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  • Low-Key Caribbean: A Tale of Four Islands

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    Henley Vazquez
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:20 pm
    In a world where the easiest route is usually the most popular, it’s no surprise that many vacationers limit their warm-weather winter getaways to the Caribbean’s more accessible islands—especially if they have kids in tow. And while the quick trip has its advantages, some of best destinations require more effort. Add an extra connecting flight to your itinerary to find serene beaches and authentic experiences—without the crowds. Here are four tropical escapes that provide the amenities most valued by travelers—decent accommodations, plenty of restaurants, and reliable…
  • The Traveler Gift Guide

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

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    Mark Elwood
    28 Nov 2014 | 5:52 am
    It’s so very very nearly December – which means we’re totally fine to start talking about Christmas, right? Right. So let’s talk about Christmas in London, because there are few better places to enjoy the festive cheer than the capital… And that’s why here at LateRooms.com we’ve been busying ourselves like Santa’s elves to bring you a list of some of the top festivities going on in London this winter. So get ready to début your Christmas jumper and head down to the Big Smoke to tick off this list of festive fun… 1. Gorge on Glühwein…
  • Exploring Budapest : A Traveler’s Guide

    Vagobond
    Budapest
    29 Nov 2014 | 1:18 pm
    Considered as one of the most beautiful cities in central Europe, Budapest has become a favorite travel destination for most people. With its natural beauty, the city offers a lot of great... Come to Vagobond to read the rest - it's better with pictures!!!!
  • Just Back: New York City

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    Intelligent Travel
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:30 pm
    National Geographic Traveler features editor Amy Alipio (on Twitter @amytravels and on Instagram @amyalipio) recently returned from a family trip to New York City to soak up the holiday glow. Here are some of the high points of her trip, in her own words: Biggest selling point: Midtown Manhattan absolutely glowed with holiday bling, from the sparkly trees overlooking the skating rink at Rockefeller Center to the dazzling holiday store windows along Fifth Avenue. My favorite display was at Saks where the six animated windows each featured a classic fairy tale transported to a…
 
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  • Low-Key Caribbean: A Tale of Four Islands

    Henley Vazquez
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:20 pm
    In a world where the easiest route is usually the most popular, it’s no surprise that many vacationers limit their warm-weather winter getaways to the Caribbean’s more accessible islands—especially if they have kids in tow. And while the quick trip has its advantages, some of best destinations require more effort. Add an extra connecting flight to your itinerary to find serene beaches and authentic experiences—without the crowds. Here are four tropical escapes that provide the amenities most valued by travelers—decent accommodations, plenty of restaurants, and reliable…
  • Photo Lesson: Setting the Scene

    Sisse Brimberg and Cotton Coulson
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:27 am
    In addition to being longtime contributing photographers for Traveler magazine, my wife Sisse and I are frequently invited to join National Geographic Expeditions trips as photography experts, interacting with guests aboard the National Geographic Explorer.  On a recent trip to the Macaronesia Islands—composed of the Azores and Madeira (both belonging to Portugal), the Canaries (which is under Spanish rule), and the independent country of Cape Verde—we had 25 passengers sign up for a photo workshop with us. We gave them assignments, or themes, to explore throughout our…
  • Just Back: New York City

    Intelligent Travel
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:30 pm
    National Geographic Traveler features editor Amy Alipio (on Twitter @amytravels and on Instagram @amyalipio) recently returned from a family trip to New York City to soak up the holiday glow. Here are some of the high points of her trip, in her own words: Biggest selling point: Midtown Manhattan absolutely glowed with holiday bling, from the sparkly trees overlooking the skating rink at Rockefeller Center to the dazzling holiday store windows along Fifth Avenue. My favorite display was at Saks where the six animated windows each featured a classic fairy tale transported to a…
  • I Heart My City: Karen’s Bogotá

    I Heart My City
    17 Dec 2014 | 1:15 pm
    Freelance writer Karen Attman moved to Venezuela from the United States nearly two decades ago to embrace the ex-pat life and hasn’t looked back. She moved her home base to Bogotá in 2012 and and thrives on the enthusiasm and creativity of Colombia’s capital city, including that of the Bogotano she now calls her husband. “It’s a flourishing city that has an amazing energy,” she says, “but the main reason is all about the people. They are innovative, creative, loving, open, and generous.” Here are a few of Karen’s favorite things about her adopted…
  • Mexico City’s Magical Mix

    Intelligent Travel
    16 Dec 2014 | 11:21 am
    Intimacy and grit in the Mexican capital  By Francisco Goldman I’d never missed Mexico City so much as during this past interminable winter in New York. During the weeks before our departure date, I badly needed a haircut, but I didn’t get one because on my first day in the D.F.—the Distrito Federal, as locals call Mexico City—I wanted to go to my favorite barbershop, and maybe you should go too, for an authentic Mexican experience. Paris Marinne, in posh Polanco, is a humble place with a barber pole outside. Inside are old-fashioned barber chairs, usually filled with executive…
 
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  • Marcus Mariota’s Shared Glory

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

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

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

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    9 Dec 2014 | 8:19 am
    The annual Honolulu City Lights Parade took place over the weekend, with thousands of residents and visitors making the trek from River The post Honolulu City Lights Turn On appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Gone Fishin’ in Hawaii

    Jamie Winpenny
    4 Dec 2014 | 1:17 pm
    It probably comes as no surprise that Hawaii is a paradise for fishing enthusiasts. The clean, clear and warm waters and countless The post Gone Fishin’ in Hawaii appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
 
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  • What Obama’s Cuban deal means

    Rory Moulton
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:38 pm
    Photo: Christopher L. Yesterday, December 17, American President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raúl Castro announced a major thaw in relations between the two countries. Full diplomatic relations have been restored for the first time since 1960, prisoners exchanged, and Obama used executive authority to significantly weaken the US trade embargo on Cuba. Here’s what it all means for American travelers: A safe haven The United States will open a full-fledged embassy in Havana. Since enacting the embargo, the American presence in Cuba was limited to a US Special Interests Section in…
  • 7 signs you are a global citizen

    Matt Hershberger
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    Photo: Jacopo Romei 1. You have a healthy contempt for artificial boundaries. There’s some truth to the saying that good fences make good neighbors: it’s good to know where you stop and the person next to you begins. But a good global citizen knows that these artificial boundaries are, at the end of the day, artificial, and as a result, can easily be torn down when they wear out their use. While this can refer to national borders (some of which are still pretty damn useful), it can also refer to divides between race, class, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, and even to species.
  • Off the beaten path in Morocco

    Lauren Quinn
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    Photo: Marketing Deluxe Mirleft Photo: laurent.paga While the plush tour buses pull in to ex-hippie-hangout Essauoira, the rattling, once-an-hour public bus takes you down the Atlantic coast to tiny Mirleft. Less than an hour from Tiznit, Mirleft is set in the pebbly red earth just off the coast and has five undeveloped beaches within walking distance. There’s one bank, one internet café, and not a whole lot to do other than relax. While wealthy Marrakeshis vacation in beachside landscaped homes, travelers, artists, and everyone else hang around the town’s dirt-road center —…
  • What made New Yorkers proud in 2014

    Ashley Hufford
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    Photo: Alan Greig 1. Pride is everywhere The Human Rights Campaign Foundation recently ranked 365 of the nation’s biggest cities on their non-discrimination policies and laws, denoting them on a score of 0 to 100. New York City received 100% — the best score possible. Between the third anniversary of marriage equality, the seventh straight passing of the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act, and the recent policy update allowing changes to gender markers on birth certificates, New York has made many strides this year for LGBT rights. There’s still a long way to go for…
  • You can travel solo without cheating

    Katka Lapelosa
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Photo: Christopher Michel Jordan Axani, made famous for offering a free round-the-world plane ticket to a woman who shared his ex-girlfriend’s name, has finally found his Elizabeth Gallagher. His solicitation was controversial from the start — couldn’t he just transfer the ticket to a friend? How would the ‘winner’ be decided? Were sexual favors involved? The Elizabeth Gallagher he chose happens to be involved in a long-term relationship. This has sparked a flood of hate commentary centering around Gallagher’s choice to embark on this journey, sans boyfriend: “If her…
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  • Eagle Creek No Matter What Flashpoint Duffel ~ WanderGear Wednesday

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

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

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

    Beth Whitman
    1 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    The Snowman Trek is a 25 day journey that’s 220 miles long through Bhutan’s Himalayas. With that much time spent hiking that covers that much distance, it was inevitable there’d be countless opportunities to experience jaw-dropping beauty. Though the first week of our trek brought rain, the weather improved considerably over time and altitude. That left us with day after day of spectacular mountain views. Early on (when we were still dealing with rain), the skies opened up enough one morning to give us a brief view of Mt. Jhomolhari (above). Shortly after taking this photo,…
  • Gordini Gloves – WanderGear Wednesday

    Beth Whitman
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:16 am
    My hands get cold long before any other part of my body. Even on the hottest of days when riding a motorcycle, I need gloves because the wind on my hands just chills me to the bone. For this reason, I knew that in preparing for the Snowman Trek I’d need really warm gloves since much of my time would be spent well above 15,000 feet. I was somewhat aware of Gordini gloves from my many trips to the Outdoor Retailer Show in Salt Lake City. But since I don’t normally participate in snow sports, they really weren’t strong on my radar until I started looking for quality gloves that…
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  • South Beach Trip Updates Coming Soon

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

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

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

    Rich Tucker
    1 Dec 2014 | 8:08 am
    In 2013, WestJet won Christmas with their WestJet Christmas Miracle video and in 2014 Westjet takes it up a notch by giving back to one of my favorite islands, the Dominican Republic. WestJet has been a leading brand in combining social good and social media.  Checkout their 2014 WestJet Christmas Miracle Video: 2014 WestJet Christmas Miracle Video   Hopefully this is just the beginning of brands who plan on using part of their marketing budget toward social good projects for the 2014 Christmas Season.
  • 11 Tips for Quantum of the Seas

    Rich Tucker
    28 Nov 2014 | 2:08 pm
    We just returned from the Quantum of the Seas Royal Family Inaugural Cruise which was the first sailing from the US that allowed kids. We brought our 7 year old daughter along with us to get the first hand family experience. Here are some tips and tricks we learned on board to help you get the most out of your Quantum of the Seas Cruise Vacation: 11 Tips for Quantum of the Seas: These are tips for the Quantum of the Seas and can be applied to her sister ship the Anthem of the Seas since the Anthem will launch in 5 months and the Quantum will head to China in May 2015. #1. Pre-Book Restaurants…
 
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  • Review of Tara Tari Buffet Restaurant London

    Karen Bryan
    16 Dec 2014 | 11:08 pm
    Update 17 December 2014 – The restaurant has now closed. I’m assuming that this is at least partly due to loads of awful reviews on TripAdvisor. I’m surprised, as I enjoyed my meal there.
  • How to Plan for a Stress-free Move Abroad

    Karen Bryan
    14 Dec 2014 | 10:04 pm
    From June 2012 to June 2013, 320,000 people emigrated from the UK. This is a huge number of individuals seeking sun, a better quality of life, career opportunities or to be closer to family, all going through the complex process of emigration. But, how many of them carried out the proper research and planning to […]How to Plan for a Stress-free Move Abroad Tips on the best places to visit in Europe.
  • Review of Airbnb Apartment near Barbican in London

    Karen Bryan
    11 Dec 2014 | 10:09 pm
    I searched the Airbnb peer-to-peer accommodation website for a 2 night midweek stay in London in early December 2014. My budget was up to £75 a night, as Airbnb had given me a £150 credit to try out their site. My search criteria were quite restrictive, I was looking for a private room with an […]Review of Airbnb Apartment near Barbican in London Tips on the best places to visit in Europe.
  • Finding a Good Deal on Accommodation in London

    Karen Bryan
    9 Dec 2014 | 10:49 pm
    Finding a reasonably priced, centrally located and decent quality room in London can be a real challenge. I love visiting London as there’s so much to see and do. Much of it is free of charge, but accommodation can be a real budget buster.
  • Christmas Past at the Geffyre Museum London

    Karen Bryan
    7 Dec 2014 | 10:47 pm
    As I was staying within a 30 minute walk of the Geffyre Museum when I was in London last week, I decided to visit to see the Christmas Past. Every year from late November to early January, eleven period rooms at the Geffyre are decked with festive decorations appropriate to the times. !
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  • How to Visit Cuba as an American (While It’s Still “Illegal”)

    Chris Guillebeau
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:45 am
    Like many of you, I was excited to hear the big news that the U.S. embargo against Cuba is ending. Wow! There’s probably a good life lesson in this news: if your government has tried something for more than 50 years and it hasn’t worked, maybe it’s time to try something else. As part of this huge change, sooner or later it will be much more common for Americans to travel to Cuba with few or no restrictions. But you don’t need to wait until the floodgates open. You can go there now, just as I did a few years ago. This post tells you how. For the past 54 years, the U.S.
  • This Free Report Tells You How 20 High-Achievers Plan for the New Year

    Chris Guillebeau
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    Link: Free PDF from Michael Hyatt As part of the relaunch of his Best Year Ever course, Michael Hyatt has just released a free PDF with lessons from 20 high-achievers (somehow I made the list) on how to prepare for a great year. You can learn a lot from Michael through this report, the free videos, or the new course that just opened for registration last week. If you’re interested in the course, the limited offer for Early Bird pricing ends tomorrow, Dec. 19th. Over here, I’m still hard at work on my 2014 Annual Review, and I know some of you are too. Tomorrow’s post will be much like…
  • Nostalgia for the Opposite

    Chris Guillebeau
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Jez Butterworth on writing a play about navigating the zero-sum world of opposing choices: He described it as a kind of psychological holding place as ‘nostalgia for the opposite.’ Holding two options in one’s mind simultaneously enables an emotional state—of freedom or evasiveness, depending on one’s view—in which Butterworth’s characters tend to reside. ‘The idea of one constantly feeds the other,’ he said. ‘If you’re in one place, you long to be in the other. Which feels terrific.’ It feels terrific as a writer or artist,…
  • 2014 Annual Review: Lessons in Entrepreneurship & Unconventional Work

    Chris Guillebeau
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:52 am
    And… the Annual Review continues! Today’s post builds on Monday’s, with some more specific lessons related to entrepreneurship, writing, and work. You’re welcome to share your lessons too, and—new bonus!—we’ll award a $100 Powell’s gift card to the person who leaves the best comment by the end of the week, as determined by our cats and biased judges. Previous Posts 2014 Annual Review Process & Template Looking Back on a Complicated Year As is the case every year, 2014 was a busy and active year of work. Despite the various personal challenges (see: sad, late,…
  • 6 Discoveries from Near and far: Volume XXIV

    Chris Guillebeau
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:00 pm
    I. Around the World Things I found on long walks in foreign cities, or perhaps when someone posted them on Twitter. Why Shark Tank Is Terrible for Your Business — Just because someone else has been successful in their business doesn’t mean they know what to do about yours Why Have Over 2,000 NoPhones Been Sold? — I’m not trading in my iPhone yet, but this anti-phone has proven to be quite popular Jogger Saves Columnist’s Life – Here’s What Happens 6 Years Later — They meet again, but this time under very different circumstances Self-Portraits Taken by a Woman…
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  • Tired of running in circles for bookings?

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

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

    16 Dec 2014 | 7:44 am
    The La Selva Amazon Ecolodge & Spa has a comprehensive TripAdvisor strategy.
  • Owning the guest relationship from the start

    11 Dec 2014 | 7:55 am
    Whether you’re a front office manager, revenue manager or B&B owner, here are four reasons why it’s vital for you to actively manage the guest relationship starting right after the booking.
  • New Special Offer features

    10 Dec 2014 | 8:18 am
    Nearly half of global travelers indicate that Special Offers are an important factor when choosing an accommodation.
 
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  • Maui & Lanai New Year’s Eve Fireworks & Celebrations for 2014/2015

    Sheila Beal
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:59 am
    We’ve created new pages to highlight the New Year’s Eve fireworks and celebrations across the islands of Maui and Lanai. Both islands will offer wonderful ways to welcome in 2015. To see what’s happening this year, follow these links:— Maui New Year’s Eve Fireworks & Celebrations— Lanai New Year’s Eve Fireworks & CelebrationsWhether you’ll be on the beautiful Hawaiian Islands celebrating the new year or just want to impress your friends at home, learn how to wish and say happy new year in Hawaiian, which is Hau’oli Makahiki Hou.©…
  • Hawaii vacation deals & news: December 17, 2014

    Sheila Beal
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:22 am
    *  Hawaiian Airlines and Alaska Airlines both have great fare sales on roundtrip flights to Hawaii. For these special fares, you must book by December 22. The travel periods for these fares vary by airline but extend into February (Alaska) and March (Hawaiian). Do check out all the fine print. Here are examples of the types of fare sales you might find:Oakland to Maui  – from $338 roundtrip on Alaska AirlinesSan Jose to Honolulu – from $298 roundtrip on Alaska AirlinesSan Diego to Honolulu – from $428 roundtrip on Hawaiian AirlinesSan Francisco to Maui – from $378…
  • Waikiki, Honolulu, Oahu 2014/2015 New Year’s Eve Fireworks, Dining & Events

    Sheila Beal
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:53 am
    Oahu is a fantastic island to welcome in the new year. Waikiki Beach and Honolulu will be particularly lively with entertainment, festive dining and, of course, amazing fireworks at midnight.Here’s what’s happening this New Year’s Eve (December 31, 2014) to celebrate 2015.New Year’s Eve Fireworks* Waikiki Beach hosts a fireworks show from a barge just offshore from Waikiki Beach. The show starts at 11:55pm with one firework every minute before midnight. Then at midnight, the big fireworks show begins. If you have a radio nearby, tune in to Hawaiian 105 KINE FM to enjoy…
  • Aloha Friday Photo: Warm Lana’i Sunrise

    Sheila Beal
    12 Dec 2014 | 7:50 am
    Mahalo to John Murray for sending this Lana’i sunrise photo to share on our Aloha Friday Photos series.The colors of this sunrise are so warm and inviting. You can almost feel the summery temperatures beam through the clouds.While sunset pictures tend to make us reflect on the day’s activities, Hawaii sunrise photos make us anticipate the great adventures the new day may bring. We hope your Aloha Friday will bring you happy adventures today!
  • Waikiki/Honolulu/Oahu Christmas events & dining page created for 2014

    Sheila Beal
    10 Dec 2014 | 10:19 am
    We created a new page for our annual Waikiki Christmas lists of special dining and holiday events. It’s bigger and better than ever with more restaurant options and special events. Check it out here!© Go Visit Hawaii – Republication of this entire post is prohibited without prior permission. Using extracts of less than 100 words is permitted with full attribution and link back to GoVisitHawaii.com. Under no circumstances may any site scrape content automatically from our site or this RSS feed.
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  • The Hague Eon Power Station

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

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

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

    GJE
    2 Dec 2014 | 6:14 am
    Picfair Benji Lanyado is a UK based travel journalist and a lot more. He noted the photography business is a “A $6 billion professional industry controlled by agencies and middlemen, who fix the prices and take, on average, 74% of the fees.” In august 2013 he launched Picfair, a platform where professional photographers and amateurs can sell their photos directly to potential clients. You can freely upload as many photo’s as you like. You then can set your own price. Picfair will add a 20% commission and a small fee for payment processing when a photo is sold. A one licence…
  • November Nile Geese

    GJE
    18 Nov 2014 | 4:59 am
    Not many people know The Hague has canals. Not so many as Amsterdam off course, but we have some an you can cruise the canals. However our bridges are lower than the average Amsterdam bridges, so the best tours are with small uncovered little canal boats. Good weather gives a better experience. Yesterday I was tested as a volunteer skipper for one of the companies offering trips, De Willemsvaart. I believe the boss was satisfied with my maneuverability. So it is possible you have me as your captain when you book a tour in 2015. They close down for the winter next week. While maneuvering the…
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  • Holiday Romance : Celebration in the Oaks at New Orleans City Park

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

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

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

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

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

    Gary
    17 Dec 2014 | 1:04 am
    Giraffes in Kruger National Park, South Africa
  • Waterfall in Tapanti National Park, Costa Rica

    Amy
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:06 pm
    Waterfall in Tapanti National Park, Costa Rica
  • Hammock on a Beach in the British Virgin Islands

    Amy
    15 Dec 2014 | 8:36 pm
    Hammock on a Beach in the British Virgin Islands
  • Instagram Travel Photography Contest Winner – Theme Water

    Gary
    15 Dec 2014 | 9:29 am
    We have a winner for my first weekly Instagram photography contest. Congratulations goes to Joey Choo! She has won a Lonely Planet ebook of her choice! A photo posted by Joey Choo (@joeycypphotography) on Jun 6, 2014 at 5:33am PDT The theme for this week’s contest is: Mountains. The winner this week will get two amazing prizes! They will get a $200 voucher which can be used on any tour with G Adventures to any of their tours to over 100 countries and all 7 continents. I have personally traveled with them to 25 countries on 6 different continents. They will also get one year of basic photo…
  • This Week In Travel – Episode 179

    Gary
    15 Dec 2014 | 3:14 am
    This week Jen, Chris and I are joined by Paul Lasley of OnTravel.com. Subscribe on iTunes | Become a Fan on Facebook | Download the iPhone app | Download This Week’s News: TSA Looking Into Cause Of Mile-Long Security Line ‘Grand Canyon? It’s nothing special’ – the world’s grumpiest travellers SIA passenger racks up huge Wi-Fi bill The White House Wants You To Study Abroad Picks of the week: Gary – iPhone 6+ Chris – Istanbul Jen – Amex pts can be used on AirBnb Jen – rice to dry out your cell phone Paul – Jamón ibérico
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  • Photo of the Moment: The Glory of Dusk Over Lake Michigan

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

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

    Amanda Kendle
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:11 am
    Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. The vast majority of people who travel do so without thinking much about it. They book their tickets and accommodation in a destination that looks interesting, fly there, do some tours, eat some local foods, take a heap of photographs, and go home again. And, don’t get me wrong, that’s a lot of fun. But there might be a way to get something deeper out of your travels. That’s to travel more thoughtfully — to think about your personal philosophy of travel. Ask yourself these questions before setting out and your next trip might be more…
  • Small Town Travel: 7 Reasons to Visit Medina, New York

    Mike Richard
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:32 am
    Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. For me, 2014 was the Year of the Small City. Chattanooga. Raleigh. Buffalo. Last month, we went even smaller. On a trip through western New York, we stopped in the small town (they prefer “village” actually) of Medina. It’s not the stereotypical “one stop light” town, but it’s close. For me, that makes it all the more interesting. I love small towns and the people in them. I’m fascinated by them: how they live, where they eat, what they do. While we only stayed the night, we left the next day bummed and…
  • Beaches Less Traveled: Visiting the Beach Cities of Los Angeles

    Mike Richard
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:49 am
    Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. Coastal California has been shaped in large part — culturally and literally — by the Pacific Ocean. Los Angeles is home to some of the best, most famous beaches in the state with Santa Monica, Venice, and Surfrider getting most of the love from major travel publications. But the area collectively known as South Bay offers a variety of great sand and surf as well, including the aptly named Beach Cities of Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, and Redondo Beach. While not quite “hidden gems,” they are much less trafficked than most other beaches in…
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  • 8Great: Wild about the movie WILD starring Reese Witherspoon

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

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

    Stefanie Michaels
    11 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Patent pending, Hyperactivate
  • 8Great Spa & Golf Resorts

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

    Stefanie Michaels
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:27 pm
    My adventures take me far and wide. Mostly via those friendly skies on airplanes. I’ve worked with most airlines, reviewing their fine services, and well, not so fine services. It’s refreshing to be able to share info on an airline, (which I recently experienced on a direct flight from LAX to NYC en route to Aruba), that takes it upon themselves to offer a service usually reserved for business class travelers, and making an effort to price luxury at a more affordable price point for the rest of us. It is called Mint Class by JetBlue, and for those weary road warriors, heading from coast…
 
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    Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast

  • My Visit to Washington D.C. in Pictures

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

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

    chris2x
    14 Dec 2014 | 3:50 pm
    Subscribe on iTunes | Become a Fan on Facebook | Download the iPhone app | Download This Week in Travel – Travel News Podcast. Regular hosts Gary Arndt, Jen Leo and Chris Christensen are joined by this week’s […] The post “Study Abroad and Sex Hotels” – This Week in Travel #179 appeared first on Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast. Related posts: “Cheap Living Abroad” with Tim Leffel – This Week in Travel 173 Paul Lasley in “Safety Sheep Plucking” – This Week in Travel #128 Paul Lasley in “Layover…
  • Travel to Lisbon, Portugal – Episode 448

    chris2x
    13 Dec 2014 | 3:12 pm
    Hear about travel to Lisbon, Portugal as the Amateur Traveler talks to Nelson Carvalheiro about the capital of his native country. Nelson recommends we start in the old quarter where the people […] The post Travel to Lisbon, Portugal – Episode 448 appeared first on Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast. Related posts: Travel to Portugal – Episode 108 Travel to Dublin, Ireland – Episode 306 Travel to Luxembourg – Episode 434
  • The White House Wants You To Study Abroad

    chris2x
    11 Dec 2014 | 10:30 am
    Shannon Green, from the National Security Council, came and went from the briefing I was in at the White House yesterday. She and other senior members of the Obama administration took time […] The post The White House Wants You To Study Abroad appeared first on Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast. Related posts: 6 Reasons to Skip Europe when Studying Abroad The Problem Using American Credit Cards Abroad 8 Voluntourism Programs Just for Teens
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    We Said Go Travel

  • The Long Road Towards the Inevitable in Turkey

    Silvia Romao
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
    The Long Road Towards the Inevitable Tomorrow you’ll wake up realising that all your hopes and promises of happiness are not there. The comfort of a house, a pair of loving arms and the job are gone. As well as the emotional balance and self-esteem. Everything vanished a month ago when your now ex-husband shut the apartment door on the last day of your life in common. You know that all those things have been slowly disappearing along the last 10 years but now you have the perfect person to blame. Then the weight of emptiness takes in. You feel it in your shoulders as if you were carrying a…
  • A Letter of Thanks to Halong Bay, Vietnam

    Genevieve Giles
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Dear Halong Bay, I don’t know if its appropriate to ‘thank’ a place. But to me, like many of my loved ones, you hold a special place in my heart and your memories make me a better person.  I met you a year ago, when I was lost and hurting from a relationship gone terribly, horrifically sour. I had traveled from Sydney to Vietnam to escape my demons and attempt to repair my soul. It was initially hard to shake my looming pessimism. The dock at Halong Bay doesn’t reveal much about the archipelago paradise that lies no more than an hour boat ride away. Somewhat scrappy, tarnished Junk…
  • Mt. Bromo, The Jewel of East Java

    Albert Budi Purnomo
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:00 pm
    It was a very tired office week. I felt that I have no energy left to face another day. Out of the sudden, a friend from my college called and asked me to go to Mt. Bromo with him and another friend. I instantly agreed because of one reason.  I’d never been to Bromo, period. In addition to make a perfect excuse, It was just the right time to escape for a while from work activity. “It’s now or never, let’s do it!” I said to myself to overcome my doubt, since I learned from several reviews that the track is difficult. We decided to go there the next week after. The journey was never…
  • Grateful for the journey in Australia

    Kate McManus
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Grateful for the Journey It started with a dream in June 2012, shortly after my cat Hamish, the last of my animals, died. In that alternate landscape, I was climbing polished wooden stairs as large bay windows revealed the dark night sky on either side of the staircase. I tried to make out the stars but they were eclipsed by the moonless sky. Suddenly from nowhere, an almighty bang and a streak of lightning so brilliant in its metallic energy,  broke through the blackness completely revealing  the landscape in every detail. When I awoke I knew what I had to do. The clarity of the lightning…
  • Hidden Treasure: Ambialet, France

    Beth Wheeler
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
    In the heart of France’s Midi-Pyrenees lies a secret gem, a tiny town, a fairy tale. Ambialet. Here, on a September evening, the sunlight’s rays are Midas’ fingers, transforming the mountainside into a tiara that puts the Crown Jewels to shame. Leaves of emerald, topaz, and ruby adorn gilded branches; at the mountain’s summit, an eleventh-century stone church and ancient monastery, glowing with golden-hour light, complete the diadem. Below, the Tarn River encircles the presqu’île, a peninsula by virtue of a strip of ground narrower than the river itself. And on a cliff above,…
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  • “I need this removed as quickly as possible”

    Christopher Elliott
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:07 am
    The email from a vice president’s assistant, received late yesterday, looked desperate. Seems one of our researchers had done too good a job finding her manager’s contact information. We’d unearthed — and published — a home number for the VP. “I need this removed...
  • No visit from Terminix, but they sent a bill anyway

    Christopher Elliott
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Renee Delk insists a Terminix technician didn’t visit her home. Terminix’s records say otherwise. So who’s right? Question: I’m being billed for service from Terminix that I didn’t receive. I need your help with getting a refund. I called Terminix to schedule service...
  • How to end a scam once and for all

    Peggy White-Davis
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    Scam. It’s one of those words in the English language that sounds like what it represents — an onomatopoeia (for those of you who actually Googled it). It’s abrupt ugliness – like that of the all-too-similar horror stories shared by scam victims. A pretty powerful punch delivered by a...
  • Of course they’re scams, but how do you end them?

    Christopher Elliott
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Darlene Esquerra was scammed. So was Timothy Perry-Coon and Kesha Pickens. I couldn’t help them. In at least one case, their credit card company couldn’t help them, either. But someone should have been able to help them. These hapless consumers fell for a too-good-to-be-true...
  • What to do when a product falls short of your expectations

    Kent Lawrence
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:33 am
    I thought I was upgrading my iPhone a few months ago. But that’s not all that got upgraded. My new iPhone 6 was everything I’d hoped for — it was faster, took beautiful pictures, and had more storage. And then I saw my first bill. My rates had risen by $50 a month for two...
 
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    Soul Travelers 3

  • France -The 5 Must-See Attractions

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

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

    Soul Travelers3
    8 Dec 2014 | 12:33 am
    Paleo Pasta Recipe (Grain-Free & Gluten-Free)Looking for a Paleo pasta recipe that is homemade, healthy, Grain-Free and Gluten-Free? Looking for a Paleo pasta recipe that is homemade, healthy, Grain-Free and Gluten-Free? This is a fairly easy recipe that Mozart adapted from our Paleo/Primal Tortilla recipe and tastes great if you are missing those carby meals like spaghetti. Due to our cavity healing and prevention diet, Mozart sometimes misses the comfort-food satisfaction of grains, but this a yummy replacement that she can make for herself or the whole family. PALEO PASTA ( GRAIN FREE,…
  • Mozart Sings "You're Not Alone" on the Radio & Possibly a Movie!

    Soul Travelers3
    2 Dec 2014 | 1:38 am
    Mozart Sings "You're Not Alone" on the Radio & Possibly a Movie!Wow! Don't miss Mozart singing her beautiful original song, "You're Not Alone" on the radio December 2nd Wow! Don't miss Mozart singing her beautiful original song, "You're Not Alone" on the radio December 2nd ( Tuesday) from 5-7pm ( Dallas Time) world wide! She'll sing a couple songs "Live" and be interviewed on Jar Radio and you can call in from ANY where! Go to http://www.tunein.com  search for FBRN, then go to Talk Bowl to hear her and dial 214-556-6239…
  • Gratitude Quotes, Autumn Beauty & Giving Thanks!

    Soul Travelers3
    26 Nov 2014 | 4:11 pm
    Gratitude Quotes, Autumn Beauty & Giving Thanks!We have so much to be grateful for this year including you, our sweet readers and the wonderful We have so much to be grateful for this year including you, our sweet readers and the wonderful things happening with Mozart's singing. It is fantastic to be home for the holidays, but equally delightful to find new ways to celebrate like our first Thanksgiving in Asia, or first Thanksgiving in Spain  or our luxurious Thankgiving in China. This will be our first Thanksgiving in Dallas! As a little gift to you I thought we'd honor…
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  • Reviewing 2014 Operational Performance: Delta is the Undisputed Heavyweight Champion

    CF
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:45 am
    As we get toward the end of the year, I thought it would be fun to dig in to airline operational data and see just what kind of year everyone has had. Using the data from masFlight.com, I pulled together on-time and cancellation performance for all the big US airlines from January 1 through December 15. What did I find? It’s not a surprise, but Delta is just an absolute rock star. And, uh, you might want to avoid American Eagle and United Express. [Edit: I’ve updated to include Alaska, which I think we can safely call the Welterweight Champion] Let’s take a look at the…
  • Alaska Airlines Tweaks Its Product for Longer Haul Flying

    CF
    16 Dec 2014 | 3:45 am
    Alaska is an airline on a tear right now. It’s posting record profits while expanding fairly quickly, not a combination that you often see. But what’s really interesting is that Alaska has effectively been pushed into this position by Delta’s attempt at a Seattle hub. And that nudge was apparently just what Alaska needed. Now, however, with Alaska’s growing long-haul operation, the time has come to update the product. We’ve seen several changes recently that show Alaska is working on it, and now the airline is branding the experience as Alaska Beyond. Let’s…
  • Delta’s Basic Economy is Going to Generate a Ton of Complaints, Leave Money on the Table

    CF
    15 Dec 2014 | 3:45 am
    Last week I wrote about Delta’s cabin rebranding efforts, but I failed to really grasp something that is likely going to become a big issue. The lowest fare, Basic Economy, is going to roll out into more markets and become much more restrictive. It’s structured in a way that virtually guarantees a segment of people who buy it are going to be really pissed off. Those who may not understand what they’re buying have no way to remedy their situation. Not even ultra low cost carriers like Spirit do that, probably because it doesn’t make financial sense to do it that way.
  • Cranky on the Web – Fixing LAX, Finding Healthcare

    CF
    13 Dec 2014 | 3:45 am
    Fixing the Problems at LAX – PBS Studio SoCal I sat down for a half hour discussion about some of the issues surrounding LAX. It was a fun discussion that first aired last night at 7p. I haven’t seen it yet, so hopefully they got my good side… In the Trenches: Health Insurance Challenges for a Nontraditional Business I’ve been looking into getting health coverage for employees, and it’s proving to be incredibly difficult.
  • Welcome to the New Email Subscription System

    CF
    12 Dec 2014 | 3:45 am
    I mentioned this a couple weeks ago, but today The Cranky Flier is officially switching over to the new Postmatic email subscription system. Here’s what you need to know. *If you have any problems receiving emails, let me know ASAP in the comments or by email me at cf@crankyflier.com. *You don’t need to do anything to make the switch. Your email addresses have been imported. Of course, if you want to unsubscribe, all you have to do is reply to the email and say “unsubscribe” in the body. This is stated in every email that goes out so you won’t need to remember.
 
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    Peter Greenberg Travel Detective

  • Holiday Travel Tips & Trends

    PeterGreenberg.com
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:40 pm
    Read the full article on PeterGreenberg.com at - Holiday Travel Tips & TrendsThe holiday season is typically one of the busiest travel periods of the year, and this year will be no different. Here are some holiday travel tips you can use... Read More...The post Holiday Travel Tips & Trends appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
  • After Policy Shift, Can U.S. Citizens Travel to Cuba?

    PeterGreenberg.com
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:24 am
    Read the full article on PeterGreenberg.com at - After Policy Shift, Can U.S. Citizens Travel to Cuba?On Wednesday, President Barack Obama announced that the United States will renew diplomatic ties with the island nation of Cuba. The long-standing travel ban has not yet been lifted for... Read More...The post After Policy Shift, Can U.S. Citizens Travel to Cuba? appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
  • Travel Tip: Civil War Anniversary Events

    PeterGreenberg.com
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:22 am
    Read the full article on PeterGreenberg.com at - Travel Tip: Civil War Anniversary EventsAs 2015 approaches, there are some significant anniversaries ahead, including the final year commemorating the Civil War. Check out these Civil War anniversary events. For the past four years, we’ve... Read More...The post Travel Tip: Civil War Anniversary Events appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
  • Holiday Gift Ideas 2014: Gear for Every Traveler

    PeterGreenberg.com
    17 Dec 2014 | 11:18 am
    Read the full article on PeterGreenberg.com at - Holiday Gift Ideas 2014: Gear for Every TravelerStill looking for a major last-minute gift for your favorite traveler? We found several great ideas for all types of travelers—photographers, music lovers, outdoorsy types, and everyone in between. Narrative Clip-on Camera – $279... Read More...The post Holiday Gift Ideas 2014: Gear for Every Traveler appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
  • Travel Tip: New Spins on Old Travel Gifts

    PeterGreenberg.com
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:23 am
    Read the full article on PeterGreenberg.com at - Travel Tip: New Spins on Old Travel GiftsIt’s that time of year again. Time for some last-minute shopping for the traveler in your life. Even if you think they have everything, there are some new spins on... Read More...The post Travel Tip: New Spins on Old Travel Gifts appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
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    Nancy D Brown

  • Hotel in La Malbaie, Charlevoix Quebec

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

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

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

    Nancy Brown
    5 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    Back in the day (we’re talking late 1980’s) downtown Napa was not the happening spot that it is today. My husband and I lived in the apartments next to Embassy Suites Napa Valley and would walk over to order their killer cheese bread. The bread is long gone from the Napa Valley menu – it […]
  • Book Review: Wild

    Nancy Brown
    4 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    We’ve all heard the phrase, “don’t judge a man until you’ve walked a mile in his shoes.” The same could be said of author Cheryl Strayed, only the phrase would read, “don’t judge a woman until you’ve walked 1,100 miles along the Pacific Crest Trail in her boots.”   Cheryl Strayed has been called many […]
 
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    Hawaii Aloha Travel » Podcast Posts

  • Chinatown on Oahu Today vs Yesteryear

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

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

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

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

    Bruce Fisher
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:32 pm
    There are a ton of ways for travelers to save on vacations, especially with new companies popping up like Airbnb and VRBO The post Vacationing vs. just Traveling to Hawaii appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
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  • Slot of the Day | Kitty Glitter™

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

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

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

    Benjamin Barber
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:25 pm
    It’s that time of year again where the turkeys take one for the team and provide us with a scrumptious meal. The best buffets however, serve more than gobblers for this festive feast. For Thanksgiving 2014, Station Casinos has 3 buffet menus available depending on which location you visit. Not to worry, we’re going to […] The post Best Thanksgiving Buffets 2014 appeared first on Station Casinos Blog.
  • Never tried roulette? Why not give it a spin at the Wild Wild West? See you soon!

    StationsAdmin
    27 Mar 2014 | 1:03 pm
      Why not give it a spin at the Wild Wild West?  See you soon!   The post Never tried roulette? Why not give it a spin at the Wild Wild West? See you soon! appeared first on Station Casinos Blog.
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  • Luang Prabang — Luang Prabang, Lao Peoples Dem Rep

    18 Dec 2014 | 6:33 pm
    Luang Prabang - Luang Prabang, Lao Peoples Dem Rep Luang Prabang, Lao Peoples Dem RepArriving around mid afternoon I had a thoroughly unenjoyable massage- ask me in person for details- before exploring the huge and diverse market for food, clothes and arts/crafts. We then returned back to get an early night as the next day we woke at 4AM to prepare food for the monks in the giving of the alms procession held at the crack of dawn. With hundreds of monks walking the same road, the locals had prepared rice, chocolate and fruit so that the monks had both food for themselves and enough to give…
  • How Choice 9000 Caralluma Can Help You Lose Weight — Iasi, Romania

    18 Dec 2014 | 6:32 pm
    How Choice 9000 Caralluma Can Help You Lose Weight - Iasi, Romania Iasi, RomaniaWhat Is Choice 9000 Caralluma? Choice 9000 Caralluma Review: It's no huge surprise that many individuals that are not over weight yet have to lose a few pounds, are transforming for weight decrease pills considering that they assume that this can help them in losing fat in much easier and also speedier method. Part of these actually achieves more harm compared to take advantage of these supplements. You need to have encountered with such items bringing a lot of negative symptoms that could result in ailments due…
  • I'll have a ... — Pakbeng, Lao Peoples Dem Rep

    18 Dec 2014 | 6:31 pm
    I'll have a ... - Pakbeng, Lao Peoples Dem Rep Pakbeng, Lao Peoples Dem RepWent into a colourful small restaurant with a group of people I met on the boat today. I decided to order something a little bit different but something thats always present along the river. I asked our waiter (and cook and busboy) for the noodle soup with buffalo. In a very casual and serious manner he said to me "I'm sorry but when We went to catch the buffalo he ran away and hasn't come back... So There is no buffalo Anywhere in our market" ... Haha so I had pork ��
  • Grrr I missed it!!' — Pakbeng, Lao Peoples Dem Rep

    18 Dec 2014 | 6:31 pm
    Grrr I missed it!!' - Pakbeng, Lao Peoples Dem Rep Pakbeng, Lao Peoples Dem RepI had my head buried in my book and I could hear logging sounds on the river as we floated aling. Eventually I looked up and there on the beach were humans and elephants working together to maneuver the logs into place. My first elephant sighting!!! And I have no pics to show for it!! �� ... ...
  • Bright lights big ... Clock??? — Chiang Rai, Thailand

    18 Dec 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Bright lights big ... Clock??? - Chiang Rai, Thailand Chiang Rai, ThailandSometimes you stumble upon things to look at ;) this is a click tower in the middle of a round about in Chiang Rai and at night, every hour there is a light show and music display. The cars and scooters keep driving past and around while gawkers line the streets
 
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  • Flight Booking 101: How to Find the Cheapest and Best Flights

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

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

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

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

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

  • What is a Minimum Connection Time? And What’s a Legal Connection?

    Gary Leff
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:30 pm
    This question is prompted by Anthony M.. There’s noting illegal about a ‘legal’ connection. A legal connection is a term of art that really means a permissible connection. Each airport has a set amount of connecting time that’s considered necessary to transfer from one flight to another. That time varies based on: Whether you are connecting domestic-to-domestic, domestic-to-international, international-to-international, or international-to-domestic. That’s because you may or may not have to go through immigration formalities. Whether there’s a change of…
  • Inside the New Oneworld Lounge at LAX’s Tom Bradley International Terminal

    Gary Leff
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Must-read Earlier Installments: Singapore, Cathay, and Qantas First Class.. Some of the Best Meals of My Life, and a Tour of Hyatts in Bangkok, Singapore, and Sydney This was my first visit to the Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX since it was renovated, and boy what a difference. You notice it from the moment you step up curbside. It’s no longer entirely an entirely an embarassment (well, it’s still part of LAX). It’s modern and bright and far better organized. Ok, it’s still part of LAX. But it’s a huge improvement. I checked in and proceeded through…
  • American Express’ New Lounge Opening, United’s Unpublished “Award Sale” and Losing Your Job Over Travel Deals

    Gary Leff
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:30 pm
    News and notes from around the interweb: It’s amazing how long United’s ‘unofficial award sale’ seems to last.. Doubletree’s new bath amenities. Things like amenities — and cookies — provide consistency, which is especially important for Doubletree which is Hilton’s conversion brand. There’s little across Doubletree that is otherwise the same and makes a ‘brand’. New American Express lounge that Platinum carhdolders can use opens in Sydney Travel hacker banned from UK finance industry for gaming train fares. Alaska will open a…
  • How Can You Get More Vacation Time From Work?

    Gary Leff
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:01 am
    Chris asked, Can you tell me how I can convince my boss to give me more time off so I can travel more? For most people this question may not be meaningful, since on average Americans take only half the vacation time they’re already ‘given’. But if you use yours and what more, the simple answer is to tell you to become your own boss. But many entrepreneurs find that they’re able to take even less time off, rather than more — there’s huge responsibilities, and there are consequences if things go wrong. They don’t have, and maybe can’t pay for,…
  • Marriott’s MegaBonus is Dead, But the Name Lives On. Here are the Offers.

    Gary Leff
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    As mentioned, Marriott is back with their MegaBonus offer — although it seems to be MegaBonus in ‘name only’. MegaBonus, archetypically, means “stay twice and earn a free night” (generally capped at category 4 redemptions). It’s been a perennial offering. This new iteration, set for February 1 – April 30 earning, offers points only. Like recent versions of their promotions continuing to use the MegaBonus name, there’s no free night offer. Log into your account and visit the promotions page to see your targeted offer. Deals We Like has a list of…
 
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    Mapplr

  • Top ski hotels in France

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

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

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

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

    Arnon Kohavi
    11 Dec 2014 | 10:02 am
    Matera in BasilicataTo most, Italy means Florence, Venice and Rome.  Tourists and queues everywhere.  But there is a different Italy.  Here are our favorite hotels and cities in Italy off the beaten track:1) Palazzo Gattini (Matera in Basilicata)2) Relais Villa d’Amelia (Langhe, near Alba in Piedmont)3) Villa Brunella (Capri, Campania)4) Antico Borgo di Tabiano Castello (Parma,  Emilia-Romagna)5) Palazzo Papaleo (Otranto, Puglia)6) Seven Rooms Viladorata (Noto, Sicily)7) Albergo della Pace (Sambuco near Cuneo in Piedmont)Antico Borgo di Tabiano CastelloOtranto Cathedral Italy…
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  • All Change for Cuba?

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

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

    Tony Wheeler
    9 Dec 2014 | 8:39 pm
    Jenny Lee’s Making Modern Melbourne has been sitting by my bedside for far too long. I finally picked it up (seriously for a change) the other day and knocked it off in a flash. It’s a handy little history of Melbourne from its pre-European Aboriginal period, through the decidedly unplanned and unofficial European settlement, the Gold Rush, the Marvellous Melbourne era, then a long period of stagnation prior to today’s multicultural sprawling city of suburbs. And finally I know something about the ‘Kulin Nation,’ the group of Aboriginal tribes whom I seem to hear acknowledged…
  • Bunbury in Western Australia, War Zone Hotels Elsewhere

    Tony Wheeler
    7 Dec 2014 | 5:19 pm
    ▲ I was in Bunbury last month for a Sister Cities conference, Bunbury is linked up with Setagaya near Tokyo and Jiaxing near Shanghai. The Seishokai Music Group came courtesy of the Japan link but there were lots of other sister city relationships making an appearance. Bunbury is on the coast of Western Australia, about 150km south of Perth. I spoke about an assortment of cities I’ve had some sort of relationship with, I can count up 12 cities I’ve lived in for at least a year – Bournemouth (England), Karachi (Pakistan), Nassau (Bahamas), Detroit and Baltimore (USA), Reading, Coventry…
  • Gatecrashing Paradise: Adventures in the Real Maldives

    Tony Wheeler
    6 Dec 2014 | 7:02 pm
    I commented on Tom Chesshyre’s How Low Can You Go, an exploration of unknown corners of Europe, courtesy of the Low Cost Carriers who fly there, a few years ago. This time in Gatecrashing Paradise Tom sets out to explore the other Maldives, not the one where all the tourists go. Until quite recently tourists were very restricted when it came to Maldives travel. You could fly in to the airport, on a separate island next to the capital Male. From there you’d be whisked off to your five star resort where the only contact with anybody local would be with the resort staff, the front desk…
 
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  • London: Free and cheap things to do for Christmas

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

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

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

    Tom Meyers
    11 Dec 2014 | 4:16 am
    When flying between the United States and Europe, you probably know that it’s best to pack light. After all, the less luggage you have to haul around town the better. Related: 10 tips for packing for a two-week European trip For Cheapos, there’s one more obvious reason to keep the amount of luggage to a minimum: checked-baggage charges. Pre-“Great Recession,” many transatlantic carriers allowed you to check two bags for free on international flights. After years of financial turbulence in the airline industry, however, most airlines have implemented new baggage…
  • How I scored a $298 one-way ticket to Europe

    Craig Nelson
    8 Dec 2014 | 9:56 am
    Even with falling oil prices, flights to Europe from the US are still really expensive. It often seems like there’s no way around it. That’s where we come in. Our main expertise might be hotels, but we also know our way around low-cost airlines. This past fall I was able to nab a fantastic deal on a non-stop flight to London from New York JFK for less than $300. Sound impossible? With a little bit of planning, a few hours of online searching, and a willingness to be flexible with your schedule and traveling habits, you could easily score the same kind of deal. Related: Wow!
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    Go Green Travel Green

  • Family Road Trip Southwest Colorado and Durango

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

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

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

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

    Greg Head
    17 Nov 2014 | 10:05 am
    I remember back-in-the-day when my old Nokia phone said I had ‘low battery’ it meant that I had 2 days to find a charger. Now daily, and sometime multiple times a day, I’m re-charging my , headset, and …etc etc.  Unless I’m in my office, home, or I’m out of luck. Travel (commuting, day-trip, multi-days/weeks) these… Read more The post Review of Best Portable Travel Chargers appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
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  • The Busiest Air Travel Day of the Year is...TOMORROW.

    JetSetCD
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:31 pm
    The busiest travel day of the year isn't right after Thanksgiving as holiday travel folklore would have you believe, but it is tomorrow, December 19. Are you ready? Airlines4America predicts that 45 million travelers will fly US airlines over a period of 19 days, the peak holiday span between December 17 and January 4. Planes are projected to be 80 percent to 90 percent full over the winter holiday period, with the busiest travel day expected to be Friday, Dec. 19. The lightest travel days are expected to be Wednesday, Dec. 24; Thursday, Dec. 25; Wednesday, Dec. 31; and Thursday, Jan. 1.
  • Miami: 'The Love Boat' 2.0? New TV Comedy May Call a Cruise Ship Home

    cmb
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:11 pm
    Cruise fans could soon have a new favorite TV show. According to The Hollywood Reporter, showrunners Matt Williams and David McFadzean are working on a cruise ship comedy, called Port of Miami, for NBC.
  • TSA Has Huge Loophole to Allow Profiling in Airports

    Omri
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:17 am
    Here's a feel-good story to ease you into the holidays. The Obama administration is preparing to issue a new set of guidelines that will for the first time ban national security agencies from conducting profiling based on race, religion, national origin, or sexual orientation. There are already rules going back to 2003 banning racial profiling by most parts of the federal government, but those rules don't apply to national security agencies and don't encompass religion, national origin, or sexual orientation. These new guidelines are aimed at shoring up those oversights. All well and good,…
  • Three's a Charm: Etihad Unveils Airbus A380, Boeing 787-9, and New Uniforms

    JetSetCD
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:41 am
    The rule of three is a writing concept that suggests things are more satisfying when presented in groups of three. Abu Dhabi-based Etihad must have taken this to heart when planning their big reveal today, as they've not only gone ahead and welcomed their first superjumbo Airbus A380, but also thrown in a new Boeing 787-9, and a complete revamp of the crew uniforms. The big advancements here are Economy seats with fixed headrests (supposedly covered in locally sourced camel leather) for easier napping for both airplanes, and brand new premium classes. The A380 is the show-stopper, with the…
  • Ghent: This Bar in Ghent Requires Your Right Shoe

    ClassicTom
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:55 am
    A bar is the last place you want to walk around shoeless. Broken glass, spilled beer, and oh-God-what's-on-the-bathroom-floor leave you nervous even in a pair of boots, let alone barefoot. But a certain bar in Ghent, Belgium asks for a shoe as a glass deposit. That's an easy way to ensure nobody steals your mugs.
 
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  • From Jaunted + VegasChatter: Big Air Travel Day and Big Game Parties

    juliana
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Finding a hotel is often only one part of your trip. The other half is getting there. And our bro Jaunted does a bang-up job of covering the latest news and trends in the travel world. Out in Vegas, VegasChatter is keeping us informed on what's going down in Sin City. JAUNTED · The Busiest Air Travel Day of the Year is...TOMORROW. · This Bar in Ghent Requires Your Right Shoe · 10 Things We Learned at Berlin's Museum Dedicated to Currywurst · What the Resumption of US-Cuba Relations Means for Travelers (Besides Cigars) VEGASCHATTER · VegasChatter's Guide to 2015 Big…
  • Some Interesting Hotel Tidbits We Found in Our Hotel News Stocking

    juliana
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:52 pm
    Ho, ho, ho! There is so much news flying around this week, we can hardly keep up. Also, the numerous holiday cocktails we've been virtually imbibing have made it difficult to stay focused. So we wrapped up all that's new and noteworthy and put into one giant red stocking with Hotel News written on it. In glitter. You're welcome. · Jose Andres to Open a Restaurant at the upcoming, Trump D.C. Hotel. (It is clearly going to be the biggest and bestest and most successful Jose Andres restaurant to ever open in the history of the hotel world, right?) · Auberge Resorts will open their…
  • London: Hotel Holiday Cocktail Week 2014: Four Seasons London Canary Wharf’s Christmas Carol Cocktails

    Janice Tober
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:35 pm
    ‘Tis the season to celebrate and there’s no better way than with a holiday-inspired beverage. And, as we all know, a holiday cocktail a day keeps the Grinch away. For Hotel Holiday Cocktail Week, we’ve scanned the globe for some delectably delicious cocktails that will leave you humming a merry tune that doesn’t include, “You’re a Mean One, Mr Grinch.” Four Seasons London at Canary Wharf has created a holiday cocktail collection based on Dickens’ classic tale, A Christmas Carol. The three ghosts, or spirits, in the story are brought to life through…
  • Four High Design Radisson Hotels to Watch Out for in 2016 and 2017

    DesignMinder
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:42 am
    So many (cool-looking) hotels, so little time (to highlight them individually.) We love hearing about new hotels in the design pipeline, and lately, we've been stumbling across so many interesting projects from all corners of the hospitality world. And even though we have limited information and limited renderings, we still think it's worthwhile to highlight what's coming up. Oh, and just so you know, 2015 was like, so, yesterday. We're already looking forward to 2016 and 2017. "High Design" and "Radisson" may not be two phrases that often go together but when you're talking about Carlson…
  • Santa Fe: Is Santa Fe's Four Seasons the Most Down to Earth in the Country?

    wakeandwander
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:45 am
    Across the country, there are examples that show Four Seasons luxury properties trying to remain down to earth. Cheesesteak spring rolls in Philly, for example, or free drinks in Denver. But never have we seen a Four Seasons let its hair down the way it has in Santa Fe. The tone at the Four Seasons Rancho Encantado Santa Fe is set immediately by two things: The setting and the staff. The former speaks for itself in terms of its location in the hills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains ten minutes outside of downtown Santa Fe. If you do any research at all, you expect that. I mean, the address…
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    Viator Travel Blog

  • Top 25 Things to Do in Australia & New Zealand: 2015 Viator Travel Awards

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

    Viator Travel Team
    16 Dec 2014 | 4:30 am
    Welcome to this year’s Top 25 Things to Do in the Caribbean! Editor’s Note: This post is part of theViator Travel Awards, an annual awards competition where we – along with our readers, travelers, and fans – select the top things to do and see in each of the major regions we serve, the top things to do in our most popular tour categories, and more. Welcome to the 2015 Viator Travel Awards: Caribbean Edition! We’re featuring some of the top things to do in 25 of the most exciting places to visit in the Caribbean. The Caribbean spans over hundreds of islands, ranging from tiny…
  • Top 25 Things to Do in Central & South America: 2015 Viator Travel Awards

    Viator Travel Team
    16 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Bienvenidos (and Bem-vindo) to our Top 25 Things to Do in Central & South America! Editor’s Note: This post is part of the Viator Travel Awards, an annual awards competition where we – along with our readers, travelers, and fans – select the top things to do and see in each of the major regions we serve, the top things to do in our most popular tour categories, and more. Welcome to the 2015 Viator Travel Awards: Central and South America Edition! We’ve read hundreds of traveler reviews and pored over data from our most popular tours to bring you a list of experiences you won’t…
  • Top 25 Things to Do in North America: 2015 Viator Travel Awards

    Viator Travel Team
    15 Dec 2014 | 11:05 am
    Welcome to this year’s Top 25 Things to Do in North America! Editor’s Note: This post is part of the Viator Travel Awards, an annual awards competition where we – along with our readers, travelers, and fans – select the top things to do and see in each of the major regions we serve, the top things to do in our most popular tour categories, and more. Welcome to the 2015 Viator Travel Awards: North America Edition! In this list, we’ve gathered a list of 25 of the most interesting and entertaining places to visit and things to do throughout North America. We think it’s…
  • Top 25 Things to Do in Europe: 2015 Viator Travel Awards

    Viator Travel Team
    12 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    Here are the Top 25 Things to Do in Europe in 2015! Editor’s Note: This post is part of the Viator Travel Awards, an annual awards competition where we – along with our readers, travelers, and fans – select the top things to do and see in each of the major regions we serve, the top things to do in our most popular tour categories, and more. Welcome to the 2015 Viator Travel Awards: Europe Edition! Whether you’ve already got a European destination in mind for your vacation next year or you’re still trying to figure out where to go, we think we’ve got something on this…
 
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    Perceptive Travel Blog

  • Savoring the Grand Ole Opry at the Ryman

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

    Kerry Dexter
    15 Dec 2014 | 11:02 pm
    No doubt you know of Rudolph the red nosed reindeer. Likely you’ve come across — even told — tales of Donner and Blitzen. But Springbok, Jara, Macaroon — and Elvis? These are reindeer names too. These reindeer live in the Cairngorm reindeer herd live in the Cairngorm Mountains and the Cromdale Hills, about six miles
  • Postcard from Sydney: At The Commons, Risotto Like You’ve (Probably) Never Had It Before

    Brian Spencer
    12 Dec 2014 | 6:09 am
    My wife slumped her shoulders when our cheerful server at The Commons presented me with this seasonal, vibrantly colored blueberry risotto. She insists that I always pick the winners, you see, while she gets stuck with the so-sos, but her mood brightened once she laid eyes on her wagyu beef pie (AUD$22), which 30 minutes
  • The Ta’ Qali Farmer’s Market

    Kristin Winet
    9 Dec 2014 | 9:35 am
    When I used to think of Mediterranean cooking, this is what I imagined: images of olive oil sizzling in steaming skillets, chefs—usually male—with big white hats, fresh bread coming out of the oven and being slathered with plump tomatoes and drizzled in oil and vinegar; fresh, wet mozzarella slices on a wooden platter, sliced into
  • Fun and Practical Xmas Stocking Stuffers for Travel Photographers

    Liz Lewis
    7 Dec 2014 | 10:29 pm
    Over the past few years Perceptive Travel Blog has posted an annual ‘stocking stuffers for travelers’ post. In 2011 we listed some practical Christmas stocking stuffers for travelers. In 2012 we looked at fun Christmas stocking gifts for travelers. In 2013 we leaned toward environmentally friendly Christmas stocking stuffers. This year the focus is on
 
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    Travel | The Guardian

  • Real street food: Mongolian Khuushuur

    Millicent Bogert
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:10 pm
    This tasty, simple and filling handheld beef or mutton pastry has its origins in the dumplings of neighbouring China, says Drinking Coffee Elsewhere: Mongolia’s Millicent BogertWhat is the dish?Khuushuur – Mongolia’s version of a handheld meat pastry. It’s a circle of wheat flour dough folded in half around a filling of minced or ground mutton, sometimes beef, and pan- or deep-fried. The meat is seasoned with onion and salt; some cooks add garlic and pepper as well. It’s possible to get versions with a mix of potatoes, carrots and/or cabbage as well, but these are far less popular.
  • Twelve of the most unusual requests Australians make for help abroad

    Guardian staff
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:10 pm
    Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade says it wants to make travellers and expats more self reliant – and less prone to asking silly questionsAustralia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade says it wants to put an end to unnecessary requests for help from travellers and expats.And it wants those who do go abroad to become more self reliant. Continue reading...
  • Best tropical holiday destinations in Africa & Indian Ocean under £40

    Jessica Hatcher
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:10 pm
    From jungle lodges in Africa to paradise island-beach shacks in the Indian Ocean, we round up the best affordable winter-sun escapesSee hotels in Australia | South America | Central America & Caribbean | AsiaUpepo Boutique Beach Bungalows, near BwejuuTanzanian hotelier Shareef and his Canadian filmmaker wife Karen will help you explore the wonders of Zanzibar. Their bungalows and beach house, all with private outdoor seating, are on a quiet stretch of white beach near Bwejuu village and well away from the tourist mecca of busy Stone Town. A fisherman catches dinner to order, and cookery…
  • Travel tips: have a ball in Ramsgate, plus deals of the week

    Joanne O'Connor
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:10 pm
    Sample the quiet pleasures of Kent, stay in London to do Christmas shopping, and roam Andalucia on horsebackWhy go?Much has been made of Margate’s regeneration but, just a few miles along the coast, Ramsgate has been quietly reinventing itself, without fuss or fanfare. After a few years in the doldrums, the character of this port town with its fascinating maritime heritage and fine Regency architecture is now being shaped by a creative community of musicians and artists, many of whom have relocated from London and Brighton. The opening this month of a stylish new hotel on the seafront will…
  • Other America – film-maker gets under the skin of the country in 12 snapshots

    Martin Pengelly in New York
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:10 pm
    James Coulson began his odyssey around the United States as a Brit but ended up taking out US citizenship. His fourth film, Black Owl, is viewable exclusively hereOther America is a series of 12 short films about the US, shot by the British film-maker James Coulson. Or rather, Other America is a series of 12 short films shot by the American film-maker James Coulson. Midway through shooting his love letter to parts both off the beaten and on the wrong side of the tracks, Coulson took American citizenship.He’s not alone, of course – America is made up of those who arrived, fell in love and…
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    Lonely Planet blog

  • #LPInstawalk: Washington DC in pictures

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

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

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

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

    Brana Vladisavljevic
    4 Dec 2014 | 3:33 am
    Lonely Planet author Simon Richmond visited Moscow and St Petersburg on a research trip, documenting his time on the road with images and short videos on social media. Red Square, Moscow. Image by yeowatzup / CC BY 2.0 [View the story “Lonely Planet on the road in Russia” on Storify] Follow Destination Editor @branavl for travel news from Eastern and Southeastern Europe, and author @simonrichmond for tweets from all over the globe. Visit Lonely Planet’s Russia pages for more travel tips and articles.
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    LandLopers

  • Walking Through The Beautiful City of Rimini Italy – Away From The Beach

    Matt Long
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:55 pm
    Most Americans don’t consider Italy to be a great beach destination, but parts of it absolutely are. But most Americans don’t travel to Europe for beaches, we have those at home. No, we want history and culture, great food and warm people when we visit the Old World. That’s what I sought out to find in the beach town of Rimini, famous for that beautiful coastline but a gorgeous city in its own right, away from the shore.Like so many Italian towns, Rimini naturally has a history that tends to boggle the minds of most non-Italians. Important during and even before Roman times, walking…
  • Village of Durnstein On The Danube River

    Matt Long
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:50 pm
    The post Village of Durnstein On The Danube River appeared first on LandLopers.
  • Smoke and Mirrors: The Problem With Some Online Travel Articles

    Matt Long
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:55 pm
    A few months ago I had planned to pen a piece called “Lies Travel Writers Tell” or something to that effect. The goal was to highlight some common techniques travel writers and bloggers use in order to get an article together on time or to create the perfect link bait post. Although the post itself wasn’t going to be all that negative, I decided that the overall tone was and so I scrapped it. Then last week I noticed an odd headline that begged me to click on it: “Queens crowned America’s No. 1 travel destination.” Absolutely no offense to Queens, but I honestly thought it was…
  • Festive Vienna Christmas Market

    Matt Long
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:50 pm
    The post Festive Vienna Christmas Market appeared first on LandLopers.
  • My Favorite Travel Experiences of 2014

    Matt Long
    15 Dec 2014 | 8:55 pm
    There are a lot of great reasons to travel, but at the end of the day it’s all about the experiences. Travel has never been more exciting and it seems that new options to interact with local communities has hit its stride as a travel style. So I decided to look back at the last year and highlight just a few of my favorite experiences both close to and far away from home in 2014.Kangaroo Island, AustraliaIt’s really hard to isolate a single experience from a trip to Australia; the entire country is just so remarkable. But in thinking back on my trip in January, there were two days that…
 
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  • Two Pictures from Oregon

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

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

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

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

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

  • Who’s the Guy Behind This Blog?

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

    Tim Leffel
    8 Dec 2014 | 5:21 pm
    We've Moved! Update your Reader Now. This feed has moved to: http://www.cheapestdestinationsblog.com/feed/ Update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from us. Meanwhile, you can always see what's new by visiting www.CheapestDestinationsBlog.com!
  • Demons in Sumatra, Waterfall Jumping in Mexico, and a Bleak Tour of Russia

    Tim Leffel
    5 Dec 2014 | 5:32 am
    We've Moved! Update your Reader Now. This feed has moved to: http://www.cheapestdestinationsblog.com/feed/ Update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from us. Meanwhile, you can always see what's new by visiting www.CheapestDestinationsBlog.com!
  • Score an Eagle Creek Docking Duffel (and Maybe Much More)

    Tim Leffel
    1 Dec 2014 | 9:59 pm
    We've Moved! Update your Reader Now. This feed has moved to: http://www.cheapestdestinationsblog.com/feed/ Update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from us. Meanwhile, you can always see what's new by visiting www.CheapestDestinationsBlog.com!
  • Filter Out the Safety Noise on International Travel

    Tim Leffel
    24 Nov 2014 | 1:15 pm
    We've Moved! Update your Reader Now. This feed has moved to: http://www.cheapestdestinationsblog.com/feed/ Update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from us. Meanwhile, you can always see what's new by visiting www.CheapestDestinationsBlog.com!
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    Travel the Home Exchange Way

  • Beautiful Bali - arrange a tropical beach home swap

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

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

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

    Home Base Holidays
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:22 am
    Choosing to home swap is an exciting decision that opens you up to a new and very rewarding way to travel. Make sure when arranging your swaps that you make every effort to be a welcoming and caring host to your home exchange guests. Organisation as well as communication is important, but also to go the extra mile for your guests. Here is a list of tips how to be the perfect home swap host. Write personalised inquiries Read other profiles carefully and only write personalised messages with a brief explanation why you specifically want to stay at their home. In this way you are more likely to…
  • New website: helping you find your perfect home swap

    Home Base Holidays
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:30 am
    We hope you'll love the new updated Home Base Holidays website (www.homebase-hols.com). There will be a little bit of adjusting but we think you'll agree that it's a huge improvement. Some of the new features include:  Search: Smart filters enable you to quickly find homes and locations to suit your needs.  Swap agreements: A new "Swap agreements" tool. Trip reports: Record your exchange experiences to share with others. High resolution home photos: Larger and unlimited images. Messaging system: An updated, user friendly messaging system. Saved searches / swap match alerts: Receive…
 
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    Rick Steves Travel Blog: Blog Gone Europe

  • Flashing Back on a Decade of Holiday Beer Labels

    Rick Steves
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:10 pm
    For me, one of the delights of working at Rick Steves’ Europe is the way my staff mixes fun, creativity, talent, and hard work. Each year we brew a holiday beer as a staff event, and our art department comes up with our own beer bottle label. Here’s a review of a decade of Rick Steves’ Europe-produced beers. I wish you could taste them, but at least you can enjoy the creative talent of our art department. “Mona Drinks” is a reference to our beloved Mona Winks guidebook, which was filled with self-guided tours of Europe’s top museums (now out of print, but resurrected…
  • Rick Steves’ European Christmas: Frohe Weihnachten from Germany!

    Rick Steves
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    When it comes to traditional holiday images, Germany’s Bavaria is the heartland. Here we’ll savor classic holiday themes: glittering trees, old-time carols, and colorful Christmas markets. Even though I was determined to limit the shopping focus in our Rick Steves’ European Christmas special, I couldn’t help but be impressed by Germany ‘s grandest Christmas market in Nürnberg. Like the region’s children, we were mesmerized with Nürnberg’s quirky, gift-giving Christmas angel, called the Christkind. In an auditorium with several hundred lovingly…
  • Rick Steves’ European Christmas: Norway

    Rick Steves
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:00 am
    In writing the Rick Steves’ European Christmas script, I had to choose which countries would “make the cut.” I could fit only seven into the mix. Being Norwegian, I admit that I was biased…and Norway was destined to make the cut. But when we started filming, it looked like Norway would be a weak segment…so I needed to scramble. Norway happened to be wet and warm when we visited, and the secular Norwegians don’t really do Christmas with the gusto I had imagined. I visited my very traditional cousin, only to find that their holiday celebration felt about as robust as…
  • Rick Steves’ European Christmas: London

    Rick Steves
    16 Dec 2014 | 1:35 am
    Leaving the tranquility of the English countryside behind, London offers Christmas fun fit for a queen and streets twinkling with joy. This is the only time we’ve ever filmed with a sound technician. We knew music is a big part of Christmas, we’d be privileged to film at wonderful concerts throughout Europe, and we wanted to get the music just right. Our sound guys did a marvelous job, and music was a big part of the program (even giving us the bonus of a great Christmas CD as a souvenir). If you can’t see the video below, watch it on YouTube. Get a better browser! You can watch my…
  • Stayin’ Alive at the Rick Steves’ Europe 2014 Christmas Party

    Rick Steves
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:13 pm
    Last weekend, we packed nearly our entire staff onto a party boat and sailed the Puget Sound for our annual Christmas party. The views were breathtaking…and so was the dancing. I just have to say, this holiday season, I’m thankful that I have a staff here at Rick Steves’ Europe that I enjoy taking out for a peaceful little dinner cruise (or even something a bit more upbeat). We’re letting our hair down here in the off-season, and ready for the best year ever for touring in 2015. Merry Christmas!  
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    JourneyEtc

  • DoubleTree by Hilton

    Mircea Giurca
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:54 am
    Hilton Hotels have been synonymous with luxury travel for years. London Mint hotels are now proud to be part of the DoubleTree by Hilton hotel collection. DoubleTree Tower of London and DoubleTree... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Vegas New Year 2010

    Mircea Giurca
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:50 pm
    Las Vegas is a great destination for New Years Eve, with a wealth of organised shows and entertainments, and some amazing deals on hotels and casinos. Nights out in Las Vegas are pretty special any... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Things To Do In Albuquerque

    Mircea Giurca
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:43 am
    Albuquerque is a surprising city lying in the desert of New Mexico. Its story started in 1705, when a few Spaniards, lead by the Duke of Albuquerque, grounded a little village on the banks of Rio... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 6 must have accessories for your computer when you travel

    Mircea Giurca
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:37 pm
    Are you bringing your laptop the next time you travel? Either for business or you just can not live without it, computers keep us connected with the world. Sometimes there is just that feeling that... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Asuncion vacations

    Mircea Giurca
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:30 am
    Visiting Asuncion, the capital city of Paraguay, after other south american megacities as Sao Paolo, Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires can put this city in a pale light. Which is so wrong and unfair. It... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Daily Catch

  • Lovely Light

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

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

    Susan Hall
    11 Dec 2014 | 4:15 pm
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  • Perfect Pareo

    Sophia Jones
    11 Dec 2014 | 9:22 am
    Courtesy of Manufacturer Reminiscent of one of our favorite coastal towns, this linen accessory says “Nantucket.” We love how abstract it looks when worn. CC SANDS Iconic Destination Surf Scarf, $155; ccsands.com
  • Stylish Organization

    Hannah Sills
    8 Dec 2014 | 10:08 am
    Courtesy of manufacturer These colorful circles make it easy to keep track of keys, whether on the beach or simply on the go. And as a bonus, they look fabulous dangling from your wrist or from a bag, making them both functional and chic. O-Venture Big O Key Rings in In the Grass, Tickled Pink, Take Me Tangerine, Quicksilver, Peacock, and Mind Blowing Blue, $55 each; o-venture.com
 
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    HOTELMARKETING.COM

  • How Accor wants to lead ‘digital hospitality’

    markus.busch@hotelmarketing.com
    17 Dec 2014 | 11:10 pm
    Back in October, Accor held its first digital day, launching its ambitious digital transformation project "Leading Digital Hospitality" and highlighting the importance of digital for the hotel company of tomorrow. With the hype now cooling, and implementation of the plan well underway, here's an interview with the plan's main architect.
  • Travel program integration, smarter data analysis top corporate travel agenda in 2015

    markus.busch@hotelmarketing.com
    17 Dec 2014 | 11:09 pm
    Corporate clients will focus on greater integration across their travel programs in 2015, according to Hogg Robinson Group. Smarter data analysis will lead to increased understanding of traveler behaviour, driving policy change and delivering wider visibility of travel spend.
  • Technology partnerships and customer engagement key to airline survival

    markus.busch@hotelmarketing.com
    17 Dec 2014 | 11:08 pm
    Increasingly airlines are looking to have a far more direct and real-time connection with their customers and prospective customers. This aim is shown both by airlines’ increasing social media involvement, and their increasing propensity to partner with third party technology vendors.
  • Hotels.com: Top 10 travel trends for 2015

    markus.busch@hotelmarketing.com
    17 Dec 2014 | 11:07 pm
    Times they are a changin' and the travel industry is no different. Between robot concierges, in-room massages for Fido, tanning butlers and vacation dronies, there is always something new to experience when on the road.
  • Priceline.com: Top travel hot spots for 2015

    markus.busch@hotelmarketing.com
    17 Dec 2014 | 11:06 pm
    As the New Year rolls around, priceline.com's latest data reveals that the majority of travelers will be heading to warm-weathered cities, which dominated its annual list of top 2015 destinations, based on advanced hotel reservations.
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  • Foreword to Universal Vs Disney: The Unofficial Guide to America’s Greatest Theme Park Rivalry

    Sam Gennawey
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:02 am
    Universal Vs Disney: America's greatest theme park rivalry unraveled. The post Foreword to Universal Vs Disney: The Unofficial Guide to America’s Greatest Theme Park Rivalry appeared first on MiceChat.
  • Terri Hardin Country Bears Story – Part 2

    Terri Hardin Jackson
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!! When last we chatted I ended by stating that I had just found out that I hadn’t been fired from the Country Bears Film. I also shared that it was…The post Terri Hardin Country Bears Story – Part 2 appeared first on MiceChat.
  • A Christmas World of Winter Fantasy Colored Dreams

    Paul Barrie
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:05 am
    ***HEADPHONES STRONGLY SUGGESTED*** Paul returns to the Disneyland Resort once again to share more of the Merriest Season of all. Merry Christmas to you and yours from the entire WindowtotheMagic family. BE SURE TO COMMENT…The post A Christmas World of Winter Fantasy Colored Dreams appeared first on MiceChat.
  • A Journey Down Candy Cane Lane at the Disneyland Resort

    Erin Owens
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Season’s Greetings! The festive merriment and cheer encompasses the Disneyland Resort in all its usual glory once again. “Snow” and lights cascade down the majestic and iconic Sleeping Beauty Castle, colored bulbs encapsulate the “it’s…The post A Journey Down Candy Cane Lane at the Disneyland Resort appeared first on MiceChat.
  • Disney News Round Up: Jingle into a Frozen Night Party

    Anthony Hays
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:19 am
    Wedding trips to Disneyland, Candlelight Processionals, and gingerbread cookies are just some of the highlights in this weeks MiceChat Round up of Disney and theme park news and discussions. That is just the beginning though…The post Disney News Round Up: Jingle into a Frozen Night Party appeared first on MiceChat.
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    A Luxury Travel Blog

  • Photograph of the week: Wastwater in the English Lake District

    Paul Johnson
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:33 am
    This is a view of Wastwater in the Lake District, seen from the Wasdale Head route up Scafell Pike – the ideal viewpoint from which to take in the lake’s full size. In an area full of breathtaking landscape views, this particular site was glorious to behold – after a long, hard climb to the […] Photograph of the week: Wastwater in the English Lake District is a post from A Luxury Travel Blog The post Photograph of the week: Wastwater in the English Lake District appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
  • Top 5 new luxury safari sleep-outs

    Rose Hipwood
    16 Dec 2014 | 4:49 am
    Sleeping out under the stars in Africa is a truly magical experience and one that will be the most memorable part of your safari if you are lucky enough to have access to it. Many of the luxury safari camps and lodges have caught onto the fact that it really appeals to people to sleep […] Top 5 new luxury safari sleep-outs is a post from A Luxury Travel Blog The post Top 5 new luxury safari sleep-outs appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
  • The top 3 ski resorts near Barcelona

    Sandra Roig
    16 Dec 2014 | 3:10 am
    Spain is Europe’s second most mountainous country, and there are plenty of excellent ski resorts where you can enjoy a winter break. Several of them are very close to Barcelona, which makes it possible for you to go for a day trip or weekend, as a holiday inside your Barcelona holiday. Whether you are into […] The top 3 ski resorts near Barcelona is a post from A Luxury Travel Blog The post The top 3 ski resorts near Barcelona appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
  • The best new luxury hotel openings of 2014

    Hilary Stockton
    16 Dec 2014 | 2:11 am
    The best new luxury hotel openings of 2014 include beautiful new properties in Beijing, Kyoto, Moscow, NYC, Orlando and Vienna. Some of these hotels are entering extremely crowded markets, while others are in the enviable position of having only a few luxury competitors, making them the go-to property for most luxury travelers to that destination. […] The best new luxury hotel openings of 2014 is a post from A Luxury Travel Blog The post The best new luxury hotel openings of 2014 appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
  • 5 of the most relaxing retreats in Marrakech

    Stéphane Abtan
    16 Dec 2014 | 1:53 am
    The hectic pace of life in Marrakech might not make the city the most likely of candidates for a therapeutic retreat, but this historic city hides a number of soothing and relaxing gems that provide the ideal spot to recharge mind, body and soul. Amongst the scenic backdrop of beautiful riads and the breath-taking landscape […] 5 of the most relaxing retreats in Marrakech is a post from A Luxury Travel Blog The post 5 of the most relaxing retreats in Marrakech appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
 
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  • Albatross eggs flown from Kauai to Oahu in attempt to start new North Shore colony

    18 Dec 2014 | 3:21 am
    Albatross eggs flown from Kauai to Oahu in attempt to start new North Shore colony Moli (Laysan albatross) eggs ready to board the plane yesterday. Photo: Eric VanderWerf, Pacific Rim Conservation.Yesterday, several dozen birds flew across the Kauai Channel before they hatched. Forty-three moli (Laysan albatross) eggs made the trip from Kauai to Oahu, packed in soft layers and tucked inside heated “coolers,” aboard a regularly scheduled Navy plane. The relocated albatross are part of a new jo...
  • HAWAII Magazine’s “75 Places to Eat Like A Local”: Vietnamese Food

    16 Dec 2014 | 4:21 pm
    HAWAII Magazine’s “75 Places to Eat Like A Local”: Vietnamese Food Rare beef pho from Saigon Vietnamese Cuisine. Photo by David Croxford for HAWAII Magazine.HAWAII Magazine’s 2014 Food Issue is on sale now. Inside the issue you’ll find “75 Places to Eat Like a Local,” our now annual guide to the Hawaii places you’ll find residents like us heading to eat when we're famished. This year&rs...
  • Flight Risk: Saving Kauai's endangered Newell's shearwaters

    16 Dec 2014 | 1:18 am
    Flight Risk: Saving Kauai's endangered Newell's shearwaters An adult Newell's shearwater spreads its three-foot wingspan. Photo by Elyse Butler Mallams.Sitting at the fingertip-shaped end of a narrow mountain ridge in camouflage pants and rubber boots, Dr. André Raine plucks a white-splattered leaf from an old ohia tree and holds it to his nose. It’s a rare sunny day here, in the mountains high above the town of Ka...
  • Robert Cazimero: 5 Things I Love About Creating Music for Hula

    15 Dec 2014 | 12:40 am
    Robert Cazimero: 5 Things I Love About Creating Music for Hula Photo by Rae Huo for HAWAII Magazine.Keeping Hawaiian music and hula dynamic in a way that honors the stories and traditions of the past is the life-work of Robert Cazimero.“My grandfather said to me many years ago, it would be our generation that wants to keep it alive, the next generation who wouldn’t want it, and the one following who would,” says Cazimero, of the two cultural art forms.“It’s a constant...
  • 125 years of Hawaii history featured in new Bishop Museum exhibit

    12 Dec 2014 | 7:39 am
    125 years of Hawaii history featured in new Bishop Museum exhibit Members of a sewing club dressed in "flapper" fashions. Honolulu, ca. 1927. Photo: Bishop Museum.It will be a blast from the past when the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum opens today in Honolulu. Its Long Gallery has been transformed to house a new temporary exhibit chronicling Hawaii’s changes since the museum’s founding in 1889.The retrospective “Change: 125 Years Through the Eyes of the Bishop Museum” is the culmination of the museum’s 125th anniversary year, and runs from
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  • Travel to Haiti: First Impressions

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

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

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

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

    Daniel Noll
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:07 am
    By Daniel Noll A crumpled bit of inspiration I hijacked from Audrey early in our relationship hangs above my desk.Think of this as an “Adventure Manifesto” in progress. A way to think about adventure so we might infuse it more happily into our everyday lives.Who would accuse Helen Keller of not leading an adventurous life even though she never went skydiving, bungee jumping or mountain climbing?While I was recently free climbing sandstone walls in Northern Ethiopia en route to a 2000 foot-high cave church, a question occurred to me: “What constitutes adventure in practice? Where…
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  • Winter-sun wardrobe wonders: Penni Klein’s packing tips

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

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

    Lucy Fennings
    8 Dec 2014 | 9:53 am
    Having a Christmas party? (Yes, that drinks-with-neighbours thing counts.) Need a playlist, pronto? Our resident TuneSmith, dazzling party DJ and audio animateur Rob Wood – founder of Music Concierge – lays down sound advice about background music and puts together a jingle-bells-free Top 10 Xmas Tunes soundtrack for your seasonal shindigs, be they New Year nibbles or Christmas Eve carnage… There’s an art to throwing a great party and music is at the heart of it. If people are going to really enjoy themselves, the music needs to be thought through. Preparation is everything.
  • Luna2 Studiotel, Bali: hotel of the week

    Sarah Jappy
    4 Dec 2014 | 3:44 pm
    Ever dreamed of travelling to space? Forget astronaut training, we’re going to Luna2 Studiotel, earth’s answer to the cosmos. A stroll away from Seminyak Beach, this boutique bolthole couldn’t be further away from traditional Balinese styling, with space-station interiors, a bold colour palette and features plucked from a sci-fi trilogy.  Style Space oddity Setting A saunter from Seminyak Beach Smith Extra An ‘in-flight’ dining experience for two, including a glass of wine each, delivered by a Luna2 hostess Why this week? A stone’s throw from Seminyak…
  • Venice: foodie walks, cult recipes and gourmet secrets

    Lucy Fennings
    4 Dec 2014 | 10:04 am
    Strike out from our favourite Smith hotels in Venice and you’ll find hidden food markets, gourmet delis and quirky enotecas – if you know where to look. Part cook book, part travel guide, ‘Venice: Cult Recipes‘ is Italian food writer and stylist Laura Zavan’s new insider guide to eating your way around Venice, packed with local tips and mouthwatering recipes. Here, she shares an excerpt from the book, with her itinerary for foodie walks around the Dorsoduro and Giudecca districts, tips on what to buy, and where to find it……
 
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  • How to Travel on $50 A Day: The Book Tour

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

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

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

    NomadicMatt
    10 Dec 2014 | 6:38 am
    On the second Wednesday of the month, Kristin Addis from Be My Travel Muse writes a guest column featuring tips and advice on solo female travel. It’s an important topic I can’t cover so I brought in an expert to share her advice. This is her column this month. It was February in China and, with the town of Lijiang’s elevation in Yunnan province, still very much a cold winter wonderland. Standing outside waiting wasn’t how I wanted to spend the morning. But Ya Ting had such enthusiasm for the idea of hitchhiking that opting for the bus just seemed boring at this point. She…
  • 16 Delicious Restaurants in Hong Kong

    EricaV
    8 Dec 2014 | 6:10 am
    Wandering the crowded streets of Hong Kong, one always finds street vendors serving delicious noodles, roasted ducks hanging in the windows of restaurants, fish tanks full of tonight’s dinner, and trendy restaurants next to decades old dim sum establishments. Smells of rice, fried chicken, and noodles fill the air as you move from restaurant to restaurant. Food is the grease that keeps the wheels of this city moving at a lightning fast pace. And, as my flight began its final descent, I drooled over the thought of all the food I was going to eat during my visit. I was in Hong Kong last month…
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    The Word From The Timeshare Crusader

  • Five and Almost 10 With...Bryan Lunt

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

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

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

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

    Lisa Ann Schreier, The Timeshare Crusader
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:41 am
    Remember the post a few weeks ago regarding the insane methods that one frustrated owner had to go through to cancel her timeshare with Silverleaf?Happy to report that it's done!Also happy to share her thoughts on some follow up questions I posed to her, and it has NOTHING to do with cost on the primary or the secondary market. This is an important read for consumers and developers alike.Can you tell me why you originally purchased? We've always wanted to travel and the extra RSI membership seemed to make international travel affordable.  The stories our salesperson told…
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  • Taking the Back Roads in Delaware

    18 Dec 2014 | 10:37 am
    Detour: Delaware’s RoutesSand and sky on the Delaware Coast By: Lori Veale If you’ve crossed Delaware off your bucket list of the 50 states just because you’ve traveled the 20 some-odd miles of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Namibia: A Safari on Horseback

    18 Dec 2014 | 8:19 am
    Horses in the Namib desert. photos by Dina Bennett. Namibia: A Safari on HorsebackBy Dina BennettRead More... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Blending Nature and Humanity in Patagonia

    18 Dec 2014 | 7:10 am
    A gaucho leads a horseback ride in wild Patagonia. Keith Hajovsky photos.   Beautiful Desolation: Remota Hotel in Patagonia, Chile “The seafoam, endless, thick, so I couldn’t find the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Cuba By the Numbers: Havana for $50 a Day

    17 Dec 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Cuba By the Numbers Vacationing Like a King in Havana for By Al DiesteHaving just returned from four weeks in Cuba, three of which were spent in Havana, I would like to share with GoNOMAD readers... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Cuba: Unraveling the Puzzle of Havana

    17 Dec 2014 | 1:51 pm
    Music is everywhere in Cuba. photos by R.H. Ridge. Havana, Cuba: Politics Before Breakfast By H. R. Ridge The smell of coffee and movement in the kitchen wakes me up, but I lay there for a few... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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  • Dawn on the Amazon Tours and Cruises Number One On TripAdvisor

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Barbara Weibel
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: WWII Memorial and eternal flame frame the Church of the Assumption in Yaroslavl, Russia. The church is relatively new, having been built on the site of an earlier, smaller church that stood on the spot where the city of Yaroslavl was founded. (Visited 17 times, 17 visits today)The post PHOTO: Church of the Assumption and WWII Memorial in Yaroslavl, Russia appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
  • PHOTO: Portrait of Woman in Yaroslavl, Russia

    Barbara Weibel
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: Local woman making her daily food purchases in Yaroslavl, Russia kindly allows me to take her photo (Visited 42 times, 42 visits today)The post PHOTO: Portrait of Woman in Yaroslavl, Russia appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
  • PHOTO: Street Vendor in Yaroslavl, Russia

    Barbara Weibel
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:30 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: Man sells fresh picked mushrooms and cranberries on the street outside the fresh market in Yaroslavl, Russia (Visited 182 times, 182 visits today)The post PHOTO: Street Vendor in Yaroslavl, Russia appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
  • PHOTO: Shopping at the Fresh Market in Yaroslavl, Russia

    Barbara Weibel
    15 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: Shopping at the fresh market in Yaroslavl, Russia. This vendor sells locally produced honey, including some still on the beehive. (Visited 63 times, 63 visits today)The post PHOTO: Shopping at the Fresh Market in Yaroslavl, Russia appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
  • VIDEO: Experiencing the Culture of Russia

    Barbara Weibel
    14 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
        (Visited 39 times, 39 visits today)The post VIDEO: Experiencing the Culture of Russia appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
 
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  • Traditional fruit seller in Pakistan

    Dave from The Longest Way Home
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:22 pm
    Fruit Seller in Peshawar Pakistan Traditional fruit seller and scales in Pakistan When was the last time you saw a man weighing your fruit like this? If you look closely at the photograph you can see the weights for the scales and even a fruit knife. Moreover the leaves are all there for effect too. With the recent atrocities being committed in and around Peshawar I wanted to show something of real everyday life there for the majority of people. The story behind this photograph This photograph was taken in Peshawar Pakistan. My favourite city in Pakistan. It’s a case of being there at…
  • Woman harvesting rice in The Philippines

    Dave from The Longest Way Home
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:51 pm
    Woman harvesting rice from a rice terrace in The Philippines A woman taking rice from Banaue rice terraces If you visit the Philippines then a trip to the northern rice terraces in Banaue is a must. If not for the current views then do it before they disappear. Terrace farming is a part of a lost culture as many Filipinos prefer city life than country life. The rice terraces are dying, yet the culture still remains for now. The story behind this photograph I found the actual view from the rice terraces in Banaue to be nice. Not overwhelming nor no where near as breathtaking as some travel…
  • A River of Traffic in Lagos, Nigeria

    Dave from The Longest Way Home
    16 Dec 2014 | 2:20 pm
    Traffic in Lagos, Nigeria Everyday traffic in Lagos Nigeria This is one small section in Africa’s most populous country’s, Nigeria, largest city, Lagos. Its a never ending sea of human and motorized traffic. Yes this photograph looks great in color too. But for me the black and white takes a little bit of the vibrancy from it and replaces it with reality. This is unorganised, polluted chaos. This is Lagos. The story behind this photograph If you’ve never been to Lagos or Nigeria then the above scene will not resonate well. Imagine high humid temperatures, badly refined…
  • The Iranian Ghost City of Kharanaq

    Dave from The Longest Way Home
    15 Dec 2014 | 3:27 pm
    Kharanaq city in Eastern Iran An abandoned mud city in Iran There’s something intriguing about ghost cities, abandoned cities or simply deserted buildings. At least for me. Long before popular tours took over I visited Kharanaq in eastern iran in a beat up old car. Nothing like a bit of urban exploration in a mud city. The story behind this photograph Ghost towns in Iran are quite numerous. The explanation for all these abandoned cities is quite easy. Drought. When the water stops so do the crops and the people move on. In the case of Kharanaq it’s no different. Once a prosperous…
  • Stilt house on a beach in Brookes Point, Palawan, The Philippines

    Dave from The Longest Way Home
    14 Dec 2014 | 3:39 pm
    Stilt House in Brookes Point, Palawan A house on stilts at dawn in The Philippines Palawan is renown as being one of the most beautiful islands in The Philippines. People get off the plane at Puerto Princesa and head north to the tropical beach fronts like El Nido and Sabang, Me? I go the opposite was to place few visit. The story behind this photograph Sir James Brooke was the first white Rajah of Sarawak (Borneo) who landed at the southern tip of Palawan on a trading voyage. North American settlers named the area after him some years later. Brookes Point is also where the world’s…
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  • Plan Your Escape with the AARP Winter Escapes Sweepstakes

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

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

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

    A Guest Writer
    12 Dec 2014 | 12:05 am
    Active travel opportunities abound all over the world, but long-distance walking is quickly becoming a popular way of travel for a lot of boomers. Blame it on Spain’s much romanticized “El Camino” or the recent blockbuster detailing the everyday trials and tribulations that come with this slow means of travel, either way, a walker’s perspective is a wonderful way to see the world. Today’s guest writer, Barbara V. Anderson, author of Letters from the Way, is here with some advice on how to properly explore one of Britian’s favorite walking trails. When I…
  • San Antonio, Beyond the Alamo

    A Guest Writer
    10 Dec 2014 | 12:13 am
    Although many would be wise to pay heed to the warning, “Don’t mess with Texas,” when it comes to travel, the Lone Star State has a wealth of interesting sites as well as its own rich history to explore. Today’s guest article by Sam Lowe explains the best way to see one of the state’s most intriguing, yet less explored cities, San Antonio. Due to a lack of time and a need for pre-departure haste, I was ill-informed about the charm that awaits visitors to San Antonio. In fact, my major concern at that time was getting to the Alamo, which seemed to be paramount to…
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  • Sony Alpha Review Part 2

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

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

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

    29 Nov 2014 | 3:22 am
    The cheapest and easiest way to raise your kids with a second language is to speak it yourself. But if you’re like me, or 80% of Americans, then you grew up only speaking English. So how do you learn? Little by little. It’s often overlooked that you can learn a level 1 language, like Spanish (the easiest for native English speakers) to a proficient level in a year — no matter what your natural skill level — if you do a little bit every single day. It’s so easy! It’s so simple! And yet… I know for me, I am definitely a crash-course kind of person. I…
  • New Workshops for 2015 (and Limited Early Bird Discounts)

    Christine Gilbert
    28 Nov 2014 | 7:30 am
    I just finished the latest workshop in Barcelona and the biggest feedback I received was this: “Christine, you need to tell people about this workshop more!” Okay well I’ll let them tell you: “I did a workshop with Christine in May of this year. Seven months later, I quit my job in California and brought my husband with me to attend another workshop! In a week, we went from scattered ideas, to a clear vision complete with milestones and detailed action steps to get us there. Christine’s genius lies in her ability to take your scattered ideas and chart them into a…
 
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  • Finding travel inspiration with Passports with Purpose and Women’s Travel Fest

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

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

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

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

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

  • A culinary journey – recipe tips for cold days

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

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

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

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

    Christin
    16 Nov 2014 | 5:25 am
    TweetThey allow us to cross rivers safely and without getting wet, to pass from one district to another, or even to enter a different country altogether. But in many cases they not only fulfill such practical purposes but are architectural masterworks in their own right. Let’s pause for a moment, and marvel at ten of […] The post 10 of the most impressive bridges in the world appeared first on tripwolf travel blog - your travel guide.
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    Fascinating Travel Destinations Blog

  • Nov 25, sightseeing in samoa

    25 Nov 2014 | 12:49 am
    A comprehensive list of activities for sightseeing in Samoa. With a selection of unique experiences for travellers to this beautiful , tropical paradise.
  • Nov 12, Siem Reap Cambodia

    12 Nov 2014 | 6:28 pm
    Siem Reap Cambodia is the location for Angkor Wat, Ta Prohm and the many other temples.There are also floating markets and a Handcraft Village. Read and view pictures about these fascinating places.
  • Nov 12, Shikoku - Off Japan's Tourist Route

    12 Nov 2014 | 6:04 pm
    Shikoku is not on the tourist track...but has so much to see and do of interest. Some of Japan's best beaches, beautiful mountains and rivers, 88 shrines for a pilgrimage circuit...read more here
  • Nov 12, Sandakan

    12 Nov 2014 | 5:09 pm
    Sandakan - once a very wealthy city has an interesting history and the city attractions are well worth a visit.
  • Nov 12, Samoan Food

    12 Nov 2014 | 5:04 pm
    Samoan food and tradional cuisine is based on tropical fruit , vegetables, and seafood is influencd by their history, and the mix of nationalities running restaurants.
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    My Several Worlds

  • Healthcare in Taiwan: Medication Usage and Patient Safety

    Carrie Kellenberger
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:56 am
    Normally I have great things to say about Taiwan’s Universal Health Care system, but I can’t help feeling that the system has failed me a bit today. I know I shouldn’t complain too much as I get excellent care here for the most part, and it’s cheap compared to what AS patients have to pay in North America, but this is a major oversight that has made my life miserable for the past six months. In short, I’ve just learned that a major drug interaction is partially responsible for some of the issues I’ve been experiencing. Had my doctors taken the time to…
  • Travel Tag with My Several Worlds

    Carrie Kellenberger
    17 Nov 2014 | 12:56 am
    It’s been a while since I’ve participated in a good blogging meme, plus I haven’t posted a non-Taiwan related article in ages. Thankfully, Leisl Beckenstein Ray, a fellow Taipei expat and blogger at Pretty Random Things, nominated me to participate in the ABCs of Travel. Travel, my friends, is what My Several Worlds is all about! Here are my ABCs of travel: Age you went on your first international trip I’ve been abroad with family, but I was 18 when I went on my first solo trip to Buenos Aires, Argentina. The story of my time in Argentina is just as interesting is…
  • Whalen’s – Home Style Canadian Cooking in Taipei

    Carrie Kellenberger
    10 Nov 2014 | 6:40 pm
    Being a Canadian that has lived in Taiwan since 2006, I can say with confidence that there has been a distinct lack of good Canadian fare available in Taipei. In other words, it’s tough to find restaurants in Taipei that offer ‘True North’ dishes like poutine, smoked meat sandwiches, and breakfast skillets. Thankfully, Whalen’s has had us covered since the summer of 2012. John and I have eaten at Whalen’s in Taipei’s Daan District on numerous occasions, although we’ve yet to visit for brunch or just drinks. I’ve never had a meal at…
  • 10 Things Taiwan Does Wrong

    Carrie Kellenberger
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:26 pm
    First off, I love Taiwan, so before all you Negative Nancies get started, have a look at my list of 10 Things That Taiwan Does Right, and please don’t be mortally offended by my list of things Taiwan does wrong. As far as I’m concerned, life in Taiwan is pretty sweet. Things Taiwan Does Wrong  1. Addresses, Signs, and Labels  If you’ve spent any time at all in Taiwan, you’ve likely noticed that road signs and addresses never make sense. You’ll find signs with places that are spelled three different ways, and don’t get me started on street addresses! Being given an…
  • Pride Parade Taipei – The Biggest LGBT Pride Parade in Asia

    Carrie Kellenberger
    16 Oct 2014 | 12:58 am
    Are you marching for LGBT rights at the Pride Parade Taipei this year? Asia’s largest and most colorful Gay Pride Parade is held on the last Saturday in October in Taipei each year. This year, Taipei’s annual Pride Parade is happening on October 25, 2014. The parade attracts tens of thousands of local supporters and visitors from abroad each year. Over 65,000 people participated in the 2012 Pride Parade. Last year Taipei’s Pride Parade attracted more than 67,000 supporters. Parade organizers are expecting even more visitors to show their support for the LGBT community…
 
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    Lanzarote Information - Anything and everything about Lanzarote

  • Christmas Programme Haría 2014/15

    Jules
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:13 am
    The Ayuntamiento de Haría have confirmed their programme of events for Christmas, New Year & Kings in the capital of Lanzarote. A traditional Spanish Christmas can be found in the north of Lanzarote, there’s midnight mass at the church in the Plaza of Haría followed by a Nochebuena dance in the Sociedad. The circus festival MalabHaría returns with spectacular entertainment during the Christmas second hand market, the festive programme concludes with a traditional Kings procession through the streets of Haría on the 5th January. Thursday 18th December 11:00 The jury will visit the…
  • Made for Trade Tasting Menu at Cantina Teguise

    Miguel
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:21 am
    Cantina Teguise has long been one of our favourite restaurants on the island, and so we had to go along when we heard about their “Made for trade” December supper tasting menu.    Working with co-owner Zoe, chef Nathan Holmes came up with a stunning 11 courses of earthy, wintery, concentrated taste! There was a full house in The Secret Garden, and it was great to see so many friends, including Viktor and Paul on a busman’s holiday from their own restaurant Barstro, and Tracy and Derek from Brown Deli.  read more »
  • Barceló La Galea Renovation

    Jules
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:07 am
    Barceló Hotels & Resort are investing 12 million euros to renovate the Barceló La Galea in Costa Teguise, Lanzarote. The hotel will reopen in June 2015 under the new name of the Barceló Teguise Beach. After the completion of this project, Barceló will be just 2% short of reaching their 2015 objective to update their profile to provide exclusive four and five star hotel accommodation. Three hundred and five rooms will be renovated to provide 4 star adult only holidays in Lanzarote from next summer. Located only 150m from the popular beach  read more »
  • Lanzarote Information Reader Awards 2014 - Best Attraction

    Miguel
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:27 am
    Now it’s time to vote for your favourite Lanzarote Attraction! Remember, the top ten you see when you click through is based on the vote we did on Facebook back in the summer. There were dozens of suggestions and the ten with the most votes have made it to this final stage. Share this with your friends and get them to vote – we’ll be presenting the prize to the winning attraction over the Christmas break! Here’s where to go to cast your vote, and you can see who’s winning  read more »
  • Lanzarote Weekend 19th to 21st December 2014

    Jules
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:31 am
    There are so many events now in the week before Christmas, it’s best to check the individual programmes for the different areas of Lanzarote to make sure you don’t miss out on what’s happening around the island. Christmas Programme Costa Teguise & La Villa Christmas Programme Puerto del Carmen & Tías Christmas Programme Playa Blanca & Yaiza Christmas Programme San Bartolomé & Playa Honda Christmas Programme La Graciosa Christmas Programme Arrecife Here’s what else is on in Lanzarote this weekend. Costa Teguise: The Christmas evening market Huellas de Navidad is in…
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    The Travel Word

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Four Seasons Resort Orlando Stunning Royal Suite Photos

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

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

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

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

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

  • The Allstate Sugar Bowl

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

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

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

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

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

  • Photos: Exploring Dubrovnik, Croatia

    Lola Akerstrom
    17 Dec 2014 | 1:34 pm
    I’ve just edited photos from Dubrovnik, Croatia. Looking through the set, I realized just how truly photogenic its walled old town is. It’s probably the most visited site in the entire country, and visitors flock in by the thousands all year round. For good reason. View more photos in my Dubrovnik image bank.
  • Snapshot: Jefferine Jean-Jacques Kerr

    Lola Akerstrom
    13 Dec 2014 | 3:51 am
    Jefferine Jean-Jacques Kerr was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. She now resides in the Bridgeport, CT area. She is the mother of three energetic boys who actively keep her on her toes. Jefferine is a Professional Resource Administrator for a large consulting firm in CT, however, her love has always been in photography. She is passionate about travel and has been doing so extensively for the past few years while learning how to stretch her budget with camera in hand. How would you describe your style of photography? I consider my style to be in line with photojournalism where I seek to tell a…
  • Photos: Gallery from Montenegro

    Lola Akerstrom
    9 Dec 2014 | 12:23 am
    Beach scene in Budva, Montenegro I’m currently editing photos from the Balkans and have just finished the set from Montenegro which includes galleries from the Bay of Kotor, the beachside party town of Budva, and both historic Kotor and Sveti Stefan. You can click on the image below to launch my Montenegro image bank.  
 
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  • 10 Easy Last-Minute Gift Ideas for Travelers

    admin
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:03 am
    The time to buy for the holiday season is quickly winding down as we're only a week away from Christmas. If you’ve waited until the last minute to shop for the travel fanatic in your life, don’t despair, as you still have some time.The fact of the matter is that most travelers tend to live minimally anyway, and while gifts to help them travel better or to encourage their wanderlust are always appreciated, not everyone needs more "stuff."So instead of finding a way to send a physical item at the eleventh hour, consider giving your favorite traveler one of the following easy last-minute…
  • Attending a Local Funeral: A Day in the Life of a Long-Term Traveler

    admin
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:03 am
    Editor's Note: One reason we promote long-term, international travel is to learn more about the world and the different people and cultures who inhabit it. The story below is from a local funeral the author and her family attended in Indonesia. A custom in this particular village involved the sacrifice of a water buffalo, and the description and accompanying picture are graphic. We feel both the description and the photo are an important part of the story, but we wanted to put a disclaimer for anyone who may be squeamish about such things. It was a combination of the tears on their faces and…
  • Gourmet Food on the Road: Cooking While Traveling

    adam
    16 Dec 2014 | 12:03 am
    As you travel, foods from foreign lands may become incorporated into your repertoire, and you may learn how to adapt foreign tastes to recipes from home. Food is, in many ways, a cultural ambassador. Some of my favorite recipes have come from friends abroad – having kaffee und kutchen (coffee and cake) with my German friend, or exchanging treats with the South African family down the hall. With them, I share my favorite versions of American food - biscuits and gravy, carnitas, pico de gallo, shrimp etouffee, chocolate chip cookies.Sharing food customs with each other is a great way to get…
  • Making the World Your Global Classroom

    admin
    15 Dec 2014 | 12:03 am
    I remember those early morning lecture classes at the university, stuffed into a 1000-seat auditorium, listening to some professor drone on about American Government or Economics.   Endlessly talking, boring us near-about to tears.  Rambling on for an hour, tossing out random facts, figures and fluff, enough to overwhelm the senses.I can only imagine a college curriculum centered around Ancient Civilizations…probably no more than a hodge-podge of prodigious maps, stippled with enough overlapping red lines and push-pins to resemble an army general’s ground plan for warfare.  No doubt…
  • How I Travel: Dan Levy

    khammel
    12 Dec 2014 | 12:03 am
    Dan Levy: Cracking Jokes, Collecting Miles Your chances of sitting next to Dan Levy on an airplane are relatively high—considering the wandering comedian gathers miles obsessively. If that happened you’d soon consider yourself very lucky; Levy is funny as hell and a genuinely friendly guy. Over the past decade, his humor has been featured on “Comedy Central’s Premium Blend,” “Chelsea Lately,” “The Late Late Show,” “College Humor’s I Have to Go In a Minute Show” and on his own special: “Comedy Central Presents: Dan Levy.” Dan didn’t get his coveted American…
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  • Ski Equipments and Other Deals from Esprit

    Ashyln Molly
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:31 am
    Winter is just the right season to get the enjoyment of the European ski season. It means that as soon as the winter arrives, most people begin researching about the different spots to spend their family ski holidays. Esprit offers the best skiing equipments. Whether you are any novice or a practiced snowboarder or a skier, you are supposed to utilize the best apparatus you can afford. They carry on presenting the best possible costs for Ski Deals, comprising many resorts. Different types of ski For children, there is a white category, which has a very standard quality. For resorts where the…
  • Tickets to see the concert of Michael Buble

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

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

    Ashyln Molly
    12 Dec 2014 | 2:44 am
    If you are looking towards planning an eventful vacation while enjoying the comforts delivered by eco-friendly hostels and hotels, then you are in a right spot. Hotels in London City offers an incredible range of green stays across the world and get ready to create some positive impacts on your next trip-by staying in one of the following gorgeous hotels. Check out the list of impressive and valuable hotels that must be included in your bucket list when you plan a visit to London. (Image by  SaffyH – BETA IS NOT BETTER IT IS WORSE!) Hotels near Oxford Street Oxford Street is the most…
  • Fly to London to Fall in Love

    Ashyln Molly
    12 Dec 2014 | 2:30 am
    When it comes to eye catching beauty and luxury, London has all its amazing features which are not only attractive but also awe-inspiring. There are a numerous number of hotels and restaurants where you can have the best American cuisines which are prepared by renowned executive chefs and also enjoy the expensive rides along the city’s stunning landscapes. While coming to top hotels, London is the home to one of the top most tourist preferred hotel named as Grand Royale London Hyde Park. The main problem facing travelers considering this type of travel is coming up with the best…
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  • The Creation Wars – New Episodes!

    Trey Ratcliff
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:01 pm
    “The new DJI Inspire Quadcopter & Lark gets called into Battle!” Welcome to the big show #5! This is a weekly show featuring a really fun photography competition with a twist! For those of you that just wanna see the new Inspire DJI Quadcopter, jump to about the 9 minute mark! Key times: 1.00 Intros 9.00 DJI Inspire Preview/Talk 23.00 A.D. Wheeler Cohort Submission 35.30 Angela B. Pan Cohort Submission 42.00 Mason Marsh Cohort Submission 53.00 David Marx Cohort Submission 1hr 02m 30s Submission Roundup 1hr 08m Voting/Twitter coverage 1hr 12m Gino The Hipster 1hr 16m 30s The…
  • Some Favorite Photos and a New Daily One!

    Trey Ratcliff
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:01 pm
    A trip down memory lane Here are a few favorite photos I thought I might re-share! And, as always, there’s a new Daily Photo at the bottom. Thanks again to everyone that comes to the blog so often… you guys are the best! And thank you for recommending it to your friends too. I hope you’re having a good holiday season! Daily Photo – Lounging at the Fish River Canyon Here's one of the swanky places we stayed at during our Namibian Photo Adventure! It was so incredible… When we weren't out shooting, we were either processing photos, drinking, lounging by…
  • New Lightroom Presets for the Holidays!

    Trey Ratcliff
    15 Dec 2014 | 9:01 pm
    New Bonus Pack for the Holidays! I just released this new set of Lightroom Presets for the Holidays! This pack has 10 of my new favorites… it’s been about half a year since I have released anything, and this stuff has been building up in my Lightroom, so, anyway, here’s a great pack for you! Which presets come in this 2014 Holiday Preset pack? “Abs Underneath” “Candy-Coloured Fishnets” “Game of Stones” “Morning Without Chaos” “Red Planetlight” “Samurai Kiss” “Sandstorm Beyond” “Something Borrowed” “Warmer Fruitpop” “Zenith Noir” Daily…
  • Happy Elephant Family

    Trey Ratcliff
    14 Dec 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Part 3 of 3 – Tips for getting the Perfect Reflection Shot And here is the final part; here you actually get to see me edit the final photo! Thinking about Elephants I did not expect the elephants to be my favorite animal while in Africa. But they were! Sometimes I would get close to them and see strange wildness in their eyes. I don’t anthropomorphize animals (read in human emotions), but I do see something else going on in there… something around a different time-sense. I wonder if they are a lot like whales like that. I’ve never swam with whales, but maybe some day…
  • The Tanning Vats and I get Electrocuted

    Trey Ratcliff
    13 Dec 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Part 2, now with bonus electrocution! Here’s Part 2 of the video series from yesterday about 3 tips for getting a good reflection shot! I went on a fun hike here in New Zealand to find some cool “reflictions”… you can come along, see a new on-the-road backup solution I am using, see some nervous sheep, see me get electrocuted by a fence – heck it’s got it all haha! Daily Photo – The Tanning Vats This is one of my favorite areas in Fes, Morocco. The whole area is known for their various vats for tanning and curing leather. There are several tanneries…
 
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  • Specialty Liquor & Beer on the Greek Island of Corfu

    Jessica Festa
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:31 pm
      While many people know Greece for its wine — especially Santorini with its assyritiko — there’s another island offering a completely different drink experience. Actually, it offers two. On the beautiful Corfu, home to attractions like Sisi’s Palace, Mount Pantokrator and Paleokastritsa Beach, those wanting a sip of the local culture need to savor the flavors of the local ginger beer and kumquat liqueur. I was introduced to these two libations — which are not made elsewhere in Greece — during a visit to Corfu by my island guide, Filippos “Philip” Azzopardi. Ginger Beer…
  • How Ghana Transformed The Way I View The World

    Jessica Festa
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:13 pm
    I have a seriously love/hate relationship with Ghana, Africa. Love because, well, I truly loved the country and my time spent there, living with a family, taking day trips, exploring markets and volunteering. Hate because it was truly the most challenging trip I’ve ever been on, from the lack of plumbing and electricity to the diet of rice water and fufu so foreign to my digestive system. Sometimes when I talk about my trip to Ghana I feel like I sound full of myself, talking about how not having a toilet was so hard, when a local family was nice enough to let me stay with them; however,…
  • British Fare & The Holidays: How About a Bowl of Smoking Bishop?

    Jessica Festa
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:14 am
      Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is a holiday classic revisited every year, especially by fans of British food. After all, the story is heaped high with all the cozy comestibles of an old-fashioned English yuletide. From plum puddings to mince-pies to wreaths of spiced sausages and roasted chestnuts, it’s enough to get your seasonal taste buds salivating. That is, until we come to the final chapter and find Scrooge bellowing out the book’s first food reference that leaves something to be desired. “A merry Christmas, Bob!” said Scrooge, with an earnestness that could not be…
  • Cosy But Historical Kothi in Gurdaspur

    Puneet Sidhu
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:15 am
      The old-worldly Kothi, set at the top end of a tree-lined driveway merging with viridian grounds efflorescent with colour, is a happy marriage between traditional Punjabi and colonial design motifs. It was once part of a rambling ancestral haveli that is today an amorphous result of expanding families and their need for privacy without losing all connectedness. The rose-blush of the facade is a striking contrast with the ivory of the front porch where polite, nimble-footed retainers usher you into the shabby-chic elegance of the living room. High, photograph-lined walls punctuated by…
  • Wellness Travel: Where Wine & Yoga Converge Around the Globe

    Jessica Festa
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:13 pm
    On first consideration, drinking and yoga may seem rather incompatible. If, like me, you’ve occasionally had one too many glasses of red wine before heading to an hour of vinyasa and downward dog, you may have reservations about combining the two. But trust me: these two contrasting activities can actually come together to create a truly relaxing and rejuvenating vacation. For those who love wellness travel — wine and beer included — here are ten of the world’s top boozy yoga holidays: Photo courtesy of ISchmidt via Shutterstock. 1. Yoga & Cocktails At A Maldives Retreat In this…
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  • Discussing Holiday Party Etiquette with Bob Sirott and Marianne Murciano during WGN Business Lunch Hour

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

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

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

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

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

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

    15 Dec 2014 | 8:12 am
    A map of the old city of Cracow or Kraków which, dating from the Stone Age, is one of the oldest cities in Poland.  The historic centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Madonna and Child

    14 Dec 2014 | 4:28 am
    Although this card from the Netherlands did have art stamps on it, I had to go to France to find the first Madonna and Child stamp.It commemorates the 500 years since Rafael painted it in 1512/13. The original hangs in the museum in Dresden.The Royal Mail quite frequently uses art on stamps, particularly around Christmas time.  I have a set of PHQ (postal headquarters) stamp cards from 1991 which are taken from a 14th century manuscript kept in the Bodleian Library in Oxford.These are just two of the set.  I love the colour and form, but if you look closely at the faces, they…
  • Travel

    14 Dec 2014 | 3:31 am
    I rather like this collage of travel/mail related items.  It's a Zazzle card and I know quite a number of people prefer shop bought cards, but frankly, I've had far more flimsy and less attractive shop bought cards.  This one was sent from Germany.
  • A cat at Christmas

    12 Dec 2014 | 3:17 pm
    By the look of him, I don't believe this cat is thrilled with his reindeer outfit but I think he looks really cute.  I'm just wondering whether I could find one for my cat...Although it was sent from russia, it appears to be a card from a Chinese online publisher.This is a post for Postcard Friendship Friday hosted on Beth Niquette's blog, The Best Hearts are Crunchy.  Just click on the button to visit and join in.
 
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  • How to Plan a Perfect Trip to London

    admin
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:59 am
    London Eye (Creative Commons) London is one of the most diverse and amazing travel destinations in the world. Every single year, people from all over the world travel to London to discover its great attractions. If you are planning to go to London soon as well, you will love the following article. We have put together a list of genuinely useful tips on how to plan the perfect trip to London – and how to feel absolutely excellent from all points of view while there. Hire a Car London’s public transportation infrastructure is really good, but if you want to feel like a true star while…
  • Sri Lanka has it all

    admin
    18 Nov 2014 | 9:45 am
    If you’re looking for a country offering everything you could wish for in a winter sun destination – then Sri Lanka really does have it all. We’ll take a look at what makes Sri Lanka so unique and special – across different areas of life, culture, geography and sheer fun here. In a nutshell though; just think of beautiful beaches, friendly people, food that is out of this world, lush countryside and fascinating culture – and put that together with some winter sunshine and you can soon see why Sri Lanka is so popular with tourists from the northern hemisphere at this time of year.
  • Going to Wyoming: A Packing Checklist for All Seasons in Jackson Hole

    admin
    28 Sep 2014 | 5:56 am
    Jackson Hole, Wyoming is a destination for any season, with ranging temperatures, various wildlife, and breathtaking views, there’s no question about going, but what you need to bring is another concern. Read on to find out what you need to pack before heading to Wyoming. Mormon Barn, Teton National Forest Skincare Elevation ranges from 6,000 to 10,000 feet. You’re closer to the sun and in greater need of protection from harmful rays. Bring sunblock and apply regularly while outdoors. Sun protection is especially important for young children and those who are fair skinned. Additionally,…
  • Whistler’s Version of the Ski Lift: Heli-Skiing Not for the Faint of Heart

    admin
    28 Sep 2014 | 5:44 am
    There’s fresh powder and then there’s idle powder that’s rarely seen or sought out by avid skiers, hobbyists needing the aid of helicopter to reach peaks and aspired heights. Heli-skiing is not for the faint of heart or the beginner skier, but if a long trek down a radical slope sounds like your brand of fun, read on about doing it around the Whistler mountain resort. How Good? Heli-skiing is a pastime of avid, intermediate, and expert skiers – kids included. Hosts provide those interested with a survey that identifies skill level, experience, and reluctance.  Hosts do their best in…
  • Top Exotic Places for Honeymoons

    admin
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:53 pm
    People who have recently tied the knot are really spoiled for choice when it comes to exotic and romantic honeymoon locations. Many of these destinations boast an enchanting natural setting, while offering couples the chance to take part in a number of exciting activities if they can manage to tear themselves away from their hotel room. Here is a selection of top destinations that should not be missed. Pokhara This stunning lakeside city is set in the heart of Nepal and is surrounded by enchanting mountains. Pokhara offers a number of world class hotels and restaurants for couples to enjoy,…
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    Atlas Travel Blog

  • Inside the Christmas Parade At Walt Disney World

    Sue Lobo
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    With the exception of one year, the Christmas Parade at Walt Disney World has occurred every year since 1983. In 2000, Disney opted to air a special on Christmas Eve called “Tracking Santa”. The parade has been called the The Walt Disney World Very Merry Christmas Parade, the Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parade and Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade. Even if you have watched the parade every year that it’s been aired, there may still be some things that you don’t know about it. Hosts The first year that the parade aired it was hosted by Mike Douglas and…
  • Outdoor Odysseys in Australia & New Zealand

    Sue Lobo
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    Australia has some of the most distinctive and diverse natural environments that offer amazing adventure and wildlife journeys. From pristine beaches and ancient rainforests to spectacular mountain ranges and national parks, you’ll find extraordinary nature. So take an Australia tour to walk, climb, ski, swim and mingle with the local and discover why there is nothing like Australia. 1. Go beneath the surface: Diving the Cod Hole in the Great Barrier Reef – Queensland, Australia There’s a party going on and you’re invited! Don your scuba gear and float among the…
  • Hanukkah

    Sue Lobo
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    Each year Hanukkah is celebrated on the Jewish calendar’s 25 Kislev. In America, this means that it will be celebrated from December 16-24 this year. Hanukkah is a special time for families to come together, light the menorah and share in delicious food and fun games together. What is it? Hanukkah is a celebration of the small Jewish army, the Maccabees, defeating the very large Greek-Syrian army that had come to Israel to invade it. After this victory, the Jews were able to worship freely in the Holy Temple in Jerusalem and decided to purify it. However, there was only one flask of oil…
  • The Elf On The Shelf And Other Holiday Traditions

    Sue Lobo
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    The holiday season is full of traditions. Some of them you may have participated in when you were a child, while others of them might be new to you. If you are looking for something fun to do with your kids to get into the Christmas spirit, consider utilizing one of these holiday traditions. The Elf On The Shelf This tradition involves Santa sending a stuffed elf to a household to watch over the children and report back to Santa. He or she usually will show up after Thanksgiving and return back to the North Pole after Christmas. Every morning when the children get up, the elf is usually in a…
  • Insight Gold Tours 2015 – All Inclusive Luxury

    Sue Lobo
    12 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    On an Insight Gold luxury escorted journey to Europe, all sightseeing, excursions, entertainment and evening meals are included in the price.  Stay in some of the finest hotels in Europe and enjoy dining experiences that will delight the “foodie” in you.  Each journey is perfectly balanced with enlightening and engaging Signature Experiences, and well planned free time to allow you to indulge your personal interests. Here are some of the new and exciting Insight Gold Tours 2015. The post Insight Gold Tours 2015 – All Inclusive Luxury appeared first on Atlas Travel…
 
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  • ANTARCTICA TOURS

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

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

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

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

    4 Nov 2014 | 10:21 pm
    Pick any of the following Colombia tours and you will get to understand why it's considered South America's best-kept secret. Explore and book your tour here.
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  • From the Sierra to the Sea: Granada at a Glance

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

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

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

    Nellie Huang
    3 Dec 2014 | 8:23 am
    On my recent trip to Sri Lanka, the island of Serendib surprised me on so many levels. I packed in tons of sights and experiences into one week, but it made me yearn for more. I barely scraped the surface, yet I’ve already fallen for Sri Lanka. Here’s why. Lush jungles, rural villages and wild beaches — Sri Lanka is the Garden of Eden down south, quietly tucked away in secrecy away from the well-trodden tourist path. It’s just a leap away from the chaos and madness of India, and yet it seems like a world away. In place of the maddening crowd and traffic is a soothing sense of…
  • Save the Earth, One Tree at a Time

    Nellie Huang
    2 Dec 2014 | 8:57 am
    Over the past few weeks, we’ve been screaming through the roof about our upcoming adventure: The Rickshaw Run. YES! We are driving an auto rickshaw with a whopping seven horsepower across one of the world’s biggest country!!! There is no set route, no back-up, no support and no way of knowing if we’re going to make it. We’ve got no mechanical knowledge and we’ve never driven a rickshaw — so the only certainty is that we will get lost, we will get stuck and we will break down. So WHY are we doing this? For adventure and charity. We’ve been to 90 countries across seven…
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  • Mossel Bay – 5 things to do in SA’s most mistakenly maligned town

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Keith Jenkins
    3 Dec 2014 | 6:02 am
    Modena Modena is a historic town in the Emilia Romagna region in Italy. The town is perhaps most famous as the home of some of Italy’s most famous automotive brands such as Ferrari and Maserati – a tour of the Motor Valley is a must! – but foodies will most likely associate Modena with balsamic vinegar or balsamico. Authentic aceto Balsamico Tradizionale di Modena is the stuff of foodie dreams; rich and syrupy, this balsamic vinegar bursts with flavour and just a few drops of it is sufficient to lift a simple salad, cheese (Parmigiano Reggiano in particular), fruits, steaks…
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  • Stocking Stuffers Travel Giveaway

    Carol Margolis
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:13 am
    Just in time for stuffing your own stocking or that of a traveling friend, here are three items that will make their way into someone’s stocking this holiday season: (1) Brand new, never opened Delta Tumi business class amenity kit (1) Trip-It Pro – one year membership in the Pro version ($49 value, must enroll by 12/31/14) and includes all of these features (2) Two GoGo inflight internet passes, each good for one flight (to be used by 6/30/15) Ok, so that’s really four things into someone’s stocking with this travel giveaway! To be eligible, simply enter a comment…
  • Wait, are Airfares Going Up or Down Next Year?

    Carol Margolis
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:30 pm
    I love predictions as much as anyone but of course, the further out the event, the greater the speculation. Well, the year 2015 is literally only a couple weeks away but there is anything but consensus about the direction of airfares. This source, citing AmEx Global Business Travel, says prices will rise next year. Expect to pay more for airfare, hotel accommodations, and ground transportation. Not so, according to another article. International Air Transport Association (IATA) says airfares will actually decline over 5% next year. They base this on far lower fuel costs as well as global…
  • Uber Staying in Orlando But…

    Carol Margolis
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    A couple months ago, the city of Orlando decided to take on Uber and Lyft, seeing the ride-sharing services as a threat to the existing taxi services. The city said it was all about safety but of course, it was really all about money. Orlando has now issued final regulations, effective February 1, that may have a far reaching impact for other cities. First, the city reduced the permit fee from $500 to $250. This applies to everyone, Uber and Lyft as well as taxi drivers. Background checks also were an issue. The city council agreed that a third party can perform this task. For some reason, a…
  • Lasting Friendships from Travels?

    Carol Margolis
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:33 pm
    The more I travel to specific locations, the more friends I make. Okay, maybe the word ‘friends’ is used a bit loosely but I make a point to get to know people wherever I go. For example, I know certain gate agents and even flight attendants recognize me from time to time; some I will have coffee or lunch with. Frequent visits to the airport lounge means they don’t ask for my identification anymore. When staying at a hotel, I always get to know at least the people working the front desk. The more I stay at a property, the more people I know like the concierge desk, bellman,…
  • Last Business Trip of the Year – Read #3!

    Carol Margolis
    15 Dec 2014 | 6:22 am
    Phew, it’s my last business trip of the year! I’m now making my way to Veracruz, Mexico for a few days of meetings, then home for two weeks! This last business trip of the year comes with a multitude of thoughts: 1. I am sooooo looking forward to being home for a couple of weeks. 2. I’m dreading January as the business travel kicks in on January 3rd for at least five straight weeks. Ugh! 3. I have several complimentary drink coupons that expire the end of this year. I will give the United drink coupons away on this week’s United flights. I also have some Delta drink…
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  • Where to Stay in Guatemala City – Grand Tikal Futura Hotel

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

    Marina Kuperman Villatoro
    15 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Travel Experta - Specializing in Unique International Family Travel - Helping Families Get the Most of Their International Travels with Kids China, as a global economy, has skyrocketed in the 21st Century. But, as a holiday destination, it has never quite got the recognition it deserves. The largest country in Asia, China is a sprawling tapestry of different cities, all with their own distinct look and feel. One such city is Shenzhen, which is located on the southern coast of this prospering country. Shenzhen is an artificial city, which means that rather than growing gradually, it was built…
  • The Family-Friendly Guide to Buenos Aires

    Marina Kuperman Villatoro
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    Travel Experta - Specializing in Unique International Family Travel - Helping Families Get the Most of Their International Travels with Kids Popularly referred to as the “Paris of South America”, Buenos Aires is a vibrant, exciting city. It’s famous for its steak, its wine, its cafe scene, and its unparalleled nightlife. Unfortunately, drinking Malbec and dancing tango into the wee hours of the night aren’t exactly the best activities for kids. But not all of Buenos Aires is only for grown-ups: there are plenty of kid-friendly places and activities that make Argentina a fun,…
  • Around the World in 80 Masks

    Marina Kuperman Villatoro
    14 Dec 2014 | 7:17 am
    Travel Experta - Specializing in Unique International Family Travel - Helping Families Get the Most of Their International Travels with Kids The infographic comes from www.justposhmasks.com
  • Divercity Guatemala City – Where Kids Get to be Adults

    Marina Kuperman Villatoro
    14 Dec 2014 | 4:18 am
    Travel Experta - Specializing in Unique International Family Travel - Helping Families Get the Most of Their International Travels with Kids Kids are always saying they wish they can grow up and be adults. Well, somebody heard them and Divercity was born.  Up until very recently this different type of attraction was only in South America, but is now in Guatemala City as well. Until I received my itinerary from INGUAT, Instituto Guatemalteco de Turismo (Guatemala’s Tourism Board and Institue), I never even heard of this place. So that made it that much more fun when we arrived.
 
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  • The Cool Hunter Launches CJ Hendry Debut Solo Exhibition in Sydney

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

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

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

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

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

  • Making Spirits Bright with 7UP Cocktails for the Holidays

    James Hills
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:39 am
    For this assignment, I went to Safeway to get ingredients for my two holiday-themed cocktail recipes. Sharing spirits and cocktails with friends is one of my favorite things to do and there is something about cocktails that just works well for Holiday parties. I think it is that the creation becomes more than just a drink and instead it is an opportunity to try new things, a chance to easily generate small talk "how's that drink?" / "did you like that drink?", and it's an opportunity to be a little cheeky as well without being completely inappropriate. The first creation I made is a play on…
  • How to Pack Like a Pro For Your Next Mancation Vacation

    James Hills
    14 Dec 2014 | 11:16 am
    That being said,  TownePlace Suites by Marriott®  contacted me to share with you guys some packing tips that could make things a lot easier, provide a chance for you to win a $100 gift card to TownePlace Suites® as well as share some great travel organization products from their partner, The Container Store®. This last part is especially cool since they are the ones who created the  elfa® closet  system that is currently found in 11 of their properties nationwide with more being updated in 2015 and beyond. As you know, I am a big advocate of extended stay…
  • El Agave Tequila Tasting and Dinner in San Diego's Old Town

    James Hills
    13 Dec 2014 | 3:01 am
    I guess it should be no surprise that a restaurant that also serves as a tequila museum with more than 2,000 bottles would know a little bit about the spirit and how to enjoy it best with their amazing menu that we visited El Agave a few months ago. Like any good Mexican restaurant, our meal started out with chips and a selection of salsas including their bean dip. Next up we tried both their classic margarita as well as the tamarindo margarita featured above that was flavored with tamarind syrup for a more fruity and less sour flavor. Before diving into the tequila tasting we also ordered an…
  • Swimming with the Dolphins at Dolphin Cove in Ocho Rios Jamaica

    James Hills
    12 Dec 2014 | 10:27 pm
    Honestly I was a little bit resistant to this excursion initially because of all the controversy related to Sea World and the bad press that I have heard in various message groups about "swim with the dolphin" places at other destinations in the caribbean.  However, I was extremely impressed with the professionalism of the staff, the cleanliness of the facility and while I am no expert the dolphins seemed enthusiastic and as excited to meet us as we were to meet them. The history of the park is that it was founded in 2001 and operated by a husband and wife team - Stafford and Marilyn…
  • Taking the Perfect Twelfie for the Mike's Hard Lemonade Tw'elf Re-Gift-O-Rama

    James Hills
    12 Dec 2014 | 9:13 pm
    Some of you guys are selfie experts already and don't need the article - so if that's you, just ignore the rest of this and click on the image below to submit your #twelfie and see if you are an instant winner ... It's easy to enter. A #Twelfie is simple a selfie with any kind of Mike's Hard Lemonade and friends, costumes, furry animals, or other festival elements. To enter, take your #Twelfie and post it to Twitter or Facebook using the hashtag #Twelfie or you can also upload it directly through the Mike's Website . Then just past the URL and verify it on their website to see if you are an…
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    The Travel Tart

  • Dutch People – How To Piss Them Off!

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

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

    Anthony The Travel Tart
    8 Dec 2014 | 9:53 am
    Sometimes, I really don’t understand some public relations types. I often receive random emails from them out of nowhere wanting me to share their ‘best infographics for travel‘ on my social media channels for free publicity – all for nothing in return! Usually, I haven’t heard from these people before, and I probably won’t ever again! There’s been a couple of times where I have been featured in a travel infographic, and that’s great, because I’m being included, but a lot of the time, these emails go straight to the ‘delete’…
  • Life Quotes – What Is The Meaning of Life?

    Anthony The Travel Tart
    5 Dec 2014 | 6:01 am
    Behind every action, there is always a motive. We don’t do things for the hell of it. We do things because of something driving us. Want to know why I’ll find any excuse to travel and dump myself into any great experience head first? Well read on, and you’ll find out! It’s a pretty damn good reason! I don’t go into much personal information on this website. Most of the time, you really don’t need to know what goes on. But there is always a first time! Today is a huge milestone for me. Today I celebrate 20 years since I was diagnosed with a insanely rare…
  • Sustainable Tourism – What it Really Means!

    Anthony The Travel Tart
    1 Dec 2014 | 8:43 am
    In the last decade or so, the terms ‘sustainable tourism‘, ‘eco tourism’ or ‘green travel’ have popped up a lot (when I mean green travel, I’m talking about environmental issues here, not green grass in Nimbin or growing weed in Amsterdam) – relating to how the world can handle the increased numbers of travellers circulating the globe, and how this might impact on the planet. Travel en masse has been a relatively recent phenomena, thanks to the advent of the Jumbo Jet which revolutionised global travel. However, there are consequences of this.
 
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  • Stop being jealous of those who travel, and start traveling yourself

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

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

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

    Chris
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:41 am
      I’m sure you’ve seen these purple-hued maps floating around Facebook over the last week, where you click on every U.S. state you’ve visited to show off your travel prowess.  I thought I’d toss my hat into the ring and create my own map, and I’ve come to the conclusion that I’ve been neglecting the midwest and northwest something fierce. Most of the south holds memories of my first cross country road trip, while California transports me back to amazing Chinese food at a dingy hole in the wall in San Francisco, riding Segways in the Apple parking…
  • PTV Photo Walk #5 | Brisk in Brunswick

    Chris
    17 Nov 2014 | 5:15 am
    Motivation is a tricky thing. It’s super hard to get it by yourself, but when you add some other people to the mix, motivation comes much easier. When it’s really cold out and you have an outdoor photo walk planned, motivation can be elusive. Include some enthusiastic fellow photographers and a beautiful Maine town to explore, and you’re destined for success. This past Saturday, Part Time Vagabond hosted it’s fifth free photo walk for photographic explorers of all abilities. All cameras were welcome, and we had a great showing. It was a great way for photographers…
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  • STYLE INFUSIONS: POLKA DOTS

    24 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    If you follow this blog, or follow along on Instagram, you may know that I am a huge fan of Sira & Mara jewelry, and the owner, founder and creator Sandy.  Sandy has become a friend of mine (even though we haven't met yet), and I admire her persistence, strength, warmth and all around amazing personality!  That is why I was beyond thrilled when she contacted me to collaborate and do a Style Infusions post to show off how we wear polka dots!  I realized that I don't have a lot of polka dot prints in my wardrobe because this was the only thing I could find.  This…
  • FUN FOR THE KIDS!

    17 Nov 2014 | 8:19 am
    On the weekends, we always love to find fun things to do with the boys!  There's really nothing better we like to do than to see the expressions on the boys' faces when they are enjoying something new and different!  Last weekend, we checked out Field Station Dinosaurs in Secaucus, New Jersey.  We went there once before (two years ago when Richie was Brody's age, and I was pregnant with Brody), so it was awesome to go back with both boys this time. It really is a great exhibit!  There are life-size dinosaurs which move and growl and are set in an outdoor exhibit to mimic…
  • FASHION FRIDAY: THE CAPE COAT

    14 Nov 2014 | 5:41 am
    Like the love I have for the blanket scarf (click here to read), I too have a deep admiration for the cape coat.  Anything, big, over sized, warm and comfy has my name all over it living in the northeast. I found this one at H&M recently for $30!  I almost shied away from it because I am more of a black girl than brown when it comes to clothing choices.  But, I went for it because it just screamed fall, and I couldn't resist for the price.  What are your favorite colors to wear?  Hope you all have a great weekend! Sweater: H&MCape: H&MScarf: H&M (found…
  • WARDROBE WEDNESDAY: FAUX

    12 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    Happy Wednesday!  One of my all time favorite fashion pieces for fall is a faux fur vest.  I think it looks great over a shirt, a denim jacket, a dress, a sweater...pretty much anything!  I saw this one at Forever 21 recently, and loved the color, the soft texture, and the under $45 price tag too!  I paired it here with a flannel plaid top, denim joggers and boots, but have also worn it with a tunic and leggings.  I know I will get my money out of this vest for fall and winter!  Do you guys own a faux fur vest? What do you like to wear with it? Top: J.Crew (old,…
  • TOLEDO, SPAIN- DAY 3

    11 Nov 2014 | 5:39 pm
    On our third day in Spain, we decided to take a day trip to Toledo- the former capital, and it was simply amazing!  We took a train from Madrid, which took less than an hour.  The city is so picturesque with winding cobblestone streets, an impressive 13th century cathedral, shops and cafes.  It rained when we first arrived, but then the skies cleared and we were able to spend the afternoon wandering and enjoying the sites.  I'll let the pictures do the talking!
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  • Serendipity in Sri Lanka

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

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

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

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

    Mariellen Ward
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:56 am
    The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, Banff, Alberta Fairmont Hotels, among Canada’s oldest and most iconic, are a “must do” experience THEY RISE LIKE medieval castles above historic ports and bustling cities, among soaring mountains and thickly forested retreats. Fairmont Hotels are some of Canada’s oldest, most iconic and most majestic hotels. Many were built in the late 19th century, along the burgeoning railroad line, to attract wealthy tourists and entertain visiting dignitaries. Many are part of the nation’s history, woven into the Canadian tapestry as a social…
 
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  • Sembawang White Bee Hoon 白米粉 Review (You Huak (友发餐室) Coffeeshop at Jalan Tampang – Opposite Sembawang Shopping Centre)

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

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

    Zhiqiang & Tingyi
    30 Nov 2014 | 2:36 am
    If shopping is one of your main objectives for coming to Seoul for your holiday, then i strongly recommend staying in Myeongdong – one of the top 4 shopping streets in Seoul. There are many hotels in Myeongdong at different price ranges – I recommend J Hill Hotel Myeongdong for its value for money room rates and very convenient location – right in the heart of the Myeongdong shopping district. J Hill Hotel occupies the 9th to 14th floors of the Chung Whi Building and the lobby is at the 13th floor. There are plastic surgery clinics, dental clinics and massage places at other…
  • 10 Pre-Trip Preparation Tips for an Enjoyable Caravan Road Trip Holiday

    Zhiqiang & Tingyi
    29 Nov 2014 | 2:04 am
    Going on a road trip in a caravan in the United States of America (USA) is one of the most thrilling and enjoyable camping options for travelling enthusiasts. There are many camping sites that can be reached by a caravan and the adjacent attractions can be explored easily with caravan camping  Here are 10 tips to consider for pre-trip preparation for a fun caravan holiday. Picture credits: https://www.flickr.com/photos/furnari/ You caravan will require a thorough check up and caravan insurance before you set out for a journey. It not only ensures that the vehicle delivering its best service…
  • Owls and Parrots Hidden in Asakusa

    Zhiqiang & Tingyi
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:24 pm
    See Japan from the perspectives of a Singaporean – this is a guest post by our resident blogger Xiaoying who is currently based in Japan. Introducing an owl and parrot café located at Asakusa: Tori-no-iru Kafe Asakusa 鳥のいるカフェ 浅草店 Address: 〒111-0032 Tokyo-to, Taito-ku, Asakusa 1-12-8, Ooyama Building B1F 〒111-0032 東京都台東区浅草1-12-8 大山ビルB1F Operating Hours: 1300~2000 (Weekdays), 1100~2000 (Weekends and Public Holidays) Cost: 1000JPY/30min (recommendation) or 1500JPY/hour (extension of 300JPY/15min) Website (in Japanese):…
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  • Bamboo Forest & gorgeous walks : Arashiyama Kyoto

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

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

    Fili
    14 Dec 2014 | 7:48 pm
    On my last day in Kyoto, feeling a bit of temple overload I was hoping to try something a bit different and the Arashimaya area was just the thing. One of the highlights in the area is a monkey park, but not your regular zoo style but an area of land where monkeys roam free with some spectacular views of Kyoto from above. To get there, you’ll have to hike up, and it’s not a short hike. But, trust me, once you get up there it’ll all be worth it. This is probably one of the best lookouts on the region, and probably the easiest one to access. Those monkeys sure know how to pick…
  • Singapore Gardens by the Bay : Cloud Forest Dome

    Fili
    13 Dec 2014 | 2:25 pm
    If you’re in Singapore, then Gardens by the Bay is probably one of the MUST-DO attractions. It’s one of the most surreal man-made gardens I’ve ever seen, almost hard to believe that someone built something like that, and especially in an already over-condensed, an expensive and real-estate hungry city like Singapore. But, a strong government that cares about public spaces and incoming tourism can pull off some pretty remarkable things. Gardens by the Bay starts off with the very impressive Super Trees Grove and Skyway but then there are two gigantic domes with world class…
  • Shrines of Fushimi Inari Temple : Kyoto

    Fili
    10 Dec 2014 | 3:41 pm
    Fushimi Inari is one of the nicest temples to visit in Kyoto, one of the must TODOs on your temple run. In the first post, we hiked up the Inari mountain through the thousands of orange torii orange gates of the Fushimi Inari Temple through a mountain trail of a few kilometers. Although it’s not an easy climb, there are many resting points along the way, both to regain strength and get a drink, and to worship with the countless Fushimi Inari little shrines.         Starting from the impressive entrance…         We begin our hike up. Below…
 
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  • Ring in 2015 with Reno Tahoe!

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

    Christina Erny
    8 Dec 2014 | 3:23 pm
    The Eldorado Resort Casino is ringing in the holiday season with one of London’s biggest Christmas shows. From the producers of “Spirit of the Dance,” the Eldorado Showroom presents “Christmas Wonderland” – a holiday extravaganza of pure Christmas magic through Dec. 27. Guests will be taken on an unforgettable Christmas journey in this glittering, dancing and [...]
  • Exciting “Must Do” Holiday Events Around Town

    Nicole Duxbury
    4 Dec 2014 | 10:34 am
    The holidays are here, and our area has tons of winter activities for you to participate in to keep you and your family happy and full of holiday cheer. This season is always a busy one, so to make things easy we’ve made a list of events going on around town and put a few [...]
  • Shop Local This Holiday Season!

    Nicole Duxbury
    3 Dec 2014 | 4:57 pm
    The holiday season is always full of shopping, and Reno-Sparks is urging you to support locally owned businesses this winter. Saturday, November 29 (the day after Black Friday) was American Express Small Business Saturday, but we hope to continue this movement all season long! To make things easier on you, we have compiled a short [...]
  • The Santa Crawl Is Back!

    Nicole Duxbury
    2 Dec 2014 | 3:46 pm
    One of Reno’s most popular bar crawls is back in season. This annual local fundraiser (with proceeds going to local schools) will take place on Saturday, December 13 and is a great way to kick off the holiday season! For their 14th year the Santa Crawl is expecting 15,000 crawlers to dress up in their [...]
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    Travel Blog | Travel + Leisure

  • Q&A with Canyon Ranch Spa Co-Founder and Wellness Visionary Mel Zuckerman

    18 Dec 2014 | 2:59 am
    As its 35th anniversary year comes to a close, Canyon Ranch and its co-founder, Mel Zuckerman, are eyeing a bright future—one that explores new frontiers in health and wellness—and includes brand...
  • Data Stash from T-Mobile Lets You Budget Your Data

    17 Dec 2014 | 7:06 am
    T-Mobile just announced the latest in a recent string of attacks on the service-chokehold enforced by most mobile carriers: a “Data Stash” service allowing users to rollover unused data each mont...
  • White House Charts “New Course” with Cuba

    17 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    President Obama announced today sweeping changes to our policy with Cuba that will loosen travel and trade restrictions there. In ending our embargo—a Cold War Policy that has been in effect sinc...
  • A Memphis Map That's Fit for The King

    16 Dec 2014 | 8:16 am
    Still haven't finished your holiday shopping? Brighten someone's Blue Christmas with a hand-drawn guide to Elvis's hometown. The Memphis Map for Elvis Fans highlights all The King's former haunts...
  • RelayRides Launches New Car Delivery Service

    16 Dec 2014 | 7:13 am
    While Airbnb.com has dominated travel headline news around the mushrooming peer-to-peer economy, another player in the P2P space has quietly been gaining ground, offering travelers a feel-good al...
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    Cruise Radio

  • Carnival LIVE Review + Cruise News

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

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

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

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

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

  • A day in Paris is better than no day in Paris

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

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

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

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

    James Clark
    1 Dec 2014 | 5:49 am
    The second leg of my South American trip was to Montevideo, Uruguay. As part of this trip I was flown as a guest with Air France/KLM to a destination in their South American network. I opted to visit Buenos Aires. Being so close to an international border though I couldn’t resist the temptation to visit a new country and explore what seems to be an underrated city. I saw that Air France also fly to Montevideo so that is where I finished my trip, flying back to London, via Paris. Buenos Aires and Montevideo are separated by the Río de la Plata, and there are regular boat services that…
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    City Traveler Blog

  • Seattle Center Steps Up as Dining Destination

    Deb Barracato
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:18 pm
    With so much to do at the Seattle Center, it’s hard to think about cramming in time for lunch. But when the hunger pangs do hit, you can pursue instant gratification at the Seattle Center Armory, formerly The Center House, where some mainstays of the local restaurant scene have joined forces to turn this once ho-hum food court into a storied dining destination. Designed with families in mind, it includes kid-size tables and chairs, a play area, and menu options that appeal to even the most finicky pint-size palate. Photo Credit Skillet helped launch the mobile food trend in Seattle back in…
  • A Christmas Without Snow: Holiday Fun in Warmer Cities

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

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

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

    Kate Hull
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:20 pm
    By boat, bus, bicycle, foot, or even Segway, there is no shortage of ways to experience the country’s most celebrated architectural metro – Chicago, Illinois. Admired for creativity rather than longevity—the Great Chicago Fire in 1871 destroyed a majority of notable buildings—each tour, no matter the means, showcases the character, ingenuity, and groundbreaking methods that make up Chicago’s towering skyline. Photo credit: David Thompson The number of companies offering these sought-after tours are ample, but the Windy City’s architectural history is so spectacularly rich, it’s…
 
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    XpatMatt.com

  • Make Screening A Breeze This Winter

    Matt Gibson
    27 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    The weather outside may be frightful, but travelling this winter can be delightful! Whether you’re packing for a winter wonderland with the kids or escaping the cold, these tips from the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) will make airport security a breeze. Before The Airport Snowy weather can make getting to the airport a challenge, so make sure to arrive with plenty of time to check in and go through screening. Wait times for major airports are listed on CATSA’s website or CATSA’s app for your convenience. Remember to put all liquids, aerosols and gels over 100…
  • PTBA ITB Asia Panel 2014

    Matt Gibson
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:40 pm
    This page has information about the Professional Travel Bloggers Association presentation at ITB Asia 2014, and also all the information you need to make an appointment with me (Matt Gibson), as I am offering free consultations to anyone who would like them during the conference.  I look forward to hearing from you! Moderator Claudio Cuccu: claudio@baskgilimeno.com Panelists Matt Gibson: xpatmatt@gmail.com      +65 915 61150 Nicole Smith: nicole@bittenbythetravelbug.com Matteo Ionescu: matteo@inbali.org Chris Backe: chrisbacke@gmail.com Useful Links TCB Asia Conference, November 14…
  • How to Flyboard

    Matt Gibson
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:13 am
    It’s just like being Iron Man at the beach In June, 2014 I was privileged to to try flyboarding — a very new sport at the time — while on an adventure-themed press trip in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. For those not familiar with flyboarding, it involves strapping on a pair of boots a lot like the ones worn by Iron Man while in the ocean and then jetting into the air by means of powerful water jets on the boots fed by a hose attached to the output of a nearby jet ski. It’s entirely as fun as it sounds. A Note: I’m personally not a big fan of fuel-powered sports — and I encourage…
  • This $47,720 Ski Vacation Sweepstakes is Way Over the Top

    Matt Gibson
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    The winner and a guest get a ski vacation to Vail…and Chile. They also get new skis, outwear, and more. ENTER HERE This is just over the top. I don’t think I’ve ever actually seen a ski vacation giveaway this big. It includes two ski vacations (one in the USA and one in Chile) as well as sweet outerwear, skis, resort stays, and more. No purchase is required. LAN Airlines, Vail Resorts, Tourismo Chile, Adventure.travel, Wagner Custom Skis, and Helly Hanson have teamed up to create the Peak Seasons sweepstakes. The grand prize winner and one lucky guest will receive: A one week…
  • Life And Death And Angkor Wat

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

  • Perfect Gifts for Travelers Who Read

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

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

  • Adventure Travel Maui – Horseback Riding Maui

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Jessica Nunemaker
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    Available by appointment only, Bugle Valley Elk Farm Tours in Roachdale, Indiana definitely isn’t typical. With a population of under 950 people, and way out in the country, it sure counts as off the beaten path! I kept our destination a secret from our boys. I knew they would be thrilled and I couldn’t wait to see their faces when we got there. Who expects to see an elk farm in Indiana? Indiana Elk Farm Bugle Valley Elk Farm Tours in Roachdale, Indiana It began as a typical farm. Four generations had farmed the land and improved upon it. Now it was Gene Clodfelter’s turn.
  • Bremen Hobbies and Arts and VIDEO

    Jessica Nunemaker
    12 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    Bremen Hobby and Art in Bremen, Indiana is the kind of small town shop that really appeals to the masses! Forget buying toys from big box. This hobby shop has absolutely everything! Any kid would love something from this great Indiana hobby shop. Indiana Hobby Shop Bremen Hobbies and Arts in Bremen, Indiana My husband and I got away without the kids. We knew they would be so disappointed not visiting this shop but we needed a little time for some Christmas shopping! What could be better for creative, engaged kids than introducing them to a new hobby or craft? I couldn’t think of…
  • Wordless Wednesday: Kniman Christmas Lights VIDEO

    Jessica Nunemaker
    10 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it 100 times–you just never know what you are going to find in a small town! Yes, you could say that’s exactly what we discovered in little Kniman, Indiana. My husband has been working horrible hours but it was now or never. I told everyone to get in the car because we were going to look at Christmas lights. My husband thought it was a ploy to get Kniman Tap Pizza (otherwise known as Kniman Bar and Grill). I admit that that was a part of my plan. We did pick up a pizza to take home (sausage and green pepper is AWESOME by the way), but…
  • Martinsville Candy Kitchen: Homemade Candy Canes

    Jessica Nunemaker
    9 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    In 1919, Greek immigrant Jimmy Zapapas opened Martinsville Candy Kitchen. Now, people from all around flock to the small town shop to watch candy canes being made (and maybe even see a glimpse of Santa in the process).  I made a quick call to Martinsville Candy Kitchen to find out just how many candy canes they made last year. At the time of my visit they had completed 18,900 candy canes. The answer: in 2013, Martinsville Candy Kitchen churned out 28,500 candy canes. In 2012, they made 30,800! I asked the young man on the phone if he still eats them. He chuckled…and I bet you can…
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  • 10 People You Don’t Know to Invite to Your Holiday Gathering

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

    Carrie Keplinger
    15 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    During the colder months, my beverage of choice is, inevitably, chai. It’s lovely piping hot in a mug with milk or mixed in a variety of cocktails. I love it so much, I usually blend a huge batch and give it away to people for Christmas. But chai is good for more than just drinking; it adds a wonderful flavor dimension to desserts, too! For your next party or romantic dinner, whip up this delicious and easy chai-infused rice pudding. It’s perfect served in heaping bowls or in little decorative cups with tiny spoons (silver tray optional). This is a great way to use leftover rice; feel…
  • 3 Hair of the Dog Cocktails for Celebratory Recovery

    Sandy Smith
    12 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Hair of the dog cocktails are not to be confused with brunch cocktails. The primary difference? While brunch cocktails are civil and mannered, encouraging enthusiastic dining and convivial conversation, hair of the dog cocktails aim to facilitate basic speech and the ability to make eye contact without crying. Simply speaking, they offer more of the same thing that put you in this sorry state on the night previous. In Italy, they’re referred to as “booster shots;” in Finnish, a “repair kit.” They are heavy-hitting potions made from bitters and spirits — not…
  • Gluten Free Party Rice Balls

    A Guest Writer
    10 Dec 2014 | 7:12 pm
    This feature was brought to you by our sponsor, Minute® Rice. The opinions reflected here are that of the author. There’s something to be said for the satisfaction of enjoying a hot snack, whether that’s a midday treat or welcoming your dinner guests. One of my favorites is arancini — Italian rice balls. They’re full of flavor and filling, and honestly not as hard to make as you’d think. Recently, I found that Minute® Rice has a new gluten-free treat, a rice/quinoa medley that is quick, easy, and really yummy. Here’s what it looks like: I couldn’t…
  • Gimme 5: How to Give Romantic Gifts Using Love Languages as Your Guide

    Janice Bear
    10 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    In 1995, Gary D. Chapman unleashed a secret weapon upon the world of relationships: his book The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts. Sometimes relationships feel like they’re taking place on a battlefield and, as with so many conflicts, the resolution is hidden behind a language barrier. Partners might be saying all the right things to each other, but if they aren’t speaking the same dialect neither will be able to really hear the meaning behind what the other is trying to say. Chapman’s work gives us a comprehensive course in the five different ways people understand love.
 
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  • All Occasion Photo Greeting Cards - Nature, Landscape, Travel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Ratedapartments.com
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:39 am
    “In wine, there’s truth.” -Pliny the Elder Le Festival des Meilleurs Vins is here! Featuring master classes, workshops, wine tastings and a lot more, the event takes place on November 28 and November 29 at the Carrousel de Louvre in Paris. It offers a unique opportunity to exhibit and discover the best wines under the guidance of experts.   About Carrousel de Louvre An underground mall in Paris, The Carrousel du Louvre is located in the first arrondissement at 99 Rue de Rivoli. Close to the Comédie-Française, Tuileries Gardens, the Louvre and a lot more, it is well…
  • Richmond Upon Thames Literature Festival 2014

    Ratedapartments.com
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:52 am
    Letters. Words. Ideas. Tales. Talks. And a lot more, indeed! One of the most awaited events, the Richmond Upon Thames Literature Festival 2014 offers an enlightening and interesting mix of authors, commentators and literary figures enveloping everything from history and politics to music and photography. Running throughout the beautiful month of November, the festival brings to you renowned personalities like the famous actor Sheila Hancock, designer Emma Bridgewater and journalist Peter Snow to name a few. Now in its 23rd year, the festival will run in interesting venues across the borough…
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  • Carnival Corporation Cruise News

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    RumShopRyan
    11 Dec 2014 | 5:40 am
    Hi Castaways! I had the pleasure of meeting Captain Mike of Tropical Escapes Yacht Charters a couple days ago. He and I swapped islands stories and I learned all about Mermaid Tales, his motor yacht and his charter business. Mermaid Tales is a beautiful classic HATTERAS cockpit motor yacht. At 70′, with four levels of living and entertainment space, Mermaid Tales is perfect for dinner cruises, cocktail parties and extended cruising to the Florida Keys, Key West, the Bahamas or the Caribbean. Explore deserted cays, savor elegant dinners, seek out adventures above and below the water, or…
  • New Lavish Resort Opens its Doors to the Visitors of Aruba

    RumShopRyan
    10 Dec 2014 | 4:42 am
    Aruba is renowned for being one of the most beautiful Caribbean islands that enjoys hot weather even throughout its winter months. The island, which is west of the Lesser Antilles, offers vacationers white sandy beaches, tropical weather and a plethora of fantastic coastal resorts. This year, Aruba welcomed another beatific resort to its coastal region: the first Ritz-Carlton Resort on the island. The new resort has 320 rooms and opened this November on the much-visited Palm Beach. The resort has four restaurants, two huge swimming pools, spa facilities, and a 24-hour casino. The resort has…
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    Wanderlust Journey

  • Are Timeshare Presentations Worth It?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Leah Still
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:29 pm
    Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe If your husband, girlfriend, friends, or family members love to ski and snowboard — but you’d rather have a root canal than slide down a steep hill with plastic sticks on your feet — you just need to rethink what a vacation to a snowy, slope-y destination can truly entail. Many resorts these days offer gourmet food, trendy bars, and spas galore, and the destinations below allow you to turn a ski trip into a getaway you’ll actually enjoy. Vail, Colorado As one of the United States’ largest ski resorts, Vail has the off-mountain amenities to…
  • What’s Hot: Overwater Bungalows for $150 in Papua New Guinea

    Will McGough
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:37 am
    Will McGough While Papua New Guinea may be a burgeoning destination, it certainly isn’t cheap. Due to the mining industry and the presence of Exxon and WHO, rent prices in the country’s capital, Port Moresby, are on par with those in some of the world’s most-visited cities like Paris. Though the cost of living decreases once you get out of the capital and into other areas, traveling within the country will cost you due to the lack of infrastructure and high fuel costs. This means flying or doubling-up with a car and a boat — so know that if you want to travel through the country,…
  • 6 Affordable Ways to See London

    Steve Larese
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:05 am
    Kaitlin Larese Even with the dollar gaining strength, visiting London can still be expensive for Americans. But this capital city is no less an easy and memorable trip. While we certainly recommend popular paid attractions like the London Eye and London Aquarium for first-timers, there are also plenty of free things to do for hours so that a trip here won’t cost a fortune. With multi-generational travel on the rise and London being a popular extended vacation — perfect for those school breaks — here’s an affordable guide to the city for all ages. 1. A Treasure Trove…
  • Q&A: Katie Lee on Hosting Out of Towners & Best Souvenirs Around the World

    Hilary Sheinbaum
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:19 pm
    Matt Harrington TV host and cookbook author Katie Lee loves to travel: St. Bart’s for surfing, shopping markets in India, and browsing bazaars in Morroco. One place she hasn’t been? Machu Picchu. Before she makes it to Peru, though, she’ll host a lot of out of town guests in her home (something she loves to do). In our one-on-one interview, Katie talks to us about her carry-on items, traveling routines, and her favorite place to visit abroad (hint: it’s in Africa)! What are some tips for hosting out of town guests during the holidays? Why? When hosting guests, I love…
  • Visiting NYC? 6 Reasons To Stay at one of the 6 Triumph Hotels

    Anne Roderique-Jones
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:59 am
    The Evelyn, A Triumph Hotel From refined Midtown luxury to chic downtown style, Triumph Hotels — which debuted just in February 2014 — is a collection of six boutique Manhattan hotels, with one more joining by the end of the year. Currently,  The Iroquois New York, Hotel Chandler, Hotel Belleclaire, The Cosmopolitan, The Evelyn, and The Washington Jefferson each offer a distinct take on the city experience, with its own history, architecture and design, services, and notable locations. Here, six more reasons to stay at one of these affordable luxurious hotels in New York…
 
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  • 4 Ski Resorts for Nonskiers

    Leah Still
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:29 pm
    Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe If your husband, girlfriend, friends, or family members love to ski and snowboard — but you’d rather have a root canal than slide down a steep hill with plastic sticks on your feet — you just need to rethink what a vacation to a snowy, slope-y destination can truly entail. Many resorts these days offer gourmet food, trendy bars, and spas galore, and the destinations below allow you to turn a ski trip into a getaway you’ll actually enjoy. Vail, Colorado As one of the United States’ largest ski resorts, Vail has the off-mountain amenities to…
  • What’s Hot: Overwater Bungalows for $150 in Papua New Guinea

    Will McGough
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:37 am
    Will McGough While Papua New Guinea may be a burgeoning destination, it certainly isn’t cheap. Due to the mining industry and the presence of Exxon and WHO, rent prices in the country’s capital, Port Moresby, are on par with those in some of the world’s most-visited cities like Paris. Though the cost of living decreases once you get out of the capital and into other areas, traveling within the country will cost you due to the lack of infrastructure and high fuel costs. This means flying or doubling-up with a car and a boat — so know that if you want to travel through the country,…
  • 6 Affordable Ways to See London

    Steve Larese
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:05 am
    Kaitlin Larese Even with the dollar gaining strength, visiting London can still be expensive for Americans. But this capital city is no less an easy and memorable trip. While we certainly recommend popular paid attractions like the London Eye and London Aquarium for first-timers, there are also plenty of free things to do for hours so that a trip here won’t cost a fortune. With multi-generational travel on the rise and London being a popular extended vacation — perfect for those school breaks — here’s an affordable guide to the city for all ages. 1. A Treasure Trove…
  • Q&A: Katie Lee on Hosting Out of Towners & Best Souvenirs Around the World

    Hilary Sheinbaum
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:19 pm
    Matt Harrington TV host and cookbook author Katie Lee loves to travel: St. Bart’s for surfing, shopping markets in India, and browsing bazaars in Morroco. One place she hasn’t been? Machu Picchu. Before she makes it to Peru, though, she’ll host a lot of out of town guests in her home (something she loves to do). In our one-on-one interview, Katie talks to us about her carry-on items, traveling routines, and her favorite place to visit abroad (hint: it’s in Africa)! What are some tips for hosting out of town guests during the holidays? Why? When hosting guests, I love…
  • Visiting NYC? 6 Reasons To Stay at one of the 6 Triumph Hotels

    Anne Roderique-Jones
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:59 am
    The Evelyn, A Triumph Hotel From refined Midtown luxury to chic downtown style, Triumph Hotels — which debuted just in February 2014 — is a collection of six boutique Manhattan hotels, with one more joining by the end of the year. Currently,  The Iroquois New York, Hotel Chandler, Hotel Belleclaire, The Cosmopolitan, The Evelyn, and The Washington Jefferson each offer a distinct take on the city experience, with its own history, architecture and design, services, and notable locations. Here, six more reasons to stay at one of these affordable luxurious hotels in New York…
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  • 4 Ski Resorts for Nonskiers

    Leah Still
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:29 pm
    Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe If your husband, girlfriend, friends, or family members love to ski and snowboard — but you’d rather have a root canal than slide down a steep hill with plastic sticks on your feet — you just need to rethink what a vacation to a snowy, slope-y destination can truly entail. Many resorts these days offer gourmet food, trendy bars, and spas galore, and the destinations below allow you to turn a ski trip into a getaway you’ll actually enjoy. Vail, Colorado As one of the United States’ largest ski resorts, Vail has the off-mountain amenities to…
  • What’s Hot: Overwater Bungalows for $150 in Papua New Guinea

    Will McGough
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:37 am
    Will McGough While Papua New Guinea may be a burgeoning destination, it certainly isn’t cheap. Due to the mining industry and the presence of Exxon and WHO, rent prices in the country’s capital, Port Moresby, are on par with those in some of the world’s most-visited cities like Paris. Though the cost of living decreases once you get out of the capital and into other areas, traveling within the country will cost you due to the lack of infrastructure and high fuel costs. This means flying or doubling-up with a car and a boat — so know that if you want to travel through the country,…
  • 6 Affordable Ways to See London

    Steve Larese
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:05 am
    Kaitlin Larese Even with the dollar gaining strength, visiting London can still be expensive for Americans. But this capital city is no less an easy and memorable trip. While we certainly recommend popular paid attractions like the London Eye and London Aquarium for first-timers, there are also plenty of free things to do for hours so that a trip here won’t cost a fortune. With multi-generational travel on the rise and London being a popular extended vacation — perfect for those school breaks — here’s an affordable guide to the city for all ages. 1. A Treasure Trove…
  • Q&A: Katie Lee on Hosting Out of Towners & Best Souvenirs Around the World

    Hilary Sheinbaum
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:19 pm
    Matt Harrington TV host and cookbook author Katie Lee loves to travel: St. Bart’s for surfing, shopping markets in India, and browsing bazaars in Morroco. One place she hasn’t been? Machu Picchu. Before she makes it to Peru, though, she’ll host a lot of out of town guests in her home (something she loves to do). In our one-on-one interview, Katie talks to us about her carry-on items, traveling routines, and her favorite place to visit abroad (hint: it’s in Africa)! What are some tips for hosting out of town guests during the holidays? Why? When hosting guests, I love…
  • Visiting NYC? 6 Reasons To Stay at one of the 6 Triumph Hotels

    Anne Roderique-Jones
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:59 am
    The Evelyn, A Triumph Hotel From refined Midtown luxury to chic downtown style, Triumph Hotels — which debuted just in February 2014 — is a collection of six boutique Manhattan hotels, with one more joining by the end of the year. Currently,  The Iroquois New York, Hotel Chandler, Hotel Belleclaire, The Cosmopolitan, The Evelyn, and The Washington Jefferson each offer a distinct take on the city experience, with its own history, architecture and design, services, and notable locations. Here, six more reasons to stay at one of these affordable luxurious hotels in New York…
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  • 4 Ski Resorts for Nonskiers

    Leah Still
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:29 pm
    Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe If your husband, girlfriend, friends, or family members love to ski and snowboard — but you’d rather have a root canal than slide down a steep hill with plastic sticks on your feet — you just need to rethink what a vacation to a snowy, slope-y destination can truly entail. Many resorts these days offer gourmet food, trendy bars, and spas galore, and the destinations below allow you to turn a ski trip into a getaway you’ll actually enjoy. Vail, Colorado As one of the United States’ largest ski resorts, Vail has the off-mountain amenities to…
  • What’s Hot: Overwater Bungalows for $150 in Papua New Guinea

    Will McGough
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:37 am
    Will McGough While Papua New Guinea may be a burgeoning destination, it certainly isn’t cheap. Due to the mining industry and the presence of Exxon and WHO, rent prices in the country’s capital, Port Moresby, are on par with those in some of the world’s most-visited cities like Paris. Though the cost of living decreases once you get out of the capital and into other areas, traveling within the country will cost you due to the lack of infrastructure and high fuel costs. This means flying or doubling-up with a car and a boat — so know that if you want to travel through the country,…
  • 6 Affordable Ways to See London

    Steve Larese
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:05 am
    Kaitlin Larese Even with the dollar gaining strength, visiting London can still be expensive for Americans. But this capital city is no less an easy and memorable trip. While we certainly recommend popular paid attractions like the London Eye and London Aquarium for first-timers, there are also plenty of free things to do for hours so that a trip here won’t cost a fortune. With multi-generational travel on the rise and London being a popular extended vacation — perfect for those school breaks — here’s an affordable guide to the city for all ages. 1. A Treasure Trove…
  • Q&A: Katie Lee on Hosting Out of Towners & Best Souvenirs Around the World

    Hilary Sheinbaum
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:19 pm
    Matt Harrington TV host and cookbook author Katie Lee loves to travel: St. Bart’s for surfing, shopping markets in India, and browsing bazaars in Morroco. One place she hasn’t been? Machu Picchu. Before she makes it to Peru, though, she’ll host a lot of out of town guests in her home (something she loves to do). In our one-on-one interview, Katie talks to us about her carry-on items, traveling routines, and her favorite place to visit abroad (hint: it’s in Africa)! What are some tips for hosting out of town guests during the holidays? Why? When hosting guests, I love…
  • Visiting NYC? 6 Reasons To Stay at one of the 6 Triumph Hotels

    Anne Roderique-Jones
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:59 am
    The Evelyn, A Triumph Hotel From refined Midtown luxury to chic downtown style, Triumph Hotels — which debuted just in February 2014 — is a collection of six boutique Manhattan hotels, with one more joining by the end of the year. Currently,  The Iroquois New York, Hotel Chandler, Hotel Belleclaire, The Cosmopolitan, The Evelyn, and The Washington Jefferson each offer a distinct take on the city experience, with its own history, architecture and design, services, and notable locations. Here, six more reasons to stay at one of these affordable luxurious hotels in New York…
 
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  • 4 Ski Resorts for Nonskiers

    Leah Still
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:29 pm
    Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe If your husband, girlfriend, friends, or family members love to ski and snowboard — but you’d rather have a root canal than slide down a steep hill with plastic sticks on your feet — you just need to rethink what a vacation to a snowy, slope-y destination can truly entail. Many resorts these days offer gourmet food, trendy bars, and spas galore, and the destinations below allow you to turn a ski trip into a getaway you’ll actually enjoy. Vail, Colorado As one of the United States’ largest ski resorts, Vail has the off-mountain amenities to…
  • What’s Hot: Overwater Bungalows for $150 in Papua New Guinea

    Will McGough
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:37 am
    Will McGough While Papua New Guinea may be a burgeoning destination, it certainly isn’t cheap. Due to the mining industry and the presence of Exxon and WHO, rent prices in the country’s capital, Port Moresby, are on par with those in some of the world’s most-visited cities like Paris. Though the cost of living decreases once you get out of the capital and into other areas, traveling within the country will cost you due to the lack of infrastructure and high fuel costs. This means flying or doubling-up with a car and a boat — so know that if you want to travel through the country,…
  • 6 Affordable Ways to See London

    Steve Larese
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:05 am
    Kaitlin Larese Even with the dollar gaining strength, visiting London can still be expensive for Americans. But this capital city is no less an easy and memorable trip. While we certainly recommend popular paid attractions like the London Eye and London Aquarium for first-timers, there are also plenty of free things to do for hours so that a trip here won’t cost a fortune. With multi-generational travel on the rise and London being a popular extended vacation — perfect for those school breaks — here’s an affordable guide to the city for all ages. 1. A Treasure Trove…
  • Q&A: Katie Lee on Hosting Out of Towners & Best Souvenirs Around the World

    Hilary Sheinbaum
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:19 pm
    Matt Harrington TV host and cookbook author Katie Lee loves to travel: St. Bart’s for surfing, shopping markets in India, and browsing bazaars in Morroco. One place she hasn’t been? Machu Picchu. Before she makes it to Peru, though, she’ll host a lot of out of town guests in her home (something she loves to do). In our one-on-one interview, Katie talks to us about her carry-on items, traveling routines, and her favorite place to visit abroad (hint: it’s in Africa)! What are some tips for hosting out of town guests during the holidays? Why? When hosting guests, I love…
  • Visiting NYC? 6 Reasons To Stay at one of the 6 Triumph Hotels

    Anne Roderique-Jones
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:59 am
    The Evelyn, A Triumph Hotel From refined Midtown luxury to chic downtown style, Triumph Hotels — which debuted just in February 2014 — is a collection of six boutique Manhattan hotels, with one more joining by the end of the year. Currently,  The Iroquois New York, Hotel Chandler, Hotel Belleclaire, The Cosmopolitan, The Evelyn, and The Washington Jefferson each offer a distinct take on the city experience, with its own history, architecture and design, services, and notable locations. Here, six more reasons to stay at one of these affordable luxurious hotels in New York…
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  • Best Banh Mi in Saigon – 3 Places You Must Try!

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

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

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

    Mark Wiens
    4 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Thank you A couple weeks before traveling from Bangkok to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), I published a quick video asking for suggestions on some of the best restaurants to eat at during my visit. The feedback was amazing. My wife Ying and I had an amazing time in Vietnam, spending three full weeks in […] Traveling from Bangkok to Saigon – A Quick Update is a post from: Migrationology - Food Travel Blog The post Traveling from Bangkok to Saigon – A Quick Update appeared first on Migrationology - Food Travel Blog.
  • A Tasty Introduction to Eating Snails in Saigon, Vietnam

    Mark Wiens
    1 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    One of the main meals I really wanted to eat when I was in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) was a Vietnamese snail feast. Many Vietnamese love to eat snails – not only because they are delicious – but I also think because they are a wonderful social food to share among friends and family. By complete […] A Tasty Introduction to Eating Snails in Saigon, Vietnam is a post from: Migrationology - Food Travel Blog The post A Tasty Introduction to Eating Snails in Saigon, Vietnam appeared first on Migrationology - Food Travel Blog.
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  • Low Yen Makes it a Great Time to Visit

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Guest Contributor
    5 Dec 2014 | 6:16 am
    There is simply no better way to explore a new country than by bike, especially when that country is Switzerland. Luckily, with some help from My Switzerland and SwissTrails, we were able to spend three-days cycling along the Lakes Route that stretches from French Montreux on Lake Geneva to Bad Horn in the northeastern border […]
  • Top 5 Cornwall Festivals for 2015

    Guest Contributor
    1 Dec 2014 | 7:55 am
    Cornwall sees its fair share of festivals and events, but if you had to choose just one, which would you attend? Holidaycottages.co.uk has put together their top five annual events to help you decide the best time to visit Cornwall. Flora Day, May Celebrated for hundreds of years, Flora Day isn’t quite like any other […]
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  • Maggie Daley Park opens in Chicago

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Shrinidhi Hande
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:47 am
    After spending few hours on the desert exploring some temples, our coordinator asked us if we’d like to visit few more temples or return back to Suryagarh. Most of us enthusiastically said we can visit more temples and thanks to that, we were taken to the below temple, located in Lodhruwa village near Jaisalmer. Lodruva's Jain temple is a small but beautiful ancient temple. The intricate detailing on the wall is worth taking a closer look. This Lodhruva temple has a 900 years + history, built in memory of 23rd Jain Tirthankara. The temple…
  • Weekend offroading near Palar river

    Shrinidhi Hande
    15 Dec 2014 | 6:15 pm
    Spent half a day last Saturday joining Terratiger's convoy of SUVs indulging in offroading. Though I was hoping for a different set of obstacles/location, we ended up visiting the same obstacles as last time, which was a bit disappointing. (I could spend only till lunch break). However this time two fortuners were entrants.Below are some photos taken during the event.Fortuner 4x4, stock tyres, no modifications... This jeep gets stuck on the rocks due to incorrect line and not so strong breaks  Above: Mahindra Thar with hard top, just back from Great AdventureBelow: Nishcal's…
  • Exploring Kolkata using Public transportation

    Shrinidhi Hande
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:51 am
    When we visit a new city, general tendency is to book a taxi to take us around. Many of us simply ignore the public transportation, simply because we don’t want to put an effort to understand the public transportation systems and options, or we simply assume they are not going to be convenient/practical. We go ahead and book taxies, that cost several thousand rupees a day + parking + toll+ entry fee etc.Your travel agent is also not likely to advise public transportation, because he/she gets to earn some commission if you book a cab through them. They get nothing if you use bus or…
  • Motherhood and other statues at Victoria Memorial, Kolkata

    Shrinidhi Hande
    12 Dec 2014 | 5:44 pm
    Victoria Memorial is Kolkata's most famous tourist attraction. While the building itself is majestic, what caught my attention was a set of different statues in the campus. So in this post, sharing only photos of the statues.Motherhood statue...Queen Victoria.. Unfortunately light was not falling on the statue, so couldn't get good picture of the main statue. Thought of going again one more time but that didn't materializeLord CurzonPhotos of the Victoria memorial campus in another postNearby: Indian Museum * Vidyasagar Sethu * Botanical Garden  * Birla Mandir * 
 
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  • Pic of the Week: Chernobyl, Ukraine

    Guest
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:06 pm
    This stark photo of the Duga-3 radar system was taken by a Solo Travel Society member who was touring Chernobyl in Ukraine. The post Pic of the Week: Chernobyl, Ukraine appeared first on Solo Traveler. A new article has been added to Solo Traveler
  • Bridges, New Perspectives and Solo Travel

    Janice
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    New perspectives are gained through distance. Walk a bridge to see the whole of a city. Travel solo to see new aspects of you. The post Bridges, New Perspectives and Solo Travel appeared first on Solo Traveler. A new article has been added to Solo Traveler
  • Travel Quote of the Week: A Hopeful Symptom

    Tracey
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:44 am
    Today's Travel Quote of the Week attributes a positive quality to the desire to travel. Agnes Repplier describes it as hopeful, and I think you may agree. The post Travel Quote of the Week: A Hopeful Symptom appeared first on Solo Traveler. A new article has been added to Solo Traveler
  • Grace’s Nerdy New York City Adventure: a twenty-something travels solo

    Janice
    15 Dec 2014 | 4:30 am
    Nerdy? Traveling solo to NYC? Here are plenty of tips and suggestions for creating your own nerdy New York City adventure. The post Grace’s Nerdy New York City Adventure: a twenty-something travels solo appeared first on Solo Traveler. A new article has been added to Solo Traveler
  • Solo Travel Destination: Salisbury & Stonehenge

    Guest
    12 Dec 2014 | 4:30 am
    Salisbury and Stonehenge come highly recommended by this Solo Travel Society member for the beauty and history that they represent. The post Solo Travel Destination: Salisbury & Stonehenge appeared first on Solo Traveler. A new article has been added to Solo Traveler
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  • A quiet year on 501 Places

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

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

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

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

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

    Lara Grant
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:55 am
    Although skiing is actually an activity available year-round (ever been to Chile? Or Austria?), winter is the season most people hit the slopes. Skiing in the daytime and then soaking in a hot tub, or drinking cocoa by a fire, at night is the epitome of a ski vacation – in our minds, at least. But for a hotel to create this cozy retreat atmosphere, a hotel must have amenities like comfy beds, stunning views, and a spa or pool for relaxing after a full day on the mountains. These eight chalet-style hotels are charming and warm, making them great spots to call home for a ski-centric weekend.
  • Unplugged Tropical Retreats Where You Can REALLY Escape Your In-Laws

    Alex Creange
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:26 am
    We all know the holidays are best spent with the ones you love. But sometimes this means putting up with your partner’s not-so-lovable parents. So when you’ve reached the point of needing something more than spiked eggnog to remedy your woes, here are nine unplugged tropical retreats where you can REALLY escape your in-laws.  Strawberry Hill, Jamaica Nestled among the steep, winding hills of Jamaica’s Blue Mountain, this former coffee plantation might just be the island’s most isolated property. With 12 cottages on a sprawling 26 acres, Strawberry Hill offers an exceptional…
  • The Most Luxurious Rooms in Mykonos

    Lara Grant
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:21 am
    An extremely popular tourist destination, Mykonos is a Greek island in the Cyclades group known for its sandy beaches, iconic white-washed buildings, and popular nightlife scene. You'll likely spend your time there busily roaming around the island -- whether you're looking to scuba dive in the blue water, get your fill of olives, fish, and baklava, or grab a drink with the locals -- but you'll eventually have to retire to your room (to rest up so you can start all over again the next day). And some hotels have created ultra luxurious accommodations -- think comfy beds, private whirlpools, and…
  • A Look Back at Our Favorite Holiday Decorations in NYC Hotels

    Jennifer Garfinkel
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:01 am
    Christmas at The New York Palace Hotel, New York City It may be cliche by now to say that New York is magical during the holidays -- the tree and ice skating rink at Rockefeller Center, the window displays up and down Fifth Avenue, the artisan holiday shops in Union Square... Many of us have heard it a hundred times -- but it's because it's true! And since we get a little nostalgic this time of year, we're taking a look at our favorite New York City hotel holiday decorations of Christmases past. Click here to see the holiday decorations slideshow >>
  • The HOT and NOT List: What Was In (and What Was Out) in Travel in 2014

    Jane Reynolds
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:47 am
    Well, 2014 is already coming to a close. And while we are always shocked at how quickly time flies, we enjoy the few days at the end of the year that encourage us to reflect on the 12 months behind us and take stock of all that happened. Or, in a not-as-sappy way of looking at it, we like to dish on what was hot, and what was not. Since we're travel people, we REALLY like to chat all things travel trends. So after catching up with some of our friends at Travel + Leisure, Yahoo! Travel, and many more, we came up with a list of what was so in -- and what was so out -- in travel in…
 
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    Wicked Good Travel Tips

  • Best Places To Celebrate New Year’s Eve For A Great Fresh Start

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

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

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

    Guest Author
    8 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Solo Ski Trip - Should You Go It Alone? As the ski season sets in, many snow-sport lovers are faced with a dilemma – love of the slopes inspires them to book a holiday to the mountains, but perhaps friends or family don’t share the same passion. Maybe this is a problem you’ve faced yourself; should you miss another year on the snow or should you brave the slopes by yourself? Any kind of holiday can be intimidating when you’re alone, but a ski or snowboarding trip can be particularly intense. Here are our thoughts on what makes a solo ski trip great. The post Solo Ski Trips – Can…
  • Getting To Know The Culture and Traditions of Turkey

    Guest Author
    3 Dec 2014 | 8:47 am
    Go Beyond The Tourist Sites and Find A Traditional Experience in Turkey There’s plenty to see and do in Turkey. We all know about the famous Blue Mosque, the gorgeous cascading Pammaluke terraces, and incredible views of Cappadocia. These are on your list, but what about getting to know the traditional things of the country a bit more? Here are a few extra things to add to your travel list so you're experiencing more than just the mainstream sites of Turkey. The post Getting To Know The Culture and Traditions of Turkey appeared first on Wicked Good Travel Tips.
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  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 12-18-2014

    Ramona
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:22 am
    My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness. (Dalai Lama) — I also belong to the cult of common sense. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 12-18-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 12-17-2014

    Ramona
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:22 am
    Happiness is a sort of action. (Aristotle) — Even if the action is nothing more than quietly enjoying the moment. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 12-17-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 12-16-2014

    Ramona
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:22 am
    He that respects himself is safe from others. He wears mail that none can pierce. (H. Longfellow) — The armor of esteem! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 12-16-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 12-15-2014

    Ramona
    15 Dec 2014 | 10:22 am
    No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. (E. Roosevelt) — Or without your complicity. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 12-15-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 12-14-2014

    Ramona
    14 Dec 2014 | 10:22 am
    Diplomacy is the art of letting someone else get your way. (Bumper Sticker) — Always make 'em think it was their idea! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 12-14-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
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  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 12-18-2014

    Ramona
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:22 am
    My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness. (Dalai Lama) — I also belong to the cult of common sense. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 12-18-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 12-17-2014

    Ramona
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:22 am
    Happiness is a sort of action. (Aristotle) — Even if the action is nothing more than quietly enjoying the moment. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 12-17-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 12-16-2014

    Ramona
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:22 am
    He that respects himself is safe from others. He wears mail that none can pierce. (H. Longfellow) — The armor of esteem! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 12-16-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 12-15-2014

    Ramona
    15 Dec 2014 | 10:22 am
    No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. (E. Roosevelt) — Or without your complicity. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 12-15-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 12-14-2014

    Ramona
    14 Dec 2014 | 10:22 am
    Diplomacy is the art of letting someone else get your way. (Bumper Sticker) — Always make 'em think it was their idea! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 12-14-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
 
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    Beers & Beans

  • What 7 Days On A Caribbean Cruise Looks Like

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

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

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

    Bethany Salvon
    8 Dec 2014 | 8:52 am
    I think I’m unlike 95 percent of the population–I actually lose weight when I travel. In fact, it’s usually the only time I can lose weight. I always tell Randy that traveling for a year would be one of the healthiest things I could do for myself, not to mention the easiest, and undoubtedly the most fun way for me to get to my goal weight. I was looking forward to our Carnival cruise for a number of reasons, but, if I’m being honest, it’s because I wanted to use the time to set up a healthy routine before the holidays officially started. With that in mind, I…
  • Shop the Globe with @KateSpadeNY Tomorrow (12/3) on Pin-Up Live!

    Randy Kalp
    2 Dec 2014 | 9:23 am
    Winter is here, well, not technically, but a Thanksgiving snowstorm in New England has signaled the beginning for us, and I’m ready! Cue the eggnog, the Christmas movies and carols–this is one of our favorite times of year. And what better way to get the holiday season rolling than a Pin-Up Live! with special guest host Kate Spade New York. We’re all really jazzed about this week’s Pinterest chat with Kate Spade New York, an incredible lifestyle brand with a passion for colorful living, and AFAR Magazine. We’re going to be talking all about shopping the globe,…
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  • The world on a plate at Christmas with my Pasteis de Nata from Lisbon

    Heather Cowper
    16 Dec 2014 | 3:09 pm
    When I travel it’s the food that often creates the lasting memories that I bring home. For Greece it’s the home-made stuffed tomatoes that I associate with sitting under a leafy pergola with a view of the sea, from Texas it’s the fish tacos that remind me of the food trailers of Austin and from Portugal it’s the Pasteis de Nata custard tarts that bring back mouthwatering memories of a weekend in Lisbon. Pasteis de Belém from Lisbon With Christmas approaching it’s always good to have a few alternatives to the mince pies that can be whisked up at short notice so…
  • 10 fun things we did on a Christmas weekend in Dublin

    Heather Cowper
    13 Dec 2014 | 1:23 pm
    Dublin at Christmas is the place to party! The Guinness is flowing, the drinkers are spilling out of the Temple Bar pub and there’s music on every cobbled street-corner. But we weren’t in Dublin to party. Oh no! Ours was a terribly serious visit to check out Trinity College Dublin and see if it met the approval of our youngest son, a prospective student who’s university bound next year. Still, in between the talks about History, Philosophy and life at Trinity, we managed to have our little bit of fun. Here’s how our weekend in Dublin went; 1. Check in at Generator…
  • A one-day sightseeing guide to Tallinn in Estonia

    Guest Author
    8 Dec 2014 | 5:27 am
    If you are visiting Tallinn for a short time or perhaps as part of a cruise excursion, you’ll want to use your limited time to make the most of the wonderful attractions available in Tallinn. This guide from our guest author, Brian Schweitzer will give a rundown of the best way to see Tallinn to make the most of your precious time. What to See in Tallinn Old Town – This is the best place to start  your day in Tallinn as there are many different attractions located inside Old Town. Tallinn’s Old Town belongs to UNESCO’s World Heritage list since 1997 and is a…
  • Hiking the Dry Stone Route in Mallorca – from Deia to Lluc monastery

    Heather Cowper
    29 Nov 2014 | 6:44 am
    My friend Julia and I spent a few days in Mallorca this September, walking the GR221 Drystone Route that runs along the west coast and through the Tramuntana mountains. Having walked the Tour de Mont Blanc together over the previous four years, we were ready for something a little gentler this year. Mallorca seemed to fit the bill with autumn sunshine, some challenging mountain walks combined with sea views and comfortable hotels to stay in rather than a communal dorm in a mountain hut. You can read here about the first two days of our walk starting at the pretty artist’s…
  • Our weekend break at the Moorland Garden Hotel in Devon – video

    Heather Cowper
    24 Nov 2014 | 2:15 pm
    What a night for a drive down to Devon! With rain pelting down on the windscreen and leaves blowing across the road, any thoughts we had of stopping at a country pub on the way were abandoned in the hope of just arriving safely at the Moorland Garden Hotel. Lily of the valley room at Moorland Garden Hotel in Devon We’ve arrived at the Moorland Garden Hotel! Just north of Plymouth we turned off the main road and down a secluded drive to reach the gates of the hotel, a long two-storey building with all the bedrooms overlooking the lawned gardens. Parking the car and running inside to…
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  • Top 10 Family-Friendly Holiday & Christmas Events in Tampa Bay

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

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

    Lisa Goodmurphy
    15 Dec 2014 | 12:22 am
    Temperatures have fallen in the Toronto area. The days are shorter. There’s a pervasive feeling that autumn is over and winter will be arriving shortly. Along with the nip in the air, there’s also a festive feeling as holiday displays appear in shop windows and the malls fill with the sound of carols. There might not be any snow on the ground yet but Toronto is ready to celebrate the holidays. Parades, tree lighting ceremonies, shopping, skating, and holiday shows: there’s Christmas events in Toronto for every family to enjoy. The Santa Claus Parade The holiday season in…
  • Best Christmas Tree Farms- Weekly Digest-12/12/14

    Michelle McCoy
    12 Dec 2014 | 8:15 pm
      To start receiving Weekly Family Fun Digest emails. Click here. Destinations Tips Talk Book Hotels Buy Gear Blog Giveaways Best Christmas Tree Farms and Holiday Activities Friday December 12, 2014 It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas everywhere we look! Ready to cut your own tree this year? Find our favorite Christmas tree locations and enjoy some amazing holiday activities in cities near you!  Best Christmas Tree Farms California: Apple Hill | Central Coast | Central Valley | Los Angeles | Sacramento | San Diego | SF Bay Area | San Francisco | SoCal Austin, TX |…
  • Celebrating the Holidays with Family in Albuquerque, NM

    Michelle McCoy
    12 Dec 2014 | 10:21 am
    The air is crisp; luminarias and traditional Christmas lights are up all over Albuquerque. Getting in the holiday spirit with kids this December won’t be difficult with holiday strolls, theatre performances, visits with Santa, and breathtaking light displays. Come bring your family to celebrate the holidays in Albuquerque, NM with all of the fun events that will get you in the holiday spirit and fill your hearts with joy. Twinkling Lights There is no shortage of beautiful light displays in the Albuquerque area starting with The River of Lights Holiday Light Festival that runs November 29,…
 
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    The Mom Maven

  • Kuisiware Salt and Pepper Grinder Review

    cindy
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:00 am
    Way back when we got married, 23+ years ago, we receives a salt and pepper grinder as a wedding gift. It worked well for a while and then if just stopped grinding. At that point we just went with regular salt and pepper shakers, while they were functional I had often thought about getting another grinder. I have learned that when you own a home there are wants and there are needs and I never spent the $20 to buy another grinder because I thought it was something I could live without. When I was asked to review the Kuisiware 2-in-1 Salt and Pepper Grinder, I was excited. (I know, the little…
  • The Ultimate List of Must-See Christmas Movies

    cindy
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:00 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.”I am a Christmas movie fanatic, I have been all of my life. I love the classics and some of the newer movies and yes, I even…
  • If the Clothes Fit…A Wedding Story #schultzwed14

    cindy
    17 Dec 2014 | 11:00 am
    Ok, I promised you a wedding story so here it is. You may remember that we had a problem with our bridesmaid dresses. Thankfully we ordered early enough that everything was resolved months before the wedding. You may also remember I ended up with an extra bridesmaid dress that was too small for any of the girls. Well, a month before the wedding, one of the bridesmaids dropped out of the wedding! Really? Who does that? Anyway I told Summer that since we have the extra dress she needed to find a friend or relative to fit the dress. She did! Her friend Amy jo came over and the dress fit her…
  • Win it Wednesday 12-17-14

    cindy
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    It’s hump day the week before Christmas, what is your focus right now? My focus is on Christmas Cards and Christmas shopping. I still have a lot to do for both of them. I’m not stressing though, I am jingling all the way! The Win It Wednesday Giveaway Linky Rules 1. Make sure the link is to the giveaway post, not the home page of your blog. Links to home pages will be deleted. 2. Put the end date in the title of your giveaway. 3. Link to an image of the prize, not your blog button. 4. If you post a giveaway enter at least one giveaway someone else posted. This is just one way to…
  • Wisdomantics Bible Board Game Review and Giveaway

    cindy
    16 Dec 2014 | 11:00 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.”As a board game lover and a Bible lover I have played many Bible themed board games over the years. Some have bun fun, some have been educational and some have been…
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  • Match Game – Hotel Brand Edition

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

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

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

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

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

  • Alaska Airlines reverses direction: Health certificate no longer required for in-cabin dogs

    Mary-Alice
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:40 pm
    On November 4, I reported that Alaska Airlines had started requiring health certificates for in-cabin pets and expressed a fervent hope that the other major U.S. airlines would not follow suit. Imagine my surprise to learn today that Alaska has reversed itself, and returned to its previous hands-off policy (“A health certificate will not be required for pets traveling in the cabin, however, many states have specific importation health and vaccination requirements”). You can see in my November 4 post what the relevant portion of Alaska Air’s pet travel page looked like at…
  • Interstate health certificate, shot record, international health certificate, pet passport: Sorting out the documents

    Mary-Alice
    6 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    A couple of days ago I wrote a post about how Alaska Airlines has changed its pet travel policy to require a health certificate for travelers with in-cabin pets. That was newsworthy because for the past several years, no major U.S. airline other than Hawaiian had that policy. Health certificates are, and (essentially) always have been, required for crated pets traveling as baggage/cargo, but for in-cabin pets they were a thing of the past — so much so that there was confusion in Dog Jaunt Nation over what I meant by a “health certificate.” A flurry of posts on Dog Jaunt’s…
  • Alaska Airlines now requiring a health certificate for all pets

    Mary-Alice
    4 Nov 2014 | 10:03 pm
    [11/21/14 This turned out to have been an extremely temporary move: Two weeks later, Alaska reversed direction and canceled the health certificate requirement for in-cabin pets (they are, of course, still required for pets traveling as baggage/cargo).] In what is, I hope, a move that no other U.S. airline will follow, Alaska Airlines has decided to require a health certificate for pets flying in-cabin (Alaska also requires a health certificate for crated pets checked as baggage/cargo, but that’s normal policy for U.S. airlines transporting animals). The new policy applies to flights on…
  • Reader’s report: Bicycle customized for three (and ideas for motorbike carriers)

    Mary-Alice
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:03 pm
    Reader Liberty posted this picture on Dog Jaunt’s Facebook page on September 21, and before the pixels had a chance to settle I begged her to write a guest post about what she’d done to create such a gorgeous and safe-looking bike system for her and her two dogs: Breathtaking, right? She kindly agreed, wrote her post immediately, and here it is, at too darned long-last (the photo captions are mine). Please note, up front, that the silver Road Hound carrier is no longer available, but at the end of the post I provide some ideas for motorbike carrier alternatives — and I’d…
  • Reader’s report: Large SturdiBag on three domestic United flights (737-700, 737-800, and 757-200)

    Mary-Alice
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:14 pm
    Reader Heather recently sent Dog Jaunt’s Facebook page a series of quick reports from the air about the under-seat spaces she and her pup encountered on several domestic United flights.  She kindly agreed that I could re-post them here (thanks, Heather!). Not being a obsessed dog travel blogger, Heather didn’t have a tape measure on hand, but you can get an idea of the spaces involved if you know that her pet was traveling in a large SturdiBag carrier, which is essentially 18″ long and 12″ high and wide, but will flex to fit into a space that’s, say, only…
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  • American Ancients: 10 of the United States' Most Intriguing Archaeological Mysteries

    18 Dec 2014 | 5:57 am
    A centuries-old stone wall, stretching for miles; enormous pictures scratched into the ground of a desert; rocks arranged in a circle. You know what these landmarks are, right?  Guess again. Instead of the Great Wall of China or Stonehenge, these are all ancient American ruins and landmarks. The United States is a relative newcomer to the world stage, but there have been people long living on this continent, and they've left traces of their presence just as mysterious as those found in other countries. MYSTERY HILL (aka "AMERICA'S STONEHENGE")Salem, New Hampshire Mystery Hill,…
  • A British Tunnel Network Designed to Shelter 60,000 Opens for the First Time in 75 Years

    18 Dec 2014 | 5:50 am
    The Ramsgate Tunnels (all photographs by the author) The Ramsgate Tunnels in England were reopened this May after 75 years of lying dormant. Originally known as the "Tunnel Railway," a narrow gauge track that connected neighboring Broadstairs to Ramsgate, it went through a variety of guises over the years, from WWII facility to tourist attraction. In 1939, after much campaigning and persuasion, the tunnels were expanded as an air raid shelter, a system that extended beyond the initial narrow gauge tunnel and into a whole series of offshoots. The entrances were spread across the town…
  • Who Owns Lee Harvey Oswald's Coffin?

    17 Dec 2014 | 12:59 pm
     Lee Harvey Oswald's arrest card (photograph by Heritage Auction Gallery / Wikimedia) Lee Harvey Oswald, the sniper who launched a thousand conspiracy theories, was buried in Rose Hill Cemetery on November 25th, 1963, during a funeral so sparsely attended that reporters were asked to act as pallbearers. He was laid to rest in a simple pine coffin his brother Robert had purchased the day before for $300. Now, as the New York Times reports, ownership of that coffin is being disputed in a Fort Worth courthouse. The reason the coffin is in…
  • Life in a Town with a Population of Four

    17 Dec 2014 | 11:10 am
    Amboy, California (screenshot from Other America) The town of Amboy, California, was a popular stop on Route 66 during the American roadway's heyday. When the Interstate Highway System put in speedier infrastructure to move cars across the country, Amboy was suddenly off the map. Now just four people live in the ghost town. Filmmaker James Coulson visited Amboy as part of his Other America series, a 12-part short video exploration of the United States. Rather than zoom in on the derelict remains of the town, or focus on its sensational sale on eBay for $4,000, Coulson…
  • Winter's Effigies: The Deviant History of the Snowman

    17 Dec 2014 | 9:15 am
    Dutch queen Wilhemina & princess Juliana as snowpeople in the Netherlands (1913) (via Nationaal Archief) Humans are innately drawn to creating effigies of their own likenesses, often forging the figures from a crude stack of frozen balls plopped one atop of another. Building a snowman utilizes materials that are free of cost, easy to manipulate, and plentiful in certain times and places. It requires minimal artistic skill, as the placement of a few simple twigs and rocks can furnish your creation with an eerily expressive personality.  Snowman with charred backside in a…
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  • Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan in Hayakawa, Japan

    16 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Nestled among a number of picturesque hot springs in the mountains of Kyoto, the traditionally-styled Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan in the Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan, is recognized as the world's oldest hotel, inn, and possibly even business in general, catering to everyone from ancient samurai to modern tourists for over a thousand years. Originally established in 705 CE, the traditional "onsen" or "hot spring" was the brainchild of the son of the reigning emperor's aid. The natural hot springs in the area allowed for the creation of a number of healing baths that drew visitors and military…
  • Victoria Baths in Manchester, United Kingdom

    16 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Located in Manchester, England, the Victoria Baths were originally a lush public bath house that catered to flocks of local bathers, but by the 1990s the ornate public pool had fallen into disrepair, until it was voted to be saved on a television competition.  Opened in 1906, the Victoria Baths were created to be, as the designers described it, "a water palace." The opulent space ended up costing the builders almost twice what a similar bath house would have cost in those days. The steaming waters of the baths were heated by a couple of brand new steam boilers that pushed hot water…
  • Office of Personnel Management Retirement Operations Center in Boyers, Pennsylvania

    16 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Located inside a mountain in what were once the caverns of a limestone mine, the Office of Personnel Management Retirement Operations Center (OPMROC) is a massive physical file cavern/empire that would leave even the most fervent conspiracy theorist agog.  Located near Boyers, Pennsylvania the massive subterranean facility employs countless local employees to enter the rocky depths and process endless amount of paperwork related to the retirement benefits of Federal employees. The former mines have been in use as storage facilities since 1954 after the mining operations ceased. In…
  • Georgia Nuclear Aircraft Laboratory in Dawsonville, Georgia

    16 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The first step in creating an nuclear powered vehicle is to see if it can even withstand the likely exposure to radiation it, and the surrounding environment, will receive. Of course the best way to test this in the 1950s was to simply head out somewhere remote and start blasting stuff with radiation, and thus the Georgia Nuclear Aircraft Laboratory was born. Built in the wilds of Georgia's Dawson Forest in the early 1950s, the sprawling testing center was a joint effort between the Air Force, and weapons manufacturer Lockheed-Martin. During its years in active use the center would fire…
  • Momentum in Chandler, Arizona

    16 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Perched atop an angular modern pillar at the edge of an Arizona parking lot is an impressionist piece of prairie trash that cost the local taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars. Collectively, this pricey piece of modern art is known simply as, Momentum (at least when it isn't being called mean nick-names by spurned locals). Unveiled in 2008, the metal sculpture was intended to reference nearby Tumbleweed Park with its artistically-styled tumbleweed held 10 feet off the ground on a futuristic pedestal. The pedestal itself stands atop a squat block of carved concrete completing the entire…
 
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    Life In Flight

  • “What Happy People Know…”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Véronique
    9 Dec 2014 | 12:49 am
    Since 1997 Credit Suisse is the sponsor of the Swiss Sports Awards. A few days ago it released the list of nominees for the Swiss Sports Awards 2014: The men nominees are: Dario Cologna (cross country skiing, Roger Federer (tennis), Nevin Galmarini (snowboard), Kariem Hussein (athletics), Iouri Podladtchikov (snowboard), Andy Schmid (hand-ball), Nino Schurter (VTT), Matthias […] The post Crédit Suisse Swiss Sports Awards 2014 appeared first on Vivamost!.
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    Passport Luxury Travel Blog | Kiwi Collection

  • Proust Travel Questionnaire: Alexandra Grant, To Vogue or Bust

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

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

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

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

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

  • China: Yunnan Colorful Gran Fondo

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

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

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

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

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

  • Vienna’s Designer Dining Spots

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

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

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

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

    Jacy Meyer
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:45 am
    If you are looking to get a deeper understanding of the Cold War while visiting Berlin, we highly recommend taking our Cold War walking tour. Much of it is centered on the Berlin Wall, and not only will you gain a more multi-layered view of this construction, you’ll also learn about the political and economic situation at the time. These situations had the most impact on the reasoning behind the Wall. After meeting your guide, the group will head to Friedrichstrasse and make a stop in the so-called Palace of Tears. This was the waiting hall where visitors to the East, or those coming from…
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    Context Travel Blog

  • The Perfect Gift: Artisanal Jewelry in Rome

    Jessica Stewart
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:24 am
    Jewelry by Moedas Vazadas. Image courtesy of Facebook. The Etruscans are not the only tribe in Rome famous for their hand-made jewelry. Some modern Romans are up to par and offer us a chance a contemporary way to inherit a long standing tradition of fine adornment. When exploring the immense collection of Etruscan gold and bronze artefacts in the National Etruscan Museum at Villa Giulia, and also in the Vatican Museums, it is hard decipher their ancient hand crafted jewelry from modern designs. The men and women of Etruscan aristocracy left thousands of finely detailed bracelets, earrings and…
  • Spicing Up Christmas Day in London

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

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

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

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

  • When To Eat in Italy

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

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

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

    Ayngelina
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:45 am
    I visited 7 years ago and I still feel quite unsettled. It’s not from the genocide in the late 70s, but the dark side of tourism that is occurring in the country. I feel anxious when I think about Cambodia. I wish I could say that I had been a responsible traveler, I did buy souvenirs from a charity that employs land mine victims, but I also had the infamous “magic pizza.” It’s the kind of place where tourism could help or hurt and I do think a lot of foreigners, especially men, visit to do terrible, dark things that I don’t want to think about. Wes from…
  • Moving From Me to We

    Ayngelina
    28 Oct 2014 | 12:26 pm
      This post may not be a surprise to many of you as I have slowly started to introduce Chef Rouge into the fold. Bacon is Magic is different… and it has been for a long time.   April 1, 2010: The last photo of me in my old life. It was once the story of a girl in her 30s who left to find inspiration in Latin America, it’s now the story of a couple of food hunters who only want to eat when they travel…well actually Dave likes to see stuff but I’m just content to eat and drink.   He’s been behind the scenes for a while, taking most of the photos and…
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    Overland Travel Adventures from Go, See, Write

  • Adventure travel gear you actually can’t live without

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

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

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

    Syd Schulz
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:30 am
    Thanks for following and reading Overland Travel Adventures from Go, See, Write I used to have a bit of an anti-desert bias. I grew up in Ohio and went to school in Vermont — both places with lots of trees, and well, lots and LOTS of water. I thought the desert would be boring and flat and dry. Then I moved to Taos, New Mexico and realized pretty quickly how wrong I was. I fell in love with the desert — no mosquitoes, no humidity, the near-guarantee of a sunny day. What’s not to love? Still, I was a little apprehensive about spending October in New Mexico. I mean,…
  • Traveler beware: travel hacking problems

    Lance and Laura
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:30 am
    Thanks for following and reading Overland Travel Adventures from Go, See, Write Travel hacking is an easy way to earn loyalty rewards that can be redeemed for free or significantly reduced-cost travel. Our prior articles have shown you how to do it. However, there can be a dark side and you can occasionally encounter travel hacking problems. Here are some common issues: Read the Fine Print If you are engaging in a travel hack strategy, always try to read the fine print when you make a booking. If your intention in the booking is to secure a benefit (loyalty points, an upgrade, etc.), make…
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  • The Best Hike on Cypress Island – Eagle Cliff

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

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

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

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

    christine
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:16 pm
    O ne night in July as we pulled into a little cove on Admiralty Island we noticed a small camp on the shore of our intended anchorage. There was plenty of speculation on the bridge-deck as to who the group might have been. One thought was that they were kayakers hauled out for the night, another thought was that they were locals out camping. The speculation ended when we were hailed on the radio by a familiar voice. It was Kevin, a Forest Service employee who we’d met several years ago when he was a Wilderness Ranger who patrolled Tracy Arm/Fords Terror wilderness area by kayak.
 
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  • Having another “Mariah Carey” Christmas.

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

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

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

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

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

  • View from the Window

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

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

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

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

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

  • Video: Forget the Eiffel Tower and Check Out France’s Secret Islands

    video
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:30 am
    Everyone thinks of the Eiffel Tower first when they visit France. Instead, we should visit these secret islands!
  • MathAlive! An Unforgettable Interactive Exhibit

    Donna Sundblad
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    With all the controversy over Common Core and the math skills of our children, MathAlive! offers families an opportunity to actually learn and enjoy math because it makes sense! This nationally-presented exhibit presented by Raytheon, in association with MathMovesU, is organized by Evergreen Exhibitions and is traveling around the country. MathAlive Really Brings Math to […]
  • Video: Five Great Winter Getaways for the Entire Family

    video
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:30 am
    Are you looking for a nice family getaway this holiday season? Here are five ideas shared by travel experts.
  • Solo Travelers: It’s Nice to Be Alone In Paris

    Liz
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Paris may have a reputation of being for lovers, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy it solo. It’s Nice to Be Alone in Paris, a fold-out map published by Herb Lester Associates, shows single visitors how to side-step candlelit bistros and lover’s walks in favor of Parisian spots best explored solo. The mini guide […]
  • Video: The Beautiful and Dangerous Thor’s Well in Cape Perpetua, OR

    video
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:30 am
    It seems like Thor himself smashed open this hole in Cape Perpetua, Oregon. Thor’s Well is a beautiful, but dangerous well and aptly named.
 
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    TheExpeditioner Travel Site

  • Book Excerpt: ‘The Nomad’s Nomad’ By Luke Maguire Armstrong

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

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

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

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

    Matt Stabile
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:44 pm
    365 days. 365 stories. 365 videos. It’s as simple as that, if by simple, you consider traveling the world, meeting locals and having them tell you interesting and unique stories, then sharing them by video one day at a time, simple. Amazingly, this is exactly what one Australian couple has set out to do. Comprised of Epiphany & Carl, the couple has set their ambitions high, and have so far been successful in their mission, making it through the U.S. and most of Europe thus far. The above video comes from Madrid, Spain, where the couple interviews Beleida, a performer at…
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    The Orlando Blog

  • Marvel Universe Live! Dec. 5-7, 2014 Amway Center in Orlando

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

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

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

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

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

  • Planning a Surprise Trip for Someone – What You Need to Know

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

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

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

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

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

  • Sunday Stories for December 14th, 2014

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

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    12 Dec 2014 | 11:41 am
    If you like this article, you'll find more to enjoy at Traveling with MJ - Practical travel information for practical travelers. As I sit down to do a little end-of-year wrap up and editorial planning for 2015, I am asking for your help. I hope you’ve enjoyed coming along on my travels this past year, and I hope I’ve provided some good value luxury travel information and advice. But what I really want to know is — what do you want to read and learn here on Traveling with MJ? I’ve created a short (only 10 questions) survey that will help me refine my editorial calendar for…
  • Sunday Stories for December 7th, 2014

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    7 Dec 2014 | 8:21 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 I was in Houston, a city I have not yet begun to discover. It set me to thinking about my travels this past year (I’ll sum them up in my annual end-of-year round up) and where I want to go and what I want to experience next year. Of course, that led to hours researching on the web, along the way finding these stories to share with you. Happy reading. 14 ridiculous hotel amenities I’m no stranger to hotel amenities, and I do love some…
  • Travel Product Review: Neo-Cover Luggage

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    5 Dec 2014 | 11:24 am
    If you like this article, you'll find more to enjoy at Traveling with MJ - Practical travel information for practical travelers.   Neo-Cover Art Inspired Luggage Product:  Lady Harvest 2-piece Hardside Spinner Set from Neo-Cover Value Luxury Rating:   (of three hearts) Features:  This multi-colored luggage set features a brilliant artistic polycarbonate exterior with a special matte finish. The fully lined interior has multiple pockets and zippers while the multi-directional spinner wheels provide a convenient mobility. The aluminum handle has a soft rubber grip with impact locking…
  • Tuesday Deal Day: Pamper Your Pup at The Pierre, New York City

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    2 Dec 2014 | 8:16 am
    If you like this article, you'll find more to enjoy at Traveling with MJ - Practical travel information for practical travelers. Photo by epSos.de Make it a memorable trip for you and your favorite canine companion by treating yourselves to New York City luxury with the Pierre Pampered Pups Experience. The package add on is limited to dogs under 15 pounds and gives your pooch the luxury pampering you’ve come to expect from The Pierre. The package includes the following: One luxe small dog BarkBox welcome amenity, a selection of handpicked pooch toys, treats and other play things for pups,…
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    Cellar Tours Blog

  • Cellar Tours Fave Restaurants in Burgundy and Beaujolais for Wine Lovers

    gen
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:19 am
    Burgundy is France’s richest province,  historically, culturally, and, of  course, gastronomically. The region boasts an enviable and proud tradition of culinary excellence and grand winemaking traditions, with the highly sought-after flavors of both red and white Burgundy in ever-growing demand today. And where there are passionate vignerons, a plethora of fine restaurants soon follows. For Burgundians are extremely discerning in their food choices and despite the influx of tourism across the area in recent years, standards remain impeccably high. Moreover, new faces and a more…
  • Best Roof Top Bars in Rome – a snapshot of Al Fresco Summer Glamor in the Italian capital.

    gen
    20 Jun 2014 | 3:00 am
    What could be more evocative of the famed Italian Dolce Vita than sipping cocktails under an open summer sky, reveling in the magic of one of the world’s greatest cities – Rome? The Italian capital, of course, hardly needs an introduction. This vibrant and historic city is as culturally rich and architecturally stunning as the come. The nightlife scene, after a somewhat slow start, is now one of the best in Italy: bars, restaurants, cafes and pubs to suit all tastes and budgets. In addition, stylish rooftop bars now abound in Rome, glamorous destinations where you can dress to kill…
  • Carnival in Europe – Five Great Carnival Vacation Ideas for Wine Lovers in 2014

    gen
    25 Jan 2014 | 7:00 am
    Carnival in Europe – Five great Carnival Vacation ideas for wine lovers in 2014 Although most of us when mentioning the world carnival might instantly think of Sydney, Rio or New Orleans, Europe can still lay claim to the oldest and proudest Mardi Gras tradition. The historical importance of the religious celebrations preceding the start of Lent is marked by the diverse and colorful local festivals celebrated throughout European cities each year. From the famous masked balls in Venice, to the riotous and vibrant carnival in Tenerife, these occasions are a must see for wine lovers who…
  • Interview with Winemaker Pedro Peciña Gil of Bodegas Hermanos Peciña in Rioja

    gen
    18 Jan 2014 | 7:17 am
    Bodegas Hermanos Peciña is one of our preferred wine estates in the gorgeous region of La Rioja, in Northern Spain. We love this winery  for its stellar wines, the great hospitality and exuberance of the hosts. We had the chance to chat to winemaker  Pedro Peciña Gil, and thought you might enjoy reading the interview. Pedro Peciña Gil Here goes> CELLAR TOURS- When did you become passionate about wine? PEDRO- I remember visiting the vineyards with my father when I was 5-6 years old right before  the harvest time. I was very young, but I felt something special at that moment, and from…
  • Ten Best Spa Hotels in Spain

    gen
    13 Jan 2014 | 9:44 am
    Enjoy this selection of some of our favorite Spa Hotels in Spain, the perfect plan to beat the winter blues! Combine the spa trip with wine tasting and you have the perfect vacation! Spain boasts a formidable selection of luxury spa hotels that can easily compete with Europe’s best. These hotels are an oasis of calm, relaxation not excitement is most definitely the number one aim for visitors. The top spa hotels in Spain now literally offer everything:  a dramatic setting, luxury accommodation, top notch facilities and gourmet cuisine on tap. In fact, discerning visitors are now…
 
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    Monkeys and Mountains

  • Best Gifts for Travelers: Ideas and a Giveaway

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

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

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

    Laurel
    9 Dec 2014 | 6:46 am
    The original can be found here: Sigyria: The Lion Rock Where Monkeys and Mountains Meet. Please read the original.Sigyria, also referred to as "Lions Rock" is Sri Lanka's most visited historical destination. It's been home to a king, monks and is now a UNESCO site.Monkeys and Mountains - Adventure seeker and explorer by day, luxury seeker by night
  • St Martin Croissant: The Legally Protected Croissant

    Laurel
    1 Dec 2014 | 10:00 pm
    The original can be found here: St Martin Croissant: The Legally Protected Croissant. Please read the original.Have you ever eaten a legally protected croissant? One that is protected in all of the EU? You have if you've eaten a St. Martin's Croissant, better known as rogale marcińskie in Polish.Monkeys and Mountains - Adventure seeker and explorer by day, luxury seeker by night
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    i-escape travel blog

  • 2014 Guest Awards

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

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

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

    Melissa
    10 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Everyone’s talking about Patagonia, whether it’s Lonely Planet highlighting El Chaltén’s 30th anniversary or Top Gear courting controversy over Christmas – but what’s the real story behind this expansive region? Torres del Paine National Park Why go? Stretching across southern Chile and Argentina, Patagonia remains utterly wild, windswept and so unimaginably vast that it could encompass several countries. It has attracted explorers (Darwin), outlaws (Butch and Sundance), revolutionaries (Che Guevara) and writers (Chatwin) and many are still drawn to the idea of escaping it all in…
  • Escape of the Week… Metairie Montplaisir

    Lyndon
    8 Dec 2014 | 1:18 am
    This foodie, family-friendly guesthouse is an idyllic bolthole near the fairytale medieval town of Carcassonne, deep in the Languedoc region of southern France. It’s intimate and cosy, yet each of the 5 rooms is large and groups can rent the stylishly renovated farmhouse in its entirety. Owner Amélie has poured love into the building’s transformation and her passion for the guesthouse and the local area is infectious. It’s easy to see how its beauty can get under your skin – it’s set in bucolic gardens complete with a pool and a babbling river, and the popular village of…
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    Wayfaring Wanderer

  • Things I Love Holiday Giveaway Hosted by Boone NC Photographer Wayfaring Wanderer

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

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

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

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

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

  • Our Ten Favourite Hikes from 2014

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

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

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

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

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

  • Fairmont Le Château Frontenac – Quebec, Canada

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

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

    gaytravelinformation
    5 Dec 2014 | 10:21 am
    Gay Travel Blog | Gay Travel Information | The Betsy Hotel | The Betsy Miami Beach | Gay Travel | Gay Friendly The Betsy / 1440 Ocean Drive / Miami Beach, FL 33139 / 1-866-792-3879   The Betsy, a boutique hotel located on Ocean Drive in South Beach, Miami offers up one of the best … Continue reading →
  • Gay Friendly Business Spotlight – Gola

    gaytravelinformation
    3 Dec 2014 | 11:37 am
    Gola - Styles of yesteryear combined with today’s most sought after trends.  The holiday’s are upon us and I could think of no better gift than that of new sneakers — not just ANY sneakers, mind you — Gola sneakers!  Oh. How. I . Love. Sneakers.  One of my absolute favorite brands, Gola, feeds my sneaker … Continue reading →
  • Gay Friendly Business Spotlight – Kikkerland

    gaytravelinformation
    3 Dec 2014 | 11:01 am
    KIKKERLAND – MAKING PEOPLE SMILE FOR OVER 20 YEARS!  The Holidays are upon us and if you are (gulp) anything like me you are constantly searching for that gift that will either a.) shock the pants off of someone b.) cause an uncontrollable fit of laughter or c.) cause an uncontrollable fit of laughter while the … Continue reading →
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    Fodor's Travel Wire

  • 7 Best New York City Tours Outside Manhattan

    news@fodors.com
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:00 pm
    If you to want to get to know the real New York City, you'll have to step out of the shadows of Manhattan's skyscrapers and venture off for a brush with the outer boroughs. Yes, beyond Times Square and Central Park, the city's other four boroughs—including hip Brooklyn, multicultural Queens, the "boogie-down" Bronx, and just-a-ferry-ride-away Staten Island—offer fascinating glimpses into the multifaceted nature of this mega-metropolis. Wondering where to begin? Dig on in with a guided tour—these seven Fodor's-vetted tour companies pair intriguing…
  • Top 10 U.S. Towns With Huge Christmas Celebrations

    news@fodors.com
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Like Christmas cards sprung to life, some towns go all out for the holidays. From coast to coast, these communities go to great lengths to make the season bright by decking out their streets with twinkling lights by the thousands—or even millions. In these towns, window decorations, holiday markets, and towering Christmas trees all make for a very festive December. Here are the top 10 U.S. towns with Christmas celebrations. By Zachary Laks
  • What to Eat and Buy at Europe's Christmas Markets on the Danube

    news@fodors.com
    16 Dec 2014 | 4:30 pm
    I recently returned from a Viking River Cruise along the Danube that stopped at five of the most famous Christmas markets in Europe. From the first Sunday in Advent through Christmas Eve, European markets sell locally made crafts, delicious Christmas sweets, ornaments, candles, ceramics, as well as food—lots of it. The markets usually open in the late morning and continue until 8 or 9 at night, but they truly come alive after dark, when the lights come on and when you can feel the spirit of the season. Church and children's choirs often sing carols from performance stages. And…
  • Fodor's Go List 2015

    news@fodors.com
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    There’s a whole lot of world out there to explore in 2015, with so many destinations worth visting that it can be overwhelming to even think about where you should go next. Fortunately, the team at Fodor's is here to guide the way: Our Go List features the 25 can't-miss spots that we think should be on every traveler's radar in 2015. Featuring emerging hot spots, value destinations, locations that are hosting special events in 2015, and more, our list has something for every type of traveler, no matter what your budget or how much time you want to take off. Rely on our…
  • 10 Best Caribbean All-Inclusive Resorts for 2015

    news@fodors.com
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:00 pm
    A stay at an all-inclusive resort packs in plenty of convenience: Pay just one upfront price, and you don't have to worry about racking up extra charges for food, drink, and entertainment while on vacation. Add in a beachside setting, and it’s even easier to leave your cares behind. There’s a host of brand-new all-inclusive resort options cropping up throughout the Caribbean—and the Caribbean-fronted shores of Mexico—right now. Here are our 10 picks for some of the hottest properties to hit in 2015. Get ready to relax—when everything's paid for…
 
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    Mallory On Travel

  • Balancing The Budget; Living With Travelling

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • ACCESSIBLE ATTRACTIONS: Minneapolis, Minnesota

    Darryl Musick
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:30 am
    Our ratings are...Fully Accessible - You can access all of the attraction, with no problem, in any type of wheelchair.Mostly Accessible - You can access most of the attraction, and all of the important parts of it, with your wheelchair.Partially Accessible - You can access a good deal of the attraction but some parts are inaccessible and some important parts you'll miss.Inaccessible - Kind of speaks for itself, avoid if you're in a wheelchair.Here's Minneapolis, Minnesota...Mall of America - Fully Accessible. It's a mall...that is all. Well, it's really big and has an amusement park in it but…
  • The World on Wheels 2014 Gift Guide

    Darryl Musick
    15 Dec 2014 | 4:30 am
    Don't look at this post as a shameless plea for Amazon commissions, look at it as a curated gift giving guide for the modern wheelchair traveler about town.  Get free two day delivery with your Amazon Prime account. Don't have Amazon Prime? Click the link below to get a free 30-day trial.Now, on to the list.Luggage Scale - It's very tough to be a wheelchair traveler and only go with a carry on bag. We always end up having to check something and with airlines baggage restrictions on weight, it helps to know ahead of time if yours meets the criteria. We use this one that you simply hook…
  • THE COCKTAIL HOUR: Ruby Margarita

    Timmy Wheels
    14 Dec 2014 | 7:02 am
    It's a pleasant Sunday afternoon, temps in the 80s and edging toward 90, and I'm trying to think of something good to drink. Browsing the web, I see it's Nationa Tequila Day (last Sunday, July 24th).  Well...I must celebrate.Watch the Video!A little more browsing and I find an intriguing recipe...the Ruby Margarita.  It turns out very good, is only about 150 calories, and loaded with anti-oxidants so I can feel relaxed and good about myself during this afternoon's Cocktail Hour.Here is the recipe...INGREDIENTS (two drinks)Juice of 2 medium limes (or 3 small limes)3 oz. tequila1 oz.
  • Brothels, Casinos, and the Basque...House Hunting in Nevada's Carson Valley

    Darryl Musick
    12 Dec 2014 | 4:30 am
    Letty and I both grew up watching "Bonanza" in our childhood years. Who wouldn't want to live on the Ponderosa? Now, we're in the real-life location of that fictional ranch and one question bothers me...with Carson City being closer to their house, why did the Cartwright men spend so much time in farther-away Virginia City than in the closer, and bigger, state capitol.This morning will be occupied by "business"...we're up here to investigate if it is a place we'd want to retire to. Specifically, we're looking at the area in the south end of the Carson Valley...around Gardnerville and…
  • ACCESSIBLE ATTRACTIONS: Denver and Colorado Springs, Colorado

    Darryl Musick
    10 Dec 2014 | 4:30 am
    Our ratings are...Fully Accessible - You can access all of the attraction, with no problem, in any type of wheelchair.Mostly Accessible - You can access most of the attraction, and all of the important parts of it, with your wheelchair.Partially Accessible - You can access a good deal of the attraction but some parts are inaccessible and some important parts you'll miss.Inaccessible - Kind of speaks for itself, avoid if you're in a wheelchair.Here's Denver and, it's neighbor to the south, Colorado Springs...Garden of the Gods: Mostly accessible. Great access at the visitor's centers and some…
 
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    Teen Travel Talk

  • Dreams of New Zealand

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

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

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

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

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

  • 2014 Year in Review and 2015 Goals

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

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

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

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

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

    18 Dec 2014 | 3:35 am
    River Braan Near Dunkeld - Dunkeld visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'River Braan Near Dunkeld' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Perth And Kinross.Panorama photographed by stuart robertson who wrote:The river braan a few miles outside dunkeld a really nice area.
  • Black Linn Waterfall (Dunkeld)

    18 Dec 2014 | 3:24 am
    Black Linn Waterfall - Dunkeld visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Black Linn Waterfall' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Perth And Kinross.Panorama photographed by stuart robertson who wrote:The black linn waterfall on the river braan, in the hermitage, it was a good day to see the waterfall the weather wasn't too nice, but with the rain it made the waterfall quite impressive, well worth seeing.
  • Old Bridge And Path In the Hermitage (Dunkeld)

    18 Dec 2014 | 3:17 am
    Old Bridge And Path In the Hermitage - Dunkeld visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Old Bridge And Path In the Hermitage' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Perth And Kinross.Panorama photographed by stuart robertson who wrote:A really interesting area outside dunkeld which has a really nice woodland walks and a nice riverside path.
  • Old Bridge In The Hermitage (Dunkeld)

    18 Dec 2014 | 3:11 am
    Old Bridge In The Hermitage - Dunkeld visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Old Bridge In The Hermitage' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Perth And Kinross.Panorama photographed by stuart robertson who wrote:An old bridge crossing the river braan, a really nice spot in the hermitage, a place well worth visiting.
  • Riverside Berwick Upon Tweed (Berwick Upon Tweed)

    16 Dec 2014 | 5:07 am
    Riverside Berwick Upon Tweed - Berwick Upon Tweed visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Riverside Berwick Upon Tweed' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Northumberland.Panorama photographed by stuart robertson who wrote:A nice area down by the riverside in berwick upon tweed.
 
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    Disney Guide | Unofficial Disney World Guide | Disney World Unofficial Guide

  • Disney Parks After Dark: Reflections of Cars Land in the Rain

    admin
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:00 pm
    It doesn’t snow here in Anaheim, Calif., but we do get the occasional rain storm during the holidays. I wanted to share some colorful reflection photos taken in Cars Land during a recent downpour at Disney California Adventure park. As you can see below, Cars Land in the rain provides abundant photo opportunities. Gallery Disney Parks After Dark view all Disney Parks After Dark: Reflections of Cars Land in the Rain by Paul Hiffmeyer: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog
  • LSU Tigers Show Their ‘Spirit’ In Cheer On Your Disney Side Contest

    admin
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Inspired by the Haunted Mansion at Walt Disney World Resort and the folk lore that Tiger Stadium, Death Valley, is haunted, the Louisiana State University cheer and dance teams showed their ‘spirit” for both in a routine for the Cheer On Your Disney Side competition sponsored by ESPN, in collaboration with Disney Destinations and Varsity Spirit. LSU joins Auburn University, Rutgers University and Santa Monica College as the four finalists in the competition. These schools were among dozens of squads from across the country who choreographed routines to one of four Disney Parks inspired…
  • Get Your ‘Princess’ On with New Perfectly Prepared Princess Package

    admin
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:00 pm
    We recently shared on the Disney Parks Blog an enchanting new dining offering fit for a princess at Citricos at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. So now modern day princesses can be prepped and ready for this regal celebration with a royal makeover – conveniently located at the Ivy Trellis Salon at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. Beginning January 8, 2015, there’s a new Perfectly Prepared Princess Package featuring shimmery make-up, glittery nails, and hair styling crowned with a fancy tiara. Sounds divine! Prices start at $50 for princess hairdo, glitter and…
  • Behind the Scenes at Disney Parks Frozen Christmas Celebration

    admin
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Christmas Day is still a week away, but today you’re going behind the scenes with some of the stars taking part in “Disney Parks Frozen Christmas Celebration” as they share their holiday wishes and talk about what it means to be a part of this Disney holiday tradition. This year our star-studded annual Christmas Day telecast on ABC originates from Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, Disneyland Resort in Southern California and Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa in Hawaii. The “Disney Parks Frozen Christmas Celebration” airs December 25, 2014 on ABC-TV at 10 a.m. EST and 9…
  • Trattoria al Forno Opens Today at Disney’s BoardWalk

    admin
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:00 am
    It’s opening day for the newest Walt Disney World Resort restaurant, and we’ve got Vinnie Tai, area manager, to walk us through Trattoria al Forno on Disney’s BoardWalk. With four distinct dining areas, authentic Italian cuisine and top-notch Italian wines, the Trattoria al Forno story was inspired by the authentic Italian menu and the rich storytelling of the turn-of-the-century boardwalk setting. Gallery Trattoria al Forno Opens Today at Disney’s BoardWalk view all Trattoria al Forno will be open 7:30 – 11 a.m. for breakfast, 5 – 10 p.m. for dinner, and accepts the…
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    WordPress.com News

  • New Theme: Radcliffe

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

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

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

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

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

  • Festa della Madonna della Salute: a votive bridge, a cathedral, candles, prayer and delicious mutton soup

    Marie Ohanesian Nardin
    22 Nov 2014 | 2:59 am
    A view of the Chiesa della Madonna della Salute from the votive bridgeYesterday, November 21st, I joined thousands of others who participated in the annual Festa della Madonna della Salute and paid tribute to this most Venetian tradition. A commemoration dating back to 1630 when the Venetians prayed for an end to the Bubonic plague and Nicolò Contarini, Doge of the Republic of Venice, promised that if their prayers were answered he would have a worthy cathedral built. Apparently, mere weeks later their prayers were answered when the spread of the epidemic slowed down, and then ceased a year…
  • You might add Procida Island to your travel destination list

    Marie Ohanesian Nardin
    1 Nov 2014 | 11:44 am
    Marina Corricella at sunset Procida, a small island forty minutes by motorboat off the coast of Naples, Italy, is a place many visitors to the Amalfi Coast have never heard of. That's probably the reason it's held onto its authentic feel and has attracted filmmakers for decades. Capable of welcoming guests with its delicious fresh-seafood restaurants, quaint and colorful marinas, narrow volcanic-sand beaches and moderate but comfortable hotels and B&B's, it's the island I favor over Capri and Ischia. I fell hard for Procida. So much so, that I hesitated before sharing my photos…
  • Il male minore: un porto turistico offshore per Venezia o scavare la laguna ancor di più?

    Marie Ohanesian Nardin
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:32 am
    Bacino San Marco-settembre 2013Le grandi navi da turismo portano centinaia di migliaia di turisti a Venezia ogni anno, i quali, in cambio, contribuiscono all’economia locale e nazionale sostenendo, in parte, i lavori nell’ambito del turismo. Ad ogni modo, come Gulliver che pesta Lilliput, questi enormi grattacieli su acqua navigano attraverso la laguna veneziana e il fragile centro storico—il bacino di San Marco e il Canale della Giudecca—lasciando le loro impronte.  Dopo la tragica vicenda che ha coinvolto la Costa Concordia, nella quale hanno perso la vita trentadue persone…
  • The lesser of two evils: An offshore touristic port for Venice or more canal digging?

    Marie Ohanesian Nardin
    14 Sep 2014 | 11:58 am
    St. Mark's Basin-September 2013Cruise ships bring hundreds of thousands of tourists to Venice each year who, in turn, contribute to the local and national economy by sustaining, in part, tourist related jobs. However, like Gulliver stepping through Lilliput, these gigantic floating skyscrapers sail through the Venetian lagoon and the fragile historical center—St. Mark’s Basin and the Giudecca Canal—and leave their footprints, too. Two years after the Costa Concordia fiasco, which tragically took 32 lives off the Tuscan coast in January 2012, few people would disagree that large cruise…
  • My guest blog post on InsidersAbroad.com: #UNLOCKYOURLOVE-Venetians taking their city’s problems into their own hands

    Marie Ohanesian Nardin
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:01 am
    #unlockyourlove logo by Alberto Toso FeiAfter one of the most trying tourist seasons today’s generations of Venetians can remember, a grassroots group—tired of visitors using the city of Venice, Italy, like a beach, a picnic area or more crassly as an outdoor toilet. Yes this is happening in Venice, too—is saying basta!Enough of the abuse their spectacular town, a U.N.E.S.C.O. World Heritage site, has been forced to succumb to....Please continue reading my blog post here on Insiders…
 
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    Travelerfolio - Travel Blog Singapore

  • The Entertainer 2015 Singapore Mobile App

    Eunice Khong
    10 Dec 2014 | 12:43 am
    With the Entertainer Singapore mobile app on hand, there’s so much to smile about. With hundreds of Buy-1-Get-1-Free offers from dining and leisure activities to spas and wellness in Singapore as well as free night offers at luxury hotel accommodations in worldwide destinations, we get to enjoy unbeatable savings 7-day a week, all year round […]
  • 100 Doraemon Secret Gadgets Expo

    Eunice Khong
    11 Oct 2014 | 11:28 pm
    Enter the world of Doraemon and friends! The 100 Doraemon Secret Gadgets Expo is just across the border in Johor Bahru. From now till 4th Jan 2015, Doraemon fans can relive the fascinating memories of childhood with the blue robot cat at Johor Bahru City Square. Themed ‘Everyone wants a Doraemon!’, the Expo showcases the […]
  • ‘A Glorious Decade’ @ Hai Tien Lo, Pan Pacific Singapore

    Eunice Khong
    3 Oct 2014 | 7:48 pm
    The weekend staycation at Pan Pacific Singapore was well spent with great company and indulging on quality food. As fans of Cantonese cuisine, we had a sumptuous lunch at Hai Tien Lo (海天楼). The award-winning restaurant serves exquisite dim sum, Peking duck, traditional braised dishes, double boiled soups as well as contemporary dishes such as […]
  • Travel with Visa card

    Eunice Khong
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:03 pm
    Planning for a trip to Myanmar, Vietnam or Laos? Nowadays, travellers can conveniently withdraw local currency from ATMs with their Visa cards and secure card payments at major outlets such as hotels, retailers and dining establishments in these countries. Gone were the days when visitors had to bring in stacks of cash while travelling in […]
  • Staycation @ Pan Pacific Singapore

    Eunice Khong
    27 Sep 2014 | 6:31 am
    When it comes to staycation, there is a nice selection of hotels to luxuriate in, get pampered with 5-star services and satiate the appetite with culinary delights by celebrity chefs. It’s purely rest and relaxation for a short retreat without the hassle of crossing borders. That’s why these days the lazy traveller in me enjoys […]
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    Tourdust Blog

  • Our Top Safari Camps & Lodges for Families

    17 Dec 2014 | 3:14 am
    Many lodges and safari camps claim to be family friendly, but few actually are. We are all parents ourselves and take pride in visiting and selecting safari camps and lodges which are genuinely family friendly, but also offer something unique for parents as well. Read on to discover our top picks.  1) Laikipia Wilderness Camp, Kenya Our favourite family friendly camp in Kenya, if not the whole of Africa, Laikipia offers an off the beaten track intimate wilderness safari experience. The camp is ideal for families, children can go on adventure walks, swim, raft and fish in the river and…
  • Unmissable Road Trip Adventures

    11 Dec 2014 | 6:40 am
    We believe that time spent in a car on a road trip is a means to an end. What you really should be doing, is getting out there and experiencing the landscape and breathing in the fresh air. Most National Parks have a road infrastructure that means that you can drive to the view points and tick them off, without getting a sense of the place. So we say, ditch the car and go exploring.  Where you rest your weary head at the end of the day is just as important, so we have paired each of our favourite adventures with some of our favourite places to stay, where you can sit back and relax…
  • Our Top 5 Family Friendly Hotels in the USA

    10 Dec 2014 | 5:28 am
    Travelling together as a family can be an immensely bonding experience, full of quality time and a chance to reconnect as a unit. Where you sleep at night and relax after a day out exploring can have a major impact on the enjoyment of your holiday. The majority of hotel accommodation in the USA is in large hotels, which tick all of the boxes for facilities, but can leave you feeling less than inspired about sleeping arrangements - you either all have to cram in one room together sharing beds, or you have to split across rooms. We have chosen our five favourite hotels that offer something a…
  • The Ultimate Walking Safari

    1 Dec 2014 | 8:09 am
    I woke in the early hours, accustomed now to the baboons, the new acoustic was more impressive and significantly closer to home. The distinctive laugh of the hyena shot through the night and it was very close. Thankful for the thin canvas walls, I slowly drifted off back to sleep glad I had taken in it easy on the beer at sunset and I wouldn’t need to brave a visit to the loo. I’ve always been attracted to wild spaces and heading out on foot into the bush has been high on my bucket list for some time. I like luxury as much as the next person, but more than luxury, I crave wild…
  • America's Most Iconic Drives

    19 Nov 2014 | 7:41 am
    With vast horizons, quiet roads which stretch on forever and a plethora of National Parks and Monuments, the USA is a road tripper's dream. The Western states of Colorado, Utah, Arizona, Nevada & California have more than their fair share of the iconic drives stakes. Here are some of the routes which absolutely must not be missed on a USA road trip. 1) Scenic Byway 12, Utah Perhaps one of the most beautiful drives of all time, this road snakes away from Bryce Canyon up through mountains to Capitol Reef National Park.  Covering a distance of 124 miles, the road takes you through…
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    South America Travel News Blog | A Travel Blog All About South America

  • SouthAmerica.travel at New York Times Travel Show in January

    Joseph Olson
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:05 am
    The 12th annual New York Times Travel Show will take place January 23-25, 2015 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York. SouthAmerica.travel is participating in the event once again after a brief hiatus, and will be positioned at booth 444. A full 40% of exhibitors are new this year, meaning attendees of last year’s […] The post SouthAmerica.travel at New York Times Travel Show in January appeared first on South America Travel News Blog | A Travel Blog All About South America.
  • UNESCO Awards Intangible Cultural Heritage Designations Throughout South America

    Joseph Olson
    9 Dec 2014 | 9:12 am
    UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), the intellectual arm of the United Nations, recently awarded four Intangible Cultural Heritage designations throughout South America. The countries of Bolivia, Brazil, Chile and Peru are the respective award recipients for traditional festivals and activities that feature local music, dance, craft-making and more. As UNESCO explains: “Intangible Cultural Heritage thrives […] The post UNESCO Awards Intangible Cultural Heritage Designations Throughout South America appeared first on South America Travel…
  • 5 Star Argentina – Casa Real in Salta

    Joseph Olson
    3 Dec 2014 | 12:40 pm
    “Salta la Linda” (Salta the Beautiful) is both a city and province in the Northwestern region of Argentina. Located along the Tropic of Capricorn, the town enjoys a subtropical highland climate. This means warm, dry weather and a lot of blue sky. With over half a million inhabitants, Salta enjoys its position as the largest […] The post 5 Star Argentina – Casa Real in Salta appeared first on South America Travel News Blog | A Travel Blog All About South America.
  • South America Travel Planning Guide

    Joseph Olson
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:30 am
    South America is a BIG continent! As travel consultants, we know that proper planning is essential to creating an enjoyable trip. If you plan to travel to South America in the next couple years, this guide can help you make sure that every box is checked for a safe, fun and successful adventure. Items covered below include: […] The post South America Travel Planning Guide appeared first on South America Travel News Blog | A Travel Blog All About South America.
  • 4 Star Peru – Hotel Majoro in Nazca

    Joseph Olson
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:50 pm
    The Hotel Majoro in Nazca, Peru provides ideal accommodations for those seeking to view the famous Nazca Lines. The property has a fascinating history that goes back over 400 years and includes a conversion from a villa to a convent and back into a hotel. With 62 rooms on 60 beautifully manicured acres, this Hacienda Boutique […] The post 4 Star Peru – Hotel Majoro in Nazca appeared first on South America Travel News Blog | A Travel Blog All About South America.
 
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    The Traveller

  • Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

    17 Dec 2014 | 1:25 am
    Royal Botanic Gardens – Collections of Conserved Plants/Living Plants/DocumentThe Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew was founded in 1759 and this historic landscape garden features the significant period of the art of gardens during the 18th to 20th centuries, housing botanic collections of conserved plants, living plants as well as documents, which have been enriched all through the centuries. Since its creation, the gardens have made remarkable significant as well as uninterrupted contribution to the study of plant diversity and economic botany.It has also been declared a UNESCO World Heritage…
  • Killarney National Park

    14 Dec 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Killarney National Park – First National Park in IrelandKillarney National Park is besides the town of Killarney, County Kerry, Ireland and was the first national park in Ireland which was created when Muckross Estate was donated in 1932, to the Irish state. The park has been expanded, encompassing around 102.89 km of diverse ecology which includes the Lakes of Killarney, yew and oak woodlands and mountain peaks.The park is of great ecological value due to the quality, diversity and extensiveness of several of its habitats as well as the wide variety of species which they accommodate, some…
  • Antelope Canyon

    13 Dec 2014 | 4:06 am
    Antelope Canyon – A Popular Slot CanyonAntelope Canyon is a popular slot canyon, small but an exquisitely beautiful geological formation in northern Arizona. Placed on the Navajo Reservation, few miles east of Page, it is open to visitors by Navajo led tour only.There are two antelope canyon actually located on either side of route 98 – Upper Antelope Canyon and the Lower antelope Canyon which are both owned by the Navajo Nation though separate fee of $18 for each person is charged for each area of attraction.The Navajo name for Upper Antelope canyon is Tse bighanilini meaning `the place…
  • Capilano Suspension Bridge

    8 Dec 2014 | 8:03 pm
    The Capilano Suspension Bridge – A Simple Suspension BridgeThe Capilano Suspension Bridge, a simple suspension bridge crosses the Capilano River in the district of North Vancouver, British Columbia, in Canada. It was originally built in 1889 by George Grant Mackay, a Scottish civil engineer and park commissioner for Vancouver. It was an award winning bridge which is one of Greater Vancouver’s top attractions where locals as well as visitors came from all over the world to enjoy the thrill of crossing the 450 ft. swaying bridge which is suspended on 230 ft. above Capilano River.It was…
  • Types and Benefits of Travel Packages

    8 Dec 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Travel packages have been a popular choice among the travellers who like to travel hassle free and make all the arrangement well in advance and enjoy the trip. Also, the tour packages allow people to travel on a pre-determined budget and therefore they have better control on the amount of money they spend. Apart from having a better control, you can also avail Musafir Discount coupons and get valuable savings on your trip. Group Package As the name suggest, this type of travel package is made especially for travellers in a group. If you are planning to travel with your group of friends or…
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    Travel Deeper with Gareth Leonard | Tourist2Townie.com

  • Belo Horizonte Through Local Eyes

    Gareth
    12 Dec 2014 | 11:12 am
    The reason I travel the way I do is because I believe local interaction is the key to understanding a place and culture. Building true friendships leads to the most authentic experiences and to me, that’s everything. I was fortunate to meet Rey (Reinaldo), a Belo Horizonte native, and someone who made my trip to the city so special. I also met a few great girls while exploring the city on my own, who showed me a excellent first night in town. After traveling throughout Brazil over the past year, I can say (in my experience) that Belo Horizonte is home to the friendliest people in the…
  • Pantanal Wildlife & Piranha Fishing

    Gareth
    5 Dec 2014 | 8:22 am
    As mentioned in the video, The Pantanal wetlands weren’t even on my radar until I arrived in Brazil. Friends at the tourism board suggested I visit the region, so after a little research, I caught a flight from Rio de Janeiro to Campo Grande for a four-day adventure. Campo Grande is the southern gateway city into the Pantanal, and the meeting point for my peeps at Pantanal Discovery. After a night in the city, I took a shuttle van about three and a half hours northwest before catching a covered pick-up truck to finish the five-hour journey on dirt roads into the wild Pantanal. The lodge was…
  • Rio Othon Palace on Copacabana Beach

    Gareth
    28 Nov 2014 | 8:22 am
    With only 10 days left in Rio de Janeiro, my apartment was scheduled for renovations so I needed to find a place to crash. Luckily, my friends over at the Rio Othon Palace in Copacabana Beach had an extra room available for me. The hotel is one of the tallest and most well known on the Copacabana strip and was my ideal place to finish up my time living in Rio de Janeiro. Along with a series breakfast spread and ridiculous oceanfront views, the rooftop pool was top notch. Breakfast with a view! Rio Othon Palace, Copacabana Beach I actually stayed here while working at the World Cup with the…
  • Beaches & Buggies in Natal Brazil

    Gareth
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:21 pm
    Natal is my favorite city of the four major northeastern Brazilian cities (Fortaleza, Recife, Salvador), because it seems the cleanest, safest and most visually stimulating them all. While Salvador reigns supreme as the culture capital, Natal is undeniably the epicenter of an endless supply of ridiculously beautiful beaches. If you look at a map of Natal Brazil and the surrounding area, there are literally hundreds of beaches to choose from. Look. I only had a few days to meet the city so I divided into two equal parts of relaxation and adventure. On day one I explored a few of the beaches…
  • Gluttony in Gramado

    Gareth
    14 Nov 2014 | 7:52 am
    Just a two-hour bus ride from Porto Alegre is the beautiful town of Gramado, Brazil. Thanks to the Portuguese, German and Italian immigrants who settled here in the 1800s, the town’s architecture, food and culture makes you feel like you’ve landed in Europe rather than Brazil. I arrived from Porto Alegre early one morning and decided to indulge myself in the many beers and chocolates that are produced in and around Gramado. That proved to be a more difficult task than I had anticipated thanks in large part to a lunch fit for a small army. Local friends in Porto Alegre told me that…
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    Barbados Vacation Specials

  • All Seasons Resort - Europa: Winter Sale

    17 Dec 2014 | 11:33 am
    Book now for travel before April 15, 2015 at the rate of US$ 142.00 per night or travel after April 16th 2015 at special rate of US$ 92.00, single or double occupancy, in selected room categories. Email us at reservations@allseasonsresort.bb for details. 
  • All Seasons Resort - Europa: Book now and save

    17 Dec 2014 | 11:30 am
    Book now for travel before April 15, 2015 at the rate of US$ 142.00 per night or travel after April 16th 2015 at special rate of US$ 92.00, single or double occupancy, in selected room categories. Email us at reservations@allseasonsresort.bb for details. 
  • Direct Car Rentals: This Week's Special

    15 Dec 2014 | 12:56 pm
    Minivan SPECIAL HUGH discounts on Minivan Rentals between Jan 6 and Jan 17. Best Value Guaranteed. Book on-line NOW and save!! (promo code DR1501) 
  • Yellow Bird Hotel: Discounted Rates in December and January!

    9 Dec 2014 | 4:28 am
    St. Lawrence Gap hotel offering 20% off in December & January! Discounted rates on all oceanfront studios and two-bedroom suites with free WIFI, air-con, kitchenette, cable TV and balcony! BOOK NOW to see this gorgeous sunset from your balcony! 
  • Best E. Villas - Prospect St. James: Best E Villas - Prospect 20% Discount

    8 Dec 2014 | 7:05 am
    Save Big on our Christmas Special. 20% Discount on December Bookings. We are waiting to welcome you at Best E Villas. 
 
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  • Five Tips for Visiting New York with Babies and Little Kids

    Corinne
    9 Dec 2014 | 8:04 pm
    Empire State Daddy Our recent trip to New York City raised a few eyebrows. People were genuinely surprised that we grown-ups would have any fun in New York. What was so refreshing about that trip was that as a family we could embrace being tourists and actually do and see touristy things that I was simply “too cool” to do before. The kids loved New York, and we loved seeing it through their eyes for the first time. Nevertheless, New York City can be overstimulating for adults as well as kids. If you’re planning a trip, finding flights to New York is the easy part. Have Baby…
  • Ideas for Merry Holiday Family Travel

    Corinne
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:34 pm
    Somehow it’s the middle of November already–the weather is colder and the holidays are creeping up! If you’ll be making some holiday family travel plans for this winter, it’s time to get started! Travel budgets tend to take a back seat to holiday wish lists, but according to TD, over 80 per cent of Canadians are members of at least one travel rewards program. It’s time to use those points to put towards a present for yourself–a vacation! When using points, booking early is key to securing the flights and accommodations you want. And here are five ideal (and…
  • Travel Insurance Pregnancy Coverage

    Corinne
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:25 pm
    Anaheim Urgent Care Clinic, CA On almost every family vacation we’ve taken, we’ve used our travel insurance to cover a medical expense. I’m not exaggerating. Maybe we’re a little more accident-prone or unlucky than most–but either way–when we get home, after filling out a few complicated forms and photocopying a gazillion recipts, we’re reimbursed for the expenses we usually have to pay up front. The most we’ve had to pay (up front)  is a few hundred dollars. Not $1,000,000, like Jennifer Huculak and her husband Darren Kimmel from Humboldt,…
  • California Love: A Taste of Orange County

    Corinne
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:12 pm
    Huntington Beach, CA We went to California this summer. I instantly fell in love. I certainly wasn’t expecting to, and maybe that’s why I did. I’ve been to many beautiful places and I just couldn’t see how California could compare. Well it does, and I’m a bit embarrassed to say that I still can’t put my finger on exactly why. There’s a reason there’s like, a gazillion songs about California. Going there, dreaming about there, never leaving there… I get it now. California’s many diverse cities could hardly be classified as “less…
  • Planning a Family Getaway to New York City

    Corinne
    5 Nov 2014 | 8:07 pm
    © NYC & Company/Julienne Schaer It’s one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations and the second largest city in North America, so it seems a bit odd to classify New York City as a “City Less Traveled” for Hipmunk. But I’ll bet New York is probably not the first place that comes to mind when planning a family vacation. One of Have Baby Will Travel‘s very first articles was submitted by a colleague who traveled to Manhattan with her toddler and had a fabulous time, so it’s always been top of mind to bring my kids there. I like to think of…
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  • CARHIRE.ie Profile

    admin
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:29 am
          www.carhire.ie +353 1 844 1944 CARHIRE.ie offers cheap car hire service to locals and tourists visiting Ireland. Executive Trust owns CARHIRE.ie and Europcar Ireland provides CARHIRE.ie a large car & van vehicles of over 5000. CARHIRE.ie offers customers choice of 14 car hire locations in Ireland; Athlone, Cavan Town, Cork City, Cork Airport, Dublin Airport, Dublin City, Dublin North, Galway City, Kerry Airport, Knock Airport, Navan, Portlaoise, Shannon Airport and Waterford. CARHIRE.ie will be expanding to more rental locations in 2015. CARHIRE.ie’s map…
  • Irish Car Rentals profile

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    18 Dec 2014 | 8:59 am
        www.irishcarrentals.com + 353 61 206025 Irish Car Rentals provides car & van rental service to clients and customers  in Ireland with a large fleet of over 2,500 to cater their needs. Irish Car Rentals carry a full range of cars & vans from economy, compact to people carriers and the fleet is supplied by Europcar. Irish Car Rentals was founded in 1984 and have been operating car rental business for over 29 years becoming Ireland’s leading independent car hire company. The office’s headquaters is based in North Dublin, Santry and has a network of…
  • Best Small Towns to visit in Ireland

    admin
    15 Dec 2014 | 2:13 am
    Best Small Towns to visit in Ireland Ireland’s hospitable population, rolling hills, and lively cities make it one of the great countries of the world to visit. Yet for all the visitors that places like Dublin and Cork receive, there’s something to be said for the small, historic villages that represent the absolute best of Ireland. With that in mind, we’ve put together some useful information about some of the best small towns in the country and how they can be visited. Preparing to Travel Visiting the very best small towns of Ireland makes for a truly memorable holiday, but they’re…
  • Ireland : Best in Travel 2015

    admin
    12 Nov 2014 | 3:31 am
    Lonely Planet names Ireland as ‘one of the top countries to visit’ Lonely Planet’s experts have explored the world to select the best cities, regions and countries to visit in 2015. It’s official, Ireland made it in the top 10 countries list ranking #5th. We’re not surprised! The real deal: Ireland is stunningly scenic, its traditions – music, dance, whiskey and beer – Lonely Planet Let’s see what Ireland offers;   The Wild Atlantic Way; A 2500km scenic drive that is seen competing against Australia’s Great Ocean Road & California’s Pacific…
  • Discover Ireland your own Way

    admin
    8 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    Tips on Touring Ireland by Phil Teare from My Ireland Tour. To Drive or not to Drive They say there are two types of people in the world: those who think there are two types of people in the world, and those who don’t. Well, there are certainly two types of people who tour Ireland – those who self-drive and those who book escorted tours of Ireland with a driver-guide. If you decide to self-drive, your first port of call will be a good car hire company – you can find an Irish car rental company through the homepage of My Discover Ireland. Driving, you will have the freedom to…
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  • Restaurants Open on Christmas Day in New Orleans

    Lauren LaBorde
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:59 pm
    While some people like to cook on Christmas, your idea of a nice way to spend the day might be not cooking and doing the resulting dishes. If you fall into this category, we rounded up some great New Orleans restaurants that will be open for the holiday. A delicious, stress-free meal might be the best present of all. Domenica … Read the rest -»
  • New Orleans Calling: Born In A Cast Iron Pot

    George Ingmire
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:38 pm
    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 -»
  • Kwanzaa Celebrates Culture and Family in New Orleans

    Kelly Harris
    17 Dec 2014 | 1:55 pm
    It’s been said that New Orleans is the United States’ most African city. How fitting then that many New Orleanians would celebrate Kwanzaa as they do. Kwanzaa is an African-American cultural celebration that incorporates African ritual and concepts into a week-long commemoration beginning Dec. 26 – Jan. 1. Children explore their cultural roots at Ashe Cultural Arts Center. Photo Credit: … Read the rest -»
  • My New Orleans: 20 Questions with Juley Le

    Ann Marshall Thomas
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:39 am
    “I’m not a big shopper,” said Juley Le, a New Orleans-based lifestyle blogger who writes about fashion, style and food. Her lack of enthusiasm for shopping surprised me at first, but then she explained, “I wear what’s in my closet. A lot of my shopping isn’t intentional, but if I see something cool then I’ll buy it.” New Orleans lifestyle … Read the rest -»
  • GoNOLA Recommends: 5 Things To Do In New Orleans This Weekend

    Mallory Whitfield
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    This weekend in New Orleans offers plenty of holiday fun, featuring everything from cocktails and small bites from the city’s best bartenders and restaurants at Tales of the Toddy to a special dinner series at Emeril’s, and a tongue-in-cheek holiday show at Mid-City Theatre. You’re sure to have the time of your life as Dirty Dancing comes to the Saenger … Read the rest -»
 
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  • Merry Christmas from Vagobond!

    Vago Damitio
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:24 am
    Merry Christmas World! We wish you the best and brightest Christmas and hope all your Christmas dreams come true. I love that the folks at Westjet did this. You Might Also Enjoy: Merry Christmas... Come to Vagobond to read the rest - it's better with pictures!!!!
  • Seven Gifts for Your Intrepid Friend (or for me, if you like!)

    Vago Damitio
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:30 pm
    I've scoured the internet for seven things that any nomad or traveler will certainly love. You Might Also Enjoy: What am I doing here? Refocusing, Reflecting and Rejoicing Romance or Adventure... Come to Vagobond to read the rest - it's better with pictures!!!!
  • Cruising with Santa on the Holland America Cruiseline

    Susan McKee
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:30 am
    Fleeing winter does have a certain appeal, however, so I took advantage of an invitation from Holland America Line to join one of their cruises from Sydney, Australia, and around New Zealand earlier... Come to Vagobond to read the rest - it's better with pictures!!!!
  • Discovering Madrid with a Car

    Vago Damitio
    30 Nov 2014 | 2:42 am
    While most people choose to discover Madrid with public transportation, there are some advantages to using your own vehicle (or a rental) while you explore the fabulous Spanish capital. Madrid is... Come to Vagobond to read the rest - it's better with pictures!!!!
  • Exploring Budapest : A Traveler’s Guide

    Budapest
    29 Nov 2014 | 1:18 pm
    Considered as one of the most beautiful cities in central Europe, Budapest has become a favorite travel destination for most people. With its natural beauty, the city offers a lot of great... Come to Vagobond to read the rest - it's better with pictures!!!!
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  • And Then There Came Europe…

    Rachel Denning
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:59 pm
    Casa Ylang Ylang on Finca Ipe I want a sewing machine. And an ice cream maker. I want to plant a garden, grow some herbs and some flowers. I want a house where we can store our growing library, make crafty things to hang on the walls and decorative pillows to put on the couch. I want a place to keep all of our memorabilia — pictures the kids draw, their little scribbled notes of love and my seashell collection. (I want, I want, I want… I sound like a spoiled brat.) After giving birth to Saige here in Costa Rica, which provided the opportunity to get residency, this burning desire…
  • Thailand Elephant Rides: Ethics vs. Entertainment

    Roxy Christensen
    12 Aug 2014 | 1:42 pm
    This is a guest post by my sister, who may soon become a regular contributor. Click here to learn the basics of yoga with her.   The morality and ethics of riding elephants (and other tourist attractions focused on the spectacle of animals) is an old discussion. So why write about a used topic? Because maybe you will sympathize with my story and perspective. Maybe my opinion will help you feel better (or worse) about your position regarding the extortion of elephants. Living in Thailand for the past three years, I had held strongly to my opinion and vigilant avoidance of animal related…
  • Snorkeling Tortuga Island – Montezuma Costa Rica

    Rachel Denning
    7 Aug 2014 | 4:11 pm
    It’s raining?! Rain, in the morning? That’s strange. It is rainy season on the Nicoya Peninsula, and the thunderstorms are incredible. But they’re usually in the evenings or at night, shaking the house, lighting up the sky and waking us up with their intensity. Rain in the morning doesn’t bother me… except that we’re doing something today that I’ve really been looking forward to. It will stop. Right?? Click Here to Follow our Alaska to Argentina Adventures! Get Answers to 101 FAQs About Our Crazy, Nomadic Life!   It doesn’t stop, and we…
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  • Most popular Instagrams in November 2014

    Anne-Sophie Redisch
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    I’m enjoying Instagram more and more. The majority of last month’s faves are from Southern Norway. But let’s let the photos speak for themselves; here are our most popular Instagrams in November. 1. Finnemarka, Norway Late autumn in the forest, Norway A photo posted by Sophie's World (@sophieredisch) on Nov 11, 2014 at 7:27am PST The single most popular photo is this forest scene from our cabin. I really like this one myself. 2. Lista, Norway Autumn. A photo posted by Sophie's World (@sophieredisch) on Nov 11, 2014 at 9:40am PST At Lista in Southern Norway,…
  • Silent Sunday: Little boats on the beach, Alghero in Sardinia

    Anne-Sophie Redisch
    14 Dec 2014 | 8:16 am
    Characteristic little boats pulled up on the beach, Alghero in Sardinia, Italy. Silent Sunday: Little boats on the beach, Alghero in Sardinia is a post from Sophie's World
  • The magic of Zanzibar’s Stone Town

    Anne-Sophie Redisch
    11 Dec 2014 | 4:14 am
    Zanzibar is one of those really wonderful names, isn’t it? Like Samarkand. Or Esfahan. Or Babylon. Every syllable promises adventure. Earlier this year, I took the ferry from Dar es Salaam across to Zanzibar, meaning to a have look around and perhaps stay the night. One week later, I found myself still on the island. I stayed in Stone Town the entire time, and spent most of the days wandering aimlessly along the streets, the markets and the Indian Ocean beaches… …getting constantly lost in the labyrinthine alleys… …and the markets… I ambled through the…
  • Silent Sunday: St Paul’s through the shopping glass

    Anne-Sophie Redisch
    7 Dec 2014 | 7:41 am
    An unusual view of St Paul’s Cathedral, through the shopping glass Silent Sunday: St Paul’s through the shopping glass is a post from Sophie's World
  • World at a Glance: The fountains of Bern

    Anne-Sophie Redisch
    3 Dec 2014 | 7:37 am
    Bern is one of Europe’s more unassuming capital cities. Like Canberra is overshadowed by Sydney and Melbourne, all the attention here goes to big sisters Zurich and Geneva. In fact, if asked What is the capital of Switzerland? in a pub quiz, I’ll bet many would shout out one of the two. Despite numerous visits in Switzerland, Bern remained one of the few European capitals I hadn’t seen. I’m sure I’m not alone; most visitors to the Alpine country skip Bern altogether. That’s a shame: the Swiss capital is a very pretty city with lots to offer, as I found out…
 
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  • Hurry up and Wait: Delayed Gratification for Autoresponders

    Phil Hollows
    8 Dec 2014 | 7:28 am
    FeedBlitz has offered comprehensive, multi-step autoresponders for years now. They’re great for saying thanks, delivering incentives, or offering multi-step courses. Couple an autoresponder sequence to other lists using FeedBlitz’s triggers, start a signup with a parser, and you’ve got a very capable automated email marketing solution. A typical autoresponder sequence starts immediately. You sign up for a list, and your incentive is delivered right away. You make your purchase, et voila! A thank you missive is en route, toute suite. It’s what people expect to happen.
  • So long, Zombie Google Reader

    Phil Hollows
    1 Dec 2014 | 6:29 am
    We all know how to stop a zombie, right? Get it in the head. Fine in the movies or “The Walking Dead,” but it’s not so simple for zombie products or technologies. Case in point: Google Reader. The product was “killed” by Google in the middle of 2013, and it was no longer available to end users. So it was dead and buried, right? Wrong. It was a zombie. The back end of Google Reader kept on plugging away, checking feeds, dutifully reporting how many subscribers it was polling on behalf of. Like the Energizer bunny, It kept on going and going and going … until…
  • For the Fallen – We Will Remember Them

    Phil Hollows
    11 Nov 2014 | 4:15 am
    They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them. From “For the Fallen” by Robert Laurence Binyon For the benefit of my mostly US audience, in the UK and many other countries we buy paper poppies around the 11th to commemorate those who served and those who fell during the World Wars. The poppies specifically memorialize the killing fields in France and Belgium during WWI where the “lions led by donkeys” on both sides killed each other in…
  • Resolved: Overnight click-through issues

    Phil Hollows
    2 Nov 2014 | 4:57 am
    Although feeds were being served and email sent OK, some publishers experienced click-through issues overnight; the problem has now been resolved. We’re sorry for any inconvenience. Any subscribers seeing an error message now need to simply refresh the page. Today, job 1 is to update our monitors to better detect this kind of issue, which unfortunately went undetected by our automated system health tracking.        Related StoriesFeeds, Clicks and DNS ProblemsSome Metrics May Be Missing TemporarilyFalse Alarms and Click Through Issues Aug 1 
  • The One Easy Gmail Tip for Tracking and Testing

    Phil Hollows
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:48 am
    We recently sponsored the slightly-awkwardly-named-but-totally-worthwhile Type-A Parent Conference in Atlanta, and so naturally the topic of email came up (surprise!), especially in relation to testing email forms with different email accounts. It can be a real pain to create yet another email address for your site, and so we all have only a few addresses to go around. Right? Wrong! If you have a gmail account – and who doesn’t? – you effectively have an infinite number of email addresses. And I was surprised how few of the experienced bloggers and content marketers I met…
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  • 101 Stocking Stuffers for Men Who Love Travel

    Raymond Walsh
    7 Dec 2014 | 7:17 pm
    Christmas Stocking Stuffer Gift Ideas for Men Well, it’s that time of year again. You know, Santa, sleigh, reindeer. And Christmas shopping. Oh the Christmas shopping. In an effort to ease the pain of shopping for the man on your Christmas list (because everyone says that men are hard to shop for), I’ve compiled a holiday gift guide of 101 Stocking Stuffers for Men Who Love Travel. I tried to find unique, useful, fun, and inexpensive gift ideas wherever possible.  So why only stocking stuffers you say? Many holiday gift guides only concentrate on the big-ticket item gifts (the iPads, the…
  • Make screening a breeze this winter

    editor
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:10 pm
    The fine folks at the Canadian Airport Transport Security Authority (CATSA) are responsible for ushering you through airport security lines year round, but their job becomes about a zillion times more difficult over the Christmas season. I’m talking to you with the boots and the coats and the wrapped Christmas gifts and the bottles of Christmas cheer bellying up to the screening line. Yes. You. They asked if they could share a guest post and video on best practices for a saner airport experience this holiday season, and I was only too happy to oblige. So over to you CATSA……
  • Croissant Craving at the Poznan Croissant Museum

    Raymond Walsh
    13 Nov 2014 | 9:46 am
    Okay people of Poznan, you’ve got some explaining to do. How did I not know about the Poznan Croissant Museum before my visit to your cute little town? Why is it not screamed from the rooftops? Why is there no town crier bellowing “Hear Ye, Hear Ye” at the top of his (or her) lungs? Why did I only happen upon it on my last day there, just minutes before the last show of the day? I mean, people…it’s a museum for CROISSANTS! The Poznan Croissant Museum (Rogalowe Muzeum Poznania) is a relatively new attraction in Poznan. And although the name is a little misleading (there are no dusty…
  • Whatever you do, do not go to the Owl Museum on top of Penang Hill

    Raymond Walsh
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:06 am
    The Owl Museum, George Town, Penang, Malaysia “Whatever you do, do not go to the Owl Museum on top of Penang Hill.” That was one of many negative TripAdvisor reviews of the Owl Museum in Penang, Malaysia, but by no means was it the most harsh. “A Waste of Time and Money” “Insanity! Don’t fall for it. If you like just giving money away – I will send you my address.” “Such a Rip-Off!”  “No real owls inside.”” “It actually made me a headache after going through.” “Don’t be a twit twoo.” “This is the most terrible museum I went in my life.”…
  • Malaysia’s Laguna Redang Island Resort

    Raymond Walsh
    19 Oct 2014 | 7:52 am
    Laguna Redang Island Resort, Terengganu, Malaysia The thing I liked most about Laguna Redang Island Resort was something that I didn’t even get to see, or touch, or feel, or even experience. Yes, there is powdery white sand. And super-comfy beds. And views to die for. There’s even plenty of clownfish (you know, the Finding Nemo type) chilling in the waters off the beach. Even a popular Hong Kong movie called Summer Holiday was filmed here. (That’s the tea house from the movie below, now the resort’s gift shop.) But I had never seen the movie, so it wasn’t that. It does play 24/7 on…
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  • Free Stay Friday

    Adam Hutcheson
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    For this week’s #FreeStayFriday, we’ll be taking you to the trendy seaside town of Newquay, for a stay at the Legacy Hotel Victoria  The perfect place to discover the beautiful Cornish coast, this charming hotel is located right in the centre of  Newquay.Take your pick from French,  Mexican or traditional English cuisine from the on-site restaurants, or simply enjoy the unspoiled sea views from the comfort of your room. Ahh, lovely. So, if you’d like to win a one-night stay here with breakfast for two people, make sure youjoin in this week’s #FreeStayFriday…
  • Vilnius and its Historic Highlights

    Andy Jarosz
    5 Dec 2014 | 8:08 am
    Vilnius has been one of Europe’s great cities for hundreds of years. It was an important centre of culture long before Ryanair and Easyjet came along bringing stag parties and spawning a reputation for lively, often seedy nightlife. But as the airlines have expanded and the stag groups have gradually spread themselves across Europe’s other low-cost destinations, so Vilnius is once again becoming a leading city for a cultural city break. On a recent trip to the Lithuanian capital I explored some of the city’s highlights and delved into its many layers of history……
  • 19 Fabulously Festive Things to do in London this Christmas

    Mark Elwood
    28 Nov 2014 | 5:52 am
    It’s so very very nearly December – which means we’re totally fine to start talking about Christmas, right? Right. So let’s talk about Christmas in London, because there are few better places to enjoy the festive cheer than the capital… And that’s why here at LateRooms.com we’ve been busying ourselves like Santa’s elves to bring you a list of some of the top festivities going on in London this winter. So get ready to début your Christmas jumper and head down to the Big Smoke to tick off this list of festive fun… 1. Gorge on Glühwein…
  • Admiring Il Duomo – the Jewel of Milan

    The Quirky Traveller
    19 Nov 2014 | 3:14 am
    With its towering spires soaring up to the sky, delicate stonemasonry and beautiful proportions, whichever direction you approach Milan Cathedral from, Il Duomo is stunning. I first saw Il Duomo on a sunny afternoon in September and it’s like something imagined by the most creative minds in Italian history. Which in a way it is, because though started in 1386, it wasn’t completed until 1813 and so encapsulates over 400 years of master craftsmanship. Yet, because the original concept has been adhered to, it has a pleasing symmetry of Gothic splendour with Baroque overtones. Beautiful on…
  • A Weird Weekend in Tokyo

    Kirstie Pelling
    14 Nov 2014 | 5:45 am
    If the Tokyo of your imagination is bling encrusted, neon lit and surreal it’s still unlikely to compare to the real thing. Japan’s capital is an assault on all the senses, as Kirstie Pelling from The Family Adventure Project found out when she took the kids… I thought life didn’t get much weirder than a Japanese cat café. The phenomena is spreading to London and Paris but if you haven’t visited one before then imagine a kind of Mad Hatter’s Tea Party with bells. I find myself dangling a mouse (toy) over a cat (real) while chugging down an iced coffee in a small room in a…
 
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  • Exploring Chicago Blues with Rosalind Cummings-Yeates

    Dominique King
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:25 am
    Normally I might tell folks I hope they don't get the blues for the holidays, but when it comes to great blues music, I'd certainly change my tune. One of my favorite travel memories is of visiting Chicago was heading over to Buddy Guy's Legends nightclub for a show starring contemporary blues great, Shemekia Copeland. It was a special pleasure then to reconnect with the electrifying Copeland while revisiting the Windy City's historic and current lively blues scene via a virtual guided tour by reading the new book, Exploring Chicago Blues: Inside the Scene, Past and…
  • Midwest reads: More great Midwest-related books to give or receive!

    Dominique King
    11 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Here are a few more Midwest-related books that, although they deal with pretty serious subjects, I've enjoyed reading recently: Washed Away: How the Great Flood of 1913, America's Most Widespread Natural Disaster, Terrorized a Nation and Changed it Forever by Geoff Williams-So, this isn't the most cheerful holiday reading, but this book certainly contained all sorts of fascinating stories about a flood I've seen mentioned from time to time as I've traveled around the Midwest. A series of tornados (particularly centered in Omaha, Nebraska) and floods spreading out across the Midwest with…
  • Midwest reads: Great Midwest-related books to give or receive!

    Dominique King
    9 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Here are a few Midwest-related books that I've enjoyed reading recently: Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted: And all the Brilliant Minds Who Made the Mary Tyler Moore Show a Classic by Jennifer Keishin-What made this 1970s television show set in Minneapolis such an enduring classic? This show inspired Oprah to pursue a career in television and inspired many more women with the idea that they could do anything they wanted to do in their lives. Folks watching reruns of this show today may think that they are watching a typical 1970s sitcom, but many of us watching this show during its first run had…
  • Check out these great Midwest car collections! (Part 2)

    Dominique King
    4 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    I love visiting automotive museums, and it seems like I'm not the only one who loves checking out cool car collections here in the Midwest. I recently thought it might be fun to post a collection of car-related story links from my own Midwest Guest archives, and decided to ask some fellow Midwest travel bloggers if I could share some of their car collection story links in my list as well. There was, as I suspected, a number of great posts about Midwest car collections, and I ended up with a list of links large enough to do two posts! Here is the second part of my list of Midwest car…
  • Midwest travel links for November 2014

    Dominique King
    2 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Check out some great Midwest-related stories I found online this past month: Three great reasons to Visit Detroit now-I love seeing people discover the good things in Detroit, especially when they come from elsewhere in the state or country! Deb visited Detroit recently and says it surprised her with some real gems. Some of her Detroit discoveries like the city's architectural gems, the Motown Museum and the beautiful riverfront are among my favorite Detroit destinations. Read all about it at the Just Short of Crazy blog. Amelia Earhart hails from Atchison, Kansas-Whatever happened to…
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  • La Camera Ancona, Le Marche, Italy

    Ariane Andrew
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:27 am
    Resurrected from profound disrepair by London expats and internationally renowned architects and designers, this 1940’s hilltop apartment has been reborn as a chic and contemporary home that’s a refreshing interpretation in contemporary style.   Set on a hilltop compound in the small village of Arcevia in Italy’s Marche region, the property offers breathtaking 360 degree views of the bucolic countryside. The meticulous exterior stonework restoration and complete transformation of the interiors lend a renewed vitality and chic contempary update to this simple rustic…
  • L’Appartamento Ancona, Le Marche, Italy

    Ariane Andrew
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:27 am
    Resurrected from profound disrepair by London expats and internationally renowned architects and designers, this 1940’s hilltop apartment has been reborn as a chic and contemporary home that’s a refreshing interpretation in contemporary style.   Set on a hilltop compound in the small village of Arcevia in Italy’s Marche region, the property offers breathtaking 360 degree views of the bucolic countryside. The meticulous exterior stonework restoration and complete transformation of the interiors lend a renewed vitality and chic contempary update to this simple rustic…
  • Villa Vista di Campagna, Arcevia, Italy

    Ariane Andrew
    15 Dec 2014 | 2:20 pm
    Resurrected from profound disrepair by London expats and internationally renowned architects and designers, this 1940’s hilltop villa has been reborn as a chic and contemporary home that’s a refreshing vision in white. Set on a hilltop in the  small village of Arcevia in Italy’s Marche region, the property offers breathtaking 360 degree views of the bucolic countryside. The meticulous exterior stonework restoration and complete transformation of the interiors lend a renewed vitality and chic contempary update to this simple rustic structure.
  • La Sirena, Topanga, California

    Bill Buerge
    12 Dec 2014 | 2:55 pm
    Celebrated in song and later inspired by Shakespeare’s Mermaid Tavern, this fabled retreat features a fascinating history, classic beauty and a stunning mountain landscape. Originally built as a country club house in 1930 when the Santa Monica Mountains were a distant and very rural destination, La Sirena’s storied history spans decades of change and adaptation. From a gambling hall and brothel run by gangster Mickey Cohen to a gay nightclub in the 1950s, to one of the more celebrated artist hangouts of the 70’s, this beautiful Spanish gem has seen it all. Tucked away in a…
  • Chhahari Retreat, Bagmati, Nepal

    Nima Sherpa
    12 Dec 2014 | 8:09 am
    Located on the border of the beautiful Shivapuri National Park, this family owned and operated lodge opened in 2010 after years as a private summer residence. Initially hosting family and friends, the desire to share this lovely private setting inspired the owners to create a unique retreat that could be experienced by all who love nature and culture.  Surrounded by national park, mature forests and organic gardens, the lodge sits above the cloud line with stunning views of Kathmandu below (Be prepared for a bit of a trek up the hill on foot or 4WD!).  Comprised of three separate buildings,…
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    The Aussie Nomad

  • How Do You Plan To Celebrate Christmas This Year?

    The Aussie Nomad
    7 Dec 2014 | 7:15 am
    As I head into my second Christmas in a row home in Australia I’ve been reflecting on how I’ve spent the last few abroad. First it was with friends I’d made in my first year of living in London, the following years with my then girlfriend and now wife and her family in Belgium chasing that elusive white Christmas. In that time I’ve been able to experience different traditions associated with that time of the year. Like with my wife’s family who celebrate on Christmas Eve and not Christmas Day as I did all my years growing up. I’ve also sampled mulled wine…
  • 4 Travel Gadgets You Need On Your Next Trip (Win A Pack For Yourself)

    The Aussie Nomad
    23 Nov 2014 | 9:21 am
    Being an ex IT guy I’m big into travel gadgets and tech I can take with me on the road. Purists will say try to leave as many gadgets as possible at home and get out there and enjoy the experience of travel, seeing it with your own eyes and not through a camera. And while I somewhat agree it’s nice to be able to capture all those memories to bring home to share with family and friends or to connect with new friends online to continue a friendship. What these devices, computers, cameras, smartphones and tablets need however is power, and lots of it. What you don’t have when…
  • The Problem With Making Decisions On Travel Is…

    The Aussie Nomad
    9 Nov 2014 | 7:32 am
    Travel is an all-consuming all desiring addiction that many of us suffer from enjoy and that’s why making decisions about it are so difficult. The allure of something new, something foreign, something to satisfy that feeling is a drug you can pursue for your entire life. But it’s not the dream that makes decisions so difficult, no no. The problem with decisions for a travel addict is choice. Many of us have a bucket list of items we want to see before we die, that’s longer than it should be and for most of us will never be fully crossed off. The definition of cruel is giving…
  • 5 Things I Feared About Living Abroad

    The Aussie Nomad
    26 Oct 2014 | 10:04 am
    If you’ve had friends that have lived abroad for any length of time then you’ll no doubt have heard all the stories of their adventures, or at least seen the millions of pictures they have uploaded online. It’s an envious lifestyle looking at it from the outside, one week it’s Rome the next is Paris and the one after they are in Dublin. There’s a certain amount of jealousy as you dream of following in their footsteps to move abroad at some point in your life. Living abroad for all intents and purposes is one of the greatest experience you can have in your life…
  • A New Beginning

    The Aussie Nomad
    12 Oct 2014 | 3:37 am
    Since starting this site in December of 2009 I’ve backpacked solo around Europe, lived the expat life in London and spent time living in Belgium and Ireland while trying to work out what to do next. In all that time I’ve seen an experienced some amazing things and I’d do it all again in a heartbeat, it was without a doubt a defining moment in my life. During that time the one thing I’ve always done was keep the stories, information and love for travel flowing right here from this site to help you the reader learn from me and then seek out some travel of your own. As a…
 
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  • Tuenti — Social Media Evolution in Spain

    Adriana Rios
    12 Dec 2014 | 6:15 am
    MADRID, SPAIN. Ten years ago, it was more difficult for people to connect with family and friends outside of their home country. Social media’s impact over the last decade has changed the way we communicate and interact with people. More specifically, it has had the biggest influence over the lives of today’s youth. The ability of social media to reach hundreds of people at once has made it an outlet for civilians and businesses alike in order to spread information and achieve positive outcomes. In Spain, the use of technology has grown at a slower pace compared to other parts of the…
  • Titian at the Prado: An Interview with Paul Joannides

    Ines Arroyo
    9 Dec 2014 | 2:22 am
    MADRID, SPAIN. Paul Joannides is the Emeritus Professor of the History of Art at the University of Cambridge. An expert in Italian Renaissance painting, Prof. Joannides will be giving a lecture about Titian at the Prado Museum in Madrid on December 10th, 2014. In an exclusive interview, ROOSTERGNN speaks with Prof. Joannides about his most recent discoveries. The Museo del Prado wanted to celebrate its 195th anniversary with an important event focused on the Titian: Danae, Venus and Adonis. The early poesie exhibition. You discovered that the Danae painting, one of the main works in the…
  • Madrid’s Biblioteca Nacional, the heart of Spanish treasures

    Adriana Rios
    28 Nov 2014 | 4:02 am
    MADRID, SPAIN. Do you have exams coming up and need somewhere to study? Do you find yourself going to Starbucks all the time and maybe you need a break from the hustle and bustle of the city cafés? The Biblioteca Nacional de Espaa, also known as the National Library of Spain, is not only a research facility, but it is also the perfect place to lose yourself in your books. The Biblioteca Nacional de Espaa, in short BNE, is the largest public library in Spain and one of the largest libraries in the world. Its large rooms and long tables welcome groups of friends, students, professors, or…
  • Abroad Life: Thanksgiving in Madrid

    Gabrielle Amado
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:58 am
    MADRID, SPAIN. For Americans abroad, this time of year can be an emotional rollercoaster. With the crisp fall air comes a traditional holiday feast that only the United States can produce: Thanksgiving. But perhaps when it comes to Thanksgiving abroad, we are simply not looking hard enough to find it. American traditions have spread throughout the world like wildfire, and Thanksgiving has proven to be no different. While we may be under the impression that Thanksgiving abroad is simply not an option, Madrid has proven that to be a false assumption. With easy access to imported products and…
  • From Cine to Cena

    Gabrielle Amado
    4 Nov 2014 | 12:04 am
    Dinner and a movie? How about dinner at the movies. That’s what Platea offers Madrid’s tourists and locals alike, as the Carlos III Cinema has been converted into 6,000 sq. metros of pure dining heaven. Located in the posh Serrano neighborhood, Platea offers a meal, a drink and a show to satisfy the masses. The gastronomic center is a 4-level theatre prepared to feed and entertain hundreds on any given night. As you walk down Calle Goya and into the Platea’s small entrance, you are met by an array of vibrant colors as a market of fruits and vegetables greets you at the door. But fear…
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    Travel Feeder

  • My latest travel gadget – iPhone 6 Plus review

    Cecil Lee
    15 Dec 2014 | 1:22 am
    Finally I bought me a new travel gadget for this Christmas holidays, the new Apple iPhone 6 Plus! Essentially my handy working tool for upcoming travels during this festive season, I bought it during the pre-launch online sale a month ago and received it shortly after the official launching date in Malaysia. After using it for about a month, this is the time for me to blog this little iPhone 6 Plus review, in the context of being a gadget or tool on travel.My iPhone 6 Plus review is going to be short and snappy. I’m not going into product details and specification since most of the…
  • Top Motorhome trip planning packing list

    Cecil Lee
    12 Dec 2014 | 10:43 am
    Once you have planned a trip with your motorhome, keep some pointers in mind not only to have a safe and hassle free travel, but also to keep the vehicle safe and sound. One of the prime things that you should not forget is going for a motorhome insurance; there are many agencies that offer insurances, for example this one offers a good trust pilot review. However, apart from this vital aspect you also need to consider many more factors for your trip. Here are few things that you should be including into your packing list when doing your motorhome trip planning.Warning triangleIt is always…
  • Travel by photos – Tasting the black pork BBQ in Jeju Island, Korea

    Cecil Lee
    11 Dec 2014 | 12:04 am
    One of the great reasons why people flocking into South Korea, apart from K-pop, is definitely the savoury and yummy local Korean foods! Before flying to South Korea for your holidays, there are top local Korean foods that you should know and plan to try when touching down the Korean  land. However, listing down just the 10 top ‘must-try’ local foods seems too ambitious. If we combine all those ‘mouth-watering’ delicacies from different regions of South Korea that with individual tastes, there are literally ten’s, if not hundred’s, of them for one to…
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    Beyond The Mango Juice

  • Christmas Day Dinner at the Irish Clock, Udon Thani

    Martyn
    14 Dec 2014 | 1:25 am
    If you are in Udon Thani for the coming festive period then Christmas dinner at the Irish Clock may appeal to you. The set menu is shown below and is at a price that must have fallen off the back of Santa’s sleigh. There are three sittings for the splendidly priced dinner – 11-30am, 2-30pm and 5-30pm. The three [...] (Visited 11 times, 11 visits today) The post Christmas Day Dinner at the Irish Clock, Udon Thani appeared first on Beyond The Mango Juice.
  • Thai Village Food – Cuisine Crimes

    Martyn
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:50 am
    The idea for this post, Thai Village Food – Cuisine Crimes, came about from a tongue-in-cheek post I made on Facebook group Thailand Wine & Dine. My contribution to the Pattaya based group, which gives reviews of members dining experiences in Thailand, was well received but did however question my skills as a culinary artist. I’ve [...] (Visited 111 times, 2 visits today) The post Thai Village Food – Cuisine Crimes appeared first on Beyond The Mango Juice.
  • Bubba’s Bar and Grill in Udon Thani For Sale

    Martyn
    13 Nov 2014 | 12:44 pm
    Bubba’s Bar and Grill in Udon Thani is one of the most popular bars and restaurants in the city and TripAdvisor currently ranks it number 3 out of 95 restaurants in Udon Thani. The well-established bar and grill has a tried-and-true reputation for its quality food, excellent service and its sunny side up hosts Bubba and Jun. It’s a credible turnkey business [...] (Visited 99 times, 1 visits today) The post Bubba’s Bar and Grill in Udon Thani For Sale appeared first on Beyond The Mango Juice.
  • Thai Village Life – Som Tum Spicy Thai Salad

    Martyn
    8 Nov 2014 | 2:41 am
    Early this year my Thai partner Wonderful Wi set up shop in our village garden selling som tum (spicy papaya salad). A Thai style thatch roof kitchen was built and the village’s newest snack service rolled out. It wasn’t by any means an innovative business idea, but there was a hungry market out there willing to be fed. Thai Village [...] (Visited 182 times, 1 visits today) The post Thai Village Life – Som Tum Spicy Thai Salad appeared first on Beyond The Mango Juice.
  • Sang Khom, Udon Thani – One Horse and No 7-Eleven

    Martyn
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:11 am
    Sang Khom in Udon Thani Province is a typical small Thai rural town. It’s not to be confused with Sang Khom in Nong Khai Province – the latter nestles on the banks of the Mekong River with a splash of tourist appeal. Udon Thani’s Sang Khom sits among rice fields and is a rustic cornball kind of place. I [...] (Visited 104 times, 1 visits today) The post Sang Khom, Udon Thani – One Horse and No 7-Eleven appeared first on Beyond The Mango Juice.
 
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    The Runaway Guide

  • 5 Quick Tips for Having an Excellent Walking and Cycling Holiday

    The Runaway Guide
    12 Dec 2014 | 9:56 am
    A walking and cycling holiday is one of the best ways to experience a country while enjoying the health benefits of exercise and the therapeutic benefits of the great outdoors. Combining both pursuits also gives you a great mix of seeing landscape in a different way, while also keeping things fresh and interesting. It’s because of that, unsurprisingly, that these types of vacation are steadily climbing in popularity. As for having an excellent walking and cycling holiday that you’re likely to remember for a long time to come? Here are five quick tips that might help with that.
  • 5 Top Spots to Catch Live Music Gigs in Brisbane

    The Runaway Guide
    9 Dec 2014 | 7:17 am
    If you’re planning a trip to Australia’s sunny city of Brisbane and are a music lover, make sure to check out some of the many live music venues downtown and in surrounding suburbs. While Sydney and Melbourne are two of the more famous cities in Australia, Brisbane has grown into an impressive cultural hub over recent years and is now seen as the best spot in the country to see a wide variety of musical acts. The city has a regularly evolving live music scene, a large number of venues, and sees not only local bands doing their thing, but many national and international acts. The other…
  • Top 5 Things To Do In Costa Rica On A Budget

    The Runaway Guide
    26 Nov 2014 | 4:28 am
    From the moment you land or cross the border from Nicaragua, you’re senses are ambushed by a 5 star feast of tropical ecstasy. The landscape is so lush with emerald flora and so vibrant with it’s bio-diverse fauna that it’s almost hard to take it all in. The humid air, laced with papaya and passion fruit, is so sweet you might think you’ve entered heaven’s bakery. Costa Rica is pure paradise, and a must visit for any traveler. Unfortunately, with prices on par with the US, it’s not an ideal destination for budget backpackers. Food, though delicious, is…
  • Best Countries For A Road Trip

    The Runaway Guide
    24 Nov 2014 | 4:51 am
    Taking a road trip is one of the best ways to explore a foreign country. It enables you to go where you want when you want. It also allows you to get off the beaten path. Plus, if you’re a group, it’s often a lot cheaper to hire a car or RV than going by public transport. This is especially true in the USA, the UK and Australia. Not only are rentals cheap, but an extensive network of roads and highways makes them ideal for a road trip. In the following guide you’ll find out why and how to take a road trip on a budget in the USA, UK and OZ. USA There’s no better place for a road trip…
  • Charged By A Herd Of Wild Elephants In Kaudulla National Park, Sri Lanka

    The Runaway Guide
    15 Nov 2014 | 5:15 am
    They’ve almost completely surrounded us now. There are four behind us, five to the left and one 12 foot tall mammoth to the right. Foot by foot they converge on our jeep. Their deep growls reverberate into my chest. Their prehistoric trumpets pierce my ears. They stare at us with unwavering blood red eyes. In them I see myself. I see panic. I see an animal ready to take flight for its life. Suddenly the engine roars. But as the jeep thrusts forward, the heard begins to charge. The driver instantly slams on the break and we glide to a muddy stop. The heard pauses, their eyes…
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    Travelhoppers

  • It’s a Great Location, But Does it Have a Free Breakfast?

    Jan Ross
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    I took a bite of the delicious, hot quiche I was enjoying in our fabulous Carson Ridge Luxury Cabin in Carson, Oregon and just about swooned with pleasure. Not only was the breakfast delicious in every conceivable way, but it was even packed in a large basket and hand-delivered with an ice cold carafe of orange juice right to our door. I was enjoying breakfast in my pajamas in one of the most luxurious cabins I have ever visited. Along with the sumptuous breakfast included in the rate for the cabin, we enjoyed our huge Jacuzzi tub, flat screen television, and huge King size bed. No matter how…
  • A purrfect cuppa in London

    Cindy-Lou Dale
    10 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    What to look for when selecting a café in London: good tea or imported coffee; creamy cakes and fresh pastries; and of course – cats.   London’s first cat café – yes, a cat café – recently opened in the trendy art district of Shoreditch. The model was simple: raise £108,000 through crowd-funding via the internet, rent a space in a hip part of town, fill it with adopted cats, serve decent beverages, then watch the money roll in.   It’s a first of its kind themed café whose furry occupants can be watched and played with. The idea of the café is to give…
  • From Volcanoes to Ziplines: El Salvador’s Wild Side

    Kat Richter
    4 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    Tour guides often refer to El Salvador as “the country of 40 minutes.”  Because it is the smallest country in Central America, flanked by Guatemala to the west and Honduras to the northwest, you can easily hike a volcano in the morning, grab lunch at the beach, and end your day with a zip-line canopy tour near the Guatemalan border. Today, El Salvador boasts seventeen volcanoes, nine of which are active.  There are also over one hundred “hidden volcanoes” that are now extinct but can be seen in the form of small, rolling hills scattered across the landscape.  The capital city, San…
  • Snow Hotels that offer the Ultimate in Cool Rooms

    Nadia
    2 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    Winter Landscape Sweden Lapland by Vichaya Kiatying-Angsulee   With the first snow fall of winter approaching, who can resist that fresh blanket of snow for a frosty adventure? But far beyond traditional snowman building, skiing or snowboarding is the ultimate snow adventure – staying in a snow palace crafted from slabs of ice, packed with igloo guest rooms and illuminated ice sculptures. Most of the best snow hotels are located in Europe and offer a tranquil arctic experience that you will never forget. Here are just a few of the best destinations that can truly provide you with a…
  • UZBEKISTAN ODYSSEY: TRAVELING THE OLD SILK ROAD

    Steve Winston
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Most of us can’t find it on a map. But, yes, Virginia, there is a country called Uzbekistan. This Central Asian land is little-known to the outside world. And – though it may be hard for us to find on a map – it was at one time one of the great trading thoroughfares of the world, and traveled by legendary explorers such as Marco Polo. I traveled through Uzbekistan, too. And I can tell you that it’s a place of vast horizons and stunning sights, a place that overwhelms your senses. Uzbekistan. The name itself is exotic, redolent of a distant, mysterious Asian culture half a planet away,…
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    Dealchecker Blog

  • Holiday Review: Hurghada and Beyond

    Hannah
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:21 am
    Winter holidays abroad are THE BEST… in my opinion anyway! You see, I have a strong objection to the cold British weather. Despite my efforts to see it from a romantic light, my permanent red nose, sniffles and bear-prepping-for-hibernation appetite do not equate. Which is why I like to take most of my yearly holidays abroad during the chilly period. Lured in by winter temperatures of 25°C plus, I recently decided I wanted to return to Egypt – but somewhere I was yet to visit. The interestingly named beach resort of Sahl Hasheesh immediately caught my eye. Located around 20…
  • 10 Ultimate Paradise Destinations

    Hannah
    12 Dec 2014 | 8:46 am
    Have you found your favourite spot on earth yet? A place that takes your breath away due to its sheer beauty… We’ve picked 10 of our ultimate paradise destinations, from white-sand beaches with transparent green shores, to sleepy rivers lined with magical temples and lush emerald mountains – this really is what holiday dreams are made of.
  • Competition Time: Santa’s Coming to Town!

    Paige
    11 Dec 2014 | 10:01 am
    The countdown to Christmas has begun and the dealcheckers couldn’t be more excited! The thought of Father Christmas flying across the sky on Christmas Eve is too much excitement to take, and if we’re honest we’re a little jealous of his passport. Just imagine if you had a sleigh led by reindeer who could take you anywhere in the world! We’d be spending 364 days of the year on a beach in the Caribbean, and we’d like to know where you would take yourself if you had a sleigh and a reindeer. So… we’re giving you a sleigh and reindeer of your own and a chance to win amazing…
  • Where is Hot Now?

    Alice
    10 Dec 2014 | 2:55 am
    Winter is now in full swing across the UK. Woollen coats and scarves drape every shivering Brit, as they steady themselves on the ice, which covers the slushy sleet speckled streets. But have you thought about escaping the chill this season in search for some winter sun? Can you picture yourself in Dubai enjoying sizzling temperatures of 31°C, lazing by the pool with a book and a cooling cocktail in hand? Or can you imagine yourself exploring the hidden coves full of exotic fish and corals in the various diving sites of Cuba? The memory of Britain’s sub-zero temperatures could soon be…
  • 10 Beginner-Friendly European Ski Resorts

    Alice
    5 Dec 2014 | 9:51 am
    If you’re new to skiing, you don’t want to start off on the wrong ski… or board… or whatever you plan to use. So we asked some snow bunnies we know to recommend the best resorts in Europe for beginners. You want snow-sure resorts, with good ski schools and easy access to a variety of gentle, wide slopes. And most importantly you want somewhere cheap! Newbies may have to face a few stumbles on the slopes, but it shouldn’t wipeout your bank balance.
 
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    Vacation Home Rentals Blog

  • 2015’s Top 5 Family Destinations

    Dava Berman
    11 Dec 2014 | 11:35 pm
    About to pull your hair out over a family vacation decision for 2015? Look no farther than the sunshine state, which consistently ranks at the top of the list for tourist destinations! Whether you are looking for a relaxing vacation on the beach or a fun-filled vacation at Disney, Florida has something to offer for every member of the fam! Orlando/Disney This destination speaks for itself: theme parks! Stay at an affordable vacation rental moments away from the infamous Walt Disney World, SeaWorld, Universal Studios and so much more! Not only are there rides for the kiddies but golf for the…
  • Best US Destinations and Properties for Snowbirds

    Dava Berman
    2 Dec 2014 | 8:07 am
    Excited for your annual ski holiday but worried about resort prices? Look no further! Grab your snow pants, ‘mitts and laptop: fabulous feel-at-home vacation rentals with reasonable prices are right at your fingertips! Click the property photograph to be taken to the listing on VacationHomeRentals.com.   Lake Placid, New York Channel your inner Olympian: Lake Placid was the host of the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics!   Jackson Hole, Wyoming Calling all winter adventure seekers: Also known as sports lover’s paradise, Jackson Hole offers activities for the entire family, including…
  • The Best Family Attraction in Every State in the USA

    VacationHomeRentals.com
    24 Nov 2014 | 1:50 am
    A family vacation takes a lot of planning. Where will we stay? How will we get there? How can we AFFORD this? The worst thing you can do on a family vacation is plan like crazy the how and the where, but forget about the what to do when you arrive. Everyone will just sit on their hands staring at each other, or more likely fighting about who touched whom, and who is being annoying at that particular moment. No worries though, because we have you covered. We looked at every state in the USA and chose the top family attraction worth traveling for. This way, if you’re headed somewhere in…
  • Save Money with Vacation Home Rentals Next to Resorts

    Dava Berman
    10 Nov 2014 | 6:47 am
    Think you can only have luxury and extravagance when vacationing at a resort? You thought wrong! Why spend double, maybe even quadruple, when you can have all of the above for a lot less with the comfort of home? Read on to discover the vacation rentals with the hot deals just around the corner from their lavish neighbors! Montego Bay, Jamaica Secrets Wild Orchid Montego Bay [from $825/night]                                                 vs. Ocean view B&B MoBay Pool Chef Wi-Fi [from $199/night] Feel like you are at home: whether it is taking a dip in the…
  • The Steps to Booking a Vacation Rental

    Kelsey Readyhough
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:26 am
    Booking a vacation rental can be a quick and easy process if the correct steps are taken to ensure a stress free search. Being organized and planning at least six months in advance are key to a painless booking process. By following the steps below, you should be able to secure the rental home of your dreams at a great price. Decide on your details The first step in any vacation rental home search is deciding on exactly what you are looking for. Where do you want to go? Not only do you need to decide on the city or town you want to stay in, you should determine if there is a particular area…
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    Taku Resort and Marina

  • Fall News 2015

    Taku Resort
    11 Dec 2014 | 4:49 pm
    Taku News Fall 2015Keep in TouchDear Elizabeth, What an amazing summer we had!  It was so wonderful to see our old friends and make so many new ones.  We hope you had as much fun as we did!  Fall is in full swing and we’d love to share it with you.So Much is Happening on Quadra Island!The Autumn & Winter are a really special time on Quadra Island: so much great hiking, mushroom picking and even fishing!The Community Market has moved indoors until next summer.  Every second Saturday at the Community Centre, you will find amazing arts and crafts.  Find out moreOn the first…
  • Farewell Sue

    Taku Resort
    14 Oct 2014 | 4:54 pm
    We had a lot to be thankful for this weekend at Taku Resort and what was on the top of the list was being thankful for all of the years that Sue dedicated to working at Taku.After a smooth sailing summer, Sue let us know that she and her husband are expanding their own business and she will be dedicating herself to that full time.  We are all very sad to see her leave the Taku team after over a decade.  Always incredibly dependable and very capable whenever she was needed.  You could always count on her greeting you with a smile.Sue will always be a part of the Taku Team and we all hope…
  • Hiking with kids

    Taku Resort
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:19 am
    Hiking is an excellent way to get your children engaged in nature and spend some quality family time together.   Hiking with kids can be easy and enjoyable if you are prepared.  We have compiled some tips to help you.  This is by no means a comprehensive list, you will need to add or remove depending on your own needs, but hopefully it will help you get started.Check the trail map and familiarize yourself with the trail.Check the weather before you go, but remember that the weather can change and the weather forecast isn’t always correct.Check what time the sun sets.  You don’t want…
  • Why would anyone take a cooking class?

    Taku Resort
    27 Jan 2014 | 10:29 am
     So often cooking becomes a chore. We work all day and then we have to come home and try to throw together something that will appeal to everyone in the house while also meeting our budget, nutritional requirements, and available supplies. Taking a cooking class takes us away from that. It returns us to a place where cooking is fun, courageous and creative.The Taku Cookery brings us into intimate groups in a gorgeous setting with the most skilled chefs and suddenly food becomes so much more than another thing to check off our daily list. Taking a class at Taku nourishes our minds, our sense…
  • As Christmas Draws Nearer

    Taku Resort
    29 Nov 2013 | 3:01 pm
    As Christmas draw nearer, we start thinking about family and spending time together.  The end of the old year also leads to planning the year ahead.  These thoughts lead us to thinking about the importance of family vacations.Family vacations allow us to take a break from our daily routines and just enjoy each other’s company.  Sharing new experiences strengthens our bonds and creates memories, stories and traditions that last a lifetime or even generation.  Taking time away from our daily concerns and distractions, (like electronics) frees us to connect on a much deeper level, and…
 
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    Kidventurous

  • 5 Must-Do Holiday Activities with Kids

    Erin Gifford
    15 Dec 2014 | 2:04 pm
    It’s hard to believe that there are only ten days until Christmas. There are still so many holiday attractions and events to see and do. Take a look at five of my favorites: 1. Christmas Markets. You don’t need to fly to Europe to enjoy the magic, the twinkling lights and the gluhwein of a Christmas Market. There are some great ones all across the U.S., including the Christmas Village in Baltimore and Christkindlmarket Chicago. Most are open through Christmas Eve. 2. ZooLights. I’ve yet to make it to ZooLights and this is going to be the year. The National Zoo in Washington, DC has a…
  • Holiday Travel: 8 Moms & Dads Share Their Best Packing Tips

    Erin Gifford
    10 Dec 2014 | 12:26 pm
    In less than two weeks, I know that many of you will be loading up your minivans and hopping on planes to be with family for the holidays. If you’re like me, you may wait until the eleventh hour to begin packing, so I know you’ll be able to use a little help and guidance. Take a look at more than 45 tips below to help you pack effectively and get to where you need to go with minimal stress and craziness. 1. Globetrotting Mama: How to Pack Light for Kids: Week Away You’ll love Heather’s tips that range from keeping toys to a minimum to starting them young when it comes to teaching kids…
  • Taking the Kids: 2nd or 3rd Visit to Washington, DC

    Erin Gifford
    9 Dec 2014 | 10:25 am
    There’s no question that Washington, DC is a great place to explore with kids. A visit to the U.S. Capitol, taking in the views from the top of the Washington Monument and snapping a selfie from in front of the White House are all must-do’s, of course. But, what do you do with your kids in Washington, DC once you’ve enjoyed all the mandatory experiences? Take a look: 1. Visit One of the Largest Libraries in the World. Head to the Library of Congress for a free walking tour of the Jefferson Building or stay for a storytime in the Young Readers Center. It’s also a must to quietly visit…
  • 5 Travel Books that Make Perfect Holiday Gifts for Kids

    Erin Gifford
    8 Dec 2014 | 8:35 am
    The holidays are nearly here and if you’d like to inspire wanderlust in your children this year, there are a variety of new books designed to do just that. I think you’ll find that each book or book series is well-suited for children who will want to spend hours learning more about their world through these fun and colorful books. Here are five of my favorites: 1. The Adventures in… Series. For young children (ages 3-5), Lonely Planet Kids recently launched a new Adventures in… series with titles like Adventures in Busy Places and Adventures in Wild Places. Each colorful book…
  • Celebrating the Holiday Season in Newport with Kids

    Jenn Record
    4 Dec 2014 | 2:15 pm
    Newport, Rhode Island. Located just 90 minutes from Boston, Newport is a once-thriving seaport, yachting capital and summer vacation home to famous tycoons of the Gilded Age. While the sand, surf and sun of the warmer months bring the majority of visitors, the holiday season affords numerous opportunities to enjoy this “city-by-the-sea.”  Here are five can’t miss events: 1. A Holiday Meet & Greet with Frosty. Head down to Bowen’s Wharf, located off of America’s Cup Avenue, a main road running through downtown. Lined with shops and boutiques, plan for holiday shopping and a…
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  • 4 Caravan and Camping Sites in Turkey

    Natalie
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:39 am
    Read the Original Article - 4 Caravan and Camping Sites in Turkey Turkey boasts of a colourful historical timeline, Mediterranean and desert climate, plenty of sun, sea, and sand, nomadic passion, and great cuisine. Therefore camping in Turkey could be a popular travel genre but sadly the Turkish government has never actively promoted this  tourism opportunity to the outside world. Therefore, if you plan on spending your […] Related posts: Domestic Flights In Turkey – Sites To Use Jeep Safari in Turkey : Altinkum, Akbuk and Bozbuk Travel Myths About Turkey Busted! Bafa Lake On The…
  • Independent Travel vs Guided Tours: Which Is the Best Way to see Turkey?

    Natalie
    8 Dec 2014 | 10:48 pm
    Read the Original Article - Independent Travel vs Guided Tours: Which Is the Best Way to see Turkey? Such is the diversity of Turkey; its general appearance to the outside world can differ in many ways, mainly depending on nationalities. I am no longer surprised to receive e-mails from readers in countries like Australia or America, who plan to visit Turkey  but are hesitant about travelling independently and question if they should they […] Rel