…
  • Photo Tour: The Sitting Areas of the Viking Star

    Christine Dayao
    2 Jul 2015 | 8:30 am
    Christine Dayao There’s much to admire on Viking Cruises’ first ocean-going ship, the Viking Star: beautiful decor, all-veranda staterooms, complimentary WiFi, impeccable service, the cuisine, and a friendly staff. But since we returned from our Lisbon-to-London media preview voyage in May, we often find ourselves daydreaming about the beautifully designed sitting areas throughout the ship. Featuring custom furniture, the seating areas are well-appointed for cozying up with a good book or just watching life pass by — and there’s plenty of seating for the…
  • Deal Alert: 25% Off Tulum Beach Hotel Through Fall

    Anne Roderique-Jones
    2 Jul 2015 | 6:30 am
    Mi Amor Hotel Mi Amor Boutique Hotel, situated on a secluded white sand beach in Tulum, Mexico, opened its doors this past winter. To celebrate, the property is offering a new opening discount of 25 percent off the regular room rate when booking between now and October 30. This rate includes a complimentary a la carte breakfast, along with all of the posh amenities available at this boho beach-chic property. Here, expect rooms complete with an overhead rain shower, Nespresso coffee machine, complimentary WiFi, MALIN + GOETZ toiletries, stylishly stocked beach bags, nightly turndown, and…
  • Disneyland vs. Legoland: Choosing the Right Park for You

    Teresa Bitler
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:30 am
    Flickr/wiredforlego/HarshLight Planning a trip to Southern California and can’t decide between Disneyland and LEGOLAND? We break down the differences, and here’s what you need to know. Price LEGOLAND: Tickets for one day in LEGOLAND California, not including admission to the water park and SEA LIFE Aquarium, are $84 for adults and $78 for kids ages 3-12. For admittance to all three, you’ll pay $115 for adults and $109 for kids. Disneyland: Forget purchasing a one-day ticket ($99 for adults, $93 for kids 3-9). You’ll want at least two days here ($185, $172). Upgrading to the park…
  • Windstar Introduces Small-Ship Cruising

    Lisa Cheng
    1 Jul 2015 | 8:30 am
    Facebook.com/WindstarCruises Many think that small-ship cruising is the equivalent to private yachting: exclusive, pampering, and out-of-reach. After the recent launch of two of Windstar’s power yachts, the 212-passenger Star Breeze and Star Legend, setting sail in Europe and the Caribbean, we can testify that only two-thirds of these assumptions hold true. A posh experience, yes – Star Breeze and Star Legend’s passenger count indeed makes you feel like a privileged few, and the upgrades lend the ships a refined polish. But — perhaps surprisingly — you won’t be…
 
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  • From $179: Waldorf Astoria Orlando’s Summer Savings

    Kimberly Button
    3 Jul 2015 | 6:10 am
    Waldorf Astoria Orlando During the Waldorf Astoria Orlando’s Enchanted Evenings celebration, champagne at check-in and bagpipes at sunset are just a few of the luxury perks you can indulge in — starting from just $179 per night this summer. The Enchanted Evenings celebration, which takes place through September 6, includes a variety of specialty events all day long. Among them are lawn games and contests, pool activities, a scavenger hunt, and evening entertainment — all free for guests. Additional fees are required for programs such as poolside yoga, derby car building…
  • Photo Tour: The Sitting Areas of the Viking Star

    Christine Dayao
    2 Jul 2015 | 8:30 am
    Christine Dayao There’s much to admire on Viking Cruises’ first ocean-going ship, the Viking Star: beautiful decor, all-veranda staterooms, complimentary WiFi, impeccable service, the cuisine, and a friendly staff. But since we returned from our Lisbon-to-London media preview voyage in May, we often find ourselves daydreaming about the beautifully designed sitting areas throughout the ship. Featuring custom furniture, the seating areas are well-appointed for cozying up with a good book or just watching life pass by — and there’s plenty of seating for the…
  • Deal Alert: 25% Off Tulum Beach Hotel Through Fall

    Anne Roderique-Jones
    2 Jul 2015 | 6:30 am
    Mi Amor Hotel Mi Amor Boutique Hotel, situated on a secluded white sand beach in Tulum, Mexico, opened its doors this past winter. To celebrate, the property is offering a new opening discount of 25 percent off the regular room rate when booking between now and October 30. This rate includes a complimentary a la carte breakfast, along with all of the posh amenities available at this boho beach-chic property. Here, expect rooms complete with an overhead rain shower, Nespresso coffee machine, complimentary WiFi, MALIN + GOETZ toiletries, stylishly stocked beach bags, nightly turndown, and…
  • Disneyland vs. Legoland: Choosing the Right Park for You

    Teresa Bitler
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:30 am
    Flickr/wiredforlego/HarshLight Planning a trip to Southern California and can’t decide between Disneyland and LEGOLAND? We break down the differences, and here’s what you need to know. Price LEGOLAND: Tickets for one day in LEGOLAND California, not including admission to the water park and SEA LIFE Aquarium, are $84 for adults and $78 for kids ages 3-12. For admittance to all three, you’ll pay $115 for adults and $109 for kids. Disneyland: Forget purchasing a one-day ticket ($99 for adults, $93 for kids 3-9). You’ll want at least two days here ($185, $172). Upgrading to the park…
  • Windstar Introduces Small-Ship Cruising

    Lisa Cheng
    1 Jul 2015 | 8:30 am
    Facebook.com/WindstarCruises Many think that small-ship cruising is the equivalent to private yachting: exclusive, pampering, and out-of-reach. After the recent launch of two of Windstar’s power yachts, the 212-passenger Star Breeze and Star Legend, setting sail in Europe and the Caribbean, we can testify that only two-thirds of these assumptions hold true. A posh experience, yes – Star Breeze and Star Legend’s passenger count indeed makes you feel like a privileged few, and the upgrades lend the ships a refined polish. But — perhaps surprisingly — you won’t be…
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  • From $179: Waldorf Astoria Orlando’s Summer Savings

    Kimberly Button
    3 Jul 2015 | 6:10 am
    Waldorf Astoria Orlando During the Waldorf Astoria Orlando’s Enchanted Evenings celebration, champagne at check-in and bagpipes at sunset are just a few of the luxury perks you can indulge in — starting from just $179 per night this summer. The Enchanted Evenings celebration, which takes place through September 6, includes a variety of specialty events all day long. Among them are lawn games and contests, pool activities, a scavenger hunt, and evening entertainment — all free for guests. Additional fees are required for programs such as poolside yoga, derby car building…
  • Photo Tour: The Sitting Areas of the Viking Star

    Christine Dayao
    2 Jul 2015 | 8:30 am
    Christine Dayao There’s much to admire on Viking Cruises’ first ocean-going ship, the Viking Star: beautiful decor, all-veranda staterooms, complimentary WiFi, impeccable service, the cuisine, and a friendly staff. But since we returned from our Lisbon-to-London media preview voyage in May, we often find ourselves daydreaming about the beautifully designed sitting areas throughout the ship. Featuring custom furniture, the seating areas are well-appointed for cozying up with a good book or just watching life pass by — and there’s plenty of seating for the…
  • Deal Alert: 25% Off Tulum Beach Hotel Through Fall

    Anne Roderique-Jones
    2 Jul 2015 | 6:30 am
    Mi Amor Hotel Mi Amor Boutique Hotel, situated on a secluded white sand beach in Tulum, Mexico, opened its doors this past winter. To celebrate, the property is offering a new opening discount of 25 percent off the regular room rate when booking between now and October 30. This rate includes a complimentary a la carte breakfast, along with all of the posh amenities available at this boho beach-chic property. Here, expect rooms complete with an overhead rain shower, Nespresso coffee machine, complimentary WiFi, MALIN + GOETZ toiletries, stylishly stocked beach bags, nightly turndown, and…
  • Disneyland vs. Legoland: Choosing the Right Park for You

    Teresa Bitler
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:30 am
    Flickr/wiredforlego/HarshLight Planning a trip to Southern California and can’t decide between Disneyland and LEGOLAND? We break down the differences, and here’s what you need to know. Price LEGOLAND: Tickets for one day in LEGOLAND California, not including admission to the water park and SEA LIFE Aquarium, are $84 for adults and $78 for kids ages 3-12. For admittance to all three, you’ll pay $115 for adults and $109 for kids. Disneyland: Forget purchasing a one-day ticket ($99 for adults, $93 for kids 3-9). You’ll want at least two days here ($185, $172). Upgrading to the park…
  • Windstar Introduces Small-Ship Cruising

    Lisa Cheng
    1 Jul 2015 | 8:30 am
    Facebook.com/WindstarCruises Many think that small-ship cruising is the equivalent to private yachting: exclusive, pampering, and out-of-reach. After the recent launch of two of Windstar’s power yachts, the 212-passenger Star Breeze and Star Legend, setting sail in Europe and the Caribbean, we can testify that only two-thirds of these assumptions hold true. A posh experience, yes – Star Breeze and Star Legend’s passenger count indeed makes you feel like a privileged few, and the upgrades lend the ships a refined polish. But — perhaps surprisingly — you won’t be…
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  • From $179: Waldorf Astoria Orlando’s Summer Savings

    Kimberly Button
    3 Jul 2015 | 6:10 am
    Waldorf Astoria Orlando During the Waldorf Astoria Orlando’s Enchanted Evenings celebration, champagne at check-in and bagpipes at sunset are just a few of the luxury perks you can indulge in — starting from just $179 per night this summer. The Enchanted Evenings celebration, which takes place through September 6, includes a variety of specialty events all day long. Among them are lawn games and contests, pool activities, a scavenger hunt, and evening entertainment — all free for guests. Additional fees are required for programs such as poolside yoga, derby car building…
  • Photo Tour: The Sitting Areas of the Viking Star

    Christine Dayao
    2 Jul 2015 | 8:30 am
    Christine Dayao There’s much to admire on Viking Cruises’ first ocean-going ship, the Viking Star: beautiful decor, all-veranda staterooms, complimentary WiFi, impeccable service, the cuisine, and a friendly staff. But since we returned from our Lisbon-to-London media preview voyage in May, we often find ourselves daydreaming about the beautifully designed sitting areas throughout the ship. Featuring custom furniture, the seating areas are well-appointed for cozying up with a good book or just watching life pass by — and there’s plenty of seating for the…
  • Deal Alert: 25% Off Tulum Beach Hotel Through Fall

    Anne Roderique-Jones
    2 Jul 2015 | 6:30 am
    Mi Amor Hotel Mi Amor Boutique Hotel, situated on a secluded white sand beach in Tulum, Mexico, opened its doors this past winter. To celebrate, the property is offering a new opening discount of 25 percent off the regular room rate when booking between now and October 30. This rate includes a complimentary a la carte breakfast, along with all of the posh amenities available at this boho beach-chic property. Here, expect rooms complete with an overhead rain shower, Nespresso coffee machine, complimentary WiFi, MALIN + GOETZ toiletries, stylishly stocked beach bags, nightly turndown, and…
  • Disneyland vs. Legoland: Choosing the Right Park for You

    Teresa Bitler
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:30 am
    Flickr/wiredforlego/HarshLight Planning a trip to Southern California and can’t decide between Disneyland and LEGOLAND? We break down the differences, and here’s what you need to know. Price LEGOLAND: Tickets for one day in LEGOLAND California, not including admission to the water park and SEA LIFE Aquarium, are $84 for adults and $78 for kids ages 3-12. For admittance to all three, you’ll pay $115 for adults and $109 for kids. Disneyland: Forget purchasing a one-day ticket ($99 for adults, $93 for kids 3-9). You’ll want at least two days here ($185, $172). Upgrading to the park…
  • Windstar Introduces Small-Ship Cruising

    Lisa Cheng
    1 Jul 2015 | 8:30 am
    Facebook.com/WindstarCruises Many think that small-ship cruising is the equivalent to private yachting: exclusive, pampering, and out-of-reach. After the recent launch of two of Windstar’s power yachts, the 212-passenger Star Breeze and Star Legend, setting sail in Europe and the Caribbean, we can testify that only two-thirds of these assumptions hold true. A posh experience, yes – Star Breeze and Star Legend’s passenger count indeed makes you feel like a privileged few, and the upgrades lend the ships a refined polish. But — perhaps surprisingly — you won’t be…
 
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  • Nasi Kandar Penang: Insanely Good Curry at Tajuddin Hussain

    Mark Wiens
    5 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Every now and then you have a meal that’s almost too good to be true. You know what I’m talking about, right? One of those meals that’s so delicious, it literally blows your mind, and even after you finish eating, you have a smile on your face for the rest of the day without even... [Read More] Nasi Kandar Penang: Insanely Good Curry at Tajuddin Hussain is a post from: Migrationology - Food Travel Blog The post Nasi Kandar Penang: Insanely Good Curry at Tajuddin Hussain appeared first on Migrationology - Food Travel Blog.
  • Tek Sen Restaurant: Heritage Chinese Food in Penang

    Mark Wiens
    1 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    As soon as you arrive in Penang you’ll notice the huge Chinese influence. One of the best places to start exploring Chinese culture in Penang is by eating, and there’s no shortage of Chinese restaurants and street food stalls throughout the city. One of the more well known heritage Chinese restaurants in George Town is Tek Sen... [Read More] Tek Sen Restaurant: Heritage Chinese Food in Penang is a post from: Migrationology - Food Travel Blog The post Tek Sen Restaurant: Heritage Chinese Food in Penang appeared first on Migrationology - Food Travel Blog.
  • Curry Noodles at Langkawi’s Laksa Carnival 2015

    Mark Wiens
    28 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    Malaysia is a country that loves food. And among the many incredible dishes available in the country, one of the local favorites is a dish called laksa, which loosely translates to noodles and curry. But throughout Malaysia (and even in Singapore and Thailand where laksa can be compared to khanom jeen) almost every state has their own... [Read More] Curry Noodles at Langkawi’s Laksa Carnival 2015 is a post from: Migrationology - Food Travel Blog The post Curry Noodles at Langkawi’s Laksa Carnival 2015 appeared first on Migrationology - Food Travel Blog.
  • Wantan Mee in Penang at Lebuh Acheh Wantan Mee

    Mark Wiens
    24 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    Malaysian style kon lou wantan mee is typically a dish of egg noodles in a black sauce, topped with dumplings, slices of char siu, and boiled choi sum. When I was in Penang, I went to a food stall right in the heart of George Town called Lebuh Acheh Wantan Mee for a simple, yet pretty tasty... [Read More] Wantan Mee in Penang at Lebuh Acheh Wantan Mee is a post from: Migrationology - Food Travel Blog The post Wantan Mee in Penang at Lebuh Acheh Wantan Mee appeared first on Migrationology - Food Travel Blog.
  • 23 Things To Do In Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City): Top Attractions!

    Mark Wiens
    21 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    Exclusive Offer: I made “23 Things To Do in Saigon” into an eBook in PDF format that you can download for FREE (the eBook is easier to read and even print). Click here to get instant access (it’s free)! Are you ready for some action? Saigon (also officially known as Ho Chi Minh City or... [Read More] 23 Things To Do In Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City): Top Attractions! is a post from: Migrationology - Food Travel Blog The post 23 Things To Do In Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City): Top Attractions! appeared first on Migrationology - Food Travel Blog.
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  • Wow. Much News! Such Informed.

    Travis
    29 Jun 2015 | 7:42 am
    Related Posts:Cat News NetworkHimeji Castle ConstructionLow Yen Makes it a Great Time to VisitAstro Boy Crossing SignalFacetime While Eating Ramen
  • Using Airbnb for your Japan Vacation

    Travis
    19 Jun 2015 | 9:57 am
    I’ve written before about the difficulties of finding fully furnished accommodations in Japan. But that was over five years ago and things ave been improving for the better; particularly with the introduction of Airbnb Japan. What is Airbnb? Airbnb probably doesn’t need explaining to most of you. At its core, Airbnb allows people to offer their homes, apartments or even rooms for rent to travellers. The Airbnb website describes it this way: Airbnb is a community marketplace where guests can book spaces from hosts, connecting people who have space to spare with those who are…
  • Godzilla Becomes Japanese Citizen

    Travis
    3 Jun 2015 | 8:11 am
    After all the hard work he did helping/destroying Japan, it looks like Godzilla has finally become a Japanese Citizen. According to the NYT: Godzilla has stomped so many buildings in Japan that the irradiated monster was appointed special resident of and tourism ambassador for Tokyo’s Shinjuku ward. Good on ya mate! Related Posts:Japanese Idiom: Turn Your Body into PowderFree WiFi Hotspots in TokyoMust-See Non-Tourist Attractions in JapanWeaker Yen Drives TourismBook Review: Tuttle Travel Pack – Japan
  • Tokyo Roar

    Travis
    1 Jun 2015 | 7:28 am
    The juxtaposition of old and new in Japan. Related Posts:The Four Top Tokyo Day TripsFree WiFi Hotspots in TokyoTokyo Named World’s Safest CityTop Ryokan in TokyoWhat Is Public Transportation Like in Tokyo?
  • Osaka Bang – Best Street Game Ever

    Travis
    4 May 2015 | 8:51 am
    This is why I love Osaka. I may have to try this out and see if it works :D Related Posts:Neko AtsumeThe Best Ways to Get Around in OsakaMy Dream Japan Vacation – KinashiMeetup and Guide App for Japan TravellersOsaka Gets New Glico Man Sign
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  • Paris Travel : How to Get From CDG Airport to City Center

    robin
    23 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    There are many ways to get from Paris’s main airport, Charles de Gaulle, to central Paris.  Depending on budget, travel style, time of day and where you’re staying, one is likely to work better than another.  Here is an overview of the choices you have. Taxi Parisien The standard, good old-fashioned taxi, is still my favorite, most direct, and reliable way of getting from Charles de Gaulle to the center of Paris.  You’ll see signs directing you to the taxi stands at every terminal. It’s always best to make sure you get in line at the taxi stand and only…
  • Top Spots to See Roman Ruins in England

    robin
    17 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    The United Kingdom is a land filled with thousands of years of history spanning a multitude of cultures. One of these is the Roman Empire, who ruled over the British Isles for over a hundred years starting in A.D. 43. Eventually the Romans left England around the fifth century A.D., as noted by the BBC, but not without leaving us with a wealth of historic sites and ruins. I’ve already shared where to see Roman ruins in France and also Etruscan ruins in Italy, but for those looking for an Italian or Roman-themed vacation and aren’t quite able to make it to the famous boot-shaped…
  • Fun Facts about Puglia

    admin
    10 Jun 2015 | 7:58 am
      The Puglia region is a fascinating combination of unique history, culture and of course some of the best food and wine that Italy offers.  I learned so many things about Puglia on my trip, and I took a copious amount of notes.  What better way to share all of the facts with you than a bulleted list of the things I found most interesting from this very scenic region. Did you know : Puglia is home to over 50 million olive trees.  Many of them centuries old. Puglia needed to enact laws to deter people from other parts of Italy coming down and digging up those valuable olive…
  • 9 Easy Ways to Save Money For Travel

    robin
    28 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Traveling, seeing the world, experiencing life in different places and getting to know people from different cultures is eye-opening and essential for a well-rounded world view. It’s exciting. And thrilling. It makes you feel alive and everyone deserves the opportunity to try it. I know many who would like to travel, but say they just can’t afford it. I don’t think it’s an excuse. I really DO think they believe that, but it doesn’t have to be true.  You change your perspective to change your situation. You have to DO something. It really depends how…
  • What’s New in Paris for 2014

    robin
    5 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    There is so much new in Paris this year, it’s been hard to keep up! New museum openings, new services cropping up and even a new Paris tour that I’m offering. I’ve already covered What’s New in France this year which also contains some Paris highlights, but there was more than enough happening to create a stand alone post for Paris. I keep adding to it as things pop up – so make sure you check back often. New Museums, Tours and Attractions > After a six-year restoration, amid lots of drama, the Picasso Museum finally reopened. The new space at the Hôtel…
 
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  • The Magic of Lisbon

    Cam Hassard
    3 Jul 2015 | 7:22 am
    There’s no city on earth like Lisbon. To feel the vista of sunset drizzling over terracotta tenements and the Pombaline rococo of the old town; to husk over cold cerveza in the dulcet twilight of the banks of the Tejo as the Ponte 25 de Abril bridge blends into nightfall; to see the number 28 […] The post The Magic of Lisbon appeared first on Europe Up Close.
  • Top Museums in Vienna

    Terri Fogarty
    29 Jun 2015 | 7:04 am
    Vienna is an extraordinary city of art. With fine architecture, music venues and many museums and galleries from which to choose, you will never run out of options. We encourage first time visitors to begin by visiting these top museums in Vienna. And, after your tour of Vienna’s top museums, you may be ready for exploring Vienna through coffee, another favorite pass-time […] The post Top Museums in Vienna appeared first on Europe Up Close.
  • Best Wine Bars in London

    Guest Contributor
    26 Jun 2015 | 8:28 am
    Where are the best wine bars in London? London, for wine lovers, is a true Aladdin’s cave. It’s a city that embraces all wine from all regions and leaves none behind. Indeed, there are few other places in the world where you can find both traditional wines made in Georgian Qveris and shiraz from New […] The post Best Wine Bars in London appeared first on Europe Up Close.
  • Five Quirky Museums in Europe

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    22 Jun 2015 | 7:02 am
    When I travel to Europe, I am always on the look-out for museums or sites that are a bit out of the ordinary. I think that the following five quirky museums fill the bill: From Magic Ice to fans, to computers, these museums present a different slant on museum-going. The Magic Ice Museum – Istanbul […] The post Five Quirky Museums in Europe appeared first on Europe Up Close.
  • Puglia: Where to Stay on Italy’s Boot

    Claudia Flisi
    19 Jun 2015 | 7:03 am
    The most characteristic choice for lodging in Puglia is a trullo, a stone hut topped by a cupola. These peasant dwellings, found only here in this region of Italy, date back to the 13th century, but don’t worry – those that have been turned into luxury hotels or rental properties are of more recent vintage, with all the mod […] The post Puglia: Where to Stay on Italy’s Boot appeared first on Europe Up Close.
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  • eNidhi India list of top websites listing top bloggers!

    Shrinidhi Hande
    2 Jul 2015 | 6:42 pm
    This post is highly inspired by repeated updates by Nisha Jha on social media about websites releasing top blogger lists without a transparent process/evaluation. Building on that trigger and using my own experience, observation and analysis, I’m releasing my own Enidhi India certified top sites that list top bloggers! Of late there’re several sites releasing top blogger lists. Every few
  • Early morning drive to Chorla Ghat, Goa

    Shrinidhi Hande
    1 Jul 2015 | 8:04 am
    Chorla ghat is a scenic road that connects Goa to Belagavi (Belgaum). While majority of the traffic goes through Ponda, Mollem, Londa, Chorla ghat is the more scenic one, though a bit narrow. On one of the morning, we simply drove till Karnataka border from Goa and came back (because our rented self drive car didn't have permit to cross over- Karnataka police didn't have any problem, it is Goa
  • Photography in monsoon and camera protection

    Shrinidhi Hande
    28 Jun 2015 | 7:44 am
    It is monsoon time and many of us are planning road trips not withstanding heavy rains. It is a completely different experience to drive around during rains- No need for AC- roll down the windows and let the bliss sprinkle in. Rains are as much joy to travel in, but photography during monsoon is another story. Most of our cameras do not really like rains. Camera electronics can suffer
  • Elephant Parade- A brand that works towards Asian elephant conservation!

    Shrinidhi Hande
    27 Jun 2015 | 10:01 pm
    While we were being given a guided tour of Tang Mall inside Suntec city, Singapore, we were introduced to a unique brand called Elephant Parade. Elephant parade sells elephant idols and souvenirs of various size, shape and colours. Unlike other brands that bear animal names but run on pure commercial motive, Elephant Parade is one brand that is dedicated to well being and conservation of
  • Drive a Ferrari in Singapore. Rs 15000 for 15 mins

    Shrinidhi Hande
    27 Jun 2015 | 4:54 pm
    ABCDF: Any body can drive Ferrari! In India, we can drive BMW and Mercedes for hourly/daily rental under self-drive scheme. But Myles/Zoom haven’t added a Ferrari/Lamborghini yet to their fleet. On my Day 1 at Singapore, I went to check out Ace Drive SG, who have a fleet of luxury cars for rental. More about them in a separate post. Subsequently, I spotted that another agency called Ultimate
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  • Solo Travel Destination: Tulum, Mexico

    Guest
    3 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    This Solo Travel Society member recommends Tulum for the relaxed, friendly vibe, interesting ruins, delicious food and beautiful cenotes. The post Solo Travel Destination: Tulum, Mexico appeared first on Solo Traveler. A new article has been added to Solo Traveler
  • Pic of the Week: Hamnoy, Norway

    Guest
    2 Jul 2015 | 5:30 am
    This serene shot from Hamnoy, Norway was contributed by a Solo Travel Society member. The post Pic of the Week: Hamnoy, Norway appeared first on Solo Traveler. A new article has been added to Solo Traveler
  • Destination Africa: Safari Trip Planning for Solo Travelers

    Janice
    1 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    Safaris are an adventure version of the all-inclusive trip. Here's why you want to go and how to make safari trip planning easy. The post Destination Africa: Safari Trip Planning for Solo Travelers appeared first on Solo Traveler. A new article has been added to Solo Traveler
  • Travel Quote of the Week: The Hardest Part of Any Journey

    Tracey
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:25 am
    Today's Travel Quote of the Week is a Dutch proverb that notes that the hardest part of any journey is that which precedes our first step out the door. The post Travel Quote of the Week: The Hardest Part of Any Journey appeared first on Solo Traveler. A new article has been added to Solo Traveler
  • Best Seat on the Plane According to Your Needs and Budget

    Janice
    29 Jun 2015 | 5:30 am
    Here are a few tips and resources to help you find the best seat on the plane based on what you consider best and your budget. The post Best Seat on the Plane According to Your Needs and Budget appeared first on Solo Traveler. A new article has been added to Solo Traveler
 
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  • Luxury Hotels in Madrid – Live it up during the Holidays

    aaron@happytimeblog.co.uk (Aaron "Danger" Bradford)
    29 Jun 2015 | 1:38 am
    Backpacking around the world HappytimeBlog | Luxury Hotels in Madrid – Live it up during the Holidays Photo from Flickr Vacationing in Madrid should definitely be on your Bucket List, as it is one of the most amazing experiences in the world. Even if you aren’t much of a travel enthusiast, visiting this beautiful place at least once is a must. The city embraces you with open arms, and people here warm, friendly and welcoming.   Why should you reserve rooms in advance? Madrid opens up a myriad of opportunities for diverse entertainment such as shopping, sightseeing, cuisine,…
  • Why You Should Have A Snap-Happy SUMMER

    aaron@happytimeblog.co.uk (Aaron "Danger" Bradford)
    25 Jun 2015 | 9:13 am
    Backpacking around the world HappytimeBlog | Why You Should Have A Snap-Happy SUMMER WIN BIG WITH THE #LateRoomsMoment PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION Every summer throws up magical moments, and this year you could win some amazing prizes by sharing yours using #LateRoomsMoment. Millions of photos are shared on social media every day, from the mundane snaps of your breakfast to the special moments you remember forever and can’t help but share – your best friend’s wedding, a festival with the gang, your child’s first holiday, or a romantic break at the beach or in the city. And…
  • Planning a Wedding in the Wembley Area

    aaron@happytimeblog.co.uk (Aaron "Danger" Bradford)
    24 Jun 2015 | 9:11 am
    Backpacking around the world HappytimeBlog | Planning a Wedding in the Wembley Area Wedding in Wemble Having your wedding in a big city area can be a great deal of fun for all that are involved. There are so many great spots that you can choose from, particularly if you have decided to get married right in Central London. You will find that a large number of venues are there for you to choose from and the place you select may really depend just on what type of wedding you are looking to hold and how you want your reception to be. Even though it may seem like a tough choice you can find some…
  • Top 5 Ski Resorts for Short Weekend Getaways

    aaron@happytimeblog.co.uk (Aaron "Danger" Bradford)
    22 Jun 2015 | 2:35 am
    Backpacking around the world HappytimeBlog | Top 5 Ski Resorts for Short Weekend Getaways Photo from Flickr by mattharvey1 We can’t keep working non-stop without taking a breather here and there. When professional lives become too stressful, and/or you want to spend quality time with your loved ones – these reasons are perfect for taking a vacation. Why not go for a little skiing? There are quite a few ski resorts that are apt for weekend getaways so don’t miss too much at work and get to relax at the same time. Take a look at the recommendations from iGOSKI Ski Weekends.  …
  • The Hidden Gems of Europe’s Party Scene

    aaron@happytimeblog.co.uk (Aaron "Danger" Bradford)
    18 Jun 2015 | 4:31 am
    Backpacking around the world HappytimeBlog | The Hidden Gems of Europe’s Party Scene With its wild festivals and infamous ‘super clubs’, Europe is widely regarded as the party capital of the world. But forget the obvious hotspots like Barcelona, Berlin and London – here’s our low-down of the best up-and-coming party cities in Europe.   5. Belgrade Serbia is still way under the average tourist’s radar but its brilliant Exit Festival, held just over an hour away from Belgrade, is becoming more and more popular with in-the-know music lovers. Besides the festival every July, the…
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  • Across the divide – a visit to the former inner German border

    Andy Jarosz
    18 Jun 2015 | 9:23 am
    Follow the bend in the road, then walk for around 100 metres. If I hadn’t seen the satellite photo a few minutes earlier I’d have had no idea where to look. Beyond the roadside ditch wild flowers were swallowed up by the long grass, and only an occasional car broke the calm of an afternoon stroll in the German countryside. If I’d been here 26 years ago I’d have had no trouble finding what I was looking for. I was in the north east of Germany, just outside the tiny village of Schlutup on the outskirts of Lübeck. It was just to the east of the village that the final,…
  • Comfortable hotels – why are they so rare?

    Andy Jarosz
    3 Jun 2015 | 4:58 am
    “Your home away from home” is how many hotels like to market themselves. It’s an easy slogan to use, but for many hotel owners I am fairly sure that if they had to live in the properties which earn them a living, they wouldn’t put up with many of the irritations to which they are happy to subject their paying guests. So what are the most basic things a hotel should include to make a guest feel comfortable? Of course there’s a complication here, in that every person has different requirements and different opinions on what is most important for them in a hotel…
  • A tale of car rental woe with a happy ending

    Andy Jarosz
    27 May 2015 | 4:27 am
    This was not our rental car. Obviously. I loathe every aspect of renting a car abroad. Even the process of booking a car for our recent Sicily trip took far too long; every time I was about to book a car I made the mistake of checking a review site and ended up getting distracted by a stream of one-star ratings from angry customers. In the end I was hooked in by a price of £65 for 8 days rental, and booked a car with Sicily by Car through Holiday Autos, who appeared to have a slightly more favourable (or less terrible) review profile than their competitors. With such an attractive price…
  • Seeing Stonehenge beyond a pile of rocks

    Andy Jarosz
    23 Apr 2015 | 7:07 am
    ‘It’s just a pile of rocks’. Take a look through the comments on Tripadvisor (or any review site) and you’ll find many visitors who were spellbound by the ancient stones at Stonehenge, and plenty of others for whom it was an overpriced and underwhelming attraction. Just how do different people experience the same place in such a different way, and what factors determine the effect that a place such as Stonehenge has on its visitors? It had been almost 10 years since I’d last driven along the A303 and passed the famous stone circle. I must admit that it did…
  • Reflections on Aqaba and Jordan

    Andy Jarosz
    31 Mar 2015 | 1:13 am
    This is the final post of the Digital Nomad series with National Geographic Traveller. Our two weeks in Jordan flew by in a highly enjoyable blur. Our Digital Nomad trip was hosted by the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority (ASEZA), and through our experiences they wanted to communicate three main messages to an international audience: that Jordan is a safe destination to visit; that Aqaba is a city which offers a variety of attractions which can appeal to many types of traveller; and that Aqaba’s position in the south of Jordan makes it a good base to use for exploring the…
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  • The 8 Best Locations for a Destination Wedding on a Budget

    Jane Reynolds
    2 Jul 2015 | 9:01 am
    The proposal may have come as a surprise, but what shouldn't at this point is just how much that resulting wedding is going to cost you. Because whether you've said "I do" once before, stood at the altar as a member of a wedding party, or simply attended a destination wedding, you know just how pricey they can be -- and if you've forgotten, the father of the bride is often more than willing to remind you yet again. But this doesn't mean you have to quash your dreams of getting married overlooking the ocean or on a hillside retreat. We did our research and found eight romantic locales where…
  • 8 Ways to Avoid Looking Like a Total Tourist in NYC

    Katherine Fung
    2 Jul 2015 | 6:01 am
    Contrary to popular belief, New Yorkers don't hate all tourists -- at least not as much as they hate some of things that tourists do... (We can be nice at times, we promise!) After all, we love showing off our city and when people appreciate the city, and we totally understand why millions of people visit each year. That being said, there are a few key faux pas that will give any visitor away in a heartbeat. Here are eight ways to avoid being that tourist when vacationing in NYC. 1. Don't stop in the middle of the sidewalk. via Flickr/Joe Shlabotnik It's not so much that New Yorkers…
  • Win a Luxurious Mediterranean Getaway!

    Jane Reynolds
    1 Jul 2015 | 12:42 pm
    Summer is the worst time to be stuck in the office -- but the best time to enjoy a mini-break in the Mediterranean! Especially if it's free... That's why we've teamed up with Design Hotels, Harper's Bazaar, Shop Latitude, Violet Grey, and Smarter Travel to bring one lucky winner a trip to the beautiful island of Mykonos! Now through July 13, enter our sweepstakes for your chance to win a three-night stay at the San Giorgio Mykonos, complete with access to Scorpios Beach Club. Since teleportation isn't a thing yet, the winner will also receive a $1,000 flight voucher -- and a $500 Shop…
  • 6 Hotel Rooms That Are Definitely Worth the Upgrade

    Jane Reynolds
    1 Jul 2015 | 9:01 am
    If you've ever been on the phone with a hotel reservationist (you know, like back in 1999) or have dealt with the sales pitch people at mega-resorts, you're probably in the group of people who turn down a hotel room upgrade no questions asked -- and understandably so. More often than not, these "upgrades" involve a lot of extra cash and not a lot of additional perks. However, a real deal can be found in the occasional gem of an upgrade. We plugged in August dates and found six hotel rooms where the upgrade from one room type to the one directly above it is well worth the indulgence. Standard…
  • The Dish On Traditional (And Delicious) Danish Foods

    Katherine Alex Beaven
    1 Jul 2015 | 6:01 am
    Photo by Alex Berger, Flickr Creative Commons It's no secret that food and travel makes for one of the best pairings in the world. In fact, it's almost impossible to think about some destinations without drooling (Italy and your fresh-made pasta, we are looking at you). But what about those lesser-known spots around the globe, like Denmark, whose cuisine can't be easily found outside its home country? Travelers to Denmark may be pleasantly surprised to discover a whole table full of new favorite dishes that go well beyond the pickled fish usually associated with Scandinavian cuisine. Get your…
 
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  • Guide To Happy Vacations With Your Pets

    Susan Kohlback
    3 Jul 2015 | 5:12 am
    Millions of vacation travelers wouldn't think of leaving home without bringing along their BFF (Best-Fury-Friend). But a successful vacation with your pet takes some advance planning to keep you both healthy, entertained, comfortable and happy. Here's a guide to travel tips for vacationing with your pets.
  • Dances With Kangaroos – Epic Cycling Trails in Australia

    Guest Author
    1 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    Dances With Kangaroos - Epic Cycling Trails I've Traveled Down Under Cycling is my passion and I have been into it since I was a child. My enthusiasm for this hobby only increased as the years passed. Cycling is keeping me fit and happy. I think that I couldn’t imagine my life without this fantastic hobby. Not to mention that I live in a perfect country for any cyclist.
  • America’s Wackiest Road Side Attractions To Spice Up Your Summer Road Trip

    Guest Author
    29 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    America's Most Out-There Pit Stops to Liven Up Your Summer Road Trip Summer is the time of year when millions of American families leave their worries behind and answer the call of the open road. It’s time to break out the coolers, tune up the car, and throw in your duffel bags. While most road trips have an ultimate destination in mind, there’s plenty of adventure to be had between point A and B. Here’s a list of some of the most bizarre pit stops and roadside attractions you just have to fit into this year’s summer road trip.
  • Hold That Smile…Selfie Sticks Are Banned From Disney Parks

    Susan Kohlback
    27 Jun 2015 | 12:25 pm
    "Hey mister...will you take a picture of me and my family?", will make a grand resurgence at Disney properties beginning on Tuesday, June 30th when a ban begins on selfie sticks in Disney parks. Citing growing safety concerns with the increasing number of selfie sticks in use at the parks and on amusements rides, Disney has decided to ban these handy photo tools entirely.
  • Seaside BnB Inns That Can Be Your Summer Home-Away-From-Home

    Guest Author
    26 Jun 2015 | 5:36 am
    Beach-side Bed and Breakfast Inns for the Best Summer Escapes Travelers, beach season is upon us! When summer temperatures rise, people long for white sand between their toes and a cool ocean breeze on their face. What they don’t crave is the traffic to and from the coast and having a sandy car when the day is done. Why not skip the hassle and stay right on the beach, where you can take in gorgeous sunrises and sunsets while being pampered at a seaside bed and breakfast?
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  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-06-2015

    Ramona
    5 Jul 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Water runs faster if you remove an obstruction here and there. (Yogiswami) — How often we end up blocking our own streams! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-06-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-05-2015

    Ramona
    4 Jul 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Some are so afraid to die that they never begin to live. (H. VanDyke) — Failure to launch, the ultimate terminal disease. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-05-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-04-2015

    Ramona
    3 Jul 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Consciousness is sweet strident music made by the friction of existence. (G. Santayana) — Mine sounds a lot like Prodigy! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-04-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-03-2015

    Ramona
    2 Jul 2015 | 11:00 pm
    The surest way to the soul is through the flesh. (M. Luhan) — Passion traveling straight from the punching bag to my heart! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-03-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-02-2015

    Ramona
    1 Jul 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Each man’s belief is right in his own eyes. (W. Cowper) — Quick! Someone get Rush Limbaugh a pair of corrective lenses! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-02-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
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  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-06-2015

    Ramona
    5 Jul 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Water runs faster if you remove an obstruction here and there. (Yogiswami) — How often we end up blocking our own streams! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-06-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-05-2015

    Ramona
    4 Jul 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Some are so afraid to die that they never begin to live. (H. VanDyke) — Failure to launch, the ultimate terminal disease. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-05-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-04-2015

    Ramona
    3 Jul 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Consciousness is sweet strident music made by the friction of existence. (G. Santayana) — Mine sounds a lot like Prodigy! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-04-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
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    Ramona
    2 Jul 2015 | 11:00 pm
    The surest way to the soul is through the flesh. (M. Luhan) — Passion traveling straight from the punching bag to my heart! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-03-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-02-2015

    Ramona
    1 Jul 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Each man’s belief is right in his own eyes. (W. Cowper) — Quick! Someone get Rush Limbaugh a pair of corrective lenses! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-02-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
 
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  • How We Work Together To Plan Our Travels

    Randy Kalp
    1 Jul 2015 | 3:12 am
    Relationships are a funny thing. You start out as two independent souls—each with your own way of doing things. Then over time you become a team, a perfect one-two punch, if you will, that when united is a stronger force than anything you could’ve imagined when you were single. Like a lot of guys, I resisted this notion at first: I don’t want to be BRANDY (Beth + Randy, get it?), I’m Randy dammit. Things changed for me, though, when we started traveling together. First, Beth introduced me to the gorgeous frontier beyond Tijuana in Baja, Mexico, then Guatemala and Oaxaca, and finally…
  • Save Big On Our Speakeasy Hidden Pocket Infinity Scarves #FundonEtsy

    Randy Kalp
    26 Jun 2015 | 8:23 am
    You’ve heard about them. You’ve seen them. Now is your chance to save $18 on your own Speakeasy travel scarf! A couple months ago Etsy asked us to be part of a new crowdfunding pilot program: Fund On Etsy. It’s an understatement to say we’re excited about so to launch our Fund On Etsy campaign so we’ve decided to give a HUGE discount on our most popular scarves as part of the program. To fund our new studio space, we are offering a discount on our most popular scarves AND free shipping! If you’ve been eyeing one of our hidden pocket travel scarves now is…
  • Join Us For Summer Fun in Telluride Tomorrow (6/17) on Pin-Up Live

    Randy Kalp
    16 Jun 2015 | 3:46 pm
    What did you want to be when you grew up? Lawyer? Pharmacist?  Doctor? Teacher? Not me. I wanted to be a ski bum in Colorado. Man, I thought that would be the life; I’d ski during the winter and mountain bike and fly fish in the summer. I mean have you seen Colorado in the summer? Oh, you haven’t? Well then, you’re in for a surprise. Winter may get most of the praise, but really, summer the Rocky Mountain way is where it’s at. And this week on Pin-Up Live!, we’re going to show you just how awesome summer in Telluride is. It’s our great pleasure to…
  • 4 Ways To Make Friends While Traveling

    Randy Kalp
    11 Jun 2015 | 5:14 am
    We met Jasmine at a hostel in Oaxaca. We found Ben in Baja, Mexico, during a whale-watching trip. We volunteered with Todd and Benita at a biodynamic winery in Tuscany. And most recently, we shared cocktails with Kacie and Cole on our Carnival cruise through the western Caribbean. What do all of these people have in common? They’re our friends, and we met each of them while traveling. Related: What 7 Days on a Caribbean Cruise Looks Like I love meeting new people when we are traveling. It’s fun to hear another person’s perspective on a locale, hear about their experiences and why…
  • How to Plan a Cheap Vacation in Sri Lanka

    Randy Kalp
    26 May 2015 | 5:42 am
    For decades the beauty of Sri Lanka was clouded by civil war. The bloody conflict, which ended in 2009, kept the country and its pristine beaches, spectacular temples and ruins out of reach for most travelers. These days, though, Sri Lanka’s stock is on the rise. In fact, Lonely Planet named Sri Lanka as its top country to visit in 2013, saying its becoming one of the world’s “best-value destinations.” With these three simple tips, you can easily maximize your travel budget for your vacation in Sri Lanka. Take a Free Tea Tour To say tea is a big deal in Sri Lanka would…
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  • Where to Watch Wildlife in British Columbia, Canada

    Guest Author
    30 Jun 2015 | 12:41 pm
    In this article our guest author, A J Walton shares his love of British Columbia in Canada and the best places to watch wildlife such as seals, whales, eagles and grizzly bears. British Columbia has some of the most exciting and diverse wildlife habitats in all of North America. As a child of the Canadian prairies, I fondly remember yearly summer trips to BC, where hiking & camping became familiar friends. Nothing has changed as an adult adventure seeker. In fact, I still consider British Columbia my top outdoor travel destination in the world. In BC, with its sprawling forests, expansive…
  • Places to visit in Bangalore if you only have one day

    Heather Cowper
    28 Jun 2015 | 6:53 am
    If you’re visiting Bangalore (now known as Bengaluru), the chances are you’re just passing through on business or flying into the city before moving on. This was exactly my purpose when I visited Bangalore in January on my way to visit a charity project that I support – you can read about it here. Despite the snatched half day of sightseeing and shopping at the beginning and end of my trip, I found quite a few places to visit in Bangalore if you only have one day to spend there. Hotels in Bangalore – Escape Hotel & Spa For the first and last night of my stay…
  • Join me on our Venice boat tour – with Walks of Italy

    Heather Cowper
    8 Jun 2015 | 2:46 pm
    The crowds of St Mark’s square swirled around us as we waited at the Lion of Venice column for our Venice boat tour to begin. What a fabulous spot for people watching; the brightly clothed Chinese with every inch of skin hidden from the sunshine, the couples with their selfie sticks and the children chasing pigeons. Close to us was the line for the Doge’s palace, a little further the queue for the Campanile, while on the far side of the square, tour groups were being herded towards the entrance of St Mark’s Basilica. Thank goodness that our guide Jennifer soon led us…
  • Enter my £200 giveaway from Zalando – with Venice inspiration

    Heather Cowper
    31 May 2015 | 3:30 pm
    To celebrate the spring weather and my recent trip to Venice I have a very special giveaway to share with you in partnership with online clothing retailer, Zalando. If you’ve got a holiday planned in the next month or two, you won’t need any excuse to look at a few new items for your spring/summer wardrobe and I can provide just the inspiration you might need from my Venice weekend. Read on to find out how you can win a £200 Zalando voucher to spend on clothing for your next holiday. Gondolas in St Mark’s square, Venice Inspired by the blue gondolas and the lagoon in Venice…
  • Vancouver Island – A Nature Lover’s Paradise

    Guest Author
    29 May 2015 | 9:27 am
    Our guest author, Leigh McAdam shares her love of Vancouver island, British Columbia, where you can explore the temperate rainforests, go kayaking along the rugged coastline and hope to see bears, orca whales and bald eagles. Vancouver Island dependably ranks as one of my favourite places to visit. I love it for its wild spaces and easy access to nature. Many visitors don’t make it past Victoria, and though it’s a delightful city, it’s the places where Mother Nature reigns that strike a chord with me. Vancouver Island is home to one of the world’s temperate rainforests; it also boasts…
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  • Monday Madness: Massanutten Resort Family Vacation Giveaway

    Katie Bodell
    6 Jul 2015 | 12:14 am
    The heat of summer may be in full swing, but it isn’t too early to begin planning your fall or winter vacation. Massanutten Resort, located in the beautiful natural setting of Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, is a fantastic year-round resort for the whole family. From hiking, tubing, golfing, and exploring in the summer to ziplining and leaf-peeping in the fall to skiing, snow tubing, and ice skating in the winter, the resort features a wide variety of entertainment and recreation opportunities that allow your family to spend quality time in a stunning natural setting.  …
  • Exploring American History with Kids-Weekly Digest-7/3/15

    Michelle McCoy
    5 Jul 2015 | 9:01 pm
      To start receiving Weekly Family Fun Digest emails. Click here. Destinations Tips Talk Book Hotels Buy Gear Blog Giveaways Exploring American History with Kids Friday July 3, 2015 Waving the Stars and Stripes will be so much more meaningful for kids when they learn about American history. These spots are some of our favorites for exploring with kids and getting a taste of what makes our country so special!    Great Spots to Discover American History Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail Civil War Battlefields and Historic Sites in Maryland and DC Arizona | Boston |…
  • Kid-Friendly Travel Tips for Airports and Airport Security

    Marisa Langford
    3 Jul 2015 | 12:13 am
    The rules of airports and airport securities are always changing. If you haven’t flown with kids in a while you might feel overwhelmed by the new rules or procedures. Have no fear… The Trekaroo Team is here! We’ve been there and want you to know our little secrets that will make your whole airport and pre-boarding process a breeze. You’ll be set and ready for your next flight with kids in tow. We’ve asked our resident traveling experts what advice they would give to anyone flying with kids. Here are 15 travel tips for airports and airport security with kids to…
  • Travel Confessions: Fear

    Amanda Williams
    1 Jul 2015 | 9:15 pm
    I am afraid of everything. While that might be a slight stretch, it’s a far cry from the young woman that was once full of adventure, fearless, even if sometimes foolhardy. But life was fun. There was no anxiety. What happened to that girl? Enter: parenthood. At least, that’s when I think it happened. How can someone with such incredible wanderlust, now be afraid of just about everything? I’m here to tell you — you’re not alone. Or, maybe more precisely, I’m here to hopefully realize that I’M not alone in my fears. Recently, I was planning a short outing with my family for a…
  • Luxurious and Kid Friendly Boca Raton Resort

    Michelle Brennan
    1 Jul 2015 | 12:01 am
    I definitely had a preconceived notion of what a stay in Boca would be like. Talking to fellow New Englanders, I was assured that I was correct; my kids and I were headed for a beautiful spot on the Atlantic shore of Florida and would be sharing it with a happy group of New England retirees. I can definitively report that we were all wrong. The Boca Raton Resort-A Waldorf Astoria Hotel offers a slice of luxurious resort living for all ages, but especially for kids and families. Upon Arrival Upon entering the beautiful pink resort, our senses were immediately entranced by the feelings of…
 
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  • My Big News

    cindy
    6 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    If you follow me on Facebook or subscribe to my weekly newsletter, I have been telling you bits and pieces of my newest endeavor. Here, today, I’m making my big announcement! I am now an Independent Travel Agent with Destinations to Travel, LLC. I couldn’t be more excited!! I love traveling and I am a firm believer that making memories with our kids is much more important than buying them stuff. There is a lot to learn in my new chosen field but I have completed my Disney training and my Royal Caribbean International Cruise Line training. If you are considering a trip to Walt Disney…
  • Easy Chipotle Chicken Recipe

    cindy
    3 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    About 2 years ago, our friends introduced us to an amazing food, Boar’s Head Chipotle Gouda Cheese. OMG! Where has this cheesy deliciousness been all of my life?!? I know, it has been hiding in the deli at Publix! We won’t make burgers without this cheese and it is delicious on roast beef sandwiches too. It adds just enough kick to your food without being too hot. In my quest to find other tasty uses for this cheese I modified a recipe for Swiss Cheese Chicken to use Chipotle Gouda and WOW! Chipotle Chicken is a new favorite dish that hubby wants weekly.   Easy Chipotle Chicken   Print…
  • Goals for July 2015

    cindy
    2 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    Really?? Another month has come and gone? June was a great month for me in many ways…it wasn’t a good month for my goals though. I am going to take the non-goal items and rest on them this month because when you see how miserably I failed at my goals you will understand. Review of June Goals Business 12,500 Unique Pageviews on the blog-UGH! I am under 9,000 I don’t know what else to do. 2 new Young Living Team Members-I did nothing with my Young Living business this month due to changes and new requirements. I am re-evaluating my commitment to YL as a business. Complete my Travel Agent…
  • Win it Wednesday 7-1-15

    cindy
    1 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    Happy July 1st! We have a tradition in our family that started when I was a freshman in college…long before we had cell phones. On the first of each month my mom would call me (on the dorm floor phone) and try to say “happy (insert month here) first!” before I could. Well, 33 years later we still play this game and it now spans 3 generations! Yes, we all talk to each other more than once a month, but this is just a way to start each month off with some fun and family connections, no matter where we are. Caller ID and now cell phones have made this game more challenging but we still have…
  • Teen Beach 2 DVD with Bonus Features

    cindy
    30 Jun 2015 | 11:00 am
    Some of the links in this post are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers.” Finally, last weekend the Disney Channel debuted Teen Beach 2, the musical Disney Channel Original Movie (DCOM) of the summer. This movie had been advertised forever with fans screaming for it right after Teen Beach Movie aired in July of 2013. If you have kids in the 8-12yo age range, you have probably already seen the movie…
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  • 5 Ways Development Aid Has Made A Difference to the World

    Jane Meighan
    3 Jul 2015 | 3:08 am
    Photo credit: UK Department for International Development (Creative Commons) Does development aid really help people get out of poverty? It’s an important question, and to be honest, one which if answered truly would probably result in an answer so complex it would take up much more space than a simple blog post could provide! However, with such negativity surrounding the international aid budget right now in the UK coming from certain factions of the British media, I thought it would be useful to share some of the awesome things that development aid has done around the world so…
  • Thoughts on the UK General Election Result

    Jane Meighan
    15 May 2015 | 2:24 pm
    I couldn’t quite muster the energy to write this post in the immediate aftermath of the UK General Election. Aside from the lack of sleep that comes with doing an all nighter to watch the votes come in, I wasn’t entirely sure if we’d got the result we wanted in Scotland. On one hand I was over the moon that the SNP had won an absolute landslide victory in Scotland (56 seats out of a possible 59), but on the other hand we still ended up with a Conservative government in Westminster? More concerningly, it was a majority Conservative government. When your whole country has…
  • While you holiday in the Mediterranean this summer, migrants are dying in it.

    Jane Meighan
    5 May 2015 | 9:32 am
    Apologies for the severe tone to the headline of this article, but the unfortunate reality is that it’s true. While many of us in the UK & Northern Europe will spend our holidays in Mediterranean resorts this summer, many migrants seeking asylum will die trying to cross the Med from Africa and the Middle East. And the worst part of it all is that much of it was, and is, completely avoidable. Literally, all our government(s) needed to do was chip into the previous Mare Norstrum search and rescue operations that were being conducted by Italy, i.e. search and rescue missions…
  • Ch-ch-changes! Becoming a social issues blog!

    Jane Meighan
    3 May 2015 | 5:15 am
    As some of you may have noticed over the past year, I’ve not been updating this blog anywhere near as much as I used to. To be quite honest, I’d kind of lost my passion for it. It was getting harder and harder to make a professional income from travel blogging, and to be honest, having to always think about how I was going to monetize this blog was taking the interest out of it! I mean, if the whole point of doing this and travelling the world was to have a more fulfilling life, how can you do that when you’re spending every waking minute thinking about money? I kept…
  • How to beat the pick-pockets in Barcelona!

    Jane Meighan
    1 Mar 2015 | 8:45 am
    I’ve been in Barcelona almost 2 months now, and despite the larger police presence in tourist areas of the city (which I’m pleased to say does seem to be making a difference), Barcelona is still a destination where pick-pocketing and bag snatching is rife! I’ve yet to come across a reliable source of stats, but I genuinely wouldn’t be surprised if this was the pick-pocket capital of the world given how many people I’ve come across who’ve had stuff stolen! With that in mind, I thought it would be a good idea to give you my top tips on avoiding theft in…
 
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  • Windy City Smokeout July 10-12, 2015 at Grand and River in Chicago

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    5 Jul 2015 | 7:23 am
    Young (Kenny Chesney song) (Photo credit: Wikipedia) 15 Windy City Smokeout    July 10-12, 2015     X Pat Green He’s simultaneously a Grammy-nominated hit maker with an outsider reputation, a Texas-inspiration and a mainstream country artist who can rock arena and stadium stages with the likes of Keith Urban and Kenny Chesney. Green’s life and career have already been filled with rich experiences. He’s co-written songs with Willie Nelson, Brad Paisley, Jewel and Rob Thomas. Appeared on such national TV shows as Austin City Limits, Jimmy Kimmel Live! and The Late Show…
  • WEST FEST 2015 in Chicago

    www.vino-con-vista.com
    5 Jul 2015 | 6:58 am
                English: Source: http://www.chicagob2b.net/links/pages/CitySeal1.gif This image is a copy of the official seal of the City of Chicago, Illinois, as designed and adopted by the City in 1905. As such, it is a work authored before 1922, and is therefore in the public domain. A 1895 edition of the seal can be seen here. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)     Saturday & Sunday, July 11th & 12th 2015   12-10pm   on Chicago Ave. between Damen & Wood   Like booming West Town, West Fest has grown from a quaint street party into one…
  • Roscoe Village Burger Fest 2015 in Chicago

    www.vino-con-vista.com
    5 Jul 2015 | 6:12 am
    Flickr cmartin82 3177455386–BBQ bacon cheddar burger (Photo credit: Wikipedia) An In-N-Out Burger birthday cheeseburger with unlit candles. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)       English: A bacon cheeseburger (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Taste world-class traditional and gourmet burgers from some of Chicago’s finest restaurants at the sixth annual Roscoe Village Burger Fest 2015! Cheeseburger with Fries (Photo credit: TheCulinaryGeek) WHERE: Belmont at Damen in Roscoe Village in Chicago WHEN: Saturday/Sunday, July 11-12, 2015  11am to 10pm A fantastic music lineup and…
  • Square Roots Festival 2015 Entertainment Line-Up in Chicago

    www.vino-con-vista.com
    5 Jul 2015 | 6:09 am
      Lincoln Square nterhttp://www.squareroots.org/music/ View image | gettyimages.com There’s plenty of Festival Action in Chicago at the 5th Square Roots Festival in Chicago’s Lincoln Square neighborhood on Lincoln between Wilson and Montrose. Enjoy regional craft beer and international music with the  Old Town School of Folk Music. Listen to Bossa Nova, Folk and Latin Jazz. A jam session at the Old Town School of Folk Music. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) WHEN: July 10-12, 2015 WHERE: Lincoln Square in Chicago SQUARE ROOTS FESTIVAL 2015     LINCOLN SQUARE · ON…
  • Lake Forest 4th of July Festival and Fireworks 2015

    www.vino-con-vista.com
    4 Jul 2015 | 11:15 am
    Lake Forest Festival & Fireworks Date: Saturday, July 4 Time: 6pm to 10pm Location: Deerpath Community Park | Lake Forest, Illinois Beneficiary: Friends of Lake Forest This affluent North Shore suburbone of the wealthiest in the nationagain celebrates Independence Day weekend with a one-day community celebration featuring food, a beer garden, live music and activities for kids. It all culminates in a gala fireworks display. Music headliners have included Kenny Loggins, Rick Springfield and Styx’s Dennis DeYoung. Purchase Tickets Here! Entertainment 5:00 PM Fields open 6:00 PM Six…
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  • Happy Fourth of July!

    4 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    Happy Independence Day weekend! As you kick back and relax to celebrate the ol' red, white, and blue, take a look at our pieces celebrating the weird and wonderful corners of America's landscape and history. From fireworks to dead eagles to Jefferson's obsession with mastodon's we are here for all of your oddly patriotic needs. Have a great weekend!  13 EXTRAORDINARY ILLUSTRATIONS OF FIREWORKS DISPLAYS FROM DAYS OF YORE   HOW TO MAKE YOUR DEAD EAGLE A LEGAL EAGLE   THOMAS JEFFERSON BUILT THIS COUNTRY ON MASTODONS   THE AMAZING POP ICONOGRAPHY OF VINTAGE FIREWORK ART  …
  • Manhattan Was Almost Home to a 200-Foot-Tall Owl Mausoleum

    2 Jul 2015 | 6:30 am
    Newspaper publisher James Gordon Bennett Jr. was obsessed with owls. Sculptor Greg Lefevre created a bronze owl sculpture for him in Herald Square. (Photo: Laura/flickr) In 1906, one of New York’s premier architects, Stanford White, received an unusual commission. The request came from his friend James Gordon Bennett Jr., the publisher of one of America’s most circulated daily newspapers, the New York Herald. The media tycoon asked White to design and build his tomb. But this was to be no ordinary mausoleum. Bennett Jr. had something fantastic in mind for his final…
  • FOUND: A Chinese Coin From the 1700s Buried in Seattle

    2 Jul 2015 | 6:15 am
    An example of an 18th century Qing dynasty coin (Photo: Jean-Michel Moullec/Flickr) In Seattle, archaeologists working under a bridge have found 2,600 or so artifacts from Seattle history—everything from depression-era shoes and dolls to a Chinese coin that was minted in the 1700s, during the Qing Dynasty, KOMO News reports. The site, where construction workers were installing a water tank, was once called Finntown. The community was most active during Prohibition and the Great Depression, but the archaeologists have also found artifacts dating back further, like a chisel made from…
  • Dish Blight: The Ruins of Satellite TV Are All Around

    2 Jul 2015 | 6:03 am
    Satellite dishes in New York City. (Photo: Alexis Lê-Quôc/Flickr) Right now, two major satellite television providers in the U.S., DirecTV and Dish, are both embroiled in merger talks with telecommunications giants. The former is nearly finished with an elaborate merger with AT&T, and earlier this month, the Wall Street Journal reported that Dish TV is in talks with T-Mobile. While both DirecTV and Dish are very successful companies, it will come as no surprise that the days of mounting a satellite dish on your house are waning. But tell that to the thousands of satellite…
  • Places You Can No Longer Go: Mars 2112

    2 Jul 2015 | 5:02 am
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  • The Grave of Miss Baker in Hunstville , Alabama

    6 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    America began tossing monkeys at the stars in 1948, but it was not until the launch of the loving squirrel monkey known as "Miss Baker" in 1959 that they were able to recover one alive. The American space program had previously succeeded in recovering fruit flies after sub-orbital space flight, but the higher primates quickly became a problem. While Russia was throwing dogs into space and catching them alive on the way down for years, America just kept losing their little test subjects, be it to exploding rockets, the violence of return impact, or simply losing their capsules at sea.
  • Happy Fourth of July!

    4 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    Happy Independence Day weekend! As you kick back and relax to celebrate the ol' red, white, and blue, take a look at our pieces celebrating the weird and wonderful corners of America's landscape and history. From fireworks to dead eagles to Jefferson's obsession with mastodon's we are here for all of your oddly patriotic needs. Have a great weekend!  13 EXTRAORDINARY ILLUSTRATIONS OF FIREWORKS DISPLAYS FROM DAYS OF YORE   HOW TO MAKE YOUR DEAD EAGLE A LEGAL EAGLE   THOMAS JEFFERSON BUILT THIS COUNTRY ON MASTODONS   THE AMAZING POP ICONOGRAPHY OF VINTAGE FIREWORK ART  …
  • Penguin Parade At Phillip Island in Ventnor, Australia

    3 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    Approximately 65 million years ago, “Fairy Penguins” traded their wings for flippers in exchange for the ability to traverse the sea at distances of up to 100 kilometers per day. Today, these little penguins remain the smallest of their kind on Earth, standing at an average height of just 30 centimeters (compared to Antarctica’s famed Emperor Penguins’ imposing 122 centimeter stature). Officially known as the “Little Penguin” for obvious reason, the one million Eudyptula minor on earth exclusively call Australia and New Zealand home. Yet there is one place…
  • The Hardy Tree in London, United Kingdom

    3 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Inside an ancient London churchyard, an ash tree is encircled with hundreds of overlapping gravestones placed there by classic novelist Thomas Hardy. The cemetery alongside London’s St. Pancras Old Church, which is considered by many to be one of England’s oldest places of Christian worship, is the site of a number of fascinating stories—for one, Mary Wollstonecraft and Percy Bysshe Shelley planned their elopement there while visiting Mary’s mother’s grave. But perhaps one of its most striking oddities is the Hardy Tree, an ash tree surrounded by hundreds of…
  • Sedan Crater in Yucca Flat, Nevada

    3 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    Anyone tired of the lights and glamour of the Las Vegas strip can drive out a few miles into the Nevada desert and visit the largest man-made crater in America. The Sedan Crater is the result of a massive underground nuclear test, the fallout of which may have ended up irradiating more people than any other US nuclear test. Whoops. Nuclear energy wasn't always for controversial power plants and devastating bombs. Early in our experimentation with the energy, researchers wanted to test its viability in industrial applications such as mining. Part of Operation Plowshare, so named to…
 
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  • Does Booking Direct Really Save Money?

    Alex
    24 Jun 2015 | 12:02 pm
    You’ve seen the ads and heard all the claims from every travel booking site saying they are the only place to find the cheapest prices on flights and hotels. You have probably also heard the airlines and hotels claim that you can save EVEN MORE money by booking directly with them rather than going through a booking site. Who can you believe? Who is really the cheapest? Does it even matter where you book your travel? Spoiler Alert: It DOES matter. You WILL save money by booking hotels and flights directly. Travelated recently conducted an experiment searching for identical flights and…
  • 4 Things for Car-Lovers to do in PA

    Alex
    13 May 2015 | 3:00 pm
    By Kayla Matthews – If you’re a car enthusiast searching for ways to share your engine-love with others or looking for a way to increase your car knowledge, Pennsylvania is a great state for you. Full of exciting avenues for spinning wheels, the great Quaker state is host to events fit for a true car guy or gal. Pennsylvania’s rolling mountains are great for an afternoon drive, of course, but the state holds many more opportunities for enjoying your wheels. Try a few of these on your next visit: 1. Take a Route 30 Road Trip This historic highway got its beginning in the early 1900s…
  • 5 Beer-Enthusiast Havens in Harrisburg, PA

    Alex
    4 May 2015 | 2:15 pm
    By Kayla Matthews – Sampling new breweries is a great excuse to travel; or is it that traveling is a great excuse to sample new breweries? For beer lovers, a visit to a new city or region just isn’t complete without trying the local craft brews. Although Central Pennsylvania may not seem like a hopping – no pun intended – place to be, locals know that there are a number of excellent breweries located from Lancaster to Hershey, Carlisle to Chambersburg. For travelers with the time and luxury to visit each brewery and sample beer and victuals, more power to you. For those who only…
  • 4 Unique Ways to See NYC

    Alex
    29 Apr 2015 | 2:20 pm
    By Gwendy Taylor – Let’s be honest; you could live in New York and never see everything that this concrete jungle shrouds in sky scrapers. For visitors, it can be almost overwhelming to attempt to squeeze everything into one trip (no matter how long it is), so I’ve come up with 5 unique ways to maximize sight-seeing in NYC. 1. By Boat (Image courtesy of: CitySights NY) Boat tours are a New York staple, and there are plenty of options to choose from. If you’re looking to make your trip extra memorable, consider taking a brunch cruise on a 1920’s luxury yacht. That’s right—a…
  • Top Five Reasons to Visit Hungary

    Alex
    28 Apr 2015 | 12:35 pm
    By Jess Singet – Hungary, a country located in Central Europe and bordered by seven different countries, is gaining popularity among travelers recently, but it still is too often overlooked. Although not quite the budget travel destination of nearby countries like Serbia or Ukraine, the prices in Hungary aren’t too bad, and the fun of this country can’t be beat! There are a million reasons why you should visit Hungary, but here are the top five: 1. Budapest Perhaps the most obvious reason to visit Hungary is its capital city, Budapest. Although its location in Central Europe might…
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  • The List: America’s Best Hotels in the 5 Biggest Cities

    Joy Pecknold
    3 Jul 2015 | 11:16 am
    Hot on the heels of Canada’s birthday, the U.S. commemorates her independence. In honor of the Fourth of July, we scouted out the nation’s best hotels in the five biggest cities—New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston and Philadelphia. New York: Trump International Hotel & Tower New York The man himself, “The Donald,” may not be […]
  • The List: Canada’s Best Hotels in the 5 Biggest Cities

    Joy Pecknold
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:51 pm
    Oh, Canada! In celebration of the country’s birthday tomorrow, we’ve honed in on the best hotels in the Big 5: Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary and Ottawa. Hit one of these prime properties on your next holiday weekend. Montreal: Hôtel Le St-James With an 9.0 average rating, the St-James is a 19th-century jewel housed within the […]
  • Hotel Spotlight: Santa Ynez Inn

    Adam Nagy
    26 Jun 2015 | 10:18 am
    Snuggled in the foothills of California’s Santa Barbara wine country, the intimate 20-room Santa Ynez Inn offers an atmosphere of understated luxury coupled with generous hospitality, for those seeking an indulgent wine country getaway. Designed after a historic turn-of-the-century Inn, juxtaposed with all the conveniences of a modern luxury boutique bed and breakfast, Santa Ynez […]
  • Great Summer Escapes: 9 Cushy Camping Spots

    Joy Pecknold
    25 Jun 2015 | 3:53 pm
    Tent, sleeping bags, firewood, cutlery, food—the planning and packing that goes into a camping trip is daunting, but the result, being in nature, ends up being so satisfying. There’s a way to have that without all the work: glamping. Herein are nine resorts that have camp set up for you. Canada: Clayoquot Wilderness Resort Away […]
  • 10 Questions: Darío Fernández, Royal Service at Paradisus Varadero Resort & Spa

    Joy Pecknold
    22 Jun 2015 | 10:48 am
    In our General Manager series, we catch up with heads of hotels for personal stories and insider perspective. This week, we get to know Darío Fernández of the Royal Service at Paradisus Varadero Resort & Spa, Cuba. Best hotel room at the property: Our Garden Villa with its unique design and maximum comfort, covering 300 […]
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  • Business Class on Malaysia Airlines A380 Review: London to Kuala Lumpur

    Ben Hoffman
    21 Jun 2015 | 4:17 pm
    This is just my personal review of my travel experience with Malaysia Airlines on their new Airbus A380. This was a flight from London Heathrow to KL International Airport! Malaysia Airlines Airbus A380 first went into service on 1 July 2012, Malaysia Airlines has 66 seats in Business Class on its implementation of the A380. […]
  • Boeing Prepares Vietnam Airlines 787-9 Dreamliner for the 2015 Paris Air Show

    Ben Hoffman
    16 Jun 2015 | 5:33 pm
    Boeing have released the following video of their 787 Dreamliner preparing for the 2015 Paris Airshow, the video shows Vietnam Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner make an amazing near 90 degree vertical take off. Vietnam Airlines are scheduled to take delivery of this aircraft and put it into service in the next month and you can read […]
  • Lufthansa Airbus A380 First Class Dining – Episode 1 – Food and Travel

    Ben Hoffman
    10 Jun 2015 | 6:27 pm
    There are 560 passenger on board this Lufthansa Airbus A380 flight in this first episode of Food and Travel with D’Olive Branche. D’Olive looks at extreme service in first class where there are only 8 seats. Let’s see what you get for a ,200 USD one way flight.
  • VIRGIN ATLANTIC BOEING 787-9 DREAMLINER [G-VNEW], INAUGURAL FLIGHT TO LAX!!

    Ben Hoffman
    10 Jun 2015 | 6:25 pm
    Here is Virgin Atlantic’s new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on its inaugural flight to LAX! (Birthday Girl) Landing on runway 24R. Boeing 787-9 *Nikon D5300 + Nikkor 70-300mm VR*  
  • American Airlines Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner Details and Pictures

    Ben Hoffman
    12 Feb 2015 | 3:04 pm
    American Airlines has released details and pictures of its Boeing 787 Dreamliner which will begin international services from 2 June 2014. The aircraft features Business Class and Main Cabin (Economy) Class, as well Main Cabin Extra American Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner will initially put on the domestic Dallas Fort worth DFW to Chicago route from 7 […]
 
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  • Three Berlin Neighborhood Cafes

    Jacy Meyer
    27 Jun 2015 | 11:14 am
    Berlin is a huge sprawling city and it is best explored by neighborhood. Every one of the districts offer something interesting to discover. But all that walking (or U-bahn riding) can get tiring and Berlin is a city which doesn’t let you slow down. Here are three recommendations for a little coffee and cake jolt to get you back on the streets.   Prenzlauer Berg This former East Berlin Bohemian neighborhood has gone decidedly more upscale in recent years but is an excellent shopping area for those looking for anything from advent-garde to vintage including fashion, accessories, funky…
  • Hot Air Ballooning over Trakai

    Charlie
    19 Jun 2015 | 11:02 am
    With some of the lowest prices in the world for hot-air ballooning as well as being one of the few cities in Europe that you’re allowed to fly over in a hot air balloon, Vilnius is possibly one of the best places to tick off that particular bucket list item. You can choose between flying over the city of Vilnius itself or the Trakai castle and lakes, a 30 minute drive from Vilnius. In either case, flights take place around dawn or dusk and you will be picked up from your hotel. The whole process takes about 4-5 hours, including getting to and from the take off and landing sites. You…
  • Prague’s Farmers Markets

    Jacy Meyer
    6 Jun 2015 | 10:02 am
    When the weather is nice, you want to spend as much time outside exploring as possible. Combine eating, local culture and fresh air in one trip by checking out the farmers market scene in Prague. Since around 2010, Prague’s farmers markets have been growing in size and frequency, tracking the general foodie trend among Praguers. These centrally located markets often have other foodie related activities happening alongside. Saturdays are the best time to visit for the action, ones that are open on weekdays are a bit more relaxed. Prague’s markets are open roughly from April –…
  • Croatia’s 7 UNESCO Sites

    Jacy Meyer
    29 May 2015 | 9:31 am
    Sun, sea, food; there’s really no reason for anyone not to put Croatia on their list of places to explore. But to add to the history and beauty, there are also a number of cultural aspects to the country you’ll want to seek out. Croatia has six cultural properties and one natural one listed on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Plitvice Lakes Natural Park We recommend including Plitvice on your Croatian itinerary because it is simply amazingly beautiful. Even non-avid walkers or hikers can easily explore some of the park’s lakes, caves and waterfalls. The limestone and chalk have created…
  • 24 Hours in Brno

    Jacy Meyer
    22 May 2015 | 1:25 pm
    For a quick city break from Prague, or a stop between Prague and Vienna, Budapest or Bratislava, head to the Czech Republic’s second city of Brno. A roughly two hour drive/three hour train ride will land you in this university town brimming with interesting architecture and a burgeoning food scene. Our first recommendation, if you are interested in architecture, is to book ahead to get a tour of Tugendhat Villa. This Ludwig Mies van der Rohe house is a gorgeous example of modern architecture and interior design. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Brno’s top attractions. Book…
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  • We’re BIG on Branson!

    Traci Suppa
    9 Jun 2015 | 11:15 am
    A recent travel writing trip brought me to Branson, Missouri, a beautiful Ozark Mountain town just north of Arkansas. There are many sides to Branson; there’s the historic downtown, the lakes and outdoor recreation, and the lively entertainment strip along Highway 76. Branson is best known for this stretch of theaters, attractions, and restaurants. It’s bright, fun, busy…and dotted with lots of BIG roadside attractions! My rental car made a lot of stops…here are my favorite Branson roadside attractions: The BIG Chair It finally happened! One of my “Go BIG” dreams—other…
  • World’s Largest Miniature Circus: Sarasota, Florida

    Traci Suppa
    15 May 2015 | 11:46 am
    The Big Show Entrance If you played with doll houses, built model airplanes, or created LEGO lands, you understand the fascination with miniatures. As a kid, I took omnipotent pleasure in making these small worlds look and operate exactly the way I wanted them to. As an adult watching my kids do the same, I appreciate the technical artistry and attention to detail reflected in miniature figures and furnishings. We brought this love of little to the Ringling Circus Museum in Sarasota, Florida, where the world’s largest miniature circus fills 3,800 square feet of exhibit space, and can be…
  • World’s Largest Airboat: Sarasota, Florida

    Traci Suppa
    22 Apr 2015 | 4:55 am
    If you live in Florida (and I have), alligator sightings are about as rare and exciting as observing a squirrel in its native habitat here in the northeast. But Floridians know that northerners think it’s thrilling to see gators while we visit their sunshine-y state, so a whole subset of the tourism industry has evolved to give us that opportunity. One such business, Myakka Wildlife Tours in Sarasota, sweetens the deal further with a ride on the world’s largest airboat. During our December visit, the weather was perfect for outdoor exploration; sunshine, breezes, and low humidity. We…
  • World’s Largest Watering Can, Utica, New York

    Traci Suppa
    31 Mar 2015 | 4:56 pm
    Serendipity gets all the credit for our latest BIG find. While at the Utica Zoo in Utica, NY this past weekend, we passed a really large watering can on display. I almost walked on without a second look, because I hadn’t read seen anything about it in my research for this trip. Usually these things pop up on the radar while I’m reading about a destination. World’s largest watering can, Utica, NY Looking at the sign, I was surprised and delighted to discover that this 15.5 foot tall, galvanized steel structure is indeed the world’s largest watering can. It was made for the zoo in…
  • The BIG Times: News about the Carnival Vista

    Traci Suppa
    6 Feb 2015 | 2:51 am
    Carnival Vista We haven’t published an issue of the BIG times in quite a while, but there is a BIG news highlight we want to share! Carnival Cruise Line, the world’s largest cruise line, announced the details of what will be its largest ship, the Carnival Vista, arriving later this year. I attended the press conference two weeks ago in New York City, and was treated to a preview of some of the special—and truly unique—features this ship will offer. Among the BIG thrills you can expect on board: WaterWorks Carnival’s largest water park will include the line’s first Kaleid-O-Slide…
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  • Why You Should Quit Your Job and Travel Solo

    Ayngelina
    24 Jun 2015 | 9:12 pm
      Today I turn 38. It seems so strange because only a few years ago I was eating a hamburger the size of my face in Nicaragua, and unbelievably 3 years ago I was writing about being a traveling spinster. Last year I shared 37 travel lessons but this year I have only one to share. At some point in your life you should travel solo. It seems like such an arbitrary proclamation but here’s why: The fear of being alone is the single most terrifying fear and it’s one that unites us as humans. It’s also our biggest downfall because it’s holding us back. It makes us…
  • Dave’s on Hogtown Talks Toronto Podcast

    Ayngelina
    8 Jun 2015 | 12:19 pm
    While I’ve spent the last 5+ years sharing the deepest, darkest and brightest moments of my life not many of you know much about Dave, or as much of the world knows him – Chef Rouge. Sure I wrote The Year I Walked Toward Love, Moving from Me to We, and Our Loka Life and certainly my adventures are now our adventures but we’ve never really talked about Dave as a chef – what makes him tick, his philosophy toward food and how he feels about Canadian cuisine. Toronto podcast Hogtown Talks recently interviewed Dave, who thought Barry’s questions were the most…
  • Beer Battered Fiddleheads Recipe

    Ayngelina
    23 May 2015 | 6:23 am
    While we haven’t been traveling much, this spring it’s been one of my favourites. I’ve really learned to appreciate Canadian spring and foraging edible plants. It’s been a lot of fun serving new dishes on the Loka Snacks menu like this fiddleheads recipe. What are Fiddleheads Fiddleheads are the uncurled frond of a fern. If you leave it they unroll into a fern, if you harvest it young you can eat it – nature is amazing. The name fiddlehead is because it looks like the end of a fiddle, in French it’s têtes de violon, in Japan it’s warabi and in…
  • 25 Awesome Vegetarian Peruvian Food Options That Aren’t Rice

    Ayngelina
    20 May 2015 | 5:40 am
    Traveling through Peru I didn’t think much about vegetarian peruvian food options. I saw plenty of it but didn’t really think much about it until Simon and Erin posted that they weren’t able to try much traditional peruvian food because it wasn’t vegetarian. At the time I was writing about awesome peruvian fish soup, traditional peruvian ceviche and if Peruvian fast food chain Bembos was better than McDonalds. I wish I had better documented eating in Peru, I took the diversity and culture of peruvian food for granted. It’s been a couple years since I was last in…
  • Ramp Kimchi Recipe

    Ayngelina
    15 May 2015 | 5:23 am
    One of the most important rules about foraging edible plants is to respect nature and only pick what you can use. We let nothing go to waste, we’ve been busy with charred ramp pesto and serving beer battered wild garlic but we also decided to experiment with a kimchi recipe and create ramp-chi. What is Kimchi? Kimchi consists of vegetables (usually napa cabbage) that are fermented with garlic, ginger, chili, salt and either fish or seafood sauce. Kimchi is the national dish of Korea, so ubiquitous that instead of saying cheese to take a photo Koreans say kimchi. But kimchi…
 
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  • Top 5 totally free activities in Rio de Janeiro

    Guest Poster
    3 Jul 2015 | 8:30 am
    Thanks for following and reading Overland Travel Adventures from Go, See, Write Travelers love South America for its accessible language, easy transportation, and relatively inexpensive prices. But within the region, one notorious budget-breaker (and language anomaly) tends to be avoided or quickly skipped through. The rumors are true: compared to the rest of South America, Brazil can be more difficult. The whole country is pretty pricey – and the language is Portuguese rather than Spanish. And within Brazil, the city of Rio de Janeiro is arguably the most expensive, scaring off a lot of…
  • Emails from idiots with no sense of humor

    Michael Hodson
    2 Jul 2015 | 1:56 pm
    Thanks for following and reading Overland Travel Adventures from Go, See, Write I got an email today. I haven’t written anything in what seems like a year, but this nonsense might get me to take some time off starting up my new business and writing something here occasionally. Sidenote before I publish this twits email in full — I’ve decided to turn off comments on all the posts I do on this site from now on. I really never come back and read them or reply to them, so it really isn’t worth while having them. If you want to tweet something at me, or apparently if you…
  • 5 of the best things to do in Budapest

    Guest Poster
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:31 am
    Thanks for following and reading Overland Travel Adventures from Go, See, Write London. Paris, Barcelona. Rome. Each of those European cities are fascinating and beautiful in their own right, but if you’re looking to skip the droves of tourists and save a few dollars, book a plane or train ticket to Budapest, Hungary. The magical city of Budapest sits on the banks of the Danube River in central Hungary. The city of Budapest, once two different cities but unified in 1873, consists of the Buda hills to the west and the Great Plain to east. Budapest is a diverse and charming city full of…
  • 10 things that will surprise you your first time in Thailand

    Alana Morgan
    26 Jun 2015 | 7:55 am
    Thanks for following and reading Overland Travel Adventures from Go, See, Write I love being able to spend significant amounts of time in a foreign country and really dig into what makes it tick. At the same time, however, the more you become familiar with the people, surroundings, customs and culture, you lose a little bit of that awe, magic and surprise that you felt the first time you visited. Many things about Thailand that used to be new, strange and different to me have now become commonplace. I don’t do a double take when I see a family of four on a motorbike, I regularly eat…
  • 5 things to do in Madrid: on and off the beaten path

    Guest Poster
    23 Jun 2015 | 4:39 pm
    Thanks for following and reading Overland Travel Adventures from Go, See, Write Madrid is highly underrated. When most people visit Spain, they think of the whitewashed buildings with blue shutters and flower pots you can find in Granada, or the bustling La Rambla and beaches of Barcelona. Located smack-dab in the middle of the country, people tend to think Madrid isn’t anything special and isn’t worth making a stop while traveling though Spain (read: there’s no beach in Madrid, so there’s no reason in visiting). The truth is: from gastronomy to culture and everything in between,…
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  • Another Big Announcement! We’ve Partnered with Expedia.ca for Our Road Trip

    Admin
    5 Jul 2015 | 5:32 am
    Another Big Announcement! We’ve Partnered with Expedia.ca for Our Road Trip We’re hitting the road today on a 30-day family road trip tour. We will start in Toronto, stop in Niagara Falls, make our way across the USA and finish up in Vancouver. While we are thrilled to have that kind of time together as a family, we are also excited to stay connected to the world outside our car via mobile devices and the latest in tech gadgets. If you’ve met us you know we are often connected. Over our travels we’ve found it’s a great way to augment our journey and share our experiences. Our…
  • Preparing for Take Off: How to Plan for a Road Trip

    Admin
    1 Jul 2015 | 7:19 am
    The Globetrotting Mama Great Big Summer Road Trip has been many months in the making. And now that launch day is almost here (Squee!) we can hardly believe it! In a few short days we’ll be setting off for a 30-day road trip journey which will take us from the East to the West coast, and through the United States of America. As you know we’ve already started our summer with a trip to the UK. That trip meant that our time before departure on Sunday has had to be even more efficient. We’re following a few simple rules for planning and using this helpful checklist to keep us organized for…
  • Travel Deals: Expedia.ca App Found Me These Deals!

    Admin
    26 Jun 2015 | 6:52 am
    Here are three travel deals for late summer escapes, as found on the Expedia.ca App! Find Sun and Sand in Mexico We found lots of deals when we searched the popular destination Puerto Vallarta Mexico. Here’s one: The Buenaventura Grand Hotel & Spa offers an all inclusive from $171/night. Disney’s Art of Animation Resort in Orlando Here’s another way to experience the last weeks of summer; we love the colourful themed rooms and the great price tag attached to this hotel. From $277 a night. Save in Montego Bay, Jamaica Stay at the Iberostar Grand Hotel Rose Hall for an all…
  • Win! Two Tickets to the Pan Am Games in Toronto

    Admin
    24 Jun 2015 | 6:04 am
    The Pan American Games are coming to Toronto this summer and the city will be filled with amazing athletes and their families during the 16-day event, from July 10-26. In inviting the Pan Am Games into our city, we are opening up our home to the countries joining us to celebrate the power and beauty of athleticism, the fun of competition and the wonderful joy of watching dreams come true. Like so many International sporting events before it, the games will bring people together from around the world. In so many ways, the games are a reminder of why so many of us travel: a chance to leave your…
  • Ultimate Summer Travel! Our Big Announcement

    Admin
    22 Jun 2015 | 6:03 am
    If you tuned into CTV News in Ottawa, you already know the exciting news. In July, our family is embarking on an epic road trip. We will be touring the USA and documenting our journey right here! Being a travel writer these days means I need to be continually connected – to my community, to my editor, to the various devices and apps that help me do what I need to do. And let’s face it, today our kids want to be connected, even when out on the road and exploring the world! I was on CTV News in Ottawa last week sharing tools to help you stay connected. You can watch the video here. Be…
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  • Exploring the Black Hills from Hot Springs, South Dakota

    Jody Halsted
    25 Jun 2015 | 9:27 am
    The majority of visitors to the Black Hills arrive with a singular focus: Mount Rushmore. Which is to be expected- it is the #1 tourist attraction in South Dakota. But there is a lot to do in this upper Midwest state beyond gazing at massive carvings in mountainsides – you can explore an archaeological dig, go deep beneath the prairie, and even find gourmet food in a biker bar! The world’s largest mammoth dig is in Hot Springs, South Dakota Hot Springs, South Dakota – the Southern Gateway to the Black Hills  published by The Scenic Route at GoRVing Before we purchased our…
  • 5 Tech Tips for Your Vacation

    Jody Halsted
    25 Jun 2015 | 5:54 am
    I try to “unplug” on vacation, but let’s be honest -it’s hard to do! Smart phones, tablets, laptops… it’s rare to not travel with a gadget (or three). So why not utilize those connections to make your trip even better? Use the tips below to make your next getaway hassle free and memorable! Your phone camera is as good as any point & shoot. Disclosure: this list of tech tips for your vacation was sent to my by Skype. Unlike many pitches I receive, I thought these tips were worth sharing as my family uses Skype often when we travel – and I utilize…
  • Your Most Affordable Summer Vacation? Rent an RV!

    Jody Halsted
    18 Jun 2015 | 5:28 am
    Many thanks to my sister-in-law who sent the shot below – from Good Housekeeping (summer 2015). Though I think some of their logic may be a bit off – who drives 200 miles each day on vacation? – I can’t argue that an RV rental is A) an amazing summer vacation and B) provides options that you might not have in a hotel. Where to Rent an RV There are some pretty big RV rental companies out there : We see Cruise America and El Monte RVs rolling down the interstates all the time. But those companies aren’t convenient for everyone. To search for an RV near you, try RV…
  • Tracking Dinosaurs in Texas

    Jody Halsted
    16 Jun 2015 | 6:15 am
    I’m always amazed what I ‘discover’ in places I though I knew. Like Texas. It’s a huge state, but I’ve been through much of it. So how did I miss the fact that, just an hour southwest of Fort Worth, you can follow the paths of dinosaurs in Texas? Dinosaur tracks, and a not-so-friendly snake at Dinosaur Valley State Park Following Dinosaur Tracks in Texas Published by Minitime All kids, it seems, go through a ‘dinosaur phase’. And while they may not grow up to be paleontologists, the fascination with dinosaurs never completely goes away. Dinosaur…
  • Summer Camp Packing Tips

    Jody Halsted
    11 Jun 2015 | 7:40 am
    I’ve always considered myself rather an expert packer. Packing for a trip is like a puzzle – and I love making all the pieces fit. So when my eldest went away to camp last year I packed her bags with precision, making sure she wouldn’t take up too much space in the cabin while being sure she would have everything necessary for her week away. Upon my return to pick her up, I found this… YIKES!!! It’s rather obvious my daughter doesn’t share my organizational skills… So this year I took on a new tactic : open-top totes that she could toss dirty clothing…
 
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  • Video: 6 Essentials You Need in Your Carry-on

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    3 Jul 2015 | 10:30 am
    Packing for your summer vacation? There are a few items you’ll want on board your flight. Krystin Goodwin (@krystingoodwin) has the roundup of six essentials you need in your carry-on.
  • Create Your Own Mobile Hot Spot when Traveling

    Donna Sundblad
    3 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Whether it’s to use your smart phone, tablet, laptop or some other device, trying to find free Internet can sometimes be a challenge when you’re traveling. Instead of wasting time waiting for an Internet hotspot to pop up within range, or buying a 3G/4G subscription for each device you own, you can actually create your […]
  • Video: 12 of the Best Spots to Watch Fireworks This Fourth of July

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    2 Jul 2015 | 10:30 am
    It’s safe to say that not watching fireworks on Fourth of July would be like having Christmas with no Christmas tree. In preparation for our favorite holiday of the summer, we’ve rounded up 12 of our favorite fireworks displays across the country.
  • Help for Those Traveling with Kids with Special Needs

    Donna Sundblad
    2 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    For parents of special needs children, SpecialGlobe is a resource that combines a love of travel and the special considerations that come into play with being the parent of a special needs child. The founder and CEO of the company, Meg Harris, understands firsthand the fear of the unknown when trying to plan a trip. […]
  • Video: 6 Essentials You Need in Your Carry-on

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    1 Jul 2015 | 10:30 am
    Packing for your summer vacation? There are a few items you’ll want on board your flight. Krystin Goodwin (@krystingoodwin) has the roundup of six essentials you need in your carry-on.
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  • 10 Travel Tips Rick Steves Won’t Tell You (Or Doesn’t Know)

    Matt Stabile
    30 Jun 2015 | 11:17 am
    1) Always Carry A Pack Of Cigarettes And A Lighter (Even If You Don’t Smoke) This is by far my number one piece of advice for solo travelers. I was standing in an alleyway in Bologna when a tall, dark and handsome Italian man came up to me and said something that I mentally translated as, “You must be the American girl I’ve always dreamt of.”Turns out he actually asked, “Do you have a lighter?” As fate would have it, I did not. He turned on his heel and headed to the next prospect. A lost opportunity in my book. From that point forward, I kept a lighter on me and, seeing as I was…
  • How To Fly Business Class For Under $100

    Matt Stabile
    22 Jun 2015 | 1:37 pm
    The flying experience means different things to different people. Economy flyers begrudgingly step foot on the plane, glowering at potential row-mates while they mentally prepare themselves for the battle of the next several hours. The light in the distance is the destination — the longer the flight, the further away the light. Then there is business class. Being woken up to the landing protocol is met with disbelief as they ask themselves, how can it be over already? Being filled to the brim with champagne and lobster while completely rested from a fully flat bed will do that to you.
  • Chasing Chimpanzees

    Matt Stabile
    11 Jun 2015 | 4:56 pm
    “I’m sick,” says my father. The words hit me like a ton of bricks. My heart sinks to my toes. It’s 7 a.m. and I just spent my fourth night sleeping in a two-man tent plopped on the grounds of a well-manicured guesthouse in the beautiful Ugandan countryside near Kibale. We’re slated to track wild chimpanzees in Kibale National Park this afternoon. The timing of the sickness couldn’t be worse. I look at my father in the soft morning light cast by the rising sun. His face is covered in sweat and he’s curled up in the fetal position on a thin sleeping pad. He looks frail. I wonder…
  • The Top 10 Fastest Wi-Fi Speeds In Airports Around The World

    Matt Stabile
    10 Jun 2015 | 6:14 pm
    Here is a list of the top 10 fastest Wi-Fi speeds (as calculated by Mbps download speed) in airports around the world. The list, compiled by Rottenwifi.com, was constructed by testing 130 airports in 53 countries around the world. Their testing found that Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK), in Bangkok, Thailand, provides the fastest average public Wi-Fi download speed worldwide at 41.45 Mbps, with Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport (CHA) in Tennessee, coming in at second with 30.98 Mbps. Rounding out the top five were Dublin, Vilnius and Helsinki airports. By Matt Stabile / Matt Stabile is the…
  • Here’s The New Trailer For Everest

    Matt Stabile
    5 Jun 2015 | 8:02 am
    Here’s the newly released trailer for the new movie Everest, based on the events at Mt. Everest made famous by Jon Krakauer’s classic book Into Thin Air. The movie is set to be released September 18. My basic fear of elevations exceeding 10 feet will only be heightened more following that date. By Matt Stabile / Matt Stabile is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheExpeditioner.com. You can read his writings, watch his travel videos, purchase the book he co-edited or contact him via email at any time at TheExpeditioner.com. The post Here’s The New Trailer For Everest…
 
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  • The Bikini Has a Birthday

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    5 Jul 2015 | 7:37 am
    If you like this article, you'll find more to enjoy at Traveling with MJ - Practical travel information for practical travelers. Photo by KOREA.NET – Official page of the Republic of Korea July is a month of birthdays:  Canada (July 1st), the United States (July 4th), and today, July 5th, the bikini turns 69 years old. For most women, the selection of the “just perfect” bikini begins well before its time to hit the beach during vacation, and it may very well be the first to-do item on a vacation preparation list.  For many women, there is no greater vacation angst than…
  • Is a River Cruise Right for You?

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    1 Jul 2015 | 7:18 am
    If you like this article, you'll find more to enjoy at Traveling with MJ - Practical travel information for practical travelers. Earlier this year, I was the enthusiastic guest of Viking River Cruises onboard their longship Eistla cruising the Rhine. We started in Frankfurt and ended in Amsterdam, the trip is also offered in reverse, and, I’m told, this was a fairly typical first river cruise itinerary. River cruising is generating a lot of buzz lately, with gorgeous print ads, television sponsorships (Viking sponsors Downton Abbey on PBS), and blogger campaigns. But when you strip away…
  • Sunday Stories for June 28th, 2915

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    28 Jun 2015 | 9:26 am
    If you like this article, you'll find more to enjoy at Traveling with MJ - Practical travel information for practical travelers. I was in Honolulu for most of the week, and returning to Seattle to find hot, sweaty summer weather. I’m not complaining, mind you, but this type of summer isn’t usually seen until August. I don’t know if it’s global warm or an anomaly, but I’m sure looking forward to having a week at home in Seattle. A few projects are nearing completion:  I’ve had a lot of questions about my river cruise on Viking, and this week I’ll have…
  • Postcard from Honolulu, Hawaii

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    24 Jun 2015 | 6:40 pm
    If you like this article, you'll find more to enjoy at Traveling with MJ - Practical travel information for practical travelers. Honolulu, on the island of Oahu, is the first stop for many visitors to Hawaii. Some of the sights attracting visitors include:  Pearl Harbor, Iolani Palace, Bishop Museum, Waikiki Beach (and many other beaches). This is the view from my hotel balcony (Ala Moana Hotel) yesterday morning. Paradise! You might also enjoyBishop Museum Explain the History & Culture of HawaiiWaking up on KauaiPostcard: Macadamia Nut Pancakes in HawaiiPostcard from Maui: Double…
  • Sunday Stories for June 21st, 2015

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    21 Jun 2015 | 8:01 am
    If you like this article, you'll find more to enjoy at Traveling with MJ - Practical travel information for practical travelers. My time in Hawaii was cut short this past week beause of mechanicals, flight delays, and crew rest issues. Although I missed out on dinner at Town (maybe this coming week), it was good to see friends, and it’s never a bad thing to get more time at home when the Seattle weather is cooperating. I’ve been avoiding the traffic and crowds of the U.S. Open, and enjoying some quiet time. I’ve been working on a couple stories that you can expect to see…
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  • How To Be A Responsible Traveller

    Laurel
    29 Jun 2015 | 11:07 am
    The original can be found here: How To Be A Responsible Traveller. Please read the original. These tips from travel experts compiled from #AdvTravelChat will help you become a responsible traveller and contribute to sustainable tourism initiatives. Monkeys and Mountains | Adventure Travel Blog - Adventures in Europe | Germany Travel Tips | Life-Changing Trips | Outdoor Adventures
  • Unexpected Travel Highlights in Crete

    Anais
    24 Jun 2015 | 5:55 am
    The original can be found here: Unexpected Travel Highlights in Crete. Please read the original. Travellers can expect incredible richness and diverse landscapes when they travel to Crete, but perhaps just as importantly, open people and delicious food! Monkeys and Mountains | Adventure Travel Blog - Adventures in Europe | Germany Travel Tips | Life-Changing Trips | Outdoor Adventures
  • Why Today is the Best Time to See a Saimaa Ringed Seal

    Laurel
    22 Jun 2015 | 10:55 am
    The original can be found here: Why Today is the Best Time to See a Saimaa Ringed Seal. Please read the original. Today is the best time to see a Saimaa Ringed Seal in Savonlinna, Finland because with only 300 remaining, they are critically endangered...and may not be around tomorrow! Monkeys and Mountains | Adventure Travel Blog - Adventures in Europe | Germany Travel Tips | Life-Changing Trips | Outdoor Adventures
  • How to Get Stranded on a Thistle Field in Crete and Have Fun in the Process

    Anais
    3 Jun 2015 | 12:09 am
    The original can be found here: How to Get Stranded on a Thistle Field in Crete and Have Fun in the Process. Please read the original. If you are anything like me, Crete makes you think of beautiful Mediterranean coasts, Olive Oil and Ouzo. I had no idea just how rich and diverse Crete’s insular landscape is. Monkeys and Mountains | Adventure Travel Blog - Adventures in Europe | Germany Travel Tips | Life-Changing Trips | Outdoor Adventures
  • The Most Captiviating Wildlife Adventures in Yala, Sri Lanka

    Laurel
    28 May 2015 | 2:55 am
    The original can be found here: The Most Captiviating Wildlife Adventures in Yala, Sri Lanka. Please read the original. Everyone goes to Yala in Sri Lanka to see a leopard. But to make the most of your visit, focus on the wildlife that you do see. I guarantee there will be some happy surprises! Monkeys and Mountains | Adventure Travel Blog - Adventures in Europe | Germany Travel Tips | Life-Changing Trips | Outdoor Adventures
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  • Escape of the Week… CasaCau

    Anna
    6 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    Just steps from Rome’s Trevi Fountain yet surprisingly peaceful, these 5 apartments (sleeping 2-4) are a bohemian home-away-from-home in the Eternal City. Each is packed with wonderfully luxurious touches like wireless Bose speakers, iPads, a kitchenette stocked with Prosecco and chocolates, and even a sauna in the bathroom. Original features have been restored, contemporary artwork carefully hung and retro-chic furniture artfully chosen to create an individual style for each apartment – we loved them all so much we wanted to spend a night in each! Rooms: Dressed in a mix of vintage,…
  • Books for your summer holiday

    Lyndon
    3 Jul 2015 | 7:59 am
    We think that finding the right book to match your holiday is like pairing food and wine: one should bring out the best in the other. To get you started on the road to a sizzling sun-lounger read, we’ve picked 5 European destinations and matched them with an equally intoxicating book. So feast on and drink up for a double dose of escapism. South of France With romantic beaches, a glamourous history and plenty of Belle-Epoque jewels, it’s no wonder France’s Côte D’Azur has inspired some sparkling prose. Despite its tragic slant, the Mediterranean sun shines through F. Scott…
  • WIN a seaside break!

    Anna
    2 Jul 2015 | 6:13 am
    We do love to be beside the seaside! And if you do too, this competition is just the ticket. We’ve teamed up with the lovely folks at hush and Biscuiteers to give you the chance to win the ultimate coastal break. One lucky person and a companion will be winding down the country lanes to yachty Salcombe on the Devon coast for a 2-night stay at Salcombe Harbour Hotel & Spa. Overlooking the sparkling blue estuary, this boutique bolthole has 50 rooms with soothing palettes, unfussy furniture and comfy beds, plus special extras like gin and sherry decanters, Nespresso machines and…
  • Escape of the Week… Dar Zaman

    Lyndon
    29 Jun 2015 | 12:00 am
    At first glance, Marrakech hotel Dar Zaman looks too good to be true. As the sun sets during dinner, the small riad lights up with the glow of candlelight, rose petals are sprinkled over beds, and the space is transformed into an achingly romantic haven. Better still, it does so at some of the best prices in the medina. Once you’ve negotiated the medina and been welcomed through the regal wooden door by owners Peter and Hassan, you’ll see that this pitch-perfect combination is no accident. The warm and attentive service will leave you feeling like you’re spending time with kind and…
  • Just Back From… Cumbria and Yorkshire (With the Kid!)

    Anna
    26 Jun 2015 | 12:00 am
    Stir together some breathtaking scenery, lots of sheep, a mixed bag of weather (hail! rain! sunshine!) and a couple of fabulous i-escape hideaways, and you’ve got the recipe for Marketing Assistant Anna’s last-minute family trip to Cumbria and the Yorkshire Dales. With the car filled with enough snacks, books and toys to keep a whole pack of one-year-olds occupied, my husband Anthony, son Finn and I embarked on the (surprisingly pain-free) journey from Bristol to Augill Castle, a family-friendly B&B housed in a folly castle in Cumbria’s tranquil Eden Valley. We stayed in Appleby, a…
 
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  • Exploring Akaka Falls & Magical Banyan Trees @ Honomu, Big Island Hawaii video

    Andrew Crusoe
    30 Jun 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Here’s a hot Hawaii minute-long video of a true gem that I’ve been excited to share with you for weeks: Akaka Falls. Easily in my top 3 favorite parks on the Big Island, Akaka Falls State Park is overflowing with lush banyan trees (with intricate roots that you can actually step inside), streams, and, of course, gorgeous waterfalls. The largest of these, Akaka Falls itself, is featured at the end of this short video. The entire place is remarkable, and when I went, it was only a dollar for non-residents to enter! Pretty good deal for my favorite waterfall on the entire island.
  • Hiking Tony Grove Lake 8,000 feet up in Utah Mountains video

    Andrew Crusoe
    15 Jun 2015 | 3:06 pm
    In an unpredictable series of events, I’ve decided to post a video of a remarkable lake bustling with wildflowers, birds, and even June snow. Context: We recently had a friend come visit and took her up to Tony Grove Lake, which is remarkable for many reasons, not the least of which is its 2400+ meter (8000+ ft.) elevation. It was formed by a glacier (of course), and even though it was June, the elevation had preserved whole patches of snow, enough so that we built a tiny snowman next to the green grass. We even saw a Cooper’s Hawk. (And rest assured, I’ll return to the Hawaii…
  • Jumping off Ruins @ Coconut Island, Hilo, Big Island video

    Andrew Crusoe
    12 Jun 2015 | 4:43 pm
    Today I’m sharing a remarkable experience of the Big Island that’s a part of everyday life for people who live in Hilo: Coconut Island. In fact, the petite island is so close to Hilo that all you have to do to visit is cross a short bridge. Without a question, the COOLEST thing on Coconut Island are the salt bath ruins that tower above the water. As you’ll see in the video, just follow the steps up and enjoy a great dip into the Pacific! Transcription *children splashing* Me: It’s Coconut Island! Pretty cool. For more: There’s more where that came from! Be sure to check out the…
  • Aloha Wellness Center’s Grand Opening Concert in Hilo, Big Island, Hawaii video

    Andrew Crusoe
    18 May 2015 | 3:00 pm
    One of my favorite parts about living on the Big Island were the remarkable community events that I’d get invited to. Today’s video is a short clip of the Aloha Wellness Center grand opening concert in Hilo, which went well into the night. There was such a great turnout, and Fantuzzi and the other musicians did a fantastic job. In retrospect, I wish I’d shot more video of this event, but I guess I just got swept up into the music. And something is better than nothing, after all. Anyway, enjoy the Aloha Wellness Health Center Grand Opening Concert video: Transcription Fantuzzi: Family.
  • Sudden Downpour @ Uncle Robert’s, Kalapana, Big Island, Hawaii video

    Andrew Crusoe
    8 May 2015 | 5:24 pm
    Today’s video is a followup from the last one. Not long after Epe-e & Uncle Robert’s band gave a stellar performance, the entire night market was hit with an unexpected downpour, so I shot this brief video of the torrent. In the end, this was the only time such a thing happened at the Wednesday night market while I lived there. Anyway, this one’s called “Sudden Downpour @ Uncle Robert’s”: Transcription Me: Well, this has never happened at Uncle Robert’s since I’ve been here. About 8 months I’ve been coming. It’ll let up. For more: There’s more where that…
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  • Blue Ridge Mountain Engagement Photo Adventure on Tanawha Trail

    25 Jun 2015 | 7:43 am
    The majesty of the Blue Ridge Mountains captivate a lot of people and these two are no exception. Jess and Mike are both transplants that found their way to the High Country—and haven't wanted to leave—like so many other folks in this region that permanently relocate. This is where they've been building their lives together and it's where they plan to remain for many more years. It made perfect sense to select an engagement photo location that highlights what they love about living here. Jess and Mike don't have as much time to go on adventures as often as they would like because their…
  • A North Carolina Backyard Farm Wedding

    18 Jun 2015 | 10:52 am
    They love to write and sing silly songs, they go for hikes in the mountains, they absolutely love to eat good food and drink good libations, and on their wedding day in Creston, NC, Katelyn and Seth managed to encapsulate the spirit of what makes their 9 year relationship so enduring and playful.While Seth is an avid hunter and fisherman that enjoys tying flies and making squirrel foot necklaces, Katelyn is a fashion-forward, Vogue addict that rocks out stilettos any chance she gets. You’d think that they were complete opposites, and in some respects they are, but there’s no denying how…
  • Gideon Ridge Inn Engagement Pictures in Blowing Rock, NC

    11 Jun 2015 | 9:18 am
    After having to reschedule several times due to the unpredictable mountain weather, we finally managed to squeeze in Katelyn & Seth's engagement shoot last week. Initially, they were hoping to do a snowy engagement session but Mother Nature didn't cooperate with us this winter, so we waited.I checked the forecast, as usual, and it wasn't looking so favorable for later that afternoon so we bumped up the time in hopes of avoiding the storms. And because these two are getting married in just 2 days we had to get their engagement photos done, RAIN or SHINE, this time around!While on my way to…
  • Garden Themed Outdoor Wedding at Chetola Resort in Blowing Rock, NC

    4 Jun 2015 | 12:40 pm
    The sound of fire truck sirens echoed nearby as Leslie and Nick's ceremony was just getting started. Any other couple might be annoyed at the blaring interruption, but they both laughed it off and made a joke because they weren't going to let something silly ruin a perfectly beautiful day.Their short and sweet ceremony took place outside beneath a magnificent willow tree on the lawn at Chetola Resort in Blowing Rock, NC. The natural setting was one of the reasons that Leslie and Nick were drawn to this particular wedding venue. Having their ceremony and reception at the same location made…
  • A Rustic Mast Farm Inn Destination Wedding

    22 May 2015 | 10:21 am
    "Want me to check my doppler radar?" one of the groomsmen offered. "Oh, yes, please!" responded the concerned bride. According to the weather map it looked like the rain was supposed to pass in the next 15-minutes, but it was tough to know for sure. If you live in the mountains the unpredictable weather is something you get used to. With a great deal of hesitation, the decision was made to execute "Plan B" since the ceremony was due to start and the rain hadn't yet let up, so the guests all huddled under the overhang of the barn to watch the couple exchange their wedding…
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  • How the Bilderberg Group Interfered with our Hiking in Austria

    Jack
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:54 am
    “You might not be able to walk to Mösern,” Daniel, a manager at our hotel, told us solemnly. “Not this week.” As one of the reasons we were in Austria was to check directions from Weidach to Mösern, this news was a bit of a blow. We knew the G7 Summit at Schloss Elmau had resulted in a huge police presence in the area, but the summit was over. However, the surreal sight of armies of police vans parked outside nearly every quaint gasthaus for miles around, combined with a mobile military radar unit at the entrance to Weidach, suggested that there was more going on than we’d…
  • As We Walked out to Tamadaba and the Emerald Lakes on Gran Canaria

    Jack
    29 Jun 2015 | 10:59 am
    The best laid plans of mice and men. When we put together our plans for walking across Gran Canaria (again) we thought we’d accounted for most things. There was one major obstacle we’d overlooked. The day we planned to walk from the Agaete Valley into the Tamadaba Natural Park was also the Dia de Canarias, when the local population celebrated in a variety of ways. One of them was probably the biggest rally of the year on Gran Canaria, which just happened to coincide with part of our route. Only 500 metres or so, but enough to close the section of road we had to pass through.
  • Hanging at The Black Cat Café in Punto do Sol, Cape Verde

    Jack
    7 Jun 2015 | 10:18 am
    I spluttered and gasped. Thankfully Nicolai wasn’t there to see me. I felt the top of my head to make sure it was still there. The piri piri sauce was explosive to say the least. A couple of days earlier I’d told our guide Nicolai that us Brits were used to searingly hot sauces. We were the nation that downed vindaloos for fun. I gasped and wiped my eyes and used all of my self control not to reach for any liquid. You could say the local piri piri was spicier than anticipated. Night time in Punto do Sol on Santo Antao. It’s the island’s version of a tourist resort.
  • Herby Feta Cheese and Spicy Jam on Potato Rosti

    Jack
    22 May 2015 | 9:17 am
    Herby feta on potato rosti isn’t a recipe from any particular country; call it a European fusion that involves Greek feta and Swiss rostis. We’ve added it because it’s a stylishly sophisticated vegetarian recipe with a dazzling mix of flavours which looks très chic and tastes even better than it looks. We first saw it years ago in a series of vegetarian recipes called ‘posh nosh for less dosh’ which describes it perfectly. This is a dish guaranteed to impress. Preparation Time: 30 minutes Cooking Time: 35 minutes Ingredients for Herby Feta Cheese on Golden…
  • Moor Than Meets the Eye, Castello S. Jorge in Lisbon

    Jack
    20 May 2015 | 10:16 am
    Castello S. Jorge sitting high above Lisbon’s red-tiled rooftops is a shining example of why you can’t always trust what ‘wise’ old locals tell you. But I’ll get to that in a bit. To counter gorging on Lisbon’s gastronomic goodies, we walked the warren of streets that wound up through the Afama neighbourhood of the city instead of cramming onto the famous No28 tram. It’s an interesting walk in itself with plenty of viewpoints over Lisbon. We like castles a lot. Obviously history oozes from their battle-scarred walls, offering a glimpse into the past.
 
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    Gay Travel Information (and more)!

  • Saltwater Farm Vineyard – Stonington, CT

    gaytravelinformation
    26 Jun 2015 | 10:17 am
    Saltwater Farm Vineyard | 349 Elm Street | Stonington, CT 06378 | 1-800-818-7258 Saltwater Farm Vineyard is set on more than 100 panoramic acres – 15 of which are planted with six varieties of grapes, and bordered by tidal marshes, a cove and vistas of Long Island Sound, near the historic coastal village of Stonington, … Continue reading →
  • Marriage Equality Comes to America!

    gaytravelinformation
    26 Jun 2015 | 9:45 am
    Victory at Supreme Court For Gay Marriage!  Read More Here!  Filed under: LGBT marriage, Uncategorized Tagged: freedom to marry, gay, gay friendly, gay friendly businesses, gay honeymoons, gay marriage, gay marriage America, gay marriage in North America, gay marriage information, gay rights, gay travel, gay travel blog, gay travel information, gay travel writer, gay weddings, … Continue reading →
  • Casa Marina, A Waldorf Astoria Resort – Key West, FL

    gaytravelinformation
    17 Jun 2015 | 9:56 am
    Gay Travel Information – Gay Travel Blog – Gay Friendly Key West Casa Marina – A Waldorf Astoria Resort / 1500 Reynolds Street / Key West, FL 33040 / 1-888-303-5717 Casa Marina, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, located on the island of Key West is a work of art! Everything you could possible desire in a … Continue reading →
  • JAMBU FOOTWEAR

    gaytravelinformation
    13 Jun 2015 | 9:49 am
    JAMBU – FOOTWEAR INSPIRED BY THE MYSTIQUE & BEAUTY OF THE RAINFOREST.  Jambu is not your usual shoe company. Their footwear was inspired by the beauty of the rainforest, with the Jambu tree as their guide.  They create shoes for women, men & kids utilizing design, color, technology and craft.   From their All-Terra designs … Continue reading →
  • Celebrate Pride with 21c Museum Hotels!

    gaytravelinformation
    9 Jun 2015 | 11:50 am
    21c Museum Hotels – Redefining The Art of Modern Southern Hospitality.  21c MUSEUM HOTELS CELEBRATES PRIDE MONTH WITH A SPECIAL PACKAGE!  21c Louisville Pride Package:  This June, 21c is showing off LGBT pride with an overnight package that has everything you’ll need to properly celebrate pride month. Kick off your stay by exploring the Louisville … Continue reading →
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  • Fodor's Week in Travel: Take a Different Perspective

    news@fodors.com
    3 Jul 2015 | 3:00 pm
    It's easy to plan your vacation with tried-and-true itineraries, but look outside the box for your next trip. From booking a stay at a Sri Lankan boutique hotel rather than a big-name brand to viewing the Grand Canyon in its off-season, our weekly roundup will provide you with creative spins on your upcoming travels. 5 Unique Ways to See the Grand Canyon Beat the crowds and get a one-of-a-kind look at the Grand Canyon with these five tips. Sri Lanka's Best Boutique Hotels  Ditch well-known resorts and opt for a more charming and hospitable stay at these boutique hotels.
  • Beyond Munich: The Best of Bavaria

    news@fodors.com
    2 Jul 2015 | 6:00 pm
    If your past travel experience in Germany has been limited to a few days in Berlin or perhaps a layover at the airport in Frankfurt, you’ve got some exploring to do. Located in the southeast, Bavaria (“Bayern” in German) occupies almost one-fifth of the country’s total land area; is the second-most populous state in the Federal Republic of Germany, with more than twelve million inhabitants; and is home to the country’s third-largest city, Munich, which serves as Bavaria’s capital. Whether you know it or not, what Americans often regard as German…
  • 15 Amazing Mid-Century Modern Hotels in the U.S.

    news@fodors.com
    2 Jul 2015 | 3:00 pm
    For some travelers, a hotel is simply a place to rest their head during a journey. For others, it’s a reason to travel in and of itself, and great design can be a huge motivating factor. You can blame it on Mad Menif you want, but few design movements have more fans than mid-century modernism. Originally popular in California and the Southwest, there are now hotels from coast to coast that embrace this aesthetic. From contemporary newcomers that take design cues from the 1960s to historic properties that have preserved their signature looks over the decades, these fifteen mid-century…
  • 10 Must-Visit U.S. Museums for Music Lovers

    news@fodors.com
    1 Jul 2015 | 4:00 pm
    We tend to think of museums as places that house stunning works of art or fascinating collection of historical relics, but did you know there are museums dedicated to music and designed specifically for music lovers? Across the U.S., home to one of the richest histories of music-making in the world, there are institutions that celebrate the people and instruments that make up our musical heritage. For a day of perfect harmony that stimulates your ears and your mind, head to one of these top music museums. By Zachary Laks
  • 5 Reasons to Visit Piedmont Now

    news@fodors.com
    1 Jul 2015 | 11:00 am
    Piedmont, Italy, a Fodor's Go List 2015 destination, should be on every traveler’s radar. Whether you’re looking to indulge in great wine, experience culture, or just want what every traveler desires in Italy—amazing food—Piedmont can’t be missed. As excitement around this northwestern region of Italy continues to build, here are five reasons you should plan your trip now. Wine From Nebbiolo to Moscato, there are grape varieties for every wine drinker in Piedmont—and very good ones at that. Whether you’re an occasional wine drinker or an…
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    Mallory On Travel

  • Riding ebikes in Liguria, Italy

    Iain
    1 Jul 2015 | 3:41 am
    IainIainMallory Guest Post by Alison Bailey When accepting the invitation to take part in an active trip to Liguria, Italy the stand out activity was the opportunity to ride some ebikes; I was curious. I’m now of a certain vintage where my mail consists of exotic cruises for the more mature and health care plans! However, slowing down […] The post Riding ebikes in Liguria, Italy appeared first on Mallory On Travel.MalloryOnTravel
  • Jordan; Beyond Petra in Pictures

    Iain
    8 Jun 2015 | 5:36 am
    IainIainMallory Flying into Amman, Jordan the first emotion was ‘at last’. Evocative images of the famed Treasury at Petra having stoked my imagination for many years, admittedly Indiana Jones had also played his part. Hopefully this would be a slightly less eventful visit, only slightly less though. Inspiration to travel is at our fingertips, magazines, television, […] The post Jordan; Beyond Petra in Pictures appeared first on Mallory On Travel.MalloryOnTravel
  • Fifty Shades of Grey in the English Lake District

    Iain
    8 Mar 2015 | 3:35 pm
    IainIainMallory The English Lake District is a favourite part of the British Isles for many people, the rolling countryside, rugged fells dotted with attractive mountain tarns, picturesque villages and of course lakes. Regardless of the time of year, or conditions it has a special appeal, but parking up in Ambleside with a heavy drizzle falling it […] The post Fifty Shades of Grey in the English Lake District appeared first on Mallory On Travel.MalloryOnTravel
  • Hall Hills Cottages Review – English Lake District

    Iain
    5 Mar 2015 | 2:55 pm
    IainIainMallory Taking the 40 minute drive along the quiet, snow lined country lanes from Keswick to the Hall Hills cottages, one thing became clear; the accommodation is secluded. Located near the town of Dalston among the less visited fells of the northern Lake District it is a welcome break from the hustle and bustle of the […] The post Hall Hills Cottages Review – English Lake District appeared first on Mallory On Travel.MalloryOnTravel
  • Planning A Winter Road Trip in Iceland

    Iain
    8 Feb 2015 | 10:44 am
    IainIainMallory Guest post by Alison Bailey It’s Iceland, it’s December,  it’s cold and snowing, having spent several days holed up in Reykjavik courtesy of a hurricane Iain and I are planning to escape, and circumnavigate the island. Originally intending to drive anticlockwise around Route N1, a circular road that makes a circuit of the island possible, but the weather wasn’t […] The post Planning A Winter Road Trip in Iceland appeared first on Mallory On Travel.MalloryOnTravel
 
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    FareCompare » Tips & Advice

  • Cheap Summer Flights: The August Deal Zone

    Anne McDermott
    2 Jul 2015 | 10:33 am
    Cheapest flights for summer vacation? It’s just a few weeks away. I call it the August Deal Zone. You’ll call it the best time to fly. Cheap Summer Flights Here’s everything you need to know distilled into five FAQs. 1. What is the August Deal Zone? It’s actually the start of the airlines’ fall season. It begins in late August because that’s when many children go back to school and demand for flights takes a dive. 2. When exactly is the August Deal Zone? It begins on or about Aug. 24 and extends into October. 3. How much can you save? Prices in the August…
  • No Summer Airline Tickets Yet? It’s Not Too Late

    Anne McDermott
    1 Jul 2015 | 11:24 am
    By the time July 4 rolls around, most of us have our travel plans etched in stone with summer airline tickets in hand, right? Uh, no. Most buy within 30 days of take-off, even though that can mean paying more. Fortunately, it’s never too late to save. Check out these ideas and other useful travel tips. LISTEN: Never too late, says Rick Seaney. But don’t just sit there! Find Cheap Airline Tickets for Summer Two airlines are offering Fourth of July weekend deals. Book by Friday, July 3 and depart that day or July 4, then return Monday or Tuesday. Click the name of the airline to see…
  • 5 Best Bribes for Travel with Kids

    Rick Seaney
    1 Jul 2015 | 4:37 am
    As a parent, I know traveling with kids is a joy. Traveling with kids can also be an interesting challenge. Bribery helps. LISTEN: Do not the let the kids hear this podcast. Best Bribes for Kids Here are some of my favorites. I’d love to hear yours. 1. Candy Buy a bag of miniature Snickers or Reese’s or whatever your sweets your child craves then dole it out as follows: For good behavior (such as sitting quietly) For stopping bad behavior (such as kicking the seat) For using indoor voice (or lowering the outdoor voice) For buckling up (and if they don’t, YOU must buckle them…
  • Florida: Fishing, Diving, Golf and Beaches

    Anne McDermott
    25 Jun 2015 | 3:55 am
    Florida has something for everyone, particularly those who enjoy being active. For the rest of us, there are plenty of beaches for basking. We checked out several tourism and Florida-centric sites for the best fun-in-the-sun getaways and invite you to take a look. Tips at the end will help you find cheap flights to Florida. LISTEN: Travel expert Rick Seaney on the joys of Florida. Great Fishing, Diving, Golf, Beaches in Florida To find the cheapest flights, simply click the destination. Fishing Whether you’re a freshwater or saltwater fisherman or fisherwoman, there are so many options:…
  • 10 Things to Put on Your ‘Do Not Pack’ List

    Rick Seaney
    22 Jun 2015 | 1:42 pm
    It’s vacation time again, so pull out your bag and start packing. But first check out this list of ‘do not pack’ items. It could save you time, trouble and money. LISTEN: Travel expert Rick Seaney is a packing pro. The ‘Do Not Pack’ List This will help you avoid fees for checked-bags, overweight baggage fees and other packing problems. 1. Valuables Never pack irreplaceable items. Things get lost, things get stolen, things get broken. Tip: Most airlines state that valuables are not allowed in checked bags, so don’t count on getting reimbursed for your good…
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    The Traveler's Way

  • 26 Things to Do in Still Revolutionary Connecticut

    Anthony Manzanares
    1 Jul 2015 | 5:01 am
    The most southern of the New England states, Connecticut offers a charming New England feel with cosmopolitan style.  With award-winning theaters, beautiful beaches, state-of-the art museums and more, Connecticut offers a diverse blend of experiences that are all in close proximity to each other – from relaxing and active, historic and contemporary to cultural and nature-orientated. Connecticut is proud of its “still revolutionary” theme, and celebrates the spirit of independence and innovation that motivates people to experience new things, defy convention and blaze their…
  • 5 Major Attractions of South India

    Rohit Agarwal
    29 Jun 2015 | 5:02 am
    In my previous post, I discussed why everyone should visit India once in their lifetime. Today, I want to let you guys know about the places to visit in Southern India. Surrounded by three major water bodies i.e., the Bay of Bengal, The Arabian Sea and The Indian Ocean, this triangular piece of land constitutes the Southern part of India. This is where the land meets the sea! While southern India is mostly thought of as the place with palm leaves and idlis and dosas, that isn’t all there is! This is the place where you can lie down on the beach while the cool breeze from the sea and the…
  • 8 Fun Facts About Things to Do and See in Idaho

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    19 Jun 2015 | 5:27 am
    You take family vacations to have fun, see the sights, and enjoy quality time together, but it never hurts to learn a few things along the way. For instance, did you know that Idaho has a waterfall higher than Niagara Falls, river canyons deeper than the Grand Canyon, and an entire town on the National Register of Historic Places that also holds claim as the Center of the Universe? When you explore Idaho’s wild wonders, your kids might not even realize they’re learning a little bit of history, geology, and ecology. What Idaho waterfall is higher than Niagara Falls? Shoshone Falls…
  • Colorado Ski Country’s Top 10 Summer Events

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    17 Jun 2015 | 5:41 am
    As the days grow longer and the temperatures in Colorado’s mountains warm up, outdoor enthusiasts will find plenty of fun summer activities at Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) member resorts. From hot air balloon festivals to hiking and biking, the diversity of summer activities and events in Colorado Ski Country increases every year. Additionally, several CSCUSA member resorts will host the world’s best road and mountain bicyclists as they test themselves on the most challenging terrain Colorado offers. Whether it’s summer or winter, you can find your mountain…
  • Astronaut Training Experience at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    15 Jun 2015 | 5:47 am
    At the core of NASA’s future is a new journey of innovation and discovery. Groundbreaking technologies will enable us to journey to new worlds and increase our understanding of the Earth, our solar system and the universe beyond. ATX– Astronaut Training Experience at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex – invites guests to explore as never before during a highly interactive program allowing guests to experience the thrill of a personalized space adventure. ATX is a half-day experience offering a true taste of space flight by combining hands-on training activities and mission…
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  • The Cocktail Hour: Riviera Rum Punch

    Darryl Musick
    5 Jul 2015 | 4:30 am
    Photo courtesy of WikimediaInfrogmation of New Orleans under CC-BY licensePunches are a class of cocktails that mix five or more ingredients together to make a fruity, refreshing beverage for a hot day.  It seems that the majority of punches use rum as an alcoholic base.Our punch today is in this tradition.  Using rum, limeade, lime juice, simple syrup, and amaretto for that Mediterranean flavor.Watch the Video!Here is the recipe, for one drink:1 1/2 oz. rum1/2 oz. amaretto1 oz. fresh squeezed lime juice1 oz. simple syruplimeade In a highball glass, 2/3 filled with crushed ice,…
  • Seattle, Washington - Part 2

    Timmy Wheels
    3 Jul 2015 | 4:30 am
    Previously on Seattle, Part 1...We'd saw some overpriced baseball, met some TV stars, watched big fish swimming underwater, and just missed having to be evacuated from a monorail. The next morning, we decide to walk downtown. A bit of a mistake when we pass a rough section where drug deals are taking place out in the open and a couple of guys start to fight because one thinks the other shorted him out of a couple of rocks of crack. It’s just a short strip down the wrong street but next time we’ll get back on the bus instead.At the ferry terminal, we buy our tickets and take a 30 minute…
  • ADVENTURES CLOSE TO HOME: Battle of the Drug Store Loyalty Programs

    Darryl Musick
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:56 pm
    Here in sunny, Southern California, we have three major drug store chains...CVS, Rite Aid, and Walgreen's.  We used to have a couple of more, like SavOn (miss them) and Long's, but they were swallowed up by the CVS behemoth.There was also Thrifty, but they were bought out and became Rite Aid.  Nothing special about the new store, or it's service, but they did keep the Thrifty ice cream counters and still serve Thrifty ice cream in most of our local stores. That is very special to the natives here.CVS, really kind of a chore to shop here especially since SavOn was so easy and all the…
  • Seattle, Washington - Part 1

    Timmy Wheels
    29 Jun 2015 | 4:30 am
    The scene on TV is scary. About half a dozen firetrucks…lights flashing, ladders extended…were under the track of the monorail. Frightened passengers were climbing down waiting for the safety of solid ground under them.That could’ve been us...The flight to Seattle was nice. Southwest Airlines has vaulted its way to the top of domestic carriers with a simple strategy; keep it simple and keep it consistent. As “passengers with special needs”, we were able to board first and snag the bulkhead seats. One knock on Southwest is that there are no reserved seats for most passengers. It’d…
  • THE COCKTAIL HOUR: Captain O

    Darryl Musick
    28 Jun 2015 | 4:30 am
    Too easy so this will be short...The name comes from Captain Morgan rum and the O is for Organic for the organic fruit juice we got at the Haggen Oaks farmers market in Bakersfield, California.Watch the Video!Get fresh pressed organic juice of your choice at your local farmers market.  Fill a glass with ice. Pour 2 ounces of Captain Morgan over the ice, fill with the juice.You're done.Cheers!
 
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  • Summer At Gas Works Park in Seattle

    Hye Sung
    16 Jun 2015 | 4:35 pm
    Last fall, I wrote about Gas Works Park, an innovative park that was brilliantly built out of the remnants of a gas plant. This park was deemed by the Seattle Times as ”easily the strangest park in Seattle, and may rank among the strangest in the world.” This space is not only beautiful (yes, in a strange way, nevertheless BEAUTIFUL) but also incredibly fun. Their events this summer prove the latter.   Here is the next month of events at Gas Works Park! HONK! Fest West in Seattle June 18, 2015 HONK! Fest West is a three-day music festival that puts the spotlight on”marching…
  • How to Save Money for a Trip

    Briza
    10 Jun 2015 | 6:39 pm
    You want to go on a trip maybe to Hawaii, New York, Tokyo, or Paris. How are you going to get all of that money? Your family can’t really afford to go on a trip, what do you do? You find ways to save! Here are my top five tips on how to save: 1. Recycle cans and bottles. If you find water bottles, soda cans, or soda bottles going into the trash at your house, you are basically throwing away money. In each state, it is different as to how much a bottle can costs. But money is money. If you fill up 3 big garbage bags, you can make $30! Those $30 could go toward your trip. 2. Recycle…
  • Favorite Pins of the Month

    Briza
    17 May 2015 | 9:34 pm
    Pinterest is such a great option for those at home dreaming of far off places, planning trips, or even adding things to your bucket list. Make sure to follow us on Pinterest! These are my favorite pins of May: This pin lead me to an amazing website called Roadtrippers.com, where you can find any attractions, restaurants, points of interest, camping sites, and hotels nearby. As summer draws nearer, the opportunity for traveling does as well. This website will help in finding local places to eat and top attractions nearby as you go along your destination. It’s a great planning tool! Next…
  • Forget Niagara, Visit Iguazu in South America!

    Hye Sung
    11 May 2015 | 4:08 pm
    What’s Iguazu Falls?   Iguazu Falls are the waterfalls on the Iguazu River. They are located on the border of the Argentinean province of Misiones and the Brazilian state of Paraná. Most of the falls are on the Argentina side of the Iguazu River. The name “Iguazu” comes from the native languages of Guarani and Tupi as a combination of the words “big” and “water”. There are a few hundred smaller waterfalls along these falls with a number that fluctuates from 150 to 300, depending on the rainfall. The falls are a breathtaking experience that can be…
  • Life Without the Internet!

    Briza
    9 Apr 2015 | 8:28 pm
    Oh no, is there such a thing? Believe it or not, Internet is not everywhere. Whether you are visiting a different country, on a plane, or in the mountains where you don’t get service, you obviously need to resort to doing things other than checking Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, Pinterest, or Teentraveltalk.com. Here are the top 5 things you can do (or that I at least did in Mexico): 1. Enjoy your surroundings! I was in Mexico, and instead of being stuck on my phone, I was able to hang out with my family without getting distracted with alerts on my phone (not that I’m that popular,…
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  • Packing for Music Festivals: Tents, Tank Tops, and Glitter

    Shawn Forno
    2 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    I woke up this morning sweaty, a little hungover, and covered in glitter. Man, I love music festivals. Battling the elements (and your liver) is what makes summer music festivals great, but nothing sours a John Mayer dubstep remix faster than not being prepared. So, I’ve created this packing list straight from the festival trenches (I’m at the Secret Solstice music festival in Reykjavik, Iceland) to get you ready for your next music festival. Enjoy. Disclaimer: I don’t “glamp,” I camp. My list of essentials is spartan, but they’re carry on compatible and keep me…
  • Big Ticket Items Worth Investing In For Travelers

    Shannon Whitney
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    Do you have a big pile of cash just laying around? You’ve been wondering what to spend it on for some time now.  A big house? A fancy car? But you travel part or most of the year. Physical items that can’t leave the continent (easily) don’t make much sense. Ok, so I don’t have a lot of money to burn either. Full-time travelers aren’t saving for the traditional big-ticket items. Not that they can’t afford them, it just doesn’t make sense to have a lot of stuff or property that spends most of the year (or years) in storage. Even if you don’t have…
  • USA Road Trip Packing List

    Laura Lopuch
    25 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    A good bag isn’t just for catching your next flight. A really good bag can survive tons of different types of adventures and make each one better. If a bag makes it onto my favorites list, it’s my go-to bag for all my awesome adventures. One of my favorite ways to scratch the travel bug is to take a winding, mesmerizing road trip through the vastness of America’s scenic roads a la John Steinbeck. This summer, I’m embarking on my biggest road trip to date: Denver, to Idaho, to Montana, to Oregon, to California, and finally to Nevada. It’s spanning about 3,800…
  • What to Eat on the Fly: Airplane Snacks & Packing Tips

    Jessie Beck
    23 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    Lets get the big, dirty question out of the way first: can you bring snacks on an airplane? Yes. Absolutely! You may not be able to get your favorite fruit juice, or can of coconut water, past airplane security, but chips, sandwiches, fruits, crackers, salads, protein bars, and just about anything non-liquid are absolutely fair game to pack in your carry on. Trust me, as a constantly-hungry budget traveler, I’ve been packing my own snacks ever since they stopped serving food on planes. I do this in part to make sure I’m still eating healthy (and not bingeing on airport junk food) and, in…
  • Travel Gift Ideas for a Graduate

    Shannon Whitney
    18 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    Do you know a senior graduating this year? Is he or she planning to take a gap year or spend the summer backpacking? Instead of gifting a 2015 monogramed teddy bear or a picture frame with an inspirational quote, check out these graduation gift ideas. Gift Ideas for Graduates   Eurail Global Pass– Give the gift of go if your graduate is heading to Europe. If you’re looking for a smaller increment, check out their gift card options. Airline gift cards are also a nifty gift. Be sure there isn’t an expiration date involved. Tortuga Backpack– Every traveler needs a…
 
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  • Lagoa do Fogo Beach (São Miguel Island)

    30 Jun 2015 | 12:06 pm
    Lagoa do Fogo Beach - São Miguel Island visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Lagoa do Fogo Beach' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Azores.Panorama photographed by Peter Watts who wrote:360 panorama taken from the beach on the Lagoa do Fogo. For me this is one of the most beautiful lakes on Sao Miguel island in the Azores. Getting down to it involves quite a hike down the side of the caldera and then around the lake to the beach.
  • Bay of Islands (Great Ocean Road)

    21 Jun 2015 | 9:20 pm
    Bay of Islands - Great Ocean Road visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Bay of Islands' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Victoria.Panorama photographed by Peter Watts who wrote:This panorama shows the view over the Bay of Islands on the Great Ocean Road from one of the viewing platforms. It is not possible to descend the cliffs to the shore here. The Bay of Islands is very dramatic and rugged. The Google satellite's image resolution was not good enough here to place the location precisely.
  • Great Ocean Road from Mount Defiance (Great Ocean Road)

    21 Jun 2015 | 9:20 pm
    Great Ocean Road from Mount Defiance - Great Ocean Road visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Great Ocean Road from Mount Defiance' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Victoria.Panorama photographed by klaus mayer who wrote:Panoramic views from Mount Defiance Lookout on the Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia. Mount Defiance Lookout is just under 10 kilometres southwest of Lorne along a windy stretch of the famous coastal road. According to the tale of William Buckley it was here where the escapee of the Sullivan's…
  • 16 Mile Gums Historic Site and Rest Area (Cobb Highway)

    16 Jun 2015 | 7:35 pm
    16 Mile Gums Historic Site and Rest Area - Cobb Highway visitor guide showing a virtual tour of '16 Mile Gums Historic Site and Rest Area' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from New South Wales.Panorama photographed by klaus mayer who wrote:Panorama of the 16 Mile Gums rest area on the Cobb Highway, New South Wales, Australia. The Cobb Highway is also known as the Long Paddock tourist route because the highway follows stock routes used to drive stock from outback New South Wales and Queensland to markets in Victoria. 16 Mile…
  • On the Cobb Highway north of Ivanhoe (Cobb Highway)

    16 Jun 2015 | 7:35 pm
    On the Cobb Highway north of Ivanhoe - Cobb Highway visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'On the Cobb Highway north of Ivanhoe' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from New South Wales.Panorama photographed by klaus mayer who wrote:Panorama of outback scenery on the Cobb Highway north of Ivanhoe, New South Wales, Australia. The Long Paddock touring route runs along this remote 591 kilometre long State Highway which was named after the Cobb and Co company which ran stagecoaches in Australia.
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  • Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

    admin
    5 Jul 2015 | 5:57 am
    This week our look inside Fourth of July Celebrations at the Disneyland Resort and the Walt Disney World Resort included brand-new fireworks photos, a new Disney Parks Blog wallpaper, and much more. If you’re still in need of a “Fourth”-fix, be sure to check out the posts below. Celebrate the Official 60th Anniversary of Disneyland by Showing Your 1955 Disney Side – Are you planning to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Disneyland on July 17? If so, get your best duds ready and come dressed in your finest suits and circle skirts … we’re inviting you to show your 1955 Disney…
  • Happy Fourth of July from the Walt Disney World Resort

    admin
    4 Jul 2015 | 5:57 am
    Happy Fourth of July! Gallery Happy Fourth of July from the Walt Disney World Resort view all Are you visiting one of a Walt Disney World Resort theme parks this weekend? Which nighttime spectacular do you hope to see? Tell us in the “Comments” section below. Don’t forget, you can join us tonight at 8:55 p.m. on the Disney Parks Blog for our first-ever live streaming of the Fourth of July fireworks from Magic Kingdom Park. Check out Bob’s original blog post with all the details! Happy Fourth of July from the Walt Disney World Resort by Jennifer Fickley-Baker: Originally posted on the…
  • #DisneyKids: Creating Independence Day Memories at Walt Disney World Resort

    admin
    3 Jul 2015 | 7:01 pm
    Independence Day is a wonderful holiday for families to spend time together and celebrate our nation’s birthday. Fireworks are almost synonymous with July 4, and if you’re planning to bring your kids to the parks for the holiday, you can see some amazing fireworks displays in addition to lots of other patriotic entertainment that will have your little ones saying, “oooh ahhh!” Magic Kingdom Park: Young and old will marvel at the specially-themed fireworks spectacular over Cinderella Castle “Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the…
  • Light-Painting Video Marks Fourth of July Magic at Walt Disney World Resort

    admin
    3 Jul 2015 | 4:01 pm
    Last year, Thomas Smith shared an amazing series of light-painting images that our friends in Disney’s Yellow Shoes Department, Matt Stewart and Paul Chase, created using just light pens and a camera. This year, the guys are back with more Fourth of July fun – this time taking their skills to the next level by creating this light-painting video that stars Mickey Mouse. A lot of amazing work went into creating this – including Matt freehanding designs like the flag and fireworks in mid-air, and Paul snapping more than 200 photos. Think this is cool? Check out some of their past…
  • Video Rewind: Celebrating America at the Disneyland Resort

    admin
    3 Jul 2015 | 3:01 pm
    The Fourth of July is just a day away! From our daily flag retreat ceremony to special Independence Day entertainment, the Disneyland Resort has a variety of traditions that salute America’s heritage. In celebration of our nation’s birthday, let’s take a look back at three videos showcasing how we have paid tribute to America here at the Disneyland Resort. In 2011, we showed you how the classic attraction, “Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln,” employs advanced Audio-Animatronic technology to honor one of our most revered presidents. During the summer of 2012, the Voices of Liberty a…
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  • New Theme: Libre

    Caroline Moore
    2 Jul 2015 | 10:00 am
    Happy Theme Thursday, all! Today I’m happy to introduce Libre, a new free theme designed by yours truly. Libre Libre brings a stylish, classic look to your personal blog or longform writing site. The main navigation bar stays fixed to the top while your visitors read, keeping your most important content at hand. At the bottom of your site, three footer widget areas give your secondary content a comfortable home. Customize Libre with a logo or a header image to make it your own, or use one of two custom templates — including a full-width template with no sidebar — to change…
  • Reinvented Video for WordPress

    Guillermo Rauch
    1 Jul 2015 | 3:52 pm
    Today, we’re announcing a complete overhaul of VideoPress, the service that has powered more than 3,000,000,000 video plays on WordPress.com and Jetpack-connected self-hosted WordPress sites around the world. We’ve made the next-generation VideoPress dynamic, responsive, and lightning fast to support the ever-evolving needs of content creators everywhere. Take a peek at what’s under the hood! Embed anywhere, play anywhere Out of the box, the new VideoPress is lightweight and responsive for beautiful playback on any screen, from smartphones to desktops. VideoPress works on all modern…
  • #LoveWins! LGBTQ Bloggers Make Their Voices Heard

    Hugo Baeta
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:30 am
    You might have noticed the rainbow banner across the top of WordPress.com over the weekend — our way of marking Pride month, celebrated by cities across the globe in June, as well as the US Supreme Court’s ruling legalizing same-sex marriage across all states. (The United States now joins 20 other countries, including my own, Portugal, in fully recognizing same-sex marriage nationwide.) Today is a big step in our march toward equality. Gay and lesbian couples now have the right to marry, just like anyone else. #LoveWins — President Obama (@POTUS) June 26, 2015 Here at…
  • July in Blogging U.: Blogging 101 and 201

    Michelle W.
    29 Jun 2015 | 10:40 am
    Note: Blogging 101 and Blogging 201 cover the same content each time they are offered. Have you just started blogging (welcome!), or are you looking to breathe new life into a blogging habit that’s fallen by the wayside? Blogging U. is a great way to get on track, with bite-size assignments, a supportive community, and staff to support you. We’re offering two courses in July — learn more: Blogging 101: Zero to Hero — July 6 – 24 Blogging 101 is three weeks of bite-size blogging assignments that take you from “Blog?” to “Blog!” Every weekday, you’ll get…
  • Celebrating 10 Years of WordPress.com & Automattic

    Mark Armstrong
    26 Jun 2015 | 5:29 am
    This year marks the 10th birthday of WordPress.com and our parent company, Automattic. We are proud to have served this community of millions: from writers, photographers, artists, and small and large publishers, to business owners and entrepreneurs. A quick bit of history: WordPress itself started as an open source project in 2003. WordPress co-founder Matt Mullenweg then built our company, and the free, hosted version — WordPress.com, what you see now — opened for business in the summer of 2005. Ten years, 2.5 billion posts, and 3 billion comments later, Automattic is stronger…
 
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  • Spain (Day 6): Segovia

    Eunice Khong
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:27 pm
    Words & Photos by Kelly Khong Continuing from Spain (Day 5): Salamanca Segovia is arguably one of the places to visit for your bucket list. In 1985, the old city of Segovia and the Roman Aqueduct of Segovia were declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. Upon arrival to the city, I have no doubt why Segovia should be fiercely […]
  • Don’t Come Home to Dengue

    Eunice Khong
    11 Jun 2015 | 7:55 pm
    As mentioned in the previous post on Dengue in Singapore, have you been doing the ‘5-step Mozzie Wipeout‘ to prevent mosquito breeding at home? I’m currently following the Stop Dengue Now Facebook page, which is really informative: I get updates on the number of cases in Singapore each week as well as the locations of […]
  • Dengue in Singapore

    Eunice Khong
    8 Jun 2015 | 10:07 pm
    I always wonder why mosquitoes like me, as if my blood tastes sweeter than others. They come after me for a delicious full blood meal while the rest around me remain unscathed. I thought it could just be a matter of time before an infected Aedes mosquito bites me! A well-fed mozzie struck by my zapper […]
  • Spain (Day 5): Salamanca

    Eunice Khong
    3 Jun 2015 | 4:54 am
    Words & Photos by Kelly Khong Continued from Spain (Day 4): Avila Salamanca is a beautiful city with well preserved historical and monumental legacy. The ancient beauty remains alive in many ways today that it is a living city with many stories to tell. It is recommended to spend at least a day out in […]
  • InterContinental Hong Kong

    Eunice Khong
    10 May 2015 | 11:59 pm
    Words & Photos by Sharon Tan Intercontinental Hong Kong perched right on the edge of Kowloon offers magnificent views of the famous Victoria Harbour and Hong Kong Island. This 17-storey hotel clad with red granite may not look like much from the outside but step inside and you will be greeted by sweeping harbour views […]
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  • KwaZulu Natal Beach Accommodation

    29 Jun 2015 | 6:49 am
    KwaZuluNatal is rare in South Africa for offering high quality safari with a tropical coastline nearby so is perfect for safari and beach holidays with minimal transfers between. The Coast stretches North from Durban towards the Mozambique border and gets wilder the further North you head. Along the whole Coast there is strong surf, sheltered beaches are few and far between, only the resort towns such as Ballito and Umhlanga have life guards on duty in designated areas. Heading North out of Durban, The Canelands beach hotel in Ballito is an excellent small boutique guesthouse where you can…
  • Summer Holiday Ideas for Families

    13 May 2015 | 8:10 am
    Time for a change? The summer holidays approach and we've been debating what makes for the perfect family summer holiday. We can't agree on much here, you grow to love your destinations so much that it is hard to give ground. We've been arguing Tanzania vs Morocco, Croatia vs Turkey, US vs Peru and getting nowhere. What we can agree with is change is as good as a rest, mixing it up and doing something different.  The Recipe A small measure of adventure gets the whole family on the same page (and the kids away from their devices) An injection of culture shakes things…
  • Beach extensions for your safari

    5 Mar 2015 | 3:01 am
    Safari Holidays are, without doubt, a once in a life time experience. However (now don’t laugh at us please) they can also be quite hard work at times. Routine at the camps is fairly structured and rigid; rise at dawn (first call at 0400am), 4 hour game drive, followed by breakfast, relaxation time and then another 4 hour game drive late afternoon. Dinner is usually served at around 7.30pm. After a few days on safari your children (and you) will be ready for a change of pace and it can be very welcoming to kick back and relax. The question is, where to go and what to combine your safari…
  • Our Trademark Cape Town Experiences

    28 Jan 2015 | 3:23 am
    It can be a bit over-whelming knowing where to start when visiting a city like Cape Town - there is just so much to see. We pride ourselves on having a truly unique offering in Cape Town, which we couple with lovingly hand-picked accommodation. There are so many different ways of getting under the skin of Cape Town and we have taken great pride in selecting some of the best experiences with the best guides. There is no real substitute for spending a day with a local guide. Not only are you helping to support the local economy, but you are also getting a chance to speak to someone who has…
  • The Best Safari Camps in Africa for Families

    17 Dec 2014 | 3:14 am
    Many lodges and safari camps claim to be family friendly, but few actually are. We are all parents ourselves and take pride in visiting and selecting safari camps and lodges which are genuinely family friendly, but also offer something unique for parents as well. Read on to discover our favourites.  1) LAIKIPIA WILDERNESS CAMP, KENYA Our favourite family friendly camp in Kenya, if not the whole of Africa, Laikipia offers an off the beaten track intimate wilderness safari experience. The camp is ideal for families, children can go on adventure walks, swim, raft and fish in the river…
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  • Paris Travel : How to Get From CDG Airport to City Center

    robin
    23 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    There are many ways to get from Paris’s main airport, Charles de Gaulle, to central Paris.  Depending on budget, travel style, time of day and where you’re staying, one is likely to work better than another.  Here is an overview of the choices you have. Taxi Parisien The standard, good old-fashioned taxi, is still my favorite, most direct, and reliable way of getting from Charles de Gaulle to the center of Paris.  You’ll see signs directing you to the taxi stands at every terminal. It’s always best to make sure you get in line at the taxi stand and only…
  • Top Spots to See Roman Ruins in England

    robin
    17 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    The United Kingdom is a land filled with thousands of years of history spanning a multitude of cultures. One of these is the Roman Empire, who ruled over the British Isles for over a hundred years starting in A.D. 43. Eventually the Romans left England around the fifth century A.D., as noted by the BBC, but not without leaving us with a wealth of historic sites and ruins. I’ve already shared where to see Roman ruins in France and also Etruscan ruins in Italy, but for those looking for an Italian or Roman-themed vacation and aren’t quite able to make it to the famous boot-shaped…
  • Fun Facts about Puglia

    admin
    10 Jun 2015 | 7:58 am
      The Puglia region is a fascinating combination of unique history, culture and of course some of the best food and wine that Italy offers.  I learned so many things about Puglia on my trip, and I took a copious amount of notes.  What better way to share all of the facts with you than a bulleted list of the things I found most interesting from this very scenic region. Did you know : Puglia is home to over 50 million olive trees.  Many of them centuries old. Puglia needed to enact laws to deter people from other parts of Italy coming down and digging up those valuable olive…
  • 9 Easy Ways to Save Money For Travel

    robin
    28 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Traveling, seeing the world, experiencing life in different places and getting to know people from different cultures is eye-opening and essential for a well-rounded world view. It’s exciting. And thrilling. It makes you feel alive and everyone deserves the opportunity to try it. I know many who would like to travel, but say they just can’t afford it. I don’t think it’s an excuse. I really DO think they believe that, but it doesn’t have to be true.  You change your perspective to change your situation. You have to DO something. It really depends how…
  • What’s New in Paris for 2014

    robin
    5 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    There is so much new in Paris this year, it’s been hard to keep up! New museum openings, new services cropping up and even a new Paris tour that I’m offering. I’ve already covered What’s New in France this year which also contains some Paris highlights, but there was more than enough happening to create a stand alone post for Paris. I keep adding to it as things pop up – so make sure you check back often. New Museums, Tours and Attractions > After a six-year restoration, amid lots of drama, the Picasso Museum finally reopened. The new space at the Hôtel…
 
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  • ArcelorMittal Orbit

    5 Jul 2015 | 12:30 pm
    ArcelorMittal Orbit – Tall Sculpture/Observation TowerThe ArcelorMittal Orbit, a 114.5 metro tall sculpture as well as an observation tower is located in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, London and is the largest piece of public art in Britain. It was intended to be a lasting legacy of London’s hoisting of the 2012 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games supporting in the post-Olympics renewal of the Stratford region.Placed in the midst of the Olympic Stadium and the Aquatic Centre, it enables tourists to catch glimpses of the whole Olympic Park from two observation podiums. The…
  • Canton Tower, China

    3 Jul 2015 | 10:30 pm
    Canton Tower – TV Astronomical & Sightseeing TowerCanton Tower was previously known as Guangzhou TV Astronomical and Sightseeing Tower. It is also known as Guangzhou Tower, is 600 metre tall and a multipurpose observation tower, located in Haizhu District of Guangzhou, historically known as Canton or Kwangchow, Guangdong, in China. It faces the Haizin Sha Island and Pearl River New city with Guangzhou 21st century CBD District across the river and was completed in 2009.It began functioning in September 29, 2010 for the Asian Games of 2010. The innovative design of the tower comes from…
  • Los Cabos, Mexico

    1 Jul 2015 | 9:53 pm
    Los Cabos – Rich History & Landscape The history of Los Cabos is very rich as the description of its landscape. Being one of the oldest sections of the southern Baja Peninsula, Los Cabos transforms into `The Capes’, bringing about a lasting history to this area of the world. Los Cabos is situated at the southern area of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula in the state of Baja California Sur and covers the towns of Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo, which is the municipal seat together with the Resort Corridor that is situated between these two towns.Till the latter of the…
  • Red Square, Moscow

    30 Jun 2015 | 4:30 pm
    Red Square – City Square in MoscowRed Square, a city square located in Moscow separates the Kremlin which was a royal citadel earlier and presently an official residence of the President of Russia is said to be the central square of Moscow dues to its main streets being connected to Russia’s important highways, originating from the square. For centuries, it remains to be the heart and soul of Russia. In 1990, the Red Square and Kremlinhave been included in the UNESCO World Heritage List due to their complex links to the history of Russia since the 13th century. From late 15th century…
  • Stanislas Square, Nancy

    25 Jun 2015 | 11:33 pm
    Stanislas Square = Huge Pedestrianized Square - NancyStanislas also known as the place Stan is a huge pedestrianized square in Nancy, Lorraine, France. Nancy is the capital of the Meurthe-et-Moselle Department which is the historical capital of the Duchy of Lorraine as well as the largest urban area in Lorraine region. Besides this it is also the second largest city in Eastern France and the fifth largest university town nationwide with regards to student population.Three squares in Nancy have been added on the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list in 1983 namely Place Stanislas, Place de la…
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  • Tiger’s Nest Monastery in Bhutan

    Gareth
    23 Jun 2015 | 1:34 pm
    The Tiger’s Nest Monastery (aka Paro Taktsang) outside of Paro, Bhutan is a magical and mysterious place that you have to see to believe. It’s a sacred Buddhist site cut high into the beautiful Bhutanese cliffs, where time slows down and tradition remains paramount. The temple complex was originally built in 1692, and is said to be the one-time home of prominent Himalayan Buddhist, Padmasambhava. Apparently, he stayed here and meditated for three years straight, which I thought was crazy until I actually saw the place – Now, I get it, it’s pretty remarkable. The ancient…
  • INTO THE KINGDOM OF BHUTAN [VIDEO]

    Gareth
    23 Jun 2015 | 1:06 pm
    Come with us on a magical journey, over the mountains and through the monasteries, to one of the most amazing places on this planet – The Kingdom of Bhutan! As I mentioned in the previous post, Clint from Triphackr.com and I spent a week exploring Bhutan with Yeoong Tours & Travels back in late April, and this is the video evidence of our incredible trip. A huge thank you to Clint, Chime, Singye, Tashi, and the girls from the Karaoke dance party… you made the experience truly once-in-a-lifetime. Go to Bhutan! Check out all the Bhutan Photos Also, stay tuned for more photos…
  • The Best Beaches in Northeastern Brazil

    Gareth
    22 Jun 2015 | 4:10 am
    Warning: Northeastern Brazil is very dangerous – There is a 25% chance you will get lost, there is a 50% chance you will get sunburned, and there is a 75% chance you won’t want to leave – be very careful. The main culprit behind these scientific statistics (that I made up) is the never-ending coastline of beautiful beaches within the region. From Sao Luis to Salvador, Northeastern Brazil is saturated with soft sand and plentiful palm trees. While living and traveling across the country, I had the opportunity to explore many of these tropical treasures, and I’ve compiled a list of my…
  • Inside the Minds of Millennial Travelers

    Gareth
    21 Jun 2015 | 2:02 am
    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Marriott Rewards Credit Card from Chase for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Why do we travel? What are we looking for? What makes us happy? For me, I travel to interact with people, experience cultures, and have life-changing adventures. I follow the concept of “Travel Deeper,” because I strive to see this world through local eyes – To be a part of something completely foreign to me. It’s always interesting to see how and why other people travel as well, especially younger generations. I believe getting out and experiencing the…
  • Wyndham Dream Destinations

    Gareth
    21 Jun 2015 | 1:30 am
    Where do you dream of traveling to in 2015? Looking for an entertainment-filled excursion in a city like Orlando, New Orleans, New York City, Las Vegas or Williamsburg? Or maybe you’d prefer to simply enjoy the amazing scenery around you in Phoenix, Hawai‘i, Mexico, Colorado or Utah. Wyndham Vacation Resorts is looking for your input on creating a list of the Top 5 Dream Destinations of 2015. By voting for your favorite destination, you’ll be entered for a chance to win! Each week from May 20 to June 24, the lowest-scoring destination will be dropped and you will have another…
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    Trans-Americas Journey

  • The Best Budget Hotels in Central America

    Karen Catchpole, CWO (Chief Writing Officer)
    27 Jun 2015 | 10:14 am
    Images, video and other formating may not be properly displayed in this RSS feed/email. Please view this post on our Trans-Americas Journey blog to view the post as it was intended - The Best Budget Hotels in Central America Finding great budget hotels is like winning the travel lottery because they allow you to make your travel budget go even further. Over the years we’ve become expert at choosing the best budget hotels and for the first time we’re sharing what we think are the best budget hotels in Central America, gleaned from more than three years of travel through Belize, El…
  • Check In Checklist: How to Choose the Best Budget Hotels

    Karen Catchpole, CWO (Chief Writing Officer)
    17 Jun 2015 | 10:49 am
    Images, video and other formating may not be properly displayed in this RSS feed/email. Please view this post on our Trans-Americas Journey blog to view the post as it was intended - Check In Checklist: How to Choose the Best Budget Hotels One of the beautiful things about traveling in Latin America is that travel expenses like accommodation can be very, very affordable. However, budget hotels can also be fraught with hidden disappointments from toilets that don’t flush to grungy, ill-fitting sheets to missing shower heads. Hotel bargains are certainly out there, but no matter where…
  • The Magical World of Gabriel Garcia Márquez – Aracataca, Colombia

    Karen Catchpole, CWO (Chief Writing Officer)
    12 Jun 2015 | 2:17 pm
    Images, video and other formating may not be properly displayed in this RSS feed/email. Please view this post on our Trans-Americas Journey blog to view the post as it was intended - The Magical World of Gabriel Garcia Márquez – Aracataca, Colombia It’s fitting that the name Aracataca does not sound Colombian or even Spanish for that matter. Aracataca sounds like a word that exists in a world all its own and, in a way, it does. Aracataca is the birthplace of author Gabriel Garcia Márquez, Colombia’s only Nobel Prize winner and champion of a form of literature he called…
  • Desert Convoy – Cabo de la Vela, Guajira Peninsula, Colombia

    Karen Catchpole, CWO (Chief Writing Officer)
    1 Jun 2015 | 9:06 am
    Images, video and other formating may not be properly displayed in this RSS feed/email. Please view this post on our Trans-Americas Journey blog to view the post as it was intended - Desert Convoy – Cabo de la Vela, Guajira Peninsula, Colombia We were warned about the epic heat in the coastal deserts of the Guajira Peninsula heading to Cabo de la Vela and the most northerly point in all of South America. However, we couldn’t resist the pull of the ocean, (mostly) deserted beaches and the distinct culture of the local Wayuu people. Egged on by George and Teresa, whom we were…
  • Photo Essay: Colorful Colonial Buildings in Cartagena, Colombia

    Eric Mohl, CPO (Chief Photography Officer)
    22 May 2015 | 10:45 am
    Images, video and other formating may not be properly displayed in this RSS feed/email. Please view this post on our Trans-Americas Journey blog to view the post as it was intended - Photo Essay: Colorful Colonial Buildings in Cartagena, Colombia This post is part 7 of 7 in the series Cartagena Travel Guide We’ve traveled to more than our share of world-class preserved Colonial cities, including Antigua, Guatemala and the Casco Viejo neighborhood of Panama City. Both are gorgeous, but both are handily outdone by the beauty and ambiance of the restored Colonial architecture in the…
 
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    Barbados Vacation Specials

  • Best E Villas - Providence: 30% Discount Special Best E Villas Providence

    4 Jul 2015 | 5:47 am
    Spacious two bedroom fully equipped apartment with pool and free Wi-Fi internet access near the Barbados Golf Club and Grantley Adams Airport. Enjoy the Oistin Friday Night Fish Fry, just 10 minutes away from the apartment. 
  • Chelsea Motors: July special

    3 Jul 2015 | 1:30 pm
    Take advantage of our July Specials. Small 5 seater automatic starting from US $295 per week. Limited availability. 
  • Beach View Hotel: September Bookings!

    3 Jul 2015 | 7:56 am
    Re-opening special! For stays from September 21st - October 10th, Rates starting from as low as US$148 + tax per night! Available on Beach View's website only. 
  • Almond Beach Resort: Super Sumer Sale 2015!!!!

    3 Jul 2015 | 7:34 am
    Super Summer Sale offers 15% off all Summer rates and room categories. Starting at Just US$ 306. per night double occupancy. Inclusive of all tours, room, taxes, meals & drinks, Travel July 3rd through December 18th, 2015. Book this early bird offer by August 31st, 2015 
  • Direct Car Rentals: This Week's Special

    2 Jul 2015 | 2:36 pm
    CROP OVER SPECIALS HUGH DISCOUNTS on Compact Cars through Crop-over. Direct bookings only. Best Value Guaranteed. Book on-line NOW and save!! (promo code DR1507) 
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    The Single Dude's Guide to Life & Travel™

  • A Saudi Arabian goes to Kiev

    SDT Team
    5 Jul 2015 | 1:43 am
    Received this e-mail yesterday, too funny not to publish. From: amanullaha Date: Tue, Jun 30, 2015 at 12:37 PM To: postmaster@mail.hotmail.com, contact@singledudetravel.com Hello Sir My name is aman i plane visit to kiev i need single dude for 4 days. If you send me some pictures with her data and her fee par day. And our single dude must knew English good looking. Best regards Cell no. 00966 XXXXXXXXX Can anyone help him out with a single dude in Kiev with daily rates? And while on that note, check out “The Kingdom in the Closet.” The post A Saudi Arabian goes to Kiev appeared…
  • Celebrating the 4th of July is stupid

    Manuel Pfister
    4 Jul 2015 | 12:39 pm
    via The Burning Platform and EPautos.com. The post Celebrating the 4th of July is stupid appeared first on The Single Dude's Guide to Life & Travel™.
  • Gun Control and “Mass Shootings” in Perspective

    Manuel Pfister
    24 Jun 2015 | 6:20 am
    Mass Shootings and Gun Control in Perspective 2013 Total Deaths in the United States of America: 2,596,993 (100% of total deaths) (source: cdc.gov) 2013 Murders in the United States of America: 16,121 (0.062% of total deaths) (source: cdc.gov) 2013 Firearms related murders in the United States of America: 11,208 (0.043% of total deaths) (source: cdc.gov) 2013 Murders with Rifles (note: “Assault Rifles” is a subcategory of “Rifles”): 285 (1.77% of murders, 2.54% of fire arms related murders, 0.01% of total deaths) (
  • Single Dude Comedy: Russell Peters Parties in Lebanon

    Charlie Bushmeister
    21 Jun 2015 | 12:41 am
    I always enjoy fun travel party stories, and so I wanted to share this funny story from Russell Peters about going to a party in Lebanon in a bomb shelter. I have never been to the middle east outside of Dubai (which sucks) but I have had many great party friends over the years from Iran, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Turkey, and other places in the Middle East and those guys are great to party with. I know the Koran says to not party too much but every time I go to the club and see some young middle eastern dudes with popped collars partying with bottle service, I always go say hello, and always find…
  • Do you know a pro gun control idiot? Make them watch this!

    SDT Team
    6 Jun 2015 | 1:15 am
    It’s really quite simple, it only takes 47 seconds to explain the retardation of pro gun control nutjobs. The post Do you know a pro gun control idiot? Make them watch this! appeared first on The Single Dude's Guide to Life & Travel™.
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    Have Baby Will Travel

  • WIN! A Drive to North Carolina Family Vacation #CanVisitNC

    Corinne
    25 Jun 2015 | 7:16 am
    Our summer vacation this year will be an adventure to North Carolina. And you can do it too! From Toronto we will drive to North Carolina, start out in the Outer Banks, and hit Raleigh, Concord, and Charlotte before wrapping up our journey in Brevard County. And we’ll be driving in style, since the nice folks at Honda are lending us a 2015 Honda Odyssey Touring. Follow along on our trip via Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, and I hope you’ll be inspired to enter to win our giveaway of a trip just like ours! You can VACATION BIG in North Carolina! Win this trip for a family of 4…
  • Saving Money for Summer Family Activites in Toronto

    Corinne
    22 Jun 2015 | 8:32 pm
    Everyone seems to be waxing nostalgic for those unstructured “’70s” summers where kids ran wild, ate bologna, and didn’t come home until the street lights came on. But that might be because summer can be very expensive! The wide array of options and costs for family activities in Toronto can be very overwhelming. According to a recent TD survey, 55% of Canadian parents with children under the age of 18 take on additional costs during the summer; in fact, 71% of them spend up to $999 per child. The most popular additional activities or programs parents sign their kids…
  • Cuba Family Travel by Casa Particular

    Corinne
    15 Jun 2015 | 3:56 pm
    Cuba family travel is a real passion of mine, so I was delighted to receive this story in my inbox from Abhishek, who asked me to publish it here on Have Baby Will Travel. If you’re not into the idea of a Cuba resort vacation at an all-inclusive, you’ll be delighted to discover that staying in casa particulars is also a very family-friendly way to visit Cuba. Cuba Family Travel: Havana, Varadero, and Viñales by Casa… Abhishek and his family at their Varadero casa particular… In May 2015, we traveled to Cuba from Toronto with our 27-month-old son. We flew direct…
  • 5 Tips for Visiting Toronto’s Centreville Amusement Park

    Corinne
    30 May 2015 | 8:45 pm
    Toronto’s Centreville Amusement Park on Centre Island is a favourite of ours, and as a family destination it’s a true treasure. Beloved by locals and visitors alike, Centreville is a unique mix of theme park and urban farm, set in one of the most idyllic locations in the city, with the best view of the Toronto skyline there is! The best view of Toronto’s skyline from the ferry… This year marks our 7th visit to Centreville with kids in tow. From our first visit when our daughter was just a toddler, to last year’s visit to Centreville when we were truly at the…
  • A Quickie Escape to Great Wolf Lodge

    Corinne
    5 May 2015 | 7:48 pm
    When the school year is in full swing, along with activities and sports, it’s difficult to fathom getting away with the family, let alone planning it. That’s why we’ve been embracing mini-breaks lately. Sneaking away for a night at Great Wolf Lodge in Niagara Falls was just the ticket for a quick recharge in the midst of a very busy spring. We realized it had been seven years since our first visit to Great Wolf Lodge. At the time we were still just a family of three, and our nine-year-old was then two and enjoyed herself very much! With Bub being six (!) now, we figured this…
 
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    GoNOLA.com

  • My NOLA: 20 Questions with Maya Taylor

    Ann Marshall Thomas
    5 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    New Orleans-based choreographer Maya Taylor talks about the local dance scene and shares her favorite things to eat, see, and do in New Orleans. The post My NOLA: 20 Questions with Maya Taylor appeared first on GoNOLA.com. Related posts: My NOLA: 20 Questions with Nina Compton My NOLA: 20 Questions with Ryan Haigler My NOLA: 20 Questions with Dee-1
  • Foodie Best-Dressed List: Gorgeous Tablesettings at NOLA Restaurants

    Lorin Gaudin
    2 Jul 2015 | 8:26 am
    A gorgeous table setting is almost always a prelude to an unforgettable dining experience. And in New Orleans, beautiful tables are bountiful. The post Foodie Best-Dressed List: Gorgeous Tablesettings at NOLA Restaurants appeared first on GoNOLA.com. Related posts: Jazz Fest Bucket List Man, This is Good: Dad-Approved Restaurants Make the Most of Your Midday Meal: NOLA Lunchtime Eats
  • Weekend Picks: ESSENCE Festival, Fireworks, and More

    Sara Watson
    1 Jul 2015 | 7:32 am
    We're celebrating 4th of July weekend with ESSENCE Festival, a photography workshop, an old-school concert, and of course... fireworks. The post Weekend Picks: ESSENCE Festival, Fireworks, and More appeared first on GoNOLA.com. Related posts: Weekend Picks: New Orleans Pride, Snake Oil Festival, Studio Tour, and More 2015 ESSENCE Festival: An Insider’s Guide Weekend Picks: Caribbean Carnival, “Decadence Says I Do,” and More
  • Make the Most of Your Midday Meal: NOLA Lunchtime Eats

    Emily Smith
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:23 am
    Lunch in New Orleans is just as exciting and delicious as all of the other meals, so let’s get out there and sample some epic midday eats. The post Make the Most of Your Midday Meal: NOLA Lunchtime Eats appeared first on GoNOLA.com. Related posts: My NOLA: 20 Questions with Ryan Haigler Sneak Peek: NOLA Brewing’s Brand-New Tap Room Foodie Best-Dressed List: Gorgeous Tablesettings at NOLA Restaurants
  • My NOLA: 20 Questions with Ryan Haigler

    Ann Marshall Thomas
    29 Jun 2015 | 6:54 am
    Ryan Haigler, seafood lover and executive chef at Grand Isle restaurant in New Orleans, shares his favorite things to eat, drink, see, and do around the city. The post My NOLA: 20 Questions with Ryan Haigler appeared first on GoNOLA.com. Related posts: My NOLA: 20 Questions with Nina Compton My NOLA: 20 Questions with Maya Taylor My NOLA: 20 Questions with Dee-1
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    Discover Share Inspire

  • Road Trip with 6 Kids, 4 Countries, 1 Day — France, Luxembourg, Belgium and Germany

    Rachel Denning
    26 Jun 2015 | 6:11 am
    I know why people don't travel with children. It's annoying. Seriously annoying. Are we there yet?" She's touching me!" I'm thirsty! I'm hungry!" I want to go home." I'm tired." I'm bored." Can we go home now?" Can you believe I'm saying this? Nomadic since 2007, when our oldest was only four (now she's nearly 13), you'd think by now that our kids would be... well, better than that. But they're not. They're still just kids. And truthfully, they're out of practice. We slow travel. That means we do a lot of living abroad, with some traveling mixed in. I realized just how out of practice they…
  • Okay So We’re Not Really Moving to Germany… (And Other Clarifications)

    Rachel Denning
    16 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    When I sent out my last post about our upcoming move to Germany, I received quite a response. Most of it was positive. I LOVE LOVE Germany. Thanks for sharing and inspiring other families to be nomadic! Wow, what a leap! Best wishes for things to go as smoothly as possible now that the countdown to the move is ticking by. I'm really excited to see your posts once you're over there. Europe is so amazing and talk about a rich learning environment for everybody. Wow! I love how you chose Germany - so much cooler than what I assumed . . . a great job opportunity, or something like that. That…
  • So… We’re Moving to Germany (+ How We Decided Where to Live in the World)

    Rachel Denning
    8 Jun 2015 | 11:14 am
    SAY WHAT?! Germany? Why Germany?? Isn't homeschooling illegal there? Isn't it the OPPOSITE of your free-living, rule-less, barefoot, beach lifestyle in Costa Rica? What about Alaska to Argentina?  Believe me when I tell you, that even though I did want to see Germany at some point in my life (I am part German after all), it wasn't high on my list of 'next places'. It practically wasn't on the radar. In fact my 'preconceived notions' of what Germany is like placed it on the 'countries to avoid' list, at least for now, with our homeschooling, 'free-loving hippie' brood. Too many rules. Too…
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    Sophie’s World Travel Inspiration

  • Silent Sunday: Old Parliament House in Canberra

    Anne-Sophie Redisch
    5 Jul 2015 | 7:58 am
    Old Parliament House Canberra Silent Sunday: Old Parliament House in Canberra is a post from Sophie's World
  • Giant’s Causeway

    Anne-Sophie Redisch
    30 Jun 2015 | 2:20 pm
    A few months ago, Viator got in touch, inviting me to try one of their tours. This spring has been extremely busy, but I finally managed to find an extra day during a visit in Ireland earlier this month. Looking through the extensive menu, I settled on this, a combination rail/coach tour from Dublin up to County Antrim in Northern Ireland. If you’ve been following this little blog, you will know I like exploring World Heritage sites, so Giant’s Causeway was the main draw here. The tour also included a Norman castle, a drive along the Antrim Glens and the opportunity to cross the…
  • Silent Retro Sunday: Gritty street scene, Curepipe Mauritius, 1995

    Anne-Sophie Redisch
    28 Jun 2015 | 7:06 am
    Gritty street scene, Curepipe Mauritius, 1995 Silent Retro Sunday: Gritty street scene, Curepipe Mauritius, 1995 is a post from Sophie's World
  • World at a Glance: The Bone Church at Sedlec

    Anne-Sophie Redisch
    25 Jun 2015 | 8:17 am
    About an hour’s drive east of Prague you’ll find a curious church. In the late 1800s, František Rint, a Czech wood-carver, was given the task of furnishing the church with, well, bones. A few years ago, I travelled with my daughter, 10 years old at the time, around in Czechia for a bit. I much prefer the name Czechia to the more cumbersome Czech Republic. And no, I’m not making that name up. Even the Czech president would like people to use the name Czechia. It just hasn’t become widespread in English… yet. But I digress. It was December and freezing cold, so…
  • Silent Sunday: The Giant Buddha in Nha Trang, Vietnam

    Anne-Sophie Redisch
    21 Jun 2015 | 8:34 am
    The 24-metre high white Buddha seen above the roof of the Long Sơn Pagoda in Nha Trang, Vietnam Silent Sunday: The Giant Buddha in Nha Trang, Vietnam is a post from Sophie's World
 
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    FeedBlitz News

  • Different Forms for Different Pages in WordPress

    Ashley Jackson
    22 Jun 2015 | 5:06 am
    Have you ever wanted different subscription forms for different pages or categories in your WordPress blog? Sidebars do not always have to contain the same content. From our perspective, changing a sidebar is useful if you have individual mailing lists for each category, and want to put the right subscription form in the right sidebar. I recently visited Wordcamp in North Canton, OH and discovered a powerful plugin that accomplishes this easily without extra PHP coding. Download the plugin “Widgets on Pages” and activate (although the plugin shows as not being updated in over 2…
  • Important New Feature: Ad Suppression Through Tagging

    Heather Solos
    19 Jun 2015 | 6:11 am
    This morning I realized that a key feature was missing from FeedBlitz’s monetization option. Premium FeedBlitz publishers should be able to suppress advertisements from their feeds and mailings without logging into FeedBlitz and making changes to their account. Sometimes we  have to write about things that are too personal, too important, or too sad for ads of any kind to be appropriate. As of today if a post is tagged or categorized as “noads” there will be no ad in that RSS entry or added by that post mailed as a stand alone mailing. You can apply “noads” as a…
  • No Support Today, Monday May 25 2015

    Phil Hollows
    25 May 2015 | 6:05 am
    Even FeedBlitz’s amazing support team needs a day off now and then, and so I’ve told them not to come to work today. For everyone else, please note that the offices are closed for the Memorial Day holiday here in the U.S.  Stay safe, enjoy the time off if you can, and we’ll be re-opening all bright eyed and bushy tailed first thing tomorrow. Phil        Related StoriesNo Phone Support Today, Tuesday, May 12th.Resolved: Overnight click-through issuesFeeds, Clicks and DNS Problems 
  • Hero Images, Thumbnails and Tumblr: RSS Subscriber Emails with Impact

    Phil Hollows
    13 May 2015 | 10:22 am
    Want your subscriber email blog updates to be more than a rehash of your blog posts? Splendid! Because now they can be, as the FeedBlitz EZ Template editor just keeps getting better. Want to extract your blog’s main photo and use it as a “hero image” at the top of your mailing for extra impact? Now you can. Perhaps you need thumbnails for daily or weekly digests with many posts? Done and done. In addition to adding more dynamic content such as pins from Pinterest, pictures from Instagram and (New!) the latest from Tumblr, we are now giving you much more flexibility in how…
  • No Phone Support Today, Tuesday, May 12th.

    Phil Hollows
    12 May 2015 | 3:45 am
    Telephone support will be unavailable today; live chat (from the top toolbar) and email support will still be available during east coast business hours, however. Phone support will be added back on Wednesday, May 13th.        Related StoriesNo Support Today, Monday May 25 2015Resolved: Overnight click-through issuesFeeds, Clicks and DNS Problems 
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    News and Views from Cheapflights.com

  • Suburban escapes: Where to stay outside the city

    Lauren Mack
    29 Jun 2015 | 9:50 am
    Leave the bright lights of the big city behind this summer with one of these suburban escapes. Located close to popular U.S. destinations like Las Vegas, San Diego, Miami and New York City, these nearby options offer affordable alternatives to staying in major cities where prices are high and tourists are many. Easily accessible and irresistible, these quiet locales offer their own perks like famous attractions, picturesque landscapes and world class dining – all at a fraction of the price of their neighboring metropolises and with fewer crowds. Heading to the ‘burbs has never been…
  • Kids airport diversion guide

    Lauren Mack
    26 Jun 2015 | 10:05 am
    Flying with kids can be a challenge, particularly when there are flight delays and long layovers. Increasingly, airports around the world are expanding their family-friendly amenities, from family lanes at security checkpoints, family restrooms and nursing stations to play areas, art exhibits, museums and even massive dinosaurs. We spend much of our time in airports, so we have taken notes on key connecting airports worldwide to highlight airports that have the most exciting options for children to ensure your little ones are entertained on the go. United States Airports Merrily rolling…
  • How to survive San Diego Comic-Con

    Lauren Mack
    25 Jun 2015 | 1:39 pm
    More than 130,000 fans will descend on San Diego July 9-12, 2015 for Comic-Con International. The annual fan-tastic event – the largest of its kind in the United States – brings together the best in comics, entertainment and pop culture. Founded in 1970, the massive convention features a palatial exhibition hall, more than 700 events and panels, workshops and classes, anime and film screenings, games, the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards (the “Oscars” of the comics industry), a costume competition, autographs, an art show and more. Comic-Con is the…
  • Top 10 beaches for the non beach bum

    Jessica Padykula
    22 Jun 2015 | 9:35 am
    Who says a trip to the beach has to involve, well, lying on the beach? If the thought of staking out a spot on the sand and staying there for hours on end makes you crazy, there’s no reason to forgo beach time altogether. There are many beaches that offer more than the chance to work on your tan (wearing sunscreen, of course). We’ve taken on the enviable task of rounding up some of the best beaches around the world for people who just aren’t beach bums. Sunset Beach, Oahu, Hawaii, United States Best for: SUP and surfing Brock Roseberry, Palm on Sunset Beach via Flickr CC BY 2.0…
  • 15 ways to keep cool in Las Vegas this summer

    Lauren Mack
    22 Jun 2015 | 9:32 am
    Sin City is sizzling in the summer, but there are plenty of opportunities to keep cool that don’t involve casino hopping. Typically cheaper to visit in the hotter months when temperatures reach the triple digits, don’t let the heat deter you from booking a Las Vegas vacation. With so many ways to save and even more ways to keep cool, Las Vegas has a lot to offer summer travelers. And even in July or August, a trip to Las Vegas doesn’t have to be confined to climate-controlled casinos alone. In a city known for spectacular shows, glittering lights and a party atmosphere…
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    Man On The Lam | Travel & Lifestyle Blog

  • 5 Quirky Things to Do in North Dakota

    Raymond Walsh
    22 Jun 2015 | 6:14 pm
    North Dakota conjures images of frozen landscapes and quirky accents (let’s all thank the movie Fargo for that), but the state has a lot to offer for visitors as well – especially those on the lookout for unique attractions and activities. Here are 5 of the quirkiest things on offer in North Dakota: Norsk Høstfest Image: Norsk Høstfest Started in 1978, Norsk Høstfest has grown into North America’s largest Scandinavian festival with tens of thousands visitors annually.  The festival celebrates the Scandinavian heritage of each of the five Nordic countries – Denmark,…
  • A Quirky Dublin City Tour + Win a Guinness Prize Pack #storehousestoryCA

    Raymond Walsh
    18 May 2015 | 8:31 pm
    They say you haven’t “truly” experienced Guinness until you’ve had it in Dublin. Many moons ago, I was lucky enough to check that off my bucket list. In fact, I think I may have had a few too many Guinness during my time in Ireland, since I somehow managed to miss a few of these Guinness-inspired sites suggested by the good folks at the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin. Trinity College Founded in 1592, Trinity Collage is the oldest university in the country. It’s also home to one of the oldest libraries in all of Europe, and it houses a copy of every book published in Ireland and…
  • KLM surprises 10 lucky people with the ultimate Orange Experience

    Raymond Walsh
    12 May 2015 | 9:08 pm
    This is a story I can get behind because it involves two of my favourite pastimes — travel and booze. KLM and Heineken teamed up to celebrate King’s Day and oranjegekte in Holland recently. Known as “Orange Madness,” the phenomena sees orange-clad Dutch revellers from every corner of the Netherlands celebrate with food and drink, interrupted only by street parties and other good-natured patriotic shenanigans. KLM and Heineken stepped up the activities a notch by flying to five cities around the globe — Shanghai, Cape Town, Rio de Janeiro, Los Angeles, and Oslo — and inviting…
  • 10 of the Most Annoying People You See at the Airport

    Raymond Walsh
    20 Apr 2015 | 3:28 am
    In a more perfect world, airline travel would be free from stress, all passengers and airport workers would be polite and courteous, and delays would be non-existent. We’d also all be holding hands and singing Kumbaya while waiting for our flights. Since none of those things is going to happen anytime soon, let’s work on some things we can change — notably, the habits of annoying people at the airport. We all have our pet peeves when it comes to other people’s behaviour. I’ve written before about the annoying games airline passengers play and the annoying habits of…
  • That Time I Got an Ultrasound of My Balls in Oman

    Raymond Walsh
    13 Apr 2015 | 4:11 am
    Testicular Ultrasound, Muscat, The Sultanate of Oman In some circles, I’m certain the prospect of a smartly-dressed Indian chap rubbing lotion on your balls would be met with utter delight. Okay maybe not. I’m struggling to think of any upswing to my current predicament — lying here in an Omani hospital bed with a testicle ultrasound impending. The pain in my nuts however is thinking otherwise, and when reality becomes too much to bear, my brain is the one overwhelmed by wanderlust. It reminds me of that famous Tolkien quote: “Not all minds that wander are lost.” See I did…
 
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  • Beyond the Skyscrapers: Stealing time in Canary Wharf

    Andy Jarosz
    3 Jul 2015 | 1:58 am
    Glass-fronted skyscrapers, grey suits and busy people rushing around with security passes on their lanyards; taking a walk around Canary Wharf on a weekday leaves you in no doubt that this is a serious work zone. And yet there’s plenty to do in the area for those who aren’t chained to a desk all day, or have time to kill before, between or after meetings. The attractions of this East London district go far and beyond its tall glass facades… Old London Shadwell Basin – a surviving spot of the historical London Docks Canary Wharf may be the heart of the modern financial world,…
  • Free Stay Friday

    Adam Hutcheson
    2 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    For this week’s #FreeStayFriday, we’re in Wakefield at the… Cedar Court Hotel 4* Ey-up duck. The Cedar Court Hotel is family owned hotel and offers a truly Yorkshire Welcome.  If you’re a bit of a culture vulture you could make a visit to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, The Hepworth Gallery, Xscape or the National Coal Mining Museum.  If you’re up for a bit of a shopping spree, Meadowhall Shopping Centre in Sheffield is only 28 minutes away and Leeds City Centre is only 20 minutes from the hotel. And after all that?! Relax in the indoor heated swimming pool, whirlpool,…
  • Cork’s Summer Festivals (and 10 things to do when you’re there)

    The Quirky Traveller
    25 Jun 2015 | 8:04 am
    The city of Cork in southern Ireland has a unique buzz any time of year, but in the summer months it rocks with a huge variety of festivals to suit every taste… When I first visited Cork in 2005 it was celebrating being the European City of Culture. Nowadays numerous Cork festivals carry on this tradition of fun and entertainment, covering a broad range of events including bike races, Gay Pride carnival, jazz festival and some uniquely Irish shindigs. Here are a few of the city’s festivals for July and August: Cork Week (10-15 July) One of the major highlights of the year is Cork…
  • Crafty Pint? 6 Craft Beer Pubs in London’s East End

    Andy Jarosz
    24 Jun 2015 | 9:39 am
    Although the East End of London has long been known for its pubs, the quality of the beer on sale hasn’t always been something to shout about. In recent years, as the area has had its rough edges neatly polished and as previously cheap neighbourhoods have shot up in price, so the craft beer circus has moved in… Now it’s easier than ever for those who take their beer seriously to find a decent pint in the East End. So if you’re in London and have a pang for some real ale, here are a few suggestions based on a recent visit. (Each place was visited in one afternoon in the order they…
  • Time to Visit Salisbury

    Kirstie Pelling
    19 Jun 2015 | 8:15 am
    From the enormity of Stonehenge to the small but significant Magna Carta document, there are many reasons to visit Salisbury this summer. In one weekend Kirstie Pelling time travelled through centuries of history, while still finding time to shake a Stonehenge snowglobe and consume lashings of freshly made lemonade…   Some things are just too big, too historic and too imbued with spiritual significance for you to even begin to grasp. Stonehenge is one of those things. I have an excellent guide who brings it all to life with humour and in depth knowledge. I have the perfect conditions;…
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  • Midwest travel links for June 2015

    Dominique King
    2 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    Check out some great Midwest-related stories I found online this past month: Burlington Bees: An Evening at the Ballpark-Connie likes seeing Minor League Baseball games when she travels for some of the same reasons I'm a big supporter of taking in Minor League games when I travel--the ready availability of teams to see in the Midwest and the fact that the games are affordable, family-friendly fun. Her story at Midwest Wanderer shows that her recent experience at a the Burlington Bees' ball park in Iowa to see the team play Grand Rapids Michigan's Whitecaps played out much as our recent visit…
  • Ohio's Mohican State Park Lodge

    Dominique King
    30 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    We love destinations that offer a mix of outdoor activities, history and, of course, creature comforts, and I'd say our recent visit to Ohio's Mohican State Park Lodge fit that description pretty perfectly. The lodge and state park, tucked in Ashland County, in the north eastern quadrant of the state near towns like Loudonville and Mansfield, is in a river valley area offering plenty of farmland and forest in the way of scenery. Surrounded by 6,000 acres of Mohican State Park, state forest land and Pleasant Hill Lake, visiting the lodge gives visitors the serene feeling of being far from the…
  • Where We Live: Concert of Colors 2015 preview

    Dominique King
    24 Jun 2015 | 6:43 pm
    Regular readers of Midwest Guest know that Detroit's annual Concert of Colors, a multi-day festival of expressing unity and diversity through an eclectic bill of world music and some of the Detroit area's finest new and vintage music is one of our favorite events of the summer. Poster graphic courtesy of the Concert of Colors This year, the festival's 23rd annual outing promises to be every bit as entertaining and inspiring as ever, judging from the schedule of events and impressive variety of music on tap for festival goers. Enjoy a few favorite images that Tim and I made during previous…
  • Visiting the Citizens Motorcar Company, America's Packard Museum, in Dayton, Ohio

    Dominique King
    23 Jun 2015 | 11:39 am
    I remember reluctantly selling the first car I ever owned, and every once in a while, I still fantasize about somehow finding that car and purchasing it again. But one Dayton man made his father's similar fantasy about a favorite Packard automobile he formerly owned in the 1930s come true! Bob Signom Sr. owned a 1928 Packard Six Cylinder Convertible Coupe. He loved that car, and he was heartbroken when he had to sell it with the onset of the Depression during the 1930s. His son, Bob Jr., knew of his father's love for that car when he spotted an ad in the New York Times offering a 1928 Packard…
  • Back in the Saddle: Returning Rider Training

    Dominique King
    18 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    By Tim Marks It was very early on a chilly Sunday morning in April as I rode west on metro Detroit's Seven Mile Road in the dark. Why in the world would I be out on such a day and at such an hour? I was on my way to the
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  • Achievement Unlocked

    TK
    5 Jul 2015 | 1:06 pm
    Our living and dining rooms arrived on my birthday in January. That is after they had spent two months in the warehouse of the shop we had purchased them from. Essentially, these items have been through it all with us. When we painted three of the walls and put up wallpaper on the fourth one. When we got our massive bookcase that took three hours to install. When we spent months looking for a single seating/armchair for the living room and we couldn’t find anything we liked. When we waited a whole extra month to get our TV unit because the other store we were dealing with messed things…
  • A Saturday Morning in Ouzai (or The Last of the Furniture Shopping)

    TK
    4 Jul 2015 | 10:39 am
    “Historically, Ouzai has been known to be a furniture souq,” the elderly gentleman we encountered told us. “People from all over Lebanon and with all sorts of means come here to buy things.” And his words couldn’t be truer. I don’t know why we had put off going to Ouzai for so long when we had known it would be a good enough place for us to find items like a shoe cabinet, desk chairs, and even those dreaded bedside tables we have been trying to find for what seems like an eternity. But maybe that’s because it’s totally out of our comfort zone.
  • Budget Cuts

    TK
    3 Jul 2015 | 12:01 pm
    If it weren’t for my parents, we would not be able to have a wedding for 30 people, let alone 100. They undertook the daunting task of throwing a wedding for us on a strict budget in a country that shies away from that word. All because they’re happy for us and want to help share that happiness with the rest of the family and our friends. Despite my inital protests about how much it would set us back and we would be better off having a simple dinner, they insisted that we have a party worthy of the occasion. All they asked for was that we stay within the budget. My fiance…
  • Moving, Digitally

    TK
    2 Jul 2015 | 11:13 am
    It took a lot of convincing and many discussions with Ahmad along the line of “you’re not taking your old laptop with you to our house.” But when my beloved laptop of five years just stopped working, I couldn’t but give in and get myself a new one. I mean a laptop is useless when its keyboard messes up, the trackpad doesn’t click, the pc overheats all the time, and it takes forever to get things done. The new one, a Lennovo Flex, is pretty cool. Apart from actually functioning, I love that I just flip it over and it becomes a tablet. I can even prop it on the bed…
  • 500 USD For A Hairstyle

    TK
    1 Jul 2015 | 12:47 am
    The minimum wage in Lebanon is close to 450 USD. People are expected to get by on that amount in a country where prices for everything are on a steady increase. Yet some hairdressers are bold enough to ask for almost as much just to style a woman’s hair on her wedding day. I am not kidding. Walk into a hair salon on any given day and the most you’d end up paying for styling (I’m not considering getting it cut or dyed, just styled) is about 100 USD. I still think that’s a lot for hair but that’s at the higher end places. I usually pay 20 to 40 dollars at the…
 
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  • Saddle Peak, Topanga, California

    Michael Sant
    3 Jul 2015 | 10:38 am
    Nestled far above the Pacific on a secluded peak of the Santa Monica mountains, this meticulously crafted home is a study in light, texture and gentle geometry. Designed by award winning Sant Architects and constructed of monolithic concrete slabs, iron beams, wood and glass, the structure’s earthbound elements are punctuated by expansive walls of glass that illuminate the interiors while capturing the stunning panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, Catalina Island and the mountain terrain. The effect is both elegant and simple, infusing texture, warmth…
  • Alaior Gardens, Menorca, Spain

    Nicholas Hughes
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:38 am
    Located just outisde of the small town of Alaior towards the interior of Menorca, this carefully restored 19th century manor home was discovered in 2012 by the owners in almost complete disrepair. Designated Grade 1 historic status, the home occupies the site of an acient stone quarry and was built within its walls. Situated on over two and a half acres of rural terraced landscape, the owners embarked on a painstaking three year restoration of both the structure and gardens and the house has now made it’s offical debut in 2015. The home’s…
  • Malpais Beach House, Mal Pais, Costa Rica

    Alex Barnett
    26 Jun 2015 | 2:17 pm
    We love the sense of space in this villa. Set on a beachfront in Costa Rica, it brings together a fabulous mid-century vibe and a Japanese aesthetic, and somehow manages to have a cool jungle feel to it too.   Rooms open into each other, with Japanese-style screens and filmy curtains. Screen doors lead to spacious outdoor patios, and within seconds onto the beach.   The architecture is extreme open-plan, with an exposed timber frame that feels almost like a circus tent. Furnishings are chilled out and beachy, giving the house an elegant yet utterly unpretenious vibe.   The…
  • The Huts, Bisevo, Croatia

    Davor Bozanic
    26 Jun 2015 | 2:03 pm
    This unique compound is for those who seriously want to downshift and enjoy nature. Built on the rugged cliffsides on the remote island of Bisevo along the beautiful Dalmation coast, you are surrounded by pine forest and rich biodiversity and just a short walk to the sea.  Conceived and built by a couple that make it their year round home, each of the four separate eco-shelters were all hand made from natural and recycled materials and designed for minimal environmental impact.  You can choose between huts that sleep two or four, all with access to the…
  • Vue de Porto, Corsica, France

    Alexandra Chiaroni
    26 Jun 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Nestled in a private estate of almost five acres of native oak, maquis and olive trees overlooking breathtaking views of the Gulf of Porto Vecchio, this cheerful country home allows you to enjoy peaceful island life in discrete and tranquil privacy. Positioned down a dirt road amongst the steep, wooded landscape, you’ll experience the contrast of both the rugged mountains and sea in a warm and intimate setting. The rustic open plan interiors feature high beamed ceilings and bright, open spaces with a large kitchen adjacent to the dining room and…
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  • Voluntariado | Intercambios de voluntariados internacionales

    Erin McCulloch
    5 Jul 2015 | 10:06 am
    ¿Qué? De Amicitia es una organización sin ánimo de lucro que desarrollo actividades dentro de tres áreas: abogacía, formación y voluntariado. Organiza actividades de voluntariado con voluntarios de todas partes del mundo y gestiona la participación de voluntarios españoles en campos de voluntariado en 70 distintos países. Un voluntario trabaja para mejorar la situación de gente viviendo en pobreza, ayudar al medio ambiente y ser útil a la sociedad. Puedes participar como voluntario en sus programas de intercambio internacional. El objetivo del intercambio internacional es…
  • Ruta de cocina mexicana en Madrid

    Erin McCulloch
    5 Jul 2015 | 8:59 am
    Nachos, tacos, enchiladas…. ¡Comidas que hacen que a uno se le haga la boca agua! A todos nos gusta la comida mexicana pero a veces es complicado encontrar una que sea auténtica. La comida “Tex-mex” -término empleado para denominar comida mexicana con sutiles toques de comida de Texas- está muy bien, pero no tiene que ver con los sabores tradicionales de México. Os cuento una ruta fantástica de 8 restaurantes auténticos mexicanos.   El Kartel de Malasaña Situado en el corazón de Malasaña (a 2 minutos del metro de tribunal). Es conocido por sus micheladas preparadas con…
  • 6 iglesias modernistas de Madrid para visitar

    Beatriz Benés
    5 Jul 2015 | 12:58 am
    1. Iglesia de la Buena Dicha Iglesia la Buena Dicha | wikimedia vía Fundado en 1564 por fray Sebastián de Villoslada. Also es Llamado Hospital de la Buena Dicha u Hospital de Nuestra Señora de la Concepción y Buena Dicha. La estrechez de la vía impide la colocación Que Tengamos Una mejor panorámica de la fusión de Estilos neogóticos y neomudéjar Que Tiene la fachada de la iglesia. Importante Destacar su Aspecto de fortaleza Por Encima de la del templo religioso Que le Hace Más especial. Su interior no se Queda Atrás, ESTA Formado por Solo una nave dividida esta en dos Tramos y Una…
  • Buscando el mejor mojito de Madrid

    Erin McCulloch
    4 Jul 2015 | 2:53 pm
    Llega el calor, llega el verano, llega la época de la terraza y del coctel. Cierto: ¿A quién le apetece tomar un vino tinto a temperatura ambiente con este calor? Te proponemos la solución para estas noches calurosas: el mojito. El refrescante mojito es el rey de los cocteles del verano pero… No se encuentra uno bueno en cualquier sitio. Hoy te propongo la ruta de los 10 mejores mojitos de Madrid. © Mi Tierra Mojitos tradicionales cubanos: El rincón de la habana y Gasset Habana El rincón de la habana te prepara un auténtico mojito – con una receta tradicional cubana-. Es un bar…
  • Voluntariado|Defiende los derechos de la infancia en España

    Beatriz Benés
    4 Jul 2015 | 1:07 am
    Tierra de hombres es una Fundación con identidad propia y sin ánimo de lucro, que forma parte del Movimiento Internacional Terre deshommes, creado en Lausanne (Suiza) en 1960. Es fundada en 1994 con ámbito nacional por Julia Cárdenas. Esta fundación se rige bajo los valores de: Independencia, Respeto, Diálogo,Justicia, Solidaridad, Autonomía, Desarrollo, Competencia y Transparencia. ¿QUÉ? Su misión consiste en mejorar las condiciones de vida de la infancia más vulnerable de forma duradera a través de la acción directa con los menores, sus familias y comunidades, y a través de la…
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  • Start shooting amazing photos on travels! Travel Photographer of the Year 2015 opens for entries

    Cecil Lee
    27 Jun 2015 | 2:18 am
    A piece of significant news for travel photo hobbyists out there. The international Travel Photographer of the Year 2015 awards (TPOTY) is now open for entries! TPOTY 2015 is open to photographers of all ages and all nationalities. On top of all the  categories found in last year, this year TPOTY has introduced a new category – Smart Shot – for every traveller, alongside a new set of exciting photographic themes.Images can be submitted online via www.tpoty.com or as prints. Entry fees start at £7.50 and entry for Young TPOTY is free.  Entries close on October 1st.TPOTY sponsors,…
  • AirAsia FREE SEAT Promotion 2016 is now on!‏

    Cecil Lee
    23 Jun 2015 | 11:30 am
    Do you feel like grabbing the deal? Airasia has just opened flights booking for the first half of year 2016 with Free Seats promotion last Sunday! As usual, the pre-sale started a day earlier for all Big Shot members. A total of 3 Million promo seats are being offered for all Airasia domestic and international flights, as well as Airasia-X long haul flights.This Airasia Free Seat promotion 2016 started since last Sunday midnight, 22nd June 2015, and will end by this Sunday midnight, 28th June 2015. Booking is for flights departing in between 15th February 2016 to 31st August 2016,…
  • Travel snapshot – One Teaching Pagoda in Fo Guang Shan Taiwan

    Cecil Lee
    15 Jun 2015 | 10:46 am
    Kaohsiung is the second most populous city in Taiwan and the capital of Southern region with international airport and harbor. It seems to me as the Busan of Taiwan, as opposed to Taipei being the Seoul of Taiwan. Of all tourists destinations, Fo Guang Shan (佛光山), an international Chinese Mahayana Buddhist monastic order based in Taiwan, is the largest Buddhist monastery in Taiwan.Being one of my recommended tourist spots (yes, it’s more like a tourist than a worship spot to me) in Taiwan, Fo Guang Shan Taiwan features a large memorial park where numbers of miniature…
 
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  • Wat Tham Kong Pen in Nong Bua Lamphu

    Martyn
    23 Jun 2015 | 1:49 am
    Wat Tham Kong Pen – Temples in Nong Bua Lamphu Province Wat Tham Kong Pen in Nong Bua Lamphu is less than a one hour drive from Udon Thani city centre. A drive that’s worthwhile because the forest temple is built amidst sandstone rock formations and is a fascinating site to explore. I first mentioned Wat Tham Kong Pen in my previous post Udon Thani in Pictures – … Continue reading Wat Tham Kong Pen in Nong Bua Lamphu → (Visited 54 times, 1 visits today) The post Wat Tham Kong Pen in Nong Bua Lamphu appeared first on Beyond The Mango Juice.
  • Udon Thani in Pictures – May 2015

    Martyn
    5 Jun 2015 | 1:36 am
    I’ve recently returned from a three stay in Udon Thani Province. Five days in the city and the other time at our village home. Myself and Wonderful Wi had a great time together and I’ve picked out some photographs from my holiday snaps to share. I’ve added my usual innocuous commentary to each photograph. Udon Thani, Nong Khai and … Continue reading Udon Thani in Pictures – May 2015 → (Visited 121 times, 1 visits today) The post Udon Thani in Pictures – May 2015 appeared first on Beyond The Mango Juice.
  • A Golden Buddha and Silk Colours

    Martyn
    13 May 2015 | 9:32 pm
    The day started hot, got even warmer and by mid afternoon the heat finally bubbled and boiled. One hour later a heavy downpour of rain hit the city. It was more welcome than a butter-fingered naked air hostess. By then we were on our way home after a morning trip to Ban Na Kha silk market … Continue reading A Golden Buddha and Silk Colours → (Visited 85 times, 1 visits today) The post A Golden Buddha and Silk Colours appeared first on Beyond The Mango Juice.
  • Wat Pa Huay Lad in Phu Rua, Loei

    Martyn
    14 Apr 2015 | 12:52 am
    My first sight of Wat Pa Huay Lad in Phu Rua, Loei Province, was impressive. The near empty car park didn’t do justice to the view. The steep three-tiered pointed roof and hushed grandeur beneath it looked out-of-place in such a wide open space. Its magnificence muffled by the abandoned theatre below it. Surely such a beautiful thing … Continue reading Wat Pa Huay Lad in Phu Rua, Loei → (Visited 101 times, 1 visits today) The post Wat Pa Huay Lad in Phu Rua, Loei appeared first on Beyond The Mango Juice.
  • Western Bars in Loei – The Saloon Bar

    Martyn
    21 Mar 2015 | 4:34 am
    The Saloon Bar in Loei city centre. Not the best of photographs, taken in the evening with a camera that is a clear sky, daytime animal. Nonetheless, it shows the bar and restaurant’s outside area and a glimpse of the inside. The Saloon Bar opened last year after the owner, Chris, closed down his previous bar, … Continue reading Western Bars in Loei – The Saloon Bar → (Visited 199 times, 1 visits today) The post Western Bars in Loei – The Saloon Bar appeared first on Beyond The Mango Juice.
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  • The Best Regions For Budget Travel

    The Runaway Guide
    5 Jul 2015 | 9:50 am
    There’s a lot of debate over which region is the best. But there are only 3 main contenders; They are: Southeast Asia | Eastern Europe | Central America So what sets these regions apart from other popular destinations? 1) They’re all composed of unique countries located in close proximity to one another. 2) They’re relatively safe and easy to get around. 3) And most importantly, they’re all budget friendly. So which one of these regions is the best? In the guide below we’ll take a look at the most important budget travel indexes. These include Safety, Friendliness, Deliciousness and…
  • Krakow: Charming, Cheap, Delicious & Just Ghetto enough

    The Runaway Guide
    28 Jun 2015 | 4:32 am
    “So what will we do with you now? He said it long and slow, biting into W’s and licking his L’s. “Are you joking?” I said, my heart racing faster than it should of been. “Not joking you. You must pay.” All I could see was his big dumb polished head reflecting the bus stop information screen. “Ok, ok, look. I tried to buy a ticket but I couldn’t figure out that machine. I just arrived and I’m trying to find my hotel. Can you please cut me a break or at the very least just back off a little bit.” Only in Eastern Europe would bus ticket checkers resemble some kind of gang.
  • Jetwing Sea: A Perfect Start To Sri Lanka

    The Runaway Guide
    23 Jun 2015 | 9:21 am
    I wanted to give myself some time to relax before the start of Travel Blog Conference Asia. To be honest, I was pretty nervous about meeting everyone and definitely didn’t want to be jet lagged. So I decided to accept an invitation to stay at a hotel for the first few nights. The hotel was located close to the airport and right on the beach. The room was unexpectedly luxurious. The breakfast buffet made me excited to start each day. The private balcony on the beach allowed for lots of quiet wrting. It was, in short, a great value, and the perfect place to start to my Sri Lankan…
  • Best & Worst Travel Moments Of 2014 & 2015

    The Runaway Guide
    22 Jun 2015 | 4:49 am
    The year started out with a fireworks show on the mystical Mayan Lake Atitlan. From there I traveled to Sicily, France, Netherlands, Germany, Sweden, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Japan, Sri Lanka, back to Italy, England and finally New York in time for Christmas. Not only did I visit heaps of countries, even by my standards, but I also pushed my own limits, and sought out new experiences in ways I never had in years past. I helped a good friend escape from Sudan, kicked a deadly habit in Sweden, ate way too many bugs in Cambodia and explored Sri Lanka like a king to name a few. These experiences…
  • How To Celebrate Swedish Midsommar (VLOG)

    The Runaway Guide
    21 Jun 2015 | 12:42 pm
    On June 19th I celebrated my first Swedish Midsommar! I danced like a frog around a flower covered pole, drank 6 shots of schnapps and ate enough pickled herring to feed a small viking family. In Sweden, Midsommar is arguably the most celebrated day of the year and understandably so. It marks the summer solstice and the longest day of the year, which in Sweden can be as long as 24 hours. Although I wasn’t far enough north to see the midnight sun, I was far enough to experience an eerie dusk that never seemed to end. It was one of my favorite days in Sweden to date and one I will not…
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  • New Package Deal! 'Marriage Equality' Vow Exchange Package & Overnight Escape, Main Street Manor Bed & Breakfast Inn

    4 Jul 2015 | 7:39 am
    Start Date: January 1, 2014 End Date: December 31, 2015 - Our Marriage Equality Package for 2 includes the following: * Ceremony in our cozy library for your Private Vow Exchange & Celebration; (we can arrange for the officient; civil or spiritual- cost TBD based on your choice). * Seasonal Flowers for your ceremony for both of you * Celebration toast with Champagne or Sparkling Cider, served in flutes * Hors d'oeuvres for 2 served on a silver tray * Tiered Celebration Marriage Cake for 2, your choice of flavor * Overnight stay for two, brea...
  • New Package Deal! Our Awesome Elopement Package!, Main Street Manor Bed & Breakfast Inn

    4 Jul 2015 | 7:39 am
    Start Date: January 1, 2014 End Date: December 31, 2015 - At some point...every couple-to-be has wished that they had just gone ahead and eloped...so do it! Allow us to make YOUR wedding day effortless...and a day that is just for YOU TWO! This awesome wedding package inn-cludes all the components of a larger wedding...Romantic location, brides bouquet, grooms boutineer, champagne toast, elegant appetizers, a mini-wedding cake AND an overnight stay at the inn...but WE make all the plans...YOU just show up! Cost for two $895.00 + tax...can add up to 6...
  • New Package Deal! Our Elegant Intimate Wedding Package, Main Street Manor Bed & Breakfast Inn

    4 Jul 2015 | 7:39 am
    Start Date: January 1, 2014 End Date: December 31, 2015 - Our Casually, Elegant Intimate Wedding Package is a unique offering for couples with a small guest list, but still wanting to host a unique and elegant affair. Exchange vows, enjoy light appetizers with your nearest and dearest, a slice of wedding cake and you're off to begin your new life as husband and wife! Our Casually Elegant Intimate Wedding Package for up to Eighteen Guests includes the following: Private use of the Inn for your Wedding Vows & Celebration for two hours; we help yo...
  • New Package Deal! All-Inclusive Wedding up to 45 guests, Main Street Manor Bed & Breakfast Inn

    4 Jul 2015 | 7:39 am
    Start Date: January 1, 2015 End Date: December 31, 2015 - Few wedding venues can match the uniqueness of Main Street Manor Bed & breakfast. The inn is an elegantly restored Victorian Manor House and the perfect location for your small wedding from Ceremony to Celebration for up to 45 people. We host only one event at a time and close the inn to overnight guests, so the entire inn is exclusively yours for the duration of your day. Our wedding coordinator will work with you on all aspects of your wedding and make arrangements on your behalf. We offe...
  • New Package Deal! Theatre, Wine & Picnic Package!, Main Street Manor Bed & Breakfast Inn

    4 Jul 2015 | 7:39 am
    Start Date: July 10, 2015 End Date: August 2, 2015 - For Wine and Theatre-lovers...this is the Package for you! Perfect for the Summertime, our neighbors at Bucks County Playhouse are running 'On Golden Pond'. You'll enjoy a savings of over $75.00 when you choose this package and stay with us 2 nights or longer between July 10th and August 2nd, 2015. Package includes A 'Welcome' cheese platter with local wine upon check-in, wine-tasting at 2 nearby award-winning wineries + a picnic lunch to take along to enjoy at the Vineyard. For the performan...
 
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  • Solo Safaris

    Lesley Stones
    1 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Africa lies waiting for you If you’re a solo traveller, you’ll have noticed how the world tends to revolve around couples. You’ll probably be hit by single room supplements unless you’re happy to stay in a hostel dormitory, and may feel rather lonely having dinner for one in restaurants full of happy friends and lovers. And then when you see a brilliant sight, there’s no one to share it with except distant acquaintances on social media. That’s why I haven’t been on a safari for a while, even though I live only four hours from the Kruger National Park, Africa’s Big Five game…
  • 24 Hours in Budapest

    Marcia Frost
    24 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    [caption id="attachment_17459" align="alignright" width="300"] Buda Castle in Budapest, Hungary. Photo by Marcia Frost.[/caption] Budapest is one of the largest and most well-known cities on the Danube River in Hungary. It's a town of many faces as it's actually divided between "Buda" and "Pest." You could easily fill a week in this city, but if you're short on time, make sure you hit the highlights. You’ll quickly find out how this city played a big part in World War II and has come to be known as the “Jewel of the Danube.” 1. Head to Buda Castle Start your day in the Buda Castle…
  • Beyond Harrod’s: The Lowdown on London Shopping

    Kat Richter
    17 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    Harrod’s may be the most iconic of London’s retail establishments, but don’t let that keep you from visiting other locales.  If you’d rather avoid the crowds and get a true taste of what Britain has to offer, try these lesser-known alternatives. Just around the corner from Covent Garden is the Royal Ballet, which is connected to the Royal Ballet School through a breathtaking above-ground tunnel. Covent Garden: If you’re looking for quaint oddities amongst architectural splendor, look no further than Covent Garden.  Its stalls (centered in the Apple Market section) offer…
  • In Northern France

    Cindy-Lou Dale
    10 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    Just on an hour’s drive south of Calais, wedged in between Le Touquet and Arras, in the historic Somme valleys, is Chateau Bermicourt. Built in 1826, the ancestral Chateau served as the HQ for the Royal tank Corps in the Great War; and during WWII it was occupied by German forces. Although the Chateau is still a private residence lived in by the young de la Border family, its out buildings have been developed into a trendy 10-roomed hotel and restaurant. Enter the estate through the Chateau’s imposing wrought iron gates, then halfway up the drive turn left towards the old stable block.
  • Wilderness Wildlife Week in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

    Jan Ross
    3 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    We hadn’t been to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee in years. Caught up in traveling all around the world, we had almost forgotten this charming town tucked away at the base of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, one of the most visited national parks in the United States. The beautiful LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. We were in town to check out Wilderness Wildlife Week, an annual event that brings together fans of nature with an astonishing variety of presenters, hikes, and bus tours of the area. What really amazed us about this event is that every single activity from the decorated…
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    A Little Adrift: Wanderings & Traveling the World

  • A Little Story… And the Case for Planning a Trip to Nepal

    Shannon
    22 Jun 2015 | 8:01 am
    An interpretive dancer sways to the music and delights the audience in the dim lighting of the Honen-in temple in Kyoto, Japan. The first strings of a melody slid into the corners of the room as the musician strummed her guitar. The nearby interpretive dancer stood frozen in place, eyes cast upward as she waited for her cue. The tiny grandma behind me bobbed from side-to-side over my shoulder, attempting to see past my tall frame. I slouched deeper into my folding chair. Minutes earlier, a volunteer at the Honen-in temple in Kyoto had stopped my aimless meander. With alacrity, he ushered…
  • A Little Safari… Spotting Lions and Giraffes in Tanzania’s National Parks

    Shannon
    2 Mar 2015 | 11:16 am
    A quick (and grainy) snapshot from the Kenyan-Tanzanian border. I had already been stamped out of Kenya but didn’t have enough cash to make it into Tanzania. Highlight: the kind Canadian I was about to beg from is in the shot. Arriving in Tanzania started on a shaky note. I hadn’t realized someone robbed me of my cash my last day in Cape Town until I stood at the border between Kenya and Tanzania. I gutted my bag and found nothing. I sat miffed among my scattered possessions, wondering how my cash had vanished. The very cash that was meant to buy my Tanzanian visa. Others in…
  • A Little Adrift… In Search of Balance

    Shannon
    17 Jan 2015 | 8:55 am
    For seven months, the gaping absence of Africa stories on my blog has nagged me. During this time, some of you wrote me with concern. Thank you, all is well. I needed time to sort out some personal things post-Africa. As this new year takes shape, I am jumping (maybe limping) back into writing. And for starters, I thought it apt to share a bit about this past year that has gone unsaid. It was a hard year for me. I started the year on a high, speaking at a National Geographic Live event in Washington, DC, which scarcely seemed real—it was an honor I hadn’t dared to dream of when I…
  • A Little Bit… About Grassroots Volunteering

    Shannon
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:39 am
    After months in Africa this past spring, which was a tough trip for me, I spent summer on a hiatus from A Little Adrift and instead headed to the beach with my nieces and nephews, hiked a bit in the Pacific Northwest, spoke at convention in Atlanta, dinner-ed with friends in Florida, and lost myself in the streets of New York City. It was a needed break. But now, as hurricane season approaches Florida, the patter of raindrops and cool breezes send me back to my computer. And so, as I finish editing my 6,000+ photos from Africa, I’d like to share the what, why, and how about…
  • A Little Adrift… Dispatch from Africa: Rwanda and a Final Goodbye

    Shannon
    4 Jun 2014 | 10:04 am
    I pen this now from a coffee shop at Nairobi International Airport, several hours out from the flight that will take me home, back to the United States and into a new journey over the summer months as I attend weddings, speak at conferences, and visit old friends. My website was blocked these past weeks as I traveled through Rwanda, and so, apologies for the gap in dispatches—this is the last I will write from Africa. I am ready to leave. This is not always the case as I board a homeward bound flight, but while I loved much of my time in Africa, the travel grows weary on me these past few…
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  • Costa Brava – Off the Beaten Path

    Alice
    3 Jul 2015 | 4:33 am
    If you’re planning a trip to the Costa Brava the big, brash and bountiful resorts like Lloret de Mar and Tossa de Mar might immediately spring to mind. But did you know Costa Brava translates as the ‘wild coast’ – so this is one destination to spend at least a day off the beaten track uncovering the region’s natural raw beauty. Colera To really escape the crowds head north. The small village of Colera (sometimes called San Migel de Colera) is set in a horse-shoe shaped bay just a few miles south of the French border; about as far north as the Costa Brava can get.
  • Top 10 Diverse USA

    Hannah
    3 Jul 2015 | 2:28 am
    Sprawling America is anything but boring. A land of diversity, this mammoth country is home to incredible beaches, snow-capped mountains, lush forests, glistening high rise cities and much, much more. The travel possibilities are endless – from road trips, to hiking holidays and glitzy beach breaks, you could spend your life exploring the USA and still find room for more. Here are 10 USA destinations that showcase that variety, so you can get planning an epic adventure!
  • Top 10 Things to Try in Crete

    Alice
    1 Jul 2015 | 9:26 am
    As the largest of all the Greek islands, it’s safe to say that you won’t be bored on a holiday to Crete. But what exactly does it have to offer besides its 650 miles of stunning coastline, turquoise waters and lashings of glorious Greek sunshine? Read on for our 10 things you must try in Crete (raki optional!): Wander Rethymnon Old Town If you fancy a complete contrast to the island’s party resorts of Malia and Heraklion, Rethymnon Old Town awaits. Behind the pastel buildings that line the pretty harbour you’ll find a labyrinth of cobbled streets and tiny piazzas. It’s a…
  • Top 10 Places with a Half-Hour Time Difference

    Liam
    29 Jun 2015 | 2:24 am
    When chatting about a holiday the subject of jet-lag often comes up and the question “what’s the time difference?” is posed. All too often it is answered by one of those most boring of quantities: a whole number. You can avoid suffering through that tedium by visiting one of the destinations in the world’s exhilarating half-hour time zones. When faced with a choice of two time zones, these brave countries and territories asked “why not neither?”.
  • 10 European Cities that Come Alive in Summer

    Alice
    26 Jun 2015 | 10:27 am
    Some cities simply sizzle in summer – and we’re not talking about the temperature. Long sunny days bring out the best in these 10 choices, drawing good-time crowds to the streets and opening up whole new attractions that simply aren’t a possibility in the winter. If you have a couple of days spare this summer this is where your city break should take you.
 
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    Elle Pollicott
    6 Jul 2015 | 2:37 am
    Hey Ann, the TEFL internship is great if you want to move overseas but be supported – we work with our in-country partners in China, Thailand and Vietnam, who will arrange a placement for you, provide you with accommodation, and prepare you for your time in a new country by teaching you the customs and culture. You’ll also be supported by a network of interns – some of whom you will be teaching and living with! You can find out more about our internships here: http://www.onlinetefl.com/teaching-internships/ or alternatively, give us a call on 0800 093 3148 to speak to one of…
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    Elle Pollicott
    3 Jul 2015 | 12:55 am
    Hi Marion, we have lots of South African TEFL teachers who find jobs all over the world in the likes of Asia, Europe and South Africa. In fact, here’s a video of one of our grads Kauthar, who is from South Africa and is now teaching English in China: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C5GVYeNkBuU. If you want to find out more about TEFL and opportunities overseas, I’d recommend you give us a call on 021 300 2852 to speak to one of our expert advisers. Hope this helps!
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  • Postcards from…San Antonio

    Erin Gifford
    1 Jul 2015 | 3:15 pm
    I had planned to post more often, but painfully slow wi-fi the last couple of days put a damper on that plan. To be fair, we were in a fairly remote area of New Mexico, so I shouldn’t have expected super-fast wi-fi, but I couldn’t upload or download any photos, so blog posts were off the table. We had a great time in San Antonio. We spent two nights at the Omni San Antonio Hotel at the Colonnade in the Discovery Kids Suite. Honestly, if we never left the room during our time in San Antonio, my kids would have been in heaven playing basketball in the room, munching on the chocolate chip…
  • From the Road: Virginia to Texas (Week One)

    Erin Gifford
    27 Jun 2015 | 9:11 pm
    It’s hard to believe that we’ve already been on the road for one week and have driven more than 1,600 miles. As I type this, we’re in San Antonio after having spent a couple of days in Galveston. The kids are starting to enjoy checking out a new city every couple of days. I wish they’d put their iPads down a bit more, but I do enjoy the quiet on the road. I can’t have it all. Anyway, here’s what we’ve been up to. Day 1: Pigeon Forge, TN We got on the road just before 9 am despite protests from my middle-school daughter. She also thought that not packing her suitcase would enable…
  • Postcards from…New Orleans

    Erin Gifford
    26 Jun 2015 | 6:56 am
    We left New Orleans yesterday morning after a couple of days of fun and a visit with family. We swam in the rooftop pool at the Sheraton New Orleans, ate beignets at Café du Monde in the French Quarter, saw parade float props being made at Mardi Gras World and met my brother’s new baby. Oh, and we ate some bugs at the Insectarium. Yum. Here are a few photos from our stay in New Orleans. More to come when I put together a wrap-up of our first week on the road this weekend. One of the streetcar lines ran right in front of our hotel on Canal Street. It was a must to make a stop for powdered…
  • Postcards from…Chattanooga

    Erin Gifford
    24 Jun 2015 | 7:41 pm
    We’re on our way to Texas in the morning, but I wanted to put up a quick post to share some of our photos from Chattanooga. We only had a day to explore this lovely town in Tennessee, but we made the most of it at Rock City and Ruby Falls. From Lover’s Leap at Rock City look for incredibly scenic views. You can actually see seven states from the lookout point at Rock City. Look for little red bird houses, like this one, all over Rock City. After Rock City, we took a tour of nearby Ruby Falls to see the 145-foot underground waterfall. WOW. I also wanted to check out the Incline Railway…
  • 10 Summer Must-Do’s with Kids in Pigeon Forge

    Erin Gifford
    22 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    I’ve written about Pigeon Forge several times, both for Travel Channel.com and here on Kidventurous, and finally I had a chance to take my kids over the weekend as part of our cross-country road trip. Driving down Parkway, the main drag in Pigeon Forge, was admittedly overwhelming. There are so many things to do, from musical shows to go-karts to amusement parks (visit MobileBrochure.com to really see what I mean). While it would be easy to stick to Parkway, and even then you’d need a few weeks to cross off every attraction, what I really love is that Pigeon Forge is just a few miles from…
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    Turkish Travel Blog - Travelling Around Turkey, One Place at a Time

  • Is Turkey Safe from Isis and Terrorism?

    Natalie
    30 Jun 2015 | 2:24 am
    On Friday, an act of terrorism stunned people around the world. A gunman let rip on a Tunisian beach and since then traffic to this website has gone crazy. The daily amount of users, since the site went live in 2010, has never been so high. I often answer questions from readers about general safety in Turkey but now, my inbox is filling up with e-mails from holiday-makers who want to know whether Turkey is safe from an attack by ISIS? My honest answer is, I don’t know. For all the safety advice I can give, life throws up unexpected, and sometimes surprising, situations. Who’d have thought…
  • Ephesus – Turkey’s Greatest Ancient Ruins and City

    Natalie
    26 Jun 2015 | 10:04 pm
    The colourful timeline of Turkey’s history means that the country is awash with historical sites dating from many civilizations. Out of all of them, the ruins of the ancient city of Ephesus are probably the most well-known, attracting thousands of visitors every day. Ephesus is to Turkey what the pyramids are to Egypt or the Colosseum to Rome and in 2014, 3 million people walked through its gates. Sitting on the Aegean coast of Turkey, near to the towns of Kusadasi and Selcuk, this was my third time of seeing it. My first visit, 13 years earlier was uneventful. I was a newbie expat in…
  • The Grand Theatre of Ancient Ephesus

    Natalie
    25 Jun 2015 | 4:47 am
    If I am entirely truthful, the Grand theatre of Ephesus is not my favourite place. I feel detest for this prominent structure of the ancient Greco-Roman city, because it was also the scene for gladiator and animal fights. I don’t want to pay homage to a place, where unnecessary death and pain reigned simply for the pointless pleasure of human beings. Having said that, the natural course of human evolution has buried those days, and now, the theatre is one of the largest surviving relics from the Roman world therefore attracting much admiration and respect. Sitting on the Aegean coast of…
  • The Roman Terrace Houses of Ephesus

    Natalie
    19 Jun 2015 | 8:30 pm
    I had been to Ephesus twice yet wanted to return again, simply for one reason. They had opened up the Roman terrace houses to the public. I had listened with jealousy as other people described the extensive finds of pain-staking excavations and read with envy as other bloggers wrote about how much they enjoyed their visit. Often postponing planned visits again and again, I finally made it back to Ephesus in March of this year. As well as the entrance fee to Ephesus, I had to buy another ticket to see the houses, and this bumped up the cost considerably, but I was sure it would be worth the…
  • The Magnificent and Majestic Celsus Library of Ephesus

    Natalie
    19 Jun 2015 | 5:24 am
    The Celsus library is probably one of the most photographed historical structures of Turkey. It belongs to the ancient city of Ephesus, located on the Aegean coast, near the holiday resort of Kusadasi and the working town of Selcuk. One of my interests, while I continue to learn about my adopted country is the history of Turkey, so naturally, I have a huge amount of respect for the excavated ruins. However to write from the heart and extensively about the ancient city would take a book so I have singled out the Celsus library for a post of its own. I will admit that on my first and second…
 
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    Cottages For Sale Haliburton

  • 2 Bedroom Cottage Paradise Lake Haliburton Ontario

    29 Jun 2015 | 8:51 pm
    This bright & cozy, open concept, 2 bedroom cottage (15198 Hwy 118, Paradise Lake) with sunny southern exposure is just minutes from the village of Haliburton on a year round municipally maintained road.Located at the waters edge of Paradise Lake you`ll have a wade-in sandy shoreline and the opportunity for amazing fishing--bass & pickerel--to be exact.This is the one you`ve been waiting for.www.teamhaliburtonhighlands.com
  • 3 Bedroom Cottage, Benoir Lake, Haliburton Highlands

    29 Jun 2015 | 6:40 pm
      The living room has beautiful pine floors and cathedral pine ceiling with a stunning west view out over Benoir Lake.Great 3 bedroom family cottage, 1054 Jasmine Road, Benoir Lake, Haliburton Highlands with open concept kitchen, dining and living rooms.The level lot with sand beach and sunset exposure are framed by large white pines to give you an Algonquin Park feel.35 miles of canoeing or boating on a 3 lake chain tops it all off, great cottage living!
  • Downsizing My Home

    9 Jun 2015 | 8:35 pm
    Downsize your house aided by the assistance of expert suggestionsThe kids have moved out and we not too long ago retired.Now we’re considering about shifting right into a smaller house.A great deal has changed in the world of real estate through the last couple of years.Furthermore, there looks to be an overwhelming degree of information accessible on the Internet about selling a house.Read morehttp://www.thestar.com/life/homes/2015/06/05/downsize-your-home-with-the-help-of-some-expert-advice.html
  • 1025 Portage Rd, Haliburton Ontario

    31 May 2015 | 6:08 pm
    House For Sale Two bedroom raised bungalow located at 1025 Portage Rd, Haliburton OntarioBeautiful country home or retreat on 85 acres of rolling mixed bush.Conveniently located close to town with easy access to drag lake, long lake and portage lake nearby.This new build features a stunning covered wrap around deck.Rustic red maple floors and maple kitchen.Great high ceilings giving lots of natural light.Heating with high efficiency propane.Walkout basement, finish to your liking. Beautiful trails throughout the property for those evening walks.Make this a wonderful spot to explore and get…
  • Find the Best Real Estate Agent

    30 May 2015 | 8:57 pm
    Downsizing to your smaller house. How can we find an agent that can help us buy and sell?Our weather conditions is warming, plants are blooming, so it could possibly only mean one thing — this spring real estate market is in full swing.With regards to buying or selling a home, one of the very first steps many people consider is picking out a real estate professional to work with.You’ll be searching for a home to meet up with ones needs, you’ll need to take a few steps to decide on the real estate professional who's suitable for you.A survey carried out late last year identified that…
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  • What I Learned About Flying With a Dog

    Dena Haines
    11 Jun 2015 | 4:12 am
    What I Learned About Flying With a Dog | Dena Haines | GringosAbroad Flying with a dog wasn’t as easy as we thought it would be. Especially because our dog was too large to fit in the cabin with us. Chica at the Quito airport We recently moved from Ecuador (South America) back to Canada with our dog and it took a huge amount of planning! There were a lot of details to figure out. We were traveling through 3 countries, each with their own regulations on pet travel. And then there were the airline regulations as well. National flights (within the United States for example) may be pretty…
  • Your Flying Health & Fitness Guide [Infographic]

    Bryan Haines
    12 May 2015 | 6:09 am
    Your Flying Health & Fitness Guide [Infographic] | Bryan Haines | GringosAbroad Long flights can take their toll. And it isn’t just the high price of your tickets. Or the in-flight gas. (You know what I’m talking about.) Long flights are hard on your body. Staying Healthy on Long Flights On our return trip to Canada last month, we left Quito at 11:50pm (Wednesday) and finally cleared Canadian Customs at 1:30am (Friday). This was just travel time – we had been awake all day Wednesday before our flight and it was around 3am Friday before we actually got to bed at the…
  • Don’t Take Your First World Problems Abroad

    Bryan Haines
    21 Apr 2015 | 8:49 am
    Don’t Take Your First World Problems Abroad | Bryan Haines | GringosAbroad Some expats are doomed to failure. They get off the plane complaining about something. The moment they check-in at their hotel they hit Facebook to complain about the taxi service, small portions, or the unbelievable rainy weather. And they send nasty emails to anyone who sees the glass half-full. But… This Isn’t Like Home! A while back, I received a flaming from an traveler who just completed a two week trip to Ecuador. It seems that they had a rather bad experience while here in Ecuador. He was…
  • GringosAbroad No More: Why Bryan & Dena Left Ecuador

    Dena Haines
    8 Apr 2015 | 8:05 am
    GringosAbroad No More: Why Bryan & Dena Left Ecuador | Dena Haines | GringosAbroad View from our deck in Santa Isabel Ecuador One week ago today we (along with 7 large bags of luggage, 2 bikes and our dog) left Ecuador, and not just for a vacation. It was very difficult and emotional for our whole family. The Sunday before, we packed everything and sold off all our belongings. Many of our friends came over to see us off. We cried almost all the way from Santa Isabel (a small town about an hour outside of Cuenca) to Cuenca! At the airport in Quito with all our bags We couldn’t leave…
  • 10 Steps to Learn Spanish in 10 Days [Infographic]

    Bryan Haines
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:48 am
    10 Steps to Learn Spanish in 10 Days [Infographic] | Bryan Haines | GringosAbroad Ready to learn Spanish? If you are planning a move (or even long term travel) to Latin America – you’re going to need some Spanish. In this post and infographic, you’ll learn ten steps to learning Spanish. Lets get started! 10 Steps to Learn Spanish Download apps: Check Duolingo (won Best App Award in 2013) to get started. There are plenty of free and pay apps that range from flash cards to audio and video courses. Convert everything to Spanish: Switch your devices to Spanish and label…
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  • Views from the Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge in Alaska

    Janis
    26 Jun 2015 | 6:47 pm
    We have some friends on a Princess cruise tour in Alaska, and we wish we were joining them during their upcoming stay at the Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge near Cooper Landing, Alaska. The main lodge overlooks the vibrant blue-green water of the Kenai River. Each of the cabin-like rooms at Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge has vaulted ceilings with a wood-burning stove and a private porch that’s perfect for taking in the surrounding views. Whether visiting during the long daylight hours of late June, or at the end of the season in mid-September, we’ve always had a fantastic…
  • 15 Fun Facts About Halifax, Nova Scotia

    Janis
    24 Jun 2015 | 11:39 pm
    Mr. Jones lived in Halifax, Nova Scotia for three years during college, and we’ve visited the Canadian maritime city multiple times together during the past 18 years. In anticipation of a return visit during an upcoming Canada and New England cruise, we thought it would be fun to conduct a little background research on the city. A lighthouse is part of the baggage claim at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport. Here are 15 Fun Facts About Halifax, Nova Scotia: 1. People from Halifax are known as Haligonians. 2. Halifax is the capital of Canada’s Nova Scotia province 3. …
  • A Delightful Dinner at Ristorante Gallo Nero in Antwerp, Belgium

    Janis
    22 Jun 2015 | 9:41 pm
    While walking around the Old Town of Antwerp, Belgium, Mr. Jones spotted this restaurant. We peeked in the window, and it looked like a lovely small restaurant. Two nights later, we remembered as we were thinking about dinner, and we asked if we could get a table. The answer was yes. The Gall Nero is a small Italian restaurant with fewer than 10 tables. As we settled in and soaked up the atmosphere, I noticed the chandelier of bottles. We soon realized that the waiter (likely the owner as well) did not speak English but wanted to communicate in either Italian or French. We don’t speak…
  • 17 Fun Facts About Ghent, Belgium

    Janis
    21 Jun 2015 | 9:58 pm
    With a population of 248,739 residents, Ghent is Belgium’s second largest city. Ghent is spelled Gent in Dutch and Gand in French. Since Ghent is located in the Flemish Region of Belgium, Starbucks uses the Dutch spelling on its coffee mugs. We learned these 17 interesting facts about Ghent before and during our late May visit to Belgium. Buildings along the Leie river in the city center of Ghent, Belgium. 1. Ghent began as a settlement at the confluence of the Scheldt and Leie Rivers in the Middle Ages, although archaeological discoveries date human presence in the region back to…
 
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    The Planet D: Canada's Adventure Couple

  • Choosing Travel Freedom over the New York Rat Race

    Dave and Deb
    3 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    The phone call came on a Thursday afternoon. I was a restaurant manager, prepping for another brutal night of service in New York City. Our book overflowed with reservations, a visit by a celebrity needed to be finalized, the phone was ringing off the hook and I was staring at a precariously stacked wine delivery, waiting to be brought to the basement wine cellar. I paused from the chaos, took a seat at the bar and answered the call. The Phone Call the Changed My Life My wife Julie was on the line. She told me that her company wanted her to relocate to London to manage a global client…
  • Travel Gear Review: Pacsafe Travel Tote, Plus Save 15% at TravelSmith

    Dave and Deb
    1 Jul 2015 | 2:01 am
    Welcome to our new monthly feature, the travel gear spotlight. We are very excited to announce our new partnership with TravelSmith joining their talented team of travel advisors. The TravelSmith Travel Advisors are a well-traveled group of experts including TV travel celebrity Samantha Brown, published authors Lynne and Tim Martin and award-winning travel show host Christine van Blockland. We’ll be writing about our travels and sharing our tips on the TravelSmith blog each and every month, but we’re also going to be testing some great TravelSmith travel gear and spotlighting our…
  • Surprising South Dakota – 8 Amazing Things to See and Do

    Dave and Deb
    29 Jun 2015 | 8:12 am
    To be honest, we didn’t know the first thing about South Dakota. So when we got an email inviting us to come and take Instagram photos of its top attractions we were intrigued. Surprising South Dakota South Dakota was surprising in so many ways. From its amazing sunsets to the beautiful landscapes. South Dakota Surprised us. We never knew there were so many things to see and do here. Did you know that South Dakota is home to one of America’s greatest monuments? And the landscape is also a lot more than just prairies and farmland. I expected to see flat monotonous terrain, but…
  • The Penthouse of Cap sa Sal – Vacation like Hollywood Royalty

    Dave and Deb
    27 Jun 2015 | 2:00 am
    It was a last minute change in our schedule. We were already staying in a luxury Spanish Villa near the town of Pallafrugel, Costa Brava when owner Richard asked us if we wanted to check out a new property he had just acquired in the Coastal village of Cap Sa Sal. Richard owns and operates one of the most popular vacation apartment rental companies in Costa Brava and his properties are to die for. Never ones to turn down and opportunity to stay somewhere new, we packed our bags and drove up the coast to a seaside location just outside the town of Begur. Cap Sa Sal is an old high rollers…
  • 5 Unexpected Reasons to Visit Venezuela

    Dave and Deb
    26 Jun 2015 | 2:00 am
    Venezuela, the kidnap-capital of the world. Spiralling inflation, armed gangs of protestors and police with a reputation to shoot first and ask questions later. A powder-keg waiting to explode. A destination for only the suicidal or the foolish Or at least that is what I had been expecting… Vast Landscape of Venezuela Why Go to Venezuela? Everybody I had met had told me that to visit Venezuela was point blank stupid. I had been travelling for six months, winding my way down Central America and into Colombia, getting ever closer. The whole time I had been on the look out for someone,…
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    Whiskey Tango Globetrot

  • What’s in my Bag: Must-have travel tech gear

    Spencer Spellman
    1 Jul 2015 | 7:17 am
    Apart from the questions of where someone should travel to, the most frequently asked questions I get are about packing. How much do you pack? Checked baggage or carry-on? What tech do you travel with? So what’s in my bag? Well a bag of Swedish Fish, a couple Clif Bars (white chocolate macadamia nut, obviously), whitey tighties….Oh, you want to know what travel gear I travel with? Got it! Well this week I’ve teamed up with Verizon again. Yes, that Verizon, who had the “Can you hear me now guy” (whatever happened to him?). Today, in my own town of Los Angeles, Verizon is opening…
  • 10 of the Best Summer Cocktail Recipes

    Spencer Spellman
    29 Jun 2015 | 9:36 am
    It’s that time of year again. Yes, it probably is time for you to change your air filters, but that’s not what I’m talking about here. For our purposes, it’s time for another seasonal cocktail menu and recipe post. Summer is full-on right now in Los Angeles. The 90-degree days are back, June Gloom (yes, that’s thing in Southern California) is burning off, and it’s time to dust off the punch bowls. I recently came at you with seven of my favorite summer bourbon cocktails, while today is a general cocktail recipe round-up of 10 of my favorite…
  • 40 Non-Touristy Things to Do in Hollywood

    Spencer Spellman
    23 Jun 2015 | 9:57 am
    Alright, I get it, everyone loves to hate on Hollywood. And I can’t say that I blame them. You’ve got a bunch of superhero look-alikes (that aren’t that look-alike), there’s tons of traffic, no parking, crappy star home tours, and mediocre food. Let’s just call a spade a spade. However, some of the best and coolest things are in Hollywood. No, seriously. Did you know that Hollywood is part of a network of 400+ hidden stairs that connected Los Angeles in the 1900s? Or that you can see a $5 improv show on the same stage that the likes of Jon Favreau, Jason…
  • Bucket List Trip: A Quebec Food and Drink Road Trip

    Spencer Spellman
    20 Jun 2015 | 8:40 am
    If you could take one trip, and it was the last trip you could ever take to a specific destination, where would you go and what would you do? That’s the question I asked myself recently when orchestrating a trip to Southern Africa. So when I recently met some Ontario travel experts, and was then asked by Travel Mindset to put together a bucket list itinerary to Quebec, it only seemed appropriate to follow that same train of thought. Naturally, it would have to be food and drink themed. Duh. Who wants to come with me? My only requirement is that you have some French up your sleeve, because…
  • Photo Essay: A Tour in Photos of Chobe National Park in Botswana, Africa

    Spencer Spellman
    16 Jun 2015 | 10:09 am
    It was just a month ago this week that I was in the bush of Africa at Botswana’s Chobe National Park. Never in my life have I had such a short trip that affected me the way that those five days in Botswana did. Today I was flooded with memories as I edited photos, from the all-female staff of guides I met at Chobe Game Lodge to watching a herd of Cape buffalo cross the Chobe River to watching lions stalk their prey to the locals I met, such as Albert, a 30-year veteran of Chobe Game Lodge who has championed it as one of the top eco-friendly hotels in Africa. I’ve been struggling…
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    Wandering Educators

  • Finding Unexpected Joy in Turkey

    Dr. Jessie Voigts
    2 Jul 2015 | 5:41 pm
    Categories: Best OfTravelingBody: I never expected to be able visit Turkey. Although everyone I knew that had been loved it, they all said how they thought it was too inaccessible for me. You see, I can't walk much because of my disabilities, and generally use a wheelchair scooter to get around if we don't have our car handy. So how could I travel to Turkey, where the buildings are so ancient that accessibility isn’t really an option? I saw photos, I heard stories and travel tales, I tasted fresh Turkish delight and made gozleme. I hung evil eyes (gifts from loved ones), and read…
  • The International Crane Foundation

    Dr. Jessie Voigts
    2 Jul 2015 | 8:52 am
    Categories: Best OfStoriesBody: When I was flying back from Turkey last month, I hit the jackpot with my seatmate. Aysen Erdil is a lovely woman - and co-founder of Turna symbiosis dernegi, the Turkish partner of the International Crane Foundation. I can't wait to share more of her story - look for it this year! Aysen recommended that I talk with George Archibald, the co-founder of the International Crane Foundation. Aysen was flying to Baraboo, Wisconsin, to meet with George - and her enthusiasm was infectious! My parents have a large farm and farmland, where sandhill cranes come…
  • Accidental Poetry: Improve Your English Through Creative Writing

    Dr. Jessie Voigts
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:32 am
    Categories: LanguageLearningBody: I recently discovered a GENIUS book that offers a new way to teach English. Penned by Lisa Lieberman Doctor (one of our editors here on Wandering Educators!), this book is both simple and complex. Why is it so genius? Teaching English isn’t easy, and languages are fickle creatures, full of idiosyncrasies, twists and turns, and odd rules. But learning languages is so important – perhaps one of the most important things (in addition to travel) we can do to learn about people, cultures, and the world. By adding creative writing into the mix, this…
  • #StudyAbroadBecause I Learned To Strive

    Lin Yuhan
    1 Jul 2015 | 6:44 am
    Categories: Best OfStoriesBody: Shevan Abdulla is from Kirkuk, Iraq. He has been in the U.S. for almost a year now. He studies Political Science, and has just graduated from University of Pittsburgh in April. He plans to go back to Iraq in August.  What motivated your decision to come to the U.S.? My Dad just moved to the United States and my sibling joined him as a family after he described to us the differences between the US and Iraq. I am still considered as an exchange student.  What has your experience been like so far? I had an exceptional experience. I studied Political…
  • The Idiom Game

    Lisa Doctor
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:28 am
    Categories: LanguageLearningBody: Several years ago, while teaching creative writing for three months in a small village in Spain, I was made to feel welcome by a wonderful group of people who were native to the town. Every Saturday night, more than twenty men and women would arrive at the farmhouse my husband and I were renting, each of them carrying a tray of their favorite foods. There was pa amb oli—bread with olive oil, the signature Catalan appetizer; tombet, a casserole of tomatoes, eggplant and potatoes; bean stew; Spanish tortillas made with egg, potatoes and onions;…
 
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  • Currumbin Sanctuary or Paradise Country Farm

    1 Jul 2015 | 5:08 pm
    Hi Annie, My family (2 adults & 1 child, 5 yrs old) is going to Brisbane & Goldcoast next week. If we only have 1 day to visit either Currumbin Sanctuary
  • Website Under Renovations

    26 May 2015 | 6:51 pm
    This website is currently undergoing renovations to make it more consistent across mobile, tablet and desktop computers. During this time of renovations, you may see different styles of pages, as we work through and convert to the new format. Sorry for any inconvenience or confusion caused during this time. If you are patient, I think you will find the final style much easier to navigate and use. As always, appreciate your support, please let me know if anything doesn't work for you. Many thanks for your patience. Annie
  • Common VIP Pass Questions For Gold Coast Theme Parks

    22 May 2015 | 9:13 pm
    Check this FAQ for commonly asked Gold Coast Theme Park VIP Pass questions...
  • Gold Coast Theme Park Passes Explained

    28 Apr 2015 | 8:23 pm
    Do you get as confused as I do about Gold Coast theme park passes and tickets? This should help including the latest deals...
  • Passes For Unlimited Entry to DreamWorld and SeaWorld

    17 Mar 2015 | 12:07 am
    Passes For Unlimited Entry to DreamWorld and SeaWorld I am wondering if there is a pass I can get to go to Dreamworld and Seaworld unlimited entry over
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    Fun Tour Guru Goes Off the Beaten Path

  • Fun Activities on the Streets of San Francisco CA

    Meet Donna W
    10 Jun 2015 | 10:44 am
    Fun on the back streets of San Francisco: GoCars Of course this day activity was on an unusual March day in San Francisco which included almost every type of weather - fog, rain, clouds, and even a touch of sun - within a duration of 2-3 hours.  We were lucky  to be without snow driving over the hills.  I believe these weather elements actually created the best memories!This is an unusual way to explore the side streets away from the traffic after you take a sightseeing tour.  Driving solo is fun in these cars, going on a group GoCar tour with their guided GPS is…
  • San Francisco Chinatown: Walk Down the Alleys

    Meet Donna W
    8 May 2015 | 5:09 pm
    I am organizing many files and editing images (this is a huge project!) and I came across two fun off the beaten path pictures of San Francisco I am excited to share with everyone now.  San Francisco Chinatown is one of the largest Chinatowns outside of Asia as well as one of the oldest Chinatowns in North America. Of course, it is one of the top tourist attractions in San Francisco.Do you know?   You should walk down the several small alleys located in Chinatown. Insiders Secret:  My favorite is Ross Alley.  Ross Alley is the oldest alley in San Francisco. It…
  • How to Find Unusual Holidays and Christmas Vacations Around the World: Dresden, Germany

    Meet Donna W
    25 Dec 2014 | 11:09 am
    Sometimes you have to go to faraway places and experience for yourself.   Dresden, Germany is a very special place! Dresden in December - Germany by DWHappy Holidays! Frohe Weihnachten! Merry Christmas!  Feliz Navidad! Joyeux Noël! Καλά Χριστούγεννα! Buon Natale! (and to each individual celebration! What is yours?)I am grateful to have the chance to dive into some local communities and learn how others experience everyday things.  Don't forget to smile ... thank you. Remember, "You really never leave a place you love; Part of it you take with you,…
  • Unusual Christmas Festivities and Spirit in the Streets of Hamelin, Germany

    Meet Donna W
    8 Oct 2014 | 9:19 pm
    I am sharing a special treat today from another traveler and author, Carrie Buchert, who shares her favorites off the beaten path discovering Christmas Festivities in the streets of this small town community, Hamelin, Germany, full of holiday spirit.  Experience the Christmas Festivities and Spirit in the Streets of Germany By Carrie Buchert, Author  The German Christmas markets are world renowned because of their dedication to authentic traditions and celebration. Commercialization has taken hold of the rest of the world but it seems that only in the traditional German…
  • My Day at the Moffett Field Historical Society Museum and Hangar One, Mountain View CA

    Meet Donna W
    23 Sep 2014 | 4:27 pm
    In the middle of our region - between the 49ers Levi’s Stadium, Google Headquarters and the Computer History Museum is another Silicon Valley landmark we pass by every day on Highway 101 that is currently going through transition. From my Silicon Valley archives ... 2001 to 2003 DWestYesterday I asked the question about this familiar landmark we pass by daily and I received this fun answer from the actual "landmark".   Perhaps buildings do talk!Me. MT @Lighthouse_Tour:  fave things to do SiliconValley:  http://t.co/jhg2nd06Ng Spend time at unusual museum at Moffett…
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    Maiden Voyage

  • A guide to travel accessories

    Johnny
    17 Jun 2015 | 11:06 am
    Most of us don’t give two thoughts about the many travel accessories available to us when going on holiday; however these small and essential travel accessories can make the difference between a good holiday and a great holiday. And now with the explosion of online holiday accessories shops like Urbane Traveller means no last minute dash around the shops to buy foreign adapter plugs or flip flops. There are many useful accessories available on the market, making life easier whilst on your holiday whether on a fantastic beach holiday or a more local camping holiday. Knowing what to take for…
  • Malaga’s Best Restaurants

    admin
    11 Jun 2015 | 3:01 pm
    Malaga is famous for its stunning seaside location. People who love fresh seafood will really be spoiled for choice with the range of terrific dishes that are just waiting to be sampled. Malaga is one of our favourite destinations here at Holiday Taxis, so here is a selection of Malaga’s best seafront restaurants. Andrés Maricuchi This is without doubt one of the most popular seafood restaurants in the whole of Malaga. Not only does it offer an excellent range of fresh seafood dishes, the ocean view that diners are treated to is also absolutely stunning. This restaurant is very popular…
  • Sharing Your Travel Photos with Friends

    Johnny
    10 Jun 2015 | 10:36 am
    Postcards remain a timeless classic, rendering a simple yet impeccably meaningful gift that never fails to bring a smile on anyone’s face, and at what cost? All it takes is a little note amidst a beautiful scenery and a stamp. However, it’s one of the simple joys in life that’s often overlooked, especially in today’s modern world with almost everyone living a fast-paced lifestyle. Come to think of it, when was the last time you actually sent one? Maybe, it has crossed your mind but it just didn’t happen. Well, now you can, and have it done with great ease! With…
  • Lonely lone travel? No way!

    Johnny
    10 Jun 2015 | 7:49 am
    If you have the chance to go away on holiday, no matter who with or how, I believe you should take the chance. I’m not suggesting you disappear for a couple of weeks with a stranger, but if you find you’re offered the opportunity to go away with a family friend, or a group, then go! On the flip side, if you fancy heading off on your own for a week or so, again, go! I say this because I recently found myself in a situation that was basically go away alone, or don’t go away at all. I was umming and ahhing about this situation for a while, because I was worried about lone travel as a…
  • Europe’s Top Five Sights

    Johnny
    6 Jun 2015 | 11:27 am
    European countries consistently dominate the ‘Most Visited Countries in the World’ rankings each year, with France, Spain, the UK, Germany and Italy often featuring towards the top of the list and it’s easy to see why. European cities offer world class sights combined with wonderful hotels. European history stretches back millenia, the food is amongst the most delicious cuisines to be found anywhere on the planet and let’s not forget the wine! But deciding where to visit in Europe is a wonderful dilemma to have. Summer in Europe means gorgeous weather, amazing…
 
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    Context Travel Blog

  • Urban Archaeology: Stories from the Birth of Berlin

    Natalie Holmes
    5 Jul 2015 | 12:51 pm
    Most narratives about the birth of Berlin go back to the 13th century, when the city was officially founded. But for thousands of years before that time, history was being played out on the soft, swampy land on which the city stands today. Join us on a visual tour through our brand new urban archaeology walk, which, in the company of an experienced archaeologist, takes participants back to a time when hunter-gatherers roamed the area. Strolling through Mitte–the former center of East Berlin– we locate and discuss sites and structures that reveal much about the city’s…
  • Murano Glass, Forgery, and Karma

    Luisa Grigoletto
    30 Jun 2015 | 4:22 am
    Walking down the fabled streets of Murano, the glow of molten glass seems to emanate from every other doorway, beckoning boatloads of tourists like a warm hearth in winter. So it’s a shock to many of them when they learn that much of the glass they bought in local shops wasn’t made in Murano at all. Millefiori Plaque, Venice, Giovanni Battista Franchini, 1846, Courtesy of Glass Museum of Murano According to Promovetro, a consortium of authentic Murano glass blowers, 70% of the objects sold as Murano glass are in fact counterfeit, made in places such as China, as well as factories…
  • The Colorful Streets of Rio’s Santa Teresa

    Amber Daniela Nelson
    25 Jun 2015 | 3:54 am
    Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is home to thriving cultural traditions like Samba, Bossa Nova and Carnival. However it also houses a rich collection of early 20th century architectural wonders. Of all the neighborhoods which contain some of this architectural past, it is the Santa Teresa neighborhood, covered on our Bohemian Rio walk, where these treasures are being preserved, renovated and passed-down from generation to generation most. The neighborhood is undergoing an artistic renaissance, with new art studios, cultural centers, bars and restaurants. These creative endeavors, combined with the…
  • Cézanne and Provence: Our Top 6 Sites

    Jaimie Evoy
    18 Jun 2015 | 8:38 am
    Although Paul Cézanne spent the majority of his life in Aix en Provence and is today, arguably, its most celebrated artist, Cézanne’s work wasn’t always appreciated by locals or even the art world itself. In fact, he would only begin to gain critical acclaim for his art shortly before his death with the city only acquiring an original Cézanne, for a significant price, posthumously. Cézanne’s deep connection with Aix and the Provençal region was the basis for our recently launched Cezanne and Aix walk. In celebration we share some of the top Cézanne sites in Provence: 1. His…
  • Colony to Nation, an American History Crash Course for Families

    Carolyn Macuga
    15 Jun 2015 | 1:40 am
    Is your family traveling to Philadelphia this summer to learn more about the American Revolution and the birth of the United States? A client recently asked us to put together a crash course on early American history for their elementary and middle school kids to help prepare them for the upcoming school year. So, we huddled with our local experts on 18th century American history and art, and crafted a fun, immersive experience that explores such iconic and authentic sites as Independence Hall, the home of the first mayor of Philadelphia, and the oldest Quaker Meeting House still in use, has…
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    Grantourismo

  • Burmese Cuisine and the Culinary Complexities of Countries

    Terence Carter
    28 Jun 2015 | 10:17 pm
    One of the real delights of travelling around Myanmar is the opportunity a trip affords to sample the array of cuisines that are cooked right across the ethnically diverse country, from Burmese cuisine to the cuisines of the Shan, Chin, Kachin, and Rakhine states to... The post Burmese Cuisine and the Culinary Complexities of Countries appeared first on Grantourismo.
  • Contemporary Australian Cuisine, Food Worth Flying For

    Lara Dunston
    28 Jun 2015 | 7:18 am
    It was good to see Australian restaurants on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list again. Australia’s distinctive contemporary Australian cuisine is best exemplified in the inventive dishes served in its best restaurants, where in recent decades a unique form of fusion cuisine has emerged, rooted in Australia’s multicultural heritage, global flavours and... The post Contemporary Australian Cuisine, Food Worth Flying For appeared first on Grantourismo.
  • The World’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards as Insider Advice

    Terence Carter
    27 Jun 2015 | 6:50 am
    There appears to have been a lot of sour grapes about the World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards from people who really don’t know how the awards work, are disgruntled because they’ll never be on the list or run the risk of slipping off the list, or... The post The World’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards as Insider Advice appeared first on Grantourismo.
  • The World’s 50 Best Restaurants List and Why It Matters

    Lara Dunston
    26 Jun 2015 | 12:29 am
    Industry awards, annual polls and best lists are often controversial. Few more so than the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list announced in London earlier this month*. Conversations on social media and in the comments of mainstream media sites in the days and weeks following have... The post The World’s 50 Best Restaurants List and Why It Matters appeared first on Grantourismo.
  • The Road to Mandalay — Yangon to Mandalay By Train

    Terence Carter
    11 May 2015 | 12:31 am
    We’re nearing the end of a month in Myanmar — a month filled with the sort of travelling experiences we relish that are increasingly rare in a rapidly developing Southeast Asia. We’ll be sorry to see it come to an end. We kicked off our... The post The Road to Mandalay — Yangon to Mandalay By Train appeared first on Grantourismo.