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  • Forget Route 66 – Hawaii has Route 99

    Hawaii Vacation Blog
    Bruce Fisher
    19 May 2015 | 4:23 pm
    Considering the rich history to be discovered along highway Route 99 (also known as Kamehameha Highway), from Wahiawa in Central Wahiawa and The post Forget Route 66 – Hawaii has Route 99 appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Top 10 Wildlife Destinations

    Dealchecker Blog
    Hannah
    22 May 2015 | 9:55 am
    Forget the zoo. If you’re a fan of wildlife nothing beats seeing some of the world’s most beautiful creatures roaming freely in their natural habitats. From luxury lodges with views of giraffes grazing, to budget camping, animal-filled hotel grounds, and local towns where elephants roam freely – we explore 10 top wildlife destinations around the world…
  • South Padre Island’s Beautiful Birding Center

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

    Smart Women Travelers
    Alana Johnson
    20 Feb 2015 | 10:01 am
    Fifteen quick ways to beat jet lag like you’ve never seen it before. There are several of tips out there on jet lag, but this is especially comprehensive and I thought I’d share it with Smart Women Travelers. via Thomas Cook
  • Italy’s Treasured Olive Oil, at the Source

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    DANIELLE PERGAMENT
    22 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    In Tuscany and Puglia, making olive oil is a lifestyle, one threatened by bad weather and a killer bacteria.
 
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    Intelligent Travel

  • What’s a UNESCO Intangible?

    Intelligent Travel
    22 May 2015 | 10:55 am
    The Tower of Pisa. Machu Picchu. The Palace of Versailles. You know them as UNESCO World Heritage sites—places of such universal cultural value that the United Nations recognizes them. But what about the Mediterranean diet? The Peking opera? Portuguese fado? As cultural practices, they might not be the concrete places you can easily protect with a restoration, but they make the world more diverse, interesting and, well, fun. But First, What Exactly is UNESCO? Part of the mission of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization is to designate sites of universal…
  • Can Flying Coach Get Any Worse?

    Christopher Elliott
    22 May 2015 | 8:36 am
    National Geographic Traveler editor at large Christopher Elliott is the magazine’s consumer advocate and ombudsman. Over the past 15 years he has helped countless readers fix their trips. Here’s his latest advice: Reader question: Can the coach flying experience get any worse? My answer: For years, airlines have been cutting services to keep base fares low. In February of 2015, Delta’s basic economy class tickets became nonrefundable and ineligible for upgrades. The next squeeze is likely to be felt with seats getting moved closer together. Discount carriers such as Spirit…
  • Just Back: Charlottesville, Virginia

    Intelligent Travel
    21 May 2015 | 2:12 pm
    Heather Brady, digital editorial specialist at National Geographic, recently returned from a long weekend getaway in Charlottesville, Virginia. Here are some of the high points of her trip, in her own words: Craveable culinary experience: C-VILLE Weekly named Mas Tapas the best restaurant in town, and it’s pretty clear why. The Spanish-inspired small plates are divine, the sangria roja is strong and sweet, and the ambiance is funky and cool. Jefferson’s Monticello (Photograph by Heather Brady) Standout museum: Monticello. The plantation Thomas Jefferson designed and dubbed…
  • World Calendar: Must-Attend June Events

    Intelligent Travel
    21 May 2015 | 12:55 pm
    There are some amazing events on tap all over the world, all the time. Here’s a taste of what you can see and do in June:  Want to experience the shortest day of the year in one of the most beautiful places in the world? Book your tickets to Cusco, Peru, for Inti Raymi, a traditional Inca celebration of the winter solstice that pays homage to the god Inti with colorful costumes, live reenactments, and a royal procession that you have to see to believe. Culture hounds, take note: The epic Athens and Epidaurus Festival is back for its 60th year. Take in theater, opera, classical…
  • I Heart My City: Ludo’s Paris

    I Heart My City
    20 May 2015 | 3:11 pm
    Thirteen years ago, Ludo Yken moved to Paris to complete his studies and found that he never wanted to leave. In addition to feasting on the City of Love’s impressive spread of cultural attractions and green spaces, the media industry professional found another reason to stay: the locals. “The people are much nicer than their bad reputation may suggest,” Ludo says. Inspired by his adopted home city, he decided to start Paris Offbeat, a tour company that introduces travelers to what he describes as “the Paris I know and not the one you find in travel…
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  • TSA Week in Review: 53 Firearms, Inert Tank Projectile, and More

    Bob Burns (TSA Blog Team)
    22 May 2015 | 6:46 pm
    53 Firearms Discovered This Week – Of the 53 firearms, 42 were loaded and 17 had rounds chambered. This firearm was discovered in a carry-on bag at RDU. Inert Ordnance and Grenades etc. – We continue to find inert grenades and other weaponry on a weekly basis. Please keep in mind that if an item looks like a real bomb, grenade, mine, etc., it is prohibited. When these items are found at a
  • TSA Travel Tips: Memorial Day & Summer Travel 2015

    Bob Burns (TSA Blog Team)
    19 May 2015 | 10:29 am
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  • TSA Week in Review: 57 Firearms, Live Smoke Grenades, Bear Mace and More

    Bob Burns (TSA Blog Team)
    15 May 2015 | 6:11 pm
    57 Firearms Discovered This Week – Of the 57 firearms, 49 were loaded and 16 had rounds chambered.  750 rounds of 5.56 caliber ammunition and two military smoke grenades were discovered in a checked-bag at Tucson (TUS). A container of bear spray was detected in a carry-on bag at Anchorage (ANC). Bear repellent is prohibited in the cabin of an aircraft. You can pack bear repellent in
  • Response To Judicial Watch Press Release

    TSA Blog Team
    13 May 2015 | 4:03 pm
    Earlier this year, when a Transportation Security Officer noticed something did not seem right with the passenger screening process at an airport checkpoint in Denver, supervisors were notified and an investigation was initiated.  At the time, I stated that the alleged behavior of the employees involved was egregious and intolerable and I stand by those words. Our workforce is held to the highest
  • TSA Week in Review: 43 Firearms, $100,000 Watch, Machetes & More

    Bob Burns (TSA Blog Team)
    8 May 2015 | 5:49 pm
    43 Firearms Discovered This Week – Of the 43 firearms, 38 were loaded and 14 had rounds chambered. This loaded antique firearm was discovered in carry-on bag at RDU. $100,000 Watch - A gold Cartier diamond encrusted watch was left at the Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) security checkpoint. A TSA officer spotted the watch and turned it into the TSA lost and found location. The
 
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    Hawaii Vacation Blog

  • Forget Route 66 – Hawaii has Route 99

    Bruce Fisher
    19 May 2015 | 4:23 pm
    Considering the rich history to be discovered along highway Route 99 (also known as Kamehameha Highway), from Wahiawa in Central Wahiawa and The post Forget Route 66 – Hawaii has Route 99 appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Surprise Hawaii Vacation Plans go Viral

    Bruce Fisher
    16 May 2015 | 8:09 pm
    There is nothing quite like a real surprise, and when that surprise is a trip to Hawaii for your 50th wedding anniversary, The post Surprise Hawaii Vacation Plans go Viral appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Locally-sourced at Hawaii Mission Houses Social Hall & Cafe

    Jamie Winpenny
    15 May 2015 | 5:05 pm
    A new restaurant has opened at the Hawaii Mission Houses Museum in historic Honolulu. The Mission Social Hall & Café is the The post Locally-sourced at Hawaii Mission Houses Social Hall & Cafe appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Oahu trail for the Avid and Advanced Hiker

    Bruce Fisher
    13 May 2015 | 2:28 pm
    Many see Hawaii as a destination for relaxation. But those with a special adventurous spirit see it as an opportunity. If you’re The post Oahu trail for the Avid and Advanced Hiker appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Volunteer for the National Geographic BioBlitz!

    Jamie Winpenny
    12 May 2015 | 11:04 am
    The volcanic activity at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island gets most of the attention in the news, but it’s The post Volunteer for the National Geographic BioBlitz! appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
 
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  • How to (really) find a job overseas

    Elaina Giolando
    23 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    Photo: Citrix Online I’ve been working overseas for nearly 2 years now. I write this post from once again another country I never thought I would wind up in (Qatar) and I have ZERO regrets about quitting my consulting job in 2013 and marching directly in the direction of my fears, which happened to involve hopping on a plane to Lagos, Nigeria and embarking on a job and lifestyle that both embodied everything I ever wanted to do and also completely terrified me. If you ask me what I’ve learned and gained in return, it is nothing short of growth, adventure, friendships, business contacts,…
  • How to become a Pittsburgher in 20 easy steps

    Amanda Meyers
    23 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Photo: C.C. Chapman 1. Incorporate “yinz” into every sentence, but know that if you’re ever outside of Pittsburgh, no one’s going to have any idea what you’re talking about. 2. Be happy that the Pirates don’t always win. At least we can have one sports team with affordable tickets and a semi laid-back atmosphere. 3. Be okay with the fact that that every sandwich or salad you order downtown is going to have fries on top of it. 4. Show up to every party with a case of Yeungling. You can’t go wrong. 5. Know what the term “nebby” means and don’t be offended if…
  • 13 reasons you should never travel to Chile

    Katie Scott Aiton
    22 May 2015 | 8:50 pm
    1. Walking away from this market with a harvest and change from $10 does not impress you. #iphoneghapher #instagrammers #iphoneonly #iphonesia #instamood #instagood #bestoftoday #pictureofday #santiago #feria A photo posted by Hans Eichhorns (@hans_e) on Jul 8, 2012 at 9:24pm PDT 2. Cheap yet high quality wine sounds like an oxymoron to you. Viña Indómita – Valle de Casablanca, Chile. Você fica sem saber o que é mais perfeito, os vinhos, a vista, o charme do lugar, a comida sem adjetivo comparativo (ou a companhia, haha @pedrothiago3)…! Fugimos das rotas comuns, alugamos um…
  • Brown and living in a racist country

    Faz Abdul Gaffa-Marsh
    22 May 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Photo: Philippe Put The first time I experienced racism was in a classroom when I was nine years old. I didn’t know what was happening, but I understood that there was a lot of hate there while my teacher loomed over me and said, “You know why I didn’t call on you to answer my questions? Because your skin is black.” She spat the word black like it gave her boils. I’m from Singapore. One of the richest nations in the world, touted as a cultural and religious melting pot with racially harmonious Rainbow Brites running around throwing glitter in the air. I’m calling bullshit. I have…
  • The 9 most dangerous habits I picked up in Vietnam

    Jacqueline Kehoe
    22 May 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Photo: sebadella 1. Not giving a rat’s ass about what’s “legal” If a cop ever pulls you over…wait. Ha. By “pulls you over,” I mean “casually waves a stick at you.” So if a cop ever “casually waves a stick at you,” just ignore him like you would if anyone else casually waved a stick at you. Duh. Where’s the struggle, here? Oh, and if something ever “can’t be done,” remember that there is nothing 500,000 VND, an hour, and a stern voice can’t handle — even if they tell you to get back on a plane to Tokyo because you “don’t have an entrance visa.” Sure,…
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    Wanderlust and Lipstick

  • KEEN City of Palm Sandals ~ WanderGear Wednesday

    Beth Whitman
    20 May 2015 | 3:07 pm
    I’m a walker. Anytime I land in a city, the first thing I do is walk and walk and walk. Next to running, it’s the best way to experience the smells and soak up the culture and vibe of a new destination. When I was in New Orleans last week, I spent a lot of […] The post KEEN City of Palm Sandals ~ WanderGear Wednesday appeared first on Wanderlust and Lipstick.
  • Bhutan Yoga Tour for Women Announced

    Beth Whitman
    12 May 2015 | 4:12 pm
    I first went to Bhutan in 2008. AND I first led a tour when I went to Bhutan in 2008. It seems crazy now, diving into a destination and (what I didn’t know at the time) diving into a what would become a new business all because of that trip. But that tour hooked me […] The post Bhutan Yoga Tour for Women Announced appeared first on Wanderlust and Lipstick.
  • What’s My Job?

    Beth Whitman
    4 May 2015 | 10:25 am
    It seems so cut and dried to me, what I do on a daily basis. But I’ve picked up from several conversations lately that some people don’t understand exactly what my job is. For example, I mentioned to my neighbor that I was going to Maui with my writing colleagues from the Expedia Viewfinder Blog. […] The post What’s My Job? appeared first on Wanderlust and Lipstick.
  • This Month Win Give-N-Go Sport Mesh Underwear from ExOfficio

    Beth Whitman
    1 May 2015 | 4:47 pm
    ExOfficio started in Seattle just before I moved here. I feel pretty fortunate about that fact because with them being in my backyard, I’ve been able to get to know them pretty well over the years. There probably hasn’t been a trip I’ve taken when I haven’t packed an ExOfficio item. I can say that […] The post This Month Win Give-N-Go Sport Mesh Underwear from ExOfficio appeared first on Wanderlust and Lipstick.
  • Mountain Khakis Cora Dress ~ WanderGear Wednesday

    Beth Whitman
    29 Apr 2015 | 5:26 pm
    How much does this dress say summer? A lot! This is the new Mountain Khakis Cora Dress, part of their spring/summer line that’s just come out. While I was on Maui these past couple of weeks, I had a chance to test out this lovely dress. I found the Cora to be quite versatile because […] The post Mountain Khakis Cora Dress ~ WanderGear Wednesday appeared first on Wanderlust and Lipstick.
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  • Underwater Bar Video in Cozumel, Mexico

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

    Rich Tucker
    21 May 2015 | 2:21 pm
    Are you looking to end 2015 with a luxury cruise adventure?   The 25 night Regent Seven Seas Amazon Cruise round trip Miami is one of most unique cruise itineraries of the year. On top of an amazing itinerary [see below], the all-inclusive luxury amenities make it a wonderful value. All-Inclusive Luxury Amenities:  FREE Roundtrip Air Up to 60 FREE shore excursions [some mentioned below] – Free Excursions can be can be reserved NOW…and space is limited. FREE Unlimited Beverages including Fine Wine and Premium Spirits FREE Open Bars + in-suite mini-bar replenishment daily FREE…
  • Norwegian Dawn Runs Aground in Bermuda

    Rich Tucker
    19 May 2015 | 5:28 pm
    The Norwegian Dawn lost power while departing Bermuda.  Due to the power loss, the Norwegian Dawn ran aground in the channel bed. Rachel Hansen, a passenger on board the Norwegian Dawn has been sharing images and tweets via her @Rachel_Hansen12 Twitter Account. Here are some of Rachel’s tweets with images: Norwegian Dawn Live Reports from Onboard:   Multiple images of the team inspecting the damage: Picture of the inspection team, the captain said we won’t be moving for a while pic.twitter.com/mWi6jXmLTz — Rachel Hansen (@Rachel_Hansen12) May 19, 2015 Divers getting…
  • The Best 2015 Last-Minute Summer Cruise Deals

    Rich Tucker
    12 May 2015 | 8:16 am
    While cruise bookings and cruise pricing is up compared to the last couple of years, I was still able to find some awesome last-minute 2015 Summer Cruise Deals. Right now, the best early summer cruise deals are for Alaska and Europe Cruises – and I also found a great Summer Bahamas Deal. Top 5 Last-Minute 2015 Summer Cruise Deals #1. 12-Night Royal Caribbean Mediterranean Cruise roundtrip Barcelona on June 9th, 2015. Inside Cabins: $678 per person [$56/day] Oceanview Cabins: $1,400 per person Balcony [SOLD OUT] CLICK HERE to view itinerary and check availability. #2. 7-night Princess…
  • Cruise Ship Cell Phone Roaming Charges

    Rich Tucker
    4 May 2015 | 1:55 pm
    We all know that using your cell phone at sea can be very costly.  We’ve heard horror stories of huge phone bills resulting from massive amounts of data roaming charges. For this reason, we recommend leaving your cell phone in airplane mode once your cruise ship sails away from your home port. For those who can’t stop texting or need to make an important phone call while on your cruise, I researched the roaming costs for each cruise line. Cell Phone Provider’s Cruise Ship Roaming Charges If you plan on using your cell phone for calling or texting, make sure that your data…
 
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    Europe a la Carte Travel Blog

  • Photo Tour of the Museum of Decorative Arts in Marseille

    Karen Bryan
    20 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    I had planned to visit the Museum of Decorative Arts in Marseille prior to our trip to the city. My interest was further piqued by posters and flyers dotted around the city of the ‘Pop Art Design’ exhibition by Hubert Le Gall at the Museum of Decorative Arts, which runs until 6 September 2015. The museum, which […]Photo Tour of the Museum of Decorative Arts in Marseille Tips on the best places to visit in Europe. Copyrighted content published on the Europe a la Carte Travel Blog.
  • Review of Ahaleena Buffet in Park Royal, London

    Karen Bryan
    13 May 2015 | 11:21 pm
    I knew from looking at the map and talking with our son who had previously stayed at the Holiday Inn Express London Park Royal that there wasn’t much to do in the immediate vicinity of the hotel. When I did a search for restaurants within walking distance of the hotel, the Ahaleena Mediterranean Buffet appeared. I […]Review of Ahaleena Buffet in Park Royal, London Tips on the best places to visit in Europe. Copyrighted content published on the Europe a la Carte Travel Blog.
  • Islington Museum in London

    Karen Bryan
    6 May 2015 | 11:29 pm
    Islington Museum is located in St Johns Street, beneath Finsbury Libray. Exterior of Islington Museum I’ve always been a bit confused about the location of the boundaries of the London borough of Islington. I didn’t realise that its southern border reaches down to the City of London. Information board at the entrance to Islington Museum […]Islington Museum in London Tips on the best places to visit in Europe. Copyrighted content published on the Europe a la Carte Travel Blog.
  • Adventure Days in the Future

    Karen Bryan
    29 Apr 2015 | 11:22 pm
    Experience days website Into the Blue has done some crystal ball gazing to see the type of activities which could be on offer in the next fifty to one hundred years, What about a retro space shuttle flight? The space shuttle was the first reusable spacecraft, which launched using a detachable rocket and fuel tank. The front […]Adventure Days in the Future Tips on the best places to visit in Europe. Copyrighted content published on the Europe a la Carte Travel Blog.
  • Quirky Conference Venues in the UK

    Karen Bryan
    26 Apr 2015 | 11:51 pm
    IHG Business Advantage’s Unusual Conference Venues, Records and Facts infographic highlights some quirky venues in the UK. I know that when I was searching for a venue for the ‘Write on Finance’ Blog Up in Leeds, which I organised for my personal finance website,, I was looking for somewhere with a bit of character. Below are photos […]Quirky Conference Venues in the UK Tips on the best places to visit in Europe. Copyrighted content published on the Europe a la Carte Travel Blog.
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  • Three Things I Know Are True: Taking Risks

    Chris Guillebeau
    22 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    I’ve been attempting to find “true north” in a lot of things lately. This series explores what I’ve found to be true in my own life. Your answers will probably differ; the point is to find what’s true for you. Today’s topic is taking risks. Here are three things I know are true. 1. Most risk is perceived. For example, it’s not any riskier to work for yourself than it is to work for a company, and it may actually be less risky. Why would you trust someone else with your well-being? Self-employment is actually a very safe and conservative choice for many of us. Therefore, it’s…
  • Homeward: Notes from TG 910, Bangkok-London

    Chris Guillebeau
    21 May 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Greetings from the skies over Helsinki, on-board a well-aged Thai Airways 747 that has two hours remaining in its eleven-hour flight. Last night was Singapore, then a quick hop to Bangkok, and then this uneventful long-haul as I’m nearing London’s Heathrow airport. I’ve felt strange for much of the trip. It’s been a lot of fun, no doubt, and I’m really glad I went. A trip like this, with four major cities in a week, all separated by 8-13 hours of flying time to each city, reinforces the benefits and challenges of the peripatetic nature of my life. There’s always something coming…
  • Writing 150 Musical Compositions Before Turning 50: Stephen P. Brown’s Quest

    Chris Guillebeau
    21 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    This is a quest case study. (Read others or nominate yourself Rejection didn’t dampen Stephen P. Brown’s inner fire. Instead, being turned down from achieving something he wanted flamed his desire to grow and change. Here’s his quest. Introduce yourself. As a conductor of orchestras, bands, choirs and musicals, it has been my privilege to see thousands of people laugh, cry and directly connect with live music, whatever language they speak. My life journey has taken me from a small village in the English countryside to the sunny shores of Florida via Europe, Africa, South…
  • “I’m not running away, I’m running toward”: On the Road with Luke Armstrong

    Chris Guillebeau
    19 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    This is a traveler case study. (Read others or nominate yourself When we talked to Luke, he told us, “At the age of sixteen I wrote in my journal: ‘Tonight, when I was driving home, I had the desire to point The Bronco in one direction and just keep going and going and going.’” Many travelers will relate to his stories. Introduce yourself! After I ditched my return ticket in Chile and took out a student loan to finance hitchhiking from South America to Alaska, people said, “You’re crazy!” I replied, “So was Columbus!” They insisted, “This is so financially…
  • Going to the Movies by Yourself

    Chris Guillebeau
    18 May 2015 | 12:00 pm
    I’m a big fan of doing things alone. I eat in restaurants alone, I go to faraway places for my birthday alone, and I generally work alone more often than not. That’s why I’m naturally predisposed to like new research that shows that when you’re by yourself, you shouldn’t just stay at home and avoid activities that you might normally only do with someone else. “People decide to not do things all the time just because they’re alone,” said Rebecca Ratner, a professor of marketing at the Robert H. Smith School of Business, who has spent almost half a decade studying…
 
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  • Aloha Friday Photo: Makalawena Beach on Hawaii Island

    Sheila Beal
    22 May 2015 | 6:53 am
    Mahalo to Ralf Benayad for sharing this beautiful Hawaii beach scene with us for Aloha Friday Photos. Ralf said, “A chain of secluded beaches can be found on the westcoast of the Big Island – here it’s the amazing Makalawena Beach.” With pale blue waters and lovely white sand, it sure is a beauty!Happy Aloha Friday!—Email subscribers: we published an article yesterday with recommendations for what to see and do on Oahu over Memorial Day weekend. Unfortunately, we barely missed our publishing deadline and the article did not get issued via email yesterday. You can…
  • Honolulu, Oahu Memorial Day & Weekend Events for 2015

    Sheila Beal
    21 May 2015 | 11:03 am
    If you’ll be on Oahu for Memorial Day, you’ll find some great opportunities to honor the spirit of the day. Here, we’re recommending Memorial Day events as well as things to do and see over the weekend with a significance towards honoring the intent of the holiday.— Events on Memorial Day, May 25, 2015 —Honolulu Mayor’s 66th Annual Memorial Day Ceremony at PunchbowlThis service is held at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, which is also more commonly called Punchbowl. This event features local military dignitaries, local JROTC, military…
  • Best family and kid-friendly hotels in Hawaii

    Sheila Beal
    19 May 2015 | 11:00 am
    When you’re looking for a great Hawaii hotel for the family vacation, it’s easy to become overwhelmed with all the choices. In general you can’t make a bad decision as most Hawaii hotels make great vacation bases whether you are looking for a romantic trip for two or a family fun vacation.When planning a family vacation to Hawaii, we think one of the most important aspects to consider is to find a hotel that offers safe and fun water sports. In this list, we’ve put an emphasis on hotels situated beside sheltered ocean swimming spots and/or have outstanding pools.So…
  • Aloha Friday Photo: Cloudy with a chance of waterfalls

    Sheila Beal
    15 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Mahalo to Terry Ambrose for sharing this intriguing and beautiful Hawaii photo with us. Terry took this shot during his recent trip to Maui. Here’s how he describes this waterfall scene:The road to Maui’s Iao Valley was closed at Heritage Park due to heavy runoff caused by the previous night’s rain. This waterfall came and went as the clouds moved through.That must have been really amazing to watch the misty clouds roll into the valley to create this fleeting waterfall!—Do you have a photo from your Hawaii travels that you’d like to share? We’d love to see…
  • Hawaii vacation deals & news: May 12, 2015

    Sheila Beal
    12 May 2015 | 10:26 am
    * Island Air recently announced that they will no longer fly to the island of Kauai starting June 1, 2015. (Source) Only Hawaiian Airlines provides service to Kauai. We have updated our inter-island flight guide to reflect this upcoming change.* One of Maui’s top astronomy experts is starting a new Haleakala stargazing tour.* Our partner TravelZoo is offering up to 50% off tickets to the long-running musical Ulalena on Maui* Federal officials are discussing long range planning for the national park at Kalaupapa — where Hansen’s Disease (leprosy) patients were exiled to this…
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  • South Padre Island’s Beautiful Birding Center

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

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

    CajunMama
    6 Mar 2015 | 2:03 pm
    We just got the lineup for the amazing headliners at Beau Rivage in Biloxi! Beau Rivage Resort & Casino’s 2015 entertainment calendar is full of exciting headline acts for every taste. Whether it’s the biggest comedy stars or iconic legends, the 1550-seat Beau Rivage Theatre showcases incredible artists from every genre. Additional acts will be added regularly throughout the year. Please check beaurivage.com for entertainment updates. All headline shows are in the Beau Rivage Theatre. Tickets for select performances are on sale now and can be purchased at (888) 566-7469 or…
  • Road Trip with @Enterprise Rent-A-Car {plus giveaway}

    CajunMama
    2 Mar 2015 | 5:59 am
    It’s that time of the winter where cabin fever has surely set in and many families are itching for a road trip adventure. Here in Louisiana we’ve just celebrated the Mardi Gras Carnival season, which is actually a family friendly experience. With Mardi Gras season over, it doesn’t mean the end of Good Times, it’s only a prelude to the springtime festivals and fun happening all around Louisiana. With just a few weeks left of winter, we’re chomping at the bit to get out of the house and take a winter road trip. While my family loves to take road trips in our own…
  • Carnival Vista to offer new options for family cruise travel #TakeInTheVista

    CajunMama
    23 Jan 2015 | 10:10 am
    Yesterday Carnival Cruise Lines revealed details and images of the highly anticipated Carnival Vista. While we’ve been waiting to see what’s new, the offerings for families is more than we could imagine. The Carnival Vista builds on the success of previous Fun Ship 2.0 offerings along with being Carnival’s most innovative ship ever. Currently being built by Fincantieri in Montfalcone, Italy, this newest Fun Ship is scheduled for an inaugural season beginning May 2016 with Mediterranean and European itineraries. The Carnival Vista will then grace the port of New York until…
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    Everything Everywhere Travel Blog

  • UNESCO World Heritage Site #297 – Mont-Saint-Michel and its Bay

    Gary
    22 May 2015 | 8:18 am
    UNESCO World Heritage Site #297 – Mont-Saint-Michel and its Bay From the World Heritage inscription: Perched on a rocky islet in the midst of vast sandbanks exposed to powerful tides between Normandy and Brittany stand the ‘Wonder of the West’, a Gothic-style Benedictine abbey dedicated to the archangel St Michael, and the village that grew up in the shadow of its great walls. Built between the 11th and 16th centuries, the abbey is a technical and artistic tour de force, having had to adapt to the problems posed by this unique natural site. There are some sites, like my…
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site #296 – Le Havre, the City Rebuilt by Auguste Perret

    Gary
    21 May 2015 | 11:35 am
    UNESCO World Heritage Site #296 – Le Havre, the City Rebuilt by Auguste Perret From the World Heritage inscription: The city of Le Havre, on the English Channel in Normandy, was severely bombed during the Second World War. The destroyed area was rebuilt according to the plan of a team headed by Auguste Perret, from 1945 to 1964. The site forms the administrative, commercial and cultural centre of Le Havre. Le Havre is exceptional among many reconstructed cities for its unity and integrity. It combines a reflection of the earlier pattern of the town and its extant historic structures…
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site #295 – Bourges Cathedral

    Gary
    20 May 2015 | 8:25 pm
    UNESCO World Heritage Site #295 – Bourges Cathedral From the World Heritage inscription: Bourges Cathedral is of considerable importance in the development of Gothic architecture and as a symbol of the strength of Christianity in medieval France. However, its principal claim lies in its striking beauty, combining masterly management of space with harmonious proportions and decoration of the highest quality. As the figurehead of the Capetian domain facing the south of France, the Cathedral of Saint-Étienne had to be unique in design. The architectural style chosen by the unknown…
  • This Week In Travel – Episode 188

    Gary
    20 May 2015 | 9:34 am
    Subscribe on iTunes | Become a Fan on Facebook | Download the iPhone app | Download This episode is a live show recorded at TBEX Europe in Lloret de Mar, Catalonia. Here are the guests we had on the show: Stephanie Yoder of Twenty Something Travel Jackie Laulainen of The Budget Minded Traveler Craig and Linda Martin from The Indie Travel Podcast Heather Cowper from Heather on Her Travels Rick Calvert from TBEX and NMX Stephen Oddo of Walks of Italy, New York, Turkey Laurence Norah of Finding the Universe Jessica Turchik of Independent Travel Cats Dylan Lowe from The Traveling Editor Evo Terra…
  • North American National Park #44 – Joshua Tree, California

    Gary
    19 May 2015 | 9:54 pm
    North American National Park #44 – Joshua Tree, California Joshua Tree National Park is located in the Mojave Desert in Southern California, centered roughly between Las Vegas, Los Angeles and San Diego. It gets its name from the Joshua Tree (Yucca brevifolia, seen above) which inhabits most of the park. Due to its remote location in the desert, Joshua Tree isn’t a popular national park. Nonetheless, it is a strikingly beautiful park due to its stark landscape. Despite the size and remote location of the park, visiting is not difficult. It is a 2-3 hour drive from the major cities…
 
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    Vagabondish

  • The Ultimate Guide to Traveling Obsessively (Part 2): 6 Tips for Planning Your Trip Like a Boss

    Mike Richard
    14 May 2015 | 5:31 am
    Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. Free martinis, fold-flat massage seats, and Champagne bubble baths at the hotel might be the norm for Warren Buffett and the 1%-ers, but the rest of us are lucky to survive our trips without having a complete meltdown. With pay-toilets on the airplane, $30-a-day hotel Wi-Fi, and this lady at the check-in counter … these days, travel can royally suck. But it doesn’t have to. You just need to retake control of your travel destiny. Call it: “being a Control Enthusiast“. In this three-part series, we reveal our favorite tips for…
  • Photo of the Moment: Staring Down Annapurna, Nepal

    Mike Richard
    30 Apr 2015 | 5:56 am
    Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. © Mike Behnken The post Photo of the Moment: Staring Down Annapurna, Nepal appeared first on Vagabondish.
  • 5 Extreme Outdoor Adventures in Southern Africa

    Mike Richard
    30 Apr 2015 | 5:20 am
    Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. “What’s the coolest place you’ve ever visited?” It’s a question that so many people ask me. Before their mouth stops moving, my immediate answer is almost always “South Africa!” It’s wild, metropolitan, adventurous, cultured, historical, and breathtakingly beautiful. (Just look at these pictures. No, seriously!) In short: it’s a haven for adventurous travelers and I’ve partnered with Expedia on this post to reveal my top reasons why. If you’ve never been, here are five reasons why you should drop everything and hop a…
  • 6 Questions to Ask Your New Travel Partner Before Your First Trip

    Katie Hammel
    30 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. No matter how long you’ve been together, taking your first big trip as a couple is exciting, and a little daunting. Travel can be both exhilarating and stressful and it can bring out the best and worst in others. It presses fast-forward on a relationship and can bring a couple closer together … or drive them apart for good. Careful planning can increase the odds that your trip will go smoothly and you’ll return home happy — and still together. Here are a few important questions to help plan your first big trip as a couple. Got It Mapped…
  • Travel Hoarders: What to Do With All That “Stuff” You Bring Home From Your Travels

    Amanda Kendle
    29 Apr 2015 | 3:54 am
    Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. If you’re a bit of a hoarder like me, you’ll relate: souvenirs from your travels aren’t just T-shirts and postcards but also bus tickets, pens from hotels, pub coasters, brochures from places you visited (and even some you didn’t) … the list goes on. I have trouble throwing all this away because it reminds me of so many fun moments. But obviously I can’t keep everything. Well, I could if I didn’t have a husband who objected and a house which doesn’t have limitless storage, but I do, so I need a strategy. Over the years…
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    Adventure Girl

  • 8Great Florence Shopping

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

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

    Stefanie Michaels
    23 Apr 2015 | 1:05 pm
    I’ve really come to rely on the travel benefits the American Express Platinum card offers, since in an average year I’m on the road more often than not. Here’s my overview of what’s offered with the card for travel! You don’t have to pay for those pricy airport lounges anymore, because the card comes with the Airport Club Access Program for access to over 700 lounges worldwide, including complimentary airport lounge access to The Centurion Lounges. The new San Francisco Centurion Club is one of my favorites. There’s a wine bar, restaurant and comfy couches I cozied into with my…
  • 8Great Ways to Make Magical Memories at Disney World

    Kirsten Akens
    6 Apr 2015 | 2:39 pm
    Disney World’s not labeled the most magical place on earth for no reason. Everywhere you turn there are opportunities for experiences like no other, even if you’re just standing in line waiting to get on a popular ride. We’ve got a roundup of eight ways to find joy at Disney where you might not think to look. 1. Special Events: From the springtime International Flower & Garden Fest in Epcot featuring character topiaries, a butterfly garden and specialty food, to the summertime Star Wars Weekends with actor autograph sessions and Padawan Mind Challenges in Hollywood Studios, Disney…
  • 8Great Golf Destinations for 2015

    AdventureGirlMGR
    2 Apr 2015 | 3:44 pm
    Spring has sprung and golf season is here. Whether you’re looking for golf destinations that offer casinos, world-class spas, nationally ranked courses or family-friendly activities, here are 8Great options for 2015: The Canadian Rockies The majestic Canadian Rockies golf courses offer striking views of towering peaks and turquoise lakes. The panoramic beauty of The Fairmont Banff Springs Golf Course will take your breath away. Guests experience luxury accommodations as the hotel is home to the award-winning Willow Stream Spa. Golfers revel in the magnificent course layout and the…
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    Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast

  • Travel to Southern Morocco – Episode 468

    chris2x
    23 May 2015 | 8:30 am
    This episode of the Amateur Traveler talks about the recent Amateur Traveler trip to southern Morocco. 9 of the 10 people who joined me on this trip also join me for the […] The post Travel to Southern Morocco – Episode 468 appeared first on Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast. Related posts: Travel to Morocco – Episode 397 Marrakesh, Morocco – Episode 41 Travel to the Western Sahara, (Morocco) – Episode 421
  • Live at TBEX Europe 2015 – This Week in Travel 188

    chris2x
    19 May 2015 | 11:59 am
    This Week in Travel – Travel News Podcast. Regular hosts Gary Arndt and Chris Christensen are joined by this week’s many guests at the TBEX Europe 2015 travel blogging conference Stephanie Yoder […] The post Live at TBEX Europe 2015 – This Week in Travel 188 appeared first on Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast. Related posts: Live from the NMX Conference – This Week in Travel #158 TBEX North America Live Keynote – This Week in Travel #141 This Week in Travel Live TBEX 2012 Episode #117
  • Cruising Around Cape Horn in South America – Episode 460 Transcript

    chris2x
    18 May 2015 | 4:21 pm
    This episode of Cruising Around Cape Horn in South America – Amateur Traveler Episode 460 Amateur traveler episode 460. Today the amateur traveler talks about glaciers and fjords and also tango as […] The post Cruising Around Cape Horn in South America – Episode 460 Transcript appeared first on Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast. Related posts: Cruising Around Cape Horn in South America – Episode 460 Cruise to the Falklands, South Georgia, and Antarctica – Episode 180 Travel to Chile – Episode 247
  • Travel to Louisville, Kentucky – Episode 467

    chris2x
    16 May 2015 | 10:33 am
    Hear about travel to Louisville, Kentucky as the Amateur Traveler talks to Jason Falls, social media author and speaker about his home town. Jason says, “Louisville is a fantastic city, it also […] The post Travel to Louisville, Kentucky – Episode 467 appeared first on Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast. Related posts: An Outrider at Churchill Downs – Louisville, Kentucky – Daily Photo Travel to Fort Worth, Texas – Episode 370 Travel to Vermont – Episode 440
  • Human Trafficking, Sex Tourism and Prayer – This Week in Travel 187

    chris2x
    12 May 2015 | 6:21 pm
    This Week in Travel – Travel News Podcast. Regular hosts Jen Leo and Chris Christensen are joined by this week’s guest: Jared Brock Abolitionist: Hope for the Sold Filmmaker: Red Light Green Light […] The post Human Trafficking, Sex Tourism and Prayer – This Week in Travel 187 appeared first on Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast. Related posts: Tim Leffel in “New World Discovery due to GPS Error ” – This Week in Travel #132 Chris Owen in “Costa Concordia Catastrophe” – This Week in Travel Episode 106 Roxanne Darling on “Schooling…
 
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    We Said Go Travel

  • The Jungle Road in Belize

    Brian Anslinger
    23 May 2015 | 7:00 pm
    With one step off the jetliner, this California Golden Boy became a foreigner for the first time. Rolling green hills covered in golden poppies, fields upon fields of vegetables or fluffy white cotton, and multi-lane interstates stretching over the horizon – they do not exist here. This was the jungle. The Belizean air was heavy and moist. Thick, gray storm clouds gathered in the west, consuming the final rays of the setting sun. The road forward was in darkness.  My path, however, was clear. With my brunette bombshell at my side, I slipped behind the wheel of a golden lance. My weapon for…
  • Beyond the Yellow Tape in the US Virgin Islands

    Elizabeth Kearns
    23 May 2015 | 12:00 pm
    The bright orange pumpkin in front of an unlit house would read, “Please only take one,” and I did, always. When the speed limit said 55mph, I drove 53mph. The stakes, big or small, were rules, and rules were meant to be followed. There were times I wondered what was off the beaten path, but I could get in trouble! By whom you ask? I’m not exactly sure but the mysterious they would surely find out and somewhere a gold star would be peeled away from my chart. Packing for vacation, I made sure my bag weighed a little under the 50lb limit, to be safe. My boyfriend Josh and I were off to…
  • The Ocean Beneath the Storm in Australia

    Alexandra Heather Foss
    23 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    Even with the protective wet suit I paid extra for, I got stung.  Red jellyfish regularly roam the waters where I grew up and my first jellyfish sting was half a world away in Cairns, Australia, on a boat tour of The Great Barrier Reef.  Inside my hand it felt like my nerves were slowly burning.  The pain was seething, as disorienting as the storm quite suddenly blotting out the midafternoon sun.  From the boat I could not identify my attacker inside those turbid waters.  A reel of dangerous creatures played in my mind, the box jellyfish of particular fascination since my arrival to…
  • Bravery: “Don’t Go Into the Woods” in Maryland

    Nina Carroll
    22 May 2015 | 7:00 pm
      BRAVERY: “DON’T GO INTO THE WOODS” How many times had I dived my whole being into something, or someone wanting it to become a success? This is how I felt exactly about my personal life’s journey; but, I didn’t want to go there. I didn’t want to go into the woods. Then, a time came when I finally said “enough, no more illusions”! I was over the lifestyle I was creating or not creating for myself. Each time I thought I was being lead into a career, a relationship or a place to become complacent as home. Nothing had manifested the way I truly wanted things to happen. I mean…
  • The Merlions are coming to Singapore

    Gargi Mehra
    22 May 2015 | 1:00 pm
    The Merlions are coming to Singapore   On a humid summer evening in 2005, I stood outside the door of my service apartment in the heart of Singapore, panic swelling in my chest. I valiantly attempted once more to open the door, and failed. I was surrounded by my three suitcases, which appeared to stare up at me in mute rebuke.   I had landed in Singapore just two hours earlier. It was my first time travelling alone outside my home country India. I had travelled widely before that. In fact, by age twenty-four, I had covered more than ten countries. My formative years were spent in…
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    Elliott

  • What to do when you get dumped by your travel company

    Christopher Elliott
    23 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Barry Shiller’s vacation rental owner got a better offer just before he checked in. And suddenly, his family had no place to stay for their theme-park vacation this spring. The post What to do when you get dumped by your travel company appeared first on Elliott.
  • Help! Budget waited 10 months to send me the wrong bill

    Christy Wood
    23 May 2015 | 11:00 am
    Laurie Goldstein-Warren rented a car from Budget last year. She traveled to a small town in New Mexico to teach a five-day watercolor workshop. The post Help! Budget waited 10 months to send me the wrong bill appeared first on Elliott.
  • Is this advertising decal offer a scam?

    Mitch Lipka
    23 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    Ever heard of the decal scam? Neither had this reader -- until he saw an ad on Craigslist. Here are the details. The post Is this advertising decal offer a scam? appeared first on Elliott.
  • Worried about a cloud of personal data insecurity? So is everyone else

    Bob Sullivan
    23 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    The disparity is as dramatic as any you’re likely to see in a public opinion survey. The post Worried about a cloud of personal data insecurity? So is everyone else appeared first on Elliott.
  • The rise of airline nuisance fees, and how to fight them

    Christopher Elliott
    22 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Is it my imagination, or are the number of complaints about nuisance airline fees on the rise? It's hard to tell. The post The rise of airline nuisance fees, and how to fight them appeared first on Elliott.
 
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    Soul Travelers 3

  • Teen Singer Mozart's Speech at NAACE Conference to UK Educators!

    Soul Travelers3
    12 May 2015 | 2:07 am
    Teen Singer Mozart's Speech at NAACE Conference to UK Educators!14 year old trilingual singer/songwriter Mozart was asked to speak to over 250 UK educators at the NAACE Conference 14 year old trilingual singer/songwriter Mozart was asked to speak to over 250 UK educators at the NAACE Conference 2015 about her unusual worldschooling education where we allowed the entire planet to be her classroom.  Mozart has had an education like no one else on earth, so they were interested in getting her perspective since she is a pioneer in what is becoming a growing trend. …
  • B.madebybebe Gives Teen Singer Mozart Glamour Makeup & Hair!

    Soul Travelers3
    21 Apr 2015 | 11:24 pm
    B.madebybebe Gives Teen Singer Mozart Glamour Makeup & Hair!Remember Grammy Weekend Red Carpet Event where 14 year old Mozart sang her song Ashes and  Remember Grammy Weekend Red Carpet Event where 14 year old Mozart sang her song Ashes and You're Not Alone? That led Mozart to start preparing for her first album with a top LA producer, a dramatic lead in a movie playing a violin prodigy and using her song Ashes as the centerpiece of the soundtrack!  MOZART HAS TWO SONGS IN MOVIES!Isn't it astonishing that she already has two songs about to be in movies? We're…
  • Working on the Road:The Unconventional Guide to Full-Time Freedom by Nora Dunn & Chris Guillebeau

    Soul Travelers3
    24 Mar 2015 | 8:39 am
    Working on the Road:The Unconventional Guide to Full-Time Freedom by Nora Dunn & Chris Guillebeau Who wants more freedom? Who likes to travel? Want to know how to travel the world on a low budget? Who wants more freedom? Who likes to travel? Want to know how to travel the world on a low budget? Then don't miss our long-time colleagues Nora Dunn and Chris Guillebeau's latest book - "Working on the Road:The Unconventional Guide to Full-Time Freedom". THE UNCONVENTIONAL GUIDE TO FULL-TIME FREEDOM We're featured in this cool guide and give all our…
  • Stunning Sunrise Photo

    Soul Travelers3
    9 Mar 2015 | 10:46 am
    Stunning Sunrise PhotoAs we springforward and enjoy spring break, this stunning photo of a sunrise warms the heart with spring As we spring forward and enjoy spring break, this stunning photo of a sunrise warms the heart with spring colors! I love sunrises and spring so hope it brightens your day and week. Spring shows what God can do with a drab and dirty world. ~Virgil A. KraftSunrise and QuotesMorning Inspiration Quotes and sunrise Related articles Chinese New Year in Asia 农历新年 春节 Snow and Ice Closes Dallas Down! Challenges of Parenting a Musically Talented Child
  • Challenges of Parenting a Musically Talented Child

    Soul Travelers3
    2 Mar 2015 | 2:52 pm
    Challenges of Parenting a Musically Talented ChildThere are challenges when you are raising a musically talentedchild and they just increase when  There are challenges when you are raising a musically talented child and they just increase when you do it while traveling around the world and as parents without any musical training. It's truly understandable why she is the first child since Wolfgang Armadeus Mozart to do extensive world travel with a violin and piano as it is no easy feat, especially with parents who are not musicians!If you look closely at this photo…
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    The Cranky Flier

  • Cranky on the Web – Bounty for Hacking Airplanes, Avatar Again, Media Mistakes, More

    CF
    23 May 2015 | 3:45 am
    I’m on vacation through next week, but that doesn’t mean I’m leaving you hanging. I have new posts ready to go on the usual schedule, including today’s round-up which is pretty full. I will be slower at approving any flagged comments and responding to any emails. I’ll be back as usual on June 1. ————– Should airlines offer bounties to hackers who find security flaws in avionics? – tnooz I haven’t written about the airplane hacking story because it’s still not clear what’s happened. But I was asked to comment…
  • Time for Vacation and a New Comment System

    CF
    22 May 2015 | 3:45 am
    It’s vacation time! I’m off on an adventure starting today and I won’t be back until next weekend. Don’t worry, I worked to put together new posts for next week and they’re all scheduled to go at the usual times. You won’t even know I’m gone… unless you email me. You aren’t going to get a response until I get back. In the meantime, go and play around with the new comment system I quietly installed last weekend. This should be good. When you go to leave a comment, it won’t require reloading the page when you submit anymore. The…
  • Etihad Isn’t the Only Airline With an On-Time Performance Problem Over the Atlantic

    CF
    21 May 2015 | 3:45 am
    After posting Tuesday’s rundown of Etihad’s poor on-time performance on flights to the US, I received a lot of questions about how others stacked up. Now I have some answers for you. In short, Etihad is by far the worst performer over the Atlantic, but that doesn’t mean it’s the only airline running a bad operation. I went back into the masFlight database and pulled up some summary tables for a bunch of airlines. I even looked into smaller carriers but decided to focus on the biggest Transatlantic players since the small players didn’t really add much to the…
  • Etihad May Bring a Good Onboard Product to the US But Its On Time Performance is Awful

    CF
    19 May 2015 | 3:45 am
    There’s been a lot of talk lately about the superiority of the experience on Middle East carriers. While that’s more likely to be true (but not always) when it comes to the onboard product, what about the operation? If you’re flying Etihad to the US, it’s not good. Your chances of departing on time are pretty slim. This story actually has nothing to do with the fight between the US and Middle East carriers over subsidies. It first came on my radar long before that was even public. The idea of Etihad having operational issues first caught my eye soon after Abu Dhabi…
  • Fast Wifi is JetBlue’s Secret Advantage

    CF
    18 May 2015 | 3:45 am
    For years, I was frustrated by JetBlue’s failure to follow others and put wifi on its airplanes. What took so long? Well, after a false start, the effort didn’t begin until the airline felt it could provide a superior product. It seemed like JetBlue was losing out, but what never quite hit me until a panel discussion at the Phoenix Aviation Symposium earlier this month is just how powerful that advantage now is for JetBlue. It can do things that others can’t, and customers don’t have to pay a dime. When wifi became a big deal, the default was to install Gogo’s…
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    Peter Greenberg Travel Detective

  • Logistics Still An Issue for Travel to Cuba

    PeterGreenberg.com
    22 May 2015 | 10:24 am
    Read the full article on PeterGreenberg.com at - Logistics Still An Issue for Travel to CubaEver since President Obama said that he wanted to re-establish diplomatic relations with Cuba in December, more and more Americans have been clamoring to get there. While Cuba has already... Read More...The post Logistics Still An Issue for Travel to Cuba appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
  • Travel Tip: How You Can Rent Unusual Properties Around the World

    PeterGreenberg.com
    22 May 2015 | 5:24 am
    Read the full article on PeterGreenberg.com at - Travel Tip: How You Can Rent Unusual Properties Around the WorldIt’s not news that you can rent a home as an alternative to a hotel room. But what’s wild is the unusual types of homes on the market—which means where... Read More...The post Travel Tip: How You Can Rent Unusual Properties Around the World appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
  • Robot Butlers & Wireless Room Keys: How Hotels Are Going Hi-Tech

    PeterGreenberg.com
    21 May 2015 | 9:42 am
    Read the full article on PeterGreenberg.com at - Robot Butlers & Wireless Room Keys: How Hotels Are Going Hi-TechWhen does—or should—hi-tech take precedence over high touch, especially in the hospitality industry? Welcome to the brave new world of avatars, robots, and smartphones taking the place of room keys.... Read More...The post Robot Butlers & Wireless Room Keys: How Hotels Are Going Hi-Tech appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
  • Travel Tip: Hot Summer Travel Deals in Hot Places

    PeterGreenberg.com
    21 May 2015 | 5:22 am
    Read the full article on PeterGreenberg.com at - Travel Tip: Hot Summer Travel Deals in Hot PlacesAs the weather warms up, it’s time to look for summer travel deals. The hotter the destination, the more likely you are to find summer discounts. Scottsdale, Arizona, drops its... Read More...The post Travel Tip: Hot Summer Travel Deals in Hot Places appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
  • Radio Guest List—The Kennebunks, Maine—May 23, 2015

    _darra
    21 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    Read the full article on PeterGreenberg.com at - Radio Guest List—The Kennebunks, Maine—May 23, 2015This week, the Peter Greenberg Worldwide Radio show broadcasts live from Kennebunkport, Maine, a beautiful seaside town on the Atlantic Ocean and the Kennebunk River. Originally a shipbuilding community, this area was... Read More...The post Radio Guest List—The Kennebunks, Maine—May 23, 2015 appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
 
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    Nancy D Brown

  • Conejo Valley, California: Things to Do

    Nancy Brown
    22 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Are you visiting Conejo Valley for the first time? Below is a list of “Insider Tips” for things to see and do in this Southern California region. When I have a visitor from out of town, the first place they want to see is The Ronald Reagan Library, but I also take them hiking in […]
  • Go Everywhere Travel Clothes

    Nancy Brown
    15 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    As a travel writer, I’m in the fortunate position to have companies send me products, clothing and footwear for review. Some things I love, while others I can do without. Rarely do I review the same brand more than once, unless it’s truly unique or I find something new to write about. Such is the […]
  • Fairfield, California: Things To Do

    Nancy Brown
    8 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Are you visiting Fairfield, California for the first time? Below is a list of “Insider Tips” for things to see and do while in town. When I have a visitor from out of town, the first place they want to see is Jelly Belly or the Anheuser-Busch Brewery, but I also take them to Suisun […]
  • Win Eurail Global Pass

    Nancy Brown
    7 May 2015 | 11:07 am
    Are you planning a trip to Europe? If you are considering touring Europe by train, I’m offering readers a chance to win a Eurail global pass, 1st class valid for 2 people. Two – five minutes of your time could get you unlimited travel in 28 countries, by participating in Rail Europe’s survey. Rail Europe […]
  • Forbes Island, Pier 41, Fishermans Wharf, San Francisco

    Lisa Dion
    6 May 2015 | 10:14 am
    If you have ever been to Fishermans Wharf in San Francisco, you’ve may have noticed a little island with a lighthouse flanked by tall palm trees floating just off Pier 41. That would be Thor Kiddoo’s nautical fantasy, Forbes Island, a 700-ton barge featuring a 40-ft lighthouse, a dozen palms, a sandy “beach,” and a […]
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    Hawaii Aloha Travel » Hawaii Vacation Connection Podcast

  • Maui’s Best Pools and Aloha Attire tips

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

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

    Bruce Fisher
    18 Mar 2015 | 7:39 pm
    Today I offer up a few tips about traveling to Lanai. A few days ago I was treated to a overnight stay The post Tips for traveling to Lanai appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Foods to try on your Hawaii Vacation

    Bruce Fisher
    9 Mar 2015 | 7:55 pm
    If you’re traveling to Hawaii in the near future and don’t know what know what foods you must try………. you’re in luck!! On The post Foods to try on your Hawaii Vacation appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Hiking to Lava on the Big Island

    Bruce Fisher
    16 Feb 2015 | 6:33 pm
    Ever since Mark Twain’s famous journey to Hawaii in 1866 as a correspondent for the Sacramento Union, the Kilauea lava flow has The post Hiking to Lava on the Big Island appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
 
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    Station Casinos Blog

  • A Bunch of Mother’s Day Brunches 2015

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

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

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

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

    Benjamin Barber
    31 Mar 2015 | 10:54 am
    Poker fans get ready for some fast paced action!  Crazy 4 Poker pits the player against the dealer in a 4 card showdown for big payouts.  Much like it’s brethren Three Card Poker℠ and Four Card Poker℠, this title delivers quick hits Read More ... The post Crazy 4 Poker℠ | Game of the Week appeared first on Station Casinos Blog.
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  • A.K.A - The Phallus King — Kathmandu, Nepal

    24 May 2015 | 12:40 am
    A.K.A - The Phallus King - Kathmandu, Nepal Kathmandu, NepalChris and Cathy's Excellent Adventures – part 19 November 1st 2012 – Kathmandu After just one exhausted evening, it was time to find a place more in line with our discerning tastes, one that didn’t stink of mildew or have cigarette burns on the furniture. We checked out a handful of small hotels and guesthouses, eventually settling on a small but tidy spot just a stone’s throw from Tridevi Marg. Far enough removed from the noise and crowds of Thamel Chowk, we hoped the Shangri-La guesthouse would prove to be…
  • Exploring ancient Rome — Hill-top Orvieto, Italy

    24 May 2015 | 12:39 am
    Exploring ancient Rome - Hill-top Orvieto, Italy Hill-top Orvieto, Italy Where I stayedMediterranean Hotel What I did Ancient Rome National Gallery of Ancient Art RomeColosseum Today we traveled through the Chianti hills to the hilltop Orvieto a former papal stronghold located on a rock pedestal overlooking a vineyard covered plain We ascended the mountain by cable car.The beautiful Cathedral in Piaza del Duomo is magnificent built of marble. The town consists of many narrow streets and a lot of vary nice shops, there was not enough time try on all the beautiful clothes but I did buy a pair…
  • DAY 105 TAVEL DAY TO LLAFRANC ...TOTALED NOW !! — Barcelona, Spain

    24 May 2015 | 12:38 am
    DAY 105 TAVEL DAY TO LLAFRANC ...TOTALED NOW !! - Barcelona, Spain Barcelona, SpainWell up before the first birds of Portugal ...that be 3.45 AM ...M M yep ...that's an early star and I have a 10 minute walk down the road from my hotel to the airport, dragging my bags with me ...bit of exercise anyway for the morn .... Off to Lisbon and wait for connecting flight to Barcelona ...now hoping that one and a half hours between my EXPECTED arrival into Barcelona and my train to Girona ...And I still have to get luggage and find another train to the city ...and then still find mt platform and get…
  • Maurice writes: Getting ready for the trip — Eugene, OR

    24 May 2015 | 12:38 am
    Maurice writes: Getting ready for the trip - Eugene, OR Eugene, OR Where I stayed370 Ellie Lane, Eugene, OR 97401As we get close to our departure date, I find myself more and more excited that we're going to get to share this adventure together. It's been a dream for me for our kids to travel to Israel and get to know their relatives there. My hope is that this trip is just the first of many, with Clarice, with Hunter, with Melissa, in various combinations. I'm going to upload some photos of members of the Elkouby family - these are the Israeli relatives on my mom's side. My mom is one of 12…
  • a warm place to shit — Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

    24 May 2015 | 12:38 am
    a warm place to shit - Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam Ho Chi Minh City, VietnamIn 1967 Canada celebrated her centennial year. There was a poetry competition – the challenge was to write a poem expressing what it means to be a Canadian. Bill Bissett won $27,000 for the following poem: a warm place to **** (what it means to be canadian) all I want is a warm place to **** all I want is a warm place to **** all I want is a warm place to **** all I want is a warm place to **** all I want is a warm place to **** all I want is a warm place to **** all I want is a warm place to **** all I want is a…
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  • How to Write a Great Travel Blog

    Fraser
    30 Apr 2015 | 10:46 am
    So you’re all set for your next big adventure: the tickets have been purchased, your itinerary has been carefully planned out (or not!), and your new luggage is just waiting for you to start packing! On this trip, you’d like to keep a great travel blog to share your adventure with friends, family members, and...
  • 10 Hilarious Photos From Salar de Uyuni

    Fraser
    27 Apr 2015 | 12:06 pm
    Salar de Uyuni in southwest Bolivia is not only home to the worlds largest salt flats, but apparently also to the world’s largest concentration of travellers taking wacky perspective shots. Something about the light, the endless white salt deposits, and perhaps a fair bit of tradition has made the forced perspective photo a required activity for visitors to...
  • Editor’s Choice – Great Museums for Your US Trip – Part 2

    millwardesque
    20 Mar 2015 | 1:26 pm
    If you missed part 1 in our series about museums to visit on your USA summer trip, we’ve been going state-by-state to find some shining examples of can’t-miss museums to add to your vacation plans no matter where in the United States you’re headed. In part two of the series, we’re covering the remaining states from...
 
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  • Summer Travel Tip #4: Memorial Day Weekend

    Anne McDermott
    21 May 2015 | 7:50 am
    This is the fourth in our ongoing series of vacation planning tips; see the complete list below. Some of these tips will save you frustration. Some will save you money. Summer Travel Tip: Memorial Day We’re starting to see warnings at airports across the country. Let’s spell it out: Get to the airport early if flying Memorial Day weekend. The reason: 2.6 million of us will be going to the airport that day and there will be lines everywhere – to park the car, check a bag, go through security. When to Go to the Airport How early is early? Southern California’s John Wayne…
  • 10 Vacation Destinations Even Teenagers Will Love

    Rick Seaney
    20 May 2015 | 8:55 am
    Rick Seaney loves to share travel tips – in a weekly column for ABC News and bi-weekly reports for USA Today and Fox News. He recently began contributing to Good Life Family magazine where the following column first appeared in the May/June 2015 issue. Looking for something a little different this year? Check out these cities and regions. All of them offer an irresistible combination of year-round fun and excellent airfare value plus they’re fun for solo travelers, couples, families and yes – even teenagers. Click the city to find the best deals. See other links for…
  • We Found $75 Tickets to Europe. Here’s the Catch

    Rick Seaney
    19 May 2015 | 1:12 pm
    Last Friday, we spotted a Dallas-to-Moscow flight with base airfare of just $75 round-trip. Again, base airfare. The total ticket price that passengers actually pay includes surcharges, taxes and fees but even with all that added in the total was still a bargain at $420. Here’s what you need to know about such fares, and how to find them. $75 Europe Ticket Rises to $420 This particular $420 ticket (the price has since risen) was available on Lufthansa flights in September and October. We spotted it in FareCompare’s vast and ever-growing streamed airfare data; it was also posted by…
  • Fee-rocious Summer? Maybe, Unless You Read This

    Rick Seaney
    18 May 2015 | 11:14 am
    Did you hear the one about the airline that isn’t charging a fee? It’s true. Southwest recently launched a bunch of international flights but as is the case with its domestic fares if you change your mind about flying, there is no change fee. Billions in Fees In 2014, airlines took in more than $6 billion in fees so there’s no point wishing them away. Expect a fee-rocious summer but remember that most of these fees really are optional. It’s up to you and depends on how you pack, where you like to sit and more. Fees to Watch Out for This Summer Seat fees: Many airlines…
  • 10 Cheapest Destinations for Flights in June, July, August

    Anne McDermott
    13 May 2015 | 8:46 am
    If you need a little inspiration for the upcoming travel season, this will help: U.S. and European cities that are not just good deals for summer but fun destinations. Some have the additional virtue of being stunningly beautiful. LISTEN: Travel expert Rick Seaney on more ways to save. Ready to go? One last thing: Click the city to find the cheapest flight. Other links have information on attractions, restaurants, shopping and more. 10 Cheapest Global Destinations 1. Boston Boston, Massachusetts This great American city is not just cheap, it’s a treasure trove of history. Take a walking…
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  • Last Chance for 30,000 Chase Points from Ink Cash

    Gary Leff
    23 May 2015 | 5:04 pm
    The no annual fee Ink Cash, which earns 5x in several key spending categories, has a 30,000 point signup bonus offer. That's 50% better for usual. And it ends at the beginning of the week. Continue reading Last Chance for 30,000 Chase Points from Ink Cash...
  • Review: Flying First Class (and Showering) Onboard Emirates A380 First Class, Dubai – Dallas

    Gary Leff
    23 May 2015 | 2:34 pm
    Having flown Emirates first class onboard their Airbus A380, I can say it's truly one of the best first class products in the world. The suite isn't as spacious as Singapore's or Etihad's. But the service is good, the food is good, and despite the bling (there's a *lot* going on, and a lot of *stuff* they give you) there's substance to it too. Most of all, they have the single greatest amenity ever introduced into an aircraft: two giant shower spas, with heated floors. Taking a shower in the sky prior to arrival can't be beat! Continue reading Review: Flying First Class (and Showering)…
  • Cathay Pacific Introducing Wireless Internet Next Year, and Other Product Improvements

    Gary Leff
    23 May 2015 | 12:04 pm
    Next year Cathay Pacific will finally have inflight internet, with the introduction of its fleet of Airbus A350 aircraft. They've refreshed the premium cabin coffee service, and are looking at offering pre-order meals as well. Continue reading Cathay Pacific Introducing Wireless Internet Next Year, and Other Product Improvements...
  • New Stackable Hotel Booking Bonus – Earn 3000 United or American Miles Minimum

    Gary Leff
    23 May 2015 | 9:34 am
    Hotel booking site Kaligo has a one week only minimum mileage-earn of 2000 miles (and a guarantee of 5000 miles on a $500 booking). And they've introduced a new referral that nets you 1000 miles on your first booking. The two offers are stackable, so this can be pretty lucrative. Continue reading New Stackable Hotel Booking Bonus – Earn 3000 United or American Miles Minimum...
  • 9500 Free Miles and Flight Attendant Arrested for Smuggling 26 Passports in Underwear!

    Gary Leff
    23 May 2015 | 7:04 am
    A collection of interesting links you’ll want to see, many you’ll want to click. Continue reading 9500 Free Miles and Flight Attendant Arrested for Smuggling 26 Passports in Underwear!...
 
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  • Walking Broadway – New York City

    Tony Wheeler
    3 May 2015 | 9:57 am
    In New York recently I set out to walk Broadway, it’s the one street which runs the entire length of Manhattan. ▲ So I took the subway down to South Ferry. ◄ It was an expensive trip, I put my credit card into a Columbus Circle subway station Metro Card machine, it charged my card US$10, but no Metro Card came out. So I put in US$10 in cash and got a receipt to say the machine had taken my 10 bucks and wasn’t going to give me anything. Twenty bucks down and I hadn’t even started walking.           ◄ From the South Ferry stop I looked across to the Statue…
  • Around the World in 50 Years

    Tony Wheeler
    29 Apr 2015 | 4:22 am
    When I got off the plane in Nauru during my travels for Dark Lands I immediately bumped into Albert Podell. There aren’t a lot of reasons to go to Nauru, if you aren’t unlucky enough to be a refugee who has become entangled in Australia’s Pacific Solution and has been shipped to Australia’s Pacfic prison camp for an indeterminate time with an uncertain end result. I could guess that Albert was there because he was on a quest to set foot on every country on earth. At the time he had just eight countries to go and I listed those eight in a ‘just 8 countries left’ blog.’ Now he’s…
  • Poor Kathmandu

    Tony Wheeler
    26 Apr 2015 | 4:30 am
    In the 24 hours since Nepal was hit by a huge earthquake I’ve been waiting for news from various friends who either live there or have Nepal connections. Over the years I’ve added up more than six months of my life in Nepal – lots of days on lots of trekking routes interspersed with many visits to Kathmandu. Coincidentally I was in Kathmandu in 1989 when the 6.9 magnitude Loma Prieta tremblor hit San Francisco, yesterday’s Nepal quake was 7.8. In those pre-internet and email days I remember getting the front page of the San Francisco Chronicle faxed to a friend’s Kathmandu office.
  • Parking on the Cycle Path

    Tony Wheeler
    14 Apr 2015 | 2:57 pm
    Three mornings a week in Melbourne I ride about 6km along this cycle path to the gym. Yesterday I came past this point on my way to the gym, but when I came back after my 30 minute session someone had parked right in the middle of the path.
  • Where Song Began

    Tony Wheeler
    5 Apr 2015 | 5:33 pm
    Tim Low’s popular book Where Song Began tells the story of Australia’s big, noisy, aggressive and colourful birds. ‘And how they changed the world’ according to the sub-title. I’m no bird expert or even real bird enthusiast, but they do intrigue me and I do regularly encounter interesting examples. Earlier this year I posted about the cockatoo invasion of the Victorian coastal resort of Lorne. I hadn’t been to Lorne for several years and on my last visit the town certainly wasn’t full of cockatoos. It is now. Tim Low comments on how cockatoos have invaded all sorts of places in…
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  • The 10 best budget hotels in Paris for 2015

    Tom Meyers
    21 May 2015 | 5:10 am
    Looking for a great, affordable hotel in central Paris? We’re rolling out our “Cheapo 100″, listing the best budget hotels in Europe, and we’re kicking things off by announcing our top 10 favorite hotels in Paris. The hotels below have been selected from our list of recommended hotels in Paris because we believe that they represent an exceptional value. This is determined by examining several criteria, including: • Location: Would most travelers consider this location to be convenient? Can you walk to popular sights and a good selection of restaurants from this…
  • Copenhagen: How to use bike share as a visitor

    Craig Nelson
    18 May 2015 | 10:14 am
    Copenhagen (along with Amsterdam) is known as one of the world’s most bike-friendly cities. There are as many bikes as citizens in this Scandinavian hub. Another thing Copenhagen is famous for? Very expensive prices on everything from restaurants to taxis. However, you can still find some deals. For example, exploring the city by bike doesn’t have to cost a fortune for a tourist. With the city’s new bike share program, Bycyklen, it’s possible to get around like a local for only a few Danish crowns a day. Before the new bike share system launched in 2014, visitors…
  • The best affordable seaside escapes in Spain

    Regina W Bryan
    14 May 2015 | 1:55 am
    Hoping to escape the heat, hustle and bustle of Madrid, Barcelona and other big cities in Spain this summer? Spain is literally lined with seaside options, and as temperatures rise these sandy retreats fill up. However, not all of these summer destinations are recommended for travelers trying to keep their costs under control. Many are absolutely crammed with tourists, while others have become blighted with commercial development and sub-par restaurants and bars. Meanwhile, many of those peaceful spots that retain their charm are prohibitively expensive to visit. But fear not: We’ve got…
  • The 6 budget options for getting from Charles de Gaulle to central Paris

    Bryan Pirolli
    7 May 2015 | 4:20 am
    You’ve arrived in Paris! The cafés, the Eiffel Tower, the chic Parisians – well, where are they? Certainly not at the Charles de Gaulle airport. Consistently one of the most complained about airports in the world, there is now a small glimmer of hope for its future. A project is underway to create the CDG Express, a train that will whisk you away from the airport and to Paris’s Gare de l’Est (pretty central) in about 20 minutes. The catch? We’ll be waiting until 2023 – if we’re lucky. In the meantime, what’s the best way to get into Paris? Opinions are split. For those with…
  • Budget tips for Newcastle upon Tyne, England

    Alex Robertson Textor
    1 May 2015 | 3:40 am
    The northern English city of Newcastle (officially called “Newcastle upon Tyne”), about 45 miles from the border with Scotland at its most direct route, is known for its friendly and fun-loving locals. Locals are called “Geordies”; most notoriously, they have a habit of parading from pub to pub in the coldest depths of winter wearing clothes better suited to beach resorts. I visited in late summer and everybody’s attire struck me as seasonally appropriate. But it took three darlins in a quarter-hour to teach me that Newcastle’s legendary friendliness was no…
 
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  • What does Go Green Products Mean

    Alice Benny
    19 May 2015 | 7:12 am
    Go green. Most of everyone would have come across this phrase in one form or the other. How many people actually understand what going green means? Learn more about go green slogans, go green facts and go green products. So what does Go Green Slogans and Go Green Products Mean To put it in simple… Read more The post What does Go Green Products Mean appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • Are BPA Water Bottles Dead?

    Greg Head
    12 May 2015 | 8:46 am
    Have you heard about the chemical called bisphenol-A (BPA) which is used in the manufacture of plastic and resins? There was a controversy regarding the presence of the said chemical in various products like water bottles, feeding bottles, and soda cans as it was reported by different organizations that BPA can cause various health problems… Read more The post Are BPA Water Bottles Dead? appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • How to Become a Traveling Locavore

    Greg Head
    4 May 2015 | 10:45 am
    Are you intrigued by the buzz on locavores? A locavore is someone who eats food that is locally grown and produced. It’s a fairly new lifestyle that is slowly being embraced by millions of people around the world.  Being a locavore is not only about being mindful of the food you eat, but also about… Read more The post How to Become a Traveling Locavore appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • Eco-Conscious Traveler Green Travel Tips to Travel Green

    Greg Head
    4 May 2015 | 9:48 am
    Maybe you’ve heard of green travel tips before and thought it applies exclusively to jungle safaris and hiking up mountaintops. But that’s not the case at all, because you can still do your part even if you’re sightseeing in the city. All you need to do is make the effort to stay in environment friendly… Read more The post Eco-Conscious Traveler Green Travel Tips to Travel Green appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • Amazon’s Kindle is Good Reading Device for Green Traveler

    Elizabeth
    3 May 2015 | 8:45 am
    Do you remember the time when the shelves in your room were packed with books?  Being the voracious reader that you are, it was a challenge for you to organize your home library. But let me ask you this: do you know how many trees were cut to print all those books? It’s a good… Read more The post Amazon’s Kindle is Good Reading Device for Green Traveler appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
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  • From VegasChatter and HotelChatter: Wild Parties and Expensive Breafkasts

    juliana
    22 May 2015 | 2:26 pm
    In travel, getting where you're going is just one part of the process. The other important question is: Where to stay? Our bro HotelChatter does a bang-up job of covering the latest news and trends in hotels and resorts. Out in Vegas, VegasChatter is keeping us informed on what's going down in Sin City. VEGASCHATTER · Whistle While You Werk It: A Brief Party Guide to Memorial Day Weekend 2015 · Tales From Inside The Pit: A Dealer's Tips on Tipping The Dealer · What Sort of 'Inside Vegas' Stories are You Looking For? · Head's Up Chip Collectors: Better Grab These Chips…
  • ‘Vacation Chasers’ is a New Reality Show That Will Make You Insanely Jealous

    Scott Kearnan
    22 May 2015 | 1:46 pm
    Are you the type of television masochist who watches those reality shows about house-hunting couples who review multiple palatial estates you could never dream of affording? If so, and you also love to travel (which, by virtue of being on this website, we’ll bet you do) — fire up your DVR, baby. “Vacation Chasers” is going to be your new addiction-slash-source of passport envy. Premiering Friday, June 5 at 9 PM ET on the HLN network, “Vacation Chasers” focuses on two friends and travel experts — Rachel and Andrea — who compete to create the ultimate,…
  • Love to Travel, Live to Give? This Group is Offering Discounts On Summer Volunteer Trips

    cmb
    22 May 2015 | 10:37 am
    If you're worried that you waited too long to book a volunteer vacation for this summer, worry not. There's actually no better time than the present. India-based, internationally-recognized outfit Volunteering Solutions is giving $100 off all summer programs booked by May 31, which includes trips to Delhi, India, Thailand, Ghana and Tanzania.
  • Back of House: 3 Tips for Dining Out with a Group This Weekend

    TipsyTraveler
    22 May 2015 | 10:14 am
    It's the freaking weekend and the chances are good that you will be dining out sometime in the next three days. Or if you're leaving for a vacation, you may be looking for the best places to eat wherever you're going. But first, there are some things to know about where to eat, what to eat and how to get a reservation there. We've got a Back of House insider dishing tips on what you REALLY need to know when dining out. Got a question? Mail it to us! In this edition of Back of House, we’re helping you discover better ways to dine out with a group this weekend. But we're not talking about…
  • Duty-Free Snack Shopping: What to Buy Before Departing Canada

    jetflyboy
    22 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    International travel isn't just about seeing foreign lands and experiencing other cultures. It's also about sampling the very best snacks and candies that another country has to offer. (Everyone speaks the international language of "sweet tooth.") Duty-free airport shops are among the best places to score cool confections with flavors you'll want on your taste buds as soon as you've unpacked. In fact, our recent trip to Canada yielded some yummy treats worth bringing home for friends — with some extras saved for yourself, of course. While at Toronto's Pearson International Airport, we…
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  • Check-Out Folio: Cuddle Up With Some Holiday Weekend Reading

    juliana
    22 May 2015 | 2:50 pm
    It's our weekly wrap-up, Check-Out Folio where we round up the best (Credits in folio-speak) and worst (Charges) hotel news of the week. Got a scoop? Or just want to share a recent hotel story? Tell us all about it! But since this is a holiday weekend for America as we honor our armed forces, we won't be back in our virtual offices until Tuesday, May 26. CREDITS · PARTIERS WILL HAVE MORE HOTELS TO CRASH IN IBIZA · BANGKOK IS HOT FOR LUXURY HOTELS (OR MAYBE IT'S THE OTHER WAY AROUND) · "THE END OF THE HOTEL ROOM" IS HERE AND WE FEEL TOTALLY FINE. · ALSO:
  • From VegasChatter + Jaunted: Memorial Day Parties and Mad Max Travel

    juliana
    22 May 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Finding a hotel is often only one part of your trip. The other half is getting there. And our bro Jaunted does a bang-up job of covering the latest news and trends in the travel world. Out in Vegas, VegasChatter is keeping us informed on what's going down in Sin City. VEGASCHATTER · Whistle While You Werk It: A Brief Party Guide to Memorial Day Weekend 2015 · Tales From Inside The Pit: A Dealer's Tips on Tipping The Dealer · What Sort of 'Inside Vegas' Stories are You Looking For? · Head's Up Chip Collectors: Better Grab These Chips Before They're Gone
  • Ubud: Rezzies are Open for Ritz-Carlton's Newest Reserve, Mandapa in Bali

    juliana
    22 May 2015 | 1:05 pm
    Bali continues to be a hot destination not just for adventurous travelers, but also luxury hotels.Last week we learned that Langham Hotels will be opening their first Langham Place resort on a clifftop in Ungasan-Uluwatu area. Today, Ritz-Carlton Hotels has announced that their equally impressive Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, the third in the brand's ultra-exclusive collection, will open in September of this year in Ubud.Indeed, reservations are live on the hotel's website, starting at around $670 a night for a Reserve Suite, one of the largest entry-level suites in Ubud at around…
  • Madrid: Mandarin Oriental to Take Over Hotel Ritz in Madrid

    juliana
    22 May 2015 | 11:39 am
    Another day, another grand European hotel gets snapped up. This time it's the Hotel Ritz Madrid which was recently purchased by Mandarin Oriental Hotels in partnership with The Olayan Group, a Saudi Arabian multinational group for a total cost $148 million. Here is what the new owners have in mind for the 167-room hotel, which first opened in 1910, and which was a part of the Belmond/Orient-Express collection, but in recent months had been looking for a new mommy or daddy. The Hotel will undergo a comprehensive renovation in 2017, currently estimated to cost some $103 million. Mandarin…
  • Hue: Tick Off That UNESCO Bucket List at La Residence in Vietnam

    juliab
    22 May 2015 | 8:38 am
    Another week, another cultural hotel experience. Today it’s over to
 
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    Viator Travel Blog

  • Out of Office: Catherine Explores the Ancient and Modern in Israel

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

    Viator Travel Team
    18 May 2015 | 3:09 pm
    Venezuela’s vast coastline, numerous mountains and variety of ecosystems provide the country a seemingly limitless number of beaches, lakes, mountains, waterfalls, rivers and lagoons to satisfy the most adventuresome spirits. Angel Falls in Canaima National Park, Venezuela Canaima National Park To the east of Venezuela, heading toward the Amazon jungle, is Canaima National Park. Located on the Guiana Shield — an immense plateau — this park is known for its tepuis, unique mountains with flat tops. Many of these tepuis are called by their indigenous names, like Kukenan-tepui and…
  • 11 Adventure Movies That Make You Want to Travel Now

    Viator Travel Team
    13 May 2015 | 2:29 pm
    Whether you prefer a gondola ride through Venice or an action-packed adventure through the countryside of New Zealand, these eleven movies will spark your wanderlust and make you want to go out on your very own adventure. Picturesque Amalfi coast 1. Under the Tuscan Sun Under the Tuscan Sun frequently tops lists of both best travel movies as well as best movies filmed in Italy.  The movie takes viewers on a journey through some of the most beautiful parts of Tuscany as well as Italy’s Amalfi Coast, highlighting cities such as Positano. The protagonist, Frances, is out to find herself after…
  • Hong Kong Foodie Tour

    Anne Supsic
    11 May 2015 | 2:48 pm
    Typical Hong Kong street food restaurant. As an Asian food lover, I knew good eating would  be a pinnacle part of the plan for my visit to Hong Kong. However, it was hard to know where to start. I discovered the Hong Kong Food Tour, which combined excellent food tastings with a walking tour through some intriguing, traditional Hong Kong neighborhoods. One of the things I liked most about this tour was the organization and attention to detail. Our affable guide, Lillian, welcomed us to the tour and gave us much-appreciated bottles of water and packs of tissues. She also provided each of us…
  • 12 Great Travel Gifts to Show Mom You Care on Mother’s Day

    Jessica Festa
    8 May 2015 | 2:29 am
    Mother’s Day is quickly approaching  it’s May 10th this year  and for those who haven’t yet planned something special, there is still time. Instead of simply getting a gift or taking mom to dinner, think about treating her to a special experience you both can enjoy together. Here are our top picks for things to do with mom on Mother’s Day. 1. See a show Phantom of the Opera show in NYC One great way to bond with mom this Mother’s Day is to take her to see a show. Not only does this allow for a memorable experience, it lets mom forget her problems for an hour and enjoy the magic of…
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    Perceptive Travel Blog

  • In Tokyo, A Bowl of Udon That is Famous

    Brian Spencer
    22 May 2015 | 6:09 am
    When I say that these udon noodles are famous, what I mean to say is that my father-in-law still talks about them, without prompt occasionally, some two years after he slurped his bowl dry. When I say that this eight- to ten-seat soba/udon stall, located within the compact maze of yakitori joints and izakayas clustered in what’s known as Piss Alley, just outside Shinjuku Station—one of the most wonderful train stations in which you will ever step foot—is famous, what I mean is that rare is the occasion that one walks up and takes a seat without first suffering a
  • A Whiskey Rebellion: Chattanooga Craft Spirits

    Sheila Scarborough
    21 May 2015 | 10:55 am
    Along with the growing worldwide interest in craft beer and “farm to fork” seasonal cooking with as many local ingredients as possible, there’s also a lot of activity around craft spirits – artisanal makers of hard liquor like bourbon, whiskey, gin, etc. Even beer-crazy Wisconsin has distilleries popping up (check the link for one that specializes in Hmong rice spirits.) At the risk of sounding like a booze hound, this is a trend that I’m happy to embrace. Similar to my approach to craft beer – I don’t know much, but I know what tastes good to me…
  • Scotland: Loch Lomond

    Kerry Dexter
    18 May 2015 | 11:02 pm
    Loch Lomond. Likely you know the song — it has been sung by rock stars, folk singers, vocal ensembles from Scotland to Mexico to China, played on bluegrass banjo, and become a regular feature of choirs and solo singers of all sorts. What do you know of the loch itself, though? Loch Lomond lies in the west central region of Scotland. The southern shores of the loch are about an hour’s drive north of Glasgow and readily reached from other parts of the country as well. From that southern shore the waters stretch northward for more than twenty miles, taking
  • Mini Guide to Shanghai Craft Beer, Written By Somebody Who Doesn’t Live in Shanghai

    Brian Spencer
    15 May 2015 | 6:09 am
    I’ve been to all but two of the brewpubs, bottle shops, and beer bars covered here, some of them a few times, though always just as a parachute writer in town a few days at a time, most recently May 2015. Still, though I may have missed a venue or two and readily admit to lacking a local’s long-term perspective, I stand by everything here because, well, because I know my shit. These aren’t in any particular order, and the featured bars aren’t necessarily the best ones. If you only have time for a few, I suggest prioritizing those serving/making
  • The Living Histories of New Orleans Jazz

    Kristin Winet
    13 May 2015 | 10:45 pm
    “We’re not exactly an artifacts culture around here,” he said, gesturing to the cramped, two-room museum we’d just entered in New Orleans French Quarter. Around us on shelves were voodoo dolls, voodoo books, and voodoo statues, covered in feathers, garments, coins, and wishes wrapped up in folded pieces of paper. This, from the curator of the New Orleans Voodoo Museum. We’re not exactly an artifacts culture? Then why in the world are you curating a museum, which, by its very definition, thrives on such objects? His comment seemed a curious one, one that, at the time, didn’t make…
 
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  • Capital transfer: a cycling trip from London to Amsterdam

    Rachel Dixon
    23 May 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Rachel Dixon joins a new green cycle tour from London to Amsterdam – with plenty of interesting and delicious pit stops en routeIt felt like we’d been cycling for hours when we stopped for lunch in Epping Forest, on the north-eastern edge of London. After downing a portion of vegan tagine and some homemade cake, I asked how far we’d come. “About 15 miles,” said Simon, the tour leader, cheerfully. Only 15 miles? Gulp. Suddenly the idea of cycling 160 miles from London to Amsterdam over three days seemed rather daunting.Many people cycling from London to Brighton, Paris or, indeed,…
  • The foodie traveller on ... Breton bakery specialities

    Richard Bertinet
    23 May 2015 | 11:00 pm
    After it featured on The Great British Bake Off last year, the kouign amman had a moment in the UK, but the delicious Breton pastry can be found in bakeries all over BrittanyThe Breton speciality kouign amman (pronounced queen-amahn) had a brief spell as the most talked-about pastry on the block last September after it featured as a challenge in The Great British Bake Off, but the speciality has been enjoyed in Brittany for generations and is available in most good local bakeries. Related: It’s showtime! France’s best-kept theme park secret: Puy du Fou Continue reading...
  • Buffalo stance: New York state’s forgotten city is coming in from the cold

    Shaun Pett
    23 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    After decades of industrial decline, the second-biggest city in New York state is enjoying a new lease of life, as galleries, restaurants and music venues make the most of its architectural heritageDesigned by prestigious architects using the best materials, the Buffalo State Asylum was, when it opened in 1880, a mark of the city’s commercial stature and progressive attitudes. But times changed and the sandstone colossus was abandoned in the 1970s. Now an ambitious plan will restore and transform the site, renamed the Richardson Olmsted Complex after the lead architects, into an 88-room…
  • Feast on the beach in Cornwall

    Ami Sedghi
    22 May 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Bookings for supper nights at the beachside Hidden Hut in south Cornwall are as sought-after as festival tickets. And, as with festivals, no one lets the weather get in the way of a good timeHidden Hut has come a long way since the days when it sold plastic buckets, spades and inflatable dolphins. Five years ago, local couple Jemma Glass and Simon Stallard took over the cafe overlooking Porthcurnick beach, on the Roseland peninsula in southern Cornwall, and transformed it into a showcase for the brilliant ingredients produced on this coast.Simon, a chef by trade, started cooking fish from the…
  • The Three Horseshoes Country Inn & Spa, Leek, Staffordshire: hotel review

    Rachel Dixon
    22 May 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Giant waterwheels in the new spa add a heritage touch to this revamped inn in glorious countryside on the edge of the Peak DistrictI am lying on the beach in the midday sun, my eyes shut, listening to the waves lapping on the sand. Then all too soon – after about 10 minutes, in fact – it goes dark and the stars come out. That’s because this isn’t some tropical island paradise, but a hotel near Leek, Staffordshire. The Beach Hut, a 25-minute light treatment designed to boost vitamin D levels, is one of several experiences on offer at the Three Horseshoes’ new Mill Wheel Spa. It is…
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  • Join us on Twitter for USA road trip week

    Maria McKenzie
    11 May 2015 | 5:47 am
    Have you ever been tempted to jump in the car and see where the road takes you? Perhaps driving along the open road is your go-to travel style, windows down and music turned up high? With the launch of our brand new Road Trip travel guide series, we’re getting our travel plans into gear! Join us this week on @lonelyplanetusa as we team up with Roadtrippers to round up some top road trippin’ tips. Six editions of our new Road Trip series will also be up for grabs – more details on the competition below. We’re also hosting an #LPtakes5 Twitter chat with Roadtrippers co-founder Tatiana…
  • LP Pathfinders: top posts from April 2015

    Emma Sparks
    7 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    The Arco de Santa Catalina, Antigua, Guatemala. Image by Justin Foulkes / LP Traveller magazine From Oman’s equivalent of the Grand Canyon to the festivities of an Indian wedding, our Lonely Planet Pathfinders are never far from an adventure. Here are some of the best stories we’ve seen this month. Photo essay: cycling through Central America – Amanda Zeisset Amanda and Antonio spent a year cycling around Central America – an area full of jewels for all kinds of travellers. Check out some of the highlights of their trip here – including a piglet road crossing…
  • Lonely Planet Kids: bugs and butterflies colouring competition

    Emma Sparks
    23 Apr 2015 | 5:56 am
    Image courtesy of Natural History Museum, London. This month we’re partnering with the Natural History Museum in London for our creative challenge, and it’s one that touches on a subject close to any LP Kid’s heart: creepy crawlies! Follow the instructions below for the chance to win a family ticket to the Natural History Museum’s stunning new Sensational Butterflies exhibition, or a bundle of LP Kids books. THE TASK Download and print out our Bugs and Butterflies activity sheet. Colour it in, making the picture as bright and colourful as you like. HOW TO ENTER There are…
  • LP Pathfinders: top posts from March 2015

    Emma Sparks
    7 Apr 2015 | 9:25 am
    Pho is a classic dish to try in Vietnam. Image by Jame Healy / CC2.0 Our Lonely Planet Pathfinders have been venturing far and wide this month, from the lofty tea plantations of Darjeeling to the icy length of the Trans-Siberian railway. We’ve curated the best of their travel tips and stories here. Darjeeling: India’s Decompression Chamber – Nick Hewitt With a tantalising view of Nepal and the mountains within, this calm alpine town stands in stark contrast to the rest of India. It offers tea like nowhere else on earth, a UNESCO-listed steam train and an unconventionally…
  • Make My Day: locals’ tips for London and San Francisco

    Emma Sparks
    2 Apr 2015 | 1:30 am
    In the world’s greatest cities, there need never be a dull moment. When it comes to finding things to do, the possibilities are practically endless — so which do you choose? Inspired by our new Make My Day city guides, which help travellers mix and match brilliant ideas for mornings, afternoons and evenings, we asked a handful of Lonely Planet staff from London and San Francisco how they would spend a perfect day in their own city. London London’s Borough Market is the ideal stop for a snack. Image by Tony C French / Photolibrary / Getty Images Beat the crowd, fuel up with a…
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  • Visiting The World’s Largest Pig Museum In Stuttgart, Germany

    Matt Long
    23 May 2015 | 10:25 pm
    I don’t know why, but I love quirky, odd and somewhat unusual museums. I always have and for many years have included them on my travels whenever possible. From the Easter egg museum in Munich to the French Fry Museum in Bruges, I’ve enjoyed them all but I was particularly excited when I read about the pig museum in Stuttgart, Germany. That’s right, it’s an entire museum devoted to our friend the pig and with more than 50,000 pieces in 25 rooms, it’s easy to see why it’s also the world’s largest pig museum. Although, I wonder how many others are vying for the same claim to fame.
  • Gazing Up At The Lighthouse on Low Island, Queensland

    Matt Long
    23 May 2015 | 10:19 pm
    The post Gazing Up At The Lighthouse on Low Island, Queensland appeared first on LandLopers.
  • Some Of My Favorite Caribbean Moments: A Photo Series

    Matt Long
    21 May 2015 | 9:59 pm
    This week the #FriFotos theme is the Caribbean, a part of the world that’s hard not to love to be honest. While I have a lot more of it to see, I have been lucky enough to visit several islands throughout the area and amongst all of my experiences there, these are some of my most treasured Caribbean memories.Eleuthera, BahamasBermudaArubaWillemstad, CuracaoGrand CaymanSt ThomasMount Liamuiga, St KittsLunch in Puerto RicoBahamasBermudaCuracaoSt ThomasGrand CaymanSt. KittsArubaThe post Some Of My Favorite Caribbean Moments: A Photo Series appeared first on LandLopers.
  • Crystal Clear Waters At Mossman Gorge, Daintree Rainforest in Queensland

    Matt Long
    21 May 2015 | 9:50 pm
    The post Crystal Clear Waters At Mossman Gorge, Daintree Rainforest in Queensland appeared first on LandLopers.
  • A Few Things I Love (And You Will Too) About Freiburg Germany

    Matt Long
    20 May 2015 | 9:56 pm
    A new city for me when I visited a few weeks ago on a trip with the German National Tourist Board, Freiburg in southwestern Germany quickly became a very pleasant surprise. More than once I caught myself wondering why more people don’t know about this town not too far from the Swiss border and maybe they do, but I certainly didn’t know a lot about it before I showed up on an early summer day. Like many who have visited before me, I began to fall in love with the city and by the time I left, it had quickly risen in the ranks of one of my favorite towns anywhere in the world, not just…
 
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  • Estonia in 11 amazing Instagram photos

    Craig and Linda
    14 May 2015 | 12:01 pm
    I was recently in Estonia, one of the Baltic countries just below Scandinavia and west of Russia. I had an amazing time with a great group of people, but I’m sure you’re just after the Instagram photos… Old Town Tallinn Tallin is one of those cities that is gorgeous from almost any angle. A photo posted by Craig and Linda (@indietravel) on May 8, 2015 at 2:07pm PDT Have I mentioned how beautiful Tallinn is? Those city walls, those gorgeous towers! I love it. A photo posted by Craig and Linda (@indietravel) on May 5, 2015 at 11:28pm PDT Ah Tallinn… As pretty by night as…
  • Celebrate Semana Santa in Spain – episode 298

    Craig and Linda
    9 May 2015 | 5:41 am
    To listen, hit play below or find episode 298 in iTunes, Stitcher or Soundcloud: Dozens of people streamed past our hostel window, all heading in one direction. We’d thought it was a sleepy village when we’d arrived on foot earlier in the day, but now everyone in town was out in the cold, hurrying through the the narrow streets towards the centre. We joined them. The cold numbed our bones and we shivered as we stood at the side of the road with everyone else, waiting for something to happen. Finally we heard music in the distance and slowly, slowly, a procession arrived: a small…
  • The benefits of travelling with family

    Linda Martin
    26 Apr 2015 | 6:38 am
    When we started travelling full-time back in 2006, we weren’t too worried about leaving our family behind. It didn’t matter that we were going to the other side of the world: we could always keep in touch by phone and email, and we’d be back in three or four years — it was no problem at all. Maybe it’s part of getting older, but over the past few years I’ve really started to value my family. I’ve become better friends with my sister and brother, and I’ve been making an effort to make regular phone calls to my mum and dad. They, and Craig’s…
  • Essentials for a Great Overland Safari In Africa

    Hannah and Adam
    8 Apr 2015 | 2:34 am
    Overlanding from Nairobi to Cape Town was a life-changing journey. I also turned into quite a keen camper and after such an amazing trip we’ll be returning in May and leading a photo safari through Kenya and Uganda with Acacia Africa. Our next visit will include gorilla trekking, but before we add this once-in-a-lifetime adventure to our list, here are the essentials (based on our experience) to consider if you want to enjoy a great safari on the continent. Overland trucks On the truck while trying to capture those cats. Life on an overland safari revolves around the truck and being on the…
  • Working on the Road with Nora Dunn – episode 297

    Craig and Linda
    5 Apr 2015 | 9:37 am
    In this episode, Craig catches up with Nora Dunn from the Professional Hobo. As well as finding out what she’s been up to recently, they talk about what started her off on her eight-year journey and about her recent book: Working on the Road: The Unconventional Guide to Full-Time Freedom. To listen, hit play below or find episode 297 in iTunes, Stitcher or Soundcloud: Like us, Nora started travelling back in 2006, but unlike us she sold off a house, car, and business to do so. She says a little niggling voice at the back of her head just kept telling her that she wasn’t doing the…
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  • Things I Liked About Trinidad and Tobago

    Pam Mandel
    17 May 2015 | 5:22 pm
    I was on an all expenses paid trip to Trinidad and Tobago. Christiana, the woman who leads the tours of a chocolate plantation on Tobago. She’s in her 70s, tough as barbed wire, and funny. She walked the grounds barefoot, a huge machete in hand. The turquoise waters of the Caribbean. We went swimming out past the break here — the water was up to about my collar bones — and the sand was so fine. Sadly, Buccoo Reef is bleached and almost dead, though glass bottom boats still take visitors out to see what few bright fish are still there. They should stop doing that. Grilled…
  • Rocked, Lobster

    Pam Mandel
    13 May 2015 | 2:56 pm
    I’m on a press trip to Trinidad and Tobago. Nearly all of my expenses — flights, hotels, meals — were paid for by Trinidad/Tobago Tourism. The bay looked very flat from the shore so I threw caution to the wind and joined the group when they boarded the glass bottomed boat to the reef. Thing is, out at the reef, the boat rocked and swayed and pitched. I tried to keep breathing and hold my breakfast down. The reef wasn’t much to look at anyway, which is a great pity — when you’ve seen a living reef, one where the coral is pale and the fish have vacated for a…
  • I Quit My Job to Travel the World. Multiple Times.

    Pam Mandel
    10 May 2015 | 7:35 am
    1983. It was not my first trip abroad, I’d been an exchange student and then, after I graduated high school, a kibbutz volunteer. While in Israel, I met a boy and we traveled some. When I ran out of money, I went back to the US. I worked as a stocking clerk at a cheap fashion shop for 20 somethings. I quit after three months to go to England, meet up with the boy, and then to travel some more. I was still living with my parents, I was probably earning just over minimum wage. 1986. I was working in the box office of the local symphony orchestra. I liked my job a lot, my boss was…
  • The Peanut Butter Cookie Waffle

    Pam Mandel
    5 May 2015 | 7:38 pm
    I’ve been wanting peanut butter cookies for a while, an odd craving, to be sure, but so it goes. I’ve also had this feeling that I should start a writer’s group, I’m not sure why, but it’s a thing writers do, and I’ve been wondering if it wouldn’t be good for me to do so as well. Last, but not least, I want to waffle things. Because I can. I found three writers who I greatly respect and who also enjoy carbs as much as I do. It’s hard to get four adults in one place, especially when they’re so free range, but I was able to wrangle two of…
  • Postcard from Traffic Court

    Pam Mandel
    4 May 2015 | 3:48 pm
    I got a speeding ticket for going 27 mph in a 20 zone. The fine was pretty steep, so at a friend’s recommendation, I scheduled a hearing to see if I could get it reduced. While I was waiting my turn, the guy next to me, G, a Paiute Indian (he told me so), introduced himself and gave me a fist bump. He then told me a bunch of excellent small stories, about jumping freights and how his gramma taught him not to smoke and about his work as a longshoreman loading the cruise ships and how one time, right after he’d read a story about key lime pie — “They have this huge…
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    Cheapest Destinations Blog - Travel the World!

  • Mexico’s Diversity on Display in the Sierra Gorda Biosphere

    Tim Leffel
    20 May 2015 | 6:27 pm
    We've Moved! Update your Reader Now. This feed has moved to: http://www.cheapestdestinationsblog.com/feed/ Update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from us. Meanwhile, you can always see what's new by visiting www.CheapestDestinationsBlog.com!
  • Why I Live Abroad

    Tim Leffel
    14 May 2015 | 7:37 pm
    We've Moved! Update your Reader Now. This feed has moved to: http://www.cheapestdestinationsblog.com/feed/ Update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from us. Meanwhile, you can always see what's new by visiting www.CheapestDestinationsBlog.com!
  • Cusco, Peru on a Budget (Takes a Little Work)

    Tim Leffel
    10 May 2015 | 8:14 pm
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  • A Trip to Hell, Stuck in Chinese Purgatory, and Sunnier Encounters in Baja

    Tim Leffel
    4 May 2015 | 5:28 am
    We've Moved! Update your Reader Now. This feed has moved to: http://www.cheapestdestinationsblog.com/feed/ Update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from us. Meanwhile, you can always see what's new by visiting www.CheapestDestinationsBlog.com!
  • How to Find Local Accommodation for a Month or More

    Tim Leffel
    30 Apr 2015 | 6:42 am
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    Travel the Home Exchange Way

  • Home Swappers: the home exchange travel newsletter

    Home Base Holidays
    22 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    In this issue of the Home Swappers travel newsletter: Featured home exchanges: Sea view home in Crete, Greece & stylish home swap offer in London, England. Home exchange trip report in Galicia, Spain Home exchange Q&A: non-simultaneous home exchanges Read the newsletter: Home Swappers Newsletter Check out previous issues of Home Swappers Newsletter, in the Newsletter Archive. Subscribe to receive newsletters as published. Related articles Live like a local - April home exchange newsletter - Travel the Home Exchange Way Live like a local - March home swap newsletter Home Swappers:…
  • Maximise your opportunities to find a home swap you’ll love

    Home Base Holidays
    19 May 2015 | 3:56 am
    “We have just returned from a holiday in Ludlow, a beautiful town in a stunning English county. This wasn't a swap but a rental because Ludlow is a town I really wanted to visit but I hadn't managed to secure an exchange. And here I come to the point of this piece: with home exchange you won't always get exactly what you think you want. Sometimes, if there's somewhere you really want to go, you may have to holiday by more conventional means. Sometimes you may go somewhere you'd never really considered and will have a fabulous time. So what if you've listed your home and seem to be getting…
  • Visit Edinburgh on a budget - tips & ideas

    Home Base Holidays
    15 May 2015 | 4:44 am
    Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland, is one of Britain's most exciting tourist destinations with a fascinating mix of ancient and modern architecture, plenty of insightful museums and galleries and stunning scenery in a priceless setting. Edinburgh, also called "the Athens of the North", is a vibrant, cosmopolitan city with a great variety of fine restaurants and shops and numerous sights and attractions. But despite being such a great place to explore it is also one of the most expensive places in Britain. That’s why we create this budget-friendly guide to discover Edinburgh without…
  • No points, no restrictions – arrange as many home swaps as you wish

    Home Base Holidays
    10 May 2015 | 7:26 am
    Q: Do I get points for letting someone stay at my apartment? - Jane C, Melbourne A: Home Base Holidays does not operate a points system (as such systems seem unnecessarily complicated). Q: How long are these points valid for please?  So if I cannot use up all the points I get in one year – how long do they last before they expire? A: As there are no points, there is no expiry date. Q: Can I do more than one house swap a year?  Does this change the pricing or costs in any way? A: Once you have paid your one-off six month or one year membership fee, you are free to arrange as many swaps as…
  • Home Swappers: the home exchange travel newsletter!

    Home Base Holidays
    8 May 2015 | 6:14 am
    In this issue of the Home Swappers travel newsletter: Featured home exchanges: Sea view home in El Port de la Selva, Spain & converted church in Penzance, Cornwall, England. Kobo eReader competition winner! Home exchange Q&A: planning a home swap several months in advance People needed for BBC One’s Home Away from Home Read the newsletter: Home Swappers Newsletter Check out previous issues of Home Swappers Newsletter, in the Newsletter Archive. Subscribe to receive newsletters as published. Related articles Live like a local - April home exchange newsletter - Travel the Home…
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  • Centuries-Old Technology Still Keeps the Thieves Out

    Rick Steves
    23 May 2015 | 1:03 pm
    Updating the town walk for the Lucca chapter in my Italy guidebook, I was impressed at how many shops on the main drag had been in the same family at the same location for over a century. And this jewelry shop (with a storefront that completely folds up — leaving just a green, wooden wall at night) has been in the Carli family for several centuries. In this video clip, as Signora Carli seems to guard the front door, Signore Carli shows off his very old-school safe.
  • Volterra: My Top Italian Hill Town

    Rick Steves
    22 May 2015 | 9:48 am
    I often say the Volterra is my favorite Italian hill town. Returning this year for my research chores, I was wondering if that was overstating things. But as soon as I settled into the town, my opinion was affirmed. It’s got everything just right: beautifully preserved; far enough away to not have the crippling crowds; just enough tourism to be entertaining and welcoming; enough local economy so that tourists don’t feel like they have a price on their scalp; big enough to have plenty of good restaurants, cafés, and bars; small enough to be mostly traffic-free. Volterra is beautiful. The…
  • Hide and Seek in Pisa

    Rick Steves
    21 May 2015 | 1:26 pm
    A girl hides, quietly hoping the leaning tower doesn’t find her. (Or, perhaps I misinterpreted this scene. Can you give it a better caption?)
  • Tacky Tuscan Tourist Trap?

    Rick Steves
    20 May 2015 | 2:43 pm
    When filming our TV shows, we often note how we make things look better than they are. The truth is, there are a lot of tacky tourist traps throughout Europe. San Gimignano comes off as a pretty greedy place during the day. (But at night, they’ve made their money, and the place becomes more romantic.) Here’s a quick clip at the end of a long day of selling junk to tourists. What’s your vote for the worst tourist trap in Europe?
  • Pointy Skylines and Glittering Frescoes in Tuscany

    Rick Steves
    19 May 2015 | 12:23 pm
    When it comes to hill towns in Tuscany, San Gimignano is the region’s glamour girl, getting all of the attention from passing tour buses. A quick stroll through its core, in the shadows of its 14 surviving medieval towers, is a delight. Local guides claim that Minoru Yamasaki, the architect of New York City’s World Trade Center, was inspired by San Gimignano’s twin towers. (I have no idea if that’s true, but they sure look like they could have.) While only 14 of the town’s original 72 towers are still standing, these sisters have stood here for 700 years.   Way back in the…
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  • Nikon Unveiled the Awesome D5000

    travel boy
    23 May 2015 | 9:07 am
    Nikon Inc. is the world leader and best known for its digital imaging, precision optics and photo imaging technology. Itis globally recognized for setting new standards in product design and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Discovering Haiti

    World Traveler
    22 May 2015 | 9:06 pm
    Let’s face it, Haiti doesn’t have a good reputation thanks to the years of trouble and civil unrest the country has had to face. But if you didn’t know any different, this little nation which... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Movie Travel: Catching Harry Potter after the last chapter of the film series

    Mircea Giurca
    22 May 2015 | 8:58 am
    The final chapter of the Harry Potter movie series has come out in cinemas all over the world. For sure fans cannot get enough of Harry Potter but there is no need to worry since there are a lot of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • What everyone should know about Berlin

    Mircea Giurca
    21 May 2015 | 8:53 pm
    I am sure you would like to visit Berlin, it is a magnetic city. I will introduce it to you , with your permission. Berlin is attested since the XIIIth century, and is the german capital since 300... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Knowing better Krakow, the polish pearl

    Mircea Giurca
    21 May 2015 | 8:49 am
    If you think about Poland, don’t you dare to say that you think first to Warszaw. It would be totally wrong! The city of Krakow, located in the south of the country, not far from the Tatra... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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  • 5 Cocktails to Kickstart Memorial Day Weekend

    marisaspyker
    22 May 2015 | 10:37 am
    If you’re like us, you’ve been planning this weekend since, well, Labor Day of last year. You have a prime spot on the sand, a sassy new swimsuit, and a posse of beach-loving pals by your side. The only thing missing? A perfect seaside sipper. Here are five of our perfect holiday-worthy picks: The Classic…with a twist Photo: Ralph Anderson Cucumber Margarita This fresh take on a coastal staple combines tequila, Cointreau, and Grand Marnier with lime and cucumber for a light, refreshing treat on a hot day. Whip up a pitcher and bring it down to the sand. (Just make sure your…
  • Harbour Island Getaway: Style Picks from Womanista

    rachaelburrow
    14 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    This week, we caught up with Cassie McConnell Kelley, the founder and voice behind the fabulous lifestyle blog Womanista. She is headed to Harbour Island for a relaxing girls’ weekend and shared her must-haves for an island vacation with us. Check out her stylish finds below, and be sure to keep an eye on our Instagram this weekend for more updates from her trip!   Image by Alyssa Rosenheck Above, Cassie channels a tropical look with a bright coverup and straw hat. She describes her style as “feminine luxe”—she gravitates toward neutral pieces that boast great…
  • Charleston Beach House #3: A Peek Into This Swank Dwelling…

    ellenmcgauley
    13 May 2015 | 12:58 pm
    By homes editor Ellen McGauley Over the last two days, we’ve shown you a glimpse of our recent tour of favorite beach houses on Sullivan’s Island, just outside Charleston—the first house is here. The second, here. It was all part of Charleston Insiders’ Weekend, and the tour was a hit. We had beautiful weather, enthusiastic guests, and enough architectural and interior design ideas to send us all home happy and inspired.   Photo by Andrew Cebulka Today, we’re bringing you the third and final house on the tour. Inspired by a Barbadian resort, it is a…
  • Another Day, Another Peek Inside a Brilliant Lowcountry Beach House…

    ellenmcgauley
    12 May 2015 | 12:28 pm
    By homes editor Ellen McGauley Yesterday’s post gave you a look at the first house on our Sullivan’s Island House Tour, held the first weekend in May just outside of Charleston, South Carolina. Today, we’re bringing you the second house we visited, which was just as warm and inviting as the first.   Photo by Andrew Cebulka This one is owned by a talented local artist and her surfer husband, both of whom live here full-time (full-time beach living? They’ve got the right idea…). The home is just a block or two from the sand. Here’s a look inside:…
  • Three Beach Houses Near Charleston That You Just Have to See…

    ellenmcgauley
    11 May 2015 | 12:43 pm
    By homes editor Ellen McGauley A little over a week ago, Coastal Living hosted an exclusive homes tour on dreamy Sullivan’s Island, a three-mile beach town just a few minutes from downtown Charleston, South Carolina. And we have so many pictures to share!   Photo by Andrew Cebulka It was all part of Time Inc.’s first-ever Charleston Insiders’ Weekend, where we joined Southern Living, Travel & Leisure, Food & Wine, and Departures magazines for a weekend of Lowcountry food, cultural events, and shopping. Readers from all over the country joined us as editors…
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  • Expedia gives up on battle for China

    markus.busch@hotelmarketing.com
    22 May 2015 | 12:11 am
    The company sold its 62.4% stake in China’s Elong travel website to four buyers. Among them is Ctrip, which is now more firmly ensconced as the top player in China’s competitive online travel market. The two companies have agreed to cooperate with each other on “certain travel product offerings for specified geographic markets.”
  • Adobe Digital Index Travel Report 2015

    markus.busch@hotelmarketing.com
    22 May 2015 | 12:10 am
    Adobe released its annual Digital Index Travel Report, which reveals the best times to book airfare and hotels, top destinations, total online travel spend, consumer buying behaviors across devices and more.
  • How your hotel can stand out from the crowd

    markus.busch@hotelmarketing.com
    22 May 2015 | 12:09 am
    Focusing on the importance of technology as part of today's guest experience as well as being able to respond to the needs of a growing number of business travelers are just two ways by which hotels can stay relevant in the face of increasing competition.
  • Communities form around potential Luxury Link closure

    markus.busch@hotelmarketing.com
    22 May 2015 | 12:08 am
    Travel Web site Luxury Link is rumored to have ceased operations this week without any warning for consumers. The rumors began on travel forums across the Internet from concerned consumers looking for answers.
  • Bravofly Rumbo Group rebrands as lastminute.com

    markus.busch@hotelmarketing.com
    22 May 2015 | 12:07 am
    The new identity reflects the change in strategy of the group following the acquisition of lastminute.com in March. The change of name will be accompanied by a new advertising campaign across its three key markets: UK, France and Italy.
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  • Relax with Sveglio

    Marian
    27 Apr 2015 | 11:45 am
    What an amazing creation! This week we want to introduce a new dynamic outdoor furniture designed by Jason and Jules Henry. Two brothers from Big Sur, California that took inspiration form the wild and eclectic community they grew up in and turned it into creative self-expression. Volo (I fly in Italian) is a perfect reminder of life’s motion and balance. We are in love with the design and know that it will work perfectly in many of our Modern Boutique Homes.  What a cool outdoor piece to read under a tree, watch the sunset or nuzzle up and look at the stars. We can’t help…
  • Pop-up Pads

    Marian
    2 Mar 2015 | 2:02 pm
    At Been Seen, we love creative design, and when we find it coupled with sustainable building it truly inspires us! Like our very own “The Pods” hotel, this pop-up pads are made for the modern nomad. Comfortable, stylish and eco friendly, we are definitely dreaming of carefree vacations! Eco-Hotel + Drop L have created this removable modular hotel rooms inspired by the organic shapes you can find in nature. This lightweightunits can be placed and removed in different terrains without leaving a negative impact on the environment. A fabulous room with a view that disappears into the…
  • Visit California, it’s amazing.

    Marian
    13 Jan 2015 | 2:41 pm
      Explore California. From Yosemite to Big Sur, from San Francisco to Los Angeles, we discovered cool places to stay in California. Find all the options at Vacation Rentals California.
  • The Modern Desert (Palm Springs Then & Now)

    Marian
    17 Nov 2014 | 2:59 pm
    Named to its list of America’s Dozen Distinctive Destinations, The National Trust for Historic Preservation has recognized Palm Springs as one of only twelve destinations for architectural tourism, and Preserve America has cited it as an important architectural preservation site. For good reason. Kicking it off in the late 1920s, the Hollywood party moved inland when the grande dame El Mirador Hotel went up (sadly since destroyed) and the famed Racquet Club drew the tennis and cocktails set. More stars followed and the great desert playground migration began along with an amazing story in…
  • We Visit Corsica

    Heinz
    25 Sep 2014 | 12:13 pm
      A journey we never tire of, Corsica’s old world, laid back style and natural beauty always brings us back. So, this summer we returned again to rediscover some of our favorite boutique homes and get some new pix, new detail and new perspective. From the scent of the maquis and colors of sea and sky, and the enduring charm of the sweet and slightly goofy goats and donkeys that roam everywhere, it’s a sensory delight every time.   Our first stop is always La Caseta. We love the garden and it’s old stone walls and shadows in the morning light. (It’s like…
 
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  • Disney Cruise Line Returns to Favorite Home Ports in 2016

    Jason Leppert
    23 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    Disney Cruise Line plans to return to the home ports of New York, Miami and Galveston with select sailings to the Bahamas and the Caribbean in 2016. These cruises aboard the Disney Magic and Disney…The post Disney Cruise Line Returns to Favorite Home Ports in 2016 appeared first on MiceChat.
  • Twisted Colossus Opens This Weekend At Six Flags Magic Mountain

    Norman Gidney
    22 May 2015 | 7:26 am
    Something twisted this way comes.  If you have been following our coverage over the past few months, you know that Twisted Colossus is a reinvention of the classic, original Colossus, once the worlds tallest fastest,…The post Twisted Colossus Opens This Weekend At Six Flags Magic Mountain appeared first on MiceChat.
  • Your Guide to Disneyland Diamond Celebration Merchandise

    Andy Castro
    22 May 2015 | 3:54 am
    A Disney celebration wouldn’t be complete without merchandise — and with hundreds of items available, Disneyland has made sure you’ll commemorate your Diamond Celebration visit with a souvenir or two. Today we take a look…The post Your Guide to Disneyland Diamond Celebration Merchandise appeared first on MiceChat.
  • The Old Mill at Storybook Land

    Werner Weiss
    21 May 2015 | 6:00 pm
    You’re in a Dutch canal boat at Yesterland, so it’s fitting that you’re cruising past Dutch windmills. Your skipper delivers a live spiel: “On the left are the three Dutch windmills.”   Read the YESTERLAND…The post The Old Mill at Storybook Land appeared first on MiceChat.
  • Your Guide to Disneyland’s Diamond Celebration 24-Hour Party

    Andy Castro
    21 May 2015 | 4:30 am
    Disneyland will kick off its big 60th Anniversary Diamond Celebration this weekend with a huge 24-hour party on Friday packed with all-new entertainment, enhancements at classic attractions, special food, and hundreds of commemorative merchandise items.…The post Your Guide to Disneyland’s Diamond Celebration 24-Hour Party appeared first on MiceChat.
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  • 7 epic activities you can do in the Rockies

    Kathryn Munro
    20 May 2015 | 2:59 am
    Exploring the Rocky Mountains is one of the most exhilarating adventures you’ll ever have; there’s nothing quite like being completely surrounded by beautiful mountains, dazzling lakes and picturesque mountain towns. And if nature isn’t enough for you, there are some truly epic outdoor activities to get stuck into, such as zip-lining, sky-diving and walking 918 […] 7 epic activities you can do in the Rockies is a post from A Luxury Travel Blog The post 7 epic activities you can do in the Rockies appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
  • Photograph of the week: The foothills of India’s Himalayas

    Paul Johnson
    20 May 2015 | 12:34 am
    The stunning scenery at the foothills of India’s Himalayas is a photographer’s dream, though the journey to get there, only possible by road, is long and gruelling. This shot looking over the apple orchards at Seetalvan, Himachal Pradesh, takes full advantage of the magnificent light and somehow made it all worth it. Thank you to […] Photograph of the week: The foothills of India’s Himalayas is a post from A Luxury Travel Blog The post Photograph of the week: The foothills of India’s Himalayas appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
  • New York’s best pancakes

    Hilary Stockton
    19 May 2015 | 11:40 am
    Brunch in NYC is a favorite weekend meal for couples, families, friends and visitors. And while it’s possible to eat everything from Chinese dim sum to lobster eggs benedict or even carbonara pizza for brunch in NYC, a great plate of pancakes is one of our all time favorite brunch comfort foods. Here are our […] New York’s best pancakes is a post from A Luxury Travel Blog The post New York’s best pancakes appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
  • European cheat sheet for wonderful, winey weekend in Napa, CA

    Janice Nieder
    18 May 2015 | 10:22 am
    If you’re planning a trip to San Francisco and you’d like to add on a couple of relaxing days to experience wine country but you’re in the throes of a dilemma trying to choose between the different regions, to say nothing of the hundreds of wineries, then the short answer is choose Napa. Napa is […] European cheat sheet for wonderful, winey weekend in Napa, CA is a post from A Luxury Travel Blog The post European cheat sheet for wonderful, winey weekend in Napa, CA appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
  • 5 of London’s best Bloody Marys

    Nicole Harley
    18 May 2015 | 9:32 am
    There’s just something about a Bloody Mary. A classic British pick-me-up, done well this fiery tonic is the perfect remedy for a rejuvenating Saturday brunch, lazy Sunday luncheon or just whenever you feel like something with a bit of a kick. But striking that fine balance of flavour is a tricky business – there’s a […] 5 of London’s best Bloody Marys is a post from A Luxury Travel Blog The post 5 of London’s best Bloody Marys appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
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  • 12 Years Of Travel: Newquay Cliffs, Cornwall, UK

    Chris Mitchell
    21 May 2015 | 12:31 pm
    Famous for its burgeoning surfing scene, Newquay also has some stunningly beautiful scenic walks along its cliffs too. Newquay Cliffs, Cornwall 21 May 2013, 2 Years Ago This Week: Less than fifty miles from where I grew up, I’d never been to Newquay until this visit to see a friend who I’d first met in Thailand. This coastline is similar to the rugged coastline around my home town of Plymouth, which brought hundreds of ships to grief in the days before lighthouses and lifeguards. There’s a savage beauty to this coastline that I’ve not seen replicated anywhere else in…
  • 12 Years Of Travel: To The Lighthouse, Exmouth, Australia

    Chris Mitchell
    14 May 2015 | 4:49 am
    The tiny town of Exmouth in West Australia is most famous for being the home of whale sharks, but the surrounding bush country is just as rewarding Oka 4-Wheel Drive Truck, Exmouth Outback, Western Australia 17 May 2007, 8 Years Ago This Week: Exmouth is one of those places that took hold of my imagination: I visited there in May 2003 while I was backpacking around Australia and was fascinated by this tiny township that was in the middle of nowhere halfway up the vast Western Australian coast. I went there the first time to go snorkelling with whale sharks, and the second time was very…
  • 12 Years Of Travel: Port Eliot, Cornwall, UK

    Chris Mitchell
    7 May 2015 | 3:33 am
    Living abroad means being a tourist in your own country when you go home – and seeing everything again with new eyes Port Eliot Gardens, Cornwall 13 May 2012, 3 Years Ago This Week: This picture feels quintessentially English to me: the colours and the sunlight (on one of the few days England gets any). Taken in the gardens of Port Eliot, a beautiful stately home in Cornwall and home to Robert Lenckiewicz‘s circular mural masterpiece in the Round Room. What Is 12 Years Of Travel? I'm publishing a photo each week during 2015 that was taken in the same week sometime in the previous…
  • 12 Years Of Travel: Banda Islands, Indonesia

    Chris Mitchell
    29 Apr 2015 | 11:35 pm
    It’s hard to imagine the sleepy Banda Islands were once the cause of decades of bloody conflict between warring colonial nations Banda Islands, Indonesia 2 May 2009, 6 Years Ago This Week: It was on this trip I fell in love with the Banda Sea, a huge swathe of ocean belonging to Indonesia that is dotted by a few islands and still-active volcanos whose remote, largely untouched coral reefs make for fantastic scuba diving. On a ten day steam across this stretch of water, only accessible to smaller boats a few months a year, all the cliches about it “being a small world” and…
  • 12 Years Of Travel: Model Shoot, Bangkok, Thailand

    Chris Mitchell
    23 Apr 2015 | 12:42 am
    Mastering taking photos of fish underwater is one thing – trying to take decent portraits of people on land is quite another Model Shoot, Bangkok 24 April 2010, 5 Years Ago This Week: When I first got into underwater photography, I’d never been much more than a point and shoot kind of guy with any kind of camera. Taking photos while diving was a series of challenges – not only knowing how to handle a camera and what works and doesn’t work underwater, but also being good enough at diving to manoeuvre without crashing into anything and avoid spooking already skittish sea…
 
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  • Next Up: Exploring Colombia and Finding The Lost City

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

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

    Audrey Scott
    7 Apr 2015 | 7:58 am
    By Audrey ScottThis is a story about going to Poland for the day, and the joy of deliberately infusing adventures into our everyday lives. Starting our adventure, morning in Berlin. Two large Tyskie beers kept us company as we waited for pierogies, savory Polish dumplings, to arrive at our table at a brewery restaurant in Szczecin, a town near the Polish-German border. Only hours before, we had been having breakfast in what was once West Berlin. I considered the history of this region. For decades, freedom of movement in this part of the world simply wasn’t a concept. Borders not only…
  • Haiti Trekking: A Beginner’s Guide

    Audrey Scott
    30 Mar 2015 | 5:04 am
    By Audrey ScottPic Cabayo, towards a slice of Haiti’s Caribbean Sea. The sounds of konpa, Haiti’s version of merengue meets jazz, floated from the kitchen to our spot on the front porch. We sat around a large wooden dining table, fleece jackets zipped up, our hands cupped around mugs of Haitian hot chocolate flavored with star anise, cinnamon, and Haitian bergamot lime rind. It was impossible not to be caught up in the unexpected moment. The crackling musical improvisations hearkened to a bygone era and punctuated the cool, dark stillness around us.The men in the kitchen called it…
  • How Street Food is the Ultimate Travel Guide: 40 Favorite Street Food Dishes

    Audrey Scott
    11 Mar 2015 | 2:41 pm
    By Audrey ScottThailand, our first street food love. If it’s only food porn you seek, go here. Otherwise, if you enjoy elaborate threads linking travel satisfaction and street eats, read on.Food and travel, one of life’s great experience intersections. Although we enjoy our share of refined cuisine and elaborate meals at restaurants, it’s often our street food quests — raw on-the-ground journeys that convey authenticity — that yield some of life’s most revealing moments and enlighten us in unexpected ways. Food generally serves as a natural gateway to a more profound understanding…
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  • Packing light when traveling with kids

    Jamie Pearson
    7 May 2015 | 12:24 am
    Like many of you, I never checked bags before I had kids. I traveled all over the globe without ever spending a moment at the dreaded airport baggage carousel. The post Packing light when traveling with kids appeared first on Travel Savvy Mom.
  • 5 reasons my family can’t get an early start on vacation

    Jamie Pearson
    5 May 2015 | 12:38 am
    Travel guidebooks have long extolled the virtues of getting an early start. Want to beat the heat and the crowds? Get out of bed and get going. The post 5 reasons my family can’t get an early start on vacation appeared first on Travel Savvy Mom.
  • Visiting the Rhine Valley with kids

    Jamie Pearson
    20 Apr 2015 | 3:16 pm
    Sure, I could have visited this region with a like-minded adult, enjoying the scenery, the quiet, and the many nice Riesling wines, but what would be the challenge in that? The post Visiting the Rhine Valley with kids appeared first on Travel Savvy Mom.
  • Snorkeling!

    Kayt Sukel
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:06 am
    My kid has always loved the water. Even as a wee one, he'd throw himself headfirst into any body of water, mud puddles to oceans, without a second thought. The post Snorkeling! appeared first on Travel Savvy Mom.
  • Avoiding bat guano under Austin’s Congress Street Bridge

    Kayt Sukel
    14 Oct 2014 | 9:03 am
    Ever wanted to kayak under one of the world's largest urban bat colonies? Here's your chance. The post Avoiding bat guano under Austin’s Congress Street Bridge appeared first on Travel Savvy Mom.
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  • Woman in Gold—the Travels and Travails of one Famous Painting

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

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

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

    Darya Mead
    25 Oct 2014 | 2:55 pm
    Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos in Spanish, is a colorful, celebratory holiday that mixes the macabre with the mundane and the magical. A day to remember, honor and celebrate those family members, friends, pets and even strangers who have passed. It happens about the same time as Halloween hijinx and mixes some of our spooky shenanigans with Mexican rituals, but, without the fear of those that have moved on. Although ghosts and skeletons play important roles, it is an enchanting and not so creepy portrayal of the un-living. Parties gather in cemeteries, bestowing offerings for those…
  • Rock Climbing Reprise

    Darya Mead
    12 Sep 2014 | 4:48 pm
    A good friend took a group of kids and parents rock climbing in the Sierras recently. We walked ten minutes to a steep rock face and unloaded the gear and started setting up. My son has taken indoor classes at a gym, and hanging out in that atmosphere, I have never been enticed to join in, but in the mountains, out in nature, it was a totally different story. I know my limits. Jumping out of a plane, bungee jumping from a bridge, crossing the Atlantic or Pacific in a small boat or running a marathon are not even remotely on my bucket list. That said, it’s invigorating to try new and…
 
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  • QT Port Douglas, Australia: hotel of the week

    Team Smith
    22 May 2015 | 7:25 am
    Dust off the togs and dive into tropical territory: with the season of sun-drenched days and balmy evenings upon us, QT Port Douglas is complementing its prime poolside by rolling out the green carpet for Moonlight Cinema sessions under the stars. STYLEMIAMI SPICE SETTING TROPICAL QUEENSLAND GARDENS WHY THIS WEEK? Port Douglas’ wet season has moved aside, and to make the most of newly mild evenings QT’s sprawling lawns are playing host to Moonlight Cinema soirées from 2 June (including brand-new blockbusters like Jurassic World and Ant Man). If that’s not enough, Carnivale shakes off…
  • Stockholm’s most daring modern art galleries

    Kate Weir
    21 May 2015 | 8:46 am
    Stockholm‘s modern art galleries like their exhibitions brazen, with controversy-courting photographers and pop provocateurs keeping this hip short-haul destination’s cutting edge razor-sharp. We’ve scoured this Scandi style hub to compile an at-a-glance guide to the shows worth eyeing up. FOTOGRAFISKA 22 Stadsgårdshamnen, Stockholm, Sweden 11645, (+46 (0)8 5090 0500) Exhibitions at art nouveau gallery Fotografiska, by Stadsgården wharf – ranging from Roger Ballen and Vee Speers to Martin Parr (from left, above) – aim to challenge viewers. Whether probing South…
  • Casacau, Rome: hotel of the week

    Rachel Juarez-Carr
    15 May 2015 | 7:23 am
    Gelato in the sunshine, per favore: it’s time for a Roman holiday. But not just any old stay will do, of course: when in Rome, we like our home-from-home stylish, central and unique. Handily, we know just the place: achingly stylish Casacau hotel in Rome is a dream city stay. Style Time-capsule pieds-a-terre Setting Steps from the Trevi fountain Why this week? Summer’s approaching, and where better to spend your sunny days and warm nights than Rome? (And, grab our four nights for the price of three deal now and you’ll have a whole extra day to spend grabbing glasses…
  • Inn at Perry Cabin by Belmond, Chesapeake Bay: hotel of the week

    Amelia Mularz
    8 May 2015 | 10:42 am
    Ahoy! This week we’re setting sail to Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay. Thanks to its riverside location, the Inn at Perry Cabin by Belmond is a boutique hotel, sailing academy and yachting paradise in one. Grab your Sperry Top-Siders, a bottle of rosé and step aboard. STYLE REFINED RIVERSIDE RETREAT SETTING MARITIME MARYLAND WHY THIS WEEK? It’s time for an adventure. A real adventure. Picture the wind whipping through your hair as you navigate river waters aboard a 38-foot yacht. Jib, boom, aft. Gobbledygook? No, this is your new lingo. Or at least it will be after a stay at…
  • New for May: Smith hotels in Ecuador, and beyond

    Rachel Juarez-Carr
    7 May 2015 | 1:56 am
    Ecuador’s a magnificent place, isn’t it? The rainforest wildlife of the Andean highlands, the verdant Pacific coast, the cultural hub of Quito… there’s plenty to explore, and now we’ve added our first three Ecuadorian hotels to our carefully curated collection. Read on to make their acquaintance. ECUADOR • Casa Gangotena, Quito: Old Town plaza setting, crowd-pulling local cuisine, attentive and truly hospitable staff • Tanusas Retreat & Spa, Manabí: Rodrigo Pacheco cuisine, beachy bonhomie, eco-conscious ethos • Mashpi Lodge, Andean Highlands…
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  • 21 Amazing Restaurants From My Road Trip Across the United States

    NomadicMatt
    18 May 2015 | 5:45 am
    In the past five months, I’ve driven over 12,000 miles on my cross-country book tour. I visited over 40 cities and ate hundreds of meals of varying quality: some were good, some thankfully very forgettable, and others of “OMG I can die happy now” quality. These meals — whether in a high-quality sushi restaurant or a hole in the wall — showed me how delicious and diverse the food in America is. After all those meals, here are my top 21 favorite restaurants in the United States where you can get delicious, high-quality, and affordable food. If you’re road-tripping across the country…
  • How to Travel Around South Africa

    NomadicMatt
    13 May 2015 | 5:10 am
    On the second Wednesday of the month, Kristin Addis from Be My Travel Muse writes a guest column featuring tips and advice on solo female travel. It’s an important topic I can’t adequately cover, so I brought in an expert to share her advice. This week she talks about her recent trip to South Africa When I started planning my South Africa trip, a lot of questions went through my mind: Is a country that big easy to travel around? Is it expensive? What is even possible? The resources I found online were vague, negative, or simply nonexistent. But after traveling through the country…
  • 7 Things I Learned While Driving Through the American South

    NomadicMatt
    11 May 2015 | 6:04 am
    The American South has a mixed reputation in U.S. popular culture: it’s home to sweet tea, greasy but delicious food, country music and the blues, friendly and helpful people, and beautiful and diverse landscapes. However, it’s also supposedly filled with guns, racists, bigots, and rednecks, and it’s the subject of other negative stereotypes. The first time I visited the South was in 2006 on a road trip across the United States. As a liberal Yankee, I wanted the negative stereotypes to be true and my beliefs to be validated. Instead, I found an incredible region of helpful people, a…
  • 17 Tech Related Travel Questions (and Answers!)

    NomadicMatt
    5 May 2015 | 8:18 am
    On the first Tuesday of each month, Dave Dean from Too Many Adapters gives us great tips and advice on travel tech and gear. In this month’s column he answers all your tech related questions. I get asked a lot about travel technology every day, especially since I started writing on this website. So this month, rather than devoting an article to a single topic, I decided to answer many of your travel tech questions. We cover a wide range of topics – gear, security, apps, staying connected and many more. Without further ado, here are your questions and best answers! Is a laptop or a…
  • How to Travel the World in a Wheelchair

    NomadicMatt
    30 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    A few months ago, I was wasting time researching on the Internet when I came across a travel blog written by a guy who traveled the world in a wheelchair. For hours, I read his blog, intrigued by what he did. I love when people don’t let their limitations hold them back. I love it when people say “I can” instead of “I can’t”. Cory embodies the ongoing theme on this blog that where there is a will, there is a way. Cory is a guy who wouldn’t let a disability define or confine him. His is an inspirational story and I was hooked on his blog so I invited…
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  • All Star Guest Blogger Reviews The Cliffs at Peace Canyon

    Lisa Ann Schreier, The Timeshare Crusader
    22 May 2015 | 6:54 am
    Before I commence my review of The Cliffs at Peace Canyon I would like to give a few reasons why RCI members should consider a visit to the Las Vegas area. The first reason is obvious ie for the gambling in the numerous casinos on the strip and nearby. This may be the main reason why numerous people come to Las Vegas but it certainly is not for me as I have now visited twice for multiple other reasons. Another reason why people should consider visiting this city is for the top rated shows which are too numerous to mention here in my review. The high end shopping at places…
  • Timeshare Owners Deserve Better

    Lisa Ann Schreier, The Timeshare Crusader
    4 May 2015 | 7:18 am
    On Wednesday, April 29th, the Florida Senate unanimously passed HB 453, which contains language that significantly shifts more power to timeshare developers and further limits rights that timeshare owners currently have.The bill originated in the Florida House of Representatives by Eric Eisenaugle was replicated by Senator Kelli Stargel.   According to Lobby Tools.com, the bill(s) “Revises provisions relating to timeshares, including amendments made to timeshare instrument, public offering statements, release of certain escrow funds, written advertising materials, real estate…
  • Five and Almost 10 With...Perry Newton

    Lisa Ann Schreier, The Timeshare Crusader
    24 Apr 2015 | 9:38 am
    Perry is with AZURE Resort who I had the distinct pleasure of meeting during the recent ARDA Conference.What was your first job in timeshare?OPCWhat was the greatest lesson you've ever been taught?Treat people the way you would like them to treat you.Where is your favorite vacation spot?Turks & Caicos, PeovoIf you could change one thing about timeshare, what would it be?Create a universal resale market value.What is your favorite color?AZURE Blue of course!Thanks Perry!Want to be included in this blog?  Just drop me an e-mail at lisa@timeshareinsights.com.Lisa Ann Schreier, The…
  • Why The Timeshare Industry MUST Focus on Ownership

    Lisa Ann Schreier, The Timeshare Crusader
    10 Apr 2015 | 6:22 am
    I came across a site with this edited for brevity only copy:Endless ChoicesNo matter your destination, we will have a great selection of inventory for you. Are you bringing the whole family, or is it just you and your spouse? Not to worry! Unit range from studios all the way up to three-bedroom suites. Each resort also offers its own unique amenities, so it is easy to find the resort that offers the best options for you. Finally, you have the ability to choose a different place every single year. Don’t settle for one vacation–save money and travel the world. Upscale FeaturesWhen…
  • Five and Almost 10 With...Fermin Cruz

    Lisa Ann Schreier, The Timeshare Crusader
    8 Apr 2015 | 11:07 am
    Fermin Cruz is the Vice President of the Americas for Dial An ExchangeWhat was your first job in timeshare?My first job in timeshare was with ICE in 2001. It was a great experience with a high growth, innovative company! I was in marketing and business development.What was the greatest lesson you've ever been taught?Listen and learn from someone who has been there before!Where is your favorite vacation spot?I love the waters of the Caribbean and the wildlife of Alaska. Is there such a spot?If you could change one thing about timeshare, what would it be?I would love to see a…
 
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  • Morocco: Atlas Road Trip

    23 May 2015 | 4:39 pm
    The High Atlas mountains in Morocco. Leslie Patrick photos. A Moroccan Road Trip Across the High Atlas By Leslie Patrick Read More... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • France: A Family Weekend in Charente

    23 May 2015 | 4:24 pm
    A countryside walk in Charente, southwest France. Brad Bowman photos. A Slow, Family Weekend in Charente, France By Cynthia Bowman The Bowman clan, as we call ourselves, are a road tripping... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Spain: A Daytrip to Tolédo

    22 May 2015 | 12:01 pm
    Skyline of Ancient City of Tolédo Spain.Holy Tolédo!  A Daytrip in Spain Wandering around the land of Don Quixote By Christopher Ludgate An hour south of Madrid, Spain sits an old-world city... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Santiago, Mexico Photo Gallery

    22 May 2015 | 9:12 am
    A boy descends a staircase inside of an unfinished church {loadposition article-ad} READ THE FEATURE STORY ABOUT MONTERREY BY ANDY CASTILLO HERE A storm sweeps across the Monterrey ValleyRead... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Why LA? Pourquois Paris?

    22 May 2015 | 8:48 am
    Crossing a busy Paris street. Illustrations by Nick Lu and Eric Giriate.The City of Light and the City of Angels An artistic pairing of two iconic cities, Paris and Los Angeles By Andy... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • The Art of Cuban Culture

    Barbara Weibel
    23 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    His real name is José Fuster, but in the hood he’s known as the “Picasso del Caribe.” It was easy to see how he got the nickname Picasso of the Caribbean. From the top floor of Proyecto Fuster, I gaped at acre upon acre of art that Fuster had created, using millions of multi-colored ceramic shards. Giant campesino surveys the compound at Proyecto Fuster As a young man, Fuster had studied the work of Picasso, Gaudí, and other contemporary artists in Europe. Upon returning to Cuba he bought a small wooden house on the outskirts of Havana to use as his studio, and began…
  • PHOTO: Plaza Mayor in Trinidad, Cuba

    Barbara Weibel
    22 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: Plaza Mayor in Trinidad, Cuba is surrounded by exquisitely restored colonial homes that are hundreds of years old. Interested in traveling to Cuba? Read my story about Discover Corps, the company that sponsored my trip, and arrange for your own authentic Cuba experience. (Visited 23 times, 23 visits today)The post PHOTO: Plaza Mayor in Trinidad, Cuba appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
  • PHOTO: Ernest Hemingway House in Cuba

    Barbara Weibel
    20 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: Room at the Ernest Hemingway House in Cuba, where the famous author wrote Old Man and the Sea and other novels. Interested in traveling to Cuba? Read my story about Discover Corps, the company that sponsored my trip, and arrange for your own authentic Cuba experience. (Visited 48 times, 48 visits today)The post PHOTO: Ernest Hemingway House in Cuba appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
  • PHOTO: Homes in Old Havana, Cuba Await Restoration

    Barbara Weibel
    18 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: The Cuban government plans to restore all the old buildings in Old Havana, but with limited resources many, like these, have been on the waiting list for years. Interested in traveling to Cuba? Read my story about Discover Corps, the company that sponsored my trip, and arrange for your own authentic Cuba experience. (Visited 78 times, 78 visits today)The post PHOTO: Homes in Old Havana, Cuba Await Restoration appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
  • Paladars: Changing the Face of Cuban Cuisine

    Barbara Weibel
    16 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    For decades, travelers to Cuba have raved about the island’s stunning beaches, sipped icy cool Mojitos…and complained about the food. With dining options limited to State restaurants, run by government employees who had no incentive to get creative, Cuban food was monotonous at best. Thankfully,  paladars – restaurants in private homes – are rapidly changing that stereotype. Lobster lunch at Bodega Las Brisas, a paladar in the small village of Cojimar, near Havana, Cuba Paladars have always existed under the communist regime. Prior to 1993 they were illegal and thus…
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  • The best guidebook to the Kathmandu Valley (updated)

    Dave from The Longest Way Home
    20 May 2015 | 5:40 pm
     The evolution of travel guidebooks continues (updated) The latest edition to my Nepal guidebooks has been updated to include 2015 earthquake details. Unlike my guidebook to Kathmandu city, this guidebook is for the entire Kathmandu Valley region. The Nepalese tourism board are encouraging tourists to come back which will help Nepal recover. And, I agree. Right now it’s the monsoon season. But come September, October, November and December you’ll get the best weather. This guidebook will help you plan ahead! There is no other place like the Kathmandu Valley on earth. It deserves…
  • Nepal struck by a second major earthquake (Updated)

    Dave from The Longest Way Home
    12 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Namche Bazaar before the earthquake A second major earthquake has shaken Nepal On Tuesday May 12th (12:35 local time), just over two weeks since the first earthquake, a second major (7.3) earthquake hit Nepal. The earthquake struck in Kodari about 22 kilometres southeast of Zham in China along the Nepal border. Areas such as Namche Bazaar and Everest Base Camp are also directly affected. It was 83 kilometers from Kathmandu city which suffered more collapsed buildings and fatalities. Shocking images from Dr Lalit flying over Namche as big #EarthquakeInNepal happens today…
  • Nepal’s surviving temples: good news

    Dave from The Longest Way Home
    11 May 2015 | 4:30 pm
    Bhaktapur Durbar Square after the earthquake – nearly all of it is untouched Most of Nepal’s temples are still standing The last few weeks have been burdened by the dour and devastating news from Nepal and the 7.8 earthquake that hit it on April 25th. I’ve written about it and spent countless hours helping, searching and trying to do what I can to help. Now, nearly two weeks later the dust has settled. Aid is getting to the remoter villages. Utilities are being restored. Damaged buildings are being taken down safely. There’s finally good news filtering in. Last week I…
  • Nepals 2015 Earthquake, lest we forget – how to help

    Dave from The Longest Way Home
    3 May 2015 | 4:51 pm
    Today there is aid and shelter. But what will this woman do in 6 months? The killer earthquake that hit Nepal is still causing damage Yes, the title is correct. On April 25th 2015 Nepal was struck with a 7.8 earthquake that has so far killed 8,000 people with a final number expected to be over 10,000. To give this some scale, 8.1 million people were directly affected – just under one-third of the population. This tiny country that is home to the world’s tallest mountain and some of the friendliest people on earth has been devastated. In less than a week after the earthquake…
  • Major Earthquake Devastates Nepal – How to help (updated)

    Dave from The Longest Way Home
    25 Apr 2015 | 12:45 pm
    What’s left of Kathmandu Durbar Square – photographs Amir Bagale Devastation hits Kathmandu to an extreme By now many people are waking up to the news about the major 7.8 brute force Earthquake that has caused massive destruction in the Kathmandu Valley and throughout central Nepal. I’m writing this knowing I have located all but two of my friends. I am hoping one of the missing ones is alright and in Ratna park safe.  Confirmed: friend in Ratna park is safe. The other is a family in Patan I cannot get information on. I just found out the family are safe. There are only…
 
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  • News for the Week

    Nicole
    23 May 2015 | 1:05 am
    Utah’s Highway 189, just southwest of Heber City Have you been keeping up with Alan and Donna’s road trip adventures this week? They have been reporting from the road in Utah on Instagram, Twitter and at the My Itchy Travel Feet page on Facebook. Due to some unforseen circumstances, however, they had to change their plans mid-trip. As they say, flexibility is the true traveler’s best friend! Stay tuned to see where they ended up. Our May theme of California Road Trips has been quite popular. In fact, we’ve gotten a lot of  great road trip photos shared by our readers…
  • Exploring the White Pocket

    A Guest Writer
    21 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    If anything piques our travel radar, it’s exploring the many off-the beaten-path travel destinations located throughout our incredible National Park System. Today’s guest writer, Bill Haskamp, is here to tell us all about one of the most remarkable and isolated sites in Vermillion Cliffs National Monument, the White Pocket. By way of introduction, I’m an early boomer who was born and raised in Minnesota. My parents had very itchy feet, so my sister and I were introduced early in life to road tripping. My job after college entailed a lot of travel, and despite long hours,…
  • Fishing in the Florida Keys: A Boomer Woman’s First Catch

    Donna Hull
    19 May 2015 | 1:05 am
    Fishing in the Florida Keys? This travel princess? Those were my thoughts when I learned a Florida Keys press visit would include a half-day fishing charter with Captain Skip Bradeen on the Blue Chip Too. When our group of travel writers arrived at Whale Harbor Marina in Islamorada, my misconceptions about offshore fishing were about to be turned on their head. I’m thinking smelly, boring and dirty old fishing boat. I’m thinking, smile, be a good sport and get it over with. Capt. Skip Bradeen has a passion for fishing the Florida Keys. Capt. Skip, who’s chartered over 14,000 fishing…
  • News for the Week

    Donna Hull
    16 May 2015 | 1:05 am
    This beautiful photo of Vermillion Cliffs in Arizona was sent in by Bill Haskamp From Donna: How did your week go? Ours was filled with travel arrangements that didn’t quite come together. I had hope to be writing to you from Capital Reef National Park but our accommodations fell through at the last minute and there were no rooms available throughout the entire area. So Alan and I regrouped, but we’re still traveling to Utah. As long as the Internet cooperates next week, we’ll be reporting about our time in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument on Instagram, Twitter…
  • Wine Valley Inn & Cottages: a Charming Stay in Solvang

    Donna Hull
    14 May 2015 | 1:05 am
    On a coastal California road trip that doubled as a multi-generational birthday celebration for my mother-in-law, Alan headed the car inland to the wine country of the Santa Ynez Valley near Santa Barbara and the Danish-inspired town of Solvang. Our accommodations at the Wine Valley Inn & Cottages proved to be the perfect setting for this road trip to Solvang. Situated on Copenhagen Drive, and tucked away from the traffic of Mission Drive, the boutique hotel provides quiet and convenience wrapped in a storybook setting. The lovely garden setting at Wine Valley Inn & Cottages…
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  • Keep Your Job, Travel the World & Change Your Life (aka The Documentary is Here!)

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

    Christine Gilbert
    19 May 2015 | 1:32 pm
    The coast of Lloret de Mar.   Drew and I were reunited two weeks ago, in a scene that was less climatic then we both imagined. It had been three months apart, and as the date approached I wondered how the kids would take it. The exact conversation with my two-year old, Stella: Me: Daddy is coming in four days. Stella: Yeah four days. Daddy is coming in four days? Me: Yes! What are you going to do when he comes? Hug him? Stella: Yes hug him. Me: And give him a kiss? Stella: Yes give him a kiss. Me: What else? Stella: I am going to punch him in the face. Me: Wait, what? You’re going…
  • European Residency for Americans (Free) Ebook is Here!

    Christine Gilbert
    22 Apr 2015 | 12:34 am
    This project is massive. It’s the first big step in a long process for many of us, and I hope it leads to more transparency and less headaches for Americans (and other non-EU citizens) who want to stay long term in Europe but aren’t sure how. The ebook is 123 pages long, covers 27 European countries and I suspect it will only grow as you give us feedback and we collect more case studies. To download it, simply sign up for my monthly newsletter here: Subscribe to our mailing list indicates required Email Address You’ll receive the latest newsletter which has the link for…
  • The New Getting Things Done: Getting Stuff Started

    Christine Gilbert
    16 Apr 2015 | 6:19 am
    This is about my upcoming workshop, something I’ve been working on for a long time. It’s a theme that has come up for me again and again. I’m a blogger, but I’ve also crowd funded a documentary. Then we traveled around the world interviewing two dozen people across five continents. I’m a blogger but I’m also a writer. I came up with an idea for a book, got a literary agent in NYC, sat down and wrote a proposal over four months, then sold my book idea. Then we traveled to China to learn Mandarin, to Beirut to learn Arabic, and to Mexico to learn Spanish.
  • Practical Matters: Traveling with Small Children

    Christine Gilbert
    14 Apr 2015 | 2:37 am
    I recently got an email asking, “How does it really, REALLY work out? The whole traveling with young children thing? How does it feel? How do you ever get time to just sit down and breathe? Do you??” Sit down. Grab a cup of coffee. I will tell you. The first thing to understand is that traveling with children is essentially no different from being at home with them. So if you find living with your children overwhelming, it’s not going to get less overwhelming on the road. For me, it’s really important that I’m not always “on” with my kids. I would…
 
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  • Introduction of Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA) to Canada from March 15th, 2016

    Cathy
    29 Apr 2015 | 1:43 am
    Announcement from the Canadian Tourism Commission: “Under Canada’s Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA), citizens from countries other than the United States, who do not need a visa to enter Canada, will need to obtain online authorisation before flying to Canada, unless otherwise exempted. This new entry requirement is not mandatory until March 15th, 2016. However, beginning on August 1, 2015, eligible travellers will have the opportunity to go online and apply for their eTA. The earlier travellers get their eTA, the sooner they will benefit from knowing they have been pre…
  • Puglia – rural tourism at its best

    Cathy
    24 Apr 2015 | 5:50 am
    Things are happening down on the farm in Puglia…mostly they are turning into B+B’s and luxury boutique hotels. If you want to truly engage with the rural tranquillity that Puglia undoubtedly offers – the ancient olive trees, flower filled meadows and pretty, white washed towns, the abundant produce of the iron rich soil – some of the best accommodation can be found at converted ‘Masserie‘. It’s an Italian word with no direct translation but essentially a Masseria (singular) is a rather like a homestead. Generally they are a cluster of farm buildings,…
  • USA visa application, interview process and cost

    Cathy
    22 Apr 2015 | 8:28 am
    Today I had the task of renewing my i-visa, the category of visa allocated to Foreign Media visiting the US for whatever purpose. In my case it is to write about, film and generally promote tourism to the US but, no matter, the powers that be say a visa is required. Having navigated the detailed online application process (see here to find out if you need a visa), I turned up as instructed for my 9am appointment at the US Embassy in Grosvenor Square. The first thing to know is that an ‘appointment’ does not mean a time just for you, no, no, this is merely the time you join the…
  • Palm Springs – best day trip ever

    Cathy
    6 Mar 2015 | 9:08 am
    We were back in Palm Springs over the New Year and it seems mean not to share what was, for us, a highlight of our Southern California trip. Like most highlights, this one came about by recommendation from a local – Mr ‘party starter’ himself, the very lovely Alex Goldy from the very cool Ace Hotel (the place to stay in Palm Springs if you are not, as we were, AirBnBing it). So, it was New Years Day, the day after the night before at the Ace New Year’s Eve party and, hangovers be damned, we were on a mission to explore the famous Joshua Tree National Park. A National…
  • Atlantis The Palm, review and video

    Cathy
    5 Mar 2015 | 10:05 am
    Normally on a beach you’d be facing the sea but here, settled on my sun lounger, the view before me is a city skyline complete with a sweep of skycrapers. I look left and, in the distance, yet more dramatic skyline with the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa standing proud in the centre. Look right and way off into the distance there are yet more buildings and construction. I sip my cocktail and ponder this man made wonder… when I was last in Dubai, 12 years ago, none of this was here…none of it. Such is the pace of construction in Dubai, that the Jumeirah stretch of coast and…
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  • How to Be Safe Online When You Travel

    23 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Summer and travel just go together, but when you roam you still need to be mindful of online safety. Don't bring home unwanted bugs or let hackers burrow into your cell phone or computer. Here's PrivateGiant's Internet security privacy tips to keep travelers safe when they roam.
  • The Best of Granbury Texas by Neala McCarten

    22 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Not only does this Dallas Metroplex town exude friendliness, undeniable charm and range of accommodations, but it also makes a great home base to tour the area. Read more about the top five things that make Granbury a great place to visit.
  • The Keys to Miami (or vice versa): There is more to this region than a shaker of salt by Matt Robinson

    19 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    While many think of big ears and long lines when they think of southern Florida, there is a lot more to do and see, especially for older "kids." From art and beaches to dining and dancing, to marveling in the truly "awesome" wonders of nature, the region between Miami and Key West can make for a great road trip or series of trips.
  • Hotel News

    18 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    It is Back. Our Hotel News section reopens with what's happening in hotels and resorts around the world. New ones, renovated ones, and anything else that strikes us as cool to know
  • Picture Perfect Toledo Spain Embraces its Medieval Past by John Thomson

    14 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    I knew Toledo was a UNESCO World Heritage site. I knew it had been visited by a host of invaders over two millennia, Romans, Visagoths, Muslims and finally Christians and I knew they had all left their mark, incorporating elements of each other's culture into the common thread. That was the appeal of Toledo
 
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  • Vienna off the path from the tourist traps: 10 spots you have to see

    Kathi
    17 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    TweetThis article has been translated form the German version.   Who makes the best ice cream in town? Where can you really let your soul free? Which areas are popular, and where do you find the perfect souvenir for friends or family? Today we’ll introduce you to 10 highlights off the beaten path from the […] The post Vienna off the path from the tourist traps: 10 spots you have to see appeared first on tripwolf travel blog - your travel guide.
  • From door to door with Uber. € 20 voucher for your first trip in Vienna!

    tripwolf
    17 May 2015 | 12:10 am
    TweetIt’s your first time in Vienna? During your stay, you can get from point A to B during without all the worry with Uber – get to the airport or be chauffeured in comfort to the Eurovision Song Contest.     We’ve teamed up with Uber to give our travelers in Austria a voucher for […] The post From door to door with Uber. € 20 voucher for your first trip in Vienna! appeared first on tripwolf travel blog - your travel guide.
  • Stay connected with FLINK – 1 day of free wifi in Vienna!

    tripwolf
    17 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    TweetRoaming charges were yesterday! Share your experiences with family and friends and stay connected during your stay in Vienna with mobile internet – and with promo code “TRIPWOLFFLINK” you’ll get one day free when you purchase 3 days or more! With FLINK, you won’t need to hop from one wireless hotspot to the next when […] The post Stay connected with FLINK – 1 day of free wifi in Vienna! appeared first on tripwolf travel blog - your travel guide.
  • 5 thrilling amusement parks that will take you for a spin

    Lena
    10 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    TweetThe adrenaline makes butterflies flutter in your stomach, but afterwards a pretzel will calm them down again as you pose for a selfie with Obelix. You’re never too old to let out your inner child at an amusement park and to immersed yourself in fantastic glowing fantasy worlds. We’ll introduce you to a small selection […] The post 5 thrilling amusement parks that will take you for a spin appeared first on tripwolf travel blog - your travel guide.
  • From spicy curries to sweet sticky rice: this is how good Thailand tastes

    Kathi
    3 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    TweetWe love to eat. And let’s be honest: We love eating even more in foreign countries. We feast our way through the cuisines of the world, we try a little of this and a little of that, and don’t leave anything out – after all, you only live once. Show of hands: who has chosen […] The post From spicy curries to sweet sticky rice: this is how good Thailand tastes appeared first on tripwolf travel blog - your travel guide.
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  • The Spirit of Old Vallarta Still Lives on in this “Accidental” International Resort

    20 May 2015 | 9:22 am
    John Huston“When I first came here, almost 30 years ago, Vallarta was a fishing village of some 2000 souls. There was one road to the outside world - and it was impassable during the rainy season.”  So wrote American film director John Huston about his first encounter with the sleepy, isolated fishing village he was destined to change into an international mega resort.In 1962, Huston was one of the world’s top film directors.  He had hit upon a formula that worked perfectly.  In films like The African Queen and The Treasure of Sierra Madre, he placed famous stars in…
  • How Walt Disney's Love of Trains Changed the World

    6 Mar 2015 | 9:43 am
    Walt Disney with the locomotive created for Disneyland.Walt Disney loved trains, and because of that, the world is a better – and happier -- place.  Walt was fond of saying that his empire “started with a mouse.” And indeed, his creation of Mickey Mouse did make him a fortune.  But the idea for Mickey Mouse came to him while riding a train.It’s quite possible that if Walt was not such a railroad buff, Disneyland and none of the other 11 Disney theme parks would exist.   Certainly, if not for Walt, four old beaten-up steam locomotives that did decades of work…
  • The Great Adobe Castle of the Santa Fe Trail -- Bent's Fort

    27 Feb 2015 | 4:11 pm
    Traders and guides on the Santa Fe Trail at Bent's Old Fort during one of their many re--enactment events.Few roads in history have conjured up romantic images like the Santa Fe Trail.  It lasted only 60 years, from 1821 to 1880, but for that short time it was America’s first international highway.  And the most colorful.  Across 900 miles of open prairie, from Missouri to Old Mexico, the Santa Fe Trail became one of the most important commerce roads in the world, bringing goods from Europe -- wool, silk, iron tools and cotton cloth -- to Mexico and returning with furs,…
  • San Francisco -- the City in a Park

    27 Dec 2014 | 12:33 pm
    From Presidio National ParkMost cities have parks inside them.  But San Francisco is a city inside a park.   And an 80,000-acre national park at that.  Along the coast, in the bay, on the other side of the bay, and even right through the heart of the city, San Francisco is surrounded and cut by a series of national parks and monuments that have preserved the beauty and history of the area. Today, you can see an island prison that was once home to the gangsters Al “Scarface” Capone and “Machine Gun” Kelly.  You stroll the wooden deck of a century old sailing…
  • Around Northern Italy by Train

    16 Nov 2014 | 11:36 am
    Varenna has train service.  From here you have to take a ferry to Bellagio. The Italians are many wonderful things – but slow, safe and sane drivers, they are not.  Italian highways resemble race tracks more than roads, and cars can be expensive and a hassle in the country’s ancient, pedestrian-oriented cities. The solution is to tour Italy by train.  All the grand stops of Northern Italy are 2-3 hours apart by rail.  Italian train cars are efficient and comfortable and many seats come with tables and power outlets so you can catch up on emails as you zip through the…
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  • 70 Facts About My Invisible Illness You Might Not Know

    Carrie Kellenberger
    1 May 2015 | 9:29 pm
    Today is World AS Awareness Day, and it is typically held on the first Saturday in the month of May. Today’s post is for the millions of people who suffer worldwide from invisible illnesses like Ankylosing Spondylitis. Over the past month, I have been writing and posting about Walk Your AS Off, a global virtual event that has over 60 teams walking in locations around the world. We are walking to raise awareness for Ankylosing Spondylitis and its associated family of diseases. May is our Official Walk Month, but my team, The Walking Spondies, has been walking and training throughout the…
  • Where Are You Spending Your Summer Break?

    Carrie Kellenberger
    28 Apr 2015 | 6:24 am
    Ah, summertime. Who doesn’t love kicking back on the beach, sipping at a fruity drink and just enjoying the sounds of life flowing around you? People have been taking tropical vacations since the dawn of civilization. It used to be that in order to ditch the daily grind for a while and take a trip to a tropical hangout you had to either be royalty or have an incredible amount of wealth. Thankfully for you, however, times have changed. Now an amazing tropical getaway is well within the reach of most average people, even if they do require a bit of saving. These days, the hardest part of your…
  • Party Time – Exploring Ibiza

    Guest Writers
    16 Mar 2015 | 9:04 pm
    Over the years, Ibiza has earned a reputation as the clubbing capital of the world. During the busy summer months, the very best of Europe’s DJs congregate on this gloriously sun-kissed island in the Balearics, drawing revelers from around the world. The destination even attracts celebrities including the likes of P Diddy, Kate Moss and Dizzee Rascal. The birth of a phenomenon A premier spot for party holidays on the island is the town of San Antonio, or Sant Antoni de Portmany. It is home to the now world-renowned Café Del Mar, which gave birth to the genre of chill out tunes and set in…
  • Living with AS and the Walk Your AS Off 2015 Walk-A-Thon

    Carrie Kellenberger
    25 Feb 2015 | 7:49 pm
    If you saw me in December 2014, then you’d know that I had been battling an autoimmune flare since mid-July. December and January were my worst months, although the month of July also ranks right up there for being completely miserable. The doctors weren’t sure how to bring my inflammation levels down, and I was acting as a guinea pig while they tested out the right combination of drugs to bring my system back into a state of normalcy. (Well, normal for me. Believe me, it’s not anywhere close to normal normal.) The only problem, though, was that I had a massive reaction to…
  • Happy Year of the Goat! Another Chinese New Year in Taiwan

    Carrie Kellenberger
    18 Feb 2015 | 8:53 pm
    It’s the Year of the Goat.  We are celebrating our ninth Chinese New Year in Taiwan. Well, technically it’s our sixth if you count the times we left Taiwan for a beach vacation, but you know what I mean! Additionally, I’m two years into my first full zodiac cycle in Asia. I moved here in 2003 and saw the completion of my first 12-year zodiac cycle last year. 13 years ago, SARS was just getting started in China when I moved there, and 12 years ago, it was drawing to an end. Interesting, huh? Anyways, today is Chinese New Year’s Day. The Year of the Goat officially…
 
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  • English Cinema in Lanzarote 25th & 28th May 2015

    Susana
    22 May 2015 | 1:50 am
    There will be three movies in English shown on Monday the 25th and Thursday the 28th of May, two of them new: Multicines Atlántida at 19:35 introducing: The Longest Ride. After an automobile crash, the lives of a young couple intertwine with a much older man, as he reflects back on a past love. Romantic drama based on the novel by Nicholas Sparks and starring: Alan Alda as the much older man and Britt Robertson and Scott Reeves as the young couple. If we tell you that Scott is also known as Scott Eastwood... would you venture to guess who his daddy is? At Multicines Deiland: Remaining…
  • UD Ibarra 2 UD Lanzarote 1

    Ian
    21 May 2015 | 11:56 pm
    The Rojillos needed a single point to guarantee themselves a second position finish otherwise it was up to our neighbours Yaiza to get any sort of result against third placed side C.D. Marino. As it panned out it was Yaiza that won 4-0 ensuring Lanzarote finish the season in second spot which not only sees Lanzarote playing a mainland side who finished fourth but also it does have the added advantage of the second leg being played at home. Lanzarote started the better of the two sides and were unlucky not to take the lead in the opening minutes as British boy Brad Cockerill had a great effort…
  • Pedro Ruiz

    Susana
    21 May 2015 | 5:44 am
    I have known Pedro Ruiz practically since I moved to the island and I have been asking him to do this interview for a while. Eventually we managed to synchronise our busy schedules... Hello Pedro, how are you? Fine thanks. Shall we get started? Sure, shoot! Do you have a stage name? Not really, no. Just my first name, Pedro. Where are you from originally? Las Palmas. Almost a local, then. Since when have you lived in Lanzarote? Since 2007 on and off What do you sing? And do you play any instruments? I sing international classics and modern hits. I play the bass when I´m part of a band but I…
  • Lanzarote Recipe - Gazpacho

    Miguel
    21 May 2015 | 4:54 am
    OK, we admit it. Gazpacho isn’t really a Lanzarote recipe, but it’s perfectly suited to our climate, which is why we’ve adopted it here on the islands. Gazpacho is believed to have come to Spain from Arabia with The Moors, and that’s why it’s most associated with the region of Andalucía. We’ve spent years trying various recipes for gazpacho, and we’ve modified them to come up with our own. Ingredients (Serves 6) 1 Kilo of tomatoes – very ripe is ideal,  read more »
  • How to book the campsite at Papagayo during summer 2015

    Jules
    21 May 2015 | 12:04 am
    Campers can pre-reserve plots at the Papagayo campsite in Lanzarote from Monday 25th May, the campsite will be open from the 29th May to 30th September 2015. The telephone number for advance registration is 679 09 06 19 which will be answered from the 25th May. You will need to complete the attached forms (anexo 1 y anexo 2) which can also be downloaded from the Cabildo de Lanzarote’s website, the plan of the campsite plots is displayed above. The price is 7€ per day for caravans and €4 per day for tents, which is the same cost as last year. Reservation To book, first request your…
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  • WindQuest, a 85-foot Luxury Sailing Catamaran

    admin
    22 May 2015 | 10:57 am
    Here is the stunning video of WindQuest, a Long Island  85-foot luxury sailing catamaran from JFA Yachts. From Q and K Media
  • Royal Monceau Paris VIP Roland Garros Experience with the players

    admin
    21 May 2015 | 9:59 pm
    Le Royal Monceau – a luxury 5-star Raffles hotel in Paris – in partnership with luxury Private Concierge UUU and Wijet is offering an exclusive VIP opportunity to live the most prestigious Grand Chelem event: The French Open Roland Garos as a real VIP! Discover the highlights of the 2015 edition of Roland Garros, in exclusivity, with a tailor-made package just for you. A Private Jet awaits you in your city and will take you to the most luxurious Parisian apartments, Le Royal Monceau – Raffles Paris Presidential Suites. Experience exceptional games in your VIP box on the main…
  • VIP Experience at the Opera with Mandarin Oriental Barcelona

    admin
    18 May 2015 | 11:21 am
    With a prime location on the famous Passeig de Gracia, Mandarin Oriental Barcelona is one of the city’s most luxurious hotels with with Michelin-starred dining, elegant accommodations, a luxury spa and a rooftop pool. Offered by the 5-star hotel and especially created for music and cultural lovers, here is a unique experience that will take your breath away at Gran Teatre Del Liceu in Barcelona. Bespoke luxury concierge company Pure Entertainment Group invite you to treat yourself to a VIP Experience at The Opera. The VIP Experience Package at The Opera in Barcelona includes: Butler Service…
  • Rihanna’s Secret Garden Ad Campaign for Dior

    admin
    17 May 2015 | 1:36 pm
    Dior has expanded its collection of high-profile muses and ambassadors with Rihanna as the latest power beauty to become the face of the brand. Steven Klein photographed Rihanna in “Secret Garden IV,” a campaign and short film shot inside Versailles Palace that will drop May 18. She joins the elite ranks of Charlize Theron, Natalie Portman, Marion Cotillard and Jennifer Lawrence on Dior’s image quest. Asked what drew Dior to Rihanna and how the edgy pop star fits in with its current roster of faces, Dior chief executive officer Sidney Toledano said, “Jennifer is also edgy, I think.
  • 5 Popular US Destinations for Memorial Day Weekend (Part 2)

    admin
    11 May 2015 | 10:57 pm
    In Part 1 here, we have presented our list of the 5 popular US destinations for an exciting Memorial Day Weekend. Now, we continue our selection with 5 cities that are perfect for travel with family or friends. Below is the part 2. 6 – Los Angeles, California Enjoy the long weekend on the west coast in the entertainment capital of the world.   There is so much to do and see in a city as diverse as Los Angeles and its many neighborhoods. Head to Beverly Hills for a high-end shopping experience, take in one of the beautiful beaches in Venice, Santa Monica, or Malibu, or hike up the famous…
 
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  • How to speak Hawaiian: The language of the Aloha State

    Amanda Festa
    22 May 2015 | 6:26 am
    If you’re not one of the 8,000 people worldwide who speaks fluent Hawaiian, not to worry. Learning a new language can seem intimidating at first, especially when one of the eight consonants resembles a reversed apostrophe. But learning a few words and phrases is always a good idea when traveling somewhere new. And we’re here to help. Whether you are looking forward to surfing the state’s well-known waves or taking in the area’s Polynesian culture at a luau, this crash course in the language of the Aloha State will prepare you for your next Hawaiian adventure. You…
  • Where you can use your student ID for travel discounts this summer in North America

    Lauren Mack
    21 May 2015 | 8:49 am
    Savvy students seeking ways to save big on summer travel need look no further than their wallets. The student ID card is more than just a form of identification; it’s a ticket to hundreds of discounts at a variety of destinations. From museums and shops to fast-food chains and theaters, student discounts range from a few dollars off to nearly half-off admission, activities and goods. Not sure if an attraction or business offers a student discount? Be sure to ask. You might be rewarded with an unexpected travel discount this summer. Shop ’til you drop at a discount Stay connected on…
  • The best layover cities in North America: If you have to spend a day, here’s where to do it

    Lauren Mack
    20 May 2015 | 11:07 am
    A lengthy layover during a long-haul flight is often a dreaded occurrence for many travelers. But connecting flights in some cities may actually offer a travel bonus. Layovers of a half-day or more provide air travelers the chance to leave the airport and explore new places on the way to their ultimate destinations. The next time you’re faced with connecting flights, you might consider stopping off at what we consider the best layover cities in North America. They just might make you think twice about booking a direct flight. Chicago, Illinois, United States Take a whirl wind tour of the…
  • Top 10 wild water park attractions in the US

    Amanda Festa
    18 May 2015 | 11:25 am
    Summer is coming, and whether you live in the eternally sun-soaked Southwest, the seasonally challenging Northeast or anywhere in between, one thing is certain: it’s about to get HOT. But no need to fret. We have just the thing to cool you down. Water parks offer countless ways to chill out while having fun in the sun. Sure, the refreshing feel of the water will lower your body temperature. But so will the adrenaline rush. From vertical drops down dizzying heights and white-knuckle inducing water coasters to video game inspired slides and surfing simulators, these 10 wild water park…
  • A broke single’s guide to summer wedding travel season

    Lauren Mack
    18 May 2015 | 10:36 am
    If the thought of emotionally and financially surviving another wedding season as a single person has you stressed, don’t be. You’re not alone. More than 67 million Americans attended at least one wedding in 2014, according to American Express. Whether you find yourself suddenly single or you have been solo for some time, we have gathered some money-saving tips for singles traveling to weddings near and far. Who knows? These tips might even help you meet your plus one along the way. TIP: Set aside a portion of your paycheck each week The average cost for guests to attend a wedding is…
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  • Just back: Chasing fairytales in Odense, Denmark

    Lola Akerstrom
    21 May 2015 | 7:06 am
    Once upon a time in Odense – Less than two hours from Copenhagen by train, you’ll arrive on the island of Funen and its capital, Odense, which inspired the fairytale world of profilic 19th century Danish author Hans Christian Andersen...
  • 10 Business Lessons from STS Hamburg

    Lola Akerstrom
    19 May 2015 | 9:42 am
    Here are just 10 business lessons (out of dozens) I took away from Social Travel Summit (STS Hamburg)...
  • Postcard: Inside Hans Christian Andersen’s Tinderbox

    Lola Akerstrom
    15 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Just got back from Odense, Denmark, where I was on assignment. Will share more about it later but I wanted to post a little photo card from The Tinderbox, a cultural center for children dedicated to his fairytales...
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  • Hitchhiking Tips for Central Asia

    admin
    21 May 2015 | 1:03 am
    [section]The sun shines behind a rocky mountain range whose peaks are so grey and jagged they look like the fangs of an elder dragon. These teeth are charred from centuries of vehement fire reflux, and forgotten along a decaying, asphalt colored gum. You have been waiting for long, silent, solitary minutes, so much that you start feeling lost at the side of this unknown road. Then, all of a sudden, a reflection blazes far ahead in the depths of your sun-blurred vision. It’s coming nearer, zooming along the dragon’s jawline. Instinctively, you raise your right arm before realizing it’s a…
  • For Women, Staying Home is as Dangerous as Traveling

    admin
    20 May 2015 | 4:23 am
    [section]When I sat down to write this article, I thought that it was going to be a piece about how traveling abroad as a woman, and with children, is as safe as staying at home. I thought I’d be pointing out all of the obvious things; that people everywhere have children, that family is often a benefit when traveling because kids are an international ice breaker and a heart level connection where none other might exist. I was going to write about how, with a few basic precautions and a few notable exceptions, it is quite safe to travel, as a woman alone, anywhere you want to go. And it’s…
  • 6 Secrets for Diving Deep into Japanese Culture

    admin
    18 May 2015 | 1:03 am
    [section]Which phrase best describes your style of traveling?[  ] Scurry through sites, snap photos of temples and sushi conveyor belts, lodge in pricey digs, and bolt home before achieving any meaningful interaction with locals.[  ] Toss away security blanket and parachute into a new culture.Half the trick to genuine DIY indie-travel lies in cultivating a sense of adventure, but in the particular case of Japan, it'll pay to bolster your gumption with street-smarts.Here's an anthropological cheat-sheet on how to crawl under the skin of this tradition-steeped society and experience the…
  • 5 (Selfish) Reasons to Travel With Your Kids

    admin
    13 May 2015 | 1:03 am
    [section]Spend a few minutes Googling big time family travel, and you’ll quickly turn up a myriad of articles touting the benefits of taking your kids out of school for a year (or seven) and hitting the road. A dozen or so of my travel-blogging-mom friends will sell you on the idea with photos of our children riding elephants in India, SCUBA diving the Great Barrier Reef, and hiking to mountaintops instead of car pooling on Monday morning. [/section] [banner type="red" subscribe="hide" description="hide" title="Wanna learn how to travel long-term as a family?" button="Sign up for our free…
  • Travel China By Train

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    12 May 2015 | 1:03 am
    [section]Many travelers thinking of going to China assume that joining an organized tour is the way to do it. But for those independent minded travelers with a spirit of adventure, doing it on your own is not only possible, it's not as difficult as you might think.I arrived in Guangzhou after midnight. I didn’t know of any hotels there or any tourist attractions, so I got into a taxi and told the driver, “Take me downtown. Take me to a hotel.”This is the freedom of traveling in China in 2015. With railroad lines running over 91,000 kilometers--linking everywhere from Mohe County…
 
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  • Explore Bangalore delightful destination

    Ashyln Molly
    22 May 2015 | 3:49 am
    Bangalore, Capital of Karnataka, is at present Asia’s fastest growing cosmopolitan city with huge demand from technological giants worldwide. With rapid development ‘The Garden city of India’ boasts now of also being ‘The Silicon Valley of India’. A delightful destination, the city of Bangalore is beautifully decorated with parks, gardens, lakes and fountains. It also serves as a perfect stopover for some very beautiful places nearby including Mysore and the Jog Falls. While in Bangalore, you can visit the Lal Baug Summer Palace of Tipu Sultan or just take a…
  • 5 Rumors About Traveling to Costa Rica That Are Absolutely True

    Ashyln Molly
    21 May 2015 | 4:21 am
    You’ve heard the rumors about traveling to Costa Rica. Could it be as fun and affordable as they all say? Let’s take a look at five that are actually true to get to the bottom of it. 1) Costa Rica is more accessible to Americans in 2015. American travelers only need a plane ticket and passport to enjoy Costa Rica. Things continue to get even more accessible. Southwest is extending its flights this year, offering great rates for budget travelers. Enterprise Rent-A-Car has also opened offices while familiar American chains like Dippin’ Dots and Little Caesars continue to…
  • Shimla best honeymoon spot

    Ashyln Molly
    21 May 2015 | 3:29 am
    Shimla, the capital of Himachal Pradesh, is one of the top tourist destinations in India. The picturesque city is situated in the northwestern part of the Himalayan Mountain Range and the mean elevation of the city is 7,234 feet. A Shimla location map shows the different highways, rail lines, railway stations, hospitals, hotels, educational institutions, religious places, water bodies, and other important places of interest in the city. The coordinates of Shimla are 31° 6’12” North and 77°10’20” East. A location map of Shimla also highlights the Jakhoo Hill, the…
  • Top Tourist Attractions in California

    Ashyln Molly
    20 May 2015 | 3:11 am
    With so many man-made attractions, natural playgrounds and dramatic landscapes that are all world-famous, it is no wonder that California attracts millions of visitors from all over the globe. Only in this state can one experience the likes of stunning coastal drives, a forest of the world’s tallest trees, a lake that offers year-round fun, magical theme parks and shows starring killer whales. To learn more about what to see and do in the Golden State, check out the following top tourist attractions in California. Redwood National Park The Redwood National Park is much more than tall trees.
  • Explore and Discover the Beautiful Austria

    Ashyln Molly
    19 May 2015 | 2:47 am
    Austria is a country rich with history, beautiful places, traditions and activities that are distinct to the area. Along with neighboring Switzerland, it is the winter sports capital of Europe. However, it is just as popular for summer tourists who visit its historic cities and villages and hike in the magnificent scenery of the Alps. In order to help guide you in building a trip itinerary, below are some of the top tourist attractions in Austria that are sure to make your trip extra special. Schonbrunn Palace Last on the list is Schönbrunn Palace, one of the major tourist attractions in…
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  • Approaching the Burj Al Arab on the Beach

    Luke Lakatosh (Stuck in Customs Support)
    23 May 2015 | 10:01 pm
    The Four Seasons in Dubai I’m VERY excited to stay at the Four Seasons in Dubai. I’m not sure when I’m gonna have time to work on any photos, but I’ll do it as soon as I can… I’ve seen some amazing photos, but I hope I can make a few unique ones of my own! Daily Photo – Approaching the Burj Al Arab on the Beach This hotel is so massive that it’s hard to describe. Do you know it’s actually the third tallest hotel in the world? I know, hard to believe! And the top 5 are all in Dubai. Here’s a list of the tallest hotels in the world. Approaching the Burj Al Arab on the…
  • Fishing with Cormorant Birds in China

    Luke Lakatosh (Stuck in Customs Support)
    22 May 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Speaking of Birds These birds below, the cormorants, are used to fish in an unusual way. They dive into the water to catch a fish, but they have a ring around their neck to prevent them from swallowing the big fish. The fisherman then yanks the fish out of their mouth and throw it into that basket there. Seems kinda cruel but clever, I suppose. Daily Photo – Fishing with Cormorant Birds in China Here in the Guilin area of southern China, you can see this sort of fishing activity. It gets a little touristy, because whenever one of these guys is about, there can be many photos taken! But…
  • A Rainy Photowalk in Yangshuo

    Luke Lakatosh (Stuck in Customs Support)
    21 May 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Preset Fun This is one of my favorite presets from Trey’s Lightroom Presets. This one was included with the 2014 pack! Daily Photo – A Rainy Photowalk in Yangshuo It’s really fun to walk around in these places that are a bit out of the way and see what everyone is wearing. I find the Chinese seem to be all over the place with fashion. I can’t make heads or tails of it. I’d say that maybe 5% of the people I see have a decent, inborn fashion sense. The others just seem to throw together any sort of mismatched stuff. This is the complete opposite of Japan, where I’d say that 95%…
  • Little Boxes in a temple in Hong Kong

    Trey Ratcliff
    20 May 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Stay tuned to the PhotoWalks page! Be sure to watch the PhotoWalks page to keep track of upcoming events or simply see some of the past events! Daily Photo – Little Boxes in a temple in Hong Kong Does anyone know the purpose of these boxes? I found them in a little Buddhist temple along a hillside somewhere in the middle of Hong Kong when I was stumbling about. I tried to guess what they meant… but I'd like to hear what you think! Little Boxes in a temple in Hong Kong Tweet m Photo Information Date Taken CameraILCE-7M2 Camera MakeSony Exposure Time1/400 Aperture ISO6400 Focal…
  • Getting Ready for Sunset

    Luke Lakatosh (Stuck in Customs Support)
    19 May 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Floating Over Bora Bora Here’s a fun video I did while there at the Four Seasons in Bora Bora in case you have not seen it! Daily Photo – Getting Ready for Sunset Now this doesn’t always happen, but it certainly did this time. I was lucky enough to be in Bora Bora for a week straight and got to see a week’s worth of sunsets across this view. Amazing! But usually I am taking photos before the sunset, and when the sunset comes, I immediately “upgrade” all the pre-sunset shots! You know, I thought it was pretty before, but when the sunset actually hits, all bets are off and the…
 
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  • The Awe-Inspiring & Breathtaking Lake Bled in Slovenia

    Jessica Festa
    23 May 2015 | 10:13 am
    Lake Bled, one of Slovenia’s most popular tourist attractions, is not overrated. Not one little bit. Picture this: You’re in the Julian Alps. A fairytale medieval castle with Romanesque tower, drawbridge and moat sits perched up high, overlooking a calm glistening lake rippling only by the flap of a duck wing or the dip of a kayak paddle. A small island home to a church and legends sits in the center of it all, while al fresco cafés and ambient paths create an enjoyable outline. Let me set this beautiful scene through photos: This all being said, there are certain experiences at Lake…
  • Tiffen Filters For Cream of the Crop Photos

    Renee Blodgett
    22 May 2015 | 1:12 pm
    Photography buffs know that polarizers can make their ordinary shots look magical, providing color and contrast enhancement to an image. One of the issues I often face is a cloudy sky where the light is diffused and yet its glaring behind me or around those clouds, making it impossible to get a well balanced shot. Reflected light often shows up as whitish glare that washes out color in an image. A polarizer corrects this problem producing deep, dramatically blue skies. It also removes glare from non-metallic surfaces, such as windows and water. Color saturation in general, especially…
  • All Things Farm-to-Table in Canada’s Prince Edward Island

    Sherry Ott
    22 May 2015 | 11:13 am
    An island surrounded by the abundant fruits of the sea and a landscape of rolling hills and little patchwork farms make up the culture of Prince Edwards Island. This combination of fishermen, farmers, and small town feel make PEI the perfect destination for culinary adventures. They call PEI “The Gentle Island” but after a few days of exploring the island I thought it should be renamed the “Culinary Island”. Filled with restaurants and seafood shacks that source everything locally, not because it’s the ‘in’ thing to do, but because that’s what you do when you live on an…
  • Absorbing the Beauty of Sedona’s Red Rock by Helicopter

    Renee Blodgett
    21 May 2015 | 8:40 am
    Imagine seeing some of the most beautiful canyons you’ve ever seen from high above the sky in a helicopter? Sedona Grand Canyon Air Tours allows you to do precisely that, floating above Arizona’s most beautiful views. If you haven’t been to Sedona, it makes for a great side trip if the Grand Canyon is on your list — simply head south out of Flagstaff and be prepared to hit some of the most amazing views you you’ve ever seen. Located at the airport, there are a variety of tours you can choose from, all of which include a jet-powered copter experience above…
  • The Annual Summer San Francisco Street Food Festival

    Marcia Gagliardi
    20 May 2015 | 3:00 pm
    It’s never too early to put La Cocina’s seventh annual ~SAN FRANCISCO STREET FOOD FESTIVAL~ on your calendar. This year, the festival is happening at Pier 70, where it’s moving after six years in the Mission. This year, La Cocina has partnered with Noise Pop and The Midway to bring the festival to Dogpatch. Since they’ve got more space, the festival will be even bigger this year (in 2014 more than 80 vendors participated and there were more than 50,000 attendees) and will last for two days, Saturday August 15th and Sunday August 16th. While they haven’t released the final vendor…
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  • ACE of M.I.C.E. Releases Post-Show Report

    Rob Hard
    12 May 2015 | 4:37 pm
    Turkey is positioning itself for a level of success in the international meetings industry, and the ACE of M.I.C.E program, a three-day event, in Istanbul was established in 2014 to highlight its offerings. The 2nd annual program was held February 26-28, 2015) and the show organizers recently released its ACE of M.I.C.E. 2015 Report. ACE of M.I.C.E. includes a trade show exhibition with one-on-one meetings, an association and medical meetings day, and other special events. This was the program’s second year, and it drew the attention more international community:  64 percent of the…
  • Congress, Meeting and Event Sector Gathered in Istanbul

    Business Travel Destinations
    16 Mar 2015 | 5:46 am
    One of the most important gatherings of congress, meeting and event sector, ACE of M.I.C.E. Exhibition, was organized at Istanbul Congress Center on February 26-28, 2015. Within the exhibition, the most prestigious awards of the sector, ACE of M.I.C.E. Congress, Meeting and Event Awards found its owners. ACE of M.I.C.E. General Manager Volkan Ataman takes a selfie with awards winners during the ACE of M.I.C.E. Awards Ceremony, February 27th, at Halic Congress Center. Courtesy imageFrom left to right: Prof.Dr. Semih Baskan, Okan University Acting Dean of the Faculty of Medicine (moderator);…
  • CCMIT 2015 – China Conference, Meeting & Incentive Travel Forum

    Business Travel Destinations
    4 Feb 2015 | 7:38 pm
    The meetings, incentives, conventions and events (MICE) industry  in China has continued its journey of prosperity and growth. CCMIT show organizers explain that in a post expo era, China has seen an increasing number of marketing events, corporate annual meetings, incentive travel and incentive team activities which have become the momentumfor MICE. As a result, the practitioners in MICE industry are demanding a platform for communications and learning, in order to present more outstanding events with a limited budget to meet theirends of brand building, customer relationship maintenance…
  • The International Eventex Awards ReOpened For Entries Until January 30, 2015

    Business Travel Destinations
    6 Jan 2015 | 5:53 am
    Eventex Awards 2014 reopened for entries until January 30, 2015 due to the great interest after the expired deadline. The organizers received a record number of registration requests after the International Event Awards closed for entries which evoked the decision to extend the entry process until the end of January. More than 100 entries from 35+ countries were registered so far in the 10 event and now 4 event tech categories. A People’s Choice Event Technology is added to the event technology categories, so the public can evaluate the top event tech solutions. Among the companies, taking…
  • International Calling Apps Review

    Rob Hard
    4 Jan 2015 | 9:10 am
    If there’s one expense associated with our smart phones that we can do without it’s the roaming fees for making international calls when we’re on the road (or even at home). Depending on your wireless plan, international calling could cost you about $30 per month (annual contract required) and $1 per minute to check voice mail, call home or even reach out to a client. Courtesy of Apple Inc. To be fair, when business travelers are on the road for work, it’s important to have excellent access. But many executives are also aware that they need to watch the expense…
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  • Mushrooms

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

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

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

    10 May 2015 | 3:27 am
    When I first thought of the theme of "peace", I thought of a dove but the only stamps cards I could find were Christmas ones, and I've posted them before when the theme was birds, I believe.Then I thought of the rose called "Peace" but all the roses I could find had other names.  I was sure I had a card of that rose but no, I didn't.So, I'm left with a set of stamps and stamp cards, not my favourite designs, which were issued in 1995 under the title "Peace & Freedom".  It's something of a conglomeration of anniversaries though I suppose they are all linked in a way to…
  • Alice

    8 May 2015 | 2:29 pm
    Alice in Wonderland, by George Dunlop Leslie, 1879.Since it's Mother's Day tomorrow in many parts of the world, I thought this picture of a mother reading to her daughter might be appropriate.  This is, in fact Leslie's own daughter, Alice.The picture hangs in the Royal Pavilion, in Brighton.  It is one of the 54 tiny pictures of women reading on the postcard I received last December.This is a post for Postcard Friendship Friday, hosted by Beth at The Best Hearts are Crunchy.
 
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  • Your Guide to Patagonia in Argentina

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

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

    Brandy
    1 May 2015 | 1:56 pm
    Every nation has its idiosyncrasies. Here are five things Brits love that set us apart from the global crowd. Tea You can keep your lapsang souchong and your frou frou fruit infusions. What Brits want is a proper brew. We want it strong, we want it milky and we want it in a mug. Tea is so important to our way of life that the Girl Guide movement designed a badge to measure a Brownie’s competence in making it. Traditionalists will tell you to use a teapot – china, pottery or stainless steel – but modern life requires a swifter approach. A quick dunk of the bag directly into the cup is…
  • 7 Reasons Bali Is the Ideal Travelling Destination

    Brandy
    30 Apr 2015 | 8:48 pm
    What’s so special about Bali? If friendly locals and great food doesn’t impress you, what about great value for money, astonishingly picturesque nature, and a rich cultural heritage? No? Oh, come on. How could you not want to visit these landmarks and destinations? Source: Online Pumps Supplies Sekumpul Waterfalls Hidden in Bali’s awe-inspiring, verdant jungles, Sekumpul Waterfall is an amazing natural water source. You can reach it by trekking through this beautiful scenery. On your way, you will see interesting fruit trees and pass local settlements. There are roughly…
  • What You Should Know About Traveling in Israel

    Brandy
    24 Apr 2015 | 8:07 pm
    Israel sits on a small sliver of land that has been nourishing humanity for millennia, and thus, the country beckons travelers with its promise of unpreceded cultural sights, smells, sounds, and tastes. However, the political situation around Israel, in Gaza and the West Bank, is often tenuous, which scares even the most daredevil travelers away from the region. Yet, life and travel in Israel are not nearly as dangerous as the media has us believe. In fact, most visitors are able to extensively tour the country without ever experiencing the violence that news programs make seem so prevalent.
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  • Interesting Facts About Memorial Day

    Sue Lobo
    23 May 2015 | 6:30 am
    Memorial Day is celebrated on the last Monday in the month of May. This holiday is meant to pay tribute to American Soldiers who have lost their lives in service. It is also a huge day for travel. Around 36 million people take to the roads on this day. Facts About Memorial Day The first Memorial Day was celebrated on May 30, 1868 and was originally   called “Decoration Day”. The holiday was not called “Memorial Day” until 1967 when federal law declared that “Memorial Day” was the official name of it. This holiday originated as a way to honor Union…
  • Holland America Line New Koningsdam Cruise Ship

    Sue Lobo
    22 May 2015 | 6:30 am
    Koningsdam, Holland America Line’s new cruise ship, will be of the Pinnacle Class and is expected to launch in February of next year. The name means “king” in Dutch and will be the largest ship in the fleet. This massive ship will be over 99,000 tons. The ship will have three decks and an atrium that is capped with skylights. This highly anticipated ship will be offering some new things as well as bringing some of the Holland American favorites back along with it. Ship Firsts This ship will have several “firsts” for the cruise line. There will be two rather large…
  • Only in Scandinavia

    Sue Lobo
    21 May 2015 | 6:30 am
    It’s rare to find a destination that celebrates old and new so seamlessly as Scandinavia. Looking to Scandinavia’s past is guaranteed to stir your imagination, with traces from prolific rock paintings to sunken Viking ships. Forward thinking, sleek minimalist décor and evolutionary environmental practices allow you to simultaneously peer into the future. This paradox is evident in Scandinavia’s capitals of Oslo, Stockholm and Copenhagen – cities that can all be explored in the course of one exciting trip. Oslo, Norway Norway’s charming capital city…
  • 10 Best Day Trips from London

    Sue Lobo
    20 May 2015 | 6:30 am
    There is so much to do and see in London, England that you could stay for a century, and it would never get old. But, if you need a break from the hustle and bustle of Central London, the English countryside holds much in store for the weary traveler. Here are the 10 best day trips from London: 10 – Stonehenge and BathOnly a few hours drive from Central London, the picturesque county of Somerset is home to some of Britain’s greatest archaeological treasures: Stonehenge and the Roman Baths at Bath. Stonehenge remains a mystery to us even 5,000 years after its construction, yet…
  • National Parks of Utah

    Sue Lobo
    19 May 2015 | 6:30 am
    To view the owner of nearly 80 percent of all land in the State of Utah, just look in a mirror. Nearly 80 percent of the state of Utah consists of public land, managed by the state or federal government, meaning that it is yours to enjoy and explore. Of this vast cornucopia of forests, deserts, riverways and historical sites, five particularly spectacular areas of natural beauty in Southern Utah have been designated National Parks, Arches, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, and Zion. Arches National Park With over 2,000 registered arches, the red rock landscape of the 76,679-acre park…
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    What's New at Women on the Road?

  • Graffiti Street Art - Love It or Hate It?

    20 May 2015 | 9:16 am
    Graffiti street art is graffiti for some, street art for others, and often more complex than a few bits of spray on a wall. Find out what it's all about.
  • Natural Disaster Survival When You Travel

    14 May 2015 | 8:22 am
    Tsunamis and earthquakes aren't the first thing you think about when you travel but if you're headed to a danger zone, think of preparing for natural disaster survival.
  • How to Travel When Broke

    14 May 2015 | 8:17 am
    Just because you have less money doesn't mean you can't travel when broke. Find out how to keep spending down and get around the high cost of travel.
  • Women Travel with Disabilities

    14 May 2015 | 8:09 am
    Travel with disabilities is a challenge but, according to expert Candy Harrington, one that can be overcome with the right preparation.
  • Empowerment Through Travel: 10 Ways

    9 May 2015 | 10:04 am
    Empowerment through travel means using travel as a method of self-improvement. Here are 11 ways travel can empower you.
 
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    TRAVEL BLOG

  • SITIOS ARQUEOLOGICOS EN AMERICA DEL SUR

    16 May 2015 | 11:58 pm
    El numero de sitios arqueologicos en America del Sur es muy abundante, aqui vamos a introducirte a los mas relevantes y mejor preservados del continente.
  • ANCIENT RUINS OF SOUTH AMERICA

    14 May 2015 | 6:07 am
    Ancient ruins of South America is a review of the most important and best preserved archaeological sites in the continent, including the oldest in the Americas.
  • ARQUITECTURA COLONIAL EN AMERICA DEL SUR

    6 May 2015 | 3:19 am
    A traves de Arquitectura Colonial en America del Sur intentamos introducirte a los mas importantes y mejor preservados sitios historicos del continente.
  • SOUTH AMERICA'S TOP COLONIAL CITIES

    4 May 2015 | 1:06 am
    If you'd like to be a witness of South America's history, the following list of top colonial cities in the continent will definitely provide you with a good insight.
  • FESTIVALES EN AMERICA DEL SUR

    28 Apr 2015 | 11:41 pm
    La lista de Festividades en America del Sur es gigantesca, por ello hemos seleccionado las celebraciones mas famosas e importantes de todo el continente.
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    Wild Junket

  • #AdvTravelChat Recap – Best Adventure Travel Destinations

    Nellie Huang
    21 May 2015 | 11:55 am
    Yesterday, we held our first ever Adventure Travel Twitter chat #AdvTravelChat and thanks to everyone who participated, it was a huge success! I had so much fun sharing experiences and swapping ideas with fellow travelers. It was truly inspiring, hearing the stories and seeing photos from other adventurers. Based on statistics, over 250 people took part, reaching over 2.8 million accounts. It’s pretty amazing considering this was just our first chat. Since this was so well-received by the adventure travel community, we’ve decided to make it a weekly affair – so please join…
  • Join Us on Our First #AdvTravelChat on Twitter!

    Nellie Huang
    18 May 2015 | 10:05 am
    I am very excited to announce that I’m joining forces with my friend Laurel Robbins from Monkeys and Mountains to launch our first ever #AdvTravelChat. Join us this Wednesday, 20th May, 6-7pm London time and 1-2pm New York time! The chat is all about adventure travel. Each month, we will have a different theme and we’ll ask 10 different questions based on the topic. For this first chat, we are discussing DESTINATIONS: dream destinations, best countries for trekking, top dive sites and best destinations for urban adventures, and much more. The most creative and inspiring tweeter…
  • Is the Romance of Flying Gone?

    Nellie Huang
    13 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    As a full-time travel writer and blogger, I travel a lot and spend almost 70% of my time on the road. Flying is by no means a mode of transportation for me. Sadly, I’ve become a jaded flyer these days. It’s become a way to get from one place to another. I don’t bother chatting with fellow passengers, and I don’t even look out the aircraft window anymore. But it wasn’t always like this. Flying over the Himalayas enroute to Bhutan My First Flight I remember the first time I flew. I was eleven and my parents brought me to Perth, Australia, for a family trip. The sheer idea of…
  • Share Your Travel Plans with Us And Win a GoPro

    Nellie Huang
    11 May 2015 | 3:05 am
    It’s been almost five months since I last traveled out of Spain (the longest ever in the last 8 years) and I can’t wait to hit the road this summer! I’ve just booked our first international trip with the baby for August and we’ll be going to see family in Singapore and hopping over to the Maldives for some fun in the sun. What about you? Where are you planning to travel this summer? Share with us where you’re traveling, and you’ll stand to win a GoPro HERO3 White edition. The Giveaway We’ve teamed up with travel agency Southall Travel to give away this amazing prize to one lucky…
  • Sun and Snow – Skiing in Sierra Nevada

    Nellie Huang
    7 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Mention southern Spain, and most people think of the beaches, but few know that it’s actually home to some of the best ski stations in Europe. As Europe’s second most mountainous country (next to Switzerland), Spain rises to an average altitude of 650m above sea level with over one quarter of the country actually over 1000m above sea level. Little wonder then that Spain is home to around 35 ski resorts! Just an hour away from our homebase in Granada is Sierra Nevada, one of Spain’s most popular ski destinations. Because of its proximity, we make sure to head up to the ski…
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    South Africa Travel News

  • Drive the Seven Passes of the Garden Route

    Wanda Coustas
    21 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    Send to Kindle The Cape Fold mountains that rise out of the land like the quills of a porcupine on the Garden Route, unassailable for years by farmers who toiled on farms in the Klein Karoo, are riddled with routes, many of them forged by rivers along which wagons filled with produce battled the mountains to market. A route known as the 7 Passes explores many of these. Drive or cycle the beautiful old route; a road forged under the guidance of Thomas Bain. Bain fashioned the road along with...
  • Twee Riviere’s Belfry Kitchen – a reason to visit the Langkloof

    Wanda Coustas
    18 May 2015 | 2:15 am
    Send to Kindle It’s not terribly important that you pay for your meal at the Belfry Kitchen, a lunchtime café in the little town of Twee Riviere in the Langkloof. Things work a little differently at the Belfry (pronounced Belfree), which resides in the Old Post Office cum dealership store as you enter town, although when you first step over the threshold this isn’t immediately obvious. On the contrary, at a glance it closely resembles a trendy boulangerie that would not look out of...
  • 8 Things you’ll find in De Rust that you won’t easily find elsewhere

    Wanda Coustas
    13 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    Send to Kindle The Klein Karoo town of De Rust lies on Route 62 wedged between the Swartberg and the Kammanassie Mountains. Most people know about the Victorian village because it won Small Town of the Year in 2011. It lies just outside Oudtshoorn and serves as a ‘spillover’ space for those who attend the annual KKNK (Klein Karoo Nationale Kunsfees) and the KKK (Klein Karoo Klassique), but still value peace and quiet. Others know about De Rust because it lies at the southern end...
  • 10 Things To Do On The Prince Alfred Pass – Make A Day (Or A Holiday) Of It

    Wanda Coustas
    7 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    Send to Kindle Route 339 stretches from the Karoo town of Uniondale to the Fourways intersection with the N2 just outside Knysna. It is 80 km of gravel road connecting the Klein Karoo with the Garden Route; Knysna with the Langkloof. It serves as an appealing alternative to the Outeniqua Pass between George and Oudtshoorn. Which does nothing to describe its beauty – the glorious views of early morning mist, proteas, heather and ericas on either side of the road, forests in which elephants are...
  • Puntjie – A Hideaway Lost In Time; Visit This Unintentional Open-Air Museum

    Wanda Coustas
    6 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    Send to Kindle Where the Duiwenhoks River meets the sea is a cliffside hideaway known as Puntjie. It stands to the east of the river mouth atop eroded sandstone cliffs, known only to those who stay here. During sultry summer days it is a piece of heaven, the long stretch of deserted beach a haven for walking, the cliffs a gentle, idyllic space in which time stands still. Holidays here are exactly as they should be – far from everything, amongst friends. It takes little to imagine the...
 
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    Velvet Escape

  • Spectacular Table Mountain views

    Keith Jenkins
    14 May 2015 | 2:52 pm
    The Table Mountain as viewed from Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront Whether you arrive in Cape Town by air, rail, road or sea, it’s the first thing you’ll notice: Table Mountain. This flat-topped mountain, at 1,085 meters high, is Cape Town’s most iconic and photographed landmark… and rightly so. Its presence can be felt all around the city and it also influences the city’s weather! My first sighting of the mountain was a memorable one. I was flying in from Amsterdam and as the plane approached the airport in the evening, I noticed a vaguely-lit mass below. It…
  • Sabah – where I was born

    Keith Jenkins
    7 May 2015 | 2:18 am
    Sunset in Kota Kinabalu. Sabah is a Malaysian state that occupies the northern corner of the island of Borneo. Blessed with superb white sandy beaches and coral islands, and large tracts of virgin tropical rainforests, Sabah is a nature lovers paradise. Sabah is also the home of Mount Kinabalu, at 4,095 meters, the highest peak in Southeast Asia; the orangutans; and some of the most stunning diving sites in the world. I was born here, in the state capital Kota Kinabalu to be precise, but my family moved to Kuala Lumpur when I was still a small child. My earliest memories of Sabah are of my…
  • Re-living childhood memories at Miniatur Wunderland

    Keith Jenkins
    27 Apr 2015 | 8:55 am
    Miniatur Wonderland “Let’s go Keith!”, my Mum said sternly as she pulled on my shoulder. “Wait! There’s a plane approaching! There! Can you see its lights?”, I retorted, determined to see the plane land. “Just a few more minutes!”, I pleaded. My Mum sighed. “Ok, then. One more. And after it lands, we’re going home!” This happened every time we went to the airport to send my Dad off or pick him up. I was about seven-years-old and my fascination for airplanes was immense. As soon as we arrived at the airport, I would make a…
  • Blown away at the Cliffs of Moher

    Keith Jenkins
    7 Apr 2015 | 7:59 am
    The Cliffs of Moher The car trembled as I pulled into a parking spot. The wind was relentless. In the distance, I saw people braving its force, taking one step at a time as they made their way to the cliffs. I opened the car door and it blew wide open. My road map of Ireland flew out the door like it had been sucked out of a vacuum. “Right! This is going to be a bit of a challenge!”, I thought as I stumbled out of the car to chase down the map. It wasn’t my first time in this part of Ireland. During my student days, I backpacked (yes, I was once a backpacker!) around the…
  • A nation of big smiles

    Keith Jenkins
    20 Mar 2015 | 6:23 am
    It’s a nation of big smiles. It’s one of many reasons why South Africa has a special place in my heart: the spectacular nature, melting pot of cultures, amazing food and wines, and yes, the big smiles! This video, produced by Caspar Diederik, shows us what it’s like to Meet South Africa, and experience its majestic landscapes, vibrant cities and the many smiles visitors encounter around this great country. Meet South Africa from StoryTravelers on Vimeo. In 10 days we travelled from Johannesburg to Upington and Springbok in the west, down to the south western point of…
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    The Travel Expert(a)

  • Visit Jackson Square, New Orleans – Video

    Marina Kuperman Villatoro
    21 May 2015 | 4:02 am
    Travel Experta - Specializing in Unique International Family Travel - Helping Families Get the Most of Their International Travels with Kids Jackson Square is the place to be when visiting New Orleans. Check out all the coolest things to do and see in this part of the French Quarters of New Orleans. Visit Jackson Square, New Orleans – Video
  • Places to Visit in NYC

    Marina Kuperman Villatoro
    19 May 2015 | 4:35 am
    Travel Experta - Specializing in Unique International Family Travel - Helping Families Get the Most of Their International Travels with Kids New York City is a true dream for all sorts of travelers. When I lived in NYC I was single, so I always thought of this city as non-kid-friendly. Now that I have two little men, I have returned numerous times to visit the city and am in complete awe how much there is to do for people of all ages. Start with NYC street food.  Grand Central Station – even if you’re not taking a train anywhere, just visiting it and walking around, getting some…
  • 10 Reasons Why I Love Koh Samui

    Marina Kuperman Villatoro
    17 May 2015 | 10:05 am
    Travel Experta - Specializing in Unique International Family Travel - Helping Families Get the Most of Their International Travels with Kids Koh Samui is one of the most picturesque and charming island in Thailand, where the offer of fun activities is really wide and diversified: from tiger shows, beautiful waterfalls and mummified monks to the famous ladyboy cabaret and the unique grandma and grandpa rocks. Samui will steal your heart away from the first moment and it will rank as the most amazing vacation you ever had. I know this from experience and I will give you 10 reasons why I love…
  • Video – New Orleans – Street Performers and Street Entertainment

    Marina Kuperman Villatoro
    17 May 2015 | 4:57 am
    Travel Experta - Specializing in Unique International Family Travel - Helping Families Get the Most of Their International Travels with Kids New Orleans is bursting with all sorts of street entertainment, performers, musicians and so much more. Watch New Orleans – Street Performers and Street Entertainment in Action
  • Ghumdan Palace, Yemen

    Marina Kuperman Villatoro
    14 May 2015 | 10:08 am
    Travel Experta - Specializing in Unique International Family Travel - Helping Families Get the Most of Their International Travels with Kids Ghumdan Palace, also referred to as Qasir Ghumdan, is an ancient fortress in the heart of Sana’a, Yemen. This tower-like palace is situated west of the Great Mosque, which is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. According to Middle Eastern historians, the stones of Ghumdan were laid by the son of Noah, but geographers claim that the construction of this fortress dates back to pre-Islamic times. Historians date the Ghumdan to the beginning of 2nd…
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  • Asia de Cuba - New York

    21 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    It's Asian cuisine engineered by a Cuban born and raised chef done with a Latin twist. It speaks true to the character of New York City as its innovative, appeals to the senses and runs the fine line between sophisticated and whimsical. There's a representation through the food of one man's dream to make it big in New York, this man being chef Luis Pous but more importantly it holds a much larger significance within a unique social context.  The menu is exquisite and genuinely original. From black bean & plantain empanadas to ginger & papaya marinated palomilla, there's something…
  • The Wave - Philip Thurston

    19 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    It’s a natural phenomenon where gravity is defied and so be it is logic, a point in a vast ocean where one wave does the unnatural by going against the grain. You can either attempt to understand it or you can simply go with the flow, appreciate it and feel blessed you were there to see it. Relax the mind and appreciate with the heart.     This is in essence what photographer and writer Philip Thurston does, capturing the seldom moments which most of us may never get to see, delivering them via beautifully taken photographs. This stunning piece is far more than just a black…
  • Daniel Buren - Child's Play Exhibition, Naples

    14 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    If you are in Naples this summer, check out the Madre contemporary art museum’s, Child’s Play, created by by the 77-year-old French artist Daniel Buren. Buren, known for his use of bold stripes in his installations, cooperated in this work with French architect Patrick Bouchain. As his inspiration Buren used the ideas of Friedrich Wilhelm August Fröbel (1782-1852), the German pedagogue who created the concept – and word - of kindergarten. A large room on the museum’s first floor is now a colorful miniature city where the guests, adults and kids alike, can walk and…
  • Mama Smile - Tokyo

    9 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    In this children’s indoor playground called Mama Smile, French-born, Tokyo-based architect, Emmanuelle Moureaux, has created a friendly and harmonious atmosphere that gives both children and parents a break from busy shopping. Located inside a shopping mall in the town of Mito 100 miles North East of Tokyo, Mama Smile looks deliciously inviting with its soft, muted color palette and its friendly visual language employing the simple shape of a house. Moureaux says that the colorful space is also expected to help with the growth of the mind of the child from the viewpoint of…
  • Pretty Beach House - Bouddi Peninsula, Sydney

    7 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    How do you create a powerful experience that leaves a mark on your customers? This important question continues to drive brands of all sizes to seminar after seminar. And, sometimes, some brands do get it right, and sometimes, despite substantial investment, they don't. Which is why we loved it when, in 2009, we stumbled on a small, independent Australian resort that had nailed it. In the crowded market of luxury/boutique travel emerges Pretty Beach House, nestled in the escarpment above Pretty Beach on Bouddi Peninsula, on the New South Wales Central Coast just 100 kilometres north of…
 
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    Man Tripping

  • Clear Lounge "Underwater Bar" - Yet Another Reason to Visit Cozumel!

    James Hills
    20 May 2015 | 11:36 pm
    At one point in time I dreaded visiting Cozumel - it was just boring unless you wanted to sit at a bar and drink all day. Over the years though, I've started to appreciate this Mexican tourist island for what it is. Now there is another attraction that just opened up and may actually be worth spending some of our tourist dollars for the sheer oddity of it. It's as if the owners thought, "hey, Cozumel offers some great opportunities for diving and it offers some great opportunities for drinking - so why not combine the two in a safe ...
  • San Diego's Bacon and Barrels Festival 2015

    James Hills
    20 May 2015 | 1:20 pm
    Once again, the the San Diego Bacon and Barrels Festival was one of the best food and drink festivals in San Diego.  The thing I love about this festival is that it has a GREAT balance of food (bacon-based!) along with not just beer, but beer, wine, and craft spirits from all over the West Coast. Plus there is great music and fun people to enjoy it with! Some of my favorite this year included ... Bacon, ham, and crispy pork skin sandwich from Rubicon Deli ! This mountain of bacon was getting ready to top off some ...
  • Tips Every Man Should Know about Buying a Car

    James Hills
    18 May 2015 | 11:01 pm
    Buying a new car can feel like stepping into a minefield for any guy. There's a lot of money at stake and if you don't know exactly what you're doing, you could end up paying more that intended for something you don't absolutely love. Luckily, help is at hand. We've taken some tips from car experts and put together this car buying guide. We're always looking to share advice too, so if you have a favorite tip we'd love for you to leave it as a comment at the end! Consider the Total Annual Cost When you're searching for a ...
  • Hotel Sidi Driss - You Can Stay in Luke Skywalker's Tatooine Home

    James Hills
    18 May 2015 | 12:18 am
    If you have never dreamed of exploring the landscape of Tatooine then you can just stop reading right now! For the rest of you, I was amazed today to find out that not only was this not "just a movie set" but you can actually stay at the location of the Lars Moisture Farm. Today, it is known as Hotel Sidi Driss in Matmata, Tunisia and is open for guests to spend the night. While Tunisia probably isn't at the top of your list of mancation destinations, I think you'll agree that this is an exception. Hotel Sidi ...
  • A Hudson Valley "Beercation" Guys Weekend

    James Hills
    15 May 2015 | 1:33 am
    You've heard of a mancation, a guycation, a staycation, but now there is a BEERCATION! New York's Hudson Valley is one of the hottest craft beer areas in the country right now and I think this package offered by the Caldwell House Bed and Breakfast sounds like a great way to explore it safely and in style. Sit back and grab a cold one as the Caldwell House Bed and Breakfast launches its first " Beer & Breakfast beercation " package along the Hudson Valley Beer Trail through its new partnership with the Little Beer Bus Hudson Valley Brewery and Distillery Tours. "We're ...
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    The Travel Tart

  • Fire Danger Rating Sign! But It’s Too Late!

    Anthony The Travel Tart
    21 May 2015 | 5:56 pm
    If you’ve ever travelled in rural Australia, you might come across the odd Fire Danger Rating sign which indicates the likelihood of a fire occurring in the general vicinity that day. Australia’s vegetation has evolved to be pyrophyllic (fire loving) because for the most part, it’s an arid country and the bush has adapted to fire over the millenia where the continent dried out. In fact, many plants need fire for seed germination and it’s an essential part of the regeneration cycle. Of course, large bush fires in Australia make world headlines because they can be pretty…
  • Australian Citizenship Test. What it really should be like!

    Anthony The Travel Tart
    19 May 2015 | 4:30 am
    I’ve never had to take one because I was born here, but for many people who immigrate to Australia from overseas, most have to jump through a number of hoops to get hold of that treasured piece of paper that is Australian Citizenship by undertaking the Australian Citizenship Test. This involves a number of multiple choice questions that outline bits of Australian history and the way of life. You have to pass a certain amount of questions to complete the citizenship process, otherwise you’ll have to resit it and do it all over again. If you’re interested, you can take a…
  • Things To Do and Don’t In Wellington, New Zealand!

    Anthony The Travel Tart
    15 May 2015 | 4:24 am
    Today I have a post from Daniel Hughes about the things to do and not to do in Wellington, the capital of New Zealand. And it’s not what you expect! I’ve been to Wellington and I had no idea about the things ‘not to do!’ Here you go! What to do and not to do in Wellington Wellington is little known in the grand scheme of things, but in many ways, it’s one of the most vibrant places in the world. Basically, it’s a bit of hidden gem (although if you’re in the Northern Hemisphere, it takes a bloody long time to get there). Once upon a time, I had the privilege of…
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    Part Time Vagabond

  • Photo Envy: Gary Arndt of Everything-Everywhere

    Chris
    19 May 2015 | 8:40 am
      I first caught wind of Gary Arndt when I started following his blog Everything Everywhere, just after I opened shop here at Part Time Vagabond. At the time, his travel photography grabbed me less than the impressive list of placed he’d already traveled. Today, Gary’s work has improved dramatically, and his exploits around the world are myriad. I admire both his travel photography and his love of the world and all its cultures. The post Photo Envy: Gary Arndt of Everything-Everywhere appeared first on Part Time Vagabond.
  • 4 Things Successful Travelers Just Don’t Do

    Chris
    13 May 2015 | 8:31 am
    I haven’t been traveling much of late, thanks in part to the planning and launch of our newest Photography Workshop, but I have been keeping up with the trends in the travel blogosphere. And I have to say, some of it disturbs me. From whinging about “all the stupid, fat tourists!” to crying about less than 5-star accommodations, I’m seeing way too many travel writers bitching and moaning about their all-too-privileged lifestyles. Thankfully, there are some wonderful writers and photographers out there who seem to relish each and every day of their travels without so…
  • Chasing The Light

    Chris
    27 Apr 2015 | 4:57 pm
    If you’ve been following me on any of the PTV social channels (Twitter, Facebook, Google+), you may have noticed that one of my passions—aside from travel—is photography.  I love the ability to see things that others don’t, create images that others can’t, and capture the light others miss. It is that love, the love of beautiful imagery, that I have always enjoyed sharing with others. Photography is such an important part of travel, too. Think about your last vacation; did you return home with beautiful photos that you were excited to hang on your wall as fine art? Or…
  • Google updates Snapseed; Mobile travel photographers rejoice

    Chris
    10 Apr 2015 | 6:21 am
    Travel photographers and smartphone enthusiasts should be very happy today: Google has finally released a major update to it’s popular mobile photo editing software, Snapseed. The app has a completely new look and feel, though many of the features will still be familiar to users of previous versions. I took the app for a test ride this morning, and I have to say, while I’m not crazy about Snapseed’s new interface, it’s still a really good improvement over previous versions, and some of the new features are welcome additions. Mobile photographers will certainly…
  • 11 Uniquely New England Airbnb stays for 2015

    Chris
    17 Feb 2015 | 5:15 am
    NNew England has always been a place travelers come to because of its charm. Whether it’s a trip to an inn on the coast, or a camping in a mountain getaway, New England as a region has one of the most varied landscapes available to travelers. But what makes New England a place worth exploring is its unique places to stay. Since the inception of Airbnb and other crowdsourced lodging sites, finding a unique and fun place to stay has never been easier. So I took a look at the Airbnb website to search out the most unique lodgings available in New England. Connecticut Stamford boat –…
 
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    Breathedreamgo

  • Everything you need to know to visit Canada

    Mariellen Ward
    21 May 2015 | 12:30 am
    The Rocky Mountains, Alberta, Canada. Photo Credit: digitaldust via Compfight cc Visas, insurance, food, snow and more: A resource for everything you need to visit Canada from India CANADA IS ONE of the world’s most desirable tourist destinations. The second largest country on earth, Canada is blessed with abundant natural resources and wildlife, four distinct seasons, dynamic cities, culinary delights, pristine wilderness regions, and more outdoor adventures than you can shake a paddle at. If you are visiting Canada from India or other countries that require a Visa to Canada, read this…
  • Mount St. Helens: Rebirth of a sacred land

    Mariellen Ward
    18 May 2015 | 9:38 am
    Spirit Lake appeared from the mist on Mt St Helens. Photo taken with Samsung Galaxy S6 Hiking the tough terrain of Mount St. Helens on the 35th anniversary of the volcanic eruption NEAR THE TOP of Mount St. Helens, where the 1980 volcanic eruption blew the top of the mountain off 35 years ago today, the barren rocky landscape was streaked with rivers of hard, black basalt lava flows, and cloaked in thick grey clouds. It was eerie, very calm and there were no visible signs of life. You could easily mistake this for a devastated region. The May 18, 1980 eruption was the deadliest and most…
  • Photo essay: Celebrating the Buddha in India

    Mariellen Ward
    4 May 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Buddhist Conclave 2014 in India. Photo essay of the Buddhist Conclave 2014 on the occasion of Buddha Purnima SIDDHARTHA GAUTAMA was a prince in India more than 2,500 years ago. He lived in a city called Kapilavatthu in the foothills of the Himalayas and was a protected youth, never allowed to venture beyond the palace walls. But one day, curiosity drove him out, into the streets and the market, where he saw the realities of life: sickness, old age, death. This was enough experience for him to realize he wanted to be free from suffering, and to help others find a way to be free, too. He left…
  • The best Indian food in Delhi

    Mariellen Ward
    29 Apr 2015 | 5:39 am
    Two magic words: Indian food. A guide to the best dishes, street food, desserts and restaurants in Delhi, the food capital of India WINTER IN DELHI is sometimes affectionately called Dilli ki Sardi (after a very popular Bollywood song). Locals love the cooler temperatures and the excuse to get out the sweaters and indulge in rich, warming foods. Dishes like sarson ka saag, missi roti, masala chai and gajar ka halwa. I’ve lived in Delhi on-and-off for 9 years, and spent the past winter in the city, which was recently named “Best Destination For Food/Drink in India” by Lonely…
  • How one day of silence can change your life

    Mariellen Ward
    26 Apr 2015 | 4:23 pm
    An experiment with silence led to a new way of seeing IT’S A RARE RAINY DAY in March at Aurovalley Ashram and I’m listening for the sound of silence. I can hear silence in the sound of tiny drops of water landing on the earth. I can hear silence in the bright flowers that sway with happiness in the light breeze. I can hear silence in the moving joy of the butterflies, unheeding the gentle rain. I can hear silence in the chirps of the sparrows, the songs of the parakeets, the shrieks of the peacocks. I can hear silence in the mighty thick pastiches of clouds. NOTE: I published…
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    Singapore Travel Blog

  • Experiencing Uniquely Singaporean Chats with Viber’s “Singapore Lah!”, “Singapore Shiok!” and “Fun in Singapore!” Sticker Packs

    Zhiqiang &#38; Tingyi
    22 May 2015 | 6:35 pm
    Emoticons add a lot more colour to our text messaging conversations but there is only so much an emoticon can convey. Singlish is a unique local “slang” where it will be hard pressed to find emoticons which convey expressions like “bo jio” or “sian”. Attempts to text Singlish will typically be overruled by the autocorrect function like in these mrbrown’s examples – When I type “shiok”, I don’t want “shook”. Thus, I was pleasantly surprised with Viber’s introduction of three new uniquely Singaporean sticker packs. Viber, a mobile…
  • Top Things to Do when Visiting Las Vegas

    Zhiqiang &#38; Tingyi
    22 May 2015 | 5:40 pm
    Las Vegas is regarded as a city where dreams come true, but there is much more to Vegas life than sticking, twisting and getting married. No matter whether you are heading to Sin City on your own, with a partner or with the family, there are plenty of activities on offer in this great city; make sure you have your itinerary planned and tickets ready for visiting the best Las Vegas attractions below! The Strip Any holiday to Las Vegas must consist of a visit to The Strip. Technically The Strip refers to the area of Las Vegas Boulevard between Sahara Avenue to the north and Russell Road to the…
  • Money-saving Car Rental Tips

    Zhiqiang &#38; Tingyi
    13 May 2015 | 9:12 am
    When you’re travelling for vacation or business travel, expenses can add up pretty quickly. For a lot of travelers, renting a car may seem like an essential that is based on their daily routine but renting a car can add a steep increase to your travel bill. The liberation of having a car can seem freeing at the start, but if you have plans on driving that car into a major city center expect high stress, gridlock, and parking nightmares. If you know you’ll need a car for at least part of the trip, write down a quick cost value breakdown comparing the total cost of renting a car (including…
  • Review of Asus ZenFone 2 – Monster Performance with 4GB RAM & Fun Photography with Pixelmaster Camera

    Zhiqiang &#38; Tingyi
    12 May 2015 | 9:01 am
    ASUS had recently launched its 2nd Generation ASUS ZenFone (ASUS ZenFone 2) with specs that are comparable to high-end models from other well-known smartphone brands and at a very reasonable price. Don’t be confused by the ASUS ZenFone 4, 5 and 6 already in the market – they were named for their screen sizes i.e. 4-inch, 5-inch and 6-inch and they were the 1st Generation ASUS ZenFone. One thing to note is that there are three ASUS ZenFone 2 models with 2GB RAM, namely ZE500CL, ZE550ML and ZE551ML. These models retail at $249, $299 and $349 respectively. Another important point to note is…
  • New England: Experience the Best Seafood in the States

    Zhiqiang &#38; Tingyi
    2 May 2015 | 8:52 am
    New England is famous for many types of food but Maine is renowned for its lobster and other seafood. A New England boiled lobster is delicious served with melted butter; a cracking tool and a narrow fork are provided to deal with the mechanics of eating one. A classic lobster dinner will usually include clams and is served with corn on the cob. The restaurant shacks on the shore have family seating and with their views of the ocean are recognized as being the best places to enjoy the local seafood. Picture credits: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kentar0h/ In the Greater Portland region,…
 
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    Kaleidoscopic Wandering

  • Thwarted … Again (a Ragnar Trails Tale)

    JoAnna
    13 May 2015 | 11:33 am
    Many moons ago, when we were still living in the Midwest, I read about this crazy overnight relay race that traveled along the Mississippi River. I came up with a list of runners (they were all family members), but not a one showed any real interest in this crazy scheme. It wasn’t until we moved to Las Vegas that my wild idea resurfaced, this time because I discovered such a 24-hour relay race was being unveiled in the very city I lived in. One thing led to another, and before long I ended up as captain of our first Ragnar Relay team for the very first Las Vegas race. The team consisted of…
  • Prom Happened (and Other Teenage Tales)

    JoAnna
    3 May 2015 | 7:07 pm
    I woke up the other morning and it was May … and I have no idea how we got here. Every year flies by, but this one has truly existed in a time warp. I can not believe it is May already. This means a lot of truths are hitting us square in the face: The school year is almost over. Months are becoming weeks and will soon be days. And Ane, our beautiful girl from Norway, will soon be boarding an airplane bound for her home country, and Cory and I will be back to being a live-in family of two. Last night was prom, and Ane and her girlfriends invited me to take their photos before the big night.
  • What Spring Brings in Las Vegas

    JoAnna
    3 May 2015 | 4:46 pm
    Flowering trees in our Las Vegas neighborhood. This year, we had a mild winter, and we’ve had an even better spring. The days have been sunny and warm – not too hot or too windy, though we could use a little more rain. It’s been a great season for running, regardless of the time of day I make it outside, and I always encounter lots of folks out walking their dogs, jogging or cycling. And the wildflowers have been in full bloom, which adds a colorful dimension to the sometimes dreary desert landscape. It’s a cyclical thing, so we’ll have bright yellow flowers on the bushes one day,…
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    Fili's World

  • Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum : Springfield Illinois

    Fili
    22 May 2015 | 12:34 pm
    Illinois is very proud of its affiliation with Abraham Lincoln and the capital city of Springfield offers many attractions related to the beloved president. Together with a short visit to the Illinois old state capitol building and the Lincoln Home National Historic Site, I also visited the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, dedicated to the tragic life of the president, his rise to power, his time in office, and finally his assassination at the Ford theater. If you’re expecting a dull museum filled with boring insignificant historical descriptions, you’re in for a…
  • Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve : San Diego

    Fili
    18 May 2015 | 6:43 pm
    Torrey Pines is a natural reserve in San Diego offering spectacular ocean views, gorgeous hiking trails, and a unique opportunity to enjoy coastal nature at its best well-preserved moon-like mountains next to a long stretch of beach and all sorts of wild life. It’s got a little bit of everything for anyone, and all within a quick drive from the city. Some people are just that lucky.   South of Torrey Pines there are even spot for wind-surfing, and if you’re up for it – nude bathing…     About Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve from their website: Torrey…
  • Forest Park : Saint Louis

    Fili
    17 May 2015 | 11:09 am
    Though I didn’t spend long in Saint Louis, I managed to visit some of the highlights like the famous Saint Louis Gateway Arch and the Missouri Botanical Gardens. To start off my day, I went for breakfast at a boat house next to a small lake in the lovely Forest Park, home to many of the other Saint Louis attractions – the Saint Louis Zoo, the Saint Louis Science Center, the Missouri History Museum, the Saint Louis Art Museum and others. It was a gloomy day, but that just added to the special atmosphere.   After filling up, it’s time for a stroll around the park……
  • Tequila Daytrip Tour from Guadalajara : Mexico

    Fili
    16 May 2015 | 2:17 pm
    It doesn’t take long in Mexico to realize that Mexicans can really drink. Lots of famous Mexican alcohol you probably had before, usually softer sweetened versions of the real thing you’ll have in Mexico. There are Margaritas, ofcourse, the Mexican beers (the most famous internationally is Corona), and there are the much stronger Mezcal and Tequilas, which some associate with either cocktails or dead worms at the bottom of the drink. Anyhoo, a daytrip excursion from Guadalajara is the small town of Tequila, surrounded by fields of blue agave plant used to make this highly…
  • Long Beach and Seal Beach : Los Angeles California

    Fili
    15 May 2015 | 9:01 am
    Los Angeles has some wonderful beaches, and Seal beach is a prime example for a great beach not too far away from town. In my last conference visit to Long Beach I found affordable accommodation between Long Beach and Seal Beach, and a morning visit strolling down the beach I discovered a desolated quiet stretch of beach with spectacular photo-ops. If only I had a better camera with me… But still, I think you’ll agree how beautiful it all was. The though of going back into a conference room for the day was very painful, but it’s a great way to start the day and re-energize.
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    Official Reno Tahoe USA Blog

  • What to do this Memorial Weekend

    Reno Tahoe USA
    22 May 2015 | 2:43 pm
    The first long weekend of the season is here, Memorial Weekend! With summer peeking out from around the corner it is the perfect time to explore the “Biggest Little City in the World” and its fantastic surrounding areas. Friday evening, relax at the Reno Street Food- Party in the Park! Enjoy gourmet food from 25 different [...]
  • JetBlue Connecting NY & Reno: What To Check Out During Your Stay

    Corie Cartano
    8 May 2015 | 10:06 am
    JetBlue is coming to Reno Tahoe! Starting May 28 there will be a non-stop flight available from Reno, at the Reno Tahoe Airport, to New York, at the JFK Airport. Currently the flight is a featured deal on JetBlue’s website here for a special starting price of $149 for one way. The schedule for the [...]
  • Golf Courses Open at Incline Village

    Corie Cartano
    6 May 2015 | 9:55 am
    The sun has come out and the courses are reopening, come spend some time on the green! Incline Village in North Lake Tahoe offers two unique golf courses, the Mountain Course and the Championship Course, for golfers of any skill or budget. The Mountain Course recently opened on May 1. This 18-hole mountain layout course is [...]
  • Top 10 Reasons to Check Out the Reno River Festival

    Corie Cartano
    1 May 2015 | 2:19 pm
    The 12th annual Reno River Festival will be in downtown Reno, May 9 and 10, at Wingfield Park. This weekend festival brings together water sports and other outdoor fun to downtown Reno. This year, the drought has lead to the cancellation of the kayak races, but the event is making up for it with more [...]
  • Make Mother’s Day Special in Reno Tahoe

    Corie Cartano
    29 Apr 2015 | 10:53 am
    Mother’s Day is May 10, which is just right around the corner! Moms are one of the best kinds of people out there so it’s important they have a special day dedicated to them. If you’re still unsure what to do with your mom on this special day, Reno Tahoe has plenty of options. Special [...]
 
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    Cruise Radio

  • Ruby Princess Review + Cruise News

    cruiseandblog
    20 May 2015 | 9:52 pm
    Ben Souza and his wife just returned from a four-night Alaska sailing on Princess Cruises’ Ruby Princess. This was a special sailing that started in Vancouver, BC, stopped in Ketchikan and ended in Seattle, Washington.  Ben gives us a bow to stern Ruby Princess review, leaving no stone unturned.  Stewart Chiron the Cruise Guy has cruise news on:  Norwegian Dawn grounding in Bermuda Drowning aboard Norwegian Gem   Celebrity Cruises new Caribbean overnight itineraries  Disney heading back to Miami, NYC and Galveston  Speculation of Carnival Corp. upcoming announcement in NYC
  • Carnival Liberty Review + ShipMate App

    cruiseandblog
    14 May 2015 | 10:50 am
    Carrie McLaren and her family recently returned from a seven-night Caribbean cruise aboard Carnival Liberty that went to St. Thomas, San Juan and Grand Turk. On this show Carrie gives us a full Carnival Liberty review, leaving no stone unturned. Mike Jirout is the creator of ShipMate App., an awesome smartphone app that lets you get excited about your cruise vacation. Recently Mike added a fare watch feature that allows you to monitor your cruise fare regardless of who you purchased it through. Some listeners have saved over $150 per person and have gotten that returned as an on-board credit.
  • MSC Divina Review + Cruise News

    cruiseandblog
    6 May 2015 | 10:44 am
    Howard just returned from a seven-night Bermuda cruise on MSC Divina. But not only was it a Bermuda cruise, it was a Bermuda cruise spent in the MSC Yacht Club - MSC Cruises’ ship within a ship feature. Hear this full MSC Divina review.  Stewart Chiron The Cruise Guy has Cruise News on: Norwegian Cruise Line charging for room service Norwegian Sky goes all-inclusive alcohol in 2016 MSC Divina returns to MIA Cunard’s Royal meet up Cruise port in New Zealand turns down Ovation of the Seas Princess puts 2017 new build in China 
  • Carnival Dream Review + Cruise News

    cruiseandblog
    29 Apr 2015 | 10:38 am
    Tiffany and her husband just returned from a seven-night Caribbean cruise aboard Carnival Dream out of New Orleans. Tiffany drops in to give us her Carnival Dream review, leaving no stone unturned. She covers her pre-cruise thoughts, embarkation, first impressions, stateroom, food, entertainment and how the sea days were. Stewart Chiron The Cruise Guy has Cruise News on: Majesty of the Seas cancels MIA cruise  Anthem of the Seas Carnival swaps more ships Carnival increases Faster to the Fun price Carnival Vista preview video Brady Bunch Mom aboard for Dancing with the Stars: at Sea
  • John Heald Talks & Celebrity Solstice Review

    cruiseandblog
    23 Apr 2015 | 10:32 am
    We caught up with Carnival Cruise Line’s Senior Cruise Director John Heald about the latest happenings at Carnival. John chats with us about: Carnival room service charges Carnival LIVE concert program Moving Carnival Magic to Port Canaveral Carnival Pride goes back to Baltimore And gets personal about his weight loss journey Ship Review Don Bucalo gives us a review of his sailing his seven night Alaska sailing from Seattle aboard Celebrity Solstice. As a first time Alaska cruiser, Don gives his thoughts on: the adventure, the ship and what he did in Alaska. Don leaves no stone unturned on…
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    Nomadic Notes

  • Phu Quoc Travel Guide

    James Clark
    20 May 2015 | 12:13 am
    Travel Guides > Vietnam > Phu Quoc Travel Guide Phu Quoc is an island of Vietnam in the Gulf of Thailand, off the coast of Cambodia. It’s Vietnam’s largest island, covering 515 sq km (199 sq mi). To compare, that’s about the same size as Phuket in Thailand, which is 543 sq km (210 sq mi). Despite its size and paradisiacal qualities it gets no way near the amount of visitors of other islands in Southeast Asia, though word is getting out. At the moment Phu Quoc feels like one of those places that you should see before it changes. There are some grand development plans on the…
  • On the trail of Mad Max in Namibia

    James Clark
    16 May 2015 | 10:10 am
    Visiting the filming locations of Mad Max: Fury Road in the Namib Desert Mad Max: Fury Road heralds the return of the Mad Max franchise thirty years after the third film was released. While the Mad Max world is still set in a post-apocalypse Australia, there is a new Max (Tom Hardy replacing Mel Gibson) and a new filming country (Namibia). Fury Road was filmed in the Namib Desert near Swakopmund, Namibia. It was originally going to be shot near Broken Hill in Australia until heavy rains turned the usually-barren landscape into a carpet of grass and desert flowers. Excellent news for farmers,…
  • Nomadic News: 10 May, 2015

    James Clark
    10 May 2015 | 6:52 am
    Here is this weeks edition of Nomadic News – assorted links on travel and digital nomadery. Taking on Tokyo: The nomad’s guide – By Chris from tokyocheapo.com. I quit my high-paying job as a lawyer to travel…and it’s not all sunshine and rainbows – Good perspective on the popular “I quit my job” theme from Jodi from legalnomads.com. Cost of living in Cape Town – johnnyafrica.com. 8 reasons why Santa Cruz is an awesome city to live in – By Raphaël Harmel. Do you want to open your own hostel? – The highs and lows from someone who has done…
  • Mirissa Beach, Sri Lanka

    James Clark
    8 May 2015 | 2:36 am
    I visited Mirissa on a day trip from Unawatuna Beach. It’s less than an hour by bus so I didn’t stay here, though I was wishing I was once I arrived. There are so many amazing beaches in Sri Lanka that you will end up saying that a lot. I could happily spend a month circumnavigating Sri Lanka, staying at beaches all around the island. Mirissa Travel Resources Mirissa hotels Mirissa photo gallery Mirissa Beach, Sri Lanka is a post from: Nomadic Notes
  • Where I’m At: Saigon – wandering some of the other 23 districts

    James Clark
    6 May 2015 | 9:03 am
    [When flying into SGN get the “A” seat to get a great view of the ciy.] Greetings from Saigon. After arriving from Hong Kong on the first of April I found a new room within a day and got back into a routine of eating street food, meeting friends, and working from cafes. Where I’ve Been I spent the entire month in Saigon. I thought I would do a side trip somewhere but before I knew it a month went by and the landlady was knocking on my door asking for next months rent. I keep saying I’m going to do more domestic travel – if only to get out of the city – but…
 
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    City Traveler Blog

  • Animal All-Stars: Where to Go to See Famous Zoo and Aquarium Residents in the U.S.

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

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

    Dan Patterson
    15 Apr 2015 | 7:36 am
    What is it about looking out on the city from a sky-high vantage point that we love? It lets us be a spectator of the space we live in. We can see the streets, and the people streaming through them, like lines in a book. For once, we’re able to behold something immense and complex like a city, right in front of us. In this article, we’ll be walking you through some of the best attractions CityPASS has to offer, and what you can expect to see when you get there. So take a deep breath, step in the elevator, and ask the operator for the 100th-something floor, because we’re about to look at…
  • 10 Cool Things to Do in Philly

    Deston S. Nokes
    16 Mar 2015 | 10:25 am
    If you visit Philadelphia, you know the first things your friends will ask: Did you see the Liberty Bell? It’s easy to find, just across the street from Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence was signed. But there’s so much more to the city than just a cracked dinger. The next time you’re in Philly, here are 10 memorable, fun activities to help you fall head over heels for the City of Brotherly Love. 1) Pay homage to a founding father: One of the top Philadelphia CityPASS attractions, Franklin Institute explores the legacy of one of our nation’s most brilliant…
  • Brewin’ U.S.A.: The Nation’s Best Brewery Tours by Region

    Dan Patterson
    11 Feb 2015 | 9:34 am
    There’s a reason why Ben Franklin coined beer as the proof that God loves us and wants to be happy. As one of the world’s oldest prepared beverages, dating all the way back to 3500 B.C., this wonderfully flavorful concoction was instrumental in the formation of civilizations, serving as the backbone for many religious gatherings and festivities. The art of brewing has taken many different shapes since the beverage was popularized and spread through Europe by Germanic and Celtic tribes in early 3000 B.C., but one thing remains true: nothing quite compares to a cold mug of suds after a hard…
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    XpatMatt.com

  • Travel to Thailand: Explore Majestic Temples and Experience the Outdoors

    Matt Gibson
    1 May 2015 | 4:52 am
    Photo by Helen Suk The golden spires of the Thailand’s ubiquitous Buddhist temples juxtaposed with their exotic tropical surroundings and the country’s diverse geography of emerald jungle, aqua waterfalls, white sand beaches, and craggy cliffs, have enchanted visitors tourists who travel to Thailand for decades. Some prefer to spend their time in the popular destination taking photos of temples and markets, while others tend toward the exciting mix of outdoor adventures available in the country’s mountains, rivers, and oceans such as Thailand hiking and climbing. We,…
  • The Most Epic Place for Spring Skiing Right Now

    Matt Gibson
    12 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    It was an awful year for snow. Well, at least it was in the west, and the results for some hills were pretty dramatic. Most resorts across western North America received significantly less snow than usual. Many closed early, like Sierra-at-Tahoe which was forced to close in mid-March, six weeks earlier than last year. Most resorts expected to close earlier than usual. I’m not the kind of person who likes to say that something is “perfect” or “the best” because those are very subjective terms. That said, one ski area this year found itself on the winning end of a few unique…
  • If I’m Elected President

    Matt Gibson
    3 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    My first ever paid blogging assignment, searching for elephants in Borneo. Having served on the Professional Travel Bloggers Association for the past year, I knew elections were coming, but I didn’t think I’d be involved because I still had another year remaining in my term. Last week I received an email from Laurence Norah with a PDF attached to it title “PTBA Election List 2015”. I opened the PDF and my jaw dropped. I was nominated for every single open position on the board. It was extremely surprised and incredibly flattered. I spent a few nights lying awake at night, thinking…
  • Between the Peaks: An Interview with Adventure Filmmaker Jonathan Ronzio

    Matt Gibson
    31 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    After two years of planning the trip began. Three friends landed in Chile with a plan to buy a truck, drive to Alaska, climb the highest mountain on both South and North  America, and volunteer in every country they passed through along the way. They would document it all for on video and after finishing the epic journey, make it into a movie. Last year the product of the friends’ efforts, Between the Peaks, won the Best Documentary Feature award from the Mountain Film Festival in Mammoth, California. The trip had not gone as planned. Cameras had been lost and stolen and they’d…
  • Travel Blogging Business Resource Archive

    Matt Gibson
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:09 pm
    I built this page as a community resource to help travel bloggers and industry pool information and resources to help us all keep up on the latest information and develop a better understanding of our business. Below is an embedded Google Drive folder. It has read-only permissions and anyone may can view and download anything from it. This is a community file and the quality of this resource relies on user contributions. If you expect to contribute frequently, just drop me a line with the email address that you use to log in to Google, and I’ll add you as an admin. If you’d…
 
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    A Traveler's Library

  • A Japanese WHY Dunnit and an Amazon Mystery

    Vera Marie Badertscher
    18 May 2015 | 11:27 am
    Destination: Japan Book: Malice by Keigo Higashino, Shown: MacMillan Audio Book CD, Published in U.S. October, 2014; in Japan in 1996 Kego Higashino, an Edgar award winner, and super-star mystery writer in Japan, writes books that are complex intellectual puzzles with unusual structure. Readers of A Traveler’s Library –lovers of books and writing–will particularly relate to this mystery, because it involves two writers and hinges on  complexities of writing and publishing. UNRAVELING AMAZON’s MALICE Amazon decided to present me with more mysteries when I tried to find…
  • DETOUR: Going Somewhere and Somewhere Else

    Vera Marie Badertscher
    23 Mar 2015 | 10:49 am
    Detour Sign Dunedin FL (Photo from WikiMedia.org) We are flying from Arizona to Florida to attend my grand daughter’s wedding. Nice trip. Exciting event.  However it seems that every time I have an opportunity to go Somewhere, I can’t help thinking about the opportunities—to go Somewhere Else. Soon I’ll be sharing our trip to Somewhere Else. Do you think that way, or do I have a detour built into the routing of travel thoughts in my brain? Here are some examples. OHIO TO NEW YORK Our sons with my husband’s grandmother in Ohio, 1966. In the 1960’s, once a…
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    Travel stories and tips for adventure travel and culture tourism seekers

  • Exploring World-Famous Buildings

    MsTravelingPants
    14 May 2015 | 10:50 am
    After spending two weeks in Cuba earlier this year (see image of Trinidad, Cuba) and plans to travel to Greece and Italy this fall, I have been thinking a lot about the architecture I have witnessed through my travels AND of course what awaits. Although I have an artist’s eye, I’m certainly not an expert in the realm of architecture. I asked for help from a peer writer, Cheryl Staunton from the UK to showcase a piece, “Exploring world-famous buildings that have inspired interior and exterior décor.” Enjoy! __________ The world is at our fingertips these days; with…
  • Night Manta Ray Dive – Adventure Travel Hawaii

    MsTravelingPants
    12 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    After living in the Hawaiian Islands for almost two years, I finally made it to the Big Island of Hawaii. Not only did I get to check Big Island off by bucket list of destinations, but I also did one of the best night dives in the world, Night Manta Ray Dive Big Island, Hawaii. As we set out with Big Island Divers, the sun was setting. From the mooring spot, I tugged on my wetsuit trying to get a glimpse of the famous Green Flash, which still remains elusive to me. Although I had recently done two dives on Kauai, I was not yet accustomed to the rough seas and cold water. Nervous about my…
  • Adventure Travel Kauai – Scuba Diving Kauai

    MsTravelingPants
    9 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    I moved to Kauai in late 2013. However, since relocation, my scuba gear remained in my adventure toy closet. That was until this Spring. I couldn’t pass up this adventure travel opportunity, but I needed to dust off the gear and my skills. After a brief refresher course with Seasport Divers in Poipu and gear check, I was ready to take the plunge back into scuba diving. Most of my diving previously had been in the Caribbean in Cozumel, Bahamas, and Florida. I understood that my Kauai dives would be much more challenging with far cooler waters, perhaps rougher seas, and around sixty feet.
  • How to Conquer Crete in 12 Days

    MsTravelingPants
    4 May 2015 | 10:14 am
    Just like you, I have a bucket life of travel destinations. At the top of my list is Greece. In fact, I’m planning a trip this September to celebrate the launch of my second book, With New Eyes. Excited, I have already begun investigating the best beaches, water activities, best tavernas, historical walks, and more. To check my results and find other  travel info and tips, I always contact someone who knows the area. Please enjoy my travel writing peer, Nikola, and his recommendations on Crete with, “How to Conquer Crete in 12 Days!” Opa! Your Guide to Where to Stay and…
  • Adventure Travel Combo Oahu – Kayaking and Hiking Kailua

    MsTravelingPants
    14 Apr 2015 | 3:27 pm
    Adventure travel seekers… Here’s an aloha adventure travel combo on O’ahu for you. Recently, I ventured off my small-town feel island of Kauai to the big city of Honolulu for a business trip mixed with pleasure. As a local author, I attended the TEDxHNL event at the University of Hawaii. After which, it was time to indulge in some pleasure: sunbathing at Makahas with mimosas and an sunset stroll along Waikiki Beach with Diamondhead in the distance. However, no trip is complete without the needed a dose of adventure. With my PIC (Partner In Crime), we headed to Kailua for an…
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  • Gluten-Free Snacks? Here’s Our Pick

    Jessica Nunemaker
    23 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    little Indiana received samples of the items listed below in exchange for an honest review. Opinions remain mine and mine alone. Gluten Free Snacks Bakery on Main Granola We have dabbled in gluten-free items, my husband and I. We went a whole month last year without ingesting gluten–and it was so, so hard! It wasn’t hard just because I adore bread sandwiches, as in bread topped with bread, or because I continued to make the typical family-friendly foods that our kids are used to, but because gluten-free snacks and meals sometimes lack that certain something. Wait, I know what it…
  • Pumpkinvine Cyclery in Middlebury: Rental and Retail

    Jessica Nunemaker
    22 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Pumpinvine Cyclery in Middlebury, Indiana Spencer Short was  preparing to accept a corporate bicycle-related job and move to Michigan. Instead, he bought Pumpkinvine Cyclery in Middlebury, Indiana–and the very next day he found out he was going to become a father! That was back in 2011, and judging by the size of the well-stocked shop, it appears that his decision to take on the small business was the right one. Located close to the Pumpkinvine Trail, an almost twenty-six mile paved path that jogs past many an Amish farm was made for walking, running, pushing a stroller, or biking!
  • Images: House of Flavors Cafe and Coffee in Winchester

    Jessica Nunemaker
    20 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    When you hit the open roads of Indiana, you have got to throw away the crammed itinerary and add a little spontaneity to your trip! For us, it came in the form of a long time ice cream parlor and coffee shop all rolled into one: House of Flavors Cafe and Coffee Bar in Winchester, Indiana. It wasn’t like we were looking for ice cream. That was just a happy coincidence! We were looking for somewhere to eat but when we saw that there was ice cream, we decided that maybe we would have to try both, in the interest of research. It wouldn’t be very good for this site if I couldn’t…
  • Clementine’s Antiques and Accents in Kirklin

    Jessica Nunemaker
    19 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Clementine’s Antiques and Accents in Kirklin, Indiana For years now, whenever anyone asks for a small town with really great shopping, I have mentioned Kirklin, Indiana! This teeny, tiny town had 782 residents at the 2013 census. So, yes, not only does it fit nicely with my personal small town population cap of 15,000, it’s also a bit unusual for a town so small to be hailed as a destination! But a destination it is, thanks to the renovations and remodeling of the entire downtown. Where once boarded up and closed down buildings stood, there are now lovely shops and restaurants.
  • Chocolate Cherry Cordial Muffins Recipe

    Jessica Nunemaker
    18 May 2015 | 2:30 pm
    Chocolate Cherry Cordial Muffins Recipe Any recipe that will combine chocolate and cherries, like this recipe for Chocolate Cherry Cordial Muffins, is destined to be moved to the top of my “must bake” queue. When I was a kid, my maternal grandma always made sure to include a box of chocolate covered cherries with my Christmas gift. It was something that I always looked so forward to–and would later relish every bite! My love for chocolate and cherry items is still going strong. It was a weekend, no one had anywhere to go, we didn’t have any planned trips to small…
 
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  • Green Tourism in Sicily. Best Activities

    Tony
    22 May 2015 | 10:58 am
    With the rise of awareness for the preservation of Sicily, eco-tourism has been introduced in the last couple of years in the aim to promote the richness and the heritage of this beautiful land while leaving lesser carbon footprints as compared to commercial tourism. In the light of this new development, people are realizing the importance of responsible travel that provides fresh, interesting and more memorable experiences while preserving the earth. Sicily is perfect for experiencing green tourism and when you are itching to travel there, staying in a villa in Sicily is one of the best ways…
  • A Day (and Night) in Dublin: Top Things to Do and See

    Tony
    21 May 2015 | 7:17 am
    Dublin is known for its vibrant, distinctive, and colourful personality which attracts visitors of all ages to this fascinating city. If you are in Dublin, whether only for 24 hours or for an entire month, you should know that the city has plenty to offer when it comes to cultural and historical attractions, entertainment, dining options, and more. Some of these attractions and things to do are obvious (such as enjoying a refreshing pint of Guinness – a must-try for all Dublin visitors), whilst some are not-so-well known. The trick is striking a nice balance between enjoying the popular…
  • Voluntourism: Holidays That Make A Difference

    Tony
    10 May 2015 | 6:13 pm
    Over recent years, voluntourism has had a lot of negative press. Which is unfortunate, considering the good that you can do, giving up a few weeks of your holiday to help the betterment of others and the environment. You only need to do a quick Google search, in order to find horror stories about voluntourism, but if you choose the right company and pick the perfect project, you can really help impoverished areas of the world. Choose Your Project Wisely Rule number one of voluntourism: choose your project with care. Some projects are created without the permission of the community, in order…
  • Staycations in the UK: The Greener Way to Holiday

    Tony
    2 May 2015 | 10:29 am
    According to The Telegraph Online, more and more Brits are now vacationing at home, despite the improving economy. What started off as an affordable alternative to jetting off for sun, sea and sand in warmer climes during the recession, has now become something that many British families are choosing to do. The growing trend for busy working parents or career couples is to take short breaks closer to home instead of going for week long breaks in exotic destinations. It seems that the quirky ‘staycation’ has won the hearts of the British. But even more than that; it’s actually created a…
  • Your Utah Hiking Trip: Pointers for Packing for Any Season

    Tony
    14 Apr 2015 | 6:51 pm
    When you are planning a hiking trip in Utah, one of the most important things you have to consider is the gear that you will pack. If you pack the wrong equipment, this can affect your enjoyment of the hike, so it’s always best to go prepared. Here are some of the most important things to keep in mind when packing your hiking gear. Pack According to the Season The time of year that you go hiking will determine the items that you take with you. In the winter, snow can cover trails and hiking can become more dangerous. Some hikes are available all year round, like in the Wasatch…
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    Plum Deluxe

  • A Relaxing Weekend Getaway: Manzanita Beach, Oregon

    Andy Hayes
    22 May 2015 | 12:02 am
    There is no hiding my love for the Oregon Coast, one of my favorite places on Earth. Previously I’ve highlighted the best experiences to enjoy on the Oregon Coast as well as a specific trip, a weekend getaway to Pacific City, Oregon. Pacific City is on the south Tillamook Coast; today, let’s explore some of the small, quiet towns of the north Tillamook Coast. Our base for the weekend is Manzanita Beach, a place I’d love to retire to someday soon! Slow Down in Manzanita Although a popular town to visit, the bulk of things to do in Manzanita exist on a single street —…
  • Start With Sunshine: An Herbal Tea Smoothie to Brighten Your Day

    Carrie Keplinger
    21 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    I don’t know about you, but sunny days make everything seem better. On days I need a little extra sunshine in my life, I like to whip up a special smoothie with berries, Greek yogurt, and our Sunshine In a Cup herbal tea. Shiny, Happy Goodness Okay, what’s so special about this smoothie? Let’s start with the tea. Hibiscus is high in Vitamin C, bioflavonoids, and beneficial minerals and can, according to a 2008 study by the USDA, help lower blood pressure. Calendula contains anti-inflammatory properties and is believed to have wonderful benefits for the skin as well as…
  • Wisdom of Mom: Life is Sweet

    Andy Hayes
    19 May 2015 | 1:51 am
    When I saw the book, The Silver Lining Companion Guide, I knew I wanted to talk about it. The ‘C’ word (cancer) is everywhere these days, and instead of letting it hover over us like a big nasty fear cloud, it’s time to take the power back. That’s why I started Plum Deluxe, by the way. After having experienced a personal loss due to cancer, I walked away determined to change the focus of our conversation — away from what’s wrong, and instead on what we can enjoy right now, today, this week, this weekend. In a followup to our kickoff Wisdom of Mom series, 3…
  • Stay Close To Your Parents (Even from Afar)

    Janice Bear
    18 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Relationships take work. Not exactly breaking news, but a fact we often forget, especially when it comes to family. Take Mom and Dad for example. They’ll always be there for you; they have to, it’s their parental duty. And now that we’re all grown up we have an opportunity to be there for them, too — not out of duty, but out of love. Check out these nine suggestions for building and maintaining a friendship with your parental figures. Parents Within 100 Miles Take up a sport such as doubles tennis or an adult dance class. A little physical activity is (duh!) good for both of you.
  • One Simple Trick to Create More Luck in Your Life

    Andy Hayes
    14 May 2015 | 1:09 am
    Do you wish you were more lucky? Who doesn’t! Luck (or, synchronicity in some cases) is one of those things that makes life feel easier and makes the path ahead feel smoother. I’m a firm believer that luck requires two ingredients: mindset and elbow grease. You need to put yourself into situations where luck can chance upon you, and you also need to believe that the universe can whip up some luck for you. One doesn’t work without the other. I’d like to share with you one simple trick I’ve found to help you create the mindset that luck can happen to you easily and…
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    J The Travel Authority

  • Iceland - A Country Where Writers Are Revered

    Jeanine Barone
    22 May 2015 | 12:36 pm
    Do you consider yourself a writer? Maybe you have a brilliant idea for a book and you've been jotting down notes on Post-Its and hiding them from family members for fear they'll laugh at you. Or you secretly write poems, scribbling them on napkins and jamming them in your bag, hoping they won't fly out when you're on a date. You're not a writer, after all, because you didn't get a degree in creative writing or you've never published anything, right? And if you attended a cocktail party and told anyone you're a writer, would they ask you what you're working on, or would they ask what's your…
  • Gear Review: Fun Travel Notebook

    Jeanine Barone
    18 May 2015 | 11:17 am
    Wreck This Journal is the journal for the non-journal writer. The traveler who wants to record their experiences and impressions, but becomes anxious when confronted with the blank page. The person who maybe takes themself a little too seriously. Who thinks that their days of being inquisitive and spontaneous are in the distant past. This is the book that will inspire you to be playfully creative like you were when you were a child. And, instead of valuing the book as a revered tome where dog-earing or, heaven forbid, adding margin notes would be sacrilegious, here you're encouraged…
  • Travel Photo Greeting Cards For Every Occasion

    Jeanine Barone
    30 Apr 2015 | 9:06 am
    To some of us, sending a greeting card seems so 19th century. Oh sure, you send a greeting card for the end-of-the-year holidays, maybe. But for the other occasions that touch those around us -- birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, a promotion, sickness, death and more -- we resort to showing a sense of intimacy or connectedness by what we have at hand: text message or e-card. What if, instead, you sent a friend or relative a physical card, one that exuded specialness because of the dramatic image on the cover as well as the message you handwrote inside? Try it sometime and see what reaction…
  • Gear Review: Wind-Proof Travel Umbrella

    Jeanine Barone
    29 Apr 2015 | 7:56 am
    I'm not an umbrella person, especially when I travel. It's just one more thing to carry and, most likely, lose. Since I don't check luggage, an umbrella has never made it into my bag, that is, until I went to Southeast Asia during the rainy season. I had thought that a breathable but rain resistant jacket would be the best way to deal with the drenching rains that I anticipated. But, realizing the humidity would be upwards of 80%, I knew that even the most breathable jacket would turn me into a soggy mess. Hence, the umbrella. I needed one that would be small, sturdy, and able to deal with…
  • Gear Review: Shoes So Comfortable They Feel Like Clouds

    Jeanine Barone
    27 Apr 2015 | 7:31 am
     My friends joke about how I describe my ideal pancake: it should resemble a cloud and literally feel like it's floating off the plate. And I was reminded of my cloud analogy when testing out these new Chaco OutCross Evo 2 shoes that the company just provided. I tried them out for a week and they are so cloud-like, I sometimes have to look down at my feet to wonder if I've walked out of the house with just my socks. Extremely comfortable? You bet. Though they come in a rainbow of colors, being a New Yorker I chose black, of course. They're billed as a performance shoe -- one that goes…
 
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    Two Kids and a Map

  • It’s as Easy as Riding a Bike

    Jen
    20 May 2015 | 7:43 pm
    “It’s as easy as riding a bike,” she said. We had spent the last twenty minutes strolling from the streets of the Old Market in Omaha, Nebraska to the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge.  The plan was to walk across the bridge so that we could stand in two states at once. The bridge crosses the Missouri River and connects Omaha, Nebraska to Council Bluffs, Iowa. Smack dab in the middle of the Missouri River is the state line and it is celebrated by a plaque that highlights this line on the bridge. We were about to arrive at the foot of the bridge when my sister was distracted by…
  • 6 Reasons To Visit (or move to) Omaha, Nebraska!

    Marissa
    18 May 2015 | 3:04 pm
    Hello from Marissa, Two Kids’ East Coast Editor! Did you see the announcement that I am moving to Omaha, Nebraska!?! If not, now you know! In about a month I will be digging up my roots in Newport, Rhode Island and relocating to the grand city of Omaha, Nebraska. Now you can call me the Midwest Editor! Omaha? you ask. Grand? I would be remiss if I did not admit that I had the same reaction. We tell people where we are relocating to and they have the same reaction…Oh. Omaha. Why? In our case, we don’t have much of a choice.  My husband’s job sends him where he is…
  • 5 Things to do in Newport, Rhode Island

    Jen
    3 May 2015 | 8:35 pm
    Over spring break, we flew from Denver to Providence, Rhode Island. Marissa, our East Coast Editor, has been living in Newport for the past year and is getting ready to head to Omaha, Nebraska for their next tour. I not only needed some serious sister time but I also wanted to see a part of the US that I haven’t seen before. We made all sorts of tentative plans to take lots of day trips but in the end we just decided to stay close to Newport. There certainly was plenty to do. Despite the sometimes cold and rainy weather, we spent much of our days wandering around Newport, stopping in…
  • Copper Mountain in the Summer

    Jen
    28 Apr 2015 | 7:56 pm
    When we first moved to Colorado, we moved in November. Smack dab at the beginning of winter. Did I mention we moved from Florida where winter is like four days long? One of my friends told me that people come to Colorado for the winter and stay for the summer. I have found that the longer I stay here, the more I love winter. I love to go to the ski towns but we still haven’t visited the ski towns in the summertime. This summer, I hope to spend a lot of time exploring the mountain towns in the summer and Copper Mountain is one of them. Copper is amazing in the winter time and I can only…
  • 5 Things to Love about Aventura Clothing (and a Chance for a Discount Code)

    Jen
    12 Apr 2015 | 8:58 am
    When I find a piece of clothing that makes me feel comfortable and looks decent, I usually buy it in every color they have. Capri pants that don’t make me look like or feel like I weigh 1000 pounds? I will take them in khaki, black, and navy blue. T-shirts that fit my shape? One in those seven colors please. To be honest, I don’t really have any fashion sense and will always look for comfort over look. Enter Aventura Clothing. I was introduced to Aventura Clothing by a friend and ambassador about a year ago. I fell in love with the brand both for what it stands for and how it…
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    Cruise Buzz

  • Azamara Club Cruises Cruise Global, Eat Local

    Carrie Finley-Bajak
    22 May 2015 | 2:40 pm
    Cruise Global, Eat Local New program: Azamara Club Cruises’ Cruise Global, Eat Local program provides guests with access to beloved local restaurants. Azamara Club Cruises is different from their competitors. The Cruise Global, Eat Local program is one of the ways the boutique cruise line stands out. Every effort to help cruise visitors connect to the […] The post Azamara Club Cruises Cruise Global, Eat Local appeared first on Cruise Buzz.
  • Happy Mother’s Day 2015

    Carrie Finley-Bajak
    10 May 2015 | 11:26 am
    Moms are the greatest because of their awesome kids! J.D. Salinger is quoted as saying “mothers are all slightly insane” and to that I would reply, “I would not have it any other way.” Happy Mother’s Day.           Share on Tumblr The post Happy Mother’s Day 2015 appeared first on Cruise Buzz.
  • Silversea Silver Select Offers

    Carrie Finley-Bajak
    7 May 2015 | 5:02 pm
    Silversea Silver Select Offers Happening Now If cruising on Silversea has always been a goal, there is no better time like the present to book your voyage. Silverea has announced that they are offering guests an opportunity to select a two-category suite upgrade, or $1,000 onboard spending credit, or 50% off a second suite. The award-winning […] The post Silversea Silver Select Offers appeared first on Cruise Buzz.
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    Caribbean Travel Blog - RumShopRyan

  • The Summer Fruit Daiquiri: Boat Drink Recipes

    RumShopRyan
    20 May 2015 | 5:06 am
    After one sip, you’ll be flip floppin’ through summer’s gates. Do remember during those long cold gray winter days how much you fantasized about 90 degree days, sunshine and flip flops? Your wait is over! The unofficial start of summer takes place this weekend with the celebration of Memorial Day. That’s right, it’s time to hit the beach, hit the lake, or dive into the pool! It’s summer time! The perfect compliment to a summer celebration is of course a fruitiful rum drink. Obviously right!  This week’s boat drink recipe is just that, the perfect…
  • How to Spend 36 Hours in Anguilla

    RumShopRyan
    18 May 2015 | 5:08 am
    I try to live a life of no regrets, but I do have one. I regret only spending 24 hours on Anguilla. That was the time allowed for us during our Island Windjammers cruise aboard Sagitta. 36, 48, 72, 1000 hours–no amount of time would not have been enough but every additional precious second more would have been a treasure. How does one describe this island that sits just a few miles north of St. Martin? It boasts worlds class beach, luxury resorts, fine dining–but it’s so much more, it’s a feeling that its people give you as your explore. It’s friendliness,…
  • Caribbean Weekly Wrap Up

    RumShopRyan
    15 May 2015 | 4:49 am
    How would you like to be the owner of a quirky little restaurant on St. John? Or how about sip on a new beer with your toes sinking into the Bonaire sand? Would you like to comb the beaches of Rum Cay and turn trash into treasure? You can explore all these possibilities and more in this week’s Caribbean wrap up. Caribbean Weekly Wrap Up Popular St. John Restaurant Lists for Sale: We heard the rumor about a week or so back, but now it’s official – The Tourist Trap is up for sale. Larry plans on hanging up his apron for good and retiring. So now it’s up to one of you to take over…
  • The Pineapple Mojito: Boat Drink Recipes

    RumShopRyan
    13 May 2015 | 4:59 am
    After one sip, you’ll be swimming the strait. I don’t know about you, but it’s getting hot hot hot here in Southwest Florida. The humidity has been near 100% for last couple days and the afternoon thunderstorms are in full affect. When the weather gets like this an ice cold beer doesn’t stay ice cold for very long. This means you have two choices, drink the beer fast or go with a ice filled refreshing cocktail. In most situations I choose option two. One drink that is both cool and refreshing is the ever-popular mojito. Everyone knows about the mojito, so we are going…
  • Kenny Chesney and Costa Continue Partnership

    RumShopRyan
    11 May 2015 | 5:06 am
    Thought you Castaways might like to know about this. Cheers!   Country icon Kenny Chesney, who recently topped the charts with “Til It’s Gone” and the Grammy-nominated multiple week #1 “American Kids” from his brand new Big Revival album, again teams with Costa for another series of limited edition sunglasses to benefit the Coastal Conservation Association (CCA). This year’s five styles arrive just in time for Chesney’s Big Revival 2015 Summer Tour, hitting the road and 23 stadiums before the end of August. The five popular sunglass styles in this year’s limited edition…
 
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    Travel Junkie Julia

  • How to Add Adventure to Any Trip

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

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

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

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

    Julia
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:13 am
    If you missed my presentation this year at the New York Times Travel Show, or caught the talk and just wanted to refer back, here are a few of the websites I mentioned. These are great travel websites and apps that save you money on flights and hotels; as well as ways to save money by tapping into the shared economy. Money Saving Websites for Flights: -Check out Dohop, Skyscanner, Momondo, Hipmunk, Kayak -Sign up for Fare Alerts -Follow Airfare watchdog on Twitter -Yapta.com (will alert you if there’s a drop in airfare, so you can get $$ back) -Hopper.com (tells you  best times to fly and…
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    Shermans Travel Blog

  • 7 Things We Love About the Viking Star’s Staterooms

    Christine Dayao
    22 May 2015 | 10:45 am
    Christine Dayao Viking Cruises’ first foray into ocean cruises is causing quite a stir in the cruising industry. Up until now, they’ve been among the heavy hitters of river cruising, and everyone’s been eagerly awaiting how river’s all-inclusive model, education programs, and more will be translating to the high seas. But after a recent Lisbon-to-London media preview, we think the Viking Star also deserves an identity of its own. Irrespective of its history, luxury doesn’t even begin to describe the experience of being on the nine-deck, 930-passenger…
  • How to: Experience Chicago on the Cheap

    Rosalind Cummings-Yeates
    22 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Flickr/Matthewjs007 Despite the city’s hard-working Midwestern roots, Chi-town’s world class restaurants, museums, and theaters don’t come cheap. But native Chicagoans know where to go to snag a deal and score free stuff. Follow these insider tips on Chicago bargains, and you’ll rarely have to get spendy in the Windy City again. Head to the free art exhibits, movies, and concerts. The Art Institute of Chicago boasts an unparalleled collection of works from all over the world — but it’s easy to drop lots of dollars there, considering its $20 general…
  • You Can Now Go Island Hopping in Greece with Eurail

    Susan B. Barnes
    22 May 2015 | 6:30 am
    Susan B. Barnes Just when we thought we couldn’t love Eurail any more, it decided to add a new ferry program to its roster. Travelers who land in Greece (perhaps by way of Italy) will now have a much easier time getting off the coast to the surrounding islands, thanks to the new Attica Pass. The pass is valid for six ferry crossings — four domestically to the Greek islands and two internationally between Italy and Greece — within a month’s time. A second class pass will cost you $200 and a first class $278. There are more than 10 islands to choose from. Where you go…
  • Foodie Musts in Martinique, a Caribbean Slice of France

    Rosalind Cummings-Yeates
    21 May 2015 | 10:53 am
    Rosalind Cummings-Yeates/Le Petitbonum As the “Isle of Flowers,” Martinique’s natural charms are front and center. With a landscape blanketed with wild orchids and a sweeping terrain of mountains, volcanoes, rainforests, and beaches, the Caribbean island is truly an embodiment of natural paradise. But, essentially an overseas department of France, sophisticated Martinique boasts enough culinary flair to qualify as a food lover’s heaven, too. Here, fresh local ingredients combine with French influences for a distinctive flavor that’s worth traveling for. These are the…
  • Running Late for Your Flight? Here’s How to Get Through Security More Quickly

    Christine Wei
    21 May 2015 | 8:30 am
    Flickr/Christian Newton Running it late for your flight and cutting it close? Chances are, we’ve all been there. Here’s what to do and how to get through security more quickly. Before You Go Check your flight status before you leave. After a few recent delays, we’ve gotten into the habit of loading up the flight status page on our airline’s website the night before our flight, so that all we have to do is hit refresh in the morning. Of course, you can’t count on a delay when you’re running late, but taking two seconds to double check as you’re…
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    Shermans Travel Blog

  • 7 Things We Love About the Viking Star’s Staterooms

    Christine Dayao
    22 May 2015 | 10:45 am
    Christine Dayao Viking Cruises’ first foray into ocean cruises is causing quite a stir in the cruising industry. Up until now, they’ve been among the heavy hitters of river cruising, and everyone’s been eagerly awaiting how river’s all-inclusive model, education programs, and more will be translating to the high seas. But after a recent Lisbon-to-London media preview, we think the Viking Star also deserves an identity of its own. Irrespective of its history, luxury doesn’t even begin to describe the experience of being on the nine-deck, 930-passenger…
  • How to: Experience Chicago on the Cheap

    Rosalind Cummings-Yeates
    22 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Flickr/Matthewjs007 Despite the city’s hard-working Midwestern roots, Chi-town’s world class restaurants, museums, and theaters don’t come cheap. But native Chicagoans know where to go to snag a deal and score free stuff. Follow these insider tips on Chicago bargains, and you’ll rarely have to get spendy in the Windy City again. Head to the free art exhibits, movies, and concerts. The Art Institute of Chicago boasts an unparalleled collection of works from all over the world — but it’s easy to drop lots of dollars there, considering its $20 general…
  • You Can Now Go Island Hopping in Greece with Eurail

    Susan B. Barnes
    22 May 2015 | 6:30 am
    Susan B. Barnes Just when we thought we couldn’t love Eurail any more, it decided to add a new ferry program to its roster. Travelers who land in Greece (perhaps by way of Italy) will now have a much easier time getting off the coast to the surrounding islands, thanks to the new Attica Pass. The pass is valid for six ferry crossings — four domestically to the Greek islands and two internationally between Italy and Greece — within a month’s time. A second class pass will cost you $200 and a first class $278. There are more than 10 islands to choose from. Where you go…
  • Foodie Musts in Martinique, a Caribbean Slice of France

    Rosalind Cummings-Yeates
    21 May 2015 | 10:53 am
    Rosalind Cummings-Yeates/Le Petitbonum As the “Isle of Flowers,” Martinique’s natural charms are front and center. With a landscape blanketed with wild orchids and a sweeping terrain of mountains, volcanoes, rainforests, and beaches, the Caribbean island is truly an embodiment of natural paradise. But, essentially an overseas department of France, sophisticated Martinique boasts enough culinary flair to qualify as a food lover’s heaven, too. Here, fresh local ingredients combine with French influences for a distinctive flavor that’s worth traveling for. These are the…
  • Running Late for Your Flight? Here’s How to Get Through Security More Quickly

    Christine Wei
    21 May 2015 | 8:30 am
    Flickr/Christian Newton Running it late for your flight and cutting it close? Chances are, we’ve all been there. Here’s what to do and how to get through security more quickly. Before You Go Check your flight status before you leave. After a few recent delays, we’ve gotten into the habit of loading up the flight status page on our airline’s website the night before our flight, so that all we have to do is hit refresh in the morning. Of course, you can’t count on a delay when you’re running late, but taking two seconds to double check as you’re…
 
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  • 7 Things We Love About the Viking Star’s Staterooms

    Christine Dayao
    22 May 2015 | 10:45 am
    Christine Dayao Viking Cruises’ first foray into ocean cruises is causing quite a stir in the cruising industry. Up until now, they’ve been among the heavy hitters of river cruising, and everyone’s been eagerly awaiting how river’s all-inclusive model, education programs, and more will be translating to the high seas. But after a recent Lisbon-to-London media preview, we think the Viking Star also deserves an identity of its own. Irrespective of its history, luxury doesn’t even begin to describe the experience of being on the nine-deck, 930-passenger…
  • How to: Experience Chicago on the Cheap

    Rosalind Cummings-Yeates
    22 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Flickr/Matthewjs007 Despite the city’s hard-working Midwestern roots, Chi-town’s world class restaurants, museums, and theaters don’t come cheap. But native Chicagoans know where to go to snag a deal and score free stuff. Follow these insider tips on Chicago bargains, and you’ll rarely have to get spendy in the Windy City again. Head to the free art exhibits, movies, and concerts. The Art Institute of Chicago boasts an unparalleled collection of works from all over the world — but it’s easy to drop lots of dollars there, considering its $20 general…
  • You Can Now Go Island Hopping in Greece with Eurail

    Susan B. Barnes
    22 May 2015 | 6:30 am
    Susan B. Barnes Just when we thought we couldn’t love Eurail any more, it decided to add a new ferry program to its roster. Travelers who land in Greece (perhaps by way of Italy) will now have a much easier time getting off the coast to the surrounding islands, thanks to the new Attica Pass. The pass is valid for six ferry crossings — four domestically to the Greek islands and two internationally between Italy and Greece — within a month’s time. A second class pass will cost you $200 and a first class $278. There are more than 10 islands to choose from. Where you go…
  • Foodie Musts in Martinique, a Caribbean Slice of France

    Rosalind Cummings-Yeates
    21 May 2015 | 10:53 am
    Rosalind Cummings-Yeates/Le Petitbonum As the “Isle of Flowers,” Martinique’s natural charms are front and center. With a landscape blanketed with wild orchids and a sweeping terrain of mountains, volcanoes, rainforests, and beaches, the Caribbean island is truly an embodiment of natural paradise. But, essentially an overseas department of France, sophisticated Martinique boasts enough culinary flair to qualify as a food lover’s heaven, too. Here, fresh local ingredients combine with French influences for a distinctive flavor that’s worth traveling for. These are the…
  • Running Late for Your Flight? Here’s How to Get Through Security More Quickly

    Christine Wei
    21 May 2015 | 8:30 am
    Flickr/Christian Newton Running it late for your flight and cutting it close? Chances are, we’ve all been there. Here’s what to do and how to get through security more quickly. Before You Go Check your flight status before you leave. After a few recent delays, we’ve gotten into the habit of loading up the flight status page on our airline’s website the night before our flight, so that all we have to do is hit refresh in the morning. Of course, you can’t count on a delay when you’re running late, but taking two seconds to double check as you’re…
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  • 7 Things We Love About the Viking Star’s Staterooms

    Christine Dayao
    22 May 2015 | 10:45 am
    Christine Dayao Viking Cruises’ first foray into ocean cruises is causing quite a stir in the cruising industry. Up until now, they’ve been among the heavy hitters of river cruising, and everyone’s been eagerly awaiting how river’s all-inclusive model, education programs, and more will be translating to the high seas. But after a recent Lisbon-to-London media preview, we think the Viking Star also deserves an identity of its own. Irrespective of its history, luxury doesn’t even begin to describe the experience of being on the nine-deck, 930-passenger…
  • How to: Experience Chicago on the Cheap

    Rosalind Cummings-Yeates
    22 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Flickr/Matthewjs007 Despite the city’s hard-working Midwestern roots, Chi-town’s world class restaurants, museums, and theaters don’t come cheap. But native Chicagoans know where to go to snag a deal and score free stuff. Follow these insider tips on Chicago bargains, and you’ll rarely have to get spendy in the Windy City again. Head to the free art exhibits, movies, and concerts. The Art Institute of Chicago boasts an unparalleled collection of works from all over the world — but it’s easy to drop lots of dollars there, considering its $20 general…
  • You Can Now Go Island Hopping in Greece with Eurail

    Susan B. Barnes
    22 May 2015 | 6:30 am
    Susan B. Barnes Just when we thought we couldn’t love Eurail any more, it decided to add a new ferry program to its roster. Travelers who land in Greece (perhaps by way of Italy) will now have a much easier time getting off the coast to the surrounding islands, thanks to the new Attica Pass. The pass is valid for six ferry crossings — four domestically to the Greek islands and two internationally between Italy and Greece — within a month’s time. A second class pass will cost you $200 and a first class $278. There are more than 10 islands to choose from. Where you go…
  • Foodie Musts in Martinique, a Caribbean Slice of France

    Rosalind Cummings-Yeates
    21 May 2015 | 10:53 am
    Rosalind Cummings-Yeates/Le Petitbonum As the “Isle of Flowers,” Martinique’s natural charms are front and center. With a landscape blanketed with wild orchids and a sweeping terrain of mountains, volcanoes, rainforests, and beaches, the Caribbean island is truly an embodiment of natural paradise. But, essentially an overseas department of France, sophisticated Martinique boasts enough culinary flair to qualify as a food lover’s heaven, too. Here, fresh local ingredients combine with French influences for a distinctive flavor that’s worth traveling for. These are the…
  • Running Late for Your Flight? Here’s How to Get Through Security More Quickly

    Christine Wei
    21 May 2015 | 8:30 am
    Flickr/Christian Newton Running it late for your flight and cutting it close? Chances are, we’ve all been there. Here’s what to do and how to get through security more quickly. Before You Go Check your flight status before you leave. After a few recent delays, we’ve gotten into the habit of loading up the flight status page on our airline’s website the night before our flight, so that all we have to do is hit refresh in the morning. Of course, you can’t count on a delay when you’re running late, but taking two seconds to double check as you’re…
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  • 7 Things We Love About the Viking Star’s Staterooms

    Christine Dayao
    22 May 2015 | 10:45 am
    Christine Dayao Viking Cruises’ first foray into ocean cruises is causing quite a stir in the cruising industry. Up until now, they’ve been among the heavy hitters of river cruising, and everyone’s been eagerly awaiting how river’s all-inclusive model, education programs, and more will be translating to the high seas. But after a recent Lisbon-to-London media preview, we think the Viking Star also deserves an identity of its own. Irrespective of its history, luxury doesn’t even begin to describe the experience of being on the nine-deck, 930-passenger…
  • How to: Experience Chicago on the Cheap

    Rosalind Cummings-Yeates
    22 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Flickr/Matthewjs007 Despite the city’s hard-working Midwestern roots, Chi-town’s world class restaurants, museums, and theaters don’t come cheap. But native Chicagoans know where to go to snag a deal and score free stuff. Follow these insider tips on Chicago bargains, and you’ll rarely have to get spendy in the Windy City again. Head to the free art exhibits, movies, and concerts. The Art Institute of Chicago boasts an unparalleled collection of works from all over the world — but it’s easy to drop lots of dollars there, considering its $20 general…
  • You Can Now Go Island Hopping in Greece with Eurail

    Susan B. Barnes
    22 May 2015 | 6:30 am
    Susan B. Barnes Just when we thought we couldn’t love Eurail any more, it decided to add a new ferry program to its roster. Travelers who land in Greece (perhaps by way of Italy) will now have a much easier time getting off the coast to the surrounding islands, thanks to the new Attica Pass. The pass is valid for six ferry crossings — four domestically to the Greek islands and two internationally between Italy and Greece — within a month’s time. A second class pass will cost you $200 and a first class $278. There are more than 10 islands to choose from. Where you go…
  • Foodie Musts in Martinique, a Caribbean Slice of France

    Rosalind Cummings-Yeates
    21 May 2015 | 10:53 am
    Rosalind Cummings-Yeates/Le Petitbonum As the “Isle of Flowers,” Martinique’s natural charms are front and center. With a landscape blanketed with wild orchids and a sweeping terrain of mountains, volcanoes, rainforests, and beaches, the Caribbean island is truly an embodiment of natural paradise. But, essentially an overseas department of France, sophisticated Martinique boasts enough culinary flair to qualify as a food lover’s heaven, too. Here, fresh local ingredients combine with French influences for a distinctive flavor that’s worth traveling for. These are the…
  • Running Late for Your Flight? Here’s How to Get Through Security More Quickly

    Christine Wei
    21 May 2015 | 8:30 am
    Flickr/Christian Newton Running it late for your flight and cutting it close? Chances are, we’ve all been there. Here’s what to do and how to get through security more quickly. Before You Go Check your flight status before you leave. After a few recent delays, we’ve gotten into the habit of loading up the flight status page on our airline’s website the night before our flight, so that all we have to do is hit refresh in the morning. Of course, you can’t count on a delay when you’re running late, but taking two seconds to double check as you’re…
 
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  • Kaena Point Hike: The Beautiful Western Tip of Oahu

    Mark Wiens
    22 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Along with food and beach, one of the things I love doing most when I’m in Hawaii is hiking. Taking a hike is one of the best ways to experience the beauty of Hawaii. The very western tip of the island of Oahu is known as Kaena Point (officially spelled Ka’ena Point). Although it was once accessible... [Read More] Kaena Point Hike: The Beautiful Western Tip of Oahu is a post from: Migrationology - Food Travel Blog The post Kaena Point Hike: The Beautiful Western Tip of Oahu appeared first on Migrationology - Food Travel Blog.
  • Polynesian Cultural Center Luau: How to Cook a Pig in an Imu

    Mark Wiens
    20 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    I’ve always been a huge fan of natural methods of cooking using heat and utensils all found in nature. Like cooking food in poles of bamboo, or roasting food on a stick over fire. In Polynesia, one of the traditional methods of cooking is in a hot-rock earth oven, using only natural cooking utensils found on the islands to... [Read More] Polynesian Cultural Center Luau: How to Cook a Pig in an Imu is a post from: Migrationology - Food Travel Blog The post Polynesian Cultural Center Luau: How to Cook a Pig in an Imu appeared first on Migrationology - Food Travel Blog.
  • Beef Pho in Saigon: Try It at Pho Phuong 25

    Mark Wiens
    14 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    In Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), just like with banh mi, you’ll have a hard time walking more than a block or two without stumbling into the next pho restaurant. And sometimes you’ll smell it before you see it. Though it originated in northern Vietnam under the influence of the French, pho is another noodle soup... [Read More] Beef Pho in Saigon: Try It at Pho Phuong 25 is a post from: Migrationology - Food Travel Blog The post Beef Pho in Saigon: Try It at Pho Phuong 25 appeared first on Migrationology - Food Travel Blog.
  • Bun Mam: Another Noodle Soup You Should Eat in Saigon

    Mark Wiens
    11 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Before taking my most recent trip to Saigon, I didn’t know just how many different types of Vietnamese noodle soups existed. And even after eating numerous different types of soup, with many diverse flavors, I’ve barely scratched the surface of the variety and possibility of what’s available in Vietnam. Along with pho and bun rieu, another noodle... [Read More] Bun Mam: Another Noodle Soup You Should Eat in Saigon is a post from: Migrationology - Food Travel Blog The post Bun Mam: Another Noodle Soup You Should Eat in Saigon appeared first on Migrationology -…
  • Mariscos 4 Vientos: Fantastic Seafood Tostadas in Los Angeles

    Mark Wiens
    3 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    I didn’t have a lot of time in Los Angeles, but one thing I wanted to make sure I ate was Mexican food. And more specifically: Mexican seafood. So one day, while my wife and I were visiting relatives in Los Angeles, we had access to a car, and took a drive down the freeway en-route... [Read More] Mariscos 4 Vientos: Fantastic Seafood Tostadas in Los Angeles is a post from: Migrationology - Food Travel Blog The post Mariscos 4 Vientos: Fantastic Seafood Tostadas in Los Angeles appeared first on Migrationology - Food Travel Blog.
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  • Osaka Bang – Best Street Game Ever

    Travis
    4 May 2015 | 8:51 am
    This is why I love Osaka. I may have to try this out and see if it works :D Related Posts:Neko AtsumeThe Best Ways to Get Around in OsakaBackpackers Guide to OsakaMy Dream Japan Vacation – KinashiMeetup and Guide App for Japan Travellers
  • Neko Atsume

    Travis
    1 May 2015 | 9:26 am
    Just read an article over on Kotaku on Neko Atsume. The game is in Japanese but I have a feeling that Stacey may want to check it out :D Here are the Android and iPhone links. Related Posts:Astro Boy Crossing SignalHigh Speed SushiYummy JapanRobotic Comedy DuoJapan’s Cat Travellers
  • Japanese Gyusuji Curry (Beef Tendon Curry)

    Travis
    17 Apr 2015 | 7:27 am
    I’m a big fan of Japanese curry…well any curry to be honest. Plus I feel like we haven’t seen a Cooking with Dog episode for way too long. This recipe looks like it’s a bit too concerned about removing fat and I think it takes so long that Francis falls asleep, but the end result looks yummy! Phrase of the day is “rippling jelly like state” :D Related Posts:Eat Curry. Win Money.Here’s how you Make Curry RiceYummy JapanBook Review: My Japanese Table5 Most Famous Sushi Bars In Japan
  • The Shabu Shabu Spirit

    Travis
    25 Mar 2015 | 10:19 am
    I’ve only been out for shabu shabu once, but from this video I now know that I totally blew it! Related Posts:How to Eat SushiLet Your Dog Take Your Cows for a WalkOne Japan – VideoDancing from all 47 PrefecturesCat Dress Up in Japan
  • Renting a Mobile Phone or Data Sim Card in Japan

    Travis
    18 Mar 2015 | 9:30 am
    Photo by Miki Yoshihito A few months back I visited Australia and decided it would be a good idea to pick up a local mobile and data sim card to use in my phone while I was travelling. While transferring from Sydney to Melbourne I walked into the first cell phone store I found in the airport a picked up a sim card from my mobile. Total price was about $40 and it took maybe ten minutes. I wish it was going to be that easy in Japan. The mobile phone and data sim card rental situation in Japan Four years ago when we visited Japan for a two month stay, the ability to get my hands on either a…
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  • 9 Easy Ways to Save Money For Travel

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

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

    robin
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    When it comes to Italy, less is more. Which is why I sing the praises of slow travel and slow food in Italy. Taking it easy, savoring every moment and not packing too much into your vacation.  Staying in an agriturismo, (farm stay) or on a vineyard in Italy is really a perfect way to relax and adopt a slower pace on vacation.  And isn’t that what vacation should be about? But where do you find these gems? From where to stay, where to eat and places to either drink wine or visit vineyards and wineries – here are some invaluable resources that will help you find and connect…
  • Book Review : Paris Vacation Apartment Guide

    robin
    28 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
      Over the years I’ve researched and booked many Paris apartments for my clients, so I know a thing or two about the process. I’ve also written about how renting an apartment isn’t for everyone. For those who are new to the process and are considering renting and booking an apartment on your own, there’s a helpful new e-book resource you should have. It’s called The Paris Vacation Apartment Guide: Rent with Confidence – Learn Where to Stay Without Getting Overwhelmed, Ripped-off or Scammed! and I was lucky enough to get my hands on a copy for review.
  • Off The Beaten Path in Paris – 5 Must Do’s in The City of Light!

    robin
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:55 am
    Paris, one of the most famous and beautiful cities in the world: We are all aware of the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower, but what about those secret, lesser known must sees that are hidden within the historic city? Here are five of the most interesting sites and activities for a first timer or a Paris regular, that are somewhat off the beaten track. 1. Covered Passages The covered passages of Paris are an existing remnant of the rise of the middle classes during the Nineteenth Century. These quaint passages can be described as early incarnations of indoor department stores and malls. Less than…
 
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  • Greece’s Mysterious Lichadonisia Islands

    W. Ruth Kozak
    22 May 2015 | 6:47 am
    It’s an overcast, gray October day and the gulls mewling over the sombre sea makes it seem even gloomier. I am standing at the marina at Kamena Vourla, a resort town on the north-east coast of Greece noted for its hot springs. I’m with a group of seniors who have traveled up the coast from Athens on a […]
  • Top Coastal Attractions in Norway

    Guest Contributor
    18 May 2015 | 6:36 am
    First off, the Norwegian coastline is absolutely filled with picturesque villages, the most breathtaking natural scenery imaginable and ancient cities. This coast is spectacularly long—it extends for more than 25,000 kilometers (15,500 miles) from the Swedish border in the south to the Russian border in the far northeast. As great as that sounds, the downside […]
  • A Book Lover’s Tour of London

    Roy Stevenson
    15 May 2015 | 8:23 am
    The English do love to read. And nowhere is this more evident than in London Town’s plethora of bookshops. Although I long ago tapped out London’s most noteworthy tourist sights (and many of a lesser degree) I still schedule a hedonistic day or two of book shop browsing when I’m passing through London. Bookshops are […]
  • Genoa on Foot – Cultural Immersion the Quick Way

    Guest Contributor
    11 May 2015 | 6:32 am
    For many visitors, Genoa is a portal to the Mediterranean. It’s the largest seaport in Italy and the first stop for many cruise passengers. In fact, as you step off the plane, a queue seems to form automatically, which funnels passengers from immigration straight to the cruise ships. But if you make time for a […]
  • Travel Stuff We Love

    Staff
    8 May 2015 | 8:29 am
    Planning your Summer Vacation? Here are some travel products that we think will make your trip an easier, better experience. Squeeze Pods Do you just hate to lug heavy bottles of shampoo, conditioner, cleanser and moisturizer along with you when you travel? So do we. A great solution is single-use Squeeze pods. Squeeze Pod’s line of […]
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  • Magnificent Mile Tulips 2015

    TheRoadScholar
    6 May 2015 | 12:15 pm
    Chicago, IL–The beautiful blooms are back on The Magnificent Mile.  
  • Touring Burgundy’s Wine Country in a Day

    TheRoadScholar
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:27 pm
    Dijon, France–Really, you’ve come all the way to France and you’re only going to spend 4 hours touring the wine route in Burgundy? Well, if that’s all you have, it’s possible to do it and do it well through Alter & Go. What turned out to be the highlight of our trip to France was […]
  • Mon Dieu! Gargoyles Galore in Dijon, France

    TheRoadScholar
    1 Sep 2014 | 2:43 pm
    Dijon, France–Maybe it was Paris’ hunchback of Notre Dame that got people thinking about the gargoyles. Whatever the reason, it’s not enough to just look at sights in France at street level anymore. This is especially true in Dijon, a medieval city that is the start of burgundy wine country. Look up at the Notre […]
  • Chicago Lakeshore Biking Southside Style

    TheRoadScholar
    1 Jun 2014 | 2:14 pm
      Chicago, IL–On a beautiful sunny Chicago weekend, lots of people bike parts of the 18.5 mile Chicago Lakefront Trail. If you want to avoid the crowds that jam the north end of the trail, head south from Museum Campus. The trail winds through trees and prairie to the South Shore Cultural Center at Jackson […]
  • Having a Chicago Field (Museum) Day

    TheRoadScholar
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:16 am
    Chicago, IL–The wealth of museums in Chicago make it difficult to decide which to explore first. One of the original city museums, the Field Museum of Natural History, founded right after the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in one of the fair buildings. It was later moved to its current site at 1400 S. Lake Shore […]
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  • Dubai Tourist Visa from Musafir

    Shrinidhi Hande
    23 May 2015 | 8:18 pm
    Dubai as a tourist destination is on my radar for long time. I am scouting for a cheap deal and as soon as I can spot one, I will book. Flybudai is a new budget carrier that is offering cheapest tickets to Dubai, but that budget fare includes only 7kg baggage- everything else is extra. Dubai doesn’t give visa on arrival. It is required that everyone visiting Dubai get a Dubai Visa in advance
  • Spicejet Celebrates 10th Anniversary

    Shrinidhi Hande
    22 May 2015 | 4:25 pm
    Budget airline Spicejet is celebrating its 10th anniversary today on 23rd May 2015. Of all domestic airlines I’ve tried, Spicejet is little close to heart because of following reason- my first international trip was with spicejet- Chennai Colombo for a return ticket fare of some Rs 4200 all inclusive, in 2011 [Fly to Colombo- Every trip has a purpose]. Never got that cheap fare again (Except
  • Dunkin Donuts & More: Chennai Launch at Pheonix market city today!

    Shrinidhi Hande
    22 May 2015 | 8:03 am
    Little late but Dunkin Donuts is finally launching in Chennai. Chennai will be their 20th city in India. Dunkin Donuts had a pre-launch meet with bloggers and media today afternoon and I had a chance to check it out.  My knowledge of donuts was very limited. It is not the kind of food I typically buy. Rs 100 parking fee at Pheonix Market city notwithstanding, I went to the pre-launch workshop
  • 9 years of active blogging: Man ki Baat

    Shrinidhi Hande
    21 May 2015 | 6:32 pm
    As of today, my blog completes 9 years of existence and has entered 10th year. On this occasion, a quick look back. The blog started as an experiment way back in 2006, because sending articles to print was a time consuming process. I had to write it and send by post and hope that it gets selected by editors, It would take several weeks to get published- if it gets selected, most of the time I
  • Protecting blog content from plagiarism

    Shrinidhi Hande
    21 May 2015 | 9:13 am
    When we write online, or generate any form of digital content online, it is important to protect them from being copied. We spend time, effort and money on the contents we generate while someone else out there easily copies them and make money effortlessly (in most cases by publishing ads from say adsense). Recently I found few blogs and sites copying my content and had to take a series of
 
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  • Solo Travel Destination: Salzburg, Austria

    Guest
    22 May 2015 | 7:20 am
    Salzburg is a beautiful city that is easy to navigate on foot, with lots to see and do - including daily screenings of The Sound of Music! The post Solo Travel Destination: Salzburg, Austria appeared first on Solo Traveler. A new article has been added to Solo Traveler
  • Pic of the Week: Eze, France

    Guest
    21 May 2015 | 5:30 am
    A statue of a goddess overlooks the Mediterranean from the mountaintop village of Eze, France in this photo submitted by Solo Travel Society member. The post Pic of the Week: Eze, France appeared first on Solo Traveler. A new article has been added to Solo Traveler
  • Hong Kong and Myanmar: A Photo Overview

    Janice
    20 May 2015 | 5:30 am
    Here's the first of my posts from my trip to Hong Kong and Myanmar - a quick overview, a tease on what's to come and lots of photos. The post Hong Kong and Myanmar: A Photo Overview appeared first on Solo Traveler. A new article has been added to Solo Traveler
  • Travel Quote of the Week: Leaving Marks

    Tracey
    19 May 2015 | 5:43 am
    Today's Travel Quote of the Week from Anthony Bourdain points out that travel involves leaving marks behind and picking some up as we go. The post Travel Quote of the Week: Leaving Marks appeared first on Solo Traveler. A new article has been added to Solo Traveler
  • Solo Travel Destination: Hopkins, Belize

    Guest
    15 May 2015 | 7:19 am
    This Solo Travel Society member recommends soaking up the laid-back vibe of Hopkins, Belize. A perfect place to enjoy nature and the local culture. The post Solo Travel Destination: Hopkins, Belize appeared first on Solo Traveler. A new article has been added to Solo Traveler
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  • Wimbledon Accommodation

    aaron@happytimeblog.co.uk (Aaron "Danger" Bradford)
    22 May 2015 | 7:50 am
    Backpacking around the world HappytimeBlog | Wimbledon Accommodation As one of the four major tennis competitions, Wimbledon brings a crowd of tennis enthusiasts to London every summer. There are hotels in Wimbledon London that offer a great location, comfortable rooms with many amenities, and hotel facilities, such as a lounge, business centre, and parking available, as well as affordable rates.   Planning Your Trip to Wimbledon Whether you are traveling to the area for the tennis tournament in the summer, on business, or on holiday at another time, the local area offers a wide variety…
  • Cultural Attractions in Cardiff Bay

    aaron@happytimeblog.co.uk (Aaron "Danger" Bradford)
    20 May 2015 | 1:09 am
    Backpacking around the world HappytimeBlog | Cultural Attractions in Cardiff Bay Cultural Attractions in Cardiff Bay Cardiff Bay is the largest waterfront development in Europe and a popular travel destination. When visiting Cardiff Bay, there are a wide range of attractions that appeal to every possible interest. The area offers a number of unique museums, cultural attractions, outdoor activities, and entertainment venues for families and visitors of all ages. Hotels with Proximity to Attractions Travel is easier and more convenient when you select a hotel that is located close to the…
  • Swindon hotels in town centre

    aaron@happytimeblog.co.uk (Aaron "Danger" Bradford)
    19 May 2015 | 1:11 am
    Backpacking around the world HappytimeBlog | Swindon hotels in town centre Swindon hotels in town centre Swindon is nestled in the county of Wiltshire in Southwest England. It was a small market town until the Industrial Revolution when the town became a railway town. Today, the town is among the 20 best places to buy property in Britain, according to The Times and boasts among the highest average household incomes in the country. Accommodations in the City Centre Swindon has a thriving economy with businesses across a range of industries, including energy, car production, electronics,…
  • Intra City Transit Options in London

    aaron@happytimeblog.co.uk (Aaron "Danger" Bradford)
    18 May 2015 | 1:51 am
    Backpacking around the world HappytimeBlog | Intra City Transit Options in London The city of London has a developed an extensive transport network across the city, including both the private and the public sector. According to Wikipedia.org, 25% of London’s journeys are made via the public transport system, while 41% of the journeys are made using private services. Be it by rail, road or air, the public transport options around the city are quick, easily available and efficient. The executive agency for transport in London, Transport for London (TfL), dominates public transport and…
  • Top Tourist Attractions in Edinburg

    aaron@happytimeblog.co.uk (Aaron "Danger" Bradford)
    15 May 2015 | 2:18 am
    Backpacking around the world HappytimeBlog | Top Tourist Attractions in Edinburg In the capital city of Scotland, historical grace comes together with contemporary elegance to form a one of a kind city, Edinburg. Considered by many as one of the most beautiful cities of in the world, Edinburgh has a unique charm and a spectacular skyline. There are several vantage spots spread across the city that are great for taking pictures of the immense beauty of this city. Did you know that ETAG, an umbrella organisation in Edinburg, has been aiming to build a strong tourism community so that they can…
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  • Summer holidays to keep the children happy in the UK

    Jack
    4 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    It’s that time of year again - the dreaded six week holiday from school. It becomes your duty as a parent to make sure your little angels are entertained, stimulated and more importantly kept from nagging you about their on-going boredom through the whole duration. Below we have rustled up a few holiday ideas from all over the UK that should keep the whole family happy all summer long - or at least for a good proportion of it! Eden Project - Cornwall The Eden Project is a series of 50 meter high conservatries that contains the world’s biggest inside rainforest. From exotic flora…
  • These festivals make it a summer of music

    Jack
    27 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    Europe is a delicious melting pot over the summer months of a huge variety of different and exciting music festivals - from world famous bands playing wonderfully exotic locations to more traditional showcases of local talent and music styles - spending a summer festival hopping across Europe will go above and beyond your wildest expectations. Below we have handpicked a few of our favourite festivals from across the continent to help with you with any plans you may be trying to cultivate over the coming months or for next year: Sziget Festival - Budapest -Hungary Taking place in the sizzling…
  • Hariharalaya Retreat Center in Siem Reap

    Jack
    23 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    Retreat centers are a great way to start you on a new path of understanding or to help you remember ways of reconnecting with your higher self. Hariharalaya Retreat Center in Siem Reap is one of South East Asia’s best options if you are considering an intensive course in yoga and meditation. What do they do? Hariharalaya Retreat Center host a range of courses from 5 days to 21 days that take you through a series of steps that help teach you ways of reaching personal inner peace. From daily yoga classes and meditation courses to massage and body language discussions – you’ll be…
  • A weekend in Bologna

    Jack
    26 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Flights booked? Check. Travel insurance? Check. Passport? Check. Appetite for delicious Bolognese food and culture? Definitely check! Here you can find all the information you will need on what to do on your first weekend trip to Bologna, the beautiful capital of the Emilia-Romagna region in Italy. Recommended time to jet off: June or July, though of course it is beautiful any time! Art and Culture Pinacoteca Nazionale di Bologna If you are keen to learn all about Bologna’s history and art, then the ‘National Gallery’ is the perfect place to start. Dating back to 1808 the…
  • Lapping up the Christmas spirit in Lapland, Finland

    Jack
    6 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Lapland is the ultimate Christmas wonderland. From reindeer sleigh rides and ice skating on real solid ice lakes to meet the very man himself who makes Christmas possible - Santa Claus! The Lapland Christmas Resort in Finland is a child’s (and big kids!) dream come true. If a holiday here doesn’t get you in the festive spirit I’m not sure what will. Everywhere you look snow dusted Christmas card scenes fill your vision, with cosy log cabins, grazing reindeers, open lit wood fires and the smell of cinnamon and cloves whirling all around you - Lapland is Christmas in one…
 
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  • FFF 2015 An Interview With Tony Sullivan

    LanceAround
    6 May 2015 | 12:36 pm
    He’s Too Humble to Admit It, But These Two Men Made History. This Blog Post Might Be the First Time You Hear About It. As Mrs. LanceAround and I prepare to sit down with Tony Sullivan for a quick interview, we are interrupted by a woman who asks us to keep her identity anonymous. She turns to Tony and says: “This may be my only chance. This is one of the things about the Florida Film Festival [To LanceAround] You had said he’s similar to Rosa Parks? [She turns her attention back to Tony] I feel like I’m in the presence of someone just like her; someone who made a…
  • FFF 2015 An Evening With Sam Rockwell Featuring Moon

    LanceAround
    2 May 2015 | 1:34 pm
    What is the Most Quoted Movie Line of All Time–In Your Family? Everyone who loves movies, has their favorite movie quote. It’s so ubiquitous, the American Film Institute even has a list of the top 100 movie quotes of all time. Number One on the list is, “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn,” from Gone With the Wind. Number Two is, “I’m goinna make him an offer he can’t refuse,” from The Godfather. Not in the LanceAround family! The most quoted movie line in our household was actually spoken by Sam Rockwell. You can hear him make a guess…
  • FFF 2015 Day 10 Pervert Park

    LanceAround
    2 May 2015 | 5:57 am
    A Hard Hitting Documentary That Poses Questions Difficult to Answer Mrs. LanceAround and I decide to end our 2015 FFF by watching the documentary Pervert Park. After 10 days of intense film watching, mostly documentaries, this film provided a powerful ending to a fantastic film festival. This well made documentary centers around a trailer park in St. Petersburg, FL, just down the road from Orlando, that houses people who are registered sex offenders. The range of sex offenses causing someone to be registered are many and varied. One offender was a very young man who was invited to have sex,…
  • FFF 2015 Day 10 Florida Shorts: Best of Brouhaha

    LanceAround
    1 May 2015 | 6:27 pm
    Our Friend, Lee Karlinsky, Stars in Down the Road Dictionary.com translates brouhaha as, “A noisy and overexcited reaction to something.” Judging from the crowd that was entering the auditorium on this last day of the FFF, there was a lot of noisy and excited reactions. Unlike most festival audiences, there was an energy in this room that felt different. People were boisterously greeting one another from across the room. There was an air of camaraderie. It felt like the TV show Cheers where everyone shouts, “Norm” when the character of Norm enters the bar. This crowd…
  • FFF 2015 Day 9 Do I Sound Gay?

    LanceAround
    30 Apr 2015 | 6:16 pm
    Does He??? — Yes, He Does! If you can’t handle the answer, then that’s a question you absolutely should be asking! That sentence sums up the philosophy of David Thorpe, who created this documentary based on the insecurity he felt regarding how his voice and vocal inflections sound. The film was primarily a series of hilarious interviews and media snippets, mostly with gays. It revolved around characteristics that have become stereotypical of gay interactions. It provides amazing insights into some of the psychology behind how people think, act and talk and how these shape…
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  • What $100/Night Will Get You in 10 Cities Around the World

    Katherine Fung
    22 May 2015 | 6:01 am
    The costs of a budget motel and a five-pearl luxury resort may not be as drastically different as you think. Actually, they might not be different at all: It all depends on where you are. So, using sample dates August 18 through 21, we searched the globe for hotels that have rates at just $100/night this summer. Suddenly, that trip to New York City looks much less appealing. But you'll be shocked by how gorgeous a resort you can score for just $100 in Phuket! We're ready to book our flights... 1. New York City: New York Budget Inn A $100/night rate is hard to come by in New York City,…
  • How to Tell if a Vacation Package is a Good Deal

    Guest Contributor
    21 May 2015 | 9:01 am
    Photo Courtesy of SmarterTravel by Caroline Morse, SmarterTravelThe all-inclusive vacation package that just popped into your inbox seems like an amazing deal, and it's limited-time only, so you better book it now, right? Not so fast. Before you commit to that package deal, follow these steps to make sure it's really a bargain.Run the NumbersIf airfare is included, search online for the dates that the package is offered (and additional dates, too, if you're flexible). Next, go to the website of the hotel (s) featured in the deal to see how much it costs for accommodations alone.
  • The 5 Most Popular International Destinations Among American Travelers in 2015

    Jane Reynolds
    20 May 2015 | 11:18 am
    Due to hectic work schedules and tight budgets, Americans are traveling less this year than they have in the past forty. But they're certainly still traveling, and this summer, many are jetting off to international locales. Here are the five most popular international destinations among American travelers this year. Are you visiting any of these countries? Maybe you should... 1. Mexico Set on 12 acres, Haramara Retreat is focused on yoga and healthy dining. Although travel in general is down, travel to Mexico is up! Americans are heading south to enjoy sandy beaches, warm weather, and tasty…
  • "The Affair" Star Maura Tierney Tells Oyster About Her Favorite Places to Travel -- and What's Up Next on Her Bucket List

    Susan Hornik
    20 May 2015 | 8:01 am
    Photo Credit: @mauratierneyfans Actor Maura Tierney has quite the busy schedule. Tierney -- a breast cancer survivor -- is actively involved in the charitable work of the Stand Up To Cancer organization. She also, of course, has starred in numerous plays, TV shows (like "ER" for which she was nominated for an Emmy), and movies. And these days, she stars in the hot new Showtime series “The Affair.” But you may not know that Tierney is also a globetrotter; she's been all over the world -- and is ready to pack her bags for her next adventure! We caught up with the busy actor to chat all…
  • 6 Things We Wish We Knew Before We Went to Atlantic City

    Kelly Lewis
    19 May 2015 | 10:33 am
    We’ve always had these grandiose visions of what a trip to Atlantic City would bring: cigar girls with fishnet thigh-highs, poker rooms full of chain-smoking mobsters, a thick steak with a nice view... While it’s no secret that Atlantic City has changed (i.e. deteriorated) since its glory days -- gone are both the olden days of men with thick accents and questionable affiliations, as well as the more recent (failed) revival days of glitzy resorts -- we still kinda pictured we'd find just that. But even so, there is fun to be had here, especially if you're making a quick trip…
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  • Do You Have What It Takes To Be An Innkeeper?

    Guest Author
    22 May 2015 | 6:30 am
    Have you toyed with the idea of owning a Bed and Breakfast someday? Here's the basics of what you need to be a successful Innkeeper. Move over Lorelai Gilmore and Bob Newhart, do you think you have what it takes to be an innkeeper? I can’t think of any other profession that combines the knowledge from as many different disciplines as innkeeping does. From cook to concierge, housekeeper to historian, gardener to greeter, mediator to marketer the list goes on and on, so to be successful you need to know your limitations and know when to get help. The post Do You Have What It Takes To Be An…
  • Essential Things You Should Know Before Travelling to Russia

    Guest Author
    20 May 2015 | 5:01 am
    Before you travel off to Russia, here are eight important things you should to know. Russia is a huge country with a wide variety of interesting places to visit. The typical image of Russia is the snow covered Red Square, there are warm sunny seasons too. Russia has a wealth of beautiful attractions and places of interest. That being said, it is a different country than anything you’ve seen thus far in Europe, and anyone planning a trip to Russia should be mindful of the following tips: The post Essential Things You Should Know Before Travelling to Russia appeared first on Wicked Good…
  • 9 Spectacular Easy-To-Find New England Waterfalls

    Susan Kohlback
    18 May 2015 | 6:05 am
    In New Hampshire's Mt. Washington Valley granite cliffs and glacier carved ravines produce an abundance of beautiful, easily accessible waterfalls just waiting for you to explore. Follow us to discover 9 spectacular waterfalls in the Mt. Washington Valley that are easily accessible just off paved roads and in short distance from each other. Plan an unforgettable adventure to explore these cascading waterfalls and don't miss the chance to see them in their full spring rushing glory! The post 9 Spectacular Easy-To-Find New England Waterfalls appeared first on Wicked Good Travel Tips.
  • 20 of the World’s Most Loved Brunch Dishes

    Susan Kohlback
    14 May 2015 | 6:23 am
    The folks at Lonely Planet have just published a wonderful new cookbook, The World's Best Brunches, where to find them & how to make them. I've spent days flipping through the tempting photos, reading recipes and learning the origins of 100 of the World's Best Brunch Dishes. With each page I'm propelled around the globe remembering favored dishes I've sampled in far away places. The post 20 of the World’s Most Loved Brunch Dishes appeared first on Wicked Good Travel Tips.
  • 9 Amazing Things You Never Knew About Australia

    Guest Author
    12 May 2015 | 6:36 am
    Here's a glimpse of some amazing things you probably never knew about the wonderful country of Australia. Beyond the wildlife and free-spirited lifestyle, here are more great reasons to visit. It's safe to say that Australia is the most unique place on the planet. It's the world's smallest continent, largest island and sixth-largest nation by area – all this in one place. Interested to learn more about this amazing spot? Here are nine surprising facts about Australia most people don't know about. The post 9 Amazing Things You Never Knew About Australia appeared first on Wicked Good Travel…
 
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  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 5-23-2015

    Ramona
    23 May 2015 | 11:22 am
    Every time we say 'Let there be!' in any form, something happens. (S.T. Mann) — We need to exercise that power more often! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 5-23-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 5-22-2015

    Ramona
    22 May 2015 | 11:22 am
    The way I change life is to act as if I'm the person I want to be. (A. Montague) — What I assume about myself becomes true. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 5-22-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 5-21-2015

    Ramona
    21 May 2015 | 11:22 am
    Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate to buy shit we don't need. (Fight Club) — Had enough? (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 5-21-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 5-20-2015

    Ramona
    20 May 2015 | 11:22 am
    Two roads diverged in a wood. I took the one less traveled by. That has made all the difference. (R. Frost) — No highways! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 5-20-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 5-19-2015

    Ramona
    19 May 2015 | 11:22 am
    Many of us spend money we haven't earned to buy things we don't need to impress people we don't like. (K. Blanchard) — Why? (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 5-19-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
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  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 5-23-2015

    Ramona
    23 May 2015 | 11:22 am
    Every time we say 'Let there be!' in any form, something happens. (S.T. Mann) — We need to exercise that power more often! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 5-23-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 5-22-2015

    Ramona
    22 May 2015 | 11:22 am
    The way I change life is to act as if I'm the person I want to be. (A. Montague) — What I assume about myself becomes true. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 5-22-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 5-21-2015

    Ramona
    21 May 2015 | 11:22 am
    Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate to buy shit we don't need. (Fight Club) — Had enough? (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 5-21-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 5-20-2015

    Ramona
    20 May 2015 | 11:22 am
    Two roads diverged in a wood. I took the one less traveled by. That has made all the difference. (R. Frost) — No highways! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 5-20-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 5-19-2015

    Ramona
    19 May 2015 | 11:22 am
    Many of us spend money we haven't earned to buy things we don't need to impress people we don't like. (K. Blanchard) — Why? (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 5-19-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
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  • Why I Now Want to Go to King’s Day in Amsterdam

    Randy Kalp
    21 May 2015 | 4:29 pm
    Something happened to me last year in Amsterdam. Well, two things, actually. First, I fell for Amsterdam. It took a return visit to really get a feel for the city, and I really enjoyed our time there. In some ways, it reminds of San Francisco with canals instead of hills. Second, I finally heard electronic music. Let me explain. A joke in the film White Man Can’t Jump is that Woody Harrelson may listen to Jimi Hendrix, but he can’t hear Jimi, because, as Wesley Snipes explains, white people can’t hear Jimi Hendrix; they only listen to him. Well, Wesley, I hear Jimi loud and clear,…
  • The Things We Leave Behind When We Travel

    Randy Kalp
    19 May 2015 | 6:52 am
    Everyone writes about the things they take on the road. We all do it—bloggers, magazine editors, celebrity chefs. Why? People like the information; I like the information too. You see, travelers are an interesting species. Some religiously check luggage, others don’t even carry a bag. Whatever their style, though, everybody has a reason for traveling the way they do. I guess I find it fascinating, and judging from the popularity of our posts about packing tips, others do too. But what about the stuff we leave behind? Everyone’s got something or someone they leave behind when the road…
  • Our Favorite American Towns to Drink Craft Beer In

    Randy Kalp
    14 May 2015 | 1:04 pm
    We’ve teamed up with Flights.com to bring you our favorite beer towns in America, and what to drink when you get there. There’s a good chance we probably missed your favorite, if so, let us know about the town or brewery in the comments following the story. Having beers with friends used to mean drinking 12 ounces of a watery malted mess like Coors, MGD (do they still even make that?), Mickey’s, or local favorites: Rolling Rock, Iron City or Stoney’s Beer—the trifecta of western Pennsylvania working class beers. On a really good day, someone may have ponied up for a sixer of…
  • A Day in the Life at Sea

    Bethany Salvon
    23 Apr 2015 | 5:10 am
    We dig sea days. To us, full days at sea are what make cruising such a unique way to travel. For at least one day, you get to experience the big wide-open heart of the ocean with nothing on the horizon but the sun and stars. For those who aren’t familiar with the term, sea days are the times on your cruise when you’re sailing between ports. A cruise ship is like a floating resort; everything you could possibly want is available to you. Feel like lounging the day away by the pool, you can do that. How about a few hands of blackjack? You can do that too. Massage? Yoga? Afternoon…
  • Where to Eat, Drink, and Sightsee in Plymouth, Mass

    Randy Kalp
    20 Apr 2015 | 12:49 am
    America, as we know it, began in Plymouth, Massachusetts. It’s here that the Pilgrims landed after their arduous journey on their wooden magic carpet ride–the Mayflower. In fact, you can still see the rock where the Pilgrims first set foot. And just across the way, the Mayflower II, a replica of the original ship, is docked each summer for visitors to gawk over. Really, there is history around every corner of the small city. Stoic churches, wooden homes with colorful shutters, and red brick facades, all come together to create the quintessential New England town. It is after all…
 
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  • A weekend in Paris, Nantes, Düsseldorf – with BMI Regional

    Heather Cowper
    17 May 2015 | 10:48 am
    As a travel blogger I’m lucky to live close to Bristol Airport, my gateway to countless interesting destinations in Europe and around the world. Flying from my local airport means I can stretch my precious holiday time with long weekends away, knowing that I can fly back into Bristol airport and half an hour later be walking through my own front door. Paris like a local Paris is a city that’s on so many peoples’ wish list, but even if you’ve done the Louvre and the Eiffel tower I highly recommend going back again to discover some alternative things to do in Paris that…
  • Lloret de Mar – sun, sea and so much more…

    Heather Cowper
    6 May 2015 | 3:46 pm
    Lloret de Mar on the Spanish Costa Brava is a holiday resort that holds a certain memory for many UK travellers. “That’s where I went for my first holiday abroad!” exclaimed my mother, now in her 70s, who visited on a coach tour in the early 1960s when she was a young nurse and Lloret was a pretty fishing village. In more recent years Lloret has gained a reputation as the place for a cheap holiday in the sun and while my son and his girlfriend had both been there on sports tours, neither of them seemed to spend any time playing sport! It seemed that everyone knew of…
  • Sunrise at Stonehenge – inside the stone circle

    Heather Cowper
    25 Apr 2015 | 2:24 am
    The air was chill but the rising sun surprisingly bright as we reached Stonehenge at a much-too-early hour when any sensible person would have still been in bed. Everything around us was still; no coaches, no crowds, not even an open gift shop. This was Stonehenge as you imagine it to be, standing alone in the Wiltshire landscape as if the builders had abandoned the stone circle for us alone to find. But sadly the Stonehenge experience isn’t always like this. A couple of years ago I had visited with my blogging friend Barbara – she wrote about our day here. Although we were…
  • Dancing with Darwin: an unforgettable week in the Galapagos

    Guest Author
    9 Apr 2015 | 4:45 pm
    In this article, our guest author, Kate Convissor, shares an unforgettable week in the Galapagos, with pristine beaches, aquamarine seas and of course the birds, seals and other wildlife. Most people travel through Quito in Ecuador, heading for the Galapagos Islands as their main destination. My experience was the opposite. I was already traveling through Ecuador and planned to spend several days in lovely Quito. The city was UNESCO’s first cultural World Heritage Site, so it’s very historic and photogenic. Since I was already so close, my trip had to include the Galapagos and…
  • 13 stories from my charity visit to India – going off the tourist trail

    Heather Cowper
    6 Apr 2015 | 2:20 am
    I’ve been to India three times now but not once have I had my photo taken in front of the Taj Mahal. I haven’t visited the pink city of Jaipur or floated on the backwaters of Kerala. It isn’t that I wouldn’t love to do any of these things, just that my trips to India have been for a different purpose. In February I was in India to visit and support a small charity I founded through my church, to see how the money we sent had been spent to help the lives of the poor in the central state of Andhra Pradesh, a part of India where tourists rarely go. Although we met many…
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  • Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley Kids Trail

    Melissa Moore
    22 May 2015 | 12:11 am
    The Shenandoah Valley is steeped in history from Winchester, where George Washington first began his career as a surveyor, to Harpers Ferry, the location of one the original US armories prior to its destruction in the Civil War. However, a visit to this area need not be a simple history lesson. Families can enjoy rafting down the Shenandoah River observing how the river cuts through the rock to form natural boundaries between Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia; learning about the local farming industry through play at the Shenandoah Valley Children’s Museum; or simply enjoying a walk…
  • Road Trip Itinerary: Touring Route 66 with Kids – Illinois

    Katie Bodell
    21 May 2015 | 2:50 am
    Route 66, which began in the 1920s as a Congressional plan for national highway construction between Chicago and Los Angeles, is one of our nation’s most romanticized roads. Throughout the nearly 100 years that have passed since its formation, hospitable towns were born, boomed with roadside business, and later died as the old “Mother Road” was replaced and bypassed in most areas with expansive smooth highways alienating the many small cities that once dotted the landscape. Although the original road has largely been replaced by sleek pavement and wide interstate highways, families can…
  • Grand California Road Trip: Hit the Road for the Vacation of a Lifetime

    Katie Bodell
    20 May 2015 | 12:01 am
    I spent my entire childhood and young adult life road tripping up and down the Golden State. My parents, who were fearful of flying, definitely wanted us to explore California so I have racked up thousands of miles traveling along the coasts, mountains, and deserts of this grand state. To help you make the most of a family friendly California road trip, we are partnering up with our friends at Ciao Bambino! to present you with this amazing, hand-picked 10 day itinerary for the vacation of a lifetime. We’ve taken the brain work out of planning this road trip and are offering our inside…
  • Road Trip Week Gear Guide

    Amy Whitley
    19 May 2015 | 12:13 am
    The summer road trip is a timeless family tradition, but anyone who’s spent countless hours fighting with a sibling in the back of a ‘80s-something station wagon without air conditioning knows kids these days have it good. (An iPod? What’s that?) Yes, our children may be pampered in this age of minivans and heated seats, but let’s face it: so are we. For Road Trip Week 2015, we want to once again showcase gear that’s new, improved, useful, and just plain fun. The following items have ridden along on many a Trekaroo road trip, and come with our Superoo stamp of approval. Road Trip…
  • Planning an Extended Road trip with Kids

    Amanda Williams
    18 May 2015 | 12:01 am
    Last summer we embarked upon a fairytale road trip that included some ferry tales – one month and 6100 miles, from Minnesota to Alaska and back, via Canada. Trip of a lifetime, right? Of course! Did I mention we were traveling with a three-year-old? Turns out, it didn’t really make a difference. We travel like a wolf pack; there is no such thing as a romantic getaway or even much “me time” and we embrace that. This includes road trips. Even very long ones. Most people called us crazy, but we wouldn’t have it any other way! So for those looking to brave the pavement this summer with…
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  • Crispy Parmesan Potatoes Recipe

    cindy
    22 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    I have found my new favorite way to make potatoes! OMG! This recipe is easy and delicious. I made it with my Easy Crockpot Chicken but it would pair well with just about any meat. Since this recipe takes some time in the oven, I think it would work best with a crockpot or grilled meat but either way these potatoes are so flavorful you are going to want to pin and/or print this recipe so you won’t lose it. With only 5 pantry staple ingredients,  this Crispy Parmesan Potatoes recipe will become a go-to side dish in your meal planning arsenal. My husband says he’d like to eat it every…
  • How to Choose a Suitcase

    cindy
    21 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    I received one or more of the products or services mentioned for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.Summer vacation season is almost here! It can be stressful planning your trip, then packing time comes and aargggh! In our home we have always had to borrow luggage for family trips. For my high school graduation I received a matching set of luggage. On my first trip, Eastern Airlines got green paint all over it, but it lasted about 10 years. Since then we have packed in…
  • The State Farm Neighborhood Assist Program

    cindy
    20 May 2015 | 11:00 am
    I participated in an Influencer Activation for State Farm Neighborhood Assist. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.I am honored to be sharing the State Farm Neighborhood Assist Program with you again this year. I love that through this program, State Farm awards 40 $25,000 grants to local non-profits that are making a difference in their own neighborhood. This program is now in the voting phase and I’ll tell you about that in a bit but first I want you to know how we got to where we are. Earlier in the year, grant submissions were accepted. Anyone aged 13 and…
  • Win it Wednesday 5-20-15

    cindy
    20 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    We are heading into a holiday weekend! Do you have anything exciting planned? We will be having our Memorial Day/May Birthday pool party and cookout on my birthday, May 25th! I hope we have great weather this weekend because I could use some pool time and some sun. 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…
  • AMERICAN SNIPER GIVEAWAY

    cindy
    19 May 2015 | 11:00 am
    Some of the links in this post are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers.”I need to start off this post by saying that I broke one of my own rules in covering this movie. I don’t usually cover R-rated entertainment. I turn down a lot of offers because of this. There is so much crap in the “entertainment” world that I won’t promote due to violence, language and sex. I broke my rules for AMERICAN…
 
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  • Thoughts on the UK General Election Result

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

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

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

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

    Jane Meighan
    10 Feb 2015 | 12:01 pm
    In case you missed a previous post on the matter, I have recently moved to Barcelona. Now, whilst I’m still very much in the ‘settling in’ phase, I’ve already learned a lot about how to get set up here (both through my own trial and error and from talking to other recent expats.) In turn, I thought it would be useful to pass on what I’ve learned so far. That way if you’re thinking about moving to Barcelona too then you’ll have an easier time when you arrive! 1. Getting your NIE number First off, there’s a common misconception that…
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  • Hotel Brand Explosion Difficult to Describe

    Robert Cole
    15 May 2015 | 12:35 am
    Hotel brands differentiate themselves through a combination of physical attributes, service delivery processes and marketing communications that create a unique character in the minds of travelers. If the hotel brand fails to provide insight into the guest experience, what good is it? In many cases, hotel brand descriptions are not helping.Photo Credit: brionv (cc|flickr) Great branding is all about creating a unique and highly defensible consumer value proposition – ideally, one that allows the company to capitalize on extended lifetime customer value. The world’s largest hotel…
  • Hotel Brand Matching Test Results

    Robert Cole
    26 Dec 2014 | 9:30 pm
    Matching the hotel brands with its parent top ten global hotel group should not be a difficult task. Asking a group of individuals that are knowledgeable about the hotel industry should make the task simple. In practice, perhaps not quite that easy. Based on an average grade of C- for individuals familiar with the hotel industry recognizing hotel brand affiliations, this must be the grading scale some hotel brands internally use themselves…Photo Credit: PapJeff (cc|flickr) Major hotel groups continuously pitch the strength of their brand positioning when soliciting management and…
  • Match Game – Hotel Brand Edition

    Robert Cole
    16 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Earlier today, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) announced that it was acquiring Kimpton Hotels & Resorts for $430 Million, creating what IHG CEO Richard Solomons described as “the world’s largest boutique hotel business.” Some questions are not as simple as they look… Like matching 100 hotel brandsPhoto Credit: Duncan Hull (cc|flickr) Despite the hotel business tallying record performance, the opening of new hotel supply continues to lag demand growth. However, this is not stopping the major hotel groups from creating new brands and making acquisitions to expand…
  • PhoCusWright Travel Innovation Summit Bingo

    Robert Cole
    17 Nov 2013 | 11:10 pm
    Each year, the PhoCusWright Travel Innovation Summit amasses thirty contestants, each with an opportunity to spend 11 1/2 minutes onstage and pitch their product to an audience of travel industry investors, journos, potential competitors, and the simply curious. If Travel Innovation Summit Bingo catches on, next year we might be able to hire this guy to officiate…Photo Credit: sandwichgirl (cc|flickr) The diversity of products and varied backgrounds of the presenters is wide-ranging. The quality of the demonstrations can be equally varied. In the past some very interesting products have…
  • Getting Rev’ved Up About Hotel Rate Parity

    Robert Cole
    28 Oct 2013 | 8:30 pm
    Hotel rate parity is an incredibly divisive issue, with investigations, litigation and confusion running rampant around the globe. Government officials, class action attorneys, hoteliers and online travel agencies (OTAs) are all engaged in a fight with considerable implications. Hoteliers say accusers of price fixing are spinning their wheels, but regulators believe where there’s smoke, there’s fire… Photo Credit: spwelton (cc|flickr) Hotel brands and OTAs rely on rate parity as the basis for consumer best price guarantees. Lawyers call it Resale Price Maintenance (RPM.) The…
 
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  • Chicago Festivals 2015

    www.vino-con-vista.com
    8 May 2015 | 8:31 am
    Chicago Gourmet 2012 Dine Around Receipt Holder MAY 2015   Chicago Dance Month Through May 1 Chicago Kids and Kites Festival May 2 James Beard Foundation Awards *new event* May 4 Chicago Symphony Orchestra Spring Festival May 7 – 23 Chicago Zine Fest May 8 – 9 Chicago Craft Beer Week May 14 – 24 Mayfest May 15 – 17 Frank Lloyd Wright Trust presents Wright Plus Housewalk May 16 Chicago Memorial Day Parade May 23 Navy Pier Summer Fireworks May 23 – September 5: Wednesdays & Saturdays Randolph Street Market Festival May 23 – 24 Belmont-Sheffield Music Festival May…
  • Remington’s Restaurant Opening in Chicago on Michigan Avenue

    www.vino-con-vista.com
    29 Apr 2015 | 4:22 am
    Press Release 4 Star Restaurant Group & Executive Chef Todd Stein set to Serve Downtown!   Chicago, IL (April 27, 2015) – “4 Star Restaurant Group has confirmed their new concept, Remington’s, will open to the public on Monday, May 11th for lunch and dinner service.  Located in the historic 20 N. Michigan Avenue building, Remington’s…
  • Wine Spectator’s Grand Tour: Spring 2015

    www.vino-con-vista.com
    28 Apr 2015 | 7:40 am
    Image via Wikipedia Experience the World’s Finest Wines! Wine Spectator will be hosting Grand Tour events in the Spring of 2015 in three cities. Attend the Chicago event on Thursday April 30, 2015 at Navy Pier located at 600 E. Grand Ave. Follow this link for more information: http://grandtour.winespectator.com/ http://assets.winespectator.com/wso/html/grandtour.html More than two hundred of the world’s finest wineries will pour one of their best wines at each stop. Select one of WINE SPECTATOR’s Grand Tour cities near you and enjoy a wine tasting you will remember for a…
  • Chicago Holy Name Cathedral Holy Week and Easter Schedule 2015

    www.vino-con-vista.com
    29 Mar 2015 | 9:59 am
    English: Roman Catholic monks of the preparing to light the Christ candle prior to mass]] at St. Mary’s Abbey in (Photo credit: Wikipedia) English: Christ washing the feet of the Apostles. Icon of Pskov school. Русский: Омовение ног (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Christ Washing the Feet of the Apostles by Meister des Hausbuches, 1475 (Gemäldegalerie, Berlin). (Photo credit: Wikipedia) “During Holy Week the Church celebrates the mysteries of salvation accomplished by Christ in the last days of his life on earth, beginning with his messianic entrance into…
  • Incredible Easter with Fireworks in Florence Italy: Lo Scoppio del Carro

    www.vino-con-vista.com
    28 Mar 2015 | 8:17 am
    English: Capture of Jerusalem during the First Crusade, 1099, from a medieval manuscript Deutsch: Mittelalterliches Gemälde der Belagerung Jerusalems durch die Kreuzfahrer 1099 Suomi: Jerusalemin valtaus 1099. Keskiaikaisen käsikirjoituksen kuvitusta. Polski: Zdobycie Jerozolimy podczas I krucjaty (1099 r.) – rysunek ze średniowiecznego rękopisu Italiano: Conquista di Gerusalemme durante la Prima Crociata, nel 1099, da un manoscritto medievale (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Photo by User:Gilabrand. Dome of the Rock viewed through Bab al-Qattanin (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Image via Wikipedia…
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  • Reader’s report: Sabine and Zadig’s favorite dog-friendly French châteaux

    Mary-Alice
    11 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    Sabine not only reads Dog Jaunt, bless her, but she also writes a delightful dog travel blog of her own, called Zadigloves and featuring Zadig, her young Westie. We’ve corresponded for years (Sabine has kindly sent me a couple of the scoop law signs I love so much), and we share an interest in the dog-friendly châteaux of the Loire Valley. When Sabine told me that she and Zadig have been working their way through the list of châteaux that will allow pet dogs through their gates, I begged her to write a guest post for Dog Jaunt. Here is her reply, kindly translated by her from its…
  • SHOLDIT travel scarf: Alternative way to stow stuff you’ll need while flying

    Mary-Alice
    27 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    It’s a problem I’ve been writing about since I started this blog: Travelers with pet dogs are typically limited by airlines to a pet carrier and a small personal item (or, more rarely, to a pet carrier and a carry-on), and once you’ve stowed your pet under your seat, there’s typically no room next to her for anything else — so either you spend your flight, especially a turbulent flight, looking hopelessly up at the overhead compartment or you come up with some way to keep your book, your water bottle, your stuff, accessible. In the past, I’ve recommended a…
  • Lummi Island’s Willows Inn: World-class dining, dog-friendly lodging options

    Mary-Alice
    22 Apr 2015 | 11:18 am
    I’d known for years that the Willows Inn, on a small island about two hours north of Seattle, is a destination for folks who love eating well, and then I learned that it allows pet dogs to join guests in two of its rooms. Sign me up, I thought — this’ll be an epic dog jaunt. Long story short: It is, but with a couple of caveats. Please note that we paid for our stay at the Willows Inn — I will always tell you when someone else has paid for any or all of something I’m reviewing. Willows Inn has a variety of lodging options, but folks traveling with pet dogs have a less…
  • Reader’s report: Oscar the Dachshund in a large SturdiBag (on an Air Canada 777-200 LR)

    Mary-Alice
    15 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    For years, I’ve been sending Dachshund owners to the Sleepypod Air, an unusually long and low carrier with Sleepypod’s usual great design and quality. And that’s what I did with reader Jenny, who dutifully bought one for Oscar, her Dachshund (followers of Dog Jaunt’s Facebook page will remember that Jenny and Oscar are the co-founders of Cheeky Dog Bakery, based in Dublin, Ireland). Jenny liked the Air, up to a point, but felt that it didn’t give Oscar enough room to turn around — so her next purchase was the large SturdiBag I recommend so often. She wrote to…
  • Large, but still workable, in-cabin pet carrier: Teafco Argo Petagon

    Mary-Alice
    13 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Those of you who follow Dog Jaunt’s Facebook page will know that I first saw this carrier in a celebrity shot in the Daily Mail: Julianne Hough was carrying it through an airport, and my eyes lit up because in it was a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel just like Chloe. Photo from the Daily Mail Workable in-cabin carriers for larger small dogs are rare. I figured out the bag’s brand and model, bought one, and took it on a flight — and then my life got very complicated indeed, and I forgot everything I’d learned about the Teafco Argo Petagon. I have these pictures to show you,…
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    Atlas Obscura: Articles

  • How to Get Rid of Your Exotic Pet, No Questions Asked

    22 May 2015 | 9:30 am
    Scenes from an exotic pet amnesty in Florida. (All photos: Oliver Lee) Hypothetical question: If you acquire a baby Burmese python and realize, too late, that it can grow up to 20 feet in length and can’t be contained by an aquarium, what do you do? The answer, for Floridians at least, is Exotic Pet Amnesty Day. This is the first event in Kissimmee, about a half hour’s drive south of Orlando; there are a number of tents set up on a grassy field outside the convention center in Osceola Heritage Park. The main tent, where the owners go to surrender their pets, is roped off with…
  • Found: The Most Luminous Galaxy Ever Seen

    22 May 2015 | 7:25 am
    An artist's depiction of what the galaxy might look like (Image: NASA) The light from the galaxy WISE J224607.57-052635.0 traveled 12.5 billion light years before us humans detected it. But when scientists saw it, they determined that it was the most luminous galaxy ever found. The galaxy produces "the light of more than 300 trillion suns," NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory reports—the product of "a very intense phase of galaxy evolution," in which the supermassive black hole at the center grew and grew. NASA'S Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer detected a number of this sort of…
  • Minnesota: Land Of 10,000 Dessert Salads

    22 May 2015 | 5:23 am
     Ingredients for Watergate Salad (Photo:Mark Pellegrini/Wiki Commons CC BY-SA 1.0)  About 10 years ago, Emily Weiss' sister began making a very special salad that she learned from her in-laws. "It consists of Cool Whip, chopped Granny Smith apples, and chopped up mini Snickers bars," says Weiss, a food critic for Minneapolis City Pages and a native Minnesotan. "It is the very definition of a guilty pleasure. I hate how much I like it." Snickers salad is not a creation of just one family, but a Minnesota standard, just one of a surprisingly large variety of "dessert salads" which…
  • 7 Bizarre, Real-Life Tributes to Fairy Tales

    22 May 2015 | 5:05 am
    Decoration on the Gingerbread Castle. (Photo: Amanda Petrozzini) Fairy tales have not always been child-friendly. Their origins are often morbid, murderous and cannibalistic. However, it takes a special sort of city to decide to pay tribute to characters from children's stories instead of real-life historical figures. When done right, the results are as inventive and bizarre as any magical yarn. Atlas Obscura has rounded up seven notable monuments to the worlds of trolls, gnomes, mermaids, goblins and witches.  1. THE GINGERBREAD CASTLEFranklin, New Jersey…
  • The Race to Build the World's Greatest Supercomputer

    22 May 2015 | 4:47 am
     Part of the Dutch supercomputer 'Cartesius' (Photo: Dennis van Zuijlekom/Flickr) For the past two years, since June 2013, the top supercomputer in the world has been Tianhe-2. (Its name translates to Sky River—the Milky Way.) Tianhe-2 lives in Guangzhou, China, and on a benchmark test, it reached 33.86 petaflop per second. A petaflop is a measure of how fast a computer can perform—one petaflop/s is one thousand trillion operations, performed in an instant. But Tianhe-2 may not stay at the top for long. This spring, the United States' Department of Energy…
 
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  • Stanley Rehder Carnivorous Plant Garden in Wilmington, North Carolina

    22 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Horticulturalist and Wilmington native Stanley Rehder made his life's work the cultivation of flesh-eating plants. When he passed away in 2012 at the age of 90, the city carved out a small green space dedicated to its beloved "Flytrap Man."  The Stanley Rehder Carnivorous Plant Garden occupies three-quarters of an acre behind Alderman Elementary School. Found in one of the world's few microclimates permitting year-round outdoor growth of such plants, its beds are home to pitcher plants, sundews, Venus flytraps, and other insectivorous…
  • Nasothek nose collection in Copenhagen, Denmark

    21 May 2015 | 12:00 pm
    As with clothing, museum curation endures trends that come and go. But unlike more traditional fashion, the consequences of styling in the art world can be drastically more permanent.  Hidden within Copenhagen’s Glyptotek art museum is a curious cabinet filled with 100 plaster noses. Visitors who find it stare in wonder as a single body part has been arranged so meticulously that it would appear to be its own work of art. In reality, they’ve come face to face with the Nasothek, a piece of commentary on the history of art preservation. Known for its large…
  • Riga Aviation Museum in Lidosta "Rīga", Latvia

    21 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Thanks to Victor Talpa, interested parties from all over the world are free to wander amidst the ghosts of aviation’s past while being buzzed by shiny, lumbering jets cruising into Riga International airport. Young aviation engineer Victor Talpa established the Riga Aviation Museum in 1956. In its early days, Talpa’s employment and subsequent partnership with the Latvian Civil Aviation Administration aided the development of resources and programming culminating in one of the most unique aircraft collections in Europe. On the grounds of the fledgling museum,…
  • Pasona Group Headquarters in Chiyoda, Japan

    20 May 2015 | 5:14 am
    Located in the heart of Tokyo's Chiyoda district, agriculture and staffing corporation Pasona Group sought the help of Kona Designs to connect their company’s product within the day-to-day happenings of its office. The New York-based architectural firm came up with an idea: What if crops and office employees shared a common work space? Pairing traditional farming techniques with hydroponics, the building’s rooftops sides, and interiors were renovated to accommodate an urban farm unique to Tokyo – and perhaps the world. Over 100 varieties of roses decorate the…
  • Europe's Largest Pipe Organ in Passau, Germany

    19 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    The St. Stephen’s Cathedral of today was built in 1682, but the original version of the church had already burned to the ground by 1662, taking with it the parish's first organ. As is the case for most of the world’s giant organs, the organ at St. Stephen’s took shape gradually over the course of centuries. The contemporary version consists of five separate organs in varying tonal styles amounting to 17,774 pipes, 223 registers, and four chimes. Each portion of the organ was built separately, possesses its own unique tone, and can be played as a standalone…
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  • Under the spell of Cairo

    Véronique
    2 May 2015 | 3:46 am
    Halt in the land of the pharaohs: when chaos meet culture   cairo is much more than a dirty, congested city overcrowded – garbages everywhere- children’s begging,…
  • Manuella Magnin: Lamb stew with spices and chocolate

    Véronique
    13 Apr 2015 | 11:45 pm
    Vivamost is proud to share the lamb stew recipe of the cook Manuella Magnin. Magnin prepared this original recipe for Moët & Hennessy. For each season last year she created one recipe in cooperation with the well-known champagne house. Each was made to pair a wine of Moët & Hennessy’s portfolio. This time it was to celebrate the Spanish wine, […] The post Manuella Magnin: Lamb stew with spices and chocolate appeared first on Vivamost!.
  • Photo of the week, March 24th, 2015

    Véronique
    24 Mar 2015 | 1:58 am
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  • Shadowland at the Zurich Maag Halle: 20% discount for Vivamost readers

    Véronique
    13 Mar 2015 | 5:57 am
    14-19 April 2015 Maag Halle Zurich “In 2009, the US dance company Pilobolus celebrated the German-language premiere of their show Shadowland at Zurich’s MAAG Halle, before setting out on a triumphant European tour. In every city in which they performed, the troupe was met with sell-out shows and enchanted spectators. Today, in Europe alone, over […] The post Shadowland at the Zurich Maag Halle: 20% discount for Vivamost readers appeared first on Vivamost!.
  • Park Hyatt Masters of Food & Wine

    Véronique
    4 Mar 2015 | 12:21 am
    The 5 stars hotel, Park Hyatt, is hosting a Masters of Food & Wine on March 27th and 28th. The Masters of Food & Wine events exist at the Park Hyatt hotels since 2010. This time for the gourmet dinner the Zurich Park Hyatt invited the Italian winemaker and owner of La Ghersa winery (Piedmont), Mr. Massimo Pastura. Here is the […] The post Park Hyatt Masters of Food & Wine appeared first on Vivamost!.
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  • 4 Things for Car-Lovers to do in PA

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

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

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

    Alex
    28 Apr 2015 | 12:35 pm
    By Jess Singet – Hungary, a country located in Central Europe and bordered by seven different countries, is gaining popularity among travelers recently, but it still is too often overlooked. Although not quite the budget travel destination of nearby countries like Serbia or Ukraine, the prices in Hungary aren’t too bad, and the fun of this country can’t be beat! There are a million reasons why you should visit Hungary, but here are the top five: 1. Budapest Perhaps the most obvious reason to visit Hungary is its capital city, Budapest. Although its location in Central Europe might…
  • Top 10 Christmas Vacation Spots

    Emily
    15 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    by Margo Smith 1. Switzerland Plan to be in Switzerland in time for Advent, which begins 4 Sundays before Christmas Eve. Count down the days until Christmas as you spend about a month in this country of rugged mountain beauty, snow and breathtakingly beautiful outdoor scenes with quaint villages. Take pleasure in a traditional approach to the Yuletide season as you join in with the celebration of these days using candles instead of electric lights and hark back to old fashioned values of gathering around with family. 2. New Zealand New Zealand and any of its smaller islands is a wonderful…
 
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  • Trip Tips: 6 Seaside Resorts for Diving Enthusiasts

    Joy Pecknold
    20 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Getting married isn’t the only popular summer plunge to take—there’s also diving. Be it going deep with scuba gear or hovering closer to the surface with a snorkel, herein are six resorts across the globe that aid undersea adventuring. Florida: The Breakers Southern Florida boasts a number of spectacular dive sites, and there’s one right […]
  • Photo Essay: Exploring the Temples of Kyoto

    Adam Nagy
    15 May 2015 | 3:21 pm
    The former capital of Japan, Kyoto has a wealth of history and beautiful scenery at every turn. Kiwi’s Digital Marketing Manager Adam Nagy spent 3 days in this historic city hopping from temple to temple to document his journey. The view over Kyoto from the Kiyomizu Temple. A Geisha girl spotted in the streets of Gion. The […]
  • Photo Essay: On Tofino Time

    Joy Pecknold
    12 May 2015 | 12:42 pm
    Disneyland bills itself as the happiest place on earth, but for blog editor Joy Pecknold, Tofino takes the title. Sidled up to the Pacific Ocean on Vancouver Island, it’s a playground for flora, fauna and food lovers, not to mention surfers. Herein, her latest adventure. First things first, to wash off the city stress, wash […]
  • Photo Essay: 7 Days in Tokyo

    Adam Nagy
    8 May 2015 | 2:29 pm
    One of the most recognizable cities in the world, Tokyo is an incredible hub for culture, cuisine and nightlife. Kiwi’s Digital Marketing Manager Adam Nagy spent a week in Japan taking in the sights and sounds of this magical city and of course photos at every turn. Waking up to a stunning view at Conrad Tokyo. Catching […]
  • Photo Essay: Both Sides of Budapest

    Eva Zhu
    7 May 2015 | 11:53 am
    Situated along the Danube, with the lush, rolling Buda on one side, and modern Pest on the other, Kiwi’s marketing specialist Eva Zhu explores the captivating historic and contemporary landscape of Budapest, Hungary. Impressive at all hours of the day, the Parliament Building is particularly fetching when seen from the water at the golden hour. […]
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  • 24 Hours in Brno

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

    Jacy Meyer
    15 May 2015 | 9:22 am
    With the peaks of the Southern Carpathian Mountains as a backdrop, the town of Brasov offers historic and architectural delights in town, and great access to three of Transylvania’s best castles. The gothic and baroque city center sits under Mount Tampa and is the best place to experience all Brasov has to offer. The main square of Piata Sfatului is where you’ll want to orientate yourself. Here you can’t miss the city’s most famous landmark, the gothic Black Church. Taking nearly a century to build, the black is a result of fire soot from an Austrian army back in 1689. Inside though…
  • Exploring Berlin’s Hackescher Markt

    Jacy Meyer
    9 May 2015 | 10:44 am
    For those looking for a different shopping experience in Berlin, head over to the Hackescher Markt area and the Hackesche Höfe. This complex built by August Endell and with facades dating from 1906 will satisfy you architecturally and provides fun opportunities to window shop. The website claims it’s “Germany’s largest enclosed courtyard area.” Walking through, it does seem much bigger than it appears from the outside. Since its beginning, the complex has been mixed-use: commercial, residential, and cultural. It was host to a number of organizations including a poet’s association…
  • Nida & the Curonian Spit – a day trip from Klaipeda

    Charlie
    4 May 2015 | 9:26 am
    You’ve got to zoom in pretty close on Google Maps to see the Curonian Spit, a thin, curved strip of sandbank in the Baltic Sea that is just 450 yards wide at its narrowest point. On the landward side is the Curonian Lagoon. The Spit is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is divided between Lithuania and Russia – the northern half is in Lithuania and the southern is part of Kaliningrad, the Russian exclave on the Baltic Sea. Most images of the Curonian Spit emphasise the sand dunes and the 4 villages in the Lithuanian half but 70% of the land area is in fact pine forest, filled with…
  • A Kazimierz Tour

    Jacy Meyer
    28 Apr 2015 | 2:51 pm
    Krakow’s Kazimierz quarter is one of the city’s most interesting neighborhoods. The Jewish quarter’s history is vast but it’s also repositioned itself as Krakow’s artsy district and place to go for dining and nightlife. Historical Kazimierz For an in-depth look at the history of the neighborhood, consider booking either a private or group tour. On your own, consider making your first stop at either the Jewish Community Centre or the Judaica Foundation. Both places host events and exhibits and can offer advice on your visit. The community centre offers Friday Sabbath dinners. There…
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  • How to take a baby on a plane: Tips for seat assignments, feeding and diaper change

    Leslie Koch
    4 May 2015 | 1:20 pm
    Great- now other passengers roll their eyes at YOU! I was the person who always groaned when a couple with a baby approached my row on an airplane. Sitting next to a crying, poopy-smelling infant seemed like the kiss of death. How could I possibly relax and enjoy my infinite entertainment choices (music, magazines, apps) with this distraction? Now that I have an infant of my own, I’ve gotten by comeuppance. Flying to grandma’s house last week was a major source of stress; questions raced through my mind at 3am. Will the baby cry? What will I do if he cries? What if I can’t…
  • How to take a baby on the New York City subway – tips for new moms

    Leslie Koch
    19 Mar 2015 | 12:53 pm
    Germs, crazy people and tons of stairs are just a few reasons I hesitated to take my newborn baby on the New York City subway. I’ve been more adventurous than some of my new-mom friends; I took my baby to Target when he was one week old and bundled him up for brisk stroller walks in arctic temperatures. (I envy those moms with Spring and Summer babies). Still, the subway seemed like an insurmountable obstacle until I met Noelia, a new mom who was going on regular subway trips to the New York Public Library and various museums with her newborn. She offered me some excellent advice and…
  • Review: What to expect at Blackout Haunted House in New York City (Halloween 2014)

    Claudia Oddo
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:12 pm
    This review is written by Downtown Traveler contributor Claudia Oddo, a first-time visitor to Blackout Haunted House. In 2014, Blackout plays by new rules. Do not speak unless instructed to do so Follow all directions The safety word is “safety” ….the choice is not yours… Claudia after "surviving" NYC's scariest haunted house, Blackout As I waited in anticipation at New York City’s most terrifying haunted house and read the mandatory waiver, each line filled me with more and more panic. I scanned the document as a cold-faced woman checked in visitors one by one. What…
  • Experience NYC’s scary past at Nightmare haunted house (2014 review)

    Claudia Oddo
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:08 pm
    New Yorkers, get ready to face your fears. Now in its 11th season, Nightmare haunted house stays fresh by embracing a new theme each year. The 2014 haunt, New York, pays tribute to the city’s dark past and chilling present, blending legendary horror stories and urban legends into a fearsome experience. My Nightmare journey began while waiting to enter the house in a room displaying some of New York’s spooky history, including references to infamous serial killer Andre Rand (known as the evil incarnation of the mythological Cropsey legend), Typhoid Mary and another notorious murderer,…
  • 22 Badass Cosplay Weapons from NY Comic Con 2014 (PHOTOS)

    Leslie Koch
    12 Oct 2014 | 5:49 pm
    Got scythes? If you’ve always dreamed of wielding a massive sword, scythe, hammer or gun, then you need to get yourself to NY Comic Con. It’s a safe place to interact with weaponry that could only be dreamed up in comics, anime, films or TV. New York-area cosplayers have an impressive ability to shape EVA foam, pizza boxes and Nerf guns into weapons that can only be described as badass. Read on for the biggest, baddest weapons I spotted on the convention floor during my Thursday visit to NY Comic Con. For more photos, check out my 2012 article about impressive cosplay weapons!
 
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    Context Travel Blog

  • 5 Reasons to Visit the South of France

    Sara McCarty
    23 May 2015 | 5:46 am
    Calanque de Sugiton, Marseille From Provence to the Cote d’Azur, the mild climate, fragrant lavender fields, and crystal clear waters of the South of France have attracted visitors since ancient times. To mark the launch of our programs in Aix-en-Provence and Marseille, here are 5 reasons to travel south and soak up all the region has to offer. 1. Ancient Greek and Roman Architecture Marseille, a natural port, was an obvious landing choice for Greek and Roman explorers sailing the Mediterranean. As such it became the gateway for settling in the south, and remnants of such settlements can…
  • How to Tackle Nara

    Sophie
    18 May 2015 | 1:09 am
    Todai-ji (temple), Nara With some 1,600 Buddhist temples and 400 Shinto shrines in Kyoto alone (here’s how to visit one), the city has enough religious monuments to occupy you for a lifetime. Those looking for a short trip outside the city, however, may want to consider the 45 minute voyage to nearby Nara. Within the city itself, six temples, one shrine, and one palace form a UNESCO World Heritage site. Read on to find out how and why Nara is worth a visit. Getting there: Nara is an easy day trip from Kyoto, with trains running direct every 30 minutes from Kyoto station and arriving…
  • Deep Travel at TBEX

    admin
    15 May 2015 | 1:34 am
    Some say I’m just a tote bag, but anyone who’s heard my story knows I’m much, much more. I’m a work of art, a practical object, and the representation of a life-changing concept: #DeepTravel. My journey started in the imagination of my true creator, docent Jose, as he sat by the Ponte Rotto in Rome and sketched me to life. I came to life in a printing studio in a pretty, undiscovered corner of Berlin. Then, I joined Sara and Natalie—and the rest of the Context community, who have been living and breathing #DeepTravel for some time now—and together we travelled to Spain’s Costa…
  • Food Culture of the Italian Renaissance

    Luisa Grigoletto
    13 May 2015 | 1:46 am
    There is a lot more to Italian Renaissance paintings than rotund nudes. One often overlooked theme is food (how else did they become so shapely?). Fresh fruit and vegetables at the market in Venice Sometimes food is the centerpiece, alluding to external factors, such as prosperity, conviviality, natural beauty, or temptation. Other times it’s merely a detail – but details can often be juicy. So we asked three of our docents, all art historians and food experts, to give us a glimpse into what we can learn about 16th-century food traditions and habits by looking at the art…
  • 5 Reasons to Skip the Tower of London

    Emily Knight
    6 May 2015 | 1:47 am
    With over 3 million visitors a year, the Tower of London is one of the city’s premiere attractions, yet this bastion of British history shows just one dimension of London. As Samuel Johnson famously wrote, “When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life”. Beyond the classic sites, there are pockets of calm where you can enjoy the city in a new light. To get a Londoner’s perspective, we asked our docents to share where they like to take time out from the hustle and bustle of city life, giving you some good reasons to skip the crowds at the Tower of London. Chelsea Physic…
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    Go BIG or Go Home

  • World’s Largest Miniature Circus: Sarasota, Florida

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

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

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

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

    Traci Suppa
    30 Jan 2015 | 12:51 pm
    World’s tallest Holiday Inn, New York City Last week, I was in New York City for the New York Times Travel Show. It’s an annual ritual; I go to get travel inspiration, network, and learn what I can in the trend seminars. This year, I stayed overnight, in the world’s tallest Holiday Inn hotel! It’s downtown, in the financial district, and really close to the “1” subway line. This property is really new—it just opened in October 2014—and was built from the ground up where a parking garage used to stand. It’s more than 453 feet tall, with 50 floors – and my room was on…
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  • Beer Battered Fiddleheads Recipe

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

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

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

    Ayngelina
    12 May 2015 | 11:27 am
    Ramps are wild garlic, or more specifically wild leeks. They can also be called spring onion, ramson or wood leek depending on where you live in the world. This spring has been a such a fun hunt for us as we venture out to forage edible plants, and with so many ramps we’ve been experimenting with what to do with them at Loka Snacks. How to clean ramps (wild garlic) First you need to clean them thoroughly. We learned the tough way that it’s best to cut the roots onsite, otherwise you’ll bring home an extra 6 pounds of dirt. While foraging is amazing because the food is…
  • Charred Ramp Pesto Recipe

    Ayngelina
    7 May 2015 | 4:55 am
    We had a great time foraging edible plants, bringing home 20 pounds of ramps which turned into 14 pounds once cleaned. Yes we brought six pounds of dirt with us but I guess that’s tough part of the foraging process. The fun part is deciding what to make with it and I wanted charred ramp pesto. What is Pesto? Most people are familiar with pesto genovese, a traditional Italian condiment using basil from Genoa a city in northern Italy. The traditional recipe is a basic mix of basil, garlic, pine nuts, olive oil and parmesan. The name “pesto” is a generic term, just like salsa…
 
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    Overland Travel Adventures from Go, See, Write

  • How to use Airbnb on your travels

    Amanda Williams
    1 May 2015 | 1:19 pm
    Thanks for following and reading Overland Travel Adventures from Go, See, Write Airbnb is a website that has seen a significant growth in popularity since it was founded. The idea of being able to find apartment rentals or room rentals online is one that is very attractive and provides a different way to stay in a new destination. Because it is quite new, the website’s interface may not be familiar to everyone, so here is a simple guide on how to use Airbnb and how the different features work. Whether you are looking for an inexpensive room for a few days, or a luxurious apartment on a…
  • Orvieto, not just another hill town

    Nat and Tim Harris
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:30 am
    Thanks for following and reading Overland Travel Adventures from Go, See, Write A short trip north of Rome is the small town of Orvieto. From the moment you see it perched up on its volcanic plug, you can tell it’s a special place. With its 360 degree views of the surrounding countryside and vineyards, it’s no wonder a number of popes have called Orvieto home over the years. We spent a bit of time here this past winter and would like to share some of our favourite places. Orvieto with the Duomo dominating its skyline. La Pergola via del Magoni, 9 We found this little restaurant up via…
  • Tips for traveling through Germany and Italy with Eurail

    Guest Poster
    3 Apr 2015 | 7:58 am
    Thanks for following and reading Overland Travel Adventures from Go, See, Write Having a Eurail train pass made traveling through Germany and Italy a breeze. From spectacular sunsets to stunning scenery – this is the only way to travel in Europe. Germany My boyfriend and I first used the pass to travel through Germany’s major cities – Frankfurt, Berlin and Munich. Frankfurt was our first stop and was a bit of a blur. We landed late at night from New Zealand, so our body clocks were completely confused. We found our hotel and went straight to sleep (horizontally, which at the…
  • Where to go for Southeast Asia’s best street food

    Alana Morgan
    31 Mar 2015 | 1:47 pm
    Thanks for following and reading Overland Travel Adventures from Go, See, Write One of the things that makes Southeast Asia so enticing to foreign travelers is its abundance of cheap street eats. Sure, there may be a food truck craze going on in the West, but it can’t compare to the street food found around every corner in Asia. That said, there are several hotspots to check out if you’re serious about about grabbing a great meal. Bangkok Thais absolutely love to eat and snack and Thailand in general is filled with street food options day and night. Of course, one of the best places to…
  • A Monster of a Day

    Nat and Tim Harris
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:15 am
    Thanks for following and reading Overland Travel Adventures from Go, See, Write An hour North of Rome you’ll find the little town of Bomarzo. At first look it doesn’t seem like anything special, but a few meters from the town is the Sacred Wood, also known as Parco dei Mostri (Monster Park). It might sound like the type of place that you’d read about in a classic German fairy tale, but it’s not scary at all. The park is laid out on several acres and has been there since the sixteenth century when it was built by Pier Franceso Orsini, an Italian nobleman, as a memorial to his wife.
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    Northwest Navigation Co.

  • Announcing a new partnership with the Alaska Wilderness League

    christine
    27 Apr 2015 | 11:09 am
    We Want You to join the Alaska Wilderness League — for FREE Jeffrey and I have started a partnership with the Alaska Wilderness League this season and are offering all of our guests who will be traveling with us in Alaska, the option of a free year’s membership and while supplies last, a thank you gift of a beanie cap from Bergens of Norway.  It’s a nice way that our guest can get to know more about the Tongass before you come aboard the David B. Over the years I’ve grown to love the rugged natural beauty of the Tongass and I’ve only just begun to appreciate how…
  • Alaska Wilderness League Spotlights Jeffrey and Christine

    christine
    12 Feb 2015 | 11:14 am
    The David B at anchor in Fords Terror in the Tongass National Forest. One of our favorite non-profits is the Alaska Wilderness League. They’ve worked tirelessly for years to promote the use of public lands for the benefit of the public in Alaska’s arctic and in the Tongass National Forest, which is near and dear to us as we spend most of our season cruising in and around the Tongass. For us, it is important to protect the Tongass. It’s where some of the last stands of old growth virgin forest thrives. Rivers in the Tongass National Forest run clear and clean and salmon come…
  • The David B is in WoodenBoat Magazine!

    christine
    23 Dec 2014 | 11:58 am
    When we first stared Northwest Navigation Co. and bought the David B in 1998 we often dreamed of seeing her restored. We also hoped that someday there would be an article about the David B in WoodenBoat magazine as that magazine has always been a source of inspiration. This was especially true during the toughest times of restoring the David B when the end seemed impossibly out of reach. When things were difficult we’d often pull out our favorite copy of WoodenBoat - issue #140 Feb/Jan 1998 which featured the restoration of a boat called the Eda Frandsen. Its owners had done a…
  • The Best Hike on Cypress Island – Eagle Cliff

    christine
    15 Dec 2014 | 11:49 am
    This story was originally published at CruisingNW.com and can be read there in its entirety.  Where the skiff meets the beach the sound of hundreds, if not thousands of small-flat weathered rocks clatter and scrape against each other as if in protest of having to move out of the way. I feel the same protest from under my Xtra-Tuf boots as I hop out of the boat and onto Pelican Beach at Cypress Island. The shore, as far as I can tell, is made up entirely of skipping stones, accented by a few large weathered logs. Once again, I think, no pelicans, and to the best of my knowledge few, if any…
  • Cycles of the seasons

    christine
    13 Dec 2014 | 9:21 pm
    Whatcom creek runs through downtown Bellingham and is a popular place for sports fishermen looking to catch chum salmon. Whenever I see salmon in our local streams or in far-away wild places, it reminds me of the endless cycles of the seasons that often seem to go unnoticed. It’s changing from fall to winter bringing big winds and rain. Leaves from the maple trees have all blown down, and the trails are muddy from the fallen leaves trampled into the soil. When the rain and the wind come to my home, I know that soon the chum salmon will too. And along with them, bald eagles and people will…
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    Globetrotting Mama

  • Celebrate World Turtle Day with These Travel Adventures

    Admin
    23 May 2015 | 9:27 am
    Happy World Turtle Day! Every year World Turtle Day shines a light on this season’s oceanfront stars, sea turtles, as they come to beaches all over the world to nest from mid-May to late-August. A variety of hotels and cruises are doing their part to celebrate and protect turtles and their nesting grounds, whether it’s racing tortoises in the Galapagos or sipping a fresh Tipsy Turtle cocktail in Fort Lauderdale. Take a look at some of these deals and features. Colony Club, Barbados SUP dude? For an unforgettable animal encounter, guests will love Colony Club’s stand-up paddle board…
  • Travel Deals: The Sands of Saint Lucia and More

    Admin
    22 May 2015 | 12:03 pm
    Here are our travel picks for the week! Upgraded Resort in Saint Lucia Capella Marigot Bay Resort and Marina in Saint Lucia has just completed a multi-million dollar renovation. Experience what that means, and the ultimate in luxury escape, with an opening offer. Rates begin from $225 a night for resort and bay view rooms. This is a special introductory rate at 50% off the normal rate! Now is a great time to book your Caribbean escape. For more information: www.capellamarigotbay.com or call Toll Free: 1.877.384.8037 Experience A’May-Zing Rates in Ontario’s Wine Country Niagara-on-the-Lake…
  • Awesome Sights and People in China, Hong Kong and Thailand

    Admin
    21 May 2015 | 11:56 am
    “I’ve been to Asia.” The phrase is one that is often thrown around loosely in travel circles. On its surface it seems clear enough, but the fact is that Asia isn’t a place one goes to. It’s a place that lets you in. I discovered that 13 years ago when after months of planning, my new husband and I grabbed our guidebooks, maps and expectations and headed out in search of architectural gems and world wonders. We found what we were after. You can’t go to Asia and not feel the pull of history. There are mystical temples waiting to be explored at the top of steep hills in Thailand,…
  • Culinary Travel is a Great Way to Explore the World!

    Admin
    20 May 2015 | 10:50 am
    I have been fortunate to explore the many tastes and textures cuisines of the world have to offer: from jerk chicken in Jamaica to the ultimate pizza dough in Naples, Italy, and the time I ate my way through San Diego with my younger brother. Even trips that weren’t focused on food became a culinary adventure as me and my family tasted what the culture had to offer. Here is a look back at some of my favourite culinary travel experiences, as well as a few tips for how to best take advantage of what’s on the menu. Culinary Travel Adventures from the Archives A Carnivorous Culinary Journey…
  • Nepal Update: You can Still Help

    Heather
    15 May 2015 | 4:32 pm
    Nepal Update: You can Still  Help News cycles have a way of playing havoc with our emotions. Something bad happens and we all rally immediately (especially since the dawn of social media) but then a kitten playing with a string or worse, an equally horrific tragedy, distracts us from the first thing that upset us and we move on. It’s normal. We don’t seem to have the emotional capacity as human beings to hold on to all of it all the time. And yet, the tragedies themselves aren’t resolved quite as quickly. photo credit IFRC/Carl Whetham It has been 20 days since Nepal…
 
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    Family Rambling

  • RVing in Louisiana and Texas – Our Big Spring Trip

    Jody Halsted
    21 May 2015 | 7:45 am
    Since buying our RV last spring we have created a tradition of taking a big spring trip. Two years makes a tradition, right? This year we had to travel to Florida to pick up R’Velle from the consignment company that cared for her over the winter before setting off on our trip. Then we set off on a 2000+ mile adventure that took us to a Louisiana plantation, New Orleans, Dinosaur Valley State Park, and Grapevine, Texas, before we turned north for home. The Big Spring Trip – Louisiana and Texas Published by GoRVing A few of my favorite photos from our time RVing in Louisiana and…
  • Fun, Easy Memorial Day Ideas

    Jody Halsted
    20 May 2015 | 1:26 pm
    I had so much fun appearing on KCWI, the CW station in Des Moines, to talk about fun and easy Memorial Day ideas. I was very conscious of choosing ideas that would be easy enough to have the kids help and quick enough that you could pull them together without much trouble. For more fun, easy Memorial Day ideas, check out my Patriotic Parties board on Pinterest. Follow Jody Halsted: Fun.Family.Travel.’s board Patriotic Parties : Memorial Day & 4th of July on Pinterest. The post Fun, Easy Memorial Day Ideas appeared first on Family Rambling.
  • Camping Supplies: Don’t Forget the Duct Tape!

    Jody Halsted
    12 May 2015 | 11:26 am
    There are a few camping supplies we never leave home without: Tarps – a MUST in case of rain for covering items, creating a dry base, or a makeshift tented outdoor space. Alternate Cooking Method– we always bring a grill (ours is gas, but a small charcoal grill would work as well- just don’t forget the charcoal!) in case of wet firewood, bad weather, or extremely dry conditions. Duct Tape – what can’t this product do? I love this infographic from Fix.com:  25 Uses for Duct Tape on Your Next Camping Trip. Source: Fix.com So..  did they miss anything? What are…
  • Do You Need Travel Insurance for Your Family Vacation

    Jody Halsted
    27 Apr 2015 | 8:16 am
    “Do I need travel insurance for my family vacation?” It’s a question I receive often, and one that doesn’t have the same answer for everyone as it has to do with risk, as well as figuring out the coverage you may already have. Since the question is on the table, lets delve into it piece by piece. Why You Might Need Travel Insurance for Your Family Vacation It’s helpful to begin by simply pointing out the purpose of insurance, which is to provide you with a form of protection against a possible risk. How Much Risk Are You Willing to Take? This varies from person to person,…
  • Highs and Lows of the HTC RE Camera

    Jody Halsted
    21 Apr 2015 | 2:41 pm
    I’m a gadget girl. I love (love) playing with new electronic toys. And, thanks to the wonderful relationship I have with the Midwest Public Relations Manager for Verizon Wireless, I get to play with some really fun gadgets – and my husband doesn’t have to pay for them. It’s just unfortunate that I don’t get to keep the ones I really like… Right now I have the super fun HTC RE camera. Yep, it looks just like a periscope. But it is actually a handy little camera that you can operate with one hand. The RE has only 2 buttons; one on the front directly under the…
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    Chic Traveler

  • Video: Travel Mom’s Five Hottest Summer Getaways

    video
    22 May 2015 | 10:30 am
    There are two kinds of travelers: those who want to get away from everyone and those who want to go to the hottest spots of the season. Eye Opener’s “Travel Mom” has the five hottest summer getaways.
  • Visiting San Francisco with Kids

    Donna Sundblad
    22 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    While San Francisco has a reputation as one of the most romantic cities, it’s also a culturally rich destination for families with kids. It features museums, trolley cars, aquariums, and Alcatraz, not to mention restaurants, festivals, and more. San Francisco Museums San Francisco offers a wealth of museums. Of course, some children will find the […]
  • Video: Why You Should Never Pay for Premium Seats on a Plane

    video
    21 May 2015 | 10:30 am
    Are premium seats worth it? Travel expert Peter Greenberg weighs in.
  • Nepenthe Captures Big Sur Iconic Experience

    Donna Sundblad
    21 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Big Sur is a popular destination filled with natural wonders from wildflowers to sea otters floating in kelp beds. From mountains to sea there’s no better place to witness this natural beauty than from the Nepenthe Restaurant. About the Nepenthe Restaurant The Nepenthe Restaurant is a unique family business started back in 1949 by Lolly […]
  • Video: 5 Great Places to Go Horseback Riding in the USA

    video
    20 May 2015 | 10:30 am
    If the Kentucky Derby has you itching to get in the saddle, ride horses at these top US locations, open to the public.
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    TheExpeditioner Travel Site

  • Video Travel Guide To Malaysia

    Matt Stabile
    20 May 2015 | 5:30 pm
    In this travel video travel guide to Malaysia, I travel to Malaysia’s capital city, Kuala Lumpur, and to Terangganu, the country’s second-largest city. I start off my trip by exploring Kenyir Lake, located just west of Terangganu, which is actually the largest man-made lake in Southeast Asia (it’s the size of Singapore). I head to the far end of the lake by speedboat to go trekking into the hilly jungle where I come across a school of hungry fish waiting for eager tourists like myself to provide them with a cheap snack. I then head back on the lake to explore the many…
  • Missing Paris: Running The Paris Marathon

    Matt Stabile
    4 May 2015 | 8:46 am
    Seven miles into the Paris Marathon I was content, blissfully lost in the illustrious City of Light. But then I saw the pacesetter and I was hooked. So fanatically attached to the mythical four-hour mark, I missed it all. Focused on the clock, I missed Paris. Well, almost. The day before the Paris Marathon, I visited the running expo in a gigantic convention center. Strolling from vendor to vendor, I stopped at a poster the race organizers had created for the almost 40,000 participants. Alphabetized and running horizontally on the massive poster were the names of every runner. Laid over the…
  • The Top 50 Travel Blogs (1st Quarter: 2015)

    Matt Stabile
    24 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    Below is a list of the top 50 travel blogs for the 1st quarter (January — March) of 2015 ranked by visitor traffic. There are a few other sites that have put together their own lists of the “top” travel blogs. However, each has their own subjective means of ranking sites, using everything from Alexa scores, Twitter followers, Facebook likes, estimated traffic, inbound Google links and even subjective design criteria. My intention was to create the most objective and accurate list of the most popular travel blogs. Therefore, this list is based solely on the number of visitors a…
  • Feeling Tiny In Colombia’s Tayrona National Park

    Matt Stabile
    6 Apr 2015 | 11:38 am
    We stood at the entrance to a lush, tropical forest and confronted a simple yet profound choice. Do we proceed on foot, hauling our backpacks in the already thick morning air, or do we pay a local for the pleasure of mounting a time-worn horse? We picked the budget option and started the hour-long walk into Parque Tayrona, a protected stretch of the Caribbean coast in Colombia. The park, which is really a beach cleaved from the outside world by dense forest, attracts a steady stream of foreign backpackers and appreciative locals. But even with nearly 300,000 people per year stopping by, it…
  • 10 Must-Try Budget Desserts In Turkey

    Matt Stabile
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:56 pm
    After traveling the world as a nomad for a few years now, I’ve learned that it isn’t always pretty, especially when it comes to tasting a country’s most popular dishes. When you’re on a tight budget, you are typically limited to freeganism, bulk foods that can easily be carried and prepared (like pasta) or cheap things from a corner shop or grocery store. Desserts and other non-essentials are rarely included in the allowance, unless you are lucky enough to find a particularly cheap cafe or bakery. Most people travel in order to gain a new experience in a new place, and food should not…
 
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  • Your Visual Guide to Eating Etiquette Abroad

    Alana Johnson
    27 Apr 2015 | 5:30 am
    This is a quick visual guide for your world travels. Get the full experience by learning the customs and culture of the natives. Not to mention, you want to make sure you’re not offending anyone because of your lack of knowledge of the native ways of dining.
  • News Flash Travel Deal: Travel from NYC – Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

    Alana Johnson
    4 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    News Flash Travel Deal: Travel from NYC – Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Roundtrip, including all Taxes for $560 in September-October. (also from DC $709) through United (https://www.united.com/). Source: http://matrix.itasoftware.com/#view-flights:research=NYCSGN-SGNNYC Use ITA Software by Google to verify and check if flights are still available. sample screen shot below: – Click the Advanced Routing Codes link to enable the additional fields for “Departing” and “Destination”. – Change the Departing from location to check other locations i.e. WAS…
  • Get All The Details About Kimpton’s Nightcap Program – Free Booze

    Alana Johnson
    7 Mar 2015 | 7:46 am
    Kimpton’s hotels will begin offering free booze as an added amenity. Here you will find all the details from the official Press release. It details more information on the expansion and current participating hotels.
  • 15 Quick Ways To Beat Jet Lag

    Alana Johnson
    20 Feb 2015 | 10:01 am
    Fifteen quick ways to beat jet lag like you’ve never seen it before. There are several of tips out there on jet lag, but this is especially comprehensive and I thought I’d share it with Smart Women Travelers. via Thomas Cook
  • What Else Do You Need To Know About Booking Your Hotel Room?

    Alana Johnson
    13 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    There may be one more thing you need to know about booking your hotel room. Regardless of how you book your overnight hotel accommodations, always become a member of  the hotel’s loyalty program before you make the reservation. Booking your hotel room-Executive King Hilton Bandung SmartWomenTravelers.com This can be very helpful to you in many ways, from better rooms to upgraded amenities. The more you stay at a particular hotel chain, the better the benefits. Some of these may include a nicer room, a better view, free bottled water, quicker check-in and checkout, access to the…
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  • Waking up on Kauai

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    20 May 2015 | 9:37 am
    If you like this article, you'll find more to enjoy at Traveling with MJ - Practical travel information for practical travelers. I woke up on Kauai this morning. Very early, before the sun came up. It’s one of my favorite times to sit on my deck and look out at the ocean. It’s quiet and peaceful. The sun slowly slips out from behind the clouds, leaving me to wonder about what the day will be like here on the Garden Isle. You might also enjoyAloha from KauaiTuesday Deal Day: Sunset Golf Cart Tour on KauaiKauai: The Garden IsleChoosing the Right Hawaiian IslandSun & Sand on…
  • Chickasaw Country: 9 Spots Well Off the Beaten Path

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    19 May 2015 | 8:45 am
    If you like this article, you'll find more to enjoy at Traveling with MJ - Practical travel information for practical travelers. Located six miles southwest of Sulphur, Oklahoma, Lake of the Arbuckles consists of 36 miles of shoreline and 2,300 acres of open water. Lake of the Arbuckles was built by the Bureau of Reclamation in 1966 and forms the western portion of the Chickasaw National Recreation Area. The unusual crystal clear water and deep rock cliffs make it one fo the most popular lakes for trolling, scuba diving and fishing in Oklahoma. Fishing is permitted year-round with catfish,…
  • Sunday Stories for May 17th, 2015

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    17 May 2015 | 8:04 am
    If you like this article, you'll find more to enjoy at Traveling with MJ - Practical travel information for practical travelers. I haven’t done a Sunday Stories round up for awhile as I’ve been busy with travel. That means I have less time to peruse my interests online as well as less time to sit down and share what interested me. The round up today covers several weeks of reading. I hope you’ll find something you like. Heidelberg, Germany Etiquette 101: Your Guide to Tipping in 50 Countries Tipping can be confusing enough at home, but even moreso on the road. While…
  • Celebrate World Whisky Day

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    16 May 2015 | 9:08 am
    If you like this article, you'll find more to enjoy at Traveling with MJ - Practical travel information for practical travelers. Storming the Bastille at Bardot Brasserie, Aria Resort, Las Vegas Take some grain, corn, rye or wheat will do, perhaps malted barley. Ferment in a still. Age in a wooden cask, oak works well, for various years. Then put into bottles. Voila – you have whisky. Or whiskey, if you prefer. (I like the  distinction between the two spellings found here.) Such a simple basic process is at the root of all whisky making, from the rot gut from the backyard still to the…
  • 60 Years of Innovation at Disneyland’s Diamond Celebration

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    12 May 2015 | 9:14 am
    If you like this article, you'll find more to enjoy at Traveling with MJ - Practical travel information for practical travelers. Walt Disney observed that Disneyland will never be complete so long as there is imagination left in the world, and since Opening Day, July 17, 1955, the Disneyland Resort tradition of innovation has continued, inspiring classic theme park attractions such as Pirates of the Caribbean, Space Mountain, Star Tours, Soarin’ Over California, Toy Story Midway Mania and Radiator Springs Racers. The Diamond Celebration continues this tradition with three fantastic new…
 
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    Monkeys and Mountains | Adventure Travel Blog

  • Introducing Exciting New #AdvTravelChat on Twitter

    Laurel
    19 May 2015 | 5:19 am
    The original can be found here: Introducing Exciting New #AdvTravelChat on Twitter. Please read the original. A brand new adventure travel chat on Twitter being held on Wednesdays, by Laurel Robbins and Nelie Huang, two top adventure travel bloggers. It's guaranteed to make your bucket list longer! Monkeys and Mountains | Adventure Travel Blog - Adventures in Europe | Germany Travel Tips | Life-Changing Trips | Outdoor Adventures
  • How CurrencyFair Makes it Easy to Send Money Abroad

    Laurel
    16 May 2015 | 5:58 am
    The original can be found here: How CurrencyFair Makes it Easy to Send Money Abroad. Please read the original. CurrencyFair is an international money transferring service that saves you money and transfers your money quickly and safely! It's ideal for expats like myself! Monkeys and Mountains | Adventure Travel Blog - Adventures in Europe | Germany Travel Tips | Life-Changing Trips | Outdoor Adventures
  • The Shy Girl’s Guide to the Naked German Sauna

    Laurel
    28 Apr 2015 | 1:22 pm
    The original can be found here: The Shy Girl’s Guide to the Naked German Sauna. Please read the original. I’ll admit it.  I’m a prude when it comes to being naked!  That might be fine in Canada where I’m from, but in Germany where I now live?  It’s a little bit odd! My German husband first introduced me to the naked German sauna, when I was visiting him from Canada.  Here, it’s not clothing […] Monkeys and Mountains | Adventure Travel Blog - Adventures in Europe | Germany Travel Tips | Life-Changing Trips | Outdoor Adventures
  • Bucharest Sightseeing By Night

    Laurel
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:02 am
    The original can be found here: Bucharest Sightseeing By Night. Please read the original. When you think of beautiful cities, Bucharest is likely not the first one to come to mind! And that's why I love this city so much - it's full of surprises! Monkeys and Mountains | Adventure Travel Blog - Adventures in Europe | Germany Travel Tips | Life-Changing Trips | Outdoor Adventures
  • PowerPere BPA Free Collapsible Water Bottle Review

    Laurel
    18 Apr 2015 | 4:55 am
    The original can be found here: PowerPere BPA Free Collapsible Water Bottle Review. Please read the original. In addition to being environmental friendly, the PowerPere collapsible water bottle is also lightweight and easy to stash away once it's empty. Monkeys and Mountains | Adventure Travel Blog - Adventures in Europe | Germany Travel Tips | Life-Changing Trips | Outdoor Adventures
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  • Just Back from…. Country Kids (With the Kids!)

    Anna
    22 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    Our Head of Bookings Kate recently spent a blissful week at one of our favourite French family-friendly hideaways. With her husband and 2 young sons in tow (aged 4 and 1), she discovered that sometimes luxury is less about the infinity pool and more about reminding harried parents how to relax. After the ordeal of getting 2 overtired adults and 2 hyper under 5s to the airport with the appropriate amount of luggage, passports and boarding cards, as well as enough stickers, snacks and superheroes to get us through the flight, we were sorely in need of a break. On arrival in Toulouse we faced a…
  • Our favourite recipes… lemon and ginger chicken tagine

    Anna
    20 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    For the second of our favourite recipes, we’re heading to Marrakech and to intimate riad Dar Zaman, set in the quieter reaches of the northern medina. Our mouths are watering so much at the sound of this tagine that we’re already googling the next available flight! Lemon and ginger chicken tagine with olives Chicken with preserved lemons and olives is a favourite on menus across Morocco, but not all tagines are created equal! At Dar Zaman, chef Karima enhances the taste by adding ginger. Ingredients: 2 chicken legs (or slightly more if you’d like) 1 tablespoon of…
  • Family Escape of the Month… Ca’s Penelope

    Anna
    18 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    Extended family escapes are a doddle at this beautiful Mallorcan house (sleeping 8-10) in the pretty village of Fornalutx. There’s something to keep everyone amused: a roof terrace with breathtaking views for the readers, a turquoise pool with loungers for the sun worshippers, a high-spec kitchen for the foodies, and more games, toys and books for the kids than you can wave a Wii remote at.     Inside, this family home has a vintage-meets-contemporary atmosphere. Slate, polished concrete and natural riverstone all sit alongside arty touches from the owner’s 15 years in Paris –…
  • Bird and Knoll’s dream escapes + WIN a luxury scarf

    Anna
    15 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    We’ve asked our friends at Bird and Knoll, makers of beautiful cashmere-blend scarves inspired by travel, to share their favourite i-escape destinations, along with some stylish tips on what to pack. Plus, we’re giving you the chance to WIN one of their luxurious scarves – a fail-safe accessory for any trip. Bali Macayla: Bali is one of my favourite destinations and the inspiration behind our Bali | Festival Fever scarf. It holds a special place in my heart and no trip is the same. I find the culture so intriguing, the people so warm and welcoming, the food so delicious, and the…
  • Spotlight on… Brighton, Sussex and Kent

    Melissa
    13 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    As the great British summer begins in earnest, we’re turning our attention to the South East, where a happy mix of vibrant cities, retro seaside towns and gentle countryside provides everything you need for a blissful staycation. Why go? With rolling hills, endless beaches and great links from London and elsewhere, Sussex and Kent make UK breaks an absolute doddle! East Sussex is home to the funky magnet of Brighton, while West Sussex is simply dreamy – think Bosham, Arundel and those Downs. Both are fruitful corners for seekers of shingle beaches, stylish antique shops and beautiful…
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  • Aloha Wellness Center’s Grand Opening Concert in Hilo, Big Island, Hawaii video

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

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

    Andrew Crusoe
    27 Apr 2015 | 3:02 pm
    In today’s video, we visit one of my favorite places in all of the Big Island: Uncle Robert’s. If you haven’t heard of it, Uncle Robert’s is a piece of private land in Kalapana town on the southeast edge of the island. Owned by Uncle Robert and managed by his children, the venue is used for live Hawaiian music, cultural events, and, most famously, their weekly night markets showcasing the best of what the Puna district has to offer. Of course, the most memorable part of their Wednesday night market is the music, and for almost every week I went there, a man known to most only as Epe-e…
  • Abstracted Patterns of Taco Tuesday @ Cinderland, Puna, Big Island video

    Andrew Crusoe
    21 Apr 2015 | 10:49 am
    Today, we visit the wildest eco-village I ever came across on the Big Island of Hawaii: Cinderland. Established in the year 2000, Cinderland is pretty famous in the Puna district for holding weekly Taco Tuesday free dinners, made vegan and GMO-free. When I lived nearby, I would go every week to witness the rainbow of personalities it attracted from all around Puna. And the dancing. This short video has been tweaked to give you more of a feel of the dance. I call it “Abstracted Patterns of Taco Tuesday @ Cinderland”: Share & Enjoy! For more: There’s more where that came from! Be…
  • The 27-Tongued Nightmare Sea Creature, Big Island Hawaii video

    Andrew Crusoe
    13 Apr 2015 | 3:30 pm
    Our Hawaii adventure continues today with the final video in the Richardson Beach trilogy of Big Island, Hawaii shorts. After making the dangerous jump, we enjoyed sea turtles, hilarious tourists, and exploring the rocky coastline. And we soon discovered a truly bizarre creature nestled under on the rocks, a creature I’ve come to consider the scariest ocean creature I ever saw on Hawaii: the 27-Tongued Nightmare. Share & Enjoy! Transcription Me: Now you gotta touch one of those white tongues. The Lady: Eww, what if it stings me? Me: And tell me if it stings you. Haha, just kidding,…
 
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    Wayfaring Wanderer

  • A Rustic Mast Farm Inn Destination Wedding

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

    15 May 2015 | 10:24 am
    If you're anything like me, you hate having your picture taken. I know that sounds pretty contradictory coming from a professional photographer, but it's true. I do. You can look back through yearbooks from my 6th grade year until I was a senior and you will only find me in two of them. I used to skip school, fake sick, etc. just to get out of picture day because I hated the way that I looked in photographs.9 times out of 10 when I'm creating portraits of people whether it's an individual, couple, or family there's always a comment made at some point about how they hate having their picture…
  • Mama & Me Mini Sessions by Boone Photographer Wayfaring Wanderer

    8 May 2015 | 12:43 pm
    Keeping your family healthy and happy is super important to you, and while I've heard that it's the most fulfilling job in the world, I know it's also a full-time job that can leave you feeling depleted on occasion.What happened to the "me" time you've been meaning to take? Did it get put on the backburner again? It's no secret that you're willing to make sacrifices for your loved ones, and the thought of self-care makes you want to roll your eyes as you think, "I wish!" or "It must be nice!"But you know better than to take the little things for granted because the everyday…
  • Abby + Cameron's Mountain Engagement Photography Adventure by Boone NC Photographer Wayfaring Wanderer

    24 Apr 2015 | 3:49 pm
    After the unpredictable Boone weather caused us to reschedule on two different occasions, it was finally time for Abby + Cameron to step in front of my camera.They ventured up the mountain all the way from Charlotte, NC to meet up with me here in Boone, NC for their engagement photos. I’m so glad that we held out for better weather because it was a beautiful day!Since spring is really only beginning to emerge up here in the mountains we came up with an unconventional idea for the location of their engagement shoot. I met the couple at Horn in the West, an outdoor theater and living museum…
  • Mama & Me Short & Sweet Mini Sessions | Boone, NC Family Photographer

    10 Apr 2015 | 4:55 pm
    On those days when you feel overwhelmed and under appreciated and you’re ready to rip your hair out, you gracefully find a way to ‘keep it together’ all while a raging storm is brewing just below the surface.Other days, well, you’re lucky if you manage to change your undies and brush your teeth as you tend to everyone elses seemingly endless needs. It's easy to forget why you do all the things you do for those you love when you're exhausted and worn out beyond belief.You're an everyday hero, and I think ALL mamas deserve medals because I know how hard you work to make motherhood look…
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  • Herby Feta Cheese and Spicy Jam on Potato Rosti

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

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

    Jack
    19 May 2015 | 7:41 am
    Halfway house. I confess to going for pure familiarity for our first meal in Cape Verde. It was in a cosy little restaurant at the end of a small passage in Santa Maria on Sal. I took one look at the menu and immediately decided I was having the francesinha simply because I love francesinhas. As Cape Verde used to be a Portuguese colony it was, in a way, quasi-traditional. And it was a seriously good francesinha. It was the following morning before I had my first taste of the one Cape Verdean dish I knew was going to be commonplace, cachupa. Cachupa The famous dish of Cape Verde, cachupa is…
  • Old Values For A New World in Cape Verde

    Andy
    18 May 2015 | 7:04 am
    “My grandmother believed the people in the TV set could see her.” Hetty’s eyes shine as she recounts tales of her grandma. “When the President was going to address the nation she would put on her best dress, take off her headscarf, brush her hair, put in her teeth and sit straight backed in front of the TV. When the President said “Good Morning, Cape Verde,” my grandmother would reply: “Good morning, Mr President” and bow to the TV.” We’ve spent the best part of the last hour traipsing up the cobbled road that winds from the coast, past the cemetery on the hill, to…
  • Ten Scenes of Cape Verde

    Jack
    17 May 2015 | 11:17 am
    I have to confess to being so overwhelmed by Cape Verde I don’t know where to begin – so many thoughts, so many memories of surprisingly lush ribeiras, the bluest waters I’ve longed to dip my toes in and best of all, the generous smiling people. So many experiences, they all jostle and push their way to the front of my consciousness shouting ‘me first, me first’. Before we booked a flight, most of what we knew about Cape Verde was the feedback from many people who had visited Sal – not a lot there, extremely poor people, beautiful beaches. One travel writer even…
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  • Made INN Vermont B&B – Burlington, VT

    gaytravelinformation
    1 May 2015 | 10:25 pm
    Made INN Vermont B&B | Chic Boutique B&B | 204 S. Willard Street, Burlington, VT 05401 | 1-802-399-2788  An Urban, High-Design Burlington, VT Boutique Bed and Breakfast Hotel  Come for the Design. Stay for the Experience™ Escape from the ordinary at gay friendly Made INN Vermont, a chic boutique Burlington, VT B&B (voted a “2014 Top Ten Romantic Inn” … Continue reading →
  • The Courtyard Marriott Niagara Falls Hotel – Ontario

    gaytravelinformation
    1 May 2015 | 9:45 pm
    Courtyard Marriott Niagara Falls Hotel | 5950 Victoria Ave | Niagara Falls, ON L2G3L7 | 1-800-771-1123 The Favorite Four-Star Hotel. The Gay Friendly Courtyard by Marriott Hotel is located in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. This four-star hotel is just minutes from Niagara Falls, the Fallsview Casino, Casino Niagara, Clifton Hill and major Niagara Falls events. Every … Continue reading →
  • Gay Friendly Lodging: Topnotch Resort – Stowe, VT

    gaytravelinformation
    1 May 2015 | 8:37 am
    Topnotch Resort | 4000 Mountain Road | Stowe, VT 05672 | 1-800-451-8686 Way up north, in the quintessential New England town of Stowe, Vermont, you will find a sleek, sophisticated beauty. A ski lodge, mixed with the amenities of a world-class resort.  Here name is – Topnotch Resort, and she is breathtaking.  Having recently completed … Continue reading →
  • Gay Friendly – Ames Boston Hotel

    gaytravelinformation
    24 Apr 2015 | 9:16 pm
    Ames Boston Hotel / 1 Court Street / Boston, MA 02108 / 1-888-293-4112 One of the most exciting parts of my job is experiencing some pretty spectacular hotels. Properties like The Ames Boston Hotel, which was one of the best stays I have had in quite some time! Ames Boston Hotel is located in the historic Ames building … Continue reading →
  • Le Guanahani – Gay Friendly Hotel St. Barths

    gaytravelinformation
    14 Apr 2015 | 9:42 pm
    Le Guanahani | Grand Cul-De-Sac 97133 | St. Barthelemy, FWI | 1-800-216-3774 Originally opened in 1986 and expanded in 1991, LGBT friendly Le Guanahani has established itself as a haven of casual luxury, comfort and elegance. An authentic reflection of St. Barth, the hotel has evolved into the island’s finest destination for active travelers, providing … Continue reading →
 
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  • Fodor's Week in Travel: Indulge Yourself

    news@fodors.com
    22 May 2015 | 6:00 pm
    It's time to treat yourself, and we're here to help. From splurging on a new weekender to giving in to the temptation of a juicy cheeseburger, our weekly roundup has you covered. World's 10 Most Fashionable Hotel Suites Pretend you're Eloise or Holly Golightly and spoil yourself with a stay at a gorgeous hotel suite designed by big-name fashion labels and jewelers. Beginner's Guide to Hawaii: Oahu and the Big Island Pamper yourself with a Hawaiian getaway and spend a week sunning on these beautiful beaches and exploring the awe-inspiring nature on these two…
  • 10 Reasons to Visit Long Island Now

    news@fodors.com
    22 May 2015 | 5:30 pm
    Many people think Long Island is just the suburbs of New York City, but it’s actually a fascinating destination on its own, offering a variety of experiences for every traveler. And with so many of Long Island’s sites easily accessible via train or car, this is a destination not to be missed. Glamorous history, spectacular food and drinks, luxurious accommodations, phenomenal scenic landscapes—Long Island has it all. Here are our picks for Long Island’s must-see attractions, from Gold Coast mansions to vineyards in the North Fork. By Jennifer Arnow
  • America's Best Burger Joints

    news@fodors.com
    22 May 2015 | 11:00 am
    From In-N-Out and White Castle to menus from Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Daniel Boulud, no food spans the gap between high-end and budget dining like the classic American burger. Yet while there are many great burgers in bars and restaurants across the country, there's nothing quite like burger joints, where you're spoiled for choice when it comes to toppings, sides, and shakes. Whether you’re in search of the birthplace of the American burger or a spot with a more modern twist, here are ten of America’s best burger joints. By Abbey Chase
  • America's Best Urban Bike Paths

    news@fodors.com
    20 May 2015 | 12:30 pm
    Every May since 1956, communities from coast to coast celebrate National Bike Month. It’s the perfect excuse to hang up your car keys or ditch the subway and see the world from a fresh, wind-in-your-hair perspective. And while cycling can be a great way to commune with nature, cities all across the United States—from Sacramento to Indianapolis and down to St. Petersburg—are developing more cyclist-friendly environments with designated bike paths. Luckily for travelers, these urban trails double as roadmaps to the very best of art, dining, and adventure in each…
  • Beginner's Guide to Hawaii: Oahu and the Big Island

    news@fodors.com
    19 May 2015 | 3:45 pm
    Continuing our three-part series on how to see Hawaii for the first time, this installment moves on to the largest Hawaiian island, as well as the most visited of the six tourist islands. Hawaii is actually made up of eight islands, but Niihau and Kahoolawe are both off limits to tourists without special permission and permits. In part one of our guide, we highlighted Maui, which offers the perfect blend of culture and tourism that looks like the Hawaii seen in films and postcards. Also included were Lanai and Molokai, the smallest of the six islands, both of which provide that…
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  • Things To Do In Vienna, Austria

    Salika Jay
    19 May 2015 | 3:33 am
    Austria’s capital is known for its elegant architecture, lively cafe culture, and exceptional museums. The city used to be the residence of royalty and the wealthiest European aristocrats, and even today it is easy to see why Vienna was fit for kings -and queens. Vienna’s charm and romantic atmosphere has turned the [...]View article on Gawaya Travel Blog: Things To Do In Vienna, Austria
  • Planning An American Sports Road Trip

    Jay
    21 Aug 2014 | 4:22 am
    If you love sports, you should definitely plan at least one American road trip that is centered on watching sport. America has some of the greatest sports stadiums in the world with miles of roads surrounded by beautiful scenery connecting them. With a well-planned road trip you can take in some iconic [...]View article on Gawaya Travel Blog: Planning An American Sports Road Trip
  • 5 Best Coastal Vacation Spots

    Salika Jay
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:18 am
    With the sand between your toes, a salty breeze ruffling through your hair, and the freedom of the seas, ocean-based Caribbean cruises make for the ideal holiday for many. The best holiday is a coastal holiday, and swimming pools and lakes at resorts inland just aren’t the same. Bearing that in mind, [...]View article on Gawaya Travel Blog: 5 Best Coastal Vacation Spots
  • Top Destinations for Exotic Autumn Holidays

    Salika Jay
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:21 am
    The nights get darker, it persistently rains, and the trees lose their leaves: autumn is a beautiful month, but it can also be a little gloomy. This makes it the perfect season to get away from it all and take a vacation to somewhere exotic: holidays to Cape Verde, Mauritius and other [...]View article on Gawaya Travel Blog: Top Destinations for Exotic Autumn Holidays
  • Discovering Guernsey On Foot

    Jay
    13 May 2014 | 4:35 am
    For those of you who might not have heard much about Guernsey before, it is an island found in the English Channel between France and the UK. Being only twenty-five square miles in size, the Guernsey is the perfect destination for holidaymakers looking to get around on foot and walk through nature’s [...]View article on Gawaya Travel Blog: Discovering Guernsey On Foot
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  • Summer Travel Tip #4: Memorial Day Weekend

    Anne McDermott
    21 May 2015 | 7:50 am
    This is the fourth in our ongoing series of vacation planning tips; see the complete list below. Some of these tips will save you frustration. Some will save you money. Summer Travel Tip: Memorial Day We’re starting to see warnings at airports across the country. Let’s spell it out: Get to the airport early if flying Memorial Day weekend. The reason: 2.6 million of us will be going to the airport that day and there will be lines everywhere – to park the car, check a bag, go through security. When to Go to the Airport How early is early? Southern California’s John Wayne…
  • 10 Vacation Destinations Even Teenagers Will Love

    Rick Seaney
    20 May 2015 | 8:55 am
    Rick Seaney loves to share travel tips – in a weekly column for ABC News and bi-weekly reports for USA Today and Fox News. He recently began contributing to Good Life Family magazine where the following column first appeared in the May/June 2015 issue. Looking for something a little different this year? Check out these cities and regions. All of them offer an irresistible combination of year-round fun and excellent airfare value plus they’re fun for solo travelers, couples, families and yes – even teenagers. Click the city to find the best deals. See other links for…
  • We Found $75 Tickets to Europe. Here’s the Catch

    Rick Seaney
    19 May 2015 | 1:12 pm
    Last Friday, we spotted a Dallas-to-Moscow flight with base airfare of just $75 round-trip. Again, base airfare. The total ticket price that passengers actually pay includes surcharges, taxes and fees but even with all that added in the total was still a bargain at $420. Here’s what you need to know about such fares, and how to find them. $75 Europe Ticket Rises to $420 This particular $420 ticket (the price has since risen) was available on Lufthansa flights in September and October. We spotted it in FareCompare’s vast and ever-growing streamed airfare data; it was also posted by…
  • Fee-rocious Summer? Maybe, Unless You Read This

    Rick Seaney
    18 May 2015 | 11:14 am
    Did you hear the one about the airline that isn’t charging a fee? It’s true. Southwest recently launched a bunch of international flights but as is the case with its domestic fares if you change your mind about flying, there is no change fee. Billions in Fees In 2014, airlines took in more than $6 billion in fees so there’s no point wishing them away. Expect a fee-rocious summer but remember that most of these fees really are optional. It’s up to you and depends on how you pack, where you like to sit and more. Fees to Watch Out for This Summer Seat fees: Many airlines…
  • 10 Cheapest Destinations for Flights in June, July, August

    Anne McDermott
    13 May 2015 | 8:46 am
    If you need a little inspiration for the upcoming travel season, this will help: U.S. and European cities that are not just good deals for summer but fun destinations. Some have the additional virtue of being stunningly beautiful. LISTEN: Travel expert Rick Seaney on more ways to save. Ready to go? One last thing: Click the city to find the cheapest flight. Other links have information on attractions, restaurants, shopping and more. 10 Cheapest Global Destinations 1. Boston Boston, Massachusetts This great American city is not just cheap, it’s a treasure trove of history. Take a walking…
 
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    The Traveler's Way

  • 5 Places to Sip Suds in Surf City, California

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    20 May 2015 | 5:40 am
      The craft beer movement along California’s Central Coast has a new destination to raise a pint to.  Popular in the U.S. with the mountain bike crowd and other outdoor adventure-seekers, the craft beer scene in Santa Cruz is a leader in the artisan food and drink movement.  This small, passionate community is in its infancy – but there’s no shortage of quality brew. Here are five top spots to sip your suds: Seabright Brewery – Seabright Brewery is the longest-running brewery in town. Their Pelican Pale and Seabright Amber — which have been on tap since day one —…
  • Eight Ways to Enjoy Route 66 in Missouri

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    18 May 2015 | 5:13 am
    You don’t have to travel far on Route 66 in Missouri to realize you’re in for one fantastic road trip. Stretching more than 310 miles from east to west, Route 66 includes two of Missouri’s largest cities, notable attractions, scenic views, and motor courts harkening to a bygone era. Learn more online at VisitMO.com. Here are eight ways you can enjoy your Route 66 adventure in Missouri, driving from east to west. Start off Sweet The eastern tip of Route 66 in Missouri is in St. Louis, where a popular roadside eatery has been serving locals and travelers alike for more than 60…
  • Newport, Oregon: The Edge of the Continent, the Start of an Adventure

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    15 May 2015 | 8:59 am
    For over 150 years Newport, Oregon has been a premier beach destination for visitors and travelers from near and far. Located roughly in the center of the Oregon Coast, approximately 120 miles from Portland and 85 miles from Salem, Newport is the perfect destination for a quick visit or an extended stay. This quaint but modern coastal city consists of five districts that are segmented by U.S. Highway 101 and the Yaquina Bay, and framed within the spectacular beaches of the Pacific Ocean; they are Agate Beach, Nye Beach, Deco District, the Bayfront, and South Beach. A trip to our edge of…
  • Raise a Pint in Sacramento

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    13 May 2015 | 5:42 am
    Once home to the largest craft brewery in the Golden State, Sacramento’s beer scene is back – in a big way. Home to more than 40 breweries, the Sacramento region is embracing its agricultural roots to create homegrown beers that are quickly attracting international attention.  Beyond a staggering selection of local brews to choose from, Sacramento visitors will find some of the country’s best beer events and activities that are sure to quench their thirst. History Prior to prohibition, Sacramento was the beer capital of the West.  The region’s abundant fresh water…
  • Armenia Remembers the Past

    Susan McKee
    27 Apr 2015 | 1:48 am
    A century has passed since Medz Yeghern – “The Great Crime” – began, but Armenians have not forgotten. It all started April 24, 1915, when Ottoman authorities arrested and then executed some 250 leading Armenians living in Constantinople. This was followed during the years of World War I by the systematic slaughter and forced deportation of millions of primarily Christian minorities then living in Ottoman territories – Greeks and Assyrians as well as ethnic Armenians. The result (aside from at least 1 million deaths) was the creation of Armenian diaspora communities from Australia…
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  • A Day at the Races: Tim and Darryl Take on Santa Anita Park

    Darryl Musick
    22 May 2015 | 4:30 pm
    Picture courtesy of WikimediaMagnus Manske under CC BY 2.0 licenseI love horse racing. I grew up not far from here and it wasn't uncommon for my dad to take us to the races now and again. Santa Anita, in Arcadia, California, wasn't his favorite track. He said it was too uppity for him. He preferred the more downscale Los Alamitos for the quarter horses racing at night.For me, Santa Anita is perfect. Glorious mountain views, outstanding art deco architecture, and mighty thoroughbreds racing for the gold.  I never found it too intimidating, I always seemed to fit right in.Watch the…
  • ROUTE 66 - Desert Photo and Video Essay

    Darryl Musick
    20 May 2015 | 4:30 am
    Watch the Video!Our recent tour of the American Southwest ended over a fall weekend in Laughlin, Nevada. Coming home, we didn't want to deal with the Las Vegas traffic so we detoured along Route 66 through the desert and the community of Amboy, home of the Amboy Crater.  Here are some pictures of that journey (be sure to check out the video too, at the top of this post)...Coming into Needles, California with the Colorado River in the distance.Another view of the river with jet skiers having some fun.You don't need anything fancy to have fun at the river. Just pull over and jump in.Along…
  • LAUGHLIN, NEVADA - Part 2

    Darryl Musick
    18 May 2015 | 5:11 am
    We've been spending a couple of days in Laughlin, Nevada on the Colorado River next to Bullhead City, Arizona. See Part 1 of this report here.The morning dawns bright here in Laughlin. Our room faces west, so we don’t get the sunrise there plus the heavy duty black out curtains make is seem like midnight until I crack them open a bit to see the sunshine.Watch the Video!The family crew slowly rises to meet the day. It’s breakfast at the Riverview Café, pretty much the best food we’ll find this weekend, and then off to the riverfront behind the hotel.The USS Riverside offers narrated 90…
  • The Cocktail Hour - Wine: Pinot Noir

    Darryl Musick
    17 May 2015 | 4:30 am
    Today is supposed to reach 90 degrees so we'll keep it light with a bottle of wine.  This afternoon, we'll be enjoying a 2008 Redwood Vineyards Pinot Noir.  Redwood is a Sonoma winery but the grapes are from Lodi and the Sacramento River Delta.  Rated 88 points, it has hints of rasberries, cherry, and a nice oak finish.  Click on the picture above to see it large and the clarity of this wine.Not that we've had a lot of Pinot Noir the last year, maybe a half dozen bottles total, but this is the best we've had recently.  It's delicious and can be had for around…
  • LAUGHLIN, NEVADA - Part 1

    Darryl Musick
    15 May 2015 | 4:30 am
    The hottest day in my life. On the border of Nevada and Arizona. 128 degrees farenheit (that’s a little north of 53 for my European friends). We were lucky, we had a boat and could jump in the water at any given moment. The can of soda I left in the car wasn’t so lucky…it exploded and I had a sticky, sweet, gooey mess to clean up.Fortunately, on this trip, the highest we’d see was 87. The weather was gorgeous the entire trip to Laughlin this time.Watch the Video!Named after the owner of the Riverside Resort, Don Laughlin…who sparked a boom here back in the 60’s and 70’s, the…
 
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    Teen Travel Talk

  • Favorite Pins of the Month

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

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

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

    Briza
    7 Apr 2015 | 8:33 pm
    Spring Break: a time for beaches, sand, pools, relaxation, and of course, traveling! Over Spring Break, my family and I visited San Diego and Tijuana and Rosarito, Baja California. Our trips included visiting 2 beaches and the hot springs again. You could read more about the hot springs here. The first visit was to Belmont Park in San Diego. This is similar to Santa Cruz, California where there is a boardwalk, roller coasters, and food! This beach is beautiful, but it tends to get really packed, especially during those hot summer days! Bracelets are available for those wanting to ride the…
  • The Pittock Mansion

    Hye Sung
    25 Mar 2015 | 2:06 pm
    The Pittock mansion was built as the private residence of The Oregonian published Henry Pittock. It is a château in the West Hills of Portland, Oregon, with 22-rooms, sitting on 46 acres.   Some claim the mansion is haunted by Henry Pittock and his wife, Georgiana. People have supposedly sensed their presence, as they proudly claim the mansion as their territory. After all, the Pittocks came from pioneer stock and built a huge financial empire. Their mansion was their everything. It was as if their whole lives led up to their home. That being said… the house is overwhelmingly…
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  • Carry On Packing With Teens

    Jennifer Miller
    21 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    This week we’re happy to feature a guest post by Jenni Mahnaz, of Witness Humanity, whose expertise on packing with teens grew from her backpacking trip across India with her daughter. There are many articles out there about packing minimally with children- articles that really help you get down to the nitty-gritty needs when packing up the littles. But what about carry on packing with teens? Teens are no longer in need of an adult packer but sometimes they need a little guidance, especially for a first trip. No 15 year old wants to be told by mom what she is, and is not, allowed to…
  • How I Travel: Photographer, Georgia Nerheim

    Shawn Forno
    19 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    In today’s installment of How I Travel, we talk with Georgia Nerheim, a Brooklyn based fashion photographer with a client list that includes top brands like Glamour, Victoria Secret, Women’s Health, Tanya Taylor, Avenue, Pamela Love, and even Microsoft. Originally from New York City, Georgia is constantly on the move shooting in exotic locations across the US and abroad. When not traveling the world — which is often — she can be found shooting something glamorous at a variety of New York City studios. Who are you and what do you do? My name is Georgia Nerheim. The romanticized…
  • Are Daypacks the New Best Bag for Weekend Travel?

    Jessie Beck
    14 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Earlier this month, my boyfriend and I spent four days in Portland on a long weekend getaway. Normally, I’d reach for a small weekender bag I bought for trips like this — but not for this one. This time, I wanted to challenge myself and see how light I could really pack. Now, whenever friends of mine ask me how they can pack lighter, I tell them, “Get a smaller bag.” So, I took my own advice and switched out my weekender for the Tortuga daypack. It turns out, that was all I needed. If you’re up for the challenge as well, let me share why daypacks are actually the best bag for…
  • 7 Websites for Discount Technical Clothing

    Laura Lopuch
    12 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Maybe you have a list of technical clothing to buy that will perfect your carry on packing list. The trouble is that technical clothing is often expensive. A shirt costs more than your monthly rent. It doesn’t seem right to pay that much. And, then, you start to wonder if that money would be better spent on a funding an Airbnb apartment or taking a side jaunt from your original destination? Good news: you don’t have to pay full retail price for that shirt if you know where to shop. I’ve managed to round up seven websites where you can save tons of money on technical…
  • 8 Easy DIY Travel Hacks

    Shawn Forno
    7 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Odds are you’ve seen the dozens of travel hack videos and articles out there. They’re everywhere. Heck, I even wrote one. But after a few clicks, they all start to look the same. Because they are. I’m sick of the generic tips. That’s why I wracked my brain to come up with 8 totally original travel hacks for you to use to make your next trip epic. Below I’ll show you how to make each one with step-by-step directions and photos. Disclaimer: I physically made each one of these hacks in my apartment in just a few hours. They require no sewing, glueing, or…
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    Global Adventures

  • Warehouse Mezzanine Benefits For A Factory

    RebeccaParson
    15 May 2015 | 11:53 am
    A lot of times when people are trying to get an overview of their factory floor, they will consider a variety of options. However, what people need to realize is they need to carefully consider all... [Please visit Global Adventures, LLC website http://www.global-adventures.us/ for full links, other content and more!]
  • A Whole New Adventure Is Out There!

    RebeccaParson
    7 May 2015 | 10:21 am
    Global Adventures is redesigning its site with a new look to bring you the best online adventure possible. Stay tuned for a great new look for Global Adventures! The post A Whole New Adventure Is... [Please visit Global Adventures, LLC website http://www.global-adventures.us/ for full links, other content and more!]
 
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    Panoramic Earth

  • Boxing Bay on Kangaroo Island (Kangaroo Island)

    21 May 2015 | 3:52 pm
    Boxing Bay on Kangaroo Island - Kangaroo Island visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Boxing Bay on Kangaroo Island' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from South Australia.Panorama photographed by klaus mayer who wrote:Panoramic views over Boxing Bay on Kangaroo Island, South Australia. Boxing Bay is located approximately 19 kilometres north of Kingscote on the north coast of Kangaroo Island between White Point and North Cape. Boxing Bay is known as a good fishing spot but it is also a very scenic location which can offer…
  • Big Hill Lookout and Fire Tower (Stawell)

    20 May 2015 | 7:22 pm
    Big Hill Lookout and Fire Tower - Stawell visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Big Hill Lookout and Fire Tower' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Victoria.Panorama photographed by klaus mayer who wrote:Panoramic views from Big Hill Lookout in Stawell, Victoria, Australia. It is for its uninterrupted 360 degree views over the Black Range and the ranges of the Grampians National Park that Big Hill is also the location of a Fire Tower. Founded in 1853, Stawell is one of the few remaining towns with an active gold mine.
  • Viewpoint Rothesay (Rothesay)

    19 May 2015 | 1:31 pm
    Viewpoint Rothesay - Rothesay visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Viewpoint Rothesay' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Argyll and Bute.Panorama photographed by stuart robertson who wrote:A viewpoint in rothesay, a nice spot in an interesting town.
  • Seafront Shelter Rothesay (Rothesay)

    19 May 2015 | 1:31 pm
    Seafront Shelter Rothesay - Rothesay visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Seafront Shelter Rothesay' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Argyll and Bute.Panorama photographed by stuart robertson who wrote:A shelter to keep out the rain and enjoy the scenery.
  • View Indicator Rothesay (Rothesay)

    19 May 2015 | 1:27 pm
    View Indicator Rothesay - Rothesay visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'View Indicator Rothesay' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Argyll and Bute.Panorama photographed by stuart robertson who wrote:A photo taken in rothesay, taken on a road leading to a view point.
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  • 24-Hour Events Kick Off Summer at Disney Parks

    admin
    23 May 2015 | 11:34 am
    This weekend, we kicked off summer with 24 straight hours of fun at the Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort. And during our live blog coverage from both coasts, we shared nearly 50 stories beginning with the official start to the “Coolest Summer Ever” in Magic Kingdom Park at the Walt Disney World and then continuing with coverage from the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration. Here’s a look at some of our favorite highlights. During the 24 hours, many of you watched the experiences on our live video feeds and showed off your Disney Side with some amazing costumes. Gallery…
  • Magic Kingdom Park’s Tomorrowland Inspires Our Latest Desktop/Mobile Wallpaper

    admin
    23 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    You may have noticed, like I did, that the Disney Parks Blog is all decked out in its Tomorrowland best this week. Seeing all those great images made me think: What if Space Mountain had a never before discovered, hidden rocket launch platform that could take you to places you’ve only dreamed of? So, I decided to use that inspiration to draw up this exclusive desktop/mobile wallpaper to share with you guys. Hope you enjoy, and see you in Tomorrowland! Be sure to check out the terms of use about using the wallpaper before you download it. Click on the image above to find a size that fits…
  • ‘We’re Just Getting Started …’ Here at the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration

    admin
    23 May 2015 | 6:13 am
    “Now it’s time to say goodbye to all our company!” After 24-hours of dazzling magic and entertainment, the kickoff to the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration has officially concluded. From opening performances of “Paint the Night” parade, “Disneyland Forever” fireworks and “World of Color – Celebrate!” … to sparkling merchandise and food offerings, we hope you enjoyed our updates on the Disney Parks Blog. Even though our 24-hour party is over, our Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration is just beginning. In fact, we’d like to leave you with a quote from Walt…
  • TLT Dance CLUB Dazzles Into the Early Morning at Disneyland Park

    admin
    23 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    The land of Tomorrow continues to dazzle during the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration 24-hour party kickoff! Guests are dancing straight on ‘til morning to iconic dance tunes at the TLT Dance CLUB at Disneyland park. With just a few hours left, what has been your favorite moment of kicking off the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration? Tell us in the comments below! TLT Dance CLUB Dazzles Into the Early Morning at Disneyland Park by Tyler Slater: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog
  • Goodnight from Magic Kingdom Park

    admin
    23 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    Our 24-kickoff to The Coolest Summer Ever has officially concluded here at the Walt Disney World Resort. A screening of “Tomorrowland” with 500 of our readers? A few trips on Seven Dwarfs Mine Train? Two performances of “Main Street Electrical Parade”? Dole Whip at 3 a.m.? I can’t imagine a better way to kick off what will for sure be the Coolest Summer Ever at Disney Parks. Goodnight from Magic Kingdom Park by Jennifer Fickley-Baker: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog
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    WordPress.com News

  • Street Photography: Seven Photos

    Krista
    22 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    It’s no secret that I love to pore through the street photography tag in the WordPress.com Reader and share images that catch my attention. Join me on another trip around the world as seen through the eyes (and lenses!) of these seven skilled photographers. This arresting image of a bird in a car — juxtaposed against the unknowing elderly man passing by — mesmerizes me. Taken by Beirut photographer Ghaleb Cabbabé, there’s an element of the macabre about this photograph that I find intriguing. The odd bird and the filthy windscreen create a certain palpable sinister…
  • Eventbrite Now Available for All of WordPress.com

    Kirk Wight
    12 May 2015 | 11:00 am
    We’re excited to announce big updates to our Eventbrite integration: your events can now be displayed right on your WordPress.com site, no matter what theme you use! Enjoy Eventbrite, regardless of theme In 2013, we launched two Eventbrite themes to help you promote your events. Since then, we’ve gotten requests from users to extend that functionality more broadly on WordPress.com. Today, we’ve rolled out our Eventbrite integration to all users, which means you are no longer limited to only using the Eventbrite themes to promote your events. You can now connect to…
  • New Theme: Gazette

    Thomas Guillot
    7 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    It’s Theme Thursday, and we’re happy to launch a brand new free theme. Gazette Gazette, designed by yours truly, is a clean and flexible theme perfectly suited for minimalist magazine-style sites, personal blogs, or any content-rich site. It allows you to highlight specific articles on the homepage, and to balance readability with a powerful use of photography — all in a layout that works on any device. Gazette also supports the following popular features: Custom Colors, Custom Header, Custom Menu, Social Links, Site Logo, Featured Images, and Widgets. Read more about Gazette on the…
  • New Themes: Nucleare and Afterlight

    Caroline Moore
    30 Apr 2015 | 11:00 am
    Nucleare Nucleare, by Cresta Project, is a classic blog theme with a crisp, elegant design and plenty of handy features. A built-in search box, links to your favorite social networks, four widget areas, and beautifully styled post formats make this an ideal theme for your personal blog. Check out Nucleare on the Theme Showcase, or activate it on your site from Appearance → Themes. Afterlight Afterlight, designed by Takashi Irie, is a different take on his Cyanotype, featuring an option for a full-screen background image. Add your favorite background image or color to lend your personal…
  • All WordPress.com Sites Protected Against Zero Day Vulnerability

    Krista
    27 Apr 2015 | 12:35 pm
    You may have seen news of a new zero-day vulnerability regarding comments in self-hosted versions of WordPress 4.2. All WordPress.com sites — including WordPress.com VIP sites — are not vulnerable: your WordPress.com sites are protected by the Akismet anti-spam service, which is already blocking those comments.Filed under: Security
 
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    Travelerfolio - Travel Blog Singapore

  • InterContinental Hong Kong

    Eunice Khong
    10 May 2015 | 11:59 pm
    Words & Photos by Sharon Tan Intercontinental Hong Kong perched right on the edge of Kowloon offers magnificent views of the famous Victoria Harbour and Hong Kong Island. This 17-storey hotel clad with red granite may not look like much from the outside but step inside and you will be greeted by sweeping harbour views […]
  • Spain (Day 4): Avila

    Eunice Khong
    6 May 2015 | 5:53 pm
    Words & photos by Kelly Khong Continued from Spain (Day 3): Toledo Avila is often known as the ‘Town of Stones and Saints’ and was declared as a world Heritage site by UNESCO in 1985. Its cultural heritage is a reflection of history, architecture, people and landscape. Las Murallas, the Walls of Avila, are the unique […]
  • Spain (Day 3): Toledo

    Eunice Khong
    22 Apr 2015 | 7:36 pm
    Words & Photos by Kelly Khong Continued from Alcalá de Henares Toledo is the next destination, about an hour’s drive from Madrid City. Breathtaking views greeted us on our way to Hotel Dominico, because the historic fortress built on high ground simply looked like an enchanted fairytale from childhood storybooks. Yes, Toledo is a popular […]
  • Spain (Day 1 & 2): Alcalá de Henares

    Eunice Khong
    8 Apr 2015 | 4:06 am
    Words & Photos by Kelly Khong Hola como estas! What makes you think “Spain”? Flamenco dancers, bullfights, tapas, soccer, Don Quixote or paella? My journey to Spain explored more than the usual must-sees: the world heritage cities around Madrid, the capital of Spain, proved that Spain is a land of bountiful natural beauties and colorful […]
  • SG50 Weekend Staycation @ Pan Pacific Singapore

    Eunice Khong
    20 Mar 2015 | 2:56 am
    Recently we were invited back to our favourite staycation hotel, Pan Pacific Singapore, for fun and food over the weekend. What we like most about the location is that it’s connected to Marina Square Shopping Mall, Suntec City and Millennia Walk where you can find plenty of shopping and restaurants. Pan Pacific Singapore is conveniently […]
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    Tourdust Blog

  • Summer Holiday Ideas for Families

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

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

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

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

    11 Dec 2014 | 6:40 am
    We believe that time spent in a car on a road trip is a means to an end. What you really should be doing, is getting out there and experiencing the landscape and breathing in the fresh air. Most National Parks have a road infrastructure that means that you can drive to the view points and tick them off, without getting a sense of the place. So we say, ditch the car and go exploring.  Where you rest your weary head at the end of the day is just as important, so we have paired each of our favourite adventures with some of our favourite places to stay, where you can sit back and relax…
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    My Melange

  • 9 Easy Ways to Save Money For Travel

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

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

    robin
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    When it comes to Italy, less is more. Which is why I sing the praises of slow travel and slow food in Italy. Taking it easy, savoring every moment and not packing too much into your vacation.  Staying in an agriturismo, (farm stay) or on a vineyard in Italy is really a perfect way to relax and adopt a slower pace on vacation.  And isn’t that what vacation should be about? But where do you find these gems? From where to stay, where to eat and places to either drink wine or visit vineyards and wineries – here are some invaluable resources that will help you find and connect…
  • Book Review : Paris Vacation Apartment Guide

    robin
    28 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
      Over the years I’ve researched and booked many Paris apartments for my clients, so I know a thing or two about the process. I’ve also written about how renting an apartment isn’t for everyone. For those who are new to the process and are considering renting and booking an apartment on your own, there’s a helpful new e-book resource you should have. It’s called The Paris Vacation Apartment Guide: Rent with Confidence – Learn Where to Stay Without Getting Overwhelmed, Ripped-off or Scammed! and I was lucky enough to get my hands on a copy for review.
  • Off The Beaten Path in Paris – 5 Must Do’s in The City of Light!

    robin
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:55 am
    Paris, one of the most famous and beautiful cities in the world: We are all aware of the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower, but what about those secret, lesser known must sees that are hidden within the historic city? Here are five of the most interesting sites and activities for a first timer or a Paris regular, that are somewhat off the beaten track. 1. Covered Passages The covered passages of Paris are an existing remnant of the rise of the middle classes during the Nineteenth Century. These quaint passages can be described as early incarnations of indoor department stores and malls. Less than…
 
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  • 8 Most Popular South American Drinks

    Adam Haynie
    27 Apr 2015 | 10:25 am
    The 8 Most Popular South American Drinks brought to you by our very own bartender, Adam Haynie. While on your next trip to South America, relax after a long day of sightseeing at the local watering hole and try some of South America’s famous cocktails! As diverse as the continent’s landscape itself, the drinks you are able to find […] The post 8 Most Popular South American Drinks appeared first on South America Travel News Blog | A Travel Blog All About South America.
  • Things To Do in Cuenca Ecuador

    Tye Rogerson
    22 Apr 2015 | 4:14 pm
    Read about the best Things to do in Cuenca Ecuador by our Ecuador travel expert, Tye  Rogerson. Some travel destinations only have one or two things going for them – Somehow Cuenca, Ecuador has it all. You will find Cuenca nestled in the south of Ecuador, a thousand feet lower in elevation than Quito, and boasting pleasant temperatures year-round. […] The post Things To Do in Cuenca Ecuador appeared first on South America Travel News Blog | A Travel Blog All About South America.
  • Tiradentes Day: Brazil National Holiday

    Laurie Liaume
    21 Apr 2015 | 11:48 am
    What is Tiradentes Day? Tiradentes Day is a Brazilian national holiday celebrated on the 21st of April to commemorate the martyrdom of Joaquim Jose Da Silva Xavier.  Joaquium Jose de Silva Xavier is a Brazilian hero that played an integral role in the Brazilian revolutionary movement. History of Tiradentes Day During the 18th century the gold mining […] The post Tiradentes Day: Brazil National Holiday appeared first on South America Travel News Blog | A Travel Blog All About South America.
  • 7 Places You Must Visit in Argentina

    Michelle Beetham
    16 Apr 2015 | 10:43 pm
    The 7 Places You Must Visit in Argentina Coming up with only 7 Places You Must Visit in Argentina is not a simple task because Argentina is an incredible country that has something for every traveler.  From the busy city of Buenos Aires to the jagged mountains of Patagonia, Argentina has it all.  Argentina offers both luxury travel and adventure. Below are […] The post 7 Places You Must Visit in Argentina appeared first on South America Travel News Blog | A Travel Blog All About South America.
  • Fly to Antarctica & Skip the Drake Passage

    Rebecca Deering
    15 Apr 2015 | 4:39 pm
      Fly to Antarctica and Skip the Drake Passage If you’re planning a trip to Antarctica, you are probably wondering what is the best way to travel there?  Nowadays you have two options.  One is to travel by boat through the infamous Drake passage and the other is to fly directly to the Antarctica Peninsula. If you […] The post Fly to Antarctica & Skip the Drake Passage appeared first on South America Travel News Blog | A Travel Blog All About South America.
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    The Traveller

  • In Japan Hell Is Due North

    22 May 2015 | 9:38 pm
    Valley of Hell/Isle’s Sulphurous/Belching/Bubbling Jigoku-DaniThe northernmost island of Japan,Hokkaido, is known for few things like beer in Sapporo, skiing in Niseko, ubiquitous uni or sea urchin and beef. Valley of Hell or the isle’s sulphurous, belching and bubbling Jigoku-Dani is not known to many, which is a 24 acre geothermal crater formed from the eruption of Mount Kuttara around 20,000 years back. Situated within Hokkaido’s Shikotsu-Toya National Park, where stirring lava pits together with simmering black sulphur calderas tend to lie in wait beneath a thick blanket of snow, it…
  • Dortmund, Germany

    20 May 2015 | 4:06 am
    Dortmund – 8th Largest City in GermanyDortmund, a city in Germany is located in the Bundesland of North Rhine- Westphalia having a population of around 575,944 – 2013, making it the 8th largest city in Germany. It is considered to be the largest city with regards to area and population in the Ruhr Area which is an urban area with 5.1 million inhabitants (2011), the largest urban group in Germany. Moreover, it is also a part of the larger Rhine-Ruhr metropolitan area of over 12 million inhabitants. The Ruhr River flows south of the city while the small river Emscher flows through the…
  • Places to Visit in Amsterdam

    18 May 2015 | 7:03 am
    Amsterdam is a part of Netherland. Here the people are very loving to each other and go out of their way to help others. The people from different fields, children and families enjoy the company of each other. This city is also famous for tourism. Thereare some places of interest where one would like to visit.ANNE FRANK HOUSE: Anne frank was residing in this city. She and her family were hiding for more than two years during the World War II. She spent her two years writing a diary on her life during the period of world war. This diary tells the story of the wartime persecution of the…
  • Limassol, Cyprus

    17 May 2015 | 9:03 pm
    Limassol – Second Largest Urban Part in Cyprus Unknown to several people, Limassol or Lemesos is the most underrated cities. It is a city on the southern coast of Cyprus and the capital of the eponymous district. Besides this, it is also the second largest urban part in Cyprus having an urban population of around 160,000 – 176,700 and the municipality is most crowded in the country with inhabitants of around 101,000 till 2011.The Port of Limassol is considered to be one of the busiest ports in the Mediterranean transit trade being the largest port of Cyprus. It has now become one of the…
  • Lisbon, the City of Seven Hills

    15 May 2015 | 5:09 am
    Lisbon is the capital of Portugal.It is built on the seven hills. This city is famous in all the fields of commerce, media, tourism, education, trading and entertainment. The main language is Portuguese. It is also a famous TOURIST destination. Some of the famous destinations are as follows:LISBON OCEANARIUM: This is one of the largest aquariums.The aquarium looks like a high sea, with different large sea creatures. There are sting rays,sharks and many unknown unique creatures. One can experience deep sea diving. There are different tank with various ocean ecosystem like the Antarctica tank…
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  • Disaster Relief at Eye Level [55 PHOTOS]

    Gareth
    16 May 2015 | 6:51 am
    It isn’t until you leave the city of Kathmandu that you can really see the destruction that the earthquakes have caused. Nepal is made up of 75 districts, 12 of which were absolutely crushed by the earthquakes. Within those 12 districts there are countless towns and villages that have been, and continue to be, greatly effected by the quakes. Many of which will never exist again. Through the great work of Active Hearts Himalaya and the donations that keep rolling in, we are able to help stabilize one village (and a few surrounding communities) in a moment of…
  • My Nepal Earthquake Experience

    Gareth
    15 May 2015 | 6:50 am
    One of the many collapsed buildings in downtown Kathmandu I don’t know what it feels like to wake up in the morning and have your entire life turned upside down. I don’t know what it feels like to loose your job, community, and home over night. I don’t know what it feels to have your entire family taken from you in an instant. Unfortunately however, I do know what it looks like now, and it’s the most devastating thing I’ve ever seen… I’m writing this post from back in Kathmandu, where the journey began over a month and a half ago. What was supposed to be an amazing three months…
  • The Next Travel Adventure Awaits

    Gareth
    19 Mar 2015 | 7:56 pm
    When I created my five-year travel plan (five years ago), Brazil was supposed to be the final trip. I thought working at the World Cup and living in Rio de Janeiro would be the perfect climax to all my Latin America adventures. From there, I’d return to the States, start the next business, find a wife and begin making little townies. What happens however, when your passion becomes your business? What happens when your last trip only strengthens your desire to continue, to get better, to do more? You go to Mt. Everest of course! The Goal: Mt. Everest Base Camp (photo via rei.com) Next…
  • Travel Deeper – Brazil

    Gareth
    16 Mar 2015 | 9:57 am
    Five years of traveling deeper in South America, and it all led me to this… One of the most incredibly difficult and absolutely amazing years of my life – Living and traveling in Brazil. The goal was to live in Rio de Janeiro, travel around the country, participate in Carnaval, and somehow work at the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Through many setbacks and roadblocks, I managed to meet a lot of great Brazilian people who helped me travel deeper and live my dreams over the course of a year living in Brazil. This video is the visual story of how it all happened and how I went from sitting at…
  • Amazon Rainforest Adventures

    Gareth
    20 Feb 2015 | 8:48 am
    There are certain places on this planet that seem almost like fiction. Unreachable destinations that you expect to only see in story books and documentaries. The Amazon Rainforest in northern Brazil was one of those places for me. So when I had the opportunity to come to Brazil, I wasn’t going to miss the chance to fulfill a lifelong dream. My experience began in the gateway city of Manaus, where the journey into the jungle proved to be a task unto itself… I took a taxi from the airport down to the city’s main harbor to catch a ferry across the Amazon River. We passed giant…
 
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    BrownGirlsFly

  • How Working in Retail Tourism Helped Me See The World

    Kimberly Ramsawak
    21 May 2015 | 4:45 am
    My entire life, I’ve dreamed of travel, of experiencing new cultures and doing something unconventional. As an eager professional fresh out of college, I wanted to see the world. Instead, I saw the inside of a cubicle, every morning, afternoon and early evening. And by the end of each week, I ... To read this and other travel stories, visit BrownGirlsFly.
  • Interview With An Expat In Abu Dhabi: Gina Nelson

    Chelle Roberts
    21 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    Gina Nelson, an artist and educational consultant, shares the story of her life as an expat in Abu Dhabi. Hope you're inspired by this traveler interview.... To read this and other travel stories, visit BrownGirlsFly.
  • Jetsetter Roundup: Adventure Travel

    Chelle Roberts
    14 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    This month's Jetsetter Roundup is a compilation of adventure travel stories from travelistas around the globe. Enjoy the inspiring stories, photos & advice.... To read this and other travel stories, visit BrownGirlsFly.
  • Agnes & The Beaded Dress: My Time in a Maasai Village

    Diane Haithman
    13 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    On Diane Haithman's recent trip to Ongata-Rangai, a small Maasai village in Kenya, she had a chance to meet some of the talented women who create the traditional hand-beaded accessories she loves. Diane offers a glimpse into daily Maasai life and her excitement the day she received a beaded dress.... To read this and other travel stories, visit BrownGirlsFly.
  • I’m Black, So I’m Kind of a Big Deal in China

    Yahoo Travel (Brittany Jones Cooper)
    9 Apr 2015 | 5:45 pm
    We didn’t speak the same language, but the look in her eye told me everything I needed to know. She thought I was someone famous. I was black in China. So, obviously, I had to be Beyoncé. I boarded the Bund Sightseeing Tunnel train for a trip over to the land of odd-looking skyscrapers in Pudo... To read this and other travel stories, visit BrownGirlsFly.
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    Trans-Americas Journey

  • Photo Essay: Colorful Colonial Buildings in Cartagena, Colombia

    Eric Mohl, CPO (Chief Photography Officer)
    22 May 2015 | 10:45 am
    Images, video and other formating may not be properly displayed in this RSS feed/email. Please view this post on our Trans-Americas Journey blog to view the post as it was intended - Photo Essay: Colorful Colonial Buildings in Cartagena, Colombia This post is part 7 of 7 in the series Cartagena Travel Guide We’ve traveled to more than our share of world-class preserved Colonial cities, including Antigua, Guatemala and the Casco Viejo neighborhood of Panama City. Both are gorgeous, but both are handily outdone by the beauty and ambiance of the restored Colonial architecture in the…
  • How to Buy the Best Binoculars for Travel

    Karen Catchpole, CWO (Chief Writing Officer)
    18 May 2015 | 3:43 pm
    Images, video and other formating may not be properly displayed in this RSS feed/email. Please view this post on our Trans-Americas Journey blog to view the post as it was intended - How to Buy the Best Binoculars for Travel If you’re like us, seeing wildlife is a big part of the thrill of travel and we’ve had plenty of exciting wild animal encounters throughout the Americas including an amazing array of birds in Belize, penguins in Antarctica and these guys in the Galapagos Islands. It helps that Karen inherited eagle eyes from her dad. It also helps to have a good pair of…
  • Mountain Mercy – Minca, Colombia

    Karen Catchpole, CWO (Chief Writing Officer)
    12 May 2015 | 12:55 pm
    Images, video and other formating may not be properly displayed in this RSS feed/email. Please view this post on our Trans-Americas Journey blog to view the post as it was intended - Mountain Mercy – Minca, Colombia After a few days in the sweltering beach town of Taganga and in sunny, coastal Tayrona National Park we were more than ready for a cool down. In northern Colombia, with its sweaty, slow, Caribbean heat, that means one thing: time to travel to the mountain town of Minca. The road up to Minca, about nine miles (14 km) from Santa Marta, is narrow, winding and rough but we were…
  • Worth the Hype and High Prices? – Tayrona National Park, Colombia

    Karen Catchpole, CWO (Chief Writing Officer)
    5 May 2015 | 10:22 am
    Images, video and other formating may not be properly displayed in this RSS feed/email. Please view this post on our Trans-Americas Journey blog to view the post as it was intended - Worth the Hype and High Prices? – Tayrona National Park, Colombia Tayrona National Park is Colombia’s first national park and it protects a string of beautiful beaches. The park is one of Colombia’s top five most talked about travel destinations, but is Tayrona worth the hype and high prices? El Cabo Beach, just one of the beautiful coastal spots that are protected within Tayrona National Park…
  • Photo Essay: The Heart of Street Art – Cartagena, Colombia

    Eric Mohl, CPO (Chief Photography Officer)
    29 Apr 2015 | 7:22 am
    Images, video and other formating may not be properly displayed in this RSS feed/email. Please view this post on our Trans-Americas Journey blog to view the post as it was intended - Photo Essay: The Heart of Street Art – Cartagena, Colombia This post is part 6 of 7 in the series Cartagena Travel Guide The street art tradition is alive and well in Cartagena, Colombia where works by modern graffitti and street art legends from Colombia and around the world, including Dj Lu – Juegasiempre, Lik Me, Fin DAC, Yurika MDC, M.R. Love and DEXS, mingle with historic Colonial architecture in…
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    Barbados Vacation Specials

  • Beach View Hotel: September Bookings!

    14 May 2015 | 11:09 am
    Re-opening special! For stays from September 21st - October 10th, Rates starting from as low as US$138 + tax per night! Available on Beach View's website only. 
  • South Gap Hotel: Welcome Summer!!

    12 May 2015 | 3:38 pm
    It's A Summer To Remember! Save 20% Off for June and August 2015. Save More - 25% Off for July, September and October 2015!! All rooms are oceanfront with balconies and offer complimentary Wi-Fi,Cable TV and Air- Conditioning. Book by June 15 2015 
  • South Gap Hotel: End Of Spring Special!

    12 May 2015 | 3:16 pm
    Travel From Now Until May 31 2015 And Receive 15% Off Accommodation! All rooms are oceanfront with balconies and offer Free Wi-Fi, cable television and air-conditioning. No Minimum Stay Required. Hurry. Book Now! 
  • Best E. Villas - Prospect St. James: 3 bedroom Villa just US$160 per night

    12 May 2015 | 5:24 am
    Three bedrooms apartment with large kitchen, spacious living and dining area and a patio. The villas offer a view of the west coast of the island. The unit is fully air conditioned with a swimming pool and located near the beach. US$160.00 per night 
  • Best E Villas - Providence: 15% Discount Special Best E Villas Providence

    12 May 2015 | 5:09 am
    Spacious two bedroom fully equipped apartment with pool and free Wi-Fi internet access near the Barbados Golf Club and Grantley Adams Airport. Enjoy the Oistin Friday Night Fish Fry, just 10 minutes away from the apartment. 
 
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    The Single Dude's Guide to Life & Travel™

  • How to set up a fully functioning online store with no up front costs

    Manuel Pfister
    20 May 2015 | 11:55 am
    We spend a lot of time expounding on the virtues of living a location independent lifestyle and setting up an entrepreneurial venture. Earlier this month I covered the concept of writing/blogging for a living, but that clearly isn’t for everyone. Selling products online is yet another option that can allow you to have your own business and live a location independent lifestyle, which I believe is really key in controlling your own destiny. Owning 100% of your own time is far more liberating than making lots money while working for somebody else. Even CEOs of publicly traded companies…
  • Guest Post City Guide: Hanoi, Vietnam

    SDT Team
    15 May 2015 | 12:23 am
    After visiting Saigon, Mui Ne, Nha Trang and Phu Quoc we’ve become huge fans of Vietnam. Today we’d like to bring you a guest post from Naughty Nomad (aka Mark Zolo) covering a city we haven’t made it to yet, Hanoi. Overview Hanoi is moto mayhem. The locals aren’t the most pro-western. Ha long bay near-by is mandatory. Hanoi in a word: implacable. C.O.H: 3 / 5 Q.O.G: 3 / 5 S.T.L: 2.5 / 5 Naughty Nomad’s City guide ratings explained Costs €$£ Beer: Around €.60 a pint Bed: €8 for a private room. Bud: €5 for a cigarette box. Board: €1 for a basic meal. Budget…
  • Estonian e-Residency Update: You can now file online!

    Manuel Pfister
    13 May 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Good news: Estonia’s e-Residency application is now online and open for business. It takes just about five minutes to apply and costs 50 EUR which can be paid by credit or debit card. According to the confirmation page, it should take about one month to get your new ID card and you can pick it up in Estonia or at your choice of one of 38 different Estonian Embassy locations. This definitely seems like something you might want to get in on the ground floor of and Estonia seems like an excellent place to internationalize! Hell, their application form even offers “Location…
  • How to drastically reduce your tax liability with a Limited Liability Company (LLC)

    Manuel Pfister
    12 May 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Because we spend so much time dumping on the states and recommending that those live there escape as soon as possible, today I’m going to take a few minutes to give some advice for our brothers that are still imprisoned in the USA. This article is aimed at the Single Dude who has just escaped, or is in the process of escaping the corporate prison. Although this article focuses on forming a Limited Liability Company (LLC) in the USA, much of this advice will work for other types of legal entities and even those formed outside of the US. Here’s the bottom line, unless you are ready…
  • Robert Rodriguez: 10 minute film school

    The Jesus
    10 May 2015 | 11:00 pm
    A friend of mine that’s into this kind of stuff shared this video with me last week. Whether you’re looking to make films or pursue some other dream, there is a lot of great advice in this short video. What a great attitude this guy has about getting shit done and pursuing his dreams! Credit goes to Professor G. Bushmills for this one. The post Robert Rodriguez: 10 minute film school appeared first on The Single Dude's Guide to Life & Travel™.
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    Have Baby Will Travel

  • A Quickie Escape to Great Wolf Lodge

    Corinne
    5 May 2015 | 7:48 pm
    When the school year is in full swing, along with activities and sports, it’s difficult to fathom getting away with the family, let alone planning it. That’s why we’ve been embracing mini-breaks lately. Sneaking away for a night at Great Wolf Lodge in Niagara Falls was just the ticket for a quick recharge in the midst of a very busy spring. We realized it had been seven years since our first visit to Great Wolf Lodge. At the time we were still just a family of three, and our nine-year-old was then two and enjoyed herself very much! With Bub being six (!) now, we figured this…
  • Baby Travel Gear Essentials

    Corinne
    1 May 2015 | 9:18 am
    No matter where you’re going or where you’re staying, you need to focus on four main aspects of travel with a baby–Eating, Sleeping, Playing, and Getting Around. This list of baby travel gear essentials will help you keep baby safe and comfortable no matter your trip. Baby Travel Gear – Eating A wipeable bib is a must for feeding baby on the go. This way, baby keeps (mostly) clean, and all you have to do is wipe and fold back into the diaper bag. Not every restaurant will have a high chair, and sometimes you might just want to feed baby in your room. To keep baby safe…
  • Our Favourite New York City Attractions For Families

    Corinne
    24 Mar 2015 | 7:15 pm
    We crammed a lot into our long weekend in New York City. I was surprised just how child and family-friendly everything and everyone was. I’ve been to New York plenty of times for work and for fun, but I had never really played tourist before, so it was awesome visiting these iconic New York City attractions for families for the first time with my kids. All of these places are pretty centrally located, close to many great New York hotels, so cab rides likely won’t be necessary unless you really want to teach the kids to hail one down. At the American Museum of Natural History…
  • Best Hotels for Big Families in New York City

    Corinne
    23 Mar 2015 | 8:10 pm
    New York City is not exactly renowned for spacious or affordable hotel rooms, but contrary to popular belief, there are actually lots of NYC properties with rooms big enough for multiple kids, and are also well-located and won’t drain your retirement fund. So don’t hesitate to book those flights to New York; the best New York family hotel options offer rooms that will not only fit all your kids, but welcome them too. Best Western Holiday House, NYC Comfortable and Affordable Suites at Best Western Hospitality House Located steps from all the action in East Midtown, this converted…
  • Family Travel Ideas – New Experiences and Adventures

    Corinne
    11 Mar 2015 | 10:41 pm
    Little Bubblemakers From our very first trip as a family of three, to our very first trip as a family of four, those journeys were really about just being somewhere different. If the opportunity to relax came up, well that was a bonus. Fun? Of course, but a different kind of fun from what we were used to. Seeing the world with a baby or toddler in tow can feel totally daunting at first, but my family is living proof that those travels get easier and easier. And now we’re at this place where we can actually do stuff. Now my family travel ideas include things like learn an activity…
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  • Cliffs of Moher is the best cliff view in the WORLD

    admin
    18 May 2015 | 8:12 am
    Travel magazine Condé Nast Traveler voted Cliffs of Moher as the top cliff view that rivals with Grand Canyon in this article; ‘Nine Gorgeous Cliff Views That Rival The Grand Canyon’. 1. Cliffs of Moher – Ireland 2. White Cliffs of Dover – Kent, United Kingdom 3. Preikestolen – Rogaland, Norway 4. Grand Canyon – Arizona 5. Cabo Girão – Madeira, Portugal 6. Kalaupapa Cliffs – Molokai, Hawaii 7. Mount Thor – Nunavut, Canada 8. Cliffs of Étretat – Normandy, France 9. Half Dome – Yosemite, California Read the full…
  • Self-Drive Ireland: A Luxury Experience?

    admin
    29 Apr 2015 | 7:43 am
    Travelling around Ireland is a magical experience and, with globally-recognised routes such as the Wild Atlantic Way, it’s no surprise that the Emerald Isle has become such a popular destination for self-drive holidays. Each new road you discover will reveal it’s own unique character. In Ireland, the roads are safe, the drivers are courteous and the destinations are well worth the trip. Whether you are looking to relax in the tranquil surroundings of The Beara Peninsula, take in world famous sites such as The Cliffs of Moher or enjoy the ‘craic’ with the locals on a night…
  • 4 Jaw Dropping Ireland Videos

    admin
    17 Feb 2015 | 9:04 am
    A couple videos represents Ireland beautifully; The Sounds Of The Wild Atlantic Way: Solomon Grey drove down the West-Coast of Ireland recording the sounds and people they met along the way. Their aim was to compose a unique score to this inspirational coastline The Garden of Ireland Wonderful views of around Wicklow Seen from the sky: The Wild Atlantic Way When land meets sea and nature and beauty collide, the result is a varied and majestic coastline, unique to the West of Ireland. Witness the Wild Atlantic Way’s sweeping sandy beaches, sheer cliffs, ancient forts and rocky outcrops from…
  • Boyne Valley Drive

    admin
    22 Dec 2014 | 6:50 am
    The Boyne Valley Drive is a scenic route that follows the Boyne River through counties Louth and Meath. What makes this drive remarkable, is the fact that the attractions along the route cover 9,000 years of history! In comparison to routes such as the Wild Atlantic Way, the Boyne Valley Route is a lot more accessible to tourists on the East Coast of Ireland, and in total measures only 220km long.  In total, the route visits 22 historic attractions along the way while also visiting towns such as Drogheda, Navan, Old Castle, Trim, Slane Village and Kells. Among the top highlights is the…
  • Ireland’s Christmas Markets – A Few Of The Best

    admin
    19 Dec 2014 | 2:50 am
      Christmas markets have been popular on the Continent since Christianity first hit Europe, and Ireland has a very long and ancient tradition of markets in general. However, it is only relatively recently that the concept of a ‘Christmas Market’ has really begun to take off in Ireland. Ireland’s Christmas markets are great places, packed with atmosphere, great products, and good cheer. If these don’t get you in the festive spirit, nothing will! Dublin Dublin has a few Christmas markets – the Docklands Christmas festival has been going for nine years, while relative…
 
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    GoNOLA.com

  • Guys’ Night Out in New Orleans

    Christopher Garland
    22 May 2015 | 7:14 am
    I’ll put one thing to the forefront: this is going to be a long NOLA night. To be more specific, this is a night out that begins well before happy hour, and there is a very good chance that this adventure could stretch from the late evening into the early hours. So, in this way, this is more than a … Read the rest -» The post Guys’ Night Out in New Orleans appeared first on GoNOLA.com.
  • NOLA History: Greek Revival Architecture

    Edward Branley
    20 May 2015 | 10:11 am
    Western Civilization has been fascinated with Greek culture and architecture for millennia. In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, interest in the Greek style of architecture in Europe and the United States was widespread. Since New Orleans was a French and Spanish city (rather than having British roots) Continental influences were strong, and by the 1820s, many buildings and … Read the rest -» The post NOLA History: Greek Revival Architecture appeared first on GoNOLA.com.
  • New Orleans Weekend Picks: NOWFE, Greek Fest, and More

    Sara Watson
    20 May 2015 | 9:37 am
    New Orleans celebrates Memorial Day with a weekend of remembrance: from performances from the Marine Corps Band to special events happening at the National World War II Museum, you can honor fallen military members throughout the long weekend. People with Greek heritage (or those with a soft spot for pastitsio and spanikopita) can head to Bayou St. John for Greek … Read the rest -» The post New Orleans Weekend Picks: NOWFE, Greek Fest, and More appeared first on GoNOLA.com.
  • Worth the Wait: AVP Volleyball Returns to New Orleans

    Sara Watson
    19 May 2015 | 2:43 pm
    This summer, the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour returns to New Orleans, marking the first time the tour’s hit the Crescent City since 1999 for men and 1995 for women. Head to the shores of Lake Pontchartrain in Kenner on Memorial Day weekend for this fun and free event at Laketown – we’ll see you on the sand! In the … Read the rest -» The post Worth the Wait: AVP Volleyball Returns to New Orleans appeared first on GoNOLA.com.
  • Here Come the Girls: Things to Do in New Orleans For Lesbians

    Ryan Cochran
    19 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    New Orleans is an oasis within the American South, offering a culture of lesbian support that is full of pride and passion. And, in characteristically NOLA fashion, fun is a big part of that culture. Enjoy New Orleans (as seen from Crescent Park) through an LGBT lens. (Photo courtesy Communify) From clubs and bars that cater to everyone to seasonal … Read the rest -» The post Here Come the Girls: Things to Do in New Orleans For Lesbians appeared first on GoNOLA.com.
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  • What It’s Like to Live in Costa Rica (Why We’re Back and Why We’re STILL Here)

    Roxy Christensen
    20 May 2015 | 11:17 pm
    It’s been a year ago February (2015) since we arrived in Costa Rica (for the second time). We got here just a month before our sixth child, Saige Journee Denning was born! We’d already spent a year and a half living in Guatemala, but then it was time to go. Our intention had been to find a place in El Salvador (and potentially have the baby there), but that didn’t work out as planned. So it was on to Nicaragua (by then I was 6 months pregnant, and really feeling the need to find a ‘nest’ for having this baby!). I was ready to have her at the beach town of Las…
  • And Then There Came Europe…

    Rachel Denning
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:59 pm
    Casa Ylang Ylang on Finca Ipe I want a sewing machine. And an ice cream maker. I want to plant a garden, grow some herbs and some flowers. I want a house where we can store our growing library, make crafty things to hang on the walls and decorative pillows to put on the couch. I want a place to keep all of our memorabilia — pictures the kids draw, their little scribbled notes of love and my seashell collection. (I want, I want, I want… I sound like a spoiled brat.) After giving birth to Saige here in Costa Rica, which provided the opportunity to get residency, this burning desire…
  • Thailand Elephant Rides: Ethics vs. Entertainment

    Roxy Christensen
    12 Aug 2014 | 1:42 pm
    This is a guest post by my sister, who may soon become a regular contributor. Click here to learn the basics of yoga with her.   The morality and ethics of riding elephants (and other tourist attractions focused on the spectacle of animals) is an old discussion. So why write about a used topic? Because maybe you will sympathize with my story and perspective. Maybe my opinion will help you feel better (or worse) about your position regarding the extortion of elephants. Living in Thailand for the past three years, I had held strongly to my opinion and vigilant avoidance of animal related…
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  • Cinque Terre, Portovenere and the Poets

    Anne-Sophie Redisch
    22 May 2015 | 7:19 am
    Portovenere I know you’re all waiting for Cinque Terre – and I’ll get to that. But hold your horses, as the Yanks say. First, I’ll show you a town at least as pretty (and even more interesting, I think). That’s Portovenere, just a few kilometres away. I’d recommend staying here rather than in the five little villages, especially in summer, as with fame come the crowds. Not only is Portovenere a lovely base for a visit to Cinque Terre; it’s a very worthwhile destination in itself, with natural beauty, quirky, colourful Ligurian architecture, and…
  • #Emiratesairline Business Class Review

    Anne-Sophie Redisch
    19 May 2015 | 7:54 am
    On a cold February day, I boarded an Emirates flight from Oslo to Dubai, to swap snow for sand for a few days. The 6.5-hour flight is served by a Boeing 777-300ER, on a route that has only been in operation for a few months. I was here as a guest of the airline to test the service. Seated in Business Class, I was in my own comfy cocoon. There are partition walls between the seats, head height, for privacy when seated next to a stranger – or to lower when with a friend or family member (or perhaps a particularly interesting stranger). Massage seat. Just sayin’ The business class…
  • Silent Sunday: World War 2 hero and his bicycle in Oslo

    Anne-Sophie Redisch
    17 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    When your country is taken over by 100 000 Germans, you get angry Sculpture of World War 2 hero of the resistance movement, Gunnar Sønsteby, placed where he was standing with his bicycle during the invasion on 9 April 1940, watching Nazi troops marching up Oslo‘s main street, Karl Johan. Silent Sunday: World War 2 hero and his bicycle in Oslo is a post from Sophie's World
  • I found my love in Portofino

    Anne-Sophie Redisch
    13 May 2015 | 3:01 pm
    Well, no, I didn’t. Sadly. I obviously wasn’t here long enough; you’d have to look far and wide for a more romantic place to find love. Just ask Bogie and Bacall, or Dolce and Gabbana, or Madonna, or Elizabeth Taylor, or George Clooney. As you might have guessed, Portofino is one of the world’s glamour spots. But on this balmy spring day at least, the little Ligurian fishing village is blissfully free of celebrities and their hangers-on. Andrea Bocelli found love in Portofino – or, at least, he sings about it rather beautifully. Have a listen while I show you…
  • Silent Sunday: Flower pots for sale in Tbilisi, Georgia

    Anne-Sophie Redisch
    10 May 2015 | 6:33 am
    Bright flower pots for sale in Tbilisi, Georgia Silent Sunday: Flower pots for sale in Tbilisi, Georgia is a post from Sophie's World
 
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  • Five Must-Haves for your next outdoor adventure

    Rohnan
    19 May 2015 | 5:10 am
    There’s a lot of outdoor gear vying for space in your backpack or the back of your four-wheel drive, but there are a few essential items that should go with you when you hit the great outdoors. Good footwear If you’re going to be doing any walking away from pavements or soft beach sand, good shoes or boots are a must. Your feet are the most important part of your body on a hike, and they’ll be doing most of the work, so they’re worth looking after with a properly fitted shoe. Look for a shoe that’s waterproof yet still let your feet breathe; modern synthetics are great for this (and…
  • Jet Set Jobs: How to Get Paid to Travel

    Rohnan
    12 May 2015 | 5:54 am
    Many people dream about retiring early from their working lives and travelling the world while they are still young. However, some people do not necessarily need to retire in order to travel and access all four corners of the globe. There are a number of jobs that allow employees to travel across the world and visit various continents while earning money. Some people are lucky enough to visit the world’s greatest monuments, or one of the most eagerly anticipated sporting events in a lifetime. Meanwhile, others prefer to produce their thoughts in writing while some choose to extend their…
  • Why A Trip To Kas In Turkey Is Well Worth Considering For Your Holiday This Year

    Rohnan
    7 May 2015 | 2:08 am
    Pronounced “Kash”, Kas in Turkey is a truly unspoilt, charming and friendly Turkish resort, which was once a busy and thriving Fishing town, but is now a popular, yet quiet, tourist destination for those looking for something a bit different from their holiday. Attracting a wide range of single people, couples and families, Kas offers something that is on one hand tranquil but on the other exciting, with much to see and do and the ideal base to explore the surrounding areas. About Kas Kas is a small town and a district of Antalya Province, easily reached by both Antalya and Dalaman…
  • Siracusa: Nature, Culture and Stunning Seafront Villas

    Rohnan
    23 Apr 2015 | 1:05 am
    If you want a busy holiday full of beautiful landscapes and rich culture, Sicily is the place for you! Specifically, the area around Siracusa is a must if you plan to enjoy Sicily’s beaches. An unmissable place to visit is Vendicari Nature Reserve. This place is incredible and there is so much to do. There is a fabulous beach with clear blue water. There is also scuba diving, snorkelling, hiking, canoeing, birdwatching and awesome Hellenic ruins! In Siracusa, there is the Greek theatre, the Roman amphitheatre, the marvellous quarries, Arethusa’s Fountain and the Temple of Apollo.
  • Six Great Ski Resorts to Visit in Europe

    Globetrooper Chris
    28 Feb 2015 | 10:15 am
    Skiing is an all time favorite winter sport for many. Don’t get cabin fever and stay in all winter. Get yourself to some of Europe’s hottest ski resorts to melt away those winter blues. A ski holiday is nothing short of a winter wonderland full of powdery white snow to slosh and slice through with your skis. When all is said and done, you can retire next to the fireplace with a warm beverage. Where will go for your next ski holiday? Here are some of Europe’s best ski destinations to go to. Val Thorens With it’s peak towering at 2,300 meters, Val Thorens is…
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  • Hero Images, Thumbnails and Tumblr: RSS Subscriber Emails with Impact

    Phil Hollows
    13 May 2015 | 10:22 am
    Want your subscriber email blog updates to be more than a rehash of your blog posts? Splendid! Because now they can be, as the FeedBlitz EZ Template editor just keeps getting better. Want to extract your blog’s main photo and use it as a “hero image” at the top of your mailing for extra impact? Now you can. Perhaps you need thumbnails for daily or weekly digests with many posts? Done and done. In addition to adding more dynamic content such as pins from Pinterest, pictures from Instagram and (New!) the latest from Tumblr, we are now giving you much more flexibility in how…
  • No Phone Support Today, Tuesday, May 12th.

    Phil Hollows
    12 May 2015 | 3:45 am
    Telephone support will be unavailable today; live chat (from the top toolbar) and email support will still be available during east coast business hours, however. Phone support will be added back on Wednesday, May 13th.        Related StoriesResolved: Overnight click-through issuesFeeds, Clicks and DNS ProblemsSome Metrics May Be Missing Temporarily 
  • Power Email Marketing with FeedBlitz

    Phil Hollows
    11 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Did you know we have great power email marketing capabilities? While FeedBlitz is best known for its RSS feed powered email automation (corporate engineering motto: If it moves, automate it), we’ve been steadily increasing FeedBlitz’s traditional email marketing capabilities as well. In case you missed it, here’s a quick summary of our “Newsflash” emailing function, which is used for “traditional” (i.e. manually produced) newsletters, updates and sales pieces: New:Draft mailings from blog posts, and then edit before mailing; New: The ability to mail…
  • New: Add Pins, Instagram to your Subscriber Emails!

    Phil Hollows
    4 May 2015 | 9:40 am
    When is an email to your subscribers not simply an email to your subscribers? When it’s a platform for your other social media activity to better engage, inform and entertain your readers, that’s when. Many of you are active on Pinterest and Instagram, curating and creating engaging and persuasive graphics and photos. But most of you are not including those photos in your email updates to your subscribers, and that means you’re missing out on opportunities to broaden your email audience’s experience with your brand, as well as delivering a more interesting mailing.
  • Email like a Ninja! FeedBlitz and the new Webhooks extension from Ninja Forms

    ahenson
    30 Apr 2015 | 1:11 pm
    As part of our continuing mission to elevate our publishers’ abilities, we are always on the look out for extraordinary tools, like Ninja Forms, made for expanding list building efforts.  Just last week, Ninja Forms made a lot of people happy when they announced their latest extension, Webhooks. It’s a custom form builder that now fully enabled Ninja Forms to fully integrate with FeedBlitz. Here’s how to use Nija Forms Webhooks to offer a subscription form to FeedBlitz. The first thing you’ll want to do is download and install the Ninja Forms plugin for your WordPress site…
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  • How to speak Hawaiian: The language of the Aloha State

    Amanda Festa
    22 May 2015 | 6:26 am
    If you’re not one of the 8,000 people worldwide who speaks fluent Hawaiian, not to worry. Learning a new language can seem intimidating at first, especially when one of the eight consonants resembles a reversed apostrophe. But learning a few words and phrases is always a good idea when traveling somewhere new. And we’re here to help. Whether you are looking forward to surfing the state’s well-known waves or taking in the area’s Polynesian culture at a luau, this crash course in the language of the Aloha State will prepare you for your next Hawaiian adventure. You…
  • Where you can use your student ID for travel discounts this summer in North America

    Lauren Mack
    21 May 2015 | 8:49 am
    Savvy students seeking ways to save big on summer travel need look no further than their wallets. The student ID card is more than just a form of identification; it’s a ticket to hundreds of discounts at a variety of destinations. From museums and shops to fast-food chains and theaters, student discounts range from a few dollars off to nearly half-off admission, activities and goods. Not sure if an attraction or business offers a student discount? Be sure to ask. You might be rewarded with an unexpected travel discount this summer. Shop ’til you drop at a discount Stay connected on…
  • The best layover cities in North America: If you have to spend a day, here’s where to do it

    Lauren Mack
    20 May 2015 | 11:07 am
    A lengthy layover during a long-haul flight is often a dreaded occurrence for many travelers. But connecting flights in some cities may actually offer a travel bonus. Layovers of a half-day or more provide air travelers the chance to leave the airport and explore new places on the way to their ultimate destinations. The next time you’re faced with connecting flights, you might consider stopping off at what we consider the best layover cities in North America. They just might make you think twice about booking a direct flight. Chicago, Illinois, United States Take a whirl wind tour of the…
  • Top 10 wild water park attractions in the US

    Amanda Festa
    18 May 2015 | 11:25 am
    Summer is coming, and whether you live in the eternally sun-soaked Southwest, the seasonally challenging Northeast or anywhere in between, one thing is certain: it’s about to get HOT. But no need to fret. We have just the thing to cool you down. Water parks offer countless ways to chill out while having fun in the sun. Sure, the refreshing feel of the water will lower your body temperature. But so will the adrenaline rush. From vertical drops down dizzying heights and white-knuckle inducing water coasters to video game inspired slides and surfing simulators, these 10 wild water park…
  • A broke single’s guide to summer wedding travel season

    Lauren Mack
    18 May 2015 | 10:36 am
    If the thought of emotionally and financially surviving another wedding season as a single person has you stressed, don’t be. You’re not alone. More than 67 million Americans attended at least one wedding in 2014, according to American Express. Whether you find yourself suddenly single or you have been solo for some time, we have gathered some money-saving tips for singles traveling to weddings near and far. Who knows? These tips might even help you meet your plus one along the way. TIP: Set aside a portion of your paycheck each week The average cost for guests to attend a wedding is…
 
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  • A Quirky Dublin City Tour + Win a Guinness Prize Pack #storehousestoryCA

    Raymond Walsh
    18 May 2015 | 8:31 pm
    They say you haven’t “truly” experienced Guinness until you’ve had it in Dublin. Many moons ago, I was lucky enough to check that off my bucket list. In fact, I think I may have had a few too many Guinness during my time in Ireland, since I somehow managed to miss a few of these Guinness-inspired sites suggested by the good folks at the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin. Trinity College Founded in 1592, Trinity Collage is the oldest university in the country. It’s also home to one of the oldest libraries in all of Europe, and it houses a copy of every book published in Ireland and…
  • KLM surprises 10 lucky people with the ultimate Orange Experience

    Raymond Walsh
    12 May 2015 | 9:08 pm
    This is a story I can get behind because it involves two of my favourite pastimes — travel and booze. KLM and Heineken teamed up to celebrate King’s Day and oranjegekte in Holland recently. Known as “Orange Madness,” the phenomena sees orange-clad Dutch revellers from every corner of the Netherlands celebrate with food and drink, interrupted only by street parties and other good-natured patriotic shenanigans. KLM and Heineken stepped up the activities a notch by flying to five cities around the globe — Shanghai, Cape Town, Rio de Janeiro, Los Angeles, and Oslo — and inviting…
  • 10 of the Most Annoying People You See at the Airport

    Raymond Walsh
    20 Apr 2015 | 3:28 am
    In a more perfect world, airline travel would be free from stress, all passengers and airport workers would be polite and courteous, and delays would be non-existent. We’d also all be holding hands and singing Kumbaya while waiting for our flights. Since none of those things is going to happen anytime soon, let’s work on some things we can change — notably, the habits of annoying people at the airport. We all have our pet peeves when it comes to other people’s behaviour. I’ve written before about the annoying games airline passengers play and the annoying habits of…
  • That Time I Got an Ultrasound of My Balls in Oman

    Raymond Walsh
    13 Apr 2015 | 4:11 am
    Testicular Ultrasound, Muscat, The Sultanate of Oman In some circles, I’m certain the prospect of a smartly-dressed Indian chap rubbing lotion on your balls would be met with utter delight. Okay maybe not. I’m struggling to think of any upswing to my current predicament — lying here in an Omani hospital bed with a testicle ultrasound impending. The pain in my nuts however is thinking otherwise, and when reality becomes too much to bear, my brain is the one overwhelmed by wanderlust. It reminds me of that famous Tolkien quote: “Not all minds that wander are lost.” See I did…
  • 7 Inspiring (but Completely Fake) Famous Travel Quotes — plus 2 that were almost never famous at all

    Raymond Walsh
    6 Mar 2015 | 6:48 am
    We take for granted that a lot of what we read on the internet is the gospel truth. But sometimes, it just ain’t so. In 1902, the German psychologist William Stern conducted a series of experiments involving storytelling. He enlisted a group of subjects and asked them to share a story, whispering it down the line from one person to the next. What he found was that oftentimes the text of the original tale was altered or shortened, sometimes so much so that the final telling bore little resemblance to the original. It’s the basis for the kid’s game Chinese Whispers (or…
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  • I haven’t done a graffiti post in a while and realized I had these beauties from Santiago Chile...

    21 May 2015 | 7:03 am
    I haven’t done a graffiti post in a while and realized I had these beauties from Santiago Chile  waiting to be shared.  These are from the Bella Vista neighborhood I hope you enjoy this incredible street art as much as I do:)  I will be posting a full 10 day Chile itinerary soon so make sure you check back! Check out some of the awesome urban art in Chile’s Santiago: Graffiti: Santiago, Chile I haven’t done a graffiti post in a while and realized I had these beauties from…
  • Karaoke + Sushi night in Sao Paulo

    14 May 2015 | 7:02 am
    Karaoke + Sushi night in Sao PauloIn New York when you decide or rather someone yells ‘let’s do karaoke’ there is a good chance you end up at SingSing in the East Village or Japas 38.  The benefit of SingSing is that you can get a private room with your friends (so you don’t embarrass yourself in front of of the entire place- at least that’s my case) or if you are brave  you have the option to belt one out to the entire room. In…View On WordPress
  • New Peruvian hot spot in Rio

    7 May 2015 | 7:01 am
    New Peruvian hot spot in RioWhen my friend suggested going to a place called Tupacfor her birthday my first reaction was ‘will they be playing his greatest hits in the background?” I was slightly disappointed to learn that we would not be having a full on 90’s dance party at dinner but the ambiance and cuisine make up for it.  There are a few decent spots for ceviche in Rio, but if you are looking for a real Peruvian…View On WordPress
  • Hot Springs at Rincón de la Vieja National Park

    21 Apr 2015 | 8:07 am
    Hot Springs at Rincón de la Vieja National ParkI’m one of those people who is always cold, so when I’m in New York I can come up with practically any excuse to visit the russian baths.  In Costa Rica, after tubing down the RíoNegro nothing feels better then relaxing in the thermal (aka hot springs) by Rincón de la Vieja National Park.  Located 4k away from the check in desk you can drive or horseback ride there.  Walk through the tropical…View On WordPress
  • Raphaels Terrezasa in Manuel Antonio

    9 Apr 2015 | 7:27 am
    Raphaels Terrezasa in Manuel Antonio Raphael’s Terrazas, located in Manuel Antonio has a relaxed atmosphere and the perfect outdoor terrace o enjoy sunset.  Their are lots of fish options and combinations. The grilled mahimahi with shrimp was excellent served with a small potato, vegetable slaw and a plantain.  My husband had the salmon with rice.  Overall the food was good but didn’t compared to the other places we had been in…View On WordPress
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  • Free Stay Friday

    Adam Hutcheson
    21 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    For this week’s #FreeStayFriday, we’re going to get a little historical… The Falcon Hotel Located in the historic town of Stratford-upon-Avon, just a short stroll from the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, the Falcon Hotel is not to be missed. You’ll feel right in the heart of Tudor history with some rooms dating back to the 16th Century!  You could spend some time taking in the sights of Shakespeare’s birthplace, meander along the river Avon, or explore the Warwickshire countryside. So, if you’d like to win a one-night stay here for two people, with breakfast…
  • Paris Music Festivals: Sounds of the Summer

    Andy Jarosz
    21 May 2015 | 7:08 am
    Few would argue that Paris is one of the world’s best cities for wandering the streets and parks without a firm plan, just leaving chance to determine what you will find, where you will stop, and which corner you’ll suddenly be tempted to explore. Paris offers a rich variety of planned and impromptu events at any time of the year, and for those who enjoy mixing music with their sightseeing, summer in the city is alive with the sound of pretty much any genre of music you can think of. Here are just a few of the musical highlights worth knowing about when you’re planning a Parisian summer…
  • Best Burgers in London: Meat the Contenders

    Andy Jarosz
    15 May 2015 | 4:10 am
    London is arguably one of the world’s culinary capitals, with some of the world’s leading chefs serving up their fancy food across the city. Thanks to the city’s cosmopolitan population you can sample cuisine from just about every country in the world… There are times, however, when amid all this choice, you just have an insatiable craving for a good ol’ burger. Not that long ago, your only option to satisfy these pangs would be to head into McDonalds or Burger King for one of their tried and tested, but oh-so-uninspiring buns in a box. The good news for meat lovers is that…
  • Eat – Drink – Stay – Play: The Hottest Happenings for May

    Martin Solly
    12 May 2015 | 8:38 am
    With longer (and warmer?) days, TWO bank holidays and even a half term break thrown in for good measure, if May isn’t a month for exploring some hot new happenings, we don’t know what is. So here are the latest openings for the merry month of May… MAY EAT // London – The Melt Room Want to know one thing that has always mildly frustrated us here at LateRooms.com…? Why it’s so hard to find a decent toastie. Seriously. The most simple of comfort foods seems beyond even the most accomplished of chefs. But all that might be about to change. Enter The Melt Room,…
  • Bikes, Balls & Bank Holidays in Manchester

    Kirstie Pelling
    23 Apr 2015 | 5:55 am
    Do you like Sport? Fancy an active spring bank holiday break that will deplete your energy levels rather than your wallet? Then consider Manchester. You can bike in the grooves of the British Olympic Cycling Team. You can sit on a dressing room bench that football stars have warmed for you. And you can lounge by the pool without fear of sunburn. Ready? Steady? Go… A world class Velodrome There’s nothing that makes you appreciate bikes more than the British team flying past your ears on BMX’s, on one of the only two indoor training tracks in the world. Trust me; it’s like riding a…
 
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  • Dayton, Ohio eats

    Dominique King
    21 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    Here is a quick review of our eating experiences during our recent trip to Dayton, Ohio: Dark Horse Tavern The Dark Horse Tavern lived up to its name in the sense that it was a little unexpected for a restaurant in a suburban strip mall, but I found this pub offering pit-smoked barbecue by using the Yelp app on my cell phone. The Dark Horse Tavern bills itself as following the fundamentals of "cowboy cooking" and offering hearty meals served up in generous portions. The dark wood-paneled pub's interior belies its strip mall location, and the portions were, as advertised, hearty and huge! We…
  • Toledo in Bloom

    Dominique King
    19 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    The Toledo Botanical Garden (TBG) springs into full bloom this season, offering plenty of opportunities for gardeners, photographers and visitors just seeking a little serenity among the gardens, paths and public art at the garden that is part of this northern Ohio city's amazing and diverse metropark system. We visited the garden late last summer, cameras in hand, as its dahlia show garden put on an amazing display of colorful blooms, and can't wait to visit again this summer to explore more of the TBG's sixty-plus acres of display gardens and plant collections. George P. Crosby donated 20…
  • Where I live: Yalla Eat! returns and Arab American National Museum celebrates 10th anniversary

    Dominique King
    14 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    Food is often one of the ways people encounter new cultures, and you can learn a lot about a culture by learning how its people prepare, serve and consume meals. This is the core idea behind the Arab American National Museum (AANM) Yalla Eat! program, which is an immersive foodie adventure spotlighting southeastern Michigan's Arabic American population though their groceries, bakeries, restaurants and other food-related businesses. We loved experiencing the Yalla Eat! tour of food-related spots along Dearborn, Michigan's Warren Avenue last fall, and I'm glad to see the museum sponsoring…
  • Discover Dayton Institute of Art's American Impressionists show at Discovering Ohio

    Dominique King
    13 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    We recently covered our visit to Ohio's Dayton Art Institute for their exhibition featuring American Impressionists here at Midwest Guest. Here is another take on our visit at the Ohio Tourism Division's Discovering Ohio blog that includes a quick history of the museum and a peek at the DAI's wonderful Leo Bistro. Come back to Midwest Guest later this year for more about our trip to Dayton, including stories about the history of the DAI, Dayton eats, Orville and Wilber Wright, Paul Laurence Dunbar and more!     Meanwhile, there's still a just bit of time to visit Dayton and see…
  • Back in the Saddle: Returning to Motorcycling after 40 Years

    Dominique King
    12 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    Many Midwest Guest readers already know that Tim Marks plays an important part role in whatever success I've accomplished with this blog over the past eight years. Tim and I usually travel together, plus he is my go-to in-house tech guy and helps promote Midwest Guest via social media. Tim recently embarked on a new adventure of his own, so I've asked him to share his experiences as a returning motorcycle rider and how I'm sure those will play into our Midwest travels going forward. I bought a small used motorcycle from my uncle during the spring of my junior year in high…
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  • Getting Pampered at Sura’s Beauty Lounge

    TK
    23 May 2015 | 6:52 am
    I love getting my nails done although that wasn’t always the case. About a few years ago, I was one of those people that used to bite her nails excessively when I was stressed or unhappy and my hands just looked very ugly. That all changed when i started getting manicures almost every two weeks and began to see just how much it affected my confidence and allowed me to set aside some time to take care of myself. But the huge part of why that habit stuck is because I found the right place to go to. You can’t let just anyone take care of you, especially if you worry about…
  • Being a Lebanese Woman

    TK
    22 May 2015 | 6:19 am
    I’m not a mother and I’m far from this at the time being. But I am a woman first and foremost so I couldn’t help but feel affected when a friend of mine, as well as fellow Lebanese bloggers, shared their complaints about the horrible interview on MTV on breastfeeding etiquette. I can’t but agree with everything the internet had to say. Who in their right mind would be against what’s natural and healthy, even in public? If it bothers you that much, don’t look! I didn’t really watch the video so I can’t give much input. What struck me the most is…
  • Shut Up and Dance

    TK
    21 May 2015 | 12:05 pm
    There’s something about a catchy song that you can’t quite get out of your head. If you’re old school like me, you’ll wait for the song to come on the radio or keep switching channels to hear it. Or of course, you’ll go on Youtube and look for the song and keep hitting replay. To make it easier for you, this is my current obsession: I don’t know who Walk the Moon are and where they came from but this song is just infectious and unavoidable and I love the vibe of it. Maybe because I’m such a sucker for 80s music and this was so inspired by the era, so…
  • Thoughts on “Arranged Marriages” and Double Standards

    TK
    21 May 2015 | 4:51 am
    Yesterday, it came up randomly that just a short while before Ahmad and I met, an old friend of my mother’s had suggested that I get to know her son in hopes we’d get engaged. I can’t remember the specifics but I did go a bit crazy and flat-out rejected the idea. At the time, the last thing I wanted was to be in a relationship. I didn’t even have a job and had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. I have to give credit where credit is due and say that my mother wasn’t in favor of the idea, but she still relayed the message to me. Plus, there was talk about…
  • Love Notes/Cards

    TK
    20 May 2015 | 5:44 am
    While going through some old pictures on my phone, trying to clear up some memory because of all the pictures I take and music I have on, I ended up finding this: Somehow, I saved this piece of paper, part of a gum wrapper because it was just too adorable. For those of you that can’t read the text, it says Love is spending hours choosing his Valentine’s card. I actually love giving cards. I spend a long time picking them out then crafting the message to go with it. It’s very rare for me to not give a card with a present because I feel it just makes everything more personal.
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  • On The Beach, Cape Saint Francis, South Africa

    Jacomien Du Toit
    21 May 2015 | 1:49 pm
    A South African family living in England built this home to escape to. They describe it as ‘our little piece of heaven right on the beach’. And it’s easy to see why.      It’s far off the beaten track, and surrounded in nature, with 180-degree sea views. Located between Cape St Francis and St Francis Bay, it stands beside the original beach cottage that has been in the family for more than a hundred years. There are only four other families with holiday houses along this stretch of coast, and all have known each other for years.     The…
  • Mar Mikhael House, Beirut, Lebanon

    Samer Ghorayeb
    21 May 2015 | 9:37 am
    Many years ago, an Italian man fell in love with a Lebanese woman and moved to Mar Mikhael in Beirut. Half a century later, their grandson, a Lebanese filmmaker, renovated their 1940s house and turned it into a guesthouse, offering visitors a unique way to get to know his city.    This small guesthouse has only four bedrooms that can be rented together or individually. Rooms are differentiated by color. The Twin/Orange Room has a pop-art feel, with bold splashes of red and orange. There is also Blue Room, with simple, sophisticated decor and a bold red bathroom. The Yellow and Green…
  • Mountain House, Folegandros, Greece

    Petros Nikolaidis
    20 May 2015 | 10:37 am
    Folegandros is known as the island of peace, and it’s easy to see why. One of the Cyclades islands, it has three small villages and only 650 residents, so if you’re planning to get away from it all, there’s a good chance this mountain villa is perfect for you.   The island is known for its terraced hills with dry-placed walls. This property is set among these terraces, and looks out over the Mediterranean from high above it.   The villa is an easygoing combination of traditional architecture and modern design. The exteriors are white-washed with stone walls and…
  • Aegean Villas, Paros, Greece

    Petros Nikolaidis
    20 May 2015 | 10:37 am
    The Greek Cyclades islands are famous for their striking whitewashed houses, set against blue skies and waters. This villa complex has taken this tradition and brought it up to date, with clean, contemporary lines and minimalist decor, as well as all the conveniences you could ask for.   One of the most striking features of the property is the outside living area. The complex is set on split levels above the beach, with the highest level offering stunning views across the water to Antiparos and adjacent islands. The elegantly elongated pool is perched high above the beach,…
  • Events at Agnone Cove, Corsica, France

    Jean-Joseph Galeani
    20 May 2015 | 10:36 am
    Set along the rugged southern coast of the Gulf of Ajaccio, this boutique hotel’s rustic charm and sophistication derive from the graceful integration of all natural materials, soft muted colors and earthy elegance. Discretely tucked away in the maquis with just three charming villas on an expansive fifty acres of private seaside and forest, the location and unique character make for an exotic setting for special events.  Designed in the traditional bergerie stone, the exteriors are simple country chic while the minimalist interiors are warm and elegant with charming hand made…
 
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  • 5 musicales alternativos en Madrid que no te puedes perder

    Alejandro Malonda
    22 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    MADRID. Reconozcámoslo, a todos nos encantan los musicales. Es un hecho. ¿Quién puede resistirse a esa combinación de música y teatro? Por desgracia, el precio de las entradas de las superproducciones musicales no está hecho para todos los bolsillos o, al menos, está hecho para que la mayoría de los mortales sólo pueda permitírselo en ocasiones muy especiales. Sin embargo, no es necesario gastarse una fortuna para disfrutar de un buen musical. Aquí tienes unos cuantos que puedes ver antes de verano sin que tu economía personal se tambalee.   1- La Llamada Se ha convertido…
  • 5 piscinas para pasar (mejor) el verano en Madrid

    María Luisa Sánchez
    22 May 2015 | 2:30 am
    Aunque nos guste mucho Madrid y no le pongamos casi pegas, las tiene. Una de ellas es que no tiene playa, y esto para pasar los veranos es un problema. Muchas urbanizaciones tienen sus piscinas privadas, pero la mayoría tiene que buscar las piscinas públicas para sobrellevar mejor los veranos en la capital. Anteriormente hablábamos de planes refrescantes para combatir el calor en Madrid, en este artículo descubrimos las mejores instalaciones en Madrid para pasar el verano sin acordarnos de las playas blancas de Cádiz o los acantilados de Galicia. Prepara el bañador, la toalla, la crema…
  • 3 planes refrescantes para combatir el calor en Madrid

    Alejandro Malonda
    21 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    MADRID. Se empieza a notar el calor en las calles de la capital. Seguro que cuando sales a dar un paseo te enfundas tu ropa de verano y tratas de andar por los lugares con sombra, te es cada vez más difícil no hacer un alto en el camino para tomarte algo en la terraza de un bar y no dejas de recordarte en cada paso que aquella canción de los ochenta tenía razón, que por desgracia “aquí no hay playa”. Y, efectivamente, Madrid no tiene playa pero ofrece muchas alternativas interesantes en las que poder tomar el sol y darte un chapuzón.   1- Madrid Río Madrid Río | vía…
  • ¿Cómo conocer extranjeros en Madrid?

    Carlos Teijeiro
    21 May 2015 | 6:08 am
    ¿Cómo conocer extranjeros en Madrid? Carlos Teijeiro y María Luisa Sánchez lo averiguan. The article ¿Cómo conocer extranjeros en Madrid? appeared first on ROOSTERGNN.
  • Escapadas desde Madrid: El Escorial

    María Luisa Sánchez
    21 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    DECA MADbudget publica una series sobre Escapadas desde Madrid. Lugares cercanos a la capital y que muchas veces desconocemos. Descubriremos qué hacer, cómo llegar o dónde comer. Hoy viajamos hasta El Escorial. San Lorenzo del Escorial, es una ciudad situada al norte de Madrid, en plena sierra de Guadarrama, a penas a 55 minutos de la capital y que muchos desconocen. En este artículo descubriremos cómo llegar, qué visitar, dónde comer y los planes alternativos que ofrece. Empieza la visita, ¿nos acompañas? ¿CÓMO LLEGAR? En autobús: para ir en este medio de transporte tenemos dos…