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  • Top 25 Travel Blogs: 2015 Viator Travel Awards

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    Viator Travel Team
    23 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Find out our picks for the Top 25 Travel Blogs of the Year! Editor’s Note: This post is part of the Viator Travel Awards, an annual awards competition where we – along with our readers, travelers, and fans – select the top things to do and see in each of the major regions we serve, the top things to do in our most popular tour categories, and more. Welcome to the 2015 Viator Travel Awards: Travel Blog edition, your annual guide to the Top 25 Travel Blogs You Should Be Reading. We are big fans of travel blogs here at Viator. They can be valuable resources for tips, recommendations,…
  • Our 2015 Travel Ideas and Plans

    Who Needs Maps
    Jenn Malka
    5 Dec 2014 | 5:56 pm
    We have big plans for 2015 because Jack is finally moving to the States! YAY! Excited doesn’t even begin to cut it. Since he is moving to LA, we are going to try and focus on some local travel within the USA. Just because we don’t have a plane, doesn’t mean we aren’t still traveling! […] The post Our 2015 Travel Ideas and Plans appeared first on Who Needs Maps.
  • A Caribbean Christmas with Blue Chair Bay Rum

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    RumShopRyan
    24 Dec 2014 | 10:21 am
    Snow or sand, pine trees or palm trees, the Christmas spirit infects us know matter where we live. We gather with friends and family to celebrate, we eat, we drink, we are merry. Today is Christmas Eve and the holiday cheer is starting to permeate my tough skin. Better late than never right? I just got back from the beach where I took a few photos of a little boat drink sip sip. The recipe, just a simple mixture of Blue Chair Bay Coconut Spiced Rum Cream, a dark rum, and nutmeg. Simple, delicious and fitting for the holidays. I don’t really have a name for it yet. Maybe the Christmas…
  • Merry Christmas and Happy New Year — may our many voices be heard

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    Charlie Leocha
    25 Dec 2014 | 12:03 am
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to our readers in as many foreign languages as we can find. May our […]
  • Talking Cheap Travel Spots and Living Abroad

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    Tim Leffel
    21 Dec 2014 | 2:17 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!
 
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  • Japan by Bullet Train

    Andrew Evans
    25 Dec 2014 | 12:44 pm
    I wanted to cross the country in one day. You can do that, thanks to the incredibly fast bullet trains that connect Japan’s major cities. The bullet, or Shinkansen, train looks futuristic but celebrates its 50th birthday this year. Since 2011, it has linked the northernmost city of Aomori, on the main island of Honshu, to the outhernmost city of Kagoshima, which is on the island of Kyushu—nearly the distance from New York to Miami. I left Aomori one morning at 8:28 a.m. Twelve hours later, at 8:14 p.m., my train pulled into Kagoshima. What happened in between was a speedy dream of…
  • Transporting TV: Shows to Binge On

    Katie Knorovsky
    25 Dec 2014 | 9:21 am
    Can’t travel this holiday? Catching up on television can provide unadulterated escape. Here are four shows to binge watch during your downtime this holiday season: Swede Style: Scandinavian cool meets confused American in NBC’s Welcome to Sweden. You’ll forgive the mild-mannered writing for its scenery, which is pure drama. Time Bomb: Manhattan—WGN America’s period piece set in the tumbleweed town of Los Alamos, New Mexico—chronicles the creation of the atomic bomb during World War II. Great Scot: Starz’s Scotland fantasy drama, Outlander, warps between the 1940s and the…
  • I Heart My City: Rebecca’s St. Pete

    I Heart My City
    24 Dec 2014 | 10:23 am
    Rebecca Davis is a St. Petersburg—locals call it St. Pete—native through and through. A recent transplant to Washington, D.C., she now delights in visiting what she describes as a “tropical, art-conscious city with a laid-back beach vibe.” Rebecca gets to explore the world by way of photographs and stories as an associate producer at Nat Geo Travel, but she’ll always be proud of her Florida roots. Here are a few of her favorite things about the “other” St. Petersburg. Follow Rebecca’s story on Instagram @BeckyDavis1234 and Twitter @Beckylane123.
  • #NGTRadar: Travel Lately

    Intelligent Travel
    24 Dec 2014 | 7:49 am
    Travel Lately—a roundup of the best new dispatches from the travel blogosphere—is a regular feature on Intelligent Travel every other Wednesday. You can play, too. Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTravel and tag your favorite travel stories #NGTRadar to help us find the crème de la crème on the Web. Here are our latest picks: Traveling to Europe can be hard on your budget, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are 29 travel hacks that will save you big money on your next adventure abroad. @worldofwlust Anthony Bourdain knows a thing or two about travel—and he’s sharing the…
  • Video: Bali’s Enduring Spirit

    Bob Krist
    23 Dec 2014 | 1:40 pm
    Whenever a traveler returns to a beloved place after a long hiatus (in my case, almost 25 years), the trip is inevitably attended by some combination of anticipation and dread. Will it be as great as you remember it? Has time treated it well? With Bali, which I revisited this past summer with my brother, the experience was bittersweet indeed. The resort towns around Kuta are almost unrecognizable with development; charming seaside-shack restaurants have given way to multi-story malls and discos. The beaches themselves are still great, but if I was looking for this kind of atmosphere, I…
 
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    Hawaii Vacation Blog

  • 5 Reasons to Take the Pali Highway

    Jamie Winpenny
    23 Dec 2014 | 10:14 am
    Oahu’s Pali Highway is a special road for a variety of reasons. It’s a vital link between the Windward Side and Honolulu. The post 5 Reasons to Take the Pali Highway appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Ride the Wind in Hawaii!

    Jamie Winpenny
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:45 am
    It’s been a blustery few days on Oahu. Most of us welcome the cool trade-wind weather, but there is a group of The post Ride the Wind in Hawaii! appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Marcus Mariota’s Shared Glory

    Jamie Winpenny
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:55 am
    In what will surely become one of the proudest moments in Hawaii sports, local boy and Oregon Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota was The post Marcus Mariota’s Shared Glory appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • The Hawaii Shriners Hospital Snow Day was Cool!

    Bruce Fisher
    15 Dec 2014 | 4:18 pm
    Yaling and I were delighted to attend the Shriners Hospital for Children’s Snow Day at the recently renovated and upgraded hospital campus The post The Hawaii Shriners Hospital Snow Day was Cool! appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Hawaii Camping Getaway for Military Families

    Jamie Winpenny
    11 Dec 2014 | 9:22 am
    Military families vacationing on Oahu have a wide variety of accommodations to choose from, even more than civilian families do. This is The post Hawaii Camping Getaway for Military Families appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
 
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  • How to spot a Brazilian

    Amanda Moutinho
    26 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Photo: alobos Life 1. We’re yelling. Brazilians might start off at a normal voice level, but by the end of the conversation we’re usually shouting, especially when trying to make a point. If there’s a Brazilian group, we’re probably screaming over each other. 2. We’re bundled up when it’s 70 degrees. Brazilians know two seasons: summer and the dead of winter. 3. We’re crazy aggressive drivers. It can be thrilling and terrifying to ride in a Brazilian’s car. We have short attention spans and are never afraid to lay on the horn. We’re used…
  • 7 things Russians love to hate

    Marina Vinogradova
    26 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Photo: Nikolai Vassiliev 1. Russians abroad Every Russian you meet abroad secretly hates other Russian tourists and tries to avoid them. Sometimes we even pretend we are not Russian and have nothing in common with the big noisy group of people on a holiday with “all-inclusive” package who flood Spain, Egypt and Thailand. It must be them who are responsible for the image of Russian people abroad, and we hate them for that. Everywhere I travel, I see long faces after I say I am from Russia, because people expect aggressive behavior, heavy drinking and no respect for the country visited,…
  • 12 of the best Airbnbs in Greece

    Joe Batruny
    26 Dec 2014 | 2:15 am
    IN YEARS PAST, travelers had few accommodation options when traveling. Choices included hotels, motels, or, depending on the location being visited, hostels. But in recent years, Couchsurfing and Airbnb have given travelers important new options, allowing them to feel more at home than a typical hotel stay would. On some occasions, these new sorts of accommodations even provide opportunities for new friendships and meals with hosts. It’s hard to argue with the results considering the positive experiences so many travelers have had. As the service grows, it’s likely that the choices…
  • Affecting the voice of travel

    Bani Amor
    26 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    Thy Tran in her kitchen. Photo by the author. THY TRAN is a San Francisco-based writer and chef-instructor who specializes in the history and culture of food. Her research into how diverse communities grow, cook, sell, and eat has taken her from Seoul to Singapore, Cusco to Kochi. In addition to contributing features in publications such as the Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Saveur and Fine Cooking, she co-authored Asia in the San Francisco Bay Area: A Cultural Travel Guide, Taste of the World, Essentials of Asian Cooking and The Kitchen Companion. Thy is a founder of the Asian…
  • 10 comments servers are sick of

    Danielle Page
    25 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    Photo: Chris Goldberg 1. “What’s good here?” You’re pretty much asking us to shit on at least some of the offerings of our fine-dining establishment. If we tell you, “Everything is good!” we’re not getting anywhere. If we list our favorites, they might not align with your food preferences, and if you ask us, “Which is better?” we’re just going to pull out the strong points of each dish and hope you don’t push us further. Once it gets to a tug-of-war ending in “But if you HAD to pick,” we get super frustrated,…
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  • My White House Visit

    Beth Whitman
    24 Dec 2014 | 1:59 pm
    A couple of weeks ago I made a little visit to the White House. Yeah, the White House. I didn’t meet or even see the President or First Lady but I may have seen the motorcade that carried Prince William. The invitation came from Fran Holuba, Global Engagement Directorate for the National Security Council. The White House was interested in bringing together 100 of the most influential travel bloggers (sorry, there’s no other way to say that and sound less braggy) and digital media outlets to discuss the benefits of study abroad programs and cross-cultural exchanges including…
  • Wild – The Movie

    Beth Whitman
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:34 am
    In case you haven’t been swept up in this girl-power phenom of a book, and now movie, by Cheryl Strayed…Wild is the story of a woman who takes on a portion of the Pacific Crest Trail (the PCT). The trail runs from Mexico to Canada and is approximately 2,650 miles long. To rid herself of her demons, Cheryl walks a portion of it, about 1,100 miles, from the Mojave Desert in California to Oregon’s border with Washington. You can imagine how interested I was to see the movie (starring Reese Witherspoon) after having done the Snowman Trek. While my hike was “only” 25…
  • Eagle Creek No Matter What Flashpoint Duffel ~ WanderGear Wednesday

    Beth Whitman
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:18 am
    There are a lot of things that make trekking in Bhutan quite different than trekking in other countries such as nearby Nepal. In Nepal, for example, your gear is carried by porters which means you need a pack that can be carried on your (well, your Sherpa’s) back. In Bhutan, your gear gets packed up on horses, ponies and/or yaks. Rather than a large backpack, instead you need a strong water resistant duffel bag for your clothes, gear and personal items. After checking out a number of options at REI, I decided to take the Eagle Creek No Matter What Flashpoint Duffel with me on the…
  • What We Ate During the Snowman Trek

    Beth Whitman
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:18 am
    I’ve been getting asked a lot about what we ate during the Snowman Trek. Before we left for Bhutan, we talked to a lot of people and read many articles about how to best stay nourished during a 25-day trek at altitude. Trekking aside, the Bhutanese don’t exactly have access to a wide array of food. It’s expensive to import and and they are able to subsist just fine off of the food they grow themselves. That might be great for the Bhutanese but I knew I’d need something more. I had been training for the trek for a year and had gotten used to eating a large quantity of…
  • Goal Zero Guide 10 Plus Kit ~ WanderGear Wednesday

    Beth Whitman
    3 Dec 2014 | 3:10 pm
    A friend had been telling me for a good eight months that Goal Zero was THE company to check out for solar powered products. After testing a number of units from other companies and being disappointed with the results, I had been kinda desperate to find something that worked. I know, I was testing out solar powered products in Seattle, where the sun don’t always shine. But still…something had to work, right? Specifically I was looking for something to bring on the Snowman Trek. We’d be hiking and without power for 25 days and I needed something that could charge a few…
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  • Quantum of the Seas moving to China Sucks

    Rich Tucker
    21 Dec 2014 | 7:12 pm
    The Quantum of the Seas moving to China sucks. OK, there I said it. As I’ve been editing video and uploading photos from my 3 night Quantum of the Seas cruise, that thought has been in the back of my mind. My Quantum of the Seas GoPro Video Quantum of the Seas Move to China I understand the Quantum of the Seas move to China from a business perspective. From what I have gathered the Quantum of the Seas is pretty much pre-paid for by large China travel companies who do full ship charters. The Chinese cruising market is projected to see substantial growth as more Chinese cruise ports open…
  • The Best 2015 Carnival Pack & Go Deals

    Rich Tucker
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:29 am
    Typically, when Carnival has a Pack & Go Sale it is for cruises departing in the next 2 – 6 weeks. But, this weeks Pack & Go Sale only includes cruises departing in January and February due to the Next 2 weeks being Christmas and New Years. For the Carnival Pack & Go Sale, Carnival has dropped the prices on 200+ cruises departing from January and February 2015. I have picked out my Top 5 favorite Carnival Pack & Go Deals.  The Carnival Pack & Go Sale goes from 12/19 – 12/21/14.  If you are thinking about booking a Carnival January or February Cruise then I…
  • South Beach Trip Updates Coming Soon

    Rich Tucker
    15 Dec 2014 | 8:17 pm
    I just returned home from a whirlwind 72 hours in South Beach trying to capture as much content and tips to help you get the most out of your Miami Pre-Cruise Stay. While in South Beach, I had a wonderful stay at the newly renovated Gale Hotel, toured the Ritz Carlton and National Hotel, hung out by the pool at the Surfcomber and had one of the best meals ever at Red, the Steakhouse. A few hours of my 72 hours were spent on the other side of the bridge in Miami to dine at an authentic Peruvian dinner at Cev.iche 105 and on the last night I checked out Artwalk and Food Truck Saturday in…
  • Cruise Deals: The Best Spring Break Cruises

    Martha Allen
    5 Dec 2014 | 5:43 am
    Believe it or not, now is the time to start thinking about spring break 2015. Since so many people go on vacations that time of year, the longer you wait to book – the higher the rates typically are for cruise fares and airline tickets. Many sailings will be completely sold out, and it may be difficult to find a flight if you wait to long. Current rates are really quite low yet for this time of year, so if you see one you are interested in, book now to lock in the low rates. Spring Break Cruise Deals 3-Day Mexico-Pacific Coast Cruise from Los Angeles aboard Golden Princess 3-Day Bahamas…
  • The Traveler Gift Guide

    Amanda Brooks
    4 Dec 2014 | 9:17 am
    Do you have someone in your life that always seems to be on there way to a great new place? Or perhaps you’re trying to drop the hint to someone you love about what would really make your Christmas list shine? We have gift ideas from stocking stuffers to splurge worthy that will put a smile on the face of any traveler! Click on the name of any product below to see it in detail and get your holiday shopping done early! TECHNOLOGY FOR THE TRAVELER For even the non-tech savvy among us there are gadgets and gizmos that can make our traveling lives feel so much easier! Lifeproof phone case (avg…
 
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  • Municipal House in Prague

    Karen Bryan
    25 Dec 2014 | 11:06 pm
    I stumbled across the Municipal House (Obecní dům in Czech) as I was walking around Prague. I detected several Art Nouveau elements in the exterior. The wrought iron work and stained glass above the entrance is gorgeous.
  • The Horniman Museum in London

    Karen Bryan
    21 Dec 2014 | 10:37 pm
    I resolved to finally visit the Horniman Museum in south London when I noticed that I could get a direct London Overground train from Hoxton station, fairly close to the RE London Shoreditch Hotel where I was staying, to Forest Hill, where the Horniman is located. It was raining during the rail journey, but fortunately […]The Horniman Museum in London Tips on the best places to visit in Europe. Copyrighted content published on the Europe a la Carte Travel Blog.
  • A Morning in Lincoln’s Inn Fields London

    Karen Bryan
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:54 pm
    I spent an enjoyable morning visiting the Sir John Soane’s and Hunterian Museum, both free to enter,  in Lincoln’s Inn Fields in London. Unfortunately, photography isn’t permitted in either museum. Sir John Soane’s Museum was built in as the home of Neo-Classical architect.
  • Should I Buy a Bratislava City Card?

    Karen Bryan
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:40 pm
    If you’re visiting the Slovakian capital, it’s worth investigating whether abuying a Bratislava City Card would save you money. The card costs 10 Euro for one day, 12 Euro for two days or 15 Euro for three days. The only things that are free if you have a Bratislava City Card are:
  • Review of Tara Tari Buffet Restaurant London

    Karen Bryan
    16 Dec 2014 | 11:08 pm
    Update 17 December 2014 – The restaurant has now closed. I’m assuming that this is at least partly due to loads of awful reviews on TripAdvisor. I’m surprised, as I enjoyed my meal there.
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  • Learn to Walk on Water During Your Next Trip to Hong Kong

    Chris Guillebeau
    23 Dec 2014 | 10:56 am
    This is a reader story. (Read others or tell us yours I read a long comment by Elena Kim in the 2014 Travel Roundup, and decided it deserves a post of its own. Here’s Elena: – This year I learned I could walk on water. I was in Hong Kong on my first overseas trip alone, and wound up in a town called Sai Kung. From there, I bought a ticket to Sharp Island. A small boat dropped me off and sped away. I noticed people walking from Sharp Island to a smaller island on foot. Not swimming—WALKING—across the ocean. They were using a tombolo, a sand bridge that emerges during low tide…
  • 2014 Annual Review: Looking Forward to 2015 (Dun, dun, dun…)

    Chris Guillebeau
    22 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    And… the Annual Review continues! Today’s post is all about the future. You’re welcome to share your lessons too, and—new bonus!—we’ll award a $100 Powell’s gift card to the person who leaves the best comment by the end of the week, as determined by our cats and biased judges. Right after Christmas, I’ll also share a roundup post consisting of lessons and observations from many of you. Remember: include a link to any AONC Annual Review post, along with the hashtag #AnnualReview. We’ll feature as many different perspectives as possible. Previous Posts 2014 Annual…
  • “Always Sticking to the Plan Killed Me”: A Lesson from a Teenage Indie Game Maker

    Chris Guillebeau
    20 Dec 2014 | 5:22 am
    Adam spent 13 years making an indie video game. If you grew up gaming (I did), you’ll like this video and appreciate several of the references. Even if you don’t care for video games, it’s still a great story.   Of his 6 lessons (cleverly disguised as reasons for failure), my favorite is the one about sticking to the plan. When something isn’t working or you just need to make progress, don’t be afraid of making a change.
  • 2014 Annual Review: Travel Roundup

    Chris Guillebeau
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    And… the Annual Review continues! Today’s post is a travel roundup: everywhere I went in 2014, along with a few lessons and comments. You’re welcome to share your itineraries or lessons. Next week, our cats and biased judges will award a $100 gift card from Powell’s for the best overall comment throughout the series. Previous Posts 2014 Annual Review Process & Template Looking Back on a Complicated Year Work & Business Lessons Now that I’m retired from visiting every country in the world, my travel is a bit different. I’m still hopping around the globe, but to…
  • How to Visit Cuba as an American (While It’s Still “Illegal”)

    Chris Guillebeau
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:45 am
    Like many of you, I was excited to hear the big news that the U.S. embargo against Cuba is ending. Wow! There’s probably a good life lesson in this news: if your government has tried something for more than 50 years and it hasn’t worked, maybe it’s time to try something else. As part of this huge change, sooner or later it will be much more common for Americans to travel to Cuba with few or no restrictions. But you don’t need to wait until the floodgates open. You can go there now, just as I did a few years ago. This post tells you how. For the past 54 years, the U.S.
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  • Popular insights from 2014: Getting more bookings

    24 Dec 2014 | 8:24 am
    How to Boost Direct Bookings with TripAdvisor Business Listings
  • Are you writing what you mean?

    22 Dec 2014 | 1:01 pm
    Your voice plays a major role in how people perceive your message. Research shows it can be twice as impactful as the actual content of what you say. When we write there’s no face-to-face interaction, so word choice, sentence structure and tone convey our voice – and meaning – to readers.
  • Optimizing your Management Response voice

    22 Dec 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Once you’ve decided on a Management Response voice, here are some tips to optimize your responses:
  • Tired of running in circles for bookings?

    18 Dec 2014 | 10:10 am
    Just like you, travelers want to make it simpler to book a room. So we created TripConnect instant booking. Millions of travelers on the world’s largest travel site can now book directly with you – without leaving TripAdvisor.
  • Get the scoop on branding from the USA’s best ice cream parlors

    Helen Anne Travis
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    TripAdvisor recently named the USA’s top 10 ice cream parlors. Creameries across the country were selected based on the quality, quantity and recency of their customer reviews. What are their secrets to success? After scouring the reviews of the ice cream parlors, I have a few ideas.
 
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  • Aloha Friday Photo: Mighty Mo

    Sheila Beal
    26 Dec 2014 | 5:28 am
    Mahalo to Miriam Becerril for sharing this photo from the Battleship Missouri Memorial with us.The Mighty Mo is steeped in proud history from World War II through Operation Desert Storm in 1991. Perhaps one of the ship’s most significant moments is that it served as the meeting point in Tokyo Bay for the Japanese Foreign Minister to sign the Instrument of Surrender to end World War II and restore peace. You can see that exact spot when you tour the battleship.Now the Battleship Missouri rests peacefully in Pearl Harbor. It is fascinating to visit as you have the opportunity to learn…
  • Mele Kalikimaka from GoVisitHawaii.com

    Sheila Beal
    24 Dec 2014 | 10:58 am
    We send our warmest wishes for a Mele Kalikimaka! © Go Visit Hawaii – Republication of this entire post is prohibited without prior permission. Using extracts of less than 100 words is permitted with full attribution and link back to GoVisitHawaii.com. Under no circumstances may any site scrape content automatically from our site or this RSS feed.
  • Amazing Christmas Gingerbread Village in Waikiki

    Sheila Beal
    22 Dec 2014 | 5:58 am
    On our list of things to see and do in Waikiki at Christmas, we recommend a visit to the grand gingerbread village created and hosted by Sheraton Princess Kaiulani hotel. Once you step inside the hotel, the inviting gingerbread scent helps you find the village in the lobby area.On our recent visit to Waikiki, we made a point to see this fairytale gingerbread village twice. We happily spent quite a bit of time admiring the details. It’s truly amazing. Aloha tower (left) and Kawaiaha’o Church (right)This sprawling gingerbread village features iconic buildings from around Hawaii…
  • Aloha Friday Photo: Kauai lanai

    Sheila Beal
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:07 am
    Mahalo to Jeff Silvers for sharing his beautiful photo with us for Aloha Friday Photos. Jeff took this photo on November 7th from his lanai (balcony) at Pono Kai in Kapaa, Kauai. What a lovely view through the green lawn, swaying palm trees to the ocean. A view like this makes it difficult to leave Kauai at the end of the visit!Happy Aloha Friday!© Go Visit Hawaii – Republication of this entire post is prohibited without prior permission. Using extracts of less than 100 words is permitted with full attribution and link back to GoVisitHawaii.com. Under no circumstances may any site…
  • Maui & Lanai New Year’s Eve Fireworks & Celebrations for 2014/2015

    Sheila Beal
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:59 am
    We’ve created new pages to highlight the New Year’s Eve fireworks and celebrations across the islands of Maui and Lanai. Both islands will offer wonderful ways to welcome in 2015. To see what’s happening this year, follow these links:— Maui New Year’s Eve Fireworks & Celebrations— Lanai New Year’s Eve Fireworks & CelebrationsWhether you’ll be on the beautiful Hawaiian Islands celebrating the new year or just want to impress your friends at home, learn how to wish and say happy new year in Hawaiian, which is Hau’oli Makahiki Hou.©…
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  • Ed Ruscha: Ostend – La Jolla – Venice – The Hague

    GJE
    21 Dec 2014 | 1:31 pm
    Ed Ruscha: Ostend – La Jolla – Venice – The Hague An acrylic on canvas painting by Ed Ruscha, but also a Mural at the La Jolla Branch of the Museum of Contemporary Art of San Diego, California (see the second photo right). 1995-1996, acrylic on PVC coated fabric. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Museum purchase with proceeds from Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego Art Auction 2006, and from prior donations by Susan and Frank Kockritz and Mr. and Mrs. Norton S. Walbridge. © Ed Ruscha. Ostend? I took this photo in Ostend, Belgium at the exhibition The Sea…
  • The Sea – A tribute to Jan Hoet

    GJE
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:22 am
    The Sea – A tribute to Jan Hoet Currently in the Belgian city Ostende there is an exhibition in various locations in honor of curator Jan Hoet who passed away January 27, 2014, before the exhibition atarted. I’ve visited it and it is really worth while the journey. Open until April 19th, 2015. The installation “Altar” at the beach by Kris Martin is part of the exhibition. It refers to a triptych by Van Eyck and gives a view on the Sea (and the air above the sea off course) The sea has always been a great source of inspiration for the arts. Its attraction can…
  • The Hague Eon Power Station

    GJE
    12 Dec 2014 | 1:46 am
    Just an idea to post more frequent here on the blog is trying to post more of my photo’s more or less simultaneously as I post them to Picfair. This Eon Power station is gas turbine powered and is located near the The Hague city center and actually around the corner where I live. The Hague Eon Power Station is a post from: Happy Hotelier. Would you like to subscribe to my newsfeed, or my weekly newsletter? Last update: Friday, December 12, 2014The Hague Eon Power Station is a post from: Happy Hotelier. Would you like to subscribe to my newsfeed, or my weekly newsletter?
  • Simple Carver?

    GJE
    5 Dec 2014 | 5:20 am
    Simple Carver? Shortly after the Dutch Carver Project went bankrupt, BMW published its Simple Project…..as I understood recently when I found this Youtube video of the Simple Carver… Simple is the acronym for Sustainable and Innovative Mobility Product for Low Energy consumption, a vehicle concept combining features and advantages of both motorcars and motorcycles. The concept owes its protective passenger compartment to motorcars whereas the streamline shape, the two occupants seated one behind the other and the uniquely driving experience are naturally owed to motorcycles.
  • 2017 America’s Cup 35 in Bermuda

    GJE
    4 Dec 2014 | 5:09 am
    2017 America’s Cup 35 in Bermuda The #35 campaign is right on its way with the announcement that Bermuda will be the venue of choice for the 2017 America’s Cup finals. 2017 America’s Cup 35 in Bermuda is a post from: Happy Hotelier. Would you like to subscribe to my newsfeed, or my weekly newsletter? Last update: Thursday, December 4, 20142017 America’s Cup 35 in Bermuda is a post from: Happy Hotelier. Would you like to subscribe to my newsfeed, or my weekly newsletter?
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  • Holiday Romance : Celebration in the Oaks at New Orleans City Park

    CajunMama
    4 Dec 2014 | 11:03 am
    The holiday season can be filled with presents and family and parties and chaos. For many people, the holidays can also be a time of reflection and nostalgia and TRAVEL! My kids are teenagers now and using them as an excuse to enjoy Christmas lights is no longer valid. It’s time for me to admit that at 41 years old, I still find holiday light displays as magical and romantic as a night sky full of starlight. And adding a few nights away from home even adds to that romance! There are spectacular light displays found all over the US during this time of year, but closer to home for us is…
  • Shop and Drop at a Hotel

    RollingMama
    23 Nov 2014 | 12:49 pm
    Photo by Jim Twardowski Hotel Indigo Houston, Texas   ‘Tis the season to shop.  Hotels across the country are offering  travelers some delightful packages by partnering with mega malls and boutique shops.  From San Francisco to New York City, hotels are enticing shopaholics with everything from discounted stays and gift cards to free parking and complimentary meals. Pack your bags and bring an extra–empty suitcase–for all the wonderful items you will find. Here’s a dozen destinations and hotels with great ways to save while you shop. Alexandria, Virginia The…
  • Frugal Hotel Finds: Houston, Bloomington, and New Orleans

    RollingMama
    7 Nov 2014 | 2:15 pm
    Royal Sonesta Houston, Texas   Kick off the holiday season with the royal treatment on the rooftop of Houston’s fabulous Royal Sonesta.  Book a stay for Thanksgiving Day, November 27, and view the annual Uptown Houston Holiday Lighting ceremony and 7 pm fireworks.  Guests also receive dessert, hot chocolate, and champagne for two.  Other perks include a $25 credit good for the three on-site eateries, complimentary self-parking for one vehicle and a 4 p.m. late checkout. Rates for the package start at $169 per room for double occupancy. Need an extra day to snag some holiday gifts at…
  • Living Like a Local – The Guesthouse Hotel in Chicago

    BoulderMama
    4 Nov 2014 | 6:59 am
    Let’s face it, traveling with small children is no walk in the park. From schlepping gear to dealing with picky eating, it can frankly, be a total pain the butt and result in less family travel time. But, it doesn’t have to be that way. Not when you visit the beautiful, family-friendly city of Chicago and stay at The Guesthouse Hotel that is! The Guesthouse Hotel is a gem in the north part of Chicago, situated just south of the trendy Andersonville neighborhood’s shopping district. A section of The Guesthouse was originally built as luxury condos – and those finishes…
  • Finding Good Wine in Maine

    CajunMama
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:27 am
    I’m similar to many travelers and enjoy a nice glass of vino local to whatever destination I’m in. It’s good for the heart, good for the brain, and yes, good for the soul, especially when making memories with loved ones, as well. TravelingMamas.com has partnered up with Expedia to highlight some great places I’ve come across while adding to our wine collection for our summer home and guest cottage. I didn’t initially have Maine on my radar as a place to visit much or even call home, but they say “Home is Where the Heart Is.” My husband spent his summers…
 
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    Vagabondish

  • That Time We Rocked Out with Boston’s Blue Man Group

    Mike Richard
    26 Dec 2014 | 6:09 am
    Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. If you’ve never seen Blue Man Group, it’s … umm … hard to explain. And that’s not just marketing spin. It really is a bizarre show. You could say it’s “performance art”, but that’s just vague and pretentious. It’s part comedy, theater, rock concert, social commentary, and audience participation. Personally, I love it. It’d been ten years since the last time I saw Blue Man Group and, to my surprise, Mrs. Vagabondish had never been. So I decided to use my considerable Viator…
  • Photo of the Moment: A Brilliant Sunset Over Kathmandu Valley, Nepal

    Mike Richard
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:30 am
    Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. © Mike Behnken The post Photo of the Moment: A Brilliant Sunset Over Kathmandu Valley, Nepal appeared first on Vagabondish.
  • 5 Ways Travel Will Teach You Patience

    Amanda Kendle
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:28 am
    Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. I am not, by nature, a patient person. But thanks to my years of traveling, I have become a lot more patient than I used to be. Traveling has taught me many skills, but one of the best and most useful ones is that of patience. Here are five ways that travel will also teach you patience — definitely a virtue, as the saying goes. #1: Learning to Wait Waiting patiently is not a skill that most people have, but there is a lot of waiting involved when you travel. You can either get impatient or get used to it. Travel enough and you will definitely get…
  • Photo of the Moment: The Glory of Dusk Over Lake Michigan

    Mike Richard
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:39 am
    Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. © Kevin Dooley The post Photo of the Moment: The Glory of Dusk Over Lake Michigan appeared first on Vagabondish.
  • Eyeing the New Microsoft Surface Pro 3 as a Laptop Replacement

    Mike Richard
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:40 am
    Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. We really are in the golden age of travel technology. I’m sure I’ll look back on that statement in ten years – or two – and laugh. But the combination of portability and power of today’s laptops and mobile devices is almost absurd. While I’d love to free myself from the constant tether of the internet, Facebook, and The Daily Puppy, my schedule is always peppered with work requirements no matter where I am in the world. Editing photos, publishing blog posts, answering e-mails, and … whatever it is that I do on social…
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    Adventure Girl

  • Join the Global Mosaic conversation!

    Stefanie Michaels
    21 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Patent pending, Hyperactivate
  • Love the movie, WILD? Then these treks are for you!

    Stefanie Michaels
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:27 am
    Have you seen the movie, WILD, starring Reese Witherspoon? If you haven’t, go! It’s a remarkable story based on the memoir by Cheryl Strayed, on her 93-day trek on the Pacific Crest Trail. The story is about an emotionally broken Strayed played by Witherspoon, who sets out on a 1,100 mile trek to heal her spirit after the loss of her mom at 45 years old to cancer. She reckons with her past demons, making peace with poor life choices; choices that took her into heroin use, a divorce due to infidelity, and inevitably a spiral into other negative behaviors. Not everyone comes from…
  • 8Great: Wild about the movie WILD starring Reese Witherspoon

    Stefanie Michaels
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:35 pm
    Movie Review: No Matter where you are, or where you’ve been, WILD, the movie directed by Jean-Marc Vallée (“Dallas Buyers Club”), starring Reese Witherspoon, is a must see for anyone with a dream or a life-goal. It could also be simply a “want” to hike the Pacific Crest Trail, or “PCT” as an adventure of a lifetime. (The “PCT” is one of the country’s longest and toughest through-trails). The book, “Wild: Lost and Found on the Pacific Crest Trail,” is a memoir about loss, adventures and personal growth written by Cheryl Strayed. Adapted into the 119-minute…
  • Adventures at the White House with Adventure Girl

    Stefanie Michaels
    11 Dec 2014 | 2:59 pm
    Being “Adventure Girl” over the years, has offered me a life full of opportunities and adventures. I’ve been able to fly in Zero Gravity with astronaut, Buzz Aldrin, followed up with an invitation to NASA to see an Endeavor spacecraft launch. I have sat at the dinner table full of diplomats discussing world views with my friend and egyptologist, Dr. Zahi Hawass while I was in Egypt. Most recently, I interviewed spiritual guru and author, Dr. Deepak Chopra about his new book, Future of God, discussing his views to enlighten and broaden philosophies on believing. Each…
  • 8Great Spa & Golf Resorts

    AdventureGirlMGR
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:31 pm
    Rejuvenating spas and world-class golf are two travel luxuries you’ll only find in combination at the very best resorts. Here are 8Great destinations that offer the best of both. The Fairmont Banff Springs in Alberta, Canada Located in the stunning Canadian Rockies, The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel rises like a castle above Banff National Park. Guests flock to the golf course to experience famous views of the towering mountains surrounding the area. Each winter, the resort turns into a world-class ski destination. One element that does not change from season to season is Willow Stream Spa,…
 
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    Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast

  • Travel to Northern Australia – Episode 444 Transcript

    chris2x
    22 Dec 2014 | 11:16 am
    transcript of Travel to Northern Australia – Episode 444 Chris: Amateur Traveler Episode 444. Today the Amateur Traveler talks about waterfalls and gorges, rock art and crocodiles as we go to Northern […] The post Travel to Northern Australia – Episode 444 Transcript appeared first on Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast. Related posts: Travel to Northern Australia – Episode 444 Travel to Northern Queensland, Australia – Episode 311 Travel to Tasmania, Australia – Episode 426 Transcript
  • Travel to the Mainland of Greece – Episode 449

    chris2x
    20 Dec 2014 | 5:20 pm
    Hear about travel to the mainland of Greece as the Amateur Traveler talks to Margherita Ragg from thecrowdedplanet.com about one of her favorite countries. Margherita comes from Italy so she has traveled […] The post Travel to the Mainland of Greece – Episode 449 appeared first on Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast. Related posts: Acropolis Statues – Athens, Greece – Daily Photo Travel to Greece – Episode 96 Isolated Monastery – Meteora, Greece – Photo
  • My Visit to Washington D.C. in Pictures

    chris2x
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:03 pm
    I was just in Washington D.C. for the White House Travel Bloggers Summit on Study Abroad and Global Citizenship. Here are some pictures from my trip from my daily Instagram feed. Ralph […] The post My Visit to Washington D.C. in Pictures appeared first on Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast. Related posts: Washington D.C. Aerial Photography The National Mall – Washington, D.C., USA – Daily Photo Washington D.C. – Episode 50
  • Travel to New York City with Pauline Frommer – Episode 443 Transcript

    chris2x
    15 Dec 2014 | 3:29 pm
    transcript of Travel to New York City with Pauline Frommer – Episode 443 Chris: Amateur Traveler episode 443. Today the Amateur Traveler talks about the city that never sleeps; the Big Apple, […] The post Travel to New York City with Pauline Frommer – Episode 443 Transcript appeared first on Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast. Related posts: Travel to New York City with Pauline Frommer – Episode 443 Chrysler Building – New York City – Daily Photo Flatiron Building – New York City – Daily Photo
  • “Study Abroad and Sex Hotels” – This Week in Travel #179

    chris2x
    14 Dec 2014 | 3:50 pm
    Subscribe on iTunes | Become a Fan on Facebook | Download the iPhone app | Download This Week in Travel – Travel News Podcast. Regular hosts Gary Arndt, Jen Leo and Chris Christensen are joined by this week’s […] The post “Study Abroad and Sex Hotels” – This Week in Travel #179 appeared first on Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast. Related posts: “Cheap Living Abroad” with Tim Leffel – This Week in Travel 173 Paul Lasley in “Safety Sheep Plucking” – This Week in Travel #128 Paul Lasley in “Layover…
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    We Said Go Travel

  • The Teenage Girl Aesthetic, USA

    Angela Luo
    25 Dec 2014 | 3:00 pm
    The teenage girl dreamer sits by her windowsill and waits for the day when a snow-white owl will come slicing through the sky, cawing only minutely because of the parchment in its mouth, and she’ll grab the little paper with such tangible excitement that she’ll forget to pay the owl for its delivery. Only when the owl consistently pecks her on the head does she take a few gold coins from the inside of her cardigan pocket and slides them into a small compartment tied to the owl’s feet. Then the bird will take off, and she’ll accidentally rip the paper in sheer anticipation, and only…
  • Costa Rica – Pura Vida en Monteverde

    Beichen Fan
    25 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
      To those who have visited,Costa Rica embodies the idea of a simple lifestyle and easy living, or as the locals say, Pura Vida. But for me, the true spirit of Costa Rica was not found at its sandy beaches, but up high in its mountains and cloud forests. Away from the crowds, removed from the noises, I found a sense of Pura Vida in a place called Monteverde, from a most unexpected group. To many Costa Ricans, Monteverde is a bit of an enigma, maybe even a little confusing. Aside from the locals who’ve been there since the time immemorial, in this remote region in Central America,…
  • #MyDanaPoint: Dine at Raya, The Ritz Carlton Laguna Nigel

    Lisa Ellen Niver
    25 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    #MyDanaPoint: Dine at Raya, The Ritz Carlton Laguna Nigel I loved my dining experience at Raya and then exploring the mile of Holiday Lights at IlluminOcean! Rays @ritzcarlton #RCLagunaNigel Raya Romaine with poblano mint dressing and grilled avocado & Duck Carniyas Huarache with mole verde fall/winter menu by Richard Sandoval #MyDanaPoint A photo posted by Lisa Niver (@wesaidgotravel) on Dec 12, 2014 at 6:37pm PST Delightful Dining @ritzcarlton #RCLagunaNigel great company, food & location. #MyDanaPoint A photo posted by Lisa Niver (@wesaidgotravel) on Dec 12, 2014 at 6:47pm PST…
  • I am Unstoppable and I Love Orange Soda.USA

    Thomas Esemplare
    24 Dec 2014 | 6:00 pm
      I am Unstoppable and I Love Orange Soda People can say what they will about Philadelphia.  As a North Jersey college student, my peers have written it off as “A downgraded New York,” or “a dump with nowhere to park.”  Still, in the City of Brotherly Love, brotherly love accounts for most of my finds.  The first of them was the most important- a cup of orange soda that changed my life. Pat and I have known each other since pre-school, and now both of us are in college.  We met Jon much later, but the three of us grew close almost instantly.  Jon’s presence here is…
  • Mabuhay: A Look Born in the Philippines

    Abbey Romney
    24 Dec 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Mabuhay: A Look Born in the Philippines My husband has a certain look. He gets that look whenever he talks with someone who knows, like he does, what it meant to live in the Philippines. It is a look of tested peace, a hidden crucible of understanding that connects those who have experienced it. He spent two years as a religious missionary in the areas surrounding Bacolod and Iloilo and spoke Ilonggo, a local dialect. For me, my husband’s look has a slightly different meaning. It signifies the Philippines and what the Philippines became to me. That meaning took on greater significance when…
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    Elliott

  • Where’s the refund for our second honeymoon, US Airways?

    Christopher Elliott
    25 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Stanley Kubacki’s hotel refunds $887 after his stay. But it sends the money to US Airways Vacations, the tour operator through which he booked his reservation. And now the company seems to be keeping the money. Can it do that? Question: I’ve been trying to get a refund for my US Airways vacation...
  • Where’s the line between fine print and a lie?

    Martine Elianor
    25 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    They take your money. And then they take you by surprise. Companies typically lure us into contracts by offering their products or services at a discount. Once the promotion ends, the price goes up and we’re offered the choice of keeping the expensive service or downgrading to a cheaper...
  • Hey, what’s this “disposition” fee from Hyundai?

    Christopher Elliott
    24 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    When Kim DeBiase ends her lease for a Hyundai Sonata, the dealership demands a $400 payment for a “disposition” fee. And that puts her in a bad disposition. Does she really have to fork over the money? Question: I leased a Hyundai Sonata in 2011 from Hyundai of White Plains, NY. The day...
  • 5 signs you’re dealing with an honest company

    Peggy White-Davis
    24 Dec 2014 | 9:42 am
    I hate to burst bubbles, especially during this holiday season — but companies lie. Just because a business is providing a product or service to an enthusiastic, ready-to-buy public, does not mean they’re immune to using dishonest practices to close the sale. Companies exist because consumers...
  • All I want for Christmas is a little honesty from the travel industry

    Christopher Elliott
    23 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    What do you want for the holidays? If you’re Paulina Want, how about a little honesty? She’s planning to take her family to Las Vegas and found an “incredible” room rate at Harrah’s on the Strip. At least she thought so. The hotel’s website quoted her a rate of...
 
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    Soul Travelers 3

  • Cut Your Own Christmas Tree! Sustainable Family Fun Tradition

    Soul Travelers3
    24 Dec 2014 | 12:49 pm
    Cut Your Own Christmas Tree! Sustainable Family Fun TraditionDo you enjoy cutting down your own Christmas tree? This has been a family tradition Do you enjoy cutting down your own Christmas tree? This has been a family tradition in our family before Mozart was born and we did it with her during her first five years in California. In this photo above Mozart is just a year old and already loving the "adventure of tree chopping" for a Christmas family tradition and you can see it again when she was a little older in this video:But due to 9 years of non-stop world travel, we didn't…
  • Polar Express Grand Canyon Adventure!

    Soul Travelers3
    22 Dec 2014 | 12:42 pm
    Polar Express Grand Canyon Adventure!Have you always wanted to take your kids on the Polar Express? If your kid is Have you always wanted to take your kids on the Polar Express? If your kid is a reader, you love the book & movie. We did a winter road trip to the Grand Canyon last year and loved it. The most popular time for the Grand Canyon Railroad, located in Williams, Arizona on historic Route 66,  is when the  Polar Express runs From Nov. 7th to Jan. 3rd. When we stayed at the Grand Canyon Railroad Hotel, last January, Mozart was thrilled to see the photos in the…
  • France -The 5 Must-See Attractions

    Soul Travelers3
    14 Dec 2014 | 12:02 am
    France -The 5 Must-See AttractionsWhat are the 5 Must-See attractions in France? As I said in my Best European What are the 5 Must-See attractions in France? As I said in my Best European Vacation post, the number one travel destination in Europe is France, so narrowing it down to just five attractions won't be easy. There are endless treasures in Paris as well as the north, south, east and west part of France, but if I could only pick five, this is what I would pick. 1) The Louvre So many wonders in and around Paris from the Eiffel Tower to Arc de triumph, Notre Dame to Sacre Coeur &…
  • Mozart's Recording Her Beautiful Song "You're Not Alone"!!

    Soul Travelers3
    10 Dec 2014 | 3:25 am
    Mozart's Recording Her Beautiful Song "You're Not Alone"!!Dallas Lovato and the world loves just-turned -14-year-old  Mozart's beautiful song, "You're Not Alone" Dallas Lovato and the world loves just-turned -14-year-old Mozart's beautiful song, "You're Not Alone" that she wrote to help the cause of Human Trafficking, but it appeals to everyone's heart, as we all need inspiration! RECORDINGMozart is in the studio this week doing a professional recording of this song with Scott Bryne! Oh my gosh! We are so proud of her.They're…
  • Paleo Pasta Recipe (Grain-Free & Gluten-Free)

    Soul Travelers3
    8 Dec 2014 | 12:33 am
    Paleo Pasta Recipe (Grain-Free & Gluten-Free)Looking for a Paleo pasta recipe that is homemade, healthy, Grain-Free and Gluten-Free? Looking for a Paleo pasta recipe that is homemade, healthy, Grain-Free and Gluten-Free? This is a fairly easy recipe that Mozart adapted from our Paleo/Primal Tortilla recipe and tastes great if you are missing those carby meals like spaghetti. Due to our cavity healing and prevention diet, Mozart sometimes misses the comfort-food satisfaction of grains, but this a yummy replacement that she can make for herself or the whole family. PALEO PASTA ( GRAIN FREE,…
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    The Cranky Flier

  • Topic of the Week: Your Predictions for 2015

    CF
    26 Dec 2014 | 3:45 am
    The new year is almost here. We’ve looked back at your 2014 predictions, so now it’s time to look forward to 2015. What’s going to happen?
  • Reviewing Your 2014 Predictions

    CF
    23 Dec 2014 | 3:45 am
    At the end of last year, I put a topic up for you all to make your predictions for the airline industry in 2014. Let’s take a look and see how many of them panned out. The Battle for Seattle and Alaska’s Future Elliott Smith – Alaska & Delta will fight over SeaTac passengers like spoiled divorced rich kids at Christmas. Gifts of high frequency and low fares will try to woo passengers to love one parent more than the other. It will be a great year to be a SEA flyer. Industry Outsider – Alaska draws into a closer alliance in possible preparation for a merger, DL…
  • A Brief and Confusing History of the Mess That Is South African Airways, An Airline That Wants Etihad’s Help to Survive

    CF
    22 Dec 2014 | 3:45 am
    If I had a nickel for every time South African Airways needed a turnaround… well, I’d still have less than a dollar, but the point is that this is not an uncommon occurrence. South African has been a mess for pretty much as long as I can remember, and once again it finds itself in dire straits. But don’t worry, it’ll never go out of business. Not as long as the government is still running. Besides, there’s always the patron saint of failed airlines, Etihad, to bail the airline out. Or so South African hopes. South African has been around forever, or at least…
  • Cranky on the Web – Customers From the Past

    CF
    20 Dec 2014 | 3:45 am
    In the Trenches: Customers Who No Longer Use Us – Small Business Center This week I take a look at how we think about dealing with Cranky Concierge customers who used us last year but haven’t this year.
  • Topic of the Week: Cuba is Coming

    CF
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:45 am
    With the news that relations are finally thawing between the US and Cuba, you know airlines are starting to drool over the possibilities. There are already a bunch of charters between the US and Cuba today, but as things liberalize, we’ll see sustained scheduled service. I’m expecting we’ll eventually see flights every 15 seconds between Miami and Havana, but where else do you think we’ll see service once relations normalize fully (meaning tourism is allowed)? For what it’s worth, Cuba is an incredible place to visit. I was lucky enough to go in 2003 on a…
 
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    Peter Greenberg Travel Detective

  • Travel Tip: New Year’s Events at Ski Resorts

    PeterGreenberg.com
    26 Dec 2014 | 5:22 am
    Read the full article on PeterGreenberg.com at - Travel Tip: New Year’s Events at Ski ResortsWe’re coming up on New Year’s Eve, and that means some major celebrations around the world. Want to know where you can see some of the coolest spectacles? Ski resorts.... Read More...The post Travel Tip: New Year’s Events at Ski Resorts appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
  • Travel Tip: How to Use Bitcoin When You Travel

    PeterGreenberg.com
    25 Dec 2014 | 5:23 am
    Read the full article on PeterGreenberg.com at - Travel Tip: How to Use Bitcoin When You TravelWe’re hearing more and more about “cryptocurrencies” like bitcoin, and slowly but surely, they’re starting to enter the travel sphere. Cryptocurrency is basically a digital form of payment, one that’s... Read More...The post Travel Tip: How to Use Bitcoin When You Travel appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
  • Travel Tip: The Fine Print of Online Travel Agency Bookings

    PeterGreenberg.com
    24 Dec 2014 | 5:22 am
    Read the full article on PeterGreenberg.com at - Travel Tip: The Fine Print of Online Travel Agency BookingsYou’ll hear me talk a lot about the lost art of the conversation, and why it’s important to talk to a human instead of doing all your travel transactions online.... Read More...The post Travel Tip: The Fine Print of Online Travel Agency Bookings appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
  • Luxe Lavs: Over the Top Celebrations for NYE 2015

    PeterGreenberg.com
    23 Dec 2014 | 9:16 am
    Read the full article on PeterGreenberg.com at - Luxe Lavs: Over the Top Celebrations for NYE 2015Looking for more than just fireworks this New Year’s Eve? Luxe Lavs contributors Angela Fairhurst and Natalie Compagno discovered four hotels with over-the-top New Year’s Eve celebrations around the world.... Read More...The post Luxe Lavs: Over the Top Celebrations for NYE 2015 appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
  • Travel Tip: Grandparent Travel Scams

    PeterGreenberg.com
    23 Dec 2014 | 5:22 am
    Read the full article on PeterGreenberg.com at - Travel Tip: Grandparent Travel ScamsScammers will use almost any opportunity to take advantage of people in their most vulnerable state. But guess which segment of the population is at serious risk? You got it…senior... Read More...The post Travel Tip: Grandparent Travel Scams appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
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    Nancy D Brown

  • Unusual Junction–A Destination Least Expected

    Jamie Rhein
    24 Dec 2014 | 3:29 pm
    One of the best things about being a travel writer is when a story assignment takes you to a place you hadn’t heard about before and want to go back to right away. A story on restaurants in train stations brought me on a road trip to Unusual Junction in West Lafayette, Ohio, east of Cochoctan.   Unusual […]
  • Travel Apparel: Royal Robbins

    Nancy Brown
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    Typically airline travelers fall into two categories; those who check their luggage and those who carry on. Personally, I’m a carry on traveler ever since United Airlines lost my checked luggage on a non-stop flight from San Francisco to Chicago. With strict luggage weight regulations, packing light is crucial. Fortunately, I discovered Royal Robbins, an […]
  • Hotel in La Malbaie, Charlevoix Quebec

    Nancy Brown
    12 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    Looking for relaxation and good food in the Charlevoix region of Quebec? I recently discovered Auberge des 3 Canards in La Malbaie, Canada. The inn has a unique history, dating back to 1892, with a United States connection. In 1892, Madam Lucy Connnely, the widow of a Maryland industrialist, bought land in Murray Bay with […]
  • Morro Bay Lodging, Los Osos, California Central Coast

    Nancy Brown
    10 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    Everything about the bayside community of Los Osos and Baywood Park is off the beaten track. If you like stepping off the tourist path and being surrounded in nature, I have a secret to share with you. Her name is The Green Cottage and she is a charming little gem. In fact, she reminds me […]
  • Best Travel Gifts

    Nancy Brown
    6 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    I live, eat and breath travel. I could travel 24/7 if the opportunity presented itself. Seven days a week I think about and write about travel. Travel is as affordable or as expensive as you make it. The same may be said for travel gifts. With that in mind, I give you my seven best […]
 
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    Hawaii Vacation Blog - Travel Guide, News and More!

  • Hawaii Tourism review for 2014

    Bruce Fisher
    23 Dec 2014 | 6:36 pm
    Well, 2014 is winding down and we thought we’d take a look at some of the big news stories in Hawaii travel The post Hawaii Tourism review for 2014 appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Chinatown on Oahu Today vs Yesteryear

    Bruce Fisher
    3 Dec 2014 | 2:52 pm
    We’re talking about Chinatown today, a part of Honolulu that has really come into its own as a hotbed of the arts The post Chinatown on Oahu Today vs Yesteryear appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Holidays are upon us – Tips for flying to Hawaii during the busy season

    Bruce Fisher
    24 Nov 2014 | 1:31 pm
    Well, the holiday season is upon us, folks! And their arrival signals another seasonal spike in visitor arrivals to Hawaii. Visitor arrivals The post Holidays are upon us – Tips for flying to Hawaii during the busy season appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Hawaii Resort Fees, Are They Worth It?

    Bruce Fisher
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:21 pm
    On October 10th, Maui resident Kathleen Soule filed a class action lawsuit against Priceline and Marriott Resorts. Kathleen is suing because she The post Hawaii Resort Fees, Are They Worth It? appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Get started budgeting for Your Hawaiian Vacation

    Bruce Fisher
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:59 pm
    There’s no easy way around the topic… a vacation is expensive. It takes many couples and families years to save up for The post Get started budgeting for Your Hawaiian Vacation appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
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    Station Casinos Blog

  • Best Casino Christmas Buffets

    Benjamin Barber
    23 Dec 2014 | 10:27 am
    Join us and celebrate this joyous time of year. Our buffets burst with flavor featuring traditional holiday fare and new twists on holiday classics. Whether you’re looking to feast on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, be our honored guest at your favorite Station Casinos buffet. Take the stress out of your holidays and bring the […] The post Best Casino Christmas Buffets appeared first on Station Casinos Blog.
  • $600K Big Bingo Weekend IV is Coming to Las Vegas

    Benjamin Barber
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:50 pm
    Bingo aficionados dust off your lucky daubers and get read to rumble! In 2015, Big Bingo Weekend IV kicks off February 21st and runs through February 24th. As the name suggests, there are $600,000 in prizes available. Naturally,  this event is popular with both Las Vegas locals and bingo enthusiasts from around the globe due to the size […] The post $600K Big Bingo Weekend IV is Coming to Las Vegas appeared first on Station Casinos Blog.
  • Slot of the Week | Kitty Glitter™

    Benjamin Barber
    12 Dec 2014 | 10:37 am
    Play IGT’s Kitty Glitter at Station Casinos Cat lovers rejoice!  If you love your feline friends and video slot play, IGT’s Kitty Glitter is the game for you.  This game features a ton of wild symbols, 30 paylines, Free Spins Bonus, and the stars of the show, Kitty Cats! The rules of this popular slot are fairly straightforward. […] The post Slot of the Week | Kitty Glitter™ appeared first on Station Casinos Blog.
  • Top 5 Reasons to Travel to Vegas this Winter

    Benjamin Barber
    4 Dec 2014 | 10:27 am
    If you’re currently snowed in and freezing your keister off in the Northeast or Midwest, think happy thoughts, and make an escape plan. Just a few days of fun in a sunny place can really help with the winter doldrums. For example, traveling to Las Vegas during the middle of winter can break up those dreary […] The post Top 5 Reasons to Travel to Vegas this Winter appeared first on Station Casinos Blog.
  • Best Thanksgiving Dinners in Las Vegas | Be Our Guest

    Benjamin Barber
    26 Nov 2014 | 2:14 pm
    We’d be honored to serve you as distinguished guests this Thanksgiving. If buffets aren’t your style, please join us at our Grand Cafes for a traditional holiday meal. Sit down, relax, have a glass of wine, and we’ll bring the food to you. No need to wait in line at the buffet. Get a table and take time […] The post Best Thanksgiving Dinners in Las Vegas | Be Our Guest appeared first on Station Casinos Blog.
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  • Jerusalem - Day 2 — Jerusalem, Israel

    26 Dec 2014 | 6:26 am
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  • Porto Dec 24, 2014 — Porto, Portugal

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  • Laser Hair Removal - Things To Understand Before Investing — Atlanta, GA

    26 Dec 2014 | 6:26 am
    Laser Hair Removal - Things To Understand Before Investing - Atlanta, GA Atlanta, GASo let's get into it now, and actually enable you to feel great about it. Among the popular techniques to eliminate facial hair is Laser Training Institute. The next of removing hair approaches on the list is depilation. Electrolysis is a more meticulous method than laser. Laser targets a small area while electrolysis treats each and every hair follicle. Laser is a quick procedure while electrolysis can take hours depending on what area is being treated. This means, laser may miss some hair which could prolong…
  • Basic Steps On Your Home Improvement Projects — Caneva, Italy

    26 Dec 2014 | 6:24 am
    Basic Steps On Your Home Improvement Projects - Caneva, Italy Caneva, ItalyThe first step into a home or bathroom restoration is switching off the water! Any moment your work entails the pipes or water source in your house, you should find the shutoff prior to starting your projects. Doing this will help prevent water damage. Develop a listing of typical hardware like screws, claws and nails. If you should be planning to set up a photo or repair furniture, you'll always have fingernails, anchors or other resources which are desired and you won't need to visit a hardware store. Making your…
  • Dylan Arrives on Christmas day! — Bali Airport, Indonesia

    26 Dec 2014 | 6:24 am
    Dylan Arrives on Christmas day! - Bali Airport, Indonesia Bali Airport, IndonesiaAfter 30 hours of travel Dylan and Rachel arrived in Bali. They flew China air from Vancouver to Taipei then 3 hour layover (not bad) then China Air direct to Bali. Rieko and I met them at the airport and took them (in brutal traffic) to their hotel the Utube hotel. Then we grabbed the scooters and picked them up and came to our villa where we had a beer and swim then dinner to "In Salt" for xmas dinner deep fried whole fish and rice and a few beers. Then they crashed so we guided them back to their hotel on side…
 
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  • Flight Booking 101: How to Find the Cheapest and Best Flights

    Jason Hart
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:16 pm
    Welcome to the most comprehensive source for flight booking tips online. Below is information on how to save money on plane tickets, along with some helpful flight tips. How to Get Cheap Flights Paying full price for a plane ticket is one of the biggest mistakes that a traveler can make. A few simple flight booking tips can make your ticket so much cheaper! We have been collecting airline industry data since 2004, and would like to help you learn how to get cheap airline tickets online. Our most popular and helpful findings can be found below. Cheapest Days to Fly and Best Time to Buy Airline…
  • 4 Common Problems Travelers Don’t Have to Suffer Through

    Rick Seaney
    15 Dec 2014 | 11:39 am
    If you’ll be flying during the holidays – or any time – check out these simple, common problems and the quick solve for each. We don’t want you wasting time or money on any of this. Problem: When to leave for the airport Fact: Some airlines advise getting to the airport 90 minutes before departure any time you fly, but I suspect most of us cut it a lot finer than that. Here’s another fact: During peak travel periods, security lines can slow to a crawl and if you’re not at the gate about 20 minutes before the airplane takes off, you may not be allowed to…
  • If Bags Could Talk: “No Fat-Shaming, Please”

    Rick Seaney
    12 Dec 2014 | 5:31 am
    Oh, the lessons we could learn from luggage, if only our bags could talk. Let’s start with fat-shaming. Baggage fat-shaming Just a couple of years ago, several mortified travelers were in the news after being called out by their airlines for being ‘too fat to fly’ including filmmaker Kevin Smith (in most cases, they were told to purchase two seats). Today’s targets of fat-shaming are more likely to be bags. Checked-bags: All airlines have precise weight guidelines for checked-bags; you are typically allowed up to 50 pounds per bag, though some discount carriers cut you…
  • My Flight is Delayed/Cancelled: How to Get Another Flight Fast

    Rick Seaney
    8 Dec 2014 | 7:44 am
    You’re home or at the airport when the word comes down – your flight is delayed or cancelled. That’s the topic of my latest column for ABCNews which I summarize below. LISTEN: Rick Seaney’s tried it all and knows what works. 6 Tips to Get on the Next Flight Yes, you’ve got some work to do to get to your destination, but these tips will make it a lot easier. Contact the airline immediately. Get in line to talk to the nearest gate agent. If it’s an especially long line, consider buying a day-pass for the airline’s VIP club (the elite flyer’s…
  • What is OK + Not OK at Security during the Holidays

    Rick Seaney
    1 Dec 2014 | 12:19 pm
    In a recent column for ABCNews.com, I wrote about some of the things that are allowed through security and some of the things you can’t bring with you. There are a few surprises on both lists. Now that the holidays are here, it seems like a good time for a review. LISTEN: Security snafus – Rick Seaney’s heard them all. OK List: What can go through security This information is from the Transporation Security Administration, better known as the TSA. Knitting needles: No problem Diamonds, other valuables: No problem, but do you really want to bring something like this on a trip…
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  • Bad Airline Seats and Service Are Your Fault. What Kimpton Members Think of the IHG Merger, And That Woman Imprisoned For Changing Seats on United…

    Gary Leff
    26 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    News and notes from around the interweb: We get uncomfortable airline seats and bad service because it’s what we actually want. Or rather, it’s what we’re actually willing to pay for — the simple idea of ‘notional demand’ (what we say we want) versus ‘effective demand’ (what we demonstrate we actually want). Matthew Klint has more details on the woman that was arrested for changing seats on United and is now suing the airline. Henry Harteveldt on what Kimpton members think of the boutique hotel chain’s acquisition by IHG: “This is…
  • Review: Grand Hyatt Bangkok

    Gary Leff
    25 Dec 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Must-read Earlier Installments: Singapore, Cathay, and Qantas First Class.. Some of the Best Meals of My Life, and a Tour of Hyatts in Bangkok, Singapore, and Sydney Inside the New Oneworld Lounge at LAX’s Tom Bradley International TerminalCathay Pacific First Class, Los Angeles – Hong Kong Cathay Pacific “The Wing” First Class Lounge, Hong Kong Cathay Pacific Business Class, Hong Kong – Bangkok I had arranged meet-and-greet and golf cart pickup at the gate for my arriving flight from Hong Kong with the hotel. No one was there. Once I cleared immigration and passport…
  • For Those Of You Who Are Booking The Etihad $178 Fares…

    Gary Leff
    25 Dec 2014 | 2:15 pm
    If you’re going to travel on this amazing fare to Abu Dhabi, India, Africa or Asia you may wonder whom to credit the flight miles to? The key thing to know is that this deal has been booking into E class. Knowing the fare basis of your ticket will tell you what kind of miles you’ll earn with each of the possible programs you’d credit miles to. American AAdvantage Etihad is a frequent flyer partner of American AAdvantage. However, Etihad’s flights between the US and Abu Dhabi do not earn miles with American. (They do if it’s an American Airlines codeshare, but…
  • Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays — From Your Favorite Airlines

    Gary Leff
    25 Dec 2014 | 11:30 am
    Singapore Airlines Christmas Happy Holidays from Hawaiian Airlines – Christmas Luau KLM Wishing You a Magical Christmas airberlin Flying Home for Christmas Delta Airlines Seattle Santa Express (HT: World Airline News) You can join the 40,000+ people who see these deals and analysis every day — sign up to receive posts by email (just one e-mail per day) or subscribe to the RSS feed. It’s free. You can also follow me on Twitter for the latest deals. Don’t miss out! The post Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays — From Your Favorite Airlines appeared first on View from…
  • How to Score a Hotel Upgrade, Buying and Selling Hyatt Gift Cards for Fun and Profit…

    Gary Leff
    25 Dec 2014 | 8:30 am
    News and notes from around the interweb: Buying and re-selling Hyatt gift cards while earning miles on American Express business cards. If you want a hotel upgrade, aim for a one-category upgrade (HT: Alan H.) Meh. Here’s how to ask for – and get – an upgrade. See also tipping at check-in for hotel upgrades. Lufthansa will be launching Winter 2015-2016 Maldives service. Only two days a week, I expect award space to be tough to get. But Star has made great adds to Male given the relatively recent add of Turkish from Istanbul, and new Star Alliance member Air India’s…
 
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  • Top ski hotels in Switzerland

    Esme Vos
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:09 pm
    Mapplr’s selection of top ski hotels in SwitzerlandRiffelalp Resort: luxury hotel high up in the Swiss Alps (Zermatt)Hotel Bellevue des Alpes in Kleine Scheidegg: grand hotel in the shadow of the EigerThe Lodge: Sir Richard Branson’s mountain retreat in Verbier, Switzerland (the ultimate in ski lodge luxury)Hotel Matthiol: cozy modern luxury in ZermattThe Cambrian in Adelboden: classic ski hotel gets modern luxury makeoverRocksresort: minimalist chic ski apartments in Laax, SwitzerlandThe Nevai: sleek modern design hotel in Verbier, SwitzerlandHotel Matterhorn Focus: chic modern ski…
  • Top ski hotels in France

    Esme Vos
    15 Dec 2014 | 1:24 pm
    If you are headed for the ski slopes in France and you still haven’t figured out where to stay, check out our list of the top ski hotels in France.Hameau Albert 1er: luxury hotel with Michelin star restaurant in Chamonix, France (top choice in Chamonix)Alpaga Hotel (Megeve)Le Chalet Zannier (Megeve)Hotel Koh-i Nor (Val Thorens)Le Morgane (Chamonix)Grand Hotel des Alpes (Chamonix)Hotel Ormelune: bright colors, funky chic adorn luxury boutique hotel in Val d’IsereAvenue Lodge: urban chic ski hotel in Val d’Isere, FranceLe Portetta (Courchevel)Hotel Le K2 (Courchevel)Le Kaila…
  • Kurokawa Onsen: Hot Springs lodging in Japan

    Arnon Kohavi
    11 Dec 2014 | 6:34 pm
    Kurokawa Onsen Resort is a part of Minami-oguni Town, located just about in the center of Kyushu, at the base of Kuju mountains. The spa resort is built along the upper stream valley of the Chikugo River, the longest river in Kyushu, at 700 meter elevation. Because of the topography, large hotels were never built there, and most hotels have ten to twenty-five guest rooms.  The easiest way to get to Kurokawa onsen is to fly or take the train to Fukuoka or Kumamoto in the Island of Kyushu and from there it is a two-hour drive (car rental or bus).Yamamizuki is our recommended Onsen lodging just…
  • Top ski hotels in Italy

    Esme Vos
    11 Dec 2014 | 6:24 pm
    Here is our list of the top ski hotels in Italy (in Corvara, Madonna di Campiglio, San Cassiano and more). Some of these hotels are family-owned (such as Hotel La Perla Corvara, our favourite in the Alta Badia region), which means you’ll get a lot of personal attention and excellent service.Hotel La Perla Corvara (reviewed on Mapplr)Hotel Rosa AlpinaAlpina Dolomites Gardena Health Lodge and SpaVigilius Mountain ResortDV Chalet Boutique Hotel and SpaLagacio Hotel Mountain Residence Hotel Ciasa SalaresHotel FanesHotel Chalet del SognoAlta Badia ski areaDV Chalet Boutique HotelLagacio…
  • Lofoten Islands Norway

    Arnon Kohavi
    11 Dec 2014 | 12:21 pm
    The Lofoten Islands are located above the Arctic Circle off the coast of Norway, and are an excellent destination for hiking and cycling in the summer and for watching the Northern Lights in the winter. The Hurtigruten Ferry visits the Islands on its way along the coast from Bergen to Kirkeness.Lofoten Islands Norway is a post by Arnon Kohavi on Mapplr - Hotel reviews, travel guides, shopping guides.
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    Tony Wheeler's Travels

  • That’s China

    Tony Wheeler
    25 Dec 2014 | 2:39 pm
    Mark Kitto started a what’s on magazine for expatriates in Guangzhou in the late 1990s, expanded it to That’s Shanghai and then That’s Beijing and then had the whole business taken away from him. One day he was locked out of his own office and told that despite all the money he’d spent setting up and growing the business it wasn’t his anymore. Well ‘that’s China’ you might say. That’s China recounts the often exhausting tale of how he built up the business, waded through endless swamps of Chinese bureaucracy and corruption and finally lost the lot. The tale is often…
  • Joe Cocker

    Tony Wheeler
    22 Dec 2014 | 1:09 pm
    He died yesterday, left a lot of great records and great performances, but also provided Lonely Planet with its name. Almost. ◄ Mad Dogs & Englishmen, a great rock & roll band on the road movie, a great double album It’s 1973, Maureen and I have just finished putting together the very first Lonely Planet guidebook, Across Asia on the Cheap. All we needed was a name for our publishing company – a name which today has appeared on well over 100 million books. I wrote in The Lonely Planet Story, our account of Lonely Planet’s history: Finding a name for our publishing business…
  • The Cyclist Battalion

    Tony Wheeler
    20 Dec 2014 | 4:59 pm
    Going through some boxes of old photographs and cards belonging to my elderly mother, who has recently moved into a nursing home, I came upon a 1916 Christmas card from my grandfather R E Ludlam sent from Bangalore in India when he was there with the 1/9th Battalion, Hampshire Regiment. ▲ The 1/9th (Cyclist) Battalion, it was an idea to have the troops cycle into battle. I don’t think it lasted very long, I doubt the bicycles were taken with them to India although their WW I bicycles look remarkably like the Hero bicycles you can still find in India today. I’ve posted before about my…
  • All Change for Cuba?

    Tony Wheeler
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:30 pm
    So finally things are changing between the US and Cuba with Obama’s announcement that he intends to normalise relations with Cuba – about time most of us would say! Unfortunately Obama’s promise to ‘cut loose the shackles of the past’ doesn’t quite mean ending the 54-year-old-trade embargo (Congress needs to agree to that and, of course, at the moment the US Congress won’t agree to anything). Nor does it allow US tourism, but clearly there are lots of Americans who don’t realise they’re not allowed to visit Cuba. Or ignore that crazy law. Predictably the really rusty…
  • Fremantle, Australia II & the Batavia Shipwreck

    Tony Wheeler
    11 Dec 2014 | 5:51 pm
    En route to Bunbury I stopped in Fremantle to look at two museums – I stopped in Fremantle again on the way back to stay with some friends. ▲ My first stop was the Maritime Museum with all sorts of interesting exhibits about Western Australia’s seagoing history including a pearl lugger from the old pearl diving days on the far north coast. Star attraction, however, is Australia II the ‘winged keel’ racing yacht which brought the America’s Cup to Perth back in 1983, ending the longest winning streak in sporting history. The New York Yacht Club had held the trophy since 1857. The…
 
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  • 5 cheapo alternative destinations in Europe

    Alex Robertson Textor
    23 Dec 2014 | 7:35 am
    On the face of it, this should be a great time for Americans to think about traveling to Europe—or at the very least, to the Eurozone and those countries with currencies pegged to the euro. At the start of 2014, it took $1.38 to buy a euro; today, a euro can be had for just $1.22. But despite this trend, Western Europe can still be expensive for Americans, and, for that matter, for most of the world’s travelers. Here’s one strategy for lowering costs: eschew particularly expensive locations for cheaper alternatives. As always, think broadly about alternatives. In some cases, a…
  • London: Free and cheap things to do for Christmas

    Nina Derham
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:05 am
    The Christmas lights are sparkling, the temperature has dropped and London town is starting feel oh so very festive. While there are tons of “official” Christmas activities to partake in over the next few weeks, you’ll find that many (like the plethora of ice rinks that have popped up in all corners of the capital) don’t really fit with a Cheapo’s budget. So here are some fool proof ways to embrace the festive spirit without frittering away your Christmas present budget! 1. The London pub A favorite retreat at all times of year, London’s traditional pubs come into…
  • Amsterdam Hotel Advice: Read this first

    Tom Meyers
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:18 am
    Planning a trip to Amsterdam and looking for the perfect place to stay? Navigating all of the accommodation choices can be a bit confusing. Which neighborhood? How many stars? What’s in the rooms? What’s a good deal? We’re here to help, with 14 things that you should understand before booking your hotel. A quick intro First, a few words to introduce myself. I created EuroCheapo back in 2001 to be a straightforward guide to the best budget hotels in Europe’s most expensive cities. We launched our first Amsterdam hotel recommendations that same year, and have been busy…
  • 15 reasons to visit Paris in 2015

    Bryan Pirolli
    15 Dec 2014 | 6:13 am
    The New Year is almost upon us, and with it the attention of so many readers turns to travel in 2015. As is our holiday tradition, we’re ready with our list of why you should be excited about visiting Paris in 2015. (Funny how the list gets longer every year. We wonder what 75 reasons to visit Paris in 2075 will look like…) Fortunately 15 reasons to visit the City of Light is an easy challenge, with many new things happening, beginning in January. Here are just a few of the highlights that we’re looking forward to: The renovations at the Musée Picasso have finally finished, and…
  • Airline Baggage Fees for US to Europe Carriers

    Tom Meyers
    11 Dec 2014 | 4:16 am
    When flying between the United States and Europe, you probably know that it’s best to pack light. After all, the less luggage you have to haul around town the better. Related: 10 tips for packing for a two-week European trip For Cheapos, there’s one more obvious reason to keep the amount of luggage to a minimum: checked-baggage charges. Pre-“Great Recession,” many transatlantic carriers allowed you to check two bags for free on international flights. After years of financial turbulence in the airline industry, however, most airlines have implemented new baggage…
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  • Shopping Tips for Environmentally Friendly Green Furniture

    Alice Benny
    22 Dec 2014 | 9:28 am
    Growing number of consumers are becoming concerned with environmentally friendly practices in all aspects of their life. This concern now encompasses environmentally friendly green furniture that they bring into their homes. The furnishings are a large part of what turns a house into a home. While some people who favor an ultra-modern look may opt for materials… Read more The post Shopping Tips for Environmentally Friendly Green Furniture appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • Family Road Trip Southwest Colorado and Durango

    Dawn Head
    16 Dec 2014 | 1:01 pm
    Many people have memories of road trips traveling across the United States as a child. This past summer we were fortunate enough to be able to experience the beauty and natural wonders of southwest Colorado. We started our journey in Colorado Springs with our first destination of Pagosa Springs, a wonderful resort town, built around… Read more The post Family Road Trip Southwest Colorado and Durango appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • Legoland Chicago – Everything You Need to Know

    Dawn Head
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    My sons and I are Legoland Chicago Discovery Center experts. We have been there at least 13 times that I can recall. If your kids are anything like mine, they love all things Lego. Whether or not you have a membership, this place is affordable (with one of their specials) and fun. It is small… Read more The post Legoland Chicago – Everything You Need to Know appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • Conscious Travel and the Decisions We Make

    Elizabeth
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Conscious Travel: As I write this article, I have to tear myself away from the Southwest Florida Eagle Cam that is trained on the nest of two eagles in the process of laying and caring for their seasonal eggs. What a fascinating and addicting display of nature that can be experienced without expending any of… Read more The post Conscious Travel and the Decisions We Make appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • How to Take Family Vacation to Cuba

    Alice Benny
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:17 am
    When most people consider vacationing on a Caribbean island, a family vacation to Cuba probably isn’t the first destination that springs to mind. That’s particularly true for Americans, many of whom are under the mistaken impression that traveling to Cuba is illegal. Actually, Americans can travel to Cuba, though they have to jump through hoops… Read more The post How to Take Family Vacation to Cuba appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
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    Jaunted - The Pop Culture Travel Guide

  • Joy to the World Travelers

    JetSetCD
    24 Dec 2014 | 3:06 pm
    Happy Holidays to you, our awesome readers. We've already got everything we wanted for Christmas—you guys. We'll be back bright and early on Friday morning.
  • These 7 Airline Gift Cards Offer Instant Delivery

    JetSetCD
    23 Dec 2014 | 1:01 pm
    It's 5 o'clock on the day before Christmas Eve. Do you know what you're getting everyone on your list? If not, we've got the answer: airline gift cards. Whether your gift is $50 or $500, you'll have helped make a trip possible for someone in your life, and giving experiences always trumps giving...things. 7 of the gift cards we've listed below are available for instant delivery via email, while 1 is not (Virgin Atlantic). Instant delivery may mean there's no physical card to exchange, but that leaves you free to be creative with how you tell the recipient to look extra close at their inbox…
  • Nashville : How to Get Tickets to the 2015 Wild West Comedy Festival in Nashville

    cmb
    23 Dec 2014 | 11:43 am
    Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Festival is returning to Nashville in 2015 with more stand-up, improv, and comedian panels. Tickets for the six day fest, taking place April 14 - 19, went on sale Friday. Last year's inaugural festival drew more than 20,000 fans to Nashville for 29 shows, and other special events. Hannibal Buress, Joel McHale, Anjelah Johnson, Frank Caliendo, Jeanne Robertson, Lewis Black, Doug Benson, Tig Notaro, Nick Kroll, John Mulaney, Eric Andre, and Kevin Smith are among the performers who have already joined the 2015 lineup, with more acts to be announced soon.
  • Abandoned Airplane Hanger or Prettiest Church in Central America?

    StevenD
    23 Dec 2014 | 10:19 am
    El Salvador is a country filled to the brim with countless wonderful churches, so choosing just one to visit is quite the challenge. Should you go by architecture? Size? History? Importance? That’s all good, but what about choosing the church with the biggest element of pure surprise? In that case, it's got to be the Iglesia El Rosario in central San Salvador. Built and designed in 1971 by local architect Ruben Martinez, it was constructed to withstand earthquakes. That practicality means that, from the outside, it resembles a disused wartime airplane hanger rather than an exquisite…
  • Amsterdam, Paris: 3 Hours Flat from Amsterdam to Paris on the Thalys Train

    JasonD
    23 Dec 2014 | 8:41 am
    The Eurostar and the French TGV may take up most of the spotlight of Europe’s high-speed rail network, but there are other options for zooming through the continent’s patchwork of countries, depending on where you go. There is the sleek, white, and German ICE and, if you’re looking to travel between Amsterdam, Brussels, and Paris, the shiny, red Thalys. Thalys reduces Amsterdam to Paris, a 316-mile, 5-hour drive, to almost three hours flat (ok, 3 hours and 14 minutes) of high-speed comfort. It runs between Amsterdam Central Station and Paris Gare du Nord, giving you the…
 
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  • Rome: How to Enjoy Rome's Hotel de Russie Without Paying $800 for a Room

    JasonD
    26 Dec 2014 | 5:55 am
    Sure, enjoying a luxury hotel is easy if you’ve got the $$$ to burn that it takes to stay the night. But let’s face it, that’s not always the case, so we love to find ways to sample a hotel for a fraction of the cost of checking in. Who said you needed to be an overnight guest anyway? We found the perfect alternative at Hotel de Russie in Rome, where rooms will easily go for $800 a night and up, and if you’re lucky, you’ll spot a Hollywood star or two (Pitt, Clooney, they’ve all stayed here). Just off of Piazza del Popolo, on designer store-lined Via del Babuino,…
  • Lock Down NYE this Morning with HotelTonight's $99 Sale

    wakeandwander
    26 Dec 2014 | 5:24 am
    Everyone's favorite last-minute hotel app HotelTonight has launched a ​"​7 Days of New Year’s” promotion, a week of special deals starting today through January 1st. As you run around making all your returns this weekend, don't forget to finish your shopping for New Years Eve. Here's a rundown of what's being offered in the promotion: · At 9am today, a $99 room sale for New Year’s Eve will start. Search Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, DC, Dallas, LA, Las Vegas, Napa, NYC, Orlando, Philadelphia, San Diego, San Francisco or Seattle, and select a check-in date…
  • May There Be Peace on Earth While We Peace Out Until Friday

    juliana
    24 Dec 2014 | 10:15 am
    Ho, ho, ho! Merry Christmas Eve! We'll see you again on Friday. Until then, enjoy these little ditties from Jaunted and VegasChatter. JAUNTED · These 7 Airline Gift Cards Offer Instant Delivery · 3 Hours Flat from Amsterdam to Paris on the Thalys Train · Video Interlude: How 23 Airlines are Wishing You 'Happy Holidays' for 2014 · What Does Christmas Island Get for Christmas? Crabs. Millions of Crabs. VEGASCHATTER · Yes, You Can Spend New Year's Eve At Chili's On The Strip · JLo Show At Caesars Promises 'Best Is Yet To Come' · Five New Places To Eat Opening…
  • Hotels Giveth The WiFi But They Also Want to Taketh Your Personal WiFi HotSpot

    juliana
    24 Dec 2014 | 8:59 am
    We've been cheering a lot here at HotelChatter HQ about the recent developments in the hotel WiFi world with Marriott, Starwood and Hyatt Hotels now offering free internet to their guests (Marriott and Starwood want you to be a member of their loyalty programs and book directly through them while Hyatt is just totally free.) But there is a darker side to all these developments. Both Marriott International and the American Hotel & Lodging Association have petitioned the FCC to clarify a ruling they made back in October when they fined Marriott $600,000 for jamming personal hotspots, like the…
  • Our Present to You: A Festive Stocking Full of Hotel News

    juliab
    24 Dec 2014 | 6:30 am
    HRH Tenerife Ho, ho, ho! There is so much news flying around this week, we can hardly keep up. Also, the hangover is still going strong from the holiday cocktails we were virtually imbibing all last week. So we wrapped up all that's new and noteworthy and put into one giant red stocking with Hotel News written on it. In glitter. You're welcome. · The Curve in Palm Springs now has interesting new owners: “prominent plaintiffs attorney Brian Kabateck and world-renowned trial lawyer Mark Geragos”. They plan to “extensively renovate and rebrand” for a December 2015, and…
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    Viator Travel Blog

  • Top 25 Travel Blogs: 2015 Viator Travel Awards

    Viator Travel Team
    23 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Find out our picks for the Top 25 Travel Blogs of the Year! Editor’s Note: This post is part of the Viator Travel Awards, an annual awards competition where we – along with our readers, travelers, and fans – select the top things to do and see in each of the major regions we serve, the top things to do in our most popular tour categories, and more. Welcome to the 2015 Viator Travel Awards: Travel Blog edition, your annual guide to the Top 25 Travel Blogs You Should Be Reading. We are big fans of travel blogs here at Viator. They can be valuable resources for tips, recommendations,…
  • Top 25 Things to Do in Africa & the Middle East: 2015 Viator Travel Awards

    Viator Travel Team
    22 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    Plan your next vacation with these top activities in Africa & the Middle East! Editor’s Note: This post is part of the Viator Travel Awards, an annual awards competition where we – along with our readers, travelers, and fans – select the top things to do and see in each of the major regions we serve, the top things to do in our most popular tour categories, and more. Welcome to the 2015 Viator Travel Awards: Africa and Middle East Edition! Below, we’ve compiled a list of 25 of the most fun and interesting things to do and best places to visit in Africa and the Middle East.  The…
  • Top 25 Things to Do in Asia: 2015 Viator Travel Awards

    Viator Travel Team
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:10 am
    Welcome to this year’s Top 25 Things to Do in Asia! Editor’s Note: This post is part of the Viator Travel Awards, an annual awards competition where we – along with our readers, travelers, and fans – select the top things to do and see in each of the major regions we serve, the top things to do in our most popular tour categories, and more. Welcome to the 2015 Viator Travel Awards: Asia Edition! In the past, we’ve focused on specific tours for each item on this list, but this year we thought we’d feature some of the top 25 things to do in the most exciting places to visit in…
  • 7 Amazing Places to Ring in New Year’s on the Beach

    Viator Travel Team
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:02 am
    Eating, drinking and dancing. Those are the three activities that define New Year’s Eve across the globe. The only thing is that some people do them while wearing winter jackets, while others can feel the sand between their toes as the fireworks go off. Do you want to be one of the latter? Then you should definitely spend December 31 at one of these destinations: Beautiful sunset above the sea in Patong, Phuket, Thailand Phuket Island, Thailand Phuket in Thailand is a party destination all year round, but for New Year’s Eve the clubs and hotels really give it all they’ve got. Expect…
  • Top 25 Things to Do in Australia & New Zealand: 2015 Viator Travel Awards

    Viator Travel Team
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Welcome to this year’s Top 25 Things to Do in Australia and New Zealand! Editor’s Note: This post is part of the Viator Travel Awards, an annual awards competition where we – along with our readers, travelers, and fans – select the top things to do and see in each of the major regions we serve, the top things to do in our most popular tour categories, and more. Welcome to the 2015 Viator Travel Awards: Australia and New Zealand Edition! In the past, we’ve focused on specific tours for each item on this list, but this year we thought we’d feature some of the top things to do in…
 
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    World Hum

  • Cuba, Undistilled

    The World Hum Editors (eva.jt.holland@gmail.com)
    20 Dec 2014 | 5:11 pm
    Tired of hearing pundits pontificating about Cuba, Chris Ryan wanted to see the island for himself -- before the coming of Best Western and American Express
  • Find World Hum Writers in ‘The Best American Travel Writing 2014’

    The World Hum Editors (eva.jt.holland@gmail.com)
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:22 am
    The latest edition of the annual “Best American Travel Writing” anthology series landed in bookstores this month, and it looks to be full of good stuff, including stories from heavyweights like David Sedaris, Michael Paterniti, and Colson Whitehead. Two World Hum stories are included this time around: Andrew McCarthy’s Clear-Eyed in Calcutta, and In the Abode of the Gods, by Jeffrey Tayler. David Farley’s A Sort of Happy Ending was included in the notable selections, and World Hum contributors Tom Swick, Tony Perrottet, Frank Bures and Doug Mack were also honored in…
  • Kidnapped Writer Michael Scott Moore Released in Somalia

    The World Hum Editors (eva.jt.holland@gmail.com)
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:05 am
    It’s been more than two and a half years since Michael Scott Moore, the writer best known for the surf book Sweetness and Blood, was abducted in Somalia while reporting on piracy there. Late last month, he was finally released and sent home. Moore is a World Hum contributor and a past interview subject. He has yet to speak or write publicly about his ordeal, but Outside has taken a long look at his captivity and broader debates about how best to respond to kidnappings for ransom. Needless to say, we’re relieved he’s been freed.
  • R.I.P. Jerrie Mock, First Woman to Fly Around the Globe Solo

    The World Hum Editors (eva.jt.holland@gmail.com)
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:55 am
    Jerrie Mock, the first female pilot to circumnavigate the globe solo, died earlier this month at her home in Florida. Mock was 88. From her obituary in the New York Times: When she took off on March 19, 1964, from Columbus, Ohio, Ms. Mock was a 38-year-old homemaker and recreational pilot who had logged a meager 750 hours of flight time. She returned there on April 17—29 days, 11 hours and 59 minutes later—after a 23,000-mile journey over the Atlantic, the Mediterranean, the Red Sea, the Gulf of Oman, the Arabian Sea and the Pacific, with stops in the Azores, Casablanca, Cairo,…
  • Ramen: a ‘Steaming Bowl of Paradox’

    The World Hum Editors (eva.jt.holland@gmail.com)
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:36 am
    Boxes of Cup Noodles, Costco via Wikimedia (Creative Commons)A flat of Top Ramen was essential gear during my “living out of a car for months on end” days. Prior to that, ramen was my college survival food of choice. It was cheap, easily supplemented with veggies, and required no complicated kitchen equipment. Ramen was what car campers and poor students ate, in quantity. Affordable, fast, uncomplicated. And, it turns out, culturally significant. From Pacific Standard: George Solt’s The Untold History of Ramen is an attempt to show how the dish—hot broth, wheat…
 
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    Perceptive Travel Blog

  • The Best Gift is Time to Think

    Sheila Scarborough
    24 Dec 2014 | 9:17 am
    As the holiday season bustled around us, my Mom would invariably lament, “I haven’t had time to just sit and look at the tree.” Who in the world would want to sit, stare at something, and do nothing, my teenage self would think. There’s a different attitude in middle age, let me tell you, as
  • Reading Cuba: Books for the Armchair Traveler

    Liz Lewis
    21 Dec 2014 | 10:07 pm
    It’s less than one hundred miles from the United States but ever since John F. Kennedy blocked travel to Cuba in 1963, for most Americans Cuba might as well be on Mars. Some determined travelers have skirted the travel block by flying from in from other countries. Others have managed to set foot on Cuban
  • Day Trip to Hunter Valley (or How to Rent a Car Without a Driver’s License During a Seige)

    Brian Spencer
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:09 am
    The woman behind the desk sympathized, but wouldn’t give it to us without an “event ID number.” “Hmm, all right, that’s fine… but do you have the actual license with you, mate?” she said. She smiled warmly; she wanted to help. The answer, however, was no. My driver’s license was some 3,900 air miles away
  • Savoring the Grand Ole Opry at the Ryman

    Sheila Scarborough
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:31 am
    I must be about the 8 billionth person to say, “Well, I’m not really a country music fan, but that was pretty cool” after a visit to the Church of Country Music – downtown Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium, the winter host venue and spiritual home of the Grand Ole Opry. Soaking in the historic building, caught
  • Scotland’s Reindeer

    Kerry Dexter
    15 Dec 2014 | 11:02 pm
    No doubt you know of Rudolph the red nosed reindeer. Likely you’ve come across — even told — tales of Donner and Blitzen. But Springbok, Jara, Macaroon — and Elvis? These are reindeer names too. These reindeer live in the Cairngorm reindeer herd live in the Cairngorm Mountains and the Cromdale Hills, about six miles
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    Travel | The Guardian

  • Christmas in Japan: time for a geisha makeover in Kyoto

    Kari Herbert
    26 Dec 2014 | 6:35 am
    Break with tradition and head east for a geisha ‘transformation’, karaoke and a festive lunch of KFC• Read about more unusual Christmases in Ethiopia, Las Vegas and JavaThe Japanese have developed their own style of Christmas, despite being largely a non-Christian people. The streets twinkle with lights, and you’ll even hear festive music, but it is not Christmas as we know it.Christmas in Japan is all about love or, more precisely, about lovers. Come Christmas Eve, you’ll find every smart hotel and restaurant fully booked with couples on what is the most important date of the year…
  • The First Dog on the Moon Christmas whisky guide

    First Dog on the Moon
    26 Dec 2014 | 6:35 am
    Thinking of buying whisky for Christmas? First Dog on the Moon has done the hard yards and tasted all the whiskies for you. Here are his picksEarlier this year, I embarked on the adventure of a lifetime with my great loves: science, whisky, bicycles and marsupials. These were fortuitously combined into one glorious and important scientific expedition which I undertook with fellow cartoonist Jon Kudelka. Jon is the editorial cartoonist at the Australian but he is really OK. We travelled bravely around Tasmania for two weeks on a pair of shiny new electric bicycles. Do not let the…
  • From the archive, 26 December 1911: The Serpentine's hardened swimmers

    Guardian Staff
    26 Dec 2014 | 6:35 am
    Christmas after Christmas hardy men appear on the Hyde Park banks, plunge in and swim their hundred yards, even though they first must break the ice with a hatchetOne of the probable things Mr. Barrie’s “Peter Pan” might have done would have been to swim across the Serpentine at seven o’clock on Christmas morning. At first sight it does not seem the sort of thing anyone else would be likely to do, but everyone ought to know that this is not so. In this England of ours, this island set in a silver sea, are men of so hardy a breed that Christmas after Christmas they appear on the Hyde…
  • Best tropical holiday destinations in Africa & Indian Ocean under £40

    Jessica Hatcher
    26 Dec 2014 | 6:35 am
    From jungle lodges in Africa to paradise island-beach shacks in the Indian Ocean, we round up the best affordable winter-sun escapesSee hotels in Australia | South America | Central America & Caribbean | AsiaUpepo Boutique Beach Bungalows, near BwejuuTanzanian hotelier Shareef and his Canadian filmmaker wife Karen will help you explore the wonders of Zanzibar. Their bungalows and beach house, all with private outdoor seating, are on a quiet stretch of white beach near Bwejuu village and well away from the tourist mecca of busy Stone Town. A fisherman catches dinner to order, and cookery…
  • Paris’s hottest new micro-quartier near Gare du Nord

    Sam Gosling
    26 Dec 2014 | 6:35 am
    Steps away from where passengers disembark the Eurostar trains from London lies one of the city’s hippest neighbourhoods, full of exciting new restaurants, bars and shops• Guide to Paris Gare du Nord: where to stay, eat and drinkTuesday marked the 20-year anniversary of the Eurostar service, which has ferried more than 145 million passengers between London, Paris and Brussels. The French capital has changed immensely in the past two decades, with several down-at-heel areas being reinvented as hip neighbourhoods full of exciting new bars and shops.The latest hotspot is in a micro quartier…
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    Lonely Planet blog

  • Travel playlists: what Lonely Planet does on Spotify, and why

    Seb Neylan
    22 Dec 2014 | 7:43 am
    Musician playing a traditional instrument in Jaipur, India. Image by Matt Munro / Lonely Planet Traveller Magazine Travelling involves experiencing a place through all your senses. As much as the taste of a delicious bowl of ramen can remind you of Tokyo, or a photograph of snow capped peaks recalls the Rockies, hearing a snippet of a Spanish guitar can instantly take you back to that trip to Andalucía many years ago. So with this in mind we’ve spent the last 18 months rummaging through Spotify researching and creating playlists inspired by specific destinations and travel related themes.
  • #LPInstawalk: Washington DC in pictures

    Emma Sparks
    16 Dec 2014 | 4:05 am
    Lonely Planet’s #1 city for 2015, Washington DC Washington DC is our number one Best in Travel city for 2015. To celebrate – and to demonstrate why it made the top spot – we sent four of our talented instagram fans on a bespoke #LPInstawalk of the city, co-hosted by Lonely Planet author Regis St. Louis, Visit Washington DC and local instagrammer Jarrett Hendrix. Here are some of the best shots of the day. Don’t forget to follow us on instagram for news about future #LPInstawalks! If you find yourself in Washington DC and would like to recreate our #LPinstwalk route, you…
  • LP Pathfinders: top posts from November 2014

    Emma Sparks
    11 Dec 2014 | 6:48 am
    Seljalandsfoss, Iceland. Image by Gary Latham / Lonely Planet Traveller Magazine   We recently launched a new blogger programme called Lonely Planet Pathfinders, which helps us to find the most useful and inspiring travel blog content on the web and share it with our community. We’ve rounded up the best recently published posts for your perusal here, which include expert tips about photographing waterfalls in Iceland, advice for planning a trip to Mexico and a refreshing antidote to all of those ‘quit your job and go travelling!’ articles. Don’t quit your job,…
  • Join our travel tips chat on Twitter at #LPChat

    Emma Sparks
    11 Dec 2014 | 3:01 am
    We all have that one friend – the one who snaffles last-minute flight deals, blags miraculous upgrades and avoids pesky baggage fees by somehow packing a fortnight’s worth of winter clothing into a handbag. Or maybe that person is you. Either way, there’s always more to learn when it comes to honing travel know-how. Join us on Thursday 18 December as we discuss hacks and tips that will revolutionise the way you travel. The most creative and inspiring tweeter will win £500 to spend with Skyscanner and five runners up will win a copy of Lonely Planet’s Best Ever…
  • Lonely Planet Kids: colouring competition

    Emma Sparks
    5 Dec 2014 | 2:25 am
    With school holidays on the horizon and the festive season setting in, we have another treat in store for your miniature adventurers. This month our creative challenge is inspired by wild and wintry Lapland. Enter by following the instructions below for the chance to win a bundle of Lonely Planet Kids books! THE TASK Download and print out our Roaming Reindeer activity sheet. Colour it in, making the picture as bright and colourful as you like. The most creative and inspiring entry will win a selection of Lonely Planet Kids books, including Adventures in Cold Places. HOW TO ENTER There are…
 
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    LandLopers

  • Spreading Cheer – Photos Of My Favorite Christmas Celebrations Around The World

    Matt Long
    25 Dec 2014 | 8:55 pm
    This week the #FriFotos theme is appropriately enough CHEER. Although Christmas has now past it is still a holiday week so I thought I’d share some of my favorite yuletide photos from places I have visited during the Christmas holidays. Enjoy and Merry Christmas!Williamsburg, VirginiaParisMexicoBruges, BelgiumNew York CityViennaVeniceQuebec CityBudapest, HungaryBrusselsNuremberg GermanyThe White HouseFlorenceRegensburg GermanyParisMilanThe post Spreading Cheer – Photos Of My Favorite Christmas Celebrations Around The World appeared first on LandLopers.
  • European Christmas Markets 2014 – My Favorite Photos

    Matt Long
    24 Dec 2014 | 8:55 pm
    Over the last few years I’ve made it a new tradition to visit different parts of Europe around the Christmas holidays. I love seeing how various cities and regions celebrate the season and it makes Christmas that much more special for me personally. This year I did something a little different, I took a Viking River Christmas Market Cruise from Budapest to Nuremberg for the sole purpose of visiting several new cities and Christmas markets. It was one of the best trips I’ve ever taken and today, Christmas Day, I wanted to share with everyone some of the photographic highlights of that…
  • Colorful Ornaments In The Vienna Christmas Market

    Matt Long
    24 Dec 2014 | 8:50 pm
    The post Colorful Ornaments In The Vienna Christmas Market appeared first on LandLopers.
  • Inside The Famous Nuremberg Christmas Market

    Matt Long
    23 Dec 2014 | 8:55 pm
    There are certain events around the world that are on most people’s bucket lists. The Running of the Bulls in Spain, Mardi Gras in New Orleans and for me one of those events was the Nuremberg Christmas Market. Hailed as one of the largest and definitely the most well known in the world, it’s famous for its traditional Bavarian crafts and food and for being the prototype against which all other markets are judged. I finally had the opportunity recently to experience this remarkable event and was thrilled that the reality definitely lived up to the anticipation.I visited Nuremberg as the…
  • Ice Skating In Budapest’s Romantic City Park

    Matt Long
    23 Dec 2014 | 8:50 pm
    The post Ice Skating In Budapest’s Romantic City Park appeared first on LandLopers.
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    nerd's eye view

  • Two Pictures from Oregon

    Pam Mandel
    15 Dec 2014 | 10:53 am
    Left: Fern Ridge reservoir, drained for winter. Right: Mural in Springfield. The post Two Pictures from Oregon appeared first on nerd's eye view.
  • Guest Post: African Reunion

    Pam Mandel
    12 Dec 2014 | 8:22 am
    “Are you going to Africa?” the driver asked as I sat down in my taxi to the Seattle airport. Were my REI conversion pants were a giveaway? “Yes,” I told him, “I’m headed to Tanzania.” “I knew it! When you got in the cab I was immediately happy,” he shouted. As a college student in my early twenties I studied wildlife biology in Kenya and enjoyed an idyllic East Africa. After graduating I joined the Peace Corps and went to Niger, in West Africa—a much harder place to live. Now, 25 years later, I was returning to Africa for a safari in Tanzania. “Are you from Tanzania?”…
  • What Does “Blogging” Mean Anymore?

    Pam Mandel
    8 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    Heads up. Major media wonk stuff ahead. Get out while you still can. Look over here for something shiny that has nothing to do with blogging. I Fought The Lawn … And The Lawn Won by JD Hancock via Flickr (Creative Commons) On November 11th, I posted the following to my Facebook page: Yesterday I was in a meeting with the social media consultant for a new client (NOT in travel) and the idea of including bloggers in the campaign was nixed because “The content would all be pay for play, they’d just regurgitate your press release, and you wouldn’t really get much of value…
  • My Own Personal Krampus

    Pam Mandel
    5 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    Every time the season appears, I think, “Oh, no, that’s not how you do Krampus!” It’s an odd thing that a suburban Jewish girl should have such opinions about a pagan/Christian Austrian tradition, but there you have it. I originally wrote this piece for Gadling. I have a photo, printed from film, old school … my husband and I are standing in a snowstorm in the Austrian alps. The flash from the camera reflects off giant fluffy flakes. The sky behind us is black – it’s early evening, but an alpine evening, so it is dark. We are wearing big coats and big…
  • Guest Post: Speaking in Tongues

    Pam Mandel
    3 Dec 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Last year, after bidding a blubbering adieu to my Labrador, Henry, my husband and I uprooted our lives in Austin and moved to London for his next step up the startup ladder. Within a week I was consoling my dogless self by interrupting assorted cafe loungers and park joggers, asking wide-eyed and breathy if I could please pet their dogs. Be it a Frenchie, a Basset, a Chiweenie or mutt, my desperation inspired little more than concerned stares and hastily shortened leashes. It wasn’t until I heard a small English girl at the farmer’s market ask if she could “stroke” a pup lounging…
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    Cheapest Destinations Blog - Travel the World!

  • Talking Cheap Travel Spots and Living Abroad

    Tim Leffel
    21 Dec 2014 | 2:17 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!
  • Six Ways to Travel More on Your Current Income

    Tim Leffel
    15 Dec 2014 | 2:10 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!
  • Who’s the Guy Behind This Blog?

    Tim Leffel
    11 Dec 2014 | 12:25 pm
    We've Moved! Update your Reader Now. This feed has moved to: http://www.cheapestdestinationsblog.com/feed/ Update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from us. Meanwhile, you can always see what's new by visiting www.CheapestDestinationsBlog.com!
  • How Much Does It Really Cost to Live in Bulgaria?

    Tim Leffel
    8 Dec 2014 | 5:21 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!
  • Demons in Sumatra, Waterfall Jumping in Mexico, and a Bleak Tour of Russia

    Tim Leffel
    5 Dec 2014 | 5:32 am
    We've Moved! Update your Reader Now. This feed has moved to: http://www.cheapestdestinationsblog.com/feed/ Update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from us. Meanwhile, you can always see what's new by visiting www.CheapestDestinationsBlog.com!
 
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    Travel the Home Exchange Way

  • Happy holidays and happy home swapping!

    Home Base Holidays
    23 Dec 2014 | 9:05 am
    Our special holiday newsletter is now available! The newsletter includes: Featured listing: chalet in the historic, picturesque Swiss alpine village of Grimentz Spring/summer home exchange: start planning your home swaps for 2015 Member story: over 90 home swaps (and six this year!) Trip reports: Tell us about your home swaps   Read the Christmas newsletter: Home swap newsletter Read articles in this issue in full and previous issues of Home Swappers Newsletter, in the Home Exchange Newsletter Archive. Subscribe to receive the newsletter as published.
  • 'Living France': Home from Home - house swapping

    Home Base Holidays
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:14 am
    The January issue of Living France is now out and includes an article on home swapping, particularly in France. Long-time Home Base Holidays member, Bridget Poher, was interviewed for the article about her family's home exchange experiences. Bridget, originally from Hampshire, lives in her Loire Valley home (pool in photo) with her Parisian husband Yves and their children (click here to see her home swap offer).   Bridget comments:  “I have been absolutely bowled over with how people really are very kind. If you are feeling tired of humanity, home-exchanging is an incredibly uplifting…
  • Beautiful Bali - arrange a tropical beach home swap

    Home Base Holidays
    14 Dec 2014 | 6:22 am
    What is the first thing that comes into your mind when you hear Bali? Intriguing paradise? Romantic getaway? Spa oasis? Mystical ceremonies? The list could probably go on and on. Bali – the famous ‘Island of Gods’ is located about 8 degrees south of the equator, sandwiched between the islands of Java and Lombok in central Indonesia. UTC +8 and conveniently connected with major hubs in Australia and Asia, such as Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur and Perth. Just have US$25 ready for your visa-on-arrival and soon your journey can start. The climate is tropical, yet pleasant all year round: 31…
  • Home Swappers, the Home Exchange Newsletter, December 2014

    Home Base Holidays
    9 Dec 2014 | 2:39 am
    The December issue of Home Swappers Newsletter is now available. Topics: Featured listing: Picture perfect 17th century thatched cottage in Cambridgeshire Member report: Cottage is the perfect base for an 'over the anvil' wedding in Gretna Green Two week free trial: Start making plans for home swaps in 2015 Read articles in this issue in full and previous issues of Home Swappers Newsletter, in the Newsletter Archive. Subscribe to receive the newsletter as published.
  • Home swap safety tips - plan before you travel

    Home Base Holidays
    1 Dec 2014 | 5:44 am
    Before going on your home swap vacation it's important that you feel confident and secure with the agreement to ensure that you can go away on your vacation without having to worry.  Here are some helpful tips to address the security issues when planning your home swap arrangements. Communicate Before going on your home exchange holiday make sure you and your exchange partners have a clear understanding on what is being agreed - this can include things such as whether your swap partners are allowed to use facilities such as your computer and whether any areas of your home are out of bounds.
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    Rick Steves Travel Blog: Blog Gone Europe

  • Why I Love Europe: Remote

    Rick Steves
    25 Dec 2014 | 1:33 pm
    For my holiday season gift to you, I’d like to share three exciting glimpses of why I love Europe. Over the next three days, we’ll travel to slices of Europe that are remote, sacred, and wild — starting today, with remote. In today’s travel-dream-come-true, let’s canoe together on the canals of Holland, hike along the Cinque Terre (my favorite stretch of Riviera trail), and climb a tiny but dramatic and rewarding mountain in North England. These images share the joy I get from my work. Along with my 100 workmates here at Rick Steves’ Europe, I’m working harder than ever. And…
  • Merry Xmas

    Rick Steves
    25 Dec 2014 | 6:32 am
    We all treasure our Christmases at home. But I treasure my Christmases abroad, too. I’d love to hear your favorite memories about being in a country that celebrates Christmas with a different twist that you enjoyed. By the way, “Xmas” is OK. While some believe that “Xmas” takes the “Christ” out of “Christmas,” it’s actually not the case at all. X was the ancient Greek abbreviation for the word “Christ.” The word for “Christ” in Greek is Xristos. During the 16th century, Europeans began using X, the first initial of Christ’s name, as shorthand for the word…
  • Rick Steves’ European Christmas: Christmas all over Europe

    Rick Steves
    24 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    My favorite feature of our Rick Steves’ European Christmas special’s structure is how in each culture, we stop just before Christmas arrives. With this clip, Christmas is finally here — and all over Europe, people are celebrating in their own unique ways. In England, families await the arrival of Father Christmas; in Norway, friends join hands in song; in Burgundy, a toast starts the celebration feast; at the Vatican, people pack St. Peter’s to attend a glorious Midnight Mass; and, as Christmas Day dawns, a joyful chorus heralds the birth of Jesus. Merry Christmas! If you…
  • The Real Meaning of Christmas

    Rick Steves
    24 Dec 2014 | 5:08 am
    Dear traveling friends, This mural reminds me how travel can help us be one with the world. It can help us to see truths we’d never appreciate if we stayed home. While, at first, these truths can sometimes rub us the wrong way, once we get comfortable with them, we’re thankful for the broader perspective. This humble yet poignant painting gracing a community center in Managua reminds me how people in places like Nicaragua and El Salvador can have an advantage when it comes to understanding the real meaning of Christmas. It’s my Christmas wish that your travels give you a bounty of…
  • Rick Steves’ European Christmas: Pope John Paul II Celebrates Christmas One Last Time

    Rick Steves
    23 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    A highlight for our Rick Steves’ European Christmas crew was filming the Midnight Mass at the Vatican on Christmas Eve in 2004 — which happened to be Pope John Paul II’s last Christmas. The vast basilica was packed, the pope seemed radiant, and our cameraman put our viewers right in the front pew. The Vatican is generally a very difficult place for visiting film crews to get permission to do anything. But for some reason, their welcome warmed at Christmas, and we found ourselves with a prime spot in the center of St. Peters — midway up the central pilaster, under…
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    JourneyEtc

  • Top 10 Fun Family Adventures

    Mircea Giurca
    25 Dec 2014 | 10:48 pm
    For daring, adventurous families who are tired of the ordinary trips, there are world adventures that await you and your family. Venturing outside your comfort zone will prove to be worthwhile, and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Travel Tips: Factors to consider when traveling during the holidays

    Mircea Giurca
    25 Dec 2014 | 10:45 am
    The holidays see the onslaught of seasonal travelers sharing the busy airports worldwide with more experienced frequent travelers. While the stressful crowd may be overwhelmed by the festive... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Find the Best WiFi Spots in a given area with HeatMapper

    travel boy
    24 Dec 2014 | 10:39 pm
    If there ever was a software that made you look like a treasure hunter (or a fool) then HeatMapper is it! HeatMapper is a free Wi-Fi Mapping software, which allows you to find the best WiFi spots in... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Munich vacation

    Mircea Giurca
    24 Dec 2014 | 10:38 am
    If you have always wanted to take a Munich vacation, then now is the time to do it. Why not? If it is just a place that fascinates your, or you have family history there or you just want a vacation,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Gandhi’s Home and India

    World Traveler
    23 Dec 2014 | 10:32 pm
    Mahatma Gandhi was instrumental in striving for Indian independence and even today he remains a worldwide symbol of peace. His name is something we all recognize, but few people know who he really... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    Daily Catch

  • Seafaring Snowman

    Sophia Jones
    25 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    Courtesy of Manufacturer Who said Frosty has to be frozen? You’ll never have to worry about melting with this coastal decoration made of restored wood and nautical rope. Tuvalu Home Beachy Snowman, $125; tuvaluhome.com
  • Simply Stunning

    Hannah Sills
    22 Dec 2014 | 8:30 am
    Courtesy of manufacturer This bag’s clean lines and beautiful leather make it an elegant choice for carrying the essentials. busk and bask maar | wrap clutch-case in natural veg-tan leather, $160; buskandbask.com
  • Lovely Light

    Sophia Jones
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:35 am
    Courtesy of Manufacturer We love how this festive, iron decoration spells out the true meaning of the holiday season. Restoration Hardware Vintage Illuminated Marquee Words, $139; restorationhardware.com
  • Whale Pail

    Hannah Sills
    15 Dec 2014 | 9:38 am
    Courtesy of manufacturer This adorable insulated bag features a fun marine pattern and is perfect for keeping lunch fresh or drinks cool. Now Designs Harbor Lunch Bag, $25; artsymodern.com
  • Answer Our Poll!

    Susan Hall
    11 Dec 2014 | 4:15 pm
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    HOTELMARKETING.COM

  • How to influence Booking.com’s algorithm without paying more commissions

    markus.busch@hotelmarketing.com
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:10 pm
    Maximizing OTA algorithms without paying more fees is what smart marketers need to opt for in a world where online visibility is dominated by the major online travel agents. Here are a few ideas on how to improve your rankings on Booking.com & Co. without just paying more commissions.
  • User experience best practices for mobile travel sites

    markus.busch@hotelmarketing.com
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:09 pm
    Successful mobile travel sites invite users to browse and book with compelling visual navigation, advanced search options, a slide-in main menu, and a reduced number of lengthy page loads, finds new user experience research from Usablenet.
  • Stayful, the Priceline for boutique hotels, comes to iOS

    markus.busch@hotelmarketing.com
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:08 pm
    Stayful, the travel site launched last year and founded by industry execs from Expedia and Hotels.com, has now gone mobile. Stayful’s big idea is to allow users to negotiate for better prices on unsold inventory, by offering a platform that shows available rooms and suggested bids.
  • How to deal with travel writers

    markus.busch@hotelmarketing.com
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:07 pm
    What, exactly, is the difference between a journalist who covers travel and a travel writer? The answer, nowadays, is that are is increasingly little difference between these job descriptions and what each type of writer looks for. Why? Because lines have been blurred.
  • Top five trends in China’s outbound travel market for 2015

    markus.busch@hotelmarketing.com
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:06 pm
    According to proprietary research conducted by Attract China, the US tourism industry can expect to see as many as 2.85 million Chinese visitors in 2015, where they will spend more than $15 billion dollars. Here are the company's top five 2015 travel trends that industry leaders need to know about Chinese tourism.
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  • A Preview of Frozen Fun to Come at the Disneyland Resort

    Norman Gidney
    26 Dec 2014 | 12:29 am
    We hope that you survived Christmas in the parks and that you got all that you asked for from old St. Nick.  While the Disneyland Resort is still going strong in holiday mode, the park…The post A Preview of Frozen Fun to Come at the Disneyland Resort appeared first on MiceChat.
  • Yesterland: The First Christmas at California Adventure

    Werner Weiss
    25 Dec 2014 | 8:15 pm
    Welcome to the holiday season at Yester California Adventure. It’s now 2001 here. It’s the new park’s very first Christmas.   Read the full YESTERLAND article HERE: The First Christmas at California Adventure   When…The post Yesterland: The First Christmas at California Adventure appeared first on MiceChat.
  • Five Favorite Park Wise Tips of 2014

    Jessica Ma'ilo
    25 Dec 2014 | 3:03 am
    It’s hard to believe another year has already come and gone. I feel like I was just writing my Disney resolutions! As 2014 comes to a close, I’d love to share five favorite tips I’ve…The post Five Favorite Park Wise Tips of 2014 appeared first on MiceChat.
  • Disney Cruise Line’s Very Merrytime Cruises on Disney Fantasy

    Jason Leppert
    25 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    I just had the pleasure of enjoying Disney Cruise Line‘s Very Merrytime Cruises aboard the Disney Fantasy last week, and I couldn’t wait to share the festive cruise experience with our MiceChat family here today. So,…The post Disney Cruise Line’s Very Merrytime Cruises on Disney Fantasy appeared first on MiceChat.
  • Holidays Around the World at Epcot

    Cory Disbrow
    24 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Merry Christmas everyone. This week, we’re taking a stroll through Epcot and the Holidays Around the World. That does it for this week’s column. We hope you have a wonderful holiday and a prosperous and…The post Holidays Around the World at Epcot appeared first on MiceChat.
 
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  • Top 10 safari bucket list experiences

    Rose Hipwood
    26 Dec 2014 | 4:20 am
    Africa is the home of adventure, the wide open spaces, lakes, rivers and mountains lend themselves exceptionally well to those who want to add that bit extra to a trip. Of course many of the luxury safari properties themselves offer little excursions into the wilderness, which will absolutely blow your mind. Every year new and […] Top 10 safari bucket list experiences is a post from A Luxury Travel Blog The post Top 10 safari bucket list experiences appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
  • 4 walks to do in Paris away from classic city tours

    Didier Moinel Delalande
    24 Dec 2014 | 1:14 pm
    Even if I perfectly understand that when you come to Paris, you wish to visit the “must-see” attractions, I would like in this article to propose five walks a bit away from classic city tours. If you stay several days in Paris, it should be easy to find enough time for to the Tour Eiffel or Notre […] 4 walks to do in Paris away from classic city tours is a post from A Luxury Travel Blog The post 4 walks to do in Paris away from classic city tours appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
  • 2 luxury resorts in Southern Thailand where life is good (even for vegans)

    Paul Eyers
    24 Dec 2014 | 2:10 am
    Southern Thailand has long been a premier destination for luxury travellers with beaches, diving, tropical landscapes and sunny weather drawing people from far and wide to check into one of the many luxury resorts on offer in the area. The people are friendly, the cuisine is legendary (who doesn’t rave about a spicy fresh Thai curry?) […] 2 luxury resorts in Southern Thailand where life is good (even for vegans) is a post from A Luxury Travel Blog The post 2 luxury resorts in Southern Thailand where life is good (even for vegans) appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
  • 3 of the best family safari lodges in South Africa

    Marcel Van de Ghinste
    23 Dec 2014 | 6:06 pm
    Safari holidays are an exciting adventure for the whole family. But it’s normal for young children to become bored of driving around looking for animals – especially when they’re not allowed to touch them and are constantly being told to hush and sit still. Here are 3 safari lodges in South Africa that specially cater for […] 3 of the best family safari lodges in South Africa is a post from A Luxury Travel Blog The post 3 of the best family safari lodges in South Africa appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
  • 10 of the best Christmas menus in London

    Paul Johnson
    22 Dec 2014 | 1:40 am
    SPONSORED FEATURE IN ASSOCIATION WITH AMERICAN EXPRESS Fed up with turkey and all the trimmings? Christmas is very much upon us but if you’re in London and looking for something a little bit different to the usual festive fayre, then read on for 10 of the best Christmas menus in the capital. This post was […] 10 of the best Christmas menus in London is a post from A Luxury Travel Blog The post 10 of the best Christmas menus in London appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
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  • Mele Kalikimaka 2014 from the staff ohana of HAWAII Magazine!

    24 Dec 2014 | 3:56 am
    Mele Kalikimaka 2014 from the staff ohana of HAWAII Magazine! Photo: David Croxford.From: HAWAII Magazine’s staff ohanaTo: Our HAWAII Magazine & HawaiiMagazine.com reader ohanaA very Mele Kalikimaka and happy holidays to you. We wish you all the best and loo...
  • HAWAII Magazine’s “75 Places to Eat Like A Local”: Korean Food

    23 Dec 2014 | 1:05 am
    HAWAII Magazine’s “75 Places to Eat Like A Local”: Korean Food Tabletop grilling at 678 Hawaii on Oahu. Photo by Steve Czerniak for HAWAII Magazine.HAWAII Magazine’s 2014 Food Issue is on sale now. Inside the issue you’ll find “75 Places to Eat Like a Local,” our now annual guide to the Hawaii places you’ll find residents like us heading to eat when we're famished. This year’s “75 P...
  • Holiday light displays shine in Hawaii

    22 Dec 2014 | 5:27 am
    Holiday light displays shine in Hawaii The Kauai County Building aglow for the Kauai Festival of Lights. Photo: Jim Shea for Kauai Festival of Lights.The holidays are in full swing here in Hawaii, and what the state lacks in snow, it makes up for with elaborate and festive holiday light displays. If you’re in the Islands this holiday season, here’s what you need to know and where to go for some free and open-to-the-public holiday cheer.OAHU• Hon...
  • Kilauea volcano lava flow again threatening sole access roads to Pahoa town and Hawaii Island’s eastern tip

    18 Dec 2014 | 5:39 am
    Kilauea volcano lava flow again threatening sole access roads to Pahoa town and Hawaii Island’s eastern tip An aerial photo, taken on Thurs., Dec. 18,  looking upslope from Pahoa, illustrating the current lava flow's proximity to Pahoa Marketplace and the intersection of Pahoa Village Road and Highway 130. As of this morning, the flow was .8 miles upslope of Pahoa Marketplace.(CLICK PHOTO to enlarge.) Photo: Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.
  • Albatross eggs flown from Kauai to Oahu in attempt to start new North Shore colony

    18 Dec 2014 | 3:21 am
    Albatross eggs flown from Kauai to Oahu in attempt to start new North Shore colony Moli (Laysan albatross) eggs ready to board the plane yesterday. Photo: Eric VanderWerf, Pacific Rim Conservation.Yesterday, several dozen birds flew across the Kauai Channel before they hatched. Forty-three moli (Laysan albatross) eggs made the trip from Kauai to Oahu, packed in soft layers and tucked inside heated “coolers,” aboard a regularly scheduled Navy plane. The relocated albatross are part of a new jo...
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  • Bassin-Bleu Waterfall — Jacmel, Haiti [360-Degree Panorama]

    Daniel Noll
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:25 am
    By Daniel NollLife is a continual exercise in expectation management. Witness our journey to the Bassin-Bleu waterfall outside of Jacmel in southern Haiti.Haiti, it turns out, possesses quite a many blue pools, all quite aptly if not unimaginatively named Bassin-Bleu or “blue pool.” The most famous of these, pictured below, is outside the town of Jacmel. If all the photos of Haiti’s bassins-bleus are anything to go by, each one is pretty much the essence of inviting: hidden and tempting; turquoise, deep blue or mystically translucent pools of water depending on the angle of the sun…
  • Travel to Haiti: First Impressions

    Audrey Scott
    10 Dec 2014 | 5:54 am
    By Audrey ScottDugout fishing boats take a rest for the day in Port Salut, Haiti. Haiti. It’s a country that most people today still associate with earthquakes, coups, and unrest – a sort of irretrievable chaos. Before traveling to Haiti, we knew very little about the country. Even after performing our own research — let’s face it, there’s little information on Haiti beyond the headline news – we weren’t quite certain what we would find, experience or feel while there. Haiti is complicated. Even Haitians will tell you that. Each time we thought we grasped something about…
  • A Maasai Circumcision After-Party [VIDEO]

    Daniel Noll
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:10 am
    By Daniel Noll“There’s a circumcision party in a nearby Maasai village. Mela is inviting us to join her. Do you want to go?” Kisioki asked in the sort of unassuming manner one might use to ask a friend to a new restaurant around the corner for lunch.Circumcision party?After repeating the phrase and looking at my shoes, I ruminated on this concept, turning my knees inward just slightly, clenching muscles in my pelvic region I never knew I had.“Sure.” I mean who in their right mind says ‘No’ to a Maasai circumcision party? Note: If prose isn’t your thing and video is all…
  • Next Up: Exploring Haiti

    Audrey Scott
    11 Nov 2014 | 5:13 am
    By Audrey ScottWhy we’re going to Haiti later this week. A view to a different side of the country, including its re-emergence — and we hope, a path to sustainable tourism development. It’s also about our pursuit of Haitian culture, landscape and cuisine – and the unknown. Waterfalls of Bassin Bleu near Jacmel, Haiti.While on a press trip earlier this fall, we mentioned to a well-traveled British journalist with an intrepid penchant for hot spots, particularly those in the Middle East, that we were headed to Haiti later in the year.“Really?!” His reply was shriek-like.
  • Uganda Beyond the Gorillas: From Boda Boda to Bunyonyi

    Audrey Scott
    3 Nov 2014 | 6:20 am
    By Audrey ScottJungle roads, carved by the rains in Southwestern Uganda. While mountain gorilla trekking is the big draw and anchor experience for many people visiting Uganda, the country offers a lot more in terms of atmosphere and experiences. Prior to our trip to Uganda, we’d heard from other travelers that the country was among their favorites in Africa due to its friendly people and laid-back feel. Beyond the critical human element, you have rafting through Nile River rapids, exploring sprawling markets, hopping a back-seat motorbike tour around the capital city of Kampala, and taking…
 
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  • Casa Colombo, Sri Lanka: hotel of the week

    Sarah Jappy
    25 Dec 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Forget a traditional New Year’s, in 2015 we’re going to Sri Lanka to Casa Colombo, the cool and collected mansion in the Bambalapitiya quarter. This designer den is tidily tucked away from the capital’s main artery, offering refined luxury in the form of one-of-a-kind retro-chic suites, a bubblegum-pink pool and delicious dining. Style Historical hipster Setting Southern burb of Bambalapitiya Why this week? Christmas has come and (just) gone, and it’s time for an escape. Where better than Casa Colombo, the hip, hedonistic and highly-styled Moorish mansion in the Sri…
  • From the suitcase of… Baiba Grase

    Rachel Juarez-Carr
    20 Dec 2014 | 7:02 am
    Baiba – our London HQ’s resident multi-lingual Latvian holiday-planning superstar – is one of the Smith Travel Team’s top honeymoon experts. She’s travelled more than almost anyone else we know. Last trip Sri Lanka. I went absolutely everywhere, but some of my favourite spots were Kandy (beautiful lake), Trincomalee (rugged beach), Bentota (best beach), Galle (most atmospheric world heritage site city on the planet), Yala (leopard watching!) and Koslanda (amazing waterfalls). Next Trip Canada. I am going to Vanvouver, Vancouver Island, Fogo Island, Toronto, Montreal,…
  • Coach House Hotel, Yorkshire: hotel of the week

    Kate Weir
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:02 am
    After the last champagne cork pops on New Year’s Eve, we’ll want a winter break in a cosy boutique hotel where we can pig out on estate-to-plate cuisine and work off our Christmas excesses rambling o’er the Yorkshire Dales – bundled up in thermals, of course. And afterwards, we’d like to snuggle up in a room on a charming Georgian estate… luckily, Coach House Hotel in Richmond fits the bill nicely.  Style Gastro coaching inn Setting Georgian country estate Why this week? Because who wants to make the start of the new year duller with dryathlons, guilt-induced…
  • Winter-sun wardrobe wonders: Penny Klein’s packing tips

    Lucy Fennings
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:03 pm
    Sunny, stylish destinations call for a scorching-hot holiday wardrobe. Heidi Klein co-founder Penny Klein sorts out your winter-sun style dilemmas with her guide to looking good around the world – and exclusive shopping discounts to help you get your new-season capsule wardrobe… JAMAICA Where to go Make like Bond and his girl at the filmic Goldeneye resort in Jamaica: there’s a spa you can swim or kayak to; villa-style accommodation on a soft sandy beach; torch-lit dining under a full moon, and an alluring literary pedigree – all giving this Caribbean idyll the edge over its…
  • Hotel La Semilla, Riviera Maya: hotel of the week

    Amelia Mularz
    15 Dec 2014 | 3:13 pm
    Call it rough luxe; call it shabby chic. Either way, the hand-plucked antiques that fill this boutique hotel in Mexico’s Riviera Maya are charmingly retro. At Hotel La Semilla, enjoy pastries and house-made jams in the copal tree garden, and then grab a beach kit (packed with towels and umbrellas) and stake out a place in the sand.    Style Modern Mexican flea market Setting Playa del Carmen garden Why this week? With the New Year just around the corner, we imagine you’re in a resolution-making mood right now. Lay off the greasy chips. Travel more. Spend less. Enjoy a sunset aperitif…
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  • Why I Travel Alone

    NomadicMatt
    22 Dec 2014 | 7:04 am
    “Joe, did you book your ticket yet?” I asked. “No. I changed my mind. I’m not going to go.” “What? You aren’t going to Australia? We’ve been planning this vacation for months!” “Yeah, I don’t feel like it. We’ll go some other time.” Over the coming weeks, I attempted to get my friend to reconsider, but to no avail. When Joe changed his mind, he changed his mind. Our trip to Australia – our big post-college adventure – was off. And none of my friends wanted to replace him. If I wanted to travel, it would have to be on my own. It’s…
  • How to Travel on $50 A Day: The Book Tour

    NomadicMatt
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:20 am
    Most people think it seems too good to be true that you can travel across the world on less than it costs to live at home. They believe that cheap travel is a pipe dream. But, as readers of the blog, you know that not to be true, and, in the coming months, I’m going to set out to prove that even more! As you know, next month I launch the brand new awesome edition of my book, How to Travel the World on $50 a Day. It has over 100 new pages of content, destination sections, and tips and advice never included on the blog. So, for the next four months, I’ll be driving around the United…
  • How to Sail the British Virgin Islands for Free

    NomadicMatt
    15 Dec 2014 | 8:27 am
    The British Virgin Islands often foster images of intrepid sailors and adventurers living their own version of a Jimmy Buffett song – sailing the seas, relentlessly drinking rum, stopping at hidden beaches, and exploring deserted islands. Standing behind the wheel with the wind whipping at your hair as the sails of your boat take you from island to island sounds wonderful to many of us. But, after imagining that scenario, we think, “It would be great, but it’s unrealistic and I couldn’t afford it. It sounds too expensive!” I used to believe that. After all, the British…
  • How to Travel the World on $50 a Day: The New Edition (and Special Offer)

    NomadicMatt
    11 Dec 2014 | 7:12 am
    In 2013, I published my first book, How to Travel the World on $50 A Day. However, information constantly changes in travel – tips get dated and new ways to save always emerge, which is why with great excitement, I’d like to announce an even bigger and better second edition of the book is on its way to a bookstore (and Urban Outfitters) near you. I’ve updated and revised existing content and added over 100 new pages of tips, tricks, and stories that will help you save money. I also added new sections on China, India, and Japan! There’s a lot of information and detail in the…
  • What Hitchhiking Alone as a Female in China Taught Me About Hospitality

    NomadicMatt
    10 Dec 2014 | 6:38 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 cover so I brought in an expert to share her advice. This is her column this month. It was February in China and, with the town of Lijiang’s elevation in Yunnan province, still very much a cold winter wonderland. Standing outside waiting wasn’t how I wanted to spend the morning. But Ya Ting had such enthusiasm for the idea of hitchhiking that opting for the bus just seemed boring at this point. She…
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    The Word From The Timeshare Crusader

  • Visit the UK's Incredible Timeshares

    Lisa Ann Schreier, The Timeshare Crusader
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:31 am
    There's a world of timeshare opportunities out there for those who take the time to discover them.  Today we take a look at 5 of the UK's countryside timeshare resorts, courtesy of Callum Davies, of Worldwide Timeshare Hypermarket http://www.timeshare-hypermarket.com UK cities are renowned for their historic attractions from Buckingham Palace in London to Edinburgh Castle in the Scottish Capital but what about the fabled British countryside? From National Parks to ancient woodland these rural locations take centre stage when booking a vacation in the UK countryside whether its over…
  • Five and Almost 10 With...Bryan Lunt

    Lisa Ann Schreier, The Timeshare Crusader
    15 Dec 2014 | 6:12 am
    Today we meet Bryan Lunt, Chairman and CEO of Absolute World Group.What was your first job in timeshare?OPC in Tenerife, someone said to me don’t do this job, it doesn’t pay good money… I tried it and found it was easy and continued to get lots of couples in way back in 1984. What was the greatest lesson you've ever been taught?Sales training, why you need to get several No’s before you get to the Yes.Where is your favorite vacation spot?I am stuck deciding between two places, Koh Samui in Thailand as well as Noosa in Australia.If you could change one thing about timeshare, what would…
  • Is Timeshare Rescission Fair to Purchasers?

    Lisa Ann Schreier, The Timeshare Crusader
    9 Dec 2014 | 6:03 am
    A long time reader of this blog e-mailed me a question last week that bears discussing:"I'm curious to what your thoughts are on the very short period of time that a consumer has to decide to buy the timeshare or not---generally within the confines of a 3 hour high-pressure sales pitch and the relatively short time frame---generally a week or so that they have to decide to cancel or not vs. the length of time the resort has to allow you to use the product---generally several months at best.  Why the inequality?"GREAT QUESTION.I hadn't really given it much thought before, but this reader…
  • Surviving A Timeshare Sales Presentation In 2014

    Lisa Ann Schreier, The Timeshare Crusader
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:10 am
    10 years ago, I wrote my first timeshare book; “Surviving A Timeshare Sales Presentation…Confessions From The Sales Table.”  Much has changed in 10 years…I no longer sell timeshare, having long since determined that I enjoy writing/speaking/teaching timeshare to selling it.  Much has not changed in 10 years…the timeshare industry continues to cling to the idea that timeshares have to be sold through often lengthy timeshare sales pitches.Today, we all know that timeshare sales presentations are not the only way to buy a timeshare. In fact, they may not be the best…
  • "Become a Member and You Don't Need a Broker!"

    Lisa Ann Schreier, The Timeshare Crusader
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:49 am
    It might not be new or new to you, but I've just discovered the latest way timeshare owners are being preyed upon. There's a company that charges a membership fee in order to list your timeshare for sale. Yes, a membership fee. Not a listing fee.  Not an advertising fee. While that may be odd enough, a quick look at the listings clearly illustrated the need for owners to get a dose of reality when it comes to understanding the 'value' of a timeshare on the secondary market.  30,000 WorldMark Points $60,0002 bedroom Westgate Lakes $30,000 Exchange Resorts Condominiums2…
 
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  • Our Ten Best Travel Stories of 2014

    24 Dec 2014 | 1:25 pm
    Derek NollBest Travel Stories of 2014 In 2014, GoNOMAD published more than 350 travel stories. Stories were submitted from all over the world, from nomads living in Africa to beachbums enjoying life... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Where We Went in 2014

    23 Dec 2014 | 2:01 pm
    The Voyageurs Festival in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Staff Travels: Where We Traveled in 2014   Keeping the tradition of traveling going strong, GoNOMAD writers hit the road  Max Hartshorne,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • France: Cruising the Canal du Midi

    23 Dec 2014 | 1:38 pm
    The Canal du Midi, in red, from Toulouse to Sete. Crossing Southwest France by Barge Cruising the Canal du Midi with a gourmet chef on board By Jacqueline Harmon Butler After a madcap adventure... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Cuba: Getting There by Boat

    23 Dec 2014 | 12:19 pm
        Cuba: Ask for Directions It’s tough enough for one lost man to ask for directions—tougher when four guys sail into the unknown In The Directions to Happiness, Bruce Thoreau... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Cuba: A Band of Musicians Shares the Night

    23 Dec 2014 | 11:03 am
      Wish You Were Here in Havana By Alex Hill I leaned gently against the wall that runs along the Malecon, the Gulf of Mexico glistening in the moonlight behind me. Weathered yellow taxis... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • Dawn on the Amazon Tours and Cruises Number One On TripAdvisor

    Captain Bill
    4 Dec 2014 | 11:09 am
    Dawn on the Amazon Tours and Cruises ranks number one on TripAdvisor Good news. I joined TripAdvisor over seven years ago, in October 2007. It took a lot of time to figure out how to list Dawn on the Amazon Tours and Cruises, and I agonized over which category was most appropriate, (there is no cruise category), and after much thought and worry, I listed Dawn on the Amazon Tours and Cruises under Things to do in Iquitos – Activities. I paid almost no attention to TripAdvisor back then. It was over a year before we got our first review, and over another year before we got our second…
  • How You Can Help The Children

    Captain Bill
    7 Oct 2014 | 12:38 pm
    Marmelita delivering school supplies to the teacher of the river village school in Mishana. If you are planning to travel to Iquitos Peru for an Amazon River cruise or to stay at a lodge, or even just to visit for a day, and you want to help children in need, you can make a big difference in the lives of the children who live in the remote villages along the rivers you will visit. In theory, education in Peru is free from age 7 – 16, however in practice education is poorly financed and inaccessible in rural areas such as the villages along the rivers in the Amazon jungle. Every small…
  • The Other National Reserve, Allpahuayo Mishana

    Captain Bill
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:58 pm
    Allpahuayo Mishana National Reserve 3 pound black piranha caught in Allpahuayo Mishana National Reserve, with Dawn on the Amazon While most people in Iquitos are infatuated with Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, one of my favorite places on God’s green earth is up the Nanay River into Allpahuayo Mishana National Reserve. Some of the most precious outdoor memories of my life are from there, including one of the best days fishing I have ever had. You can Google Allphauayo Mishana and learn about the rare geology of the white-sand forest, its amazing bio-diversity, and the many endemic species…
  • I’m gonna beat your butt, old timer!

    Captain Bill
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:03 pm
    Guest post by Leo Jones That’s the threat my Brit buddy throws at me in the thickest Cockney accent you’ll hear this side of Liverpool, England. Dave makes the comment as I enter the Amazon Golf clubhouse the other day. Located smack dab in the middle of the Peruvian jungle—a thousand miles from the Peruvian capitol of Lima as the eagle flies—the Amazon Golf Course is the most isolated golf course in the world. “Yeah … well. I guess we’ll have to see about that,” I reply, trying hard to sound confident. “When was the last time you beat me?” he asks, smirking.
  • Cattleya, For Your Amazon Cruise

    Captain Bill
    10 Aug 2014 | 4:27 pm
    Cattleya Amazon River Cruise Boat, The Facts Cattleya Amazon River boat with crew Cattleya was constructed in 2013  with 6 comfortable air conditioned cabins, in-suite bathrooms, warm water showers, featuring picture window views. The Cattleya Amazon river cruise boat has a capacity for 12 passengers and a crew of 8 to 12, including 2 knowledgeable naturalist guides fluent in english and spanish. Cattleya, one of the most beautiful, comfortable, Amazon River cruise boats The Cattleya is 75.5 feet = 23 meters long, the beam is 19.7 feet = 6 meters wide, draft is 6.5 feet = 2 meters deep. With…
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  • Donate ten bucks to Passports with Purpose and win a Think Tank Photo camera bag

    Lanora Mueller
    9 Dec 2014 | 7:49 am
    I'm joining the party a bit late, but there's no way I'd miss participating in Passports with Purpose. This year, Passports with Purpose is partnered with Sustainable Harvest, an organization that supports small family farms in Central America, helping families learn grow their own food using more productive (and sustainable) methods. For each $5000 we raise, Sustainable Harvest will help one extended family in Honduras learn to farm sustainably, with ongoing support for five years. A $200 Think Tank Photo Retrospective 30 bag could be yours for a $10 donation For my prize offering, I…
  • Photo Friday: Mexican art and culture at Xcaret Park, Playa del Carmen

    Lanora Mueller
    26 Sep 2014 | 12:20 pm
    Mexican art and culture at Xcaret Park, Playa del Carmen by Lanora Mueller on Exposure
  • Photo Friday: Catching the Super Moon at World Domination Summit 2014 #WDS2014

    Lanora Mueller
    25 Jul 2014 | 1:29 pm
      The PoemCatcher, aka Andrew Newman, asked me to take his photo holding the Super Moon of July 12, 2014. We had just met on the Spirit of Portland cruise during World Domination Summit 2014. Andrew's mission: he travels from event to event, capturing imprompu poems in his net. Poem catcher counting time #wds2014 #awesomecreativeinspiration http://t.co/6nveU5Sc2f— PoemCatcher (@PoemCatcher) July 15, 2014
 
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    Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel

  • PHOTO: Iconostasis of the Church of the Intercession on Kizhi Island, Russia

    Barbara Weibel
    26 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: Iconostasis in the smaller nine-domed winter Church of the Intercession on Kizhi Island, Lake Onega, Russia. First built in 1694 as a single-dome structure, it was expanded to its nine-dome design by 1764. Smaller than its sister church, the 22-domed Church of the Transfiguration, it is used for winter services, as it is easier to heat. The original iconostasis was lost; the present one was rebuilt in the 1950s in the original style. (Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)The post PHOTO: Iconostasis of the Church of the Intercession on Kizhi Island,…
  • PHOTO: Transfiguration Church on Kizhi Island, Russia

    Barbara Weibel
    25 Dec 2014 | 6:30 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: The 22-domed Transfiguration Church on Kizhi Island in Lake Onega, Russia, was built in the early 1700’s, entirely of wood, without the use of a single nail. Legend insists that the main builder used one axe for the construction, which he threw into the lake upon completion with the words, “There was not and will be not another one to match it.” Its sister church, the nine-domed Church of the Intercession, sits nearby. The larger church is used only in warm weather; when colder weather sets in, services are moved to the…
  • Home for the Holidays

    Barbara Weibel
    24 Dec 2014 | 5:14 pm
    I have come full circle. At the tender age of 17, I fled from my parents house, determined to make my way in the world according to my own rules. Now, 45 years later, I am back home again. Eight years ago I took a tremendous leap of faith and left my corporate life behind to travel the world and recreate myself as a writer and photographer. I was successful for many reasons. I believe I can do whatever I set out to do, I am fearless, and I have a high tolerance for risk. But undoubtedly what has served me best is the concept of impermanence. Stuffing ourselves at our Thanksgiving day…
  • PHOTO: Cruising the Volga-Baltic Waterway, Russia

    Barbara Weibel
    24 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: Fall colors make a splash while cruising between Kuzino & Kizhi on the Volga-Baltic Waterway, a system of rivers & canals that span 229 miles & 7 locks that connects Moscow with the Baltic Sea (Visited 39 times, 39 visits today)The post PHOTO: Cruising the Volga-Baltic Waterway, Russia appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
  • PHOTO: School Children in Kirillov, Russia

    Barbara Weibel
    23 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: School children in Kirillov, Russia don traditional costumes and perform local songs and dance (Visited 50 times, 50 visits today)The post PHOTO: School Children in Kirillov, Russia appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
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  • Pumpkin seeding in Turkey

    Dave from The Longest Way Home
    25 Dec 2014 | 4:20 pm
    Woman seeding pumpkins in Turkey The woman just sat there all day taking the seeds out Cappadocia turkey is a very beautiful place. From the fabled caves that are now tourist hotels to the hotair balloons that float high in the sky. What captured my attention? This woman and her mighty pile of pumpkins. The story behind this photograph I stayed in Goreme Cappadocia for quite a few weeks. There’s lots to do there from mountain biking to treks to hot air ballooning. Yet whenever I came out of my hotel I’d see this lady. She sat there everyday with this huge pile of pumpkins. She had…
  • Flash flood victims in The Philippines

    Dave from The Longest Way Home
    25 Dec 2014 | 2:22 pm
    Children queuing for food after a flash flood in The Philippines Flash flood victims in The Philippines Natural disasters are common place in The Philippines. From super typhoons to earthquakes the island nations get more than its fair share from mother nature. That said the country is woefully underprepared every year. During one such occasion I was there during a flash flood that destroyed many homes. A relief camp was set up and I visited it only to see things much worse than they should be. The story behind this photograph A flash flood in the Philippines had left thousands without food…
  • Crucifix on a Romanian Castle Wall

    Dave from The Longest Way Home
    24 Dec 2014 | 4:23 pm
    A large crucifix on a Romanian Castle Wall A large cross adorning a broken abode in a Castle in Romania It’s not something I would have expected to see from visiting a castle in Transylvania in Romania. The outer wall fortification was made up of houses which is not uncommon. In this case one had broken and on the outer wall hung this huge crucifix. The story behind this photograph Taken in 2007 during my overland journey I had visited Bran where the more famous of the Transylvanian castles is located. Like many I was a little disappointed at seeing the small tower that Vald the…
  • The Golden Temple at night in Amritsar India

    Dave from The Longest Way Home
    23 Dec 2014 | 2:56 pm
    The Golden Temple at night Is the Golden Temple more impressive than the Taj Mahal … When people speak of must see sights in India the Taj Mahal is nearly always at the top of the list. While the Taj is an impressive building and it does feel surreal to visit it I found the Golden Temple to be far more impressive. The story behind this photograph I’d just crossed over the Wagah border from Pakistan when I made my way to Amritsar in India. I was planning to stay in a budget hotel there but instead ended up at the free rooms offered at the Golden Temple. This Sikh temple is the…
  • Stilt House Girl from the Philippines

    Dave from The Longest Way Home
    22 Dec 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Stilt house girl from the Philippines A stilt house girl who’s not so happy Davao in the far south of The Philippines is one of the nicer cities in the country. The traffic is not so heavy, the taxis don’t cheat and it’s not so polluted. It doesn’t mean there aren’t problems there. Stilt houses run along the shore fronts here. Timber shacks that stand above the tide when it comes in. Some people are friendly some are not. The story behind this photograph Tough locals eyed me as I walked out onto the beach. It was a place tourists don’t go. I nodded at them…
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    My Itchy Travel Feet

  • News for the Week

    Donna Hull
    20 Dec 2014 | 11:00 am
    Merry Christmas from My Itchy Travel Feet How has your week been? Are you ready for Christmas yet? I battled with outdoor wreaths most of the week. They kept falling down because the suction cups wouldn’t adhere to the cold glass on the front doors. But I finally won out. The trick was prepping the plastic suction cups in warm water. What’s Alan been doing? checking his clothes for our 64-day cruise — with my help. And while it seems a bit early, planning ahead is how we prepare for long voyages. I’ll be sharing tips soon. Alan and I hope that your Christmas is filled…
  • The Secret to Hassel-Free Holiday Travel

    Donna Hull
    20 Dec 2014 | 12:05 am
    We hope your holiday travel is filled with beautiful scenery and clear roads. Want to know the secret to hassle-free holiday travel? Stay at home. Okay, now that I have your attention, let’s talk holiday travel tips. Many boomers travel to see children and grandchildren over the Christmas holidays. Or they book a holiday cruise to escape the season as Alan and I do every other year when we find ourselves alone for the festivities. Whether you’re traveling to visit family or to avoid the season, you have to get there. Although I can’t guarantee an uneventful trip,…
  • Plan Your Escape with the AARP Winter Escapes Sweepstakes

    Donna Hull
    16 Dec 2014 | 12:05 am
    How good is your memory? It just might win you $10,000 for a winter travel escape. If you won $10,000 for a winter travel escape, where would you go? When we decided to promote the AARP Winter Escapes Sweepstakes, that’s the question Alan and I had fun dreaming about. A boat floats in the Moorea lagoon on a winter escape to the South Pacific. Our first idea was a no-brainer — cruising the South Pacific in French Polynesia. After all, it’s our favorite tropical getaway. The islands of Moorea, Raiatea, Bora Bora  and Tahiti offer an exotic destination with reefs that protect a…
  • Five Great Canadian Outdoor Adventures

    A Guest Writer
    15 Dec 2014 | 2:15 am
    Full of awe-inspiring landscape and bustling cities, Canada is an incredibly diverse nation. With its expansive coastlines, scenic valleys, majestic mountains and what seems like endless amounts of natural beauty, Canada offers a lot in the way of active outdoor adventures. As you’d expect, there’s everything from easy to epic for the active boomer traveler. Today’s guest writer, Leigh McAdam from HikeBikeTravel, lets us in on her top five choices for Canadian outdoor adventures. View from Saturna Island Cycle the Gulf Islands in British Columbia If island hopping by ferry with your…
  • News for the Week

    Donna Hull
    13 Dec 2014 | 12:05 am
    Need tips for bringing your travel purchases home? Brette Sember shares her travel shopping rules. What happened to this week? Are your days flying by as fast as ours? I’m still decorating for Christmas in between writing ahead for that two-month cruise in the winter of 2015. And Alan’s been playing with a new Cannon 7D. Thanks for taking your valuable time to read our News for the Week. This Week’s Articles Alan and I are pleased to introduce two guest writers this week. Long-time Arizona writer, Sam Lowe, offers tips on what to do in one of our favorite cities in Texas. Be…
 
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  • A Regular Weekend in Barcelona

    21 Dec 2014 | 3:41 am
    I haven’t posted much from our life in Barcelona, but here it is in summary. You walk out the door and you can have any kind of day you want. I just can’t get enough of it here… I don’t know if it’s the way the city looks, the architecture, the cobblestone streets, the narrow alleyways… or the people, the Spanish-Catalan attitude… maybe it’s just us, but we make friends on every bus ride, whether that’s a grandmother who calls out to Stella, “Rubia, Rubita, Guapa…” and then tells us her life story, or the super relaxed…
  • Let Them Eat Chocolate!

    Christine Gilbert
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:51 am
    I recently posted some pictures on Facebook that I thought were hilarious. My nearly 2-year-old had just gotten up, her hair was a frizzy mess, and she was trying to eat a giant piece of turrón.   This comment set me off: “She’s lovely, why mess that tiny young healthy body with junkie chocolate?” Was I messing up her tiny, young, healthy body with “junkie chocolate”? Don’t be ridiculous. Here’s the standard breakfast for children in the Netherlands, it’s called hagelslag: This is from a New York Times article about what kids eat around…
  • Sony Alpha Review Part 2

    16 Dec 2014 | 5:02 am
    A year ago, I switched from my Canon 5D with a 24-70mm lens as my standard camera to the mirrorless, lightweight Sony Alpha 7. The first part of my review, written when I first got the camera is here. Here are the pros: 1. It’s light. It’s half the weight of my Canon setup and that means I take twice as many photos. 2. It’s smaller. I can carry it in a small camera bag or a large purse. 3. It’s full-frame. I don’t have to compromise quality by going with a cropped sensor. 4. The flip out display is genius. I am so spoiled by this feature, it let’s me take…
  • Mexico-Inspired Gift Ideas

    9 Dec 2014 | 1:04 pm
    Today I continue yesterday’s madness — and I don’t know if I pointed this out, but I’m including all the recipes so you can print them out. So instead of just giving someone a bag of dried chiles, you’re saying, “here cook something.” Which might be worse. Hopefully you know if your friend is into that. We spent the last two Christmas seasons in Mexico and while most places have a ton of Mexico ingredients (when I was in Houston, they had a larger selection of Mexican spices than my local Mexican grocer did) there are some staples I think are key. So…
  • Thailand-Inspired Gift Ideas

    8 Dec 2014 | 7:17 am
    If I ever change careers, I will definitely go into the Kaffir Lime Leave business. I feel like everyone’s lives would be so much better if we just all had access to all Thai ingredients from fresh lemongrass to galangal (similar to ginger but different) to those amazing little leaves that grow on lime trees in Thailand. Can you tell I’m missing Thailand this year? It’s been too long. We spent Christmas there in 2010 and 2011 but haven’t been back since 2012. So I put together this gift list, which I realized after the fact, is completely insane, it’s just a…
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  • Finding travel inspiration with Passports with Purpose and Women’s Travel Fest

    Mara
    15 Dec 2014 | 9:26 am
    Who couldn’t use a little travel inspiration at this time of year? With all of the holiday busyness and (if you live in the Northern Hemisphere) the short days where darkness descends before you’ve even finished your afternoon cup of coffee, it’s easy to feel like hibernating. Luckily there are events like Women’s Travel Fest to look forward to. Love the message on these t-shirts! (Photo courtesy of Women’s Travel Fest) I attended Women’s Travel Fest last year when it was a one-day event in New York City. It was one of the more fun travel meet-ups…
  • Passports with Purpose: Help in Honduras, win a stay in Vermont

    Mara
    1 Dec 2014 | 8:59 pm
    Do you keep lists of places you want to visit but haven’t yet? I do. Some of them are on there because of a book I read or a painting I love; others have a dessert that is just calling my name (you had me at guten tag, apple strudel). There are mountains I’d like to climb and churches where I’d love to pray. Until recently, Honduras wasn’t on that list. I knew little about it, and what I did know was not happy. Drug gangs. A high murder rate. Corruption. Violent crime. But then I saw this photo. Carrots happen to be an absolute favorite form of sustenance around my house – both of…
  • Halloween treats around the globe: 2014 version

    admin
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Originally published in 2008, this post about Halloween treats (and my kids costumes) has become something of a tradition for me. It’s the only post I return to and annually update, and I kind of enjoy the chance to walk down a spooky memory lane – both looking at Halloween costumes and some of the treats we’ve sampled on our travels. Hope you enjoy! My oldest child is somewhat famous around these parts for choosing over the course of his short life a number of unusual Halloween costumes. In the spirit of the season, I thought it would be fun to feature both a montage of…
  • Why vacation rentals are best for a family trip to Europe

    Mara
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:51 am
    I’ve long been a proponent of renting apartments on vacation, especially when traveling in Europe. In fact, I’ve only rarely ever stayed in a European hotel. So when the vacation rental company HouseTrip asked me to write a post where I extol the virtue of this type of travel, I said a very happy yes. Let me make three things clear up front: HouseTrip is compensating me to write this post; I’ve never used their services in Europe, so my opinions on that experience are speculative; and I do intend to use HouseTrip on a trip to Italy I have planned next spring because after…
  • Fall fun in New York at the Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze

    Mara
    9 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    It’s October, and we all know what that means: Pumpkins. And no place is that more true than in Croton-on-Hudson, New York just north of Manhattan where more than 10,000 pumpkins are hand carved and arranged into a fall wonderland that’s aptly named The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze. Historic Hudson Valley was kind enough to give me and my then 8- and 11-year-old sons complimentary tickets to the Blaze in November of 2013. We started our visit in the Pumpkin Art tent where there were many interpretations of the popular fruit (and yes, I did look it up – pumpkins are a fruit, falling…
 
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    tripwolf travel blog - your travel guide

  • 10 bizarre Christmas customs

    tripwolf
    21 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    TweetThe stories of how countries celebrate Christmas fascinate us from an early age. The famous Christmas pudding from England, the picnic on the beach in Australia, and the Finnish Santa Claus with the wonderful name of Joulupukki. But who has ever heard of the shitting tree trunks, the flying high heeled shoes, and the biting […] The post 10 bizarre Christmas customs appeared first on tripwolf travel blog - your travel guide.
  • A culinary journey – recipe tips for cold days

    tripwolf
    14 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    TweetWhat is the best cuisine in the world? Choosing one is difficult: the exotic Thai cuisine, the renowned French cuisine, Mediterranean, Peruvian, Indian, Chinese. . . . One thing is for sure, there’s something for every taste! Finally, a person’s taste can range from vegetarian to meat-heavy, traditional to innovative/experimental. Sometimes one wants hearty home […] The post A culinary journey – recipe tips for cold days appeared first on tripwolf travel blog - your travel guide.
  • Great transportation tips to save some money

    tripwolf
    7 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    TweetBlog post freely translated from an article by French tripwolf author Marianne Morizot.   Whether you’re traveling for months around the globe or zipping off for a cozy weekend in Rome, traveling has a tendency to empty the wallet and is rarely straightforward. Thinking on your feet, insider tips, special offers . . . voilà, […] The post Great transportation tips to save some money appeared first on tripwolf travel blog - your travel guide.
  • 10 original gift ideas for travelers

    Lisa
    29 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    TweetDisclosure: All products and shops mentioned in this article have not been included in the list because of a sponsorship; rather, all of them correspond to our personal recommendations!   Christmas is around the corner, and along with it a great opportunity to you’re your friends practical and innovative gadgets that will simply have to […] The post 10 original gift ideas for travelers appeared first on tripwolf travel blog - your travel guide.
  • 5 great alternative winter sports

    Lisa
    22 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    TweetOvercrowded slopes, skis constantly getting crossed up, or trauma from that skiing course in kindergarten – there are plenty of reasons not to like skiing. But for anyone who would still like to swish around through the snow and ice, we have found five alternative winter sports for you!   1. Ice Climbing Climbing up […] The post 5 great alternative winter sports appeared first on tripwolf travel blog - your travel guide.
 
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    The Travel Word

  • Adventures Less Ordinary: Getting an Accurate Snapshot of Travel Generosity

    editor
    15 Dec 2014 | 4:30 am
    This post is part of my Editor’s Note in Adventures Less Ordinary: How to Travel and Do Good, a free guide to mindful adventures. Drawing on the combined expertise of two dozen leading voices advocating for travel that makes a difference, it is a guide for compassionate people seeking the ultimate adventure – one guided as much by the good you give as the good you get. To order your copy, enter your email address in the form directly below. When photographing an object in motion, you have three principal options: use an incredibly fast shutter speed for a crisp capture of both the…
  • When You Travel to Cuba (It’s Possible!), Help Keep Its Nature Intact

    editor
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:36 am
    Cuba has been taunting me for two decades. Its renown, made palpably present here in the United States through its insuppressible culture (Buena Vista Social Club is just the tip of the iceberg!), has been a constant lure. But, based as I am in New York City, Cuba is so very close and yet so very far. Cigars and colorful culture are two stereotypical qualities of Cuba. But there’s a whole lot more to the country! Photo courtesy of International Expeditions All politics aside for the moment, Cuba’s resistance to many contemporary practices and its notoriety for so many wrong…
  • A Pictorial Journey and Photography Workshop in Morocco

    editor
    18 Sep 2014 | 4:48 am
    In Morocco, I met the woman I eventually married. Sometimes I blame it on the light. No, that’s not correct. Sometimes I credit the light for having shown – er, shone – her to me right. A camel caravan traversing Erg Chebbi in the Sahara Desert of Morocco. Photo courtesy of Agnieska Czerska | Open Sky Expeditions We were part of a muster of youth activists meeting in Morocco, in a desert (and nearly deserted) village outside of Ouarzazate, the notable but small city on the open plateau just south of the High Atlas Mountains. To reach and later return from the distant village, we…
  • A Ground Zero Tour: Lessons in Remembering

    editor
    12 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    As I stare out at the 9/11 Memorial in New York City, I think back to interviews conducted with American D-Day survivors. In some of them, veterans have been accompanied to the specific beaches on which they landed in 1944 and asked to recall those fateful days. The cameras often focus in tight on the eyes, which stare fixedly at clean sweeps of sand, but see something bloodier, foul and murderous. Through these faraway gazes, aided by gritty archival footage, we get a sense of the enormity of what happened. We grapple with emotions we believe we have felt – fear, terror, ferocity, anger,…
  • Community and Giving Back Can Go Hand in Hand Through Voluntourism

    editor
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:07 pm
    The debate about the value of short-term voluntourism is still raging. At the moment, unfortunately, absolutes and sweeping generalisations appear to dominate, with negative media in danger of strangling the life out of the whole sector, the good – those projects that are making positive and meaningful strides – as well as the bad, like those that fall short of much-needed regulation. But not all projects are created equal and sometimes hard data can demonstrate it. In response to the current discussion, I spoke to Soft Power Education (SPE), an organisation based in Jinja, Uganda, to…
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    YouTube: Travel

  • 209 Seconds That Will Make You Question Your Entire Existence

    BuzzFeedBlue
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:50 pm
    209 Seconds That Will Make You Question Your Entire Existence Every time you get upset about something small, just remember this. Check out more awesome BuzzFeedBlue videos! http://bit.ly/YTbuzzfeedblue1 MUSIC Robotix Licensed via Warner Chappell ... From: BuzzFeedBlue Views: 2093116 29680 ratings Time: 03:31 More in Science & Technology
  • Could We Actually Live On Mars?

    AsapSCIENCE
    16 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    Could We Actually Live On Mars? What would it take to survive on Mars? SUBSCRIBE! It's free: http://bit.ly/10kWnZ7 Get Your Free Audiobook: http://bit.ly/XIcZpz ---Links to follow us below-... From: AsapSCIENCE Views: 967662 23350 ratings Time: 04:03 More in Science & Technology
  • Australians Taste Test American Snacks

    BuzzFeedVideo
    15 Oct 2014 | 3:03 pm
    Australians Taste Test American Snacks "It has the consistency of like, dried foreskin." Like BuzzFeedVideo on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/18yCF0b MUSIC Soak It Up Licensed via Warner Chappell Produ... From: BuzzFeedVideo Views: 2964982 30937 ratings Time: 02:16 More in Entertainment
  • Australians Taste Test American Sweets

    BuzzFeedVideo
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:28 pm
    Australians Taste Test American Sweets I hope that's it otherwise I'm getting diabetes from all the sh*t I've just eaten from your country.” Share on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1rGD5Y8 Like BuzzFe... From: BuzzFeedVideo Views: 3142934 51821 ratings Time: 02:38 More in Entertainment
  • What I Do On Airplanes

    IISuperwomanII
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:52 pm
    What I Do On Airplanes Click here to share this on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1jYeBsS Click here to Tweet this video: http://ctt.ec/81dCD Join the Team Super Mailing List: http://ww... From: IISuperwomanII Views: 2936168 165321 ratings Time: 04:13 More in Comedy
 
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    Hotels in Orlando & Things to do in Orlando

  • Four Seasons Resort Orlando Stunning Royal Suite Photos

    Sunil Govind
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:32 am
    Wouldn’t it be nice to wake up in the Royal Suite to ring in the New Year or your next Orlandoescape. Introducing the Royal Suite at Four Seasons Orlando, a stunning 3,300 square-foot suite that can expand to up to a 9-bedroom residence, and has views of the nightly Magic Kingdom Park fireworks from the […]
  • Enjoy Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course At Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress

    Sunil Govind
    2 Dec 2014 | 6:12 pm
    Grand Cypress Golf Course Imagine perfecting your swing under the guidance of some of the world’s best-known golf instructors, or teeing off on one of the most award-winning courses in America. Featuring four uniquely challenging Jack Nicklaus Signature Design courses, The Grand Cypress Golf Club offers golfers the largest selection of truly challenging links among […]
  • Our one week Cyber Monday Sale is the largest promotion

    Sunil Govind
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:20 am
  • ¿Vacaciones a Orlando? ¡Planéalas en minutos!

    Sunil Govind
    22 Nov 2014 | 7:56 am
    Todos sueñan con ir a Orlando, y quienes han tenido la oportunidad de visitar este maravilloso lugar seguramente sueñan con volver, porque no importa cuántas veces regreses, ¡tus vacaciones nunca son las mismas! Si estás planeando pasar unas vacaciones en Orlando es muy probable que ya te hayas dado cuenta de lo complicado que puede […]
  • Orlandoescape Facebook poll: How many vacation photos are enough?

    Robyn Kurth
    15 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    There was a time in the not so distant past when amateur photographers  limited their vacation photos to the number of film rolls they packed in their suitcase. (And it was usually a checked bag, as airport X-ray machines tended to be very unforgiving to rolls of undeveloped film.) Of course, you never knew how […]
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    USA Travel Guide

  • The Allstate Sugar Bowl

    Carolina
    1 Dec 2014 | 8:18 am
    81st Annual Allstate Sugar Bowl Nothing’s sweeter than seeing the top national college football teams go head-to-head in this post season collegiate bowl. The Sugar Bowl is the second oldest collegiate bowl game in the United States, second only to the Rose Bowl. Fans will flock to New Orleans to see their favorite teams compete in [...] The post The Allstate Sugar Bowl appeared first on USA Travel Guide.
  • Holiday Festival of Lights

    Carolina
    10 Nov 2014 | 11:51 am
    Holiday Festival of Lights in Fisherman’s Wharf Get ready for the spirit of the holidays with the dazzling Holiday Festival of Lights in Fisherman’s Wharf. This San Francisco neighborhood which is a popular tourist destination renowned for its scenic views of the bay and unparalleled cuisine, steps up the ambiance during this magical time of the [...] The post Holiday Festival of Lights appeared first on USA Travel Guide.
  • The Bayou Classic

    Carolina
    9 Nov 2014 | 10:05 am
    The Bayou Classic Football-lovers, get ready for November’s most action packed event – The Bayou Classic! This annual game takes place the Saturday after Thanksgiving, so get ready to sleep off the turkey in time for this honored game. A time-honored tradition, the Bayou Classic pits two rival college football teams against one another – the [...] The post The Bayou Classic appeared first on USA Travel Guide.
  • Color Up 5k in Killeen, TX

    Carolina
    19 Oct 2014 | 7:43 am
    The Color Up 5k in Killeen raises money for the Fort Hood memorial honoring victims of the 2009 attack. Join our Killeen race for a meaningful event. The post Color Up 5k in Killeen, TX appeared first on USA Travel Guide.
  • Hollywood Film Festival

    Carolina
    21 Sep 2014 | 12:20 pm
    This relatively new festival began in 1997, and showcases a variety of film masterpieces from around the globe. Genres and film types that will be showcased at the Hollywood Film Festival range from insightful documentaries to fun shorts to feature films. There will also be many demonstrations regarding changes in the tech industry, an award [...] The post Hollywood Film Festival appeared first on USA Travel Guide.
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    Geotraveler's Niche

  • Christmas + Seasons Greetings from Geotraveler’s Niche

    Lola Akerstrom
    25 Dec 2014 | 1:05 am
    Thank you for being a wonderful part of my journey in 2014 and hope you join me for a blessings-filled 2015. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
  • Why you should explore the Balkans in 2015

    Lola Akerstrom
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    I could go on and on about the must-see sights and beaches that dot this stunning Southeast European region in an attempt to convince you why the Balkans need to be on your travel radar. I could craft a top ten list from “must eat” foods to “must dos” that summarize entire countries into single paragraphs. But what I’d rather do is share some stories through photos, and I’ve partnered with Expedia Viewfinder’s Image Library to highlight my experiences from the Balkans to inspire your next adventure. Hopefully these personal snippets show you why I absolutely adore the…
  • Snapshot: Lebawit Lily Girma

    Lola Akerstrom
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Lebawit Lily Girma is a travel photographer, writer and author of two Belize titles for Moon Travel Guides. She has also contributed writing and photography on the Caribbean and Central America to outlets such as CNN Travel, American Way, BBC Travel, AFAR.com, MorningCalm Magazine and New York Magazine. Born in Ethiopia, raised in Côte d’Ivoire and later residing in Washington DC, Lily had a passport by age six and spoke four languages–including French and Spanish–by age 12. A former attorney who ditched the office for the road in 2009, Lily favors all things culture and adventure,…
 
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    BootsnAll Travel Articles

  • Top 10 Destinations for Independent Travelers in 2009

    admin
    26 Dec 2014 | 12:03 am
    Editor's Note:  In gearing up for the announcement of the Top Destinations for Indie Travelers in 2015 on Janary 6, we thought it would be fun to republish all the top destination articles from the past 7 years.  The article below is our list for 2009 and was originally published on January 6, 2009.[banner top_title="hide" description="hide" subscribe="hide" title="Wanna be the first to see which cities made the 2015 list?" button_type="orange" button="Sign up for our Daily Dose Newsletter" image="http://www.bootsnall.com/articles/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/Machu-Picchu.jpg"…
  • How I Travel: Santa Claus

    khammel
    24 Dec 2014 | 12:03 am
    Santa Claus: Circles the Globe, All In One Night! Plain and simple, Santa Claus is the most widely traveled man alive, bringing joy to children wherever he goes. Though work forces him to spend a lot of time at home, in the North Pole, he has maintained a strong sense of wanderlust for hundreds of years. His travel savvy is second to none—and he admits to using his yearly round-the-world work trips to scout out vacation spots. We luckily scored an exclusive chat with Jolly Saint Nick. Busy in his workshop and bouncing between various public appearances, he made time to talk with us about…
  • Top 10 Destinations for Independent Travelers in 2008

    admin
    24 Dec 2014 | 12:03 am
    Editor's Note:  In gearing up for the announcement of the Top Destinations for Indie Travelers in 2015 on Janary 6, we thought it would be fun to republish all the top destination articles since we started doing this in 2008.  Here is the very first of its kind that we published, way back on January 7, 2008.[banner top_title="hide" description="hide" subscribe="hide" title="The 2015 list comes out on January 5" button_type="orange" button="Sign up for our Daily Dose to be the first to see it" image="http://www.bootsnall.com/articles/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/Machu-Picchu.jpg"…
  • 5 Tips for Celebrating Christmas in a Foreign Culture

    khammel
    23 Dec 2014 | 12:03 am
    Some holidays are not welcomed with open arms in other cultures. For instance, St. Patrick's Day and its beer drinking, crazed little green men, or Thanksgiving, and its sea-worn top-hatted turkey-coma diners. And while expats and travelers may need to get a little more creative to foster the holiday spirit of these special days, it seems when celebrating Christmas, we may have our work cut out for us.Christmas and its traditions seem to quickly be seeping across many borders. Whether you are reading this from your home in jolly ol' England or sunny Dubai, whether you have a view of Mt.
  • Songkran with the Locals

    admin
    22 Dec 2014 | 12:03 am
    Our journey begins as it does every time I take visitors to see the infamous market that straddles a railway track in Mae Klong, a city some eighty kilometers southwest of Bangkok. We cross Bangkok on the Skytrain before switching to motorbike taxis, my two European friends recoiling in horror as I shepherd them onto a bike each before they have time to properly question not wearing a helmet.“You’ll be fine”, I assure them as their podgy, orange-vested drivers pull away into the traffic and drizzle that makes the gray sky seem even murkier. It is still two days until the start of the…
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    Travel Blissful

  • The Importance of Travel insurance Before Heading off for a Trip

    Ashyln Molly
    22 Dec 2014 | 3:34 am
    Whether you are taking your family vacation or a romantic trip with your lovable one or a trip regarding your business, or some other purposes, regardless of any reasons, Single Trip Travel Insurance Policy is the must thing for a traveler before heading off for a trip around the world. This policy will you offers an excellent list of benefits that cover for holiday cancellation, medical expenses, lost baggage, missed departure and much much more, so that you can enjoy your vacation at its best with perfect relaxation. But most of the travelers are not aware of the travel policy and some are…
  • The Luxurious Danube River Cruise

    Ashyln Molly
    22 Dec 2014 | 3:13 am
    If you are looking for the scenic tour that brings you completely to a new level, you have landed in a right place. The incredible and unforgettable Danube river cruises is the best option for you that would give you the chance to take along a near and dear one to experience Europe in a different way at its best. Visitors and the tourist from different parts of the globe coming to this experience this fantastic Danube river cruise can get to find out and enjoy the cruise through scenery villages, pleasure their eyes with glittering cities, mesmerises at the lovable castles and also along the…
  • Get the Best Deals to Enjoy Skiing on Holidays

    Ashyln Molly
    21 Dec 2014 | 5:44 am
    Winter holidays are really a perfect method of relaxing all the stress as well as pressures of the daily work. Having a ski holiday can reflect to the matters of rest, refreshment and re-strengthen of the health. However, if it is not accurately planned, the tourists may end up losing a lot of the money on needless expenditures. The suggestions below can assist anyone to save on a few of the general cash loopholes. A plan before going to trip An advanced plan always has a lot of advantages. At first, it is needed to take some time to research ski deals for a perfect winter holiday on the…
  • Tickets to see the concert of Michael Buble

    Ashyln Molly
    14 Dec 2014 | 10:03 pm
    TicketBis that is a secondary ticket marketplace where all public purchase and sell tickets is now going to sell the ticket to see the live performance of Michael Bubble in Hong Kong. You can now enjoy your evening with the classic songs of Michael Buble by acquiring these tickets from Ticketbis, which is a Spanish company and in a short period has carved out a key role, for reaching the secondary ticketing Europe. Michael Buble has really been able to make a name for himself as one of the new faces of Swing, with a voice and approach resembling the sixties celebrity Frank Sinatra. By…
  • Explore the Ultimate Destination

    Ashyln Molly
    12 Dec 2014 | 2:55 am
    Are you ready to explore ultimate family destination for your family? If you are looking so, the San Antonio is the best option for you. San Antonio glistering more spectacular and wonderful historic sites, beautiful River walk, zoo and more attractions, where you can find wide range of attractions and many things to do, where attractive spot ranging from theme parks and restaurants, patios, galleries and shops. Now begin to explore the great San Antonio city with a perfect itinerary by reading it. (Image by Len Radin) Zoos and Caves: Are you looking for a thrilling trip in San Antonio? You…
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    Stuck in Customs

  • Riding on the Glacier and the New Pinterest Uploads

    Trey Ratcliff
    25 Dec 2014 | 9:01 pm
    New Pinterest Uploads! Adding a ton of supa-fresh Pinterest-cropped works over there at http://www.pinterest.com/treyratcliff/pins/ – enjoy! I really have quite a bit of fun re-cropping my photos to fit that format in the optimal way… and the way they all fall down the page like colorful rain is trippy and fun… Daily Photo – Riding on the Glacier When we had the crew from The Arcanum out here not too long ago, we took an amazing ride with Choppy to this glacier. And I love the way Choppy says it — kind of like “glassssier” – so smooth, just like…
  • Along the road on the way to the Atlas Mountains in Morocco

    Trey Ratcliff
    25 Dec 2014 | 9:01 pm
    A Long Year in Africa So this year I spent about two months in Africa, and I feel very lucky for it! I spent the vast majority of it early in the year here in Morocco and then the second month was later in the year down in the south. What a huge place Africa is… I guess we all know it is pretty huge from the map, but when you actually get there, it’s pretty much beyond comprehension! Daily Photo – Along the road on the way to the Atlas Mountains in Morocco Here's a photo of some Moroccan men along the side of the road on the desert-side of the Atlas Mountains. The way…
  • Flying Over the Okavango Delta

    Trey Ratcliff
    24 Dec 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Merry Christmas! I hope everyone is having great holidays! A little mind-bending for the day from Alan Watts And here’s something a little different for you… it’s one of those that’s worth watching full-screen with good sound! Daily Photo – Flying Over the Okavango Delta One day in Botswana, we took a rather incredible helicopter ride! It came to pick us up at our camp that was literally in the middle of nowhere. And here's the kicker — our pilot was from Wanaka, New Zealand! That's only about 45 minutes away from my home… what a strange world!
  • Free Lightroom Presets and a New Last Minute Christmas Deal!

    Trey Ratcliff
    23 Dec 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Holiday Sale! 35% off all kinds of Stuff! Go see our new Newsletter! It has all the details you need, just in case you need that last minute gift for a photography lover, or even better, a gift for yourself! Free Lightroom Presets – A Starter Pack! Go grab them in the store now! There’s no catch… nothing to do first… just go for it! I’ve taken some of my favorites and made them avail for free just so you can see how fun they are! Naturally, we have many Other Presets available in the store as well, but this one will get you started with a bang! Here is a free…
  • Making Bad Decisions with Stu in Auckland

    Trey Ratcliff
    22 Dec 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Enjoying the Creation Wars! I have a new Playlist on YouTube that has links to all our Creation Wars shows. Check it out and you can watch all the shows! Daily Photo – Making Bad Decisions with Stu in Auckland My friend Stu has an awesome bach not too far from Auckland. It's up on top of a cliff, and the perfect place to make lots of bad decisions. Stu is really into fire, you see. Actually, I have noticed a very strong pyromaniac gene amongst many Kiwis. I don't know why this is… maybe because it gets cold here a lot, kids just learn to play with and love fire. Somehow,…
 
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    We Blog The World

  • The Buchlovice Garlic Festival in the Czech Republic

    Susan McKee
    26 Dec 2014 | 2:15 pm
      If you love garlic, put this festival on your list for next summer in the Czech Republic! Set for July 25, 2015, the Garlic Festival is held in the park around Castle Buchlovice. The program includes the presentation of the garlic harvest to the mayor of Buchlovice, the singing of garlic hymns (!), cutting a garlic cake, raising a garlic banner and making a toast with garlic buttermilk. During the festivities, you can try garlic dishes, compete for the best garlic recipe or the most beautiful garlic braid, vote for Miss Garlic, and take part in a a garlic-smelling contest. The…
  • 4 Las Vegas Museums Worth Noting For Your Next Visit

    Robert Schrader
    26 Dec 2014 | 12:22 pm
    You probably know Las Vegas for its party scene and potentially, even for the incredible nature that surrounds the city. You might have visited Las Vegas and explored some of its lesser-known neighborhoods, from its burgeoning, tech-fueled downtown re-development, to the hip, trendy University of Nevada Las Vegas area. One thing you probably don’t realize about Las Vegas – certainly not if you come solely for the purpose of partying – is that several world-class museums call Las Vegas home. No matter what reason you have for wanting to see a less hedonistic side of Sin City, continue…
  • Learning About Niçoise Cuisine at New York’s International Culinary Institute

    Renee Blodgett
    26 Dec 2014 | 11:14 am
    You don’t even have to read this site that often to know that I’m a huge fan of French culture, art and food/wine. We Blog the World has a ton of content on France in general and I’ve written about the food in Paris numerous times, the most recent being my trip this summer and fall (yes, I graced Paris with my presence twice this year — be sure to read my write-up on Michelin star La Cuisine) and Normandy and Brittany in September. Also learn more about Calvados and the foodie scene from my trip. So, whenever there is an opportunity to go deeper into the world of…
  • Sacred Moments That Will Reignite Your Love of Nature & Wildlife

    Rich Laburn
    26 Dec 2014 | 9:16 am
    These photographs will show you how and why wildlife can steal the show on any safari or moment you’re in the African wild. Leopards, lions, new cubs, stolen kills, unusual interactions, battles between animals and the wonderful season of new births, it’s all there to discover. These riveting moments are brought to you below. Marthly Male Steals from Tutlwa Female Mouth full and muscles ready to take the drop. Mike Sutherland Leopard Threesome The Tu-Tones male, seemingly favoured by the Tamboti female, dismounts after a relatively non-aggressive mating bout. Notice the gash on…
  • Traveling and Living From a Place of Purpose

    Mariellen Ward
    25 Dec 2014 | 1:05 pm
    Over the past several years, I’ve been traveling extensively and achieved some great milestones and goals. This year, while things seemed to be going great, something felt wrong and I couldn’t put my finger on it until I had a revelation at Aurovalley Ashram in November. Above, on the road to Raiwala Village, outside Aurovalley Ashram. Sun rise from the roof of the World Temple, Aurovalley Ashram Warmed by the Sun The sun glows gold behind the Shivalik Hills of Rajaji National Park before it appears to shine its life-giving… Read more...
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    Business Travel Destinations

  • Discussing Holiday Party Etiquette with Bob Sirott and Marianne Murciano during WGN Business Lunch Hour

    Rob Hard
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:21 pm
    Bob Sirott (left) and Marianne Murciano (middle) of WGN Radio with Rob Hard (right) in Chicago. Courtesy image Bob Sirott and Marianne Murciano of WGN radio in Chicago had me to join them this week to share tips about etiquette mistakes at the holiday party. Roughly 90 percent of all companies tend to host holiday parties (the slight majority are held in the evening), and we all know someone who has enjoyed to the levels of excess with their food, drink and even dress. The truth is, most people need to remember that they are at a company event. While it’s a way for your boss and…
  • Lunchtime Chemical Peel Review

    AnnMarie Koss
    13 Dec 2014 | 7:42 am
    As we age our complexion really takes a beating. Exposure to the sun, pollution and even genetics can result in a breakdown of our skin’s collagen and loss of elasticity. Case in point, if you were from the generation prior to the 1990s, when sunscreen was available but not as widely used as it is today, then chances are you may have acquired some sun damage, age spots or even premature wrinkling. I remember sunbathing on the blacktop in  my parents driveway, while frequently applying baby oil all over to achieve that sun-kissed look. I always loved the way my skin glistened. Medi spa…
  • Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Review

    Rob Hard
    12 Dec 2014 | 8:03 pm
    I have been using a Sonicare FlexCare for years (my dental hygienist recommended it to me) — it’s known for its ability to handle plaque removal, promote gum health and reduce stains. I recently discovered the Philips Sonicare DiamondClean (available in black, white and pink). What caught my attention is that it has a USB travel case that can be plugged into a laptop or wall outlet. That’s great for business travelers. And there are other reasons you’ll want to have one of these. Philips Sonicare DiamondClean. © 2014 Rob Hard How Does Sonicare Work?  If…
  • One week to go to find London’s Official Guest of Honour

    Business Travel Destinations
    12 Dec 2014 | 11:51 am
    Tuesday 02 Dec 2014 There are 7 days to go until a general hunt for London’s Official Guest of Honour ends. Launched final month (12 November) by VISITLONDON.COM, a central Visitor Guide to a capital, together with VisitBritain and a GREAT Britain campaign, a event has drawn thousands of people from all over a universe to  apply for this once-in-a-lifetime possibility to knowledge London as never before, with many some-more approaching before applications tighten on Tuesday 9 December. The winning guest will be invited to London in Feb 2015 and will have a singular honour of opening Tower…
  • MGM Resorts International’s Jenn Michaels Named to PR News’ First-Ever Top Women in PR List

    Business Travel Destinations
    11 Dec 2014 | 11:47 am
    LAS VEGAS, Dec. 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — PR News has named Jenn Michaels, Senior Vice President of Public Relations for MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM), to a first-ever list of Top Women in PR. The endowment module recognizes a many successful women in a open family profession, travelling a wide-range of industries and sectors both domestic and international. Winners were comparison by a blue-chip row of PR executives, as good as by a staff of PR News. Honorees will be distinguished during a special awards luncheon on January 28, 2015 in New York City. “This year’s…
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    A Postcard a Day

  • Season's Greetings

    25 Dec 2014 | 3:37 am
    All best wishes to everyone for the festive season
  • Christmas stamps

    21 Dec 2014 | 5:28 am
    This lovely illustration by Jenny Eugenia Nyström, a Swedish illustrator, came from finland with an equally lovely stamp (of course).I haven't had very many Christmas stamps this year but I did get this shaped one from Germany which I rather like.This is a post for Sunday Stamps, now moved to See it on a Postcard! As usual, click on the button to see the other entries.
  • Letter to Santa

    20 Dec 2014 | 12:26 pm
    A cute card just arrived from Canada, where, I am told they have no snow.  Well that's just destroyed my mental image of Canada. They're supposed to be waist high in snow 6 months of the year.
  • Angels

    19 Dec 2014 | 12:53 pm
    "I send an angel to you while you sleep, it's watching over you".  A Christmas card from Finland.This is a post for Postcard Friendship Friday hosted on Beth Niquette's blog, The Best Hearts are Crunchy.  Just click on the button to visit and join in.
  • Reading women

    16 Dec 2014 | 2:11 am
    I seem to have given the impression that I collect postcards of women or girls reading because just after Eva's comment the other day (Eva of Mail Adventures), I received this postcard with 54 different pictures of women reading!  I've scanned it at a relatively high resolution so that if you click on the image you should be able to see better.Of course they aren't identified on the back so now starts the challenge of working out who they all are.  For my own reference purposes I've allocated them A-F for rows and 1-9 columns.Row A1. Marie Adelaide of France by Jean-Etienne…
 
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    Atlas Travel Blog

  • Kwanzaa

    Sue Lobo
    26 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    This year marks the 48th annual Kwanzaa. Dr. Maulana Karenga created this week long holiday. It is meant to celebrate the unique culture of African Americans and to bring families together. Approximately 18 million African Americans are expected to participate in Kwanzaa activities this year. This holiday is gaining popularity and is starting to become popular in Canada as well. The Principles of Kwanzaa Umoja: This principal represents unity throughout the community Kujichagulia: This principal represents being self-determined and making choices that will have a positive impact on others…
  • Santa Clause: The Mystery Behind The Man

    Sue Lobo
    25 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    Santa Clause is well-known in most cultures. Almost everyone knows that he lives in the North Pole and brings presents to kids. In order to pay our due respect to Santa and try to help everyone get to know him a little bit better, we’ve put together some fun facts about this mysterious man that you can share with your kids this holiday season. – Santa Clause goes by many names. In Belgium he is called Pere Noel, in the United Kingdom he is called Father Christmas and in Turkey is goes by Noel Baba. – Supposedly Santa was born in 270 AD. – On Christmas Eve Santa visits…
  • Warm Holidays Wishes from Atlas Cruises & Tours

    Sue Lobo
    25 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    What inspires you to travel? Is it the excitement of embarking on an unforgettable journey? The thrill of exploring a remote destination, tasting incredible foods, meeting new people, or reconnecting with old friends? Perhaps it’s simply the promise of adventure, or the desire for a change of pace.  Whatever your inspiration, we want to share our first-hand experience and insider knowledge to help you create the ultimate vacation. As always, we thank you for your business. We hope that this year’s incredible savings and special offers will help to make all of your travel…
  • The Best Christmas Parades

    Sue Lobo
    24 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    It’s time to pull out your lawn chairs and find a good spot next to your favorite Christmas parade. Almost every city has a parade of some sort to help bring about some Christmas cheer this holiday season. If you are looking to watching one of the best Christmas parades in the country, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here’s out list of the top parades to view this Christmas season. Mayor’s Annual Christmas Parade in Baltimore This 2 ½ mile long parade has everything from elves to motorcycles. The marching band from the Baltimore Ravens also makes an…
  • Festivus

    Sue Lobo
    23 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    The holiday “Festivus” was invented thanks to an episode of the once, widely popular TV show, Seinfeld. For most people it’s not a real holiday, but for many that are not into Christmas, or are just huge Seinfeld fans, they incorporate it into their December holiday traditions. We’ve put together a little bit of information so you can learn what this holiday is all about. How It Started On the Festivus episode that originally aired on December 18, 1997, the term “A Festivus for the rest of us!” was the slogan that was heard throughout the show. Festivus…
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    TRAVEL BLOG

  • USATE MOBILE WEBSITE

    22 Dec 2014 | 1:07 am
    We have now a mobile optimized website. You can easily browse through Unique South America Travel Experience.com using a smartphone or tablet. Scan the QR code.
  • ANTARCTICA TOURS

    25 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    Take an Antarctica tour and you'll discover one of the world's most pristine and exotic natural environments. Antarctica is the ultimate travel destination.
  • PARAGUAY TOURS

    19 Nov 2014 | 7:15 am
    Any of the following Paraguay tours will introduce you to one of South America's less-traveled paths. A wonder of nature yet to be discovered. See options here.
  • ECUADOR TOURS

    16 Nov 2014 | 2:36 am
    Any of the following Ecuador tours will introduce you to South America's fourth-smallest country and the most environmentally diverse in the world. Book your tour.
  • CHILE TOURS

    9 Nov 2014 | 3:26 am
    Chile is one of the most geographically diverse countries on Earth. The following Chile tours will bring many options when you're ready for a superb vacation.
 
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    Wild Junket

  • Do Some Good and Give Back this Christmas!

    Nellie Huang
    24 Dec 2014 | 6:30 am
    MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY HOLIDAYS! It’s that time of the year again! Are you spending this Christmas on the road or at home? We’ve celebrated Christmas in many parts of the world, from New York to London, Singapore to Oslo; but over the years, we’ve learned that no matter how fun traveling is, we’d rather spend Christmas at home with our loved ones. This year, we’re thrilled to be home in Granada for the holidays once again. As always, it’s bursting with festive mood here: Christmas lights are everywhere, people are out and about doing their Christmas shopping, and you…
  • 10 Christmas Gift Ideas for Travelers

    Elica Sue
    22 Dec 2014 | 6:30 am
    Christmas shopping or gift hunting in general, can sometimes be a daunting task, especially if you don’t know what to get for your loved ones. With the festive season almost upon us, for those who haven’t done their Christmas shopping, we hope this can help sprout some new ideas for future gift-giving. Travel Packs Luggage is perhaps one of the most obvious essentials for traveling, and if you’ve been thinking of purchasing luggage for someone, you may want to consider what kind of traveling they’re most interested in. Are they most likely to book a week at a luxury hotel, or are they…
  • From the Sierra to the Sea: Granada at a Glance

    Nellie Huang
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:12 am
    What do you look for when choosing a place to live? We seek for diversity, nature and culture all in one place. That’s why we chose to live in Granada, Spain. We’re convinced it’s the best place in the world to call home (at least for us) after having lived in many parts of the world — this province in southern Spain may be small, but it truly has it all. For outdoor lovers like us, we love how Granada is characterized by extreme variables in landscape and climate, so much so that it’s possible to ski in the mountains and go diving in the sea in one day. In just one…
  • Planeterra — Harnessing the Power of Travel to Change the World

    Nellie Huang
    10 Dec 2014 | 6:30 am
    Exciting news! We are doing the Rickshaw Run in January 2015 – a 3,500km race across India on a tuktuk – to raise funds for charity! We’ve introduced you to one of the charities we’re working with, Cool Earth, now it’s turn to introduce Planeterra, the main non-profit we’re working with. When we first signed up for the Rickshaw Run and were given a choice on which charity to work with, we knew that we wanted to work with the Planeterra Foundation. Having worked with G Adventures for four years now, we’ve long known about the company’s non-profit…
  • 5 Iconic Experiences You Have to Try Around the World

    Guest Blogger
    8 Dec 2014 | 6:30 am
    Here’s another guest post from my friend Tom Mcloughlin, who’s here to share some of his favorite travel experiences around the world. One of the best things about travel is the interesting situations it puts you in which you would never find at home. You can find yourself in places which you would never dream of, and in those moments you have to grab the opportunity with both hands. Below are 5 of the experiences around the world which you read about in magazines and on blogs  and might never consider doing, but which you’re life will be worse for missing out on. 1. Bungee…
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    South Africa Travel News

  • Mossel Bay – 5 things to do in SA’s most mistakenly maligned town

    Wanda Coustas
    16 Dec 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Send to Kindle Calling Mossel Bay a ‘harbour town’ is a misnomer. It does have a harbour, but ‘town’ suggests small, when in reality some 60 000 people live there. Mossel Bay is big enough to give the impression of a city. What adds to this impression is that it sprawls, merging seamlessly with the beach side villages of Klein Brak River, Reebok, Tergniet, Groot Brakrivier and Glentana so that the entire bay is a twinkle at night (provided Eskom isn’t load...
  • 9 other (really) popular wine routes of the Cape – the bouquet beckons

    Wanda Coustas
    10 Dec 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Send to Kindle Wines in South Africa do not start and end with the Cape Winelands (Franschhoek, Paarl, Stellenbosch), although one is hard pushed to find a comparable abundance of excellence in so small an area The Overberg, Orange Free State, Northern Cape, and even the Midlands of KwaZulu-Natal, produce outstanding wines. And the country’s capacity to grow vines extends as far north as Bronkhorstspruit, 50 km east of Pretoria. You will even find vines in Mpumalanga. But you would be...
  • 10 best places to see wild dogs in South Africa

    Wanda Coustas
    7 Dec 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Send to Kindle Probably the most distinctive feature of the African wild dog is its big, round ears. They’re nothing like a domestic dog’s. They’re nothing like a wolf’s either, yet this beautiful Cape hunting dog, or painted dog as it’s also known, is given the Latin name Lycaon pictus, meaning ‘painted wolf-like animal’, because it is closest in nature to a wolf. Their hide is different from a dog’s too – covered with irregular patches...
  • The wine lover’s guide to South Africa – 10 wine routes to tempt your taste buds

    Wanda Coustas
    3 Dec 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Send to Kindle Whether you enjoy your wine big, buttery, smooth, opulent, complex, creamy or crisp, the wines made in South Africa will more than meet your needs, as we produce some of the best wines in the new world. South African wine, a quick overview: our wine history dates back 350 years, to 1659 today we export over 450 million litres of wine a little over 10 years ago, most of our wine was distilled into brandy SA wines are of the best valued red and white wines there are 100 000...
  • Mandela’s South Africa – Mandela-infused sites to visit

    Wanda Coustas
    1 Dec 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Send to Kindle Mandela was branded a communist terrorist by the apartheid government and spent 27 years in prison as a result. Despite this, he was instrumental in bringing about a peaceful reconciliation in a country torn apart by racism, was loved and revered throughout the world for his magnanimity, and became Madiba, the father of the people. He received over 1 000 awards, more than 125 streets, boulevards, avenues, bridges and highways have been named after him, and his autobiography,...
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    Velvet Escape

  • Season’s greetings

    Keith Jenkins
    23 Dec 2014 | 4:27 am
    Here’s wishing you a fabulous festive season and a very happy, healthy and travelicious 2015! Have a wonderful time with your loved ones this festive season and travel safe! Lots of hugs, Keith
  • Plane views: Kuala Lumpur

    Keith Jenkins
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:01 am
    I’ve always wanted to capture an aerial view of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, for my Plane Views series. Kuala Lumpur is the capital of Malaysia and with a population of approximately 1.6 million, the country’s largest city. Each time I flew into or out of Kuala Lumpur, I would have my camera ready but the city was covered by thick clouds every time, offering only glimpses of its gleaming skyscrapers. A few years ago, I took off from Kuala Lumpur International Airport on a cloudless day and the pilot flew directly over the city centre. The view of the shimmering Petronas Twin Towers was…
  • The historic architecture of Sevilla

    Keith Jenkins
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:57 am
    The Plaza de España is a fine example of the Renaissance Revival style. One destination that truly surprised me during my recent travels is undoubtedly the Andalucian city of Sevilla. With its charming squares, picturesque neighbourhoods and impressive historic monuments, Sevilla, or Seville, is one of those cities that will sweep you off your feet within moments. I strolled around in a constant state of awe, and when I parked myself at one of the many tapas bars to feast on delicious tapas and vino (and people-watching), I was instantly drawn by the city’s magnetic vibe. I’d…
  • Sundays in Bologna

    Keith Jenkins
    10 Dec 2014 | 5:02 am
    Via dell’Indipendenza on a Sunday morning! I love Sundays in Bologna‘s historic centre. With the streets empty of traffic, pedestrians and cyclists reign supreme on the ancient cobblestones. Locals come out in full force to shop, eat and wander around the markets. The Piazza Maggiore and the adjacent Piazza del Nettuno (with its famous Fountain of Neptune) are the focal points, where tourists and locals alike gather – there’s always something going on here, from cooking demonstrations and exhibitions to festivals and concerts. The Piazza Maggiore is the central point…
  • Five ways to enjoy winter in Montreal

    Keith Jenkins
    4 Dec 2014 | 10:51 am
    Montréal in winter. Winters in Montreal are cold. VERY cold! I fell in love with the city the first time I visited… in the summer, and each time I gushed about it, people would say, “Yeah, visit in the winter and see if you still love it that much!”. Well, I did, and I must say, my admiration for the city and its people only grew. Despite temperatures lower than that of my freezer, Montréal maintains its vibrancy even in the depths of winter. It’s so easy to get caught up in the city’s infectious energy and, as I soon discovered, I didn’t feel cold for a…
 
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    Pearls of Travel Wisdom

  • A Little Holiday Cheer Shared by Rick Seaney

    Carol Margolis
    26 Dec 2014 | 5:16 am
    Most of us have had to deal with flight delays and cancelations at one time or another. We have endured seat kickers, screaming babies, ‘aromatic’ passengers, drunks, delayed – or worse – lost baggage, and a host of other things that really challenge the flying experience. This is why I am grateful to Rick Seaney for posting this article about positive flight experiences this year. Sad that he listed only five such outstanding stories, even sadder that they are such an exception in the flying universe. But during this holiday season when we celebrate peace on earth, enjoy each…
  • Uber CEO Indicted!

    Carol Margolis
    24 Dec 2014 | 11:15 am
    Uber has made many friends over the past couple years but unfortunately, they have made many enemies, too. Governments around the world are pushing back on Uber but none harder than South Korea. It seems their prosecutor’s office issued an indictment for CEO Travis Kalanick, charging him and the unit based in Korea with violating transportation services laws. It almost shouldn’t be surprising that the country wants to charge Uber with a crime. After all, this is the same nation that issued an arrest warrant for former Korean Air executive Heather Cho because of her, uh, nutty…
  • Delta’s Busiest Day this Holiday Season

    Carol Margolis
    24 Dec 2014 | 6:40 am
    I wrote before about what was reported to be the busiest traffic day of this holiday travel season, December 19. Well, each airport and airline has their own busiest day. For example, I noted that Orlando International Airport’s busiest day will be December 27. For Delta Air Lines, their busiest day will be January 2. Delta expects to fly almost 8 million passengers during the holiday period of December 19 until January 4. Their busiest day, however, will be the day after New Year’s when they will transport over a half million passengers. Are you included in these numbers? Happy…
  • App Review: Orlando International Airport Releases its own App

    Carol Margolis
    23 Dec 2014 | 6:11 pm
    To help unseasoned travelers get through the airport, Orlando International Airport (MCO) just released their own free Apple/Android app. Since this is my home airport, I decided to give it a try. Note there is a similar app out there with the name Orlando MCO or MCO Airport Manager. This other app is ad-based and will not help you with airport specifics. To insure you get the actual app for the airport, search using their formal name, Greater Orlando Aviation Authority, but it shows up in the iOS version as Orlando MCO. The main screen is pretty intuitive. It begins with the airline features…
  • TripAdvisor Heavily Fined in Italy

    Carol Margolis
    23 Dec 2014 | 12:10 pm
    While it’s general knowledge that some reviews on TripAdvisor are fraudulent, antitrust officials in Italy slammed the travel review site with a monster fine exceeding the U.S. equivalent of $600,000 for “misleading consumers.” The Italian authorities claimed that visitors were unable to distinguish between genuine and fake reviews. Moreover, TripAdvisor failed to have adequate system checks to identify reviews that are phony and demanded payment within thirty days. There have been many reports over the years of fake reviews on TripAdvisor. Some positive reviews are posted…
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  • Real Homemade Italian Cooking – La Fattoria Restaurant, Guatemala City

    Marina Kuperman Villatoro
    23 Dec 2014 | 3:24 am
    Travel Experta - Specializing in Unique International Family Travel - Helping Families Get the Most of Their International Travels with Kids When I was in high school I had a really close friend who was old school Italian. When I say Old School, I mean her parents were off the boat with all the old traditions in tact. Her mother reminded me of The Godfather’s wife (Don Corleone). This was most true in her cooking. Honestly, I found a billion and a half reasons to always go over her house for a meal. I had never had food as delicious as hers. And from then on my love affair with Italian…
  • Dining and Art in the Most Unique Restaurant of Antigua, Guatemala

    Marina Kuperman Villatoro
    21 Dec 2014 | 3:24 am
    Travel Experta - Specializing in Unique International Family Travel - Helping Families Get the Most of Their International Travels with Kids Antigua Guatemala, in my opinion, is a central hub for restaurants of all sorts of gastronomical experiments.  And, when one lives in Antigua it is easy to experience most of them since the town is so small. And even though there are a ton of restaurants, only a handful are truly worth going to and returning to. I first heard of Sobremesa restaurant from my friends. They actually talked about the exotic ice cream shop which is separate from the…
  • Things to Do In Guatemala City – Family Staycation

    Marina Kuperman Villatoro
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:19 am
    Travel Experta - Specializing in Unique International Family Travel - Helping Families Get the Most of Their International Travels with Kids So what’s a staycation? To me it means either doing a small vacation like trip (either day trip or multi-day trip) that is super close to home. And that is exactly what we did! Our chosen location, one least thought of for people who live in Antigua, Guatemala, Guatemala City. With my husband working a lot lately and the kids being on break from school, I wanted to do something special with just the three of us. I’ve heard…
  • Where to Stay in Guatemala City – Grand Tikal Futura Hotel

    Marina Kuperman Villatoro
    16 Dec 2014 | 4:19 am
    Travel Experta - Specializing in Unique International Family Travel - Helping Families Get the Most of Their International Travels with Kids Living in Antigua it is virtually impossible not to hear about Tikal Futura Mall. We’ve been there several times to go bowling and do a bit of shopping. Visiting the mall I’ve seen signs to Grand Tikal Futura Hotel, but always thought of it as a motel or more along the lines of a budget hotel. So I was a bit surprised to see it as the top recommendation for our two day visit to Guatemala City by INGUAT, Instituto Guatemalteco de Turismo…
  • Experience Everything London’s West End Has to Offer

    Marina Kuperman Villatoro
    15 Dec 2014 | 6:18 am
    Travel Experta - Specializing in Unique International Family Travel - Helping Families Get the Most of Their International Travels with Kids London’s West End is an iconic part of the city, known for being the hub of the capital’s entertainment industry. With a lively atmosphere both day and night, you can’t fail to have fun in the West End whether you visit London alone, as a couple, or with friends and family. Here are some of the best things to check out when you visit the West End: Have Fun in Leicester Square Leicester Square is one of the busiest places in London, and…
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  • The Cool Hunter Launches CJ Hendry Debut Solo Exhibition in Sydney

    10 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    We first discovered CJ Hendry hyper-realistic drawings at the end of last year and were stunned immediately.   In early April this year we launched the Art Hunter in Sydney in conjunction with Jaguar and introduced CJ Hendry’s work as one of the featured elements of the occasion. Her reputation took off like a rocket and her work is selling out at record time.   For those who have just discovered The Cool Hunter or CJ Hendry, here’s some of the background story. Her rise is extraordinary in the art world as it has all happened in just six short months. It is a testament…
  • Current Obsessions

    28 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Staircase in Hotel de Seze in Paris Sales Pavilion in Ningbo, China by the One House. Mirrored Cafe in Gifu, Japan by Band Design Grotto Private Sauna in Toronto, Canada Château de la Resle is a hotel is located in Montigny-la-Resle, France   Hotel Villa in Honegg in Switzerland Pocket Watches    
  • Hunter Boots Flagship Store - London

    18 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Hunter Boots is making waves again. The Edinburgh, Scotland-based historic icon has opened its first-ever flagship store at 83 Regent Street in London with a celebration featuring a troupe of Singing-In-The-Rain dancers arriving in a red double-decker wearing head-to-toe Hunter Original collection.   The store design is a funky combo of urban shopping heaven and agricultural themes that echo farm life and barns – all thought up by the design team at Checkland Kindleysides.   Established in 1856 and known for its dutiful supply of millions of trench booth for the British troops…
  • One Hot Yoga & Pilates Studio - South Yarra, Melbourne

    9 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Over the past two years, architect Robert Mills (Robert Mills Architects and Interior Designers) and his yoga-enthusiast spouse, Lucinda Mills, have created a sophisticated yoga and Pilates emporium in Melbourne’s South Yarra neighbourhood. The business, One Hot Yoga, is divided into four studios that occupy space at three addresses. Studio 1 (One Hot Yoga) is at 36 River Street, Studio 2 (One Hot Yoga and Mat Pilates) is at 46 River Street, and right next door at 48 River Street is the newest addition, Studios 3 and 4 (One Hot Pilates). In total, the studios take up nearly 800 square…
  • Cj Hendry - New Playing Card Series

    4 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Those of you who are regular TCH readers know of CJ Hendry already. She is the extraordinary pen-and-ink artist whose work we fell in love with and then introduced to the public, first through Instagram and then at our Art Hunter temporary art experience in Sydney that we hosted with Jaguar.   The success of her work has been absolutely phenomenal, and for a good reason. Nothing compares to the mesmerising result of her painstaking work. Each image appears to be an enlargement of a black-and-white photograph, except that it isn’t. It is a one-of-a-kind, hand-drawn piece of art.
 
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  • We Want to Thank UPS for Making Holidays a Bit Brighter with their #WishesDelivered Campaign

    James Hills
    24 Dec 2014 | 12:02 pm
    That would be my holiday wish - to make things a bit more simple and less just about buying stuff or getting stuff. Instead, let's focus on spending time with our loved ones and enjoying what we have already. To help spread the holiday spirit they are inviting you to post your wish to Twitter or Instagram with the campaign hashtag #WishesDelivered and tag @UPS in your posts or visit the #WishesDelivered site and submit your wish directly from there. The campaign ends on December 31, 2014, so hurry up and send your wishes in. For every wish submitted, UPS will donate $1 to one of their…
  • Why You Should Protect Yourself and Your Stuff with Insurance - Because you just never know!

    James Hills
    23 Dec 2014 | 3:14 pm
    Protect Your Bubble offers a variety of different products including: devices (one plan protects all your devices ... phones, tablets, computers, electronics, and even appliances), Rental Cars , Travel Insurance , and Renters Insurance that covers you against theft as well as damage from fire, wind, and rain. They also offer ID Protection services . Most of you are probably familiar with those services, but travel insurance is a product that you might never have considered. However, it is something that I find essential, especially when I go on a cruise or travel internationally. I can…
  • Legendary Movie Mancations That You Can Try Too

    James Hills
    20 Dec 2014 | 8:15 pm
    Like all real-world mancations, the guys in these movies have a variety of different reasons for taking off on their adventures and while not everything here is advisable, I think this is a great opportunity to get some inspiration for your very own mancation adventures! Wild Hogs {youtube}zSvwmgWCJ2s{/youtube} Four guys set off on a bike road trip across the country looking for an adventure and find it and more, including bull slapping, biker bar fights, and plenty of raunchy humor.   Hot Tub Time Machine {youtube}_TXNEE6SaoI{/youtube} Hot Tub Time Machine starts off like a lot of…
  • Join Us as We Celebrate the Holidays with #JoyToTheGlass

    James Hills
    19 Dec 2014 | 2:09 pm
    How to Join #JoyToTheGlass It's really easy to join in the conversation - simply take a selfie, shelfie, or photo of your favorite drink and share it on Twitter including the hashtag #JoyToTheGlass. We'll be watching the hashtag throughout the holidays, from now until January 2, 2015 and will be reposting and re-tweeting some of our favorites ... as will some of your favorite wine, beer, spirits, cocktail, and other brands. We also encourage you to tag @ManTripping, @BourbonBlog, @ChickVacations as well as your favorite brands in your tweets to make sure we can toast you back by RT'ing the…
  • I May Have Found World's Best Bacon Cheeseburger at Hodad's Ocean Beach San Diego

    James Hills
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:40 pm
    Before we get into things too deeply, I'll answer a question that I had during my first time here. What on earth is a "hodad"? The answer is a Hodad is a non-surfer that hangs out at the beach masquerading as a surfer. While there are plenty of non surfers that dine here, if you want to get a taste of San Diego's "surf culture" this is a great spot to start. In the afternoons and evenings, there is always a line to get in, but if you go for lunch you will only have to wait a few minutes for a table. However, for the ultimate experience you may want to wait a bit longer and eat inside the VW…
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  • David Boon Shirts – Boony

    Anthony The Travel Tart
    25 Dec 2014 | 3:16 pm
    David Boon (affectionately known as ‘Boony‘!) is one of Australia’s most popular cricket players ever. He was the product of a bygone era when cricket players used to drink and smoke and still perform well on the cricket field! Well, this tactic must have worked for Boony because he scored over 7,000 runs in test matches, most of that with a beer gut and handle bar mustache! Photo from foxsports.com.au Boony is still so popular these days, that people still get dressed up as him at cricket matches all around the country, and even create their own hand made shirts with…
  • South Australia – Things I’d Like To Do There!

    Anthony The Travel Tart
    21 Dec 2014 | 3:04 pm
    Here is a gratuitous attempt to score another trip somewhere that’s away from where I live! Europcar Australia were silly enough to ask me to see if I was interested in entering the Detour competition to try and score a trip to SA (not South Africa – South Australia!). I haven’t seen much of this Australian state, so I decided to give it a whirl. One of the many Barossa Valley vineyards – there’s only 200 of them!   This means that I have to write something about what my ideal South Australian trip is – so here I go! I’ve decided to write this in…
  • Fish Frenzy – Feeding From The Beach!

    Anthony The Travel Tart
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:48 am
    One of the nicest places in the world that I’ve been to is Lord Howe Island, off the east coast of Australia. It’s a bit tricky to get there, but well worth if you ever get the chance. You can easily get around the island on a bicycle and you could spend a while there walking on the numerous tracks traversing the place. One interesting place to visit there is called Ned’s Beach. The main thing you can to there is watch a crazy fish frenzy literally on the beach. It’s known as a fish feeding beach, so no fishing is allowed there, which is unfortunate if you’re the…
  • Dutch People – How To Piss Them Off!

    Anthony The Travel Tart
    15 Dec 2014 | 9:26 am
    Today I have a silly article from Jan who runs Netherlands Tourism.  No, this isn’t the official Dutch Tourist office, but his blog about things to do and see in the Netherlands (not Holland…). Jan is poking a bit of fun at himself and his fellow Dutch People by writing a list of things that annoy them – a bit tongue in cheek! You can follow him on Twitter and Facebook! Jan has also produced a 200 page free guide on Amsterdam that you can download too. Amsterdam is one of my favourite cities, and I’d definitely love to go back there one day, hopefully very soon!
  • Waste Management Services – Funny Guarantee Sign!

    Anthony The Travel Tart
    12 Dec 2014 | 5:39 am
    There’s nothing like a business that is so confident with how well they run the show, that they’re willing to give back double what you asked for if you’re not satisfied with the product or service for whatever reason that might be. That’s an awesome promise for unscrupulous types who are looking for any excuse to ‘scam the man’ by trying to find any loophole to score more bang for their buck! It would work great for you if you received some guarantee like this money exchange services, or something that made you feel you were receiving some kind of 2 for 1…
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  • Merry Christmas & Happy New Year from Part Time Vagabond!

    Chris
    23 Dec 2014 | 5:34 am
    Wishing you a very merry Christmas, a happy Hanukkah, a glorious Kwanzaa, and a warm whatever other holiday you may celebrate at this time of year. Let’s make 2015 an amazing year of exploration, learning, and travel, no matter where you go. See you in January! The post Merry Christmas & Happy New Year from Part Time Vagabond! appeared first on Part Time Vagabond.
  • Stop being jealous of those who travel, and start traveling yourself

    Chris
    9 Dec 2014 | 4:46 am
    As a travel lover, I find myself blithely reading dozens of travel blogs and starting dumbly at hundreds of amazing travel photos. As a Part Time Vagabond, I often find myself feeling quite jealous of all my blogging brothers and sisters who are constantly hopping around the world to exotic locales having the single greatest time of their lives. Social media makes everyone look like they’re living the BEST LIFE EVER! It’s like the Mirror of Erised in the Harry Potter stories: you see only what you most desire (how’s that for some movie geekiness?). After all, who’s…
  • 10 Tips for Better Travel Photos

    Chris
    2 Dec 2014 | 5:45 am
    dubai 165 by daniyal62 on Flickr How many times have you come home from an amazing vacation, only to be disappointed with the photos you took? The pictures in no way represent the adventure you had. Why don’t your travel photos look more like the experience you had? The truth is, you’re thinking of your vacation travel photos as if they were postcards. You’re only looking for that beautiful postcard shot, the same photo that everyone else is taking. It’s time to think outside the [postcard] box and start telling the unique story of your own adventures. Here are some…
  • 5 Tips for Microadventures

    Chris
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:13 am
    Since you’re reading Part Time Vagabond, it’s safe to assume that you don’t have a ton of time to travel each year. Maybe you get a week off, maybe only a few days, maybe only weekends. When an Expedia study tells us that 59% of Americans feel vacation deprived, we know there’s a problem. It can be near impossible to take much, if any, time off to explore the world. But that doesn’t mean you can’t still be an adventurer. We hear adventure, and we think of climbing Everest or trekking deep into the jungle. Yet there is a sub-culture of weekend warriors who…
  • A Map of All the U.S. States I’ve Visited

    Chris
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:41 am
      I’m sure you’ve seen these purple-hued maps floating around Facebook over the last week, where you click on every U.S. state you’ve visited to show off your travel prowess.  I thought I’d toss my hat into the ring and create my own map, and I’ve come to the conclusion that I’ve been neglecting the midwest and northwest something fierce. Most of the south holds memories of my first cross country road trip, while California transports me back to amazing Chinese food at a dingy hole in the wall in San Francisco, riding Segways in the Apple parking…
 
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  • Stumbling on the road to my dreams

    Mariellen Ward
    22 Dec 2014 | 12:50 am
    On the road to Raiwala Village, outside Aurovalley Ashram My year-end post is about a revelation I had in India, plus what I learned about the pitfalls of following your dreams IN THE PAST FEW YEARS, as I’ve been travelling , writing and building Breathedreamgo, I’ve achieved some cherished life goals, some things I never thought I would see. Here’s just a couple from 2014: I took The Canadian train from Vancouver to Toronto (and had many other wonderful Canadian adventures, thanks to a great contract that gave me the chance to showcase Canada) I received an Explorer’s…
  • Serendipity in Sri Lanka

    Mariellen Ward
    12 Dec 2014 | 9:11 am
    That’s me in the middle. Elephant safari photo courtesy Derek Freal of HoliDaze Chance discoveries in the land of Serendip SERENDIP WAS THE name of ancient Sri Lanka — before Sri Lanka, and before Ceylon. And yes, it is the root of serendipity, one of my favourite words. Here’s the full story from an edited Britannica entry: Serendip, name for the island of Sri Lanka (Ceylon). Arabic in origin, the name was recorded in use as early as 361 AD and for a time gained considerable currency. It is best known to speakers of English through the word “serendipity,”…
  • Mirabai Expedition 1: Lost in Vrindavan

    Mariellen Ward
    27 Nov 2014 | 2:29 am
    Praduman Pratapsingh is the 9th generation in his family to live in the Mirabai Temple in Vrindavan. The first stop on the Mirabai Expedition: Trying to find the Mirabai Temple in Vrindavan FIRST DAY OF MIRABAI EXPEDITION and I’m feeling very vulnerable. India can cut you open. The early morning taxi to Nizamuddin train station, leaving behind friends, leaving behind Delhi and festival time, leaving behind Ajay. Last night we walked in the park at dusk with the sounds of Ravanna burning, and bursting in fireworks, all around us. Trees filled with unseen birds making a roof of noise.
  • Discovering the sacred spirit of Whistler

    Mariellen Ward
    11 Nov 2014 | 8:06 am
    Even on a warm June day, there’s snow at the top of Whistler Mountain, British Columbia. My visit to a First Nations cultural centre transformed the way I saw Whistler and the world SUDDENLY, THE HULKING mountain looked like a lair for mythical, winged creatures. The misty blue islands seemed to be floating freely in the placid grey waters. Huge boulders were no longer just rocks, but the remnants of a battle between giants. And the highway I was travelling on, the famous Sea-to-Sky that runs between Vancouver and Whistler, bore traces of an ancient trade route. My visit to the…
  • My seventh trip to India begins

    Mariellen Ward
    27 Oct 2014 | 9:19 am
    Staring out at the Ladakh immensity from Thiksey Monastery chortens. Travel in India: The highs, the lows, the changes I ARRIVED IN INDIA for the seventh time on September 2, 2014. Each time I come here, I don’t know what to expect. For one thing, I’m different. It’s a different me that arrives each time. For another, India is different. India is changing, and probably faster than any society on earth. When I first started travelling in India nine years ago, the Delhi airport was basically a big, old shed and women almost universally wore swathes of fabric, in the Indian…
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  • Overview of Costa Victoria Cruise Experience (with Phuket and Langkawi Stopovers)

    Zhiqiang & Tingyi
    25 Dec 2014 | 4:02 am
    We love to do cruises – once onboard, you need not bother with luggage transfers and immigration procedures when you arrive at each cruise stop and you need not worry about keeping yourself occupied onboard the cruise ship as there is so much food you can try onboard and the nightly theatre performances you can enjoy. Sometimes there are themed cruises which makes the entire cruise experience unique and fun – one such themed cruise is that of Costa Cruises with its Carnival of Venice at Sea theme for guests sailing on Costa Victoria from Singapore between November 8, 2014 and…
  • Get Connected While Travelling Overseas with Changi Recommends Mobile Wi-Fi Router Rental Service

    Zhiqiang & Tingyi
    22 Dec 2014 | 8:23 am
    We travel often for business and leisure and we need on-the-road internet connection to either check work emails or tweet/instagram beautiful scenery or yummy food photos. Data roaming is very expensive and we have all heard of our fair share of horror stories of Singaporeans clocking out thousands of dollars because they watched a 5-minute Youtube video while accidentally connected to their telco 4G data roaming network instead of the hotel’s Wi-Fi. Hotel Wi-Fi can be quite expensive especially for hotels catering to business travellers – Wi-Fi is typically not included as part…
  • Review of Feliz Telcon Hotel Seogwipo in Jeju South Korea

    Zhiqiang & Tingyi
    12 Dec 2014 | 5:42 am
    We stayed at Seogwipo (the southern part of Jeju island) during our 4D3N self-drive trip around Jeju island. Hotels are not cheap at Jeju – thankfully we found one that cost only about S$100+ per night (for 2 persons) – Feliz Telcon Hotel. The Jeju GPS coordinate for Feliz Telcon Hotel is 7492008. Driving from the Jeju airport to Feliz Telcon hotel will take about 1+ hour. You can take a No. 600 airport bus from Jeju International Airport and alight at the New Kyungnam Hotel stop – the bus journey will take about 1 hour 20 minutes. From the New Kyungnam Hotel stop, you can…
  • Sembawang White Bee Hoon 白米粉 Review (You Huak (友发餐室) Coffeeshop at Jalan Tampang – Opposite Sembawang Shopping Centre)

    Zhiqiang & Tingyi
    11 Dec 2014 | 5:06 am
    This is a picture of the coveted plate of Seafood White Beehoon 海鲜白米粉 served at the famous Sembawang White Bee Hoon 白米粉 coffeeshop (also known as You Huak (友发餐室) restaurant).  People drive from different parts of Singapore to wait for hours during dinner at Sembawang White Bee Hoon 白米粉 coffeeshop just for this plate of Seafood White Beehoon 海鲜白米粉! The plate of Seafood White Beehoon 海鲜白米粉 pictured here is the large serving S$12.  It comes in small (S$4.50); medium (S$8) and large (S$12) – if you have 3 persons – medium size would…
  • [Sponsored Video] Getting Different Perspectives on the World with Airbnb’s Amazing Listings

    Zhiqiang & Tingyi
    1 Dec 2014 | 2:54 pm
    For me, the best way to travel is to see, do and eat as the locals do – that way, you avoid the tourist traps where you end up overpaying for a lousy experience. There is no better way to travel like a local than to stay with one. AirBnB offers just such opportunities – we had the opportunity to stay in one of Amsterdam’s iconic canal houses during our trip to the Netherlands a few years back! I think the video below illustrates best how traveling makes the world feel smaller, connecting us to people and places more than ever before. Airbnb, the world’s leading…
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  • The Night Before Christmas: A Thanksgiving Story

    JoAnna
    24 Dec 2014 | 9:02 am
    Here we are, the day before Christmas, and I haven’t yet written about Thanksgiving. I’ve been meaning to share our Thanksgiving story for a few weeks now, but the days have just slipped out from beneath me. And I can’t possibly write about Thanksgiving after Christmas, so here I am on Christmas Eve, sipping a cup of coffee at our rented home in Ocean Shores, Washington, writing about our November holiday in Arizona. Per usual, we decided to get out of town for Thanksgiving. By that time of the school year, we’re ready for a break from our daily grind. School has usually lost its…
  • Family Backpacking Trip to Hidden Forest

    JoAnna
    9 Nov 2014 | 6:32 pm
    Cory and I are planning an epic backpacking trip along the entire route of the 221-mile John Muir Trail this summer. In preparation, we’re planning several weekend and extended weekend backpacking trips where we’ll be testing out gear and getting into shape. What an awesome bonus that we’ll be able to visit new areas around us that we’ve previously been unable to explore and that Ane gets to see parts of the Southwest that we haven’t been able to share with our other foreign exchange students, simply because we’ve been unequipped. This weekend’s trip was to a cabin in Hidden…
  • In Las Vegas, Life is Beautiful

    JoAnna
    7 Nov 2014 | 7:37 pm
    Las Vegas is rarely on the festival circuit, so our city did what any normal city would do when it’s left out of something … it created its own festival. Now that I’ve gone to our homegrown festival two years in a row, I have to say it’s an awesome event. What makes our urban festival so incredible is that it’s more than just a massive concert spread across multiple stages. Our event, Life Is Beautiful, is a four-pronged festival that celebrates several verticals of art and creativity: Music, food, education and art. This year, I particularly enjoyed acts by Galantis and Broken…
 
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  • My 2014 : Yearly Travel Summary

    Fili
    20 Dec 2014 | 9:54 am
    What did 2014 look like? 2014 marked an important change in my life. After 5 years as a PhD student living in Hong Kong I finally defended my dissertation and graduated the PhD to leave Asia and begin a postdoc in the United States. Most of this year was surrounding these big events, and so almost all of my travels were somehow associated with my academic pursuits around the globe.   January 2014 I spent most of January in Hong Kong, with a short trip to the tropical island of Hainan in southern China. Tin Hau & Lin Fa Kung Temples : Tai Hang Design in Motion : Hong Kong Design…
  • Visions of France : Road-trip photo summary

    Fili
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:52 am
    After a long absence from Europe, I got to spend a couple of wonderful weeks in Paris and roaming around France. To my delight, I was joined by some of my charming family to head out from the Paris airport east to explore the wonders of Champagne province. From there, we roamed around circling Paris from the north, making it all the way to the French beaches on the north-west, and then down back to Paris through the gardens of Givenchy. After a weekend of Parisian magic, we made a final tour of the grandiose chateaus near Paris. Less than a week, but what a ride. Though some of us were…
  • Visions of Paris : France

    Fili
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:21 pm
    After many years of being away, this year I was finally able to spend more time in Europe. Earlier I visited the Netherlands, which increased my appetite, and so after wrapping up my life in Hong Kong I decided to stop in Paris for a couple of weeks before moving on west to my new life in the states. The last time I was in Paris was when I was a young kid, and aside from a few flashbacks of Carrousels and rides in the park, there’s very little that I could remember. I had a feeling I’d like Paris, I just didn’t expect it to be that great. I was worried it might be…
  • Bamboo Forest & gorgeous walks : Arashiyama Kyoto

    Fili
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:45 pm
    Arashiyama was the last area I visited in Kyoto and it was a glorious beautiful day, filled with gorgeous scenic views, mountain wild monkeys, enchanting bamboo forests and magical hidden temples. You can probably spend a whole day there slowly soaking in the atmosphere, sipping tea in the mountains or just enjoying the local markets and street food.   The most famous of this area is probably the bamboo forest/groves, not only for its tall bamboo trees along the narrow paths, but also for the locals walking around wearing their traditional Kimonos and Japanese girls dressed up in…
  • Ginkaku-ji temple path : Ancient Kyoto walks

    Fili
    15 Dec 2014 | 10:20 am
    Lots to see and do in Kyoto, and by the end of the first day you’ll probably already feel a bit over-templed. Some temples are very impressive, and some more humble, some are Zen, some Buddhist, and if you’re a person of details by day 2 you might already start noticing the little details that make those different. The Silver Pavilion, or Ginkaku-ji, is considered by many as a tourist highlight, but probably not so much for its grandeur as there are far more impressive temples and gardens in Kyoto but more for its odd story. Though after three days of endless temples, it…
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  • Snow Fun Around Tahoe

    Nicole Duxbury
    23 Dec 2014 | 2:10 pm
    Looking for some fun and snowy activities to do this winter? Skiing and snowboarding are always popular options, but we’ve come up with a few other ways to get out into the snow. Sledding is always an exciting way to spend a winter day outside. With the snowy mountains just a short drive away, many [...]
  • Locals are Glowing with Holiday Spirit!

    Nicole Duxbury
    22 Dec 2014 | 3:26 pm
    One of the best parts about the holiday season is all the decorations that people put together. Some people put Christmas lights on their houses the day after Thanksgiving and some turn their lights on even earlier. Checking out Christmas light displays is one of the most fun and easiest ways to get into the [...]
  • Reno Airport Announces New International Non-Stop Flights to Guadalajara

    Christina Erny
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:26 pm
    Feliz Navidad to Reno Tahoe USA and Guadalajara! New twice weekly non-stop flights between Reno Tahoe and Guadalajara began this week! Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RNO) is proud to announce new non-stop service between Reno and Guadalajara, Mexico beginning Dec. 16, 2014. This new service will help put the “International” in Reno-Tahoe International and is the [...]
  • Ring in 2015 with Reno Tahoe!

    Nicole Duxbury
    16 Dec 2014 | 2:21 pm
    Reno Tahoe is wrapping up 2014 and beginning 2015 with a bang. Various locations around town are pulling out all the stops to celebrate the new year in a big way! The Nugget will be offering New Year’s meals at all of their restaurants, and the Celebrity Showroom will feature dinner and [...]
  • Christmas Wonderland Dazzles this Holiday Season

    Christina Erny
    8 Dec 2014 | 3:23 pm
    The Eldorado Resort Casino is ringing in the holiday season with one of London’s biggest Christmas shows. From the producers of “Spirit of the Dance,” the Eldorado Showroom presents “Christmas Wonderland” – a holiday extravaganza of pure Christmas magic through Dec. 27. Guests will be taken on an unforgettable Christmas journey in this glittering, dancing and [...]
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  • Hyatt Throws Down the Gauntlet, Offers Free Wi-Fi to All

    23 Dec 2014 | 5:23 am
    If the recent announcements from Starwood, Taj Hotels, and Marriott are any indication, free basic Wi-Fi is on its way to becoming the norm at big-name hotel groups. But now, Hyatt has upped the an...
  • New Business Class-Only Airline Expands With Flights Between New York and London

    23 Dec 2014 | 4:47 am
    We first wrote about La Compagnie—a business class-only airline founded by industry veterans Frantz Yvelin (L’Avion) and Peter Luethi (Swissair; JetAirways)—when it launched last July with flights ...
  • January 2015 Vacation Deals

    22 Dec 2014 | 7:28 am
    Bali: 35% from the Alila Villas Soori West Bali Sojourn package includes:  • Four nights in a Mountain Pool Villa.  • Two 60-minute Balinese massages.  • Yoga classes surrounded by volcanic sand...
  • Six Things We Hope Won't Change at Kimpton Hotels

    19 Dec 2014 | 10:05 am
    Luxury behemoth Intercontinental Hotels Group went out and got itself a sexy Millennial hotel brand, dishing out $430 million in cash for Kimpton Hotels on Tuesday. As IHG remains mum on its futu...
  • Cruise Trends for 2015

    19 Dec 2014 | 4:31 am
    What’s new at sea? Boatloads, from redesigned ships to souped-up technology (finally, free Wi-Fi!). We’ve also got the scoop on river cruising—one of the year’s hottest trends. New river ships, ...
 
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  • Carnival LIVE Review + Cruise News

    cruiseandblog
    4 Dec 2014 | 6:49 am
    Nancy Schretter from the Family Travel Network just returned from a sailing aboard Carnival Cruise Lines’ Carnival Breeze where she participated in one of the cruise lines signature Carnival LIVE sailings. This particular sailing had country music/Top 40 group Lady Antebellum.   Stewart Chiron, The Cruise Guy® stops by with Cruise News: Norwegian Cruise Lines staying in NOLA through 2018 New ultra luxury Seabourn ship ordered  Costa Captain back in court - what is going on with the trial Did we see any black Friday sales that were totally WOW Majesty of the Seas leaving Miami We’re…
  • Ruby Princess Review

    cruiseandblog
    27 Nov 2014 | 7:54 pm
    “The Canada/New England itinerary had been on our to-do list for several years. We chose this particular sailing because it started in Quebec City, and we really wanted to spend time there pre-cruise (instead of NYC). It also offered more stops in Canada than New England, though it did have the tradeoff of Saguenay/Gaspe vs Saint John NB. This was also our opportunity to book one of the highly desirable aft Caribe deck corner balcony cabins on Ruby Princess. And we wanted to sail during the fall for a chance to see some brilliant fall colors.” Kristin Ladewig from St. Louis, MO recently…
  • Insure My Trip: When To Purchase Travel Insurance

    cruiseandblog
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:07 am
    Jim Grace, CEO of Insure My Trip tells us when to purchase travel insurance. 
  • Quantum of the Seas | Royal Caribbean

    cruiseandblog
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:13 pm
    This week we are broadcasting aboard Royal Caribbean’s brand new Quantum of the Seas. On this sailing we put all the brand new features to the test like the RipCord by iFly indoor skydiving, Northstar pod that takes you 300 feet above sea level and the Seaplex, complete with bumper cars, roller skating, a trapeze school and more. We also push technology to the test on this voyage where we link of with a listener via Skype to take a couple of questions about the ship, dining and why someone should sail it.
  • Behind the Scenes with the Love Boat Cast

    cruiseandblog
    14 Nov 2014 | 6:31 am
    We are behind the scenes with the Love Boat cast for an unscripted conversation. 
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    Nomadic Notes

  • Telephone box and Battersea Power Station, London – England

    James Clark
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:03 am
    One of my favourite buildings in London is the Battersea Power Station. After years of dereliction the power station will soon become apartments. Almost as redundant as a coal-burning power station are the iconic red telephone boxes of the UK. With most people now owning a mobile phone they are no longer serving their purpose. I like this idea of converting some of them into phone charging stations, but I still prefer the red boxes. Travel Photos: London photo gallery Telephone box and Battersea Power Station, London – England is a post from: Nomadic Notes
  • A day in Paris is better than no day in Paris

    James Clark
    15 Dec 2014 | 7:40 am
    Passing through the grim outer suburbs of Paris on the train from CDG Airport I wondered if I made a mistake coming back for just one day. Was Paris as wonderful as I remembered it to be, or was it a trick of the mind that tends to romanticise places long after you have been? The train went underground and I got off at Gare du Nord to transfer to the metro. I emerged from the metro station and behold! There was Paris, as magnificent as I remembered it to be. [The first view back in Paris emerging from the Metro.] I was in Paris on behalf of Air France returning from a trip to South America.
  • Nomadic News: December 14, 2014

    James Clark
    14 Dec 2014 | 6:50 am
    Here is this weeks edition of Nomadic News! Living Abroad Living in Bali on a Budget: My Month in Ubud by Benny from fluentin3months.com. Why I’m giving up my passport – It wasn’t so long ago that it would have been unthinkable to give up a US passport, but more people are doing it every year. Travel If you’ve want to catch a sleeper train in Europe it might soon be the end of the line for Europe’s iconic night trains. An interview with Jeff Greenwald, the world’s first travel blogger. Photography It’s that time of year again where the “Best…
  • Nomadic News: December 7, 2014

    James Clark
    7 Dec 2014 | 7:39 am
    Greetings from Saigon. Here is this weeks edition of Nomadic News – interesting travel and location independent news I’ve read this week. Location Independence As this Russian startup found out, moving to a tropical paradise isn’t as easy as it sounds Travel Entrepreneurs bring new life to Old Havana – Time for me to move Cuba up the “must visit” list. Wheels set in motion for London-Tokyo train link – The Trans Siberian railway may soon be extended to Japan with a bridge and tunnel. Crazy-looking jet would travel from NYC to L.A. in under 3 hours…
  • Eiffel Tower sunset, Paris – France

    James Clark
    5 Dec 2014 | 3:26 pm
    Watching the sunset behind the Eiffel Tower from the Pont Alexandre III. Travel Photos: Paris photo gallery. I was a guest of Air France who I flew with from South America, connecting to London. Eiffel Tower sunset, Paris – France is a post from: Nomadic Notes
 
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  • Seattle Center Steps Up as Dining Destination

    Deb Barracato
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:18 pm
    With so much to do at the Seattle Center, it’s hard to think about cramming in time for lunch. But when the hunger pangs do hit, you can pursue instant gratification at the Seattle Center Armory, formerly The Center House, where some mainstays of the local restaurant scene have joined forces to turn this once ho-hum food court into a storied dining destination. Designed with families in mind, it includes kid-size tables and chairs, a play area, and menu options that appeal to even the most finicky pint-size palate. Photo Credit Skillet helped launch the mobile food trend in Seattle back in…
  • Amusement Park-Style Attractions That Aren't In Amusement Parks

    Dan Patterson
    16 Dec 2014 | 1:16 pm
    Who says you have to go to an amusement park to have a heart-pounding experience (in a safely controlled environment)? For the thrill seekers and young at heart, that urge to ride a roller coaster, splash down a log flume, or take a spin on a thrill ride never leaves, no matter what the season. If you’re visiting a brand new city and taking in all of the sites each has to offer, there are plenty of opportunities to go full-throttle with amusement park-like attractions without ever having to set foot inside a park. Here are some of our picks for fun attractions that have an amusement park…
  • A Christmas Without Snow: Holiday Fun in Warmer Cities

    Dan Patterson
    16 Dec 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Image Credit Not every city experiences a “White Christmas.” Some are in a part of the country where it’s warm and sunny all year round. If you are fortunate enough to live in one of these cities, don’t think you can’t still get in the holiday spirit. It’s all a matter of knowing what events are happening in your town. Let’s take a tour through some of the warmer cities in America and see if we can find some great activities for your friends and family come this holiday season. Tampa, Florida Busch Gardens: Christmas Town - Ever think you’d see a place in Tampa that has over 1…
  • Celebrate the Season in Tampa Bay's Warmth

    Paula Peters Chambers
    2 Dec 2014 | 3:02 pm
    While TV ads might have us believe that freezing temps and snow are prerequisites for Christmas festivities – and this year’s early winter blast reinforced that message – there are plenty of places where Christmas arrives amidst balmy days and sunny skies. On the Gulf Coast of Florida, the Tampa Bay area boasts average December temperatures ranging from 54-72 degrees. Visitors at this time of year have a bevy of options, including seasonal activities and year-round attractions that truly are available year-round. Photo credit: Busch Gardens Tampa - "Christmas Town" Busch Gardens Tampa…
  • The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade balloons come to life

    Joan Cirillo
    24 Nov 2014 | 4:06 pm
    When my kids were growing up, a favorite holiday tradition on Thanksgiving Eve was a nighttime stroll along Central Park West around the American Museum of Natural History to watch the Thanksgiving Day parade balloons come to life. Laid out flat along the closed streets on either side of the museum in the afternoon, the deflated balloons would slowly grow as crews worked into the night, pumping them with helium and covering them with sandbagged nets to keep them from floating away. A view of the balloon staging area. Photo credit: Joan Cirillo It was a magical, up-close preview to the…
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  • Perfect Gifts for Travelers Who Read

    Vera Marie Badertscher
    9 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    For the past several years, I have published a list called “Ten Best Gifts for Travelers Who Read“.  This year I give you a couple of goodies and some places to look for additional ideas. Don’t forget to look at the lists from other years at A Traveler’s Library, because there are good things there […] To comment on this article, or find more information, click on over to A Traveler's Library We'll leave the light on for you.      Related StoriesQuestionable History, But Reasons to Travel to ItalyLove of Food and Family: A Midwestern…
  • Old Fashioned Western Saga

    Vera Marie Badertscher
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Destination: New Mexico Book: Backlands: A Novel of the American West by Michael McCarrity I felt right at home in Backlands. Not that I’m a ropin’ ridin’ cowgirl who lives in a remote New Mexico ranch, but I am pretty familiar with the lifestyle of the ranchers of southern Arizona and New Mexico, and have […] To comment on this article, or find more information, click on over to A Traveler's Library We'll leave the light on for you.      Related StoriesBastille Day Look at Haussmann’s ParisNew York with Murder, a Rookie Journalist and…
 
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  • Adventure Travel Maui – Horseback Riding Maui

    MsTravelingPants
    8 Dec 2014 | 10:46 am
    As an adventure traveler, I have been around the block a couple of times whether it’s bungy jumping in New Zealand or even hiking in Patagonia. When I moved to Kauai last year, I had two goals. One was to finish my book When All Balls Drop. The other was to get up close and personal with each of the other Hawaiian Islands. With Oahu already under my belt, I chose Maui as the next island to explore. And by explore, I mean I’d uncover its beauty by car, foot, underwater, perhaps by air, but also the paniolo way (Hawaiian cowboy), by horse. After tackling the Road to Hana on my…
  • Best Adventure Travel Accommodations on Kauai

    MsTravelingPants
    29 Nov 2014 | 11:41 am
    Adventure travel and outdoor enthusiasts love Kauai. It’s beautiful year round with some of the best and most challenging hikes in North America whether along the Na Pali Coast or in the Waimea Canyon. However, the challenge for those that enjoy the outdoors is where to stay so that you can be close to the trailheads or within a short drive to lookouts to take advantage of every sunrise and romantic sunset. So that you too can take advantage of multiple hikes like the Alikai Swamp Trail (9miles), Awa’awapuhu Trail (7miles), and/or take in the best view of the island at the…
  • Thanksgiving in Kauai

    MsTravelingPants
    27 Nov 2014 | 2:21 pm
    It’s my first Thanksgiving in Kauai. With those on the mainland already full from the feast or perhaps even going back for seconds, I thought I would share with you how I prepared for my first Thanksgiving in Kauai. I wanted to keep the festivities and menu tied to my roots and previous travels, yet embracing my new home, the Garden Isle. Not unlike anywhere else in the States, the grocery stores and in particular Costco were a nightmare this week. I threw caution to the wind, going to Costco alone and the week of Thanksgiving. However, I made it out alive with a turkey breast, two…
  • Ms Traveling Pants Celebrates Sixth Anniversary

    MsTravelingPants
    25 Nov 2014 | 12:41 am
    It’s hard to believe that 260 posts of good times and good stories have been shared on this very blog. It’s been a whirlwind of both new and familiar places. This year alone, I have added many places, activities, and feathers in my hat. Bungy Jumped in New Zealand Published My First Book, When All Balls Drop Camped at Kalalau on the Na Pali Coast of Kauai Explored Tuscany Bite by Bite Took a Walkabout Down Under I have been celebrating all month with post of my favorite travel services, but I would also like to showcase some of my favorite posts of this year. Travel to Cuba…
  • Ms Traveling Pants Favorite Travel Services – Viator

    MsTravelingPants
    22 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    Tic toc tic toc the 6th anniversary of Ms Traveling Pants is just around the corner. Yes, in just four days on the 25th of November, this adventure travel and cultural travel blog turns six. It has been a wonderful ride from the Midwest and Spain to Cuba and now Hawaii. As a way to appropriately celebrate, I wanted to take the entire month of November to rave about travel services and products as well as my favorite stories. In this post, I want to rave about my experience with Viator.com, a travel resource specializing in sightseeing tours and activities where you tour like a local, but…
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  • Wordless Wednesday: Let It Snow

    Jessica Nunemaker
    24 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    Merry Christmas, Indiana! I don’t know exactly what I’m doing today. I’m planning ahead and writing this out ahead of time so I can take the day off. Oh, and the next day too–the 26th is my birthday don’t’cha know. I figured maybe I’ve earned it. I did write a book this year, after all! Most likely I will be eating ham and, if I’m really lucky, it will be spiral-cut. If I’m really, really lucky there will be turkey. Mmm turkey. I probably spent all day yesterday making cookies and bars because that’s what I love to do! If I head to a…
  • Carol’s Toy Shop in Hagerstown, Indiana

    Jessica Nunemaker
    23 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    Carol’s Toy Shop in Hagerstown, Indiana We were hardly outside of the music and recording studio in Hagerstown, Indiana when our oldest son yelled, “There’s a toy store! Carol’s Toy Shop! Can we go? You could write about it!” But of course. So, we hurried across the street in case they were getting ready to close for the day. Hagerstown, Indiana Toy Store Carol’s Toy Shop in Hagerstown, Indiana This was one more in a list of awesome shops in downtown Hagerstown. Nope, this isn’t the largest of town (the population here is below 1800 as of 2013) but…
  • Zydeco’s New Orleans Grill in Mooresville, Indiana

    Jessica Nunemaker
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    Some of you follow along and try to follow in my food footsteps. You’ve taken in organic cafes, family diners, and delicious bakeries. But I’m pretty sure you’ve never tried anything like Zydeco’s in Mooresville, Indiana. As their motto says, “A Crescent City experience in the Midwest: Slow food, hot music and fast friends.” Cajun Food in Indiana Zydeco’s New Orleans Grill in Mooresville, Indiana Exterior Since it’s construction in 1879, the building has served as a dentist’s office, a pharmacy, and Ward’s Apparel before falling into…
  • Wordless Wednesday: Randolph County Courthouse in Winchester

    Jessica Nunemaker
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    I have seen many courthouses while traveling the state but I’ve gotta tell you that the Randolph County Courthouse in Winchester, Indiana ranks high on my list of favorites! Since it is Wordless Wednesday again, I will try to keep it brief. This is stately and stunning and oh so unique! It’s hard to believe that people wanted to tear it down to the ground. But, that is exactly what almost happened–thank goodness for the Calendar Girls. Randolph County Board of Commissioners voted to destroy the incredible 130 year old building back in 2005. A group of seven silver-haired…
  • Bugle Valley Elk Farm Tours and VIDEO

    Jessica Nunemaker
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    Available by appointment only, Bugle Valley Elk Farm Tours in Roachdale, Indiana definitely isn’t typical. With a population of under 950 people, and way out in the country, it sure counts as off the beaten path! I kept our destination a secret from our boys. I knew they would be thrilled and I couldn’t wait to see their faces when we got there. Who expects to see an elk farm in Indiana? Indiana Elk Farm Bugle Valley Elk Farm Tours in Roachdale, Indiana It began as a typical farm. Four generations had farmed the land and improved upon it. Now it was Gene Clodfelter’s turn.
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  • 5 Winter White Wines to Enjoy No Matter the Temperature Outside

    Andy Hayes
    26 Dec 2014 | 12:11 am
    Winter is a great time for wine, but red tends to steal the show. And why not — a warming, sultry glass of red can comfort even the roughest wintry mix. I think white wine gets the short end of the stick during colder months. I personally love a crisp white, particularly fireside or with a steaming hot bowl of soup. So, so good. In general, Chardonnay is usually a safe winter bet. To be honest, if you’re cuddled up under a blanket watching a good movie, you can drink whatever white wine you like! But I’d like to encourage you to explore your options. To help get you…
  • Grace & Gratitude: 3 Easy (Non-Denominational) Ways to Bless Your Next Meal or Gathering

    Andy Hayes
    24 Dec 2014 | 12:54 am
    Have you ever had one of those moments as a host where you have a full table of guests in front of you and someone asks you to “say grace” or bless the meal? Or perhaps, along with our community, you’re a staunch believer in the power of gratitude and you want to take the initiative and have a moment to acknowledge your thanks for a beautiful meal and the beauty of gathering around the table? It can be awkward/difficult when you might have folks from differing religious/spiritual beliefs and denominational backgrounds. Here are three short, simple ways to bless your meal…
  • Yummy Minty Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Recipe

    Andy Hayes
    22 Dec 2014 | 12:08 am
    Few flavors pair so beautifully together than mint and chocolate. There’s hot chocolate with mint tea. Or a chocolate mint cocktail. And need I mention mint chocolate ice cream?! Your dinner party guests will be thankful for your hospitality when they see this beautiful mint chocolate cheesecake recipe come out of your kitchen at the end of the meal. Creamy and sweet without being too rich, this is the perfect cheesecake for celebratory occasions of all sizes. Minty Chocolate Cheesecake Serves 10 to 12 Ingredients – Topping: 1 1/2 cups chocolate sandwich cookie crumbs 1/4 cup…
  • Sparkly Apple Ginger Sangria for Wintertime Bliss

    A Guest Writer
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Sangria takes on many forms lately, straying far from the traditional robust red wine and fruit concoctions that were born more out of necessity than pleasure. Today’s sangrias use exotic fruits and sweet liqueurs, but they all have common elements — mainly fruit, wine, complimentary liquor, and something to give it a little sparkle. If you love spicy winter flavors, you’re sure to enjoy this recipe for Spicy Apple Ginger Sangria. Let’s talk ingredients. Pour or place the following into your nicest glass pitcher: White wine. The wine you use is a matter of personal preference.
  • 10 People You Don’t Know to Invite to Your Holiday Gathering

    Krista Bjorn
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Christmas can be an excellent time to step out of your comfort zone and bring a bit of holiday cheer into the lives of people you don’t even know. It can be as simple as bringing presents to a local shelter or donating a trunk-load of canned goods to a food bank. Or you can open your home to strangers and plan a party to spoil and surprise people you’ve never met in your life. Find Some Strangers So where do you go to find people you don’t know who might need a place to celebrate Christmas? It helps to imagine where you would be if you had just moved to a new city or new…
 
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  • All Occasion Photo Greeting Cards - Nature, Landscape, Travel

    Jeanine Barone
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:06 pm
    For all of you who enjoy following my travels, I just came out with a line of all-occasion greeting cards displaying my landscape, nature + travel photos. They are blank and each features a different image from my domestic and international travels. The images were taken all over the world, including in Israel, Iceland, Montenegro, Portugal, Bangkok and Siem Reap in Cambodia.
  • Holiday Discount: Ethical + Fashionable Bags Making A Difference For Women + Girls

    Jeanine Barone
    15 Dec 2014 | 2:58 pm
    I met a couple of very wonderful women last week with a company called Catrinka. It's an ethical fashion accessory brand that's dedicated to investing in women and girls. All the products are made by women, and a share of the proceeds goes to education and mentoring for teen girls. Their motto is: Catrinka: buy a bag, employ a woman, educate a girl. This is completely in line with my sensibilities, especially given  that I'm a former educator who now mentors women at Barnard, the all-woman's college that's part of Columbia University, where I graduated; and the products I'm designing…
  • Holiday Discount: Cute, Fun, Fashionable Belt Bags

    Jeanine Barone
    14 Dec 2014 | 8:04 am
    I just met a very cool designer who has some cute, fun, fashionable and practical fanny packs.  Lots of different patterns and fabrics. The clutch converts to a belt bag; the tote converts to a backpack. And she graciously offered all my followers a 20% discount (Code: FREEHANDS) through January 1. Check out her collection, Beau and Ro. 
  • Cambodia In Pictures

    Jeanine Barone
    8 Dec 2014 | 10:28 am
    Though lauded for the ancient temple site of Angkor Wat, Siem Reap is also a center for contemporary art galleries, boutiques, restaurants and cafes. And, while troves of tourists descended on this magnificent complex, I wandered the streets of downtown Siem Reap, exploring what the town itself had to offer. I found out that down the street from my budget-minded and very socially responsible hotel, the Soria Moria, was an active Buddhist pagoda. It was within walking distance though I had the place to myself. There, one of the monks invited me into the principle, 100-year-old structure where…
  • Gear Review: Comfortable Wool Sport Underwear

    Jeanine Barone
    26 Nov 2014 | 11:52 am
    What I'm about to say I packed on my month-long trip to Southeast Asia this past summer may be one off the most surprising things you've read on my blog. That's because, though the temperature and humidity were both off the charts, I carried along three pairs of wool underwear -- and the only underwear I brought. Yes, you heard correctly, wool, Merino wool, at that. It may sound like an odd, ill-conceived choice but, in fact, it was the best thing I could've worn against my skin. I chose the Women's PhD Seamless Bikini underwear manufactured by SmartWool. They performed impeccably, keeping me…
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  • Falling for Winter Wonderland

    Ratedapartments.com
    26 Dec 2014 | 3:50 am
    It’s Christmas today, Christmas tomorrow and Christmas everyday! Welcome to the Winter Wonderland where fun and merriment never stop. A magnificent festive destination, this has something to excite and enliven everyone. From 21st November 2014 to 4th January 2015, one can soak up the festive feel at Hyde Park like never before. You can experience the thrilling rides, surf the Christmas markets and take a trip to Santa Land. You can also skate around the striking ice rink, take an entry into the Magical Ice Kingdom where you can view luminous ice castle and frozen sculptures. The wonders at…
  • A lovely encounter with one of our Apartment Owner.

    ruchikawahal
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:08 am
     We recently met Mr. Singh and saw his apartment. With an in-depth knowledge of art and aesthetics, Mr. Singh simply couldn’t fail to impress us. He has been running the apartment for the last 10 years. Located in one of the high end areas of Delhi, this five bedroom apartment is beautiful. There is enough parking space. Having a look at this apartment makes it obvious how the supplier has given importance to even the smallest details. We were totally mesmerized by the decor.  The rooms are really big and spacious. We had all the freedom to move around in a relaxed way. Also, the teak…
  • Celebrating Christmas in London

    Ratedapartments.com
    12 Dec 2014 | 2:35 am
    People in London and the rest of the UK begin to prepare for Christmas early. Some people even start to shop for presents to give their family and friends in January because that’s when the sales start; they save them until the following Christmas. This means that they manage to avoid the Christmas rush, when people head for the shops just a week or two before Christmas, madly trying to find just the right presents for everyone. The streets have a special ‘Christmassy’ feel to them, as they are illuminated not only by the usual streetlights, but also the special Christmas lights which…
  • The best places to eat out in London

    Ratedapartments.com
    4 Dec 2014 | 5:14 am
    There’s more to London than the beautiful palaces, charming monuments and attractive libraries! The city’s culinary trends are gaining impetus on the global platter. Visit London and you will certainly find it all here-from class defining celebrity haunts to simple yet surprisingly incredible eateries. What is common everywhere is the uniquely good food served in a lovely setting at fair prices. We bring to you a list of some of the top restaurants for lip-smacking food in London. Go forth and feed your appetite: Burger and Lobster 40 St John’s Street, Smithfield, Farringdon,…
  • Happy Thanksgiving

    Ratedapartments.com
    26 Nov 2014 | 11:46 pm
    Thanksgiving Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough. -Oprah Winfrey Celebrated in a secular way all across the world, Thanksgiving is a day of offering thanks for the blessing of the harvest and also of the previous year. It is mainly celebrated in the United States on the fourth Thursday of November and has deep cultural and religious roots.   History The tradition of celebrating Thanksgiving Day dates back to the histories of Plymoth and Massachussets Bay colonies. In 1621,…
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  • Carnival Corporation Cruise News

    Carrie Finley-Bajak
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:49 am
    Christine Duffy and Super Bowl Ad making cruise news From Twitter Carnival Corporation and popular cruise brand Carnival Cruise Lines has been busy making cruise buzz. Yesterday an announcement that Christine Duffy would take over at the helm of  Carnival Cruise Line as President made it’s rounds on social media. Duffy, currently president and CEO of Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), will assume the role on Feb. 1, reporting to Arnold Donald, CEO of Carnival Corporation & plc.The following quote was from a press release that was circulated yesterday: “Christine…
  • Christmas Markets photos

    Carrie Finley-Bajak
    4 Dec 2014 | 7:18 am
    Christmas Markets in Europe River cruising is a great way to explore the Christmas Markets in Europe. Cruise companies like Uniworld and Viking River Cruises offer packages along the many rivers in Europe like the Rhine and Danube. River Cruising in Europe I have been on two river cruises to experience the Christmas Markets along the Rhine and Danube rivers. Below are links to the posts in case you are wondering what there is to do on a river cruise during winter. Danube Waltz Christmas Markets Cruise via Viking River Cruises Rhine River holiday markets cruise via Uniworld Cruises The post…
  • Azamara Club Cruises – Cyber Monday cruise sale

    Carrie Finley-Bajak
    24 Nov 2014 | 1:25 pm
    Looking for a cruise deal? What are you waiting for? Azamara Club Cruises is ready to welcome you onboard. When I had my agency, I loved Thanksgiving and the cruise sales that would pop up to entice would-be cruisers to book. One sale came across my email today that sparked my interest from Azamara Club Cruises…. The offer is below. But before you read the offer, you should read my endorsement. A couple of weeks ago I had a chance to sail on Azamara from Istanbul to Athens on Azamara Quest (although I did sell a handful of their cruises in the past when I had my agency). The buzz about…
  • Nauplion, Greece via Azamara Quest

    Carrie Finley-Bajak
    9 Nov 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Pleasantly Surprised – Nauplion, Greece View of the Argolic Gulf. The last port of call on our journey of discovery on Azamara Quest from Istanbul, Turkey to Piraeus, Greece was Nauplion, Greece. Captain Carl told guests that there was a general sentiment among the guests of being pleasantly surprised by this port that is located  in the Peloponnese region of southern Greece. Some guests set off on Land Discoveries to explore sights from ancient Greece:  Epidavros and Mycenae.  Other guests took advantage of the tender to explore the town on their own. Captain Carl told us that he…
  • Cruise Global, Eat Local: Kallisti Taverna in Pyrgos Village

    Carrie Finley-Bajak
    9 Nov 2014 | 8:47 am
    Local flavor of Santorini, Greece via Azamara Quest Seeing double: our sous chef and waiter at Kallisti Tavern. There are many ways to explore Santorini when visiting the island situated in the southern Aegean Sea. For me, it was about destination immersion, which was delivered via an exclusive tour offered by Azamara Quest. Guests who opted to get a sneak peak of the boutique cruise line’s new Cruise Global, Eat Local series, which will officially launch in 2015, headed off to the nearby town of Pyrgos Village. The Cruise Global, Eat Local tour in Santorini was perfect for cruise foodies;…
 
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  • A Caribbean Christmas with Blue Chair Bay Rum

    RumShopRyan
    24 Dec 2014 | 10:21 am
    Snow or sand, pine trees or palm trees, the Christmas spirit infects us know matter where we live. We gather with friends and family to celebrate, we eat, we drink, we are merry. Today is Christmas Eve and the holiday cheer is starting to permeate my tough skin. Better late than never right? I just got back from the beach where I took a few photos of a little boat drink sip sip. The recipe, just a simple mixture of Blue Chair Bay Coconut Spiced Rum Cream, a dark rum, and nutmeg. Simple, delicious and fitting for the holidays. I don’t really have a name for it yet. Maybe the Christmas…
  • Caribbean Weekly Wrap Up

    RumShopRyan
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:55 am
    My home town of Kansas City just got a blanket of snow, and the water of the Gulf in my current home sends shivers up my spine–anyone else thinking about a trip to el carib? If your mind likes to wander to palm tree playgrounds then consider this weekly wrap up fuel for your wanderlust fire. This week’s wrap up will tease you with a beach party on Jankanoo Beach in Nassau, a new bar in Cruz Bay St. John, street eats in Guadeloupe, smooth rum, and new relations between the U.S. and Cuba. Are you teased? I don’t know about you but the Cuba story is a fascinating one and…
  • Tw’elf Re-Gift-O-Rama From Mike’s Hard Lemonade!

    RumShopRyan
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:51 am
    It’s the holiday season here in southwest Florida. Palm trees and docks are lit with festive lights and flip flops, shorts and Santa hats are the common attire when finishing up those shopping lists. There’s definitely no snow on the ground and the beach was my location of choice when relaxing with a group of friends this past weekend. I heard about this unique holiday social contest that Mike’s Hard Lemonade was doing called the Tw’elf Re-Gift-O-Rama. It’s where you tag your Facebook or Twitter posts with #Twelfie and do something creative with a Mike’s Hard…
  • Exclusive Buck Reilly Interview

    RumShopRyan
    15 Dec 2014 | 8:36 am
    Salvage operator, flying boat pilot, checkered past, Key West resident, and adventure seeker–these are words I would use to describe Buck Reilly. But these only tell you a fraction of the real story. Let’s dive in a little deeper and find out what makes the star of the Buck Reilly adventure series do the things he does. In this exclusive interview we will touch on some lighter topics like Buck’s favorite rum and favorite beach bars, then we will dig a little deeper to find out why he falls for the women he does, his love of flying boats, and why trouble always seems to…
  • Caribbean Weekly Wrap Up

    RumShopRyan
    12 Dec 2014 | 7:34 am
    I don’t know about you, but it’s cold here in Florida right now. The stories in this week’s Caribbean Wrap Up have me thinking of a warm blue water and beach bar bliss. This week’s Wrap Up includes stories about a “Crappy” rum punch on Anguilla, a private beach bar in the BVI as well as one that is considered Taboo, a sailing adventure through the Grenadines, and why the small island of Tobago is so special. Enjoy the escape Castaways! Caribbean Weekly Wrap Up Your Own Private Beach Bar in the British Virgin Islands: Here I was, at a fully-stocked, fully…
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  • Are Timeshare Presentations Worth It?

    Jim
    11 Dec 2014 | 4:20 am
    About ten years ago, on a trip to Las Vegas, my then-girlfriend (now wife) and her friends were stopped by one of the timeshare salesmen on the Strip. I was just out of college, they were in their last year, and so their offer of free show tickets for our group, in return for watching a timeshare presentation, was really enticing. Having never been to a timeshare presentation, I believed them when we were told it would only take an hour. In return, we’d get 10 tickets to a decent show, enough for our whole group. I was the only one with a job, which was crucial because that was part of…
  • The Lenox Hotel Boston Review

    Jim
    12 Nov 2012 | 4:41 am
    This past weekend, while attending my sister’s wedding in the hotel, we had the pleasure of staying at The Lenox in Boston, Massachusetts. It’s an absolutely lovely boutique hotel located on the corner of Exeter and Boylston Street and a block from several Boston highlights (Copeley Square, shopping on Newbury Street), though given the events of the day we didn’t get much sightseeing done. The service at the hotel was fantastic, which you should expect given the premium rates, but we were treated like royalty. Check in was a breeze, the staff was incredible, and anything and…
  • Remember to Hold Your Mail

    Jim
    1 Aug 2012 | 8:24 am
    Going on vacation? One of the many chores you have to remember is to hold your mail. In year’s past, this meant a trip to the post office and a wait in their ubiquitous line. Fortunately, the post office has entered the 21st century and now offers the ability to hold your mail online. You can set it up for same day stoppage if you enter it by 2AM Central (an odd time zone, but whatever) and the service is limited to certain zip codes but it’s worth a shot. No fee either, completely free! Spend all this new free time planning for your vacation!
  • Challenges of Electricity Abroad & International Travel Chargers

    Jim
    31 Jul 2012 | 6:14 am
    We’re going to head off on our two week trip to China and Taiwan shortly so we’ve started the planning phases of our trip. Number one on that list, as you’d expect for a travel blogger, is how we’ll keep all of our various gadgets and gizmos charged and ready. We all know that the plugs in other nations aren’t shaped the same as ours but that’s not all you have to watch out for. Plug Shapes In North America, and parts of Central and South America, we use two parallel prongs. The sockets in the wall, if you check now, will have that and perhaps a third…
  • Needles Found in Delta Flight Sandwiches

    Jim
    17 Jul 2012 | 6:38 am
    Imagine you’re on a flight and you’re hungry. If you were on a Southwest flight, you’d get some free crackers or peanuts, depending on the length of the flight. If you’re on Delta, you could buy a sandwich. If you bought a turkey sandwich, you might have gotten yourself a bonus needle. Sewing needles were found in turkey sandwiches served on four different flights but only one person was hurt. The needles have prompted the FBI to get involved and Delta has stopped all sandwiches prepared by a catering company in Amsterdam. “Delta is taking this matter extremely…
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  • Slovenia Surprise

    Devin Galaudet
    20 Dec 2014 | 10:48 pm
    Slovenia Surprise Arriving in Slovenia I arrived in Slovenia after many hours and many border patrol checkpoints since leaving Serbia at dawn. Ignoring the straight freeway, our shuttle van veered onto a two-lane road in Bosnia, and crossed into Croatia, before popping back onto the the main freeway and the border of Slovenia. I suppose the the detour from the freeway was to cut down on the larger, more congested border crossings. As it was, we were pulled over by some unhappy-looking Bosnian police who scowled at my passport. Slovenia is not your Mother’s Eastern Europe Upon entering…
  • An Inca Trail Revelation

    ITKT Featured Writer
    23 Nov 2014 | 5:16 pm
    Exploring the Inca Trail The Inca Trail Discovery As the sun set beneath the Andean peaks I was drawn to the remains of a tiny ruined hut on a hill overlooking our camp site. It had been a long day so far, the third of a four day Inca Trail trek, and perhaps the altitude and the exertion was getting to me but there was a definite attraction to this lonely ruin above a narrow mountain valley. Four walls of rough stones formed a roofless three-by-three meter room. Weeds and grass covered the floor and grew between the gaps in the stonework. Through the window at the far end I could see a soft…
  • The Scary Path in the Czech Republic

    Melinda Brasher
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:29 pm
    The Scary Path in the Czech Republic Kids making voodoos to protect them on the Scary Path. Photo by Melinda Brasher Haunted Jablůnka Candles light a path through the darkness of the forest floor and we creep forward, alert for the next horror awaiting us: witches, grim reapers, ghost brides, and a wolf behind the bushes. But the kids with us are brave. A skeleton sneaks up behind Klárka and taps her shoulder. She just looks back at him, solemn-faced. Natálka, Klárka, František, and Jeníček touch the hair of the beautiful but very dead girl in the coffin. They put a severed head in a…
  • Locally Sourced and Loving It in St. Lucia

    Eileen
    28 Oct 2014 | 11:10 am
    Locally Sourced and Loving it in St. Lucia First I felt the itch, then the raging burn. I ran like a bat out of hell from the greenhouse, not entirely sure what was making my feet feel like they were on fire. It was my first attack by fire ants and it was horribly unpleasant. Usually, I might grumble and moan all day about the pain, but I gave it only a second before shaking it and moving forward. There was no time to dwell, as I was in paradise, getting an insider look into a private estate farm on the Caribbean island of St. Lucia. Beautiful St. Lucian Getaways Nick Troubetzkoy has worked…
  • The Canals of Bruges

    ITKT Featured Writer
    21 Sep 2014 | 11:44 am
    Belgium, on the Water What struck me most was the way the sunlight danced across the water. It had been raining in Paris, and the rain had followed me as the train sped past windmills and back-roads lined with poplars decked in autumn finery. Old stone farmhouses sat in tilled fields of soft green. Yet when I reached Bruges, in Belgium, the sun broke through the grey clouds. It seemed that everyone had emerged into the sunshine to promenade through this medieval city, or else pass by in horse and carriage. Her meandering canals remain the heart of Bruges. I pushed open my hotel window and sat…
 
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  • Destination: Friendship – A Girls Weekend to Tybee Island is Worth Waiting For

    Janet Reddick
    11 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    Vacations are a necessary part of balance in life. They refresh and relax us. But what if you need a break from your family, too? Wouldn’t it feel great to gossip, have a drink, and sit around in your pajamas with no makeup and no judgment? Enter the girls’ weekend. This is often one of the hardest vacations to plan. It feels decadent. We often have to leave a significant other behind – or worse, the kids WITH said significant other. Then there’s the extra time off and money. Should you use it for yourself? Yes. Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes. Once you put away your guilt, get in the car and…
  • DC Street Art

    Inspector 66
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    As you travel in many cities around the world, you occasionally see creative images on the sides of buildings. Art created in public places is often called “Street Art”. Street Art can range from simple to elaborate graffiti, murals, sculptures or any other medium that displays an artists creativity and vision. Traveling the streets of Washington D.C. is no different. It’s not uncommon to see images on the sides of buildings, down alleys, and on storefronts. Here are a few images I’ve encountered on a recent trip downtown. This colorful mural honors DC’s own, Marvin Gaye, at the…
  • Aubergine at L’Auberge

    Master Admin
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    Doing this job, having access to all these wonderful restaurants and eating so many meals can make a person forget to be excited about food from time to time. I recently found myself in that slump and was very lucky to have had my culinary excitement re-triggered when I dined at Aubergine at L’Auberge in Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA, a AAA Four Diamond restaurant. The tiny eatery offers coastal Californian cuisine with artistic flare in all dishes. The food was fantastic, the presentations were precise, bright and, oh so lovely. I went with the Chef’s tasting menu, an absolute must if you are…
  • San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

    Inspector 51
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    San Miguel de Allende is a picturesque small city located in the green highland state of Guanajuato, and although there are no beaches here like so many popular spots in Mexico, the city has an unmistakeable allure that has captured the hearts of many that have made the trek into the mountains roughly 275 kilometers northwest of Mexico City. Today, San Miguel is reported to have one of the largest ex-pat populations of Americans in the country of Mexico. The picturesque city center manages to retain much of its original architectural character, along with a vibrant local flavor all its own.
  • The 150th Anniversary of the Charlottetown Conference

    Inspector 2
    9 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    This year Prince Edward Island, Canada, celebrates the 150th anniversary of the Charlottetown Conference. Why is this event a big deal? In 1864 this was the conference that began the talks for a union of the Maritimes. What actually took place was something much bigger than what anyone had expected. This conference turned out to be known in Canada’s history as the beginning of Confederation. In other words, this is where the seven fragmented provincial regions came together and began the talks to unite and form one government. This one united nation is known today as Canada. The birth of a…
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  • Holiday Travel Survival Tips

    Julia
    14 Dec 2014 | 6:38 pm
    It’s that time of year again. When the lineups are long, the TSA security check lines are rife with cranky passengers and the winter weather wreaks havoc on travel schedules everywhere…yes it’s holiday travel time! Yay! Fear not! Here a few handy travel tips and apps that can help alleviate your travel stress this holiday season. -Stay organized: TripIt is a free app that organizes all of the details of your trip (from car rentals to flights) in one concise itinerary. -Kill Time: If your flights do get delayed use GateGuru, an app that tracks flights and has information on…
  • Holiday Travel Tips

    Julia
    14 Dec 2014 | 2:11 pm
    It’s that time of year again. When the lineups are long, the TSA security check lines are rife with cranky passengers and the winter weather wreaks havoc on travel schedules everywhere…yes it’s holiday travel time! Yay! Fear not! Here a few handy travel tips and apps that can help alleviate your travel stress this holiday season. -Stay organized: TripIt is a free app that organizes all of the details of your trip (from car rentals to flights) in one concise itinerary. -Kill Time: If your flights do get delayed use GateGuru, an app that tracks flights and has information on…
  • 20 Ways to Save and Earn Money For Your Travels

    Julia
    25 Sep 2014 | 11:40 am
    Ah…money. This is the big reason why many people say they can’t travel – lack of money! The reality is that you don’t necssarily need a lot of money to travel if you select good value destinations and know how to work the system. Start saving for your travel goals by  taking a look at your daily expenses and cutting back on the little things. You’ll be surprised by how much you can save and invest towards your future dream trip. Here are some ways to SAVE money: • Cut out coffees at Starbucks. It’s amazing how much those $5 lattes add up. If you have three a week for a year,…
  • World’s Bests and Worsts

    Julia
    30 Jun 2014 | 7:00 am
    (Cartagena, Colombia photo credit: szeke) Since I’m a travel writer and my job is to travel, I often get askedwhat my favorite places are…what are the worsts and the bests. Well, like anything, travel is highly subjective. What may be a life-changing experience for one tourist can be a complete bore for another. Nonetheless, after backpacking through some many countries and to many of the world’s most amazing places, I decided to take a shot and make a list of my global picks and pans. Best… Way to spend an afternoon — lazing on an inner tube downriver in Vang Vieng, Laos…
  • Taboo Foods: Balut: World’s Weirdest Cuisine?

    Julia
    26 Jun 2014 | 7:00 am
    When I think back to some of the most disgusting things I’ve eaten over the course of my travel career, even I have to wonder what I was thinking. I’ve sampled scorpion, live termites, dog, guinea pig, snake blood, scorpion, lamb’s penis and live aphrodisiac worm, but I’ve never done embryo. Balut sure is one for the books. I look back at the experience of trying Balut in the Philippines for the fist time: Crack. I peel open the shards of egg shell and take a cautious peek inside. Sitting in a bag of juicy embryonic fluid is a curled up fetal duck. It’s not fully formed but I…
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  • 5 Up-and-Coming U.S. Cities for Tourism

    Leah Still
    23 Dec 2014 | 8:23 am
    ©2014 – Salvador Dalí Museum, Inc., St. Petersburg, FL Before the rest of the world catches on, discover these five American cities that are gaining traction in the areas of fine arts, fine food, and fine beverages. St. Petersburg With a celebrated museum devoted to Salvador Dalí and a revamped downtown that’s home to multiple craft breweries, the former retiree community of St Petersburg is boasting a younger energy that’s giving the Florida city a totally new vibe. The focal point is Central Avenue; take yourself on a brewery tour by wandering down this street and its side avenues…
  • Changes to U.S.-Cuba Relations: 5 Tour Operators React

    Christine Dayao
    22 Dec 2014 | 1:12 pm
    Flickr/Alessandro Caproni President Obama’s announcement earlier this month that the U.S. and Cuba are making efforts to normalize their relationship after decades of sanctions and travel limitations wasn’t exactly a shock. For several years, U.S. travelers have been allowed to visit Cuba with “people-to-people” cultural exchange programs that are approved by the government and presented through specially licensed tour providers. These have been the only legal way that Americans could explore the mostly off-limits island. With improved relations, Americans could soon…
  • Smart Luxury: Incredible Winter Value at Istanbul’s New Raffles Hotel

    Christine Wei
    22 Dec 2014 | 11:18 am
    Raffles Istanbul Yes, lodging in Istanbul is incredibly inexpensive in the winter, with plenty of hotels offering rates under $100. But if you’re willing to make a small splurge in low season, you’ll enjoy luxury that’s leaps ahead of what your dollars will get you elsewhere. Take for example the newly unveiled Raffles Istanbul, opened in just September in a shiny new shopping and entertainment complex called the Zorlu Center. For a brand internationally known for offering some of the best hospitality on earth, deluxe rooms here are as low as around $235 per night in…
  • 5 Things That Might Surprise You about All-Inclusive Resorts

    Teresa Bitler
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:04 pm
    Courtesy of Barcelo Bávaro Beach Resort All-inclusive resorts take the effort out of vacationing—you pay upfront, you don’t have to make an itinerary, and you have access to great food and entertainment onsite. But, all-inclusive resorts have a few other advantages over the traditional resort experience. Here are five things that might surprise you about all-inclusive resorts. You have may have amenities beyond the property. Just in case the handful of dining options, spa rooms, and other amenities aren’t enough, look for an all-inclusive resort that has a sister property nearby.
  • How to Be Wowed By the Northern Lights in the U.S.

    Yahoo! Travel
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:02 am
    By Jennifer Billock for Yahoo! Travel The Sámi watched the northern lights with reverence. Traditional beliefs among northern Scandinavia’s indigenous population say that the aurora is actually the energy of departing souls. According to folklore, if someone whistled underneath the lights, the aurora would swoop down, pick them up, and carry them away into the swirling colors. But while a whistle may not really spark a show, we thankfully don’t have to go arctic to see the fire. That’s right — you can view the aurora’s dazzling display throughout the U.S., too. As long as…
 
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  • 5 Up-and-Coming U.S. Cities for Tourism

    Leah Still
    23 Dec 2014 | 8:23 am
    ©2014 – Salvador Dalí Museum, Inc., St. Petersburg, FL Before the rest of the world catches on, discover these five American cities that are gaining traction in the areas of fine arts, fine food, and fine beverages. St. Petersburg With a celebrated museum devoted to Salvador Dalí and a revamped downtown that’s home to multiple craft breweries, the former retiree community of St Petersburg is boasting a younger energy that’s giving the Florida city a totally new vibe. The focal point is Central Avenue; take yourself on a brewery tour by wandering down this street and its side avenues…
  • Changes to U.S.-Cuba Relations: 5 Tour Operators React

    Christine Dayao
    22 Dec 2014 | 1:12 pm
    Flickr/Alessandro Caproni President Obama’s announcement earlier this month that the U.S. and Cuba are making efforts to normalize their relationship after decades of sanctions and travel limitations wasn’t exactly a shock. For several years, U.S. travelers have been allowed to visit Cuba with “people-to-people” cultural exchange programs that are approved by the government and presented through specially licensed tour providers. These have been the only legal way that Americans could explore the mostly off-limits island. With improved relations, Americans could soon…
  • Smart Luxury: Incredible Winter Value at Istanbul’s New Raffles Hotel

    Christine Wei
    22 Dec 2014 | 11:18 am
    Raffles Istanbul Yes, lodging in Istanbul is incredibly inexpensive in the winter, with plenty of hotels offering rates under $100. But if you’re willing to make a small splurge in low season, you’ll enjoy luxury that’s leaps ahead of what your dollars will get you elsewhere. Take for example the newly unveiled Raffles Istanbul, opened in just September in a shiny new shopping and entertainment complex called the Zorlu Center. For a brand internationally known for offering some of the best hospitality on earth, deluxe rooms here are as low as around $235 per night in…
  • 5 Things That Might Surprise You about All-Inclusive Resorts

    Teresa Bitler
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:04 pm
    Courtesy of Barcelo Bávaro Beach Resort All-inclusive resorts take the effort out of vacationing—you pay upfront, you don’t have to make an itinerary, and you have access to great food and entertainment onsite. But, all-inclusive resorts have a few other advantages over the traditional resort experience. Here are five things that might surprise you about all-inclusive resorts. You have may have amenities beyond the property. Just in case the handful of dining options, spa rooms, and other amenities aren’t enough, look for an all-inclusive resort that has a sister property nearby.
  • How to Be Wowed By the Northern Lights in the U.S.

    Yahoo! Travel
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:02 am
    By Jennifer Billock for Yahoo! Travel The Sámi watched the northern lights with reverence. Traditional beliefs among northern Scandinavia’s indigenous population say that the aurora is actually the energy of departing souls. According to folklore, if someone whistled underneath the lights, the aurora would swoop down, pick them up, and carry them away into the swirling colors. But while a whistle may not really spark a show, we thankfully don’t have to go arctic to see the fire. That’s right — you can view the aurora’s dazzling display throughout the U.S., too. As long as…
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  • 5 Up-and-Coming U.S. Cities for Tourism

    Leah Still
    23 Dec 2014 | 8:23 am
    ©2014 – Salvador Dalí Museum, Inc., St. Petersburg, FL Before the rest of the world catches on, discover these five American cities that are gaining traction in the areas of fine arts, fine food, and fine beverages. St. Petersburg With a celebrated museum devoted to Salvador Dalí and a revamped downtown that’s home to multiple craft breweries, the former retiree community of St Petersburg is boasting a younger energy that’s giving the Florida city a totally new vibe. The focal point is Central Avenue; take yourself on a brewery tour by wandering down this street and its side avenues…
  • Changes to U.S.-Cuba Relations: 5 Tour Operators React

    Christine Dayao
    22 Dec 2014 | 1:12 pm
    Flickr/Alessandro Caproni President Obama’s announcement earlier this month that the U.S. and Cuba are making efforts to normalize their relationship after decades of sanctions and travel limitations wasn’t exactly a shock. For several years, U.S. travelers have been allowed to visit Cuba with “people-to-people” cultural exchange programs that are approved by the government and presented through specially licensed tour providers. These have been the only legal way that Americans could explore the mostly off-limits island. With improved relations, Americans could soon…
  • Smart Luxury: Incredible Winter Value at Istanbul’s New Raffles Hotel

    Christine Wei
    22 Dec 2014 | 11:18 am
    Raffles Istanbul Yes, lodging in Istanbul is incredibly inexpensive in the winter, with plenty of hotels offering rates under $100. But if you’re willing to make a small splurge in low season, you’ll enjoy luxury that’s leaps ahead of what your dollars will get you elsewhere. Take for example the newly unveiled Raffles Istanbul, opened in just September in a shiny new shopping and entertainment complex called the Zorlu Center. For a brand internationally known for offering some of the best hospitality on earth, deluxe rooms here are as low as around $235 per night in…
  • 5 Things That Might Surprise You about All-Inclusive Resorts

    Teresa Bitler
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:04 pm
    Courtesy of Barcelo Bávaro Beach Resort All-inclusive resorts take the effort out of vacationing—you pay upfront, you don’t have to make an itinerary, and you have access to great food and entertainment onsite. But, all-inclusive resorts have a few other advantages over the traditional resort experience. Here are five things that might surprise you about all-inclusive resorts. You have may have amenities beyond the property. Just in case the handful of dining options, spa rooms, and other amenities aren’t enough, look for an all-inclusive resort that has a sister property nearby.
  • How to Be Wowed By the Northern Lights in the U.S.

    Yahoo! Travel
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:02 am
    By Jennifer Billock for Yahoo! Travel The Sámi watched the northern lights with reverence. Traditional beliefs among northern Scandinavia’s indigenous population say that the aurora is actually the energy of departing souls. According to folklore, if someone whistled underneath the lights, the aurora would swoop down, pick them up, and carry them away into the swirling colors. But while a whistle may not really spark a show, we thankfully don’t have to go arctic to see the fire. That’s right — you can view the aurora’s dazzling display throughout the U.S., too. As long as…
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  • 5 Up-and-Coming U.S. Cities for Tourism

    Leah Still
    23 Dec 2014 | 8:23 am
    ©2014 – Salvador Dalí Museum, Inc., St. Petersburg, FL Before the rest of the world catches on, discover these five American cities that are gaining traction in the areas of fine arts, fine food, and fine beverages. St. Petersburg With a celebrated museum devoted to Salvador Dalí and a revamped downtown that’s home to multiple craft breweries, the former retiree community of St Petersburg is boasting a younger energy that’s giving the Florida city a totally new vibe. The focal point is Central Avenue; take yourself on a brewery tour by wandering down this street and its side avenues…
  • Changes to U.S.-Cuba Relations: 5 Tour Operators React

    Christine Dayao
    22 Dec 2014 | 1:12 pm
    Flickr/Alessandro Caproni President Obama’s announcement earlier this month that the U.S. and Cuba are making efforts to normalize their relationship after decades of sanctions and travel limitations wasn’t exactly a shock. For several years, U.S. travelers have been allowed to visit Cuba with “people-to-people” cultural exchange programs that are approved by the government and presented through specially licensed tour providers. These have been the only legal way that Americans could explore the mostly off-limits island. With improved relations, Americans could soon…
  • Smart Luxury: Incredible Winter Value at Istanbul’s New Raffles Hotel

    Christine Wei
    22 Dec 2014 | 11:18 am
    Raffles Istanbul Yes, lodging in Istanbul is incredibly inexpensive in the winter, with plenty of hotels offering rates under $100. But if you’re willing to make a small splurge in low season, you’ll enjoy luxury that’s leaps ahead of what your dollars will get you elsewhere. Take for example the newly unveiled Raffles Istanbul, opened in just September in a shiny new shopping and entertainment complex called the Zorlu Center. For a brand internationally known for offering some of the best hospitality on earth, deluxe rooms here are as low as around $235 per night in…
  • 5 Things That Might Surprise You about All-Inclusive Resorts

    Teresa Bitler
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:04 pm
    Courtesy of Barcelo Bávaro Beach Resort All-inclusive resorts take the effort out of vacationing—you pay upfront, you don’t have to make an itinerary, and you have access to great food and entertainment onsite. But, all-inclusive resorts have a few other advantages over the traditional resort experience. Here are five things that might surprise you about all-inclusive resorts. You have may have amenities beyond the property. Just in case the handful of dining options, spa rooms, and other amenities aren’t enough, look for an all-inclusive resort that has a sister property nearby.
  • How to Be Wowed By the Northern Lights in the U.S.

    Yahoo! Travel
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:02 am
    By Jennifer Billock for Yahoo! Travel The Sámi watched the northern lights with reverence. Traditional beliefs among northern Scandinavia’s indigenous population say that the aurora is actually the energy of departing souls. According to folklore, if someone whistled underneath the lights, the aurora would swoop down, pick them up, and carry them away into the swirling colors. But while a whistle may not really spark a show, we thankfully don’t have to go arctic to see the fire. That’s right — you can view the aurora’s dazzling display throughout the U.S., too. As long as…
 
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  • 5 Up-and-Coming U.S. Cities for Tourism

    Leah Still
    23 Dec 2014 | 8:23 am
    ©2014 – Salvador Dalí Museum, Inc., St. Petersburg, FL Before the rest of the world catches on, discover these five American cities that are gaining traction in the areas of fine arts, fine food, and fine beverages. St. Petersburg With a celebrated museum devoted to Salvador Dalí and a revamped downtown that’s home to multiple craft breweries, the former retiree community of St Petersburg is boasting a younger energy that’s giving the Florida city a totally new vibe. The focal point is Central Avenue; take yourself on a brewery tour by wandering down this street and its side avenues…
  • Changes to U.S.-Cuba Relations: 5 Tour Operators React

    Christine Dayao
    22 Dec 2014 | 1:12 pm
    Flickr/Alessandro Caproni President Obama’s announcement earlier this month that the U.S. and Cuba are making efforts to normalize their relationship after decades of sanctions and travel limitations wasn’t exactly a shock. For several years, U.S. travelers have been allowed to visit Cuba with “people-to-people” cultural exchange programs that are approved by the government and presented through specially licensed tour providers. These have been the only legal way that Americans could explore the mostly off-limits island. With improved relations, Americans could soon…
  • Smart Luxury: Incredible Winter Value at Istanbul’s New Raffles Hotel

    Christine Wei
    22 Dec 2014 | 11:18 am
    Raffles Istanbul Yes, lodging in Istanbul is incredibly inexpensive in the winter, with plenty of hotels offering rates under $100. But if you’re willing to make a small splurge in low season, you’ll enjoy luxury that’s leaps ahead of what your dollars will get you elsewhere. Take for example the newly unveiled Raffles Istanbul, opened in just September in a shiny new shopping and entertainment complex called the Zorlu Center. For a brand internationally known for offering some of the best hospitality on earth, deluxe rooms here are as low as around $235 per night in…
  • 5 Things That Might Surprise You about All-Inclusive Resorts

    Teresa Bitler
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:04 pm
    Courtesy of Barcelo Bávaro Beach Resort All-inclusive resorts take the effort out of vacationing—you pay upfront, you don’t have to make an itinerary, and you have access to great food and entertainment onsite. But, all-inclusive resorts have a few other advantages over the traditional resort experience. Here are five things that might surprise you about all-inclusive resorts. You have may have amenities beyond the property. Just in case the handful of dining options, spa rooms, and other amenities aren’t enough, look for an all-inclusive resort that has a sister property nearby.
  • How to Be Wowed By the Northern Lights in the U.S.

    Yahoo! Travel
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:02 am
    By Jennifer Billock for Yahoo! Travel The Sámi watched the northern lights with reverence. Traditional beliefs among northern Scandinavia’s indigenous population say that the aurora is actually the energy of departing souls. According to folklore, if someone whistled underneath the lights, the aurora would swoop down, pick them up, and carry them away into the swirling colors. But while a whistle may not really spark a show, we thankfully don’t have to go arctic to see the fire. That’s right — you can view the aurora’s dazzling display throughout the U.S., too. As long as…
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  • Banh Tam Bi – Thick Noodles and Creamy Coconut Milk in Vietnam

    Mark Wiens
    26 Dec 2014 | 5:17 am
    Do you love coconut? Banh tam bi is a southern Vietnamese dish of thick rice and tapioca noodles, tossed with herbs and pork, and drenched in thick coconut cream dressing. …But I had no idea what it was until I sat down and ordered myself a plate at a restaurant in Saigon known as Bánh Tằm […] Banh Tam Bi – Thick Noodles and Creamy Coconut Milk in Vietnam is a post from: Migrationology - Food Travel Blog The post Banh Tam Bi – Thick Noodles and Creamy Coconut Milk in Vietnam appeared first on Migrationology - Food Travel Blog.
  • Cơm Bình Dân – A Typical Vietnamese Street Food Meal

    Mark Wiens
    22 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Vietnam, with famous dishes like Pho and Bun Bo Hue, is especially well known for its noodles, which indeed are extremely delicious. But for myself, growing up eating rice every day, I can’t go more than a few meals without a rice based meal. Sure I love all the Vietnamese noodles, but I still have to […] Cơm Bình Dân – A Typical Vietnamese Street Food Meal is a post from: Migrationology - Food Travel Blog The post Cơm Bình Dân – A Typical Vietnamese Street Food Meal appeared first on Migrationology - Food Travel Blog.
  • Best Banh Mi in Saigon – 3 Places You Must Try!

    Mark Wiens
    15 Dec 2014 | 6:20 am
    If you’re on your way to visit or spend time in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), one of the questions you’re probably wandering (especially if you love Vietnamese food, like I do) is, “where can I get the best bánh mì (banh mi) sandwich?” …And if you didn’t ask that to yourself, you probably should […] Best Banh Mi in Saigon – 3 Places You Must Try! is a post from: Migrationology - Food Travel Blog The post Best Banh Mi in Saigon – 3 Places You Must Try! appeared first on Migrationology - Food Travel Blog.
  • Saigon’s Waterfall Fried Chicken (Don’t Miss This!)

    Mark Wiens
    11 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    I’ve often thought that fried chicken just might be the most universally loved food in the world. From Africa, to Asia, to the Americas, chicken is deep fried until golden brown, served with a variety of side dishes, and the bones (and your fingers) are licked clean. When I mentioned I was going to be taking a trip […] Saigon’s Waterfall Fried Chicken (Don’t Miss This!) is a post from: Migrationology - Food Travel Blog The post Saigon’s Waterfall Fried Chicken (Don’t Miss This!) appeared first on Migrationology - Food Travel Blog.
  • Delicious Bun Thit Nuong for Breakfast in Saigon, Vietnam

    Mark Wiens
    8 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Bún thịt nướng (bun thit nuong), or the even more glorious choice of, bún thịt nướng chả giò (bun thit nuong cha gio), is a Vietnamese dish, including rice vermicelli, grilled pork, Vietnamese pickles, scallions and their oil, fish sauce dressing, and finally a crispy fried spring roll. It’s one of many incredible Vietnamese dishes, something that […] Delicious Bun Thit Nuong for Breakfast in Saigon, Vietnam is a post from: Migrationology - Food Travel Blog The post Delicious Bun Thit Nuong for Breakfast in Saigon, Vietnam appeared first on Migrationology - Food…
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  • Low Yen Makes it a Great Time to Visit

    Travis
    5 Dec 2014 | 7:58 am
    Photo Credit: THEMACGIRL* I was just reading this morning about the drop in the yen and decided to check out how the Canadian dollar stacked up with the exchange rate. I was super surprised to see it a $1 to ¥106. I’ve never it seen it that low! What a great time to head to Japan. I’m not sure if this will last till our next trip, but I sure hope it will :) The Japan Times has more information and the mathy bits if you’re interested. Related Posts:Weaker Yen Drives TourismMy Dream Japan Vacation – Himeji CastleBook Review: A Geek in JapanLearning Japanese Tips –…
  • Fried Shrimp Gun

    Travis
    1 Dec 2014 | 6:32 am
    Fried shrimp anyone? Here’s a quick and easy way to make it. Please enjoy! :D Related Posts:My Re-ment Collection- Part 3Introduction to Japanese Food – GyozaCreate Japanese Style ArtworkLearning Japanese Tips – The Humble Index CardAutumn in Japan
  • Astro Boy Crossing Signal

    Travis
    12 Nov 2014 | 7:18 am
    Photo from Kotaku I’m just going to come out and say it…this is the greatest crossing signal ever. If you’re in Kanagawa Prefecture, outside Tokyo, you can check it out. Personally I would prefer if Astro flew out of the sky and carried me across the street when I push the button, but this is pretty cool, too :D Related Posts:Japan’s Coffee Making RobotThe Four Top Tokyo Day TripsMy Dream Japan Vacation – KinashiLife Inside a Capsule HotelKawaii Fabric
  • Osaka Gets New Glico Man Sign

    Travis
    4 Nov 2014 | 11:31 am
    Photo Credits: Muza-chan. Photographing Osaka’s Glico running man was a must do on my trip almost 5 years ago. Unfortunately, due to the Fukushima Power Plant issues, the singn was turned off before I had a chance to take a night time picture. Mission failed. The good news is that not only did the sign get turned back on, but they’ve also just released a new version, making this the sixth version of the famous running man born in 1935. I look forward to photographing him in all his new LED glory…I hope :) Related Posts:Fukushima Radiation Levels “Low”Japanese…
  • Book Review: A Guide to Reading and Writing Japanese

    Travis
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:33 am
    As anyone who has started studying Japanese will know, reading is really, really hard. With 3 different writing systems and thousands of tiny and complicated kanji to learn, it’s easy to view reading Japanese as too high of a mountain to climb. Today we’re going to quickly review a guide that will hopefully make that climb a little easier. Any proper Japanese learning library should include a kanji dictionary. The only problem is, most of these dictionary are large and confusing. While I’ve learned to use, and love my Kanji Learners dictionary, it did take me a while to…
 
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  • Gluhwein and Stollen in Dresden’s Christmas Market Wonderland

    Cam Hassard
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:21 am
    If you happen to think that the North Pole is the most festive destination on earth come Christmas time, you might need to reconsider your position. To find yourself in the heart of Christmas cheer, you really need to head a little further south—down to Germany to the wondrous Christmas wonderland known as Dresden. Dresden is an […]
  • Touring the Roman Gold Mines in Wales

    Roy Stevenson
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:24 am
    Welsh gold. This rare and soft lustrous gold is the most expensive gold in the world. It fetches up to $4500 per ounce, or three times what standard gold sells for in the London market. Pure Welsh gold is worth more than platinum and is considered by many metallurgists to be the world’s most precious […]
  • On the Road From Athens to Corinth

    W. Ruth Kozak
    15 Dec 2014 | 3:19 am
    The road from Athens to the Peloponnese traverses the coastline past factories and shipyards then climbs high above the sea rewarding us with panoramic views of the sparkling blue Saronic Gulf. My friends and I on our way to visit Corinth, the ancient city that was once a strong rival of Athens. As we descend the […]
  • Heidelberg, Germany: German Romanticism at its Best

    Roy Stevenson
    12 Dec 2014 | 6:18 am
    There’s a good reason why 3 million people visit Heidelberg every year. From the moment you set foot in Heidelberg’s Baroque Old Town, you feel like you’ve been transported back into scenes from Grimm’s Fairytales. With these fascinating medieval scenes, its no wonder Heidelberg is one of Germany’s most visited places—remarkable for a town of […]
  • Valencia, a City in Seven Markets

    Andrea MacDonald
    8 Dec 2014 | 6:17 am
    If you’ve been to Spain, you’ll know that life there is lived by night: evening strolls, late dinners and drinks in the cafés, tapas bars and nightclubs. To feel the real spirit of Spain, you must stay out late. However, there is one thing that gets even the latest night owls out of bed before […]
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    TheRoadScholar

  • Maggie Daley Park opens in Chicago

    TheRoadScholar
    13 Dec 2014 | 11:26 am
    Chicago, IL--Maggie Daley Park opened in Chicago with loads of ice skaters, kids, walkers, strollers, and former Mayor Richard M. Daley enjoying it all. Connected to Millennium Park via a winding steel bridge, the new park features age-designated play areas, slides, picnic tables, and a curving skating rink. Skate rental ($12) lines were long, but […]
  • 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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  • Angsana Oasis Resort and Spa Bangalore review

    Shrinidhi Hande
    22 Dec 2014 | 3:46 pm
    Spent 2 nights at Angsana Resort and Spa recently, located on the outskirts of Bengaluru city. This post is a quick overview of what is good and what is not that good at this resort. We were there for a company outing paid for by my employer.Angsana seem to be focusing mostly on corporate customers and not individuals- I tried checking rates on their website but it didn't reveal any. I asked in reception if they can share the room rent details, I was told they don't have any but I can get in touch with sales person for more details. Good things…
  • Harley Davidson India Street 750 FAQs

    Shrinidhi Hande
    22 Dec 2014 | 2:52 pm
    This post provides quick answers to various questions I have been getting during past few days about the Harley Davidson Street 750 that I rented. Q: What is the mileage this bike gives?A: I got 20.55kmpl. (This was the most asked question about the bike, everyone is obsessed with mileage than anything else)Q: How much does the Street 750 cost?A: About 5.5 lakhs on road in Bengaluru. Expect an annual insurance spend of about 20k, maintenance expense of another 5-10k minimum per service.Q: Isn’t it heavy?A: Yes it is, but very much manageable by ordinary folks. If you’ve ridden a…
  • 11 benefits Hero Splendor has but Harley Davidson street 750 doesn't!

    Shrinidhi Hande
    21 Dec 2014 | 6:03 pm
    You may call me insane. Who in his right mind would compare a Rs 50000 Hero Splendor with a superbike like Harley Davidson Street 750, which is 10 times more expensive? Bikers will probably hit back for coming up with such a pointless comparison. But irrespective of whether you like it or not, India's largest selling motorcycle, Hero Splendor has to its credit certain features and benefit that Harley Davidson Street 750 that I rode recently can't boast of.Read this post to know more about Harley Davidson rental in BangaloreSo without wasting much time, here we goHero Spendor Benefits over…
  • WickedRide Harley Davidson bike rental in Bangalore!

    Shrinidhi Hande
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:33 am
    Bangalore should be crowned “Self-drive rental capital of India” given the fierce battle between Zoomcar and Carzonrent (Myles) in recent times. Between these two companies and not to mention many other smaller firms, there’re 1000s of cars of different types available for Self drive rental in India’s IT Capital. There’re more options at cheaper rates to rent cars from in Bengaluru than any other city, including Delhi and Goa. The new attraction to the vehicle enthusiasts is the self- drive bike rentals. High end motorbikes such as Harley…
  • Manvar resort on Jaisalmer Jodhpur highway

    Shrinidhi Hande
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:38 am
    This post is about a place we stopped for tea on our way to Jaisalmer from Jodhpur. At first I thought it is a small restaurant for refreshment, but soon we realized that this is a mini resort on its own.Manvar resort has several rooms with rents ranging from Rs 6000 Rs 15000 a day. The top spec Rs 10000 room comes with a living room, a private balcony that opens right into the woods, all meals and many more. (Package inclusions and rates may vary)There’s a large pool, for residents only.  Private balcony, opening into the woods.
 
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  • Pic of the Week: Knuckles Mountain Range

    Guest
    26 Dec 2014 | 4:30 am
    This great photo is all the more special for being taken on this Solo Travel Society member's very first solo trip, to Sri Lanka's Knuckles Mountain Range. The post Pic of the Week: Knuckles Mountain Range appeared first on Solo Traveler. A new article has been added to Solo Traveler
  • Alone for the Holidays: a Bittersweet Feeling

    Janice
    24 Dec 2014 | 4:30 am
    Whatever you are celebrating this season, whether it's a specific holiday or life in general, Tracey and I send you best wishes. The post Alone for the Holidays: a Bittersweet Feeling appeared first on Solo Traveler. A new article has been added to Solo Traveler
  • Travel Quote of the Week: Travel Far, Fast and Light

    Janice
    23 Dec 2014 | 6:55 am
    Some of us shed these things before we travel. Some of us travel to shed them. The post Travel Quote of the Week: Travel Far, Fast and Light appeared first on Solo Traveler. A new article has been added to Solo Traveler
  • How to Go to a Bar Alone: Best Music in Nashville

    Janice
    22 Dec 2014 | 4:30 am
    Wondering how to go to a bar alone? Here are 7 tips to enjoy the bar/music scene solo along with a short list of the best music in Nashville. The post How to Go to a Bar Alone: Best Music in Nashville appeared first on Solo Traveler. A new article has been added to Solo Traveler
  • Solo Travel Destination: Marbella, Spain

    Guest
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:39 am
    Marbella has many options for solo travelers, according to a Solo Travel Society member: nightlife, resorts, beaches, shopping, and interesting day trips. The post Solo Travel Destination: Marbella, Spain appeared first on Solo Traveler. A new article has been added to Solo Traveler
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  • Overworked Couples in Need of a Romantic Vacation

    aaron@happytimeblog.co.uk (Aaron "Danger" Bradford)
    23 Dec 2014 | 7:48 am
    Backpacking around the world HappytimeBlog | Overworked Couples in Need of a Romantic Vacation Sponsored by the Rendezvous Couples Resort in St. Lucia http://www.theromanticholiday.com/   Overworked Couples in Need of a Romantic Vacation was originally published by HappytimeBlog - Backpacking around the world - Online Sihanoukville Cambodia Guide
  • America’s Top Winter Travel Destinations

    aaron@happytimeblog.co.uk (Aaron "Danger" Bradford)
    23 Dec 2014 | 5:23 am
    Backpacking around the world HappytimeBlog | America’s Top Winter Travel Destinations Photo from Flickr by Alex Szymanek If you live somewhere that gets cold during the winter, then you will likely have thought about fleeing to warmer climates for a winter vacation. You’re not alone. Although there is a certain appeal to vacationing at a ski lodge or winter camping by a secluded ice fishing lodge, by and large the most popular winter vacation spots in the America’s have ‘sun’ and ‘surf’ as part of their advertising. Let’s face it, people would…
  • 4 Uses for Cannabis You’ve Never Heard of Before

    aaron@happytimeblog.co.uk (Aaron "Danger" Bradford)
    18 Nov 2014 | 3:06 am
    Backpacking around the world HappytimeBlog | 4 Uses for Cannabis You’ve Never Heard of Before Photo from flickr by M. Martin Vicente   Whatever you call it, and however you personally use it (or don’t use it), Cannabis comes in many forms. From the ongoing movement to legalize recreational use, to the more widely accepted medical uses of marijuana, there are lots of different uses for Cannabis. Here are four you’ve probably never heard of before:   Cooking Oil CBD Oil is an edible oil that is meant to help ease symptoms associated with a range of disorders, including anxiety,…
  • $25 Dining Voucher + Free Casino Shuttles at Niagara Falls Marriott Gateway

    aaron@happytimeblog.co.uk (Aaron "Danger" Bradford)
    11 Nov 2014 | 10:33 pm
    Backpacking around the world HappytimeBlog | $25 Dining Voucher + Free Casino Shuttles at Niagara Falls Marriott Gateway Photo from Flickr by nikhil_hegde Book yourself a romantic break at the fabulous Niagara Falls Four Star Hotel, The Marriott Gateway On The Falls, and enjoy a free $25 dining voucher plus free casino shuttle transport during your stay. If you and your partner have always dreamt of discovering the dramatic sights of Niagara falls, now is the perfect time to book your getaway! The Marriott Gateway hotel are offering a brilliant package deal which includes $25 to spend at the…
  • Do You Think You Can Get Away with Texting While Driving?

    aaron@happytimeblog.co.uk (Aaron "Danger" Bradford)
    5 Oct 2014 | 3:53 am
    Backpacking around the world HappytimeBlog | Do You Think You Can Get Away with Texting While Driving?   Photo from Flickr by orangesky3 Texting is one of the most dangerous distractions for drivers. You have a phone in your hand that should be on the driving wheel. In addition you are not looking at the road but the phone in your hand. If you cannot see the problems in this scenario you really have a problem. And those problems will lead to serious consequences one of those days. How Dangerous Is Texting While Driving? According to the THINK campaign you are 4 times more likely to have…
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  • A quiet year on 501 Places

    Andy Jarosz
    4 Dec 2014 | 5:46 am
    Good intentions and all that… This time last year I wrote a post which, foolishly as it turns out, explained what I thought I’d do with this blog in 2014. “Posts on almost daily basis”, I promised. After an early flourish I’ve barely managed one a month. So what’s happened? For a start, I’ve had a busy year. Working on various projects has meant a lot less free time than in my first five years of freelancing. The opportunity and the inclination to write on my blog has suffered as a result. Secondly I’ve had a better time of late with pitching…
  • Tell-tale signs of a free press flight

    Andy Jarosz
    13 Nov 2014 | 10:58 am
    There once was a time (long before I started this writing lark) when airlines were only too willing to offer free flights to travel writers. The usual payback for them was a mention in the factbox at the end of the article that would later be produced. The world has moved on and now you find travel writers frequently bemoaning an airline’s reluctance to offer a seat on a plane, even when the writer is heading out to write an article that might promote one of their most important routes. It turns out that for many airlines a measly factbox mention is not enough, and those airlines that…
  • What would Lenin say now?

    Andy Jarosz
    6 Oct 2014 | 8:21 am
    Our journey from Tampere in Finland to Vilnius in Lithuania followed the journey of the Soviet Union, from the early plans for revolution to its grim consequences Lenin first met Stalin in 1905 in the Tampere Workers’ Hall in Finland, the same building which now holds one of the world’s few remaining museums dedicated to the life of Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov. You see, the Finns have a reason to be grateful to Lenin as it was he who championed their cause for independence. At the time Finland was a province within the Russian empire and Lenin was a firebrand revolutionary plotting…
  • Travel Writing Tales at St Albans Literary Festival

    Andy Jarosz
    23 Sep 2014 | 9:24 am
    In November St Albans will host its inaugural Literary Festival and as part of the four-day event I’m delighted to be organising the Travel Writing Workshop on Saturday, 8th November at the Cross Street Centre on Upper Dagnall Street. What I’m particularly thrilled about is the opportunity to introduce the visitors to the St Albans LitFest to some of my favourite travel writers. Five top-notch writers from the travel world (along with me) will be reading one of their published travel stories and there will be time for the audience to ask the writers about the adventures behind…
  • A Day Out in Portsmouth

    Andy Jarosz
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:40 am
    Portsmouth has enjoyed plenty of media attention in the last year or so since the opening of the new Mary Rose museum at the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. We decided to have a day out in Portsmouth recently to see the Mary Rose as well as to explore one of the few large towns in the UK which we hadn’t yet visited. The people behind the creation of the Mary Rose Museum had a difficult task. While looking at a ship that’s over 500 years old might be remarkable in itself, it takes a lot more than the broken hull to make the Mary Rose into a top-class visitor attraction.
 
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  • Seven Destinations You MUST SEE in 2015

    Katherine Alex Beaven
    26 Dec 2014 | 5:28 am
    Last year (okay, technically it's still 2014) was great for traveling, but we've already got a sharp sense of where we want to be in 2015. From shiny skyscrapers and ancient ruins; to well-trodden paths and emerging favorites; to that perfect storm of culture, beauty, and timing, these are the seven can't-miss, must-see, GO-NOW destinations for 2015. So come January, pull out those passports and get to it -- a year can slip by fast when you're having fun.  1. Budapest Budapest's Széchenyi Baths; Photo Credit: Flickr/philcalvert Tying for second place as one of the world's best…
  • These Tuscan Views Will Make You Want to Escape to the Italian Countryside RIGHT NOW

    Alex Creange
    26 Dec 2014 | 5:27 am
    Ahhh. Rolling verdant hillsides, dirt roads (lined with cypress trees, olive groves, and endless vineyards), medieval castles, and quaint little villages: This is how most people picture Tuscany, and the most beautiful thing about it is -- it's true. Tuscany is absolutely gorgeous -- so gorgeous, in fact, that you should go. Like right now. To help with your planning, we’ve picked out a few of our favorite Tuscan retreats. From sprawling wellness resorts to tiny renovated farmhouses, these are the places we go when we want a little slice of La Dolce Vita.   Fonteverde Tuscan Resort…
  • New Year's Resolutions: Hotels That'll Help You Keep Them in 2015

    Megan Wood
    24 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    Photo by: Christine Zenzino It's that time of year again, when we look back at 2014 and assess what we'd like to leave in the past -- and what we want to focus on in the future. It's certainly true that making New Year's resolutions is easier than keeping them, so we here at Oyster want to lend a hotel-themed hand... Here's a list of hotels that will help you stick to your goals, so you can bring a new and improved you into 2015 and beyond! Resolution: Travel more The pool at Hyatt Capital Gate, Abu Dhabi Loyalty programs are the best way to earn free upgrades and free nights at participating…
  • The 10 Most Secluded Stays in Tuscany

    Lara Grant
    23 Dec 2014 | 5:29 am
    One of the more picturesque places in the world, Tuscany is noted for its vineyard-filled hillsides, rich medieval history, and delectable wines and cuisine. Travelers to this central region of Italy can take their pick from quaint farm bed-and-breakfasts to luxury hotels that specialize in thermal baths. Whether travelers are taking a family vacation to view the idyllic countryside or looking for a romantic getaway, these 10 properties offer secluded stays that are perfect for relaxing in the gorgeous green setting. Aia Mattonata Relais This small renovated farmhouse property within the…
  • Oyster by the Numbers: We Did A TON in 2014!

    Jane Reynolds
    22 Dec 2014 | 8:31 am
    One of our New Year's resolutions is that we're going to TRY not to brag. But it's not 2015 yet! So we're going to use this precious, coming-to-an-end 2014 time to show off a bit because, to be honest (and we're all about honesty), we've done some pretty awesome stuff this year. From snapping over one million photos, to visiting a wizard-friendly hotel, from traveling to nearly 1,000 new cities, to soaking in the thermal springs at a handful of properties, here's Oyster by the Numbers for 2014. Photos We Took This Year: 1,639,834 One of our favorite shots, taken at the Relais Blu…
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    Wicked Good Travel Tips

  • Enchanting Vacation Rentals Inspired By The Movie “Frozen”

    Guest Author
    22 Dec 2014 | 5:06 am
    Know anyone who’s a diehard “Frozen” fan? True fans of the movie can now vacation like Elsa and Anna thanks to this list of cozy cabins and charming castles inspired by the kingdom of Arendelle, courtesy of HomeAway.com – the world’s largest vacation rental site. Is your vacation fund melting faster than a snowman in the Sahara? Not to worry – with rates starting at just $60/night, there’s a destination for almost any budget. So enjoy these enchanting vacation rentals all inspired by the Disney movie, Frozen. The post Enchanting Vacation Rentals Inspired By The Movie…
  • What’s New On The London Theatre Scene for 2015

    Guest Author
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:51 am
    Ever since the Olympics (I know that is old news but stick with me) London's Theatreland has had a newer fresher feel to it. There were a lot of shows that were hanging around a bit for no other reason than they could. But in 2012 many shows that were not cutting the ice closed and some others that just came in to town to reap the rewards of an Olympic year, rightly disappeared into obscurity! Since then visitors to London have enjoyed a plethora of new and exciting productions. The post What’s New On The London Theatre Scene for 2015 appeared first on Wicked Good Travel Tips.
  • Best Places To Celebrate New Year’s Eve For A Great Fresh Start

    Guest Author
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Start Fresh With The Best Places to Celebrate New Year's Eve in the USA. It’s that time of year again – time to make some New Year's resolutions, with the hopes of keeping them! We’re sharing some of our favorite New Year’s Eve celebrations and traditions that will have you looking forward to 2015. The post Best Places To Celebrate New Year’s Eve For A Great Fresh Start appeared first on Wicked Good Travel Tips.
  • Top Adventure Activities in Puerto Vallarta Mexico

    Guest Author
    15 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Puerto Vallarta offers more than a day at the beach - Top Adventure Activities To Spice Up Your Next Vacation In Puerto Vallarta. Enchanting Mexican architecture, lush green vistas, eco-adventures and uncrowded beaches will capture your heart in this seductive hideaway. Puerto Vallarta is more than just colourful markets, sumptuous cuisines, a dazzling nightlife but more about the secluded nature trails. If you have the adventure bone in you then make sure to visit Puerto Vallarta to enjoy different variety of activities. Some of them are here listed below to give you a sneak peak. The post…
  • See The World’s Largest Gingerbread Village in New York City This Holiday Season

    Alisha Rappaport
    10 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Visiting Gingerbread Lane at the New York Hall of Science is a sweet treat! The New York Hall of Science (www.nysci.org) is one of three locations hosting the Guinness World Record-holding Gingerbread Village with the theme of "Tale of Three Cities" this year. New York Hall of Science is located in Flushing, NY at the Flushing Meadow Park. The elaborate custom crafted gingerbread city is being shown at New York Hall of Science in Queens, The Algonquin Hotel Times Square, Manhattan, and The New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge. The post See The World’s Largest Gingerbread Village in…
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  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 12-25-2014

    Ramona
    25 Dec 2014 | 10:22 am
    The real voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes. (M. Proust) — A better pair everyday. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 12-25-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 12-24-2014

    Ramona
    24 Dec 2014 | 10:22 am
    Man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can do without. (H. Thoreau) — Wealth is trading stuff for experience. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 12-24-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 12-23-2014

    Ramona
    23 Dec 2014 | 10:22 am
    How can we have intimacy with another and lie to ourselves? (M. Woodman) — Honesty, the best policy even in your own head! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 12-23-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 12-22-2014

    Ramona
    22 Dec 2014 | 10:22 am
    Organizing is what you do before you do something so when you do it's not all mixed up. (Pooh) — If only it were so simple! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 12-22-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 12-21-2014

    Ramona
    21 Dec 2014 | 10:22 am
    It's important for an explorer to be willing to be led astray. (R. VonOech) — A journey's more interesting without the map. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 12-21-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
 
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  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 12-25-2014

    Ramona
    25 Dec 2014 | 10:22 am
    The real voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes. (M. Proust) — A better pair everyday. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 12-25-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 12-24-2014

    Ramona
    24 Dec 2014 | 10:22 am
    Man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can do without. (H. Thoreau) — Wealth is trading stuff for experience. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 12-24-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 12-23-2014

    Ramona
    23 Dec 2014 | 10:22 am
    How can we have intimacy with another and lie to ourselves? (M. Woodman) — Honesty, the best policy even in your own head! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 12-23-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 12-22-2014

    Ramona
    22 Dec 2014 | 10:22 am
    Organizing is what you do before you do something so when you do it's not all mixed up. (Pooh) — If only it were so simple! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 12-22-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 12-21-2014

    Ramona
    21 Dec 2014 | 10:22 am
    It's important for an explorer to be willing to be led astray. (R. VonOech) — A journey's more interesting without the map. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 12-21-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
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    Beers & Beans

  • Win a free cruise for every year of your life!

    Bethany Salvon
    23 Dec 2014 | 2:33 am
    Most of you know we partnered up with Carnival Cruise Line in late 2014 and took a really fun cruise through the Western Caribbean. We had an awesome time on our trip and one of our favorite parts was just the feeling of being away from it all. With limited access to wifi and the constant company of the waves you get plenty of time to just be in the moment and relax. Something that is drastically lacking in most of our every day lives. So when Carnival asked if we wanted to share some of their current contests with our readers and told us what the prizes were we couldn’t wait, because the…
  • What 7 Days On A Caribbean Cruise Looks Like

    Randy Kalp
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:20 am
    My first time on a cruise ship was about five years ago. We were living in San Diego and my mom booked a short Carnival cruise down to Ensenada, Mexico, for my grandparents, and Beth and I decided to join them. It was a fun experience and a good introduction to cruising, but, it really was just an introduction. So when we stepped onto the Carnival Dream last month, I was really excited and couldn’t wait to experience a bona fide cruise through the Caribbean, something I’ve dreamed about for a long time. I had planned to fill this post with lots of colorful adjectives weaved into…
  • 4 Ingenious Toiletry Bag Tricks (+ $100 TownePlace Suites by Marriott® Gift Card Giveaway)

    Randy Kalp
    12 Dec 2014 | 9:38 am
    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of TownePlace Suites by Marriott®. All opinions are 100% mine. One of the fun things about being a blogger is that we get the skinny on new products, destinations, events, or just all around cool happenings before the general public. It’s a fun perk, and it helps make our job easier when it comes to planning stories for our editorial calendar. Though, often, to make it a truly useful story for you guys, we have to think outside of the box, and that’s how we can up with this toiletry packing story. It may be hard to believe but the idea for…
  • A Guy’s Guide To Cruising

    Randy Kalp
    11 Dec 2014 | 3:20 am
    As we prepared for our Carnival cruise this month, I discovered there weren’t many guy-specific guides for cruising, so I set out to create one (ah, the beauty of running your own blog). Whether you’re going solo, cruising with a loved one, or hanging with your boys, this guide is for you. And even though my experiences are based around our cruise on the Carnival Dream, I believe the guide is a valuable resource for any Caribbean cruise. Eat like a champ Hunter S. Thompson once said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, no matter when you finally get up to eat it.
  • 5 Easy Ways to Stay Fit on a Cruise

    Bethany Salvon
    8 Dec 2014 | 8:52 am
    I think I’m unlike 95 percent of the population–I actually lose weight when I travel. In fact, it’s usually the only time I can lose weight. I always tell Randy that traveling for a year would be one of the healthiest things I could do for myself, not to mention the easiest, and undoubtedly the most fun way for me to get to my goal weight. I was looking forward to our Carnival cruise for a number of reasons, but, if I’m being honest, it’s because I wanted to use the time to set up a healthy routine before the holidays officially started. With that in mind, I…
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  • Countdown to 2015: Trekaroo’s Year in Review- Disney

    Katie Bodell
    26 Dec 2014 | 1:54 am
      We’re having a ball recapping our finest stories of 2014 as we prepare for the new year. Today’s topic: Disney. Throughout 2014, our Disney articles have been some of our most successful, most visited, and most pinned on Pinterest. And we get it. Planning a Disney vacation can be an intimidating thing; the financial investment is great, so families want to make the most of their experience by sorting out the details in advance. Ultimate Guide to Planning Your Disney Vacation Although not all this content was written in 2014, we definitely want to point you to our Disney…
  • Countdown to 2015: Trekaroo’s Year in Review- The Great Outdoors

    Katie Bodell
    25 Dec 2014 | 1:44 am
    We’re having a ball recapping our finest stories of 2014 as we prepare for the new year. Today’s topic: Exploring the Great Outdoors. Trekaroo families love exploring the great outdoors. From family ski and snow play to national parks, camping, and road trips, 2014 was a great year for enjoying the natural beauty of North America. Family Ski & Snow Fun Kids love playing in the winter snow. The soft, white powder turns a normal day into an extraordinary winter wonderland worthy of a #trekarooing adventure. Here are some of our favorite tips and recommendations for snow play,…
  • Best Places to Visit Santa- Weekly Digest- 12/20/14

    Michelle McCoy
    20 Dec 2014 | 10:08 pm
      To start receiving Weekly Family Fun Digest emails. Click here. Destinations Tips Talk Book Hotels Buy Gear Blog Giveaways Best Places to Visit Santa Saturday December 20, 2014 You can still take your kids to visit Santa in the “Nick” of time before Christmas at great locations near you.  Great Spots to Visit Santa Canada: Toronto U.S.A.: Atlanta, GA | Chicago, IL | New England | New Jersey & PA | Northern California | Philadelphia | Portland, OR | Sacramento, CA | San Diego, CA | San Francisco | Seattle, WA …scroll down to find all the best Christmas &…
  • Top 10 Family-Friendly Holiday & Christmas Events in Tampa Bay

    Marisa Langford
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:17 am
    ‘Twas the month before Christmas and all through Tampa Bay, the citizens were stirring, getting ready for the big day! The twinkle lights were hung from Busch Gardens to Lowry Park Zoo, and everyone wished Santa would skate in downtown too! So with Dad in his flip flops and you in your shorts take the little ones out for a night on the town and celebrate the holiday magic going down. These top 10 holiday and Christmas events in Tampa Bay are sure to delight kids of all ages during the holiday season. Holiday Performances  Celebrate Russian ballet and the beauty of the holidays in…
  • Family-Friendly Holiday Fun in Tucson

    Stephanie Sheaffer
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:19 am
    You’re one of the lucky ones if you have the good fortune of spending any part of the winter in Tucson, Arizona. With plenty of sunshine and daytime temperatures between 55 and 75 degrees, you’ll quickly discover why families travel from all over the country to experience the peaceful serenity of Christmas in the desert. Here are some suggestions for family-friendly holiday fun in Tucson. Light Displays Stroll through Tohono Chul Park during the annual Holiday Nights event. Be dazzled by nearly a million twinkling lights, sip hot mocha, enjoy tasty holiday treats, and be joyfully…
 
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    The Mom Maven

  • Easy Peasy Pizza Roll-Ups Recipe

    cindy
    26 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Christmas is over and now we look ahead to lots of college football, New Year’s Eve and then in a month, the Super Bowl. Now we change our food focus from sweet treats to delicious dips and appetizers. Today’s recipe for Easy Peasy Pizza Roll-ups fits all of the events above and also makes a great lunch or afternoon snack! This recipe is so easy and it only requires 4 ingredients! Easy Peasy Pizza Roll-Ups Scroll down for printable recipe. Ingredients 1 can refrigerated crescent rolls 32 slices of pepperoni 4 pieces of mozzarella string cheese, cut in half pizza/spaghetti sauce…
  • Win it Wednesday 12-24-14

    cindy
    24 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Happy Christmas Eve! I hope you and your family have a blessed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. I pray that you spend some time celebrating the true meaning of Christmas, the birth of the Prince of Peace, Emmanuel, Jesus Christ! The Win It Wednesday Giveaway Linky Rules 1. Make sure the link is to the giveaway post, not the home page of your blog. Links to home pages will be deleted. 2. Put the end date in the title of your giveaway. 3. Link to an image of the prize, not your blog button. 4. If you post a giveaway enter at least one giveaway someone else posted. This is just one way to play…
  • Thirty Years…A Story of a Mom and her Christmas Angel

    cindy
    23 Dec 2014 | 11:00 am
    I am about to tell part of my story. I haven’t shared much of my story here on the blog but over the past month or so I have truly felt God telling me it’s time. Thirty years ago today, Sunday, December 23, 1984 started as a typical day except I was 20 years old, single and pregnant. I had been home from college since the middle of September and I was due to give birth, soon. I’ll give the back story another time, I hope you’ll stick around for that some day soon. That evening my dad was out Christmas shopping. I was home playing Trivial Pursuit with our neighbor Rick.
  • Turn It Up Tuesday 66

    cindy
    22 Dec 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Merry Christmas! I can’t believe it is Christmas week! I still have to bake, wrap and even purchase a few gifts! How are your preparations coming? I hope you are farther along than I am. The wedding really but me behind schedule and budget for Christmas this year. Thankfully I was able to get gifts for all the kids and this year the adults are getting handmade gifts and baked goods! I am just excited to have my family together celebrating the birth of our Savior. Welcome to the 66th week of Turn It Up Tuesdays! We had an amazing week last week…and it’s all because of all of…
  • Our Visit to the 2014 Candlelight Processional at Epcot

    cindy
    22 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Disclosure of Material Connection: 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. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”My favorite of all of the Christmas activities at Walt Disney World Resort is attending the Candlelight Processional. I have lost count of how many times we have…
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  • 10 Gifts to Buy a Backpacker for Xmas

    Jane Meighan
    23 Dec 2014 | 7:44 am
    If you have a friend or family member who is about to depart on a period of travel abroad then I’m about to make last-minute Christmas shopping very easy for you! Here are my top 10 gifts to give to any backpacker this Christmas! 1. Mini-Speakers Everybody needs a soundtrack to their trip. Whether you’re hanging out in the hostel common room, sitting around a camp fire, or just playing your favourite party song before a night out in a new city, a good set of mini-speakers are always a welcome appliance on any trip. It’s also a gift that will suit a lot of people…
  • A First Time Visitor’s Guide to Dublin

    Jane Meighan
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:37 pm
    You’d be mistaken for thinking Dublin was just a party city. I mean, don’t get me wrong, it’s certainly up there as one of the best places in Europe (if not the world) to go drinking, but this city is also a cultural heavyweight of the grandest scale! So with that in mind, I’ve compiled what I think are some of the best things to do in Dublin for first timers. I hope you find this guide useful should you ever come here. The best way to experience Dublin’s main attractions on a short time scale… If you’ve only got 1 or 2 days to spare and…
  • Review; Shamrocker Adventures 7 Day Tour of Ireland

    Jane Meighan
    10 Oct 2014 | 10:59 am
    Note: I recently returned from a 10 day jaunt in Ireland, 7 of which were spent touring the country with Shamrocker Adventures. Whilst I’ve always felt a strong connection and affection for the people of Ireland, I genuinely didn’t expect to enjoy myself as much as I did during my week with Shamrocker. With that in mind, here are my thoughts on Shamrocker’s 7 Day All Ireland Rocker Tour Destinations With the 7 day tour you’re essentially doing a full circle of Ireland, including Northern Ireland. Some of my personal highlights included: Countryside, Beaches &…
  • Did you know that 3.5 million people die every year from a water related disease?

    Jane Meighan
    11 Jul 2014 | 9:04 am
    Photo credit: Josh Etsy / Care International Did you know that approximately 3.5 million people die every year from water, sanitation or hygiene-related causes, and that nearly 99 percent of those deaths occur in the developing world? With the above facts in mind I’ve decided to do a charity walk in March 2015 under the Walk in Her Shoes movement with Care International. The aim of the project is primarily to provide clean running water and sanitation to communities who need it, but it also tackles a key problem in education. Often in the communities without clean running water, young…
  • Learning Spanish in South America Vs Spain

    Jane Meighan
    5 Jul 2014 | 12:09 pm
    If you’ve been following this blog for a wee while then you’ll know that I’ve been learning Spanish now (on and off) for a number of months. I’ve somewhat fallen in love with the language to be honest and the general way of life in the Spanish speaking world! However, I remember back before I began learning Spanish (properly), when I was trying to decide whether South America or Spain would be a better place to host my studies, and still not being entirely sure of which way to go… Having since studied at private language schools in Argentina, Spain, and…
 
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    RockCheetah » Views from a Corner Suite

  • 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…
  • Google Redesigns Hotel Search with Big Integration

    Robert Cole
    19 Jun 2013 | 1:30 am
    Google scares Online Travel Agencies – but OTAs spend billions on Google-related ads & source a considerable portion of their traffic from Google. Google scares Hoteliers – but hoteliers love the prospect of sourcing traffic directly from Google’s Hotel Finder at a lower cost than the OTAs. Google scares travel meta-search sites – OK, maybe that represents a legitimate reason for concern… Google updated its Google+ Local search processes and moved hotel search a good step forward. Hoteliers are going to like the changes and they shouldn’t piss off the…
  • Seminal Live Performances – A Memorable Travelogue

    Robert Cole
    16 Jun 2013 | 4:00 am
    Like travel, music has the power to expand horizons, introduce new cultures & change lives. The difference is that with travel – one travels to the culture. With music, particularly with touring music acts, those cultures largely come to you. Saw The Who twice on their last North American Tour with Keith Moon in 1976/77 – Long Live RockImage Credit: Heinrich Klaffs (cc|flickr) Both music and travel can be transformative – For me, greater categorical impacts are difficult to recall. If the topic of music arises in a conversation, the inevitable questions follow –…
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    Vino Con Vista Italy Travel Guides and Events

  • Buon Natale and Christmas: The Feast Day of the Immaculate Conception in Rome

    www.vino-con-vista.com
    24 Dec 2014 | 8:58 am
    Image by asw909 via Flickr December 8th is the Feast Day of the Immaculate Conception. In Rome, there is an annual papal procession near the Spanish Steps. The Pope pays hommage to the Virgin Mary with a procession led by the Order of the Knights of Malta to Piazza Mignanelli at the Colonna dell’Immacolata in the southeastern section of the square. The 40 foot ancient column was found in 1777 under a monestery and was erected in this location in 1856 and a statue of Mary was placed at the summit of the column. Marian Column in front of Santa Maria Maggiori in Rome Listen to Luciano…
  • Buon Natale and Christmas: Krampus and Other Holiday Events in Trentino-Alto Adige

    www.vino-con-vista.com
    24 Dec 2014 | 7:47 am
    Image via Wikipedia This mountainous region of northeastern Italy is characterized by the unparalleled beauty of majestic mountains and lovely scenic lakes. It is divided by the Adige River.  Trentino is Italian-speaking and Alto-Adige, the German-speaking area is known as the South Tyrol. Alto-Adige was part of Austria until after World War I. Cortina is home to many fashion juggernauts including Bulgari, Gucci, Benneton and Geox. Trentino is the home of Cavit’s wine empire. English: Maria Himmelfahrt, Bolzano. Deutsch: Dom Maria Himmelfahrt, Bozen. Italiano: Duomo di Bolzano. (Photo…
  • Buon Natale and Christmas: Holiday Traditions and Celebrations in Rome

    www.vino-con-vista.com
    23 Dec 2014 | 9:54 am
    Image via Wikipedia Italians embrace the holiday season with many seasonal market, events and festivals. There are many religious holidays between December and January.  The festivities generally begin on December 6th with “La Festa di San Nicola” to honor St. Nicholas, the patron Saint of the Sheperds and end on January 6 with “La Festa dell’ Epifania” ( The Epiphany).  After Emperor Constantine adopted Christianity, instead of ending the holiday at the New Year, it was extended to the Epiphany. The Epiphany is the 12th day of Christmas when the three Wise…
  • Buon Natale and Christmas: Holiday Events in Genoa Italy

    www.vino-con-vista.com
    23 Dec 2014 | 9:29 am
    Image via Wikipedia In northwestern Italy, on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, the 16th and 17th century “New Streets” of Genoa can be found in the historic city center. Le Strada Nuove and the system of the Palazzi dei Rolli became an inscribed UNESCO site in 2006. The elaborate Renaissance and Baroque palaces are located on Via Balbi and Via Garibaldi and present an excellent “Buon Natale” holiday experience. The area around the Cathedral of San Lorenzo is medieval, but the 12th century Duomo is Romanesque. Genoa is Italy’s most important commercial port.  The…
  • Buon Natale and Christmas: Feast of Saint Ambrose and Holiday Events in Milan Italy

    www.vino-con-vista.com
    23 Dec 2014 | 8:38 am
    Image via Wikipedia Milan was founded by the Gauls in the early 4th century B.C. and grew rapidly following the Roman conquest in 222 B.C.  By 1277, Archbishop Otto Visconti imposed hegemony over the city and 130 years of Visconti rule ensued. Gian Galeazzo Visconti (1351-1402) was a generous patron of the arts and initiated the construction of the magnificent Gothic Duomo made of white marble with 135 spires www.duomomilano.it. December 7th is the Feast Day of Saint Ambrose, the Patron Saint of Milan. He was born in 339 and consecrated as the Bishop of Milan on December 7, 374. He served as…
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    Atlas Obscura: Articles

  • Atlas Obscura's 20 Most Incredible New Places of 2014

    22 Dec 2014 | 4:02 pm
    It's been another amazing year of discovery at Atlas Obscura, from a handmade amusement park in an Italian forest to an eerie island temple supposedly guarded by snakes. As we did in 2013, we're celebrating our favorite new additions for the year. Below are the 20 most incredible new places from 2014! Thanks to all our fantastic users who have contributed. Have a curious destination you want to share? Join Atlas Obscura and start participating in our international community of explorers.  AI PIOPPI PLAYGROUND Treviso, Italy  Ai Pioppi Playground…
  • A Year of Falconry, Crypt Parties, and Super Science: Atlas Obscura's 2014 Events in Review

    22 Dec 2014 | 8:05 am
    Atlas Obscura visiting the Times Square New Year's Eve Ball in 2013 (photograph by Allison Meier) As we reach the end of 2014, we are celebrating an incredible year of the Obscura Society. Over the past 12 months, the events branch of Atlas Obscura has hosted a cocktail party in a crypt, falcon flying in the desert, a rogue taxidermy fair, and a stargazing evening at an observatory. While our events this year were mostly based in New York City and Los Angeles, we're thrilled to be launching an Illinois Obscura Society focused on Chicago and beyond in 2015, as…
  • Bosco Verticale Wins International Highrise Award

    20 Dec 2014 | 8:04 am
    photograph by Alessio Mesiano/Flickr Barely a month after opening, Milan's Bosco Verticale has won the 2014 International Highrise Award, a biannual prize given by the City of Frankfurt and Deutsches Architekturmuseum. The jury called the towers "a striking example of a symbiosis of architecture and nature,” and jury president Christoph Ingenhoven added that the project is “an expression of the human need for contact with nature." The towers were originally proposed in 2011 by architect Stefano Boeri as part of his…
  • Kickstarting All the Way to the Moon

    19 Dec 2014 | 9:14 am
    ROC Wide Angle Camera mosaic of the lunar South Pole region (photograph by NASA/Wikimedia) The UK scientists and engineers behind Lunar Mission One successfully completed a £670,000 (nearly $1 million) Kickstarter campaign this week. As reported in Popular Science, the funds will support the start of a decade-long project to send an unmanned landing module to the Moon's less-explored south pole, where it will drill deep into the surface to access 4.5-billion-year-old rock. The module will also leave something behind: a 21st-century time capsule containing a…
  • American Ancients: 10 of the United States' Most Intriguing Archaeological Mysteries

    18 Dec 2014 | 5:57 am
    A centuries-old stone wall, stretching for miles; enormous pictures scratched into the ground of a desert; rocks arranged in a circle. You know what these landmarks are, right?  Guess again. Instead of the Great Wall of China or Stonehenge, these are all ancient American ruins and landmarks. The United States is a relative newcomer to the world stage, but there have been people long living on this continent, and they've left traces of their presence just as mysterious as those found in other countries. MYSTERY HILL (aka "AMERICA'S STONEHENGE")Salem, New Hampshire Mystery Hill,…
 
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    Atlas Obscura

  • Bronner's Christmas Wonderland in Frankenmuth, Michigan

    24 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Founded in 1945 by Wally Bronner, Bronner's Christmas Wonderland is the world's largest Christmas store, a year-round commercial attraction for all ages. A huge draw for the town of Frankenmuth, Michigan, Bronner's welcomes at least two million visitors every year from throughout, mostly, the United States and Canada. In 1976, the state of Michigan designated Bronner's an "Embassy for Michigan Tourism." The building, which is the size of five and a half football fields, sits on 27 acres of landscaped grounds that feature dozens of Christmas displays. Outside of the main entrance, for example,…
  • Winter Lights in Linköping, Sweden

    24 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Each winter the Swedish city of Linköping breaks out its weirdest bulbs and beams to be lit up by public art installations, bringing light to the city when the winter is at its darkest. It was in 2005 that the city of Linköping first arranged their now annual light installations. Originally the series of lit city walks were called called "November Lights" but the event grew more popular each year and in 2009 it was renamed to simply "Winter Lights" and the colorful exhibition was extended into January. Each year the event itself consists of trails leading through different parts of…
  • Santa Claus House in North Pole, Alaska

    24 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    When Nellie and Con Miller arrived in Fairbanks, Alaska, in 1949, they didn't have anything with them except for their two children and $1.40. Con became a merchant and fur buyer in the area, but he would also put on an old red Santa suit and entertain the village children; he would do anything to carve out a living for himself in this new frontier and the kids couldn't have been happier to see their first St. Nick. Only a few years later, the Millers had cobbled together enough money to built a trading post just outside of Fairbanks. They named it the North Pole, but when a young visitor…
  • Chippewa Falls Christmas Village in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin

    24 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The residents of Chippewa Falls are very serious about their Christmas traditions. Every year on Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving) Chippewa Falls is transformed into a Christmas Wonderland. Hundreds of visitors come every year to see the magnificent light displays, noble soldiers, and shining angels in the Christmas Village in Irvine Park. The volunteers are what makes the Christmas village special. Without fail, the Bridge to Wonderland Parade marches through downtown Chippewa Falls on December 1st every year with about 50 floats assembled by volunteers and sponsored by various local…
  • Harbin Ice and Snow Festival in Haerbin, China

    24 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Massive ice sculptures loom over visitors bundled up against the -15 degree Celsius weather, paired with giant snow carvings a few miles away looking down on the festivities of the Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival. An annual event, the Festival is one of the world's four largest ice and snow festival, holding the 2007 Guinness Record for largest snow sculpture: a two part piece of Niagra Falls and a Crossing of the Bering Strait (a migration of the First Nations, the population residing in Canada prior to European colonization) that totaled 250 meters long, 8.5 meters…
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    Life In Flight

  • “What Happy People Know…”

    Carolyn Paddock
    7 Dec 2014 | 9:42 am
    I want to be happy! No doubt,  you’ve heard these words before. And you have probably have said them yourself more than once. Happiness = Nirvana. Right? I hear this very phrase from my clients, some of who are at a crossroad and want more from life after years of hard work and sacrifice. Happiness is often at the top of their list. But what exactly is Happiness? Is it a place, a thing, a relationship, a position, a title, and can you buy it? And why is it so damn elusive at times? Do you have to wait “until X happens” that you be happy, or is it only for some people…
  • What You Can Do When Someone’s Upset

    Carolyn Paddock
    1 Dec 2014 | 10:26 am
    Claudia and I have a deal. When she’s really annoyed and needs to vent, she calls me. Beyond being a very close friend – Claudia is one of my “Trust Tree” friends – it’s been our deal for 18 years. Our pact started because one afternoon, when things weren’t going the way she wanted them to go she just let it rip. To my delight I discovered that when Claudia is all riled up, she’s a bit like Jerry Seinfeld with a razor sharp wit but yet somewhat self-deprecating.  After she had vented her frustrations, I was doubled over (from laughter). My laughing made her vent even more,…
  • 7 Insider Tips for Seamless Holiday Travel

    Carolyn Paddock
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:33 am
    It’s here. The holiday season. Traveling isn’t for the faint of heart, especially at this time of year when airports are full of people trying to take their well-deserved vacations, and winter weather can throw a wrench in the works. If you’ve ever noticed that airline crew members seem to glide effortlessly through chaotic airports, shoot through the security lines and rebound flawlessly after travel snafus, you’re on to something. I’m going to share a few of our secrets, both in booking flights and what to do when bad weather starts rolling in, so that you can…
  • Is Curiosity the Mental Fountain of Youth?

    Carolyn Paddock
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:36 am
      This morning I was thinking about the magic of curiosity. Merriam-Webster says it’s the desire to know. The desire to know comes from the place of not having or knowing all the answers. A willingness to have an open mind, to ask questions, and the excitement of learning something new. And in doing so you automatically forsake some of the comforts of judgement or prior knowledge. I’ve learned to keep curiosity is in the forefront of my mind, especially when I’m coaching. An inquisitive mind enables me abandon my own way of thinking, and allows me to ask thoughtful…
  • 5 Things You can Do to Take the Anxiety Out of Turbulence

    Carolyn Paddock
    8 Nov 2014 | 3:23 am
    No one really likes turbulence—unless you’re a little kid who thinks it feels like an amusement park ride—but some people get more anxious than others or tend to feel sick when the plane rocks and rolls. Here are 5 simple things you can do to stay cool and calm when the weather gets rough. 1.     Select a seat as close to the front of the cabin as possible, where the ride tends to be less bumpy than it is farther back because the plane literally fishtails. 2.     When you board the airplane, ask a crew member whether they expect any turbulence. That way you’ll be mentally…
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  • Best Swiss Athletes of 2014: Roger Federer & Dominique Gisin

    Véronique
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:04 am
    On Sunday night Roger Federer and Dominique Gisin were awarded the titles of 2014 Best Swiss athletes. The Crédit Suisse Sports Awards ceremony lasted over two hours in the beautiful studios of SRF1. The singers Herbert Grönemeyer and Gianna Nannini and the popular Swiss group Pegasus were in charge of the lively entertainment. During the first part of the show the […] The post Best Swiss Athletes of 2014: Roger Federer & Dominique Gisin appeared first on Vivamost!.
  • The Makadi Spa: a hotel for an exceptional vacation

    Véronique
    13 Dec 2014 | 11:43 pm
    Heaven on earth: If the Makadi Spa Hotel did not exist you would have to invent it! Located on the Red Sea in Makadi Bay, the Makadi Spa Hotel is the perfect place for anyone looking for a luxurious and relaxing vacation. The Red Sea Hotels built this wonderful hotel complex in 2011 and it is their first […] The post The Makadi Spa: a hotel for an exceptional vacation appeared first on Vivamost!.
  • Q & A with Freddy Scherer of Gotthard

    Véronique
    10 Dec 2014 | 11:05 pm
    We met with Freddy, one of the guitarists of Gotthard, last week in Baar before the beginning of the band’s third concert in Switzerland. He talks openly about the 2014 Bang tour, next year’s projects but also about the Gotthard fans and how he started in the music world. For Freddy, who joined the group […] The post Q & A with Freddy Scherer of Gotthard appeared first on Vivamost!.
  • ART for the HEART on December 13th in Zurich

    Véronique
    10 Dec 2014 | 5:02 am
    At the Kulturmarkt on December 13th at 8pm “ART for the HEART” is a showcase. Under the direction of Chandra Goetz we are being enthralled​ by the actors Tomi Jaervinen, Max King, Alena Kadolka, Chris Papastergiou, Shama Rahman, Cristina Ruiz De Castaneda, Mathias Zwahlen, Tandis Schrotter, Susann Blumenschein, Amanda Bianca and Lisa Duff with entertaining and funny […] The post ART for the HEART on December 13th in Zurich appeared first on Vivamost!.
  • Rock the Ballet at the Maag Halle: 20% for our readers

    Véronique
    10 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    “Rock the Ballet has been delighting Zurich and selling out theatres worldwide on a regular basis since 2009. The troupe literally turns ballet on its head. Now the New York company is finally bringing a new show to Zurich. From 20 January to 1 February, the Bad Boys of Dance will be at the MAAG […] The post Rock the Ballet at the Maag Halle: 20% for our readers appeared first on Vivamost!.
 
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  • Proust Travel Questionnaire: Alexandra Grant, To Vogue or Bust

    Joy Pecknold
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:26 am
    Recently back from spending a couple of months roaming around Europe, Alexandra Grant, creator of the Vancouver-based lifestyle blog To Vogue or Bust, shares her travel loves and hates in our Proust-inspired questionnaire.
  • Winter Activity Guide: Las Vegas

    Joy Pecknold
    16 Dec 2014 | 11:02 am
    Winter is coming (no, not Game of Thrones, that’s still four months away). A trip to a tropical clime is the typical pick-me-up, but a weekend jaunt to Las Vegas is another cure for any blues brought on by the coldest season. While it isn’t balmy per se in Sin City, a swim in a heated pool and lots of lively entertainment sure does the trick. Herein, a taste of what The Strip has in store December through March.
  • Trip Tips: City or Country, 10 Choices for New Year’s Eve

    Joy Pecknold
    11 Dec 2014 | 10:01 am
    The age old conundrum of “City or country?” is an especially challenging choice to make come New Year’s Eve. Be electrified by the energy of the urbanity, or ring in 2015 surrounded by peace and quiet? Herein, we help you weigh your options across five destinations. Auckland, New Zealand City: Auckland is the first notable […]
  • 10 Questions: Nils-Arne Schroeder, Conrad Seoul

    Joy Pecknold
    9 Dec 2014 | 9:38 am
    In our General Manager series, we catch up with heads of hotels for personal stories andf insider perspective. This week, Nils-Arne Schroeder, general manager of Conrad Seoul, gives us the inside scoop. Best hotel room at the property: Our ultimate expression of luxury is our penthouse suite, with 288 square meters comprised of two areas, […]
  • Trip Tips: ‘Tis the Season for Festive Celebrations

    Adam Nagy
    3 Dec 2014 | 3:15 pm
    The holidays are upon us and hotels from all corners of the globe are pulling out all of the stops to spread the festive cheer. From lobby concerts to gingerbread making classes, we've pulled together some of the most noteworthy events for a range of ages and interests. Herein are 8 festive celebrations from around the world of Kiwi Collection.
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    Bikedan in Asia

  • China: Yunnan Colorful Gran Fondo

    Bikedan
    8 Dec 2014 | 5:43 am
    I have been in and out of China for the last 14 years since first coming in the year 2000, I have witness a stunning transformation of this great nation; not just the economic transformations but a significant shift in the attitudes towards outdoor leisure, particularly cycling. Cycling has always been part of the Chinese culture and it still is a major mode of transportation in today’s modern China.  The cycling events scene has been rapidly gaining in popularity over the last few years, but the problem was most events were short and held on boring un-inspiring circuits. If there was…
  • New Zealand: Around the Mountains Cycle Trail

    Bikedan
    1 Nov 2014 | 7:49 pm
    Yesterday I had the opportunity to attend the official opening of the Around the Mountains Cycle Trail in Lumsden, Southland and witnessed part of what New Zealand is doing with the Cycle Trails Network development to attract more international tourists to experience the beauty of New Zealand on two-wheels. Route 6 Cafe in Lumsden The turn-out in windy, but sunny, Lumsden was its largest in history for the small Southland town that also hosts a stage finish at the Tour of Southland. The first stage of the trail was opened by Deputy Prime Minister Bill English. English led a group of cyclists…
  • China: Chengdu Laochemi 100km Road Race

    Bikedan
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:51 am
    It is always good coming to race in the Chengdu area as the organizers, ‘Lao Che Mi’ are widely known for putting on great events that are well organized. They also look after their foreign guests extremely well, paying attention to every detail. I have raced at many races throughout China, and Laochemi events are right up their with the best, if not the best.  They have been putting on events since 1984 and are pioneers in the China cycling scene; they also have five TREK concept stores in Chengdu city!  If you are looking for a good race to do in China, consider signing up for…
  • Cycle Travel: Exploring off-the-beaten track in China

    Bikedan
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:22 pm
    China is a massive country with many off-the-beaten track gems just waiting to be discovered by bicycle, so many that you can spend a lifetime here and still not complete them all; I’ve been living in China for over four years and have barely scratched the surface. For familiarity sake and time constraints, I tend to do many of the same routes around the city of Hangzhou where I live, and travel out frequently for bicycle races around China. Unfortunately, many of the bike races around China are not held in locations that ideally show-case the region where the race is being hosted;…
  • Mountain Bike Stage Racing in Asia

    Bikedan
    15 Jul 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Mountain biking seems to be seeing a resurgence in popularity, especially with multi-day stage racing that provides riders with new experiences and adventures in exotic locations. Multi-day MTB stage racing is already popular in Europe and USA, and its slowly taking a grip on the Asia circuit. Its a perfect way to see and experience the country close up while meeting other like-minded MTB endurance riders from all parts of the globe. I had my first taste of MTB stage racing when I took part in the Genghis Khan MTB Adventure in Inner Mongolia back in 2010. It has now become a firm fixture on…
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  • Lithuania Goes Large

    Charlie
    22 Dec 2014 | 3:41 am
    2014 was our first season arranging travel in the Baltic countries of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Our first few visits to the region since 2011 concentrated on the capital cities: cutesy Tallinn with its cobbled streets, medieval walls and red-roofed old town. Big-city Latvia, a restored old town, art nouveau district and massive airship-hangar market halls. Vilnius with northern Europe’s largest in-tact Old Town, a fascinating history and cozy nature. We like these places so much we’d almost live there, if it wasn’t for the winters! Short days and low temperatures mean…
  • Vienna’s Designer Dining Spots

    Jacy Meyer
    11 Dec 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Don’t just eat while in Vienna, dine! And dine in style. The Austrian capital is known for its architecture and design, but don’t simply take a picture of it during the day – feast (or have a cake and coffee break) in one of these truly ‘designer’ eateries. Loos American Bar Adolf Loos is one of the foremost names in Viennese architecture. After an inspiring visit to the US, of all the structures that he could have built, a bar is what he chose. The Loos American Bar is compact, timeless and sophisticated, showing off Loos’ love of luxury and fine lines. Loos American Bar…
  • 8 Fabulous Croatian Souvenirs

    Jacy Meyer
    28 Nov 2014 | 8:42 am
    Packing a fabulous meal or a bit of the turquoise sea into your bag probably won’t fly. You can though bring home something from your Croatian vacation that will remind you of the warmth of the people and the country. Many of these souvenirs are place-dependent, so if something catches your eye, your heart, or your tastebuds while traveling, pick it up – you might not see it again. 1. Necktie Croatian soldiers introduced the necktie to the world (it was actually a scarf that was part of their uniform). During the Thirty Years War, Croatian mercenaries charmed the French with their…
  • Three Tantalizing Tallinn Day Trips

    Jacy Meyer
    14 Nov 2014 | 6:58 am
    Lahemaa National Park If the call of Estonian nature is too beautiful to resist, Lahemaa National Park is waiting to answer. Waterfalls, stream, forests and lakes are scattered around the 725 square kilometer park, and don’t miss the historic sites there either, Palmse and Sagadi Manors. One of the most interesting facets of the park is its geological variety which ranges from pine forests to marshy bogs to both sand and stone seashores and limestone cliffs. The park was established in 1971 as the first national park in Estonia. The wildness of the coastal area and forests is also due to…
  • Architect’s Choice – 10 Prague Architectural Styles

    Tadeas Riha
    7 Nov 2014 | 2:30 am
    Editor’s note: We asked architecture student and Prague native, Tadeas Riha to tell us about his favourite examples of ten architectural styles you can find in Prague. At the end of the post we have included a map.   1 Gothic Vladislav Hall, Prague castle, entry from the II. Courtyard Sometimes its magic is blurred by the crowds below, however the vaulting of Vladislav Hall is an absolute masterpiece of 15th century engineering and design. The late gothic, as any late style, decadently breaks all the compositional and structural rules. Here, it is the supportive ribs that got…
 
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    Context Travel Blog

  • The Perfect Gift: Artisanal Jewelry in Rome

    Jessica Stewart
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:24 am
    Jewelry by Moedas Vazadas. Image courtesy of Facebook. This article was written by docent Theresa Potenza. Theresa is an art historian and author of Creating and Contemplating Renaissance Gardens (LAP). She holds a Master’s in art history and has done extensive work in oral history and digital technology, using a digital database system to record oral histories. Her most recent project was involvement in an Italian book publication about the history of Italian women and women of the Catholic Church. Theresa is intensely interested in the layers of Rome, and unfolding the hidden…
  • Spicing Up Christmas Day in London

    Victoria Brown
    13 Dec 2014 | 1:46 am
    Happy non-denominational holiday season to you all! Finding somewhere decent to eat on Christmas Day can be a challenge. From a taxi window, as one travels from warm house to warm house, London can look like a ghost town. But don’t forget that London is one of the world’s most multicultural cities and not everyone celebrates Christmas. If you are willing to look beyond turkey for something with a bit of zest and spice, then there are actually quite a few places you can get a great feed on Christmas Day. You just need to know where to look. Curry at The Red Fort Indian For those of you who…
  • Hanukkah in Budapest

    Kata Vincze
    9 Dec 2014 | 8:16 am
      Budapest is home to the third largest Jewish community in Europe, and during Hanukkah the city is lit up by Hanukkah—special nine-branched menorah (candelabrum) used to celebrate this important Jewish holiday. Each evening throughout the eight-day holiday, one candle on the menorah is lit (the ninth, central holder is used to light all other candles), in commemoration of the historical reoccupation of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem, after a war against the Greeks in the 2nd century BCE. After retaking the Temple, the Jews found that despite only having enough oil for one day, they were…
  • Insider Guide: Christmas Markets in Central Europe

    Natalie Holmes
    7 Dec 2014 | 2:19 am
    Throughout late November and December, people flock from all over the world to visit Central Europe’s fairytale Christmas Markets. The offerings range from the magical to the downright tacky, so we’ve consulted our local experts to bring you the best festive fairs in Berlin, Budapest, Prague and Vienna. Courtesy Wien Info Vienna Our docents tend to skip the larger, more commercialised options in favour of the Old Viennese Christmas Market on Freyung. It’s an intimate affair with less traffic (human and vehicular!), surrounded by the scenic First District. The items for sale are more…
  • Seasonal Cocktail Tips with Forest Collins

    Forest Collins
    2 Dec 2014 | 4:40 am
    With the holiday season upon us, we are all busy thinking and preparing end of the year festivities. To facilitate these, we’ve reached out to Forest Collins, the foremost expert on cocktails in Paris, for advice. The popularity of her site 52 martinis has led Forest to start The Chamber, a PopUp and Cocktail Club. Read on to discover Forest’s excellent holiday tips, France-inspired cocktail recipe and a special offer for our readers! When it comes to entertaining, beer and wine are always fine, but the holiday season is a time to go beyond the usual measures. Like a perfect…
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    Go BIG or Go Home

  • BIG Views of Niagara Falls

    Traci Suppa
    19 Dec 2014 | 2:21 am
    Binoculars and Camera It’s one of the world’s largest waterfalls, though technically Niagara Falls is a set of three: Horseshoe Falls on the Canadian side, and American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls on the U.S. side. To make the most of your visit, there are several ways to view Niagara Falls – you can ride a boat to their base, peer down at them from a tower 700+ feet overhead, or even take a peek from a tunnel behind them. We took the kids to Niagara Falls, Ontario, and seeing them from different vantage points was important. The Teen has become a budding photographer, so great views…
  • Bird Kingdom, Niagara Falls, ON: World’s largest indoor free-flight aviary

    Traci Suppa
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:26 am
    Sure, you go to Niagara Falls to watch 225,000 cubic feet of water per second plummet nearly 200 feet into the gorge below. After taking in the scene for 15 minutes…then what? With kids in tow, you need a plan. Luckily, there is plenty to do in Niagara Falls, especially on the Canada side. One of our favorite attractions was Bird Kingdom, home to the world’s largest indoor free-flight aviary. You can easily spend an hour or more here, going through the three floors of exhibit space – themed as the “lost kingdom” home to hundreds of both bird and animal species. You set your own pace…
  • Rock City Park, Olean, NY: World’s largest exposure of quartz conglomerate

    Traci Suppa
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:15 am
    Our family is on a nature exploration kick lately, and no one is more surprised than me. It’s never really been our thing. Granted, we stick to “bunny slope” versions of hiking trails, and I don’t go anywhere without a backpack filled with antibacterial wipes and provisions for a potential week in the wild. Earlier this fall we scrambled over a mossy rock embankment to reach the Old Stone Church in Dover Plains, a town park in the Hudson Valley. Most recently, we explored Rock City Park, home to the world’s largest exposure of quartz conglomerate, in Olean, New York. It’s a…
  • Save the Date: The world’s largest family reunion, June 6, 2015

    Traci Suppa
    7 Oct 2014 | 10:01 am
    What are you doing on June 6, 2015? Don’t know yet? I know where we’ll be – at the world’s largest family reunion, which being held at the New York Hall of Science in Queens, New York. The story behind this event is so cool… Officially known as the Global Family Reunion, it’s a project spearheaded by best-selling author A.J. Jacobs. His goal is to build a massive family tree of the entire world, with the help of geneaology sites like Geni and WikiTree. Currently, it’s at 77 million people, and being recognized as part of a “revolution” in genealogy, enabled by the internet…
  • Experience the World’s Second Largest Reef, By Submarine

    Traci Suppa
    31 Jul 2014 | 2:15 am
    The world’s largest reef, the Great Barrier Reef, borders Australia – a continent that tempts me from the top of my bucket list. The second largest? That would be the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, a 620-mile long, 11,000-acre protected coral reef system. Conveniently, it runs along the eastern coast of Mexico, specifically the island of Cozumel. Our big trip this summer just so happened to be to Cozumel, so we set our sights on seeing the reef. Cozumel has become one of the world’s most popular scuba diving and snorkeling destinations, thanks to the highly-publicized praise from Jacques…
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    Bacon is Magic

  • How to Eat in Italy Without Looking Like an Idiot

    Ayngelina
    21 Dec 2014 | 9:12 am
    Want to know more about how to eat in Italy? Check out this free culinary guide to Modena Italy. I know you’re thinking….you mean it’s more complicated than putting food in mouth? I’d love to say I have the secret to blending in while visiting Italy, but truthfully you’ll always look like a tourist. No need to be ashamed, embrace it! I just try to avoid looking like a mangiacake – a derogatory term Italo-Canadians Italians for WASPs.  While in Modena I learned a few simple things to know if you’re going to eat like an Italian. Rule 1: Take your…
  • A Beginner’s Guide to Types of Restaurants in Italy

    Ayngelina
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:48 am
    Want to know more ? Check out this free culinary guide to Modena Italy. Restaurants in Italy were once distinguished by name. So an osteria would be different from a ristorante and different from a trattoria. Today it’s not so simple as owners choose names on a whim. It’s confusing. But I was lucky because while in Modena, my friend Andrea from Taste Bologna, helped me understand the history of different types of restaurants in Italy. Bar Not surprisingly you can order alcohol here. Locals also come for their morning coffee, inexpensive snack or sandwich during the day. You will…
  • When To Eat in Italy

    Ayngelina
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:23 pm
    Want to know more ? Check out this free culinary guide to Modena Italy. Want to know when to eat in Italy? Well of course the answer is all day! But seriously I think one of the toughest things for North Americans to decipher is when to eat in Italy. We always show up for dinner far too early. Not only do Italians eat dinner much later than we would, they also have more meals in a day.  Instead of showing up at a restaurant at 5pm learn when Italians eat. I promise you it will be worth it. In Modena I mastered the art of Italian meal times. Here are the basics:   Breakfast…  La…
  • Make screening a breeze this winter

    Ayngelina
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:21 pm
    Every so often the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) reaches out to me to remind people if they’re planning to fly over the holidays there are a few easy airport security tips. No matter how often you travel it’s good to have a reminder. In fact, the last time I flew with Chef Rouge he tried to bring scissors in his carry on luggage… We’ve all been there. And this time they’ve made it easier by creating a video: The weather outside may be frightful, but travelling this winter can be delightful! Whether you’re packing for a winter wonderland with…
  • 12 Best Cookbooks for Christmas

    Ayngelina
    17 Nov 2014 | 2:24 am
    Some people by online shopping but I’ve never really embraced it until now, I’ve fallen in love with Amazon and the ability to have everything sent to my apartment – now if only they would wrap it! Most people think buying for a chef would be difficult but Chef Rouge is actually quite easy. He’s a cookbook junkie so I pulled from his very long Christmas wish list to share what he thinks are the best cookbooks for Christmas. Bonus! Random House Canada has given me a copy of Ottolenghi’s book Plenty More (below) to enter just leave a comment with what cookbook…
 
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    Overland Travel Adventures from Go, See, Write

  • The road to Hana, more than just a drive

    Nat and Tim Harris
    23 Dec 2014 | 10:19 am
    When driving the road to Hana, you might think there wasn’t much more to do then stop here and there to look at waterfalls or do a hike (to a waterfall). That’s not the case, though — there’s much more to the road to Hana than epic waterfalls. Here are a few of our favourite things to do on the jungle side of Maui: The pool at Travaasa Hana 1. Travaasa Hana Whether you can afford to stay here or not, it’s worth a stop to walk the grounds and enjoy the perfectly manicured landscape. For some jaw dropping views of Hana, head across the street and walk up to Fagan’s cross…
  • Adventure travel gear you actually can’t live without

    Syd Schulz
    9 Dec 2014 | 7:30 am
    December is a good time for a gear post, because this is the month when we all buy each other stuff. And if your family is like mine, everyone is responsible for assembling their own wish list (and sometimes purchasing their own gifts). And if you travel full-time like me, you understand the dilemma — on the one hand, you DO want stuff, because yay new stuff. But on the other hand, the logical part of you is going like EEEEEK NO NOT MORE STUFF HALP, because more stuff = heavier luggage. Either that or leaving behind recently received gifts and feeling guilty about it. So here is a list…
  • Another fall in Parksville-Qualicum Beach

    Nat and Tim Harris
    3 Dec 2014 | 7:30 am
    If you travel to Vancouver, you should try to plan a few extra days and head to Vancouver Island, too. An enjoyable hour and 40-minute ferry ride on BC Ferries from Horseshoe Bay will get you there. Afterwards, an easy drive up the Island Highway will take you to one of our favourite places in Canada, Parksville-Qualicum Beach. It’s a bustling area in the summer, but, come winter time, it might appear too sleepy for some — but there is still plenty to keep you busy. Qualicum Beach Museum I know what you’re thinking, Qualicum Beach is a small town, how interesting could their…
  • Win a trip to Dubai, airfare and stay at a great hotel

    Michael Hodson
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:49 am
    As a part of the United Arab Emirates, Dubai is a part of the world that is becoming increasingly popular for visitors, and combines the glitz and glamor of a major metropolis with the ancient culture of this part of the world. Along with my friend Laurence at Finding the Universe, I’m delighted to be able to give my readers the chance to win an airline ticket from Air France/KLM. I really enjoyed my trip to Dubai, and it is certainly a part of the world that offers some diverse experiences, from taking a desert safari through to exploring some of the world’s most impressive…
  • Fall in the New Mexican Rockies will blow your mind

    Syd Schulz
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:30 am
    I used to have a bit of an anti-desert bias. I grew up in Ohio and went to school in Vermont — both places with lots of trees, and well, lots and LOTS of water. I thought the desert would be boring and flat and dry. Then I moved to Taos, New Mexico and realized pretty quickly how wrong I was. I fell in love with the desert — no mosquitoes, no humidity, the near-guarantee of a sunny day. What’s not to love? Still, I was a little apprehensive about spending October in New Mexico. I mean, c’mon, what about fall colors and apple cider and hay rides and pumpkin patches and…
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    Northwest Navigation Co.

  • 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…
  • The gift of experience

    christine
    11 Dec 2014 | 11:46 am
    Everyday I think to myself how lucky Jeffrey and I have been able to run the David B as a tour boat for the last nine years, and that we’ve been able to share with our passengers the most spectacular places in Southeast Alaska. As we move deeper into the holiday season and I’m constantly bombarded by the advertisements to buy more and consume more, I think about how much I enjoy my experience-based business. On days where I have to reluctantly go to the part of town with the big mall and its traffic, or I listen to people talk about the drudgery of buying gifts, I always wonder…
  • Iceberg goes for a ride

    christine
    10 Dec 2014 | 9:25 am
    Every so often we get a chance to see something a little unusual. One day while hiking at Fords Terror, we stopped to watch the reversing tidal rapids when a medium sized iceberg got sucked through.
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    Globetrotting Mama

  • Having another “Mariah Carey” Christmas.

    Heather
    15 Dec 2014 | 4:54 pm
    This is year four of our Mariah Carey Christmas. You know the song: I don’t want a lot for Christmas There is just one thing I need I don’t care about the presents Underneath the Christmas tree. I just want you for my own More than you could ever know Make my wish come true All I want for Christmas Is you.. Here’s the video in case you don’t We’ve been singing that “no presents, just presence” tune since 2011. And there are still no regrets. It’s still a learning curve though. And we’re still finding ourselves managing other people’s…
  • Win! Tickets to Into the Woods

    Heather
    7 Dec 2014 | 12:35 pm
    Congratulations to the winners! Toronto: Kiersten and Sarah; Ottawa: Matt and Rubby; Vancouver: Tracey and Kevin. Win! Tickets to Into the Woods There’s travel and then there’s escape. I’m a big fan of both. And while I enjoy my escapes with a touch of sun and sand, I’m not above curling up with a big bowl of popcorn, a pre-teen child and my remote to do it. (Another viewing of Annie anyone?) Even better? A trip out to the movies. There’s something about the communal feel of watching a movie together with people you’ve got nothing in common with except your…
  • How to pack light for kids: Week away

    Heather
    5 Dec 2014 | 5:59 am
    How to pack light for kids: Week away You’ve got yourself down to the one carry-on (give or take) and you know how to get through airport security like a boss, but what’s a parent to do with little ones in tow? Believe it or not, packing for kids doesn’t have to be any harder than packing for yourself. In fact, I find it easier! Let’s face it the kids will never know you left out the second pair of shoes (until you get there) – you’re going to know before you leave. There are a few key things to keep in mind when packing for kids: Pack Light for kids|…
  • Aeroplan Beyond Miles Donations prove Charity Rewards

    Heather
    30 Nov 2014 | 5:03 am
    Let’s face it: The holidays aren’t always what they’re cracked up to be. Image courtesy of marin at FreeDigitalPhotos.net We want them to be about peace and love but often those feelings are buried under emotions like the stress you feel about still having to finish  gift lists and the agony that comes over you when you stop to think about whether  your mother-in-law will hate your turkey dinner…again. Aeroplan Beyond Miles| Holiday Giving There are, however, still small things you can do to keep the spirit of the season going. Throughout the year the Aeroplan Beyond…
  • Parenting: Lifetime Love and The myth of “18 Summers”

    Heather
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:25 pm
    Parenting: Lifetime Love and The myth of “18 Summers” Have you heard the myth of “18 summers?” It’s the amount of time you’ll hear some parents talk about in relation to raising their kids; as in “We’ve only got 18 summers with them before they’re off on their own” I don’t buy it. At the ripe old age of 42 I still turn to my parents. I’ve traveled with them as an adult. I’ve called them for advice. I’ve cried with them and laughed with them and intend to continue to do so as long as I can. I expect no less…
 
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  • View from the Window

    Jody Halsted
    14 Dec 2014 | 7:01 am
    It’s rare that I fly if I’m traveling in the US. And much more rare that I fly unaccompanied, with no children to squabble over who gets the window seat. As a matter of fact, I’m an aisle person. I don’t like being pressed against the side of the plane, the vibrations of the air was we hurtle through it, massaging my arm to the point of numbness. But I didn’t book this flight- nor did I even check my seat assignment as I boarded my flight. 28F. Near the rear of the plane, window seat. Doing my best to make myself comfortable, I settled in, smiling at my seat…
  • Mankato Christmas Lights: Making the Holiday Merry & Bright

    Jody Halsted
    10 Dec 2014 | 9:27 am
    Isn’t it funny how the things you tend to really enjoy you just don’t do yourself? Take Christmas light displays, for example. I will drive miles to see a beautiful display of Christmas lights. But in my own yard… well, we have a couple of lawn decorations. Sad, but true. Though we didn’t drive to Minnesota just to view the Mankato Christmas lights, this beautiful public display in Sibley Park was a highlight of our winter weekend. 50,000 lights adorn this tree Kiwanis Holiday Lights in Mankato, Minnesota First appearing in Sibley Park in 2012 and growing each year,…
  • Hot Tech Gifts Your Family Will Be Asking For This Year

    Jody Halsted
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:40 pm
    November 19, 2014  Live from the Verizon Destination Store at the Mall of America Earlier today I took one of the few seats lining the red carpet at the Verizon Destination Store at the Mall of America for what was billed as a ‘Tech Fashion Show’. Starring the hottest tech products of the season, modeled by the fun-loving Verizon staff and MC’d by Allison Kaplan, Senior Shopping and Style Editor at Minneapolis/ St. Paul Magazine, the fashion show was a fun preview of the tech gifts you’re going to see on your family’s wish lists this year. Photo courtesy of…
  • Packing Challenge : Which is Better? Space Bags or Packing Cubes

    Jody Halsted
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:14 am
    It’s fair to say I’m pretty adept at packing. And, while I tend toward over-packing (especially when we are driving to destinations), I do try to keep my packing lighter when I am flying. Our most recent trip, however, had a mix of activities – from outdoor pursuits which required warm gear, to city evenings with friends, to a luxurious dinner in a castle. Which left me packing quite a few more clothes than I normally would. As I thought about the best way to pack, I began to wonder, which is best: Space Bags or Packing Cubes? So I gave myself a little challenge, a head-to-head,…
  • Learning About Birding at the South Dakota Birding Festival

    Jody Halsted
    11 Nov 2014 | 8:04 am
    Our many thanks to the Southeast South Dakota Tourism Association for inviting us to be part of the South Dakota Birding Festival. “Look Mom, ” my youngest says as she contently stares out our window, “it’s a red-breasted warbler.” Is it? I have no idea. But she is likely correct. Ever since our trip last spring to the South Dakota Birding Festival, her interest in the feathered friends that surround us at home and as we travel has increased. At a glance she can name dozens of birds, while I am lucky to squeak out a handful without help of a birding book or app.
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  • Agave Lip Mask from Bite Beauty

    Liz
    26 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Traveling can wreak havoc on your skin and leave your lips dry and flaky. While we never leave home without a trusty tube of lip balm, we’ll admit that sometimes we need something a little stronger. Lately, we’ve taken to protecting our pout with Bite Beauty’s Agave Lip Mask. The petroleum-free formula is packed full of […]
  • Video: Enjoy Napa Valley Aloft Hot Air Balloon in California

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    25 Dec 2014 | 10:30 am
    Experience the unparalleled views of Northern California from the skies with a hot air balloon ride with Napa Valley aloft.
  • Clean Your Jewelry on the Go with Bling Wipes

    Liz
    25 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Your baubles should be brilliant, even when you’re on the go. That’s the thought behind Bling Wipes, a company that sells individually packaged cloths coated in a cleaning solution. The wipes remove oil, make-up, lotion and other residue that gathers on and dulls the appearance of jewelry. The wipes are safe to use on diamonds, gold, […]
  • Video: Floating Hotel Has Bedroom Beneath the Waves

    video
    24 Dec 2014 | 10:30 am
    Have trouble sleeping? Why not try sleeping underwater? Matt Sampson tells us how that’s possible.
  • Hikers Enjoy Stunning Vistas in Moab Utah

    Donna Sundblad
    24 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    National parks offer outstanding hiking trails and Moab Utah offers not one but two parks with trails for every skill level. The wide variety of terrain and stunning vistas of the Arches National Park, features trails ideal for kids that range from short 10 minute walks that lead right up to several of the arches, […]
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  • Five Lessons Learned While Weekend-ing In New Orleans

    Brit Weaver
    22 Dec 2014 | 1:51 pm
    If traveling is about the journey, then there are lessons to be learned. Weekend-ing in New Orleans was one of those practical adventures that had less to do with voodoo and more to do with the real situations of getting, living, and leaving there. Lesson one: sometimes you have to DIY. Upon arrival at YYZ, Toronto’s International Airport, the early flight was pushed until later. You know what they say, tired heads lead to disappearing boarding tickets. After a mad scramble for a lost boarding pass, we had to pass on the plane. We decided to talk to the United Airlines representative who…
  • Book Excerpt: ‘The Nomad’s Nomad’ By Luke Maguire Armstrong

    Luke Armstrong
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:24 pm
    The following is an excerpt from The Nomad’s Nomad by Luke Maguire Armstrong Uganda: Skin Testing Machine If she was trying to get me to go away, she failed. But if her intent was to entice, if she wanted my money, if this was all a big elaborate scheme to draw me in with the need to know what soul-seizing secrets awaited me in the back room, then she had me right where she wanted me. I was in Kampala, Uganda, running the typical traveler errands: buy padlock, eat lunch, put money on cell phone. A neon sign outside a health spa advertised, “Skin Testing Machine Here.” I walked in,…
  • Top 13 Free Things To Do In New York City This December

    Matt Stabile
    11 Dec 2014 | 7:20 pm
    Everyone knows New York City is an expensive town, especially around the holidays. To save some money, try these tips for free things to do this December during your visit. OUTDOOR ATTRACTIONS 1) 9/11 Memorial The 9/11 Memorial, on the site of the former Twin Towers, opened on September 12, 2011, in time for the 10th anniversary of 9/11, and was easily the most anticipated new project in the city for the past decade. The memorial features two reflecting pools nearly an acre in size each, each filled with the largest man-made waterfalls in North America. Surrounding the imposing structures are…
  • 22 Bizarre Things You Didn’t Know About Thailand

    Matt Stabile
    8 Dec 2014 | 6:12 pm
    Here are 22 bizarre things you didn’t know about Thailand, just in case you need a little more motivation to travel there yourself. Also, it’s infographic form, which let’s face it, is the best way to process information these days. By Matt Stabile / Matt Stabile is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheExpeditioner.com. You can read his writings, watch his travel videos, purchase the book he co-edited or contact him via email at any time at TheExpeditioner.com. The post 22 Bizarre Things You Didn’t Know About Thailand appeared first on TheExpeditioner Travel Site.
  • The One Portable iPhone Charger You Need This Christmas Season

    Matt Stabile
    2 Dec 2014 | 6:31 pm
    We all know the week after Thanksgiving is the traditional time period spent dragging out the Christmas tree from the attic storage, hitting the treadmill in retribution from countless turkey dinners the week before, and experiencing the oncoming dread of having to begin figuring out what exactly you’re going to shop for come December 23 when you finally realize you literally can’t delay your Christmas shopping any longer. In an effort to cut down on this anxiety and to give you some ideas as to what to start stockpiling for all your loved ones this Christmas season, I decided to…
 
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  • Marvel Universe Live! Dec. 5-7, 2014 Amway Center in Orlando

    Pam Rubens
    28 Nov 2014 | 12:26 pm
    Superhero Fans, Unite! Seven Exciting Performances Put on your capes and grab your weapons!  Marvel Universe Live is taking it to a whole new level, with seven exciting performances on December 5-7 at the Amway Center in Orlando. Watch your favorite Marvel Superheroes, including Spiderman and the Avengers, Iron Man, Black Widow, Hulk and more, come to life as they stop evil villains in their tracks in an action-paced arena extravaganza! Marvel Universe LIVE! will captivate kids and adults alike with an authentic story that brings more than 25 Marvel icons together on one epic quest. The…
  • 12 Fun Facts About Disney on Ice Presents Frozen

    Pam Rubens
    8 Sep 2014 | 7:16 am
    What a fantastic way to start the month! Disney on Ice presented Frozen this past weekend and it was an absolutely spectacular production and performance! Here are a few fun facts we picked up along the way: Disney on Ice Presents Frozen Number of cities in the 2013-2014 tour:  37 Number of trucks it takes to transport production:  11 Miles traveled during the 2013-2014 tour: Almost 17,823 Longest trip of the current 2014-2015 tour  1,423 miles  ( from Toronto, Canada to Dallas, Texas) Shortest trip of the current tour: 12 miles (from Newark, NJ  to E. Rutherford, NJ) Average distance…
  • Fantastical Winter Wonderland: Disney on Ice Presents Frozen!

    Pam Rubens
    8 Sep 2014 | 7:06 am
    Disney on Ice Presents Frozen Fun, frolic, fiery powers and a fantastical winter wonderland was the backdrop for the magical story of the unstoppable love of royal sisters Anna and Elsa, appearing at the Amway Center in Disney on Ice Presents Frozen! from September 4-7, 2014.  This heartwarming, Academy award-winning tale, which takes place in the beautiful and mystical Arendelle,  included a delightful cast of characters on ice, ranging from suitors Hans and Kristoff and hilariously goofy snowman Olaf to loyal woolly reindeer Sven and a playful troop of mystical trolls. This enchantingly…
  • Let’s Find a beach under the stars

    Lydia Chicles
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:12 am
    The stars have aligned and the timing is prime. And yes, I mean the timing is prime for this far out, contemporary band – Sidereal, a young and fresh Reggae/Pop Rock band based out of Jacksonville Beach, Fl. The group, gains its sounds due to inspirations from the likes of 311, Jack Johnson and Bob Marley, to say the least. The group consists of four members featuring Colin Paterson on vocals and guitar, Kevin Beaugrand on bass, Niko Costas on drums and Lukas Costas on sax, keyboard, vocals, ukulele and melodica. We here at The Orlando Blog received the opportunity to sit down and get…
  • Spend Less, Enjoy More! 7 Travel Tips that Cut Costs & Boost Fun

    Lydia Chicles
    8 Jul 2014 | 10:39 am
    Oftentimes we assume that cutting costs automatically means cutting enjoyment.  If it costs less, it must be worse, right? In travel, however, it can be the exact opposite.  Sometimes the more affordable route is the better route because it gives you a new and unique experience.  It’s like the highway versus the country road – the highway is the move convenient choice, but far less interesting. If you want to save a bit on your next trip, take note of these tips that will decrease spending and increase enjoyment. Jay Deratany is a human rights activist, attorney, screenwriter, movie…
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  • Holiday Road Trip Tips for You and Your Pets

    Carol Margolis
    24 Dec 2014 | 12:12 pm
    Is that your dog with his head hanging out the car window? With millions of drivers on the road this holiday season, many family pets are traveling as well. Here are a few holiday road trip tips to get you and your furry friends on your way. According to AAA about 99 million Americans are traveling throughout December and January. Unlike previous years, 91% of those travelers are taking to the road. I’m inclined to believe this may have something to do with plummeting gas prices, which are lower than they have been in the past five years. In fact it is the longest period of continual price…
  • Planning a Surprise Trip for Someone – What You Need to Know

    Carol Margolis
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:10 am
    Most people like surprises. Well, the good kind anyway. Longtime readers may remember when I planned a surprise trip with my husband a couple years ago. He had no idea where we were going except for the daily clues. Each day in December, I posted another clue to where we were traveling. It was fun to plan, fun to read all the comments where we were going, and so much fun to give away the prizes at the end. So what’s involved if you want to plan a surprise trip for someone? It all begins with a destination. This might be something specific like Disney World, a cruise, a trip to the…
  • Airport Peace and Quiet? Check out the Airport Chapel

    Carol Margolis
    8 Nov 2014 | 5:14 am
    Extra time between flights? Stressed running through the airport? Worse yet, a flight cancellation that has you sleeping overnight in the airport? Where do I go when truly looking for a quiet place to relax, reflect, de-stress and yes, perhaps sleep, in an airport? The airport terminal’s chapel — yes, the chapel. Not only are the chapels inside airport terminals peaceful, they may also hold regular services which you may want to attend if you happen to be traveling through the airport. And, if you find yourself in a need of a ‘bed’ overnight, their pews and/or chairs…
  • Symptoms of Ebola When Flying

    Carol Margolis
    13 Oct 2014 | 6:14 am
    After I wrote the last blog about Ebola a couple days ago, a couple people emailed me to ask just what are the symptoms of this infectious disease. Yes, you could Google it or look them up on the CDC website but here are the symptoms in print. To get the answer, I went straight to the definitive source, the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta. They provide a list of symptoms which looks suspiciously similar to a host of other maladies. For example, they say to look out for headache, muscle pain, weakness, diarrhea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. Not much help so far. After all, this pretty…
  • Can You Use TSA Pre✓ for International Flights? It Depends.

    Carol Margolis
    4 Sep 2014 | 5:12 am
    Earlier in 2014 the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) expedited security program was expanded to include international flights. All international flights? Uh, no. Just those flights that depart from the U.S. on one of the agency’s partner airlines (Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines, Sun Country Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways and Virgin America) and only if your flight is actually operated by one of these airlines. Does that sound confusing? Let me explain more on TSA Pre✓™ for…
 
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  • And So This is Christmas. . . 2014

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    25 Dec 2014 | 8:18 am
    If you like this article, you'll find more to enjoy at Traveling with MJ - Practical travel information for practical travelers.   And so this is Christmas I hope you have fun The near and the dear ones The onld and the you         –John Lennon You might also enjoyMerry Christmas!MJ’s Travel Favorites 12-27-09Travel Photos Make Great Holiday CardsAnd So This is ChristmasNYC Holiday Window Displays If you like this article, you'll find more to enjoy at Traveling with MJ - Practical travel information for practical travelers.       You might…
  • End of Year Instagram

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    23 Dec 2014 | 12:18 pm
    If you like this article, you'll find more to enjoy at Traveling with MJ - Practical travel information for practical travelers. I’ve decided to start doing regular updates from my Instagram account, sharing the photos that were popular there. You follow me on Instgram, right? If not, click right HERE to go to my Instgram profile, then click on follow. I can’t wait to connect with you there. This photo of the Chateau Frontenac in Quebec City was the most popular one that I shared last month. It must be its stately grandeur, even in the midst of construction, that make people fall…
  • Sunday Stories for December 21st, 2014

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    21 Dec 2014 | 8:47 am
    If you like this article, you'll find more to enjoy at Traveling with MJ - Practical travel information for practical travelers. I’m counting down the days till Christmas, and till New Year’s, but still found a few stories to share this week. I hope you enjoy them. 20 Sentences People with Depression Hate Hearing the Most With Christmas and New Year’s Eve crashing toward us, sweeping us up in the holiday spirit, it’s easy to forget that not everyone is merry at this time of year. We all know someone who suffers from depression, a disease that is often exacerbated this…
  • Sunday Stories for December 14th, 2014

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    14 Dec 2014 | 12:07 pm
    If you like this article, you'll find more to enjoy at Traveling with MJ - Practical travel information for practical travelers. This past week I visited Salt Lake City. I hadn’t been there since the late 1980s, and was amazed to find how much it had changed. Although my time there was relatively brief, I discovered lots of interesting restaurants, brew pubs, and wine bars. And yes, the latter really surprised me. The blue skies – and no snow – also surprised me (see the photo below). I’m hoping to make a longer, return visit to check out more of what the city has on…
  • Take the 2014 Traveling with MJ Survey

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    12 Dec 2014 | 11:41 am
    If you like this article, you'll find more to enjoy at Traveling with MJ - Practical travel information for practical travelers. As I sit down to do a little end-of-year wrap up and editorial planning for 2015, I am asking for your help. I hope you’ve enjoyed coming along on my travels this past year, and I hope I’ve provided some good value luxury travel information and advice. But what I really want to know is — what do you want to read and learn here on Traveling with MJ? I’ve created a short (only 10 questions) survey that will help me refine my editorial calendar for…
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    Monkeys and Mountains

  • Dachau Christmas Market: Surprise! It’s Not All Doom and Gloom

    Laurel
    22 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    The original can be found here: Dachau Christmas Market: Surprise! It’s Not All Doom and Gloom. Please read the original.Dachau may seem like an unlikely place for a Christmas Market, but there's more to this city than most people realize. I.e. It's also home to Bavaria's largest advent calendar!Monkeys and Mountains - Adventure seeker and explorer by day, luxury seeker by night
  • Best Gifts for Travelers

    Laurel
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:49 am
    The original can be found here: Best Gifts for Travelers. Please read the original.What are the best gifts for travelers? Here's a list of my top 6, all created by travelers or entrepreneurs, and there are prizes to be won!Monkeys and Mountains - Adventure seeker and explorer by day, luxury seeker by night
  • Amadeus: A New Flight Comparison and Trip Planner Website

    Laurel
    14 Dec 2014 | 9:29 am
    The original can be found here: Amadeus: A New Flight Comparison and Trip Planner Website. Please read the original.A review of Amadeus, a new flight comparison and trip planner website which has some useful travel planning tools to make planning your next vacation easier!Monkeys and Mountains - Adventure seeker and explorer by day, luxury seeker by night
  • Aruba: the Small Island Guaranteed to Put a Smile on Your Face

    Laurel
    12 Dec 2014 | 10:55 am
    The original can be found here: Aruba: the Small Island Guaranteed to Put a Smile on Your Face. Please read the original.SharesIce-white beaches and temperatures in the mid-80s during December – what could be better than spending a winter vacation on Aruba? The Arubans call their home ‘one happy island’ and it’s easy to see why. The Caribbean offers a wealth of beautiful islands but Aruba packs a lot into its compact size making it the […]Monkeys and Mountains - Adventure seeker and explorer by day, luxury seeker by night
  • Sigyria: The Lion Rock Where Monkeys and Mountains Meet

    Laurel
    9 Dec 2014 | 6:46 am
    The original can be found here: Sigyria: The Lion Rock Where Monkeys and Mountains Meet. Please read the original.Sigyria, also referred to as "Lions Rock" is Sri Lanka's most visited historical destination. It's been home to a king, monks and is now a UNESCO site.Monkeys and Mountains - Adventure seeker and explorer by day, luxury seeker by night
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  • Escape of the Week… No. 5 Maddox Street

    Lyndon
    21 Dec 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Slap-bang amid the hustle and bustle of London are these refreshingly Zen serviced apartment-suites. The interiors are simple and refined but far from Spartan. You can expect wonderful extras, too, from a Geodesis scented candle (free to take home if you book through i-escape) to Ren toiletries and a stock of kitchen essentials. Between the vibrancy of Soho and Mayfair, the suites form a tranquil urban retreat tucked behind an unassuming doorway. Once inside, the city buzz melts away and the luxurious Asian-inspired décor takes over to blissful effect. Rooms: Throughout the 1-, 2- and…
  • Easy Escapes for January

    Melissa
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:40 am
    With Christmas Day just around the corner, you may be wondering how you’ll cope after the tree comes down and the bottles of red have run dry – the month that follows can be a bleak affair. If it’s all too much to bear thinking about, we recommend an impromptu January jaunt to soften the blow. No need to thank us, all you all you have to do is book*. Secure your accommodation through i-escape, then follow our recommendations for travel, and voila! It’s time to start packing. The Grazing Goat – £175 per person (2 nights, 9-11 January 2014) The Grazing Goat Fancy hitting the…
  • 2014 Guest Awards

    Lyndon
    16 Dec 2014 | 11:00 pm
    As 2014 draws to a close, find out which of our 1,500 handpicked hotels and boutique rentals got the biggest thumbs up from happy holidaymakers this year. Unlike certain global sports bodies, nobody can buy these votes – they’re based purely on scores submitted by our verified guests. So extra kudos to those who got top marks all round… BEST BEACH ESCAPE: Chumbe Island Coral Park, Zanzibar We say: A tiny coral-ringed island off Zanzibar, with beautifully designed thatch bungalows, genuinely ecological aims and some of the world’s best snorkelling “What’s not…
  • Family Escape of the Month… The Farm

    Lyndon
    14 Dec 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Despite its name, the feeling is far from rustic and the demands far from taxing down on The Farm, set near Jaipur in Rajasthan, India. Instead, guests are treated to a family-friendly oasis with a huge pool, welcoming hosts and pretty, sprawling grounds. The indulgence isn’t limited to the outside either: the rooms are spacious and eclectically designed, with eccentric but tasteful furnishings throughout. The fact that owners Ritu and Surya have their own son, Vihaan, is clear from the kid-friendly details: an abundance of games and toys, a shallow end to the pool, and plenty of safe…
  • Kids go free!

    Lyndon
    11 Dec 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Adding up the extras can be a nasty shock when you’re booking a holiday, especially when you factor in the charges for kids. Nadine, i-escape’s Kids Collection Editor, has scoured our site for wonderful family-friendly places to stay which allow children under 12 to stay for free – you can see the full list here. Nadine has also chosen 10 of the best, below, which have something for everyone in terms of price, setting and location. Happy families! Monteverdi, Tuscany, Italy A welcome addition to the Kids Collection in 2014, this stylish rural retreat in a medieval hamlet is set…
 
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  • Things I Love Holiday Giveaway Hosted by Boone NC Photographer Wayfaring Wanderer

    11 Dec 2014 | 4:27 pm
    I'm super excited about the launch of my new wedding photography website, so to celebrate I thought it would be fun to do a giveaway! If you haven't checked out my new online space, I invite you to visit and take a look around!I've hosted a few family photography session giveaways over the last couple of months which have been great. It gave me the opportunity to photograph some awesome folks who are excited to use their new family photos for Christmas gifts this year. With that being said, I wanted to do something for the "friends of Wayfaring Wanderer" that don't necessarily live in…
  • Connell Family Adventure in Blowing Rock, NC | Maternity Photography | Boone NC Photographer

    9 Dec 2014 | 2:22 pm
    Ali & Stu have a tradition of escaping to the mountains of North Carolina every year after Thanksgiving to kick off the holiday season. They travel all the way from Jacksonville, FL (my hometown) to Blowing Rock, NC because it is one of their favorite places to getaway together. Last year, I photographed them for their one-year anniversary and this year I had the honor of being their maternity photographer as they transition to becoming a family of three. I met up with the couple in downtown Blowing Rock again where we roamed around Main Street for the first half of their maternity photo…
  • Johnson Family Adventure at The What Fir Tree Farm | Family Holiday Photography Session WINNER | Boone, NC Photographer

    5 Dec 2014 | 4:01 pm
    "ROOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAR!" Harper belted out at the top of his lungs from the safety of his Daddy's arms. It was pretty comical because just a few seconds earlier we were playing the tickle game and he was giggling so hard, but once I got out of reach he just roared as ferociously as he could. I guess it was his way of releasing the frustrations he had with not being able to tickle me back! It was hilarious.This headstrong 3-year old had me on my toes the entire time I was photographing their family. His favorite thing to do once we "let him loose" was barrel through the Christmas trees at top…
  • 11 Tips for Taking Awesome Family Holiday Photos w/ Wayfaring Wanderer | Boone Photographer

    26 Nov 2014 | 1:21 pm
    November and December are, undoubtedly, the busiest months for families looking to have the perfect photo captured for their annual holiday card or easy gift-giving. I send out a handy email with tips to help prepare my clients for their family photos a few days prior to the date we are going to take family pictures. I want to set everyone up for successful family holiday photos this year, so I decided to turn the email I share with my clients into a blog post.All of the families that I will be working with is something that I look forward to because I love observing and capturing the close…
  • Snider Family Adventure | Short + Sweet Family Photography Session WINNER | Boone, NC Photographer

    21 Nov 2014 | 11:44 am
    Meet the Snider family! They were the winners of the "Share the Wander" photo contest I did this month. To WIN a family photo session with me all they had to do was share an image from any family adventure and post it directly to the Wayfaring Wanderer FB page along with a sentence or two about the picture and why you love going on adventures with your family. I'm a sucker for a good story!Kelly posted an adorable image of Ian with Fina Mae on his shoulders and captioned it with,"This is a snapshot from our first beach adventure as a family this September. It was so much fun to enjoy the…
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  • Our Ten Favourite Hikes from 2014

    Jack
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:12 am
    It’s been a year of outstanding meals thankfully the effects of which have been countered by some equally outstanding hikes, many of which have taken our breaths away… a few because of the effort involved. Some bewitched us, some were a bit nervy in parts and others had us bitching like hell thanks to unexpected moments. All were memorable. In no particular order, these are our ten favourite hikes this year. Ewige Wand, Goisern, Austria Ewige Wand was a walk that had everything from friendly locals helping out when directions were hazy to almost clichéd dramatic Austrian scenery…
  • Exodus, Gods and Kings on Fuerteventura

    Jack
    15 Dec 2014 | 10:48 am
    I wonder if I hadn’t already known about the movie being partly filmed there whether the word would have crept into my mind quite so often as it did. Biblical. Does Fuerteventura seem more biblical because Exodus Gods and Kings, Ridley Scott’s epic movie about Moses taking on the mighty Pharoah and leading 400,000 slaves out of Egypt, was filmed there? I suppose the answer is, if it wasn’t biblical in the first place it wouldn’t have been chosen as a location for Exodus. We walked the island, researching routes, shortly after the film crews had departed for biblical…
  • Tenerife Coastal Walks

    Andy
    3 Dec 2014 | 10:57 am
    Although Jack and I spend most of our calendar year walking, more often than not we’re pulling on the hiking boots on another island or in another country so we rarely get as much time as we’d like to go walking on Tenerife. But every year we try to re-walk all of our Island Walks self guided walking routes to ensure they’re still up to date and that paths haven’t been closed or, just as importantly, opened up. Over the past three months we’ve been on a mission to re-walk every route we recommend (no easy task given that we have 30 routes covering the entire…
  • As We Walked out to the Champagne Glass in the Pyrenees

    Jack
    1 Dec 2014 | 3:52 am
    When we’re on location on behalf of Inntravel we often have to devise new walking routes. When you’ve only got a short time in a destination you don’t know, the pressure is on to research what has most potential and then actually walk and map out the route. This is where local knowledge is priceless. I don’t hold with the oft bandied about notion that the average ‘local’ randomly picked out in the street or who happens to be sitting next to you in an atmospheric tavern is the font of all secret knowledge that no outsider has ever heard before. Not in big…
  • Seven Quirks in the Canary Islands

    Jack
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:43 am
    In a world where it can sometimes seem too many people equate bigger and newer with better, we still get a thrill out of the small things when it comes to travel; an unusual amuse-bouche, an imaginative sign, an enchanted tree, an ancient crooked cottage… whatever, surprises can take infinite forms. There are small sparkling trinkets everywhere, easily overlooked by anyone blinded by a quest that involves constantly searching for the next big hit. These particular seven mini wonders of the world are located in the Canary Islands. Tunnels of Life on La Palma Thirteen tunnels hacked…
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    Gay Travel Information (and more)!

  • Trafford Restaurant – Warren, Rhode Island

    gaytravelinformation
    22 Dec 2014 | 10:26 am
    Trafford / 285 Water Street / Warren, RI 02885 / 401 – 289-2265 Some places are worth reviewing again (and again), as is the case with Trafford located in historic Warren, Rhode Island. I had reviewed Trafford’s a year ago (which you could find HERE) and was beyond excited to return. I am happy to say … Continue reading →
  • Gay Travel | Hotel Champlain – Quebec, QC

    gaytravelinformation
    22 Dec 2014 | 8:15 am
    Gay Friendly Hotel | Gay Travel | Gay Friendly | Gay Quebec City | Gay Friendly Hotels in Quebec City HOTEL CHAMPLAIN –  115, Sainte-Anne Street / Old-Quebec (Quebec), Canada G1R 3X6 / 1-800-567-2106 Quebec City is one of the most romantic, beautiful cities in the world. It is where I proposed to my wife … Continue reading →
  • Win a Getaway to Gay Friendly Costa Rica!

    gaytravelinformation
    22 Dec 2014 | 8:13 am
    Gay Travel Information is Giving Away an Amazing prize! That’s right, and you have to do is enter! Fill out the form at http://www.GAYTRAVELCONTEST.com and be sure to share with friends!  GOOD LUCK! Enter to win a 4-night Romantic Getaway package for two to Los Altos de Eros, a luxury 5-star, adult’s only, LGBT friendly resort in … Continue reading →
  • Fairmont Le Château Frontenac – Quebec, Canada

    gaytravelinformation
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:55 am
    Fairmont Le Château Frontenac / 1 rue des Carrières /Québec, Canada / 1-866-540-4460 This past December my partner and I had the pleasure of reviewing Fairmont Le Château Frontenac. It has always been a dream of mine to experience this opulent hotel, so I was truly grateful for the opportunity.   Wide eyed and jaw to … Continue reading →
  • Gay Friendly Business Spotlight – Cabeau

    gaytravelinformation
    10 Dec 2014 | 11:34 am
    Cabeau – Innovative Travel Pillows and Comfort  I have been eager to spotlight Cabeau’s travel pillow / travel kit since receiving my own earlier this month!  Cabeau (pronounced CAH-bo), founded in 2009, is your one-stop shop destination for innovative travel pillows, comfort products, and on-the-go gear. Cabeau’s goal is to provide a comfortable and restful experience to commuters … Continue reading →
 
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    Fodor's Travel Wire

  • 10 Best Island Getaways for 2015

    news@fodors.com
    25 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    If you were looking for an extra excuse to plan that coveted island getaway, 2015 delivers many motivations to fly off somewhere remote, exotic, and wondrous. Whether you want to be amongst the first to experience newly minted resorts, are in search of a good fun-in the-sun party, or are eager to grab the best vantage point for an upcoming solar eclipse, here are the 10 hot islands to hit this year. By Kathleen Squires A serial traveler who often lets a country’s cuisine dictate her itineraries, New York City-based writer Kathleen Squires has visited all seven continents and over 60…
  • 10 Budget-Friendly Trips for Winter

    news@fodors.com
    24 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    Taking a break this winter? Happily, you might just nab a break on prices, too. The bargains are plentiful this year, from inexpensive airfare to the Caribbean to can’t-miss discount packages at ski resorts. Discover our 10 picks for some of the season’s best travel deals, with budget-friendly winter trips proposing snowcapped mountain escapes, relaxing fun in the sun, theme park adventures, and more. By Kathleen Squires A serial traveler who often lets a country’s cuisine dictate her itineraries, New York City-based writer Kathleen Squires has visited all 7 continents and…
  • 5 Intimate Places to Hear Live Music in NYC

    news@fodors.com
    23 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
    New York City is home to some of the world’s most famous music venues—Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts—but there’s more to the city’s music scene than huge rooms filled with hundreds of seats. And while there are plenty of midsize concert spaces, too (Bowery Ballroom, (Le) Poisson Rouge, Irving Plaza, Mercury Lounge, Music Hall of Williamsburg, and many more), there are several smaller, more intimate, under-the-radar spots that shouldn't be overlooked. Enjoy a surprisingly diverse array of live performances at these…
  • 10 Awe-Inspiring Christmas Trees Across the U.S.

    news@fodors.com
    23 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    There’s no better place to celebrate Christmas than by the side of a festively trimmed and glowing evergreen. The tradition of decorating and transforming trees into holiday works of art dates back to 16th-century Germany. Since then, advances in design and technology have made way for some remarkable achievements in Christmas tree decor. With trees that tower well over 100 feet, and some that are adorned with miles of lights, take note of the 10 most awe-inspiring Christmas trees across the U.S. this year. By Zachary Laks
  • 10 Best Christmas Season Resorts

    news@fodors.com
    22 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Deck the halls with boughs of holly . . . or better yet, take a break this year and let somebody else do the work. The Christmas season brings out the best in hotel resorts around the U.S., as festive decor adds on layers of character and welcoming warmth. Pack up the family and celebrate the 2014 holidays via the charm and comfort of one of the 10 best Christmas-season resorts in the country. From gigantic Christmas trees, light shows, and even slides made of ice, to the perfect meeting with Saint Nick, a stay at one of these resorts near-guarantees a very merry Christmas indeed! By Zachary…
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    Mallory On Travel

  • Balancing The Budget; Living With Travelling

    Iain
    8 Dec 2014 | 10:49 am
    IainIainMallory I am fortunate to be a professional travel blogger. This allows me to visit both exotic, and adventurous destinations, staying in high-end hotels, villas, or lodges with the expenses covered by the client. This hasn’t always been the case, like most people I have had to balance paying my everyday living costs with a passion […] The post Balancing The Budget; Living With Travelling appeared first on Mallory On Travel.MalloryOnTravel
  • Chasing Light in Winter Iceland; Road to Kirkjufell

    Iain
    30 Nov 2014 | 12:26 pm
    IainIainMallory Even as the busy roads, and bright lights of Reykjavik receded in the rear view mirror of the rental car, the inky blackness of wild Iceland beckoned ahead. It was already after 8am, and yet the tight grip of night would not loosen for nearly two hours. This is winter in Iceland, a short window […] The post Chasing Light in Winter Iceland; Road to Kirkjufell appeared first on Mallory On Travel.MalloryOnTravel
  • Postcard of Icelandic Horses; Symbols of Hardiness

    Iain
    28 Nov 2014 | 1:54 pm
    IainIainMallory Iceland sometimes appears the home of the hardy adventurer, the Viking spirit seems alive, and well in the Land of Fire, and Ice. Icelanders cope admirably with difficult conditions, short days, harsh winters, geothermal activity, including erupting volcanoes, and earthquakes shaping them into a resilient race, which truly seems to laugh in the face of hardship. […] The post Postcard of Icelandic Horses; Symbols of Hardiness appeared first on Mallory On Travel.MalloryOnTravel
  • Finding Accommodation with Villas.com

    Iain
    23 Nov 2014 | 1:14 pm
    IainIainMallory Guest post by Alison Bailey Visiting a city, but need help finding accommodation? Searching for something slightly different away from the normal hotels, self-catering, with more flexibility, possibly dog friendly, well, more! Consider Villas.com which don’t just book villas, but also apartments, cottages, holiday homes, and chalets throughout Europe. There is wide variety of cool independent properties available, couples, […] The post Finding Accommodation with Villas.com appeared first on Mallory On Travel.MalloryOnTravel
  • A Pilgrim’s Way in Conques, The Aveyron

    Iain
    22 Nov 2014 | 2:08 pm
    IainIainMallory The mid-afternoon autumnal sun was shining down on St. Foy Abbey, Conques, in the Aveyron, France, from our high viewpoint, it appeared bathed in golden light. The imposing abbey stood proud in the centre of the small village, the triple spires towering over the tiled roofs, and narrow, cobbled side streets. The cobbles worn smooth, […] The post A Pilgrim’s Way in Conques, The Aveyron appeared first on Mallory On Travel.MalloryOnTravel
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    FareCompare » Tips & Advice

  • Flight Booking 101: How to Find the Cheapest and Best Flights

    Jason Hart
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:16 pm
    Welcome to the most comprehensive source for flight booking tips online. Below is information on how to save money on plane tickets, along with some helpful flight tips. How to Get Cheap Flights Paying full price for a plane ticket is one of the biggest mistakes that a traveler can make. A few simple flight booking tips can make your ticket so much cheaper! We have been collecting airline industry data since 2004, and would like to help you learn how to get cheap airline tickets online. Our most popular and helpful findings can be found below. Cheapest Days to Fly and Best Time to Buy Airline…
  • 4 Common Problems Travelers Don’t Have to Suffer Through

    Rick Seaney
    15 Dec 2014 | 11:39 am
    If you’ll be flying during the holidays – or any time – check out these simple, common problems and the quick solve for each. We don’t want you wasting time or money on any of this. Problem: When to leave for the airport Fact: Some airlines advise getting to the airport 90 minutes before departure any time you fly, but I suspect most of us cut it a lot finer than that. Here’s another fact: During peak travel periods, security lines can slow to a crawl and if you’re not at the gate about 20 minutes before the airplane takes off, you may not be allowed to…
  • If Bags Could Talk: “No Fat-Shaming, Please”

    Rick Seaney
    12 Dec 2014 | 5:31 am
    Oh, the lessons we could learn from luggage, if only our bags could talk. Let’s start with fat-shaming. Baggage fat-shaming Just a couple of years ago, several mortified travelers were in the news after being called out by their airlines for being ‘too fat to fly’ including filmmaker Kevin Smith (in most cases, they were told to purchase two seats). Today’s targets of fat-shaming are more likely to be bags. Checked-bags: All airlines have precise weight guidelines for checked-bags; you are typically allowed up to 50 pounds per bag, though some discount carriers cut you…
  • My Flight is Delayed/Cancelled: How to Get Another Flight Fast

    Rick Seaney
    8 Dec 2014 | 7:44 am
    You’re home or at the airport when the word comes down – your flight is delayed or cancelled. That’s the topic of my latest column for ABCNews which I summarize below. LISTEN: Rick Seaney’s tried it all and knows what works. 6 Tips to Get on the Next Flight Yes, you’ve got some work to do to get to your destination, but these tips will make it a lot easier. Contact the airline immediately. Get in line to talk to the nearest gate agent. If it’s an especially long line, consider buying a day-pass for the airline’s VIP club (the elite flyer’s…
  • What is OK + Not OK at Security during the Holidays

    Rick Seaney
    1 Dec 2014 | 12:19 pm
    In a recent column for ABCNews.com, I wrote about some of the things that are allowed through security and some of the things you can’t bring with you. There are a few surprises on both lists. Now that the holidays are here, it seems like a good time for a review. LISTEN: Security snafus – Rick Seaney’s heard them all. OK List: What can go through security This information is from the Transporation Security Administration, better known as the TSA. Knitting needles: No problem Diamonds, other valuables: No problem, but do you really want to bring something like this on a trip…
 
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    The World on Wheels

  • Year End Best...The 10 Best Meals We Had in 2014

    Darryl Musick
    26 Dec 2014 | 4:30 am
    Here are the best meals we had during the past year...Santa Fe Hotel, Reno, Nevada - Great, old-school, Basque boarding house and restaurant. One of the better and authentic representations of this shepherding cuisine served at long tables where you share the company of strangers. Delicious food, great prices, at a tiny little hotel that wouldn't sell out in downtown Reno.Chicago Fire, Folsom, California - A great deep-dish pie in an old west setting. Comfortable dining room, great service, craft beer, and awesome pizza at the east end of the Gold Line...Sacramento's light rail system.Speed's…
  • Merry Christmas

    Darryl Musick
    24 Dec 2014 | 4:30 am
    The World on Wheels is taking the day off in honor of Christmas.  Merry Christmas, everybody!Thank you to all our friend, fans, friends, and family for supporting our blog and helping to make it  a success.The Musick Family
  • The Year End Best...Top 10 Transit Systems

    Darryl Musick
    22 Dec 2014 | 4:30 am
    A lot of wheelchair users can't or won't drive so it's nice to have some accessible way to get around when you're traveling that doesn't require you to transfer out of your chair. It's also nice for able-bodied people who just don't want to be bothered with driving while on vacation...like me, for instance.Here are the best transit systems we've encountered on our travels, in no particular order.London, England - While not 100% accessible, a good number of stations at key spots make the Underground a good travel option for wheelchairs. Always pay attention to the gap (the difference in height…
  • THE COCKTAIL HOUR: Ales for the Holidays

    Darryl Musick
    21 Dec 2014 | 4:30 am
    Pictured above are the two ales we're tasting today.On the left is Trader Joe's 2010 Vintage Ale.  Each year the popular grocery store chain commissions a new ale for the holidays.  This year's version is a Belgian style brown ale produced by Unibroue in Canada.To the right is Zoetzuur, a Flemish sour ale. You've really got to have a taste for this type of Belgian ale. Letty does. She loves them and wishes they were more widely available here in the states. I don't. I'm trying to develop a taste but so far the varieties I've tried are either cloyingly sweet (like Framboise) or…
  • The Year-end Best...The Top 10 Hotels

    Darryl Musick
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:38 am
    The Buccaneer, St. CroixHere are the best 10 hotels, inns, motels, etc., that we've ever stayed at. In no particular order, all are outstanding properties...Ambassador Hotel - Milwaukee, Wisconsin - An art-deco jewel next to Marquette University near downtown. For a small upcharge, they include a very indulgent breakfast in the lobby restaurant. The rooms are very generous in size, up-to-date, and have some of the most comfortable bedding we've ever had. For an old, historic property, it's very nice to see modern accessible bathrooms in rooms that are not an afterthought or located in a dark,…
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    Teen Travel Talk

  • Dreams of New Zealand

    Pauline
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:28 pm
      With today’s The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies‘ nationwide release, I can’t help but reminisce about my time visiting New Zealand’s North Island. It was in a time period between the productions of  The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Trilogies; to this day,  I am still in awe of my memories. Was I really there? Did I really see the landscape I saw, and go on a super nerdy but absolutely fantastic “Lord of the Rings” tour in and around the capital city of Wellington? Yes I did, and I cannot wait to return to visit even more locations…
  • 5 Reasons Why Your Summer Should Be in West Michigan

    Hye Sung
    16 Dec 2014 | 11:13 am
    Now, I know we’re about to hit the peak of winter, but the summer needs some planning ahead, especially for a family trip. So West Michigan isn’t that wild of an idea for a family trip, right? At least consider these things when summer plans begin forming in your household. 1) One of the best ice cream places I have been to, and definitely on the top-top of the list of Michigan (Moomers in Traverse City is its one competition), is Jersey Junction in East Grand Rapids.  It is a place with a rich history, well-loved by folks from the Grand Rapids area, and charming for the rest of…
  • Baseball a la Mexicana

    Briza
    29 Nov 2014 | 9:55 pm
    Baseball is the all-American sport, right? I even made a whole article on that. However, it is also played in other places other than the good old United States. Over the summer, I had the chance to go to a baseball game in Mexico–specifically Tijuana. Los Toros de Tijuana were playing against Puebla. This was a complete new experience. I have gone to many baseball games here in the US but never before in Mexico. My family and I thought this was going to be like any other baseball game, but we were wrong! First off, my aunt had recommended that we bring noisemakers and horns. So we were…
  • Gas Works Park in Seattle, Washington

    Hye Sung
    23 Nov 2014 | 6:53 pm
    One of my favorite things about Seattle is the abundance of parks. There are literally dozens of parks, hundred of acres worth of them, in this city. My absolute favorite has to be Gas Works Park. These 19.1 acres of public park are located where the Seattle Gas Light Company gasification plant was once located. In fact, some ruins from the plant are still present and even incorporated into the park. It’s history and their current innovations accommodating to their history’s remnants make it this park very quirky and bizarre,  and the Seattle Times called it ”easily the…
  • San Francisco Zoo

    Briza
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:46 pm
    As you guys probably know, I love San Francisco… I’ve talked about the amazing park with the concrete slide, the incredible interactive museum, the world famous Fisherman’s Wharf, and the delicious chocolate factory! But there’s more! There’s always more! This time I went to the zoo!   First off, its huge. There are so many different animals, ones I didn’t even know existed! My family and I had fun walking around trying to spot all of the animals. My favorite was the tiger (who was actually active and walking around–kind of intimidating, but…
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    Packsmith

  • 2014 Year in Review and 2015 Goals

    Fred Perrotta
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Last year, inspired by Chris Guillebeau’s Annual Review, we recapped 2013 and laid out our goals for 2014. Writing that post and reading the feedback that you left was helpful. Today, we continue this tradition. First, we will review our 2014 goals to see what went well and what did not go well. Then we will lay out what’s coming up in 2015 so that you know what to look forward to and can hold us accountable for hitting our goals. 2014 Year in Review We outlined our 2014 goals in last year’s post. In short, our goals were: Launch the Tortuga Air Start shipping internationally…
  • Top 10 Posts of 2014

    Fred Perrotta
    11 Dec 2014 | 5:45 am
    As the year winds down, let’s take a look back at our most popular blog posts of 2014. Next week, we’ll revisit our goals for 2014 and give you a glimpse of what’s to come in 2015. Is a Backpack a Personal Item? Airlines don’t agree on what a personal item is and rarely publish sizing rules for personal items. Follow this handy guide to know what you can bring aboard your flight other than your carry on luggage. The Definitive Carry On Packing List The conclusion of our 3-part, carry on packing series. This post outlines everything you need to bring to fit a…
  • Share Your Packing and Gear Knowledge: Write for Packsmith

    Fred Perrotta
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:36 am
    Most people dread packing, but you love it. You are a meticulous list maker. You have a strong opinion on the best brand of socks. You could pack for a weeklong trip while blindfolded. You love the articles on this blog but know you can do ever better. If that sounds like you, join us and share your knowledge with other travelers. We are looking for paid freelance writers to contribute to Packsmith, the Tortuga Backpacks’ blog. At Tortuga Backpacks, our mission is to help people take amazing trips. Packsmith supports this goal by helping travelers decide what to bring and how to pack it.
  • Packing for 12 Days in the Tortuga Air

    Fred Perrotta
    6 Nov 2014 | 6:04 am
    Earlier this week, I returned from a 12-day trip to China. There I met with our suppliers and attended the Canton Fair, a massive import/export trade show. As a personal challenge, I packed for my trip in only the Tortuga Air. We usually recommend the Air for short trips, from one to three nights. I wanted to show an example of extreme light packing and to demonstrate that you can travel indefinitely even in a small bag. This approach isn’t for everyone, but perhaps you can find a more sensible middle ground for yourself. Today’s post will outline what I packed for the 12 day trip…
  • We’re Hiring. Work With Us and Our Awesome Customers.

    Fred Perrotta
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:20 am
    Applications are now closed. Thank you for your interest. We will be posting more opportunities in the future. Keep an eye here and on our jobs page. Do you love to travel and, more importantly, talk about travel? Have you ever helped someone else plan a trip? Are you the go-to source of travel info for your friends? Then we want you to join our team as a Concierge. You’ll help fellow travelers choose the right gear and ensure they have a great trip. But first, a bit of information about us. Why Tortuga Backpacks? We are a small, fast-growing company that’s just starting to hit its…
 
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    Panoramic Earth

  • Dunkeld Bridge Looking Downstream (Dunkeld)

    24 Dec 2014 | 2:42 am
    Dunkeld Bridge Looking Downstream - Dunkeld visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Dunkeld Bridge Looking Downstream' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Perth And Kinross.Panorama photographed by stuart robertson who wrote:On dunkeld bridge looking downstream.
  • Old Bridge In The Hermitage (Dunkeld)

    24 Dec 2014 | 2:42 am
    Old Bridge In The Hermitage - Dunkeld visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Old Bridge In The Hermitage' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Perth And Kinross.Panorama photographed by stuart robertson who wrote:An old bridge crossing the river braan, a really nice spot in the hermitage, a place well worth visiting.
  • Dunkeld Bridge Looking Upstream (Dunkeld)

    24 Dec 2014 | 2:39 am
    Dunkeld Bridge Looking Upstream - Dunkeld visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Dunkeld Bridge Looking Upstream' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Perth And Kinross.Panorama photographed by stuart robertson who wrote:on dunkeld bridge looking upstream, quite a nice spot.
  • On the Cobb Highway north of Ivanhoe (Cobb Highway)

    23 Dec 2014 | 2:44 am
    On the Cobb Highway north of Ivanhoe - Cobb Highway visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'On the Cobb Highway north of Ivanhoe' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from New South Wales.Panorama photographed by klaus mayer who wrote:Panorama of outback scenery on the Cobb Highway north of Ivanhoe, New South Wales, Australia. The Long Paddock touring route runs along this remote 591 kilometre long State Highway which was named after the Cobb and Co company which ran stagecoaches in Australia.
  • Evening Scene Dunkeld (Dunkeld)

    23 Dec 2014 | 1:45 am
    Evening Scene Dunkeld - Dunkeld visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Evening Scene Dunkeld' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Perth And Kinross.Panorama photographed by stuart robertson who wrote:I thought for my 500th photograph on the site i'd put something special on the site, this is one of my favourite pictures i've taken in a long time. A simple image taken as the sun had just gone done, and mist was forming around the tree, i had to put the cameras iso to it's highest setting to take the photo…
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    Disney Guide | Unofficial Disney World Guide | Disney World Unofficial Guide

  • Disney Parks After Dark: Holiday Wishes at Disney’s Contemporary Resort

    admin
    25 Dec 2014 | 5:01 pm
    Tonight’s Disney Parks After Dark image was shot from the top of Disney’s Contemporary Resort of “Holiday Wishes: Celebrate the Spirit of the Season” during a recent Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. Gallery Disney Parks After Dark view all We hope you have a very, merry holiday week! Thanks to Mark Willard for the great shot. Disney Parks After Dark: Holiday Wishes at Disney’s Contemporary Resort by Jennifer Fickley-Baker: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog
  • VIDEO: Mele Kalikimaka from Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa!

    admin
    25 Dec 2014 | 3:01 pm
    Cast members from Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, wish you and your ‘ohana a happy holiday! Enjoy the video below, and if you look closely, notice some of your favorite Disney characters are wearing their holiday outfits while vacationing in Hawai’i. From all of us at Aulani to all of you, a very merry Christmas. VIDEO: Mele Kalikimaka from Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa! by Tyler Slater: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog
  • Christmas Trees at the Resorts of Walt Disney World

    admin
    25 Dec 2014 | 1:01 pm
    We thought Christmas Day would be the perfect day to continue our ongoing series featuring beautifully decorated trees from around Disney Parks. This year, we’re focusing on the trees specifically found at the resorts during a visit to Walt Disney World. Each year, my family visits as many of our resorts as we can to see these trees and the amazing holiday decorations. Gallery Christmas Trees at the Resorts of Walt Disney World view all Do you have a favorite resort to visit during the holidays? Let’s us know in the comments. Christmas Trees at the Resorts of Walt Disney World by Thomas…
  • Merry Christmas from the Disneyland Resort

    admin
    25 Dec 2014 | 11:01 am
    Christmas has finally arrived! From all of us here at the Disneyland Resort, we wish you and your family a very merry Christmas. Merry Christmas from the Disneyland Resort by Erin Glover: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog
  • Vintage Walt Disney World: Mickey & Minnie Trimming the Tree

    admin
    25 Dec 2014 | 9:01 am
    Merry Christmas from vintage Walt Disney World! Here’s a glimpse at Mickey and Minnie trimming their tree back in 1989. Happy Holidays! See below for more posts about Vintage Walt Disney World: Vintage Walt Disney World: Disney Carolers Vintage Walt Disney World: Holiday Greetings from Magic Kingdom Park Vintage Walt Disney World: Candlelight Shines At Epcot Vintage Walt Disney World: Mickey & Minnie Trimming the Tree by Nate Rasmussen: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog
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    WordPress.com News

  • New Theme: Radcliffe

    Daniel W. Robert
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:57 pm
    We’re excited to introduce Radcliffe, a crisp new free theme. Radcliffe is a contemporary responsive theme with beautiful typography. It puts your content in the forefront, featuring gorgeous full-width header images. Learn more about Radcliffe at the Theme Showcase, or preview it by going to Appearance → Themes.Filed under: Themes
  • Editors’ Picks of the Year: Notable Reads on WordPress.com

    Cheri Lucas Rowlands
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    Our editors dove into the archives to resurface top posts published on WordPress.com this year, from personal essays to comics, and photography to fiction. Here’s a glimpse of what you published — and what the community especially loved — in 2014. “Ever Wished That Calvin and Hobbes Creator Bill Watterson Would Return to the Comics Page? Well, He Just Did,” Stephan Pastis, Pearls Before Swine “Bill Watterson is the Bigfoot of cartooning,” writes comic artist Stephan Pastis of the legendary Calvin and Hobbes creator. This summer, Pastis collaborated…
  • Field Notes: BlogHer PRO 2014

    Cheri Lucas Rowlands
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Automatticians, the people who build WordPress.com, participate in events and projects around the world every day. Periodically, they report back on the exciting things they do when not in front of a computer — from talking about making great products to using design to tackle social challenges. Recently, Story Wrangler Cheri Lucas Rowlands and Happiness Engineers Carolyn Sonnek, Deborah Beckett, and Jen Hooks attended the third annual BlogHer PRO ’14 conference, an event for professionally minded bloggers looking to take their blogs, brands, and businesses to the next level.
  • One Central Hub for All Your Content

    Andy Peatling
    15 Dec 2014 | 4:04 pm
    Last week, we announced a few updates to the WordPress.com interface, including faster stats and enhanced site management on both desktop and mobile devices. Our push to make all WordPress.com sites faster and easier to access and manage continues. This week, we’re thrilled to unveil a few brand-new features that allow bloggers, publishers, and business owners to run their sites and manage their content from one central hub, no matter what device they’re using. From new blog post and page management tools to Jetpack site integrations, we hope you enjoy the latest additions as much as we…
  • Longreads’ Best of WordPress, Vol. 9

    Mark Armstrong
    12 Dec 2014 | 9:42 am
    Here’s more great reading for you: five stories we love from across all of WordPress. 1. Spaces of Freedom in Iran Jake Threadgould An account of one traveler’s stay in Iran: On my second night in Iran I was invited to a party in a middle-class area of Tehran. Since we were a mixed gendered group with a foreigner (yours truly) in their midst, we had to be reasonably inconspicuous when we stepped out of the car and onto the street. As soon as we stepped over the threshold of the house, however, we were no longer in the Islamic Republic. 2. Livin’ Thing: An Oral History of Boogie…
 
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  • The Entertainer 2015 Singapore Mobile App

    Eunice Khong
    10 Dec 2014 | 12:43 am
    With the Entertainer Singapore mobile app on hand, there’s so much to smile about. With hundreds of Buy-1-Get-1-Free offers from dining and leisure activities to spas and wellness in Singapore as well as free night offers at luxury hotel accommodations in worldwide destinations, we get to enjoy unbeatable savings 7-day a week, all year round […]
  • 100 Doraemon Secret Gadgets Expo

    Eunice Khong
    11 Oct 2014 | 11:28 pm
    Enter the world of Doraemon and friends! The 100 Doraemon Secret Gadgets Expo is just across the border in Johor Bahru. From now till 4th Jan 2015, Doraemon fans can relive the fascinating memories of childhood with the blue robot cat at Johor Bahru City Square. Themed ‘Everyone wants a Doraemon!’, the Expo showcases the […]
  • ‘A Glorious Decade’ @ Hai Tien Lo, Pan Pacific Singapore

    Eunice Khong
    3 Oct 2014 | 7:48 pm
    The weekend staycation at Pan Pacific Singapore was well spent with great company and indulging on quality food. As fans of Cantonese cuisine, we had a sumptuous lunch at Hai Tien Lo (海天楼). The award-winning restaurant serves exquisite dim sum, Peking duck, traditional braised dishes, double boiled soups as well as contemporary dishes such as […]
  • Travel with Visa card

    Eunice Khong
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:03 pm
    Planning for a trip to Myanmar, Vietnam or Laos? Nowadays, travellers can conveniently withdraw local currency from ATMs with their Visa cards and secure card payments at major outlets such as hotels, retailers and dining establishments in these countries. Gone were the days when visitors had to bring in stacks of cash while travelling in […]
  • Staycation @ Pan Pacific Singapore

    Eunice Khong
    27 Sep 2014 | 6:31 am
    When it comes to staycation, there is a nice selection of hotels to luxuriate in, get pampered with 5-star services and satiate the appetite with culinary delights by celebrity chefs. It’s purely rest and relaxation for a short retreat without the hassle of crossing borders. That’s why these days the lazy traveller in me enjoys […]
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    Tourdust Blog

  • Our Top Safari Camps & Lodges 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 and…
  • 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…
  • Our Top 5 Family Friendly Hotels in the USA

    10 Dec 2014 | 5:28 am
    Travelling together as a family can be an immensely bonding experience, full of quality time and a chance to reconnect as a unit. Where you sleep at night and relax after a day out exploring can have a major impact on the enjoyment of your holiday. The majority of hotel accommodation in the USA is in large hotels, which tick all of the boxes for facilities, but can leave you feeling less than inspired about sleeping arrangements - you either all have to cram in one room together sharing beds, or you have to split across rooms. We have chosen our five favourite hotels that offer something a…
  • The Ultimate Walking Safari

    1 Dec 2014 | 8:09 am
    I woke in the early hours, accustomed now to the baboons, the new acoustic was more impressive and significantly closer to home. The distinctive laugh of the hyena shot through the night and it was very close. Thankful for the thin canvas walls, I slowly drifted off back to sleep glad I had taken in it easy on the beer at sunset and I wouldn’t need to brave a visit to the loo. I’ve always been attracted to wild spaces and heading out on foot into the bush has been high on my bucket list for some time. I like luxury as much as the next person, but more than luxury, I crave wild…
  • America's Most Iconic Drives

    19 Nov 2014 | 7:41 am
    With vast horizons, quiet roads which stretch on forever and a plethora of National Parks and Monuments, the USA is a road tripper's dream. The Western states of Colorado, Utah, Arizona, Nevada & California have more than their fair share of the iconic drives stakes. Here are some of the routes which absolutely must not be missed on a USA road trip. 1) Scenic Byway 12, Utah Perhaps one of the most beautiful drives of all time, this road snakes away from Bryce Canyon up through mountains to Capitol Reef National Park.  Covering a distance of 124 miles, the road takes you through…
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    South America Travel News Blog | A Travel Blog All About South America

  • South America’s Melting Pot – São Paulo, Brazil

    Corinna Stanzel
    23 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    São Paulo, Brazil is a metropolis of more than 12 million people. Upon first glance, the city does not have many touristic attractions, which is partly true. It doesn’t show off with beautiful nature, nor with many famous sights to see. However, if you are interested in diving into the diverse sceneries it offers and exploring a […] The post South America’s Melting Pot – São Paulo, Brazil appeared first on South America Travel News Blog | A Travel Blog All About South America.
  • SouthAmerica.travel at New York Times Travel Show in January

    Joseph Olson
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:05 am
    The 12th annual New York Times Travel Show will take place January 23-25, 2015 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York. SouthAmerica.travel is participating in the event once again after a brief hiatus, and will be positioned at booth 444. A full 40% of exhibitors are new this year, meaning attendees of last year’s […] The post SouthAmerica.travel at New York Times Travel Show in January appeared first on South America Travel News Blog | A Travel Blog All About South America.
  • UNESCO Awards Intangible Cultural Heritage Designations Throughout South America

    Joseph Olson
    9 Dec 2014 | 9:12 am
    UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), the intellectual arm of the United Nations, recently awarded four Intangible Cultural Heritage designations throughout South America. The countries of Bolivia, Brazil, Chile and Peru are the respective award recipients for traditional festivals and activities that feature local music, dance, craft-making and more. As UNESCO explains: “Intangible Cultural Heritage thrives […] The post UNESCO Awards Intangible Cultural Heritage Designations Throughout South America appeared first on South America Travel…
  • 5 Star Argentina – Casa Real in Salta

    Joseph Olson
    3 Dec 2014 | 12:40 pm
    “Salta la Linda” (Salta the Beautiful) is both a city and province in the Northwestern region of Argentina. Located along the Tropic of Capricorn, the town enjoys a subtropical highland climate. This means warm, dry weather and a lot of blue sky. With over half a million inhabitants, Salta enjoys its position as the largest […] The post 5 Star Argentina – Casa Real in Salta appeared first on South America Travel News Blog | A Travel Blog All About South America.
  • South America Travel Planning Guide

    Joseph Olson
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:30 am
    South America is a BIG continent! As travel consultants, we know that proper planning is essential to creating an enjoyable trip. If you plan to travel to South America in the next couple years, this guide can help you make sure that every box is checked for a safe, fun and successful adventure. Items covered below include: […] The post South America Travel Planning Guide appeared first on South America Travel News Blog | A Travel Blog All About South America.
 
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  • Glacier Bay National Park

    24 Dec 2014 | 9:44 pm
    Image Credit: National Geographic (By Peter Robertson)Glacier Bay National Park – UNESCO World Heritage SiteGlacier Bay National Park and Preserve is a United State National Park and also a UNESCO World Heritage Site which is in the Panhandle of the state of Alaska, west of Juneau.Glacier Bay became part of a bio national UNESCO World Heritage site and inscribed as a Biosphere in 1986 and undertook an obligation to work with Hoonah and Tlingit Native American organization in handling the protected area, in the year 1994, On February 25, 1925, President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed this…
  • Savannah, Georgia

    22 Dec 2014 | 8:56 am
    Savannah – Oldest City in GeorgiaSavannah is the oldest city in Georgia and the location of one of biggest National Historic Landmark district in the country. It was established in 1733 and became the British colonial capital of the Province of Georgia which later on became the first state capital of Georgia. Savannah, a port city in the American Revolution during the American Civil War is presently an industrial centre as well as an important Atlantic seaport, whichis Georgia’s fifth largest city and the third largest metropolitan area.This amazing destination attracts millions of…
  • Montenegro

    20 Dec 2014 | 4:52 am
    Montenegro – Amazing Tourist Destination Montenegro, a country in the Balkans is on the Adriatic Sea, bordering Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina towards the north, Serbia to its northeast, Kosovo to the east and Albania to the south. Towards the west of Montenegro lies the Adriatic Sea.Due to Yugoslavia’s tragic civil war in 1990, Montenegro’s tourism suffered to a great extent though in recent times tourism in Montenegro has begun to recover along with stabilized situation in the region and is being explored by tourist from across the world.Montenegro received a high level of…
  • Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

    17 Dec 2014 | 1:25 am
    Royal Botanic Gardens – Collections of Conserved Plants/Living Plants/DocumentThe Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew was founded in 1759 and this historic landscape garden features the significant period of the art of gardens during the 18th to 20th centuries, housing botanic collections of conserved plants, living plants as well as documents, which have been enriched all through the centuries. Since its creation, the gardens have made remarkable significant as well as uninterrupted contribution to the study of plant diversity and economic botany.It has also been declared a UNESCO World Heritage…
  • Killarney National Park

    14 Dec 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Killarney National Park – First National Park in IrelandKillarney National Park is besides the town of Killarney, County Kerry, Ireland and was the first national park in Ireland which was created when Muckross Estate was donated in 1932, to the Irish state. The park has been expanded, encompassing around 102.89 km of diverse ecology which includes the Lakes of Killarney, yew and oak woodlands and mountain peaks.The park is of great ecological value due to the quality, diversity and extensiveness of several of its habitats as well as the wide variety of species which they accommodate, some…
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    Travel Deeper with Gareth Leonard | Tourist2Townie.com

  • Beach Park Adventures in Fortaleza

    Gareth
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:19 am
    Beach Park is Brazil’s largest water park and you’d be a fool to think I’d come this far and not go visit. I consider myself a water park aficionado, and when I found out that Beach Park was just a short drive away from downtown Fortaleza, I was all in! With that scheduled for day two in Fortaleza, I spent my first day in town exploring the city. It was hot, very hot, which definitely limited my movement and enthusiasm until the sun went down. However, I really enjoyed Fortaleza, there’s a raw beauty to the old colonial buildings pressed against a beautiful waterfront.
  • Belo Horizonte Through Local Eyes

    Gareth
    12 Dec 2014 | 11:12 am
    The reason I travel the way I do is because I believe local interaction is the key to understanding a place and culture. Building true friendships leads to the most authentic experiences and to me, that’s everything. I was fortunate to meet Rey (Reinaldo), a Belo Horizonte native, and someone who made my trip to the city so special. I also met a few great girls while exploring the city on my own, who showed me a excellent first night in town. After traveling throughout Brazil over the past year, I can say (in my experience) that Belo Horizonte is home to the friendliest people in the…
  • Pantanal Wildlife & Piranha Fishing

    Gareth
    5 Dec 2014 | 8:22 am
    As mentioned in the video, The Pantanal wetlands weren’t even on my radar until I arrived in Brazil. Friends at the tourism board suggested I visit the region, so after a little research, I caught a flight from Rio de Janeiro to Campo Grande for a four-day adventure. Campo Grande is the southern gateway city into the Pantanal, and the meeting point for my peeps at Pantanal Discovery. After a night in the city, I took a shuttle van about three and a half hours northwest before catching a covered pick-up truck to finish the five-hour journey on dirt roads into the wild Pantanal. The lodge was…
  • Rio Othon Palace on Copacabana Beach

    Gareth
    28 Nov 2014 | 8:22 am
    With only 10 days left in Rio de Janeiro, my apartment was scheduled for renovations so I needed to find a place to crash. Luckily, my friends over at the Rio Othon Palace in Copacabana Beach had an extra room available for me. The hotel is one of the tallest and most well known on the Copacabana strip and was my ideal place to finish up my time living in Rio de Janeiro. Along with a series breakfast spread and ridiculous oceanfront views, the rooftop pool was top notch. Breakfast with a view! Rio Othon Palace, Copacabana Beach I actually stayed here while working at the World Cup with the…
  • Beaches & Buggies in Natal Brazil

    Gareth
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:21 pm
    Natal is my favorite city of the four major northeastern Brazilian cities (Fortaleza, Recife, Salvador), because it seems the cleanest, safest and most visually stimulating them all. While Salvador reigns supreme as the culture capital, Natal is undeniably the epicenter of an endless supply of ridiculously beautiful beaches. If you look at a map of Natal Brazil and the surrounding area, there are literally hundreds of beaches to choose from. Look. I only had a few days to meet the city so I divided into two equal parts of relaxation and adventure. On day one I explored a few of the beaches…
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    Trans-Americas Journey

  • Better Than Boquete? – Cerro Punta, Panama

    Karen Catchpole, CWO (Chief Writing Officer)
    23 Dec 2014 | 6:15 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 - Better Than Boquete? – Cerro Punta, Panama Boquete is beautiful. The coffee plantations. The bird watching. The hiking trails and natural climbing walls. The refreshing weather. The expats (or at least the diverse restaurants they attract). However, Cerro Punta–with its awesome agriculture, Swiss chalet architecture and proximity to Volcán Barú National Park (home to the tallest mountain in Panama)…
  • Devils & Drag Queens: The Secrets of Corpus Christi – La Villa de Los Santos, Panama

    Karen Catchpole, CWO (Chief Writing Officer)
    6 Dec 2014 | 2:52 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 - Devils & Drag Queens: The Secrets of Corpus Christi – La Villa de Los Santos, Panama La Villa de Los Santos is the center of many of Panama’s annual festivals including much of the madness of the country’s best Carnival celebration. We traveled back to La Villa de Los Santos on the Azuero Peninsula to uncover some of the secrets of Corpus Christi which, it turns out, include devils and drag queens.
  • Western Beaches of Panama – Isla Boca Brava & Playa Las Lajas

    Karen Catchpole, CWO (Chief Writing Officer)
    3 Dec 2014 | 1:32 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 - Western Beaches of Panama – Isla Boca Brava & Playa Las Lajas While not exactly untouched, Isla Boca Brava and Playa Las Lajas are not nearly as visited as Panama’s more well-known beach destinations like the islands in the Bocas del Toro Archipelago and that’s part of the charm of traveling to the western beaches of Panama. Isla Boca Brava Hotels To get to the 30 square mile (77 square km)…
  • Get Our Favorite Sunscreen for FREE

    Karen Catchpole, CWO (Chief Writing Officer)
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:54 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 - Get Our Favorite Sunscreen for FREE We’ve used KINeSYS sunscreen since day one of our little road trip (that’s nearly eight years and counting) and except for a handful of times when we’ve neglected to apply it, this sunscreen has kept us sunburn free as we’ve traveled through and explored the (very sunny) Americas. Now you can get our favorite sunscreen for free in our latest tried and…
  • Don’t Hate Us Because We’re Going BACK to the Galapagos

    Eric Mohl, CPO (Chief Photography Officer)
    17 Nov 2014 | 8:33 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 - Don’t Hate Us Because We’re Going BACK to the Galapagos We’re almost embarrassed to tell you this, but we’re going BACK to the Galapagos Islands. In early 2014 we fulfilled a travel dream and explored Ecuador’s Galapagos Islands for a week on board the M/Y Grace (honeymooned on by Grace Kelly) to produce a feature about the historic boat and iconic islands for the Biography…
 
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    Barbados Vacation Specials

  • Direct Car Rentals: This Week's Special

    23 Dec 2014 | 4:23 am
    Minivan SPECIAL HUGH discounts on Minivan Rentals between Jan 6 and Jan 17. Best Value Guaranteed. Book on-line NOW and save!! (promo code DR1501) 
  • Realholidays: re-DISCOVER Barbados restaurants

    22 Dec 2014 | 11:21 am
    Enjoy a 3 course dinner, including a bottle of wine per couple, tax and service charge, at top Barbados restaurants for US$50 per person! 
  • All Seasons Resort - Europa: Winter Sale

    17 Dec 2014 | 11:33 am
    Book now for travel before April 15, 2015 at the rate of US$ 142.00 per night or travel after April 16th 2015 at special rate of US$ 92.00, single or double occupancy, in selected room categories. Email us at reservations@allseasonsresort.bb for details. 
  • All Seasons Resort - Europa: Book now and save

    17 Dec 2014 | 11:30 am
    Book now for travel before April 15, 2015 at the rate of US$ 142.00 per night or travel after April 16th 2015 at special rate of US$ 92.00, single or double occupancy, in selected room categories. Email us at reservations@allseasonsresort.bb for details. 
  • Yellow Bird Hotel: Discounted Rates in December and January!

    9 Dec 2014 | 4:28 am
    St. Lawrence Gap hotel offering 20% off in December & January! Discounted rates on all oceanfront studios and two-bedroom suites with free WIFI, air-con, kitchenette, cable TV and balcony! BOOK NOW to see this gorgeous sunset from your balcony! 
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  • Five Tips for Visiting New York with Babies and Little Kids

    Corinne
    9 Dec 2014 | 8:04 pm
    Empire State Daddy Our recent trip to New York City raised a few eyebrows. People were genuinely surprised that we grown-ups would have any fun in New York. What was so refreshing about that trip was that as a family we could embrace being tourists and actually do and see touristy things that I was simply “too cool” to do before. The kids loved New York, and we loved seeing it through their eyes for the first time. Nevertheless, New York City can be overstimulating for adults as well as kids. If you’re planning a trip, finding flights to New York is the easy part. Have Baby…
  • Ideas for Merry Holiday Family Travel

    Corinne
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:34 pm
    Somehow it’s the middle of November already–the weather is colder and the holidays are creeping up! If you’ll be making some holiday family travel plans for this winter, it’s time to get started! Travel budgets tend to take a back seat to holiday wish lists, but according to TD, over 80 per cent of Canadians are members of at least one travel rewards program. It’s time to use those points to put towards a present for yourself–a vacation! When using points, booking early is key to securing the flights and accommodations you want. And here are five ideal (and…
  • Travel Insurance Pregnancy Coverage

    Corinne
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:25 pm
    Anaheim Urgent Care Clinic, CA On almost every family vacation we’ve taken, we’ve used our travel insurance to cover a medical expense. I’m not exaggerating. Maybe we’re a little more accident-prone or unlucky than most–but either way–when we get home, after filling out a few complicated forms and photocopying a gazillion recipts, we’re reimbursed for the expenses we usually have to pay up front. The most we’ve had to pay (up front)  is a few hundred dollars. Not $1,000,000, like Jennifer Huculak and her husband Darren Kimmel from Humboldt,…
  • California Love: A Taste of Orange County

    Corinne
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:12 pm
    Huntington Beach, CA We went to California this summer. I instantly fell in love. I certainly wasn’t expecting to, and maybe that’s why I did. I’ve been to many beautiful places and I just couldn’t see how California could compare. Well it does, and I’m a bit embarrassed to say that I still can’t put my finger on exactly why. There’s a reason there’s like, a gazillion songs about California. Going there, dreaming about there, never leaving there… I get it now. California’s many diverse cities could hardly be classified as “less…
  • Planning a Family Getaway to New York City

    Corinne
    5 Nov 2014 | 8:07 pm
    © NYC & Company/Julienne Schaer It’s one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations and the second largest city in North America, so it seems a bit odd to classify New York City as a “City Less Traveled” for Hipmunk. But I’ll bet New York is probably not the first place that comes to mind when planning a family vacation. One of Have Baby Will Travel‘s very first articles was submitted by a colleague who traveled to Manhattan with her toddler and had a fabulous time, so it’s always been top of mind to bring my kids there. I like to think of…
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    mydiscoverireland.com

  • 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…
  • CARHIRE.ie Profile

    admin
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:29 am
          www.carhire.ie +353 1 844 1944 CARHIRE.ie offers cheap car hire service to locals and tourists visiting Ireland. Executive Trust owns CARHIRE.ie and Europcar Ireland provides CARHIRE.ie a large car & van vehicles of over 5000. CARHIRE.ie offers customers choice of 14 car hire locations in Ireland; Athlone, Cavan Town, Cork City, Cork Airport, Dublin Airport, Dublin City, Dublin North, Galway City, Kerry Airport, Knock Airport, Navan, Portlaoise, Shannon Airport and Waterford. CARHIRE.ie will be expanding to more rental locations in 2015. CARHIRE.ie’s map…
  • Irish Car Rentals profile

    admin
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:59 am
        www.irishcarrentals.com + 353 61 206025 Irish Car Rentals provides car & van rental service to clients and customers  in Ireland with a large fleet of over 2,500 to cater their needs. Irish Car Rentals carry a full range of cars & vans from economy, compact to people carriers and the fleet is supplied by Europcar. Irish Car Rentals was founded in 1984 and have been operating car rental business for over 29 years becoming Ireland’s leading independent car hire company. The office’s headquaters is based in North Dublin, Santry and has a network of…
  • Best Small Towns to visit in Ireland

    admin
    15 Dec 2014 | 2:13 am
    Best Small Towns to visit in Ireland Ireland’s hospitable population, rolling hills, and lively cities make it one of the great countries of the world to visit. Yet for all the visitors that places like Dublin and Cork receive, there’s something to be said for the small, historic villages that represent the absolute best of Ireland. With that in mind, we’ve put together some useful information about some of the best small towns in the country and how they can be visited. Preparing to Travel Visiting the very best small towns of Ireland makes for a truly memorable holiday, but they’re…
 
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    GoNOLA.com

  • GoNOLA Recommends: 5 Things To Do In New Orleans This Weekend

    Sara Watson
    24 Dec 2014 | 9:55 am
    On Friday, Kermit Ruffins and his band will boogie at the Blue Nile while Big Deal Burlesque peels off its winter layers at Freret Street Publiq House. You’ll still find holiday events aplenty, too, from the Cabildo’s Creole Christmas Historic Home Tour to the Moscow Ballet’s performance of The Great Russian Nutcracker at the Saenger. Friday, December 26 1. Kermit … Read the rest -»
  • Interview With Bianca Del Rio, Winner of ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’

    Dustin Woehrmann
    24 Dec 2014 | 8:38 am
    Bianca Del Rio Bianca Del Rio, the winner of season 6 of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” is a West Bank native who made a name for herself as a performer and costume designer in New Orleans before moving to New York. She recently performed two sold out shows on her “Rolodex of Hate” tour at House of Blues New Orleans. We … Read the rest -»
  • GoNOLA Top 5: Where to Get Macaroni and Cheese in New Orleans

    Emily Smith
    23 Dec 2014 | 12:33 pm
    The holidays are here and that doesn’t just mean sugary treats and spiked drinks, it also means indulging in some of your favorite savory comfort foods. Though it may not be as typical a holiday side as the ubiquitous green bean casserole, macaroni and cheese has earned its way onto the plates and into the bellies of many New Orleans … Read the rest -»
  • GoNOLA Find: House of Broel

    Liz Beeson
    22 Dec 2014 | 1:18 pm
    New Orleans loves to celebrate the weird and wonderful across all periods of time, from vampires to Voodoo — but dolls and frogs? For this week’s GoNOLA Find, we visit the historic House of Broel on St. Charles Avenue, where you’ll find both. House of Broel exterior (photo: via House of Broel) Nestled in the beautiful Garden District neighborhood, this … Read the rest -»
  • GoNOLA Recipes at Home: Satsuma Compote with Basil and Cinnamon

    Sara Watson
    21 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    Easy to peel and delectably juicy, satsumas brighten up meal time with a citrusy pop of flavor. Today’s recipe, a satsuma compote from Crescent City Farmers Market, is a versatile topper for just about any kind of dish. Notes of basil work well with savory mains like roasted pork or a holiday turkey, while the addition of cinnamon makes it … Read the rest -»
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    Vagobond

  • Lapland – Home of Reindeer, Sami People, and Santa

    Vago Damitio
    25 Dec 2014 | 11:27 am
    No matter where you live, you don’t hear someone say “I’m taking a trip to Lapland” very often. Lapland is a region that stretches through Russia, Norway, Sweden, and Finland.... Come to Vagobond to read the rest - it's better with pictures!!!!
  • Santa Claus – Extraordinary World Traveler Vagabond

    Vago Damitio
    24 Dec 2014 | 6:30 am
    Earlier this year, before her 1st birthday, my daughter had the opportunity to visit the real home of Santa Claus. You Might Also Enjoy: Dublin Christmas – Portrait of the City as a... Come to Vagobond to read the rest - it's better with pictures!!!!
  • Top 5 Last Minute European Christmas City Breaks

    Vago Damitio
    23 Dec 2014 | 7:22 am
    Taking a European Christmas city break around this time is an absolute must- do. The plethora of light switch-ons, shows, festivals and events means that you’ll never have the same experience... Come to Vagobond to read the rest - it's better with pictures!!!!
  • A Guide to Christmas Markets in and around Germany

    Guest
    22 Dec 2014 | 12:30 pm
    It is worth noting that there hundreds of different markets in and around Germany. Clearly, some are more well-known than others, and they moreover vary in size. You Might Also Enjoy: Top 5 Last... Come to Vagobond to read the rest - it's better with pictures!!!!
  • Top Three European Christmas Destinations

    Guest
    21 Dec 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Christmas in Europe is delightful, no matter where you go. The marriage of old world charm with unique traditions makes for a lovely holiday. You Might Also Enjoy: Dublin Christmas – Portrait... Come to Vagobond to read the rest - it's better with pictures!!!!
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  • 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…
  • Snorkeling Tortuga Island – Montezuma Costa Rica

    Rachel Denning
    7 Aug 2014 | 4:11 pm
    It’s raining?! Rain, in the morning? That’s strange. It is rainy season on the Nicoya Peninsula, and the thunderstorms are incredible. But they’re usually in the evenings or at night, shaking the house, lighting up the sky and waking us up with their intensity. Rain in the morning doesn’t bother me… except that we’re doing something today that I’ve really been looking forward to. It will stop. Right?? Click Here to Follow our Alaska to Argentina Adventures! Get Answers to 101 FAQs About Our Crazy, Nomadic Life!   It doesn’t stop, and we…
 
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  • Silent Boxing Day: A Blue Christmas at Sony Center Berlin

    Anne-Sophie Redisch
    26 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    A blue Christmas at the futuristic Sony Center Berlin Silent Boxing Day: A Blue Christmas at Sony Center Berlin is a post from Sophie's World
  • Al Ain Oasis

    Anne-Sophie Redisch
    23 Dec 2014 | 6:50 am
    Oasis – it’s such a wonderful word, isn’t it? Like haven, or sanctuary. The proper definition, the Oxford Dictionary tells me, is a fertile spot in a desert, where water is found. And that is just what Al Ain is. An oasis. A garden at the edge of the fabled Empty Quarter, inhabited for more than 4000 years. It’s a green city, with tree-lined streets, plenty of parks and seven oases. (It’s also a city of roundabouts, seems like there’s one at every corner.) To maintain a green focus, buildings can’t be higher than four floors. When I was a youngster, I…
  • Silent Sunday: The verdant landscape of the Coromandel coast

    Anne-Sophie Redisch
    21 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    The verdant landscape of the Coromandel coast, North Island in New Zealand Silent Sunday: The verdant landscape of the Coromandel coast is a post from Sophie's World
  • Most popular Instagrams in November 2014

    Anne-Sophie Redisch
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    I’m enjoying Instagram more and more. The majority of last month’s faves are from Southern Norway. But let’s let the photos speak for themselves; here are our most popular Instagrams in November. 1. Finnemarka, Norway The single most popular photo is this forest scene from our cabin. I really like this one myself. 2. Lista, Norway At Lista in Southern Norway, there’s this lovely little fishing village named Jøllestø. 3. Al Ain, United Arab Emirates Moving to a warmer corner of the world for a bit, here’s a little river running underground from Oman to the…
  • Silent Sunday: Little boats on the beach, Alghero in Sardinia

    Anne-Sophie Redisch
    14 Dec 2014 | 8:16 am
    Characteristic little boats pulled up on the beach, Alghero in Sardinia, Italy. Silent Sunday: Little boats on the beach, Alghero in Sardinia is a post from Sophie's World
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  • Malware Warnings

    Phil Hollows
    24 Dec 2014 | 6:05 am
    Update Looks like the reviews have completed and things are back to normal. Some systems will cache the earlier results, and the updates may take a while to roll out. If you’re still seeing warnings, please try Ctrl+F5 to refresh your browser’s local cache. Original Post If you’re seeing a “malware warning” when clicking through to FeedBlitz this morning, yikes, that can be scary. For the record, rest assured, we are safe; we have a review pending with Google this morning. Meanwhile it IS safe to click through, FeedBlitz itself hasn’t been damaged and…
  • .@Wistia videos now supported in FeedBlitz emails

    Phil Hollows
    23 Dec 2014 | 11:50 am
    Video in email is a pain. Unless you’re an HTML5 guru and only want your emails working on iOS devices, video just plain doesn’t work in email. FeedBlitz has long supported video providers such as YouTube and Vimeo and more, by automatically converting videos from these systems into thumbnails that work great in email. Today, we’ve added up-and-comer Wistia to the list of supported video services. So if you are on the FeedBlitz web site, what you see next is a Wistia corporate video in their video player. If you get this via email, however, you’ll see a thumbnail…
  • Hurry up and Wait: Delayed Gratification for Autoresponders

    Phil Hollows
    8 Dec 2014 | 7:28 am
    FeedBlitz has offered comprehensive, multi-step autoresponders for years now. They’re great for saying thanks, delivering incentives, or offering multi-step courses. Couple an autoresponder sequence to other lists using FeedBlitz’s triggers, start a signup with a parser, and you’ve got a very capable automated email marketing solution. A typical autoresponder sequence starts immediately. You sign up for a list, and your incentive is delivered right away. You make your purchase, et voila! A thank you missive is en route, toute suite. It’s what people expect to happen.
  • So long, Zombie Google Reader

    Phil Hollows
    1 Dec 2014 | 6:29 am
    We all know how to stop a zombie, right? Get it in the head. Fine in the movies or “The Walking Dead,” but it’s not so simple for zombie products or technologies. Case in point: Google Reader. The product was “killed” by Google in the middle of 2013, and it was no longer available to end users. So it was dead and buried, right? Wrong. It was a zombie. The back end of Google Reader kept on plugging away, checking feeds, dutifully reporting how many subscribers it was polling on behalf of. Like the Energizer bunny, It kept on going and going and going … until…
  • For the Fallen – We Will Remember Them

    Phil Hollows
    11 Nov 2014 | 4:15 am
    They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them. From “For the Fallen” by Robert Laurence Binyon For the benefit of my mostly US audience, in the UK and many other countries we buy paper poppies around the 11th to commemorate those who served and those who fell during the World Wars. The poppies specifically memorialize the killing fields in France and Belgium during WWI where the “lions led by donkeys” on both sides killed each other in…
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  • 101 Stocking Stuffers for Men Who Love Travel

    Raymond Walsh
    7 Dec 2014 | 7:17 pm
    Christmas Stocking Stuffer Gift Ideas for Men Well, it’s that time of year again. You know, Santa, sleigh, reindeer. And Christmas shopping. Oh the Christmas shopping. In an effort to ease the pain of shopping for the man on your Christmas list (because everyone says that men are hard to shop for), I’ve compiled a holiday gift guide of 101 Stocking Stuffers for Men Who Love Travel. I tried to find unique, useful, fun, and inexpensive gift ideas wherever possible.  So why only stocking stuffers you say? Many holiday gift guides only concentrate on the big-ticket item gifts (the iPads, the…
  • Make screening a breeze this winter

    editor
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:10 pm
    The fine folks at the Canadian Airport Transport Security Authority (CATSA) are responsible for ushering you through airport security lines year round, but their job becomes about a zillion times more difficult over the Christmas season. I’m talking to you with the boots and the coats and the wrapped Christmas gifts and the bottles of Christmas cheer bellying up to the screening line. Yes. You. They asked if they could share a guest post and video on best practices for a saner airport experience this holiday season, and I was only too happy to oblige. So over to you CATSA……
  • Croissant Craving at the Poznan Croissant Museum

    Raymond Walsh
    13 Nov 2014 | 9:46 am
    Okay people of Poznan, you’ve got some explaining to do. How did I not know about the Poznan Croissant Museum before my visit to your cute little town? Why is it not screamed from the rooftops? Why is there no town crier bellowing “Hear Ye, Hear Ye” at the top of his (or her) lungs? Why did I only happen upon it on my last day there, just minutes before the last show of the day? I mean, people…it’s a museum for CROISSANTS! The Poznan Croissant Museum (Rogalowe Muzeum Poznania) is a relatively new attraction in Poznan. And although the name is a little misleading (there are no dusty…
  • Whatever you do, do not go to the Owl Museum on top of Penang Hill

    Raymond Walsh
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:06 am
    The Owl Museum, George Town, Penang, Malaysia “Whatever you do, do not go to the Owl Museum on top of Penang Hill.” That was one of many negative TripAdvisor reviews of the Owl Museum in Penang, Malaysia, but by no means was it the most harsh. “A Waste of Time and Money” “Insanity! Don’t fall for it. If you like just giving money away – I will send you my address.” “Such a Rip-Off!”  “No real owls inside.”” “It actually made me a headache after going through.” “Don’t be a twit twoo.” “This is the most terrible museum I went in my life.”…
  • Malaysia’s Laguna Redang Island Resort

    Raymond Walsh
    19 Oct 2014 | 7:52 am
    Laguna Redang Island Resort, Terengganu, Malaysia The thing I liked most about Laguna Redang Island Resort was something that I didn’t even get to see, or touch, or feel, or even experience. Yes, there is powdery white sand. And super-comfy beds. And views to die for. There’s even plenty of clownfish (you know, the Finding Nemo type) chilling in the waters off the beach. Even a popular Hong Kong movie called Summer Holiday was filmed here. (That’s the tea house from the movie below, now the resort’s gift shop.) But I had never seen the movie, so it wasn’t that. It does play 24/7 on…
 
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  • 6 Terrific Things to See and Do in Tallinn

    Andy Jarosz
    23 Dec 2014 | 2:59 am
    It’s almost 25 years since Estonia emerged from the disintegrating USSR and became an independent nation, and in that time many thousands of visitors have been charmed by its capital Tallinn. With its picturesque town square and an admirable dedication to recreating ‘ye olde medieval towne’, it was never short of reasons to visit. And although there was a period when its reputation was under threat from the hordes of bawdy British stag parties, it’s now survived all that to remain a top European city break. So what is there to see and do in the Estonian capital? Here…
  • Top Destinations for 2015

    Martin Solly
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:14 am
    If you’re anything like us you’ll already be thinking about, if not going ahead and booking, your trips for 2015. And if you’re not, well trust us, it’s the best tonic for when you’re all down in the dumps in January. But where to go this coming year? Don’t worry, we’ve done the research so you don’t have to, picking out 5 destinations that are looking hot hot hot for the year ahead. So get in-the-know about the places to go, and start planning 2015’s trips today with our Top Destinations for 2015… Singapore It’s fair to say it’s all about Singapore this year. The…
  • Free Stay Friday

    Adam Hutcheson
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    For this week’s #FreeStayFriday, we’ll be taking you to the trendy seaside town of Newquay, for a stay at the Legacy Hotel Victoria  The perfect place to discover the beautiful Cornish coast, this charming hotel is located right in the centre of  Newquay.Take your pick from French,  Mexican or traditional English cuisine from the on-site restaurants, or simply enjoy the unspoiled sea views from the comfort of your room. Ahh, lovely. So, if you’d like to win a one-night stay here with breakfast for two people, make sure youjoin in this week’s #FreeStayFriday…
  • Vilnius and its Historic Highlights

    Andy Jarosz
    5 Dec 2014 | 8:08 am
    Vilnius has been one of Europe’s great cities for hundreds of years. It was an important centre of culture long before Ryanair and Easyjet came along bringing stag parties and spawning a reputation for lively, often seedy nightlife. But as the airlines have expanded and the stag groups have gradually spread themselves across Europe’s other low-cost destinations, so Vilnius is once again becoming a leading city for a cultural city break. On a recent trip to the Lithuanian capital I explored some of the city’s highlights and delved into its many layers of history……
  • 19 Fabulously Festive Things to do in London this Christmas

    Mark Elwood
    28 Nov 2014 | 5:52 am
    It’s so very very nearly December – which means we’re totally fine to start talking about Christmas, right? Right. So let’s talk about Christmas in London, because there are few better places to enjoy the festive cheer than the capital… And that’s why here at LateRooms.com we’ve been busying ourselves like Santa’s elves to bring you a list of some of the top festivities going on in London this winter. So get ready to début your Christmas jumper and head down to the Big Smoke to tick off this list of festive fun… 1. Gorge on Glühwein…
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  • Christmas tree recalls still more travel memories

    Dominique King
    23 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Decorating our Christmas tree each year evokes many memories of our past travels because holiday ornaments are often the souvenirs that I bring back from our favorite trips. I did a story about some of my favorite ornaments and the trips they brought to mind shortly after I began blogging a half dozen years ago, and I thought it would be fun to do another story about some of the newer ornaments we've acquired since that time and few older ones that I didn't include in the first article! If you've followed Midwest Guest any amount of time, you know that I'm a big fan of…
  • Exploring Chicago Blues with Rosalind Cummings-Yeates

    Dominique King
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:25 am
    Normally I might tell folks I hope they don't get the blues for the holidays, but when it comes to great blues music, I'd certainly change my tune. One of my favorite travel memories is of visiting Chicago was heading over to Buddy Guy's Legends nightclub for a show starring contemporary blues great, Shemekia Copeland. It was a special pleasure then to reconnect with the electrifying Copeland while revisiting the Windy City's historic and current lively blues scene via a virtual guided tour by reading the new book, Exploring Chicago Blues: Inside the Scene, Past and Present by Chicago…
  • Midwest reads: More great Midwest-related books to give or receive!

    Dominique King
    11 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Here are a few more Midwest-related books that, although they deal with pretty serious subjects, I've enjoyed reading recently: Washed Away: How the Great Flood of 1913, America's Most Widespread Natural Disaster, Terrorized a Nation and Changed it Forever by Geoff Williams-So, this isn't the most cheerful holiday reading, but this book certainly contained all sorts of fascinating stories about a flood I've seen mentioned from time to time as I've traveled around the Midwest. A series of tornados (particularly centered in Omaha, Nebraska) and floods spreading out across the Midwest with…
  • Midwest reads: Great Midwest-related books to give or receive!

    Dominique King
    9 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Here are a few Midwest-related books that I've enjoyed reading recently: Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted: And all the Brilliant Minds Who Made the Mary Tyler Moore Show a Classic by Jennifer Keishin-What made this 1970s television show set in Minneapolis such an enduring classic? This show inspired Oprah to pursue a career in television and inspired many more women with the idea that they could do anything they wanted to do in their lives. Folks watching reruns of this show today may think that they are watching a typical 1970s sitcom, but many of us watching this show during its first run had…
  • Check out these great Midwest car collections! (Part 2)

    Dominique King
    4 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    I love visiting automotive museums, and it seems like I'm not the only one who loves checking out cool car collections here in the Midwest. I recently thought it might be fun to post a collection of car-related story links from my own Midwest Guest archives, and decided to ask some fellow Midwest travel bloggers if I could share some of their car collection story links in my list as well. There was, as I suspected, a number of great posts about Midwest car collections, and I ended up with a list of links large enough to do two posts! Here is the second part of my list of Midwest car…
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  • L’Appartamento Borgo, Le Marche, Italy

    Ariane Andrew
    23 Dec 2014 | 10:39 am
    Resurrected from profound disrepair by London expats and internationally renowned architects and designers, this 17th century hilltop apartment has been reborn as a chic and contemporary home thatâ��s a refreshing interpretation in contemporary style.   Set on a hilltop compound in the small village of Arcevia in Italyâ��s Marche region, the property offers breathtaking 360 degree views of the bucolic countryside. The meticulous exterior stonework restoration and complete transformation…
  • Borgo Vista, Le Marche, Italy

    Ariane Andrew
    23 Dec 2014 | 10:39 am
    Resurrected from profound disrepair by London expats and internationally renowned architects and designers, this 17th century hilltop apartment has been reborn as a chic and contemporary home thatâ��s a refreshing interpretation in contemporary style.   Set on a hilltop compound outside the small village of Arcevia in Italyâ��s Marche region, the property offers breathtaking 360 degree views of the bucolic countryside. The meticulous exterior stonework restoration and complete transformation of the interiors lend a renewed vitality and chic contemporary update…
  • Events at La Sirena, Topanga, California

    Bill Buerge
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:23 am
    Celebrated in song and later inspired by Shakespeare’s Mermaid Tavern, this fabled retreat features a fascinating history, classic beauty and a stunning mountain landscape. A popular venue for retreats, weddings, memorials, benefits and location shoots, as well as the site of community events, parties and gatherings over the years, this is one of our favorites places to get inspired, get creative and compose an intimate and memorable event.     Originally built as a country club house in 1930 when the Santa Monica Mountains were a distant and very rural destination, La…
  • Hotel Rural, Chaves, Portugal

    Fernando Moura
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:47 am
    Sitting gracefully atop a hill on over five acres of land overlooking the countryside, this boutique hotel has been extensively restored, revitalized and adapted for modern times without sacrificing it’s historic beauty and character. Family owned and operated, the restoration of this 18th century manor house is a masterful design achievement that showcases all of the original features and architectural characteristics of the house while expanding and blending it seamlessly with contemporary sophistication. The minimalist clean lines and contemporary furnishings and decor, highlight the…
  • La Camera Ancona, Le Marche, Italy

    Ariane Andrew
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:27 am
    Resurrected from profound disrepair by London expats and internationally renowned architects and designers, this 17th century hilltop apartment has been reborn as a chic and contemporary home that’s a refreshing interpretation in contemporary style.   Set on a hilltop compound in the small village of Arcevia in Italy’s Marche region, the property offers breathtaking 360 degree views of the bucolic countryside. The meticulous exterior stonework restoration and complete transformation of the interiors lend a renewed vitality and chic contempary update to this simple rustic…
 
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  • How Do You Plan To Celebrate Christmas This Year?

    The Aussie Nomad
    7 Dec 2014 | 7:15 am
    As I head into my second Christmas in a row home in Australia I’ve been reflecting on how I’ve spent the last few abroad. First it was with friends I’d made in my first year of living in London, the following years with my then girlfriend and now wife and her family in Belgium chasing that elusive white Christmas. In that time I’ve been able to experience different traditions associated with that time of the year. Like with my wife’s family who celebrate on Christmas Eve and not Christmas Day as I did all my years growing up. I’ve also sampled mulled wine…
  • 4 Travel Gadgets You Need On Your Next Trip (Win A Pack For Yourself)

    The Aussie Nomad
    23 Nov 2014 | 9:21 am
    Being an ex IT guy I’m big into travel gadgets and tech I can take with me on the road. Purists will say try to leave as many gadgets as possible at home and get out there and enjoy the experience of travel, seeing it with your own eyes and not through a camera. And while I somewhat agree it’s nice to be able to capture all those memories to bring home to share with family and friends or to connect with new friends online to continue a friendship. What these devices, computers, cameras, smartphones and tablets need however is power, and lots of it. What you don’t have when…
  • The Problem With Making Decisions On Travel Is…

    The Aussie Nomad
    9 Nov 2014 | 7:32 am
    Travel is an all-consuming all desiring addiction that many of us suffer from enjoy and that’s why making decisions about it are so difficult. The allure of something new, something foreign, something to satisfy that feeling is a drug you can pursue for your entire life. But it’s not the dream that makes decisions so difficult, no no. The problem with decisions for a travel addict is choice. Many of us have a bucket list of items we want to see before we die, that’s longer than it should be and for most of us will never be fully crossed off. The definition of cruel is giving…
  • 5 Things I Feared About Living Abroad

    The Aussie Nomad
    26 Oct 2014 | 10:04 am
    If you’ve had friends that have lived abroad for any length of time then you’ll no doubt have heard all the stories of their adventures, or at least seen the millions of pictures they have uploaded online. It’s an envious lifestyle looking at it from the outside, one week it’s Rome the next is Paris and the one after they are in Dublin. There’s a certain amount of jealousy as you dream of following in their footsteps to move abroad at some point in your life. Living abroad for all intents and purposes is one of the greatest experience you can have in your life…
  • A New Beginning

    The Aussie Nomad
    12 Oct 2014 | 3:37 am
    Since starting this site in December of 2009 I’ve backpacked solo around Europe, lived the expat life in London and spent time living in Belgium and Ireland while trying to work out what to do next. In all that time I’ve seen an experienced some amazing things and I’d do it all again in a heartbeat, it was without a doubt a defining moment in my life. During that time the one thing I’ve always done was keep the stories, information and love for travel flowing right here from this site to help you the reader learn from me and then seek out some travel of your own. As a…
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  • Tuenti — Social Media Evolution in Spain

    Adriana Rios
    12 Dec 2014 | 6:15 am
    MADRID, SPAIN. Ten years ago, it was more difficult for people to connect with family and friends outside of their home country. Social media’s impact over the last decade has changed the way we communicate and interact with people. More specifically, it has had the biggest influence over the lives of today’s youth. The ability of social media to reach hundreds of people at once has made it an outlet for civilians and businesses alike in order to spread information and achieve positive outcomes. In Spain, the use of technology has grown at a slower pace compared to other parts of the…
  • Titian at the Prado: An Interview with Paul Joannides

    Ines Arroyo
    9 Dec 2014 | 2:22 am
    MADRID, SPAIN. Paul Joannides is the Emeritus Professor of the History of Art at the University of Cambridge. An expert in Italian Renaissance painting, Prof. Joannides will be giving a lecture about Titian at the Prado Museum in Madrid on December 10th, 2014. In an exclusive interview, ROOSTERGNN speaks with Prof. Joannides about his most recent discoveries. The Museo del Prado wanted to celebrate its 195th anniversary with an important event focused on the Titian: Danae, Venus and Adonis. The early poesie exhibition. You discovered that the Danae painting, one of the main works in the…
  • Madrid’s Biblioteca Nacional, the heart of Spanish treasures

    Adriana Rios
    28 Nov 2014 | 4:02 am
    MADRID, SPAIN. Do you have exams coming up and need somewhere to study? Do you find yourself going to Starbucks all the time and maybe you need a break from the hustle and bustle of the city cafés? The Biblioteca Nacional de Espaa, also known as the National Library of Spain, is not only a research facility, but it is also the perfect place to lose yourself in your books. The Biblioteca Nacional de Espaa, in short BNE, is the largest public library in Spain and one of the largest libraries in the world. Its large rooms and long tables welcome groups of friends, students, professors, or…
  • Abroad Life: Thanksgiving in Madrid

    Gabrielle Amado
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:58 am
    MADRID, SPAIN. For Americans abroad, this time of year can be an emotional rollercoaster. With the crisp fall air comes a traditional holiday feast that only the United States can produce: Thanksgiving. But perhaps when it comes to Thanksgiving abroad, we are simply not looking hard enough to find it. American traditions have spread throughout the world like wildfire, and Thanksgiving has proven to be no different. While we may be under the impression that Thanksgiving abroad is simply not an option, Madrid has proven that to be a false assumption. With easy access to imported products and…
  • From Cine to Cena

    Gabrielle Amado
    4 Nov 2014 | 12:04 am
    Dinner and a movie? How about dinner at the movies. That’s what Platea offers Madrid’s tourists and locals alike, as the Carlos III Cinema has been converted into 6,000 sq. metros of pure dining heaven. Located in the posh Serrano neighborhood, Platea offers a meal, a drink and a show to satisfy the masses. The gastronomic center is a 4-level theatre prepared to feed and entertain hundreds on any given night. As you walk down Calle Goya and into the Platea’s small entrance, you are met by an array of vibrant colors as a market of fruits and vegetables greets you at the door. But fear…
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  • Merry Christmas decorations photos snapped in Mid Valley

    Cecil Lee
    23 Dec 2014 | 10:59 pm
    Merry Christmas 2015 to all readers and fans of this travel photo blog, Travel Feeder!Many of my friends and relatives are traveling overseas for white and chilly Christmas this year but I would stay back this year for my longing and wistful silent nights at home.Merry Christmas decorations found in various shopping malls around town are always exhilarating to see and raise the festive mood of this Christmas. Here are some of the photos that I snapped in Mid Valley of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia this year. Just for you and hope you love them.The centre stage for Merry Christmas decorations in Mid…
  • My latest travel gadget – iPhone 6 Plus review

    Cecil Lee
    15 Dec 2014 | 1:22 am
    Finally I bought me a new travel gadget for this Christmas holidays, the new Apple iPhone 6 Plus! Essentially my handy working tool for upcoming travels during this festive season, I bought it during the pre-launch online sale a month ago and received it shortly after the official launching date in Malaysia. After using it for about a month, this is the time for me to blog this little iPhone 6 Plus review, in the context of being a gadget or tool on travel.My iPhone 6 Plus review is going to be short and snappy. I’m not going into product details and specification since most of the…
  • Top Motorhome trip planning packing list

    Cecil Lee
    12 Dec 2014 | 10:43 am
    Once you have planned a trip with your motorhome, keep some pointers in mind not only to have a safe and hassle free travel, but also to keep the vehicle safe and sound. One of the prime things that you should not forget is going for a motorhome insurance; there are many agencies that offer insurances, for example this one offers a good trust pilot review. However, apart from this vital aspect you also need to consider many more factors for your trip. Here are few things that you should be including into your packing list when doing your motorhome trip planning.Warning triangleIt is always…
 
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  • Christmas Day Dinner at the Irish Clock, Udon Thani

    Martyn
    14 Dec 2014 | 1:25 am
    If you are in Udon Thani for the coming festive period then Christmas dinner at the Irish Clock may appeal to you. The set menu is shown below and is at a price that must have fallen off the back of Santa’s sleigh. There are three sittings for the splendidly priced dinner – 11-30am, 2-30pm and 5-30pm. The three [...] (Visited 76 times, 2 visits today) The post Christmas Day Dinner at the Irish Clock, Udon Thani appeared first on Beyond The Mango Juice.
  • Thai Village Food – Cuisine Crimes

    Martyn
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:50 am
    The idea for this post, Thai Village Food – Cuisine Crimes, came about from a tongue-in-cheek post I made on Facebook group Thailand Wine & Dine. My contribution to the Pattaya based group, which gives reviews of members dining experiences in Thailand, was well received but did however question my skills as a culinary artist. I’ve [...] (Visited 127 times, 1 visits today) The post Thai Village Food – Cuisine Crimes appeared first on Beyond The Mango Juice.
  • Bubba’s Bar and Grill in Udon Thani For Sale

    Martyn
    13 Nov 2014 | 12:44 pm
    Bubba’s Bar and Grill in Udon Thani is one of the most popular bars and restaurants in the city and TripAdvisor currently ranks it number 3 out of 95 restaurants in Udon Thani. The well-established bar and grill has a tried-and-true reputation for its quality food, excellent service and its sunny side up hosts Bubba and Jun. It’s a credible turnkey business [...] (Visited 116 times, 1 visits today) The post Bubba’s Bar and Grill in Udon Thani For Sale appeared first on Beyond The Mango Juice.
  • Thai Village Life – Som Tum Spicy Thai Salad

    Martyn
    8 Nov 2014 | 2:41 am
    Early this year my Thai partner Wonderful Wi set up shop in our village garden selling som tum (spicy papaya salad). A Thai style thatch roof kitchen was built and the village’s newest snack service rolled out. It wasn’t by any means an innovative business idea, but there was a hungry market out there willing to be fed. Thai Village [...] (Visited 204 times, 1 visits today) The post Thai Village Life – Som Tum Spicy Thai Salad appeared first on Beyond The Mango Juice.
  • Sang Khom, Udon Thani – One Horse and No 7-Eleven

    Martyn
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:11 am
    Sang Khom in Udon Thani Province is a typical small Thai rural town. It’s not to be confused with Sang Khom in Nong Khai Province – the latter nestles on the banks of the Mekong River with a splash of tourist appeal. Udon Thani’s Sang Khom sits among rice fields and is a rustic cornball kind of place. I [...] (Visited 114 times, 1 visits today) The post Sang Khom, Udon Thani – One Horse and No 7-Eleven appeared first on Beyond The Mango Juice.
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    The Runaway Guide

  • Thailand Runaway Retreats

    The Runaway Guide
    23 Dec 2014 | 10:15 am
    Overview Preparation Budget Travel Thailand Retreats Top Destinations Bangkok Ko Pha Ngan Runaway Retreats consist of long term hideouts and short term escapes. They’re off the beaten path and always the best value.   Wattana Resort #budget This is not the most extraordinary beach bungalow resort but it’s definitely one of the best value. Every time I come to Ko Pha Ngan I stay here. It’s quiet, has a private beach and offers brilliant bay views. They also serve an amazing pork sandwich as well as hawaiian fried rice served in a coconut. Bungalows start at 400 baht…
  • Top Destinations In Thailand

    The Runaway Guide
    23 Dec 2014 | 9:07 am
    Overview Preparation Budget Travel Thailand Retreats Top Destinations Bangkok Ko Pha Ngan Full Moon Party On Ko Pha Ngan Ko Pha Ngan is 1 of 3 islands in the gulf of Thailand. It’s got some incredible beaches, cheap bungalows and a great backpacking scene. But it’s main draw is The Full Moon party, an unrivaled beach party. For more info, check out, A Backpackers Paradise: Ko Pha Ngan. Diving On Ko Tao Ko Tao is just a short ferry for Ko Pha Ngan and is known for it’s excellent diving. It’s also one of the cheapest places, after Honduras, to get a diving certificate. The…
  • Thailand Budget Travel Guide

    The Runaway Guide
    23 Dec 2014 | 8:50 am
    Overview Preparation Budget Travel Thailand Retreats Top Destinations  Bangkok Ko Pha Ngan  How To Get Around Thailand For Cheap Domestic Flights Air Asia and Nok Air are two budget airlines that offer flights all over Thailand for as low as 30$. It’s often cheaper to fly from Bangkok to Southern Thailand than to go by train. But be sure to book in advance for the cheapest fares. Check out the Best Budget Airlines In Southeast Asia. Trains Thailand has a relatively reliable and extensive rail network. Although it’s more expensive than the bus, it’s loads more comfortable. The…
  • Thailand Preparation Guide

    The Runaway Guide
    21 Dec 2014 | 4:04 pm
    Overview Preparation Budget Travel Thailand Retreats Top Destinations  Bangkok Ko Pha Ngan  Best Time To Visit Thailand Although anytime of year is a good time to go to Thailand, it’s best to go during the low season. At this time, it’s easier to find cheap flights and all prices can be haggled down. It’s also the least crowded time of year. Thailand has two low seasons that coincide with it’s rainy seasons. Note that the amount of rain can vary significantly between the north and south and from coast to coast. The seasons below best represent Bangkok and…
  • 5 Quick Tips for Having an Excellent Walking and Cycling Holiday

    The Runaway Guide
    12 Dec 2014 | 9:56 am
    A walking and cycling holiday is one of the best ways to experience a country while enjoying the health benefits of exercise and the therapeutic benefits of the great outdoors. Combining both pursuits also gives you a great mix of seeing landscape in a different way, while also keeping things fresh and interesting. It’s because of that, unsurprisingly, that these types of vacation are steadily climbing in popularity. As for having an excellent walking and cycling holiday that you’re likely to remember for a long time to come? Here are five quick tips that might help with that.
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  • New Package Deal! Romantic Valentine's Weekend Package, Inn at Jim Thorpe

    22 Dec 2014 | 12:07 pm
    Start Date: December 22, 2014 End Date: February 14, 2015 - Romantic Valentine's Weekend Package February 13-15 or February 14-16 Grab your sweetie and celebrate Valentine's in one of America's most romantic towns! In fact, Philadelphia Magazine voted Jim Thorpe, and the Inn, as their 'Best Romantic Getaway' a couple of years ago! Our package includes a 2 night stay, a delicious gourmet Valentine's dinner at the Broadway Grille & Pub, a complimentary bottle of wine with souvenir wine glasses in the room, $7 daily breakfast voucher, and all taxe...
  • New Event!

    2 Nov 2014 | 2:04 pm
    Start Date: January 23, 2015 End Date: January 23, 2015 - The Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes in partnership with the Rockwell Museum, will present Musicians' Choice Chamber Music concert. Oboist Anita Pawlak & "i venti dementi" will present music for woodwind octet & various woodwind ensembles. The Visions of the West gallery at the Rockwell Museum will be the perfect venue for blending the performing and visual arts.
  • New Event!

    26 Oct 2014 | 4:35 pm
    Start Date: December 26, 2014 End Date: December 26, 2014 - A year-round market, weather permitting.
  • New Event!

    26 Oct 2014 | 4:32 pm
    Start Date: January 2, 2015 End Date: January 2, 2015 - Join us for a free self-guided tour of local art galleries, art studios, museums and alternative art venues on the first Friday of the month during Art on the Town, also known as the Art Loop, from 5:30 to 8PM. First Friday schedule subject to change on holiday weekends and may be held on the second Friday.
  • New Event!

    26 Oct 2014 | 4:27 pm
    Start Date: December 30, 2014 End Date: January 4, 2015 - This special exhibition presents magnificent embroidery from Winterthur's collection, highlighting the fascinating intersection of "work" and "art."
 
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  • Yuletide Lights Around the World

    Nadia
    23 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    Christmas Tree image courtesy Feelart at FreeDigitalPhotos.net There’s something about festive Christmas lights twinkling and blinking in the night that enhances entire cities at once. Thousands of decorations, led light displays, over-sized ornaments suspended high above busy shopping areas, and magical state-of-the-art lighting that transforms everyday streets into an extravaganza. Some destinations around the world are well known for their festive lighting displays that attract visitors from near and far to stand in awe of inspiring themes. New York Times image courtesy of Antoine…
  • It’s a Great Location, But Does it Have a Free Breakfast?

    Jan Ross
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    I took a bite of the delicious, hot quiche I was enjoying in our fabulous Carson Ridge Luxury Cabin in Carson, Oregon and just about swooned with pleasure. Not only was the breakfast delicious in every conceivable way, but it was even packed in a large basket and hand-delivered with an ice cold carafe of orange juice right to our door. I was enjoying breakfast in my pajamas in one of the most luxurious cabins I have ever visited. Along with the sumptuous breakfast included in the rate for the cabin, we enjoyed our huge Jacuzzi tub, flat screen television, and huge King size bed. No matter how…
  • A purrfect cuppa in London

    Cindy-Lou Dale
    10 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    What to look for when selecting a café in London: good tea or imported coffee; creamy cakes and fresh pastries; and of course – cats.   London’s first cat café – yes, a cat café – recently opened in the trendy art district of Shoreditch. The model was simple: raise £108,000 through crowd-funding via the internet, rent a space in a hip part of town, fill it with adopted cats, serve decent beverages, then watch the money roll in.   It’s a first of its kind themed café whose furry occupants can be watched and played with. The idea of the café is to give…
  • From Volcanoes to Ziplines: El Salvador’s Wild Side

    Kat Richter
    4 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    Tour guides often refer to El Salvador as “the country of 40 minutes.”  Because it is the smallest country in Central America, flanked by Guatemala to the west and Honduras to the northwest, you can easily hike a volcano in the morning, grab lunch at the beach, and end your day with a zip-line canopy tour near the Guatemalan border. Today, El Salvador boasts seventeen volcanoes, nine of which are active.  There are also over one hundred “hidden volcanoes” that are now extinct but can be seen in the form of small, rolling hills scattered across the landscape.  The capital city, San…
  • Snow Hotels that offer the Ultimate in Cool Rooms

    Nadia
    2 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    Winter Landscape Sweden Lapland by Vichaya Kiatying-Angsulee   With the first snow fall of winter approaching, who can resist that fresh blanket of snow for a frosty adventure? But far beyond traditional snowman building, skiing or snowboarding is the ultimate snow adventure – staying in a snow palace crafted from slabs of ice, packed with igloo guest rooms and illuminated ice sculptures. Most of the best snow hotels are located in Europe and offer a tranquil arctic experience that you will never forget. Here are just a few of the best destinations that can truly provide you with a…
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  • Top Places to Visit in 2015

    Hannah
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:39 am
    New years are for clean slates, new experiences, and a whole 365 days of possibilities – not to mention as many holidays as you can fit in! Grab your passport – you’re not going to want to miss out on these incredible destinations. Adventure your way around Nicaragua, cuddle a panda in China, discover Malta, and swim with the fishes at some of Sydney’s most stunning beaches. 2015 is set to be the best year yet and we can’t wait!
  • Holiday Review: Hurghada and Beyond

    Hannah
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:21 am
    Winter holidays abroad are THE BEST… in my opinion anyway! You see, I have a strong objection to the cold British weather. Despite my efforts to see it from a romantic light, my permanent red nose, sniffles and bear-prepping-for-hibernation appetite do not equate. Which is why I like to take most of my yearly holidays abroad during the chilly period. Lured in by winter temperatures of 25°C plus, I recently decided I wanted to return to Egypt – but somewhere I was yet to visit. The interestingly named beach resort of Sahl Hasheesh immediately caught my eye. Located around 20…
  • 10 Ultimate Paradise Destinations

    Hannah
    12 Dec 2014 | 8:46 am
    Have you found your favourite spot on earth yet? A place that takes your breath away due to its sheer beauty… We’ve picked 10 of our ultimate paradise destinations, from white-sand beaches with transparent green shores, to sleepy rivers lined with magical temples and lush emerald mountains – this really is what holiday dreams are made of.
  • Competition Time: Santa’s Coming to Town!

    Paige
    11 Dec 2014 | 10:01 am
    The countdown to Christmas has begun and the dealcheckers couldn’t be more excited! The thought of Father Christmas flying across the sky on Christmas Eve is too much excitement to take, and if we’re honest we’re a little jealous of his passport. Just imagine if you had a sleigh led by reindeer who could take you anywhere in the world! We’d be spending 364 days of the year on a beach in the Caribbean, and we’d like to know where you would take yourself if you had a sleigh and a reindeer. So… we’re giving you a sleigh and reindeer of your own and a chance to win amazing…
  • Where is Hot Now?

    Alice
    10 Dec 2014 | 2:55 am
    Winter is now in full swing across the UK. Woollen coats and scarves drape every shivering Brit, as they steady themselves on the ice, which covers the slushy sleet speckled streets. But have you thought about escaping the chill this season in search for some winter sun? Can you picture yourself in Dubai enjoying sizzling temperatures of 31°C, lazing by the pool with a book and a cooling cocktail in hand? Or can you imagine yourself exploring the hidden coves full of exotic fish and corals in the various diving sites of Cuba? The memory of Britain’s sub-zero temperatures could soon be…
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    Vacation Home Rentals Blog

  • 2015’s Top 5 Family Destinations

    Dava Berman
    11 Dec 2014 | 11:35 pm
    About to pull your hair out over a family vacation decision for 2015? Look no farther than the sunshine state, which consistently ranks at the top of the list for tourist destinations! Whether you are looking for a relaxing vacation on the beach or a fun-filled vacation at Disney, Florida has something to offer for every member of the fam! Orlando/Disney This destination speaks for itself: theme parks! Stay at an affordable vacation rental moments away from the infamous Walt Disney World, SeaWorld, Universal Studios and so much more! Not only are there rides for the kiddies but golf for the…
  • Best US Destinations and Properties for Snowbirds

    Dava Berman
    2 Dec 2014 | 8:07 am
    Excited for your annual ski holiday but worried about resort prices? Look no further! Grab your snow pants, ‘mitts and laptop: fabulous feel-at-home vacation rentals with reasonable prices are right at your fingertips! Click the property photograph to be taken to the listing on VacationHomeRentals.com.   Lake Placid, New York Channel your inner Olympian: Lake Placid was the host of the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics!   Jackson Hole, Wyoming Calling all winter adventure seekers: Also known as sports lover’s paradise, Jackson Hole offers activities for the entire family, including…
  • The Best Family Attraction in Every State in the USA

    VacationHomeRentals.com
    24 Nov 2014 | 1:50 am
    A family vacation takes a lot of planning. Where will we stay? How will we get there? How can we AFFORD this? The worst thing you can do on a family vacation is plan like crazy the how and the where, but forget about the what to do when you arrive. Everyone will just sit on their hands staring at each other, or more likely fighting about who touched whom, and who is being annoying at that particular moment. No worries though, because we have you covered. We looked at every state in the USA and chose the top family attraction worth traveling for. This way, if you’re headed somewhere in…
  • Save Money with Vacation Home Rentals Next to Resorts

    Dava Berman
    10 Nov 2014 | 6:47 am
    Think you can only have luxury and extravagance when vacationing at a resort? You thought wrong! Why spend double, maybe even quadruple, when you can have all of the above for a lot less with the comfort of home? Read on to discover the vacation rentals with the hot deals just around the corner from their lavish neighbors! Montego Bay, Jamaica Secrets Wild Orchid Montego Bay [from $825/night]                                                 vs. Ocean view B&B MoBay Pool Chef Wi-Fi [from $199/night] Feel like you are at home: whether it is taking a dip in the…
  • The Steps to Booking a Vacation Rental

    Kelsey Readyhough
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:26 am
    Booking a vacation rental can be a quick and easy process if the correct steps are taken to ensure a stress free search. Being organized and planning at least six months in advance are key to a painless booking process. By following the steps below, you should be able to secure the rental home of your dreams at a great price. Decide on your details The first step in any vacation rental home search is deciding on exactly what you are looking for. Where do you want to go? Not only do you need to decide on the city or town you want to stay in, you should determine if there is a particular area…
 
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  • Fall News 2015

    Taku Resort
    11 Dec 2014 | 4:49 pm
    Taku News Fall 2015Keep in TouchDear Elizabeth, What an amazing summer we had!  It was so wonderful to see our old friends and make so many new ones.  We hope you had as much fun as we did!  Fall is in full swing and we’d love to share it with you.So Much is Happening on Quadra Island!The Autumn & Winter are a really special time on Quadra Island: so much great hiking, mushroom picking and even fishing!The Community Market has moved indoors until next summer.  Every second Saturday at the Community Centre, you will find amazing arts and crafts.  Find out moreOn the first…
  • Farewell Sue

    Taku Resort
    14 Oct 2014 | 4:54 pm
    We had a lot to be thankful for this weekend at Taku Resort and what was on the top of the list was being thankful for all of the years that Sue dedicated to working at Taku.After a smooth sailing summer, Sue let us know that she and her husband are expanding their own business and she will be dedicating herself to that full time.  We are all very sad to see her leave the Taku team after over a decade.  Always incredibly dependable and very capable whenever she was needed.  You could always count on her greeting you with a smile.Sue will always be a part of the Taku Team and we all hope…
  • Hiking with kids

    Taku Resort
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:19 am
    Hiking is an excellent way to get your children engaged in nature and spend some quality family time together.   Hiking with kids can be easy and enjoyable if you are prepared.  We have compiled some tips to help you.  This is by no means a comprehensive list, you will need to add or remove depending on your own needs, but hopefully it will help you get started.Check the trail map and familiarize yourself with the trail.Check the weather before you go, but remember that the weather can change and the weather forecast isn’t always correct.Check what time the sun sets.  You don’t want…
  • Why would anyone take a cooking class?

    Taku Resort
    27 Jan 2014 | 10:29 am
     So often cooking becomes a chore. We work all day and then we have to come home and try to throw together something that will appeal to everyone in the house while also meeting our budget, nutritional requirements, and available supplies. Taking a cooking class takes us away from that. It returns us to a place where cooking is fun, courageous and creative.The Taku Cookery brings us into intimate groups in a gorgeous setting with the most skilled chefs and suddenly food becomes so much more than another thing to check off our daily list. Taking a class at Taku nourishes our minds, our sense…
  • As Christmas Draws Nearer

    Taku Resort
    29 Nov 2013 | 3:01 pm
    As Christmas draw nearer, we start thinking about family and spending time together.  The end of the old year also leads to planning the year ahead.  These thoughts lead us to thinking about the importance of family vacations.Family vacations allow us to take a break from our daily routines and just enjoy each other’s company.  Sharing new experiences strengthens our bonds and creates memories, stories and traditions that last a lifetime or even generation.  Taking time away from our daily concerns and distractions, (like electronics) frees us to connect on a much deeper level, and…
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  • 5 Top Spots in the U.S. for Family Fun

    Erin Gifford
    23 Dec 2014 | 5:06 pm
    As the new year approaches, families across the country will begin to plan out their summer vacations. While some may choose to travel abroad, many other families will consider the wide variety of exciting destinations within the United States. Here are five of the top vacation spots in the country: 1. Las Vegas, NV Las Vegas is growing into one of the best destinations for families. Thrill seekers in search of adrenaline-pumping excitement will love the indoor skydiving facility. The Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay allows visitors to get an up-close-and-personal view of fierce…
  • 5 Must-Do Holiday Activities with Kids

    Erin Gifford
    15 Dec 2014 | 2:04 pm
    It’s hard to believe that there are only ten days until Christmas. There are still so many holiday attractions and events to see and do. Take a look at five of my favorites: 1. Christmas Markets. You don’t need to fly to Europe to enjoy the magic, the twinkling lights and the gluhwein of a Christmas Market. There are some great ones all across the U.S., including the Christmas Village in Baltimore and Christkindlmarket Chicago. Most are open through Christmas Eve. 2. ZooLights. I’ve yet to make it to ZooLights and this is going to be the year. The National Zoo in Washington, DC has a…
  • Holiday Travel: 8 Moms & Dads Share Their Best Packing Tips

    Erin Gifford
    10 Dec 2014 | 12:26 pm
    In less than two weeks, I know that many of you will be loading up your minivans and hopping on planes to be with family for the holidays. If you’re like me, you may wait until the eleventh hour to begin packing, so I know you’ll be able to use a little help and guidance. Take a look at more than 45 tips below to help you pack effectively and get to where you need to go with minimal stress and craziness. 1. Globetrotting Mama: How to Pack Light for Kids: Week Away You’ll love Heather’s tips that range from keeping toys to a minimum to starting them young when it comes to teaching kids…
  • Taking the Kids: 2nd or 3rd Visit to Washington, DC

    Erin Gifford
    9 Dec 2014 | 10:25 am
    There’s no question that Washington, DC is a great place to explore with kids. A visit to the U.S. Capitol, taking in the views from the top of the Washington Monument and snapping a selfie from in front of the White House are all must-do’s, of course. But, what do you do with your kids in Washington, DC once you’ve enjoyed all the mandatory experiences? Take a look: 1. Visit One of the Largest Libraries in the World. Head to the Library of Congress for a free walking tour of the Jefferson Building or stay for a storytime in the Young Readers Center. It’s also a must to quietly visit…
  • 5 Travel Books that Make Perfect Holiday Gifts for Kids

    Erin Gifford
    8 Dec 2014 | 8:35 am
    The holidays are nearly here and if you’d like to inspire wanderlust in your children this year, there are a variety of new books designed to do just that. I think you’ll find that each book or book series is well-suited for children who will want to spend hours learning more about their world through these fun and colorful books. Here are five of my favorites: 1. The Adventures in… Series. For young children (ages 3-5), Lonely Planet Kids recently launched a new Adventures in… series with titles like Adventures in Busy Places and Adventures in Wild Places. Each colorful book…
 
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    Turkish Travel Blog - Travelling Around Turkey, One Place at a Time

  • Getting from Ataturk Airport to Istanbul City Centre or your Hotel

    Natalie
    21 Dec 2014 | 1:52 am
    Read the Original Article - Getting from Ataturk Airport to Istanbul City Centre or your Hotel Istanbul is the top visited destination in Turkey. So imagine the millions of foreign tourists that it receives every year! There are two airports in Istanbul but Ataturk airport is the busiest and most tourists will arrive via that route. Transport from the airport to hotels or the city centre is easy, because there are […] Related posts: Istanbul City Pictures in Black & White I Love Istanbul and Here Are Five Reasons Why Eight Things to Do on Istiklal Avenue in Istanbul 8 Things I Love…
  • 4 Caravan and Camping Sites in Turkey

    Natalie
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:39 am
    Read the Original Article - 4 Caravan and Camping Sites in Turkey Turkey boasts of a colourful historical timeline, Mediterranean and desert climate, plenty of sun, sea, and sand, nomadic passion, and great cuisine. Therefore camping in Turkey could be a popular travel genre but sadly the Turkish government has never actively promoted this  tourism opportunity to the outside world. Therefore, if you plan on spending your […] Related posts: Domestic Flights In Turkey – Sites To Use Jeep Safari in Turkey : Altinkum, Akbuk and Bozbuk Travel Myths About Turkey Busted! The Ancient Ruins…
  • Independent Travel vs Guided Tours: Which Is the Best Way to see Turkey?

    Natalie
    8 Dec 2014 | 10:48 pm
    Read the Original Article - Independent Travel vs Guided Tours: Which Is the Best Way to see Turkey? Such is the diversity of Turkey; its general appearance to the outside world can differ in many ways, mainly depending on nationalities. I am no longer surprised to receive e-mails from readers in countries like Australia or America, who plan to visit Turkey  but are hesitant about travelling independently and question if they should they […] Related posts: Top Ten Travel Tips For Turkey Ancient Ruins of Ephesus on the Aegean Coast of Turkey Is it Safe to Travel to Turkey? Selcuk Town…
  • James Bond and Film Production in Turkey

    Natalie
    5 Dec 2014 | 2:26 am
    Read the Original Article - James Bond and Film Production in Turkey Over the years, Istanbul has lured many foreign film production teams, by offering them unique locations to create an orientalist atmosphere that Western audiences love to see on the big screen. This includes Ian Fleming’s, charismatic and dare-devil agent 007, who on his quest to fight evil is often led into the chaotic environment of […] Related posts: Travel Myths About Turkey Busted! The Basilica Cistern of Istanbul and the Heads of Medusa What’s Dave Doing in Turkey? Crime in Turkey
  • Simena Castle Ruins and a Stunning View

    Natalie
    2 Dec 2014 | 4:38 am
    Read the Original Article - Simena Castle Ruins and a Stunning View I had been to Simena before. In 2010, while touring the southwest coast. It is a pretty and traditional village screaming of simplicity and I wanted to explore and find out more. Unfortunately, I was with a sea kayaking group of whom no-one wanted to see Simena castle. Inevitable I had to go with the […] Related posts: The Simplicity of Simena and My Desire to Return A Panoramic View from Sanliurfa Castle Ruins of Tlos & Lycian Tombs : Home of the Winged Horse, Pegasus The Ancient Ruins of Olympos in Turkey
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    Cottages For Sale Haliburton

  • 2014 Santafest Bracebridge Ontario

    13 Dec 2014 | 8:29 am
    Santa Claus, also often known as Saint Nicholas, Father Christmas, Kris Kringle and basically "Santa", is really a figure with legendary, historical and folkloric origins who, in a lot of Western cultures, is said to deliver toys and gifts to the residences of the good kids on 24 December, the night before Christmas Day.Having said that, in some European countries youngsters receive their presents on St. Nicholas' Day, 6 December.Santa Claus's dwelling traditionally comes with a household and a workshop where he creates—often with the aid of elves or other supernatural beings, the gifts he…
  • United Front Selling Your Home

    26 Oct 2014 | 9:21 am
    My wife and I are getting divorced and I wish to sell our family dwelling.Splitting belongings all through a divorce generally is a difficult matter — and selling the family home is not any exception. Despite the fact that selling your home as a result of divorce, the options could also be useful for any failed business partnership that consists of the sale of real estate.One of the first steps you may want to choose is hiring an attorney to help you all through the process. Acquiring expert advice will help inform you of your respective options and rights, and direct you in direction of…
  • Kennisis Lake Chain Cottage

    3 Oct 2014 | 9:27 am
    4 Bedroom Cottage on Kennisis Lake ChainExtremely Private Large Lot Trouble viewing video Click HereAmazing dwelling around the prestigious Kennisis Lake Chain. An Algonquin design and style chain recognized for its spectacular natural scenery and its clean, clear, deep water. The 5.62 AC gently sloping lot will amaze you and take your breath away. 1060 ft of prime shoreline delivers complete privacy and comes with large stretches of hard packed sand beach, deep water off the dock, jumping rocks, and a number of vantage points from which to enjoy the gorgeous long lake views.Kms of groomed…
  • Grass Lake Cottage

    2 Oct 2014 | 9:56 am
    Large Cottage on Grass Lake Trouble viewing video Click HereFour-season, 1816 sq feet Valhalla home/cottage in the village of West Guilford with the incentive of being on Grass Lake - component of a 3-lake chain.This spacious, customized residence has 3 rooms, 2 1/2 baths & large concept areas.The living-room is bright with 3 huge skylights, big cottage windows as well as cathedral ceilings.The huge cooking area has an island and a separate eating location along with a sitting location with a terrific view of the lake.A seperate dining-room leads to a 3-season sun veranda finished in…
  • Haliburton Lake 4 Bedroom Cottage

    7 Jul 2014 | 7:34 am
    Post by Haliburton Real Estate, Linda & Troy.
 
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  • Santafest Fun In Bracebridge

    Loralea
    10 Dec 2014 | 9:39 pm
    Click to Enlarge Santa Claus, also often known as Saint Nicholas, Father Christmas, Kris Kringle and basically “Santa”, is really a figure with legendary, historic and folkloric origins who, in a number of Western cultures, is said to deliver toys and gifts to the homes of the good children on 24 December, the evening before Christmas Day. Even now, in some European countries youngsters receive their presents on St. Nicholas’ Day, 6 December. Santa Claus’s dwelling traditionally consists of a dwelling and a workshop where he creates—often with the aid of elves or…
  • Watching The Fall Colours Change

    Loralea
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:09 pm
    No fall coloured flower article post will be complete with out mentioning our cherished mum or chrysanthemum blossoms. (See Fall Colour Report) These small, bushy flowers really are a must from your fall gardens. They are going to come back year after year for you as well. Mums come in a variety of fall colours, hardy little garden flowers a bonus, a great addition to the back yard and also making great gift for someone. Being a perennial, they come back again and again, even after hard freezes. Their compact busy development could possibly be encouraged by snipping them back if they start…
  • Haliburton Hike Festival 2014

    Loralea
    6 Sep 2014 | 8:48 pm
    Hiking Event of the Year Hike Haliburton Festival September 18th to 21st, 2014 With a lot more than seventy guided hikes, that are themed for all ages and skills. Click to Enlarge Hiking Global Recreation Click to Enlarge Hiking in Canada and the USA is our preferred term for a long, vigorous walk in the countryside, often on hiking trails, even though the word walking is applied for shorter, particularly urban walks. On the other hand in the United Kingdom, and the Republic of Ireland, the word walking is used to explain all forms of walking, whether it is a walk in the park or trekking in…
  • Haliburton Going To The Dogs

    Loralea
    10 Aug 2014 | 8:12 pm
    For the pe