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  • An Idiot Abroad is brilliant travel TV

    Eyeflare Travel Articles and Tips
    7 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Here’s why I think Karl Pilkington has made one of the best travel programmes ever! “An Idiot Abroad” first aired on our British TV screens in 2012 and was the brain child of legendary comedians Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant. Stemming from a series of podcast the character of “Karl Pilkington” was developed and eventually turned into the lead of the hit TV show “An Idiot Abroad”. Although the show is meant primarily to be a comedy (which of course it is as well) it is also a really honest and great travel programme. Through Karl’s jaded,…
  • Top 5 magical moments in Costa Rica

    Mariellen Ward
    4 Jul 2014 | 12:30 am
    Waterfall at base of Rincon de la Vieja volcano. Wild, tranquil and green: Costa Rica travel memories HOW WOULD YOU like to see crocodiles up close, in the wild? Or go horseback riding to hidden waterfalls at the base of a volcano? Or sink into a natural hot spring, covered in mineral-rich, warm clay? These are just some of the special moments I had on a private guided tour of Costa Rica with Kensington Tours, where I experienced the best of both worlds:  the comfort of a luxury, guided tour and the excitement of authentic, cultural and wilderness adventures. Thanks to the knowledgeable…
  • Must Visit Places in Mumbai Travel Guide
    2 Jun 2014 | 3:33 am
    Mumbai, the city of dreams witnesses a huge incursion of tourists throughout the year for sightseeing. Most of them, visit Mumbai to seek employment opportunities. The city, which hardly sleeps, is known to be one of the most populated cities in the world. Mumbai boasts a number of tourist attractions, shopping malls and beaches that one can explore and enjoy. Starting from the Gateway of...
  • Great NYC Walking Food Tours

    24 Jul 2014 | 2:20 pm
    There’s so much to see and do (and eat) in New York City, that sometimes even living here feels overwhelming. As someone who lives in Brooklyn, I’m constantly asked by out-of-town guests where to eat, and I never know what to say, as the options are literally endless. That’s why I was delighted to try out one of the best NYC Walking Food Tours out there via Ahoy Food Tours—a great food tour that takes guests through Little Italy and Chinatown, two neighborhoods I don’t venture to nearly enough as a local. The tour starts out at Ferrara Bakery & Cafe with one of their legendary…
  • Quiz: Which Hawaiian Island is For You?

    Shermans Travel Blog
    Christine Wei
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Beaches and forests. Hiking and surfing. Volcanoes and luaus. These are some of the delights found all over Hawaii. But each island is a little different, each famous for its own flavor. Kauai treats visitors to lush landscapes and secluded peace, for example — whereas Oahu is perfect for cramming culture and dining and shopping all in one. To discover which island is best suited to your travel style and interests, take our newest quiz. (Note: You must like ShermansTravel on Facebook in order to see your results.)
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    Intelligent Travel

  • I Heart My City: Igor’s Venice

    I Heart My City
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:28 am
    Venice native Igor Scomparin led tours all over Europe with Globus for a decade before returning home to be a “local host” for Monograms. Now, this tourism industry veteran’s mission is to show the real, authentic Venice to travelers who come to visit his homeland. Here’s a look at the City of Canals, through the ultimate local’s eyes. Catch up with Igor on Twitter @tourleadervenic and on Instagram @tourleadervenice. Venice Is My City When someone comes to visit me, the first place I take them is to the lively Rialto Market. Here, they’ll see the catch of…
  • #NGTRadar: Travel Lately

    Intelligent Travel
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:48 pm
    The Radar—the latest and best from the travel blogosphere—is a regular feature on Intelligent Travel every other Wednesday. You can play, too. Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTravel and tag your favorite travel stories #NGTRadar to help us find the crème de la crème on the Web. Here are our newest picks: Defy your inner food snob with spicy soup, beer-battered fries, and a delicious stir-fry—all made from Spam. Here are five international delicacies made with “Hormel’s treasure in a tin can,” along with two recipes for those daring enough to try them at…
  • Event-o-Rama: 10 Must-Dos in August

    Intelligent Travel
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:42 pm
    There are some amazing events on tap all over the world, all the time. Here’s a taste of what you can see and do in August: Take a deep dive into Australasia’s contemporary art scene at the 25th annual Melbourne Art Fair (August 13-17) in suburban Carlton. Held in the Royal Exhibition Building, a World Heritage site, this well-regarded festival provides a stunning platform for 70 regional galleries and hundreds of leading artists. Lectures, free public performances, and a pop-up restaurant make this event a travel-worthy affair. Get down and dirty at the world’s biggest food…
  • Happy 75th, Cooperstown!

    Intelligent Travel
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:05 am
    No need for an umpire’s call:Cooperstown, New York, runs on baseball. And as the Baseball Hall of Fame celebrates its 75th anniversary in 2014, baseball lovers can cheer more than one milestone. July also brings a new batch of inductees (including star players Frank Thomas, Greg Maddux, and Tom Glavine) following last year’s steroids-disqualified dry spell. But some things never change: The induction ceremony, to take place on July 27, draws an endless stream of baseball fanatics from across the country, who hold their caps and grow misty-eyed when approaching their heroes. Living legends…
  • Shoot One to Save the Rest?

    Costas Christ
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:37 am
    In early 2014, the Dallas Safari Club, a Texas-based hunting outfit, came up with an unconventional idea for protecting the critically endangered African black rhino: Auction a permit to shoot one and donate the money for conservation. An international furor followed, pitting pro-trophy-hunting groups and wildlife conservation advocates against each other. One side pointed out that the targeted rhino was an old male well past reproductive age. The other side argued that killing endangered animals for sport—even to raise funds for conservation causes—sends a contradictory message. Namibia,…
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  • FAA lifts ban on flights to, from Tel Aviv

    24 Jul 2014 | 1:58 pm
    The Federal Aviation Administration has lifted its ban on U.S. airlines flying to and from Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion International Airport.
  • Yellowstone: Tour brings best photo spots into focus

    24 Jul 2014 | 8:15 am
    Brrrriiing! Like a hammer shattering glass, the alarm broke the silence of our West Yellowstone motel room. It was 3 a.m. We needed to get up and out to meet a small group of fellow photographers for our first-ever photo tour.
  • Europe: Motorcycle tour of the Alps with no engine sound, no emissions

    24 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    Motorcycle riders who insist on revving their engines won't enjoy a new two-wheel tour of the Alps. Edelweiss Bike Travel based in Austria is offering guided journeys through Europe's most famous mountains from the seat of a zero-emission bike.
  • Las Vegas: Monorail turns 10, and the celebrations begin

    24 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    The Las Vegas Monorail, which has carried more than 60 million riders in its first decade, will celebrate its 10th birthday at all seven stations on Saturday. Entertainment, prizes, food and beverages are among the offerings from 11 a.m-4 p.m. Here’s a sampling of what's on track:
  • Family forced off Southwest Airlines flight after tweeting a complaint

    23 Jul 2014 | 5:21 pm
    A Minneapolis family was asked to get off a Southwest Airlines flight in Colorado because of a tweet the father sent out complaining about the airline’s service before the departure from Denver International Airport.
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    Hawaii Vacation Blog

  • RIMPAC Comes Ashore in Waikiki

    Jamie Winpenny
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:31 am
    Taking place between June 26 and August 1, RIMPAC is currently underway in Hawaii waters. RIMPAC is a biennial (every two years), The post RIMPAC Comes Ashore in Waikiki appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Brunchtime on Oahu

    Jamie Winpenny
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:27 am
    Brunch joints are the newest thing in dining on Oahu. And while I am admittedly far from being a foodie or an The post Brunchtime on Oahu appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • 3 Silly (and Dangerous) Things Hawaii Visitors Do

    Jamie Winpenny
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:31 am
    Hawaii is home to a wide variety of extreme and action sports. This is the reason many visitors choose a Hawaii vacation. The post 3 Silly (and Dangerous) Things Hawaii Visitors Do appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Kaakaako Rising

    Jamie Winpenny
    18 Jul 2014 | 7:38 am
    There is new construction boom in Honolulu, and it’s taking place smack-dab in the middle of Honolulu’s urban corridor in Kakaako. As The post Kaakaako Rising appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Reinventing the Hawaii Bachelor Party

    Jamie Winpenny
    15 Jul 2014 | 9:54 am
    Hawaii is among the most desirable locations in the world for a destination wedding. It’s exotic but still in the United States, The post Reinventing the Hawaii Bachelor Party appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
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  • TSA doesn't know DC is part of US

    Matt Hershberger
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Recently, a story was filed under the “Facepalms-hard-enough-to-cause-traumatic-brain-injuries” category: A Transportation Security Agency (TSA) agent in Orlando almost did not let a reporter on his flight because the reporter had a license that the TSA officer didn’t recognize — from the District of Columbia. Americans with an elementary school education will remember that the District of Columbia, while not specifically a state, is the home of Washington, our nation’s capital, and is in fact the “DC” in “Washington, DC.” For those of us…
  • 10 signs you’re an Australian country kid

    Jess Buchan
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Photo: Badjonni 1. You know exactly what roo shooting is. It’s Saturday night and you’re dressed in your best farm clothes. You’ve got an esky full of beer and a Ute full of friends. The working dogs are tied to the back and the guns are loaded. Welcome to roo shooting, social highlight of the week. 2. You call everyone mate. Even if you hate them. Actually, you’re more likely to call someone mate if you’re arguing with them. Your best friend is your mate. The guy who makes your coffee is your mate. The random chick in the bar is your mate. That stupid drongo that didn’t indicate…
  • Afghanistan: Searching for peace

    Katka Lapelosa
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Afghanistan from Mikai Danger Karl on Vimeo. PEOPLE ARE ALWAYS SURPRISED when I tell them one of my dream trips is to visit Afghanistan. Despite the political conflict, and radically different social practices, I feel there is so much more to this country than people are exposed to. There isn’t anything in this video by Mikai Karl that reminds me of war, religion, terrorism, and the other negative views projected by mass media sources. I can’t ignore that those things exist, but I can be open to exploring a culture that is entirely different from my own. I completely admire the…
  • The yoga lesson in Alleppey, India

    Suzanne Roberts
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    Photo: Jean Henrique Wichinoski WHEN I NOTICED a sign at our hotel offering yoga lessons, I told my friend Sholeh, “Let’s sign up.” I had been practicing at home and was determined to take yoga in India, where it all began. We changed into our sweats and went to meet our instructor, a young man in his early 20s, lanky and big-eyed. He led us to a room that looked like a dining hall, but the tables and chairs had been pushed against the walls. He instructed us to lie down on the concrete floor. The air conditioner hummed from a wall unit in the corner, circulating cold air with a hint of…
  • 20 facts you didn't know about Tokyo

    Joe Batruny
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    TOKYO IS AN INTERESTING PLACE. A giant, interesting place. If you’ve ever been, you’ve noticed how vastly each of Tokyo’s wards differs from the next. From Shibuya’s neon lights to Taito’s traditional temples to Sumida’s Ryogoku Kokugikan (Tokyo’s most important sumo arena), there is no shortage of excitement to be found in the city. And if none of that does it for you, well, there are 20 other wards in Tokyo that might. There’s no way you’ll be able to cover them all during your two-week vacation. On the plus side, Tokyo always gives you a reason to come back. If you think…
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    Wanderlust and Lipstick

  • The North Face Verbera Lite Mid GTX Boots ~ WanderGear Wednesday

    Beth Whitman
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:23 am
    To call these “Lite” is an understatement. The North Face Verbera Lite Mid GTX Boots are about a pound per shoe (size 8.5). You may never have thought of weighing your shoes before but try it. You likely don’t have any hiking boots that come close to that weight. It’s because of that weight that these will be one of (likely) two pair of boots that come with me on the Snowman Trek in September. Why? Well, my biggest needs from a hiking boot during the Snowman Trek will be: Boots that provide a fair amount of ankle support. A low-cut boot won’t do. Ones that have…
  • Snow Peak Gear for Camping ~ WanderGear Wednesday

    Beth Whitman
    16 Jul 2014 | 10:28 am
    Snow Peak isn’t your usual camping gear company. Au contraire. They are quite unusual. Though their products are items you definitely need for a camping adventure, their gear is one, OK maybe five, notches above most manufacturers of similar products. Why? Well, for one, the company was started in the 50s by Yukio Yamai from Japan. He began creating products because, as a mountaineer, he couldn’t find what he wanted from other companies so he created his own. To this day, the Snow Peak products all have a Japanese aesthetic quality to them. These are not throw-away items meant to…
  • Changes to TSA Security Rules Overseas – Power Up!

    Beth Whitman
    14 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    I’ve written quite a bit about TSA rules, the use of body scanners and the rights of airline passengers. It’s difficult enough to keep up with all the changes implemented by governmental agencies and airlines. But it’s no wonder this one slipped by me (and most of the media, apparently) because it was quietly announced on July 2, when no one’s thinking about much more than fireworks and BBQ’s. Here’s the lowdown. The TSA changed their security measures once again by enhancing screening at some overseas airports. For direct flights to the U.S., you may be…
  • PacSafe AT21 Wheeled Carry-on ~ WanderGear Wednesday

    Beth Whitman
    9 Jul 2014 | 7:22 am
    PacSafe is truly one of my favorite travel gear companies. I’ve been using and recommending their products for probably 10 years or more. Why? Because safety is their number one priority. PacSafe manufactures luggage, backpacks, locks, wallets, purses, camera bags and more. And all of these items have safety features meant to deter thieves from slashing, cutting and breaking into your bag(s). A typical product might be slashproof, puncture-resistant and have zippers that lock in place so the bag can’t be opened. It wasn’t until relatively recently that they introduced a line…
  • Cocoon Thermolite Radiator MummyLiner ~ WanderGear Wednesday

    Beth Whitman
    2 Jul 2014 | 6:04 pm
    If you’re backpacker, you likely already know what a sleep sack is. For those of you who aren’t familiar with this very handy and very packable item, it’s a liner you sleep in that puts a bit of distance between you and the bedsheets. When you’re staying in basic accommodations (think: youth hostel), this can mean the difference between a good night’s sleep or a fitful night where you’re worrying about what you’re sleep on (or in). The sleep sacks I’ve used in the past have always been silk. This is probably because most of my backpacking days…
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  • Carnival Cruise Lines is top improving Brand in BrandIndex Report

    Rich Tucker
    20 Jul 2014 | 4:51 pm
    Carnival Cruise Lines ranked number 1 brand out of ALL US brands for most-improved consumer perception in YouGov’s BrandIndex mid-year buzz report. Making it even more impressive, the improvement in Carnival’s consumer-perception score doubled the 2nd most improved brand. This quick rebound in consumer perception is reflective of Carnival’s commitment to refreshing their on board product and programming as well as their investment in keeping consistent operational performance. Carnival’s Vacation Guarantee Carnival is so sure in their onboard product that they’ve…
  • Top 5 Deals: Royal Caribbean’s Endless Summer Sale

    Rich Tucker
    15 Jul 2014 | 12:21 pm
    If you’re like me, you don’t want to let Summer end – you’ll love Royal Caribbean’s Endless Summer Sale: Royal Caribbean’s Endless Summer Sale reduced prices 10% on Sept – December 2014 cruise PLUS is giving you up to $400 free spending money for Sept – December Cruises.  [my top 5 deals below] While the Summer never ends in the Caribbean… this sale does end July 31st, 2014.  To help you save time and money, I give all the details of the sale below and pick out my Top 5 Deals in the sale. Royal Caribbean Endless Summer Sale Details: Book almost any…
  • CruiseDeals: Free Drinks, Gratuities or Onboard Credit on Celebrity Cruises

    Martha Allen
    14 Jul 2014 | 2:03 pm
    Your Choice: FREE Drinks, Gratuities or Onboard Credit on Celebrity Cruises Don’t miss out on the opportunity to take advantage of this incredible offer from Celebrity Cruises and; book select Celebrity cruises and receive your choice of either a free beverage package, free gratuities, or up to $300 onboard credit. Plus, some cruises are eligible for two perks. And even better, also has exclusive rates featuring incredible savings on select cruises! CLICK HERE to check out our top Celebrity cruise deals! Celebrity 123 Go Sale: Book by July 31st Book an Ocean…
  • Cruise Deals: Last Minute Summer Cruises from $199

    Martha Allen
    11 Jul 2014 | 7:06 am
    Sailing Away Soon: Last Minute Summer Cruise Deals Still looking to get away this summer?  While the summer is sure going by fast, it’s definitely not too late to book a cruise vacation departing in the next few months. And you’re in luck because with all of the great deals available right now, you can do it at take advantage of great prices! CLICK HERE to check out our full list of the top last minute cruise deals to take advantage of now, with rates starting from just $199! But hurry, these last minute deals are priced super low to fill unsold cabins quickly and they won’t be…
  • NCL Kids Cruise FREE Sale

    Martha Allen
    9 Jul 2014 | 12:46 pm
    Kids of All Ages Sail FREE on Norwegian Cruise Line If you’ve been waiting for another kids cruise free sale to be offered, don’t miss out on this one from NCL where kids of ALL AGES sail for free – that means any 3rd – 8th guests sailing in the stateroom with 2 full fare adults are included! NCL is offering this fantastic deal on over 450 sailings departing this fall through next spring. This is a great opportunity to take the whole family on a cruise vacation! Added Bonus when you book by July 11th: Receive up to $250 onboard credit + reserve your cruise with a 50% reduced deposit!
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    Europe a la Carte Travel Blog

  • Three Course Lunch for 6.9 Euro at the Hotel Danubia Gate in Bratislava

    Karen Bryan
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:30 pm
    On weekdays the Danubia Gate Hotel in Bratislava offers a three course 'Menu Klasik' set lunch for 6.9 Euro. The hotel is located at Dunajská 26, a five minute walk from the Old Town.
  • Review of Premier Inn Stirling City Centre

    Karen Bryan
    20 Jul 2014 | 11:20 pm
    I stayed at the Premier Inn Stirling City Centre on a mid-week night in May 2014. It cost £35 on an advance booking non-refundable rate. The hotel is behind Stirling rail station in a recently redevoped area by the River Forth.
  • Photo Tour of the New Building of the National Museum Prague

    Karen Bryan
    16 Jul 2014 | 11:34 pm
    The old building of the National Museum in Prague is undergoing renovation and not due to re-open until 2015.  However, the adjacent building,  which originally opened in 1938 as the Prague Stock Exchange, now called the New Bulding of the National Museum, was open during my visit to the city in April 2014. The Old National Museum was reflected onto the New Building, a great marriage of old and new.
  • Evaluating UK Travel Options with GoEuro

    Karen Bryan
    13 Jul 2014 | 11:39 pm
    We've been thinking of re-visiting Plymouth in Devon, in south west England, for some time. What's put us off is the journey there. Plymouth Hoe by Visentico/Sento We prefer to take our car for trips within the UK.
  • Review of Kantin Restaurant in Budapest

    Karen Bryan
    9 Jul 2014 | 11:28 pm
    We had dinner at the Kantin restaurant, 44 Andrassy Place (close to Ockogon), in April 2014. The three course set menu cost 2500 HUF (around £7). You can only pay in cash.
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    Art of Non-Conformity

  • The Cure for Writer’s Block: Start With the Last Thing You Learned

    Chris Guillebeau
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:27 am
    Wondering what to write about? Someone once told me, “Start with the last thing you learned—then share that.” They actually gave me this advice in reference to a talk I was terrified to give. I’d love to tell you I took that lesson to heart, thought of something great, and went on to give a perfectly delivered five-minute talk. But since I’d rather not lie to you, I’ll just tell you what really happened: nothing. It sounded like helpful advice, but I didn’t do anything with it. I backed out of the talk and felt bad about it for weeks. Back to the point: it’s actually a good…
  • Holding Pattern: Airport Runway Art

    Chris Guillebeau
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:41 am
    It’s no secret that I love airports and airplanes. I get to the airport several hours before any given flight… and I fly a lot. That’s why it was easy for me to also love this project that compiles photos of active runways from Google Earth. Copenhagen Atlanta Barcelona Boston JFK Madrid Link + Images: Holding Pattern
  • The Feeling of Being Unsettled Won’t Just Go Away

    Chris Guillebeau
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:52 pm
    From my inbox: “I have a sneaking suspicion this feeling of being unsettled won’t go away until I control my freedom.” A common theme in the emails I receive is one of readers feeling unsettled. People are frustrated with one or more parts of their current life, yet they sense that change is possible—somehow, somewhere—if they can only find their way through the confusion. As this person noted, the sense of feeling unsettled won’t just disappear. Finding true resolution requires genuine action. The required action may vary, but the requirement for action is…
  • Thoughts on Working from the Drugstore

    Chris Guillebeau
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:49 am
    The drugstore in my neighborhood has a deliberate policy of wasting every customer’s time. If you arrive to pick up a prescription, you’ll wait a minimum of 20 minutes, guaranteed. It doesn’t matter if you’re just getting a refill. It doesn’t matter if your doctor’s office has called in your prescription. It doesn’t matter if you’ve called ahead to say, “Hey drugstore, I’m on the way—please have this ready for me.” No matter what, you’ll show up and they’ll say something like, “When do you want to come back to pick this up? Is 30 minutes okay?”…
  • A Free-Range Life: On the Road with Pam Mandel

    Chris Guillebeau
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:40 am
    This is a traveler case study. (Read others or nominate yourself I met Pam Mandel at an event in Seattle. I was interested in how she’d made travel not just part of her life, but also part of her lifestyle. Here’s her story. Tell us about yourself. I’m a free range human. I’ve done all kinds of things to pay my bills—farm work, selling art supplies, writing photo captions, making sandwiches, stuffing envelopes, designing websites—but I’ve almost always been freelance or temp because I need space for creative things (music, my own writing, art) and travel. What was…
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  • Top Lana’i Adventures

    Sheila Beal
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:09 am
    There’s a common misconception that there’s nothing to do on Lanai. Au contraire! There’s plenty of exciting adventures that will make memories for a lifetime. We’ve visited Lana’i at least a half a dozen times — and we’ve never run out of things to do. So, what sort of vacation adventures does Lana’i offer? Let’s take a look. Go off roading Rent a four-wheel drive for a day or two to discover Lanai’s secluded beaches, a most unusual rock garden, historic villages and much more. While Lanai only has 30 miles of paved roads, this…
  • Aloha Friday Photo: Green Sand Beach on Big Island of Hawaii

    Sheila Beal
    18 Jul 2014 | 7:50 am
    Mahalo to Kelly Driscoll-Smith for sharing this unique Hawaii Island photo with us. Kelly took this photo at Papakolea Beach — also known as the Green Sand Beach. How does this green sand beach get it’s color? I’ll let Wikipedia explain: The cinder cone is rich in olivine, a silicate mineral containing iron and magnesium, also known as peridot when of gem quality. Olivine is a common mineral component of Hawaiian lavas and one of the first crystals to form as magma cools. Olivine is locally known as “Hawaiian Diamond” and is notably found…
  • Hawaii vacation deals & news: July 16, 2014

    Sheila Beal
    16 Jul 2014 | 9:46 am
    * If you are thinking about a late summer or fall trip to Hawaii, it’s time to start to keep your eyes on airfare. Hawaiian Airlines is starting to show lower fares for travel between August 19 and November 19, 2014 with fares starting at $438 roundtrip. For a quick search of the lowest fares available from your home airport, we like to use * Entertainment coupon 2014 books are on sale for $5.99 plus $1 shipping. If you are going to Oahu in 2014, the coupons can really help you save on luaus, tours, beach services, etc. Read our discussion about these coupon books here. *…
  • What you need to know about visiting Hawaii in August

    Sheila Beal
    14 Jul 2014 | 9:56 am
    If you are considering an August vacation in Hawaii, you may be wondering if it’s a good time to visit the islands of Aloha. Let’s examine weather, costs, visitor statistics and more to help you decide if August is the best time for you to vacation in the Hawaiian Islands. What’s Hawaii’s weather like in August? August and September are two of the hottest months in Hawaii. August weather in the Hawaiian Islands can be described as very summer-like with lots of sunshine and warm temperatures. Daytime high temperatures at most beach resorts average in the mid to upper 80s…
  • Aloha Friday Photo: Wailea Beach Day

    Sheila Beal
    11 Jul 2014 | 7:14 am
    Mahalo to Kathleen Wiegand for sharing this beautiful beach photo with us for our Aloha Friday Photo series. This photo was taken from sunny South Maui where Kathleen tells us she was enjoying a day at the beach in Wailea. We love the perspective of this photo. It’s so close to sand-level that you can almost feel like you’re sitting there on that golden sandy beach. We also like the composition including the  large, twisty driftwood. We could spend an hour or two or ten here enjoying this view. How about you? Happy Aloha Friday! © Go Visit Hawaii – Republication of this…
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  • Frugal Friday: Alabama’s Battle of Mobile Bay 150th Anniversary

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

    15 Jul 2014 | 5:43 am
    Right now my new husband and I are on our #EpicHoneymoon adventure on Qatar Airways. You can follow along via social media on Instagram and Twitter to see just where we end up and the romantic things we discover along the way. Also, to celebrate the new Qatar Airways route from Dallas to Doha, Qatar Airways is providing an opportunity for one lucky follower to win their own epic adventure with their #HangYourHat promotion. Just visit Qatar Airways website to enter for two roundtrip tickets from any US gateway they depart from to your favorite Qatar Airways destination, along with a chance to…
  • 3 Places you Must Eat at in Mystic Connecticut

    14 Jul 2014 | 2:11 pm
    We recently visited the beautiful town of Mystic, Connecticut. It was my first time there. We were set out on an adventure to learn as much as we could about the Mystic Aquarium and surrounding attractions but a girl has got to eat. Here are my top 3 Mystic picks for places to eat. Abbotts Lobster in the Rough Abbotts was a favorite. In fact, in just a 3 day stay we went there twice. It is a low key, great seafood place to eat. With beautiful views of the ocean and sailboats drifting by only lobster smothered in butter could make this place any better. Thankfully, lots and lots of Lobster is…
  • Frugal Friday: San Antonio’s Kidcation

    12 Jul 2014 | 3:43 am
    Photo by Jim Twardowski Don’t you wish someone else would put the perfect kid-friendly vacation together?  Wouldn’t it be great to go somewhere that’s fun for the whole family and won’t break the bank?  The San Antonio Kidcation Week is August 8-17.  It’s one week of restaurants, hotels, and attractions giving special offers and holding summertime events designed for kids and their families.  And, you might even be able to sneak in a history lesson in the home of the Alamo. Go to for a complete list of the offers.  Hotel packages…
  • Oh, The Places You’ll Go…With Carnival Freedom!

    9 Jul 2014 | 5:04 pm
    In recent months, we have been sharing what’s new on board several Carnival cruises.  We showed you around the beautifully redesigned Sunshine, with its awesome restaurants, updated décor, and unbelievably cool SportSquare, SkyCourse, and WaterWorks areas for kids and teens.  We also took you to a concert with us on the Ecstasy to experience CarnivalLIVE, a new concept in cruising entertainment where you can enjoy your favorite artists in an intimate venue while on your cruise vacation.  Carnival has been pulling out all the stops to bring you the very best in family cruising, and we…
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  • What Travel Milestones Have You Reached?

    Erica Ho
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:42 am
    Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. After a while, it gets easy to think you’ve seen it all and, worse, to begin taking things for granted. It wasn’t until I began reflecting on the first time I ever flew first class for this article—a common enough occurrence that I no longer think anything of it—that I began fondly remembering the times I crossed each milestone. I know that I saved that boarding pass lying around as a souvenir. But then again, you’re talking to a person who might have saved a napkin from the first international flight they ever flew as a souvenir. I…
  • Travel Quote: “The shortest way to yourself is around the world.”

    Mike Richard
    18 Jul 2014 | 10:23 am
    Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. Remixed from original photo © Michael Pollak (Flickr) The post Travel Quote: “The shortest way to yourself is around the world.” appeared first on Vagabondish.
  • Launches a Unique Subscription-Based Travel Service

    Mike Richard
    18 Jul 2014 | 9:07 am
    Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. Some of our fondest travel moments were borne from serendipity and blind chance. By jumping in feet first without the slightest hint of expectation or control over where we were headed or what we would be doing next. Fresh startup website has taken this concept and added a dash of organization to create a unique subscription-based travel service. Traveler's Silhouette in the Marrakech Railway Station © Thomas Leuthard The Skinny In their own words, is: … a subscription-based spontaneous travel service that…
  • 8 Stupid Simple Steps to Achieve Your Travel Goals

    Amanda Kendle
    18 Jul 2014 | 5:11 am
    Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. If you’re half as travel-mad as me, you already have in mind lots of travel goals you’d like to achieve. It’s easy to have lots of dreams of trips you’d like to take and things you’d like to see, but it’s not always easy to do it and keep up with all the other parts of life. You’ll increase your chances of achieving these dreams if you sit down and write some travel-related goals. Here’s how I do it. #1: Big Dream Goals Start by thinking up a handful of “big dream goals”. I’m not a bucket list kind of gal, but I do have…
  • Photo of the Moment: The Carving of Glen Canyon, Arizona

    Mike Richard
    17 Jul 2014 | 11:25 am
    Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. © Wolfgang Staudt The post Photo of the Moment: The Carving of Glen Canyon, Arizona appeared first on Vagabondish.
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    Adventure Girl

  • Hotel Review: The Quin Hotel – A modern masterpiece

    Stefanie Michaels
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:27 pm
    The Quin, a 1926 beaux arts building turned posh hotel in midtown Manhattan, is one of New York City’s newest luxury lifestyle hotels. Situated at the corner of 57th and 6th Avenue, its prime location is just blocks from art, music, fashion—Central Park, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Times Square and the designer shops of Fifth Avenue. The main lobby is where guests will spy vanilla-colored marble floors, dramatic high-mirror tile ceilings, and a lounge area set across from a stark white marble front desk backed by a fire red art piece. Art plays an important role in the ambience of this…
  • A playful take on epicure at “Barton G.”

    Stefanie Michaels
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:48 am
    What do you get when you mix comfort food and the theatrics of a brilliant entrepreneur with a child-like imagination? Barton G. LA., the Miami restaurant that recently landed on La Cienega Boulevard in West Hollywood. The man behind this new and stunning WEHO haunt is Barton G. Weiss, an internationally acclaimed concept design guru, author, and restaurateur. He is also the visionary, who turned Gianni Versace’s former private residence into one of South Beach’s chicest hotels. One might drive by the restaurant’s exterior and think the location to be a Gucci-esque design house instead…
  • pledge for #Vacationequality

    Stefanie Michaels
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:41 pm
    When came to me and asked me to work on a special project with them, I was curious. “Tell me more,” I asked. “It has to do with vacation equality,” explained Vicki Dolenga of I learned that the U.S. is the only advanced economy with no guaranteed minimum vacation time. One in four working Americans have no paid time off at all. “People who already get paid vacation through their employers may think that the Vacation Equality Project has no bearing on them, but what they don’t realize is that without a law on the books, their employers can…
  • Hotel Review: New York City Hilton Midtown Hotel

    Stefanie Michaels
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:42 pm
    One of the premiere Manhattan mid-town hotels is the New York Hilton Midtown, 1,985-room hotel on 54th Street at Sixth Avenue. Situated just steps from Central Park, shopping areas, the theater district and Times Square, it’s the place to drop luggage and explore the city. “The new room design features an inviting, sleek and contemporary design that will provide our guests with a tranquil oasis in the heart of the hustle and bustle of midtown Manhattan,” said Mark Lauer, general manager, New York Hilton Midtown. A marble lobby in deco-style creme marble and light woods welcome both…
  • Nyanga needs a new Mom and you can help!

    Stefanie Michaels
    17 Jul 2014 | 3:00 pm
    I’ve been following IDA-Africa for several years and offering support where I can. Although I haven’t had a chance to visit the sanctuary in Cameroon, Africa, I am always looking for ways to help them, especially since they are a small non-profit that needs to make every donation go a long way. I received an email that said, “You Can Help Place Nyanga With Her New Mom!” I’m such a sucker for the babies, and photos included with each correspondence show cute little faces and big beautiful eyes gazing back at you from the screen. Meet one of the orphans,…
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    Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast

  • Travel to Memphis, Tennessee – Episode 424 Transcript

    24 Jul 2014 | 3:43 pm
    subscribe: rss feed | iTunes | stitcher | Live365 Chris: This week’s episode of Amateur Traveler is sponsored by Amateur Traveler Trips. We are going to Morocco. Chris: Amateur Traveler episode 424. […] The post Travel to Memphis, Tennessee – Episode 424 Transcript appeared first on Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast.
  • Live from Vegas Baby! – This Week in Travel #170

    21 Jul 2014 | 11:01 pm
    Know more then your Travel Agent - Find Flight Availability, Flight Upgrades & Awards, Frequent Flyer Information and more with! Subscribe on iTunes | Become a Fan on Facebook | Download the iPhone app | Download This […] The post Live from Vegas Baby! – This Week in Travel #170 appeared first on Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast.
  • Travel to Jordan – Episode 423 Transcript

    20 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    Travel to Jordan – Episode 423 subscribe: rss feed | iTunes | stitcher | Live365 “Amateur Traveler” episode 423. Today, the Amateur Traveler talks about ancient ruins, Bedouin camps and the Nabataean […] The post Travel to Jordan – Episode 423 Transcript appeared first on Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast.
  • Old Boat – Moss Landing, California – Photo

    19 Jul 2014 | 3:54 pm
    Anaheim & Buena Park Tours, Sightseeing & Things to DoLake Tahoe Tours, Sightseeing & Things to Do Moss Landing, California is a quirky little town on the Monterey Bay. It is dominated […] The post Old Boat – Moss Landing, California – Photo appeared first on Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast.
  • Travel on a South African Safari – Episode 429

    19 Jul 2014 | 10:05 am
    subscribe: rss feed | iTunes | stitcher Durban Tours, Sightseeing & Things to DoSouth Africa Tours, Sightseeing & Things to Do | Live365 Hear about travel to South Africa on safari as […] The post Travel on a South African Safari – Episode 429 appeared first on Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast.
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    We Said Go Travel

  • Freedom From Concentrate in Turkey

    Gillian Pierce
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    I break through one of the many crowded entryways to the world famous Grand Bazaar and let out an audible, astonished gasp. Never in my life have I seen so much activity in one place and it’s happening all around me; 360 degrees. It’s crowded, noisy, stiflingly hot and smelly-in ways both pleasant and not. Talk about sensory overload. On my left is a Turkish rug shop, it’s window display is overflowing with beautiful rugs of all shapes and sizes. They are crammed against the clear glass like ornate, delicate sardines. Next to the rug shop is a spice stall. The turban clad, moustachioed…
  • Saharan Sands in Morocco

    Pamela Barry
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Sugar-packed mint tea coursed through my blood, and the light, quick pounding of Berber drums resounded throughout the tent. Travelers brushed aside the weariness setting upon them from a long day of camel riding through the Moroccan Saharan, and filled the colorful tent from edge to edge with their multi-language babbling. A hand callused by desert sands grabbed my arm, and suddenly, the colors and voices of the Berber tent were spinning violently around me. “Dansez!” the shrouded face of a young man commanded as I clumsily began moving my bare feet. I quickly attempted to mirror his…
  • Introducing Float Plan One: The App That Can Save Your Life

    Float Plan One
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Introducing Float Plan One: The App That Can Save Your Life…and a special WeSaidGoTravel Reader Discount! ATTENTION ALL BOATERS, DIVERS, AND WATERSPORTS ENTHUSIASTS: It saves lives. It saves property. It is taught by every water safety expert, endorsed by every search-and-rescue agency and both the Candian and U.S. Coast Guards, and strongly recommended by every boater group, website, yacht club, journalist, blogger, marine insurance company and boating professional in North America ……and yet, amazingly, almost nobody actually does it. According to the people who study actual…
  • A Dhow Day on the Sea of Oman

    Gina Nelson
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    There is something about being on the open road that connotes freedom for me. It’s the same liberating feeling that I get when I go bike riding along the shore- that indescribable sensation of sailing through the air effortlessly, that feeling of having the weight of the world lifted off my back, that feeling of being untarnished by time or place. So when opportunities within my travels, beckon me to head out on the road or out to the sea, I heed the call to explore unfamiliar terrain. An ideal way to experience the UAE’s “border countries”, Oman and Saudi Arabia, is to venture out on…
  • Nicaragua:Unexpected places the truth hides

    Jenny Collins
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Sitting on a beach is perhaps the most stereotypical place to ‘find yourself’ but my experience was a little different. Yes it was a ‘tropical’ beach with white sand and clear warm waters in Mexico but it represented to me everything I didn’t want and everything I wanted to be free from. Hundreds of burnt reality-escapees lazed around me, occasionally applying more suncream to their already damaged skin, talking little, taking selfies, drinking the latest craze and cooling off in the just as packed sea, over-heating sea. And it was here that I had come at the end of my travels to…
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  • Did Starbucks steal $167 from this woman?

    Christopher Elliott
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    When Marianne Finnigan’s Starbucks cards are frozen, the fast-food retailer wipes out her store credit. Can it do that? Question: […] The post Did Starbucks steal $167 from this woman? appeared first on Elliott.
  • Spirit charges for checked luggage again … and again

    Christopher Elliott
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Here’s a trick question: If you fly from point “A” to point “B” on the same airline how many times […] The post Spirit charges for checked luggage again … and again appeared first on Elliott.
  • Yes, $859 is lower than $766 — you got a problem with my math?

    Christopher Elliott
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    If you think you can beat a travel company at its pricing game, then meet Ron Faul. He contacted me […] The post Yes, $859 is lower than $766 — you got a problem with my math? appeared first on Elliott.
  • What happens when those hot summer deals evaporate?

    Christopher Elliott
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Thank you for reading Elliott’s Email, my entertaining and eminently useful weekly email newsletter. Don’t forget, you can subscribe to […] The post What happens when those hot summer deals evaporate? appeared first on Elliott.
  • No “low” fare guarantee at United Airlines – plus, they’re rude!

    Christopher Elliott
    20 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Sometimes, you can eyeball a case and know almost immediately: This guy doesn’t have a snowball’s chance. But then you […] The post No “low” fare guarantee at United Airlines – plus, they’re rude! appeared first on Elliott.
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    Soul Travelers 3

  • Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado - Exquisite Vacation

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

    Soul Travelers3
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:02 am
    Best Cheap Thrill in Sydney - Travel TipPlanning a vacation or holiday in Sydney? Try this cheap, but enlightening tip, like the locals Planning a vacation or holiday in Sydney? Try this cheap, but exciting tip,( like the locals do) and take a ferry somewhere.It's pure, scenic joy to take a public ferry from Circular Quay to Taronga Zoo or Manly etc. that not only gives you the best view of the Opera House, but a genuine feeling of what it is like to live in Sydney and bask in this gorgeous harbor. We met friends that go to work every day via this ferry ( and interestingly read our blog often…
  • Makeup Artist Terri Tomlinson Gives Mozart Pop-Star Look

    Soul Travelers3
    10 Jul 2014 | 12:05 am
    Makeup Artist Terri TomlinsonGives Mozart Pop-Star LookPerfect makeup for teens is a new realm for us, so the best makeup artist in Dallas, Terri  Perfect makeup for teens is a new realm for us, so the best makeup artist in Dallas, Terri Tomlinson gave Mozart her Pop Star look when she performed at the famous Gas Monkey Bar and Grill. Teen singer/songwriter Mozart was really excited because  she has never worn makeup and never had make up done by a professional makeup artist, but she was about to perform on a large world class stage ( the same one Willie Nelson plays on!) so we…
  • Best Hotel for 4th of July Fireworks! Kaboom!

    Soul Travelers3
    5 Jul 2014 | 12:46 am
    Best Hotel for 4th of July Fireworks! Kaboom! Pssst,do you want to know a secret? Addison Texas is rated as one of the top places in the USA to watch Pssst,do you want to know a secret? Addison Texas is rated as one of the top places in the USA to watch fireworks on the Fourth of July and we had the best view in town from our room at the Hawthorn Suites Hotel. Since we've been traveing the world for over 8 years straight, we haven't been in America on July 4th in almost 9 years, so what a delightful surprise to be in this gem on this day. We've seen fireworks all over the world like Spain,…
  • Demi Lovato, Dianna De La Garza, Singing and Mozart's SAT Score!

    Soul Travelers3
    30 Jun 2014 | 9:50 am
    Demi Lovato, Dianna De La Garza, Singing and Mozart's SAT Score!What an exciting weekend for Soultravelers3! Mozart met Demi Lovato's mom Dianna De La Garza What an exciting weekend for Soultravelers3! Mozart met Demi Lovato's mom Dianna De La Garza who is writing a book about guiding talented children in singing and acting. Mozart is studying with the same great voice coach that taught Demi Lovato from childhood ( and she still works with her some). Mozart is a huge fan of Demi's and is always singing her songs around the house. ROAD TO SINGING SUCCESSDemi and Selena Gomez both grew up in…
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    The Cranky Flier

  • Airbus and Boeing Finalize Their Future Widebody Plans and One Looks Better Than the Other

    24 Jul 2014 | 3:45 am
    With the recent launch of the A330neo, it seems that both Airbus and Boeing have almost fully formed their planned portfolios for the long haul, widebody market. Both companies have created three aircraft families that are expected to serve every airline’s needs. But from a capacity perspective, it looks like Boeing has the more comprehensive option. Airbus might still need some work. We’ve seen a lot of this come together over the last year. Most recently, Airbus launched the A330neo, but the enhanced Boeing 777X line only firmed up late last year. And the 787-10 didn’t…
  • 72 Hours With Hawaiian Airlines: Talking to Flight Ops, the Ride Home in First Class

    22 Jul 2014 | 3:45 am
    When I woke up on my final morning on Oʻahu, I had that usual sense of dread. There’s something really depressing knowing that the next time your head hits the pillow, it won’t be in paradise. But before it was time to go home, I first had a date with flight operations. More specifically, I sat down with Ken Rewick, VP of Flight Operations for Hawaiian and 717 pilot. [Disclosure: Hawaiian paid for my flights and hotel] Our talk started with the unique flying conditions in Hawaiʻi. Yes, the weather is very good, but I was surprised that they could only do a visual…
  • 72 Hours with Hawaiian Airlines: The Honolulu International Airport Modernization Plan

    21 Jul 2014 | 3:45 am
    Just about every person I met with during my visit to Hawaiian brought up the Honolulu International Airport modernization plan. This is a project that has been in the works for years, but it’s clear that Hawaiian sees this as absolutely crucial to its future growth. To understand why the airport needs modernizing, we need to look at how it functions now. [Disclosure: Hawaiian paid for my flights and hotel] Here’s how things stand today: The main terminal is the overseas terminal. It was opened in 1962 but has had concourses bolted on since then. The Ewa Concourse was built first,…
  • Cranky on the Web (July 14 – 18)

    19 Jul 2014 | 3:45 am
    Understanding the Value of Social Media at Airports for Customer Engagement – Transportation Research Board I was one of the panelists who oversaw the creation of this report. It was a long process that ultimately saw us choose a firm to do the research, and then we refined it with them. In the Trenches: Communicating How We Work More Clearly – Intuit Small Business Blog After finishing our annual get together, we realized we can do a lot better with communication.
  • Topic of the Week: Does JetBlue’s Automatic Check-In Matter?

    18 Jul 2014 | 3:45 am
    JetBlue announced last week that it is going to put an end to the practice of making people check-in. At launch, anyone on a domestic itinerary sitting in Even More Space seats will be automatically checked in 24 hours in advance. An email will be sent with a boarding pass that can be printed or a link to a mobile boarding pass. This will roll out to others, including those sitting in regular seats, starting next year. Is this going to make your life easier? Considering all the automation that’s out there today, does this matter?
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    Peter Greenberg Travel Detective

  • Daily Scoop: Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory in Waterbury, VT

    24 Jul 2014 | 10:07 am
    Read the full article on at - Daily Scoop: Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory in Waterbury, VTBen & Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory Waterbury, Vermont Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream is one of the most famous ice cream brands in the world, and the creative flavors like... Read More...The post Daily Scoop: Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory in Waterbury, VT appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
  • Daily Deal: Celebrate Crab Week at the Chesapeake Bay

    24 Jul 2014 | 10:05 am
    Read the full article on at - Daily Deal: Celebrate Crab Week at the Chesapeake BayEach year, the citizens of Chesapeake Bay in Maryland honor the native Blue Crabs. This tradition goes back several years and many restaurants and local businesses honor the occasion. This... Read More...The post Daily Deal: Celebrate Crab Week at the Chesapeake Bay appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
  • Travel Tip: Apps to Help You Book Bus & Train Travel

    24 Jul 2014 | 5:22 am
    Read the full article on at - Travel Tip: Apps to Help You Book Bus & Train TravelThere are dozens of websites and apps to help you search, compare and book air travel. But what about bus and train travel? Technology is starting to catch up there... Read More...The post Travel Tip: Apps to Help You Book Bus & Train Travel appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
  • Radio Guest List—Turtle Bay Resort, Oahu, Hawaii—July 26, 2014

    24 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Read the full article on at - Radio Guest List—Turtle Bay Resort, Oahu, Hawaii—July 26, 2014When most people think of Oahu’s North Shore, they think big wave surfing, palm trees, gorgeous beaches, and golden tans. Turtle Bay Resort is all of those things—858 acres, five... Read More...The post Radio Guest List—Turtle Bay Resort, Oahu, Hawaii—July 26, 2014 appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
  • Daily Scoop: Black Dog Gelato in Chicago, IL

    23 Jul 2014 | 9:12 am
    Read the full article on at - Daily Scoop: Black Dog Gelato in Chicago, ILBlack Dog Gelato Chicago, Illinois There’s no shortage of creativity at Black Dog Gelato in Chicago. Owner Jessica Oloroso left her job as a pastry chef at an acclaimed Chicago... Read More...The post Daily Scoop: Black Dog Gelato in Chicago, IL appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
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    Nancy D Brown

  • Fast Raft Monterey Bay Boat Tour in California

    Nancy Brown
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    There’s nothing I like better than being out on California’s Monterey Bay on a sunny day. So when the folks at Fast Raft asked if I wanted to join them for a Monterey Bay boat tour, I was on that RIB (rigid inflatable boat) faster than a dolphin swimming in a sea of sardines! Most […]
  • Akta Lakota Museum: An American Treasure in South Dakota

    Jamie Rhein
    16 Jul 2014 | 12:34 pm
    Each year, my family heads to Montana from Ohio. On these treks across vast expanses of the United States, we pick at least one new place to visit. This year we headed into Chamberlain, South Dakota since the Akta Lakota Museum & Cultural Center caught my eye. Situated on the bank of the Missouri River […]
  • Book Review: Victura: The Kennedys, A Sailboat, and the Sea

    Nancy Brown
    11 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    The lives of President John F. Kennedy and his storied family have been dissected, one would have thought, from every angle possible. But now comes the story of their enchantment with sailboats. As an avid sailor, this approach piqued my interest as none of the other myriad of tell-all stories of American’s “Camelot” had ever […]
  • Celebrating Independence Day in USA

    Nancy Brown
    4 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    To some people the Fourth of July means barbecues and fireworks displays. To others, July Fourth means street parades, military celebrations and commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, celebrating independence day in the USA. Our neighborhood brings out the barbecues and picnic tables after our two minute bike parade. […]
  • Napa Valley Festival del Sole

    Nancy Brown
    3 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    As I have stated many times on this luxury travel blog, I feel blessed to live in Northern California with its endless possibilities of beauty, musical talent, fantastic food and wine, creative artists and wellness practitioners. A wonderful example of these opportunities coming together in one location is Napa Valley Festival del Sole. This annual […]
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    Hawaii Aloha Travel » Podcast Posts

  • The Best of Hawaii

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

    Bruce Fisher
    8 Jul 2014 | 1:46 pm
    Hawaii seems to have it all. Year round warm weather, a gorgeous ocean, beautiful beaches, high-end hotels, incredible shopping, tropical fruits, unique The post What Hawaii DOESN’T have appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Do you read your Hawaii travel documents?

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

    Bruce Fisher
    19 Jun 2014 | 1:55 pm
    Facebook Friends Questions Answered Today we’ll be answering some questions that a few of our social media friends have asked us. We The post Common questions answered from Facebook friends appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Good to be back home in Paradise

    Bruce Fisher
    26 May 2014 | 7:47 pm
    Wow, what an adventurous last two weeks! If you hadn’t heard, I was away on a trip to Europe with Lanai’s Travel The post Good to be back home in Paradise appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
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  • Georgetown — Washington, DistrictofColumbia

    24 Jul 2014 | 6:47 pm
    Georgetown - Washington, DistrictofColumbia Washington, DistrictofColumbiaThis morning we walked a few kilometers to Georgetown, an historic port that pre-dates Washington DC. Georgetown was the farthest point upstream that oceangoing boats could navigate the Potomac River so it became a thriving town with wharves and warehouses where goods could be unloaded and transported further inland. Today the waterfront area has been redeveloped into parkland, hotels, apartments and restaurants. The largest group of waterfront buildings is the Watergate Complex, which is made up of five buildings that…
  • Oh the all the Sites to See — Boston, MA

    24 Jul 2014 | 6:47 pm
    Oh the all the Sites to See - Boston, MA Boston, MAA busy 12 hour day touring in the city. We started in the North end at Charlestown Navy yard and toured the USS Cassin Young - destroyer and Old Ironsides the USS Constitution and museum. Then off to the Science Museum for the afternoon. Liked Hall of human body, grossology, and saw electricity show with Tesla Coils. Ended a fun day with a Duck tour of Boston streets and harbor. Rode the subways up and down. LJ
  • San Luis Obispo to Santa Cruz — Santa Cruz, CA

    24 Jul 2014 | 6:47 pm
    San Luis Obispo to Santa Cruz - Santa Cruz, CA Santa Cruz, CASummary 4 hours driving 163 miles. Highlights Hearst Castle Tour - Took the 45 minute tour of the Grand Rooms and the castle grounds. Big Sur - Long and windy drive along the coastal cliffs, breathtaking views....loads of slow drivers. Kayaking tour- was a race to get to Santa Cruz Pier for our 6.30pm kayak tour. After having just enough time to check in at our hotel and get changed we drove to the pier and were only 5 mins late..........saw some huge sea lions up close and sea otters using little stones to crack open crabs as they…
  • Onward to Oregon's Rogue River — Gold Beach, OR

    24 Jul 2014 | 6:46 pm
    Onward to Oregon's Rogue River - Gold Beach, OR Gold Beach, ORSummary Hit the road at 8.45am and drove 131 miles in 2.5 hours directly to Jerry's Rogue River tours for our midday booking. Highlight Took a jet boat from Gold Beach along the Rogue River for 50 miles. Was a 7 hour tour. Amazing scenery and a very fast boat. Spotted lots of wildlife including bears, deer, ospray, eagles etc. The boat went through rapids and did spins etc so we were wet most of the time but with the 90 degree temps and the high wind from the boat speed we dried off quickly. Went to the pub after showering for…
  • Living Ghost Towns — Leonora, Australia

    24 Jul 2014 | 6:46 pm
    Living Ghost Towns - Leonora, Australia Leonora, Australia Where I stayedMalcolm Dam What I didGhost towns, sunset and a damToday we left Niagara Dam and headed for Malcolm Dam with a couple stops at some ghost towns. First one Kookynie: A living Ghost Town. In 1907 Kookynie had a population of 3,500 – yet a hundred years later fewer than 20 people lived here. But Kookynie is far from "dead" – people still live there, and the population is growing. So many of Kookynie's old buildings are gone – but the stories and images have been captured on quality interpretive signage in…
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    View from the Wing

  • Outstanding Award Availability for New Turkish San Francisco Flight

    Gary Leff
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:37 pm
    Chris McGinnis writes that Turkish Airlines is launching San Francisco – Istanbul service on April 13, 2015. Flights will initially be 5 times weekly, and then going daily May 11th. The Turkish 777-300ER has just 28 business class seats, so you’d expect business class awards to be difficult to get. Although right now — and this cannot last — business class award space is wide open. Here’s what availability looks like from launch through the end of April 2015 for four business class award seats and remember that the flight is just five times weekly. In other…
  • Malaysia Airlines’ Tweet Finally Make Me Break Down and Cry

    Gary Leff
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:39 pm
    Malaysia Airlines tweeted out a message about flight MH17 yesterday and it’s taken me a day to decide whether to say anything about it or not. When I saw the tweet I hid myself away, because I don’t do tears, and I cried. I don’t have any direct connection to the flight, I’ve flown Malaysia Airlines before of course and I feel a certain bond with travelers as such, and much more so in the airport and on planes. in a way that I can’t really describe. But I have no special right to cry over this. I was shocked by what happened as the whole world was. And when I saw…
  • Don’t Take Advantage of this Southwest Airlines Offer

    Gary Leff
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:14 pm
    Southwest Rapid Rewards is offering a 40% bonus on purchased miles through the end of the month. The price of to buy points with this offer is 1.96 cents apiece. At most Rapid Rewards points are worth 1.42 cents (plus some option value in that Southwest award tickets are cancellable without penalty). Don’t buy speculatively, even revenue-based programs can devalue. The only reason to take up this offer would be if you had a very specific award you needed a small number of points to redeem for. Even then recognize the more you buy, the less value you’re getting for your redemption…
  • 70,000 Point Signup Bonus for Chase Ink Plus, and How You Can Get It

    Gary Leff
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:14 am
    I receive compensation for many links on this blog. You don’t have to use these links, but I am grateful to you if you do. I do not write about all credit cards that are available — instead focusing on miles, points, and cash back (and currencies that can be converted into the same). Chase Ink Plus Business Card Card 50,000 points after $5000 spend within 3 months $0 annual fee the first year, $95 thereafter A 70,000 Point Offer Reported for Chase Ink Plus Doctor of Credit wrote last night that he found that by going into a Chase branch he could sign up for a limited-time offer of…
  • Wide Open Award Availability: Japan Airlines First Class

    Gary Leff
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    Via Lucky, Japan Airlines is swapping out a Boeing 787 (angled business class, no first class) for a Boeing 777-300ER on their San Francisco – Tokyo Haneda route effective December 1. The Boeing 777-300ER has first class suites and true flat business class on this aircraft. And first class award availability is wide open from the time they make this switch through the end of the schedule. Your best bets for redeeming miles will be using American AAdvantage miles or using US Airways Dividend Miles. American charges 62,500 miles each way between the US and Japan. Make Tokyo Haneda your…
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    Jet Set Life

  • You choose your life, no?

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

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

    28 Feb 2014 | 2:04 pm
    Quotes are funny things. They’re simply sentences, phrases or paragraphs that one person says, that resonate with others. People turn to quotes for inspiration, motivation and to help put life into perspective. People love to share quotes on social media to help others peer into their minds and souls and to help lift others up that need the boost. We thought we’d put together a list of our favorite quotes on some of our favorite Jet Set Life images. These can be downloaded for your own personal use, vision boards or shared. Feel free to email, tweet, post on Facebook or Instagram…
  • Top 5 Jet-Set Family Spring Break Getaways

    22 Jan 2014 | 9:57 am
    It’s time to start thinking about your families up coming Spring Break! This is one of our favorite vacations, because we get to spend some quality family-time in the sunshine. However, finding great places that top everyone’s list in our family for Spring break isn’t always easy. Rob and I want a relaxing environment, great food, great drinks and sunshine. Our daughter wants activities, unlimited ice cream, other kids to hang out with  and unlimited fruity drinks with an umbrella in them. And, when we add the element of wanting a luxurious room and top-notch spa….our…
  • JSI 023: Taking you Back to Rio, Rob’s Pet Peeve, a Group Trip to the Potty and our 2013 Blooper Reel!

    26 Dec 2013 | 4:18 am
    In This Episode: In this week’s episode we take you back to Rio de Janeiro for New Years, Rob lets loose on his new pet peeve, find out what Whitie “didn’t have to wiggle”, we “Got to the Potty” and last, but not least, our 2013 blooper reel! Audio Only Player:     Are We Connected? Jet Set Life Facebook Jet Set Life Twitter Instagram @JetSetLife Jet Set Life YouTube Can’t get enough of Rob & Kim’s Jet Set Insider show? Then subscribe to this podcast and get a weekly update on…
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  • Hotel Hotel Canberra: Stunning Architecture in Australia’s Capital

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

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

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

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

    Esme Vos
    26 May 2014 | 4:01 pm
    Hotel Cour du Corbeau is one of the oldest hotels in France, having begun its life in 1528 as an inn or relay station for people traveling by horse-drawn coaches. One can count among its illustrious guests,  the Duke of Bavaria in 1570; in 1647, Henri de la Tour d’Auvergne, Vicomte de Turenne, who was later named a Marshal of France for his military victories in the Thirty Years’ War and the wars against Germany; Frederick II (King of Prussia) and Voltaire.The Cour du Corbeau was turned into a glass factory in 1852, but fell into disrepair in the early 1980s. In 2006, an investment group…
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    Tony Wheeler's Travels

  • A Notable Qantas A380 & a War 40,000 ft Below

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

    Tony Wheeler
    6 Jul 2014 | 7:10 am
    There’s not much vacation time in Laura Jean McKay’s electric collection of short stories. Dark short stories, nobody is having a really good time whether they’re foreign visitors on a train heading for a Khmer Rouge ambush soon after Cambodia reopened in the early 1990s, Cambodians suffering under the Khmer Rouge during the post Year Zero era when Cambodia was renamed Kampuchea, or expats and locals playing their part in French colonial decline. You can also have a go at mine clearing, work in a sweated labour garment factory, play with the prostitutes, agonise about your role as an…
  • Harald Bluetooth & his Viking Phone

    Tony Wheeler
    3 Jul 2014 | 10:56 pm
    I love the way one experience leads you to another. Surprisingly often I go somewhere and what I see instantly makes me want to see something else. Earlier this year, at the enormously popular Viking exhibit (it finished a couple of weeks ago) at the British Museum, I added both Jelling in Denmark with its carved runestones and the extraordinary Kyz-Kala fortress in Merv in Turkmenistan to my ‘must see’ list. Now why had I never heard of either place before? Plus there was Harald Sigurdsson, literally Harold Hardrule, who also turned up in England in 1066 (just like William the…
  • Over the Maldives – fine stonework below (and maybe MH 370)

    Tony Wheeler
    29 Jun 2014 | 1:16 am
    In a recent posting on Istanbul I commented how on-the-ground reality could run well ahead of our up-to-the-minute internet, with a photograph from the Galata Tower of the Golden Horn, Istanbul’s historic inlet from the Bosphorus. The new (early 2014) Golden Horn Metro Bridge in my photo has yet to show up on Google or Apple maps, although you can find it on Google Earth. ◄ Flying back to Australia on Qantas Flight QF 10 from Dubai to Melbourne we flew right over the Maldives. As usual nobody (apart from on the flight deck I hope!) seemed to be looking, but here’s the view of Dhaalu…
  • Istanbul

    Tony Wheeler
    25 Jun 2014 | 10:54 pm
    ◄ My recent Turkey travels featured stops at assorted archaeological sites and museums – recently excavated Göbekli Tepe,  Nemrut Dağı, Gaziantep where the museum features wonderful mosaics from the Roman city of Belkıs-Zeugma, Catalhöyük, the amazing ruins at Sagalassos,  Termessos with its enormous stonework, Aspendos and finally Perge before concluding at the Mediterranean resort town of Antalya. My travels kicked off, however, in Istanbul, that age old city straddling the Bosphorus, one foot in Europe and one in Asia. There’s no better place to feel that age than in the…
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    EuroCheapo's Budget Travel Blog

  • Venice: 3 “pasticcerie” to try for breakfast

    Monica Cesarato
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:41 am
    When I was asked about where to have a nice typical breakfast in Venice, I was a bit confused. Why? Well, in Italy we do not have breakfast, or at least we do not have breakfast the way other people usually have it. For a Venetian, morning calories are usually consumed in the form of sweet things: a shot of espresso coffee or a cappuccino and maybe (but only maybe) a small croissant (called brioche) or a small doughnut (called krafen or bombolone, depending on which part of Italy you’re in) and fruit. Breakfast at the bar If your hotel doesn’t provide breakfast, then you should…
  • Visiting Amsterdam: 5 first-time mistakes to avoid

    Audrey Sykes
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:21 am
    Amsterdam can be a breeze for first timers to Europe in many ways. Everyone speaks English, and the city is small enough to get around by foot. At the same time, the streets are curvy and confusing, taxis are expensive and the Dutch language is a mouthful. It’s also important to find a good location to stay and know how to navigate the city’s biggest attractions, so you don’t get stuck in long lines for half your trip. To help shrink your chances of starting an Amsterdam adventure on the wrong foot, here are five rookie mistakes to avoid. 1. Sleeping in the Red Light…
  • London: Affordable hotels close to the city’s top attractions

    Nina Derham
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:43 am
    Location, location, location! If you’re visiting London for the first time you’ll want to be in the heart of the action, and the location of your accommodation is key. A wrong choice here could lead to long and costly journeys on public transport which will eat into your leisure time and budget. While hotels near to some of the city’s biggest landmarks are often more expensive, if you’re short on time, it’s worth weighing up the cost of traveling when you stay further out of town. You may find it’s just as well to stay nearby the places that are top of your…
  • Want to live in Paris? 10 tips for moving to the City of Light

    Bryan Pirolli
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:42 am
    So you visit France every year—maybe two or three times a year—and you are thinking that you’d rather just move here for a while. Airfare does add up, after all. Well there’s no easy way to stay in France legally for more than 90 days unless you are a EU citizen, but there are plenty of ways to consider coming to France for a chunk of time to put all of these budget tips to use over the course of a year or so. 1. Get a degree The Sorbonne University, Sciences Po, NYU in Paris, American University in Paris—the list goes on. Whether it’s in French or English, there are many degree…
  • Germanwings’ Blind Booking: A low-cost flight to a mystery destination

    Alex Robertson Textor
    18 Jul 2014 | 4:53 am
    Budget airline Germanwings’ Blind Booking offer is a neat marketing trick. For a low fare, the airline sells a ticket from one of six German airports to a destination revealed only after payment is received. Travelers can choose to launch their journeys from one of six airports: Berlin, Cologne/Bonn, Dusseldorf, Hamburg, Hannover and Stuttgart. The airline has divided their mystery destinations into several categories. Cologne/Bonn offers seven summer season categories, all but one of them priced at €33 per leg: Culture, Gay-friendly, Metropolis, Nature, Trekking and Hiking, Party and…
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    Go Green Travel Green

  • Going Green Vacation Siesta Key and Venice Florida

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

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

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

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

    Alice Benny
    1 Jun 2014 | 2:11 pm
    Some fun recycling facts for kids can comprehensively describe the growing need and importance of recycling. The younger generation needs to understand the significance of saving and protecting their environment, their home, their planet. One can only hope they do a better job than ‘us grown adults’ in taking things more seriously while growing up.… Read more The post Recycling Facts for Kids and its Significance appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
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    Jaunted - The Pop Culture Travel Guide

  • San Diego: Three Free Things to Do at San Diego Comic-Con Today

    24 Jul 2014 | 12:24 pm
    Just about everything in San Diego has an advertisement for some TV show, movie, or comic book during International Comic-Con, even the San Diego International Airport baggage claim carousels now feature ads for TNT's new show Legends. But, it isn't all bad considering some of these commercials come with free swag, food, or activities. Here's a look at three free things fans can do today, thanks to a few innovative marketing campaigns.
  • Throwback Thursday: Peeking Inside a US Passport from 1952

    24 Jul 2014 | 11:53 am
    Sure, we love all the speed and comfort of modern travel, but it didn't get that way overnight. Every Thursday, we're going to take a look back at travel the way it used to be, whether that's decades or centuries ago. This is Throwback Thursday, travel edition. While rifling though some old documents, we happened upon a US passport issued in 1952. Although there are few stamps over which to "ooh" and "aah," the design and requirements within the tiny book did open our eyes a bit as to how restrictive world travel was for the average American. As you're no doubt aware, World Wars I and II…
  • Japan Airlines Gets Onboard with Gogo In-Flight WiFi

    24 Jul 2014 | 9:50 am
    Japan is in the process of providing free Wifi for travelers all across the country, and today one of the country's airlines has launched connectivity at 35,000 feet. Three of Japan Airlines' 777-200 SKY NEXT aircraft now feature Gogo in-flight internet. It is the first commercial airline outside of North America to offer Wifi from Gogo.
  • Richard Branson's Idea for Family Travel is Pretty Polarizing

    24 Jul 2014 | 9:32 am
    In an interview with our big bro, Conde Nast Traveler, Sir Richard Branson was asked if there were any new ideas he'd been kicking around for his airlines. His response, on the surface, was seemingly directed at improving family travel: "I would love to introduce [a] kids' class," Branson said. "It would be a separate cabin for kids with nannies to look after them. We’ve had an issue with the Civil Aviation Authority. They worry in an emergency kids would be running in one direction and their parents would be running in the other. So we haven’t got it through yet."
  • Dubai: Watch Emirates Break the Record for World's Shortest A380 Flight

    24 Jul 2014 | 8:38 am
    Post by Emirates. Emirates' EK857 & EK858 are currently the world's shortest Airbus A380 flights at 1 hour, 25 minutes and 1 hour, respectively. They travel between Dubai, UAE to Kuwait City, Kuwait, a route which saw the Boeing 777 up until mid-July, when the superjumbo took over and this video was made on the inaugural. The switch to the A380 coincides with Emirates' 25th Anniversary of service to Kuwait, so the video concludes with all the pomp and circumstance that surrounds such a milestone.
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    HotelChatter -

  • Los Cabos: How to Make Every Day National Tequila Day, Thanks to the Las Ventanas Resort in Cabo

    24 Jul 2014 | 3:40 pm
    Today is National Tequila Day, one of our personal favorite holidays of the year--after National Margarita Day of course. While many of you might be celebrating with some shots of Patron at a bar after work, down at the Las Ventanas Al Paraiso Resort, a Rosewood Resort in Los Cabos, Mexico, it's an all-out affair. Never mind that the National Tequila Day holiday only applies to the U.S. Here's what Las Ventanas has on offer for those love the tequila: Chocolate Covered Tequila Ice Cream Margarita Popsicles Tequila Sunrise Popsicles But only mentioning these tequila specialties and posting…
  • 5 Easy Ways to Truly Enjoy a Historic Hotel

    24 Jul 2014 | 12:55 pm
    Our former front desk has given us many helpful tips from how to deal with getting walked and how to effectively complain to the front desk. He's even doled out some tips for hoteliers too. Now he's back with some ways to enjoy a grand old dame...hotel. Staying at a historic hotel is one of the most exciting and rewarding ways to experience a city and get engulfed in its history. Many hotels carry with them fascinating stories of yesteryear from being World War shelters to long-term residences for prolific authors and politicians to venues of scintillating scandals and tales. Most of these…
  • Wailea: Inside the Maui Hideaway That is The Hotel Wailea

    24 Jul 2014 | 11:27 am
    Maui Week continues! On Monday, we gave you a list of Must-Stay Hotels for Wailea in Maui. Today, we're heading up the mountains for a different side of Maui. Don't worry, it's not too far from the ocean. Mahalo! Your dream vacation to Maui probably involves lounging on a beach and sipping on a Mai Tai. What your dream vacation probably doesn't involve is getting up early to wait in line to reserve a beach lounge chair. Or dealing with screaming kids by the pool. Or waiting for an elevator in a sopping wet bathing suit. While the resorts along the beach in Wailea offer easy access to the…
  • 6 Signs Of a Very (Very, Very) Bad Hotel Spa

    24 Jul 2014 | 9:32 am
    Hotels have been very keen on hotel spas in recent years--whether opening their own full-blown facilities with a dozen treatment rooms and exotic therapies or simply having one or two treatment rooms available with the basic rub-downs all travelers need. But just because a hotel might be five-star, doesn't mean its spa is. We told you what to look for in a very good spa. Now, here's what to steer clear of in a bad spa. It’s mind-boggling how many five-star hotel spas miss out on those 6 signs of a very good spa that we shared this week. The rule is simple: if you’re at a five-star…
  • Madrid: The World's Largest Novotel Is Coming To Madrid

    24 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    Bigger is always better, of course – or mas grande, mas bueno, as people who don't speak Spanish they say in Madrid. Because not content with the three Novotels Accor already owns in the city; they’re getting another – and this one is going to be the biggest Novotel in the world. The Hotel Convención – a gargantuan four star hotel a few blocks away from Retiro Park – is going to be completely redesigned, refurbished and will debut as a Novotel in 2016. Plans include a rooftop pool, business floors, and a children’s corner.
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  • America's Best Small Cities on the Rise

    19 Jul 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Somewhere between quiet villages and metropolises that never sleep are these perfect up-and-coming American cities. Here are 10 terrific little cities, from Chattanooga to Yakima, and plenty of reasons why each one is worth a visit.
  • How to Snack Like a Local in Europe

    10 Jul 2014 | 10:01 pm
    With so much food in the world to try, every traveler needs an excuse to snack between meals.
  • 15 World Heritage Sites You Haven't Heard of Yet

    4 Jul 2014 | 10:01 pm
    UNESCO has granted coveted World Heritage status to a number of noteworthy and fascinating sites around the world. Here are 15 of the newest additions.
  • Summer Foods You Must Have in Canada

    30 Jun 2014 | 10:01 pm
    From forest to prairie to wild open water, this is where to savor the best and freshest that Canadian summer brings.
  • 10 Iconic Things You Can Only Do in America

    30 Jun 2014 | 10:53 am
    Eat a Fenway Frank at a Boston Red Sox baseball game. Ride the historic 1927 wooden Cyclone roller coaster on Coney Island. These 10 nation-defining pastimes and places are nostalgic things you need to experience at least once in your lifetime.
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    Viator Travel Blog

  • Not Your Typical Viator Deal Alert! Viator Joins the TripAdvisor Family

    Barrie Seidenberg
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:38 pm
      It’s official, and we’re thrilled – Viator has signed an agreement to be acquired by TripAdvisor. Let’s let that sink in a little bit… When Viator was founded as a travel technology company in 1995, airlines, hotel companies and even car rental companies had already brought their products online. But there was no one-stop resource for savvy self-directed travelers to discover in advance, much less book, “the things you do when you get there” – the tours, attractions and local experiences that make a trip special. Fast-forward to today. Viator is the leading resource for…
  • Independent Stonehenge and Bath Afternoon Tour from London

    Viator Travel Team
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:46 am
    As one of the world’s most fascinating architectural sites, Stonehenge has long been on my travel ‘to do’ list. When the opportunity finally arose this spring, I was more than a little excited. Figuring that the 90 minute trip from London warranted a full day out, I opted to include the charming town of Bath – famous for its ancient Roman Baths and Jane Austen Centre – to the itinerary. Prepare to spend hours admiring the nearly 5,000 year old UNESCO World Heritage Site from every angle as photos do not begin to do it justice. The elegant Roman Baths. We (my sister and I) began our…
  • Festivals Happening Around the World in July

    David Jennings
    16 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    The summery (at least for the Northern Hemisphere) month of July is host to a number of exciting festivals around the globe. From America’s Independence Day to the Darwin Beer Can Regatta, here are some of the month’s most fascinating festivals. Fourth of July (Independence Day) – United States 4th of July fireworks The Fourth of July (Independence Day) is the quintessential American holiday. The holiday commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, an almost holy document in the American psyche that declared American independence from Britain on July 4, 1776.
  • Top Travel Deals of the Week

    Viator Travel Team
    15 Jul 2014 | 12:36 pm
    Looking for something new and fun to do while traveling this week? Check out Viator’s best travel deals available around the globe this week and make the most of your travel budget Here are the top Viator Travel Deals through July 29, 2014: Australia & the Pacific Save on tours in Melbourne! Te Anau Super Saver: Doubtful Sound Cruise plus Te Anau Glowworm Cave Tour – Save 20% Be amazed by the wonders of New Zealand on this two-day Te Anau Super Saver. First, take a wilderness cruise on Doubtful Sound where the natural beauty will leave you breathless. The following day,…
  • Nairobi in One Day

    Viator Travel Team
    14 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    Most people find themselves in Nairobi on either end of a safari trip.  The city is Kenya’s capital and main area of business in the region. Aside from the few favorite restaurants in the downtown area, the city itself doesn’t offer a lot of action for tourists.  The best way we found to spend a day in Nairobi is to explore the many attractions outside of the city limits. We toured the Nairobi National park, Langata Giraffe Center, and the home of one of Kenya’s most famous past resident Karen Blixen. Exploring Nairobi’s animal kingdom The day starts early with just enough time…
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    World Hum

  • Watch: ‘Drunk on a Plane’

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

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

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

    The World Hum Editors (
    24 Jun 2014 | 7:34 am
    Eva Holland never got too excited about birds. But then she found herself gazing up at the sky in the Galapagos.
  • Where’s Andrew? At Home.

    The World Hum Editors (
    23 Jun 2014 | 11:45 am
    I didn’t know Andrew Evans when he set out to take the bus to Antarctica. By the time he’d been there and back, we were friends, making plans to meet on stopovers and detours. Now, we trade travel stories and advice, send each other postcards and chat online. But before all that, he was a voice in 140 characters on Twitter under the name@Bus2Antarctica. He was on an adventure I wanted to be a part of. I remember when he posted a picture of himself at a city bus stop with his pack. He was serious; he really was taking the bus all the way from Washington DC to the tail end of the…
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    Perceptive Travel Blog

  • Find Real Las Vegas at the Downtown Container Park

    Sheila Scarborough
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:32 am
    Sitting in part of a former freight container, sipping a Mexican Coke and enjoying some excellent tacos al pastor at Pinches Tacos (“Real Mexican Food by Real Mexicans” says their sign) I knew that I’d found a place in Las Vegas where I fit in and felt at home. Sure, the blinky lights, over-the-top entertainment, unsurpassed people-watching and
  • Let’s Get in a Car and Drive Through Scotland and Assume Everything is Going to Be Fine

    Brian Spencer
    18 Jul 2014 | 7:33 am
    Bombing along the M-90 between Edinburgh and Inverness at an 82mph clip, screaming past semi-trailer trucks in the “Dual Carriageway” passing zones that are “only” doing 70, sneaking sideways glances of epic green valleys and bald mountains — of that fabled Scottish countryside so seductive that I happily volunteered to guide a missile for three days
  • Catching Up With History at Jane Addams’ Hull-House

    Sheila Scarborough
    17 Jul 2014 | 11:02 am
    “A made-for-TV movie seen thirty-seven years ago, and now I’m finally here,” I marveled, standing in the entryway of the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum in Chicago. I was still in high school when I saw Mary White, about the daughter of famed journalist William Allen White with the Emporia (Kansas) Gazette newspaper (which still publishes
  • Scotland’s Western Isles

    Kerry Dexter
    14 Jul 2014 | 11:02 pm
    The Western Isles, the Outer Hebrides, Na h-Eileanan an Iar — whatever name you may know them by, these islands which lie off the northwest coast of Scotland are filled with warm welcome from friendly folk, communities engaged in present day life with aspects of centuries past just a step away, and connections among land,
  • Five travel books I wish I had written

    Liz Lewis
    13 Jul 2014 | 11:07 pm
    There’s a travel book sitting in my head just waiting to be written. Actually, there’s a travel book, a murder mystery, and a romantic comedy in there as well. But it might be some time before any of them move from my head to paper. In the meantime, I read. And read. And read. And
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    Travel | The Guardian

  • Cruises top list of worst holidays

    Isabel Choat
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:06 am
    Cruises were the most complained about trips in 2013, with Turkey, Egypt, the Dominican Republic and Spain also making the worst holidays list Continue reading...
  • How to do Umbria, Italy, on a budget

    Donald Strachan
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:59 pm
    Italys green heart can be friendly on the wallet. Donald Strachan finds affordable ways to enjoy Umbrias great walks, food, festivals and art Continue reading...
  • Glasgow accommodation almost fully booked for the Commonwealth Games

    Will Coldwell
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:28 am
    With the city's hotels and guesthouses at almost full capacity, last-minute visitors to the Games are being advised to camp or look outside of the city for accommodation Continue reading...
  • Readers' travel tips: Roman trattorias

    Guardian Staff
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:13 pm
    Know a spaghetti al pomodoro like mama makes or somewhere oozing atmosphere and local charm? Share your tip on your favourite eatery in Rome and you could win a £200 hotel voucher Continue reading...
  • Greek island holiday guide: Crete

    Andrew Bostock
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Of all the Greek islands, Crete is one of the most distinctive and beautiful. Our guide lists great places to stay (from campsites to boutique hotels), the best tavernas and the islands must sees Continue reading...
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    Lonely Planet blog

  • Opinion: Just say no to cross-generational travel

    Helen Elfer
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:45 am
    Lonely Planet editor Helen Elfer won’t be going on any family holidays this year. Or ever, in fact. When I read recently that ‘grown-up family holidays’ are on the rise, I felt a cold shot of panic hit the bottom of my stomach. I don’t know why – there’s absolutely no danger of me being invited on one. I’m officially the Dementor of cross-generational travel, sucking joy, light and fun from each and every excursion. Beautiful sunset? Time to start acting up. Image by ImagineGolf / Vetta / Getty Images From the age of 10 to 16, every time my family attempted to go…
  • Meet a traveller: Dave Cornthwaite, record-breaking adventurer and overland traveller

    Anita Isalska
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:46 am
    Ever thought of taking a trip by recumbent tricycle? How about a stand-up paddleboard or skateboard? Meet a traveller who has: Dave Cornthwaite has travelled more than 16,000 miles by yacht, kayak, tandem bike and more for his Expedition1000 project, smashed records by skating from Perth to Brisbane, in between saying ‘yes’ a lot and doing almost anything for £50. Intrigued? We caught up with Dave to find out about his travel passions and pitfalls, and how many Haribo rings it takes to power a desert adventure. Bike, trike or skateboard? Non-motorised forms of transport make for…
  • Opinion: Want the perfect travel soundtrack? All you need is an album and an open road

    Jo Cooke
    16 Jul 2014 | 6:10 am
    Listening to the radio last week, I was transported to a mountain road in Andalucía. No, it wasn’t Narnia-esque magic – a song had come on that perfectly connected me with my June holiday, instantly making me nostalgic for jasmine-scented air and white villages perched on impossible hillsides. The song was The Black Keys’ Bullet in the Brain from their album Turn Blue; its poppy blues-influenced beat was a perfect soundtrack to the winding road and spectacular views from Ronda to Tarifa. Hearing it again on the radio triggered those memories with absolute clarity. A winding…
  • #LPCelebrazil: week 5

    Emma Sparks
    16 Jul 2014 | 3:27 am
    And so we have it: the FIFA World Cup 2014 is over. There were record-breaking goals, shocking defeats and an endless supply of caipirinhas. Our author on the ground Kevin Raub was there to document the highs and lows of the tournament that had the world transfixed. Copacabana Fan Fest during ARG vs BRA. Image by Kevin Raub / Lonely Planet THE LATEST FROM BRAZIL Here’s Kevin’s final update from Brazil. Catch up on what he and the Lonely Planet community were up to throughout the World Cup at ‘I arrived in Rio with high hopes for the host nation.
  • Lost in translation: your ultimate tongue-tied travel moments

    Seb Neylan
    11 Jul 2014 | 6:09 am
    Lost in translation, or a watersports call-to-arms? Image by Ajay Tallam / CC BY-SA 2.0   You’re feasting on local food, immersing yourself in a new culture, so it makes sense to try out the lingo. But it only takes a few slips of the tongue to mumble nonsense or insult the locals… We asked our fans and followers about times they’d hit a language barrier – hard – on their travels. Here are some of the translation fails that made us chuckle. [View the story "We asked you: lost-in-translation moments" on Storify] Storify by Seb Neylan
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  • Angkor Thom – The Real Star of Cambodia’s Temples

    Matt Long
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:55 pm
    I’ve long been interested in archeology and learning about past civilizations. Had a natural predilection against math not prevented my entrance into any of the sciences that’s where I might very well find myself today. That’s why I seek out opportunities to visit ruins and dusty sites, from the obscure to the heavily touristed. That was also the main reason for my trip to Cambodia with Cathay Pacific, jumping on a short and easy Dragonair flight from Hong Kong to be immersed in the history of the Khmer Empire. Using the well located and luxurious Residence d’Angkor as my home base,…
  • Watery Sunset in the Bahamas

    Matt Long
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:50 pm
    The post Watery Sunset in the Bahamas appeared first on LandLopers.
  • Eating My Way Along The Stellenbosch Wine Routes, South Africa

    Matt Long
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:55 pm
    Visit any one of the great wine regions in the world and you’ll usually find stunning food to accompany those varietals. Wine and great food are inextricably intertwined, the two dependent on each other to help balance flavors, smells and the overall experience. Stellenbosch, one of the premier wine regions in South Africa, is no exception and during my visit to this beautiful area I enjoyed many meals and many different styles of culinary expertise. Some of my favorite food experiences though fall into a few distinct categories.Fine DiningIf it’s creative and delicious food served in an…
  • Sunrise Over Napa Valley From A Hot Air Balloon

    Matt Long
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:50 pm
    The post Sunrise Over Napa Valley From A Hot Air Balloon appeared first on LandLopers.
  • 7 Travel Moments On 7 Continents That Changed My Life

    Matt Long
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:55 pm
    I’m lucky and I know that. Traveling the world has been something I’ve wanted to do since I could walk, and probably even before that. It’s part of my DNA, who I am as a person. I’ve been doing some self-reflection lately (shocking, I know) and specifically I’ve been thinking a lot about my travel experiences over the years. There have been many special moments, unique experiences that just weren’t fun but changed me in some way. Either they opened my eyes to a new reality, or gave me the chance to think more about my station in life and the person I want to be. And yes, sometimes…
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    nerd's eye view

  • New Story in the SF Chronicle

    Pam Mandel
    20 Jul 2014 | 10:04 am
    To convert the cargo pod – the penthouse – into a bedroom, you push a button. The lid tilts open like a giant clamshell. In the San Leandro lot, I eyed the ladder and the tent suspiciously, then crab-legged my way up. It was surprisingly comfortable and well ventilated, but the entry and exit scared me. “I am not climbing down this ladder in the middle of the night,” I said. “You try it.” Gardner, a big guy who crests 6 feet, stepped on the bottom rung of the ladder. The van tilted ever so slightly. “This seems like a bad idea,” he said. The…
  • Sleeping through the War

    Pam Mandel
    17 Jul 2014 | 3:14 pm
    When I was 17, I boarded an airplane for Tel Aviv. I have a vague memory of a group leader, a better memory of my fellow teenaged travelers, and an even better memory still of the night I watched the sky light up along the horizon from the balcony of an Israeli family’s apartment in Nahariya. “Let’s go,” said one of the boys from the family hosting the dinner, and we got up, and we walked calmly down eight, maybe ten flights of stairs until we were in the building’s bomb shelter. I was with another American girl from my group. We sat together, trying to…
  • Back on World Hum

    Pam Mandel
    15 Jul 2014 | 5:02 pm
    I’ve always had a soft spot for World Hum, they published my first travel story, after all. I submitted it not knowing I would not get paid — a mistake I’ve only made one time. A year later, maybe two, they sent me a check for that first story — and they’ve run a few pieces of what I think are some of my best writing. For a while, I covered Hawaii pretty regularly for them — that was a terrific gig. The team was amazing; Jim Benning, Mike Yessis, and Eva Holland led us in producing consistently top notch work. Later, when the site slowed, Jim commissioned…
  • No More Ramones

    Pam Mandel
    12 Jul 2014 | 8:41 am
    Chuck Ts are made in China Dee Dee is long gone Hippie’s kids have trust funds I’m drinking coffee at dawn When I learn that there are No more Ramones.   College friends with cancer Trying to survive They have a fighting chance now But it ate Johnny alive And then we learn that there are No more Ramones.   “I don’t want to grow up!” Joey, skinny as a mic stand Shouting like he means it But you can’t fight the hand Of time when it teaches you that are No more Ramones.   Tommy: the last one lays it down The crash of noise is still So I turn up…
  • A Grand Canyon Story

    Pam Mandel
    10 Jul 2014 | 5:31 pm
    I was so delighted to go to the Grand Canyon to work on this story, it was a dream assignment. And it felt like everyone I met was in on making the day be nothing short of perfect. America’s National Park’s… there’s nothing better. That’s my story, I’m sticking to it, thanks, Teddy. This grab-and-go of Grand Canyon memories is exactly what I want to avoid. When I was very young, my father drove our family—my mom, two siblings, me—across the United States from New Jersey to California. On the way, we stopped at the Grand Canyon. I have a pale vision of…
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    Cheapest Destinations Blog - Travel the World!

  • Yes, There Are Still Cheap Beaches in Mexico. Here’s One.

    Tim Leffel
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:43 pm
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  • Your Ticket to a Half-Price Life

    Tim Leffel
    17 Jul 2014 | 2:52 pm
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  • Traveling Long-term Without Depending on Savings

    Tim Leffel
    13 Jul 2014 | 5:58 am
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  • How Much Does It Cost to Live in Hungary?

    Tim Leffel
    6 Jul 2014 | 3:02 pm
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  • Blood Rites in Taiwan, Rare Butterflies in Guatemala, and a North Korean Border Encounter

    Tim Leffel
    3 Jul 2014 | 6:07 am
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    Travel the Home Exchange Way

  • Long term home swap request: Australia for the UK (preferably Scotland)

    Home Base Holidays
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:27 am
    After recently publishing a request from the BBC for UK members interested in taking part in a new TV series on home swapping, we received this reply from Australian member, Liz Noble (on holiday in Rome in photo): ‘Oh, if only I lived in the UK I would take part in the BBC Home Swap programme; the UK is the only place I’m interested in and I would love to return for good.’ Although the majority of home swaps are for short term holidays, some members have used exchanges as a way of checking out another country before immigrating or before moving back home after a lengthy period living…
  • Home swap in Canada – ‘a truly magical vacation’

    Home Base Holidays
    14 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    ‘We have done two house swaps, one to Sweden and one to Canada.  When we went to Canada, we were very impressed by the house and the facilities, including a pool and a hot tub. The thoughtfulness of our hosts also made our holiday really enjoyable.  The Canadian family left us a meal made with local ingredients and had also arranged for us to have a meal with their neighbours one evening. The house was in a smart suburban street, a short drive from the bustling city of Ottawa and we had a wonderful time exploring art galleries, museums and markets. We had been told that there was a…
  • Home Swappers, the Home Exchange Newsletter, July 2014

    Home Base Holidays
    7 Jul 2014 | 8:02 am
    The July issue of Home Swappers Newsletter is now available. Topics: Featured listing: stunning views over the Bosphorus from a centrally located apartment offered for exchange in Istanbul Member report: home swap in Canada - a truly magical vacation! Home Base Holidays 20% discount offer: see newsletter for code (ends 12th July) UK participants request: to take part in  BBC TV series on home swapping Exclusive promotion to members: join second site for free Read articles in this issue in full and previous issues of Home Swappers Newsletter, in the Newsletter Archive. Subscribe to receive…
  • Canada to New Zealand: an incredible home swap leads to a special friendship

    Home Base Holidays
    5 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    ‘My name is Joyce and I have had two incredible home swaps and want to share my views with you.  I exchanged homes with an awesome couple in New Zealand this past winter (Susan and Paul).  We were in their home for six weeks and had the use of their car and drove over 7000 kms - seeing both the North and South Islands.  We also spent a week with them when they returned home and had wonderful days with them.  We have remained in touch ever since and they are coming to visit me this winter.  We are very good friends. This is a special relationship that developed due to a home exchange…
  • New York on a budget - free holiday accommodation

    Home Base Holidays
    27 Jun 2014 | 1:11 am
    New York City, a global centre for media, fashion, finance and trade, has one of the largest and most famous skylines on earth and attracts visitors from all around the world. New York, also known as The Big Apple, is home to many world-class museums, theatres and art galleries. But besides being among the world's most important and influential cities, New York is also one of the most expensive places to visit. But with a vacation in the Big Apple you don't have to break the bank. With this tricks and tip you can visit New York City on a budget without sacrificing comfort and missing out on…
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    Twitter Travels

  • 6 Bar Rules to Remember

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

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

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

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

    23 Apr 2014 | 10:18 am
    May is my favorite month of the entire year. Maybe it’s because May means the return of warm weather and sunshine… but it’s more likely that May is just a really awesome month to be alive. May in Michigan means that the leaves have returned to the trees, the days are longer, and the promise of summertime hangs in the air. The temperature is perfectly balanced between winter and summer, making it the perfect time to head outside and do fun things. Along with the Travel Channel, we have some suggestions for great things to do in the month of May! Cinco de Mayo – Did you know? There are…
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    Rick Steves Travel Blog: Blog Gone Europe

  • Aalsmeer Flower Auction

    Rick Steves
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:15 pm
    One of the joys of our TV production is that I get to actually visit the places and do the things that I recommend in my guidebooks. For instance, on the second morning of filming our Netherlands TV show, we got up at 6 a.m. to catch the Aalsmeer Flower Auction at its busiest. A hundred buyers click their computers as trainloads of flowers roll through the auction hall. Just outside, a keystone-cops commotion of delivery cars makes sure all the flowers get to their locations that same day — anywhere in Europe. Our cameraman, Peter, got to take a ride on one of these carts to film the…
  • Filming Rick Steves’ Europe in the Netherlands

    Rick Steves
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:10 pm
    I’m excited that we are embarking on a 12-day shoot to produce two shows in the Netherlands. Ten years ago, we made one episode combining Amsterdam with side trips into the Dutch countryside. In this shoot, we’ll retire the old show and replace it with two episodes: one just for Amsterdam and the other just for the Dutch countryside. This will let us share double fun in Holland. For example, doing two shows instead of one makes room for Haarlem, a charming small town a quick train ride from Amsterdam. We enjoyed filming an organ concert in Haarlem’s church.  I only get 3,200…
  • My Freshest Tips for Smooth Rail Travel

    Rick Steves
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:18 pm
    So far on this trip, I’ve really enjoyed using trains to get around Germany and the Netherlands — they make travel fast, smooth, and efficient. Here are a few photos to illustrate strategies for smart rail travel anywhere in Europe.   The new generation of bullet trains in Europe are sleek. In fact, they’re so sleek that when a city has an old-fashioned, dead-end train station, the new trains often don’t even bother to stop in the city itself, but at a pass-through suburban station instead. New stations are designed — at the insistence of the train companies — to…
  • First-Class Train to the Netherlands

    Rick Steves
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:47 pm
    I’ve been riding Europe’s rails since I was a kid. And to this day, a long, fast train trip gives me a youthful thrill. I marvel at how Europe’s trains just keep getting better, faster, and more comfortable. Having completed the Germany guidebook research stretch of my trip, I’m heading for Amsterdam to meet the film crew. I’m spending seven hours on one of Germany’s superfast ICE (InterCity Express) trains, writing and enjoying every moment — because for me, there’s very little that’s better than stretching out in a first-class quiet car, blitzing through…
  • Wrapping Up My Time in Germany

    Rick Steves
    18 Jul 2014 | 1:22 pm
    Finishing up my latest trip to Germany, I’m excited to share a few final thoughts…and pictures. My two-month-long summer trip is made up of five modules: Germany guidebook research, TV production in the Netherlands, Scandinavia guidebook research, TV production in Prague and Berlin, and Poland guidebook research. Now that I’m done with “module one,” I’m off to meet the film crew in Amsterdam. But first, here are a few German scraps I found at the bottom of my rucksack.   Each day so far on this trip, I’ve enjoyed the help of local guides. Nearly…
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  • Travel Photography Tips: Doing black and white right

    Mircea Giurca
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:20 am
    Are you one of those who love black and white photos whenever you see a beautiful landscape, a beautiful architecture like buildings or bridges, or just need to capture priceless moments? Good thing... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Looking for a Fresh Vacation Idea? Try a Fishing Trip!

    World Traveler
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:10 pm
    It seems like these days, most people take the same kinds of vacations all the time. They go to a large city, stay in a hotel, and explore the town a little bit. While this is fun and can produce... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • A Best Behavior Guide for Travelers Going to Newfoundland

    Mircea Giurca
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:05 am
    Newfoundland is the easternmost point of the North American continent and provides travelers with another modern day frontier to adventure in. The Newfoundlanders are a friendly and welcoming.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 5 Movies that can inspire you to travel

    Mircea Giurca
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:02 pm
    The Oscar’s has just awarded the best of the best in the movie industry and have put spotlight on red carpet stars like Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Lopez, and a comedian spewing ash to the tuxedo... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Best Attractions In San Francisco

    Mircea Giurca
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:58 am
    San Francisco, one of the most popular travel destinations in the Western United States. Not only does it have fantastic weather, a glamorous celebrity life, and an active community for Gay Pride,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Daily Catch

  • Coastal Cozy

    Sophia Jones
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:50 am
      Photo: Courtesy of Manufacturer Rest with the best thanks to this ultra-soft cashmere blanket. The traditional plaid will add a comforting touch to any space. Bronte Menzies Baby Blue & White Throw, $61;
  • Strike up the Band

    Hannah Sills
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:25 am
    Photo: Courtesy of manufacturer Bring the party to the beach with this Bluetooth-enabled speaker. Its fun color and sleek design would look great under any umbrella. iHome iBN24 NFC Bluetooth Rechargeable Stereo Mini Speaker in purple, $69.99;
  • Pop-Up Paradise

    Sophia Jones
    17 Jul 2014 | 11:09 am
    Photo: Courtesy of Manufacturer Create your own shady spot within minutes. Whether you are headed to the backyard or the beach, Ticla’s lightweight tent is easy to tote and construct. Ticla Shado Inflato Shelter, $300;
  • July Book Club: California by Edan Lepucki

    17 Jul 2014 | 10:24 am
    Happy Summer, Beach Readers! We hope you’re racking up plenty of hours of beachside bliss this month. If you need a book to accompany those long, lovely days on the shore, join our Beach Reads Book Club this month as we devour Edan Lepucki’s debut novel, California.     The post-apocalyptic page-turner is set in Los Angeles in the not-so-distant future, in a world where government has failed, businesses have closed, disease has spread, and food is scarce. The story follows Frida and Cal, a couple who live alone in a forest, foraging for food, until Frida’s…
  • Stylish Shades

    Hannah Sills
    14 Jul 2014 | 9:40 am
    Courtesy of Manufacturer These attractive sunglasses protect your eyes with their polarized lenses while creating a classic, refined look. SALT. Harlan in Matte Black Fog, $460;
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  • TripAdvisor Q2 misses as marketing costs soar
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:10 am
    TripAdvisor got tripped up by big marketing costs, posting Q2 results that fell far short of Wall Street expectations. TripAdvisor's Q2 selling and marketing costs, which include stepped up spending on TV ads in the U.S., France and Australia, surged 53% from the year-earlier quarter to $127 million.
  • GDS hotel bookings pick up in June
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:09 am
    Worldwide hotel bookings through global distribution systems declined year over year in April and May but increased in June, while average daily rates on those bookings increased during all three months, according to Pegasus Solutions.
  • HotelTonight bets big on Europe
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:08 am
    Curated last-minute hotel booking service HotelTonight is introducing a major expansion across Europe today, adding 80 new destinations across the continent. With these new additions, HotelTonight is now live in 450 cities in the Americas and Europe, with 130 of these outside the US.
  • American Airlines responds to 80% of customer tweets within 15 minutes
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:07 am
    The major airlines adapted to Twitter perhaps as quickly as any other industry vertical, rapidly recognising its usefulness as a medium to deliver flight information, provide updates and respond to customer support enquiries.
  • Conrad Hotels empowers travelers with end-to-end mobile customer experience
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:06 am
    Conrad Hotels is using new mobile features available through travel tech firm Intelity’s Interactive Customer Experience application that allow hoteliers to provide a complete experience for guests from pre to post booking.
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  • Disney Princess Power

    Jessica Ma'ilo
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    One of the top requests I have from guests is how to plan the ultimate Disney princess experience for their little ladies. Despite having a rough and tumble boy, we do enjoy our share of…The post Disney Princess Power appeared first on MiceChat.
  • Entire Disney Cruise Line Fleet Will Celebrate Halloween on the High Seas in 2014

    Jason Leppert
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    This year for the first time ever, Halloween on the High Seas comes onboard all the Disney Cruise Line ships – the Disney Wonder, Disney Dream, Disney Fantasy and newly reimagined Disney Magic. (Copyright © Disney Cruise Line) A full program of holiday…The post Entire Disney Cruise Line Fleet Will Celebrate Halloween on the High Seas in 2014 appeared first on MiceChat.
  • Window to the Magic Podcast – A Whole New World In More Ways Than One

    Paul Barrie
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:01 am
    This week, Paul has a special announcement and then we visit somewhere that we haven’t been in quite a while on the show… and it’s one of Paul’s favorites! Enjoy! Direct Link | iTunes Link…The post Window to the Magic Podcast – A Whole New World In More Ways Than One appeared first on MiceChat.
  • Dateline Disney World: Harambe Theatre and Animal Kingdom Photos

    Cory Disbrow
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    This week, we’re taking a look at some of the projects at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.  There are plenty of construction walls being moved around as little projects continue throughout the park.  We will also be…The post Dateline Disney World: Harambe Theatre and Animal Kingdom Photos appeared first on MiceChat.
  • Bob’s True-Life Adventures No.8 – 2014 Florence and Rome

    Bob Gurr
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Today’s Wheel of Adventures stopped at 2014, so here we go. MiceChat’s June 2014 Mediterranean Magic Cruise organized by Teresa Cory of Fairy Godmother Travel set sail from the fabulous port of Barcelona in the…The post Bob’s True-Life Adventures No.8 – 2014 Florence and Rome appeared first on MiceChat.
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  • How To Choose The Best Baby Carrier?

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

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

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

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

    20 Jan 2014 | 4:05 am
    I have always been addicted to shopping since my childhood. I used to buy dresses, shoes, accessories and various other things almost every month since I started earning. That would have been around 7 years back. Things have changed now and I am a proud mom of 2, a boy and a girl. My boy is 2 years old and my girl is 6 months now. I was thinking of going for shopping today with them but just realized that I would not be able to take them both because I only have a single stroller. This gave me an idea of this blog post about what all things I should take care of while going out with my kids…
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  • Photograph of the week: Sugarloaf Rock, Australia

    Paul Johnson
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:56 am
    This stunning shot of Sugarloaf Rock as seen from the Cape to Cape track shows the sun setting over the Indian Ocean in Australia’s South-West. The Cape to Cape track is an iconic Australian coastal walk in the world-renowned Margaret River region, which winds through beach, bush and the Boranup Karri forest. Thank you to […] Photograph of the week: Sugarloaf Rock, Australia is a post from A Luxury Travel Blog The post Photograph of the week: Sugarloaf Rock, Australia appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
  • Cycling around Drumlanrig Castle and Country Estate near Thornhill, Dumfriesshire, Scotland, UK

    Paul Johnson
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:45 am
    Drumlanrig Castle and Country Estate is one of the historic seats belonging to the family of the Duke of Buccleuch and Queensberry, as well as being home to part of an internationally renowned art collection (Rembrandt’s Old Lady Reading and family portraits by artists such as Thomas Gainsborough, as well as landscapes by Paul Sandby […] Cycling around Drumlanrig Castle and Country Estate near Thornhill, Dumfriesshire, Scotland, UK is a post from A Luxury Travel Blog The post Cycling around Drumlanrig Castle and Country Estate near Thornhill, Dumfriesshire, Scotland, UK appeared first…
  • Short stay: Three Glens, Moniaive, Dumfriesshire, Scotland, UK

    Paul Johnson
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:34 am
    At the start of our mountain bike / island hop adventure in Scotland, we stayed at the Three Glens – an eco-getaway in unspoiled Dumfriesshire, overlooking the village of Moniaive and with beautiful 360-degree views of rolling green hills. This luxury eco house benefits from ground source and solar thermal heating, with an air heat […] Short stay: Three Glens, Moniaive, Dumfriesshire, Scotland, UK is a post from A Luxury Travel Blog The post Short stay: Three Glens, Moniaive, Dumfriesshire, Scotland, UK appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
  • Party at the Fairmont Peace Hotel, Shanghai

    Paul Johnson
    19 Jul 2014 | 4:12 am
    As mentioned in previous posts, I was honoured last month to be invited to ITLM (International Luxury Travel Market) Asia 2014, held in Shanghai. This is an exclusive invitation-only event and this year the official party for the event was hosted by FRHI Hotels & Resorts and held at The Fairmont Peace Hotel on Shanghai’s […] Party at the Fairmont Peace Hotel, Shanghai is a post from A Luxury Travel Blog The post Party at the Fairmont Peace Hotel, Shanghai appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
  • Drinks on the helipad at The Peninsula Shanghai

    Paul Johnson
    19 Jul 2014 | 2:48 am
    As part of ILTM (International Luxury Travel Market) 2014 in Shanghai – an invitation-only event bringing together la crème de la crème of the luxury travel industry, I was invited to a VIP media welcome party to celebrate the opening of the event. This was an opportunity to experience the height of luxury and indulge […] Drinks on the helipad at The Peninsula Shanghai is a post from A Luxury Travel Blog The post Drinks on the helipad at The Peninsula Shanghai appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
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    Discovering Puerto Rico

  • A Meal with a View: Asador Isla Bonita

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

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

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

    19 Nov 2013 | 11:11 am
    I cannot believe it has taken me so long to make tostones at home, but I finally got around to it. Tostones are twice fried plantain slices that are extremely popular side dish here in Puerto Rico and many other Caribbean Countries. To make tostones you will need: Several green (unripe) plantains Oil (vegetable, corn or whichever you prefer) for frying Sharp knife Tostonera (a wooden press specifically designed to make tostones) or if you are like me, you could use a can or your hand) My method: Heat the oil to around 325C Use the sharp knife to cut off the ends of the plantain and slit the…
  • Big Picture: Shadows at Cuartel de Ballaja

    15 Nov 2013 | 5:46 am
    Second floor shadows @ Cuartel de Ballaja , with a little help from instagram filters Related posts:Big Picture: Cuartel de Ballajá, Old San Juan Homemade Tostones Big Picture: Paseo Del Morro
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  • A Life Aquatic: Exploring Undersea Maui with Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the Environment

    23 Jul 2014 | 3:19 am
    A Life Aquatic: Exploring Undersea Maui with Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the Environment Ambassadors of the Environment naturalist Chelsea Trimper describes the finer points of building a driftwood shelter to her attentive “Survivor” activity pupils. Photo by Dawn Sakamoto.It’s Friday morning and I’m boning up on my knowledge of Hawaii reef fish and coral I hope to encounter in Kapalua Bay. Libby Erickson, a naturalist with kids’ eco-adventure program Ambassadors of the Environment, i...
  • Time is running out! Win a Maui vacation in our 16th annual Reader Photo Contest.

    21 Jul 2014 | 4:35 am
    Time is running out! Win a Maui vacation in our 16th annual Reader Photo Contest. Halemaumau crater evening glow at Kilauea volcano's summit, Kau, Hawaii Island; Finalist, Outdoors Category, 15th annual contest. Photo by Miles Morgan. Got some gorgeous photos from your last Hawaii vacation? Open up your photo albums—digital or otherwise—and send us your favorites … within the next 18 days.Why? Glad you asked.Your Hawaii photos just might win you a return vacation to th...
  • 44th Annual Ukulele Festival brings local, international players to Waikiki this Sunday

    18 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    44th Annual Ukulele Festival brings local, international players to Waikiki this Sunday Keiki performers at Ukulele Festival. Photo: Ukulele Festival HawaiiIf you’ve been bitten by the ukulele bug (it could happen–“ukulele” is Hawaiian for “jumping flea”) and are itching for some live ukulele music, you won’t want to miss the 44th Annual Ukulele Festival, happening this Sunday (July 20) on Oahu.Thousands of ukulele fans (and players) flock to Honolulu every...
  • 39th Annual Queen Liliuokalani Keiki Hula Competition happens on Oahu this week

    16 Jul 2014 | 3:15 am
    39th Annual Queen Liliuokalani Keiki Hula Competition happens on Oahu this week Photo: Queen Liliuokalani Keiki Hula CompetitionHaunting chants that evoke images of Hawaii. The rhythmic strumming of an ukulele leading the instrumentation of a contemporary Hawaiian tune. And the practiced motion of tiny hands and feet dancing along.This weekend, watch 400 keiki (kids) showcase their hula skills in the 39th Annual Queen Liliuokalani Keiki Hula Competition at the Neal Blaisdell Arena on Oahu. The competition w...
  • New, first-ever Hawaiian monk seal hospital helps save four seal pups

    14 Jul 2014 | 3:01 am
    New, first-ever Hawaiian monk seal hospital helps save four seal pups Hawaiian Monk Seal. Photo: The Marine Mammal Center/Michelle BarbieriFor four young Hawaiian monk seals, life is looking up.Researchers from The Marine Mammal Center and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) rescued four Hawaiian monk seal pups on July 9th, during a 26-day research mission in the Northwest Hawaiian Islands. The young monk seals were malnourished and, scientists say, likely to die without ...
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  • Should Travelers Give to Kids Who Beg?

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

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

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

    Daniel Noll
    2 Jun 2014 | 6:42 am
    By Daniel NollThis is Ethiopia? Yes. A land of many surprises. When I was growing up, I remember Ethiopia having a long run on the nightly news. Unfortunately newscasts all pointed to the grim. Newsreel images featured fly-ridden babies with distended bellies, drought-ruined landscapes and a ravaging famine made only worse by civil war.Sounding familiar?Prior to our visit, we figured some distance between the Ethiopia of the 1980s and the Ethiopia of today — yet not quite to the extent we’d found. If our visit to Ethiopia proved nothing else, it proved this: though countries remain…
  • The Ancient Rock-Carved Churches of Lalibela, Ethiopia [360-Degree Panorama]

    Audrey Scott
    12 May 2014 | 12:00 pm
    By Audrey ScottThe story goes: almost 900 years ago in Ethiopia there lived a visionary king named Lalibela.Lalibela traveled far and wide, including an extended pilgrimage he took to Jerusalem, after which he brought back home to Ethiopia all he’d seen and learned.When Muslims conquered Jerusalem in the late 12th century and it became too dangerous for devout Ethiopian Christians to make the pilgrimage to Jerusalem itself, Lalibela fashioned a work-around: to build a New Jerusalem in his home country.But this New Jerusalem was no ordinary holy place. The foundation of Lalibela’s…
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  • 7 Family-friendly restaurants in Amsterdam

    Jamie Pearson
    4 Jul 2014 | 6:07 am
    Whether you’re in Amsterdam with your kids for a few days or a few weeks, you’ll need to find some family-friendly restaurants where you can feed your crew.   I’m currently in Amsterdam with my 12 and 14-year-old kids, and even though we’ve rented an apartment, we’re still eating out a lot. It’s easy enough [...]The post 7 Family-friendly restaurants in Amsterdam appeared first on Travel Savvy Mom: Family Vacations, Hotels, Destinations, and Gear.
  • Eat your way through Amsterdam

    Jamie Pearson
    28 Jun 2014 | 1:18 pm
    Looking for things to do with kids in Amsterdam?  Try a food tour Finding family friendly things to do in major European cities can be… tricky.  In its infinite wisdom, the internet seems to think that most parents are willing to travel halfway around the world with their kids and then play miniature golf or [...]The post Eat your way through Amsterdam appeared first on Travel Savvy Mom: Family Vacations, Hotels, Destinations, and Gear.
  • Wait. How long is a kilometer again?

    Jamie Pearson
    8 Jun 2014 | 12:21 pm
    There are some times when it would be to my advantage to really understand the metric system.  Such as when I am dosing myself with foreign cough medicine.  Or operating foreign ovens.  Or signing up for an all-day bike tour of the countryside around Amsterdam. But alas, much like whether the earth orbits the sun or [...]The post Wait. How long is a kilometer again? appeared first on Travel Savvy Mom: Family Vacations, Hotels, Destinations, and Gear.
  • The Mystery of the Giant Pink Penis Lamp

    Jamie Pearson
    5 Jun 2014 | 10:16 pm
    No sooner had we walked into our charming Amsterdam apartment, than we noticed a decor element that was slightly out of the ordinary. Almost all vacation rentals -- at least the ones I stay in -- feature at least one tragic decorating decision. Scented potpourri. A few too many duck decoys. A vase full of feathers.The post The Mystery of the Giant Pink Penis Lamp appeared first on Travel Savvy Mom: Family Vacations, Hotels, Destinations, and Gear.
  • Getting to Amsterdam. Even the easy way was kind of hard.

    Jamie Pearson
    4 Jun 2014 | 10:35 pm
    Even though I took steps to make our journey to Amsterdam as easy as possible (direct flight, checked bags, upgraded to economy plus), it was still kind of a grind. Any time you spend ten hours on a plane going to Europe from the west coast, you're going to feel it.The post Getting to Amsterdam. Even the easy way was kind of hard. appeared first on Travel Savvy Mom: Family Vacations, Hotels, Destinations, and Gear.
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  • Bioluminescence on Tomales Bay

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

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

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

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

    Larry Habegger
    10 Jan 2014 | 3:37 pm
    With the thousands, if not tens of thousands, of travel blogs active in 2014, it’s hard for many people to remember a time before they existed. But that wasn’t so long ago. Twenty years, in fact. On January 6, 1994, Jeff Greenwald uploaded the first from-the-field travel post to the Global Network Navigator (GNN) developed by O’Reilly Media (O’Reilly & Associates at the time). And the rest is history, as they say. Check out Jeff’s account of that time in a recent Wired piece, and track down a copy of The Size of the World, his excellent book about the…
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  • Home Away From Home Series – Dolce Vita Guesthouse Estoril

    Ava Stochinsky
    13 Jul 2014 | 6:44 pm
    We are fortunate that we at Vagablond get to experience lovely hotel destinations worldwide. It is seldom that I am surprised by the level of hospitality and professionalism. I expect it, but our stay at the Dolce Vita Guesthouse was one of the most pleasurable travel experiences I have enjoyed in recent history. What draws tourists to Estoril? Estoril and Cascais are the birthplace of tourism in Portugal and they are popular mostly because of the casual chic ambiance and the local beach life. Also, the fact we are only half an hour by car or train to Lisbon and close to Sintra, makes this…
  • Telegraph Hill Luxury Robes

    Ava Stochinsky
    11 Jul 2014 | 6:55 pm
    If you are looking for a special gift for pretty much anyone, look n further than one of the luxury robes offered by Telegraph Hill. The robe I chose was the Chocolate Seersucker. It is made of 100% miccrofiber, and may be one of the most comfortable garments I have come across. The microfiber was not only great feeling but was a very beautiful color. The terry lining was the perfect feel without being too thick. The weight is heavy enough to cause it to drape nicely. This is a perfect choice for anyone who dislikes the bulkiness of a total terrycloth robe, yet wants coverage and comfort.
  • ALT Hotel :: Toronto

    Ava Stochinsky
    14 May 2014 | 2:18 am
    It’s a boutique no frills hotel, but still has the bells and whistles. ALT boasts of individuality, as expected of a boutique hotel. If you are stopping over for a night in Toronto this is the perfect place. You easily get into the shuttle train and after a quick ride walk across and right into the hotels lobby. They have a gourmet grab and go area with food available at all hours, which is great if you’re arriving from a late flight and hungry. Part of the Germaine series, perhaps a smidge of an oxymoron but it is a no-nonsense boutique luxury hotel. Most business travellers…
  • Monte Carlo – Find Your Dream Home

    David Miller
    25 Apr 2014 | 11:06 pm
    Expensive real estate is the thing that tops the list of the luxury items like gadgets, food and clothing. According to a recent survey by the Global Property Guide, the most expensive real estate market in the world is Monte Carlo. Named as “Mount Charles” after Prince Charles III of Monaco, Monte Carlo is a northern district of the city-state of Monaco and is abode of the Opéra de Monte-Carlo, the celebrated Hôtel de Paris and the larger portion of the Curcuit de Monaco, where Formula One drivers race in the Monaco Grand Prix. The average cost of the luxury real estate in this…
  • How About Having a Classy Pack of Beers!

    Bhavesh Bhatia
    12 Apr 2014 | 12:57 am
    You must know that beer is a drink known to man from olden times and is one of the favourites with most writers. While a number of people enjoy having a less costly and light beer, there are some world’s most luxurious beers also available in the market. One such priciest beer is Brewdog’s “The End of History”, which is priced at $765 per bottle. BrewDog, brewery of Scotland, presented a beer which is served in bottles and has a high content of alcohol. This beer is named after a book published by the philosopher Francis Fukuyama. It comes in eleven wonderful bottles. The bottles give…
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  • Little Good Harbour, Barbados: hotel of the week

    Kate Thorman
    18 Jul 2014 | 1:37 am
    We’ve been daydreaming of slowing things down and taking that quiet Caribbean getaway. The haven of Little Good Harbour in Barbados will instantly put you on ‘island time’ – chill out with a day at the beach, in the spa, or trolling through the local markets. Style Old-style Bajan beach houses Setting Palm-fringed fishing village Why this week? Basking in the sun is closer than ever on Barbados, a surprisingly accessible Caribbean island with direct flights from most major UK and US cities. It’s even simpler once you arrive; Little Good Harbour is home to one of the island’s most…
  • In the diary: Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials

    Lucy Fennings
    14 Jul 2014 | 7:49 am
    STYLE Riders and Rovers SETTING Lush Lincolnshire landscape When? 4–7 September 2014 Where? Burghley House, Stamford, Lincolnshire Tell me more… As much social gathering as sporting event – attracting equine enthusiasts, passionate spectators, and plenty more who come along for a grand day out with family and friends – the award-winning annual Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials is a highlight of the international equestrian calendar. This prestigious and popular leg of the global Grand Slam of Eventing brings the world’s top riders and horses together to test their skill,…
  • North Bundaleer, Clare Valley: hotel of the week

    Sarah Jappy
    10 Jul 2014 | 9:56 pm
    Ancient outcrops of the Flinders Ranges, ordered rows of ripening grapes on vines and rolling pastoral hills are what you’ll find in the surrounds of opulently restored homestead, North Bundaleer. Just 30 minutes from the Clare Valley in South Australia, this property will have you resting on the verandah, sipping on riesling and fondly watching the resident Jack Russells, Archie and Tilly, scamper around the rose bushes. Style Vintage Victorian Setting Outback plains and pastures Why this week? The next couple of months are jam-packed: the Sevenhill Producer’s Market on 26 July…
  • A tale of two cities: a 48-hour stay in Florence and Verona

    Juliet Kinsman
    9 Jul 2014 | 7:15 am
    It’s remarkable how much you can see and do in just one weekend away to Italy. A night at Il Salviatino and then a night at Palazzo Victoria treated me to a concentrated hit of two of the world’s most cultured cities with a restorative whirl in the countryside, plus a good measure of cocktails, and even a pilgrimage to my namesake’s balcony… Florence, the original Renaissance city, doesn’t hang about when it comes to treating foreigners to the kind of scenes that make city breaks in Italy so appealing. Pastel-painted palazzi peeping around almost every corner and cultural landmarks…
  • Travel gallery: Areias do Seixo hotel in Portugal

    Madevi Dailly
    9 Jul 2014 | 2:31 am
    Lately we’ve been daydreaming about Portugal. We’ve fallen a little bit in love with Areias do Seixo: an easy hour’s drive from Lisbon, right on the coast, it’s the sort of laid-back and breezy boutique hotel that has you kicking off your shoes within minutes of arriving. Fresh from a recent visit to this gorgeous concrete-and-glass stay, Smith editor Madévi Dailly recommends just giving in to the glamorous earth-child vibe: take a dip in the mirror-smooth pool, breathe in the scents of rosemary and lavender in the bountiful kitchen gardens or tag along on a…
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  • Why donkeys wear pants

    24 Jul 2014 | 12:45 am
    Yesterday I was lolling about the harbor of St-Martin, sitting on the thick limestone walls near the little lighthouse, just hanging out. It’s a great people-watching spot. Anyway, at some point I noticed that in the park there was a guy who had a bunch of donkeys and kids were getting on the donkeys and riding them in a little loop around the park. Okay, no big deal. Lots of parks have horse rides for kids, right? Here in France they do donkeys. Same-same. Except there was something odd about these donkeys. They were all wearing gingham pantaloons. Which, I’m sorry, is just not a natural…
  • The moon over my bed

    23 Jul 2014 | 12:26 am
    Having decided late in the afternoon that dinner was out of the question, that I needed to purge my body of its salt-infused diet, that it would be good for me to take a break from all things liquid related, including wine, I find myself inexplicably hungry at 7. So I compromise with myself by riding my bike to Ars near sunset and ordering a snack at Bistrot de Bernard—a dozen oysters, a risotto of langostinos, and a half bottle of wine. Well, what did you expect? There are no villages on Île de Ré named St.-David, in my honor, nor will there be after my visit. Ars is quieter than…
  • The market in Ars

    21 Jul 2014 | 12:45 am
    Yesterday was the opening day of hunting season. All morning long the fields and woods around St. Clément echoed with the boom of shotguns blasting away at small birds. At breakfast, I asked Natacha what kind of birds the hunters were killing. “Pigeons,” she said, pronouncing it pee-JHANS. After breakfast I went to the salt museum, the Ecomusée du marais salant, in Loix. In order to avoid the hunters, I rode my bike through the Lizay forest, a protected bird sanctuary. It was cool and silent here, the pine trees muffling the faraway boom of birds being blasted out of the sky. Once out…
  • The scene at the Bistro Marin

    18 Jul 2014 | 12:16 am
    There is a corpulent man at the Bistro Marin in St. Martin, his arms folded across his thick chest, sleeping with his nose almost in his beer. Along the sea wall, couples walk slowly, aimlessly. They sit on green benches looking at the ocean, arms wrapped around each other, not talking. Reluctantly they stand up, return the way they came, always looking out to sea. photo by David Lansing   Everyone here looks longingly out to sea. Here is the thing: I have fallen in to doing nothing on Île de Ré. Nothing. I find a bench and sit for awhile—facing the ocean—and then move on. To a…
  • Chew your oysters

    17 Jul 2014 | 12:57 am
    Today I ate three dozen oysters. Is that a lot? I don’t think it’s a lot. I did not eat them quickly or carelessly. I ate them thoughtfully. Thinking of Tony and the three years the oysters have been nourished by the sea in the calm days of late August and the blustery cold of January. I chewed them. Which some people can’t stand. But chewing them releases the oceanic terroir. The slippery rocks, sandy bottoms, clay minerality of their existence. photo by David Lansing   You chew, sip the local blanc de blanc, and then look out at the sea. And you understand in a way you cannot…
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  • Life on the Road as a Gay Couple

    21 Jul 2014 | 8:35 am
    One things we haven’t focused on this site is LGBT travel and, as we bring in a wider range of reader interviews, I wanted to highlight LGBT readers as I’m curious learn about their experiences traveling around the world, as many countries have harsh anti-gay laws. So when Auston e-mailed me about being the next reader profile, I jumped at the opportunity. I wanted to know how he and his husband face or have dealt with any discrimination and his advice for others. He sat down with me virtually over e-mail to talk: Nomadic Matt: Hi, Auston! Tell everyone about yourself. Auston:…
  • 22 Ways to Save Money in Paris

    17 Jul 2014 | 9:21 am
    Uncorking a bottle of French wine on a sunny day, spreading Brie on a baguette, gazing out on the Paris skyline in front of the Sacré-Coeur in Montmartre – to me, that is the perfect day. Paris is one of my favorite cities in the world thanks to its cobblestone streets lit up at night under the glow of street lights, historic architecture, incredible music, savory delicious food, and smartly-dressed locals. Paris is a city I just melt into. But Paris is also a city that melts the wallet. With the city’s plentiful restaurants, bars, and attractions, if you aren’t smart, your…
  • Help Stop the Promotion of Unethical Tourism (Boycott TBEX!)

    14 Jul 2014 | 9:09 am
    Every year, a travel bloggers conference called TBEX is held in North America. I’ve gone many times. This year, the conference is being held in Cancun, Mexico and, as part of the offering of pre-conference activities, they are offering dolphin encounter experiences where you can go play and swim with captive dolphins. When I saw this, I was shocked. Captive dolphin experiences are a mass market, irresponsible form of tourism and it’s shocking that a travel organization that often talks about responsible tourism would promote such an activity. I don’t often take “stands” on this…
  • How to Hack a Free Trip Around the World: 2014 Edition

    10 Jul 2014 | 9:06 am
    Travel hacking is a constantly changing world – tips, tricks, and advice that worked even a few months ago can suddenly be obsolete. Deals come and go, programs change, credit cards come and go, ways to game the system end as new ones begin, bank rules change – it’s endless! Nothing in travel is really evergreen. So six months after I released my book, The Ultimate Guide to Travel Hacking, it is time to re-release an expanded and updated version of the book. Not only has the travel hacking world changed, but I received a lot of amazing feedback on the original book on…
  • Why You Should Skip School to Travel the World

    7 Jul 2014 | 8:42 am
    With the cost of higher education rising dramatically each year, should you forgo college* and instead use that money to travel the world? It’s one of the questions I receive a lot from graduating high school students and disenchanted college freshmen or sophomores. In their e-mails, they express a desire to pursue higher education but, at the moment, they aren’t sure what they want to do and would rather travel and “figure life out.” School doesn’t seem to be a good fit for them at the moment. I have trouble answering this question. For starters, it’s a very personal…
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    The Word From The Timeshare Crusader

  • Consumer Advisory

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

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

    Lisa Ann Schreier, The Timeshare Crusader
    16 Jul 2014 | 6:06 am
    I'm worried.A few weeks ago I wrote about how easy it is to "tip the social media scales."  Shortly afterwards, a new "reputation management" company started creating some buzz in timeshareland.Last week I saw this posting on one of the LinkedIn groups I regularly participate in:Hi Everyone, Does anyone here have any recommendations on companies to look into that handle reputation management online? i am looking for someone who has experience in the Timeshare space. The outcome is to help our organization suppress negative feedback online (Yelp, Blogs...) from the top 2 pages on google…
  • Confused As To What RCI Does/Doesn't Do? Start Here!

    Lisa Ann Schreier, The Timeshare Crusader
    9 Jul 2014 | 7:21 am
    Timeshare owners around the country continue to experience some confusion as to who RCI is and what RCI does…and doesn’t do.In an attempt to clear up this confusion and save owners time, aggravation and in some cases, thousands of dollars, here is an essential primer.First of all, RCI is an exchange company.  They facilitate the exchange or trade of one timeshare to another in a network of nearly 4,200 resorts worldwide.  Timeshare owners typically pay an annual membership fee to RCI as well as an exchange/trade/usage fee.  RCI does not sell timeshares.Many timeshare owners…
  • Independence Comes Though Action

    Lisa Ann Schreier, The Timeshare Crusader
    4 Jul 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Happy Independence Day!Here are some questions you might want to take a look at in order to give you more independence as a timeshare owner.  Remember that consumers have the ultimate power, we just need to be reminded of it from time to time. Why is the same timeshare that you just paid $20,000 for selling for less than $2,000 on the resale market?Why are there no owners on your HOA?Why are there no regular communications from the resort?Why is a VP at a major timeshare developer allowed to call prospective owners 'moochers' yet suffer no consequences?How do all of those scam…
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  • Ten Best and Worst Airlines and Planes

    24 Jul 2014 | 3:32 pm
    The spacious bar in the double-decker Airbus A380 jumbo jet. Patrick Smith photos. The Ten Best and Worst Airlines and Planes A pilot rates both airlines and his favorite rides in the sky   By... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • A Creative Spark in Cianciana, Sicily

    23 Jul 2014 | 4:31 pm
    Artists using recycled materials to build Passareddu in Cianciana, Sicily. Photo by Hilary Arnold. Passareddu: A Creative Spark in a Charming Sicilian Town By Sarah Robertson Cianciana lights up... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Travel to the Arctic Circle

    22 Jul 2014 | 8:31 am
    Enjoy an aerial view of Baffin Island. Scott Bradley photo Baffin Explorer: Iceberg Capital of the North Arctic art adventures of Canada By Jamie Kimmel {loadposition... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Nashville Tennessee: American Pride and Music

    21 Jul 2014 | 11:17 am
      The Riders in the Sky playing at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry. Cathie Arquilla photos.American Music, Made in Nashville By Cathie Arquilla Why Nashville? The short answer was that my mom,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Sit Back, Relax, and Get Fit

    19 Jul 2014 | 5:18 pm
    A group of Austin Adventures travelers stop for some lakeside yoga. Get a Head Start with Fitness Vacations By Austin Adventures By Sarah Robertson Perhaps it is time to redefine what it... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • Apartment For Rent In Iquitos

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

    Captain Bill
    16 Jul 2014 | 8:38 pm
    Guest post by Bo Keeley. An aorta squirts out from the heart of Iquitos called the Boulevard that conveys tourists along the scenic Rio Amazon and to their hotels. Ten blocks south of Plaza de Armas, the ornate promenade abruptly tapers to a muddy track at the entrance to waterfront Belen. This is Dog Corner, at Ramirez Hurtado and Ucayali Streets. It’s a gate of white snapping terror that tourists must pass through to one of four hotels within a one blocks race. There is no rabies in Iquitos, according to local veterinarians. Otherwise, many tourists would be chewing wooden tongue blades.
  • Iquitos Doctor

    Captain Bill
    15 Jul 2014 | 8:46 pm
    Guest post by Bo Keeley My recommendations for this and that after 15 years in Iquitos are offered not to promote them financially but to crunch data for tourists or expats seeking some of the best in town, that in many instances cost me many Soles and hours of beating the bushes. Now may I suggest a doctor? Any physician you choose should be an older gentleman, a surgeon, sportsman, seasoned in the bush, and preferable a doctor in general practice rather than a specialty. Certainly English, strong diagnostic skills, contacts, and integrity are important. May I suggest Dr. Espinosa who is…
  • Comic Justice in Iquitos

    Captain Bill
    15 Jul 2014 | 7:21 pm
    Guest post by John Anonymous Citizen I, for one, appreciate your blog functioning as the ‘Bat Signal’ in Gotham Iquitos. It’s the distress searchlight summoning Batman to assist in the event of a town crisis and as a psychological weapon to intimidate  evil doers.  Or, compare to the Daily Planet News where photojournalist Jimmy Olsen received tips of malevolent plans and deeds for which he beckoned his secret pal Superman. It worked instantly in the case of shutting the door on voyeurism of defecating tourists at the Putumayo Cyber.  And, yesterday for the first time in…
  • Try My Dentist For Tourists In Iquitos

    Captain Bill
    14 Jul 2014 | 8:51 pm
    Guest post by Bo Keeley Good Dentist, Decent Guy, Peru Prices I’ve had all my dental work done in Iquitos for the past 15 years and been pleased with the quality and prices. I’ve used three dentists on or near Calle Morona ten minutes walk from here. This is my favorite because he is smart, older, speaks a some english, is thorough, gentle and has never tried to push any treatment. His prices are par for Peru and low compared to USA, e.g.: X-ray 15 soles, Root canal 85 soles, Good porcelain crown 300 soles, fillings 50 soles. Dr. Jorge R. León Quijano Consultations, Jr. Tacna N.
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  • Taking a Train to Sicily

    Barbara Weibel
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:41 am
    Years ago, when I was living in Puerto Rico, someone asked me if I drove there or flew. I laughed, assuming the comment was meant as a joke, but as I soon learned, this person was dead serious – he had no idea that Puerto Rico was an island. I was reminded of this incident while making plans to move on from Italy’s Sorrentine peninsula to Sicily. When I told my Dad I was taking the train to Sicily he said, “You can’t do that, Sicily is an island.” In this case, I was not exhibiting geographic ignorance. From Naples, I boarded a train that took me to Villa San…
  • PHOTO: Wisteria canopy in Positano, Italy

    Barbara Weibel
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: Wisteria canopy provides shade over a lane in picturesque Positano, Italy, on the immensely popular Amalfi Coast. (Visited 8 times, 8 visits today)The post PHOTO: Wisteria canopy in Positano, Italy appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
  • PHOTO: Shops of Positano, Italy

    Barbara Weibel
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: Cobblestone streets, grapevine draped buildings, and adorable shops of Positano, a charming town located on the Amalfi Coast in Italy. (Visited 46 times, 46 visits today)The post PHOTO: Shops of Positano, Italy appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
  • PHOTO: Sunset in Positano Italy

    Barbara Weibel
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: In Positano Italy, sunset drenches houses that cascade down the cliff toward the Tyrrhenian Sea in golden light. If you plan a visit to this lovely little town along the Amalfi Coast, bring comfortable shoes, as it is all up and down. (Visited 133 times, 133 visits today)The post PHOTO: Sunset in Positano Italy appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
  • PHOTO: Cobblestone Streets and Shops of Amalfi Italy

    Barbara Weibel
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: Window shopping along cobblestone streets of Amalfi Italy, where overhead bridges span the narrow lanes and limestone cliffs tower in the background. (Visited 68 times, 68 visits today)The post PHOTO: Cobblestone Streets and Shops of Amalfi Italy appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
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  • 5 In-America-Only Cultural Travel Activities

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

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

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

    Spot Cool Travel Stuff
    2 Jun 2014 | 7:54 am
    A sandy floor, a full size tree trunk, a profusion of green plants and a posse of endangered species — in cuddly toy form. The WWF room at Scandic Vulkan hotel in Oslo is wild! The only thing missing are the calls of rainforest birds. Although, if you are after a good night’s sleep, that’s is probably for the best. Designed in partnership with WWF Norway, to raise awareness of environmental issues among hotel guests, the room also features recycling bins (yes, you’ll have to sort out your paper from your plastic waste), second-hand furniture, organic toiletries and…
  • Summer Camps Where Adults Can Be Kids Again

    Spot Cool Travel Stuff
    30 May 2014 | 5:45 am
    Summer camp. For adults of a certain age, those two words can evoke powerful memories of innocence and coming-of-age. Perhaps those memories are of sleeping in cabins or learning archery. Perhaps they are memories of canoeing rivers, roasting marshmallows, participating in camp talent shows or playing games of capture the flag. Perhaps summer camp is where you had your first kiss. Perhaps that kiss happened while you were sitting on a huge tree trunk that had fallen across a creek — you know, the one that’s behind the arts and crafts cabin — where perhaps Bridget Aubrey agreed to…
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  • A Chef, a TV Show and Flash Fried Collards

    19 Jul 2014 | 4:19 am
    My daughter loves Master Chef. It’s charms are somewhat lost on this old curmudgeon. I haven’t been excited about a TV cook since Julia Child - until I was introduced to the award winning public broadcasting series “A Chef’s Life” featuring an eastern North Carolina girl, a Yankee husband*, and a backwater called Kinston that has a real Civil War ironclad the CSS Neuse washed-up in the center of town. Does this sound like the makings of a fabulous TV show? Honey, it’s a cracker.I was introduced to “A Chef’s Life” by my friend Mase who would send to London DVDS and internet…
  • I'm ready Bill Cunningham

    13 Jun 2014 | 3:35 am
    It’s hot and sunny here. World Cup enthusiasm is in the air. It’s Friday and I am about to hit the streets of London. Get ready Bill Cunningham. But wait. He takes sartorial snaps on the streets of New York for the New York Times. There is absolutely no reason to dress for Bill Cunningham here in London.Oh yes there is. I always choose my outfits for Bill. His women stride across New York ‘expressing their personal style’. They’re having fun. They’re confident, cool and interesting. I want to be part of that tribe, those confident and interesting urban creatures here in London. So…
  • It's Mother's Day Somewhere

    9 May 2014 | 9:05 am
    Yikes! It's Mother's Day in America on Sunday.  Today, I am republishing something that I wrote in 2009 when it was Mother's Day in the UK but not the US. Five years later, my mother is still up to her old tricks, I'm still getting my dates mixed up and it's still Mother's Day somewhere. It’s Mother’s Day in the UK. Sure, the economy needs stimulating but this year’s commercial badgering to remember, love and shop for Mum is a bit much. Microsoft just sent me this. “Make her day even more special with Windows Live.” Hey Bill Gates & Co., I’ve got news for you, my…
  • Baatan Death March? No, our baby is going to college

    19 Apr 2014 | 1:15 pm
    Meaning no disrespect to the real American and Filipino victims, my husband and I just finished a deadly march of sorts – down the east coast of the US to look at universities with our daughter. We saw 10 in 12 days. That’s a lot of universities and a lot of travel. I can’t tell you which ones or what my daughter thought about them. That’s her story. Our story is about what will be probably our last road trip together. We always knew she would leave but now we’re accompanying her on her shopping trip for the next chapter of her life. At Heathrow airport, she’s excited. We’re a…
  • The World's Nicest Hotel has a Baby

    11 Mar 2014 | 6:50 am
    Every year since 2006 we have argued that the best skiing in Europe can be found in the Dolomites. The posts can be found hereand here’s a summary of why we have never felt the need to go anywhere else:·      One ski pass = 1,200 kilometers of trails, 510 lifts across 12 valleys encompassing 3 regions of Italy. That’s the equivalent of skiing from New York to Chicago in an area so special it has been declared a World Heritage Site·      Dramatic scenery and delightful villages that offer the very best of Austrian and Italian traditions…
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  • The sun makes an appearance

    18 Jul 2014 | 11:45 pm
    The sun peaking through the clouds in the Anza Borrego Desert….the largest state park in the contiguous United States lies between Palm Springs and San Diego in California….the desert covers 600,000 acres.
  • Old shoes, new life….

    18 Jul 2014 | 7:35 am
    Although many people consider the ritual of shopping for vacation clothes necessary…you might want to focus on new clothes and not shoes…a vacation is not the place to break-in new footwear. I must admit I have not followed my own advice in the past and my poor feet paid the price dearly, and my travel plans needed to be altered once I became chair bound due to bad blisters. Do yourself a favor and travel with old shoes!
  • Drainpipe living

    17 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    If you happen to by kayaking in the Austrian city of Ottensheim, you will come across three lonely segments of concrete drainage pipe hanging out on the shores of the Danube River.  No, a lazy construction company did not leave it’s trash out… is actually a hotel….Dasparkhotel to be exact. Dasparkhotel has turned three large sections of drainpipe into a boutique budget hotel. Located in a grassy park, the seven foot wide pipes are fitted with a large double bed, side table, lamp and a small window; also located on the property are a cafe, bar and restrooms. As if…
  • Travel by Ernest

    16 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    “Writing and travel broaden your ass if not your mind and I like to write standing up.” -Ernest Hemingway
  • Sublime tranquility in Oia

    14 Jul 2014 | 12:30 am
    Clinging to the cliffs of the magical Greek isle of Santorini, the Katikies Hotel is a white refuge hanging above the deep blue Aegean Sea. Although this five star hotel is known for it’s stunning views and fabulous service, some guests are surprised at how simple the rooms are considering the high-price…but what you pay for here is location, location, location. The hotel is located in the picturesque town of Oia…which is the posterchild of Greece with it’s white buildings, cobalt blue domed roofs and windmills…even if you have never heard of the place I…
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  • Nepal in under a week: visiting with only a 7 day or less itinerary

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

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

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

    Dave from The Longest Way Home
    16 Jun 2014 | 4:37 pm
    The White Temple is guarded by various demons  White Temple (Wat Rong Khun) in Chiang Rai One of the strange things about writing a month in advance is that things can change in the blink of an earthquake. What used to be a huge and popular tourist destination can literally be wiped off the planet overnight. While not completely wiped out the White Temple in Chiang Rai was severely damaged during an earthquake on the 5th of May 2014. So much so it’s no longer possible to visit inside the temple. I stayed in Chiang Rai before the earthquake so I was able to visit this temple fully.
  • Three borders and a wedding in North Thailand

    Dave from The Longest Way Home
    3 Jun 2014 | 5:32 pm
    Thailand’s people along its northern borders are Kayan, Akha, Lisu, Burmese and Chinese. A wealth of sub-cultures that make a visit worthwhile for those wanting to see more of Thailand North Thailand’s highlights on a motorbike From Ban Rak to Pai to Mae Hong Son and onwards via Thailand’s Northern frontier. Designer bohemian hangouts and deserted towns don’t score high on my books these days at all. With rave reviews Pai is a “must” for “first timers” wanting to chill out and do little else but “chill out” drink milkshakes and take…
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  • News for the Week

    Donna Hull
    19 Jul 2014 | 1:05 am
    Salmon River near Riggins, Idaho. Alan and I have just returned from 2 days at Mackay Bar Guest Ranch on Idaho’s Salmon River. What a beautiful spot! We have plenty of new adventures to write about. In the meantime, check out the photos that we’ve been posting on the My Itchy Travel Feet page on Facebook. Don’t forget to like us while you’re there. This Week’s Articles Bhutan is on our boomer bucket list. This week, Kay Doughty, from Blonde Brunette Travel, shares travel tips for visiting Bhutan on a small group tour. Are you ready to visit the Treasure State now…
  • Bhutan Travel Tips

    A Guest Writer
    17 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    As world travel seems more and more accesible these days, there are still a few destinations that remain fairly elusive for most travelers. One such destination is Bhutan, a Himalayan country sandwiched between China and India. As of late, the country has become more accessible to tourists and today, Kay Dougherty, author of Blonde Brunette Travel, shares her first-hand Bhutan travel tips with us in order to make the most of a visit to this enchanting country. The Tourism Council of Bhutan cites the main reasons people choose to visit as the culture, Buddhism, nature and because it’s seen…
  • News for the Week

    Donna Hull
    12 Jul 2014 | 1:05 am
    Find Montana travel ideas and deals in the July 2014 My Itchy Travel Feet Newsletter. Let’s Explore Montana Exploring Montana is the theme for the July edition of the My Itchy Travel Feet monthly newsletter. We’re featuring travel deals, destination suggestions and an original article with travel tips from our June trip to Glacier National Park. Take a look. Like what you see? Be sure to subscribe by ticking the “monthly newsletter” button on the subscription page. This Week’s Articles Assistant Editor, Nicole, shares Top 5 Montana Travel Apps. Which ones will you use…
  • Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda

    A Guest Writer
    10 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Have you ever dreamed of living out a scene from the movie ‘Gorillas in the Midst’ while traveling through Africa? Through gorilla trekking tours, travelers can have close encounters with gorillas in their natural habitat, but it does take some careful planning. Today’s guest poster, Leslie Burnside, tells us the best way to go gorilla trekking in Rwanda. Many travelers have a bucket list and if you are an animal lover, visiting mountain gorillas in the wild should definitely be on that list. There are several countries where you can visit these majestic animals in their…
  • Top Five Montana Travel Apps

    7 Jul 2014 | 1:56 am
    As Alan and Donna can tell you, active travel in Montana is a boomer’s dream come true. From romantic lodges in the middle of beautiful scenery to mountainous and lake-laden hiking options, Big Sky Country offers a seemingly never-ending array of active travel possibilities. St. Mary Lake in Glacier National Park is just one of the many spectacular sites in Montana. Of course, taking full advantage of all that Montana has to offer means efficient planning is a must. To get the best out of your next trip to this incredibly vibrant area, take a look at our recommended Montana travel apps. 1.
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  • The Good, Bad and Ugly of Cycling the Loire a Velo in France

    Christine Gilbert
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:39 am
    We’re biking across Europe this summer, following the Euro Velo 6 route, which covers one of the most popular biking routes in Europe: the Loire a Velo. It follows the Loire river, it’s very well-marked, full of dedicated bike lanes, weaves through wine vineyards and farmlands, medieval castles and bustling cities. It’s perfect. At least in theory. Here’s a photo from the Chambord Chateau: If you see this photo you might think, “Ahh, France, so lovely.” What I see is the sun setting after a long day of biking and rain clouds on the horizon. We’re…
  • The Adventure (Finally) Begins

    Christine Gilbert
    11 Jul 2014 | 3:13 am
    When we arrived at Nantes, via train, it was cloudy. We walked our bikes across the train station, found the start of the route and started pedaling down the street. “Creak…” Our bikes are terrible. It took close to a month to get outfitted, to test everything out, to cycle around Pamplona, San Sebastian and Bordeaux for a bit, before finally deciding: we’re ready. Oh god, I hope this is good. So much expectation has gone into this trip. Then we see it. The river. La Loire. Meh. The first few days of biking… essentially all the way from Nantes to Saumur is a…
  • The Wild Beastie Years

    8 Jul 2014 | 8:36 am
    As we’ve been biking through Spain and now France, I’ve been thinking more about parenting — and how it varies so much from culture to culture. My official point of view is this: mostly everything will be fine. I think some cultures create more independent kids, other ones create ones that do better academically. Some create risk takers, other create well-balanced rule followers. There’s so many factors involved I think every attempt to unravel it tends to do little more than expose the researchers or writer’s own biases. There’s no right answer, and…
  • Biking the French Cliffs of Basque Country (Highly Recommended)

    1 Jul 2014 | 5:14 am
    I’ve never heard anyone talk about the coast line along France’s southern coast on the Atlantic side — that is until I looked up biking routes and found the Euro Velo 1 runs through there and there’s a comprehensive website for the French section that sold me. I saw the pictures from the Hendaye to Bayonne route, the very most southern portion of France and I configured out entire trip so that we could bike that portion of the Atlantic for our cross-Europe tour. Above is a panorama on the bridge between Spain and France. The plan was to bike up from Pamplona to San…
  • The Beautiful, Daunting Hell-Ride from Pamplona to San Sebastián

    Christine Gilbert
    22 Jun 2014 | 4:31 pm
    You know you’re in the middle of a hellish travel experience when you have two major end-all-travel-for-24-hours bike break downs in five days. Here’s a brief rundown of our trip: Day 1: Leave Pamplona at noon. Blistering sun overhead. Get on the highway, whatever, Google said to do it. Get escorted off the highway. Right. Detour to a minor road, popping a tire along the way. Slip a chain. Continue on. 15 km in, find a spot to stealth camp off the main road. Day 2: Ride entirely uphill all day. Pass signs that say, 8% grade, 10% grade, 12% grade. Walk up hill pushing your bike so…
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  • We all scream for…Carl’s Frozen Custard

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

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

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

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

    25 Jun 2014 | 10:56 am
    If you could design your own art museum from the ground up, what would it be like? What artists would have work in it? What would you tell visitors as they walked through and admired your collection? How would you teach your children to look at the art? Photo by Ryan Donnell. © 2012 The Barnes Foundation These may be uncomfortable questions. You may not think you know enough about art to properly visit an art museum, let alone create one of your own. Or perhaps there doesn’t seem to be a vocabulary for explaining your taste or aesthetic sense. Heck, you’re not even sure you have an…
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  • Benidorm Attractions That You Shouldn’t Miss (Spain)

    Mark H
    28 Jun 2014 | 3:26 pm
    by James Brewer The stunning beach resort of Benidorm can be found in the Costa Blanca region of Spain. Benidorm holidays are perfect for tourists who want to experience spectacular sunsets, fantastic beaches, thriving nightlife and so much more. Read on to discover why Benidorm is one of the most popular destinations in the whole of Spain. Beautiful beaches Benidorm boasts a total of five... Read the full story at
  • The D-Day Beaches (Normandy, France)

    Mark H
    5 Jun 2014 | 8:49 pm
    “You are about to embark upon a great crusade… The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty loving people everywhere march with you…” – Gen Dwight Eisenhower, June 6, 1944. Today marks the 70th anniversary of D-Day when around 160,000 Allied troops (mostly in their 20s) along with 5,000 ships and 13,000 aircraft landed on five beaches of... Read the full story at
  • Rainbow Harbour Bridge (Sydney, Australia)

    Mark H
    3 Jun 2014 | 4:41 pm
    The Sydney Harbour Bridge paints the water in rainbow colours as part of the 2014 Vivid Festival in Sydney. Celebrating light and art with sculptures and giant projections onto major buildings, Vivid greets winter with after-hours dazzling illuminated displays. Read the full story at
  • The Hidden Gems Of Turkey

    Mark H
    29 May 2014 | 3:40 pm
    by James Brewer Beautiful Turkey is one of the world’s top-ten most visited countries, being ahead of other highly popular holiday destinations such as Greece, Mexico, or Thailand. A holiday in Turkey is a unique and fun-filled experience that you won’t forget, especially if you visit its hidden gems. If you are in need of some inspiration, continue reading to find out more about... Read the full story at
  • The Extraordinary David (Florence, Italy)

    Mark H
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:24 pm
    Despite the swarming masses it is simply mesmerising to stand near. And to imagine that Michelangelo created his statue of David while he was in his 20s. For centuries the statue stood in front of Palazzo Vecchio (a replacement copy still stands there today). As you study and explore the figure more details are revealed. Note the steely glare and the veined tension in David’s large right... Read the full story at
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  • New passport guidelines for Turkey

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

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

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

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

    10 Mar 2014 | 10:32 am
    This is the first of an upcoming series of posts from recent trips. Snippets and tips based on first hand experience… This was a road trip in November 2013 flying in and out of Los Angeles with British Airways. Note one has to be the flight itself - outbound on one of BA’s new A380′s. This is a plane with wow factor, as in ‘wow its so huge, will it actually take off’! Onboard and in flight though, what joy! We were in economy but the seat comfort bore no comparison to the return flight on an older aircraft. I don’t know what they’ve done to the seat…
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  • TripAdvisor's Top 10 Space-themed Attractions in USA

    10 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    the top 10 space-themed attractions in the U.S. and its space tourism survey of more than 2,200 U.S. respondents.
  • Surprising Winter Park Florida: An art-filled, food-filled charming town by Neala McCarten

    8 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    I loved Winter Park as soon as I saw its tree-lined streets, historic train station, shops and restaurants. But that wasn't the reason I visited this not-quite-suburb of Orlando. I went to see the Morse Museum with its extensive collection of Tiffany art and found so much more to love in Winter Park.
  • Exploring Cuba Through Dance (and a bit of baseball) by Carrie Seidman

    6 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    As I boarded the plane at Havana's Jose Marti Airport to return to Tampa after a week-long stay in Cuba I felt pulled in two directions. Part of me couldn't wait to sit down to go to the bathroom, run on a level sidewalk and breath something other than exhaust-filled air. But the other part wanted never to leave this enchanting island, where music and dance are inextricably woven into the fabric of daily life and the pace is unhurried and the people are as warm as the humid air.
  • Surf Rodeo Returns to Pierpont Beach Ventura California July 12th and 13th, 2014

    3 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    One-of-a-kind surf competition and music festival brings creative camaraderie to the Ventura County community with bands, beer gardens, bikini cowgirls, a bucking bull and much more The waves along the California coast are filled with surfers year-round but Surf Rodeo wrangles up an unusual, quirky crowd of beach combers each summer -- surf cowboys!
  • Warsaw Poland: New Museums, Changing Cityscape

    2 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    After its destruction in WWII and the Cold War, Warsaw is now well on its way to being an exciting European capital and major tourism destination. The city knows how to enjoy itself, and newly restored districts feature top hospitality, retail and culture.Museums keep opening in Warsaw, focusing on history, and art.
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  • Treasures and secrets and Copenhagen

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

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

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

    12 Jun 2014 | 1:00 am
    TweetGuest article by Anshul Srivastava.   “The continued existence of wildlife and wilderness is important to the quality of life of humans.” – JIM FOWLER   Wildlife tourism is adorned with two different sets of thoughts. One perception supports wildlife being spaced out from tourism in order to save the rare flora and fauna species. […]
  • Brace Yourself for a Unique and Enthralling Adventure Experience in Ladakh!

    10 Jun 2014 | 1:00 am
    TweetGuest article by Zara Jones.   Ladakh, a mesmerizing land, is cosseted by the majestic Himalayan and Karakoram mountains in the northernmost part of India. This amazing region is also known as ‘the land of high passes’. Ladakh lies in the elevations ranging from almost 2750 mts at Kargil area, to 7627 mts at Saser […]
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    My Several Worlds

  • Five Exciting Things To Do in Botswana

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

    Carrie Kellenberger
    7 Jul 2014 | 7:50 am
    This post is for my dad, who loves nothing better than to spend family time at the cottage. The pitter patter of light summer rain on a hot tin roof and the slap of bare feet against a wooden dock are sounds that take me back to my childhood. As a young child, there wasn’t anything I liked better than spending my summer up at the family cottage on Lake Nipissing in North Bay, Ontario. My parents were both teachers, and come the last day of school, we’d pack our bags up the night before and hightail it out of town the next morning at the ‘early’ hour of 8am with cats…
  • Living the Island Dream! Accommodations on Gili Trawangan

    Carrie Kellenberger
    15 Jun 2014 | 7:48 pm
    Part One of my Lombok Travel Series talks about the Gili Islands, and what you can see and do there. Part Two covers our accommodations in Gili Trawangan. There are loads of great options for accommodations on Gili Trawangan. We decided to try two resorts, but we honestly wish we could’ve stayed at a few more. We biked around the island to have a look at some of the other hotels and mini-resorts, and some of them were really posh! With that said, we were not disappointed with our accommodations on Gili Trawangan at all. Villa Ombak Sunset Big and comfortable!   Our front porch.
  • 1 Rural Village, 1 Khmer Wedding & a Bucket of Rice Wine

    Guest Writers
    9 Jun 2014 | 3:45 am
    Owning an off-road motorcycle tour company in Cambodia I get to see some incredible places. One of my favorite motorcycle tours in Cambodia is a rural village called DaSian, 100km to the east of Siem Reap.  To get there by dirt bike we head deep into single track jungle trails until we come out at the deserted Preah Kahn Temple. My favourite of all temples in Cambodia so far, Preah Kahn has all the beauty of the temples at Angkor but without the hordes of tourists. Arriving late afternoon at this stunning location is just amazing – we’re able to ride the bikes right up to the entrance,…
  • Gili Islands, Lombok – A Remote Island Experience in Indonesia

    Carrie Kellenberger
    4 Jun 2014 | 3:41 am
    If the thought of powdery, white sand beaches, colorful coral reefs, sea turtles, and warm turquoise waters excite you, look no further than Indonesia’s new hot spot: The Gili Islands, Lombok. A backpacker hangout that has also becoming increasingly popular with European and Asian travelers, the Gili Islands is an archipelago of three small islands just off the northwest coast of Lombok, Indonesia. Bali is around 35km to the west of Gili Trawangan, the largest of the three islands. On a clear day, you can see both Bali and Lombok, while Lombok’s active volcano, Mount Rinjani,…
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    Lanzarote Information - Anything and everything about Lanzarote

  • UD Lanzarote Team 2014/15

    24 Jul 2014 | 2:36 am
    It’s possible that fans of our local football team U.D. Lanzarote will be able to meet the players on the beach in Puerto del Carmen on Monday 4th August at 19:30 as the squad are due to have a training session on the beach followed by a swim. The team for 2014/15 follows the form from previous seasons with a combination of young players and experienced veterans. The Rojillos could include 3 British players this year Louis Kennedy we already know as the talented winger from last season, Brad Cockerill is 18 years old and a central midfielder who previously played with C.D. Tahiche, plus 21…
  • Motorsport Lanzarote - Slalom Tinajo 2014

    24 Jul 2014 | 1:23 am
    The III Slalom Isla de Lanzarote – Tinajo 2014 motor racing event takes place on Saturday 26th July. This event is part of the regional championship Campeonato Autonómico de Canarias, attracting a few drivers from Tenerife, Gran Canaria and La Palma. Teams will compete over a distance of 4.7km on dirt tracks by the LZ-20 & LZ-67 roads between Tinajo and La Santa. Racing starts at 12:00 midday after the verification and team briefing, the cars will pass  read more »
  • January to June 2014 Tourism Figures for Lanzarote

    23 Jul 2014 | 1:34 pm
    We’re now 6 months into 2014 and the tourism figures have been published for Lanzarote. Thank you to everyone who has already visited the island this year and to those planning to do so in the next 6 months, Lanzarote has such loyal tourists who return year after year, we just wanted to let you know you’re very much appreciated! Tourists Lanzarote has received 1,127,465 tourists to the island during the first half of this year, 15.27% more than the same period of 2013. Héctor Fernández from the Lanzarote Tourism Board , commented that “we cannot ignore the good figures received during…
  • Fiestas del Carmen in Puerto del Carmen 2014

    23 Jul 2014 | 12:51 am
    Puerto del Carmen is preparing for the celebration of their patron saint, the Fiestas de Nuestra Señora del Carmen which starts in the holiday resort on the 28th July. ´The Ayuntamiento of Tías have a full programme of events starting with decorating the streets on Monday 28th of July through to a firework display to mark the end of the fiesta on Sunday 10th of August. The Fiesta del Carmen is a fishing tradition and celebrated throughout Spain. The main events will be held in the Plaza del Varadero which is in the harbour of the old town. Fiesta del Carmen Programme 2014 Monday 28th July…
  • Do You Have A Property That You Rent Out In Playa Blanca?

    21 Jul 2014 | 2:49 am
    We were talking to Matt from Playa Blanca Villa Management just before the weekend, and he and his team are actively looking for more properties to look after. Over the last few years, they have built up a great reputation for the quality of their work and high standards of service for villa owners and their holiday clients. Matt told us: “We’re looking for good quality properties – we love it when we can help give holidaymakers a really fantastic stay and a positive impression of the island.” PBVM’s service includes arrival and welcome packs for visitors, a laundry and cleaning…
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    Luxury Travel Tips and Vacation Ideas

  • Zermatt – you have to see it to believe it.

    Agnieszka Rosicka
    2 Jul 2014 | 2:19 am
    Welcome to the world’s most iconic ski resort. Altitude, electric cars, wooden houses… Luxury brands, celebrities, exquisite chalets. Zermatt is a destination where charming, cozy atmosphere coexists perfectly with the latest technological improvements, resulting in a seamless mountain fairy tale. If you haven’t been there yet, it’s about time you planned your trip! Getting there [...]
  • Only in Paradizo: hard to get properties from our portfolio

    22 May 2014 | 7:03 am
    4 houses and villas to rent you will not find in other websites Internet is full of webs where you can rent a luxury house anywhere in the world. You name a destination and you will find dozens of fantastic holiday villas. But, have you realised that most of the properties are the same no [...]
  • Paradizo Insider: 3 luxury villas in Ibiza

    14 May 2014 | 8:59 am
    Ibiza is just one of these places that everybody has an opinion about, regardless of whether they have actually been there or not. The general attitude seems to be that of “love it or hate it”. Seeing that we at Paradizo like to have a mind of our own, we decided go and check it [...]
  • Last Minute Christmas 2013 & New Year 2014 Alps Chalets Offers

    Ollivier Jacq
    3 Dec 2013 | 7:33 am
    With just a few weeks to go until the 2013/2014 ski season starts, it’s time to book your ski holidays today! In the top ski resorts in France and Switzerland, many luxury ski chalets are already fully booked for the peak weeks (Christmas 2013 and New Year 2014). But we can still find options, and [...]
  • Free Ski Passes Offer at Chamonix Luxury Ski Chalet Anchorage

    Ollivier Jacq
    12 Nov 2013 | 2:43 am
      Snow is already falling in Chamonix and around Chalet Anchorage. The resort will be offering some early season serious skiing. We are delighted to offer you Free Ski Passes and Ski Rental Discount. Between 7th and 21st December, Chalet Anchorage guests will receive one complimentary lift pass for every lift pass bought. Depending on [...]
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    Antwerp Belgium Blog

  • Jul 7, Belgium News

    7 Jul 2014 | 1:41 am
    Belgium News - find out what going on in Belgium today as well as an insiders of the Flemish opinion. I will try to be fair and honest.
  • Jul 7, Travel Belgium: Step 1 Planning

    6 Jul 2014 | 10:36 pm
    Travel Belgium Step 1: Planning flights, hotel, car rental and/or vacation package. Before you travel to Belgium you'll need to figure out some logistics.
  • Jul 2, Museum Aan De Stroom - The MAS open since 2011

    2 Jul 2014 | 1:54 am
    The MAS ( Museum aan de Stroom) is a NEW Belgium Museum in Antwerp yacht harbour district.
  • Jun 20, Antwerp City Hall

    20 Jun 2014 | 7:09 am
    Antwerp City Hall is the only original building on the Grote Markt. A typical Northern Renaissance building based on Italian principles and sometimes using Italian materials.
  • Jun 18, Hostels in Antwerp

    18 Jun 2014 | 2:32 am
    Hostels in Antwerp for backpackers, students and others who rather save on accommodation and spend on experiencing all that Antwerp has to offer.
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  • Latest News and Updates – Cleaning house on all fronts

    Lola Akerstrom
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:58 am
    It’s been awhile since I’ve put up an update post. It feels like I’ve been buried under work, but in all honesty, I’ve been cleaning house on all fronts professionally – from wrapping up outstanding work and commitments to optimizing my websites, trying to streamline my current workflow, and editing photos like crazy.WritingI actually haven’t been aggressively pitching much this year. Many of the recent assignments I’ve completed so far have come from editors directly reaching out to me, which I absolutely love and appreciate. Looking at my pitching stats so far, I’ve only…
  • In Swedish: Att välja Sveriges guldkorn

    Lola Akerstrom
    2 Jul 2014 | 1:10 am
    Note – The following post is written in Swedish. A couple Swedish bloggers (myself included) were invited to submit tips on some of their favorite places in Sweden.Några resebloggar har valt några guldkorn i Sverige som man måste besöka när de kommer till Sverige. Jag också tipsade om mina favoriter ställe i Sverige. Du kan läsa mer om de olika forslåg i den här artikel på CupoNation - Gör en roadtrip i Sverige i sommar och besök Sveriges guldkorn!De andra bloggarna som delar med sig av tipsen är: Discovering the Planet, Freedomtravel, Husbil Kors & TvärsLadies…
  • The danger of believing your own press

    Lola Akerstrom
    26 Jun 2014 | 8:52 am
    Thoughts on how we navigate an industry which operates from a place of scarcity when in fact the sky is big enough for all birds to fly comfortably.I’m an observer. Most creatives are observers. They watch how the world flows around them. They watch how relationships and alliances are forged and built. How they grow, expand, and retract.They watch how they themselves or others rise within their fields. They watch the accolades and praise start flooding in. It is natural to applaud and recognize one’s achievements. Humans love to be idolized and elevated by others. After all, you’ve…
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    BootsnAll Travel Articles

  • 12 Reasons to Create a Travel Lifestyle

    24 Jul 2014 | 1:03 am
    I have to admit, with somewhat of a swelling up of pride, that I really love it when my colleagues at the office introduce me to new clients and supplier reps as The World Traveler.  They’ll emit a slight snicker as they send the ‘newbies’ over to my desk to view the umpteen or so photographs that adorn the top and sides of my dual computer screens.Perhaps it’s with a tinge of envy, or maybe just a bite of sarcasm, but it couldn’t please me more.  Nothing makes me happier than sharing my globe-trotting exploits with my friends – or with total strangers.Because for me, travel is…
  • First Hand Experiences

    23 Jul 2014 | 1:03 am
    “You know,” my Dad quipped, “You could just go rent a villa on the coast of Spain and pretend to hike the Camino; write some nice stories, borrow other people’s pictures, no one would ever know, and it would be a lot less work!”[banner top_title="hide" description="hide" subscribe="hide" title="Build your own experiences" button_type="orange" button="Sign up for Plan Your RTW Trip in 30 Days" image="" button_link=""]I chuckled at him and kept packing.Boots, two hiking skirts,…
  • Escape the Rat Race

    21 Jul 2014 | 1:03 am
    As a teenager I used to dream of the day when I could move out of my parents house and make my own way in the world. I would romanticize about my nice home, a successful career, and how happy I would be.So when the time came, I did what most young adults do, I took my parents advice; work hard in school, get a good job, buy property, and you’ll be happy. Ultimately, this very advice left me feeling less than whole, wondering what I had missed in the lesson.[banner top_title="hide" description="hide" subscribe="hide" title="Are you ready to escape the rat race?" button_type="orange"…
  • How I Travel: Franz Wisner

    18 Jul 2014 | 1:03 am
    Franz Wisner: Professional Honeymooner Franz Wisner is a fearless traveler, a highly accomplished writer and one of the most affable vagabonds you'll ever meet. And to think that it all started with getting left by his fiancé just before their wedding day.  In his words, "I got dumped at the altar and turned it into a career." Reeling from the breakup and unable to cancel his honeymoon, he took his brother Kurt along—a trip that the brothers extended over the course of the next two years. Franz's first book, the aptly titled Honeymoon with My Brother, details this journey and the deeply…
  • Why Travel Around the World? Why Not!

    17 Jul 2014 | 1:03 am
    My story begins on the road.It wasn't the road around the world though. Instead, it was Route 89 though northern Arizona. Two weeks earlier, I had graduated college. Most of my peers were heading off to work, diving into the real world. Me? With a need for solitude, time to reflect, I'd decided to take the most barren route. Through the abyss of the mountain west I charted my path far away from the freeways and arteries of America, instead parsing though the back-road capillaries, the gray squiggles on the map that most ignored. Why? I don't know. Even as college was ending, I made no attempt…
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    Stuck in Customs

  • Amazing PhotoWalk in Denver!

    Trey Ratcliff
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Winners Chosen, but Good News, 20% off for everyone else! Thanks again for participating in the Trey’s Lightroom Presets giveaway yesterday! We put together a special discount code of 20% off ANY of the Presets on that page that will be good for just a few days. Just use the code “SPECIAL20” at checkout and you’ll be in good shape! List o’ Winners! Be sure to sign up for our free Newsletter to be informed of future contests! Anyway, here are the winners for yesterday’s giveaway on the blog (Luke will contact you shortly with download details: Sandeep Singh…
  • Huge Lightroom Presets Giveaway!

    Trey Ratcliff
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:01 pm
    UPDATE: Winners Chosen, but Good News, 20% off for everyone else! Thanks again for participating in the Trey’s Lightroom Presets giveaway yesterday! We put together a special discount code of 20% off ANY of the Presets on that page that will be good for just a few days. Just use the code “SPECIAL20” at checkout and you’ll be in good shape! List o’ Winners! Be sure to sign up for our free Newsletter to be informed of future contests! Anyway, here are the winners for the giveaway! Congrates to: Sandeep Singh Thukral, Gary Waddell, Nadja K. Rutkowski, Krishna…
  • And this is Pickles

    Trey Ratcliff
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Pickles in Action You can see Pickles “in action” in this little video we made below for the tutorial called “Organize Your Photos!” Daily Photo – And this is Pickles Pickles is the cat that lives in Hobbiton. Pickles is always there and will never pay you any mind unless pickles chooses to mind. And if you want to take a photo of pickles, well he doesn't mind. And this is Pickles Tweet m Photo Information Date TakenMay 8, 2014 at 7:56am CameraILCE-7R Camera MakeSony Exposure Time1/60 Aperture ISO250 Focal Length FlashOff, Did not fire Exposure…
  • Blue Door Number 6

    Trey Ratcliff
    20 Jul 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Behind the Scenes at The Arcanum shoot Here’s a bunch of relatively random clips that shows some behind-the-scenes stuff. We were shooting a new promo for The Arcanum and doing random other things! Daily Photo – Blue Door Number 6 Every door in this little town is different. I took photos of about 50 different doors and I was thinking about making some kind of mosaic. But that's one of those “little” projects that sounds like it would take quite a bit of time, eh? Well, I should just buckle down and do it… I wish there were two of me! Anyway, this photo is a…
  • Little Girl Guarding a Store in Beijing

    Trey Ratcliff
    19 Jul 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Leica Lens Buying Guide Thanks for coming to check out the Leica Lens Buying Guide on the site. I made it as part of the Sony A7r review. I mention it now because this photo was taken with a Leica lens. And no, I’m not sponsored by Leica. I wish! Daily Photo – Little Girl Guarding a Store in Beijing I walked down a side street near an area called HoHai in Beijing to find all kinds of little treasures. This street was perfect. Dozens of tiny shops, from antiques to chocolates to perfumes to books to everything in between. There were many colors and outfits. From inside one of the…
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    We Blog The World

  • Morocco Guide of Where to Go & What to See

    Harriet Constable
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:15 am
    Welcome to Morocco, the land of colour and light. Giant lanterns, bright rugs, dimly lit restaurants with low tables and belly dancers, candles, snake-charmers, mountainous sand dunes shaded burning orange and dusty hairpin roads stretching as far as the eye can see: Morocco is an experience not to be missed. TRAVEL: Morocco is easy to get to. From London, easyJet operates flights most days to Marrakech. My personal favourite though, depending on what end of the Morocco you’re planning on starting your trip from, is to fly to Madrid for a cheeky tapas-infused stopover and then hop over to…
  • A Visit to India’s Village Gunehar

    Puneet Sidhu
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:16 am
      When visiting Palampur last summer, at the urging of those at Norwood Green I found myself headed for a day-trip to village Gunehar, hitherto unheard of. Located in close proximity to Bir, largely known as a paragliding destination when twinned with Billing - an activity I have not yet had the desire (read courage) to experience. You see, my sense of adventure extends far beyond the pale, to the palate. Wolfing down meals at all sorts of dubious places works just as well for me, if not my innards. Indeed my aim even that day last year was to locate this cafe, supposed haven of…
  • Jamaica on Happiness, Being Present & Life’s Magic Moments

    Megan McDonough
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    I am sure you’ve all had those moments, where, for whatever reason we are prompted by the inner working of our minds to face our fears, accept our failures and forgive our faults. I wasn’t expecting these emotions to sweep through me while in Jamaica but as I watched the sun set on my last day in Montego Bay, I realized the tides were shifting, both externally and internally. Maybe the waves of emotion I’d been experiencing the last few months were because I was moving forward, not backward. Jamaica brought everything to the surface, exposing the truths I had too long forgotten.
  • The Magic and Serenity of Riad Dar Habiba in Morocco’s Marrakech

    Harriet Constable
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:17 pm
    At first morning light hundreds of swallows fill the hazy blue sky where the softened sun glows as if covered by frosted glass. Over the roofs of varying shades of terracotta they swoop and swoosh, chasing one another and lapping up the coolest part of the morning. On the terrace of Dar Habiba Riad you’ll find me, lying on the cushions under the shaded iron awning, the curtains slightly pulled to block out the sun’s heat but allow the breeze to filter through. Around me are the roofs and terraces of the surrounding Marrakech riads; cacti adorn a side of one, an elaborate canola-topped…
  • 6 Local Foodie Superstars in New York City

    Harriet Constable
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:05 am
      Alas, the Big Apple for great food. Most people know that New York is foodie heaven but with cool cafés and funky restaurants on every corner the options can get more than a little overwhelming.  I’ve been exploring the city like a local and sampling New York’s top restaurants following some great recommendations from family and friends. Here are some of the top superstars:   Joseph Leonard, Greenwich Village Stepping in to bite-size Joseph Leonard in Manhattan’s leafy Greenwich Village sort of feels like dining in your grandma’s front living room. With only a handful…
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    Business Travel Destinations

  • MGM Resorts International’s M life Brings Member Rewards to Empire City Casino

    Business Travel Destinations
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:17 am
    From gaming to hospitality and entertainment, we have the world covered. More
  • Street Parties and Festivals for Prudential RideLondon

    Business Travel Destinations
    18 Jul 2014 | 7:01 am
    Friday 11 July 2014 In just four weeks’ time, London and Surrey will again host the world’s cycling elite at Prudential RideLondon, part of the Mayor of London’s multi-award winning festival of cycling. Hot on the heels of this week’s thrilling Tour de France, London and Surrey are preparing to welcome the world with festivals and public street parties along the routes of this year’s Prudential RideLondon events on Sunday 10 August.  As the most anticipated event of the weekend, Londoners, visitors to the capital and Surrey residents are expected to turn out in force to see 150 of…
  • MGM Resorts International Announces Second Quarter 2014 Earnings Release Date

    Business Travel Destinations
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    LAS VEGAS, July 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) will release the Company’s financial results for the second quarter 2014 before the market opens on Tuesday, August 5, 2014. The Company will host a conference call that day at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time, which will include a brief discussion of the results followed by a question and answer session. The call will be accessible via the Internet through under the Investors section or by calling 1-888-317-6003 for domestic callers and 1-412-317-6061 for international callers.  The…
  • London on course for another year of record-breaking visitor numbers in 2014

    Business Travel Destinations
    11 Jul 2014 | 6:43 am
    Thursday 10 July 2014 London welcomed over 3.6 million overseas visits in the first three months of 2014, resulting in the best ever first quarter tourism numbers in the city’s history. The figures published today from the latest International Passenger Survey (IPS) show an 8.6 per cent increase on the same period last year, confirming that London is on track to welcome more visitors in 2014 than the 16.8 million that came to the city in 2013 – already a record-breaking year for the capital. Tourist spending over the same period was £2.44 billion, a 14.6 per cent increase compared with…
  • Soledad O’Brien Keynote Speaker At 2014 Women’s Leadership Conference

    Business Travel Destinations
    10 Jul 2014 | 6:41 am
    LAS VEGAS, June 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ – The MGM Resorts Foundation is proud to announce Soledad O’Brien as a keynote speaker at the 2014 Women’s Leadership Conference. The non-profit event will be held at MGM Grand Hotel Casino in Las Vegas, NV Aug. 6 and 7. The theme of the 2014 conference is “Women Inspiring Women.” “Soledad is not only an award-winning journalist; she’s also well-known for her philanthropic endeavors. She brings with her a rich and varied background that will inspire conference attendees,” said Phyllis James, Chief Diversity…
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    A Postcard a Day

  • Deutscher Bundestag

    24 Jul 2014 | 2:52 pm
    The German Parliament or Deutscher Bundestag has been in Berlin since 1999.  This card, slightly the worse for wear, showing part of the building intrigued me because it looks so modern.  When I found some other images of the Reichstag it looked very traditional but apparently it was almost completely gutted when being reconstructed for the opening of the Bundestag.  I can't imagine the Palace of Westminster looking modern anywhere.I find myself wanting to go to visit Berlin and to see the Reichstag with its amazing glass dome, but I've never visited Westminster so maybe I…
  • White Monuments

    23 Jul 2014 | 3:10 pm
    In 1992, UNESCO added the White Monuments of Vladimir and Suzdal to the list of Russian World Heritage Sites.  The group consists of eight different stone built medieval buildings. The card at the top shows the Church of the Intercession on the Nerl.  It was built in 1165 and has had very little changed over the years.  In winter the river rises and floods which makes it look as though the church is floating on the water.The second card shows the Cathedrals of the Assumption (or Dormition) and St Demetrius.  These too were built in the 12th century.  The…
  • Protest postcard

    21 Jul 2014 | 3:23 pm
    Published by Leeds Postcards for the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, this card shows the positions of nuclear bunkers from the 1980s, during the Cold War.Leeds Postcards, founded in 1979, publishes political and activist postcards and is still going strong.A Map for Monday.
  • Renoir in Guernsey

    20 Jul 2014 | 2:39 pm
    In 1883 Renoir visited Guernsey in the Channel Islands and in 1993 the Post Office issued a set of stamps to commemorate the centenary of his month-long stay.  These are just two of the set of five.This is a (late) post for Sunday Stamps, run by Viridian. To see some more stamps on Sunday, click on the button below and visit Viridian's blog.
  • Avebury

    17 Jul 2014 | 12:58 pm
    Today has been the turn of Avebury.  It is a small village in the county of Wiltshire which has grown up partly inside what was once the largest of megalithic structures, rivalling the more well known Stonehenge.I enjoyed my day there even more than my visit to Stonehenge.  The village itself is very attractive and I felt a continuity with the past was emphasised by the presence of the more "modern" buildings and the sheep grazing around the stones.Avebury is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site though it is mentioned alongside Stonehenge which rather steals the limelight.
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  • Cost Cutting tips for Travelling

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

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

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

    27 May 2014 | 12:34 am
    Florida makes a great vacation spot for many people, no less so for those looking to experience the wonders of the natural world and its many fascinating creatures. With its unique climate, The Sunshine State is able to play host to a vast range of exotic species that many other places could not, making a visit here an absolute must for animal lovers. Butterfly World Butterfly World, the first of its kind in the whole of the US, opened its doors to visitors in 1988. In this truly enchanting place, you can explore a tropical rainforest setting as countless beautiful butterflies roam free…
  • Cuba and the Movies: Hard Done By?

    25 May 2014 | 8:48 pm
    Glimpse of the Capitolio, Havana, Cuba (Creative Commons) Are you thinking of going holiday and planning any Cuba holidays in 2014? If you are, you may feel slightly hesitant as to what you can expect upon arrival. Indeed, it has been a long time since the Iron Curtain lifted and the missiles returned to their former Soviet bases. Still, how does what you may have seen in the movies equate to the modern lives that Cubans lead in the 21st century? Let’s have a quick look at some factors that you should keep in mind when visiting. The Culture as Opposed to the Politics Many movies still…
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    Atlas Travel Blog

  • The Best Outdoor Theatres To Visit This Summer

    Sue Lobo
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:53 am
    During the summer months, when the weather starts to get warmer, many people would rather spend their time outside. It’s a great time of year to see a lot of outdoor theatrical and musical productions. Below are our top picks of the best outdoor theatres to visit this summer. Sundance Resort Theatre – Sundance, Utah Winter isn’t the only good time to visit Utah. During the summer months Sundance hosts the Sundance Summer Theatre. From July 24- August 16 visitors can watch a classic musical that is sponsored by Utah Valley University. This year’s featured musical is…
  • Family Friendly Vineyards Napa Valley

    Sue Lobo
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:28 am
    If you are interested in visiting the Napa Valley/Sonoma area but have dismissed the idea because you have children, you have been wasting time! It is such a common misconception that couples think they can’t bring their kids along on their wine tasting adventures. There are a number of places that are family-friendly which will allow you to take your desired vacation while bringing the kids along for the experience. Stop delaying your vacation and start deciding which remarkable, family-friendly activities and wineries you are going to choose! Activities: The Petrified Forest in…
  • Cosmos South America Tours Is For Real!

    Burt Brages
    19 Jul 2014 | 10:46 am
    It’s Official, Cosmos South America Tours is for real, here, and will no longer be hoarded by just the first, deluxe, and luxury class tour operators. As of next year, Cosmos will be offering escorted tours to South America, and they’ll be making their entrance with an air credit sale of up to $800.00 per couple available on select tours. Cosmos South America Tours Cosmos Tours, sister company to first class operator Globus Tours is known to help travelers see the most spellbinding places in the world & be able to see them often by way of providing consumers with a low, low…
  • Aspen Colorado Arts Festivals

    Sue Lobo
    19 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    The 12th annual Aspen Colorado Arts Festival is being held July 26th and 27th. This festival can be appreciated by even those that aren’t art connoisseurs. It’s being held on Monarch Street for the third year in a row. Information The arts festival is located between Durant Avenue and Main Street. It will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. It is free to get in to. What To See and Do Some of the finest art in the United States can be seen at the Aspen Arts Festival. There will be ceramics, glass art pieces and life-sized sculptures. There’s also…
  • New York City Restaurant Week

    Sue Lobo
    18 Jul 2014 | 1:35 pm
    The much anticipated summer New York City Restaurant Week starts July 21st through August 15th. Diners are going to have the opportunity to try as many restaurants as possible since Restaurant Week has actually been extended to 3 weeks this year. If you are planning to participate, here’s what you need to know. History of Restaurant Week New York City restaurant week began in 1992. At the time it was a way to increase sales during lunch hours. Because of the popularity of it, not only did it become an annual, eventually a semi-annual tradition, but came to include dinner as well. Price…
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    Naturally Cyprus

  • Introducing new opportunities for Think Tanks and organizations

    2 Jul 2014 | 1:21 am
    Introducing new opportunities for Think Tanks and organizations: mahallae: The Mahallae team is...
  • Quest for the Natural in Cyprus

    27 Nov 2013 | 12:55 am
    We recognise how little we know about products and services made in Cyprus that have benefited from...
  • Naturally it's here: The quest for romance

    17 Aug 2013 | 4:48 am
    Naturally it's here: The quest for romance: cyprushere: We’re on a quest for Romance in Cyprus,...
  • winecyprus: Highly honored to be in the final wines tasted at...

    30 Mar 2013 | 2:21 pm
    winecyprus: Highly honored to be in the final wines tasted at the World Best Sommelier Challenge 2013 with Kyperounda Commandaria Wine. Our heartfelf Congrats to Paolo Basso - World Best Sommelier 2013 and to the Cyprus delegation of Cyprus Sommelier Association represented by Vasos Manoli. Among Wines Tasted in the World Best Sommelier Final: Spirits:  Kirsch Massenez (France); Vana Tallinn Liqueur (Estonia); Xaica Liqueur Ibiscus (Mexico); Picon Amer France; Commandaria 2004 (Kyperounda) Cyprus; Liqueur de Tomate (la Tomato) Japan;  Wines: Albert Moreau Aigrots 2005 Premier…
  • Naturally It’s here Taking the chance for re-lifting our...

    28 Feb 2013 | 4:15 am
    Naturally It’s here Taking the chance for re-lifting our online content with a new blog “Naturally it’s here” - part of our refreshing effort towards our online content linked to Naturally Cyprus. We’re taking this opportunity to announce Launch of Explore Larnaka Travel Series with +David Hoffmann - fruit of integral collaboration with Cyprus Tourism Constituents which are too numerous to state here but special thanks to Larnaka Tourism, Amorgos boutique hotel and special rental car from Anemayia rentals in Larnaka. Thanks to all and good luck to David.
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    What's New in the Backpacking Blog?

  • Travel Art

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

    20 Jul 2014 | 7:43 am
    International volunteering is a worthwhile activity - but only if you do it right. Become aware of the ethics surrounding volunteers and make an even larger contribution.
  • Women Travel with Disabilities

    20 Jul 2014 | 7:42 am
    Travel with disabilities is a challenge but, according to expert Candy Harrington, one that can be overcome with the right preparation.
  • Travel Resources for Solo Women Travelers

    18 Jun 2014 | 10:02 am
    Are you a woman heading off to see the world? These travel resources should be your first stop.
  • Overseas Jobs for Women Who Travel

    8 Jun 2014 | 10:43 am
    If you're traveling for a few months or more, overseas jobs might stretch your travel dollars and help travel longer.
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    23 Jul 2014 | 11:45 pm
    Si bien no es el mas profundo del mundo - el segundo exactamente - el canon del Colca es un maravilloso despliegue de naturaleza que deberias incluir en tu experiencia de viajes por Peru. Se ubica a unos 160km de Arequipa, y tambien resulta oportuno si estas en camino hacia Cuzco y Machu Picchu..

    21 Jul 2014 | 12:53 am
    Altough not the deepest in the world - second only to it - Colca Canyon is a marvelous piece of nature that should be part of your Peru travel experience. It's about 100 miles NW from the city of Arequipa, and also very handy if you are a Machu Picchu/Cuzco-bound traveler...

    17 Jul 2014 | 1:06 am
    Visitar los Parrachos de Rio do Fogo te pondra en contacto con una de las bellezas menos exploradas de la Costa Potiguar, en el Estado de Rio Grande do Norte, Brasil. Sus arrecifes coralinos rivalizan, y quizas superen, a los Parrachos de Maracajau...
  • PIPA

    14 Jul 2014 | 11:45 pm
    La playa de Pipa es todo lo que puedas imaginar y aun mas, una de las atracciones mas grandes del Estado de Rio Grande do Norte, Brasil. Esta embrujada con playas de aguas calidas y claras repletas de delfines y tortugas marinas, dunas de arenas blancas, coquerales y lagunas...

    13 Jul 2014 | 1:51 am
    A visit to the Parrachos de Rio do Fogo will put you in contact with one of the least explored beauties of the North Coast Potiguar, in the State of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil. Its coral feef formations and natural pools rival the ones at Maracajau...
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    Wild Junket

  • My Packing List for the Camino in Summer

    Nellie Huang
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:41 am
    So you’ve done all your research and you’re ready to hit the trail. Your Camino adventure is about to start — but wait, what should you pack? For the Camino, packing light is essential and it’ll make your life much more enjoyable and pain-free. As you’ll be carrying your pack for more than six hours/day, it’s important to carry as little as possible. Excessive weight will add pressure to your knees and heels and increase the chances of getting injured. All the guides I’ve found say that the optimal weight is 10% of your body weight. I started out with a pack that weighed 7kg…
  • A Quick Guide to Walking the Camino de Santiago

    Nellie Huang
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:04 am
    As a well-known long-distance trek, the Camino de Santiago is a network of pilgrimage routes running across Europe, all leading to the city of Santiago de Compostela in northwestern Spain. Retracing its origins to the 9th century, Camino de Santiago, also known as “The Way of Saint James”, was an important pilgrimage route for the Christians. The Christian apostle Saint James was beheaded in Jerusalem in 42 AD and his remains were buried in Santiago de Compostela. When his tomb was discovered, Christians across Europe began to travel to see it. This journey  became one of the…
  • The Camino Diaries: Reaching our Destination, Santiago de Compostela!

    Nellie Huang
    14 Jul 2014 | 10:10 am
    The final walk from Pedrouzo into Santiago de Compostela was possibly the hardest one we did. Walking at night was plenty of fun at first as we weaved through forests with our head torch and giggled in the darkness, but eventually our lack of sleep (and therefore energy) caught up on us and it was such a struggle covering that last few kilometers. We eventually rolled into town with the last bit of strength we had and collapsed in front of the Cathedral of Santiago. Reaching the End Arriving at our final destination of the Camino de Santiago was a bittersweet moment. It was hard to believe…
  • The Camino Diaries: The Final Stretch

    Nellie Huang
    14 Jul 2014 | 8:04 am
    Tonight we will begin our last hike to Santiago de Compostela – the destination for most Camino pilgrims. Many people have recommended us do a night hike for a different experience (and to avoid the crowd and heat), so we’ve decided to do this last leg of the Camino at night to end with a bang. Hopefully at dawn tomorrow, we’ll be marching in to Santiago before the city (and other pilgrims) awakes. The Challenges of the Camino Nothing I’d read before this trip prepared me for the challenges I faced. Even though I’ve always believed that mental strength matters…
  • The Camino Diaries: Highs and Lows

    Nellie Huang
    9 Jul 2014 | 1:43 pm
    Over the past few days, I’ve experienced what has been perhaps the most intense moments of high and low within such a short time frame. After having tendinitis on my second day on the Camino, I fortunately made it back on the trail the next day. From Low to High That day turned out to be my best day so far, as we conquered the slopes in Montes de León from Foncebadón to Pontferrada with surprising much gusto and ease. I felt great the entire day despite walking in the rain and covering around 27km in 10 hours. The following days have been a mixture of good and bad moments as I…
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    South Africa Travel News

  • 7 things in Cape Town that you can (and can’t) do in Europe

    Wanda Coustas
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Send to Kindle With Cape Town rated as the top destination for 2014 by the New York Times earlier this year – ahead of LA, the Vatican and the Seychelles – it is only natural that visitors want to know just what it is Cape Town has that other cities don’t. And so we’ve put together an irrefutable list – things in Cape Town that you can (and can’t) do in Europe… WHAT YOU CAN DO IN CAPE TOWN (that you can’t do in Europe)   Climb a mountain...
  • Tantalize your tastebuds in Stanford Village

    Thaya Bedford
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Send to Kindle Described by many as resembling a scene from ‘A River Runs Through It‘, Stanford village possesses the idyllic, dreamy charm of an epic romantic film. Children fish from the jetties while Gymnogenes call nearby; residents hit the river with their canoes early in summer for a ‘country gym session’, while horse-riders saddle up for long out-rides in the mountains. Stanford has quietly been attracting ‘swallows’, investors, weekenders, visitors...
  • Breakfast at Parc Cafe in Glenwood, Durban

    Helen Rushton
    18 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Send to Kindle I love a lie in on a Saturday morning, but this last Saturday we found ourselves heading down the highway at 06h45 in order to get to Durban in time for our first ever Park Run which started at 08h00. What a great event … A free 5km time trial that happens every Saturday with the route starting on the promenade outside Suncoast Casino and making its way past Circus Circus Beach Cafe for 2.5kms before heading back to Suncoast. We really enjoyed it but let’s face it,...
  • The 8 best drinking holes in Cape Town

    Wanda Coustas
    17 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Send to Kindle Cape Town is lively, sophisticated and one of the world’s 10 most loved cities at any time of the year. But in winter, when driving rain or cold can keep people from spilling out onto the pavements, finding the city’s favourite drinking holes is not as easy as cruising the streets to follow the crowd; the crowd is usually safely sequestered indoors. We thought we’d be helpful and highlight our top trendy drinking holes in Cape Town, in the centre of the...
  • Living in Cape Town – The 15 best days

    Wanda Coustas
    15 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Send to Kindle Just about any time spent living in Cape Town is better than living anywhere else (yes, I am unashamedly biased). Even so, there are some days that are even better than others. Guess that’s why we love living here so much… Cape Minstrel Carnival day   Not content with celebrating new year once, Capetonians take a day to recover and then hit the streets again for Tweede Nuwe Jaar, also known as the Coon Carnival or Kaapse Klopse (‘Minstrel Carnival’...
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    Velvet Escape

  • A flight back in time on a Dakota DC3

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

    Keith Jenkins
    7 Jul 2014 | 4:28 am
    The mountainous interior of Réunion Island. Réunion Island is a volcanic island off the coast of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean, just 200km southwest of Mauritius (map). An overseas department of France, Réunion is the outermost region of the European Union. French is the official language and the Euro is the currency used. Formed by millions of years of volcanic activity, Reunion is a mountainous island with dramatic peaks at its core and gradually descending slopes that end in the depths of the Indian Ocean. It’s an island of stunning contrasts; from tranquil lagoons to craggy…
  • Inspired by Rio

    Keith Jenkins
    5 Jul 2014 | 1:38 am
    Rio de Janeiro is a city that bewilders and inspires. Its spectacular setting is the first thing that will grab your attention but once you start exploring, you’ll discover a city of contrasts, but above all else, a city of immense beauty, colour and warm, engaging people. It’s not hard to be inspired by Rio de Janeiro. I recently published a photo essay about the magic of Rio. In the video below, I describe why I’m such a big fan of Rio. Check it out: Post by Lufthansa.   Note: my trip to Rio de Janeiro was made possible in cooperation with Lufthansa.
  • Experiencing Réunion

    Keith Jenkins
    24 Jun 2014 | 5:22 pm
    Réunion is a tropical island in the Indian Ocean (map), 200km southwest of Mauritius. Famed for its stunning beaches, lush forests and rugged volcanic landscapes, Réunion has always been high on my list of places to visit. As a child, I would stare endlessly at photos of its otherworldly terrain of jagged peaks piercing through the clouds, smoldering volcanoes and palm-fringed beaches. Today, I leave for a nine-day trip to Réunion; another dream come true! The village of Cilaos on Réunion (image courtesy of Philippe Vieux-Jeanton). A bit about Réunion and what I hope to do there Piton de…
  • Six Stellenbosch wineries to visit

    Keith Jenkins
    18 Jun 2014 | 2:50 pm
    A full-bodied Pinotage and jaw-dropping scenery at Warwick Wine Estate, Stellenbosch! Stellenbosch (map) is a picturesque university town in the Cape Winelands, a 45-minute drive from Cape Town, filled with historic Cape Dutch buildings, ancient oak trees, art galleries and laid-back cafés. A short drive in any direction, along one of the many Stellenbosch Wine Routes, will take you through gorgeous vineyards and imposing mountains. Nestled in the valleys and mountain slopes are some of the most beautiful wineries in the Western Cape. Here are six Stellenbosch wineries that I recently visit…
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  • Weekly Travel Roundup

    Carol Margolis
    18 Jul 2014 | 4:33 am
    Reporter stopped by TSA agent who didn’t know District of Columbia is in US Right at my home airport MCO, a resident of the District of Columbia (the seat of our national government) was asked for his passport. Why? The TSA agent did not recognize his Washington D.C. license, and was unaware that it was a place. It’s not the first time the TSA has run in to this problem, but some light is being shed on the subject because it happened to a reporter. The TSA has since confirmed that yes, D.C. driver’s licenses are valid forms of ID. Fake TSA screener probes passnegers at SFO…
  • Weekly Contest Roundup

    Carol Margolis
    12 Jul 2014 | 4:24 am
    Here are several contests that offer travel winnings. Good luck! Win a Year of Travel with Coca-Cola How would you like to win free airfare for a year? Coca-Cola, Cinemark, and Southwest have teamed up to give you the chance to win 24 round-trip tickets to anywhere Southwest Airlines flies. The tickets expire on December 31st, 2015, but I can think of enough places to visit between now and then. Contest ends July 24 Show us your #AirportHugs for a chance to win! wants to see your airport hug photos. Take a photo of you and your loved ones saying hello or goodbye and share…
  • Weekly Travel Roundup

    Carol Margolis
    11 Jul 2014 | 4:06 am
    Here are some articles and links from around the travel world that came across my desk this week. If you have any questions or suggestions, leave them in the comments, post them on our Facebook page or send them my way on Twitter. Airbus: Pilots don’t really need windows Airbus has filed patents for a radical new cockpit design that does not include windows – and it doesn’t even need to be at the front of the plane, either. Instead, pilots in the future may use giant video screens to control the aircraft, making the plane more aerodynamic, lighter, and able to hold more…
  • Hotel Offering: Yoga by the Sea

    Carol Margolis
    10 Jul 2014 | 11:08 am
    Here’s an item for the Hilton Garden Inn in Veracruz, Mexico hotel’s “Amenities” page that will have you wishing you were in Veracruz right now: Staying with us on a Tuesday night? Then don comfortable clothes and join us on the beach for a 7pm yoga and relaxation session. We’ll go for 90 minutes or more so you can really relax after a long day or work or play. Enjoy our colorful mats, Listening to the crashing waves And feeling the warm gulf breezes. Stretch your body, Learn relaxation techniques. Don’t worry that you may not know what to do. We’re…
  • Weekly Contest Roundup

    Carol Margolis
    21 Jun 2014 | 4:33 am
    Here are several contests that offer travel winnings. Good luck! Countdown to South America Has the World Cup inspired you to start planning a trip to Brazil? LATAM Airlines Group wants to help by sending you and a friend to Rio. One winner we receive roundtrip coach airfare from either Miami or New York. Contest ends July 12 Travel Channel’s Luxurious Trip to Los Angeles Relax in the Golden State with Travel Channel’s Luxurious Trip to Los Angeles giveaway. The grand prize includes a trip for two including roundtrip airfare, 7 days/6 nights at a Hilton Garden Inn (split between…
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  • Local Dishes of Costa Rica – Photo Essay

    Marina Kuperman Villatoro
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Travel Experta - Specializing in Unique International Family Travel - Helping Families Get the Most of Their International Travels with Kids When visiting Costa Rica the number one suggestion I make to everyone  - visit a SODA, the local eatery and enjoy homemade Costa Rica food. Casado – this dish usually has beans, salad, plantains, rice and different meats, fish, chicken or vegetarian style. Gallo Pinto – you haven’t eaten Costa Rican until you eat Gallo Pinto which is beans, rice, sweet peppers, onions mixed and fried together with a special sauce that is only found in…
  • Searching for Ireland’s Castles – On the Road Explorations

    Marina Kuperman Villatoro
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Travel Experta - Specializing in Unique International Family Travel - Helping Families Get the Most of Their International Travels with Kids Have you ever thought of visiting one of those huge castles that are seen in photos and reproduced for movies? Ireland is the perfect place for finding some of the most medieval ones. The country has a ton of them. And the best way to get to the most hidden ones is by driving. A road trip along Ireland searching for the best castles is a lot of fun and can become of a great game with kids and everything is within a few hours of each other. The following…
  • Island Hopping in Granada, Nicaragua – Photo Essay

    Marina Kuperman Villatoro
    20 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Travel Experta - Specializing in Unique International Family Travel - Helping Families Get the Most of Their International Travels with Kids One of the top attractions to do when visiting the colonial city of Granada Nicaragua is go on an island tour. There are over 360 islands, and you can either do a tour, rent a boat and go island hopping. We did a private tour, which was barely more expensive than a collective one and so much more fun. The islands are tiny and close to one another. Love the tropical island feel yet, still being on a lake. Besides the tour, you can stop off at restaurants…
  • Local Fishermen’s Pier in El Salvador – Photo Essay

    Marina Kuperman Villatoro
    18 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Travel Experta - Specializing in Unique International Family Travel - Helping Families Get the Most of Their International Travels with Kids El Salvador is one of those hidden secretive type of destinations. When staying on the coast visiting the beaches we took a day trip to the Pier in Libertad. Let me tell you, if you are in the area, this is a MUST VISIT spot! Fresh caught fish and seafood made into fresh Ceviche – can you think of a better meal? Fresh shrimp ceviche – this was my breakfast Who wants a coconut? Local artist showing off his work of art on shells found in the…
  • Spectacular Views of El Salvador’s Beaches – Photo Essay

    Marina Kuperman Villatoro
    15 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Travel Experta - Specializing in Unique International Family Travel - Helping Families Get the Most of Their International Travels with Kids The beaches of El Salvador are gorgeous and some of the best places to surf. Not only is the surf great, but there are hardly any surfers to compete with and dirt cheap lessons. And lots of water fun in the ocean and pools. I can watch sunsets all the time and they just become more and more beautiful each time. The tiny beach town of El Tunco. The great beach and sand area. Beaches of El Salvador, Central America – Photo Essay Written by Marina…
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  • Danish Fashion and Textile Association Office

    23 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Architect and designer Helle Flou, founder of Copenhagen-based HelleFlou, was responsible for the design of the offices for the Danish Fashion and Textile association (Dansk Mode og Textil) and Kopenhagen Fur. The offices are located in the fabulous 1835-built, heritage-listed A.N.Hansen mansion at the corner of Fredericiagade and Bredgade in the Fredriksstaden neighbourhood of central Copenhagen. The move together of the two organizations established a anew home and innovation centre for their cooperative effort called KicK initiative(Kopenhagen Internationle Center for Kreativitet).
  • iPhone 5 Cases & Passport Wallets

    20 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Finally, an ideal case for your iPhone 5. Not just stylish, but cool and practical as well! These cases are meticulously finished and made of durable leather look-alike material in crisp, solid colors. The unbeatable practicality comes from the solid clip that locks the phone onto the case safely, the removable strap that keeps your hands free when not using the phone yet assures the phone is immediately handy at all times, the card slots for credit or hotel key cards, and the best part: you can take pictures and talk on the phone while the case is closed!   Just this case, your credit…
  • Joint Cafe + Workspace in Bangkok

    19 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Working in a shared space - in a café or a rented-by-the-hour office - is nothing new, but sometimes a concept pops up that is worth a second look. Now into its third week of life, Joint Café + Workspace in Bangkok stands out in its whiteness. We will not speculate on what it will look like after a few months of coffee spills and foot traffic, but for now, it appears inviting like a new notebook, all ready to be filled with people, ideas and inspiration. The space, designed by Thailand’s 56th Studio, is located on the 12th floor of the Asia Hotel’s car park building.
  • 800 m2 Office In An Old Cable Factory - Poland

    16 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    We are now officially suffering from office envy and the object of our feelings is located in Poland, in a former cable factory in Zabłocie, a post-industrial district in Kraków. It was designed for the web technology consulting firm u2i by architect and urban planner Justyna Friedberg of Kraków-based Morpho Studio. The obvious breathing room – so often lacking in offices – is clearly evident here. White, ash wood, natural light. Somehow we can imagine thoughts flying freer in a space like this, with this much openness and light.   The real gem of the 800…
  • Luke Shadbolt Ocean Photographs - Purchase Here

    15 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Do you really think there is an interior environment that wouldn’t be made more beautiful, more tranquil, more cool with the addition of a peaceful image of ocean scenery? We don’t think so. Without a doubt, the cure for the visual noise and image overload in our lives comes in the form of a stunning photograph by Luke Shadbolt of the central coast of NSW in Australia. The picture seem like an oil painting, but it is in reality an expertly composed photograph. Imagine a quiet beach, a soft morning breeze on your skin, the scent of the ocean, the sound of the soft waves. This image…
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    Man Tripping - Guys Weekends and Mancations

  • Happy National Tequila Day, Let's Celebrate!

    James Hills
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:29 pm
    The here are a few of our favorite margarita recipes ... Margarita Blanco • 3 oz. of Jenni Rivera La Gran Señora Tequila Blanco• Simple Syrup (1/3 cup sugar and 1/3 cup water)• 1 oz. Fresh Lime Juice• 2 oz. of Triple Sec• 1 Jalapeño, cut in half lengthwise Put 1/3 cup of sugar and 1/3 cup of water in a saucepan to boil, stir occasionally to dissolve sugar. After the simple syrup cools combine it with 3 ounces of Jenni Rivera La Gran Señora Tequila Blanco, 1 ounce Fresh Lime Juice, 2 ounces of Triple Sec and 1 Jalapeño, cut in half lengthwise. Let the mix chill for 30 minutes- 3…
  • 2015 Hyundai Sonata Road Trip Review

    James Hills
    20 Jul 2014 | 1:24 am
    This has continued as they took the existing Sonata and made a more refined look continuing their "Fluidic Sculpture" theme with a 2.0 design. With 2015 Sonata trim levels ranging from the SE featuring a 2.4L 6-speed transmission for $21,150 to the Sport 2.0T with a 2.0L Turbo that fully loaded tops out at $33,525 there is something for everyone as it spans the gamut from "practical family sedan" to "junior executive". Safety is a primary focus for Hyundai with all models coming standard with seven airbags including a new driver's knee airbag to help prevent the driver from sliding down…
  • Happy National Daiquiri Day from Cruzan!

    James Hills
    19 Jul 2014 | 10:31 pm
    Cruzan® Sunset Daiquiri Ingredients: 3 parts Cruzan® Aged Dark Rum 2 parts Passion Fruit Syrup 1/2 part Fresh Lemon Juice 1/4 part Grenadine Method:Add all ingredients to a blender with ice. Blend until smooth. Pour into a hurricane glass. Garnish with a Cherry. Passion Fruit SyrupIngredients: 12 parts White Sugar 10 parts Water 8 Ripe Passion Fruits Method:Cut Passion Fruit in half and scoop out the juice, pulp & seeds into your sauce pot. Add the sugar and lightly muddle to combine. Add the water and stir cold, until sugar is mostly dissolved. Bring to a soft boil while stirring…
  • A Visit to the 18/8 Men's Salon in San Diego

    James Hills
    14 Jul 2014 | 4:26 am
    The guys from 18/8 Salon contacted us and invited me and some of my friends up to check out their newest location in North County San Diego . Each of us had a chance to pick services from their menu that includes Haircuts, Face Treatments, Scalp Treatments, Hand Treatments, Shaves (with a professionally trained barber offering straight razor shaves!), Waxing, and Coloring. It isn't exactly a full "day spa" though our Face and Scalp Treatments did include massages and robes to wear while being taken care of.  One of our first questions was "What does 18/8 Stand For?" Our host shared with…
  • New REO Speedwagon Song, Whipping Boy

    James Hills
    4 Jul 2014 | 7:18 am
    That though elicited a combination of laughter and applause as he then noted that he didn't have his glasses so he wouldn't be able to read the notes anyhow! From the brief intro Kevin provided (unfortunately I didn't capture the whole thing), the new song "Whipping Boy" is based on their own experiences on the road and seems pretty cool.  Will be interesting to see when and where this ends up and if maybe there is another REO Speedwagon album in the works. Overall, this was an awesome concert and for a group of guys in their 60's it is absolutely impressive that they are able to kick so…
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    The Travel Tart

  • Phallic Food of the World – The Geoduck!

    Anthony The Travel Tart
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:32 am
    Okay, it’s weird seafood time – namely, some Phallic Food! Here is a weird travel photo of some unusual looking food that I spotted in at a seafood restaurant in Singapore – called the Geoduck. I’ve never come across this one before. The Geoduck (scientific name – Panopea generosa) is a very large edible saltwater clam from North America and it definitely fits my criteria for weird seafood that I’ve stumble upon during my journeys around the place. Other weird seafood I’ve come across in my travels has included the chicken fish from Vanuatu, sea…
  • Who Wants To Be A Millionaire Hot Seat. How I bombed my chance to be a professional backpacker!

    Anthony The Travel Tart
    18 Jul 2014 | 5:05 am
    I’m always looking for any stupid excuse to go travelling. And a couple of years ago, I had a crazy idea that might let me travel permanently until the day I die! I was going to get hold of a million dollars, one way or the other! All ethical of course! I haven’t had the nerve to hold up a bank or set up my own scam, but in 2012, I applied online to have a crack at the Australian version of ‘Who Wants To Be A Millionaire‘, which is called ‘Millionaire Hot Seat’ or just plain old ‘Hot Seat‘. ‘Who Wants To Be A Millionaire‘ is one of…
  • Tea and Coffee – Nice When Separate. Better Mixed Together!

    Anthony The Travel Tart
    14 Jul 2014 | 1:26 pm
    Two of the world’s most popular drinks – Tea and Coffee. You’ll find variants of this stuff from all around the world and in some unusual places. Some people like only one. Some like both (that is, separately!). I don’t mind having one or the other. But I try to find some of the more unusual quirks of these drinks when I’m out and about. Here are some left of field examples that I’ve come across in my travels: Tea: Drinking tea mixed with egg How to make Iced Tea in Bangkok Tea mixing in Dubai Coffee: Drink Coffee – do stupid things more faster! The…
  • Prawn Fishing in Singapore

    Anthony The Travel Tart
    11 Jul 2014 | 4:48 am
    In my travels, I’ve done a bit of fishing and have eaten a bit of seafood. I’m no Robson Green, but I’ve done things like eating the fish that tastes like chicken and the giant shrimp, gone fishing for Yellowfin Tuna, and seen the worst place in the world to go fishing. But I recently experienced something a bit different as a social event in Singpore – Prawn Fishing! This unusual but surprisingly addictive and enjoyable experience appeared as the one on 10 Weird Things to do in Singapore which I managed to undertake thanks with the help of the friendly local…
  • Squat Toilets in Asia – Funny Graphic Sign!

    Anthony The Travel Tart
    7 Jul 2014 | 10:50 am
    Today I have a funny travel photo from @NicoleMProm from Malaysia. It’s another piece of toilet humour gold that I am glad to add to this silly website, specifically in relation to Squat Toilets! Probably one of the funniest travel signs I spot when cruising around are by far the toilet ones, and their interpretations of this necessary bodily function that we all must do to expel the waste from our bodies! Some of the funny toilet signs normally consist of amusing translations, hilarious graphics, and just plain old good banter and plays on words. Previous incarnations of funny toilet…
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  • Relish Kerala Monsoon Destinations

    8 Jul 2014 | 10:20 am
    Wedged by the Western Ghats on the East and Arabian Sea on the West, Kerala is a marvelled destination of a lifetime. God’s Own Country is blessed with the magic of monsoon; rains enhance the charm of the picturesque state, reflecting different hues of green mixed with shades of gray and blue, a visual treat […]The post Relish Kerala Monsoon Destinations appeared first on Twelve Hours In A City.
  • Relax in Playa de las Americas

    18 May 2014 | 12:47 pm
    Relax in Playa de las Americas In the municipality of Arona, very close to Adeje, sits this purposely-located resort and fun filled destination. Specifically, in Tenerife, in one of the Canary Islands, is where you will find the most popular resort destination in the whole of Europe. Yes, I am talking about the Playa de […]The post Relax in Playa de las Americas appeared first on Twelve Hours In A City.
  • 12 Hours in Manchester

    3 Apr 2014 | 10:51 am
    Manchester has a lot to offer. It truly does. It’s a vibrant, diverse city with history, culture and of course….football. Whilst many people will visit the nation’s capital, it might be well worth spending half a day further up north too!The post 12 Hours in Manchester appeared first on Twelve Hours In A City.
  • 48 Hours in Queenstown? The Ultimate Guide to the Perfect Weekend in NZ

    7 Mar 2014 | 6:00 am
    48 Hours in Queenstown? The Ultimate Guide to the Perfect Weekend in NZ With just 48 hours to spend in the incredibly scenic Queenstown, which is situated in the South Island of New Zealand, you certainly won’t have much time to rest – nor will you want to. Make the most of your little time […]The post 48 Hours in Queenstown? The Ultimate Guide to the Perfect Weekend in NZ appeared first on Twelve Hours In A City.
  • Water Parks in the Costa del Sol

    25 Feb 2014 | 12:13 pm
    Water Parks in the Costa del Sol When it comes to holidays most families will choose the sun and sea option. Stunning beaches and spotless hotels with large swimming pools and a kids club for the younger children are incredibly popular. Tanning holidays are a great way to relax while getting a little extra sun, […]The post Water Parks in the Costa del Sol appeared first on Twelve Hours In A City.
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  • No Excuses: Redefining how we view travel

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

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

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

    Chris Cavallari
    8 Jul 2014 | 6:21 am
    It’s July, and in the U.S., travel season is in full swing. People are readying their cars and their plane tickets, packing their bags, and as soon as schools let out for the summer, they’re off on amazing adventures around the world. I’m sure you’re one of those travelers. I know I’m one (even I have to wait for school to let out, since the Wife is a school teacher). There’s nothing wrong with being an American traveler, despite our perceived reputation around the world. But since we do come from a country full of privilege, and our culture is very…
  • The importance of travel rituals

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


    23 Jul 2014 | 7:04 pm
    There's nothing I love more than something that's stylish, yet easy breezy and comfy!  I fell head over heels in love with this affordable outfit (top: $14.99 and bottoms: $16.99) that I found at TJ Maxx (#maxxinista) because it's so lightweight and can be worn to the beach with flip flops, or with fun sandals to head out with family for some drinks on the boardwalk (that's what we did after we snapped these pics! Lol!)  Hope your week is going great jet setters!Top: Band of Gypsies via TJ Maxx (similar here)Bottoms: Band of Gypsies via TJ Maxx (similar here)Hat: H&MBag: Stella…

    16 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Hi Everyone!  For today's Wardrobe Wednesday, I just wanted to tell you how much I love outlet shopping!  Part of living the JetSetSmart lifestyle is knowing how, when and where to find good deals...and the outlets sure have plenty of them.  I got this dress last summer at the Gap outlet for $20, and I just love it so much!  The tribal print is fun, the colors are great, and the side slits make it so easy to walk in.  I added this Zara necklace which I wore before with this outfit to bring out the orange in the dress.  I also added new life to last year's dress…

    15 Jul 2014 | 5:47 am
    Last weekend we did one of the most fun things we have done yet with the boys...we went on a pirate adventure!  Jersey Shore Pirates is an actual pirate ship that sails on the Metedeconk River in Brick, New Jersey.  It was a great way to spend the afternoon with the kids! The fun started the minute we got to the pier.  The crew painted tattoos on the children, the kids got to dress up in pirate costumes, and they also learned some "pirate lingo" before they hopped aboard.  All the kids got pirate names too...our boys were "Brave Brody" and "Rip Tide Richie!" ;-)Once on…

    14 Jul 2014 | 6:05 pm
    One thing that Rich and I LOVE to do is eat good food!  Whenever we travel, we always like to find the best spots (even if they aren't the fanciest or most hyped about) because we feel that you really get a good feel for travel and new destinations through what the locals eat.  Every weekend we spend "down the shore," we try our best to find new Jersey Shore Eats, and so today I'm sharing a few recent ones with you all.  If you live close to New Jersey, or plan to visit the shore this summer...definitely put these eateries on your won't be disappointed! MOGO KOREAN…

    9 Jul 2014 | 7:27 pm
    Is it a skirt?  Or, is it pants?  Those are the questions I asked myself when I saw this jumpsuit at T.J Maxx.  I absolutely love skirts and dresses in the summer, but sometimes you want to change it up, and that's why this one-piece is perfect!  Plus, it's floral that equals a win, win in my book!  I feel like you can really dress something like this up with heels, a clutch, and fun jewelry like I did here.  You can also make it look more causal with flats, flip-flops, or even a jean jacket and converse.  Plus, for under $25, how can you go…
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  • Sun shines on the films of Satyajit Ray

    Mariellen Ward
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:16 pm
    Scene from The World of Apu by Satyajit Ray TIFF retrospective showcases legendary Indian film director THERE ARE TWO scenes in the Satyajit Ray film The World of Apu (Apur Sansar, 1959) that sent me into the bathroom crying at the end of the film. One has to do with the birth of Apu’s son, and the other, the last scene of the movie, when they reconcile. More than that I don’t want to tell you if you haven’t scene this classic of world cinema. When I came out of the stall, tears still wetting my face, I struck up a conversation with a white-haired woman who had a kind and…
  • On the edge at Niagara Falls

    Mariellen Ward
    11 Jul 2014 | 8:56 am
    Swept away by the world’s top tourist attraction AT THE VERY edge of Niagara Falls water seems to throw itself over with an abandon of mythical proportions. The sheer force is mesmerizing: a mighty, terrifying spectacle of millions of litres of water dropping 30 stories, landing with a thunderous roar and sending up a churning tumult of foam and mist. All along the promenade, tourists from every part of the world gazes in hypnotic wonder, getting soaked by the mist when the wind changes, and clicking photos like there’s no tomorrow. An old stone parapet, the only barrier…
  • Missing the smells of Delhi

    Mariellen Ward
    8 Jul 2014 | 2:05 pm
    Pungent aroma of Delhi as colourful as the city itself WHEN I ARRIVED back to Toronto after six months in India, the first thing I missed was the smell of Delhi. I came out of the airport and inhaled. “Toronto smells like a parking garage,” I thought. On the other hand, Delhi really smells. To those of you who’ve been there, or even live there now, that’s not news. Delhi is a huge, sprawling, traffic-infested city, the capital of the world’s largest democracy and a melting pot for people drawn from all over the subcontinent with hopes of a better life. Of course it smells.
  • Top 5 magical moments in Costa Rica

    Mariellen Ward
    4 Jul 2014 | 12:30 am
    Waterfall at base of Rincon de la Vieja volcano. Wild, tranquil and green: Costa Rica travel memories HOW WOULD YOU like to see crocodiles up close, in the wild? Or go horseback riding to hidden waterfalls at the base of a volcano? Or sink into a natural hot spring, covered in mineral-rich, warm clay? These are just some of the special moments I had on a private guided tour of Costa Rica with Kensington Tours, where I experienced the best of both worlds:  the comfort of a luxury, guided tour and the excitement of authentic, cultural and wilderness adventures. Thanks to the knowledgeable…
  • Experiencing Canada’s sacred forest in Vancouver

    Mariellen Ward
    19 Jun 2014 | 12:30 am
    The thrilling Cliffwalk at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, Vancouver. Visit Capilano Suspension Bridge Park to find the West Coast rain forest lovingly preserved THE TEMPERATE rain forests of the West Coast of Canada are magnificent to behold. You could say that forests are our sacred groves. In a young and secular country with a small population and vast expanses of pristine wilderness, our forests are our natural temples. This is where we go to worship the beauty and majesty of nature, and what attracts many of our visitors. But you don’t have to be a rugged explorer to appreciate…
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  • Fly with VietJet and Win Amazing Prizes like a Toyota Vios Car and Samsung Galaxy Smartphones!

    Zhiqiang & Tingyi
    20 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    As part of VietJet’s commitment to provide passengers with an unforgettable experience on their trip to Vietnam, VietJet is now rewarding passengers with weekly prizes and nearly 1,000 free air tickets to be won over the next nine weeks. From Tuesday, 15 July to Monday, 15 September 2014, all customers on flights from Singapore to VietJet’s exciting destinations across Vietnam including Ho Chi Minh City, Nha Trang, and Da Lat, will be automatically entered into a draw to win over 70 air tickets each week (10 per day!). Passengers also stand a chance to win Samsung Galaxy Core II Duo…
  • Creative Dining Experience at Osia Resorts World Sentosa with the Seafood Ice Experience and Valrhona Hot Chocolate Soup

    Zhiqiang & Tingyi
    20 Jul 2014 | 3:20 am
    Located at Resorts World Sentosa Festive Walk, Osia at Resorts World Sentosa is well known for its out-of-the-box innovative dishes.  The famous Australian Celebrity Chef Scott Webster had teamed up with Chef de Cuisine Douglas Tay to develop Osia’s unique yet innovative menu which combines Asian influences and western culinary techniques with finesse – so if you like fusion food and would like to try something new beyond the usual fish and chips western dining, Osia is the place to be at. I like the open-kitchen concept of Osia restaurant – while the restaurant is quite…
  • 8 Ways to Stay Safe When Going on Safari

    Zhiqiang & Tingyi
    20 Jul 2014 | 2:30 am
    Going on a safari? When you’re headed into unfamiliar territory, staying safe is important to both your physical and mental health. While you’re surely beaming with excitement, don’t let that cloud your judgment when it comes to safety. Remember these tips as you embark on your adventure to help keep you and your group safe. Image via Flickr by Sharon Sipple Don’t Wander It’s too easy for tourists to wander away from the group to get a closer shot of an animal with their camera. This is never a good idea. If you’re in a game park, always stay in your car…
  • 6 Suggested Sights to See in Melbourne (Australia)

    Zhiqiang & Tingyi
    20 Jul 2014 | 2:20 am
    Melbourne is a truly special metropolis, having been recognized as the world’s more livable city every year since 2011. It retains this title because of its low crime rate, connection to international locales, quality and convenience of infrastructure, as well as many other characteristics. Because of its municipal charm and integrity, Melbourne is a hot destination for Australians and international tourists alike, all hoping to relax and discover in this, the world’s most hospitable city. With these 6 destinations, you can be sure that your trip will be a delight, from your car hire at…
  • Top Glamping (Luxury Camping) Destinations Around the World

    Zhiqiang & Tingyi
    16 Jul 2014 | 9:01 am
    You might have heard of glamping which is made up of the words – ‘glamorous camping’. Glamorous because you no longer have to do the hard and dirty work typically associated with camping – no need to set up your own tent or spark your own fire and barbeque your food over an open fire. The latest trend of glamping includes all the luxuries you can find in any other city hotel and involves staying in luxurious “tents” e.g. luxury caravans, yurts and even tipis. So if you are looking for a unique night out in the wilderness and still crave the luxury of comfortable…
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    Kaleidoscopic Wandering

  • Five Thoughts from a Two-Week Trip in Europe

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

    2 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Still recovering from a medical procedure I had done in May, I spent the vast majority of June hunkered down in Las Vegas. At the end of the month, though, I hopped a plane and jumped the pond, spending the last few days of June and the beginning of July in Austria and Germany with my family. I haven’t really been able to travel since rafting the Colorado River down the Grand Canyon, so it’s nice to be on the road again. Around the web, I found a handful of interesting travel blog posts worth noting: > I’ll be in Germany in July, but unfortunately not in Berlin, the one German city I…
  • What to Pack for a Grand Canyon Rafting Trip

    25 Jun 2014 | 3:00 am
    When I signed up to take a seven-day, 187-mile motorized rafting trip with Arizona River Runners in May, I was both excited and apprehensive. What in the world do you pack for a seven-day rafting trip that can fit into a single 24″ x 12″ x 12″ duffel bag? And, perhaps more importantly, what don’t you pack? The 16 commercial rafting companies that run operations on the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon are seasoned at working in this environment, and they provide detailed packing lists of what to bring on such a trip. When I started packing, I followed the list sent to me by ARR…
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    Fili's World

  • The Hague : Netherlands

    20 Jul 2014 | 12:26 pm
    While in the Netherlands, I spent my first night at the Hague. Didn’t do much homework, so wasn’t sure exactly what to expect but the town was quite charming, with lots of history and the mandatory canal atmosphere. The location of my stay was next to the Haagse Bos park, so I started my day with a walk along the park and then went on to explore the city with a long stop over at the MC Escher museum (more to come).   Here’s a bit of my impressions of the city :   The Haagse Bos park       Location :     Exploring around The Hague city…
  • Nabatean Mamshit National Park : Southern Israel

    9 Jul 2014 | 2:51 am
    The Israeli southern desert is filled with historical treasures. The Nabateans ruled the trade roads across the desert and left some wonderful cities behind that are still standing today. Mamshit is the smallest of those, but still spectacular and well-worth your visit. A quick half an hour from Beer Sheva and on the way towards the dead sea pretty much in the middle of no-where is a fascinating historical archeological site. Naturally, the site is now a UNESCO heritage site, well maintained and well explained.     The Israel Nature and Parks Authority has the intro : Mamshit, a…
  • Musée Mécanique Pier 45 : San Francisco

    7 Jul 2014 | 1:10 pm
    A small hidden gem in the lovely pier area in San Francisco is a museum of old game machines, before video games came to be, when things were a bit more naive and simple. It’s quite remarkable what you could do with a bit of machinery and creative vision, some of those games are just as entertaining as what we have today.       The story behind this place is detailed on their website, go have a look.   Lots of fun machines in there…                                   There are a…
  • Sea Lions at Pier 39 : Fisherman’s Wharf San Francisco

    4 Jul 2014 | 7:04 pm
    Lots to see and do in beautiful San Francisco but one of the main tourist attractions is the waterfront which includes several lively piers with lots of shopping and entertainment options. Pier 39, Fisherman’s Wharf, is probably most famous for sea lion sightings where you can see them by the dozens, chilling out, occasionally crying out and fighting with each other over the best sun tanning spot. I could probably watch these lovely animals for hours.     Aside from that there are lots of cheesy cafes and restaurants, with random entertainment acts in the main square. You…
  • Haikou walk & snack streets : Hainan

    2 Jul 2014 | 1:41 am
    Hainan is the tropical getaway of China, it’s as closest you’ll get in China to nice beaches and tropical weather. Most people coming in to Hainan go straight to Sanya, to get a taste of highly commercial overly crowded beaches, but you can also go into the cheaper Haikou airport. I was’nt sure what I can find in Haikou, but I thought I’d rather explore that area before going down south to the more commercial part. Alas, Haikou isn’t much to look at, another typical Chinese city, and the most important attraction – if anything – is food. So I took a…
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    Official Reno Tahoe USA Blog

  • Stand up Paddleboarding at Lake Tahoe

    24 Jul 2014 | 11:52 am
    Stand Up Paddleboarding… Maybe you’ve heard of it- a friend told you about a new water activity that combines kayaking and surfing. Or maybe you’ve seen it- sitting on the beach, looking out onto the lake, you were intrigued by someone balancing on what looks like an over-sized surfboard, paddling the waters. If this is [...]
  • CANFEST bike drive

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

    22 Jul 2014 | 9:47 am
    The face of the Reno-Tahoe-Open has recently been made-over just in time for its highly anticipated, 16th year; the annual Reno Tahoe tournament became the Barracuda Championship, based off its new title sponsor Barracuda Networks. Although the name of the game may have changed, the tournament’s esteemed reputation remains as a favorite stop on the [...]
  • 25th Annual American Century Championship in Full Swing

    Christina Erny
    14 Jul 2014 | 3:13 pm
    The #1 celebrity sporting event in America returns to Lake Tahoe for its 25th year. July 15-20, 2014, over 80 sports and entertainment celebrities will compete at Edgewood Tahoe Gold Course for $125,000 of the 600,000 purse. Celeb sightings will be of plenty, including these athletes and entertainers: Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry Green Bay Packers quarterback [...]

    10 Jul 2014 | 11:58 am
    Summer is in full swing in Reno Tahoe- the sun’s beaming, the temperature’s blazing, and every day is full of activities to undertake, events to attend, and good times to be had. At the Sparks Marina, all the same rings true! With walking paths, trees, and sandy beaches surrounding a 77-acre lake, the Sparks Marina [...]
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    Travel Blog | Travel + Leisure

  • FAA and Europe Ease Flight Restrictions to Israel

    24 Jul 2014 | 7:43 am
    Sort of good news for Israel: the FAA has lifted its 36-hour ban on flights into Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion airport and the European Aviation Safety Agency, which had previously issued a recommendation ...
  • Travel + Leisure Celebrates Charleston with Bow Ties in NYC

    24 Jul 2014 | 6:53 am
    In honor of Charleston, voted by readers as number one US city in the 2014 World's Best Awards, T+L gave out bow ties from South Carolina's Cordial Churchman. Charleston's chic, classic style is j...
  • Take Travel + Leisure's Summer Travel Trivia Quiz

    23 Jul 2014 | 7:22 am
    Visit for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy Play along with as Kathie Lee and Mark Orwoll as they quiz the Today Show audience on the world's most popular to...
  • Connecting to Local Culture: ILTM Asia

    23 Jul 2014 | 7:01 am
    The term "authenticity" is one we've heard again and again (tired of it yet?), though it remains on the tongue of industry insiders thanks to an influx of travelers who continue to seek out local...
  • TransAsia Flight Crashes; 51 Passengers Feared Dead

    23 Jul 2014 | 3:07 am
    It’s been a terrible week in aviation. This morning, reports confirm that at least 51 passengers are feared dead following an accident on regional Taiwanese TransAsia flight GE222, from Kaohsiung...
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    Cruise Radio

  • MSC Divina Review + Cruise News

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

    10 Jul 2014 | 9:20 pm
    This week we are broadcasting aboard Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Freedom, a ship that is based in Port Everglades (moving to Galveston in 2015). We are on an 8-night Southern Caribbean sailing this week. During a recent dry dock Carnival Freedom received Fun Ship 2.0 enhancements and the Seuss at Sea program, including Bookville, a Dr. Seuss character breakfast, parades, story time and photo opportunities. On top of Dr. Seuss guests will also take part in Guy Fieri’s signature Burger Joint, the BlueIguana Cantina, RedFrog Pub and Alchemy Bar. So much to do in so little time! 
  • Cruise Ship Lecturer + Cruise News

    3 Jul 2014 | 7:27 pm
    Mickey Live is known across a variety of cruise ships for his unique ways of onboard lectures. Mickey isn’t using your typical overhead projector or marker board to teach cruise passengers, he uses modern day technology like GPS and his cutting edge photography skills. Stewart Chiron stops by with Cruise NewsCosta announces Costa Concordia to be removed in July, 11 lbs of cocaine found on Carnival Liberty in Port Canaveral, small fire of Holland America’s Westerdam, cruise parking in Galveston starts sparks lawsuit, American Cruise Lines launches new river boat, and low water…
  • Review of Queen Mary 2 + Carnival Cruise Matre D Ken Byrne

    27 Jun 2014 | 2:56 pm
    On this show we talk to listener Barry who just returned from a sailing aboard Queen Mary 2, on a seven-night transatlantic sailing between New York and Southhampton. Get a full review of this ocean liner. Also, Carnival Cruise Line’s senior matre d, Ken Byrne, gives us his background, the details of his job and what he loves about it. 
  • Carnival Fantasy Review + Cruise News

    20 Jun 2014 | 2:55 pm
    This week listener Ashley joins us about her recent sailing on Carnival Fantasy, a five-night Bahamas cruise from Charleston, South Carolina. Hear a detailed review of Carnival Fantasy, her thoughts on dining, entertainment, the ports and public areas of this cruise ship. Plus Cruise Guy has cruise news on: could Royal Caribbean be leaning towards play-to-play entertainment, shipyard fire causes damage to Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas, is the Mexican Rivera region making a comeback, and Holland America Line heading back to Bermuda in 2015. We’ll also answer a listener question…
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    Nomadic Notes

  • Notes on Dili, East Timor

    James Clark
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:36 pm
    A little big city Dili is the smallest capital city in Southeast Asia, and also the newest, having gained independence from Indonesia in 2002. While Dili is going to feel sedate after being in the other capital cities of the region, travel is a relative experience so your impression will depend on where you’re arriving from. Coming from the two international connections of Darwin or Singapore, Dili will feel like a small country town. I arrived in Dili after travelling through Flores and West Timor, where most of the cities were dusty and rundown places. For me Dili felt modern and orderly…
  • Nomadic News: July 20, 2014

    James Clark
    20 Jul 2014 | 6:33 am
    Greetings from Saigon! Here is this weeks edition of Nomadic News. Work And Travel How to travel the world for life (and work while you travel) – Benny Lewis has just celebrated his 11 year travel anniversary, and to celebrate he is telling you how to do it too. How we make money travel blogging – Caz and Craig from spill the beans on their blogging business. The practical guide to making money while travelling – Brendan from lists some real life experiences of the age old question asked by those interested in perpetual travel. Job Offer…
  • Sunset over Kupang, West Timor – Indonesia

    James Clark
    11 Jul 2014 | 4:02 pm
    I spent a few days in Kupang while waiting for my visa to East Timor. There is not much to do here in the day but walking along the waterfront in the evening at least offers spectacular sunsets. Travel Photos: Kupang photo gallery Sunset over Kupang, West Timor – Indonesia is a post from: Nomadic Notes
  • How to travel Flores (Indonesia) in 1 week

    James Clark
    9 Jul 2014 | 10:23 pm
    [The coast of Flores. And the answer to why bus travel takes so long.] I’m wrapping up my Flores posts to highlight how to travel Flores in the space of a week. Originally I had intended to spend 2 weeks there, but my trip was cut short when I realised I needed extra time to apply for an East Timor visa in Kupang, West Timor. Even at two weeks I thought I was going to be rushing it. My friend Stuart McTravelfish recommends 18 days in Flores. Having finished travelling there I would say that too, but for many of us 2+ weeks would be a luxury. [Speaking of, every visitor to Flores should…
  • Nomadic News: July 6 2014

    James Clark
    6 Jul 2014 | 4:46 am
    Greetings from Saigon for another edition of Nomadic News! Location Independence and Entrepreneurship Meet the new digital nomads – Lonely Planet interviews some digital nomads (including yours truly) who have brought their jobs to a new location. Where Do the Smartest People Move? – A new report finds that higher intelligence is linked with rural-to-city migration, and with city-to-suburb movement. Operating a business without a permanent address – It has its challenges but it can be done. Becoming A Digital Nomad – Ask Men on ditching the office and working on your…
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    City Traveler Blog

  • 9/11 Museum's Expansive, Personal Look at an American Tragedy

    Deston S. Nokes
    18 Jul 2014 | 2:28 pm
    How does a nation come to grips with one of the most horrific events in its history? Since the 9/11 Museum opened on May 21, more than 430,000 people have visited the expansive underground site to witness the stories and artifacts from the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Attendance has exceeded expectations of museum officials, even with the $24 adult entry fee. Because of the crowds, buying tickets online ahead of time is the best choice. Tickets can be purchased up to three months in advance, and visitors can choose a specific date and entry time. Visitors also go through security…
  • The Best BBQ In Atlanta

    Dan Patterson
    15 Jul 2014 | 7:33 am
    Photo Credit: Eric Sonstroem What makes our country so unique is that we have 50 unique puzzle pieces that fit together to create one gigantic melting pot of flavors, cultures and deep history. When it comes to traveling throughout our country’s vast landscapes, hidden deserts and elevated mountaintops, every region within the continental United States is known for something. Whether it’s cheesesteaks in Philadelphia, deep dish pizza in Chicago or clam chowder in New England, each direction on America’s compass has a unique expose of flavors to please the palate. When it comes to the…
  • Steeling Your Nerves at 360 CHICAGO’s New TILT!

    Byron Beck
    10 Jul 2014 | 10:36 am
    It's a bird. It's a plane. It's a...TILT? Ninety-four floors up in the blue (and very windy) Chicago sky is a glass and steel contraption that takes steady nerves and a bit of daring to take on. Much like the famed Ledge at SkyDeck Chicago or the nerve-wracking Edgewalk at CN Tower in Toronto, the brand-new TILT at 360 CHICAGO is for those undaunted and unshakeable thrill-seekers looking for an aerial adventure. Photo courtesy of 360 CHICAGO Located on the 94th floor of 360 CHICAGO (formerly known as the John Hancock Observatory), TILT is a one-of-a-kind experience that takes eight visitors…
  • Best Cities to See 4th of July Fireworks

    Dan Patterson
    1 Jul 2014 | 7:35 am
    Since July 4, 1777 -- the first birthday of the United States of America -- fireworks have been a part of our nation’s celebratory fabric. The Congressionally-sponsored fireworks were commissioned to celebrate the first anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence and delivered a rousing light show to the colonists in a patriotic pyrotechnic display. At the conclusion of the very first 4th of July celebration, 13 rocket fireworks were launched into the air -- one for each of the 13 original colonies. Today, the tradition continues nearly 240 years later. However, what was…
  • Macy's Annual Fireworks Light Up NYC

    Joan Cirillo
    26 Jun 2014 | 12:32 pm
    New York City explodes each Independence Day with holiday festivities, including everything from daytime walking tours and historic reenactments to the nation’s largest nighttime fireworks display, which will launch this year from the picturesque Brooklyn Bridge and three barges on the East River. The annual Macy’s fireworks extravaganza is as iconic and anticipated as the Thanksgiving Day Parade and, like the parade, is broadcast nationally and full of star-studded entertainment. This year’s spectacle will be especially festive in celebration of the 200th anniversary of the U.S.
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  • Climbing Kilimanjaro Through New Eyes

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

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

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

    Matt Gibson
    16 Jun 2014 | 12:59 am
    Airport security does not have to be an unpleasant experience Summer is the busiest air travel time in Canada. Whether you’re packing for a family vacation, visiting relatives or exploring new corners of the world, an easy and stress-free travel experience starts by preparing for the security checkpoint. These tips from the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) can help. One of the most common mistakes travellers make is bringing liquids, aerosols and gels (LAGs) exceeding the 100ml limit in their carry-on baggage.That includes sunscreen, tanning lotion or hand cream, alcohol,…
  • How To Watch Netflix Abroad: A Review of Tunnel Bear

    Matt Gibson
    13 Jun 2014 | 9:11 pm
    Taiwan Beers were open on on the coffee table. It was four in the morning on a Tuesday and six Canadian English teachers were in my apartment crowded around my computer, waiting to watch the Canadian hockey team battle it out with the Russians in the Olympics. “How do we watch it?” I asked. “My brother told me that CBC is streams all the games live.” I opened the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, for the non-Canucks out there) website and clicked on the video. A little circle spun in the middle of the video. Then a message popped up. “This video is not available in your…
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    A Travelers' Library


    Vera Marie Badertscher
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:58 am
    DESTINATON: New York City — NYC — New York, New York –Manhattan — Brooklyn – Central Park THE LIST After recently reviewing a mystery novel about a Hasidic Jewish neighborhood in Brooklyn and another about the area around Grand Central Terminal, I got curious about how many books about New York City I (or guests) […] 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 StoriesGrand Central MurderNew York Know It AllMonth of Mystery:Quick Trip to…
  • New York with Murder, a Rookie Journalist and Hasidic Jews

    Vera Marie Badertscher
    14 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Destination: Brooklyn, New York Book: Invisible City by Julia Dahl (NEW summer 2014) [Review of MacMillan audio book read by Andi Arndt] I’m back in New York City. Unfortunately it is only an armchair journey, but certainly an interesting one . I’ve moved from Terminal City in Manhattan, which we discussed a couple of weeks ago, […] 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 StoriesGrand Central MurderMonth of mystery Goes to Diné Bikeyah (Navajo…
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    Travel stories and tips for adventure travel and culture tourism seekers

  • The Adventures of Writing a Memoir – When All Balls Drop

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

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

    18 Jul 2014 | 3:59 am
    We all have a bucket list of destinations that we need to see before we kick the can! Mine seems to be growing although I tend to cross a couple of destinations off each year. It’s funny how travel is contagious. The more traveling you do, the more traveling you want to do. For this post, I asked a fellow travel fanatic and writer, David Charles, to highlight his YOLO vacation destinations. Like David, I agree that the Grand Canyon is a YOLO destination. That’s why I included my picture from my first visit in 2012. Let’s see what he can share with us about awesome, bucket…
  • Choose Your Own Adventure Minneapolis – Adventure Travel Midwest

    16 Jun 2014 | 4:59 am
    Did you read choose your own adventure novels when you were a kid? The books are set up to tell an adventure with twists and turns that give you the option to create your own path and story. You arrive at the end of each chapter with a decision to make between different activities. You get to pick: take a plane to the Grand Canyon for rafting or set sail on a catamaran to cruise the Na Pali Coast. Whatever the case, you guide your own story very much like traveling. Over the last years, I’ve been taking my thirst for active adventure travel and adding a twist to it by trying multiple modes…
  • Life’s Too Short to Drink Bad Wine

    12 Jun 2014 | 12:48 pm
    I’m a wine lover and well-traveled. I’ve ventured to Mendoza, Argentina (shown above) to sample the best of Malbec, across the pond to Spain to imbibe the lovely Rioja, over to Oporto, Portugal for a good tawny port, and up to the Finger Lakes in New York for world renowned Rieslings. Along with my wine adventures, my taste buds have grown accustomed to award winning wines from not only the major players in the industry, but also those boutique wineries, hidden gems, that make the whole wine experience come to life with stories direct from the owners or even taking part in the…
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  • Images from Cook’s Pizza in Wakarusa, Indiana

    Jessica Nunemaker
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Stumbling onto these images from Cook’s Pizza in Wakarusa, Indiana, I knew I had to share! Years ago though it was, I can still almost taste the excellent stromboli sandwiches we had at this Elkhart County restaurant! To say they were memorable is a bit of an understatement. There’s nothing fancy about Cook’s Pizza which is part of the appeal. There’s not a lot of seating so if you are in a hurry and can call ahead, do so! Pick it up and take it to a park and enjoy it there or wait to sit inside and enjoy the local banter. Serving ice cream and pizza too so…
  • Domestic Goddess Salon and Boutique in Tell City, Indiana

    Jessica Nunemaker
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Domestic Goddess Salon and Boutique in Tell City, Indiana Features Lovely Tell City Home Decor While salons don’t really have a place on little Indiana, Domestic Goddess Salon and Boutique in Tell City, Indiana is a cut above! This delightful Perry County retail space is sure to please any shopper. Domestic Goddess Salon and Boutique in Tell City, Indiana You’ll find three full service hairstylists, a pedicure and manicure tech, and a massage therapist,  but you’ll really be wowed by the boutique offerings! There’s no flea market, resale, or garage sale sort of…
  • Images from Red, White, and Blush Wine and Cheese Shop in Corydon, Indiana

    Jessica Nunemaker
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Red, White, and Blush in Corydon, Indiana is well-stocked, lovely, and your new favorite entertaining destination! Need wine? Check. Need Indiana wine? Check. You’ll find walls and shelves of wine that run the gamut from dry to sweet, in-state or out. Cheeses and other snack items make an easy yet satisfying add-on. Don’t know what you need? That’s what the folks in this Harrison County wine and cheese shop are there for! Forget the same boring souvenirs. For your next Indiana staycation, bring home a gift that your friends REALLY want! Images from Red, White, and Blush…
  • Thoughts on Selling Our Home/Annual Neighborhood Block Party & Circus!

    Jessica Nunemaker
    17 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Neighborhood Block Party and Circus in Rensselaer, Indiana Skit Our annual Neighborhood Block Party and Circus left me feeling rather pensive this summer. It could be the last one we attend where we walk down the street, boys on their bikes, carrying the expected popcorn snack that I’m famous for (leftovers always claimed by a neighbor the block over). The night before the big day our boys practiced for the circus. The skits, the monkey rolls, the caterpillar, the pyramid. Lots of hard work in preparation for a big crowd! A big crowd it is. The street is actually closed off. Everyone…
  • Images from Peggy Sue’s Diner in Chesterton, Indiana

    Jessica Nunemaker
    16 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Peggy Sue’s Diner in Chesterton, Indiana is just a really fun dining option! We visited during breakfast hours for this breakfast and lunch only restaurant. In 50′s style, Peggy Sue’s boasts homemade items! We enjoyed the fast-paced environment and counter seating while we celebrated Kid #2′s birthday. Folks streamed in and out of Peggy Sue’s. This must be popular with the locals! Since 2003, Peggy Sue’s has been serving the area–and is it ever good! Everyone was very happy with their order. A fun, family-friendly place to get you ready to tackle all…
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  • Montenegro In Pictures

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

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

    Jeanine Barone
    4 Jul 2014 | 11:27 am
    With its myriad parks, gardens and myriad other green spaces, Taiwan is a country for those who seek out venues that radiate a sense of calm. Sure, there are rugged mountainous regions where you can test out your mettle on vertiginous paths that will leave you breathless. But there are also bundles of family-friendly venues laced with flat, paved bicycle paths. My article for the Huffington Post introduces you to a few of these verdant landscapes.
  • Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic In Pictures

    Jeanine Barone
    28 Jun 2014 | 8:40 am
    My stay in Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic was defined by an eco-conscious sensibility that carried through to the two golf courses, the nature reserve, the restaurants and the coral reef. Of course, you might think that clearing away the tangle of vines and other foliage to make way for real estate and expansive golf courses is hardly green. However, before the arrival of the Puntacana Ecological Foundation that's headquartered at the Punta Cana Resort & Club, the area was hardly ecologically sound. In fact, the locals were mostly making their living by selling charcoal that they…
  • Travel Book Review: Exploring New York City Rooftops

    Jeanine Barone
    24 Jun 2014 | 7:42 am
    Book Review:  Roof Explorer's Guide: 101 New York City Rooftops by Leslie AdattoEven though I consider myself a savvy New Yorker, I still found dozens of delightful rooftops that were never on my radar after reading Adatto's book. Since this book arrived in the mail last week, I've been checking out her suggestions that are arranged in six sections, from hotel rooftop bars and restaurants to, surprisingly, elevated farms. Yesterday, I found myself in the Kips Bay neighborhood of Manhattan and visited the serene Riverpark public space at the Alexandria Center. This is the province of the…
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  • National Cryptologic Museum

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

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

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

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

    17 Apr 2014 | 12:27 pm
    When I told people that I was heading to Tucson, Arizona, I got many a blank stare.  It was often followed up with a comment about how I should go to Phoenix or Scottsdale instead.  The main reason we were headed to Tucson over spring break was to visit with my grandparents.  Living in Denver has put us a little bit closer to them (though it is still a 12 hours drive) and a visit was overdue. We spent much of our time with my grandparents but we were able to do some exploring.  This three day itinerary is a laid back version of what we would have done had the main reason for the visit not…
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  • French Polynesia Package Deals

    23 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
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    21 Jul 2014 | 6:58 am
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    18 Jul 2014 | 11:50 am
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  • Hawaii Vacations with Air

    16 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    $559 & up — Waikiki 3-Nt. Beachfront Vacations w/Air & Car Book by July 27 for travel through December 18, 2014. Includes round-trip airfare, hotel accommodations, 3-day midsize car rental & more. $719 & up — Big Island 3-Nt. Beachfront Escapes w/Air & Car Package includes 3-day midsize car rental plus kids 17 and younger stay [...]
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    14 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    $1569 & up — Bangkok, Chiang Mai & Phuket 9-Nt. Trip w/Air Visit Bangkok, The `Venice of the east`, then fly to Chiang Mai, `The Rose of the North`, and complete your journey with some days in Phuket, `Pearl of the South`, with its endless beaches and crystal-clear blue ocean. $1726 & up — Hong Kong, [...]
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  • A Day Affair- London

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

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

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

    Williams Smith
    19 Jun 2014 | 6:05 am
    Very few global cities enjoy the privilege of showing to the world the remains of a glorious past, which changed the global trajectory forever. London is one of those cities where history comes alive, literally. Preserving an absolutely rich cultural heritage and an unrivalled historical legacy, London offers you a chance to relive its past through its various museums, which take you back in time. The beautiful, royal past of the great city is enticing and offers a glimpse into various civilisations of the world. The museums in London have been able to preserve and house some of the…
  • Travelling From Heathrow to London

    Williams Smith
    6 Jun 2014 | 2:28 am
    One of the most advanced and busiest airports in the world, Heathrow or London Heathrow Airport is situated 20 miles to the west of Central London in the London Borough of Hillingdon. The international airport is spread across 5 modern terminals, each well equipped with restaurants, shops, currency exchange facilities, accommodation desks and information counters. Heathrow has fabulous London connections to meet the discerning needs and requirements of every passenger based on factors such as budget, preferences and availability to name a few. Heathrow Express Heathrow Express presents the…
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    Cruise Buzz

  • Music of the World Spotify app

    Carrie Finley
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:33 pm
    Listen up: Music of the World app on Spotify Screenshot from sounds of Greece on the World Music Spotify app. The lowdown: Cruise travelers who want some audio immersion to get in the cruise mood will like the app. To use the app, you need to have a Spotify account to execute the link: I used the app and it does deliver the promise of easily accessing music from around the world. In fact, I was able to get inspired for an upcoming cruise to Greece and Italy by listening to various playlists that were collected for me. What I don’t get though is how a…
  • Cruise insight from Twitter – about the Eastern Med

    Carrie Finley
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:04 am
    Eastern Med Cruise Tips via Twitter Today, I asked a couple seasoned cruise experts about tips for my upcoming Eastern Mediterranean cruise on Silversea”s Silver Spirit. And fellow cruise journalist  John Honeywell (@CaptGreybeard) was good enough to answer. Tweet log about Eastern Med About Venice @CruiseBuzz Cruise lines limiting themselves to smaller than 96k tons for Venice. Big protest petition today signed by lots of A-listers — John Honeywell (@CaptGreybeard) July 22, 2014   About Hvar and Dubrovnik Tweet log about highlights of an Eastern Med cruise   Visit…
  • Desmond Tutu on Crystal Cruises

    Carrie Finley
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:31 am
    Crystal Cruises 25th Anniversary World Cruise Segment featuring Archbishop Desmond Tutu Desmond Tutu receiving the Skoll Global Treasure Award. Photo from Skoll World Forum. When it comes to enrichment programs on ships Crystal Cruises sets the bar very high. In an announcement by the luxury cruise line company today, it proves yet again why Crystal Cruises keeps getting voted “world’s best” cruise line.  The line has booked human rights and peace advocate Archbishop Desmond Tutu on a segment of the 2015 World Cruise. Archbishop Desmond Tutu will discuss relevant topics…
  • Sams Club partners with Tourico Holidays

    Carrie Finley
    8 Jul 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Sam’s Club gets into the travel business Sam’s Club, subsidiary of  Wal-Mart has launched its new  travel portal (click here to see the site). We had a chance to preview the site to see what all the buzz is about. Check out our Q&A below. Sam’s Club Travel   The interview Questions by Carrie Finely-Bajak, chief experience officer at Cruise Buzz Media Answers provided by Carrie Foster Moore, senior manager, Sam’s Club communications Q. When I looked at the cruises on offer, it looks to me that Sam’s Club is providing packages and that they do not represent all…
  • Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas on Google’s Street View.

    Carrie Finley
    7 Jul 2014 | 3:18 pm
    A first for the cruise industry – Google Street View of Allure of the Seas Video review of the new Royal Caribbean Allure of the Seas Google’s Street View tour.     Royal Caribbean is using Google Maps Business View (the commercial version of Google’s Street View) to advertise the Allure of the Seas.  I am hoping that more cruise lines do the same, but when it comes to hiring 12 photographers to supply over 20,000 images to make the tour, I am sure a lot of companies wont go the distance.   The post Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas on Google’s…
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  • The Easiest Way To Uncover Gold

    24 Jul 2014 | 5:28 am
    Discovering the right metallic sensor to get a rookie is usually sophisticated for your new material detectorist. There exist a substantial amount ofversions and designs, and possibilities. As aware about just what to consider will help make this a simpler venture. A lot of the elements that is going to have an impact on your option about which the highest quality newcomer steel sensor is will most likely be amount to, the options, and precisely how you need to make use of the to employ money within the water distinct for all those requests. Except for nearly all the beginner, a broad reason…
  • Simple Resources To Create Top Quality Web Site

    24 Jul 2014 | 4:30 am
    Online websites are identified into two; fixed online sites and blogs and forums. But do you know the main difference? Your blog categorised by inclusion of||new materials and also by schedules – how to make your own . On the flip side, articles and other content in fixed web pages is just not sorted by different categories or appointments. To||produce a web business from floor no, this sort of software’s or Aspiration weaver are being used. Folks web developers who||learn how to produce Html code policy utilizes a Notepad to attempt their very own coding operate. Their makeup is…
  • Choose A Car Or Truck Number Plate – Just The Right Tool

    24 Jul 2014 | 12:54 am
    We’ve all witnessed many unique experiences around the Weekend documents revealing on sector spaces to shell out our bucks. Whether it be premises, shares or perhaps wine beverages, everybody has their unique the easiest way to protect in the future – number plate design. With the potential for after pension circumstances and becomes older using our pensions, this is the time to behave to deliver our own selves a much more get future. It will always be a noteworthy dining storyline sharing consumers how you will residence in your subject or placed in certain examples to the…
  • Why Is Perfume Smell Good

    18 Jul 2014 | 6:53 am
    is usually a vocalist-songwriter, burst and actor. He was created that year inside of the week of Mar – justin bieber accessories. noticed the enormous skill in Justin that year which at a later date ended up being to turned out to be his manager soon after taking a look at his video online. A concept was developed administrator to meet up plan the famous tunes after of being closed within the Press Team and then to an Destination Data beats. There was clearly a considerable extension as part of his establishing play the game which produce an unveiling associated with a compact disc…
  • Ways To Enjoy An Attractive Smile

    18 Jul 2014 | 2:50 am
    Teeth whitening techniques activities are promptly getting swiftness internationally – best teeth whitening products. The biggest reason of this currently being that others turned out to be extremely aware of the direction they physical appearance and emerge inside of their common and interpersonal reality. Laugh belongs to the biggest cultural financial assets if a little something is simply not accurate with your own look the most suitable teeth lightening treatments are readily available to take care of up products. This is definitely an item which is simple to correct, so you are…
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    Caribbean Travel Blog - RumShopRyan

  • Taste The Blueberry Mojito: Boat Drink Recipes

    23 Jul 2014 | 5:43 am
    After one sip, you’ll be dancing in the streets of Havana. The mojito, an iconic cocktails that was born in Cuba and exported to the rest of the world. While I’m not a huge fan of the drink in general (can’t stand mint!), I know that thousands of people call out “mojito por favor,” across bars all over the world everyday, so the drink must not be ignored. Today’s Boat Drink Recipe is a Blueberry Mojito, a concoction that even puts a smile on this pirate face. The recipe came from our friends at and credit goes to Adam and Joanne Gallagher.
  • Caribbean Weekly Wrap Up

    18 Jul 2014 | 6:06 am
    Looking to pack up the family and plunder Puerto Rico? Want to see the itinerary for this year’s Castaway Beach Bash? Want ten reasons to go to Anguilla…as if you need even one right! All this and more in this week’s addition of the Caribbean Wrap Up! Caribbean Weekly Wrap Up Top 10 Family-Friendly Adventures in Puerto Rico: Whisking the family off on a fantastical Puerto Rican vacation? Forget to draft a family-fun itinerary? Don’t worry –entrants of our Puerto Rico Family Adventure Sweepstakes have enough suggestions to pack your to-do list. -Story by…
  • Kenny’s Coconut Tree: Boat Drink Recipes

    16 Jul 2014 | 6:46 am
    After one sip, you’ll be high in a coconut tree. It could be me, or it could be all the passionate No Shoes Nation people I follow on Facebook, but it seems like Blue Chair Bay Rum has been making a lot of noise lately. They released their new Banana Rum about a month ago, then they open an online store with branded swag, and finally their Coconut Rum and White Rum were just named “Best in Class” in the Spirits of the Americas competition. I think it’s safe to say BCBR is having a good summer. With that said, Jeremy McDaniel, our resident Castaway mixologist has…
  • Castaway Beach Bash Itinerary

    14 Jul 2014 | 5:23 am
    In one month (August 14-17) Castaways will be flying to the sandy shores of Bolongo Bay Resort on St. Thomas for a fun filled four days of island relaxation, rum appreciation, and island hopping. There’s still time to book your Castaway package, but if you can’t make it I’ll be posting live photo updates during the event. For those of you that are going here is the itinerary for the beach bash. Things are subject to change and please don’t feel obligate to do everything, just relax and enjoy the Virgin Islands. After all, that’s what being a Castaway is all…
  • Pinney’s Beach, Nevis – Island Lime Video

    9 Jul 2014 | 5:54 am
    What can I say about Nevis that hasn’t already been said . It’s is the quintessential Caribbean paradise that has graced the covers of countless travel magazines. It has a tall looming volcanic cone, lush tropical rainforest, beautiful beaches, and friendly people–what more can one ask for. Oh, you want monkeys? Yeah, Nevis has those too. It also has killer bees, but they don’t fly through the air. Nevis was a stop on our cruise aboard the Sagitta of Island Windjammers. We first arrived and anchored outside of Charlestown, the main settlement on the island. There we…
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    In the Know Traveler

  • Skipping the Beach on Aruba Vacations

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

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

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

    ITKT Featured Writer
    22 Jun 2014 | 8:16 am
    Married for Iran Travel Getting married for a trip to Iran Travel Plans to Iran Let me start off by saying I never thought I would go to Iran. Or get married. So when my Iranian boyfriend, Hamid, first came home to our small Istanbul flat and told me he thought we should get married to go visit his family in Iran, my heart almost fell out of my ass. “Look, it’s simple. We get Islamic temporarily married and you don’t have to go through all the bull shit of booking a tour guide and paying all this extra money. You can stay with my family, I can show you around.” He looked so calm.
  • Curacao’s Colorful Culture

    16 Jun 2014 | 1:11 pm
    Curacao’s Colorful Culture   The restaurant owner slipped something in my hand with a wink, and then was gone. He gifted me a little colorful coin purse with “Jaanchie’s” emblazoned on the front as a thank you for savoring his food. But it really wasn’t necessary – the somewhat tough to find lunch spot that didn’t even have a menu was the best food I had on the Caribbean island of Curacao. Silver platters shaped like fish can be filled with chicken, beef, goat or, for the brave, iguana meat. There’s plenty of “Bright” beer to go around, an island staple, which…
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  • Wine Country Day Tripping

    Suzanne Lemon
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    Day trippers intent on wine tasting often overlook the city of Napa’s charming historic downtown. Visitors can stroll along and admire turn-of-the-20th-century houses and buildings in a variety of architectural styles, including Art Deco, Spanish Colonial and Victorian Gothic. One local landmark is the restored 1880 Napa Valley Opera House at 1030 Main St. The town is also a departure point for hot air balloon trips as well as the Napa Valley Wine Train, a 3-hour excursion to St. Helena and back that travels past vineyards and wineries; a cooked-to-order lunch or dinner is served in…
  • Trip Worthy

    Master Admin
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:30 am
    Here are seven tools to help you create a summer road trip to remember: 1. TRIPTIK TRAVEL PLANNER This online planning tool gives you driving directions and lets you customize your route by pinpointing the places you want to stop along the way. Find AAA Diamond-rated hotels and restaurants, AAA savings partners, and more. 2. AAA MOBILE APP Use your smartphone or tablet to access the AAA Mobile app and put AAA’s resources at your fingertips. The app pinpoints your location, then lets you search for things like nearby AAA Diamond-rated hotels and restaurants, the lowest…
  • Alysia Reiner’s Vermont

    Barbara Wayman
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:35 am
    There’s peace in sweet green hills for an actress and environmentalist. By Barbara Wayman   Alysia Reiner can’t be missed striding into Grizzly’s restaurant at the base of Stratton Mountain Ski Resort. For one thing, she’s nearly 6 feet tall. Wearing a chic scarlet ski suit, which her husband, actor David Alan Basche, calls “the red Ferrari,” she radiates a wintry athleticism from a morning spent blasting down 4,000-foot slopes. A mountaintop is probably the last place anyone would expect to find Reiner’s popular TV character—assistant prison warden Natalie “Fig”…
  • NYC’s Metropolitan Museum of Art: A Game Plan

    Greg Weekes
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    If you’re including a visit to an art museum on your Big Apple itinerary, you have several outstanding choices. That said, for sheer scope it’s hard to beat The Metropolitan Museum of Art. It has everything, whether your interest runs to 12th-century illustrated manuscripts, medieval suits of armor, Impressionist masterpieces or contemporary photography—just to name a few examples. My one previous visit was in the early 1980s, and I have a vague recollection of hustling past a room full of Rembrandts and other priceless paintings trying to find an exit; in other words, I had reached…
  • A Small but Mighty Gem in Homer, Alaska

    Inspector 15
    15 Jul 2014 | 1:43 pm
    Café Cups call themselves a local art and dinner house. I call them the cutest restaurant I have ever seen. The dining room décor is high-end eclectic and quirky with vibrant colored lighting, vases and accent pieces. You will not be able to take your eyes off of the blown-glass artwork. You will want to, and can, stand up to touch some pieces or take a picture. Lovely personal touches abound and begin with custom made table settings, such as the black and white salt and pepper container and coordinating table cloth. Lovely beads are wrapped around the menu, the napkin containing the…
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    Travel Junkie Julia

  • World’s Bests and Worsts

    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?

    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…
  • Alaskan Cruise: Photo Highlights

    24 Jun 2014 | 10:10 am
    Adventure. History. Wild, rugged nature. A trip to Alaska promises a range of experiences – from visiting frontier towns rich with colorful characters, to spotting wildlife and taking in some of the State’s most spectacular landscape. I was recently invite by Celebrity Cruise lines aboard the Celebrity Solstice to take part in their 8-night Alaskan cruise.  We’re talking float plane adventures, traditional salmon bakes, vintage train rides and some quirky Klondike history, so it was a pretty hard offer to turn down so I eagerly packed my bags and hit the road. My trip began in…
  • How To Stay Healthy on The Road: Video Travel Tips

    21 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
  • Travel to Eternal Youth: Where To Go to Look Healthier and Feel Fabulous

    17 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    The desire to stay young – be it through sulphuric bubble baths, broccoli juice elixirs or good ol’ fashion botox – has been a cultural obsession and egotistical hobby throughout history. In 1513, Spanish conquistador Juan Ponce de León set sail to find a mythical land said to have a fountain of youth. Flash forward five hundred years and our communal quest for immortality continues. If you’re curious about unlocking the secrets of eternal youth, here are a few top destinations around the world that are rumored to make you live longer, feel healthier and act like a kid again.
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    Shermans Travel Blog

  • Quiz: Which Hawaiian Island is For You?

    Christine Wei
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Beaches and forests. Hiking and surfing. Volcanoes and luaus. These are some of the delights found all over Hawaii. But each island is a little different, each famous for its own flavor. Kauai treats visitors to lush landscapes and secluded peace, for example — whereas Oahu is perfect for cramming culture and dining and shopping all in one. To discover which island is best suited to your travel style and interests, take our newest quiz. (Note: You must like ShermansTravel on Facebook in order to see your results.)
  • 5 River Cruise Basics You Should Know

    Donna Tunney
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:30 am
    Tens of thousands of vacationers have embraced the idea of meandering along a river in ships that carry 200 people — or less — rather than dealing with crowds aboard the mega-cruise ships that accommodate thousands. The cozier atmosphere  of river cruises originally attracted an older clientele looking for leisurely cruises that deliver them closer to historic city centers, serve traditional regional cuisines and locally produced wines, and provide small group excursions. But this mode of travel has grown more mainstream in recent years beyond the niche market it had begun in.
  • 5 Expected and Unexpected Ways to Unwind in St. Kitts

    Lisa Hubner
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:18 am
    A small, emerging destination in the Caribbean, St. Kitts still truly runs on island time. The moment you land on this breezy West Indies gem, you’ll want to adjust your pace and embrace the slow, peaceful way of life. To help you acclimate, here are five expected and unexpected places to truly unwind on St. Kitts: 1. Hit the Beach Not unexpected for a Caribbean island, St. Kitt’s beaches are one of its main attractions. But what makes them so special is their setting below lush, wooded peaks, surrounded by picturesque bays. The St. Kitts Marriott Resort, for one, commands a secluded…
  • Kimpton’s New Loyalty Program Offers Perks Over Points

    Karen Gardiner Dion
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    InTouch, the already rewarding loyalty program from the Kimpton boutique hotel chain, has just evolved into a new Kimpton Karma Rewards program that rewards travelers for more than just staying at their hotels. With the Karma Rewards system, guests progress through four different tiers. Simply signing up for the free-to-join program puts you at a Tier 1 level, which gives you free WiFi, a $10 credit to “raid the bar” either in-room or at the hotel bar, and access to members-only deals — such as the current offer of 15 percent off daily rates when booking 30 days in advance…
  • Minneapolis: Living Large on a Small Budget

    Kristine Hansen
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:32 am
    The “Mini Apple” is what the  locals call Minneapolis, Minnesota’s largest city. No one will mistake it for NYC, of course, but it’s also a fun and cultural destination in its own right, with a vibrant arts scene, passionate local food movement, and natural escapes galore. A recent hotel opening earlier this month has only further upped the city’s game. Best of all, a trip here won’t blow your budget — many of these offerings can be enjoyed for very little, if anything at all. What to Do The city’s well known for its plentiful parks and lakes. This…
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  • Quiz: Which Hawaiian Island is For You?

    Christine Wei
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Beaches and forests. Hiking and surfing. Volcanoes and luaus. These are some of the delights found all over Hawaii. But each island is a little different, each famous for its own flavor. Kauai treats visitors to lush landscapes and secluded peace, for example — whereas Oahu is perfect for cramming culture and dining and shopping all in one. To discover which island is best suited to your travel style and interests, take our newest quiz. (Note: You must like ShermansTravel on Facebook in order to see your results.)
  • 5 River Cruise Basics You Should Know

    Donna Tunney
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:30 am
    Tens of thousands of vacationers have embraced the idea of meandering along a river in ships that carry 200 people — or less — rather than dealing with crowds aboard the mega-cruise ships that accommodate thousands. The cozier atmosphere  of river cruises originally attracted an older clientele looking for leisurely cruises that deliver them closer to historic city centers, serve traditional regional cuisines and locally produced wines, and provide small group excursions. But this mode of travel has grown more mainstream in recent years beyond the niche market it had begun in.
  • 5 Expected and Unexpected Ways to Unwind in St. Kitts

    Lisa Hubner
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:18 am
    A small, emerging destination in the Caribbean, St. Kitts still truly runs on island time. The moment you land on this breezy West Indies gem, you’ll want to adjust your pace and embrace the slow, peaceful way of life. To help you acclimate, here are five expected and unexpected places to truly unwind on St. Kitts: 1. Hit the Beach Not unexpected for a Caribbean island, St. Kitt’s beaches are one of its main attractions. But what makes them so special is their setting below lush, wooded peaks, surrounded by picturesque bays. The St. Kitts Marriott Resort, for one, commands a secluded…
  • Kimpton’s New Loyalty Program Offers Perks Over Points

    Karen Gardiner Dion
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    InTouch, the already rewarding loyalty program from the Kimpton boutique hotel chain, has just evolved into a new Kimpton Karma Rewards program that rewards travelers for more than just staying at their hotels. With the Karma Rewards system, guests progress through four different tiers. Simply signing up for the free-to-join program puts you at a Tier 1 level, which gives you free WiFi, a $10 credit to “raid the bar” either in-room or at the hotel bar, and access to members-only deals — such as the current offer of 15 percent off daily rates when booking 30 days in advance…
  • Minneapolis: Living Large on a Small Budget

    Kristine Hansen
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:32 am
    The “Mini Apple” is what the  locals call Minneapolis, Minnesota’s largest city. No one will mistake it for NYC, of course, but it’s also a fun and cultural destination in its own right, with a vibrant arts scene, passionate local food movement, and natural escapes galore. A recent hotel opening earlier this month has only further upped the city’s game. Best of all, a trip here won’t blow your budget — many of these offerings can be enjoyed for very little, if anything at all. What to Do The city’s well known for its plentiful parks and lakes. This…
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  • Quiz: Which Hawaiian Island is For You?

    Christine Wei
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Beaches and forests. Hiking and surfing. Volcanoes and luaus. These are some of the delights found all over Hawaii. But each island is a little different, each famous for its own flavor. Kauai treats visitors to lush landscapes and secluded peace, for example — whereas Oahu is perfect for cramming culture and dining and shopping all in one. To discover which island is best suited to your travel style and interests, take our newest quiz. (Note: You must like ShermansTravel on Facebook in order to see your results.)
  • 5 River Cruise Basics You Should Know

    Donna Tunney
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:30 am
    Tens of thousands of vacationers have embraced the idea of meandering along a river in ships that carry 200 people — or less — rather than dealing with crowds aboard the mega-cruise ships that accommodate thousands. The cozier atmosphere  of river cruises originally attracted an older clientele looking for leisurely cruises that deliver them closer to historic city centers, serve traditional regional cuisines and locally produced wines, and provide small group excursions. But this mode of travel has grown more mainstream in recent years beyond the niche market it had begun in.
  • 5 Expected and Unexpected Ways to Unwind in St. Kitts

    Lisa Hubner
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:18 am
    A small, emerging destination in the Caribbean, St. Kitts still truly runs on island time. The moment you land on this breezy West Indies gem, you’ll want to adjust your pace and embrace the slow, peaceful way of life. To help you acclimate, here are five expected and unexpected places to truly unwind on St. Kitts: 1. Hit the Beach Not unexpected for a Caribbean island, St. Kitt’s beaches are one of its main attractions. But what makes them so special is their setting below lush, wooded peaks, surrounded by picturesque bays. The St. Kitts Marriott Resort, for one, commands a secluded…
  • Kimpton’s New Loyalty Program Offers Perks Over Points

    Karen Gardiner Dion
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    InTouch, the already rewarding loyalty program from the Kimpton boutique hotel chain, has just evolved into a new Kimpton Karma Rewards program that rewards travelers for more than just staying at their hotels. With the Karma Rewards system, guests progress through four different tiers. Simply signing up for the free-to-join program puts you at a Tier 1 level, which gives you free WiFi, a $10 credit to “raid the bar” either in-room or at the hotel bar, and access to members-only deals — such as the current offer of 15 percent off daily rates when booking 30 days in advance…
  • Minneapolis: Living Large on a Small Budget

    Kristine Hansen
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:32 am
    The “Mini Apple” is what the  locals call Minneapolis, Minnesota’s largest city. No one will mistake it for NYC, of course, but it’s also a fun and cultural destination in its own right, with a vibrant arts scene, passionate local food movement, and natural escapes galore. A recent hotel opening earlier this month has only further upped the city’s game. Best of all, a trip here won’t blow your budget — many of these offerings can be enjoyed for very little, if anything at all. What to Do The city’s well known for its plentiful parks and lakes. This…
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  • Quiz: Which Hawaiian Island is For You?

    Christine Wei
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Beaches and forests. Hiking and surfing. Volcanoes and luaus. These are some of the delights found all over Hawaii. But each island is a little different, each famous for its own flavor. Kauai treats visitors to lush landscapes and secluded peace, for example — whereas Oahu is perfect for cramming culture and dining and shopping all in one. To discover which island is best suited to your travel style and interests, take our newest quiz. (Note: You must like ShermansTravel on Facebook in order to see your results.)
  • 5 River Cruise Basics You Should Know

    Donna Tunney
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:30 am
    Tens of thousands of vacationers have embraced the idea of meandering along a river in ships that carry 200 people — or less — rather than dealing with crowds aboard the mega-cruise ships that accommodate thousands. The cozier atmosphere  of river cruises originally attracted an older clientele looking for leisurely cruises that deliver them closer to historic city centers, serve traditional regional cuisines and locally produced wines, and provide small group excursions. But this mode of travel has grown more mainstream in recent years beyond the niche market it had begun in.
  • 5 Expected and Unexpected Ways to Unwind in St. Kitts

    Lisa Hubner
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:18 am
    A small, emerging destination in the Caribbean, St. Kitts still truly runs on island time. The moment you land on this breezy West Indies gem, you’ll want to adjust your pace and embrace the slow, peaceful way of life. To help you acclimate, here are five expected and unexpected places to truly unwind on St. Kitts: 1. Hit the Beach Not unexpected for a Caribbean island, St. Kitt’s beaches are one of its main attractions. But what makes them so special is their setting below lush, wooded peaks, surrounded by picturesque bays. The St. Kitts Marriott Resort, for one, commands a secluded…
  • Kimpton’s New Loyalty Program Offers Perks Over Points

    Karen Gardiner Dion
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    InTouch, the already rewarding loyalty program from the Kimpton boutique hotel chain, has just evolved into a new Kimpton Karma Rewards program that rewards travelers for more than just staying at their hotels. With the Karma Rewards system, guests progress through four different tiers. Simply signing up for the free-to-join program puts you at a Tier 1 level, which gives you free WiFi, a $10 credit to “raid the bar” either in-room or at the hotel bar, and access to members-only deals — such as the current offer of 15 percent off daily rates when booking 30 days in advance…
  • Minneapolis: Living Large on a Small Budget

    Kristine Hansen
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:32 am
    The “Mini Apple” is what the  locals call Minneapolis, Minnesota’s largest city. No one will mistake it for NYC, of course, but it’s also a fun and cultural destination in its own right, with a vibrant arts scene, passionate local food movement, and natural escapes galore. A recent hotel opening earlier this month has only further upped the city’s game. Best of all, a trip here won’t blow your budget — many of these offerings can be enjoyed for very little, if anything at all. What to Do The city’s well known for its plentiful parks and lakes. This…
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  • Quiz: Which Hawaiian Island is For You?

    Christine Wei
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Beaches and forests. Hiking and surfing. Volcanoes and luaus. These are some of the delights found all over Hawaii. But each island is a little different, each famous for its own flavor. Kauai treats visitors to lush landscapes and secluded peace, for example — whereas Oahu is perfect for cramming culture and dining and shopping all in one. To discover which island is best suited to your travel style and interests, take our newest quiz. (Note: You must like ShermansTravel on Facebook in order to see your results.)
  • 5 River Cruise Basics You Should Know

    Donna Tunney
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:30 am
    Tens of thousands of vacationers have embraced the idea of meandering along a river in ships that carry 200 people — or less — rather than dealing with crowds aboard the mega-cruise ships that accommodate thousands. The cozier atmosphere  of river cruises originally attracted an older clientele looking for leisurely cruises that deliver them closer to historic city centers, serve traditional regional cuisines and locally produced wines, and provide small group excursions. But this mode of travel has grown more mainstream in recent years beyond the niche market it had begun in.
  • 5 Expected and Unexpected Ways to Unwind in St. Kitts

    Lisa Hubner
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:18 am
    A small, emerging destination in the Caribbean, St. Kitts still truly runs on island time. The moment you land on this breezy West Indies gem, you’ll want to adjust your pace and embrace the slow, peaceful way of life. To help you acclimate, here are five expected and unexpected places to truly unwind on St. Kitts: 1. Hit the Beach Not unexpected for a Caribbean island, St. Kitt’s beaches are one of its main attractions. But what makes them so special is their setting below lush, wooded peaks, surrounded by picturesque bays. The St. Kitts Marriott Resort, for one, commands a secluded…
  • Kimpton’s New Loyalty Program Offers Perks Over Points

    Karen Gardiner Dion
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    InTouch, the already rewarding loyalty program from the Kimpton boutique hotel chain, has just evolved into a new Kimpton Karma Rewards program that rewards travelers for more than just staying at their hotels. With the Karma Rewards system, guests progress through four different tiers. Simply signing up for the free-to-join program puts you at a Tier 1 level, which gives you free WiFi, a $10 credit to “raid the bar” either in-room or at the hotel bar, and access to members-only deals — such as the current offer of 15 percent off daily rates when booking 30 days in advance…
  • Minneapolis: Living Large on a Small Budget

    Kristine Hansen
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:32 am
    The “Mini Apple” is what the  locals call Minneapolis, Minnesota’s largest city. No one will mistake it for NYC, of course, but it’s also a fun and cultural destination in its own right, with a vibrant arts scene, passionate local food movement, and natural escapes galore. A recent hotel opening earlier this month has only further upped the city’s game. Best of all, a trip here won’t blow your budget — many of these offerings can be enjoyed for very little, if anything at all. What to Do The city’s well known for its plentiful parks and lakes. This…
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  • How to Navigate a Thai Fruit Cart and Ying Chaloen Market (Day 4)

    Mark Wiens
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Ying Charoen Market (ยิ่งเจริญ) Day 4, our first stop on the agenda was Ying Charoen Market (ยิ่งเจริญ), a famous market in the Saphan Mai (สะพานใหม่) area of Bangkok. It was my first time to visit the market, which sort of reminded me of Or Tor Kor market (video) due to its wide and clean aisles. We shot a […] How to Navigate a Thai Fruit Cart and Ying Chaloen Market (Day 4) is a post from: Migrationology - Food Travel Blog The post How to Navigate a Thai Fruit Cart and Ying Chaloen Market (Day 4) appeared first on Migrationology…
  • Thai Fruit Salad and Eating Insects on Khao San Road (Day 3)

    Mark Wiens
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:00 pm
    On day 3 of the Thai food tv documentary, we began at the studio of the production company. The crew needed to get some stock style footage, including in studio shots of all of the different salads we had eaten on the first day, and more individual shots of all the beautiful Thai ingredients and […] Thai Fruit Salad and Eating Insects on Khao San Road (Day 3) is a post from: Migrationology - Food Travel Blog The post Thai Fruit Salad and Eating Insects on Khao San Road (Day 3) appeared first on Migrationology - Food Travel Blog.
  • Thai Food TV Show in Thailand (& I’ll Be the One Eating)

    Mark Wiens
    16 Jul 2014 | 4:51 pm
    About two months ago I received an email (in Thailand)… It went something along the lines of this: “Hi Mark Wiens, we’ve seen your YouTube videos, and we like how you express your passion for food. We’re producing a food tv show documentary about Thai food, and we’d like you to be part of it.” At first […] Thai Food TV Show in Thailand (& I’ll Be the One Eating) is a post from: Migrationology - Food Travel Blog The post Thai Food TV Show in Thailand (& I’ll Be the One Eating) appeared first on Migrationology - Food Travel Blog.
  • For Grilled Meat on Stick, Japanese Have it Figured Out

    Mark Wiens
    14 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    In between meals of insanely fresh and delicious sushi when I was in Tokyo, I was also excited to hang out and eat skewers of grilled succulent meat known as yakitori. There are a near infinite quantity of small yakitori-ya restaurants in Tokyo, serving up tasty sticks of grilled meat paired with refreshing beverages. One day, after walking […] For Grilled Meat on Stick, Japanese Have it Figured Out is a post from: Migrationology - Food Travel Blog The post For Grilled Meat on Stick, Japanese Have it Figured Out appeared first on Migrationology - Food Travel Blog.
  • Durian Garden of Eden – Eating the King Of Fruits in Nonthaburi

    Mark Wiens
    9 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    You will always remember your first bite of durian. (At least for those of us who tasted durian for the first time as adults). I remember my first time… I was in Malaysia, walking through a night market with a friend. I had just finished eating 3 plates of marvelous Malaysian food, when we smelled […] Durian Garden of Eden – Eating the King Of Fruits in Nonthaburi is a post from: Migrationology - Food Travel Blog The post Durian Garden of Eden – Eating the King Of Fruits in Nonthaburi appeared first on Migrationology - Food Travel Blog.
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  • School Girl Ninjas

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

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

    25 Jun 2014 | 9:30 am
    Photo Credit: Beckywithasmile It has been almost ten years since I first saw videos of snowboarders floating through on a foot of powder through perfectly spaced trees in Japan. At first I was mesmerized, and quickly began to question where in Japan this was. The 1972 Winter Olympics in Sapporo first blew the lid on the amazing skiing conditions and culture on Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido. Slowly over the next 40 years, and especially in the last 10, the mountains surrounding Sapporo have moved increasingly higher on any major skier or snowboarders list of must visit locals. Yet…
  • Time to Get Fit

    16 Jun 2014 | 9:41 am
    It’s time for me work on my core. I never realized how many times I would need it! Related Posts:Japanese Idiom: Turn Your Body into PowderWe’re Back in our HouseLearning Japanese with iKnowSkiing in Japan; Niseko and RusutsuMy Re-ment Collection- Part 3
  • Gamer’s Guide to Akihabara

    27 May 2014 | 7:21 am
    Saw this Gamer Buyer’s Guide to Akihabara that I thought was well done. Akihabara can be a pretty confusing place, so hopefully this can help you navigate some of the madness. At least if you’re a gamer :) Related Posts:Book Review: Tuttle Travel Pack – JapanCat Cafés in JapanResources for Finding a Tour Guide in JapanYour Own Personal Japanese GuideGuide Book Review: Okinawa and the Ryukyu Islands
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  • Warm Yourself in the Thermal Baths of Budapest

    Guest Contributor
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:03 am
    If you leave Budapest without soaking in a Hungarian thermal bath, you have cheated yourself of a memorable experience. Last visit, I found myself floating naked in a body-temperature pool under a 500-year old Ottoman dome pierced by jewel-colored glass “eyes”. The Rudas (ROO-das) bath experience left me as relaxed as I’ve ever been in my […]
  • Ireland’s Ancient Burial Mounds

    Irene Butler
    6 Jul 2014 | 10:24 pm
    Older than Stonehenge and the Pyramids of Giza! My passion for archeology spikes with the thought of seeing 5,000 year-old-tombs! My husband Rick is a willing participant as we point our rental car away from Dublin towards the vast area of Brú na Bóinne. This complex Megalithic site in County Meath, Ireland is known for its three […]
  • A Brief History of Spain

    Terri Fogarty
    11 Jun 2014 | 4:03 pm
    Before embarking on a trip to Spain, learning a bit about its history can make your trip more meaningful. The Iberian Peninsula was first inhabited around 800,000 BC and proved to be a much-desired piece of real estate through the centuries, as evidenced by the large number of foreign invaders that chart Spain’s history. First […]
  • On the James Joyce Trail in Trieste

    Guest Contributor
    3 Jun 2014 | 8:26 am
    The city of Trieste is in border country. Follow the coast all the way around, as James Joyce did in the early years of the twentieth century, and pretty soon you’ll be in Slovenia, with Croatia just a few miles further south. You are as likely to hear people say ‘dober dan’ as ‘buongiorno’, and […]
  • The Loire’s Castles and Gardens

    Marilyn McFarlane
    26 May 2014 | 7:22 pm
    Touring in the Loire Valley means you don’t have to travel far to see the grand chateaus and pretty villages that dot the landscape. John and I stayed in one place, Chenonceaux, and found a multitude of treasures on short day trips along and over the rivers that wind through this green, broad valley. The farthest […]
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  • Visiting Thailand-Kanchanaburi, Hua Hin and Bangkok

    Shrinidhi Hande
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:56 pm
    I am currently touring Thailand- arrived yesterday and will be around for a week. I am being shown around by TAT (Tourism Authority of Thailand), along with a group consisting of travel/lifestyle bloggers, writers, media professionals, travel agents and other people involved in promoting tourism. The delegation also has few people from Srilanka. Unlike last December, we are not biking around. [In December 2013, where we drove Kawasaki Versys and Honda CB500x superbikes for more than 2000kms all across northern Thailand.  I’ve written about it here in my blog and also in Ghumakkar…
  • GoPro Hero3+ Black Edition-Initial impressions

    Shrinidhi Hande
    19 Jul 2014 | 4:50 am
    This post explains my experience and observations on GoPro Hero 3 Black edition camera, after spending about 10 days with it.As I'd explained in this post, my original thought was to buy a wide angle lens- an 8-16mm one, but since that lens costed as much as the camera itself, I had second thoughts. When I learnt about GoPro, its versatility was tempting and I went for it, though I am not into adventure big time.Past 10 days I used it along with my Nikon to take some photos and make some videos. Below is what I feel about investing in a goProWhat I like in GoPro:1. Light…
  • Bad Experience at Park Avenue BnB in Bangalore

    Shrinidhi Hande
    19 Jul 2014 | 1:03 am
    I was invited by to experience their service and review about it. is a portal for booking accommodations across various cities in India. It works on the lines of Airbnb to bring together hosts who have few rooms to rent out and travelers who are looking for homely stay. It is very convenient for small time homestay/paying guest/service apartment operators to rely on aggregators like Roomnhouse than maintaining a website and sales channel of their own.Though I had many relatives with whom I stay during my Blr visits, this time opted to spend a night at a place…
  • My thoughts on 2014 Honda City Diesel, S variant

    Shrinidhi Hande
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:02 pm
    This post shares my thoughts on the 2014 Honda city. Honda city has been the representative of one's status symbol, a coveted thing competition couldn't steal despite offering better/cheaper cars. Till few years ago, being able to afford a honda city means one has moved up in life, beyond the ordinary folks who could only afford a Hyundai or a Maruti.But then, the growing demand for diesel made it worse for Honda who had no diesel offering. Last year Honda came back with diesel Amaze and this year, refreshed Honda city with diesel Engine option has been launched. Since then, there's been no…
  • Tiger temple Thailand upclose photos with the cats

    Shrinidhi Hande
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:07 pm
    These are the photos from my December 2013 tiger temple visit, during the Ride Thailand bike trip.This was my second visit to Tiger temple, during which we spent little less time than my first visit- we could spend some time petting the tigers, but didn't have time to take them for a walk or participate in other activities like feeding the cubs etc.Nevertheless, it was good to be back. If things go as planned, I might go there again.This time we saw a monk getting close with tigers- petting them, teasing them, letting them sleep on his arms and so on. The amount of faith and trust the big…
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  • Pic of the Week: You Are Strong

    24 Jul 2014 | 6:38 am
    Unexpectedly spotted on a telephone pole in Toronto: one of the best lessons that solo travel can teach us. A new article has been added to Solo Traveler
  • Solo Travel S U R V I V A L

    Janice Waugh
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    Eight concepts pointing to 27 posts on how to travel solo. A new article has been added to Solo Traveler
  • Quote of the Week: travel for a reality check.

    22 Jul 2014 | 5:41 am
    Samuel Johnson, his words from the 18th century are as relevant as ever. A new article has been added to Solo Traveler
  • Life, Death, Divorce and Solo Travel

    21 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    From high adventure to profound learning, Solo Traveler reader, Elizabeth, shares her experience in Cape Town, South Africa. A new article has been added to Solo Traveler
  • Solo Travel Destination: Muonio, Finland

    18 Jul 2014 | 6:50 am
    Reindeer, Northern Lights, saunas, friendly won't find a more enthusiastic recommendation for a solo travel destination than this one for Muonio! A new article has been added to Solo Traveler
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  • 5 Places worth Visiting in Central London (Aaron "Danger" Bradford)
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:46 am
    Backpacking around the world HappytimeBlog | 5 Places worth Visiting in Central London London is bustling with life. Tourists from all round the globe visit London with different purposes. While some travellers come to London for business purpose, others visit this global city for vacation. Many of the tourists choose to stay in Central London, because this part of the city is well connected with the remaining parts through public transport. Staying near the Belgrave Road, the Gatwick Express or the Victoria Station enables a traveller to reach any part of the city quickly and conveniently.
  • 48 Hours In Sydney (Aaron "Danger" Bradford)
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Backpacking around the world HappytimeBlog | 48 Hours In SydneyCredits: Laura Richards Working Holiday Visas are incredibly easy to obtain for Australia for a lot of nationalities. Giving you a up to a year in the country, and allowing you to work in any one business for up to six months (you can work for the full 12 in different jobs if you want to), it’s no wonder this is such a popular choice for backpackers on long-term trips. The thing is though, Australia is such an amazing country, with such a wide range of cities, beaches and deserts, it can be very easy to spend a whole year there…
  • Exploring the Balearic Islands (Aaron "Danger" Bradford)
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Backpacking around the world HappytimeBlog | Exploring the Balearic IslandsPhoto from Flickr by Kerem Tapani Unless you’ve been living under a rock recently (or on an internet-free paradisiacal island somewhere, in which case, lucky you), you will have struggled to miss a lot of the negative press surrounding some of Europe’s party capitals. It’s very easy to dismiss European seaside destinations as ‘too touristy’ for someone who wants to travel, but with so many islands to choose from, it’s worth taking a second look. And with the price of flights a snip compared to jetting off…
  • Why Should You Hire An Event Organizer? (Aaron "Danger" Bradford)
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:35 am
    Backpacking around the world HappytimeBlog | Why Should You Hire An Event Organizer?Photo from Flickr by There are many different situations in which you need to organize an event. Unfortunately, a lot of people believe that it is really easy to organize an event. This is definitely incorrect. There is a reason why people hire event planners and that reason is that these professionals know everything about the process. Although this is a given, we understand that you may believe it is easy. After all, you just use sites like Venue Search London, book the event venue and then…
  • Reading hotels (Aaron "Danger" Bradford)
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:41 am
    Backpacking around the world HappytimeBlog | Reading hotels How to Make an Educational Trip to Reading Fun for Teenagers Did you know that the oldest music festival in the UK, the Reading Festival, is held each year in Richfield Avenue, Reading? This festival is so popular that tickets and accommodation are difficult to come by even a couple of months before the event. In fact, Reading is the birthplace of many artists, writers, sportsmen, scientists and politicians. This town has a rich cultural heritage and history. In 1784-86, renowned novelist Jane Austen studied in Reading Ladies…
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  • Faroe Islands and the thorny issue of whaling

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

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

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

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

    Andy Jarosz
    9 Jun 2014 | 3:55 am
    First we saw the handbag with its contents clearly visible. It was left on the passenger seat of a car, windows open and the owner nowhere in sight. A couple of minutes later we were sitting in the town square and a lady next to me left her fully-laden shopping bags on the floor as she wandered off to talk to a friend. This wasn’t on a remote Scottish island or even in one of Japan’s largely crime-free cities; this was Brazil, and the contrast between this care-free attitude to crime was at odds with everything we’d experienced in the country up to that point. Brazil’s…
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    Eyeflare Travel Articles and Tips

  • Things to remember when getting a tattoo in Asia

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

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

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

    7 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Here’s why I think Karl Pilkington has made one of the best travel programmes ever! “An Idiot Abroad” first aired on our British TV screens in 2012 and was the brain child of legendary comedians Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant. Stemming from a series of podcast the character of “Karl Pilkington” was developed and eventually turned into the lead of the hit TV show “An Idiot Abroad”. Although the show is meant primarily to be a comedy (which of course it is as well) it is also a really honest and great travel programme. Through Karl’s jaded,…
  • Cambodia - A dark and tragic history

    30 Jun 2014 | 2:00 am
    When most people visit Cambodia, they are greeted by a sea of smiles and pleas of “Tuk-Tuk Miss and Sir?!” From there it’s beautiful ancient temples in Angkor Wat, scorched countryside and simply perfect islands – most visitors to Cambodia wouldn’t even realise the horrors of it’s tragic past if they weren’t told about them. With a little research and reading, you begin to realise the sheer horror that many Cambodians had to endure during the years of the Vietnam War and then afterwards with the rise of the brutal Khmer Rouge regime. The suffering and pain that many Cambodians…
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    Lance Around Orlando

  • A Dream Breakfast at Disney World

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

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

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

    18 Apr 2014 | 10:08 am
    Filmmaker Scott, Wife Velma & Mrs. LanceAround with the “Silly Bastard” Does the man in the center look like a Silly Bastard to you? How would you feel if the president of the United States–your Commander-in-Chief–publicly referred to you as a “Silly Bastard”? Fifty years ago, JFK and Jackie were expecting a baby. In Washington, this is no problem as there are plenty of medical facilities to care for them. In Hyannis, MA, however, the closest medical facility for a president is located at Otis Air Force Base. On July 24, 1963, the Washington Post…
  • No No: A Dockumentary – Day 7 FFF 2014

    17 Apr 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Jeff Radice & Scott Calonico Take Questions from the Enzian Faithful Dock Ellis admitted he was high on LSD when he pitched a no hitter for Pittsburgh on June 12, 1970. A contemporary of Muhammad Ali, Dock actually got into a fun little sparing moment with Ali in the baseball locker room when Ali came to visit the team before a game. Dock had a reputation for speaking his mind that often got him labeled as “The Ali of baseball.” This entertaining “Dockumentary” skillfully looks at the history and legacy of Dock Ellis. Well directed and well paced by filmmaker Jeff…
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    Doug Bardwell
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:15 pm
    Kraus Photography Nude Ad by: Kraus Estanislao Some of the photographs showcased are available for print and frame. Send a message through his page in facebook for details on prices and delivery... For more about Photography, Tech and Travel, be sure to check out my other blog:
  • Cameras for WWA Rose Bowl!

    Doug Bardwell
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:57 pm
    So you all ask my HUNDREDS of camera questions 24/7 so this will answer all your problems! GOOGLE YOUR MODEL TYPE BEFORE THE SHOW TO MAKE SURE ITS NOT AN SLR! Link below for the Rose Bowl email... For more about Photography, Tech and Travel, be sure to check out my other blog:
  • Download Adobe Photoshop CS5 update 12.0.4 FULL VERSION

    Doug Bardwell
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:55 am
    Download it here: Adobe Photoshop CS5 update 12.0.4 new Adobe Photoshop CS5 update 12.0.4 netload Adobe Photoshop CS5 update 12.0.4 keygen Adobe Photoshop CS5... For more about Photography, Tech and Travel, be sure to check out my other blog:
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    Doug Bardwell
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:37 am
    Direct download link: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.0 new Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.0 netload Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.0 keygen Adobe Photoshop Lightroom... For more about Photography, Tech and Travel, be sure to check out my other blog:
  • How to Pronounce Kirlian-photography

    Doug Bardwell
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:35 am
    Can we reach 1 Like? Watch video to the end :) World English Dictionary Kirlian photography (ˈkɜːlɪən) a process that is said to record directly on photographic film the field radiation... For more about Photography, Tech and Travel, be sure to check out my other blog:
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  • Plan Your Next Girls’ Getaway: Nine Hotels to Suit Every Style

    Lara Grant
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Who doesn’t love a girls’ trip? A fun getaway with a group of your girlfriends is the perfect way to get together and reconnect, whether you all live in cities across the country or in the same neighborhood. Hey, even guys love a girls’ trip! For those who are left at home, it means more time in control of the remote; for those in the visited destinations, it simply means more odds of meeting someone special (at least temporarily so). After visiting countless hotels and resorts all over the world, we’ve seen quite a few that are suited for that precious —…
  • It’s National Tequila Day! Celebrate at These Mexican Resorts

    Jane Reynolds
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Happy National Tequila Day! That’s right. July 24th has officially been dedicated to the celebration of all things tequila, and while we may be a tad confused, we’re certainly not going to complain. This festive day might be a holiday exclusive to the U.S., but we’d prefer to celebrate in Mexico, where tequila is considered deserving of a holiday every single day of the year. Check out our favorite tequila-loving Mexican resorts after the jump. Cheers!!! Zoetry Paraiso de Bonito Riviera Maya With only 90 suites, the Zoetry Paraiso offers a romantic, wellness-centric…
  • Happy National Hot Dog Day!!! The Best Hot Dogs EVER

    Jane Reynolds
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    We’re celebrating all kinds of culinary holidays at the Oyster offices this week, and of course we can’t turn down an excuse to chow down on a hot dog — loaded with the works, please.  So in honor of today being National Hot Dog Day, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite spots across the states to feast on this American staple. Sorry, baseball game not included. The Varsity, Atlanta Established in 1928, The Varsity has since opened numerous outposts around Atlanta to accommodate the continuously growing demand for its delicious hot dogs. An array of condiments are…
  • The 12 Most Romantic Resorts in the Mediterranean

    Jane Reynolds
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    There’s something undeniably sexy about the Mediterranean: The sea breezes, the storied history, the beautiful architecture, the friendly people, the delicious cuisine, and — without a doubt — the sweeping views, of both city and sea, certainly don’t hurt either. We’ve made our way along the winding coast, from Spain’s Costa del Sol to the Greek island of Mykonos, and have found that the Mediterranean can certainly set the scene for romance — as can many of its luxury hotels. Here are a dozen beautiful, romantic properties in the Mediterranean that…
  • Worth the View: 12 Budget Hotels with Jaw-Dropping Vistas

    Jane Reynolds
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    This post originally appeared on Yahoo! Travel.  Considering the climbing prices of airfare, travelers these days are all the more focused on finding inexpensive hotels when they plan their summer getaways. Often, this can mean staying in a desolate, removed location or – perhaps worse – along a congested, crowded highway. But we’ve been lucky enough to find some hidden gems among our budget stays that boast not only low rates, but also absolutely jaw-dropping views. Sure, the rooms may lack high-tech amenities or feature some dated decor, but these 12 budget hotels prove that the…
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  • Edgy Lee Talks

    23 Jul 2014 | 1:15 pm
    Edgy_lecture.jpg The Filmmaker, Author, Composer and Model Sits Down with Veteran Storyteller Brian Berusch to Discuss Her Role as a Hawaiian Historian It can be said that having strong roots is the best foundation for becoming a successful storyteller. "When it was over, the audience walked on the same pathways as the royals had walked, as Robert Louis Stevenson, Somerset Maugham and Jack London had walked, and in spite of there being sidewalks and commercialization, their understanding and their sense of place, the essence of Waikiki, was forever changed." Link: …
  • Parc to Offer Rooftop Yoga "With a Twist" July 10

    7 Jul 2014 | 7:25 pm
    parc_yogi.jpg The Waikiki Parc Hotel is offering a free “Yoga with a Twist” event this Thursday, July 10, from 6 - 8 p.m. If you thought the twist was the “free” aspect, think again; a live guitarist and violinist will accompany the yoga instructor, and “Parc Chic Designer Wines” will be available for $5 per glass following the session. Parking is free for the event.
  • New Zealand Winemaker and Chef Ronnie Nasuti Pairings, June 16

    5 Jun 2014 | 2:37 am
    tikis_wine_june.jpg Chef Ronnie Nasuti has built up a sizable resume of winemaker dinners over the course of the last two years—while also manning the helm at Tiki’s Grill & Bar in Waikiki. This month he will reach deep into his bag of tricks to pair 6 exquisite dishes alongside wines from New Zealand’s Villa Maria Estate on June 16th. Winemaker Oliver Powrie hops the pond to “talk story” about his Villa Maria and Esk Valley bottlings at this intimate affair. This dinner is a generously priced $79 INCLUDING tax and gratuity.
  • Celebration of the Arts – May 9 - 11, 2014

    8 May 2014 | 3:54 am
    cliff_.jpg This weekend, May 9 – 11, the Ritz Carlton Kapalua presents an astonishing array of cultural offerings over the course of a storybook weekend entitled "Celebration of the Arts." Perched on a pine tree lined hilltop overlooking the Pacific Ocean (and neighboring isles of Lanai and Molokai), Celebration of the Arts is an incredible opportunity to delve into multiple aspects of Hawaiian culture. These include visual arts, performance, demonstrations, culinary offerings and of course, all the grandeur the Ritz Carlton has to offer.  Nae‘ole has honed his vision and invited…
  • Outrigger Opens in Mauritius

    23 Apr 2014 | 1:52 pm
    Mauritius_2.jpg The Hawaiian hotel group hastens their expansion across the Pacific Region Hawaii’s venerable “ohana” hotel company has been expanding their portfolio outside of the Hawaiian Islands for over a decade. Things have progressed with abandon in the recent year, with a new property in Fiji opening its doors just prior to the New Year. Now Outrigger announces the Outrigger Mauritius Resort and Spa, located in the Indian Ocean, 1,200 miles off the southeast coast of Africa. The 181-room property is perched on the beach.  Outrigger owns or manages 46 properties in eight…
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    Wicked Good Travel Tips

  • Concerts At Sea – Music Themed Cruises Rock The Boat!

    Susan Kohlback
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:32 am
    Live concerts by top artists are the latest trend in cruise ship entertainment. While great stage shows have always been a popular amenity while cruising, the new over-the-top mega-ships are rolling out a whole new cruise experience; on-board one night only concerts by some of the countries most popular performers. Just as premier restaurants and premium excursions are now being offered for additional fees, so too are top live concert experiences. Performers like Lady Antebellum, Daughtry, STX, REO Speedwagon, and Trace Adkins are performing one-night concerts while ships are in port.
  • Favorite Things To Do In Paris For Free – Our Full Fun List

    Susan Kohlback
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:18 am
    Top Free Things To Do In Paris Paris is one of the most popular capital cities in Europe, drawing travelers from all over the world. It has always been known to be an expensive city, but there are also many things that you can do for free. So steer away from the super chic cafes and designer fashion boutiques and take in some of the many free attractions that define this elegant city. Here's our list of the best sites and activities that are Free in Paris:
  • Wicked Travels – Summer Issue

    Susan Kohlback
    18 Jul 2014 | 3:35 pm
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  • The World Loves Beer! – Cold Beer Prices By Location

    Guest Author
    18 Jul 2014 | 5:48 am
    Wherever we roam, whether it be on a roadtrip across the USA, backpacking through Europe, or sitting on a beach in the Caribbean, a cold beer at the end of the day is a must. Here's a look at the surprising price differences in beer around the world. Can you guess where the most expensive beer is served?.... Or where you can party all night for a pittance? The answers may surprise you!
  • York Maine Trip Report – A Great Beach Destination Without The Crushing Crowds

    Susan Kohlback
    16 Jul 2014 | 9:23 am
    When the highway clogs with summer vacationers heading off to Cape Cod and Cape Ann, we suggest you drive a bit further north to York Maine, where you'll find great beaches, festive amusements and even a bit of early American history. Just over an hour's drive north of Boston, York, Maine, offers something to interest every member of your family. Whether you're looking to outlet shop, collect antiques, play at amusement parks or simply sit with your toes in the sand, York has you covered in spades.
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  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-24-2014

    24 Jul 2014 | 11:22 am
    Each is responsible for the misdeeds of others. I cannot detach myself from the wickedest soul. (M. Gandhi) — Even Cheney? (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-24-2014 appeared first on
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-23-2014

    23 Jul 2014 | 11:22 am
    Loss and gain are Siamese twins, joined at the heart. (C. Eire) — Separate them, and you cut your own soul in two. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-23-2014 appeared first on
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-22-2014

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:22 am
    New ideas are easy. The hard part is letting go of what worked 2 years ago. (R. VonOech) — Creativity means cleaning out. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-22-2014 appeared first on
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-21-2014

    21 Jul 2014 | 11:22 am
    If you can't make it better, you can laugh at it. (E. Bombeck) — Any problem is more bearable with a few endorphins! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-21-2014 appeared first on
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-20-2014

    20 Jul 2014 | 11:22 am
    Women must do things twice as well as men to be thought half as good. This is not difficult. (C. Whitton) — Grrrlz rock! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-20-2014 appeared first on
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  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-24-2014

    24 Jul 2014 | 11:22 am
    Each is responsible for the misdeeds of others. I cannot detach myself from the wickedest soul. (M. Gandhi) — Even Cheney? (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-24-2014 appeared first on
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-23-2014

    23 Jul 2014 | 11:22 am
    Loss and gain are Siamese twins, joined at the heart. (C. Eire) — Separate them, and you cut your own soul in two. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-23-2014 appeared first on
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-22-2014

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:22 am
    New ideas are easy. The hard part is letting go of what worked 2 years ago. (R. VonOech) — Creativity means cleaning out. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-22-2014 appeared first on
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-21-2014

    21 Jul 2014 | 11:22 am
    If you can't make it better, you can laugh at it. (E. Bombeck) — Any problem is more bearable with a few endorphins! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-21-2014 appeared first on
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-20-2014

    20 Jul 2014 | 11:22 am
    Women must do things twice as well as men to be thought half as good. This is not difficult. (C. Whitton) — Grrrlz rock! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-20-2014 appeared first on
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  • Drop Some Travel Knowledge, Earn Up to $500 Cash from Buggl

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

    Randy Kalp
    15 Jul 2014 | 4:42 am
    Prior to visiting San Diego in May, I came up with the idea that I wanted to create a guide to my favorite San Diego Skateparks. I fell in love with skateboarding as a scrawny kid in western Pennsylvania during the Regan Administration. In those days we only had the street, church parking lots (one of the few places that we didn’t get kicked out of) and homemade ramps. We consumed Thrasher Magazine and VHS skate videos, both of which filled us with golden dreams of the California skate scene, and idolized guys like Mike McGill who can be seen above still skating his local spot at the…
  • It Was Me Amsterdam, Not You (+3 Awesome Spots To Check Out)

    Randy Kalp
    3 Jul 2014 | 8:43 am
    It’s been over 48 hours since we arrived in Amsterdam, and I have to say my first impressions of the city were wrong.We came with lofty expectations during our first trip. They said “it was the Venice of the North,” which to us is a bit like saying Chipotle is the Roberto’s (a famous chain of taco shops in San Diego) of New England. It’s not that I disliked Amsterdam the first go around, it just didn’t (much like a Chipotle burrito) blow me away.  There a few highlights,, though, that still come to mind from that trip. We were walking through one of the…
  • Win an Autographer Wearable Camera in the #CandidMoments Competition

    Randy Kalp
    29 Jun 2014 | 6:10 am
    June has been a pretty good month for travel contests and giveaways, so we figured why not welcome the summer solstice with one more fun competition. This latest one comes from Autographer.I haven’t had a chance try out an Autographer yet, but from everything I’ve read about the wearable camera, it sounds like a game changer. According to press coverage, the camera gives users the freedom to capture spontaneous, hands-free photos, making it easy to document your life through a series of  ”refreshingly real” wide-angle images.The Autographer features a custom 136°…
  • How to Feel Awesome When You Travel

    Randy Kalp
    27 Jun 2014 | 4:44 am
    “We never failed to fail, it was just the easiest thing to do.” I love that line from Crosby, Stills and Nash, in part because it really rings true to me, especially when it comes to exercising.See, I have always had a hard time establishing a long-term exercise routine. Sure, I’ve had some successful weeks, but those are few and far between. For nearly 20 years, I’ve repeated this cycle, and it drives me nuts. But if I’m being honest with myself I don’t fail at working out because it’s too hard or too tough, I fail, well, because failing is the…
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  • Win a Hotel Stay in my Summer Giveaway with

    Heather Cowper
    20 Jul 2014 | 3:55 pm
    Whether you fancy getting away to enjoy the summer sunshine or are planning a weekend break in the autumn once things have cooled down, I’m happy to announce my summer hotel-stay giveaway in partnership with I’m giving away a voucher to one of my readers, worth $250 (or equivalent value of £145/€185) which you can use to book yourself a stay in a lovely hotel and treat yourself and that special someone to a relaxing summer break. The voucher can be redeemed for a hotel booking on the website up until spring next year, so if…
  • Summer and winter – Filzmoos in Austria has something for everyone

    Guest Author
    15 Jul 2014 | 11:18 am
    In this article, guest author Claire Palmer shares with us her family’s favourite holiday choice of Filzmoos, Austria, the perfect destination for summer walking or winter skiing, your choice for a gentle or full-on family activity holiday! The traditional mountain village of Filzmoos has been a much-loved destination for my family in both winter and summer since we first discovered it when my 19 year old son was a 19 month old! Building and development is strictly controlled so it has retained its alpine chocolate-box charm with no high-rise buildings to mar the breath-taking views of…
  • Walking the beaches of the Gower – staying in our luxury Mumbles cottage – video

    Heather Cowper
    13 Jul 2014 | 2:24 pm
    Friday night and it’s time to cross the Severn Bridge and exchange a working week in Bristol for a weekend exploring the glorious beaches of the Gower peninsula and the seaside nostalgia of Mumbles. This part of South Wales is no stranger to me, in fact I was in Swansea only a couple of weeks earlier on the trail of Dylan Thomas and visiting my son who is at Swansea university. This time I wanted to see more of Mumbles, all lovespoons and Welsh-Italian ice cream, as well as combining my favourite activities of walking and being beside the sea (but not necessarily in it). Heather and…
  • A quick tour of Celebrity Eclipse with Celebrity Cruises – video

    Heather Cowper
    7 Jul 2014 | 8:20 am
    I have to admit that since I took my first cruise last year, I’ve really caught the bug, so it was a pleasure to be invited to spend the day on board Celebrity Eclipse, a ship and cruise line that I didn’t know much about. Being quite new to cruising I’m realising that every cruise line has its own unique style and atmosphere and each has points of difference that will appeal to different types of guest. This does mean you need to do your homework before you book, in order the choose a cruise that’s right for you, but the good news is that there really is a cruise…
  • What to wear on your Mediterranean cruise – My 6 top tips

    Heather Cowper
    3 Jul 2014 | 2:16 pm
    Decisions, decisions. It’s all part of the fun of the holiday deciding what to pack, but planning for a cruise requires a little more planning, since you can’t just pop into the nearest trendy boutique for anything you forget. For my recent MSC Mediterranean cruise, I knew I’d need clothes for sightseeing, an outfit or two for dinner and perhaps something more dressy for formal nights with a chance to play at being glamourpuss. Then I might be relaxing on the sun-deck, trying out the spa or making time to visit the gym to work off all that delicious food. And of course I…
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  • Top 10 Things to do in Ottawa with Kids

    Lisa Goodmurphy
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:01 am
    The beautiful capital city of Ottawa, located in eastern Ontario on the border of Ontario and Québec, is one of Canada’s most family-friendly destinations. This city, also known as ByTown, is a multicultural and bilingual capital where one is just as likely to hear French spoken on the street as English. The region has something for every interest – historical landmarks, museums, arts and culture, delicious food, and plenty of outdoor activities – making it ideal for families looking for either a short city break or a longer stay. Here are our recommendations for the top…
  • Catalina: An Island Vacation Close To Home

    Katie Bodell
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:43 am
    Just 22 miles off the shore of Southern California lies Catalina Island. This popular destination for tourists since the early 1900′s still offers families a unique opportunity to experience stunning coastline, adventure activities, and laid back island style that would otherwise require a hefty cross-the-ocean price tag to obtain. The city of Avalon, Catalina’s only incorporated city, features a unique charm that reflects its history as one of LA’s oldest tourist destinations; beach and recreation activities and plenty of restaurants, hotels, and water based attractions…
  • A Family Stay at the Essex Resort & Spa, Vermont

    Beth Keklak
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:01 am
    The Essex Resort and Spa lies between Lake Champlain and the Green Mountains in spectacular Northern Vermont. The resort is composed of four buildings, featuring 120 comfortably appointed rooms and suites. Rooms range from a traditional room to a premier two-bedroom suite, giving a range of options to fit a family’s budget and needs. As a pet-friendly hotel, even the family’s four-legged members can come along! Our family recently enjoyed a two night stay at The Essex Resort and Spa. We found our traditional room to be spacious enough for the five of us, with the addition…
  • Monday Madness: Stay at Radisson for Free for a Lifetime

    Amy Whitley
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:49 am
    My family and I have stayed in Radisson hotels from Salt Lake City to San Francisco. Our visits have brought us to trust the Radisson name to bring that perfect–and often elusive–combination in travel accommodations: casual enough to be family-friendly, yet upscale enough to make the stay feel luxurious. Maybe my kids haven’t noticed the chic decor found in many Radissons (I certainly have!), but you can bet they’ve made note of the fun pools, great locations, and kid-friendly meals. The Radisson Fisherman’s Wharf offers a private entrance right onto Pier 39,…
  • Have Fun with Extreme Sports & Win a Farm Stay Vacation with Kids-Weekly Digest-7/19/14

    Michelle McCoy
    20 Jul 2014 | 10:23 am
      To start receiving Weekly Family Fun Digest emails. Click here. Have Fun with Extreme Sports & Win a Farm Stay Vacation with Kids Saturday July 19, 2014 Do you have adrenaline-junkie kids? Find amazing kid-friendly ropes courses, zip lines, places to ride ATVs, and more from families in-the-know!Best Places to Enjoy Extreme Sports with Kids Atlanta, GA Metro Thrills and Adventures Zip-lining in Colorado Kid-friendly Summer in Big Sky, Montana Family-friendly Extreme Sports in New Hampshire Outdoor Adventure Activities for the Family in New Jersey New York Ski Resorts with Summer…
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    The Mom Maven

  • Our Febreze #Noseblind Test and Giveaway

    Cindy Schultz
    24 Jul 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.”If you have been reading The Mom Maven for a while now, you know that I LOVE Febreze products. When I was asked to do a Noseblind Test in my home with our friends I…
  • The Perfect Summer-Movie Review

    Cindy Schultz
    24 Jul 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 enjoy sharing new movies with you and I have several coming up over the next few weeks. Today we have The Perfect Summer…
  • Using Pinterest to Plan Your Wedding-Wedding Wednesday

    Cindy Schultz
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    The last two weeks we’ve talked about choosing your wedding colors and your wedding style. In both of those posts I’ve talked about using Pinterest to plan Aaron and Summer’s wedding. Pinterest is a phenomenal tool for wedding planning and today I’m going to share with you why and how we are using it to plan the wedding. I use Pinterest a lot and I actually started a wedding board before Aaron and Summer were engaged. I knew it was coming within a year so I started a board and I had pinned a few things that happened to pop up in my stream. Once the engagement happened…
  • Win It Wednesday 7-23-14

    Cindy Schultz
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    I am smack dab in the middle of the busiest week of my summer. As I told you last week, this is VBS week at Riverlife and I am the Bible teacher! With VBS I am at church daily from 5:30pm-9:30pm. This week is also YEX Youth Explosion summer camp-where all 3 of my kids are on staff! I am spending 2-3 mornings this week volunteering there as well! Add blogging andhouseowrk on top of that and you see why this is my busiest week of the summer! I hope you are having a great summer too!   The Win It Wednesday Giveaway Linky Rules 1. Make sure the link is to the giveaway post, not the home page…
  • Orbee-Tuff Dog Toy Review

    Cindy Schultz
    22 Jul 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.”For July’s review from, Mushu chose the Orbee-Tuff Orbee Ball in Glow/Orange. This ball is known for standing up to strong chewers and you can insert…
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    IndiaVision Latest Breaking News and Information about India » Travel

  • Hill stations near Delhi that are perfect for long weekends

    24 Jul 2014 | 2:24 am
    The Indian capital’s proximity to the Himalayas means that there are many hill stations near Delhi offering a much-needed escape from the bustling streets and soaring temperatures. The picturesque snow-laden peaks and the charming hill towns nestled amidst them provide a perfect respite from the scorching heat. Whether you’re looking for a relaxed stay in a luxury resort overlooking the hills or a high-on-adrenaline paragliding experience—these long weekend getaways from Delhi will enthral in you in every way. Kullu-Manali Thanks to its surrounding snow-clad mountains, river…
  • Ramazan special—the best places to break bread

    21 Jul 2014 | 3:34 am
    During the month of Ramazan, go on a culinary journey by binging on some rich and indulgent fare catering specifically to those who’re breaking bread. Even if you haven’t fasted through the day, you can join the feasting at sundown and eat your way through the most delicious Indian delicacies. Pista House The City of Nizams instantly evokes images of biryani, but if you’re visiting during the month of Ramazan, there’s so much more you can gorge on. Hyderabad is the place to eat the yummiest rendition of haleem—and the one served at Pista House is undoubtedly the best. Mosque…
  • Three reasons to visit Goa during the off-season

    19 Jul 2014 | 2:44 am
    Goa has always been a much sought after holiday destination for its sun, sea and sand. However, the monsoon season in Goa has a different charm all together. Contrary to popular belief, Goa is best enjoyed in monsoons. The off-season ensures less crowd, noise and traffic jams thereby allowing one to enjoy the lush greenery and the clean backwaters. The advent of monsoons sure sees a dip in the number of parties and water sport activities, but one experiences a side of Goa not known by many, without compromising on the fun quotient. Apart from the natural beauty, the monsoons also expose the…
  • Places to visit near Ahmedabad for long breaks

    18 Jul 2014 | 2:42 am
    From glimpses of wildlife at Gir National Park to exploring the architectural marvels of Ajanta and Ellora to the charming hill town of Mount Abu, there are a range of places to visit near Ahmedabad. Offering a respite from the daily bustle of Gujarat’s commercial hub, these rejuvenating long weekend escapes will compel you to pack your bags and hit the road. Surat From by-lanes lined with quaint eateries offering the most delectable Gujarati snacks to upscale markets housing massive jewellery showrooms, Surat is a city that offers almost everything you can ask for. Baroda Formerly the…
  • The top places to visit in Chennai

    16 Jul 2014 | 12:24 am
    For the first-time visitor, there’s no dearth of places to visit in Chennai, the southernmost metro in India. The Tamil capital dazzles a visitor with its range of experiences: be it sampling spicy Tamil fare, a walk on its picturesque beaches, a visit to the intricately-carved temples or an excursion to the city’s quiet wildlife havens. Here are the top things to do in Chennai. Fort St. George The site of the first fortress built in India by the English East India Company in 1640, Fort St. George is dotted with numerous heritage buildings. It is now the headquarters of the Tamil…
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    Brendan's Adventures

  • Photographing the Naadam Festival in Ulaanbaatar

    Brendan van Son
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:34 am
    I’ve been asked a lot of late why I’ve been racing around Asia desperately for the past couple months without taking any sort of break. The answer, of course, as to why I have, is the Nadaam Festival here in Mongolia.  Though I’m not usually one to travel around certain events or festivals, after hearing [...]
  • Top Things to Do in China: The Off-the-Beaten-Path Edition

    Brendan van Son
    8 Jul 2014 | 7:54 pm
    I really cannot believe that my time in China is over.  It has been insane, it really has.  There have been some amazing things to see in China, for sure.  And well much of it was a bit what I had expected it to be, there was so much that I really had no clue [...]
  • The Crescent Moon Oasis of Dunhuang, China

    Brendan van Son
    3 Jul 2014 | 7:40 am
    After seeing some photos of places in the northwestern Chinese province of Gansu, I decided to push to the region.  I’m glad that I did.  Of my favourite things I saw in all of China, I think 4 of them were in this region.  It really was worth the long haul to get out here. [...]
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    Runaway Jane

  • Did you know that 3.5 million people die every year from a water related disease?

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

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

    Jane Meighan
    18 Jun 2014 | 3:08 pm
    I recently completed a 4 week Spanish language course with Clic Cadiz IH, a private language school situated on the Spanish southern coast. This is my second time studying Spanish at a private language school (actually 3rd if you include a few private lessons in Bolivia) and is coupled with my experiences of learning Spanish online in recent months. So with all that in mind I figured I was in good position to a) provide an honest review of Clic Cadiz IH, and b) give that opinion bearing in mind all the other types and methods of learning the Spanish language I have amassed in…
  • 10 Awesome Reasons to Learn Spanish in Cádiz (Iike I’m doing here with Clic IH)

    Jane Meighan
    1 Jun 2014 | 11:28 am
    I’m coming up for my 4th week of learning with Clic Cadiz IH, a private Spanish language school located in the sleepy seaside town of Cádiz (in the Spanish region of Andalusia.) Having previously experienced learning Spanish for a similar time period with a language school in Buenos Aires, it has been nice to continue on with my Spanish language studies at a private language school once again. It is in this environment where I personally feel that I learn much quicker. All other methods outwith of the language schools I feel are not intensive or immersive enough and so…
  • 38 Free Things to do in Brussels

    Jane Meighan
    24 May 2014 | 8:04 am
    Photo credit; Le Kai Brussels is an expensive destination – there is no getting around it. Accommodation and eating/drinking out in particular can take a big bite out of your budget in this city! What may surprise you though are the amount of free activities and things to do here that will cost you absolutely nothing. Here are 40 free things you can do for free in Brussels right now!   1. Abbaye de la Cambre Where; Avenue Emile Duray, 1000 Brussels. What; Founded in the late 1100s and later restored in the 18th Century, the Abbey de la Cambre is the headquarters of the…
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  • 異性と出会うことです

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

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

    13 Jul 2014 | 4:33 am
    、せフレ募集掲示板の利用者の中では、料金が発生しているのです。遠ざけることもできるけれど、写真とは違う雰囲気の、オフ会の誘いが来て援助こうさい 掲示板理想のタイプを書いておいても良いですし、送られてきたWEBカメラを自室にセットして、自分でもびっくりしていますが、、出会いのために必要なのは自分がプロフィールを閲覧して、…
  • 冷静に考えてみてください

    12 Jul 2014 | 6:36 pm
    その代わり内容を確認したりURLをクリックすることのないよう、 「YAHOO!JAPAN」をクリックして開くと、稼げる出会いを提供しているので、出会い系サイトにおいて女性は自分から行動しなくとも、インターネット異性紹介事業は、
  • 一度利用してみるのもいいでしょう

    12 Jul 2014 | 3:33 pm
    、、緊張もするでしょう。有料不倫サイトに登録するとなりますと料金が発生しますから、 、…
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    Spot Cool Stuff: Travel

  • 5 In-America-Only Cultural Travel Activities

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

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

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

    Spot Cool Travel Stuff
    2 Jun 2014 | 7:54 am
    A sandy floor, a full size tree trunk, a profusion of green plants and a posse of endangered species — in cuddly toy form. The WWF room at Scandic Vulkan hotel in Oslo is wild! The only thing missing are the calls of rainforest birds. Although, if you are after a good night’s sleep, that’s is probably for the best. Designed in partnership with WWF Norway, to raise awareness of environmental issues among hotel guests, the room also features recycling bins (yes, you’ll have to sort out your paper from your plastic waste), second-hand furniture, organic toiletries and…
  • Summer Camps Where Adults Can Be Kids Again

    Spot Cool Travel Stuff
    30 May 2014 | 5:45 am
    Summer camp. For adults of a certain age, those two words can evoke powerful memories of innocence and coming-of-age. Perhaps those memories are of sleeping in cabins or learning archery. Perhaps they are memories of canoeing rivers, roasting marshmallows, participating in camp talent shows or playing games of capture the flag. Perhaps summer camp is where you had your first kiss. Perhaps that kiss happened while you were sitting on a huge tree trunk that had fallen across a creek — you know, the one that’s behind the arts and crafts cabin — where perhaps Bridget Aubrey agreed to…
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    Vino Con Vista Italy Travel Guides and Events

  • Different Types of Wine Chart
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:57 pm under: Italy Travel Guides
  • Italian Wine Map
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:52 pm under: Italy Travel Guides
  • Another Great Italian Wine Chart
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:50 pm under: Italy Travel Guides
  • Stay and Play in Vino con Vista Santa Barbara Wine Country
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:21 am
    I have something in common with Miles from the movie “Sideways”. I must admit, I was a Pinot Noir snob even before I saw the movie “Sideways”! I love the world-class Pinot Noir produced in the Santa Rita Hills AVA in the Santa Ynez Valley close to the Pacific Ocean. Santa Barbara Wine Country is the Perfect Vino con Vista Destination. Have a Vino con Vista at Bridlewood Winery in Santa Barbara Vino con Vista Map of a section of Santa Barbara Country When you stay and play in Santa Barbara Wine Country, the “Sideways Effect” is readily apparent. In Santa…
  • Riot Fest 2014 in Chicago’s Humbolt Park
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:14 am
    The Very Best of Elvis Costello (Photo credit: Wikipedia)   Nederlands: Iggy & the Stooges op Lollapalooza (Chicago) 2007 (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Chicago’s tenth annual three-day Riot Fest 2014 will take place at Humboldt Park. The Festival celebrates rock, indie, punk and underground artists from every era. WHEN:  Sept. 12-14, 2014 WHERE: Humboldt Park, Chicago ( Division to North, California to Sacramento) The history of Riot Fest: “In 2005, Riot Fest booked a multi-venue weekend of punk and rock in Chicago with bands such as Dead Kennedys, The Misfits, and The…
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    Dog Jaunt

  • Reader’s report: Dog-friendly river cruises in Germany, Holland

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

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

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

    18 Jun 2014 | 9:10 am
    I owe this post to reader Catie, who told me that PetEgo now offers its P@W backpack carrier in a large size — I’d admired it before, but the product back then (the current small size) was too small for Chloe. Long story short: The large Pet At Work carrier is a fine size for a larger small dog like Chloe, and with a couple of tweaks, it’s a wonderful addition to our carrier collection. Please note that I paid full price for our P@W Travel System. I will always let you know when I’m reviewing a product or a service that has been paid for (or provided at a discount by)…
  • East Coast luxury: Four “mansion hotels” that allow pet dogs

    20 May 2014 | 3:28 pm
    Back in January, this article from CNN (“8 elegant U.S. mansion hotels“) caught my eye — or, more accurately, the combination of the headline and the photo of Newport’s gorgeous Chanler Hotel caught my eye. Surely some of those beauties must be pet-friendly, I thought, and this weekend I finally made the time to find out. It turns out that five of the eight featured hotels do allow pet dogs to join their owners. The Chanler, alas, is not one of them. Don’t set your heart on Tarrytown’s Castle Hotel or San Jose’s Hayes Mansion either; per the front…
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    Atlas Obscura: Articles

  • Why Figures Swarmed with Toads Lurk on Middle Ages Cathedrals

    24 Jul 2014 | 4:53 am
    There’s a figure of an unusual woman on the cathedral in Worms, Germany. She’s just above the south portal on the right hand side. The front of the statue at Worms (photograph by Jivee Blau/Wikimedia) She’s beautiful and there’s something about the luxurious folds in her dress and the crown sitting on top of her perfectly coifed hair that instantly tell you she’s rich, too. She smiles serenely into distance while a tiny knight clings to the hem of her dress. He gazes at her adoringly. She doesn’t seem to notice. He’s hierarchically scaled so…
  • Lovecraft in Brooklyn: A Reading by Candlelight in Green-Wood Cemetery

    23 Jul 2014 | 11:29 am
    Clay McLeod Chapman reading at the Pierrepont monument in Green-Wood Cemetery (photograph by Mitch Waxman) Robert Suydam sleeps beside his bride in Greenwood Cemetery. No funeral was held over the strangely released bones, and relatives are grateful for the swift oblivion which overtook the case as a whole. The scholar’s connexion with the Red Hook horrors, indeed, was never emblazoned by legal proof; since his death forestalled the inquiry he would otherwise have faced.— H. P. Lovecraft, The Horror at Red Hook It was with those strange words in mind from the the late H. P.
  • Exploring the Storm Drains of Melbourne, a Secret Labyrinth of Tunnels and Creepy-Crawlies

    23 Jul 2014 | 8:39 am
    With more than 1,500km (932 miles) of underground tunnels hidden beneath its streets, it’s no wonder Melbourne has grown into something of a mecca for urban explorers. Its complex network of storm water drains is often cited as one of the most elaborate in the world, and the labyrinth has drawn its own string of admirers. In 1986, three teenagers from Melbourne banded together to form the Cave Clan, a clandestine group dedicated to recreational trespassing in the city’s hidden underworld. Today, the Cave Clan is still going strong, and larger than ever…
  • The Cats That Got the Crème at Le Café Des Chats, the Paris Cat Cafe

    22 Jul 2014 | 6:12 am
    When it first opened its doors last year, this crowd-funded Paris café – based on a Japanese concept Frenchified in the heart of the trendy Marais — was rumored to have a four-week waiting list for Saturday brunch. But that had nothing to do with the food, or the coffee. Ailurophiles and Francophiles can get a double shot of sheer pleasure at the Café des Chats, where the twelve adorable live-in cats are the star attraction. Inside the Paris cat cafe (all photographs by the author) Carefully chosen from shelters for their sociable personalities among both…
  • The Summit Scaling Subculture of Highpointing

    22 Jul 2014 | 4:34 am
    We aspire to climb to the summit of Mount Rainier in Washington, as well as Charles Mound, at the top of a family’s driveway in northwest Illinois. We wish to ascend to the highest peak in the Rocky Mountains — Colorado’s Mount Elbert — as well as Panorama Point, a low rise on a bison ranch in Nebraska. We want to climb the very pinnacle of the continent — Denali in Alaska at over 20,000 feet above sea level — as well as Britton Hill, at 345 feet above sea level in a park in the Florida Panhandle. We are highpointers.  Highpointer convention on Mount…
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    Atlas Obscura

  • World's Largest Cross in Effingham, Illinois

    23 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Towering above the intersection of Interstates 57 and 70 in southern Illinois, the Cross At The Crossroads, a crucifix nearly 200 feet tall and made with 180 tons of steel is seen by over 50,000 travelers as they drive by every day, but was built just two feet short of an FAA regulation that would have required it to have a beacon visible by airplanes. The cross is deliberately kept at under 200 feet to avoid an FAA regulation that would require a light at the top, yet still be bigger than a 190-foot high cross in Groom, Texas. Having won the religious size contest, at the base is a welcome…
  • Nova Cidade de Kilamba in Nova Cidade de Kilamba, Angola

    23 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Like some of the sprawling modern ghost towns in China proper, Angola's newly built housing development Nova Cidade de Kilamba, funded by China in exchange for oil, is an untouched settlement that is sold as a socially conscious residential development, but is far too expensive and remote for the society to take advantage of it.   Established in the early 2010's Nova Cidade de Kilamba (Kilamba New City) was meant to fulfill some of Angolan president Jose Eduardo dos Santos' campaign promise to create a million new homes in an effort to take some of the poverty and…
  • Hell, Michigan in Hell, Michigan

    23 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Located near the college town of Ann Arbor in southeast Michigan, Hell is a fairly average township with an odd name, a name it has held since 1841. There are a number of theories as to how the town received its name. The most likely (but least fun) explanation is that it came from a pair of visiting Germans who described the town as "so schön hell," ("so beautifully bright") in the 1830's. Other theories concern town founder George Reeves, who, when asked for an opinion on naming the new town, supposedly replied "I don't know, you can name it Hell for all I care." Another theory states…
  • Maison de Serge Gainsbourg in Paris, France

    22 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    French singer, songwriter, actor, author, and all around iconoclast Serge Gainsbourg may have died in 1991, but the culture of decadence and poetic promiscuity he cultivated around himself lives on in the facade of the house he occupied from 1969 until his death. Located in the heart of Paris's famous 7th arrondissement, Gainsbourg's maison stands out among the city's more well-known landmarks, such as the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame cathedral. The house itself is not currently accessible, but the front gate and facade feature an ever-changing tableau of street art honoring the late icon.
  • Wälderhaus in Hamburg, Germany

    22 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Located in the center of a neighborhood built specifically to showcase new developments in sustainable and ecological architecture, Hamburg's completely wooden Wälderhaus ("Forest House") is a recent and magnificent addition to Germany's burgeoning culture of green architecture. Located in the Hamburg district of Wilhelmsburg and completed in 2012, the Wälderhaus was designed by a team from the Hamburg-based architecture firm Studio Andreas Heller. The building is constructed almost entirely out of solid wood, and is designed to use a third less energy than is prescribed by…
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    Life In Flight

  • 5 Timeless Tips for How to be a Great Houseguest

    2 Jul 2014 | 3:35 am
    Summer is here—the height of the season for visiting friends in the country or at a beach house. Whether you’re a mother sending her teenager off for a weekend with a friend (and friend’s parents) or you’ve been invited to the boss’s house for the first time, unless you’ll be staying at a grand manor house with a full staff of servants, the rules of good guesting are pretty much the same for everyone. 1. Never arrive empty-handed. That means, bring a house gift (Dean & Deluca has great gifts baskets like the one above). Depending on the circumstances, it could be anything from…
  • Bubbles are Festive – But not When You’re Airborne

    Carolyn Paddock
    14 Jun 2014 | 2:28 am
    If you’ve ever gotten off a plane feeling puffy and two sizes bigger, it is most likely because of what you were drinking in-flight. Although all airline cabins are pressurized when flying at 9,800 feet or more, the pressure inside the cabin is slightly lower than what you normally experience on the ground. As a result, the available oxygen is reduced and the gases inside your body expand. You know how plastic bottles water expand and pop in-flight – Well your body is no different. Crew members kindly call this “jet-belly.” One way to counteract this unpleasant phenomenon is to not…
  • Is Curiosity the Mental Fountain of Youth?

    Carolyn Paddock
    20 May 2014 | 11:36 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…
  • Airport Survival: 5 Easy Ways to Keep Your “Cool” When Traveling

    Carolyn Paddock
    12 May 2014 | 7:45 pm
    Let’s face it; traveling and navigating crowded airports is stressful—especially during family vacations, holidays, or when the weather becomes problematic. Unless you’re traveling on your own private jet on your time table, the getting there is almost never without problems, in and of itself, at times it’s anything but relaxing or fun. Here are some of my most effective insider tips to help you travel smarter and keep your stress to a minimum. 1.   Extra Time.  Boring, but important. One of the most useful tips I can give you is easy and doesn’t cost a dime… if at all…
  • Is There Scientific Proof We Can Heal Ourselves? Lissa Rankin, MD at TEDxAmericanRiviera

    Carolyn Paddock
    10 May 2014 | 2:00 am
    What do you believe? Is there scientific proof that we can heal ourselves? The data revealed in  Dr. Lissa Rankin’s TEDx talk is compelling and exciting. The post Is There Scientific Proof We Can Heal Ourselves? Lissa Rankin, MD at TEDxAmericanRiviera appeared first on Life In Flight.
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  • Glimpses of student work at the AdbK, Munich

    Sonia Böning
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:10 am
    Review of the Art Academy’s end of year exhibition in Munich on July 12th: My favourite was “The Dark Side of the Moon”, an installation of Prof Künzli’s jewellery class. One was given a miniscule torch and entered a very dark room, at the end of which a room-filling moon studded with sculpted necklaces and brooches […] The post Glimpses of student work at the AdbK, Munich appeared first on Vivamost!.
  • Experience the Swiss Chocolate Adventure at the Swiss Museum of Transport

    9 Jul 2014 | 2:50 am
    The Swiss Chocolate Adventure, an exciting multimedia experience for all senses: Chocolate lovers can now experience a unique adventure at the Lucerne Swiss Museum of Transport. The museum recently joined forces with the Lindt Chocolate Competence Foundation to open the Swiss Chocolate Adventure. On board a wagon, the visitors voyage lasts 25 minutes and teaches a multitude of things about the chocolate world from […] The post Experience the Swiss Chocolate Adventure at the Swiss Museum of Transport appeared first on Vivamost!.
  • IL TAVOLO celebrates at the Park Hyatt in Zurich

    30 Jun 2014 | 1:31 am
    A feast for all senses: On the second night of Zurich’s food festival, it was “Star Night” event in all hosting hotels. The executive chef of the Park Hyatt, Frank Widmer was waiting for his guests with chef Alexander Moser, for Il Tavolo’s special evening at the Parkhuus restaurant. After an aperitif in the restaurant’s cosy patio with […] The post IL TAVOLO celebrates at the Park Hyatt in Zurich appeared first on Vivamost!.

    27 Jun 2014 | 1:36 am
    Art Telegramme: TINO POHLMANN – MFORMA#LUX “Schau mir in meine Geschichte” - “Take a look at my story” 18.06 until 30.06 Venue: Kunsthaus Maximilian Maximilianstr. 54  – 80538 Munich The Berlin-based photographer, Tino Pohlmann presented his portraits of 60 residents of Saalfelden Leogang in Salzburger Land at the Kunsthaus Maximilian in Munich last evening. It was […] The post TINO POHLMANN – MFORMA#LUX appeared first on Vivamost!.
  • Il Tavolo will be in Zurich until June 29th

    26 Jun 2014 | 2:00 am
    A memorable kitchen party with 14 courses, 14 chefs & 14 destinations: The food festival Il Tavolo officially opened last night in a great ambiance at the headquarters of Gate Gourmet at the Zurich airport. Gate Gourmet is the world largest independent airline caterer. Four hundred guests were there to celebrate with the founders of Il Tavolo, Alexandra Heitzer […] The post Il Tavolo will be in Zurich until June 29th appeared first on Vivamost!.
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    Passport Luxury Travel Blog | Kiwi Collection

  • The List: 10 of the Coolest Pools Around the World

    Joy Pecknold
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:11 pm
    Most pools are cool, technically speaking, but some are a whole heck of a lot cooler than others and luxury hotels are home to some of the coolest. Set your sights on these 10 across the globe, including two overlooking the Alps and one set right in the Indian Ocean. Guanacaste: Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Enjoy […]
  • Trip Tips: 7 Hotels Seen on the Big Screen

    Joy Pecknold
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Save for stories set in deep space or deep in the wild, hotels are a regular setting in a plethora of movies—be it the seedy ones or glamorous ones—and seeing as these locations don’t get taken down after production wraps, they allow film buffs easy access to reliving certain cinematic moments. Herein, we recount a few great scenes in a few great hotels.
  • The Peninsula Experience: Asian Hospitality

    Adam Nagy
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:34 pm
    The Peninsula name is synonymous with romance, glamour and style – hotels in some of the world’s most exciting cities, stunning facilities, world-class service and a unique combination of tradition, heritage, innovation and glamour offer guests a hotel stay unlike any other, whether on business or leisure.  In this article from our 3-part Peninsula blog […]
  • The Peninsula Experience: American Luxury

    Adam Nagy
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:34 pm
    The Peninsula name is synonymous with romance, glamour and style – hotels in some of the world’s most exciting cities, stunning facilities, world-class service and a unique combination of tradition, heritage, innovation and glamour offer guests a hotel stay unlike any other, whether on business or leisure.  In this article from our 3-part Peninsula blog […]
  • The Peninsula Experience: Chinese Heritage

    Adam Nagy
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:34 pm
    The Peninsula name is synonymous with romance, glamour and style – hotels in some of the world’s most exciting cities, stunning facilities, world-class service and a unique combination of tradition, heritage, innovation and glamour offer guests a hotel stay unlike any other, whether on business or leisure.  In this article from our 3-part Peninsula blog […]
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    Business Travel Guru

  • ANZ Frequent Flyer Credit Card 50,000 Bonus Point Offer

    Ben Hoffman
    15 Jul 2014 | 9:55 pm
    If you are after quick boost to your Qantas Frequent Flyer points balance ANZ has a great introductory offer on their ANZ Frequent Flyer credit card. The deal 50,000 bonus miles if you spend $1,500 on purchases via the card within 3 months of being approved, in addition ANZ are waving the annual card fee […]
  • Emirates Introduces world’s longest A380 Flight Dubai to Los Angeles

    Ben Hoffman
    3 Dec 2013 | 11:31 pm
    Today Emirates added a Dubai to Los Angeles A380 service making it the world’s longest Airbus A380 service. At 16 hour 20 minute long the world’s longest A380 flight crosses Russia the North Pole and then Canada before entering US Airspace and landing in Los Angeles. Even though Emirates operates world’s longest A380 flight the […]
  • Qantas Business Lounge & Qantas Club Review Comparison What’s the difference

    Ben Hoffman
    2 Dec 2013 | 1:41 am
    Qantas operates dedicated Business Lounges in its Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Brisbane Airports in addition to its Qantas Club lounges at these airports and occasionally I am asked the difference between the Qantas Domestic Business Lounge and their Qantas Club lounge, so on a recent Qantas Business Class Flight between Sydney and Adelaide I took […]
  • Air New Zealand Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner Seat Map Diagram Released

    Ben Hoffman
    7 Nov 2013 | 1:44 pm
    Air New Zealand recently released a seat map diagram for its Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner that will make its inaugural paying flight from Auckland to Perth on 14 October 2014. The seat map clearly shows 3 classes with Business Premier, Premium Economy and Economy with a sections dedicated to their innovative Economy Skycouch seating. Also see […]
  • Air New Zealand 787 Dreamliner Seats Revealed Photos

    Ben Hoffman
    7 Nov 2013 | 3:20 am
    Air New Zealand recently revealed photos of its seating options for its upcoming Boeing 787 Dreamliner which will be launched on the Auckland to Perth route from 15 October 2014. As expected the Air New Zealand’s Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner will be a three class cabin with Business Premier, Premium Economy and Economy. Click to navigate […]
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    Bikedan in Asia

  • Mountain Bike Stage Racing in Asia

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

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

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

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

    21 Oct 2013 | 7:33 pm
    The 2013 Tour of Matabungkay kicked off with a 10km individual time trial followed by three action-packed road race stages and ending with the final 40km team time trial; this made for a highly interesting and challenging race that is not over till the very end! I had been doing the press releases for the Tour of Matabungkay so I had no time for my own blog site to update on my personal progress. On paper this looks to be a flat time-trial, however it is deceptively difficult due to the little rolling kickers with a nice little 6% climb 2km from the end. I had come into this race unprepared…
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    Jayway Travel

  • Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 and travel to JayWay Destinations

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

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

    26 Jun 2014 | 7:56 am
    Over the last close season our team in Croatia has been hard at work seeking out amazing gourmet experiences for our guests to enjoy on their tours up and down the country. Whether you’re a wine buff, oyster fiend or truffle connoisseur, we’ve got something that you’ll remember long after you return home. Truffle Hunting in Istria You’ll be picked up from your accommodation in Rovinj then driven into the Istrian countryside to start your truffle adventure. You will be greeted by your host with a welcome drink and a spread of truffle products to get you in the mood.
  • Fast Food Options: Prague Edition

    19 Jun 2014 | 6:00 am
    There’s not a lot of genuine ‘Czech’ street food to be had, so here’s a run-through of the best options we’ve found for food-on-the-go in the Czech capital. Bageterie Boulevard Started by the company that supplies the majority of gas stations and convenience stores with their cellophane wrapped sandwiches and baguettes, the big surprise is just how different the offering at these places is. Dotted around Prague and with a growing presence in the city center, they more than give the foreign invader Subway a run for their money. Freshly baked baguettes, all made to…
  • A Restorative Vacation

    13 Jun 2014 | 9:42 am
    Every so often we receive a note from a guest that makes us feel so proud of our team that we just have to share it. Paul and his wife Linda nearly didn’t get to go on their vacation but stuck to their plans and wrote us this note when they got home. Never underestimate the restorative powers of a good vacation! Hi Jay, Just a quick note to extend our appreciation for a fabulous trip to Slovenia and Croatia. Even though we have been all over the world, we did not know what to expect. Slovenia and Croatia are spectacular. Any travel service can excel with these two destinations. Our…
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    Downtown Traveler

  • PHOTOS: 5 things to do in Newport Rhode Island

    Leslie Koch
    7 Jul 2014 | 5:40 am
    Live the high life. Or just gawk at the super-rich! Yachts, mansions and lobster dinners are just a few of the perks enjoyed by America’s moneyed class. You too can indulge in the lifestyle of the top 0.1% with a visit to Newport, Rhode Island– long home to coal magnates, train magnates and gawking tourists. I just returned from a two-night stay in Newport and quickly adapted to the town’s relaxed vibe. With historic homes from the 19th century, mansions straight out of The Great Gatsby and what appears to be world’s highest concentration of fudge shops, there are…
  • PHOTOS: 5 reasons to visit Valencia Spain – from paella to street parties

    Guest Writer
    15 Jun 2014 | 4:57 pm
    Today’s guest writer is Claudia Oddo, a New Yorker living in and blogging from Valencia, Spain. After living for a year in Valencia, I understand why it’s so popular among locals. Spain’s third-largest city boats delicious cuisine, perfect weather and an exhilarating festival. I hope my top 5 attractions encourage you to experience and fall in love with this enchanting Mediterranean city. 1. The birthplace of Paella Spain is to thank for many of the world’s tastiest dishes, including paella. Typical Valencian paella consists of white rice, green vegetables, meats that…
  • PHOTOS: What to expect at your first SCUBA dive in Hawaii – tips for surviving PADI certification

    Lauren Koch
    11 May 2014 | 6:53 am
    Snorkeling is fun, but being able to see the ocean floor when SCUBA diving is a surreal experience. Visually and physically, it feels like you are discovering another planet. Despite fears of encountering hungry sea creatures, I ventured to Honolulu, Hawaii to learn to SCUBA. On the dive boat I became friendly with another student who was even more nervous than me– what a relief! Over the course of three days, I saw sea turtles, a reef shark, eels and many schools of fish. Here are my tips for selecting and surviving a beginner SCUBA class. If you have a favorite diving spot or…
  • The best art attractions in Antigua Guatemala: Galleries, street art and more

    Guest Writer
    13 Apr 2014 | 7:22 am
    As far as art goes, Antigua is Central America’s Mecca. In Central America, all travelers’ roads seem to lead to Antigua, Guatemala. Spain’s former regional capital, Antigua has vibrant nightlife, colonial architecture and historic ruins. To top it off, three volcanoes—Agua, Fuego and Acotenango—surround the city like a looming giant. The city itself is a work of art. Because Antigua was abandoned after a 1773 earthquake, it is arguably the best-preserved colonial city in the world. Visitors will enjoy the diverse art scene, from installations and small galleries to artists selling…
  • PHOTOS: Exploring the art galleries of Truth or Consequences, New Mexico

    Billie Frank
    30 Mar 2014 | 7:46 am
    Truth or Consequences is a small city with a big name. The town has long drawn independent spirits and has been a magnet for artists for years. Tourists have been coming to this spa town to ‘take the waters’ since its 1916 founding. For almost a decade they have also come for the art. According to Cary “Jagger” Gustin, President of the Sierra County Arts Council, creative types come for the desert air, the clear skies and the light.  The 2nd Saturday Art Hop, held on the second Saturday of every month, is as much a social occasion for locals as it is an art event.
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    Context Travel Blog

  • From Chateaux to the Sea: Favorite Daytrips from Paris

    Lily Heise
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:46 am
    Paris has a myriad of fabulous events to celebrate the summer, however, the city center at this time of year can be too crowded and overwhelming for some visitors. A little day trip from the city could be the perfect escape of this hustle and bustle. Within a 1-2 hour train-ride from the center, you can journey to charming medieval towns, impressive Renaissance castles and picturesque 19th-century artist villages. We’ve polled our Paris docents to come up with their favorite excursions, which are best appreciated at this time of year. There are over a hundred castles in Ile de France.
  • 3 Reasons to Skip a Gondola in Venice

    Emily Knight
    16 Jul 2014 | 5:48 am
    For many, the image of a gondola gliding through the crystal waters of the Grand Canal is synonymous with Venice. Its sleek black design regularly features in the paintings of Canaletto and Bellotto. Unsurprisingly, many tourists feel like no trip to the city would be complete without indulging in this piece of Venetian history. With residents no longer using gondolas as a primary means of transit and a 30-minute ride setting you back €80 (€100 if riding after 7 pm), why not break the mould and explore Venice and the lagoon by other means? Take the traghetto Much like the gondola in…
  • Docent Spotlight: Vassilios Dalamagas

    Jessica Stewart
    11 Jul 2014 | 2:16 am
    The Roman Agora in Athens This month we spotlight Athens docent Vassilios Dalamagas, who shares his love of  his city and Greek history with us.  Vassilios is a historian who has taught for several years in local Athens schools. He earned his undergraduate degree in archaeology from the University of Athens, and has conducted specialized research in the history of the Orthodox Church, Byzantine studies, and modern Greek history. Vassilios is a gifted teacher with extensive on-site experience with adults, children, and families. Athens docent and historian Vassilios Dalamagas Context Travel:…
  • Castles and Mazes, Medieval Sites around London

    9 Jul 2014 | 1:43 am
    Planning a day out of London can prove quite difficult, as there are so many destinations to choose from. But if you are looking for a fairy tale getaway, a bit of Medieval feel with a castle and plenty of things for the family to do, you are in luck. Southeast England offers some of the best castles in the country, all easily accessible from London. Here is a selection of our favorites. Bodiam Castle, East Sussex Bodiam Castle: Driving up to this small, but beautifully preserved castle, is like stepping back in time. The surrounding countryside, the gentle hills of East Sussex and the steam…
  • 2014: 25 Years Since The Fall Of The Berlin Wall

    Anastasia Fisenko
    4 Jul 2014 | 7:39 am
    A quarter of the century after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the city still seems to be searching for its unique identity. For almost thirty years of painful separation, two Berlins – East and West –  developed their own character and lifestyle, and learnt to live independently of each other against a backdrop of suspicion, anxiety and propaganda. 2014 marks 25 years since the fall of the notorious concrete divider, and is thus a fitting time to ponder the Wall’s legacy from a cultural perspective. From the beginning of the 20th century up to today, Berlin has been a European centre of…
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    Bacon is Magic

  • New Site Design!

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

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

    17 Jul 2014 | 3:45 am
    Toronto, Canada I’m a lucky girl. While many people who date chefs have fantasies of gourmet meals every night, they are soon shocked into the icy reality that many chefs do not cook at home. Fortunately, that’s not true for Chef Rouge. While he is only ever home before midnight 2 days a week, he does cook on his days off. His passion for food is as ever present as my appetite and so I was surprised when he told me that one of his signature dishes was spaghetti puttanesca because I have never had it! Puttanesca translates easiest to whore in English and there are many stories as…
  • Where to Drink Craft Beer in Toronto

    15 Jul 2014 | 9:35 am
    Toronto, Canada The craft beer scene in Toronto is growing rapidly with new small breweries popping up all the time. But craft beer in Toronto hasn’t always been popular, who knows why we’ve been so content to drink generic flavoured brew but we didn’t developed like a lot of other progressive cities in North America. I love it as beer has been one of my newer fascinations traveling as it’s about time Toronto started playing catch up. To learn more about my city I headed out with Dana from Well Preserved and David Ort from the Canadian Craft Beer Cookbook to find…
  • Pok Pok’s Thai Pork Ribs

    7 Jul 2014 | 2:24 pm
    Toronto, Ontario The weekend started innocently enough. Chef Rouge took out ribless pork ribs with plans to cook them, but he’s been busy lately at the restaurant I decided to make Thai pork ribs and pulled out Andy Ricker’s Pok Pok cookbook. I had hoped to eat at Pok Pok when I visited Portland 2 years ago but it was so popular that a group of 8 people could never get a table so I figured this was the next best thing. Little did I know that this simple idea of making a recipe would keep me amused for the weekend. Saturday morning I made my list of new sauces I needed to buy. I…
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    Overland Travel Adventures from Go, See, Write

  • Testing my relationship with gravity at Angel Fire Bike Park

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

    Michael Hodson
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:25 am
    Thanks for following and reading Overland Travel Adventures from Go, See, Write I’d have to go back and actually count up the number of posts, but I think there is a fair chance that the place I have written about the most in the last few years has been the Costa Brava region of Spain. This has become a bit of a second home for me and there are so many reasons why. First, the location is great. As you know, I prefer to take ground transportation as much as possible and from here (the region is just north of Barcelona), I can easily take trains through France and up into the Germany area…
  • Tips and advice for better landscape photos

    Ed Graham
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:30 am
    Thanks for following and reading Overland Travel Adventures from Go, See, Write Great landscape pictures all have two big things in common: A scenic location Good light Sounds easy, but landscape photography is rife with challenges. You’ve got to find a scenic place to begin with. This can be hard when you’re traveling in a new place. You’ll have to find the good light. This takes planning and a bit of luck. You’ll need to bring the right gear, and you’ll need to figure out what to actually take your picture of once you get there. Nice light over a…
  • Travel hacking for non-Americans

    Lance and Laura
    17 Jul 2014 | 8:30 am
    Thanks for following and reading Overland Travel Adventures from Go, See, Write Travel hacking is extremely easy and common in the United States. In our previous articles on travel rewards programs, a common comment has been the need for more information specific to non-Americans. In this month’s article, we’ll tackle the topic of travel hacking for non-Americans. To be sure, the travel hacking game is a lot easier for Americans and Canadians. There are a vast number of opportunities to earn both frequent flyer and hotel loyalty points from a wide range of companies. Additionally, there…
  • 5 undeniable truths of adventure travel

    Syd Schulz
    15 Jul 2014 | 8:30 am
    Thanks for following and reading Overland Travel Adventures from Go, See, Write Ah, adventure travel. It’s a bit of a buzzword in the travel community these days. Everybody thinks they want it. That is, until they have it. What’s that famous quote — “adventures are only fun in retrospect,” or something like that? I don’t necessarily think that’s true — some adventures can be a lot of fun while you’re having them, too. However, I think it is fair to say that adventure travel is not all glitz and glamour. There’s another side, one that…
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    Globetrotting Mama

  • Family Travel – Royal Style

    21 Jul 2014 | 6:00 pm
    I’m not a Royals watcher. I may have caught a glimpse of the royal wedding, but if I did it was completely by happenstance. I’ve yet to have my life altered by what Kate did or did not wear. But I have found it interesting to hear about the way this royal family seems to have taken to travel. And royal or not -  that I can relate too. I’ve done a lot of travel with my own two little princes and know how valuable the experience can be. Sure, it’s stressful at times, but every single time we’ve set out to explore we’ve come home filled with a renewed…
  • Contest: Aeroplan’s 30th anniversary means chance to win 30,000 miles for you!

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

    19 Jul 2014 | 1:43 pm
    The possibilities of summer vacation holds  all kinds of excitement for kids. No more Teachers. No more Books. School has been out for a month now and for many kids summer means weeks of  doing nothing. Let the brain dulling begin! Not in our house. It might surprise you to know that although I have no qualms about taking the kids out of school to travel, when they are out of school I also have no qualms about keeping the education going. (insert loud sigh and child-sized eyeroll here.) Sorry, not sorry. It works both ways. Pulling their weight (and then some) in Dinosaur Provincial Park,…
  • Globetrotting Kids: Dinosaur Provincial Park

    3 Jul 2014 | 9:36 pm
    In Patricia, Alberta, Mom, Dad, Cameron and I went to Dinosaur Provincial Park. At Dinosaur Provincial Park, I went on a bus tour, a hike and I camped there. During the hike, I started to learn about fossils. I learned that mudstone moves faster than sandstone and that wood can be a fossil. I also learned that North America used to be broken through the middle and ice spread all over Canada then melted causing a flood. During the  hike, I also saw a bone bed. A bone bed is an area where fossils of dinosaurs are safely stowed. After eating lunch, I took a bus tour around the Badlands and I…
  • Aeroplan dExclusives offer New Rewards for Members

    25 Jun 2014 | 5:47 am
    I’m not sure about you, but I’m as predictable as they come when it comes to Aeroplan rewards. As someone who has been a cardholder for years and who has shared the value I’ve found in the program on these pages many times, I’m well aware of the myriad of ways I can use my points. I know I can dig into the stockpile to buy everything from jewelery to vacumn cleaners. But every time I go in to redeem them it’s the travel rewards that catch my eye. That might change with the programs latest offerings. Distinction members now have access to dExclusives - new…
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    Family Rambling

  • Always Planning the Next Adventure

    Jody Halsted
    10 Jul 2014 | 8:21 am
    Doug and I were relaxing outside the RV on the 4th of July when I casually mentioned that I had applied for a spot at a travel conference taking place in November. Since the conference is in Carlsbad, California, I was thinking it would be a great time to drive Route 66. In the RV. My thought process : the deserts won’t be too hot…  it’s just before Thanksgiving so Doug could likely join us for at least part of the trip… I could probably sneak in a trip to Disneyland, as a surprise for the girls (who have yet to visit either Disney). So Doug, supportive guy that he…
  • Camping in the Rain? The 5 Things You MUST Have

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

    Jody Halsted
    1 Jul 2014 | 6:56 am
    Camping is one of my family’s favorite vacations.  Whether we’re in a plush resort like KOA or in a state park with limited amenities, we love being able to get away from home (even if it’s only a few miles away from home!) and escaping day-to-day life. Family Camping Tips No matter how you camp – tent, RV, or cabin – camping takes a bit of preparation. A few key tips will make your camping trip fun and easy, from beginning to end. Make your family camping experience unforgettable with these helpful tips in this article I wrote for MiniTime : Family Friendly Camping…
  • Making Friends with Green Sea Turtles in the Cayman Islands

    Kristen Gough
    24 Jun 2014 | 2:41 pm
    “Mom, please can I take Bubbles home with me—I’ll carry him the whole way. Pleeeeeease,” pleaded my daughter who’d just become BFFs with a green sea turtle circling her in the touch tank. Before our visit the Cayman Turtle Farm on the Cayman Islands, my then 3rd grader had little interest in turtles, let alone the prehistoric-looking green sea turtles. Yet being able to have an up-close experience these gentle creatures gave my child a new appreciation for the reptiles. Green sea turtles at Cayman Turtle Farm Barely two inches in size at birth, pint-sized green sea turtles use their…
  • An Iceland Vacation Experienced From the Back of an Icelandic Horse

    Melissa Schwartz
    3 Jun 2014 | 7:35 am
    As we landed at Keflavik Airport for our first Iceland vacation, my husband was silent. He then turned to me for a brief moment and said, “I am taking in the lunar landscape.” Iceland has a unique and breathtaking landscape that is literally alive and breathing. The island sits right on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, so the volcanic and geothermal activity keep the landscape always changing. We were immediately captivated by the raw beauty of Iceland as well as how carefully the Icelanders preserve it. During each of our two trips to Iceland, our family opted to ride Icelandic horses for…
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    Chic Traveler

  • Video: 10 Surprising Geographical Facts About the US

    24 Jul 2014 | 10:30 am
    Here are 10 surprising geological facts about the United States.
  • Full Service Cabin, Colorado

    Jen Fromal
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Experience high altitude luxury at Trapper’s Cabin, atop Beaver Creek Ski Resort in Beaver Creek, Colorado. Nestled at 9500 feet, this mountain top retreat offers a full service getaway where complete solitude and comfort can be found. From the private chef to the concierge service and the daily housekeeping and transportation, all your needs will […]
  • Video: A Llama Trek in New Mexico

    23 Jul 2014 | 10:30 am
    WSJ’s Christina Binkley spent three days in the New Mexico wilderness hiking with a crew of llamas. She found that it’s more challenging than it sounds, but also very rewarding.
  • The Inn on Randolph Offer Luxury and Comfort

    Donna Sundblad
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    The Inn on Randolph offers a selection of historic rooms or cottages in Napa, California. The owner operators of this B & B have renovated each building from the studs up to provide their guests with modern conveniences without losing the structural classic character of the property. Accommodations at the Inn on Randolph The totally […]
  • Video: New Las Vegas Hotspot

    22 Jul 2014 | 10:30 am
    Drai’s Beach Club and Nightclub offers a new experience and a level of luxury that Las Vegas has not yet seen.
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    TheExpeditioner Travel Site

  • The 10 Best Travel Books Of The Last Two Decades

    Stefanie Acworth
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:03 pm
    The joy of curling up with a good travel book is damn hard to beat. Part fiction, part memoir, the best travel books tell weird and wonderful stories and describe the intricate things that make a journey, or place, memorable. The initial excitement of a vessel leaving port or the joy of waking up to a brand-new city, they celebrate the act of exploration itself: poking around, asking questions, getting lost and into scrapes, making all the mistakes of a newcomer. The best travel books should ignite a travel spark to pack your suitcase and stumble forward into some world experiences of…
  • Here Are 25 (Free) Museums And Galleries To Visit In London

    Matt Stabile
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:40 am
    By Matt Stabile / Matt Stabile is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of You can read his writings, watch his travel videos, purchase the book he co-edited or contact him via email at any time at The post Here Are 25 (Free) Museums And Galleries To Visit In London appeared first on TheExpeditioner Travel Site.
  • Afghanistan Seen In A Whole New Light

    Matt Stabile
    16 Jul 2014 | 8:11 pm
    Turn your speakers up, switch to full screen, press play and be prepared to be amazed by this breathtaking, cinematic portrait of Afghanistan — a look at the country like you’ve never seen it before. Shot by Mikai Danger Karl, the video was shot during his recent trip to the country in April, 2014, and features some incredible images of the country’s landscape, along with stunning portraits of Afghans who, if you asked, probably have a lifetime of stories to tell about their lives. [Afghanistan by Mikai Danger Karl/Vimeo] By Matt Stabile / Matt Stabile is the founder and…
  • Travel Gear Review: The Dakota Clip Clock

    Matt Stabile
    9 Jul 2014 | 7:12 am
    Is it me or has anyone else had an issue with finding a good, sturdy, convenient and user-friendly travel alarm clock to take with them on their travels? I’ve been using the same cheapo plastic one I picked up at K-Mart years ago (yes, there’s a K-Mart in New York City; no, I can’t name another item that I purchased from there other than said clock). Lucky for me, I run this blog, and once in a while companies send me free stuff to review and/or gab about in a post. Also lucky for me, a recent item that was sent my way was the Digital Clip Clock made by and available through…
  • Is There Anywhere Better To Shoot Video Than Brazil?

    Matt Stabile
    7 Jul 2014 | 7:52 pm
    In honor of the World Cup wrapping up this weekend, I thought I’d feature this amazing compilation travel video from Brazil (as if the seemingly never-ending parade of enviable panoramic shots of Copacabana Beach and aerial views from Christ the Redeemer that have blanketed the airwaves recently haven’t already caused every sane person who hasn’t been to Brazil to scramble to their computer to check airfare prices to the country). Made by videographer Tom Pinsard, this beautiful video was shot while Tom and his girlfriend were in Brazil for two weeks during the World Cup…
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    Aaron's Worldwide Adventures

  • NYC’s 4th of July Fireworks Extravaganza in Photos

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

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

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

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

    8 May 2014 | 8:46 pm
    You ever get those moments where you feel like taking a break? Those moments where, try as you might, you can’t seem to get anything accomplished? Yeah, that’s been me the past few months, which is exactly why things have been a bit quiet around here lately. Fear not! I have not disappeared off the face of the Earth! I just took a bit of a break from blogging as things trudged on in my life. Since February, I’ve worked a bit. I’ve sat around my apartment pondering the meaning of life (or wasting time, depending on how you choose to describe it). Heck, I even did a bit…
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    The Orlando Blog

  • Spend Less, Enjoy More! 7 Travel Tips that Cut Costs & Boost Fun

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

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

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

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

    Lydia Chicles
    19 Jun 2014 | 3:32 pm
    Cornell Fine Arts Museum Looking for something fun to for all the family? Check out this event tomorrow in Winter Park, one of Orlando’s most beautiful neighborhoods! WHAT: The Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College invites Central Florida families to enjoy “CFAMily Day at the Cornell” – a free event filled with fun and educational activities. From gallery tours to hands-on art-making to scavenger hunts and games, there’s something for everyone in the family. Programs designed for ages 6+, but all ages are welcome. WHEN: Friday, June 20, 2014 and Friday, August 8, 2014…
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    Smart Women Travelers

  • Hotel Review: DoubleTree Guangzhou, China

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

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

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

    Carol Margolis
    10 Jul 2014 | 4:12 am
    The Hotel Heritage in Brugge has the best towels EVER! The kind you want to sink your nose into because they smell so amazingly fresh, then wrap the plushness around your body and never come out. Great, great towels! However, I know it’s typically not towels that are not the main feature you look at when selecting a hotel, so let me share more about the property: Comfy sitting room on the main floor has you feeling like royalty. A cuppa tea, please! Stunning dining room areas with a very nice buffet breakfast. Eggs, smoked salmon and big baskets of many types of breads and rolls will…
  • Hotel Offering: Yoga by the Sea

    Carol Margolis
    8 Jul 2014 | 6:53 pm
    Here’s an item for the Hilton Garden Inn in Veracruz, Mexico hotel’s “Amenities” page that will have you wishing you were in Veracruz right now: Staying with us on a Tuesday night? Then don comfortable clothes and join us on the beach for a 7pm yoga and relaxation session. We’ll go for 90 minutes or more so you can really relax after a long day or work or play. Enjoy our colorful mats, Listening to the crashing waves And feeling the warm gulf breezes. Stretch your body, Learn relaxation techniques. Don’t worry that you may not know what to do. We’re…
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    Traveling with MJ

  • Euphoria in Greenville, South Carolina

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:44 am
    If you like this article, you'll find more to enjoy at Traveling with MJ - Practical travel information for practical travelers. Come September, I’ll be heading to Greenville, South Carolina, for Euphoria, a weekend long event that includes exclusive tasting events, cooking demonstrations and wine seminars, as well as multi-course dinners and live musical performances. Dedicated to excellence, euphoria features domestic and international wines, celebrity chefs, master sommeliers, and national recording artists. The annual event shines a spotlight on Greenville, South Carolina¹s thriving…
  • Sunday Stories for July 20th, 2014

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    20 Jul 2014 | 8:56 am
    If you like this article, you'll find more to enjoy at Traveling with MJ - Practical travel information for practical travelers. It’s been a busy couple of weeks of travel, with more than the usual time spent in Hawaii. But what’s not to like about paradise?! I’m off to Las Vegas later today, a chance to meet up with some wonderful friends in the travel, tourism, and travel blogging community. Good things always happen when that group gets a dreaming. Here’s some reading to ease you into this next week. 15 World’s Best Free Online Music Streaming Platforms I’m…
  • If You Hate Camping, Try Glamping

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    14 Jul 2014 | 3:47 pm
    If you like this article, you'll find more to enjoy at Traveling with MJ - Practical travel information for practical travelers. I’ve tried camping, more than just a few times, and no matter how committed I’ve been to the process, it’s just not my cup of tea. I’ve tried tent camping. Hiking and carrying all the gear on my back is a whole lot of work, only to be followed by a whole lot more work to pitch a tent. Sleeping in a wet, rainy tent, on cold rocky ground, is just not my idea of a great weekend. I hate being cold, and here in the Pacific Northwest, I’ve shivered around a…
  • Sunday Stories for July 6th, 2014

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    6 Jul 2014 | 10:09 am
    If you like this article, you'll find more to enjoy at Traveling with MJ - Practical travel information for practical travelers. Sweet, sweet July. This has always been my favorite time of the year, especially for sticking around close to the Pacific Northwest. With travel to Tampa and Boston the last couple of weeks, and New Orleans this week, I’m beginning to appreciate the more moderate temperatures – and humidity – found her at home. Do you know that I’m revamped and relaunched the Traveling with MJ newsletter? It’s a monthly overview of some of the blog…
  • Sunday Stories for June 29th, 2014

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    27 Jun 2014 | 10:15 am
    If you like this article, you'll find more to enjoy at Traveling with MJ - Practical travel information for practical travelers. It’s been a busy week, most of taken up with a trip to Cancun for a TBEX North America site visit, followed by a lot of work catching up on email and projects. I’m not quite up to speed yet, but another day or two and I’ll be right back on top of things. Cancun was hot and humid. It’s been about 7 years since I was last there, and I had forgotten just how heavy the air could be in the middle of summer.  Stepping out of the hotel  meant an…
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    Monkeys and Mountains

  • Mountain Wild Flowers of the Jungfrau Region

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

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

    12 Jul 2014 | 6:20 am
    The original can be found here: Gelmer Funicular: The Highest in Europe. Please read the original. Calling all adrenalin junkies! The Gelmer Funicular located in the Haslital region of Switzerland is the steepest in the world! It starts off gradual but within minutes you find yourself seated not just perpendicular to the earth below you, but actually overhanging it at 106°!!!!   I’m not afraid of heights and even I screeched […] Monkeys and Mountains - Adventure seeker and explorer by day, luxury seeker by night
  • Cafe Katzentempel in Munich: My At Home Getaway

    4 Jul 2014 | 4:26 am
    The original can be found here: Cafe Katzentempel in Munich: My At Home Getaway. Please read the original. Cafe Katzentempel (Cat Temple) is one of my favorite places in Munich. I always leave in a better mood than when I entered. It's my go-to get-away place. Monkeys and Mountains - Adventure seeker and explorer by day, luxury seeker by night
  • 4 Years of Travel Blogging and Living in Germany

    2 Jul 2014 | 2:26 pm
    The original can be found here: 4 Years of Travel Blogging and Living in Germany. Please read the original. In celebration of my four year blog anniversary I share what life is really like living in Germany, how it is being married to a German and making a living as a travel blogger. Monkeys and Mountains - Adventure seeker and explorer by day, luxury seeker by night
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    i-escape travel blog

  • Top 10 Historical Hotspots on Turkey’s Mediterranean Coast

    23 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Our Junior Editorial Assistant Emily has just returned from yet another visit to Turkey’s Mediterranean coast, where she spent her time exploring and marvelling at ancient sites (in between stints on the beach, of course!). Here she shares her top 10 favourites, all within easy reach of our fabulous boutique hotels Turkey is one of the world’s most historically significant countries. It’s the place our ancestors started farming, home to the ancient city of Troy, and the birthplace of Santa Claus (aka St Nicholas). It was also travelled by St. Paul (the founder of Christianity),…
  • Family Escape of the Month… The Chester Residence

    21 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    As city breaks go, we can’t think of many more child-friendly destinations than Edinburgh. There’s an abundance of things to see and do, from castles to aquariums, and the bustling centre is easy to navigate with plenty of restaurant options for families.  On top of that, it just so happens that The Chester Residence – a chic, family-friendly bolthole in the popular and peaceful West End – is the perfect spot to enjoy it all from. This stylish apartment-hotel displays Edinburgh architecture at its most regal: stunning Georgian facades with expansive floor-to-ceiling windows…
  • Our favourite i-escape gifts

    18 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    As you all know, we do our best to bring you honest reviews, helpful service and some excellent special offers. But what you may have forgotten is that many of our hotel partners also offer a little sweetener for booking through us: an exclusive i-escape gift, ranging from a local tipple to a spoiling session at the hands of a master masseuse. We thought we’d share some of the most exciting and quirky gifts on offer at our properties… Bude Barns Best of British: Bude Barns, England – a breakfast hamper with bacon, eggs etc. For budding chefs: Hameau Albert 1er, France – a cookbook…
  • Spotlight on… Laos

    16 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Nestled between Thailand, China, Vietnam, Cambodia and Burma, this Indochinese country is fast gaining a reputation as the beauty of the East thanks to its incredibly rich culture, stunning natural scenery and colourful colonial towns. The Mekong Why go? Due to years of political and geographical isolation, land-locked Laos has remained undiluted by mass tourism, and the whole country retains an old-fashioned charm. The Mekong River runs the length of the nation, while the Annamite Mountains spread over the eastern border from Vietnam. The result is a mix of stunning waterfalls, lush…
  • Escape of the Week… Hotel Los Castanos

    14 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Amongst the Andalucian mountains, where white villages gleam in the sun and gardens groan with olives, avocados, lemons and peaches, you’ll find the welcoming and spoiling Hotel Los Castanos. Tucked away in a relatively undiscovered village of just 100 people, it’s a go-to spot  if you want to experience the authentic, cossetting charm of rural Spain. At this boutique hotel  in tiny Cartajima, you’re also treated to some of the most beautiful scenery in southern Europe. Just borrow some maps from delightful owners Di and John and step out of the door to find a number of incredible…
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    Byteful Travel

  • To Succeed, Become Obsessed With What You Do

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

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

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

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

    Andrew Crusoe
    17 Mar 2014 | 3:11 am
    The Astounding Travel Writers interview series continues today with a newer member of the travel blogger sphere. I first learned about Mera when she submitted an article to the Byteful Travel blog carnival a while back. Mera is a great example of someone who knows what they love to do and is actively doing what they can to share their adventures with the world in an honest, and very real, way. 1. Thanks for agreeing to do an interview today and being a part of my Astounding Travel Writers Series. It’s wonderful when we travel writers can connect. I’d like to begin with a simple…
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    Wayfaring Wanderer

  • Scott Family Adventure on the Blue Ridge Parkway | Boone, NC Family Photographer

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

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

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

    29 May 2014 | 4:52 am
    Emma’s dreamed of getting married at her childhood home her entire life. The memories she holds of the homestead where she grew up are magical and it was her wish to share the beauty of this secluded sanctuary with her friends and family from near and far.This down-to-earth couple also had a desire to get married in an intimate, alfresco setting because they both have an extremely close relationship with nature as environmental scientists. They were looking to incorporate that deep appreciation and connection to the outdoors into their ceremony and wedding photos.The delicate, handmade…
  • 5 Simple Ways Moms Can Practice Self-Love Everyday | Guest Post by Andi of Beets & Okra | Redefining Self-Love Series

    20 May 2014 | 1:44 pm
    Before I was a mom, self love was easier. That doesn’t mean I was always good at it, in fact, I had a pretty bad habit of putting myself down and finding ALL of my flaws. Not very loving, huh? Things have changed tremendously for me since I became a mom. I may even go as far as to say that I am better at loving myself now than I ever was before. Why? Time is precious and I want to make sure to fit it in because I know practicing self-love is crucial.From the moment I found out I was pregnant, I learned that my life was no longer my private business. Anyone and everyone thought it…
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  • Picture This, Orta San Giulio

    23 Jul 2014 | 5:06 am
    The water dances and sparkles, it’s as electric blue as the upholstery on the  wooden motor launch serving as our transport to the island. There’s something delectably 1960s about the scene; a row of recently varnished boats lounge lazily on cobbles sloping into the lake; the fourth side of a piazza lined by elegant town houses with peeling pastel plaster façades. This is Italy, even faded and cracked plaster looks deliberately tasteful. I take Andy’s hand, helping her onto the launch. My imagination replaces our forms with a sharp-suited Sean Connery assisting Vesper Lynd…
  • Home Grown Perfection at Hotel and Restaurant Al Sorriso, Italy

    22 Jul 2014 | 7:47 am
    I have always assumed that anyone who has reached the top of their profession in the culinary arts must have a wall of food diplomas and have spent the first third of their careers working alongside and learning from numerous master chefs. It’s an assumption that was blown out of the water when I found myself at one of Les Grandes Tables du Monde, at the table of two Michelin starred Grand Chef Luisa Marelli whose superb gastronomic skills have all been self taught. In 1981, shortly after moving into Restaurant Al Sorriso, Luisa found herself in charge of the kitchen when the chef…
  • Review of Hotel Auersperg in Salzburg

    20 Jul 2014 | 10:14 am
    Auerspergstrasse 61, Salzburg, Austria The difference between a good hotel room and a WOW one is having something that sets it apart from every other, homogeneous design. In the case of the Hotel Auersperg it was a poster of the Rat Pack on the door of the mini bar. The iconic image of Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jnr and Frank Sinatra shows the über cool trio dressed in tuxedos and smoking cigarettes. Sammy Davis and Sinatra are laughing uproariously at something Dino is saying. You can’t see drinks in the picture but you just know drink has been taken. The caption on the poster simply…
  • The Sound of Music and Marionettes in Salzburg

    20 Jul 2014 | 10:07 am
    Walking through the grandiose vestibule of the Marionette Theatre in Salzburg to watch puppets perform The Sound of Music unlocks a mix of contrasting emotions. On the one hand the theatre feels like it’s got plenty of potential as a Twilight Zone/Hammer House of Horror setting. On the other, the opulent décor, props, paintings and dangling puppets are at delightful odds with a time when technology has reached a stage where it can sometimes be difficult to separate real humans from computer generated ones. It feels like stepping back into another world at another time. It could easily…
  • Adjusting to Different Eating Patterns

    11 Jul 2014 | 3:51 am
    On Saturday night we strolled through the banana plantations to one of the best restaurants on the Canary Island of Tenerife for a combined anniversary/birthday celebration. Our reservation was for 8.30pm and, being British, we sauntered casually through the front gates into the aperitif/cocktail terrace at eight twenty-nine precisely. There was not one other person there. By the time we reached the dining area another couple arrived through the side entrance. They were German. Saturday night and the place was dead… because it was too early. Two months previously we’d walked into…
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    Gay Travel Information (and more)!

  • Federal Hill Brick Oven Pizza – Warren, Rhode Island

    22 Jul 2014 | 9:46 pm
    Federal Hill Brick Oven Pizza | 495 Main Street | Warren, Rhode Island 02885 | 401-245-0045 Buongiorno! It might not be the best idea to write while my stomach is growling but my enthusiasm to write about Federal Hill Brick Oven Pizza in Warren, Rhode Island is off the charts, so alas I shall write … Continue reading →
  • Water’s Edge Resort and Spa – Westbrook, CT

    17 Jul 2014 | 9:41 am
    Water’s Edge Resort and Spa | 1525 Boston Post Road | Westbrook, CT 06498 | 1-800-222-5901 Greetings! I just returned from an amazing stay at one of Connecticut’s most luxurious resorts, Water’s Edge Resort & Spa in Westbrook. I was impressed from the moment I arrived! Here are my TOP 10 reasons why.  LOCATION! The name … Continue reading →
  • Weddings With a Heart – Rhode Island Gay Weddings & Photography

    14 Jul 2014 | 7:37 pm
    Weddings With a Heart - Rhode Island Weddings and Photography for Same Sex Couples By: Don Beach Yes, we offer our officiant and photography services for LGBT wedding couples in Rhode Island and Cape Cod, and we would be honored to perform your ceremony and handle your photography needs. It’s been our experience that our gay friends … Continue reading →
  • Shogun Seafood Steak & Sushi – Wakefield, RI

    11 Jul 2014 | 10:25 am
    SHOGUN SEAFOOD STEAK & SUSHI | 59 South County Commons Plaza | Wakefiled, RI | 401-284-1311 Shogun is one of Rhode Island’s most unique, fun and delicious dining experiences! A favorite of Gay Travel Information (read our review from 2012 HERE), we are excited to spotlight this family run business once again.  This time we had … Continue reading →
  • Detours Gay Adventure Travel

    11 Jul 2014 | 7:23 am
    DETOURS GAY ADVENTURE TRAVEL  Detours is not your average group tour operator.  If the idea of a clipboard-wielding tour guide at the front of a 50-person bus barrelling through 15 countries in 10 days makes you cringe then Detours may be just what you’re looking for.  They’ve done away with restricting daily itineraries and daily … Continue reading →
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    Fodor's Travel Wire

  • Ask Fodor's: Money-Saving Tips for Oslo?
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Our column this week features a question submitted by @AlperElci via Twitter: Why is accommodation in Oslo expensive? Do you have any cost-saving suggestionS for a family with kids? Oslo is one of the most expensive cities in Europe, so it shouldn't be surprising to find that hotels are not cheap. But by the same token, you shouldn't have to bankrupt your family to enjoy a visit there.  Hotels are not as expensive as one might think. You'll find a lot of options for under $300, many options for under $200, and even a few under $150. For a major European city, that's…
  • 10 Stunning Hotels in Unexpected Places
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:00 pm
    For a long time, it seemed that cities such as Shanghai, Dubai, and Toronto had cornered the market on futuristic-looking hotels, but some of the most innovatively designed properties are now cropping up in less cosmopolitan places. Here we take a look at 10 cool hotels in unexpected locations, ranging from the riverbanks in Colorado to the misty rainforest of India. Most of these hotels feature a minimalist design, complementing and enhancing the natural surroundings, and draw inspiration from their locales. by Christina Valhouli
  • Design Lovers' Guide to Palm Springs
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    An oasis in the Coachella Valley, Palm Springs is the perfect destination for lovers of architecture from the Mid-Century Modern and Desert Modern periods (1930s-1970s). Design enthusiasts flock here year-round to cozy up in retro motels or sip martinis at throwback eateries. The Southern California desert community of 45,000 hosts the world's largest collection of Mid-Century Modern architecture, from residential properties to commercial buildings. Fresh off its 75th anniversary last year, Palm Springs is poised to impress design fans from around the globe. Consider this your guide. What…
  • World's Most Luxurious Wine Country Hotels
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Wine aficionados need look no further than these ultra-luxe accommodations located in the heart of vineyard environs. We've scoured the globe to showcase 10 of the world's best, ranging in style from minimalist to medieval. Some are located on wine estates, boasting views of the vines from the rooms, on-site samplings, and "vinotherapy" treatments at the spa, while others offer an opulent base for exploring the best of a region's vineyards. Cheers! by Christina Valhouli
  • Best Credit Cards for Travelers
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Travel credit cards that offer rewards are everywhere. You can't escape the fliers, emails, and commercials touting "exclusive perks," and with so many options, finding a credit card that is right for you can be overwhelming. Here are four questions you should ask yourself that will help you choose the right one. What do I want from my reward card? Everyone wants rewards, but rewards come in many forms. Some people want points for free stuff, while others are looking for elite status and exclusive perks. If you're new to rewards cards, only travel a few times a year, and…
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    Mallory On Travel

  • Bald Eagles in Flight; The Prince Rupert Airshow

    Iain Mallory
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:44 am
    Iain MalloryIainMallory The BC sky was filled with feathered dive-bombers, swooping, diving, cartwheeling and sweeping low over shallow waves, Prince Rupert, raptor squadron reporting to entertain. Dozens of bald eagles provided a spectacular display, rivalling any international airshow, their acrobatics the envy of even the most skilled pilots; an elegant dance in the sky. Every passenger was on the […] The post Bald Eagles in Flight; The Prince Rupert Airshow appeared first on Mallory On Travel.MalloryOnTravel
  • Postcards from Bow Lake, The Canadian Rockies

    Iain Mallory
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Iain MalloryIainMallory When the weather is calm, with little or no wind there are few more stunning views than the steep-sided, craggy mountains which seem to sprout directly out of Bow Lake. Their mirror image perfectly reflected in the placid waters of the clear blue lake at their base, providing additional symmetrical depth to the already impressive […] The post Postcards from Bow Lake, The Canadian Rockies appeared first on Mallory On Travel.MalloryOnTravel
  • Walking Through History in Cantabria, Spain

    Iain Mallory
    17 Jul 2014 | 1:53 pm
    Iain MalloryIainMallory Guest post by Alison Bailey The Northern coast of Spain is rich in history. The geography is ideally suited to seafaring activities, there is ready access to the Bay of Biscay, and Santander has played a major part in shaping European history. Cantabria’s history goes back further than man’s first attempts to tame the sea, much further. […] The post Walking Through History in Cantabria, Spain appeared first on Mallory On Travel.MalloryOnTravel
  • Postcards from a Beautiful New Brunswick Church

    Iain Mallory
    16 Jul 2014 | 2:46 pm
    Iain MalloryIainMallory There is a simple beauty to the small town churches of Canada, and the ones on the eastern shores in particular seem to embody this understated appeal. The New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia wooden built churches, usually have single tall spires reaching high into blue skies, marbled with streaky nimbus clouds having a distinct charm […] The post Postcards from a Beautiful New Brunswick Church appeared first on Mallory On Travel.MalloryOnTravel
  • Regalia and Rhythm; Ottawa Aboriginal Summer Solstice Festival

    Iain Mallory
    15 Jul 2014 | 6:40 am
    Iain MalloryIainMallory The light was already fading on the second longest day of the year when the taxi pulled up at the Aboriginal Summer Solstice Festival in Ottawa. I’d been invited to the soft opening; the real celebrations beginning the following day. However, it was my first pow-wow (pau wau), and although only a limited number of […] The post Regalia and Rhythm; Ottawa Aboriginal Summer Solstice Festival appeared first on Mallory On Travel.MalloryOnTravel
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    Gawaya Travel Blog

  • Top Destinations for Exotic Autumn Holidays

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

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

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

    Salika Jay
    17 Oct 2013 | 8:02 am
    If you’re fascinated about the amazing things in the world, one of the things you must see is Northern Lights, also known as Aurora Borealis. It’s truly a spectacular phenomena of our mother nature. I’m fortunate enough to see this once, and it was such a pleasing sight to the eyes. I [...]View article on Gawaya Travel Blog: Northern Lights: All You Need To Know
  • Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

    Salika Jay
    4 Oct 2013 | 6:10 am
    Summer has ended for many parts of the world but not for the city of Albuquerque, New Mexico. The fresh wind still blows and it is that time of the year to host the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. Each fall, pilots, photographers, balloon enthusiasts and spectators from all over the world come [...]View article on Gawaya Travel Blog: Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta
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    FareCompare » Travel Advice

  • Best Outdoor Adventure Destinations

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

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

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

    Anne McDermott
    7 Jul 2014 | 9:23 am
    According to a new British Airways video (see it below), relieving the stress of a long flight is simple: Wrap yourself in the Happiness Blanket – and sleep. Sleep Makes Passengers Happy This British Airways experiment involved a wired-up blanket (Happiness Blanket) embedded with changing colored-lights activated by sensors connected to head bands. When people felt good, the blankets turned blue. When people felt not so good (perhaps after catching a glimpse of themselves wearing the bizarre head bands), the blankets turned red. Sleep was nice and blue. 5 Ways to Get Through a Long…
  • 7 Items Every Traveler Should Pack

    Anne McDermott
    26 Jun 2014 | 6:16 am
    As the song says, it’s summertime and the livin’ is easy – unless you’re the one who has to pack for the big trip. But we can help! LISTEN: And the help begins with these tips from travel (and packing) expert Rick Seaney. What Bag to Bring Here at FareCompare, we always recommend a carry-on. If you think it won’t hold enough, take a look at this video (which includes a step-by-step primer on how to pack). The two best reasons to bring a carry-on: It can’t get lost, the way a checked-bag can No need to stop at the baggage carousel so your vacation begins…
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    Luxury Holiday Blog - Tropical Sky

  • A true taste of Thailand

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

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

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

    Natasha Delgado
    13 Jun 2014 | 9:24 am
    When you think tropical, what first springs to mind? Is it transparent emerald waters with sugar sanded beaches, elegantly fringed with palm trees? If so chances are it’s an Island in the Caribbean you’re thinking of. When a destination is situated right between Florida and the Gulf of Mexico you know it’s going to boast some of the most tropical … Your ultimate guide to weddings in the Caribbean is a post from: Luxury Holiday Blog - Tropical Sky
  • A true taste of Vietnam

    Nicola Quinn
    12 Jun 2014 | 4:49 am
    There is much more to Vietnamese food than combining a selection of ingredients, cooking them in a pot and serving them up as a satisfying dish. Unlike many cuisines in the world, the food in Vietnam has a strong philosophical importance stretching beyond flavours and smells. There are five elements which form the foundation of Vietnamese cuisine, with each local … A true taste of Vietnam is a post from: Luxury Holiday Blog - Tropical Sky
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  • Luxury in Bali – Samabe Resort

    14 Jul 2014 | 3:47 pm
    Luxury in Bali – Samabe ResortWe have been on many holidays in our time travelling and we have stayed in some very nice accommodation and some not so very nice accommodation. Samabe is one of the most luxurious we have stayed in and we were instantly blown away by the grandeur of the resort and the location perched upon the cliff tops in Southern Nusa Dua. We were greeted by the friendly staff at reception and given a welcome drink on arrival and the lovely ladies sat with us to discuss our check-in details and also the entirety of the resort and all the facilities on offer. Poolside…
  • Travel and Games

    24 Jun 2014 | 12:14 am
    Travel and GamesElise and I are travellers through and through, but we now have a base here in Sydney and when we are at home we like to do the usual things, like going out to dinner, the movies and out with friends to the local pub. But I have recently been at home as I am completely addicted to my Xbox One. I am not a gamer at all but this Xbox is much more than your regular game console. The Xbox is a computer, game console, set-top box and freaky device from the future (I’ll explain later) all wrapped up in one. It makes transitioning from your tv to gaming and your files in a…
  • When I’m Not Travelling I’m Cooking

    15 Jun 2014 | 6:15 pm
    When I’m Not Travelling I’m CookingSome of you may or may not know that I’m a chef and when I’m not travelling I love cooking. Whenever I have a spare moment, I am always testing new recipes and trying to perfect others that I have created. My dream is to one day open my own cafe when we finally have some time to settle down and stop travelling. At the moment I have been playing with my new Surface Pro and there are some serious food apps that I love that I would love to share with you. I have used these on countless occasions to find new and inventive recipes from all…
  • OneDrive And Travel

    12 Jun 2014 | 5:50 pm
    OneDrive And TravelIf you’ve ever lost your camera on a holiday or the SD cards with 1000′s of photos on them from your recent trip, Microsoft’s Onedrive may be for you… Onedrive is essentially a cloud storage service. Meaning you can save files to OneDrive and then access them from any device. This is a free online storage app built into Windows. It is basically an extra hard drive, but able to be used on a PC, tablet or phone. One Drive from Microsoft So, what does this mean for travel? Travel Documents Before heading on your trip, create a folder in OneDrive, just…
  • Travel Planning Made Easy – Travel App

    5 Jun 2014 | 10:55 pm
    Travel Planning Made Easy – Travel AppElise and I have had the travel bug for sometime now and we always get excited at the thought of going overseas and planning a new trip. Only a few years ago we used watch documentaries and gawk at other friends photos of overseas trips to gain some inspiration before we went. Now all you need is the new Bing Travel App. This app absolutely blows me away and it the perfect companion before you go, as well as when you are at your destination. Home Page – Bing Travel App Elise and I are planning a trip to England for a friend’s wedding and…
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    The World on Wheels

  • The Last Man Standing in Oildale...Rockwell and His Honky Tonk

    Darryl Musick
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:30 am
    Each time we come to this city in the south end of the San Joaquin Valley, we find something new to see or experience.  There was the first time we went to the Crystal Palace. Then, the old town streets of the Kern County Museum and the Oil Museum. Letty getting to be the darling of the game at the local minor league team's game; tasting the great margaritas at Mexicali; the outstanding food of Los Tacos de Huicho, Urrichio's, and the area's many Basque restaurants; hiking along the Kern River...the list goes on and on.So what will we find on our latest stay in this very underrated…
  • The Cocktail Hour - Scarlet O'Hara

    Darryl Musick
    20 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Here's a new one for us, a southern classic.Watch the Video!Ingredients:1 oz. whiskey1 oz. Grand Marnierjuice of one small limetop off with cranberry cocktailMix all ingredients into a highball glass filled with ice.Cheers!Darryl
  • Lake Tahoe and the Motherlode, California & Nevada

    Darryl Musick
    18 Jul 2014 | 4:30 am
     On our third day, we ended up wasting a lot of time because some locals told us the best swimming lake in the area was Bear River Lake high up in the mountains above Jackson.  After a two-hour drive, we find out that there is no wheelchair access.  At all.Back down we went.  Nice drive, but disappointed in not being able to do anything.Watch the Video!Yesterday was wine tasting day (part 2) where we ended up spending just about all day at Story Winery.  Not complaining at all because it’s one of my favorite places but we did miss one winery I had wanted to visit,…
  • Amador County Wine Country, California

    Darryl Musick
    14 Jul 2014 | 4:30 am
    In Part 1 of this trip, we have a very enjoyable day of baseball and candy in Sacramento before heading up to the Motherlode country for a mediocre hotel, a great little steakhouse, a nice kitchen shop, and a slightly depressing Gold Rush era downtown.Watch the Video!Today, we’re heading for wine country.  My pick for the best wine country experience has always been Amador Country.  It’s one of the oldest grape growing areas of the state and is home to California’s oldest continuous operating winery.Between our hotel in Sutter Creek and the highway lies the tiny town of Amador…
  • The Cocktail Hour - Latin Passion

    Darryl Musick
    12 Jul 2014 | 9:33 pm
    Watch the Video!This week on the patio, we're enjoying some Latin Passion!  Stop's just the name of the drink.  This is kind of like a more sour version of a tequila sunrise.  It is very good and pretty too.Here's the recipe.INGREDIENTS - Two Drinks2 oz Tequila2 oz Brandy1/2 oz Amarettosplash of passionfruit syrup2-3 oz. sweet and sourspash of grenadine1/2 limeSqueeze lime into cocktail shaker that is 1/3 full of ice.  Put in just the smallest dash of passionfruit syrup, too much will make your drink too sweet. Pour in tequila, brandy, amaretto, and fill to…
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    Teen Travel Talk

  • Thrifty Thursdays: Getting Around on a College Student’s Budget

    24 Jul 2014 | 12:48 pm
     If you’re like me, you have a hard time staying in one place for too long. The infamous wanderlust reaches out and grabs me every so often and I just need to get away! Fortunately for me, living on the East Coast of the U.S. makes it very easy to “get away” to somewhere very different without actually going too far. From New York City where I am usually based, it is about a 4-5 hour drive radius to some major, and majorly fun, cities that won’t drain your wallet for a weekend getaway. Here are a few tips on how to take a few East Coast weekend trips without breaking the bank.  …
  • No More Summer Blues

    24 Jul 2014 | 8:30 am
    Hello there! My name is Kelsey and I live in a small town in Southern Kentucky. I’ve been traveling since I was a toddler and I adore it. However, not having the resources to travel far and wide whenever I please, I instead like to find alternatives that give me a similar thrill. For example, just one week into summer a friend and I decided that our summer was already a bore. The next day we made plans to wake up early, play soccer, and get a late breakfast. That wasn’t enough so on a whim we decided to drive up to the nearest city to hang out at the mall, eat frozen yogurt, and then…
  • The Exploratorium!

    19 Jul 2014 | 10:29 pm
    San Francisco has so much to offer, its impossible to do it all in one trip. I’ve already talked about Fisherman’s Wharf, a very popular touristic place to go, but there are so many other things on the piers like on Pier 15/17.     The Exploratorium is an amazing museum filled with interactive exhibits. There are fun filled activities and projects that help teach kids (this isn’t all for kids, I’ve seen adults that had lots of fun playing with the stations, not to mention myself) about astronomy, our planet, the human body, culture, etc. using their five…
  • Where to get your ‘central perks’ in NYC

    12 Jul 2014 | 8:46 am
     Everyone likes a classy coffee shop, right? However, if you’re like me, the sheer amount of New York coffee shops can at times seem almost overwhelming. I’ve explored neighborhoods, read copious amounts of Yelp reviews, have asked around, and I’m still always searching for new, hip, affordable cafes to spend time at. Living in the East Village, I am slightly biased to EV and Lower East Side coffee spots, so here are the top four coffee corners in my neighborhood. 1) Ciao for Now Ciao for Now is an established family-owned café that has taken up residency in the vibrant East and West…
  • Thrifty Thursdays: How to Survive in Boston on a College Student’s budget

    10 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    As a resident college student of Boston, I make up 1 person out of about half a million people in my demographic. Luckily, Boston is a fantastic city for college students for many reasons, one of those being the lack of necessity to spend tons of money to have fun during the school year and summer break. Here are my top four tips for how to survive on that minimal salary you receive from your campus work-study job, while still having maximum amounts of fun. 1) Explore, explore, explore! Boston is known to be a fabulous walking city and while there is a severe lack of a grid system, one can…
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  • A Brief Guide to Packing Underwear

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

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

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

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

    Fred Perrotta
    26 Jun 2014 | 5:56 am
    Even a large bag like the Tortuga Travel Backpack can feel light and comfortable on your back. The secret to a comfortable carry is two-fold: Buying the right pack Packing it correctly Yes, some of this is up to you. Don’t worry, we’re here to help. When buying a bag, padding and comfortable straps are a must. Larger, maximum-sized carry on bags should also have a hip belt as most hiking packs do. A good hip belt will transfer most of your pack’s weight from your shoulders to your hips. Buying a bag with the right padding and straps is the easy part. Most people struggle…
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    Panoramic Earth

  • Panoramic view from Picnic Point (Toowoomba)

    22 Jul 2014 | 4:45 pm
    Panoramic view from Picnic Point - Toowoomba visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Panoramic view from Picnic Point' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Queensland.Panorama photographed by klaus mayer who wrote:Panoramic views from Picnic Point in Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia. Picnic Point is a popular recreational site located 700 metres above sea level on the Great Dividing Range. A number of lookouts offer stunning views over the Lockyer Valley in the east and Toowoomba and farm land to the west.
  • Cobb and Co Museum (Toowoomba)

    22 Jul 2014 | 4:45 pm
    Cobb and Co Museum - Toowoomba visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Cobb and Co Museum' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Queensland.Panorama photographed by klaus mayer who wrote:Panorama of windmill collection in front of the Cobb and Co Museum in Toowoomba, Queensland. The Cobb and Co Museum is home of the National Carriage Collection and focuses on horse-drawn vehicles and heritage trades.
  • New Comment on Mercat Cross Culross (Culross)

    20 Jul 2014 | 8:43 am
    stuart robertson wrote: hi malcom cheers for the comment, they were using the square for the filming of a film called outlander, and it was soon going to be painted back to white, which is it's normal colour. i will have to back and see it. it really knocked me sideways, walking into the square was like walking back in time it's a truly remarkable location.
  • Pont Mercedes (Hossegor)

    19 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Pont Mercedes - Hossegor visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Pont Mercedes' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Aquitaine.Panorama photographed by isabel Marques who wrote:Panorama photographed at Mercedes Bridge over the Canal of Hossegor, near the Avenue de la Grande Dune, France. Mercedes bridge linking the town of Hossegor to Place des Landais and the promenade by the sea. The Canal of [[10558,Hossegor]], is the continuation of the, [[10553,Marine Lake Hossegor]], has 1695 m long with 2 access bridges, one of which…
  • Place des Landais (Hossegor)

    19 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Place des Landais - Hossegor visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Place des Landais' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Aquitaine.Panorama photographed by isabel Marques who wrote:The [[10552, Place des Landais]] is located in front of [[10508, Plage Centrale in Hossegor]], France. The Place des Landais is one of access to Central Beach.
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    Disney Guide | Unofficial Disney World Guide | Disney World Unofficial Guide

  • Disney Parks After Dark: A Peaceful Night at Tom Sawyer Island

    24 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    In my opinion, tonight’s “After Dark” image is one of the best we’ve ever shared. It’s a snap of Tom Sawyer Island right at sunset. It’s so calm and serene that it just makes me want to visit again very soon. Gallery Disney Parks After Dark view all Disney Parks After Dark: A Peaceful Night at Tom Sawyer Island by Jennifer Fickley-Baker: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog
  • ‘The Music of: Nashville’ Gets Toes Tappin’ at Disneyland Park

    24 Jul 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Last weekend, we kicked off an all-new entertainment experience at Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree in Disneyland park. “The Music of: Nashville” is bringing the music from the ABC hit show to life every Friday, Saturday and Sunday this summer. With the help of popular headliner The Kelly Rae Band and others, this concert experience treats fans of “Nashville” to some of their favorite tunes from the show along with fun behind-the-scenes stories and more. So check out “The Music of: Nashville” for yourself every Friday, Saturday and Sunday this summer at Big Thunder Ranch…
  • A Journey Through Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

    24 Jul 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Have you had a chance to experience the “Frozen” Summer Fun at Disney’s Hollywood Studios yet? Earlier this month, we shared a look at the new “Frozen Fireworks” show that light up each night. This week we’re taking a look inside Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post, a location set up adjacent to Toy Story Mania! that offers “Frozen” merchandise, ice skating, a snow play area for kids, themed treats, and fun photo ops. Gallery A Journey Through Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post at Disney’s Hollywood Studios view all Check out the photo gallery above for a look at the fun…
  • Share Your Favorite Disneyland Resort Memories from the 1960s

    24 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    Last week, we began preparing for the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, coming spring 2015, by inviting our fans to share your favorite memories from the past 60 years of the Disneyland Resort for a chance to win a trip to the celebration kick-off. We started by asking for your memories from the 1950s … now we want to see your memories from the 1960s! Lots of magic was made in the 1960s here at the Disneyland Resort. Were you a part of it? Do you have a photo of yourself at the opening of the Haunted Mansion? Pirates of the Caribbean? Or maybe at one of my favorite quirky…
  • Santa’s Summer Vacation with Disney Cruise Line

    24 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Ho, ho, ho! If you’re following @DisneyCruise on Twitter, you probably saw Santa Claus was spotted onboard this summer. What may have surprised you is what he was doing… But even this jolly man needs time away to recharge! His visit brought a smile to lots of faces, including some of your favorite Disney pals. We managed to capture a little of his fun on video, so sit back and enjoy this exclusive look at Santa’s summer vacation on a Disney cruise… Even if you missed Santa this summer, you have plenty of chances to hang out with him onboard this winter. Starting in…
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    Italy to Los Angeles and Back

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

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

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

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

    Marie Ohanesian Nardin
    25 Feb 2014 | 7:41 am
    Masks-Carnevale 2014Traghetto Molo, San MarcoCarnevale, for many who live in or around Venice, is a time when you either stay away from St. Mark's square and the crowds that fill the city's only piazza or you wait to view the marvelous costumes and masks on an 'off day'. This year the festivities officially opened on Sunday February 23rd with the traditional Volo dell’angelo or Flight of the Angel. It was reported that 105,000 people attended. I, intentionally, was not one of them. A beautiful mask, Venice 2014The origins of the Angel, interpreted in the 1500s by a Turkish…
  • 10 random things Italy has taught this native Southern Californian...

    Marie Ohanesian Nardin
    1 Feb 2014 | 10:25 am
    Today marks 27 years since I left Los Angeles and moved to Venice, Italy—a lot of changes have occurred in my life, on the inside and out. So, just for fun, I’d like to share a few of the random things Italy has taught this native Southern Californian:Piazzetta San Marco, Venice Walk or take public transportation. They’re easy options that help your wallet, waistline and the environment.Unless there’s a deadline, it’s okay if you leave it for tomorrow.Traditional Italian lasagna is made with besciamella cream sauce and lots of Parmigiano…
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    Travelerfolio - Travel Blog Singapore

  • Fly with VietJet & Win Prizes

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

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

    23 Jun 2014 | 6:05 pm
    . Fancy a trip to Vietnam? Grab your chance to win a holiday to Ho Chi Minh City aka Saigon! VietJet is now offering 1,000 lucky customers FREE Round Trip* tickets from Singapore to Ho Chi Minh City. How to join? Visit (For customers in Singapore only). Fill up a simple registration form on [...]
  • Tasmanian Food Trails

    22 Jun 2014 | 5:30 pm
    . Lying on the path of the Roaring Forties in the Southern Ocean, the pristine natural environment of Tasmania is endowed with some of the cleanest air and water in the world. The island to the south of mainland Australia has four distinct seasons; thanks to its varied microclimates and unpolluted sources, we can indulge [...]
  • Tastes of Darwin

    15 Jun 2014 | 5:30 pm
    . Darwin is a multicultural, tropical cosmopolitan in the Top End, and it celebrates its diversity through food! With a population from over 60 nationalities and 70 different ethnicities including the Larrakia Aboriginal people, the capital city of the Northern Territory has brought together a plethora of culinary choices, offering a gastronomic experience influenced by [...]
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    Tourdust Blog

  • Which Kruger Game Reserve Should I stay in?

    8 Jul 2014 | 7:15 am
    Kruger National Park is South Africa's largest national park and one of Africa's largest game reserves. The size of Wales, it is home to 147 large mammal species, which makes it the most diverse reserve in Africa. The majority of accommodation within Kruger is managed by the park and guests are free to self-drive, although off-road driving is not permitted. Rest camps are basic affairs, which book out a long while in advance. Surrounding Kruger park, are several private game reserves with luxurious lodges and private, guided safaris. Guests are not permitted to drive within these reserves,…
  • The Best Safari Lodges in Kruger for Families

    8 Jul 2014 | 4:03 am
    You've decided to take your family on safari in the Kruger area, but the question is where to stay. There are hundreds of lodges to choose from, some of which don't accept children at all. Then there is the question of whether they offer child friendly sleeping arrangements and activities and whether you should stay in a tent or a suite. To ease your planning, we have put together a list of our favourite family friendly lodges in the Kruger area, which we have tried and tested with one of our own children. It is very important to take the time to consider your budget, age of your children and…
  • How to make safaris fun. By Alex (age 8)

    3 Jul 2014 | 7:21 am
    Children are usually unanimously wowed by their initial experience on safari. However once the initial amazement is replaced by the new norm of seeing elephants and lions in the wild, we have found that interest levels can start to wane. It is very difficult to predict, we have one daughter who simply can’t get enough game drives in her life, if she had her way she’d have a morning and afternoon game drive every day of her life, whilst her sister tends to lose interest after a couple of drives. The below was written by Alex, aged 8, who definitely falls into the latter camp. In…
  • Tourdust Trek Gradings

    2 Jul 2014 | 7:42 am
    When choosing your trek it’s vital to make sure you select a route that matches your abilities. To help you chose we have graded all of our treks as being either gentle, moderate, challenging or demanding. To see which category your chosen trek falls into take a look at the “Is it for me” tab on the relevant trek page. If you’re still unsure or would like to further information please don’t hesitate to give us a call, we’ll connect you with a member of the team who has trekked in the area you’re interested in. Based on their experience they'll…
  • How safe is Kenya?

    11 Jun 2014 | 9:07 am
    I last visited Kenya in March of this year with my oldest daughter (8 years old) for company. It is hard to underestimate the weight of responsibility in leaving the majority of your family at home, whilst you take off to a far off corner of the world with one of your beloved children. It is not something I have ever taken lightly and is something I consider deeply every-time I travel with my children, whether it be to Kenya, Morocco, South Africa or the United States. In this instance, I even got the call from my own mother, asking what I thought I was doing taking her grand-daughter to…
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    South America Travel News Blog | A Travel Blog All About South America

  • Meet Travel Consultant Adam: Expert South America Trip Advisor

    Joseph Olson
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:53 pm
    From mountaineering and whitewater rafting to surfing and wine tasting – Adam knows the best activities by travel destination Recently, we had a chance to catch up with consultant Adam Haynie for a discussion on his experiences with the continent, and the ways in which he helps clients plan the perfect South American adventure. In his most recent […] The post Meet Travel Consultant Adam: Expert South America Trip Advisor appeared first on South America Travel News Blog | A Travel Blog All About South America.
  • Machu Picchu Reviews Tell the Tale: This Place Can’t be Topped!

    Joseph Olson
    18 Jul 2014 | 4:14 pm
    Our Lima, Cusco, Machu Picchu tour is a consistent top-seller. Because of that, we receive a lot of excellent testimonials from our clients telling us how much they enjoyed the experience. Last week alone, three wonderful reviews came in that we’d like to share with our readers. Travel consultant Kyle assisted Monica and Sunil in planning and […] The post Machu Picchu Reviews Tell the Tale: This Place Can’t be Topped! appeared first on South America Travel News Blog | A Travel Blog All About South America.
  • Experience the Amazon in the Most Intimate Way Possible… by Kayak!

    Joseph Olson
    15 Jul 2014 | 11:34 am
    Get up close and personal with this incredible ecosystem We may write about the Amazon River and rainforest a lot, but it’s for good reason. The region is one of the most unique and distinctive places on the planet. People contact us all the time wanting to know more about this vast wilderness, which covers […] The post Experience the Amazon in the Most Intimate Way Possible… by Kayak! appeared first on South America Travel News Blog | A Travel Blog All About South America.
  • All About Flights: South American Comings and Goings

    Joseph Olson
    9 Jul 2014 | 4:18 pm
    A lot goes into booking a trip to South America. Most of our clients are primarily concerned with the basic ‘when and where’ type questions. However, once the travel objective is established, the question then becomes how to get there, where to stay and what to do. Our travel consultants can tell you that flights are […] The post All About Flights: South American Comings and Goings appeared first on South America Travel News Blog | A Travel Blog All About South America.
  • Colombia Rising: New Travel Apps for Techies, Sustainable Tourism in the Port of Cartagena

    Joseph Olson
    2 Jul 2014 | 2:17 pm
    Colombian tourism has grown by leaps and bounds over the past several years, as evidenced by the more than 1.8 million visitors who spent time in the country in 2013. Those in charge of welcoming the tourism boom are becoming increasingly well prepared for the future. Follow along with us as we summarize new Colombia-specific apps […] The post Colombia Rising: New Travel Apps for Techies, Sustainable Tourism in the Port of Cartagena appeared first on South America Travel News Blog | A Travel Blog All About South America.
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    The Traveller

  • Amalfi Coast

    24 Jul 2014 | 11:31 am
    Credit: hotmediterraneancruises.comAmalfi Coast – Magnificent Mediterranean LandscapeItaly’s Amalfi Coast is a stretch of about 50 km of coastline on the southern coast of the Sorrentine Peninsula in the Province of Salerno in Southern Italy. It is a very popular tourist destination for the people of that region as well as Italy, attracting many tourists every year.Amalfi Coast has a magnificent Mediterranean landscape which is a blend of both natural and cultural wonders with its breath-taking terrain which includes dramatic coastline topography with terraced vineyard, pasture and…
  • The Great Wall of China

    24 Jul 2014 | 11:15 am
    The Great Wall – World’s Largest Military StructureUnder the rule of Qin Shi Huang, in 220 BC, certain sections of the previous fortification had been joined together forming a great military defence system of successive Chinese Empire against invasion from the north and construction were carried up to the Ming dynasty in 1368-1644. This Great Wall came to be known as the world’s largest military structure.It has a total length of more than 20,000 kilometres where the Great Wall begins in the east at Shanhaiguan in Hebei province ending at Jiayuguan in Gansu province towards the…
  • Byzantine Architecture in Istanbul

    24 Jul 2014 | 10:44 am
    The Romans brought a lot to the field of architecture. Without them, we wouldn’t have the dome of the Hagia Sophia, or the aqueduct of Segovia, Spain. That architecture is on display in all of its glory in the city of Constantinople, today known as Istanbul.Marble was once the building material of choice for ancient builders, but it was quickly supplanted by the much cheaper tiled concrete. Great pillars needed to be erected in order to support these massive structures, and concrete could be shaped to flow freely.There are examples of this amazing architecture still standing in Istanbul.
  • Fair Isle, Scotland

    22 Jul 2014 | 7:29 pm
    Fair Isle – One of Britain’s most Remote Inhabited Island – Northern ScotlandFair Isle is located halfway between mainland Orkney and Shetland and is one of Britain’s most remote inhabited island in northern Scotland.It is three miles long and one and a half miles wide and is famous for its bird observatory as well as traditional style of knitting. The Bird observatory and the Lodge are major attractions where bird watchers tend to relax in comfort observing some of the 350 species which have been recorded in this place and a twitcher’s paradiseat the time of bird migratory…
  • Time for a Family Vacation? Tips to Make Yours Less Stressful

    22 Jul 2014 | 6:35 pm
    Whether you’re going on a summer vacation because the kids are out of school or you’re just looking to get away for the holidays, a family vacation is time everyone can spend relaxing away from the stresses of daily life. However, it doesn’t matter whether you’re taking a trip down to the beach or going to a theme park like Adventure World – family vacations can be a little hectic, at least for parents who have to deal with all of the travel arrangements and packing.When you’re ready for your family vacation, use these tips to make sure you have fun without losing your mind in the…
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  • World Cup 2014 in Brazil (33 Photos)

    20 Jul 2014 | 9:29 pm
    The 2014 World Cup in Brazil was an absolute blur, luckily I managed to capture a few highlights on camera that I’ll be able to show my grandkids one day. If you’ve already read my World Cup Wrap Up than you have an understanding of how things went down, but either way, a picture is worth a thousands words so here’s 30 of them to share my World Cup journey from start to finish… World Cup 2014 in Brazil – Australia Fanatics gather before game one in Cuiaba to watch Brazil vs Croatia (June 12) Arriving at the first location of the Fanatics in Brazil tour was…
  • My World Cup Wrap Up

    16 Jul 2014 | 7:50 pm
    World Cup 2014 Brazil – Curitiba Stadium – Australia vs Spain It took me a few days after the final to kick my World Cup hangover, but I’m finally back online after almost a month hiatus to report that my Brazilian World Cup experience has officially come and gone. It has been one wild and crazy month filled with emotionally highs and lows for teams and fans from all over the globe, and I’m so happy to have been a part of it all. From following the Australian fans and celebrating with Brazilians to cheering alongside Americans, Colombians and Argentines, this was one moment in…
  • 1 World Cup Dream Come True

    12 Jun 2014 | 11:06 am
    Looking out at all the action on Copacabana Beach from the Othon Palace in Rio yesterday before the adventure began. Five years ago I laid out a plan to travel across South America and attempt to accomplish a goal in each country that I lived in. The idea was to inspire others to “travel deeper,” and go outside the normal tourist spots to experience foreign countries like a local. My dreams took me to learn Spanish and get a local job in Buenos Aires, Argentina, dance like a Colombian in Medellin, cook like a Peruvian in Lima, help build libraries in Sucre, Bolivia and help…
  • 2 World Cup Brackets

    11 Jun 2014 | 7:51 pm
    My final picks are in and I have created two World Cup Brackets. The first is how I think the World Cup will go and the second is how I would like the World Cup to go. I’m back in Rio de Janeiro (for the moment) after a wild trip around Brazil to start a new project. The vibe in Rio is amazing! Fans from all over the world have migrated here to witness the greatest show on turf, and it’s pumping me up! We’re just hours away now! Who are you rooting for? World Cup Bracket #1 – How I think the FIFA 2014 World Cup will go. World Cup Bracket #2 – How I would like the…
  • 3 Previous World Cup Champions

    10 Jun 2014 | 10:02 pm
    Here are the last FIFA World Cup Champions and what you can expect from them in the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. 3. BRAZIL (2002) – Brazil went to South Korea and Japan in 2002 and beat Germany to win the World Cup championship. They will probably have to go through Germany again (before the finals) if they are going to do it on their home grass this time around. They are no doubt the favorite this year and here’s some more information about