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  • Underwater Hiking In This Austrian Lake Looks Like The Coolest Scuba Diving Adventure Ever (PHOTOS)

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    8 Sep 2013 | 12:11 am
    Have you ever wanted go hiking ... underwater? Well, look no further. A diver crossing a bridge in the flood water. Above the water, this shows the surrounding area to the flood water. This amazing mountain lake lies in Tragoess, Austria. For half of the year, visitors can walk around the base of the Hochschwab mountains and a small, 3-foot-deep lake. But in the summer, snowmelt fills Green
  • Top 5 Luxury Safari Boats
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:36 am
    Luxury safaris are always magical and life changing, but so much of Africa is also populated with luxury safari boats which give you a whole new perspective – see elephants splash and drink on the shoreline, and hippos and crocodiles up close, as well as simply whiling away the hours on the peaceful rivers and lakes of Africa. Here are our top five luxury safari boats: Zambezi Queen (Zambia): The Zambezi Queen is located on the banks of the Chobe River in a remote area with only 14 suites to make it calm and relaxing. You can enjoy terrific game viewing from your very own bed. Wherever you…
  • Details of my 6 step Disney World planning process – PREP055

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    Shannon Albert
    7 Sep 2014 | 1:15 am
    I often mention my 6 step planning process but have never had a podcast about the details of each step. Today, I discuss that and have a free download to help you work through the process. I also have a quick tip about people attending one of the parties who want to use FastPass+. These are notes from this episode. There’s much more info included in the audio so be sure to listen to the episode for a better explanation. My 6 step planning process Fill out the trip planning worksheet as you work through the steps. Trip planning worksheet Step 1: pick your dates Decide when you want to…
  • The BookBook

    Doug Bardwell
    Doug Bardwell
    4 Sep 2014 | 9:26 am
    You know you’ve been waiting for it, and it didn& […] The post The BookBook appeared first on Doug Bardwell.
  • Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival 2014

    Kellie Knudtson
    31 Aug 2014 | 2:41 pm
    As if you needed more reason to come to San Francisco in its transition to the fall. The infamous Ghirardelli Square will be hosting a weekend full of delicious and decadent treats at the Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival. Plus, it all benefits the non-profit Project Open Hand. The festival will be held September 13th and 14th, from 12pm-5pm. Visitors can expect Chocolate School, Demonstrations from Chocolate Chefs, Ice Cream Eating Contests, Specialized Chocolate Vendor booths, and even a Chocolate and Wine Pavilion (for those over 21). A ticket to get into the Chocolate and Wine Pavilion is…
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  • #NGTRadar: Travel Lately

    Intelligent Travel
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:24 am
    The Radar—the latest and best 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 newest picks: Stunning architecture, dreamy canals, cobblestoned streets, and unique cultural mix on the cusp of Germany make Strasbourg, France, worthy of a visit. Here are three ways to experience this medieval capital (with a modern twist) at its best. @gordyandpaula  While it might sound a…
  • Tips for Flying With Fido

    Intelligent Travel
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:01 am
    More and more people are embracing the idea of globetrotting with their dogs. If you’ve never flown with your pooch, but want to, here are some helpful tips to guide you through the process. > General Tips For Flying With Fido: Don’t try to fly with your dog if your pet: barks incessantly, has a history of biting, is prone to anxiety, or is pregnant, in poor physical condition, or is very old or very young (puppies must be at least eight weeks old to fly). Expect to pay between $75 and $125 to bring your pet in the cabin with you and between $175 and $200 to check your pet as…
  • Problem Solved: Lost Passports

    Christopher Elliott
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:15 am
    National Geographic Traveler Editor at Large Christopher Elliott is the magazine’s consumer advocate and ombudsman. Over the past 15 years he has helped countless readers fix their trips. Here’s his latest advice: Reader Question: I’m an American who has lost my passport in Buenos Aires. Now what? My Answer: Take a deep breath, and know that you’re in good company. Some 300,000 Americans lose their passports or get them stolen every year. First, report the loss to your nearest embassy or consulate. Doing so renders your passport unusable, and then you can apply for a new one.
  • Road Trip Bliss: Portugal’s Southern Coast

    Janelle Nanos
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:59 am
    Portugal is made for wanderers. From the top of the Moorish remnants of Castelo de São JorgeLisbon cascades downhill in all directions, new paths beckoning at every turn. To the south, the 25 de Abril bridge spans the Tagus River, a ringer for San Francisco’s Golden Gate. Across the harbor, the outstretched arms of the “Cristo Rei” statue remind me of Rio. I’m at once exhilarated and overwhelmed. Since arriving in the capital, my husband, Tim, and I had hopped trams and traipsed through the Alfama district, where the cobblestoned streets contort into knots. We had taken in the…
  • A Family Affair: The Best Soul Food in Harlem

    Guest Blogger
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:22 am
    By Katherine LaGrave Nearly a hundred years after the peak of the Harlem Renaissance, the storied neighborhood at its heart is enjoying another moment in the sun. Perhaps no New York City neighborhood has honored and preserved its history as much as Harlem. Here, the past and the present visually coexist: Handsome row houses where Cab Calloway, Duke Ellington, and Langston Hughes once lived commingle with thriving cultural institutions that celebrate and continue their larger-than-life legacies, such as the Studio Museum, the National Black Theatre, and the Schomburg Center.  Amid recent…
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    Hawaii Vacation Blog

  • On Hawaii’s “shoulders”: Quiet time

    Jamie Winpenny
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:27 am
    As the morning traffic backs up on the Pali Highway below me and kids chatter and file into class at the middle The post On Hawaii’s “shoulders”: Quiet time appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • How well do you know Hawaii?

    Bruce Fisher
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:22 am
    Hawaii has a lot of firsts, world’s bests and famous-es that make it an extremely unique state. If you’ve been to the The post How well do you know Hawaii? appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Honolulu BYOB

    Jamie Winpenny
    11 Sep 2014 | 8:46 am
    When it comes to dining out, my tastes and appetites are unsophisticated and modest. I’m more of an atmosphere person. Usually, if The post Honolulu BYOB appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Why Hawaiian Airlines Feels Hawaiian

    Bruce Fisher
    10 Sep 2014 | 11:54 am
    Ever since I got my Alaska Airlines credit card, I’ve been a die-hard Alaska Airlines flyer. I like their snack packs, service The post Why Hawaiian Airlines Feels Hawaiian appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Rental Car Exploits on Oahu

    Bruce Fisher
    9 Sep 2014 | 11:31 am
    The vacation to Oahu is booked. The room at the hotel has been reserved. You’ve made calls about restaurant reservations, activity plans The post Rental Car Exploits on Oahu appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
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  • 16 signs you're from Venezuela

    Karen Moreno
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:19 pm
    Photo: Drea tuka Hacé clic para leer este artículo en español. Tambien podés darnos un “me gusta” en Facebook! 1. You don’t have friends. You have panas. You also use the term mi costilla (“my rib”) because your friends are a part of you and you love them from the bottom of your heart. This is the kind of friend who comes to your rescue after you’ve had a traffic accident, checks up on you when you’re sick, and paid for lunch that month you were completely broke. It’s also the kind of friend who walks into your house as if it were her own, chats with your…
  • 7 sweet smartphone photography hacks

    Matt Hershberger
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Follow Matador on Vimeo Follow Matador on YouTube Technology has brought us to the point where you don’t really need a great camera to take a great picture: if you’re talented or lucky, you can take a pretty sweet picture from a smartphone. In this video, photographer Lorenz Holder shows off seven tips for taking really sick pictures using his iPhone 5S. In no time at all, you’ll be taking arm-free selfies, underwater snapshots, and impossible panoramas.
  • 5 beautiful, endangered alphabets

    Felipe Sant'Ana Pereira
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    Since the birth of the alphabet in the Near East around 2000 BC, endless writing systems from different languages and cultures have thrived and perished. The classic example is Egyptian, a highly developed civilization whose legacy remains the form of a famous hieroglyphic writing system…which we’ve never been able to fully decipher. Over the last 2,500 years, the Latin alphabet has become so popular it’s swept away writing systems of peoples once dominated by the Romans. However, more than two billion people still write in other formats, and a few of them display an…
  • Travel in the age of smartphones

    Leslie Finlay
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Photo: Les Taylor I hadn’t eaten for 15 hours, my body clock was totally out of sync, and I had the equivalent of $4.60 to my name, the bills dense with the humidity of early monsoon season. The night was empty as I skirted puddles through the winding Southeast Asian streets in search of an ATM or register that would accept any of my foreign cards. After the fourth decline I stalled, finally at that crest where defeat and panic meet laughter. I was gently encased in a hostel-lent umbrella but for the steady, heavy raindrops that shattered on contact with the ground, shrapnel scattering…
  • 14 odd facts about Australia

    Joe Batruny
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Australia is the smallest continent in the world but also happens to be the world’s sixth-largest nation by area. While the British didn’t colonize Australia until the late 1700s, the indigenous Australian population has inhabited the landmass for over 40,000 years. With such a long history, there’s an encyclopedic amount of interesting information about the country. Check out these 14 things you might not know about Australia and see for yourself. 1 The Great Barrier Postal Service The Great Barrier Reef, the world’s largest coral reef system, actually has a mailbox from which…
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  • Snowman Trek Time

    Beth Whitman
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:26 pm
    It’s been a long time in the making (more than a year), but it’s finally time for the Snowman Trek. If you’re just now dropping in, the Snowman Trek is a 25-day, 220-mile trek across the Himalayas in Bhutan. We’ll be as high as 18,200 feet and will be hiking over about 11 passes, many of them higher than 16,000 feet. For the past year, I’ve been working out by doing P90X and, more recently, hiking. Some of that hiking has included high altitude treks in places such as Mauna Kea (14,000 feet) on Hawaii Island, Mt. Batur (4,000 feet) on Bali, Santa Fe Baldy (12,600 feet)…
  • The Curtis Hotel in Denver

    Beth Whitman
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:58 am
    On our recent visit to Denver, we stayed at The Curtis hotel in downtown Denver (as I mentioned in my post about us hiking). It was my first stay at The Curtis and I loved it because of how unique the hotel is. Every floor is themed and every room is decorated based on the theme of that floor. I thought it would be fun to share with you some photos of those rooms… We were on the 13th (scary movies) floor in the Ghostbusters room. It’s hard to tell from this photo but the darker green squares on the floor were actually filled with a gooey substance so that when you stepped on it,…
  • Denver-area Hiking

    Beth Whitman
    5 Sep 2014 | 3:10 pm
    As part of our training for the Snowman Trek, Jon and I took a very short trip (two nights) to Denver to get in some last-minute high-altitude hiking. It was a good thing we did because we learned a thing or two that we hadn’t quite figured out during our warm summer hikes. Though we had already done some high altitude hikes–14,000 foot Mauna Kea in Hawaii and 12,600 foot Santa Fe Baldy in New Mexico–this was the first time we were really in cold weather. It was 38 degrees when we set out at about 7 A.M. I have to admit that I was a bit unprepared for that low temp. While I…
  • Road Tripping in New Mexico

    Beth Whitman
    4 Sep 2014 | 11:10 am
    This post is a bit late in coming as I was in New Mexico earlier this summer. Still, I wanted to make some time for one of my very favorite destinations. Though I make Seattle my home, my heart always gets pulled back to The Land of Enchantment. If I didn’t feel the need to be near water, I would likely be living there. But the Pacific Northwest’s green mountains and plethora of lakes, rivers, bays and sounds makes it my number one choice. I do travel to New Mexico fairly regularly, particularly now that I lead culinary tours to Santa Fe once a year. When I can, I tack on extra…
  • North Face Thermoball Jacket ~ WanderGear Wednesday

    Beth Whitman
    3 Sep 2014 | 11:55 am
    When it comes to synthetic insulated jackets, apparently all roads lead to The North Face. On my numerous trips to REI and other outdoor retailers to research the best “puffy coat” to bring with me on the Snowman Trek, the sales clerks consistently pointed me toward The North Face and, specifically, the Thermoball. Here’s why… The North Face Thermoball jacket is synthetic but equivalent to a down jacket with 600-fill. The jacket compresses down so small that it’s hard to believe it could be so warm but, dang, it is. Because it’s synthetic, I don’t…
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  • 1 in 3 Cruisers Would Choose Free Internet Over Open Bar

    Maggie Blehert
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:06 pm
    If you could choose between unlimited free Internet and an unlimited open bar on a cruise, which would you pick? This was the question posed to more than 100,000 fans of the Cruise Holidays International Facebook page. Comments poured in fast and furious. While many people, especially those who have not cruised, might think that open bar would win hands down, the number of those who would choose free Internet was quite significant. Cruise Holidays tallied the first 200 responses to the question, and one-third (32%) said they would choose unlimited free Internet on a cruise. Two-thirds (68%)…
  • Top 3 Deals in Royal Caribbean’s Weekend WOW Sale

    Rich Tucker
    13 Sep 2014 | 7:12 am
    2 Day Royal Caribbean WOW Sale just launched:  On top of low prices and all other Royal Caribbean Sales going on, if you book your 2014 Royal Caribbean Cruise NOW, you will get up to $50 more to spend on board. Offer Details: Booking Window: September 13 -14, 2014 Sailing Window: All sailings between September 14 – December 31, 2014 (excl’ing Quantum) $25 OBC per stateroom – Interior / Ocean view $50 OBC per stateroom – Balcony / Suite My top 3 Picks in the Weekend WOW Sale:  $159 5-night Vision of the Seas Caribbean Cruise [$32/day] departing Ft Lauderdale on…
  • 2015 Cunard Boomerang Voyage

    Rich Tucker
    12 Sep 2014 | 1:14 pm
    There may be no better way to experience Australia and the South Pacific in 57 days than the 2015 Cunard Boomerang Voyage. What makes the Boomerang Voyage so special? The Boomerang Voyage embarks on Queen Elizabeth out of San Francisco in February 2015 and then after an 8 day Australian land package returns from Sydney to Los Angeles on Queen Victoria. Swapping one luxurious Queen for the other in Sydney and loaded with an itinerary full of South Pacific ports of call.  Click here to view full itinerary.   Important Note: Space is even more limited on this unique voyage due to the fact…
  • Royal Caribbean end of Summer Sale: 3 Ways to Save

    Martha Allen
    12 Sep 2014 | 7:05 am
    Just Extended: Royal Caribbean End of Summer Sale It was just announced that the Royal Caribbean End of Summer Sale featuring your choice of 3 great ways to save has been extended due to the popularity of the sale. Since the start of the sale over a month ago, we have seen pricing move up on many of the peak Spring and Summer 2015 cruises.  Since the sale offers 50% off 2nd guest or Kids Sail FREE, the deals are still awesome – but we do recommend booking now before rates go up further. 3 Ways to Save on Royal Caribbean: Book almost any Royal Caribbean cruise departing on or after…
  • Top 5 Carnival Pack and Go Sale Cruise Deals: Book by September 14th

    Martha Allen
    11 Sep 2014 | 7:06 am
    Don’t Miss Out: Carnival’s Pack and Go Sale starts today! Carnival’s weekly Pack and Go sale starts today, featuring outstanding rates on cruises departing between now and November 2014. These special rates are some of the lowest you will find and they are only around for a limited time – you must book by September 14th! Top 5 Carnival Pack and Go Sale Cruise Deals We’ve picked out the very best deals from this week’s sale, with rates starting from just $119! $119 4 Night Bahamas cruise departing Port Canaveral on September 21st aboard the Carnival Sensation Click here to view…
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    Europe a la Carte Travel Blog

  • Review of Taza Indian Buffet Restaurant in Dundee

    Karen Bryan
    11 Sep 2014 | 12:06 am
    I had lunch at the Taza Indian Buffet restaurant at the City Quay in Dundee in May 2014. I paid £7 for lunch.  You can park free of charge for one hour outside the restaurant.
  • 25 Things to Do in Bratislava

    Karen Bryan
    3 Sep 2014 | 11:56 pm
    Here are my tips for 25 fun things to do in Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. Take in the Views from the UFO Observation Tower The UFO is a restaurant and observation platform at the southern end of the New Bridge. The New Bridge and the UFO It costs 6.
  • Reducing Business Travel Stress

    Karen Bryan
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:15 pm
    While travelling frequently for work may sound exciting, it can also be quite stressful. The InterContinental Hotel Group (IHG) have come up with eight tips on reducing business travel stress. Below are their tips and additional suggestions from me to help you arrive calm and in a productive frame of mind.
  • Review of Trofea Grill Buffet Restaurant in Budapest

    Karen Bryan
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:31 pm
    Our sons were handed a flyer advertising the Trofea Grill Buffet restaurant when they were out and about in Budapest. We decided to give it a try as it sounded good value for 5,500 HUF (around £15)  per adult including umlimited wine, beer, soft drinks and coffee, on weekday evenings. We were served with drinks soon after sitting at the table.
  • The Old Town Cemetery in Stirling

    Karen Bryan
    20 Aug 2014 | 11:36 pm
    After a very wet afternoon in early May, I took an evening stroll up to the Old Town Cemetery near Stirling Castle. I was extremely lucky that I didn't get wet and the sun even made a brief appearance at just the right time. There's even a pyramid in the Old Town Cemetery in Stirling.
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    Art of Non-Conformity

  • Why You Should Write

    Chris Guillebeau
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:28 am
    “That’s the promise: you will live more curiously if you write. You will become a scientist, if not of the natural world than of whatever world you care about. More of that world will pop alive. You will see more when you look at it. Writing needn’t be a formal enterprise to have this effect. You don’t have to write well. You don’t even have to “write,” exactly—you can just talk onto the page.” Link: More People Should Write Image: Oliver
  • Turning Fear Into Curiosity : On the Road with Audrey Scott and Dan Noll

    Chris Guillebeau
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:34 am
    This is a traveler case study. (Read others or nominate yourself Audrey Scott and Daniel Noll have sold everything to travel the world—twice. After five years exploring Europe and being settled in Prague, they decided to pursue a new adventure. Here’s their story: Tell us about yourselves.   We’re a husband-and-wife speaking, writing and photography team. We’re both originally from the United States, but we’ve been living, working, and traveling abroad for 13 years. With six suitcases and no jobs, we moved to Prague, Czech Republic. Everyone thought we were nuts. We weren’t,…
  • 6 Discoveries From Near and Far, Volume X

    Chris Guillebeau
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:49 pm
    I. Around the World Things I found on long walks in foreign cities, or perhaps when someone posted them on Twitter. The Two-Story Houseboat named ‘Jerko’ — Great photos and behind-the-scenes of an unconventional lifestyle in Brooklyn The Awful Reign of the Red Delicious — Likely the longest (yet most interesting!) article you’ll ever read about apples Q&A with Kate Bingaman Burt — “With every single thing I do I experience impostor syndrome” (and yet she keeps doing things) Dog Runs as Fast As He Can Toward Water — The wonders of GoPros,…
  • Lessons from the Journey: Unhappiness Can Lead to New Beginnings

    Chris Guillebeau
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:18 am
    “To the discontented man no chair is easy.” -Benjamin Franklin From my own 193-country journey to the stories of many other people who were kindly willing to share, The Happiness of Pursuit attempts to extract and convey the lessons of modern-day quests. This series explores some of these lessons. Lesson: Unhappiness can lead to new beginnings. If you’re not happy with an aspect of your life, or even if you just feel a faint stirring to do something different, pay attention to the dissatisfaction. Ask yourself “What if” questions. What if I actually pursued that dream or…
  • A Life That Matters

    Chris Guillebeau
    14 Sep 2014 | 9:08 am
    A lot of personal development writers use the phrase “a life that matters,” as in “Here’s how you live a life that matters.” But this phrase is problematic, because everyone’s life has value and “matters” regardless of what they do with it. A better way to think of it is how to live a life of fulfilled potential. While everyone’s life has value, it’s clear that some people live in fear, have unnecessary regrets, and never achieve the things they hope for. In fact, most of us experience these issues in one way or another. Some people…
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    TripAdvisor Insights

  • Insights from a Questions & Answers early adopter

    17 Sep 2014 | 7:06 am
    We spoke with The Venetian’s Sandra Wild, Executive Director of Front Office; Kristal Ramos, Reputations Manager – Guest Relations; and Beverly Borromeo, Hotel Manager – Guest Relations about their experiences with Questions & Answers.
  • TripAdvisor acquires Viator, leading destination activity site

    16 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Big news! TripAdvisor has added Viator, the global leader in online bookings for attractions, to the TripAdvisor network of sites.
  • Innovative publicity for resorts

    Noah Lederman
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:45 am
    When travelers visit an archipelago, most never venture beyond the popular islands. Touring Indonesia means staying on Bali. Numerous visitors to Hawaii head only to Oahu. Many guests welcomed to Nassau and Paradise Island don't even recognize that the Bahamas is a 700-island nation. 
  • Management Photo Friday: Palais Faraj Suites & Spa

    12 Sep 2014 | 7:17 am
    When it comes to the perfect hotel stay, it’s all about the details. Palais Faraj Suites & Spa in Fes, Morocco shows off (quite literally) just how detailed it is in this week’s Management Friday Photo.
  • When briefcases meet suitcases: Business travelers in 2014

    11 Sep 2014 | 6:14 am
    They’re on a first name basis with staff. They’re top loyalty program members. And they’re livid when the gym is closed.
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  • What to know about vacationing in Hawaii in October

    Sheila Beal
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:17 pm
    When factoring weather, costs and low crowds, October is one of the best months to visit Hawaii. Let’s examine the details showing why October is an excellent month for a Hawaii vacation.What’s Hawaii’s weather like in October?After Hawaii’s warmest months of August and September, October temperatures cool down only slightly. Daytime high temperatures at most beach resorts average in the mid to upper 80s F. Nighttime temperatures only dip into the lower 70s F.October rainfall levels in Hawaii are generally low — especially when compared to the wetter, winter months. However,…
  • Aloha Friday Photo: Wailua Falls, East Maui

    Sheila Beal
    12 Sep 2014 | 7:52 am
    Mahalo to Russell DeJetley for sharing this stunning photo of Wailua Falls on Maui.Russell really captured the beauty of this place. He must have used a long exposure to create the milky smooth effect on the waterfall.Wailua Falls is located on East Maui, past the town on Hana on Highway 31. It’s one of the easiest waterfalls to find and see along the road to Hana and beyond.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…
  • Your favorite Hawaii places

    Sheila Beal
    10 Sep 2014 | 9:59 am
    We thoroughly enjoyed reading your favorite places after we posed the question on the blog and on Facebook a couple of weeks ago. We found ourselves nodding in agreement with so many of your choices, but we also learned of some spots we didn’t know.Let’s take a look at your responses.How do your favorite islands stack up per Go Visit Hawaii readers and fans?Oahu was mentioned the most. That’s not too surprising considering more people visit Oahu than any other island. In fact, per the 2013 Hawaii Tourism Authority visitor statistics, more people visited Oahu than all the…
  • Aloha Friday Photo: Layered sunset

    Sheila Beal
    5 Sep 2014 | 9:17 am
    Mahalo to Edward Michaels for sharing this sunset photo with us for Aloha Friday Photos. Edward tells us that he took this photo on the leeward (west side) of Oahu looking towards Lahilahi Point.It seems that each Oahu sunset is unique. One of the features of this sunset that popped out to us is that it the sunset sky colors appear to be in horizontal layers.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 Under no…
  • Hawaii vacation news & deals: September 2, 2014

    Sheila Beal
    2 Sep 2014 | 9:58 am
    Waikiki Beach* If you need a virtual visit to Oahu, Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau along with Google Maps has added 360-degree views of Oahu parks and trails. It’s really neat, so do check it out.* If you are visiting Waikiki this fall, you could take advantage of a deal for a spa day at Na Ho’ola Spa in the Hyatt Regency Waikiki. The regular price for the massage and facial services is $300, but this offer through Travelzoo brings the price down to $149. See the following link for more Hawaii spa, hotel and activity deals.* JW Marriott Ihilani at Ko Olina Resort on Oahu is…
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  • 10 Ways to Open a Wine Bottle Without a Corkscrew

    5 Sep 2014 | 5:43 am
    10 Ways to Open a Wine Bottle Without a Corkscrew One way , the one with the shoe, I’ve shared already with you, but now I’ve a few more for you: Nails Screw hook and more. Always handy to know. Especially the blow torch one intrigues me so much I’ll have to try it out once. 10 Ways to Open a Wine Bottle Without a Corkscrew is a post from: Happy Hotelier. Would you like to subscribe to my newsfeed, or my weekly newsletter? Last update: Friday, September 5, 201410 Ways to Open a Wine Bottle Without a Corkscrew is a post from: Happy Hotelier. Would you like to subscribe to my…
  • Pardon for Chelsea Manning?

    Happy Hotelier
    3 Sep 2014 | 6:17 am
    Pardon for Chelsea Manning? No mention of private Manning in the news anymore. Bradley Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison because he leaked to the (in)famous Wikileaks. A Year ago a request was lodged for a presidential pardon. I believe it’s time President Obama takes a decision. In the meantime Bradley has publicly announced he wants to change gender and be renamed as Chelsey. Part of the plea for presidential pardon. The decisions that I made in 2010 were made out of a concern for my country and the world that we live in. Since the tragic events of 9/11, our country has been…
  • Hotel Frontdoor

    1 Sep 2014 | 1:05 pm
    Hotel Frontdoor Your guests come and go via the frontdoor. The Frontdoor of this hotel has etched in its glass that its telephone number is 1. The door must be from somewhere around 1900. Many guests must have passed this door. This was a hotel long before there were hotel chains like Marriott, Hilton or Starwoord…. The hotel is stil in operation and located in a small village in The Netherlands, not far, only a busride, from Amsterdam. Are you able to guess its location? Actually it was rebuilt in 1905 and the telephone was installed as late as 1920… Hotel Frontdoor is a post…
  • Google tests Project Wing

    29 Aug 2014 | 12:46 am
    Google tests Project Wing A drone delivery system being tested in Australia as their drone regulations are less steep than those in the US. Google tests Project Wing is a post from: Happy Hotelier. Would you like to subscribe to my newsfeed, or my weekly newsletter? Last update: Friday, August 29, 2014Google tests Project Wing is a post from: Happy Hotelier. Would you like to subscribe to my newsfeed, or my weekly newsletter?
  • Wakeup Copenhagen Borgergade – Hotel Reviews by HH (1)

    12 Aug 2014 | 5:23 am
    The front of Wakeup Copenhagen Borgergade Introduction to numbered “Hotel Reviews by HH” – cooperation with Hotel Designs My wife and I became hoteliers in 2000 after having fulfilled creative and caring professions unrelated to hospitality. In 2000 we started to convert a dilapidated terraced house next to our own house into a luxury 3 suites “Hotel” or Luxury B & B and operated it under the name Haagsche Suites (i.e. Suites of The Hague) until we’d closed it in December, 2013. Currently I am an almost full-time blogger on several blogs, Happy Hotelier…
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  • 6 Things to Know Before you Visit DiggerLand USA

    21 Aug 2014 | 8:14 pm
    1. The ambiance is constructiontastic. If your kiddo loves yellow trucks, dirt, and heavy machinery they will be in heaven. 2. Diggerland USA has the largest rope climbing course in the World. It is a great workout for your muscles but even going up one level will make you feel like you accomplished something huge when going home. 3. Measure your kids before arrival. Strict height requirements make ride selections hard for those under 3ft. Those under that height can play in the Kid Zone. 4. Wear sneakers good sneakers. A rock climbing wall is 32 feet tall and is ready to climb high in the…
  • Frugal Travel Find: COOLinary New Orleans

    7 Aug 2014 | 8:40 am
    More than fifty restaurants are participating in COOLinary New Orleans.  The entire month of August features special menus and pricing at restaurants throughout the city.  Patrons can enjoy a two course lunch for $20 or less and a three course dinner for $35 or less in America’s most delicious city. Peruse the menu and make a reservation at some of the best restaurants in the Big Easy by visiting  If you are planning a trip to the city, consult the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau for information.  Hotel restaurants participating in COOLinary New…
  • All-inclusive for Families: Grand Palladium Bavaro – Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

    4 Aug 2014 | 1:38 am
    My 10-year-old daughter and I just got back from our first visit to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic for a four-night stay at Grand Palladium Bavaro Resort & Spa. As first time visitors to both the island and the hotel, we felt welcome for the moment arrived. Grand Palladium Bavaro is one of the largest family-friendly all-inclusive resorts in the area, with a wide variety of accommodations, dining options, and activities with both adults and kids in mind. The Location Located right on the beach along the east coast of the Dominican Republic, Grand Palladium Bavaro is a quick 30 minute taxi…
  • Frugal Friday: Houston Restaurant Weeks (HRW)

    1 Aug 2014 | 6:50 am
    Latin Bites   Let’s do lunch and maybe even dinner!  Houston Restaurant Weeks (HRW) begins today and continues through September 1, 2014. Restaurants roll out their best dishes for a fixed price.  The multi-course meals cost $20 for a 2-3 course lunch, $25 for a 3 course brunch, and either $35 or $45 for a 3-4 course dinner. Run by volunteers, 100% of the proceeds goes to the Food Bank.  Last year’s event raised a whopping $1.2 million. The participating restaurants are located in the Uptown Galleria area, busy downtown, and trendy Midtown, as well as, the outlying Woodlands,…
  • Frugal Friday: Free Theater in New York City

    25 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Delacorte Theater in Central Park. Photo credit: Joseph Moran   One of the greatest theater towns in the world is New York City.  Visit during the summer and you can see free productions in the parks.  From the world renowned Shakespeare in the Park plays at Delacorte Theater in Central Park to Little Red’s Hood in Queen’s Highland Park, theater lovers can enjoy classic shows and the works of emerging playwrights.  Check the calendar for scheduled events on the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation website:    
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    Adventure Girl

  • Adventure Girl Recipes: St. Francis Inn Pear Crusted Pie

    16 Sep 2014 | 3:26 pm
    It’s the holidays all year round at the historic St. Francis Inn (circa 1791). If desserts are your thing, then this boutique place is where guests can ogle each night (365 days a year) over complimentary handmade delectables that head out of Janice Leary’s kitchen. Known for their Christmas gastronomic tidings, for 2014, themed desserts will reflect one of the ’12 Days of Christmas’. Each dessert pays homage to the English Christmas Carol tune, which represents a gift per day for 12 days leading to Christmas. On a side note: The song, which these desserts are named…
  • Adventure Girl Recipes: St. Francis Inn Turtle Dove Cheesecake

    16 Sep 2014 | 3:25 pm
    It’s the holidays all year round at the historic St. Francis Inn (circa 1791). If desserts are your thing, then this boutique place is where guests can ogle each night (365 days a year) over complimentary handmade delectables that head out of Janice Leary’s kitchen. Known for their Christmas gastronomic tidings, for 2014, themed desserts will reflect one of the ’12 Days of Christmas’. Each dessert pays homage to the English Christmas Carol tune, which represents a gift per day for 12 days leading to Christmas. On a side note: The song, which these desserts are named…
  • Adventure Girl Recipes: St. Francis Inn Puff Pastry Swans

    16 Sep 2014 | 3:07 pm
    It’s the holidays all year round at the historic St. Francis Inn (circa 1791). If desserts are your thing, then this boutique place is where guests can ogle each night (365 days a year) over complimentary handmade delectables that head out of Janice Leary’s kitchen. Known for their Christmas gastronomic tidings, for 2014, themed desserts will reflect one of the ’12 Days of Christmas’. Each dessert pays homage to the English Christmas Carol tune, which represents a gift per day for 12 days leading to Christmas. On a side note: The song, which these desserts are named…
  • Adventure Girl: 8Great Spectators’ Guide to the 2014 Ryder Cup

    16 Sep 2014 | 2:31 pm
    Next week, the most prestigious event in golf returns to the country that gave birth to the sport. The Ryder Cup will be played at Gleneagles in Scotland, Sept. 23-28, with Team USA trying to rebound from a stunning loss to Team Europe in 2012. For international fans descending on the quaint town of Perthshire, knowing your way around the event and the Scottish Heartlands can feel overwhelming. For fans making the trek to the “home of golf”, Premier Golf – the travel agency that is an exclusive partner of the PGA and has sent more than 25,000 golf fans to the Ryder Cup since 1991 –…
  • CelebTrip : Halle Berry on Maui

    3 Sep 2014 | 1:16 pm
    It’s been a whirlwind year for actress Halle Berry. Starting with nuptials in France, where she tied the knot with French actor Oliver Martinez. (Their wedding took place in Burgandy’s Chateau de Condéa–a private estate in Condé-en-Brie, Aisne, France). This stunning Academy Award winner recently added television to her all ready busy work schedule. Not to mention, she is the ambassador for Revlon Run Walk, and award presenter for the Academy Awards, Golden Globes and Emmys. So, where does such a busy superstar head to relax? A favorite destination of Halle’s has been Maui…
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    Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast

  • Snow Leopard at Norden’s Ark – Smügen, Sweden – Photo

    16 Sep 2014 | 3:44 am
    Danube River Cruises starting at $1,099.00Eurail Sweden Pass This snow leopard lives at Norden’s Ark in Western Sweden. Norden’s Ark, in Smügen, is a zoo that focuses on endangered animals from all […] The post Snow Leopard at Norden’s Ark – Smügen, Sweden – Photo appeared first on Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast.
  • Travel to Charleston, South Carolina – Episode 430 Transcript

    16 Sep 2014 | 3:07 am
    Transcript of Travel to Charleston, South Carolina – Episode 430 Chris: Amateur Traveler, episode 430. Today, the Amateur Traveler talks about Civil War history, a tea plantation, and lots and lots of […] The post Travel to Charleston, South Carolina – Episode 430 Transcript appeared first on Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast.
  • Travel the Silk Road in China’s Gansu Province – Episode 436

    13 Sep 2014 | 8:30 am
    Hear about travel to the Silk Road in China’s Gansu Province as the Amateur Traveler talks again to Lee Moore from Silk Road Hitchhikers about his trip to this historic and remote […] The post Travel the Silk Road in China’s Gansu Province – Episode 436 appeared first on Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast.
  • Boathouses – Smögen, Sweden – Photo

    11 Sep 2014 | 8:13 am
    Amateur Traveler uses smugmug for its travel photos.Danube River Cruises starting at $1,099.00One of the ubiquitous features of Western Sweden is the colorful boathouses. For the busy summer months, some boathouses have […] The post Boathouses – Smögen, Sweden – Photo appeared first on Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast.
  • Montgomery, Alabama – On the Move from Past to Present

    11 Sep 2014 | 5:37 am
    Hi Y’All, come on over here and enjoy tasty gulf seafood and sweet tea before boarding the riverboat. It was my first time to Alabama and I already felt southern hospitality flowing […] The post Montgomery, Alabama – On the Move from Past to Present appeared first on Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast.
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    We Said Go Travel

  • A Day in Bordeaux, France

    Allison Levine
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    The image in my head of Bordeaux was stuffy, snooty and uptight. I would think of the cost of First Growth Bordeaux and the pretense of collectors I have met over the years. But, when I stepped foot in Bordeaux, it was not at all what I expected. Bordeaux is a vibrant, exciting city thanks to their long-standing center-right mayor (and former prime minister) Alain Juppé who started a massive regeneration program in 1995. He opened up the riverfront, made the city center pedestrian friendly, cleaned up the old buildings and installed a hi-tech tram system. Today Bordeaux is not only the…
  • Supreme Influence: Join Niurka in Los Angeles October 11, 2014

    Lisa Ellen Niver
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Are you ready for transformation? As Niurka says, “Often the very thing that challenges you is where the greatest gift resides for your evolution.” See her in person in Los Angeles for a one-day session October 11, 2014 or join her for a several day conference in Joshua Tree. Niurka recently asked a Los Angeles audience at the Marina Marriott: “Do you TRUST Life?” She then said: “If you do not trust life, you can see where you have been wounded. There is a space to find a gift and magic.” Tenesha, who sat next to me at a recent one-day event, told me she first…
  • Thatta Girl! Lets go to Germany!

    M. Fonseca
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    “How many pesetas?” “They don’t use pesetas anymore. Euros only.” The future lawyer rolled her eyes and placed coins in the machine. It spat out a ticket. “Oh.” I didn’t realize I’d said it out loud. I picked through the money I’d recently exchanged. How much? My friend Jessie snatched my change purse and plucked 10.3 Euros. A convex mirror was hoisted in the corner of the subway station. Shaking heads, impatient arm gestures, and shifting feet accelerated my pulse. I overheard “American” plus an expletive or two in…
  • Marvelous Malaysia: Housesitting in Langkawi

    Lisa Ellen Niver
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    While sitting in our guesthouse in Fortuna, Costa Rica last Fall, I was imagining our upcoming trip to Volcan Arenal when I found a housesitting assignment in Langkawi, Malaysia in the Caretakers Gazette. After nearly a year and a half on the road, staying in one place for three weeks sounded like heaven.  I wrote to Valerie and Donal, the homeowners, indicating my interest and all about past travels to Asia including a brief visit five years ago to Langkawi. Valerie wrote back the next day and mentioned that of all the applicants, we were their top choice and it was quite important to her…
  • 5 Reasons to Buy Insurance When Going on a Cruise

    Rissa Gatdula-Lumontad
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    Booked your dream cruise and excited to go? Remember to take out travel insurance for a cruise holiday. A cruise is undeniably a great vacation option as it normally offers a relaxed itinerary with many opportunities to explore different places during the stops on the way. More often than not, the cost of a cruise is all-inclusive – accommodation, meals, drinks and entertainment on board and land excursions, plus top-notch full service all the way – except the assurance that you will be adequately compensated in the event that something goes wrong! Many travelers have the “it will never…
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  • What happened to my travel industry – and how do I get it back?

    Christopher Elliott
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Glen Brewer is an unashamed railroad enthusiast. He runs a website that specializes in 19th century trains. And that made […] The post What happened to my travel industry – and how do I get it back? appeared first on Elliott.
  • Is this enough compensation for being locked in the bathroom?

    Christopher Elliott
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    United Airlines flight 6260 from Los Angeles to Bozeman, Mont., experienced a little mechanical problem on July 2. One of […] The post Is this enough compensation for being locked in the bathroom? appeared first on Elliott.
  • Gross encounters of the airborne kind

    Christopher Elliott
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:26 pm
    Thanks for reading Elliott’s Email, my weekly newsletter. I’m so grateful for your support – without you, none of the advocacy […] The post Gross encounters of the airborne kind appeared first on Elliott.
  • That’s one fine mess you’ve gotten yourself into with your OneWorld flight

    Christopher Elliott
    14 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    When I read about flights like Prabir Mehta’s, I can’t help but exclaim: airline alliances! Curse you, airline alliances! You […] The post That’s one fine mess you’ve gotten yourself into with your OneWorld flight appeared first on Elliott.
  • Why your next airline ticket purchase should be like buying a car

    Christopher Elliott
    13 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    When Loren Witkin says that he shopped around for a new car, you can take him at his word. Witkin […] The post Why your next airline ticket purchase should be like buying a car appeared first on Elliott.
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    Digg: travel Stories

  • Is Today’s Travel Better Than The Grand Tour?

    12 Sep 2014 | 8:12 pm
    Can today’s travel deliver on the promise of the Grand Tour — or is the idea of edifying travel utterly bankrupt?
  • It's OK To Cheat On Your Space- Travel ing Spouse

    11 Sep 2014 | 11:48 am
    In the future, when astronauts are voyaging at close to the speed of light to other solar systems and gone for decades at a time, should their spouses have to wait for them?
  • The New Rules Of Travel

    11 Sep 2014 | 6:58 am
    It's getting easier to travel quickly and stay connected while doing it—but there are higher fares and the usual hazards of getting out there to deal with.
  • The President's Golfing Buddy

    7 Sep 2014 | 5:57 am
    Marvin Nicholson, the White House travel director, who has played golf with the president about 140 times, rounds out the president’s foursomes and soothes his frayed feelings.
  • Time Travel Simulation Resolves 'Grandfather Paradox'

    2 Sep 2014 | 1:39 pm
    It was, he said, "a welcome reception for future time travel ers," a tongue-in-cheek experiment to reinforce his "1992 conjecture that travel into the past is effectively impo...
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    Soul Travelers 3

  • Mozart's Adventures During New York Fashion Week

    Soul Travelers3
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:01 am
    Mozart's Adventures During New York Fashion Week13 year old trilingual travel teen and Youtuber Mozart was asked to attend New York Fashion Week 13 year old trilingual travel teen and Youtuber Mozart was asked to attend New York Fashion Week as it's youngest reporter by Not Your Mother's Brand and had an awesome worldschool and travel adventure that we will share with you! From runways, red carpets and front row seats to limos, backstage access and VIP status to hanging with Vogue's editor and fashion Queen Anna Wintour and celebs like tennis star Serena Williams and more. Oh…
  • Mozart is Youngest Reporter at New York Fashion Week!

    Soul Travelers3
    7 Sep 2014 | 12:03 am
    Mozart is Youngest Reporter at New York Fashion Week!Trilingual travel teen Youtuber Mozart was thriled to be asked to be the youngest reporter at Trilingual travel teen Youtuber Mozart was thriled to be asked to be the youngest reporter at New York Fashion Week! Wow, what a lucky girl and another amazing worldschool opportunity for singer Mozart... hitting the red carpet, getting insider tips backstage and killer interviews. She loves fashion and she loves New York, so we jumped at the chance when the folks at Not Your Mother's Haircare invited her after seeing her first vlog on…
  • New Home, Moving and Big Changes

    Soul Travelers3
    3 Sep 2014 | 12:08 am
    New Home, Moving and Big ChangesHaving a child, changes your life forever and in our case, that has certainly been the truth and what Having a child, changes your life forever and in our case, that has certainly been the truth and what a wild ride it has been all around the world. Since Mozart turned 13 it has been particularly full of constant change and leading us into new horizons we never really expected. While many of you were enjoying a relaxing Labor Day Weekend, we made a quick move into a new "home". Luckily, as a minimalist family, we don't take long to pack, but our…
  • TMI Tag!

    Soul Travelers3
    30 Aug 2014 | 11:16 pm
    Trilingual teen Mozart answers the TMI Tag ( too much information) on Youtube, vlogging her entertaining Trilingual teen Mozart answers the TMI Tag ( too much information) on Youtube, vlogging her entertaining take to this popular and fun "beauty guru" youtuber tag because many of you have wanted more information, so this seemed like a cool one to do.Fears, TV shows, Boyfriend? ...and more!Mozart had a blast making it,so we hope you enjoy it!  She did it in one take since we were busy moving this week ( more on that soon!) and only had 18 minutes on the camera. Then we edited…
  • Best Chocolate in the World?

    Soul Travelers3
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:42 am
    Best Chocolate in the World? Who doesn't love melt-in-your-mouth chocolates? Where do you find the best chocolate in Who doesn't love melt-in-your-mouth chocolates? Where do you find the best chocolate in the world and most amazing chocolatiers? As chocolate connoisseurs, we have been on the look-out all around the world for years and these days we are into chocolate-making recipes on our own from organic raw cacao. Another amazing one coming soon! When it comes to family travel, there is never a chocolate shop/chocolatier  that children ( and their parents) will not want to…
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    The Cranky Flier

  • How Southwest Tanked Its Operational Performance… And Then Took a Year to Fix It

    16 Sep 2014 | 3:45 am
    In early 2013, Southwest realized that demand was strong. Faced with a set number of airplanes, it had two choices. It could keep flying its existing schedule or it could push itself and squeeze more flights into the system. It chose the latter, and it incredibly failed to understand how badly that would drag down the operation. Beginning in August of last year, Southwest’s operational performance tanked. Due to issues unique to Southwest and its archaic technology, it wasn’t until last month, a full year later, that on-time percentage returned to normal. While at Southwest media…
  • Southwest Reveals a New Visual Identity, But You Better Not Call It a New Brand

    15 Sep 2014 | 3:45 am
    It had been years since Southwest last had a media day, so I was surprised to see an invite come in the mail a few weeks ago. As we all know by now, the real reason for the event was to show off the airline’s new image. My reaction to the design itself wasn’t all that negative, but I still can’t understand why the airline felt this was needed. I think there’s more important work to do over there. [Disclosure: Southwest paid for my flight to Dallas and my hotel] Southwest began the day with a ceremony in stifling heat in a closed hangar. When the ceremony ended, the…
  • Cranky on the Web (September 7 – 12)

    13 Sep 2014 | 3:45 am
    When luxury ruled the skies: Flying in the 1950s and ’60s – Sacramento Bee I was asked my opinion about whether the “golden age” of air travel really existed. In the Trenches: How to Turn Customers Away – Quickbooks Small Business Blog On occasion we find ourselves dealing with the issue of turning clients away because we don’t think we can properly help them. It can get sticky.
  • Crankyspotting Dorkfest is Tomorrow

    12 Sep 2014 | 3:45 am
    The day has finally arrived. Tomorrow is Crankyspotting Dorkfest. I’ll be at the park across the street from the In ‘n Out at LAX from 11a to 2p. If you’re flying in, take the Parking Spot shuttle (to the Sepulveda lot, not Century) and it’ll drop you off right there. If you’re driving, there’s plenty of parking on the street around there. As always, this isn’t a structured event. It’s just a chance to hang out, eat burgers, and watch airplanes. This year, someone asked if he could distribute a survey for a start-up idea in this industry (not an…
  • Honoring the Flight Crews That Died 13 Years Ago Today

    11 Sep 2014 | 3:45 am
    Today is now technically called Patriot Day in the US, but for those of us in the airline industry, it’s also the day that our industry was flipped on its head. We talk about the impact on the industry all the time, but today isn’t for that. For those of us who know and love the airlines, those who lost their lives doing their jobs on those four flights. As I’ve done for the last 7 years, I’m printing the names of the on-duty crewmembers who were murdered that day. Read them and remember. American 11 (Boston to Los Angeles) Crashed into World Trade Center Barbara…
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    Peter Greenberg Travel Detective

  • Three U.S. Airlines Announce New Airplane Designs

    17 Sep 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Read the full article on at - Three U.S. Airlines Announce New Airplane DesignsIt’s been an eventful week for three U.S. airlines, which have debuted new looks for their airplanes. Last week, Southwest Airlines revealed the all-new Southwest Heart, which includes a rebranding... Read More...The post Three U.S. Airlines Announce New Airplane Designs appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
  • Travel Tip: How to Safely Store Important Documents

    17 Sep 2014 | 5:25 am
    Read the full article on at - Travel Tip: How to Safely Store Important DocumentsHow many times have you been traveling, only to realize you left an important document at home or on another computer? That’s where something called cloud storage can really come... Read More...The post Travel Tip: How to Safely Store Important Documents appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
  • Thanksgiving Travel 2014: Tips, Trends, & When to Book

    16 Sep 2014 | 12:19 pm
    Read the full article on at - Thanksgiving Travel 2014: Tips, Trends, & When to BookThe holiday season is approaching, which means many travelers are considering buying tickets for Thanksgiving. Sometimes buying tickets early means you’ll get better rates, but this year it depends. Here’s a... Read More...The post Thanksgiving Travel 2014: Tips, Trends, & When to Book appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
  • Travel Tip: What You Need to Know About Cruising in Hurricane Season

    16 Sep 2014 | 5:25 am
    Read the full article on at - Travel Tip: What You Need to Know About Cruising in Hurricane SeasonWe’re at the peak of hurricane season. If you’re planning to go on a cruise right now, there are a few things you need to be aware of first. Hurricane season... Read More...The post Travel Tip: What You Need to Know About Cruising in Hurricane Season appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
  • Dutch Safety Board Releases Preliminary Report About MH17 Debris

    15 Sep 2014 | 9:41 am
    Read the full article on at - Dutch Safety Board Releases Preliminary Report About MH17 DebrisLast week, the Dutch Safety Board released a preliminary investigation report based on the debris of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. The Boeing 777-200ER was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur and... Read More...The post Dutch Safety Board Releases Preliminary Report About MH17 Debris appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
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    Nancy D Brown

  • New Adventure Thrills in Hocking Hills, Ohio

    Jamie Rhein
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:50 am
    Recently, I saw the woods and the river in the Hocking Hills region of Ohio from a whole different angle–flying like Superman. At the Hocking Hills Canopy Tours Adventure, the SuperZip is quarter of a mile zipline that begins at the top of an 85 ft. tower and ends across the Hocking River where strapping young […]
  • Empty Nest Travel Tips

    Nancy Brown
    12 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    As our daughter graduated from college this summer and our son traveled to Oxford, Mississippi to begin college, it has occurred to me that my husband and I are now empty nest. Our young adult children have flown the coop and we are free to travel at our leisure. No more worries about teenagers hosting […]
  • Tips for Traveling with Teens

    Nancy Brown
    5 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    While my young adult children may call me a fire breathing dragon behind my back, they have thanked me for teaching them how to pack a suitcase and instilling a sense of confidence in them when they travel solo. I’m the first to admit that I don’t know what to do in many travel situations, […]
  • Ride The Ducks San Francisco: San Francisco Duck Tours

    Lisa Dion
    3 Sep 2014 | 7:54 am
    If you live in the city of San Francisco or Boston or Philadelphia or Seattle, you’ve probably noticed them. It’s hard not to. Amphibious vehicles tooling around the neighborhoods with the music cranked up and the passengers blasting kazoos shaped like duck bills. My family and I took the San Francisco ‘Splashtastic Sunset’ Ride the […]
  • Hotel Review: Skamania Lodge, Washington

    Nancy Brown
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Our daughter recently accepted a job in Washington state and is living in the hip city of Portland, Oregon. As my husband and I are graduates of the University of Oregon, we are more than happy to explore our daughter’s new recreational playground. With that in mind, we put together a Pacific Northwest roadtrip beginning […]
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    Hawaii Aloha Travel » Podcast Posts

  • Hawaii Plate Lunches – It’s all about the sides

    Bruce Fisher
    16 Sep 2014 | 2:07 pm
    Can you believe September is coming to an end? Honestly I feel like summer didn’t even happen- it seems to have come The post Hawaii Plate Lunches – It’s all about the sides appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Describing Hawaii

    Bruce Fisher
    15 Aug 2014 | 12:58 pm
    I feel like a lot of things big have happened in Hawaii pretty recently… Big Island had an earthquake, two hurricanes threatened The post Describing Hawaii appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Seafood in Hawaii

    Bruce Fisher
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:26 pm
    If you’re vacationing in Hawaii, then chances are you want to sample local fresh seafood that comes straight from the fishermen of The post Seafood in Hawaii appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • The Best of Hawaii

    Bruce Fisher
    17 Jul 2014 | 2:41 pm
    Today we’ll be talking about the recently released Hawaii’s Best 2014, which is an annual celebration hosted by the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. This The post The Best of Hawaii appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • What Hawaii DOESN’T have

    Bruce Fisher
    8 Jul 2014 | 1:46 pm
    Hawaii seems to have it all. Year round warm weather, a gorgeous ocean, beautiful beaches, high-end hotels, incredible shopping, tropical fruits, unique The post What Hawaii DOESN’T have appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
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  • This is the Life - Gili Air — Jerusalem, Israel

    17 Sep 2014 | 1:32 pm
    This is the Life - Gili Air - Jerusalem, Israel Jerusalem, IsraelAfter a long shower and great sleep in a warm bed I was packed and ready to go to the Gilis. Typical local fashion I was shuttled from one more of transportation to the next all the while being asked to sit and wait in between before finally having the ocean spray on my face from a local long tail boat heading for the first of the three islands. I had chosen Gili Air as it is said to be a good mix of the other two; Gili T (the party island) and Gili Meno (the honeymoon island). I was happy to touch down on the white sands and…
  • Croatia Sailing and Venice — Trogir, Croatia

    17 Sep 2014 | 1:32 pm
    Croatia Sailing and Venice - Trogir, Croatia Trogir, CroatiaThe return trip to Croatia begins tomorrow. I hope you enjoy this travel blog. September 2: I am at the airport after clearing security, very quick with TSA Precheck, but unsuccessful in getting on the earlier flight to Seattle, they don't do standby or changes without charging $25. Another example of the de-bundling of services in the flying business. It will be a sad day when it costs to use the restrooms, which seems to be coming. So, I am hanging out at PDX instead of SEA. However, I got close to two hours in the lounge in…
  • Arrived safe and sound. — Chiang Mai, Thailand

    17 Sep 2014 | 1:32 pm
    Arrived safe and sound. - Chiang Mai, Thailand Chiang Mai, ThailandThe train ride was a great experience. Very clean and pleasant with great food. The aisle runs up the train with seats on either side for two people ( they would easily take 4). In the everyone someone comes and makes the beds, there are beds which come down from the top too. The beds were comfortable but I didn't get much sleep for fear of failing out the top bunk. We arrived in Chiang Mai and were driven to out hotel. Some please chose to go to Tiger Kingdom but they all felt on their return that the animals were sedated. I…
  • Does a walk on a medieval wall negate 32 oz steak? — Ávila‎, Spain

    17 Sep 2014 | 1:32 pm
    Does a walk on a medieval wall negate 32 oz steak? - Ávila‎, Spain Ávila‎, Spain Where I stayed Parador de AvilaToday it is all about the senses, and no, Umami is not one of them. My first real awareness was on the Iberai flight between London and Madrid, the people on the plane was so vocal, loud, excitement in the air of too many expats returning home. even with all my travel experiences it was the first time that I really heard people on a plane, and I do not consider crying babies as people. There was a buzz in the air like a bees wings flapping while it sips the…
  • Temas Relativos A Las Imágenes De Amor — Henderson, NV

    17 Sep 2014 | 1:32 pm
    Temas Relativos A Las Imágenes De Amor - Henderson, NV Henderson, NV El amor es uno de nuestros bienes más preciados. El amor de pareja, el amor de amigo, el amor paternal, el amor filial, el amor por la ciencia, por el arte, por las humanidades, etc., nos hace ser mejores personas y nos moldea el carácter. Cuando nos sentimos amados y gozamos con las cosas que hacemos estamos mucho más felices y nuestra actitud hacia el planeta siempre es mejor. . Hacer lo posible por completar de amor nuestras vidas es una manera de buscar la propia felicidad y la de el resto.
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    View from the Wing

  • Should You Jump on the US Airways MasterCard Signup Bonus Before It Goes Away?

    Gary Leff
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    I receive compensation for many links on this blog. You don’t have to use these links, but I am grateful to you if you do. American Express, Citibank, Chase, and other banks are advertising partners of this site. I do not write about all credit cards that are available — instead focusing on miles, points, and cash back (and currencies that can be converted into the same). I’ve had several readers write in the past couple of days about receiving targeted 50,000 mile signup bonus offers for the US Airways co-brand credit card. Typical is this email from Jon who writes: Long time…
  • Data Security is a Huge Gap in Frequent Flyer Programs. But Not One Members Actually Care About.

    Gary Leff
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:30 am
    Deloitte Consulting released a new study today (.pdf) suggesting that travelers do not trust the data security policies and practices of loyalty programs. My take: Deloitte wants to convince loyalty programs to hire them to bolster their privacy and data security. They’d also love it if media picked this up and created pressure for companies to address an issue that Deloitte is ready to sell them a solution for. Deloitte finds that: 75% of people expect their frequent traveler accounts to offer financial institution-grade security. Only 1/3rd are satisfied with the security of their…
  • American Embraces Transparency in Award and Upgrade Classes for US Airways!

    Gary Leff
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:04 am
    Just a couple of weeks ago Delta reminded us that their best customers are poorly-informed customers. They forced Expert Flyer — a collection of really useful tools for frequent flyers (that charges a subscription fee — to remove all information about Delta. Even flight schedules. Now Expert Flyer emails their registered members to let them know of even more information that’s now available for US Airways. And includes a quote from American about this that underscores a totally different philosophy towards customers than Delta. (American doesn’t hate them.) “We are…
  • United Extending Waiver of Revenue Requirement for Elite Status if You Spend on Their Credit Card

    Gary Leff
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:14 am
    In June 2013 United announced that earning elite status would require minimum spending on tickets. This followed almost dead-on what Delta had announced. Status in 2015 would require not just miles flown in 2014, but a minimum amount of spending for each status level as well. Silver: $2500 minimum qualifying revenue Gold: $5000 minimum qualifying revenue Platinum: $7500 minimum qualifying revenue 1K: $10,000 minimum qualifying revenue Anyone with an address outside of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia is exempt. Military and diplomatic (APO, DPO or FPO) addresses are exempt…
  • Get Tickets to Sold Out Frequent Traveler University Events

    Gary Leff
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Frequent Traveler University in San Diego next March, which I posted about this morning, sold out in under 3 hours. But that doesn’t mean you can’t go. Here’s the Milepoint thread for FTU Advanced in San Diego. There are a handful of tickets held back, I’m told, and they’re right here. There are no doubt some folks that jumped on the opportunity to attend but where their schedules won’t work out. Follow the thread to see when someone wants to unload their ticket. In fact, the September 26 – 28 event in Chicago is fast approaching. There’s a…
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  • Norwegian Air Shuttle 787 Dreamliner: Oakland, California to Oslo

    Esme Vos
    6 Sep 2014 | 9:59 am
    This is a review of a Norwegian Air Shuttle flight in August 2014 from Oakland, California to Oslo, Norway, specifically the Premium Economy cabin and services. Norwegian began flying from Oakland airport in California to Oslo and Stockholm this year. Although it is a “discount” airline, Norwegian flies the latest Boeing 787 Dreamliner, unlike traditional carriers such as United, Air France, KLM and British Airways that still fly old planes between San Francisco and Europe. Norwegian does not offer business class seats; instead it offers Premium Economy seats in a separate cabin,…
  • Top 10 travel tips 2014 edition

    Arnon Kohavi
    4 Sep 2014 | 9:15 am
    Here are Mapplr’s updated top 10 travel tips.(1) In Italy (and other countries with a rich history, food culture and tradition of hospitality, like Japan) go off the beaten track. You will avoid the crowds, pay much less for hotels and restaurants and still see unique sites.(2) Don’t waste your money on renting a GPS (like those Garmin devices) with your car rental. Get a SIM card and use Waze on your smart phone. It is much more accurate and alerts you to speed traps, road accidents and traffic jams. You can still use Waze on your smartphone with your mobile data turned off (for…
  • Etihad, Turkish Airlines to start flying to SFO

    Arnon Kohavi
    4 Aug 2014 | 11:27 am
    San Francisco, the tech capital of the world, has sub-par international connections, especially for passengers traveling to Latin America, Southern Europe, India and the Middle East. Of the four BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China), non-stop flights from SFO are offered only to China. Tech entrepreneurs in Tel Aviv, Bangalore, Helsinki or Santiago de Chile have been forced to rely on connections that make their trips long and tiring. But that may soon change.Norwegian has begun to fly non-stop from Oakland International to Oslo and Stockholm on new Boeing 787-Dreamliner aircraft.
  • Hotel Hotel Canberra: Stunning Architecture in Australia’s Capital

    Arnon Kohavi
    8 Jul 2014 | 9:07 am
    Hotel Hotel Canberra is a new modern hotel opened in Australia’s capital. Hotel Hotel is located on three levels of the Nishi residential building, a sustainable “vertical village” that contains within it facilities delivering the best of global cinema, independent book and pop-up stores, music, and local cafés and bars. Designed by Australian architectural firm Fender Katsalidis, in close collaboration with Japan’s Suppose Design Office, the intention of creating beautiful, sustainable spaces has been beautifully executed. The residences are built from recycled timber…
  • Travel guide to Alsace, France

    Esme Vos
    11 Jun 2014 | 7:52 am
    Mapplr’s travel guide to Alsace is designed for people who want to spend five days to a week in Strasbourg and the towns along the Route du Vin (Wine Route) in the Alsace region of France. My advice is to give yourself two to three days in Strasbourg to see all of the main sights and to enjoy what the city has to offer, and three to four days in one or more of the little towns along the Route du Vin that stretches south of Strasbourg. I recommend staying in the town of Kaysersberg and using it as your base for exploring the Alsace wine region.Proposed Itinerary in AlsaceDay 1: Arrive in…
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    Tony Wheeler's Travels

  • Who Was Rod? Where is Rod?

    Tony Wheeler
    13 Sep 2014 | 5:46 pm
    Back in 1972 Maureen – at the tail end of the Asia trip which led to the very first Lonely Planet guidebook – Maureen and drove from Perth to Sydney. We shared the petrol costs to cross the continent in an EH Holden. Recently we’ve got back in touch – 40 years later – with the Holden’s owner Brian Haddrick. He and I did the driving, Maureen didn’t have a driving licence at the time, nor did the fourth person in the car: Rod. But who was Rod? We don’t even have his surname and we’ve never seen him again. ◄ left to right it’s Brian, Maureen and Rod in front of the Dog on…
  • A Week at the Airport – A Heathrow Diary

    Tony Wheeler
    9 Sep 2014 | 2:15 pm
    In between philosophising about everything from work, religion, sex and art to philosophy Alain de Botton also hung out at British Airway’s Terminal 5 for a week to watch what goes on. He was accompanied by photographer Richard Baker. It’s subtitled A Heathrow Diary. It’s a slim volume, I’m a bit of a technical geek so there are lots of airport questions I’d have been asking if I had a week to kill and access to everywhere. Do they time how long it takes bags to get from hold to carousel and worry if it’s too slow? Do the First Class bags always come quicker than the Economy ones?
  • Reclining Seats

    Tony Wheeler
    8 Sep 2014 | 1:44 am
    Fortunately the air travel story in recent weeks has shifted from the tragic (crashed 777s) to the ridiculous (arguments over reclining seats). And for my money the villain of the piece is James Beach, the jerk who used the offending ‘knee defender’, he’s just one step behind the people who make the dumb device. ▲ No arguments about reclining seats on a Ryanair flight, they don’t recline. You don’t get a seat pocket either, you can study the safety card all the way because the brace position, how to crawl through smoke when the aircraft is on fire and what to do when you land in…
  • Postcards

    Tony Wheeler
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:14 pm
    Remember postcards? A rectangle of cardboard with a picture. We used to send them to people, way back before emails and text messages and Facebook and Instagram. Well I still do regularly send postcards – to my mother (pushing 90) and to Maureen’s aunt (sailed past 90). But it’s getting increasingly difficult. First it’s getting harder to find the postcards – although I had no problem in France, Italy, Turkey, Malaysia and even Dubai in the UAE recently. Then you have to get stamps, which can be even more difficult than the postcard. In Greece I failed, got the cards, couldn’t get…
  • More on who flies where – Iran versus Iraq

    Tony Wheeler
    9 Aug 2014 | 3:39 am
    So most airlines can’t fly over Iraq and as a result airlines heading north or south from or to the Gulf cities (Dubai etc) are flying a little bit to the east over Iran. Including Delta and United? The US has no diplomatic relations with Iran, US companies are not allowed to trade with Iran, so how do they handle this? If Delta and United are going to fly over Iran then they’re going to have to pay Iran for the overflight rights? ▲ Persepolis, just outside Shiraz, on my last visit to Iran I’m looking at Flight Radar 24 right now and United flight UA 976 from Washington Dulles to…
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    EuroCheapo's Budget Travel Blog

  • Hamburg: 5 central hotel and hostel picks from €14

    Hilary Bown
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:46 am
    Finding an inexpensive hotel or hostel can sometimes be a challenge in Hamburg, but we have found five incredibly cheap options that range from €14 to €25 per night for a bed in a shared room. Best of all, these five spots meet the important criteria that every Cheapo holds dear: affordable, clean and centrally located. Every hostel on this list offers free Wi-Fi for its guests along with a few other fantastic perks at little or no extra cost. Solo travelers, couples and small groups will all find pocketbook-pleasing options in this list, including private rooms at low prices. But as with…
  • London Budget Eats: 5 classic British dishes to try

    Frances Ambler
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:20 am
    While Britain may not have the same reputation for food as, say, France and Italy, it definitely has its own distinct dishes. Traditional British food and drink has seen seeing something of a revival over the last ten years and, if you are travelling around the UK, keep your eye out for regional specialties such as the Cornish Pasty, Bakewell Tarts, Cumberland sausage and haggis, as well as the many locally brewed ales. In general, British food tends towards the substantial and, while the unkind may say it’s kind of stodgy, that’s a definite bonus for travelers wanting to fill up on a…
  • Paris: When (and when not) to tip in Paris

    Bryan Pirolli
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:05 am
    Note: This article was updated on September 15, 2014 with new links and information. In a city where customer service is as low a priority as cleaning up after your dog, the scarcity of tipping in Paris should come as no surprise. Still, many Americans find it difficult to stop calculating 15-20% of the bill before it hits the café table. Some visitors and foreigners in Paris take a “no-tip” approach to everything in Paris, based on the idea that service is included in the price listed on the menu. There are general rules, however, for those who want to be good customers,…
  • Antwerp: Visiting this Belgian gem on a budget

    Alex Robertson Textor
    12 Sep 2014 | 11:35 pm
    Antwerp, the capital of Flanders, is an oddly overlooked charmer in spitting distance by train of several big European cities, most notably Brussels (only 1 hour away by train), Amsterdam, Paris, London and Cologne. The city, long a diamond trade and fashion industry motor, is stylish and self-possessed. There are loads of reasons to visit Antwerp, though an innovative museum, design, the legacy of Paul Rubens and good old jenever (gin) lead the pack. MAS: Visiting a cutting-edge museum Erudition first. In 2011, MAS (Museum Aan de Stroom) opened in Antwerp’s rejuvenating port district…
  • London’s biggest budget hotel to open in West End

    Nina Derham
    12 Sep 2014 | 5:32 am
    If you’ve ever been one of those tourists who snaps an iconic photo in front of the lights in Piccadilly Circus, you’ve probably also seen the Trocadero building, an enormous Edwardian edifice which sits between Shaftesbury Avenue and Coventry Street. Over the years the building has been home to many different things, most recently an indoor “theme park” complete with adrenaline pumping rides, arcades and some truly tacky shops. It may not have been the classiest address in town, but it certainly offered shelter to many an adolescent teenager on their first date in London. Now…
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    Go Green Travel Green

  • Eco Vessel Surf Recycled Glass Water Bottle vs Zulu Glass Water Bottle

    Dawn Head
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Many athletes, parents and health- and environment-conscience people are seeking alternatives to plastic disposable and plastic reusable water bottles. A few years ago, the trend was to use stainless steel vessels for toting water and beverages. Now, there are other choices on the market constructed of glass with plastic lids and silicone protective covers. Two… Read more The post Eco Vessel Surf Recycled Glass Water Bottle vs Zulu Glass Water Bottle appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • Club Med Ixtapa Pacific Ideal Golf Resort

    Alice Benny
    11 Sep 2014 | 8:32 am
    Club Med Ixtapa Pacific provides the ideal getaway for those who love golf and the beach. With a stay at the Ixtapa Pacific, a Club Med resort, visitors can have the best of both. The Club Med Ixtapa Pacific is an all-inclusive property that’s suitable for guests of every age. That means the kids can be fully… Read more The post Club Med Ixtapa Pacific Ideal Golf Resort appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • 5 Eco-Friendly Apps for Sustainable Travel

    Alice Benny
    10 Sep 2014 | 7:36 am
    If you love to travel on a regular basis but hate the idea of leaving heavy footprints on the earth, you’ll love some of the many handy eco-friendly apps that are on the market. For those who feel guilty about the environmental impact of their journeys, it’s time to check out some of the latest… Read more The post 5 Eco-Friendly Apps for Sustainable Travel appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • Go Green Travel! 5 Top Eco Apps for Responsible Travelers

    Alice Benny
    9 Sep 2014 | 4:43 pm
    While it is important to travel, it is equally important to respect the environment. According to Responsible Centre for Travel, there´s an increasing number of companies that want to help travelers to minimalise as much as possible their impact on the destinations they are visiting. But…Have you asked yourself what can you do as an… Read more The post Go Green Travel! 5 Top Eco Apps for Responsible Travelers appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • Advantages of Bamboo Bicycle and Bamboo Bikes

    Dawn Head
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    If you have been thinking about owning a bamboo bicycle, there has never been a better time. While they are expensive, there are many advantages of owning one and minimizing your impact on our planet by using it instead of driving. Bamboo bicycles and bamboo bikes have been around for decades and are becoming more… Read more The post Advantages of Bamboo Bicycle and Bamboo Bikes appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
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    Jaunted - The Pop Culture Travel Guide

  • The Best Limited Edition Beer is the One Poured at 35,000 Feet

    17 Sep 2014 | 12:43 pm
    September is, without a doubt, the height of beer news for the year. There's Oktoberfest, the release of pumpkin seasonals, autumn beer tests, and airline beverage menu revamps. For 2014, SAS has some big news to share on that last front; they've partnered with Denmark's Mikkeller craft brewery to develop SAS Wit, onboard SAS long-haul flights in Business Class. According to Mikkeller's Mikkel Borg Bjergsø, "it's a wheat beer in the Belgian tradition—fresh with a summery taste of orange peel and cilantro. As such, it's a bit cloudy with residue from yeast and wheat." Already SAS has…
  • California: This Website Highlights the Small Towns Most Pass By on California's Highway 1

    17 Sep 2014 | 10:33 am
    We all know that Highway 1 runs nearly the entire coast of California, from Mexico up through San Francisco to the Oregon border. Most people drive it in a day or two from San Diego or Los Angeles up to the Bay Area, with many itineraries including stops in Santa Barbara, Carmel, and Monterrey. Sprinkled between these well-known tourist towns is what this writer considers to be one of the best kept secrets in the country, the rural Central Coast of California. San Luis Obispo has made headlines in recent years for its happy citizens, and San Simeon draws its fair share of attention thanks to…
  • Forget Spring Cleaning; Fall is for Travel Reorganization

    17 Sep 2014 | 9:33 am
    Why is there only one season earmarked for organization? Spring cleaning is the shaking out of rugs, dusting off of shelves, and restocking the pantry after winter, but we propose a similar approach for fall, focused on travel. Whether you’ve spent the whole summer hopping continents or just headed out on a few road trips, right now is the ideal time to unzip wallets and air out duffel bags in anticipation of yet more travel. Prepare now for winter & holiday travel by:
  • Los Angeles: LAX Preps for Yet Another Crazy Major Facelift

    17 Sep 2014 | 8:18 am
    Earlier this year, LAX, the airport everyone loves to hate, unveiled their newest and flashest digs at Tom Bradley International Terminal and we thought it was pretty cool. Now it's Terminal 1 and 2's turn to revamp, and all with the help of Westfield. After signing the $300 million check to refresh the tired space that's known as home to Air Canada and Virgin Atlantic (amongst others), airport officials now plan to create a unique experience divided up into three separate "districts." The terminal will be a far departure from the standard hallways you see now, as it introduces a "Commercial…
  • 10 Things That Look Better in Yellow and Black Than Spirit Airlines

    17 Sep 2014 | 7:08 am
    What's yellow and black but turns faces red? Spirit Airlines yesterday unceremoniously unveiled their new aircraft paint job, posting the unflattering image above to Twitter. The bold yellow-and-black scheme is a massive change from their most recent clean look, and it's already being dubbed the "Pikachu plane," although Spirit themselves like to describe it as "unique, bold, fun & clearly identifiable even at 35,000 feet." It's also ugly, but you know what? Spirit don't care. It's all about making money, which they happen to do at the expense of none-the-wiser budget travelers who think…
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    HotelChatter -

  • Wellington: Just Outside of Toronto, 'Drake-by-the-Lake' Has Opened

    Janice Tober
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:58 am
    This is the kind of hotel that makes you feel like sitting around a fire and singing camp songs. Looking like a cross between your cabin at the lake and a quaint country inn, the Drake Devonshire opened this week just outside of Toronto. Owned by the folks who brought us hipster hangout, The Drake Hotel in Toronto, you can see that “Drake-by-the-Lake” is complementary in style but with a more pronounced cheeky nod to rustic Canadiana.
  • Chicago: What's Inside Marriott's New Healthy Vending Machine?

    17 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    While its tipping envelope initiative continues to dominate the headlines, Marriott's introduction of a healthy vending machine at its Chicago O'Hare airport location has been much less controversial. Earlier this month, it jumped on the bandwagon of a Chicago start-up called Farmer's Fridge, which creates healthy options using local ingredients, puts them in a jar, and delivers them to vending machines throughout the city. Yep, healthy food in jars, which can be recycled back into the vending machine after the meal. There's approximately 12 of them in Chicago, and Marriott plans to test out…
  • Milan: Manage Your Expectations at the Moxy Milan To Make Your Stay Go Tutto Bene

    17 Sep 2014 | 7:23 am
    It’s been open a couple of weeks now, and the reviews are starting to trickle in for Moxy Milan, the first opening for Marriott’s new millennial-friendly brand. And they are… mixed. Here’s what the 13 reviews on TripAdvisor have to say, along with some observations from an article in the Financial Times.
  • London: MGallery And Ibis Styles Are En Route To Leicester Square

    17 Sep 2014 | 6:53 am
    Pop quiz: what does London need more of? Sometimes it seems the only answer is: more hotel rooms, more hotel rooms, more hotel rooms. Today we’re back at Leicester Square, where a new mixed-use complex is likely to go up at its southern end, and Accor Hotels is now throwing another 600+ rooms in the mix by 2017. Right on the square will be the return of its MGallery brand (gone since the St. Ermin Hotel went Autograph Collection) in Victory House (above). We don’t know much more than that it will have just 80 rooms, that it will open at the end of 2016, and that unless you camp
  • Dubai: Mandarin Oriental Is Coming To Dubai

    17 Sep 2014 | 6:26 am
    No, we're not sure where it'll fit, either In a way (a definite way), it’s incredible they haven’t done it sooner – Mandarin Oriental has announced that it’s coming to Dubai. The “luxurious urban resort” will be on Jumeirah Beach and will open in 2017. The 200 rooms and suites will, of course, undoubtedly be stunning, but the category to really get excited about will be the overwater villas, accessed via a private bridge, each with a private infinity pool and “swim platform”, allowing you to jump straight into the Arabian Gulf. Yes please! It’s not…
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  • 10 Weirdest Restaurants in the World

    14 Sep 2014 | 6:01 pm
    Spice up your eating experience at these incredibly weird restaurants around the world. You'll be dodging ninjas and dining out of a toilet in no time! Think we're kidding? Read on, because these restaurants have to be seen to be believed.
  • 10 Most Romantic Coastal Destinations

    11 Sep 2014 | 3:23 am
    From the rugged Pacific Northwest to sophisticated California, from cultured New England to laid-back Florida, we've rounded up some of our favorite coastal destinations perfect for getting your romance on.
  • 10 Cool Converted Schoolhouse Hotels

    2 Sep 2014 | 6:01 pm
    We found some amazing schoolhouses around the world that have been transformed into unique hotels, perfect for a back-to-school break. Pack your best Trapper Keeper and Lisa Frank pencils: Here are 10 cool converted schoolhouse hotels you won't mind reporting to.
  • Amtrak's 10 Best Scenic Day Trips

    30 Aug 2014 | 6:01 pm
    With their large windows and comfortable coach seats, trains are unsurpassed for enjoying the countryside as you go. Ed Perkins offers his picks for the best and most picturesque day-only Amtrak routes.
  • 11 Best Airport Hotels Around the World

    28 Aug 2014 | 6:01 pm
    Long layover? Canceled flight? Spending the night at the airport is sometimes unavoidable. But you don't have to cram your weary bones into a plastic seat (or worse, curl up on the floor). Instead, we scoured the world for the best airport hotels.
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    Viator Travel Blog

  • Top Travel Deals of the Week

    Viator Travel Team
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    Looking for something new and fun to do while traveling this week? Check out Viator’s best travel deals available around the globe this week and make the most of your travel budget Here are the top Viator Travel Deals through September 23, 2014: Australia & the Pacific Save on tours in Melbourne! Te Anau Super Saver: Doubtful Sound Cruise plus Te Anau Glowworm Cave Tour – Save 20% Be amazed by the wonders of New Zealand on this two-day Te Anau Super Saver. First, take a wilderness cruise on Doubtful Sound where the natural beauty will leave you breathless. The following day,…
  • Introducing Albania: Five Tips for Exploring

    Viator Travel Team
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:24 pm
    Explore Albania Albania feels like an entire world apart from its neighboring Mediterranean countries, and it’s certainly more challenging. English-speakers can’t often be found, and the Albanian language is in an entire league of its own.  Getting around is a challenge, and there’s no real efficient public transit. Chaos is pretty much mandatory. You can’t really fault Albania for its shortcomings, though. Its emergence from communism came with a whole lot of problems, and poverty is still pretty rampant throughout the country. A lot of people avoid Albania for these reasons, but…
  • Reasons to Go to Ghana

    Viator Travel Team
    12 Sep 2014 | 12:19 pm
    For those looking to visit Africa, Ghana is a great place to start. Known as “Africa for beginners,” it’s the perfect destination for getting acquainted with this diverse continent. And that’s not the only reason to visit. Rich history, an upbeat culture, wildlife-filled parks and beautiful beaches are just a few other facets worth exploring. To help you plan your trip, here are 10 reasons to make Ghana, Africa, your next vacation destination. Independence Square The history Ghana offers a number of opportunities to learn about the country’s dark yet important history. One such…
  • Top Photos of the Month: September Fall-Inspired Travels

    Viator Travel Team
    12 Sep 2014 | 10:40 am
    The leaves are turning and the weather is starting to cool down. . . it must be fall! Get ready for those pumpkin flavors, sweater weather and the shades of orange and brown Mother Nature brings out this time of the year. We’re showcasing fall’s best with our favorite autumnal photos submitted by YOU! Here are some of our favorite fall-inspired photos for the month of September. So, are you ready for the upcoming season or are you still holding out for another day at the beach? Fall foliage in the Berkshires region of Massachusetts As seen on the Fall Foliage Spectacular Tour from…
  • Namibia: Six Reasons to Visit an Unknown Country in Southern Africa

    Viator Travel Team
    10 Sep 2014 | 3:36 pm
    With only about two million people scattered across the expanses of its breathtaking savannahs, haunting deserts and fertile deltas, Namibia is one of the least-densely populated countries in the world. Yet somehow this southern African nation that’s approximately the size of California still offers some of the greatest ecological and cultural diversity in the world. The gorgeous Namibian Coast. With a modern capital city, comforting colonial-inspired coastline and network of well-paved roads, accessing all that this beautiful country has to offer is incredibly easy — even for first…
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    World Hum

  • Ramen: a ‘Steaming Bowl of Paradox’

    The World Hum Editors (
    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…
  • American Religion, Eastern European Identity

    The World Hum Editors (
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:04 am
    I love stories about complicated cultural identity issues. What’s at the intersection of religion and nationality? What happens when you add ethnicity to that question? How do people who find themselves in two not-quite-compatible subcultures reconcile the conflicting ideas, not just in their society, but within themselves? That’s why I liked this somewhat academic read about how some Armenians and Georgians are adopting American Evangelical religions—and struggling with the implications of what it means to leave traditional Orthodoxy behind. From The rise of Mormons and…
  • Watch: ‘Drunk on a Plane’

    The World Hum Editors (
    15 Jul 2014 | 2:47 pm
    Sometimes, when you’re out road-tripping, all your radio gets is country music. And sometimes, you just give in to whatever that turns out to be. I started laughing at the first chorus of this tune and made a note to look it up as soon as I got home. The video? Even funnier than the song. All my flights are just like this. 
  • Watch: The Official Trailer for ‘Wild’

    The World Hum Editors (
    11 Jul 2014 | 8:19 am
    The new film based on Cheryl Strayed’s bestselling memoir, “Wild,” doesn’t hit theaters until December, but the trailer was just released. The film stars Reese Witherspoon. It looks promising, doesn’t it? By the way, the song featured here is Beck’s “Turn Away.” Great choice. A few of our favorite related tweets: @evaholland @worldhum Thanks for pointing that out, Eva. I adore World Hum.— Cheryl Strayed (@CherylStrayed) June 5, 2012 Here's first pic of me as Cheryl Strayed in WILD. So excited to play @cherylstrayed in a movie!
  • Discovering ‘Columbusing’

    The World Hum Editors (
    11 Jul 2014 | 7:41 am
    According to Know Your Meme, the term “Columbusing” was coined by College Humor in a satirical video in which a white guy explains to his black friend that he’s “discovered” the bar where the black friend has been hanging out. “You can’t discover some place that people have already been to first,” argues the black guy. The white guy persists: “Yes, I can, that’s exactly what Columbus did.” It’s funny—and painful. (You can watch the College Humor video here.) An ironic follow-up: NPR appears to have Columbused…
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    Brave New Traveler

  • Travel in the age of smartphones

    17 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Photo: Les Taylor I hadn’t eaten for 15 hours, my body clock was totally out of sync, and I had the equivalent of $4.60 to my name, the bills dense with the humidity of early monsoon season. The night was empty as I skirted puddles through the winding Southeast Asian streets in search of an ATM or register that would accept any of my foreign cards. After the fourth decline I stalled, finally at that crest where defeat and panic meet laughter. I was gently encased in a hostel-lent umbrella but for the steady, heavy raindrops that shattered on contact with the ground, shrapnel scattering…
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    Perceptive Travel Blog

  • Finding the nutburgers

    Sheila Scarborough
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:06 am
    My friend Patsy Terrell introduced me to the concept of “nutburgers,” which is a much more fun way than “creative class” to describe artsy, interesting, creative people who don’t quite fit the mold, but who turn out to be a town’s all-important engine for growth, development and escape from irrelevance. I’m pleased to report that
  • Scotland, Outlander, and Standing Stones

    Kerry Dexter
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:02 pm
    Stone circles, standing stones: they evoke mystery, a sense of spirit, and a sense of connection with the past. A sense of wonder, too: all the more reason you could imagine that such places could be portals for time travel. That is what Diana Gabaldon decided when she was writing the novel Outlander. She intended
  • Once Upon a Typical Day in Munnar, India

    Brian Spencer
    12 Sep 2014 | 7:09 am
    In what you might call downtown Munnar, a dusty Keralan hill town that in some ways recalls the rough-and-tumble frontier of David Milch’s Deadwood, there is an area where taxi and auto-rickshaw drivers park their vehicles and wait for potential customers, 98.9-percent of whom will ask how long it takes to get to Top Station,
  • Cruising Lake Pend Oreille with Bald Eagles and Specialty Cheeses

    Kristin Winet
    9 Sep 2014 | 10:19 pm
    For nineteen years, the Shawnodese has been getting its hull wet on long summer nights in the waters of Lake Pend Oreille. For nineteen long years, it’s been slicing through waters at sunset, zipping around inlets, sharing northern Idaho’s natural world and glimpses of the majestic wings of bald eagles; and for nineteen years, it’s
  • 4 Strange Things to See in Miami Beach

    9 Sep 2014 | 6:45 am
    If you’re traveling to Miami Beach, especially South Beach, you’ll probably spend some time ogling hot hardbodies in skimpy bathing suits and fashionably dressed socialites from around the world. If you get tired of beaches and bars, however, here are a few things to go look at that are stimulating in an entirely different way.
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    Lonely Planet blog

  • We asked you: do you remember your first flight?

    Emma Sparks
    9 Sep 2014 | 1:19 am
    Image by Hide/Flickr CC2.0 As travellers, the likelihood is you’ve experienced your fair share of flights. It’s also likely that the magic of soaring through the skies has worn off slightly over the years, leaving you more concerned with the quality of in-flight meals and the contentious subject of legroom. But do you remember the days when flying inspired awe rather than impatient eye rolls? We recently teamed up with Skyscanner on Facebook, asking you to cast your mind back to your first ever flight. Here’s what you had to say. Feeling inspired? Maybe it’s time to…
  • Opinion: there’s no such thing as risk-free travel

    James Kay
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:59 am
    Lonely Planet editor James Kay recalls his own drama at sea after a tourist boat sinks in Indonesia. There but for the grace of God go I, as the proverb says. That’s what went through my head when I read about the travellers recently shipwrecked in Indonesia. According to reports, their boat foundered on a reef in rough seas in the middle of the night, forcing some passengers into a lifeboat, and others to swim for hours before local fishermen found and hauled them to safety. Dawn breaks after a traumatic final night at sea for James Kay and his wife in Indonesia, the scene of a recent…
  • NYC vs. LDN #LPChat: the results

    Emma Sparks
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:10 am
    Images by Lonely Planet Traveller Magazine   We teamed up with Lonely Planet authors Regis St. Louis and Sally Schafer and bloggers Christine Amorose ( and Monica Stott ( to put two titans of tourism head to head in the biggest #LPChat yet: NYC vs. LDN. There’s no question: you are a passionate bunch when it comes to these cities. You know where to eat, where to shop, where to drink; you’re full of advice on how to avoid the crowds and you know exactly where to see the best street art. Your input was simply too good to let sink down the…
  • Blogstock 2014: a blogging conference with a twist

    Emma Sparks
    14 Aug 2014 | 4:03 am
    Image by Seb Neylan/Lonely Planet [View the story "Blogstock 2014" on Storify]
  • Join our NYC vs. LDN debate on Twitter at #LPChat

    Emma Sparks
    8 Aug 2014 | 1:35 am
     Images courtesy of Lonely Planet Traveller Magazine Do you heart New York? Or are you more of a London lover? Whether you are a passionate urban native with local knowledge, once spent a glorious long weekend discovering the gems of the big apple/smoke, or plan to travel to them soon,  you’re invited to join our NYC vs. LDN #LPChat on Twitter on Thursday 14 August. Some may say that it’s impossible to compare these iconic cities – and we at Lonely Planet would find it pretty hard to choose between them! – but we’re going to give it a shot. Who will come out on…
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  • Trying My Hand At Falconry In Virginia

    Matt Long
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:51 am
    Falconry. Just the very name of it calls up images of medieval royals traipsing through their private lands or desert Bedouins, hunting in the middle of a great and barren land. At least that’s what I think of, or did until I had the chance to try my own hand at the so-called sport of kings not in an English castle or a desert camp, but at a luxury resort in Virginia’s Allegheny Mountains.The Omni Homestead Resort is one of the hotel world’s grande dames; a classic property in every since of the word. They’ve come a long way since 1766 when they started business and today guests can…
  • Taking Life Slow in Victoria on Gozo, Malta

    Matt Long
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:47 am
    The post Taking Life Slow in Victoria on Gozo, Malta appeared first on LandLopers.
  • Tracking Dinosaurs in Alberta

    Matt Long
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:55 pm
    I think most kids have a fascination at some point with dinosaurs; I know I did. For my third grade science fair project I remember pouring over encyclopedias and coming up with a massive model of what a mighty T. Rex must have looked like. Naturally I didn’t do very well since it was more of a report than a project, but it was representative of a fierce love that many of us have for these strange former inhabitants of Earth. That personal interest may have waned for a few decades, but was instantly rekindled as I picked up the impressive trail of dinosaurs while exploring southern…
  • Sailing Around The Beautiful Island Of Comino, Malta

    Matt Long
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:50 pm
    The post Sailing Around The Beautiful Island Of Comino, Malta appeared first on LandLopers.
  • The Problem With Food Stereotypes: Eating Great Food From Bad Countries

    Matt Long
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:55 pm
    I’ve said a million times that food is arguably the most important aspect of the travel experience, and I think with good reason. It’s the one thing we all do – eat – and what we eat many times flavors (pun intended) our impression of the destination. It’s also the fastest way to learn more about the local culture and her people; the traditions evident through every bite we take. The memories formed around food are also amongst the strongest and most vivid. Years after we forget the museums or statues, we still remember the smells and flavors of what we eat. That being said, there…
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  • Travel dairy: On the road again — to Alcala

    Linda Martin
    6 Sep 2014 | 10:06 am
    After almost ten months at home in New Zealand, Craig and I are finally back on the road. It was awesome to spend so much time with friends and family, but the cold winter weather was really starting to get us down towards the end of our stay — so we’re glad to be travelling again! Unfortunately, our next destination (Spain) is also heading towards winter, but we should get a couple of months of heat before we freeze again. August 16-20: Christchurch After a week of goodbye dinners and parties, we had a final farewell lunch with my family at Villa Maria winery before being dropped…
  • How to see the Taj Mahal like a local

    Ana Laura
    12 May 2014 | 2:25 am
    Real locals — Indians who live in Agra and whose tourism business ensures they see the building a couple of times a week — pay no special attention to the Taj Mahal, so (despite the title of this article) you don’t really want to see it like a local. You want to see it with all the awe and excitement it deserves, but with a few tricks up your sleeve. Paying the price All Indian tourism sites quote two prices, one for tourists and one for locals. This may seem unfair in most cases, but it is nowhere as disproportionate as in the Taj, where a videshi pays 750 rupees for an Indian’s 20.
  • Expectations of Africa: An interview with Hannah and Adam of Getting Stamped

    Craig and Linda
    20 Mar 2014 | 10:00 am
    Hannah and Adam are 2013 Bloggies Award finalists and editors of Getting Stamped. They have already covered the Philippines, New Zealand, and Cambodia, and that’s only a small portion of the destinations they’ve made it to on their current two-year travel jaunt. Their Acacia Africa overland expedition departing on May 4 will take them across seven countries; but before they head for the continent, we thought we’d ask them about their expectations for this once-in-a-lifetime journey, and get their perspective and helpful tips for other first-time travellers to Africa. Out of all the…
  • The New Year begins in Auckland and Russell

    Linda Martin
    12 Jan 2014 | 6:00 pm
    New Zealand is one of the best places in the world to celebrate New Year’s Eve — mostly because the weather is so much better down here than in most of the northern hemisphere! Week beginning 30/12 We’d hoped to go south and bring in the New Year with a group of friends, but for various reasons we ended up staying in Auckland. Luckily our other friends Geoff and Tila were throwing a Mexican-themed party, so we got dressed up (Craig wore a hat decorated with guacamole and nacho chips) and headed to their house for a barbecue. Russell is pretty.A quick look at Wikipedia…
  • A brief guide to Valdivia, Chile

    Sam Wood
    8 Jan 2014 | 9:00 am
    Valdivia probably isn’t a city you immediately think of when you think of Chile. In fact, I’m not sure you’d think of it at all. Before going to Chile, I had never heard of Valdivia, and on first sight, it didn’t seem like all that much. However, I discovered that although the city may not seem very attractive or noteworthy at first, it has a few gems (something I often try to find) and is definitely a worthwhile stop if travelling to the Chilean lake district. The city is built at the confluence of three rivers, and many of the main sights and much of the life of the city revolves…
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  • Fallen Towers, Broken Hearts

    nerd's eye view
    11 Sep 2014 | 7:10 am
    I wrote this 12 years ago. I reread it and repost almost every 9/11, it’s my annual memorial. It is easy, with a handful of years behind us, to say that on September 11, 2001, everything changed. It is easy to look back and see ourselves shifted into shadow and grief as though in that one horrible moment, something black crossed in front of the sun. And for some it is true, it was an instant between fine and not fine, between blissfully complacent and angry with fear, between the world being a boundless universe of wonder and the world collapsing into the space between our bodies and…
  • The New Normal

    Pam Mandel
    7 Sep 2014 | 10:35 am
    Welcome to my kitchen table. Here you can find a ukulele — it’s orange — and a giant jar of honey and a 100 peso note and a red accordion file that holds the bills and receipts for things related to my band. There’s a iPhone 4s, a delay pedal, a bottle of iridescent nail polish and some chocolate bars that I got in Mexico — while I was there I rappelled in a parrot filled sinkhole, hiked through a waterfall, and gave a talk on the value of storytelling. On the kitchen counter behind me? A five pound bag of brown Basmati rice, a package of spice rub from…
  • It Rained in San Cristobal

    Pam Mandel
    4 Sep 2014 | 1:45 pm
    I walked past the native craft sellers huddled under the arcade on the town square and I walked up and down the slippery sidewalks. In front of one shop, a group of little ones, their hands bursting with braided wrist ties, their little arms holding bundles of toy llamas, crowded around a television set, their brown faces turned blue in the TV light.  My jeans were wet from sloshing in and out of puddles and when I got to the restaurant, party of 12, 8pm, my people were nowhere to be seen. Restaurant La Lupe, not quite empty, San Cristobal I drank a beer and scooped at a mountain of…
  • The Cropping Tool

    Pam Mandel
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:24 am
    I’m in Chiapas at ATMEX, a conference for people who promote adventure travel in Mexico. Nearly all my expenses were paid for. The morning of the waterfall excursion, I got up early to take pictures and when I was done, set my camera on the windowsill outside my cabin. When it came time to go, I couldn’t remember where I’d put the damn thing. My phone was dead too, my charger cable stored in my luggage back in town. If I was going to get images from my day hike to the waterfalls of El Ocote, I was going collect them with my eyes. If I’d had my camera with me, I would…
  • Where’s the Dream?

    Pam Mandel
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:41 am
    (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) The Associated Press / Creative Commons When I read about Ferguson, I find myself thinking of a friend who, on first glance, is a strapping black dude. He’s over six feet tall and he’s muscled. In certain geographical regions and inside certain small minds, this is enough to categorize my friend as a threat. He’s big. He’s black. Therefore, in some places, he’s a crime waiting to happen. This is some racist bullshit. My friend worked as an English teacher and he’s a huge nerd. He’s a writer with a giant vocabulary and…
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  • What It Costs to Live in Portugal

    Tim Leffel
    10 Sep 2014 | 9:37 am
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  • Sabbaticals, Career Breaks, and Saying Adios for Years

    Tim Leffel
    5 Sep 2014 | 6:51 am
    We've Moved! Update your Reader Now. This feed has moved to: Update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from us. Meanwhile, you can always see what's new by visiting!
  • Tango in Kenya, Boy Monks in Myanmar, and Green Gold in Washington State

    Tim Leffel
    3 Sep 2014 | 6:03 am
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  • Perception Busting Through Photos: Bulgaria

    Tim Leffel
    27 Aug 2014 | 3:21 pm
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  • The Non-hotel Option is Often the Best One

    Tim Leffel
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:44 am
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    Travel the Home Exchange Way

  • Visit beautiful Swiss city of Lucerne (and stay for free!)

    Home Base Holidays
    16 Sep 2014 | 4:28 am
    Thinking Switzerland? Think Lucerne! Without question, Lucerne is one of the most charming and mesmerizing European cities you might come across and of what many visitors and locals alike believe to be the true Switzerland; the picturesque Lake Lucerne and scenery mountain ranges, typical alpine villages and cowbells. Apart from being conveniently located in the heart of the country, the city retains also a lot of medieval charm with its cobbled roads and half-timbered houses. The nearest airport is located close to Zurich, a beautiful 40 minutes ride away from Lucerne. Once arrived in…
  • Tempting home swap offer on the beautiful Greek ‘Mamma Mia’ island of Skopelos

    Home Base Holidays
    12 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Lovely modern house in the historic Old Town of Skopelos offered for home exchange. Stunning views over the harbour and across the Aegean Sea. Skopelos Island is very green and unspoilt, with beautiful beaches - as featured in the movie version of ‘Mamma Mia’!  Large modern house with a sunny, private roof terrace. Skopelos also has a fascinating history - the little church in front of the house dates back to the 12th century and was built on the site of a former Roman temple. Just yards from the front door is the stylish Vrakos Cafe, a very popular meeting point as it affords glorious…
  • Home Swappers, the Home Exchange Newsletter, September 2014

    Home Base Holidays
    8 Sep 2014 | 4:37 am
    The September issue of Home Swappers Newsletter is now available. Topics: Featured listing: 800 year old property in the stunning medieval mountainside village of Ceriana, Liguria, Italy Swap stories: penfriends first, then home swap partners Member quote: an incredible, life-changing home exchange in a secluded cottage in Scotland Home Base Holidays 25% discount offer: see newsletter for code (ends 15th September) 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 request: London for Sydney (January 2015)

    Home Base Holidays
    5 Sep 2014 | 8:45 am
    Do you live in Syndey, Australia and would like to visit London in the New Year? If so this might be the perfect swap for you! This lovely 3 bedroom home (in the picture above) is in the suburbs of London but just 30mins to the centre of the city. The home is near parks and a golf course. Interested? View details of this: home exchange in London
  • Home swap cottage makes a good base for an 'over the anvil' wedding in Gretna Green

    Home Base Holidays
    30 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    “We all use ‘Home Exchange’ for a variety of reasons, not just for a holiday or weekend break but to visit relatives, attend family events, enable a family gathering and so on. This year to our surprise our exchange partners decided to use our home as their base to get married ‘over the anvil’ at Gretna Green! The first we knew of this was when we received an email photograph of the happy couple during our stay in their London home and must admit we thought at first it was a joke, but no - they persuaded two unsuspecting tourists to witness their marriage and then take photographs…
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    Rick Steves Travel Blog: Blog Gone Europe

  • Historic and Heroic Gdańsk, on the North Coast of Poland

    Rick Steves
    16 Sep 2014 | 4:14 pm
    Gdańsk, a port city on the Baltic Coast of Poland, is truly amazing — and amazingly historic. As any resident of the city will proudly explain, Gdańsk was the home of Copernicus (who changed the way we see ourselves in the cosmos), the place where the first shots of World War II were fired, and the home of the Solidarity movement that brought about the beginning of the end of the Soviet Union and its dominance over Eastern Europe. Here’s a little video explanation from Andrzej, who runs my hotel here (Gotyk House).
  • Malbork Castle, Stronghold of the Teutonic Knights

    Rick Steves
    14 Sep 2014 | 3:41 pm
    One thing I love about European travel is discovering places I never knew existed and had never even considered visiting after a lifetime of exploring Europe. Malbork Castle in Pomerania (north of Warsaw in Poland) is a good example. This biggest brick castle in the world and the largest castle of the Gothic period is one of Europe’s most imposing fortresses. We include it in the Poland section of our Eastern Europe guidebook, and I enjoyed visiting with my local guide to update the material for next year’s edition. Here’s a quick little video clip on a huge and historic heap of Polish…
  • Torrential Afternoon Rains in Warsaw

    Rick Steves
    13 Sep 2014 | 3:28 pm
    As I’ve mentioned, I’ve experienced one strong and recurring weather pattern in this summer’s travels: hot and humid mornings, then torrential downpours in the afternoons. In just one month, on two separate occasions, the Frankfurt airport was closed for thundershowers on days I was flying through — causing me to miss my connecting flights. He’s a little clip of Warsaw during its 4 p.m. daily shower.
  • Pondering the Cost of War in Warsaw’s Gorgeous Lazienki Park

    Rick Steves
    12 Sep 2014 | 12:23 pm
    While in Warsaw, I couldn’t help but fixate on the cost of war. I know how lovingly I collect and organize my physical world in my house. But virtually every house in Warsaw was destroyed in 1945…so many cultural and personal treasures simply gone forever. And, now, just two generations later, Germans and Russians stroll through the city on vacation — joking, licking ice cream cones, and snapping photos. Of course, we need to forgive and move on. I’m just amazed at how good Poland is at it. Perhaps some other countries — victims of similar horrors — can learn from the Poles.
  • Appreciating the Value of Local Guide, in Warsaw

    Rick Steves
    11 Sep 2014 | 12:14 pm
    Driving down a boulevard with an ongoing explanation of everything I was seeing, I was inspired to pull out my little camera and make a video clip to share with you the delight of having your own private tour guide. Imagine hiring a guide like Hubert with a car for $160 for 5 hours. This clip finishes as we park at Ghetto Uprising Square to see the memorial about that horrific chapter in Polish history, and a sparkling new museum celebrating Polish Jews. And with Hubert as my guide, I had the best teacher a traveler could want.
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  • 10 of the most captivating palaces and castles

    Mircea Giurca
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:33 am
    Any one from any where is fascinated with marvelous castles and palaces. There is the grandeur, the history, and the magic behind the great structures that always keep us in awe. We list down the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Most Challenging Art Holidays

    Mircea Giurca
    16 Sep 2014 | 2:28 pm
    Art holidays can be both relaxing and inspiring, and there are hundreds of different types of these holidays available all around the world, from gentle watercolor classes for beginners in the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • New Security Restrictions Causing Massive Delays at Airports

    Travel Bug
    16 Sep 2014 | 2:26 am
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  • Making Thai dishes at home – What do you need?

    Richard Manx
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:24 pm
    Thai food is absolutely delicious. It pretty easy to cook Thai dishes from home, but there are some essential ingredients that you will need to make the dish truly authentic. It may be a little... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Don’t Hassle Me, I’m Local

    Mircea Giurca
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:20 am
    I love Hawaii so much that I often try to take credit for it. I rattle off the names of flowers, fish and the numerous other polysyllabic features of Hawaii like a studied local, enlightening others... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Daily Catch

  • Floor Fun

    Hannah Sills
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:42 am
    Courtesy of manufacturer We love the way this rug’s colors remind us of a sandy beach. DwellStudio Arbor Outdoor Rug, from $89;
  • Under the Sea

    Sophia Jones
    11 Sep 2014 | 9:19 am
    Photograph by Ted Tucker Featuring one of our favorite coastal creatures, this hand-sewn, linen pillow is the perfect accent piece. Gina Dambra Studio Jellyfish Pillow, $144;
  • Cap it Off

    Hannah Sills
    8 Sep 2014 | 9:41 am
      Courtesy of manufacturer We love this adorable hat’s pattern and coastal colors, perfect for keeping the sun out of your eyes on the beach or on a boat. Vineyard Vines Digi Camo Whale Baseball Hat in Ocean Reef, $28.00;
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    Susan Hall
    5 Sep 2014 | 5:21 am
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  • Stylish Storage

    Sophia Jones
    4 Sep 2014 | 11:49 am
    Photograph by Ted Tucker Purchased as a duo, these woven baskets epitomize the natural feel of the coast and blend well in any space. Clara Lindsten Sweep Basket Set, $70;  
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  • New Google Travel study sees declining use of mobile apps for travel planning and booking
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:10 am
    Each year, Google publishes a travel study that shares key insights about US traveler shopping behavior. While this year’s report, 'The 2014 Traveler’s Road to Decision', has yet to be published, Tnooz takes a closer look at a preview copy it received.
  • Why the hotel industry needs Google, Amazon or Priceline to clean up the mess it has created
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:09 am
    In 2014, when you look around in the hotel industry you see two things really clear: hotels seem to be unhappy with OTAs and hotels still do not move on any new technology. They are still stuck in PMS versions 1.0 and any new system they want to use, will cost them a license fee of thousands of euros and a support fee per month on top of that.
  • As airlines embrace new distribution capability, GDS role crystalizes
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:08 am
    As GDS providers gradually improved the exposure of airlines’ ancillary products to third party travel agents and offered other creative merchandising tools, they have somewhat re-cemented relationships with airlines.
  • International tourism up by 5% in first half 2014, the Americas leads growth
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:07 am
    International tourist arrivals grew by 4.6% in the first half of 2014 according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. Destinations worldwide received some 517 million international tourists between January and June 2014, 22 million more than in the same period of 2013.
  • PwC UK Hotels Forecast 2015 - Growth beds in
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:06 am
    PwC 's latest forecast for UK hotel performance expects growth across the board for the 2014 outturn and into 2015. Overall UK hotels are expected to see a5.6% gain in RevPAR in 2015 (to £67.39), driven by a 4% rates growth (to £86.49) and a 1.6% increase in occupancy (to 78%).
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  • Animal Kingdom Construction Mania

    Cory Disbrow
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    This week, we’re taking a look at the many construction walls throughout Disney’s Animal Kingdom. From the Tree of Life to the far end of Expedition Everest, we see that this is a park in…The post Animal Kingdom Construction Mania appeared first on MiceChat.
  • Bob’s True-Life Adventures – No.12 Safari – Xigera

    Bob Gurr
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Today’s Wheel of Adventures has stopped at 2014, so here we go. . . This is part three of a four part series about an African safari. Part one introduced Camp Banoka and described what…The post Bob’s True-Life Adventures – No.12 Safari – Xigera appeared first on MiceChat.
  • Disney News Round Up: Frozen gets a Ride at Epcot and more

    Anthony Hays
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:01 am
    Oswald the Lucky Rabbit returns to Disney California Adventure and the crowds are dapper at the Disneyland Resort. This week there is looming speculation that Captain EO may not return as Big Hero 6 moves…The post Disney News Round Up: Frozen gets a Ride at Epcot and more appeared first on MiceChat.
  • Disney World Construction, Refurbishment and Events Update

    Shelby Pickett
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    September is half over, but it has already proven to be a month filled with change at Walt Disney World. The news bits below are a recap of recent news and events that have taken…The post Disney World Construction, Refurbishment and Events Update appeared first on MiceChat.
  • The Top Five Orlando water resorts

    Adam Sinclair
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:22 am
    After a long day at your favorite theme park, a good way to cool off is a dip in the water – but why settle for a simple swim in the pool when you can…The post The Top Five Orlando water resorts appeared first on MiceChat.
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    A Luxury Travel Blog

  • 6 of Spain’s best Cava tours

    Jackie de Burca
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:33 am
    A little bit like “the rain in Spain stays mainly on the plain”, so does the Spanish version of Champagne. Cava, which was considered for a long time to be the poor person’s Champagne, has increased dramatically in popularity over the last few years. Of course there are differences between Champagne and Cava, that both […] 6 of Spain’s best Cava tours is a post from A Luxury Travel Blog The post 6 of Spain’s best Cava tours appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
  • Short stay: Carloft, Berlin, Germany

    Paul Johnson
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:10 am
    Carloft is an apartment with a difference in the Kreuzberg region of Berlin, on the corner of Liegnitzer Straße and Reichenberger Straße. As its name implies, this is an apartment where you can park your car in a lofty position – right outside your apartment, irrespective of which floor that might be on. The car (in […] Short stay: Carloft, Berlin, Germany is a post from A Luxury Travel Blog The post Short stay: Carloft, Berlin, Germany appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
  • 5 Las Vegas experiences you won’t want to miss

    Andy McNulty
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:52 am
    Viva Las Vegas! What a city. I’ve been once in my life. Some would say that’s once too many, but no doubt they’re imagining scenes from The Hangover! Are they right though? Is Vegas really that one dimensional? I decided to consult with one of our insiders, a lady by the name of Amy Firmani. […] 5 Las Vegas experiences you won’t want to miss is a post from A Luxury Travel Blog The post 5 Las Vegas experiences you won’t want to miss appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
  • A luxury ski chalet built for Royalty

    Rebecca Taylor
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:18 am
    Klosters has long been a favoured retreat for the aristocracy, movers and shakers and major movie stars and the uber luxurious Chalet Eugenia is one of the reasons why. When Swiss entrepreneur and philanthropist, Rolf Theiler first laid eyes on Chalet Eugenia it was love at first sight, he pursued his interest in the property […] A luxury ski chalet built for Royalty is a post from A Luxury Travel Blog The post A luxury ski chalet built for Royalty appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
  • Photograph of the week: The Taj Mahal from the Garden of the Moon

    Paul Johnson
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:07 am
    The Moon Garden of Agra, located right across the river from the Taj Mahal, is one of the best places to see the famous structure. The garden features remains of what many people believe was the start of a replica Taj Mahal to be built in black. While that has never been confirmed, there are […] Photograph of the week: The Taj Mahal from the Garden of the Moon is a post from A Luxury Travel Blog The post Photograph of the week: The Taj Mahal from the Garden of the Moon appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
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    Discovering Puerto Rico

  • Puerto Rico Coffee and Chocolate Expo 2014

    4 Sep 2014 | 6:20 pm
    September 20 – 21, 2014 sees the 5th installment of the Puerto Rico Coffee and Chocolate Expo. For the 5th year running the Puerto Rico Convention Center will be home to over 140 exhibitors specializing in Coffee, Chocolate and for the first time Tea. Yes, this year the Coffee and Chocolate Expo also has a Tea Pavilion. The 2 day event is the largest exhibition of the coffee and chocolate industry in the Caribbean and is aimed at families, food lovers and industry professionals; with tasting stations, coffee and food demonstrations and entertainment for all the family. Some of the islands…
  • Colorful Old San Juan

    1 Aug 2014 | 5:59 am
    Color is everywhere in Old San Juan; FACT Related posts:Homemade Tostones Cataño Ferry Explore the Capital District of Old San Juan
  • Casa Blanca Museum a Window to the Past

    25 Jul 2014 | 9:34 am
    Stepping into Casa Blanca is like stepping back in time. Built in 1521, Casa Blanca was the original first fortification in Old San Juan, overlooking San Juan Bay. It was built as the residence for Juan Ponce de León and his family, although Juan Ponce de León died before ever having the chance to live here. His descendants lived in Casa Blanca until the mid 18th Century. The first building was a wooden structure that was replaced by the current stone structure after it was destroyed by fire. Casa Blanca has also been the home of both The Spanish and American army at various times through…
  • A Meal with a View: Asador Isla Bonita

    23 Jul 2014 | 7:38 am
    Wow what a view…. Those were my thoughts when we arrived at Asador Isla Bonita restaurant near Aibonito. The restaurant offers expansive panoramic views of the mountain regions of Cayey, Cidra, Guayama and the Caribbean Ocean to the south from a vantage point 2700ft above sea level and very close to La Tetas de Cayey. The drive to Asador Isla Bonita takes you through the scenic Aibonito region along decent two way roads, until you reach the final ½ mile that becomes little trickier as the road narrows and the inclines increase (my wife was not a fan of this section). The drive is well…
  • Photos: Caguas Botanical Garden

    29 May 2014 | 10:20 am
    The Caguas Botanical Garden also known as the Botanical and Cultural Garden William Miranda Marin is just a short 30 minute drive south of San Juan. Inside the gardens you will find the ruins of a Sugar Plantation, recreation of a slave house, Taino archeological artifacts, a small boating lake and well groomed grounds where you can just wander and enjoy the scenery. The Caguas Botanical Gardens are open Thursdays to Sundays from 10:00am to 4:00pm Information Caguas Botanical Garden (Botanical and Cultural Garden William Miranda Marin) On paying you will receive a bilingual map of the gardens…
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  • Myanmar Tourist Visa On Arrival – Buy Online

    Chris Mitchell
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:46 am
    From September 1st 2014, you can get a Myanmar tourist visa on arrival by applying online through the official government visa website Myanmar Embassy, Bangkok - About To Get A Lot Less Visitors As of September 1st 2014, you can go to, the official Myanmar government visa website, and apply for a Myanmar tourist visa online. This will then provide you with an approval letter that lets you get a Myanmar tourist visa on arrival into Yangon Airport. So, it’s not like you can just show up in Myanmar and get immediate access – you still need to plan in advance and…
  • Where To Watch The World Cup In Bangkok

    Chris Mitchell
    11 Jun 2014 | 11:33 pm
    There may be a curfew in Bangkok and ungodly kick-off times, but there’s still a few places to see the beginning of World Cup 2014 UPDATE: As of June 14 2014, there is NO CURFEW in Thailand. It has been lifted everywhere in the country, including Bangkok and Chiang Mai. See this Curfew Lifted Everywhere story in the Bangkok Post. That means you can watch the World Cup wherever you like. While it’s currently illegal to be out in Bangkok between midnight and 4 am, there are still several places which are showing the World Cup – see this rundown of venues at Bangkok Faces. And…
  • Is Thailand Safe After The Military Coup?

    Chris Mitchell
    27 May 2014 | 9:27 pm
    Is Thailand safe to visit after the military coup on May 22 2014? Currently the short answer is yes, provided you think ahead and exercise caution What does the military coup in Thailand mean for tourists? At the moment, it’s essentially an inconvenience. There are no violent protests, airport closures or flight cancellations – the country is pretty much running the same as normal. So much so that a recent Associated Press story was headlined From beaches to Bangkok, tourists ask ‘What coup?‘. Similarly, a Sydney Morning Herald story on 28 May was titled…
  • Royal Barges Procession, Bangkok

    Chris Mitchell
    17 Nov 2012 | 11:38 pm
    The Royal Barges Procession brings the normally bustling Chao Phraya river to a standstill as stunningly beautiful boats built by Thailand’s Kings over the last three centuries sail in formation through the heart of the city. Thong Kwan Fa Barge and Royal Barge Suphannahong, Royal Barges Procession, Bangkok (Click any photo for a bigger version) Standing on the riverbank beneath an overcast sky, we’d seen the Chao Phraya, the River of Kings at the heart of Bangkok usually filled with hundreds of boats ferrying passengers and goods become empty. We could no longer hear the roar of…
  • Royal Barges Museum, Bangkok

    Chris Mitchell
    12 Oct 2012 | 3:12 am
    Each November there is a spectacular procession of intricate and ornate Royal Barges on Bangkok’s Chao Phraya river. But you can see the Royal Barges any time of the year at Bangkok’s Royal Barges Museum. Anantanakkharat (Ananta, Kings Of The Serpents), Royal Barges Museum, Bangkok On November 9th 2012, 100 barges rowed by over 2000 oarsmen will take to the waters of Bangkok’s Chao Phraya river as part of the Tod Kathin Festival to mark the end of the Buddhist lent. At the centre of the procession will be the four Royal Barges, which are stunning examples of Thai…
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  • Aloha Festivals bring annual hoolaulea block party and floral parade to Waikiki, Sept. 20 & 27

    16 Sep 2014 | 5:40 am
    Aloha Festivals bring annual hoolaulea block party and floral parade to Waikiki, Sept. 20 & 27 Pau riders in last year's Aloha Festivals Floral Parade. Photo: Aloha Festivals.Think of it as a block party, Waikiki style!If you’re in town this Sat., Sept. 20, we recommend heading down to Waikiki for the 62nd annual Aloha Festivals Waikiki Hoolaulea. The Hawaiian word hoolaulea means “celebration.” And this year’s street-closing, seven-block...
  • Our 2014 “Best of Hawaii” issue is out! Check out some of our picks for Best Places in Hawaii.

    15 Sep 2014 | 5:12 am
    Our 2014 “Best of Hawaii” issue is out! Check out some of our picks for Best Places in Hawaii. "Best Nighttime Lookout": Twilight view from the Nuuanu Pali lookout. Photo by Aaron Yoshino.HAWAII Magazine’s 2014 “Best of Hawaii” issue is arriving in subscriber mailboxes and is on-sale nationwide now! The perennially popular issue features our annual collection of stuff that makes our Islands great.Left anywhere in your house or office, it’s also a fantastic conversation starter.The September/O...
  • Kilauea Volcano lava flow approaching homes in Hawaii Island’s Puna district

    12 Sep 2014 | 4:47 am
    Kilauea Volcano lava flow approaching homes in Hawaii Island’s Puna district        The current Puu Oo lava flow is seen 0.4 miles away from area homes in this photo dated Sept. 10. (Click photo to enlarge.) Photo: USGS/Hawaiian Volcano Observatory. A newly opened vent connected to the ongoing Puu Oo cone eruption on the eastern flank of Hawaii Island’s Kilauea volcano is sending a slo...
  • Hawaii National Park pass offers unlimited entry to popular parks on Maui, Hawaii Island for $25

    11 Sep 2014 | 3:53 am
    Hawaii National Park pass offers unlimited entry to popular parks on Maui, Hawaii Island for $25 The new TriPark Annual Pass shows naupaka kahakai, a native coastal plant. Photo: National Park Service. Frequent island-hopping National Park visitors may want to add a new card to their wallets. The National Park Service’s Hawaii Tri-Park Pass covers admission to the Islands’ three national parks that charge fees—Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and Puuhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park on Hawaii Island, and Maui’s Haleakala National Park—for one year from the…
  • Maui’s luxe Grand Wailea resort to undergo $30 million renovation

    10 Sep 2014 | 2:12 am
    Maui’s luxe Grand Wailea resort to undergo $30 million renovation Model of Grand Wailea resort renovated guestroom. Photo: Grand Wailea.Maui’s Grand Wailea resort will undergo $30 million in renovations, slated to begin this week and continuing through spring 2015. The recently announced renovations will refresh the massive luxury resort’s guestroom décor, pools and meeting areas. The resort will remain open throughout the renovation process.The 23-year-old resort will trade in the traditional browns and beiges of it...
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  • Aachen Cathedral: Just Look Up [360-Degree Panorama]

    Audrey Scott
    12 Sep 2014 | 5:46 am
    By Audrey ScottSome cathedrals — with their fanciful gargoyles, detailed carvings and elaborate flourishes — are best admired for their exterior. For others, it’s all about appreciating what’s inside.What makes Aachen Cathedral so special for me, despite the beauty of its imposing Gothic exterior, are the mystical elements within. Even with all that I’d heard of Aachen Cathedral prior to our visit, I still found myself surprised by the ornate mosaics that sprawled under its dome and a Byzantine design that hinted of the Near East. As we walked the chapel’s…
  • How Travel Is The Classroom

    Daniel Noll
    2 Sep 2014 | 3:05 am
    By Daniel NollTravel: the ultimate experiential learning environment? I recently came across an article about experiential learning that featured a list entitled 12 Things You Might Not Have Learned in the Classroom. The principles were adapted from a book entitled Weapons of Mass Instruction by John Taylor Gatto. The list was preceded by the phrase “Really educated people…”“Wow, that’s a pretty presumptuous lead,” I thought. Then I continued reading and found myself nodding in agreement through much of the list. The beauty of the lessons and notions is that they are timeless…
  • Next Up: From Mines to Wines, Germany’s Rhineland

    Audrey Scott
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:42 am
    By Audrey ScottAs we set off for Germany’s Rhineland this weekend, I think back to an exchange I had with a tourist from Stuttgart the other night.“It’s been really fun visiting Berlin this week. It’s like traveling to a different country from Germany,” he said.We laughed. We understood. This is often what we tell people when they ask us how we like living in Germany. We’ve found that we picked up a bit of the Berliner habit of forgetting that there’s a country to explore outside of the city limits of its capital.It’s time to do a little something about that.
  • Gorilla Trekking in Uganda: A Beginner’s Guide

    Daniel Noll
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    By Daniel NollI followed just behind our lead mountain gorilla tracker. In the hush of the moment under the canopy, I remembered our guide’s advice earlier that morning: “On your way to the gorillas, don’t forget to enjoy the sound of the jungle. There’s nothing like it.”My focus had been on climbing through the tendrils, on getting there. I could feel the heat around me, the sound of swarms of bugs above my head.Then our tracker pivoted and pointed my attention to the right, just past the thickness from which we’d emerged and into the clearing.Suddenly, it was just me and a…
  • Travel to Rwanda: First Impressions

    Audrey Scott
    8 Aug 2014 | 12:52 am
    By Audrey Scott Another day comes to a close on Lake Kivu, Rwanda.Rwanda.  A country where the first thing that comes to mind when people hear the name: the horrific, tragic genocide of twenty years ago. When we mentioned that we were looking forward to visiting Rwanda, we weren’t entirely surprised by the confused looks and cocked heads: “Why?” We weren’t headed to see the mountain gorillas as most people visiting Rwanda purely for tourism might do. We’d read about trekking, volcanoes and lakes, but mainly we were curious and wanted to see the country for ourselves.
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  • Rock Climbing Reprise

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

    Darya Mead
    10 Aug 2014 | 8:44 am
    It’s not that often a new, jaw-dropping cliff-side trail is opened. After much controversy and many years of debate, the Devil’s Slide Coastal Trail and companion tunnels are now in full swing and if you haven’t had a chance to walk, roll or run on the path it is certainly a great quick getaway for Bay Area folks. If you are planning a trip to San Francisco and want a manageable walk with Pacific Oceans views, make the trek just a 20-minute drive from the city. The trail opened this Spring and the tunnels have been open for a while longer. The trail is where Highway 1 used…
  • Bioluminescence on Tomales Bay

    Larry Habegger
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Now’s the time, when there’s not much moon in late summer and fall, to slip a kayak into Tomales Bay near Point Reyes National Seashore. Bioluminescence is at its peak then, and when darkness settles on the water, every paddle stroke ignites bursts of light. An easy place to put in is at Nick’s Cove, Miller County Park boat launch in the hamlet of Marshall. One great benefit here is the chance to get a good meal before you go or a celebratory beverage after you return at the bar and restaurant that bears the cove’s name. Even better, rent one of the cottages on the…
  • Ride the Ducks on #OrangeFriday

    Darya Mead
    10 Jun 2014 | 3:47 pm
    As a rule I tend to avoid tourist hotspots, but sometimes it is fun to be a tourist in your own city. On a recent #OrangeFriday, (when San Francisco Giants players wear orange jerseys and fans do the same on Fridays during the season) I escorted two 10-year-old baseball fans on a Duck Boat Tour to McCovey Cove. The small cove next to the ballpark hosts a multitude of kayakers, paddle boarders and cocktail cruisers, and we were going to join them on a land- and sea-worthy Duck Boat. We boarded the bus/boat at Fisherman’s Wharf all bundled up for the three-hour tour. I would recommend eating…
  • The Great War Centenary

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

    Rachel Juarez-Carr
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:07 am
    We threw a great little gourmet gathering last night in buzzing Bethnal Green at Town Hall Hotel & Apartment‘s new Typing Room restaurant with super chefs Lee Wescott (below) and Sophie Michell. As if dining on delicious canapés from Chef Westcott and his gang weren’t excuse enough to celebrate, we were also hailing the upcoming launch of the new Great Global Chefs iPad app we’ve cooked up in partnership with Great British Chefs (get it from the App Store on 8 October). The app’s packed with step-by-step recipes and profiles of chefs and restaurants, many of which…
  • Mia Resort, Nha Trang: hotel of the week

    Sarah Jappy
    11 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Mojitos on the beach and breakfast in bed, or bustling local markets and fresh seafood; Nha Trang’s Mia Resort in Central Vietnam has something for everyone. Style Beach peach Setting Green, serene Cam Lam bay Why this week? Vietnam’s summer monsoon is coming to an end, making September the ideal time to visit the idyllic Mia Resort in Nha Trang, the country’s most beautiful beachside town. Stay six nights to take full advantage of the resort’s private beach and enjoy a room discount, a massage, cocktails and a cookery class on us. This special offer is available for stays until the…
  • Be Manos, Brussels: hotel of the week

    Richard MacKichan
    5 Sep 2014 | 8:31 am
    There’s more to Europe’s capital than MEPs and triple-cooked chips – set foot inside Be Manos hotel in Brussels and you could be forgiven for thinking you’d arrived in Carnaby Street’s hippest hangout during peak Sixties swing… Why this week? For culture, baby. If Be Manos’ interiors have you coming over all Austin Powers, then the return of Nocturnes (18 September to 18 December, pictured below) can help you live out your Night at the Museum fantasies. Each Thursday, Brussels’ best cultural institutions are opening late to lay on special guided tours, one-off events,…
  • What to wear where: Fashion Week edition

    Madevi Dailly
    4 Sep 2014 | 6:02 am
    The September issues are thick on the shelves, street photographers are out in packs  and a palpable frisson is sweeping from New York to Paris via London and Milan. Do you feel that cool in the air? Fashion Week is upon us. Whether you’ve long nabbed a front row seat or just want to soak up the buzz, our capsule guide to the fashion capitals tells you where to sleep and be seen. And, because we wouldn’t want to leave you wondering what to wear, we’ve roped in the expert stylists at Baukjen to help you pack an effortless, easy-to-wear wardrobe. NEW YORK Wear Crisp,…
  • And… we’re back! Voting for the Smith Hotel Awards 2014 is now open

    Lucy Fennings
    3 Sep 2014 | 1:59 am
    Where is the world’s Best Hotel Pool? Which hotel harbours the Sexiest Bedroom in the World? What’s on your hotel lust list? You tell us… It’s time to find this year’s superstar hotels, with the launch of the 2014 edition of the Smith Hotel AwardsPublic voting is now open, and we want to hear from stylish boutique hotel-adoring travellers (that’s you!). Remember that amazing weekend you spent in Paris/New York/Bangkok/the Cotswolds in spring? The hotel that knocked your socks off, took your breath away, stole your heart and ran away laughing? Yes? Oh…
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  • BIG NEWS: Announcing the Start of a Budget Travel Guide Series

    17 Sep 2014 | 6:53 am
    Today, I’m incredibly excited to share some big, big news about a project I’ve been working on for the last few months. Today marks the official launch of “Nomadic Matt’s Guidebooks” – a series of budget travel guides for destinations around the world. There are a lot of guidebooks out in the world, and each has their own personality. What makes my guides different from Lonely Planet, Frommer’s, Rough Guides, or anyone else? Mine remove the fluff, get right to the point, will be updated more frequently, and are curated to focus specifically on budget travel and off the beaten…
  • 10 Interesting and Helpful Travel Websites

    15 Sep 2014 | 4:48 am
    Every day, a dozen new travel websites start up in hopes of making your trip planning easier, help you meet locals, crowdsource your advice, or save money. And with equal speed as many travel websites fail each day. A lot of travel start ups try to fill a void where none exists. There are just some things that people don’t want, need, or desire. There many are with innovative ideas but are poorly executed and end up floundering. Then there are the ones that stick around, grow, and catch on because they are truly useful and not some fad. I want to share ten websites that can (or have the…
  • I’m Off to Iceland

    11 Sep 2014 | 9:01 am
    Next Tuesday, I am making good on a birthday promise. Last year, I created a list of “19 Things to Do Before I Turn 35” as a way to direct my travels. But, when I turned 33 this year, I realized I hadn’t accomplished a single thing on that list, which was kind of depressing. So in order to live up to my own goals, I pulled the trigger and booked multiple plane tickets to destinations on that list (Iceland, the Caribbean, and Hong Kong). And so next Tuesday, I fly off to Iceland to finally live up to my internal promise of going to more new places. I’ve been wanting to…
  • Why I Became a Solo Female Traveler

    10 Sep 2014 | 6:17 am
    Last month, I announced I’d be bringing monthly columnists to this website. On the second Wednesday of the month, Kristin Addis from Be My Travel Muse will be here to give you great tips and advice on solo female travel. Her column starts this month. Let’s get to know her! I sat on the beach in Cambodia, amazed that a white sand beach so pristine still existed in the world. There were no towering resorts or people with fancy drinks with umbrellas walking by. It was virtually empty. This was my second week traveling alone. I bought my one-way ticket to Southeast Asia and, sitting…
  • The Happiness of Pursuit with Chris Guillebeau

    8 Sep 2014 | 7:26 am
    When I first started blogging, I came across a website called The Art of Non-Conformity. It was by this guy on a personal quest to visit every country in the world before he turned 35 years old. That guy was Chris Guillebeau. I began to follow his adventures intensely – as a traveler, the idea of watching someone visit every country in the world was inspiring (I’m doing the same thing but on a much, much, much slower time scale). Over the years, Chris and I have become friends and have run into each other in multiple spots around the world. A few months ago, Chris told me about his…
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  • Do Timeshare Owners Need Looking After?

    Lisa Ann Schreier, The Timeshare Crusader
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:30 pm
    While there are a minority of timeshare owners who may think that they don't need anyone to look out after them, the vast majority of them around the world find themselves looking for unbiased help after every timeshare sales presentation, 'owner update', raised maintenance fee, special assessment, 'offer to buy' their timeshare, unfulfilled exchange or worse, bankrupt resort notice. There are countless number of timeshare disposal companies masquerading as timeshare helpers or timeshare advocates. Add to that, there is some decent information put out by people who make their living by…
  • Calling Timeshare "Garbage" Is Wrong...Isn't It?

    Lisa Ann Schreier, The Timeshare Crusader
    8 Sep 2014 | 6:55 am
    On August 30th, this tweet appeared from Robert McGarvey:  “Many timeshare owners desperate to unload bad investment – WXIX TV that hucksters still sell this garbage."(The data on Twitter concerning Mr. McGarvey is:  Journalist, Speaker, Columnist, Credit Union Times, Blogger, Main Street, Mobile banking + bank tech + travel + real estate…he has 23.5 tweets and 3,514 followers"…not exactly what I’d call a slouch or just “some guy.)WOW!  So I replied within the hour:  “There’s a lot that needs to change in the #timeshare…
  • Effective Timeshare Owner Communications---From Both Sides

    Lisa Ann Schreier, The Timeshare Crusader
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:51 am
    Let’s face it…a timeshare is a significant purchase dealing with an important part of life…hard earned vacations.  If you’re a timeshare resort or HOA and your owner communications merely consist of the annual maintenance fee bill, you’re missing a great opportunity and potentially creating a problem.  If you’re an owner and all you receive from your home resort or HOA is the annual maintenance fee bill, you need to demand more.THE OWNERS PERSPECTIVE-DEMAND MOREEven if you never go to your home resort, never attend owners’ meetings (an issue for another day), you must…
  • Forget Gilligan's Island---This Was a 6 Hour Tour!

    Lisa Ann Schreier, The Timeshare Crusader
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:22 am
    I received an e-mail today from a very frustrated timeshare owner who wanted my help in getting out of a timeshare purchase, long after the rescission period.FOR THE RECORD, I DO NOT ENGAGE IN THE BUSINESS OF RELIEVING PEOPLE OF THEIR TIMESHARE, HOWEVER, I HAVE BEEN KNOWN TO ENGAGE THE TIMESHARE COMPANY ON THE OWNERS' BEHALF.Here's a snippet of the e-mail in question:Thank you for responding so fast.  There are many reasons why I want out of this contract.  I pay $156 a month for 8000 points biannually. Plus $670 in maintenance fees every year.  This adds up to $5,084 every two…
  • Consumers Have The Power and Need To Claim Responsibility

    Lisa Ann Schreier, The Timeshare Crusader
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:02 am
    I received an e-mail last week asking for my help.  Here's a bit of that e-mail:I am a student working odd jobs.  I received a letter from a timeshare resort indicating i am qualified to receive a gift certificate for two to stay in Williamsburg Plantation.Condition was 90 minutes presentation. I did not know I was qualified for buying timeshare.  I saw three salespersons and one sales manager all offering me to buy a timeshare.  My credit is not good and I can not afford the payment.  I would like to know if there are there any requirement? Or timeshare is legal…
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  • Pennsylvania: Civil War History at Gettysburg

    17 Sep 2014 | 2:17 pm
    An 1860s photo of a battle cannon at Gettysburg, PA. Ghost Hunting in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania By Jason McKenney A three day battle resulting in roughly 50,000 casualties including 8000 American... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 48 Hours in the Adirondacks

    17 Sep 2014 | 1:13 pm
    48 Hours in the Adirondacks...a Photo Gallery Southern Adirondacks, NY By GoNOMAD 48 hours in Old Forge, Big Moose Lake, Inlet, Racquette Lake and North Creek4th Lake By GoNOMAD 4th Lake is a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Top Ten Family Activities in Portland

    17 Sep 2014 | 10:40 am
    Discover Science at OMSI museum in Portland, Oregon.   Top Ten Fun Family Places in Portland, Oregon As recomended by Portland natives! by Stephanie DiCarlo Portland is a great city,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Biking in Hungary

    17 Sep 2014 | 8:45 am
    Landscape of fertő with Schneeberg in the background. Photos by Toby Hill. Strange Encounters in Fertö-Hanság National Park, Hungary Hungarian was for centuries one of Europe's mystery languages.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Tour the Tribes of North East India

    17 Sep 2014 | 8:38 am
    Members of the Adi Tribe dancing in India.   Tribal Tours Gives you Everything North East India has to offer  Immerse yourself in the cool cultures of India By Stephanie... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • VIDEO: Feast of Saint Publius in Floriana, Malta

    Barbara Weibel
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
      No visits yetThe post VIDEO: Feast of Saint Publius in Floriana, Malta appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
  • PHOTO: Saint Publius Church in Floriana, Malta

    Barbara Weibel
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: Opulent Saint Publius Church in Floriana, Malta, where mass is said before parish priests carry icon of their patron saint through the streets (Visited 4 times, 4 visits today)The post PHOTO: Saint Publius Church in Floriana, Malta appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
  • The Feast of Saint Publius in Floriana, Malta – A Riotous Ticker-Tape Affair

    Barbara Weibel
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Nothing defines the culture on the Maltese Islands more than religion. Life revolves around the neighborhood Catholic churches and once a year, a massive feast is held to honor the patron saint of each church. Festivities start in the spring, and throughout the spring, summer, and fall, there is a feast nearly every weekend, somewhere on the islands. The entire town turns out for the Feast of St. Publius in Florian, on the islamd of Malta During my visit, the Feast of St. Publius was scheduled in Floriana, the city adjacent to Malta‘s capital of Valletta. On Sunday morning, I hopped a…
  • PHOTO: Feast of St. Publius in Floriana, Malta

    Barbara Weibel
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: Priests lead procession during the Feast of St. Publius, the patron saint of the city of Floriana, on the island of Malta. They carry the immensely heavy icon of St. Publius through the streets for hours. (Visited 32 times, 32 visits today)The post PHOTO: Feast of St. Publius in Floriana, Malta appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
  • PHOTO: Sunday Market at the Harbour in Marsaxlokk, Malta

    Barbara Weibel
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: The Sunday Market at the harbour in Marsaxlokk on the island of Malta, where colorful fishing boats are anchored behind vendor tents (Visited 89 times, 89 visits today)The post PHOTO: Sunday Market at the Harbour in Marsaxlokk, Malta appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
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  • Plane Spotting, Caribbean-Style

    Spot Cool Travel Stuff
    10 Sep 2014 | 7:30 am
    Ah, to be on a beach in the Caribbean. The sun. The sand. The clear blue waters. The roar of airplanes. The smell of engine fuel. The danger of jet blasts. There can be a fine line between a travel experience that’s cool and one that is perilous. At Mahó beach, on the Dutch side of the island of St. Maarten’s, that line is about 12 meters wide. That’s the distance between the vacationers on the beach and the start of the main runway at Princess Juliana International Airport. There are, of course, many airports with parks and observation decks close to their runways. Hamburg…
  • Guten Tag, Treehouse Hotel

    Spot Cool Travel Stuff
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:10 am
    Ever since we published our selection of places that resemble a Dr. Seuss illustration we’ve regretted leaving certain hotels off our list. Like this one: the funky, arboreal Baumhaus Hotel in Neißeaue, Germany. Baumhaus is a sort of woodsy-themed adventure park with eight different treehouses that can be rented for the night. Each treehouse is multistoried, each is perched 8 to 10 meters (26 to 33 feet) above the ground and accommodates 4 to 6 people. Rates include breakfast and use of the adventure park grounds. This being Germany, every treehouse also includes a beer-filled mini…
  • 5 In-America-Only Cultural Travel Activities

    Spot Cool Travel Stuff
    4 Jul 2014 | 1:35 pm
    A joke we overheard in a coffee shop in Italy: Question: What’s the difference between yogurt and the United States of America? Answer: Yogurt has culture. Okay, maybe that’s a little funny. The problem is, it isn’t true. The United States is full of culture. It isn’t as gourmet as, say, Italy. Nor is it as old as China or as enveloping as India, or as snobby as France. But it most certainly is there. American culture is diverse, interesting, and, we’d argue, it’s one of the most fun national cultures on the planet. Want proof? Below is our recommendation…
  • Nantucket’s Historic, Modern Bed and Breakfast

    Spot Cool Travel Stuff
    25 Jun 2014 | 8:56 am
    Next to the reception desk of The Veranda House on Nantucket Island there’s a large photo from the 1880s of the bed and breakfast. It shows well-heeled guests hanging out on the namesake verandas, admiring the view of the historic town center and the waters of the Nantucket Sound beyond. Since that photo was taken the fashions have changed. The quality of photographs has greatly improved. But guests today still hang out on those same verandas. They still enjoy the view of the town and the water. They are still drawn to the iconic lodgings by its history. The Veranda House, after all,…
  • See, Swim With Penguins (Not in Antarctica)

    Spot Cool Travel Stuff
    6 Jun 2014 | 10:30 am
    Is it possible to dislike penguins? There’s something universally adorable about them. Maybe it’s their waddling. Or their tuxedo outfits. Or how they are portrayed in popular culture, as in the wonderful March of the Penguins documentary. Most penguin stories, including March, take place in Antarctica. However there are several other places on the planet to see wild penguins. At a few of those you can hop in the water and swim along side these friendly, feathered creatures. Here’s a look at our favorite: Boulder’s Beach (near Cape Town), South Africa…
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  • Tips on how to leave from Kathmandu airport

    Dave from The Longest Way Home
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:07 pm
    There might be a reason why so many seats are empty leaving Kathmandu Airport … Surely it’s not that hard to leave Nepal? If you read my article/help guide on how to survive arriving into Kathmandu airport and did indeed survive you might think leaving would be easy. I don’t blame you. So did I. More than once. The answer is of course it’s a lot harder to fly out of Nepal than it should be. It’s all very possible of course. But read on about my experiences, including some tips, to avoid a lot of hassle, arguments, frustration while saving a lot of time along with…
  • How Patan got its name Lalitpur “The Beautiful City”

    Dave from The Longest Way Home
    2 Sep 2014 | 4:53 pm
    The “Beautiful City” known as Lalitpur or Patan Patan is one of Kathmandu valleys greatest and oldest cities to visit. It’s also known as Lalitpur which translated means “Beautiful city” – there’s a good reason for this. Patan is a city filled with artisans, craftsmen and designers. It’s with this in mind that we can enjoy uncovering one of Patan’s oldest enigmas. A quasi-mythical series of events about how the city got its name. From gods to kings and lepers they all played a role as we unravel a mystery in the oldest city in Nepal.
  • From living goddess to former Kumari & schoolgirl

    Dave from The Longest Way Home
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:04 pm
    A lot has changed since my last visit with the living goddess A return visit to my Living Goddess friend If you’ve not read about my previous visits to the Kumari living goddess in Nepal I encourage you to do so before reading here. It’s a fascinating journey that will take you from my initial search right up to becoming friends with the Kumari and her family. It will also give you some insight into what you are about to read. I’ve held back on publishing this since April 2014 for several reasons. Primarily because of the amount of publicity the Kumari have got since I first…
  • All the sections of a Stupa (Boudhanath) named

    Dave from The Longest Way Home
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:05 pm
    Parts of the Boudhanath Stupa named and Labeled The “great stupa” in Boudhanath is one of the most important stupas in the world One of the guide book exlusions that always irked me was the lack of simple information telling me what each part of this great stupa was called. It’s one of the reasons I wrote my own guide to Boudhanath. It’s a simple question that needs answering. Everyone know’s “the eyes”. Those colorful eyes are at best – an easy guess. But what do all the other parts mean? Let’s take a look! The different parts of…
  • Nepal in under a week: visiting with only a 7 day or less itinerary

    Dave from The Longest Way Home
    15 Jul 2014 | 4:02 pm
    Visit Bhaktapur … even spend a few nights there with only one week in Nepal? Yes, it’s very possible! Can you have a great time in Nepal in under a week? I’ve always suggested taking a long trip to Nepal to get the most from this great country. And, I always get emails from people saying “I’ve only got a week! Can I still do it?!” The answer is of course yes! With new budget airline routes from Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and New Delhi opening up there has been an unprecedented rise in short trips to Nepal. I’ve had great people from Malaysia wanting to…
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  • California Goodness Delivered to Your Door

    Donna Hull
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:05 am
    California wine country is one of our favorite U.S. destinations. Alan and I especially enjoy exploring small, family-run wineries where the owners share their enthusiasm and passion for wine making with visitors. And did I mention the fun of sampling handcrafted wines while listening to stories of how the winery came to be? When The California Wine Club invited us to try their membership for a month, it was like taking a quick trip to California wine country. Since 1990, Bruce and Pam Boring have been handpicking artisan wines to introduce to members. Our month’s shipment…
  • News for the Week

    Donna Hull
    13 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    Check out our USA road trip advice USA Road Trips USA Road Trips is the theme for the September edition of the My Itchy Travel Feet monthly newsletter. Did you know that road tripping is our favorite way to travel? In this issue, we’re featuring travel deals, destination suggestions and an original article with road trip tips. You’ll also find a subscriber only special — 15% off California Wine Club subscriptions — and our FREE downloadable Road Trip Checklist. Don’t miss out! Subscribe by ticking the “monthly newsletter” button on the subscription page.
  • Saturday’s scene: At the Luau

    Donna Hull
    13 Sep 2014 | 1:05 am
    Sunset at Old Lahaina Luau As the sun dips into the Pacific, dancers at Old Lahaina Luau begin to perform the history of the Hawaiian Islands through hula. A guest of the Maui Visitor’s Bureau, I have a ringside seat and the perfect vantage point to take photos. But this is just the beginning of an entertaining evening in Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii. Old Lahaina Luau serves up a potent mix of authentic Hawaiian experiences and hospitality (Hookipa) in an intimate oceanfront setting. The hospitality begins when a lei is hung around my neck, a tropical drink placed in my hands and…
  • News for the Week

    Donna Hull
    6 Sep 2014 | 1:05 am
    Paragliding over Maui Aloha from Maui! Yes, that’s me paragliding in the photo. It might look scary but paragliding turned out to be a peaceful experience that I’d do again in a heartbeat. I’ll be writing more about my adventure with Proflyght Paraglide Maui soon. For me, it’s a reminder that trying something new is powerful and energizing. My advice to you? Go for it. This Week’s Articles Two words come to mind when I think of Maui — luxury and adventure. I’ve been reporting from Maui this week as the guest of Visit Maui. Read more about my itinerary…
  • Top Five Apps for USA Road Trips

    3 Sep 2014 | 11:50 pm
    No matter what kind of travel you opt for normally, setting out on the open road is an exhilarating experience for anyone. Sure, packing your bags and heading to the airport can be exciting, but there’s nothing like the freedom that comes along with revving that engine and hitting the highway on a long road trip, in any direction you choose. Thankfully, there are endless opportunities for adventurous road trips anywhere in the US. From the romantic Route 66 to meandering through any number of national parks, an American road trip is a true adventurer’s dream. Of course, to make that dream…
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  • Exploring Vilnius, Lithuania

    26 Aug 2014 | 1:39 am
    The city of Vilnius, located in the east of Lithuania, is one of the most attractive and alluring destinations for those tourists interested in exploring Eastern Europe and visiting an amazing city they will never be able to forget. Widely known as the capital of the country, Vilnius is much more than an administrative centre […]
  • The 3 Most Historical Hotels in Chicago

    26 Aug 2014 | 1:31 am
    Chicago isn’t just known for its famous sports teams, deep dish pizza, and windy weather. Historically speaking, some of the most famous landmark hotels are found in Chicago. Many notable people from the past have also graced these elegant establishments.   1. The Renaissance Blackstone Chicago Hotel     The Blackstone, though now restored to […]
  • A State of Bliss: In Vienna, the City of Dreams

    25 Apr 2014 | 1:51 am
    One of the most culturally renowned capitals in the world, Vienna is a wonderful mix of artistic and imperial history. With nicknames such as the “city of dreams” and the “city of music”, it’s no wonder Vienna is one of the most visited, respected cities in the world. For a perfect Vienna city break, here […]
  • 4 Things Required for a Cross-Country Road Trip

    23 Apr 2014 | 5:36 am
    Is there any greater American tradition than the cross-country road trip? The wide-open road, watching the regional climates change right outside your window, all the unexpected adventures possible at every exit, roadside diner and motel—it’s a dream come true. That is, if you do it right. There are a lot of ways to make your […]
  • Hillsides, Lagoons and Islets: Your Day in Port Vila

    14 Apr 2014 | 5:49 am
    Port Vila is the capital city of Vanuatu, and it is also the largest city in the country. It is located in the south of the island of Efate, and is often the first place that you will visit when you arrive in the country. Although Vanuatu is full of things to see and do, […]
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  • Barcelona Workshop 11/10/14 & Online Course (Self-paced)

    Christine Gilbert
    31 Aug 2014 | 6:54 am
    From time to time, I offer a quick discount on my blogging/writing/photography workshops and online course. My thinking is that some people really WANT to do the workshop or course, but can’t afford it. So I offer a steep discount, for a short period of time. Those people who have been thinking about doing it can jump in, but I can still cover costs by charging the regular rate for everyone else.  It’s not a perfect system, but I feel like it works pretty well. So for the next 48 hours I am offering tickets to my Barcelona workshop, which will be held in this beautiful space off…
  • Adventure Is Where You Are

    Christine Gilbert
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    My kids, just, you know, hanging out with some Serbian kids in Belgrade. Another boring Tuesday night.   I was walking home from the grocery store, here in Romania, and we came across a mom with her two kids. Cole immediately inserted himself into their business and before long we were all talking. Here I was on my great adventure, traveling in Romania, but really, I was just walking through a suburban neighborhood, the same one this mom walked everyday. My grand adventure was her tedious grocery run. The joy I take from the simple things amazes even me: I spent a good hour just looking…
  • Things Biking 8 Hours a Day Can Teach You

    Christine Gilbert
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:16 pm
    We left the bikes behind in Italy, but continued traveling overland. Our original trip idea was to bike from the Atlantic Ocean to the Black Sea, all the way across Europe. The busted trailer ended the biking part of that, but I have this idea that I want to see the Black Sea anyway. So we’ve been traveling overland, across Croatia to Belgrade, through Serbia to Timisoara. We’re in Romania now, getting ready to find an apartment in Sibiu or Brasov, so I can finish some writing work, then I want to take another train out to the sea and dip my toes in it. At that point, I will feel…
  • How Biking Through Europe (Almost) Killed My Husband

    Christine Gilbert
    13 Aug 2014 | 1:06 am
    My husband, furious. At himself.   It felt like a dream. I had Stella strapped to my chest, a huge backpack on my back, and I ran down the train platform with a bike balanced with one hand and dragging the trailer with the other. They both wobbled and threatened to veer away, but I muscled through it. The edge of the pedal caught my shin and cut me. Drew was ahead of me, loading the other bike. Cole was running beside me, then he tripped and fell flat on his face. He screamed, “Mama!”. “Oh no sweetie!” The platform was emptying, we were almost out of time. I…
  • Tortilla Española with Catalan Pan Con Tomate (Pa Amb Tomaquet)

    11 Aug 2014 | 12:40 am
    Tortilla Española is one of Spain’s national dishes. It’s everywhere. It’s in the tapas bar, it’s sliced and put into sandwiches, it’s a course in your menu del dia. This is a great recipe for it, and I was glad to know you can actually reuse the oil again several times, otherwise this is an insane way to cook (you’ll see in a moment). The really cool part of learning how to cook this from a Barcelona-trained chef (I took a cooking class) was that he whipped up some Pan Con Tomate, the tomato bread that comes from Catalunya. Since we’re returning to…
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  • Planning a Panama City Beach family vacation

    3 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    You might think that because summer is winding down the time for family vacation planning is over. But I’m a believer in perennially thinking about where we might go next. I even like to think about hypothetical trips, dreaming of a place where I have no definitive plans to go but that I might visit someday. (Disclosure: I am being compensated to write this post. But all the fun I had researching and planning it was strictly my own.) When it comes to beach vacations, my family likes to mix a bit of lounging in the sand and getting active in nature. My nine-year-old son Teddy is a huge fan…
  • We all scream for…Carl’s Frozen Custard

    18 Jul 2014 | 8:09 am
    I’m not really sure there’s anything better on a hot summer afternoon than a a huge ice cream cone. When you’re in Fredericksburg, Virginia everyone will tell you to take care of that craving at Carl’s Frozen Custard. This popular stand has been cooling people off with tasty treats since 1947. You won’t find fancy mix-ins, sprinkles or anything new-fangled at Carl’s. They sell three flavors: Chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry, all made onsite. You can get a sundae or a shake; flavors range from traditional hot fudge to maple nut to pineapple, and they will…
  • KOA camping: Comfortable and convenient

    14 Jul 2014 | 9:57 am
    One thing that’s noticeably absent from the 800 posts on this site, the numerous tales of family adventures, is anything to do with camping. While my family loves to bike, hike, and ski and will happily spend the hours from dawn until dusk outside, we’ve never been ones to sleep in the open. Partly it’s because my husband doesn’t like to sleep in a tent. And partly it’s because the gear-and-food-prep aspect of camping has always seemed a little daunting to me. That’s why when KOA (also known as Kampgrounds of America) reached out to me this spring and offered me two…
  • Tips for visiting the Delaware beaches with kids

    11 Jul 2014 | 10:24 am
    Midsummer isn’t too late to write a post about the beach is it? I’m going to say no, it isn’t. Especially not about the Delaware beaches, which are fun to visit well into October with golden light playing on the waves and sand that’s warm even if the air is cool. And honestly, I’d be more likely to swim in the Atlantic Ocean during August and September, when the water averages a balmy 77 degrees Fahrenheit, than in June or July when blue lips prevail. The Delaware shore is often overlooked by out-of-staters who set their sights on New Jersey, Maryland, and Virginia. I’m not sure…
  • Peaks Island: Magic in Maine

    27 Jun 2014 | 9:16 am
    I was born in Portland, Maine into a family that had been there for generations. My grandfather and his brothers grew up swimming in the icy waters of Casco Bay. My father played catcher on his Little League team off of Pine Point Road in Scarborough. I still have aunts, uncles, cousins, goodness knows how many distant relations there. I moved repeatedly as a child but if anyplace is my home, it is this corner of New England perched on the Atlantic Ocean. But before the summer of 2013 I hadn’t been back in over 25 years. It felt like time to bring the boys to my place of origin, to show…
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    Lanzarote Information - Anything and everything about Lanzarote

  • Lanzarote Nightlife 18th to 21st September 2014

    17 Sep 2014 | 11:54 am
    The first night of the Arrecife en Vivo live music festival is on Friday with performances from Sally & The Shakers, Skywalker Swing Trio, Skatoons & Tío Matt playing in 4 different locations around the capital. The Fiestas de Playa Honda also start this weekend including the Lucha de Bandas on Saturday from 14:00 with live music and €1 per tapa which includes a vote for your favourite group. Puerto del Carmen: Venue: Stage situated opposite Centro Atlantico, Avenida de Las Playas, Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote Date: Friday 19th & Saturday 20th September 2014 Time: 14:00 –…
  • UD Lanzarote 2 Union Viera 1

    16 Sep 2014 | 1:15 pm
    The good start to the season continues as the Rojillos hold out the final 25 minutes with just 10 men in scorching heat to become one of only three teams to remain unbeaten. Lanzarote began the game superbly as they looked to get off the mark early against the Gran Canarian side. The opening goal came in the 16th minute. Man of the match Echedey won the ball in midfield and put through on goal his Captain Rosmen, the striker drew the keeper then returned the pass unselfishly to Echedey who had the simple task of stroking the ball into the empty net and send his side 1-0 up. The Rojillos were…
  • Arrecife en Vivo 2014

    16 Sep 2014 | 6:11 am
    The Festival Arrecife en Vivo returns to the streets of Lanzarote’s capital this autumn. A total of 16 bands will be performing live in some of the most emblematic spaces of Arrecife on the 19th & 26th of September and 3rd & 10th of October. The festival retains the original format with 4 bands performing on the same night with different styles of music. Entry is free of charge, the objective is to create a vibrant live music scene and boost the economic activity for shops, bars & restaurants in Arrecife. We’ve included a video from each of the bands performing to give you a…
  • Lose Your Old Football Boots And Trainers For Charity

    16 Sep 2014 | 2:47 am
    You can get rid of your old trainers or football boots, and help orphaned children in Gioto School in Kenya. The boots and shoes (all sizes please) will be sent to Kenya for the children to use. They have been running a program called “No school=no football” as a way to encourage the kids to attend school classes, giving them the education they deserve.  read more »
  • Family Church moving to the Hotel San Antonio

    16 Sep 2014 | 2:47 am
    The Family Church in Lanzarote will be holding services from their new location in Puerto del Carmen from the first week in October. Members of this International Evangelical Church come from a range of denominations including Church of Scotland, Baptist and Pentecostal. Sunday evening services will commence from the Hotel San Antonio on the Avenida de Las Playas by Playa Los Pocillos on Sunday 5th October 2014. The weekly service will be held in  read more »
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  • A Ground Zero Tour: Lessons in Remembering

    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

    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…
  • Street Food in Thailand: Neat Treats and Sustainability

    12 May 2014 | 5:00 am
    Grasshoppers, crickets, assorted insects – down the hatch! Although it’s easy to dismiss Patong, as a tourist haven, you just can’t dismiss the exceptional street food in Thailand. To eat or not eat: that is the question. Grilled crabs are snapped up quickly at the Patong night market of Phuket, Thailand. Photo courtesy Heather Rath It is a tribute to the resourceful people of Thailand, or perhaps to the greed of developers, that there is no trace of the devastation wrought here by the powerful tsunami of 10 years ago. The busy collection of restaurants, shops, markets and malls makes…
  • The 2014 New York Travel Festival – A Transformative Experience

    22 Apr 2014 | 12:32 am
    A lot of buzzwords out there are used to convey a sense of mindful connection with the people and places you visit when you travel: ecotourism, geotourism, responsible and sustainable travel, local and slow travel, conscious and transformative travel, community-based and pro-poor tourism, immersive and experiential travel, agritourism, voluntourism… and oh so much more. You’ve probably heard or read some of these terms and then perhaps dismissed them or not fully understood them. Often enough, though, they resonate and stick. And they can be very important, which is why we have chosen…
  • Broke Fordwich – Winemaking the Local Way in the Hunter Valley, Australia

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

  • Top 10 Wine Bars and Lounges in Orlando

    Robyn Kurth
    16 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Orlando’s reputation for theme parks and other family-friendly amusements is well-established, but in recent years The City Beautiful has also established quite a few venues for singles, date nights, and even parents’ night out. Orlando Magazine recently listed the top wine bars and lounges in Orlando, and all of the following bars, lounges and restaurants […]
  • What Do You Hate About Orlando?

    Sunil Govind
    5 Sep 2014 | 7:45 am
    Sunshine. Palm trees. The best amusement parks in the world. Yes, when you think about Orlando, some of its best features might immediately spring to mind, especially if you vacation there. But what about the hidden side to Orlando you don’t think about? What about the insane traffic on I-4? The random thunderstorms that turn […]
  • Which Disney World Telephone Numbers Should You Save on your Phone? 

    Robyn Kurth
    15 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    If you are planning a trip to Walt Disney World in the near future, chances are you have already visited the website and called the main Disney World telephone number at 407-939-5277. This is the main phone number to find out everything from theme park hours to location and hotel choices at the resort. To book a room […]
  • Customer Service in Orlando

    Robyn Kurth
    15 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Do you think a waiter or waitress would tamper with a meal when dealing with an extremely rude customer? A recent Facebook poll asked that very question, and the responses ranged from “Absolutely–that’s why I would not want to send anything back!” To: “Chances are, you will not have a rude customer if you are […]
  • Getting your ‘Frozen’ fix at Walt Disney World

    Robyn Kurth
    15 Jun 2014 | 2:00 am
    With the overwhelming popularity of all things “Frozen”–the Oscar-winning animated film, the soundtrack, the merchandising–it’s no surprise that Walt Disney World quickly found a home for the newest Disney princesses: Anna and Elsa of Arendelle. Anna and Elsa have become so popular that fans were willing to wait up to four hours earlier this year […]
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    USA Travel Guide

  • NYC Comic Con and Hotels

    2 Sep 2014 | 9:50 am
    NYC Comic Con New York City Comic Con is one of the most popular comic celebrations, and is a widely attended event. This year, NYC Comic Con will be held at Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, which has almost 2 million sq. ft. of space, meaning that this convention will be filled to the brim with [...] The post NYC Comic Con and Hotels appeared first on USA Travel Guide.
  • US Open and US Open Hotels

    8 Aug 2014 | 7:37 am
    Find a US Open hotel to complete your stay! The US Open is almost here! This exciting tennis competition takes place from August 25 – September 8, and has tennis fans everywhere ready for action. This international tradition has been in place since 1881, and continues to be a major sporting event. Men’s singles and doubles, [...] The post US Open and US Open Hotels appeared first on USA Travel Guide.
  • USS Yorktown at Patriot’s Point in Charleston, SC

    10 Mar 2014 | 9:03 am
    The country is thawing out after a series of unusual winter storms, and what better way to enjoy the (even slightly) warmer weather than by traveling to a sunny place on spring break! South Carolina has many venues for sightseeing as well as learning opportunities for people of all ages. Individuals, couples, and families can [...] The post USS Yorktown at Patriot’s Point in Charleston, SC appeared first on USA Travel Guide.
  • Horse Racing at Meadowlands Racetrack

    7 Mar 2014 | 1:29 pm
    The time for traditional U.S. sporting events is upon us with the start of annual horse racing. The beauty of this sport resides in the majestic horses and the dedication of the competing teams, as well as in the swell of the cheering crowd. Experience this captivating event at Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford, NJ. Prime [...] The post Horse Racing at Meadowlands Racetrack appeared first on USA Travel Guide.
  • The 2013 Voodoo Music + Arts Experience

    1 Oct 2013 | 1:44 pm
    When: Nov 1-3, 2013 Where: Festival Grounds at City Park One of the most hotly anticipated annual events in the Crescent City is the Voodoo Music + Arts Experience. Each year at the Festival Grounds of City Park, music fans gather as close to Halloween as possible to celebrate the superstitious and the beats. Over the course [...] The post The 2013 Voodoo Music + Arts Experience appeared first on USA Travel Guide.
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  • Four awards for photography: Society of American Travel Writers

    Lola Akerstrom
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:53 pm
    I’m honored and excited to find out that I picked up four category awards in the 2015 Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) Bill Muster Photography Competition. This is a huge honor considering the society is arguably the premier organization representing travel writers and travel photographers. All winners for both the Lowell Thomas Awards  for Travel Journalism and Bill Muster Awards for Travel Photography were read out live during the conference in Iceland. Right after, I got a couple notifications from friends via Facebook that I’d picked up four awards (1 gold, 3 bronze)…
  • Notes + Photos from Stockholm Travel Massive

    Lola Akerstrom
    6 Sep 2014 | 2:53 pm
    Stockholm’s second Travel Massive was held on August 29, 2014 at the recently opened HTL Hotels Kungsgatan. You can read all about the event which I co-organized over on Slow Travel Stockholm.
  • 7 tips for following your passion

    Lola Akerstrom
    26 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Village of Gratteri, Sicily We all have passions. Or, at least one passion. Something we’re so drawn to and feel like we were placed on earth to pursue.  I recently gave an interview to Career 2.0 which profiles people who have left stable careers to plunge headfirst into the unstable world of pursuing their dreams. The interview gives you a quick synopsis of my educational and work background in a nutshell, but at the end, I shared seven (7) tips for following your passions. So I wanted to bring those tips here and further highlight those defining moments in my life when I fully…
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  • Guide to Walking the Camino de Santiago

    17 Sep 2014 | 1:03 am
    I’ll start by telling you the truth: It would never have occurred to me to walk the Camino de Santiago. It just wouldn’t have. I’m not Catholic. I hike, but not long haul stuff. I’m not generally into “popular” type adventures. And also, I’d never heard of it, so that’s a factor.But in May and June 2014, I ended up walking 800 km from France into Spain because my friend asked me to. It’s that simple. She called me up when we were living in Thailand and asked me to go. Once I figured out what she was talking about, I was in. I’m always up for an adventure.For her, it was a…
  • 6 Lessons Learned from Teaching English Abroad

    16 Sep 2014 | 1:03 am
    My main goal when coming to teach English in Korea was to save money for long-term travel. I also thought it would be a great way to get outside my comfort zone, discover myself, and encourage other people to go out and travel as well.After a year, I thought it was time to take a moment to reflect and see what I have learned from this experience.When I started, I romanticized that this opportunity was the perfect answer to accomplishing all of my goals. I believed that by coming to Korea I could leave my comfort zone, my friends and family and finally use all this time to get my life goals on…
  • Trading Divorce for Travel

    15 Sep 2014 | 1:03 am
    Reflecting on it now, it seems appropriate that my husband and I took a weekend trip to sign our divorce papers.  At the time, I was living in New York City and he in San Diego.  In an attempt to be amicable, we decided to meet in Palm Springs for the "official" signing.  It was a typical Palm Springs weekend that we’d experienced dozens of times before: the air hot and dry, with oily and glistening leathery women sprawled out on chaise lounges around the pool.  The difference this time was that when we left on Monday, we would go our separate ways, to opposite ends of the country.
  • How I Travel: Andrew McCarthy

    12 Sep 2014 | 1:03 am
    ANDREW MCCARTHY: STORY TELLER For some travelers of a certain age, hearing the name Andrew McCarthy conjures up images of a film about an ill-fated trip to a vacation home where the boss ends up dead. But in more recent years, Andrew has added to his already-accomplished acting and directing resume by becoming an award-winning travel writer.Andrew - whose film career contains titles like "Pretty in Pink," "St. Elmo's Fire," and "Less Than Zero" - says that when he met Keith Bellows, the editor of National Geographic Traveler, at a party several years ago, he told Keith, "You ought to let me…
  • Enhance Your Resume with Travel

    11 Sep 2014 | 1:03 am
    Long-term unemployment is a difficult mental hurdle to overcome for those considering traveling around the world. After working decades to do well in school to land a steady job, you plan to stop cold turkey to experience life beyond your comfort zone. It’s a worthwhile venture that will change you dramatically as you’re exposed to new challenges and inspiring moments. Nonetheless, it’s difficult to see the reward ahead when you are giving up so much in the beginning.[banner top_title="hide" description="hide" subscribe="hide" title="Ready to start planning your career break?"…
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  • Six Unforgettable Road Trips in Europe

    Itamar Danison
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:19 am
    Although road trips are often associated with American culture, Europe can certainly not be overlooked for its unforgettable scenic drives. What makes European road trips so unique is that you can travel through several countries with even a limited amount of vacation time at your disposal. Whichever of these road trip ideas you like the most, you’ll be sure to find diverse cultures, abundant traditions, and nonstop thrills. These are six of the most unforgettable European road trips you’ll ever take. Amalfi Coast: Italyli Italy’s Amalfi Coast has one of the most romantic coastlines…
  • Discovering Road Trips in Unexpected Places

    Itamar Danison
    14 Sep 2014 | 9:47 am
    Although the most popular and well-known road trip routes are in America and through various countries in Europe, you can ditch the long airport lines and go for a scenic drive on every continent around the globe. A road trip might not be the first thing you think of while visiting South America, Africa, Asia, and Australia, but there are some amazing drives in each destination that allow you to experience local landscapes and culture like never before. So keep these lesser-known road trip ideas in mind as you’re globe-trotting to far-away lands and immerse yourself in the spirit of…
  • Six Iconic and Essential American Road Trip Ideas

    Itamar Danison
    14 Sep 2014 | 5:12 am
    Although you can set out on a road trip nearly anywhere on earth, road trips have evolved into an enduring American tradition that’s here to stay. Driving long distances and exploring the sites along the way is an authentic American pastime, and there’s simply no better to see wide-open skies and charming towns from coast to coast. There are so many amazing trip routes in the U.S. that it’s difficult to recommend just a few road trip ideas. But these are some of the most iconic and essential American road trips that are definitely worth the gas money. Pacific Coast Highway: Southern…
  • 7 Classic British Comfort Foods

    Jo F
    2 Jan 2013 | 8:20 am
    If the Brits know anything about food, it’s how to serve up winter warmers. As a place that sees more than its fair share of wind, rain and gray skies, it’s hardly a surprise that this nation has developed a cuisine high in carbohydrates, thick with meats and invariably doused in rich gravy. Whether you’re looking to fend off the cold or cheer yourself up after a lousy day, check out these 7 classic British comfort foods: 1) Toad in the Hole There’s not a toad to be seen in this dish, promise. Instead, what you get is delicious sausages nestled and cooked into a batter (known as…
  • 7 Things NOT to Do in a Natural Disaster

    Jo F
    13 Dec 2012 | 7:44 am
    Tsunamis, earthquakes, exploding volcanoes, hurricanes, it can sometimes feel like Mother Nature is throwing us one natural disaster after another. I was recently in Hawaii when we received a warning that a tsunami was expected to hit the islands after an earthquake off the coast of Canada. This prompted a full-scale evacuation. Fortunately, the tsunami did not have the force that had been anticipated, but as those who have experienced Hurricane Sandy or other severe natural disasters will know, that isn’t always the case. If you find yourself in the midst of a natural disaster, your own…
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    Stuck in Customs

  • Farming in Deep Southern China

    Luke Lakatosh (Stuck in Customs Support)
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    What is The Arcanum to Trey and Pete? Here’s a new video we just released! Textures Tutorial If you pop over to the Stuck In Customs Store you’ll see the Textures Tutorial. This is how I accomplished today’s photo. Actually, that Textures Tutorial is the FIRST video tutorial I ever made here for the site. I was thinking about re-doing it early next year and include all-new textures. Let me know if you’d have an interest in this! Daily Photo – Farming in Deep Southern China We found this amazing area by accident! We were having some strange weather situations and this made us…
  • The Foggy Mists of Yellowstone

    Luke Lakatosh (Stuck in Customs Support)
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Yellowstone or Yosemite? Which of these two is your favorite? I’ve only been to Yosemite once, but I’ve been to Yellowstone maybe 9 times. I just don’t know Yosemite that well yet, but I know it is the opposite with many people! Daily Photo – The Foggy Mists of Yellowstone This is a very strange area of Yellowstone and I’m not even sure how I found it. But I happened to find it quite early in the morning, just after sunrise. I walked and walked through this forest to find interesting tree shapes. I walked and jumped over tiny hot streams the flowed here and there. As…
  • Happy Girls in Guangxi and more great feedback on The Arcanum

    Trey Ratcliff
    14 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    More Great Feedback on The Arcanum! First, The Arcanum hit #8 of the Top 51 Websites for Learning Online. Amazing! That’s a great tribute the the team, the Masters, and the Apprentices! Thanks everyone! And here are two wonderful Apprentices who made some lovely posts about their thoughts and experiences! The first is from Rose Fredriksen and the second is from Marjorie McDonald. Daily Photo – Happy Girls in Guangxi! One night I went out in the rain to take photos while staying in the little town of Yangshao. It was great fun! I was using my Sony A7r and my Leica 35mm f/1.4 which…
  • Heading to Africa

    Trey Ratcliff
    13 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Cape Town, South Africa PhotoWalk on Oct 7th at 5:30 PM! Pencil in that evening! Here is the Event Info on Google. We’ll get you more specifics soon — really looking forward to it! On the Way to Africa! I’m about to come to Africa for a month! I’ll be in Namibia, Botswana, and South Africa. I’m super-excited about this trip! This Africa trip is Sold Out, but you can check that page to sign up for the newsletter to find out about future adventures! Since I’m on a bunch of small planes while there, I had to pack everything and it ALL had to be under 20KG.
  • Above the Wolves

    Trey Ratcliff
    12 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    DJI Quadcopter Review Today’s photo is from one of them, so be sure to check out the DJI Phantom Review soon! Big Arcanum Update! Be sure to go update your Application at The Arcanum. We now have added a few new things to help future Masters find you. I know there is a HUGE number of people waiting, so the more on the ball you are, the more like you are to be chosen from the orphanage! Here’s a screenshot of one of the new Application pages… you can see how incomplete my own application is! I’m going to update it now Release Notes (Thanks Tania Court!): Grand Library…
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    We Blog The World

  • The 4 Star Hotel San Buenaventura on Guatemala’s Lake Atitlan

    Jonny Scott Blair
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:06 pm
    Hotel San Buenaventura de Atitlan is a family owned and operated 4 star Extended Stay Hotel located at the edge of Lake Atitlan, near the town of Panajachel, in the Guatemalan Highlands. For those who haven’t been to Atitlan before, the lake was formed by a volcanic caldera and is the deepest lake in Central America. It is surrounded by picturesque volcanoes and escarpments. The Kaqchikel Maya make up 95% of the local population and have a vibrant and colorful culture. Imagine a hotel nestled in such a stunning environment. The hotel has fully furnished and equipped finely designed…
  • Georgia’s Historical Capital of Tbilisi & All Things Balkan, Byzantine & Levantine

    Robert Schrader
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:01 am
    I know more about the history of the Caucasus than the average person, but I had absolutely no idea what to expect of modern-day Tbilisi when I arrived early Wednesday morning. I’d spent nearly 30 hours en route to the Georgian capital, but found myself strangely energized from basically the moment I stepped out onto the street. This was in part due to my extraordinarily attractive taxi driver, in part due to the oppressive pounding of the bass in his black Mercedes (which wasn’t actually a taxi) and in part due to how off-guard Tbilisi took me as we approached it. Somewhere between…
  • Looking at the Bike Culture of Amsterdam

    Bill Ives
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:31 am
    I’ve always been amazed by how people in Amsterdam make such great use of bicycles. They use them to get around the city, whether it’s for work or play. It’s astonishing how much of a bike culture the city is. Have a look.                                 
  • Experiencing Shabushabu in Kyoto Japan

    Jessica Festa
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:18 am
    One of the most interesting restaurants I ate at during my trip to Kyoto, Japan, was at Gion Gyuzen (323 Gionmachikitagawa, Higashiyamaku) and partaking in some traditional shabushabu. Upon entering the restaurant I was asked to remove my shoes and was escorted to a private room with sliding doors and a low table adorned with two potable hot clay pots filled with water flavored with seaweed. Pretty soon, plates of Kobe beef, pork, octopus, jellyfish, Japanese pumpkin, prawns, crab, scallops, sweet potatoes, enoki mushrooms, sprouts, konnyaku (glass noodles), Chinese cabbage, onion and more…
  • Taking a Look at Amsterdam Cafe Culture

    Bill Ives
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:16 pm
    I love the lively street life of this city and how the many cafes make great use of Amsterdam’s street space. This post provides many views of these cafes and their participants.                                               
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    Business Travel Destinations


    Business Travel Destinations
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:09 am
    Three months before the celebration of the 20th edition of MITM Americas, Meetings and Incentive Travel Market, which will be held alongside the 6th edition of CULTOURFAIR, International Cultural Travel Fair, in Puebla, Mexico on December 3rd to 5th, the hosted buyers spaces for these important trade shows have been filled, due to the high demand. GSAR Marketing keeps having a strict selection process for hosted buyers, to continue with its policy of “quality oriented trade shows”, by approving only those who are truly potential buyers and active in business. MITM & CULTOURFAIR are…
  • MTM Americas 20th Edition / CULTOURFAIR 6th Edition: December 3-5, 2014

    Business Travel Destinations
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:59 am
    The 20th edition of MITM Americas, Meetings and Incentive Travel Market, and 6th edition of CULTOURFAIR, International Cultural Travel Fair, will be simultaneously held this year in the wonderful city of Puebla, Mexico, on December 3rd, 4th and 5th, sponsored by Puebla’s Tourist Office. MITM Americas is a 20 years old interactive two days travel trade market directed to the incentive, meetings and events market, where travel and tourism organizations from the Americas and the Caribbean and companies meet by individual and pre-requested appointments with European and USA pre-selected…
  • ACE OF M.I.C.E. EXHIBITION 2015: February 26-28; Istanbul – Turkey

    Business Travel Destinations
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:20 pm
    Organized for the first time in 2014 “ACE of M.I.C.E. Exhibition” is the leading regional event for the meetings, incentives, conferences, events and business travel industry which brought MICE industry professionals from Turkey and all around the globe in a splendid event. ACE of MICE Exhibition is a 3-day event and the program activities include exhibition (with B2B meetings), seminar sessions, networking events and the ACE of M.I.C.E. Awards Ceremony, which is attended by 3,000 senior meetings and tourism industry individuals from all around the world. AME reached on 2014 9,856…
  • 5 Tips for Choosing Carry-on Luggage

    Travel Guide Reviews
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:40 pm
    Whether you’re taking a trip across the world or across the state, having the right carry-on luggage is important. There are so many options — color, sizes and shapes of carry-ons — to choose from, so picking the right carry-on for your trip could prove challenging. To make the decision making process easier, it could be helpful to look for these key characteristics in your luggage. The Samsonite Inova 20 Carry on Spinner Luggage. Courtesy image 1. Carry-on luggage should be light weight. The travel term we have heard time and time again is “travel light.” Sometimes it…
  • London’s famous Trocadero centre to be turned into huge budget hotel

    Business Travel Destinations
    12 Sep 2014 | 9:15 am
    Thursday 11 September 2014 The famous Trocadero centre in the heart of London’s West End is being turned into a huge budget hotel which will be just moments from some of the city’s best known attractions. Hotel operator Accor has already started work on the 583 room Ibis Styles Piccadilly Circus hotel which is due to open in 2017 on the wedge shaped site between Shaftesbury Avenue and Coventry Street.  The group also announced they would be opening an 80 room hotel in Leicester Square under their MGallery brand by 2016. The new establishments will be a welcome addition to the capital,…
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    A Postcard a Day

  • Too early for snow

    5 Sep 2014 | 2:15 pm
    Our summer is ending - you could almost say it ended at the beginning of August this year - but I haven't started to think of winter, or I hadn't until this card arrived.  A taste of things to come.It is an oil painting, "Snow Cloudlet", by Belarusian artist Anna Silivonchik and sent to me from Russia.A post for Postcard Friendship Friday hosted by Beth Niquette on her blog, The Best Hearts are Crunchy. Click on the button to visit and join in.
  • Wetlands and amphibians

    31 Aug 2014 | 6:46 am
    I had to turn to amphibians because I've shown snakes from Taiwan, and with the Petit Prince, dinosaurs from the Jurassic Coast, all sorts on the Origin of Species.  And could find no more reptiles.I was quite pleased that the amphibian stamps arrived on cards from places I think of as, well, damp.  Finland is often called the Land of 1000 Lakes; Ireland has rivers and lakes galore, and in my mind Denmark comes somewhere between them.This is a post for Sunday Stamps, run by Viridian. Click on the button to visit her blog and other participants.
  • Hola!

    29 Aug 2014 | 2:10 pm
    Arrived today from Spain, exactly the sort of shop I'd love to explore. A post for Postcard Friendship Friday hosted by Beth Niquette on her blog, The Best Hearts are Crunchy. Click on the button to visit and join in.
  • Mappa Mundi

    25 Aug 2014 | 12:59 pm
    I was in Dover Castle (Kent, UK) on Saturday and spotted an old map on the wall so I was pleased to find a postcard of the map in the Castle shop.  The map on the wall is a replica but I haven't been able to find out of what.  On the back of the card it says it is "the Mappa Mundi" but there are several of them.  According to Wikipedia, any map of the world made during the Middle Ages is a Mappa Mundi.It shows Europe to the left, Africa to the right and Asia at the top.A Mappa Mundi for Monday.
  • Solovetsky Islands

    24 Aug 2014 | 8:59 am
    This card of Solovetsky Monastery arrived recently with part of a mini-sheet of stamps showing points of interest on the Solovetsky Islands, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  The islands are in the White Sea to the north west of Russia.The full sheet which is made to look as though the stamps were printed on a parchment map, can be seen here.  I can remember making maps of that sort when I was at school, maybe a history lesson or to illustrate Treasure Island.There was another stamp too, this one showing Petropavlovskiy Sobor, the Peter and Paul Cathedral  in St…
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  • Travel Insurance for the Over 80′s

    8 Sep 2014 | 10:46 am
    Travelling is not the kind of activity to be dependent on any kind of age, gender or religion. In fact, more and more people out there choose to travel when they retire and when they have plenty of time to make this dream of theirs come true. If you or someone dear to you has reached the honourable age of 80, you will definitely have to keep in mind that travel insurance is an option you should never rule out completely. Travel insurance can be very useful at any age – but even more so for the senior members of the society. Senior Couple in Love (creative commons) Why Do You Need Travel…
  • Utah Bound: 3 Reasons Park City is a Favorite of Family Ski Vacation Veterans

    18 Aug 2014 | 5:53 am
    When planning a family ski vacation, deciding on the best place to go is always tricky. You want to be sure that there will be enough for everyone to do and that the kids and you will all have a great time. One of the best options for many families is Park City, and here are three reasons why it has long been a top destination for family ski breaks. 1. Great Selection of Activities If skiing is the main reason for your vacation, you’ll find Park City ideal. For ski schools, the Kids Signature 5 Program guarantees a maximum of five kids per class for kids aged six to 14, so they can…
  • Top Beach Vacations in Australia

    12 Aug 2014 | 8:27 am
    Although it is the smallest of the seven continents, Australia is often referred to as the largest island in the world.  Surrounded by the Pacific and Indian Oceans as well as the Arafura, Coral, Timor and Tasman Seas, it’s no wonder that tourists flock to the beaches. While there are many excellent holiday spots, the following are five favourite destinations. Kingscliff – NSW Sunny beaches and hiking tracks combine to make Kingscliff a wonderful holiday retreat. Walking along Casuarina Sculpture, hiking up to Protestors Falls, or climbing hinterland rainforest Mount Warning allows…
  • Cost Cutting tips for Travelling

    22 Jul 2014 | 9:13 am
    Although rewarding, travelling is one of the more expensive experiences you will ever undergo in your life. Travelling from city to city, country to country, all the while managing your finances and making sure you have all your belongings is far from a relaxing ordeal, but it can be made a lot easier with these money saving techniques, devised for you to use when out on the road. Divide Belongings If you are travelling with companions, then you should make it a goal to carry a division of each other’s luggage within each backpack. That way, if anything gets lost during the trip, you…
  • Discover some of Cornwall’s Quaint Villages

    12 Jul 2014 | 5:33 am
    Every summer, when the sun comes out, holidaymakers make their way to the South East of Cornwall, where quaint little villages await them. Coastal villages in Cornwall offer so much more than merely beach holidays. Looe and Polperro family holidays become part and parcel of enjoying Britain at its best. What family snapshot album doesn’t include them as a reminder of childhood days? Beautiful Landscape (Creative commons) The Villages Looe and Polperro are two small villages with a host of offerings for the tourist, as witnessed by the tourist information offices found in both locations.
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    Atlas Travel Blog

  • 8 Cruise Ship Specialty Dining Options Worth Trying

    Sue Lobo
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    Eating whatever you want, whenever you want on a cruise ship is one of the few times in life where you don’t have to feel guilty about indulging. Sure while it’s fun to try out the many cruise ship buffets, what’s even better is to try some of the food that you can only get while onboard certain cruise ships. Here are 8 Cruise Ship Specialty Dining Options Worth Trying: Princess Cruises – Sabatini’sThis is Princess’ Italian restaurant which features pasta and seafood specialties.  In typical Italian fashion dinner is in several courses with antipasti,…
  • Oktoberfest

    Sue Lobo
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:30 am
    Oktoberfest is perhaps the largest festival in the world that has beer as its main theme. This yearly festival is held in Munich, Germany and will be taking place from September 20th to October 5th. It’s estimated that at least 6 million people will attend this yearly event. History Oktoberfest started in 1810 and was a celebration of the Bavarian Prince’s and the Saxon-Hildburghausen Princess’ marriage. Everyone in the city of Munich was invited to be a part of the five day festivities that were taking occurring. Anniversary celebrations took place throughout the years with…
  • Alexander and Roberts Exotic World Journeys

    Sue Lobo
    13 Sep 2014 | 10:37 am
    Alexander and Roberts was founded in 1947.  Until last year the company operated under the name General Tours.  The name name certainly better represents the product.  “General” was not the right fit for a company that specializes in extraordinary travel and superior value.  Every trip reflects decades of expertise, a deep knowledge of the world and long nurtured relationships with the finest hotels worldwide.  Together with your Atlas travel consultant, every detail is planned to promise you a more enriching journey.  Itineraries are unhurried,…
  • Where To Find Some Of The Best Chocolate In The U.S.

    Sue Lobo
    12 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Today we get to talk about one of our favorite things in the world….chocolate.  It’s International Chocolate Day tomorrow, and if you are lucky enough to be near any of these places, we wanted to let you know where to find some of the best chocolate in the U.S. Vosges Haut-Chocolat Vosges Haut-Choclat sells some of the most unique chocolates in the world. Some of their unique ingredients include bee pollen, curry powder, reishi mushroom, coconut ash and bacon. Vosges Haut-Chocolat is an environmentally friendly facility. Their factory is certified organic and uses 100%…
  • Visiting the 9/11 Memorial and Museum

    Sue Lobo
    11 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    The 9/11 Memorial is opened to the public and visitors passes are no longer required.  The Memorial was designed by architect Michael Arad.  The area spans 8 acres.  There are 2 reflection pools surrounded by beautiful landscaping, with over 400 white oak trees.  Keep an eye out for one callery pear tree, also known as the “Survivor Tree,” which was nursed to health after the attack, symbolizing perhaps growth and life itself. The pools feature waterfalls, which incidentally are the largest man-made falls in North America.  Lining the outer walls of the…
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    16 Sep 2014 | 4:12 am
    Punta del Este Photo Gallery is a visual introduction to the St Tropez of South America, the most important tourist attraction in Uruguay and one of South America's most glamorous seaside resorts...

    11 Sep 2014 | 5:48 am
    Con Fotos de Montevideo aspiramos a brindarte una perspectiva visual a traves de fotografias, instantes congelados en el tiempo tal como acontecen en la capital del Uruguay. Sin lugar a dudas, Montevideo es una de las capitales mas interesantes de Sudamerica...

    8 Sep 2014 | 3:21 am
    Montevideo Photo Gallery aspires to bring you some visual insight, split seconds in the life of Uruguay's capital through images. Montevideo has it all, its is indeed one of the coolest cities in South America today...

    4 Sep 2014 | 12:09 am
    Fotos de Uruguay intenta ser un viaje fotografico a traves del segundo menor pais de Sudamerica.Desde sus pristinas playas hasta la cultura gaucha y tradiciones que caracterizan a su vida rural, Uruguay es un pais encantador, y muy seguro para viajar tambien...

    2 Sep 2014 | 12:07 am
    A traves de Fotos de Bolivia volamos sobre la cordillera de los Andes y la vasta extension del Altiplano, hogar de multiples pueblos indigenas tales como el grupo Quechua, Aymara y Guarani, que han habitado estas tierras por muchos siglos...
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    Wild Junket

  • The Sunday Animal Market in Taraz, Kazakhstan

    Nellie Huang
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:32 am
    I’m currently traveling through Central Asia and am updating this blog on the road. Forgive me if they’re short and snippety. I hope these live updates will give you a sense of my Silk Road journey Sunday animal farms (mal bazari) are a big thing in Central Asia. Because They are loud, smelly and chaotic; but they also give a glimpse of Central Asian life and culture — which is exactly why I love them. Our first stop on the Central Asia overlanding trip was Taraz, a town in Kazakhstan just a short drive away from the Kyrgyz border. We were lucky enough to pull into town on a Sunday,…
  • Exploring Kazakhstan’s Wilderness: Hiking in Aksu-Zhabagly Nature Reserve

    Nellie Huang
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:59 am
    I’m currently traveling through Central Asia and am updating this blog on the road. Forgive me if they’re short and snippety. I hope these live updates will give you a sense of my Silk Road journey Kazakhstan may be known for its oil and the antics of the pseudo-Kazakh Borat, but few people are aware of the wilderness that covers a large part of the country. Last week, as part of my overlanding trip through Central Asia with Oasis Overland, we spent two nights camping out in the Aksu-Zhabagly nature reserve and experiencing the Kazakh backcountry at its best. Located near the border of…
  • Market Fever at Osh Bazaar in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

    Nellie Huang
    11 Sep 2014 | 7:30 am
    I’m currently traveling through Central Asia and am updating this blog on the road. Forgive me if they’re short and snippety. I hope these live updates will give you a sense of my Silk Road journey! The fragrance of freshly baked Kyrgyz nan (bread) and red hot spices fills the air as I wander through the labyrinth of Osh Bazaar, the most famous market in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. I snake my way between the mountains of bread and heaps of fresh vegetables, smiling and greeting friendly vendors with a soft “salaam”. Women with floral scarves wrapped around their heads are dishing…
  • Celebrating Kyrgyzstan’s Independence Day in Bishkek

    Nellie Huang
    10 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    I’m currently traveling through Central Asia and am updating this blog on the road. Forgive me if they’re short and snippety. I hope these live updates will give you a sense of my Silk Road journey! Last week I arrived in Bishkek just in time to celebrate Kyrgyzstan’s Independence Day, the day the country declared freedom from the Soviet Union. The entire city seemed to be pulsating with energy with carnivals and street parties taking place all over the city. Of all the events that was happening, the exciting one of all was the horse races, Central Asia’s favorite…
  • Traveling Central Asia: The Mind-Boggling Visa Application Process

    Nellie Huang
    8 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Amongst the nuances of travel, applying for visas is one of the things we hate about traveling. Sadly this is probably the most annoying part of planning a trip to Central Asia. Almost every country in Central Asia requires a visa to enter (for most nationalities). The ever-changing rules for visa applications in Central Asian nations makes it worse and deters even the most seasoned traveler. Applying for these visas is an extremely time-consuming, expensive and tedious process. To save some time and pain, I used the services of The Visa Machine to help me do all the legwork. It’s a pain…
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    South Africa Travel News

  • 20 most beautiful natural places in South Africa

    Wanda Coustas
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Send to Kindle South Africa: a world in one country. 20 most beautiful natural places in South Africa … 1. The wildness of Coffee Bay The effortless sandy coves, steep green hillsides, cliffs, wild aloes, thatch-roofed mud huts and the notable hole-in-the-wall are an unbeatable combination on the Wild Coast, between East London and Port Edward. Land of hippies, surfers, hikers and the Xhosa people, incredible beachside landscape does not come better than this.     2. Red...
  • Common ailments when travelling – use these 10 wild South African plants

    Wanda Coustas
    12 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Send to Kindle You are on a road trip and someone comes down with earache, a rash, a sore throat or needs a little help with the daily, well, let’s just say that they need help. And there is not a pharmacy in sight. Fear not. There is help at hand. As close as the side of the road. South Africa has many medicinal plants – 3 000 species are used as medicine. In fact, many of the plants that surround us are used in primary health care throughout the country… South Africa has well...
  • 7 Reasons Why You Should Visit Kwelera – South Africa’s 10th National Botanical Garden

    Wanda Coustas
    11 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Send to Kindle Kwelera’s 164 hectares form a narrow strip of coast that runs parallel to the Indian Ocean for about five kilometres, between the beachside town of Gonubie and where the Kwelera River meets the sea just north-east of East London. Few of us know anything about this small, unobtrusive nature reserve. Yet since late July it is the country’s 10th National Botanical Garden. Kwelera, or Kwelegha (the ‘r’ is pronoucned as a ‘gh’ as in loch), comes...
  • 20 Things Jo’burgers LOVE

    Wanda Coustas
    8 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    Send to Kindle Johannesburg - dynamic, edgy; as electric as the storms that brew on hot summer’s evenings. It sprawls as wide as the eye can see; it demands that you live life to the full. Here are 20 things Jo’burgers love about their city … The city’s abbreviations Jozi, Jo’burg, Egoli, Joni, Joziburg, Joeys or even just plain JHB – that we love South Africa’s largest city is more than apparent in the number of nicknames we give it. Or perhaps it is...
  • Spring Flowers Can Be A Little Rock ‘n Roll

    Thaya Bedford
    5 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Send to Kindle The Cape Flower Route is a fixture on most traveller’s bucket lists around the world, but for those of you who love a little nature (while reveling at the same time), we’ve come up with a few ideas for you this spring. We share our favourite experiences along the flower route, in locations such as Darling, Napier, Citrusdal, the West Coast and Clanwilliam, which will speak to everyone’s inner hippie. Don’t be a shrinking violet! Let our your inner Daisy...
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    Velvet Escape

  • Ten romantic things to do in Saint Lucia

    Keith Jenkins
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:08 am
    The Pitons, Saint Lucia. Saint Lucia and love go hand in hand.  As one of the most picturesque islands in the Caribbean with its iconic Piton mountains, stunning scenery, gorgeous palm-fringed beaches and warm tropical climate, Saint Lucia is the perfect setting for a romantic getaway, wedding, honeymoon or celebration of a key anniversary. Here are my ten tips for romantic things to do in Saint Lucia: 1. Arrive in style Helicopter transfers are great for special occasions like wedding anniversaries, as it is an exhilarating way to enjoy the breathtaking views of the beautiful island, whilst…
  • Velvet moment: travel photo – sunset in Amsterdam

    Keith Jenkins
    11 Sep 2014 | 6:21 am
    This spot on the banks of the Amstel River at Café Hesp (map) is one of my favourite places in Amsterdam to simply chill. Nothing better than just sitting with my legs dangling over the edge of the promenade, with some friends, wine and a few bites to eat, and watching people and boats pass by, along with the occasional ducks and swans. And you get to see a spectacular sunset in Amsterdam from here! A lone boat on the Amstel River at sunset. View other Velvet Moments.
  • Driving the Route du Volcan

    Keith Jenkins
    8 Sep 2014 | 9:07 am
    It was our second day on Réunion Island. I hadn’t seen much of the interior of the island since my arrival, just glimpses of towering mountains through the clouds. All that changed on the second day! We set out on a drive from our base in Saint-Leu, along the coast to Saint-Pierre. The views of the Indian Ocean, lagoons and little towns dotting the coast were absolutely beautiful. Coastal scenery along the way. From Saint-Pierre, we turned inland along the RN3-road. The curvy road brought us to the town of Le Tampon (we had a few laughs about that!) and from here, we continued to the…
  • Ten museums in Belgium to visit

    Keith Jenkins
    5 Sep 2014 | 4:05 am
    A guest post by Sofie Couwenbergh, a writer and travel blogger from Belgium. Belgium is mostly known for its food and drinks. Visitors to the country want to try our chocolate, waffles, fries and beer. What most of them don’t know is that we also have a very diverse museum landscape. There are museums dedicated to art, architecture, science, history and much more. I’ve tried to capture a bit of that diversity in the following list with ten museums in Belgium to visit. 1. Musée Magritte Museum The Magritte Museum is located in the center of Brussels. With over 200 pieces it has the…
  • An awe-inspiring flight tour along the Western Cape

    Keith Jenkins
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:15 am
    Fynbos, Western Cape shrubland, in the Grootbos Private Nature Reserve. “I have a surprise for you”. We stood on a dirt road surrounded by mile upon mile of fynbos, a shrubby vegetation found in the Western Cape of South Africa. In the distance, I could see the Atlantic Ocean and its pounding surf. The air was heavy with a heady mix of salt and floral scents. Michael is the owner of Grootbos, a stunning private nature reserve about a two-hour drive southeast of Cape Town (map). I looked at him and wondered what that surprise could be – we were practically in the middle of…
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  • Weekly Contest Roundup

    Carol Margolis
    23 Aug 2014 | 5:31 am
    Here are several contests that offer travel winnings. Good luck! Win a Trip to the US Open Finals For you tennis fans, LG is giving away some prizes to celebrate the U.S. Open. Runner up prizes include new phones and 55″ TVs, but the grand prize includes roundtrip airfare for two to New York, 3 nights hotel accommodations, and $1,000 gift card. Contest ends Aug 25 Countdown to South America: Destination Cartagena The LATAM and LAN Airlines want to send you and a friend down Columbia way. Grand prize for this sweepstakes includes two roundtrip tickets from MIA to Cartagena, Columbia and…
  • Down Memory Lane: Life as a Female Business Traveler

    Carol Margolis
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:29 am
    Long gone are the days when I traveled with one credit card, my AT&T calling card, Continental, United and Best Western’s paper membership program cards. Laptops didn’t exist. Heck, the internet was just a baby. Cell phones were just starting to come out in their 5-pound brick sizes and my suitcase was labelled with two ‘heavy’ tags. Yes, things have changed since the days of my double-heavy. I’m now a much smarter packer. No need to bring along my own hair rollers, hair dryer, alarm clock, travel iron and hot pot for making coffee in my motel rooms. Jeez,…
  • Weekly Travel Roundup

    Carol Margolis
    15 Aug 2014 | 11:39 am
    Here are some articles and links from around the travel world that came across my desk this week. If you have any questions or suggestions, leave them in the comments, post them on our Facebook page or send them my way on Twitter. Airplanes Around Thunderstorms A few nights ago at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson airport, a thunderstorm rolled in causing many planes to be rerouted. Watch this video to see how the air traffic controllers kept all of the incoming flights out of harms way. Airfare Watchdog’s Best U.S. Airlines for 2014 We all have our favorite airline, or at least a…
  • The Power of Nice Can Change Your Travels

    Carol Margolis
    14 Aug 2014 | 2:42 pm
    I was asked by CNN International on ways to reduce the stress of business travel. Whether you travel for business, pleasure or both, stress can come into play from the minute you start planning to when you walk back in the door at the end of a trip.  (Ever get home to a house which is messier than when you left? See what I mean!) While I have tons of tips on how to reduce the stress in the myriad of areas involved in travel, there are really two tips that I have found most impactful over my years of travel. (1) Look at each trip as an adventure (yes, even a business trip!) and (2) Be nice!
  • Weekly Contest Roundup

    Carol Margolis
    9 Aug 2014 | 5:24 am
    Here are several contests that offer travel winnings. Good luck! Regal Princess Inaugural Sweepstakes Princess Cruises are sending a new ship out to see, The Regal Princess, and they want to send you and a guest on the inaugural voyage. Grand prize includes airfare to Ft. Lauderdale, tickets to the official naming ceremony, and one balcony stateroom aboard the Regal Princess on her first cruise to the Bahamas. Contest ends August 31 My Destination Story Contest Fairmont Hotels & Resorts want to hear your stories about your favorite hidden gems, off-the-beaten-path experiences, and travel…
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  • Wondering What To Do in NYC with Kids – Visit the Children’s Museum of Manhattan

    Marina Kuperman Villatoro
    14 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Travel Experta - Specializing in Unique International Family Travel - Helping Families Get the Most of Their International Travels with Kids When I lived in NYC I never thought of it as a kid friendly city. The fact that I was single and childless helped reinforce that at every corner. However, when I first came back to visit with my two boys a few years ago I was beyond impressed with all there was to do for kids of all ages. Especially the museums. My oldest son, who is a huge art lover and I’m certain he will become a curator one day, wanted to re-visit the Metropolitan Museum of…
  • Eco Friendly Clothing – Comfort and Softness and So Much More

    Marina Kuperman Villatoro
    12 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Travel Experta - Specializing in Unique International Family Travel - Helping Families Get the Most of Their International Travels with Kids Eco friendly clothing has always had a serious pull for me. I love that these companies work hard to use earth friendly materials and truly make a difference not only by not leaving any footprints but also donating to all sorts of organizations. But what truly amazes me is the quality of the products they produce. I remember years ago when eco friendly clothing started to pop up they were extremely limited in style. The colors were bland due to lack of…
  • Using the Internet Safely Whilst Abroad

    Marina Kuperman Villatoro
    9 Sep 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Travel Experta - Specializing in Unique International Family Travel - Helping Families Get the Most of Their International Travels with Kids Postcard and phone calls back home are no longer the preferred ways for travellers and holiday goers to communicate. The internet age has opened up whole new channels and internet cafes are now often readily available in the most unlikely of locations. It’s easy to take this for granted and assume that it is safe to make use of these while abroad, but there are a few security and safety measures that travellers should be aware of. Photo by:…
  • Sandwiches and Entertainment All in One Famous Spot – Carnegie Deli NYC

    Marina Kuperman Villatoro
    9 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Travel Experta - Specializing in Unique International Family Travel - Helping Families Get the Most of Their International Travels with Kids Did you know that I lived in NYC for four years before I took off on my travel adventure that led me to my inevitable life as an expat? I did. And I have to confess that in all those years I never visited Carnegie Deli. I passed it hundreds of times. I always peaked inside. But I never entered because I was going through a vegetarian phase of my life. I don’t regret that stage, but have to say I’m grateful it is over and I can fully enjoy…
  • How to Have a Family Holiday on a Budget

    Marina Kuperman Villatoro
    9 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Travel Experta - Specializing in Unique International Family Travel - Helping Families Get the Most of Their International Travels with Kids To be able to travel together as a family is incredibly important. It is these shared experiences that create those memories that you will treasure for ever – the good times, the sights seen, the foods eaten, and even the disasters and travel catastrophes all form an important common reference point for the members of your family, creating stories that you will share and remind each other of for years to come. However family holidays can be a bit…
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  • Boxy Fine Foods, Ghent - Belgium

    12 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Belgian twin brothers, Kristof and Stefan Boxy have dipped their culinary hands in several Michelin-star restaurants and catering businesses, and they’ve authored a cook book as well: Just Cooking. We loved their food store/catering space, Boxy Fine Foods, in Ghent, but unfortunately it closed earlier this year. While we do not know the reason why it closed, we bet it wasn’t because of the interior design. With the help of Frederich Hooft of Ghent, the Boxy brothers created an elegant, white, open space to display and sell gourmet foods. The elaborate moldings on the ceilings, the…
  • A Collection of The Very Best Among Small Coffee Shop Design

    8 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Good coffee was not on an average consumer’s radar in 1971, when the story of the brand now known as Starbucks began. This was the case especially in North America where coffee culture was nonexistent.   That all started to change when Howard Schultz bought Starbucks in 1987 and started its expansion outside Seattle with the first outside the U.S. store opening that same year in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.   Today, Starbucks is the largest coffeehouse company in the world with about 23,500 stores in 65 countries. With the changes in lifestyles around the world,…
  • Joseph Cheaney Flagship Store - London

    6 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Those of us who are tired of throwawayism and of pointlessly amassing closetfuls of disposable footwear, are starting to pay serious attention to the kind of shoe quality that only true expertise and attention to detail can produce. Voting with our wallets, we’d rather shop once a year and obtain something that is beautiful, durable and worth the high price, than keep throwing our money – and shoes – away season after season. Traditional men’s shoe makers Joseph Cheaney and others like them are thriving today because they give us what we want. If you have been making…
  • Start Paying Attention To The Design of The Office

    31 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    In our working lives, we are in many ways still stuck in the age of the Industrial Revolution. When the masses worked in factories, the office support personnel worked the same hours, or at least “regular working hours” and commuted daily to central offices. Perhaps there was a sense that all workers needed to be under the watchful eye of the Master and therefore they needed to gather in one place to be supervised, like kids in school? Are we not past that phase? We are challenging every single person to take responsibility for his or her own working environment. Let’s stop…
  • St Cecilia Restaurant - Atlanta

    26 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Texas-born, Atlanta-based chef-turned-restaurateur, Ford Fry, continues to enrich Atlanta’s dining offering. Earlier this year, his Rocket Farm restaurant group opened its fifth restaurant, St. Cecilia, in The Pinnacle building in Buckhead, in the space previously occupied by Bluepointe. To design the establishment that has room for nearly 200 in total, Fry selected Meyer Davis Studio of New York, established in 1999 by Will Meyer and Gray Davis. Fry has used the same studio for his King + Duke restaurant. Meyer Davis’s work on prestigious retail…
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  • 10 Extreme Flying, Driving and Sailing Experiences You Need to Do

    James Hills
    14 Sep 2014 | 1:21 pm
    Let's get rolling with our Top 10 Extreme Flying, Driving, and Sailing Experiences! Supercar Driving Experience Ferraris, Lamborghinis, or even classic Shelby Cobra's - there are a variety of places around the country that offer supercar driving experiences these days and if you have had the chance to experience flying around a track at 140 mph in one of these beasts, you will agree that it is the experience of a lifetime! Several groups offer tours around the country including Xtreme Xperience , Exotic Driving Experience , World Class Driving  (who also offers a Muscle Cars Driving…
  • A Visit to Solare Restaurant in San Diego

    James Hills
    10 Sep 2014 | 11:25 pm
    That's a very good thing. Solare felt fresh, fun, and classy with my only regret being that I couldn't sample everything on the menu! So let's get this out of the way early - the scene in Top Gun is the one where Kelly Mcgillis chases Maverick down the colonnade and then he ignores her as he guns the engine on his bike. In the 80's this was the site of a Navy base but now, Liberty Station is a mixed commercial development with some of San Diego's hottest new restaurants and shopping. Today, Solare is a chic farm to table restaurant that has merged the traditions of Southern Italian cooking…
  • Five Reasons to visit Carmel California for a Guys Weekend

    James Hills
    8 Sep 2014 | 9:17 pm
    We highly recommend the fantastic Carmel Country Inn ( Carmel Country Inn Review ) as not only is it a fantastic B&B it is also easy to walk to everything downtown and their two bedroom suites are perfect for a guys weekend since it includes two bedrooms, a sofa bed, fridge, and two full bathrooms. Plus the breakfast and afternoon snacks are delicious too! They were gracious enough to host us during our weekend trip to explore Carmel last month. Reason 1: Carmel Beach Just down the hill from downtown, this beach as you can see is stunningly beautiful. Though like all Pacific coast…
  • A Romantic Escape to the Carmel Country Inn

    James Hills
    7 Sep 2014 | 8:03 pm
    This sea-side village is simultaneously a step back in time as well as a step forward to an almost utopia-like existence where streetlights are essentially banned and homes have no addresses, and a 10pm curfew for those under 18-years old. While quirky, it is also absolutely gorgeous with a white sand beach that rivals any found in the Caribbean but with cool ocean breezes and set among dense oaks providing abundant shade.   Carmel is also one of the most dog-friendly cities in the country and Carmel Country Inn welcomes dogs as well as cats .. so of course - we invited Niki to join us…
  • Review of NewAir AW-121E Wine Cooler

    James Hills
    30 Aug 2014 | 9:55 pm
    The NewAir AW-121E is a very compact unit that is stylish and for someone like me who doesn't have a huge wine collection the 12-bottle capacity is perfect. In fact, I currently have 6 bottles in there as well as a couple boxes of chocolates and the size is perfect for my loft. {youtube}2ZTVSxCLpbk{/youtube} As I mentioned in the review, setup / installation was a breeze though it operates a bit differently than a standard refrigerator. Instead of a compressor and chemical coolant, the unit relies on a thermoelectric cooling system. It's really too complicated for me to relate here (but here…
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  • Happy Birthday Songs – The Chinglish Version

    Anthony The Travel Tart
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:01 am
    Today, I have a silly travel story from Richelle who runs Adventures Around Asia, which sort of follows on about her running experience, and is an outstanding example of how a Happy Birthday song can somehow morph into something else completely – another outstanding example of Chinglish – where things in Chinese don’t translate in quite the desired effect in English! Anyway, her blurb is the following – ‘A recent grad in her early 20’s hailing from Seattle, USA. Richelle spent last year teaching English to 1,000 high school students in “the middle…
  • Sandcastles on the Beach – The African Safari Version!

    Anthony The Travel Tart
    12 Sep 2014 | 3:03 am
    Making Sandcastles on the Beach is something pretty much everyone who has lived near one, or has holidayed on one, has done as a kid, or maybe as a big kid! You know, something basic like a castle made from a simple plastic bucket, or just using your bare hands. But sometimes, some people take this passion even further and they make all sorts of intricate and unusual sculptures that involve an amazing level of an attention to detail. One example of this is the guy I saw in Uruguay who had literally constructed members of all of South America’s football teams being in the sand at…
  • Child Slavery – Funny Warning Sign!

    Anthony The Travel Tart
    8 Sep 2014 | 8:23 am
    Child Slavery is no laughing matter.  Whether directly, or indirectly, there’s no reason why a kid should have their childhood taken away from them because they’re busy in a sweatshop making stuff for the First World. But anyway, someone has found a humourous bent on this topic by placing up a warning sign that is a funny alternative to making sure that people’s kids are supervised by adults at all times. Check it out! The Funny Child Slavery Warning Sign! Awesome! ‘Children found unattended in this garden will be sold into slavery’. I guess this sign would be a…
  • How To Relieve Stress and Anxiety – Bang Head Here!

    Anthony The Travel Tart
    5 Sep 2014 | 5:42 am
    Here’s one of those useless ‘how to’ articles that pretends to try and solve a problem but actually doesn’t when you finally hover your cursor over the click bait headline – it’s a silly way on How To Relieve Stress and Anxiety! No really, it’s a humourous take on  something that affects all of us at some point at our life. It’s when things are driving you so insane that you just feel like literally banging your head against the wall because that makes more sense than dealing with the annoying issue that’s wasting precious moments of your…
  • Cream Soda – Toxic Japanese Drink?

    Anthony The Travel Tart
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:43 am
    Howdy, today I have another totally weird travel photo about Japan from Melissa who runs Where’s The Gos? As mentioned before, Where’s the Gos is a silly travel blog that’s a bit out there because Melissa carries a cut out head of Ryan Gosling and places it near world landmarks, and often in compromising positions! If you want to say Hi, you can follow Where’s The Gos? on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram. She sent me a couple of crazy pics before this one – the No Bullshit sign in Malaysia, and the King Kong Building in Tokushima City, Japan.
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  • Portland, Maine Hyperlapse video

    Chris Cavallari
    4 Sep 2014 | 7:57 am
    If you liked this post, try these:“My Beautiful Maine”, a stunning timelapse that will make you wish you lived in MaineReason #233 Why I Dig Portland, MaineTRIP REPORT: Portland Trails – Fore River Sanctuary The post Portland, Maine Hyperlapse video appeared first on Part Time Vagabond.
  • No Excuses: Redefining how we view travel

    Chris Cavallari
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    When I talk about traveling to friends or family, they automatically assume I’m talking about going on a vacation, maybe on a cruise or a trip to some exotic tropical island, spending lots of money, and returning home stressed, worn out, and poorer. They associate traveling with long, expensive excursions that take up a lot of time, money, and energy, and so immediately their minds (and sometimes their mouths) say “Nope, can’t afford it. Not for us.” While those expensive luxury types of holidays can be fun, they are only a small slice of the world of travel. I want to…
  • A First Timer’s Guide to Visiting Maine

    Chris Cavallari
    10 Jul 2014 | 9:03 am
    Summertime is Maine Time. I love living in this state, despite some of it’s minor downfalls (hey, every place has it’s grittier side, no?). Maine is one of the best tourist destinations in the U.S., and for all the reasons you can dream of, and more. Yes, we have lobster and rocky coastline and miles of hiking trails, but there’s more to Vacationland than you think. Here are some of my favorite things for first timers visiting the Pine Tree State. WHERE TO GO While there are thousands of places to go in Maine, some of my favorites are a little ways off the beaten path.
  • Fantasy and reality at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

    Chris Cavallari
    9 Jul 2014 | 8:55 am
    Flamingos and Elephants on safari at Disney’s Animal Kingdom I’ve been thinking a lot about our trip to Disney World and what some of the experience has meant to me. Sure there are the rides and the food and the fun fantasy that makes Disney World what it is. But what’s really stuck with me is the experience in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. I’ve never really thought much of visiting Africa to go on safari before. It just wasn’t something that stirred my feelings of wanderlust. But after visiting Animal Kingdom, something in me shifted, and now I have my eyes set…
  • 7 Ways to Be The Best Traveler Ever!

    Chris Cavallari
    8 Jul 2014 | 6:21 am
    It’s July, and in the U.S., travel season is in full swing. People are readying their cars and their plane tickets, packing their bags, and as soon as schools let out for the summer, they’re off on amazing adventures around the world. I’m sure you’re one of those travelers. I know I’m one (even I have to wait for school to let out, since the Wife is a school teacher). There’s nothing wrong with being an American traveler, despite our perceived reputation around the world. But since we do come from a country full of privilege, and our culture is very…
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    17 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    I absolutely love floral print anything!  So when the weather gets cooler, I don't give up on florals, but instead go for darker versions.  I picked up this top pretty recently at my favorite store T.J. Maxx, and love its floral pattern and feminine look.  I paired it with jeans and a clutch and wore this for a date night recently.  Hope you guys are having a great week!  I'll be jet setting to Puerto Rico today, so I will have much more on my trip coming up soon! Top & Jeans: T.J. MaxxShoes: Chinese Laundry via Francesca's Collections (similar here)Clutch:…

    10 Sep 2014 | 11:27 am
    Everyone seems to be in a "fall state of mind," but according to my calendar it's still summer and so I'm living it up!  I'm getting the most out of my light-colored florals, my bright bags and open-toed shoes.  We have an upcoming trip to Puerto Rico...where I look forward to wearing bathing suits, flip flops, tank tops and maxi dresses!  Fall and Winter will be here soon enough, but for now, I'm not ready yet!Top: ZaraJeans: Old NavyShoes: Simply Vera Wang for Kohls (old)Bag: Francesca's CollectionSunnies: AldoEarrings: Stella & DotBracelet: Sira & Mara

    15 Aug 2014 | 5:10 pm
    Happy Friday everyone!  Yet another summer weekend...can't wait for some beach time!  Today's Fashion Friday post is about this fabulous floral dress which was another #fabfound at TJ Maxx!  I wore this dress a couple of weekends ago when we went out to dinner with friends.  I think this dress is a perfect summer-to-fall transitional piece!  Here I added a belt (it came with a skinny black one, but I wanted something more substantial) and heels, but I also think it would look cute with tights, a jean jacket and high boots or booties in the fall.  I love when you…

    12 Aug 2014 | 11:34 am
    Is it Tuesday already?  I meant to get this post up yesterday, but life and weekends have been very busy around here!  This weekend we had some work done around the house (which includes this fun wall in the kitchen)...I'll post more pictures when it's all done. So while that was all happening, we decided to do some fun things with the a trip to Sesame Place and a night at a local festival.  The boys had an awesome time seeing all the's such a great place for young children. They also loved the local fair...we got to ride a fire truck and eat…

    6 Aug 2014 | 11:44 am
    I usually hide away from wearing too many prints on the bottom because I fear they may me look bigger, but I decided to take the plunge with these fun pants from (where else?) TJ Maxx!!!  These lightweight pants are super comfy and so lightweight so they are perfect for summer and great for travel.  I went with a solid denim on top, and kept it casual with sandals, a straw bag and my favorite new Sira & Mara necklace which I have been wearing EVERYDAY since I got it...seriously!  How about you guys?  Do you look prefer prints on the bottom or on top or no prints…
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  • Spicy, wild and spectacular: A week in Vancouver

    Mariellen Ward
    8 Sep 2014 | 7:20 am
    Golden Eagle, a highlight of the Birds in Motion demonstration Enjoying the best Indian food, the wildest animals, the highest peak VANCOUVER IS OFTEN on lists of world’s most livable cities. After spending about a week there in June, it’s very easy to see why: Miles of ocean coastline, a vibrant multiculturalism scene, a plethora of outdoor adventure options and a temperate climate are just a few of the things that make Vancouver so attractive. I’ve already covered a couple of Vancouver’s top tourist attractions: visiting the sacred forests of Capilano Suspension…
  • Getting high in The Rockies

    Mariellen Ward
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:30 am
    On the Icefields Parkway: Stunning aerial views of Alberta’s Rocky Mountains IT’S ON JUST about every list of scenic drives in the world. The Icefields Parkway is the legendary 232 kilometre highway that runs through both Jasper and Banff national parks in Alberta. This is smack in the middle of the Canadian Rocky Mountains, the North American equivalent of the Himalayas. Though not as high they are nevertheless spectacularly beautiful, jagged, rocky peaks streaked with bright white snow against Canada’s big blue sky. I drove the Icefields Parkway both directions, from where…
  • A 5 year blogiversary and a 7th trip to India

    Mariellen Ward
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:31 am
    Me at Taj Mahal, India 2006 Breathedreamgo is five years old and I’m about to leave for my seventh trip to India LAST YEAR ON THIS DATE, I wrote a blog post called Fours years of dreaming and doing all about my journey as a travel writer and blogger, and as someone who is (finally) actively “following my bliss,” pursuing my passions and building the life of my dreams. Ganeshji I launched Breathedreamgo on August 23, 2009 — hurrying web designer Jennifer Johannesen to make the deadline because it was Ganesh Chaturthi, the celebration of the beloved Hindu god of luck,…
  • Getting ready for long term travel

    Mariellen Ward
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:30 am
    Me, near Dharamsala in north India on my first trip (2006) My top tips for getting ready to travel the world I AM CURRENTLY getting ready to embark on my seventh lengthy trip to India. I remember well my first trip, back in 2005, and the months of research, shopping, packing trials and other preparations. But now, getting ready to go is part routine and part ritual, and I have it down almost to a science. If you are preparing to go on a long-term trip, especially for the first time, I hope you will find my story and my tips useful. Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what to take,…
  • Flight of fancy over Vancouver’s water world

    Mariellen Ward
    14 Aug 2014 | 10:05 am
    The famous DHC-2 Beaver bush plane landing in Ganges Harbour On the Harbour Air Seaplane from Vancouver VANCOUVER IS A stunning city, set between the mountains and the sea. Wrapping around Burrard Inlet, and bounded by the Georgia Strait and the Coast Mountains, Vancouver offers sky watchers many spectacular views and vistas. Red streaked sunsets from English Bay beaches, a panorama of skyline and coastline from Grouse Mountain and the thrilling sight of seaplanes taking off and landing in Coal Harbour. On my first trip to Vancouver, many years ago, my hotel room faced Coal Harbour, which is…
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  • Hiking Up Jeju’s Island Seongsan Ilchulbong (Sunrise Peak) – A UNESCO World Heritage Site

    Zhiqiang & Tingyi
    7 Sep 2014 | 6:38 pm
    No trip to Jeju island is complete without a hike up to the Sunrise Peak or as the Koreans call it – Seongsan Ilchulbong (성산일출봉). Some of you might be thinking “huh climb mountain ah!” – yes that’s what I felt too, I hate hiking trails, mountain climbing trips etc. Hiking up the Taktsang Monastery (or Tiger’s Nest) in Paro, Bhutan almost “killed” me despite having a horse to lug me up that trail! Hiking up Seongsan Ilchulbong was surprisingly quite manageable though – theoretically, it takes 20 minutes to walk up the Sunrise Peak trail – which is possible if…
  • What to Do and See in Phoenix, Arizona

    Zhiqiang & Tingyi
    7 Sep 2014 | 5:48 pm
    Image via Flickr by: kevin dooley Phoenix, Arizona is a unique spot to visit. It is one of the cleanest cities in the country and is a smaller area, so it has its own local flair with fresh dining options, boutique hotels and shopping, and beautiful outdoor recreational areas and golf courses. It is a great vacation destination, with warm temperatures and plenty of activities for families, couples, or groups of friends looking for a relaxing spot. Sights to See Outdoor activities are prevalent in Phoenix, including hiking, biking, and tours through The Desert Botanical Garden. Guests take…
  • A Day Out on Sentosa Island – What to Do, See and Eat

    Zhiqiang & Tingyi
    3 Sep 2014 | 2:28 pm
    Advertorial There is so much to do on Sentosa Island – be it just chilling out by the beach or learning about the history of the island or trying a new adventure – you name it, they will very likely have it. For an overview of Sentosa’s sights and attractions, I suggest that you start with a trip to the top of the Merlion. This is a huge Merlion – one of the tallest structure on the Sentosa Island. It is located near Imbiah Sentosa Express station – it is impossible to miss this attraction due to its size. If you are a history buff, then you should visit Fort Siloso. Fort Siloso was…
  • Review of Giift – Managing Your Loyalty Programmes and Gift Cards

    Zhiqiang & Tingyi
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:59 am
    Today, almost every store and service is providing some sort of loyalty programme or reward card – from Watsons to H&M to Singapore Airlines and even your local bubble tea shop (get 10 “chops” to exchange for 1 free drink type of rewards).  There have been several occasions when I was doing spring cleaning of my drawer and only to discover that I had forgotten about 2-3 reward cards and their points/rewards had all expired. The only way to remember about all these reward points is to carry their cards in my wallet – it is already a huge challenge fitting just my ez-Link card,…
  • Top 4 Shopping Streets in Seoul – Myeongdong, Hongdae, Ewha, Dongdaemun

    Zhiqiang & Tingyi
    30 Aug 2014 | 6:40 am
    Seoul is a shopping paradise for all kinds of things e.g. skincare products, cosmetics, fashionable clothes, shoes – yup all the things you see the actresses and actors wear and carry in those Korean drama – Seoul is the place to get them all.  So many things to buy and so many places to see in Seoul but where exactly to find them all – I will share with you top 4 shopping areas in Seoul in this blog post.  If you need help planning your Seoul itinerary, you can download our Seoul 5D4N itinerary and 4D3N Jeju self-drive itinerary for reference. Let’s start with…
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    Kaleidoscopic Wandering

  • My Favorite Photos from Northern Wisconsin

    10 Sep 2014 | 2:49 pm
    I’ve been in the Bayfield, Wisconsin, area for the last few days on a media press trip, and though we’ve had some crummy weather, I’ve actually had a pretty good time. I grew up just a few short hours from here, so I found little snippets from my past throughout the trip that made it particularly special for me. I also took this opportunity to revisit an app on my smartphone called Hipstamatic that I used to use a lot but haven’t given much attention to lately. Here are a few of my favorite photos using that app from this trip. Docked in Bayfield, Wisconsin. Wisconsin county fair…
  • Cross Country Rock Star

    6 Sep 2014 | 2:56 pm
    Ane’s first cross country meet was this morning, down at Sunset Park, which is about a half hour drive from our home. She ran with the junior varsity girls, so her race took off at about 10:15 a.m. Even though it was only in the low 90s today, it felt so much hotter than that. Just walking around the race course was a sweaty ordeal, so I’m super impressed that all these high schoolers were out in the heat running their hearts out. But, despite the fact that this heat is very foreign to Ane (she’s from northern Norway), she was a strong runner the whole race through. I’m such a fan of…
  • Picnic and a Play

    5 Sep 2014 | 11:44 am
    Cory and I discovered the Super Summer Theatre in Las Vegas this year, and we’re in love. Going on its 40th season, the theatre company puts on five shows throughout the summer on an outdoor stage in Spring Mountain Ranch State Park. I’ve been to Red Rock Canyon several times since we moved here, but I had no idea this awesome outdoor stage was just a couple miles farther down the road. We saw Shrek! The Musical last month, and last night we saw Arsenic & Old Lace. I didn’t know anything about the show before we went, but it was ridiculously funny! And impressive — only one set…
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    Fili's World

  • Redwood Regional Park : Oakland California

    15 Sep 2014 | 7:34 pm
    While visiting Berkeley earlier this year I was surprised to learn that one of my old friends from my good old times in Taiwan is living with her family at the Oakland area not too far away from campus. The next day following a heartwarming reunion, we set off to explore some of the famous national trails to see some of the oak forests. I think we explored the Redwood Regional Park, with a relatively short circular path called the Stream Trail, that was easy enough for lazy people like myself and the baby we had with us. Cold shaded February chilled forest proved much nicer than I thought. I…
  • The Must-Do Masada Insanity : Israel

    13 Sep 2014 | 9:58 am
    One of Israel’s top tourist attractions,  a spectacular archeological site with a fascinating history, Masada is not to be missed. It’s been many many years since I visited Masada last, and although things are pretty much the same, my perspective and ability to appreciate it have changed allot. Taking more time to go around Israel and explore during my infrequent short visits to Israel has shown me just how special this region of the world is. Overlooking the dying dead sea to the east, based on a high mountain in the middle of nowhere desert, you witness the glory and…
  • Château de Blandy-les-Tours Castle : France

    10 Sep 2014 | 5:15 pm
    On with the Château run in the area of Paris, I decided I wanted to see something a bit different. A Château that’s older and looks more like a castle rather than a very rich and wealthy estate with endless gardens. The Château de Blandy-les-Tours was just the thing, a medieval castle in the village of Blandy-les-Tours overlooking the whole area. This one is not too far away from the château de Vaux-le-Vicomte and at some point in time it was owned by the same family.     The official website has the intro: From a simple fortified manor to a fortified castle during the…
  • Kyoto International Manga Museum

    9 Sep 2014 | 2:23 pm
    To take a break from my Kyoto temple/castle run, I made my way into a small yet promising museum – the Kyoto International Manga Museum. I know very little about Manga, but living in Asia it is a phenomenon that’s very hard to ignore, and I believe it’s now very popular world wide. I remember newspapers in Israel were talking about Israeli youth taking Japanese lessons to read the animation books in their original language and becoming Japanese fluent just by watching the Manga series on TV. This museum isn’t just a museum, actually there’s very little…
  • Po Toi Island : Hong Kong

    4 Sep 2014 | 1:51 pm
    After 5 years in Hong Kong I thought that I pretty much covered it all. Did most of the hiking trails, been to most of the local islands, did countless boat trips in all directions. What else could there possibly be that would surprise me? But, as it usually is with Hong Kong, there are always new places to explore, lots of hidden off-the-beaten track treasures, if you’re willing to look hard enough. Po Toi Island was truly an unexpected treat. Definitely one of the highlights of my last year in Hong Kong, above and beyond any expectations I had. I took a one-hour weekend ferry from…
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    Official Reno Tahoe USA Blog

  • IRONMAN Lake Tahoe Spectator’s Guide 2014

    Christina Erny
    9 Sep 2014 | 9:51 am
    Lake Tahoe is considered one of the toughest courses! Watch 2,500 of the strongest athletes from around the globe compete in the iconic 2nd annual IRONMAN Lake Tahoe. The setting alone is remarkable! Here are some tidbits to help you get the most out of being a spectator at this year’s event. DATE: September 22, 2013 DISTANCES: 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile [...]
  • The Great Reno Balloon Race 2014

    Christina Erny
    4 Sep 2014 | 1:53 pm
    It’s worth the wake! Be dazzled by hundreds of colorful balloons as they rise above Reno, September 5-7! It’s the largest FREE hot-air balloon event in the world! Glow Shows Beginning at 5:00am on Saturday and Sunday, a handful of glowing balloons will act as a beacon to those sleepy spectators making their way to [...]
  • 26th Annual Best In The West Nugget Rib Cook-Off Set For August 27th through September 1st

    Christina Erny
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:27 pm
    The 26th annual Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-off will run Wednesday, August 27, through Monday, September 1, 2014. This must-attend culinary, barbecue, music and craft festival is open 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, and 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Monday. Admission is free! More than 500,000 visitors and 230,000 pounds [...]
  • Things to do Labor Day Weekend in Reno Tahoe

    26 Aug 2014 | 1:32 pm
    It’s time for one last summer trip over Labor Day Weekend! Skip the neighborhood barbecue, and tell Siri to direct you to Reno Tahoe where a full list of events is heating up! Pig out at Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-off We’re not saying skip all barbecues Labor Day weekend, we’re just saying GO BIG, [...]
  • Where to Burn your Time in Reno Tahoe

    Christina Erny
    25 Aug 2014 | 1:01 pm
    If the crazy weather is raining on your parade (literally) as you try to get to Burning Man 2014, let Reno Tahoe brighten your day! Here is a list of things you can do to burn your time in Reno Tahoe – parties, activities, burner shops, food stops and more: LEX Nightclub You aren’t the only one who [...]
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    Cruise Radio

  • Celebrity Solstice Review + Loyal Cruise Website

    12 Sep 2014 | 7:41 am
    Jason Leppert is the editor-in-chief of and just returned from a seven-night sailing aboard Celebrity Solstice. A Celebrity Cruises ship that was launched in August 2008 and does seasonal sailings in Alaska. She is currently the largest ship sailing the Alaskan waters. Jason gives us a comprehensive bow to stern review of Celebrity Solstice, the themed Top Chef cruise he was sailing and what it’s like living the Celebrity life.
  • Carnival Magic Review + Passport Questions Answered

    28 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Houston-based listener Sonya Sherow just returned from a seven night sailing aboard Carnival Magic, a Carnival Cruise Lines ship based year-round. Sonya gives us a comprehensive review of Carnival Magic, including: embarkation from Galveston, Texas, first impressions of the ship, public areas, stateroom, food, entertainment and the ports of call on this Western Caribbean cruise. We also tackle three listener questions on how much does a passport cost, how long does it take to get your passport and ground transportation options between the Miami International Airport and PortMiami. Listen and…
  • Allure of the Seas Review, Tipping + Cruise News

    21 Aug 2014 | 10:04 pm
    Kerry Stange joins us this week to give us a comprehensive review of Royal Caribbean largest cruise ship Allure of the Seas. Kerry and his wife recently returned from a seven-night Eastern Caribbean sailing. Kerry goes into detail about embarkation out of Terminal 18 in Port Everglades, first impressions of Allure of the Seas, the stateroom, dining venues, entertainment and ship experience. It’s no holds barred on this Allure of the Seas review!
  • Panama Canal Turns 100 + Cruise News

    14 Aug 2014 | 7:26 pm
    The path between the two seas, the Panama Canal, turns 100 years old on August 15, 2014. Al and Sunny Lockwood are a pair of intrepid retirees who lovingly documented their 17-day cruise through the Panama Canal. The subtitle, “Savoring 5,000 Nautical Miles and 500,000 Decadent Calories,” says it all; while Sunny documents the practical details, historical facts and unexpected encounters of their cruise, Al reviews the desserts and delicacies — luxuries large and small — served aboard their 1,200 passenger ship. Aimed at travelers who may be veterans of life, but first time cruisers.
  • Dancing with the Stars in Alaska, Holland America’s ms Westerdam

    7 Aug 2014 | 10:48 pm
    On this show we head to Southeast Alaska to tape a broadcast aboard Holland America’s ms Westerdam for a very special Dancing with the Stars themed cruise. You’ll learn all about Dancing with the Stars at Sea and a just what is a Holland America Alaska cruise like. This is my second one and it was just as captivating as the first!
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    Nomadic Notes

  • Where I’m At: Taipei

    James Clark
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:10 am
    [The Archway - Taipei.] Greetings from Taipei. I’ve had three days here now and I’m glad I have given myself two weeks. While you could probably see all the sights in a week I have a list of places to eat and cafes to visit that would need at least a month to visit. People here are surprised that I am spending so much time in the city but I would rather get to know one place than rush around. I’ve never read up on what else to do in Taiwan and now that I am here and seeing what else there is to do I’m thinking of returning to do a loop of the island, perhaps as a…
  • New Country Day: Taiwan

    James Clark
    14 Sep 2014 | 7:20 am
    Country: Taiwan Date: 14 September 2014 I’ve been wanting to visit Taiwan for the last two years so after some wrangling of frequent flyer points I have managed a visit before going to Europe. This is my first time here so today is New Country Day which is always a travel day I love. I didn’t love Taipei airport so much when I arrived as there was a queue for over an hour to get through immigration. Once I got through it was all good. The bus into the city is effortless and the driver told me which stop to get off. I would normally be heads down in a book or in emails on a bus…
  • Nomadic News: September 14, 2014

    James Clark
    13 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Greetings from Saigon. I’m heading off to Taipei today so this will be the last Nomadic News from Saigon for a while. Location Independence The Digital Nomad’s Guide to Coffee Shop Etiquette – Luiz Centenaro lists some practical tips for those working in cafes (and I’ve also added this to the Work Cafes page). How I work as a digital nomad – Greg from Typical Programmer gives some tips on living the location-independent lifestyle. Travel The 2014 Traveler 50: World’s Smartest Cities – A top 50 city list from a different perspective, from National…
  • Where I’m At: Ho Chi Minh City – Upcoming travels

    James Clark
    10 Sep 2014 | 9:18 am
    [Temple in Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City - Vietnam.] Greetings from Ho Chi Minh City. My three month visa expires in a few days so rather than extending it I will be getting back on the road. Here is what I’ll be doing over the next few weeks. On sunday I will be flying to Taipei, which will be my first visit to Taiwan. I’ve heard lots of good things about the city so I will be spending two weeks to explore and visit as many cafes as humanly possible. From Taipei my next stop is Hong Kong where I will spend two days. I’ve been there a number of times and it’s a…
  • Packing List – My travel life in two bags

    James Clark
    9 Sep 2014 | 12:14 am
    Whenever I’m about to leave a place I’ve been for a while I like to take stock of my gear and assess what I need and discard what I don’t. I’ve never documented a packing list so when a friend posted what’s in his bags I thought I should do my own. I travel with a wheeled backpack that comes with a removable day bag, along with a day bag for my laptop, camera gear, and sundry daily items. Some of my nomadic friends are surprised that I carry so much stuff. On the other hand the last time I stayed with a non-nomadic friend they were shocked when I trundled into…
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    City Traveler Blog

  • Congrats to the #1 Museum in the World, the Art Institute of Chicago!

    17 Sep 2014 | 12:21 pm
    Confirming what many art aficionados and museum-goers already knew, TripAdvisor just gave the Art Institute of Chicago the number one spot in its Travelers’ Choice Awards, ranking it the top museum in the world. TripAdvisor is well known for being one of the top travel resources available today, and these awards are based on the millions of reviews submitted to the site. According to TripAdvisor, an algorithm takes into account the quantity and quality of the reviews for a 12-month period to determine the rankings. Last year’s awards had AIC at number one in the U.S. and number three in…
  • Unusual Museums Throughout the US

    Dan Patterson
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:28 pm
    Most museums are buildings that serve as vaults for some of humanity's most culturally significant art and artifacts. Places like the Louvre in Paris, which houses the Mona Lisa, and the Museum of Natural History with its fantastic dioramas are classic examples of what most people think of when museums come to mind. Unfortunately, there are a large number of items and industries that have cultural significance that just can't find a home in a “normal” museum. Luckily, instead of being lost to history forever, there are plenty of unusual museums across the U.S. that cater to even the most…
  • Free Falling Falcon's Fury Debuts at Busch Gardens Tampa

    12 Sep 2014 | 12:31 pm
    Busch Garden Tampa's newest ride: Falcon's Fury You’ve probably heard the term “free-fall” before, but have you ever experienced one? Well, now’s your chance. Busch Gardens Tampa’s newest thrill ride, Falcon’s Fury, opened September 2 and is giving guests plenty to scream about. Falcon’s Fury is a free-standing drop-tower – the tallest one in North America. It climbs to a height of 335 feet, where it surprises riders by pivoting them 90 degrees into a face-down dive position. An instant later, they plunge straight towards the ground, reaching speeds of 60 miles per hour and…
  • Planning a Family Getaway: Disneyland Attractions in Anaheim

    Dan Patterson
    9 Sep 2014 | 7:07 am
    The kids are back in school, leaves are starting to turn, and that recognizable early morning chill is in the air… there’s no doubt about it, fall is on the way. We all know that fall leads to winter (don’t remind us!), and that it can be a sanity-saver to start thinking ahead with plans for a (warmer) change of scenery and a family vacation during the winter break from school. One of the most “magical” and family-friendly destinations to keep in mind is Disneyland in Anaheim, Ca. The theme park was opened in 1955 and conceptualized by the “man behind the mouse” himself, Walt…
  • September Fun: West Coast Food Festivals

    Joan Cirillo
    4 Sep 2014 | 10:19 am
    From exploring Oregon's bounty at Feast Portland to discovering Washington artisan cheeses in Seattle, food festivals on the West Coast are in full swing this Fall. Here's a preview with several events happening in September in the Pacific Northwest and California. Photo credit: David Hale Smith - American Foodways Panel at Feast Portland 2013 PORTLAND In its third year, the four-day Feast Portland is rapidly becoming a one-of-a-kind premiere food celebration not to be missed. The fun launches on Thursday, Sept. 18 with the Sandwich Invitational, an event that gives local and national chefs a…
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  • Life And Death And Angkor Wat

    Matt Gibson
    7 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    The sun was sinking into the jungle turning the horizon orange and throwing long shadows across the ancient ruin. Drenched in sweat, I rushed around the surprisingly empty rear portion of Angkor Wat, snapping as many photos as I could during the golden hour. I left the temple and headed toward the exit. With a few minutes to spare before the ruin closed for the night, I walked along the outer wall toward the jungle. As the sun went down a high-pitched scream slowly rose from the jungle like a sound-effect from a horror movie. As the ancient ruin darkened, and the scream filled the night, the…
  • A Ride Through Taroko Gorge, Taiwan [VIDEO]

    Matt Gibson
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Taroko Gorge, Taiwan is an enormous cavernous gorge (over 2000 feet long and 200 feet tall) carved out of the mountains on Taiwan’s East Coast over several millennia  by the Liwu River. A highway follows the gorge, which is also criss-crossed with some of the country’s most spectacular hiking trails. The best way to see the gorge is on those trails or from the road a bicycle or motorcycle. I’ve written before about hiking and biking in Taroko Gorge. Last Sunday my friend Mei Mei from Taipei came to visit me in Hualien and she mentioned that she hadn’t seen Taroko…
  • How To Quickly Convert TextEdit To HTML For WordPress

    Matt Gibson
    3 Aug 2014 | 2:39 am
    Not everyone uses Textedit on Mac, but I know a blog of bloggers that do. The problem is changing Textedit to HTML by pasting it into the WordPress visual editor doesn’t work very well. So, one day I sat down and figured out a super fast way to convert Textedit into clean HTML for WordPress, and, at the same time, to make some fast formatting changes, such as changing all links to open in a new window, and changing bold text into header (h2 or h3).   Disclaimer: This hack requires a bit of HTML editing. It helps if you know a bit about HTML, but you really don’t need to know…
  • Climbing Kilimanjaro Through New Eyes

    Guest Blogger
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:46 am
    Images and text by Mark Whitman Climbing Kilimanjaro is definitely an adventure, but I’ve never personally looked at it that way. Thousands flock to Tanzania every year with the sole purpose of attempting to reach what many colloquially call the Roof of Africa. Standing at 19,341 feet (5,895 meters), Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain on the African continent and the tallest non-massif (free-standing) mountain in the world. The mountain’s popularity among hikers can be attributed to its Seven Summit status and the fact that it’s a non-technical climb. This means that anyone at…
  • Super Short Travel Stories: The Bolivia Makes Me ‘Hot’ Edition

    Matt Gibson
    6 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    A few weeks ago, after reading a Buzzfeed article about people’s bad roommate experiences of all things, I decided that I wanted to compile an article of peoples’ most poignant travel experiences, whether they were funny, scary, or sentimental. The results were way better than I expected, so now I think I may do a series (if you’d like to contribute a story, there’s info at the end of the post).  Here’s my first instalment of super entertaining, super short travel stories. Enjoy! The Hilarious ‘Hot’ Seat When traveling through Bolivia I signed up for a…
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    A Travelers' Library

  • Dark Family Tale in Northern Ireland

    Vera Marie Badertscher
    25 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Destination: Ireland Book: Black Lake by Johanna Lane When you travel, do you like to visit old homes–you know, the Downton Abbey kind of manor, where the titled family has had to let visitors traipse through in order to make enough money to pay the taxes? If you have visited, or stayed overnight in one […] 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 StoriesAnother Chilling Read from the ArcticThomas Kennedy: Seeking Bars, Jazz, and Love in CopenhagenBack to…
  • Another Chilling Read from the Arctic

    Vera Marie Badertscher
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Destination: Canada, The Arctic Circle Book:  The Bone Seeker, An Edie Kiglatuk Mystery, by M. J. McGrath (NEW 2014) “The boundaries of murder were unlimited.  Like some far distant universe, every individual act of killing was dark and vast and unknowable.” From The Bone Seeker by M. J. McGrath I love finding books that are […] 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 StoriesBack to Maine with Paul DoironMurder in Barcelona, A Cerebral MysteryMonth of…
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  • Glamping in Big Sky–Luxurious Outdoor Adventure at Ranch at Rock Creek

    3 Sep 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Having my fair share of adventures in majestic locations, I have countless stories of blistered feet after long days of hiking, backaches from sleepless nights tent camping, and dehydrated meals eaten with a spork (fork and spoon combo) only out of desperation. However, it’s time for another adventure, but this time, I need a dose of luxury and beauty. So, I’m going for it all; spectacular views and all of adventurous activities I can such as horseback riding, hiking, and mountain biking, all while glamping (glamorous camping). After considering my choices throughout the adventure meccas,…
  • Reasons to Travel – Why Do You Travel?

    29 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    After writing Ms Traveling Pants for nearly six years and recently completing my first book, When All Balls Drop, I’m finally going to blend my two passions, travel and writing, into a sequel.  This second book will tell my personal story of why I took a walkabout in 2011 to Chile and Argentina. I will share the healing components of my travel and its ability to help solve problems or reframe them through gained perspective. My walkabout and continued travels have provided me life-long learning as well as tons of FUN (good times and good stories). As a special sneak peek, I’ll…
  • Favorite Summertime Adventures

    22 Aug 2014 | 8:23 pm
    This summer I have had many adventures, but not as many of the travel type that I was planning. I have been in the midst of publishing a memoir, When All Balls Drop: The Upside of Losing Everything, as well as quite consumed with a family emergency in South Florida. With the clock of summer ticking, I wanted to showcase some of my favorite summertime adventures from my past ranging from hiking to sailing and skydiving. If you missed them, please check them out. Which is your favorite? To Dive of Not to Dive?? – Aug 2010 Tacking, Hoisting, Winching, Reefing, and Reaching – All in a…
  • The Adventures of Writing a Memoir – When All Balls Drop

    22 Jul 2014 | 2:11 pm
    Many travel bloggers along their journeys write a book or a series of travel guides. This year, I, too, join their ranks with a memoir, When All Balls Drop. Although my blog’s theme is adventure travel, my book is not travel related. However, it does tell a story of one heck of an adventure. When All Balls Drop is my true story of losing it all: health, love, and career. The title and themes may lead one to believe it’s full of despair and frustration. On the contrary, it’s a powerful chronicle of change and recovery with much hope and a good dose of the same sass and…
  • From Corning to Down Under with Love – Corning Museum of Glass

    18 Jul 2014 | 6:31 am
    A year ago, I couldn’t have said that I knew much about glass. Like most of the general public, I remembered vaguely from science class that glass was made from sand, but I certainly didn’t know what a glory hole was or let alone a gaffer.  Now, I’m no expert, but I can add two feathers to my gaffer’s hat: Corning Museum of Glass in New York and its at Sea show over nine thousand miles away between New Zealand and Australia. For my first feather, I started with a visit to the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, which is in the Finger Lakes Region of New York. I know…
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  • Old Town Store: Antiques and Vintage Fun in Corydon, Indiana

    Jessica Nunemaker
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Old Town Store Antiques in Corydon, Indiana I can’t believe we almost missed out on Old Town Store in Corydon, Indiana! Right in the downtown, we almost drove right by this excellent Harrison County antique shop. Old Town Store in Corydon, Indiana Enter my home and you’ve probably noticed the large vintage Indiana map. It hangs on a wall in what we call the front parlor, a room where we play board games and do puzzles. Yup, I found it here! If we had only had room in the car for more! This Indiana antique shop was so fantastic. I loved the furniture here. Old Town Store is HUGE!
  • Images from Amish Cheese Shop in Cambridge City, Indiana

    Jessica Nunemaker
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    The bright yellow exterior of the Amish Cheese Shop in Cambridge City, Indiana is easy to spot from the road! Just wait until you get inside. Although not owned by Amish, the owners have made it a point to stock Amish-made cheeses and, more recently, other tasty, reliable brands. It’s worked. Since 1983, this little shop has kept the area well supplied in all manner of cheeses, snacks, and even baked goods. Every cheese has a little cup of toothpicks so you may sample to your heart’s content in order to find the perfect cheeses for you! I love that. Is there anything worse than a…
  • Dan the Man’s Taco Stand in Rossville, Indiana

    Jessica Nunemaker
    12 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Dan the Man’s Taco Stand in Rossville, Indiana Tacos Dan the Man’s Taco Stand in Rossville, Indiana is a lively downtown restaurant. Enjoy that relaxing tiki feel in a nice family atmosphere without ever leaving the state! Dan the Man’s Taco Stand in Rossville Murals cover the walls. Featuring beach scenes like the ocean, sunset, and sandcastles, it’s very bright and spacious with room for large groups. Walk down the long plank aisle, past the tiki hut where ice cream is served, to the main counter where you’ll order and pay for your food. Dan the Man’s…
  • Cinnamon Scones Recipe

    Jessica Nunemaker
    11 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Cinnamon Scones Recipe Fall is NOT in the air! The leaves aren’t threatening to change color. It’s NOT cooler at night! You could say I’m in a bit of denial about the change of seasons. The really good part about cooler weather? I’m back to making scones recipes! This recipe for Cinnamon Scones was so good the boys wolfed them down as usual! You likely have these ingredients on hand. With only a 15 minute baking time, you can go from pinning them to actually eating them in a mere thirty minutes! From Cinnamon Scones Recipe Print Cinnamon Scones Recipe Rating:…
  • Images from The Loft Studio Yarn Store in Bremen, Indiana

    Jessica Nunemaker
    10 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Grab those knitting needles or crochet hooks and get ready for some serious yarn action. Yes, The Loft Studio in Bremen, Indiana is your go-to destination for everything yarn. Located above a garage, this studio space is so incredibly bright, airy, and comfortable, you will be absolutely amazed! Support your local Indiana knitting shop! Find everything you need (and then some) with new items always popping up. Staying awhile? Look for a variety of get-togethers to knit and socialize. As always, please call ahead before heading out. Images from The Loft Studio Yarn Store in Bremen, Indiana The…
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  • Shoes That Make Carry-On-Only Packing Easy

    Jeanine Barone
    9 Sep 2014 | 10:58 am
    Most women love shoes. I'm not one of those women -- one reason why I have no trouble traveling for a month, as I recently did in Southeast Asia, with only one carry-on bag. But it also means I have to be very picky when selecting the two pairs of shoes I choose to bring on my trips.Both pairs -- I wear the bulkier of the two on the plane -- have to multi task. One has to look good with a dress but also be comfortable for long strolls on the beach or all-day walks on city streets. And, it should also serve as a light sports shoe for cycling or low-key hiking trips. The Chaco ZX2 Yampa sandal…
  • Avoiding Accidents + Injuries on Vacation

    Jeanine Barone
    8 Sep 2014 | 10:23 am
    What's a vacation without more than a few surprises? But my idea of the unexpected includes mountain biking through a pine forest and coming upon a hamlet where I can do a wine tasting in a small cellar. Or hiking to a craggy peak where I discover a farmer selling fresh sheep and goat's milk cheese. Or kayaking to an island where I find an expansive and little-visited botanical garden. When I travel, surprises should not include a visit to an emergency room or several days laid up because of illness or injury. I just returned from a month in SE Asia and had no illness or injury to show for it…
  • Thailand In Pictures

    Jeanine Barone
    4 Sep 2014 | 9:46 am
    Bangkok and Chiang Mai are both cities that embrace the ancient and the contemporary. Ramshackle wood huts teeter on stilts beside tree-lined canals. And a forest is home to a unique Buddhist temple built around massive tunnels. Down many an alleyway can be found avant garde art galleries exhibiting the works of both emerging and established Thai and international artists. Both cities embrace coffee connoisseurs who can find a cafe that suits their taste in creamy lattes, delectable pastries or playful interiors. I recently spent one week in Thailand and this one-minute YouTube video…
  • Gear Review - My Favorite Travel Notebooks

    Jeanine Barone
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:14 pm
    Travel writers employ a variety of methods to record their experiences. I favor small, lined, bound notebooks. But, while the market is crowded with these products, I found that few fit my needs. My ideal travel notebook has to easily fit in the pockets of my pants, shorts, jackets, dresses and skirts. The notebook should have an elastic band closure. The pages should be of high quality from an archival perspective (acid and lignin free) and my pen - I don't use a ball point but, rather, uni-ball type pens in a medley of colors, of course - should not bleed on the surface. The notebook should…
  • Where Bicycling Becomes Zen-Like

    Jeanine Barone
    25 Aug 2014 | 4:26 pm
    With just one hour to spare, I didn't expect biking around a lake in Taiwan to be aall that awe inspiring. What I found was that even a few minutes of pedaling along Sun Moon Lake in central Taiwan provided a Zen-like experience where my mind was uniquely present centered and each sight and sound produced a moment of awakening. Ferns of various types and numerous bird specious were in abundance while the clouds and shadowy mountain ridges in the distance were part of a perpetually shifting tapestry. I recently wrote about how cycling Sun Moon Lake reminded me of writing aiku poetry for…
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  • DETER Insect Repellent – A Natural Botanical Formula

    8 Sep 2014 | 8:22 pm
    Since moving to Denver, I have discovered a love for the outdoors. I love my evening walks around the park while the kids play on the playground. I enjoy perusing my hiking books to find a new hike to take on the weekend. I love sitting out on my deck with a drink while I wait for the sunset. What I don’t love though are all of the bugs that seem to constantly find me and attack like they are eating their last meal.  I am not a fan of bug spray.  I don’t like the chemicals and I don’t like the sticky feeling that you get. Even the odor free bug sprays have a smell that you…
  • The Perfect Tailgating Take-Along and a $300 Amazon Card

    7 Sep 2014 | 7:43 pm
    Football hasn’t really been my favorite sport to watch but it has grown on me since we moved to Denver, a city where loving the Denver Broncos is part of the requirement to call Denver your home. I also just recently finished my master’s at Florida State University. Rooting for the Seminoles is something that has become second nature to me. Along the way, I have also fallen in love with tailgating. Or rather, football party food! One of my favorite tailgating take-alongs is something that is relatively easy to travel with and is a cinch to make. It comes from Gooseberry Patch and…
  • Sweet Berry Farm in Middletown, Rhode Island (pick your own and market)

    24 Aug 2014 | 4:23 pm
    There is something about picking your own food that makes it taste better than the food you buy in stores. I have always preferred to grow my own fruits and vegetables, and I recommend you do the same if you are able. The sweet smell of herbs picked after the morning dew, or that giant cucumber that you somehow missed until it was two feet long, create magical stories to tell and memories to keep and pass down from one generation to another.  Unfortunately, my family has recently moved to a rental that we will be in for less than a year (military life). There is no time, space, or options…
  • Summer Tubing at Snow Mountain Ranch, Colorado

    16 Aug 2014 | 10:12 am
    **I am back to work full-time and was so disappointed that I couldn’t make it to the preview of Snow Mountain Ranch. I was thrilled when Laurie, from Guessing all the Way, agreed to write a post for Two Kids! Thank you, Laurie! I often try to decide if I love living in Colorado more for the winters or the summers. They both have equal opportunities for exploring the great outdoors, both have the same beautiful blue sky and the scenery is beautiful regardless of the time of year. For those three reasons alone, it makes it impossible for me to choose. One of the things I love most about…
  • National Cryptologic Museum

    11 Jul 2014 | 6:27 pm
    MZPZO OAD FQJSOTWBZF VNPDNV UTL! Key A=H Can you decode the message you see in blue above?  If you visited the National Cryptologic Museum at Fort Meade, Maryland, you would be able to!  Okay, okay. I will give you the encryption code.  Use this cipher wheel (obtained at the museum).  I have already lined the letters up to match the key I chose (you can’t tell from the picture, but the black wheel turns independently…I have it lined up so that A=H). Now, match up each of the letters in the message above to find the answer (the answer can also be found at the bottom of this post)! This…
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  • Spain Hotel Deals

    17 Sep 2014 | 6:45 am
    $128 & up — Great Rates at Unique 5-Star Hotel in Madrid Located in the heart of Madrid’s entertainment district, features 2 contemporary restaurants, a bar on the rooftop terrace, a nightclub, a fitness center and a heated indoor swimming pool. $205 & up — 5-Star Luxury Hotel Near Madrid’s Attractions on Sale Close to Sorolla Museum, Prado [...]
  • Caribbean Cruise Deals

    15 Sep 2014 | 6:45 am
    $109 & up — Bahamas Long Weekend Cruises incl. Nassau Invigorate your senses with an excursion to the Bahamas and get up to $150 onboard credit when you book 9 months in advance. $159 — Bahamas 4-Night Cruise w/$200 Credit, R/T Florida Cruise to  Bahamas departing from Ft. Lauderdale aboard Caribbean Princess. $219 & up — 4-Nt. Caribbean Cruise [...]
  • Maldives Hotel Deals

    12 Sep 2014 | 6:45 am
    $2999 & up – 4 Nights Deluxe Villa Package for 2 Travelers, 25% Off In the endless expanse of azure Indian Ocean, Baros Maldives is a paradisiacal retreat set on a small coral island, ready to make your dreams come true. Includes roundtrip speedboat, meals amd Complimentary resort amenities. $10405 & up – 7 Nights Water Villa [...]
  • Mediterranean Cruise Deals

    10 Sep 2014 | 6:45 am
    $499 & up — Europe Cruises w/$270 in Extras Sail aboard Norwegian Jade for an unforgettable 7-day vacation from Venice. Departure dates through October 2015. $649 & up — Mediterranean Cruises Incl. Italy & Spain Includes onboard perks, suite and haven bonus. Sailing dates from September 2014 through April 2016. $769 — Mediterranean 7-Nt Cruise w/Italy, France & Spain 7 [...]
  • Florida Beach Deals

    8 Sep 2014 | 6:45 am
    $249 — Palm Beach 5-Star Waterfront Resort, Save 60% This beachfront property has no resort fees, with free wi-fi, has four pools, five hot tubs and complimentary fitness classes such as yoga and Pilates. It’s named as one of 2014’s 500 World’s Best Hotels by Travel + Leisure. $66 & up — Daytona Beach Oceanfront Hotel w/Wi-Fi, [...]
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  • London Fashion Week 2014

    11 Sep 2014 | 7:22 am
    It’s raining fashion this September! The spectacular Somerset House yet again brings to you Britain’s chic and classy consumer fashion event. Set over five days (12th to 16th September), the London Fashion Week comes packed with catwalk shows, installations, presentations and insider knowledge from the best and brightest names in the fashion industry. Be it the established designers like Alexis Barrell, Lucy Choi London, Georgia Hardinge, Tamara Salman, Matthew Williamson and Vivienne Westwood or the fresh and emerging new generation talent, the show unquestionably redefines London’s…
  • The 2014 Tour of Britain

    Williams Smith
    9 Sep 2014 | 6:45 am
    The 2014 Tour of Britain began on the 7th of September and will run all the way to the 14th of September. The Tour was scheduled to commence in Liverpool from the 7th of September, a Sunday, with the focus largely on a number of local riders such as Marcel Kittel, Mark Cavendish and Bradley Wiggins. Essentially, the Tour of Britain is a cycling race in various stages that takes place along British roads where participants race around Great Britain all in trying to complete the entire tour in the fastest time possible. History of the race As early as the 7th of June 1942, the first multi-stage…
  • Historical Look at London Through the English Capital’s Top Attractions

    Williams Smith
    4 Sep 2014 | 6:34 am
    There is no doubt London is still one of the centres of World History in many respects. Through its many historical sites and attractions, it is possible to see why. While there are hundreds of top historical sites in London alone, here are a couple that have been drawing visitors from around the world in droves. Buckingham Palace Buckingham Palace was at first just another Queen’s House prior to its total transformation into a fulsome private palace for Queen Charlotte (1744–1818). The Palace has been developed over the centuries by Queens and Kings as a comfortable residence befitting a…
  • How to Make the Most of Your August Bank Holiday

    Williams Smith
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:42 am
    London is at its best in the month of August. One of the warmest and most awaited months of the year, August comes with some of the biggest and brightest events. Needless to say, the August bank Holiday weekend (August 22 to August 25, 2014) is nothing but a thing of beauty. It is undeniably an opportune time to experience the true flavours of the city. After reading the below, you’ll know why! Notting Hill carnival (Aug 23-25) Notting Hill Europe’s biggest Caribbean flavoured street festival, this one brings life and happiness to the streets of West London. Amazing music stands,…
  • The Best Nightclubs in London

    Williams Smith
    14 Aug 2014 | 2:24 am
    “By seeing London, I have seen as much of life as the world can show”, said the famous writer Samuel Johnson. Rightly celebrated for its vibrant nightlife, this capital city of England boasts of an extensive range of world-class theaters, bars and clubs for all tastes and preferences. London’s varied and effervescent nightlife is exemplary and sets it apart from the rest of the world. The city has got the coolest partying scenes and there’s plenty to lure you to branch out and seek the latest. We bring to you an exhaustive list of the finest and best of night clubs in London. There…
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  • Staying fit at sea

    Carrie Finley
    11 Sep 2014 | 10:09 am
    Can cruising and wellness coexist? The answer to that question really depends on how motivated a person is to dedicate the time it takes to maintain a fitness program while on a cruise vacation. In my experience, I embark the ship with heaps of intention to hit the gym, eat healthy and tuck away into a quiet corner to practice my yoga. But the reality is that when it comes to actually doing these things, I choose to do other things or I show up to the gym on a sea day during prime time. With so much variety and many indoor and outdoor facilities available at no cost, and restaurant menus…
  • What not to say on a Disney Cruise

    Carrie Finley
    9 Sep 2014 | 1:06 pm
    Disney Cruise Line suggests never saying… It’s been quite a few years since I last went on a Disney Cruise. The fault is entirely mine, really. I have just had a lot of other opportunities that have taken me elsewhere. But, today, when I was doing some editorial work for a client, I stumbled upon the cutest post about “Ten Things Disney Cruisers Never Say” and thought it was worthy of a mention. I will share just one of the things not to say, with hope that you will go to the link above to read the original article by Jonathan Frontado, from Disney Cruise Line.
  • MSC Cruises Blowout Sale

    Carrie Finley
    8 Sep 2014 | 12:26 pm
    MSC Cruises 48-hour sail begins on September 10 I don’t normally rave about cruise sales, but this one is going to be great… The reason I think it is worth reviewing is because MSC Divinia is a wonderful ship and people looking for a Caribbean cruise can’t go wrong sailing on her. You can read my MSC Divina review to find out what I did on the ship during Spring Break, click here. MSC Divina in San Juan, Puerto Rico. From MSC Cruises …  This fall MSC Cruises tempts travelers to visit the turquoise waters of the Caribbean with a 48 Hour Caribbean Blow-Out Sale on…
  • Dont forget the sunglasses – Guideline Eyegear’s Magnum sunglasses review

    Carrie Finley
    5 Sep 2014 | 3:24 pm
    Travel accessory that everyone needs: sunglasses When you are cruising on a ship one thing you don’t want to forget to pack is your sunglasses.   On assignment in Venice, sporting Guideline Eyegear’s Magnum sunglasses.   While I was on Silvereaa Cruises last month, I had a chance to test out Guideline Eyegear’s Magnum sunglasses (the product was provided free of cost to me for the sole purpose of product testing) and believe me I put those glasses through their paces. What I liked about the sunglasses, which retail for $79.95, was their lightweight frame. The non-corrosive…
  • About automatic gratuities on cruise ships

    Carrie Finley
    2 Sep 2014 | 11:48 am
    Cruise question of the day: What do you think about cruise gratuities? On some cruise lines (like Crystal Cruises featured in the photo above), gratuities are automatically included in the cruise fare. On other cruise lines, passengers will have an opportunity to show their appreciation for exceptional service through an automatic gratuity. Cruise Tips – love them or leave them? Thanks for the inspiration #CruiseChat (a weekly Twitter chat) Q2: Do you prefer having gratuities automatically added to your account or do you like the “old school” envelope process? Why?
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  • Time To Taste A Little RumShine!

    17 Sep 2014 | 5:19 am
    Here’s a little Florida rum news for you Castaways, want to try a little RumShine?! Cape Spirits Inc. – Craft Distillers and innovators of Award winning Wicked Dolphin Rums has just released a new Spirit series called – RumShine! Owner JoAnn Elardo states, “This is a new category in the Spirits Industry and this does not happen very often. We have worked hard and are proud to introduce RumShine.” – this is Florida’s Shine – RumShine. Inspired by the Gladesmen who turned sugar into shine. Florida Everglades Circa 1900. “The River of Grass” – The Everglades was…
  • St. Vincent and the Grenadines Gets “Happy”

    15 Sep 2014 | 5:37 am
    St. Vincent and the Grenadines is a spectacular treat for you senses. The blue water of the Tobago Cays, the rolling hills of Bequia, the sharp peaks of Union Island, the vibrant colors of St. Vincent, and the friendly people throughout this country make it a “Happy” place to be. I was a little unaware of this but apparently the song “Happy” by Pharrell Williams has been used a lot for creative videos by companies, boards of tourism, hotels and anyone else that wants to showcase themselves. The Bahamas did a creative one-shot Happy video that featured some fantastic…
  • Caribbean Weekly Wrap Up

    12 Sep 2014 | 5:41 am
    Another week down, another week closer to your next Caribbean escape! This week’s Caribbean Wrap Up features a couple stories about Caribbean food, one about Bahamian beer, a look at a fantastic resort on Grenada, and a look at French St. Martin. I love to eat spicy and I love to eat local when in the islands, if you are the same then you’re going to love the story about Trinidad Scorpion Pepper Sauce from our friends and UC. I can almost feel the sweat running off my bald head now…love the spicy! Caribbean Weekly Wrap Up Visiting the Bahamian Brewery: No trip to Grand…
  • Boat Drinks: Mango Banana Rum Punch Recipe

    10 Sep 2014 | 9:11 am
    After one sip, you’ll already be mixing another one, and another one… The Mango, what a sweet delicious fruit. Mango season just ended about a month ago here in Florida. This succulent fruit was falling off the trees all over southwest Florida. My friends have a Mango Tree and would bring sliced wedges to the beach. We would blend them up in cocktails. We would add them to salads. What a deliciously versatile tropical fruit. This week’s Boat Drink Recipe pays respect to the mango in a drink called Mango Banana Rum Punch. It’s a mixture of Mango Rum, Banana Rum, Mango…
  • Music: SOJA – I Believe featuring Michael Franti, Nahko

    8 Sep 2014 | 6:38 am
    I believe, I believe, I believe, I believe No matter what you do I believe, I believe, I believe, I believe It will all come back to you What is folk music to you? To me it’s artists like Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, and Jimmy Buffett.  Talk to SOJA lead singer/guitarist Jacob Hemphill, however, and you’ll walk away with a different perspective. “To me, Rage Against The Machine, Wu-Tang Clan, Sade, Johnny Cash, Bob Marley—they’re all folk artists. There’s no difference between Raekwon saying, ‘I grew up on the crime side, the New York Times side, where staying alive was no…
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  • Balinese Coffee — the Special Blend

    ITKT Featured Writer
    24 Aug 2014 | 12:41 pm
    Balinese Coffee Hype The Most Expensive Balinese Coffee When I first heard about the Balinese coffee that costs 300 plus dollars a kilo, I was in disbelief. I was even more flabergasted when I found out why it costs so much: because a small animal called a luwak eats the beans and poops them out, which is supposed to make it taste better (not because of the poop but because of the digestion process). Fascinating. So while in Bali this spring, I decided to go to one of the many coffee plantations on the island that produce luwak coffee. The place I chose was on the outskirts of the popular…
  • A Day in Chichicastenango

    ITKT Featured Writer
    14 Aug 2014 | 7:25 pm
    Chichicastenango Guatemala Arriving in Chichicastenango Early Sunday morning I found myself on an uphill shuttle scaling winding roads and crossing lush terrace fields on my way to Chichicastenango. Every Thursday and Sunday the sleepy little town that lies on a mountaintop crest comes alive through a colorful market filled with local crafts. On Sundays it also hosts spiritual rituals that mix catholic and Mayan customs. Not surprisingly, visiting Chichicastenango on a Sunday had been a must on my list ever since I bought my ticket to Guatemala on a rainy April day in New York. I had arrived…
  • The Long Walk to Freedom

    Devin Galaudet
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:22 pm
    A Walk Toward Freedom My Favorite Memory of South Africa They must have been 12, some older or younger, maybe 100 in all. They were kids in school uniforms, maroon sweaters with gold accents, whites shirts with gray slacks or dresses, coming up the driveway laughing and joking as kids on field trips do. I could hear them before I saw them, and they were on the opposite side of the fence along my path. I had already been inside the Nelson Mandela Capture site and apartheid museum, outside of the city of Howick, in the Natal Midlands. The Long Walk to Freedom I had just walked past the plaque…
  • Skipping the Beach on Aruba Vacations

    15 Jul 2014 | 9:22 am
    Skipping the Beach in Aruba With a threat of endangered bats bound to fly into my hair, I was not crazy about climbing the steps to the mouth of the cave. But this was the real, natural Aruba I hoped to immerse myself in, so into the hole I went found inside the Arikok National Park. After a jeep drive through cacti field, herds of goats and some hilly, colorful residential areas, I arrived at the Quadirikiri, Fontein and Huliba caves for a little basic spelunking. While turning my brain off and soaking in the incredible views from the beach was a blast in Aruba, the island really came to…
  • Geeky Portland’s Top Five

    ITKT Featured Writer
    12 Jul 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Portland for Geeks Portland, Oregon, is known for many things, from craft breweries and independent eateries to its generally quirky aesthetic, embraced by locals with the slogan “Keep Portland Weird”. But that’s far from all. Portland is also one of the geekiest places on Earth. Welcome to Geeky Portland. While a love for comics, games, and old TV shows have permeated the entire city, there are a few especially geeky highlights. 1. Powell’s City of Books Nestled between downtown and the Pearl District is a massive Incan temple filled with books. Powell’s City of…
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  • 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…
  • Callaway Gardens, what a great place to get away!

    Inspector 75
    4 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    During a recent work assignment to the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, I decided to take a few hours to explore the nearby Callaway Gardens.  I expected a few walking trails and some nice local flora but I was unprepared to be impressed and inspired. The Gardens were established in 1952 by Carson and Virginia Callaway who understood the importance of the man and nature relationship. They developed a retreat which today hosts a plethora of activities to please everyone from the young to the young at heart. Adventure seekers will enjoy the Tree Top Adventures, zip lines and the water…
  • Paris and Southern France – Summer 2014

    Jane Magrady
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:22 am
    We just returned from 2.5 wonderful weeks in France. We loved our time in Nice with our friends from Lancaster. Le Méridien Nice was in a perfect location on the Promenade des Anglais with a rooftop terrace overlooking the pebble beaches of the Baie des Anges, the Mediterranean Sea and the historic centre of Nice. We practically had front row seats for the Iron Man competition, which took place while we were there. We particularly enjoyed the Vieux Nice – the Old Town area where we returned each evening to try one of the many specialty restaurants. We spent a fabulous day in…
  • Candlestick Park

    Inspector 199
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    Candlestick Park is closing for good, 49ers are moving to Santa Clara. What are your memories of the ‘Stick? Built in 1960 for the San Francisco Giants, Candlestick Park was considered to be the first modern baseball stadium as it was built entirely of concrete. In 1971, the 49ers moved in. I’m not a sports fan but I was invited to watch a 49er game in a VIP box at Candlestick Park! How can I refuse such an invitation? The air was full of excitement, anticipation, and lots of good natured booing of the other team. I remember Jerry Rice was playing and Steve Young was the quarterback.
  • Top Tips for Winning Pet Travel Photos

    AAA Contributor
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    Combine Smiles, Safety and Scenery Are you one of the many Americans who take your pets on vacation? Whether your favorite fur ball prefers hiking, boating or some other pursuit, capture the fun and enter your best shot in the AAA PetBook Photo Contest by November 30. The contest is sponsored by Best Western, which has more than 1,600 pet-friendly hotels worldwide. Winners are featured on the back cover and spine of Traveling With Your Pet: The AAA PetBook®, and finalists are pictured inside. Additional prizes include cash, pet treats, copies of the book and, for the first-place winner, a…
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  • Marriott’s New “Tipping Envelope” May Be a Tipping Point

    Anne Roderique-Jones
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:30 am
    Tipping envelopes in travel are not a new concept. For years, hotels across the globe, big and small, have left a place for monetary appreciation for the cleaning staff — oftentimes using hotel stationary. It seemed subtle and voluntary. But Marriott — along with A Woman’s Nation, a nonprofit organization founded by Maria Shriver — has raised eyebrows over a new initiative called “The Envelope Please.” The Marriott hotels are now outwardly asking guests to tip workers and leaving envelopes for that purpose in the rooms, which has many questioning the attendant’s…
  • How to: Eat Your Way Through Philly Like the Locals Do

    Lisa Hubner
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:30 am
    For a city mostly known for its cheesesteaks, Philadelphia has recently caught up with the nation’s most famous food capitals, offering a range of culinary experiences in its diverse neighborhoods. On a recent trip, we chatted with Kristin Huxta, a Philly native and a communications pro at Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants, to get the inside scoop on where the locals wine and dine. Here are her suggested (and tested) tips for great foodie finds, taking you beyond the popular downtown area into up-and-coming neighborhoods in North and South Philly: Brunch: North Philly On unassuming Fairmount…
  • 5 Great National Park Drives for Fall Colors

    Teresa Bitler
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    If you want to catch our nation’s deciduous trees taking on a vibrant palette of yellows, reds, and oranges, now’s the time to plan a road trip. Naturally, some of the best drives for fall foliage wind through our beautiful national parks. Here are five trails for unbeatable views. 1. Teton Park Road in Grand Teton National Park & Blacktail Plateau Drive in Yellowstone National Park Brilliant yellow aspens burn brightly against the backdrop of the Teton Range in Grand Teton National Park. For the best views, stick to the Teton Park Road and stop at Oxbow Bend and Snake River…
  • What the Argentina Default Means For Travelers

    Darren Murph
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:30 pm
    For the second time in less than 15 years, Argentina has defaulted on its debt. It’s no doubt a black mark on the country as it attempts to rebuild trust on a global scale and rekindle investment from outside of its own borders, but the default of 2014 is very different than the default of 2001/2002. While the earlier default led to radical austerity measures, wage cuts, tax hikes, and a de-pegging of the Argentine Peso to the U.S. dollar, the 2014 default is more technicality and less catastrophe. For those out of the loop, the 2001/2002 default eventually led to riots and protests from…
  • Disney World Over the Holidays: 5 Must-Know Tips

    Laura Motta
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:30 am
    To say that Disney Worldin Orlando, Florida pulls out all the stops for the holidays is an understatement. Starting in September, the Magic Kingdom is decked out in fall and Halloween décor. The entire resort, including the parks and hotels, later makes the transition to Christmas decorations in November through the first couple days of the New Year. Wreaths, lights, garland — you name it, they’ve got it. The holiday festivities alone are enough to draw in thousands of visitors during the last few months of the year. Here’s what you should know when traveling there during this season.
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  • Marriott’s New “Tipping Envelope” May Be a Tipping Point

    Anne Roderique-Jones
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:30 am
    Tipping envelopes in travel are not a new concept. For years, hotels across the globe, big and small, have left a place for monetary appreciation for the cleaning staff — oftentimes using hotel stationary. It seemed subtle and voluntary. But Marriott — along with A Woman’s Nation, a nonprofit organization founded by Maria Shriver — has raised eyebrows over a new initiative called “The Envelope Please.” The Marriott hotels are now outwardly asking guests to tip workers and leaving envelopes for that purpose in the rooms, which has many questioning the attendant’s…
  • How to: Eat Your Way Through Philly Like the Locals Do

    Lisa Hubner
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:30 am
    For a city mostly known for its cheesesteaks, Philadelphia has recently caught up with the nation’s most famous food capitals, offering a range of culinary experiences in its diverse neighborhoods. On a recent trip, we chatted with Kristin Huxta, a Philly native and a communications pro at Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants, to get the inside scoop on where the locals wine and dine. Here are her suggested (and tested) tips for great foodie finds, taking you beyond the popular downtown area into up-and-coming neighborhoods in North and South Philly: Brunch: North Philly On unassuming Fairmount…
  • 5 Great National Park Drives for Fall Colors

    Teresa Bitler
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    If you want to catch our nation’s deciduous trees taking on a vibrant palette of yellows, reds, and oranges, now’s the time to plan a road trip. Naturally, some of the best drives for fall foliage wind through our beautiful national parks. Here are five trails for unbeatable views. 1. Teton Park Road in Grand Teton National Park & Blacktail Plateau Drive in Yellowstone National Park Brilliant yellow aspens burn brightly against the backdrop of the Teton Range in Grand Teton National Park. For the best views, stick to the Teton Park Road and stop at Oxbow Bend and Snake River…
  • What the Argentina Default Means For Travelers

    Darren Murph
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:30 pm
    For the second time in less than 15 years, Argentina has defaulted on its debt. It’s no doubt a black mark on the country as it attempts to rebuild trust on a global scale and rekindle investment from outside of its own borders, but the default of 2014 is very different than the default of 2001/2002. While the earlier default led to radical austerity measures, wage cuts, tax hikes, and a de-pegging of the Argentine Peso to the U.S. dollar, the 2014 default is more technicality and less catastrophe. For those out of the loop, the 2001/2002 default eventually led to riots and protests from…
  • Disney World Over the Holidays: 5 Must-Know Tips

    Laura Motta
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:30 am
    To say that Disney Worldin Orlando, Florida pulls out all the stops for the holidays is an understatement. Starting in September, the Magic Kingdom is decked out in fall and Halloween décor. The entire resort, including the parks and hotels, later makes the transition to Christmas decorations in November through the first couple days of the New Year. Wreaths, lights, garland — you name it, they’ve got it. The holiday festivities alone are enough to draw in thousands of visitors during the last few months of the year. Here’s what you should know when traveling there during this season.
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  • Marriott’s New “Tipping Envelope” May Be a Tipping Point

    Anne Roderique-Jones
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:30 am
    Tipping envelopes in travel are not a new concept. For years, hotels across the globe, big and small, have left a place for monetary appreciation for the cleaning staff — oftentimes using hotel stationary. It seemed subtle and voluntary. But Marriott — along with A Woman’s Nation, a nonprofit organization founded by Maria Shriver — has raised eyebrows over a new initiative called “The Envelope Please.” The Marriott hotels are now outwardly asking guests to tip workers and leaving envelopes for that purpose in the rooms, which has many questioning the attendant’s…
  • How to: Eat Your Way Through Philly Like the Locals Do

    Lisa Hubner
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:30 am
    For a city mostly known for its cheesesteaks, Philadelphia has recently caught up with the nation’s most famous food capitals, offering a range of culinary experiences in its diverse neighborhoods. On a recent trip, we chatted with Kristin Huxta, a Philly native and a communications pro at Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants, to get the inside scoop on where the locals wine and dine. Here are her suggested (and tested) tips for great foodie finds, taking you beyond the popular downtown area into up-and-coming neighborhoods in North and South Philly: Brunch: North Philly On unassuming Fairmount…
  • 5 Great National Park Drives for Fall Colors

    Teresa Bitler
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    If you want to catch our nation’s deciduous trees taking on a vibrant palette of yellows, reds, and oranges, now’s the time to plan a road trip. Naturally, some of the best drives for fall foliage wind through our beautiful national parks. Here are five trails for unbeatable views. 1. Teton Park Road in Grand Teton National Park & Blacktail Plateau Drive in Yellowstone National Park Brilliant yellow aspens burn brightly against the backdrop of the Teton Range in Grand Teton National Park. For the best views, stick to the Teton Park Road and stop at Oxbow Bend and Snake River…
  • What the Argentina Default Means For Travelers

    Darren Murph
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:30 pm
    For the second time in less than 15 years, Argentina has defaulted on its debt. It’s no doubt a black mark on the country as it attempts to rebuild trust on a global scale and rekindle investment from outside of its own borders, but the default of 2014 is very different than the default of 2001/2002. While the earlier default led to radical austerity measures, wage cuts, tax hikes, and a de-pegging of the Argentine Peso to the U.S. dollar, the 2014 default is more technicality and less catastrophe. For those out of the loop, the 2001/2002 default eventually led to riots and protests from…
  • Disney World Over the Holidays: 5 Must-Know Tips

    Laura Motta
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:30 am
    To say that Disney Worldin Orlando, Florida pulls out all the stops for the holidays is an understatement. Starting in September, the Magic Kingdom is decked out in fall and Halloween décor. The entire resort, including the parks and hotels, later makes the transition to Christmas decorations in November through the first couple days of the New Year. Wreaths, lights, garland — you name it, they’ve got it. The holiday festivities alone are enough to draw in thousands of visitors during the last few months of the year. Here’s what you should know when traveling there during this season.
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  • Marriott’s New “Tipping Envelope” May Be a Tipping Point

    Anne Roderique-Jones
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:30 am
    Tipping envelopes in travel are not a new concept. For years, hotels across the globe, big and small, have left a place for monetary appreciation for the cleaning staff — oftentimes using hotel stationary. It seemed subtle and voluntary. But Marriott — along with A Woman’s Nation, a nonprofit organization founded by Maria Shriver — has raised eyebrows over a new initiative called “The Envelope Please.” The Marriott hotels are now outwardly asking guests to tip workers and leaving envelopes for that purpose in the rooms, which has many questioning the attendant’s…
  • How to: Eat Your Way Through Philly Like the Locals Do

    Lisa Hubner
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:30 am
    For a city mostly known for its cheesesteaks, Philadelphia has recently caught up with the nation’s most famous food capitals, offering a range of culinary experiences in its diverse neighborhoods. On a recent trip, we chatted with Kristin Huxta, a Philly native and a communications pro at Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants, to get the inside scoop on where the locals wine and dine. Here are her suggested (and tested) tips for great foodie finds, taking you beyond the popular downtown area into up-and-coming neighborhoods in North and South Philly: Brunch: North Philly On unassuming Fairmount…
  • 5 Great National Park Drives for Fall Colors

    Teresa Bitler
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    If you want to catch our nation’s deciduous trees taking on a vibrant palette of yellows, reds, and oranges, now’s the time to plan a road trip. Naturally, some of the best drives for fall foliage wind through our beautiful national parks. Here are five trails for unbeatable views. 1. Teton Park Road in Grand Teton National Park & Blacktail Plateau Drive in Yellowstone National Park Brilliant yellow aspens burn brightly against the backdrop of the Teton Range in Grand Teton National Park. For the best views, stick to the Teton Park Road and stop at Oxbow Bend and Snake River…
  • What the Argentina Default Means For Travelers

    Darren Murph
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:30 pm
    For the second time in less than 15 years, Argentina has defaulted on its debt. It’s no doubt a black mark on the country as it attempts to rebuild trust on a global scale and rekindle investment from outside of its own borders, but the default of 2014 is very different than the default of 2001/2002. While the earlier default led to radical austerity measures, wage cuts, tax hikes, and a de-pegging of the Argentine Peso to the U.S. dollar, the 2014 default is more technicality and less catastrophe. For those out of the loop, the 2001/2002 default eventually led to riots and protests from…
  • Disney World Over the Holidays: 5 Must-Know Tips

    Laura Motta
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:30 am
    To say that Disney Worldin Orlando, Florida pulls out all the stops for the holidays is an understatement. Starting in September, the Magic Kingdom is decked out in fall and Halloween décor. The entire resort, including the parks and hotels, later makes the transition to Christmas decorations in November through the first couple days of the New Year. Wreaths, lights, garland — you name it, they’ve got it. The holiday festivities alone are enough to draw in thousands of visitors during the last few months of the year. Here’s what you should know when traveling there during this season.
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  • Marriott’s New “Tipping Envelope” May Be a Tipping Point

    Anne Roderique-Jones
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:30 am
    Tipping envelopes in travel are not a new concept. For years, hotels across the globe, big and small, have left a place for monetary appreciation for the cleaning staff — oftentimes using hotel stationary. It seemed subtle and voluntary. But Marriott — along with A Woman’s Nation, a nonprofit organization founded by Maria Shriver — has raised eyebrows over a new initiative called “The Envelope Please.” The Marriott hotels are now outwardly asking guests to tip workers and leaving envelopes for that purpose in the rooms, which has many questioning the attendant’s…
  • How to: Eat Your Way Through Philly Like the Locals Do

    Lisa Hubner
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:30 am
    For a city mostly known for its cheesesteaks, Philadelphia has recently caught up with the nation’s most famous food capitals, offering a range of culinary experiences in its diverse neighborhoods. On a recent trip, we chatted with Kristin Huxta, a Philly native and a communications pro at Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants, to get the inside scoop on where the locals wine and dine. Here are her suggested (and tested) tips for great foodie finds, taking you beyond the popular downtown area into up-and-coming neighborhoods in North and South Philly: Brunch: North Philly On unassuming Fairmount…
  • 5 Great National Park Drives for Fall Colors

    Teresa Bitler
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    If you want to catch our nation’s deciduous trees taking on a vibrant palette of yellows, reds, and oranges, now’s the time to plan a road trip. Naturally, some of the best drives for fall foliage wind through our beautiful national parks. Here are five trails for unbeatable views. 1. Teton Park Road in Grand Teton National Park & Blacktail Plateau Drive in Yellowstone National Park Brilliant yellow aspens burn brightly against the backdrop of the Teton Range in Grand Teton National Park. For the best views, stick to the Teton Park Road and stop at Oxbow Bend and Snake River…
  • What the Argentina Default Means For Travelers

    Darren Murph
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:30 pm
    For the second time in less than 15 years, Argentina has defaulted on its debt. It’s no doubt a black mark on the country as it attempts to rebuild trust on a global scale and rekindle investment from outside of its own borders, but the default of 2014 is very different than the default of 2001/2002. While the earlier default led to radical austerity measures, wage cuts, tax hikes, and a de-pegging of the Argentine Peso to the U.S. dollar, the 2014 default is more technicality and less catastrophe. For those out of the loop, the 2001/2002 default eventually led to riots and protests from…
  • Disney World Over the Holidays: 5 Must-Know Tips

    Laura Motta
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:30 am
    To say that Disney Worldin Orlando, Florida pulls out all the stops for the holidays is an understatement. Starting in September, the Magic Kingdom is decked out in fall and Halloween décor. The entire resort, including the parks and hotels, later makes the transition to Christmas decorations in November through the first couple days of the New Year. Wreaths, lights, garland — you name it, they’ve got it. The holiday festivities alone are enough to draw in thousands of visitors during the last few months of the year. Here’s what you should know when traveling there during this season.
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  • The Best Shrimp Paste in Thailand (and How to Make It) – Day 9

    Mark Wiens
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    One of the things I have loved so far, about being part of and traveling with a Thai food TV show, is that I get to do so many things that would be very challenging (both budget and contacts) by ourselves (just my wife and I). Being a TV show, they not only have the budget, but […] The Best Shrimp Paste in Thailand (and How to Make It) – Day 9 is a post from: Migrationology - Food Travel Blog The post The Best Shrimp Paste in Thailand (and How to Make It) – Day 9 appeared first on Migrationology - Food Travel Blog.
  • Grandma’s Massaman Curry in Ayutthaya (Day 8)

    Mark Wiens
    12 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Day 8 – Ayutthaya, Thailand There are few things in this world greater than Grandma’s cooking. And I’m talking about Grandma from Mexico, Grandma from Ethiopia, Grandma from China, Grandma from Italy, Grandma from Thailand etc. Restaurant OR Grandma? I’ll go for Grandma! Thai Massaman Curry (มัสมั่นไก่) Honestly I’ve never been the biggest fan of Thai massaman […] Grandma’s Massaman Curry in Ayutthaya (Day 8) is a post from: Migrationology - Food Travel Blog The post Grandma’s Massaman Curry in Ayutthaya (Day 8) appeared first…
  • The Best Freshwater Prawns of My Life in Ayutthaya (Day 7)

    Mark Wiens
    10 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Day 6 – Bangkok to Ayutthaya After a long Day 6 in Bangkok, we woke up and left even earlier (4:30 am) on Day 7. The van picked us up at home in Bangkok, and we drove out to Rangsit (รังสิต a suburb on the edge of Bangkok). The van dropped us off at the Rangsit railroad […] The Best Freshwater Prawns of My Life in Ayutthaya (Day 7) is a post from: Migrationology - Food Travel Blog The post The Best Freshwater Prawns of My Life in Ayutthaya (Day 7) appeared first on Migrationology - Food Travel Blog.
  • Khlong San Market, Papaya Salad, and Yaowarat Bangkok (Day 6)

    Mark Wiens
    7 Sep 2014 | 6:20 pm
    Day 6 – Bangkok It’s been about a month since my last post about the Thai food tv show documentary (Day 5). We had a break, mainly so the production team could edit the first episode of the show, and share it with the TV station to confirm that everything was alright. During that time, Ying […] Khlong San Market, Papaya Salad, and Yaowarat Bangkok (Day 6) is a post from: Migrationology - Food Travel Blog The post Khlong San Market, Papaya Salad, and Yaowarat Bangkok (Day 6) appeared first on Migrationology - Food Travel Blog.
  • Lahpet Thoke – In Myanmar, You Can Eat and Drink Tea

    Mark Wiens
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    In most of the world, mention the word “tea”, and it’s immediately recognized as a beverage. In Myanmar however, mention tea, and it can be associated with either a drink, or a food. Along with the ever-present dish of mohinga, lahpet thoke (လက်ဖက်သုတ်), or Myanmar (Burmese) tea leaf salad, is one of the most well known and […] Lahpet Thoke – In Myanmar, You Can Eat and Drink Tea is a post from: Migrationology - Food Travel Blog The post Lahpet Thoke – In Myanmar, You Can Eat and Drink Tea appeared first on Migrationology - Food Travel…
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  • How to Eat Sushi

    14 Sep 2014 | 8:13 am
    Saw this video over on Lifehacker and thought it was worth sharing these tips on how to best eat sushi. It looks like I’ve been doing some of the steps wrong :) Also, Chef Naomichi Yasuda seems like a pretty fun guy. Related Posts:Learning the Proper Way To Eat Sushi5 Most Famous Sushi Bars In JapanThe Unique Characteristics of Japanese CuisineHigh Speed SushiAll You Wanted To Know About Sushi
  • Plans to Head Back to Japan

    5 Sep 2014 | 9:30 am
    Photo Credit: Yukinori Hasumi Well I think I may finally have permission to head back to Japan for a visit next year :) The wife really wants to go to Paris, and we will get there (I promise!), but it looks like we’re on our way to Japan next fall. Prep Work With any travel plans, there’s going to be a ton of prep work to tackle. While I’m only in the brainstorming stage right now there are a few things I thinking about. Like when I should book the apartment, and if it will be easier this time getting a prepaid SIM card for my phone. I’ve heard that things have…
  • World’s Most Peaceful Contries

    19 Aug 2014 | 1:56 pm
    Japan has long been know for being a peaceful country, and I know I felt really safe pretty much everywhere I went. The Vision of Humanity website just release their 2014 index of global peace with some very interesting results. While I wasn’t surprised to see Japan listed in the top 10 at position 8, I was surprised to find Canada at position 7. Perhaps it’s just my perception, but Japan feels safer to me :) Thanks to Skeptikai for the link! Related Posts:The Amazing Voyage of OtokichiCountry Names in JapaneseEnglish Words That Don’t Appear on TestsThe State of Social…
  • Book Review: Japan’s World Heritage Sites

    8 Aug 2014 | 9:21 am
    I’ll be honest, I’m not really aware of many World Heritage sites. I’m sure Canada has their share, but I wouldn’t be able to tell you what they are. I do know, thanks to the book Japan’s World Heritage Sites, that Japan has a ton of them. Maybe it’s a normal amount in comparison to other countries, but I do know it will take you a long time if you want to see them all :) What’s Inside If there was ever a book that you could leave out on your coffee table for people to flip through, this would probably be a great choice. The book is packed full of…
  • Learn English with Darth Vader

    28 Jul 2014 | 10:46 am
    Here’s an interesting English/Japanese learning dictionary – The Star Wars Personal English/Japanese Dictionary. Now you can learn such helpful English phrases as “What is thy bidding, my master?” and “These are not the droids you are looking for”. Stay crazy Japan! :D Related Posts:Japanese Idiom: To Crack a StarJapanese Phrase Book ReviewBest Japanese Learning Tools – Part 1: BooksBest Japanese Learning Tools – Part 2: WebsitesThe Best Resources for Learning to Speak Japanese
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  • Off The Beaten Path in Paris – 5 Must Do’s in The City of Light!

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

    28 Aug 2014 | 7:12 am
    It’s not easy to learn a new language. Frankly, it’s not always at the top of the list when planning a trip to a foreign country either.  Sometimes it doesn’t even make the list. But if you’ve decided that France is a destination you should visit, then I highly recommend learning some basic French words and phrases that will not only ensure a better travel experience, but will show respect to the locals, which is very important. One thing to remember – France is very proud of their language, so don’t be surprised (or offended) if someone switches…
  • The Trulli of Alberobello in Puglia

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

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

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

    Guest Contributor
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:33 pm
    The Basilicata, located at the instep of Italy’s geographic “boot”, is one of the country’s smaller regions, one of its least-densely populated, most mountainous, and most often overlooked. But within its 3,869 square miles (slightly under 10,000 square km) are: a UNESCO World Heritage site (Matera) Italy’s largest national park (Parco Nazionale del Pollino) the […]
  • Windsor Great Park: 5,000 Acres of History

    Guest Contributor
    12 Sep 2014 | 11:57 am
    Even on a cold winter’s morning, the hedges of rhododendron in Windsor Great Park are jungle green and glossy. Ducks tread over the wafer-thin ice of Wick Pond and coots bob along, unfazed by the frigid waters. Most visitors come to Windsor for the castle, spilling off trains and coaches for history’s sake. They jostle […]
  • Eight Great Reasons to Visit Scotland

    Katherine Sazdanoff
    9 Sep 2014 | 6:50 am
    What’s not to love about Scotland? Home to a rich history, spectacular scenery, and some of the kindest people around; Scotland should be at the top of everyone’s “Must Visit” list. Here are eight particularly great reasons to plan a trip to Scotland now: Stirling With a beautifully preserved Old Town that is jam-packed with […]
  • Hotel or Apartment? How to Choose

    Marilyn McFarlane
    4 Sep 2014 | 6:21 am
    After you’ve decided where to go and how you’ll get there, the big question is where to stay. A hotel is still the most popular choice, but there are other options, and plenty of savvy travelers are choosing to rent an apartment or house. My recent trip to France is a good example of the […]
  • Savoring September at a Snail’s Pace in the Piedmont

    Guest Contributor
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:51 am
    Half an hour from the industrial bustle of Turin lies southern Piedmont, a renowned eden for epicurians. Each community has its own claim to fame: the truffles of Alba, the sparkling wines of Asti, the sausage and cheeses of Bra, the world-class wines of Barolo. The landscapes of the Langhe, of Roero and Monferrato, seduce […]
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  • Touring Burgundy’s Wine Country in a Day

    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

    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

    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

    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 […]
  • Snowshoeing at Chicago’s Northerly Island

    10 Feb 2014 | 12:02 pm
    Chicago, IL–It’s a very snowy, cold winter, but that doesn’t mean you need to stay inside. Bundle up and head over to Chicago’s Northerly Island (yep, the former Miegs Field way over there by the Adler Planetarium) and rent snowshoes or cross-country skis for a little tromp along the lake. Rentals are available for $5 […]
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  • Chamundi Hills Mysore: Early morning visit photos

    Shrinidhi Hande
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:21 am
    Last time I wanted to go on top of Chamundi hills in BMW, the road was closed due to some celebrations. Got lucky next time. In this post I don't have lots to write. Just sharing photos of Chamundi hill, Mysore clicked early in the morning, during our visit there in July 2014.With all the mist, it was fun. And parking lot attendant hadn't reported to duty yet, so we saved on parking fee.View of the Main temple in Chamundi hill. Opens at about 7AMView of a lamp post and a TV tower at a distanceView of Mysore city from Chamundi hills, with and without zoomAnd how can I miss not adding few…
  • Amazon vs Flipkart- My Experience

    Shrinidhi Hande
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:21 am
    Amazon India is aiming to take on its archrival flipkart for supremacy in Indian ecommerce space. Both companies are pumping in hot dollars and hoping to outsmart each other. Just like many of you, I’ve been buying regularly from Flipkart since long time and have also made a few purchase from Amazon India. Comparing the services of both, I feel Amazon India is way behind flipkart in overall customer satisfaction.Flipkart has invested heavily in their logistics and is capable of delivering orders almost next day. But Amazon seems to be way behind- way way behind. While flipkart can deliver…
  • MGR Memorial Chennai wide angle photos

    Shrinidhi Hande
    14 Sep 2014 | 8:44 am
    MGR memorial is a monument in Chennai, next to Marina beach, built in memory of former Chief Minister, MG Ramachandran.I had been to this memorial multiple times, but couldn't capture the memorial fully from bottom, due to limitations of the camera.Went there again today with GoPro and below are the results. I couldn't capture the monument fully, but the coverage is satisfactory. 
  • Pajero Sports Anniversary Edition Drive

    Shrinidhi Hande
    14 Sep 2014 | 8:31 am
    Having spent 4 consecutive weekends at home, this morning we went out to Marina beach in Chennai. I spotted a Pajero sport on display, with a sticker "Ask for a test drive." I did and rest is history!When I approached the person in charge for test drive, I wasn't very sure. Some of these premium car salesmen over time have developed a knack to weed out those who can't afford to buy a 30 lakh car. By looking at you they figure out if they should spend time explaining the car to you or you're not worth it. But this Pajero sport salesman readily agreed when I asked for a test drive. Without any…
  • Crystal Grill at Baiyoke Skyhotel- Dining at Bangkok's highest tower!

    Shrinidhi Hande
    13 Sep 2014 | 4:53 am
    On our last night in Bangkok, we had dinner at Baiyoke Sky Hotel, Bangkok's highest tower.Baiyoke Sky Hotel has both accommodation rooms and few restaurants. There're multiple restaurants and bars in the hotel. We went to the restaurant named Crystal Grill on its 82nd floor. Dinner buffet costs about 700 baht per person- exact cost is not available on official website, derived from internet readings. (If all you want is a view, it might even be worth staying here for 2000 baht instead of buying dinner/lunch).I was thinking we might go directly to 82nd floor in an express elevator. But…
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  • Solo Travel: Knowledge and Tools for Safety

    Janice Waugh
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    Choose a destination based on solid information. In this post, you'll learn about an apt that will help you do just that and see a TED Talk that explains why it's important. A new article has been added to Solo Traveler
  • Quote of the Week: It Becomes a Part of You

    16 Sep 2014 | 7:14 am
    Anita Desai, Indian writer and professor, tells us that the places we travel become a part of us in some way. A new article has been added to Solo Traveler
  • Solo Travel for Boomers: The World Awaits in More Ways than You Think

    Janice Waugh
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:46 am
    It's not just the destination that awaits you. As a boomer traveling solo, it's a myriad of new experiences. A new article has been added to Solo Traveler
  • Solo Travel Destination: Ionian Islands, Greece

    12 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    This Solo Travel Society member proves that it is possible to explore the Ionian Islands without a car, while falling in love with the beauty of Greece. A new article has been added to Solo Traveler
  • Pic of the Week: Tea Time in Morocco

    11 Sep 2014 | 6:10 am
    Enjoying tea in the Sahara region of Morocco, courtesy of a Solo Travel Society member. A new article has been added to Solo Traveler
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  • Tips to Save Money on Your Trip to Earls Court London (Aaron "Danger" Bradford)
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:07 am
    Backpacking around the world HappytimeBlog | Tips to Save Money on Your Trip to Earls Court London London is among the most expensive cities of the world. Despite this, hundreds of people visit this destination every month, for both business and leisure. With a long and eventful history, London offers great sightseeing pleasures. Being a commercial hub, this city also offers great business opportunities. So, a trio to this destination may be a great idea. The good news is that there are several ways in which you can save money, with a little bit of planning.   Affordable Accommodation…
  • How To Afford That Gap Year You’ve Been Dreaming About (Aaron "Danger" Bradford)
    9 Sep 2014 | 11:46 pm
    Backpacking around the world HappytimeBlog | How To Afford That Gap Year You’ve Been Dreaming AboutPhoto from Flickr by 401(K) 2013 A gap year can cost a lot of money. You have to pay for travel, accommodation and living costs. Some travellers even decide to pay to take part in volunteer projects. The mounting expenses can cause frantic penny pinching which results in people compromising their enjoyment on a potential trip of a lifetime. Here we take a look at the ways you can afford your dream gap year so you don’t have to miss out.   Why save? There is nothing wrong with taking…
  • 48 Hours In London (Aaron "Danger" Bradford)
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:14 am
    Backpacking around the world HappytimeBlog | 48 Hours In LondonPhoto from Flickr by Simon & His Camera City breaks can be a great way to break up the monotony of ‘normal life’. But, do it wrong and you can end up with a weekend long headache drinking in overpriced tourist restaurants and queuing for hours to see stuff you don’t really want to see. London is the perfect city to spend a weekend away, but with the warren-like tube system, smog and millions of visitors every day of the year, you need to make like a good boy- (or girl)- scout and prepare. Just a little bit. Fortunately…
  • The best student holiday destinations in Europe (Aaron "Danger" Bradford)
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:07 am
    Backpacking around the world HappytimeBlog | The best student holiday destinations in EuropePhoto from Flickr by LenDog64 Many young people look forward to taking a long break after they’ve graduated from university. They dream of exploring a new place or just relaxing after their exams. These days, it’s easy to get around Europe by train and there are some places that just shouldn’t be missed. Best of all, these places can all be explored on the budget of a student traveller with the help of firms like Railbookers who travel to a number of fun and exciting destinations – find out…
  • Top European Destinations For Families (Aaron "Danger" Bradford)
    25 Aug 2014 | 1:03 am
    Backpacking around the world HappytimeBlog | Top European Destinations For Families When you’re choosing a holiday, there are lots of different factors that go into your decision-making process. Do you fancy a city break or jungle trekking? What about relaxing on the beach? Maybe you want to explore some foreign food and drink whilst learning a new language?   Of course, for families, there are a whole range of other considerations. Cost is always a pressing concern and if you’ve ever struggled with restless children on a plane, then you’ll know that a short flight time is…
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  • 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.
  • Reasons to fall out with a restaurant

    Andy Jarosz
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:17 am
    A friend recently asked me for suggestions of where to go and what to do for their upcoming visit to London. As I was typing out a long list of recommended restaurants, it struck me how many restaurants I was consciously leaving off my list; places which were long-time favourites and which for some reason over the years we’ve fallen out of favour with. Then I started to think about the reasons why we’d lost our enthusiasm for these restaurants and it struck me just how hard it must be for a restaurant to keep its customers constantly satisfied; especially so in a big…
  • Travel responsibly – stay at home

    Andy Jarosz
    27 Jul 2014 | 2:17 am
    I’d like to travel responsibly. I mean, who wouldn’t? It would be nice to think that wherever I choose to go I make a positive impact on the places I visit while at the same time the process of actually getting there involves me burning up as little fossil fuel as possible. But how do I go about achieving this laudable goal? Let’s start by trying to make as small a negative footprint as is possible. Flying is a big no-no, what with the gazillion tons of carbon dioxide emitted on every flight. On a one-way 12-hour trip to SE Asia for example I am personally responsible for…
  • Faroe Islands and the thorny issue of whaling

    Andy Jarosz
    4 Jul 2014 | 2:19 am
    When I mentioned that I was going to the Faroe Islands last week, several people immediately asked me: “Isn’t that the place where they kill whales?”. Others directly asked whether I would be reporting on the whale hunts. These tiny islands in the North Atlantic, blessed with stunning scenery and an incredible number of sea birds, suffer from an international image problem due to their centuries-old taste for whale meat and the manner in which they go about catching their favourite dish. The subject of whaling in the Faroe Islands has attracted much international…
  • 2014 – A Year of Birds

    Andy Jarosz
    30 Jun 2014 | 9:00 am
    Puffins, Farne Islands, Northumberland   It wasn’t meant to be like this. Neither of us have ever been particularly excited by bird watching, apart from the thrill of a rare and fleeting blue flash of a kingfisher on a walk in the country. And yet our travels in the first half of 2014 have been almost exclusively dominated by birds. Our first encounters came in January, when a trio of kingfishers decided to pose for the cameras in St Albans’ Verulamium Park. For a couple of months they were happy to fish in full view of an almost-constant crowd, as word got out that these…
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  • London's architectural beauties

    6 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    The city of London is instantly recognisable. Be given a photo of the UK capital’s skyline and it’s likely you’ll be instantly able to pick out the Gherkin, the Houses of Parliament, and Canary Wharf. They define the city. The modern, stylish city with a huge history that is quintessentially British. But there are plenty more buildings that tell the tales of London and they’re truly beautiful too. We run down some picture perfect locations to fit in between Downing Street and Buck House… Kenwood House This former stately home at the top of Hampstead Heath is a…
  • Have a Nepal adventure

    6 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Nepal is certainly one of the most stunning regions on earth. Playing host to eight of the highest mountains in the world, including the mighty Everest, it’s not hard to see why so many people flock to this tiny country year after year. On all sides you are surrounded by the most breath taking natural beauty in the form of towering mountains, deep glacier craved valleys, roaring rivers and large expanses of untouched forest. Nepal is definitely a place for anyone who is a lover of the outdoors and for those seeking wild adventures. Apart from its famous terrain, Nepal also has a wide…
  • Five stunning British holiday destinations

    28 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    When many think of a holiday, they think of boarding a plane and jet setting abroad. However, what a number of holidaymakers forget is the fact that the UK is home to an abundance of stunning locations itself. The best part is that getting to them won’t break the bank either. Thanks to McCarthy and Stone we’ve got a number of special locations in England to share with you. Any one of these would make an amazing holiday while staying in the country this summer. The Cotswolds The Cotswolds is an area of quintessential boutiques, gentle hills and beautiful cottages. It’s just a…
  • Things to remember when getting a tattoo in Asia

    21 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    When you are traveling around Asia you will more than likely have encountered some wild places that you will want to remember for the rest of your life. Getting a tattoo can be the perfect way to capture those memories but there are a few risks which need to be considered before getting one done in a foreign country. Below we have highlighted a few points so you’ll have a better tattoo experience whilst in Asia, and not end up with a failed tat or worse infection etc. Research your tattoo options It is much the same as being at home do your research. Have a look online and see if the shop…
  • Top attractions when exploring Rotterdam

    17 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    You may consider Rotterdam to be Amsterdam’s boring, industrial, second cousin of a city. But that’d be since you haven’t visited this city yet, and seen its parks, restaurants, museums, or nightlife for yourself. Things to do in Rotterdam Arboretum Trompenburg Trompenburg is a large landscaped botanical garden in the heart of Rotterdam, perfect for recuperating after a hot day exploring the city. While the name goes back to the 11th century, the gardens were established in the 1950’s, and now has one of the best collections of trees, flowers and other plants in Europe. There’s a…
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  • September is Yoga Month: 14 Stunning Health And Wellness Retreats

    Kelsey Blodget
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    For many of us, long days at the office, stress, and errands can get in the way of a healthy lifestyle. So we often look at our vacations not as a chance for a calorie binge (well, not always), but as a chance to hit the reset button and get back to our exercise and fitness regimens. And those who do manage to stay fit year-round may not want to part with their healthy lifestyle choices when they go away for a week or two. After all, there’s a lot to be said for the mind-body connection — and considering that September is Yoga Month, it feels like there’s no better time for…
  • New Kids on the Strip: The Delano and SLS Vegas Faceoff, Round One

    Lara Grant
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Over just the last month, the Strip in Las Vegas had two new hotels open amidst a ton of buzz. The four-pearl SLS Las Vegas — from the luxe brand known for its properties in Beverly Hills and South Beach – debuted on the site of the former Sahara Resort & Casino and, not to be outdone, the 4.5-pearl Delano replaced THEhotel at Mandalay Bay shortly after. We were lucky enough to get an exclusive, inside look at both and see some of their stellar (and some of their mediocre) features first-hand. Though both have their pros and cons, we’re going to have them…
  • Sad Day for the Donald: Atlantic City’s Trump Plaza Shutters

    Jane Reynolds
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:57 am
    Atlantic City has had a rough couple of weeks, as numerous of its hotels have shut their doors. First, there was Showboat, then Revel, and now — what Donald Trump once called possibly the finest building in the nation – the Trump Plaza closed today after over 30 years in operation. Guests have reported that its decline has been apparent over the years, particularly recently. Want bedspreads or ice machines? Forget about it! But nonetheless, we here at Oyster love hotels so we’re always sad to see one go under. And rumor has it that its sister property, The Trump Taj Mahal,…
  • We’ll Pay For Your Fall Getaway!!!

    Jane Reynolds
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:57 am
    Fall is in the air…Which means it’s time to plan your cozy cool-weather escape! We’re dreaming of New England inns, mountain lodges, and sophisticated urban retreats. Whatever your fall fancy, we’re here to help make it happen! We’re giving away $500 toward your fall trip. All you have to do is sign up with your e-mail…Really, that’s it! And you can refer friends to get extra entries. Pretty cool, huh? Enter on Facebook, or if you’d rather not, just enter using this form and the subject line “Sweepstakes Entry.” If you do use…
  • UPDATE: Hurricane Odile Leaves a Trail of Destruction in Cabo San Lucas

    Jane Reynolds
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:21 am
    Although it has now been downgraded to a tropical storm, Odile made landfall in Mexico’s Cabo San Lucas as a Category 3 hurricane on Monday. No deaths were reported, but over 100 people were treated for minor injuries, and numerous residents and tourists were displaced and forced to seek cover in various hotels. Some hotels, however, did not fare so well. The luxurious Hilton resort suffered major damage and lost power, while the neighboring Melia Cabo Real (pictured to the left) also lost power and sustained damage such as blown out windows and doors. The Los Cabos International…
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  • Wonderfully Romantic Rooftop Restaurants and Bars in Florence

    Susan Kohlback
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:25 am
    A visit to Florence, in the heart of Tuscany, tickles the senses with intriguing vistas, fascinating history, and memorable culinary experiences. A city this rich in must-see offerings can over-tax a poor visitor's feet and stamina. What you need is a memorable interlude sipping local wines and sampling divine Tuscan cuisine at a romantic rooftop restaurant offering spectacular views of Florence. Whether you're planning a glitzy night on the town or simply want a wonderful spot to recharge from sightseeing, the views from these rooftop restaurants will feed your soul as well as your tummy.The…
  • Dog-Friendly Vegas, Who Knew?

    Guest Author
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:20 am
    Vegas has become Dog-Friendly. Here's Where to Find The Best Pet Friendly Hotels in Las Vegas. Taking your dog with you to Las Vegas is no longer a traveler’s dream, it's a reality. More than a hundred Las Vegas hotels, since 2011, have added dog-friendly services to their already extensive list of amenities. Massages for your four-legged friend, plush beds, personalized water bowls, mouth-watering menus and easy to access dog-walking services have made Las Vegas one of the most pet-friendly destinations in the US.The post Dog-Friendly Vegas, Who Knew? appeared first on Wicked Good Travel…
  • 10 Magnificent Healing Hot Springs and Waterfalls of the Philippines

    Guest Author
    12 Sep 2014 | 6:11 am
    The Philippines are truly the ‘Pearl of the Orient’ with hundreds of bodies of water within the archipelago. Hot springs and waterfalls are just two of the frequently visited spots in the country. Here you'll find a centuries-old concept of hydrotherapy and the healing powers of hot springs. The majority of the locals strongly believe that hot springs have therapeutic abilities, and we have to agree. The soothing sound of waterfalls, too, can calm the senses. Below are some of the most famous and truly beautiful hot springs and waterfalls well worth a visit.The post 10 Magnificent Healing…
  • Best Dive Sites in Hawaii – Top Places To Take The Plunge

    Guest Contributor
    10 Sep 2014 | 5:33 am
    Hawaii is a diver’s ultimate dream come true. From the Big Island to Oahu, Maui, Molokai and Kauai, meet a group of exquisite and beautifully-lush islands with no requirement of a passport to travel to for US citizens. With a perfect geographical location of 2500 miles from the closest continental landmass, it is one of the world’s most remote Archipelagos. This isolation from the rest of the world could only mean one thing: you get to share the sea with endemic and rare species. Some of the top scuba sites you will not want to miss out in your scuba trip include:The post Best Dive Sites…
  • Travel Games For Kids – Perfect For That Rainy Day At The Campsite

    Guest Author
    8 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    It’s all fun and games when the sun is out, but when the weather starts being difficult the trip becomes much more of a challenge. It’s always a good idea to pack some cheap materials for arts and crafts activities (such as some thread for friendship bracelet making) as well as a few card games like Uno or Happy Families. However, if you’ve exhausted your imagination then it might be time to introduce some new interactive games that don’t require any resources at all. Here’s a list of the top ten rainy-day campsite games to keep everyone entertained.The post Travel Games For Kids…
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  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-16-2014

    16 Sep 2014 | 11:22 am
    No matter how cynical you get, it's impossible to keep up. (L. Tomlin) — But you can still have fun trying! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-16-2014 appeared first on
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-15-2014

    15 Sep 2014 | 11:22 am
    Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage. (A. Nin) — Courage shrinks or expands to meet one's expectations. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-15-2014 appeared first on
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-14-2014

    14 Sep 2014 | 11:22 am
    You can say no and smile when you have a bigger yes burning inside you. (Unknown) — You need the no to make space for yes! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-14-2014 appeared first on
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-13-2014

    13 Sep 2014 | 11:22 am
    Education is what remains after forgetting everything learned in school. (A. Einstein) — The best teacher is always life! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-13-2014 appeared first on
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-12-2014

    12 Sep 2014 | 11:22 am
    People who succeed look for the circumstances they want. If they can't find them, they make them. (G. Shaw) — No excuses! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-12-2014 appeared first on
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  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-16-2014

    16 Sep 2014 | 11:22 am
    No matter how cynical you get, it's impossible to keep up. (L. Tomlin) — But you can still have fun trying! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-16-2014 appeared first on
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-15-2014

    15 Sep 2014 | 11:22 am
    Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage. (A. Nin) — Courage shrinks or expands to meet one's expectations. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-15-2014 appeared first on
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-14-2014

    14 Sep 2014 | 11:22 am
    You can say no and smile when you have a bigger yes burning inside you. (Unknown) — You need the no to make space for yes! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-14-2014 appeared first on
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-13-2014

    13 Sep 2014 | 11:22 am
    Education is what remains after forgetting everything learned in school. (A. Einstein) — The best teacher is always life! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-13-2014 appeared first on
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-12-2014

    12 Sep 2014 | 11:22 am
    People who succeed look for the circumstances they want. If they can't find them, they make them. (G. Shaw) — No excuses! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-12-2014 appeared first on
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  • Acer Iconia Tab 8 Review: Can It Really Handle a Life of Travel?

    Randy Kalp
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:35 am
    We’re always looking to minimize our packing list. Some of the heaviest offenders can be found in our tech backpack , in particular the need to travel with two computers. I’m looking to slim down our electronics footprint again, and this time I’m going to see if I can make an 8-inch Android tablet work for our travel blogging lifestyle.A year ago I proudly announced that I ditched my laptop for a 10-inch Intel tablet for travel. That tablet, which contains an Intel Atom Clover Trail processor, runs a full version of Windows 8 and boasts 10 hours of battery life. I found it really easy…
  • The Great Caribbean Cocktail Trail Challenge

    Randy Kalp
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:22 am
    I’m curious, how many of you have ever had the urge to spin the globe, plop your index finger down onto the rotating sphere, and travel to whatever spot is underneath your finger tip? While you can’t see it, our hands are both held up high!At the moment, we’re having a difficult time choosing between two Caribbean cruises with Carnival Cruise Lines. One route goes to the west–Jamaica, Cozumel, Belize and Grand Cayman–and the other sails to the south with ports of call in St. Thomas, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, St. Marten and Barbados. In term of cost, duration, departure dates…
  • Pin-Up Live! Join Us Wed. (8/27) on #Pinterest to Talk Travel with @ExOfficio

    Randy Kalp
    26 Aug 2014 | 11:10 am
    Holy cow, I can’t believe Labor Day is almost here! How is everyone’s summer going? Wait, before you answer, why not join us and AFAR this week in welcoming ExOfficio, the makers of truly awesome adventure travel clothing and gear, to Pin-Up Live! We’re going to be sharing summer tales and talking about gearing up for adventure. We’d love it if you stopped by and chatted with us.To spread some extra summer love, ExOfficio will be giving three lucky participants at the chat $100 gift certificates to spend at I don’t know about you, but I could…
  • Discovering North County San Diego’s Best Skateparks with a Kia Soul

    Randy Kalp
    24 Aug 2014 | 8:05 pm
    It’s hard to imagine now, but there was time–approximately 15 years or so ago–when San Diego didn’t have the concrete skateparks it has today.The skate culture was there; it always has been. And in 1999, an unlikely city stepped up. Vista built the first modern day public concrete park in the county. The off-white slab featured light transitions, street elements–handrails, boxes, stairs, etc.–and fairly smooth concrete. While it is a far cry from what can be found in the city today, the park laid the foundation for what was to come. Plus, I had never seen…
  • Southern Oregon in 16 Snapshots: Medford to Crater Lake and All Points in Between

    Randy Kalp
    5 Aug 2014 | 7:34 am
    Touching down in the former logging town of Medford, we weren’t entirely sure what we’d find in southern Oregon. Despite being just 20 miles from the California border, we had crossed an invisible line of demarcation into the fabled Pacific Northwest.In the early days of our relationship in San Diego, Beth and I had talked about traveling up the coast to Oregon but never got chance to make the trip. At that time, the furthest we made it was the San Francisco Bay. I guess then it is only fitting that our first trip north of the Golden State started just across the border.I’ve…
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  • Cycling with wine and apples – on the South Tyrol Wine Road

    Heather Cowper
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:23 pm
    Let’s imagine a perfect Sunday afternoon in South Tyrol. The sun’s shining and we’re having lunch on the terrace restaurant beside the sparkling water of Lake Kaltern, where families are sunbathing and enjoying a turn on the pedalos. It would be fun to have a swim but we’re off on our bikes to follow the small lanes above the lake that take us through the vineyards where ripe grapes are dripping from the vines and rosy apples are waiting to be harvested. At the end of our cycle around the lake, we’ll stop to taste of some of the local wines from the small…
  • Visiting Angkor in Cambodia – Fascinating ruins or hot and expensive?

    Guest Author
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:52 pm
    In this article our guest writers, Illia and Nastia share their tips for visiting Anghor in Cambodia – while it’s a one of those must-see sites with a huge amount to cover in a day or two, we find out whether the heat and high prices were worth it. Angkor, a UNESCO heritage site, is considered to be a photo paradise. Unbelievable sun rises, ancient ruins and wild rainforest combine to make this place unbearably attractive for any photographer. Of course, we weren’t that lucky: while we enjoyed ancient ruins, it was raining, cloudy and gloomy. The temperature was either extremely…
  • Is Copenhagen really that expensive? 4 myth-busting ways to stay on budget

    Heather Cowper
    9 Sep 2014 | 12:13 am
    I’ve visited Copenhagen four times now and one of the questions I always get asked is “Did you find it expensive?” While Scandinavia in general has a reputation for being expensive, the joke among the Danes is “If you think it’s expensive here, wait until you get to Norway!” and the Icelanders consider Copenhagen a cheap weekend break destination, so I guess it’s all relative. On our recent family holiday in Copenhagen I found that while certain things, notably eating out, are indeed pricy, others are quite affordable and there are ways to keep the…
  • Join me on a gourmet adventure in South Tyrol

    Heather Cowper
    3 Sep 2014 | 4:04 pm
    This weekend I’m heading off to South Tyrol in northern Italy (not to be confused with North Tyrol which is in Austria). I’ve heard that the landscapes are stunning in this region which borders Austria and Switzerland and has a fusion of cultures since it was part of Austria until 1919 and also has its own Ladin dialect. German is as widely spoken here as Italian and every town has both a German and an Italian place name so I’m expecting to find a combination of Germanic efficiency and Italian joie-de-vivre. Since I completed the Tour de Mont Blanc last September the…
  • Roadtrip adventures – see the Mediterranean by car!

    Guest Author
    31 Aug 2014 | 10:12 am
    If you have holidayed in Europe then the likelihood is that you’ve visited the Mediterranean Coast. Stretching from the south coast of Spain to sun soaked Cyprus, the Mediterranean coastline encompasses some of the most beautiful parts of Europe. But if you only explore it one beach at a time can you really say you’ve seen it in its full glory? With dazzling stretches of shoreline road and cliff top views, why not take to four wheels and explore one of these fantastic routes: Port of Cassis in France Cassis to La Ciotat, France At just 12 miles long, this short but sweet jaunt hugs the…
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  • Family Fun in Sevierville, TN

    Beth Keklak
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:01 am
      Located in the heart of the Smoky Mountains region, Sevierville, Tennessee is best known for being Dolly Parton’s hometown. What you might not know about Sevierville (pronounced Severe-ville), is that it is full of family fun. I had the pleasure of exploring the area at the end of August with my son, and we can’t wait to head back with the rest of our family. Family Fun in Sevierville From tame to adventurous, indoors and out, families have a lot of options for activities while visiting Sevierville. One of the favorite things we did while visiting this kid-friendly town was to…
  • Best Places to Remember our Heroes with Kids-Weekly Digest-9/16/14

    Michelle McCoy
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:58 pm
      To start receiving Weekly Family Fun Digest emails. Click here. Destinations Tips Talk Book Hotels Buy Gear Blog Giveaways Best Places to Remember our Heroes with Kids   Tuesday September 16, 2014 What better hero could a kid have than police, fire, civil and military personnel? Learn about the true heroes in our communities by visiting these places that honor those who serve now and in history.  Places to Remember our Heroes Connecticut | Ontario, Canada | San Francisco Bay Area | Western Washington …scroll down to find more great places to honor our true heroes Share…
  • Top 10 Things for Families To Do in Juneau

    Amanda Williams
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:01 am
    Fun in the country’s 49th state is not hard to find, especially when visiting the capitol city. With all of the appeal of the temperate rainforest and a much smaller population than Anchorage, Juneau has an offering the size of the ocean for families looking for fun. Here are just ten of the best activities we discovered while visiting the capitol of The Last Frontier. 10. Mendenhall Glacier/Visitor’s Center Originally called “Auk” Glacier by John Muir, Mendenhall is neat because it brings a profound and tangible subject matter like, oh, say a glacier, front and…
  • A Family-Friendly Tour of the Eastern Sierras

    Kristine Dworkin
    12 Sep 2014 | 12:01 am
    Geological wonder, rustic wilderness, wide open plains, and varied topographies, that’s just the beginning of what’s awaiting your family in California’s Eastern Sierras. Native Americans flourished here in the shadow of the majestic mountain range, and in the wake of discovering gold, rough and tumble outposts took root on its landscapes filling it with settlers hoping to strike it rich. Telltale signs of these histories still exist today as do many of the still tiny towns waiting for a curious and adventurous family to come explore them. Bridgeport’s Small Town Charm Once known as…
  • Top 10 Things for Families To Do in Sacramento

    Tina Buell
    11 Sep 2014 | 8:47 am
      I was a kid when I moved to Sacramento, and now I’m raising a child here. I’d say that gives me a well-rounded perspective of the city some call “Cow Town.” But I’m not even sure how the city earned that nickname. Was this land once full of cattle? Where are they now? Though Sacramento has embraced its nickname and even hosts the Cow Town Marathon, don’t be fooled by the misnomer. There’s plenty of fun to be found in this cowless Cow Town that also happens to be the political center of the state. So without further ado, here are my top picks for families to experience…
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    The Mom Maven

  • DIY Wedding Invitations

    Cindy Schultz
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    Last week I told you that the kids chose print-them-yourself wedding invitations. So next they had to decide on what wording they wanted. Aaron left Summer in charge of those decisions and she asked for my help. We scoured the Internet for ideas and etiquette rules. Summer decided that because of her family situation and the fact that she and Aaron are paying for the bulk of the wedding, that no parents will be named on the invitation and I agreed 100%. In case you are also printing or making your own wedding invitations I thought I’d share some of the information we learned here in one…
  • Win It Wednesday 9-17-14

    Cindy Schultz
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Introducing Disney’s “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” Disney’s “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” follows the exploits of 11-year-old Alexander (Ed Oxenbould) as he experiences the most terrible and horrible day of his young life—a day that begins with gum stuck in his hair, followed by one calamity after another. But when Alexander tells his upbeat family about the misadventures of his disastrous day, he finds little sympathy and begins to wonder if bad things only happen to him. He soon learns that he’s not…
  • Educational Preschool DVD Prize Pack Giveaway

    Cindy Schultz
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    The time has come, the big kids are back in school and the littles are bored without their siblings home to entertain them. While we all know preschoolers don’t need to spend all day in front of the TV, a little educational screen time is a good thing for mother and child. I have an awesome 5 pack of educational preschool DVDs that are all going to go to one lucky winner! In The Wiggles: Apples & Bananas, just released in August 2014, children can join the Wiggles as they add their special Wiggles magic to 22 favorite nursery rhymes and songs. In Octonauts: Deep Sea Mission you can…
  • Turn It Up Tuesday 52

    Cindy Schultz
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Happy birthday Turn It Up Tuesday!! I have been using this linky for about 9 months of its 1 year of existence. I love the mix of blog posts that are linked up each week. I’m so excited to be a part of such a quality group of bloggers! We are celebrating Turn It Up Tuesday’s birthday too! And we are so happy to have you here with us to celebrate…and connect…and grow! This week we’d love to see your anniversary, birthday, milestone, party, etc. posts! We want to have a great time reading all of your celebratory posts in celebration of Turn It Up Tuesday! Plus,…
  • More Frozen Fun Coming to Walt Disney World

    Cindy Schultz
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    This past weekend I was at Walt Disney World to cover Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party (which you can read about next week) and spend some time with online friends who were on vacation in the parks. On Friday afternoon, ironically while I was riding Maelstom in the Norway area of Epcot, Tom Staggs, Chariman of Walt Disney Parks & Resorts, made an announcement on the Disney Parks Blog about more “Frozen” Fun coming to the Florida parks. My phone and Facebook was suddenly filled with messages and questions so I thought I’d take today to share my thoughts on…
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  • The top attractions in Ahmedabad

    Alka Anand Singh
    13 Sep 2014 | 6:16 am
    From the tranquil charm of Sabarmati Ashram to the stately aura of Jama Masjid, these top places to visit in Ahmedabad will give you a glimpse of the city’s multi-cultural history. Ahmedabad is an erratic combination of the old and new, a bustling metropolis with a rich pre-Mughal heritage and a lively street food scene. However, its real heart lies in the old city located on the eastern bank of river Sabarmati, amongst the crowded lanes that are reminiscent of an era gone by. Our guide will help you navigate through the city’s topattractions and uncover its rich and lively…
  • Things to do in Hyderabad when you’re travelling with kids

    5 Sep 2014 | 3:52 am
    Ramoji Film City Going behind the movie scenes can be one of the most thrilling experiences—especially for kids—and a visit to Ramoji Film City exceeds all expectations. Located about half an hour from the city centre, it will transport them to a world of make-believe and give them a peek into the world of films. Rock walks Take your little ones on an easy trek to the rocky outskirts of the city—it’s a great way to engage them with their natural surroundings—and they’ll even learn a thing or two about the history of the Deccan plateau and the origins of Hyderabad while…
  • Goa’s most romantic experiences

    1 Sep 2014 | 2:44 am
    Walking past centuries-old cathedrals in Old Goa, sipping wine at a candle-lit seaside restaurant, admiring gorgeous sunsets at a beach or just relaxing in your luxurious resort—there are a multitude of places to visit in Goa for couples. A magnet for honeymooners, Goa is popular not only because of its sunny beaches but also on account of its cheerful and relaxed vibe, old Portuguese-style buildings, buzzing nightlife and an array of fancy resorts and wellness centres that will pamper you and your significant other extensively. Here’s your guide to Goa’s most romantic…
  • Amritsar street food that will make your mouth water

    13 Aug 2014 | 4:25 am
    A visit to Amritsar invariably includes two things—paying your respects at the Golden Temple, and gorging on all the delicacies the city dishes up. The locals here love their street food, and the city is swarming with street-side vendors selling the freshest, hottest and richest versions of everything from a refreshing glass of lassi and sugary, sweet halwa, to buttery paranthas and spicy gravy. Here’s out list of rich Punjabi delicacies in all their fatty splendour—so get your hands dirty, and eat to your heart’s content. You’ll probably pack on a couple of extra kilos,…
  • 4 offbeat summer getaways in India

    6 Aug 2014 | 6:31 am
    Come summer, and the mountains beckon with crisp air, breathtaking views and a gentler pace of life. This vision of bucolic bliss is rudely decimated by the reality of traffic snarls and throngs of similar-minded visitors who flock to the hills every year. This year, evade the tourist juggernaut and escape to less-frequented locales which still manage to slip under the radar. Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie or a gastronome, a culture buff or an ardent bird-watcher, these four unspoilt destinations are an ideal foil to the summer heat, and the madding crowd. Monastery circuit in…
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    Brendan's Adventures

  • Photography Packing Guide for Iceland

    Brendan van Son
    7 Sep 2014 | 7:08 am
    The day has nearly arrived for me to leave on my week long adventure in Iceland.  Thus, I thought it would be a good opportunity for me to show you the photography gear that I’ll be packing for that trip.  Now, it’s also worth mentioning that as a permanent traveller, I am actually packing all my [...]
  • Getting the Shot in Bern, Switzerland

    Brendan van Son
    5 Sep 2014 | 7:57 am
    As a travel photographer, going through some of your old work is a bit painful at times.  Like any trade, art, or skill, with photography, you’re always improving.  It often means that looking back, well you find some gems some times, you also find images that you were once proud of and now think are [...]
  • The Best Tripod for Travel? Reviewing the 3 Legged Thing Brian

    Brendan van Son
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:04 am
    The one part of my gear that I’ve always kind of compromised on has been my travel tripod.  Now, I know that most photographers will always say that your tripod should come first above all gear.  But the truth is, it’s always something I’ve worked around.  It’s also something that I’ve hated that I’ve had [...]
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    WanderingTrader: Travel Blog. Living Overseas. Day Trading.

  • WT009: Legal Nomads with Jodi Ettenberg: Why life should be about soup. Lots of soup.

    16 Sep 2014 | 10:16 pm
    Jodi is one of the first travel bloggers that I met when I first began my journey around the world. She also is one of my favorite travel bloggers. Not because bird poop loves her. No.. no… it’s because she is awesome.  One of the most genuine people I have met. What could be better than traveling around the world and learning the local cuisine? Getting paid to do it. This week Jodi Ettenberg of LegalNomads joins me on the podcast to talk about her experiences traveling the world and how she’s turned her passion for food into a career. Jodi was a lawyer in New York City…
  • WT008: Dominating YouTube & Eating His Way Around The World – Mark Wiens of Migrationology

    3 Sep 2014 | 8:45 am
    Food. The lifeblood of almost all cultures. And for Mark Wiens, it’s THE reason you should travel. When Mark first started blogging, he did so to make a remembrance for himself about what he ate on his trip through Asia. After all, that was why he went. Now 7 years later Mark is dominating on YouTube with his food videos showing traditional street fare from southeast Asia and the world. Today we talk about how he went from just a blogger and how 2 cents really showed him what was possible, to making videos, and what it really takes to become a success on YouTube . Mark also speaks a lot…
  • Murals at Debre Berhan Selassie Church – Gondar,Ethiopia

    29 Aug 2014 | 9:04 am
    There are so many interesting things to see in Ethiopia that most have never heard of. If you have been reading the site for a while you will now that I always speak highly of Ethiopia considering it is one of my favorite countries to visit.  Having lived there for roughly 2/3 months I was able to explore much of the country. I do still plan on going back in order to see places that are still on my list. Gondar, Ethiopia is known as the real life Camelot. The city that is built around a solid castle complex which is the reason it is also known as the Camelot of Africa.  These are murals…
  • Best Things To Do In Peru: Tourist Attractions

    27 Aug 2014 | 8:00 pm
    The best things to do in Peru definitely include activities outside of Machu Picchu.  The top tourist attractions in Peru include everything from surfing, the Amazon rainforest, and even exploring Lima’s cuisine. Peru used to be one of the most backward countries in Latin America. Bolivia and Peru were two peas in a pod in that respect. Peru, unlike Bolivia, has recently turned the corner and it is beginning to become of the most prosperous nations in the region.  Tourists no longer visit Peru for just Machu Picchu. It is still one of the cheapest countries in South America with very…
  • WT007: Keith Savage – When Your Plan Doesn’t Go According To Plan, Adapt and Keep Going.

    25 Aug 2014 | 9:33 pm
    What happens when your big plan doesn’t work out like you’d hoped? You adapt. Keith Savage of knows this particular feeling well. About 4 years ago he decided to quit his job to become a travel blogger. He built his savings for a year. Came up with a plan to visit 8 different countries. And started to immerse himself in the local culture. So he set off on his journey, only to realize that it wasn’t going to work out as he’d hoped. His first country was Argentina, and the limitations of language stopped him from being able to go as deep into the…
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  • 今まで会ったことがあるのは全員正直な人ですね

    15 Sep 2014 | 4:01 am
    ここで男性が早く会いたいからと女性に連絡先をしつこく聞くとその女性は離れてしまうでしょう。意外にも歴史があります。業者が悪質な手口を使っているのに過ぎないのですが、 出会い系無料サイトは、いつ でもどこでも婚活できますから大変便利で、のけぞる様に彼女が動くので、 オーストラリア人とのハーフのエミリちゃんと出会ったのは、…
  • チェックしてみましょう

    4 Sep 2014 | 1:05 pm
    、なかなかイケメンのカワイイ男のコ。出会い系サイトについていろいろと知識を深め出会 アプリ line 無料この権力関係をう まく利用して、 あと、出会い系サイトはより使いやすく、 何せ会員登録制のサイトだから、 、こんなに綺麗な人とメールできるのか」 「うまくいけば交際も……」 そう思わせることで登録を促し、返信を待ったりしても、その期限が近づくと…
  • きれいな女性とやり取りをしたいものです

    31 Aug 2014 | 3:01 am
    女性が仕事として、 もし、 ノンアダルトよりもサービス幅が豊富であり、 なんでも、 わざわざ会うリスクや不安がないので、人妻専門、 そんな、 ただ、最近では少しずつ性欲が落ちてきたようで、IDとパスワードさえ覚えていればどこからでも楽しむ事が出きるのです。 応募するなら、その超えた分も給料になるので、それが刺激の根源でもありますので、 そうっとコスプレの方向に導いてみてください。…
  • 異性と出会うことです

    15 Jul 2014 | 4:31 pm
    成功手数料ではないので、そしてこの過程では相手がホモだとは分かりません。 、その月はサービスが使い放題となります。 、
  • 大変舞い上がって喜んでいる事でしょう

    13 Jul 2014 | 8:01 am
    出会い系で大金持ちの女性に会って毎月百万円貰って外車も買って貰ったという投稿に大勢のコメントがついて話題になったのです。 しかし、一切声を上げずに、 また女性の「画像」がすごく可愛くても、一体有料サイトの良い点は何だろうかと思われている人々がいると思います。フリーメールのアドレスで登録できることも人気の要因になっています。…
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    Spot Cool Stuff: Travel

  • Plane Spotting, Caribbean-Style

    Spot Cool Travel Stuff
    10 Sep 2014 | 7:30 am
    Ah, to be on a beach in the Caribbean. The sun. The sand. The clear blue waters. The roar of airplanes. The smell of engine fuel. The danger of jet blasts. There can be a fine line between a travel experience that’s cool and one that is perilous. At Mahó beach, on the Dutch side of the island of St. Maarten’s, that line is about 12 meters wide. That’s the distance between the vacationers on the beach and the start of the main runway at Princess Juliana International Airport. There are, of course, many airports with parks and observation decks close to their runways. Hamburg…
  • Guten Tag, Treehouse Hotel

    Spot Cool Travel Stuff
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:10 am
    Ever since we published our selection of places that resemble a Dr. Seuss illustration we’ve regretted leaving certain hotels off our list. Like this one: the funky, arboreal Baumhaus Hotel in Neißeaue, Germany. Baumhaus is a sort of woodsy-themed adventure park with eight different treehouses that can be rented for the night. Each treehouse is multistoried, each is perched 8 to 10 meters (26 to 33 feet) above the ground and accommodates 4 to 6 people. Rates include breakfast and use of the adventure park grounds. This being Germany, every treehouse also includes a beer-filled mini…
  • 5 In-America-Only Cultural Travel Activities

    Spot Cool Travel Stuff
    4 Jul 2014 | 1:35 pm
    A joke we overheard in a coffee shop in Italy: Question: What’s the difference between yogurt and the United States of America? Answer: Yogurt has culture. Okay, maybe that’s a little funny. The problem is, it isn’t true. The United States is full of culture. It isn’t as gourmet as, say, Italy. Nor is it as old as China or as enveloping as India, or as snobby as France. But it most certainly is there. American culture is diverse, interesting, and, we’d argue, it’s one of the most fun national cultures on the planet. Want proof? Below is our recommendation…
  • Nantucket’s Historic, Modern Bed and Breakfast

    Spot Cool Travel Stuff
    25 Jun 2014 | 8:56 am
    Next to the reception desk of The Veranda House on Nantucket Island there’s a large photo from the 1880s of the bed and breakfast. It shows well-heeled guests hanging out on the namesake verandas, admiring the view of the historic town center and the waters of the Nantucket Sound beyond. Since that photo was taken the fashions have changed. The quality of photographs has greatly improved. But guests today still hang out on those same verandas. They still enjoy the view of the town and the water. They are still drawn to the iconic lodgings by its history. The Veranda House, after all,…
  • See, Swim With Penguins (Not in Antarctica)

    Spot Cool Travel Stuff
    6 Jun 2014 | 10:30 am
    Is it possible to dislike penguins? There’s something universally adorable about them. Maybe it’s their waddling. Or their tuxedo outfits. Or how they are portrayed in popular culture, as in the wonderful March of the Penguins documentary. Most penguin stories, including March, take place in Antarctica. However there are several other places on the planet to see wild penguins. At a few of those you can hop in the water and swim along side these friendly, feathered creatures. Here’s a look at our favorite: Boulder’s Beach (near Cape Town), South Africa…
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    Vino Con Vista Italy Travel Guides and Events

  • My Glorious Vino con Vista Weekend in Hood River Oregon
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:53 am
    Windsurfing and kitesurfing on a fine summer day on the Columbia River at Hood River, Oregon. The Hood River bridge and Washington state across from the city are visible in the background. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Oregon Wine There are 16 American Viticultural Areas (AVA) that celebrate Oregon’s unique climate and terroir. If you follow my blog, you know that I love “Touring and Tasting” in wine regions around the world. I even write books about Wine Tourism in Italy. Columbia-River-Gorge-1 (Photo credit: WSK_2005) English: Looking east up the Columbia River Gorge, from…
  • Chicago’s Creative Design Harvest Festival 2014 in West Town
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:58 am
    Chicago’s 2014 Design Harvest Festival is sponsored by the West Town Chamber of Commerce. WHEN: Saturday September 20th-Sunday September 21th, 2014 The live musical entertainment area is programmed by Chicago’s legendary live music venue, The Hideout. There is usually a big square dance in the street! Beer sponsor Blue Moon will feature their Harvest Pumpkin Ale along with Crispin Cider and Coors Light. FESTIVAL & SURROUNDING GRAND AVENUE DESIGN DISTRICT MAP   1. Creative Claythings / 2. State Street Salvage / 3. Artemesia / 4. Christy Webber Landscapes Farm & Garden…
  • My Glorious Vino con Vista Weekend in Portland Oregon
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:11 am
    English: Union Station in Portland, Oregon, USA. Français : Union station, la gare desservie par Amtrak à Portland dans l’Oregon (États Unis). (Photo credit: Wikipedia) The Fremont Bridge in Portland, Oregon from the east end. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Seal of the City of Portland, Oregon (Photo credit: Wikipedia) I had a Glorious Vino con Vista Weekend in Portland Oregon. “The Rose City” has are so many charming and distinctive residential neighborhoods with beautiful parks, gardens and bridges. I loved the historic architecture, magnificent bridges and beautiful…
  • Wine Tasting in Oregon’s Willamette Valley
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:14 am
    Raptor Ridge Pinot Noir In the Oregon Willamette Valley wine region of the Dundee Hills (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Oregon is the third largest wine producing state in the US. There are 16 AVAs in Oregon with 450 wineries and 850 vineyards. Oregon and Idaho share an AVA in the Snake River Valley. Oregon and Washington share two AVAs; the Walla Walla Valley and the Columbia Valley. The wine industry contributes $2.7 billion to the state’s economy and Wine Tourism contributed $158 million to Oregon’s economy in 2012. Winemaker Tony Rynders, former winemaker of Domaine Serene,…
  • Harvest Jam 2014 at Queen of Angels Parish in Chicago
    14 Sep 2014 | 10:34 am
    Chicago‘s Queen of Angels parish is hosting the annual 2014 event. The Harvest Jam homecoming festival is a school fund-raiser. There’s always plenty of outstanding entertainment and food at this annual two-day festival. Queen of Angels Harvest Jam Date: September 20, 2014 Time: 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM Website: Click for more information Event Description: Family festival that includes great live music, delicious food, family games, attractions, and the infamous chili, BBQ and pie baking contests GEAR UP AS HARVEST JAM 2014 FAST APPROACHES Queen of Angels Harvest Jam is their…
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    Dog Jaunt

  • Reader’s report: Sleepypod Air (and Olive!) on a United 737-900 plane

    17 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    This started out as a post on Dog Jaunt’s Facebook page, but reader Marie kindly agreed that I could repost it here on the blog, where it wouldn’t scroll away. Olive is a cross between a Sealyham Terrier and a Connemara Jack Russell Terrier (officially, a “Heritage Connemara Jack Russell,” part of a project to ensure the survival of the Irish Jack Russell). Marie bought the Sleepypod Air (here’s my review of it) in the dark chocolate color — very pretty, and a nice change from black, but still dark enough to minimize its apparent size. As Marie says, she and…
  • Blueberry (and Baret) in France: From rescue pup to muse

    15 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    One of my favorite Facebook friends is an artist I knew long before she picked up a brush. Baret Boisson began painting as an adult, and she’s entirely self-taught. Her work is enchanting, but I also love the delightful, intelligent essays she posts on her Facebook page about objects she’s collected or encountered, or images that spark her interest (including, most recently, photos of what turn-of-the-century ladies wore hiking — way, way too much; and a couple of the Cottingley Fairies photos — all the buzz in the late 1910’s). Baret and her pup Blueberry spent the…
  • Reader’s report: Recommendation for English-speaking dog groomer in Paris

    12 Sep 2014 | 6:11 pm
    You’ve met Ralph the Bichon a couple of times now, since his person Anne has kindly allowed me to post pictures from his trips to France. Anne was also the source of a really sensible travel ID tag solution involving an e-mail address that generates an automatic (and infinitely customizable) reply. This July, she wrote to me from Paris with a recommendation for a dog groomer she turned to when Ralph got a glob of gunk stuck in his paw. I’m glad to share her report with you, because finding a good groomer is as tricky as finding a good veterinarian (and in this case, it turns out,…
  • Tomales Bay, CA dog-friendly hotel and restaurant: Nick’s Cove

    4 Aug 2014 | 3:07 pm
    I was contacted by the folks at Nick’s Cove, asking if Chloe and I would like to visit and let Dog Jaunt readers know what we thought of the experience. I instantly said yes, but I felt a bit of a fraud, since Nick’s Cove has long been on my list of places to check out. Then again, it might have taken me awhile to get there: We have generous friends who live nearby, and chances are we would have continued to borrow their house, rather than going to a hotel, however appealing. So take this review with a grain of salt (our dinner, hotel stay, and breakfast were paid for by…
  • Reader’s report: Air-side pet relief area at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW)

    26 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    As you know from previous posts, the Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) has multiple pet relief areas. I’ve visited one of the areas serving Terminal D, and reader Giuliana shared info and pictures from one of the areas serving Terminal C (there’s another outdoor pet relief area at the southern end of Terminal C, and there’s one serving Terminal A — if you visit them, please report!). In addition to its outdoor pet relief areas, DFW is also one of the rare U.S. airports with a pet relief area on the air side of security — meaning that you don’t have to…
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    Atlas Obscura: Articles

  • What Does a Seven-Legged Gnacien Look Like? Disputed Likenessess of Kcymaerxthaere

    17 Sep 2014 | 9:40 am
    From August to September, Eames Demetrios, Geographer-at-Large for Kcymaerxthaere, is serving as the Geographer-in-Residence at Atlas Obscura. His Kcymaerxthaere explores the lines of a world parallel to our own with historic markers around the world.  I have always been interested in the idea that in any culture that makes representations of its stories, religious and otherwise, one can often see very different depictions of the same character or story, and yet everyone who sees these images knows they are the same person. It is true of the Ganesh (the god…
  • Beneath Brazil Are Cave Formations as Otherworldly as Another Planet

    17 Sep 2014 | 8:03 am
    Inside Brazil's Caverna da Torrinha (photograph by Coen Wubbels) Stalagmites and stalactites are common calcium salt formations in caves. But have you ever heard of helictites? Needles of gypsum? Aragonitas? Bolas? Each of these formations can be found elsewhere in the world, but Caverna da Torrinha is one of Brazil's most complete limestone caves considering the richness and diversity of its speleothems (cave formations), making it a fascinating place to visit. It is also one of the world's largest caves. Gruta da Torrinha, as it is also called, lies just north of Chapada da…
  • From Defense to Desperation, Why There Is a Hidden World of Underground Cities

    16 Sep 2014 | 1:09 am
    Derinkuyu Underground City in Cappadocia, Turkey (photograph by Nevit Dilmen/Wikimedia) The history of underground cities is a complex and meandering one, ranging from the Ancient Era in the Middle East and Europe to those sunk during the height of Cold War paranoia, such as the bunker complexes of Cheyenne Mountain or Beijing's Underground City. There are also more recent underground cities, some of which are simply underground shopping centers or networks of tunneled roads, like those in Vancouver and Tokyo, as well as others which will begin to be built only in the…
  • Roadside Attractions: World's Largest Axe

    12 Sep 2014 | 12:25 pm
    Recently we interviewed Chandler O'Leary of the fantastic illustrated travel blog Drawn the Road Again. We are thrilled to be sharing a series of O'Leary's illustrations of roadside attractions, along with their place on Atlas Obscura, in a summer series.  The World's Largest Axe (illustrated by Chandler O'Leary/Drawn the Road Again) Up in Nackawic, Canada, a quiet little park has been pierced by the World's Largest Axe. Created in 1991, it commemorates the small town's appointment as the Forestry Capital of Canada, and stands at nearly 50 feet tall in a…
  • Dinosaurs and Damnation: The Horror of Buddhist Hell Temples

    12 Sep 2014 | 10:43 am
    Wat Pa Non Sawan (photograph by Chris Backe) Welcome to Buddhist hell. Between ghastly, oversized concrete statues, and a number of violent scenes, you'll quickly be asking yourself: "what's going on here?" Entering a Buddhist hell temple (also called a hell garden) means entering a dark side of the religion. In short order, you learn that in Buddhism, the punishment fits the crime. If you are caught stealing, you get your hands cut off. Alcoholics are made to drink hot oil, and adulterers are made to climb thorny trees. A rapist has his genitalia cut off or mutilated in some…
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    Atlas Obscura

  • Gjirokaster Castle in Gjirokaster, Albania

    16 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Looming over the Albanian town of Gjirokaster, the castle that was gradually built by hundreds of years of despots and dictators now houses the aging reminders of their World War resistance to Western occupation.  Originally built in the 12th century, the castle looks markedly different than it did upon its initial construction thanks to additions provided by Albania's many political leaders. The first of the defenses were put in place by the Despots of Epirus, an off-shoot of the Byzantine government, who established the basic towered structure of the castle. Later on, while the…
  • Herodium in Tall Furaydis, Israel

    16 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Built some time around 40 BCE, the hilltop palace known as Herodium was established by the biblical king Herod after he proved victorious against the local forces of the time. Herod was known as one of the greatest builders of his age and as he passed through the Judean desert, after clashing with the Parthian invaders, he constructed one of his most impressive works. Building an artificial hill that remains to this day as the highest point in the otherwise flat and desolate desert, Herod topped the new burm with a palace which he named, Herodion, after himself. The castle featured four…
  • Milton Keynes Peace Pagoda in Milton Keynes , United Kingdom

    16 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Although a somewhat unlikely location in the English of Willen Lake North in Milton Keynes, is the location of the first peace pagoda to be built in the Western world. A peace pagoda is a Buddhist monument built as a symbol of world peace, and is meant to promote unity among all the peoples of the world regardless of race, creed, or border. Peace pagodas have been built all across Asia, often in places that seem to need the most healing such as the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki where American atomic bombs took the lives of more than 150,000 people at the end of World War II. There are now…
  • Linger Eatuary in Denver, Colorado

    16 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    From historic mortuary to ultra-cool eatery, Denver's Linger Eatuary has made quite the transition during its almost century in existence.  The hip and usually-packed Denver restaurant Linger is as open as a fresh grave about the building's history as it used to be a famed mortuary. The site is the former base of the Olinger family's funeral empire which at one point was responsible for organizing half of Denver's funerals, even once housing the body of Buffalo Bill Cody for six months in 1917, while Wyoming and Colorado argued over who would provide his final resting place…
  • Cheyenne Mountain Nuclear Bunker in El Paso County , Colorado

    16 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Extending deep into a Colorado mountainside, the Cheyenne Mountain Nuclear Bunker may be the most recognizable semi-secret base in American history thanks to its appearances on both the big and small screen, but it is now more flash than function since most of its operations have been moved elsewhere.  Digging on the bunker began in 1961 as a privately owned mining operation was enlisted by the U.S. military to begin blasting out caverns within the mountain itself. A series of main chambers were cleared out, creating acres of underground space in which a series of buildings were created,…
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  • Nenad Mlinarevic teams up with Dom Pérignon

    13 Sep 2014 | 4:17 am
    Swiss chef Nenad Mlinarevic is only 33 years old but he has surely worked his way up in the restaurant business. After years of dedication and passion for food, working full-time in restaurants like the Hotel Widder (Zurich), Hotel Schloss Schauenstein (Fürstenau) or Restaurant Mesa (Zurich) Nenad is now the head chef at the Restaurant Focus (Park Hotel Vitznau). Recently Nenad had […] The post Nenad Mlinarevic teams up with Dom Pérignon appeared first on Vivamost!.
  • “10. Zurich Film Festival: The Year of the Women”

    11 Sep 2014 | 2:06 am
    145 productions / 49 debut works / 14 Swiss films A celebration of cinema. A celebration for all! 145 new productions from 29 countries: 49 debut works, 17 world premieres and a record number of Swiss productions await the public. All eyes will once again be on Zurich for eleven days starting September 25, and […] The post “10. Zurich Film Festival: The Year of the Women” appeared first on Vivamost!.
  • First Gourmet Festival at the Dolder Grand in Zurich: 18th-21st of September

    11 Sep 2014 | 1:09 am
    The Dolder Grand, a member of the Leading Hotels of the World, is hosting its first gourmet festival next week. The festival called the EPICUCRE, will have 12 gourmet chefs from around the world, including 3 Michelin starred chefs. The head chef of the restaurant, Heiko Nieder, (2 Michelin stars & 18 Gault Millau Points) invited Benoît Violier (Hôtel […] The post First Gourmet Festival at the Dolder Grand in Zurich: 18th-21st of September appeared first on Vivamost!.
  • Cate Blanchett, Benicio del Toro & Peter Lindbergh come to Zurich

    5 Sep 2014 | 3:50 am
    The organizers of the Zurich Film Festival just announced that two Oscar winners, Australian actress Cate Blanchett and Puerto Rican actor Benicio del Toro will be at the 10th film festival starting on September 25th. Cate Blanchett will open an exclusive exhibition at the festival centre at the Sechseläutenplatz with the well-known German photographer, Peter Lindbergh. At the invitation of […] The post Cate Blanchett, Benicio del Toro & Peter Lindbergh come to Zurich appeared first on Vivamost!.
  • Launching of Dom Pérignon Rosé Paradox menu in Switzerland

    2 Sep 2014 | 3:35 am
    Just a few months after Italy and France the house Moët Hennessy launched their creative combustion’s menu with an exclusive press dinner last week. The evening took place in the restaurant Focus of the magnificent 5 star hotel, the Park Hotel Vitznau. Located on the lake of Lucerne, the hotel was recently awarded with the prestigious title […] The post Launching of Dom Pérignon Rosé Paradox menu in Switzerland appeared first on Vivamost!.
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    Passport Luxury Travel Blog | Kiwi Collection

  • 10 Questions: Theresa Henkelmann, Homestead Inn – Thomas Henkelmann

    Joy Pecknold
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    In our General Manager series, we catch up with heads of hotels for some unique insight and perspective. This week, we talk to Theresa Henkelmann of the Homestead Inn – Thomas Henkelmann. Name one thing about your hotel that you haven’t told anyone else. Our property was the original building on the Bell Haven peninsula, […]
  • The List: 11 Spectacular Spots for Taking in Fall Foliage

    Joy Pecknold
    11 Sep 2014 | 11:59 am
    Summer is a swell season, but throwing on a cozy sweater, pouring some hot cocoa in a travel mug and meandering along a woodland trail lined with trees changing hues isn't so bad either. Hello, Fall. To make the transition easier, we say park yourself at a property where plenty of nature is on the doorstep—here are 11 we love, from New York to Norway.
  • The List: 11 Luxurious Hotels in the Heart of Wine Country

    Joy Pecknold
    10 Sep 2014 | 10:08 am
    The harvest season brings with it an abundance of delicious things. Most delicious of all, we’d argue, are grapes, and we mean the grapes that metamorphose into wine. So delicious in fact, you should just plan a whole trip around red, white and rosé. Herein, your hit list, from Sonoma to South Africa.
  • Proust Travel Questionnaire: Anine Bing

    Joy Pecknold
    5 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    A member of the prestigious multihyphenate club, Anine Bing models, sings (her band is called Kill Your Darlings) and runs her own eponymous fashion line. The latter keeps her busiest these days, that and being a mom to two young children. How does she do it? Her answers to our Proust-inspired questionnaire, which she took on a recent visit to Vancouver's Holt Renfrew, offers some insight.
  • 10 Questions: Theresa Ginter, Nita Lake Lodge

    Joy Pecknold
    4 Sep 2014 | 10:31 am
    In our General Manager series, we catch up with heads of hotels for some unique insight and perspective. This week, we talk to Theresa Ginter of Nita Lake Lodge in Whistler. Name one thing about your hotel that you haven’t told anyone else. We have a naughty beaver that lives in Nita Lake; he has […]
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    Bikedan in Asia

  • Cycle Travel: Exploring off-the-beaten track in China

    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, too many that you’ll 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

    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…
  • Cycling Secret: Durian Fruit the New Super Food?

    7 Dec 2013 | 10:41 am
    It is a stinky putrid smelling fruit. I’ve always steered clear of this fruit despite friends on numerous occasions trying to convert me to eating Durian. Last year, I had a flat-mate from Canada who loved the spiky fruit and would bring it home; I would instantly know it was around, even though it was put out in the laundry room. The smell just pervades the whole apartment. I was offered to try it but never could get past the evil smell. I did try it and was pleasantly surprised at the sweet creamy taste of the fruit, however it did leave a slight after taste.  My wife also tried to…
  • Racing: Bikedan’s 2013 Tour de Bintan

    14 Nov 2013 | 3:32 am
    I had always wanted to go back and do the Tour de Bintan race for the past several years but always ended up doing something different like the 7-day Tour de Formosa race in Taiwan followed by the KOM Taiwan Challenge in 2012. I was invited to go back  and do the KOM Taiwan again, but chose to do Tour de Bintan instead as it more suited my abilities as a rider.  I first competed at the Tour de Bintan event in 2010 as a Cyclingnewsasia cycling journalist, my report can be found via this link: Cycling Tour Bintan Island.  Also check out a 2010 report on Cyclingnewsasia.  Read about…
  • Cycle Travel: Discovering Fujian

    22 Oct 2013 | 6:59 pm
    China has a stunning variety of places to discover by bicycle and this Cycle Travel series is part of my goal to show-case the cycling opportunities in China as well in other Asian countries. Expect to see more inspirational ideas and photographs to inspire you to travel with your bicycle more often. I have not yet gone myself to visit the Tulou’s but that is one of my listed destinations. There is a cycle invitational race this week in Fujian and hopefully we’ll get the chance to visit the UNESCO sites. Images and words kindly provided by Bruce Foreman. Cycling in Fujian is…
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  • Lighting Up Berlin

    10 Sep 2014 | 1:54 am
    Berlin plays host to not one but two(!) festivals of light this October, guaranteed to brighten your view of the German capital with the days getting shorter. Festival of Lights Oct 10-19 The Festival of Lights transforms Berlin’s world famous landmarks, cultural monuments, historical buildings, streets and other locations including Brandenburg Gate, Berlin Cathedral and the radio tower through light. The projections and events are presented by many local and international lighting artists. Berlin Shines Oct 2-19 The 2nd illumination festival in October, Berlin Shines transforms many lesser…
  • The Best Central Europe Christmas Markets

    2 Sep 2014 | 8:52 am
    Mulled wine, cinnamon pastries, gingerbread, roasting chestnuts. The classic tastes of Christmas in Central & Eastern Europe, best experienced wrapped up warm as you stroll around one of the legendary Christmas markets that take place throughout the holiday season in cities across the region. Germany Germany’s Christmas markets usually start in the last week of November and run right up to Christmas Eve. Many Christmas traditions originated in Germany so it’s no surprise that these markets seem to conjure up all the imagery you anticipate from a European Christmas Market.
  • Prague’s Top 5 Breakfast Spots

    31 Aug 2014 | 9:40 am
    Although most of our guests visiting Prague choose to stay in a hotel, those who stay in apartments often ask us for breakfast recommendations. We’ve brought years of breakfasting experience to bear to come up with our top 5 breakfast spots (actually 6, as one of them has a couple of branches): Julius Meinl On the third floor of this ‘gourmet palace’ opened in December 2013 you’ll find a restaurant. We’ve not been there in the evening yet but have enjoyed their signature breakfast menu and at 295Kc (approx $15) we can state it is quite the feast. There are…
  • Meet with JayWay Travel in London and Athens

    26 Aug 2014 | 4:51 am
    JayWay’s Marketing Manager, Charlie and company founder and CEO, Jay, will be at a couple of travel industry events in Europe this fall, so any of our guests, past and future, existing partners, potential suppliers, journalists, bloggers and travel agents who’d like to meet, please get in touch. TBEX Europe – Athens 23-25 October 2014 Charlie will be attending The Travel Bloggers Exchange conference in Athens and there for a day or so either side. We are keen to connect with travel bloggers, whether it’s just for a chat or to work out some ideas of possible…
  • Swords and Saucery in Dubrovnik

    20 Aug 2014 | 7:59 am
    We’ve just added two new activities to our Dubrovnik excursions line-up and we’re certain they’ll be big hits. Dubrovnik Game of Thrones Tour A private guide and GoT mega-fan will take you on a journey through TV’s King’s Landing, showing you where key scenes were shot and which elements of reality blended with the CGI to produce HBO’s blockbuster hit show, Game of Thrones. Even if you’re not a fan of the show this tour has plenty for the uninitiated as you will get an overview of the history of Dubrovnik and see the city’s most significant…
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  • One World Trade Center, Building without Expression

    Carolyn Macuga
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:03 am
    The following opinion piece has been been penned by docent Hansel Hernandez-Navarro, who leads many of our architectural walks in New York City.  Hansel is an architectural conservator specializing in cultural resource management and the preservation and rehabilitation of historic buildings and monuments. He has done site conservation work in the US, Italy, India, and Portugal. Hansel has also had various research and writing roles at the Getty Conservation Institute in Los Angeles,  the World Monuments Fund, and the Museum of the City of New York. Hansel received his Master’s in…
  • The Berges de Seine: A Riverbank Wonderland

    Sara McCarty
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:52 am
    Paris is a leader when it comes to optimizing the urban space. Since the start of the 21st century, the city has taken major initiatives to improve the quality of life for its citizenry, reducing pollution and vehicle traffic and reclaiming un- or mis-used city spaces for public enjoyment. Join us on this photographic journey as we explore the history of some of the revitalization projects, in particular its newest public park, Les Berges de Seine. The Berges as seen from the Pont de la ConcordeFormer mayor Bertrand Delanoë was instrumental in launching the city's latest revitalization…
  • From Bauhaus to Futurism: Berlin’s 20th Century Design Legacy

    Natalie Holmes
    12 Sep 2014 | 2:27 am
    Berlin has long been European testing ground for all kinds of art. From the beginning of the 20th century, when architecture was liberated from the rigid rules of stifling academies, the city was establishing itself as laboratory for a wide array of projects. From Le Corbusier’s clear lines to Renzo Piano’s intricately balanced mix of styles and bold ideas, contemporary architects transformed Berlin’s skyline into a diverse and internationally influential cityscape. Enjoy highlights from just some of the topics covered by our local experts during our new walking seminar, From…
  • Secrets of the Samurai: Five Surprising Facts

    7 Sep 2014 | 9:21 am
    Samurai during the Boshin War period (1860s), via Wikimedia Commons Earlier this year, we launched our new Kyoto family program, a scholar-led walking tour designed for families traveling with children under 12. There’s no better way to get the entire family engaged with Japanese history and culture than our World of the Warrior tour, which covers the culture, history, and spirit of the ancient samurai. To whet your appetite, which compiled a list of five intriguing secrets of the iconic samurai. Learn even more about Japan’s legendary warriors on our Kyoto family tour. 1. There…
  • Best Hotels on the Bosphorus for a Unique Stay in Istanbul

    Ezgi Memis
    3 Sep 2014 | 6:06 am
    The Bosphorus is undoubtedly a key element in making Istanbul such a unique city. It is, of course, possible to enjoy the Bosphorus with a boat ride, but an even better option is to wake up to its amazing scenery. To pay homage to the spectacular view you might have from your terrace or window, one that has been Istanbul’s status symbol for centuries, we’ve put together our selection of the most architecturally interesting, historic and unique places to stay along this singular straight. Penthouse balcony of the House Hotel Bosphorus, photo courtesy of House Hotels The House Hotel…
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    Bacon is Magic

  • The Year I Walked Toward Love

    8 Sep 2014 | 10:05 pm
    Without a doubt the most popular post on my site is The Year I Walked Away from Love. It was the first time I opened up and shared with people how difficult it was to end a relationship to travel. I hadn’t planned to write about the break-up but I was getting so many emails from people asking where to find the courage. I wanted to share that I wasn’t unusually brave. I was just a regular girl getting over heartbreak, crying on buses in Mexico…well actually most of Latin America but it would have made for a pretty bleak travel blog. I wrote that post four years ago I still…
  • Toss Out that Old Green Can of Parmesan

    2 Sep 2014 | 11:17 am
    Modena, Italy Did you grow up in the 80s with that old green can of grated parmesan for your spaghetti? I did. It tasted like salty sawdust and no one got excited about it but what else are you going to put on your pasta? Oh how far we’ve come. We tossed the can and started spending lots of money on delicious cheese. And so I was so excited to come to Modena and learn how to make parmigiano reggiano cheese. Visiting Hombre Farm was particularly special because it’s an organic farm so while there are very strict rules to making parmigiano-reggiano in the region, they also comply…
  • Discovering Quaint Modena Italy

    7 Aug 2014 | 3:52 am
    Modena Italy The first time I visited Italy was long before I had this site and I went for a few days alone just to eat. I just walked around and ate and then walked some more and ate. I didn’t go into any museums because what I wanted to see was in the streets and restaurants. I also didn’t feel rushed to see anything because I knew I would return. And I have. This is my fourth time. I’ve arrived in Modena to shoot some videos and discover the food of this little city. While it’s famous for its balsamic vinegar and being the home to Enzo Ferrari and Luciano…
  • How to Take an Italian Train

    5 Aug 2014 | 12:10 pm
    Rome, Italy The best part about traveling Europe is taking the train. I far prefer taking a train and spending hours looking out the window than dealing with airports and lines – so much so that I took the train for 49 hours to get from Spain to Italy. That was a bit crazy. But the train is perfect for non-planners like me. Who may wake up one morning and decide they want to be in another town or even another country. But even I have been burned by taking the train. Like today. Today I landed in Rome to spend 3 weeks throughout Italy. My hope was to get a quick train straight to Modena…
  • Roy Choi’s Birria Recipe – Mexican Stew

    30 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    One of my favourite things to do in the summer is sit out on our back patio and read. It can be dangerous because if I find a good book it means I forget that perhaps I also need to fit work into my day. When I picked up Roy Choi’s L.A. Son: My Life, My City, My Food I had no idea it capture my attention and leave me sunburnt from hours under the sun reading the story of his crazy life and the food that reflected his story. I had heard about Roy Choi years ago but didn’t know much about him other than that Korean taco guy but he piqued my curiosity on the last season on Top…
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  • Top 5 things to do on Hvar Island in Croatia

    Guest Poster
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:30 am
    Thanks for following and reading Overland Travel Adventures from Go, See, Write Hvar is a Croatian island located 29 miles south of the coastal city of Split, Croatia. Hvar is known for lush greenery dotting the sides of its many hills and a rugged coastline that is home to some of Croatia’s most scenic beaches. Hvar Town on the island’s south coast is where most people spend their time on the island — and for good reason as the town boasts historic sites, beaches, and a vibrant nightlife scene. The island’s vineyards are a good reason to leave the town for a bit, though, and with…
  • Best travel videos around, volume 1

    Michael Hodson
    10 Sep 2014 | 1:05 pm
    Thanks for following and reading Overland Travel Adventures from Go, See, Write Over the past year or so, I’ve become really interested in videography. Videos can tell stories and evoke emotions that photos just can’t, and there’s something about watching a great video that is so satisfying. So I want to start sharing some of my favorite video finds with you from time to time. Let’s get started with Volume 1: Welcome to Doha Timelapse This video takes you on a journey through the city of Doha, Qatar. According to the video description, “We behold some of the most…
  • 5 reasons to visit the spectacular island of Formentera

    Guest Poster
    4 Sep 2014 | 8:30 am
    Thanks for following and reading Overland Travel Adventures from Go, See, Write Much like a pesky, under-developed second-born, the tiny Balearic island of Formentera hunches quietly beneath the bright, brazen shadow of its bigger sister, Ibiza, just off the coast of Spain. The smallest of the four main Balearic islands, Formentera’s understated, makeup-free existence is easy to overlook next to Ibiza’s array of spectacular restaurants, unique shops, and world renowned nightlife. With not even an airport marring its ancient surface, Formentera might as well be the redheaded stepchild of…
  • Insta-recap: August on Instagram

    Michael Hodson
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:30 am
    Thanks for following and reading Overland Travel Adventures from Go, See, Write I’ve been getting more into using Instagram lately (are you following me yet?), and I post a lot more of my own photos there than I do anywhere else online right now. So let’s do an Insta-recap of some of my best Instagram photos from the last month, in case you may have missed some of them. August on Instagram Touristy as it is, I’m actually a big fan of the London Eye. I’ve been up this giant Ferris wheel a couple times, and might go up again sometime. Budapest, Hungary, is one of my new…
  • This is what desert waterfalls can teach us about travel

    Syd Schulz
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    Thanks for following and reading Overland Travel Adventures from Go, See, Write There is something wholly anticlimactic about being wet and cold in Moab, Utah. Especially if it happens shortly after a ten day trip to British Columbia, in which you were all but wringing rainwater out your underwear every morning. Photo: Sean Leader We drove 20 hours in search of heat. I joked that we were going to Moab to dry our laundry (spoiler: it’s still not dry). The first night we got our long-awaited desert weather — 90 degrees at midnight. Windswept rocks and dust devils coating our tent…
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    Globetrotting Mama

  • 2014 SATW Lowell Thomas Award Winner

    16 Sep 2014 | 12:30 pm
    SATWF Award Winners Announced Today I don’t know if there’s anything sweeter than being recognized for a labour of love. That’s what happened today. My piece on Being Black in China, written for National Geographic Traveler’s “Intelligent Travel” blog scored a bronze from the Society of American Travel Writers Foundation (SATWF) . My name was read out at the national SATW conference in Iceland this morning and my twitter feed lit up shortly after. What an honour! I’m particularly proud of that piece because it succeeded in doing something I try very…
  • Italian food you’re ordering wrong in Italy

    14 Sep 2014 | 4:53 am
    Italian Food in Italy It’s like going to Philadelphia and ordering a “Philly cheese-steak” or asking for “French Fries” in Belgium. There are just certain things you shouldn’t do when ordering Italian food in Italy. They take their Italian food very, very seriously – from where you eat it to how you eat it and when. Ordering the wrong thing can be tantamount to a crime and cause people to gasp or shake their heads in disapproval. Nothing says “Hey I’m a tourist!” like ordering the wrong thing, the wrong way. I’ve been here for…
  • The Italian Secret: Look Up

    7 Sep 2014 | 3:57 pm
    Italian Art Isn’t limited to the Walls I don’t consider myself an art connoisseur. I can’t rhyme off any of Rembrandt’s or Picasso’s works and when you say Michelangelo the first thing I think of is the ninja turtle, not the artist. Still, when something is beautiful, I mean really, really beautiful, I feel it. I get the goosebumps. I drink it in with my eyes and then I feel as full as I do when I’ve eaten a great meal or read a great piece of writing. I’m always blown away by passion- in any form. In the incredible Palazzo Te in Mantua, Lombardia It…
  • Viva Italia: Lombardy #Blogville Adventure will be filled with Pleasures

    2 Sep 2014 | 8:29 am
    The trip that came closest to living up to my ideal for a family trip with toddlers was the one I took to Italy in 2005. Bambinos get lots of attention in Italy, which means Mamas get lots of help My guys were only 11 months and 3 years old then. And though the trip wasn’t without its trials (a bottle of milk spilled in the backseat of a small car on a hot day in rural Italy does not for good smells make…), watching Ethan kick a ball above the vineyards with his dad while Cameron crawled around exploring outside the little apartment we’d rented in Tuscany, still ranks as one…
  • Big News: Taking your Questions in National Geographic Traveler Magazine

    25 Aug 2014 | 4:53 pm
    Remember a few years ago when this happened: I do. It was an incredible honour to be named, alongside Ish and the boys, as a National Geographic Traveler Magazine “Traveler of the Year” for 2012. When that happened, we’d only been back from our whirlwind adventure for a few months and I have described it as feeling like “winning an Oscar and having it handed to you by George Clooney and Denzel Washington.” It felt that good. Globetrotting Mama, National Geographic Traveler of the Year Presentation Since then I’ve had the privilege of working with many…
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    Family Rambling

  • Exploring Omaha Without a Car

    Jody Halsted
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:04 pm
    This trip was arranged in partnership with and Visit Omaha. I can’t even recall the last time I was in Omaha to visit. I think it may have been when I was a child and my parents took me to the zoo. So… let’s conservatively estimate it to have been about 30 years ago. It’s embarrassing to admit as Omaha is just over 2 hours from my home – definitely an easy weekend trip. Getting to Omaha Without a Car Obviously you can fly into Omaha, but our mode of transportation for this trip was Megabus. We have ridden Megabus to and from Chicago in the past,…
  • The Only Vacation Planning Tip You’ll Ever Need

    Jody Halsted
    12 Aug 2014 | 7:54 am
    So, you’ve been scouring family travel blogs to find the perfect destination for your family. And you think you’ve found it. The place where your family vacation dreams will come true. But is it really a good fit for your family? How do you figure it out? The Best Vacation Planning Tip Ever Of course you can leave a comment on the blog post with questions – and the author will get back to you with as much information as they can. Or you can check review sites like Trip Advisor and Mini Time. But to really get a handle on a place from people who know it inside and out? ] You…
  • Welcome Back to the Hotel Pattee

    Jody Halsted
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:36 am
    I’m willing to bet that the majority of Iowans – even those just 30 minutes away in Des Moines- don’t know about the Hotel Pattee. The hotel itself is the sole destination in the small town of Perry – and what a destination it is! The elegant rooms are themed to share pieces of Perry history. The richly appointed suite pictured above is the Louis Armstrong Suite – where the famed Jazz musician would stay when his schedule brought him to Des Moines. Closed for two years, the Hotel Pattee recently re-opened, and is – for the first time – owned by…
  • Using Stitch Fix for Conference Clothes

    Jody Halsted
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:30 am
    A couple months ago I shared my experiences using Stitch Fix for travel clothes. After that ‘fix’, I scheduled my next one, for late July with my mind on clothes for two conferences, one in mid-August in Louisiana, the other in Atlanta in mid-September. I love that you can leave notes for your stylist when you schedule your fix. What I told her: I have a conference to attend in early August in Louisiana. It will be hot. It is a travel conference, so casual, nice, but not too business-y. It will be hot outside (tours) but AC inside (layers). Those notes, along with a very…
  • Always Planning the Next Adventure

    Jody Halsted
    10 Jul 2014 | 8:21 am
    Doug and I were relaxing outside the RV on the 4th of July when I casually mentioned that I had applied for a spot at a travel conference taking place in November. Since the conference is in Carlsbad, California, I was thinking it would be a great time to drive Route 66. In the RV. My thought process : the deserts won’t be too hot…  it’s just before Thanksgiving so Doug could likely join us for at least part of the trip… I could probably sneak in a trip to Disneyland, as a surprise for the girls (who have yet to visit either Disney). So Doug, supportive guy that he…
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    Chic Traveler

  • Video: How to Crack a Coconut the Barbados Way

    17 Sep 2014 | 10:30 am
    Brian “de Action Man” Talma, a Bajan islander, shares his secret on how to open a coconut like a local in Barbados. I don’t know about you, ladies, but we could watch him crack them all day.
  • Top 3 U.S. Oktoberfest Destinations

    Donna Sundblad
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Oktoberfest is a traditional autumn festival which originated in Munich, Germany. It’s a festival held each October and features beer-drinking and much merrymaking, but it is no longer just a Munich celebration. It’s a favorite festival around the world, and for those who want to join the celebration, Kayak has just released their list of […]
  • Video: Three Flying Myths You Should Know

    16 Sep 2014 | 10:30 am
    Your plane might be stuck by lightning, how is the air in planes, etc. 3 myths about air travel that you should know before you fly.
  • Asus T100 Laptop Ideal for Travel

    Donna Sundblad
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    A laptop has become a necessary accessory for most of us when we travel, and while they are portable, a regular size laptop can still quite cumbersome to tote through the airport while trying to navigate our carry-on through the pedestrian traffic. Even if you carry your regular size laptop in a backpack, the extra […]
  • Video: Cramped & Crazy: Unruly Airline Passengers Fight Over Knee Room

    15 Sep 2014 | 10:30 am
    What could be more annoying than a crying baby on your flight? How about grown adults arguing over knee space? Two women were recently grounded after one reclined her seat and encroached on the other’s nap time; another flight was diverted after a passenger put on a knee defender device to prevent the seat in […]
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  • Tunisia: This Is How You Want To Experience North Africa

    Matt Stabile
    3 Sep 2014 | 6:37 pm
    If you’ve ever dreamed of visiting North Africa, but have had questions as to where to go given the — oh how should we say? — difficult political tensions that are prevalent throughout much of the region, than this video should help nudge you along the say. The answer seems to be Tunisia. Yes, Tunisia, that small spit of land nestled between Algeria and Libya that, from the looks of this video from Vimeo user Luca Miranda, seems to have it all: desert oases, groves of fig trees, ever-present Mediterranean sun, a unique culture and Saharan sand that stretches deep into the…
  • Top 10 Things To Do In Dublin

    Matt Stabile
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:22 pm
    Dublin, capital of Ireland and UNESCO City of Literature, is the perfect blend of cosmopolitan and traditional Irish culture. It is a city of extravagant nightclubs, cozy teahouses, ancient ruins and relics, and a collision of music, theater and experimental art. Incredibly, travelers to the Emerald Isle oftentimes skip over Dublin in their eagerness to get to the picturesque countryside. And yes, the hills and the cliffs and the crumbling castles of the west coast should not be missed. But Dublin has enough character to merit a separate trip entirely. And while you probably have the staple…
  • Yonderbound Seeks To Redefine How You Plan Your Travels

    Matt Stabile
    23 Aug 2014 | 1:53 pm
    Earlier this year I had the chance to meet the founders of Yonderbound, a travel marketplace created by three women who have more than 30 years of experience in travel and tourism between them, who have set out to create a new way to find deals on travel and to plan a trip. At their core, the team at Yonderbound believes that everyone should have the right to travel, and that experiencing more of the world helps us make it a better place. Who can argue with that philosophy? Yonderbound has more than 383,693 hotels in 192 countries to choose from, but that’s not all. Yonderbound allows…
  • Here’s What A Road Trip From Anchorage Looks Like

    Matt Stabile
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:32 pm
    Here’s a great video from Vimeo user HappyPapaya taken from his (her?) trip to Chugach State Park, the stunningly beautiful, 495,000-acre state park located just south of Anchorage, Alaska, along the coastline. The westernmost boundary of the park is in the western foothills of the Chugach Mountain Range and, amazing, is a mere seven miles to the east of downtown Anchorage. The last time I checked, if you go seven miles from the downtown of pretty much any other major city in the U.S. you’re much more likely to run into a Panera than a brown bear. This, my friends, is Alaska.
  • A World Class Circus Rises From The Ruins In Cambodia

    Matt Stabile
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:59 pm
    Phare, The Cambodian Circus, a story about how can creativity can rise from hardship and how some children in Cambodia have turned grit to brilliance I came to Siem Reap to teach last year, and after seeing a Phare show and being moved by their story, I decided to help spread the word about them by writing for their blog. Phare, pronounced “far,” is the one-year-old social enterprise of the arts organization Phare Ponleu Selpak (PPS), located three hours away in the city of Battambang. There, children from disadvantaged families come from all over town to get a free education, and if they…
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  • I’m Off on Another Adventure!

    27 Aug 2014 | 11:15 am
    It’s been almost a year and I’m feeling antsy! September 22. That’s the day I last returned to the U.S. Feels like forever ago! And I, for one, am getting very itchy feet! I already had a trip planned for December, when I’m heading Europe for a couple of weeks. But I knew I couldn’t wait that long. That sense of wanderlust had been hitting me hard and I knew I’d be pulling my hair out if I had to wait another 4 months. So I started keeping an eye out for airfare deals. And then, I came across a great one… New York City to Kuwait City for $540 on Emirates. Pretty good, right? But…
  • Iraq Under Siege: Save Kurdistan!

    20 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
    When I visited Iraq a couple of years ago, people looked at me like I was crazy. Nobody had ever heard of the Kurds, who carved out their own territory in northern Iraq called Iraqi Kurdistan. Nobody had ever heard about the Peshmerga, literally “those who face death.” And nobody had ever heard of the Yazidis and their obscure religion. Now, it’s hard to turn on the TV without hearing about all of these… Kurdish men in traditional outfits enjoying an afternoon in Dohuk It’s a very surreal experience to see a place that you’ve visited in the news like this. To see a place where you…
  • NYC’s 4th of July Fireworks Extravaganza in Photos

    8 Jul 2014 | 12:58 am
    I feel lucky to live in a great big city like New York. I mean, where else could I get to see such an amazing world-class fireworks display for the 4th of July (Independence Day for the USA) against a background of the Manhattan skyline? It’s been a tradition for years now to go and watch the fireworks first hand and this year was no different. Armed with my new camera, I made my way to Brooklyn Bridge Park, the premiere viewing spot for this year’s fireworks extravaganza, which finally returned to the East River after years in the Hudson. I was nervous though…the…
  • Dear Jakarta, You’re Kind of Awesome!

    16 Jun 2014 | 3:42 pm
    I couldn’t breathe, for every time I did, I let out a horrid cough. The air was so rancid. So pollution filled, choked by all the endless stream of cars passing by. Where was this CouchSurfing host of mine? He said 15 minutes! That was my first impression of Jakarta, the bustling capital of Indonesia, where everyone else I’d met left and right throughout the vibrant archipelago had warned me…”there’s nothing to do in Jakarta…just traffic, heat and mosquitoes.” I was determined to give it a chance, having just flown in on Lion Air, only 90 minutes late this time (as opposed to my…
  • 10 Questions for the Filmmakers of JUST GO

    9 Jun 2014 | 10:50 am
    Have you ever wanted to drop everything and go on an adventure? I was excited to learn that Andrew Redlawsk, a friend of mine who is not from the travel blogging world, announced he was going to do just that. He’s setting off on a 5,000-mile cross-country road trip with 3 friends with a tent and a tight budget. And  he’s making a documentary about the experience, called JUST GOHe sat down with me for a few questions about the project. So what exactly is JUST GO all about? What we’re doing is setting out to make a film that proves adventure isn’t simply the province of those…
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    The Orlando Blog

  • 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…
  • Treasure Box Kids Opening Night Reception

    Lydia Chicles
    23 Jun 2014 | 11:35 am
    We appreciate business owners wanting tø make a difference in their Community and today we are high lighting Treasure Box Kids and #NAWBO President Carolyn Baily. We are excited to have been invited to their first ever Crowdfunding opening night reception. Along with a fantastic fashion show, cash bar and appetizers offered, Treasure Box Kids proudly supports Children’s Home Society of Florida. In support of the Kickstarter campaign and this reception, a dress can be donated to Children’s Home Society of Florida. For more info please take a look at the flyer below and remember…
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  • 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…
  • You vs. Bed Bugs: Risk of Hotel Encounters

    Carol Margolis
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:10 am
    I have travel thousands of nights over the years and, knock on wood, have had bed bug bites only twice and have never brought the critters home with me. Based on reports of how many properties have had problems at one or another time, I feel lucky with only being bitten on two occasions with minimal affect. In fact, I really don’t give much thought to bed bugs when staying at hotels, though I know my turn would change if they invaded my home. So just what are these bed bug things and are they really a problem? Bed bugs are nocturnal parasitic insects that have been feeding on the blood of…
  • Photo of the Week: Tokyo

    Carol Margolis
    24 Aug 2014 | 4:17 am
    Tokyo is a huge city. It’s so big that it seems impossible to get it all in one photograph, let alone the small percentage of the skyline that I managed to get in this photo. But it is beautiful, especially at night. Everything but the Bay is all lit up. Consider taking an evening cruise to take it all in. I got the chance to visit Tokyo last summer during my Six Weeks to Summer challenge. Eating healthy in Japan was much easier than some of my other destinations. Just looking at this photo, I long to be back in Tokyo. Want more time and money-saving travel ideas, tips for successful…
  • Where Was Skype When I Was First Traveling?

    Carol Margolis
    23 Aug 2014 | 5:08 am
    So many aspects of business travel haven’t changed over the years, especially for parents. It’s heartbreaking to miss the first day of school, or a birthday or your child’s first steps. I know – I missed a lot. I so wish Skype or any of the other myriad of free or low-cost video tools had existed when my kids were younger. Instead, I thought I was state-of-the-art with my AT&T calling card! Then I advanced to having a pager and felt so much better that my kids could send me a message at any time of day or night. I still remember the feeling of being in power with…
  • Photo of the Week: Toronto

    Carol Margolis
    16 Aug 2014 | 4:41 am
    I always love visiting Toronto. In my opinion, they have one of the most beautiful skylines in the world. The post Photo of the Week: Toronto appeared first on Smart Women Travelers. Smart Women Travelers - A Pearl Revealed In Each and Every Trip
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  • Portland Maine Brew Festival

    Ray Deleo
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:24 am
    Victorian Main House The Atlantic Birches Inn in Old Orchard Beach Maine would like to inform you of  one of Maines best Beer Festivals.  Starting Friday evening August 29 and all day Saturday the 3oth  in Portland’s  Old Port  Waterfront you can sample some of the best  Brews you can get here in Maine or away by attending the Portland Maine Brew Festival  with over Forty Breweries attending and One Hundred Twenty Five varieties of Ciders, Mead’s and Beers available to taste.  If you would like to visit some of the nearby breweries we have provided the following map…
  • Southern Maine Fall Foliage

    Ray Deleo
    12 Oct 2012 | 3:50 pm
    Atlantic Birches Inn Central and Southern Maine are the best locations to see colorful foliage through the coming week, these area’s are close to or very near peak according to the  2012 fall foliage report from the Maine Department of Conservation. Color Zone Map Maine Forest Service and state park rangers are reporting past peak leaf color in zones 5 through 7 of the state’s seven tracking zones, but pockets of remarkable color can still be seen in the Kennebec Valley region along Route 201 and in Cumberland and York counties in southern Maine. Leaf drop in these regions is currently…
  • Southern Maine Fall Foliage

    Ray Deleo
    3 Oct 2012 | 8:24 pm
    Atlantic Birches Inn The leaves are changing here in Southern Maine and families from all over are celebrating Autumns arrival in towns all across Maine. by attending craft and country fairs, apple and pumpkin picking along with fun and unique ways to experience the beauty of the fall season –from hot air ballooning, hopping on the Mail boat sailing on Casco Bay or taking a scenic drive to explore some of Maine’s wooden covered bridges and Maine Wooden Covered Bridge  coastline or traveling down some of the popular trail maps(breweries, wineries, wooden bridges, antiquing, apple…
  • Southern Maine U Pick Apples

    Ray Deleo
    16 Sep 2012 | 3:25 pm
    Atlantic Birches Inn Its that time of year again when the nights are cooler, daylight is shorter, scent of fresh apple cider is the air  and the apples are ripe and ready to be picked. Bed and Breakfast Maine namely the Atlantic Birches Inn a Southern Maine Bed and Breakfast would like to share with you some of our favorite u-pick apple orchards in York and Cumberland Counties.      At the apple orchard, you can enjoy a day filled with activities and goodies  for the whole family.     U Pick Orchard Many apple orchards are family-owned with a strong sense of tradition, which makes…
  • Maine Open Lighthouse Day

    Ray Deleo
    14 Sep 2012 | 6:11 am
    Portland Head Light The Atlantic Birches Inn is delighed to inform our friends and guests of the following, as a result of the huge success of past years open Lighthouse day’s The State of Maine and the U.S Coast Guard and the American Lighthouse Foundation have announced the 4nd annual Maine Lighthouse open house day the  twenty-two Maine Lighthouses on Saturday September 15, 2012 from 9am to 3pm. Transportation to these lighthouses must be provided by yourself.  Spring Point Light Last year, hundreds of people visited lighthouses along the Maine coast in the largest effort of its…
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  • Travel Product Review: Tani Underwear

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:26 am
    If you like this article, you'll find more to enjoy at Traveling with MJ - Practical travel information for practical travelers. Luxury Collection of Underwear from Tani Product:  Air Fitness Boxer Brief from Tani Rating:   (out of three hearts) Features:  Designed to be worn for athletic and everyday activities, the Air Fitness Boxer Brief keeps you cool and comfortable in any situation. The three-dimensional pique knit creates tiny pockets of air that helps regulate your body temperature, keeping you cool where you need it most. The SUPERFINE Tencel wicks away 50 percent more moisture…
  • Tuesday Deal Day: Cruising the Northern Lights on Hurtigruten

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:07 am
    If you like this article, you'll find more to enjoy at Traveling with MJ - Practical travel information for practical travelers. Seeing the Northern Lights is on a lot of traveler’s bucket lists. Here’s an easy, value luxury way to see them, by sea on a Hurtigruten cruise ship. Astronomy enthusiasts and adventurous travelers seeking a view of the Northern Lights will enjoy Hurtigruten’s new addition to their winter sailing lineup, the Astronomy Voyage. These 12-day sailings along the scenic Norwegian coast allow guests to join the Aurora Borealis watching sessions on the…
  • Tuesday Deal Day: Complimentary Distillery Tours at Barton 1792

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    9 Sep 2014 | 8:25 am
    If you like this article, you'll find more to enjoy at Traveling with MJ - Practical travel information for practical travelers. One way to stretch your vacation budget, while still keeping that value luxury travel priority, is to discover FREE things to do wherever you are visiting. Now, I’m not suggesting doing something just because it’s free; that’s a waste of time that you’ll never get back. But – with a little research, or maybe just check with your hotel concierge – you may find activities that are right up your alley, located nearby, and are free, too. I enjoy culinary…
  • Postcard from Moon Palace Resort, Cancun

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    9 Sep 2014 | 4:51 am
    If you like this article, you'll find more to enjoy at Traveling with MJ - Practical travel information for practical travelers. Early morning quiet on the Moon Palace grounds. This was the view of the gardens from my balcony, with the ocean just beyond If you like this article, you'll find more to enjoy at Traveling with MJ - Practical travel information for practical travelers.       You might also likePostcard from the Vancouver WaterfrontTuesday Deal Day: 30% Discount at Las Brisas, MexicoTuesday Deal Day: Golfers Delight in Mazatlan 
  • Sunday Stories for September 7th, 2014

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    7 Sep 2014 | 8:11 am
    If you like this article, you'll find more to enjoy at Traveling with MJ - Practical travel information for practical travelers. It’s been the busy week to end all busy weeks. Well, until next month, that is. You see, I’ve spent this past week putting finishing touches on my part of TBEX Cancun. I’m getting on a flight in the morning to head off there, bemoaning the weather report that says temperatures in the high 80s with rain, and trying to take care of a few personal blogging project as well. (Let’s hope my flights tomorrow have wifi!) A couple of articles did…
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    Monkeys and Mountains

  • 9 Cafes in Muenchen Offering Lactose Free Milk

    14 Sep 2014 | 6:12 am
    The original can be found here: 9 Cafes in Muenchen Offering Lactose Free Milk. Please read the original. Cafes in München offering lactose-free milk be difficult to find, but here are 9, so you can enjoy your cappuccino even if you are lactose intolerant as I am! Monkeys and Mountains - Adventure seeker and explorer by day, luxury seeker by night
  • Kvarken Archipelago: Finland’s Only Natural UNESCO World Heritage Site

    6 Sep 2014 | 6:18 am
    The original can be found here: Kvarken Archipelago: Finland’s Only Natural UNESCO World Heritage Site. Please read the original. Not only is Kvarken Archipelago Finland's only natural UNESCO Site, it's also one of the fastest rising land uplifts in the world and a nature lover's paradise. Monkeys and Mountains - Adventure seeker and explorer by day, luxury seeker by night
  • Exploring the Western Coast of Finland #OutdoorsFinland

    26 Aug 2014 | 12:53 pm
    The original can be found here: Exploring the Western Coast of Finland #OutdoorsFinland. Please read the original. I'll be exploring the west coast of Finland and can't wait to visit Vaasa, Björköby, Kalajoki and Liminka Bay - now I just have to figure out how to pronounce them! Monkeys and Mountains - Adventure seeker and explorer by day, luxury seeker by night
  • Houseboating the Mayenne: What You Need to Know

    24 Aug 2014 | 6:42 am
    The original can be found here: Houseboating the Mayenne: What You Need to Know. Please read the original. One of the biggest advantages of houseboating along the Mayenne River in France is that you don't need a driver's licence. Here's what else you need to know: Monkeys and Mountains - Adventure seeker and explorer by day, luxury seeker by night
  • Hiking to Bachalpsee and the Faulhorn

    12 Aug 2014 | 7:17 am
    The original can be found here: Hiking to Bachalpsee and the Faulhorn. Please read the original. The hike to Bachalpsee and the Faulhorn located in the Jungfrau region of Switzerland has it all. Mountain Lake? Check. Glaciers? Check. Majestic peaks? Check! Wildflowers? Check! Monkeys and Mountains - Adventure seeker and explorer by day, luxury seeker by night
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    i-escape travel blog

  • 10 Alternative Things to Do in Madrid

    17 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Bookings Consultant Sarah, a two-year Madrid resident and enduring lover of the city, has recently returned from another visit to Spain’s capital with a camera full of photos and a head full of insider tips. Here she shares her favourite ideas for an offbeat city stay. La azotea del Círculo de Bellas Artes This rooftop bar has, in our opinion, some of the best panoramic views in Madrid. On a clear day you can see all the way to the Sierra! There is plenty of space and you can sit at a table or sprawl out on a sun lounger. There is a small charge to access the rooftop (pay at…
  • Family Escape of the Month… Fattoria Barbialla Nuova

    15 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    As much as we love a city escape with the family, we know that sometimes kids need to roam free in the great outdoors. Where better to do just that than a 500-hectare organic farm in the rolling Tuscan hills? There are few fancy frills or modern distractions here, making it an ideal rural retreat for families yearning for the simple life. Doderi Although these self-catering apartments (and 1 villa) are only an hour from Florence, Fattoria Barbialla Nuova is steeped in a different way of life. Immerse yourself in a world of slow food with fantastic pasta-making demos, an introduction to…
  • #iescapebucket – the winners!

    11 Sep 2014 | 3:33 am
    Last month we launched our #iescapebucket Twitter competition inviting all of you to submit the best pics of your under 5s enjoying 1 of the 20 fun activities on the i-escape ‘Bucket and Spade List’. We received lots of fantastic entries and are pleased to announce our 5 favourites who each win a £50 i-escape with kids voucher. Congratulations! Thank you to all who entered and do remember to use #iescapetrip to share your i-escape holiday pics in the future – we love to see them! @iescapewithkids Herb’s summer of fun. Sand castles, boats, caves and a small pony!
  • Spotlight on… Sardinia

    10 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Set halfway between the North-African coast and the Italian mainland, with white sandy beaches, gleaming azure seas and an impressive history which has left behind spectacular architecture, it’s no wonder that Italy’s isle of romance is one of Europe’s favourite holiday destinations. Costa Smeralda Why go? Sardinia is a real Italian gem, with a searing sun, majestic stretches of coastline, and dazzling old towns and cities. But like all good travel destinations there’s more to it than that. Inland you’ll find lagoons, wetlands and mountainous peaks, and dotted across the entire…
  • Escape of the Week… Londa Beach Hotel

    8 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    As summer draws to a spluttering close, we’re looking for a beachy bolthole where relaxation and near year-round sunshine are within easy reach. So, naturally, our eyes turned towards Cyprus and this hip waterfront hotel where the bronzed and the beautiful make the most of the pampering spa and superlative restaurant. This is horizon-gazing relaxation at its most unapologetic. Most guests spend their days simply moving between the hotel’s pool, small beach and spa before starting the circuit again. However, if a jaunt of more breadth is desired, Londa Beach Hotel is near numerous…
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    Byteful Travel

  • 5 Hard-Earned Tips for Hawaii Work-Trade (& WWOOFing) that will ensure Success

    Andrew Crusoe
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    During my adventures on these Hawaiian Islands, I have witnessed some remarkably unconventional and intriguing ways of living—ways that aren’t nearly as common on Mainland USA. The single most profound difference I’ve encountered on these islands is the social agreement known as Work-Trade. Before I came here, I’d never work-traded anywhere. Heck, I don’t think I’d even heard of it before, but it turned out to be the best way for me to live cheaply on the Big Island while I wrote my 2nd book. No joke. If you’re not familiar, work-trade is a type of living situation where a…
  • To Succeed, Become Obsessed With What You Do

    Andrew Crusoe
    30 Jun 2014 | 4:01 am
    There’s been a lot of talk about how, if you do what you love, it doesn’t feel like work. From experience, I happen to think there’s some truth in this. But I don’t think it’s going far enough. If you really want to make a splash in your field, you don’t just have to do what you love, you’ve got to become, in some way, frakking obsessed with what you do. Don’t get me wrong. I don’t mean obsessed in an unhealthy way. But I do mean that you can’t help but keep thinking, continually, about the thing you love to do—whether that be…
  • What is the point of a Friendship if it fades?

    Andrew Crusoe
    21 Apr 2014 | 3:01 am
    I’ve been asking far too few questions lately. Usually when I share something with you here, I want to give you something to be excited about, someplace you can dream to see someday. But today, as I was triaging through old files, I came across a folder on my Mac called “Friend Docs,” resulting in a cascading series of events that led me straight down Memory Lane. You see, ever since I got a new iPod, I’ve been shooting ABSURD amounts of HD video, and it’s filling up my drive faster that I anticipated. Turns out, a surprisingly large chunk of my space was also…
  • MacKenzie Park: Brown Noddy cliff birds video

    Andrew Crusoe
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:49 pm
    Welcome back to MacKenzie Park! The “Byteful Glimpse” video series continues with a short (and hilarious) video about some other things we saw by the park cliffs (henceforth to be referred to as the Cliffs of Insanity). This one is EASILY the wackiest one yet. Share & Enjoy! Transcript: A: You keep talking about these birds, but I never see them. R: Well that’s because you’re too busy looking at your camera. Birds are flying around as we speak. A: Well, okay. Screw that. Where? R: Off the edge of the point there. Every once in a while a black bat-like face comes…
  • MacKenzie Park: Whale Spout on Big Island video

    Andrew Crusoe
    14 Apr 2014 | 2:43 pm
    Welcome to MacKenzie Park! Today, I’m happy to share the 2nd in my “Byteful Glimpse” HD travel series of short videos. You see, ever since I got an iPod that can actually shoot HD video, I’ve been doing what I can to capture glimpses of some of the best places on the island. And MacKenzie Park is one of the loveliest places on the east side of the island. So lovely, in fact, that I was treated to a whale sighting while sitting on the edge of one of the cliffs. Share & Enjoy! Transcript: A: Jump for no reason! Expend thousands of calories! *laughter* A: You…
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    Wayfaring Wanderer

  • Kari + Chad's Mountaintop Destination Wedding at Kilkelly's in Blowing Rock, NC | Boone Wedding Photographer

    12 Sep 2014 | 3:28 pm
    "We have to go to Plan B!," said one of the bridesmaids. “If we do it outside at the original ceremony site your dress will get ruined before the day even begins!”After that, a flurry of activity began as furniture got shuffled and the guests and groomsmen were notified of the switch. The ceremony would now take place inside the house where everyone can get cozy in the living and dining room.It was a tough decision to make because it wasn't the way Kari and Chad envisioned exchanging their vows. She really had her heart set on getting married outside, surrounded by the mountains that they…
  • Ali + JB's Engagement Adventure at Grandfather Golf & Country Club | Boone NC Photographer

    5 Sep 2014 | 11:08 am
    “Hold on now! We wouldn't want you to fall off the golf cart!”, Ali hollered. Meanwhile, I have a death-grip with my left hand on the cameras and my right was white knuckling it on the—pardon my French—“oh shit!” bar (that’s what it’s called, right?! hahaha) while he whizzed us around the course!JB was obviously very familiar with the terrain and seemed to know this course like the back of his hand. I wasn't really scared, I knew I was in good hands. I’m just being dramatic for effect. Did it work? The three of us got cozy right away and sandwiched three-deep on the bench…
  • Pennington Family Adventure at Valle Crucis Park | Boone NC Family Photographer

    28 Aug 2014 | 7:23 am
    “Blueberries! I see blueberries!”, Everett began to shout and point from the lofty view on his Daddy’s shoulders. “Where?!”, the rest of us asked puzzled. Between the four of us, we hadn’t yet spotted the wild berries, but as we continued to walk closer to the area he was leading us toward, he became more insistent that they were there.We finally walked up and saw the bush that he was steering us to. Everett had a good eye, although what he spotted from afar were blackberries not blueberries.Still, it required a pit-stop so that he could sample nature’s sweet treat! Naturally,…
  • Coming Soon: Boone Bride Guide | Wedding Planning Resource | Boone NC Photographer

    22 Aug 2014 | 12:35 pm
    "I have learned how complex and overwhelming it can be to plan a wedding! It's not easy that's for sure!" I've heard on numerous occasions how overwhelming it is to plan a wedding from my brides. They share nearly the same sentiment every time I check in with them as we get closer to their big day. Another confided, “Honestly, I'm overwhelmed at this time trying to pull the wedding together, find a job, and take care of a sick pet and mother.”The planning process is really stressful because there are so many different elements that need to come together in order to make it happen. It’s…
  • Focusing on the Marriage and Not the Wedding

    15 Aug 2014 | 11:08 am
    “Have you set a date yet?”, curious friends would often ask. At first, our response was, “YUP! We’re getting married on June 29th, 2014!”I came up with this date because Cody's birthday is on April 29th and my birthday is on September 29th, so I thought it would be awesome to get married on June 29th, smack dab between our two birthdays!Photography by Kimberlee Edwards Photography It was a cute idea and all, but the closer we inched toward that date, the less confident we became about whether or not this was really going to happen. We've had an extended engagement without any solid…
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  • Mixed Feelings about Tejeda on Gran Canaria

    16 Sep 2014 | 10:17 am
    Tejeda on Gran Canaria looks the perfect Canarian village. It reclines on the hillside gazing out over some of the most epic views in the Canary Islands. Tejeda is, as they say, picture postcard pretty. It has many of the right ingredients, and yet I’ve never fully clicked with the place. I don’t dislike Tejeda, but neither do I have any real affection for it. There are a couple of reasons for this. Tejeda: The Good and Bad Having hiked up a mountain from Tunte, walked through a misty, damp and atmospheric forest and descended on slippery cobbled trail into a valley where the…
  • The Lost Piglets of El Hierro

    15 Sep 2014 | 7:56 am
    “Have you seen any piglets,” the young man with a Jon Snow beard (Game of Thrones not the newsreader) seemed amused at his own question. “Piglets?” I don’t know what we’d expected when the 4×4 drew level with us on the dirt track in the hills on El Hierro, but it wasn’t a question about piglets. “Little black piglets” he laughed. “Ours have…” he hesitated. “… escaped.” “No, no piglets. Some sheep and a kestrel, but no black piglets.” He drove off and we carried on our way between dry stone walls topped on one side by blossoming almond…
  • Review of Hotel Villa Kinzica, Lake Iseo

    14 Sep 2014 | 11:05 am
    Via Provinciale 1, Sale Marasino The largest lake island in Europe, Monte Isola, lay directly opposite our room. There was an elegant selection of fruit on a lake to pick at as we pulled up chairs at the picture windows. It would be a perfect spot for sitting with your head in a book, except the scenery acts as a constant distraction. Like so many of the locations we visited in Italy the views were as immaculately alluring as an Italian garden. From the moment we checked in, Hotel Villa Kinzica felt as relaxing as slipping into a warm bath. Our View As a base for exploring Lake Iseo and…
  • Finding Accommodation at the Plitvice Lakes in Croatia

    9 Sep 2014 | 7:14 am
    We discovered two things about travelling to Plitvice Lakes National Park without having pre-booked accommodation. The first was that it was a damn smart idea. The second was roads depicted as yellow lines on Croatian maps come in all shapes and sizes. In fact, some aren’t roads at all which is how we ended up rescuing a couple of lost Americans. Getting to Plitvice Lakes National Park Maps are wonderful things. When you know how to read one they are keys to the world, you can’t beat them. Sat nav systems may be improving all the time, but give me a map any day of the week, even…
  • Review of Historic, Hotel Torbrau in Munich

    8 Sep 2014 | 8:41 am
    The ideal blend of Bavarian hospitality and cosmopolitan city chic, Munich was voted the world’s most liveable city in 2007 and it’s easy to see why. Pedestrianised streets, an efficient subway system and multitudinous cycle lanes give cars a wide berth in the city centre in favour of feet and wheels; colourful markets entice with rainbow displays of fresh produce and tickle taste buds with aromas of Weisswurst and Knödle; hipsters, students and office workers enjoy al fresco lunches on the steps of ancient monuments , watched over by alabaster lions and beer halls and everywhere…
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    Gay Travel Information (and more)!

  • An Extra Bed Vacation Rentals – Rockport & Medford, MA

    17 Sep 2014 | 12:57 pm
    An Extra Bed Vacation Rentals & Periwinkle Cottage | 1-877-325-1139 | Rockport & Medford, MA Discover your “home away from home” when you visit these warm and inviting vacation rentals in Rockport and Boston (Medford), Massachusetts.  At An Extra Bed Vacation Rentals, they pride themselves s in providing you with comfortable, modern, and beautifully styled homes and cottages for rent in fascinating towns. … Continue reading →
  • Loews Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Orlando

    9 Sep 2014 | 9:46 am
    Universal Orlando announces a fifth hotel: Loews Sapphire Falls Resort will open in 2016 Universal Orlando and Loews Hotels and Resorts are teaming up again to open a fifth on-site resort; Loews Sapphire Falls Resort. When it opens in the summer of 2016, guests will walk into a colorful Caribbean hideaway built around a lush, tropical … Continue reading →
  • Julian’s – Providence, RI | Gay Travel Information

    3 Sep 2014 | 8:25 am
    JULIAN’S / 318 BROADWAY, PROVIDENCE, RI 02909 / 401-861-1770 Do you remember that person in high school that oozed with punk rock, zine reading, sci-fi coolness? Some people may have thought they were “strange”, but not you. Oh no. You anticipated passing them each day in the school hall hoping maybe, just maybe you would get a nod or half smile. You’d make it … Continue reading →
  • Loews Don CeSar Hotel – St. Pete Beach, Florida

    19 Aug 2014 | 12:03 pm
    Gay Travel | Gay Travel Information | Gay Friendly St. Pete Beach | Gay Friendly St. Petersburg | Gay Friendly Florida Loews Don CeSar Hotel St. Pete Beach | 3400 Gulf Blvd | St. Pete Beach, FL 33706 | 1-800-282-1116 There are hotels and then there are — GRAND HOTELS. The historic, 4-Diamond, Loews Don CeSar … Continue reading →
  • Gay Travel Information – Four Seasons Hotel Miami

    14 Aug 2014 | 9:16 am
    FOUR SEASONS HOTEL MIAMI / 1435 BRICKELL AVE / MIAMI, FL 33131 / 1-305-358-3535 Four Seasons Hotel Miami is eloquently hip. It exudes class with a luxurious, modern vibe. Then again, what would you expect from the Four Seasons? My wife Jennifer and I had the pleasure of experiencing this spectacular hotel first hand this … Continue reading →
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    Fodor's Travel Wire

  • New Orleans' 10 Best Bars for Classic Cocktails
    16 Sep 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Bartenders have been mixing Sazeracs in the French Quarter since the 1850s, long before the first frozen daiquiri machine ever appeared on Bourbon Street. The Sazerac may be the Crescent City’s official drink, but other classics invented here include the Ramos Gin Fizz, Vieux Carré, and the Grasshopper. Thanks to the modern cocktail trend, plenty of New Orleans bars also have proprietary programs in addition to their classic offerings. It’s subject to debate whether the city is actually the birthplace of the first cocktail, but there’s no denying that the art of…
  • How to Tip When Traveling Around the World
    16 Sep 2014 | 2:00 pm
    There is nothing more vexing than trying to figure out who to tip, how much, and when—especially when you're in a foreign country. You’ll come face to face with employees at airports and train stations, hotels and bed and breakfasts, restaurants and cafés. Do you have to tip everyone? What about shuttle bus drivers, tour guides, and bellmen? The truth is that the rules differ from place to place, so it's hard to know how much you should be tipping. Below, you'll find a handy cheat sheet that will prevent you from ever tipping too much or too…
  • Travel Quote of the Week: On New Beginnings
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    Who doesn't love an inspiring travel quote? (As if we need any more reason to hit the road.) Like what you see here? There are plenty more travel quotes where this came from. Check us out on Pinterest. And tell us what you thought of this quote on Twitter or Facebook.
  • Insider's Guide to Umbria
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Most visitors stick to Assisi, Orvieto, and Perugia—the triumvirate of Umbrian tourism—when visiting Italy’s green heart. But beyond the regular diet of Franciscan monuments and medieval churches, Umbria is filled with unexpected natural wonders, ancient ruins, and spectacular hilltop towns. This is the secret, off-the-beaten-path Umbria you shouldn’t miss. By Krisanne Fordham
  • Opening Soon: Kempinski Hotels' First Myanmar Property
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:15 pm
    Intrepid travelers heading to Myanmar will soon have a new luxury lodging option when Kempinski opens the doors of its first property there, Kempinski Hotel Nay Pyi Taw. Located in Myanmar’s capital, the 141-room and -suite hotel will begin welcoming guests on November 1, 2014. To celebrate the opening, Kempinski is offering an introductory rate (from $180) on its Premier suites through December 31. (Room bookings can now be made at The opening of a property by Kempinski, Europe’s oldest luxury hotel group, cements Myanmar’s status as a rising destination,…
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    Mallory On Travel

  • Epic Journeys; Coast to Coast, Canada with Via Rail

    Iain Mallory
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:17 am
    Iain MalloryIainMallory The term ‘epic journey’ is probably bandied about too often, but travelling from Halifax on the Atlantic coast of Canada to Vancouver on the Pacific shoreline is justifiably considered an epic traverse. Travelling by train with the major Canadian railway Via Rail only adds to this sense of a special journey, it is one which […] The post Epic Journeys; Coast to Coast, Canada with Via Rail appeared first on Mallory On Travel.MalloryOnTravel
  • Oman Media Trip 12- 16 September 2014

    Iain Mallory
    11 Sep 2014 | 3:55 pm
    Iain MalloryIainMallory I’m extremely excited to return to a favourite destination over the period Friday 12th to Tuesday 16th September, 2014. This trip is being organised by the Sultanate of Oman Ministry of Tourism, and will include several talented writers, and photographers. Oman has the tagline “Beauty has and address”, and I think this is appropriate, it is a […] The post Oman Media Trip 12- 16 September 2014 appeared first on Mallory On Travel.MalloryOnTravel
  • Postcards from an Urban Sunset, Cape Town

    Iain Mallory
    9 Sep 2014 | 12:10 pm
    Iain MalloryIainMallory Spectacular sunsets usually bring thoughts of silhouetted surfers, island palm trees, or reflections in mountain lakes to mind. Cityscapes are often equally impressive however, and not necessarily just skylines of towering, reflective glass monoliths. These cloud formations over Cape Town, South Africa, produced one of the most memorable sunsets I can remember. After meeting fur seals […] The post Postcards from an Urban Sunset, Cape Town appeared first on Mallory On Travel.MalloryOnTravel
  • Afternoon Tea, and Narrow Boats; Quintessential England

    Iain Mallory
    7 Sep 2014 | 12:14 pm
    Iain MalloryIainMallory Much is made of the lack of summer sun in the United Kingdom. so when it does appear it’s essential to make the most of it. At the slightest hint of some good weather, walking boots get dusted off, mountain bikes dragged out, dogs get longer than usual walks, and some people take to the canals in narrow […] The post Afternoon Tea, and Narrow Boats; Quintessential England appeared first on Mallory On Travel.MalloryOnTravel
  • Reykjavik, Iceland, My kind of Destination

    Iain Mallory
    5 Sep 2014 | 7:02 am
    Iain MalloryIainMallory Guest post by Alison Bailey Reykjavik was the June destination of the Flybe inaugural flight from Birmingham, providing my first taste of Iceland. Before leaving, I took the opportunity to walk around Reykjavík, to explore the city, and enjoy some of the cultural institutions. Safe to say I’m impressed. Reykjavík is unlike any other city I […] The post Reykjavik, Iceland, My kind of Destination appeared first on Mallory On Travel.MalloryOnTravel
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  • Planning An American Sports Road Trip

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

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

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

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

    Salika Jay
    24 Feb 2014 | 3:30 am
    Orlando – the city in the ‘Orange County‘ and nicknamed as ‘The City Beautiful‘ or ‘O – Town‘ is a place many of us would love to go to. The nicknames are perhaps not the most creative names but who’s complaining, right? Florida was once a quiet farming town but today the [...]View article on Gawaya Travel Blog: Orlando, The City of Entertainment
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    Luxury Holiday Blog - Tropical Sky

  • Top 10 things to do in Malaysia

    Toni Marie Ford
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    I didn’t know a thing about Malaysia until I touched down in Kuala Lumpur one night last July in the midst of a spectacular thunderstorm. I had hoped Malaysia would be unlike anywhere else I had ever been before and, incredibly, it was. A heady mixture of Malay, Chinese and Indian cultural influences, Malaysia is a jigsaw puzzle of beautiful … Top 10 things to do in Malaysia is a post from: Luxury Holiday Blog - Tropical Sky
  • Bangkok, Kanchanarburi and Hua Hin in photos

    Justin Mewse
    8 Sep 2014 | 2:07 am
    I was recently fortunate enough to join a trip to Thailand to experience a week-long itinerary packed with activities, starting in the capital city Bangkok, then on to the rural province of Kanchanaburi and finally the beach region of Hua Hin. With so much to see and do, I would need to write a whole series of articles to do Thailand … Bangkok, Kanchanarburi and Hua Hin in photos is a post from: Luxury Holiday Blog - Tropical Sky
  • A wedding in paradise – Mr & Mrs Dunford say ‘I do’ at the Maritim Hotel, Mauritius

    Natasha Delgado
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:27 am
    When nurse, Jana met engineer, Nick at a Madness tribute concert sparks didn’t necessarily fly, however several years on these two love birds together with their close friends, family and 16 month old daughter sought after their ‘happily ever after’ on the exclusive island of Mauritius, at the beautiful 5* Maritim Hotel.   Where did you meet? Nick and I … A wedding in paradise – Mr & Mrs Dunford say ‘I do’ at the Maritim Hotel, Mauritius is a post from: Luxury Holiday Blog - Tropical Sky
  • Faraway foods: Bali

    Levanah Gates
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:57 am
    Bali, it conjures up images of dramatic greenery, rolling rice fields and volcanic vistas. One of Indonesia’s most popular islands, it’s no wonder so many of us in the West choose this landscape as our ultimate holiday destination. It’s not just luxury sun seekers though, Bali is just as popular with global backpackers and honeymooners. But what about the food? … Faraway foods: Bali is a post from: Luxury Holiday Blog - Tropical Sky
  • Top 10 things to do in Thailand

    Toni Marie Ford
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:05 am
    Thailand is a charming mix-up. It is a country of paradoxes, of oddly-shaped jigsaw pieces that shouldn’t fit together and yet somehow do, creating a picture of a place that seems at once real and imaginary. Bangkok’s reputation as the decadent playground of the East is tempered by its many shrines and holy sites. Its saffron-robed Buddhist monks pad barefoot … Top 10 things to do in Thailand is a post from: Luxury Holiday Blog - Tropical Sky
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    The World on Wheels

  • Trying to Get to Jamaica is Trying

    Darryl Musick
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    Twenty five years ago, my beautiful wife and I traveled to the island of Jamaica. Tim, being all of two years old at the time, stayed behind with my parents.Watch the Video!We went to Eden II, and all-inclusive that was eventually bought out by the Sandals chain. The particular property is today part of the Jewel family of resorts.Back then, all-inclusive not only meant all the food and drink you could absorb but also tours, golf outings, and more. The entertainment offerings were endless (see our picture of Toga Party night, above. That's Letty and me on the right) and "no tipping" meant…
  • THE COCKTAIL HOUR: The Runaway

    Darryl Musick
    14 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    Greetings from Jamaica! This week's cocktail is our latest invention, the Runaway.A little background...when we travel, and especially if we have a comped in-room minibar...we like to play around with it and invent a cocktail from the ingredients within.WATCH THE VIDEO!This week, we're at the all-inclusive Luxury Bahia Principe resort in Runaway Bay, Jamaica. Our minibar includes a massive bottle of rum, some Coke, Sprite, orange soda, and beer. We augmented this by visiting a nearby market to get some coconut water, line juice, and orange/pineapple juice.Using our resort's location for the…
  • Visiting Wine Country - A Wine Buyer's Manifesto

    Darryl Musick
    12 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    Take a shot glass. Put half an ounce of water in it. Pour it in a wine glass. That tiny bit of liquid is what you usually get when you get a taste of wine in a tasting room.  No problem…wineries aren’t bars and they don’t want their patrons getting drunk and driving around on the rural roads that usually appear in wine country (by the way, you’re not supposed to swallow’re supposed to taste it and spit it out into the bucket provided so the alcohol doesn’t erode your sense of taste).We love wine here at The World on Wheels. We love that, in our biased opinion, we…
  • Adventures Close to Home: Riverside, California - Part 2

    Darryl Musick
    8 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    Click this link for Riverside, Part 1.Farmer Boys is a fast food chain in California and Nevada. Just around the corner from our hotel, the Mission Inn, is their corporate headquarters. Next door to that is their flagship store.Seems like a fitting place to have a quick breakfast so, armed with coupons we received before leaving home, we have a nice plate of French toast and eggs before heading out for the day.Watch the Video!We’ll need the energy because we’re climbing a mountain.  Well, mountain might be ambitious…more like a hill…but it’s called a mountain here…Mount…
  • The Cocktail Hour...Strange Brew - The Finale!

    Darryl Musick
    7 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    It's time to wrap up this trilogy. I made it my project to brew a batch of Belgian style dubbel ale.Watch the Video! I brewed and fermented it in Part 1.I filtered and bottled it in Part 2.Now it's time to see how I did. Tim joins me as we crack open a couple of bottles on New Year's Eve. It tasted very, very good but...You'll need to watch the video to see how it turned out.Cheers and Happy New Year everybody!DarrylCopyright 2013 - Darryl MusickAll Rights Reserved
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    Teen Travel Talk

  • All-American Summer Fun!

    14 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    A huge part of being in my family involves BASEBALL! My whole family lives and breathes for the sport. My grandpa has been an Oakland A’s fan since he was probably in his mommy’s tummy and he has passed it on to every single person in his family. For our trips as a family, we usually end up going on the Bart (the bay area’s subway station) and going to a game. This past time, however, we did something we had never done before. As an anniversary gift, we decided to give my grandparents a whole new experience, with the whole family of course, so we reserved a suite/box!
  • Top 3 in Berlin

    Bianca B
    11 Sep 2014 | 2:16 pm
    Ich liebe Berlin! The German capital is so steeped in history and culture that it’s hard to walk around without stopping every minute or two to take a closer look – at the stunning architecture, the amazing art pieces, and even the thought-provoking graffiti on the walls all over the city. To my great misfortune we only spent three days there, and I for one am planning to return – until then, here are the three best things we did while we were in Berlin! 1. The Berlin Wall – East Side Gallery This is an obvious must-see. It’s both immediately sobering and surprisingly uplifting…
  • Travel Beyond Summer

    31 Aug 2014 | 5:53 pm
    Summer is the season when most people travel, but let’s face it: the prices for hotels and transportation are way too high. Making vacation plans after the height of the busy season may be out of the question for some, especially with the start of the school year, but there are some great places for shorter or longer getaways that might just do the trick. In short, travel doesn’t have to be isolated within the three hottest months of the year. September and October are great months to travel, so check out one or more of these vacation destinations, if you can. September There are…
  • European Adventure

    27 Aug 2014 | 1:08 pm
    Going to Paris has been on my bucket list my entire life, and as my love for British celebrities increased, England also rose high on the list of places I wanted to visit. I was lucky enough to visit both of these places when my high school hosted a trip to France and England.  Three of my best friends and I all signed up for the trip and this July we got to experience the trip of a lifetime. The trip was 10 days long and included London, Canterbury, St Malo, and ended in Paris, and if I had to choose one word to describe all these very different cities it would be pretty, each location was…
  • National Roller Coaster DAY!

    17 Aug 2014 | 9:37 pm
    Spur the moment Friday night, my grandparents decided to surprise all of their grandkids with a trip to Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo, California the next day, Saturday. As it turns out, we visited Six Flags on NATIONAL ROLLER COASTER DAY!!!       Now, we didn’t know what that actually meant. Soon, however, when we decided to ride Boomerang, we found out we get to ride a second time (if you wanted to)! As big roller coaster fans, we were certainly up to it!       Discovery Kingdom has a lot of thrill rides, such as Medusa (the green one in the…
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  • How to Pack Shoes in Your Backpack

    Fred Perrotta
    11 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    What’s the hardest item to pack? For most people, shoes are the hardest item to pack. They take up a lot of space, and shoes are too specialized to bring just one pair, even for short trips. On my first backpacking trip to Europe, I carried around a pair of dress shoes. I had heard that you needed nice shoes for “going out” in Europe. For two weeks I lugged around heavy, thick-soled dress shoes. I don’t think I ever wore them. In retrospect, I was an idiot. Luckily, I was carrying around a giant hiking bag. I had plenty of room, but they were still a waste of space and…
  • Announcing the Tortuga Backpacks Study Abroad Scholarship

    Fred Perrotta
    9 Sep 2014 | 6:40 am
    Today we are proud to announce the Tortuga Backpacks Study Abroad Scholarship. Why a Scholarship? Young people need to experience the world beyond their hometown and college campus. Now, together, we can help them do so. When you buy a Tortuga Backpack, you will “pay it forward” by funding a scholarship for students to travel and study abroad. Some companies donate a percentage of sales to charity, but we wanted to do something more tangible. TOMS Shoes’ and Warby Parker’s “Buy One, Give One” programs were a model for us. When you shop with us, your money…
  • 10 Packing Quotes to Remind You to Travel Light

    Fred Perrotta
    4 Sep 2014 | 6:26 am
    Everyone loves to share travel quotes on Facebook, Pinterest, and Tumblr. Even people who don’t travel. As usual, packing is the essential, but unloved, part of travel. We aren’t the only ones talking about packing though. Everyone from writers to poets to designers to the king of quotes himself, Oscar Wilde, has had something to say about what to bring or what not to bring. The message as always: pack light. He who would travel happily must travel light. -Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Tweet this quote If you wish to travel far and fast, travel light. Take off all your envies,…
  • Packing Cube Survey Results: You Want It, We’ll Make It

    Fred Perrotta
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:11 am
    I always carry a single packing cube. I pack it with underwear and socks and carry it at the bottom of my backpack. The cube consolidates these small items so that they take up less space and are all in one spot, not jammed into every nook and cranny of my bag. The rest of my clothes are packed loosely outside of a cube. Here at Tortuga, we get occasional questions about packing cubes. Mostly, “Should I use packing cubes?” and “Which ones?” Many hardcore travelers packing everything they bring in packing cubes. But how common are they? What do people want in a packing…
  • How to Not Exceed Carry On Weight Limits

    Fred Perrotta
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:01 am
    As long as everything fits in a carry on, you’re good. Right? Not necessarily. Everyone knows about carry on size limits. But airlines have carry on weight limits too. You can easily overstuff a carry-on-sized bag. The weight of a laptop, book, and an extra pair of shoes adds up quickly. Airlines’ carry on weight rules vary even more than their size rules do. Air China allows carry on bags up to 11 lbs, while Frontier Airlines allows bags up to 35 lbs. Always check with your airline before flying. The most common weight limits are 15 lbs (6.8 kg), 18 lbs (8 kg), or 22 lbs…
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  • The Dorset County Show 2014 (Dorchester)

    14 Sep 2014 | 8:43 am
    The Dorset County Show 2014 - Dorchester visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'The Dorset County Show 2014' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Dorset.Panorama photographed by Malcolm Etherington who wrote:This was the show held in early September 2014 which featured the best that Dorset has to offer. Apart from the usual livestock competitions, there were displays of locally made food and drink such as cider, wine, ice cream, fudge, pasties, cheeses and much more.
  • Cala Murta, El Castellet -2 (Mallorca)

    13 Sep 2014 | 8:12 am
    Cala Murta, El Castellet -2 - Mallorca visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Cala Murta, El Castellet -2' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Balearic Islands.Panorama photographed by Malcolm Etherington who wrote:This rocky outcrop called El Castellet (little castle) is a short walk along the cliffs from the beach at [[10766,Cala Murta]] on the [[1826,Formentor Peninsula.]]
  • Cala Murta, El Castellet (Mallorca)

    13 Sep 2014 | 8:06 am
    Cala Murta, El Castellet - Mallorca visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Cala Murta, El Castellet' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Balearic Islands.Panorama photographed by Malcolm Etherington who wrote:One of Mallorca's hidden gems is [[10766,Cala Murta,]] a little deserted cove on the [[727,Formentor Peninsula.]] A rocky footpath known as the 'Camí del Castellet' leads from the beach and over the cliffs to [[10768,this viewpoint.]]
  • Cala Murta (Mallorca)

    13 Sep 2014 | 7:59 am
    Cala Murta - Mallorca visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Cala Murta' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Balearic Islands.Panorama photographed by Malcolm Etherington who wrote:This secluded beach surrounded by cliffs lies on the [[9026,Formentor peninsula]] just south of [[738,Cala Figuera.]] It is a 30 minute walk through the woods from the Cala Figuera car park on the main road. From the beach there is a short walk along the cliffs to the nearby [[10767,El Castellet,]] a tiny rocky island with stunning views of the…
  • Cathedral Close, Exeter (Exeter)

    11 Sep 2014 | 7:17 am
    Cathedral Close, Exeter - Exeter visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Cathedral Close, Exeter' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Devon.Panorama photographed by Malcolm Etherington who wrote:Next to Exeter Cathedral is this row of ancient buildings steeped in history. The Royal Clarence Hotel was built in 1770 on the site of Sir Walter Raleigh's family town house, and is said to be the first hostelry in England to be known as a hotel. The black and white building with the purple shutters is the once famous…
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  • Halloween Time Novelty Items to Materialize at Disneyland Resort

    17 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    There’s nothing better than strolling down Main Street, U.S.A., in Disneyland park during the fall with a piping hot mug of hot chocolate, especially if you can bring the magic home in a souvenir mug. I love being able to enjoy my morning coffee in a favorite keepsake. Recently, I got a sneak peek at some of the spooky souvenir novelty items coming to Disneyland Resort. One of my fall traditions is to watch classic Walt Disney cartoons like “The Haunted House,” “The Skeleton Dance” and “The Mad Doctor.” I was excited to learn that the design for this year’s Halloween mug and…
  • Taste Your Way Around the World In Style With New Dooney & Bourke Bags Coming to Epcot on September 29

    17 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    With the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival returning to Walt Disney World Resort, I wanted to share some exciting news. For the first time, the Disney Theme Park Merchandise team is releasing a specially designed Dooney & Bourke collection inspired by the annual festival of culinary delights. When designing the new colorful pattern, Disney Design Group artists were inspired by marketing artwork featuring Chef Mickey Mouse. Three of the items will contain a unique leather hangtag that has the event logo (the wristlet will not have this hangtag). I love the subtle designs used…
  • Wildlife Wednesday: Disney’s Animal Kingdom Celebrates Elephants and Rhinos on September 23

    17 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Disney’s Animal Kingdom is home to over 1,800 animals who serve as ambassadors to their counterparts in the wild. Cast members work to educate guests through activities like Wilderness Explorers, exploration trails and attractions like Kilimanjaro Safaris. Helping protect wildlife and wild places is at the core of The Walt Disney Company and recognizing the intrinsic value of nature is a guiding principle of Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Throughout the day, in locations across the park, conservation messages are shared and calls to action prompt guests to learn more about endangered species…
  • runDisney Announces The “Goofy Giveback” – New Opportunity To Participate At The 2015 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend

    16 Sep 2014 | 4:01 pm
    Last week millions of viewers across the country witnessed an amazing transformation. They tuned into ABC’s hit summer series “Extreme Weight Loss” and watched as show hosts Chris and Heidi Powell guided a father/daughter team through a reward challenge at the 2014 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna. The social media response to Jeff and Juliana’s story was incredible. Viewers shared how they were inspired and motivated by the father / daughter story. Many pledged to make changes and adopt a healthy active lifestyle. And several people expressed that they…
  • What’s This? Disneyland Resort Entertainment Team Shares Top Pics for Haunted Mansion Holiday

    16 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Every August, the Disneyland Resort Entertainment team begins helping Jack Skellington take over the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland park to create Haunted Mansion Holiday. To see them in action is quite a treat. There’s always something new and different to discover, so I thought I’d ask the talented team to show me their favorite parts of Skellington’s magical makeover. My favorite feature is seeing all of the spooky stockings; I can only imagine what’s inside of them! What’s your favorite part of Haunted Mansion Holiday? What’s This? Disneyland Resort Entertainment Team Shares…
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    Marion's Travel Pictures

  • Kenny Random's Street Art in Padua, Italy

    Marion Cerrato
    22 Aug 2014 | 4:55 am
    This photo of Kenny Random's spray paint was shot in Padua, hometown of the Italian street artist.To see more pictures of graffiti and artworks by Kenny Random check out his Facebook page.
  • Red Hearts Mix

    Marion Cerrato
    10 Feb 2014 | 8:52 am
  • Verona in Love...

    Marion Cerrato
    7 Feb 2014 | 1:39 am
    When visiting Verona around Valentine's Day you can't really escape the "Verona in Love" festival, four days of special events including free concerts, local wine, chocolate and pandoro tasting, as well as poetry reading, love letter contest, love themed walking tours,... During the festival, the city of Romeo and Juliet is decorated with all sorts of red hearts, and a lot of people walk through the historic center holding pink heart shaped balloons offered by the main sponsors of the event.
  • Summer Pics of Gothenburg Harbour

    Marion Cerrato
    2 Feb 2014 | 7:57 am
  • Summer Sunset over Gothenburg's Archipelago

    Marion Cerrato
    27 Jan 2014 | 10:33 am
    Here are a few pictures of the Gothenburg Archipelago taken on my way back from Vinga Island :
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    Italy to Los Angeles and Back

  • Il male minore: un porto turistico offshore per Venezia o scavare la laguna ancor di più?

    Marie Ohanesian Nardin
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:32 am
    Bacino San Marco-settembre 2013Le grandi navi da turismo portano centinaia di migliaia di turisti a Venezia ogni anno, i quali, in cambio, contribuiscono all’economia locale e nazionale sostenendo, in parte, i lavori nell’ambito del turismo. Ad ogni modo, come Gulliver che pesta Lilliput, questi enormi grattacieli su acqua navigano attraverso la laguna veneziana e il fragile centro storico—il bacino di San Marco e il Canale della Giudecca—lasciando le loro impronte.  Dopo la tragica vicenda che ha coinvolto la Costa Concordia, nella quale hanno perso la vita trentadue persone…
  • The lesser of two evils: An offshore touristic port for Venice or more canal digging?

    Marie Ohanesian Nardin
    14 Sep 2014 | 11:58 am
    St. Mark's Basin-September 2013Cruise ships bring hundreds of thousands of tourists to Venice each year who, in turn, contribute to the local and national economy by sustaining, in part, tourist related jobs. However, like Gulliver stepping through Lilliput, these gigantic floating skyscrapers sail through the Venetian lagoon and the fragile historical center—St. Mark’s Basin and the Giudecca Canal—and leave their footprints, too. Two years after the Costa Concordia fiasco, which tragically took 32 lives off the Tuscan coast in January 2012, few people would disagree that large cruise…
  • My guest blog post on #UNLOCKYOURLOVE-Venetians taking their city’s problems into their own hands

    Marie Ohanesian Nardin
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:01 am
    #unlockyourlove logo by Alberto Toso FeiAfter one of the most trying tourist seasons today’s generations of Venetians can remember, a grassroots group—tired of visitors using the city of Venice, Italy, like a beach, a picnic area or more crassly as an outdoor toilet. Yes this is happening in Venice, too—is saying basta!Enough of the abuse their spectacular town, a U.N.E.S.C.O. World Heritage site, has been forced to succumb to....Please continue reading my blog post here on Insiders…
  • Venice, not her tourists, is crying out loud!

    Marie Ohanesian Nardin
    15 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    The Rialto BridgeBecause of a recent article in The Telegraph: Outcry over plan to charge Venice day trippers...I'm climbing onto my soapbox: Tourism in Venice has drastically changed in the last 10 or so years. Too many, but not all, come, think it's a beach, walk around shirtless, wearing flip flops and in bathing suits, swim in the canals, climb on historic builidings that are hundreds of years old--all in a city where not long ago travelers knew when in Venice wearing short pants wasn't/isn't acceptable. Today, visitors pack a lunch as if they're going to a park, sit…
  • Eating Pizza New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio's way...with a fork.

    Marie Ohanesian Nardin
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:54 am
    My favorite pizza: Cream of artichoke with artichokes and buffalo mozzarella cheeseNYC Mayor Bill De BlasioRecently, I had the honor of spending an evening with New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio and his charming family during their stay in Venice, Italy. We talked about many things: his city and ours, his proud Italian-American heritage and the joy he and his family felt visiting and being so warmly welcomed to Italy. When I permitted myself to make a light hearted comment about eating pizza with a fork, he gave me a warm smile and, like any good Italian, gently threw up his hands. Some…
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    Travelerfolio - Travel Blog Singapore

  • Holiday to Xi’an with Tigerair

    Eunice Khong
    11 Sep 2014 | 3:13 am
    Recently launched on 15 May, Tigerair is the only direct flight from Singapore to Xi’an, home to the terracotta warrior army, the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World’. With a rich historical heritage, Xi’an is an important cultural, industrial and educational hub in the central-northwestern part of China. Operating 3 times weekly, the 5.5 hour Tigerair […]
  • Intercontinental Singapore Staycation

    Eunice Khong
    9 Sep 2014 | 4:57 am
    Words & Photos by Sharon Tan Intercontinental Singapore, situated in the heart of Bugis spells LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION! It’s the quiet oasis in the hustle and bustle of Bugis. Surrounded by shops and eateries in Bugis Junction, one only needs to walk in air conditioned comfort to either hail a taxi or to get to […]
  • Shop & Get Paid at Bonusbay

    Eunice Khong
    8 Sep 2014 | 3:18 am
    This is something pretty new and interesting for online shoppers in Singapore. We all shop and make online purchases these days, always on the lookout for promotions and deals. How about getting paid after paying for your flights and hotels, or that pair of sneakers? Now there is S$5 welcome bonus for Travelerfolio readers. Find […]
  • Come Face to Face with the Terracotta Army!

    Eunice Khong
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:26 am
    As the popular saying goes, “Go to Shanghai if you want to appreciate the history of China in the past 100 years; to see China of 1000 years ago, head to Beijing; for 5000 years of history, make a trip to Xi’an, the cradle of Chinese civilization.” Now the capital of Shaanxi province, Xi’an was […]
  • Alive Museum Singapore

    Eunice Khong
    21 Aug 2014 | 1:16 am
    Is seeing believing? Hop into the 3D artwork and become part of the optical illusion at Alive Museum. Take photos from the correct perspectives indicated by the Photo Point icons and voila! You get whimsical snapshots of yourself blending into fairy tale-like scenes, performing incredible stunts, and being chased by zombies! Enjoy these photos. No […]
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    Tourdust Blog

  • Getting the Right Balance on your Family Safari Holiday

    17 Sep 2014 | 4:39 am
    The key to the perfect Family safari in Africa is balancing the needs of everyone in the family. Some children can sit for hours in a game drive vehicle day after day, watching game and getting excited about every single animal. Other children will start to get bored and restless after a couple of game drives. We have one of each type, so know how hard it can be. Rather than making the holiday of your life time into an ordeal, here are a few recommendations to help you plan your holiday. Private Game Drives By paying extra, you can often have a ranger and game drive vehicle just for your…
  • Malaria Free Family Safaris in Africa

    9 Sep 2014 | 7:01 am
    We are often approached by families wanting to go on safari in Africa who don’t want to expose their children to the risks of malaria. This rules out much of Africa’s mainstream family safari destinations, with the exception of South Africa, where there are plenty of malaria-free safari options offering excellent game viewing experiences. Of course, nowhere is entirely risk-free and no matter where you travel to, you should always take precautions against being bitten and seek medical advice before you travel.  This NHS website offers some useful guidance and also maps of the…
  • Which Kruger Game Reserve Should I stay in?

    8 Jul 2014 | 7:15 am
    Kruger National Park is South Africa's largest national park and one of Africa's largest game reserves. The size of Wales, it is home to 147 large mammal species, which makes it the most diverse reserve in Africa. The majority of accommodation within Kruger is managed by the park and guests are free to self-drive, although off-road driving is not permitted. Rest camps are basic affairs, which book out a long while in advance. Surrounding Kruger park, are several private game reserves with luxurious lodges and private, guided safaris. Guests are not permitted to drive within these reserves,…
  • The Best Safari Lodges in Kruger for Families

    8 Jul 2014 | 4:03 am
    You've decided to take your family on safari in the Kruger area, but the question is where to stay. There are hundreds of lodges to choose from, some of which don't accept children at all. Then there is the question of whether they offer child friendly sleeping arrangements and activities and whether you should stay in a tent or a suite. To ease your planning, we have put together a list of our favourite family friendly lodges in the Kruger area, which we have tried and tested with one of our own children. It is very important to take the time to consider your budget, age of your children and…
  • How to make safaris fun. By Alex (age 8)

    3 Jul 2014 | 7:21 am
    Children are usually unanimously wowed by their initial experience on safari. However once the initial amazement is replaced by the new norm of seeing elephants and lions in the wild, we have found that interest levels can start to wane. It is very difficult to predict, we have one daughter who simply can’t get enough game drives in her life, if she had her way she’d have a morning and afternoon game drive every day of her life, whilst her sister tends to lose interest after a couple of drives. The below was written by Alex, aged 8, who definitely falls into the latter camp. In…
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    My Melange

  • Off The Beaten Path in Paris – 5 Must Do’s in The City of Light!

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

    28 Aug 2014 | 7:12 am
    It’s not easy to learn a new language. Frankly, it’s not always at the top of the list when planning a trip to a foreign country either.  Sometimes it doesn’t even make the list. But if you’ve decided that France is a destination you should visit, then I highly recommend learning some basic French words and phrases that will not only ensure a better travel experience, but will show respect to the locals, which is very important. One thing to remember – France is very proud of their language, so don’t be surprised (or offended) if someone switches…
  • The Trulli of Alberobello in Puglia

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

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

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

  • Early Season Antarctica: Where to Go and What to See

    Joseph Olson
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:48 pm
    The Antarctic summer runs October through March While Antarctica may not be a part of South America, we here at #SouthAmTrav love it all the same. And while the frozen continent may have once been a destination for the wealthy few who could afford it, today’s adventure seekers are finding it much more agreeable on the pocketbook. […] The post Early Season Antarctica: Where to Go and What to See appeared first on South America Travel News Blog | A Travel Blog All About South America.
  • Updated Tour Route Designed to Avoid Altitude Sickness in Peru

    Joseph Olson
    8 Sep 2014 | 11:36 am
    Improved routes allow tourists to experience the best of Peru, including Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley, all while better acclimating the body to high elevations and reducing wasted travel time. Peru is a very popular South American destination thanks to the natural wonder of Machu Picchu, the culinary sophistication of Lima and other attractions […] The post Updated Tour Route Designed to Avoid Altitude Sickness in Peru appeared first on South America Travel News Blog | A Travel Blog All About South America.
  • Top 5 South America Climbs: An Insider’s Guide

    Adam Haynie
    2 Sep 2014 | 11:35 am
    Editor’s Note: Travel Consultant Adam joins us to take a look at the top five climbs in South America. Adam is an experienced mountaineer who has climbed extensively in South America and throughout much of the rest of the world. This past June, he summited Mount Rainier in Washington State, a height of 14,409 feet. Cotopaxi […] The post Top 5 South America Climbs: An Insider’s Guide appeared first on South America Travel News Blog | A Travel Blog All About South America.
  • Back to School Travel Planning Guide

    Joseph Olson
    25 Aug 2014 | 3:28 pm
    Parents! You’ve made it through another long, hot summer where it must have seemed at times as though school would never start up again. But alas, September is upon us and you deserve a brief respite while the kids head back to the classroom. With summer vacations in the rearview and the holiday crush still a […] The post Back to School Travel Planning Guide appeared first on South America Travel News Blog | A Travel Blog All About South America.
  • What’s New With Peru: The Latest Travel News and Insights

    Joseph Olson
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:45 am
    Get the latest travel news for Peru   Peru is a large and diverse country with a lot to offer. We often focus on Machu Picchu as a popular travel attraction, but the country is known for so much more. Join us as we take a look at the news and events taking place in this […] The post What’s New With Peru: The Latest Travel News and Insights appeared first on South America Travel News Blog | A Travel Blog All About South America.
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    The Traveller

  • Timbuktu - African El Dorado

    16 Sep 2014 | 12:46 am
    Timbuktu is a word which is often used in several languages to denote a faraway place but in reality it is an actual city in Mali in the African country. It is located at the gateway to the Sahara desert, in the confines of the fertile zone of Sudan near the edge of the Niger River.The legend of Timbuktu as a rich cultural centre spread during the 14th century throughout the world and the beginning of the legend is traced to 1324 when the Emperor of Mali went on his pilgrimage to Mecca through Cairo.It was at Cairo that the merchants and the traders were impressed by the quantity of gold…
  • Hobart,Tasmania

    10 Sep 2014 | 10:18 am
    Hobart – Popular City of Australian Island State of TasmaniaHobart is the capital and a popular city of the Australian Island state of Tasmania. It was founded in 1804 as a penal colony and is Australia’s second oldest and southernmost capital city after Sydney, New South Wales. It offers a blend of heritage, scenery and culture with plenty of attraction and activities.Situated amidst the foothills of Mount Wellington, Hobart is filled with heritage charm with modern lifestyle together with exceptional beauty and is considered as one of the top ten spots in the world to be explored.It is…
  • Galapagos Islands

    8 Sep 2014 | 3:25 am
    Credit:joefuhrmanphoto.comGalapagos Islands - Small Archipelago of IslandsThe Galapagos Islands are small archipelago of islands that belong to Ecuador towards the eastern Pacific Ocean which are remote and isolated. Situated around 1,000 km from South American continent, these 19 islands together with the surrounding marine reserve have been considered as a unique living museum and showcase of evolution.The Galapagos archipelago comprises of 13 main islands with 6 smaller isles which together embrace the 50,000 sq. km of ocean. Placed at the confluence of three ocean current, it is a melting…
  • Golden Gate Bridge,SanFrancisco

    5 Sep 2014 | 9:14 am
    Golden Gate Bridge – Technical MasterpieceThe Golden Gate Bridge, a technical masterpiece, is a suspension bridge from the Golden Gate strait, which is a mile wide, three mile long channel located between San Francisco and the Pacific Ocean. Many felt the need to build a bridge to connect San Francisco to Marin County and since San Francisco was the largest American city, it was still served by ferry boats due to the absence of a permanent link with communities around the bay and the city’s growth rate went below the national average.Several experts were of the opinion that the bridge…
  • Sydney Opera House

    4 Sep 2014 | 9:20 pm
    Sydney Opera House – Architectural Work of 20th CenturyThe Sydney Opera House is an amazing architectural work of the 20th century which brought about multipleamounts of creativity and innovation to architectural form as well as structural design. It is a multi-venue performing arts centre in Sydney, New South Wales in Australia and located on Bennelong Point in Sydney Harbour which is close to Sydney Harbour Bridge.Its facility is adjacent to the Sydney central business district together with the Royal Botanic Gardens which lies between Sydney and Farm Coves. It was inaugurated in 1973 and…
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    Travel Deeper with Gareth Leonard |

  • Rio in Motion

    17 Sep 2014 | 8:22 am
    Rio de Janeiro is such an amazingly photogenic city that I decided to change things up and try my hand at a little tilt-shift video I call “Rio in Motion.” Over the course of the past eight months of living in Rio, I’ve gathered these shots from all over the city by hiking, climbing and talking my way into good lookout spots above the action. This is the result of getting high and just letting the camera run. I hope you enjoy “Rio in Motion.” For best quality, watch in HD on YouTube or on the T2T Vimeo Channel. Music: “Start of Something Good” by…
  • Brazil Tourism Partnership Goes Live

    12 Sep 2014 | 9:48 am
    Months ago I told you all about a T2T partnership with the Brazilian Tourism Board and I’m so happy to finally announce that we’re now live! Although things have been relatively quiet here on Tourist 2 Townie, I promise it hasn’t been the result of a lack of content. I’m currently traveling through Northeastern Brazil and writing like crazy for the brand new Visit Brasil Travel Journal. I’ll be sharing my wild and wonderful Brazilian travel experiences through 39 photo-filled articles from 13 unique locations across the country. Posts will go live twice a…
  • A Paraty Boat Party

    1 Sep 2014 | 7:52 am
    The only reasonable follow up I could think of after a full day of playing in waterfalls was island hopping around Paraty. Just a short walk through the beautiful colonial village and you arrive at Paraty’s main harbor where colorful boats lineup for daily expeditions. For less than $20 USD we boarded a big schooner for a day of sipping caipirinhas and exploring the bay islands nearby. The day really was a great example of my life…  A champagne lifestyle on a lemonade wage!  Here are a few shots from our Paraty boat Party… Leaving port we got a great view of all the…
  • My Paradise in Paraty

    29 Aug 2014 | 7:03 am
    When people give their definition of paradise it often includes white-sand beaches and warm, crystal clear water. Like a gay guy looking at Megan Fox, I can appreciate the the beauty, but it’s not my idea of perfection. My paradise is bright green foliage and cold dark water. It’s a day in the forest climbing up waterfalls and jumping into freezing cold natural pools. You can blame it on growing up in Upstate New York where State Parks like Stony Brook and Letchworth were more enticing than the beaches of Lake Ontario. Although they get overshadowed by all the beaches, Brazil…
  • Picturing Paraty

    27 Aug 2014 | 8:39 am
    The beautifully preserved colonial town of Paraty snuggles itself between lush, green mountains and a bright blue bay. Whitewashed buildings and cobblestone streets serve as a real-life oil painting that you can walk through. After a great trip to Buzios and Arraial do Cabo I was fixing for more small town adventures, so the following weekend I took off again. This time I ventured in the opposite direction, and made the picturesque four and a half hour journey from Rio de Janeiro to Paraty. These are the sites that greeted me upon my arrival… Take a horse and carriage ride, although I…
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    Doing Indy

  • Get Outside and Get Active This Fall

    Jeff Robinson
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:33 am
    We are officially on the clock. Temps are starting to recede and leaves will soon be shifting from green to brilliant orange, reds, and yellows. Before the winter coats and snow boots come out of the closet you need to … READ THE REST OF THIS POST >
  • 2014 CANvitational Preview and Ticket Giveaway

    Adriana Howell
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:45 am
    Ever tasted a British canned, craft beer? Camden Town Brewery is just one of the 40+ breweries traveling to Indy for the 2nd annual Sun King CANvitational, the largest beer festival in the Midwest dedicated solely to canned beers. Taking … READ THE REST OF THIS POST >
  • Yelp’s Blanc Affaire

    Sara Croft
    11 Sep 2014 | 5:45 am
    Have you ever walked around Monument Circle and wondered what it would look like filled with 1,000 people having a public dinner party? Yelp Indy has, and on Sunday, September 21 from 6-9 pm, you can join in on the … READ THE REST OF THIS POST >
  • Indy’s Chefs Night Off

    Christine Zetzl
    8 Sep 2014 | 7:50 pm
    One meal prepped by the best of the best. Sounds pretty good, right? Indy’s Chef’s Night Off is an ongoing series of “pop up” dinners that provide just that: a meal prepped by the Circle City’s top chefs in a … READ THE REST OF THIS POST >
  • New at the IMA: Five Brushstrokes

    Sara Croft
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    If you frequent the Indianapolis Museum of Art, you know outdoor sculpture is just as much a part of the museum as everything inside their doors. From Robert Indiana’s sculptures to everything found inside the beautiful 100 Acres: Art and Nature … READ THE REST OF THIS POST >
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    The Single Dude's Guide to Life & Travel™

  • U.S. Raises Fee To Renounce Citizenship By 422%. Thanks Assholes!

    Charlie Bushmeister
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:12 am
    I just came across this article from the Forbes website and found out that the US State Department has just raised the fee for renunciation of U.S. citizenship from $450 to $2,350. The article goes on to quote the State Department’s reasoning for this 422 percent ass raping. 1. Consular officers must confirm that the potential renunciant fully understands the consequences of renunciation, including losing the right to reside in the United States without documentation as an alien. 2. Consular officers must verify that the renunciant is a U.S. citizen and they must conduct a minimum of…
  • An Honest Politician

    Manuel Pfister
    16 Jul 2014 | 11:32 pm
    What politicians would sound like if they were honest:
  • Guest Post: A long-term expat’s take on Thailand

    SDT Team
    8 Jul 2014 | 1:06 am
    I’ve lived in Thailand for more than 5 years, and I firmly believe that it’s a Single Dude’s Paradise. I’ve been all over in Asia, but I chose to live in Thailand because it had everything I was looking for: pretty and available women, gorgeous beaches, a thick expat community, and a cheap cost of living. There are drawbacks, but many are overstated and easily avoidable. It’s not perfect, but no place is. I think the Single Dude’s have a fantastic website here, and a lot of their observations on Thailand were spot on. I definitely think they picked up on more more than most casual…
  • Happy Fourth of July!

    Clint Westwood
    4 Jul 2014 | 1:10 pm
    Looks like it’s about that time of year again when 95% of American dumbasses are stuffing their faces with junk food, getting completely wasted and mindlessly waving American flags. How many people actually stop to think about what it is they are actually supposed to be celebrating these days? What is left? Not capitalism. Not our freedoms. Not the ability to travel unmolested. Record levels of police brutality, outright murder and the increasingly militarized police state? Is that cause for a celebration, much less a celebration about freedom? Does the United States of America really…
  • Guest Post: Ko Samui Thailand Location Review

    16 Jun 2014 | 12:00 am
    Today we bring you a guest post from Skins over at We think it’s a great article that is spot on about Ko Samui and we haven’t covered this location yet. You may also be interested in our other posts Rilay Beach, Phuket, the Song Kran festival, Thailand in general and how to spot a ladyboy. Also of note is our article on internet dating, we agree wholeheartedly with Skins on that topic. We don’t condone, encourage or support prostitution, among other things, the health concerns are just too great. However, we’re libertarians in the strictest…
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    Have Baby Will Travel

  • Finding a Vacation Babysitter or Child Care

    2 Sep 2014 | 8:11 pm
    FDR Resort in Jamaica. The one with the NANNIES :) While a family vacation is about fun for every member of the family, sometimes that fun involves mom and dad enjoying some grown-up time together – be it a fancy dinner, going out dancing, or even just relaxing beach-side sans enfants. But that couple time can’t come at the expense of the safety of your children, so how to ensure the kids are well-cared for without spending all your spare time looking for a suitable vacation babysitter or child care? Book hotels with kids’ clubs… In my pre-parent days, I completely looked down my…
  • The Toronto Zoo – A Family Favourite From Day One

    23 Jul 2014 | 9:20 am
    A funny thing happened on our last visit to the zoo. We actually got to to walk at a leisurely pace and stop to study the animals. It was glorious, but if did feel a little “off” at the time. Why wasn’t I chasing a toddler off the rocks? Why was I not changing a diaper and most of our clothes in the bathroom? Trust me, I am NOT complaining. It had been a while, so I’m glad MasterCard reached out to suggest we get out and explore our “Priceless City” (#pricelesstoronto) The Toronto Zoo is the first and only attraction in Toronto where we purchased a yearly…
  • Airport Tips and Tricks with Kids

    30 Jun 2014 | 9:34 am
    We all know by now that flying with babies and toddlers is not for the faint of heart – even before you board! Getting everyone packed, organized, and ready to go through security with little fuss can be (or feel) challenging. The Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) has passed along a few airport tips and tricks as helpful reminders, to help make your summer air travel experiences a little less stressful. Know how to carry-on Children get hungry for snacks. You know this and you want to be prepared. Solid foods such as apples, granola bars, or sandwiches can be packed in…
  • Centreville Amusement Park: A Toronto With Kids Must-Visit!

    10 Jun 2014 | 1:51 pm
    Centreville was my absolute favourite place to visit when I was a kid. With the now-closed Ontario Place being its only competition at the time, that wasn’t a particularly tight race. But my kids have traveled extensively, and spent a great deal of time at the Holy Grail of theme parks – Walt Disney World. But their favourite Toronto attraction? Centre Island. The charming Centreville amusement park is an absolute must-visit for a trip to Toronto with kids. The Toronto Island Ferry, not “Fairy” Just getting to Centre Island is part of the fun for my family. I laughed when my…
  • Travel Gear: Portable Sun Shelter & Travel Beach Umbrella

    2 Jun 2014 | 9:14 pm
    The resort we stayed at for our most recent family vacation to Mexico had a great beach, but not much shade. There were some lovely palm trees, but the shade they offered was somewhat inconsistent. Since my children are now bigger and we spent most of our beach time actually in the sea, this wasn’t a big deal for us. But with a baby or toddler who’s probably not wave jumping, but more likely sand digging or (fingers crossed) napping at the beach, you want stable and consistent shade from the sun’s rays. So if you can’t count on your resort having appropriate palapas or…
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  • Discover Ireland your own Way

    8 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    Tips on Touring Ireland by Phil Teare from My Ireland Tour. To Drive or not to Drive They say there are two types of people in the world: those who think there are two types of people in the world, and those who don’t. Well, there are certainly two types of people who tour Ireland – those who self-drive and those who book escorted tours of Ireland with a driver-guide. If you decide to self-drive, your first port of call will be a good car hire company – you can find an Irish car rental company through the homepage of My Discover Ireland. Driving, you will have the freedom to…
  • Waterford Crystal History & Visitor Centre

    4 Sep 2014 | 1:13 am
    Waterford, the oldest city in Ireland and situated on the south-east coast has established many claims to fame over the centuries. Arguably, the best known is the founding of the world famous House of Waterford Crystal that is responsible for many glorious works, including chandeliers in Windsor Castle, Westminster Abbey and the Kennedy Centre in Washington, DC, as well as the 2688 crystals that adorn the New Year’s Eve ball that drops in Time Square, New York, every January 31st. The History and Visitor Centre, in The Mall in Waterford, is located very close to the original factory and…
  • The Ring of Kerry – 4 Personal Highlights

    2 Sep 2014 | 3:49 am
    The Ring of Kerry has so much to offer tourists. The 180km route does take a bit of time to explore. This article looks at some highlights along the Ring of Kerry and off the beaten track that should be explored. The attractions listed here are in order of preference of the author. Geokaun Mountain Valentia Island is one of Ireland’s most westerly points, and is linked to the mainland by the Maurice O’Neill Memorial Bridge. Maurice O’Neill for those who are interested was shot dead in 1942 for Republican Activities. He was a young farmer from the nearby town Cahersiveen. The first…
  • Road trip to Mayo, Ireland

    29 Aug 2014 | 8:16 am
    I wanted to do a road trip to see all these beautiful places in Ireland, scenic photos have been popping up everywhere even more so when the Wild Atlantic Way launched earlier on this year.  An 2500km route along the coast, boasting to be the biggest in the world, a road trip was a must! We jumped in our rental car from Europcar, a car of only 2 months old! After a  four hour drive to Ballina from Dublin, we unloaded our stuff into Suncroft b&b, our base for the weekend. Ballina is a lovely little place with River Moy running through it, the “home of salmon fishing in…
  • Get the right car to enjoy Dublin

    5 Aug 2014 | 4:47 am
    When planning your next family holiday to Dublin, the topic of transportation will mostly likely arise. In recent years, more and more families have begun to opt for a hire car during their holiday; all you have to worry is where the nearest petrol station is! To help you find the ideal car to transport your family, listed below are five of the best rental cars with which to enjoy Dublin City and surrounding areas. 1-Nissan QashQai If you want to venture a little further out from Dublin city centre, then the Nissan QahQai is the ideal off-terrain choice. The county of Wicklow has a broad mix…
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  • GoNOLA Recommends: 5 Things To Do In New Orleans This Weekend

    Mallory Whitfield
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    This weekend in New Orleans offers plenty of excuses to party. The New Orleans Burlesque Festival serves up sexy burlesque performances all weekend long, and Saturday offers a way to party in white for a good cause at the Bridal Crawl. Friday night features birthday bashes by two different New Orleans music icons: Mystikal and DJ Soul Sister. Rock out … Read the rest -»
  • GoNOLA Top 5: Fall-Worthy New Orleans Food Trucks

    Emily Smith
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:11 am
    Fall in New Orleans is simply blissful. The crisp air and low humidity draw everyone outside to soak up these next few months of park-walking, bike riding and outdoor dining weather we look forward to every year. That being said, I urge you to give your barbecue a break and pay a visit to some local food trucks for a … Read the rest -»
  • GoNOLA TV: Pirates Alley in the French Quarter

    Lauren LaBorde
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:45 pm
    You might miss it if you’re not paying attention, but if you’re in the French Quarter be sure to take a walk down Pirates Alley. This two-block stretch of the French Quarter that connects Jackson Square and the shops of Royal Street encapsulates the romance and history of the neighborhood. On this week’s episode of GoNOLA TV, Fleurty Girl takes … Read the rest -»
  • GoNOLA Recommends: 20 Kid-Friendly Dining Spots in NOLA

    Addie K. Martin
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:35 am
    While many people think of the Crescent City as a playground for adults, it’s also a highly family friendly city that welcomes people of all ages. We have numerous activities for young and old, as well as quite a few family-friendly dining spots. The restaurants run the gamut from pizza to Tex-Mex to New Orleans-style fare. Today we’re looking at … Read the rest -»
  • GoNOLA Recipes at Home: NOLA Restaurant’s Miss Hay’s Stuffed Chicken Wings

    Lauren LaBorde
    14 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    With the first Saints home game coming up on Sept. 21, Who Dat hysteria is reaching a fever pitch. Whether you’re lucky enough to watch the game at the Superdome, or you’re watching the game at a bar or with friends and family at home, having plenty of good food on hand is crucial. If you want a place to … Read the rest -»
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  • 10 Cheap Things To Do In Florida

    Vago Damitio
    4 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    With unrivalled opportunities to soak up sea, sun, scenery and local culture, the sunshine state has something to offer every type of vacationer. You Might Also Enjoy: 10 Free Things to do in... Come to Vagobond to read the rest - it's better with pictures!!!!
  • The Glorious Caravan Lifestyle

    Vago Damitio
    3 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    It’s that time of the year when people are thinking of heading back to school and work from their summer holidays, but there’s still plenty of time for the last hurrah of summer, so... Come to Vagobond to read the rest - it's better with pictures!!!!
  • Where To Go Vintage Shopping in Boston

    15 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    You may think you know where to go in Boston, but do you know where to go vintage shopping in Boston? Read on! Vintage shopping is experiencing something of a renaissance at the moment, both in the... Come to Vagobond to read the rest - it's better with pictures!!!!
  • The Best UK Road Trips

    Vago Damitio
    14 Aug 2014 | 10:15 am
    Going on a road trip is one of the best adventures, and the cheapest, you can have to break up the everyday routine of university life or work life. Just hop in your car, fuel up and drive towards... Come to Vagobond to read the rest - it's better with pictures!!!!
  • Mexico: spectacular blend of science and nature

    Vago Damitio
    14 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Many people head to Mexico for sun and sand – but not me. Well, not entirely anyway! What most excites me about Mexico is its amazing natural attractions, from its rainforests and cenotes to... Come to Vagobond to read the rest - it's better with pictures!!!!
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  • World at a Glance: Freddie Mercury in Montreux

    Anne-Sophie Redisch
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:28 am
    I like Montreux, I really do. In my civil servant days, I frequently attended committee meetings in Geneva, and would sometimes stay here, not minding the twice daily one-hour train journey. Wandering along Lake Geneva’s waterfront, you won’t be lost for stunning scenery to rest your weary eyes on. There are towering mountains, clusters of vibrant flowers, the lake itself… and then there’s Freddie. High on a pedestal, a bronze Farrokh Bulsara, better known as Freddie Mercury, is larger than life. The three-metre tall statue of Queen’s deliciously flamboyant frontman…
  • Silent Sunday: African penguins in the water pipes at Simon’s Town

    Anne-Sophie Redisch
    14 Sep 2014 | 7:14 am
    African penguins coming out of the water pipes in Simon’s Town, South Africa Silent Sunday: African penguins in the water pipes at Simon’s Town is a post from Sophie's World
  • St Conan’s Kirk: a curious Scottish church

    Alexandra Redisch
    10 Sep 2014 | 7:24 am
    By Alexandra Redisch in Loch Awe St Conan’s Kirk must always have stunned visitors as it does me today. Although the church may look many centuries old, it was completed in 1930. The architect was Walter Campbell. Or architect… he had no formal training, but that didn’t stop him from creating this intriguing little kirk on the western shores of Scotland. (I’m reminded of another un-trained architect, Clough Williams-Ellis, creator of that masterpiece Portmeirion on the Welsh coast.) Campbell lived on the island of Innischonam, and when his elderly mother found the…
  • Silent Sunday: Radcliffe Camera

    Anne-Sophie Redisch
    7 Sep 2014 | 6:15 am
    The beautiful Radcliffe Camera, part of Oxford University’s Bodleian Library Silent Sunday: Radcliffe Camera is a post from Sophie's World
  • Geghard Monastery: carved from the mountain

    Anne-Sophie Redisch
    4 Sep 2014 | 12:56 pm
    Remember I wrote about the ruins of Zvartnots Cathedral with the spectacular view of Mount Ararat? And a bit later, the monasteries at Haghpat and Sanahin? Armenia’s third world heritage site is Geghard Monastery with its scenic surrounding canyon, the Upper Azat Valley. As you may have noticed, all three of Armenia’s sites are churches, cathedrals and monasteries. That’s perhaps not so surprising, as this was the world’s first country to adopt Christianity as state religion back in 301. Yes, you read that right: 301. In the same century, Saint Gregory the Illuminator…
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  • Good Vibrations: Fleshing Out the Antique Vibrator Museum

    Raymond Walsh
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:23 am
    Good Vibrations Antique Vibrator Museum, San Francisco, California “The electric vibrator preceded the electric vacuum cleaner by some nine years, the electric iron by ten, and the electric frying pan by more than a decade, possibly indicative of consumer priorities.” – plaque at Antique Vibrator Musuem The vibrator didn’t always have a purely sexual connotation. Sexist maybe, but not sexual. The vibrator was originally marketed as a cure for female “hysteria” and went by such names as heat massager, personal masseur, blood circulator, and my personal favourite – the magic…
  • Putting the Grand in Oman’s Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque

    Raymond Walsh
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, Muscat, Oman “We used to have the world’s largest carpet, but then the Emiratis came when they were building the Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Abu Dhabi, measured ours, and now they have the title. We also used to have the world’s largest chandelier, but then the Qataris came, measured ours, and stole that from us too.” – Tour Guide at Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque The Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque may have to settle for second when it comes to carpets and chandeliers, but it certainly doesn’t make the place any less stunning. Located along a stretch of the…
  • A Tale of Three Tunes

    Raymond Walsh
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:54 am
    Tune Hotels Review If I had known the pricing model for Tune Hotels before I showed up at their door, I probably would have never stepped inside. My first run-in with a Tune Hotel was in Kuta Beach in Bali. I was on the tail end of my Indonesia trip, and wanted to spend a few mindless days on the beach. It rained for the entire 4 days I was there. So I ended up spending more time in my room than I had anticipated. At least I caught up on some work. I happened upon the Tune Hotel in Bali by chance. Well, more precisely, by taxi. I had tentatively booked another hotel in advance (gotta love…
  • Vintage Snapshot: The Camera Museum, Penang, Malaysia

    Raymond Walsh
    25 Aug 2014 | 4:14 am
    “The digital camera is a great invention because it allows us to reminisce. Instantly.”                                                                                                                                   –Demetri Martin There’s no going back. The ease, the simplicity, the virtually unlimited amount of photos you can cram onto those tiny little memory cards. Yep, there’s nothing quite like a digital camera. But there are still plenty out there that pine for the ways of yesteryear. Well maybe not pine,…
  • Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Squid Jigging (but were afraid to ask)

    Raymond Walsh
    18 Aug 2014 | 3:41 am
    Terengganu International Squid Jigging Festival When I was but a young lad growing up in eastern Canada, my folks would drop my brothers and me off at our grandmother’s house for the summer. The entire summer. I’m not saying it was child abandonment, but I’m not saying it wasn’t either. My grandma lived on a small fishery-dependent island called St. Brendan’s in Bonavista Bay, Newfoundland. I’m not sure what my folks did during those kid-free summers. I’m not really sure what we did for those three long months either. There was intermittent electricity, no running water, and…
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  • Wine bar in Itaim: Vino!

    17 Sep 2014 | 11:25 am
    Wine bar in Itaim: Vino!As you know I am always on the hunt for a good wine bar and to my surprise only 2 blocks from my apartment I discovered Vino!A wine bar, restaurant and store all in one = great find! When you walk in the front area feels and looks like a wine store with the walls lined with wine bottles and 2 long high tables that look like they could be perfect for tasting sessions.  There is also a large…View On WordPress
  • Where to stay in Porto de Galinhas

    11 Aug 2014 | 1:38 pm
    Where to stay in Porto de Galinhas Looking for a nice and fun place to stay in the beautiful Porto de Galinhas (60km from Recife, about 1-1.5hour drive)  Head to Village Porto de Galinhas, with a great location, and fun amenities you will have a wonderful stay.  Village is located right on the beautiful beach of Porto de Galinhas the property is covered with hammocks, pools and tropical gardens full of  flowers and tamarins…View On WordPress
  • Fun House SP

    22 Jul 2014 | 7:20 am
    Set in an actual house, Funhouse is a unique mix of house party, bar, and mini-club.  the decoration is inspired by Coney Island in New York.  Personally, I think this is super random, I’ve been to Coney Island and besides the russian baths it’s not a place I would normally hang out at, plus Funhouse looks like a regular American carnival, I don’t see any resemblance to New York.You see the bar…View On WordPress
  • Where to stay in Iguassu

    13 Jun 2014 | 6:54 am
    Where to stay in IguassuIguazu Falls are the massive waterfalls of the Iguazu River that separate Argentine and the Brazilian state of Paraná. They are one of the 7 World Wonders so when I say it is an amazing place to visit, believe me it is! Now, when planning a trip to see such an amazing place it only seems right to stay in an equally fabulous place such as Belmond Hotel das Cataratas, which is the only hotel…View On WordPress
  • Movie night in Sao Paulo V.I.P style

    23 May 2014 | 10:13 am
    Movie night in Sao Paulo V.I.P style Folks, this is NOT your average movie night out…. Brazilians love anything that screams exclusivity and going to one of the VIP movies definitely has that appeal.  Right when you enter Cinapolis you will see a special lounge sectioned for VIP movie goers which includes a full bar, and select menu (not your average movie treats).    I don’t know about you, but when I go to the movies popcorn is…View On WordPress
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  •’s 15th Birthday Party

    Martin Solly
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:49 am
    Here at we’re having a little party. Well okay, we’re having a pretty BIG party – because this month we’ve turned a whopping 15 years old. Wow.  We were born way back in 1999 and so we’re marking our 15th year by celebrating all things 90s, including 90s hotel prices. Party like it’s 1999, with prices like it’s 1999 Yep, amongst a whole host of special birthday hotel deals we’ll be offering some hotels at the equivalent price to what they would have been back in 1999 when we first started. So don’s miss out, head here to…
  • Parklife: 5 of London’s best parks and gardens

    Mark Elwood
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:55 am
    When visiting London – with its packed roads, stuffy tubes and bustling shopping streets – it can be easy to forget that our capital is actually bursting with greenery and wildlife. It’s just about knowing where to look! But with so many options, where’s best to lay your picnic hamper and crack open the sausage rolls? Here’s our guide to 5 of the best parks in London: Regents Park & Primrose Hill One of the more famous of London’s Royal Parks due to its lush, green open spaces, winding walkways and trendy Marylebone location; Regent’s Park and the neighbouring…
  • Free Stay Friday

    Adam Hutcheson
    11 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    In this week’s Free Stay Friday, we’re taking you to the iconic city of Bristol, for a scenic stay at the Avon Gorge Hotel Set in a historic building overlooking the famous Clifton Suspension Bridge, the Avon Gorge Hotel is perfect for taking in the amazing views or exploring Bristol city centre. Enjoy complimentary afternoon tea out on the all-weather terrace bar, or wander into the surrounding area of Clifton to discover some of the country’s finest architecture. Lovely. If you’d like to be in with the chance to win a one-night stay here with breakfast and…
  • The Zen of Air Travel: 8 steps to inner peace while flying

    Andy Jarosz
    8 Sep 2014 | 8:51 am
    While the idea of spending our holidays in a faraway place is an appealing one, for most of us the travel involved in actually getting to our destination is not such a tantalising prospect. Travel doesn’t tend to bring out our most relaxed and tolerant sides; just look at some of the recent stories of passengers fighting over reclining seats which show how easily irritation can turn to unpleasant confrontation. Given that the act of travel is something we have to endure in order to get to the place where we hope to relax, what are the best ways to keep calm while all around us are exploding…
  • A Quick Guide to the Top Greek Islands

    The Quirky Traveller
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:45 am
    Got your heart set on a trip to Greece but not sure which island to choose? We don’t blame you. With so much gorgeousness to be found, it’s always a tough call. So to help you decide, we went to Greece fanatic The Quirky Traveller and asked her to tell us a little bit more about the most popular islands to visit. And if anyone knows Greece, it’s The Quirky Traveller – she did live there for four years ‘discovering her inner Mamma Mia’, after all. Here’s Zoë with more about her favourite Greek islands: Corfu (Kerkyra) The first place I ever visited…
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  • Where I Live: Plymouth Whalers alumni game and season preview

    Dominique King
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    I always love the approach of fall with the seasonal opening of local cider mills, the changing colors of the leaves, the great harvest at the farmers' markets, the cooler weather and the anticipation of a new hockey season! We're big fans of the Ontario Hockey League's Plymouth Whalers, a Junior Major team of skilled 16-to-20-year-old hockey players embarking on what they hope will be a long and successful careers as a professional hockey players. The Whalers start their 25th regular season later this month, with their first home game happening on September 27 as they take on the Erie…
  • Michigan's Tahquamenon State Park and "The Root Beer Falls"

    Dominique King
    11 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    The amber-colored Upper Tahquamenon Falls in Michigan's Upper Peninsula earned their nickname of "Root Beer Falls" for their resemblance to a cascade of root beer tumbling over a nearly 50-foot drop. Upper Falls The falls' color comes from tannins leaching into the Tahquamenon River from the cedar, spruce and hemlock swamps along its shores. The Upper Falls and the Lower Tahquamenon Falls are the centerpiece of Tahquamenon Falls State Park, which attracts nearly 500,000 visitors each year to its 48,000 acres of wilderness. The park stretches over 13 miles of mostly undeveloped woodland…
  • Cedar Point lighthouse: Rescuing a nearly forgotten beacon

    Dominique King
    9 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Did you know that there is an historic lighthouse on the grounds of Ohio's Cedar Point Amusement Park? Most people, including those that frequently visit the park or live in the area, don't seem to know about this lighthouse. I found it online and put it on my list of things I needed to see when I recently visited Cedar Point, but I found that finding it in real life a was little more difficult than expected! But I kept asking questions until I found someone who knew where to find it. Catch a glimpse of a roller coaster in background in this image! I'm not surprised that few…
  • Photo Friday: End of the Road at Put-in-Bay, Ohio

    Dominique King
    5 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    I'm listening to a radio show as I write this, and I'm hearing much moaning about the end of summer. That put me in mind of these images. This spot is at the end of State Route 357 on the easternmost point of South Bass Island by the Scheeff East Point Nature Preserve near Put-in-Bay, Ohio, and it's a popular place from which to watch Lake Erie sunsets. I don't really miss the frenzy and hot weather of summer, seeing fall as a time to regroup and move forward. Yeah, I know it sounds like a contrary way of thinking to most people, but I don't mind occasionally being contrary...and owning it. I…
  • Sandusky Stroll: Enjoying a Renaissance

    Dominique King
    4 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    I remember making a special trip into downtown Sandusky, Ohio five years ago to visit the Carnegie library there. I still enjoy the vintage architecture that drew me to the city then, but my most recent visit there revealed a newly energized downtown with some new dining and beverage spots I don't remember being there just a few years ago. Late-nineteenth century Sandusky gained fame as the "Ice Capital of the Great Lakes" with a local ice cutting industry providing much of Ohio with the ice needed to preserve food. The city also had a thriving commercial fishing industry, was…
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  • The Cody Suite, Palm Springs, California

    Gerald Soubeyran
    9 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    Part of the famed Racquet Club development of Palm Springs, these garden villas were one of the glittering desert getaways of the stars and have brought back the glamorous Hollywood heyday. Designed and developed by acclaimed architect William Cody with grounds designed by Phil Shipley, this ground floor apartment sits within the complex adjacent to the original courts of the famed 1930s club.   Bright with an open floor plan, the original post and beam architecture and clean lines create a soothing geometry of angles, light and space. A sharp selection of hand picked mid century…
  • Costa la Juanita, Jose Ignacio, Uruguay

    Alejandra Dellepiane
    6 Sep 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Fresh bright and simple, this duplex forms a collective yet separate living arrangement that’s ideal for a carefree stay in Uruguay. Just a few minutes to the windswept Atlantic coast, you’ll be in a quiet rural neighborhood with both privacy and convenience.   Side by side yet self-contained, each was designed for privacy as well as cooperative living and share the shaded grounds and outdoor dining areas that surround the property. Compact and modest, the two story apartments share similar layouts and back to basics essentials and are fully equipped.    Walls of…
  • Villa Banyan, Umeanyar, Bali

    Thomas Jahnke
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:12 am
    Situated on a bluff above rice paddies and the Balinese Sea, this newly built villa is immersed in lush tropical gardens with amazing unobstructed views out to sea. Combining modern structural proportions with traditional Balinese design attributes and aesthetics, the structure celebrates the unification of styles by utilizing warm teak wood, bamboo, decorative scroll work and Alang Alang thatched roofs.   Quiet and understated, you’ll enjoy the luxuries of full service and modern amenities in a laid back but elegant environment. Serene, soothing and expansive, there is plenty…
  • Cody Studio, Palm Springs, California

    Gerald Soubeyran
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:50 am
    Part of the famed Racquet Club development of Palm Springs, these garden villas were one of the glittering desert getaways of the stars and have brought back the glamorous Hollywood heyday. Designed and developed by acclaimed architect William Cody with grounds by Phil Shipley, this ground floor studio sits within a larger complex adjacent to the original courts of the famed 1930s club.    Intimate and  private, the open plan living space features an energetic restoration that celebrates the past while planted firmly in the present. Retaining the original proportions and design…
  • Maison Pierre, Languedoc-Roussillon, France

    Neerja Tannan
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:43 am
    Set in a tiny 12th century village in the southwestern region of Provence, this tasteful and authentic home has been completely restored with the materials and flavor of it’s original inhabitants, along with a few elegant touches.    The centuries old structure has been left undisturbed, with respectful and careful attention paid to detail and history. All original stone and beamed ceilings remain along with the graceful and sloping wine caverns. Rustic and elegant, the handcrafted decor and furnishings include found and reclaimed items as well as a few sparkling contemporary…
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  • Take an adventurous trip of scenic Canal Saint Martin, Paris

    12 Sep 2014 | 11:13 am
    The glorious Canal Saint Martin is a 4.5 km long canal, built in the early 19th century to supply Paris drinking water. Today the route along the quaint canal is popular among visitors for a romantic walk, roller skating, biking, strolling, cycling, jogging, sightseeing and much more .This canal begins at the Bassin de l’Arsenal which attaches the canal with the Seine River. People really enjoy the tranquil environment from picturesque two iron bridges crossing the canal. Opened in 1825, its mystifying vaulted tunnels, poetic atmosphere of its banks lined with century old trees makes…
  • Deepen your joy at exotic Lake Geneva, Switzerland

    4 Sep 2014 | 9:29 am
    Lake Geneva empties into the Rhone River on the front line between France and Switzerland. It is one of the biggest lakes in Western Europe, and the largest body of water in Switzerland. The western edge of the lake is dominated by the splendid city of Geneva. The lake is ringed by Alps and every point along the shores offers jaw-dropping panorama, lofty snowcapped peaks and stunning milieu. The lakefront features with famed water fountain, St. Peter’s Cathedral, Flower Clock in the English Garden, Place Neuve and Reformation Wall. Aside from the city Geneva, the Lake Region has a diverse…
  • Top 5 Hotels in Ukraine

    The Team
    2 Sep 2014 | 9:27 am
    AWAIT PUBLISHING TILL AFFILAITE CODE IS AVAILABLE FROM GOOGLE Affiliate networkUkraine takes pride in its tourism industry. Keeping in with the growth of tourism sector, Ukraine hospitality industry is gearing up for a huge makeover to attract more tourists. Here are top 5 Ukraine hotels that spell the magic of classic elegance and luxury.The Hotels in UkraineFairmont Grand Hotel This hotel houses 258 guest rooms in addition to luxurious Presidential and Royal suites. The travellers are treated to modern amenities and attentive service round the clock. Spa faculties, indulgent cuisines and…
  • Dig up limitless fun at Europa Park, Germany

    28 Aug 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Germany has bounty of improbable tourist attractions and exclusive sites to propose unlimited glee for travelers from all over the world. Featured with architectural assets, far-fetched natural places, fairytale castles, noteworthy historic sites and much more, Germany always captivate its visitors. From hundreds of its intriguing places, Europa Park is another allure of Germany for every age group. Located in south-west Germany, near Freiburg in the Black Forest, Europa theme Park is Germany’s leading and the second largest of Europe. With its more than 100 attractions, shows and…
  • Hanayashiki

    20 Aug 2014 | 9:32 am
    Hanayashiki is the oldest amusement park in Japan. It is located in Asakusa in Taito, Tokyo. It was opened way back in 1853 as a flower park. Today it stands as a huge amusement park with loads of attractions, cafeterias and lunchrooms, and not to mention souvenir shops. However, there are certain things that you need to remember when you plan a visit to Hanayashiki. First and foremost, do not expect sun and moon from this amusement park. If you want something catchy and commercial with styles and trends, then Hanayashiki is certainly not your destination. Don’t come here expecting an…
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  • MADRID GUIDE | Pre-departure

    DECA MADbudget
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    As the capital city of Spain, Madrid is a beautiful and lively city that has a range of different activities and places to see. In this Series, MADbudget offers an insider’s guide to the lifestyle of Madrid and essential information for anyone planning a visit to the city. MADRID, SPAIN. Before arriving in Madrid, visitors should follow a few pre-departure tips to ensure a smooth travelling experience. As the capital of Spain, Madrid is home to many foreign embassies. Before departing, be sure to know where your home country’s consulate is located, as well as a contact number for that…
  • Visions of Spain Brought to Life

    Katelyn Israelski
    2 Sep 2014 | 9:31 am
    MADRID, SPAIN. The Sorolla Show takes a journey across Spain during its Ballet at Teatros del Canal August 28th to September 14th, and is sure to leave audiences members captivated throughout the performance. Based off of Valencian-born artist, Joaquín Sorolla’s 1911 collection, Visions of Spain, the Spanish National Ballet’s performance of Sorolla brings the Impressionist paintings to life on stage with classical folk dances. The performance celebrates both the painter’s 150th birthday, as well as the Spanish National Ballet’s 35th anniversary. Tickets cost between €16 and €22,…
  • Two Pivotal Keys to Remembering the History of Spain

    Michelyne Chavez
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:21 am
    MADRID, SPAIN. Spain and most of Europe have a luxury that is oftentimes taken for granted by local residents. Madrid, for example, is home to exemplary historical treasures that date back centuries. For a visiting student like me, I wanted to make sure that before I left the country I saw as many of these luxuries that the city offers. Therefore, on my last week in Madrid I made sure to visit two monuments, El Monasterio San Lorenzo de El Escorial (El Escorial)and El Valle de los Caídos (Valley of the Fallen), that symbolize fundamental historical periods of the country’s history.
  • A Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Vegetarian Guide to Madrid

    Katelyn Israelski
    13 Aug 2014 | 6:57 am
    MADRID, SPAIN. Pan, jamón, y queso manchego – bread, ham, and manchego cheese – all foods that make up the majority of platos típicos in Madrid, and none of which I can eat. I realized being a gluten-free, dairy-free vegetarian in Madrid wouldn’t be an easy feat on my first night in the city. Going out for tapas, I ordered a simple dish of huevos rotos con seta, scrambled