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  • TSA Week in Review – Knife Discovered in Enchilada, 41 Loaded Firearms, and More

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    Bob Burns (TSA Blog Team)
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:11 pm
    <!--[if gte mso 9]> Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 <![endif]--> Discovered at (DAL) Checkpoint - 3 Loaded Magazines in Case, But Firearm Was Not Loaded <!--[if gte mso 9]>
  • Spain Travel Guide

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    Welcome Rentals
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:33 am
    An epic land, Spain is about sophistication and passion. It is a mixed bag of tradition and culture. No other country is as diverse as the Spanish territory is. And a vacation in this magnifying tourist destination is like voyaging the Almighty’s heavenly abode. The country is solemnly dedicated to … Continue readingThe post Spain Travel Guide appeared first on Welcome Rentals.
  • Tips for Driving on the Wrong Side of the Road

    Wanderlust and Lipstick
    Beth Whitman
    4 Apr 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Two weeks after taking a job at a tech company in 2000, I was sent to Australia with my boss, Peter, and a colleague, Holly, to meet with some photographers who were going to help us launch a website in time for the Olympics. Two weeks into a job is not a long time to get to know your traveling companions but we were all genial folks and ready for an adventure. We were just cresting the tech bubble and used to the wild ride of those days. Peter wanted to rent a car so we could get around a bit. But never having driven on the “wrong” side of the road before, he was, well, a bit out…
  • Will you find these new seats on your favorite airline? Feed
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:15 am
    The 2014 Aircraft Interiors Expo showcased a wide range of designs for airplane interiors.
  • Travel Legends: Q + A With Paul Theroux

    Intelligent Travel
    Leslie Trew Magraw
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:46 pm
    Paul Theroux has been charming readers–and rooting out surprising adventures in far-flung places–for more than half a century. Known for his fondness for train travel, love-hate relationship with Africa, and literary panache, the veteran travel writer and novelist, now 73, continues to share his global insights with the world. Theroux’s most recent book, The Last Train to Zona Verde, may seem like a fitting bookend to the book that kickstarted his career, but I have a feeling we’ll be hearing from this literary legend for years to come. When Theroux stopped by…
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  • In Transit Blog: A Beer Vacation Is On Tap in Chicago

    18 Apr 2014 | 2:03 pm
    Lagunitas Brewing Company, which will open a facility in Chicago in May, is partnering with the JW Marriott in the city for a “Beercation” travel package.
  • My European Ritual

    18 Apr 2014 | 12:59 pm
    What compels people to return to the same place or experience repeatedly? Answers from nine writers take you to Athens and Berlin, Paris and Granada — and beyond.
  • Pursuits : Stone Lifting as Sport in the Basque Country

    18 Apr 2014 | 11:27 am
    Rural sports like wood chopping, hay bale tossing and stone lifting are part of a cultural fabric that’s still visible today.
  • Q&A: Biking Hercules’ Way in France

    18 Apr 2014 | 11:27 am
    The historian Graham Robb contends that the ancient route follows the course of the sun at the solstices. Regardless of his theory, the rugged path is a perfect for cycling.
  • Your European Rituals

    18 Apr 2014 | 11:22 am
    From England to Iceland, Barcelona to Warsaw, here are special spots Times readers like to visit more than once.
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  • I Heart My National Park: Yellowstone

    I Heart My National Park
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:54 am
    There are few people living who know Yellowstone better than Jeremy Schmidt. The Jackson Hole-based writer and photographer has spent 40 years as a ranger, “winterkeeper,” and guide in the park. The author of more than a dozen books, Schmidt is a long-time contributor to National Geographic magazine, and a popular trip leader and expert for National Geographic Expeditions. Here’s his insider’s guide to America’s very first national park. Yellowstone is My National Park  Autumn is the best time to visit because large animals like elk and bison are in their prime…
  • Travel Legends: Q + A With Paul Theroux

    Leslie Trew Magraw
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:46 pm
    Paul Theroux has been charming readers–and rooting out surprising adventures in far-flung places–for more than half a century. Known for his fondness for train travel, love-hate relationship with Africa, and literary panache, the veteran travel writer and novelist, now 73, continues to share his global insights with the world. Theroux’s most recent book, The Last Train to Zona Verde, may seem like a fitting bookend to the book that kickstarted his career, but I have a feeling we’ll be hearing from this literary legend for years to come. When Theroux stopped by…
  • Road Tripping the Florida Keys

    Annie Fitzsimmons
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:10 pm
    I set off from Miami without an agenda. I was headed south to Key West on the famous Overseas Highway and wanted to let serendipity lead the way. With only a short amount of time on my hands, I didn’t want to be saddled with an endless list of to-dos. Here’s what I found on my road trip through this idiosyncratic island paradise: > Coral Castle Museum The drive from Miami to Key Largo is generally uneventful, but you can veer off and stop at the Coral Castle Museum, a roadside curiosity borne of one man’s brilliant eccentricity. Ed Leedskalnin reportedly spent 28 years of…
  • I Heart My City: Sharada’s Hyderabad

    I Heart My City
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:42 pm
    When Sharada Annamaraju moved to Hyderabad as a teenager, it wasn’t exactly love at first sight. But time and distance can change a person. Eight years (and one language learned) later, she decided to give the capital of Andhra Pradesh in southern India another chance. This time, sparks flew, and she isn’t leaving anytime soon. Here are a few of Sharada’s favorite things about the place she calls home. Follow Sharada on Twitter at @suitcaseindian Hyderabad is My City When someone comes to visit me, the first place I take them is to the Old City to get a crash course on…
  • #NGTRadar: Travel Lately

    Intelligent Travel
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:02 am
    The Radar–the best of the travel blogosphere–is a regular feature on Intelligent Travel every other Wednesday. You can play, too. Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTravel and tag your favorite travel stories #NGTRadar to help us find the crème de la crème on the Web. Here are our latest picks: When you hear the phrase “capital city,” you may picture skyscrapers, shutter-bugging tourists, and frenetic workaday hordes. None of those stereotypes ring true in Vientiane. And that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. The beautiful wats and laid-back pace of Laos’ biggest…
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    Hawaii Vacation Blog

  • The Unique Personalities of the Hawaiian Islands

    Lauren Rolland
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:18 am
    If you have never traveled to Hawaii before, then it can be time consuming to try and figure out which island is The post The Unique Personalities of the Hawaiian Islands appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Embrace Hawaii’s Local Culture, and Be Embraced

    Bruce Fisher
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:56 pm
    When on vacation anywhere, the quality of your stay is determined in large part by the quality of your interactions with the The post Embrace Hawaii’s Local Culture, and Be Embraced appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Hawaii Stargazing Made Easy

    Bruce Fisher
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:51 am
    When the skies are clear, the vast tapestry of celestial bodies visible to the naked eye is a wonder to behold. The The post Hawaii Stargazing Made Easy appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Annual Spam Jam comes To Waikiki

    Bruce Fisher
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:28 am
    We all know what it is… the beach, the warm, year-round climate, the tropical scenery, the laid back lifestyle of the locals. The post Annual Spam Jam comes To Waikiki appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Off the beaten path tours offered by the Board Water Supply

    Bruce Fisher
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:30 pm
    The same geology that gives Hawaii its staggering natural beauty is also the natural force that gives these islands the supply of The post Off the beaten path tours offered by the Board Water Supply appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
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  • How to pull a car out of a lake

    Rory Moulton
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:19 pm
    No fancy diesel-powered winch or pulley system needed. Oh, no. Just a few Russian dudes, some thick-ass ice, and an ingenious…well, watch the video to find out. The post How to pull a car out of a lake – Russian style appeared first on Matador Network.
  • Australians have the longest sex, according to this map [infographic]

    Katka Lapelosa
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:00 pm
    AND THEY SAY the French make the best lovers. Maybe that’s still true, but it doesn’t prevent Americans from living in one of the most sexually active countries in the world, trumped only by Australia as far as the average length of intercourse is concerned (although 4:02 minutes isn’t something to brag about…). This infographic, created by sex-tracking app Spreadsheets, compiled information collected from over 13,000 users in 133 countries, to see which places had the most sex, and for how long (only intercourse was taken into consideration; length of foreplay was…
  • Stirling: Castle of the Velvet Penis

    Bull Garlington
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    It was raining when we arrived at Castle Rock, the ancient mound of gravel and dirt upon which Stirling Castle sits. I was over-napped, exhausted from staring out a rain-streaked window all day, and ready for some medieval action. I wanted high vaulted ceilings, locals in period costumes, and a rousing story of the stabbings, beheadings, battles, and film crews that have haunted this magnificent storybook palace for centuries. My entire family stepped off the bus, umbrellas held high; I took my mother’s hand to help her down, beaming with pride at having brought her all the way from Alabama…
  • Getting green energy via balloons

    Matt Hershberger
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Last week, reports came out that the Carteret Islanders of Papua New Guinea, the world’s first official climate-change refugees, had left their island home for good. The island is expected to be totally underwater by 2015. This milestone was yet another reminder that we desperately need to switch over to greener, renewable energy sources. One of the most popular energy sources, wind energy, is often derided because a) it’s ugly, b) it can cause serious harm to local birds who fly into the turbine blades and get hurt or killed, and c) wind doesn’t blow all the time, so…
  • 9 worst types of Argentine men

    Verónica Roselló
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    Photo: rei-san The Soccer Fan / El Futbolero This is the guy who yells “¡Dale Boca, dale campeón!” every time he has an orgasm. For him there is no life without fútbol. His football club is tattooed somewhere on his body. And he may not remember your name, but he doesn’t forget what your team was. The most important detail: If his team loses, he falls into a deep depression that can last for several weeks. The Chanta The Chanta is the worst of the worst: He’s a liar, a trickster, a cheater, and yet charming and friendly. Any violation of the law or bending of…
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    Wanderlust and Lipstick

  • 24 Hours in Portland, Oregon

    Beth Whitman
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:13 am
    I’m embarrassed to admit that I don’t get down to Portland nearly as often as I would like. It’s only three hours from Seattle, however, it seems like it’s easier for me to find time to fly to Bangkok than to drive to PDX. Portland is smaller and more laid-back than Seattle, yet still a bustling metropolis with plenty to do and see. Portland’s arts and cultural scene serves up theaters, museums and venues galore. Its natural surroundings meld seamlessly with the city, which includes several large parks within its bounds worth exploring. And, perhaps most importantly, the city is…
  • Tips for Driving on the Wrong Side of the Road

    Beth Whitman
    4 Apr 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Two weeks after taking a job at a tech company in 2000, I was sent to Australia with my boss, Peter, and a colleague, Holly, to meet with some photographers who were going to help us launch a website in time for the Olympics. Two weeks into a job is not a long time to get to know your traveling companions but we were all genial folks and ready for an adventure. We were just cresting the tech bubble and used to the wild ride of those days. Peter wanted to rent a car so we could get around a bit. But never having driven on the “wrong” side of the road before, he was, well, a bit out…
  • Fun Facts About Honolulu

    Beth Whitman
    3 Apr 2014 | 7:45 am
    Apologies in advance to my friends on Oahu but I have to admit that when I visit your lovely island, I spend little time in Honolulu. While I have done some sightseeing in the city—including, of course, Pearl Harbor and the downtown galleries—like most people, I make a beeline to the beaches upon arrival. I can’t help it. Your beaches are beautiful! I figured, however, that there must be something more to the city than beaches, and certainly more than the few highlighted facts we know from travel magazine headlines. Here are some fun facts about Honolulu that I was delighted to…
  • This Month Win a Pair of Horny Toad Sea Change Shorts

    Beth Whitman
    1 Apr 2014 | 9:18 pm
    It’s nearly summertime, summertime sum sum summertime. Well, it felt like that for me last week when I was in Hawaii! It was fun to pull out my warm weather clothes and test out some new items, including these Horny Toad Sea Change Shorts. The first thing I noticed about them is how lightweight they are. Definitely great for hot climates (great because I’ll be in Bangkok and Bali soon enough). They’ve got a bit of stretch to them due to the Spandex alternative material. That material is also quick drying so if you get them wet at the pool or beach, they’re going to…
  • The (Travel) Glass Half Full

    Beth Whitman
    31 Mar 2014 | 9:00 am
    My life is so immersed in venturing off that it’s never occurred to me there would be people afraid to travel. Yes, maybe afraid to fly, but “travel?” As in pack a bag and get away for the weekend? I have such a hard time fathoming it. But I’ve now heard from enough people to know this is a real problem and that it has a name, hodophobia. Until a couple of years ago when I wrote a post about the fear of travel, I had no idea that this affliction existed. But it’s serious. Those with hodophobia are consumed by panic attacks, dry mouth, breathlessness, trembling…
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  • Cruise Deals: Top 2014 Alaska Cruises

    Martha Allen
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:16 am
    Alaska Cruise Deals for 2014 Dreaming of a trip to Alaska? You’re not alone; Alaska is on many bucket lists and is also one of the most popular destinations for a cruise vacation. As a true destination-oriented cruise, Alaska itineraries are heavy on ports and light on sea time comparatively speaking. And with so much to explore in Alaska, time in port is even more valuable. If you’ve been putting off actually booking that trip to Alaska, right now is a great time to book. There are some fantastic rates and specials available for a variety of cruises to Alaska this year – whether you…
  • Royal Caribbean GGG sale: Save up to $1,318 on Allure

    Rich Tucker
    13 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
      Each week, Royal Caribbean drops the price on select last-minute cruises departing 3 – 7 weeks out in the Going Going Gone Sale. I track these price drops to alert you to the best and to let you know exactly how much money you save by booking during the Going Going Gone Sale [GGG Sale].   This week, you can save up to $1,318 per double occupancy cabin on the Allure of the Seas [see below] How does the Going Going Gone Sale work? On Monday [4/14], these GGG sale rates below will be available to Royal Caribbean Crown and Anchor Members by call in only.  Crown and Anchor Members…
  • Cruise Deals: Last Chance for Free Drinks, Free Gratuities & More on Celebrity

    Martha Allen
    11 Apr 2014 | 7:02 am
    Celebrity Pick Your Perk Sale – Ends Tuesday, April 15th Looking for an all-inclusive experience on your cruise vacation? There are 5 days left to take advantage of Celebrity Cruise Line’s Pick Your Perk Sale where you get to choose from the FREE Adult beverage package [$98/day value], Free Gratuities, up to $300 onboard credit or up to $600 air credit! CLICK HERE for more details and to check out our top Celebrity cruise deals! How to take advantage of this sale: • Book an Ocean View stateroom or higher on any 4 Night or longer Celebrity cruise departing May 2014 – March 2015…
  • Cruise Deals: Transatlantic Cruises from $27 a day

    Martha Allen
    4 Apr 2014 | 7:22 am
    Transatlantic Cruise Deals Experienced cruisers know that some of the best cruise prices can be found on transatlantic or repositioning cruises. These unique “one-off” itineraries are the result of cruise lines’ moving their ships to different destinations for the new season. This is most common when ships move to Europe for the summer and back to the U.S. in the fall. While most transatlantic cruises feature long itineraries with a lot of time at sea, they often also feature some ports that are definitely off the beaten path and sometimes only available on a reposition. There is also…
  • 3 Royal Caribbean Spring Cruises with 3rd/4th Free!

    Rich Tucker
    3 Apr 2014 | 6:37 pm
    Royal Caribbean’s Kids Sail FREE sale may be over…. but we found 3 ‘secret’ sailings departing in April where the 3rd and 4th passengers are FREE! On top of the 3rd and 4th guests being FREE, the first two passengers rates are ridiculously inexpensive.  See below: $189 4-night Vision of the Seas + 3rd/4th Free:  Navigator of the Seas Departing Galveston, Texas: $509 per person for 1st/2nd passenger and the 3rd/4th are FREE! Adventure of the Seas, 4/13/14 This 7-night Caribbean Cruise  departing Miami has double occupancy cabins starting at $299 per person. The least…
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  • Photo Tour of the Geffyre Museum in London

    Karen Bryan
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:33 am
    I always like to visit less well known attractions when I’m in London. I had a look at what was within striking distance of the Travelodge London Bethnal Green and thought that the Geffyre Museum in Hoxton sounded interesting.The museum focuses on the history of the home over the last 400 years. It’s free to […]Photo Tour of the Geffyre Museum in London Tips on the best places to visit in Europe. Copyrighted content published on the Europe a la Carte Travel Blog.
  • Front Page Exhibition at Old Gala House in Galashiels

    Karen Bryan
    13 Apr 2014 | 11:35 pm
    The ‘Front Page’ exhibition of iconic magazine covers runs until 8 June 2014 at the Old Gala House museum and gallery in Galashields in the Scottish Borders. The exhibition is made more fun by the various related masks and head gear that you can wear.  Dalek cover on Radio Times Beth Ditto cover on NME  Margaret […]Front Page Exhibition at Old Gala House in Galashiels Tips on the best places to visit in Europe. Copyrighted content published on the Europe a la Carte Travel Blog.
  • Review of Colina Mar Apartments, Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria

    Karen Bryan
    10 Apr 2014 | 12:18 am
    We stayed at the Colina Mar Apartments in Puerto Rico in Gran Canaria for three nights in December 2013. The price for a one bedroom apartment for two adults on half board was £197. This worked out at under £66 a night. It’s  a very large apartment complex, making it confusing to find your way […]Review of Colina Mar Apartments, Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria Tips on the best places to visit in Europe. Copyrighted content published on the Europe a la Carte Travel Blog.
  • Visiting the Norwegian Fjords

    Karen Bryan
    4 Apr 2014 | 12:01 am
    The Norwegian fjords, featured in the video below, look so majestic and pristine. I haven’t been to Norway, but it’s on my ‘would love to visit’ list. The fjord region is ideal for hiking, cycling and kayaking. The Hardangerfjord, the second largest in Norway, stretches north-east from the Atlantic close to Bergen, up to […]Visiting the Norwegian Fjords Tips on the best places to visit in Europe. Copyrighted content published on the Europe a la Carte Travel Blog.
  • Review of Cosmo Restaurant in Edinburgh

    Karen Bryan
    3 Apr 2014 | 12:06 am
    I had lunch with one of our sons at the Cosmo Restaurant, beside Edinburgh’s Omni Centre, on a Friday in late February. We’d tried to have lunch there on a Saturday a couple of weeks earlier, after it’d been recommended on Twitter, but gave up when we saw the long queue to get a table. […]Review of Cosmo Restaurant in Edinburgh 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

  • The Worst Thing That Can Happen Rarely Does

    Chris Guillebeau
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:18 am
    Somewhere in my journey I learned an important lesson: whatever your location, you can choose to be at peace or you can choose to be anxious. I remember shivering in a tent in Zimbabwe, feeling miserable yet still excited about the adventure. I was on my own in a new part of the world, and I felt like a conquering (though cold) warrior. Taking the subway in Cairo during the hottest time of the year was disorienting and slightly scary, but I felt a surge of pride as I successfully navigated myself to the Pyramids. Small victories! Other times, I remember getting upset about inconsequential…
  • Consider the Dominoes

    Chris Guillebeau
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:05 am
    It’s not that you’re too busy, or that you’re doing too much. You’re known for taking on challenges and doing the impossible. You know your metrics. You take pride in your deadlines. You’ve built your name on striving, and you don’t like to let people down. You rise with the dawn, fortified by coffee and Greek yogurt. You work until mid-evening, looking forward to the occasional Knob Creek manhattan before returning to make just a little more progress on your goals. No, “getting shit done” isn’t your problem. You are the master of GSD.
  • A Quiet Dinner on the Beach By Yourself

    Chris Guillebeau
    10 Apr 2014 | 1:18 pm
    Last year for my birthday I went to Norway with 200 of my closest friends. Fun times! This year I went to Bali… by myself. It was a very different experience, but also good. Being alone is good for you—or at least, it’s good for me. I needed some time away to reflect and recharge. I don’t have 36 lessons for turning 36. (Those posts are easier to write when you’re 25, I think—though I did try one a couple years ago.) But even without the 36 lessons, I’m excited about the future. Pioneer Nation was great. As much work as it is to put on a big event, once it begins I’m…
  • The Magic Happens Backstage

    7 Apr 2014 | 8:02 am
    Ten days ago we produced Pioneer Nation, our new event for independent entrepreneurs. I was worn out afterwards, as is usually the case after such an endeavor, and headed to Southeast Asia for a few days of alone time. As I said in the short recap, it was a fantastic experience. I was tremendously proud of our team. In fact, that was my overriding thought as I boarded the Cathay flight to Hong Kong and beyond: Look at all these great people! They give so much. The backstage work supports the front-and-center work. Anyone who works backstage will tell you that much. They’re not there to be…
  • Pioneer Nation: We Did It!

    Chris Guillebeau
    3 Apr 2014 | 5:03 am
    One week ago we kicked off our inaugural event for solopreneurs, Pioneer Nation. Here’s a very short recap of how it went. You can see hundreds of other photos on my Flickr stream, and also check out a number of blog posts written by attendees (linked at the bottom of this post). We did it! It was a grand success, in large part because of the team who put it together and the attendees who traveled far and wide to come. We spent months planning everything about this event: designing mugs, planning workshops, recruiting speakers that we knew could bring it. And inviting you. As people…
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  • Aloha Friday Photo: Koko Head Hike View

    Sheila Beal
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:34 am
    Mahalo to Sharon Ferguson for sharing this gorgeous Oahu shot from Koko Head. Sharon took this photo while hiking to the top of Koko Head on October 31, 2013. We’ve never hiked Koko Head, though we’d like to do so someday. Per TripAdvisor, this hike is described as a very strenuous, but with scenes like this one that Sharon has shared, the views look like they are worth the effort. 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…
  • Hawaii vacation deals & news: April 15, 2014

    Sheila Beal
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:03 am
    * The 2014 Hawaii Entertainment coupon book is on sale for $10.40 plus $2.49 shipping through April 17, 2014. If you are going to Oahu and hoping to take in a luau, this coupon book can offer significant savings that will more pay for itself. See our discussion on this Hawaii coupon book for more information. * Oahu’s Polynesian Cultural Center is offering a 15% discount when booking 10 days or more ahead of your PCC visit. For more information, see this link. * TravelZoo is offering a couple of excellent travel vouchers. The five-star Mauna Lani Hotel on Hawaii, the Big Island, is on…
  • Aloha Friday Photo: Favorite place to sit and think

    Sheila Beal
    11 Apr 2014 | 6:53 am
    Mahalo to David Newbold for sharing this lovely Hawaii Island photo with us. David used to live on the Big Island, but he lives on the mainland now. He says this spot near Living Stones Church in Kona was his favorite place to sit and think. We can see why this was a favorite spot. Would you like to sit and think here for a while, too? Happy Aloha Friday! We’ve helped readers save lots of money on their Hawaii vacations! Please click here © Go Visit Hawaii – Republication of this entire post is prohibited without prior permission. Using extracts of less than 100 words is…
  • The 5 most unexpected landscapes of Hawaii

    Sheila Beal
    8 Apr 2014 | 4:49 am
    Thoughts of Hawaii conjure up scenes of white sandy beaches flanked by gently swaying palm trees, but the landscapes of the Aloha State are far more diverse. You know the expression not just a pretty face? Well, Hawaii’s not just a pretty beach. 1. Waimea Canyon on Kauai You may think you’ve suddenly been transported to the Grand Canyon when you see Waimea Canyon. Actually, this unexpected canyon has been dubbed the Grand Canyon of the Pacific. See our tips for getting there and exploring the area. 2. Kohala lava fields on Hawaii, the Big Island With Hawaii, the Big Island, being…
  • Aloha Friday Photo: Rainbow around Diamond Head

    Sheila Beal
    4 Apr 2014 | 6:01 am
    Mahalo to Cameron Brooks for sharing this incredible photo of a rainbow around Diamond Head! Cameron took this photo back in December 2013. What a day and sight that must have been! Happy Aloha Friday! © Go Visit Hawaii – Republication of this entire post is prohibited without prior permission. Using extracts of less than 100 words are permitted with full attribution and link back to Under no circumstances may any site scrape content automatically from our site or this RSS feed.
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  • Van Gogh in Vienna

    18 Apr 2014 | 4:08 am
    Van Gogh in Vienna I was rummaging trough my countless photo’s and found this one of many people queuing for a Van Gogh exhibition of the Albertina Museum in Vienna. It was December 7, 2008, the last day before the exhibition would close. It was a rainy day and I would hate to stand in a queue in the rain, but I remembered being proud and therefor taking the very photo: It was a Dutch painter they were all waiting for in the rain….Just reviving my What are you thinking about series… Van Gogh in Vienna is a post from: Happy Hotelier. Would you like to subscribe to my…
  • Obama: Truly Gezellig in The Hague

    2 Apr 2014 | 2:15 pm
    Truly Gezellig in The Hague I’ve seen some of the Nuclear Security Summit 2014 here in The Hague and took a bit of video and some photo’s at the final press conference where Obama thanked the Dutch for a well organized summit and showed he knows a Dutch word “Gezellig” that many English speaking people claim is not so easy to translate….My idea is that the following English words give some meaning to gezellig: Cozy, snug and intimate cover it more or less. After the press conference the president was induced to being photographed in front of the Victory Boogie…
  • Mandela on NSS 2014

    23 Mar 2014 | 2:24 pm
    Mandela on NSS 2014 “Hi, oh you didn’t know I would attend? Well that is quite easy, as I’m here for quite some time already. And see look down my left hand…they have some girls around that seemingly like to re enact that famous scene with Marilyn. You know which one I’m referring at, don’t you? Dutch gouvernment was proud to announce this was a business meeting, so the wifes would stay home. That made it much cheaper for them to organise this venue. Once a Dutchman, always a Dutchman don’t you think? As a consequence I heard the escort services are…
  • Wine and Water

    7 Mar 2014 | 3:14 am
    Wine and Water The French do believe in fairy tales: Their Wine Museum in Paris is located in the ….Water street (or more precisely the Ch. Dickens square…still named after a fairy tale writer) Wine and Water is a post from: Happy Hotelier. Would you like to subscribe to my newsfeed, or my weekly newsletter? Last update: Tuesday, April 1, 2014Wine and Water is a post from: Happy Hotelier. Would you like to subscribe to my newsfeed, or my weekly newsletter?
  • Wiener Schnitzel

    5 Mar 2014 | 6:18 am
    For these schnitzel I took a piece of pork. Many people find veal better for the real schnitzel. Me too, but for this one I liked to experiment with pork. First you dip both sides in flour. Then you dip both sides in egg. Some German gourmet friend of mine suggested to mix some cream through the egg. Will do that next time. Then dip the meat in the breadcrumbs. With family ties in Austria we tend to take the position the breadcrumbs have to come from Austria…. Finally the schnitzel sizzles in the pan. Use some kitchen paper to take away a bit of the butter before you serve them.
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  • Qatar Airways Launches The First All-Business Class Flights From Heathrow

    24 Mar 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Qatar Airways will launch the first premium all-business class service from London’s Heathrow airport to its Doha hub, starting on May 15. The Airbus A319 flight service will fly from Heathrow’s Terminal 4 daily at 9.55pm, while the service from Doha to Heathrow will depart daily at 2.50pm. As the first all-business class service to launch from the Middle East, Qatar Airways has fitted its
  • World Travel Awards

    17 Feb 2014 | 1:59 pm
    Established in 1993 to recognize, reward and celebrate exceptional services in various sectors of the tourism industry, the World Travel Awards is a globally recognized brand, marking a high standard of quality to which all tourist service brands aspire. 2013, marks WTA’s 20th anniversary.  The renowned programme delivers annual awards, and is considered to be the most exhaustive and
  • Airport Connect Renewed for 5 Years by Schipol Airport

    15 Jan 2014 | 4:13 am
    The first European airport to provide passenger processing with SITA’s AirportConnect Open platform was Schiphol airport in Amsterdam, which has recently renewed their contract for another five years. The future-proof SITA technology includes SIM-based NFC, which allows efficiency in moving through airport checkpoints via a reliable and secure link to passengers’ smartphones. With a simple
  • Eurostar To Launch London-Amsterdam

    10 Dec 2013 | 8:59 am
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  • P&O to launch UK's biggest ever cruise ship, Britannia

    13 Nov 2013 | 7:45 am
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  • 5 Reasons You Should Sail On The Norwegian Epic

    27 Mar 2014 | 12:58 pm
    My husband and I just returned home from a 7-day Caribbean cruise out of Miami, sailing on the Norwegian Epic.  This was our first experience with Norwegian and we had a great time!  Here are 5 reasons we think you should choose the Epic for your next cruise vacation: 1.Freestyle Dining- Norwegian Cruise Line offers a fabulous alternative to the traditional set seating times you find on other cruise ships.  It’s called Freestyle Dining, and it’s awesome.  You can choose from seven restaurants that are complimentary with your cruise purchase, and go eat there any time you want.  For…
  • Cocktails and Cooking Lessons at a Classic Southern Resort

    20 Mar 2014 | 6:39 am
    When my husband and I want a quick weekend getaway, one of favorite escapes is the Grand Hotel Marriott Resort, Golf Club & Spa in Point Clear, Alabama.  It’s about a thirty-minute drive from Mobile.  Apparently, we aren’t the only ones fond of this charming retreat.  The Historic Hotels of America named the Grand the Top Historic Hotel in the US in 2013. Originally opened on 1847, the resort was used as a hospital during the Civil War. Each afternoon (weather permitting) the hotel salutes the military with a  short patriotic procession on the grounds and the firing of a…
  • Romance in Ireland

    16 Mar 2014 | 11:45 pm
    What is a romantic escape? Does it really have to be about time with your significant other? Does is have to be a honeymoon trip or anniversary journey? Is it who you are with or is it about where you go? My affair with Ireland began before I visited this magical place. I read about it as a child, with stories of fairies and legends like The Blarney Stone. I read about the mists in history books and her heroes in my romance novels. When the offer was made to travel across the ocean and actually step foot on this island, I jumped at the chance to meet one of my crushes. My entire being began…
  • Vista Verde Guest Ranch: Rustic Luxury Defined

    13 Mar 2014 | 11:23 pm
    Living in Colorado makes it easy to spend a lot of time outdoors; you can often find my family on the slopes, by the soccer field or camping by a lively stream. Being “outdoorsy” is just our way of life. However, I never realized that doing the things I love outside and having a “luxury” vacation could intersect… boy, was I in for a glorious surprise! Vista Verde Guest Ranch is just north east of Steamboat Springs, Colorado; down a beautiful, windy road and over the Elk River. The 500+ acre ranch is a stunning piece of property, with horses running freely in the…
  • Everything is Golden with the Million Dollar Quartet

    13 Mar 2014 | 3:22 pm
    If there is one thing that has united the generations of my Southern family through the decades, it’s the love of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll … Mr. Elvis Presley. This love runs so deep I can vividly remember an oil painting of the King hanging prominently in my uncle’s living room. Memories of his music – and other music of that era – remind me of family gatherings and good ol’ fashioned quality time together. When the Million Dollar Quartet recently came through at the Denver Center for Performing Arts, I knew I had to take my…
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  • Travel Quote: Hans Christian Andersen on the Meaning of Travel

    Mike Richard
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:55 am
    Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. Photo remixed from original © Axel (on Flickr) The post Travel Quote: Hans Christian Andersen on the Meaning of Travel appeared first on Vagabondish.
  • Photo of the Moment: Lost in the Fog

    Mike Richard
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:43 am
    Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. © geir tonnessen The post Photo of the Moment: Lost in the Fog appeared first on Vagabondish.
  • New York City’s Library Hotel Promises You’ll “Never Go to Bed Alone”

    Mike Richard
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:28 am
    Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. A front desk framed by an expansive card catalog. A library of more than 6,000 books on offer to hotel guests. And it’s ranked #3 out of more than 450 hotels in, of all places, New York City. For these reasons alone, we were intrigued and excited to check out New York City’s Library Hotel. We had the pleasure of staying during our recent visit to Manhattan and we weren’t disappointed … The Skinny In their own words, Library Hotel: … is inspired by the Dewey Decimal system. Each of the 10 guestroom floors honor one of the…
  • When Camping Isn’t Just for Adventurous Travelers

    Amanda Kendle
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:12 am
    Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. Some people will flat out say that they will not camp while on vacation, but I’d urge everybody to reconsider. While I don’t need five star accommodations to be happy, I do rather like a comfy bed and a secure room. That’s not to say that I haven’t enjoyed a few camping trips over the years. Mixing up your style of travel can provide a whole new perspective on your destination and camping can be a fantastic way to deal with a small budget. If you’re intrigued by camping but don’t want to make too many compromises,…
  • Photo of the Moment: A Storm of Birds in Dwarka

    Mike Richard
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:04 am
    Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. © anurag agnihotri The post Photo of the Moment: A Storm of Birds in Dwarka appeared first on Vagabondish.
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    Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast

  • High Cathedral of Saint Peter – Trier, Germany – Daily Photo

    17 Apr 2014 | 8:21 pm
    The High Cathedral of Saint Peter in Trier, Germany is the oldest cathedral in Germany. The stones of it’s oldest section were laid under the supervision of Saint Helena, the mother of […] The post High Cathedral of Saint Peter – Trier, Germany – Daily Photo appeared first on Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast.
  • What Makes Good Travel Writing?

    16 Apr 2014 | 8:51 pm
    The Lede  “Don’t worry said the turbaned man, that snake around your daughters neck is not venomous.” That was the example sentence my instructor used to teach us the value of a […] The post What Makes Good Travel Writing? appeared first on Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast.
  • Alzette River Valley – Luxembourg City, Luxembourg – Daily Photo

    14 Apr 2014 | 6:16 pm
    Luxembourg City lies in a bend in the Alzette River, high on a bluff above the river. The river helped in defense of the city in previous days. Now it just gives […] The post Alzette River Valley – Luxembourg City, Luxembourg – Daily Photo appeared first on Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast.
  • Remembering 100 Years Since WWI in Flanders Field

    13 Apr 2014 | 7:33 pm
    Seeing my last name, Christensen, on one of the smooth white marble headstones gave me pause. Walking through the American Cemetery at Flanders Field, I was not expecting to discover some long […] The post Remembering 100 Years Since WWI in Flanders Field appeared first on Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast.
  • Artists on Montmartre – Paris, France – Daily Photo

    13 Apr 2014 | 10:05 am
    Montmartre is one of my favorite neighborhoods in Paris and it is street scenes like this that make it so. The post Artists on Montmartre – Paris, France – Daily Photo appeared first on Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast.
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    AOL Travel Ideas

  • Points of Interest: Prosecutors Seek Arrest Warrant for Captain of Capsized South Korean Ferry

    Zach Everson
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:36 am
    Filed under: News Associated PressCranes wait near buoys installed to mark the sunken ferry Sewol in the water off the coast near Jindo, South Korea on Friday. Prosecutors seeking an arrest warrant for the captain of the capsized South Korean ferry is among today's points of interest. "Prosecutors Seek Arrest Warrant for South Korea Ferry Captain as Death Toll Rises to 28" [Mashable] "Vice Principal Rescued From Sinking Ferry Found Hanged" [Gawker] "MH370: Underwater Drone Scans Ocean Floor for 5th Time; Frustration Builds" [CNN] "MH370: Undersea Search Could Cost a Quarter Billion Dollars,…
  • Boston Marathon Too Square for You? Try These 8 Fun Runs

    Diana Lambdin Meyer
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:21 am
    Filed under: Adventure Travel, Weird, Best Of Fur Rondy/Clark James Mishler Monday's Boston Marathon is certainly one of the more celebrated events for runners to show off their moxie. But if you're looking to travel for races that are more eclectic -- and at considerably less than marathon distances -- check out these crazy events around the country designed for athletes on two feet. Will run for food Forget medals, t-shirts and the sense of accomplishment that comes with many running events. These races reward with food -- none of which is healthy. In St. Catharine's, Ontario, The Chocolate…
  • Points of Interest: Search for Survivors of South Korea Ferry Disaster Continues

    Zach Everson
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:33 am
    Filed under: News Associated PressSouth Korean Coast Guard officers try to rescue missing passengers from a sunken ferry in the water off the southern coast near Jindo, south of Seoul, South Korea on April 17. The continuing search for survivors of the South Korea ferry is among today's points of interest. "Survivors of Korean Ferry Recall a Sharp Turn, Then Chaos" [New York Times] "Passenger Texts Mother From Ill-Fated South Korean Ferry: 'I Love You'" [Mashable] "Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370: Analysis of Indian Ocean Oil Slick Shows It Is Not from Missing Jet" [The Independent] "Flight…
  • Points of Interest: South Korea Ferry Sinks, Hundreds Missing

    Zach Everson
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:29 am
    Filed under: News Associated PressA helicopter and fishing boats try to rescue passengers from a passenger ship in water off the southern coast in South Korea on Wednesday A South Korean ferry sinking is among today's points of interest. "Hundreds Missing After South Korean Ferry Sinks" [New York Times] "Malaysia Airlines Missing Plane Underwater Search Cut Short By Technical Problems" [Huffington Post] "US Airways Explains How It Tweeted That Infamous Nude Photo" [Huffington Post] "Why Southwest Airlines Is Building Parks in Each of Its 90 Cities" [Gizmodo] "Man Sentenced to 18 Months in…
  • Points of Interest: Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 Searchers View China as 'Hurting as Much as Helping'

    Zach Everson
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:21 am
    Filed under: News Associated PressThis map from the Joint Agency Coordination Centre details the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. The search area for the missing has proved too deep for a robotic submarine, which was hauled back to the surface of the Indian Ocean less than halfway through its first seabed hunt for wreckage and the black boxes, authorities said. A New York Times report that China's actions in the search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 "are seen as hurting as much as helping" is among today's points of interest. "In Jet Search, China Is Viewed as More Hurt Than Help"…
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    We Said Go Travel

  • Rhododendrons for Luck in Nepal

    From Inspiration Travel Writing Contest
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:00 pm
    The gods must be cranky. “Sorry for picking the rhododendron, fellas. Truce, please?” I whispered my apology to the heavens and snuggled into the outcrop of Hinku Cave, a protective nook 3,000 meters and five days into Nepal’s notorious Annapurna Base Camp hike. In typical mountain fashion, the morning sky promised cerulean vistas and caressing breezes. Now, ominous clouds veiled all but mere meters in front of my nose, and I was shivering in my woolly layers. I pondered my options. Deurali, my night’s accommodation, perched on the next mountain pass. Thanks to my plastic gown, I…
  • The Green Heart in Italy

    From Inspiration Travel Writing Contest
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:00 pm
    The Green Heart After celebrating our wedding anniversary on a ten-hour flight to Rome, my husband and I are in Spoleto, Italy. Spoleto is located in the region of Umbria, known for its verdant hills and vineyards, and aptly called, the Green Heart of Italy. As anywhere, the east blooms with light in Spoleto. But here, the same sun wields an old master’s brush, suffusing transparent layers on the walled medieval hill town. Each morning when we awaken, one of us shouts out, We’re still in Italy!, as if a miracle keeps occurring in this place halfway around the earth. Our stay is for six…

    Rose Hipwood
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:24 pm
    FIRST TIME ON SAFARI IN THE KALAHARI Photo courtesy of Kalahari Plains Camp & Uncharted Africa Botswana safaris often revolve around the Okavango Delta, and it’s no surprise – but it was certainly the first time I ever saw the Kalahari which made me fall in love with this peaceful and welcoming country. Over 90% of Botswana is Kalahari, in fact a lesser known fact is that the Okavango Delta is still the Kalahari – so wherever you are in Botswana, you’ll always be in the Kalahari. Luxury safaris in Botswana will undoubtedly take you into the game rich water channels of the Delta…
  • Laos: Learning to Fly

    From Inspiration Travel Writing Contest
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    In many Asian cultures the age 25 is an unlucky one…and after a series of rather unfortunate events I was starting to believe it. As an absent-minded English teacher I forgot my wallet, passport included, on a hook in a Thailand squatty potty over one hundred kilometers from my out-of-country destination. After returning for it, and almost not making it to the border on time, I rushed to Huay Xai, Laos where the rest of my teacher crew were ever so patiently waiting for me. We were all about to fulfill a childhood dream by living in a jungle tree house, zip lining from tree to tree while…
  • Thinking about Lamma Island, Hong Kong

    From Inspiration Travel Writing Contest
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Photo Courtesy of A little bit of the country side in the city. That is how you can describe Lamma Island best. It’s one of the many islands of surrounding Hong Kong. It’s small and cozy. You can only reach it by a ferry from the Central Pier. When I took that thirty minute ferry ride, almost two years ago now, I arrived at a wonderful place: white sand, picture perfect beaches, palm trees, and an abundance of bright green plants and tree leaves surrounding me everywhere I went. But most of all, there was something about the relaxed, hippie-like atmosphere of Lamma Island that…
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  • My wife is in intensive care — what about her airline ticket?

    Christopher Elliott
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Thomas Hinrichs’ anniversary plans are derailed by a medical emergency. Can he change the name on his wife’s ticket and […] The post My wife is in intensive care — what about her airline ticket? appeared first on Elliott.
  • Verizon promised it wouldn’t charge an early termination fee, but it did

    Christopher Elliott
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Verizon promises Marie Steponovich won’t be charged an early termination fee when she moves to an area where the service […] The post Verizon promised it wouldn’t charge an early termination fee, but it did appeared first on Elliott.
  • Are hotels joining the fee-for-all party?

    Christopher Elliott
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Thanks for reading Elliott’s Email, my weekly email newsletter. Don’t forget, you can subscribe to my daily email newsletter here. […] The post Are hotels joining the fee-for-all party? appeared first on Elliott.
  • Get your free credit report right here (some restrictions apply)

    Christopher Elliott
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    If you aren’t familiar with the “free” credit report scam, then meet Brian Youngblood. One day while he was online, […] The post Get your free credit report right here (some restrictions apply) appeared first on Elliott.
  • Hey Royal Caribbean, where’s my refund?

    Christopher Elliott
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Today’s story of corporate intransigence comes to us courtesy of Royal Caribbean. At least it does if Kara McMonagle is […] The post Hey Royal Caribbean, where’s my refund? appeared first on Elliott.
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    Soul Travelers 3

  • Vote for Mozart! - Earth Day Rising Star Singing Contest

    Soul Travelers3
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:07 am
    Vote for Mozart! - Earth Day Rising Star Singing ContestWe need your help! Please take a few seconds to vote for Mozart to sing at an Earth Day Rising Star We need your help! Please take a few seconds to vote for Mozart to sing at an Earth Day Rising Star Performance contest in front of 60,000 people. A big dream she wants badly. VOTE HERE --> Go to this link and then scroll down that page until you see her video Time After TimeNOT MUCH TIME LEFT TO VOTE!You can VOTE once a day. The voting closes this coming Monday, April 21st at 5pm CDT.We came late to this so VOTE often if you can for…
  • Bora Bora Dream Vacation on a Low Budget

    Soul Travelers3
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:02 am
    Bora Bora Dream Vacation on a Low BudgetBora Bora is a legendary dream vacation destination, but few know the secrets to make it affordable Bora Bora is a legendary dream vacation destination, but few know the secrets to make it affordable even on a low budget. The stunning island was awarded the title of "the best island in the world" by US News and World Report and has been voted the most photogenic place on earth! ROMANTIC BORA BORA LUXURY ON A BUDGETIt's true that many of the resorts there can cost as much as $5,000 per night, but we easily stayed on our RTW family travel budget of…
  • Easy, Fast, No Bake Apple Pie Recipe: Paleo, Gluten-free, Vegan, Grain-free

    Soul Travelers3
    10 Apr 2014 | 12:02 am
    Easy, Fast, No Bake Apple Pie Recipe: Paleo, Gluten-free, Vegan, Grain-freeWho doesn't love a delicious, fast, easy, healthy dessert? This scrumptious apple pie recipe is paleo, gluten-free Who doesn't love a delicious, fast, easy, healthy dessert? This scrumptious apple pie recipe is paleo, gluten-free, grain-free, including a raw pie crust and with a minor tweak works for vegans too. QUICK, HEALTHY AND DELISHWith a teen in the house, I am becoming an expert in this area of fast, creative, healthy recipes even on our non-stop #RTW trip , as a minimalist family with unique challenges like not…
  • Elliott Ng, Google, China, Family Meet

    Soul Travelers3
    7 Apr 2014 | 12:07 am
    Elliott Ng, Google, China, Family MeetElliott Ng is a great guy, the head of Google in China, and I have known him through Twitter for many years Elliott Ng is a great guy, the head of Google in China, and I have known him through Twitter for many years ( 2008) where we were both early adopters, interested in travel, China, doing good, education and financial trends.Elliott is a Harvard educated geek and I am likely one of the biggest "ungeeks" on the planet, but we both were on Twitter early when it was new and exciting way to connect and enjoyed communicating. I got on Twitter…
  • World as my Middle School - The Atlantic & Soultravelers3

    Soul Travelers3
    3 Apr 2014 | 12:02 am
    World as my Middle School - The Atlantic & Soultravelers3Are there advantages to homeschooling with travel around the world? Do you Are there advantages to homeschooling with travel around the world? Do you have to be rich to homeschool around the world? Can you homeschool high school and middle-school combined with world travel? SOULTRAVELERS3 IN THE ATLANTIC I loved this brilliant article in The Atlantic, "Paris Was My Middle-school classroom" and appreciate that they mentioned and linked to our Soultravelers3 blog. WHY TRAVEL AND EDUCATION WORK SO WELL TOGETHERI thought the author, Ms.
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    The Cranky Flier

  • Topic of the Week: The US Airways Porno Plane Incident

    18 Apr 2014 | 3:45 am
    By now, everyone has heard about the, hilarious (some might say unfortunate) photo that US Airways tweeted out earlier this week. If you haven’t heard about it, then picture a woman doing a graphic sexual act with a model airplane. Yeah, that. US Airways has posted details of exactly what happened in an employee newsletter, and the employee who accidentally did this won’t be fired. What do you think? Does this whole thing have any impact on US Airways? Will it hurt the airline? Should the person who tweeted it have been fired? Or is it just something small and insignificant that…
  • Public Service Announcement: Stop Naming New Airlines After Ones That Have Failed

    17 Apr 2014 | 3:45 am
    Stop it. Seriously. Ever since airlines started going out of business, people have felt the need to try and revive them. This is simply a terrible idea no matter how you look at it, but people continue to try to resurrect name after name. It’s become so rampant, that it’s time for a Cranky public service announcement. Let’s just look at the list. Braniff – Failed 1982, revived 1984 and failed 1989, revived 1991 and failed 1992 Eastern – Failed 1991, revival in progress Frontier – Failed 1986, revived 1994 and still flying Midway – Failed 1991, revived…
  • How an Airline Customer Relations Rep Really Wants to Respond to Your Complaint (Guest Post)

    15 Apr 2014 | 3:45 am
    I don’t often do guest posts here, but this one was just way too much fun to ignore. This comes from a customer relations agent at a big airline who just needs to vent a little bit. If you had a job like that, you might need a release too. The good news is that this is educational venting. Read and learn. My flight was cancelled because of light loads. No it wasn’t. Not only did we need the aircraft and crew to be where we needed them by operating the flight, the DOT has recently begun tracking flights that are frequently late or cancelled out of concerns that consistent failure…
  • Star Alliance Stresses That Airports Need to Design for Easy Connections

    14 Apr 2014 | 3:45 am
    One of the panels at the Phoenix Aviation Symposium this year focused on the future of hubs, and the conversation quickly turned toward the importance of having the right facility in the right place. In particular, Star Alliance CEO Mark Schwab was very vocal about airport design as it relates to connections. I thought it was an interesting discussion, so I decided to bring it here. Mark, who was formerly with United before running the Star Alliance, emphasized that as soon as the Alliance hears that a new facility is being built, his team goes to sit down with the airport’s management…
  • Cranky on the Web (April 7 – 11)

    12 Apr 2014 | 3:45 am
    American makes changes to its frequent flier program – Ft Worth Star-Telegram I was asked to comment on American’s recent changes to the AAdvantage program. Of course, you guys know my view since I wrote about it on Thursday. In the Trenches: Accepting Advertising – Intuit Small Business Blog Talking about whether to continue to accept ads on the blog.
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    Peter Greenberg Travel Detective

  • This Week’s Biggest Travel Blunders

    18 Apr 2014 | 9:31 am
    Read the full article on at - This Week’s Biggest Travel BlundersIt’s been an interesting week for travel, with people making some major faux pas when it comes to common sense and social etiquette. It all began with a single tweet... Read More...The post This Week’s Biggest Travel Blunders appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
  • Travel Tip: How To Save Money On Your Summer Cruise
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:21 am
    Read the full article on at - Travel Tip: How To Save Money On Your Summer CruiseSummer is a big season for cruising, but that doesn’t mean you have to pay sky-high prices. Here’s how you can save on your summer cruise. Alaskan cruises are among... Read More...The post Travel Tip: How To Save Money On Your Summer Cruise appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
  • Book Spring Deals Now & Save Through the Summer

    17 Apr 2014 | 10:20 am
    Read the full article on at - Book Spring Deals Now & Save Through the SummerIf cool weather has you dreaming of traveling somewhere warm, now is the best time to book. These spring deals can help you save on trips to great destinations with... Read More...The post Book Spring Deals Now & Save Through the Summer appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
  • Travel Tip: Where To Find Free In-Flight Entertainment
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:25 am
    Read the full article on at - Travel Tip: Where To Find Free In-Flight EntertainmentAir travel is rarely fun, especially when you’re in the back of the plane. But, in exchange for the cramped seats, airlines are trying to make passing the time a... Read More...The post Travel Tip: Where To Find Free In-Flight Entertainment appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
  • Radio Guest List–Eurostar–April 19, 2014

    17 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Read the full article on at - Radio Guest List–Eurostar–April 19, 2014Taking the train between London and Paris is common for both American and European travelers. This week, Peter Greenberg broadcasts aboard the Eurostar Rail while en route between the two... Read More...The post Radio Guest List–Eurostar–April 19, 2014 appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
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    Nancy D Brown

  • Cancun Wine & Food Fest Celebrates Mexico

    Nancy Brown
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    As a food and wine lover from Northern California, I’ve eaten and drank my way through Napa, Sonoma, Monterey, Livermore and Temecula Valley wine country. I’ve discovered the culinary delights of Bellingham, Washington and noshed my way through Oregon wine country. When I was asked to attend the Cancun Riviera Maya Wine & Food Festival […]
  • Eco-Friendly Hotels that Make Travelers Happy

    Jamie Rhein
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:22 am
    Even though Earth Day reminds us to think about our environmental footprint each April, some hotels make an earth friendly commitment year round. Here are a sampling of eco-friendly hotels worthy of a shout out. One of my favorite hotels — Boone Tavern, made it on’s eco-friendly hotel list. Boone Tavern in Berea, Kentucky is […]
  • Review: Secrets the Vine, Cancun, Mexico

    Nancy Brown
    11 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Wine tasting in Mexico? Yes, ma’am. While most people associate Tequila, Corona and guacamole with Mexico, I’m going to let you in on a secret – Mexico makes some good wines. Mexico is staking a claim in the vineyards of Baja California. I learned about the wines of Mexico will staying at Secrets the Vine […]
  • The Liberty Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts

    Lisa Dion
    9 Apr 2014 | 7:41 am
    This name of this gorgeous hotel that opened in 2007 at the foot of Boston’s posh Beacon Hill neighborhood, is ironic. You see, the Liberty Hotel is the former Charles Street jail. Among the guests that checked into the jail  (against their wills)  were some well-known inmates including James Michael Curley, Malcolm X, Sacco and […]
  • Book Review: The Hiltons

    Nancy Brown
    4 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Anyone who has traveled and slept in a hotel is familiar with the Hilton hotel brand. Known as “the Innkeeper to the World” Conrad Hilton opened his first hotel in Cisco, Texas with $5,000 to his name, assistance from friends and a small bank loan. The book The Hiltons: The True Story of an American […]
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    Hawaii Aloha Travel » Podcast Posts

  • Why Hawaii is unique for Vacations

    Bruce Fisher
    14 Apr 2014 | 1:08 pm
    If you’re on the fence about whether or not to choose Hawaii for your next vacation then this podcast is for you! The post Why Hawaii is unique for Vacations appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Getting into relax mode on your Hawaiian Vacation

    Bruce Fisher
    4 Apr 2014 | 9:50 pm
    Aloha and welcome to another episode of the Hawaii Vacation Connection! Today I’m giving you my top recommendations for how to fast The post Getting into relax mode on your Hawaiian Vacation appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Here’s some FREE things to do on Kauai

    Bruce Fisher
    2 Apr 2014 | 12:27 pm
    On today’s show I talk about some of my favorite free things to see and do while visiting the beautiful island of The post Here’s some FREE things to do on Kauai appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Is a Vacation to Hawaii really worth it?

    Bruce Fisher
    17 Mar 2014 | 4:05 pm
    While the that may be true, I’m gonna make the argument today why Hawaii overall as a destination is well worth it. The post Is a Vacation to Hawaii really worth it? appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • What’s a Plate Lunch?

    Bruce Fisher
    4 Mar 2014 | 3:01 pm
    Today it’s all about Plate Lunches in Hawaii, something you just have to try on your Hawaii Vacation! Food seems to always The post What’s a Plate Lunch? appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
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  • A dry day on Raiatea — Raiatea, French Polynesia

    19 Apr 2014 | 1:40 am
    A dry day on Raiatea - Raiatea, French Polynesia Raiatea, French PolynesiaOur ship docked at Raiatea around 7am. This was the only port that our ship docked (vs anchored) in this entire cruise, aside from Papeete. So today we did not have to tender on shore - we just walked off the ship. We had a leisurely breakfast and got on shore around 9. The Warrens and we had decided to go our own ways today - they wanted to spend the afternoon packing and we wanted to drive around the island (since I had already packed most of the stuff). This was our third time in Raiatea. The last two times we did…
  • Time flies when you're having fun! — Katoomba, Australia

    19 Apr 2014 | 1:40 am
    Time flies when you're having fun! - Katoomba, Australia Katoomba, AustraliaIt's been a week already since we arrived in Katoomba to see Peter and his family. Wife Sheralyn, stepson Quinn, sons Isaac and Jacob. Jakie was only 2 the last time we saw him so he didn't remember us at all. Isaac doesn't remember us much at all either, he would have been 5, Quinn was 11 and being a bit older, does. Jakie at 5 years old is very cute and cuddly. He wants hugs all the time, although now, they're not as frequent, but I still manage to get one or two a day. Isaac is very quiet, he doesn't say much.
  • Day Six - Last Day and Flight Home — Phuket, Thailand

    19 Apr 2014 | 1:39 am
    Day Six - Last Day and Flight Home - Phuket, Thailand Phuket, Thailand Where I stayed Kata Palm Resort & Spa Kata BeachSaturday was our last day, we spent it in last minute shopping in Kata, lunch at Kata Mama looking at the beach and just generally relaxing. We booked ourselves into the Coral Lounge at Phuket Airport. This was worth every penny. Staff from the lounge met us at the kerbside when Daj (our driver) dropped us off, and three staff members escorted us through the whole check in and immigration process. They even filled out the departure cards for us! The lounge was very…
  • I'm coming home, Oh Lexington Here I Come — New Orleans, LA

    19 Apr 2014 | 1:37 am
    I'm coming home, Oh Lexington Here I Come - New Orleans, LA New Orleans, LA Where I stayed Doubletree by Hilton Hotel New OrleansShoulder soreness forced me from bed around 6:30am and I spent the next 3 hours organizing the last couple of days travels into something accurate and coherent. At about 9am I went up and awoke Wife and got us packed, on our way out the door to meet up with Jeff and Sue for brunch I knocked on Tyler and Polly's door, for the first time finding out how bad of shape Nathan was in and how much fun they must have had the night before. Palace Cafe was where Caroline…
  • Day Five - Shooting, Shopping and Footy — Phuket, Thailand

    19 Apr 2014 | 1:37 am
    Day Five - Shooting, Shopping and Footy - Phuket, Thailand Phuket, ThailandToday was to be our day spent in Patong. As I mentioned on Day One of this blog, we don't really like Patong and prefer not to stay there. Having said that we always spend one day here as the Otop Markets and great for shopping and it is always good to have a look around. We had never managed to find the time to get to Junceylon shopping centre before, so today was the day. It was pretty much a shopping centre like any other in Thailand, blissfully air conditioned after the heat outside. The men in our party discovered…
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    View from the Wing

  • American Really Took Away Main Cabin Extra From Bottom-Tier Elites This Time

    18 Apr 2014 | 5:30 pm
    A month ago I reported that American planned to eliminate confirmed-at-booking access to extra legroom economy seats for first-tier elites effective March 17. Only March 17 came and went and several American AAdvantage Gold members and similar tier elites shared with me that they were still able to book Main Cabin Extra seats. American it seems actually took away the benefit as of April 16th. As an Executive Platinum I continue to have access to these extra legroom seats at booking, so I don’t have an easy way to confirm that the change has been implemented, but it’s what…
  • Is It Possible to Have Too Many Miles, and When Should You Switch to Cash Back?

    18 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    AP Airline Reporter Scott Mayerowitz asked a fantastic question in the metaphysics of miles on Facebook. If Twitter is where you speak truth to the world and Facebook is where you lie to your friends, then this seemed a pretty deep and nuanced question for Facebook.. and seemed worth answering here. Scott’s instincts are right that above a certain level more miles at the margin are worse less because of the time until you use them (present value discount), risk of devaluation (risk adjustment), and opportunity cost (value of alternatives). The value of a mile changes depending on how…
  • 50% Off IHG Rewards Club Redemptions in Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean

    18 Apr 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Starting this Sunday and for bookings made by May 3, for travel between May 1 and June 12, 11 hotels in Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean will be available to redeem for half the usual number of points. Here are the properties that are supposed to offer 50% off redemptions: InterContinental® Presidente Ixtapa Resort, Mexico InterContinental® Playa Bonita Resort & Spa, Panama InterContinental® Presidente Cozumel Resort Spa, Mexico Crowne Plaza® hotel Acapulco, Mexico Holiday Inn Resort® Aruba Holiday Inn Resort® Grand Cayman Holiday Inn Resort® Acapulco, Mexico Holiday Inn…
  • The 10 Best Credit Card Signup Bonus Offers Right Now

    18 Apr 2014 | 9:45 am
    I updated a full top 10 list of best current credit card signup offers last month, and have made some changes to links below. As always I try my best to compile the best available offers. Please let me know if you’re aware of others that should be on this list (in some cases we’ll disagree, and that’s cool too, it makes for a great comments section). Here’s what I consider the current 10 best credit card signup bonuses currently available: Citi Executive / AAdvantage World Elite MasterCard 100,000 miles after $10,000 spending within 3 months. It’s a $450 annual…
  • My Confession, Last Chance for Bonuses, Airbnb Illegal, & Hilton Discounts (Bits ‘n Pieces for April 18, 2014)

    18 Apr 2014 | 7:14 am
    News and notes from around the interweb: Today is the last day for the 50,000 Hilton HHonors point signup bonus plus $50 statement credit offer for a Hilton HHonors Visa Signature. More details here. The AAA breakfast rate can get you a full breakfast at Hyatt while at hotels with a Regency Club Diamond members only get the club’s offerings. Of course, you can do better still often times at higher-end properties with American Express Fine Hotels and Resorts (for Platinum and Centurion cardholders), Virtuoso rates, and even Visa Signature Hotels bookings. Belgium bans airbnb. This after…
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  • 21c Museum Hotels in the American Midwest

    Arnon Kohavi
    4 Apr 2014 | 12:52 pm
    Troubled by development encroaching upon rural Kentucky’s farmlands, preservationists and contemporary art collectors Laura Lee Brown and Steve Wilson sought to reverse the trend toward suburban sprawl by making a considerable contribution toward revitalization efforts in their hometown. Pairing this desire with a second of their passions, to make contemporary art a part of more peoples’ daily lives, the couple embarked on a journey to create both an economic driver for the community and an oasis where art challenges and amuses, stimulates conversation and provokes new ideas.  This is…
  • Thikana: Bed and Breakfast in South New Delhi

    Arnon Kohavi
    19 Mar 2014 | 9:51 am
    Thikana Bed and Breakfast in New Delhi is an excellent place for short-term (one night) or long-term stays in the city. It is very close to Gulmohar Park, one of the more pleasant areas in New Delhi. Located in the south part of the city, it is close to Delhi International Airport, and offers a green and relatively quiet environment, but still with easy access to the main tourist and business locations around town. We recently chose Thikana as a place to stay before our morning flight instead of one of the characterless corporate hotels by the airport. It is very quiet because it is located…
  • Samode Haveli: Jaipur Heritage Hotel

    Arnon Kohavi
    18 Mar 2014 | 9:55 am
    When traveling in Rajasthan, one has a choice of staying in one of the new five-star hotels recently built along the periphery of the main cities.  While these hotels are luxurious, they lack the character and connection to the city’s history.  This is why we highly recommend staying in heritage hotels, which are usually old palaces or residences of the local Maharaja which have been meticulously restored and converted into boutique hotels.Samode Haveli in Jaipur is one of these places. Built over 175 years ago within the city of Jaipur by Rawal Sheo Singhji as the manor house for…
  • Sri Lanka travel guide: favourite hotels, cuisine, recommended places to visit

    Esme Vos
    17 Mar 2014 | 5:46 pm
    This Sri Lanka travel guide is designed for people who are interested in visiting Sri Lanka for a short period (a week or two), who enjoy savoury spicy cuisine and want something more than a beach holiday.Sitting and reclining Buddhas inside Dambulla cave templeWhy visit Sri Lanka?Sri Lanka is an island that lies southwest of India, closest to the state of Tamil Nadu, and has been inhabited for over 2,500 years. It is a largely Buddhist country with a small population of Christians, Hindus and Muslims.Rich history: The island is dotted with ancient temples and fortresses, as well as tea…
  • Fauzi Azar Inn: charming guesthouse in Nazareth

    Arnon Kohavi
    17 Mar 2014 | 9:28 am
    The Fauzi Azar Inn is a 200-year-old Arab mansion turned guesthouse, offering 16 dormitory beds and private rooms (with private bathroom and air conditioning/heating) in a unique old-world atmosphere. The Fauzi Azar Inn style is intimate and relaxed, with a warm atmosphere where guests and staff can meet, share travel stories and tips, and make new and lasting friendships.The Fauzi Azar Inn itself is located in the heart of Nazareth’s Old City, only about a minute’s walk from the central souk. All of Nazareth’s major attractions, including the Basilica of the Annunciation, the White…
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    Tony Wheeler's Travels

  • Vladimir the Great of Ukraine – and others

    Tony Wheeler
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:02 pm
    ▲ I like statues of national heroes popping up far from home. Near my home in London this statue of the Ukraine national hero St Volodymyr (aka Vladimir the Great) has been flower bedecked recently as the struggle with Russia grinds on. ◄ Staying at the Hotel Rouge next to the Kazakhstan Embassy in Washington DC a couple of years ago I regularly noted the statue of a young Kazakhstan warrior precariously balanced on the back of a winged snow leopard. The valiant young gentleman also features on the Kazakhstan 5000 tenge note.   ▲ I had no trouble recognising this statue on a recent…
  • An Irish Surprise in Miami

    Tony Wheeler
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:31 am
    Having explored the art deco architectural masterpieces of South Beach I eventually ended up in the Wolfsonian Museum where I stumbled upon an Irish delight: the Harry Clarke Geneva Window. Clarke was a noted book illustrator in the early part of the 20th century, but is even better known for his stained glass windows. I’ll certainly pay more attention to his windows in Bewley’s Café in Dublin next time I’m there. The window was created for the International Labour Court in Geneva and its eight panels illustrate works by 15 noted Irish writers. Unfortunately the Irish government soon…
  • The Nashville Parthenon

    Tony Wheeler
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:11 am
    Lonely Planet’s website has a story on Seven Amazing Fakes, reproductions of exotic structures – like Foamhenge, just like Stonehenge, same size even, although it is made out of Styrofoam rather than stone. ▲ Nashville’s Parthenon is rather better than an amazing fake. OK it’s concrete rather than marble, but it’s not only full size and accurately copied, in many ways it’s even better than the original – none of that nasty damage the Venetians caused back in 1687 when they shelled it when the Ottoman Turks were using it to store ammunition. Originally built as a temporary…
  • South Beach Miami Art Deco Architecture

    Tony Wheeler
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    The Miami Design Preservation League at 1001 Ocean Drive in South Beach, Miami, puts on daily Art Deco Architecture walking tours of the Art Deco district of Miami Beach. The tours kick-off at 1030 am daily, there’s no need to pre-book, they cost A$20 and last 90 minutes. There’s an excellent art deco-inspired gift shop at that starting point.       By the time you’ve finished the walk you’ll recognise all the art deco clues, the vertical elements, the symmetry, the eyebrows over the windows, portholes and corner windows to catch the breezes. South Beach…
  • A New US Immigration Experience

    Tony Wheeler
    12 Apr 2014 | 6:07 am
    Kicked out of the USA? Although probably we never entered? Either way it was a new travel experience and an unexpected one. With four British friends we’d been sailing around the Virgin Islands in a chartered boat, we started in Tortola and after five days in the British Virgin Islands we were about to cross to the US ones. We’d then fly out to Miami from St Thomas and on to London. We spent our last BVI night anchored in Great Harbour at Jost Van Dyke. In the morning we checked out of BVI at the Great Harbour immigration office and made the short trip (about 12km, 7.5 miles) across to…
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  • Paris Marathon 2014 - stepping back into the light

    Kelly Pipes
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:31 pm
    Now is as good a time as any to reconnect with you on the sandwagon. I ran my first marathon on April 6. It was the Paris Marathon and I've been mulling over how to report it ever since. The race started and finished in sight of the Arc de Triomphe. In between I covered 26.2 miles of cobbles, ran along the River Seine, up, down and through eerie traffic underpasses, saluted the Eiffel Tower and saw the Pyramid at the Louvre for the first time. African drumming bands stood out among the entertainment laid on by the race organisers. They were upbeat, positive and full of life. Fire…
  • A chance to take stock during travels in South East Asia

    Kelly Pipes
    30 May 2012 | 9:55 pm
    It's just 8.30am on registration day at the International Dhamma Hermitage of Wat Suan Mokkh, in Chaiya, Thailand, and I've already cheated the system and myself. Several camping / yoga mats were piled up in the dorm's kit room, so I snaffled one. The mere chance that one of the wafer-thin cushions could lead to a more luxurious snooze on the concrete cell bed brought out my rebellious side. In my opinion a good night's sleep has to be conducive to attaining a higher state of consciousness.  I'll still be trying the wooden pillow for size, no…
  • Bali scuba trip - I've that sinking feeling about this dream travel plan

    Kelly Pipes
    4 Feb 2012 | 4:31 pm
    MY wonderfully well-crafted dream of floating below the swooping wing of a manta ray was certainly curtailed today... even though I've a credit card gagging to shoulder the booking.This trip, which would have kicked off in Bali in the first week of April, has been brewing for around two or three weeks, fueled by a couple of like-minded scuba diving friends (who have booked flight tickets), a boyfriend who's understandably tempted to turn 30 years old sipping a Bintang on the other side of the world, and my summer-baby's need to get the hell out of England until at least early June.Just a…
  • Plastic problems in Cyprus highlighted by Thomas Cook

    Kelly Pipes
    29 Nov 2011 | 3:14 am
    HUNDREDS of plastic water bottles have been used to create a thought-provoking eco-sculpture that stands proudly at Thomas Cook's offices in Peterborough. The statue is of a meditative man and is a replica of Auguste Rodin’s sculpture The Thinker, created in 1902 and now on display in Paris.Made from plastic mineral water bottles, rather than cast in bronze, his job is to make Thomas Cook’s 2,000 staff in Bretton and its overseas suppliers think how they can reduce the mountains of plastic waste holidays can cause.Jo Baddeley, sustainable destinations manager for Thomas Cook, called the…
  • Spanish high-speed trains help RENFE scoop travel award

    Kelly Pipes
    8 Nov 2011 | 2:20 am
    Independent travellers in Spain and Portugal have benefited from improved services across the Iberian Peninsula, something celebrated by the international tourism community yesterday.RENFE, the Spanish public rail network won a World Travel Market Global Award at London's Excel, which company president, Teofilo Serrano Beltran collected from WTM Chairman Fiona Jeffery.Fiona said: "The linking up of the Iberian Peninsula through efficient rail links has led to innumerable benefits for both those living in the region and holidaymakers choosing to visit."Travel problems in Spain were fixed by…
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    EuroCheapo's Budget Travel Blog

  • BMI Regional: The special appeal of a small airline with frequent low fares

    Alex Robertson Textor
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:33 am
    The sale of British Midland International (BMI) to British Airways in 2012 excited the latter mostly due to the former’s routes in and out of London. Most of these routes were absorbed by BA, with some significant and lamentable exceptions. For fans of the Caucasus and Central Asia, the abandonment of routes to Bishkek, Tbilisi and Yerevan were particularly upsetting. BMI’s other two divisions—the low-cost bmi baby and the short-haul bmi regional—did not come along for BA’s new ride. Low-cost bmi baby was simply abandoned, while bmi regional was purchased by a…
  • Visiting Slovakia’s affordable wine region: Sipping, savoring and sleeping for €25 per person

    16 Apr 2014 | 8:27 am
    Every now and again one runs across a specific European vineyard or a wider region of wine production which has become the stuff of legend. Think Pétrus (near Bordeaux), Corton-Charlemagne (in Burgundy) or Ornellaia (in Tuscany). Move to central Europe and there are many bright stars in the constellation of fine wines. None shines brighter than Tokay, the anglicized name for the wine-growing region in and around the lower foothills of the Carpathians. Tokaj or Tokaji Say Tokay and most people will immediate think Hungary. But the Tokay region, which produces some of the world’s most…
  • Visiting Barcelona: Finding the best dates to save money and beat the crowds

    Regina W Bryan
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:29 am
    As the temperatures start to rise in Barcelona and across Spain, so do the crowds and the prices. As a result, competition for hotels can get a little tough. But fear not Cheapos, because we’ve compiled the dates you need to pay attention to, so you can plan your trip with a little less stress and more money in your pocket. Easter Holidays during April Spring break in Spain happens during Easter Holy Week. This year it’s the week of the 14th of April through the 21st. Each year the spring break dates change, and this year it comes late enough to promise (hopefully) sunny weather and…
  • Qbic London City: Does the new hotel manage to be both chic and cheap?

    Nina Derham
    14 Apr 2014 | 11:36 am
    Dutch hotel company Qbic opened its first property in Amsterdam in 2007, and its new London hotel is the next step in an ambitious expansion plan which aims to see 10 properties opened in the UK & Europe over the next seven years. It’s a hotel wth an intriguing concept, but will it catch on? What is Qbic? Qbic is a design hotel concept that aims to offer modern accommodation to the cost-conscious traveler. The company promises a spotless, soundless room, a comfortable bed, powerful shower and free Wi-Fi as standard, but also adds aesthetically pleasing surroundings, stylish rooms…
  • Exploring Bremen: A charming and affordable city that you can see in one day

    Hilary Bown
    11 Apr 2014 | 5:28 am
    One of Germany’s 38 UNESCO World Heritage sites, Bremen is a handsome city filled with impressive architecture, a spectacular old town, playful public art, Brother Grimm folklore and plenty of budget attractions along the way. Best of all, it is possible to visit Bremen’s top highlights in just one day. And with bus fares as low as €1 from Berlin, it can make for a super cheap excursion in Northern Germany. To get the most out of your visit, we’ve come up with the ideal itinerary to guide you through the city, so you get a taste of what you’ll find in this charming…
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    Go Green Travel Green

  • Good Travel Insurance Should Cover Financial Loss or Medical Expenses

    Alice Benny
    14 Apr 2014 | 11:45 am
    Good Travel insurance may assist you in covering any financial losses or medical expenses that might occur during your trip. Also, having travel insurance is regarded as the ideal protection for individuals traveling overseas or domestically. However, there are certain … Continue reading → The post Good Travel Insurance Should Cover Financial Loss or Medical Expenses appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • Buying Electric Cars: Pros and Cons of Electric Cars You Should Know

    Alice Benny
    8 Apr 2014 | 12:11 pm
    Cars using electricity instead of petroleum is definitely an attractive invention. Though the presence of electric cars has been there since many years now, people are still concerned about deciding whether they should go for it and buying electric cars … Continue reading → The post Buying Electric Cars: Pros and Cons of Electric Cars You Should Know appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • Cognitive Testing ADHD Offers Level of Reliability in Diagnosis

    Alice Benny
    3 Apr 2014 | 6:28 am
    Cognitive Testing ADHD - Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder receives much discussion and scrutiny. The use of medication to treat ADHD in children probably receives the most attention in the realm of this sensitive subject. Perhaps the second aspect of the condition, … Continue reading → The post Cognitive Testing ADHD Offers Level of Reliability in Diagnosis appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • Reduce your travel footprint by holidaying closer to home

    Alice Benny
    2 Apr 2014 | 8:09 am
    Travelling is a big part of our lives these days, accounting for around 40% of Australia’s household greenhouse gas emissions (data from Air travel in particular contributes large amounts of carbon dioxide and nitrogen oxide plus the processing and … Continue reading → The post Reduce your travel footprint by holidaying closer to home appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • How to Beautify your Kitchen with Recycled Glass Countertops Cost

    Alice Benny
    27 Mar 2014 | 11:22 am
    Recycled Glass Countertops Cost Guide: The kitchen is undoubtedly one of the most important rooms in the house. It’s where you spend most of your time making lovely meals for your family and anyone who uses the kitchen frequently understands how … Continue reading → The post How to Beautify your Kitchen with Recycled Glass Countertops Cost appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
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    Jaunted - The Pop Culture Travel Guide

  • Friedrichshafen: Big Blimpin': That Time We Flew to Germany Just to Visit the Zeppelin Museum

    18 Apr 2014 | 12:36 pm
    Would you travel half-way around the world to visit a museum? If you've answered "yes" or "maybe," then we like you already, and perhaps you'll enjoy this first-person tale of a trip for exactly that purpose. Part 1: Checking off the Zeppelin Museum Part 2: Heading into the Zeppelin HQ and hangar Part 3: Maybe never leaving? In April 2011, Retronaut posted a series of vintage color photographs of the infamous Hindenburg airship. In mid 2012, I discovered there was an entire museum dedicated to it. Needing only one good reason to justify any of my travels, it was only a few months later I…
  • Door County: Fire It Up at Wisconsin's Famous Fish Boil

    18 Apr 2014 | 10:06 am
    Traverse City and the rest of Northern Michigan get all the love when it comes to midwest summer destinations, but don't sleep on Door County, the peninsula that sits directly west across Lake Michigan in Wisconsin. Right, we know what you're thinking. The first thing that comes to mind when someone says "Wisconsin" is winter, and you can get cheese in any supermarket, thank you very much. This mentality is precisely what makes Door County so enjoyable to visit, the fact that it crushes all your preconceived notions of what Wisconsin is as a state and travel destination. What you'll find…
  • Paris: Where to Go with Your Tax Refund: Paris, Of Course

    18 Apr 2014 | 9:18 am
    Tax day is here, and you're probably excited...but not because you love sifting through receipts and credit card statements. You're excited because you're getting a fat refund. Probably. The economy may be on its way back up, but you should try to stretch that tax refund as far as you with a little "you did a great job last year" trip—a Tax Refund Vacation. If you haven't yet had the opportunity to fall in love with the Paris, know that spending some extra cash on a trip to the City of Light is worth it. If you have been to the French capital, then you know what we're talking…
  • Colorado : This is the Mother of All Ways to Experience the USA Pro Challenge

    18 Apr 2014 | 8:11 am
    Fans of the cycling circuit are no doubt looking forward to this summer's USA Pro Challenge in Denver, when the world's best racers will take on an eight-city route through the Rocky Mountains, including Aspen, Crested Butte, Colorado Springs, Gunnison, Breckenridge, Vail, Denver, and Boulder. The typical spectator might hit one or two of them, but a company called NextGreatTrip has created the mother of all VIP itineraries for the race should you have an extra $9,500 lying around.
  • AeroMexico Will Start Sending Some 787s Across the Atlantic to London

    18 Apr 2014 | 7:48 am
    AeroMexico has had some 787s hanging out in their hangar for a little bit of time, and now they’re using them for some new options. The carrier sees the need for a little more demand on one route across the pond, so a Boeing 787-8 is coming to the rescue. The planes are on their way to three weekly round-trip flights between Mexico City’s Aeropuerto Benito Juárez Internacional and London Heathrow Airport beginning this month, and it will remain that way throughout the summer. This will boost back and forth capacity by like 70 seats per flight, as the 787s replace some 767s on the…
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  • Miami Beach: The Four Seasons Miami Used This Much Chocolate To Make Their Easter Display

    18 Apr 2014 | 4:00 pm
    What you're looking at is nearly two thousand pounds of chocolate. Ok, 1,700 pounds to be exact. But that's how much chocolate was used for the new "Easter Wonderland" display at the Four Seasons Miami. Created by the hotel's new pastry chef, Keith Wallace, the display is meant to capture both the playful and colorful scenes of "Alice in Wonderland" and the playful and colorful side of Miami. Aside from the massive amounts of chocolate, the display and its 30 chocolate eggs, along with some chocolate mushrooms, took 20 hours to build.Wallace and his team will have even more chocolates and…
  • Hop Over to These New England Hotel Easter Egg Hunts

    Scott Kearnan
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:47 pm
    Adults and kids will jump for joy at these festive New England outings. Unless you want angry neighbors rapping on your door all day, we don’t typically endorse indulging your kids in a sugar rush while staying at a hotel. But this weekend is Easter, after all - so if your little cottontails are going to get their paws on milk chocolate bunnies, they might as well do it somewhere nice. You know, somewhere with a spa. (That’s for you.) To save you the trouble of hunting all over the Internet, here are a few New England properties that are hosting Easter egg hunts for kids and…
  • Stockholm: Funky Friday: Your Luggage Never Looked Better Than At The Nordic Light Hotel

    18 Apr 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Welcome to Funky Friday, a new segment we’re trying out which features one photo that we think singularly expresses a hotel’s inner psyche. We look for, and often find, a lot of wacky, wild and wondrous designs that seem to have one thing in common: a Type A personality. So why not have a bit of fun as we all wrap up our week by taking a quick look at some hotels that quite frankly, want our attention. We would have to agree that the most studied, re-purposed, and re-designed space within the modern day hotel is the lobby. It’s all about social interaction, whether it be real…
  • Bath: Bath's Royal Crescent Gets a Refreshing Makeover

    18 Apr 2014 | 11:15 am
    This famous curvy building is so big you have to go to the next town just to take a picture of it. This week, a rather well known resident of Bath, England, The Royal Crescent Hotel, unveiled its stylish and historically-inspired new look. The hotel has one of the best addresses in town, at No. 16 Royal Crescent, a world-recognized landmark of architecture and urban planning dating to 1767. The renovation followed the high-profile bankruptcy and auction of the Von Essen Hotel portfolio, which included this Georgian gem. The hotel was purchased in 2012 by private investment firm Topland Group,…
  • New York: Chatwal Hotelier in Trouble Again (But It's Not Vikram)

    18 Apr 2014 | 10:05 am
    Usually when we hear of a Chatwal hotelier in the news, it's often about Vikram Chatwal, the troubled hotelier behind The Dream Hotel brand. But today, it's Vikram's father who's in the news. And it's pretty serious.The Daily News reports that Sant Singh Chatwal, the chairman of Hampshire Hotels & Resorts which includes his namesake, The Chatwal Hotel, pleaded guilty to "recruiting straw donors to make illegal campaign contributions to three federal candidates." He also pleaded guilty to tampering with a witness who he allegedly told to lie to the FBI and the IRS.Chatwal stepped down as CEO…
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  • 10 Truly Unique City Tours Around the World

    20 Apr 2014 | 10:01 pm
    On these 10 unique city tours, you'll venture into the Bronx with an old-school rapper and see abandoned buildings in Portugal's second city. You're sure to come home with a camera full of authentic experiences that most visitors miss.
  • The Caribbean's Best Day-Trip Islands

    4 Apr 2014 | 10:13 am
    One of the Caribbean's best surprises is its many little islets that surround the major islands. Some are always up for a party, others offer a secluded getaway, and still others are a pristine time capsule of the Caribbean at its wildest and most unspoiled. Here are ten of our favorites.
  • 10 Totally Unique (or Wacky) Ways to Travel

    3 Apr 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Road trip? Been there. Caribbean cruise? Done that. Simply jetting off for the weekend? Yawn. Ditch that everyday vacation and, instead, embark on a truly wild adventure. We've uncovered 10 kinds of wacky, totally unique ways to see the world, from horse caravans through Ireland to rocket-ship rides through space, perfect for giving your travel bug a bit of pick-me-up.
  • From Goldfish to Giraffes: 10 Incredible Hotel Animals

    23 Mar 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Most hotels go out of their way to keep animals out, but a few make stars of their dogs, fish, dolphins, polar bears, and other furry and finned friends.
  • 10 Trips That Will Make You a Better Person

    22 Mar 2014 | 10:01 pm
    These 10 trips, from volunteering in an orphanage in Cambodia to learning environmental stewardship on an organic farm in Scotland, will enlarge your heart, help you live more mindfully, and inspire a better version of you to emerge.
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  • Photo Friday: Easter Abroad

    17 Apr 2014 | 2:19 pm
    Easter display at the Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh Scotland There's something a little magical about seeing holiday decorations when you travel, isn't there? I just loved this Easter table in the lobby of the Balmoral Hotel in Scotland. Related Links Scotland with Kids Balmoral Hotel with Kids What is Photo Friday? Post a travel photo on your site. It can be about any topic, as long as it is G-rated. The focus of the post should be on your photo. You don't need to be a professional photographer (I'm not), but do showcase your best work, and make it big enough to see well! It's nice to include…
  • Sneaking Education into a Spring Break Trip

    9 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    For me, Spring Break signals the coming end of the school year and the transition towards the lazy days of summer, so I like to plan a spring break that balances both relaxation and a chance to learn about the world around us. That doesn’t mean we’ll spend our entire week in museums, though. With a little creativity, your kids can add to their learning wherever you go. Hands on Area in the Bishop Museum's Hawaiian Hall I've been invited by Residence Inn to contribute to their Family Travel Talk Forum on Facebook this year. I'm joining several other blogging parents and I'm excited to…
  • Welcome Seattle's Child Readers

    13 Mar 2014 | 1:49 pm
    I had the super fun experience of being interviewed for our local parenting magazine, Seattle's Child this month They even featured my family (well, those of us who weren't battling a cold) on the cover! Seattle's Child cover photo March 2014 Here's the full text of the interview in case you haven't read it and would like to: An Interview with Debbie Dubrow About DeliciousBaby DeliciousBaby is about Traveling with Young Kids. We have lots of tips and helpful advice to make your family vacation easier and more enjoyable. If you are new to DeliciousBaby, you might want to check out some of…
  • Photo Friday: Ice Skating

    5 Dec 2013 | 11:00 am
    Darya gives ice skating a try If you travel over the holidays, it can be tricky to find activities on Christmas Day and New Year's Day. One trick we've learned is to look for zoos, ice rinks, movie theaters, ski slopes, and of course public parks. Related Links Seattle with Kids What is Photo Friday? Post a travel photo on your site. It can be about any topic, as long as it is G-rated. The focus of the post should be on your photo. You don't need to be a professional photographer (I'm not), but do showcase your best work, and make it big enough to see well! It's nice to include a few…
  • Book Review: My Father's Shop

    14 Nov 2013 | 11:29 am
    The Scoop My Father's Shop is a cute, easy to relate to, story about a boy helping out in his father's carpet shop in Morocco. The illustrations do a great job of transporting the reader to a bustling Middle Eastern market and the story has a wonderful message about how people can relate to one another even if they're from different cultures. My Father's Shop by Satomi Ichikawa Can you remember being a child? Wanting to be part of your parent's world, but also feeling bored with the technical details of how it all worked? My Father's Shop captures that feeling through the story of a young…
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    Viator Travel Blog

  • How to Spend Three Days in Whitehorse, Canada

    Eva Holland
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:28 am
    River near Whitehorse When I first arrived in Whitehorse, the capital of Canada’s northern Yukon Territory, I expected to find a rough-edged old mining town that had seen better days. And sure, Whitehorse was founded as a transit hub during the great Klondike Gold Rush of 1898, and mining remains a major part of the local economy. But today’s small city has moved well beyond the cliché of the bearded old prospector squatting over a gold pan and then spending his winnings at the local saloon. These days, Whitehorse is a young, thriving community filled with outdoor enthusiasts, artists,…
  • Top Travel Deals of the Week

    Viator Travel Team
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:20 am
    Looking for something new and fun to do while traveling this week? Check out Viator’s best travel deals available around the globe this week and make the most of your travel budget Here are the top Viator Travel Deals through April 22, 2014: Australia & the Pacific Save on tours in Melbourne! Sydney Whale-Watching Cruise Including Lunch – Save 15% Enjoy Sydney sightseeing, a BBQ lunch and whale watching on the ultimate Sydney Harbour cruise. Relax while you see the sights of Sydney from the water as you cruise around Sydney Harbour and dine on a delicious buffet lunch served…
  • Meet a Guide: Dicky Woollard in Hong Kong

    Katie Hammel
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:24 am
    Editor’s Note: Viator is proud to introduce some of our new local experts. This network of licensed tour guides covers most every destination you can imagine, so check ‘em out the next time you’re looking for a private tour guide – or simply looking to explore a destination from a local’s perspective. Meet Dicky Woollard, one of Viator’s local experts on the bustling metropolis of Hong Kong. Viator Tour Guide Dicky Woollard Dicky, a native English speaker, is licensed by the Hong Kong Tourist Industry Council and real favorite among Viator travelers. His behind-the-scenes tours…
  • Beyond Dracula: 7 Reasons to Visit Transylvania

    Katie Hammel
    9 Apr 2014 | 9:47 am
    Howling wolves and things that bite in the night. Transylvania conjures up images of storm battered castles and flaky old counts out to drink your blood. However, if you dig beyond the cliché spawned by Bram Stoker’s infamous novel and a series of Hammer Horror films that followed, you’ll find this region of northwest Romania abundant in dramatic landscapes, artisanal traditions and warm welcomes. Transylvania is more than just Dracula, so here are seven reasons why it should make your bucket list. Transylvania Castle of Bram The Medieval Landscape and Natural Beauty Cradled by the…
  • A Local’s Guide to Rome

    Helen Anne Travis
    7 Apr 2014 | 12:56 pm
    Dino Margiotta Born and raised in Rome, Dino Margiotta has always been fascinated by the city’s winding cobblestone streets, famous sights and rich history. His love for his hometown inspired him to pursue a Ph.D. in history from the University of Rome. Today he shares his passion and extensive knowledge with visitors, working as a private Viator guide and creating custom tours for travelers interested in Rome’s food, culture and history. He wants to turn visitors on to the real Rome, taking them to sites they might not find in a typical travel guide. We caught up with Dino to find out…
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  • Interview with Arno Kopecky: Sailing the Northern Gateway

    The World Hum Editors (
    8 Apr 2014 | 7:58 am
    Arno Kopecky spent months sailing along a proposed oil tanker route off British Columbia. Eva Holland talks to him about the new travel book that resulted from the voyage.
  • R.I.P. Peter Matthiessen

    The World Hum Editors (
    7 Apr 2014 | 7:57 am
    Wikimedia Commons Prolific writer and three-time National Book Award winner Peter Matthiessen died Saturday at age 86. Matthiessen was a former CIA agent, one of the founders of The Paris Review, and the author of numerous fiction and nonfiction books. He’s best known in travel writing circles for his 1978 travelogue, “The Snow Leopard.” In 2010 we listed it as one of our 100 most celebrated travel books of all time. Rolf Potts celebrated The Snow Leopard on World Hum in 2006, writing that the book offers “a gentle reminder that life consists of what each moment brings…
  • Why is This Man Walking Around the World?

    The World Hum Editors (
    21 Mar 2014 | 9:26 am
    Aspiring travel writers can choose any number of paths. They can start a blog, or intern at a magazine, or simply start pitching stories to editors. But 24-year-old Ryan Newburn is taking a different approach. He plans to spend four or five years walking around the world—almost literally. He’ll hoof it across Japan, then New Zealand, then Australia, and then he’ll work his way up Southeast Asia, and that’s only the beginning. Why? Among other things, the Nebraska native told Newsweek: “I thought about what I wanted to do with my life, and I’ve always wanted…
  • Gone Reading

    The World Hum Editors (
    18 Mar 2014 | 9:04 am
    Tom Swick on the unsung union of the traveler and the book
  • R.I.P. Matthew Power, Writer

    The World Hum Editors (
    13 Mar 2014 | 9:16 am
    Facebook Journalist and travel writer Matthew Power died this week in Uganda while on assignment for Men’s Journal. He was believed to have collapsed from heatstroke while following an explorer who was attempting to hike the length of the Nile. Matt was 39. I’ve been writing these brief, occasional obituary posts for World Hum for more than six years now, but this is the first time I’ve written about someone I’ve known personally. I first met Matt at a New York City launch party for “The Best American Travel Writing 2009”—he read his wonderful…
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    Perceptive Travel Blog

  • A Word on Travel Comps, Editorial Integrity, and Travel Writers Tearing Down Travel Writers

    Brian Spencer
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:15 am
    Judgment’s not tomorrow, its today (yes now it’s here). But no it isn’t Jesus, take a look at all your peers. They’re all looking down on you. Inside they know what’s best for you… everybody knows what’s best for you. – Bad Religion, “Best for You” She emailed me last October to ask if I
  • Sail Seas of Grass on the Flint Hills National Scenic Byway

    Sheila Scarborough
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:25 pm
    It used to stretch in an enormous swath from Manitoba to Texas north to south, Indiana to Kansas east to west. 140 million acres of tallgrass prairie; a never-ending sea of grasses and plants with names like Big Bluestem and Butterfly milkweed. Prairie chickens fluffed and boomed looking for mates, ornate box turtles crept along,
  • Travel by Food: 48 Countries, One Book

    Kerry Dexter
    14 Apr 2014 | 11:02 pm
    Sweden, Egypt, Lebanon, Peru, France, Mozambique, Belgium, Thailand, Mexico, Ethiopia: what might these diverse places have in common? Food. It’s not that they share similar dishes, though some do; it’s not that they work with the same foodstuffs, though some do that, too. It is that, along with thirty eight other nations, they are countries
  • India, Iceland, and Italy in the April ’14 Issue

    13 Apr 2014 | 1:39 pm
    In the latest issue of the Perceptive Travel monthly online magazine, we visit three I’s of travel that you often see on newsstand covers: India, Iceland, and Italy. They’re exotic, photogenic, and beguiling, but as usual we go look at them from a very different angle. In India, Jim Johnston goes for a walk in
  • At Bali’s Grand Mirage Resort and Thalasso Bali, Smiles, Everyone, Smiles

    Brian Spencer
    11 Apr 2014 | 6:07 am
    Everything was fine until she asked me to spread my legs and put my hands on the bar. I expected a leisurely shower; ideally a rain shower, scented with fragrant lemongrass. There would be luxurious bath products, elegantly presented in wall-mounted ceramic bottles studded with polished stones, at the ready. I’d then move on to
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  • Planeteer: Turkey’s pistachio-powered city, MERS virus reaches Asia, Byron Bay’s Bluesfest kicks off

    Travel News
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:03 am
    Get the best travel news here curated by Lonely Planet Destination Editors, who use their expertise to bring you the stories that matter from all over the world. In today’s edition: Turkey plans a city powered by pistachio nuts, the deadly MERS virus reaches Asia and Bluesfest in Byron Bay begins. Europe Asia & the Pacific The Americas Middle East & Africa Weird, odd & just plain fun YOUR WORLD TODAY 17 April is… Evacuation Day, marking the end of French rule in Syria Flag Day, American Samoa And this weekend is… Easter weekend Beijing Marathon on Sunday Boston Marathon on…
  • Planeteer: Italy’s most haunted island up for sale, Philippines volcano warning, Beijing gets a marathon toilet app

    Travel News
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:38 am
    Get the best travel news here curated by Lonely Planet Destination Editors, who use their expertise to bring you the stories that matter from all over the world. In today’s edition: Italy’s ‘most haunted’ island is up for sale, two popular volcanoes in the Philippines are at ‘Alert Level 1′, and Beijing is introducing a smartphone app to encourage marathon runners to use toilets rather than the walls of the Forbidden City. Europe Asia & the Pacific The Americas Middle East & Africa Weird, odd & just plain fun EUROPE Stories curated by Lonely…
  • Planeteer: Cyprus hotels go sustainable, bomb blast rocks Cairo, Brits ‘somewhat proud’ to be British

    Travel News
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:37 am
    Get the best travel news here curated by Lonely Planet Destination Editors, who use their expertise to bring you the stories that matter from all over the world. In today’s edition: Cyprus make sustainability mandatory for hotels, three people injured in bomb blast in central Cairo, and a survey reveals that Brits are ‘somewhat proud’ to be British. Europe Asia & the Pacific The Americas Middle East & Africa Weird, odd & just plain fun YOUR WORLD TODAY 15 April is… First day of Passover, Jewish community worldwide Songkran in Thailand Tourism Week in Uruguay…
  • Planeteer: the Maldives’ first female DJ, new cycling routes for Johannesburg, Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame expands

    Travel News
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:50 am
    Get the best travel news here curated by Lonely Planet Destination Editors, who use their expertise to bring you the stories that matter from all over the world. In today’s edition: the Maldives get their first female DJ, new cycling routes will soon be launched in Johannesburg, and Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame officially opens its expanded space. Europe Asia & the Pacific The Americas Middle East & Africa Weird, odd & just plain fun YOUR WORLD TODAY 14 April is… New Year’s Day for communities across India, Sri Lanka, Nepal and parts of Southeast Asia Black…
  • We asked you: culinary travel moments that changed your life

    Emma Sparks
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:20 am
        A steaming bowl of Penang laksa. Image by Jonathan Lin /CC BY 2.0 Travel is all about trying new things and when it comes to eating abroad, there’s often no alternative. We asked our Facebook fans to share their unforgettable culinary travel moments. The result? We’re inspired. And hungry. [&amp;lt;a href="//" target="_blank"&amp;gt;View the story "The best of your culinary travel moments" on Storify&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt;]
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  • Favorite Travel Surprises Photo Series

    Matt Long
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:52 pm
    This week the #FriFotos theme is SURPRISES, so I thought I’d share photos from some places that surprised me by how much I enjoyed them.Petra, JordanGhent, Belgium Hotel Hershey Botswana Luang Prabang, Laos Switzerland Taiwan Santiago, Chile London The post Favorite Travel Surprises Photo Series appeared first on LandLopers.
  • Coping With A New Travel Fear

    Matt Long
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:50 pm
    I love to fly, I really do. I enjoy being in a plane, the service, the entertainment; everything really. Thanks to my partner (who is aviation obsessed) I have also learned a lot about the industry and am a junior level aviation geek. I know just enough to be dangerous, but to also really enjoy it. I never had an issue with flying until a few years ago, on a flight that sort of changed the flying experience for me.I was flying into Dublin for a long weekend escape. It was my first time in Ireland and I was excited. As we approached the airport the pilot came on to let us know that the winds…
  • My Return To Avignon and Comparing Special Travel Moments

    Matt Long
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:55 pm
    A couple of years ago I first visited the beautiful French city of Avignon, in the south of the country. I wrote a couple of posts, although now I realize I should’ve shared more. I’ll get to that, don’t worry, but first I want to take a look back and compare it to a more recent trip back just a few weeks ago. I was in Avignon for the christening of several new Viking River Cruise longships, and took advantage of the many opportunities they provided to explore the city again. There were several special moments for me in this remarkable city and while some things didn’t change at all,…
  • Beautiful Leipzig At Night

    Matt Long
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:59 am
    The post Beautiful Leipzig At Night appeared first on LandLopers.
  • Monkey Mia: An Unusual Name For An Unusual Place

    Matt Long
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:55 pm
    When working with Western Australia Tourism to plan my stay in their beautiful state, the name Monkey Mia kept popping up, forcing a small chuckle from me each time. The name sounds absurd and I still think of ABBA whenever it comes up. But it’s a great example of a place I’d never heard of before, much less considered visiting, becoming a favorite stop on what was already an amazing trip.Pronounced Monkey My-a, this hamlet is well placed on Australia’s west coast, about 550 miles north of Perth. Situated on the beautiful blue waters of the Indian Ocean, the town and eponymous resort is…
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    nerd's eye view

  • You’re a Stranger Too? Have Some Soup.

    Pam Mandel
    14 Apr 2014 | 11:32 am
    Rothschild Hagaddah c. 1450 “Jews are tied together by irrational bonds of memory…” — Simon Schama, The Story of the Jews I am not a religious person, not even a little bit, but you would never hear me say I wasn’t Jewish. I didn’t give a whole lot of thought to it until my ex-husband’s parents tried to get me to convert — how could I convert from a religion I didn’t really have? And yet, I could not give it up, it was the same as if they’d suggested I become ethnic Chinese. This wrangling with my identity resurfaced when I lived in…
  • Open Thread: We Have to Talk.

    Pam Mandel
    10 Apr 2014 | 5:59 pm
    This week has been one stupid internet thing after another. A friend told me about an offer to engage in sketchy blogging practices from a company I’d previously thought of as legit. It bummed me out. I got spam asking me to run a “We’re traveling the world, you’re in the rat race” infographic and some of the people featured in it are people I previously thought of as stand up humans. It bummed me out. I made the mistake of watching the American Blogger trailer, a clip that looks more like an ad for a eugenics project than a documentary about blogging. It REALLY…
  • Stuff I Like Near Anchorage, Alaska

    Pam Mandel
    5 Apr 2014 | 8:54 am
    Welcome to Anchorage… where there is off-street parking for your whale. I went to Anchorage to speak at a travel event and I tacked a few days on to my stay — here are the things I really enjoyed during my short visit. Scott McMurren (of the Alaska Tour Saver) arranged for my travel and two nights stay, Visit Anchorage covered the rest. In the interest of full disclosure, anything I didn’t pay for myself is marked with an asterisk. Where to Stay The Copper Whale B&B*: I’ve stayed in a handful of Anchorage hotels; they are shockingly mediocre on all counts, service,…
  • Spirit Houses at St. Nicholas Church, Eklutna

    Pam Mandel
    2 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
  • Postcard from RussiAlaksa

    Pam Mandel
    30 Mar 2014 | 5:31 pm
    “Hi!” “Well, hello. How come you’re not inside?” “I’m hot blooded. I was getting too hot in there. I’m warm blooded in the summer and cold blooded in the winter, I save up all my summer heat for winter and burn it off then.” “Are your parents in there?” “My dad is. And my sister. My mom and my brother are at St. Herman’s. I live in Wasila on Lazy Mountain.” “How far is that from here?” “Oh, a couple of half hours. Where are YOU from?” “I’m from Seattle.” “Wow!
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  • Dordogne International Jazz Summer School 2014

    14 Apr 2014 | 1:03 am
    Learn to play jazz in a great atmosphere at the Dordogne International Jazz Summer School, held yearly in the 12th century Chateau de Monteton. Led by pianist and composer Andrea Vicari, it's a week of complete immersion in jazz and improvisation. You learn during the day and play at the organized jam sessions in the evenings. There are free concerts given by the tutors and other professional jazz musicians and it's for all levels whatever your expertise and for all instruments. You finish the week performing to a live audience. There are two weeks in 2014: July 26th to August 2nd and a more…
  • Normandy Bed and Breakfasts with a D-Day Landing Beach Theme

    10 Apr 2014 | 4:18 am
    Real enthusiasts of the Longest Day, June 6th, 1944, can take their enthusiasm to bed with them at any of four bed and breakfasts in Normandy with a D-Day landing theme or connection. Perhaps La Ferme de Riou, just 1.5kms (1 mile) from Sainte-Mère where the rooms are full of World War II memorabilia? Or how about Spirit of 1944, located between two temporary advanced airfields built by USAAF's 9th Air Force where the first thing you hear when you walk through the door is the music of Glenn Miller? These are just two of four excellent places that are very good value as well as being a…
  • The New Green Corridor in Nice

    5 Apr 2014 | 11:24 pm
    Nice has a new attraction--a Green Corridor (Corridor vert) that runs from the  fabulous Museum of Modern Art and Contemporary Art (MAMAC) to the famous Promenade des Anglais. It opened in November but is only now, with the warm weather kicking in, finally coming into its own. It makes a lovely walk from the bustle of the sea scene along the Promenade to the blockbuster MAMAC which takes the role of Nice in the 1960s and '70s to today through the artistic movements of France (though Nice) and America. The new Green Corridor is similar to the green High Line in New York and is all part of…
  • Brittany offers a new no-frills, economy ferry service

    1 Apr 2014 | 9:58 pm
      Brittany Ferries has just launched a new economy, no-frills service on its Portsmouth to Santander (weekends only) and Portsmouth Le Havre (Tuesday-Friday) routes. The company has just hooked up with the shipping company that owns Etretat, a freighter with passenger accommodation. Don't expect the usual high-class restaurants, bars, etnertainment and facilities of Brittany Ferries' other ships. But do expect great fares (from £79 to France and £169 (including reclining seats) to Spain; 4-berth ensuite cabins with air conditioning but without carpets; good French catering with…
  • Shigeru Ban, the architect of the Pompidou Metz Center, wins the top architectural prize

    30 Mar 2014 | 7:42 am
    The highest award for architecture, the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize, was won last week by Shigeru Ban, a Tokyo-born, 56-year old architect working in Tokyo, Paris and New York. He's an extraordinary designer, a superb architect who has used his skills and innovative approach for humanitarian purposes around the world. He has always used paper and cardboard both for making models of buildings and for designing recyclable, low-cost paper-tube shelters and paper log cabins following disasters like the Rwandan civil war and the Kobe earthquake when millions of people made homeless…
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    Cheapest Destinations Blog - Travel the World!

  • The Hidden Agendas of Travel Sites and Media

    Tim Leffel
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:45 am
    We've Moved! Update your Reader Now. This feed has moved to: 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!
  • The Travel Gear I Couldn’t Kill

    Tim Leffel
    13 Apr 2014 | 8:17 pm
    We've Moved! Update your Reader Now. This feed has moved to: 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!
  • The Biggest Travel Budget Killers: Location, Velocity, & Distance

    Tim Leffel
    9 Apr 2014 | 8:52 am
    We've Moved! Update your Reader Now. This feed has moved to: 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!
  • Is Panama a Cheap Place to Live? It Depends…

    Tim Leffel
    4 Apr 2014 | 8:42 am
    We've Moved! Update your Reader Now. This feed has moved to: 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!
  • India, Iceland, and Italy in a Very Different Light

    Tim Leffel
    1 Apr 2014 | 1:56 pm
    We've Moved! Update your Reader Now. This feed has moved to: 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!
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    Travel the Home Exchange Way - Home Swap Vacations

  • Home swap tip: Good photos to make your offer stand out

    Home Base Holidays
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:56 am
    Good quality photos can be one of the best ways to make your home swap offer stand out. Tips for Shooting Interiors: Tidy your home: put away clothes, clean off countertops and fold the towels. Clear away the clutter and remember - less is often more. Natural light: if possible shoot in natural light without the flash. Choose the time of day when the sun illuminates the room. However make sure your photos are not too dark. Framing: select the best possible portion of a room to photograph. If your camera allows try setting the lens to a wide angle to frame as much of the room as…
  • 50 home swaps: from a palace to a caravan!

    Home Base Holidays
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:51 am
    "We started home swapping before the Internet, in the days when people used to write real letters - and it worked! Since then, we´ve done more than 50 swaps and we've converted our friends and neighbours in Andalusia to home exchange. We only have nice stories to tell about home swapping and are still good friends with our very first home exchangers in New Zealand. We´ve stayed in amazing homes, including a palace, a vicarage, a barge, a motor caravan, and swapped with lots of interesting families - violin bow makers in Amsterdam, Freudian psychiatrists in Vienna, film makers in Paris, a…
  • Home swap tip: the last minute tidy up

    Home Base Holidays
    10 Apr 2014 | 6:48 am
    A home swapper recently wrote about the following dilemma: "I have found that the end of the holiday can end up with a last-minute competition to leave the house in a cleaner condition than you found it. This is beneficial, but can be embarrassing if your exchangees beat you in the game. Our first exchange guests washed and dried all the bedding, which was lovely, but we hadn't agreed to this, and all I had done was to strip their beds!"  It's great that members want to leave homes clean and tidy at the end of an exchange but it is best to agree ahead exactly what both parties will be…
  • Visiting London on a home swap? Tips for eating out well and cheaply from a South London girl!

    Home Base Holidays
    8 Apr 2014 | 8:41 am
    'One of the many delights of home exchange is that your house swap partners will provide suggestions for tried and tested bars, pubs, cafes and restaurants close to home. Our visitors have enjoyed the varied delights of eating out in Tooting but dining in Central London can be an expensive disappointment. Below are a few of our favourites which we return to again and again (Borough Market in photo): We love the bar and restaurant in the Haymarket Hotel. Comfortable, classy, and although pricey there's always a dish of the day and a set price theatre menu. They serve a great afternoon tea here…
  • Home Swap Tip: communication is key

    Home Base Holidays
    7 Apr 2014 | 6:46 am
    It's always advisable to find exchange partners that you get on with. Communication is key to arranging an exchange and so while planning your swap do make sure to ask your exchange partners any questions you have. It's really nice to get to know the people you are exchanging with and so you might want to send photos of your family as well as additional information about your house and area. Make sure to talk on the phone (or Skype) as well as communicate regularly through the website during the planning and lead up to your holiday. Home Base Holidays members often make good new…
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  • Family-Friendly Activities In Lehigh Valley PA

    14 Apr 2014 | 2:16 am
    Besides its amazing beauty and local charm, Lehigh Valley offers a variety of activities that every member of the family—young and old—will enjoy. So if you are still undecided on where to go this spring, head on to Pennsylvania and you will be rewarded with an unforgettable, family-bonding escape. Explore the famous Crystal Cave Park. Touted as the oldest operating cave in Pennsylvania, the underground wonder that is Crystal Cave Park has been visited by millions of people since its discovery in 1871. Located in Kutztown, the historic Crystal Cave offers an exhilarating exhibit of…
  • Exciting Water Sports You Have to Experience

    24 Feb 2014 | 9:52 am
    If swimming and kayaking are the only water sports you’ve ever done in your entire life, then you’re missing out on a LOT! Imagine gliding across the lake at 20 miles per hour. Or maybe riding on a tube as you pass over waves brought on by the motorboat towing you. These activities are not necessarily dangerous; just be smart and follow rules or take lessons beforehand. Once you experience the incredible thrill of speed and water combined, you gain yourself a priceless summer you’ll never forget. Waterskiing Put on your skis and life vest, hold on tight, and let the motorboat take you…
  • Jet Lag & Lack Of Sleep. Is It Insomnia Or All In Your Brain?

    3 Feb 2014 | 1:27 pm
    Many people struggle with sleeping from time to time, but may not have what doctors would refer to as insomnia. What’s the difference between being a problem sleeper and an insomniac? In a word: duration. There are three basic types of insomnia: transient, acute and chronic. Transient may last days to weeks, acute lasts several weeks and chronic insomnia can last for months or even years. Between 10 and 15 percent of adults experience chronic insomnia while up to 40 percent of adults say they’ve experienced insomnia in the past year (according to the National Sleep Foundation). A sleep…
  • Flying Solo

    3 Feb 2014 | 11:35 am
    Many people list traveling as one of their favorite things, but a smaller amount put “traveling alone” on that list instead. Are there really that many introverts out there?? No – traveling alone can be a really fun and exciting time! This post comes to you from someone who truly enjoys traveling alone, which means there’s plenty of experience behind the advice. Whether you’re driving, riding a train, or flying in an airplane, you can learn to make the most of your solo journey and learn a few things about yourself along the way. Snacks are an essential component of your trip.
  • Alaskan Adventures

    27 Jan 2014 | 9:20 am
    Alaska, America’s “final frontier,” was admitted as the 49th state in 1959. It remains largely uninhabited, making it an amazing destination for backwoods explorers, but also boasts some interesting cities, making it perfect for more city-centric tourists. We’ve compiled a list of some of the best things to do when you visit this most majestic of states. Adventure Activities Glacier hiking and climbing: Alaska has more than 100,000 glaciers and 39 mountain ranges. Dogsled rides River rafting or kayaking Jet boat rides Snowmobiling Skiing and snowboarding ATV and 4-wheeler rides…
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    Rick Steves Travel Blog: Blog Gone Europe

  • Checking In with Lisbon

    Rick Steves
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Lisbon feels to me like Europe’s San Francisco with rattling trolleys, a famous suspension bridge, a heritage dominated by a horrific earthquake (1755), and lots of fog. I’m kicking off my two months of spring research here–and I’ve hit the ground running to be sure everything in my Rick Steves Portugal guidebook is up-to-date for the 2015 edition. Rua Augusta: The triumphal arch that serves as a gateway to the city is now open for visitors, affording a grand view down the main drag, Rua Augusta. As can be seen from the top of the arch, the center of town was rebuilt in a…
  • Rick Steves University of Smart European Travel

    Rick Steves
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:56 am
    If you missed the webcast of our March 22nd Travel Festival, no problem! We’ve just added those classes to our array of free, online travel talks. Our newest batch includes my lectures on Spain, Portugal, Germany & Austria, Switzerland, England & Wales, Scotland, and Packing Light, plus Cameron Hewitt’s info-packed talks on the Czech Republic, Poland & Hungary and on Croatia & Slovenia–plus three on European Cruising. I’ve always believed that a class-lecture setting is a hugely effective way to learn about travel. And that’s why I’m so excited about…
  • Blog Friends Blow-Out: My All 90 TV Shows DVD Box Set…Just $20!

    Rick Steves
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    Over the past few days I’ve been sharing video snippets of why Europe never gets old for me and what I’m excited about seeing this spring. To enjoy the countless options we have each year in our travels, we’re offering our Blog friends this crazy blow-out deal: my All 90 Shows DVD box set for just $20. This is worth five times that price (originally $99.99), but we have a few hundred left in our inventory now that the newer All 100 Shows box set is available. So we thought we’d celebrate the many dimensions Europe has to offer with this exciting library of TV shows. Imagine having…
  • Dreaming of My 2014 Travels: France

    Rick Steves
    13 Apr 2014 | 3:00 pm
    When touring France, it’s important to get a balance between Paris and the countryside. Awesome, dominating, endlessly romantic, and thrilling as Paris may be, you can’t just go to Paris and say you’ve seen France. In my mind, Burgundy is “profound France” and offers a delightful rural balance to the urban energy of Paris. But in the end, Paris always charms. This clip shows why I’m excited to be returning and why, on our Best of Europe tour, Paris is the finale. If you can’t see the video below, watch it on YouTube. Get a better browser!
  • Dreaming of My 2014 Travels: Switzerland

    Rick Steves
    13 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    “From palm trees to snowballs”–perhaps the most thrilling juxtaposition of sights you can enjoy in a day of touring in Europe–is our nickname for driving from the Italian Riviera (Cinque Terre) to the heart of the Swiss Alps–the Berner Oberland. To have the most wonderful mix of cow culture and alpine thrills, we have long stayed in my favorite little alpine village…tiny Gimmelwald, a humble peasant hamlet where nearly everyone has the same last name.  Check out this video clip taken high upon “scalps of the Alps,” and you’ll see why I get excited just…
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  • Take It Outside: Week 5 Favorites

    Elizabeth Bonner
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    April is in the air! For some, that means pollen. For us, it means all the more reason to take it outside where there’s a fresh, salty sea breeze. Even with Easter right around the corner, while preparing scrumptious Sunday brunches and meticulously plotting hiding places for egg hunts, you managed to make time for some more outdoor adventures and relaxation. Click to view slideshow. Next week will be our Take It Outside finale post, so help us make it the best one yet by sharing your most spectacular outdoors experiences! To participate in this closing roundup, follow us on Instagram…
  • Stripe Hype

    Melissa Flandreau
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Photo by Ted Tucker Hand-loomed and made of Turkish cotton, these colorful towels are a great addition to your beach bag. Turkish-T Saint Tropez Bath Towel in Red and Turquoise, $48;  
  • Swell Shells

    Melissa Flandreau
    14 Apr 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Photo by Ted Tucker Handcrafted with shells and sea glass, this wreath is the perfect way to decorate your beach house door. Victoria’s Seacraft Coastal Beach Wreath with Blue Sea Glass, $65;
  • Take It Outside: Week 4 Favorites

    Elizabeth Bonner
    11 Apr 2014 | 10:51 am
    This week we’ve seen some April showers, but it seems they’ve also brought in some early May flowers. Rain or shine, you’re enjoying the great outdoors and capturing it beautifully, and we’re excited to show off a few more of our favorite shots! Click to view slideshow. Be sure to follow us on Instagram (@Coastal_Living) and Twitter (@CoastalLiving), and don’t forget to tag everything you share with #CLTakeItOutside. Check back next week for another round of our top picks!
  • How can you make a new garden look well-established?

    Madeleine Frank
    9 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
      Photos: Upper left, Marc Royce; Above, Roger Foley In our second bonus Q&A with Santa Barbara, CA landscape designer Margie Grace, she shares an expert gardening trick.   Coastal Living: How can you make a new garden quickly look well-established? Margie Grace: If you want multiples of one kind of plant, buy a few that are mature and put those where they’ll have the most impact while you wait for the rest to grow. Trick number two is to plant short-lived things in the meantime, like wildflowers, to fill in those temporary empty spaces, and let them fade out naturally…
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  • Airbnb offers to pay hotel taxes, NY hotel lobby says ‘no thanks’
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:10 am
    After years of complaining about how Airbnb doesn’t compete on a level playing field, apparently the hotel lobby in New York now wants to ensure that the peer-to-peer hospitality startup isn’t held to the same standards, especially as it relates to taxes.
  • Sabre IPO raises less than expected
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:09 am
    Sabre on Thursday priced its initial public offering at $16 per share, less than the $18 to $20 range that was projected earlier this month. Sabre said net proceeds of $588 million to $677 million would be used to repay debt.
  • Starwood launches app for Google Glass
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:08 am
    Starwood plans to continue updating the app based on user feedback, but for now there appears to be a decent set of features. This list includes being able to search (by voice) for any of the 1,100 Starwood hotels and get turn-by-turn directions to the hotel as well as explore and share images of the hotel, rooms and more.
  • Marriott on its ‘marketing journey of change’
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:07 am
    Call it what you will: crowdsourcing content, consumer co-creation, or any other half dozen terms. It is the future of marketing across many industries, and Marriott's could be a catalyst for widespread adoption in hospitality.
  • Travel agents love hotel websites
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:06 am
    New research from Benchmark Hositality suggests that an attractive and user-friendly hotel website with direct booking option generates revenue with the travel agents - in fact agents use this method 34% of the time for making reservations (GDS is 38% of TA bookings).
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  • Magic Carpets

    Anna V
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:57 am
     Miguel Chevalier, French artist, is spreading what he calls "magic carpets" across the floor of a former sacré coeur church in Casablanca, Morocco. It is an interesting digital construction and interactive light display referencing cellular automata and biology.     When the viewer moves, the trajectory of the curves is disrupted under their feet, and the executed choreographic movements is set to the music of Michel Redolfi.  See this cool giant kaleidoscope for yourself in the video below. Miguel CHEVALIER Tapis magiques 2014 Casablanca…
  • It’s All in the Details

    Anna V
    2 Apr 2014 | 5:07 pm
    Let’s get personal; it all comes down to the details. Details are what set rental homes and small hotels apart from the usual hotels. It's what makes a home away from home when you travel to unique and exquisite locations. The quality of renting these personal homes and small hotels boils down to those little details. What's in a detail? For starters, it's a small piece to a much larger whole. It’s an individual feature that gives you important knowledge of the owner, city, country, and culture. Everything from the most tertiary colors to the…
  • World of Colors

    Anna V
    26 Mar 2014 | 11:49 am
    For better or for worse, it's no secret colors can make a difference between good and bad design. However, more often than not, colors are not only being chosen for its ability to define a space’s ambience, but also to define and shape your mood. It can do everything from enhance your feelings to modify the perceived temperature! The psychology of color is a big and fascinating design trend today. We would like to welcome you to the world of colors and the homes that take hues to the next level. Blue is a potent sedative. We think this is an ideal place to take a good book and…
  • I’m the Train They Call the City of New Orleans

    Anna V
    21 Mar 2014 | 11:00 am
    contributed by Terri Phillips In the dark black dead of night we boarded the Southbound 59 at the downtown station in Memphis.   The air was crisp and it felt like we were making our getaway.  I pulled my hood over my head so no one would recognize me. The idling train engine was our soundtrack.  We took seats upstairs facing each other and settled in for the eight hour ride.  My son closed his eyes and I began to see the lights of the station move across his face as the train picked up speed.  It would be his first trip to the Big Easy. The lush green flatlands of…
  • Travel & Style

    Anna V
    5 Mar 2014 | 1:46 pm
    image by The CW   Take flight, set sail, wander off! They say a great journey begins with the first step. We say it takes some smart planning, fun pieces and terrific style. Where do you want to go and who do you want to be? How does your style of travel reflect your personality and experience while you're on the road?   There are many ways to travel and unlimited places to go but how you travel and what you take with you can create and shape the experience. Chic nomads know that preparation and style can be almost as important as destination. If you've got to take…
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  • Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast #87 – News, Rumours and Cabana Bay

    Lee Mallaby
    19 Apr 2014 | 12:10 am
    A lot is going on in the world of Universal Studios theme parks at the moment. We invite you to join us for another podcast bringing you a plethora of news, rumors and coverage. We…The post Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast #87 – News, Rumours and Cabana Bay appeared first on MiceChat.
  • Knotts Berry Farm Calico Mine Ride and Camp Snoopy Hardhat Tour

    Norman Gidney
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    We took a sneak peek at Knott’s Berry Farm’s Calico Mine Ride and Camp Snoop yesterday. What we found was a very good sign for things to come this summer. Last year, instead of adding…The post Knotts Berry Farm Calico Mine Ride and Camp Snoopy Hardhat Tour appeared first on MiceChat.
  • Season Pass Podcast: Atlantis and the Kennedy Space Center

    Doug Barnes
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    The Kennedy Space Center in Florida is a prime tourist location to bring the family, to educate, to entertain, and to be inspired.  It is also an astounding example of what the themed entertainment industry can…The post Season Pass Podcast: Atlantis and the Kennedy Space Center appeared first on MiceChat.
  • The End of “Let the Memories Begin”

    Werner Weiss
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:04 pm
    It officially began January 2011—a brand new slogan—“Let the Memories Begin!” Your memory of “Let the Memories Begin” might be that there were many “Let the Memories Begin” banners and signs. Now they’ve gone to…The post The End of “Let the Memories Begin” appeared first on MiceChat.
  • Baby on Board: Walt Disney World With a Diaper Bag

    Jessica Ma'ilo
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    If you’ve read past the title, let’s assume you’ve decided to brave the parks with your mini-mouseketeer.  There are definitely some pros and cons to weigh when deciding whether or not to take a baby…The post Baby on Board: Walt Disney World With a Diaper Bag appeared first on MiceChat.
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    A Luxury Travel Blog

  • 7 highlights you can’t miss in Phuket

    Lizi Oldham
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:13 am
    Seducing travelers for years, Phuket, known as the Pearl of the Andaman Sea, is an alluring tropical destination. Appealing to all, from the dreamers and drifters to the hedonists and adrenaline junkies, Phuket has an intoxicating spirit bound to captivate even the most seasoned traveler. Offering the perfect combination of relaxation and indulgence, the island promises [...]7 highlights you can’t miss in Phuket is a post from A Luxury Travel Blog The post 7 highlights you can’t miss in Phuket appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
  • 5 luxury lodges where you’ll see elephants in South Africa

    Marcel Van de Ghinste
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:10 pm
    The grand stature of the African elephant is as captivating as its innate intimacy for its own kind. You’d expect the huge frame of these gentle giants to stand out like a storm cloud in a clear blue sky, but the elephant isn’t as easily spotted in the wild as you may believe. Here are [...]5 luxury lodges where you’ll see elephants in South Africa is a post from A Luxury Travel Blog The post 5 luxury lodges where you’ll see elephants in South Africa appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
  • Yachting in the Bahamas – a guide to the yachts and hops

    Daniel Barber
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:50 pm
    Suddenly the Winter is over; most of the Alpine snow has all but turned to slush. Time to start thinking about summer holidays, and what better place to begin than the Bahamas! With year round consistent temperatures of 27 °C, refreshing Atlantic breezes, and hundreds of miles of white sandy beaches, the Bahamas is a [...]Yachting in the Bahamas – a guide to the yachts and hops is a post from A Luxury Travel Blog The post Yachting in the Bahamas – a guide to the yachts and hops appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
  • 4 top luxury film sets for your next visit to the UK

    Nicole Harley
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:58 am
    Ancient forests, sparkling lakes and haunted castles – it should come as no surprise that filmmakers flock to Britain. As well as breathtaking landscapes, Britain is peppered with fabulous historic architecture – from castles to stately homes – whose fabled walls have provided the backdrop for many a classic film or cult TV drama. With [...]4 top luxury film sets for your next visit to the UK is a post from A Luxury Travel Blog The post 4 top luxury film sets for your next visit to the UK appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
  • Top 5 reasons why the Basque country is an ideal destination

    Celine Renaud
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:02 am
    France is always going to be one of my top Winter and Summer destinations, the Alps a seasonal haven and the South of France – well, there is nothing better than being close to a harbour or hearing the waves lap at the shore. This year, one of my favourite destinations has to be Biarritz [...]Top 5 reasons why the Basque country is an ideal destination is a post from A Luxury Travel Blog The post Top 5 reasons why the Basque country is an ideal destination appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
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  • Top 5 favorite Hawaii places to watch a sunset

    16 Apr 2014 | 5:59 am
    Top 5 favorite Hawaii places to watch a sunset Ko Olina Resort, Oahu, sunset. Photo by James Wu. Hanalei Bay and Haena State Park on Kauai. Wailea and Makena Beach on Maui. Anaehoomalu Bay on the Big Island. Ko Olina Resort on Oahu.These are the universally-agreed-upon sweet spots that DIDN'T make the final five cut of our readers’ Favorite Hawaii Places to Watch a Sunset list for 2014.Earlier this month, we again asked our HAWAII Magazine Facebook reader ohana the poll quest...
  • HAWAII Magazine's "Hidden Waikiki" Guide: After Dark

    15 Apr 2014 | 3:45 am
    HAWAII Magazine's "Hidden Waikiki" Guide: After Dark Dining behind the tatami curtains at Choco House Restaurant & Sushi. Photo by Aaron Yoshino."Hidden Waikiki" is our first-ever, user-friendly guide to the under-the-radar spots we hit when we visit our backyard, world-famous, ever-fascinating and wholly unique Hawaii resort area.You'll find the entire feature in our current March/April issue, on sale now nationwide or available for
  • Duke Kahanamoku Beach Challenge celebrates Hawaiian makahiki with ocean sports and games this weekend

    11 Apr 2014 | 4:27 am
    Duke Kahanamoku Beach Challenge celebrates Hawaiian makahiki with ocean sports and games this weekend Photo: Duke Kahanamoku Beach ChallengeIf you’re in the midst of very modern Waikiki this weekend and find yourself yearningt for a glimpse into old Hawaii, check out the 29th annual Duke Kahanamoku Beach Challenge.The annual event, which benefits the Waikiki Community Center, is a mix of Hawaii heritage and modern Waikiki fun, with double-hulled canoe races, tug-of-war, stand-up paddle board races and a variety of...
  • NFL all-star Pro Bowl game leaving Hawaii for 2015, returning in 2016

    10 Apr 2014 | 6:27 am
    NFL all-star Pro Bowl game leaving Hawaii for 2015, returning in 2016 2006 NFL Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium. Photo: NFLFor only the third time since 1980, the NFL Pro Bowl will not be played in Hawaii.The National Football League announced yesterday that its annual all-star game will relocate to Arizona next year and set for Sun., Jan. 25, 2015, at University of Phoenix Stadium. Super Bowl XLIX will take place a week later in the same stadium.The NFL Pro Bowl will return to Oahu’s Aloha Stadium in ...
  • HAWAII Magazine's "Hidden Waikiki" Guide: Edibles, Part 1

    7 Apr 2014 | 6:49 am
    HAWAII Magazine's "Hidden Waikiki" Guide: Edibles, Part 1 Okonomiyaki bar at Jinroku Pacific. Photo by Aaron Yoshino.That’s roughly how much street time and literal legwork our staff collectively put into our “Hidden Waikiki” guide, which you’ll find in its entirety in HAWAII Magazine’s current March/April issue. What’s “Hidden Waikiki” all about?It’s our first-ever, user-friendly guide to the under-the-radar spots we hit when...
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  • A New Look at Uncornered Market

    Audrey Scott
    14 Apr 2014 | 4:24 am
    By Audrey ScottIf you’re looking at this article on our website, either on your desktop, laptop, tablet or smartphone you may have noticed that things are looking a little different around here. (And if you’re reading this via RSS or email, we encourage you to hop over to the actual website right now. Otherwise, the rest of this won’t make any sense.)Uncornered Market has been redesigned! This has been a long, long process, including several fits and starts over the years. But now we’re finally here with a new look and more importantly, a much better engine.Why the change?We…
  • Itsukushima Shinto Shrine on Miyajima Island, Japan [360-Degree Panorama]

    Audrey Scott
    3 Apr 2014 | 2:51 am
    By Audrey ScottMiyajima, a sacred island in Japan. So sacred in fact that its famous Itsukushima Shinto Shrine (now a UNESCO site) was designed very cleverly 500 years ago. You see, the raised boards provided a way for pilgrims to visit the island without actually touching sacred land directly. The purity of the island was kept in check for hundreds of years. (Another feature of the design is that it look like the shrine is floating on water during high tide, which is pretty cool.)Once at the shrine we gazed out over the water to the famous “floating” vermillion Torii (gate), only…
  • Being Present in Travel: 6 Reasons Why, 4 Ways How

    Audrey Scott
    23 Mar 2014 | 9:41 pm
    By Audrey ScottTravel is like a good, challenging book: it demands presentness—the ability to live completely in the moment, absorbed in the words or vision of reality before you. – Robert Kaplan It’s de rigueur to speak of “creating memories,” particularly when it comes to travel. This tendency has only been intensified by and through social media and online sharing. Similarly, we’ve written about creating a story-filled life, the idea being that experiences rather than material goods are what truly shape who we are. While I still believe that implicit underlying premise to…
  • Capturing the Essence of a Place (Or, A Long Weekend in Strasbourg)

    Daniel Noll
    13 Mar 2014 | 9:49 am
    By Daniel Noll Peering down the canal. La Petite France, Strasbourg.A few thoughts on how to find the essence of a place, and I suppose ultimately the essence of life — told through a long weekend in Strasbourg, France. It’s about how a fully cooked itinerary might actually get in the way of getting what I really came for in the first place. A few weekends ago, Audrey and I traveled to Strasbourg, France — a town ostensibly in France, but Germanic under the skin. An Alsatian town. We’d been there twice before for the same reason we’d come for this third time: a wine…
  • How to Pack For A Trek: The Ultimate Trekking Packing List

    Audrey Scott
    27 Feb 2014 | 8:25 am
    By Audrey Scott How should I pack for a trek? What should I pack for a multi-day hike? What is too much? And what is too little? How am I going to carry it all? Which gear and trekking supplies should I buy in advance and which can I buy on the ground? After receiving numerous emails, queries and comments asking about trekking gear and how to pack for treks, especially when the trek is incorporated into a longer trip, we decided to assemble our packing advice for treks, short and long.By way of background, during the first six years of our journey we carried all that we needed in our…
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  • Plan Your Perfectly Priced Wedding Give Your Relationship Peace At Your Ideal Wedding

    18 Apr 2014 | 7:05 pm
    Bridesmaids’ gift baskets will be put together by the bride. These baskets can include beauty products that are designed for ladies who invest time outside like tinted sunscreen, moisturizers and make-up with sunblock in it. Next you will want to add beach products like flip flops, a bathing fit, sunglasses and a sarong. These items can be a part of their wedding outfit or they can be post wedding goodies. As is accurate in most other elements of lifestyle, it is doubly accurate with occasion distributors: You get what you pay for. This is a services business, and you just can’t…
  • Your Best And Healthier Alternative For Traditional Smoking

    17 Apr 2014 | 3:15 pm
    When you have a sick baby it can be a scarey time in your life. You call the doctor and they are not worried. They tell you to just treat the symptoms and your little one will be fine; but what do you need to treat their symptoms? Here is a list of several helpful products for a sick baby. Insulate your attic, walls, and crawl spaces to lower your energy usage by up to 30 percent. Since the energy savings attic insulation provides is substantially reduced if moisture can pass through the ceiling, use a vapor barrier under the attic insulation to keep water from causing structural damage.
  • Beneficial Elements Of Seo Companies

    16 Apr 2014 | 2:14 pm
    SEO, or search engine optimization, is crucial for every thing on the Internetif it’s to turn out to be effective, anyway. Even the smallest house-based businesses benefit from it, so it doesn’t matter whether or not you’re promoting cakes from home or beginning up your own independent accounting company. Simply because every good company needs an online track record, each great company also need beneficial Search engine optimization strategies. Social networking assists seo companies, not just to get visitors but to discover and share with other people. People usually…
  • 5 Things To Steer Clear Of Stating When Applying For Security Work On Craigslist

    14 Apr 2014 | 5:02 pm
    New Children on the Block have introduced they are performing on a cruise. You have the opportunity to go on a cruise with NKOTB from Ft. Lauderdale to the Bahamas. The New Children On The Block cruise will be May fifteen-eighteen People has reported Tickets for the NKOTB concert cruise go on sale Wednesday, January 14th. The People web site even has the video of NKOTB saying the cruise. What’s the potential for a information tale? When I first came to Mercy, I was extremely excited to learn Mercy had a distinctive K-9 plan. German shepherds, all specifically educated in Europe, owned…
  • All Natural Garcinia Cambogia Extract Consumer Evaluation

    2 Apr 2014 | 4:52 pm
    Zoloft is a wonder drug to some, providing an escape from anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, depressive disorder, and panic condition. I have personally been using Zoloft for 10 many years. I am very pleased with Zoloft, but Zoloft does have side effects. It is really up to you to figure out if these side effects outweigh the advantages of using Zoloft. The garcinia cambogia is an urge for food resistant capsule helps in weight reduction. It is a dietary complement which helps the physique to crash extra fats and urge it to indulge in good eating routines. The product is a distinctive…
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    Cleared for Takeoff - The Triporati Blog

  • The Great War Centenary

    Darya Mead
    31 Mar 2014 | 11:18 am
    This year marks the Centenary of the start of World War One, often called the “Great War” or the “War to End all Wars.” It’s a sobering occasion in Europe, where so many lives were lost and where so many enmities still exist or have been rekindled of late. With tensions ratcheting up in Ukraine and Eastern Europe once again, perhaps lessons learned from WWI can help de-escalate the situation. The last surviving WWI veterans have passed, and a number of wars have come and gone in the wake of what was, at the time, just called “The World War.” Europe…
  • Museum Café Renaissance

    Darya Mead
    28 Feb 2014 | 2:12 pm
    I have fond memories of dressing up to visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC with my family or friends, and eating in the fancy cafe with marble statues and fountains. I stared at the coins in the water, thinking about how rich I would be if I could collect all the change. I can still look down and see my shiny black patent leather Mary Jane shoes scuffing along the marble. I don’t know what I ate but it was probably a tuna sandwich or BLT, something mundane, despite the posh surroundings. Later, when I became a parent, I started packing lunches to save money, because I was…
  • The World’s First Travel Blog

    Larry Habegger
    10 Jan 2014 | 3:37 pm
    With the thousands, if not tens of thousands, of travel blogs active in 2014, it’s hard for many people to remember a time before they existed. But that wasn’t so long ago. Twenty years, in fact. On January 6, 1994, Jeff Greenwald uploaded the first from-the-field travel post to the Global Network Navigator (GNN) developed by O’Reilly Media (O’Reilly & Associates at the time). And the rest is history, as they say. Check out Jeff’s account of that time in a recent Wired piece, and track down a copy of The Size of the World, his excellent book about the…
  • Sugar Pine to Sochi

    Darya Mead
    9 Jan 2014 | 4:46 am
    With the Sochi Winter Olympics just weeks away, interest is heating up for some of the lesser known winter sports. On a recent trip to Lake Tahoe, California for some winter fun, I was thrilled to find a cross country skiing venue with an Olympic pedigree. Despite the disturbing lack of snow this year, Sugar Pine Point State Park, on Tahoe’s West Shore and home to the 1960 Squaw Valley Winter Olympic Nordic Ski courses, was a great option to find pristine trails. More than 50 years ago, when the Olympics were less of a circus, the land that is now Sugar Pine Point State Park welcomed…
  • California Gold Country Booty

    Darya Mead
    21 Nov 2013 | 10:34 am
    As we careen towards Christmas, I was experiencing a bit of S-A-O, Seasonal-Autumnal-Overload. Having already relented to a trip to a giant pumpkin patch, harvest day for my son’s school, Halloween preparations and the omnipresent pumpkinification of October, from coffee flavoring, to muffins to candles…I was done. Alas, we had a fall getaway planned to the California Gold Country in the Sierra Foothills and I was looking for some fun things to do with the family that might diverge a bit from the frolicsome fall activities I had been enjoying. We have driven past Sonora on our way…
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    Information About Alaska (IAA)

  • Career Training for Ports and Marinas

    Alan Sorum
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:25 am
    Successful clean harbor programs depend on the efforts of skilled, well qualified employees to operate moorage basins in an environmentally sensitive manner. The training of employees is expensive, more so in Alaska with its vast travel distances. Coupled with limited training budgets, harbors often lack the ability to encourage the career development of their staff […] The post Career Training for Ports and Marinas appeared first on Information About Alaska (IAA).
  • Wildlife is Worth Billions to the Alaskan Economy

    Alan Sorum
    20 Mar 2014 | 12:55 pm
    It is no surprise that wildlife viewing and hunting is important to Alaskans and visitors to the state alike. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) commissioned the firm of ECONNorthwest to evaluate data related wildlife activity recorded in 2011. According to the study, wildlife is worth billions to the Alaskan economy. During 2011, […] The post Wildlife is Worth Billions to the Alaskan Economy appeared first on Information About Alaska (IAA).
  • Trap and Snare Safety for Pet Owners

    Alan Sorum
    17 Jan 2014 | 2:14 pm
    Trap and snare safety for pet owners becomes important where animals are allowed to run off-leash without supervision. Pets wandering loose on public lands run the risk of encountering a leg hold trap or snare during the winter fur-trapping season. Quick action is vital to preventing injury or making the situation worse. The Alaska Department […] The post Trap and Snare Safety for Pet Owners appeared first on Information About Alaska (IAA).
  • McNeil River Bear Viewing Permits Due March 1

    Alan Sorum
    6 Jan 2014 | 3:46 pm
    The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has issued a press release concerning McNeil River bear viewing permits. McNeil River offers visitors a unique opportunity to see Brown bears up close. – The application deadline for lottery permits to visit Alaska’s premier brown bear viewing site at McNeil River State Game Sanctuary is fast approaching. […] The post McNeil River Bear Viewing Permits Due March 1 appeared first on Information About Alaska (IAA).
  • ADF&G Releases Entertaining Details About Flying Reindeer

    Alan Sorum
    13 Dec 2013 | 2:45 pm
    In the spirit of the season, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) has published a detailed species profile for Santa’s flying reindeer. Heard, but seldom seen, this rare animal is popular with children across the world. In a press release, ADF&G says, “Santa’s reindeer (Rangifer tarandus saintnicolas magicalus) look very similar to common […] The post ADF&G Releases Entertaining Details About Flying Reindeer appeared first on Information About Alaska (IAA).
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    Smith Travel Blog

  • Saffire, Freycinet Peninsula: hotel of the week

    Sarah Jappy
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:18 pm
    We’re going bush – but we won’t be any roughing it on this trip. Crystal -blue waters, adventure-packed afternoons and aphrodisiac oysters are just a few of seductive Saffire‘s lures. Escape to the most eastern edge of Tasmania, ocean to one side, rocky mountains and green hills on the other and nothing but fresh Pacific air in between. Nature calls… Style Elemental sanctuary Setting Pristine natural wonders Why this week? Eating oysters straight from water in a pair of waders gives a whole new meaning to the term ‘farm to table’ and, since this experience is on…
  • An intimate evening with Immodesty Blaize and Laetitia Rutherford for Social Book Week

    Juliet Kinsman
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:59 am
    We’re inviting you to join us in Clerkenwell on Sunday 11 May, 6pm–8pm, for an intimate, relaxed, book-saluting salon at the Zetter Townhouse in celebration of London’s Social Book Week and to support the Reading Agency… Tickets: a £25 donation* (*but of course, we won’t object if any of you lit-loving philanthropists want to donate more. And should you want to spend the night, we have some very special dinner, bed and breakfast rates, see below.) Our travel club members are intrepid creatures, clear about the benefits of pleasure and convinced of the value of…
  • Dormy House – stylish spa time for all the family?

    Juliet Kinsman
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Fleeing the city to the Cotswolds in spring is always a treat, but never more so than when you trade home for a whirl at style-drenched Dormy House. From this season, stays at this luxe manor house just got that little bit more spoiling too, thanks to a chic new spa. Who says you can’t have a romantic country break with a little one in tow?A family escape to a sophisticated Cotswolds boutique hotel seems such a fabulous idea… Then you get to your fashionable bolthole, everyone else is wafting around romantically and your crew rocks up, spills their chattels everywhere, whacks up the…
  • Unusual arrivals: 10 great ways to get to your hotel

    Lucy Fennings
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:16 am
    Did we fool you with ‘Love is in the Air‘, our tongue-in-cheek take on romantic travel for 1 April? We can’t really arrange for you to take love to a higher plane en route to your boutique hotel, but our brilliant Travel Team has arranged all manner of unusual hotel arrivals and special sorties, from gondola cruises in Venice to mule-trekking in the High Atlas. Here are 10 amazing (and real) ways of getting to, from and around your Smith stays… 1 TAKE A MULE TRAIN IN MEXICO Where? Verana, Jalisco How? Verana is a swoon-inducingly gorgeous collection of…
  • Hospes Palau de la Mar, Valencia: hotel of the week

    Kate Weir
    11 Apr 2014 | 9:54 am
    After our Easter holiday spring-cleaning spree we’ll be in need of a well-earned European city break. Spanish boutique hotel Hospes Palau de la Mar – in architecturally arresting Valencia – appeals to our newfound neat freak with spotless monochrome minimalism… Style Minimalist modern palace Setting Edge of the old town Why this week? Book by 20 April to get a tidy 25 per cent off summer stays at the hotel, from 1 July to 31 August 2014 (with free breakfast). Book for non-stop beach partying at Benicassim Festival (17–20 July); fiesta in traditional fashion at the July…
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  • How I Finally Came to Terms with the Homebody Inside Me

    17 Apr 2014 | 7:04 am
    After a few exhausting months on the road, I am finally back in New York City. I’ve spent the last three months on the move, leading tours, attending conferences, and giving talks. It was draining and I’m happy to finally be back home, with no plans other than to enjoy spring’s return to the city. A few weeks ago, while checking my e-mail somewhere over America (I love in-flight wi-fi), I opened a question about my article, “Home: The Death of a Nomad.” The woman wanted to know if I was able to kill the nomad inside me — was I able to settle down? Did I turn out O.K.? Did…
  • Ko Lanta: The Thai Island That Remains Paradise

    14 Apr 2014 | 7:54 am
    It all started with two French girls. It was 2006 and five months into my first round the world trip. I had arrived in Thailand two weeks before, ran into a friend, and jetted off to Ko Phi Phi, a place I didn’t enjoy. Another friend e-mailed me about a beautiful, out of the way, hidden island near the Malaysian border called Ko Lipe and suggested I come. It sounded perfect. “I’ll be right there.” I replied. But then I ran into those beautiful French girls with their seductive accents. A few nights before, I had met them in one of the many bars on the island. I saw them again on…
  • Launching Nomadic Matt’s Community Forums (and a Blogging School!)

    10 Apr 2014 | 7:42 am
    Today is a big day for this site and the start of many changes and improvements. After spending the winter on the road, I’m back in New York City with no trips planned until mid-May. I plan to rest, take advantage of spring, explore this amazing city, and start tweaking and improving this website. I have a lot of ideas and projects in my head, some of which will require your help! You’ll be hearing about them in the next few weeks but today, I want to announce the first two big additions: Community Forums As many of you know, in January I did a Creative Live on budget travel. At…
  • How to Play, Feed, Bathe, and Protect the Elephants in Thailand

    7 Apr 2014 | 7:52 am
    Elephants have long been important to Thai culture, where they are a symbol of religion, history, royalty, and power. According to Buddhist legend, Queen Maya of Sakya, Lord Buddha’s mother, dreamed that a divine Bodhisattva on a white elephant touched her side. She later became pregnant and since then elephants have had a strong connection to the divine and royalty in Buddhism. As Thailand is a Buddhist society, this is one reason elephants are held in such high esteem (the old kings of Thailand rode around on white elephants). Additionally, elephants were used in the logging industry to…
  • See Something Different and Visit the Stone Carving Hermit of Nicaragua

    3 Apr 2014 | 9:26 am
    Nicaragua is a place that attracts visitors with its surf, beaches, hiking, volcanos, and delicious food. You’ll never be short of something to do. But if you’re looking for something different and personable, travel north to Esteli and search out Alberto Guiterrez, the town’s stone-carving hermit. He’s not easy to get to but he’s worth the trek. I got lucky. A friend of mine connected me with a local named Rodney McDonald, who runs a great program teaching communities about fire safety and EMS. (Tragically, it’s not very common in Central America.) Rodney would…
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  • Steve Burton Reviews Carlsbad Seapoint Resort

    Lisa Ann Schreier, The Timeshare Crusader
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:09 am
    Our intrepid reviewer Steve Burton is back!  If you'd like to contribute a resort review, we'd love to have you as a Guest Blogger.Carlsbad Seapointe Resort (3987) This resort is located a short drive from the village of Carlsbad. It is also close to a busy road and a railway line which serves both Amtrak and the coaster commuter service that runs between San Diego and Oceanside. The resort is just five minutes’ walk to Poinsetta station so it’s convenient for the coaster service.  Some people find the noise of the trains to be annoying but I am not one of these people as I…
  • It's a New Timeshare Book!

    Lisa Ann Schreier, The Timeshare Crusader
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:20 am
    The Timeshare Crusader Seeks Consumer Input for New BookLisa Ann Schreier, long time timeshare industry writer, blogger and author has announced that she has started work on her fourth book tentatively entitled“A Consumers’ Guide To Timeshare.”“My previous books, “Surviving A Timeshare Presentation”, “Timeshare Vacations For Dummies”and to a lesser extent, the college text “Timeshare Management-The Key Issues For Hospitality Managers” have mainly been on focused on my thoughts, outlook and opinions.  After being around timeshare owners for nearly 15 years, it made…
  • Five and Almost 20 With Helen Foster

    Lisa Ann Schreier, The Timeshare Crusader
    11 Apr 2014 | 5:56 am
    Helen Foster  Marketing Manager – Publications, RCI Europe) What was your first job in timeshare? Editor of the RCI Ventures Magazine (European, Middle East, Africa and India Edition). Though I wear many RCI hats in my role today, the business magazine and its supplementary website, are my ‘babies’. I love Ventures because we need new resorts, experiences and brands to come into the market to grow our industry, organically, and it is both my plan and hope that the RCI Ventures media encourages and inspires existing resort developers to expand their…
  • NTOA Implements HelpLine

    Lisa Ann Schreier, The Timeshare Crusader
    3 Apr 2014 | 6:42 am
    Earlier this week, the National Timeshare Owners Association unveiled its new Consumer Helpline. (1-844-ASK-NTOA)I sat down with the NTOA's President to find out more about this helpline.Can you tell us a little bit about the genesis of the NTOA helpline?The "ASK NTOA" program was developed out of the many requests of timeshare owners who felt they needed to have their voice heard. These were not our members but still needed some level of assistance and access to our association. What makes it different from any other means that timeshare owners have at their disposal to provide feedback…
  • A Frustrated Bluegreen Owner Has Her Opportunity To Speak

    Lisa Ann Schreier, The Timeshare Crusader
    1 Apr 2014 | 11:04 am
    A few weeks ago I saw a tweet from some expressing displeasure with Bluegreen for not being able to get out of a fully paid off timeshare.  I contacted the person and gave her the opportunity to tell her story.  This is it.  I've only made minor grammatical edits and deleted her name as she want to remain anonymous.  It's a long post, but very much on target and well worth your time. Hello Lisa - I take it you could read a little sarcasm into my tweet.  I apologize - I did not mean to offend. Fact is, I was venting and no one ever reads my tweets anyway.
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  • Uganda: Playing Music with Pygmies

    28 Apr 2014 | 11:18 am
    Batwas Learn harmonica in Uganda with the author leading the way. photos by Margie Goldsmith. Blowing the Blues with the Batwa Pygmies in Uganda... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Winnipeg, Manitoba Has Two Big Surprises

    18 Apr 2014 | 12:25 pm
    Beard contest winners at the Festival du Voyageurs, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. photos by Max Hartshorne. VIEW MORE PHOTOS FROM WINNIPEG The Canadian Human Rights Museum & The Journey to... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Big Bear Lake, CA: Sunny All the Time

    18 Apr 2014 | 7:47 am
    San Gorgonio mountain from the top of Snow Summit resort in Big Bear Lake, California. photos by Max Hartshorne. Big Bear Lake California: Spectacular Sun and Snow By Jack Dunphy Big Bear Lake,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • What's New in San Antonio in 2014?

    17 Apr 2014 | 6:53 am
     River Walk in San Antonio. Even more to enjoy!  Al Rendon photo. What’s New in San Antonio in 2014? New Museum Attractions and Expanded Riverwalk Top List in the heart of Texas By... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Argentina: A Women's Trip to BA and Iguazu Falls

    15 Apr 2014 | 8:41 am
    Tango is an essential part of Buenos Aires. A Women's Trip to Argentina: Buenos Aires and Iguazu Falls By Max Hartshorne South America is becoming one of the most popular destinations for... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Spot Cool Stuff: Travel

  • Websites For Booking Cargo Ship Cruises

    Spot Cool Travel Stuff
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:25 am
    Conjure an image of what’s it is like to go on a cruise. Are you picturing buffet dinners? On-deck spinning classes? Retirees playing shuffleboard? Many cruises really are like that. But if you’re looking for a different sort of cruise scene consider traveling by cargo ship. Cargo ship travel is the un-cruise. There’s nothing fabricated about it. Every day thousands of freighters ply the high seas. Some of them have extra state rooms and accept passengers to tag along for the ride. It is as “real” as travel gets. Read the rest on our cool websites review blog
  • The World’s Only Pub That’s Inside a Tree

    Spot Cool Travel Stuff
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:10 am
    Sometimes the name of a pub describes exactly what it is. So it is with the Big Baobab Bar in Limpopo Province, South Africa. The “Baobab” in the moniker refers to a type of tree that’s native to Madagascar and found sprinkled throughout arid regions of southern Africa. The genus is colloquially referred to as “the upside down tree” — in the dry season, when baobabs sheds its leafs, the branches resemble underground roots. “Big” is an adjective that describes many baobabs. The trees can grow to a massive size thanks to their remarkable ability to…
  • A Visit to the Chocolate Hills

    Spot Cool Travel Stuff
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Kids (and those possessing a sweet tooth) might be disappointed when they arrive at the Chocolate Hills and discover they are not literally so. For everyone else, though, these curious conical mounds in the middle of the Philippine island of Bohol are bound to delight. Imagine being on a white sand beach on a tropical island and then heading inland through green jungle. The way is mostly flat and lush. And then, suddenly, you see a large earthen mound 30 meters (100 feet) high covered in grass but otherwise devoid of foliage. You wonder why anyone would bother building such an enormous,…
  • Toilet Restaurants Aim for a Crappy Experience

    Spot Cool Travel Stuff
    10 Apr 2014 | 1:30 pm
    We can’t imagine the marketing meeting during which some one pitches the concept for a toilet-themed restaurant — and the others at the meeting approving of the idea. And yet presumably such a meeting has happened. More than once. There are at least three dozen (!) restaurants on planet Earth where toilets and urinals, poop and potty talk, are the central attraction. What’s more, those restaurants are so flush with success that a couple of new ones open every year. Sounds delicious! Where can I find these toilet restaurants? we’re sure you are asking yourself right now…
  • Travel to Game of Thrones Filming Locations

    Spot Cool Travel Stuff
    4 Apr 2014 | 12:36 pm
    The HBO epic fantasy of Game of Thrones has taken the world by storm on television, intriguing many to venture to these exotic locations that provide the show with an authentic feel. The sets, locations and environment are as much of a character in the show as are the Lannisters and Starks. These relatively remote locations are becoming tourist spots and vacation destinations that will have you immersed in the Game of Thrones world, but beware, winter is coming. Here are the more prominent locations where the show has been filmed: Northern Ireland Never underestimate the hospitality of the…
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  • Old shoes, new life….

    4 Apr 2014 | 7:35 am
    Although many people consider the ritual of shopping for vacation clothes necessary…you might want to focus on new clothes and not shoes…a vacation is not the place to break-in new footwear. I must admit I have not followed my own advice in the past and my poor feet paid the price dearly, and my travel plans needed to be altered once I became chair bound due to bad blisters. Do yourself a favor and travel with old shoes!
  • Your own Moroccan palace

    2 Apr 2014 | 8:45 pm
      When visiting the entrancing city of Marrakech you are faced with the decision to stay in either a hotel or riad (former mansion turned into a B&B)…if you are looking to relax your stay away poolside with a cocktail in hand, I would go the hotel route…but if you are longing to experience the real Marrakech, definitely stay in a riad. Once that decision is made then you are faced with the painstaking task of picking which riad you want out of the hundreds Marrakesh has to offer. Luckily you have me to guide you to the perfect one…Amirat al Jamal. Set right in the heart of…
  • Jerry Seinfeld on Airplane Travel

    28 Mar 2014 | 7:30 am
    Enjoy some Friday Fun….hilarious!
  • Travel by Ernest

    26 Mar 2014 | 7:30 am
    “Writing and travel broaden your ass if not your mind and I like to write standing up.” -Ernest Hemingway
  • Fijian R&B

    17 Mar 2014 | 7:30 am
    Hit Single by Fiji Pop R&B star Elena Baravilala titled "Viti." The song talks about Fiji, the people and Fiji culture....gorgeous song!
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    The Elite Travel Gal

  • 25 Mar 2014 | 1:25 pm

    25 Mar 2014 | 1:25 pm
    Selling Moments as Memories: A Personal StoryI recently wrote this column which appears today on the TravelPulse ( I wanted to also share it here on my personal blog, as it is a personal story that provides insight into what is most important to me as both a business owner and in my own daily life. On a recent visit to a top luxury hotel in Honolulu, it was a sweet note left on my pillow at turndown the first evening that reminded me what is most important in my life, as well as in my business as a luxury travel…
  • Maui Musts: The Best of Everything Island-Wide

    12 Jan 2014 | 11:03 pm
    After five trips to Maui in 13 months, including spending nearly three weeks there this past holiday season, I've enjoyed scouring the island in search of the best eats, drinks, workouts, views, spa treatments, music, sunsets and sushi. I'm a tough critic and there are so many great options, but below are my personal favorites in each category from Kapalua to Paia: Best Overall Restaurant Island-Wide: Mama's Fish HouseBest Overall Restaurant in Wailea: Alan Wong's Amasia Best Overall Restaurant in Lahaina: tie between Mala Ocean Tavern and Honu Seafood Best New Restaurant: Morimoto'sBest…
  • An Epic Year of Elite Travel: Maui, Bhutan & Beyond

    26 Dec 2013 | 3:38 pm
    Epic. Mind-boggling. Amazing. Basically the only words that properly do justice to 2013 and all of the destinations I visited this year. Of course, traveling the world is a lot more fun when you have an incredible person to share the experiences with. Fortunately for me, this is the direction my life took one year ago this week here in Maui--my all-time favorite place in the world. Here now for the fifth time in 13 months (!), I can't help but stop to reflect on and document the year of 2013, my epic year of traveling with someone who enjoys seeing the world, meeting interesting people and…
  • London #ETISTYLE: Luxury Hotels, Gluten-Free Tea, Brushes with Royalty, Celebrity Chefs, Martinis & More (Part One)

    17 Nov 2013 | 9:34 pm
    On my recent weeklong visit to London, I chose to stay in three very different hotels while visiting with friends and General Managers at dozens of others. I pride myself on being a luxury hotel matchmaker, thus, what better way to hone my skills than experience a variety of luxury hotel styles & locations. From the ultra-posh Corinthia Hotel in the Whitehall neighborhood with a private terrace overlooking the venue where the 2013 Remembrance Day tributes took place to the happening Edition Hotel (Ian Schrager’s latest project) to the always-classy Mandarin Oriental London (seen below) just…
  • Pink Power: Elite Travel & Golden Door Combining Forces to Raise Funds For BCRF

    13 Oct 2013 | 10:00 pm
    When your mom has been battling breast cancer on and off for 18 years, and your 40-something-year-old best friend has a mastectomy & undergoes chemo, it's obvious that raising funds for The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) isn't a choice but an obligation. For years, I have worked closely with many of my travel industry partners to help raise funds for BCRF ( and now, in conjunction with our amazing friends at Golden Door Spa & Fitness Resort, my company Elite Travel International is taking our fundraising efforts to the next level. Simply book a 4- or 7-day stay at…
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  • Top 7 International Cities

    2 Apr 2014 | 12:24 pm
    I’ve done a lot of traveling, and have been on every continent except Antarctica (I’ll get there, someday). I put together this list of my favorite international cities to help other travelers who might be wondering where to go next. 1. Bangkok, Thailand Bangkok is truly a city of the future. The buildings look like a scene out of Minority Report or The Fifth Element; huge, glittering structures that curve straight up and are connected by pedestrian bridges. The combination of Thai culture and Western influences makes Bangkok a unique, cosmopolitan city. Take time to explore one…
  • Top 5 Festivals And Fairs To Visit In India

    26 Mar 2014 | 11:20 am
    The largest democratic country in terms of population, India has a deep rooted culture which is more than 4500 years old. Hinduism is the primary religion in the country with Islam being the secondary and Buddhism and Christianity being the latter. The Country has been a home to many ancient cultures and civilizations, each of them bringing a unique trait and cultural philosophy to the region. Owning to this, India is one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world where you can experience a change in the people’s dialect every few miles you cross. The arts and literature, the…
  • Current Currency: The Cheapest Places to Chase the Sun

    23 Mar 2014 | 11:56 am
    In the rare moments when we catch a bit sun during the British summer (or other months) it can seem almost miraculous. And it disappears all too quickly. And even when we get a good run, it doesn’t feel long enough. After all, what is two, three, four weeks of sun, compared with months of cloud? Some people don’t give in to the gloom that bleaker weather brings though. Instead they get proactive and go where the sky is still blue. To quote Lennon and McCartney (probably just McCartney in this case) their personal mantra is: “tomorrow may rain, so I’ll follow the sun”. Of course sun…
  • Guernsey by Numbers

    13 Mar 2014 | 12:31 pm
    The second largest Channel Island, Guernsey has so much to offer despite its relatively small size. For those unfamiliar with the island and its culture, I have put together a Guernsey by numbers guide to walk you through some of the best features of my island home. - 25 - Guernsey is an island with an area of only twenty-five square miles, which to me makes what it offers that much more impressive. - 50 - Guernsey is only a fifty minute flight from London, and other airports on England’s south coast, making it easily accessible to holiday makers. The island also has flights from other…
  • The Weird Things You Can Do In Bolivia You Will Probably Not Do Anywhere Else

    20 Feb 2014 | 12:21 pm
    There are some countries on Earth which are so magical that they lure you into a sort of alternate reality in which you do all sorts of things you could never have imagined yourself doing elsewhere. Bolivia is one of those countries and the following are some of the weird things I did there. Maybe you’ll do them as well at some point. Go Deep into a Precarious Mine System Imagine you were at home and got offered the chance to go into a precarious mine system with no real safety measures in place. Well, the guide would tell you, it is calculated that 8 million people have died in this mine…
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    My Itchy Travel Feet

  • Traveling Light With The Eagle Creek Load Warrior

    Donna Hull
    15 Apr 2014 | 1:05 am
    The Eagle Creek 22″ rolling duffle packed and ready to go. Confession time. I’m not a light packer. Although my packing skills have improved over the years, and I no longer pack everything I own, becoming an efficient packer is still on my to do list. At least that WAS the case before I traveled for 18 days using an Eagle Creek 22″ rolling duffle bag carry-on. Say what? I traveled for 18 days with a carry-on and one personal item? OH, YES I DID. Recently, Eagle Creek invited me to be a travel ambassador for the brand. Since I was about to travel for 18 days on a trip to Los…
  • News for the Week

    Donna Hull
    12 Apr 2014 | 1:05 am
    We’ve made a few changes in the newsletter format. Do you like the new look? We have good and bad news for you this week. First, the good news. Our April newsletter is hot off the press. National Park Adventures National Park Travel is the theme for the April edition of the My Itchy Travel Feet monthly newsletter. We’re featuring travel deals, destination suggestions and an original article with tips for National Park travel. Take a look. Like what you see? Be sure to subscribe by ticking the “monthly newsletter” button on the subscription page. By the way,…
  • News for the Week

    Donna Hull
    5 Apr 2014 | 1:05 am
    Are your travel feet itching to visit a U.S. National Park?  Let’s Go on a National Park Adventure! This month on the My Itchy Travel Feet home page, we’re featuring some of our favorite National Park Adventures to inspire your boomer travel plans. The National Park theme will continue in the April 2014 edition of the My Itchy Travel Feet newsletter. We’ll be offering tips for travel to U.S. National Parks (an original article not published on our site) plus travel deals, destination advice and more. Don’t miss out, subscribe to the My Itchy Travel Feet newsletter today.
  • Fighting a Fear of Heights at Natural Bridges National Monument

    Donna Hull
    3 Apr 2014 | 1:05 am
    Twisted trees on a high desert trail in Natural Bridges National Monument To say that Natural Bridges National Monument is off-the-beaten-path is an understatement. Located on the Colorado Plateau in southeastern Utah, Natural Bridges is approximately 35 miles west of Blanding, which probably isn’t telling you much. Look up Utah Canyon Country or The Four Corners on a map and you’ll have a better perspective. Natural Bridges is accessibe by automobile, or perhaps a bike. The usual route is to drive west on Highway 95 out of Blanding, before turning onto Highway 275 which dead ends…
  • Five Best National Park Apps

    1 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    Spring and summer offer excellent weather conditions to explore the many national parks located throughout the US. From the ever-so-popular Grand Canyon to the more remoteDenali National Park and Preserve, these magnificent and expansive parks are perfect options for active boomer travel. Whether you’re more of the glamping type or one of those “I’m roughin’ it all the way” types, the US national park system has something for every style of exploration. Donna hiking on Three Lakes Loop Trail in Southeast Alaska Of course, when planning a trip to any National Park, a good bit of…
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  • Hillsides, Lagoons and Islets: Your Day in Port Vila

    14 Apr 2014 | 5:49 am
    Port Vila is the capital city of Vanuatu, and it is also the largest city in the country. It is located in the south of the island of Efate, and is often the first place that you will visit when you arrive in the country. Although Vanuatu is full of things to see and do, [...]
  • Beautiful Ibiza: Beyond the club scene

    11 Apr 2014 | 6:52 am
    Forget everything you’ve heard about Ibiza.; the island, situated in Spain’s Balearic archipelago, deserves far more than its label as the ‘party capital of the world’. Whilst it may be famous for its clubbing scene, sun-soaked Ibiza also has its share of pristine beaches, cultural landmarks, quaint villages and fantastic restaurants. In fact, holidays to [...]
  • What to do in Times Square

    3 Apr 2014 | 3:25 am
    The Hardrock Café on Broadway   It’s become a tradition which is hard to pass up, the Hard Rock Café provides an element of homogeneity in an ever changing New York. Its eclectic mix of hard rock displays round the walls is sure to fascinate and enthral anyone who has a love of rock music [...]
  • How to Enjoy Your Holiday at Venice

    3 Apr 2014 | 12:32 am
    Heaving with canals and scintillating for its style, Venice is a must visit destination for couples and kids in tow. Regarded as one of the most charming cities in Italy, Venice is admirable as well as memorable for its amazing canals, architectural marvels, and rich culture. For those who are not aware of, Venice is [...]
  • Where Should You Consider Staying In Boston?

    2 Apr 2014 | 4:03 am
    Boston is a great travel destination for people who both love history or just want to unwind. As always, whenever we go somewhere, we need to know where we will be staying and what we’re going to be seeing. I’m going to discuss some of the Boston areas that are great to experience. Keep in [...]
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  • Delayed flight remedy: tweet the airline

    Ellen Perlman
    6 Apr 2014 | 1:27 pm
    A decade ago or so, I remember feeling so clever when, after my flight was canceled, I called the airline to find me another flight, while I stood in a long customer service line at the airport. Within a few minutes, I was rebooked to my destination and I stepped out of line. It had barely budged. Twitter has upped the ante. A Washington Post story today describes how a woman got great service from...
  • 12 tips for solo travelers

    Ellen Perlman
    9 Mar 2014 | 3:00 am
    Recently, my good friend and fellow travel writer Clark Norton asked if I would share some tips for women traveling solo because he was going to be interviewed on the topic. I realize I haven't blogged on solo travel tips lately. And, hey, I was flattered that Clark, who is an expert in baby boomer travel, called my pointers "valuable." So I thought I would share here what I shared with his audience. * Travel...
  • Upscale hostels good for social solo travelers

    Ellen Perlman
    23 Feb 2014 | 11:15 am
    "Upscale" and "hostel" don't usually land together in a sentence so I was thrilled to read the story in today's Washington Post about the "new breed" of hostels opening in this country. They are "very high-end, clean, design-focused," according to the owner of a hostel soon to open in Pittsburgh. The story describes the Firehouse Hostel in Austin, the Cleveland Hostel and the Freehand Miami, along with the 20-year-old Green Tortoise hostel in San Francisco...
  • New Year's thoughts, wishes, dreams

    Ellen Perlman
    1 Jan 2014 | 3:11 pm
    For me, the beauty of travel is how even mundane days at home are enlivened by those memories. Random snippets of news or information send my mind to intriguing places I've visited and experiences I had there. When I noticed that my jeans were made in Jordan, my mind leaped to Petra, the city carved into rocks. I visited a couple of years ago during a trip to Israel. When I read a story about...
  • Solo travel stories from Fez, Morocco, and around the world

    Ellen Perlman
    24 Nov 2013 | 9:24 am
    “So you travel . . . only?” asked the woman sitting next to me in halting, but intuitive English, as we sat in the packed compartment on a train speeding through Moroccan farmland. We were the sole unveiled, accompanied women in the car. I enjoyed this story about solo travel in Morocco, a place I'm not sure I'd have the courage travel alone. Read more: Alone, a Western woman sees the sights Solo travel has...
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  • Upcoming Workshops & Housekeeping

    Christine Gilbert
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:07 pm
    We’re packing up the house, leaving Mexico tomorrow (hahahaha, um, we hope) and driving across to Texas before flying out to Barcelona. Couple of quick updates: ONE: I’m running a workshop in Barcelona from May 5-9th and I just had a cancellation so there is now ONE TICKET available. The group is small, just 8-10 people in any of my workshops, so it’s really hands on, and super fun. I get extremely positive feedback after each one, but for me, I just love meeting people and talking about creative stuff. If you can jaunt over to Barcelona and make it, this one ticket is being…
  • Oh Sweet Baby Jesus Guess What Just Arrived…

    11 Apr 2014 | 4:23 pm
      Oh yes, this family of four, finally has… four passports. Our littlest traveler, Ms. Stella-bo-bella finally got her US passport after a healthy 4 or was it 5 months of almost completely half-assed attempts by her parents, until they finally drove their butts down to Mexico City where they processed, approved and shipped her passport in just TWO WEEKS. In other words, we, The Gilberts, are so bad at paperwork. But we are good at last-minute scrambling, so HURRAY! We will be leaving Mexico (sadly, I guess, after all this build up if feels more exciting) by April 15th. *Tap…
  • Tips on Having a Baby Overseas

    10 Apr 2014 | 12:26 pm
    Thinking of having a baby overseas? It can be done. Here I am 35 weeks pregnant on the beach in Mexico. I had my first child in the US, under the care of a midwife. At post 40 weeks I was transferred to an OB for an emergency c-section — which was scary only because it was unexpected — but overall the experience in the hospital was really great. With my second child I got pregnant in Beirut, Lebanon, had my first trimester tests with an OB there, then my second trimester was spent in Thailand. More tests. My last trimester and birth was in Mexico under the care of an OB, and…
  • What’s the Minimum Budget You Need to Travel?

    Christine Gilbert
    7 Apr 2014 | 10:51 am
    I get asked this question all the time. I never have a great answer, until that is, I was researching something completely unrelated to travel and I ran across the US Poverty Guidelines for 2014. (Number of family members including kids with per year budget in USD)            1                  11,670            2                  15,730            3                  19,790            4                  23,950            5                  27,910…
  • A Reminder to Atheists

    Christine Gilbert
    3 Apr 2014 | 6:57 pm
    If there’s one thing that travel has taught me (30+ countries, six years, many months spent in some places), it’s a deep and profound respect for religion. That might seem like a strange thing to say, but consider this: each culture around the world has its own myths and beliefs and the more you learn about others, the more you learn about the logical fallacies that your own culture embraces. For example, Americans believe that a positive attitude has a direct impact on results. Whether it’s cancer treatment or running your own business, we’re loathe to admit our…
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  • A few family travel winter highlights

    14 Apr 2014 | 6:53 am
    This may be my favorite family photo from the ski season We are of course deep in the heart of spring break season, which will be followed by summer vacations before we know it. I’m looking forward to sharing lots of summer family travel ideas and stories, but first I thought it would be fun to make a photo album of a few of the places we’ve been this winter – especially since I often wrote about these trips not here but on the All Mountain Mamas site as part of my role as an ambassador for Ski Vermont or on the Travel Mindset site as one of their freelancers. If you visit…
  • Travel advice from Samantha Brown

    10 Mar 2014 | 9:37 am
    I was lucky enough this past weekend to attend the inaugural Women’s Travel Fest in New York City. Held on International Women’s Day, this event encouraged the attendees to travel in whatever capacity their life permits – whether that’s with friends, with kids, or alone. Sessions covered topics like packing, volunteering on the road, and safety. It was a great mix of inspiring stories and sage advice from experienced women travelers. A highlight of the day for me was listening to Samantha Brown speak. You may remember her numerous shows on the Travel Channel. Over a decade of hosting…
  • Simple vacation pleasures: Board games, treats, and family time

    7 Mar 2014 | 8:12 am
    The Hotel Monaco in Philadelphia will loan your family a board game or two Sometimes the simplest things make for a fabulous family vacation. When the Hotel Monaco Philadelphia invited me and my family for a complimentary overnight to check out their new Family Fun Night package, I jumped at the chance to enjoy a quick getaway in one of the Monaco’s stylish rooms. Relaxing in our room overlooking Independence Hall The package includes valet parking, a backpack full of games for the kids, an in-room movie, and late checkout the next day. But what really sounded fun to me was Family Hour in…
  • What’s new for families at Topnotch Resort in Stowe

    10 Feb 2014 | 9:32 am
    Relaxation is the rule at Topnotch Resort and Spa I originally stayed at Topnotch Resort and Spa in Stowe, Vermont during the summer of 2012; you can see my post about that visit here. Much of what made Topnotch a great place to stay has remained the same, including its convenient location near the Stowe Recreation Path and easy access to downhill skiing, which is a mere 10-minute drive away. The property has been renovated since our stay, and the resort’s two restaurants have been renamed and reimagined. I was lucky enough to enjoy a complimentary stay and dinner at with my family at…
  • Skiing the Southeast at family-friendly Snowshoe Mountain Resort

    28 Jan 2014 | 10:27 am
    Living in Delaware, I rarely think of heading in a southerly direction to go skiing. When Snowshoe Mountain Resort and the team behind the Travel Mindset website invited me, my husband Matt, and my 8- and 11-year-old sons Teddy and Tommy to go on a compensated trip to stay and ski in the Allegheny Mountains I was intrigued. But I had to look at a map to see precisely where I was headed. Upon doing so, I discovered that like John Denver sang, I would be taking some country roads to this new skiing home, which is located in remote, rural, and romantically named Pocahontas County. These rugged…
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  • Best Walking City in Tuscany (Lucca, Italy)

    Mark H
    27 Mar 2014 | 2:48 pm
    Lucca is Tuscany’s ultimate walking city. Mercifully flat unlike most Tuscan towns, Lucca has been turned over to cyclists and pedestrians with few cars in the city centre, most banished to the fringes of the town or outside the impressive medieval town walls. Virtually every road, town square and laneway is shared as workers, vendors, visitors, locals, shoppers, prams, bicycles and hand-drawn... Read the full story at
  • Photo of the Week: Baptistery Ceiling (Florence, Italy)

    Mark H
    14 Mar 2014 | 2:37 pm
    More famous for its bronzed doors, the mosaic ceiling of Florence’s elegant octagonal Baptistery is stunning. Likely started in the early 1200s and taking over a century to complete, (built between 1059 and 1128, the Baptistery predates the Cathedral), the mosaics glow with a spiritual golden halo even in a darkened setting. Relating stories from the Bible, the Medicis, Dante and many other... Read the full story at
  • The Westminster Abbey of Florence (Italy)

    Mark H
    24 Feb 2014 | 8:23 pm
    Apart from being Italian, what do Renaissance giants Michelangelo, Galileo, composer Rossini (of the Lone Ranger theme among many operas) and political activist Machiavelli have in common? They are all buried in the Franciscan church of Santa Croce in Florence. This illustrious group are joined by radio inventor Marconi, nuclear genius Fermi and Dante (cenotaph only but buried in Ravenna) and... Read the full story at
  • Photo of the Week: Piglet’s Tower (Volterra, Italy)

    Mark H
    16 Feb 2014 | 4:42 pm
    Rich in Etruscan and medieval history, Volterra is a relaxing escape in Tuscany. Perched on an imposing rocky plateau (indeed, the town’s name roughly translates landslide in Italian) and surrounded by forbidding ramparts and city gates, the small town has sweeping panoramic views of the surrounding Tuscan landscape. Volterra’s superb main medieval square, Piazza dei Priori, includes... Read the full story at
  • Iconic Bridge of the Month: Charles Bridge (Czech Republic)

    Mark H
    7 Feb 2014 | 1:17 pm
    CHARLES BRIDGE QUICK FACTS Location: Prague, Czech Republic River: Vltava Built: 1357-1402 Length: 621 metres Style: Sandstone Gothic Arch Bridge Prague is one of Europe’s most mesmerising cities with numerous sights and historic locations to visit including the domineering Prague Castle. Divided by the meandering Vltava River, historic Charles Bridge (Karluv Most) provided the only... Read the full story at
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  • In Marrakech, Variety Is the Spice of Life

    Josh Steinitz
    25 Mar 2014 | 10:27 pm
    The sun dipped low on the horizon, and a cacophony of sounds filled the square—percussion beats, singing and chanting, the calls of touts, the hiss of burning charcoal, and the flutes of snake charmers. This sensory overload mixed with the smells of freshly-squeezed orange juice, meat on the grill, exotic spices, and a mass of diverse humanity. Taking in the scene of the medina’s main square and forming an imprint on my brain, despite being nothing more than a tourist, I felt for a brief moment as if I had found the pulse, heart and soul of Marrakech. Marrakech main square In some…
  • Travels in the Western Cape

    Josh Steinitz
    29 Dec 2013 | 10:56 pm
    The skies darkened and the rain started. Soon, it was coming down so hard that it sounded like a jet engine roar on the roof. Then came some cracks of lightening, which sounded at increasing frequency until it felt almost continuous. Fortunately, while the 30-year storm raged outside, my wife Sylvia and I were comfortably relaxing in our spacious and well-decorated villa at La Petit Dauphine Guest Farm, a luxury boutique property in the Franschhoek (“French Corner”) wine region of South Africa about 75 minutes north of Cape Town. Entrance to La Petit Dauphine Our travels around…
  • Mozambique Rising

    Josh Steinitz
    8 Dec 2013 | 8:24 pm
    The Portuguese pilot chatted amiably over the radio as our small plane banked around for a final approach. As we descended toward sand dunes and scrub brush, he explained why he left the air force for a more relaxed lifestyle. Mozambique was relaxed, good for his family, his wife had a job she enjoyed, he liked flying small planes, and the country was on its way up. The argument was strong enough to have him pack his bags and move from Europe. Over the course of 11 days in Mozambique, we came to appreciate that the country is most definitely a haven of opportunity for travelers, and a select…
  • Venice Through the Side Door

    Josh Steinitz
    8 Oct 2013 | 11:02 pm
    Venice is famous for many things – history, architecture, art, shopping…and crowds. While the city’s charms are justly world famous, the hordes along the Rialto or in St. Mark’s Square are only marginally less so. That’s why those who know Venice well seek out havens of peace and tranquility where, only steps from the most popular landmarks, visitors can luxuriate in the city’s history, views, and natural charms unadulterated by vendors, hawkers, and children crying in any one of twenty languages. classic evening view of the Grand Canal from the Rialto Bridge On a recent visit to…
  • A Dolomites Getaway

    Josh Steinitz
    7 Oct 2013 | 11:38 pm
    It must have been a cold, lonely, but stunningly beautiful perch for the soldiers. Rocky spires extending in all directions, with valleys carpeted in forest and meadow far below. Intensely cold winters, with fingers too cold to squeeze a trigger. Occasional bursts of intense gunfire and mortars, interspersed with long periods of just hearing the sound of wind whistling over airy ridges. above Cortina on a via ferrata I was with my guide Paolo Tassi, high above Cortina d’Ampezzo, on the Punta Anna, a via ferrata (iron way) route in the Italian Dolomites. The aided “climbing” along the…
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  • The Better Than Ever Denver Union Station Project Set to Open

    16 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Come this summer, catching a train in Denver will become more fun when the city's Union Station will reopen. The historic train terminal will be home to eight new restaurants and dining spots, a branch of the famous Tattered Cover Bookstore, a local Little Man hand-churned ice cream shop, a cocktail lounge and beer garden, retail stores, and the independent 112-room Crawford Hotel
  • Istanbul: Shopping from Street To Chic by Karen Hamlin

    14 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    It's been eight years since I was in Istanbul and I found a lot has changed; yet some things remained the same. The streets are still narrow, twisting and steep and the city maintains its allure, mystery and charm. Istanbul is a bustling city 24/7 and makes the Big Apple look like it fell off the tree.
  • A Destination Guide to Liverpool by Patrice Raplee

    2 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Liverpool, England, renowned for its rich cultural heritage, maritime history, arts and unrivalled mix of music, is a thriving and vibrant cosmopolitan city. With recent awards for the UK's friendliest city and Britain's, best nightlife destination. The accolades just keep coming for this coastal hotspot.
  • Snowshoe to a Gourmet Dinner in Colorado's Pristine Backcountry by Suzanne Wright

    1 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    If you are fit and like to tread lightly when you travel, visiting a backcountry yurt is an environmentally responsible vacation choice. Tennessee Pass offers an upscale twist on a Colorado classic: a gourmet meal as reward for your exertions. This is picture postcard country, beautiful in any season.
  • The National WWII Museum to Unveil New, Permanent Monuments Men Gallery -- coming 2016

    30 Mar 2014 | 8:00 am
    The new Gallery will explore wartime race to recover priceless stolen artwork. The story of the men and women who saved cultural treasures from Nazi destruction will be featured in a major gallery inside The National WWII Museum.
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    See what's new at Dad's Guide to WDW

  • The all new FastPass+ system

    28 Mar 2014 | 8:04 am
    FastPass+ is the new system Disney has designed to help you save time by not standing in lines. Here's the scoop.
  • Animal Kingdom Lodge

    1 Mar 2014 | 6:13 am
    The Animal Kingdom Lodge might be the best hotel at Walt Disney World, if only ...
  • Boma - Flavors of Africa

    28 Feb 2014 | 1:40 pm
    Boma - Flavors of Africa is one of the most interesting restaurants in all of Walt Disney World. Located in the amazing Animal Kingdom Lodge, you just have to experience it for yourself.
  • Disney Vacation Club

    21 Feb 2014 | 9:55 am
    The Disney Vacation Club or DVC is a great way to ensure quality vacations for the next 50 years.
  • Disney Haunted Mansion

    15 Feb 2014 | 4:49 pm
    Liberty Square's is the home of the Disney Haunted Mansion. A dark ride full of the spooky and the supernatural. Jump in a Doombuggy and check it out.
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    tripwolf travel blog - your travel guide

  • Packing for Multiple People

    16 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    TweetSomeday, my kids will be able to pack for our travels themselves. Until that day, however, I’m responsible for making sure that my girls have enough clothing. (My husband contributes, of course, but I care more about matchy-matchy clothing aesthetics than he does.) On two memorable occasions I have forgotten pants for our youngest and […]
  • 100 times new – New content for the tripwolf travel guides

    14 Apr 2014 | 1:24 am
    Tweettripwolf has updated the contents of more than 100 travel guides — and you can download one of them for free today in the tripwolf app!       When traveling, you have plenty of stuff to carry. Those hiking boots aren’t exactly a lightweight, and so often you underestimate the volume of travel reading […]
  • Ready for the perfect island holiday? Travel secret Uttlah-Ntiz

    Annalena Bottmann
    1 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    TweetWho hasn’t been dreaming about their own island in the middle surrounded by the ocean, with white beaches, palm trees and crystal clear blue water? Well, it won’t be entirely your own – but you can go there now! Beautiful island Uttlah-Ntiz has not yet surfaced on mass tourism’s radar and thus right now is […]
  • Barcelona in the spring

    27 Mar 2014 | 11:00 am
    Tweettripwolf sends you to the city of paella and Gaudí to celebrate the spring in Barcelona. Now, for a short time only, download the Barcelona Guide for 60% off!       While in Northern Europe the first trees and bushes stretch out their young buds in the still bracing air, in Barcelona they are […]
  • Gifts for the Smallest Travelers

    24 Mar 2014 | 3:53 am
    TweetOur oldest daughter turns five next month, and her very first passport expires in September. In those five years, she has visited almost two dozen countries on four different continents. We have been fortunate to live in an area of the world where travel is easy and done often, but we are not and never […]
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    My Several Worlds

  • Don’t Let Censorship be your Travel Guide – Liberate your Internet

    Carrie Kellenberger
    7 Apr 2014 | 2:19 am
    A carefree tour is nothing short of a blessing these days. It is a leisure that only few can afford in time and in money. It is an escape from the burnouts of noisy cities, polluted lanes, stressful work, social strife and much more. It is a journey to peace. But then you know it is short lived, so you just want to make the most of it. You get cameras, bookmark places, and make a long list of shopping spree you would like to do on various points of your trip. You want to tell the whole world of your whereabouts time and again. You are not going to miss out on your friends and family back…
  • Tomb Sweeping Day in Taiwan – A Day for Remembering Our Dearly Departed

    Carrie Kellenberger
    3 Apr 2014 | 11:52 pm
    Today is Tomb Sweeping Holiday in Taiwan, thus I have the perfect opportunity to explain what this holiday is and how it’s celebrated in Taiwan. But before I dive into the what, where, when and how of Tomb Sweeping Day, I’d also like to mention that visiting a graveyard in Taiwan is a neat experience that everyone should try at least once. John and I always make an effort to take our guests out of Taipei by car, and we generally make a beeline for the East Coast. Although it’s difficult to tear your eyes away from the stunning coastline and scenery, our guests never fail to…
  • Travel Advice for First-Time Travelers

    Carrie Kellenberger
    23 Mar 2014 | 2:28 am
    People ask me all the time for travel advice. Whether it’s helping to plan a trip for a family member or friend, talking about expat life, working with ESL teachers who are getting ready to embark on their first teaching adventure abroad, or simply answering emails from travelers who find me here, there is always one recurring question that I’m asked time and time again. What travel advice do you offer to first-time travelers? The answer to that question really depends on the type of travel you’re doing. Solo travel, couples travel, long travel, and travel with a purpose all…
  • Photo Moment: Queen’s Head Rock in Yehliu Geopark

    Carrie Kellenberger
    19 Mar 2014 | 3:18 am
    This is Queen’s Head Rock in Wanli, Yehliu, Northern Taiwan. It’s the main attraction in Yehliu Geopark, which is operated by the North Coast and Guanyinshan National Scenic Area. This particular area along Taiwan’s northern coastline is famous for its beautiful landscapes. In fact, Yehliu was awarded the honor of being the “Most Beautiful Landscape in Taiwan” in 2013 by Focus Taiwan. Best of all, it’s an easy and inexpensive day trip from Taipei. Admission to the park is $50NT ($1.50USD) and the bus is around $100NT ($3USD). There are a number of cool…
  • Photo Moment: Little Taiwan in Penghu County

    Carrie Kellenberger
    5 Mar 2014 | 9:37 pm
    This is Little Taiwan. It’s a slab of rock that is typically visible at low tide on the island of Cimei (Qimei) in Penghu County, Taiwan. It’s famous because of its resemblance to the shape of Taiwan itself. (Taiwanese, by the way, love finding examples of this in nature and making a thing of it. The Queen’s Head Rock in Yehliu Geo Park on the northeast coast of Taiwan is another example. Personally, I think it’s an adorable trait about Taiwan that makes it really unique.) Little Taiwan is a wave-cut platform, and the Penghu Islands have a number of these rocky…
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    Lanzarote Information - Anything and everything about Lanzarote

  • Lanzarote Videos - Plane Spotting and Playa Chica

    18 Apr 2014 | 3:14 am
    Here are some more videos from our friend Jalle. In the first he takes us plane spotting, then he takes us aboard an aircraft for a south west departure with stunning views of Los Pocillos and Puerto del Carmen.  read more »
  • Jellyfish Warning 2014

    17 Apr 2014 | 2:51 pm
    It’s official, the dreaded jellyfish are back for the first time this year. We’ve received a Jellyfish Campaign notice from the Consorcio de Seguridad y Emergencias de Lanzarote with some general advice and preventive recommendations about how to avoid and deal with jellyfish stings. The notice was issued on the 16th April, just in time for the Easter bank holiday weekend, when jellyfish warnings were being posted on the affected beaches of Lanzarote. Beach goers are asked to be vigilant and take notice of flags or warning notices placed by the beach lifeguards to advise users that…
  • Lanzarote Football UD Lanzarote 1 UD Vecindario 2

    17 Apr 2014 | 2:17 pm
    The Rojillos suffered their defeat back in their home ground in Arrecife and their fourth overall on home turf this season. The Gran Canarian side had asked Lanzarote if the match could be brought forward a day which assisted the visiting side reduce the cost of their travel expenses. Only a few seasons ago Vecindario were playing their football in the second tier of Spanish football but as with so many Spanish clubs they are finding it difficult to survive financially. The opening stages of the match were evenly battled out in the centre of the pitch but as the game grew so did the dominance…
  • Cameron Family Holiday in Lanzarote

    17 Apr 2014 | 7:33 am
    The Camerons have enjoyed some fabulous weather in Lanzarote this week for their first holiday here. The British Prime Minister and his family have been out and about discovering our beautiful island and meeting the locals. Travelling on Ryanair, the Prime Minister accompanied by his wife Samantha and their three children arrived from Stansted on Saturday 12th April just before midday. The family started their holiday by food shopping in a supermarket close to the airport before travelling inland to their holiday accommodation at the 18th century rural hotel Casa Tomaren. The Prime Minister…
  • Lanzarote Nightlife 17th to 20th April 2014

    17 Apr 2014 | 4:44 am
    It’s the long bank holiday weekend for Easter with public holidays on Thursday and Friday. We’ve published details of Easter themed events and church services here: Easter Lanzarote 2014. This weekend there’s timple concerts in La Graciosa, soulful jazz in La Geria, a charity concert including The Skatoons in Costa Teguise and a selection of club events to celebrate the long weekend. La Graciosa Venue: Plaza del Puerto, Caleta de Sebo, La Graciosa, Lanzarote Friday 18th & Saturday 19th April 2014 Time: 20:30 Details: Encuentro de Timples La Graciosa with Laura Martel on Friday and…
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    The Travel Word

  • Broke Fordwich – Winemaking the Local Way in the Hunter Valley, Australia

    31 Mar 2014 | 2:34 pm
    Air-conditioned coaches come and go, kicking up the gravel. Signs advertise celebrated wines and best-value lunch deals. Tourists beam as the contents of their bags revealingly clink together. Cartons of what can’t be carried is ready to be shipped via international carriers. All around, people are laughing and chatting, slightly merrier than when they started out the morning. Then they pile back on to the bus and head home to Sydney, Australia. The tranquility is palpable in Broke Fordwich in the Hunter Valley of Australia. Photo courtesy of the Broke Fordwich Wine & Tourism…
  • Hiking in Guatemala’s Mountains of the Ixil Region

    23 Mar 2014 | 4:44 pm
    Central America’s steep and often volcanic terrain abounds with hiking opportunities, but the higher-elevation scenery of the Ixil region in Guatemala offers an exciting chance to escape from the usual lowland tourist trails. Departing from Nebaj, the main city in the Guatemalan department of El Quiché, hikers can hire a guide or, if equipped with good maps, strike out on their own for treks in the country’s Cuchamantan Mountains, a rural highlands where locals still adhere to traditional ways of life. The town of Nebaj, Guatemala, boasts a great many food and clothing markets, and…
  • Responsible Travel Week 2014. It’s On Right Now, So You’re Not Too Late

    12 Feb 2014 | 11:39 pm
    Better late than never, this is a belated reminder to everyone that this week, from February 10 to 16, 2014, is Responsible Travel Week, the sixth annual online unconference focusing on responsible travel. It’s free to take part, and there’s no jet lag, as all events occur online and around the world through local events organized by participants. Online, just look for (and use!) the #rtweek14 hashtag. Responsible Travel Week now coincides with Valentine’s Day to link ‘responsible travel’ with mutual and shared love. Image courtesy of Responsible…
  • Zip Lines in Costa Rica: A Sustainable Alternative to Deforestation

    3 Feb 2014 | 11:55 am
    This is the next in a series of portraits, long and short, of some of the people I met and places I visited during a recent trip to Costa Rica. The subjects were chosen as noteworthy examples of Costa Rica’s distinct pura vida. Return to the main page for more background information. Rainforests deserve all the positive notice they can get, even including when seen from zip lines in Costa Rica suspended between towering first-growth trees. At the Rainforest Adventures Atlantic park, one zip line spans the Corinto River, Costa Rica. The nearer platform is anchored to a large campano tree…
  • Petrópolis, Brazil: Strong on History and Nature

    14 Jan 2014 | 4:30 am
    While Brazil’s mega-cities gear up for heavy tourist influx during this year’s FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics, other cities remain largely unaffected, even those with strong historic and cultural qualities. This is exactly the case for Petrópolis, a city seemingly hidden in the mountains where adventures and eye-catching delights await thrill seekers and history buffs. Waldyr Neto has published two guide books (in Portugese) for the trails around Petrópolis and the Serra dos Órgãos in Brazil. Photo courtesy of Flávio Varricchio Lacking the aggressive tourism…
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    12 Apr 2014 | 9:30 am
    HOTEL CHOKE SLAM! Badass shirts and stuff at (↓↓ click show more ↓↓) Tour Dates Twitter Charles - Alli - http://twitt... From: CTFxC Views: 931896 28999 ratings Time: 10:24 More in People & Blogs
  • Scarier than Gravity: Real Life Close Calls in Space

    1 Nov 2013 | 12:51 pm
    Scarier than Gravity: Real Life Close Calls in Space In which Hank talks about a smattering of the most terrifying real-life close-calls in space travel. The Russians seem to have a particular knack for getting... From: vlogbrothers Views: 354503 13703 ratings Time: 03:57 More in Education
  • Why Can't You Use Phones on Planes?

    21 Aug 2013 | 1:19 pm
    Why Can't You Use Phones on Planes? Angry passengers create turbulence for the airlines. See more LIKE us on: FOLLOW us on: http... From: CollegeHumor Views: 2856110 49505 ratings Time: 03:05 More in Comedy
  • 17 Air Travel Tips

    2 Aug 2013 | 7:31 am
    17 Air Travel Tips In which Hank imparts some wisdom that he has gained through the last four years of getting on planes once every four months. An act that, to be clear, makes... From: vlogbrothers Views: 396993 20373 ratings Time: 03:51 More in Howto & Style
  • The European Union Explained*

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    2 Jul 2013 | 5:00 am
    The European Union Explained* CGPGrey T-Shirts: Help support videos like this: Twitter: From: CGP Grey Views: 2050954 37724 ratings Time: 05:51 More in Education
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  • Chief Warden of Virunga National Park Shot - In Stable Condition

    16 Apr 2014 | 12:10 pm
    My dear friend Emmanuel de Merode was ambushed on Tuesday while driving back to Virunga National Park from Goma. He was shot multiple times in the legs and stomach. Emmanuel underwent surgery in Goma and is now in stable but critical condition. Emmanuel has been on the forefront protecting mountain gorillas in the DRC. He unfortunately joins many fellow Rangers that have been shot at in the line of duty. These are are the true conservation heroes of our time. They are fighting to protect the Gorillas and their habitat from loggers, rebels, charcoal sellers, bushmeat purveyors, and now oil…
  • Running Wild for African Marathons

    13 Apr 2014 | 12:25 am
    African athletes are legendary in long distance running events. In the London marathon, that took place this weekend, Kenyan athletes Wilson Kipsang and Edna Kiplagat won both the men and the women's race respectively, with fellow Kenyans also taking second place. The top ten finishers in the men's race were all African except for two runners. Long distance races at the Olympics are also dominated by East and North Africans. But you don't hear enough about marathons being run in Africa. If you want to run a marathon and be on safari at the same time, I'd highly recommend heading to Kenya at…
  • Kigali Genocide Memorial Center

    9 Apr 2014 | 3:22 am
    It's hard to visit Rwanda and not spend a lot of time thinking about the 1994 genocide. As the 20th anniversary of the genocide is upon us, we are reminded again of the horror of those 3 months. When you're in Kigali, you just look around and realize that everyone over the age of 20 has lived through a total nightmare. It didn't help that when I traveled to Rwanda a few years ago, within ten minutes of landing at the efficient Kigali International airport, I was standing at the gates of the Genocide Memorial Center. The Genocide Memorial Center is a heartbreaking place. It's not just the…
  • Myths About Africa

    4 Apr 2014 | 1:27 am
    Africa is dangerous, violent, poor, backward, diseased, corrupt ... let's see, what else can be said about Africa? It's very upsetting to people like myself who have been raised in Africa and traveled extensively throughout the continent, to hear people talk about it this way. There's a lot of fear, ignorance and misunderstanding about Africa. I think most of it stems from the fact that people have no real concept of the sheer size and diversity of the continent. In fact, some people even think Africa is a single country (that includes former US Vice President candidate Sarah Palin). The…
  • Merzouga -- Gateway to Morocco's Sahara

    1 Apr 2014 | 2:31 am
    Merzouga is a dusty little town located right on the edge of the magnificent Erg Chebbi dunes. You may recognize the dunes from desert scenes in films like SATC2 (2010), The Mummy (1999), and Sahara (2005). If you're in Morocco it's certainly worth spending at least a night in the desert. Ride a camel out to camp and enjoy some traditional Berber music under the brilliant starry night sky. There are lots of hotels to choose from in and around Merzouga, ranging from luxurious Kasbah's, to small Riad's with cool rooftops to sleep on. The best time to visit is during the cooler months from…
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  • Air Travel News Roundup - March 2014

    31 Mar 2014 | 12:19 pm
    March was my first full month as's Air Travel Expert, and my stories for the month ran the gamut, from the joys of the Global Entry program to ways of contacting North American carriers.  See my summaries, below....Read Full Post
  • Delta, Virgin America Offer New Menus For Premium Passengers

    23 Mar 2014 | 11:07 pm
    Delta Air Lines and Virgin America recently unveiled new menus for passengers in their premium cabins. Delta tapped Atlanta-based Chef Linton Hopkins to create a southern-themed menu for BusinessElitetravelers, while Virgin America worked with its inflight catering manager and LSG Sky Chefs to create a new first class menu.
  • How the TSA Speeds Travelers Through Airport Security

    20 Mar 2014 | 9:58 pm
    On a recent trip, I was fortunate enough to get chosen to use the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) expedited PreChecksecurity line, and it was great. PreCheck allows travelers to leave on their shoes, light outerwear and belt, keep their laptop in its case and their 3-1-1 compliant liquids/gels bag in a carry-on, using special screening lanes.
  • FlightView Offers Latest Travel Data for Airports, Passengers

    17 Mar 2014 | 11:43 am
    Boston-based FlightView is using its access to different data sources to provide airports and passengers with the latest information in their travels. The company, with more than 150 airport customers worldwide, added 40 airport customers in 2013, including Indianapolis International, Sacramento International and Curacao International.
  • 10 Great Quick-Serve Airport Food/Beverage Concessions

    13 Mar 2014 | 11:14 pm
    Remember when airport food/beverage concessions were just plain boring? If you were lucky, you'd get a snack bar with limited fast food options, a sundries shop with candy and chips and a bland, generic restaurant. But now airports, knowing that passengers are spending more time in their facilities, have stepped up their game and offer local/regional and national brands ranging from fast food to full-service restaurants. Below are 10 quick-serve outlets you should try on your next trip.
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  • Museum Guide to Leiden

    17 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    The city of Leiden, South Holland, is renowned not only as the seat of the country's oldest university, but also as the location of no fewer than 12 excellent museums. Find out which ones to visit on your trip in this Museum Guide to Leiden.
  • A Petite Crêperie on Haarlemmerstraat

    15 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Not far from the previous post's West-Indisch Huis (West India House) is Crêperie Le Berger, which turns out excellent wheat- and buckwheat-flour crêpes on Haarlemmerstraat - an ideal spot for a quick lunch or snack for pedestrians on the attraction-filled street. Read my full review of the crêperie here on Amsterdam Travel.
  • Dutch Architecture 101: The West India House

    10 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    The West-Indisch Huis (West India House), an attractive 17th-century house on a square off Haarlemmerstraat, was the very spot where the Dutch West India Company decided to build a fort on the island of Manhattan - and thereby found the colony of Nieuw Amsterdam. See this historic site on a trip down colorful Haarlemmerstraat.
  • Dutch Architecture 101: The Weigh House

    8 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Situated on the Nieuwmarkt, the lively square at the heart of Amsterdam Chinatown, De Waag (The Weigh House) represents the oldest secular architecture that survives in Amsterdam. Read more about its storied past.
  • Dutch Architecture 101: The Shipping House

    2 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Just a few minutes' walk to the southeast of Amsterdam Central Station is a milestone in the city's architecture: the Scheepvaarthuis (Shipping House), a masterpiece of the Amsterdam School of architecture. The former office complex, now a five-star hotel, can be admired from outside or inside: visitors can stop in for a meal or drink at the hotel restaurant or bar.
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    Things To Do Around Orlando

  • Advice for Couples Traveling Together

    Robyn Kurth
    15 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Orlando is well publicized as a travel destination for families, but there are plenty of couples who enjoy taking a trip to the attractions and the surrounding area as well. Even if many of the activities and attractions are family-friendly, there are many things that couples can do to make their next Orlando vacation as […]
  • Experience stag weekend with a difference with a professional travel company

    Sunil Govind
    9 Apr 2014 | 11:04 am
    The world of stag do’s has revolutionized in recent years, with groups now doing far more exciting activities in glamorous destinations across the world. And the great news is, there are some excellent professional stag-do companies to ensure your event is a huge success! The benefits of using a professional travel company If you are […]
  • Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival Review

    Sunil Govind
    15 Mar 2014 | 5:37 pm
    An annual favorite for visitors and locals alike, the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival returns to the Walt Disney World resort March 5 – May 18, 2014. Escape the polar vortex “Up North” and enjoy the sights, sounds and scents of Spring during your next Orlando vacation. The Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival […]
  • Orlando Taxi Service: Diamond Cab Company

    Robyn Kurth
    15 Feb 2014 | 2:00 am
    On your next visit to Orlando, take the guesswork out of hailing a cab and call 407-523-3333407-523-3333 for the Diamond Cab Company—the Orlando taxi service that makes it easy to get a ride anywhere you want to go in Orlando. Call on the spot or book your cab in advance by downloading the Diamond Cab […]
  • Do you need a rental car in Orlando?

    Robyn Kurth
    15 Jan 2014 | 2:00 am
    Orlando is just about as tourist friendly as a city can be, and although public transportation options are not as robust for the people who actually live and work here (there are no commuter trains or subways running through Orlando) there are quite a few options for transporting visitors around. Orlando International Airport (OIA) offers […]
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    BootsnAll Travel Articles

  • South America Travel

    19 Apr 2014 | 1:03 am
    Prompt #19: Have you ever been to South America? What stands out? How: Respond to the prompt - through a blog post, picture, video, drawing, tweet, comment at the bottom of this article - however you want to express yourself. Then tweet and link your response @BootsnAll with the hashtag #indie30 Week 3 theme: Roam if you want to Details: See belowThere is one guiding question/prompt each day, followed by a series of questions, ideas, and comments meant to help you dig deeper. These aren't meant to be answered directly, just to help (feel free to address any, all, or none of the guiding…
  • World Wonders

    18 Apr 2014 | 1:03 am
    Prompt #18: What one thing, when you see photos of it, make you just want to just pack your bags and go? How: Respond to the prompt - through a blog post, picture, video, drawing, tweet, comment at the bottom of this article - however you want to express yourself. Then tweet and link your response @BootsnAll with the hashtag #indie30 Week 3 theme: Roam if you want to Details: See belowThere is one guiding question/prompt each day, followed by a series of questions, ideas, and comments meant to help you dig deeper. These aren't meant to be answered directly, just to help (feel free to…
  • Higher Education For Free?

    17 Apr 2014 | 1:03 am
    Anyone who’s traveled will tell you that it’s an excellent education. There are things you learn about yourself and the world that can’t be learned any other way. Geography, history and foreign language, subjects that may have bored you to tears in high school, suddenly become living, breathing things of riveting interest and daily necessity.Travel brings those subjects to life because, of course, the purpose of education is to teach us about our world; it’s too bad that what we often get from that process is a cheap imitation, with all of the sparkle and gloss rubbed off.As someone…
  • USA Travel

    17 Apr 2014 | 1:01 am
    Prompt #17: Roadside attractions, national parks, or big cities? What's your favorite part of traveling in the USA? How: Respond to the prompt - through a blog post, picture, video, drawing, tweet, comment at the bottom of this article - however you want to express yourself. Then tweet and link your response @BootsnAll with the hashtag #indie30 Week 3 theme: Roam if you want to Details: See belowThere is one guiding question/prompt each day, followed by a series of questions, ideas, and comments meant to help you dig deeper. These aren't meant to be answered directly, just to help (feel…
  • On The Road Again

    Dani Blanchette
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:04 am
    Welcome back.  This second week  for the 30 Days of Indie Travel Art Project, we moved away from asking questions about you, to asking you to tell us stories from your travels.  Starting with:Day 8: What is the worst experience you've ever had?@TheTravelTart says all his worst experiences involve driving, and even rates driver in different countries based on their ability to drive (spoiler alert: Zimbabwe looses.  But he does get a man-hug at the end, so maybe it wasn't all that bad?)@4WornPassports tells "Apparently, the travel gods (like the Greek gods) don’t care much for hubris." in…
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    Stuck in Customs

  • An awesome place in Morocco

    Trey Ratcliff
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Strange cultural treatments? Below, I describe my first two hamams… Have you ever had some strange cultural experience like this? Let us know! Daily Photo – An awesome place in Morocco This is a truly beautiful place right in the middle of Chefchaouen, Morocco. I also had a hamam in here, and it was a rough one. Do you know what a hamam is? I didn't! But I had two of them in Morocco. I didn't know beforehand if it was some kind of drug or hallucinogenic thing or whatever, but I decided to go for it! It turned out not to be either of them, unfortunately. Instead, it…
  • An Amazing City of Blue

    Trey Ratcliff
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Unique Places around the World Below, you’ll see a secret place I found… any other places you know of that are amazing for photography but you never see other photographers? Let us all know first! We’ll buy some place tickets straight away! Daily Photo – An Amazing City of Blue What an amazing place this is. Chefchaouen. It's a secret place. But I don't think it will be so secret after this post. Now, naturally, there are other photographers that have been there, but it is pretty niche. Very niche. The whole time I was there, I didn't see another…
  • Arriving at the Louvre in the Late Evening

    Trey Ratcliff
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Updated the Sony A7r Review I’ve just added more photos and info to the Sony A7r Review here on the site – check it out! Does anyone know the history here? So, I do like the photo I posted today, but there is ONE thing that REALLY bothers me. When you see it, you can’t unsee it. Go ahead… take a moment to look. … Did you see it? You see how there is not real symmetry here? The triangle is right in the middle, but if you follow that hallway straight, then it is way off to the side. It’s not even close, really, even though everything else around the Louvre is…
  • The Pacific Sea Mist

    Trey Ratcliff
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:01 pm
    My ever-changing bags, a new problem! My camera bags keep getting smaller thanks to my smaller mirrorless cameras, but I have a new problem! I guess it’s a good problem to have because it is my quadcopter! I want to take it with me all the time when I travel now, and even though they are compact, they still require a lot of space. Thank goodness it’s not heavy, but there is still a commitment of another bag! Well… this is how it goes I guess! Daily Photo – The Pacific Sea Mist Flying along the PCH south of San Francisco, the road gets extremely curvy. I remember when I…
  • The Chateau at the End of the Lane

    Trey Ratcliff
    13 Apr 2014 | 10:01 pm
    From the Midnight in Paris Tutorial We did a great event last year in Paris. Most of you may already know about it, but here’s a video about it in case this is new to you! Today’s photo was taken from the event as well… Daily Photo – The Chateau at the End of the Lane You'd be amazed how inexpensive it is to rent a whole chateau for the day! There are SO MANY of them all over France, and a ton of them just sit there empty. It's so crazy-expensive to run them and maintain them that they just kind of sit there collecting dust. I was afraid that when we rented…
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    We Blog The World

  • National Harbor Food & Wine Festival in Maryland

    Susan McKee
    19 Apr 2014 | 5:05 am
      National Harbor celebrates the season with a Food & Wine Festival from 1 to 6 p.m. both May 3 and 4, 2014. (National Harbor is located on the Potomac River in Prince George’s County, Maryland.) The event includes tastings, cooking demonstrations and educational seminars on culinary and wine trends, sustainability issues, and supporting local farmers and resources. There’ll be more than 150 wines from around the world, spirits and beers. Road Trips Foodies can sample any or buy them by the glass and the bottle. Other highlights include a Cinco De Mayo Pavilion featuring Hornitos…
  • Understanding Pinotage, The South African Way

    Rich Laburn
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:40 pm
    “Pinotage is the juice extracted from women’s tongues and lion’s hearts.  After having a sufficient quantity one can talk forever and fight the devil” – Kanonkop Wine Estate Everyone wants something uniquely South African to take home, whether it’s a traditional African drum displayed in the foyer, a South African artwork, a cup of Rooibos tea, or in extreme cases a lion in the backyard… And while some of these things may be unachievable (I’m referring to the lion terrorizing the neighbourhood), there’s nothing quite like a glass of wine to take one back to South Africa,…
  • Smartwatches vs Featurewatches: Discover the Phosphor Touch Time

    Ewan Spence
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:13 am
    Just as your smartphones had some competition with features phones and their limited apps, longer battery life, and in many cases better designs, so the smartwatches of the world have the oncoming storm of the featurewatches. Starting with the Phosphor Touch Time. Just like the feature phone, the Touch Time stands out against a field of smartwatches thanks to a limited but focused set of applications. Through these applications, and the hardware in the watch, the idea of a smartwatch is implied. The capacitive touch-screen, as well as contributing to the name, also allows a smartwatch like UI…
  • Food Porn at New York’s Houston Hall

    Jessica Tiare Bowen
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:32 am
    Thursday night in New York City and you want to know where all the cool kids are?  Head downtown to Houston Street, and chances are you’ll hear them before you see them. Houston Hall is, by Manhattan standards, a ginormous beer hall decked out like a cafeteria from the 1920’s: long communal tables, rustic decor, dim lighting…this vintage vibe is only offset by the huge screens/TVs playing the season’s it sport, and the top 40’s music playing soundtrack to the game.  The Choice A of spots to go to hang with old friends, meet new ones, all while having conversation be completely…
  • The Fading Social Fashion Of Google Glass

    Tom Foremski
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:06 pm
    Sarah Slocum’s recent experience at Molotov’s, a lower Haight Street bar where an irate drinker snatched her Google Glass off her face, did a lot to boost her popularity as TV and newspapers covered the incident. But the association with someone who called the incident a hate crime,  has not been good for Google Glass. A bouncer outside Molotov’s Several prominent Google Glass enthusiasts I know have started to leave their digital goggles at home, and I’ve heard others are doing the same. They don’t want to be associated with Slocum even though they like the wearable technology.
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    Business Travel Destinations

  • Business leaders across the capital endorse Dot London

    Business Travel Destinations
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:40 am
    Wednesday 16 April 2014 Forty business leaders from across London have endorsed the new Dot London internet domain.  In an open letter published today the heads of some of the capital’s most recognisable brands, business organisations, charities and SMEs say they are backing Dot London and call on other businesses to do the same. In the letter the business leaders say: “For the first time in a generation London businesses have an opportunity to claim a web address that associates them with London, one of the greatest cities on earth, and make their web address more relevant and…
  • MGM Resorts International and Hakkasan Group Announce Formation of Joint Venture Hotel Company MGM Hakkasan Hospitality

    Business Travel Destinations
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:39 am
    LAS VEGAS, April 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ – MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) and Hakkasan Group today announced the formation of a joint venture hotel management company, to be named MGM Hakkasan Hospitality.The strategic alliance will focus on the design, development and management of luxury non-gaming hotels, resorts and residential offerings under the Bellagio, Hakkasan, MGM Grand and SKYLOFTS brands in key international gateway cities and prime resort destinations across the globe.  All of the hotel and resort projects currently under development by each group will be…
  • London crowned ‘Ultimate Sports City’ beating off worldwide competition

    Business Travel Destinations
    11 Apr 2014 | 3:35 am
    Thursday 10 April 2014 The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has welcomed the news that London has beaten off stiff competition to be crowned the ‘Ultimate Sports City’ in the world. London received the prestigious honour at the SportAccord Convention in Antalya, Turkey earlier today (10 April). The UK capital was up against a shortlist of thirty cities around the world including Melbourne – which won the coveted title in 2006, 2008 and 2010 – New York, Singapore and Berlin. The city was praised for delivering an outstanding Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012 and for securing…
  • New York-New York Hotel & Casino Brings Tom’s Urban And Shake Shack To Dynamic Pedestrian Plaza

    Business Travel Destinations
    10 Apr 2014 | 3:34 am
    LAS VEGAS, April 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ – New York-New York Hotel Casino is turning up the flavor on its dynamic new plaza experience with the addition of fan-favorite restaurants Tom’s Urban and Shake Shack, opening December 2014. The restaurants will take the space currently occupied by The Sporting House (closing June 3), and join recently opened retail outlets Swatch, Stupidiotic, I Love NYNY and Starbucks, as well as Hershey’s Chocolate World, which is opening this spring. The plaza is anchored by the property’s famed Brooklyn Bridge. “There has never been a…
  • Diving sensation Tom Daley calls for visitors to be part of the legacy of the 2012 Games as Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park opens

    Business Travel Destinations
    4 Apr 2014 | 3:26 am
    Friday 04 April 2014 International diving star Tom Daley is calling for Londoners and visitors to the British capital to experience the 2012 legacy by enjoying the world-class facilities on offer at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Speaking in a new video released by, as the Park fully opens for the first time since London’s Olympic and Paralympic Games (5th April), Tom says: “This London Aquatics Centre has so many memories for me. To be able to train here full time is just amazing and I really do hope that lots of people are inspired to get involved in different sporting…
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    A Postcard a Day

  • Borobudur Temple

    18 Apr 2014 | 8:06 am
    One of the 72 seated Buddha statues which surround the main dome of Borobudur Temple in Indonesia.  The statue is facing the active Merapi volcano which last erupted in March 2014, when this card was sent to me. Merapi can be translated as Mountain of Fire.The Borobudur Temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • The Roman villa at La Olmeda

    16 Apr 2014 | 10:37 am
    In 1968 Javier Cortes Álvarez de Miranda found the remains of a Roman villa on his land in northern Spain.  He excavated it and maintained it for the next 12 years, then handed it over to the Provincial Council of Palencia. The villa dates from the 1st century and rebuilt in the 4th.  The main hall is in very good condition and the mosaic pictured in part on the card is from that hall. It is thought that the portraits show the owners of the mansion.
  • Luxembourg

    14 Apr 2014 | 8:14 am
    Luxembourg has a population of slightly more than 500,000, with an area of just under 1000 square miles or roughly 2,500 square kilometres. It is one of the smallest nations in Europe, just north of France and between Belgium and Germany.The couple pictured beside the mapare Grand Duc Jean and Grande-Duchesse Joséphine-Charlotte.  Grand Duc Jean abdicated in favour of his son in 2000 having reigned since 1964.
  • Hämeenlinna

    13 Apr 2014 | 11:20 am
    An illustration of the city of Hämeenlinna in Finland by Marja Liisa Pitkäranta, 2002.  Marja Liisa Pitkäranta (1941-2003) was a very prolific Finnish artist, known best for considerable production of postcards.  The copyright to all her postcards belongs to the Marja-Liisa Pitkäranta Foundation which provides grants to young people in art education.
  • Monaco port

    13 Apr 2014 | 8:46 am
    Virtually the same view but the top card shows the port in Monaco on a card dating from 1937 while the second is dated 1984.  Between them they show the incredible development of the Principality which continues today.
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  • A Holiday in Heaven – Tenerife

    10 Apr 2014 | 8:18 am
    Few destination names out there are on the lips of everybody the way Tenerife is and the truth is that it only got this famous precisely because it can be wonderful, mesmerizing and absolutely bewitching. From relaxing beaches to all-night parties, there is a myriad of things Tenerife can offer and looking into it can truly give you an amazing experience. If you want to find out more about Tenerife, vacation packages prices and what to do there, then you should definitely read on. Tenerife and Prices for Holidays There For many people out there, Tenerife pertains to an entirely different set…
  • Unique UK: 5 Ways to Explore the British Isles

    1 Apr 2014 | 1:22 am
    Oxford by Chris Chabot (Creative Commons) SELF DRIVE TOUR Discover the eccentricities of the Britons, the beautiful landscapes, iconic landmarks, gorgeous cities and experience the myths and mysteries of England via a self drive tour of the British Isles. The beauty of a self drive is the fact that you get to explore all the regions that matter to you at your own pace, pulling over at a motel or guest house and retreating for the night. You need to be armed with GPRS map, the road network of the UK is well developed and with a good map you can explore the UK with little help. TAKE A RAIL TOUR…
  • Alternative Places For a Wedding Abroad

    31 Mar 2014 | 11:38 pm
    EXOTIC KENYA A wedding in Kenya is one that can be wonderfully exceptional and unforgettable, in terms of wedding locations and settings, Kenya may boast to have it all; some couples have chosen to wed in the jungle with the savannah grassland forming a picturesque background. There are spectacular lakes littered all over the country which offer scenic settings for weddings such as Lake Naivasha (Kenyan celebrities have chosen this location) Lake Nakuru with its massive pink flocks of flamingos and Lake Bogoria with its steaming hot geysers. Tsavo East National Park, Kenya. Author Simone…
  • Culture in Dalaman

    13 Jan 2014 | 11:13 pm
    Icmeler Marmaris Beach, Turkey by Mr. M. Canbalaban (Creative Commons) The three million holidaymakers that fly into Dalaman on the scorching Turkish coast each year normally only have one thing on their minds and that’s hitting the beach for sunbathing and relaxation. And why not? The coastline in the Dalaman region is blessed with numerous beautiful sandy beaches, sweeping vistas and plenty of sunshine, so it’s rude not to put on your swimwear, slap on some sun cream and make the most of it. Monarch has plenty of accommodation options in the main Turquoise Coast resorts of…
  • Five Alternative Options For The Family Holiday

    26 Nov 2013 | 11:57 pm
    Inspiring Oman Oman (Creative Commons) Oman is a lesser known neighbor of the more popular Arabs Emirates and is a perfect place for an unusual family vacation. It boasts of crystal clear coastal waters, extensive family friendly resorts and enticing golden desert sandy dunes. There are numerous locations for family holidays in Oman. Muscat is a seaside city which is characterized by whitewashed buildings. Take your family for a desert experience; riding camels and camping in the Bedouin tents. The Sharkiya region has sandy beaches where the family can have beach fun and receive warm welcomes…
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    Atlas Travel Blog

  • Tokyo Insider Experiences

    Sue Lobo
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    Tokyo, Japan is a city of paradoxes, with imperial majesty set against the exciting pace of cutting-edge trends in fashion, art, technology and food. You’ll find high-rises that hide the city’s best sushi bars near cobblestone streets that seem straight from Europe. Woven together, these dissonances make this modern wonderland a remarkable place to experience.  Japan’s most fascinating discoveries are not highlighted on a map but rather found behind closed doors, open only to those who know enough to ask. Shinjuku, an area known for architecture and nightlife, contains many hidden…
  • Family Vacations Close to Home

    Sue Lobo
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:51 pm
    You needn’t travel far for incredible adventures that the whole family can enjoy right here in North America. Whether you have little ones, teens or a multi-generational mix, this diverse continent has something for everyone, from stunning natural landscapes and wide-open country ranges to historical landmarks and amusing theme parks. To help you dream big, we’ve come up with a few family vacation ideas that manifest playful childhood fantasies for kids and adults alike. North American national parks are home to countless exotic creatures, from alligators in the Everglades to bears in…
  • Little-Known Caribbean Vacation Destinations

    Burt Brages
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    The Caribbean islands are a popular vacation destination, but how many of them do you really know about? There are almost 30 nations and over 7,000 islands in the Caribbean, yet there are a small handful, like St. Martin, Aruba, the Bahamas, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, that are popularly known as the places to visit when you’re looking to get away from it all. That means that even if you’ve been to the Caribbean before, there’s probably a whole world of less-crowded island paradise spots that you’re missing out on. For your next Caribbean vacation, try one of these…
  • Total Lunar Eclipse #BloodMoon

    Sue Lobo
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    On April 15th a phenomenon that usually only happens several times a year is occurring. A total lunar eclipse will be visible in most of North America. If you are planning to watch this spectacular view of the moon there are some things that you should know. What Is It A total lunar eclipse occurs when the moon passes through the Earth’s shadow. The reddish hue that is cast on the moon is actually sunlight that is refracted through the Earth’s atmosphere. What You’ll See The interesting thing about a total lunar eclipse is the moon looks red, almost maroon. Because of the color, it’s…
  • 360 Degrees of Switzerland

    Terry Lobo
    13 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    With a unique location in the heart of Europe, this pristine country, famed for its unwavering neutrality, instills you with peace at first glance. But you’ll find Switzerland’s allure extends far beyond natural panorama, offering sights sure to amuse whether found on the walls of an art gallery, on your plate at an acclaimed restaurant or inside a cathedral spire from the Middle Ages. We share a new point-of-view on Switzerland – and you’ll see why we recommend this charming destination for your next vacation. Historical Views The capital city of Bern not only serves as a gateway to…
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    18 Apr 2014 | 7:04 am
    The following Garcia Marquez Nobel lecture took place in Stockholm, when awarded with the Nobel Price for Literature (1982) for his acclaimed novel "One Hundred Years of Solitude"...

    18 Apr 2014 | 7:03 am
    El discurso titulado La Soledad de America Latina fue pronunciado por Gabriel Garcia Marquez al recibir el Premio Nobel de Literatura por parte de la Academia de Artes y Ciencias de Estocolmo en 1982...

    15 Apr 2014 | 12:12 am
    Last stronghold of the Spanish domination, Chiloe Island conforms one of the most interesting cultures in South America. Centuries of isolation from mainland contributed to the creation of a Chilote culture of its own...

    13 Apr 2014 | 12:46 am
    Con Geografia de Sudamerica intentamos introducirte a la exhuberante belleza que el cuarto mayor continente del mundo tiene para ofrecerte. Esperamos disfrutes de esta experiencia visual...

    10 Apr 2014 | 3:16 am
    Mayor icono de Rio y Brasil, la Estatua del Cristo Redentor se yergue como simbolo de cristiandad en el corazon de la Cidade Maravilhosa...
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    Wild Junket

  • 10 of the Coolest Hotels We’ve Stayed At

    Nellie Huang
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:30 am
    Thanks to this website and our magazine, we’ve had the chance to travel far and beyond, from Antarctica to Zimbabwe, North Korea to South Africa. Along the way, we’ve also been fortunate enough to stay at many extraordinary and outstanding hotels. These aren’t your conventional five-star hotel chain or backpacker hostel — you’ll be surprised by how creative and unusual some hotel owners/designers can be. Here’s a look at some of the coolest hotels we’ve stayed at: 1. Treehotel — Harads, Sweden Undoubtedly the coolest hotel we’ve stayed at is Treehotel, a…
  • Interesting Tribes from Around the World

    Nellie Huang
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:28 am
    During our travels, we’ve had the fortune of meeting numerous interesting tribes who live in isolated, remote corners of the world and have truly preserved their cultures and traditions. For certain places like Papua New Guinea, the intriguing tribal culture was what drew us to visit. As always, I believe it’s the people who make a place. To pay tribute to the amazing people we’ve met, here are some of the amazing tribes we’e encountered around the world. The Huli Wigmen — Papua  New Guinea The Huli is the largest ethnic group in the Highlands, with a population…
  • Live Updates from the Road: Leipzig, Germany

    Nellie Huang
    14 Apr 2014 | 3:24 am
    Guten morgen from Germany! I’m here in Leipzig for the first-ever Social Travel Summit and really looking forward to mingling with like-minded travelers and industry folks. Follow along using the hashtag #STSLeipzig on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. An old friend of mine who also officiated our wedding, Heiko, lives near here so I’ll be hanging out with him and hopefully experiencing Leipzig through a local’s perspective. This post is also an experiment of sorts as I test out blogging on my phone. These updates will be short but they’ll be brought to you live. Through…
  • Photo Essay: The Ancient Town of Bhaktapur, Nepal

    Nellie Huang
    9 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Terracotta-roofed pagodas tower over the squares and courtyards. Narrow cobblestone streets weave their way between the houses, red-brick temples, stone statues and cisterns. Artisans are drying their pottery out in the open, while women weave cloth and knead clay by the roadside. This is Bhaktapur, one of the best preserved ancient towns in Nepal. Thanks to its location in the Kathmandu Valley along the old trade route between Tibet and India, Bhaktapur used to be a prosperous gateway; today it remains an excllent place to visit with its  treasure trove of pagodas and palaces. With…
  • Learning the Himalayan Way of Life in the Kathmandu Valley

    Nellie Huang
    8 Apr 2014 | 9:54 am
    The pointy snow-slathered peaks of the Himalayan Ranges stretch across my horizon like an endless sea of mountains. A blue haze covers the lower portion of the mountains, giving the illusion that they are floating in the air. Where I’m standing is almost 5,250 feet (1,600m) above sea level — the world seems so immense and I feel so small and insignificant. I am in Dhulikhel, a village in the fertile, mountain-sheltered Kathmandu Valley. We may be just 18 miles (30 km) from the Nepali capital of Kathmandu but it’s a completely different world here — there is no traffic, pollution…
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    South Africa Travel News

  • Five places to take your friends in Cape Town

    Vaughan McShane
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:02 am
    Send to Kindle If you’re from Cape Town you’ll know what it’s like to have foreign visitors or guests from other parts of South Africa come spend time with you, hoping you would show them around your beautiful city. Or even if you’re not from Cape Town but are going there as a group of friends, this quick little list is designed to give you a couple of quick and easy “what to do?” options if you’re here for a couple of days or longer. Showing the city off to your foreign friends is also a...
  • The Press Club in Umhlanga Centre

    Helen Rushton
    15 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    Send to Kindle As a youngster, my parents would often treat my brother and I to a toasted sandwich and a milkshake at The Press Club on our monthly jaunts into Durban from our home in Zululand. Located in the centre of town, I thought it was the coolest place ever; with its newsprint wallpaper I entertained romantic notions of becoming a journalist and memories of this little coffee shop have remained with me since the mid ‘80’s.     Luckily for me, my journalistic dreams might...
  • Room with a view – 15 handpicked rooms with views in South Africa

    Wanda Coustas
    14 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    Send to Kindle Anyone watching Miss Lucy Honeychurch and George Emerson at the window overlooking Florence, in the film based on the novel by EM Forster, will agree that the phrase ‘room with a view’ changed forever. The sumptuousness of the film, and the quintessentially British account of romance, intrigue and beauty, resulted in the phrase’s association with far more than the view alone. In keeping with this idea that a room with a view is about all things romantic, we...
  • 10 Dog Friendly Cottages in South Africa

    Wanda Coustas
    10 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Send to Kindle Where to go when you do not want to leave your pooch behind? There are plenty of venues across the country that welcome pets. Here are some of our favourites. Unless otherwise stated, all dogs are welcome by prior arrangement… Aloe Cottage, Darling A romantic getaway in Darling, this little cottage looks out over rolling hills and farmlands to distant mountains. It is set on an indigenous renosterveld estate, designed for privacy, although restaurants, shops and galleries...
  • 10 Best Public Art Pieces in Johannesburg

    Wanda Coustas
    7 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Send to Kindle Visual art in public spaces can be big or small. It can loom overhead, forcing you to squint into the sun to see it, or it can scream for attention from beneath your feet on the pavement. There are no rules about how it must look, what medium it should use, or what shape it should take. What it must do is play with expectation, heighten awareness, spark debate, shift the way you think, celebrate imagination, and make art accessible to everyone. In Johannesburg much of the...
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    Velvet Escape

  • Ten cities I would visit again

    Keith Jenkins
    9 Apr 2014 | 9:11 am
    One of Montreal’s many spiral staircases. and again… and again… and again. There are some cities that I just can’t get enough of. It could be for any particular reason: the energy, a lively culinary scene, a spectacular setting, a melting-pot of cultures, history, architecture, a laid-back pace or a mix of everything. These are cities that I would never tire of visiting. Without further ado, here they are, in no particular order (I’ve included links to my posts of each city so feel free to read more): Montréal Ahhh, Montréal! I love this city! From Old…
  • Velvet moments: travel photo – panoramic views of Rio de Janeiro

    Keith Jenkins
    28 Mar 2014 | 5:12 am
    The best place for the most spectacular views of Rio de Janeiro is from atop the Corcovado Mountain at the foot of the Christ the Redeemer Statue, the city’s iconic landmark. It can be a long wait for those who want to get up there (by train) – I suggest taking a taxi from the base station instead – but the incredible panoramic views of Rio de Janeiro are absolutely worth the wait! Read more about my trip to Rio de Janeiro. The iconic Christ the Redeemer Statue. The mind-blowing panoramic view of Rio from the viewing platform at the foot of the Statue. From here, you also…
  • A weekend in Berlin

    Keith Jenkins
    26 Mar 2014 | 8:35 am
    The boy and the Berlin Cathedral. It had been a hectic week at ITB Berlin, the world’s largest tourism trade fair, which I visit every year. I didn’t get to see much of Berlin on my previous visits so this year, I decided to add on a weekend to explore the city. My partner joined me for these few days. We’d seen the major highlights of Berlin like the Reichstag (Parliament), the museums on the Museum island, the Brandenburg Gate and Checkpoint Charlie on previous trips so we decided to simply wander around the city and see where we ended up. It turned out to be a fantastic…
  • Road tripping in Victoria

    Keith Jenkins
    20 Mar 2014 | 8:33 am
    My Victoria road trip – on the road to Halls Gap in the Grampians. Victoria is one of Australia’s smallest states but what it lacks in size (relatively-speaking – Australia is after all a massive country!), it makes up for in diversity: from craggy mountains to resplendent vineyards, expansive gumtree forests, spectacular coastal cliffs, stunning nature parks, colourful gardens and vibrant cities. To complement this, there’s a great variety of world-class cuisines, wines and natural and historic attractions. The best way to discover all this is simply to hire a car and…
  • Bologna on my mind

    Keith Jenkins
    18 Mar 2014 | 8:18 am
    Statue of Neptune at the Piazza del Nettuno. My doorbell rings. I open the door to find a good friend of mine standing there with a big grin on his face and a bag casually slung around his shoulder. Minutes later, he’s settled at my dining table and he reaches into his bag. “We’re going to Bologna!”, he announces. “You’ve been talking so much about it, we decided we should go and see it ourselves”. Now it’s my turn to grin. He pulls out a map, a pen and a notepad. “Ok, what do you recommend?”. My mind starts to race and quickly goes…
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    Pearls of Travel Wisdom

  • Quick Travel Tips for Your Holiday Weekend

    Carol Margolis
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:32 am
    If you’re traveling this weekend, here are a few last minute tips to help you and your family travel smart and safe so you can focus on the holiday. Is your child flying alone? Then read this for lots of tips you’ll want to know. If you are checking your bag and traveling with someone else, put some of your clothes in their bag and vice versa. That way, if one bag is delayed or lost, you each have some clothes. Place your itinerary in your checked bag, along with your name and address. Luggage tags on the outside of the bag, especially those flimsy paper tags you may grab from…
  • Sharing Travel Tips on Chicago’s WGN Radio

    Carol Margolis
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:16 am
    Listen in to WGN Radio’s Nick Digilio as he and I gab about my first flight, what’s changed over my 28 years of travel, my favorite destinations, and more. WGN Radio is based in Chicago, where my business travels first started many years ago. This travel talk may just offer you and/or your family some great tips to use in these last few days of spring break or in any of your future travels. Sharing of your travel tips or Chicago love is welcome in the comments below!        Related StoriesWeekly Travel RoundupGarrett Popcorn Shops GiveawayWhen…
  • Weekly Contest Roundup

    Carol Margolis
    12 Apr 2014 | 4:05 am
    Here are several contests that offer travel winnings. Good luck! Win a Trip to the British Virgin Islands is giving you a chance to win a trip to the British Virgin Islands. A grand prize winner will receive roundtrip airfare for two, 6 nights at the Long Bay Beach Club in an Ocean-view room, and their breakfast and dinners taken care of. Contest ends May 18th. Luxury Spa Trip to Palm Springs InStyle wants to send you on a luxurious spa getaway to Palm Springs. Runners up receive $200 Bluefly gift-cards, third place winners get a year subscription and some deluxe beauty…
  • Weekly Travel Roundup

    Carol Margolis
    11 Apr 2014 | 4:13 am
    Here are some articles and links from around the travel world that came across my desk this week. If you have any questions or suggestions, leave them in the comments, post them on our Facebook page or send them my way on Twitter. Air New Zealand’s new 787-9 unveiled Air New Zealand showed off their new Dreamliner this week with one beauty of a paint job. The all black livery with the distinct NZ Fern will roll out later this year. If you’d like to hop on board, the plane will be operating to Tokyo and Shanghai from Aukland in October. These plastic pipes filled with warm water…
  • Weekly Contest Roundup

    Carol Margolis
    5 Apr 2014 | 4:23 am
    Here are several contests that offer travel winnings. Good luck! Garrett Popcorn Sweepstakes Do you have a favorite travel food, as in some great grub you just can’t find at home? Mine is Garrett’s Popcorn, so we’ve teamed up to give away a 2 gallon Garrett Signature tin of their world famous Chicago Mix. Contest ends April 11. Luxurious Trip to the Philippines The Travel Channel is giving away a luxurious trip for two the the Philippines. The Grand Prize winner will receive two round trip coach tickets to Manila, 7 days/6 nights hotel accommodations, spa treatments, scuba…
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    The Travel Expert(a)

  • Fun Facts About Florida Key West

    Marina Kuperman Villatoro
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Travel Experta - Specializing in Unique International Family Travel - Helping Families Get the Most of Their International Travels with Kids Key West is without a doubt the top priority Key to visit when checking out the Florida Keys. This is where all the action happens. And interestingly enough, the action has been taking place here for over 500 years. We had the joy to learn all the cool facts and info  first hand during our bike tour of Key West - which is highly recommended! Fun Facts About Florida Key West There are 42 bridges that connect Key West to the mainland of Florida. The third…
  • Miniland of Legoland Florida – A Must Visit Exhibit

    Marina Kuperman Villatoro
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Travel Experta - Specializing in Unique International Family Travel - Helping Families Get the Most of Their International Travels with Kids Legoland has a one day or two day pass. We were there for the winter months and the water park was closed. Which would be a good reason to do the two day pass. That is before I discovered Miniland. The exhibit of miniature cities was by far my absolute favorite thing to see. I could’ve spent a full day simply wondering around and taking in every single detail and aspect of this place. The artwork of Legoland Florida will keep you there for a full…
  • Legoland Florida – One Artistic Theme Park – Photo Essay

    Marina Kuperman Villatoro
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Travel Experta - Specializing in Unique International Family Travel - Helping Families Get the Most of Their International Travels with Kids When we arrived to Legoland Florida, I was shocked to find out it was way more than just a typical theme park. I guess that comes with the territory when you visit the most famous building blocks maker in the world. The artists who created cities, monuments and other interesting statutes around the park deserve awards and recognition as many famous artists do. Artwork throughout Legoland Park Ford Explorer – a true masterpiece Dinosaurs Arabian…
  • Why the Florida Keys are Better Known as the Conch Republic

    Marina Kuperman Villatoro
    13 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Travel Experta - Specializing in Unique International Family Travel - Helping Families Get the Most of Their International Travels with Kids Have you ever wondered why the Florida Keys are called the Conch Republic? I certainly wanted to know the nitty gritty before heading to these famous islands. History of the Conch Republic It all started with the United States Border Patrol Blockade set up on highway U.S.1 at Florida City. After representatives of the Keys traveled to Miami court and had their request to enjoin the border patrol, the mayor decided to secede. The Conch Republic is a…
  • Arriving via a New York Jet Charter

    Marina Kuperman Villatoro
    12 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Travel Experta - Specializing in Unique International Family Travel - Helping Families Get the Most of Their International Travels with Kids Let us assume you are traveling to from Los Angeles to Manhattan. You can take a flight with a major commercial airline or seek out a New York jet charter with a private company. There are several advantages to flying with a private jet, and they should all be considered before making a final decision. The Benefits There are a plethora of benefits to flying with a private jet charter. Seating is far more spacious and comfortable on a private charter…
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  • Mott 32 Restaurant - Hong Kong

    9 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Hong Kong seems to have more than enough restaurants, yet new ones keep opening up and the best candidates always do well. The latest in the Chinese restaurant genre is Mott 32, in the Standard Chartered Bank Building in Central. We love the echoes of the past that are visible everywhere at Mott 32 without turning the establishment into a traditional Chinese restaurant. It is all cool vibes and modern touches perfectly suitable for urban Hong Kong of today, but in a skilfully prepared wrapping of patina and allure. The 7,500 square foot (697 sq.m.) restaurant is a design collaboration between…
  • Gilded Lily Bar - New York

    8 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    New York restaurateurs, Eric Marx and Lisle Richards, known for the Wayfarer at The Quin, have taken on a massive project and turned a Meatpacking District haunt into party central.   The pair opened the elegant Monarch Room earlier this year and just recently, right below it, the Gilded Lily bar. The location of the Monarch and the Gilded Lily is 408 West 15th Street, the former home of the 70s and 80s gay party spot, Crisco Disco. The building has stood empty for three decades while the District around it has been transformed.   To create the interior for Gilded Lily, Marx and…
  • Wirra Willa - Somersby, Australia

    3 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Wirra Willa is a tiny, tranquil pavilion located in Somersby, NSW, Australia, on an 80-acre property that formerly operated as a citrus fruit orchard.   Designed by architect Matthew Woodward for his father, the pavilion is only 72 square meters (775 sq.ft) in size and it is surrounded by a 36 square meter (387 sq.ft) courtyard. The villa complements the existing larger residence on the remote property and provides a special, separate place for reflection and rest. It can also be used as a self-contained guest house. The architect’s inspiration was the Fansworth House designed by…
  • The Jane, Antwerp, Belgium

    23 Mar 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Opening this week in Antwerp, Belgium, The Jane restaurant designed by Piet Boon has all the building blocks of a success. An intriguing building: A chapel of a former military hospital that gives the restaurant the aura of a sacred place mixed with a certain darkness.  An interesting location: Antwerp’s ’t Groen Kwartier that with its lofts in restored buildings and green areas designed by famous architects is developing into a trendy area. A famous chef-owner: Sergio Herman with his young right-hand man Nick Bril running the establishment. A renowned designer: Dutch Piet…
  • Australian Artist: CJ Hendry - Pen on Paper

    12 Mar 2014 | 5:00 pm
    We discovered Australian artist CJ Hendry through her Instagram account and were immediately blown away by her work. Armed with only paper and pen, she creates magnificent, photorealistic black-and-white images in large format. Her subjects are generally high-end fashion objects, such as a Hermes scarf or a Louis Vuitton horse head, but they can also be other inanimate objects including sculls and guns.   The pieces are mesmerizing visual objects in their own right, but once you realize they are created by just pen and ink, you really start to appreciate the skill and patience involved.
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    Man Tripping - Guys Weekends and Mancations

  • 10 Awesome Iowa Mancation Ideas

    James Hills
    12 Apr 2014 | 7:41 pm
      John Wayne Birthplace John Wayne (or Marion Robert Morrison as he was born)'s birthplace is in Winterset, Iowa and the museum there has accumulated one of the biggest collections of John Wayne memorabilia in the world. Each May, the museum also hosts the John Wayne Birthday Celebration - May 23-24, 2014. The celebration is very much a collection of "western" traditions including a rodeo, western swing dance, and cowboy mounted shooting demonstrations. However there are also historical discussions about The Duke, a marathon of his films, and of course tours of his birthplace.   If…
  • Introducing JagerBonds

    James Hills
    3 Apr 2014 | 1:52 pm
    To help share the excitement of the JagerBonds app, the company asked me to create a JagerBond and share some information about the mobile app with you. While this is a sponsored post, all opinions are mine. For those of you who have always wondered, the name Jagermeister comes from the German word for "master hunter". The spirit was created by a passionate hunter as a strong drink to toast achievements and seal bonds amongst strong men.  Those who have tried Jager are familiar with the distinct flavor of this spirit that is unlike anything else. This is because it's recipe contains a…
  • Want to Win a Trip to San Diego?

    James Hills
    2 Apr 2014 | 9:55 pm
  • Spring Drinks to Start the Season Right

    James Hills
    2 Apr 2014 | 4:04 pm
  • Explore The Secrets of Tequila at CasaMagna Puerto Vallarta

    James Hills
    27 Mar 2014 | 12:41 am
    These things combined have enabled this 4 Diamonds resort to recently be awarded the Agave de Oro by the Tequila Regulatory Council of Mexico and the so they launched their program Casa Magna Secretos de la Familia to expand on this experience. Secretos de la Familia Features: Tequila Sommelier - serves as an ambassador of Mexican customs, culture and traditions as well as serves as the resort's resident expert on Tequila, a spirit which is native to the region. Tequila a la Carte - More than 60 brands and 114 different varietals are available at the CasaMagna Marriott and stored in their…
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    The Travel Tart

  • Funny Memes for Travel

    Anthony The Travel Tart
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:49 am
    The Funny Memes that have been created by silly types out there in internet land seem to be there for the attention deficit types out there who want a quick laugh without thinking about the subject matter too much (see Virus of the Mind: The New Science of the Meme). These funny memes are usually generated in quick time and usually reflect some of the current affairs going on around the world, like politics, sporting events, and anything to do with the latest Miley Cyrus controversy. So I’ve decided to shamelessly hop onto the funny meme bandwagon and create a few of my own travel…
  • Six Degrees of Separation – When it Becomes One!

    Anthony The Travel Tart
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:40 am
    The theory of Six Degrees of Separation is that everything you want and anyone you want to meet are only six steps or six people away. Or otherwise, it’s the saying ‘it’s a small world’ – especially in this day and age of globalisation and the internet. As an example of this, I’ve been on the opposite side of the planet to where I live when travelling, when I’ve met someone who knows someone that I know as well – and it’s happened more than once. It’s a complete spinout, but it just shows how connected everything in the world is to…
  • If Google Ruled Everything Related to Travel

    Anthony The Travel Tart
    11 Apr 2014 | 4:12 am
    Ahh, Google. The Big G. The world’s most popular and frequently visited website. Since it’s humble beginnings in the late 1990′s, Google has come to dominate the world in pretty much everything related to cyberspace and the internet. In fact, the term ‘just Google it’ is now ingrained in the vernacular and in every language when attention deficit types want to find out something within milliseconds. Actually, I think Google has made the entire world impatient because we take having a simplistic answer to our sometimes vague question provided within an instant for…
  • You Know That You’ve Been Living in Dubai Too Long When…

    Anthony The Travel Tart
    7 Apr 2014 | 8:39 am
    Dubai – fast becoming one of the biggest transit centres on the globe. Millions of people now pass through this Middle Eastern centre each year on the way to somewhere else. It has undertaken a massive transformation from sandy seaside fishing town to an enormous metropolis where everything is big or where something is being built to become the biggest! As part of this huge economic change, many expats have relocated to Dubai to take advantage of the construction boom because a new building seems to pop into the skyline every week! To service all of this activity, you need a pretty…
  • Don’t Drink and Drive. Literally!

    Anthony The Travel Tart
    4 Apr 2014 | 6:51 am
    Ahhh, beer. I like having an icy cold one on a very hot day – nothing comes close to tasting perfect under these conditions. I like hanging around with a few friends and drinking the amber fluid straight out from an esky (that’s Australian for cooler box) that has had a couple of packets of ice chilling the beer all day. This wonderful scenario can happen when camping, fishing, or just watching the sun go down. However, it looks like some guys take things that little bit too far..  How To Drink and Drive Successfully.. That’s right, it’s a ute (or utility vehicle)…
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    Twelve Hours In A City

  • 12 Hours in Manchester

    3 Apr 2014 | 10:51 am
    Manchester has a lot to offer. It truly does. It’s a vibrant, diverse city with history, culture and of course….football. Whilst many people will visit the nation’s capital, it might be well worth spending half a day further up north too!The post 12 Hours in Manchester appeared first on Twelve Hours In A City.
  • 48 Hours in Queenstown? The Ultimate Guide to the Perfect Weekend in NZ

    7 Mar 2014 | 6:00 am
    48 Hours in Queenstown? The Ultimate Guide to the Perfect Weekend in NZ With just 48 hours to spend in the incredibly scenic Queenstown, which is situated in the South Island of New Zealand, you certainly won’t have much time to rest – nor will you want to. Make the most of your little time […]The post 48 Hours in Queenstown? The Ultimate Guide to the Perfect Weekend in NZ appeared first on Twelve Hours In A City.
  • Water Parks in the Costa del Sol

    25 Feb 2014 | 12:13 pm
    Water Parks in the Costa del Sol When it comes to holidays most families will choose the sun and sea option. Stunning beaches and spotless hotels with large swimming pools and a kids club for the younger children are incredibly popular. Tanning holidays are a great way to relax while getting a little extra sun, […]The post Water Parks in the Costa del Sol appeared first on Twelve Hours In A City.
  • The Best Snowmobile Trails in Mille Lacs, Minnesota

    13 Feb 2014 | 11:22 am
    Getting out of the cabin becomes critical in these blistery wintry months for those wishing to avoid cabin fever.  For those living in or visiting the Mille Lacs area, one way to shake off that winter itch is to go snowboarding.  Several clubs, such as the Mille Lack Snowmobile Club and the Mille Lacs Drift […]The post The Best Snowmobile Trails in Mille Lacs, Minnesota appeared first on Twelve Hours In A City.
  • Campervan tour in Australia

    28 Jan 2014 | 11:09 am
    The thrill to uncover the gems of Australia littered all along the exciting road routes in a campervan is unbeatable. Consider it straight out of the horse’s mouth or checkout DriveNow campervan hire Australia to plan your itinerary and get the unforgettable experience.   The Great Southern Touring Route There are countless routes you can […]The post Campervan tour in Australia appeared first on Twelve Hours In A City.
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    Part Time Vagabond | Part Time Vagabond

  • How to make a sick mountain bike edit!

    Chris Cavallari
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:45 am
    This video is pretty funny, calling out all the tropes that you see in outdoor adventure videos these days. Now, I’m a mountain biking fan, and occasionally I’ll sit for a few hours watching these videos, marveling at flecks of dirt flung into the air in super slow-mo, heart pounding as these crazy cyclists take on huge drops and spin down narrow threads of knife-edge trails. I dig the videos, and while many of them kind of look the same, I don’t mind so much, as long as the story is engaging. Some people are good at this; some people suck. But man, this edit is SICK!
  • 2 Days In Burlington, Vermont

    Chris Cavallari
    7 Apr 2014 | 4:15 am
    After my less than stellar trip to Austin back in January (not really the city’s fault, mind you), I was ready to have a much more fun trip to Burlington, Vermont, a small college town on the banks of Lake Champlain near the Canadian border. My father’s brother and his family lived a town over, in Essex Junction, many years ago when he worked for IBM, but I hadn’t been to the area since I was a child, and I’m certain I’d never been to Burlington proper. So this was definitely an adventure I was looking forward to. This time, my wife joined me on the five hour…
  • Episode 003 – Travel as an Introvert | PTV’s Travel Hackers Podcast

    Chris Cavallari
    3 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    PTV’s Travel Hackers host Chris takes a look at his introversion and how it’s affected his life and his travels. He reads a post he recently wrote for about the time he finally came to the realization that he needed to make a drastic change in his life. It’s about finding quiet, finding himself, and finding his happy.  Links: Guest post on Subscribe to PTV’s Travel Hackers Podcast: Subscribe, Rate, and Review on iTunes | Podcast RSS PTV: Facebook | Twitter | Google+ | PTV Newsletter & Blog subscription Play This…
  • Is Vagabonding Dangerous? An interview with Lauren Juliff of Neverending Footsteps

    Chris Cavallari
    27 Mar 2014 | 5:21 am
    When you hear the word “vagabond,” what image pops into your head? It probably looks like a raggedy tramp with a bindle and stick slung over his shoulder, walking along the railroad tracks. Of course, today’s vagabond is a bit more sophisticated, traveling via plane, train, and automobile, using high-tech tools to get the best travel deals. To me, being a vagabond means traveling on your own terms, adapting and changing to the situation thanks to careful planning. Yet many people still view the vagabond lifestyle as dangerous, something to be avoided. I knew this…
  • PTV’s Travel Hackers Episode 002 – Travis & Julie, Motorcycle Adventurers

    Chris Cavallari
    21 Mar 2014 | 3:39 am
    Travis & Julie, Motorcycle Adventurers This week’s episode features Travis Marsh and Julie Guilbault, friends of mine here in Maine who travel much of New England on a motorcycle. Travis and Julie are 20-something professionals with full time jobs and a house in Maine, but during the warmer months, they hop on the bike and hit the roads around New England. Links: Subscribe to PTV’s Travel Hackers Podcast: Subscribe, Rate, and Review on iTunes | Podcast RSS PTV: Facebook | Twitter | Google+ | PTV Newsletter & Blog subscription Play This Episode If you liked this…
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    Jet Set Smart


    16 Apr 2014 | 3:59 am
    The combination of floral with ivory or white is a great way to show that your wardrobe is spring ready!  I purchased these floral sweatpants at Forever 21 recently, and even though they should probably be worn around the house as lounge pants, I often find myself wearing them out of the house when I'm running late with the boys.  I think the fun print makes it seem more stylish than "mom-in-sweatpants," and the black/white combo is easy to match with tops.  I paired the pants with these Target ankle booties in ivory (yes, that's right...Target does it again!), and a beautiful…

    15 Apr 2014 | 11:07 am
    A couple of weeks ago we left the kids with the grandparents and went to do our taxes.  After we were done we needed to get some shopping done, but were in need of a bite to eat first.  We decided to head over to the Time Warner Center in Columbus Circle to do both!  We went to Bouchon Bakery and it was the perfect spot for what we were looking for.  We had a light and delicious lunch, enjoyed some wine, and admired the beautiful views of Central Park and the hustle bustle of the city while we ate. I had a kale salad with roasted chicken, parmesan cheese, pickled red…

    14 Apr 2014 | 3:53 am
    Yesterday felt like summer at the Shore!  In fact, at one point my car said 86*!!!  Not sure if that was accurate or not, but it felt quite hot to me.  We really love the Jersey Shore, and spend as much time as we can at the beach- in the spring, summer, fall and even in the winter!  That is why when I saw the forecast yesterday, I suggested we take some beachy family pictures.  We went to Old Navy to pick up some white oxford buttoned down shirts for the boys, and I grabbed this white eyelet maxi dress- they have great stuff for spring, and the prices are so…

    11 Apr 2014 | 6:18 pm
    One of my favorite fit of jeans is the boyfriend cut; they are comfy and can be dressed up or down...perfect for a jet setting mama!  I picked up these jeans on sale at the Gap recently, and I know I will just live in them now, into summer and even again in the fall.  I paired them with a loose top and a lace cardigan, but I also love boyfriend jeans with a buttoned down shirt tucked in with a belt.  I also can't get enough of this new handbag from Danier Leather- I love the pastel blue for spring and find that it goes with so much, or pops as some color here in my otherwise…

    9 Apr 2014 | 7:10 pm
    Like the saying says, "April showers bring may flowers," and last week we had quite a bit of rain!  That is why I broke out my Hunter boots and a trench coat.  I think these are two must-have items for your wardrobe for spring.  Hunters come in so many fun colors, and you can wear them in the winter snow or even on a sunny day to add something fun to your outfit (I've seen this done all over Instagram).   But, I think the most practical season for them is now when it tends to rain a lot.  That's also how I feel about a trench coat; it can be worn on a mild winter day,…
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  • Win an Intrepid Travel food tour of India!

    Mariellen Ward
    1 Apr 2014 | 12:30 am
    Photo courtesy Nate Gray Do you want to eat Indian food in India? NOW’S YOUR CHANCE! Enter the Breathedreamgo contest to win a 14-day Real Food Adventure – India with Intrepid Travel. All you have to do to enter is subscribe to the mailing list, tweet your entry (if you are on Twitter) and LIKE the Breathedreamgo Facebook page to enter this giveaway. SUBSCRIBE by entering your email address in the pink sign-up box in the sidebar or at the bottom of the page. For extra points, add a comment below about why you want to win, or where you want to go in India, or what you really want…
  • Getting India wrong

    Guest Author
    17 Mar 2014 | 11:12 am
    Photo courtesy Clare of Wayfarer Diaries. Things I got wrong as a solo female first time traveller in India This guest post is by Clare of Wayfarer Diaries. Clare and I met online and I was captivated by her blog. She experiences travel in India openly, with a beginner’s mind, and is able to capture her experiences in words that seem to flow effortlessly. Here’s her impressions of India as a first time visitor. “It’s magical.” “It’s terrifying.” “It’s full of amazing people.” “It’s not safe.” “Eat the street food.” “Don’t eat the street food.” It…
  • The Legends of the Maharajahs and Mirabai women-only tour of India

    Mariellen Ward
    13 Mar 2014 | 12:55 pm
    Join me and Kensington Tours on a women-only tour of North India and see the Taj Mahal by the full moon THIS OCTOBER, join me and Kensington Tours on the trip-of-a-lifetime: Legends of the Maharajahs and Mirabai: Women’s Journey through India. This is your chance to travel safely in India with a small group of like-minded women, a prestigious travel company known for creating personalized tours, and a passionate India travel expert — me. I’ve partnered with Kensington Tours to lead Legends of the Maharajahs and Mirabai: Women’s Journey through India(October 28 – November…
  • Women’s Travel Festival speech

    Mariellen Ward
    11 Mar 2014 | 6:25 pm
    On March 8, 2014 I joined a panel at the Women’s Travel Festival in New York City with Sarah Shourd and Sally Thelen, moderated by Kelly Lewis, founder of the Festival and publisher of GoGirlGuides. The panel was about travel safety for women, and I was honoured to be included with Sarah, who survived 11 months solitary confinement in an Iranian prison (on trumped-up charges) and Sally, the inspiring author of UnBraveGirl, a bitingly honest and very funny blog about living as an expat in Asia. Due to the nature of the panel, I was not able to give my entire presentation. Here it is. On…
  • Top 5 most stunning English Gardens

    Mariellen Ward
    4 Mar 2014 | 12:45 am
    RHS Garden Wisley. Photo 1. A United Kingdom Garden Tour: The Top Five WE ARE EXPERIENCING the coldest, iciest, snowiest winter in living history in Canada, so I decided I needed to publish a post full of warmth, colour and the beauty of nature. I give you, the English garden. The first time I visited the United Kingdom, many years ago, I was struck by their abundant beauty. A moist, temperate climate seems to be the perfect recipe, and the English are appropriately one of the most garden loving nations on earth. I have been to several well-known gardens in London and the south-west of…
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    Singapore Travel Blog

  • Spend with Visa and Win a Trip to the 2014 FIFA World Cup™

    Zhiqiang &#38; Tingyi
    9 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Advertorial From June 12 to July 13, 2014, Brazil will host the 64 matches of the FIFA World Cup 2014. Straight through the championship match in the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, over 600,000 international visitors are expected to make the journey for the event where they will cheer, chant, and do whatever it takes to spur their national teams to victory. If you are planning to catch the FIFA World Cup 2014 in person at Brazil, you should start planning now as World Cup tickets (available through the FIFA website or through travel agencies) and accommodation are expected to be all…
  • Activities to Do at Tanjong Jara Resort – Kampung Life, Dungun Night Market Tour, Spa

    Zhiqiang &#38; Tingyi
    29 Mar 2014 | 5:39 am
    Besides chilling out by the beach at Tanjong Jara Resort, there are many other activities you can participate in as a guest of Tanjong Jara Resort.  Right at the resort lobby, you will find a board listing all the activities available for the day; it is conveniently located near Di Atas Sungei restaurant so on your way to breakfast at the restaurant, you will see it.  Or just call the front desk to find out. These activities range from Batik Painting to more adventurous tours like taking a hike amongst dense rainforest with Tanjong Jara Resort’s in house naturalist Captain Mokt or…
  • Romantic Getaway at Luxurious Tanjong Jara Resort in Terengganu

    Zhiqiang &#38; Tingyi
    16 Mar 2014 | 9:29 am
    Located on the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia between Kuala Terengganu and Kuantan, the Tanjong Jara Resort is built on a 17-hectare site facing the South China Sea. The resort is luxurious yet also every part of the resort from its architecture to spa services are steeped in age-old Malay traditions. The latter part is what distinguishes Tanjong Jara Resort from other luxurious resort in Malaysia where you can experience the gentle Malay art of service and hospitality as well as Terengganu culture through the resort’s weekly Kampung Life. The tagline of Tanjong Jara Resort is…
  • “So Your Government is Giving You Free Money?” They Asked

    Zhiqiang &#38; Tingyi
    15 Mar 2014 | 7:56 pm
    Singapore’s annual Budget goodies is well-known throughout the world – during a trip to Taiwan few years ago, there had been 2-3 occasions that whenever we identify ourselves as Singaporeans, some of the locals will ask the question “So Your Government is Giving You Free Money?“.  I guess that the Taiwanese news channel have been reporting about Singapore Budget Speech and the Goods and Service Tax (GST) vouchers for Singaporeans and I won’t be surprised if they are sensationalizing this “news” a bit. I always had to correct them that the money is…
  • Top 4 Sights to Check Out at Singapore Chinatown

    Zhiqiang &#38; Tingyi
    8 Mar 2014 | 6:06 am
    Named after the bullock carts that used to supply fresh water to its residents, Singapore’s Chinatown offers more than just a name when it comes to heritage.  Chinatown is Singapore’s largest historic district, nestled close to the bustling business hub.  For a quick tour of Singapore’s national monuments, take a walk along South Bridge Road in Chinatown where you can find places of worship such as Jamae Mosque and Sri Mariamman Temple which had existed in the area for many years. If you are looking for a stay in 4 star hotels in Singapore near Chinatown so you can explore…
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    Kaleidoscopic Wandering

  • Ecuador’s Wild Side: Animals of the Galapagos Islands

    9 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    In the hierarchy of the animal chain, humans tend to place themselves at top. People have long captured and confined, domesticated and tamed, demonstrating dominance over other animals. We wield weapons and power. Though I know there’s always been a food chain on our planet—prey and predators aren’t new news—I think humans in particular have done an awfully good job of creating an environment where other creatures inherently fear us. For me, and for many other people who visit the Galapagos Islands, encountering wildlife in such an intimate and immediate setting is one of the…
  • Best Travel Blog Posts from March 2014

    2 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    March was a low-key month for me as it relates to travel. I had a lot going on at home during March, and I was content to leave my suitcase stowed away, focusing instead on the immediate things going on in my life. Because I stayed in Las Vegas throughout the duration of the month, I took some time to enjoy my favorite Vegas sights, and I also ate at a few new restaurants and enjoyed a couple new shows that have arrived in the city. It was an important time for me to slow down, and I didn’t mind at all that I wasn’t gallivanting around the world. Though I stayed in one place, a number of…
  • Frozen in Time: The Magic of the Galapagos Islands

    19 Mar 2014 | 3:00 am
    It’s taken me awhile to write about the Galapagos Islands, but it’s also taken much longer than I expected to really absorb my experiences during my nine days in Ecuador. Unlike my travels to other destinations around the world, I can’t say that I simply visited a place when I visited the Galapagos Islands. Yes, this is one of the most significant, pristine, authentic geographical locations on this earth. Beyond the physical act of stepping foot on the Galapagos Islands, though, spending time there transported me to a different mindset, a new way of processing the way I view the world…
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    Fili's World | A different look at Asia, China & Taiwan

  • HK Temple Run Day : Wong Tai Sin, Chi Lin & 10000 Buddhas

    17 Apr 2014 | 1:31 am
    I took a Chinese visitor to Hong Kong to see some of the local temple culture on a temple run day. We started at the quiet and beautiful  Nan Lian gardens and Chu Lin Nunnery near Diamond Hill, continues to the hectic Wong Tai Sin and then made our way to the 10000 Buddhas near Sha Tin. It was an amazing day with terrific weather – sunny and clear blue skies. If you’re visiting HK and love temples, I think this would be the perfect day for you.   Previous posts on those temples: Nan Lian Garden, Chi Lin Nunnery Veggie Food and Hollywood Plaza Touring Hong Kong – Sik…
  • Northern Peng Chau Island Hike : Hong Kong

    15 Apr 2014 | 10:49 am
    Long ago I visited Peng Chau for the first time, one of Hong Kong’s small island with a laid back fishermen village feel to it. Though it’s a really small island, that fist time, I only explored the southern part of the island, hiking up to the mountain top to get some wonderful views of the area. This year I returned to Peng Chau to hike the northern part of the island. It’s very quiet, almost no people around, and the views overlooking Lantau and Discovery Bay are terrific.       Shall we take a walk around the island?   Local fishermen life……
  • New York City : Trip summary

    7 Apr 2014 | 12:58 am
    While based in the US, I went to New York City for Christmas and New Years to visit my sister who was doing an exchange to NYU and meeting my parents who flew in to NYC for a visit. We spent about 10 days in New York, with an AirBnB apartment in Brooklyn next to Prospect Park. It was cold, but with a wonderful Christmas spirit (tough we never celebrated), and I got to reunite with some dear old friends from long long ago who happened to live in NYC at the time. Rather than just visiting attractions, we focused our efforts on atmosphere, culture and just plain fun.   To start you off,…
  • Tallahassee to New Orleans : Trip Summary

    6 Apr 2014 | 12:32 am
    While I was based in Tallahassee Florida I rented a car and made my way towards a conference (SPSP2013) taking place at New Orleans. It was a wonderful trip, New Orleans was absolutely fascinating with the crazy Mardi Gras traditions, and the road between Tallahassee and New Orleans offered plenty of wonderful beaches and attractions at Pensacola and Alabama.     To summarize that short trip, this was my route…     New Orleans Lots of historical plantations and houses all across the country-side… Longue Vue House & Gardens : New Orleans Destrehan Plantation…
  • Japanese Tea Garden at Golden Gate Park : San Francisco

    4 Apr 2014 | 9:29 am
    Golden Gate Park in San Francisco is a wonderful retreat right at the center of San Francisco. The park includes lots of attractions to enjoy, like the conservatory of flowers I mentioned before, and it even offers something for those like myself with an Asian heart – a little piece of Japanese heaven, the Japanese Tea Garden.       Here’s a bit about the gardens from their official website: The Japanese Tea Garden provides visitors from around the world with an opportunity to experience the natural beauty, tranquility and harmony of a Japanese-style garden in the…
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    Official Reno Tahoe USA Blog

  • Boomtown Reno Celebrates 50 Years

    Christina Erny
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:25 pm
    Boomtown Casino Hotel celebrates its 50th birthday in April and showcases a multi-million dollar casino remodel while reflecting upon the history that started as a small café on I-80. Get excited for new twists to the famous “All-You-Can-Eat” Lobster Buffet, the new Bistro 2100, Market Fresh Deli, Baja Mexican and Peet’s Coffee. Plus, additional features will [...]
  • Reno Redefines Jazz

    Zach Alexander
    10 Apr 2014 | 9:36 am
    The 52nd Reno Jazz Festival begins this Thursday, April 10 until Saturday, April 12. Throughout the day, schools from all over the nation will perform in front of judges at various locations around the University of Nevada, Reno campus. On Thursday night, trumpeter Avishai Cohen will play at Nightingale Concert Hall at 7:30 PM. Straight out [...]
  • Your Guide to Easter in Reno Tahoe

    Zach Alexander
    7 Apr 2014 | 5:03 pm
    Everyone’s clothes are a little bit brighter, the flowers are blooming, and that giant bunny we all love is coming out of hibernation! Easter is on April 20, and there are plenty of egg hunts, festivals, and meet and greets with Mr. Bunny himself here in Reno, as well as other traditional events with [...]
  • Time to go Wild… Animal Ark is Now Open

    Christina Erny
    1 Apr 2014 | 10:37 am
    Animal Ark is now open after winter hibernation! With 18 special events, free educational lectures by local wildlife professionals, keeper talks, and interactions with  animals and raptors, it’s a great year to visit the sanctuary. Animal Ark is about a 25 minute drive from Reno, and definitely worth the drive. The staff of volunteers is extremely [...]
  • Exhibits to Visit in April 2014

    Zach Alexander
    1 Apr 2014 | 10:27 am
    April is here, which means baseball, gorgeous weather, and great exhibits and events at local museums. There is so much going on this month, so hopefully this post provides some ideas of how you all can make the most of one of the most eventful months in Reno! Nevada Museum of Art Maurice Sendak: 50 Years, 50 [...]
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    Cruise Radio

  • ShipMate App, Viking River Cruises Longships + Cruise News

    3 Apr 2014 | 8:47 pm
    Mike Jirrot from popular ShipMate App joins us to talk about the cruise travel app with almost a million downloads available on both iOS and Android, Jason drops by to share his latest venture on Viking River Cruises, Viking placed a world record, again! Stewart Chiron the Cruise Guy has cruise travel news you can use. Listen and learn!
  • Norwegian Getaway Review

    27 Mar 2014 | 10:11 pm
    This week we are aboard Norwegian Getaway for the inaugural sailing from Port Miami. We talk to passengers and get a run down of the restaurants, entertainment and outside areas. 
  • Carnival Sunshine Review + Porthole Cruise Magazine

    20 Mar 2014 | 8:24 pm
    Listener Sarah joins us this week to give a comprehensive reivew of Carnival Sunshine, a ship that recently underwent a $155-million dollar transformation. Bill Panoff, editor-in-cheif of Porthole Cruise Magazine checks in with us about some new things in the publication, MSC Cruises has some big news and Cruise Guy has our weekly cruise news.
  • SPECIAL: Cruise Shipping Miami - Executive Panel

    14 Mar 2014 | 7:53 pm
    Here is the audio file of the State of the Global Industry we made mention to on Cruise Radio with the four cruise line execs from MSC, Royal Caribbean, Carnival and Norwegian Cruise Line. 
  • Cruise Shipping Miami 2014 - Cruise Travel Information

    14 Mar 2014 | 6:13 pm
    We are broadcasting from Cruise Shipping Miami this week at the Miami Beach Convention Center, an annual cruise conference with over 10,000 delegates from around the world. We talk with MSC Cruises, Windstar Cruises, family travel, Guy Harvey stops by the booth and Cruise Guy. Listen and learn!
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    Nomadic Notes

  • Nomadic News: April 6 2014

    James Clark
    6 Apr 2014 | 5:08 am
    Welcome to the latest edition of Nomadic News; links to location independence and travel. This week I am also featuring a project to help bring clean water to Lombok in Indonesia. The Paradigm Water Project is a project set up by Andy Hill, and American who has been living in Asia for the last five years. He is now building Biosand water filters in Lombok, Indonesia and is raising money to help build more filters. Read more about this at the Paradigm Water Project at Location Independence For digital nomads, work is no longer a place and life is one big adventure – Mark…
  • Notre Dame, Ho Chi Minh City – Vietnam

    James Clark
    3 Apr 2014 | 8:29 pm
    [The Notre Dame cathedral in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.] I post photos here every friday but not usually in a chronological order, and if I am on the road I will have a backlog of of photos to post. For daily photos of where I am currently at follow me at instagram. Notre Dame, Ho Chi Minh City – Vietnam is a post from: Nomadic Notes
  • Nomadic News: March 23, 2014

    James Clark
    23 Mar 2014 | 7:28 am
    Welcome to the latest edition of Nomadic News; links to location independence and the life digital nomadic. Location Independence Digital Nomad Location Spotlight: Ambergris Caye, Belize How I make money while traveling (and how you can afford it too) – Mark Wiens from Migrationology details how he has monetised his delicious travel sites. Budget Breakdowns How We Spent less than $12K (£7.1K) Each Travelling to 10 Countries in 12 Months – Budget breakdown from Nomad Spirit. The real cost of travel in Vietnam – Budget breakdown by Kristen at Be My Travel Muse. Travel Digital…
  • Saturday Night’s Alright (For Writing)

    James Clark
    19 Mar 2014 | 2:00 am
    When you work for yourself you soon find what hours are the most productive for you. I was reflecting on this when I found myself in a Hanoi-style cafe in Saigon on a saturday night. I usually walk around everywhere with my laptop, but this night I only had my notepad and pen at hand. With the combination of Vietnamese coffee and the atmosphere of the cafe, it was the ideal saturday night out for me. [At the office any day of the week in Ho Chi Minh City (Photo by Legal Nomads)] Before I became self employed, saturday nights were prime working nights. In the year before I became a full time…
  • Sri Mahamariamman Temple, Kuala Lumpur – Malaysia

    James Clark
    13 Mar 2014 | 6:31 pm
    Sri Mahamariamman Temple, Kuala Lumpur – Malaysia. Travel Photos: Kuala Lumpur photo gallery Sri Mahamariamman Temple, Kuala Lumpur – Malaysia is a post from: Nomadic Notes
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    Travel | Mail Online

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    19 Apr 2014 | 1:51 am
    North-west Sardinia is as virginal as the Dalmatian coast, finds Quentin Letts, who grows fond of his shabby but not chic villa in the pretty walled port of Alghero.
  • Strictly Come Dancing star Sophie Ellis-Bextor finds holiday heaven in Antigua

    19 Apr 2014 | 1:51 am
    Needing to rest her feet after her adventure on the Strictly dancefloor, pop star Sophie Ellis-Bextor took her kids and husband away to the sands of the Caribbean.
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    19 Apr 2014 | 1:51 am
    Peru is a country of glorious highs and lows, from the Andean citadel of Machu Picchu to the dense jungles of the Amazon - as a fascinated Claire Ellicott discovers.
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    19 Apr 2014 | 1:51 am
    Carol Driver had never been unduly interested in the Maldives. But her first encounter with the fabled Indian Ocean archipelago proved a wonder on several levels.
  • Tunisia holidays: Sun, fun and hints of St Tropez in north Africa

    19 Apr 2014 | 1:51 am
    Tunisia was the start-point for the Arab Spring three years ago - but there is no sign of anything but calm days as Nina Myskow visits Hammamet for some winter sun.
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    City Traveler Blog

  • Boston in Bloom

    Kristin Girard
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:32 am
    What a long, cold winter this has been. If you live in or near Boston (or, let’s be honest, anywhere in the upper half of the continent), chances are that you’re really, REALLY ready for springtime weather. Now that it’s finally warming up, what better way to celebrate the change of season in Boston than with some plein air activities? Boston Common/ Public Garden/ Swan Boats First stop: Boston Common, the oldest public park in the country and the home of the city’s Public Garden, with its iconic Swan Boats. Comprised of 48 acres of greenspace in the heart of the city, the Common is…
  • A Perfect Weekend in San Francisco

    Deston S. Nokes
    4 Apr 2014 | 3:51 pm
    Golden Gate Bridge There’s a reason San Francisco often appears on the list of most expensive cities in the nation. It’s because so many people want to be there. San Francisco has some of the world’s best chefs, city parks, sports teams, iconic views and landmarks, shopping districts, and waterfronts. It has a modern transportation system and old-school, world-famous cable cars. Plus, SF residents have a live-and-let-live attitude about quirky interests, alternative lifestyles and unabashed eccentricities. In other words, it’s just a fun city to be in. But a first, money-saving step…
  • Atlanta for Romantics

    Kristin Girard
    31 Mar 2014 | 2:50 pm
    Sugar Magnolia Bed & Breakfast. Photo credit: Debi Starnes If you’re looking for a romantic getaway, Atlanta is a wonderful place to go. As a large city, it offers a multitude of world-class accommodations, cultural events and sights, yet it’s diverse and quirky enough to allow for a truly unique experience. What you and your partner choose to do depends, of course, on who you are as a couple, what you most enjoy together, and what your ideal date would be. Atlanta is a delightful setting for your romantic experience, whether you opt for cozy and intimate, lavish and luxurious, or simple…
  • 5 Places to See Spring Bloom

    Dan Patterson
    26 Mar 2014 | 2:33 pm
    While it can be wonderful to head to your local public park or enjoy the flowers and freshly cut grass in your own backyard, winter-induced cabin fever may have left you itching for a road trip. Right now, there is no better time to hit the road and see spring burst into bloom! Here are some of our picks for places that will put the “spring” back in your step and bring you in-tune with nature and the new cycle of warmer weather. A Cherry Blossom Festival for Both Coasts Cherry Tree Blossoms & Jefferson Memorial Whether you live on the East coast or the West coast -- or if you crave an…
  • Toronto's Ethnic Buffet

    City Traveler
    25 Mar 2014 | 3:43 pm
    New York Times travel story written by Francine Prose. When I tell my friends in Toronto how much I love their city, they often say, “Really?” I always assume they imagine I’m just trying to be gracious, or perhaps — with characteristic Canadian modesty — they’re reluctant to acknowledge how easy their city is to love. But they also have a great deal of justifiable civic pride, and a clear sense of why Toronto is such a special and unusual place to live and visit. There’s more to this understated city than many people might realize. The Toronto skyline. Credit Ian Willms for The…
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  • How to Edit Photos For Your Blog at Light Speed

    Matt Gibson
    9 Apr 2014 | 2:04 pm
    Photo editing can be time consuming and onerous — especially when you’re in a rush to produce a large amount of content. But, there are some tricks you can use to automate most of the process. I had a friend in Taiwan who was a club photographer. He’d have to shoot until 3 or 4am and then go home and edit 50 photos and send them to the client before morning, so he had to create an extremely efficient workflow. In this tutorial I will show you how he did it, and how I edit photos when I’m in a rush. This process uses the Photoshop ‘batch’ and…
  • UK Breaks: Architectural Wonders of the UK

    Matt Gibson
    3 Apr 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Old Londontown | Photo credit: Stuck in Customs For fans of beautifully-crafted architecture, the UK is a haven. Whether it’s overwhelming brutalist constructions, neo-Gothic haunts, or romantic Renaissance designs, there are many examples of some beautiful craftsmanship around just waiting to be explored. So if you’re in need of a short UK break with some stunning sights to hike, cycle, fly or sail around, here are a few destinations that should be top of your hit list: 5) Glasgow The University of Glasgow | Photo credit: Wills Newman This bustling Scottish city is filled with…
  • Win a trip to Cuba with Peregrine Adventures

    Matt Gibson
    25 Mar 2014 | 4:00 am
    Looking for something different for your next trip? How about a beautiful country rich with history? Then beautiful Cuba is a good option — and it’s the next trip up for grabs in the Pergrine Adventures 20/20 competition. This is the first of 20 wonderful adventures Peregrine Adventures is giving away over the next 20 days — so Cuba won’t he the only choice. Every trip will be different.  This competition is a celebration of  20 years of Peregrine’s pioneering work in employing local tour leaders for 20 years now on their tours and trips, which in turn has set the benchmark for…
  • One Minute of Bliss at Canyons Resort, UT

    Matt Gibson
    13 Mar 2014 | 1:55 pm
    I’ve hit a couple of excellent powder days at Canyons Resort here in Utah and gotten some great photos and videos.  I’m a painfully slow video editor, so until I can get a bigger and better edit up, here’s one a made a couple of weeks ago. It was bliss. The post One Minute of Bliss at Canyons Resort, UT appeared first on .
  • Win a Free Trip from Peregrine Adventures

    Matt Gibson
    5 Mar 2014 | 10:36 am
    Everybody needs a vacation once in a while, but few of us have the time and money to just up and leave when we want to. If you enter Peregrine Adventures’s free 20 Trips in 20 Days contest, you just might get that chance this year. For those who aren’t familiar with it, Peregrine Adventures is travel company that specializes in unique adventure vacations. They are deeply devoted to exclusively hiring locals as guides and staff. Thanks to this policy, Peregrine is able to give their guests an authentic look at their chosen destination(s) while simultaneously strengthening and giving back…
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    Diary of The Purple Passport

  • America the Edible at Founding Farmers in Washington, DC

    13 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    WASHINGTON, DC, US – From amber waves of grain to the fruited plain, one of the most celebrated aspects of America is its fertile farming heritage. We are, in fact, a nation founded by farmers, given that George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison all tended the soil in one way or another during their lifetimes. That’s right: they were farm-to-tablers way before farm-to-table dining was hip and chic. So it makes sense that Founding Farmers−a restaurant in DC‘s Foggy Bottom named for this patriotic agrarian phenomenon−would bring the best…
  • Power Bobs with Panache at Andre Chreky in Washington, DC

    10 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    WASHINGTON, DC, US – Women’s hair in Washington has always gotten a lot of attention−often of the misguided sort. In the classically male-dominated political game, ladies with clout tend to be picked apart for their coif more than their policies. Remember the hoopla over Sarah Palin’s big bangs and high-rise back bump? Barbara Boxer’s “Washington helmet” has been criticized as “so yesterday,” and New York Magazine even has a dedicated blog for following the progress of Michelle Obama’s hairstyles. Though a woman’s credentials and…
  • Clubbing Paradise at Eden in Washington, DC

    5 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    WASHINGTON, DC, US – A jungle theme. Neon strobe lights. Thumping house music DJs. Sparkler-lit champagne bottles. Drop-ins by Drake and members of the Wu Tang Clan. Sounds like you must be smack in the middle of a hot South Beach nightclub in Miami, right? Nope, you’re actually at Eden, a swanky lounge-cum-dance club that’s DC‘s answer to partying SoBe style. Tough door? Check. Ladies in bandage dresses and killer heels? Check. Cool kids lounging around on banquettes or at private tables? Check and check. The tropical theme alone might be enough to transport you down…
  • Hop the Globe on Embassy Row in Washington, DC

    3 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Photo courtesy of Jeri Gloge on Flickr Creative Commons WASHINGTON, DC, US – Here at The Purple Passport, we’re pretty big fans of collecting as many stamps in our passports as possible. Aside from doing, say, a whirlwind Europe-in-10-days trip, we can’t think of a better way to collect a bunch of stamps in a short period of time than “Passport DC,” held on Embassy Row each May. The event flings open the doors of the elegant foreign embassies clustered along Massachusetts Avenue, NW. Visitors can purchase a “Souvenir Passport” to get stamped at each…
  • Flirty Fashions, Grandmotherly Wisdom at Lettie Gooch in Washington, DC

    30 Mar 2014 | 6:00 am
    Photo of shopping on the U Street Corridor courtesy of Elvert Barnes on Flickr Creative Commons WASHINGTON, DC, US – If “Lettie Gooch” sounds like an old-fashioned granny’s name, that’s because, well…, it is. This chic women’s fashion boutique in DC‘s U Street Corridor is named after owner Theresa Watts’s grandmother, whom she describes as an “inspiring turn-of-the century woman.” Sounds like one hip granny! The shop takes a note from grandma with its warmth and feminine ways. Customers are greeted with a warm beverage upon…
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    A Traveler's Library

  • Delivering the Sultan’s Babies–Constantinople Intrigue

    Vera Marie Badertscher
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Destination: Constantinople/Istanbul Book: The Harem Midwife by Roberta Rich (new 2014) If you’re a fan of Call the Midwife on TV,  you should love the novel, The Harem Midwife. Besides, the book is appropriate reading for Passover.  This Jewish couple whom you first met in Venice, was forced out of the ghetto there and have settled […]
  • Take Your Gambling Addiction to Macau

    Vera Marie Badertscher
    10 Apr 2014 | 7:27 am
    Destination: Macau Book: The Ballad of a Small Player by Lawrence Osborne Macau is a different place than it was on that rainy day when Ken and I visited thirteen years ago.  Then it had just been reacquisitioned by the Chinese from the Portuguese who had held it as a remnant of their once far–flung […]
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    Travel stories and tips for adventure travel and culture tourism seekers

  • Adventure Travel to Niagara Falls Canada

    8 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Are you culprit to traveling to the end of the earth to see the world’s largest lake, waterfall, or mountain while leaving things close to home unvisited? I was. I grew up in the Midwest. I spent many years in New England. In fact, I lived most of 2009 in the Hudson River Valley of New York. I had lived much closer to either side, Canadian or American, of Niagara Falls than I had in relation to Patagonia or Kauai. However, I eagerly purchased tickets to those remote destinations, leaving Niagara Falls unseen. That was until last summer on an adventure travel filled journey to Ontario,…
  • Dolphins Fooling Around the Napali Coast – Kauai Adventure Travel

    1 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    April Fool’s or not, I got to fool around with dolphins! Now for those of you out there with dirty minds (myself included), I’m not bragging about my lipstick case, but rather bragging about an unforgettable sail along Kauai’s Napali Coast. Want to live vicariously through my journey? Why not? Come and follow me along the mystical Napali Coast via catamaran. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife, both in and out of the water. There are spinner dolphins, humpback whales, and sea turtles in the beautiful, crystal blue waters, but also mountain goats on the steep cliffs of the Napali.
  • Living Out of a Suitcase Travel Packing Tips

    24 Mar 2014 | 2:00 am
    Although the title states suitcase, this could go for backpack, trunk, or whatever type of travel bag you use. I’ve used them all, including leaving on a trip for a weekend with a carry-on and having it turn into five months. Regardless of the length or type of trip, there are definitely challenges when living out of a suitcase. Have you experiences these living out of a suitcase hiccups? Wrinkle-free clothes turn out to be wrinkled anyway Everything you want is underneath the other stuff you don’t want You can’t find anything regardless the numerous compartments You packed…
  • My First Down Under Experience – Looking for Travel Tips to Australia

    10 Mar 2014 | 2:15 am
    Only seven days remains before my departure for an almost four week adventure to New Zealand and Australia. It is my first time jumping the Pacific pond and crossing the International Date Line. The first portion of the adventure will be on a cruise of the North and South Islands of New Zealand; however, my time in Australia will be much more independent with a few days in each location instead of only a portion of a day in a port. I’m looking for travel tips to Australia with a focus on active, adventure travel with cultural tourism: localvore cuisine (local products and chefs), wine…
  • Let’s Celebrate It’s International Women’s Day

    8 Mar 2014 | 2:00 am
    Did anyone ever tell you? Today is a very special day. Yes, right before Daylight Savings Time and the day that everyone is Irish (St. Patrick’s Day), there is a VIP holiday that I only learned about this year. Today is International Women’s Day (IWD) a global celebration honoring all of my adventureras out there. Yes, you my sisters, female travel peers, my mom, and all women around the world, you are the honored guests at this party. So, play your Carole King, Gloria Gaynor, Kelly Clarkson, or your favorite female songbird and sing along. Call your girlfriends, buy your mother…
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  • Blue Heron Bed and Breakfast in Cannelton, Indiana

    Jessica Nunemaker
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Blue Heron Bed and Breakfast in Cannelton, Indiana Blue Heron Bed and Breakfast in Cannelton, Indiana sits on some of the most peaceful, scenic property you will ever see. This Perry County bed and breakfast is tucked away, hidden behind the hills of the area. Blue Heron Bed and Breakfast in Cannelton, Indiana Everything about this Southern Indiana bed and breakfast was comfortable! You’ll have full run of the house here. It’s two bedrooms, one with two twin beds and the other with a queen bed, a living room with a sofa bed, sitting room, kitchen, bath, and great porches. The…
  • Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies Recipe

    Jessica Nunemaker
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies Recipe Are you ready to meet the best brownie recipe ever? I know, I didn’t think that this one would be The Best, but believe you me, it is so soft and chewy and the perfect blend of peanut butter and chocolate that you will be amazed! Although our oldest son decided he liked the Cookies and Cream Brownie recipe better which really surprised the rest of us! We couldn’t stay out of these peanut butter brownies. I made mine in a slightly larger pan, a 9 x 13, because I don’t have the size listed. It didn’t swirl as easily as it probably…
  • Images from Jane’s on the Square in Danville, Indiana

    Jessica Nunemaker
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Jane’s on the Square in Danville, Indiana is your new favorite shop–if you want clean, gently-used, name brand or vintage clothing with reasonable prices! This Danville, Indiana resale store couldn’t be any easier to find. Located right on the square, it’s easy to get to and hard to forget. Dresses, skirts, blouses, handmade and consigned jewelry, and even purses and bags are all found inside this snazzy, sparkling shop. With an assortment of sizes and even clothing for Junior’s, Jane’s on the Square in Danville is your local option that’s big on style!
  • Peggy Sue’s Diner in Chesterton, Indiana

    Jessica Nunemaker
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Peggy Sue’s Diner in Chesterton, Indiana Peggy Sue’s Diner in Chesterton, Indiana is 50′s styling. This Porter County restaurant has been serving the community (and beyond) for well over ten years! Peggy Sue’s Diner in Chesterton, Indiana Celebrating the birthday of Kid #2, we were quick to claim a spot at the counter during the breakfast rush. In our travels, we’ve learned that counter seating is the way to go when it’s an option! You are part of the action, you get fast service, and a little more chit chat with the servers. Kids enjoy a higher vantage point. At…
  • little Indiana Weekly Recap 4/6/2014 – 4/12/2014

    Jessica Nunemaker
    13 Apr 2014 | 11:32 am
    Spring has Sprung! This week you’ll find a fantastic bed and breakfast that was just MADE for relaxation, an awesome bicycle shop (and way more), wonderful Mexican food, and more than 150 recipes from Indiana Bloggers to make your Easter! Those recipes are all in one place so you can easily find the things you need. You don’t need me to tell you that it’s been a rotten, horrible, very, very long winter! Take advantage of rising temperatures and explore like never before! To get started, well, that’s the easy part! Just dig in to the great selection of Indiana articles…
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    Plum Deluxe

  • How to Be a Good Houseguest with Pet Allergies

    Andy Hayes
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:01 am
    In the past year or so, my pet allergies – specifically cats – have gone from a minor irritation to downright debilitating. After 20 minutes near a cat, I feel dizzy, faint, and can’t breathe. I’m not sharing my story for sympathy, but to share how serious pet allergies can be. Both houseguest and host/hostesses shouldn’t overlook how they can ruin a perfectly good dinner party evening. Unlike food allergies, which a guest can simply just not eat, pet allergy sufferers can’t choose not to breathe. (Or at least, this is an alternative that doesn’t turn…
  • 10 Influential Weddings That Never Really Happened

    Janice Bear
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Romances and trends are everywhere and can come from absolutely anywhere. Some start between the cover of a book, others are designed for the silver screen, and many sail into our consciousness afloat the digital stream of an original series. Suddenly, what was “once upon a time” is once upon a wedding! Check out our selection of influential weddings that never really happened. Once Upon a Time Jane Austen (1775-1817) wrote books, movies were made, and Regency style reigned at weddings. Think: garden settings, traditional English garden flowers such as roses and lavender, empire…
  • 5 Yoga Poses to Help You Live in the Moment

    A Guest Writer
    14 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Rushing through the grocery store, I mentally checked off the items on my list: done, done, and done. I checked the time and realized again that it was much later than I wanted it to be. Now to get home and get dinner started. Except when I got to the front of the store, the check-out lines were backed up into the aisles. This was going to take awhile. I started to grumble, “Why did I stop at this store? They are always so slow, this is going to take forever. Now I’ll never get everything done! I almost let myself completely give in to the frustrating feelings that were welling up.
  • Relax, Baby: The Best Brunch Cocktail Recipes (with a Twist)

    Sandy Smith
    11 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Why is brunch the best meal of the week? Because you can’t get it wrong. You can wear pajamas or pearls. Want dessert with your eggs? You got it! Want a cocktail or two with your French toast? Super! Brunch understands. Brunch just wants you to be happy. And that’s why brunch rules. Spiked and Spicy Sweet Tea Sweet tea is a pretty girl in a sundress sitting in a porch swing on a hot Southern evening. This spiked and spicy version is the same girl with tattoos and stilettos. Yield: 10 to 12 servings Ingredients: 2 quarts water, divided 6 black tea bags 6 cinnamon sticks 2 inches fresh…
  • 6 of the Best Indie Teamakers in the US

    Carrie Keplinger
    10 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    If you haven’t yet figured it out, we here at Plum Deluxe are crazy passionate about our tea. We’re constantly seeking out the best teamakers and tea blenders in our quest for the perfect cup. What have we found so far? We’re about to share our top 6 independent US teamakers with you. Pureblend Tea Kari Dandrea of West Chester, PA rivals yours truly in her love of the leaf (which is a difficult feat because I have opinions — just ask my fellow staff members). She started Pureblend because she wanted a fresh, pure cup of tea that nourished her body and soul. All of her teas and…
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  • Discovering Art In Tobago

    Jeanine Barone
    31 Mar 2014 | 8:16 pm
    Snorkeling, fishing and diving are some of the favored activities in Tobago. But I went for the art. Yes, you heard me correctly. High above ever popular Mt. Irvine Beach, The Castle, as it's known, aka the Kimme Sculpture Museum, is a treasure trove of works by German-born Luise Kimme, a highly prolific and abundantly passionate sculptor and painter who died last year at the age of 74. I prowled the galleries and nooks and crannies of the multi-story whitewashed mansion that served as her house, atelier and museum, admiring the multitude of her creations. The life-size or larger pieces…
  • It's All About Nature in the Dominican Republic

    Jeanine Barone
    30 Mar 2014 | 8:36 pm
    Floating in a calm waters, the color of a turquoise gem stone, waters that are huddled by a jungle of foliage, it's easy to forget that you are just minutes from your air-conditioned hotel room. The Reserva Ecologica Ojos Indigenas (Indigenous Eyes Ecological Reserve) is the only private forest reserve in Punta Cana and it sits smack on the property of the Puntacana Resort and Club in the Dominican Republic. Tasked with protecting the area's natural resources, the Punta Cana Ecological Foundation seeks to conserve the region's biodiversity by preserving this park.Hundreds of different plants,…
  • Protecting The Peruvian Amazon

    Jeanine Barone
    26 Mar 2014 | 8:29 pm
    The only thing coming between the mahogany and cedar trees and other bountiful natural resources in the Amazon and the devious poachers who are anxious to pillage them is a man in a boat. Well, actually a few men, each in a canoe.The Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve in the Peruvian Amazon is a wealth of plant and animal species. And, a small cadre of rangers in canoes is tasked with protecting this more than five million-acre expanse bordered by the Marañon River and the Puinahua Channel that branches off the Ucayali River.Some of the creatures are quite unusual, including the…
  • Safety and Security During Spring Break

    Jeanine Barone
    13 Mar 2014 | 10:10 pm
    I was born a geek. When I was 14, I was reading the American Journal of Cardiology and teaching myself how to read ECGs. Yes, geek, for sure. So, when I went on spring break, I was my usual overly cautious self, to the dismay of my peers who, of course, threw caution to the wind.We're now in the spring break season which often means accidents, injuries, illnesses and overall risky behavior. There's the binge drinking, all night partying, sizzling on the sand sans sunscreen, chowing down on fatty foods, forgoing condoms, operating motor vehicles in a less than optimal mental state. The list…
  • Nature-Centered Girlfriend Getaways Near New York City

    Jeanine Barone
    24 Feb 2014 | 1:33 pm
    As a woman, maintaining a tight bond with my girlfriends is a priority. But, sometimes our everyday lives are so frenzied with the needs of kids, partners,and colleagues that email, texting and video chats have taken the place of face-to-face sharing. Instead of attempting to schedule and reschedule Sunday brunch with your best friends only to find that electronic devices are still too tempting a distraction, why not plan a girlfriend getaway oh-so-close to New York City?No, this isn't all about endless shopping sprees or consuming large quantities of alcohol. Sure, you'll be putting your…
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  • Three Days in Tucson, Arizona

    17 Apr 2014 | 12:27 pm
    When I told people that I was heading to Tucson, Arizona, I got many a blank stare.  It was often followed up with a comment about how I should go to Phoenix or Scottsdale instead.  The main reason we were headed to Tucson over spring break was to visit with my grandparents.  Living in Denver has put us a little bit closer to them (though it is still a 12 hours drive) and a visit was overdue. We spent much of our time with my grandparents but we were able to do some exploring.  This three day itinerary is a laid back version of what we would have done had the main reason for the visit not…
  • Civil War Reenactment at Endview Plantation

    9 Apr 2014 | 8:50 pm
    Did you know there were only two major battles fought in the North during the Civil War? That is the question my 12 year-old-asked me while we were driving to Endview Plantation in Newport News, Virginia last weekend. My answer: No, I didn’t.  At least I don’t think I did. His response: Yep, the Battle of Antietam and the Battle of Gettysburg. Yay for the Virginia Public School System! I do have very vivid memories of driving through battlefields as a child listening to George Winston instrumental soundtracks playing in the cassette player of my mother’s car.  Considering there were…
  • Vacation Mom

    5 Apr 2014 | 7:27 pm
    Vacation mom is a fun mom.  She always has a smile on her face and her head thrown back in laughter.  Vacation mom lets the kids eat foods they don’t normally get to eat. The family hangs out together pretty much from waking up in queen sized beds next to each other to putting their heads back on those pillows when the sun has gone down. Vacation mom thinks the kids are goofy and she joins in on the goofiness without thinking about it. As vacation mom starts making her way back home, she can feel her shoulders tighten a little and her hands squeeze the steering wheel a little bit…
  • Sandia Peak Tramway in Albuquerque, New Mexico

    4 Apr 2014 | 9:28 am
    Albuquerque was one of those cities that surprised us.  We found so many different activities to check out while we were there.  I wish that we could have stayed another day or two.  By far, my children’s favorite activity was taking the Sandia Peak Tramway, courtesy of Visit Albuquerque .  This tram isn’t for the faint of heart though.  You start your journey at 6559 feet. You hop on the tram during your assigned time and begin to ascend 2.7 miles into the sky. The views were worth the butterflies in my stomach. During your journey, you will pass the second tram going the…
  • Cliff Walk in Newport, Rhode Island

    24 Mar 2014 | 11:49 am
    Along the coast of Newport is a rambling walk where the waters of the Atlantic ocean break against the cliffs of Aquidneck Island.  Cliff Walk is rated as one of the top things to do in this summer resort town in New England.  There is good reason. There are no fancy restaurants or special attractions along the walk.  Just you, the seagulls, several famous mansions, and the coastline.  Of course, in the summer time you will also likely have your fair share of tourists sharing the walk with you.  I, however, was thankful to be visiting Newport in the beginning of…
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  • Mexico Cruise Deals

    18 Apr 2014 | 7:33 am
    $169 & up — Weekend Cruise to Baja Mexico on Carnival Experience the tropical beauty of Baja with a cruise to Ensenada. Depart from Los Angeles, aboard Carnival Imagination. $209 & up — Baja Mexico 3-Day Carnival Cruise Departure dates from May 8, 2014 through April 30, 2015. $549 — 7-Night Mexican Riviera Cruise w/$100 Onboard Credit Ports of call: [...]
  • Australia Travel Deals

    16 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    $1487 & up — Australia Travel Deals, Save up to $2600 Jet set to the iconic beaches, waterfront cities and tropical rain forests that lie Down Under. Explore famous sights such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Great Barrier Reef, Twelve Apostles and Ayers Rock. $3059 & up — 8-Night Australia Trip w/Sydney Harbour Cruise Includes flights to [...]
  • Greece Travel Deals

    14 Apr 2014 | 7:43 am
    $580 & up — Greece: Athens and Islands Trips, Save $900 Packaged trips and cruises in Crete, Athens, Santorini, Mykonos & more for travel through November. $909 & up — Greece: Escorted Athens Land-Only Trip w/Cruise Spend 3 days exploring Athens and 3 more days cruising through Mykonos, Kusadasi, Patmos Crete & Santorini. $7,341 & up — Greece: 8 [...]
  • Orlando Hotel Deals

    11 Apr 2014 | 7:44 am
    $129-$169 — Ends Tonight: 4-Star Resort Inside Disney, 70% Off Hotel with daily shuttles to Disney plus free wi-fi. Travel now through December 25, 2014. $89 — 4-Star Orlando Resort through Summer w/Wi-Fi, 65% Off Free wi-fi plus mini-fridge in each room. Includes 1 free day + adults pay kid price at Universal. $69-$99 — Villa at [...]
  • Arizona Travel Deals

    9 Apr 2014 | 7:38 am
    $259 & up — Luxe Arizona Resort w/Meals & Parking, $100 Off This resort boasts eight swimming pools, seven tennis courts, a spa and five dining options. Travel select dates May-June, April dates also discounted. $69 — Arizona: Studio at Mesa Country Club incl. Weekends Spacious villas provide more of a home-style feel than single-room properties. [...]
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    Williams Smith
    11 Apr 2014 | 10:16 am
    This weekend will see the return of the inimitable London Marathon – an annual event that is a firm and unwavering part of the London calendar almost akin to Christmas or New Year’s Eve. Though it may change shape over the years (be it in terms of sponsorship or by numbers of people taking part) it is always a great, unique spectacle, and is definitely a social activity which you won’t want to miss if you happen to be in town this weekend. Odds are, you can’t miss it anyway, as the 26-mile race will speed past most of London’s major landmarks before hitting the finishing line on The…
  • A remarkable step ahead!

    Williams Smith
    3 Apr 2014 | 6:10 am
    As the President of France signs into law Bill ALUR, the RatedApartments society gets another reason to celebrate. This new housing legislation elucidates that wherever you reside in France, you have the right to rent out your home, without seeking permission from your respective city hall. Certainly a positive development for everyone interested in the idea of sharing homes and meeting new people, the law brings numerous benefits to people and communities. The law also incorporates guidelines for short-term rental properties that are not primary residences. The rules remain unchanged in most…
  • Top Five London attractions to visit with the entire family

    Williams Smith
    21 Mar 2014 | 1:43 am
    Many visitors to the British capital only associate London with an amazing nightlife and lots of opportunities for adults to have a great time, be it in restaurants, pubs or bars. While all that may be valid, it is also true that London is extremely family-friendly and provides lots of opportunities to have fun with children. Indeed, it is one of the safest cities to visit in the world, with extensive Health and Safety regulations making sure that your small ones always stay on the right side of danger. With that in mind, we’ve compiled some unique ideas for activities to enjoy with your…
  • Top 10 must see events – London

    Williams Smith
    3 Mar 2014 | 1:06 am
    With the new year in full gear now, we decided to give you a run-down of all the 2014 London must-do events for the rest of the year. So start planning your itinerary! March Until the end of March you can still catch the incredible Drowned Man show at the National Theatre. The mind-boggling stage production, realised by the renowned Punchdrunk team, takes you into a dark and twisted journey linking Hollywood of the 1960s to a tragedy from the 1800s. This award-winning play requires for you to walk through different stages and can last up to 3 hours – depending on how curious you are about…
  • Paris: Call it the city of lights or the fashion capital

    Williams Smith
    19 Feb 2014 | 11:07 pm
    Subtlety. Style. Sensation. It’s the start of the Paris Fashion Week. Following New York, London and Milan, here’s the city of lights with the last word on the global fashion vista. With a host of designers staging the concluding runway spectacle of the season, this one is the most anticipated. Home to Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Givenchy and so many more, Paris brings out the eccentricities and heartiness of fashion like none other. Inexhaustible trends and striking shows rule the city and the streets revolutionize into a runway of their own. As the city dabs up with strips and motifs…
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    Cruise Buzz

  • Throwback Thursday Cruise Ship Railings

    Carrie Finley
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:06 pm
    Ship Tour for Throwback Thursday I went searching for photos that would show what I saw while cruising.   Low rider. View of the Danube River from Viking River Cruises Viking Skadi Celebrity Solstice in Seattle Sunset in the Canaries via Crystal Cruises View from the railing of Silversea Cruises in China. View from balcony on MSC Divina   The post Throwback Thursday Cruise Ship Railings appeared first on Cruise Buzz.
  • Social Media Cruise Post of the Day | Viking River Cruises

    Carrie Finley
    7 Apr 2014 | 3:32 pm
    Viking River Cruises asks…. What is the best part about river cruising? Social Media post of the day from Viking River Cruises’ Facebook page.   Curated List of Top 5 Reasons to River Cruise Not going from hotel to hotel – unpack once Cruising on a river! No bingo & or gaming Unpacking once, fabulous food, wonderful staff, new friends made, beautiful sights to see. The scenery from your own cabin while floating leisurely down the river in Europe. If you want to see the entire list of reasons, head over to the Viking River Cruises Facebook page here. In the meantime,…
  • 2014 Celebrity Cruises Great Wine Festival

    Carrie Finley
    4 Apr 2014 | 8:03 am
    Celebrity Cruises Orange County Special Event Celebrity Cruises in partnership with top Orange County restaurants are coming together on May 31, 2014 for the 2014 Celebrity Cruises Great Wine Festival. Tickets are available at the event’s website, click here. The benefit event will raise money for Legal Aid Society of Orange County and Community Legal Services in Southeast Los Angeles.  Highlights of the event include wine, brews and culinary offerings from more than 40 wineries, craft breweries, spirits companies and local restaurants. The Celebrity Cruises Great Wine Festival takes…
  • MSC Divina – New and Improved

    Carrie Finley
    28 Mar 2014 | 3:58 pm
    Cruise Ship Review | MSC Divina For those of you travel agents and cruise passengers wondering about what MSC Divina is like, think “new and improved.” I brought my 9-year old son along with me on MSC Divina to “kick-the-tires” on the Caribbean’s newest year-round cruise product to see what all the buzz was about. Keep reading to discover our cruise story on MSC Cruises …. Brian and Captain Francesco Veniero and staff. New and Improved Ken Muskat, Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing at MSC Cruises (USA) Inc wants to let members of the travel trade…
  • Cruise Deals: What’s the catch?

    Carrie Finley
    26 Mar 2014 | 7:31 am
    How to spot a cruise deal Is the Carnival Cruise Lines Kids Sail Free promotion a good deal? The latest cruise deals coming by my desk seem too good to be true… What’s the deal?  I dissected the latest Kids Sail Free promotion offered by Carnival to show readers how to determine if a cruise deal is too good to be true. The key to determining if the deal is a good offer is to read the Terms and Conditions. In this case, the only surprise to cruise passengers could be the taxes and port charges that are applicable to all passengers, even the kids sailing free. Another thing that is…
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  • Important Information About The Aquatic Life

    17 Apr 2014 | 6:47 am
    Turtles, to be a varieties, are usually more than 200 zillion years of age, coming inside Triassic aging. This document will record some quite interesting turtle reality that could captivate and startle you. There exists a delusion properly that is certainly certainly bogus. Turtle Information. Some believe seas turtles weep. In fact, they excrete sea salt using their the eyes which they assimilated out from the saline seas drinking water, supplying the look of weeping. only has got to his center period at age of 80. Ocean sponge is definitely a harmful and dangerous being that may be…
  • How You Can Become A Really good Manager

    17 Apr 2014 | 6:32 am
    Elementary are important to operate a small company. Some businesses feel that top rated v . monitoring is most critical. The fact is, you must be capable to the two of them guide and organize. Why a decent supervisor? There are actually certain firm supervision skill-sets and designs to target; designed for small enterprises. the master or supervisor of a small venture, it’s crucial for you to figure out what individuals straightforward management techniques are and in order to feature them into the own individual behaviours. Why? Due to the fact some talents tend to be outstanding…
  • Getting The Most Effective Insurance Premiums

    17 Apr 2014 | 4:39 am
    Purchasing a towing small business is often a hazardous endeavor and you need to understand there is the best healing period pickup truck insurance policy plan set up to maintain your company healthy all the time. to select your initial price you obtain to the family table, it is advisable to get some insurance quotes, which you might evaluate and check out, obtaining the one which absolute best fits your distinctive needs. The whole thing starts off with recognition. You need to start using a curing vehicle insurance provider that features a terrific history inside the market sector.
  • Things To Consider For Impressive Online Home business

    17 Apr 2014 | 1:04 am
    In software that will be available totally free of charge, you could use identical techniques make use of to work your statement processor chip and make an expert wanting and working website page which can be supplied with pictures and knowledge. Should you want to create a simple and easy and easy blog, or if you find yourself creating a home based business to develop online websites for corporations but do not have the preparation, utilizing a training course like the stands out as the speediest method confirm your appeal and reveal your talent. It was once that learning to have your own…
  • Determing The Best Expert Blog Site Designer For The Service

    16 Apr 2014 | 6:20 am
    additional a great number small business proprietors are checking out complimentary web property contractors to develop a top quality online business on their corporation their branding on the web – psd to magento theme. Determining the best a for your enterprise is key, on the other hand there is not any dearth of on line website page general contractors featuring entirely free online sites. Previous to beginning online developing procedure, you have to be positive about the level of internet business that you need to reflect what you are promoting. There are several general…
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    Caribbean Travel Blog - RumShopRyan

  • Caribbean Weekly Wrap Up

    18 Apr 2014 | 5:36 am
    Do you know what the best rum destinations are in the Caribbean? How about the best rental villas for all budgets on Barbados? Want to learn how to cook a simple Jerk Fish dish for your family and friends? You’ll be able to find all of this and more in this week’s Caribbean Weekly Wrap Up! Caribbean Weekly Wrap Up The Best Rum Destinations:  Indeed, it’s high time that many destinations in the Caribbean put more of an emphasis on highlighting the wonder of their rum product and making it accessible to tourists — one can learn so much about a place from trying the local…
  • Papa Pilar’s Winter Finale: Boat Drink Recipes

    16 Apr 2014 | 6:20 am
    After one sip, you’ll feel summer warming you from within. This week’s Boat Drink recipe comes from our friends at Papa’s Pilar and has a name that I’m sure will be popular with many of you Castaways–Winter’s Finale. While spring is indeed upon us, I know a few of you in the midwest and north just got another reminder of just how brutal this never ending winter has been, but have no fear, the sun and little rum is on the way! The Winter’s Finale is made with Papa’s Pilar Blonde Rum, honestly one of the best “light” rums I’ve…
  • Review of the Holland House Beach Hotel: Philipsburg, St. Maarten

    14 Apr 2014 | 5:50 am
    As soon as I stepped into the open-air lobby and looked past the bar to the blue waters of the Caribbean, I felt relaxed and at home. A great feeling as the Holland House Beach Hotel was going to be my home away from home on St. Maarten the day before and the day after cruising aboard the Island Windjammer’s Sagitta. Check-in was a breeze and I headed to the third floor to settle in and ditch the heavy bags. A smile grew on my face as soon as the door swung open and revealed a tastefully decorated room that looked modern and newly renovated. I dropped my bags and instantly walked out to…
  • Caribbean Weekly Wrap Up

    11 Apr 2014 | 5:39 am
    Rooftop bars over looking the Caribbean, awesome beach bars of Punta Cana, and somewhat sad news from Margaritaville. The Caribbean Weekly Wrap Up is a must read if you’re in love with the islands. I just read Bahama Bob’s report that the 10 store Margaritaville restaurant chain was sold to a Brazilian company. I’ll let you read the details that are linked below, sad news indeed. I can understand why Buffett would sell the chain, he might be winding down and cashing out of businesses that he doesn’t want the responsibility of running any more. Whatever the reason is,…
  • Oualie Beach, Nevis – Island Lime Video

    9 Apr 2014 | 6:48 am
    I have fantasized about Nevis for a long time. A couple years ago during a week long stay on St. Kitts we took a sunset cruise and sailed by its leeward shore, never getting a chance to set foot on the island though. So close, the island’s lush green landscape and towering Nevis Peak teased me like a hard-to-get woman. Fast forward a couple years and with the aid of the tall ship Sagitta, Nevis would no longer tease me from a far. She would show me what lies upon her beautiful slopes and golden beaches. We only spent a day on Nevis but I was hell-bent on seeing as much as I could. I…
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  • Camera Talk: Travel Portrait Photography

    ITKT Featured Writer
    7 Apr 2014 | 9:16 pm
    Travel Portrait Photography Travel Portrait Photography in Botswana I remember once taking a photograph of a man in Botswana when I was younger. His face was intriguing – beautiful and expressive. I knew it was going to make for an interesting photograph. He saw me take the shot from a short distance and was angry that I had not asked his permission. I had invaded his privacy and he walked away furious. When I looked back on the photograph I couldn’t see what had initially inspired me to photograph him, only the anger I had made him feel. I felt ashamed and deleted it. Sometimes…
  • Eye on Saitama, Japan

    ITKT Featured Writer
    30 Mar 2014 | 11:01 am
    North of Tokyo in Saitama The Suburb of Saitama Driving through the suburbs of Tokyo, the roadside is dotted with familiar sites such as: an auto body shop, a town barber and clusters of modest suburban houses, each with a lone fruit tree in the front yard. It could be a stretch of road in Ventura County, but the Japanese characters advertising cell phones and televisions, and the fruit trees, heavy with ripe persimmons, make it distinctly Japan. Saitama to be precise, a smallish prefecture north of Tokyo that houses a large population of suburban commuters that crowd the city-bound trains…
  • London Tenement Blues

    ITKT Featured Writer
    23 Mar 2014 | 3:46 pm
    The London Tenement Rough Living London-Style I was living, if you could call it that, in various London hostels before I found a room for rent. I was eager for my own space, for drawers and a door. It had been weeks since I could unpack my bag. The room was in a house in the East End, a 45-minute commute to the city center. The neighborhood never made me feel unsafe, exactly, though I grew to recognize it as a bit rundown and “lower class.” The landlord company had only recently acquired the house. Even as they were soliciting tenants, they were constructing walls, carving up the…
  • Uncovering Mojacar Man in a Spanish Resort

    ITKT Media Partner
    15 Mar 2014 | 12:21 pm
    Travel Mojacar Our First Time in Mojacar This was the first trip to Mojacar for my wife and I. This resort town in the Province of Almería, southern Spain is pronounced “Mahaca” and shouldn’t be confused with the island of Majorca. Before we booked our trip about the only thing we where aware of about the resort was its internationally recognized Mojacar Man or Indalo Man symbol. We drove into Mojacar with slight trepidation as always plan our holidays pretty carefully but this was a last minute decision and we decided to take a chance and surprise ourselves, so no Googleing. Arriving…
  • Then and Now — Abu Simbel

    SS and CJ
    10 Mar 2014 | 10:08 pm
    Now in Abu Simbel, Egypt The Temples of Ramesses Uncovered From Cairo, I catch the early morning flight to see for myself the temples built alongside the Nile at Abu Simbel. These are the ruins hewn into a mountainside to serve both as a tribute to Pharaoh Ramesses II, but also a warning to ancient armies advancing up the river that a powerful kingdom lie ahead. Although a bit of self-aggrandizing propaganda, the perception they give is valid – Ramesses’ reign was arguably the greatest of the Late Kingdom period. Buried in sand by the 6th century BC and only uncovered by explorer’s…
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  • Life On the Road

    Inspector 20
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Life on the road can be challenging and exhausting. Life on the road in winter is a totally different beast. This year has seen the coldest and snowiest in a very long time. Preparation is the key, along with four-wheel drive, great snow tires, a shovel and boot claws. So what do I as an inspector have in the trunk of my car? Well, I try to keep an active and healthy lifestyle, which can be difficult when spending hours in a car and eating in restaurants needing to be evaluated. Always in my car are an emergency road kit with boosters, flares, medical supplies, running shoes, boxing gloves,…
  • Rincon de Guayabitos, Nayarit, Mexico

    Inspector 401
    10 Apr 2014 | 1:01 pm
    Perhaps somewhat off the beaten path, about an hour drive from Puerto Vallarta sits the quaint village of Rincon de Guayabitos. Here you will not find tall modern high rise hotels and fancy restaurants but you will find decent 2 and 3 diamond accommodations and good casual restaurants featuring fresh tasty local fare. You will also fine a true Mexican flavor that is hard to find in the built up areas. That is to me, what makes it charming and well worth the drive. I find the beach is the main draw, as it is a truly Mexican beach that brings in families from the nearby cities of Tepic and…
  • Harvard Museums

    Heidemarie Chernushin
    31 Mar 2014 | 3:24 am
    I love photography and always search out new photographic exhibits, so when the invitation arrived to attend a preview of Thoreau’s Maine Woods: A Journey in Photographs With Scot Miller at the Harvard Museum of Natural History (HMNH) in Cambridge, Mass., I jumped at the chance. A bonus was Miller would be on hand to talk about his work and I’d have the opportunity to pick his brain on how he photographed such beautiful images. Scot Miller spent seven years retracing the footsteps of Henry David Thoreau by taking photographs of many of the places that Thoreau explored during his lifetime.
  • Golden Gate Bridge Electronic Toll: What You Need to Know

    Greg Weekes
    20 Mar 2014 | 8:00 am
    A year ago, when electronic toll charges for the Golden Gate Bridge went into effect, many San Franciscans breathed a huge sigh of relief. While driving northbound to Marin County is free, a toll is charged if you’re crossing southbound. Afternoon and evening rush-hour congestion into the city was slowed further by commuters stopping to pay the toll, creating headache-inducing backups on US 101. The toll plazas at the south end of the bridge remain, but now vehicles breeze through them instead of stopping, which has improved traffic flow and reduced backups. It’s all good, right? Yes, if…
  • Route 66

    Mike Camarano
    13 Mar 2014 | 8:30 am
    America is constantly re-inventing itself. As a result, things that were once an integral part of American life have disappeared from the scene. Remember drive-in theaters, typewriters, phone booths, floppy disks and camera film? Some items are so iconic, however, that they live on beyond their expiration date. America’s Mother Road—Route 66—is one such phenomenon, and all the twists and turns in the story of this famous road are etched on AAA maps throughout the years. Route 66 was not originally a part of the plan when the US Numbered Highway System was approved in 1926. The Chicago…
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  • Travel to Eternal Youth: Where To Go to Look Healthier and Feel Fabulous

    17 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    The desire to stay young – be it through sulphuric bubble baths, broccoli juice elixirs or good ol’ fashion botox – has been a cultural obsession and egotistical hobby throughout history. In 1513, Spanish conquistador Juan Ponce de León set sail to find a mythical land said to have a fountain of youth. Flash forward five hundred years and our communal quest for immortality continues. If you’re curious about unlocking the secrets of eternal youth, here are a few top destinations around the world that are rumored to make you live longer, feel healthier and act like a kid again.
  • How to Save Money When Booking A Flight: Video Travel Tips

    14 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
  • Girls Getaways: Where to Travel With Your Fave Ladies

    10 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    In the early 1980s, Cindy Lauper sang the undeniable truth. “When the working day is done, oh girls, they wanna have fu-un. Oh girls, Just wanna have fun…” When planning a vacation with your favorite girlfriends, mothers and sisters, deciding on a destination that fits everyone’s interests can be a bit of a challenge. But fear not! There’s hope! Pushing beyond the traditional, here are a few out-of-the-box ideas for a wild, fun and fabulous ‘just us girls’ weekend. 1- Spa at The Hotel Hershey: Wrangle up your favorite chocoholics for a hard-core day of girl-power pampering.
  • New Zealand for Freaks and Geeks: Cool Stuff To Do in NZ

    7 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    An island nation of 4.4 million people (and a disproportionate amount of sheep), New Zealand is a hot spot located in the southwestern Pacific Ocean off the coast of big brother Australia. The Colorado-sized country consists of two main islands – the North Island and the South Island. While the North has cosmopolitan cities, active volcanoes and geothermal activity, the South delivers the Southern Alps mountain range, fertile green farmlands and Queenstown, “the adventure capital of the world.” With sweeping vistas, stunning landscape, Polynesian spa thermal hot springs and natural…
  • Sightseeing Tour of Beijing: Motorcycle Tour of the Great Wall of China

    3 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    “Beijing Sideways” offers tours to the Great Wall from the sidecar of a 1930‘s vintage motorcycle! Cruise through the Chinese countryside for an off-the-beaten path look at this iconic monument (section of the Great Wall near Huang Hua Shang & Shengtengyu), the follow it up with a french picnic. This is a part of the wall that is far from the tourist trail. Really cool company offering a unique perspective. They also offer day long sightseeing tours of Beijing. Check out this video I did for MSNBC about the experience.
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  • Plan an Atlantic City Summer Escape… On a Budget

    Alex Schechter
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:18 pm
    On the first of this month, United Airlines gave Atlantic City a leg up by launching daily service out of Atlantic City Airport to Houston and Chicago. The airport, which was previously only served by Spirit Airlines, lies just six miles from the Boardwalk. This makes it even easier for people from the Midwest and the south to get a first-hand glimpse of the waterfront casino town. Here’s how to do this city on a budget this summer: Make your meals memorable The sixth annual AC Food & Wine Festival kicks off on July 25, with a three-day clam bake on the beach, a “Beer Bash” (with …
  • 5 Hideaway Hotels on Mexico’s Pacific Coast

    Jill K. Robinson
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:07 am
    Huge, high-rise hotels have their benefits, but sometimes you just want an escape from the crowds, and a more intimate experience. Mexico’s Pacific Coast has a number of small, secluded boutique resorts where you can limit your exposure to others without limiting your choices of things to do. For your next trip, here are a few places to check out: Remotely situated south of Puerto Vallarta, Verana (pictured above) is a small property perched on a jungle-covered hillside overlooking the Pacific Ocean. By day, snorkel, kayak, go whale watching, visit the nearby village — or just lounge…
  • 3 Inexpensive Ways to See Alaska

    Christine Wei
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:50 am
    Believe it or not, there are many ways to see Alaska without taking a cruise, lovely and hassle-free though they may be. Whether you’re looking for a cheaper alternative to cruising, want to see the land up-close, or simply want more control during your trip, here are three excellent, affordable ways to travel through the “Last Frontier.” Inside Passage: Alaska Marine Highway System If you’re hitting up Alaska’s southeastern region for port town charm and Native American culture, taking advantage of the ferries that make up the Alaska Marine Highway System can…
  • Fitness Buffs, Take Notice: Activities in Baltimore for $30 or Less

    Karen Gardiner Dion
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:26 am
    With a tendency toward unhealthy habits, and a tough reputation earned through a certain television drama, Baltimore is perhaps not a city you would expect to be very favorable to such wholesome pursuits as outdoor exercise. A quick glance around the landmark Inner Harbor on any given morning, however, rebuts those preconceived ideas. Judging from the many joggers pounding the pathways, Baltimore is in fine shape. Thanks to a handful of initiatives over the past couple of years, visitors can join in with the local fitness movement while taking in the sights. By signing up for one of the…
  • 37,370 Steps Around the World for Travelers to Climb

    Alex Schechter
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:48 pm
    Barcelona has its Sagrada Familia. Sydney has its white-hooded Opera House. And other places? Well, they’ve got steps – lots and lots of them. As the examples illustrate below, epic staircases aren’t just a way to reach higher ground. They can be major attractions unto themselves. From the fabled Ha’iku Ladder in Hawaii, to Norway’s never-ending Flørli Steps, these jaw-dropping ascents aren’t for the faint of heart. But once you get to the top, we think you’ll agree the views more than make up for the effort. Skellig Michael, Ireland (pictured above) The ruins of a sixth…
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  • Plan an Atlantic City Summer Escape… On a Budget

    Alex Schechter
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:18 pm
    On the first of this month, United Airlines gave Atlantic City a leg up by launching daily service out of Atlantic City Airport to Houston and Chicago. The airport, which was previously only served by Spirit Airlines, lies just six miles from the Boardwalk. This makes it even easier for people from the Midwest and the south to get a first-hand glimpse of the waterfront casino town. Here’s how to do this city on a budget this summer: Make your meals memorable The sixth annual AC Food & Wine Festival kicks off on July 25, with a three-day clam bake on the beach, a “Beer Bash” (with …
  • 5 Hideaway Hotels on Mexico’s Pacific Coast

    Jill K. Robinson
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:07 am
    Huge, high-rise hotels have their benefits, but sometimes you just want an escape from the crowds, and a more intimate experience. Mexico’s Pacific Coast has a number of small, secluded boutique resorts where you can limit your exposure to others without limiting your choices of things to do. For your next trip, here are a few places to check out: Remotely situated south of Puerto Vallarta, Verana (pictured above) is a small property perched on a jungle-covered hillside overlooking the Pacific Ocean. By day, snorkel, kayak, go whale watching, visit the nearby village — or just lounge…
  • 3 Inexpensive Ways to See Alaska

    Christine Wei
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:50 am
    Believe it or not, there are many ways to see Alaska without taking a cruise, lovely and hassle-free though they may be. Whether you’re looking for a cheaper alternative to cruising, want to see the land up-close, or simply want more control during your trip, here are three excellent, affordable ways to travel through the “Last Frontier.” Inside Passage: Alaska Marine Highway System If you’re hitting up Alaska’s southeastern region for port town charm and Native American culture, taking advantage of the ferries that make up the Alaska Marine Highway System can…
  • Fitness Buffs, Take Notice: Activities in Baltimore for $30 or Less

    Karen Gardiner Dion
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:26 am
    With a tendency toward unhealthy habits, and a tough reputation earned through a certain television drama, Baltimore is perhaps not a city you would expect to be very favorable to such wholesome pursuits as outdoor exercise. A quick glance around the landmark Inner Harbor on any given morning, however, rebuts those preconceived ideas. Judging from the many joggers pounding the pathways, Baltimore is in fine shape. Thanks to a handful of initiatives over the past couple of years, visitors can join in with the local fitness movement while taking in the sights. By signing up for one of the…
  • 37,370 Steps Around the World for Travelers to Climb

    Alex Schechter
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:48 pm
    Barcelona has its Sagrada Familia. Sydney has its white-hooded Opera House. And other places? Well, they’ve got steps – lots and lots of them. As the examples illustrate below, epic staircases aren’t just a way to reach higher ground. They can be major attractions unto themselves. From the fabled Ha’iku Ladder in Hawaii, to Norway’s never-ending Flørli Steps, these jaw-dropping ascents aren’t for the faint of heart. But once you get to the top, we think you’ll agree the views more than make up for the effort. Skellig Michael, Ireland (pictured above) The ruins of a sixth…
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  • Plan an Atlantic City Summer Escape… On a Budget

    Alex Schechter
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:18 pm
    On the first of this month, United Airlines gave Atlantic City a leg up by launching daily service out of Atlantic City Airport to Houston and Chicago. The airport, which was previously only served by Spirit Airlines, lies just six miles from the Boardwalk. This makes it even easier for people from the Midwest and the south to get a first-hand glimpse of the waterfront casino town. Here’s how to do this city on a budget this summer: Make your meals memorable The sixth annual AC Food & Wine Festival kicks off on July 25, with a three-day clam bake on the beach, a “Beer Bash” (with …
  • 5 Hideaway Hotels on Mexico’s Pacific Coast

    Jill K. Robinson
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:07 am
    Huge, high-rise hotels have their benefits, but sometimes you just want an escape from the crowds, and a more intimate experience. Mexico’s Pacific Coast has a number of small, secluded boutique resorts where you can limit your exposure to others without limiting your choices of things to do. For your next trip, here are a few places to check out: Remotely situated south of Puerto Vallarta, Verana (pictured above) is a small property perched on a jungle-covered hillside overlooking the Pacific Ocean. By day, snorkel, kayak, go whale watching, visit the nearby village — or just lounge…
  • 3 Inexpensive Ways to See Alaska

    Christine Wei
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:50 am
    Believe it or not, there are many ways to see Alaska without taking a cruise, lovely and hassle-free though they may be. Whether you’re looking for a cheaper alternative to cruising, want to see the land up-close, or simply want more control during your trip, here are three excellent, affordable ways to travel through the “Last Frontier.” Inside Passage: Alaska Marine Highway System If you’re hitting up Alaska’s southeastern region for port town charm and Native American culture, taking advantage of the ferries that make up the Alaska Marine Highway System can…
  • Fitness Buffs, Take Notice: Activities in Baltimore for $30 or Less

    Karen Gardiner Dion
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:26 am
    With a tendency toward unhealthy habits, and a tough reputation earned through a certain television drama, Baltimore is perhaps not a city you would expect to be very favorable to such wholesome pursuits as outdoor exercise. A quick glance around the landmark Inner Harbor on any given morning, however, rebuts those preconceived ideas. Judging from the many joggers pounding the pathways, Baltimore is in fine shape. Thanks to a handful of initiatives over the past couple of years, visitors can join in with the local fitness movement while taking in the sights. By signing up for one of the…
  • 37,370 Steps Around the World for Travelers to Climb

    Alex Schechter
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:48 pm
    Barcelona has its Sagrada Familia. Sydney has its white-hooded Opera House. And other places? Well, they’ve got steps – lots and lots of them. As the examples illustrate below, epic staircases aren’t just a way to reach higher ground. They can be major attractions unto themselves. From the fabled Ha’iku Ladder in Hawaii, to Norway’s never-ending Flørli Steps, these jaw-dropping ascents aren’t for the faint of heart. But once you get to the top, we think you’ll agree the views more than make up for the effort. Skellig Michael, Ireland (pictured above) The ruins of a sixth…
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  • Plan an Atlantic City Summer Escape… On a Budget

    Alex Schechter
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:18 pm
    On the first of this month, United Airlines gave Atlantic City a leg up by launching daily service out of Atlantic City Airport to Houston and Chicago. The airport, which was previously only served by Spirit Airlines, lies just six miles from the Boardwalk. This makes it even easier for people from the Midwest and the south to get a first-hand glimpse of the waterfront casino town. Here’s how to do this city on a budget this summer: Make your meals memorable The sixth annual AC Food & Wine Festival kicks off on July 25, with a three-day clam bake on the beach, a “Beer Bash” (with …
  • 5 Hideaway Hotels on Mexico’s Pacific Coast

    Jill K. Robinson
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:07 am
    Huge, high-rise hotels have their benefits, but sometimes you just want an escape from the crowds, and a more intimate experience. Mexico’s Pacific Coast has a number of small, secluded boutique resorts where you can limit your exposure to others without limiting your choices of things to do. For your next trip, here are a few places to check out: Remotely situated south of Puerto Vallarta, Verana (pictured above) is a small property perched on a jungle-covered hillside overlooking the Pacific Ocean. By day, snorkel, kayak, go whale watching, visit the nearby village — or just lounge…
  • 3 Inexpensive Ways to See Alaska

    Christine Wei
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:50 am
    Believe it or not, there are many ways to see Alaska without taking a cruise, lovely and hassle-free though they may be. Whether you’re looking for a cheaper alternative to cruising, want to see the land up-close, or simply want more control during your trip, here are three excellent, affordable ways to travel through the “Last Frontier.” Inside Passage: Alaska Marine Highway System If you’re hitting up Alaska’s southeastern region for port town charm and Native American culture, taking advantage of the ferries that make up the Alaska Marine Highway System can…
  • Fitness Buffs, Take Notice: Activities in Baltimore for $30 or Less

    Karen Gardiner Dion
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:26 am
    With a tendency toward unhealthy habits, and a tough reputation earned through a certain television drama, Baltimore is perhaps not a city you would expect to be very favorable to such wholesome pursuits as outdoor exercise. A quick glance around the landmark Inner Harbor on any given morning, however, rebuts those preconceived ideas. Judging from the many joggers pounding the pathways, Baltimore is in fine shape. Thanks to a handful of initiatives over the past couple of years, visitors can join in with the local fitness movement while taking in the sights. By signing up for one of the…
  • 37,370 Steps Around the World for Travelers to Climb

    Alex Schechter
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:48 pm
    Barcelona has its Sagrada Familia. Sydney has its white-hooded Opera House. And other places? Well, they’ve got steps – lots and lots of them. As the examples illustrate below, epic staircases aren’t just a way to reach higher ground. They can be major attractions unto themselves. From the fabled Ha’iku Ladder in Hawaii, to Norway’s never-ending Flørli Steps, these jaw-dropping ascents aren’t for the faint of heart. But once you get to the top, we think you’ll agree the views more than make up for the effort. Skellig Michael, Ireland (pictured above) The ruins of a sixth…
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  • Plan an Atlantic City Summer Escape… On a Budget

    Alex Schechter
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:18 pm
    On the first of this month, United Airlines gave Atlantic City a leg up by launching daily service out of Atlantic City Airport to Houston and Chicago. The airport, which was previously only served by Spirit Airlines, lies just six miles from the Boardwalk. This makes it even easier for people from the Midwest and the south to get a first-hand glimpse of the waterfront casino town. Here’s how to do this city on a budget this summer: Make your meals memorable The sixth annual AC Food & Wine Festival kicks off on July 25, with a three-day clam bake on the beach, a “Beer Bash” (with …
  • 5 Hideaway Hotels on Mexico’s Pacific Coast

    Jill K. Robinson
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:07 am
    Huge, high-rise hotels have their benefits, but sometimes you just want an escape from the crowds, and a more intimate experience. Mexico’s Pacific Coast has a number of small, secluded boutique resorts where you can limit your exposure to others without limiting your choices of things to do. For your next trip, here are a few places to check out: Remotely situated south of Puerto Vallarta, Verana (pictured above) is a small property perched on a jungle-covered hillside overlooking the Pacific Ocean. By day, snorkel, kayak, go whale watching, visit the nearby village — or just lounge…
  • 3 Inexpensive Ways to See Alaska

    Christine Wei
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:50 am
    Believe it or not, there are many ways to see Alaska without taking a cruise, lovely and hassle-free though they may be. Whether you’re looking for a cheaper alternative to cruising, want to see the land up-close, or simply want more control during your trip, here are three excellent, affordable ways to travel through the “Last Frontier.” Inside Passage: Alaska Marine Highway System If you’re hitting up Alaska’s southeastern region for port town charm and Native American culture, taking advantage of the ferries that make up the Alaska Marine Highway System can…
  • Fitness Buffs, Take Notice: Activities in Baltimore for $30 or Less

    Karen Gardiner Dion
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:26 am
    With a tendency toward unhealthy habits, and a tough reputation earned through a certain television drama, Baltimore is perhaps not a city you would expect to be very favorable to such wholesome pursuits as outdoor exercise. A quick glance around the landmark Inner Harbor on any given morning, however, rebuts those preconceived ideas. Judging from the many joggers pounding the pathways, Baltimore is in fine shape. Thanks to a handful of initiatives over the past couple of years, visitors can join in with the local fitness movement while taking in the sights. By signing up for one of the…
  • 37,370 Steps Around the World for Travelers to Climb

    Alex Schechter
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:48 pm
    Barcelona has its Sagrada Familia. Sydney has its white-hooded Opera House. And other places? Well, they’ve got steps – lots and lots of them. As the examples illustrate below, epic staircases aren’t just a way to reach higher ground. They can be major attractions unto themselves. From the fabled Ha’iku Ladder in Hawaii, to Norway’s never-ending Flørli Steps, these jaw-dropping ascents aren’t for the faint of heart. But once you get to the top, we think you’ll agree the views more than make up for the effort. Skellig Michael, Ireland (pictured above) The ruins of a sixth…
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  • Irresistible Ethiopian Food at Grand Restaurant in Addis Ababa

    Mark Wiens
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    You’ll find plenty of wonderful restaurant in Addis Ababa, most of them, usually marked by signs sponsored the classic yellow St. Georges beer company. Step into anyone of these delicious restaurants and you’ll likely find a pretty delicious meal throughout the day. But there’s one place that I ate at, and kept eating at over […] Irresistible Ethiopian Food at Grand Restaurant in Addis Ababa is a post from: Migrationology - Food Travel Blog The post Irresistible Ethiopian Food at Grand Restaurant in Addis Ababa appeared first on Migrationology - Food Travel Blog.
  • Skewers of Yakitori at Tokyo’s Memory Lane (or Piss Alley)

    Mark Wiens
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Having wandered around, and walked probably the distance of a marathon that day in Tokyo, I needed to sit down for an evening snack. We were in the always bustling business and shopping district of Shinjuku, and after just stepping out of a posh department store (like you always seem to come out of and […] Skewers of Yakitori at Tokyo’s Memory Lane (or Piss Alley) is a post from: Migrationology - Food Travel Blog The post Skewers of Yakitori at Tokyo’s Memory Lane (or Piss Alley) appeared first on Migrationology - Food Travel Blog.
  • Have You Ever Wondered How Cod Sperm Tastes? (I Never Did, Until I Tried This Without Knowing)

    Mark Wiens
    10 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    I was on my way out of the Tsukiji Fish Market, heading back to the metro station, when I heard the “woosh” of two flame torches. A few seconds later, I had made the impulse decision that I had to eat whatever he was cooking. How could you resist something as cool as this? And […] Have You Ever Wondered How Cod Sperm Tastes? (I Never Did, Until I Tried This Without Knowing) is a post from: Migrationology - Food Travel Blog The post Have You Ever Wondered How Cod Sperm Tastes? (I Never Did, Until I Tried This Without Knowing) appeared first on Migrationology - Food Travel…
  • Tenmatsu – One of the Best Tempura (天ぷら) Restaurants in Tokyo

    Mark Wiens
    7 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Before visiting Japan, the tempura I knew was overly battered, often a little soggy, deep fried shrimp, from the Japanese buffet restaurants I had eaten at. But when I was in Tokyo, that all changed…. While in Tokyo, among my long list of Japanese meals to eat, was tempura (天ぷら). Yukari from Food Sake Tokyo, recommended […] Tenmatsu – One of the Best Tempura (天ぷら) Restaurants in Tokyo is a post from: Migrationology - Food Travel Blog The post Tenmatsu – One of the Best Tempura (天ぷら) Restaurants in Tokyo appeared first on Migrationology - Food Travel…
  • Hawaiian food at People’s Cafe, Honolulu, Hawaii

    Mark Wiens
    2 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Serving both Hawaiian and Filipino food, People’s Cafe is a classic restaurant in downtown Honolulu, Hawaii. They’ve been around for a very long time, over eighty years in fact, and they have maintained their consistency in dishing out comforting food to satisfy their customers. One thing I was pleased to read from the article in […] Hawaiian food at People’s Cafe, Honolulu, Hawaii is a post from: Migrationology - Food Travel Blog The post Hawaiian food at People’s Cafe, Honolulu, Hawaii appeared first on Migrationology - Food Travel Blog.
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  • Here’s how you Make Curry Rice

    15 Apr 2014 | 7:52 am
    I haven’t updated for a bit. Sorry! Here’s a great Japanese curry rice commercial to tide you over :) Related Posts:Eat Curry. Win Money.Japanese Restaurant Review – Curry House CoCo…Japanese Idiom: To Eat Cold RiceCute Stuff From Japan: My First Bento Part 1Learning the Proper Way To Eat Sushi
  • Japanese Idiom: Pour Water into the Ear

    1 Apr 2014 | 8:17 am
    Photo Credit: Maʝicdölphin Here’s another funny Japanese idiom – to pour water into the ear of someone sleeping. Can you guess what it means? It probably means you need to find better friends :) Nemimi ni mizu – 寝耳に水 (ねみみにみず) Meaning: Water into the ear of someone sleeping This idiom is a difficult one to guess the meaning of, but it is slightly similar to the English idiom of pouring cold water on someone. To pour water into the ear of someone sleeping basically means to get a surprise right out of the blue, or to be shocked with new information.
  • The Benefits of Learning Japanese as a Second Language

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    28 Mar 2014 | 7:57 am
    Photo Credit: Nomadic Lass Learning a second language is a brilliant addition for your CV and your general set of skills. Being bilingual positively affects your life and can open you up to numerous amazing opportunities. You will develop your mental capacities in that you will become much more attentive and your problem solving skills will become much sharper and quicker. The determination that is vital for learning a new language becomes a transferable skill in the workplace and will be very noticeable once employees are aware that you know another language. Being fluent in another language…
  • This is How I Get to Work

    20 Mar 2014 | 7:17 am
    Waaaaaay too good not to share :) Related Posts:Japanese Idiom: Turn Your Body into PowderMonkey Loves MagicBizarre Japan – The $100 MelonWe’re Back in our HouseFake Rhino Escapes from Tokyo Zoo
  • My Re-ment Collection- Part 4

    18 Mar 2014 | 9:16 am
    It’s time for….what Re-ment does Stacey have? What a great time! So this is the 4th set in my Re-ment collection. This set if from the “Snack of Paris – Natalie chan” series. It is the 7th one out of 8. This is one of my earliest re-ments. So it has a Paris and a treat theme. I made an attempt to translate what the little description says that is included with it. Now I am certainly not fluent in any way in Japanese, so if anyone feels like passing on a better translation. Please feel free. But as far as I can tell this says: Natalie-chan’s Paris Snacks 7. A French baked pastries…
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  • Weekend Packages from Delhi

    24 Mar 2014 | 12:23 am
    Delhi, the capital of India is not only a popular holiday destination but also serves as gateway to most of the cities and hill stations in North India. Mentioned below are some of the major weekend places from Delhi. Agra – the world famous city of Agra is just 220 km from Delhi and is one of the most popular Delhi weekend getaways. Domestic as well as international tourists take exclusive trip to Agra in order to visit the wonder of the world – Taj Mahal. Other attractions here include Agra fort, Akbar’s tomb and Fatehpur Sikri. Mathura – The birth place of Lord Krishna, Mathura is…
  • Explore the Rural Charms of India

    21 Mar 2014 | 1:28 am
    With every city and town experiencing the urbanization syndrome, the ethnicity of true Indian culture is getting lost in the process. The tourism government of India has harnessed the opportunity of rural tourism not only to help tourists understand the true culture of India, but in return it will help the villagers to get new job opportunities and raise their income level. In various countries across the world, tourists take up village tours to experience the relaxed and healthy lifestyle of the village people.         …
  • India Travel and Tourism - Tea Plantation Tours in India

    11 Feb 2014 | 3:53 am
    Far from the hustle and bustle of the city, comfortably tucked in the arms of the mountain slopes is the general location of the beautiful tea gardens. This article will take you across the numerous destinations which are extremely famous for their aromatic tea gardens. Spice and tea tours are a popular idea for those looking for travel and tourism in India or even honeymoon in India, with a difference.  Darjeeling – The beautiful hill station of Darjeeling in West Bengal is as popular for its tea gardens as it is for its world heritage toy train ride and panoramic vista. The tea…
  • Weekend Getaways from Mumbai

    11 Feb 2014 | 12:51 am
    Mumbai, the industrial capital of the world, serves home to millions of people and there are numerous Mumbai weekend getaways which people can visit to relax and unwind their stressful lives. There are one day getaways from Mumbai along with options of weekend getaways from Mumbai within 200 kms as well to enjoy a 2 night stay. Following is the list of best weekend getaways from Mumbai for couples and holiday makers alike. Matheran – The charming hill station of Matheran is just 89 km from Mumbai and is among the best one day getaways from Mumbai. Besides the ethereal charms of the hill…
  • Honeymoon Tips

    10 Feb 2014 | 1:58 am
    Honeymoon is the most important phase of any couple’s life and planning a honeymoon vacation is the best way to give a perfect kick start to your married life. After the typical rush of a wedding, a honeymoon is just what a couple needs to relax and get some private time to know each other. Find below the various honeymoon tips for bride and groom along with romantic tips for honeymoon to enjoy a great honeymoon holiday in India. ·         Time – With the kind of effort which is involved in planning the wedding, the preparations for honeymoon gets…
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  • The Trulli of Alberobello in Puglia

    8 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    When I traveled to Alberobello in Puglia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, I was immediately enchanted by trulli that are scattered all over town.  Trulli (plural of trullo) are little stone houses with unique conical roofs.  They are tiny, white and look like they were plucked straight from a fairytale. Havens for Hobbits.  Lairs of Lilliputians. And it just so happens, you could also stay in a trullo. From the top of the old town, you can see the jumble of trulli rooftops Though they are similar, they aren’t identical.  I enjoyed strolling through town, admiring each one. Some are…
  • What’s new in France for 2014

    28 Feb 2014 | 4:00 am
      Musée Picasso by Pol at Wikimedia Commons If you’re planning a trip to France in 2014 (or beyond), you’ll be happy to know there are some new and exciting things to look forward to this year. Here’s a list of some of the things you might want to add to your travel plans.  And if you’re heading to Italy, don’t miss the round up for what’s new in Italy. Paris (and nearby) > After a restoration that took five years and went severely over-budget, the Musée Picasso, located in the Hôtel Salé in the Marais will be reopening in June. The garden has…
  • Tips for the Best Cinque Terre Travel Experience

    19 Feb 2014 | 5:00 am
    The Cinque Terre is a colorful collection of fishing villages in Italy, along what is known as the Italian Riviera. In recent years, it’s become so popular, that for those looking for a bit quieter, less-touristed and perhaps more authentic experience, I generally recommend staying in one of the other nearby towns,  just a short train or ferry ride away. Understandably, there are travelers who will stay in one of the five villages. This overview of the Cinque Terre will provide more information on each town. Today I’ll be sharing some tips. Twenty Dos and Don’ts that will…
  • What’s New in Italy for 2014

    21 Jan 2014 | 5:11 am
    Some exciting new things are happening in Italy in 2014. From a new museum opening to a helpful app, consider adding any or all of these to your Italy travel plans. Venice > If you’ve been to Venice in the summer months, you’ll often get a funky smell wafting from some of the stagnant smaller canals. Well, now there is something to counteract that a bit. A new museum dedicated to the art and history of perfume, located in the 17th century Palazzo Mocenigo. Parma > In Fontanellato, a small town near Parma, after eight years in the making, the world’s largest labyrinth…
  • What to Expect from Visiting a Bar in Italy and Popular Coffee Drinks

    2 Jan 2014 | 2:00 am
    When traveling to Italy, one of the most pleasurable ways to soak up the Italian culture is by spending time at a bar, either inside or at a table outside on the terrace. In Italy, a cafe is usually called a bar, which should not be confused with the American version of a bar, and it’s a regular part of  life for Italians. To make matters a bit more confusing, a caffè isn’t what you call a bar, but you’ll see the word caffè in the names of some bars – like Antico Caffè de Brasile. It’s also what you order if you want a shot of espresso – un caffè.
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  • Taking the Waters in Baden-Baden, Germany

    Roy Stevenson
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:19 am
      The immaculate little town of Baden-Baden, tucked away in the foothills of S.W. Germany’s Black Forest, is a luxurious cross between Monte Carlo, Paris, a spa, and an English park. Beautiful Baden Baden - Ramessos Within a few minutes’ walk in Baden-Baden you can see the world’s most beautifully appointed casino, stroll through a verdant green park that is a dead ringer for an English Victorian garden, and sip an espresso beside a perfectly restored, medieval cobble stone street lined with upscale boutique shops. And, close by, you can relax in the warm thermal mineral waters at…
  • One Day in Brussels

    Roy Stevenson
    28 Mar 2014 | 4:33 pm
      The “wow” factor is high as you walk through the narrow uneven cobblestone alleys to suddenly emerge on the large square at the Grand Place. It’s the number one sight in Brussels, and one of the finest medieval squares in Europe. The tall Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque facades of the elaborately crafted guild houses tower above you on all four sides of the square. Rebuilt in the 1690’s after French bombardments destroyed most of them, their centerpiece is the 96-meter high octagonal tower of the Hotel de Ville, and the elaborate façade of the Maison du Roi opposite. Guild…
  • The Darker Side of Vienna

    Guest Contributor
    16 Mar 2014 | 11:01 am
    Vienna is one of the world’s great cities, even though today she has somewhat the air of a vast museum. But these tourist treasures have stories, some very dark, bitter, and complex. Listen to a native son, Sigmund Freud. “Like you, I have an indomitable affection for Vienna and Austria,” the doctor wrote to a friend. “But unlike you, I know her abyss.” Monuments galore in Vienna The more you know about Vienna’s history, the more memorable your visit will be. I worked at the American International School in Vienna over two decades ago and returned as a tourist last year.
  • Copenhagen and Tallinn: A Fine Vacation Pair

    Guest Contributor
    22 Feb 2014 | 9:07 am
      Copenhagen’s famed art and design museums, grand historical sites, lively urban parks, and dynamic restaurant scene makes it an easy city to love. Flat and manageable in size, the city center’s streets are abuzz with walkers and cyclists. Get in on the action by lacing up a pair of walking shoes or better yet, rent a bike; Copenhagen is a bike lover’s city indeed. Copenhagen - Bustling city streets Art and Design From fashion-forward locals and interior design shops galore  to art galleries and world renowned museums, Copenhagen is steeped in art and design. Nowhere is this more…
  • Favorite Villages in Provence: Eygalières and Mausanne-les-Alpilles

    Marilyn McFarlane
    17 Feb 2014 | 6:24 am
      Dozens of  inviting villages are scattered throughout sun-drenched Provence, in southern France. Two of my favorites, perhaps because they’re lesser known and have such unpretentious charm, are Eygalières and Mausanne-les-Alpilles,  in the Bouches-de-Rhone region. Chaines des Alpilles Both lie near the Chaine des Alpilles, a low east-west range of limestone peaks that rise steeply from the Rhone River valley. Hiking trails wind along the stony, arid ground and, on the range’s lower slopes, paths lead walkers through stands of oak, pine, olive and almond trees.
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  • Ottinene sunset viewpoint ner Byndoor- revisited

    Shrinidhi Hande
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:38 pm
    After my first visit to Ottinene in October 2011 in an Aria, I've had 2 more visits to this place off NH17 (66) between Byndoor and Bhatkal.Ottinene is known for its sunset view point.However first 2 visits were during morning and the latest visit was exactly at sunset time. As we drove in, I was expecting sunset to happen right in front of me, where I could view river joining the sea. But the viewpoint is angled southwards, while sunset would happen on the west, so naturally my expectation was stupid. Also the bushes had grown a lot compared to 2011 and view was not so great.So we walked…
  • Book Review: "Awaken the leader in you" by Mitesh Khatri

    Shrinidhi Hande
    11 Apr 2014 | 11:33 pm
    'Awaken the leader in you' is a practical and highly useful book on personality development. Author Mitesh Khatri is a well recognized corporate trainer in India and in this book, he has shared many of the secrets he would share with his workshop participants. Awaken the leader in You is not written to induce false dreams into you to become super rich super quick. It is instead written to help you learn viewing daily problems from a new perspective and finding practical solutions. Book explains with simple illustrations and examples how leaders differ from ordinary people.Let me…
  • Skywatch-An evening with XUV500

    Shrinidhi Hande
    10 Apr 2014 | 6:19 pm
    For this week's Skywatch, its a car again. This time the XUV500 W6. You might have seen some of the pics already (it was too difficult to resist posting them) Little later, when the sun was further down, clicked by Ravi RajMore skywatch pics on skyleySkywatch Muttukadu * Mircolight flying *Sunset with Ecosport *  sunset with BMW, Sunset with Tata Nano Twist
  • Zoomcar vs Carzonrent Myles- Blr Self Drive Comparison

    Shrinidhi Hande
    9 Apr 2014 | 7:33 pm
    I've written lots of posts about self drive rentals, but there's still more to write. In this post I am comparing 2 key operators in Bangalore, for self drive car rentals.My detailed review of Zoom can be found here and recent carzonrent experience can be found here Carzonrent Remarks Rent Amount Approx 30-60% more than Carzonrent on weekends, but includes 225km worth fuel Same as Carzonrent during weekdays,  fuel included  Swift Rs 1500 a day, XUV500, Rs 3200 a day etc, fuel extra  Refer illustrations in the end Deposit None 30k to 70k…
  • 10 Tips to Interpret online reviews effectively!

    Shrinidhi Hande
    8 Apr 2014 | 8:18 am
    Our purchase decisions are heavily influenced by online reviews these days. Before buying a product/service we almost always check online to find out what others are saying. A few negative reviews often turn us off and we decide not to buy that product/service and look for alternate options. But in the online world, everything white is not milk and everything dark is NOT poison. Below I am listing some tips and tricks which should be kept in mind, when you refer online reviews for your purchase decisions. These tips will aid you to conclude if you should take a review seriously or…
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  • PIc of the Week: Hong Kong skyline at dusk.

    Janice Waugh
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Photo of Hong Kong skyline at dusk - fond memories of my trip this time last year. A new article has been added to Solo Traveler
  • Solo Travel Destination: Christchurch, New Zealand

    15 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    This Solo Travel Society came away wanting to give every resident of Christchurch a hug, as they continue to rebuild after the earthquakes. A new article has been added to Solo Traveler
  • The Solo Traveler Accommodation Guide is Here!!!

    Janice Waugh
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Inspired by one reader, contributed to by many. The Solo Traveler Accommodation Guide is a FREE download of B&Bs, Hostels, Inns. and Boutique Hotels recommended by solo travelers. A new article has been added to Solo Traveler
  • Pic of the Week: Street Art in Prague

    10 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    Admiring street art is one activity that everyone can enjoy freely, as this solo traveler discovered in Prague. A new article has been added to Solo Traveler
  • Live Creatively and Travel More – 7 ideas

    Janice Waugh
    9 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    Live creatively, save money and travel more. That's it. That's what this post is about. A new article has been added to Solo Traveler
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  • The Trip of a Lifetime (Aaron "Danger" Bradford)
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:36 am
    Backpacking around the world HappytimeBlog | The Trip of a Lifetime  There’s an argument to be had about what is and what isn’t the best way to spend your years before working life. Some say it’s all about the qualifications earned in the classroom, others believe it’s all about the experiences you live through. Of course the right answer is probably something of a mix between the two, meaning more and more of 18 to 25 year olds are embarking on a gap year to explore the wonders our planet has to offer. The reason so many people go off travelling at this time in their lives is…
  • 6 Reasons To Book a Salcombe Holiday Home This Summer (Aaron "Danger" Bradford)
    13 Apr 2014 | 10:43 pm
    Backpacking around the world HappytimeBlog | 6 Reasons To Book a Salcombe Holiday Home This SummerHome to a Blue Flag award-winning beach in Salcombe South Sands, Salcombe has the most beautiful beaches in Devon. Situated in an Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Salcombe offers more than just fine sand. There are miles of coastal walks, incredible on the water activities and you’ll get more sunshine than you can shake a stick at. The infographic has more information on why you should stay in Salcombe this summer. Interested in booking a holiday home in Salcombe? Visit Coast and Country…
  • Laughs in London: Top 5 Comedy Venues (Aaron "Danger" Bradford)
    7 Apr 2014 | 4:08 am
    Backpacking around the world HappytimeBlog | Laughs in London: Top 5 Comedy VenuesPhoto from Flickr by MFer Photography Laughing is a great medicine, and an antidote to many a trouble. Being able to relax, unwind and have a good giggle is a great way to forget about the stresses of everyday life and the more side-splitting, the better! While most towns and cities have some form of comedy venue, there’s nothing quite like heading to a major city to enjoy a good laugh, and while the Edinburgh Fringe is only a few months away, you may wish to get your fill of laughter before then. Head to…
  • Things to Do During Your Singapore Vacation (Aaron "Danger" Bradford)
    2 Apr 2014 | 11:59 pm
    Backpacking around the world HappytimeBlog | Things to Do During Your Singapore VacationPhoto from Flickr by Nan-Cheng Tsai Once you have booked your flight, and found one of the Singapore hotels that meets your needs and budget, all you have to do is decide what it is that you want to do once you arrive to the city. With so many things to do in the city, narrowing down the things to fit into your schedule may be tricky. Therefore, today we are going to discuss some of the various things that you may want to do during your vacation to Singapore. Pamper Yourself When you arrive into Singapore,…
  • Guide to getting a better deal on currency exchange (Aaron "Danger" Bradford)
    1 Apr 2014 | 1:52 am
    Backpacking around the world HappytimeBlog | Guide to getting a better deal on currency exchange Trying to understand the currency markets may seem a daunting prospect but it isn’t that tricky and it could actually prove to be priceless. By understanding the exchange rates, you could save money when making an international currency transfer – and when it comes to business transactions, this could be critical.   If you’re a business importing or exporting goods, or a global company with employees in a number of different office locations, and required to pay salaries in a range of…
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    501 Places

  • Dunwich – an English town lost to the sea

    Andy Jarosz
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:01 am
    St James Church in Dunwich The main street through the village looks pretty but unremarkable. A pub on the corner giving off the tempting smell of freshly-fried chips; a row of old cottages with a rusty bench in a modest front garden; a stone church with a sleepy, slightly overgrown graveyard. But Dunwich in Suffolk is no ordinary village. Despite having a current population of barely 100, at one time this was the largest port on England’s east coast and in the 13th century had a population of over 4,000, making it one of the most important cities in the country. Where is that old…
  • Editing – what is it good for?

    Andy Jarosz
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:09 am
    Given the discussion generated by the previous post I thought it timely to share my experience of writing for editors, along with the benefits and inevitable frustrations. After this I will get back to writing about actual travel, I promise. One of the main criticisms levelled at blogging is in its unedited nature. The freedom to hit the Publish button without a second pair of eyes checking your work is either one of the joys of writing a blog, or is its main limitation, depending on your perspective. I’m not going to start another debate on the relative value of edited work –…
  • When did blogging lose its soul?

    Andy Jarosz
    11 Apr 2014 | 12:26 pm
    With a small handful of worthy exceptions I rarely read travel blogs any more. Why? PR and marketing folks have firmly identified blogs as great places for them to promote their brands and their clients’ products. When writers (on any platform) get 5-star and Michelin-star carrots dangled before them, then the inevitable result is more writing that is shaped by their sponsors’ commercial objectives and less that is sparked by personal curiosity and strong opinion. People taking free stuff doesn’t bother me – but when I see writing that’s blatantly written with…
  • A visit to the Japanese snow monkeys

    Andy Jarosz
    31 Mar 2014 | 11:58 pm
    Everyone loves monkeys. Actually no, that’s not strictly true. While many people coo at the sight of seeing our distant cousins pulling funny faces, most of us consider them a pest when they get up to their usual mischief and try to separate us from our snacks and loose camera gear. The macaques that come to bathe in the hot springs at Jigokudani (known to one and all as the Japanese snow monkeys) are uncharacteristically well-behaved. It’s almost as if their Japanese environment has rubbed off on them. We spent an hour by the hot pool observing these curious creatures interact…
  • St Albans kingfisher – more photos

    Andy Jarosz
    11 Mar 2014 | 1:04 am
    When I posted my first set of photos of the St Albans kingfishers back in January, I assumed our good fortune in having these colourful birds frequenting our local park would be short-lived.  Here we are in mid-March and they’re still with us, visible most days along the River Ver as it runs alongside the lake in Verulamium Park. I’ve met photographers and birdwatchers who have come to St Albans from the other side of the country just to take what is an extremely rare opportunity of seeing kingfishers at such close quarters. To emphasise just how easily these birds have been…
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    Eyeflare Travel Articles and Tips

  • Picturesque day trips in Northern France

    14 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    The North of France is a great destination for a relaxed break, with a peaceful countryside au contraire to its lively and often bloody history.  There is a great deal to discover, and with a little research you will be fascinated by what this nation has been through. Such epic tales of the D Day landings at the Battle of Normandy, and the 1066 Battle of Hastings led by Duke William II of Normandy, famous for the British king Harold being killed by an arrow through the eye! Anyhow today this region is a fantastic place to take a break; I have narrowed it down to 3 of the most picturesque…
  • Wind down the Gambia River in West Africa

    Scotty Montrose
    8 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    A number of my friends pulled some surprised faces when I told them I was going to the Gambia for a traditional African experience. They wondered why I didn’t choose the more well-known Kruger Park or Serengeti National Park, now a ‘wonder of the world’. Well, since I travel so much, I had already experienced the traditional safari but wanted something a little different and I didn’t want to blow all my cash on an experience that I could get at a fraction of the cost somewhere else. So I looked for cheap Banjul flights and booked my holiday experience with Mandina Lodges for a…
  • Diving in the Perhentian Islands, Malaysia

    7 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    As you catch the ferry (speed boat) across from Kuala Besut you instantly notice the clear blue water and the marine life that is around you; from jumping fish, turtles and dolphins. After you have made the 45 minute ride the boat starts dropping people off at the different resorts on the islands, so don’t be alarmed when you’re not getting off first. There is no shortage of dive shops in the Perhentian Islands and all are easy enough to find and you can find reviews for most of them on the internet before getting there. Dive sites around the Perhentians range from the easy for…
  • Swim amongst fluorescent plankton in SE Asia

    Maria Holburt
    31 Mar 2014 | 2:00 am
    We all remember the mind blowing scenes from the film 'The Beach' filmed on Koh Phi-Phi in Thailand, when Leonardo DiCaprico has a stolen kiss with his best mate’s Mrs under the water surrounded by fluorescent plankton. The ease of kissing underwater whilst romantically entwined with your other half is significantly exaggerated by the film - but the beauty and magnificence of the fluorescent plankton is surprisingly not.  When confronted with such an amazing and bizarre phenomenon right in front of your very eyes, it really does take your breath away. Glowing in a ghostly lime…
  • Top tips to travel Asia on the cheap

    Maria Holburt
    26 Mar 2014 | 2:00 am
    I'm sure we've all heard ourselves and many people around us say such things as "I'd love to go travelling around Asia but I just don't have the cash!"... but for many of you out there it just simply isn't the case and all your dreams of an adventure in Asia CAN come true! There are so many ways you can make savings while you’re travelling around Asia, you'd be surprised at how little you can survive on when it comes down to it. Sure, you won't be staying in five star hotels every night and eating at the Ritz - but you'll be comfortable, safe and happy you're out living your dreams instead…
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    Lance Around Orlando

  • JFK Calls Him A Silly Bastard – Day 7 FFF 2014

    18 Apr 2014 | 10:08 am
    Filmmaker Scott, Wife Velma & Mrs. LanceAround with the “Silly Bastard” Does the man in the center look like a Silly Bastard to you? How would you feel if the president of the United States–your Commander-in-Chief–publicly referred to you as a “Silly Bastard”? Fifty years ago, JFK and Jackie were expecting a baby. In Washington, this is no problem as there are plenty of medical facilities to care for them. In Hyannis, MA, however, the closest medical facility for a president is located at Otis Air Force Base. On July 24, 1963, the Washington Post…
  • No No: A Dockumentary – Day 7 FFF 2014

    17 Apr 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Jeff Radice & Scott Calonico Take Questions from the Enzian Faithful Dock Ellis admitted he was high on LSD when he pitched a no hitter for Pittsburgh on June 12, 1970. A contemporary of Muhammad Ali, Dock actually got into a fun little sparing moment with Ali in the baseball locker room when Ali came to visit the team before a game. Dock had a reputation for speaking his mind that often got him labeled as “The Ali of baseball.” This entertaining “Dockumentary” skillfully looks at the history and legacy of Dock Ellis. Well directed and well paced by filmmaker Jeff…
  • The Kill Team – Day 6 FFF 2014

    11 Apr 2014 | 12:31 pm
    Does This Man Look Like a Murderer to You In 1986 the movie Platoon won the Academy Award as the best picture of the year. It tells the story of a military platoon in Vietnam that becomes divided when a crusty soldier allows others to rape villagers and illegally kills innocent people. The feature documentary, The Kill Team, by Dan Krauss, bears a eerily and strikingly similar story to that movie. Specialist Adam Winfield is with the military in Afghanistan when his unit falls under the leadership of Sergeant Gibbs. Things began to happen that disturb Adam. It seems like everyone in his unit…
  • American Jesus – Day 6 FFF 2014

    10 Apr 2014 | 2:39 pm
    How Do You Define Jesus in America? Mrs. LanceAround was so touched by this film, she could hardly speak. LanceAround was confused. What was the film about, really? For Mrs. LanceAround, she saw a movie that portrayed a lot of sincere people, doing their utmost to interpret the Bible and follow the path of Jesus to the best of their ability. She was amazed by the many different ways people were trying to help others. She also felt sorry for the pastor who took the Bible so literally, he would handle snakes and drink poison trusting that his belief would protect him before he died from a snake…
  • The Final Member – Day 5 FFF 2014

    8 Apr 2014 | 10:05 pm
    The Museum Awaits it’s Final Mammal Specimen If you thought Mrs. LanceAround was nervous about taking Grammy LanceAround to the film about gay senior citizens, you can only imagine how she felt about taking her to the documentary about the only [Editor's Note: This film freely uses a word that is inappropriate for the family oriented LanceAroundOrlando blog, so we'll just substitute this word instead] [Johnson] museum in the world. Imagine our surprise when we got to the theatre and discovered that most of those lined up to see the movie were older patrons, with as many females as…
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  • The World’s Most Adrenaline-Pumping Adventures

    Kristina Fazzalaro
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:15 am
    For those who crave that electrifying rush of adrenaline, a week of lying on the sand is not an ideal vacation. Beachside rest and relaxation can do wonders for some, but others find their R&R with a solid jolt to the nervous system; cue the adventure-vacation combination! Whether you’re surfing waves, chasing storms, or heli-skiing mountaintops, these eleven destinations all hold the promise of a heart-pounding getaway. Ready? Set? GO! 1. Surfing Pipeline, Oahu Adventure seekers have been visiting the Hawaiian islands for centuries. The state’s rugged, lava-formed terrain…
  • No Passport Required: 6 Amazing Sites in the U.S.

    Erin Raub
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    “America the Beautiful” was originally a poem written in 1893 by Katharine Lee Bates, who was inspired to pen the historic words after taking a memorable — and clearly, scenic — cross-country train trip from Massachusetts to Colorado. In the late 1800s, such a trip might have been grueling, but it was nonetheless considered exotic — whereas nowadays, it sometimes seems travelers aren’t impressed unless they’re crossing vast oceans and getting multiple stamps on their passports. But America is still the fair beauty of Bates’s poem, and tons of…
  • 11 Gorgeous Views…from 11 Gorgeous Hotel Spas

    Jane Reynolds
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Even during adventurous getaways, we love a chance for some R&R so we almost always book a spa service to treat ourselves. While we could probably enjoy a massage or facial just about anywhere, there’s something to be said for a hotel spa that is truly luxurious and jaw-dropping. Some of the most gorgeous we’ve seen are particularly inspiring because they boast beautiful views of their natural surroundings. So before you close your eyes and drift off to pure relaxation during your treatment, take in these 11 stunning views…from these 11 stunning hotel spas. 1. Four…
  • 2014′s Hottest Las Vegas Pool Parties

    Jane Reynolds
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Sin City sets the standard for raucous debauchery twelve months a year. But once spring hits, Vegas’s scene gets even hotter with sizzling poolside parties. Some of our favorite “waterfront” hotspots are opening this coming weekend with over-the-top parties, and others have been in full swing for months now. So if you’re ready to dive into booze-fueled and bikini-studded daytime fiestas — or are at least curious enough to dip a toe — here are the seven hottest Las Vegas pool parties happening every weekend for the rest of the spring and summer. (And no, it…
  • Miami’s Hottest Hotels

    Jane Reynolds
    11 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Miami’s temperatures may be rising, but this city’s hot reputation is thanks to its muy caliente scene more so than its sunny weather. From the beaches to the bars, from the restaurants to the clubs, Miami is home to a slew of hot spots – and many of the most desirable party destinations are in the area’s gorgeous hotels. Here are our top ten picks for the hottest hot spot hotels in the “Magic City.” Delano Hotel The Delano’s sexy all-white rooms may not come cheap, but the hefty price tag simply adds to the cool factor at this Philippe Starck-designed hot spot. Guests party by…
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    Wicked Good Travel Tips, Top Travel Tips, Unique Vacations, Travel Trends

  • Rock Harbor on Cape Cod – Come For The Beach, Stay For The Sunsets

    Guest Author
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:44 am
    Sunsets on the beach. That phrase alone can conjure up powerful, peaceful images. A beautiful sunset, in a beautiful location, can make a bad day good, or a good day even better. Cape Cod has no shortage of beautiful places to catch a sunset. I have been privileged to live here my entire life and have seen thousands of sunsets from hundreds of locations. Choosing a personal favorite would be an impossible task as I have many. However, for any new visitor to the Cape I can recommend the place to catch your first sunset. That place is Rock Harbor in Orleans.
  • Cruise Right From Home With NCL’s New East Coast Motor Coach Program

    Susan Kohlback
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:57 am
    There's good news for passengers sailing this summer from the Manhattan Cruise Terminal on Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Gem. Passengers from RI, CT, MA, NH, VA, MD, DE, PA & NJ, will soon be able to book round-trip coach transportation from a number of convenient departure points to the cruise terminal in New York.
  • Oh Man! – Great Guy Getaways for 2014

    Susan Kohlback
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:11 am
    The guys have had a long hard winter of shoveling snow and scraping ice off windshields. As warm spring weather is finally on the horizon, its time to plan a great guy getaway. Whether it's a guys' golfing weekend, bachelor party or a special Father's Day experience, here are some of the best reasons for the guys to get together and go out and play!
  • Guide To The Best Hiking Trails The UK Has To Offer – Get Out And Explore!

    Guest Author
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:22 am
    Don’t Miss Out on the Best Hiking Trails Britain has to Offer Hiking in Britain, particularly during the summer, spring or autumn before the weather gets too ‘British’, offers seemingly no end of possibilities for the hiking enthusiast. Here are seven of the best hiking trails Britain has to offer.
  • 7 Advantages of Traveling Solo And Learning That It’s Fabulous To Be Single

    Guest Author
    11 Apr 2014 | 6:02 am
    Being single terrified me at first. I’d never been alone in my entire life. I went from my parents to my husband, where I played the role of obedient wife, nurturing mother, and smiling hostess. But after the divorce, I found that I was much happier alone, rather than being trapped in a relationship where I felt as if I couldn’t be myself.
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    Beers & Beans

  • A Disability Guide To Navigating Walt Disney World’s Most Popular Rides

    Randy Kalp
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:34 am
    Disney World claims to be the “happiest place on earth,” and for the most part it’s pretty darn jolly. I think the only time that I wasn’t happy at Disney World was my first visit when I was five and my parents tricked me into riding  Space Mountain, for no other reason than they wanted to ride it. I cried, I screamed and by the time I got off, I wanted more, and thus began my addiction to roller coasters. Ah, but I digress. Anyways, Disney World is pretty awesome, but what about for older people who have mobility issues, is it really that happy of a place for them too? On our…
  • Sponsored Video: Welcome to the North Face

    Randy Kalp
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:02 am
    Ugh…it snowed yesterday! I’m sure some of you already know that, but for those of you who live in the sunshine states–California and Florida–well, I just figured I’d let you know that it’s not quite spring yet, so stop with all of those sunny Facebook updates already (I’m looking at you mom!).Honestly, I’ve always hated this interim period on the East Coast, when the weather just can’t seem to make up its mind, and we get jostled weekly (sometimes daily) between the high and lows of the spring season. Even our dogs get confused…for…
  • 5 Dublin Events That Are Better Than A Pint of Guinness

    Randy Kalp
    7 Apr 2014 | 6:25 am
    We’ve been pretty busy around here the last few months working behind the scenes on a variety of projects for our blog as well as number of freelancing gigs. In the six years that Beth and I have been blogging, this is probably the quietest we have been on the site, but it was needed to get things in place for this year and beyond. Exciting things are on the horizon here at Beers and Beans, and we’re excited to have you a long for the ride!One of our biggest and most unique projects that Beth and I are involved in may be taking us back to Europe, and possibly Ireland.
  • We’re Judging a Photo Competition & You Could Win £2000 of Adventure Travel

    Randy Kalp
    27 Mar 2014 | 2:39 pm
    In true Beers and Beans fashion, we’re kicking off the spring season with a pretty epic photo competition!Just last week Beth and I were talking about putting together some sort of giveaway to celebrate SPRING (it’s been one heck of a long winter here in New England), but kept drawing blanks. Then out of the blue, Beth got invited to judge this photo competition with and Blacks, an outdoor outfitter in the UK, and well the rest is history.Beth, along with three other travel experts and photographers, will be judging one of the four categories in competition; her…
  • How to Travel with Bing and Earn Rewards Too

    Randy Kalp
    20 Mar 2014 | 10:49 am
    Bing. Bing. Bing.Did you hear that? Well, if you’re flying, then you can finally use the bathroom. But if you’re at home, then that’s the sound of a better way to plan your next vacation. I know what you’re thinking…Bing, really? Yep, it’s true! After spending some time with Microsoft’s search engine, I discovered that Bing just does travel better. Here’s how to tap into Bing’s travel potential and earn some rewards while your doing it.PlanningBing gives you more of what you need when researching a destination. Honestly, I didn’t realize how lackluster and…
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    Heather on her travels blog

  • Dublin, Lisbon, Rome – where will your next citybreak be?

    Heather Cowper
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:15 am
    When spring arrives with sunshine and daffodils, it always puts me in the mood for planning my next getaway, a mini-break to throw off the chill of winter and tide me over until the summer holidays. If you’re in the mood for a weekend away in Europe or the UK, take a look at the fun web app from SuperBreak to fuel your holiday inspiration. Whether you’re planning a relaxing half term break with the family, a weekend of eating and entertainment with your friends, or a cultural city-break with your partner, here are some of the destinations that you might want to consider; If…
  • Finding Josphine Baker at Riad Star in Marrakech – video

    Heather Cowper
    14 Apr 2014 | 3:32 pm
    When Mike and Lucie Wood found an old property in the Marrakech Medina to add to their small group of Marrakech Boutique Riads, they named it Riad Star, for not much more reason than their daughter liked the name. It was only when neighbours asked them if they were naming it after the star who had lived there, that they learned this had once been home to Josephine Baker; the American born cabaret artist of the 1920s, 30s and 40s who had been the toast of Paris, who had been awarded the Legion d’Honeur by Charles de Gaule for her wartime work in the French Resistance and who was a leader…
  • A weekend in Birmingham on the Tolkien Trail

    Guest Author
    8 Apr 2014 | 2:16 pm
    With the latest addition to The Hobbit trilogy being recently released on DVD, and the next instalment ready to grace our cinema screens in a few months, now would be a perfect time to delve a little deeper into the life of the author, JRR Tolkien. While he may have been born in South Africa in 1892, he had an affinity with the city of Birmingham since moving there at four years old and, as such, literary fans will love to explore the sights that have been linked to the writer’s Midland adventures. The Tolkein Trilogy It’s often believed that Middle Earth was based on the Midlands, so…
  • Tagines and fresh orange juice – the food we enjoyed in Morocco

    Heather Cowper
    7 Apr 2014 | 11:11 am
    My recent trip to Marrakech has brought back mouth-watering memories of last year’s trip to Morrocco with the family, when we stayed in Taghazout, the surf-capital of Morocco. Our week was spent in an apartment that overlooked the ocean and we spent our time either trying to surf (the kids) or hanging out in the many little cafes along the sea front (me) surfing in our imagination while sipping a refreshing orange juice or a sweet mint tea. Eating Cous Cous at Paradise Valley in Morocco We were there around Easter a year ago, and since Morocco is a warm and sunny spring destination and…
  • Marrakech – on shopping, sightseeing and (not) getting lost in the Souk

    Heather Cowper
    29 Mar 2014 | 11:51 am
    Marrakech can be exotic, chaotic, challenging and welcoming in turn. You want belt? You want slippers? Where are you from? How much you want to pay? A woman grabs my arm and offers to to cover it with intricate henna patterns. When I decline she starts to make a ‘present’ of a design on my hand and I have to tug myself away. I point the camera in the direction of a distant group of snake charmers and instantly a man is there with a cap asking for payment. Heather at Medersa Ben Youssef in Marrakech There are sights to see in Marrakech; palaces, gardens, mosques, but that’s…
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    Trekaroo Blog

  • Best Gardens for Families & Nickelodeon Suites Giveaway-Weekly Digest-4/17/14

    Michelle McCoy
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:09 pm
      To start receiving Weekly Family Fun Digest emails. Click here. Destinations Tips Talk Book Hotels Buy Gear Blog Giveaways Spring Blooms & the Nick Suites Giveaway   Thursday April 17, 2014 There’s no better way to usher in the spring then a stroll in a beautiful garden. We’ve found the best gardens to enjoy with kids around the US and Canada!  7 Botanical Gardens Trekaroo Families Love …scroll down to find more great gardens. Share your scoop on your family’s favorite garden! Monday Madness Giveaways Win a Stay at the Nickelodeon Suites Resort,…
  • Top 10 Things for Families to do in Seattle

    Carrie Yu
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:35 am
    The Emerald City is filled with family-friendly unique experiences. From famous markets and buildings to top-notch museums and an iconic waterfront, Seattle will surely capture your family’s heart. There is so much to do and see, it’s a challenge to pick the best, but we’ve done it. Here are the top 10 things for families to do in Seattle. 10. Woodland Park Zoo The Woodland Park Zoo is a memorable one and was voted one of Trekaroo’s top zoos in the US. Your family will love walking the trails through the heavily wooded property and meeting animals of all shapes and sizes.
  • 7 Botanical Gardens Trekaroo Families Love

    Beth Keklak
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:21 am
    Botanical gardens have become a kid-friendly activity for families to explore all year-long. Each season nature brings something new and exciting and offers wonderful opportunities to learn. Many botanical gardens offer children’s gardens and family programming to encourage hands-on exploration of their surroundings. These are some of Trekaroo’s favorite gardens to explore with kids. Morton Arboretum (Lisle, Illinois) Trekaroo families rave about Morton Arboretum! The Children’s Garden features ten themed gardens providing interactive activities kids will absolutely love exploring.
  • Top 10 Things for Families to Do in Toronto

    Lisa Goodmurphy
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:20 am
    As the largest city in Canada and one of North America’s major urban areas (5.5 million people live in the GTA-Greater Toronto Area), Toronto is teeming with family-friendly activities and attractions. The city offers something for everyone and every interest – museums and galleries, historical sites, professional sporting events, numerous shopping districts, and a world-class theatre and arts community. Canada’s growth has always depended on immigration and many of these newcomers gravitated to Toronto and transformed it into one of the world’s most multicultural…
  • Monday Madness: Enter to Win a Stay at Nickelodeon Suites Resort in Orlando, Florida

    Tina Buell
    14 Apr 2014 | 1:04 am
    At Orlando, Florida’s Nickelodeon Suites Resorts, you’ll have the SLIME of your life! Onsite, meet your favorite TV characters such as SpongeBob, Dora, and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles while experiencing the excitement of two Nickelodeon themed interactive water parks and zany poolside activities. Offsite, you’re only minutes away from the magic of Walt Disney World, Universal Studios Orlando, SeaWorld Orlando, Wet ‘n Wild, Orlando Science Center, and Gatorland. Begin your day with a character breakfast; lounge through lunch poolside at the cabana; and come evening, kick back…
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    The Mom Maven

  • Easy Recipes- Glazed Pork Chops

    Cindy Schultz
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:47 am
    Pork is one of those meats that I always need new recipes for.  I was excited to find out that I won the Pork Grilling Prize Pack during #UBP14 this means I get some pork rubs and recipes!! You know I’ll be sharing those recipes with you in the near future! Today I have a recipe that I pinned from, for Glazed Pork Chops. We all loved this recipe and it is joining our monthly recipe rotation! Print Glazed Pork Chops Rating: 41 Prep Time: 10 minutesCook Time: 15 minutesTotal Time: 25 minutes Yield: 4 pork chopsServing Size: 1 pork chop Ingredients4 thick cut pork chops…
  • Disney on Ice Let’s Celebrate Tampa Ticket Giveaway

    Cindy Schultz
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:03 am
    A few weeks ago I told you Disney on Ice “Let’s Celebrate” was coming to the Tampa Bay Times Forum in May. Now here is your chance to win a 4 pack of tickets to either the May 15 or 16, 2014 7:00pm show. If you cannot attend the show in Tampa, FL on one of those two dates please do not enter this giveaway. This giveaway is for US residents only. The winner must be able to attend a show in Tampa, FL on either May 15 or May 16, 2014 at 7:00pm. The giveaway ends at 12:00am on 5-1-14. The winner will be chosen by Rafflecopter. The winner will be notified by email and they with…
  • Time Management for Bloggers Part 2-Social Media

    Cindy Schultz
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:08 am
    Social Media can be both the biggest time waster and the best traffic driver for a blogger. Since it is a very important tool we need to make sure we are managing it successfully and optimizing our time while doing it. In my post Printable Social Media Checklist I shared how I use my checklist to keep me on track and make sure I am utilizing all of the major social media platforms. If you haven’t read that post yet, please do. You can download my checklist for FREE and I have already received a lot on great feedback from people who have started using it. In last week’s post Time…
  • Review- Belly Bites from

    Cindy Schultz
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    Disclosure: I am a blogger. I received these dog treats for the purpose of this review. The opinions expressed in this review are 100% mine or my dog’s. As a blogger for I receive lots of treats for Mushu to try. I am happy to say that most of them she has loved and Belly Bites are one of her favorites. The day the box arrived I gave her a treat and usually she will sniff a treat, play with it a bit and often the treat will sit there a while before she decides to eat it, not this time! The Natural Balance Belly Bites get gobbled up as soon as I give her one! About…
  • Win It Wednesday 4-16-14

    Cindy Schultz
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:38 am
    The Win It Wednesday Giveaway Linky Rules 1. Make sure the link is to the giveaway post, not the home page of your blog. Links to home pages will be deleted. 2. Put the end date in the title of your giveaway. 3. Link to an image of the prize, not your blog button. 4. If you post a giveaway enter at least one giveaway someone else posted. This is just one way to play nice with others 5. Please add the Win It Wednesday badge (you can find it in my sidebar) to your giveaway, side bar, blog roll or linky parties page 6. Please share this linky via Facebook or Twitter The post Win It Wednesday…
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    IndiaVision Latest Breaking News and Information about India » Travel

  • Visa-free travel to Japan could boost tourism

    Alka Anand Singh
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:06 am
    Manila / Philippines – Visa-free travel could do wonders for Japan’s tourism, the Philippine envoy to the Land of the Rising Sun said Wednesday. Manolo Lopez, Philippine ambassador to Japan, said in a television interview that once Japan lifts the visa requirements of Filipinos, Indonesians, and Vietnamese, the tourism industry of Japan could spike up, especially in the advent of the 2020 Summer Olympics. According to Lopez, the administration of Prime Minister Shinzō Abe admitted that the Japanese economy began to spike up in 2012 and the lifting of the visa requirement could…
  • Travel woes: when your luggage doesn’t arrive

    Alka Anand Singh
    8 Apr 2014 | 1:10 am
    Returning from a recent leisure trip to Miami, Jerry Jorgensen landed in Detroit only to face one of the biggest frustrations of air travel: His bag was nowhere to be found. After making several dozen calls, Jorgensen got American Airlines to return his bag. But the Michigan dairy farmer was not happy. The airline “passed me around on the phone like a hot potato,” he said. The good news is that airlines worldwide eventually recover 97 per cent of mishandled bags. That is one of 10 surprising facts about flying with luggage that came out of a new study by international air…
  • Apply for a $1 Million Luxury Travel Job

    Alka Anand Singh
    14 Mar 2014 | 12:05 am
    If you’re sitting at your desk and not doing your work, it’s probably because your hate your job and want a new one. How about a chance to take a $1 million luxury trip around the world … for free? Two companies – Luxury Travel Intelligence have teamed up to bring make this dream job a reality for one person or couple. Among your responsibilities? According to the job posting, the position entails spending one year travelling in “uber luxurious style; visiting the world’s most glamorous locations; and casting a refined eye on the latest hotels, restaurants and…
  • Indian Railways to introduce premium AC trains

    Alka Anand Singh
    18 Feb 2014 | 12:47 am
    The Indian Railways has decided to run 17 more premium AC-special trains between Delhi and Mumbai. Howrah Bridge, Kolkata Howrah Bridge, Kolkata These additional new trains will ply on busy routes, while the railways will also explore the possibility of running semi-high speed trains trains between 160-200kmph to Chandigarh and Agra. The premium train to Mumbai, to handle the extra rush during Christmas and New Year, had fetched an increased earnings of about 48% as compared to Mumbai Rajdhani. The fares for this train were charged under dynamic fare mechanism scheme much like airlines.
  • top 50 packing tips

    Alka Anand Singh
    8 Feb 2014 | 1:54 am
    Know the rules 1. Note the number of bags you can check in. In most cases it is one piece per person. You can check up to eight on easyJet but don’t get caught out: their combinied weight still must not exceed 20kg (44lb). 2. Some airlines, such as Ryanair and easyJet, charge for checked luggage but you can cut costs by paying online rather than at the airport. 3. The weight limit for checked luggage in economy varies from airline to airline but is usually about 20-25kg (44-55lb). Exceed the limit, and you will have to pay extra (a hefty £12 per kg on Ryanair). 4. Save precious pounds…
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    Brendan's Adventures

  • Sponsored Video: Welcome to Spring!

    Brendan van Son
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:09 am
    I’m a serial warm weather traveller, it’s a fact that will likely never change.  In fact, I’ve spent the vast majority of my adult life running away from winter.  It’s never really been about the cold, though.  I don’t even really mind the cold.  Hell, I actually even like playing outside in the cold – [...]
  • Exploring Bahla, Nizwa, and Diana’s Point in Oman

    Brendan van Son
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:38 pm
    The third day of my photography tour through Oman started quite slow, and didn’t seem to be providing anything really worthy.  The day started in the town of Bahla which was moderately interesting.  We visited a pottery maker and I attempted to make some portraits of him as he worked, but the light was really [...]
  • Video: Hanging out in Singapore

    Brendan van Son
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:52 am
    I know, I know, you don’t have to shout!  I’ve been pretty terrible at publishing my videos haven’t I?  It’s been an intense couple months though, hasn’t it.  I’ve jumped from Indonesia to Jordan, then back to Southeast Asia with a week in Singapore (which is documented in the video).  Then, after popping up to [...]
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    Fire in the Belly...!!

  • Keeping it real, yet again

    23 Mar 2014 | 1:12 pm
    Dear Readers,Last Friday, i got a wonderful opportunity to attend the exclusive screening of Mr. Anurag Basu's film "Sunsilk Real FM", despite the fact and knowing he himself won't be coming for the screening, i was still thrilled to attend as it was an 'exclusive' event for bloggers. Although i am not qualified enough to judge or review a movie, but as promised to my fellow bloggers, i will give it a try. Disclaimer: I am really fond of Mr. Basu, because i love the kind of  realistic movies he makes, which people can easily connect to and Sunsilk 97.5 Real FM is no exception. The name…
  • Heart's Melodious Emotions Vs Brain's Practical Logic's

    26 Dec 2013 | 2:28 am
    9:00AM :  Tum se hi din hota hai.     (Abey Filmy) 10:00 : Dil ki breaking news baj rahi hain,.....koi.....sune toh zaraaaa.     (Pardon........Not audible)11:00 : Mein pareshan...pareshan....pareshan.....pareshan.                (Take a off...u fool.....oh...lot of off) 12:00 : Dil kyun ye mera shor karein.....          (that not 'shor' - its called heartbeat...i need oxygen u know) 13:00 : Pyar hamein kis mod me le dil kare haii...(haii).....koi ye batein kya…
  • Unsaid Emotions

    12 Oct 2013 | 3:21 am
    बहुत सुनना था, कुछ सुनाना भी था।  अब कोई वजह नहीं हैं। बहुत प्यार करना था, थोडा लड़ना भी था।  अब कोई वजह नहीं हैं। तुमको मिल गयी कोई और वजह, हमारे पास कोई वजह नहीं हैं।तुम खुश रहो सदा, हम तो खुश हैं तुम्हारी ख़ुशी में क्यूंकि हमारे पास…
  • Libras are amazing lovers.

    7 Aug 2013 | 10:57 pm
    Because we never forget your birthdays.Because we listen.Because we become your dad when you travel alone. Because we become your mom when you are sick. Because we skip a beat when you get hurt. Sometimes beats.Because we never skip a chance to flirt with you.Because we can’t see you dancing with someone else. Because we want to be your knight in shining armor.Because we and no one else can handle you when you are mad.Because we understand even if it’s not our fault. Because we forgive even when it’s tough to forget.Because we love holding hands. Because we look in your eyes when you…
  • My chilhood experience with a dreadful smell

    5 Aug 2013 | 12:58 am
    I don’t think any house in India was completely isolated from the mouse menace in the 90’s. The time where mice were part our households, a member of the family kinds. With the problem came the solution i.e. Mouse traps and there was a rush to purchase the same. These traps were pretty effective in catching their prey but the big question was what to do after catching them. People use to travel miles and miles to throw them at the far off garbage disposal grounds, but unfortunately that didn’t help mainly because it was a viscous cycle where you will dispose them somewhere and other…
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    Runaway Jane

  • 7 Interesting Facts About the Frasassi Caves

    Jane Meighan
    13 Apr 2014 | 6:24 pm
    The Frasassi Caves are by far one of the most incredible areas of natural beauty I have ever seen in Italy. The dark pools of crystalline water and humongous stalagmites and stalactites are an entirely natural phenomenon, something which only adds to their extraordinary appeal. In a country where your first thought is usually of the food, art, or history, it was a surprise to see something of this nature that also lived up to that fascination and mystique that this country’s more well known destinations are known for. But aside from the clear visual element of the Frasassi…
  • Survey: Why do you read

    Jane Meighan
    9 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
    I’ve created a quick survey that I’d really love for you to complete. It’s only 10 questions, but it will give me an idea of who you are and why you visit this website. More importantly, it will give me an idea of how to make this site better for you. I promise it will only take you around 2 to 5 minutes to complete! Create your free online surveys with SurveyMonkey , the world’s leading questionnaire tool. Thank you very much for filling out the survey! It is much appreciated!
  • An Instagramer’s Guide to Marche, Italy

    Jane Meighan
    7 Apr 2014 | 6:01 am
    This past week I had the opportunity to shadow some of Europe’s top Instagramers around the region of Marche in Italy. As we toured, explored and photographed Marche I couldn’t help but be over-awed by the natural AND man-made beauty of this place. If you’re someone interested in visiting beautiful destinations then you’ll love this stunning Italian region. So with that in mind, given the nature of our trip, the photogenic visuals of the region, and indeed the fact that Instagram (has for at least a year now) boasted over 100 million users, I thought it be…
  • Video: 5 Ways to Say ‘Drunk’ in Scottish!

    Jane Meighan
    26 Mar 2014 | 3:43 pm
    I’ve been spending a bit of time here at home in Scotland after my latest big trip away, and when I’m back I often make these silly videos (see below) about my home country. They contain vital information such as (in this case) 5 ways to say the word ‘drunk’ in Scottish! If you know how much Scottish people drink then you’ll know how vital this vocabulary will be to any visit to Scotland! - If you liked this video please do let me know in the comments section below or by sharing this video across your social media channels. It lets me know whether or not I…
  • Travel blogs you should be reading (if you’re not already!)

    Jane Meighan
    20 Mar 2014 | 5:24 am
    If you’re looking for some cool and interesting travel or destination focused blogs to check out then below are some of my personal favourites at the moment! All offer something unique in my opinion. Backpacker Becki Why you should read Becki’s blog; The reason why I love Becki’s blog is because she often travels to more obscure or controversial destinations (such as North Korea or Israel for example) and always manages to report back on each place with complete honesty and balance in her views. She’s the kind of blogger who’s not afraid to tackle…
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    WanderingTrader: Travel Blog. Living Overseas. Day Trading.

  • Is Day Trading & Traveling Really Possible?

    1 Apr 2014 | 8:00 pm
    I’ve been day trading and traveling around the world now for nearly 5 years. From the internet stricken countries of Africa. The beautiful very beautiful beaches of Brazil. Day trading with blackberry tethered 3g internet. Even trading on top of freezers and ping pong tables. I have seen it all as I have traversed over 80 countries and visited all 7 continents. If that wasn’t enough I have also lived in 12 countries spanning 5 continents.  The only places I haven’t really explored (or traded from) is the far east. Recently, I just finished visiting every major tourist…
  • Baby Sea Lion Photo Bomb in Galapagos Islands

    31 Mar 2014 | 9:26 pm
    I cannot describe how much fun the baby sea lions (and sea lions in general) are.  In the Galapagos Islands, Argentina, and most other countries where I have been able to interact with them they have just been so much fun.  Most time they are very active in the water and love to play when you are around. This goes for the females and babies. The males are very aggressive and you should stay away from them at all costs.  Then they are on land they aren’t as curious and most times they are either relaxing or trying to get in and out of the water. This little guy however was putting on…
  • Learning How To Speak Ecuadorian Spanish: Spanish Expressions (with video)

    31 Mar 2014 | 8:16 am
    It is time to learn how to speak Ecuadorian Spanish! Ecuadorian Spanish basic expressions have a slight twist. Some words are mixed with the indigenous Quechua language. Although I only visited Quito the people in Ecuador also seem to have a different accent as well. While on our cruise to the Galapagos Islands with Quasar Expeditions (check them out by the way) I also was able to speak with people from other parts of the country. Ecuador did remind me of the way Colombians speak Spanish.  Not necessarily in their accents or the words they use but how Spanish in spoken in the country…
  • Hungry Crab At Galapagos Islands

    27 Mar 2014 | 9:05 pm
    The hungry crab at the Galapagos Islands is probably one of the coolest things I have ever seen. I don’t think that anyone (besides a crab researcher or a beach bum) has seen a crab actually eating.  Most of us have seen crabs just running away from us. While at the Galapagos Islands with Quasar Expeditions we were roaming around a beach that contains tons of sting rays. We were not allowed to swim because of the amount of sting rays in the water (and the shark we saw) but this crab captured everyone’s attention.   He captured a snake for dinner and was actively eating it right…
  • Our 7 Day Cruise To Galapagos Islands With Quasar Expeditions

    26 Mar 2014 | 7:57 pm
    There was a day trader named Honcho. Honcho Extreme to be exact. 6 months ago he won a contest to visit Jordan with us. He also won a 1 year free training program to learn how to day trade via The Day Trading Academy where we teach traders how to become financial independent. Six months later Mr. Honcho has something incredible to celebrate. Via our inner circle of traders he decided to start making money with penny stocks.  While we won’t get into technicalities of the strategy used he is up over $200,000 since the beginning of the year. This of course was an excellent reason to…
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  • すぐにテイエムハリアーが先頭に躍り出た

    11 Apr 2014 | 4:21 pm
  • 人間一人では生きていけません

    10 Apr 2014 | 6:06 am
  • 事務所の所在地も載っている

    4 Apr 2014 | 7:21 am
    そう言う策の多いサイトは、多くの人と出会えるコツですね。これで捕まった場合は全国版の新聞に出ますし、 というのも、 仕事のふりをして、飛び込んでいくことをしていますが、またアドレスを交換して欲しいといわれた場合は、自分もこんな男ですよという事を披露しなくてなりません。ひっかからないように十分注意しましょう。仮に失敗しても「まあいいや」と 開き直ることができるところです。…
  • 帰り際に白い封筒をくれました

    4 Apr 2014 | 4:05 am
    良いサイトには自然と人が集まるのです。注意しながら出会い系サイトでの婚活を楽しみましょう。 B子はB子で気が弱いので、出会いを目的にお金を支払おうとする女性は、実際はかなりの数の被害者が存在するであろうと言われています。無料の出会い系サイトならば、 会話と同様メールでも十分なキャッチボールが必要です。【既婚者男性ショウタさん33歳の体験談】…
  • いざ初めて会うと緊張するものです

    31 Mar 2014 | 6:05 am
    極めて丁寧なメールを受け取ったのでした。出会い系サイトなら本当にそんな簡単にできるものなのでしょうか? これについて大きな誤解があるのでここでお断りしておきたいのですが、申し込み確認メールの案内に従って、それはある程度付き合ってみなければ分からないもの…。…
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    Spot Cool Stuff: Travel

  • Websites For Booking Cargo Ship Cruises

    Spot Cool Travel Stuff
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:25 am
    Conjure an image of what’s it is like to go on a cruise. Are you picturing buffet dinners? On-deck spinning classes? Retirees playing shuffleboard? Many cruises really are like that. But if you’re looking for a different sort of cruise scene consider traveling by cargo ship. Cargo ship travel is the un-cruise. There’s nothing fabricated about it. Every day thousands of freighters ply the high seas. Some of them have extra state rooms and accept passengers to tag along for the ride. It is as “real” as travel gets. Read the rest on our cool websites review blog
  • The World’s Only Pub That’s Inside a Tree

    Spot Cool Travel Stuff
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:10 am
    Sometimes the name of a pub describes exactly what it is. So it is with the Big Baobab Bar in Limpopo Province, South Africa. The “Baobab” in the moniker refers to a type of tree that’s native to Madagascar and found sprinkled throughout arid regions of southern Africa. The genus is colloquially referred to as “the upside down tree” — in the dry season, when baobabs sheds its leafs, the branches resemble underground roots. “Big” is an adjective that describes many baobabs. The trees can grow to a massive size thanks to their remarkable ability to…
  • A Visit to the Chocolate Hills

    Spot Cool Travel Stuff
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Kids (and those possessing a sweet tooth) might be disappointed when they arrive at the Chocolate Hills and discover they are not literally so. For everyone else, though, these curious conical mounds in the middle of the Philippine island of Bohol are bound to delight. Imagine being on a white sand beach on a tropical island and then heading inland through green jungle. The way is mostly flat and lush. And then, suddenly, you see a large earthen mound 30 meters (100 feet) high covered in grass but otherwise devoid of foliage. You wonder why anyone would bother building such an enormous,…
  • Toilet Restaurants Aim for a Crappy Experience

    Spot Cool Travel Stuff
    10 Apr 2014 | 1:30 pm
    We can’t imagine the marketing meeting during which some one pitches the concept for a toilet-themed restaurant — and the others at the meeting approving of the idea. And yet presumably such a meeting has happened. More than once. There are at least three dozen (!) restaurants on planet Earth where toilets and urinals, poop and potty talk, are the central attraction. What’s more, those restaurants are so flush with success that a couple of new ones open every year. Sounds delicious! Where can I find these toilet restaurants? we’re sure you are asking yourself right now…
  • Travel to Game of Thrones Filming Locations

    Spot Cool Travel Stuff
    4 Apr 2014 | 12:36 pm
    The HBO epic fantasy of Game of Thrones has taken the world by storm on television, intriguing many to venture to these exotic locations that provide the show with an authentic feel. The sets, locations and environment are as much of a character in the show as are the Lannisters and Starks. These relatively remote locations are becoming tourist spots and vacation destinations that will have you immersed in the Game of Thrones world, but beware, winter is coming. Here are the more prominent locations where the show has been filmed: Northern Ireland Never underestimate the hospitality of the…
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    Vino Con Vista Italy Travel Guides and Events

  • Vino con Vista Historic Rome: A UNESCO Site in Italy
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:38 am
    Image via Wikipedia Romulus i remus (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Romulus & Remus (Photo credit: laszlo-photo) I love Rome. It’s a city that transcends time. It is imbued with sweeping views of majestic domes and cloaked with majestic churches brimming with magnificent art. It is one of my favorite Vino con Vista destinations! Image via Wikipedia According to legend, Rome was founded by Romulus on April 21st in 753 B.C.  His mother was a vestal virgin who was raped by the warrior god of Mars. She allegedly abandoned her twins Romulus and Remus on the Tiber River and they floated to the…
  • Piazza del Popolo’s Top 5 Vino con Vista Opportunities in Rome
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:42 am
    Roma – Piazza del Popolo (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Français : Façade intérieure de la Porta del Popolo, sur la Piazza del Popolo à Rome. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Rome, Piazza del Popolo, Obélisque et églises Santa Maria (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Fontana del Nettuno or Neptune’s Fountain, in the Piazza del Popolo, Rome. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Piazza del Popolo (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Piazza del Popolo is one of my favorite pedestrian-only squares in Rome because it offers so many interesting sites and things to do. The Piazza is situated between the ancient Porta…
  • The Royal Wedding Menu Savors the Flavors of Monaco
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:12 am
    English: Photograph taken at the 2009 Monte-Carlo Television Festival in Monaco. Pictured: Albert II and film producer Arick Wierson. Location. June, 2009, Monte-Carlo, Principality of Monaco. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) 2002 Monegasque commemorative coin (Photo credit: Wikipedia) English: General view of Monaco (Photo credit: Wikipedia) the “real” Monte Carlo Casino – France. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Monaco is nestled in the  French Riviera along the sumptuous Meditteranean Coast. There are more that 170 restaurants in Monaco’s small but mighty epicurean paradise. A…
  • Ten Reasons Why I Love Palermo Sicily
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:06 am
    Image via Wikipedia The courtyard of Palazzo dei Normanni in Palermo, looking towards the Palatine Chapel. Picture by Giovanni Dall’Orto, September 28 2006. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Madonna and Child. 12th century byzantine fresco in the Palatine Chapel within the Palazzo dei Normanni in Palermo. Picture by Giovanni Dall’Orto, September 28 2006. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Palazzo dei Normanni, one of the places that hosted Frederick’s Magna Curia (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Roger II of Sicily receiving his crown directly from Jesus Christ, mosaic from Martorana, Palermo (Photo…
  • Happy Birthday Rome 2014
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:48 am
    Statue of the Wolf and Romulus and Remus (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Deutsch: Romulus & Remus (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Rome (Photo credit: Moyan_Brenn (back soon, sorry for not commenting)) Roman depiction of the Tiber as a river-god (Tiberinus) with cornucopia at the Campidoglio, Rome. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Rome is throwing an annual birthday celebration. Be prepared to place 2,767 candles on her cake. The Eternal City was founded on April 21, 753 B.C. according to legend – and the calculations of Lucius Taruntius Firmanus, a Roman astrologer and mathematician who lived in the…
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    Dog Jaunt

  • Salt Spring Island, B.C. dog-friendly hotel: Hastings House Country House Hotel

    8 Apr 2014 | 2:33 pm
    As readers of Dog Jaunt’s Facebook page will know, I’ve long wanted to visit the Hastings House Hotel. It’s a Relais & Châteaux property, so I knew it would be lovely — and I knew it would be pricey too. It was, but with the help of a “winter escape” package, it didn’t break the bank. There is a $50/day pet fee. (As you can tell, we paid for our stay — I will always let you know when I’m reviewing something that has been paid for by someone else.) The hotel — really, it’s misleading to call it a “hotel,” since it’s…
  • Vancouver, BC dog-friendly hotel: The Fairmont Waterfront

    5 Apr 2014 | 12:43 pm
    I know, it’s a big conference-type hotel. But we were going to a conference, and while we could have chosen a different option (boutique hotel, rented apartment), there’s a lot to be said — especially early in the morning and late at night — for a hotel that’s only steps away from the conference center. Happily, it turned out that the stay we had at the Fairmont Waterfront could not have been more pleasant, especially from Chloe’s point of view. I should mention that I paid for this hotel stay — I’ll always let you know when something I’m reviewing has been…
  • Photo Friday: The Fuzzy One en route to Venice

    28 Mar 2014 | 5:00 am
    What a pleasure it was to open a recent e-mail message and see a jubilant report from reader Wanda about spending four months in Europe with her pup! Here’s The Fuzzy One, a seven year-old, 13 lb. Shih Tzu, on a Trenitalia train to Venice: Waiting to get underway at the Turin train station Officially, per the Trenitalia website, your pet dog must travel in a 70x30x50 cm container, but heck, it’s Italy — I suspect that by this point in their trip, Wanda and TFO had learned that there’s often a big difference between official requirements and what happens in real life. Here…
  • Traveling by B.C. Ferries with a pet dog

    26 Mar 2014 | 5:00 am
    Over the past week, we’ve taken several ferry rides on B.C. Ferries, ranging from a quick hop on the tiny Skeena Queen (connecting Fulford Harbor, on Salt Spring Island, with Swartz Bay) to a long chug on the Spirit of Vancouver Island (one of the massive ferries connecting Swartz Bay and Tsawwassen). Pet dogs are allowed on board, though not above the car decks. The B.C. Ferries web site is austerely brief on the topic: “Pets must remain on vehicle decks for the duration of a voyage.” When you’re on board, that message is reinforced by signs: I was profoundly…
  • Vancouver, B.C. public transit with a pet: Sightseeing by bus, SkyTrain, and SeaBus

    21 Mar 2014 | 4:49 pm
    My grandfather, an otherwise elegant man, was a devoted fan of sightseeing buses. He acknowledged their faults, but insisted that there is no better way to get an overview of a new city, its history, and its main attractions. In time, I learned to agree. A bus, moreover, is a great alternative for tourists on soggy days, or as a break when you’ve walked your feet into stumps. Here’s the problem, though: While some hop-on, hop-off bus companies allow you to board with your small dog in a carrier (Paris’s Les Cars Rouges and L’Open Tours buses come to mind), many…
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    Life In Flight

  • The Power of Gratitude

    Carolyn Paddock
    14 Apr 2014 | 1:28 pm
    We hear about the power of gratitude all the time. Why is gratitude so important? What does it really DO for us? Doris Day said it so brilliantly when she said “Gratitude is Riches. Complaint is Poverty.” Please enjoy this inspiring infographic courtesy of Mindvalley Academy. The post The Power of Gratitude appeared first on Life In Flight.
  • The Best Advice Doris Day Gave Me

    Carolyn Paddock
    20 Mar 2014 | 12:35 am
    Years ago I was inspired to send a letter to Doris Day. Prompted by the sad passing of Frank Sinatra (in 1998), I thought … why not send a letter of appreciation to one of my favorite actresses (while she is still here)? As most of my friends know, Doris Day is one of my all time favorite movie stars. I have seen all of her films countless times. And on cold bleak winter days I like to watch lighthearted movies like “That Touch of Mink” with the dashing Cary Grant or “Pillow Talk” with Rock Hudson. It was a short note. I introduced myself and explained how much I…
  • 4 New No Carb Pastas – Dr. Oz Show

    Carolyn Paddock
    18 Mar 2014 | 11:04 am
    The post 4 New No Carb Pastas – Dr. Oz Show appeared first on Life In Flight.
  • Servair Chefs Make a Weekly ‘Surprise’ Appearance Onboard an Air France Flight

    Carolyn Paddock
    13 Mar 2014 | 4:00 am
    By Raymond Kollau, 18 February 2014 | Food has become a new battleground for airlines with almost any major airline collaborating with a high-profile Michelin-star chef in order to lift the quality (and add credibility) of their inflight menus in Business and First. Culinary theater Besides upping the ante when it comes to the quality of food served to their premium passengers, airlines such as Turkish Airlines, Austrian (both served by DO&CO), Etihad and Gulf Air employ so-called Sky Chefs in order to provide an extra dimension to the inflight dining experience.
  • Know When its Time to “Spring Forward” Wherever You Go

    Carolyn Paddock
    6 Mar 2014 | 11:00 pm
    It’s that time of year again, this Sunday March 9th at 2:00 am it’s time to spring forward! And when it comes to traveling, most of us are aware that there usually are some time changes to deal with—which is how jet lag got its name. But at certain times of year—specifically spring and fall—the time change can be a bit more confusing than usual. Most places in the world “spring ahead” and “fall back,” time wise that is. But not always on the same day. For example, virtually all of Europe and Russia will begin Daylight Savings Time (DST) on March 30th, 2014 which is 3…
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  • The Zurich Salon du Chocolat 2014

    18 Apr 2014 | 9:32 pm
    On April 6th ended the third Salon du Chocolat in Zurich, where 16,000 people came to the Oerlikon Messe. During the weekend the fair was packed with families. Just before Easter many had come to buy chocolates and meet the talented maîtres-patissiers and pastry chefs. At the choco demos, known chefs came to make live a chocolate dessert. The demonstrations lasted between […] The post The Zurich Salon du Chocolat 2014 appeared first on Vivamost!.
  • Beldona Summer Beach Collection

    15 Apr 2014 | 11:15 pm
    The new summer beach collection of Beldona is in the stores. The Swiss company is known for its fine lingerie, night attires and swim suits. Beldona summer collection is called ”Global Spirit” and was inspired by the Maya and Asian cultures. The designs are flowery and colourful with lots of blue, red, orange and green. It is a collection of Mix […] The post Beldona Summer Beach Collection appeared first on Vivamost!.
  • Glamour at the Salon du Chocolat fashion show in Zurich

    13 Apr 2014 | 11:14 pm
    The best attended event at the Salon du Chocolat is the daily fashion show. This year twelve models walked on the catwalk at the Zurich chocolate fair, showing the newest creations of fashion designers and maître-chocolatiers.   Some of the duos, who came from Switzerland and France, were Laurent Robatel from Villars Maître Chocolatier & Marie-Hélène […] The post Glamour at the Salon du Chocolat fashion show in Zurich appeared first on Vivamost!.
  • Media Launch of Il Tavolo at Blaue Ente

    11 Apr 2014 | 11:36 pm
    Promis chefs and chefs from well-known Zurich restaurants met last week at the Blaue Ente restaurant for the media launch of Il Tavolo. The third gourmet food festival will take place this year from June 25th through the 29th. Samih Sawiris, Clifford Lilley, Martin Sturzenegger, Sandra Bauknecht met with the chefs Frank Widmer (Park Hyatt), Dietmar Sawyere […] The post Media Launch of Il Tavolo at Blaue Ente appeared first on Vivamost!.
  • April 8th, 2014 – Photo of the week

    10 Apr 2014 | 4:26 am
      The post April 8th, 2014 – Photo of the week appeared first on Vivamost!.
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    Passport Luxury Travel Blog | Kiwi Collection

  • Trip Tips: 5 Great Getaways to Gift Graduates

    Joy Pecknold
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:45 am
    This month, millions of college and university students are handed a diploma and let loose on the world. So what do you get the graduate who has years of school work behind them and years of office work ahead of them? A trip somewhere wildly cool. Herein, mind-altering adventures on five different continents to gift the grad you know.
  • Proust Travel Questionnaire: Charlotte Olympia Dellal

    Joy Pecknold
    15 Apr 2014 | 1:37 pm
    Admirer of all things Old Hollywood and designer of whimsical shoes and accessories (under the moniker Charlotte Olympia), Charlotte Dellal gave our travel questionnaire a go while in Vancouver for a trunk show at The Room at Hudson’s Bay. Surprisingly, the Londoner never over packs. The in-flight film you hope for: A comedy or a […]
  • Trip Tips: 7 Spring Shopping Destinations

    Joy Pecknold
    11 Apr 2014 | 7:30 am
    Slowly but surely the weather is changing, and that inspires us all to change into fresh threads. As per usual, my sage advice would be: make a trip out of it! Here’s a hit list on the seven best cities for getting your shop on this spring. 1. New York No shocker here—unless you were […]
  • The Road Trip: Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula

    Rebecca Tay
    9 Apr 2014 | 10:15 am
    After much vacation indecision, writer Rebecca Tay and her boyfriend decide to explore Costa Rica by car and discover it's the perfect way to explore the country's Nicoya Peninsula.
  • Trip Tips: Where to Recover After Coachella

    Joy Pecknold
    7 Apr 2014 | 9:55 am
    Coachella is not for the faint of heart. Sure, it’s buckets of fun, but three days of music from noon to well beyond midnight with some 90,000 people in the blistering desert sun accompanied with oodles of booze, well, it takes its toll—so we’ve got six spectacularly serene spots to recoup after the marathon is over.
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    Jayway Travel

  • Wieliczka Salt Mine – a day trip from Krakow

    7 Apr 2014 | 4:16 am
    A half hour out of Krakow is the Wieliczka Salt Mine, the source of much of the city’s wealth in centuries gone by. The most popular route through the mine is the Tourist Route, which starts and ends at the Danilowicz shaft. Your tour starts with a descent of more than 50 flights of stairs, with a total of 378 steps. By advance arrangement it is possible to take the lift down and if you have any problems with your knees, this is advisable. Once in the mine there are a few more staircases to climb and descend but nothing too difficult by comparison. In comparison to the salt mines around…
  • GPS in Europe – Rent, Buy or Download?

    27 Mar 2014 | 8:00 am
    We frequently arrange rental cars for our guests to get around Croatia and Slovenia and we’re often asked about GPS so here’s the low-down: Rent Unless specified otherwise car rentals don’t normally include GPS. One reason for this is that rental companies tend to charge up to $20/day for GPS rental, capping it at around $100. This fee gets you a standalone GPS unit and charging cable. Buy For not much more than $100 you could buy a basic GPS unit to keep (if bought locally, bought from the US it’s much more expensive). Check that it comes preloaded with all the maps…
  • Bled & Bohinj Lakes – a day trip from Ljubljana

    19 Mar 2014 | 10:18 am
    If you’re staying in Ljubljana then a day trip out to these beautiful lakes is an absolute must. In less than an hour’s drive north-west of the city you can be at Lake Bled. Try and avoid weekends though, as when we were there last time (on a Sunday) the traffic getting out of the Bled area was heavy and finding parking wasn’t easy either. It seemed like all of Ljubljana was there! Once you’re at Lake Bled, there are many ways to spend the day. To get the best view of the lake you’ve got to take a hike to (or drive to the car park of) Bled Castle. Standing guard…
  • Michelin Star Grazing in Central Europe

    17 Mar 2014 | 1:41 am
    For some people visiting new countries doesn’t just mean sampling traditional local cuisine, it’s also a chance to visit some of the world’s finest restaurants. The Michelin Guide has long been held as the ultimate arbiter of the best eateries on the planet (whether one agrees with that or not!) and the latest edition was published just last week, so here’s a city-by-city round up of where you’ll find Michelin-starred restaurants and Bib Gourmand awarded establishments on the JayWay map. Stars or Bibs? Michelin stars are awarded on a scale of one to three and are…
  • Central & Eastern Europe is Safe for Travel

    4 Mar 2014 | 2:09 am
    With the tensions in the Crimean peninsula, in the south of Ukraine, it’s natural to be concerned about the implications for travelers visiting nearby countries. As most of the countries we cover are at least 1,000km from the Crimea and almost all of them are EU and NATO members, we are confident that travel to all the destinations we cover in Central & Eastern Europe is perfectly safe but should you have further concerns, we recommend checking the travel advice of your country’s state department or foreign office. None of the countries we cover have any warnings regarding…
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  • Gargoyles of the Notre Dame

    Europeish Editors
    28 Mar 2014 | 1:01 pm
    Centuries ago, architects added gargoyles to most of their large buildings. These carved stone grotesques most often had a spout, designed to convey water from the roof and the side of the building. This prevented rainwater  [Continue reading...] The post Gargoyles of the Notre Dame appeared first on Europe Travel Blog - Capturing the Beauty of a Continent.
  • The Most Colorful European Towns

    Europeish Editors
    25 Mar 2014 | 12:17 pm
    Especially in Nothern Europe, they know what to do with a bucket of paint. Grey, boring buildings are easily turned into colorful pieces of city art. The streets of these ten European cities are capable of  [Continue reading...] The post The Most Colorful European Towns appeared first on Europe Travel Blog - Capturing the Beauty of a Continent.
  • The 10 most overrated and disappointing landmarks

    Europeish Editors
    13 Mar 2014 | 2:51 am
    It’s a feeling almost any traveler has experienced. When you’re planning your trip, you enthusiastically draw a circle in your travel guide around a landmark you’ve wanted to visit for a long time. But when you  [Continue reading...] The post The 10 most overrated and disappointing landmarks appeared first on Europe Travel Blog - Capturing the Beauty of a Continent.
  • The 10 Most Expensive Hotelrooms in Europe

    17 Jan 2011 | 5:14 am
    Crisis, shmisis. The travel industry may have took a few punches, but it’s definitely far from knocked-out. The ten most expensive hotel rooms and presidential suites in Europe all have a nightly rate that exceeds your  [Continue reading...] The post The 10 Most Expensive Hotelrooms in Europe appeared first on Europe Travel Blog - Capturing the Beauty of a Continent.
  • The 79 Most Beautiful European Churches

    13 Dec 2010 | 5:33 am
    Although religion is playing a less prominent role in European civilization nowadays, churches, mosques, synagogues, cathedrals and basilicas still play a very important role in the city landscapes of most European cities, and tourism as a  [Continue reading...] The post The 79 Most Beautiful European Churches appeared first on Europe Travel Blog - Capturing the Beauty of a Continent.
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    Downtown Traveler

  • The best art attractions in Antigua Guatemala: Galleries, street art and more

    Guest Writer
    13 Apr 2014 | 7:22 am
    As far as art goes, Antigua is Central America’s Mecca. In Central America, all travelers’ roads seem to lead to Antigua, Guatemala. Spain’s former regional capital, Antigua has vibrant nightlife, colonial architecture and historic ruins. To top it off, three volcanoes—Agua, Fuego and Acotenango—surround the city like a looming giant. The city itself is a work of art. Because Antigua was abandoned after a 1773 earthquake, it is arguably the best-preserved colonial city in the world. Visitors will enjoy the diverse art scene, from installations and small galleries to artists selling…
  • PHOTOS: Exploring the art galleries of Truth or Consequences, New Mexico

    Billie Frank
    30 Mar 2014 | 7:46 am
    Truth or Consequences is a small city with a big name. The town has long drawn independent spirits and has been a magnet for artists for years. Tourists have been coming to this spa town to ‘take the waters’ since its 1916 founding. For almost a decade they have also come for the art. According to Cary “Jagger” Gustin, President of the Sierra County Arts Council, creative types come for the desert air, the clear skies and the light.  The 2nd Saturday Art Hop, held on the second Saturday of every month, is as much a social occasion for locals as it is an art event.
  • The 6 Best Things to Do in Fargo North Dakota (Not Inspired by the Movie Fargo)

    Guest Writer
    22 Mar 2014 | 6:49 am
    Today’s post is written by North Dakota native Luke Maguire Armstrong, a traveler, author and musician. Unfortunately, when most people imagine Fargo, North Dakota, images from the 1996 Joel and Ethan Coen movie by the same name come to mind. Fargo the movie depicts snow-covered fields and sheltered townies with their ya’batcha Norwegian accents. While communities like this do exist in North Dakota, the city of Fargo is not one of them. Fargo is actually the largest city in North Dakota. It is a left-leaning college town with a thriving downtown, ridiculously cold winters, blazing…
  • PHOTOS: How to make chocolate from scratch – lessons from a St Lucia cocoa plantation

    Leslie Koch
    22 Feb 2014 | 8:52 am
    This is not your grandma’s chocolate recipe. It’s easy to make chocolate bars at home if you start by melting existing bars of chocolate. But why cheat? You can create a decadent bar of chocolate from scratch – and all you need is a fresh cocoa pod, ample outdoor space for fermentation, and a ton of patience. Guidance from a cocoa plantation supervisor couldn’t hurt. Most city dwellers don’t have the resources to pluck, dry and grind cocoa plants into chocolate, but there is a workaround. The “Tree to Bar” tour at Hotel Chocolate in St Lucia takes…
  • PHOTOS: Is Bushwick the best place to see street art in NYC?

    Leslie Koch
    2 Feb 2014 | 12:46 pm
    A free, outdoor street art gallery lures visitors to Bushwick Known for warehouse parties, skyrocketing rents and artist studios, Bushwick may be the best place to see street art in New York City. On a brisk winter Saturday, I boarded the L train to visit the Parallel Art Space gallery on the border of Bushwick, Brooklyn and Ridgewood, Queens. Getting off at the Jefferson stop, the 7th stop into Brooklyn from Manhattan, I was confronted by a sea of street murals that continued as far as the eye could see. Unbeknownst to me, I had stumbled onto the outdoor street art gallery known as the…
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    Context Travel Blog

  • Beneath the Crypta Balbi

    Emily Knight
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:04 am
    The Crypta Balbi was a large colonnaded courtyard within the Campus Martius in the centre of modern day Rome. The site was inhabited or used for various purposes right up until the present day, giving us a window into the urban history of Rome. We end our Underground Rome: The Hidden City walk at the Crypta Balbi where, with the guidance of our docent, we learn about the layers of urban habitation in Rome. Patrizia Sfligiotti Our docent Patrizia Sfligiotti, who regularly leads this walk, has extensive experience excavating in Italy including 10 years work at the Crypta Balbi in 1980s –…
  • Istanbul’s Incredible Markets

    Ezgi Memis
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:02 am
    Lying not only at the intersection of two continents but also at the point where fertile agricultural lands meet the sea, Turkey’s largest city possesses some of the most vibrant markets in the eastern Mediterranean. Our Markets of Istanbul walk explores both the historic Spice Bazaar–an indoor market built in the 17th century–and the food markets of Kadikoy, on the Asian side. Our food docent, Renan Yucel, takes us on a journey through the sights, sounds and smells of Istanbul’s incredible markets. Starting under sundried eggplants and peppersOur Markets of Istanbul…
  • New Experience, Walk with a Flytographer

    Natalie Holmes
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:07 am
    Our in-depth walking tours are designed to paint an inspiring picture of the city, creating memorable experiences of learning and discovery along the way. Concentrating on the wealth of knowledge our docent has to offer, it can be tough to remember to capture these travel memories. We’ve teamed up with Flytographer to offer a special package: those booking private walks with us in Amsterdam, Berlin and Prague have the opportunity to be joined by professional local photographer. Not only will they make sure your Context experience is distraction-free, you’ll also receive an album of…
  • Docent Spotlight: Richard Steiner

    Jessica Stewart
    12 Apr 2014 | 8:24 pm
    American-born Richard Steiner has lived in Japan for over 42 years, working as a woodblock printmaker. He brings a wealth of experience to the Context Kyoto networking, having studied for 10 years under printmaker Masahiko Tokumitsu.  Between his work as president of the Kyoto International Woodprint Association and teaching at Kyoto Seika University, he runs our woodblock printing workshop.  We have tapped his expert advice on artisan life in Kyoto in order to discover how artisans are currently living and working in one of Japan’s most picturesque cities. Context Travel:…
  • Practical Facts: How to Visit a Temple

    Sophie Friedman
    10 Apr 2014 | 7:44 am
    Golden Pavilion, Kyoto Kyoto, with just 1.5 million people, is home to some 400 Shinto shrines and 1,600 Buddhist temples. If you’re paying a visit to Japan’s former imperial capital, it’s likely you’ll be visiting both. Though Buddhist temples are found in China and Japan, visitor practices differ enormously. Here’s our guide to how to visit temples and shrines in China and Japan. Lama Temple, Beijing “Temple etiquette depends on the religion, country, or region,” says docent Misha Tadd, who leads our Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, and religion…
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    Go BIG or Go Home

  • BIG Finds at Ripley’s Believe it or Not: Ocean City, MD

    Traci Suppa
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:54 am
    World’s tallest man! You can find a lot of superlative stuff inside the 32 Ripley’s Believe it or Not museums around the world; each location has more than 300 exhibits and artifacts. We’ve never been inside one of these “odditoriums” before, but we finally took the plunge last week while in Ocean City, Maryland. We discovered that this beachy destination is very seasonal, so there wasn’t a lot to do yet in mid-April. The 2.25-mile Boardwalk was hopping, however, and Ripley’s is in a prime location at the southern end. Robert Ripley, a cartoonist and adventurer, traveled to…
  • World’s Largest Salt Water Lagoon; Cayman Islands

    Traci Suppa
    27 Mar 2014 | 2:02 am
    Even though there’s still some snow on the ground, it’s officially spring, and I’m hopeful that I’ll be able to turn off the heat soon. This photo has been my screensaver for the past few months, and it has gotten me through. Swimming with stingrays in the Cayman Islands What you’re looking at is a warm and happy family posing with a stingray off the coast of Grand Cayman in the Cayman Islands. All that gorgeous blue is the perfect antidote to all the icy white I see from my window. We were on the north side of the island, in the North Sound, one of the world’s largest and…
  • World’s Largest Termite, and other BIG Things in Providence, Rhode Island

    Traci Suppa
    26 Feb 2014 | 2:37 am
    This long, cold, snowy winter we’re enjoying barely tolerating here in the Hudson Valley hasn’t been kind to our travel plans, beginning way back in November, when a storm prevented us from driving to Gatlinburg, TN for Thanksgiving. Another storm was forecast for President’s Day weekend earlier this month, when we were scheduled to drive to Providence, RI. The Girl insisted we go anyway, whining, “Weather has ruined all our trips!” Okay, so we were committed to getting there. And then The Boy sprained his ankle, and was outfitted with a boot. My eye began to twitch. But hey,…
  • The BIG Stuff at Hershey’s

    Traci Suppa
    31 Jan 2014 | 11:47 am
    You didn’t think I’d let the whole month of January go by without posting something BIG? Well, up until a few hours ago, I did. Work (you know, all the other writing I do) has been crazy-in-a-good-way this month. But I can’t ignore the fact that the winter doldrums have set in, and so I want to offer a suggestion to anyone looking for a fun day trip or weekend getaway: Hershey, PA. True, the Hersheypark amusement park is still closed for the season, but there are other year-round attractions in town. My favorite of which is Chocolate World, home to the world’s largest selection of…
  • A World Record Christmas Light Display

    Traci Suppa
    22 Dec 2013 | 10:52 am
    We don’t have to travel far to see a BIG Christmas lights display. Right here in the Hudson Valley, the Gay family of Union Vale, NY puts on an incredible show every year in their front lawn. It’s not just any lawn, and it’s not just any light display. The ERDAJT light display (the name includes the initials of the family’s three kids) began on a much smaller scale in 1995, and has grown to now include 392,887 lights. They are strung up on trees, fences, poles, and suspended in air. Big lights, small lights, blinkers, solids, strobes, colored and white. Any kind of light you could…
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  • Eland Reissue: On A Shoestring To Coorg: An Experience Of Southern India

    15 Apr 2014 | 11:44 am
    A great event, this month, to see Eland reissuing On A Shoestring To Coorg: An Experience Of Southern India by the indomitable Dervla Murphy, now 84. Set in 1973, this book describes how Dervla, and her 5 year old daughter Rachel, meander slowly from Bombay to the southernmost tip of India. It’s the kind of armchair read which Indiaphiles will delight in: full of evocative descriptions of a virtually unspoilt South, and plenty of Irish cursing. Why then my compulsion to go back she asks herself at the beginning. I had no quasi-mystical ambition to improve my soul by contact with Hindu…
  • Qawalli at the tomb of Hazrat Nizamuddin in East Delhi

    13 Apr 2014 | 8:52 am
    Qawwali, or Sufi devotional music, is practised around the world, but there are few places so atmospheric, nor offering such a fine example of the art as that found at the tomb of Hazrat Nizamuddin in East Delhi, an important pilgrimage centre for Sufis. Old Delhi is the city’s most atmospheric quarter: a rabbit warren of lanes and alleys where you’ll find open air butchers, hole-in-the-wall shops selling rose petals and attar, and of course the famous Karims, home to some of the capital’s finest kebabs. As the road narrows, you meet flower-sellers who lovingly pester you…
  • A New Vish Puri Novel hits the shops, we interview Tarquin Hall

    8 Apr 2014 | 12:27 pm
    Here at theindiaphile we are huge fans of India’s greatest detective, the inimitable Vish Puri. Oh yes, there have been great literary detectives: Poirot, Miss Marple, Sherlock Holmes, but all of these pale into insignificance compared to Tarquin Hall’s iconic Punjabi super sleuth. Just now, the fourth in the seminal Puri series of novels has hit the shops. Titled The Case of the Love Commandos this episode sees Vish and his trusty operatives Tubelight and Facecream on the hunt for a missing boy and, like all of Tarquin Hall’s books marries humour with a sensitive and…
  • Indian inspired tunes for your Ipod: Our mix-tape

    5 Mar 2014 | 12:19 pm
    From the mystic chill out of Buddha Bar, via Bollywood dance numbers, the ethereal sitar melodies of Ravi Shankar, and on to Vedic Chanting from Benares, the sounds of India are diverse and sublime. On a recent trip to Darjeeling, our intrepid reporter Kavesh Bhat took loaded his trusty Ipod with some favourite tracks to soothe his ears while he trekked up through the brilliant green plantations of tea into the foothills of the Himalayas. Here’s what he listened to: A Rahman’s popular soundtrack to the film which put Bollywood onto the global map is full of ear titillating Eastern…
  • Epic Holidays for Thrill-Seekers in India

    11 Feb 2014 | 4:21 am
    The new age traveler doesn’t just want to see pretty sights – he wants to experience the destination as completely as possible. And that’s what makes adventure travel so popular – travel to a place, do something fun which you wouldn’t have gotten to do elsewhere, and live your life to the fullest. If you’re planning to visit India, why not consider having a bit of an adventure holiday out there too? Here are some of the most popular destinations for having a thrilling adventure holiday in India: Skiing in Auli Image source:…
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  • Where to Eat in Toronto with @Trover

    10 Apr 2014 | 10:02 am
    Toronto, Canada Every single day I get an email asking if I want a free download because it’s going to be the next best thing for travel or food. I always politely decline because I’m already on Facebook, Twitter and I’ve become so obsessed with posting food on Instagram that I don’t have time for another app. But I’ve seen a few other bloggers like Liz and Kate rave about Trover, knowing them both personally I was a bit more receptive, which they describe as: A visual guide to the best of everywhere, sourced by travel gurus and culture hounds, gut-checked by…
  • The Long Road to Atelier Restaurant

    9 Apr 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Ottawa, Canada Despite the dramatic start, Chef Rouge and I had an awesome time in Quebec City and it was the first time in a long time I felt like I was on holiday rather than just another day of traveling. At the spur of the moment we decided to prolong the trip to Toronto and stop in Ottawa to eat at Atelier Restaurant, which was only 5 hours away. Easy peasy, right?   Umm not so much. Our good humour was tested again. We stopped in Trois Rivieres de Loup for gas and to pick up cheap beer and were feeling smug. Until we turned on the truck. Well tried to turn on the truck.   It…
  • Bonjour Quebec City

    3 Apr 2014 | 2:41 pm
    Quebec City, Canada This is not a typical travel story. After leaving Jasper I flew back to Nova Scotia because unbeknownst to my sister she was getting engaged (Congrats Ry!). It was also a good opportunity for Chef Rouge and I to drive the remainder of his possessions in Prince Edward Island back to Toronto. Bright eyed at 6am – we have a U-Haul and are setting out at the ambitious hour of 6am with hopes to spend the evening in Quebec City. Despite having issues with U-Haul the day before (more coming on that later) we’re actually really excited for a road trip with lots of…
  • A Small Favour That Helps a Bunch

    25 Mar 2014 | 10:51 am
    Toronto, Canada Last week when I wrote that learning how to poach an egg actually helped me figure out what direction I wanted to take the site in I didn’t divulge that there has been a lot going on behind the scenes. Slowly I’ve been studying and shooting more and more video and it’s become a huge passion of mine and something I am focusing on this year.   Here’s where I need your help   I’d love for you to subscribe to my YouTube channel – you don’t need a fancy YouTube account or have to jump through hoops – if you have an email…
  • What I Learned Poaching an Egg

    20 Mar 2014 | 12:25 pm
    Toronto, Canada The past few months blogging have been a bit sporadic. I’m the type to stick her head in the sand and hope things pass. They never do and eventually I have to confront them. I haven’t been my usual over-sharing self. Not because I was hiding how I felt but I was still working through it. When I wrote The Year of Focus I shared that I wanted to simplify things in my life. I streamlined work, decided to travel less and also confessed I’m in a relationship. I’m really happy.   I haven’t been writing because I’ve been loving life in…
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    3 Apr 2014 | 1:02 am
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  • 8 reasons to visit magical tanzania

    Helen Davies
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:57 am
    Thanks for following and reading Overland Travel Adventures from Go, See, Write A couple of days ago, I was thinking about why I decided to go to Africa in the first place. I mean, it’s not the obvious choice for your first ever solo trip is it? Tanzania was the reason. I wanted to go to Tanzania! I found it fascinating. For me, it epitomized the image of Africa – Kilimanjaro, beaches, safaris, it had it all. Back in 2008, around the same time as I decided I wanted to take some time out to travel, I started sponsoring a little girl who lived there. Soon an idea began to form: I…
  • Introducing Eytan Levy of Snarky Nomad

    Eytan Levy
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:30 am
    Thanks for following and reading Overland Travel Adventures from Go, See, Write Please join me in welcoming our newest contributing author at Go See Write: Eytan Levy of Snarky Nomad! You’d probably believe me if I were to describe how often I’m asked why I love to travel. How friends and family often wonder what it is about global exploration that keeps me going back, and why I’m not saving up for a three-bedroom house with hardwood floors and a nice lawn. But that’s not the case. They just don’t bother asking at all. Because obviously this is just stupid,…
  • Ten ways to travel green

    Alex Baackes
    10 Apr 2014 | 8:30 am
    Thanks for following and reading Overland Travel Adventures from Go, See, Write The more I travel this big beautiful world, the more I want to protect it. Thankfully, today eco-travel is a veritable buzzword and there are as many ways to make a difference as there are shades of green. Read on for ten ways we can all conserve resources, show respect to local culture and environments, minimize our impact on our destinations, and ultimately “green” our travels. 1. Say Goodbye to Plastic Water Bottles You might be surprised by how many destinations offer safe drinking water straight…
  • Malawi: land of lakes, mountains, and safaris

    Helen Davies
    7 Apr 2014 | 8:30 am
    Thanks for following and reading Overland Travel Adventures from Go, See, Write In October last year, Lonely Planet voted Malawi one of the top 1o countries in the world to visit in 2014. Malawi  has held a special place in my heart ever since I worked there as a tour guide a couple of years back and I fell in love with this friendly country, also known as ‘The Warm Heart of Africa’. It is ‘famous’ (or should that be infamous) for being the place where Madonna adopted two of her children from but there’s so much more to it than that! Malawi is a great place…
  • Montreal: eating at Les 400 Coups

    Nat and Tim Harris
    4 Apr 2014 | 8:30 am
    Thanks for following and reading Overland Travel Adventures from Go, See, Write A city with a pulse My father (Nat) grew up in Montreal during the 1930s and ’40s. I can only imagine what it was like back then, during the Great Depression and the beginning of WWII. These days, Montreal is a city with a pulse; with nightlife and an art scene.  A food lover’s paradise with up-and-coming chefs plating some epic meals.  It’s a city I love to visit but never felt the urge to move to. les chuchoteuses I can’t really explain why I never felt a connection, whether it’s the city itself…
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  • My more “WElfie” Less “SELFie” life

    1 Apr 2014 | 4:24 pm
    I take a lot of pictures. Bet you do too. The iPhone is always on hand to snap 10 shots of the kids and Ish doing this, that or the other thing and I have a hard drive full of perfect and not-so-perfect shots to prove it. But what I realized recently is that- outside of the posed family group shots – I’m rarely in them. I tend to be the family photographer/archivist and if I’m shooting, I’m not posing. Except for our “welfies.” Scrunched eyes, stretched lips, mad face We do these all the time.  As a family: Or one on one: Do you? Truth is I love the…
  • Great Destination Low Aeroplan Miles Getaways

    25 Mar 2014 | 1:30 pm
    It’s spring!  Days are longer, tulips are in the shops…and there’s yet another snow forecast ahead. Seriously. This has felt like the winter that just won’t take the hint. I can’t help but take it personally. Baby, it’s STILL cold outside. The year we took off on our avoid-winter-at-all-costs around the world trip, the North Americans we left behind were in shorts and t-shirts! And ever since we’ve come back the winters have only become colder and longer. It’s enough to drive a winter hater to hibernation. Cozy blanket in front of the fireplace with a mug of something…
  • FAQ: How much can I bring home? Customs Limits for Canadian Residents

    12 Mar 2014 | 8:40 am
    You went. You saw. You purchased. Whether it will cost you a million dollars when it comes time to cross the border  remains to be seen. You can wait until you board that last flight home and peek at the customs form, or you can bookmark this page and be able to check before you buy that mega-gallon jug of wine abroad. You’re welcome. ;) Residents of Canada returning to Canada can bring ONE of the following personal exemptions based on his/her time absent from Canada (includes all goods and/or gifts purchased or received abroad:   You’ve been gone: 24 hours  – CANADIAN…
  • Mega List of Ontario March Break Outings for Kids 2014 – Part 2

    5 Mar 2014 | 6:35 pm
    Big thanks to the folks at Ontario Tourism for sharing these March Break happenings from across the province. No matter where in Ontario you are, you now have no excuse for March Break boredom.  Fight the March Break Blues with one of these great Ontario Activities      Event Name & Location Date Time Special Activities Admission Geocaching 101: From Clues to Coordinates Fieldcote Memorial Park & Museum 64 Sulphur Springs Road Ancaster Tel: (905) 648-8144 Website: March 11 – 15, 2014 11:00am – 5:00pm Come to Fieldcote and learn the basics of…
  • March Break Outings for Kids 2014 – Part 1- Toronto Area

    2 Mar 2014 | 8:00 am
    One week to go!  Have you made your March Break plans yet? Well, unless you’ve already committed yourself to day after day of macaroni crafts at home (*shudder*) now is the time!  The great thing about Spring Break for kids in Ontario is that there are always tons of options to help save parents’ sanity and keep kids happy. This week I’ll share the ones that are making their way to my inbox. Here’s the first batch to get you started. Put down that macaroni. Put away that string. You’re better than that! ;) Deerhurst Resort, HUNTSVILLE, ON Deerhurst’s indoor…
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  • Roadside Curiosities: Cadillac Ranch near Amarillo, Texas

    Jody Halsted
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:58 am
    Cadillac Ranch, located just east of Amarillo, Texas along Interstate 40, is an iconic roadside attraction and a stop for many roadtrippers as they cross the southern plains on historic Route 66. Cadillac Ranch But just how far out of your way should you go to visit Cadillac Ranch? In my opinion, not far. Located on the I-40 frontage road, you’ll know you are at the right place by the cars and trucks lining the road. As you park and prepare to enter, you’ll see this sign- The sign doesn’t receive much respect. But the entry gate and trash cans seemed to be the only other…
  • In the Footsteps of Greatness: Historic Washington Crossing on the Delaware River

    Melissa Schwartz
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:34 am
    George Washington and his brave rag-tag army crossed the icy Delaware River on December 25, 1776 to surprise the Hessians that were groggy from Christmas festivities. Washington’s surprise victory became one of the most symbolic victories in American history. This first victory truly demonstrated the determination of the patriots as well as the strategic capabilities of Washington himself. Growing up in New Jersey, the history of this battle became a bit intertwined with that of our family as we spent may afternoons picnicking on the shores of the Delaware River right at the very spot…
  • America’s First National Park : Yellowstone

    Jody Halsted
    9 Apr 2014 | 8:40 pm
    Believed to be first seen by European American eyes in 1806, the descriptions of what was to be come Yellowstone National Park weren’t believed for over 60 years. After all, tales of “fire and brimstone”, steaming rivers, bubbling mud, and boiling water spouting from the ground are rather far fetched. Even today, nearly 150 years after Yellowstone National Park became the first national park  in the US and the world, the tales of geysers, colorful hot springs, and bubbling mud pots read like science fiction. Now entering Yellowstone National Park Covering 3468 square miles…
  • Family Fun in Delaware – The First State

    Mara Gorman
    1 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    As the first state to ratify the Constitution, Delaware has bragging rights in spite of its small size. It’s rich in history, has gorgeous beaches and state parks, and boasts a surprising number of award-winning restaurants. And while it may be that it’s only the Number Two guy in the White House who hails from what Thomas Jefferson called “a jewel among the states”, Delaware is rightly proud of its long-standing importance in the national political scene. It’s also really easy to get to Delaware – the Philadelphia and Baltimore Washington Airports are both close by, and it is two…
  • Stunning. Wild. History. The Inishowen Peninsula for #IGTravelThursday

    Jody Halsted
    27 Mar 2014 | 6:37 am
    Few tourists make their way to the Inishowen Peninsula, the most northerly peninsula of Donegal, Ireland’s most northerly county. Even I, in a decade of Ireland travel, didn’t visit her most remote county. Our tight schedule left us only 2 days to visit the northern part of County Donegal, and only one day to drive the Inishowen 100, the 100 mile driving loop around the peninsula. While you can drive the Inishowen 100 in a day, you can’t see the peninsula in a single day, so we only made it half way around in the time we had. What we saw and experienced left us wanting more…
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  • Video: Free Things to Do in L.A.

    18 Apr 2014 | 10:30 am
    10 things to do in Tinsel Town without spending a dime.
  • Unique Brooklyn

    Jen Fromal
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    It’s easy to get lost in New York City among the tall skyscrapers, hoards of people, and endless seas of lights. At the Brooklyn Art Library, that’s exactly what they want you to do; get lost. Get lost in the pages of the Sketchbook Project. Here, in the unique side of Brooklyn, Williamsburg, is housed […]
  • Video: Top 10 Things to Do in Marbella

    17 Apr 2014 | 10:30 am
    Marbella is southern Spain’s most glamorous and attractive resort town. The world famous Andalucian village attracts pop stars and film celebrities and mixes stylish fashion conscious nightlife with rustic Andalucian charm. Here’s My Destination’s guide to the top ten things to do while in Marbella.
  • Travel Beauty

    Jen Fromal
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Keep your locks looking fabulous wherever you go while still saving space for more shoes in your bag. The Conair miniYOU You Curl Ceramic Clipless Curler iron makes big curls with less. The ceramic barrel evenly distributes the heat for strong curling power and soft, bouncy curls. Dual voltage allows this pocket iron to travel the globe […]
  • Video: Visit the Four Seasons Bosphorus in Istanbul

    16 Apr 2014 | 10:30 am
    Sharzad Kiadeh gives a taste of the glamorous side at the beautiful Four Seasons Bosphorus location.
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  • 10 Ways To Improve The Flying Experience Outside Of The Plane

    Matt Stabile
    6 Apr 2014 | 5:04 pm
    On my way to a recent flight, while I was frantically putting my shoes back on among a pushy crowd in that tiny space past the scanning machine, my mind began to wander from its immediate train of thought (which, at that moment, included a fantasy involving my shoe coming into contact with the person’s head behind me) to one that was slightly more peaceful and productive: How can the process of flying be improved outside of the plane? It’s no secret the flying experience doesn’t exactly rate at the top of most people’s list of pleasurable activities they endure in life (tax…
  • You’ll Never Look At San Francisco The Same After Watching This

    Matt Stabile
    3 Apr 2014 | 7:56 pm
    Having recently returned home from San Francisco, a city I hadn’t seen in about 10 years, I’m still trying to get over just how damn scenic that city is. It’s hard to compare any major city in the world in terms of pure spectacle one sees in almost every direction they look there (such as looking toward the Golden Gate Bridge during sunset, the Golden Gate Bridge as you pass under it by boat or the famed “Painted Ladies” with downtown in the background). The above video was recently forwarded to me from someone who knew I was heading to the city soon. Shot by…
  • Here’s Why A Danish Company Wants To Reward People For Having Sex While Traveling

    Matt Stabile
    27 Mar 2014 | 6:54 pm
    In what has got to be one of the best marketing ploys by any company so far this year, Denmark’s Spies Travel is attempting to capitalize on its country’s falling birth rate, which is currently at a 27-year low, by rewarding travelers for having sex while on vacation (Denmark currently ranks 190 out of 224 countries for its birth rate — not good for a country with a robust social welfare system). To help encourage couples to increase their friskiness while on the road, Spies launched its Do It For Denmark contest, which will reward couples who get it on while on holiday.
  • Facing The Feces Factor: Tasting My First Cup Of Kopi Luwak Coffee

    Matt Stabile
    27 Mar 2014 | 10:26 am
    My first cup of Kopi Luwak coffee, sometimes better known as “cat poo coffee” or the rarest beverage in the world, was a memorable introduction into the highly envious world of extreme luxury, though this tasting occurred far outside the confines of the dining room of a fine-dining restaurant in Hong Kong or New York where cups of Kopi Luwak can run upwards of $50 (or $600 if you wanted to purchase a pound of these coveted beans). In my case I was sitting at a picnic table covered with a blue-checkered tablecloth near the outskirts of the Indonesian jungle with my husband, Kurt,…
  • The World’s Scariest Trail Is About To Get Much Less Dangerous

    Matt Stabile
    25 Mar 2014 | 10:20 am
    The El Caminito del Rey (better known as the world’s scariest trail), is about to become a little less scary for thrill-seekers. The famed 3-foot-wide trail, precariously perched over 300 feet in the air against the walls of a narrow gorge in Málaga, Spain, was once used by construction workers constructing the nearby Guadalhorce dam back in the early 20th century. In recent decades, the walkway fell into major disrepair, providing a harrowing hike for anyone willing to risk their neck to hike the trail (two people died in 1999 and 2000 respectively). The above video will give you a…
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  • Deal of the Day: save over £60 on a week at the Corinthia Palace, Malta

    17 Apr 2014 | 4:01 pm
    Holiday details: Prestige Holidays are offering seven nights at the Corinthia Palace, Malta, situated next to the Botanical Gardens and the Presidential Palace. Valletta is only 5 kms away and historical and cultural places of interest are within easy reach. Complimentary courtesy transport is available daily to Valletta, Sliema, St Julian’s and the Royal Malta Golf Course. Price: £711 per person (a saving of £62 pp). Price includes private transfers in resort. Date: departing 13 May 2014. Book with: Prestige Holidays or call 01425 480400. The post Deal of the Day: save over £60 on a…
  • Deal of the Day: save £279 on a four-star week in Gardone, Italy

    16 Apr 2014 | 4:01 pm
    Holiday details: Inghams is offering seven nights in Italy at the four-star Grand Hotel Gardone. Discover the Italian resorts of Gardone and Salo or explore the Lake Garda shows and nature park of Lake Sovenino in the area. Price: from £759 per person (a saving of £279 pp). Price also includes return flights from Edinburgh to Verona and resort transfers. Flights are also available from Manchester (+£49) Date: departing 21 May 2014. Book with: Inghams or call 01483 791 114. The post Deal of the Day: save £279 on a four-star week in Gardone, Italy appeared first on 101 Holidays blog.
  • Deal of the Day: save £50 on nine day Auckland holiday

    15 Apr 2014 | 4:01 pm
    Holiday details: Austravel is offering a nine day holiday to Auckland, Bay of Islands and Rotorua. Known as the ‘City of Sails’ for its love of the water, there’s much more than the city centre, visit Waiheke Island for its excellent wineries and beaches or the Waitekere Ranges for its wilderness forests. Price: from £1,229 per person (a saving of £50 pp). This holiday includes three nights’ at the four star Pullman Auckland, followed by a three night stay at the four star Copthorne Hotel and Resort, Bay of Islands, and two nights’ at the three star Ibis…
  • Deal of the Day: save up to £65 per person on Malta and Gozo Adventure

    14 Apr 2014 | 4:01 pm
    Holiday details: this seven night trip allows you to discover the Maltese islands from tranquil and rural Gozo to the historic fortifications of Valetta’s Grand Harbour. Explore by jeep and by bike, spend the day learning about the life of a local shepherd before swimming and snorkelling in the crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean. Price:  from £531 per child and £590 per adult (a saving of £59 per child and £65 per adult). Price includes seven nights’ hotel accommodation on a B&B basis, seven dinners, local tour leader throughout, transport and entrance fees where…
  • Deal of the Day: save £260 on seven night Turkish cruise

    13 Apr 2014 | 4:01 pm
    Holiday details: take a seven night cruise on the Turkish gulet Cankaya II with Anatolian Sky. The cruise departs from Fethiye and follows the ‘Kekova Cruise’ itinerary to Ka?. En route the cruise visits Limangazi Bay, Üçagiz Village, the sunken city at Kekova, Kalkan, Pirate’s Bay and Turunç. Price: £499 per person (a saving of £260 pp) based on two adults sharing an en-suite cabin on full board basis for seven nights, with return flights from Manchester or London Gatwick and transfers included. Date: departing 3 May 2014. Book with: Anatolian Sky or call 0844 273 3586. The…
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  • Easter Brunch at the Bohemian Hotel Celebration

    Lydia Chicles
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:44 am
    An Artful Easter! Enjoy gourmet breakfast, seafood and shellfish, carving station, baked salmon, roasted chicken, antipasto station, salads and mouth-watering desserts. An Artful Brunch WHAT:  An inspiring Easter Brunch at the Bohemian Hotel Celebration WHEN: Sunday, April 20, 2014 • 10am-4pm WHERE: 700 Bloom Street, Celebration, FL 34747 DETAILS:$59.99/person with complimentary mimosa CONTACT: To reserve, call 407.566.6000 or About the Bohemian Hotel Celebration: Classic elegance and turn-of-the-century charm set the tone for inspiring gatherings at the Bohemian…
  • The Celebrate Dance Festival is back and with special guests that include Orlando Ballet alumni Israel Rodriguez and Katia Garza.

    Lydia Chicles
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:44 am
    The Celebrate Dance Festival returns to Lakeland April 25-27, and includes an extended weekend of dance events. Master classes taught by professional dancers will be available April 25-27; a gala performance April 26 at Florida Southern College’s Branscomb Auditorium will celebrate Florida Dance Theatre’s 20th anniversary; and a free performance at the Frances Langford Promenade at Lake Mirror on April 27 will wrap up the festival. Florida Dance Theatre Presents Celebrate Dance Festival Master Classes The master classes will be held at Florida Dance Theatre, 305 W. Main St., and are…
  • The Otherside, at the 2014 Florida Film Festival.

    Lydia Chicles
    10 Apr 2014 | 7:38 am
    JR Celski #SOCHI2014 The Otherside “From the city that brought you Big Butts and Teen Spirit”, a documentary on Seattle Hip-Hop, The Otherside Coming off a silver medal campaign at the Sochi Winter Olympics, Seattle native and three-time Olympic medalist JR Celski will debut his documentary, The Otherside, at the 2014 Florida Film Festival. After the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver, Celski took a break from short track speed skating to produce a documentary about the Seattle hip hop community. The hour-long documentary contains interviews, concerts, and backstage footage taken…
  • FREE outdoor family concert by Orlando Phil, presented by Dr. Phillips Charities

    Lydia Chicles
    9 Apr 2014 | 4:14 pm
    On Saturday, April 12, the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra will perform Peter & The Wolf and other Musical Stories, a FREE outdoor family concert in Loch Haven Park (Princeton Ave and 17-92, Orlando), sponsored by Dr. Phillips Charities, in memory of Della Phillips. The event will include food trucks and an instrument petting zoo beginning at 4:30 p.m., pre-concert entertainment by Mr. Richard & The Pound Hounds at 4:30 p.m., and a 6 p.m. concert of animal-themed music by the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, with a special actor/narrator from Orlando Repertory Theatre. For more…
  • Rollins College Launches Visiting Organist Concert Series: Christopher Houlihan to Perform on April 13

    Lydia Chicles
    31 Mar 2014 | 1:31 pm
    Rollins College will feature organ virtuoso Christopher Houlihan in the first performance of The Faith Emeny Conger ’54 Visiting Organist Concert Series in Honor of John Oliver Rich ’38, 4 p.m., Sunday, April 13 at the Knowles Memorial Chapel on the Rollins campus. The performance is free and open to the public Houlihan has been called “gifted” by the New York Times, “dazzling” by the Wall Street Journal and “one of the brightest stars in the new generation of American organists” by the Cincinnati Enquirer. He made his orchestral debut with the Hartford Symphony and recorded…
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  • Traveler Stories of Lost & Found

    Carol Margolis
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Losing an item while traveling is an all too-common occurrence. Just ask at any hotel front desk how many items are in their lost and found box and they’ll just laugh! Though for as many sad stories there are about lost items, there are just as many stories about items that are found and returned to their rightful owner. Here are happy stories by travelers of lost items which were found; and sad stories of items never to be seen again. Andrea said, I lived in New Zealand for 8 years and my sister came to visit me. As one does, we travelled around the North Island. One night on our way…
  • Traveling by Foot in the 39-Mile Avon Walk for Breast Cancer

    Carol Margolis
    10 Apr 2014 | 11:15 am
    On May 3rd and 4th, there will be no airplane for me. No rental car. No cruise ship. Just my two feet will be taking me along the streets of Washington D.C. as I participate in the 39-mile Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. Why am I walking 39 miles? Because every three minutes someone in the United States is diagnosed with breast cancer. I want to do my part so no one has to face this disease again. Aside from the physical steps, I have pledged to raise both awareness and money for the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. I hope this worldwide issue calls to you and that you’ll support me in one…
  • Photo of the Week: Dunnottar Castle

    Carol Margolis
    5 Apr 2014 | 5:08 am
    Dunnottar Castle in Stonehaven, Scotland A stunning early morning photo of Dunnottar Castle. Cows roaming in the fields to the right, an old farmhouse to the left. And in the front, Oh Wow! Each step taken towards the old medieval fortress has your jaw dropping even closer to the ground. The castle has a long and storied past, including being sacked by Vikings in the 9th century and it’s chapel being burned down by William Wallace. This fortress is a must-see when in Scotland, as is the nearby town of Stonehaven. There is a steep access path to wear flat, comfy shoes. And if walking the…
  • If You Do Check Your Bag, Always Check This!

    Carol Margolis
    4 Apr 2014 | 4:38 am
    Want your bag to arrive at the same destination as you? Up the chances of this happening by always checking that the correct airport code is on the bag tag! How can an incorrect airport code even end up on your bag tag, you ask? The airline has your itinerary so it should have the correct airport code, right? Well, yes. Though here are a few situations that happened to me that could have had me searching the world over for my bag had I not checked the luggage tag: The airline’s agent picked up the bag tag for someone else’s bag and put it on mine. In these days of…
  • Garrett Popcorn Shops Giveaway

    Carol Margolis
    3 Apr 2014 | 11:14 am
    Do you have a favorite travel food? A dish or snack that has no equivalent back home? I certainly do, and I’d like to share it with you with a giveaway! Traveling through Chicago’s O’Hare, you may have noticed a long line of people buying popcorn in Terminal B. But they’re not just buying any popcorn – they’re in line for Garrett Popcorn – the world’s best, in my humble opinion. “The Chicago Mix” (half CaramelCrisp, half CheeseCorn™) is my all-time favorite. I don’t dare fly through the United terminal at ORD without bringing a bag home…
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    Traveling with MJ

  • World Map Update: Greece

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:52 pm
    If you like this article, you'll find more to enjoy at Traveling with MJ - Practical travel information for practical travelers. I’m back from from five days in Greece, my first visit to that Mediterranean country, and I see now why so many people talk about how wonderful it is. From the coastal scenery to the historical sites, from the stunningly blue water to the delicious local cuisine, Greece captured my attention and wouldn’t let it go. Although this was a short visit, and I didn’t get to see many of the sights, I’m looking forward to a return trip – and a longer one – in…
  • Tuesday Deal Day: Hit a Home Run with San Francisco Baseball Package

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:14 am
    If you like this article, you'll find more to enjoy at Traveling with MJ - Practical travel information for practical travelers. The Hyatt Regency San Francisco is just a stone’s throw away from the San Francisco Giants’ AT&T Park and is the only luxury property along San Francisco’s waterfront. The season, you can combine luxury and baseball with the Hyatt Regency’s San Francisco Baseball package. The package includes: Accommodations for two $20 food and beverage credit at hotel’s Eclipse Restaurant and Lounge $25 gift card for use at AT&T Park or at the Dugout team store…
  • Sunday Stories for April 13th, 2014

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    13 Apr 2014 | 8:25 am
    If you like this article, you'll find more to enjoy at Traveling with MJ - Practical travel information for practical travelers. I had a great time in Chicago, sampling the food, beverage, and entertainment that the Windy City has to offer. I had the opportunity to visit some famous landmarks, see a preview of Motown:  The Musical (it wowed me), and even met the mayor, Rahm Emmanuel. It was a jam packed four days, giving me just a couple of days and home before heading off to Athens, Greece. The shores of Lake Michigan, taken from the 95th floor of the John Hancock building in Chicago.
  • Tuesday Deal Day: CityPass Adds Tampa Bay

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    8 Apr 2014 | 8:08 am
    If you like this article, you'll find more to enjoy at Traveling with MJ - Practical travel information for practical travelers. Tampa Bay is the latest destination to partner with CityPass, packaging discounted, prepaid admission to a city or region’s top attractions. The following attraction are included with the Tampa Bay CityPass: Busch Gardens Tampa – Families love this adventure theme park offering 300 acres of ride, more than 12,000 animals, live shows, and lot more. CityPass offers single-day admission to Busch Gardens Tampa, including all shows, exhibits and rides (some…
  • Sunday Stories for April 6th, 2014

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    6 Apr 2014 | 2:50 pm
    If you like this article, you'll find more to enjoy at Traveling with MJ - Practical travel information for practical travelers. It’s been a busy week of travel, leaving me not so much time for enjoyable reading and research. Monday started out with a trip to San Francisco for a media event, followed by some personal time to enjoy the city. That home for too brief of a time, just barely time to unpack, do laundry, and repack, and it was off to Chicago (where I am now). My visit here started off dinner with Katie Aune (you might like her blog, check it out) at Sayit Nova for some…
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    Monkeys and Mountains

  • Everest Base Camp: Here I Come

    14 Apr 2014 | 7:41 am
    The original can be found here: Everest Base Camp: Here I Come. Please read the original. Everest Base Camp for me isn't just something I would like to do, but something I feel the NEED to do. But first I have to figure out a way to overcome these challenges: Monkeys and Mountains - Adventure seeker and explorer by day, luxury seeker by night
  • Brauneck: The Mountain Where Hikers and Skiers Meet

    10 Apr 2014 | 1:00 pm
    The original can be found here: Brauneck: The Mountain Where Hikers and Skiers Meet. Please read the original. Brauneck Mountain, where hikers and skiers meet! If you're a hiker seeing solace, not skiers, as I am, the Brauneck, located near Lenggies, should not be your first choice for a hike. But the views from the top do help compensate for the trail. Monkeys and Mountains - Adventure seeker and explorer by day, luxury seeker by night
  • 5 Tips for Mobile Travel Photography

    Guest Post
    5 Apr 2014 | 9:07 am
    The original can be found here: 5 Tips for Mobile Travel Photography. Please read the original. Mobile photography has come a long way in recent years, to the point that people can now capture and edit very high quality images on their phones. Monkeys and Mountains - Adventure seeker and explorer by day, luxury seeker by night
  • Monkeys in the Jungles of Costa Rica

    Guest Post
    28 Mar 2014 | 1:13 pm
    The original can be found here: Monkeys in the Jungles of Costa Rica. Please read the original. As a child, my favourite book was Curious George. I must have read it at least a hundred times. So when I set out on an adventure trip through Costa Rica’s tropical rain forests, monkey-watching was high on my list. Monkeys and Mountains - Adventure seeker and explorer by day, luxury seeker by night
  • Soussusvlei, Namibia: Photojourney to the Highest Sand Dunes on Earth

    18 Mar 2014 | 10:34 am
    The original can be found here: Soussusvlei, Namibia: Photojourney to the Highest Sand Dunes on Earth. Please read the original. Sossusvlei, located in Naukluft National Park in Namibia, is home to some of the highest sand dunes on the planet, including the famous "Big Daddy". Trust me, this is worth waking up before sunrise! Monkeys and Mountains - Adventure seeker and explorer by day, luxury seeker by night
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    i-escape travel blog

  • Just Back From… La Palma

    18 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    After falling in love with the lesser-known Canary Island of La Palma last year, our Editor-in-Chief Michael returned again – this time with his wife, son and in-laws – for another dose of spring sunshine, volcanic views, fir forests and black-sand beaches… This tiny island really does have (almost) everything I look for in a holiday destination: guaranteed sunshine, a laid-back vibe, lots of beaches (if we’re being picky I’d prefer blonde sand and smaller waves), superb value for money, and some spectacular mountain scenery… Access is reasonably easy: we…
  • Spotlight on… the Cyclades

    16 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    This is theoriginal island-hopping destination, and with BA recently launching direct flights from Heathrow to both Santorini and Mykonos, it’s easier than ever to escape to gorgeous Greece. Each of the Cyclades has its own personality, but regardless of where you end up, you’re certain to find exceptionally beautiful landscapes and delicious local cuisine; we could happily feast on fava and souvlaki, washed down with crisp white wine,for weeks on end… Oia, Santorini Why go? The Cyclades is a unique collection of islands – packed with character and Greek charm – that have been…
  • Family Escape of the Month… Ammos Hotel

    14 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Set only 15 minutes from bustling Chania in Crete, friendly Ammos Hotel offers everything from attentive service and delicious food to thoughtful inclusions like flowers and kitchen equipment in each room. All this, combined with its stunning beachfront location, makes for an exquisite getaway perfectly suited to families with young children. The delightful sandy beach in front of the hotel is sheltered and has shallow waters making it safe and warm for younger paddlers. Never has a getaway felt more relaxed; Nikos, the owner, has every detail covered and the attentive yet unobtrusive service…
  • Snapshots from… Copenhagen and Stockholm

    11 Apr 2014 | 1:41 am
    Acting Editor Abi shares some photos from her latest trip – a week exploring the super-cool Scandi capitals of Copenhagen and Stockholm with her partner Chris. The main purpose of our Scandi adventure was to catch up with friends in Stockholm, but we couldn’t resist sneaking in a few days in one of our favourite cities, Copenhagen, along the way. I first visited the Danish capital at the age of 14, when I spent a week with my penfriend and her family, and I return whenever I can – not only because I love its cosmopolitan yet easy-going atmosphere, but because I’m now old enough to…
  • Extra special discounts and treats with #WestisBest

    9 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    We all know the delights of pasties, cider and cream teas, but what about the West Country’s other appeals? There are cutting-edge galleries, renowned restaurants and unique landscapes, as well as a fantastic range of boutique hotels, houses and cottages from which to see it all. And to further tempt visitors, i-escape has teamed up with 14 of its West Country partner properties to offer added-value offers and discounts of up to 20%, available on bookings made before 8th May 2014. We even sent our intrepid tour guide to check out the region’s hotspots – take a look at what he found……
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    Byteful Travel

  • MacKenzie Park: Brown Noddy cliff birds video

    Andrew Crusoe
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:49 pm
    Welcome back to MacKenzie Park! The “Byteful Glimpse” video series continues with a short (and hilarious) video about some other things we saw by the park cliffs (henceforth to be referred to as the Cliffs of Insanity). This one is EASILY the wackiest one yet. Share & Enjoy! Transcript: A: You keep talking about these birds, but I never see them. R: Well that’s because you’re too busy looking at your camera. Birds are flying around as we speak. A: Well, okay. Screw that. Where? R: Off the edge of the point there. Every once in a while a black bat-like face comes…
  • MacKenzie Park: Whale Spout on Big Island video

    Andrew Crusoe
    14 Apr 2014 | 2:43 pm
    Welcome to MacKenzie Park! Today, I’m happy to share the 2nd in my “Byteful Glimpse” HD travel series of short videos. You see, ever since I got an iPod that can actually shoot HD video, I’ve been doing what I can to capture glimpses of some of the best places on the island. And MacKenzie Park is one of the loveliest places on the east side of the island. So lovely, in fact, that I was treated to a whale sighting while sitting on the edge of one of the cliffs. Share & Enjoy! Transcript: A: Jump for no reason! Expend thousands of calories! *laughter* A: You…
  • Interview with Travel Blogger Mera Johnson: A Full-time Mom Who has Found Balance

    Andrew Crusoe
    17 Mar 2014 | 3:11 am
    The Astounding Travel Writers interview series continues today with a newer member of the travel blogger sphere. I first learned about Mera when she submitted an article to the Byteful Travel blog carnival a while back. Mera is a great example of someone who knows what they love to do and is actively doing what they can to share their adventures with the world in an honest, and very real, way. 1. Thanks for agreeing to do an interview today and being a part of my Astounding Travel Writers Series. It’s wonderful when we travel writers can connect. I’d like to begin with a simple…
  • Kehena: Where Naked Hippies Come to Play video

    Andrew Crusoe
    10 Mar 2014 | 4:01 am
    Welcome to The Senic Kehena! Okay, I give up. I officially have a videolog now. (NOT calling it a vlog because that’s a gross word.) You see, ever since I got an iPod that can actually shoot HD video, I’ve been doing what I can to capture glimpses of some of the best places on the island. So yeah, a videolog. And today, I’m happy to share with you the first in a new HD video series. Let’s call it the “Byteful Glimpse series.” These videos, all of which will be pretty short (probably all under 90 seconds), are designed to be like island popcorn, edited to…
  • Tui Discovers a truly “Unexpected Texas” in her New Book (A Mini Interview)

    Andrew Crusoe
    4 Mar 2014 | 11:01 am
    When it comes to travel writers, we like to stick together and support each other. That’s why I’d like to tell you a bit about my friend Tui’s brand new and very quirky travel guide to Texas called “Unexpected Texas.” I’ve interviewed Tui before, but when she contacted me about participating in a blog tour for her book release, I thought a mini-interview was well overdue. So, without further ado, let’s find out why this new guide is so cool, and some of the surprising gems about Texas within: 1. Where did you get the idea for “Unexpected…
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    Wayfaring Wanderer

  • Redefining Self-Love Series | 5 Ways to Love Yourself with Food | Guest Post from Leah @ Deep Rooted Wellness

    17 Apr 2014 | 2:49 pm
    My passion for food stems from my own 10-year battle with an eating disorder. As many high school girls and young women experience (and men as well, eating disorders aren't unique to the female gender), food became a major source of anxiety, discomfort, regret, failure, and sickness. And it’s unlike any other addiction in that you can’t just quit cold turkey – you have to learn to manage your addiction. I spent years learning to do just that, but it wasn't until I started to think about food in a more loving way that my attitude and perspective about diet shifted.Detox Veggies | Photo…
  • Behind-the-Scenes: Interview w/ Desi's Floral & Design Studio | Boone, NC Wedding Vendor

    15 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    While most of the weddings I photograph happen off the mountain around North Carolina and beyond, it was a real treat to have the opportunity to work with local wedding vendors here in Boone, NC for our Alice in Wonderland styled shoot. Once Desi came on board she ended up being an integral part of the planning process and her contribution to the photoshoot was more than I could include in one blog post, so I interviewed her for more behind-the-scenes details.  What was your contribution to the styled shoot?Floral Design & Styling // Costume & Props: Mini Top Hat Fascinator, Bow…
  • Redefining Self-Love Series: 5 Ways To Practice Self-Love (Part 1) | Boone, NC Photographer

    10 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    I feel like I've been on a looping roller coaster of emotion these past few weeks as I have delved more deeply into this self-imposed journey of redefining self-love. The whole idea of “loving myself more” makes me feel slightly squeamish because, let's face it, I don't know what the heck I'm doing or how I’m supposed to be doing it, but I'm willing to give it a try for longer than a mere trial period. What’s the worst that could happen?! I'm starting to realize that it's not a matter of whether or not I have lost love for myself, the truth is that everything I need is already a part…
  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland | Wedding Styled Shoot | Boone, NC Photographer

    7 Apr 2014 | 12:15 pm
    I reach a certain point in the depths of winter when I find myself feeling a little despondent. There's not as much going on because folks are hibernating. The gaps between my weddings and photoshoots feels unusually elongated which causes my creativity to take a hit. That's why I was thrilled when Andi and I decided to collaborate and create a wedding styled shoot before the busy season really begins!This Alice in Wonderland Wedding Inspiration Shoot was the extra oomph I needed to get my foggy brain back into photographer mode where I wanted it to be! Having the opportunity to create…
  • Stepping Outside My Comfort Zone | Boone, NC Wedding Photographer

    27 Mar 2014 | 7:08 am
    If you scour my yearbooks from 6th grade until my senior year in high school, you will only find my photo in two yearbooks. I used to go to great lengths to avoid having my picture taken when I was younger. I remember going to extremes in order to miss picture day, from faking sick to skipping school, I would do anything to get out of it! I hated the way that I looked in photographs.NOT LIKING IMAGES OF OURSELVES IS UNIVERSALI can't tell you how many times I've heard from clients and friends that they “take horrible photos” or that they “never look good in pictures.” It pains me to…
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    Travel Nonu

  • Commercial street – Undisputable shopping haven of Bangalore

    Kavitha Joseph
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:26 pm
    Bangalore is the largest city and the capital of Karnataka. This city has undergone a huge change in the past few decades. The transformation can be owed to the, influx of people from all over India coming to the city and making Bangalore, the place of choice for their work and home. Even a visit […]Related Posts:A Guide to Night Shopping in Dubai – Where and What to BuyRelish Udaipur at Night – Witness the transformation of…Shopping from the street is such a treatDubai – a much adored shopping paradiseMysore – An educational, family trip for kids
  • Delhi’s Three Popular Unusual Nightlife Hangouts

    Kavitha Joseph
    25 Mar 2014 | 5:56 am
    Delhi the capital city of India is growing in popularity for its nightlife. The natives of the city and also tourists from all over the Country and globally come to this fascinating city to experience its nightlife. The best part of Delhi is that each corner of the city portrays a different image and it […]Related Posts:Enjoy Pubs, Bars, Music & Much More in Delhi’s…New Delhi Nightlife for Locals and Tourists: An OverviewNightclubs that Make Delhi an Exclusive Party DestinationGet Immersed into the Ever Exciting Nightlife of IndiaKnow more about Bars and Pubs of Dubai
  • The importance of purchasing travel insurance

    Kavitha Joseph
    13 Mar 2014 | 2:34 am
    The travelling bug has caught all of us and we love travelling. As the travelling season is nearing and many families are planning trips to different parts of the world, it is imperative to know how important travel insurance is. Many of the travelers take travel insurance lightly and do not discuss about travel insurance […]Related Posts:Don’t Forget About Travel Insurance before Any HolidayBe safe, and have a hassle free trip, to EuropeTen Valuable Tips That Can Make the Foreign Trip EasierIs travelling a new fad ?5 Amazing Tips for First Time Travelers
  • Maldives a perfect choice for your next holiday

    Kavitha Joseph
    13 Feb 2014 | 1:13 am
    Maldives is popularly referred as Maldives Island and receive thousands of tourists all through the year. The economy of the Country predominantly depends on tourism, for its coffers. The best part about holidaying in Maldives is that there is a visitor can obtain the visa, on arrival provided they have all the valid documents with […]Related Posts:Maldives the land of Scuba divingMaldives – Beauty amidst the Ocean.Bali – An exotic honeymoon getawayNight Diving – A Thrilling Nightlife ActivityFun packed holiday in Phuket
  • Best options to book online and fly cheap

    Kavitha Joseph
    30 Jan 2014 | 11:08 pm
    Air travel has become extremely popular, over the past decade in contrast to rail or travel by road. The foremost rationale behind this change is the popularity of internet and customers being able to view the status of tickets and rates over the internet. In the olden times the number of air carriers where much […]Related Posts:Tips to Turn an Expensive Holiday Package into a Low Cost or5 Simple Tips to find Cheap AirfareTips To Get The Last Minute Reasonable Airfare DealsBudget Travel Tips to Save Precious MoneyIs travelling a new fad ?
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  • From Don Quixote to James Dean, the Windmills of Fuerteventura

    15 Apr 2014 | 6:58 am
    ‘Go and have an adventure,’ the windmill whispers. I have no intention of whittling the nearest branch into a lance and attacking the thimble shaped construction with its canvas-less sails. But the image that floods my mind ever time I lay eyes on an old fashioned windmill is of a shoddy, misguided knight attacking a giant with four spinning arms. Unlike Don Quixote, I know these are benign, gentle creatures that exist for the benefit of humankind. They harm no one, not even the environment. Plus, this is Fuerteventura, there are no trees to whittle into a lance.
  • Gastronomy and Restaurants on Fuerteventura

    14 Apr 2014 | 6:31 am
    We’d walked eleven kilometres and were ready to refuel. We’d planned it so that the half way mark of our route would be in a small town. The problem was that there seemed to be a lack of places to actually rest our weary bones and eat. A street-sweeper rested in the shade of a pretty, whitewashed church. “Is there anywhere nearby to buy a bocadillo?” Andy asked him. “Yes,” he cheerfully replied. “Betancuria.” Betancuria was about fifteen kilometres away… and we were on foot. By day two on Fuerteventura we realised once you move away from resort areas there simply…
  • Sexy Salmon & Cava on a Saturday Night

    13 Apr 2014 | 6:05 am
    This variation of a ‘light and sunny as a spring day’ Rick Stein recipe totally changed our opinion about salmon. It is the Grace Kelly of fish dishes; elegant, sophisticated and a joy to look at. It is also delectably delicious and a perfect summery Saturday night dish. Until we tried this recipe we thought of salmon as a bit of a bland fish without much of a personality. Salmon in a cava sauce totally converted us, making us realise that too many chefs in restaurants over the years had done the beautifully coloured fish a disservice – cooking all the tasty goodness out of it.
  • As We Walked out to the Ermita in the Rocks on Fuerteventura

    10 Apr 2014 | 4:05 am
    They might not be tumbleweed, but there are definitely skeletons of some type of dried out plant blowing through the streets of the tiny town. The wind has puffed up its cheeks and is blowing a hoolie. We sit in the car, undecided. There’s a yellow alert weather warning in place for high winds throughout the day. Normally we wouldn’t take to the trail in these circumstances. As there are no trees about to squash our heads, the potential danger is reduced significantly. Yellow means caution. If it was orange there would be no question, we wouldn’t be walking. Ironically, the…
  • A Dining Experience at Casa Efigenia on La Gomera

    20 Mar 2014 | 2:55 am
    Eating at Casa Efigenia on La Gomera, conveniently located at the edge of the hamlet of Las Hayas and mid-way along the splendid Igualero to Vallehermoso walk, is more of an experience than  a lunch. A Gomeran institution in its quiet, leafy corner since the 1970s, there’s nowhere else quite like it. Everything about Casa Efigenia is a product of the mountains, from the furniture which graces the dining room of the 300 year old house and is fashioned from the mountain wood of their surroundings to Efigenia herself who grew up ‘amongst the vegetables and the allotments’.
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    Gay Travel Information (and more)!

  • Universal Orlando’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort

    18 Apr 2014 | 6:13 am
    UNIVERSAL ORLANDO’S CABANA BAY BEACH RESORT IS NOW OPEN Brand-New On-Site Hotel Features Family Suites, 10-Lane Bowling Alley, Retro Arcade, a Zero-Entry Pool with a Waterslide and Interactive Water Play Area for Kids – and More ORLANDO, Fla. (March 31, 2014) – Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort officially welcomes its first guests today. This brand-new value … Continue reading →
  • Hyatt Regency Newport, Rhode Island

    18 Apr 2014 | 5:22 am
    Hyatt Regency Newport /1 Goat Island / Newport, RI 02840 / 401-846-7210 Hyatt Regency Newport has an idyllic setting.   The hotel is situated on Goat Island and surrounded by Narragansett Bay, offering the seclusion of a private island, just minutes from downtown Newport.  My partner Jennifer and I enjoyed a relaxing weekend getaway this summer … Continue reading →
  • Rick’s Roadhouse – Providence, RI

    17 Apr 2014 | 8:59 am
    Rick’s Roadhouse / 370 Richmond Street / Providence, RI / 401-272-PORK I was in love with Rick’s Roadhouse before it even opened. I remember reading an article about this new BBQ restaurant opening in downtown Providence that would reflect the type BBQ shacks one would find on on a road trip, such as on historic … Continue reading →
  • Fairway Suites at Peek ‘N’ Peak Resort – Clymer, NY

    17 Apr 2014 | 8:52 am
    Gay Travel | Gay Friendly Accommodations | Gay Travel Blog | Gay Friendly  Fairway Suites at Peek’ N’ Peak Resort / 1433 Conway Road / Clymer, NY / 1-716-355-5014 Luxurious Vacations in Four Seasons of Fun. The Fairway Suites is ideally located within walking distance to golfing, dining and skiing available at the Peek’ n … Continue reading →
  • Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort – Destin, Florida

    9 Apr 2014 | 8:45 pm
    Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort / 9300 Emerald Coast Parkway West / Destin, Florida 32550 /1-800-277-0800 My partner, Jennifer, and I recently had the pleasure of staying at Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort located on Northwest Florida’s Gulf Coast, between Pensacola and Panama City, eight miles east of Destin. A member of Beaches of South … Continue reading →
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    Fodor's Travel Wire

  • Fodor�s Week in Travel: Treat Yourself
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Traveling is often an adventure, but sometimes it’s the pampered perks of a vacation that make it worth the while. This week, we’ve tapped some luxurious locales for you to spoil yourself on your next getaway. From decadent desserts to idyllic seaside towns, enticing restaurants to romantic respites, we have everything you need to make sure you feel utterly relaxed next time you hit the road, so prepare to indulge with Fodor’s Week in Travel. America’s 10 Best Roof-to-Table Restaurants To complement the impeccable cuisine, these restaurants take their devotion to…
  • World's 10 Best Trips for Wine Lovers
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:00 pm
    There’s nothing quite as enchanting as a vacation in one of the world’s great wine regions, where stunningly beautiful vineyards serve as the perfect backdrop for tasting some of the best vintages available. And while more and more wine destinations seem to sprout up every year, some places will always set the standard for wine lovers. Whether you want to taste your way across Burgundy, Piedmont, Sonoma, or the Douro Valley, these 10 essential trips will inspire you to explore the wide world of winemaking. by Alexis Korman Alexis Korman is a freelance wine, food, and travel writer…
  • What We're Reading This Week: Tipping, Carl Sagan, 'Adventure Time'
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:30 pm
    This is the best tipping primer I’ve ever read, complete with illustrations, tipping charts, cost calculators, and even a breakdown of who tips badly/well by demographic (surprise: all-male dining parties tip above average!). I’ll never experience tipping anxiety again. —Arabella Bowen, Editor-in-Chief Adrienne Raphel tells the story of the rebirth of the iconic Moleskine notebooks—thank you, Bruce Chatwin—and addresses the brand's strategy for remaining relevant in a digital world. As someone who has purchased Moleskines (but rarely used them), I…
  • Beach Escape: Long Weekend in Nassau
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    When the beach beckons, Nassau, not even four hours by plane from New York City and two hours from Atlanta, makes an ideal long-weekend escape. The capital of the Bahamas is not only historic, but also abuts Paradise Island, where you'll find Atlantis, the 800-pound gorilla of Bahamas resorts. For water-park lovers, it's a not-to-be-missed attraction and a family favorite—even adults can find something to like here. Unfortunately, it's also expensive, but for those who are looking to save a bit of money, there is another viable option just next door.
  • 6 Best Hotel Sleep Programs
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Between jet lag and the burst of energy that comes with traveling to an exciting new place, getting a good night’s sleep in a hotel room—even a spectacular one—can sometimes be a challenge. To combat that, many hotels have come up with unique strategies that promote a peaceful slumber, no matter how full each guest’s day has been. If you’ve ever found sleeping in a hotel bed tricky, here are the six best hotel progams that can help you snooze soundly. Four Seasons, select properties The Four Seasons’ world-famous bed just got…
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    Mallory On Travel

  • Postcards from Magnetic Island, Queensland

    Iain Mallory
    15 Apr 2014 | 2:16 pm
    Iain MalloryIainMallory Learning the wince inducing news that wombats have cube shaped poo was just one of the fascinating gems shared at Bungalow Bay koala village, on Magnetic Island, Queensland, Australia. The reason, apparently it doesn’t roll, probably useful but it seems unlikely wombats look forward to toilet breaks. The locals affectionately call the one road island […] The post Postcards from Magnetic Island, Queensland appeared first on Mallory On Travel.MalloryOnTravel
  • Exploring Queensland Itinerary with #Room753

    Iain Mallory
    12 Apr 2014 | 7:41 am
    Iain MalloryIainMallory As well as excitement, there will be a degree of concern when my plane touches down in Brisbane on Monday. It will be in the aftermath of Cyclone Ita, and although I’ve often expressed a wish to experience stormchasing, witnessing the damage caused by a major storm first hand, with some potentially tragic stories, is […] The post Exploring Queensland Itinerary with #Room753 appeared first on Mallory On Travel.MalloryOnTravel
  • Masiphumelele Township; The Spirit to Succeed in Cape Town

    Iain Mallory
    11 Apr 2014 | 3:53 pm
    Iain MalloryIainMallory Driving past the townships such as Masiphumelele, close to Cape Town it is easy to consider them a blight on the area. Filled with ramshackle, rundown temporary accommodation, streets littered with garbage, effluence, or even open sewage streaming down the streets, and discarded vehicles abandoned in the shanty-like communities. Masiphumelele, means “I will succeed” Originally, […] The post Masiphumelele Township; The Spirit to Succeed in Cape Town appeared first on Mallory On Travel.MalloryOnTravel
  • Postcards from a South Atlantic Sunset

    Iain Mallory
    7 Apr 2014 | 1:05 pm
    Iain MalloryIainMallory There’s been some ‘golden hour’ inequality on this site recently, with slightly too much sunrise favouritism. It’s time to redress the balance, and as sunsets on St Helena, in the South Atlantic are as impressive, sharing a few from there would even the score. “The light is looking poor” was the forecast offered by a […] The post Postcards from a South Atlantic Sunset appeared first on Mallory On Travel.MalloryOnTravel
  • Photography Tips; Photographing Northern Lights

    Iain Mallory
    6 Apr 2014 | 8:50 am
    Iain MalloryIainMallory Guest Post by Alison Bailey The Aurora displayed, three out of the four nights on a recent trip aboard the Hurtigruten ship, the MS Richard With. It seems right to share this good fortune, and provide a few tips for photographing Northern Lights. There are plenty of informative articles about capturing the Aurora, and I […] The post Photography Tips; Photographing Northern Lights appeared first on Mallory On Travel.MalloryOnTravel
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  • 5 Creative Ways to Avoid Airline Fees

    Anne McDermott
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:57 am
    If you routinely buy first class tickets for weekend getaways to Paris (sample June fare: $7,944)  you probably don’t care about extra fees. The rest of us do. Here are some creative ways to avoid them and all those other annoying extra charges. LISTEN: Rick Seaney has more ideas on avoiding fees. 1. Problem: Checked-bag Fees Creative solution: Wearable luggage. You may look ridiculous wearing these lumpy-looking coats and dresses which are covered in huge pockets (OK, you will look ridiculous) but wearable luggage can mean you won’t need any bag at all. However, since airline…
  • 6 Perfect Places for Memorial Day Trips

    Anne McDermott
    2 Apr 2014 | 2:22 pm
    Whether you’re kicking off the season with an early summer vacation or just taking a weekend break, here are some great destinations for Memorial Day (May 26). Bonus: Almost all these destinations are cheaper cities to fly to. Click the city name to find flights from your town. LISTEN: Rick Seaney’s favorite spot? Oh, he likes everyplace. Most Popular Cities These three cities always place high on top 10 “best places to go” holiday lists and Memorial Day travel is no exception. Las Vegas: “But all you can do is gamble,” grumble some, but Vegas is so much…
  • 11 National Parks Easy to Get to by Plane

    Anne McDermott
    26 Mar 2014 | 10:19 am
    The variety of America’s National Parks is pretty incredible – vast lonely deserts, hauntingly beautiful mountains, amazing undersea worlds and the fascinating animals that call these ecosystems home. LISTEN FareCompare’s Rick Seaney admits he’s got some exploring to do. Fly + Drive Getting to some of these parks isn’t easy (don’t let that deter you!) so  here’s a list of  popular parks that aren’t all that far from airports – relatively speaking, that is. We also acknowledge this list is by no means complete; if we missed your…
  • 5 Ways to Stop Thieves when Traveling

    Anne McDermott
    20 Mar 2014 | 5:39 am
    Relax: Chances are, nothing bad will happen on your vacation – and your chances improve simply by using your common sense. Check out these sensible tips including a few ideas that may be new to you. LISTEN: Thieves? Travel expert Rick Seaney to the rescue. The stripper scam and other bizarre ripoffs 1. Keep Valuables Safe Phone, electronics: Keep on your person, in a shirt or an inside jacket pocket or in your hand. Don’t let a phone sit on a table: Thieves have been known to walk by, pick a device and be out the door before you even notice. Money, cards, passports: Don’t…
  • 5 Things Cheapskates Never Do When Shopping for Flights

    Anne McDermott
    19 Mar 2014 | 9:59 am
    There’s no shame in being a cheapskate for airfare; on the contrary, it’s a badge of honor. If you’d like to join the ranks of cheapskate travelers, follow these tips from FareCompare’s resident airfare expert Rick Seaney and start saving money now. LISTEN Rick Seaney is proud to be cheap. Join him. 1. Cheapskates don’t shop too early If you buy your airline tickets for U.S. travel more than three-and-a-half months before departure, you could pay too much. For flights to Europe, don’t start shopping until about five months before take-off. When to shop:…
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  • Bike Ride through the Tulips

    18 Apr 2014 | 1:20 am
    Because spring in Holland is just amazing. Related posts: The Blog is Bike Touring! Blossoming Tulips in Holland After Work Ride to Enkhuizen
  • Unconventional Kid Carrying

    18 Mar 2014 | 11:51 pm
    Can you spot the kid in this picture?
  • Eye For An Eye

    4 Mar 2014 | 10:43 pm
    Paris, la ville lumière. After my bike journey from Amsterdam to Paris, I spent one week in the city, staying at different friends and exploring the various arrondissements. One of the most impressive museums that I visited was, of course, the Louvre. Blogging about the Louvre is an impossible task, one can maybe select a few things and write about them, like I already did once with The Fall of Icarus. This time around, I’d like to write a bit about one of the pieces in there which captured me the most: the Code of Hammurabi. The Code of Hammurabi is one of the oldest law collection…
  • Middelburg is Another CDT (Cute Dutch Town)

    18 Feb 2014 | 10:38 pm
    Middelburg is the sleepy capital of Zeeland, the region best known for having given its name to New Zealand. I’ve cycled there during my journey to Paris. This is a nice shot of the cathedral of Middelburg, which is another Dutch town where you can never be sure about what’s crooked, the houses or the towers. Related posts: Gouda, The Cheesy Town The Cathedral of Mexico City
  • Picasso and the Mandolin

    4 Feb 2014 | 10:36 pm
    Picasso painted Girl With a Mandolin in 1910. I just think it’s a really, really cool painting. PS: I could have used an “official” picture of this painting. It would have probably been of a better quality. I just like to use these pics that I took myself. I don’t know, it feels like more authentic and less of a schoolbook. Related posts: Picasso’s Violin and Grapes Vic Heroicus Sublimis Futurism at War
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  • Hua Hin, Thailand – Best beach holidays

    Toni Marie Ford
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:39 am
    I had never heard of Hua Hin before we decided, on a stiflingly hot night in Bangkok, to head south to the beach. The few locals we quizzed on where to go unanimously favoured Hua Hin, adding that it’s the summer residence of the King of Thailand. Feeling royal, we hopped on the next morning’s train. The King’s summer palace … Hua Hin, Thailand – Best beach holidays is a post from: Luxury Holiday Blog - Tropical Sky
  • Top 10 shopping malls in Dubai

    Michelle Dunn
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:18 am
    Dubai is the most shimmering shrine to consumerism in the Middle East. We check out the city’s most lavish super-malls, guaranteed to lure you and your credit card. 10. Dubai Outlet Mall Where: Dubai Al-Ain Road, near Route 66 in Dubailand. What: The only outlet concept mall in the Middle East, Dubai Outlet Mall is heaven for savvy shoppers seeking high-end designer … Top 10 shopping malls in Dubai is a post from: Luxury Holiday Blog - Tropical Sky
  • Top 10 things to do in Dubai

    David Wells
    9 Apr 2014 | 3:09 am
    Dubai is the one of 21st century’s iconic destinations, combining Arabian history and culture with hyper-modern amenities and record-breaking luxury. Sometimes unfairly characterised as a destination for shopping, shopping and more shopping, there’s actually a huge variety of activities on offer. Here’s our list of the top 10 things to do in Dubai. 10. Enjoy the beach There aren’t many … Top 10 things to do in Dubai is a post from: Luxury Holiday Blog - Tropical Sky
  • Travel bucket list #23 – Hang glide over Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro

    Chris Watts
    8 Apr 2014 | 6:48 am
    I’ve always harboured a mild fear of heights. Nothing serious, just a perfectly rational voice inside my head reminding me when I’m at the top of a skyscraper, car park or first floor balcony that if I was to fall, I’d probably die. Such thoughts were non-existent as I applied factor four oil and began sizzling by the swimming pool … Travel bucket list #23 – Hang glide over Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro is a post from: Luxury Holiday Blog - Tropical Sky
  • Top 10 famous hotel rooms in the world

    Michelle Dunn
    7 Apr 2014 | 8:21 am
    From bed-ins to trashings, many famous incidents have taken place from the confines of a hotel guestroom. We check out the top 10 most celebrated accommodations on the planet. 10. Hugh Hefner Sky Villa, Palms, Las Vegas Where: 4321 West Flamingo Road near to the Las Vegas Strip. Claim to fame: Minted high-rollers can get the party started Hugh Hefner-style … Top 10 famous hotel rooms in the world is a post from: Luxury Holiday Blog - Tropical Sky
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  • The Best Travel Camera & Phone

    14 Apr 2014 | 11:39 pm
    The Best Travel Camera & PhoneWe have been travelling for sometime now and we’ve documented our experiences of our adventures over the past 5 years. During this time we have accumulated a number of different devices to capture our memories on, whether it be photos, or video we are constantly on the hunt to make our way of capturing and sharing our content more streamlined and faster and more than anything, less bulky. At the moment we carry around a large DSLR, a smart phone and a video camera. Lets just say that my day pack is heavily weighted when we go out during the day…
  • How to Save for Your Dream Holiday

    17 Mar 2014 | 4:41 pm
    How to Save for Your Dream HolidaySometimes that dream holiday seems so far from reach that you feel like you will never be able to get there. From experience though we know that if you have a plan in place you can reach your goals so we’ve recently teamed up with ANZto get people thinking about how they can make saving for their dream holiday a little easier. We wanted to put together a guideline of tips and tricks we used in saving for our dream trip of travelling the world and some of the sacrifices we made during the lead up to this trip. It is most important that you have clear…
  • Choose Your Own Adventure

    10 Mar 2014 | 7:07 pm
    Choose Your Own AdventureWe are happy to be partnering with GIO for a fantastic competition where you can choose your own adventure. Us Aussies love to travel. In fact, 8.4 million of us (or almost 40%) headed overseas between 2012 and 2013. However being the down-to-earth people we are, we’re also quite humble in the amount of hard-earned money we’re willing to fork out for a holiday. It’s true that we’re only spending between $2,000 and $3,000 per trip but what if we had more? GIO has created this fun infographic that reveals the different types of experiences a travel budget can…
  • The All Inclusive Grand Mirage Bali

    17 Feb 2014 | 3:38 pm
    The All Inclusive Grand Mirage BaliWhenever someone says they have just been on an all-inclusive holiday, I immediately conjure up images of young, toned entertainment guys trying to get you to play volleyball or sing karaoke with them, sunburnt tourists strolling around in their board shorts and bikinis all day- who probably shouldn’t be in their board shorts and bikinis all day and screaming children, splashing and bombing the pool all hyped up on free soft drinks and chocolate cake. Sounds delightful doesn’t it? So why on earth would Anthony and I experience and all inclusive…
  • Spectacular Wineglass Bay Tasmania

    26 Nov 2013 | 4:59 pm
    Spectacular Wineglass Bay TasmaniaElise and I were extremely excited to be in Tasmania and we have heard many stories from friends and family about Wineglass Bay. We were told it is a definite must-see when visiting Tasmania. We arrived early in the morning to Freycinet National Park where the park ranger was extremely helpful with explaining all the things to do whilst we were in the park. We were on tight schedule so we only had time to do one of the walks. After he explained that there were a number of day walks in the area, we knew we would have to come back one day to do some of the…
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  • CLASSIC TRIP: England, Ireland, Belgium 2005 - Part 2

    Darryl Musick
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:30 am
    Blarney CastlePreviously, terrorists had bombed London and transportation was in a chaotic state..On to Ireland. From our hotel, it’s a quick bus ride to Fullham-Broaday Underground station. The District Line takes us two stops to Earl’s Court station where we change to the Picadilly Line to Heathrow.At the airport, we just change to the Heathrow Express train to get to Terminal 4, home of Aer Lingus. Everything at Heathrow involves a very long walk and this is no exception. On top of that, security barriers placed about 24 inches apart block entrance to the train platform. There is no…
  • CLASSIC TRIP: England, Ireland, Belgium 2005 - Part 1

    Timmy Wheels
    14 Apr 2014 | 4:30 am
    Aftermath of BombingPicture courtesy of WikimediaFrancis Tyers under CC BY-SA 3.0 licenseJust about 9 years ago...on July 6, 2005...the IOC met in Singapore to award the 2012 Olympics to the chosen city. We were in London that day and there were a lot of celebrations...then the next day, the world turned on its head.   Read on to see what happened when we were in London, July 2005...It was to be a memorable time to be in the city.Our airline for the LAX to Heathrow portion this time was American Airlines. The service was good and the seats were wider and more comfortable than…
  • THE COCKTAIL HOUR: Tropical Storm

    Darryl Musick
    13 Apr 2014 | 4:30 am
    If it's not quite a hurricane, it must be a tropical storm.Watch the Video!This week's cocktail is a one-off of that great New Orleans tradition.  Ours uses ingredients on hand but is still rum based. Here is the recipe...INGREDIENTS (makes two drinks)2 oz. light rum1 oz. dark rum1 oz. mango juice2 oz. sweet and sour mixsplash of grenadine2 oz. orange sodaMix all ingredients, except for the orange soda, into a cocktail shaker half filled with ice. Strain over the rocks into two highball or pint glasses filled with ice. Top off each glass with the orange soda.Cheers!Darryl

    Darryl Musick
    11 Apr 2014 | 4:30 am
    It's called highway 49 for a reason...this ribbon of asphalt connect most of the towns that grew up during California's Gold Rush and includes some of the most historic sites in the state.It's old, dating back over 150 years but Ione, actually, is not a gold mining town. The city made its riches by making the bricks that other Gold Rush towns used to rebuild with after devastating fires. Now, it's fireworks, tourists, and juvenile offenders.  The Castle...a large, imposing building on the hill overlooking town was the old juvenile detention center. A more modern juvenile hall stands next…
  • PHOTO ESSAY: Outtakes from the Gold Rush

    Darryl Musick
    9 Apr 2014 | 4:31 am
    Here are some photos that didn't make the cut on this week and last week's articles. Not because they're bad pics but just because they didn't fit the narrative for some reason.  Still, they give you some insight into other things that were going on during this trip.  Above, the Restful Nest B&B in Mariposa really has modern plumbing...this outhouse hides one of their water wells.A Woody club joins us on the freeway on our way across the Grapevine.This guy doesn't belong's really a VW beetle made up to look like a Woody. Imposter!Our state flower is starting to paint…
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    Teen Travel Talk

  • Yosemite National Park

    17 Apr 2014 | 9:24 pm
    Yosemite: beautiful scenery, waterfalls, hiking, camping, nature, deer, bears, birds. All of these beautiful images and memories come to mind when I think of Yosemite. Since I could remember we’ve always gone camping either to Big Trees, Caples Lake, or Yosemite. I know camping isn’t for everybody but Yosemite is certainly something that should be explored by everybody–even for a day trip. It’s absolutely gorgeous. One of my favorite memories include when we saw a deer pass by us. It was the most majestic thing I had ever seen. It was literally a couple of feet away.
  • The Civil Rights Museum

    Hye Sung
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:09 pm
    When people make their way to Memphis, Tennessee, they usually plan on a day trip to Graceland, the former residence of Elvis. But in reality, there is so much more to Memphis than that. I could go on and on about the restaurants, as you probably know from my many posts on food, but there are also a lot of fun and even meaningful things to do in Memphis. One of the places that you need to visit when in Memphis is the Civil Rights Museum. The museum is located in the Lorraine Hotel, the location where Martin Luther King, Jr., was assassinated. The museum was recently renovated and re-opened…
  • Hancock Shaker Village In The Heart Of The Berkshires

    10 Apr 2014 | 7:03 am
    I love The Berkshires. It isn’t just about the region’s stunning scenery and outdoor recreation; there is so much to see and do when it comes to music, the arts, and history too. One of the most unique attractions in the area is the Hancock Shaker Village, which is a living history museum that was once home to more than 300 Shakers in its heyday. The village opens for the season this Saturday, April 12th, and will start off with a cute 3-week celebration of their baby animals, who are the newest additions to their working farm. Tourists lucky enough to make it there will go to the…
  • Octane & The Little Tart Bakeshop

    Hye Sung
    8 Apr 2014 | 6:11 pm
    I spend most of my free time coffee shops. Even when I go on trips, I find myself needing a place to concentrate to get a bit of work done and the deafening silence of hotel rooms gets to me. I just can’t stand it. The light chatter and music in the background help me stay concentrated on what I am doing, whether it be studying or doing some pleasure reading. It was only natural to find myself in a coffee shop when visiting Atlanta, and due to friends’ recommendations, I found myself in Octane, which shares a space with the Little Tart Bakeshop.   Thankfully, both the coffee…
  • New York City For Beginners

    8 Apr 2014 | 9:50 am
    My cousin visited us last week; he is from Indonesia and has never been to the United States before. He was not here for fun; he was on a business trip, and had back-to-back meetings in Manhattan almost every day he was here. When my cousin does return, I hope he will have time to explore New York City. He likes what he saw in Manhattan, and can’t wait to return with his family. When he does, and if he asks me for my advice on what to do, I will share the following suggestions with him. Manhattan is where most tourists start. It’s as if New York City was set up for all newcomers to visit…
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  • 7 Secrets to Packing Light

    Fred Perrotta
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:11 am
    This article is the second in a three-part series on packing carry on only. In Part One, we covered carry on luggage rules. Part Three: The Definitive Carry On Packing List will be published next week. Last week, we covered the rules of carry on packing as set by the airlines and government. Now we can move on to the guiding principles that will help you get the most out of your allowed packing space. The suggestions below guide our carry on packing list, which will be published next week. Your exact packing list will depend on your destination, the length of your trip, the weather, and your…
  • The Carry On Luggage Rules to Live By

    Fred Perrotta
    10 Apr 2014 | 5:52 am
    This article is the first in a three-part series on packing carry-on-only. Part Two is 7 Secrets to Packing Light. Part Three: The Definitive Carry On Packing List will be published next week. The first step to mastering carry-on-only packing is to know the rules. Carry on luggage allowances differ by airline. Check your airline’s rules before flying. Just Google “[airline] carry on luggage” or “[airline] hand luggage.” Always use the measurements from your airline’s website. Those measurements will be the most accurate. Be wary of third-party sites that…
  • An Illustrated Guide to Hand Washing Clothes When You Travel

    Fred Perrotta
    3 Apr 2014 | 6:22 am
    Eastern Europe. July 2009. The weather was hot, and we were covering a lot of ground on foot every day. Before reaching Hvar, we were spending these long, hot days in cities. We were sweaty and gross. Typical backpackers. Unlike some of our brethren, we tried to maintain some dignity and actually clean our clothes. Every night our hostel room’s sink was plugged up and filled with soapy water so that we could clean our socks, underwear, and t-shirts. It wasn’t pretty, but it did keep us clean and save us from trying to navigate any Hungarian laundromats. By selectively hand…
  • The Best Travel Podcasts to Listen to on Your Next Flight

    Fred Perrotta
    27 Mar 2014 | 6:27 am
    Long, international flights can be brutal. I’ve endured 15 hour flights to Dubai, Sydney, and (as of last night) Hong Kong. Even for an avid movie, music, and book fan like me, that’s a lot of time to fill. I’ve never found using a laptop to be very practical or productive. Plus, most international flights still don’t have WiFi. My recipe for passing the time is a combination of sleeping, eating, reading, listening to music, watching movies that I wouldn’t watch under any other conditions, and listening to podcasts. Podcasts are like a cross between radio and…
  • The International Travel Goods Show 2014 Recap

    Fred Perrotta
    20 Mar 2014 | 6:55 am
    Last Tuesday, I was up at 4 a.m. to catch an early flight to Phoenix. Why was I up at such an ungodly hour? What could possibly be so important?  To go to the International Travel Goods Show. Once a year, the Travel Goods Association hosts a trade show for the travel industry. The event brings together brands, retailers, manufacturers, press, and more to showcase the latest in travel gear. The show is a great time for brands to “book business” with retailers and to generate interest from the press. Shake hands. Make deals. This year was my first time attending the event. We…
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  • Earth Month Festivities at Downtown Disney District at Disneyland Resort

    18 Apr 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Guests coming to Disneyland Resort tomorrow, April 19, and on Earth Day, April 22, can celebrate Earth Month at the Downtown Disney District! Be sure to check out the Wyland Clean Water Mobile Learning Experience, where guests can participate in a Clean Water Challenge and solve disturbances to the nation’s water habitats via a 4D theater experience. DJ Wendy also will provide “atmosphere” music. On April 19, learn about the environment with our friends from Inside the Outdoors Foundation, Bolsa Chica Conservancy, Anaheim Public Utilities, Orange County Water District, and more. On…
  • Time-Lapse Video: Big Thunder Mountain Railroad Refurbishment at Disneyland Park

    18 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    It’s been one month since the “wildest ride in the wilderness” reopened after an extended refurbishment here at Disneyland park. Since then, our guests have been telling us how impressed they are with the improved track and new effects at Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. Today we’ve got a special look at these improvements as they took shape over the last year. Time-Lapse Video: Big Thunder Mountain Railroad Refurbishment at Disneyland Park by Erin Glover: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog
  • VIDEO: Top Souvenirs for Your Next Walt Disney World Vacation

    18 Apr 2014 | 8:01 am
    I’ve been visiting Walt Disney World Resort for more than 30 years. I’ve spent more than half of that time working (or playing as I like to say) as a Disney cast member. I’m often asked by friends and family to help with planning vacations to Disney Parks. One topic that regularly comes up during conversations is around merchandise – What are the must-have items I should get during my visit? To help answer that question, I visited Magic Kingdom Park to highlight some of my favorite merchandise items in this short video. The good news is that you can find many of the items I mentioned…
  • #DisneyKids: First Teacup Spin at Magic Kingdom Park

    18 Apr 2014 | 6:19 am
    Of all the firsts to experience at Disney Parks, rides on favorite attractions may be the most memorable. And for many guests, that special memory happens during a first spin in an oversized