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  • 16 quotes from young travelers

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    Stephanie Be
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Photo: martinak15 1. “What we lack in pay we make up for in lifestyle.” – Jeremy Casebeer, 25, on taking time to backpack and work as a professional volleyball player before settling into a more permanent career 2. “My world gets bigger every day. The more I see, the more I learn is out there.” – Gerrell Johnson, 25, on getting out of LA, studying abroad in Barcelona, seeing Europe, and globetrotting Thailand 3. “The only adventure you regret is the one you didn’t take.” – Erin Reid, 24, on her addiction to traveling Europe, Africa, Australia, and Southeast…
  • Beach Bars Around the World

    Only-Apartments - Blog News
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:26 am
    “Relax in the sun and eat until you burst.” These are the two commandments of summer. Around this time of year, the beach becomes like a second home to us. We are able to settle in for several hours, interrupted only by quick dips and sunscreen applications in our quest for the perfect tan. And that’s why being able to escape the sun for a while under the shade of a beach bar that offers something tasty along with some music is so appealing. There are many beaches that offer this sort of thing, and it even seems like the market is becoming increasingly competitive. Nowadays you…
  • #NGTRadar: Travel Lately

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    20 Aug 2014 | 10:45 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: If the beautiful Balinese town of Ubud is on your bucket list (and it should be), make sure to plan for a few extra days to explore the surrounding area. A forest of monkeys eager to steal your food, specialty crafts waiting to be purchased, and beautiful hot springs are just a…
  • Plane Drops 5,000 Feet As Pilots Sleep

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    15 Aug 2014 | 7:27 pm
    Two pilots have been suspended after a plane carrying 280 passengers plunged suddenly in the airspace over Turkey.
  • In Transit Blog: At California Resort, Bees Are a Plus

    NYT > Travel
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:15 am
    Carmel Valley Ranch in California will offer several bee-related programs during National Honey Month.
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  • I Heart My City: Luke’s Macau

    I Heart My City
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:56 pm
    Michigander Luke Lienau’s relationship with Macau began in 2002 with a visit to see his girlfriend, a native of the Chinese Special Administrative Region. In the course of traveling back and forth for nearly a decade, he became fascinated with the city and its changes. When Luke finally decided to move to be with his now-wife and daughter, leaving behind his corporate job to work as an English tutor, his passion for Macau only grew. “I am proud to be able to observe and participate in what is likely the most important era in the city’s history since its founding nearly 500…
  • #NGTRadar: Travel Lately

    Intelligent Travel
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:45 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: If the beautiful Balinese town of Ubud is on your bucket list (and it should be), make sure to plan for a few extra days to explore the surrounding area. A forest of monkeys eager to steal your food, specialty crafts waiting to be purchased, and beautiful hot springs are just a…
  • Out of the Ashes: Valparaíso

    Ben Long
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:20 am
    Port cities are among the planet’s most interesting destinations. The exchange of cultures, customs, and cuisine that happens there is real-time living history that anyone can witness. Valparaíso presents a great example of this. For instance, what do the Gold Rush and the Panama Canal have to do with a port city in Chile? When fortune seekers boarded ships on America’s East Coast to make the long journey to California (aren’t interstates grand?), they had to sail the whole way around South America to get there. After navigating the rough waters around Tierra del Fuego, they…
  • At Home in Rome: Where to Stay

    Henley Vazquez
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:29 am
    The Roman Empire may have fallen off the map centuries ago, but to a modern traveler, the center of Italy’s capital city may feel just as vast. While walkable, distances between monuments within Rome’s historic core can be a haul—made worse if the tiny, twisty streets turn your sense of direction to mush. The city boasts loads of wonderful hotels—ranging from classic palaces to thoroughly modern hip hideaways. But since most of us stick to just one while traveling, it’s best to home in on which neighborhood might make the best home base before booking your accommodations.
  • Insider’s Guide to Darjeeling

    Intelligent Travel
    18 Aug 2014 | 11:11 am
    Tea reigns in Darjeeling, where life is marked by the four harvest seasons: first flush in spring, the second flush in June, monsoon season (yes, it’s a tea season) July-August, and the autumn flush from October into November. British author George Orwell born in a town west of Darjeeling, was a lifelong tea drinker. Among his observations about the brew, excerpted from a 1946 essay, “A Nice Cup of Tea”: “Anyone who has used that comforting phrase ‘a nice cup of tea’ invariably means Indian tea … All true tea lovers not only like their tea strong, but like it a little…
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    The TSA Blog

  • TSA Explosives Training Program

    Bob Burns (TSA Blog Team)
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:18 pm
    A Transportation Security Officer’s most important goal is to keep items off of planes that could cause catastrophic damage to an aircraft. In order to do this, they continuously train to identify explosive components and keep them from ever making it onto an aircraft. Training is perpetual at the airports, but there are also training exercises held three times a year, at Naval Weapons Station
  • TSA Week in Review – 45 Loaded Firearms, a Fireworks Kit, Sword Canes, and More

    Bob Burns (TSA Blog Team)
    15 Aug 2014 | 5:22 pm
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  • Travel Tips Tuesday: Getting Through Security as Conveniently as Possible

    TSA Blog Team
    12 Aug 2014 | 3:40 pm
    Being stressed because you’re rushing to get to your flight on time is no fun. In this week’s Travel Tips post, here are a few reminders of steps you can take to help you get to your flight on time with as little stress as possible.   Pack properly. When packing your bags, make sure they are not over weight or over-sized. Rearranging your bags at the ticket counter not only delays you but
  • TSA Week in Review – 34 Firearms Discovered This Week (28 Loaded)

    TSA Blog Team
    8 Aug 2014 | 4:32 pm
    Fully-loaded firearm in carry-on bag at Kalamazoo (AZO) 34 Firearms Discovered This Week – Of the 34 firearms, 28 were loaded and nine had rounds chambered. See more photos at the bottom of this post.  Remember: Pay close attention to the items in your bag and on your body. This week a known traveler, who is enrolled in TSA Pre✓™, was cited after it was discovered he had a concealed
  • Travel Tips Tuesday: Keeping Your Items Secure During Screening (and What to Do if Something Goes Missing)

    Lynn (TSA Blog Team)
    5 Aug 2014 | 3:23 pm
    Every day, throughout the country, for a variety of reasons, passengers leave something behind at security checkpoints. You’d be surprised to see what TSA sends to the airport lost and found if officers can’t reunite the item with the passenger before they leave. Sometimes passengers leave items in the bowls available for watches or keys, sometimes they forget a small bag because they’re
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    Hawaii Vacation Blog

  • Bring Hawaii Feng Shui and Décor Home

    Lauren Rolland
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:23 am
    There’s something classic and charming about Hawaii’s style of home décor. Indoor plants, teak furniture, light bright colors, bamboo wind chimes, plantation The post Bring Hawaii Feng Shui and Décor Home appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • 5 Top Evening Strolls in Hawaii

    Lauren Rolland
    16 Aug 2014 | 12:07 pm
    I love taking evening strolls in Hawaii, especially after dinner when the sun has set. The sky is an inky blue that The post 5 Top Evening Strolls in Hawaii appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Oahu Surfers on a West Oahu Wave Pool: “Meh”

    Jamie Winpenny
    15 Aug 2014 | 8:57 am
    Having grown up surfing on Oahu, I was more than a little intrigued when it was recently announced that a wave pool The post Oahu Surfers on a West Oahu Wave Pool: “Meh” appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Hawaii Car Games for Kids

    Jamie Winpenny
    14 Aug 2014 | 10:25 am
    Car games for long road trips are something most kids do to pass the time. “I Spy” is usually the go-to, or The post Hawaii Car Games for Kids appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • UH Fall Athletics: Go to the Game!

    Jamie Winpenny
    13 Aug 2014 | 9:54 am
    As the University of Hawaii gears up for the fall semester, students have more to look forward to than term papers, morning The post UH Fall Athletics: Go to the Game! appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
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  • A mountain biking odyssey in Peru

    Eric Warren
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    The network of Incan trails winding along Andean mountainsides have drawn some of the world’s most adventurous mountain bikers to Peru. Typically, surviving these trails means possessing super-human route-finding skills and being happy to suffer a beat-down on tough terrain at elevation. Because getting lost in the labyrinth of ancient trails isn’t adventure enough for Joey Schusler and his crew, they ventured into the notoriously rugged Cordillera Huayhuash, in Peru’s Ancash region, as shown above in the short film Huayhuash. Being surrounded by 21,000ft peaks and miles of…
  • 9 reasons to go inland in California

    Sarah Park
    21 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Photo: Vincent Lock 1. Yosemite National Park If there were just one reason to go inland in California, it would be Yosemite National Park. The massive wilderness area covers almost 1,200 square miles across the Sierra Nevada Mountains and is full of obscenely beautiful natural eye-candy: towering granite cliffs and domes, jagged peaks, waterfalls, sunshine-filled meadows, and groves of giant sequoias. You’re free to simply putter around the village on beach cruisers or walk to easy-to-access waterfalls and viewpoints — but it doesn’t end there. You can hike seven miles,…
  • 16 quotes from young travelers

    Stephanie Be
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Photo: martinak15 1. “What we lack in pay we make up for in lifestyle.” – Jeremy Casebeer, 25, on taking time to backpack and work as a professional volleyball player before settling into a more permanent career 2. “My world gets bigger every day. The more I see, the more I learn is out there.” – Gerrell Johnson, 25, on getting out of LA, studying abroad in Barcelona, seeing Europe, and globetrotting Thailand 3. “The only adventure you regret is the one you didn’t take.” – Erin Reid, 24, on her addiction to traveling Europe, Africa, Australia, and Southeast…
  • Why travel isn't a checklist

    Matt Hershberger
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Photo: Katie In 2007, the movie The Bucket List came out, and pretty much no one saw it. You could glean the entire movie from the trailer: Two terminally ill men decide to tick off all the remaining items on their “bucket list,” which is the list of things they want to get done before they “kick the bucket.” Hilarity and heartbreak ensues. Then they both die. I haven’t seen the movie, so that’s not a spoiler, it’s just what I got from the trailer. Maybe one of the items on their bucket list was “live forever” and that’s the last thing they checked off. And even though I…
  • Map of culture

    Katka Lapelosa
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    AS AN ANTHROPOLOGIST, part of what I studied was where “culture” began. Sometimes, it was in the Fertile Crescent, when agriculture became the norm. Other times, it began right when modern humans developed, with cave paintings, decorative spears, and bone needles. Others would argue that culture did not begin until the Medieval era had ended, because before that, the Egyptians, the Greeks, and the Romans all did the same stuff. I like to think that culture is purely subjective, and that there is no “right” way to define it. What I can attest to, is how culture…
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    Wanderlust and Lipstick

  • Papua New Guinea-bound

    Beth Whitman
    8 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    As I write this, I’m literally sitting at the airport getting ready to leave for Papua New Guinea to lead one of our WanderTours to the Mt. Hagen SingSing. PNG is one of my very favorite destinations because it is so crazy diverse. There are approximately 850 tribes in the country. The jungle terrain is so difficult to traverse that these tribes have traditionally stayed in their own communities, speaking their own language. This makes it difficult for them to converse in anything other than pidgin English (and not all know this language). PNG is located on the eastern half of an island…
  • Smartwool Socks for Hiking ~ WanderGear Wednesday

    Beth Whitman
    6 Aug 2014 | 10:50 am
    Last time I attended the Outdoor Retailer Show in Salt Lake City, I got me a lesson in socks. My complaint to the vendors who manufacture socks was that my socks often fall down my calves. I always thought it was because my calves were so big and it stretched out the tops of the socks. What I learned was that if the footing, specifically the heel, isn’t properly reinforced, the socks will slide into your shoe and pull down your calf. That bit of info took my sock buying to a whole new level. And yes, I did clear out the sock drawer and to get rid of those without heel reinforcement. So,…
  • Fine Tuning the Body (and mind) for Travel

    Beth Whitman
    4 Aug 2014 | 7:39 am
    Since starting my training last year for the Snowman Trek, I’ve become hyper aware of how exercise, nutrition and diet affect my body and mind. Most importantly, I’ve come to realize how much control I have over my energy levels, happiness and strength. And I don’t just mean I’ve noticed that eating a veggie burger with cheese and fries will make me tired. I mean I can tell the difference in my energy level in the morning based on whether I had a small bowl of Greek yogurt the night before or opted for (nutrition-less) popcorn. Since discovering these new…
  • This Month Win a Diane Travel Jacket from Anatomie Apparel

    Beth Whitman
    1 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    I have to admit that I hadn’t heard of Anatomie Apparel until these folks contacted me about reviewing their clothes. While Anatomie is best known for their line of pants, I was most interested in testing out the Diane Travel Jacket as I really like lightweight jackets–especially for cold plane rides–and I knew this would get a lot of use. I’ve since discovered that Anatomie has a wide range of clothing options and all are really ideal for travelers. How so, you ask? Well, the first thing I noticed with the Diane Travel Jacket is that the emphasis is on comfort.
  • Nite Ize Gear ~ WanderGear Wednesday

    Beth Whitman
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:56 am
    You’ve probably seen many of these items from Nite Ize at the checkout line at your local outdoor gear store. You might have even grabbed one or two as an impulse buy or bought them for stocking stuffers. They’re actually quite fun. I picked up a few items myself when I was at the Outdoor Retailer show earlier this year and have found them to come in handy as packing accessories that I didn’t know I needed but now love. These folks actually have a ton of products to choose from, but here are some of my favorite Nite Ize gear items: Cliplit – these little LED lights…
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  • Royal Caribbean WOW Sale | Must Book by Aug 20th

    Martha Allen
    15 Aug 2014 | 8:25 am
    Royal Caribbean Sale WOW Sale starts August 16th If you are thinking about booking a Royal Caribbean cruise for almost any ship at any time, I would highly suggest you wait until Saturday, August 16th to book. Because starting tomorrow, Royal Caribbean will be offering a 5 Day “Wow Sale” featuring up to $200 onboard credit and a reduced deposit on almost any Royal Caribbean Cruise! Plus, on top of that is offering free gratuities on select categories. 5 Day Royal Caribbean WOW Sale + Bonus Offer Book any Royal Caribbean cruise (excluding the Quantum and…
  • Top 5 Deals from Carnival’s Pack and Go Sale: Book by August 17th

    Martha Allen
    14 Aug 2014 | 8:43 am
    Limited Time Cruise Deals from $36 a Day This week’s Carnival Pack and Go sale includes limited time reduced rates starting from just $36 a day on over 275 cruises departing between now and October 2014. These incredibly low prices are ONLY available to book through Monday, August 17th – don’t miss out on some of the best deals of the year! Top 5 Carnival Pack and Go Deals: Book August 14th – August 17th $149 4 Night Bahamas cruise departing Port Canaveral on August 24th aboard the Carnival Sensation Click here to view full itinerary and reserve your cabin $159 4 Night Mexico cruise…
  • How to Cruise for $28 a day?

    Rich Tucker
    13 Aug 2014 | 6:04 pm
    $28 a day for a cruise? Yes. It is rare, but RIGHT NOW there is a 4-night Royal Caribbean Summer Cruise selling for $109 per person [$28/day].  See Facebook Post below. I’ve never seen a Royal Caribbean Summer cruise selling for under $30 per day. This tells me there will be more opportunities in the Fall/Winter for similar deals.  Here are 4 easy steps to booking a $28/day cruise: Four steps to booking $28/day cruises:  #1. You must be flexible: If you want to land a deal below $30 per day this fall, you will need to be able to cruise within 5 – 10 days notice.  You will…
  • Win a 7-Night Cruise for Two from Cruise Holidays and Norwegian Cruise Line

    Maggie Blehert
    11 Aug 2014 | 9:29 pm
    Social media is a great way to connect with the cruise experts at Cruise Holidays – now, it’s also a great way to win a cruise for two! Cruise Holidays has kicked off its third annual Facebook Cruise Giveaway. Through August 31, visit and enter to win a 7-night cruise for two in a balcony-equipped cabin aboard a Norwegian Cruise Lines ship. If you’re the lucky winner, your Cruise Holidays team will help you select a ship and itinerary. They can also answer all of your questions and provide ideas for shore excursions, advice on what to pack, ideas for…
  • Labor Day Cruise Deals from $149

    Martha Allen
    8 Aug 2014 | 7:28 am
    Cruise over the Labor Day Holiday from just $36 a Day Can you believe we are now just a few weeks away from the Labor Day holiday? If you don’t have plans yet no need to worry; it’s not too late to book a vacation. In fact, I am finding some unbelievable rates still available on a wide selection of cruises departing over Labor Day. And with prices starting from just $149 per person, you can even enjoy a Labor Day vacation getaway that is easy on your wallet! CLICK HERE to check out our top Labor Day Cruise deals, with rates starting from just $149 per person. I’ve also selected my top 4…
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    Europe a la Carte Travel Blog

  • 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.
  • Photo Tour of the Palace of Arts in Budapest

    Karen Bryan
    13 Aug 2014 | 11:55 pm
    I visited the Palace of Arts in Budapest in April 2014. Admission cost 1900 HUF (approx £5). The Palace of Arts is located in Heroes Square at the City Park, at the end of Andrassy Ave.
  • Review of City Harbour Chinese Buffet Restaurant in Dundee

    Karen Bryan
    7 Aug 2014 | 12:04 am
    My Aunt and I had lunch at the city Harbour Chinese buffet restaurant on the City Quay on Dundee's watefront on a Tuesday in May 2014. It cost £6.50 per adult.
  • Travelling from Budapest to Prague by Train

    Karen Bryan
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:40 am
    We travelled from Budapest in Hungary to Prague in the Czech Republic by train, on our twin centre holiday with our sons. The 'Spa Day' tickets for the journey, bought in advance on the Hungarian Railways website, cost 19 Euro per person. The intercity service to Prague departs from Budapest Keleti Station, picutred below.
  • Swiss Cottage Gallery London

    Karen Bryan
    27 Jul 2014 | 11:58 pm
    When I'm in London, I like to get off the beaten track. I decided to explore Swiss Cottage one afternoon. After lunch at the Tara Tari Buffet Restaurant, I walked over to Swiss Cottage Library.
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    Art of Non-Conformity

  • Nobody But Yourself

    Chris Guillebeau
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:30 am
    “To be nobody-but-yourself—in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else—means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.” -ee cummings
  • Limited Time 70,000 Hotel Points Offer — Ending Soon

    Chris Guillebeau
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:20 pm
    Link: 70,000 Points for Marriott Card For the next 20 or so hours (or less, depending on when you’re reading this), you can still earn an improved signup bonus on this card. I first wrote about this offer several weeks ago. Here’s what I said: Marriott isn’t my favorite hotel program (that would be Starwood and Hyatt), but this new offer is worth a look for the free nights you’ll earn right away. They used to provide 50,000 points upon signup, but for a limited time—we don’t know for how long—you can earn 20,000 additional points for a total of 70,000. 70,000…
  • Next Time You Pass Through the Helsinki Airport, Take Time for a Sauna

    Chris Guillebeau
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Regular readers know that there’s nothing I enjoy more than spending hours in a nice airline lounge. Whenever I travel I always plan for an extended connection, especially if there’s a great lounge. I don’t pass through Helsinki, Finland very often, but now I want to: there’s a new lounge that includes a sauna! I’ve only seen such a thing in one other place, the Doha First Class lounge for Qatar Airways. From their press release –> NEW PREMIUM LOUNGE IN EARLY AUGUST 2014 In August 2014, Finnair introduces a new Premium Lounge to complement the current Finnair Lounge in the…
  • Internal Adventures: On the Road with Betsy and Warren Talbot

    Chris Guillebeau
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    This is a traveler case study. (Read others or nominate yourself I met Betsy and Warren in Seattle—and then I promptly saw them again in Barcelona, Portland, and probably some other places. Like me, they get around. Tell us about yourselves. We’re Betsy and Warren. In 2008, Betsy’s brother had a heart attack. Then, our good friend Maria had a brain aneurysm. They were both 35. Realizing there are no guarantees in life, we asked one another, “What would change about your life right now if you knew you wouldn’t make it to 40?” “Travel!” was the answer for both of…
  • Scholarships for Real Life: Electric Vehicles & Cross-Country Road Trips

    Chris Guillebeau
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:05 pm
    Last year we started a foundation, making an initial investment of $100,000 and pledging to support “Scholarships for Real Life,” a program to enable people to pursue a dream of their own while also addressing a problem that affects others. In this short series, we’ll highlight our initial grantees. Working with at-risk youth is never easy, and finding ways to engage teenagers while trying to help them grow is even harder. For the past four years, Voyager Linda Bucner and MINDDRIVE have sought to inspire students to learn, expand their vision of the future and to have a…
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    TripAdvisor Insights

  • When bad things happen to good guests, Part 1

    Helen Anne Travis
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Your guests are frantic. Their day tour hit traffic on the way back to the hotel and now it appears they’ll miss their flight home. They’re from out of the country and have no way to alert family or work about the delayed return. They’re exasperated, confused and asking for your help.
  • When bad things happen to good guests, Part 2

    Helen Anne Travis
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Bad luck happens: no matter where you are, whether you’re a visitor or a local, or how many times you’ve double-checked that lock. No one is immune to robberies or muggings, and valuables seem to have a way of walking off on their own.
  • How Jetpack America climbed from #17 to #2 in its market

    18 Aug 2014 | 5:59 am
    Jetpack America is a water-propelled jetpack attraction. In just six months, the Newport Beach property has risen from #17 to #2 in the TripAdvisor Popularity Index for Attractions in its destination (as of July 2014).   
  • Management Photo Friday: Angel’s Secrets

    15 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Recipient of a 2014 Certificate of Excellence, Angel’s Secrets has uploaded several management photos showcasing not only its comfortable indoor accommodations, but also its delicious-looking food.
  • Sky high praise from a young TripAdvisor flyer

    14 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
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    Hawaii Vacation Advice -

  • What to know for a September vacation to Hawaii

    Sheila Beal
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:33 am
    September is a fantastic month to visit Hawaii. It’s a relatively quiet time in the Hawaiian Islands; hotel rates are less expensive and the weather is great. In this article, we’ll review all these important details in deciding if September is the best month for you to vacation in Hawaii.What’s Hawaii’s weather like in September?August and September are two of the hottest months in Hawaii. September weather in the Hawaiian Islands can be described as very summer-like with lots of sunshine and warm temperatures. Daytime high temperatures at most beach resorts average in the…
  • Aloha Friday Photo: A sweetheart of a view

    Sheila Beal
    15 Aug 2014 | 7:20 am
    Mahalo to Joe West from Drone Cam Hawaii for sharing this superb view of Pu’upehe with us. Pu’upehe, also known as Sweetheart Rock, is one of the most iconic views of Lana’i. This impressive rock always makes visitors wonder how it was formed and why it stands alone from the rest of the island.We’ve taken the short hike out to view Pu’upehe many times, but we’ve never seen an aerial view of it. Joe’s excellent photo captures a new perspective of Pu’upehe that’s just not possible from the ground. We love this new dimension of this…
  • Hawaii vacation deals & news: August 13, 2014

    Sheila Beal
    13 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    * Thankfully tropical storms Iselle and Julio have passed and sunny skies have returned to Hawaii.* We’re finally seeing Hawaiian Airlines dip their fares into the upper $300s from the mid $400s — a seasonal best rate. Fares are now starting at $398 roundtrip but you must book by August 18 and travel from August 19 through December 12, 2014. For a quick search of the lowest fares available from your home airport, we like to use* The New Otani Kaimana Beach Hotel –  a beachfront hotel on Sans Souci Beach at the Diamond Head side of Waikiki Beach —…
  • Suggestions for what men should wear on vacation in Hawaii [with photos]

    11 Aug 2014 | 8:54 am
    Aloha guys!Andy here–I make that distinction because Sheila takes care of 99% of the posts on Go Visit Hawaii. However, she’s asked me to share my tips for what guys should pack–and wear–for their Hawaii vacation.In Sheila’s guide for what women should wear while on vacation in Hawaii, she went over a lot of basics that are good tips for us guys too–casual, breathable, and loose-fitting clothing should be high on your packing list. Specifically for us gents, here are my tips–based on a few dozen trips to Hawaii bringing only carry-on!On the…
  • Hawaii hurricane update from Tropical Storm Iselle (and Hurricane Julio on the way)

    Sheila Beal
    8 Aug 2014 | 9:40 am
    In light of Tropical Storm Iselle battering Hawaii with Hurricane Julio on the way, we’ve decided to suspend our usual Aloha Friday Photo series. We felt it would be insensitive to have our normal jovial post of sunny Hawaii while so many people are going through this major tropical storm. Iselle was downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm overnight. That’s good news, however, a tropical storm is still quite serious.At the moment, Iselle is somewhat stalled over the Hawaii, the Big Island. The tall peaks of Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea have partially diverted the storm…
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    Happy Hotelier

  • 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…
  • Wilhelm Lutjens Bookcase – Dutch Design (64)

    8 Aug 2014 | 4:21 am
    Wilhelm Lutjens Bookcase – Dutch Design (64) Actually this is more like a “note to self” as I was inspecting an auction of German auction house Quittenbaum to see if I could find something for my Chair Blog (and Yes, I did find some, see Chair Blog’s Quittenbaum section). The bookcase sold for Euro 2,000. I just happen to have a smaller version of same bookcase. Before I throw it away, I should remember I wrote about it here and should bring it to an auction house. Wilhelm Lutjens Bookcase – Dutch Design (64) is a post from: Happy Hotelier. Would you like to…
  • MH 17 Crash

    25 Jul 2014 | 3:45 am
    MH17 Crash The Netherlands was shocked when it learned Malaysian Airplane, Flight MH 17, crashed in Ukraine. Presumably the crash was caused by Russian backed rebellions who fired an anti aircraft rocket to it. Of the nearly 300 passengers and crew almost 200 fellow Dutchman died in the crash. There were 80 children amongst them. In an earlier speech the Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs thanked the UN Security Council for adopting a resolution that condemned this act. Wednesday July 23 was a day of National Mourning in the Netherlands. The first 40 bodies came home… MH 17 Crash is a…
  • America’s Cup 35 campaign started

    12 Jun 2014 | 7:05 am
    America’s Cup 35 campaign started I’ve been covering the America’s Cup for some time, but realize I forgot to say anything about the no 34 campaign because I was so busy with watching the thriller unfold when the Kiwi’s lost the cup to Oracle after they had build up a lead of 8-1 wins which Jimmy Spithill was able to claw back entirely to win 9-8. I’ve never seen such a comeback in sailing nor any other sport. The rules for the 35st Cup have been negotiated by defender Oracle Team USA, via Golden Gate Yacht Club and Team Australia’s Hamilton Island Yacht Club,…
  • Again a Randstad Rail Collision

    11 Jun 2014 | 8:07 am
    Again a Randstad Rail Collision I’ve hesitated a couple of months to share this photo with you, because it was taken by a friend who was inside the tram sitting just there where the white and blue tram rammed the red and yellow tram. Amazingly he was quick to jump away just in time, but an older lady who was just sitting in front of him was severely wounded by the accident. The strange thing is that there are no traffic rules as to which tram has right of way when two trams cross an intersection. My friend’s comment as to the support from instances is that there is not much…
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  • 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:    
  • Frugal Friday: Alabama’s Battle of Mobile Bay 150th Anniversary

    18 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    “Damn the torpedoes!”  is the often quoted phrase shouted by Rear Admiral David Farragut shortly after dawn on Aug. 5, 1864.  The Admiral led 18 Union warships through the mouth of Mobile Bay and into the Civil War’s largest naval battle. This year  marks the 150th anniversary of Alabama’s Battle of Mobile Bay and the Siege of Fort Morgan.  Re-enactments, music, exhibits, living history demonstrations, and a festival commemorating the brave fighting men will be staged throughout the three-day event–August 1-3. Fort Morgan State Historic Site’s gates will open at 7…
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  • Travel Hack: How to Save Hundreds on Airfare with a VPN

    Mike Richard
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:33 am
    Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. Back in January, we listed just five reasons why every connected traveler should be using a VPN. Quite frankly, there are many, many more. But one of the coolest we’ve recently stumbled across is how to use VPN software to book cheaper airfares. Travel booking engines can sometimes charge more based on your previous browsing history. If they know you’ve run multiple searches for the same flight over the past few weeks, you may notice your airfare suddenly going up. Which is why it’s often wise to use your browser’s private or…
  • Summer Gear Roundup: 4 Laptop Backpacks for the Savvy Traveler

    Mike Richard
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:18 am
    Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. Summer is sadly coming to an end in the northern hemisphere [insert sad trombone sound here …]. So if you’re gearing up for your fall travels, perhaps it’s time to invest in some new kit? These four laptop backpacks are worthy of any flashpacker in need of a durable, high capacity pack with plenty of room for everything a modern traveler could dream of carrying. #1: SwissGear Travel Gear ScanSmart Backpack 1900 The name is a bit of a mouthful (“SwissGear Travel Gear ScanSmart Backpack 1900″), but this pack offers almost…
  • Photo of the Moment: The Brilliant Colors of Maldives

    Mike Richard
    13 Aug 2014 | 10:09 am
    Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. © Nattu (Flickr) The post Photo of the Moment: The Brilliant Colors of Maldives appeared first on Vagabondish.
  • 9 Things You Don’t Expect To Miss When You Travel (But You Will)

    Mishana Khot
    13 Aug 2014 | 9:52 am
    Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. You know that orange-hued, totally unhealthy, kinda nasty Chinese take-out that you order on a lazy weekend? If I told you you’re going to miss that when you’re travelling, would you believe me? Well, you will. When you’re travelling, you’re prepared to miss your friends, your family, your pet, your home – the usual stuff. But here are a few things that you’ll be surprised to find yourself missing. © jeffreyww #1: Your Pillow You’ll miss this one pretty soon into your trip. You could rest your head on a dozen different pillows when…
  • Braven BRV-Bank: A Smart, Rugged Portable Power Bank for Travelers

    Mike Richard
    5 Aug 2014 | 1:15 pm
    Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. We’ve long been fans of BRAVEN’s entire line of badass rugged portable products. Now, they’ve taken the staid, now-ubiquitous backup battery and made it even … awesomer. The new BRAVEN BRV-Bank is “the world’s first Bluetooth-enabled, USB controlled ultra-rugged power bank”. A mouthful for sure, but the gist is that it’s designed to take one helluva beating – ideal for the modern digital nomad’s life on the road. Features include: Shockproof and waterproof design that meets MIL-STD 810G and…
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    Adventure Girl

  • Travel Snack inspired by love

    20 Aug 2014 | 7:50 pm
    There are two reasons to start a business. One is to solve a problem that isn’t being addressed in the world, and the other is to fulfill a passion and see it come to fruition. Enter Sarah Kay Hoffman, CEO of A Loving Spoon nut butters. Hoffman’s story began back in 2009 when she was on the Gut and Psychology Syndrome diet for stomach issues she was dealing with. Searching for high-protein and organic options to nosh on, she began purchasing raw coconut butter, walnut butter, peanut butter, cashew butter, pecan butter and almond butter, as a way to satiate her cravings for sugar,…
  • Adventure Girl : ’8Great’ Venture Trinidad & Tobago

    19 Aug 2014 | 3:06 pm
    Looking for something to cure that wanderlust? Try Trinidad & Tobago, home to the largest Caribbean Carnival, festivals, gastronomy, cultural history, and the Western Hemisphere’s oldest protected rainforest. Where: Trinidad & Tobago is located in the southeastern region of the Caribbean. When: September to Early June. 1. It’s a dual-island nation that offers a diverse blend of culture, eclectic cuisine and a bevy of eco-adventure activities. An easy “island hop” back and forth between the two islands using the high- speed ferry, makes for an interesting adventure. 2. Trinidad…
  • Adventure Girl : ’8Great’ Venture Maldives

    18 Aug 2014 | 5:56 pm
    Looking for paradise? Check out our suggestions to find your own slice of island heaven in the many atolls that make up the Maldives (pronounced Mal-deevs). Where: A group of Islands in the Indian Ocean. When to go: Any! Sunshine is served up here year round. 1. Dhaalu Atoll If you simply can’t ditch your iPad, even when in paradise, then this is the place to set up shop on holiday. Niyama offers a series of beachside bungalows, overwater pavilions with pools, designed in modern meets beachy-chic motifs, this isn’t a bad place to lay your head. In fact, it’s stunning!
  • Adventure Girl : Essie’s Resort 2014 – The Fab Four

    15 Aug 2014 | 5:51 pm
    We’re fans here at Adventure Girl of the nail polish company, called Essie. Pictured here, you’ll find four of our favorites in their resort collection. As Essie describes this fashionable resort quartet, “Smart. Stylish. Sought-after. She’s going places. Specifically: to the beach. The resort collection for it-girls everywhere: four irresistibly fun shades perfect for a stylish trip to paradise.” Fab Four colors are: Cocktails and coconuts in a shimmery beige color, perfect for nude nails, and as Essie shares, “Cheers! Cocktail dressing just got easier.
  • Beijing’s Futuristic Galaxy Soho

    15 Aug 2014 | 11:11 am
    The Galaxy Soho is an impressive architectural marvel that sits on East 2nd Ring Road in Beijing. A complex designed by Laureate Pritzker Prize winning architect, Zaha Hadid, adds to the city’s already interesting cityscape. A destination to visit when in the city, it is located in the Dongzhimen transportation hub, linking visitors to a multitude of bus routes as well as Subway lines and is conveniently accessible to the airport and the ring roadnetwork, with an underground access point connecting to subway entrances and exits. A series of bridges connect four elliptical towers inspired by…
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    Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast

  • Travel to the Western Sahara, (Morocco) – Episode 421 Transcript

    20 Aug 2014 | 8:04 am
    transcript of Travel to the Western Sahara, (Morocco) – Episode 421 subscribe: rss feed | iTunes | stitcher | Live365 Chris Christensen: Amateur Traveler, episode 421. Today, the Amateur Traveler talk is […] The post Travel to the Western Sahara, (Morocco) – Episode 421 Transcript appeared first on Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast.
  • Arkansas River Locks – Little Rock, Arkansas – Photo

    19 Aug 2014 | 12:02 pm
    Ralph Velasco On Travel Photography: 101 Tips eBookSave $300 per couple on select 2014 US & Canada Tours As an engineer I love watching cool technology work, like the Arkansas River Locks […] The post Arkansas River Locks – Little Rock, Arkansas – Photo appeared first on Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast.
  • A Summer Journey to Death Valley

    13 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    If you are in Las Vegas during the summer and need a break from the heat of the city and the craziness of the Strip, where do you go?  Why to Death […] The post A Summer Journey to Death Valley appeared first on Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast.
  • Travel to Tasmania, Australia – Episode 426 Transcript

    12 Aug 2014 | 5:45 am
    transcript of Travel to Tasmania, Australia – Episode 426 Chris: Amateur Traveler, Episode 426. Today the Amateur Traveler talks about hiking and convict history, and the plight of the devil as we […] The post Travel to Tasmania, Australia – Episode 426 Transcript appeared first on Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast.
  • Travel to Salzburg, Austria – Episode 432

    9 Aug 2014 | 4:30 am
    cover photo by Ignaz Wiradi subscribe: rss feed | iTunes | Christmas Markets Tour from SalzburgOriginal Sound of Music Private Tourstitcher | Live365 Hear about travel to Salzburg, Austria as the Amateur […] The post Travel to Salzburg, Austria – Episode 432 appeared first on Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast.
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    We Said Go Travel

  • Seeking Peace in Thailand

    JoAnna Faircloth
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:57 pm
    Seeking Peace “We seek peace, knowing that peace is the climate of freedom.” Dwight D Eisenhower The water slapped against the side of my kayak as a wave rolled in from the wake of yet another speedboat carrying tourists to and from Loh Dalum Bay. I paused to redirect the kayak, cutting through the disturbances in the water and paddled onwards, towards an undetermined destination. The island of Koh Phi Phi is one of Thailand’s most popular destinations due to its unique beauty and ability to shamelessly cater to foreign tastes. Hundreds of beautiful people from all over the globe flock…
  • NYSC orientation in Nigeria

    Issa Ridwan
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    A bird on hand is much better than many on tree. At times, giving eyewitness account only reduces a story to nothing but understatement or exaggeration. Although, I’ve not lived too long on earth but in my quest to know “what it feels like to be free”, I’d failed, I’d suffered, I’d been ridiculed, I’m learning, I’m improving and I’m growing. I’d realized that series of invented stories are poisons (except few). In fact, they poison my blood to induce effect. Last year, my dream came true. I envisioned it; it was real, now I’m delicious. In 2013, I was mobilized for a 365…
  • Of Love and Libertad in Mexico

    Wanda St.Hilaire
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Of Love and Libertad A lazy cat napping on the sofa in the galeria A stray dog approaching, head down, tail swaying in an anticipated touch the rooster that knows not the hands of the clock the unexpected play of dolphins breaking the skin of the sea this is the melody of Mexican life -Wanda St.Hilaire, Of Love, Life and Journeys This February, I sat writing on the periphery of the plaza in San Miguel de Allende with the stunning La Parroquia church as a backdrop. Percolating under the surface was an emotion that was all too unfamiliar in my Canadian day-to-day life. It was joy. I’d been…
  • Walking the Planks at Halifax Canada

    Heather Antonini
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Walking along the Halifax waterfront, I don’t see what you see. I can’t describe to you the colours of the small boats and tall ships gently rocking against the docks, the way a sail flutters in the distance as it catches the wind, the looks on the faces of the tourists streaming by. To my eyes, colour is replaced by shades of grey, or so I assume with no colour reference from which to draw. To my eyes, what lies in the distance is reduced to vague shapes and the whim of my imagination. To my eyes, the faces of those around me are blurred, lacking individual personality and made…
  • Visiting the sites of London

    Tyler Brooks
    18 Aug 2014 | 2:50 pm
    Anyone who visits London will know why it is consistently at the top of the, “Most Visited Cities in the World” list. In 2013, it was the most visited city in the world with nearly 16 million visitors. With attractions such as their numerous museums, Buckingham Palace, and The London Eye, London has something for everyone in the family. The first step in planning a trip to the UK is to find a hotel. With all the excitement and events around, where are the best places to stay? With so many visitors each year to the capital requiring different needs, there isn’t any one good choice.
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  • What happens to my valuables on a shipwreck?

    Christopher Elliott
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Note: The “Problem Solved” column normally deals with non-travel issues that are fixable, but a recent reader question prompted me […] The post What happens to my valuables on a shipwreck? appeared first on Elliott.
  • How do you pack smarter for your next trip?

    Christopher Elliott
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:53 am
    Got questions about how to pack for your next trip? Here are few answers for you. Subscribe to my YouTube […] The post How do you pack smarter for your next trip? appeared first on Elliott.
  • Flags and other funny ways around the 24-hour rule

    Christopher Elliott
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    To get an idea how much airlines hate, hate, hate the 24-hour rule, consider the unbelievable case of Michael Kalman’s […] The post Flags and other funny ways around the 24-hour rule appeared first on Elliott.
  • Should I check my bag or carry it on the plane?

    Christopher Elliott
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:37 pm
    The ability to check a bag used to be included in your airline ticket. Not anymore. Here’s my advice. Subscribe […] The post Should I check my bag or carry it on the plane? appeared first on Elliott.
  • Should the babies in business class get priority bassinets?

    Christopher Elliott
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Even though Kim Centrone made arrangements for Lufthansa to provide a bassinet for her baby on a recent flight from […] The post Should the babies in business class get priority bassinets? appeared first on Elliott.
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    Soul Travelers 3

  • Mozart's 1st Vlog - Teen Beauty Guru, Fashion & Bargaining in China in Mandarin

    Soul Travelers3
    21 Aug 2014 | 12:14 am
    Mozart's 1st Vlog - Teen Beauty Guru, Fashion & Bargaining in China in Mandarin13 year old Mozart is a fashionista teen or junior "Beauty Guru" with a passion for fashion, music, 13 year old trilingual Mozart is a fashionista teen model or junior "Beauty Guru" with a passion for fashion, music, makeup, travel, cooking, languages, art, DIY projects, books, science, teen lifestyle issues and more.She loves people and wants to connect and change the world, so has started to vlog weekly! Related articles Cute Teen Clothes Shopping Haul Why Learn Mandarin in Tropical…
  • Make a Splash! Water Park Summer Fun for Families!

    Soul Travelers3
    13 Aug 2014 | 12:01 am
    Make a Splash! Water Park Summer Fun for Families!Looking for an affordable family vacation this summer? Head tothe nearest water park where you Looking for an affordable family vacation this summer? Head to the nearest water park where you can splash, dive, tube and squeal with delight enjoying a supreme beat-the-heat venue for kids and teens. 13 year old Mozart has explored water parks in Florida, California, Jordan, Spain, Malaysia, Italy, France, Holland, Portugal and more. This started when she was 4, so no matter the age, it is always a hit. This latest water park was in DFW area where…
  • Cute Teen Clothes Shopping Haul

    Soul Travelers3
    6 Aug 2014 | 12:03 am
    Cute Teen Clothes Shopping Haul How many teenage girls have done shopping hauls in Paris,London,Sydney, NYC, Shanghai,Italy,Spain,Jordan How many teenage girls have done shopping hauls in Paris, London,Sydney, NYC, Shanghai, Italy, Spain, Jordan,California and more? Mozart has always been a world-traveling fashionista and loves clothes, malls and shopping, so feels blessed with all the places she has shopped around the world. She is ready to be a teen beauty guru! Despite us being a minimalist family that travels the world with just carryon luggage and not into overconsumerism, she has…
  • EASY Paleo/ Primal Tortillas Recipe & Mexican Food

    Soul Travelers3
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:01 am
    EASY Paleo/ Primal Tortilla Recipe & Mexican FoodThis is a yummy paleo/primal, grain-free, gluten-free tortilla that Mozart made for lunch the This is a yummy paleo/primal, grain-free, gluten-free tortilla that Mozart made for lunch the other day and added left over pastured chicken pieces, homemade healthy, lacto- fermented salsa, and topped with guacamole and organic tomatoes. It is one of her favorite lunches! She so loves making these easy, healthy and delicious tortillas, so has taken over the duty from me. Due to our cavity healing and prevention diet, she sometimes misses the…
  • Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado - Exquisite Vacation

    Soul Travelers3
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:04 am
    Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado - Exquisite VacationThey call New Mexico the "Land of Enchantment/ Tierra del Encanto" and Santa Fe, "The City Different" They call New Mexico the "Land of Enchantment/ Tierra del Encanto" and Santa Fe, "The City Different" and a winter family adventure at the amazing Four Season’s Rancho Encantado Resort brings all the magical and historic charms of this area together seamlessly. Set on 57 unspoiled acres, at an elevation of 7000 feet, with just 65 sumptuous casita guest rooms, breathing in the pinon-scented air and brilliant blue sky,  it's…
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    The Cranky Flier

  • A Look at Virgin America’s Dallas Operation, and Wondering if Chicago Will Happen

    21 Aug 2014 | 3:45 am
    Though Virgin America has publicly said that its future growth will be in LA and San Francisco, it’s hard to forget about Dallas. After all, Virgin America won the battle for two gates at Love Field and will make that airport the airline’s third largest operation. But with only two gates and very little chance of more, Virgin’s options are limited. The airline’s recent schedule announcement for Love didn’t mention Chicago at all. Virgin America had originally said it would move its three daily nonstops to both LA and San Francisco from DFW to Love Field, and then…
  • How Weather Radar Works and How It’s Getting Better

    19 Aug 2014 | 3:45 am
    I don’t like thunderstorms. Oh sure, they’re fine if you’re on the ground, but ever since a particularly nasty encounter with windshear in a severe storm flying into Charlotte back in the early 1990s, flying around storms has made me anxious. So when I went to visit with Honeywell back in May, I was particularly interested in learning more about advances in weather radar. Unfortunately we didn’t get into much detail there, but I was able to schedule a follow up call. In short, weather radar is a whole lot better than it was back in the early 1990s, and there are a lot…
  • How We Made Copa $1,445.60 Richer (Tales From the Field)

    18 Aug 2014 | 3:45 am
    I’ve seen several comments on posts in my “Tales From the Field” series asking for stories where it didn’t all work out as well as we would have hoped. Ask and ye shall receive. To be fair, it all worked out fine for our Cranky Concierge client in the end, but we ended up having to eat nearly $1,500 thanks to Copa being downright difficult. In fact, we’re booking as little of Copa as possible now, but let’s get to the story. Earlier this year, we booked a client to fly from Chicago to Rio via Panama City in coach on Copa in April. At one point before…
  • Cranky on the Web (August 11 – 15)

    16 Aug 2014 | 3:45 am
    In the Trenches: Evolving With Our Clients – Quickbooks Blog The Intuit Small Business Blog has changed its format, and I’m ramping back up to weekly discussions about Cranky Concierge.
  • Topic of the Week: Where Will the Next Successful Start-Up Come From?

    15 Aug 2014 | 3:45 am
    Sticking with yesterday’s theme that the US is a great place to run an airline right now, let’s turn the question to you. What do you think the next US-based successful start-up will look like? What area will it serve? What type of model will it use?
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    Peter Greenberg Travel Detective

  • Travel Tip: Secret Ways to Earn Hotel Loyalty Points

    21 Aug 2014 | 5:23 am
    Read the full article on at - Travel Tip: Secret Ways to Earn Hotel Loyalty PointsHotel loyalty programs are free, and most people earn points by staying at the hotel or using a branded credit card. But you might be surprised to learn about other... Read More...The post Travel Tip: Secret Ways to Earn Hotel Loyalty Points appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
  • Luxe Lavs Inspired by Summer

    20 Aug 2014 | 10:40 am
    Read the full article on at - Luxe Lavs Inspired by SummerSummer may be winding down for many of you, but if you aren’t ready to say goodbye just yet, you can still stay at a resort where it’s warm. But,... Read More...The post Luxe Lavs Inspired by Summer appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
  • Voluntourism Spotlight: Uncover American History in Virginia

    20 Aug 2014 | 8:59 am
    Read the full article on at - Voluntourism Spotlight: Uncover American History in VirginiaIf you’re considering visiting Williamsburg, Virginia, there are many different ways you can immerse yourself in American  history. You can visit Colonial Williamsburg, or you can go the extra step and... Read More...The post Voluntourism Spotlight: Uncover American History in Virginia appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
  • Travel Tip: How the Sharing Economy Works for Business Travelers

    20 Aug 2014 | 5:21 am
    Read the full article on at - Travel Tip: How the Sharing Economy Works for Business TravelersThe “sharing economy” has been front page news lately. That’s where regular people like you and me share our cars or even our homes, and use mobile technology to get... Read More...The post Travel Tip: How the Sharing Economy Works for Business Travelers appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
  • What You Need to Know About Traveling During Hurricane Season

    19 Aug 2014 | 9:15 am
    Read the full article on at - What You Need to Know About Traveling During Hurricane SeasonWith the peak of hurricane season around the corner, it doesn’t necessarily mean you shouldn’t travel to hurricane-prone areas. It just means you need the proper information, a plan B,... Read More...The post What You Need to Know About Traveling During Hurricane Season appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
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    Nancy D Brown

  • Palazzo del Governatore, Bracciano, Italy

    Lisa Dion
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:46 am
    My friend Milos invited me to visit the magical little town in Italy where he grew up. He promised to introduce me to the locals, show me around, and help me find places to stay while I produced a travel website about the area. It was an offer I couldn’t refuse. Everything Milos told me […]
  • Houseboating Shasta Lake, CA: What to Expect

    Nancy Brown
    15 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    A three hour drive from the San Francisco bay area to Lake Shasta, we arrived at our destination, Shasta Marina Resort, in the early afternoon. The summer sun was already beating down on us; we were happy to be greeted at Shasta Marina with misters spraying fine curtains of water overhead. Our hosts and owners […]
  • Inspirational Travel Blogs

    Nancy Brown
    12 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    With travel blogs multiplying as fast as rabbits, it is an honor to have my writing recognized as inspirational and receive a blog award from my travel blogging peers. Laura and Cipri from Travelocafe have inspired me to travel to unique destinations and their photography makes me feel like I am on the travel road […]
  • Spa Review: Portola Hotel & Spa, Monterey

    Nancy Brown
    8 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    If you read this blog often, you know that I have never met a spa that I didn’t like. As a travel writer, I’ve been fortunate to slip in a spa visit whenever I write a luxury hotel or resort review. I’ve experienced a massage on a water table in Switzerland, an in-room massage in […]
  • Monterey, California Restaurants

    Nancy Brown
    1 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Monterey County restaurants may come and go, but wining and dining in this California coastal community never goes out of style. I know this from first-hand experience, as my parents retired to the fairytale Carmel-by-the-Sea in Monterey County and made a hobby out of dining out. There are endless amounts of things to see and […]
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    Hawaii Aloha Travel » Podcast Posts

  • 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.
  • Do you read your Hawaii travel documents?

    Bruce Fisher
    24 Jun 2014 | 5:04 pm
    Let me begin by first stating that the customer is always right. I like to subscribe to this philosophy because it’s a The post Do you read your Hawaii travel documents? appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
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  • Manali — Manali, India

    21 Aug 2014 | 5:34 am
    Manali - Manali, India Manali, India Where I stayed Ambika Hotel SolanDie erste Überlandfahrt in Indien mit dem Bus ist geschafft! Die zweithöchste befahrbare Strasse der Welt (die erste ist übrigens auch in der Nähe von Leh!) soll laut unserem Reiseführer eine faszinierend schöne Mondwüste durchqueren. Wir waren ja gespannt, und durch die schönen Tage in Leh zum Glück auch entspannt… Die Fahrt startete nämlich um 5 Uhr morgens und sollte nach einem Übernachtungsstopp in Zelten in Keylong am nächsten Tag um den Mittag in Manali…
  • Getting to know Melbourne — Melbourne, Australia

    21 Aug 2014 | 5:33 am
    Getting to know Melbourne - Melbourne, Australia Melbourne, Australia Where I stayed Hilton Melbourne South WharfToday was the first day of dad's meeting, so we got up early and had breakfast together. I planned a fun day for my mom and I! We started out at the aquarium, where we saw many different and incredible fish. It was very well done and the highlight was the penguins at the end! Afterwards, mom and I walked to Federation Square - the center of modern Melbourne. It has unique modern architecture and houses many different museums. We decided to visit an Australian Art museum, which…
  • Important Causes And Home Treatments For Leg Pain — Greensboro, United States

    21 Aug 2014 | 5:33 am
    Important Causes And Home Treatments For Leg Pain - Greensboro, United States Greensboro, United StatesAre you sick from the itching, burning, pain, swelling, or bleeding down many? Aren't you frustrated as it would be completely embarrassing to ask for advice on that potentially crippling condition? I sure was - suffering silently. 3) NSAIDs, or non steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, such as aspirin, naproxen, or ibuprofen, all available over the counter. I like naproxen or ibuprofen because seem lessen swelling more, leading to quicker remedies. You should use some hemorrhoid creams…
  • 5. matkapäev — Norbu Sumdo, International

    21 Aug 2014 | 5:33 am
    5. matkapäev - Norbu Sumdo, International Norbu Sumdo, International Where I stayedtelkHommikusööki ilmestab rahe. Külm. Osa edasisest päevast täidavad prügimajanduse probleemid. Õnnetuseks näen pealt laagri kokkupakkimist. Eelmistel päevadel oleme alati enne sündmuspaigalt kadunud. Prügi jäetakse vedelma sinna, kuhu see on kukkunud või tuul selle viinud. Võtan vile üles. Lubatakse korjata kokku "ühte kohta". Jah, muidugi, kust tuul selle siis mööda maastikku laiali kannab. Ma ei soovi osaleda…
  • Jamie's Travel Advice: 2x $ / half the crap — Bo Trach District, Vietnam

    21 Aug 2014 | 5:32 am
    Jamie's Travel Advice: 2x $ / half the crap - Bo Trach District, Vietnam Bo Trach District, VietnamI've heard it a hundred times, and it tends to be true. Bring twice the money you think you'll need, and half the stuff. No one wants to carry around a 40 lb backpack for a month when you can be carrying around a 20 lb pack. I met someone once who only carried a plastic bag. He had one outfit for warm weather, and one for cooler weather. Whichever one wasn't on his back was in his plastic bag. That and his toothbrush. And THAT'S IT. I admire that man. I couldn't do it. But always do bring a…
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    View from the Wing

  • The Death of FEBO: American’s New Meal Ordering Procedure Starts September 1

    Gary Leff
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:15 am
    When the US Airways and American merger finally got the go-ahead, airline President Scott Kirby promised that US Airways would adopt American’s higher standards. For meals, though, what’s actually happened is that the two airlines are splitting the difference. Roughly speaking American served meals on two hour flights and US Airways on three and a half hour flights — they’ll settle in the middle at two hours forty five minutes. Here are the specific time, distance, and offering standards that go into effect on September 1. One additional September 1 change that I…
  • What are the Largest Airlines – in the US and in the World?

    Gary Leff
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:30 pm
    The winner of the crown among the World’s Largest Airlines – such as it is, since it’s hardly as meaningful a metric as ‘best airline’ or ‘most profitable airline’ — is American Airlines, now that they’ve merged with US Airways. When Delta merged with Northwest it became the largest airline in the United States. Then United merged with Continental and overtook Delta. That left American at number 3. Now, by most measures, things have shaken up again: American and US Airways merged to create the nation’s – and world’s…
  • Airline Imitates the Onion, Chase Eliminates a Bonus, American Allows 18 Hour Domestic Connections, and Another Airline With Pre-Order Meals

    Gary Leff
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:00 pm
    News and notes from around the interweb: I’m not a teenage girl so I’ve never brought along my own pillow when I’ve traveled. But travel pillows are definitely a thing. Are they your thing? American now allows 18 hour connections on some domestic and US-Canada itineraries for both revenue and award tickets. Two years ago The Onion reported that American would shutter the airline to focus on their core American Way magazine business. It turns out the actual strategy is the exact opposite: American will outsource its magazine publishing. The Most Important Pizza Theory…
  • The Most Lucrative Free Rental Car Day Promotion — National Car Rental One Two Free – is Back!

    Gary Leff
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Back in June I said that National Car Rental would bring back their 1-2-Free promotion. And indeed they have. You earn a free rental day for every two qualifying rentals (mid-size or larger for 2 days or longer) between now and the end of January — that’s more than a five month earning period. And of course it is on top of the usual credits earned. Registration is required. And there are opportunities to earn points towards additional free days. Each qualifying rental earns 300 points, 600 points is a free rental day. Lots of small point activities, hard to earn the 300 points…
  • The Most Lucrative Hotel Elite Status Now Has Published Criteria

    Gary Leff
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:29 am
    Intercontinental’s Royal Ambassador elite level is in some ways the best elite status of any hotel program. It’s also one of the most vexing. The positives are remarkable. On top of the usual elite level benefits one finds with the major chains, they offer: Guaranteed 8am check-in, not just 4pm late checkout Complimentary free drinks from the mini-bar The minibar thing is ultra-cool. But after a few times over-indulging, and hosting parties in your suite, at least I find that you really just appreciate it for always having a bottle of water handy. 8 a.m. check-in is huge for…
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    Jet Set Life

  • Jet Set Life’s Guide to Miami Music Week

    29 Jul 2014 | 1:32 pm
    Miami Music Week is exactly what it sounds like, a week long ode to music, particularly dance music. The streets of South Beach are filled with music loving people of all ages, neon $100,000 cars splashed with artist logos and there are massive parties on every corner. With so much going on, how do you know where to stay, what to do, where to party etc..? Well, that’s where we come in handy! We’ve been hitting Miami Music Week (MMW) for the past few years so we’re putting together a list that will make your experience oh so much better. When is MMW 2015: Late March, exact…
  • Casa Velas: Adults-Only Luxury Boutique All-Inclusive in Puerto Vallarta

    29 Jul 2014 | 12:04 pm
    Sometimes during the stressful work day, you dream about getting away with your significant other for a laid back, chill in the sun and get pampered style vacation. Casa Velas in Puerto Vallarta is the perfect luxury, boutique all-inclusive that can turn that dream into a reality. I know what you’re thinking, we used the words “luxury” and “boutique” in the same sentence as “all-inclusive”, must be a typo. Nope. It’s not. And yes, usually when you think “all-inclusive” you think mediocre food, watered down drinks and so-so service.
  • You choose your life, no?

    8 Jul 2014 | 7:12 am
    “You choose your life, no?” That line came from a very smart hotel entrepreneur we met in Marrakech. And, the more I travel, the more I find the truth in it. Everyone lives their life in a different way. Sadly, in America, the so-called “norm” is the 9-5 workday, with one week vacation, you purchase a house in the burbs and have 2.3 kids. If that works for you, great! But if it doesn’t feel like “your dream life” should you buckle to the pressure to conform to what “society” thinks is right? Hell no! Rob and I sometimes get snarky…
  • JSI 024: A Big Announcement, Living La Dolce Vida in Roma and More of Rob’s On-Camera Blunders

    22 May 2014 | 5:17 am
    In This Episode: In this episode: This week we have a big announcement! Then we’re taking you on our Vacanze Romana, inside our favorite Rome boutique hotel, more of Rob’s on-camera blunders and lastly, giving you a taste of Rob’s first original music production creation! Audio Only Player: Where to Stay in Rome: JK Place Roma The JK fragrance we love:  Dr. Vranjes AMBRA Are We Connected? Jet Set Life Facebook Jet Set Life Twitter Instagram @JetSetLife Jet Set Life YouTube Can’t get enough of Rob &…
  • Jet Set Life’s Top 20 Favorite Inspirational Quotes

    28 Feb 2014 | 2:04 pm
    Quotes are funny things. They’re simply sentences, phrases or paragraphs that one person says, that resonate with others. People turn to quotes for inspiration, motivation and to help put life into perspective. People love to share quotes on social media to help others peer into their minds and souls and to help lift others up that need the boost. We thought we’d put together a list of our favorite quotes on some of our favorite Jet Set Life images. These can be downloaded for your own personal use, vision boards or shared. Feel free to email, tweet, post on Facebook or Instagram…
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  • 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…
  • Villa Elyane: elegant historic B&B in Colmar, France

    Esme Vos
    4 Jun 2014 | 1:53 pm
    Villa Elyane is a splendid bed and breakfast (maison d’hôtes) in the heart of Colmar, one of the most popular cities to visit in the Alsace region of France. Villa Elyane has three rooms and two suites, ranging in price from 155 EUR to 250 EUR, all of which are decorated in a contemporary style of soft neutral colours and warm fabrics.All rooms have free Wi-Fi and air conditioning; each room has a coffee machine, too. Breakfast is included in the price of the room. Villa Elyane has a spa, a library that used to be the smoking room, and a lounge with billiards table.Villa Elyane is only…
  • Le Chambard: historic hotel and gastronomic restaurant in Kaysersberg (Alsace)

    Esme Vos
    28 May 2014 | 2:47 pm
    Le Chambard is everything you could want in a hotel set in the bucolic wine region of Alsace: historic, charming, recently renovated to modern standards and a food lover’s heaven. It is the home to a Michelin starred restaurant whose chef, Olivier Nasti, was awarded Meilleur Ouvrier de France in 2007. For those unacquainted with this distinct honour, the “Meilleur Ouvrier de France” is given to a craftsman who has attained the highest standard of excellence in his or her chosen craft, be it cooking, baking, butchery, making cheese, making chocolate, creating jewellery, and more.What I…
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    Tony Wheeler's Travels

  • 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…
  • Ostia Antica – where is the mosaic?

    Tony Wheeler
    8 Aug 2014 | 2:14 pm
    Lido di Ostia is the beach resort for Rome, it’s nothing special but convenient if you’re flying out of Rome Fiumicino, the main Rome airport. I had an early morning flight so I decided to stay there and have a look at Ostia Antica, it was the port for ancient Rome, but is now several km inland from the sea. ▲ Maureen and visited Ostia Antica back in 1972, when we were on our way across Europe and Asia on the trip that led to Across Asia on the Cheap, the very first Lonely Planet guidebook. A Canadian traveller we were kicking around with on the day took this photo of us on a mosaic at…
  • Avoiding Flying Over War Zones

    Tony Wheeler
    2 Aug 2014 | 4:54 am
    I commented about flying over war zones in my blog on 9 July, a week before MH 17 was brought down. And followed that up with more thoughts on where airlines fly on 29 July.Yesterday I flew from Singapore to London on Singapore Airlines SQ 308. Singapore Airlines had been flying over Ukraine at the same time as MH 17, it could have just as easily been a Singapore Airlines A380 as a Malaysian Airlines 777. My flight followed the usual route across India, Pakistan and then Afghanistan. No sign of the Taliban far below us. ▼We continued across Turkmenistan and out over the Caspian Sea where we…
  • More on Flying Over War Zones

    Tony Wheeler
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:01 am
    I’m sure I was not the only one thinking about the practice of flying over war zones before MH17 was brought down on 17 July – check my posting from 8 July about flying north from Dubai over the ISIS disputed parts of Iraq on a Qantas A380. Today Emirates have announced they will no longer be flying that route, instead they’ll fly further east over Iran and then turn west once they’re north of Iraq. Coincidentally that’s the same route they used to follow when things were really bad in Iraq during the US occupation. Here’s a photo I took in 2006 from an Emirates Airbus A330 as we…
  • A Notable Qantas A380 & a War 40,000 ft Below

    Tony Wheeler
    9 Jul 2014 | 3:13 am
    ▲  Sometimes flights are interesting all the way. When I looked out from the Tullamarine Airport (Melbourne, Australia) terminal at the Qantas A380 I was about to board I could see its name just below the flight deck windows: Nancy-Bird Walton. It was the first Airbus A380 to be delivered to Qantas, named after a pioneering Australian aviator. In 2012 I posted on Qantas A380 names. Back in 2010 Nancy-Bird Walton was the A380 which – as Qantas flight QF32 – soon after takeoff from Singapore had a catastrophic engine failure (an ‘uncontained failure’ in aircraft-engine-speak) which…
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    EuroCheapo's Budget Travel Blog

  • 6 cheapo reasons to visit New York in the fall

    Suzanne Russo
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:40 am
    Autumn in New York really is as magical as the song makes it out to be. When the sweat of summer washes away, the air is crisp, the leaves are spectacular and there’s a sort of leisurely feel to the shortening days. All this makes fall the most coveted (and expensive) time to visit, right? Wrong. While January through March is the cheapest season for hotel rates and flights, things are still downright affordable in the fall—with the added bonus that the weather is far preferable. Here, 6 reasons to visit New York in the fall. 1. Airfares are lower As the temperature drops in New…
  • Parc des Buttes Chaumont: A breath of fresh (and free) air in Paris

    Kaitlin Davella
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:24 am
    It’s summer in Paris, and what better way to enjoy the warm breeze than a picnic in the park? When one thinks of parks in Paris, Champ de Mars is often the traveler’s favorite. It’s the long stretch of grass surrounding the Eiffel Tower… you know, the iconic spot that’s probably in your Paris daydreams. Unfortunately, this park is quite crowded during warm weather, and you won’t exactly feel at one with nature beside all the food and street vendors. But a relaxing oasis is still within your reach, because I’d like to draw your attention to what is, in…
  • Brussels: 10 budget tips to help you save euros

    Audrey Sykes
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Brussels is a bustling city combining Euro cosmopolitan with old historic buildings and charm. Definitely a melting pot of people, cultures and styles, Brussels offers a lot to see and do, including the tradition of imbibing Belgian beer. But as the de facto capital of the European Union, this city can get expensive very fast, as rooms fill up on the weeknights and prices soar as administrators from around the continent come to do business. From finding affordable hotels to knowing where to get a good deal on a plate of mussels and frites, here are a few tips to keep your trip on the cheap.
  • Paris: 8 ways you can vastly improve your trip by paying just a bit more

    Bryan Pirolli
    14 Aug 2014 | 6:08 am
    As experienced budget travelers, we love to save money, but sometimes it’s just worth it to pay a bit more for something in Paris. After all, you probably flew from somewhere quite far away so why get the worst when a few cents more can get you something even better? Selective splurging won’t break the bank, but it could make the difference between liking Paris and loving it. Here are a few things to consider cracking open the piggy bank for during a trip to the French capital. For just a little bit more, you can get much better quality when it comes to these Paris essentials: Pass up the…
  • New York is Times Square and 6 other myths busted

    Suzanne Russo
    13 Aug 2014 | 5:56 am
    Over the past few months, EuroCheapo correspondents have been debunking common myths about Paris (no, not everyone is rude), London (not all polite), Barcelona (not all friendly) and Amsterdam (not all high), so I figured it was time to do a little New York myth-busting too. Like any, well, mythical city, New York is the subject of many an idea that is not necessarily true. Here’s the down-low on some of the common misconceptions about New York City. 1. New York is Times Square The vibrant lights of Times Square are often the first thing non-New Yorkers think of when they picture the…
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    Go Green Travel Green

  • Why More and More Tourists Find Exploring Vienna by Bike Fascinating

    Greg Head
    15 Aug 2014 | 4:39 pm
    Exploring Vienna by Bike: At the turn of the 20th century, cycling was building momentum across European cities. As automobiles became the dominant means of transportation, bicycles started to lose their ground, only to re-emerge victorious in the 21st century, hovering across the paved streets of the eco-metropolises of the world. Amsterdam, with its iconic… Read more The post Why More and More Tourists Find Exploring Vienna by Bike Fascinating appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • Going Green Vacation Siesta Key and Venice Florida

    Alice Benny
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:40 am
    Going Green Vacation – Four years ago, my aunt gave my sons tee shirts from Venice Beach in Florida. She told them all about the shark teeth to be found right on the beach there. Another friend saw them wear the shirts and also raved about the shark teeth hunting and beautiful beaches. From then… Read more The post Going Green Vacation Siesta Key and Venice Florida appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • Extraordinarily Beautiful Islands to Visit on Budget

    Alice Benny
    10 Jun 2014 | 8:43 am
    Islands to Visit on Budget: The Caribbean region, comprising of more than 700, breath-taking beautiful islands is a haven for sore eyes and enthusiastic travelers. As some say, the islands are enough in number for you to take annual holidays on a different island each year. From serene beaches to white, pristine sands to exotic… Read more The post Extraordinarily Beautiful Islands to Visit on Budget appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • 5 Best Things to Do In Chicago You Cannot Miss

    Alice Benny
    7 Jun 2014 | 3:42 pm
    The City of Chicago is an amazing tourist destination filled with extensive parklands, a variety of tourist attractions, diverse neighborhoods, and fresh water. It is a multicultural city and is recognized as a passionate sports town within the United States. Chicago offers safety and security to its citizens along with affordable housing and a great… Read more The post 5 Best Things to Do In Chicago You Cannot Miss appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • Enjoying Long Journeys: 10 Exciting Cruisers Apps

    Alice Benny
    4 Jun 2014 | 8:28 am
    Bags packed- Check, travel guide and documents- Check, Smart phone-Double Check!! Cruisers Apps – Triple Check!!! Long journeys can be thrilling but if there is no other distraction, such trips can be extremely boring. Here are ten exciting Apps essential for travelling. and cruisers apps. You can also check out our list of 10 Awesome Green iPhone… Read more The post Enjoying Long Journeys: 10 Exciting Cruisers Apps appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
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    Jaunted - The Pop Culture Travel Guide

  • US Office of Foreign Assets Opens Up Another Way for Americans to Tour Cuba

    20 Aug 2014 | 1:09 pm
    It wasn't too long ago that travel to Cuba was near impossible but, slowly, opportunities are opening up for Americans. Group IST has been granted a license by the Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets allowing the travel agency to offer an exclusive eight day People to People exchange program of Cuba throughout 2015.
  • Phoenix: This Fall's Inaugural Global Music Festival in Phoenix Brings the World's Sounds to American Soil

    20 Aug 2014 | 12:04 pm
    Earlier this summer, we raved about our experience at the Rainforest World Music Festival in Borneo, impressed by how it aggregated so many of the world's musical styles in one place. A few weeks later, still inspired, we highlighted the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) in Phoenix for its collection of 15,000 instruments from 200 countries. In October, these two experiences will clash head on, as the MIM will host its inaugural Global Music Festival here in the States. Set to take place the weekend of October 18th, the festival will include Celtic, Ethiopian, West African, Jazz, Appalachian…
  • Looking for Free Language Lessons Before Your Trip? Check Out This Website

    20 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    We've all been there. You're headed to Italy in three months, and want to learn some basic words in Italian before you go. Or you're going to South America later in the year, and you haven't spoken Spanish since high school. You'd love to take a class or two, if only life at home would allow it. Programs like Rosetta Stone and Pimsleur exist, but they can be pricey, and you're not sure if you want to make the financial commitment or submit to their daily regiments. Enter Duolingo, an online language learning program that lets you learn casually at your own pace. The best part - and certainly…
  • Surprisingly Yummy Airline Meals: The Kobachi Bowls of JAL

    20 Aug 2014 | 8:13 am
    We have all had a terrible meal on a flight before. In fact, we have shown you some of the sadder trays slid in front of us. With this new series of amazing airline meals, we can revel in the airline culinary delights and give kudos to the airlines that got it right. We offer this recommendation: On your next international flight, sample the traditional menu of the nation you're flying to or from since it's not only a great way to get a feel for the cuisine, but to spark excitement or fond memories of the trip. After a Japan Airlines flight from Narita to Chicago, our recommendation comes…
  • Airplanes as Shooting Stars: This Might Be Our Favorite Time-Lapse Video to Date

    20 Aug 2014 | 7:24 am
    We're suckers for a good time-lapse image or video of an airport, and this week we might have found our new favorite. Photographer Milton Tan received a behind the scenes pass to Singapore Changi Airport, and as a result—well, just watch the video and go here for additional images. It kind of makes us want to bust out the tripod and head over to the airport this afternoon to grab some photographs for ourselves. If you've got any good ones, be sure to send them our way. [Photo / Video: Milton Tan]
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  • Udaipur: The Pool At Oberoi Udaivilas Is Calling Your Name

    21 Aug 2014 | 6:34 am
    And it’s saying: take a dip! Or at least it does to us, which we’d gladly do if we could find ourselves in Udaipur, Rajasthan by snapping our finger. Alas, we’ll lust after it from afar, its sparkling blue contrasting against the pale walls and turrets of a traditional palace Udaivilās is modeled after. Part of Oberoi Hotels, the hotel sits on the banks of Lake Picola, with third-level up Premier Rooms allowing you to step straight off your terrace into the water. A second pool is set within a large courtyard.
  • Las Vegas: SLS Las Vegas Will Be Getting 'Fancy' for Their Grand Opening Party on Friday

    20 Aug 2014 | 2:31 pm
    We've been counting down the days until the opening of the SLS Las Vegas since, well, the last opening party that SLS had in South Beach nearly two years ago. Yet the humble bell-ringing ceremony that we witnessed at the opening of the very first SLS Hotel in Los Angeles, at the start of a recession, has given way to a bacchanal celebration fit only for a town like Vegas. SLS has cultivated "a guest list of over 3,000 VIPs, celebs, political figures, media and influencers" who will experience the jaw-dropping $400 million overhaul of the former Sahara casino this Friday night. The invited…
  • Bloody Marys: Your Go-To Cocktail Morning, Noon and Night

    Janice Tober
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:57 pm
    It's no secret that we love drinking in hotels here at HotelChatter. In fact, hotels might be our favorite "local." So all this week and next, we'll be pouring out some drinks for you during our second Hotel Cocktail Week(s) -- newly-expanded because there’s just so many drinks to share. We'll be posting quirky cocktails, boozy trends, unique menus and even recipes so you can recreate your favorite hotel drink at home. We expect everyone will be getting a bit tipsy over the next couple of weeks! But don't forget to tip your bartenders, in this case, us. The Bloody Mary is a gregarious…
  • Atlantic City: Revel Atlantic City Now To Close on September 2

    20 Aug 2014 | 11:44 am
    If there's any question about just how bad things are going for the Revel in Atlantic City, look no further than the fact that the casino resort has moved up its closing date from September 10th to 5 a.m. on September 2nd, right after the Labor Day weekend. According to reports, the owners of Revel wanted to shut down even sooner - this week - but its request was denied by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement. All hotel operations will cease as guests check out on Monday, September 1st. This contributor is anxious to see the city move on from this mess, so the sooner the Revel is
  • Just Uber It! (From The Hyatt App During Your Next Stay)

    20 Aug 2014 | 10:46 am
    Since ride-sharing services are practically a part of everyday life in the big cities, it's not unusual for hotels to pair up with these taxi alternatives for special packages. Indeed, we've seen it done before. But Hyatt Hotels has gone to a whole 'nother level with their latest app update. Now you can call up Uber from within the Hyatt app. An Uber button will appear under the "My Reservations" section of the app from the moment you check-in until the end of your stay. So let's say you have a Tindr date business meeting across town. Once you finish with that, you can call up an Uber from…
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  • Seven Epic Walking Trails Around the World

    16 Aug 2014 | 6:01 pm
    If your preferred mode of travel involves sturdy boots and hiking poles, here are seven long-distance trails you shouldn't miss.
  • America's Best State Fairs

    15 Aug 2014 | 6:01 pm
    Nothing says America like deep-fried food, butter sculptures, and dubious carnival rides. Whether you like livestock, musical shows, or food on a stick, there's a state fair out there for you. Here are 10 favorites across the country.
  • 10 Naturally Refreshing Ocean-Fed Pools Around the World

    14 Aug 2014 | 6:01 pm
    Here are 10 beautiful ocean-fed pools where you can swim in salty, but sheltered, waters.
  • World's Most Beautiful Bike Trails

    8 Aug 2014 | 6:01 pm
    Cycling vacations aren't just for top-tier athletes. Many of the world's most beautiful bike trails take in the countryside on gentle paths that favor scenery over strenuous pedaling. For this list of beautiful bike trails around the world, we selected routes that can be done in days or weeks, depending on your level of commitment. Bonus: You won't feel guilty sampling the local cuisine after you've spent a day burning calories on a bike trail.
  • 10 Historical Lighthouses to See This Summer

    6 Aug 2014 | 6:01 pm
    Feast your eyes on photos of 10 gorgeous and historical American lighthouses.
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    Viator Travel Blog

  • Top Travel Deals of the Week

    Viator Travel Team
    19 Aug 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 August 26, 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,…
  • Two Countries, One Trip: How to See More on Your Next Vacation

    Viator Travel Team
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:49 am
    Even if you’re not the kind of traveler who wants to check off as many destinations as possible in a week-long vacation, you might get restless staying in one place for that long. With some cities, you not only have the option of visiting another region, you can also stamp your passport by going to a whole different country for a few days. The proximity of many European countries makes including multiple countries in one trip easy, even if it’s a relatively short holiday. With 7-10 days, you can have a leisurely visit in two countries with any of the “two countries in one…
  • Photos: Viator Celebrates Joining the TripAdvisor Family

    Viator Travel Team
    14 Aug 2014 | 4:39 pm
    On July 24, 2014, Viator announced some exciting news: we’ve been acquired by TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site. As a part of the TripAdvisor family, the Viator site will continue to offer tours and activities around the world, all handpicked by local experts. Being a part of TripAdvisor will allow us to grow, adding new destinations, and offering even more options to travelers. In short, we’re pretty thrilled at the news! Viator staff in San Francisco recently went out to celebrate, enjoying Mexican food and margaritas at a waterfront restaurant across the Bay.
  • Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Panama Canal

    Hudson Hornick
    12 Aug 2014 | 5:10 pm
    Known as the “Crossroads of the Americas,” Panama is more than just the meeting-point of North and South America, it’s a tropical junction, famous for its beautiful beaches, thriving jungle, and, of course – its renowned waterway. Bridge of the Americas Panama and its celebrated Canal straddle two continents and two oceans, and visitors to this amazing land feel compelled to visit the architectural marvel that makes it all possible. Considered one of the architectural wonders of the world, the Panama Canal is a 47-mile (77-kilometer) stretch of interconnected lakes, locks and channels…
  • Out of Office: Daniel in Bolivia

    Viator Travel Team
    11 Aug 2014 | 3:03 pm
    Viator’s team of travel insiders is obsessed with finding the best things to do everywhere we travel. From traditional tours to once-in-a-lifetime experiences, everywhere from Australia to Zimbabwe, we spend our time scouring the globe for the best tours and activities around the world. Whether traveling for work or pleasure (or both!) our staff members are always on the go and we want to share their experiences with you! In this new series, Out of Office, we’ll bring you their stories, highlighting the best things to do and see in destinations around the world, as experienced by a real…
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    World Hum

  • 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…
  • Birth of a Birder

    The World Hum Editors (
    24 Jun 2014 | 7:34 am
    Eva Holland never got too excited about birds. But then she found herself gazing up at the sky in the Galapagos.
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    Brave New Traveler

  • 16 quotes from young travelers

    20 Aug 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Photo: martinak15 1. “What we lack in pay we make up for in lifestyle.” – Jeremy Casebeer, 25, on taking time to backpack and work as a professional volleyball player before settling into a more permanent career 2. “My world gets bigger every day. The more I see, the more I learn is out there.” – Gerrell Johnson, 25, on getting out of LA, studying abroad in Barcelona, seeing Europe, and globetrotting Thailand 3. “The only adventure you regret is the one you didn’t take.” – Erin Reid, 24, on her addiction to traveling Europe, Africa, Australia, and Southeast…
  • Why travel isn't a checklist

    20 Aug 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Photo: Katie In 2007, the movie The Bucket List came out, and pretty much no one saw it. You could glean the entire movie from the trailer: Two terminally ill men decide to tick off all the remaining items on their “bucket list,” which is the list of things they want to get done before they “kick the bucket.” Hilarity and heartbreak ensues. Then they both die. I haven’t seen the movie, so that’s not a spoiler, it’s just what I got from the trailer. Maybe one of the items on their bucket list was “live forever” and that’s the last thing they checked off. And even though I…
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    Perceptive Travel Blog

  • Florida and History: Mission San Luis

    Kerry Dexter
    18 Aug 2014 | 11:02 pm
    San Xavier del Bac in Arizona, San Juan Capistrano along the California mission trail, The Alamo, Mission San Jose, and Mission Conception in the Texas Hill Country: these often come to mind when Spanish missions and history are mentioned. But what about Mission San Luis, in the Florida hill country? Wait, you may be thinking,
  • 4 Strange Things to See in Salt Lake City (and All of Them Are Free)

    17 Aug 2014 | 10:27 am
    In many ways, Salt Lake City is the strangest city in the United States, and not just because there’s a giant salty lake nearby. It was established by the Mormons after they got kicked out of other places and headed west, to their Zion. It’s the most Caucasian place I’ve ever been in this country,
  • In Amsterdam, Brooklyn-Style Brunch All ‘Dam Day

    Brian Spencer
    15 Aug 2014 | 7:09 am
    Without prompt, chef Noah Turner volunteers the fact that, yes, he does shop with an eye towards organic ingredients and that, yes, he sources locally whenever possible. The somewhat obligatory tone of his comments is understandable. He knows the drill. That’s what we want to hear, right? The do-good romanticism of reporting that the foods
  • Road-tripping Arizona: Pueblos, Petroglyphs, and a Petrified Forest

    Kristin Winet
    12 Aug 2014 | 10:09 pm
    The ranger on duty at the Painted Desert Visitor Center is really, really, really into petrified trees. He has worked at the Petrified Forest National Park for over 10 years, he says proudly, pointing to his name badge and grinning broadly. In fact, he’s so into petrified trees and his work at the park that
  • Best of the Top 10 Tips to Be a Successful Storyteller in the Age of the Digital Nomad

    Brian Spencer
    8 Aug 2014 | 6:16 am
    There are a lot of travel writers out there, but hardly any advice on how to be a successful travel writer; in fact, I just did a search for “how to be a travel writer,” and to the Internet’s shame only got a few results. Worry not! Like Mark Corrigan unleashing Business Secrets of the
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    Travel | The Guardian

  • Keep your cool in Spain: holiday in a cave

    Lesley Gillilan
    20 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Before there was aircon, Andalucían peasants kept their cool in homes cut out of the rock. Now visitors can do the same. Lesley Gillilan finds new life in old caves Five great cave hotels Continue reading...
  • Five great cave hotels

    Iman Amrani
    20 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
    From the set of Star Wars to a former silver mine Continue reading...
  • Norway's amazing hiking cabins

    Will Coldwell
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:07 am
    As the Norwegian Trekking Association opens a dramatic, contemporary mountain hideaway, we look at some of the other stunning walkers cabins operated by the organisation Continue reading...
  • Japanese pachinko in pictures

    Issei Kato / Reuters
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:06 am
    Pachinko, a game similar to pinball, is a fading national obsession in Japan. The once-booming industry is adopting a softer touch and smoke-free zones to lure a new generation of players Continue reading...
  • Readers travel tips: independent record shops around the world

    Guardian Staff
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
    The atmosphere, the smell, the encyclopaedic knowledge of the staff or maybe even the coffee: share your recommendation for a one-off record shop worth seeking out and you could win a £200 hotel voucher Continue reading...
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    Lonely Planet blog

  • 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…
  • Lonely Planet in the wild: guidelines for getting featured in our fan photo albums

    Emma Sparks
    7 Aug 2014 | 6:29 am
    Paul and Andrea in the wild at Lake Acıgöl, Turkey. Image courtesy of Paul Barbieri   We love receiving your photos and travel stories, and sharing them with Lonely Planet’s online community. If you’re a fan of Lonely Planet on Facebook, you may have seen our series of Lonely Planet in the wild photo albums. Pictures of you and your trusty guidebooks on your travels always inspire us, and we receive tonnes of fantastic submissions every week. Sound like something you’d like to get involved in? For the sake of clarity and fairness, we’ve come up with a set of guidelines…
  • Opinion: Why is ‘tourist’ a dirty word?

    Jane Atkin
    1 Aug 2014 | 2:34 am
    After wandering around the block twice to find a charming out-of-the-way restaurant on the promise of bistecca alla fiorentina, I was starting to get hangry. So when my travelling companion in Florence argued he didn’t want to consult a map to avoid looking like a tourist, I might have wailed, ‘We are tourists!’   “The map says that ‘off the beaten track’ is 2km that way…’”Our writer’s travel companions demonstrate the art of being a tourist in Florence, Italy. Image courtesy of Jane Atkin    The difference between a traveller and a…
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  • Afternoons & Coffeespoons: So I Went To My 20-Year High School Reunion And…

    Matt Long
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:41 pm
    Three years. It’s not a long period of time; heck, nowadays more time passes than that in a blink of an eye. When you’re a teenager and three years is an appreciable percentage of one’s life though, it means something. Three years may as well be decades, lifetimes forming and dissipating every few months in a cosmic dance. Three years is all the time I lived in Roanoke, Virginia but after returning to this hazy blue city in the mountains of Southwestern Virginia, I fully realized just how impactful those three years were on my life and how they still resonate today.Driving to Roanoke is…
  • Stunning Dunes of Alberta’s Badlands in Dinosaur Provincial Park

    Matt Long
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:40 pm
    The post Stunning Dunes of Alberta’s Badlands in Dinosaur Provincial Park appeared first on LandLopers.
  • Surprising Experiences At One of America’s Oldest Luxury Resorts

    Matt Long
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:00 pm
    1766 – ten years before the signing of the Declaration of Independence and a time when tri-cornered hats and wigs were the fashion of the day. It’s also when the luxury resort in the Allegheny Mountains of Virginia started business – The Homestead. The history of this beautiful hotel is impressive enough, but over a long weekend stay I learned that the hotel isn’t only about its history, it’s very much about offering the best possible experiences to its visitors in 2014.Famous hotels have a lot of advantages, so many that I’ve found them to be at times underwhelming when I…
  • Gorgeous Backdrop As Alberta Cowboy Drives Cattle

    Matt Long
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:40 pm
    The post Gorgeous Backdrop As Alberta Cowboy Drives Cattle appeared first on LandLopers.
  • No Elephant Rides: Expert Shares Responsible Wildlife Travel Tips

    Matt Long
    18 Aug 2014 | 3:00 pm
     I am sad and I have been for a long time. When it comes to animals I am an unabashed bleeding heart and it pains me deeply to see animals suffering at the hands of man. It makes me even more upset to think that I have played a role in their misery, but I have. I could make a thousand excuses, but ultimately I just didn’t know better. The most egregious of these experiences was several years ago while vacationing in Koh Samui, Thailand. Given my natural love of animals I feel drawn to them when I travel, and I stupidly signed up for an elephant encounter. That ‘encounter’ involved…
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    nerd's eye view

  • 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…
  • You Say Tomato

    Pam Mandel
    8 Aug 2014 | 1:56 pm
    Planting tomatoes in Seattle is the closest thing in my life to an act of faith.  Everyone but best friend Larry told me I planted too late, but for the last two weeks, maybe three, I’ve been grabbing a few off the vine every evening to eat with dinner — and they’re more abundant by the day. This variety is called Super Fantastic (no, really) and while this one looks like it was stitched together in a baseball factory, I can assure you that it was, indeed, super fantastic. The post You Say Tomato appeared first on nerd's eye view.
  • The First Rule of Write Club is Don’t Talk About Write Club

    Pam Mandel
    5 Aug 2014 | 3:36 pm
    I was excited to get a positive response. The editor at a major publisher said yes to a story idea I’ve been pitching for at least a year. It had been rejected repeatedly for being too weird, too niche, too insider, but I didn’t care. It’s a good pitch, it’s got food and culture and colorful characters all in a sought after destination, and because I’m me, which is handy, I’m the perfect writer for the story. Every time it was rejected, I’d think, “Oh, you’re just the wrong editor for this.” I never took it personally, I just put it…
  • First Person, Singular

    Pam Mandel
    3 Aug 2014 | 8:14 am
    “You can do that? You can put yourself in the story?” “I don’t know any other way to write, not really. It’s what I do. But yeah, it’s your story, write it the way you want.” Through a series of happy accidents I ended up teaching at the Midwest Writer’s Workshop in Muncie, Indiana. I was excited to go — after years of attending blogger’s conferences it was refreshing to be surrounded by people who were focused singularly on writing, regardless of subject matter, above all else. The conference included sci-fi writers and young adult…
  • Fireflies and Sugar Cream Pies

    Pam Mandel
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:53 am
    He was a little guy, five years old maybe, and I know his name was Carson because all around, people were calling out “Go Carson!” as he was shaking his butt on the concrete pad that doubled for a dance floor. Carson was wearing a safety orange t-shirt and yellow sound protecting headphones, but he had the beat. We’d made eye contact a few times, I was bobbing my head along with the music and then, he reached out his hand to me and I got up to dance with him, my heart singing just a little less loud than the band. We bounced for a few minutes, he held up his palms to mine,…
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    Cheapest Destinations Blog - Travel the World!

  • Oaxacan Villages and the World’s Largest Tree

    Tim Leffel
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:06 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!
  • Ready to Cut Your Living Expenses in Half?

    Tim Leffel
    13 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    We've Moved! Update your Reader Now. This feed has moved to: Update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from us. Meanwhile, you can always see what's new by visiting!
  • The 3 Factors You Need to Scope Out When Deciding Where to Live

    Tim Leffel
    10 Aug 2014 | 2:53 pm
    We've Moved! Update your Reader Now. This feed has moved to: Update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from us. Meanwhile, you can always see what's new by visiting!
  • Paddling West Papau, Overnighting in a Turkish Prison, and those Dogon Hidden People in Mali

    Tim Leffel
    3 Aug 2014 | 6:47 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!
  • When High Season is the Right Season

    Tim Leffel
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:06 pm
    We've Moved! Update your Reader Now. This feed has moved to: Update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from us. Meanwhile, you can always see what's new by visiting!
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    Travel the Home Exchange Way

  • The taxi driver - and a free ride in London

    Home Base Holidays
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    "Everyone knows London's black cabs, those nostalgically shaped icons of the city. As one of the terrifying examiners of the stringent Knowledge exam put it, they've earned their reputation for honesty and reliability and They Know Where They're Going. And they're ubiquitous, until you actually need one. When we arrived in South London recently we hoped to spot a taxi when we left the tube station, but of course there were none. Hasn't every visitor to London left a tube station they thought they knew by a different exit and found themselves thoroughly lost? So there we were, wondering if we…
  • An extra special home swap in London - meeting a home exchange pen friend!

    Home Base Holidays
    13 Aug 2014 | 6:30 pm
    'London is always worth a visit. We've been there often and never tire of it - the thrill of seeing historic buildings and streets, fabulous galleries, incredible shows, the black taxis and red buses and the whole mad hustle is a guarantee for amazing memories. Since we started home swapping it's got even better - we now get to experience actually living there, in areas we would never see any other way, shopping in the local shops for food, topping up our Oyster cards where the locals do, buying newspapers and working out the transport. In July 2013 we did our second home exchange (in the…
  • Home Swappers, the Home Exchange Newsletter, August 2014

    Home Base Holidays
    11 Aug 2014 | 6:01 am
    The August issue of Home Swappers Newsletter is now available. Topics: Featured listing: chateau set in the gorgeous rolling hills of France's Lake district Member report: travel books - a lovely way to record a home swap Home Base Holidays 25% discount offer: see newsletter for code (ends 15th August) Media request: article on home exchanges in France Volunteers needed: research project on home swapping Exclusive promotion to members: join second site for free Read articles in this issue in full and previous issues of Home Swappers Newsletter, in the Newsletter Archive. Subscribe to receive…
  • On exchange now or had a home swap recently? Volunteers needed for a research project on 'Privacy and Living'

    Home Base Holidays
    5 Aug 2014 | 7:16 am
    Fiona Anna Groha, a sociology student at the Technical University of Berlin, is working on a research project, 'Privacy and Living', for her M.A. degree studies. The aim is to find out how privacy is established, and if and how a connection between privacy and home can be made. Fiona writes: 'I am interested in the experience home swappers gained during their stay at the exchange house or apartment.  To cover as much of the exchange ambience and individual perception as possible, it would be great to get the chance to interview some home exchangers, preferably during or soon after an…
  • Media request: for magazine article on home exchange to France

    Home Base Holidays
    2 Aug 2014 | 2:48 am
    We have had a request from a journalist working on an article about home swap to France for a UK magazine, ‘Living France’. He needs two people to interview for the assignment: 1. An Anglophone who has home-exchanged to France (with a thought to possibly living there) 2. An Anglophone with a house in France (either seasonal or permanent resident) and who has exchanged within the country. If you fit either category and would be prepared to be interviewed about your experiences, please contact Home Base Holidays and we’ll forward your message to the journalist.
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    Twitter Travels

  • 5 Best College Towns in the U.S.A.

    11 Aug 2014 | 10:28 am
    Great academic and sports atmosphere. Hip and busy bars and restaurants. Historic, quaint buildings. These are but a few reasons why college towns strongly impact the town’s character and attract people to establish residence and businesses there. Read on to find out our five favorite college towns in America and why they made it to the list. Ann Arbor, MI The home of the University of Michigan Wolverines definitely gives students reason to stay even after graduation. The town is dotted with local restaurants, book stores, parks, world-class museums, and tree-lined streets, creating an…
  • 6 Bar Rules to Remember

    22 Jul 2014 | 1:04 pm
    Bars are always the best place for any kind of celebration that involves drinking. Unfortunately, having too much to drink for some people can bring out the worst in them, and rude and obnoxious behavior creeps up from the fold. Nobody wants any of the bad drama so we have put together 6 rules that barflies should remember for the sake of everyone’s sanity. Rule #1. Tip and tip well. This might be difficult to shell out when the drinks are already expensive enough. But if you think that way, then you might as well just drink at home. Working in the service industry is not easy, especially…
  • How to Plan a Couples Retreat

    24 Jun 2014 | 7:44 am
    Going on a couples retreat does not mean that the marriage is deteriorating or that you are an unhappy. There are many reasons why married couples go on a retreat. Take the retreat as a chance to bond with each other intimately by doing all sorts of activities at a totally different setting. Sure, you already see your partner’s face every day and you don’t want to leave town just to do the same. But a couples retreat is different because the two of you get some privacy—no kids, no in-laws, no friends. Just a married pair who wants to solidify their vows by experiencing things together.
  • Proudly American Washboards from Ohio

    17 Jun 2014 | 11:59 am
    Ohio is known for Cedar Point and Lebron James (remember his Cleveland Cavaliers days?), but not a lot of people know that handmade washboards also hail from here. That’s the Columbus Washboard Company who has, since 1895, been producing made-in-USA washboards despite the prevalence of washing machines in majority of households worldwide. In fact, they are the only manufacturer of washboard in the United States. And no, the washboards are not entirely for display only! I’m sure people who are conscious about their laundry make use the washboards to get rid of stains better, rather than…
  • Tips for a Wild West Vacation

    22 May 2014 | 9:00 am
    If you’re thrilled by cowboys, railroads, and sleeping outside next to an open fire, then you’re ready for a Wild West vacation. But what does it take to start your out west adventure? Renting a stage coach and wearing spurs is not the most efficient way to enjoy your vacation. But you can still experience a dream Wild West vacation by following these tips. Pick Your States: The western frontier is vast and impossible to enjoy in just one week, so pick specific states you’d be willing to visit. The high mountain states of Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho are perfect for…
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    Rick Steves Travel Blog: Blog Gone Europe

  • My Norwegian Family

    Rick Steves
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:12 am
    Back in my student days, when I was slumming around Europe on a couple of bucks a day, my Norwegian relatives were an oasis of warmth, love, and lots of food. My “Europe Through the Gutter” days are long gone, but I still love dropping by. My Uncle Thor has welcomed me into his home for over 40 years. On this trip, I got to meet granddaughter Lisa’s new boyfriend. If you have relatives anywhere in Europe, by all means look them up. Making distant relatives in Europe a little less distant is a bright spot in any trip.
  • Still Screaming

    Rick Steves
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:10 pm
    The Scream, by Edvard Munch, seems to be everyone’s favorite Norwegian painting. The spot (in Oslo’s Ekeberg Sculpture Park) where Munch actually painted it now has a framed replica, so anyone can do their own scream. If you ever just feel like screaming, this is a great spot.  
  • Oslo’s New Ekeberg Sculpture Park

    Rick Steves
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:50 pm
    The buzz in Oslo is its new modern sculpture park, just opened in 2013, with stimulating art sprinkled through a forest with grand city views. The 63-acre park is a 10-minute tram ride southeast of the center. The project was a gift to the city from the Ringnes family (the Norwegian brewery tycoon, who — like Coors in Denver and Carlsberg in Copenhagen — has lots of money for grand city projects). The park has a long history, from evidence of the Stone Age people who chose to live here 7,000 years ago, to the memory of this being a Nazi military cemetery in WWII. Today, its unique feature…
  • Afternoon Storms in Scandinavia

    Rick Steves
    18 Aug 2014 | 3:56 pm
    This shot (in Sweden’s Uppsala) shows weather I’ve experienced almost every afternoon for the last month. Throughout northern Europe, it’s been extremely hot and muggy. With all that moisture sucked up into the atmosphere, around 4 p.m. every afternoon, dark clouds descend, birds rush for cover, you smell that metallic dusty fragrance sidewalks give off just before a deluge, and the sky unloads — sending everyone scrambling. By the way, do you know what I mean about that delightful scent a dry sidewalk gives off before a big rain? What is that, anyway?
  • Norway’s Immigration Challenges: “We’re Here to Help You…Leave”

    Rick Steves
    18 Aug 2014 | 2:29 pm
    Norwegians try to be open to immigration. But like any small, homogeneous society that does not have a melting pot heritage, assimilating lots of immigrants is a challenge here. I was almost shocked by signs on the trams reading “Going Home with a Future: For information about voluntary return, contact…” When I asked my Norwegian friends about this delicate issue, they explained that they see two kinds of immigrants: those who want to become Norwegians, and those who just want to work hard for a while, earn some serious money, and go home and be set up. But many immigrants from that…
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  • Sex in hostels

    Mircea Giurca
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:34 pm
    There are some particularities when it comes to sex in hostels. First of all, is to prefer wild sex and quickies instead of long foreplay. Ask about the local habits, and if you see things like... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • World’s First Laptop with Intel’s CULV Platform

    travel boy
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:33 am
    MSI is the world leading company is bringing some of the best electronic devices to you for maximum comfort and style. They have recently announced the arrival of the world’s first laptop with... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • New Zealand – An Unknown Culinary Gem

    Richard Manx
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:32 pm
    The foods of New Zealand are straightforward and unpretentious, very much like its people and culture. Since the country’s main area of commerce is agriculture, its not surprising that the majority... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The Best Out of the Box Hotels

    Mircea Giurca
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:29 am
    A clean bed with comforters, a lighted and maintained space, interiors that effect well-being, perhaps some sauna, a  bar, a restaurant or a pool – these are the most basic things we look for in... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Things To Do In Moscow

    Mircea Giurca
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:28 pm
    If you are thinking about taking a vacation, why not consider Moscow? Maybe you are, maybe you’re not. If you’ve never considered Moscow as a vacation destination, you should ask yourself why that... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Daily Catch

  • Creature Comfort

    Hannah Sills
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:25 am
    Courtesy of manufacturer This nautically-themed blanket will keep you warm and cozy with its signature cotton blend fabric. It’s also machine washable, making it perfect for beach use. ChappyWrap Sail Blanket in Royal Blue/Bright Multi, $120.00; 
  • Checked Charm

    Sophia Jones
    14 Aug 2014 | 8:51 am
    Photo: Courtesy of Manufacturer Top off your table with a touch of color. These lightweight linens are machine washable and ideal for dining al fresco. Piccadilly Placemat, $108 for a set of four, Dinner Napkins $108 for a set of four;
  • Anchors Aweigh

    Hannah Sills
    11 Aug 2014 | 11:26 am
    Courtesy of Manufacturer We love this key fob’s coastal design and needlepoint charm. Smathers & Branson Striped Anchor Needlepoint Key Fob in Coral and White, $28.50;
  • Game On

    Sophia Jones
    7 Aug 2014 | 7:20 am
    Photo: Courtesy of Manufacturer Deal in style with these party-perfect decks. Jonathan Adler Lacquer Playing Card Set, $78;
  • Trendy Tableware

    Hannah Sills
    4 Aug 2014 | 1:04 pm
    Courtesy of manufacturer Colorful napkin rings are great accent pieces for brightening up any place setting. Hen House Linens Napkin Rings, pictured in Gracious Linden, Fern Orange, Spot on Raspberry, and Chevron Butter, $24 for a set of four;
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  • Information, insights and innovation: Other industries’ effects on hotels
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:10 am
    At last weeks the Hotel Data Conference in Nashville, experts from outside the hotel industry shared outlooks and market trends such as increased consumer confidence, the airline industry and the sharing economy are affecting the hotel industry.
  • Orbitz lets users resume searches across devices
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:09 am
    With customers often switching between desktop and mobile devices as they plan travel, Orbitz has taken steps to cater to that behavior. To that end, it has started syncing recent user searches across its properties across devices so a user can pick up on one device where they left off on another.
  • Five considerations driving meetings bookings
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:08 am
    Nightlife, shopping, outdoor recreation opportunities - hoteliers often tout such offerings like feathers on a peacock in their bids to woo meeting planners to a particular destination or market. But do such efforts bear fruit?
  • The Ritz-Carlton fine-tunes app to guide consumer experience
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:07 am
    The Ritz-Carlton unveiled its new mobile application after extensive research on the original app led to useful insights. The updated app aims to cover the entire consumer experience, from check-in to check-out. An effective mobile strategy is crucial for both generating bookings and creating a fulfilling guest experience.
  • Is Facebook a waste of time for businesses?
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:06 am
    Facebook recently released a series of changes to its algorithm and as a result brands are suffering an average decline of 44 per cent in customer reach. As Facebook’s organic reach nose-dives, brands that have effectively built their social media marketing strategy on a Facebook strategy will suffer the most.
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  • SALT: A Must See in Norway!

    Anna V
    6 Aug 2014 | 4:45 pm
    08.06.14. Norway's Avant-garde Arctic Art. When your next to northern Norway, check out Sami Rintala's SALT architectural installations built with timber structures. Designed by Architect Sami Rintala and Artist Joar Nango and set to launch on August 29th, the unique art installation for the nomadic cultural festival, SALT, is a celebration  of culture, art, music and architecture on the island of Sandhornøya. The festival's philosophy stems from celebrating a particular region, thus it is scheduled to move to different sites in the Arctic area.
  • 70 Year Old Traffic Jam in Belgium

    Anna V
    5 Aug 2014 | 4:55 pm
    When you visit Belgium, don't get stuck in a traffic jam! Around the town of Chatillon, Belgium, hundreds of cars were left abandoned 70 years ago and no one really knows why! This car graveyard continues to remain a mystery.   It was the end of WWII when these cars were left in the woods due to zombies! (just kidding) Actually, one theory speculates the cars belonged to U.S. soldiers who left them in a hurry on their way off the continent. Another theory, after the war ended the troops sent home couldn't afford shipping out their cars so they hid them in…
  • Adopt a Tree and get “Liquid Gold” in Croatia

    Anna V
    5 Aug 2014 | 4:48 pm
    With over a thousand islands in Croatia, which do you choose? One is quite special. Private and between Pasman and the Kornati Archipel, it is a beautiful, small, uninhabited island. The best part is you can rent Olive Grove, the only home on the south side, and enjoy the island to yourself! Not only is it in the bluest corner of the Adriatic, but it is also home to a famous olive orchard known for its high quality extra virgin olive oil, or as Homer called it “liquid gold”. Plus you can adopt an olive tree to have your very own paradise in a bottle, Croatia's best…
  • Magic Carpets

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

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

    Kelley Lord
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Please help us welcome Kelley Lord to MiceChat. Jessica Ma’ilo usually appears in this spot, but due to a very busy schedule is scaling back to a column every other week. Jessica’s good friend Kelley…The post Eating with Allergies – Sanaa at Kidani Village appeared first on MiceChat.
  • MiceChatter: Haunted Mansion Merchandise and More

    Sarah Snitch
    21 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Sarah the MiceChatter is back with a high energy look at the 45 year old Haunted Mansion. While there is plenty of spendy merchandise to be found at Disneyland, Sarah spots the affordable morsels that…The post MiceChatter: Haunted Mansion Merchandise and More appeared first on MiceChat.
  • Magic Joe’s My Disneyland Memories #34

    Paul Barrie
    21 Aug 2014 | 12:06 am
    This week, Magic Joe takes us back to the past… to the Disneyland Resort… a whole TWO years ago… to experience a water themed show… and then Calvin stops by with a topical Distest. Enjoy!…The post Magic Joe’s My Disneyland Memories #34 appeared first on MiceChat.
  • Bob’s True-Life Adventures – African Safari – Banoka Part One

    Bob Gurr
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Today’s Wheel of Adventures has stopped at a wild spot in 2014. This is part one of a four part series about my African safari. . .  so here we go! Many folks have a dream to…The post Bob’s True-Life Adventures – African Safari – Banoka Part One appeared first on MiceChat.
  • When Disneyland was closed – A Talk With Tony Baxter

    20 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Remember a few years back when Space Mountain was closed for its major refurbishment?  Even though I’m an adult, I felt like Disneyland was somehow incomplete because I couldn’t experience the ride for what felt…The post When Disneyland was closed – A Talk With Tony Baxter appeared first on MiceChat.
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  • Top 3 Electric Scooter for Kids

    4 Aug 2014 | 12:31 am
    Electric scooters are a thing of joy for kids. The latest models are brilliantly designed to encourage kids to ride them and also keep them safe during the ride. Electric scooters are light in weight. They make the playing time of the kids not only fun but also offer complete movement to the body. The height of the scooters can be adjusted as and when the kid grows up. Some of the electric scooters last even when the kids become adults. While selecting kids electric scooters, parents should make sure that the wheels of the scooter are sturdy enough to maintain the balance. Many electric…
  • How To Choose The Best Baby Carrier?

    30 Jun 2014 | 3:26 am
    Are you in search of the ideal baby carrier? Well, it is quite understandable how desperate you are to carry your baby in any place you go. The good thing is that there is a great deal of baby carriers in the market currently. A lot of companies are making baby carriers to ensure that parents are in a better position to move around with their babies without any form of inconvenience. The problem is that the quest of choosing the best baby carrier can prove really challenging. While the great number of baby carrier brands in the market can be considered an advantage, confusion in selecting the…
  • Myths about Rear Facing Convertible Car Seat

    12 Feb 2014 | 1:04 am
    We might often wonder why babies up to a certain age are advised to sit in a rearward position or why it is recommended by American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), to let all children up to the age of two, face rearward while traveling in a vehicle. In the past few years, there has been a trend where toddlers up to an age of four years are made to sit in a rear facing position in their car seats due to the fact which came into light lately. As per the laws of physics, during a front collision of the vehicle, all the energy of destroying force is distributed evenly across the front seat…
  • How To Keep Baby Safe At Home

    4 Feb 2014 | 4:10 am
    Life seems to be so beautiful and innocent when you have a baby at your home. At the same time, it is your responsibility to take care about his safety at home. The world for your baby is your home where he can find various places to explore as babies are curious about everything which comes in their way. The baby being inquisitive tries to play with everything and this is the time where the role of parents comes into picture. The safety of the baby is in the hands of his parents as there is no substitute to surveillance. Childproofing or baby proofing can be done in various ways and in…
  • Essential Things for Creating an Environment for Writing

    20 Jan 2014 | 4:26 am
    It is a common conception that real writers wait for inspiration to strike, this may not apply for all writers. Most writers use a daily writing regime which requires self discipline. This is important in realizing your daily writing target without much effort. Basically, a writer needs to set up with sensory cues that provoke your impulse to write. Budding writers then have to nurture this creative spark and turn it into a passion by putting it into their daily itinerary. To begin with, a writer has to find out the elements that elicit their creative state. The following are the 3 Essential…
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    Discovering Puerto Rico

  • Colorful Old San Juan

    1 Aug 2014 | 5:59 am
    Color is everywhere in Old San Juan; FACT Related posts:Kid Friendly Old San Juan Casa Blanca Museum a Window to the Past Old San Juan Photo Tour
  • 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…
  • 2014 San Sebastian Street Festival Schedule

    14 Jan 2014 | 8:40 am
    Puerto Rico’s biggest festival The San Sebastian Street Festival in Old San Juan starts this Thursday Jan 16. Check out the daily schedule below: Thursday, January 16 5pm: Official opening of the 2014 San Sebastian Street Festival. Featuring: Parade with cabezudos and ribbon cutting ceremony. The parade starts at the Abraham Lincoln School, then along Calle San Sebastian to Plaza Quinto Centenario Plaza Quinto Centenario 8pm: Así Canta Puerto Rico con Luisito Vigoreaux, hijo 10pm: Orq. Homenaje a Tommy Olivencia Plaza Colón 4pm: Julio 6pm: DJ – Karaoke 7pm: Adoquín Jamming Nights Band…
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  • In A Pickle: Seasonal produce inspires Maui Preserved’s homegrown, homestyle pickling and preserving

    20 Aug 2014 | 2:38 am
    In A Pickle: Seasonal produce inspires Maui Preserved&rsquo;s homegrown, homestyle pickling and preserving Maui Preserved owner Anthony LaBua-Keiser (middle) talks story with Maui beet farmers. Photo: Sue HudelsonSplat! Drops of aromatic pineapple juice land on my notebook in the middle of a chat with Anthony LaBua-Keiser, owner of Maui Preserved. We’re standing in the kitchen of the company’s Upcountry Maui cannery, as part-timer Gerit Williams individually cores 90 Maui-grown pineapples with an industrial pineapple corer nearby.“Sorry,” says Williams.
  • Nine Hawaiian crow chicks hatch at Hawaii Island endangered bird sanctuary, bringing total world population to 114

    18 Aug 2014 | 3:02 am
    Nine Hawaiian crow chicks hatch at Hawaii Island endangered bird sanctuary, bringing total world population to 114 A trio of alala chicks at Keauhou Bird Conservation Center. Photo: San Diego Zoo Global.Empty, cracked blue-green shells lie scattered about the incubator, while nine chicks huddle together, open-mouthed and squawking, during a feeding. The meal is one small step for the newly-hatched alala (Hawaiian crow) chicks, but one big leap for their species.The nine a...
  • Shop ‘till you drop for authentic, Island-made products at this weekend’s Made in Hawaii Festival

    15 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Shop &lsquo;till you drop for authentic, Island-made products at this weekend&rsquo;s Made in Hawaii Festival Photo: Made in Hawaii FestivalHundreds of exhibitor booths brimming with guaranteed made-in-Hawaii products? Check. Local chefs demonstrating their skills—some even offering tasty samples? Check. All of the above packed into three days and one convenient location? Yup—you might want to be there. 
This year’s 20th annual Made in Hawaii Festival, happening today through Sunday (Aug. 17) at the Blaisdell Exhibition Hall and Arena in Honolulu, boasts more…
  • Weeklong Duke’s OceanFest watersport competitions celebrate legendary Hawaiian waterman Kahanamoku

    13 Aug 2014 | 2:48 am
    Weeklong Duke&rsquo;s OceanFest watersport competitions celebrate legendary Hawaiian waterman Kahanamoku Tandem surfing is a highlight for competitors and event-goers each year at Duke’s OceanFest. Photo: Outrigger Hotels & ResortsSurf’s up!Beginning this Saturday, Aug. 16, hundreds of ocean sports aficionados will speckle the waves and shorelines of Waikikiʻs beaches to celebrate the birth-week of Duke Kahanamoku, the famed Hawaiian waterman and Olympian known to many as “the father of surfing.”Organized by the Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Foundation...
  • Rare hawksbill sea turtles at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to benefit from conservation grant

    11 Aug 2014 | 2:52 am
    Rare hawksbill sea turtles at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to benefit from conservation grant Honuea hatchling making its way to the sea. Photo: NPS.With only the moon’s dim glow lighting their path, the hawksbill turtle hatchlings scoot towards the ocean on sand-speckled flippers, hoping to avoid hungry beach-roaming mongooses, feral cats and crabs that would appreciate such an easy meal. As breaking waves wash over their inch-long, heart-shaped shells, the hatchlings scatter thro...
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  • 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.
  • Should Travelers Give to Kids Who Beg?

    Audrey Scott
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:03 am
    By Audrey ScottWe paused along the side of the road in what seemed like the middle of nowhere for a view over the hills outside of the Ethiopian town of Lalibela. Moments later, a boy of about four years ran up. He was shepherd to his family’s goats on a nearby hill. His clothes were torn, he poked curiously around us foreigners, using our guide as an interpreter.One of the people in our group began pulling a toy koala bear out of her purse to give to him.“No. Please don’t,” Fekadu, our Ethiopian guide, implored. “There are other kids around. He will tell his family and the others…
  • My Date With An Ethiopian Hair Butcher

    Daniel Noll
    10 Jul 2014 | 12:47 pm
    By Daniel Noll My hair style option: Ricky Martin or Ludacris?I left my heart in San Francisco, but I left my hair in Ethiopia.The danger sign was there, quite literally. The two hairstyle options apparently available to me at my Ethiopian barber shop of choice: Ricky Martin and Ludacris. I was in northern Ethiopia with a mess I’d deliberately grown out for almost two months — saving myself, the African haircut virgin — and I was determined to navigate yet another haircut-as-cultural-experience. A World Wrestling Entertainment match, piped in from somewhere in the Middle East…
  • Ethiopian Food (An Overview of Ethiopian Cuisine)

    Daniel Noll
    27 Jun 2014 | 8:45 am
    By Daniel NollEthiopian food in Ethiopia. Expectations exceeded. When we headed to Ethiopia recently, I went packing with high expectations of the food. Years ago, I was fortunate enough to be introduced to Ethiopian food fresh out of university. In Washington, D.C., just new to world cuisine, I clearly recall my first pull of a round stretchy pancake-like injera bread, beautifully colored mounds of what looked to me like curries, and a massive circular tin plate from which we all grabbed and chowed down. The flavors and communal style of eating was cool and unusual, like nothing I had…
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    Cleared for Takeoff - The Triporati Blog

  • 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…
  • Museum Café Renaissance

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

    Alan Sorum
    5 Aug 2014 | 2:55 pm
    Due to increases in the carbon dioxide (CO2) caused by global human development, Alaskan Fisheries are being threatened from ocean acidification. There are at least two highly productive crab fisheries located in state that could be harmed by the uptake of atmospheric CO2 into marine waters. A study published in Progress in Oceanography addresses this […] The post Alaskan Fisheries are being threatened from ocean acidification appeared first on Information About Alaska (IAA).
  • Medical Rescue in Juneau

    Alan Sorum
    19 Jun 2014 | 3:14 pm
    In this work from the U.S. Coast Guard Art Program 2014 Collection, “Medical Rescue in Juneau‚” a Coast Guard Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew prepares the victim of a nearly fatal fall for evacuation from St. James Bay to Juneau where he will be transferred to a nearby hospital for treatment. In an […] The post Medical Rescue in Juneau appeared first on Information About Alaska (IAA).
  • The Prepare for Anything Survival Manual

    Alan Sorum
    5 Jun 2014 | 10:18 pm
    Survival manuals are commonly found in an outdoor enthusiast’s bookcase. Though many books possess useful information, most of the material is routinely reproduced from text to text. Reality television programming now focused on prepping for the end of the world has just fueled further demand for the genre. In these conditions, Tim MacWelch has written […] The post The Prepare for Anything Survival Manual appeared first on Information About Alaska (IAA).
  • Coast Guard Conducts Boating Safety Training in Juneau, Alaska

    Alan Sorum
    3 Jun 2014 | 11:41 am
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  • USGS is Closing its Map Store in Anchorage

    Alan Sorum
    29 May 2014 | 3:41 pm
    In a sign of the digital times, the USGS is closing its Map Store in Anchorage. The move announced by the Agency on May 28, 2014 is partly related to an administration directive to reduce costs and mainly the result of most USGS map products being made available for free download online. The store located […] The post USGS is Closing its Map Store in Anchorage appeared first on Information About Alaska (IAA).
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  • Fontelunga Villas, Tuscany: hotel of the week

    15 Aug 2014 | 9:11 am
    We’re craving boundless rolling hills, aromatic olive groves, authentic bruschetta and days drenched in sun – and Fontelunga Villas has all that (and plenty of Tuscan romance) down to a tee. It’s Italian-rustic-chic meets stylish-contemporary-sleek… and this year it’s celebrating its 15th anniversary. Style Moorish Tuscan Tranquillity Setting The rolling Tuscan hills Why this week? During August, the larger cities (and the shops, museums and sights) are quieter and calmer, and generally more enjoyable – thanks to to Tuscan families migrating to the coast for the summer.
  • Travel gallery: our photoshoot in Greece

    Rachel Juarez-Carr
    13 Aug 2014 | 3:25 am
    We’re just back from glorious Greece, where we worked on our new Smith & Family photoshoot at Ekies All Senses Resort in Halkidiki! We took along our top model Tillie and her exceptionally good-looking family, as well as a few suitcases packed full of swimsuits and beachwear from London Boutiques (Biondi Couture, Pistol Panties, Varley London, Beach Candy, Spektre, Finlay), gorgeous goodies from Frame Chain and the very soft, very stylish Frescobol Carioca towels. Massive thanks to Petros at Ekies for hosting us, and Vangelis for taking us out on his boat! (All photos by Rachel…
  • Top 10 bank-holiday hotels in the UK and beyond

    Kate Weir
    12 Aug 2014 | 4:34 am
    Have you booked a bank-holiday break yet? Yes, we know it’s just two weeks away, but there’s no need to resign yourself to three days of rain-threatened back-garden barbecues just yet. We’ve rounded up 10 luxury and boutique hotels with last-minute availability (from 23–25 August) for a short break or staycation, to make the last long weekend before Christmas extra special. Whether you want to arrive by tube, train or plane, or your budget’s lavish or lacklustre, our carefully chosen range of romantic hideaways, cosy B&Bs and hip city-centre trendsetters…
  • Style monitor: taking a time out with Slow watches

    Kate Weir
    8 Aug 2014 | 4:05 am
    This month Mr & Mrs Smith are coveting… trendy timepieces from Slow watches. As fashionable go-getters, and avid wrist-clockers, we love Slow watches‘ laid-back philosophy and clever wrist candy. Created by watch-industry veterans in need of some downtime, its bold minimalist design swaps 12 hours for 24 – so you can see the whole day at a glance – and discards the minute hand for meditative sundial-style timekeeping. Sported by celebs and high-fliers craving a more languid lifestyle, this easygoing timepieces’ cult following has grown faster than its solo clock hand…
  • The Carneros Inn, Napa Valley: hotel of the week

    Kate Thorman
    8 Aug 2014 | 1:30 am
    Unwind amid the vineyard-covered hills of gourmet heaven Napa Valley and let the rural charm of the Carneros Inn’s cottages and restaurants lull you into luxurious nostalgia for pastoral California’s olden days. Style Modernist home on the range Setting California’s bucolic pastures new Why this week? Scratch that same-old, same-old beachfront holiday and escape to Northern California’s wine country during its picturesque harvest season. Experience the outdoors with a day of wine-tasting at a nearby winery, bicycling through the countryside, swimming in the adults-only pool and dining…
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  • Soaking up the sea

    1 Aug 2014 | 12:28 am
    This morning I was enveloped in a womb of seaweed paste, covered head to foot in a green gorp, then wrapped in plastic like a log of fresh cheese. For an hour, I incubated in the basic elements of the sea, again going off into that strange half-conscious dream state, a slightly hallucinatory soup of sounds and thoughts of my childhood, people I’ve loved, dead relatives, fears, joys, regrets. Many regrets. And then Claire came back into the room, gently waking me, telling me to take a shower, wash off the elements of the ocean. “Vous êtes complet,” she said. “Vous pouvez rentrer I am…
  • The ménage à trois massage

    31 Jul 2014 | 12:36 am
    An intensive day at the thalasso. First I go down a long white corridor where people shuffle by in robes and slippers (talk about god’s waiting room) to a room marked douche a jet. Claire using hand motions, instructs me to stand at the far end of a tiled room, my naked backside to her. She turns on a thick hose and methodically sprays my naked body with warm seawater. First my legs, than my ass, back, shoulders. Turn to the left and repeat. To the right, repeat. Face her, eyes closed, and she flushes my front with the hard spray of seawater. The whole affair leaves me trembling and feeling…
  • Dull soup

    30 Jul 2014 | 12:34 am
    The restaurant at the Atlante Hotel is a rather forlorn place. Or perhaps it just feels that way because of the weather: gray, flat, still. I sit at a table looking out at a lighthouse, blinking forlornly, offshore. Two old men in a dinghy slowly row ashore from a fishing boat moored off the banks. A path paved in crushed limestone parallels the shore and I can see a few couples catching the sea air before dinner. But their arms are crossed, their hands buried in their trouser pockets. They look down at their feet, bored. With each other, with the day, with their lives? Who knows. photo by…
  • The purge

    29 Jul 2014 | 12:47 am
    There is one other thing for which Île de Ré is well known: their thalassos. If you don’t know, a thalasso is a spa that is near the sea and uses the benefits of sea water in their treatments. In fact, the root word (thalassa) is Greek for “sea.” They say the composition of ocean water is very close to the composition of plasma in our body. We are, in other words, made mostly of sea water. How perfect is that? photo by David Lansing So I have arranged to spend my last few days on the island at a thalasso in Sainte-Marie-de-Ré. My therapist, Claire, issues me a red robe, a red towel,…
  • Dinner at the fish ponds

    28 Jul 2014 | 12:21 am
    When I finally find Les Viviers, after driving around in circles in Loix for half an hour, I’m certain this is going to be a mistake. After all, there’s an old fishing boat crumbling in the open field across the street and overgrown hedges hide any evidence of the restaurant itself. Still, Eric assured me that this place has the best seafood on the island, so I decide to give it a go. The other side of the hedge is a different world. The first thing you see is this enormous jade-colored pond (les viviers means the fish ponds) lined with bamboo and spiky succulents. This place is tres hip…
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  • 15 Highlights from 8 Years on the Road

    18 Aug 2014 | 8:53 am
    Three weeks ago I celebrated my eight year anniversary of being on the road. On a warm morning on July 26, 2006, I left home for a year-long trip around the world. I didn’t return until 18 months later. I thought I’d be happy going back to cubicle life when I returned. I’d put my MBA to good use, promote renewable energy, and head down the path towards the American dream (job, wife, house, retirement, etc.). But the moment I sat back down in that cubicle, I realized office work wasn’t for me and, a few months later, I was back on the road facing an uncertain future. Now, eight years…
  • Win a Trip for Two to Morocco!

    14 Aug 2014 | 4:42 am
    As many of you know, a couple of months ago I ended my long-standing partnership with G Adventures. We both were going in different directions and they were no longer a fit for this website. What is important for me is to work with a company that has a great product and wants to work with this community and help us travel cheaper. To that end, today, I’m officially announcing my new partnership with Intrepid Travel. Intrepid Travel is a small group tour operator with over 800 tours all over the world, has better prices than G Adventures, and also features strong commitment to the…
  • 7 Ways to Stay Motivated to Travel

    11 Aug 2014 | 7:17 am
    A motivated person can achieve anything they set their mind to. But how does one stay motivated, especially to travel, when you are busy working and living life while your family and friends disparage your ideas, you’re overwhelmed planning your trip, or maybe you’re just burnt out from being on the road? Motivation is not an unlimited wellspring but a battery that has to be kept fully charged. While the idea of travel is always inspiring, sometimes life gets in the way and then suddenly, your eyes are no longer on the prize. I’ve had my share of ups and downs. My trip to Iceland has…
  • How to Find the Perfect Apartment on Sites Like Airbnb

    31 Jul 2014 | 9:16 am
    I used to hate renting apartments from websites like Airbnb, Wimdu, Homeaway, or Roomorama. As a solo traveler, I preferred the social atmosphere of hostels. It was simply easier to meet other people. And when I did want something other than a hostel, I used a hospitality network or stayed with friends. But since first writing three years ago about how I didn’t like this type of accommodation, I’ve actually grown to love it. A LOT. While I may not use apartment rentals all the time, I’ve found that they provide incredible dollar value, privacy, space, and a great home-like environment.
  • A Reminder to Roll with the Punches

    28 Jul 2014 | 8:35 am
    Bonjour from Paris! Today, I start my next European group tour. For two weeks, I’ll be taking twelve readers to some of my favorite bars, restaurants, and locations around Western Europe. We start in Paris, a city I can’t get enough of. My countless visits here never get boring. Walking down its cobblestone streets, gazing at the Eiffel Tower, lounging in one of its parks, and smelling fresh bread and cheese at the markets fills me with joy. It’s like falling in love all over again. My most recent journey to Paris was supposed to be easy. After my annual trip to Vegas with friends,…
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  • 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…
  • An Excellent Article By Jayson DeMers

    Lisa Ann Schreier, The Timeshare Crusader
    30 Jul 2014 | 11:02 am
    I've written at length about how I feel the entire timeshare industry could benefit from a long, hard look at how Apple does things.I'm obviously not the only fan of Apple out there.  In this article by Jayson DeMers, he talks about Apple's "simple but brilliantly not so simple" approach, including this quote; "According to research done by CEB, the most effective way to reach consumers isn’t through elaborate and complex websites, ads or sales copy, but rather through simplifying the decision making process: in other words, presenting exactly what consumers need to know,…
  • New Interview On Dick Goldberg's Insights Program

    Lisa Ann Schreier, The Timeshare Crusader
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:52 am
    I recently had the opportunity to be interviewed by Dick Goldberg for his "Insights" podcast.We discussed all things timeshare related.Here's the link to the podcast, enjoy: Ann Schreier, The Timeshare Crusader
  • Consumer Advisory

    Lisa Ann Schreier, The Timeshare Crusader
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:51 am
    Timeshare Insights has been made aware of a number of consumers who have been scammed by, in-room food delivery services of all things.While not limited to timeshare properties, consumers who are staying in timeshare properties are strongly urged to NOT order food for delivery from flyers that are left on car windshields, under room doors or on room door knobs.Unsuspecting travelers have been scammed for hundreds of dollars or more in fraudulent credit card transactions by some of these food delivery services.If you are going to order food for in-room delivery while at a hotel or timeshare,…
  • Guest Blogger Steve Burton Reviews Canal Boats!

    Lisa Ann Schreier, The Timeshare Crusader
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    I have just returned from a week spent on a timeshare canal boat which is based at Anderton marina in Cheshire and I would like to write a review for Timeshare Insights.  There are nine timeshare boats based at Anderton  marina. There are five two bedroom sleep six boats and four one bedroom sleep four boats.I believe that before you even collect the boat its important to decide what type of boating holiday you are seeking to have as it could be that you are wishing to spend most of the day cruising the canals in which case it is just about possible in one week to complete…
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  • Eating Prince Edward Island

    20 Aug 2014 | 1:54 pm
    Eating Prince Edward Island By GoNOMAD Eat Relax RepeatCharlottetown Farmers Market By GoNOMAD Charlottetown Farmers Market where town and country meet.The market was established in... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Sierra de la Ventana, Argentina

    20 Aug 2014 | 11:18 am
      Sierra train tracks in Argentina. Lydia Carey photos.The Window to Argentina's Pampas: From Swimming Holes to Giant Omelettes   By Lydia Carey It was the desert that had me so achy for... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • NY's Chautauqua Institution:A Rich History

    19 Aug 2014 | 11:41 am
    Your Brain on Vacation Denominational House is home to lectures and worshiping at the Institute. Chautauqua Institute photo Inspiring lectures and activities for all walks of life are offered each... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Subways of Note Around Europe

    19 Aug 2014 | 7:57 am
    Metro Brussels Bizet 20,000 Leagues Under The Street By Akil Wingate With a few euro in my pocket, a ticket stub and a curiosity that killed Chester the cat I hopped onto a metro train.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • New Bedford Whaling Museum

    19 Aug 2014 | 7:53 am
      I Saw a Ship a-Whaling New Bedford Whaling Museum offers an impressive collection looking back through history By Jamie Kimmel After heading to New Bedford for the weekend I had so much... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • I’m gonna beat your butt, old timer!

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

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

    Captain Bill
    9 Aug 2014 | 7:41 am
    Guest post by Bo Keeley “We are here 24 hours a day, every day of the year to help tourists in Iquitos.” I’ve found it’s true. The Iquitos Tourist Police have helped me out of about a dozen legitimate jams in the past 15 years. Ex-pat may also ask for help anytime. Their station is at 834 Sargento Lores near Plaza de Armas and the station phone day and night is 24-2081 or (51 94) 23-7067. Some examples of things you may request, as I have in the past to satisfaction are: Pursue a pickpocket, Extract me from a locked hotel, Trace a malecon thief, Dennucia, And today to give a…
  • Cell Phone Rentals, Travelers In Iquitos

    Captain Bill
    2 Aug 2014 | 2:02 pm
    Cell Phone Rentals For Travelers In Iquitos At Dawn on the Amazon Cell phones for rent in the office of Dawn on the Amazon To rent a cell phone in Iquitos Peru, come in the Dawn on the Amazon office, located on the boulevard, next door to Dawn on the Amazon Cafe, #185 Malecon Maldonado, near the first block of Nauta Street. We also sell minutes for your cell phone. Our office is open Monday through Saturday, 8:00am to 7:00pm, with a break for lunch. Closed on Sunday. Terms and Conditions for Renting Cell Phones Our obligation is to provide the cell phone in good condition, with charger,…
  • Apartment For Rent In Iquitos

    Captain Bill
    18 Jul 2014 | 5:19 pm
    Efficiency Apartment For Rent In Iquitos Stairwell to the left goes to your 2nd floor apartment with the balcony Efficiency Apartment for rent, well located in an interesting neighborhood on the pedestrian only boulevard with a spectacular view from the balcony, and little or no motocarro noise. Rare in Iquitos. The balcony of the apartment for rent in Iquitos Your balcony has tables and chairs and hooks to hang your hammock. Hammock included. Spectacular view from the balcony Possibly the best benefit for you of living in this apartment is the beautiful view day and night. Rare in Iquitos.
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  • Photo Friday: Catching the Super Moon at World Domination Summit 2014 #WDS2014

    Lanora Mueller
    25 Jul 2014 | 1:29 pm
      The PoemCatcher, aka Andrew Newman, asked me to take his photo holding the Super Moon of July 12, 2014. We had just met on the Spirit of Portland cruise during World Domination Summit 2014. Andrew's mission: he travels from event to event, capturing imprompu poems in his net. Poem catcher counting time #wds2014 #awesomecreativeinspiration— PoemCatcher (@PoemCatcher) July 15, 2014
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  • VIDEO: Sampling Artisan Cheese in Syracuse, Sicily

    Barbara Weibel
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
      No visits yetThe post VIDEO: Sampling Artisan Cheese in Syracuse, Sicily appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
  • PHOTO: Mini-trucks in Old Town of Syracuse, Sicily

    Barbara Weibel
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: Miniature red three-wheel trucks are used on Ortigia Island, the Old Town of Syracuse, Sicily, as they are perfectly sized for ancient cobblestone streets. (Visited 6 times, 6 visits today)The post PHOTO: Mini-trucks in Old Town of Syracuse, Sicily appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
  • The Proper Way to Eat Artisan Sicilian Cheese

    Barbara Weibel
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    For someone with a cheese fetish, all of Sicily was heaven, but I found the the holy grail one morning in Syracuse while wandering through the fresh market. Tucked behind the temporary vendors at the very end of the market was Caseificio Borderi (Borderi Dairy), a small family-run shop specializing in traditional hand-made Sicilian cheese. Located at the far end of the fresh market in Syracuse, Sicily, Caseificio Borderi offered liberal samples of artisan cheeses made in Sicily I was staying in a hostel, where I could cook my own meals. Since there is nothing better than a breakfast of fresh…
  • PHOTO: Church of Santa Lucia alla Badia in Syracuse, Sicily

    Barbara Weibel
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: The Church of Santa Lucia alla Badia, with its baroque with rococo elements on the facade, anchors one end of exquisite Piazza Duomo in Syracuse, Sicily. It is home to one of Siracusa’s most prized works of art, The Burial of Santa Lucia by Caravaggio. (Visited 30 times, 30 visits today)The post PHOTO: Church of Santa Lucia alla Badia in Syracuse, Sicily appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
  • PHOTO: Daily Market in Syracuse, Sicily

    Barbara Weibel
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: Sampling fresh homemade foccacia at the daily market in Syracuse, Sicily, in the Old Town area on the island of Ortigia. (Visited 83 times, 83 visits today)The post PHOTO: Daily Market in Syracuse, Sicily appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
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  • Hidden Gem of Portugal – Fatima

    17 Aug 2014 | 1:27 pm
    About Fatima Fatima is a charming and small town situated in Portugal, approximately 140 km North from Lisbon. It’s world famous for its Fatima’s Sanctuary which is annually visited by millions of pilgrims and tourists from all over the world. If you are looking for a quiet and idyllic place where you can find inner peace, meditate and get closer to the God, add Fatima to your travel bucket list and you won’t regret it. This town, apart from being so picturesque and religious, offers a lot to its visitors – from authentic Portuguese cuisine, spectacular churches and museums to…
  • Top 7 International Cities

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

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

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

    13 Mar 2014 | 12:31 pm
    The second largest Channel Island, Guernsey has so much to offer despite its relatively small size. For those unfamiliar with the island and its culture, I have put together a Guernsey by numbers guide to walk you through some of the best features of my island home. - 25 - Guernsey is an island with an area of only twenty-five square miles, which to me makes what it offers that much more impressive. - 50 - Guernsey is only a fifty minute flight from London, and other airports on England’s south coast, making it easily accessible to holiday makers. The island also has flights from other…
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  • 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…
  • Visiting the stunning Silver Temple in Chiang Mai

    Dave from The Longest Way Home
    30 Jun 2014 | 4:09 pm
    The beautiful Silver Temple in Chiang Mai Finding a place like the Silver Temple (Wat Sri Suphan) in Chiang Mai I may not be Chiang Mai’s number one fan due to the sheer number of tourists there but the city makes up for it in holding some great temples too. While most temples get a little repetitive for visitors the silver temple reboots you to genuine smiles again. I’m surprised Wat Sri Suphan doesn’t get more publicity for it’s uniqueness. Indeed it was only while skimming through some photos in a magazine did I even come across it. The Silver Temple offers a great…
  • Thai food: Chiang Mai Sausage (Sai ua)

    Dave from The Longest Way Home
    23 Jun 2014 | 5:21 pm
    Spicy or not so spicy Chiang Mai Sausage … the choice is yours Chiang Mai Sausage It’s not often in South East Asia I come across a substantial amount of pure meat. Granted sausage isn’t technically that either but it can be very tasty and meaty if you know what to look for. In this case head to North Thailand and seek out Sai ua. Or, as it is commonly known, Chiang Mai sausage. What is Chiang Mai sausage? There are many variations of Sai ua even within Chiang Mai’s touristic old city. From supermarkets to butchers the most common, and best, place to find Chiang Mai…
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  • News for the Week

    Donna Hull
    16 Aug 2014 | 1:05 am
    A cloudy summer morning at Lochsa Lodge Who drives an hour and a half to breakfast? We do when the experience includes a scenic drive on Highway 12 over Lolo Pass into Idaho and a tasty meal at Lochsa Lodge. Sorry but there are no photos of the veggie omelet and huge, fluffy pancakes. Alan and I were so hungry that we ate it all before thinking to photograph the plate. And the forested view wasn’t bad either. We’ll be returning to try out the dinner menu. Maybe we’ll stay in one of the cabins that are very popular with the snowmobile crowd. Despite it’s remote…
  • Going Off-the-Beaten-Path on Elk Meadows Road

    Donna Hull
    14 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    We’re finally exploring Elk Meadows Road in the Lolo National Forest “Come explore me.” Does a dirt road ever call your name? Elk Meadows Road (Lolo National Forest Road #373) has been calling ours ever since Alan and I discovered it on an early spring drive to Lolo Pass. The road starts (or ends) at the Lolo Pass Visitor Center on the Idaho side of Highway 12. Then it meanders through the Bitterroot mountains before reconnecting with Highway 12 near Lolo, Montana. On our first attempt to drive Elk Meadows Road on a sunny April day, snow was about knee high.
  • News for the Week

    Donna Hull
    9 Aug 2014 | 1:05 am
    Luxury Cruise Travel is our August newsletter theme Luxury Cruise Travel Luxury Cruise Travel is the theme for the August edition of the My Itchy Travel Feet monthly newsletter. Did you know that Alan and I have almost 300 nights at sea on luxury cruise ships? In this issue, we’re featuring travel deals, destination suggestions and an original article with travel tips based upon our luxury cruise travel experiences.  You’ll also find two subscriber only specials: $10 off a $30 purchase at and 30% off a photo album or book at MILK Books. Don’t miss out!
  • 4 Hours in Menorca

    Donna Hull
    8 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    The mysterious talus of Menorca When your ship docks in Mahon, Menorca, one of Spain’s Balearic Islands, it’s tempting to head straight for Punta Prima Beach for a couple hours of sun in the fun. But then you’d miss the complicated history, bucolic views and glimpses of neolithic mystery available on the island. That’s why I chose a 4-hour Menorca cruise excursion offered by Silver Spirit during an Atlantic Crossing. It always feels good to be out in the countryside after several days on a ship. Pastoral views whiz by as our bus drives up the steep, twisting lane…
  • Top Five Apps for Cruise Travel

    5 Aug 2014 | 12:55 am
    There are few travel industries that have come so far in such little time like the cruising industry. No longer are cruises offering tiny shoebox cabins and all-you-can-eat shrimp cocktail in exchange for exorbitant prices. No, these days, most cruise ships offer spacious rooms as well as a variety of luxurious options at reasonable prices. And once you’ve topped off that champagne flute and you’ve relaxed and rejuvenated sufficiently, they also offer some excellent cruise excursions that attract even the most worldly of travelers. As experienced cruisers, Alan and Donna know all…
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  • 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…
  • Our Inadvertent Swiss Staycation

    Christine Gilbert
    31 Jul 2014 | 3:03 pm
    We took over the campsite’s lounge. Legos everywhere, our backpacks by the door, food on the tables. FIFTY SEVEN DOLLARS a night to tent camp? I am using the hell out of your facilities, thank you very much.   We got caught in the rain again in France and decided to move east. We wrung ourselves out, got on a train — not the train we intended because of a combination of difficulties finding routes that accept bikes the entire way and the overloaded railway system during peak summer tourism. We made it to Geneva. We biked into the city like a couple of kids, giddy to be out of…
  • Strawberry Gazpacho (Gazpacho de Fresas)

    28 Jul 2014 | 12:52 am
    Before I left Barcelona, I took a cooking class at Barcelona Cooking, this newish cooking school on La Rambla that’s two stories above the street in this charming open loft-style place with it’s Spanish-born and Barcelona-trained head chef Candido Cid. They teach the classics but they are really dedicated to local, fresh produce and using what’s in season. That’s why we had strawberry gazpacho instead of the tomato-only gazpacho most people are familiar with, because strawberries happened to be in season. Turns out, I like it better than the original. The great thing…
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  • adventures in homebrewing

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

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

    28 Aug 2013 | 8:35 pm
    If I had to sum up the last several, mostly blogless, months I couldn’t. Suffice it to say, my adventures have kept me close to home, but they’ve been filled with plenty of milestones, little jaunts and explorations. For starters, my beautiful nephew turned one and in true Forshner fashion, made us proud by devouring a near adult-size piece of birthday cake that he jammed into his mouth by the fistful. I’ve been walking, a lot. From getting to and from work to fitting in a stroll with Mike after work and stopping to explore and appreciate the historical landmarks I barely…
  • you know you’re a new englander when…

    20 Jul 2013 | 5:06 am
    Summer strikes with a vengeance pouring nearly 100 degrees over the region, and suddenly, you long for days like this…   That’s the thing about New Englanders. We live here because we love having all four seasons, but the second one of them hits us too hard we’re either yearning for the next one or looking back fondly on seasons passed. So I’m just going to embrace it. Last February my friend Caitlin prompted another girls weekend trip up to Brownsville, Vermont for a few days of skiing, wandering and relaxing. Not far from Brownsville is a quaint little town…
  • it might be scary, but do it anyway

    18 Jun 2013 | 7:26 pm
    Half moon is a yoga pose that has, say, your left hand reaching for the floor as the other extends toward the sky. Meanwhile, your left leg is planted on the ground while the other lifts up and points to the wall behind you. It’s a pose that doesn’t come too hard for me at first, perhaps it’s my years as a figure skater. But just when I’m feeling comfortable the instructor challenges the class to look straight up in the direction of the elevated hand. First though, she prefaces with: “this can be scary, looking up.” She’s right. I start by gliding my…
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  • Heathrow Terminal 2 – The Queen’s Terminal

    31 Jul 2014 | 12:31 pm
    It opened last month but today I got my first look at Heathrow’s shiny new Terminal 2 courtesy of one of its first resident airlines, EVA Air. Anxious to avoid the fiasco that overshadowed the launch of Terminal 5 back in 2008, this has been a staggered launch with, so far, only 8 of the planned 26 airlines in situ. Lots of lessons were learnt from Terminal 5 and it would seem have been applied here – this is a good thing, I’ve grown to love travelling through Terminal 5. The construction design is similar: it sits beneath a 50,000 m2 wave roof with skylights and 10m high…
  • New passport guidelines for Turkey

    4 Jul 2014 | 5:02 am
    Information just received from Go to Turkey: In new guidance for foreign passport-holders entering Turkey, passports must be valid for at least 60 days from the date of expiry of a traveller’s visa, visa exemption period or residency permit to be able to enter the country before 31 December 2014. That is to say that a traveller leaving Turkey on 20 August 2014 for example should hold a passport that is valid until at least 20 October 2014. As from 1 January 2015 passports must be valid for at least 60 days from the date of expiry of a traveller’s visa, visa exemption period…
  • Notes from… San Diego

    20 May 2014 | 8:49 am
    San Diego is not the easiest place for the first time visitor to get their head around but stick with it, it’s so worth it! In fact I’d go as far as to say its now my favourite American city. Known as the ‘City of Villages’, it feels completely different to the urban sprawl of Los Angeles. Built on 200 canyons and hills with the San Diego river running east to west creating a valley dividing north from south, there are lots of smaller communities (52 in total), each with its own identity. This is what makes it so appealing, once you’ve accepted its fragmented, you can…
  • Notes from…Papua New Guinea – Ambua Lodge, Tari Valley

    20 May 2014 | 7:46 am
    After a mammoth 3 day journey (LHR/Singapore – 10 hour layover + 7 hour delay on Singapore to Port Moresby sector, missed connecting flight to Tari so overnighted in Port Moresby and got 09.45 flight next day) we finally arrived at our first PNG stop, the Tari Valley, Southern Highlands. Our guide, Thomas, dressed in full Huli wig man traditional dress greeted us at Tari Airport (more a shack next to the market than a terminal building). The first of many surreal encounters. Slightly shell shocked but excited, a 45 minute drive along one of PNG’s better, but still bumpy, roads…
  • Notes from…Santa Monica

    12 Mar 2014 | 8:36 am
    Sadly, our time was all too brief in sunny Santa Monica but I was so glad to have made this particular coastal detour on our Southern California road trip – it’s a stunner. Setting off from Beverley Hills the early morning drive only took 40 mins – apparently we were lucky, it can take up to 90. First mission was to meet up with our guide Eric from Perry’s Tours for a 2 hour bike tour from the Santa Monica pier to Venice Beach. Having not been on a bike for some considerable time, it was a relief to know the tour basically follows the completely flat, broad boardwalk…
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    tripwolf travel blog - your travel guide

  • Five travel health myths and what’s actually true – expert information from travel doctors

    14 Aug 2014 | 2:49 am
    TweetThe main travel season is upon us, and everywhere backpackers, city trippers and entire families are setting off on their summer holidays. Wherever their trip takes them, their health should be an issue they always pay attention to. While some may choose to neglect this topic, others might be unsettled by health myths. In order […]
  • Berlin, Milan, or Lyon: tripwolf and Surprice Hotels give you a dream city trip!

    6 Aug 2014 | 7:49 am
    TweetWin two hotel nights at a SURPRICE Hotel and the corresponding tripwolf guide for Berlin, Milan, or Lyon. What? It’s August and you haven’t been on vacation? We have exactly the right thing: a weekend of sightseeing, culture, and shopping in your choice of three of the most interesting cities in Europe: Berlin, Milan, or […]
  • Treasures and secrets in Copenhagen

    23 Jul 2014 | 6:41 am
    TweetA city like Copenhagen can be comfortably sailed throughout its neighborhoods, and be admired from a genuine perspective. Can you imagine contemplating the Little Mermaid from the water, while she stares at you from the rocks? It is ironic, but a recommended experience! This famous sculpture’s position is very different depending on the season: at […]
  • Changed beyond recognition – iPhone app 4.0 with a brand-new design

    18 Jul 2014 | 7:59 am
    TweetNot everyone today uses an iPad. The tripwolf iPad app we released about a year ago sparkled with a brand-new design and enabled the tripwolf community to grow. So we decided that it was high time to transfer the fresh design of the iPad App to the iPhone version. Without further ado, we present the […]
  • 5 Dreamy Old Towns in Europe

    28 Jun 2014 | 5:35 am
    TweetIn multifaceted Europe you can find many buzzing modern metropolises that are in constant change and keep reinventing themselves. At their core, however, you can encounter the architectural and artistic remains of times long gone, which often make those old towns tourist hot spots. Here are some cities that invite you to wallow in nostalgia […]
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    My Several Worlds

  • 30 Authentic Taiwanese Experiences

    Carrie Kellenberger
    16 Aug 2014 | 12:29 am
    There are many things about Taiwan that make it an incredible place to live; it’s easy to take some of those things for granted once you’ve been here for a while. I frequently hear that people think Taiwan is very Westernized, and while I agree that it is to some extent, there are still plenty of authentic Taiwanese experiences to be had! Click on my Taiwan photo for more articles about our travels around Taiwan. Here are 30 of my favorite authentic Taiwanese experiences. What are yours? 1. Learn how to drive a scooter in Taiwan and head out on a day trip. (Photo comment: It…
  • Ghost Month in Taiwan – The Hungry Ghosts of Isla Formosa

    Carrie Kellenberger
    13 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    The hungry ghosts of Taiwan are currently haunting this beautiful island. Yes, you read that right! And they’re going to continue haunting the island for the entire seventh month of the lunar calendar. Don’t stay out late after dark. Ghosts usually roam the earth at sunset and at night. This means a number of things for residents of Taiwan. For one, there is a lot – and I mean A LOT – of paper burning and alter worship happening in temples and on the streets right now. The Taiwanese are a naturally superstitious people, and this is particularly evident during Ghost…
  • Get Spirited Away by the Village of Jiufen in Taiwan

    Carrie Kellenberger
    1 Aug 2014 | 9:29 pm
    You only need to visit Jiufen once to see the magic in this place. A small village situated in the mountains of Northern Taiwan, Jiufen is located in the Ruifang District of New Taipei City. The village was once home to nine families in the Qing Dynasty, and was named Jiufen for the number of shipments that were delivered to the town. (Jiu means the number nine in Chinese, and fen is a measure word for a portion of something.) Nine portions were always requested whenever shipments were delivered to the village, and the name stuck. In addition to being one of the prettiest towns in…
  • Culture Travel Around Portugal

    Carrie Kellenberger
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:53 pm
    Image by Pank Seelen, used under the Creative Commons license. Medieval castles, fairytale-like towns, and sandy beaches soaked in sunshine – Portugal has it all. Travel here to experience quintessential Iberian culture, to wade through its brilliant blue waters, and relive history in its many tiny coastal villages and medieval towns. Here are some of the top things to do if you plan to travel around Portugal. Explore Lisbon Often considered one of Europe’s most scenic capitals, Lisbon is the heart and home of Portuguese culture. Must-see sights include the Jeronimos Monastery and…
  • Five Exciting Things To Do in Botswana

    Carrie Kellenberger
    18 Jul 2014 | 3:08 am
    As one of Africa’s premier travel destinations, Botswana offers a high standard of living and it is a politically stable country that travelers enjoy visiting for a number of reasons. It’s no surprise that the most popular activities are the Big Game Safaris, but that’s not all that this gorgeous country has to offer. There are lots of things to do in Botswana, and any list of activities that you read will certainly have great suggestions on how to fill your time there. Here are our top five favorite things to do in beautiful Botswana. Get Your Art On in Tsodilo Hills If the…
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    Lanzarote Information - Anything and everything about Lanzarote

  • Jobs in Lanzarote, Administrator

    20 Aug 2014 | 11:37 pm
    A real estate office based in Costa Teguise, Lanzarote has a vacancy for an office administrator. They are looking for a professional who is friendly, outgoing and flexible with strong organisational skills and administrative experience. Must be fluent (written & spoken) in English, Spanish and German. Computer skills required. Please submit  read more »
  • Lanzarote Walk, Giant Fossil Eggs

    19 Aug 2014 | 9:56 am
    We attended the “Pisadas sobre huellas - Los avestruces de Órzola" walk organised by the Cabildo of Lanzarote today to visit the sites of archaeological interest at Valle Grande & Valle Chico. There are two short walks both within a kilometre of the main road, where you can visit the area that has been excavated to discover these giant fossil eggs which are believed to be around 6 million years old. We met the latest team of 30 students from different areas of Spain who are spending the month of August excavating to try and uncover more fossils and hopefully bones, although it is rare…
  • Outcry as the Spanish Government proceed with oil prospecting in the Canary Islands

    19 Aug 2014 | 12:33 am
    Last week the Spanish Government gave Repsol the definitive green light to go ahead and prospect for oil in the Canary Islands. The decision was published in the official state bulletin on Wednesday, despite all the opposition and environmental arguments raised to date. Repsol have confirmed that they will comply with all of the government requirements which include a fund of €20 million to cover any environmental costs and a €40 million civil responsibility policy.  Our local Government, Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace, WWF, Ecologistas en Accion and SEO Birdlife are all appealing…
  • Corazon de Mujer 23rd August 2014

    18 Aug 2014 | 11:20 pm
    Six of Lanzarote’s best female artists will be performing music from the heart at the Corazón de Mujer charity event in Costa Teguise on Saturday. Artists include  read more »
  • Hoglet

    18 Aug 2014 | 10:23 pm
    I was out in our garden one morning in July watching the sunrise when my attention was drawn to something squeaking. On closer inspection I found it was a tiny hedgehog who had clearly lost it’s mum as they shouldn’t be out in the open during daylight. After observing the hedgehog for a while it was just rocking back and too, squeaking in the picón,so  I wrapped a towel around it and brought it inside. I didn’t have a clue what to do next! Unlike the UK, there’s no hedgehog rescue centres in Lanzarote, so I put the baby in a cardboard box with a towel whilst I carried out some…
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    YouTube: Travel

  • The Time I Got Sunstroke

    30 Jul 2014 | 7:12 pm
    The Time I Got Sunstroke The untold story of the worst day of my life. Potato. Click here: to subscribe to my channel t... From: danisnotonfire Views: 1330032 134520 ratings Time: 08:00 More in Entertainment
  • 10 Weird Facts about the Bermuda Triangle

    24 May 2014 | 9:02 am
    10 Weird Facts about the Bermuda Triangle 10 Weird Facts about the Bermuda Triangle Putting fear into the heart of the bravest sailor, the Bermuda Triangle has been claiming lives for centuries. Find... From: Alltime10s Views: 1750598 18394 ratings Time: 03:00 More in Education
  • Travel Friendly In-Flight Beauty Tips

    Michelle Phan
    18 May 2014 | 7:57 pm
    Travel Friendly In-Flight Beauty Tips I'm going to show you my in-flight beauty routine for a long haul flight. You're going to survive it and look fabulous at the same time :) This is my mish-li... From: Michelle Phan Views: 1556705 65578 ratings Time: 06:18 More in Howto & Style
  • The 10 Most MIND-TWISTING Paradoxes of All Time!

    Matthew Santoro
    22 Mar 2014 | 8:21 pm
    The 10 Most MIND-TWISTING Paradoxes of All Time! Subscribe! New videos every Saturday: Facebook (Like): From: Matthew Santoro Views: 3001301 66846 ratings Time: 08:12 More in Education
  • 10 Predictions about the Future That Were Hilariously WRONG

    Matthew Santoro
    1 Feb 2014 | 7:00 am
    10 Predictions about the Future That Were Hilariously WRONG Subscribe! New videos every Saturday: Facebook (Like): Facebook (Follow): From: Matthew Santoro Views: 2277016 42308 ratings Time: 07:15 More in Education
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    Uploads by Universal Music Group

  • #Schooled: Adelitas Way

    12 Aug 2014 | 1:18 pm
    #Schooled: Adelitas Way For more videos like this, follow Universal Music Group on Youtube. Listen to Digster's Back to School Playlist here: From: Universal Music Group Views: 192 12 ratings Time: 00:27 More in Music
  • #Schooled: Grizfolk

    12 Aug 2014 | 1:09 pm
    #Schooled: Grizfolk For more videos like this, follow Universal Music Group on Youtube. Listen to Digster's Back to School Playlist here: From: Universal Music Group Views: 3825 21 ratings Time: 00:30 More in Music
  • #Schooled: August Alsina

    12 Aug 2014 | 11:40 am
    #Schooled: August Alsina For more videos like this, follow Universal Music Group on Youtube. Listen to Digster's Back to School Playlist here: From: Universal Music Group Views: 435 13 ratings Time: 00:24 More in Music
  • #Schooled: Rixton

    12 Aug 2014 | 11:37 am
    #Schooled: Rixton For more videos like this, follow Universal Music Group on Youtube. Listen to Digster's Back to School Playlist here: From: Universal Music Group Views: 114 5 ratings Time: 00:20 More in Music
  • #Schooled: Phillip Phillips

    12 Aug 2014 | 11:37 am
    #Schooled: Phillip Phillips For more videos like this, follow Universal Music Group on Youtube. Listen to Digster's Back to School Playlist here: From: Universal Music Group Views: 133 10 ratings Time: 00:37 More in Music
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    Stuff To Do In Orlando

  • 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 […]
  • Travel Tips for iPhone and iPad users

    Robyn Kurth
    15 May 2014 | 2:00 am
    A trip to Orlando used to require an updated theme park map, a camera and comfortable shoes, but thanks to the digital revolution of the 21st century, an iPhone or iPad can take care of the map and camera (although the comfortable shoes you will have to provide separately). In recent years, iPhones and iPads […]
  • Swan and Dolphin Hotel in Orlando Florida

    Sunil Govind
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:05 pm
    Walt Disney World Swan Hotel Located between Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney’s World Swan resort is like no other. Offering 17 restaurants, and character dining, Walt Disney’s World Swan resort features benefits such as; extra magic hours, complimentary transportation, on-site Disney ticket desk, advance tee times, complimentary delivery of purchases made in theme […]
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    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.
  • Top Ten Ways to Celebrate Halloween in Tulsa

    25 Sep 2013 | 8:26 am
    Ghost and goblins, jack-o-lanterns and skeletons, witches and black cats. Everyone loves Halloween, whether it is for being able to dress up as someone else for an evening or for being able to buy/eat/obtain as much candy as humanly possible for an evening. Tulsa and some neighboring towns have some great celebrations going on all [...] The post Top Ten Ways to Celebrate Halloween in Tulsa appeared first on USA Travel Guide.
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    Antwerp Belgium Blog

  • Aug 8, Best Belgian Waffle Makers

    8 Aug 2014 | 4:08 am
    Belgian waffle makers vary according to functionality, shape, size AND price. Here are the 5 belgian waffle irons that produce the yummiest waffles.
  • Aug 7, Belgian waffle Iron

    7 Aug 2014 | 5:21 am
    Choosing a belgian waffle maker.What to look for in a belgian waffle iron; shape, size, price and options
  • Aug 7, Belgian Waffles Recipe

    7 Aug 2014 | 3:20 am
    Belgian waffles recipe directions to make belgian waffles, Liege waffles and flemish waffles. Belgian waffle makers are part of the important ingredients.
  • Aug 7, Belgian Waffle Recipe

    7 Aug 2014 | 3:08 am
    8 Step Easy Belgian waffle recipe - tools, ingredients and easy to follow directions.
  • Jul 30, belgian waffles

    30 Jul 2014 | 12:46 pm
    Who east belgian waffles and how - ideas for yummy TOPPINGS!
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    Geotraveler's Niche

  • On losing my voice and articles that spoke for me

    Lola Akerstrom
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:17 am
    Three articles have touched me over the last few days. Mostly because they seemed to have crawled into my subconscious and pulled out my own voice which has been quiet lately. Quiet because so many recent events have deeply frustrated and saddened me. From the shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown to political, religious, and medical unrest all over the world. My voice is gone and has been replaced with a hoarseness that squeaks “I’m tired”. Tired of feeling helpless and not knowing what to do and how to help. But these articles below came at just the right time to help…
  • Photo Tip: Capturing ordinary moments in travel photography

    Lola Akerstrom
    13 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    A fishing village in Lagos, Nigeria People often feel that to be taken seriously as a travel photographer, they need to scale Mount Everest, camp out in tents hanging off sheer rock faces, deep sea dive with sharks, and go to the extreme in every way to get noticed. Sure, putting yourself in front of interesting situations can help you get some amazing photos if you’ve got a solid compositional eye but truly, there are many ways of being a successful travel photographer and building a niche for yourself without having to camp out for months tracking elusive animals. This is the visual…
  • Postcards from Mauritius – Land and Sea

    Lola Akerstrom
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:54 am
    I’ll be quiet over the next few days wrapping up some writing and photo essay assignments. So in the meantime, I wanted to share a few landscape and seascape photos from my Mauritius image gallery. Hope you’re having a fabulous week so far.
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    BootsnAll Travel Articles

  • Swapping Your iPhone For a Backpack

    21 Aug 2014 | 1:03 am
    In anticipation of this year's Meet, Plan, Go event on September 20, we'll be focusing on the concept of career breaks each Thursday until the event. If you're on the fence about taking a career break, or you're planning one and want expert advice from people who have been there and done that, this is the event for you! Register now as space is limited.Rewind a generation, and the backpackers breaking the first ground of the banana pancake trail in the 1960s were largely students exploring beyond their childhood horizons before committing to a career that promised to last a lifetime.Times…
  • The Thailand of Your Dreams

    20 Aug 2014 | 1:03 am
    The only sound upon waking is the whine of a single mosquito. The one that's been eluding me all night. The one that somehow breached the screened defenses and has spent the night mocking me while I've slapped myself silly.[banner top_title="hide" description="hide" subscribe="hide" title="Wanna have experiences like this?" button_type="orange" button="Join our community!" image="" button_link=""]In the moment before I open my eyes, I forget where I am and have to think for a…
  • Five Shoulder Seasons to Plan Your Trip Around

    19 Aug 2014 | 1:03 am
    Lots of long-term, RTW travelers plan their trips around shoulder seasons. It can save money when compared to traveling in high season, and the longer you're on the road, the less you'll want to deal with the crowds that come along with traveling in the most popular part of the year.[banner top_title="hide" description="hide" subscribe="hide" title="We'll help get you on the road within a year" button_type="orange" button="Join us!" image="" button_link=""]If you're looking…
  • Live the Life You Want to Live

    18 Aug 2014 | 1:03 am
    I woke up in a tiny apartment on a small island off the coast of Croatia.  I strapped on my shoes and went for a run.  I am not a runner, but I pretend to be one once in a while.  It's something I am testing out in my new life.I left the apartment overlooking the ferry dock and a gas station and kept the water to my right.  I wandered along the coast, through the town, watching mothers strolling with their children and shopkeepers just starting their day.   Across the bay I could just make out the red rooftops of Zadar.At the end of town there was a small beach and a playground.  I…
  • How I Travel: Andrew Shelley

    15 Aug 2014 | 1:03 am
    Andrew Shelley: Exploring 'Beyond the Chair' At age 27, Andrew Shelley quit his engineering job with a plan to travel the world. He wanted to break out of the 9-5 doldrums, to meet people, explore and connect. But Andrew’s trip would be different from other ‘round-the-world backpackers in one very significant way: he’d be undertaking the entire journey in a wheelchair. This was no ordinary chair; however, just as it would be no ordinary trip. Andrew would be in the Frontier X5, an all-terrain powerchair that could easily navigate the sort of rugged terrain he craved. Finding the X5…
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    Stuck in Customs

  • Waiting in Kuala Lumpur

    Trey Ratcliff
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Feel free to come vote for me! USA Today is doing a Travel Photography Blog poll – come vote por favor! Behind The Scenes Video Here’s the video that I recently shot while I got stuck in that airport! Daily Photo – Waiting in Kuala Lumpur This is one of the couples I photographed while waiting in KLIA. I really enjoy shooting in airports, so this is why I was happy for the long layover. I really liked their colors, their stripes, and their position. Waiting in Kuala Lumpur Tweet m Photo Information Date Taken CameraILCE-7R Camera MakeSony Exposure Time1/60 Aperture ISO320…
  • Dallas PhotoWalk Announced!

    Trey Ratcliff
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Dallas Photowalk Get the Latest Event Details here and RSVP! Dallas PhotoWalk! 7 PM – Everyone is welcome! Where: Outside the Winspear Opera House Time/Date: 7 PM on Friday, September 5 Cost: Free! Prizes: Yes! Hashtag: #TRDallasPhotoWalk Afterparty: 9 PM at the Angry Dog in Deep Ellum Come one, come all! This will be a great event and a great celebration of photography. I grew up in Dallas, so I’m looking forward to coming back. This will be after Burning Man, so there is no telling what kind of condition I will be in. Have low expectations! haha… It’s a…
  • An Amazing Night in Milford and a New eBook on Flatbooks

    Trey Ratcliff
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:01 pm
    New eBook – Photographing Children Naturally We recently published a new book over on Flatbooks called Photographing Children Naturally. Portraiture can be challenging itself, and sometimes even more difficult when working with children. This new eBook by Cheryl Machat Dorskind helps you sort everything out, from selecting your gear to setting it up to keeping track of your client work. She’ll also be interviewed on This Week in Photo next Tuesday, so make sure you tune in!. We’ve also pulled together a list of a few other books focusing on portraiture that you can check out…
  • Four Seasons Marrakech

    Trey Ratcliff
    17 Aug 2014 | 10:01 pm
    More from Morocco Don’t forget you can click on “Morocco” up just above this area to see all the photos from my recent 3-week trip to Morocco. I love that place so much! Daily Photo – Four Seasons Marrakech Isn't this a civilized place to have a glass of wine at the end of the day in Marrakech, Morocco? I certainly think so! I was still taking photos, processing, and watching the amazing evening. In fact, I was so excited about taking this photo, that I immediately moved it over to my laptop and processed it. What an amazing evening… I think one of the best…
  • Front Row Seat at The Buddha

    Trey Ratcliff
    16 Aug 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Are you caught up on Game of Thrones? I’m curious if you watch Game of Thrones. I now know a lot of people that aren’t even into fantasy fiction that are totally into that show! I’ve read the books and loved them… but also loving the show! Daily Photo – Front Row Seat at The Buddha This turned out to be one of the coolest areas of the Tanzhe Temple in near Beijing. This room is full of hundreds of little statues, each of which were purchased and a simulacrum of the once-living so they could be close to Buddha in the afterlife. Each one was bright and shiny and…
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    We Blog The World

  • Eating Your Way Through the Jungles of Guatemala

    Jessica Festa
    21 Aug 2014 | 11:14 am
    Tikal. Photo courtesy of mtsrs. On a recent trip to Guatemala, I met a woman who left her urban life as a fitness guru in Guatemala City to tease out the secret ingredients of the jungle in order to nourish guests in a forest retreat. She went on a weekend holiday, fell in love with her surroundings, and crafted a new life running an eco-lodge where she feeds world travelers exotic food, and provides them with a haven of tranquility. The Pull Of Petén Lorena Castillo runs Ni’tun, an eco-lodge perched above the shores of Lago Petén Itza in Guatemala’s northern Department of Petén. In…
  • Taking in the Best Sites of Mexico City

    Jim Bamboulis
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:23 am
    From 15,000 feet up in the air, as we approach the airport, the first word comes to mind when I first gaze upon this city is,  heavy. Heavy, because I can’t imagine what all of this development along with 22 million people weighs. Weird thought, right? The second word that comes to mind is, shit. Oddly enough, I thought about where all the shit that these millions of people extract from their bodies goes everyday? Another weird thought, right?  Yes. But think about it. A third thought. More of a question. More normal. How am I going to navigate through this blob and see the 3 major…
  • Hit Australia in January for a (Second) Summer of Sport

    Renee Blodgett
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:25 am
    With the FIFA World Cup underway and two major sporting events – the Tour de France and Wimbledon – set to kick off soon in the UK, Brits are in for an exciting sporting summer. However, if you just can’t get enough sunshine and sport, why not take a trip Down Under in January 2015 and take in their Australian equivalents? January sees two of the biggest events on the southern hemisphere’s sporting calendar – the Tour Down Under in Adelaide and South Australia, and the Australian Open in Melbourne. Even if sport’s not your cup of tea, don’t forget the three-week Sydney…
  • I Think His Name Was Remi…

    Renee Blodgett
    17 Aug 2014 | 10:43 am
    Or it was something like that. He was nearly bald although i think on purpose yet he couldn’t have been more than 24. He had a navy blazer on with those black capped dance like shoes that serious performers wear and yet I learned that he doesn’t dance at all.   He rattled on in French until he realized mine was more than rusty. A boyish face with a twinkle in his eye he held up his joint, close to the end of its use. He continues to speak in french because frankly he had no other choice. Somehow he thought I might be a good choice to access another joint. How wrong was…
  • The Awe-Inspiring Kiyomizu-dera Temple In Kyoto Japan

    Jessica Festa
    16 Aug 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Kiyomizu-dera Temple in Kyoto, Japan‘s Eastern Mountain Area was established during the eighth century. Made of wood, the structure has burned down numerous times, although the building we see today — created without nails and featuring a thatched roof — was created in 1633. The story goes that a priest named Enchin saw a vision that instructed him to “look for the clear water origin of the upper reaches of the Yodo River. This is how he found this place — sitting over a waterfall at the base of Mount Otawa — we now call Kiyomizu-Dera Temple, or Clear Water Temple. Surrounded by…
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    Business Travel Destinations

  • London’s major cultural institutions come together to celebrate a season like no other

    Business Travel Destinations
    15 Aug 2014 | 8:19 am
    Thursday 14 August 2014 London’s most well-known cultural institutions are coming together in a new initiative to promote the capital’s exceptional autumn season, as forecasts show over two million tourists are expected to visit a collection of blockbuster exhibitions and events taking place throughout the city*. The stellar line-up of shows and exhibitions taking place in the autumn includes Turner at Tate Britain, Anselm Kiefer at the Royal Academy and Ming: 50 years that changed China, a major exhibition covering the Ming Dynasty reign at the British Museum featuring some of…
  • MGM Resorts International Reports Second Quarter Financial Results

    Business Travel Destinations
    14 Aug 2014 | 8:17 am
    LAS VEGAS, Aug. 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ – MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) today reported financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2014.  Diluted earnings per share for the second quarter of 2014 was $0.21 compared to diluted loss per share of $0.19 in the prior year second quarter.  “I am pleased to report another solid quarter of growth at MGM Resorts,” said Jim Murren, Chairman and CEO.  “Our domestic business was very strong with 12% EBITDA growth in Las Vegas driven by strong performance in both our room and casino segments.  CityCenter resort…
  • Sir Bradley Wiggins to race in Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic

    Business Travel Destinations
    8 Aug 2014 | 7:57 am
    Thursday 07 August 2014 Cycling fans will see Sir Bradley Wiggins racing on British roads this weekend as the 2012 Tour de France winner and multiple Olympic gold medallist races in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic for the first time. Wiggins is a late addition to the Team Sky line-up for the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic on Sunday 10 August, part of the Mayor of London’s multi-award winning festival of cycling. He will be the first former Tour de France winner to ride in the event. The race will see Wiggins return to the roads used for the time trial and road race events in…
  • MGM Resorts International Issues Corporate Responsibility Executive Summary

    Business Travel Destinations
    7 Aug 2014 | 7:54 am
    LAS VEGAS, Aug. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ – MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) has released its 2013 Corporate Social Responsibility Executive Summary, highlighting the company’s continued commitment to diversity, engagement with its communities, and stewardship of environmental resources. Themed “Inspiring Our World”, the summary is available for download on the company’s CSR website, “We are proud of the strides we have made over the last year in our continued efforts to fully integrate social responsibility throughout all levels of…
  • Countdown to the end of Dot London priority phase

    Business Travel Destinations
    1 Aug 2014 | 7:38 am
    Monday 28 July 2014 The three-month Dot London launch period, during which applications from Londoners and London-based organisations are given priority, ends this week. With just four days remaining, London’s property and entertainment industries are proving to be the most popular choice for new Dot London web addresses, reflecting the capital’s attraction as a place to live, relax and do business. Terms connected with the housing market, such as (which has received more than 30 applications), and are among the most sought after Dot…
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    A Postcard a Day

  • Moldovița Monastery

    20 Aug 2014 | 12:39 am
    I have been having a major reorganisation of my cards recently, trying to anyway, and I came across this beautiful picture of the Church of the Annunciation of Moldovita Monastery in Romania.  It is one of the eight painted churches grouped together and listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.  These were all built during the 15th and 16th centuries and all have amazing frescoes on the outside walls.The others are:Church of the Beheading of St. John the BaptistChurch of the Assumption of the Virgin of the former Humor MonasteryChurch of the Holy Rood of PătrăutiChurch of St.
  • The Blue Danube

    19 Aug 2014 | 3:08 pm
    Second only to taking a river trip from Moscow to St Petersburg would be a trip along the Danube.  I don't think it will be any easier to realise.A Map (from Hungary) for Monday (rather late)
  • The Artist's Family

    15 Aug 2014 | 11:43 am
    Henri Matisse (1869-1954) was a French artist but this card was sent to me from Russia because this painting, The Artist's Family, is in the Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg.  I really like the domestic image of the family relaxing together.This is a post for Postcard Friendship Friday hosted on Beth Niquette's blog, The Best Hearts are Crunchy. Click on the button to visit and join in.
  • La Sagrada Familia

    13 Aug 2014 | 2:33 pm
    I don't appear to have posted a card showing the Basilica of the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona before, which is surprising.  It must be one of the best known churches in Spain. I think this is one of the most striking views I've seen, showing the fantastic spires which still aren't completely finished. There will be 18 of them when finished (2026).  However it is the Crypt and Nativity Facade of the church that are particularly mentioned as part of the seven works of Antoni Gaudi  mentioned on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
  • The Vallard Atlas

    11 Aug 2014 | 1:09 am
    The Vallard Atlas is an example of the Dieppe School of map making, meaning that it's based on compass directions.  There are six compass roses shown on this reproduction of part of the atlas, sent to me from Russia. The image above is easily recognisable as Europe but all the place names and illustrations are the other way up.  The illustrations are typical of the atlas and show scenes of daily life.A map for Monday
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  • 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.
  • Splitting the Costs: How Travel with Friends Can Help You Go on Your Dream Vacation

    5 Jun 2014 | 9:17 am
    A dream vacation is just that for many people – a dream. But, why does it have to be that way? You’ve worked hard. You deserve a holiday. Thankfully, most dream vacations aren’t as expensive as you might think. The trick to making them work is often just a little advanced  preparation. Share Car and Fuel Money Petrol is expensive, and rental car fees can add up. That’s why sharing both can lower the cost of your vacation. If you’re single, this is easy – split the cost between you and a friend (or several). The more, the merrier. It’ll make your friendship stronger,…
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    Atlas Travel Blog

  • Planning A Trip To Iceland

    Sue Lobo
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    Fire and Ice. This is what Iceland is famous for – active volcanoes and geothermal activity next door to glaciers and icefields. Iceland, the country with the chilly name, is rapidly becoming one of Europe’s hottest destinations. Much of Iceland’s popularity is due to its natural features, which include glaciers, hot springs, geysers, active volcanoes, portentous peaks and vast lava deserts. In addition to its expansive landscape, it has a rich history and folklore tradition. Here is some useful info if you are planning a trip to Iceland. When To Go Surprisingly,…
  • Cruising The Amazon River

    Sue Lobo
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    A cruise down the Amazon River is much different than any kind of cruise that you’ve ever been on. This river is so immense that it’s actually the second largest river in the world. Along the way you’ll see a variety of animals and plants that you won’t see anywhere else in the world. Destinations You can cruise down the Amazon on many different cruise ships including the Seven Seas Navigator, Holland America Prinsendam or Massdam, Seabourn Quest, Silversea Silver Cloud and Oceania Insignia. Cruises range from 15 days to 67 as part of a world cruise segment.  Each…
  • A World Beyond Safari in South Africa

    Sue Lobo
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    With an abundance of natural beauty, fascinating cultural touchstones and a buzz-worthy food and wine scene, travelers are enthusiastically discovering a world beyond safari in South Africa. We invite you to look past simply spotting the country’s famous wildlife and create an exclusive itinerary of diverse South African experiences. To help you get started, we’re listing a sample of options that can only be found in this special corner of the globe, ensuring that your adventure surpasses your wildest dreams. Hike Table MountainTable mountain is the ideal choice for nature lovers…
  • Best Christmas Markets In Germany

    Sue Lobo
    16 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    Beautifully decorated crafts, twinkling lights, alluring aromas and choirs singing whimsical tunes all make up Germany’s Christmas Markets (also known as Weihnachtsmarkt). Throughout Germany there are over 150 different German markets, each more unique and beautiful than the next. From Nuremberg’s market dating back 400 years, filled with concerts and lantern processions, to the 80 different markets during Advent in Berlin, it’s a wonderful time to visit Germany. Although they are all beautiful, below we have narrowed down the list to (in our opinion,) the 6 Best Christmas…
  • The Beautiful Region of Puglia – the Secret Gem of Italy

    Sue Lobo
    15 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    So you’ve been to Venice and Rome and you think you’ve seen all that Italy has to offer? Think again. There is much more to see in Italy. The beautiful region of Peglia is secret gem. If Italy is a giant boot, the region of Puglia forms the high heel and the Achilles tendon of it. Puglia is located at the south-eastern tip of Italy and is boarded by the beautiful Adriatic and Ionian Seas. Although Italian tourists flock to Puglia for the sun, the sand and the food, it is rarely visited by foreign tourists. Here’s what you should know about this attractive, but relatively…
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    What's New in the Backpacking Blog?

  • Cultural Differences

    20 Aug 2014 | 2:54 am
    Cultural differences - don't let them get you into trouble when you travel!
  • Why Cultural Etiquette Matters

    20 Aug 2014 | 2:17 am
    Why cultural etiquette is important to travelers, especially to women traveling solo.
  • A Real Education

    19 Aug 2014 | 10:43 pm
    It was sometime after dark when I stepped off the train in Pamplona, Spain. Somewhere during the 4-hour journey between Barcelona and Pamplona I had completely
  • Travel Art

    23 Jul 2014 | 10:15 pm
    Did you know travel art can teach you plenty about a destination? Find out how art - in the street or on the walls - can tell you about a place and its people.
  • The Ethics of International Volunteering

    20 Jul 2014 | 7:43 am
    International volunteering is a worthwhile activity - but only if you do it right. Become aware of the ethics surrounding volunteers and make an even larger contribution.
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    21 Aug 2014 | 12:13 am
    Con Fotos de Colonia del Sacramento intentamos realizar una exploracion visual del Centro Historico de Colonia a traves de imagenes. Siendo la ciudad mas antigua del Uruguay y uno de sus principales atractivos turisticos, es un destino muy requerido para quienes desean alejarse del ritmo frenetico de Buenos Aires...

    19 Aug 2014 | 12:48 am
    Colonia del Sacramento Photo Gallery is a visual exploration of Colonia's historic quarter through images, the oldest town in Uruguay. Being so close to Argentina's capital, it's a nice breakaway from bustling Buenos Aires even for a day trip...

    17 Aug 2014 | 3:48 am
    Para un veraneo tranquilo, Punta del Diablo es una de las mas requeridas playas de Uruguay. Opuesta tanto en dimension como en personalidad a la ostentosa Punta del Este, es el lugar ideal para unas tranquilas vacaciones en familia y para remontar olas el dia entero...

    14 Aug 2014 | 3:32 am
    For a quiet summer retreat, Punta del Diablo Beach is one of the most seeked of all Uruguay Beaches. Opposite in size and personality tan flashy Punta del Este, it is the ideal place for a family vacation and for riding waves all day long...

    12 Aug 2014 | 12:15 am
    Las playas de Uruguay se ubican entre las mejores de Sudamerica. Posee una variedad de ellas aptas para todos los gustos, desde las glamorosas y sofisticadas a las calmas y tranquilas, aptas para la vida familiar. Ademas de eso, Uruguay es uno de los paises mas seguros del continente, el lugar ideal donde pasar tus vacaciones en Sudamerica...
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    Wild Junket

  • Up Next: Two Months in Central Asia Traveling the Silk Road!

    Nellie Huang
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    My next trip is something of a dream journey, something that I’ve been planning for years! As you’re reading this, I’m making my way down to Mongolia and starting an epic journey through Central Asia. For a long time I’ve been dreaming of exploring this region that just seems so enigmatic with its golden sand dunes, vast steppes, yurts and Silk Road history. The ‘Stans’ have been on my bucket list for years and I’m so blessed to be able to fulfill it now. Nomadic Mongolia For the next two weeks, I’ll be traveling with Canadian tour operator G Adventures on their…
  • Traveling with Tep Wireless Device —The Good and the Bad

    Nellie Huang
    14 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Because of the nature of my work (and partly because of my internet addiction), I need internet access wherever I go. It’s easy to get constant WiFi at home with a mobile data plan, but what happens when you’re traveling? And as you know, I’m a full-time traveler who’s always on the road. Using my data plan abroad is just too expensive and having to buy a local SIM card everywhere I go is just troublesome, so I’ve been really happy to discover Tep. Tep (travel everywhere powered) is a wireless mobile service that allows travelers to remain completely mobile and connected to 3G…
  • Our Home Away from Home: Villa Rental in Costa Brava

    Nellie Huang
    12 Aug 2014 | 8:37 am
    Just two weeks ago, we took a break from work and had a relaxing vacation in Costa Brava (i.e. no laptop, no concrete plans and no work). We wanted to get some unplugged time and also take the opportunity to visit our dear friends Dan and Esme who had moved to Barcelona recently; Costa Brava is just an hour or so away from Barcelona by car and we thought a road trip here would be the best way to catch up. Having been to Costa Brava three or four times prior, I love this part of Spain (it’s my second favorite part of Spain next to Granada where we live). In fact, I think it’s the best…
  • Splish Splash: Aqua Trekking in Costa Brava

    Nellie Huang
    6 Aug 2014 | 10:26 am
    With my hands across my chest, I take a leap into the shallow waters beneath me. It’s a 5m drop, nothing quite as intimidating as the heights I’d experienced while canyoning, but being the wimp that I am, I’m still slightly nervous. Carlos looks at me and gives me a reassuring nod. Within seconds, I emerge from the water surface, with a bright smile on my face. In the chilly waters of the Canet de Adri, my friends and I are in the backcountry of Costa Brava, trying out aqua trekking for the first time. Armed with nothing more than a neoprene wetsuit and helmet, we scramble over…
  • Summer in Costa Brava: Exploring Secret Coves, Beaches and Trails

    Nellie Huang
    4 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Pardon me for a week of silence! We took last week off from work to treat ourselves to a holiday in Costa Brava. Many people think that I’m on a perpetual holiday since I’m constantly traveling — but few know how much work I put in and how exhausting it is to be on the road all the time. So yes, even full-time travelers like myself need a holiday from time to time. To take the opportunity to visit some friends at the same time, we headed to Costa Brava, a rugged part of Spain that still remains my second favorite part of Spain (next to Andalusia where we live). A wild,…
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    South Africa Travel News

  • Top 5 Steam Train Rides in South Africa

    Wanda Coustas
    21 Aug 2014 | 2:35 am
    Send to Kindle Rail adventure, in the good old-fashioned sense of the word, might be a thing of the past but you have only to contact one of the 5 following groups of steam railway fanatics to enjoy a ride. Chug along behind a class 15F steam locomotive that, back in the day, transported the likes of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth when they visited the country in 1947. It is thanks to a handful of groups across the country that steam train rides are available at all today.   Here...
  • Where to get drunk in the Overberg – plan your ‘winecation’

    Thaya Bedford
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Send to Kindle When someone mentions ‘wine route’ in Cape Town, one usually thinks of Stellenbosch or Franschhoek, not the Cape Overberg, yet this region is every bit as likely to get you drunk. With 250km of winescapes to explore, the serious wino can’t possibly consider themselves such without experiencing the tipple in this region…     The wine route through the Overberg starts a mere 30 minutes drive from Cape Town, kicking off with the Elgin Valley...
  • 5 forms of unusual transport in South Africa

    Wanda Coustas
    18 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Send to Kindle South Africans clearly do not lack in the inventiveness department. We’re forever coming up with alternative ways of doing things. Transport is no different. The heaviness of traffic, the influx of visitors demanding unique experiences, and the need to get from A to B have all contributed to these forms of unusual transport in South Africa…   1. THE TUK-TUK   Forget having to go all the way to India or Thailand to wind your way through traffic in a...
  • 10 South African music legends

    Wanda Coustas
    13 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Send to Kindle Chosen for their distinctive South African style of music, here are 10 South African music legends …   Photograph: Lucky Dube taken January 01, 1994 by Leon Morris Brenda Fassie: 1964 – 2004   You know you’re an icon when Time magazine showcases you in a three page spread, as when it headlined Brenda Fassie in December 2001 as the “Madonna of the Townships’. Her extraordinary talent saw her scoop the SAMA for Best Selling Release four years in a...
  • 22 Things we LOVE about Cape Town

    Wanda Coustas
    12 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Send to Kindle Cape Town over the last 15 years has completely re-designed itself. The city has gone from a sleepy hollow tagged onto the bottom of Johannesburg, to become one of the most photographed, talked about, and visited cities in the world. Even Fodors has been heard to mutter that if there is only one place in South Africa you visit, make it Cape Town. Those who live here are more than a little patriotic about their city. Here are the things we LOVE about Cape...
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    Velvet Escape

  • The treasures of Gallipoli

    Keith Jenkins
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:16 am
    The castle in Gallipoli, Puglia. Many people thought I was in Turkey when I posted photos of my stay in Gallipoli (map) earlier this summer. I wasn’t. In fact, I was in Puglia, in southern Italy! Gallipoli in Turkey is especially famous as the site of the ‘Gallipoli Campaign’, a battle during World War I, not to be confused with Gallipoli (which translates as ‘Beautiful City’ in Greek) in Puglia, which is an ancient port on the Ionian Sea. The town is believed to have been founded by the Greeks and through the centuries, Gallipoli was conquered by a succession of…
  • Chilling on the Perhentian Islands

    Keith Jenkins
    13 Aug 2014 | 5:49 am
    It was supposed to be my little offline holiday – a few days of chill time at the Bubu Villas on Pulau Perhentian Kecil (‘Pulau’ means island in the Malay language) on the east coast of Malaysia. It turned out slightly differently… My little holiday began with a short 45-minute flight from Kuala Lumpur’s futuristic low-cost carrier terminal (KLIA 2), located adjacent to the Kuala Lumpur International Airport, to Kota Bahru, a town in the northeast of Malaysia. The futuristic KLIA 2 low-cost airline terminal. We were greeted upon our arrival by the resort staff…
  • A bird’s eye view of Reunion Island

    Keith Jenkins
    4 Aug 2014 | 12:30 pm
    This 3D map of Reunion shows the fascinating topography of the island. Reunion Island is a volcanic island in the Indian Ocean, east of Madagascar and southwest of Mauritius (map). A French overseas department, Reunion Island is a wondrous place with a huge diversity of landscapes and micro-climates – measuring just 2,500 square kilometers, Reunion Island is home to a dry savannah, lush tropical forests and Mars-like volcanic plains. Its western and southern coasts are protected by stunning lagoons. From here, mountains rise gradually to dramatic, mist-shrouded peaks (several of which…
  • My thoughts on MH17

    Keith Jenkins
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:54 am
    A glorious sunset appeared after a thunderstorm at Perhentian Kecil at the time MH17 was downed. “Keith, wake up!” I opened my eyes and looked around in a daze. My partner broke the news to me: a Malaysia Airlines plane en-route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur had been downed in eastern Ukraine, presumably by a missile. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. Was this a bad dream? I reached out for my phone and checked the news. There it was and I still couldn’t believe it. I checked every news source I could think of and they all had it as their breaking story. My first…
  • A flight back in time on a Dakota DC3

    Keith Jenkins
    10 Jul 2014 | 4:51 am
    Posing with the Captain and the KLM Dakota DC-3. I come from a family of aviation enthusiasts. Hmmm… on second thought, that’s not entirely true. Whereas my father was a true aviation geek and my brother and I share his enthusiasm, my Mum and sister are pretty oblivious, often managing little more than “it was a big/small plane” when asked which aircraft type they’d flown in. As a kid, I spent a lot of time at the observation platform of Subang Airport in Kuala Lumpur, watching and chattering excitedly as planes landed and took off. My Mum would try to tear me…
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    Pearls of Travel Wisdom

  • 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…
  • Weekly Travel Roundup

    Carol Margolis
    8 Aug 2014 | 4:23 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. United Airlines sends boiler plate apology letter to passenger and forgets to fill in the blanks United Airlines may have recently sent out their usual apology letter to a customer without putting in the details. Although unconfirmed by the airline, the (NONSPECIFIC) letter has made its way around the internet as a textbook example of bad customer service.
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    The Travel Expert(a)

  • Where To Stay During A Visit to Hershey Park – Days Inn Hershey

    Marina Kuperman Villatoro
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Travel Experta - Specializing in Unique International Family Travel - Helping Families Get the Most of Their International Travels with Kids My goal, when traveling to an amusement park, is to find a hotel that is as close to the park as possible. The last thing you want to do is waste time in a car the day of the actual activity. So, that’s where my searches always take me. It’s quick and easy.  And it worked the same for our upcoming stay to Hershey Park. In this case Days Inn Hershey was the top choice. We decided not to stay at the Hershey Resort since we would arrive late…
  • Come On the Turkey Hill Experience – A Ride of a Lifetime

    Marina Kuperman Villatoro
    17 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Travel Experta - Specializing in Unique International Family Travel - Helping Families Get the Most of Their International Travels with Kids When doing research for upcoming trips I always start my process with posting in my favorite family travel groups I belong to on Facebook. It’s a great way to start the searches cause the majority of the moms in these groups have kids the same age as mine. Plus, their travel styles are similar to mine. Usually, though, I get many different ideas. And rarely do they repeat since everyone has something new to offer. That was until I started to ask…
  • Six Ways to Protect Yourself While Traveling

    Marina Kuperman Villatoro
    15 Aug 2014 | 10:59 am
    Travel Experta - Specializing in Unique International Family Travel - Helping Families Get the Most of Their International Travels with Kids Whether you’re traveling around the nearest big city to your home or are planning an extensive getaway abroad, one of the paramount concerns for most travelers is security. Opportunistic thieves no longer need to physically steal your belongings to wreak havoc on your trip and finances. Without ever touching you, a quick scan of your credit cards and passport is all it takes to steal your information and identity. Passports and credit cards are…
  • Tips To Remember When Traveling With Kids In Italy

    Marina Kuperman Villatoro
    15 Aug 2014 | 5:05 am
    Travel Experta - Specializing in Unique International Family Travel - Helping Families Get the Most of Their International Travels with Kids Traveling with kids in Italy is much easier than you might believe. There are so many different things that you can do and the truth is that this country is quite a lot of fun for family trips. You just need to be a little patient and plan accordingly. Here are those tips that will help you to make only the best possible choices. Photo by: Sean McEntee You Do Not Need To Visit All Locations One of the big problems in traveling with children in Italy and…
  • Logitech Ultrathin Touch Mouse

    Marina Kuperman Villatoro
    15 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Travel Experta - Specializing in Unique International Family Travel - Helping Families Get the Most of Their International Travels with Kids Continuing with my serious upgrade momentum in electronics and technology, I decided it was time for a mouse up-leveling as well.  To be fair, I have a wireless mouse that I use all the time. I love it, but it is a bit bulky and takes up room when I head to coffee shops and travel. And, quite frankly, I don’t really need a reason to buy a new but simply to enjoy it. Since I’m a big fan of Logitech these days, it has yet to steer me wrong, it…
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  • Samovar Tea Bar - San Francisco

    15 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Although there is not a samovar in sight – neither anything resembling the ornate boiler of tea water - the two-month-old Samovar tea bar in The Mission area of San Francisco is most decidedly dedicated to tea. This is the fourth Samovar in owner Jesse Jacobs’ little empire (the other three are also in San Francisco), and clearly different from the others which are more traditional tea houses. The Mission Samovar is a feast for the eyes and soul in its fine minimalist balance. What is NOT there makes this altar of tea-time contemplation so incredibly beautiful. The antidote to the…
  • Science Cafe Library by Anna Wigandt

    9 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    A science and engineering museum’s café project inspired interior designer and photographer Anna Wigandt to create a cool space for enjoyment and study, but she also invented a few products of her own. The Science Cafe & Library is located in Wigandt’s home town, Chişinău (formerly known as Kishinev), the capital city of Moldova on the river Bîc. The main features of the self-serve café and library are the jigsaw-puzzle table and the book displays. The table’s inspiration, according to Wigandt, was German astronomer Johannes Kepler’s 1596…
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    6 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
  • CJ Hendry IT Bag Series - Drawn With A Pen

    3 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    CJ Hendry is an exceptionally talented artist. Plain and simple. She has blown us away and created a major reaction among the art-buying public. Her large-scale, black-and-white, pen-on-paper images are simply astonishing. They are so incredibly detailed and perfect that it is hard to believe that they are in fact unique, one-of-a-kind works of art, and not reproductions of a photograph.   CJ Hendry’s creative process starts with the selection of the object, continues with taking more than 100 photographs of the object to discover the shadows and angles that best present the…
  • San Pierre - Silver Plated Nuts and Bolts Artwork

    1 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Like shiny specks of sunlight reflecting off of a lake or a field of snow, San Pierre’s three distinctive pieces of wall art convey a sense of illumination, transparency and tension.   Each piece consists of a gentle halo of shimmery thread, circling a digitally printed disk of graded pastel color.   The 3D aspect of these 100cm x 100cm works draws attention, and attracts light in interesting variations.   At different times of the day, or in different lighting conditions, the work appears slightly altered. The shadows of the thread grow longer and darker, the colour in…
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    The Travel Tart

  • Italian Australian Immigration Stories. Three Trunks and a Cardboard Case!

    Anthony The Travel Tart
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:35 am
    Here’s an article with a personal bent. It’s an Italian Australian immigration story which involves leaving everything you know and moving half way around the world to a place that you don’t know at all, and sometimes, have only just heard of! It’s the story about how one side of my family decided to take a punt because they wanted something better. This book has been years in the making and my mother wanted to write it so this history wasn’t lost forever. This was from a totally different era that most of us would find completely alien, but this is where I came…
  • Jet Lag Symptoms and Recovery – The Shonky Version

    Anthony The Travel Tart
    14 Aug 2014 | 6:16 pm
    Jet Lag is one of those First World Problems related to travel that people suffer when they decide to cross a few time zones to feed their travel addiction. It’s something I experience all the time because any flight out of Australia is always a long one, and almost always involves the change of a few time zones that sets your body clock upside down and inside out! But I’d rather fly than drive long distances. Statistically speaking, you are approximately 740 times more likely to die in the car on the way to the airport than in a plane itself, so I’ll take the big metal…
  • The GMAX Extreme Swing. More Crap Your Pants Adventure!

    Anthony The Travel Tart
    11 Aug 2014 | 9:13 am
    I’m a bit of a sucker for trying to explode my adrenal glands when travelling. Previous experiences that would have probably tested my shonky travel insurance policies include mountain biking down the world’s most dangerous road in Bolivia, throwing myself off the world’s highest bungy swing, and micro lighting over Victoria Falls. The latest addition to this addiction is the GMAX Extreme Swing in Singapore. This is basically a large capsule that can fit a few people inside, and then it’s strung up to a 180 degree angle while it feels like you’re about to fall…
  • Cocktail Recipes – Bespoke Unusual Drinks!

    Anthony The Travel Tart
    8 Aug 2014 | 5:37 am
    As you would know, I’m pretty much a beer drinker. I spend my life trying to ingest the local brews of each place that I travel (see the shonky Beer Index!). I’m not really a spirits or cocktail kind of person, because I usually find that Cocktail Recipes are usually inconsistent between bar to bar, even if they’re just down the road from each other!  It’s probably because I visit dodgy establishments that water down their drinks, hence I usually stick to bottled beer instead because I know exactly what’s in it! However, having dodgy drinks was definitely not…
  • No Bullshit Sign – Funny Cheap Hostel Slogan!

    Anthony The Travel Tart
    4 Aug 2014 | 4:40 pm
    Today I have a funny travel photo about the meaning of ‘No Bullshit‘ from Melissa who runs Where’s The Gos? This is a 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! It’s a bit silly, but hey, good on her! I’ll do a bit more of a feature on Where’s The Gos at another time. If you want to say Hi, you can follow Where’s The Gos? on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram. Anyway she sent me the following silly travel photo:…
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  • 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…
  • The importance of travel rituals

    Chris Cavallari
    3 Jul 2014 | 5:32 am
    RRoll my clothes, lay them out on the bed. Pack the toiletry kit, hang it on the door. Decide which shoes to bring, lay them by the door. Grab a book, my earphones, notebook and pen, pack them in my messenger bag. Charge the batteries, clean the camera, and make sure I have my camera strap. Pack it all up, leave it in the kitchen, try to sleep but fail thanks to excitement.  What I brought to Thailand for 2.5 Weeks by Adam Baker on Flickr That’s my ritual as I prepare for an upcoming trip. The butterflies never cease as I ready myself for a journey of any size, big or small, long or…
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    Jet Set Smart


    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…

    5 Aug 2014 | 7:01 pm
    Weekends have just been flying by around here- feel like that's the way it goes in the summer!  This past weekend was no different.  Rich took half a day off on Friday, and we went to a great lunch spot in downtown Asbury Park, NJ called Brickwall Tavern.  We had a quick bite to eat outside before the rain came with Brody and Riley while Richie was in school.Once we picked up Richie it was what would we do with the kids on a rainy afternoon?  Well we decided to head to the movies and see Planes Fire & Rescue.  The boys had so much fun- they were glued…

    30 Jul 2014 | 3:51 am
    Jumpsuits have been very in style lately, and I couldn't be happier about that!  They are so easy, lightweight, perfect for travel, and can be dressed up or down.  I picked this one up at T.J. Maxx for $16.99 a couple weeks ago, and love the terrycloth/cotton fabric.  It's so comfortable, casual, and I love its beachy-vibe.  I wore it to the beach in the evening when we took the kids to play in the sand, so I paired it with a crochet sweater since it was a bit cool and I also added a fun statement necklace. Jumpsuit: Monteau Los Angeles via T.J. Maxx (similar here)Sweater:…
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  • 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…
  • Avoiding the sacred cows in travel writing

    Mariellen Ward
    12 Aug 2014 | 12:30 am
    Photo of Pushkar by Nick Kenrick. How to write about your travels in foreign lands without putting your foot in it I STARTED TRAVEL writing when I travelled in India for six months in 2005 / 2006. I fell in love with the country, the culture and the people, and wrote from my heart. I never attempted to be objective, but to be honest about what I felt and saw, within the bounds of a respectful attitude. Over the years, as I’ve travelled more, honed my skills and brought more conscious thought to my work, I’ve come to realize that travel writing is a tricky business. I’ve…
  • An epic journey across Canada by train

    Mariellen Ward
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:44 am
    The Canadian: The best way to see Canada that I know ABOUT AN HOUR outside of Jasper, as I was settling into my private cabin on the train, a moose appeared outside my window, as if stationed there on purpose by the Via Rail company. There he stood in all his lumpy majesty alone, a dark figure silhouetted against a golden field. In the distance, the tips of the Rocky Mountains were lit up by the last rays of the sun. It was the most Canadian of moments and I froze in a kind of northern induced rapture. A second or two later and we had moved on, inexorably pushing forward across the Canadian…
  • Female solo travel tips

    Mariellen Ward
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:49 pm
    Me in Pondicherry 2006 Q&A about female solo travel for women in India A HIT NEW film from India, Queen, is all about a young woman who gets jilted just before her wedding and decides to go on the European honeymoon by herself. While there, she makes mistakes, has fun and — guess what — discovers her inner strength and learns to value herself. In other words, she goes on a solo female travel adventure and gains priceless self-confidence. The film is inspiring women in India to travel solo, and it inspired a journalist with the Deccan Herald to interview me about solo…
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    Singapore Travel Blog

  • Experiencing Life Well Lit With Transitions® Signature™ Lenses – Convenient, Affordable and Adaptable to All Weather Conditions

    Zhiqiang &#38; Tingyi
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:15 am
    My dad has been a loyal fan of Transitions Lens for many years and has been sharing with us how Transitions lenses were very useful to him especially when his work involved going to construction sites under the hot sun, be it in Singapore, Indonesia or Vietnam. It was only during our recent family self-drive holiday in Jeju, Korea that I saw for myself how convenient Transitions lenses were for him. Thus, I decided to give it a try upon returning from the Korea trip and I had the opportunity to try the new Transitions Signature adaptive lenses. The Transitions Signature lenses even comes with…
  • Quayside Isle Dining – Weekdays Feel Like Weekends

    Zhiqiang &#38; Tingyi
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:04 am
    Experience ‘Around the World’ Cuisines with Quayside Isle Restaurants Sentosa has always been a convenient weekend mini-holiday getaway destination for us (e.g. Resorts World Sentosa, Siloso Beach) but recently we had started to check out another happening and interesting side of Sentosa island – Quayside Isle at Sentosa Cove. When I heard that Quayside Isle is within the renowned Sentosa Cove estate – one of the world’s most exclusive marina residential communities, I thought that dining at any one of the waterfront restaurants at Quayside Isle would break the bank since this is…
  • Guide to Getting VAT Tax Refunds on Your Shopping in Seoul, South Korea

    Zhiqiang &#38; Tingyi
    17 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    Shopping in Seoul, South Korea is not exactly cheap (except for skincare products from local Korean brands) but there is a way that you can get more bang for your bucks – claiming VAT tax refunds from your shopping in Korea. You can enjoy 10% tax refund when you spend more than 30,000 Korean won (KRW) (about 30 USD or 38 Singapore dollars) from any shop in South Korea with Tax Free logos – the more notable ones are Global Blue Tax Free and the Orange Global Tax Free logos. This applies anywhere in South Korea e.g. Seoul, Jeju and other parts of the country as long as the shop has…
  • A Respite at Grand Mirage Resort and Thalasso Bali

    Zhiqiang &#38; Tingyi
    17 Aug 2014 | 8:43 am
    Built in 1993, Grand Mirage Resort & Thalasso Bali has renowned as a beachfront resort in Nusa Dua. The hotel is managed by Samabe Leisure Management. For 21 years, this resort has delivered a world-class service through the warmth of the staff and the high-standard facilities. This Bali resort is suitable for family, couple and leisure travelers. Grand Mirage Resort & Thalasso Bali is located on the southern part of Bali-Nusa Dua, on the seashore of Indian Ocean. The sand is white and powder-like while the ocean is clear with turquoise gradations. It is a perfect combination which…
  • Review of Cavalia Singapore – Amazing Acrobatic (Horses & Humans) Performance under the White Theatre Tent at Marina Bay Sands

    Zhiqiang &#38; Tingyi
    14 Aug 2014 | 8:55 am
    Showing in Singapore from August 12 2014 to September 14 2014, Cavalia innovatively integrates acrobatics, dance, aerial stunts and horse equestrian tricks to present an exciting and spectacular show.  Considering that the show is conceived by one of the co-founders of famed Cirque du Soleil – Normand Latourelle, you can expect quite a fair bit of Cirque du Soleil style acrobatic performances. What really makes this different from the usual Cirque du Soleil acrobatics is how Cavalia seamlessly synergises the performance between horses and humans.  My favorite is the part where the…
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    Kaleidoscopic Wandering

  • Review: Portable Sound with the Bluetooth Splash Speaker

    13 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Though I don’t mind enjoying a bit of peace and quiet every now and then, time is precious and I want to make use of those gaps in the day when I could be doing something productive and/or enjoyable with my time. For example, when I take my morning walks or have to drive long distances, I listen to audio books, which has allowed me to “read” a lot more books than I’d normally be able to tackle. When I was given the opportunity to test and review the Bluetooth Splash Speaker sold by UncommonGoods, I jumped at the chance because I saw it as an opportunity to use my spare time wisely.
  • Best Travel Blog Posts from July 2014

    30 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    July went by way too fast. For the better part of the month, I was traveling in Germany and Austria with my family. We had an incredible time over the course of our 16 days in Europe, touring the sights, drinking beer, eating hearty food and spending time with each other as we hopped from destination to destination. We set up our trip so that Salzburg and Vienna, Austria, and Munich, Germany, served as our home bases of sorts, and then we explored the surrounding areas via day trips. It was a fantastic vacation. While I was traveling, I also kept up on travel blog posts around the web. Here…
  • Five Thoughts from a Two-Week Trip in Europe

    23 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    I just arrived back home after a stellar two-week vacation with my family in Germany and Austria (with an added short side trip to Prague, Czech Republic). I’ve been to Europe before, but all the destinations we visited on this trip were new to me, so I was constantly surrounded by new sounds, smells, sights and stimuli. I’m still finishing up a bit of laundry and catching up on work, but I wanted to share a few immediate thoughts and observations from our time abroad. Oh, how I absolutely love and adore public transportation! I jumped from train to tram to subway, and I loved every…
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    Fili's World

  • Lung Yeuk Tau Heritage Trail : Fanling Hong Kong

    20 Aug 2014 | 1:01 pm
    When people think of the history of Hong Kong they usually don’t think much further than mid 19th century, but the heritage trails in Hong Kong will take you back in time as far as the 13th century. The first heritage trail I visited was the Ping Shan Heritage trail in the western part of the Hong Kong new territories, and a few weeks before my final departure from Hong Kong on the way back from China I stopped along the way in Fanling to see the second heritage trail – the Lung Yeuk Tau. It was already pretty late, and so I didn’t get to see everything the trail has to…
  • Maritime Museum & A-ma Temple : Macau

    17 Aug 2014 | 9:28 pm
    One of the famous tourist attractions in Macau is the old A-Ma temple, which I visited in 2009. This year I had a chance to revisit Macau and the A-Ma temple area and added another missed attraction nearby – the Maritime Museum of Macau. It’s not exactly what I’d call a must attractions, but it has a good intro to the naval history of Macau and the region, also covering some of the religious aspects of being surrounded by water.   So, let’s have another look at the A-Ma temple and take a quick look at the Maritime Museum….       Maritime…
  • Osaka Castle & Osaka from above : Japan

    15 Aug 2014 | 9:27 am
    After a 4 hour night flight with Peach, the relatively new budget airline flying between Hong Kong and Osaka, I had the whole morning to explore before checking in to my hotel to nap back my night, and I decided that my first attraction in the Osaka-Kyoto area would be the Osaka Castle. Definitely one of the top attractions of the city of Osaka, it’s in the middle of the lovely Osaka Castle Park offering a combination of lovely attractions as well as grand views of Osaka city from the top of the castle at the top of the hill. Dating back to the 16th century, it was the grandest of…
  • The odd Tiger Balm gardens of Haw Par Mansion : Singapore

    13 Aug 2014 | 2:38 pm
    The strangest attraction I’ve been to in Singapore is probably Haw Par Mansion, a trip into kitsch and bad taste once intended as an amusement park introducing the wonders to Chinese mythology and Confucianism. It’s way past its glory days, and I visited it was completely deserted. The few Singaporeans I talked to and mentioned going there never heard of this place, though they were naturally familiar with the nearby underground train station, so I guess this is maybe as far as you can take your Singaporean local explorations.         The place has some really…
  • Da Vinci Alive Exhibition : Tel Aviv

    9 Aug 2014 | 10:52 pm
    On my last visit to Israel I was invited to go see the Da Vinci Alive Exhibition in the Tel Aviv exhibition center. This is a world traveling show highlighting some of Da Vinci’s famous work and building working models based on his theoretical work. An exceptionally interesting exhibition about one of the old world’s most well-known geniuses. An artist, an investor, a scientist, an architect, a musician, Da Vinci did it all, dreaming of things 300-400 years ahead of his time.        How can you not start with the awkward Mona Lisa. The exhibition offers a first…
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    Official Reno Tahoe USA Blog

  • Burning Man Style Guide – Prepping for the Playa

    19 Aug 2014 | 2:26 pm
    Burning Man is the perfect place to show your true self. If you want to wear combat boots with a pink tutu- rock it! The playa requires a dress code of fun, funky, and downright exotically fabulous . Check out PHOTOS from previous years to get costume ideas, and hit up these local shops for [...]
  • The Nevada Museum of Art Shines Brights with its New Exhibit – “The 36th Star”

    5 Aug 2014 | 10:42 am
    The Nevada Museum of Art, located at the heart of downtown Reno, is honoring Nevada in a huge way! In celebration of the “Battle Born” state’s 150th anniversary, the museum is holding a special exhibit that details Nevada’s journey from territory to state. Three galleries on the museum’s second floor house a unique combination of [...]
  • Hot August Nights 2014 is Revving Up Excitment in Reno Tahoe

    28 Jul 2014 | 4:01 pm
    Thermometers are rising and the faint sound of nostalgia is growing loud as Hot August Nights and Hot August Nights Auction Presented by Barrett-Jackson gear up for the week ahead (July 29-August3) in the Reno-Sparks area (the Official Kick-Off Party is July 28 at Peppermill Resort Spa Casino).  For the 28th annual celebration, Hot August [...]
  • Stand-up Paddleboarding at Lake Tahoe

    24 Jul 2014 | 11:52 am
    Stand Up Paddleboarding… Hopefully you’ve heard of the latest trend in water sports. Maybe a friend told you about it – a new water activity that combines kayaking and surfing. Or, maybe you’ve seen it- while sitting on the beach and looking out onto the lake. You were intrigued by someone gracefully balancing on what [...]
  • CANFEST bike drive

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:50 am
    A chance to celebrate two things we all love and pair perfectly: Beer and Bikes CANFEST, the world’s largest canned beer festival, is partnering with the Reno Bike Project for the annual CANFEST Bike Drive. Participants in the drive have the opportunity to donate bicycles to receive complimentary entry to the beer festival. With more [...]
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    Cruise Radio

  • 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!
  • Serenade of the Seas Review + Cruise News

    1 Aug 2014 | 12:29 pm
    This week we chat with listener Don Harlem who just returned from a 12-night Med cruise on Royal Caribbean’s Serenade of the Seas, roundtrip Barcelona. Don gives us a full review of Serenade of the Seas, including: his pre-cruise stay, embarkation from Barcelona, first impressions of the ship, stateroom, dining, entertainment, ports and his overall thoughts of Royal Caribbean’s Serenade of the Seas. Stewart Chiron, The Cruise Guy® stops by with Cruise News Hollywood actors telling cruise ships to stay away from Italy Going, going, gone! So long Costa Concordia Carnival Magic going to…
  • Expedition Cruising + Cruise News

    24 Jul 2014 | 9:34 pm
    Jason Leppert from recently returned from an 18-night expedition cruise on Silverseas Cruises vessel Silver Discover. His voyage started him out in Asia, he made his way up Russia’s eastern coast and to remote parts of Alaska. Jason goes into detail about sailing from the Far East, what his expedition ship was like, the atmosphere surrounding the cruise, ports that stick out and his overall thoughts. Stewart Chiron, The Cruise Guy® stops by with Cruise News Two more ships for Norwegian Cruise Line Norwegian Cruise Line enforcing no smoking policy  Costa Concordia…
  • MSC Divina Review + Cruise News

    17 Jul 2014 | 9:02 pm
    On this episode we talk to Jason Cohen about his latest cruise on MSC Cruises MSC Divina, a cruise ship that sails from Miami seasonally. We break down why it’s important to have travel insurance.  Stewart Chiron, The Cruise Guy® stops by with Cruise News Carnival changes smoking policy Carnival staying in NOLA for another five years AIDA ship gets missile debris on deck  Atlantic City wants cruise ships   What is all this hype about Tampa and the skyway bridge?  Question: Since marijuana is legal in Washington state now, is it still illegal to bring on an Alaska sailing embarking…
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    Nomadic Notes

  • Launching – A guide for living in Asia.

    James Clark
    21 Aug 2014 | 1:27 am
    As you may have gathered by now I spend a lot of time in Asia. On my first visit to Southeast Asia in 2005 I spent a month there and I was instantly hooked. Every year since I have returned for a little longer, to the point where last year (2013) I spent an aggregate total of eight months in Asia. This year I’m on track for at least nine months. My time is divided between basing myself in one city (like Chiang Mai or Ho Chi Minh City) and going off on wanders to somewhere new. I have freed myself from the pressure of feeling like I need to visit every country in the world because I…
  • Is there a better phrase than “digital nomad”?

    James Clark
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:08 am
    [Working by the beach at Pangandaran, Indonesia.] I call myself a digital nomad for want of a better term. I run a business that doesn’t require me to be at a fixed address so I take advantage of that by working in locations around the world. In my travels I have met many others who are living a similar life, yet they don’t identify as being digital nomads. I wrote an article for the Digital Nomad Month at During that month I saw this Twitter conversation between toomanyadapters editor @driftingkiwi and @travelfish: Dave’s point sums it up for me; I use…
  • Nomadic News: August 17, 2014

    James Clark
    17 Aug 2014 | 9:57 am
    Here is this weeks edition of Nomadic News. Location Independence Want to go location independent with kids? Here are 6 things to consider – Caz at ytravelblog shows that it’s possible to live the location independent lifestyle with a family. What is the cost of living in Indonesia? – Budget breakdown by The Internet The global internet is being attacked by sharks, Google confirms – When the internet slows down here in Vietnam it is sometimes blamed on fishermen pulling up copper cable to sell for scrap. Maybe we should be blaming sharks. Da Nang…
  • Hon Ba Island, Vung Tau – Vietnam

    James Clark
    15 Aug 2014 | 12:59 am
    Vung Tau is a beach city about 1.45 hours drive from Ho Chi Minh City (depending on how crazy your driver is). I was warned in advance to not expect much of the beach, so my expectations were suitably met. The city itself is much nicer than I thought it would be and it’s a place I would come back to if I felt the need to get out of the big city for a couple of days. On the back beach there are beach chairs and umbrellas with and vendors selling food and beach toys, sitting alongside working fishing boats. It’s a nice each to walk along but I wouldn’t want to swim there. Off…
  • Book Review: Lonely Planet – Across Asia on the Cheap [1973]

    James Clark
    5 Aug 2014 | 7:04 am
    If you have travelled in Southeast Asia you will no doubt be familiar with Lonely Planet Southeast Asia on a shoestring, also known as “The Yellow Bible”. Even if you are too cool for guidebooks you will have seen newbie backpackers clutching this nervously at bus stations, or seen a tattered copy at a guesthouse, or had a badly photocopied version offered to to by a street vendor. In 2013 Lonely Planet turned 40, and to celebrate it re-released the book that started it all; Across Asia on the Cheap. . Across Asia on the Cheap was written after a trip across Asia that Lonely…
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  • 15 of America’s Most Outrageous Foods

    Dan Patterson
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    CityPASS recently searched out a variety of great restaurants dishing up some of America’s most amazing & outrageous foods. Do you think you could take down the Double Coronary Bypass Burger, stacked high with three servings of bacon and ground beef with two grilled cheese sandwiches for buns? Take a break from exploring some of Atlanta’s attractions and visit the Vortex Bar & Grill in Atlanta, GA to find out! If you’re in Washington, DC and looking for the ultimate foodie challenge, stop over to the Nationals Park and take a stab at the 8-pound “Strasburger”. Make sure to bring a…
  • What's New at the Space Needle

    15 Aug 2014 | 11:12 am
    Written by Stacy Booth, Where Seattle editor. The Space Needle Observation Deck is more than just a great view. This summer, they've been rolling out a bunch of new features, implementing some of the latest technology to add to the experience. Space Needle Mobile App You can download their mobile app for free (iOS, Windows Phone and Android), and with it see the panoramic view you'll get from the Observation Deck. Plus, get more information about some of the landmarks you'll see, like the Museum of History and Industry, the Gates Foundation, the Ballard Locks, the Olympic Sculpture Park and…
  • Adventure Aquarium Celebrates Shark Week

    13 Aug 2014 | 10:48 am
    What's older than sharks? Almost nothing. Sharks have been swimming in the ocean for more than 400 million years. They predate practically everything that has a spine, including humans and dinosaurs. Here's another fun shark fact: Adventure Aquarium is the only aquarium in the country with a hammerhead shark. In honor of Shark Week 2014, our friends at Adventure Aquarium created this awesome shark graphic below. Don't forget that Adventure Aquarium is one of the attractions in Philadelphia CityPASS and the only one across the river in Camden, NJ. [Click to Enlarge]
  • Movies Come to Life at Museum of Science's New 4-D Theater

    7 Aug 2014 | 12:31 pm
    Photos courtesy of SimEx-Iwerks. Swimming with bottlenose dolphins in search of food is probably something most people will never experience, but a visit to the Museum of Science, Boston may get you closer to knowing what it would feel like. The Museum’s new 4-D Theater, which opened a week ago, will transform the way museum visitors experience film. 4-D combines the high definition features of a 3-D film with physical special effects, making viewers feel as though they are part of the movie. The 4-D Theater features industry-leading technology to provide museum-goers with a full sensory…
  • Lollapalooza’s Chicago History & Musical Attractions

    Dan Patterson
    31 Jul 2014 | 2:36 pm
    Once again this August, the Lollapalooza music festival rolls into Chicago’s Grant Park for three days of live music August 1 through August 3. This year’s acts include a diverse range of musicians that span the gamut from fresh-on-the-scene to straight-up legendary, including Lorde, Outkast, Kings of Leon, and Iggy Azalea. A Brief History of Lollapalooza Image Credit: - EMR - Although Lollapalooza has found a permanent stateside home in Chicago (the annual festival travels to various cities in South America for a few days each summer, too) since 2005, the music festival has a much longer…
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  • 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…
  • 21 Amazing Photos of a Puerto Vallarta Adventure

    Matt Gibson
    29 Jun 2014 | 4:10 am
    In June, 2014 I went on an Puerto Vallarta adventure tour run by Vallarta Adventures. I’m always wary of ‘adventure tours’ because they’re usually too tame for my taste. This tour, called the Sea Safari, wasn’t exactly adrenaline-inducing, but is was probably the most fun I had on the entire trip. A tour guide always plays a big role in making a good experience, and ours was fantastic. I was also very impressed by how socially and environmentally responsible the trip was. The Sea Safari started in a an inflatable motor boat with about 20 attendees. Our enthusiastic guide took the…
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    A Travelers' Library

  • 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 StoriesMonth of mystery Goes to Diné Bikeyah (Navajo Country)Back to Maine with…
  • Time Flies When You’re Telling Stories.

    Vera Marie Badertscher
    12 Aug 2014 | 11:21 am
    Thanks to Carabiner PR for this infographic, and to Susan Lanier-Graham for passing it on via Facebook. 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 StoriesMeet Our NEW Family Travel Writer–Powell BergerVintage Photos Make for Time Travel 
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  • The Sweet Spot Gluten Free Bakery and Cafe in Rossville, Indiana

    Jessica Nunemaker
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    The Sweet Spot Gluten Free Bakery Cafe in Rossville, Indiana Monster Cookies Tucked between two larger buildings, The Sweet Spot Bakery and Cafe in Rossville, Indiana is just the sweetest thing! Cute as a button, this gluten-free bakery and cafe is such an incredible downtown addition. I don’t think locals even know what a great thing is going on in here. The Sweet Spot Gluten Free Bakery and Cafe in Rossville, Indiana The term “gluten free” may be throwing a few of you off. In fact, there might be a few of you who might be thinking that “delicious” and…
  • Images from Fairmount Historical Museum Town History

    Jessica Nunemaker
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Situated inside of a nicely renovated Victorian home, the Fairmount Historical Museum is a wonderful destination! Known for its ample collection of personal items that once belonged to James Dean as well as a room for Garfield (this was also the home of cartoonist Jim Davis), the town history shouldn’t be overlooked. There’s so much here! There’s the trophies, the images, and the awards from the old Fairmount Academy that’s long since closed. There’s Mason stuff and fossils and, and, and…plenty to look through and consider. For some, it’s a step back…
  • Glass Cupboard Antique Mall in Knightstown, Indiana

    Jessica Nunemaker
    15 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Glass Cupboard Antiques in Knightstown, Indiana Vintage Tins Find Glass Cupboard Antique Mall in Knightstown, Indiana. Located right downtown, this Henry County antique shop holds plenty of vendors! Glass Cupboard Antique Mall in Knightstown, Indiana Well-lit and nicely arranged, this Indiana antique shop has plenty of items to browse! With over 5,000 feet of selling space, you can bet there’s something interesting to see! It’s almost like one big maze though still supremely easy to navigate. Walk through the pathways that open up into various vendor spaces. Each one is unique.
  • Images from Holly Jackson Art Studio and Gallery in Chesterton, Indiana

    Jessica Nunemaker
    13 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Have you ever wanted to peek inside an artist’s studio to see how they do what they do? At Holly Jackson Art Studio in Chesterton, Indiana, you may just get your wish! Part gallery and part studio, there’s walls and shelves of interesting paintings! Although some may not typically find themselves drawn to paintings in a contemporary style, Holly’s work is surprisingly varied and accessible! Even I couldn’t leave without purchasing a painting that was copied from a photo taken by her mother at the Indiana Dunes many years before. Her work is vibrant and fun and features…
  • Outta the Shed in Danville, Indiana

    Jessica Nunemaker
    8 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Outta the Shed in Danville, Indiana Outta the Shed in Danville, Indiana is an excellent destination for folks that love to browse. Just one look at the outside of the Hendricks County antiques and more shop and you’ll be scrambling to get in! Outta the Shed in Danville, Indiana Primitive home decor is scattered through the shop. There are some really excellent pieces here! Chairs and tables, hutches, you name it, you just might find it! It smells really good in here, too–there’s a slew of candles available in some really nice scents. Framed prints and baskets, signs, chunky…
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  • Guatemala In Picture

    Jeanine Barone
    15 Aug 2014 | 8:38 am
    Mayan ruins pepper much of Guatemala's expanse, with Tikal probably the most famous. Each of my explorations was a day trip from Guatemala City, including Quirigua, two hours away but worth the it for the magnificent stelae displayed at this site. Mayan ruins, such as  Kaminaljuyu or Valley of the Dead, are even scattered around the country's capital city. This short YouTube video slideshow  provides a snapshot of my adventures.
  • Cyprus In Pictures

    Jeanine Barone
    7 Aug 2014 | 8:39 am
    Cyprus brims with treasured sights, some at the end of jungle-like trails, others found only by navigating through stone archways or up steep staircases. My journey took me to 12th and 13th century castles, a wine museum in the small village of Erimi, Paphos in Northwest Cyprus that's most noted forits UNESCO World Heritage sites, and hiking through a nature preserve in the Akamas Peninsula. This short YouTube video slideshow captures a small slice of my trip.
  • Bahamas In Pictures - Long Island

    Jeanine Barone
    26 Jul 2014 | 9:29 am
    Long Island, one of the Bahamas Out Islands, is where I found a low-key, laid-back environ with nothing in the way of shopping malls, water parks, mega resorts or gambling. Instead, I discovered myriad protected coves and short trails to desolate stretches of sand -- features that appeal to nature lovers like myself. Check out my short YouTube video slideshow on this pristine island.
  • Montenegro In Pictures

    Jeanine Barone
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:14 am
    With its hilltop fortresses, chapels snuggled in pine forests, network of hiking trails and family-owned vineyards, Montenegro appeals to oenophiles, those who embrace nature, history lovers or visitors who simply prefer hanging out on a thin crescent strip of sand. This short YouTube video slideshow is a mere slice of my adventures in Montenegro.
  • Budapest In Pictures

    Jeanine Barone
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:46 pm
    What do I love about Budapest? The melding of the old and new: the centuries-old Citadel where, nearby, I find ultra contemporary cafes and galleries. How the city makes use of dilapidated buildings, turning them into energetic ruin bars, as they're called. Car-free Margaret island that sits in the middle of the Danube. The vibrant design scene where even coffee shops and cafes display an ever-changing array of photography, paintings and bags produced by local artists. This short YouTube video slideshow provides a window into what I most loved about Budapest.
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    Best Beaches in Asia

  • Surfing at Werri Beach in New South Wales, Australia

    25 Jul 2014 | 5:53 am
    Photo by Andy Hutchinson Get your wet suit on, tuck your board under your arm, and plow through the pristine waters of New South Wales to catch the next big one. Are you ready for the ride of your life? New South Wales boasts world-class surf areas that include Byron Bay, Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie, Newcastle, Sydney North, Sydney South, and the South Coast. The coastline offers pristine beaches of all varieties from beaches in their natural state to beaches that come with everything from surf schools, beachside accommodations, bars and restaurants to luxury spas and dolphin cruises.
  • A Beach on Sijung Lake – Beaches in North Korea

    9 Jan 2012 | 10:34 pm
    Image by yeowatzup on Flickr. It’s rare to see a beach in Asia that isn’t crowded, but then again, this beach is in North Korea. Sijung Lake is just one of a number of tranquil beaches in North Korea. It was once a famous holiday retreat area during the Yi dynasty. Members of the royal family came to this lake district to relax. Unfortunately, North Korea has only been open to Western tourists since 1987 and travel itineraries in North Korea are tightly controlled.       The post A Beach on Sijung Lake – Beaches in North Korea appeared first on Best Beaches in…
  • Paradise Beach, Samal Island, Philippines

    8 Oct 2011 | 2:25 am
    With a name like Paradise Beach you know you’re in for something special when you arrive on Samal Island in the Philippines. This real life paradise overwhelms the senses. It’s beautiful, it’s hot, the smell of sun tan coconut oil drifts through the air as do the sounds of the sea as it gently laps the golden sand shore. It’s the kind of place you just have to say ‘Ahhhhh’ to as you set eyes on the place for the first time. With beautiful food available nearby along with massage areas and beach recliners all you have deal with is the pain from your beaming…
  • Panglao Island, Philippines

    11 Jul 2011 | 6:32 am
      Panglao Island, Philippines (Flickr Photo by Gezelle) The Philippines remain home to some of the most beautiful and unspoilt beaches this well-travelled of travellers has experienced. From the beautiful Boracay to the stunning Mactan this country of 7,107 islands is a beach lover’s paradise. And yet, for me, there is one that remains closest to my heart and a place I dream of returning to, namely, Panglao Island. Separated from its bigger and more famous brother Bohol by a narrow channel this idyllic getaway is home to lush white sands, a crystal clear sea line and one of the most…
  • Nacpan and Calitang Beaches, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines

    7 Jun 2011 | 3:02 am
    The Philippines is teeming with gorgeous beaches, and if there’s one place that you shouldn’t miss, it’s Nacpan and Calitang Beaches in El Nido, Palawan. These stunning adjoining beaches can be reached by motorbike, tricycle or boat from the town of El Nido. White, glistening sand and crystal clear water awaits anyone who will pay a visit to this place. There are no resorts, guesthouses or even a single hostel, so you’ll want to bring some supplies (drinks, food and your sarong) if you intend to spend the whole day there. There’s a nearby fishing village that you can visit…
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    Two Kids and a Map

  • 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…
  • 5 Museums to Visit in Albuquerque, New Mexico

    16 Jun 2014 | 7:56 am
    Albuquerque, New Mexico had many different things to keep us occupied during our trip there and we loved exploring the museums that taught us more about the history of Albuquerque and what life in ABQ was like. Anderson Abruzzo International Balloon Museum This museum about all things hot air balloon was one of the highlights of our trip. When we first walked in and saw the exhibits, I expected to spend less than an hour checking out the museum before heading to our next destination, the Sandia Peak. The kids were anxious to get to the tram so I was surprised when we spent over two hours…
  • Dining in Denver: Live Basil

    24 Apr 2014 | 6:44 pm
    Since moving to Denver, we have been slowly working our way through the hundreds of restaurants that you can only find in Denver and the surrounding areas.  We have also loved trying the chain restaurants that you couldn’t find in Pensacola, the city from which we moved.  Dining in Denver is a series that will showcase all of the spots that we have tried and enjoyed. I was thrilled to get an invitation to Live Basil’s media preview night.  I had heard from many of my local friends that Live Basil was worth a visit but we just hadn’t made the time to get to one of the five…
  • Three Days in Albuquerque, New Mexico

    21 Apr 2014 | 7:01 am
    The cold weather had us planning a trip south for spring break.  Albuquerque, New Mexico is about six hours south of Denver, making it a great long weekend getaway destination for us.  With the help of Visit Albuquerque, we planned to spend three days in Albuquerque and didn’t even get to half of the activities we wanted to do. Where to Stay in Albuquerque, New Mexico We stayed at Hotel Cascada, a hotel that was centrally located to most of the activities we wanted to do.  Getting around Albuquerque is not difficult but we did spend a lot of time in the car.  Hotel Cascada was a good…
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  • France Travel Deals

    20 Aug 2014 | 6:45 am
    September and October are ideal times to visit France when you’re likely to find fewer crowds and lower prices. $1052 & up — 5-Nt. Parisian Vacation from NYC Includes flights and hotels with a large variety of hotels to choose from. Independent vacation itinerary. $1639 & up — London, Paris & Rome 9 Nights w/Air & Hotels This is [...]
  • Maui Hotel Deals

    18 Aug 2014 | 6:45 am
    $269 — Maui 4-Star Resort on Ka’anapali Beach, Save 35% At this 4-star Maui beachfront resort, guests save 35% and receive free daily breakfast. $99 & up — Hawaii: Hotels on All Islands, Half Off This 23 acre resort fronts the widest stretch of Kaanapali Beach, and features premiere snorkeling at Black Rock, a variety of restaurants and [...]
  • Oahu Hotel Deals

    15 Aug 2014 | 6:45 am
    $219 — Hawaii: Waikiki 4-Star Beach Resort, Save 30% Soak in ocean views from an Oahu resort across the street from Waikiki Beach and views of one of the most famous volcanic crater in the world, Diamond Head. Valid for stays from Aug. 30 – Dec. 24. $270 — Waikiki 4-Star Oceanfront Resort, Save 30% Often referred to [...]
  • Miami Hotel Deals

    13 Aug 2014 | 6:45 am
    $133 & up — Miami Beach 3-Star Hotel w/ Free Internet All 127 rooms at the six-floor hotel have views of the beach or surrounding South Beach area. Accommodations are decorated in Art Deco style with period photos and have ceiling fans in addition to air conditioning. Limited Time Offer – Book Now & Save Up To [...]
  • Orange County Travel Deals

    11 Aug 2014 | 6:45 am
    $119* — Orange County Flight Deals on Alaska Airlines, One Way Enjoy outstanding flight deals with this autumn adventure sale. Valid for travel from Sept 3 – Dec 16, 2014. Great Rates at 5-Star Luxury Hotel on Cliffs of Laguna Beach Near 3 beaches, this Laguna Beach hotel features 3 outdoor swimming pools plus great room amenities. $356 & [...]
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  • 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…
  • The Best of London

    Williams Smith
    8 Aug 2014 | 7:26 am
    No trip to London is ever going to be dull; it’s simply something that is never going to happen. London may not be the City that never sleeps but there is always something for you to do in the capital city of England. Although you’re unlikely to actually meet the Queen, a trip to London is incomplete without going to Buckingham Palace. Instead of standing outside those magical gates why not actually get shown around the Palace? Throughout July, August and September there are tours of the State Rooms, The Queen’s Gallery and the Royal Mews. Tours take around two hours and it’s…
  • A Day Affair- London

    Williams Smith
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:52 am
                        Capital of the former largest empire of the World, the city of London  has almost 60 attraction spots that you have to see to experience the beauty of British culture. Just a day in London will sweep you off your feet. When you know you have a long list of beautiful places to be explored and only a day in hand, you sure have a day full of surprises ahead. Let me guide you through a succinct list which includes the most prominent attractions of the city. A Panoramic view of London Eye London is an expensive city and gets very busy, particularly in summer months.
  • Canary Wharf for the Leisure Traveler

    Williams Smith
    16 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Canary Wharf in London is mostly known for being a business hub. However very few people know that with 1000 ships a month passing through it, Canary Wharf was once the hub of the British Empire. Today, Canary Wharf is an empire of Finance, IT & Startups that is residing in these skyscrapers. However the remains of the older empire can be easily found by the curious traveler. A view of the Canary Wharf horizon  Canary Wharf is a truly a shopper’s delight. It is made up of three arcades – Canada, Cabot and Jubilee Place. These arcades are surrounded by the Jubilee Park and house over…
  • Notting Hill Carnival 2014

    Williams Smith
    27 Jun 2014 | 4:11 am
    With the World Cup highlighting all sorts of Brazilian traditions in the summer of 2014, the idea of celebrating Carnival is in everybody’s collective consciousness now. But you don’t have to venture out all the way to the beaches of Ipanema or the streets of Sao Paolo to get a good glimpse of this hot-blooded tradition. In fact, London has been celebrating its own Carnival tradition for many decades now and can easily hold the candle to any other global city’s masquerades, whether you compare it to Rio, Venice or New Orleans. While the London tradition isn’t linked to the…
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  • Port Buzz: Venice, Italy

    Carrie Finley
    10 Aug 2014 | 8:36 am
    Silver Spirit calls on Venice, Italy “Queen of the Adriatic” We have arrived to our final destination: Venice, Italy. The city is part of 118 small islands separated by canals that are linked by bridges. Since Silver Spirit is over-nighting in the city, guests get to spend more time getting to know Venice. Silversea Sister-ships in Venice Silver Spirit docked on the San Basilio pier, which is a quay that runs from the main port area to the Fondamenta Zàttere on the Giudecca Canal. Although Silver Spirit docked close enough to walk into town, for those less inclined there is a public…
  • Port Buzz: Hvar, Croatia

    Carrie Finley
    9 Aug 2014 | 11:05 am
    Silver Spirit calls on Hvar, an small island in the Adriatic   Hvar, Coratia. I kind of don’t want to write about Hvar, Croatia so that people don’t find out about it…. But, duty calls and all I can say is that cruise visitors calling on this island in the Adtiatic will be nothing short of euphoric after a day in the sun. The port is small so plan to just explore on your own. The highlights include going to the top of the fort (take a taxi and then walk down). Or head directly to the beach. A sun lounger will run about 13 Euros. Before heading back to the ship, if you…
  • Port Buzz: Dubrovnik, Croatia

    Carrie Finley
    8 Aug 2014 | 11:51 am
    Silversea’s Silver Spirit calls on Dubrovnik Today Silver Spirit called on Dubrovnik, which is a Croatian city on the Adriatic Sea, in the region of Dalmatia (like the cute dog).  Cruise visitors calling on Dubrovnik, Croatia will have lots to explore. Walking around the pedestrian-friendly streets exploring the medieval town can easily keep cruise guests occupied for hours or you can do like I did and book a shore excursion for half the day and then hang out later in town. Thanks to the late departure time (11 pm) we are able to spend more time in port discovering. Silver Spirit at…
  • Port Buzz: Kotor, Montenegro

    Carrie Finley
    7 Aug 2014 | 9:41 am
    Silversea’s Silver Spirit calls on Kotor, Montenegro A fun day in the sun. Cruising Kotor Bay the Silversea Cruises way After a picturesque sail through Kotor Bay, Silver Spirit arrived at her prime city center berthing station just steps from Kotor’s medieval Stari Grad (Old Town), which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The ship got cleared quickly and guests set off for a full day of fun in the sun.   Kotor Bay Kotor is located 50 miles west of Podgorica, the capital of Montenegro. The Old Town is enclosed within well-preserved defensive walls built between the 9th and 18th…
  • Port Buzz: Corfu, Greece for cruise visitors.

    Carrie Finley
    6 Aug 2014 | 7:32 am
    Kerkyra (Corfu) in a day via Silversea Cruises Discover what to do in a day while visiting this UNESCO World Heritage site. Silver Spirit called on the island of today during our 7-day cruise that began in Athens a few days ago (read about the journey thus far, click here). Corfu UNESCO World Heritage Site   Silversea’s complimentary shuttle bus into town.   Corfu is the northernmost of the major Ionian Islands and it is a very easy port for cruise visitors to explore. Silversea provided a variety of excursions that took visitors to the major highlights as well as a…
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    Discover Marlton

  • Is It Necessary To Get In Touch With Expert Roof Top Restoration Solutions To Address An Individual’s Are Broken Roof

    8 Aug 2014 | 1:21 am
    Cold months is practically at us sufficient reason for it substantial snowfall, sleet and rainwater - cleveland roofing contractors. Now could be not time that should be moving its lifetime in case your roof structure is sitting on its very last shingles. You could discover your body with a bit of frosty spills-or greatly a whole lot worse-in the middle of an important hurricane in the event you. So, now is the best home window of probability to be dialling throughout the roof covering advisors if it’s time to get a roofing substitution. Zero cost Touch has good quality news flash if…
  • Methods To Cure Hpv Warts

    1 Aug 2014 | 4:16 am
    Warts may be a big approach of obtaining stress and discomfort for anyone who is. Warts are awful, also, they infectious since most of them originate from a persons Infection – how to remove a genital wart home remedy. There will be conclusive basic research that implies the appropriate root of warts, their growing, reappearance and most definately this computer virus. To eliminate a wart, it is really quite well-advised to check out a skin doctor, due to qualified personnel should be able to analyze the matter the appropriate. There are lots of ingredients which been employed by…
  • Potential Cooperation Between Non Profit Organizations And Technologies

    30 Jul 2014 | 7:47 am
    So as to undertake their do the job, most charitable organizations instead of to make money businesses make use of the nice will of volunteers and contributors. The money struggle a whole lot of around the globe was strike by recently has experienced a spectacular influence on charitable organizations who depend on contributions as contributors commonly see reducing delivering to non profit organizations in order to trimmed his or her own costs. Contributors and followers of charitable groups tend to be actually greater asking for in the matter of pondering voluntary establishments how their…
  • Why To Hire Water Damage Repair Service Business

    30 Jul 2014 | 6:15 am
    Most property masters will to start with aim to correct the problem themselves in lieu of dialing veteran water damage and recovery realtors. It is really not erroneous to accomplish the duty by yourself, given you understand how to handle complication. Without a doubt, you could be not putting wait for a draw vacuuming treatments to visit your home and incorporating further you could be saving bucks that need to be paid out for the licensed company for the situation at your residence – ap restoration. If you have knowledge in visiting ailments regarding water damage you need to start…
  • In The Event You Trying To Find Discounted Event Tickets Using The Net, You May Want To Read Through This

    29 Jul 2014 | 5:05 am
    The topic of family home-field of operation profit globally Range is currently among the most hotly discussed factors by the activities global. Preceding to, the two main groups rival by the Fit Traditional planned who presented house hold-sector benefits dependant on who previously had the appropriate everyday year report. This has been eventually greatly modified. Immediately after , Most important League Baseball, determined which the All-Legend Adventure each one July would figure out which league would keep property-industry advantages in this world Selection every individual October…
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  • Overflow Crowd Says No to St. John Marina Proposal

    21 Aug 2014 | 5:44 am
    Although Summer’s End principal Robert O’Connor Jr. claimed to deny St. John the opportunities that would come with building the group’s proposed St. John Marina would be genocide, the vast majority of those who spoke at Monday’s Coastal Zone Management Committee public hearing at the Legislature building thought otherwise. “Coral Bay needs a marina, but only a couple of slips,” St. John resident Philip “Grasshopper” Pickering said, echoing the comments of many who took their turn for three minutes at the microphone. Read the rest of the story via Overflow Crowd Says No to St.
  • Reef Rum Punch Recipe: Boat Drinks

    20 Aug 2014 | 5:44 am
    After one sip, you’ll be stuck on a reef. Rum punch is one of those things that is made a million different ways, just like Meat Loaf. A lot of the same ingredients, a few different ones, and always a unique delicious taste. In the Caribbean, when in doubt, go with rum punch. This week’s Boat Drink recipe comes to us from our friends at the Frenchman’s Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort in St. Thomas. The resort’s Azul Pool Bar offers a refreshing Reef Rum Punch, which is made with Cruzan Raspberry Rum, Captain Morgan Silver Rum, Pomegranate Liqueur,…
  • Infinite Passion: Boat Drink Recipe

    13 Aug 2014 | 6:15 am
    After one sip, you’ll be MoBay bound. I have a confession to make, I’ve never been to Jamaica. I know it’s a sin, the flavorful rock is only one of the most visited islands in the Caribbean. Maybe Ill have to fly down soon and visit The Tryall Club in Montego Bay just to have this week’s Boat Drink Recipe. The drink is called the Infinite Passion and comes from the Infinity Villa at The Tryall Club. The Infinity Villa is a 5-bedroom halcyon haven, which boasts breathtaking views of the Caribbean Sea. It features large rooms with traditional and eclectic furnishings as…
  • Philipsburg Beach, St. Maarten: Island Lime Videos

    11 Aug 2014 | 5:31 am
    Philipsburg, St. Maarten was my home away from home during my sail aboard Island Windjammers tall ship Sagitta. The town is the major port-of-call for cruise ships on the island, so tourists shops and restaurants abound, but there’s plenty of places to find a quiet spot to take in the harbor’s true beauty as well. Capturing that quiet beauty was the goal of the Island Lime Video. I woke early in the morning to capture the beach and boardwalk before cruise ship passengers embarked on their hunt for duty-free jewelry and smooth rum. Locals and hotel guests were jogging in the warm…
  • Caribbean Weekly Wrap Up

    8 Aug 2014 | 6:18 am
    I’ve found myself day dreaming about the islands a lot lately. They are always top-of-mind, but the last couple days my salty mind has been awash in blue water and island time. Maybe because March was my last trip to el Carib, maybe because next week is the Castaway Beach Bash, either way withdrawals are setting in. All I know is this Week’s Caribbean Wrap Up is full of amazing island stories that will have you too awash in blue water day dreams as well. Caribbean Weekly Wrap Up Hello, Heaven – 10 Reasons to Visit the Caribbean Island of Martinique: Martinique is probably…
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  • 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…
  • Beltane Fire Festival – Edinburgh, Scotland

    SS and CJ
    25 Jun 2014 | 3:32 pm
    Beltane in Edinbugh Arriving for Beltane A deep Scottish brogue erupts from above, “Whit’s this – ah hear a Yank!!! ” As I’m likely the sole American present I stop and scan the crowd scaling this hill for its source. Seeing only unlikely candidates nearby, I continue climbing. Earlier that day I arrive by train and take time to wander through a town that two centuries ago was home to the author Robert Louis Stevenson. Just like his character Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde, today’s Edinburgh is split into two parts. One half is the 18th century Georgian town holding some fine…
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  • Destination Fairbanks, Alaska

    Inspector 3
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    North to Alaska as the saying goes. More specific, let’s visit Fairbanks. Land of extremes – coldest temperature recorded was negative 66 (brrrrrrrr) and warmest was 99 degrees. Or, did you know, the longest day in Fairbanks is 21 hours 49 minutes and the shortest day each year is 3 hours 43 minutes. Visitors to the Golden Heart city are always asking “what do people do in Fairbanks?” Fairbanks has a schedule of events which bring a large number of visitors and the locals out for a good time. Winter may be cold and dark but it can still be beautiful. Visit in February…
  • Museum of World Treasures

    Inspector 44
    14 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    One of my favorite museums is located in Wichita, Kansas. The Museum of World Treasures was founded in 2001 by Dr. Jon and Lorna Kardatzke and moved to its current location in the Old Town area a couple years later. The museum has unique and rare exhibits that truly do span the World. The museum also covers the largest time span of any museum I’ve visited. They have a section devoted to fossils and dinosaurs including this large exhibit with a Tyrannosaurus rex, Daspletosaurus and Edmontosaurus. Exhibits have been collected from around the world and cover a variety of cultures including a…
  • Dayton National Cemetery

    Inspector 71
    12 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    The Dayton National Cemetery, located on the western side of Dayton, Ohio, is a place of interment for veterans of the United States military. Established in 1867 to provide for veterans of the Union Army and Navy in the Civil War, the facility today includes 98 acres and has the graves of more than 44,000 veterans and their spouses. It is a final resting place for veterans from every major American war since the Revolution. Every year, on the Saturday before Memorial Day, the American Legion hosts a ceremony at the cemetery to honor the dead by decorating each grave with a flag. The ceremony…
  • The Linq & High Roller

    Inspector 33
    7 Aug 2014 | 6:32 am
    Caesars entertainment out did themselves with the new Linq. It is located right across from Caesars Palace and between Flamingo and The Quad (Formerly Imperial Palace). The Linq has only been open for a few months and it is the most popular area in Vegas right now. It has many inviting outlets, restaurants, bars, and casinos leading guests to the world famous High Roller. The “High Roller” is the name for the highest “observatory wheel” in the world. On Memorial Day Weekend I was lucky enough to have my family in town and we all jumped on the High Roller. This impressive…
  • Bowling Ball Beach: Hard to Find, Worth the Effort

    Greg Weekes
    5 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    I almost don’t want to spoil this place by blogging about it, because it’s such a cool, off-the-beaten-track destination. But if you like beautiful and deserted beaches with the added attraction of a fascinating geological oddity, you have to check out Bowling Ball Beach. Getting there is definitely an adventure. I googled the location and found a couple of links that provided specific directions, and it was still quite the trek. The parking area is along SR 1 approximately 2.5 miles south of Point Arena, but it’s very easy to miss; driving south from Point Arena, my friend and I did…
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  • The Adirondacks 3 Ways: For Foodies, Culture Buffs, and Adventurers

    Karen Gardiner Dion
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:30 am
    As the largest state-run nature reserve in the continental United States, Adirondack Park offers plenty of opportunity for outdoor activities, from hiking and fishing in the summer months, to wintertime skiing. Even if you find yourself near one of the park’s most popular resorts, Gore Mountain, outside of prime ski season, you’ll find plenty of other attractions to keep you busy. Here’s a sampling…  Culture: Visit the Adirondack Museum Open since 1957, the 32-acre open-air Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Park documents the history of the people who have lived,…
  • 7 Hard Truths About Spirit Airlines, from Its CEO Ben Baldanza

    Tommy Burson
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    We’ve written extensively about Spirit Airlines, the no-frills carrier known for rock-bottom base fares and hefty fees for pretty much anything beyond one’s airplane seat. It’s most loved by those who travel simply and look for the cheapest way to get from point A to point B — and loathed by those who expect a certain standard of services. To help travelers better understand the brand and why it operates the way it does, Spirit Airlines CEO Ben Baldanza recently took on the harsh critics of Reddit in an Ask Me Anything online interview, in which the website’s users…
  • How to: Rent a Private Yacht for (Relatively) Cheap

    Lindsay Silberman
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    There’s a running joke among boat owners that riffs on the steep costs associated with such a high maintenance toy: BOAT, they say, stands for “bring out another thousand.” For those who yearn for the boating lifestyle but can’t stomach the expense or commitment, there are a number of Airbnb-style platforms that offer yacht-sharing as a cheaper alternative to ownership. Here’s the scoop on three different sites, with examples of where you’ll be able to sail and how much it’ll cost you. Boatbound Launched in June 2013, the San Francisco-based company boasts 13 million…
  • Deal Alert: $99+ at Omni Hotels & Resorts

    Karen Gardiner Dion
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:30 pm
    The Omni Hotels and Resorts brand launched a 72-hour sale this morning, which means the clock is ticking if you want to take advantage it. Until midnight on Thursday, August 21, the brand’s Labor Day Special is offering rooms for $99, $119, $139, $169, $199, and $229 in select cities for stays from August 24 through September 7. Just in time for a last-minute Labor Day weekend getaway. Sample rates include $199 at Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort, which, with its paddle boarding, golfing, island hoppers, and Segways, makes for a great family getaway;  $119 at Omni Rancho Palmas…
  • A $60 Hotel in Crete and 6 Other Hotels So Remote You Can Only Get There By Boat

    Yahoo! Travel
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:30 pm
    By Claudine Zap Really want to get away from it all? Consider a hotel that’s so remote, you can get there only by boat (or seaplane if you’re a tycoon). Think Robinson Crusoe without the shipwreck. Here, some of the standouts. The dock leading to paradise — Ilet Oscar Guest House (Photo: Ilet Oscar Guest House) Ilet Oscar Guest House, Martinique Take a 10-minute boat ride from Francois Marina to Ilet Oscar and you’ll completely unplug. The spit of land on the southeast side of Martinique has nothing more than a colonial-style, four-bedroom guesthouse and amazing views of the sky and…
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  • The Adirondacks 3 Ways: For Foodies, Culture Buffs, and Adventurers

    Karen Gardiner Dion
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:30 am
    As the largest state-run nature reserve in the continental United States, Adirondack Park offers plenty of opportunity for outdoor activities, from hiking and fishing in the summer months, to wintertime skiing. Even if you find yourself near one of the park’s most popular resorts, Gore Mountain, outside of prime ski season, you’ll find plenty of other attractions to keep you busy. Here’s a sampling…  Culture: Visit the Adirondack Museum Open since 1957, the 32-acre open-air Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Park documents the history of the people who have lived,…
  • 7 Hard Truths About Spirit Airlines, from Its CEO Ben Baldanza

    Tommy Burson
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    We’ve written extensively about Spirit Airlines, the no-frills carrier known for rock-bottom base fares and hefty fees for pretty much anything beyond one’s airplane seat. It’s most loved by those who travel simply and look for the cheapest way to get from point A to point B — and loathed by those who expect a certain standard of services. To help travelers better understand the brand and why it operates the way it does, Spirit Airlines CEO Ben Baldanza recently took on the harsh critics of Reddit in an Ask Me Anything online interview, in which the website’s users…
  • How to: Rent a Private Yacht for (Relatively) Cheap

    Lindsay Silberman
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    There’s a running joke among boat owners that riffs on the steep costs associated with such a high maintenance toy: BOAT, they say, stands for “bring out another thousand.” For those who yearn for the boating lifestyle but can’t stomach the expense or commitment, there are a number of Airbnb-style platforms that offer yacht-sharing as a cheaper alternative to ownership. Here’s the scoop on three different sites, with examples of where you’ll be able to sail and how much it’ll cost you. Boatbound Launched in June 2013, the San Francisco-based company boasts 13 million…
  • Deal Alert: $99+ at Omni Hotels & Resorts

    Karen Gardiner Dion
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:30 pm
    The Omni Hotels and Resorts brand launched a 72-hour sale this morning, which means the clock is ticking if you want to take advantage it. Until midnight on Thursday, August 21, the brand’s Labor Day Special is offering rooms for $99, $119, $139, $169, $199, and $229 in select cities for stays from August 24 through September 7. Just in time for a last-minute Labor Day weekend getaway. Sample rates include $199 at Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort, which, with its paddle boarding, golfing, island hoppers, and Segways, makes for a great family getaway;  $119 at Omni Rancho Palmas…
  • A $60 Hotel in Crete and 6 Other Hotels So Remote You Can Only Get There By Boat

    Yahoo! Travel
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:30 pm
    By Claudine Zap Really want to get away from it all? Consider a hotel that’s so remote, you can get there only by boat (or seaplane if you’re a tycoon). Think Robinson Crusoe without the shipwreck. Here, some of the standouts. The dock leading to paradise — Ilet Oscar Guest House (Photo: Ilet Oscar Guest House) Ilet Oscar Guest House, Martinique Take a 10-minute boat ride from Francois Marina to Ilet Oscar and you’ll completely unplug. The spit of land on the southeast side of Martinique has nothing more than a colonial-style, four-bedroom guesthouse and amazing views of the sky and…
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  • The Adirondacks 3 Ways: For Foodies, Culture Buffs, and Adventurers

    Karen Gardiner Dion
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:30 am
    As the largest state-run nature reserve in the continental United States, Adirondack Park offers plenty of opportunity for outdoor activities, from hiking and fishing in the summer months, to wintertime skiing. Even if you find yourself near one of the park’s most popular resorts, Gore Mountain, outside of prime ski season, you’ll find plenty of other attractions to keep you busy. Here’s a sampling…  Culture: Visit the Adirondack Museum Open since 1957, the 32-acre open-air Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Park documents the history of the people who have lived,…
  • 7 Hard Truths About Spirit Airlines, from Its CEO Ben Baldanza

    Tommy Burson
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    We’ve written extensively about Spirit Airlines, the no-frills carrier known for rock-bottom base fares and hefty fees for pretty much anything beyond one’s airplane seat. It’s most loved by those who travel simply and look for the cheapest way to get from point A to point B — and loathed by those who expect a certain standard of services. To help travelers better understand the brand and why it operates the way it does, Spirit Airlines CEO Ben Baldanza recently took on the harsh critics of Reddit in an Ask Me Anything online interview, in which the website’s users…
  • How to: Rent a Private Yacht for (Relatively) Cheap

    Lindsay Silberman
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    There’s a running joke among boat owners that riffs on the steep costs associated with such a high maintenance toy: BOAT, they say, stands for “bring out another thousand.” For those who yearn for the boating lifestyle but can’t stomach the expense or commitment, there are a number of Airbnb-style platforms that offer yacht-sharing as a cheaper alternative to ownership. Here’s the scoop on three different sites, with examples of where you’ll be able to sail and how much it’ll cost you. Boatbound Launched in June 2013, the San Francisco-based company boasts 13 million…
  • Deal Alert: $99+ at Omni Hotels & Resorts

    Karen Gardiner Dion
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:30 pm
    The Omni Hotels and Resorts brand launched a 72-hour sale this morning, which means the clock is ticking if you want to take advantage it. Until midnight on Thursday, August 21, the brand’s Labor Day Special is offering rooms for $99, $119, $139, $169, $199, and $229 in select cities for stays from August 24 through September 7. Just in time for a last-minute Labor Day weekend getaway. Sample rates include $199 at Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort, which, with its paddle boarding, golfing, island hoppers, and Segways, makes for a great family getaway;  $119 at Omni Rancho Palmas…
  • A $60 Hotel in Crete and 6 Other Hotels So Remote You Can Only Get There By Boat

    Yahoo! Travel
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:30 pm
    By Claudine Zap Really want to get away from it all? Consider a hotel that’s so remote, you can get there only by boat (or seaplane if you’re a tycoon). Think Robinson Crusoe without the shipwreck. Here, some of the standouts. The dock leading to paradise — Ilet Oscar Guest House (Photo: Ilet Oscar Guest House) Ilet Oscar Guest House, Martinique Take a 10-minute boat ride from Francois Marina to Ilet Oscar and you’ll completely unplug. The spit of land on the southeast side of Martinique has nothing more than a colonial-style, four-bedroom guesthouse and amazing views of the sky and…
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  • The Adirondacks 3 Ways: For Foodies, Culture Buffs, and Adventurers

    Karen Gardiner Dion
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:30 am
    As the largest state-run nature reserve in the continental United States, Adirondack Park offers plenty of opportunity for outdoor activities, from hiking and fishing in the summer months, to wintertime skiing. Even if you find yourself near one of the park’s most popular resorts, Gore Mountain, outside of prime ski season, you’ll find plenty of other attractions to keep you busy. Here’s a sampling…  Culture: Visit the Adirondack Museum Open since 1957, the 32-acre open-air Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Park documents the history of the people who have lived,…
  • 7 Hard Truths About Spirit Airlines, from Its CEO Ben Baldanza

    Tommy Burson
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    We’ve written extensively about Spirit Airlines, the no-frills carrier known for rock-bottom base fares and hefty fees for pretty much anything beyond one’s airplane seat. It’s most loved by those who travel simply and look for the cheapest way to get from point A to point B — and loathed by those who expect a certain standard of services. To help travelers better understand the brand and why it operates the way it does, Spirit Airlines CEO Ben Baldanza recently took on the harsh critics of Reddit in an Ask Me Anything online interview, in which the website’s users…
  • How to: Rent a Private Yacht for (Relatively) Cheap

    Lindsay Silberman
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    There’s a running joke among boat owners that riffs on the steep costs associated with such a high maintenance toy: BOAT, they say, stands for “bring out another thousand.” For those who yearn for the boating lifestyle but can’t stomach the expense or commitment, there are a number of Airbnb-style platforms that offer yacht-sharing as a cheaper alternative to ownership. Here’s the scoop on three different sites, with examples of where you’ll be able to sail and how much it’ll cost you. Boatbound Launched in June 2013, the San Francisco-based company boasts 13 million…
  • Deal Alert: $99+ at Omni Hotels & Resorts

    Karen Gardiner Dion
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:30 pm
    The Omni Hotels and Resorts brand launched a 72-hour sale this morning, which means the clock is ticking if you want to take advantage it. Until midnight on Thursday, August 21, the brand’s Labor Day Special is offering rooms for $99, $119, $139, $169, $199, and $229 in select cities for stays from August 24 through September 7. Just in time for a last-minute Labor Day weekend getaway. Sample rates include $199 at Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort, which, with its paddle boarding, golfing, island hoppers, and Segways, makes for a great family getaway;  $119 at Omni Rancho Palmas…
  • A $60 Hotel in Crete and 6 Other Hotels So Remote You Can Only Get There By Boat

    Yahoo! Travel
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:30 pm
    By Claudine Zap Really want to get away from it all? Consider a hotel that’s so remote, you can get there only by boat (or seaplane if you’re a tycoon). Think Robinson Crusoe without the shipwreck. Here, some of the standouts. The dock leading to paradise — Ilet Oscar Guest House (Photo: Ilet Oscar Guest House) Ilet Oscar Guest House, Martinique Take a 10-minute boat ride from Francois Marina to Ilet Oscar and you’ll completely unplug. The spit of land on the southeast side of Martinique has nothing more than a colonial-style, four-bedroom guesthouse and amazing views of the sky and…
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  • The Adirondacks 3 Ways: For Foodies, Culture Buffs, and Adventurers

    Karen Gardiner Dion
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:30 am
    As the largest state-run nature reserve in the continental United States, Adirondack Park offers plenty of opportunity for outdoor activities, from hiking and fishing in the summer months, to wintertime skiing. Even if you find yourself near one of the park’s most popular resorts, Gore Mountain, outside of prime ski season, you’ll find plenty of other attractions to keep you busy. Here’s a sampling…  Culture: Visit the Adirondack Museum Open since 1957, the 32-acre open-air Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Park documents the history of the people who have lived,…
  • 7 Hard Truths About Spirit Airlines, from Its CEO Ben Baldanza

    Tommy Burson
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    We’ve written extensively about Spirit Airlines, the no-frills carrier known for rock-bottom base fares and hefty fees for pretty much anything beyond one’s airplane seat. It’s most loved by those who travel simply and look for the cheapest way to get from point A to point B — and loathed by those who expect a certain standard of services. To help travelers better understand the brand and why it operates the way it does, Spirit Airlines CEO Ben Baldanza recently took on the harsh critics of Reddit in an Ask Me Anything online interview, in which the website’s users…
  • How to: Rent a Private Yacht for (Relatively) Cheap

    Lindsay Silberman
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    There’s a running joke among boat owners that riffs on the steep costs associated with such a high maintenance toy: BOAT, they say, stands for “bring out another thousand.” For those who yearn for the boating lifestyle but can’t stomach the expense or commitment, there are a number of Airbnb-style platforms that offer yacht-sharing as a cheaper alternative to ownership. Here’s the scoop on three different sites, with examples of where you’ll be able to sail and how much it’ll cost you. Boatbound Launched in June 2013, the San Francisco-based company boasts 13 million…
  • Deal Alert: $99+ at Omni Hotels & Resorts

    Karen Gardiner Dion
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:30 pm
    The Omni Hotels and Resorts brand launched a 72-hour sale this morning, which means the clock is ticking if you want to take advantage it. Until midnight on Thursday, August 21, the brand’s Labor Day Special is offering rooms for $99, $119, $139, $169, $199, and $229 in select cities for stays from August 24 through September 7. Just in time for a last-minute Labor Day weekend getaway. Sample rates include $199 at Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort, which, with its paddle boarding, golfing, island hoppers, and Segways, makes for a great family getaway;  $119 at Omni Rancho Palmas…
  • A $60 Hotel in Crete and 6 Other Hotels So Remote You Can Only Get There By Boat

    Yahoo! Travel
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:30 pm
    By Claudine Zap Really want to get away from it all? Consider a hotel that’s so remote, you can get there only by boat (or seaplane if you’re a tycoon). Think Robinson Crusoe without the shipwreck. Here, some of the standouts. The dock leading to paradise — Ilet Oscar Guest House (Photo: Ilet Oscar Guest House) Ilet Oscar Guest House, Martinique Take a 10-minute boat ride from Francois Marina to Ilet Oscar and you’ll completely unplug. The spit of land on the southeast side of Martinique has nothing more than a colonial-style, four-bedroom guesthouse and amazing views of the sky and…
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  • $0.20 Cents Will Buy You a Dosa in Yangon

    Mark Wiens
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    In-between dodging raging buses and strolling through the energetic streets of Yangon, one of the most popular activities is to eat street food snacks. In Yangon, you’re bombarded with so many street food stalls on every corner, that it’s almost overwhelming. However, you do have to be careful eating street food in Yangon; Not everything looks […] $0.20 Cents Will Buy You a Dosa in Yangon is a post from: Migrationology - Food Travel Blog The post $0.20 Cents Will Buy You a Dosa in Yangon appeared first on Migrationology - Food Travel Blog.
  • 41 Photos That May Tempt You to Visit Yangon, Myanmar Immediately

    Mark Wiens
    11 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Yangon, Myanmar is a city overflowing with excitement. Crossing the street is one of the biggest challenges, but if you can get to the other side, what awaits you is a cultural buffet of colors, vendors, markets, and friendly people. Walking around downtown Yangon is never going to be calm or peaceful, but the action, fathom of […] 41 Photos That May Tempt You to Visit Yangon, Myanmar Immediately is a post from: Migrationology - Food Travel Blog The post 41 Photos That May Tempt You to Visit Yangon, Myanmar Immediately appeared first on Migrationology - Food Travel Blog.
  • Eating a Winning Bowl of Mohinga in a Yangon Parking Lot

    Mark Wiens
    7 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Sometimes you have no plans to eat… but it just feels right. You’re walking along, with little intention to eat anything, but then you see a stall that calls your name. You might not even be sure why, but something having to do with the atmosphere, the fresh look of the food, the aroma that hits […] Eating a Winning Bowl of Mohinga in a Yangon Parking Lot is a post from: Migrationology - Food Travel Blog The post Eating a Winning Bowl of Mohinga in a Yangon Parking Lot appeared first on Migrationology - Food Travel Blog.
  • Volkswagen Vans, River Kayaking, and Food – Kanchanaburi Road Trip with Amazing Thailand

    Mark Wiens
    4 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    When I was going to University in the United States, I owned a 1997 Volkswagen Jetta. I loved that car. But when I graduated from university and decided to travel indefinitely with no plans, I sold it, and have never owned a vehicle, other than a Thai street food cart, since. Amazing Thailand road trip […] Volkswagen Vans, River Kayaking, and Food – Kanchanaburi Road Trip with Amazing Thailand is a post from: Migrationology - Food Travel Blog The post Volkswagen Vans, River Kayaking, and Food – Kanchanaburi Road Trip with Amazing Thailand appeared first on Migrationology -…
  • Breakfast at the Market, Thai Fruit Carving, and Royal Salads (Day 5)

    Mark Wiens
    1 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Talad Wat Raiking (ตลาดวัดไร่ขิง) Day five on set of the Thai food tv show, and it was one of the best days so far, but it was also very long. We woke up quite early, about 4 am, and got picked up to drive to Wat Raiking (วัดไร่ขิง), a temple that’s home to a huge […] Breakfast at the Market, Thai Fruit Carving, and Royal Salads (Day 5) is a post from: Migrationology - Food Travel Blog The post Breakfast at the Market, Thai Fruit Carving, and Royal Salads (Day 5) appeared first on Migrationology - Food Travel Blog.
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    i heart japan - Japan travel tips and info about Japan

  • 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 TestsRecommend Your Favourite…
  • 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
  • School Girl Ninjas

    18 Jul 2014 | 8:15 am
    Fun schoolgirl ninja/parkour that I came across. Of course it’s a hidden viral video attempt for a soft drink company, but it’s fun to see the mix of acrobatics and wire work. Related Posts:Qualifications for Teaching English in JapanJapanese Fashion: Forest GirlTeaching English In Japan – What Every Newbie Should KnowBizarre Japan – Underwear that Helps you Lose WeightHigh Tech Japanese Vending Machines
  • The Four Top Tokyo Day Trips

    9 Jul 2014 | 1:42 pm
    Photo Credit: Hendrik Schicke Just came across this article on the Forbes website on the top four day trips from Tokyo. It has a nice mix of suggestions for foodies, outdoor types, and history fans. When you visit Tokyo, give yourself time for a day trip to explore the other facets of Japan—after all, the island is made up of 47 prefectures, each with its own slew of offerings. Check it our here. Related Posts:Your Own Personal Japanese GuideDancing from all 47 PrefecturesTokyo Art Events in June 2012Top 5 Hiking Trails in JapanTop Ryokan in Tokyo
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    Europe Up Close

  • Walking the Wales Coast Path

    Roy Stevenson
    18 Aug 2014 | 11:59 am
    Wales has for long played second fiddle to England’s moors and fells as a destination for the UK’s trail walkers, but it now offers a unique path that puts it squarely near the top of the trail walking bucket list. The 870-mile long Wales Coast Path (WCP), completed in May 2012, offers the longest continuous […]
  • Undiscovered Italy: Food and Lodging in Polesine

    Guest Contributor
    12 Aug 2014 | 10:10 am
    In my recent article, Polesine Italy: Two Rivers Run Through it, I told you about a series of attractions in Polesine, an area of northeast Italy which is sadly overlooked and seriously overshadowed by neighboring Venice. Two attractions not mentioned in the previous article are covered here: food and lodging. They are inter-connected in that many of […]
  • A Perfect Day in Venice

    Katherine Sazdanoff
    9 Aug 2014 | 8:05 am
    There’s nowhere in the world quite like Venice with its winding canals and teeny-tiny bridges, age-old churches, and local artisan shops that sell everything from delicate antiques to colorful papier-mâché masks. It’s an easy city to fall in love with, and an even easier one to get lost in; turn down one topsy-turvy alley too […]
  • Polesine, Italy: Two Rivers Run Through it

    Guest Contributor
    4 Aug 2014 | 8:51 am
    You don’t have to drive Apollo’s sun chariot to find yourself in close proximity to the Po River of Northern Italy. Phaeton did it the hard way when he lost control of his father’s horses, and was struck down by Zeus. According to mythology, the mortal fell and drowned in the Po River not far […]
  • Sardinia for the Rest of Us

    Guest Contributor
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:33 am
    Among the first things you hear when you arrive in Sardinia is a local exclaiming: “Look at our beaches. Look at our water. More beautiful than the Caribbean!” Usually the claim is made by someone who has never set foot on a Caribbean island so its validity is questionable, but you can understand why the […]
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    eNidhi India

  • Doodhsagar falls by Train- Disaster waiting to happen!

    Shrinidhi Hande
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:45 am
    Doodhsagar is a huge eye catching waterfalls in the western ghats, located in the border of Goa and Karnataka state. Thanks to couple movies which showcased this falls in recent times, tourist inflow to the falls has increased exponentially over past one year or so. However, poor logistics and travel options to Doodhsagar falls is forcing tourists to take risky approaches which may result in fatal accidents one day.Doodhsagar falls has a jeep track which remains closed during monsoon season- and monsoon is the best time to visit the falls, as it will be at its best. During monsoons there’re…
  • Night Photo- Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church, Goa

    Shrinidhi Hande
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:47 am
    Our Lady of Immaculate Conception Church is one of the oldest churches in Goa, reportedly built in 16th century. It is located in Altinho, Panjim and below are some night time photos I clicked during the recent visit.
  • Mahindra Thar CRDE 4x4 review

    Shrinidhi Hande
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:40 am
    I had not driven Mahindra Thar so far. When I planned Goa trip, I booked a Mahindra Thar on self drive from Carzonrent. [Read Goa Carzonrent Myles self drive experience] Thar wasn’t available for self-drive anywhere else, so even when other bigger and more comfortable cars were available for same amount (Xylo, Tavera etc were available for same amount as Thar), I opted for Thar, though it meant some inconvenience for my guests in terms of seating comfort.I drove a Mahindra Thar CRDE 4x4 for 4 days/950kms and below post shares some of my observations. Thar is a very rugged, all weather,…
  • Carzonrent Goa selfdrive car rental experience

    Shrinidhi Hande
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:13 am
    Last week I drove in and around Goa in a Mahindra Thar, rented from Carzonrent. Carzonrent’s self drive service in Goa is facilitated by some third party operator and my experience in Goa was entirely different from the signature carzonrent self-drive experience I was used to. In this article I am explaining the difference and some nuisances you should be aware ofFactorCarzonrent GoaCarsonrent Rest of IndiaFuelEmpty tankFull tankDepositRs 5000 cash, returned in cash while returningAmount blocked on credit card, 30-70kProofOne Original ID card to be given. None- photocopy of passport/DL…
  • Suryagarh Botique Hotel, Jaisalmer Rajastan

    Shrinidhi Hande
    12 Aug 2014 | 1:26 pm
    Suryagarh is a luxury boutique hotel in the deserts of Rajastan, some 17kms from Jaisalmer town. You may read my first impressions here and this post shares some detailed thoughts and observations about this hotel. Suryagarh could have been passed off as yet another hotel, but they stand apart by creating unique signature experiences for their guests. The vast deserts of Jaisalmer have lots of stories to tell, various monuments, temples and places of interest to be explored. It is impossible for outsiders to explore the desert on their own, without some local help. One can very easily…
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    Solo Traveler

  • Travel for Play and Be First-Aid Ready

    Janice Waugh
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    Unhindered by the demands of daily life, presented with opportunities to try new activities, travel encourages us to stretch the boundaries of life - especially the physical ones. And yes, it's a good idea to pack a First-Aid kit. A new article has been added to Solo Traveler
  • Quote of the Week: Going Alone

    19 Aug 2014 | 5:27 am
    American author, poet, and philosopher Henry David Thoreau points out the obvious: if you're going alone, you can go right now. A new article has been added to Solo Traveler
  • Two Sides of Venice Beach

    Janice Waugh
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    It's not only developing countries that leave a traveler conflicted. My day at Venice Beach provided a wide view of America from gentrified communities to homeless ones. A new article has been added to Solo Traveler
  • Solo Travel Destination: Places to Go Near Ubud, Bali

    Janice Waugh
    15 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    Base yourself in Ubud, enjoy this magical city, but take in central Bali as well. Here are 10 destinations near Ubud that are worth the visit. A new article has been added to Solo Traveler
  • Pic of the Week: Berlenga Grande, Portugal

    14 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    A Solo Travel Society member shares this photo of the Fort of Saint John the Baptist, from her first solo trip to Portugal. A new article has been added to Solo Traveler
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  • Top 5 Gadgets For Aspiring Travel Writers (Aaron "Danger" Bradford)
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:10 pm
    Backpacking around the world HappytimeBlog | Top 5 Gadgets For Aspiring Travel WritersPhoto from Flickr by koalazymonkey Hands up if you’re reading this because you want to be a travel writer? Just about everybody, right? And why not, being paid to travel has got to be one of the ultimate dream jobs, and over the last couple of years it’s become a much more attainable dream for most of us. If you’re planning a trip abroad and want to try your hand at travel writing, check out these handy gadgets that will help you launch your fledgling career.   Smart Phone A lot of people decide…
  • Devon with a difference (Aaron "Danger" Bradford)
    13 Aug 2014 | 10:25 pm
    Backpacking around the world HappytimeBlog | Devon with a differencePhoto from Flickr by Baz Richardson If you want to get away from the rat race but do not feel like going abroad, then you should consider travelling to Devon, a land of cliffs, coves and crags, beaches and sea. Exploring Devon has much to offer the tourist, not least for its stunning and mostly unspoilt scenery. Take the great stretches of granite land that are Exmoor and Dartmoor, that offer a photographer panoramic landscapes of his dreams, and ramblers and walkers acres of land to trudge across and explore. Sightseeing for…
  • Top 4 Holidays That You Thought Only Your Grandparents Would Enjoy (Aaron "Danger" Bradford)
    6 Aug 2014 | 9:15 pm
    Backpacking around the world HappytimeBlog | Top 4 Holidays That You Thought Only Your Grandparents Would EnjoyPhoto from flickr by Sue Hasker Old people are great, aren’t they? Grandparents always seem to have a secret stash of chocolate somewhere in the house, are able to fill you in on several months worth of soap opera-related news and still give you a pound pocket money every time they see you (even though you’re twenty-five years old). But what if we told you that your grandparents should also be your holiday inspiration? Holidaying in the UK has seen a resurgence in popularity over…
  • Top 4 Reasons To Book EICC as Your Conference Venue (Aaron "Danger" Bradford)
    25 Jul 2014 | 9:14 pm
    Backpacking around the world HappytimeBlog | Top 4 Reasons To Book EICC as Your Conference Venue The Edinburgh International Conference Centre is a major conference centre in Edinburgh. The centre got the UFI Sustainable Development Award in 2014. UFI is the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry. The Edinburgh International Conference Centreor EICC won two prizes at the fifth Annual Scottish Event Awards. EICC in Edinburgh hosted Scottish Business Awards with a record breaking presence of 19,000 Scottish business figures leading in their respective trades. Economic impact of £50.4m…
  • How to Hold a Conference in Victoria London (Aaron "Danger" Bradford)
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:46 pm
    Backpacking around the world HappytimeBlog | How to Hold a Conference in Victoria London If you are planning to organise a business meeting in Victoria, London, you will find several conference venues to choose from. Holding conferences or business meetings is a requirement for almost every business. How well you can organise a business meeting could have a direct impact on the reputation of your company. Elisabeth Conference Centre has the largest space for holding conferences and exhibitions in Central London. It hosts 400 national as well as international events every year. It has the…
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    501 Places

  • 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…
  • Japanese Winter Festivals – in photos

    Andy Jarosz
    25 Jun 2014 | 7:53 am
    It’s been a few months since we visited Japan to experience the winter festivals, but I thought I’d share a few of our photos from our time on Hokkaido, Japan’s northern island. We spent a week in the main city of Sapporo, where the annual festival attracts around 2 million people. We then headed north to the drift ice on the Sea of Okhotsk, visiting more festivals along the way. What struck us, apart from the bitter cold, was the way in which the festivals involved a lot more than merely staring at ice and snow sculptures, however impressive they were. At each site there…
  • Travelling close to home – why nearer can be better

    Andy Jarosz
    16 Jun 2014 | 8:01 am
    I can’t help but feel that there’s something unadventurous about taking a trip in our own country. People speaking the same language, familiar food and even the reassuringly boring shops when we need to pick up something we’ve inevitably forgotten to pack. And yet there are few places that I look forward to visiting as much as I do in taking a trip in the UK. On our recent trip to the north-east of England we took the chance to revisit some of our favourite haunts from our time living in the region over 10 years ago. We took a detour to do one of my favourite walks in…
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    Eyeflare Travel Articles and Tips

  • 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…
  • Pearling in Western Australia

    9 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    If you are considering going to Australia to work or need to do your regional/agricultural work for your second year working holiday visa - working within the pearling industry in the country's Western region might be exactly the job for you. What is pearling? “Pearling” is not extracting the pearls from the shells themselves but hacking the deposits that have formed on the clam shell over time. In most pearl farms, clams take around eight months to produce a good sized pearl. The job of pearling is to rid the clam of impurities and to look out for potential diseases that may stop…
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    Lance Around Orlando

  • Stuck at Disney’s Magic Kingdom

    16 Aug 2014 | 12:22 pm
    Heidi & Daughter Join LanceAround Family (& # 1 Ember’s Adolfo) at MK [Editor's Note: Today Heidi Strawser continues her series of posts where she joins the LanceAround family at Disney's Magic Kingdom for a preview of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train ride. Enjoy!--LanceAround.] Last month, I shared about our Dream Breakfast at Disney’s Contemporary Resort with the LanceAround family.  This time, I’d like to share about our fun day at the Magic Kingdom . . . I mentioned that we were each issued some goodies upon leaving the breakfast.  One of those goodies was a ticket…
  • A Dream Breakfast at Disney World

    10 Jul 2014 | 11:37 am
    An Unexpected Day at Disney World [Editor's Note: Today's guest post, including photos and video, comes from our friend Heidi of Heidi's Head. --LanceAround] Ever since our visit to Disney in 2009 – when we stayed at a Florida Dream Homes – I’ve had a dream . . . I’ve dreamed of moving to Florida and working for Walt Disney World or for LanceAround & Mrs. LanceAround at Florida Dream Homes. FDH provides vacation rental homes for guests traveling to the Disney World area of Central Florida. Last week, I got a small taste of what that dream might look like, if it…
  • The Poetry of Paul Sorvino – Day 8 FFF 2014

    29 Apr 2014 | 10:57 am
    Paul Sorvino Recites a Poem for LanceAround “Her love is youth, O speak my heart…” Paul Sorvino is a renaissance man. In addition to being an excellent actor, he is also a sculptor, singer, chef and even a poet. He was at the FFF to promote his newest film, Last I Heard. It was an OK film about a Mafia mobster who spent 20 years in prison and must now face life as an old man with a failing heart and no longer as “a king made of steel.” Paul was also present for a Q & A after the Enzian faithful were treated to a big screen showing of the Martin Scorsese…
  • Love Me – Day 7 FFF 2014

    23 Apr 2014 | 4:31 pm
    Mrs. LanceAround with Jonathon Narducci Director of Love Me Prior to the feature documentary we had the short Tim And Susan Have Matching Handguns. This two minute documentary short adds nothing to its title, except, perhaps the knowledge that one of the main reasons given for buying matching handguns is so they can quickly exchange ammo, in the event they need to. To paraphrase Seinfeld, if your biggest need is to be able to quickly exchange handgun ammo, perhaps making sure your handguns match is the least of your problems. On to the main attraction… This year is shaping up to be a…
  • JFK Calls Him A Silly Bastard – Day 7 FFF 2014

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

  • Discover New Parallax Scrolling with Adobe Muse CC

    Doug Bardwell
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:17 pm
    Terry White, Adobe worldwide evangelist, shows how Adobe Muse CC lets you create stunning effects with just a few clicks. Make images and elements move in di... For more about Photography, Tech and Travel, be sure to check out my other blog:
  • Font menu enhancements in Adobe InDesign CC

    Doug Bardwell
    30 Jul 2014 | 4:57 am
    See how you can find the perfect font fast in InDesign CC. Search by family or style, save your favorites, and see live font previews in your layout. For more about Photography, Tech and Travel, be sure to check out my other blog:
  • Sonia Shi & Wayne Ning - Myagent - Real Estate Video & Photography

    Doug Bardwell
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:56 am
    Barfoot & Thompson. For more about Photography, Tech and Travel, be sure to check out my other blog:
  • Sync Settings in Creative Cloud with Adobe Premiere Pro CC and After Effects CC

    Doug Bardwell
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:46 pm
    In this brief video, Principal Worldwide Evangelist Jason Levine showcases the Sync Settings feature in After Effects CC and Adobe Premiere Pro CC, enabling ... For more about Photography, Tech and Travel, be sure to check out my other blog:
  • Wedding Photography Beverly & Don @ The Flying Bridge

    Doug Bardwell
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:37 pm
    I recently photographed the Wedding of Bev & Donnie at the Cotuit Federated Church, Loop Beach and The Flying Bridge in Falmouth. I hope you enjoy this 3 1/2 minute montage. Music by Michael Oakland. For more about Photography, Tech and Travel, be sure to check out my other blog:
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  • Not Just in Napa: The 7 Best Hotels for Wine Lovers EVER

    Julie Ruditzky Loffredi
    20 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    If you suffer (we use the term lightly) from an intense devotion to wine, you will feel right at home at these wino-friendly hotels. We must say, we’ve uncorked the best of the best with these seven getaways. Many are near the best grape stompin’ vineyards in the country, or either offer expansive wine lists, classes for newbies, or wine-infused spa treatments — or all of these things! Just be sure to bring a clean palate; you’ll have plenty of opportunity to unleash your inner connoisseur. Bernardus Lodge, Carmel Valley Set on 26 pristine Carmel Valley acres…
  • Back to School: The 10 Best College Towns in the U.S.

    Lara Grant
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:51 am
    As summer comes to a close and Labor Day fast approaches, it can only mean one thing — school is about to be back in session. Of course, degrees and majors are important (kinda, sorta). But when choosing their collegiate home for the next four years (or five or six — no judgement; it’s the best years of your life), many high school seniors also consider the nightlife, history, and culture of the college towns. Taking a trip to these locales offers potential students an opportunity to check out the scene — and it’s also fun chance to explore a young, vibrant…
  • Hillary’s Hotel Demands: Recent Report Details Clinton’s Fancy Travel Preferences

    Jane Reynolds
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    With rumors swirling of a run for the 2016 presidency, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been jet-setting around the country to attend various conferences and speak at numerous events, likely in order to drum up support. And, of course, with a potential campaign looming in the future comes plenty of research done to uncover just how Mrs. Clinton travels — and what she spends her hard-earned cash from her high-priced speaking engagements on. Yesterday, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that Clinton not only requires roundtrip transportation on a private jet —…
  • Summering in Scandinavia: Heat Things Up in the Land of the Midnight Sun

    Kristina Fazzalaro
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Sweden and Norway typically conjure images a la Frozen: Stunning icescapes punctuated by the rogue reindeer or a flash of brilliance from the Northern Lights. But there is more to these Northern European countries than meets the eye — and it’s not all winter and chill. When hockey season ends and the sun comes out to play, Scandinavians flock to the coastline for summering on the shore. Whether boating along their country’s rugged oceanfront or exploring its lakes, Scandinavians embrace the warm weather with gusto. There’s also phenomenal hiking, golfing, and other athletic…
  • 10 Beachfront Huts in the Caribbean: Low-Key Boutique Hotels on the Beach

    Jane Reynolds
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    This post originally appeared on Yahoo! Travel.  The Caribbean oftentimes musters up images of massive beach resorts. Even some of the most luxurious options can be teeming with crowds that filter from the various restaurants to the packed beaches to the lively pool scene, frequented by both splashing kids and partying co-eds. But during our travels around the islands, we’ve also found plenty of quiet hidden gems. These beachfront boutiques have the look and vibe of a casual oceanside hut – but nonetheless deliver a hotel-like experience with on-site amenities and activities, and…
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    Wicked Good Travel Tips

  • Do This.. Not That.. For An Authentic Experience in Singapore

    Guest Author
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:12 am
    So you’ve decided to visit the Lion City – the cosmopolitan metropolis that has so much to offer for visiting travellers. Get off the typical tourist trail and experience Singapore on a more personal level. Just so you don’t waste your time standing in line with the other toursits, here’s what NOT to do, and what TO DO instead in Singapore.
  • America’s Best Campgrounds and RV Parks For Hunting and Fishing

    Susan Kohlback
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:35 am
    Soon the temperatures will begin to ease from summer's heat and cool breezes will blow down from the hills and mountains. Before long, the urge to dress in bright orange will become irresistible. No, not for Halloween - for a great guys getaway to the wilderness! It's nearly time to gather your buddies and take to the woods for a hunting, fishing and laughs. Combine the all-time favorite guy activities of fishing, hunting and hiking and go RVing and camping in some of America's best spots. Here's a look at some of America's best RV and Camping Parks for hunting, fishing and hiking:
  • Best Kept Sightseeing Secrets of Atlanta – Don’t Miss Them

    Guest Author
    15 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Discovering The Best Kept Secret Activities of Atlanta If you live in or have ever traveled to Atlanta, you likely know about attractions such as the Atlanta Braves’ Turner Field, the High Museum of Art, the CNN Center, the Atlanta Zoo, and Piedmont Park. You probably don’t know, however, about the vast array of other activities that are home to this charming southern city. Atlanta has a hidden collection of activities for those who are sick of seeing the same tourist traps time and time again.
  • River Cruising Is Not Just For Europe Anymore

    Guest Author
    13 Aug 2014 | 6:14 am
    Contrary to popular belief, river cruising is not exclusive to Europe. Most of the world's great cities have emerged along the shores of mighty rivers and today river cruising has expanded to travel the world's great rivers. There are opportunities to explore rivers all across the globe, from the Yangtze River in China to the Irrawaddy river in Burma. There are also river cruises in the USA and South America, with routes along the Mississippi and the Amazon rivers. River cruises offer the opportunity to explore territory which is often thought of as the remit of backpackers, in a luxurious…
  • Why Wait – Applying For TSA PreCheck Is A Breeze

    Linda Rappaport
    11 Aug 2014 | 5:44 am
    Making Your Way Through Airport Security is almost pleasant with TSA PCheck Status. If you travel several times a year, do yourself a big favor and apply for PreCheck. I just got mine and was surprised how simple the process was. Why wait (in airport security lines that is)? Applying for TSA PreCheck status is easier than you might think.
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  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-20-2014

    20 Aug 2014 | 11:22 am
    Knowing when not to work is as important as knowing when to. (H. MacKay) — As is knowing what to do and what to let go. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-20-2014 appeared first on
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-19-2014

    19 Aug 2014 | 11:22 am
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  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-18-2014

    18 Aug 2014 | 11:22 am
    I've never learned anything from any man who agreed with me. (D. Malone) — Fortunately, I've got lots of teachers! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-18-2014 appeared first on
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-17-2014

    17 Aug 2014 | 11:22 am
    How much easier is self-sacrifice than self-realization! (E. Hoffer) — The enlightened are never victims. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-17-2014 appeared first on
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-16-2014

    16 Aug 2014 | 11:22 am
    To have a right to do a thing isn't the same as to be right in doing it. (G.K. Chesterton) — Can doesn't mean should. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-16-2014 appeared first on
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  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-20-2014

    20 Aug 2014 | 11:22 am
    Knowing when not to work is as important as knowing when to. (H. MacKay) — As is knowing what to do and what to let go. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-20-2014 appeared first on
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-19-2014

    19 Aug 2014 | 11:22 am
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  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-18-2014

    18 Aug 2014 | 11:22 am
    I've never learned anything from any man who agreed with me. (D. Malone) — Fortunately, I've got lots of teachers! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-18-2014 appeared first on
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-17-2014

    17 Aug 2014 | 11:22 am
    How much easier is self-sacrifice than self-realization! (E. Hoffer) — The enlightened are never victims. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-17-2014 appeared first on
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-16-2014

    16 Aug 2014 | 11:22 am
    To have a right to do a thing isn't the same as to be right in doing it. (G.K. Chesterton) — Can doesn't mean should. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-16-2014 appeared first on
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    Beers & Beans

  • 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…
  • 2 Days of Peace, Beats and Love at the PITCH Festival in Amsterdam

    Randy Kalp
    31 Jul 2014 | 3:25 am
    We were in Amsterdam to cover the PITCH Festival (July 4 – 5) for Must Love Festivals, so with that in mind, and a busy work schedule, we didn’t get to play tourist a whole lot, beyond doing some lazy laps around the red light district, where we attended a €2 peep show and had the unfortunate luck of seeing another man’s vinegar strokes, and getting lost in the sunny shadows of golden-age canal houses.Our journey to Amsterdam marked the first time we traveled outside of the United States for a festival. And, I have to say,  it was super cool! It added a whole different…
  • Where to Snack, Sleep and Smoke in Amsterdam

    Randy Kalp
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:20 pm
    One of the great things about life is second chances. A second chance to get a better grade in school, a second chance at love, a second chance with your career, a second chance to say “I Love You,” and for us, as travelers, a second chance to see a city again.Beth and I got a second chance with Amsterdam last month. She was a mistress who just didn’t move us the first time around. But when we joined the Must Love Festivals project, we had a chance to revisit the city for the PITCH Festival, a progressive electric musical event, and we went for it with an open mind.SleepWe arrived in…
  • Drop Some Travel Knowledge, Earn Up to $500 Cash from Buggl

    Randy Kalp
    17 Jul 2014 | 11:34 pm
    It’s 8 a.m. on Friday. I’m in a little beach town in Santorini listening to a rooster’s crow cut through the swooshing palms overhead, and I’ve got San Diego on my mind, again. Why you ask? Well, partly because of the rooster, whose high pitch “Good Mornings” remind me of a Pepe, our diaper wearing cock who was part of our home in Pacific Beach. (We thought he was a chicken until one day…he spoke.)The other reason I’m thinking about San Diego this sunny morning is that I’m about to resume work on my newest digital guide, Travel Thru San…
  • Exploring San Diego’s Best Skateparks with a Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

    Randy Kalp
    15 Jul 2014 | 4:42 am
    Prior to visiting San Diego in May, I came up with the idea that I wanted to create a guide to my favorite San Diego Skateparks. I fell in love with skateboarding as a scrawny kid in western Pennsylvania during the Regan Administration. In those days we only had the street, church parking lots (one of the few places that we didn’t get kicked out of) and homemade ramps. We consumed Thrasher Magazine and VHS skate videos, both of which filled us with golden dreams of the California skate scene, and idolized guys like Mike McGill who can be seen above still skating his local spot at the…
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    Heather on her travels blog

  • 6 things the English girls get SO wrong on the beach in Greece!

    Heather Cowper
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:34 am
    On the Greek island of Zakynthos I’ve been enjoying plenty of beach time while on holiday, hanging out with my daughter, my Greek niece and her friends. From behind my (designer) sunglasses I’ve been observing Greek beach etiquette and realising how different it is from a British day out at the seaside. The stylish Greek girls laugh at the English holiday-makers who get it wrong in every way on the beach, so if you want to blend in with the cool crowd on the beach, here’s where you need to know; On Dafni beach in Zakynthos, Greece 1. Don’t think that the beach is free If…
  • My Flopz are on a Greek Island holiday – and I have 3 pairs to giveaway

    Heather Cowper
    17 Aug 2014 | 3:55 pm
    Summer holiday time is here and my Flopz flip flops are sunning themselves on the Greek island of Zakynthos. I woke up at our apartment at Windmill Hotel in Argassi (my sister’s place) and this was the view as I sipped my morning coffee – not bad huh? I love the fact that at this time of year in Greece you never have to check the forecast, there’s only one setting and that’s full-on sunny and hot, hot, hot. If you’d like to win a pair of Flopz flip flops to wear on your next holiday, read on as I have 3 pairs to give away… This is the view from our…
  • Lovely Laugharne – on the Dylan Thomas trail in South Wales

    Heather Cowper
    10 Aug 2014 | 8:26 am
    I like to imagine the 19 year old aspiring poet, Dylan Thomas arriving at Laugharne on the ferry, taking in the wide open skies of the Taf estuary, the small boats stranded in the marshy channels and the stark, stone towers of the ruined castle, and thinking “YES!, this is where I want to be.” He later wrote that it was the sort of place where people like him ” just came, one day, for the day, and never left; got off the bus, and forgot to get on again.” Laugharne in Camarthanshire is one of the places that Dylan Thomas is most connected to, living for the last 4…
  • An adventure in Slovenia – Bled and the Triglav National Park

    Guest Author
    7 Aug 2014 | 3:16 pm
    In this article our guest author Nathan Moore takes us to Slovenia, the outdoor adventure capital of Europe, tastes raw squid and swims in the crystal clear waters of Lake Bled. Nathan and Jim are two friends on an epic adventure through Europe in a self built campervan, with the aim of seeing new cultures, having a whole load of fun and raising money for the Teenage cancer trust and Challenge Worldwide. Slovenia has been dubbed many things over the years; the adult’s playground and the adventure capital of the world. It was both mine and my buddies first time in Slovenia and as a great…
  • 10 summertime cool things we did in Copenhagen (and you could too)

    Heather Cowper
    4 Aug 2014 | 5:07 am
    Summer in Copenhagen is a time for the locals to come out and enjoy the short but sweet Scandinavian summer beside the water, whether it’s the harbour, the beach or the Copenhagen lakes. Although I’ve been to Copenhagen a number of times with Guy, this time I wanted to show one of my favourite cities off to my kids, so I was on the look-out for those Scandi-cool things that would impress a hard to please teenager. Here is my guide to the cool things we enjoyed on our 4 day summer break in Copenhagen; Summer on the lake at Tivoli 1. Rent an apartment and live like a local Yes I…
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  • Adventures by Disney Viva Italia Recap Part 1: Rome

    Sharlene Earnshaw
    21 Aug 2014 | 12:01 am
    My family’s Adventures by Disney trip to Italy was one of our most incredible vacations to date, but day one of our journey was one of the longest days of my life. After traveling for about 24 hours (coming from the West Coast on three different flights) and playing the “oh my gosh I actually fell asleep on the airplane. How long was I asleep? Eight minutes! Dang it!” game over and over again, my husband and I were pretty exhausted. The kids, being kids, were able to get enough sleep to be functional. Thankfully, getting through customs was a breeze and our Disney Adventure…
  • Road School: Using a travel journal to make an impact

    Heather Erquiaga
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:06 am
      The silence of the trail. The quickened heart-beat at the glimpse of a doe and her twin fawns. The smell of the dirt after a rain. The softness of the layers of leaves and duff under the feet. A 20-minute walk in the woods can awaken all of the senses. But, how can we, as adults, make a moment like this stick with kids? When we give kids the ability to relate what they experience (see, hear, touch, taste, and smell) with how they feel, we empower them to be empathetic, and think critically. One way to give kids the opportunity to connect with travel is by journaling. Why journal…
  • Essential Tips for Choosing a Vacation Rental

    Kristi Marcelle
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:01 am
    Thinking about renting an apartment for a family vacation but don’t know where to begin? Families have many options when it comes to choosing kid-friendly accommodations, and vacation rentals (especially apartments) are exploding in popularity. They provide more space for families, the option to eat-in and do laundry, and can be more economical than a traditional hotel room, especially for larger groups. Why Choose an Apartment Marylebone was around the corner from our apartment and allowed us to be immersed in the neighborhood. An apartment rental doesn’t always make sense for everyone.
  • Road School – Best Way for Kids to Learn! – Weekly Digest-8/17/14

    Michelle McCoy
    18 Aug 2014 | 3:43 pm
      To start receiving Weekly Family Fun Digest emails. Click here. Destinations Tips Talk Book Hotels Buy Gear Blog Giveaways Road School – Best Way for Kids To Learn! Sunday August 17, 2014 All parents want to give their kids the best education possible. We at Trekaroo know that travel can be one of the best learning tools out there and it doesn’t have to come at a high vacation price. Join with us as we Road School! Road School: Why Travel is Our Favorite Way to Educate our Kids …scroll down to find more great Road Schooling Trips Monday Madness Giveaways Win a stay…
  • Summer Theatre Getaways in Ontario, Canada

    Lisa Goodmurphy
    18 Aug 2014 | 12:01 am
    Do you love live theatre and love to travel? Then you would probably agree that the ideal vacation involves traveling to a destination where there’s an opportunity to take in a play or two (or more). In the Canadian province of Ontario, there are two communities known around the world for their summer theatre getaways – Stratford and Niagara-on-the-Lake. The Stratford Festival alone welcomed nearly 500,000 visitors in 2013! Visiting either of these destinations during festival season is a great experience for families with kids old enough to attend the theatre. Stratford The city…
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    The Mom Maven

  • Disney Tervis Review and Giveaway

    Cindy Schultz
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” When we moved to Florida in 1980, one of the first must-have products for Florida living that we were introduced to were, what were then called, Tervis Tumblers.
  • How to Make Glitter Mason Jars-Wedding Wednesday

    Cindy Schultz
    20 Aug 2014 | 11:15 am
    Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in this post are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”Amidst all of the other wedding planning going on around here, I have begun to create the decorations for the reception. The…
  • Win It Wednesday 8-20-14

    Cindy Schultz
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    The busy fall season is kicking into high gear. Around here that means some awesome giveaways on my blog! I have 2 big ticket ($100+) value giveaways going on right now so make sure you pop over to enter them! The Sol Republic Deck Speaker giveaway ends 8/29. The HydroChic Active Wear giveaway ends 8/30. The Win It Wednesday Giveaway Linky Rules 1. Make sure the link is to the giveaway post, not the home page of your blog. Links to home pages will be deleted. 2. Put the end date in the title of your giveaway. 3. Link to an image of the prize, not your blog button. 4. If you post a giveaway…
  • Go Back to School with Mabel’s Lables

    Cindy Schultz
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in this post are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”Ever since I first learned about Mabel’s Labels I thought they were a genius answer to a perpetual problem. Kids take…
  • Turn It Up Tuesday 48

    Cindy Schultz
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Welcome to the 48th week of Turn It Up Tuesday! It is back to school week for the kids in town. Yesterday afternoon I mentioned to my husband that I had wanted to run to Walmart to pick up a copy of God’s Not Dead on Blu-ray to show our friends who were coming over that night, but I forgot. He thought that was a great idea and offered to run to the store while I finished tidying up the house. Neither one of us remembered that it was the night before school started and Walmart was a zoo! As usual, Walmart didn’t have enough registers open and he was the 11th person in line to use…
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    IndiaVision Latest Breaking News and Information about India » Travel

  • Amritsar street food that will make your mouth water

    13 Aug 2014 | 4:25 am
    IndiaVision Latest Breaking News and Information about India IndiaVision Latest Breaking News and Information about India - News and Information PortalA 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…
  • 4 offbeat summer getaways in India

    6 Aug 2014 | 6:31 am
    IndiaVision Latest Breaking News and Information about India IndiaVision Latest Breaking News and Information about India - News and Information PortalCome 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…
  • Hill stations near Delhi that are perfect for long weekends

    24 Jul 2014 | 2:24 am
    IndiaVision Latest Breaking News and Information about India IndiaVision Latest Breaking News and Information about India - News and Information PortalThe Indian capital’s proximity to the Himalayas means that there are many hill stations near Delhi offering a much-needed escape from the bustling streets and soaring temperatures. The picturesque snow-laden peaks and the charming hill towns nestled amidst them provide a perfect respite from the scorching heat. Whether you’re looking for a relaxed stay in a luxury resort overlooking the hills or a high-on-adrenaline paragliding…
  • Ramazan special—the best places to break bread

    21 Jul 2014 | 3:34 am
    IndiaVision Latest Breaking News and Information about India IndiaVision Latest Breaking News and Information about India - News and Information PortalDuring the month of Ramazan, go on a culinary journey by binging on some rich and indulgent fare catering specifically to those who’re breaking bread. Even if you haven’t fasted through the day, you can join the feasting at sundown and eat your way through the most delicious Indian delicacies. Pista House The City of Nizams instantly evokes images of biryani, but if you’re visiting during the month of Ramazan, there’s so much…
  • Three reasons to visit Goa during the off-season

    19 Jul 2014 | 2:44 am
    IndiaVision Latest Breaking News and Information about India IndiaVision Latest Breaking News and Information about India - News and Information PortalGoa has always been a much sought after holiday destination for its sun, sea and sand. However, the monsoon season in Goa has a different charm all together. Contrary to popular belief, Goa is best enjoyed in monsoons. The off-season ensures less crowd, noise and traffic jams thereby allowing one to enjoy the lush greenery and the clean backwaters. The advent of monsoons sure sees a dip in the number of parties and water sport activities, but…
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    Brendan's Adventures

  • Photography Gear Review: The EyeFi Wifi SD Memory Cards

    Brendan van Son
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:12 am
    It’s a bit of a tongue twister, the EyeFi Wifi SD Memory Cards.  But unlike a tongue twister the EyeFi cards were built not to tangle things, but to keep you untangled.  Essentially, what this card does is create a WiFi signal from your camera which you can pick up with your mobile device allowing [...]
  • A Guide to Travel Photography in London

    Brendan van Son
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:46 am
    You all might know that London isn’t exactly my favourite city from a travel standpoint.  I think it’s a bit overrated.  But from a travel photography standpoint, the city is absolutely fantastic.  Around every corner there seems to be something special to photograph.  In fact, as much as I might find London a tad bit [...]
  • On Location Travel Photography in Central Mongolia

    Brendan van Son
    12 Aug 2014 | 8:19 am
    Man, Mongolia was exactly what I expected it to be.  How often does that happen?  So many times before I’ve gone to countries expecting them to be a certain way and to have my perception completely flipped on its head.  Not Mongolia, it was as advertised – tough, rural, and 100% stunning.  Since we only [...]
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    Fire in the Belly...!!

  • Looking for a date, here's how to get one!

    1 Aug 2014 | 11:35 pm
    Every single, out there is looking for a suitable date and the problem is, the person whom he/she is looking for a date is not asking. Sad isn't it, don't worry, If he/she is not asking then you take the initiative and ask, but you need to ask the right questions. Enough said; Let us start the convo now.Conversation:Hi, if you think your are smart please answer these simple questions for me:-What is the first name of the actor in 'Hitch'?What comes after alphabet 'T'?What is the opposite of 'stop'? 3 strikes and you are?To get the area of the rectangle you multiply length x ....?Complete…
  • Keeping it real, yet again

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

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

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

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

  • WT003: Interview With Millionaire Trader, Brice Perissini, Traveling The World, What It Takes To Achieve Your Dreams, Epic Mustaches, Cycling, Street Art, and More.

    20 Aug 2014 | 6:25 pm
    A couple of years ago I had the great pleasure of meeting Brice Peressini, another day trader traveling the world. At The Day Trading Academy we always come up with nick names for all of our Master Traders. It is… a right of passage. When you have a nickname (insert Soprano’s voice) you made it. He trades a million dollar fund, has the balls of a champion, and the heart of lion. With our similar interests we soon became good friends, later traveling to several countries together. Once we even planned a last minute trip to Brazil that ended up being a crazy connection game for…
  • WT002: Day Trading & Traveling Around The World – WanderingTrader’s Take

    20 Aug 2014 | 5:43 pm
    As The Wandering Trader I get two type of quesitons all the time. Questions about travel and quesitons about day trading. One of the most popular being: “What is day trading?” On this episode I break down the stock market completely. I will use easy to understand examples, talk about what determines the value of stocks, and where the best options for day trading are in the stock market. In addition to helping to break down what can be a pretty complicated subject I introduce the idea of future contracts & e-mini futures and why these contracts are the best place to get…
  • Introducing The New WanderingTrader Podcast Episode 1

    20 Aug 2014 | 5:18 pm
    What was the next step for WanderingTrader? A podcast of course. I have been focused on our traders and other projects that I have almost explicated updating the site. What was unusual was that even though there wasn’t any content traffic was increasing and I hit records across the board this year. Once I was featured on the home page of BBC and BBC World News things got a little out of hand. So many people were interested in learning how to day trade and how to achieve their freedom.  A podcast would only be fitting.  This would serve various needs as it would be easier to update…
  • Is Medellin, Colombia Dangerous? Or Safe?

    18 Aug 2014 | 8:26 pm
    Is Medellin, Colombia dangerous? Or is Medelin Safe?  That is the question I always receive from many people that realize I’ve decided to setup a home base here. Those considering a visit to Medellin for business or pleasure for the first time still have that aging question in the back of their minds. The truth is Medellin has begun its second golden age. The first representing what could be considered a dark golden age where Pablo Escober took the reins of the city. He was so rich he offered to pay Colombia’s entire debt off to create his own country. That was Medellin’s most…
  • Moai Statue Quarry on Easter Island

    17 Aug 2014 | 10:36 pm
    This Moai Statues on Easter Island lie on the Northwest side of the island called Rano Raraku.  This is actually where the stone quarry is located. It is rumored that these were the only Moai statues that stood as of 1838.  There was also a Japanese project to help restore some of the statues on the island to their original positions on the edges of the island.  Many of the statues fell in an earthquake in the region.    Visiting Easter Island is one of the most serene places I have visited traveling over the last 6 years.  The internet isn’t the fastest in the world but I was…
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    Vino Con Vista Italy Travel Guides and Events

  • Chicago World Music Festival 2014
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:04 am
    World Music Festival Chicago 2014 WHEN: World Music Festival will be held Thursday, September 11 – Sunday, September 21, 2014 The 16th Annual World Music Festival Chicago will take place Thursday, September 11 – Sunday, September 21, 2014 and is presented by the City of Chicago and produced by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. This city-wide, multi-venue, eleven-day festival has attracted over 650,000 concertgoers and has presented more than 650 artists and ensembles from over 80 countries since it began in 1999.   Information and Resources Various…
  • Chicago Summer Festivals in September 2014
    17 Aug 2014 | 9:51 am
    There are plenty of 2014 September Summer Festivals in Chicago to keep you busy:   Street Food Artistry   Taste of Polonia Festival Friday, August 29 – Monday, September 1, 2014 Copernicus Center (Jefferson Park) 5216 W. Lawrence Ave. Chicago, IL 60630 Friday, Aug. 29: 5-11 pm; Saturday, Aug. 30: 12 Noon-11 pm; Sunday, Aug. 31: 12 Noon-11 pm; Monday, Sept. 1: 12 Noon-10 pm Admission: $7; $5 for seniors (65 & over); kids under 12 are FREE The Taste of Polonia is the annual major fundraiser for the Copernicus Center… sponsored by the Copernicus Foundation. It enables…
  • Edison Park Fest 2014
    16 Aug 2014 | 3:11 pm
      Edison Park Fest 2014: August 15th, 16th, & 17th WHERE: Oshkosh and Olmsted Edison Park Fest, our neighborhood fundraiser, will be held August 15th (5pm-10pm), Saturday, August 16th (12pm-10pm), and Sunday, August 17th (12pm-10pm). Portland Oregon’s Food Carts Friday, August 15th Live Entertainment Beer Garden Children’s Area Food Vendors Saturday, August 16th Live Entertainment Beer Garden Children’s Area Food Vendors Jim DelMedico Fest Parade @11am. Step-off at Ebinger Elementary Bingo Craft Fair Business Expo Family Stage Performances Sunday, August 17th Live…
  • Albany Park World Fest 2014 in Chicago
    16 Aug 2014 | 8:58 am
      Albany Park World Fest Saturday, August 16 & Sunday, August 17, 2014 Lawrence & Kimball Chicago, IL 60625 Saturday, August 16: 12 Noon-10 pm; Sunday, August 17: 12 Noon-9 pm FREE Admission; $5 gate donation benefits Albany Park Neighbors The eclectic northwest side neighborhood will celebrate its melting pot diversity at this all-new festival. Features food, eclectic music, arts & crafts and activities for kids and families. Visit or call 773.868.3010 for more information. Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @  Filed…
  • Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest 2014 in Chicago in Rogers Park
    16 Aug 2014 | 8:47 am
      Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest Saturday, August 16 & Sunday, August 17, 2014 Glenwood and Morse Avenues Chicago, IL 60626 11-9 pm Art in Chicago FREE Admission; $5 gate donation benefits Albany Park Neighbors The Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest (GAAF) is a free, weekend-long arts festival that features 100+ artists, open studios, and live entertainment on three outdoor stages. Experience art of all disciplines, music, theater, food and drink on the cobblestone streets of the Glenwood Avenue Arts District in Chicago’s historic Rogers Park neighborhood. Visit or call…
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  • 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…
  • Reader’s report: Dog-friendly river cruises in Germany, Holland

    24 Jul 2014 | 6:31 pm
    The fact is, it’s hard to find dog-friendly sailing/cruising opportunities, unless you own your own boat or can talk your way onto a friend’s boat. They exist, don’t despair (never despair!), but they’re rare. I list several in Bone Voyage, my book about dog travel — and isn’t it time you bought yourself a copy? — but this week I learned from reader Jenna that the German company 1AVista Reisen offers four different river cruises focusing on travelers with pet dogs (though guests without dogs are also welcome — “Selbstverständlich sind auch Gäste…
  • Reader’s report: Pet relief area at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) — Terminal C

    7 Jul 2014 | 11:55 am
    Speaking of reader Giuliana (responsible for my last post about JetBlue’s recent pet policy change), it’s high time I passed on her report about the pet relief area at Dallas Fort Worth International’s (DFW) Terminal C. You may recall that I’ve located and written about two of the pet relief areas serving DFW’s Terminal D, but I didn’t have time to get to the other areas at Terminals A and C. I asked for reports from any of you passing through DFW, and Giuliana responded to the call. Thank goodness she did, because DFW’s website is very thin on…
  • JetBlue now lets you reserve on-line an in-cabin spot for your pet dog

    2 Jul 2014 | 2:40 pm
    This is a two-part update, and I owe both parts to reader Giuliana, who wrote first to tell me that JetBlue now allows you to reserve an in-cabin spot for your pet online. As of at least June 16, the language on JetBlue’s JetPaws page stated that “Pets can be booked online or you can call 1-800-JETBLUE (538-2583).” That’s unusual — previously, of the major U.S. airlines, only Virgin America and United (carried over from Continental’s policy) let you make your pet’s reservation at the same time you make your own online reservation. I celebrated noisily on…
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  • On the Street with Saint Death in Tepito, Mexico

    21 Aug 2014 | 4:35 am
    Santa Muerte in Tepito (all photographs by Toni François) The Santa Muerte rosary service held in Tepito, Mexico City's most notorious barrio, is the signature public ritual of the burgeoning cult of the skeleton saint. On the first day of each month, thousands of devotees converge on tiny Alfareria street to participate in both the recitation of the rosary and the carnivalesque street scene that precedes the epic prayer to both the Virgin Mary and Saint Death. Many arrive hours in advance of the late afternoon service to claim a few feet of sidewalk space for their portable…
  • The Best New Wonders of August

    21 Aug 2014 | 4:17 am
    The foundation of Atlas Obscura is contributed by intrepid users around the world, out exploring the places no one else is noticing, or delving into history that's been all but forgotten. Here we are highlighting five of our favorite recent additions to the Atlas. Have a place we've missed? Create an account and become a part of our community. AI PIOPPI PLAYGROUND Treviso, Italy photograph by Oriol Ferrer Mesià One man spent over 40 years handcrafting the Ai Pioppi Playground out in an Italian forest. Contributed by Atlas Obscura user…
  • Places of Pause in a City That Never Sleeps: NYC's Hidden Meditation Spots

    20 Aug 2014 | 10:16 am
    Pausing on the NYC subway (photograph by Susan Sermoneta) No one expects the intense velocity of New York City to stop for them. But human beings are known to short circuit without a moment of pause here and there to reflect. No matter your religious belief or method of practice, meditation can be an incredibly healing mind-body therapy. One just needs to find a place of their own to be still and breathe. Maybe it is no surprise that a city notorious for never sleeping would also hold so many beautiful little tranquil spots of weary citizen asylum. But when millions of resourceful New…
  • Rising of the Gehlyrns: Anatomy of a Kcymaerxthaere Installation

    20 Aug 2014 | 6:06 am
    From August to September, Eames Demetrios, Geographer-at-Large for Kcymaerxthaere, is serving as the Geographer-in-Residence at Atlas Obscura. Here he explains more about how a Kcymaerxthaere site, one of the many of points around the globe that tell the story of a world parallel to our own, comes to be. When I accepted the geographer residency at Atlas Obscura, I really hoped a Kcymaerxthaere installation would be pulled off during the time of the residency itself, so I could capture a timeline in a way that I haven't really tried before. And we lucked out. Some Kcymaerxthaere…
  • Freemasons of the Caribbean

    19 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    photograph by Darmon Richter Freemasonry arrived in the Caribbean in the 18th century. It came by water, carried on the ships that sailed from Spain, England, the Netherlands, and France. Military men established many of the first lodges, although the practice was subsequently spread and maintained by colonial governments, merchants, and traveling businessmen.  In the mid-to-late 18th century, the "Craft" would see alternating periods of rapid growth, and stagnation. Lodges opened and closed in quick succession as the European powers battled both amongst their…
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  • Hoxton Street Monster Supplies in London, England

    20 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Along an otherwise normal London street is an innocuous storefront for Hoxton Street Monster Supplies, the world's only shop suppling monsters, bogey men, and creatures of the night with their everyday essentials, however this bizarre store is only a front for a sneaky community writing program.   Inside the shop the shelves are filled with neatly stacked bottles, tins, and boxes of such esoteric ingredients as "Thickest Human Snot," "A Vague Sense of Unease," and "Fang Floss." Warnings on the windows caution such whimsical (or terrifying) rules as only one giant at a time and a…
  • Tripitaka Koreana in Gyeongsangnam-do, South Korea

    20 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Taking 16 years to carve, the massive Buddhist canon known as the Tripitaka Koreana is a staggering collection of wooden printing blocks known as one of the most complete doctrinal texts in the entire religion and is said to not contain even one error across its tens of thousands of "pages." Originally carved in the late 11th century as a devotional work meant to change the fortunes of a feudal war in Korea by invoking the Buddha, the original version of the writings were eventually destroyed by a Mongul fire. The second edition of the work, which still exists today was commissioned…
  • Lake Sørvágsvatn in Vagar, Norway

    20 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Lake Sørvágsvatn is 3.4 square kilometers in size, more than three times the size of the second biggest lake among the Faroe archipelago, Fajallavatn and when viewed from above it appears to be contained far above the surrounding ocean. When viewed from afar, its seems that the lake is tilted towards the ocean, but only spills over in one small waterfall. This optical illusion also creates the impression that the reservoir is located hundreds of feet above sea level. In actuality, the elevation difference between the lake and the ocean is only about 30 meters, however,…
  • Petit Nevis Whaling Station in Petite Nevis, Saint-Vincent et les Grenadines

    20 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    The native people of Bequia island are one of the three populations in the world for whom whale hunting is tolerated by the International Whaling Commission (IWC). As is true for the Inuit people, whale hunting in Bequia is both a constitutive tradition and a survival need as there are no other natural resources on the island. However this tolerance comes with very specific conditions, mainly that whale hunting is to remain a traditional and non-commercial activity. Thus no motor boats are allowed to hunt the whales, which is a boon to local tourism as the long and elegant wooden…
  • Horologium mirabile Lundense in Lund, Sweden

    20 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    The astronomical clock in the Lund Cathedral known as Horologium mirabile Lundense is a magnificent artistic structure, but also contains surprisingly precise and modern pieces of engineering that were hidden in storage for almost a hundred years.   The Lund Cathedral itself was built in the mid 12th century, but the elegant astronomical clock was not first installed until 1387. The elaborate piece of machinery stood proudly in the cathedral for hundreds of years it was dismantled in 1837 and placed into storage. The historic time piece ,which in addition to simply telling the time of…
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  • Liam Neeson and Diane Keaton come to the Zurich Film Festival

    21 Aug 2014 | 2:35 am
    Two Hollywood stars will be at the 10th Zurich Film Festival, starting on September 25th. The team of the festival announced that Liam Neeson and Diane Keaton will be there to present their films. The Oscar nominee Liam Neeson will present his newest film “A Walk Among The Tombstones” during a Gala Première on Friday, October 3rd at the Cinema corso. […] The post Liam Neeson and Diane Keaton come to the Zurich Film Festival appeared first on Vivamost!.
  • Roger Federer opens the Lindt Swiss Chocolate Heaven

    20 Aug 2014 | 5:58 am
    Tennis Champion Roger Federer, who just won his 80th ATP tournament in Cincinnati, has been busy this summer. After Roland Garros and Wimbledon he found time in the middle of July to inaugurate the new Lindt shop, the Swiss Chocolate Heaven. The shop is located above Interlaken at the Jungfraujoch “Top of Europe” at 3,454 meters above sea level. There […] The post Roger Federer opens the Lindt Swiss Chocolate Heaven appeared first on Vivamost!.
  • Locarno Film Festival: Juliette Binoche receives the Excellence Award Moët & Chandon

    19 Aug 2014 | 1:06 am
    The French actress Juliette Binoche received on Saturday night the Excellence Award at the Locarno Film Festival. The official champagne of the festival, Moët & Chandon, rewards actors and actresses with this prize since 2004. The previous years popular stars such as Charlotte Rampling, Isabelle Huppert and Sir Christopher Lee received the Excellence Award. It is in […] The post Locarno Film Festival: Juliette Binoche receives the Excellence Award Moët & Chandon appeared first on Vivamost!.
  • The Orient Express: a train, which makes us dream

    4 Aug 2014 | 10:38 am
    Who has not heard of the Orient Express! Many say that if they could only travel aboard one train in their lifetime it would be that train. The Orient Express, which was the idea of the Belgian founder of the Companie international des wagons-lits, Georges Nagelmackers, took its first voyage on October 4th 1883. It used […] The post The Orient Express: a train, which makes us dream appeared first on Vivamost!.
  • Iroman Zurich, July 27th

    24 Jul 2014 | 10:56 pm
    On Sunday more than 2500 men and women from 60 nations will compete for 18th Zurich Iroman. The race helps the athletes qualify for the world championship, which will be in October in Kailua-Kona in Hawaii. They will start the 3.8 km swim race at 6.45 a.m at the Saffa island. Then they are expected at around 7.37 a.m. for […] The post Iroman Zurich, July 27th appeared first on Vivamost!.
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  • 10 Questions: Korbinian Kohler, Hotel Bachmair Weissach

    Joy Pecknold
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:54 pm
    In our General Manager series, we catch up with heads of hotels for some unique insight and perspective. This week, we talk to Korbinian Kohler, general manager of the Hotel Bachmair Weissach in Bavaria, Germany. Name one thing about your hotel that you haven’t told anyone else. That’s for me to know and for you […]
  • Trip Tips: 9 Places Off the Beaten Path

    Robyn Yager
    15 Aug 2014 | 10:38 am
    There are those spots that are highly coveted in terms of vacation destinations. Included in this list are the usual suspects: Maui, Paris, Santorini, and New York. If those spots have become a tad ho hum to you (a common side effect of wanderlust), perhaps it's time to look beyond the usual and seek out the unexpected. Herein, nine places that lie a little off the beaten path, but just as exciting and luxurious.
  • The List: 10 Relaxing and Recreational Countryside Escapes

    Joy Pecknold
    12 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    The urban heat island effect is at a fever pitch—it's the best time to get out of town. Whether it's Oregon's Williamette Valley or Switzerland's Lake Lucerne, chart a course for the cool countryside at one of these 10 rural resorts.
  • The List: 12 Exotic Seaside Spots for an Endless Summer

    Robyn Yager
    8 Aug 2014 | 10:42 am
    Fall is around the corner, but that needn’t depress beach lovers—there’s always a warm sandy spot to be found somewhere. Herein, 12 luxury seaside resorts on our hit list to visit now through next year. Italy: Il Pellicano Head on over to the boot in Tuscany to experience first-hand this retro-inspired Five Star hotel in […]
  • The List: Well-Located Hotels in 12 Must-Visit Cities

    Joy Pecknold
    5 Aug 2014 | 6:43 pm
    Small towns are charming, but big cities satisfy the most diverse of curiosities. The key is finding a spectacular, perfectly-situated hotel with plenty of attractions nearby and concierges to arrange anything further afield. Here are 12 we’re loving right now in cities including Istanbul, Cape Town, Moscow and Shanghai.
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  • 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…
  • Vilnius Railway Museum

    7 Aug 2014 | 6:01 am
    If you find yourself with some time to kill at Vilnius Train Station, you could do worse then spend 30-60 minutes checking out the Railway Museum, thoughtfully located right at the station. The indoor exhibition is in the station building itself, on the 1st floor and the outdoor section is on the eastern end of platform 1. You have to go upstairs to buy your ticket before visiting the outdoor part of the museum. Even if you don’t have a train to catch, if you’re into transport history then it’s worth a visit in any case. The indoor section houses railway parts, signalling…
  • Croatia Now Accepting Schengen Visas

    1 Aug 2014 | 3:14 am
    Great news: As of July 2014 there’s no need to apply for a separate Visa for Croatia if you have a valid Schengen Visa. In a step on the way to full Schengen Area integration (which is targeted for 2016) the Croatian government decided with immediate effect on July 22 2014 to accept valid Schengen Visas for entry to Croatia under the same conditions. The official Visa requirements page from the Croatian Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs puts it like this: Pursuant to the Government’s Decision, starting with 22 July 2014, the Republic of Croatia applies the Decision No…
  • Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 and travel to JayWay Destinations

    24 Jul 2014 | 3:42 am
    The site of the tragic MH17 crash is around 1,000 miles from the closest JayWay destination and as such there is no reason to postpone or cancel any travel plans to any of our destinations in Central & Eastern Europe. Ukraine is a very large country and the regions controlled by pro-Russian rebels are in the very far east of the country, as far away as could be from where you would be traveling. The site of the crash is shown in the image below (from Google Maps). If you need further reassurance that it is safe to travel to the region you can check your country’s State Department or…
  • Our 5 Favorite Hotels to Experience

    18 Jul 2014 | 6:07 am
    Sometimes you just want a place to lay your head after a hard day’s sightseeing but there are times when you want to stay in a hotel that is an experience in itself. We’ve picked our favorite five hotels that are a real treat, whether it’s for views, facilities or the history of the building. Hotel Villa Dubrovnik in Dubrovnik, Croatia It’s no surprise this 5 star hotel is often home to visitingHollywood types, from its unassuming front door (essentially just an elevator with a porchway) that whisks you down to the welcoming receptionists downstairs to the top notch…
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  • Celebrating Augustus, Rome’s First Emperor

    Martina Dalla Riva
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:28 am
    Prima Porta Augustus at the Vatican Museums August 19, 2014 marks two millennia since the death of the great Roman Emperor Augustus, who took his last breath at age 75 in his villa in the town of Nola in 14 AD. Augustus was Rome’s first Emperor, having founded what remains the world’s most famous empire, in 27 BC. As we join the city of Rome in its numerous cultural events to mark this special anniversary, we sat down with one of our docents, Dr. Giulia Facchin, a freelance archaeologist who has taken part in key excavations at the Colosseum and Forum of Peace over the past year, to learn…
  • Practical Facts: How to Visit Budapest’s Baths

    Natalie Holmes
    14 Aug 2014 | 6:02 am
    Gellert Baths, via Wiki Commons Budapest has a rare talent for mixing the traditional with the contemporary. Architecturally, the urban landscape is a paradise, where ruins become cultural venues and a turbulent past can be traced. History flows through the city, defining the different districts and revealing a timeline of ancient and recent events. From the Gothic towers of Matthias Church to the famed classicist Chain Bridge, walking the streets of Budapest can feel like a stroll through time. Among its many charms, Budapest has a reputation as the ‘City of Baths’, a well-deserved title…
  • Speaking like a local in Europe

    Emily Knight
    14 Aug 2014 | 12:50 am
    © Ed Yourdon, A Roman Couple Throughout the world, people bend and stretch their language to give it a unique and distinctly local flavor. To the outsider, these abstracted phrases and acronymic words can seem impenetrable. To give an example: if an old east-Londoner says to you “Meet me in the battle cruiser” you’d be left feeling a little confused. No, they are not inviting you to battle, they are merely asking if you would like to go for a drink at the local pub. This piece of cockney rhyming slang is just one of many phrases originating from the east end of London, and are formed…
  • Five Unique Hotels in Rome

    Natalie Holmes
    11 Aug 2014 | 1:54 am
      Interior of the DOM Hotel. Photo courtesy of DOM Hotel Rome is as a unique a destination as any you’re likely to visit, so it makes sense that to make your stay complete, your accommodation should match up to the magic of the Italian capital. But with over 20 million tourists a year, choosing a place to stay can be overwhelming. Rome being Rome, many hotels are housed in converted palazzi and other ancient buildings, and from afar it can be difficult to distinguish a gem from a dive. So we’ve surveyed our Italy office and docent network to boil down the most interesting hotels and…
  • TCM and Eating to Beat the Heat in China

    5 Aug 2014 | 6:08 am
    ©D. Sharon Pruitt, Pink Sherbet Photography In the West, we keep cool during the hottest months of the year with cold food and drink, but not so in China. “Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has an elaborate system of classifying foods into categories based on whether they heat, cool or have no temperature effect on the body,” says Shanghai docent and keen foodie Crystyl Mo, who leads our Crossroads Cuisine food tour and our Shanghainese annotated dinner. The concept of “coolness” and “heatiness” relates to the belief that different foods have different…
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    Go BIG or Go Home

  • Experience the World’s Second Largest Reef, By Submarine

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

    Traci Suppa
    25 Jun 2014 | 2:34 am
    Big Cat Rescue The Girl is a BIG fan of animals, thanks to a steady diet of “The Wild Kratts” on PBS. A trip to Tampa allowed us to visit Big Cat Rescue, the largest accredited sanctuary in the country, and possibly the world, dedicated entirely to abused and abandoned big cats. Big Cat Rescue is home to some 100 lions, tigers, leopards, cougars and other wild cats, who live in enclosed habitats on 67 acres in the Citrus Park area of north Tampa. These majestic creatures were, for the most part, former pets or victims of the “pet trade,” who were mistreated or abandoned. Some had been…
  • How to Experience Colonial Williamsburg With Kids

    Traci Suppa
    29 May 2014 | 9:17 am
    Colonial Williamsburg Courthouse The world’s largest living history museum, Colonial Williamsburg, has lured us to Virginia twice before. We now know two things with certainty. A) There’s not a lot of shade on a hot day. B) Despite that, there is a lot of entertaining and educational fun to be had by all ages. If you’re planning a trip this summer, there are a few highlights I would strongly recommend to maximize your experience, especially if you’re only there for one day. It’s best to have a plan of attack at a place this big — Colonial Williamsburg includes more than 400…
  • BIG Finds at Ripley’s Believe it or Not: Ocean City, MD

    Traci Suppa
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:54 am
    World’s tallest man! You can find a lot of superlative stuff inside the 32 Ripley’s Believe it or Not museums around the world; each location has more than 300 exhibits and artifacts. We’ve never been inside one of these “odditoriums” before, but we finally took the plunge last week while in Ocean City, Maryland. We discovered that this beachy destination is very seasonal, so there wasn’t a lot to do yet in mid-April. The 2.25-mile Boardwalk was hopping, however, and Ripley’s is in a prime location at the southern end. Robert Ripley, a cartoonist and adventurer, traveled to…
  • World’s Largest Salt Water Lagoon; Cayman Islands

    Traci Suppa
    27 Mar 2014 | 2:02 am
    Even though there’s still some snow on the ground, it’s officially spring, and I’m hopeful that I’ll be able to turn off the heat soon. This photo has been my screensaver for the past few months, and it has gotten me through. Swimming with stingrays in the Cayman Islands What you’re looking at is a warm and happy family posing with a stingray off the coast of Grand Cayman in the Cayman Islands. All that gorgeous blue is the perfect antidote to all the icy white I see from my window. We were on the north side of the island, in the North Sound, one of the world’s largest and…
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  • 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…
  • New Site Design!

    23 Jul 2014 | 12:55 pm
      Well if you are here it means you’ve noticed the new site design! I have been contemplating change for over a year. I really struggled with finding the perfect design, but I didn’t know what it was and I didn’t know how to get there. In the end I realized I should take the approach that I do with life.   It doesn’t have to be perfect, simply better.   So here is my better site and I’ve been so excited to launch this and am so thankful to Chris Richardson in Australia who stayed up late yesterday to go live – seriously if you need…
  • A Day at the Abattoir

    21 Jul 2014 | 12:02 pm
    Prince Edward Island, Canada It’s one thing to say bacon is magic and swoon over the deliciousness of pork, but it’s another to view the full process of the delicacy. Today I did something I’ve always felt I needed to do but hadn’t had the opportunity.   I watched a pig die.   MacQuarries Meat is the last small abattoir in Prince Edward Island and has been a family business for over a century. It is also one of Chef Rouge‘s favourite suppliers and he asked if I wanted to come to a pig slaughter. It’s clear when you arrive this is not a cold, mass…
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  • Yonderbound, the new way to book travel

    Michael Hodson
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:10 am
    Thanks for following and reading Overland Travel Adventures from Go, See, Write This month, I sat down and met with the folks behind a new travel start-up, Yonderbound, and quickly came to the conclusion that they have a concept that is going to make booking travel a lot easier and more convenient for people. So, I signed on to partner up with them and you’ll be hearing a good bit more about them here in the coming months. Here are a few of the reasons why I’m a believer. I am still playing with the interface, but I love how easy it is to use. At the core of their concept…
  • Maui in photos

    Nat and Tim Harris
    15 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    Thanks for following and reading Overland Travel Adventures from Go, See, Write Totaling just under 11,000 square feet, the Hawaiian island of Maui feels like a small town in the tropics. It’s not all beaches and surf like you might think — Maui’s eco systems range from desert-like Kaupo to the moonscape of Haleakala volcano to the jungles of Hana and Kipahulu. Not to mention Upcountry, where the evenings are cool and the tree of choice isn’t your typical palm tree but the eucalyptus. You will find all sorts of people here too, from those growing their own food and…
  • Going solo in British Columbia (and not getting eaten by a bear)

    Syd Schulz
    13 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    Thanks for following and reading Overland Travel Adventures from Go, See, Write There is a mountain bike trail called Comfortably Numb, located just outside of Whistler, BC, and I had to ride it by myself. I had to do so for a few, very specific reasons: 1. The trail, according to everyone, was very hard. 2. The man at the bike shop who I asked about the trail expressly told me NOT to ride it by myself. 3. It had been far too long since I had done anything by myself. 4. My boyfriend and teammate were doing a bike race and therefore were not available to accompany me. I’m going to be…
  • Insta-recap: June and July on Instagram

    Michael Hodson
    1 Aug 2014 | 11:53 am
    Thanks for following and reading Overland Travel Adventures from Go, See, Write I want to start a new series on the blog — 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. Normally, these will be from the last month. But, since this is the very first edition, let’s look back at the summer so far so you can see what I’ve been up to. From Europe to Asia and back, it’s been a busy…
  • Testing my relationship with gravity at Angel Fire Bike Park

    Syd Schulz
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:30 am
    Thanks for following and reading Overland Travel Adventures from Go, See, Write If there’s ever a place to test your relationship with gravity, it’s here — Northern New Mexico, land of high mountains and spiky cactus and sage brush mesas and October snowstorms. Northern New Mexico is kind of like Colorado’s forgotten cousin, the one who constantly gets bull-dozed during the holiday dinner conversations because he’s just a little bit awkward, but who then grows up to be way cooler than Colorado, probably because he never thought he was cool in the first place so…
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    Globetrotting Mama

  • Aha Moment in India – #Blogust

    14 Aug 2014 | 4:25 am
    We must’ve been louder than I thought we were. My family and I were sitting in a corner of a restaurant of the beautiful and modern Ista hotel in Amritsar, India high-fiving and grinning at what we had done. We had been on the road for eight months at that point. We had come through dozens of cities, conquered many fears and experienced many firsts, but today we had taken it to another level. After hearing from our friend Prashant  at Liberty India that the “Beating Retreat” soldier ceremony that takes place at the India-Pakistan border is a thing that had to be seen, we had…
  • MISSING: My favourite hat FOUND: My grumpy side

    7 Aug 2014 | 3:09 pm
    I’m back. After a month of traveling non-stop, I’m home. It was both  exactly as I expected it to be and nothing like I expected at all. It was everything. I’ve got so much to tell you. About Rwanda and Alberta and British Columbia and Washington and Oregon. But despite the incredible trip and the learning and the honest to God, jaw-dropping beauty, I still came home feeling like this guy: Why? Because one of the things that was my constant throughout is missing. This hat…   Somewhere between British Columbia and Washington I took it off to be polite, laid it on…
  • One World. One Tribe. Why I still believe in Travel.

    3 Aug 2014 | 5:45 pm
    Last week I participated in a panel at the National Association of Black Journalists’ conference in Boston, Massachusetts. While I thoroughly enjoyed sharing my personal and professional experiences with travel with the group in attendance, I was even more excited to hear from my fellow panelists who had incredible stories and insights to share. (Charisse Jones from USA Today, Donna Battle Pierce who is a food editor at Upscale Magazine and the brains behind  and Hilary Crosley-Coker, a co-founder of Parlour Magazine were funny, smart and all around great people…
  • Globetrotting Cameron’s Calgary Dig Experience

    28 Jul 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Hello! Today I am going to talk about my tour at the dig experience.  First Ethan and I ( and also my mom and dad ) walked for a while.   I chose mom to be my partner for the experience. We got our tools from the staff. The tools you need to be a paleontologist are: a tooth brush, dental pic, a small broom, a paintbrush, a place were there are fossils and a dust pan. Working together to dig out some dinos in Alberta.   My brother worked with my dad. They  found a rib cage. That is a bit funny because they LOVE to eat ribs. The staff, Emily and Amber, told us what fossil it was.
  • Contest: Aeroplan’s 30th anniversary means chance to win 30,000 miles for you!

    20 Jul 2014 | 8:59 pm
    Aeroplan turns 30 this year! I remember 30. My 30th year involved a lot of contemplative soul-searching about getting older; theirs seems to be focused on launching their next chapter with new products and exciting offers while staying young and fresh. Since January the celebrations have been non-stop. From the launch of their Distinction Benefits and Market Fare Flight Rewards to enhanced Destination Miles offerings. The program has changed and grown from its humble beginnings 30 years ago and shows no signs of slowing down. Lucky for you, it may be the first birthday celebration where the…
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    Family Rambling

  • 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…
  • Camping in the Rain? The 5 Things You MUST Have

    Jody Halsted
    9 Jul 2014 | 9:33 am
    It’s been a wet summer. I can count on one hand- using one finger- the number of camping trips we’ve taken when not a drop of rain fell. And, a couple of times, the rain lasted for most of a day, leaving us with “waterfront” campsites. A heavy rain left us with a “waterfront” campsite Through our years of camping- first in a tent, then a pop up trailer, and now in our RV – I’ve found that there are 5 things you really must have to be prepared for camping in the rain. #1 : Tarps If you heed no other words of my advice, know this: tarps are your…
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    Chic Traveler

  • Kansas City Family Friendly Attractions

    Donna Sundblad
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Kansas City, MO, offers a host of things to do for families with children. It features attractions like Planet Snoopy at Worlds of Fun, Crayola Café, a LEGOLAND Discovery Center, and this year will be opening the Verruckt – the tallest, fastest waterslide in the world – at the Schlitterbahn Waterpark! Planet Snoopy at Worlds […]
  • Video: America’s Most Dangerous Hiking Trail

    20 Aug 2014 | 10:30 am
    If you’re scared of heights then this hiking trail is definitely not for you. It’s possibly the scariest hike in America and Matt Sampson has the details on this gripping trail.
  • Affordable Stay at the Culturally Rich Hotel Bristol Warsaw

    Donna Sundblad
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Hotel Bristol is an iconic Warsaw landmark that offers an inspiring, timeless and romantic allure to visitors from around the globe. For the budget conscience traveler, the Hotel Bristol offers an affordable stay in this city steeped in history and rich culture with a location at the heart of Warsaw next to the Presidential Palace […]
  • Video: Floating Hotel in the Arctic Circle

    19 Aug 2014 | 10:30 am
    Architecture firm Dutch Docklands is building a new floating hotel in the Arctic Circle, and it’s shaped like a snowflake. Matt Sampson has the details on this instillation to come.
  • Book Now Pay Later: Layaway Travel

    Donna Sundblad
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Think you can’t afford to book a vacation? Think again. Layaway travel allows customers to plan and pay ahead for that much needed getaway and it’s becoming a more frequent option with travel sites. How Layaway Travel Works While each travel site will have their own terms and conditions, booking a trip will require a […]
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    TheExpeditioner Travel Site

  • 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…
  • Baghdad Through The Eyes Of A Photographer

    Matt Stabile
    12 Aug 2014 | 6:42 pm
    It’s fair to say that not many journalists know more about what life is like in Iraq more than Paulien Bakker, who has traveled to the country 15 times during the last few years to cover the country’s recent tumultuous past, as well as to document the everyday lives of the Iraqis living there. Her fascinating video short, “Hello Baghdad,” is a selection of narrative stories from Iraqis living in Baghdad far outside the constraints of the protected Green Zone. Paulien followed them in their lives during the last few years (2011-2014), and documented them via photography…
  • The Trip That Changed My Life

    Matt Stabile
    11 Aug 2014 | 8:39 am
    Whenever I tell people I run a travel site, one of the inevitable questions I get asked (usually after they ask if I can help them get a discount on a trip) is what my favorite country was to visit. I’m sure people from all sorts of professions get asked similar questions. Chefs probably get asked all the time what their favorite meal was, authors probably get asked who their favorite author is, and surgeons probably get asked . . . actually, I’m not sure about this one — what is their favorite part of the body they enjoy performing operations? Anyways, needless to say,…
  • Q&A With Dance Travel Show Host Brittany Pierce Of Rhythm Abroad

    Matt Stabile
    31 Jul 2014 | 3:08 pm
    I may not be a good dancer (scratch that: I’m a terrible dancer), but I can at least appreciate the art form, as well as the role it plays in the way cultures express themselves and have identified themselves throughout the years. Of course, those that can actually dance are probably the best people to explore this. Enter Brittany Pierce, host of the new dance-themed travel show Rhythm Abroad whom I recently had the opportunity to speak with (she’s actually both host and Executive Producer) and ask a few questions. Available on pubic television stations throughout the U.S., each…
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    Aaron's Worldwide Adventures

  • 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…
  • Crazy Bus Adventures in Malaysia (or, Why You Should Always Trust Local Advice)

    1 Jun 2014 | 5:00 pm
    When you’re in a foreign country, it’s always a good idea to listen a local’s advice, isn’t it? I subscribe to that philosophy, and that’s why I really love CouchSurfing, as it easily connects you with local people for just that purpose (and a free place to sleep!). But sometimes, I’m not so good at following my own philosophy… Case in point? busing from KL to Penang… See, it started like any other day in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (a city I really like, by the way). I’d spent the past wonderful week hanging out with fellow bloggers Talon (and his son Tigger) of 1 Dad 1 Kid and…
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    The Orlando Blog

  • 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…
  • Orlando Shakespeare Theater Voted “Best Professional Theater in Florida”

    Pam Rubens
    23 Jun 2014 | 7:35 am
    The History of Orlando Shakespeare Theater Voted “Best Professional Theater in Florida” – Florida Monthly Founded in 1989,  Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCP produces classic, contemporary, and children’s plays and musicals.  Under the leadership of Artistic Director Jim Helsinger and Managing Director PJ Albert, Orlando Shakes has grown into one of the region’s most acclaimed professional Equity theaters, garnering national recognition from The Wall Street Journal’s  Terry Teachout.  “Hence the high quality of Orlando Shakespeare, a company that deserves…
  • Orlando Shakespeare Theater Presenting Rapunzel!

    Pam Rubens
    20 Jun 2014 | 7:12 am
    “Pleasure and action make the hours seem short.”  William Shakespeare Pleasure, action and enchantment will be in the air starting June 19, 2014 when a magical performance of Rapunzel comes to life at the Orlando Shakespeare Theater. The story begins when a wicked enchantress forces a young couple to give up their beloved baby girl forever. The witch shuts her away in a lonely tower, but as Rapunzel grows, so does her beautiful long brown hair!  Will brave Rapunzel ever escape the clutches of her evil captor?  Find out in this playful adaptation with an Orlando Shakes twist! Rapunzel,…
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    Smart Women Travelers

  • 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
  • Thank You, Hotel Maid, for the Thank You!

    Carol Margolis
    13 Aug 2014 | 4:49 am
    I am a prolific hotel maid tipper. Just about every day of every stay, I leave a tip for the hotel maid. I do this at hotels in North America as well as in countries where tipping is a custom. Sometimes I add a quick note of “Thanks” or “Gracias” or the local word for my gratitude; other times I simply leave the bills on the pillow. Very rarely, however, do I ever see a note of “Thanks” back from the maid. So I was most surprised and appreciative of this note: Thank You I hope you enjoyed your stay! Sanjuana Receiving this note was really special. While…
  • Hotel Review: DoubleTree Guangzhou, China

    Carol Margolis
    17 Jul 2014 | 9:16 am
    Guangzhou is the third most populace city in mainland China and serves as the northwest corner of the Pearl Delta. The Beijing Road area is well known for shopping and the Mall of the World is nearby. If shopping is your thing, this is a decent location. The DoubleTree Guangzhou’s location for cultural ‘shopping’ is also good. Two sites are must-see’s: The first is beautiful Yuexiu Park, a popular destination for locals who enjoy singing, dancing, and exercising. The park has a large play area for children and boat rides on the water. Entrance to the park is free but there is a…
  • Solo Cruising? These Cruise Lines Are Paying Attention to You!

    Carol Margolis
    16 Jul 2014 | 5:03 am
    My mother’s 80th birthday is next year. My husband and I are looking at possible cruises to celebrate this milestone with her. Much of our conversation centered around the single supplement fees. We ran through the list of who we know who may want to be Mom’s roommate so as to avoid this fee – not asking Mom how she feels about a roommate she may not know beforehand! Luckily for us (and Mom who will not need to fret about an unfamiliar roomie), I saw this post over at Travel Weekly about the waiving of the single supplement by two cruise lines – Uniworld and European…
  • Photo of The Week: United Nations Geneva

    Carol Margolis
    12 Jul 2014 | 5:13 am
    We recently booked a few nights at the InterContinental Geneva in Switzerland. I learned during check-in that the United Nations’ European Headquarters was just a block away, so I had to visit. This picture was from the first night we arrived in town, and I went back the next day for a full guided tour. The UN currently occupies the Palais des Nations, along with many other organizations working on varied global issues – The World Health Organization, International Trade Center, and the World Meteorological Organization just to name a few. The property was built in the…
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    Traveling with MJ

  • Photo Essay: Compelling Kuala Lumpur, A Value Luxury Travel Destination

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:22 pm
    If you like this article, you'll find more to enjoy at Traveling with MJ - Practical travel information for practical travelers. One of the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Malaysia is not a country on the to-visit list of most Americans. It can be hard to get to (it’s a full day-plus-some from the West Coast), but this exotic Southeast Asia country offers some of the best value luxury experiences in the region. Set aside your preconceived notions about this predominantly Muslin country, and be prepared for some great history, cultural, shopping, art, and food experiences in…
  • Sunday Stories for August 17th, 2014

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    17 Aug 2014 | 10:04 am
    If you like this article, you'll find more to enjoy at Traveling with MJ - Practical travel information for practical travelers. I spent much of the last week in Hawaii, snugly in a hotel with every amenity working, but I was reminded that there were still areas in the islands without power. In those homes without power live people who help make Hawaii paradise. It was a good reminder that even when you’re traveling in paradise, take the time to look around and see if you can help others who may be hurting. Now on to what caught my eye this week. It’s a blowing out there  …
  • Sunday Stories for August 10th, 2014

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    10 Aug 2014 | 2:06 am
    If you like this article, you'll find more to enjoy at Traveling with MJ - Practical travel information for practical travelers. This past week found me in Hawaii, fortunately avoiding any of the preparation and concern of the tropical storms (although it was still mighty windy), and then to Washington DC. It was a crazy 6-hours of time changes that found me collapsing in a tired heap once I got home. As much as I love to travel – and I do – there’s still nothing like coming home to my own bed and family. It was windy on Kauai, although I managed to avoid the tropical…
  • Sunday Stories for August 3rd, 2014

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    3 Aug 2014 | 10:06 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 a busy week of TBEX preparations, including speaker annoncements (the program is nearly finished), information about the Athens opening night party at Technopolis, and this coming week I’ll be focusing on getting the Cancun program wrapped up. I’ll also be spanning a number of time zone this week, with travel to Kauai and Washington D.C. If you’re in either of those locations and would like to meet up, drop me a email. Here’s…
  • Sunday Stories for July 27th, 2014

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    27 Jul 2014 | 9:02 am
    If you like this article, you'll find more to enjoy at Traveling with MJ - Practical travel information for practical travelers. I’m back home after the better part of a week in Las Vegas. I have a love/hate relationship with Las Vegas. I love the upscale hotels, great restaurants, and theater offerings. I hate the garish commercialization of sex, the feeling of desperation from people who don’t know when to say no to gambling, and the drunks. This trip was part hanging out with travel bloggers and friends and part family R&R. I avoided all the things I don’t like about…
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    Monkeys and Mountains

  • 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
  • Houseboating the Mayenne

    11 Aug 2014 | 3:03 am
    The original can be found here: Houseboating the Mayenne. Please read the original. A photojourney of housboating the Mayenne from Daon to Laval and back. Monkeys and Mountains - Adventure seeker and explorer by day, luxury seeker by night
  • How to Really Discover Italy

    Guest Post
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:18 am
    The original can be found here: How to Really Discover Italy. Please read the original. Find out how to really discover Italy with these tips by Agata Mleckzo, who considers it to be her second home. Monkeys and Mountains - Adventure seeker and explorer by day, luxury seeker by night
  • Mountain Wild Flowers of the Jungfrau Region

    19 Jul 2014 | 10:16 am
    The original can be found here: Mountain Wild Flowers of the Jungfrau Region. Please read the original. A photojourney of mountain wildflowers seen while hiking to Lake Bachalpsee and the Faulhorn in the Jungfrau region of Switzerland. Monkeys and Mountains - Adventure seeker and explorer by day, luxury seeker by night
  • Hiking to Everest Base Camp: A Day By Day Account

    15 Jul 2014 | 12:24 pm
    The original can be found here: Hiking to Everest Base Camp: A Day By Day Account. Please read the original. A day by day account of what it's really like to trek to Everest Base Camp in Nepal, including how difficult each day really is. Monkeys and Mountains - Adventure seeker and explorer by day, luxury seeker by night
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    i-escape travel blog

  • Our City Breaks collection just got even better!

    20 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Calling all urbanites; we have just revealed our latest additions in some of the world’s finest cities. Our new city boltholes cover all townie tastes and interests, from an uber-stylish design hotel near Prague’s Old Town to a trio of eco-chic apartments in the elegant spa town of Harrogate. Better still, they’re all just a quick hop away making them perfect for easy post-summer getaways. Hotel UNIC, Prague, Czech Republic Hotel UNIC is an unpretentious yet gorgeous design hotel on a quiet street near Prague’s Old Town, with 1- or 2-bedrooms and suites to suit couples, families and…
  • Family Escape of the Month… Anassa

    18 Aug 2014 | 3:55 am
    When it comes to indulgent, no holds-barred family escapes Cypriot retreat Anassa has more than earned its stripes. With a comprehensive programme of kids’ activities, helpful smiling staff (there’s a 1:1 staff-to-guest ratio) and a feast of dining options, families will easily find a combination that fits them perfectly. As an extra bonus, all of this choice is within walking distance of one of the island’s most sheltered and secluded beaches. Despite the resort being rather sizeable,  you’re pleasantly away from the island hubbub; lush flowering gardens leap up around you while…
  • Top 10 Paddler Pads

    15 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    If you’re the kind of holiday-goer who is drawn by the lure of the lazily lapping tide or the adrenaline-fuelled adventure of diving or rafting, these are the hotels for you. We’ve picked our favourite waterside lodges, B&Bs and cottages for water-based escapades or beachside relaxation – now it’s time to dive in! La Finestra Sul Fiume, near Verona, Italy Between Lake Garda and Verona, this rustic yet charming B&B has an enchanting riverside setting with beautiful gardens, delicious breakfasts and welcoming hosts. Comfort is top of the agenda, and in summer a section of the…
  • Spotlight on… Montenegro

    13 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    With the development of yachters’ playground Porto Montenegro rapidly evolving and Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic recently choosing Sveti Stefan Island to make his vows to long-term partner Jelena Ristic, Montenegro is fast establishing itself as a ‘must-visit’ European destination. Time to book a flight, we think. Perast Why go? Having gained independence from Yugoslavia in 2006, this young country is working hard to transform its reputation and utilise its natural assets. Huge investments are being made to develop Montenegro’s flourishing tourism industry, and although this…
  • Escape of the Week… Fazenda Nova

    11 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    This rural Portuguese retreat ticks a lot of boxes: gorgeous rooms, charming and knowledgeable hosts, a stunning location and impressive eco credentials to boot. Between them, owners Hallie and Tim have crafted a relaxing and utterly beautiful getaway from the centuries-old farmhouse and its stunning 10 hectares of bountiful gardens. There’s a holistic dimension to a stay at Fazenda Nova: large French doors lead you from the rooms to the gardens, which in turn produce a delicious spread for the breakfast and dinner table. The pretty saltwater pool and commitment to sustainability (there are…
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    Wayfaring Wanderer

  • 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…
  • Hersey Family Reunion Adventure on Lake James, NC | Boone NC Photographer

    31 Jul 2014 | 3:32 am
    I had the pleasure of photographing this fun-loving family last week when they reunited for the first time in many months. Debbie and her family live in Colorado while the others reside here in North Carolina, but they stay close and keep in touch through regular Skype sessions and facetime chats. I hear that it's customary for them to have breakfast together every morning from far away! Don't you just love technology and how it keeps us connected with loved ones?!These next couple of weeks they get to be face-to-face for a change because this tight-knit bunch will be meeting up in…
  • Scott Family Adventure on the Blue Ridge Parkway | Boone, NC Family Photographer

    11 Jul 2014 | 11:39 am
    “I haven’t reached my daily number of hugs yet today,” Grayson proclaimed, “but I’m almost there!” I was so intrigued when he shared this that I prodded him for more information. I responded, “You mean to tell me that you have a HUG QUOTA to meet every day?!” He proudly countered with a resounding, “YUP, 12 a day!” Still curious to learn more about this charming custom, I asked, “Where did that rule come from?!” Without hesitation, he shouted, “My DAD!” I was so enamored with this idea because I’d never heard of a daily hug requirement…
  • Wedding Dresses from South's Specialty Clothiers at Smithmore Castle in Spruce Pine, NC | Boone, NC Photographer

    13 Jun 2014 | 5:00 am
    Not all girls grow up fantasizing about having the perfect wedding, getting married, and living happily ever after. However, there are still a great deal of ladies who dream of having that fairy-tale wedding where they get to play the princess.On Monday, at the ACES (Association of Consultants and Event Services) meeting at Smithmore Castle down in Spruce Pine, NC, I ended up spending a lot more time photographing models wearing dresses than I did socializing with other wedding vendors.That definitely wasn't my intention, but I got a little carried away because I was having so much fun!
  • No More Boring Family Photos! | Choose Your Adventure Family Photography | Boone, NC Photographer

    5 Jun 2014 | 8:08 am
    You just returned home from another super awesome family vacation where you laughed and played and enjoyed each other's company all the livelong day! The entire trip couldn't have been any more perfect even though you experienced a few hiccups here and there (of course).Your #1 goal was to soak up as many of the fleeting moments as you could, ensuring that you savored every last second shared with the people that you hold so dear. Isn't it amazing how quickly that time passes while you’re in the midst of an adventure?! Before you know it, vacation is over and it’s back to “real life”…
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  • Snapshots, Remains of the Past on Lanzarote

    17 Aug 2014 | 10:27 am
    The only thing I really liked about Puerto del Carmen on Lanzarote when we visited nearly a quarter of a century ago was the old harbour. Watching a couple of men sitting on the old wall with a clay jug of wine between them was enough to have me ordering wine instead of beer for the first time ever. I didn’t return until 2012, and then it was just passing through. The only thing I liked about Puerto del Carmen had gone. But at least there was still some evidence of what once must have been a nice little fishing community. Jack is co-editor, writer and photographer for BuzzTrips and the…
  • Snapshots, Medlar the Rotten Fruit

    17 Aug 2014 | 10:24 am
    It’s squishy, ugly and nearly rotten or, to give it the term that doesn’t make it sound quite so bad, bletted. Medlar is an old fruit that has slipped from popular usage. On a sunny autumnal day in an orchard in Las Alpujarras I’m happy to pop one into my mouth. Not because I’ve been told it’s tasty which is a matter of opinion; although, I like its slightly mushy, cinnamony apple flavours. I pop it into my mouth because of the olde English name for it – the open arse fruit. You’ve got to try something with a name like that. Jack is co-editor, writer and…
  • Review of Hotel Simplon in Baveno, Lake Maggiore

    17 Aug 2014 | 10:15 am Garibaldi, 52, Baveno Hotel Simplon is within a stone’s throw of Lake Maggiore. A short distance away is the centre of Baveno, once a haunt for Europe’s richest and most powerful movers and shakers, where ferries transport you to island paradises a.k.a the Borromean Islands. And an arty tunnel links you with all the amenities of the Grand Hotel Dino on the lake itself. Those ingredients will do nicely for starters. Buzz Trips’ View After staying in a series of small, intimate hotels, including on the Isola dei Pescatori itself, the grand interior and gardens of the…
  • As We Walked out to Ewige Wand in Austria

    13 Aug 2014 | 10:20 am
    One step. One step to move from a spic and span valley of pristine pastures and timber houses with sloping roofs to a wild woodland world. One step from being directed by a smiling Austrian woman, via an imperceptible path leading through her neat garden, to standing face to face with a deer. Austria, you’re an intriguing country for exploring on foot; positively schizophrenic in nature – a Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde of a location. The extremes make for interesting walking… as we’re finding out. The doe looks at me for the briefest of moments then bounds silently back into the…
  • Hikers and Bikers Don’t Mix

    11 Aug 2014 | 7:08 am
    Climbing steadily above the shore of upper Lake Garda, the views back down over the lake are breathtaking, not just metaphorically but also literally as the dust being raised by cyclists speeding past me on their descent to Riva Garda, their lycra-clad thighs a mere blur, invades my nostrils. As a hiker, I’m in a minority on this path, the vast majority of users being cyclists. I try to put them out of my mind and relax into the walk but within moments, my enjoyment is shattered by the incessant ringing of a bicycle bell. I turn around in time to step aside as a family of cyclists roll…
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    Gay Travel Information (and more)!

  • 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 →
  • Ames Boston Hotel – Boston, MA

    13 Aug 2014 | 9:42 am
    Ames Boston Hotel / 1 Court Street / Boston, MA 02108 / 1-888-293-4112 One of the most exciting parts of my job is experiencing some pretty spectacular hotels. Properties like The Ames Boston Hotel, which was one of the best stays I have had in quite some time! Ames Boston Hotel is located in the historic Ames building … Continue reading →
  • Mohonk Mountain House – New Paltz, New York

    11 Aug 2014 | 7:03 am
    Gay Friendly Hotel | Gay Friendly Resort | Gay Travel | Gay Travel Blog | Gay Travel Information | Gay Hudson Valley  Mohonk Mountain House / 1000 Mountain Rest Road / New Paltz. NY 12561 / 1-855-883-3798 SLEEPING IN A VICTORIAN CASTLE: Admit it, you want to stay in a Victorian Castle? I know I … Continue reading →
  • Courtyard Sandestin at Grand Boulevard – Destin, FL

    6 Aug 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Courtyard Sandestin at Grand Boulevard | 100 Grand Blvd| Destin, FL 32550 | 1-850-650-7411   Destin, FL is one of my absolute favorite places to travel to. People ask why I am such a fanatical fan and my response is always the same. It’s paradise. Being a huge Jimmy Buffett fan, I refer to it as “my Margaritaville!”  … Continue reading →
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    Fodor's Travel Wire

  • 15 Must-See Literary Sights in London
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Few countries can lay claim to as many great writers as England, home to some of history's most renowned scribes. Strolling around the capital, be sure to look for the blue plaques marking where people of importance, both literary and otherwise, have lived and worked throughout history, but for a more dedicated look at the city's literary history, read on. From pubs to museums to libraries, here are 15 can't-miss spots for literature lovers touring London. by Abbey Chase
  • Wine Lover's Guide to St. Helena
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:00 pm
    About a 90-minute drive from San Francisco, the charming town of St. Helena is an ideal weekend getaway for wine lovers, with easily accessible wineries, friendly locals, and a relaxed, California vibe that keeps visitors coming back. It's also slightly more wallet-friendly than some other Napa destinations: Tasting fees usually top out at around $15 (and sometimes include nibbles), plus you can find excellent meals that won't blow the budget. Here are our picks for the best spots to wine, dine, and unwind.  Wydown Hotel Bed down in sophisticated style at the Wydown Hotel, a…
  • Global Entry vs. TSA PreCheck: Which One Is Right for You?
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    If you travel frequently, streamlining the process is essential to getting in and out of airports (and to wherever you're going) as quickly as possible. For domestic and international travelers, Global Entry and TSA PreCheck have made clearing security and customs much easier, allowing you to skip the lines at both. Here's what you need to know about the two programs and how to get them. Global Entry vs. TSA PreCheck: The Basics Global Entry is run by U.S. Customs and Border Protection and allows "pre-approved, low risk" travelers an expedited means of clearing customs…
  • 12 Wine Country Suites for Every Travel Style
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:00 pm
    If you're thinking of visiting Napa or Sonoma to sip some the valleys' celebrated Cabernet, Pinot Noir, and Syrah, odds are you're already a wine lover. But when the tasting is done, do you prefer to relax in a country-style cottage in the woods or mix and mingle in a LEED-certified downtown hotel? Is your dream bed covered in posh French brocade or pure New Zealand wool? Choosing a suite that matches your style will enhance your enjoyment of California wine country, so here are a dozen distinct options to consider. by Donna Heiderstadt
  • Fodor's Travel Tastemaker: Nightlife Impresario Nur Khan
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    From a childhood gig washing dishes in restaurants to a stint on Wall Street, impresario Nur Khan—known for the New York hotspots Wax, Sway Nightclub, Rose Bar, and Electric Room in the Dream Downtown hotel—is well acquainted with the work that goes into a business, and has set the standard for success in New York City nightlife. Khan's New York hotspots have a transporting effect: Electric Room offers a taste of cool Britannia, Rose Bar is an art lover's dream, and his newest, Sheltering Sky in Williamsburg's McCarren Hotel, takes city dwellers on a breezy…
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    Mallory On Travel

  • Guide Tales; Finding Hidden Zurich

    Iain Mallory
    17 Aug 2014 | 11:27 am
    Iain MalloryIainMallory The benefits of exploring a city, and remaining observant are topics of a recent post. The chances of finding the unexpected, hidden side of a destination is easier with the help of a local guide. Maggie, my friendly, knowledgeable, and enthusiastic guide to Zurich, certainly showed me the nooks, and crannies. It’s unlikely many of these would have […] The post Guide Tales; Finding Hidden Zurich appeared first on Mallory On Travel.MalloryOnTravel
  • Flight of the Valkyrie; The Inaugural Flybe Birmingham to Reykjavik Flight

    Iain Mallory
    13 Aug 2014 | 6:54 am
    Iain MalloryIainMallory Guest post by Alison Bailey Just occasionally life throws up a true once in a lifetime opportunity; on June 29th 2014, the inaugural Flybe flight from Birmingham to Reykjavík was such an experience. I’d been offered a seat, giving me the chance to see a little of Iceland. I was to spend three days there, and […] The post Flight of the Valkyrie; The Inaugural Flybe Birmingham to Reykjavik Flight appeared first on Mallory On Travel.MalloryOnTravel
  • Zurich, Switzerland; It’s all in the Details

    Iain Mallory
    12 Aug 2014 | 7:22 am
    Iain MalloryIainMallory How many tourists visiting Zurich, or any destination rush from one attraction to the next, ticking off a list of ‘must see’ sights, racing to the best coffee shops, and recommended restaurants? There’s rarely enough time to explore any city, let alone lift heads often enough to see anything other than the destinations ‘Top 10’. […] The post Zurich, Switzerland; It’s all in the Details appeared first on Mallory On Travel.MalloryOnTravel
  • Lighthouse Love on the Atlantic Coast, Canada

    Iain Mallory
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:47 pm
    Iain MalloryIainMallory It’s easy to fall in love with lighthouses, they’re usually found in stunning locations, sitting high above crashing waves on rocky promontories. They seem to dominate the prime real estate market, built on the most desirable plots of land. It would be easy to spotlight beautiful lighthouses in the far-flung corners of the world, however after […] The post Lighthouse Love on the Atlantic Coast, Canada appeared first on Mallory On Travel.MalloryOnTravel
  • Postcards from a Sun Painted Caraquet Harbour

    Iain Mallory
    27 Jul 2014 | 2:39 pm
    Iain MalloryIainMallory Sometimes, everything seems to fall into place, and with the dipping sun, over the quaint fishing harbour in Caraquet, New Brunswick this seemed one of those moments. The sun was playing hide and seek, sneaking in and out of the thick base of dark cumulonimbus clouds as it slowly slid towards the distant horizon. Painting the sky […] The post Postcards from a Sun Painted Caraquet Harbour appeared first on Mallory On Travel.MalloryOnTravel
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    Gawaya Travel Blog

  • 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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    FareCompare » Travel Advice

  • 5 Reasons to Take a Connecting Flight over a Non-Stop

    Anne McDermott
    13 Aug 2014 | 11:01 am
    Next time you shop at FareCompare, try this: Once you see the fares to your destination, be sure to look at the upper left of the FareCompare page where it says “Stops.” A quick glance will show how  connecting flights can often save you money. LISTEN: Airfare expert Rick Seaney has a bonus reason and it’s a good one. 5 Reasons to Fly with Connections 1. It’s cheaper Let’s be clear: Connecting flights are usually cheaper than non-stops, often significantly cheaper but not always. Some quick examples for routes we priced for October flights. Los Angeles –…
  • Simple Guide to When to Pack and When to Leave for the Airport

    Anne McDermott
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:41 am
    This is all about what to pack and when, and timing your departure so you won’t be late and miss your flight. The author swears these four steps are really simple. Step One: Figure out what to wear, what to carry The day before departure, lay out clothes you’ll travel in: Include everything – shoes and socks, underwear, belt, scarf, whatever The day before departure, lay out items to hold or have on your person: Umbrella Jacket Book and/or electronic device Paper boarding passes and printout of itinerary Passport and/or visa Wallet Glasses Phone and charger cord Snacks…
  • Best Outdoor Adventure Destinations

    Anne McDermott
    16 Jul 2014 | 6:56 am
    Where can you find outdoor adventure? Sometimes in your own backyard (just search your state’s tourism site). But if you want an adventure you won’t find at home, we’ve got six suggestions - in no particular order. Click the city name to find the best flight deals. LISTEN: Travel expert Rick Seaney says you don’t have to be a lumberjack to love this list. Vancouver, Canada This British Columbia gem offers plenty of adventurous nightlife (dining and shopping, too) but it really shines when it comes to the great outdoors. Take your pick between the mountains and the…
  • U.K. Travelers Guide to Getting Around the U.S.A.

    Anne McDermott
    15 Jul 2014 | 12:11 pm
    If you plan to visit the United States on holiday, you may be wondering how to get from city to city, state to state or – for the truly adventurous – from the Atlantic to Pacific. Getting Around in the States You have a lot of options including several low-cost airlines, buses, some train service. Big cities also have subways, taxis, municipal buses and the increasingly popular Uber car service. A good app for city visitors is HopStop which pinpoints your closest public transportation options, plus walking times, directions and more. But if you want to do as Americans do, get…
  • Stuff You Should Never, Ever Pack

    Anne McDermott
    9 Jul 2014 | 9:13 am
    What should you leave behind on your next trip? Here are six ideas on stuff that deserves to stay home. LISTEN: Packing is a pain but FareCompare’s Rick Seaney makes it fun. No kidding. 6 Things You Should Not Pack If you have more ideas, we’d love to hear them – in the comments section below or on Facebook. 1. Uncharged electronic devices Random security checks of electronic devices will be performed on passengers traveling to the U.S. this summer. If these devices can’t be powered up, they won’t be allowed on the plane. Tip: Even if you’re traveling…
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    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
  • 5 do’s and don’ts for travelling in Thailand

    Chris Watts
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:05 pm
    Thailand is often called the “land of smiles” because of the country’s friendly people. Nevertheless, there are a few things you should avoid or the smile will freeze on the face of even the friendliest Thai. But first, we relish in some of the things you should do when frequenting Thailand. Do: 1. …Live it up at the Koh Phangan … 5 do’s and don’ts for travelling in Thailand is a post from: Luxury Holiday Blog - Tropical Sky
  • A true taste of Thailand

    Nicola Quinn
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:05 am
    Thai cuisine is made up of a truly fascinating blend of South East Asian culinary traditions, with a great focus on light dishes, characterised by complex ingredient lists and tempting aromas. Hot spices are regularly used to complement the fragrant qualities of the food, resulting in dishes which taste just as good as they smell. Like most other Asian cuisines, … A true taste of Thailand is a post from: Luxury Holiday Blog - Tropical Sky
  • Top 10 things to do in Mauritius

    Michelle Dunn
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:26 am
    As one of the most glamorous islands in the southern Indian Ocean, Mauritius is synonymous pristine palm-fringed beaches backed by crystalline waters. We check out the top 10 things to do in Mauritius, the so-named Paradise Island, a hotspot for honeymooners complete with swanky resorts, emerald-green sugar plantations, top-flight golf courses and underwater attractions. 10. Walk under the waves with … Top 10 things to do in Mauritius is a post from: Luxury Holiday Blog - Tropical Sky
  • Top 10 things to do in Cuba

    Michelle Dunn
    15 Jul 2014 | 3:23 am
    A heady mix of faded Spanish colonial cities, panoramic plains filled with sugar cane fields, 1950’s classic cars, white-sand beaches and perfectly-rolled cigars, Cuba is endlessly fascinating. We discover the top 10 great things to do on the Caribbean’s largest island, a rum-soaked paradise that masterfully balances stunning landscapes with an unrivalled depth of culture. 10. Toast Papa Hemingway at … Top 10 things to do in Cuba is a post from: Luxury Holiday Blog - Tropical Sky
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    The World on Wheels


    Darryl Musick
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:53 am
    In part 1 , we had great, cheap hot dogs; went to a Yankees game; and paid our repects at the World Trade Center site. The next day it’s bagels for breakfast again as we do some sightseeing and shopping around Manhattan in the morning. For that, we head downtown to the South Street Seaport, a nautically themed shopping area facing the East River.  It's kind of quiet and not a lot going on.  We browse some of the stores, but frankly, there is nothing here that you can't get at any of a hundred other tourist spots.Taking our leave, we head up to the city hall with it's…
  • The Cocktail Hour: Strange Brew - Part 2

    Darryl Musick
    17 Aug 2014 | 4:30 am
    In part 1, we brewed our Belgian Dubbel Ale.  It's been two weeks, fermentation is complete, and it's time to bottle.Watch the Video!We must transfer the completed beer into another tank, mainly to filter out the bits of dead yeast and other bits, and then it's just a matter of pouring into bottles, pressing caps on them, and waiting.It'll take another couple of weeks of bottle aging and conditioning until it's ready to drink. At that time, Tim and I will taste test them for you.  Cheers!DarrylCopyright 2012 - Darryl MusickAll Rights Reserved.

    Darryl Musick
    15 Aug 2014 | 4:30 am
    We love New York. If you saw our first trip report to the city, you can see we were a bit intimidated but that soon passed. I would never pass up a trip to this great city.In our ongoing quest to see every Major League Stadium, this time we’re headed to the Big Apple. Our flight is scheduled to leave John Wayne Airport in Orange County at 6:30 in the morning. We’re on Frontier Airlines today and have comfortable bulkhead seats at the front of the plane. We taxi and wait. Although Frontier schedules a 6:30 departure, airport rules don’t let any planes actually leave until 7:00am. The…

    Darryl Musick
    11 Aug 2014 | 4:30 am
    It’s a pleasant 60 or so mile drive from Philadelphia to Lancaster, Pennsylvania. We have just spent the last week in two of the largest cities on the east coast, loving our time in both of them…as long as you discount the bad time we had with our original Philly area hotel. As fun as that was, what we’d like…at least my wife and I…is a little slower pace to decompress before we return home.Our hotel will actually be about 20 miles beyond Lancaster in the town of Mountville, about half-way between Lancaster and Columbia. We are staying at the MainStay Suites and get a wonderful,…
  • The Cocktail Hour - Strange Brew, Part 1

    Darryl Musick
    10 Aug 2014 | 4:30 am
    Once in awhile, I like to really get into creating something to drink. I don't mean just trying to invent a new cocktail, although that is a lot of fun. I mean creating something from scratch, like a moonshiner.Watch the Video!  No White Lightning for me, though.  This is a little more tame.  Today, I'm making beer. This is the third batch I've ever made and I want to expand my horizon a little.  I've made a basic Pilsner and a Honey Ale in the past. Today, I'm going with a Belgian Dubbel Ale.With a kit from Williams Brewing, a couple of five gallon tubs, and a few…
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    Teen Travel Talk

  • 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…
  • My First Post! + Why You Will LOVE Bali

    Bianca B
    13 Aug 2014 | 4:54 am
    Hi guys! I’m Bianca, a new addition to the Teen Travel Talk team! I’m English, though I was born and bred in Singapore, and I just turned nineteen years old – but exploring the world around me has been a passion of mine pretty much since I was born. I’m lucky enough to be able to say that to date I have been to more than 50 cities, 25 countries and 4 continents – and I can’t wait to share my stories with you! Growing up in Asia has meant that I’ve had the good fortune of visiting Bali pretty much every summer since I can remember. It’s one of my favourite places on the…
  • Monterey, California

    6 Aug 2014 | 9:03 pm
    When you search for the top places to visit in California (using Google search), a list of points of interest in California pops up. This lists consists of some of the top destinations that are a must-see in California. One of my favorites is Monterey, California. What does this city have to offer exactly? You name it, Monterey has it! From a world-famous aquarium, the historical landmark of Cannery Row, the scenic Recreation Trail to Fisherman’s Wharf. There is something for everyone in the family. The aquarium is absolutely amazing! Your younger siblings will enjoy seeing all of the…
  • Family Vacation NOT Facebook Worthy?!

    31 Jul 2014 | 2:14 pm
    My family of four – made up of my mom, dad, younger sister, and myself – have held a tradition of taking a family vacation every year during our spring break. My sister and I had the time off from school, my parents would take vacation time off from work, and we’d set off to explore new land. You’ve heard this story before – Chevy Chase does a fabulous job bringing laughter to this classic tale in National Lampoon’s Vacation. Our family photo album is filled with photos like:   Summers at Cedar Point  Adventures at Niagara Falls Playing beach volley ball, or pretending!
  • Hopeful at the Detroit Historical Museum

    Hye Sung
    26 Jul 2014 | 11:07 am
    Last week, after a delicious brunch at the Woodbridge Pub and running some errands, I found myself in downtown Detroit with time on my hands before I had to get back to work. I didn’t feel like spending more money nor did I just want to sit around. I desperately texted a local friend begging for help, “What is there to do FOR FREE?!” Almost immediately, she simply responded, “Try the Detroit Historical Museum.” I looked it up, found out I was three or so blocks away, and made my way down there. I am not super into museums unless they are free, to be honest, and…
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  • 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…
  • A Brief Guide to Packing Underwear

    Fred Perrotta
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:15 am
    They may be known as unmentionables, but we’re devoting this entire post to underwear. Underwear is small, light, and easy to wash. Don’t waste too much packing space on your undies. This post outlines the best travel underwear options and how to pack them efficiently. You don’t need special underwear for travel, but some brands lend themselves to the rigors of the road. The best travel underwear have the same properties as other performance clothing. They’re lightweight, breathable, and odor-resistant. Most importantly, they are quick-drying so that you can wash…
  • A Sneak Peek of the Tortuga Air

    Fred Perrotta
    10 Jul 2014 | 5:39 am
    Behold, the Future: Tortuga, Tortuga Air, and Tortuga Daypack The response to the Tortuga Travel Backpack has been tremendous. The first run of re-designed bags sold out in less than two months over the holidays. We re-stocked bags at the end of June and sold the same amount in two hours. The next batch will be in our east coast warehouse in early July. Yet, the Tortuga isn’t right for everyone. We’ve heard from many people who need something different for their travel style. The first is short trips. The Tortuga was designed for trips from one week to one year. When we surveyed…
  • How I Travel: Manoj from Mango Diablo

    Fred Perrotta
    8 Jul 2014 | 6:06 am
    In today’s installment of How I Travel, we talk to Manoj from Mango Diablo. Manoj is currently in Southeast Asia on a trip that combines his love of travel, his passion for cooking, and his professional experience as a technology executive. Keep reading to find out how he’s making all three work. I don’t need a whole hell of a lot to be happy. Who are you and what do you do? My name is Manoj Mohan. I’m a cook, blogger, and worked as a technology executive for 10 years before leaving my career to travel the world. What about your travels inspired you to start your blog? I…
  • The Bootstrapper’s Guide to Getting Out of the Office and Into a Workcation

    Fred Perrotta
    3 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    View from our temporary “office” in Ensenada Jeremy and I spent last weekend in Ensenada, Mexico. Despite the sandy beaches, gringo retirees, and excessive taco consumption, the trip was not a vacation. Well, not just a vacation. It was a workcation. Work + vacation = workcation. Our weekend in Mexico was both productive and fun. The good news for you is that it’s easily replicable. This post is not for people who want to be on vacation but are pulled back to their jobs by their smartphone and ubiquitous internet. That is a hostage situation, not a workcation. This post is…
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    Panoramic Earth

  • Who'd A Thought It Lookout (Quirindi)

    19 Aug 2014 | 4:20 am
    Who'd A Thought It Lookout - Quirindi visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Who'd A Thought It Lookout' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from New South Wales.Panorama photographed by klaus mayer who wrote:Panoramic views from Who'd A Thought It Lookout over Quirindi, the Liverpool Plains to the west and the Great Dividing Range to the south. Quirindi is a medium sized service town to surrounding pastoral and agricultural properties approx. 345 kilometres north of Sydney, New South Wales.
  • Horsley Towers (East Horsley)

    16 Aug 2014 | 10:48 am
    Horsley Towers - East Horsley visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Horsley Towers' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Surrey.Panorama photographed by Peter Watts who wrote:Panorama showing the main lawn and back of Horsley Towers in Horsley Park. This panorama was taken in mid August 2014 as a thunder storm was brewing. It is a popular wedding venue.
  • Chapel in Horsley Towers (East Horsley)

    16 Aug 2014 | 10:48 am
    Chapel in Horsley Towers - East Horsley visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Chapel in Horsley Towers' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Surrey.Panorama photographed by Peter Watts who wrote:Panorama showing the inside of the painted chapel at Horsley Towers.
  • Quirindi Clock Tower (Quirindi)

    16 Aug 2014 | 3:03 am
    Quirindi Clock Tower - Quirindi visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Quirindi Clock Tower' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from New South Wales.Panorama photographed by klaus mayer who wrote:Panorama of Station Street with Clock Tower in Quirindi, New South Wales, Australia. Quirindi is a medium sized service town for surrounding agricultural and pastoral properties. The clock tower and war memorial of made of sandstone stands in the centre of a round about in the main street of the town.
  • Fonte de Lima (Lourinhã)

    14 Aug 2014 | 11:12 am
    Fonte de Lima - Lourinhã visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Fonte de Lima' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Estremadura.Panorama photographed by Nuno Ribeiro who wrote:Excelente Jardim na zona oeste.
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    Disney Guide | Unofficial Disney World Guide | Disney World Unofficial Guide

  • New Cars Land Neon Merchandise at Disney California Adventure Park

    20 Aug 2014 | 3:00 pm
    They say when the cat’s away, the mice will play. That general rule applied here. While I was out of town visiting our Disney Theme Park Merchandise offices based on the east coast, my friends and fellow colleagues had some fun in the sun, showing off some of the new Neon Cars Land ‘At-Tire,’ which recently made its way down Route 66 and into Ramone’s House of Body Art and Radiator Springs Curios in Cars Land at Disney California Adventure park. Capturing some of the most notable locales in Cars Land, these T-shirts and tanks can be paired with anything from jeans to skirts. Of…
  • Festival of the Masters Update

    20 Aug 2014 | 1:30 pm
    If you’ve been to Downtown Disney or read our Blog lately, you know changes are coming. The area is undergoing the largest expansion in its history. As we prepare for Disney Springs, much of the area that traditionally houses the Festival of the Masters is unavailable due to expansion work and unfortunately we will not be able to host the event. We appreciate the enthusiastic support we’ve received from the arts community, both locally and nationally, which has contributed to the long-running success of the Festival. Walt Disney World Resort is a strong supporter of the arts and we remain…
  • Perfect Pre-Dinner Fun: Wine Pairings at Martha’s Vineyard at Disney’s Beach Club Resort

    20 Aug 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Tucked in a quiet corner of Disney’s Beach Club Resort, Martha’s Vineyard is one of our favorite quiet spots for a pre-dinner cocktail or a light bite. And now, new late-afternoon wine pairings combine food and wine with a little enlightenment, with wine experts on hand to talk about what you’re sipping. Upcoming dates are 4-5:15 p.m. September 4, September 25, October 2 and October 30. Wineries aren’t yet announced (the last one was France’s Louis Jadot), but the Disney chefs are having fun with pairing delicious food with whatever is poured – we tried a mild white fish with dry…
  • Double Rainbow Fills Sky at Magic Kingdom Park

    20 Aug 2014 | 11:30 am
    There’s nothing unusual about getting some rain this time of year at Walt Disney World Resort. But the double-rainbow that appeared after a recent storm at Magic Kingdom Park was anything but ordinary. Cast member Brian Hicks captured a series of beautiful shots and we wanted to share them with Disney Parks Blog readers. Double Rainbow Fills Sky at Magic Kingdom Park by Thomas Smith: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog
  • This ‘Spoonful of Sugar’ is (Almost) Too Cute to Eat at the Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe at Disneyland Park

    20 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    You’ll find this adorable little sweet for just 10 days, August 22-31, at Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe in Disneyland park, and we know you’ll want a picture before you take a bite. This “Mary Poppins”-themed Spoonful of Sugar involves pâte à choux, chocolate caramel ganache, rainbow sprinkles, chocolate pastry cream, dark chocolate gloss, white chocolate coating, a sugar penguin and marshmallows. A lot of work for a single bite. And it’s just $3.29. If this revs up your sweet tooth, the Disneyland Resort pastry chefs have added a dozen more new delights that should be on the menu…
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    Italy to Los Angeles and Back

  • 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…
  • Laundry Day at the Home of a Gondolier...

    Marie Ohanesian Nardin
    10 Jul 2014 | 2:42 am
    Honestly, when I posted this photo on my personal Facebook page two days ago I had no idea how many smiles and shares it would bring. So, I thought I'd share the snapshot I took  of my clothesline here, too. I hope it brings a smile to your face, too. Feel free to leave a comment below, share this link with your friends, and LIKE Italy to Los Angeles and Back on Facebook, too.  A presto,Marie Ohanesian Nardin Summer Laundry at "Ca'Nardin" houseClick on Subscribe and join us on FaceBook, too!
  • Venice's Gondoliers Row for Research

    Marie Ohanesian Nardin
    28 Apr 2014 | 6:49 am
    Regata dei Traghetti for the Fondazione Umberto Veronesi Criticism has been laid on the gondoliers' strong broad shoulders as far back as when they began rowing down Venice's beautiful canals. Comments which are often heard spoken in dialect by fellow Venetians—their most ardent critics or printed in the local press and more recently on social networks. Now, with the variety of instant communication sources, it’s no surprise that when a gondolier makes an error the world takes notice, too. Granted some critical comments have been warranted, others not so much and most are…
  • Pharrell Williams' Happy has made it to Venice!

    Marie Ohanesian Nardin
    11 Mar 2014 | 8:16 am
    Italy to Los Angeles and Back thought this might bring a smile to all who love Venice! Pharrell Williams' Happy Danced to in Venice!Thanks to:HostelsClub Happy in Venice VideoWatch it here!Click on Subscribe and join us on FaceBook, too!
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    Travelerfolio - Travel Blog Singapore

  • 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 […]
  • Yeah! A New Blog Design & Logo

    Eunice Khong
    15 Aug 2014 | 8:53 pm
    Thank you for popping by to check out our new blog design! It’s time for a change to keep up with the latest trend. We hope you like it and have no problem navigating around the site. If you have any feedback, feel free to leave a comment. Oh yes, the new blog design comes with […]
  • Fly with VietJet & Win Prizes

    Eunice Khong
    17 Jul 2014 | 8:34 pm
    Now you have more reasons to visit Vietnam with VietJet. From 15 July to 15 September 2014, the region’s favourite low-cost carrier is giving away WEEKLY prizes and nearly 1,000 FREE air tickets. VietJet passengers from Singapore to its various flight destinations across Vietnam, including Ho Chi Minh city, Nha Trang and Da Lat, will […]
  • SUCRE ‘Art Box’ Mooncake Gift Set (limited edition)

    Eunice Khong
    16 Jul 2014 | 4:40 am
    SUCRE, the creator of gourmet pineapple truffles, is offering good old-fashioned mooncake flavours to celebrate the Mid Autumn Festival. This year’s highlights include White Lotus Seed Paste with Macadamia Nuts, White Lotus Seed Paste with Single Yolk, and White Lotus Seed Paste with Melon Seeds and Dried Cherries by SUCRE’s Chef Patissier. SUCRE ‘s limited edition […]
  • Win a holiday trip with VietJet!

    Eunice Khong
    23 Jun 2014 | 6:05 pm
    Fancy a trip to Vietnam? Grab your chance to win a holiday to Ho Chi Minh City aka Saigon! VietJet is now offering 1,000 lucky customers FREE Round Trip* tickets from Singapore to Ho Chi Minh City. How to join? Visit (For customers in Singapore only). Fill up a simple registration form on the […]
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    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.
  • Travel Tales: Joyce and Friends Explore Peru, Take Excellent Pictures

    Joseph Olson
    12 Aug 2014 | 10:29 am
    Friends Make the Already Breathtaking Machu Picchu of Peru Even Better! When Joyce was contacted by her friends in Thailand about a trip to Peru in 2014, she initially thought that she would just be along for the ride. She was a little surprised when they handed her a well-researched plan for their desired destinations […] The post Travel Tales: Joyce and Friends Explore Peru, Take Excellent Pictures appeared first on South America Travel News Blog | A Travel Blog All About South America.
  • Win a Trip for Two to Chile with the “Go to Extremes” Sweepstakes

    Joseph Olson
    8 Aug 2014 | 12:55 pm
    Some like it hot, some like it cold, and the winner of our new Go to Extremes sweepstakes can experience both in one great trip! has teamed up with outdoor clothier Marmot, Turismo Chile and LATAM Airlines Group to giveaway a trip for two to Atacama and Aysén, Chile. This expenses paid adventure includes […] The post Win a Trip for Two to Chile with the “Go to Extremes” Sweepstakes appeared first on South America Travel News Blog | A Travel Blog All About South America.
  • Travel Tales: Yashvi and TJ’s South American Engagement

    Joseph Olson
    5 Aug 2014 | 1:09 pm
    Every once in a while, a client takes a trip that turns into something more. Travel consultant Tye was thrilled to find out that his customers Yashvi and TJ became engaged on their trip to Peru, Easter Island and Chile. Tye helped the couple put together a highly customized trip that turned out to be even […] The post Travel Tales: Yashvi and TJ’s South American Engagement appeared first on South America Travel News Blog | A Travel Blog All About South America.
  • Wild Colombia: Dazzling Destinations and Exhilarating Expeditions Await

    Joseph Olson
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:20 am
    From the darkness of decades past now comes the dawn of Colombian tourism. New and exciting natural adventures await eager tourists who find themselves ready to explore the South American country known for “having it all.” Colombia welcomed more than 1.8 million visitors in 2013, causing the travel industry to take note. On July 17th, Colombian […] The post Wild Colombia: Dazzling Destinations and Exhilarating Expeditions Await appeared first on South America Travel News Blog | A Travel Blog All About South America.
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    The Traveller

  • Sarajevo – Largest City of Bosnia and Herzegovina

    21 Aug 2014 | 3:36 am
    Sarajevois the capital as well as the largest city of Bosnia and Herzegovina with an estimated population of 369,534 and the Sarajevo metropolitan area which includes Sarajevo, East Sarajevo together with the surrounding municipalities is inhabited by 608,354 people.Besides, it is also the capital of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina entity as well as the capital of the Republic of Srpska entity and the centre of the Sarajevo Canton. It lies within the greater Sarajevo valley of Bosnia surrounded by the Dinaric Alps, located along the Miljacka River in the centre of the South-eastern…
  • Ancient City of Damascus

    20 Aug 2014 | 9:35 am
    Damascus – Second Largest City of SyriaDamascus, the capital and the second largest city of Syria after Aleppo is commonly known in Syria as ash-Sham and nicknamed as the City of Jasmine, besides being one of the oldest continuously occupied cities in the world. It is also a major cultural as well as religious centre of the Levant where the city has a population of around 1,711,000.Damascus is situated towards the south-western area of Syria and is the centre of a huge metropolitan area of 2.6 million inhabitants. It is embedded, geographically, on the eastern foothills of the Anti-Lebanon…
  • Seattle – Coastal Seaport

    19 Aug 2014 | 10:26 am
    Seattle, a coastal seaport city is located on a narrow isthmus between Puget Sound, which is an inlet of the Pacific Ocean and Lake Washington, around 100 miles south of the Canada-United States, bordered by the snow-capped Olympic and volcanic Cascade Mountains. The city had an estimate of around 652,405 people as per the 2013 census and is the largest city in the Pacific North-western region of North America. With around 3.6 million inhabitants in Seattle metropolitan area, it is the 14th largest metropolitan area in the United States. It is also the fastest growing major gateway for trade…
  • Tuscany

    19 Aug 2014 | 9:42 am
    The splendid region of Tuscany is without a doubt one of the most enchanting and idyllic destinations to be found in the whole of the Italian peninsula. Thousands of visitors flock to Tuscany each year in order to enjoy and admire the region’s magnificent architecture, towering cypresses, breathtaking panoramas and delightful authentic cuisine. With this in mind, here is a quick guide to some of Tuscany’s most beautiful towns and cities just waiting to be explored.1. LuccaThe quaint city of Lucca attracts more and more visitors each year as a result of the locality’s exquisite ancient…
  • Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao

    19 Aug 2014 | 4:34 am
    Guggenheim Museum – Well Known Museum of Contemporary/Modern ArtThe Solomon R, Guggenheim Museum is also known as Guggenheim Museum Bilbao which is a well-known museum of contemporary and modern art, designed by Frank Gehry, a Canadian-American architect located in Bilbao, Basque Country, in Spain.The museum was established in 1939 by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, as the Museum of Non-Objective Painting under the guidance of its artist and first director, Hilla von Rebay and was inaugurated by King Juan Carlos I of Spain, on October 18, 1997. It adopted its present name in 1952,…
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    Team Building Destinations

  • My Mumbai Masala

    Anne Thornley-Brown, M.B.A. @executiveoasis
    3 Aug 2014 | 10:35 am
    A masala is a blend of hot, fresh spices. That's how I think of India.  I've been meaning to, as it were, put pen to paper and write about the rich tapestry of experiences that represents my time in Mumbai. Yet, like a masala, it's hard to capture with words and, unfortunately, I don't have many photos of India as I didn't get to do the "tourist thing". Inspired by watching Slumdog Millionaire and the The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel again, here is part one of My Mumbai Masala.
  • Team Building: Destination and Activity Quick Guide

    Anne Thornley-Brown, M.B.A. @executiveoasis
    10 Mar 2014 | 9:55 am
    Team Building - When and where to schedule it requires a common sense approach. Then why it is that it almost seems as if some companies are putting on blindfolds, spinning the globe and pointing to a destination and then pointing at the calendar to select the date. Here is a quick guide to what team building to schedule, when and where.
  • 5 Destinations Catering to Corporate Teams with Diverse Interests

    Anne Thornley-Brown, M.B.A. @executiveoasis
    18 Nov 2013 | 10:30 pm
    One of the benefits of facilitating team building and executive retreats for companies all over the world is the opportunity to discover destinations with a wide range of activities and adventures for corporate teams. Here are a few examples of destinations that have wide appeal.
  • Luxury Hotels for Winter Retreats in South Korea

    Anne Thornley-Brown, M.B.A. @executiveoasis
    24 Sep 2013 | 8:34 pm
    Recently when planning a team building retreat for a corporate client, I was impressed by the range of winter activities available. In South Korea, snowboarding, skiing and dogsledding, and ice hockey are available. There are also unique offerings like ice soccer and snowmobile rafting.
  • International Event Planning Tools and Tips

    Anne Thornley-Brown, M.B.A. @executiveoasis
    30 Aug 2013 | 6:00 am
    When planning business meetings and corporate events in other countries, there are a number of considerations. Here are some international event planning tips as well as some useful tools.
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    Travel Deeper with Gareth Leonard |

  • Exploring Arraial do Cabo

    19 Aug 2014 | 8:13 am
    The land of hidden gems. That’s officially the new slogan of Brazil. I haven’t told the secretary of tourism yet but he’ll understand. It seems like around every turn, in every region, there’s a “can’t miss” place that locals rave about. It’s a beach, park, waterfall, neighborhood, etc. that you just don’t hear from until you’re within range. These are places that I affectionately refer to as hidden gems, and Brazil is full of them. Locals and travelers alike kept telling us that while in Buzios we had to make time to go see…
  • A Weekend Warrior’s Guide to Buzios

    15 Aug 2014 | 7:07 am
    In desperate need of an escape from all the dudes in Rio after the World Cup, a few friends and I headed east to the peninsula paradise they call Buzios. Just a three hour bus ride from Rio, it’s the perfect getaway for Cariocas seeking refuge from the hustle and bustle of the big city. Thanks to a well-publicized visit by Brigitte Bardot back in the early ’60s, Buzios has gone from a simple fishing village to a well-traveled vacation destination for weekend warriors like us. We painted our faces with SPF-30 and stormed the sand like Normandy in search of fun in the sun.
  • Rio de Janeiro Favelas – Santa Marta

    11 Aug 2014 | 7:50 am
    Last Sunday morning I decided it was time to go see Michael up in Santa Marta. I waved down the local public bus just outside my apartment and made the short, 10-minute ride over to the Botafogo neighborhood to experience another one of Rio de Janeiro’s many faces – life in the favelas. Santa Marta was one of the first Rio de Janeiro favelas to be pacified back in 2008, and continues to be one of the safest in the city. “Pacification” as it’s called, is the plan by Rio’s government to eliminate the city’s favelas of weapons, drug dealers and gang-controlled operations by…
  • The Ultimate Brazilian Food Guide

    4 Aug 2014 | 8:56 pm
    Brazilian Food is as diverse as your going to find in Latin America. Heavily influenced by Arabic, African and Portuguese immigrants, Brazil’s culinary world has reaped the rewards from the melting pot of people and varying landscapes across the country. Before I get started with the most popular foods, let me share a few facts… While Southerners love their churrascos (BBQs), northerners opt for more seafood and spicy treats. Brazilians everywhere love their buffets and pay-per-kilo (pay-by-the-pound) restaurants, so practice self control when visiting. Like many Latin…
  • World Cup Behind the Scenes [VIDEO]

    30 Jul 2014 | 7:44 am
    Come behind the scenes with me as I take you through one of the most insane months of my life – The 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. I worked for an Australian tour company, attend five matches in five different Brazilian cities and watched the semi finals and finals matches back home in Rio de Janeiro at the FIFA Fan Fest in Copacabana Beach. Clips are from the following World Cup matches: Australia vs Chile – Cuiaba (Arena Pantanal) Australia vs Netherlands – Porto Alegre (Estádio Beira-Rio) Australia vs Spain – Curitiba (Arena da Baixada) Brazil vs Chile –…
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  • 5 Fabulous Turquoise Beach Destinations

    Jessica Fenton
    12 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Having been raised on the coast, there's no surprise my travels revolve around the sea. Here are 5 of the most fabulous turquoise beach destinations I've seen.... To read this and other travel stories, visit BrownGirlsFly.
  • Film & Culture: 5 Flicks Celebrating Life In Brazil

    Brandy Anderson
    1 Aug 2014 | 6:05 pm
    Here are 5 films celebrating Brazil's cultural cornucopia that will help quench your wanderlust until you're ready for a visit.... To read this and other travel stories, visit BrownGirlsFly.
  • A Travel Trifecta: Whales, Guadeloupe & The Passport Party Project

    Chelle Roberts
    20 Jul 2014 | 5:36 am
    The next round of Passport Party Project girls will receive their 1st passport stamp in the Guadeloupe Islands where whales & stunning landscapes await them.... To read this and other travel stories, visit BrownGirlsFly.
  • Australia Day: Celebrating Black Pride Down Under

    Tracy Gross
    1 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Australia's national holiday is not just a celebration of colonial pride, but also a period of mourning for its indigenous peoples. I celebrated the day in the Aboriginal community Redfern & experienced Australian black pride.... To read this and other travel stories, visit BrownGirlsFly.
  • Sydney, Australia for the Uninitiated

    Rachel N. Lemons
    30 Jun 2014 | 10:00 am
    As an American girl visiting Sydney, Australia for the 1st time, I had a lot to learn. I saw past the cliches and learned a few lessons along the way. Here are a few tips that newbies planning a trip to the Land Down Under might enjoy.... To read this and other travel stories, visit BrownGirlsFly.
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    Doing Indy

  • Devour Downtown Summer 2014 Preview

    Sara Croft
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:08 am
    Devour Downtown is back in action with 74 (yes your read that right) participating restaurants. Some are brand new, others are established favorites that have Indianapolis’ visitors and restaurants coming back each year for more. What is Devour Downtown? Running … READ THE REST OF THIS POST >
  • Gen Con and Gleaners Food Bank Join Forces

    15 Aug 2014 | 11:03 am
    Gen Con isn’t just about playing games – they also like to use their presence to help out communities in need through charity partnerships. This year, they are taking on hunger by partnering with Gleaners Food Bank. Gleaners is no … READ THE REST OF THIS POST >
  • Rookie’s Guide to Gen Con in Indianapolis

    15 Aug 2014 | 6:52 am
    With 50,000+ visitors and over 14,000+ events, Gen Con can be an overwhelming experience for first-time attendees. We hit the Indianapolis Convention Center on Thursday to talk with some of the gamers and we have compiled a list of eight tips for … READ THE REST OF THIS POST >
  • Families Invade the Best Four Days of Gaming

    14 Aug 2014 | 8:20 am
    Downtown Indianapolis is filled with swordsmen, Wookies, heroes, and… FAMILIES! Gen Con Indy’s Family Fun Day will take place on Sunday, August 17, allowing gamers of all ages to join in on “the best four days in gaming” at a reduced … READ THE REST OF THIS POST >
  • IndyFringe Theatre Festival Kicks Off This Week

    Susanna Taft
    13 Aug 2014 | 7:45 am
    The most emotional 11 days of the year are approaching, and I’m talking about  ALL the emotions. Fear, confusion, amusement, sadness, embarrassment, anger, surprise, joy—the list goes on. IndyFringe is a performing arts festival that celebrates the diversity of theatre … READ THE REST OF THIS POST >
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  • 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…
  • Visiting Galway? Check out Experience Galway App

    8 Jul 2014 | 9:08 am
    Europcar has launched an “Experience Galway” app which is app designed to help you get the most out of your visit to Galway, Ireland.With this Experience Galway app you can access location, contact information, driving excursions sites and attractions all over the Galway area, and information about Europcar Car Rental, the best way to get around and see all that Galway has to offer. SITES: Spanish Arch Eyre Square Galway Cathedral Collegiate Church of St Nicholas of Myra Hall of the Red Earl Galway City Museum Nora Barnacle House Lynch’s Castle Salmon Weir Salthill Salthill…
  • 2014 World Cup Planner

    10 Jun 2014 | 4:35 am
    So the FIFA 2014 World Cup is here, and again, Ireland aren’t in it! However, that never stopped the Irish from having a vested interest in the previous tournaments! Whether that be cheering against the English, or more recently the French, world cup fever will grip the country and dominate social media for weeks to come. 2014 World Cup betting You may also have some sort of financial stake on the 2014 World Cup! You threw a tenner on Belgium at 33/1 to win it, or you bet your mate that Argentina haven’t a chance. What has become more and more popular over the years are the office…
  • Enjoy the great outdoors in Cork

    19 May 2014 | 2:56 am
    Looking for an outdoorsy holiday that lets you soak up the beauty of nature and get away from the bustle of city life? The good news is that you don’t necessarily have to trek to a remote destination or forego modern comforts in order to enjoy just such a break. Cork in western Ireland offers many excellent outdoor activities that are suitable for families, all within easy driving distance of the city centre. With its own international airport and excellent road, rail and ferry connections, Cork itself is easy to reach – so you won’t use up your valuable holiday time and energy…
  • Car Rental Companies

    16 May 2014 | 7:32 am
    There are lots of Companies that offers car hire services in Ireland at most airport locations and smaller locations in the country. Europcar is one of the main hire car companies at Dublin Airport Terminal 1. The car hire desks are in the Arrivals Hall on the outside wall. To one side of the desks is the terminal’s Bank of Ireland branch. To other is the main entrance and the airport information desk. + 353 61 206025 Europcar offers the following locations; Athlone car rental, Car hire Dublin Airport, Car rental Dublin, Car Rental Cavan, Car rental Cork, Car rental Galway,…
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  • GoNOLA Recommends: 5 Things To Do In New Orleans This Weekend

    Mallory Whitfield
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:30 pm
    This weekend in New Orleans is all about new experiences, plus a little throwback to the 90s for good measure. Try out beers from across Louisiana at Brewsiana on Saturday night, or sample live music from up-and-coming artists performing as part of the Cutting Edge CE Conference all weekend long. Enjoy a laugh with the cast of Sullivan & Son… Read the rest -»
  • Cheap Eats in New Orleans: 5 Places to Try in 5 Neighborhoods

    Addie K. Martin
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    New Orleans is known world-wide for being home to some of the finest restaurants. Sometimes fine dining is what you’re going for; more often than not, though, you really just want a quick meal that won’t take a big bite out of your wallet. If you’re nodding your head “yes” to this, then check out my recommendations for five cheap … Read the rest -»
  • New Orleans Calling: The Love of Your Life

    George Ingmire
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:44 am
    WWOZ’s nationally-syndicated one-hour program New Orleans All The Way Live has been recently renamed and re-imagined in a great new form, with a new name — New Orleans Calling. Welcome to New Orleans Calling, WWOZ’s nationally syndicated program. New Orleans Calling airs on WWOZ 90.7 FM in New Orleans every Saturday morning from 7 a.m.-8 a.m., and you can … Read the rest -»
  • Labor Day in New Orleans: How to Spend the Holiday

    Lauren LaBorde
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:31 pm
    Labor Day is bittersweet: while it’s an opportunity to relish a long weekend, it also signals the end of summer and all the fun that comes with it. Whether you want to take advantage of that extra day of recovery by hitting up Southern Decadence or partaking in some summery outdoor fun, here’s some ideas for ways to get the … Read the rest -»
  • National Sandwich Month: The 10 Best Places to Get a Vegetarian Sandwich in New Orleans

    Valerie Boucvalt
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:44 pm
    This month is National Sandwich Month, and it is a time for celebrating the endless possibilities of cuisine enclosed by two pieces of bread. Here in New Orleans, we have shrimp poboys and muffulettas galore, but vegetarians may be asking themselves, “What does New Orleans have for me?” Luckily, New Orleans has a host of fabulous restaurants that offer … Read the rest -»
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  • 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!!!!
  • Antalya: the king of Turkish tourism?

    Vago Damitio
    13 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Pristine seas, cultural assets, gorgeous beaches and history galore… it’s no wonder ten million tourists book flights to Antalya every year. Antalya has long been hailed by tourists as... Come to Vagobond to read the rest - it's better with pictures!!!!
  • Top 5 South African Cities

    12 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Planning a city break in South Africa and not sure where to head to? Never fear, help is at hand! I was in much the same boat as you when organising my first urban adventure in South Africa, but... Come to Vagobond to read the rest - it's better with pictures!!!!
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  • Thailand Elephant Rides: Ethics vs. Entertainment

    Roxy Christensen
    12 Aug 2014 | 1:42 pm
    This is a guest post by my sister, who may soon become a regular contributor. Click here to learn the basics of yoga with her.   The morality and ethics of riding elephants (and other tourist attractions focused on the spectacle of animals) is an old discussion. So why write about a used topic? Because maybe you will sympathize with my story and perspective. Maybe my opinion will help you feel better (or worse) about your position regarding the extortion of elephants. Living in Thailand for the past three years, I had held strongly to my opinion and vigilant avoidance of animal related…
  • Snorkeling Tortuga Island – Montezuma Costa Rica

    Rachel Denning
    7 Aug 2014 | 4:11 pm
    It’s raining?! Rain, in the morning? That’s strange. It is rainy season on the Nicoya Peninsula, and the thunderstorms are incredible. But they’re usually in the evenings or at night, shaking the house, lighting up the sky and waking us up with their intensity. Rain in the morning doesn’t bother me… except that we’re doing something today that I’ve really been looking forward to. It will stop. Right?? Click Here to Follow our Alaska to Argentina Adventures! Get Answers to 101 FAQs About Our Crazy, Nomadic Life!   It doesn’t stop, and we…
  • FFF #9: What you should be doing INSTEAD of Facebook and TV

    Rachel Denning
    20 Jun 2014 | 12:19 pm
    ***See the all the tips from the Fantastic Family Series here.*** So you want to know what you should be doing every night INSTEAD of TV and Facebook? Great! Watch the video. “But Rachel, aren’t you going to write out a nice long post telling us what you said in the video?” Nope. You know why? Because I’m busy. Really, that’s all it is. I have six kids. I have a four month old that wakes me up 2-3 times a night. My husband and I educate our children at home. We spend all day together. PLUS I design websites and have clients who having me editing ebooks,…
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  • Laura Plantation – Portrait of a Creole family

    Alexandra Redisch
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:25 am
    At the earnest insistence of my three children, Lollie, Daisie and Charlie Jr., I write the memories of my childhood days on the old plantation in Louisiana for them. I have concluded to do so, before my memory begins to fail me, for I realise that I am the last one of my generation left who could tell them of life in the South as I knew it, and of the old plantation home where I first saw the light of day. These are the words of Laura Locoul Gore, the last head of what was to be known as the Laura Plantation. Creole women, you see, ran businesses and owned property. Already in the early…
  • Silent Sunday: Lighthouse at Summerside, PEI

    Anne-Sophie Redisch
    17 Aug 2014 | 7:18 am
    Summerside lighthouse in Prince Edward Island, Atlantic Canada Silent Sunday: Lighthouse at Summerside, PEI is a post from Sophie's World
  • 8 Instagrams from Arctic Sweden

    Anne-Sophie Redisch
    13 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    A visit in Arctic Sweden will likely begin in Luleå, one the biggest cities in the region. Luleå isn’t uninteresting in itself, with more than 100 cafes and restaurants, a pretty cityscape and some unusual street art. But I’m here to have a closer look at the Laponia region (the Latin name for the Sami region), and an intriguing church town. For Laponia I head inland – towards Jokkmokk. To get there, I cross the Arctic Circle. I’ve crossed the Arctic Circle in the air numerous times. Two of Norway’s biggest cities are located well above that apparently alluring…
  • Silent Sunday: Wall of honour in Tiraspol, the breakaway republic Transdniestr

    Anne-Sophie Redisch
    10 Aug 2014 | 4:18 am
    Wall of honour in Tiraspol, featuring upstanding citizens of Transdniestr, chosen by the authorities in the breakaway republic Silent Sunday: Wall of honour in Tiraspol, the breakaway republic Transdniestr is a post from Sophie's World
  • Mysterious Newgrange

    Anne-Sophie Redisch
    6 Aug 2014 | 11:54 pm
    You’ve heard about Stonehenge, of course, but are you familiar with Newgrange? Just across the water, in Ireland, Newgrange is a temple even older than the mysterious stones at Salisbury Plain. 97 standing stones surround the megalithic tomb. You’ll be with a guide; can’t wander about on your own in here; small groups are let in at one time. The reason will beome apparent once inside. While you wait, be sure to have a look at the entrance and note the patterns carved into the rock. What it means? If only we knew… Entering the mound, after a slightly claustrophobic walk…
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  • Today I Learned: How to Enable Flash Developers

    Phil Hollows
    15 Aug 2014 | 9:39 am
    Not having Flash development experience in-house, we were puzzled recently when we received a support request from a Flash guy wondering why a file we’d never heard of (crossdomain.xml) was giving a 404 file not found error when he requested it. Because it wasn’t there, obviously. Thankfully, the developer in question was kind enough to throw us a link about why that file was needed for Flash, and a few minutes later we had everything we needed to know. Thanks, Chad! So if you’re a Flash developer, crossdomain.xml is now available on our servers to permit you to use…
  • New: RSS Image Enclosures Now Visible

    Phil Hollows
    13 Aug 2014 | 6:58 am
    A funny (peculiar, not haha) thing about major media site RSS feeds is that not only are the feeds often little more than a plain text (and so kinda boring) sentence, but also that their RSS feeds tend to include thumbnail images as enclosures. Enclosures are the part of a feed typically used for podcast media files, and the problem with stashing an image as an enclosure is that most people won’t see it, since the picture isn’t part of the main content. As a result, the feed and downstream feed usage (e.g. email subscriptions) are much less engaging for us carbon based life…
  • The FeedBlitz API: Workflow for Building a Plugin

    Phil Hollows
    12 Aug 2014 | 12:48 pm
    The goal of this example is to show you what API calls to make so you can programmatically add a subscriber’s email (and other information) to a list at FeedBlitz. Let’s assume you’re developing a plugin for WordPress; any WP plugin developer should be able to integrate with FeedBlitz! The example below isn’t limited to plugins, of course; it can work with any web site, product or service you can extend programmatically.  You use simple Web requests, so it’s pretty easy for a web developer to do. Prerequisites The user of your plugin will need: A FeedBlitz premium account At…
  • The FeedBlitz REST API

    Phil Hollows
    8 Aug 2014 | 10:41 am
    The REST API is an XML-based API. It is, like FeedBlitz itself, complex and at times may be challenging to use. For simple use cases, such as integrating a FeedBlitz subscription mechanism into your site or service, we recommend using one of the APIs I’ve already covered this week, or a plugin / widget that has already done the work for you. If you’re building such a plugin, widget or tool, then depending on your use cases you may need to delve into the REST API in some depth. Programming Required: Yes API Key Needed: Yes Best suited for: Web developer, plugin developer Skill level:…
  • The FeedBlitz Simple API: Adding Subscriptions Programmatically

    Phil Hollows
    7 Aug 2014 | 7:32 am
    If you’re a plugin developer, PHP guru, or a web programmer who wants to do more with FeedBlitz but the REST API is daunting, we’re rolling out a new set of features in a “Simple” API that is much easier to use.  This API needs an API key, which you can get here after you log in. Programming Required: Yes API Key Needed: Yes Best suited for: Web developer, plugin developer Skill level: Intermediate Good for: Adding a subscriber from a popup, plugin, or web site back end The function of this “Simple” API is to start the FeedBlitz dual opt-in process for…
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  • 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…
  • How To Prevent Your Mobile Phone from Being Stolen

    Raymond Walsh
    11 Aug 2014 | 7:16 pm
    There are plenty of articles online about how to protect your phone’s data and what else to do in the event your mobile phone is stolen — this is not one of those articles. This is about how to prevent your mobile phone from being stolen in the first place. A Fool and His Mobile are Soon Parted Android phones, iPhones, Windows phones, even BlackBerry smartphones (they still have those right?) — no matter which device you favour, someone else out there probably has their eye on it too. I don’t mean to be an alarmist, but let’s be real, thieves are a problem just…
  • South Africa’s Gondwana Game Reserve

    Raymond Walsh
    6 Mar 2014 | 5:43 pm
    Gondwana Game Reserve, Western Cape, South Africa After being on safaris in Tanzania and in South Africa’s Greater Kruger National Park, I figured I’d be all safari’ed out by the time I hit Gondwana. Turns out, that wasn’t the case at all. The gods were just saving the best for last. Situated 4 hours from Cape Town and 25 minutes outside the town of Mossel Bay, Gondwana Game Reserve is the first private game reserve in the Western Cape, and the only one along South Africa’s famed Garden Route. That makes it somewhat of an oddity in the extremely competitive game…
  • 5 Quirky London Events in 2014

    Raymond Walsh
    23 Feb 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Unique, Unusual & Offbeat London Events in 2014 Lovers of the strange, weird, and obscure take note — if you’re visiting London, England this year your spoiled for choice when it comes to the out-of-the-ordinary. Here are 5 quirky London events in 2014 to help you get your geek (and freak!) on: World Science Fiction Convention (August 14 to 18, 2014) Geeks and the people who love them (other geeks presumably) will invade ExCel — the London Exhibition and Convention Centre — for four days this August. Dubbed LonCon 3, this is the third time this holy grail of…
  • Spending a Night at the World’s Best Hotel — South Africa’s La Residence

    Raymond Walsh
    21 Feb 2014 | 1:53 pm
    La Residence, Franschoek, South Africa La Residence Hotel & Villas recently captured the coveted #1 spot in Condé Nast Traveler’s Top 100 Hotels and Resorts, but is it really the Best Hotel in the World? I’ve stayed in some pretty swanky digs in my day, but swanky doesn’t even begin to describe this place. La Residence Hotel & Villas in South Africa’s Franschoek Valley is perfection personified. And plenty of others agree. It captured First Place in the Top 100 Hotels and Resorts from Condé Nast Traveler’s Reader’s Choice Awards. And who am I to…
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  • 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 Wo