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  • Honest passenger withdraws complaint after reviewing her paperwork

    Christopher Elliott
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Janice Batchelder contacted me recently to ask for help with a Princess Cruise case — and then, after some consideration, […] The post Honest passenger withdraws complaint after reviewing her paperwork appeared first on Elliott.
  • How to piss off a Bavarian

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    Barbara Litzfellner
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Photo: Joe Stump Tell us we’re from Germany There is a famous German movie telling the story of a group of Bavarians that win the Olympic bobsledding medal in the 1950s. Asked where they are from, they reply: “We are from Bavaria. That’s near Germany.” Exactly. We are not connected in any way to these strange northern Germans, who drink beer in ridiculously small 0.3-liter glasses. Heck, we don’t even speak the same language! Bavarian is more closely related to Austrian dialects than to any of the northern-German ones. We might be bound to Germany thanks to incompetent…
  • Picasso’s Paris: Five of the Artist’s Paris Haunts

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    Lily Heise
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:02 am
    With the excitement of the Picasso Museum finally reopening after five years of lengthy and extended renovations, it’s the ideal time to reflect on the artist who undoubtedly left the biggest mark on 20th century art and also on his adopted city of Paris. For pilgrims looking to pay homage outside the revamped museum walls with the help of our modern art historians we’ve pulled together a list of five of places throughout the city intrinsically linked to the exceptional artist’s years in Paris. Le Bateau Lavoir“Of course I would start with Montmartre for the bohemian years of…
  • Adventure Is a State of Mind

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    Daniel Noll
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:07 am
    By Daniel Noll A crumpled bit of inspiration I hijacked from Audrey early in our relationship hangs above my desk.Who would accuse Helen Keller of not leading an adventurous life even though she never went skydiving, bungee jumping or mountain climbing?While I was recently free climbing sandstone walls in Northern Ethiopia en route to a 2000 foot-high cave church, a question occurred to me: “What constitutes adventure in practice? Where do we draw the line, and how do we draw it? And why?” Does hiking to a hair-raising cliff-side church in Ethiopia qualify? Some might answer yes,…
  • What to do in Spain? The Ultimate Checklist!

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    Soul Travelers3
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:26 am
    What to do in Spain? The Ultimate Checklist!Planning a trip to Spain? Having seen more of Spain than most Spaniards I have the ultimate checklist for you! Planning a trip to Spain? Having seen more of Spain than most Spaniards I have the ultimate checklist for you! 1) DON'T MISS ANDALUCIA, BUT SEE IT IN FALL, SPRING OR WINTER Southern Spain is quintessential Spain, ( and one of our homes after 6 years of wintering there) but do like the Spaniards do and head to green northern Spain during the summer months when Andalusia fries in the hot sun. 2) GAUDI IN BARCELONASo much to love in…
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    Intelligent Travel

  • Louisiana, Three Ways: NOLA

    Andrew Nelson
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:30 pm
    A sign showing two crossed baguettes topped by a skull welcomes me to Killer Poboys, a New Orleans hole-in-the-wall known for its renegade version of Louisiana’s state sandwich, the po’ boy. The eatery is crammed into a back room of the Erin Rose, a pub sitting just a stumble up from the 24/7 party known as Bourbon Street. Few of Bourbon’s revelers will find it; fewer still will know to squeeze past Erin Rose’s regulars to the tiny kitchen area, where crusty French loaves bulging with Gulf shrimp seasoned with coriander or sliced pork belly flavored with rum are being assembled by the…
  • Problem Solved: Yellow Fever Vaccines

    Christopher Elliott
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:53 am
    National Geographic Traveler Editor at Large Christopher Elliott is the magazine’s consumer advocate and ombudsman. Over the past 15 years he has helped countless readers fix their trips. Here’s his latest advice: Reader Question: Everyone’s talking about Ebola right now, but I’ve heard there’s a yellow fever vaccine shortage. I’m planning a trip to Brazil. What do I need to know? My Answer: Last year, Sanofi-Pasteur, the sole manufacturer of the vaccine in the United States, experienced some shortages in its supply chain. “The shortage has improved markedly,” says…
  • I Heart My National Park: Guadalupe Mountains

    I Heart My National Park
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:11 pm
    The Guadalupe Mountains of West Texas were once a reef growing beneath the waters of an ancient inland sea. That same vanished sea spawned the honeycomb of the Carlsbad Caverns, just 40 miles north across the New Mexico border. From the highway, the mountains resemble a nearly monolithic wall through the desert. But drive into one of the national park entrances, take even a short stroll, and surprises crop up: dramatically contoured canyons, shady glades surrounded by desert scrub, a profusion of wildlife and birds. Keene Haywood—on Twitter @keeneh—has been a frequent visitor to…
  • Five Voodoo Haunts in the Caribbean

    Intelligent Travel
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:10 am
    Vengeful gods, terrifying sorcerers, and death-dealing demons populate the legends and beliefs of the Caribbean, deriving from a potent blend of voodoo, Catholicism, and folklore. 1. Port-au-Prince, Haiti In the home of voodoo, the god of death, Gede, is said to stand at the crossroads to the afterworld. Represented as an undertaker, his clothes are black and he wears dark glasses, while his followers are disguised as corpses. Some voodoo sorcerers own a magic stick called a coco macaque that walks by itself and is sent out to perform vengeful deeds. 2. Vieux Fort, St. Lucia Practitioners of…
  • Leaf-Peeping Paradise: The Finger Lakes

    Guest Blogger
    16 Oct 2014 | 2:27 pm
    By Amelia Mularz Attention, foliage fanatics: we are approaching peak season for yellows and reds. This is not a test. Repeat, this is not a test. Have your best cable-knit sweater at the ready and prepare for a weekend of extreme coziness. Among leaf scenes, New York’s is one of the best. Governor Andrew Cuomo recently boasted that the Empire State has “one of the most vivid autumns anywhere in the world.” (For Vermont, those are fighting words.) Spotters from I Love New York track changes, issuing a thorough weekly report in which pigment progress is described in terms of…
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    Hawaii Vacation Blog

  • 3 Simple Things Hawaii Residents Miss

    Jamie Winpenny
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:19 am
    For Hawaii expats, or those people that are from Hawaii that have moved away, there are all kinds of little things that The post 3 Simple Things Hawaii Residents Miss appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Top 5 Souvenirs of Hawaii

    Lauren Rolland
    13 Oct 2014 | 3:08 pm
    When I vacation somewhere special, I always make a point to take home a souvenir or two as a reminder of the The post Top 5 Souvenirs of Hawaii appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Hawaii For Chocoholics

    Bruce Fisher
    12 Oct 2014 | 1:30 am
    Many travelers are aware of a location’s specialty. Like the wines of Bordeaux, the BBQ flavors of Korea or the wild salmon The post Hawaii For Chocoholics appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Going Organic in Hawaii

    Bruce Fisher
    9 Oct 2014 | 11:56 am
    The word ‘organic’ is nothing new. It’s on shelves at Costco, touted in restaurants; it’s even made its way into our make The post Going Organic in Hawaii appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Are There True Honoluluans? Not really

    Jamie Winpenny
    6 Oct 2014 | 8:57 am
    Residents of major cities the world over share one thing in common. They are proud of their cities, and embrace the stereotypes The post Are There True Honoluluans? Not really appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
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  • 10 signs your boyfriend is Argentine

    Daniel Tunnard
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Photo: Christian Ostrosky 1. You kind of wish his mother was yours, but you kind of don’t. The Argentine suegra is the sweetest of paradoxes: an all-cooking, all-laundering, all-kissing-and-hugging machine, who also sort of hates you and believes you could never be good enough for her baby. Who’s 37, by the way. And only got his own place last year. Two doors down from her place. 2. You’re tempted to check his bedroom for hidden cameras. Why else would he be putting together such an elaborate choreography of porn moves? I mean, sure, you’re an open-minded girl, but this guy makes porn…
  • 20 things you didn't know about Utah

    Carlo Alcos
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Did you know that Utah has, on average, the tallest mountains in the country? See #12 below. Photo: josephdepalma 1. Utahns are the most generous people in the country (in the most generous country on Earth). Out of all 50 states, people from Utah give the most of their time and money, according to a recently published Gallup poll. Of those asked during the second half of 2013, 71% had donated money and 56% had volunteered their time (48% did both). And this is in the US, the most “civically engaged” country in the world, with 65% of those asked having donated money, 43% having…
  • Signs your mom is Portuguese

    Silvia Romão
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Photo: Pedro Ribeiro Simões Clique aqui para ler e comentar esse post na MatadorBrasil. Também venha curtir nossa página no Facebook. 1. You know something bad is about to happen you get called by your two first names. Almost every Portuguese person has two first names. The second one is for the exclusive use of our mother when she is really angry at something we’ve done. So, if you hear someone call you by your two names, you can be sure that you are about to pay for something you have done. 2. You risk being caught by “Papão” if you go to bed later than you are supposed to. This…
  • How to piss off a Bavarian

    Barbara Litzfellner
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Photo: Joe Stump Tell us we’re from Germany There is a famous German movie telling the story of a group of Bavarians that win the Olympic bobsledding medal in the 1950s. Asked where they are from, they reply: “We are from Bavaria. That’s near Germany.” Exactly. We are not connected in any way to these strange northern Germans, who drink beer in ridiculously small 0.3-liter glasses. Heck, we don’t even speak the same language! Bavarian is more closely related to Austrian dialects than to any of the northern-German ones. We might be bound to Germany thanks to incompetent…
  • 12 signs your husband is Mexican

    Alice Latham
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:41 pm
    Image by Lindsey Kone 1. You’re expected to have kids as soon as you get married. From the day after you get married, you will be asked on a weekly basis by every single member of his family, “When are you having kids?” 2. Your husband’s family is enormous. At your wedding, over 70% of the guests were from your husband’s family. This also means that your weekends are filled up with family reunions for baptisms, birthdays, weddings, and graduations. 3. You never get called by your name. Mexicans are all about nicknames, especially with loved ones. Your husband never calls…
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  • Jamaica Cliff Diving GoPro Video at Ricks Cafe

    Rich Tucker
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:08 am
    SHARE on FACEBOOK A tourist favorite in Jamaica is watching the Cliff Divers at Rick’s Cafe. If you have not been there or have been there and wondered what it is like jumping from 70 Ft up, then you’ll love this recent GoPro Video taken by Spider as he dives in!    
  • Thanksgiving Cruise priced less than Thanksgiving Dinner

    Rich Tucker
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:31 am
    This morning while we were doing research on the best holiday Cruise Deals, we came across what I believe is the best Thanksgiving cruise deal ever. $149 5-nt Caribbean Princess sailing over Thanksgiving Holiday.   Reminder: Princess is a premium cruise line. My first thought when I saw that price was “That may be less expensive than it costs to buy everything needed to prepare Thanksgiving Dinner” So, I did some quick research.  I went out to HoneyBaked Ham and found the following prices: Whole Roasted Turkey Feast [$84.95]: 11-13 lb. Whole Roasted Turkey 2 lb. package of Cornbread…
  • Cruise Deals: Holiday Cruises from $149

    Martha Allen
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:43 am
     The Best Deals on Holiday Cruises With just 40 days until Thanksgiving, 68 days until Christmas and 75 days until the New Year – the holiday season will be here before you know it. And if you want to do something different this year for Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year’s – we have a cruise (or 3) for you! Right now, there are still plenty of sailings available and great prices too. Surprising for so late in the season, we found holiday cruises with prices starting from just $149 per person! It is unlikely that these deals will last very long considering the high…
  • Top 5 Cruise Deals | Carnival’s Pack & Go Sale

    Rich Tucker
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:34 am
    JUST RELEASED THIS MORNING: Carnival has dropped the price on 100s of last-minute cruises departing within the next 5 weeks.  These prices will go by 10/19/14.   To save you time, I have picked out the top 5 deals in the sale.  Many of the top 5 picks are close to $30/day before taxes. At the bottom of this post, I have provided a list of ALL the sailings in this week’s Carnival Pack and Go Sale that you can download. Top 5 Cruise Deals in Pack and Go Sale $125 4-night Ensenada & Catalina Cruise from Los Angeles departing 11/3/14.  CLICK HERE for details. $149 5-night Bahamas…
  • Shark Feeding Frenzy Video

    Rich Tucker
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:02 am
    Outside of cruising the Caribbean, my second favorite vacation spot is the Carolina Beaches. So, when I saw this Shark Feeding frenzy video from the Outer Banks in North Carolina I just had to share it. I’ve never seen any thing like this – have you?     CLICK to SUBSCRIBE to CruiseSource — recommended by NY Times for the best Cruise Deal Articles.  
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    Europe a la Carte Travel Blog

  • Staying Connected While Travelling

    Karen Bryan
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:52 am
    Innovative improvements in technology mean fast internet connections no longer require a physical wired connection. Mobile technologies and broadband have transformed the travel industry and revolutionised travellers’ experiences. But how do mobile devices and broadband impact travellers’ behaviour and where do you find cheap broadband deals?
  • Edinburgh Airport’s New Lounge Should Aspire to Having Toilets

    Karen Bryan
    15 Oct 2014 | 11:47 pm
    I won two United BusinessFirst return tickets from Edinburgh to Chicago in a business card prize draw. These tickets offered us free-of-charge access to the new Aspire Lounge in Edinburgh Airport prior to departure. As our flight departed mid morning, we were looking forward to breakfast in the Aspire lounge.
  • KLM Celebrates Its 95th Birthday

    Karen Bryan
    9 Oct 2014 | 11:18 pm
    KLM, the Royal Dutch Airline, celebrates its 95th birthday this month. Since 1919 KLM has been flying passengers all over the world. Fifty five thousand passengers per day are transported to destinations as diverse as Copenhagen, Istanbul, Cape Town, Beunos Aires and Vancouver.
  • Review of the Roxburghe Hotel in the Scottish Borders

    Karen Bryan
    8 Oct 2014 | 11:20 pm
    We stayed at The Roxburghe Hotel near Kelso in the Scottish Borders for one night in September 2014 on a complimentary basis. The hotel is located around three miles south west of Kelso. The public areas are very impressive.
  • Private Islands in the Mediterranean

    Karen Bryan
    7 Oct 2014 | 1:28 am
    For some luxury travellers the priority for a vacation isn’t just a sea view, but exclusivity and privacy are very important features too. If you’re among these ultimate luxury enthusiasts, take a look at the following private islands in the Mediterranean Sea. I selected with these islands with the help of Bonder & Co, a company specialising in luxury and high quality travel services.
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    Art of Non-Conformity

  • Lessons from the Journey: Misadventures Produce Confidence

    Chris Guillebeau
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    From my own 193-country journey to the stories of many other people who were kindly willing to share, The Happiness of Pursuit attempts to extract and convey the lessons of modern-day quests. This series explores some of these lessons. Lesson: Misadventures produce confidence. At nearly every stage in my journey to every country in the world, something went wrong. I became stranded, was nearly deported several times (and then actually deported once), screwed up my travel plans, and generally caused havoc wherever I went. Ah well—it was all worth it. One time I rented a car in Italy for a…
  • Mini City Guide: Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland

    Chris Guillebeau
    19 Oct 2014 | 6:03 am
    I love big cities, and always enjoy returning to Hong Kong, New York, and Sydney—among many others. But what about those unknown gems that are off the beaten tourist path… those obscure places that are just waiting to be explored by real travelers? Our new “Mini City Guides” are here to uncover those gems, and we’re looking to our favorite explorers—AONC readers—to give us the inside scoop. Nominate your favorite obscure destination. The destination this week was nominated by reader Annette O’Neil. Which accessibly obscure city would you like to share?
  • Big Bonus Ending: Last Day (Really) to Fly & Stay for Nearly Free with 70,000 Points

    Chris Guillebeau
    18 Oct 2014 | 8:05 am
    Link: 70,000 Ultimate Rewards Bonus (Ending Soon) **** Update: The 70,000 point offer has now ended. The card still offers 50,000 points and has gone back to having no annual fee in the first year. **** It’s finally going away! The best credit card signup bonus we’ve seen all year will revert to 50,000 points (still a good deal, just not an amazing one) sometime on Sunday morning. Previous Posts: Limited-Time Offer: 70,000 Ultimate Rewards Points Can You Get a Business Card Without Having a Business? Can You Get More than One Chase Ink Card? As I’ve said a few times, this is a great…
  • “The only reason to be in business is to be great.”

    Chris Guillebeau
    18 Oct 2014 | 5:57 am
    A conversation with David Remnick, editor of The New Yorker. Interviewer: The role of an editor is much broader today. Is there anything you feel uncomfortable doing, or is there anything you’re doing that you hadn’t expected to enjoy? D.R.: I enjoy all of it to one degree or another. There are days when you might enjoy it a little less, due to one crisis or another. It is absolutely vital, to me, in a period of technological evolution and sometimes financial stress that I and my colleagues not only put out a fantastic magazine and Web site and all the rest, but also that we are smart…
  • Plan in Advance When You’ll Begin to Worry About Something

    Chris Guillebeau
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Before a big talk, I used to stress out for weeks. The feeling began with a sense of being unsettled (and not the good kind). I was anxious and unsure of how to resolve it. Finally, at least a few days beforehand, the talk took over my mind and became all I could think about. All other work fell by the wayside. I knew I could probably give a decent talk, but the problem was that I couldn’t really get anything else done during those critical days leading up to it. Then I learned something. I learned the secret of deferring my anxiety. Instead of allowing the talk to stress me out for weeks…
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  • How Going Green Can Help Your Business

    Noah Lederman
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:38 am
    When hotels consider making their property greener, the chief concern tends to be funding. But the long-term cost of ignoring sustainability is enormous and going green doesn't have to be a huge expense. It can even prove to be profitable down the road.
  • Listen, learn & win at WIT & ITB Asia

    17 Oct 2014 | 7:47 am
    We’ve got a busy fall ahead of us! From October 28th – 31st, we’ll be in Singapore at prominent travel tradeshows ITB Asia and the WIT Conference. From exclusive discounts, to advice from our industry experts, and even the chance to win top-notch prizes, you’ll want to come say hello. 
  • Management Photo Friday: Klemuri

    17 Oct 2014 | 7:27 am
    The best restaurants serve more than exquisite cuisine. They also deliver ambience guests will want to return to. In this week’s Management Photo Friday, Klemuri, an Istanbul, Turkey eatery, highlights the restaurant’s cozy and inviting interior.
  • TripBarometer tips: Post-trip phase (September 2014)

    16 Oct 2014 | 7:02 am
    As part of TripBarometer, the world’s largest accommodation and traveler survey, we recently studied the psychology of travel. This post covers key data revealed about travelers when they return home after a trip. 
  • Big Photos: coming to your property page

    15 Oct 2014 | 8:51 am
    Research shows that travelers engage more with listings that have photos.
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    Hawaii Vacation Advice -

  • How to see the sea cliffs of Molokai

    Sheila Beal
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    The majestic, tall cliffs of MolokaiDid you know that the Hawaiian Island of Molokai is home to the tallest sea cliffs in the world? These magnificent cliffs tower between 3,600 and 3,900 feet above the ocean per’s sea cliffs are located on the remote, north side of the island. You can’t really drive to see them as there are no roads leading to the north side. However, there are some excellent ways to admire these cliffs.1. Take a helicopter tour from Maui.Many helicopter tour companies offer helicopter tours to see the Molokai sea cliffs from Kahului on Maui.
  • Aloha Friday Photo: Oahu North Shore Rainbow

    Sheila Beal
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:12 am
    Mahalo to Ken Mulse for sharing this beautiful Oahu rainbow photo with us for Aloha Friday Photos. Here’s the story behind Ken’s photo that he took in August:I caught this photo on the North Shore on the way to Sharks Cove on Sunday. Hope you like it as much as I do!We sure do like it, Ken. This shot makes us want to take a scenic drive around Oahu right now.Happy Aloha Friday!© Go Visit Hawaii – Republication of this entire post is prohibited without prior permission. Using extracts of less than 100 words is permitted with full attribution and link back to…
  • What to know about vacation in Hawaii in November

    Sheila Beal
    14 Oct 2014 | 10:20 am
    If you are considering a Hawaii vacation in November, you may want to examine all the important factors, such as weather, costs, crowds and special events. We’ll look at each of those factors in detail to help you decide whether November is the best month for your visit to Hawaii.What’s the weather like in Hawaii in November?Hawaii’s weather is almost always very pleasant. Even in November, when the most of the northern hemisphere experiences chillier, autumn weather, Hawaii stays quite warm due to its proximity to the equator. In November, Hawaii’s daytime, average…
  • Aloha Friday Photo: A “fairway” to enjoy a winter day

    Sheila Beal
    10 Oct 2014 | 9:02 am
    Mahalo to Tom Sakiyama for sharing this gorgeous photo with us for Aloha Friday Photos. Here’s Tom’s description of this shot:Last January while our neighbors endured an especially cold and snowy winter in St Louis, we were dining in the open air bar of Roy’s Ko’Olina overlooking the 18th fairway of the Ko’Olina Golf Club.If given a choice, we’d take a view of warm and colorful Ko Olina over a view of cold, bleak snow every time. In fact, we’d probably choose to look at this view in any season. How about you?Happy Aloha Friday!We’re on facebook!
  • Hawaii vacation deals & news: October 7, 2014

    Sheila Beal
    7 Oct 2014 | 10:27 am
    * The travel agency Pleasant Holidays is advertising a Hawaii January Vacation Sale with with a free convertible, SUV, minivan or luxury rental car. See more details here.* If you want to visit Maui on the cheap, this hotel deal for $79 per night at the 2.5-star Maui Beach Hotel, looks like it’s worth considering.* Cruises are on sale world wide for CLIA Cruise Week, per my cruise expert pal Tanya Taylor. She indicated that one of the best Hawaii cruise values during this celebration/sale period with Norwegian Cruise Line and their 10% onboard credit back offer.* Folks in Hawaii are…
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    Happy Hotelier

  • Happy

    20 Oct 2014 | 6:33 am
    Off course I’ve been under the rocks not noticing the variations in the Happy Song by Pharrell Williams doing the rounds. First the Dutch version which starts in my city, The Hague: and then the Dutch Moslim version: Happy is a post from: Happy Hotelier. Would you like to subscribe to my newsfeed, or my weekly newsletter? Last update: Monday, October 20, 2014Happy is a post from: Happy Hotelier. Would you like to subscribe to my newsfeed, or my weekly newsletter?
  • Nothing Zen – Just Crop the Swimming Pool Photo

    11 Oct 2014 | 4:46 am
    Nothing Zen – Just Crop the Swimming Pool Photo Recently I was on a short city trip to Madrid. When I prepared for the trip I was looking for a hotel with a swimming pool, as Madrid can be hot in September. I choose the hotel on the basis of a photo like the first photo. I took this photo myself. The first photo is a crop of the second photo. I used a booking portal (OTA) to search and book the hotel. When you look at the first photo, like me, you are likely to book the hotel if it features prominently on the booking site….When you look at the second photo, like me, You are…
  • Herring Eater at Sunset

    7 Oct 2014 | 5:04 am
    Herring Eater at Sunset This herring eater statue is located at the Scheveningen beach. It portraits perfectly how the Dutch like to eat their herring: Raw and after the grates have been taken out the tail is left on and then they grab the herring by the tail and let it glide into their mouths. Just to remember summer seems over. Herring Eater at Sunset is a post from: Happy Hotelier. Would you like to subscribe to my newsfeed, or my weekly newsletter? Last update: Tuesday, October 7, 2014Herring Eater at Sunset is a post from: Happy Hotelier. Would you like to subscribe to my newsfeed, or my…
  • 10 Ways to Open a Wine Bottle Without a Corkscrew

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

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

    17 Oct 2014 | 6:46 am
    We’ve had Chicago on our minds lately here at, thanks to a tasty introduction to the city by Hilton. One of the most romantic things to do in any city is to explore the flavors and culinary offerings. Here are some choices we recommend for your romantic weekend in Chicago. Brunch State & Lake Tavern at theWit Hotel Chicago – A Mimosa and Bloody Mary Bar is the beginning of a beautiful and lasting brunch relationship. The morning menu is filled with classic culinary goodies and creations with their own twist. Little Goat Diner – The founder of this…
  • Icy Galveston holiday starring SpongeBob

    15 Oct 2014 | 12:02 pm
    Photo: Jim Twardowski Inside a 28,000 square-foot tent on the tropical island of Galveston, Texas, a team of Chinese artisans are wielding chainsaws and picks to shape blocks of ice into a holiday themed event.  The climate-controlled environment is a frigid 9 degrees. Dressed in protective garb, the ice carvers are transforming blocks of pink, blue and green ice into Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob SquarePants, Christmas trees, and an assortment of  underwater creatures. Photo: Jim Twardowski For 45 days, ice carvers will sculpt around the clock creating a winter wonderland at Moody…
  • Things to Do on a Weekend Getaway in Chicago #BeAWeekender

    10 Oct 2014 | 8:35 am
    Traveling to a city can be the perfect choice for a quick weekend getaway. With just a few weekends left in the year, trying to choose which destination city is the best for your time and budget can be a challenge. At, with the help of Hilton, we’ve been researching and a list of top cities for your weekend getaway, be it for a family trip, romantic escape, or a girlfriend getaway. One of our top destinations we’ve found to “Be A Weekender” is Chicago, which is easily accessible by plane, train, or automobile and always seems to have something…
  • theWit Hotel Chicago #BeAWeekender

    5 Oct 2014 | 11:55 pm
    Finding time to get away from it all can be a challenge when one works Monday through Friday or once the school year begins. Leisure trips can be far and few between, especially with football season and extracurricular activities. Every once in a while, though, a weekend opens up and screams “run away and get out of town!” But where can one go? A great idea when one is indecisive on the travel front is to take out a map and draw a circle representing a two to three hour drive radius. Keep in a drawer handy for moments like this. Or, keep an eye out on airfare special and even…
  • How to Avoid the Crowds On Carnival Magic

    3 Oct 2014 | 2:17 pm
    One of my big concerns about taking a cruise was a fear of feeling claustrophobic. While I enjoy an occasional party, I am equally happy lounging in a quiet corner reading a good book. Would I be able to relax on a ship carrying more than 3,500 passengers?  My husband and I selected a seven day Western Caribbean cruise departing from Galveston, Texas.  The trip included four sea days and three stops: Key West, Freeport, and Nassau. We traveled during late August/early September, which is the “off season” for all three destinations and the best way to avoid the crowds in each…
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    Everything Everywhere Travel Blog

  • UNESCO World Heritage Site #283: Painted Churches in the Troodos Region

    20 Oct 2014 | 5:18 pm
    UNESCO World Heritage Site #283: Painted Churches in the Troodos Region From the World Heritage inscription: The Troodos mountain region of Cyprus contains one of the largest groups of churches and monasteries of the former Byzantine Empire. The ten monuments included on the World Heritage List, all richly decorated with murals, provide an overview of Byzantine and post-Byzantine painting in Cyprus and bear testimony to the variety of artistic influences affecting Cyprus over a period of 500 years. The structures display elements that were specific to Cyprus and were determined by its…
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site #282: Paphos

    19 Oct 2014 | 5:19 pm
    UNESCO World Heritage Site #282: Paphos From the World Heritage inscription: Because of their great antiquity, and because they are closely and directly related to the cult and legend of Aphrodite (Venus), who became the ideal of beauty and love, inspiring writers, poets and artists throughout human history, Paphos is of outstanding universal value. Pre-Hellenic fertility deities were worshipped in Cyprus from Neolithic times. Many of the archaeological remains are of great antiquity, as Paphos has been inhabited since the Neolithic period. The Temple of Aphrodite represents one of the…
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site #281: Choirokoitia

    18 Oct 2014 | 5:47 pm
    UNESCO World Heritage Site #281: Choirokoitia From the World Heritage inscription: Located in the District of Larnaka, about 6 km from the southern coast of Cyprus, the Neolithic settlement of Choirokoitia lies on the slopes of a hill partly enclosed in a loop of the Maroni River. Occupied from the 7th to the 5th millennium B.C., the village covers an area of approximately 3 ha at its maximum extent and is one of the most important prehistoric sites in the eastern Mediterranean. It represents the Aceramic Neolithic of Cyprus at its peak, that is the success of the first human occupation of…
  • Diving into the Water at Sunset, Namibia

    17 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Diving into the Water at Sunset, Namibia
  • A Bench with a View in Wood Buffalo National Park, Alberta

    16 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    A Bench with a View in Wood Buffalo National Park, Alberta
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  • Photo of the Moment: Lone One-room Schoolhouse in Montana

    Mike Richard
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:16 am
    Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. © Mike Richard The post Photo of the Moment: Lone One-room Schoolhouse in Montana appeared first on Vagabondish.
  • Photo of the Moment: Another Stunning Sunset on the Chobe River, Botswana

    Mike Richard
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. © Mike Richard The post Photo of the Moment: Another Stunning Sunset on the Chobe River, Botswana appeared first on Vagabondish.
  • How to Overcome Your Fear of Traveling

    Amanda Kendle
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:16 am
    Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. Through my travel blog I get a lot of emails from people who would love to travel but say they’re scared of taking the plunge, for all kinds of reasons. Some people are nervous about flying or about getting through immigration, others are scared of not being understood in a foreign country, and still more feel concerned for their safety in a country that may have a higher crime rate than their own. I must admit that although I’ve traveled a lot, there are still times when I feel scared of traveling too! This is some of the advice I give people who…
  • Tours for Non-tourists: Why You Should Take a Tour

    Erica Ho
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:54 am
    Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. I’m going to make a generalization here and say that our DIY-travel generation, with countless apps and reviews at our fingertips, is largely anti-tour. We like to think we can travel better and cheaper by calling the shots ourselves. And you know what? We often do. Tourists at Trevi Fountain, Rome © Benson Kua I always saw tours as a sort of travel cop-out: tourism’s version of a bland, prepackaged meal. Then on one trip, a couple friends and I decided to travel to India. We’re all seasoned international travelers but the more we read…
  • Photo of the Moment: Puppysledding in Norway

    Mike Richard
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:29 am
    Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. © Claudia Regina The post Photo of the Moment: Puppysledding in Norway appeared first on Vagabondish.
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    Adventure Girl

  • Airline Review: JetBlue’s Mint Class is perfection!

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

    Stefanie Michaels
    13 Oct 2014 | 7:38 pm
    Charleston has always been on my shortlist. To say I was excited when invited to join a press team heading to this charming southern city would be an understatement. Hosted by the South Carolina Film Commission, I soon learn that every place in this Lowcountry gem makes for a motion picture perfect movie set. Just 3 nights on the itinerary. It would be just enough for me to drop in to explore everything from the old quarter to rolling plantations, museums, historic homes, followed by nights of foodie haven restaurants. Below I share my schedule, tidbits and tips about exploring this gracious…
  • 8Great: Charleston “Firsts”

    10 Oct 2014 | 10:38 am
    Charleston is one of the oldest towns in America and South Carolina’s pride and joy. This strategic trading city on the Atlantic coast was a hub of innovation, a place steeped in US history, as well as the town of “firsts” for one of America’s original 13 states. Here is a list of our top picks of Charleston’s firsts: The first shots of the Civil War fired at a Federal ship entering Charleston Harbor, kicked off a battle between the north and south on April 12, 1861. A first for the entire world, when in 1864, a successful submarine attack in Charleston harbor sank the Union…
  • Costa Rica: Harvest season at Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation Resort

    Stefanie Michaels
    6 Oct 2014 | 1:09 pm
    One of my favorite places I’ve stayed is a beautiful boutique hotel, just 15 minutes outside of San Jose in Costa Rica, called Finca Rosa Blanca. It’s a unique place for tourists with culinary interests to learn about all things coffee. A new package for guests from the award winning Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation Resort ( lends a rare opportunity to participate in the inn’s annual coffee harvest. Their package combines eco-luxury accommodation, hands on teaching of how to harvest– from cultivating, roasting, tasting (so much fun!) , to brewing…
  • Hotel Review: The historic Capital Hotel in Little Rock

    Stefanie Michaels
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:46 pm
    Little Rock’s historic Capital Hotel, considered “the front porch” of the city, has been an integral part of the capital since 1872. It has been used as “unofficial political headquarters” for many politicians over the years, including one of its most famous, President Bill Clinton. Then Originally constructed to be a private residence for a Supreme Court justice, who died while the building was still under construction, his heirs became instrumental in finalizing the project. The Capital Hotel opened its doors to the public in January of 1877. One of the first places to harness…
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    Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast

  • Alligators and Airboats – Amateur Traveler Video #76

    19 Oct 2014 | 9:20 pm
    Visit the bayou outside Lake Charles Louisiana with the Amateur Traveler. This video shows a trip with Grosse Savanne Eco-Tours as well as a visit to Airboats Rides and Alligators. Both are […] The post Alligators and Airboats – Amateur Traveler Video #76 appeared first on Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast.
  • Travel to Iran – Episode 435 Transcript

    19 Oct 2014 | 5:25 pm
    Transcript of Travel to Iran – Episode 435 Chris: Amateur Traveler, Episode 435. It was called by George W. Bush part of the Axis of Evil; yet, we have talked to travelers […] The post Travel to Iran – Episode 435 Transcript appeared first on Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast.
  • Travel to Vermont – Episode 440

    18 Oct 2014 | 6:15 pm
    Hear about travel to Vermont as the Amateur Traveler talks to Dana Freeman of about her adopted home state. Dana has lived in Vermont for 14 years and someday her children’s […] The post Travel to Vermont – Episode 440 appeared first on Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast.
  • My Introduction to Geocaching

    16 Oct 2014 | 10:33 pm
    Bragi said, “it should be right around here”. He looked again at the app on his phone that showed the distance counting down. He started uncovering rocks looking for one that showed […] The post My Introduction to Geocaching appeared first on Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast.
  • Rainbow at Skogafoss – Iceland – Photo

    14 Oct 2014 | 10:10 pm
    On the south coast of Iceland is the beautiful waterfall Skogafoss. Yes, that is redundant because foss means waterfall. At around noon on a summer day, the waterfall catches the sun to […] The post Rainbow at Skogafoss – Iceland – Photo appeared first on Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast.
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    We Said Go Travel

  • Daughters to Zion

    Michael Thal
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
                I stood in awe at the grandeur before me.  Nature had taken the flat Utah desert as her canvas.  With sand, water, and an abundance of time as the palette, the result was a masterpiece, Zion National Park.             As our car rested in front of a cabin in Springdale, Utah,  a free bus shuttled us to the park.  I sat smiling enthusiastically as the bus rumbled past brown brick buildings blending between mountains of rock that ruled this domain.  Koren, thirteen, wasn’t impressed.  She fussed with the cap on my balding head.  Channie, a college…
  • Mountain Gratitudes in the USA

    RJ Thesman
    19 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    First Rights My brain fog had barely lifted as we drove into the mountains of New Mexico. The majesty of the Sangre de Cristo reached out to touch the raw places of my soul, and I breathed deeply of the aspen-filled air. Barely six months after the final divorce papers were signed, I escaped with my siblings for a week to the small mountain town of Red River, New Mexico. Nestled in a verdant valley, I felt safe in its womb of pine cones, deer that walked through town and the absence of any type of urban sprawl. No McDonald’s. No Quik Trip. Just the peace of the mountains and the opportunity…
  • Clothes to Grow Into in Nicaragua

    Tina Murty
    18 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    I memorized all English-language warnings before I left.  Keep your important documents in a money belt close to your body.  Bring change so you don’t have to pull out a large bill.  Don’t wear jewelry or nice clothing.  Carry your backpack on the front of your body so it cannot get yanked or cut away.  Never walk alone.  Don’t hang your camera around your neck.  Never leave your hotel at night.  Yet, there I was, in a town square, snapping pictures of a church when I realized I had lost my friends.  I was alone in a strange and dangerous city. I sat down on a bench hoping they…
  • USA Today: 10Best Spas in Los Angeles: Part 3

    Lisa Ellen Niver
    18 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Hidden Gems and High End Treatments: The 10Best of Los Angeles Spas by Lisa Niver Many times in the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles, Stars need a place relax and hide-away. Whether you are a famous celebrity or just want to be treated like a VIP, here are 10 of the best places to find spa serenity. Ready to feel like royalty? Have a massage at the Hotel Bel Air in a room with a private outdoor patio and Spa tea. Having a luxury hotel experience that feels like a sanctuary is perfect at The Ritz Carlton, Beverly Hills Hotel, Sunset Marquis, InterContinental Hotel and Luxe Sunset Boulevard.
  • The Healing Powers of San Gemini, Italy

    Ashlee Litfin
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    I suffer from a long term chronic illness which affects my health severely. In 2009 I was convinced to get away from my home town and start anew in North Queensland. The move initially helped but after the excitement of a new place wore off my health continued to degrade. Soon I could not concentrate on anything, I slept most of the time, and I was continuously fatigued. As a result my first semester of grades from university suffered dramatically. I decided I needed to do something drastic to try and change what was happening to me. Around the same time I was perusing the internet looking…
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  • Honest passenger withdraws complaint after reviewing her paperwork

    Christopher Elliott
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Janice Batchelder contacted me recently to ask for help with a Princess Cruise case — and then, after some consideration, […] The post Honest passenger withdraws complaint after reviewing her paperwork appeared first on Elliott.
  • Here’s a new customer service award you’ll actually use

    Christopher Elliott
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:55 pm
    You don’t have to click around too long online to find an award. They’re as common as pop-up ads — […] The post Here’s a new customer service award you’ll actually use appeared first on Elliott.
  • Left at the wrong airport after a cancellation

    Christopher Elliott
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Should airlines compensate their passengers for delays? Before you answer, meet Melissa Bailey-Yoder, who lives in Waterbury, Vt., and was […] The post Left at the wrong airport after a cancellation appeared first on Elliott.
  • Should the government regulate loyalty programs?

    Christopher Elliott
    18 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Frequent-flier programs are rigged to favor airlines, deceive passengers and cost consumers billions of dollars. At least that’s the contention […] The post Should the government regulate loyalty programs? appeared first on Elliott.
  • Is it time for minimum airline seat standards?

    Christopher Elliott
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    It’s not your imagination. Airline seats are shrinking. A wave of air-rage incidents has exposed the problem like a threadbare […] The post Is it time for minimum airline seat standards? appeared first on Elliott.
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    Soul Travelers 3

  • What to do in Spain? The Ultimate Checklist!

    Soul Travelers3
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:26 am
    What to do in Spain? The Ultimate Checklist!Planning a trip to Spain? Having seen more of Spain than most Spaniards I have the ultimate checklist for you! Planning a trip to Spain? Having seen more of Spain than most Spaniards I have the ultimate checklist for you! 1) DON'T MISS ANDALUCIA, BUT SEE IT IN FALL, SPRING OR WINTER Southern Spain is quintessential Spain, ( and one of our homes after 6 years of wintering there) but do like the Spaniards do and head to green northern Spain during the summer months when Andalusia fries in the hot sun. 2) GAUDI IN BARCELONASo much to love in…
  • Mozart Sings at the House of Blues!

    Soul Travelers3
    16 Oct 2014 | 12:01 am
    Mozart Sings at the House of Blues!Beautiful teen singer Mozart sang and played keyboard for her amazing set at the House of Blues Beautiful teen singer Mozart sang and played keyboard for her amazing set at the House of Blues and the crowd loved it. She was the youngest one but blew us away with her sweet, powerful voice and star-level charisma.  This is a video of one of the songs she sang called " We Own The Night" by The Wanted and we will be putting more of them on our Youtube Channel, so make sure you subscribe! It is amazing how comfortable Mozart is on stage as she…
  • Treat Yourself to the Best Paleo Chocolate Candy Recipe!

    Soul Travelers3
    14 Oct 2014 | 12:02 am
    Treat Yourself to the Best Paleo Chocolate Candy Recipe!Treat yourself to the yummiest, easiest, fastest chocolate paleo candy in minutes with this no-bake Treat yourself to the yummiest, easiest, fastest chocolate paleo candy in minutes with this no-bake healthy, grain-free, gluten-free, raw recipe! Or turn it into chocolate fudge! Like all my super healthy dessert recipes, I keep things simple (like chocolate cake, banana bread, clafouti, ice cream with out machine , chocolate strawberries etc.), because I love easy and fast when it comes to healthy, gluten-free, grain-free cooking!Also try…
  • Why I Won't Visit Austria Again

    Soul Travelers3
    9 Oct 2014 | 11:28 pm
    Why I Won't Visit Austria AgainWe have visited many beautiful sights in Europe and went to Austria twice for extended travel around We have visited many beautiful sights in Europe and went to Austria twice for extended travel around this lovely country, including Salzburg where we celebrated Mozart's 7th birthday, gorgeous Hallstatt, loved autumn in the Alps, Vienna and it's music, Austrian wine country along the Danube, Melk which has one of the prettiest churches in the world, Graz and more. MORE GEMS IN AUSTRIAALPINE POSTCARD DREAMSSOUND OF MUSIC TOURMOZART…
  • Blonde American Girl Singing Chinese! 甜蜜蜜

    Soul Travelers3
    7 Oct 2014 | 12:25 am
    Blonde American Girl Singing Chinese! 甜蜜蜜 In Asia or the USA, people seem shocked to see a blonde girl sing or speak Chinese, so Mozart In Asia or the USA, people seem shocked to see a blonde girl sing or speak Chinese, so Mozart is used to that by now. She is grateful to be a bridge between cultures. Her Youtube fans have been requesting that she sing in Mandarin, so here it is:It was a thrill for her that her very first paid singing gig was in Asia, when she was twelve, singing in Mandarin at a big traditional Chinese wedding. Then, when we arrived in Dallas from Asia, there was a…
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    The Cranky Flier

  • Everything You’ve Ever Wanted to Know About US Airline Tail Numbers (Part 2)

    21 Oct 2014 | 3:45 am
    I had a lot of great feedback on last week’s post about the aircraft registrations of the big four airlines in the US. Now, we’re going to look at most of the rest. Below you’ll find a discussion about the regionals and low cost cost carriers flying around the country. The regionals in particular tell an interesting story about how airplanes move around between carriers. Air Wisconsin Original Photo By redlegsfan21 from Vandalia, OH, United States (N436AWUploaded by russavia) [CC-BY-SA-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons Little Air Wisconsin is something of an anomaly in this…
  • Three Innovative Companies That Can Improve the Air Travel Experience

    20 Oct 2014 | 3:45 am
    I spent last week at the IATA World Passenger Symposium in San Diego, and there was a lot of fun to be had. But I was there for more than fun; I was there to judge… literally. On the final day of the event, IATA had its first Passenger Innovation Awards competition, and I was on the jury. We whittled down the 76 entries all the way to the final 3. Those finalists were invited to spend the week at the symposium and then present on the final day. In the end, our votes (50 percent) and the audience members’ votes (the other 50 percent) were responsible for picking the winner, but we…
  • Cranky on the Web (October 13 – 17)

    18 Oct 2014 | 3:45 am
    The real story behind the collapse in Southwest’s on-time performance – Los Angeles Times Apparently someone at the LA Times saw my piece on Southwest’s on time performance problem and wrote an entire article based on what I wrote. Strangely, the newspaper never reached out to me for comment. In the Trenches: Collecting Our Revenue on Time – Small Business Center The Intuit Small Business Blog has now officially become just “Small Business Center,” so that’s where you’ll see my In the Trenches posts each week. This time, I look at the issue of…
  • Topic of the Week: Fancy Gate Transfer By Car

    17 Oct 2014 | 3:45 am
    First in the US, it was Delta and its Porsches. Then it was United and its Mercedes fleet. Now we have American and its Cadillacs. The great race to keep US travelers away from the teeming masses continues. Now if you’re a super elite or fancy pants flier on these airlines, you might find a car waiting to whisk you between gates at the hubs. But if you’re a top tier traveler, do you care? Let’s hear your experiences.
  • Everything You’ve Ever Wanted to Know About US Airline Tail Numbers (Part 1)

    16 Oct 2014 | 3:45 am
    I recently received an email from a reader, Bob S, asking me about aircraft tail numbers. It seemed like a simple topic, but I found myself diving in and learning more than I ever thought I cared to know. It was awesome. The result is a two part series talking about how most carriers in the US pick their registration numbers. Today, we’ll look at the big four US carriers and their subsidiaries. Next time, we’ll look at everyone else. First, what is a tail number? Every aircraft in the world is registered (possibly excluding some nefarious operations). Just like your car’s…
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    Peter Greenberg Travel Detective

  • Travel Tip: How to Leave Voice Messages

    21 Oct 2014 | 5:27 am
    Read the full article on at - Travel Tip: How to Leave Voice MessagesSometimes, travel and circumstance make calling someone long distance impossible. And that’s when you may just want to leave a message. Here’s how to leave voice messages while you travel. WhatsApp,... Read More...The post Travel Tip: How to Leave Voice Messages appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
  • What the Carnival Cruise Quarantine Means for International Travelers

    20 Oct 2014 | 11:53 am
    Read the full article on at - What the Carnival Cruise Quarantine Means for International TravelersLast week, a woman who handled specimens from Thomas Eric Duncan—the first man to die of Ebola in the United States—was quarantined on board the Carnival Magic in the Caribbean. I reported for CBS... Read More...The post What the Carnival Cruise Quarantine Means for International Travelers appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
  • Travel Tip: How Cruise Ship Food is Getting Better

    20 Oct 2014 | 5:27 am
    Read the full article on at - Travel Tip: How Cruise Ship Food is Getting BetterIt used to be that cruise ship food meant just one thing: the all-you-can-eat buffet. That time-honored tradition is still around. But some cruise lines are becoming known for having–dare... Read More...The post Travel Tip: How Cruise Ship Food is Getting Better appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
  • How You Can Support Breast Cancer Awareness This Month

    18 Oct 2014 | 8:50 am
    Read the full article on at - How You Can Support Breast Cancer Awareness This MonthOctober is Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM), a month dedicated to fundraising and raising global awareness of the most common cancer in women. While many people know what breast cancer... Read More...The post How You Can Support Breast Cancer Awareness This Month appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
  • Peter Greenberg Worldwide—Hotel Plaza Athénée, Paris, France—October 18, 2014

    18 Oct 2014 | 7:14 am
    Read the full article on at - Peter Greenberg Worldwide—Hotel Plaza Athénée, Paris, France—October 18, 2014This week, the Peter Greenberg Worldwide Radio Show is broadcasting from the City of Lights: Paris, France, and more specifically, from the newly-renovated Hotel Plaza Athénée. The Hotel Plaza Athénée... Read More...The post Peter Greenberg Worldwide—Hotel Plaza Athénée, Paris, France—October 18, 2014 appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
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    Nancy D Brown

  • Spa Week Deals

    Nancy Brown
    18 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    I’ve said it before, “If money were no object, I’d splurge on a massage once a week.” But like everyone else, I watch my pennies and treat myself to a spa treatment once every few months or when I come across a deal. Twice a year in April and October, Spa Week offers $50 spa […]
  • Small Ship Review: UnCruise

    Nancy Brown
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    It’s not often that you meet a hotel manager while cruising on a small ship through Alaskan waters. In fact, I had no idea that the role of hotel manager existed on the high seas. Yet when you think about an 84-guest passenger ship, it really should be considered a floating boutique hotel. I was […]
  • Marilyn Monroe Spa Review

    Nancy Brown
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    I love everything about a trip to the spa; from the aromatherapy scents that hit my nostrils upon entering the spa, to soaking in a hot tub after a deep tissue or hot stone massage and the sense of calm that envelopes my body at the end of a treatment. When the folks at Marilyn […]
  • Hotel Review: Hyatt Regency Monterey

    Nancy Brown
    10 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Author John Steinbeck would have been happy to stay at Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel during his Travels with Charley, as this hotel is very pet-friendly. They have an entire building dedicated to people traveling with their pets, as well as offering outside dining and fireplace access to pets and their owners.     What I […]
  • Serenity in Alaska: Winterlake Lodge Review

    Nancy Brown
    8 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Living in Lake Placid, New York, the home of forty-six High Peaks and a multitude of beautiful lakes and streams is not exactly a shabby existence, but my husband and I decided to venture to Alaska because it has been in the number one spot on my bucket list since I was ten years old. […]
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    Hawaii Aloha Travel » Podcast Posts

  • Vacationing vs. just Traveling to Hawaii

    Bruce Fisher
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:32 pm
    There are a ton of ways for travelers to save on vacations, especially with new companies popping up like Airbnb and VRBO The post Vacationing vs. just Traveling to Hawaii appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Hawaii Plate Lunches – It’s all about the sides

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

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

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

    Bruce Fisher
    17 Jul 2014 | 2:41 pm
    Today we’ll be talking about the recently released Hawaii’s Best 2014, which is an annual celebration hosted by the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. This The post The Best of Hawaii appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
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  • Traditional Italian Music from Romagna

    A Road Retraveled
    13 Oct 2014 | 10:11 am
    Italian music is much more than the standard “O sole mio”. In fact, the more you travel through Italy the more diverse the traditional music becomes.  Folk music band from Rimini called L’Uva Grisa has been performing and preserving local Romagna music for more than 30 years, and we are grateful for their amazing performances! In the north-east region Italian region of Romagna, traditional music varies and includes ballads, folk music, and dancing music. Most of the ancient music has been passed down through the generations without an actual author and without being documented.
  • Tagliatelle with Ragu (Food and Music)

    7 Oct 2014 | 10:03 am
    Tagliatelle with Ragu, cooking with Nonna Violante   What makes Italian cuisine so delightful and varied is that each region holds tightly to its local traditions that include food, wine, music, dialect, and folklore. In Bellaria Igea Marina, fresh seafood dominates the local cuisine, and you will find many popular recipes created around various types of fish that are prominent in this area. Ingredients are simple, natural, and healthy. From the type of salt added to the food (coarse sea salt was preferred), to spices and herbs, each ingredient has a purpose for flavor as well as healthy…
  • Ghost Town of Monterano: Part 4

    A Road Retraveled
    17 Jun 2014 | 4:30 am
    Welcome to Psychic Archaeology’s part 4 of the Ghost Town of Monterano visit. This is the final episode of the long history of Monterano that spanned thousands of years and many ancient civilizations and era. In this episode we discover what caused Monterano’s final demise…what famous films where created here, and goes on in the Ghost Town of Monterano today! In 1770 a far more serious scourge befell Monterano: Malaria – the mosquito-borne infectious disease. Its once vibrant population was reduced to just a few dozen villagers. The etymology of “malaria” derives…
  • Ghost Town of Monterano: Part 3

    A Road Retraveled
    10 Jun 2014 | 5:50 am
    Welcome to Ghost Town of Monterano! We continue our Physical and Metaphysical journey through this magnificent ancient town in part 3 of Psychic Archaeology travel series featuring Sandie LaNae. Sandie’s Remote Visit Report: Oh…Weird echoes, I’m hearing echoes, but they’re all muffled. When I get near or in the building they’re all muffled. I don’t feel catacombs, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t any…or tunnels… something under the floorway. It’s very difficult to breathe here. I don’t know if the water is making this place humid, or if this place is…
  • Ghost Town of Monterano: Part 2

    A Road Retraveled
    3 Jun 2014 | 10:10 am
    Buon giorno and welcome to Psychic Archaeology on A Road Retraveled. On part 2 of the Ghost Town of Monterano series, we continue to explore the history and mysteries of this captivating ancient village as we follow Sandie’s Remove Visit Report. Sandie’s Remote Visit I see a very large tree grown out of the building….? It’s pretty cool to see the top of a tree taller than the top of the structure. That’s pretty cool! Inside the building I see a starburst… I don’t know if it’s a window, a painting, a tapestry, a carving…. but boy, there’s a bright yellowish light…
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  • Forbidden!! Not Us!!! — Beijing, China

    21 Oct 2014 | 5:32 am
    Forbidden!! Not Us!!! - Beijing, China Beijing, China Having visited the Forbidden City in Beijing, in 2013, I wasn't overly keen to revisit the ancient site, however, it's amazing how the same place can be viewed in a new light, when explained by a different guide or seen through new eyes. Steve our chirpy young guide, a native he said, a young man keen to explain in terms relevant to our "Australian' ears, lead us into Tiananmen Square from the opposite end to that of the previous year, where one of the ancient gateways to the city stands. Apparently the city walls were still evident in…
  • Thank You Songs Download — Miami Springs,

    21 Oct 2014 | 5:31 am
    Thank You Songs Download - Miami Springs, Miami Springs, Thank You Songs Download Pyaar Do Pyaar Lo Razia Full Volume My Heart Is Beating Pyaar Mein Razia (Remix) Pyaar Do Pyaar Lo (Remix) Full Volume (Remix) My Hear Is Beating (Remix) Pyaar Do Pyaar Lo Razia Full Volume My Heart Is Beating Pyaar Mein Razia Remix Pyaar Do Pyaar Lo Remix Full Volume Remix My Heart Is Beating Remix 01 - Pyaar Do Pyaar Lo Download 02 - Razia Download 03 - Full Volume Download 04 - My Heart Is Beating Download 05 - Pyaar Mein Download 06 - Razia (Remix By Abhijit Vaghani) Download 07 - Pyaar Do Pyaar Lo (Remix By…
  • Mytilene, Greece — Mitilini, Greece

    21 Oct 2014 | 5:31 am
    Mytilene, Greece - Mitilini, Greece Mitilini, GreeceToday we arrived in Mytilene (Lesbos), a small Greek Island. We were tendered off the ship to the Island. We strolled around the streets, down little alleys with lots of little shops and bars. We ventured up to the remains of the Mytilene Castle, one of the largest castles in the Aegean, which is perched on the top of a hill, the views from the medieval walls are spectacular. The castle dates back to the 14th century, remains of the bath house, the cistern, the fort wall, prayer houses, barracks stand. At the time of liberation of Lesbos in…
  • Clery Saint Andre — Clery-Saint-Andre, France

    21 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    Clery Saint Andre - Clery-Saint-Andre, France Clery-Saint-Andre, FranceAujourd'hui avec Damien on va se promener pour voir trois monuments incontournables de la region et importants dans l'histoire de France. Tout d'abord nous allons voir la Basilique de Clery Saint Andre, qui etait un lieu de pelerinage important, dont celui de St Jacques de Compostelle. Elle abrite les tombeaux du roi Louis XI, le coeur de Charles 8, ainsi que les restes de Dunois, le Batard d'Orleans. Tres belle basilique. Puis visite rapide de la ville. Ensuite nous traversons la Sologne pour aller a Germigny des Pres, ou…
  • Tere Mere Phere Bollywood Songs — Miami Springs,

    21 Oct 2014 | 5:29 am
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    View from the Wing

  • IHG Rewards Club Relents, Will Honor Their Free Nights Offer!

    Gary Leff
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:05 am
    Yesterday I wrote, My offer for IHG Rewards’ “Into the Nights” promotion — the most generous hotel offer in the market by far — has not changed. But others are reporting that the requirements for them to earn free nights are shifting after the promotion is underway. I’ve reached out to IHG to see whether there’s some sort of technical glitch, or something more nefarious going on. IHG Rewards initially gave the wrong — too generous — offer to many members. Their intention to was target different offers to different members, but ‘too many’ (relative to…
  • How to Avoid Getting Taken By a Rental Car Company Over Damage

    Gary Leff
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Christopher Elliott thinks that car rental companies are too quick to blame consumers for damage, and consumers too unwilling to own up to damaging cars. Both claims are probably true. As the last renter of a vehicle, a rental car company may assume you caused damage. But a car could have had pre-existing, undocumented damage or may have suffered an incident after the rental was returned. If you ding a rental car, and the company doesn’t say anything about it, are you generally the first to bring it to their attention? Although telling businesses they should stop doing what…
  • And… It’s Gone (For Realz)

    Gary Leff
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:30 pm
    The Chase Ink Plus 70,000 point signup offer was advertised as running through October 19th. Readers had ample warning that the offer was going to be pulled, but I noted this morning that the Chase site still had the application and offer live. So anyone that meant to sign up still could. Some folks thought it might continue on for awhile since Chase was still advertising recently on television. I’m not sure the ad buys are all that well synced up and in any case probably assume instant action on the past of consumers anyway. My own theory was that the website people simply hadn’t…
  • Should the Details of Your Hotel Stay Remain Private? Should They Be Kept Easily Accessible to Police?

    Gary Leff
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:30 pm
    The Supreme Court has granted cert in the case of City of Los Angeles v. Patel, meaning they will consider the Los Angeles regulation requiring hotels make guest records available to police for inspection. The lawsuit is a ‘facial challenge’ to the regulation, meaning it argues the regulation is always unconstitutional as a violation of the 4th amendment, rather than the hotel owners bringing suit because their rights were violated in a specific case. The initial court split 2-1 in rejecting the suit arguing that a facial challenge to the law can’t succeed because without a…
  • Opting in for a Targeted Promo, Big New Member Signup Bonus, and Sketchy Changes to a Hotel Promo

    Gary Leff
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    News and notes from around the interweb: Some reports of Barclaycard signing up consumers who ask for a targeted spending bonus on the US Airways Premier World MasterCard. 10,000 bonus Qantas points for new members who earn 10,000 points in their first 3 months of membership. United has a 20% bonus for transferring hotel points to miles. Conceivably a decent deal when redeeming Marriott travel packages, but hard to see myself taking advantage of this offer. My offer for IHG Rewards’ “Into the Nights” promotion — the most generous hotel offer in the market by far…
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  • Japan tax free items now include cosmetics, food and beverages

    Esme Vos
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:45 am
    As of 1 October 2014, tourists in Japan can get a tax refund for cosmetics, skin care, food and beverage (e.g. sake) purchases in department stores and other shops offering tax-free shopping. This is big news for tourists who come to Japan to buy high-end Japanese cosmetics brands such as Shiseido, Cle de Peau, Lunasol, Suqqu, Cosme Decorte, Three, etc.Tourists spend thousands of dollars on cosmetics and skin care in Japan because these items are often more expensive in their home countries and the selection in Japan is simply better.In Japanese department stores, you have to spend at least…
  • Norwegian Air Shuttle 787 Dreamliner: Oakland, California to Oslo

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

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

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

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

    Tony Wheeler
    2 Oct 2014 | 10:25 pm
    True or False? • The house of the Prophet Mohammed’s first wife Khadijah in Mecca has been demolished and replaced by a block of toilets • The Victoria’s Secret lingerie shop in Riyadh was burnt to the ground by angry matawwa, the Saudi Arabian religious police • The 1780 Ajyad Fortress in Mecca, built to protect the holy city from bandits and invaders, has been destroyed and replaced by an extraordinarily ugly Fairmont Hotel • Saudi clerics are calling for the destruction of the house where the Prophet lived in Mecca. Lingerie shoppers can relax, Victoria’s Secret is doing…
  • Space Adventures (& Teslas)

    Tony Wheeler
    22 Sep 2014 | 3:25 pm
    ▲ The view of earth from 400 km above in the International Space Station Back in 2008, courtesy of Space Adventures. I made a little trip to Moscow to visit the Cosmonaut Training Centre and then fly down to Baikonur in Kazakhstan to see a Soyuz space launch. I was invited to join the trip because the three Soyuz passengers were a Russian cosmonaut, an American NASA astronaut and an American tourist, Richard Garriot. ▲ Left to right, tourist – cosmonaut – astronaut It was a great trip – even if I wasn’t actually going up to the International Space Station – in part because my…
  • Who Was Rod? Where is Rod?

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

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

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

  • Rolling Along: A Cheapo at Work in Amsterdam

    Tom Meyers
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:37 am
    My train pulled into Amsterdam on Sunday during a marathon. Well, I didn’t realize the Amsterdam Marathon was happening at first. I just realized that something was up with the trams. I had studied up on the city’s tram system in advance, and knew that to get from Centraal Station to my hotel, the cute-and-simple Museumzicht next to the Rijksmuseum, I could board either the number 4 or 5 tram at the station and hop off next to the museum. Either of the trams would work just fine, and they both ran on Sunday. But it wasn’t to be. An unplanned walking tour Part of the fun of…
  • London on a budget: A guide to visiting a traditional pub

    Frances Ambler
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:15 am
    A stop-off (or several!) in a traditional London pub is a must-do for most visitors in the city. If English people seem uptight on the tube, the pub is where we kick back and relax, catch up with our friends and put the world to rights. Needless to say, a visit to the pub comes with its own traditions and customs we’ve been learning since we’ve been old enough to drink. It can also be expensive, so we compiled some tips on how to enjoy a British boozer on a budget. Cheers! The legal bit You need to be 18 to purchase alcohol in the UK. However, people under 18 are allowed into London pubs…
  • London to launch “Night Tube” on the weekends

    Nina Derham
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:20 am
    A 24-hour tube service is something London has most certainly been missing. While taking the night bus is a cultural experience of sorts, it’s by no means the most direct route home, often involving hours spent hanging around bus stops in the freezing cold. On arrival of said bus, expect to pile in with a woozy mob comprising noisy Londoners, dazed foreigners and plenty of chips, kebabs and McDonalds. Regular out-of-tune singsongs take place, friendships are made, couples argue about who chose to get on the wrong bus and, eventually, what feels like many weeks later, the night bus will…
  • Lisbon Budget Accommodations: 5 Cheapo picks

    Frances Ambler
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:15 am
    From custard tarts and cherry liquor to old-world neighborhoods and historic architecture, the list of Lisbon’s charms is lengthy. Definitely near the top of that list are the many well-priced accommodations, which are a Cheapo’s dream come true. There are loads of brilliant and inexpensive options whether you are looking for an arty boutique or just a friendly hostel. When it comes to sleeping cheap in Lisbon, even a central location doesn’t have to mean splurging. EuroCheapo has a whole guide to budget hotels in Lisbon, but we’ve highlighted five of our favorites that you might…
  • Is La Rambla a Tourist Trap? 5 tips for strolling like a local

    Regina W Bryan
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:14 am
    La Rambla cuts through Barcelona’s old town, separating the neighborhood El Raval from the historic Gothic Quarter. It’s a place of contrasts, bustling with beauty and history, but also with pickpockets and tourist traps. Generally, I tell visitors to stay clear of La Rambla as much as they can, because of the touristy environment and mediocre restaurants that are overpriced. However, there is no denying that La Rambla is a popular landmark in Barcelona with a central location that makes it a useful street to get you from Plaça Catalunya to the Gothic Quarter. Plus, the old city…
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    Go Green Travel Green

  • 10 Things To Do With a Toddler in London

    Alice Benny
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:24 am
    We are come up with 10 Things To Do With a Toddler in London, but the possibilities for entertaining a toddler in London are practically limitless. With their abundant curiosity and enthusiasm, toddlers often make wonderful travelers. As a city with numerous attractions designed to appeal to little ones, London just might be the ideal… Read more The post 10 Things To Do With a Toddler in London appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • Fun Earth Day Activities with 10 Photos to Inspire You

    13 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    We environmentalists tend to take ourselves pretty seriously most of the year, Earth Day is no exception. Earth Day should be reflective, fun and easy to do. It could and maybe should also be educational. If you’re looking for a unique way to commemorate Earth Day 2015, or to go green any day, you’ve come to… Read more The post Fun Earth Day Activities with 10 Photos to Inspire You appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • Go Green Campaigns and Go Green Movement

    Greg Head
    25 Sep 2014 | 4:56 am
    The increasing number of environmentally conscious consumers brings about more go green campaigns and a go green movement along with solutions. This gives ordinary people and corporations the opportunity to choose to make this planet a better place to stay. With global warming gradually affecting our earth, consumers, corporations and governments need to be more… Read more The post Go Green Campaigns and Go Green Movement appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • Oasis Collections Offers a Welcome Innovation for Travelers

    Alice Benny
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:19 pm
    When it comes to choosing accommodations, most travelers have decided opinions. Some prefer hotels with their convenient, on-the-spot service while others like the independence that comes from renting a private home. Now there’s a new company, Oasis Collections, that offers travelers the best of both worlds. Oasis Collections is something of a revolution in accommodations… Read more The post Oasis Collections Offers a Welcome Innovation for Travelers appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • Top Spots for Agritourism: From Pizza Farms to Cheese Trails

    Amy Whitley
    20 Sep 2014 | 10:30 am
    Autumn has arrived, and with it, a prime season for agritourism. Take advantage of beautiful fall weather, the outdoors, and the opportunity to eat, can, and bake with whole food ingredients this autumn by traveling to your nearest organic u-pick farms and orchards. In the mood for something different? Read on to learn where you can… Read more The post Top Spots for Agritourism: From Pizza Farms to Cheese Trails appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
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    Jaunted - The Pop Culture Travel Guide

  • How Apple Pay Makes Life Easier for Travelers

    20 Oct 2014 | 4:45 pm
    First off, you must be in possession of an iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Mini 3 or iPad Air 3 running iOS 8.1, and you must enable passcode lock and, for the iPhone, Touch ID (fingerprint recognition). It's extra layers of security. For help with setting it up, check out AppleInsider, which we did and then immediately headed out to Walgreens to purchase a few mini travel toiletries. Apple Pay performed beautifully. When the cashier totaled up our purchases, our Passbook Apple Pay screen switched itself to prompt us to place our finger for Touch ID. When our print cleared, the phone vibrated…
  • 'I Flew 9,500 Miles and Did Not Catch Ebola'

    20 Oct 2014 | 2:34 pm
    In the midst of the "Ebola in America" panic, Jaunted's editor flew around the world and has this to say for her experience: In the course of about 30 hours last week, I flew through 5 major international airports and did not catch Ebola. I flew in Economy, surrounded by other passengers, for four of the five segments, and did not catch Ebola. The routing: Hong Kong - Los Angeles (LAX) - Las Vegas - Dallas (DFW) - Detroit Between Dallas and Detroit I used upgrade credits to go from the back of the plane to the front, for the perks of a little extra recline and a hot meal after a long day of…
  • Halloween Around the World: The 6 Spookiest Cemeteries with Strange Histories

    20 Oct 2014 | 11:04 am
    For every enchanting mountaintop resort, riveting extreme sports adventure or breathtaking spa in the middle of nowhere that we write about, there are many places and experiences in this world that we would absolutely NOT use our vacation time (or work time) to explore. For instance, we don't recommend wingsuit diving into an active volcano on the ice cap of Eyjafjallajökull in Iceland. Just not a good idea. We have, however, come to realize that, sometimes people are morbid and weird and sometimes those people like to travel. Following up on our creepiest haunted prisons and asylums tour,…
  • Should You Take a Segway Tour? We Weigh the Pros and Cons

    20 Oct 2014 | 10:13 am
    Segways. Where there's a tourist hotspot city center, there's likely to be a Segway tour or two of it. Sometimes you're onboard, and sometimes you're not, but whatever your opinion of Segway tours, it's clear to see that they're here to stay. We recently hopped on a Segway tour in Ft Lauderdale, Florida for something a little different, and we'd be lying if we said Segways didn't come with a list of pros and cons. If you've ever debated on taking a tour or even turned your nose up to strapping on a helmet and quietly scooting around, this is for you:
  • HI: Travelers Just Can't Seem to Find Oahu's 'Other' Airport, Kalaeloa

    20 Oct 2014 | 8:48 am
    Getting to the airport can be a real hassle. The signs aren’t totally clear, you can’t figure out where to return the car, and sometimes the difference between arrivals and departures is a little tricky. In Oahu, however, travelers have started complaining about the location of the area's other airport, and have missed their flights as a result of confusion. Most travelers, as in like 99% of them, do their thing in and out of Honolulu International Airport, and that’s usually not a problem to find. However, it’s the smaller airport on the western side of the island…
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  • New York: Mandarin Oriental Has Yet Another New Fan...

    20 Oct 2014 | 2:48 pm
    Move over, Morgan Freeman. Lucy Liu is the latest celebrity to come out as a "fan" of Mandarin Oriental Hotels for their ongoing advertising campaign. Photographer Mary McCartney (yes, as in that McCartney) has photographed Liu arriving at her favorite MO hotel Mandarin Oriental New York. Liu was actually born in NYC and says she loves the hotel's proximity to Central Park, along with their "delicious and comforting" Chinese breakfast. We assume that's the Mandarin Oriental breakfast served at the Asiate restaurant (for $36) and through room service and which includes "Soy Chicken Rice…
  • A Gansevoort Hotel Will Open in the Dominican Republic on December 15

    20 Oct 2014 | 12:28 pm
    What do we love more than hotel openings? Surprise hotel openings!We had no idea that Gansevoort Hotel Group was planning an oceanfront resort in the Dominican Republic but here it is! The Gansevoort Playa Imbert on the country's north coast will be opening on December 15 with just 48 luxury suites, in one and two-bedroom loft layouts, along with three-bedroom apartments and a handful of four-bedroom penthouses, each with their own private rooftop jacuzzi. But you should know, the property was previously The Ocean Club Luxury Residences and Gansevoort is making it over into a hotel.
  • New York: Woot, Woot? The World's Tallest Holiday Inn to Open in NYC on Friday

    20 Oct 2014 | 11:21 am
    While we are on the subject of prolific hotel cookie cutter maker architect Gene Kaufman, another one of his projects is set to open on Friday near Manhattan's World Trade Center---the world's tallest
  • New York: Looks Like You Can Crash Downtown with Tommie This Summer

    20 Oct 2014 | 8:56 am
    Last week, news about new hotel brands for Millennials came fast and furious. While the momentum has died down a little bit, there's still news percolating out there. Like this bit about a Tommie Hotel from Thompson Hotels opening in Tribeca on Hudson Street next summer. [Insert clapping hands emoji right here.] Yes, we've known about this property since Tommie Hotels were first announced in May 2013. But it's always been the other Tommie Hotel on E. 31st Street that we've been checking up on, each time getting slightly depressed that Spring 2016 seems like forever away.
  • Barcelona: Only in Barcelona Can You Get A Taste Of Brangelina

    20 Oct 2014 | 7:25 am
    Question: What do you get the person who has everything? (This is the question which possibly, probably foxed Brad Pitt as he debated whether to go to a certain celebrity wedding.) Answer: A ticket to Barcelona for a meal at Hotel Arts. (Shame Brad didn't think of this, he might have got a Venetian holiday out of it.) Why? Because it’s truffle season, and the hotel’s two Michelin-starred restaurant, Enoteca, is running a special white truffle tasting menu throughout November. It’s not just special because it involves white truffles – the dishes come with wine pairings, and…
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  • Introducing TripDoc 2: The Best Way to Organize Your Trips

    7 Oct 2014 | 8:05 am
    If you're like me, you're always dreaming of the next trip. Filing away ideas, inspiration, and destinations for later reference. And if you're like me, more often than not, those bits and pieces get lost in the bustle of getting ready for the actual trip. There are few things more frustrating as a traveler than wasting one of your few meals on a sub-par place. Even worse? Missing out on an experience because you didn't have the details you needed at hand. Or being lost - before I had kids, being lost was sometimes its own adventure, but now every step counts and I want the most direct route…
  • What I did on my Summer Vacation

    5 Oct 2014 | 9:43 pm
    I've been quiet recently, too quiet, and I realize you might be wondering what happened to me. Happily, I'm alive and well, still living in Seattle. The real world has sort of taken over lately, but I wanted to check in and tell you all what I've been up to. The biggest news? I went back to work full time in the spring! I'm working on the Software Development team at Zillow as a Senior Program Manager. It feels super great to work at shipping software full time again, and I'm loving having a team of people to work with. I've been at Zillow for five months now, working on tools for people who…
  • Winners: Club Carlson Gold Status and a $500 Club Carlson Visa gift card

    28 May 2014 | 8:28 pm
    By Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group Radisson Aruba Resort Casino & Spa I want to thank everyone who entered my giveaway to win Club Carlson Gold Status and a $500 Club Carlson Visa gift card. Thank you to everyone who contributed! If you didn't win, you can still sign up for a Club Carlson Visa here. The randomly selected winners were Ashley and Elizabeth, both of whom have been notified by email. Thank you to Club Carlson who generously sponsored this giveaway. Didn't win this time? Subscribe to DeliciousBaby or "like" DeliciousBaby on Facebook so that you don't miss a thing. Want more?
  • Giveaway: Club Carlson Gold Status and a $500 Club Carlson Visa gift card

    19 May 2014 | 6:38 am
    I have an exciting giveaway this week! Club Carlson, the global hotel rewards program that includes the Quorvus Collection, Radisson Blu®, Radisson®, Park Plaza®, Park Inn® by Radisson, and Country Inns & Suites By Carlson (SM), has given me a prize package to give away. By Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group Radisson Aruba Resort Casino & Spa Here's what's included: Club Carlson Gold Status valid through February 2015 $500 Club Carlson Visa prepaid card In the event that the winner is already a Club Carlson Gold Status member, the winner will be given Club Carlson Concierge status through…
  • Photo Friday: Easter Abroad

    17 Apr 2014 | 2:19 pm
    Easter display at the Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh Scotland There's something a little magical about seeing holiday decorations when you travel, isn't there? I just loved this Easter table in the lobby of the Balmoral Hotel in Scotland. Related Links Scotland with Kids Balmoral Hotel with Kids What is Photo Friday? Post a travel photo on your site. It can be about any topic, as long as it is G-rated. The focus of the post should be on your photo. You don't need to be a professional photographer (I'm not), but do showcase your best work, and make it big enough to see well! It's nice to include…
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    Viator Travel Blog

  • Halloween Tours: Ghosts, Ghouls, & Haunted Histories

    20 Oct 2014 | 8:05 am
    Who needs to hang out with the living, when you can go and visit the dead? With Halloween just around the corner, there is a fabulous and fascinating itinerary of ghosts and gravestones, haunted histories and underground vaults to be explored — from Memphis to the Orbs of Oahu, via Vegas, Rome, Venice, Stockholm and Boston. Visit vampires in New Orleans, explore haunted castles in Edinburgh, wonder at the mysteries of Winchester House in San Francisco, and comb the catacombs in Rome. Wherever you choose to go in the daylight hours, remember the supernatural is always right there beside…
  • 8 Traditional Games to Play Around the World

    Viator Travel Team
    15 Oct 2014 | 11:34 am
    Experiencing a country and its unique culture spans further than just visiting major tourist attractions. Interacting with the locals and engaging in their way of life and traditions brings an authentic flavor to each trip, and helps to break down the barriers that we put up between unfamiliar ideas and cultures. This can be achieved through food, clothing, holidays, and even recreational games. Joining hands with strangers and putting cultural differences aside for an hour of amusement can bring people together in a powerful way. Here are eight traditional games for both adults and children…
  • Top Travel Deals of the Week

    Viator Travel Team
    14 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Looking for something new and fun to do while traveling this week? Check out Viator’s best travel deals available around the globe this week and make the most of your travel budget Here are the top Viator Travel Deals through Oct. 21, 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,…
  • New England Fall Foliage: The Best State by State

    William Travis
    13 Oct 2014 | 12:13 pm
    Every fall, New England rolls out a foliage carpet dressed in blazing oranges and reds, yellows and purples. It’s the perfect time to visit the region. Leaf peepers come to drive the winding country roads, hike lush mountain paths, and stroll town greens to soak in the vibrant vistas of color. If you’re planning a trip to the region, here are the most stunning places to see fall foliage state-by-state. Early October is prime leaf peeping time for the northern states, while the southern half stretches into late October and even early November. For a guided experience, browse Fall Foliage…
  • Travel with Viator: What’s Happening in October

    Viator Travel Team
    11 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    October’s not just the month of Halloween, it’s when fall hits and there are some gorgeous sights. Read on for some great October deals to inspire you in your travels. There’s so much to do this October, make sure you don’t miss out. What’s happening this month Amsterdam, Netherlands Enjoy quick access to the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam with a prebooked admission ticket! Join the voucher line and head inside to see the museum’s magnificent collection at your leisure. Australia Wine production has become so prominent in Australia that if you were to spend a day…
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  • Kidnapped Writer Michael Scott Moore Released in Somalia

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

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

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

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

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

  • Brief Notes from Three Days Near Canggu, Bali, Presented in Proper Travel-Writing Format for Your Reading Leisure

    Brian Spencer
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:09 am
    It’s geographically considered North Kuta, but Bali’s expat-favored, up-and-coming Canggu/Batu Belig area is thankfully nothing like its over-developed, over-touristed, over-the-top bastard brother to its south; not yet anyways. Rampant construction promises significant change in the coming years, but for now, anyway, this “wedge” between Seminyak and Canggu has a laid-back vibe and agreeable mix of
  • Can the Hotel Itself Be the Destination?

    Sheila Scarborough
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:32 am
    Maybe it’s the perpetually half-full glass in my traveling mind, but rather than think, “I can’t believe this little Iowa town can make a go of a high-end hotel,” I prefer to think, “Isn’t it fabulous that this small town in Iowa knows how to rock a gorgeous hotel!” Years ago I watched the Twitter
  • Ireland: A Drive in County Down

    Kerry Dexter
    13 Oct 2014 | 11:02 pm
    Its landscapes inspired the Chronicles of Narnia and perhaps, the legends of the children of Lir. In bygone times, smugglers traveled its roads. In Victorian days people came to its seasides, as they do today — and as they did in prehistoric times. Saint Patrick walked here, and so have other makers of legend, story,
  • Looking for Wildflowers in Western Australia

    Liz Lewis
    12 Oct 2014 | 11:44 pm
    Springtime in Western Australia and the wildflowers are in full bloom. From August to October the normally barren, red rocky soils of the West turn psychedelic as carpets of flowers spring up in the most unexpected places. With over 12,000 varieties of flowers, many of which are native only to Western Australia, this part of
  • In Singapore, Star Wars Nerdery at the Sandcrawler

    Brian Spencer
    10 Oct 2014 | 7:09 am
    The Force is strong with this one. Located in Singapore’s otherwise staid Fusionopolis office park, the Sandcrawler is a modern homage to the gargantuan vehicle Jawas used to creep through the expansive deserts of Tatooine, trolling for smart-ass buckets of bolts and their feisty little friends. Its horizontally slanted, horseshoe shape mimics the original Sandcrawler
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    Travel | The Guardian

  • Skiing in Afghanistan it's one hour up and two minutes down

    Simon Urwin
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:28 am
    Theres no ski lift and no chalets, but a growing number of adventurous skiers are heading to Afghanistan for virgin snow and warm hospitalityThis article and photography first appeared in Sidetracked magazine Continue reading...
  • Republic of Congo surprise choice on Lonely Planet's 2015 wishlist

    Will Coldwell
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:05 am
    The publishers annual Best in Travel collection puts the Republic of Congo in sixth spot on list of top 10 countries in the world to visitLonely Planet select the top 10 cities to visit in 2015 Continue reading...
  • Lonely Planet selects Salisbury among top 10 cities to visit

    Will Coldwell
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:59 pm
    Wiltshire city listed along with Washington, El Chaltén, Milan and Zermatt in travel guides selection of places to visit in 2015Lonely Planet select the top 10 countries to visit in 2015 Continue reading...
  • Guide for gay people visiting Morocco

    Guardian Staff
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:16 pm
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  • Astronaut Chris Hadfield's amazing photos from space

    Will Coldwell
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    The guitar-strumming spaceman Chris Hadfield is releasing a new book You Are Here: Around the World in 92 Minutes featuring stunning images of the Earth captured while in orbit. Here are some of his best snaps Find out what tastes better, space food or plane food, in our Q&A with Chris HadfieldChris Hadfield will be discussing his his time in space at a Guardian Live event on 7 and 11 December . Find out more about Guardian Live and how to become a member Continue reading...
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  • #LPChat: eating your way around the world

    Emma Sparks
    8 Oct 2014 | 4:50 am
    We recently joined forces with food blogger Niamh Shields and Tourism Ireland on Twitter to talk about a subject that’s often very close to a traveller’s heart: food. From fine dining to street-side snacks, you brought a smorgasbord of stories and tips to the table – although not everyone liked the look of the deep fried tarantula. We’ve collected the best of your recommendations below. Image by Matt Munro/Lonely Planet Traveller Magazine [<a href="//" target="_blank">View the story…
  • Storify: Iraqi Kurdistan in pictures

    Helen Elfer
    7 Oct 2014 | 4:27 am
    Lakes, canyons and ancient cities  see the Iraqi Kurdistan behind the conflict headlines, as discovered by LP’s Iraq author Sofia Barbarani. Kurdish mountain scenery. Image by Lonely Planet [View the story "Lonely Planet on the road in Iraqi Kurdistan" on Storify] Visit Lonely Planet’s Iraqi Kurdistan and Middle East pages to read more.
  • Lonely Planet Kids: design a dinosaur competition

    Emma Sparks
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:34 am
    As travellers, when we’re not out exploring the world, we’re imagining our next adventure. And when it comes to imagination, kids have got it sussed. To celebrate the launch of our new site, - home to all things entertaining and educational for your travellers-in-training – we’ve come up with a creative competition for kids which also doubles as a great after-school activity to keep those active imaginations occupied. The winner will get their hands on a bundle of Lonely Planet Kids books! The task Imagine you’ve travelled back in time to…
  • Join our world food chat on Twitter at #LPChat

    Emma Sparks
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:53 am
    There are many ways to explore a destination, but we all know the best way to get to know a place is through stuffing your face, right? Join our #lpchat on world food on Wednesday, 1 October at 4pm GMT+1/11am EDT to share your foodie tips, drool-worthy photographs and tempting travel recommendations. How do I take part? 1. Follow @lonelyplanet and the hashtag #LPChat on Twitter on Wednesday 1 October from 4pm GMT+1/11am EDT. 2. Questions will be ordered Q1, Q2, Q3 etc. To answer Q1, begin your tweet with A1. For Q2, A2 and so on. 3. Add #LPChat to all of your tweets during the Twitter…
  • Opinion: Parisian picnics beat restaurants every time

    Helen Elfer
    19 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    If Paris is the world’s foodie capital, then why is it so hard to find a great restaurant there? Stick to picnics and you’ll eat much better, says Lonely Planet editor Helen Elfer. Picnic à la Paris. Image by Bruno De Hogues/ Photographer’s Choice/ Getty   We’d spent all morning at the Musee d’Orsay, and between the Rodins and the Renoirs, we had worked up one helluva appetite. It was time for my other half and I to enjoy a well-earned, quintessentially French, three-course lunch. I have a firm belief that eating at restaurants near famous attractions increases the…
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  • Visiting Washington DC: 6 Things You May Not Know About My Hometown

    Matt Long
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:55 pm
    I’ve lived in the Washington, DC metro-region for almost 15 years. There’s a reason for that; I love it here. In looking through the content on my site though I came to the sad realization that I almost never write about my beloved city. Since I also get a lot of questions about what to do and see in the nation’s capital, I decided to share some insider tips, places and experiences not all tourists know about and which make me love my hometown even more. To everyone who has not yet been to this vibrant city on the Potomac, I hope this encourages you to make visiting Washington DC a…
  • Getting A First Look At The Treasury In Petra, Jordan

    Matt Long
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:50 pm
    The post Getting A First Look At The Treasury In Petra, Jordan appeared first on LandLopers.
  • Eat Everything: A Look At Malta’s Food in Five Bites (And Sips)

    Matt Long
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:55 pm
    Stuck precariously in the Mediterranean, Malta’s strategic position between Europe and Africa and oh so close to the Middle East has resulted in a long line of occupiers and immigrants over the centuries. These newcomers all brought with them their own cultures, languages and of course food. Over time, this steady stream of people created the entirely unique and somewhat unusual Malta we know and love today. Sure we are familiar with the beaches and the amazing history found in Valletta, but Maltese food doesn’t usually get as much attention, which is a shame because from experience I can…
  • Framing the Desert Through A Natural Bridge in Wadi Rum, Jordan

    Matt Long
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:51 pm
    The post Framing the Desert Through A Natural Bridge in Wadi Rum, Jordan appeared first on LandLopers.
  • Fourteen Of My Favorite Photos (So Far) From 2014

    Matt Long
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:56 pm
    This week the photo sharing event I almost always participate in – #FriFotos – turns FOUR. As a result, the theme this week is FOUR and so, as usual, I took a twist on that theme and decided to share FOURteen of my favorite photos all taken on my 2014 travels. More than nice photos, they all mean something to me and I hope you enjoy them all.Monkey Mia, AustraliaBordeaux, FranceWalesBerlin, GermanyVirginiaWalker Bay, South AfricaLondonHong KongCambodiaDubrovnik, CroatiaAlberta, CanadaValletta, MaltaMantua, ItalyJordanThe post Fourteen Of My Favorite Photos (So Far) From 2014…
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  • The Names of Things

    Pam Mandel
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:55 am
    I should know the names of the trees by now, but I do not. I can’t tell the hemlock from the spruce and the only deciduous trees I can truly recognize are the big leaf maples, because they are easy. Oh, the lodge pole pine, I know the lodge pole pine because of the smell and the long straight trunk that, of course, if you were building a lodge you would use these trees to support the high peak of your roof line. I should know the names of the peaks, too, and some of them I do, Mount Saint Helens is capped off from her eruption in 1980, and while Mount Hood looks less pointy the closer…
  • Birds and Fog

    Pam Mandel
    9 Oct 2014 | 12:53 pm
    I remembered to grab my camera because I thought that the fog would make for great photos. And it did, but also, because it’s so gray, the birds act like it’s still early morning. I stopped my bike, but the crunch of my wheels on the gravel made the great blue heron — perched on a moss covered rock on the beach below — turn his head. I guess he didn’t like the looks of my safety yellow jacket, because he took off before I could get a shot. And he was talking as he flew away. I’m sure he was saying, “Oh, come on, it’s mid-morning on an overcast…
  • Lessons from my School of Rock

    Pam Mandel
    26 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    I’m keenly aware of my own talents as a musician. I don’t always sing on key, I can’t always perform without a cheat sheet, and I get stage jitters. This isn’t false modestly, I’ve heard myself recorded without post processing.  I’m an okay musician. I have decent timing, I can deal with complicated chord progressions if the charts are in front of me, sometimes even if they’re not. I’m no showman, either, I am doubtful of my ability to lead or command a room. I’m just an adequate public speaker; I write good material, but I’m a…
  • The Comfort Zone

    Pam Mandel
    24 Sep 2014 | 3:34 pm
    It is not easy to walk along Bethel Avenue. It is a four lane road, sometimes six when there’s a turn lane. There are no sidewalks, just a grassy median that could be sidewalk, if anyone bothered to walk here. I count the walkers that buck tradition. Three black teenagers, boys, crossing the street at the McDonald’s.  On another day, there are four brown guys that appear from I’m not sure where. They navigate the v-shaped median and head across the vast parking lot of the movie theater (empty) to another vast parking lot (also empty).  I see one guy at the bus stop  and I…
  • San Cristobal at Night

    Pam Mandel
    23 Sep 2014 | 4:40 pm
    The post San Cristobal at Night appeared first on nerd's eye view.
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  • 12 Cheap Travel Tips for Latin America

    Tim Leffel
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:13 pm
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  • The Evolving Value of a Travel Dollar

    Tim Leffel
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:08 am
    We've Moved! Update your Reader Now. This feed has moved to: Update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from us. Meanwhile, you can always see what's new by visiting!
  • Car-free Isla Holbox in Mexico

    Tim Leffel
    12 Oct 2014 | 9:03 am
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  • Terrible Flight Delays? You May Score Some Compensation

    Tim Leffel
    6 Oct 2014 | 9:13 am
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  • Martinique Grooves, Handmade Oaxaca, and Death in the Afternoon

    Tim Leffel
    3 Oct 2014 | 8:58 am
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    Travel the Home Exchange Way

  • BBC TV home swap series – a ‘real’ home exchange is even better!

    Home Base Holidays
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:07 am
    “Perhaps you were thinking of taking the plunge and trying your first home swap? Perhaps you watched the television programme Home Away from Home* and thought your own place was unsuitable? After all, so many of those dwellings were set in idyllic countryside, or with stunning sea views, or the interior looked like something from a magazine. Of course there are houses like that on home exchange sites but most of them are ordinary houses and flats lived in and loved by ordinary people. Most of the participants seemed to thoroughly enjoy the experience, even if the place they swapped to…
  • Prepare a guide for your home swap guests

    Home Base Holidays
    15 Oct 2014 | 2:52 am
    To help ensure that your home swap guests will have a wonderful vacation and to make sure they make the most of their stay at your home it is a great idea to prepare a guide with everything they need to know. This is a great way to leave instructions for not only your home but also about your area how to make their holiday even more enjoyable.  With every successful home swap you can include more helpful resources to ensure your guests have a pleasant time. Here are some ideas for what to include in your home swap guide: Create a list with helpful information about your home to make your…
  • Home Swappers, the Home Exchange Newsletter, October 2014

    Home Base Holidays
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:47 am
    The October issue of Home Swappers Newsletter is now available. Topics: Featured listing: beautiful beachfront home in El Salvador Watch this space: Home Base Holidays site update launches very soon BBC TV: 'Home Away from Home', a new series on home swapping started this week Read articles in this issue in full and previous issues of Home Swappers Newsletter, in the Newsletter Archive. Subscribe to receive the newsletter as published.
  • Visit beautiful Swiss city of Lucerne (and stay for free!)

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

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

  • Romantic Things to Do in Charlotte NC

    15 Oct 2014 | 10:15 am
    The Queen City is known for its charm, romance, and all the irresistible activities that make dating much more exciting than other cities in North Carolina. The 18th-century architecture, the diverse backdrop, haute cuisine—couples looking for an amorous getaway will find the perfect setting in Charlotte. Dine at the Fig Tree Restaurant Visit the Elizabeth neighborhood and have a romantic dinner date at a historic 1913 Craftsman Bungalow. A registered landmark, the Fig Tree Restaurant serves a seasonal menu of French and Italian cuisine and has a wide selection of international wines.
  • Your Guide to Whale Watching in Mendocino and Cape Cod

    18 Sep 2014 | 1:16 pm
    Besides their picturesque landscapes, Mendocino and Cape Cod draw thousands of tourists every year for whale watching. The largest mammals on Earth definitely deserve an audience as they migrate past coastal points, feed near the coast, or swim in inlets. These ocean creatures are elusive as they are beautiful, so you might want to read our guide first before embarking on a whale-watching excursion. Whale Watching on the Mendocino Coast One tough thing about whale watching is competing for the view with other tourists, but that’s not an issue when you’re on the Mendocino Coast. The best…
  • 5 Best College Towns in the U.S.A.

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

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

    24 Jun 2014 | 7:44 am
    Going on a couples retreat does not mean that the marriage is deteriorating or that you are an unhappy. There are many reasons why married couples go on a retreat. Take the retreat as a chance to bond with each other intimately by doing all sorts of activities at a totally different setting. Sure, you already see your partner’s face every day and you don’t want to leave town just to do the same. But a couples retreat is different because the two of you get some privacy—no kids, no in-laws, no friends. Just a married pair who wants to solidify their vows by experiencing things together.
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  • Top 10 Dangerous Bridges in the World

    Mircea Giurca
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:48 pm
    Bridges are built for a fast and secure transport. It should not be the cause accidents once one transfer from one end to the other end. It should be sturdy enough to ensure the crossing person’s... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Top 10 camping sites that define luxury and style

    Mircea Giurca
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:42 am
    Many people like the idea of going on a camping trip. The desire to hie off and sleep outdoors starts when you’re still a kid poking around in the backyard after dinner, armed with a flashlight and a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Magellan Announced RoadMate 1475T Navigation Device

    travel boy
    19 Oct 2014 | 7:35 pm
    Magellan is committed to providing navigation solutions that provide the best possible experience to consumers. They have recently introduced their new RoadMate 1475T personal navigation device which... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Basic French Phrases

    Mircea Giurca
    19 Oct 2014 | 7:33 am
    Anybody Speak French? Okay. So you’re going to France and don’t have a clue how you’re going to communicate. Don’t panic. Really, don’t. You’re not the first person and will doubtfully be the last to... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Temples of Damanhur

    Mircea Giurca
    18 Oct 2014 | 7:27 pm
    Located under the streets of Italy are hundreds, perhaps thousands, of long since forgotten tunnels and buildings. Having been abandoned and built upon long ago, citizens often find hidden treasures... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Daily Catch

  • Nautical Knots

    Hannah Sills
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:37 am
    Courtesy of manufacturer The cotton weave and brass chain of this handmade bracelet make it feel like fashionable sailor’s rope for your wrist. Sailormade Chill Chain in Khaki, $52;
  • Gorgeous Glow

    Sophia Jones
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:34 am
    Photographed by Ted Tucker We love the unique gleam this container radiates when a lit candle is inside. Two’s Company Carthage Pierced Covered Lantern (medium), $95;
  • Pleasing Aroma

    Hannah Sills
    13 Oct 2014 | 9:43 am
    Courtesy of manufacturer Give your home a welcoming scent for the holidays with this charming candle. Votivo Candle in Red Currant, $26;
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    Susan Hall
    10 Oct 2014 | 2:30 pm
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  • Fab Crab

    Sophia Jones
    9 Oct 2014 | 10:49 am
    Photographed by Ted Tucker Use this handcrafted carryall to head into town or hit the beach. We love its fun illustration by Bebbins Yudes. Peyton & Clark Crab with Sailboat Tote Bag, $48;
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  • Leading Hotels of the World on dealing with the mystery of ecommerce attribution
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:10 am
    Attribution of digital sales can sometimes seem like a grab-bag process, with critical junctures of the consumer journey totally disregarded, but there are models that can add some sense to the equation, according to a Leading Hotels of the World.
  • Online bookings in Japan to grow, still lagging behind mature markets
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:09 am
    With the financial jury still out on the recovery of Japan’s economy, Euromonitor International reports that online travel is set for eye-watering levels of growth over next five years, at the expense of offline channels.
  • Asian travelers increasingly plugged-in
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:08 am
    Findings of Accor Asia Pacific’s second Social Media Monitor reveal that 70% of travellers across Asia Pacific now use social media when they travel, with those from China (84%), Vietnam (83%) and Indonesia (82%) the most active users.
  • Travelport has no plans to sunset Apollo GDS
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:07 am
    Ever since United announced that it would move off the Apollo host system - which it built in the late 1960s and early 1970s—there has been speculation that Travelport will at some point put the Apollo platform out to pasture.
  • An educated guess at the revenue model driving the ‘TripAdvisor’s Click-to-Uber Deal’
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:06 am
    Uber opened its API to third-parties in September and there are a number of high profile partnerships integrating its ride hailing capabilities. Here is an article that reverse engineers the Uber-TripAdvisor partnership to better understand the way these deals are structured and their potential value.
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  • We Visit Corsica

    25 Sep 2014 | 12:13 pm
      A journey we never tire of, Corsica’s old world, laid back style and natural beauty always brings us back. So, this summer we returned again to rediscover some of our favorite boutique homes and get some new pix, new detail and new perspective. From the scent of the maquis and colors of sea and sky, and the enduring charm of the sweet and slightly goofy goats and donkeys that roam everywhere, it’s a sensory delight every time.   Our first stop is always La Caseta. We love the garden and it’s old stone walls and shadows in the morning light. (It’s like…
  • SALT: A Must See in Norway!

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

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

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

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

    21 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    We have a mini MiceAge update for you today with some really big news. The Disneyland Resort has had some very busy weeks lately, with the popular Halloween Time season playing to Anaheim’s two key…The post MiceAge Update: Return of the Hatbox Ghost appeared first on MiceChat.
  • Rail Trip to the Walt Disney Family Museum

    Shelly Valladolid
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    To celebrate the fifth anniversary of the Walt Disney Family Museum, a group of intrepid Disney fans took to the rails to make an experience out of the event. On board, we had a great…The post Rail Trip to the Walt Disney Family Museum appeared first on MiceChat.
  • Communicore Weekly – 1973 WDW Vacation, Artemis Fowl, Barbershop, I Crane

    Jeff Heimbuch
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:27 am
    Direct Link l   iTunes Link Welcome to this week’s Communicore Weekly, where we talk about 1973 WDW Vacation, Artemis Fowl, Barbershop, and I Crane! DISNEY HISTORY! – Jeff and George travel to 1973 for a vacation…The post Communicore Weekly – 1973 WDW Vacation, Artemis Fowl, Barbershop, I Crane appeared first on MiceChat.
  • Disneyland Resort Holiday Switcheroo and Rosie’s Dough

    Norman Gidney
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Happy Monday Morning folks! Andy Castro and Dateline Disneyland are on vacation today, but In The Parks is here to deliver the week in Disneyland and Disney California Adventure news. It’s a small world is getting its holiday…The post Disneyland Resort Holiday Switcheroo and Rosie’s Dough appeared first on MiceChat.
  • Vacationland – Camping at Walt Disney World in 1973

    George Taylor
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Walt Disney World Vacationland was a magazine published three times a year and distributed throughout hotels, motels and restaurants in Georgia, Alabama. Louisiana and Florida. Although it was a Disney publication, they presented articles and advertisements…The post Vacationland – Camping at Walt Disney World in 1973 appeared first on MiceChat.
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  • An introduction to Indochina

    Nick Van Gruisen
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:11 am
    Here you’ll find everything you’ll need to know before taking a trip to the cultural and culinary heart of south-east Asia. Soak up the charming atmosphere of Luang Prabang. Have a cup of Vietnamese coffee in Ho Chi Minh city whilst getting a new wardrobe from a tailor or discover Cambodia’s modern history in Phnom […] An introduction to Indochina is a post from A Luxury Travel Blog The post An introduction to Indochina appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
  • 5 recommendations for a luxury tour of Japan

    James Jayasundera
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:10 am
    If you’re a traveller with a sense of adventure then the Far East is a part of the world you absolutely must see. Japan is a particular jewel of East Asia and a remarkable place to visit. Culture shock is the phrase perhaps most often used by visitors to this intriguing island, but this is […] 5 recommendations for a luxury tour of Japan is a post from A Luxury Travel Blog The post 5 recommendations for a luxury tour of Japan appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
  • Top 5 reasons to charter a superyacht to the Bahamas

    Carl Sputh
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:04 pm
    The breathtaking Bahamas offers a sensual winter escape especially when aboard your luxury superyacht. Chartering the yacht of your dreams will ensure every moment upon the jeweled waters is something uniquely special, especially when blended with a blissful beach break in paradise. For those seeking utter relaxation with a hint of exploration, the Bahamas makes for […] Top 5 reasons to charter a superyacht to the Bahamas is a post from A Luxury Travel Blog The post Top 5 reasons to charter a superyacht to the Bahamas appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
  • Photograph of the week: Lightning bolt over Bellagio

    Paul Johnson
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:04 am
    Bellagio forms part of the golden triangle on Lake Como, comprising Menaggio, Varenna and Bellagio. This small and beautiful town with luxurious hotels and villas is extremely popular with overseas visitor and has been crafted by the Romans and the last few thousand years of mixed governance. Bellagio has seen many storms in its history […] Photograph of the week: Lightning bolt over Bellagio is a post from A Luxury Travel Blog The post Photograph of the week: Lightning bolt over Bellagio appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
  • 6 top tips for traveling in large groups

    Campbell Bevan
    19 Oct 2014 | 2:21 am
    The idea of going away with a large group of friends or family sounds like a great idea in theory, until you realize that more people often means more opinions and more problems. If approached incorrectly, simple decision making can become tedious and time consuming. On the flip side if planned correctly, group travel can […] 6 top tips for traveling in large groups is a post from A Luxury Travel Blog The post 6 top tips for traveling in large groups appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
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    Discovering Puerto Rico

  • Where to Celebrate Oktoberfest in Puerto Rico

    4 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    The good news; Oktoberfest 2014 is here. Even better news there are several places where you can celebrate Oktoberfest in Puerto Rico. Synonymous with Munich, huge beer tents, lederhosen, Schweinebraten, bratwursts, and copious amounts of great German Beer; Oktoberfest is an annual event celebrated around the world. Here in Puerto Rico, the biggest Oktoberfest takes place at Casa Bavaria near Morovis, but that’s not the only way to celebrate Oktoberfest. So if you are looking to celebrate Oktoberfest in Puerto Rico; here are some options: Casa Bavaria October 2 – 26, 2014 Casa Bavaria’s…
  • Puerto Rico Coffee and Chocolate Expo 2014

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

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

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

    23 Jul 2014 | 7:38 am
    Wow what a view…. Those were my thoughts when we arrived at Asador Isla Bonita restaurant near Aibonito. The restaurant offers expansive panoramic views of the mountain regions of Cayey, Cidra, Guayama and the Caribbean Ocean to the south from a vantage point 2700ft above sea level and very close to La Tetas de Cayey. The drive to Asador Isla Bonita takes you through the scenic Aibonito region along decent two way roads, until you reach the final ½ mile that becomes little trickier as the road narrows and the inclines increase (my wife was not a fan of this section). The drive is well…
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  • Andrew Rossiter: 5 Things I Love About Waikiki Aquarium

    20 Oct 2014 | 6:25 am
    Andrew Rossiter: 5 Things I Love About Waikiki Aquarium Photo by Olivier Koning for HAWAII Magazine.For the 350,000 or so residents and visitors who tour it each year, the Waikiki Aquarium offers a colorful window on Pacific Ocean undersea life. For Andrew Rossiter, the aquarium’s director since 2004, however, it’s a world-class facility where marine life exhibits share a Pacific shoreline home with critical education...
  • Updated: Hurricane Ana now expected to bypass Hawaiian Islands

    17 Oct 2014 | 10:43 am
    Updated: Hurricane Ana now expected to bypass Hawaiian Islands Tropical Storm Ana's predicted path as of 5 p.m. Fri., Oct. 17, Hawaii time. Photo: NOAA CPHC.Hawaii residents and visitors are watching Hurricane Ana today, which could bring inclement weather and unpredictable ocean conditions to the Islands this weekend. Forecasters now predict the center of Hurricane Ana will bypass Hawaii on a trajectory 150-175 miles southwest of the Isl...
  • Cane Haul: Hawaii Plantation Museum a treasure trove of sugar-era artifacts

    16 Oct 2014 | 1:20 am
    Cane Haul: Hawaii Plantation Museum a treasure trove of sugar-era artifacts The Hawaii Plantation Museum is stocked with more than 1,000 artifacts detailing Hawaii Island agriculture- and community-life in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Photo by Andrew Richard Hara.For more than a half-century, Wayne Subica spent most of his free time hunting for artifacts related to Hawaii’s sugar-plantation era on eBay and at antique stores and garage sales. Some of the vintage items he purchased are chipped. Others are rusted or discolored. But, to Subica, each is a priceless v...
  • Our 2014 “Best of Hawaii” issue is out! Check out some of our picks for Best Hawaii "Stuff."

    15 Oct 2014 | 5:02 am
    Our 2014 &ldquo;Best of Hawaii&rdquo; issue is out! Check out some of our picks for Best Hawaii "Stuff." Wraps by Wrappily. Photo by David Croxford.HAWAII Magazine’s 2014 “Best of Hawaii” issue is on-sale nationwide now! The perennially popular issue features our annual collection of stuff that makes our Islands great.The September/October “Best of” issue is chock-full of staff-curated standouts, highlighting the best of the best throughout the state. From the “Best Movie in the Park,” to the “Best Hotel Restaurant,” and…
  • Doris Duke bedroom suite at Oahu Shangri La estate finally open to the public

    14 Oct 2014 | 3:27 am
    Doris Duke bedroom suite at Oahu Shangri La estate finally open to the public The recently restored Mughal Suite. Photo by Linny Morris via the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.An ornate, long-shuttered suite within tobacco heiress and philanthropist Doris Duke’s Islamic-inspired Oahu estate, Shangri La, finally opened to visitors this weekend. The newly opened Mughal Suite, a lavish Islamic-themed boudoir befitting “the richest girl in the world”—a nickname given Duke by the media and public of her era—is ...
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  • Adventure Is a State of Mind

    Daniel Noll
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:07 am
    By Daniel Noll A crumpled bit of inspiration I hijacked from Audrey early in our relationship hangs above my desk.Who would accuse Helen Keller of not leading an adventurous life even though she never went skydiving, bungee jumping or mountain climbing?While I was recently free climbing sandstone walls in Northern Ethiopia en route to a 2000 foot-high cave church, a question occurred to me: “What constitutes adventure in practice? Where do we draw the line, and how do we draw it? And why?” Does hiking to a hair-raising cliff-side church in Ethiopia qualify? Some might answer yes,…
  • Romantic Rhine Travel: On and Off the Beaten Path

    Audrey Scott
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:16 am
    By Audrey Scott The Upper Middle Rhine Valley, no shortage of castles and medieval towns.Through sunny days and fog, famous towns and little known ‘burgs, wine cellars and village vintner festivals, this was our time on the segment of the Rhine River known as the Romantic Rhine.Half-timbered homes sit as the foot of cobbled streets. Vineyard paths wind into the hills. And foggy moments as castles disappear and re-emerge on hilltops hint at history.If you have a fear of missing out on the must-see bits of the region, but long for a taste of the lesser-seen local experience, then this article…
  • 10 Ways to Make the Most of Any Tour, Anywhere in the World

    Daniel Noll
    7 Oct 2014 | 8:38 am
    By Daniel Noll Capturing Perito Moreno Glacier — Patagonia, Argentina.Have you ever been on a tour and felt like it’s just not working for you? Maybe there’s something missing? Or the connection just isn’t there?What do you do? When I consider this question, I’m reminded of a conversation with a passenger on a tour we took recently. The conversation with Miranda (I changed her name) went roughly like this:“I don’t really feel like I’m engaging with [this place] on this tour. I don’t feel like I’ve done [this place],” she said with a look of disappointment. Clearly,…
  • Aachen and Cologne: Instagramming a European City Break

    Audrey Scott
    2 Oct 2014 | 7:13 am
    By Audrey ScottUpon a recent visit to the German Rhineland cities of Aachen and Cologne and the surrounding area, we realized there’s a lot to experience and unpack — that is, to comprehend the full picture of what we’d seen and how astonishingly complex history can be.From Roman beginnings, to medieval ascendency to industrial superiority, Germany’s Rhineland seems to have known it all. It has been influenced by French culture, impacted by the Prussians, and even spiced by a dash of Eastern European industrial migrants. It knows a blend of influences, cultural imprints and scores…
  • The World Doesn’t End With The Blue Sky

    Daniel Noll
    22 Sep 2014 | 5:17 am
    By Daniel NollEsupat, a Maasai woman in northern Tanzania. “You can call me Airport,” Esupat said, laughing.She sat atop a Maasai hut with her legs crossed, straddling a half-built chimney. Small piles of bricks surrounded her; wet cement fell from her hands.She was dressed colorfully, ornamentally. But this is how she goes to work. When she smiles, it is wide. Wide from unforced practice. Wide with pride, wide with ease.Her given name was Esupat, meaning “the one who cares for others.” She was considered a master among a team of Maasai women installing clean cookstoves in Maasai huts…
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  • Avoiding Bat Guano under Austin’s Congress Street Bridge

    Kayt Sukel
    14 Oct 2014 | 9:03 am
    People head to Austin, Texas for all kinds of reasons. Some come to check out SXSW, the annual music/technology geek-fest.  Others want to listen to some live music in one of the town’s hundreds of funky music venues.  Still others want a relaxing weekend in the nearby hill country–or to see if the town is [...]The post Avoiding Bat Guano under Austin’s Congress Street Bridge appeared first on Travel Savvy Mom: Family Vacations, Hotels, Destinations, and Gear.
  • Traveling as a blended family

    Kayt Sukel
    7 Oct 2014 | 8:57 am
    Once upon a time, a single Mom and her son traipsed about the world, exploring new and interesting places whenever they could.  And they had a lot of fun doing it. Since her first attempt at a fairy tale romance hadn’t ended in a happily ever after, she saw no reason to add any new [...]The post Traveling as a blended family appeared first on Travel Savvy Mom: Family Vacations, Hotels, Destinations, and Gear.
  • Helmet Diving in St. Maarten

    Kayt Sukel
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:53 am
    I am a SCUBA diver.  Or, rather, it’s probably more accurate to say I once was a SCUBA diver.  Alas, it’s hard to find opportunities to get wet once you have kids.  Especially if you are traveling as a single mother.  Too hard to justify the time and the expense. But on a recent trip [...]The post Helmet Diving in St. Maarten appeared first on Travel Savvy Mom: Family Vacations, Hotels, Destinations, and Gear.
  • Things to do in Philly with Kids

    Jody Mace
    23 Sep 2014 | 8:38 am
    My family’s week-long vacation in Philadelphia was a homecoming for me but new territory for my husband and two teenagers. I grew up on the other side of the Delaware River, in New Jersey, and spent a lot of time in Philly, eventually attending college in West Philadelphia. But I’ve lived in North Carolina for [...]The post Things to do in Philly with Kids appeared first on Travel Savvy Mom: Family Vacations, Hotels, Destinations, and Gear.
  • 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.
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  • Take A Look At Yourself – Letter from the President

    World Wide Will
    13 Oct 2014 | 9:21 am
    By: Roy Berger, MedjetAssist President/CEO We host the strangest seminars at MedjetAssist. When you organize a seminar, I thought you were supposed to be the teacher and the attendees the students. Not around here. Late last month the second annual TAAP was held in our Birmingham, AL offices. TAAP (Travel…
  • Medjet Health Update: Keep Your Children from Getting and Spreading Enterovirus

    World Wide Will
    10 Oct 2014 | 8:22 am
    By: John Gobbels MedjetAssist VP/COO Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) is one of more than 100 non-polio enteroviruses. This virus was first identified in California in 1962. What are the symptoms of EV-D68 infection? EV-D68 can cause mild to severe respiratory illness. Mild symptoms may include fever, runny nose, sneezing, cough, and…
  • 7 Tips on Tipping Guides | by Marcus Woolf,

    World Wide Will
    8 Oct 2014 | 9:23 am
    It usually happens at the end of your trip, when you’re worn out, dirty and riding in a van. That’s when you find yourself scrambling to figure out a tip for your guide. While many travelers are aware that tipping is an option, they don’t give it much thought until…
  • Andrew Harper – Tour of the Hudson Valley

    World Wide Will
    6 Oct 2014 | 9:24 am
    New York may be a teeming metropolis, but it is also a gateway to the tranquil Hudson Valley, with its orchards, vineyards, fine restaurants and stately homes that have afforded escape to some of the great names in American history — Rockefeller, Vanderbilt and Roosevelt among them. Nowadays, there are…
  • Peter Greenberg Travel Safety Tip | The Controversy Over Reclining Seats—And How You Can Beat the System

    World Wide Will
    3 Oct 2014 | 9:24 am
    Reclining Seat Controversy Air rage seems to be front page news again, as news reports of in-the-air fights over airline seats (and reclining those seats) are popping up everywhere. One of the biggest sources for this growing frustration is the ever-shrinking seat itself. No, that’s not an optical illusion–your seat…
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  • Telegraph Hill Luxury Robes

    Ava Stochinsky
    11 Oct 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.
  • Tom Colicchio`s Heritage Steak :: Las Vegas

    Ava Stochinsky
    26 Sep 2014 | 9:22 pm
    This is my Vegas go-to restaurant. The menu is not overdone, i.e. good selection but not so large that the kitchen is in mass production mode. We ordered a 8oz A5 Wagyu strip to share as an app. One bite and it ruined any other steak I will ever eat again. Recommend any of the steaks, I had the halibut from the restaurant week prefix, both were good portions and prepared exactly as we ordered. Great selection of drinks and wines. Some of their infused drinks were absolutely sublime.Service is spectacular and sides are just as amazing as the cuts of meat. The service was perfect. The servers…
  • ALT Hotel :: Toronto

    Ava Stochinsky
    14 Sep 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…
  • The Liberty Hotel – Boston, Massachusetts

    Ava Stochinsky
    4 Sep 2014 | 8:41 pm
    Luxurious…yes. Elegant…yes. Comparable to any other hotel…nope. The Liberty Hotel is a perfect storm of all the elements you would expect from a historical landmark turned luxury hotel. The Liberty Hotel is ideally located in the heart of Boston’s Beacon Hill neighborhood near just a stones throw from the Charles River and its Esplanade. What was once the Charles Street Jail is now a hotel that is beyond compare to anything in Boston. After two years of renovations the hotel opened in September 2007. If there is a movie being filmed in town chances are the cast and crew will make an…
  • 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…
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  • Top 10 best spa hotels: the Smith Awards shortlist

    Madevi Dailly
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:27 am
    Pavilions teetering above the Indian Ocean? Forest views from your treatment room? Hand-picked oils, seductive steam rooms, the best four-hand massage this side of Thailand? Whatever your spa style, our indulgent boutique retreats know a thing or two about delivering tension-busting, limb-smoothing, complexion-lifting afternoons of bliss. The public’s vote has helped us draw up a shortlist for the Smith Awards 2014 – here are the top 10 spa hotels we’ve fallen for this year. DORMY HOUSE – Cotswolds, UK Favourite facilities Outdoor hydrotherapy pool • Mood-lit infinity pool…
  • Top 10 hotel pools: the Smith Awards shortlist

    Kate Weir
    19 Oct 2014 | 4:26 am
    We asked you to vote for the hotel pools that won your heart, for the Smith Hotel Awards 2014, and you dived right in… We can now commence the drum roll to announce your top 10 spots to soak – and maybe sneak a skinny-dipping session – in, with the shortlist for our new category, Best Hotel Pool. So, read on to find photogenic poolsides, infinity edges overlooking gasp-eliciting views and waterside waiters who are quick on the draw… CAPELLA SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE Foster + Partners – the architectural genies behind the ‘Gherkin’ – conjured up Capella Singapore’s…
  • Palazzo Margherita, Basilicata: hotel of the week

    Rachel Juarez-Carr
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:24 am
    Well, would you look at these magical new photos we’ve just received of Basilicatan wonderland Palazzo Margherita, Francis Ford Coppola’s rareified Baroque bolthole… Can’t you just picture yourself wandering serenely at sunset through that fern-edged courtyard? We can, and we think you look magnificent. Style Don-worthy decadence Setting Coppola’s ancestral comune Why this week? Why not? As winter draws ever nearer, there are few finer spots to catch the last rays of autumn sun than the hills of beauteous Basilicata. And, when night falls, you’ll feast on…
  • Travel with #SmithTaste and win Smith vouchers!

    Rachel Juarez-Carr
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:46 pm
    We love food – eating it, cooking it… even just looking at pictures of it. And now we’d like to see your best food pictures: post ‘em on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter and add the tag #SmithTaste from now till Friday, 24 October. Our favourite foodie snap will win a £250/$400 voucher to use at any of the 950+ hotels in our global collection. Hungry for inspiration? Download the new Great Global Chefs iPad app from Great British Chefs, and explore our handy Travelling with Taste feature for more delicious dishes worldwide. Made a mouthwatering meal? Snap it, post it, tag it.
  • Top 10 best-dressed boutique hotels

    Lucy Fennings
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:58 am
    The votes are in! If you’re one of the 22,000 travel-loving hotel fans who responded to our Smith Hotel Awards 2014 survey, you’ll no doubt be eager to learn which boutique boltholes and stylish weekend stays made it into the top 10 shortlists. Well, wait no longer – we can now reveal the hotels you chose to champion – kicking off with the world’s most stylish hotel interiors. We polled the public on their favourite design hotels (check out the Best-Dressed Hotel category criteria and nominees here) to find out which boutique beauty wowed with its worldly decor:…
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  • 30 Fantastic Photos from Iceland to Inspire Your Next Trip

    20 Oct 2014 | 7:52 am
    Last month, I finally visited Iceland. Iceland wasn’t the impossible budget destination people made it out to be. The locals were warm and welcoming, took me around, and showed me their homes. They were incredibly hospitable and I made a lot of Icelandic friends on my trip. And, while locals make any destination better, what blew my mind was the magnificence of the natural landscape. It’s bewitching. You find yourself in a spellbound daze as you move from place to place, your eyes overloaded by all you’re seeing. “How could such a tiny place have such a diverse and…
  • Help Plan My Trip to the Caribbean

    16 Oct 2014 | 8:42 am
    In a few weeks, I’m heading to the Caribbean. I’ve been to a few islands down there (Bahamas, Curacao, Grand Cayman) but have never spent an extended amount of time there so I’m pumped! I’ve always wanted to sail around the region. I’m flying into Puerto Rico on November 2nd, spending a week there, and then heading to the US Virgin Islands and British Virgin Islands with a friend. After that, I don’t know. My only plan is to head as far south and east as I can get in six weeks. I have no return flight. I’m just going with the flow. And that’s where you come in. Since I…
  • Why Solo Female Travel is Different

    15 Oct 2014 | 8:12 am
    On the second Wednesday of the month, Kristin Addis from Be My Travel Muse writes a guest column featuring tips and advice on solo female travel. It’s not a topic I can cover and since there’s a lot of solo female travelers out there, I felt it was important to bring in an expert. This is her column this month. My male friends who travel have been invited into the homes of locals for meals just as often as I have. They’ve enjoyed the same far-fetched and heart-warming experiences that I have. We will come home with many of the same engaging stories. We both have the same sized…
  • 11 Tips to Help You Visit Expensive Iceland on Budget

    13 Oct 2014 | 7:48 am
    Iceland. The land of sheep, northern lights, volcanoes with unpronounceable names (try Eyjafjallajökull), and high prices. It’s supposedly one of the least budget-friendly countries in the world – which made visiting even more appealing to me. I always view expensive countries as a challenge. Figuring out how to visit a country on the cheap is like solving a puzzle to me and I relished the challenge of figuring out if Iceland could be visited on a budget. And, after eleven days exploring the country, I can tell you that Iceland can be done on a budget. It’s hard but not impossible…
  • Smartphones, Tablets, or Laptops: What’s Best for Travelers?

    7 Oct 2014 | 6:57 am
    On the first Tuesday of each month, Dave Dean from Too Many Adapters is here giving you great tips and advice on travel tech and gear. Here is his column this month. “Should I bring a laptop, tablet or smartphone?” It’s a question I’m often asked – and for good reason. There are pros and cons to each device and, with overlapping features, picking the one that’s right can be confusing. There are a lot of issues to think about with each device – size, weight, costs, insurance, and security. Striking the right balance between them all isn’t easy,…
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    The Word From The Timeshare Crusader

  • Why A Consumer Cancelled Her Timeshare Purchase

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

    Lisa Ann Schreier, The Timeshare Crusader
    13 Oct 2014 | 6:41 am
    If you've purchased a timeshare, you are familiar with the financing that the resorts offer you.  Let's say they're not the most value driven.  The numbers can look something like this:  Loan Amount                                     $20,000     Term of…
  • Should It Be This Difficult To Cancel A Timeshare Purchase?

    Lisa Ann Schreier, The Timeshare Crusader
    8 Oct 2014 | 6:10 am
    Some time ago, I received this e-mail through "All Experts" where I volunteer my time to assist consumers with timeshare issues.Hello!  I purchased a timeshare from Silverleaf Resorts Inc, on August 17, 2014 and wish to cancel the contract.  It states on the front of my contract that "YOU MAY CANCEL THIS CONTRACT AT WILL AND WITHOUT EXPLANATION WITHIN SEVEN (7) BUSINESS DAYS AFTER YOU SIGN IT, IN WHICH EVENT YOU WILL RECEIVE A FULL REFUND.  SEE PAGE 1 OF THE OFFERING PLAN."  There is no page 1 of my Offering Plan.   So I don't know what I'm supposed be able to…
  • Five and Almost 10 With...Michael Burns

    Lisa Ann Schreier, The Timeshare Crusader
    2 Oct 2014 | 6:15 am
    Today we meet Michael Burns, President of  What was your first job in the timeshare industry?  After graduating from the University of Washington and planning to go to law school, my father convinced me to come to work for the company he co-founded in the industry, Vacation Internationale, where I worked in the marketing department doing a variety of marketing and sales support roles.  2.  What is the greatest lesson you've ever been taught in business?  First impressions are everything, so get it right and make it right from the beginning.
  • Seek Out Those Who Deserve To Be Sought Out

    Lisa Ann Schreier, The Timeshare Crusader
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:35 am
    Back in 2011, while attending a timeshare industry meeting, I suggested that the entire timeshare community come out with a strong message. That message being that timeshare owners should NOT do business with any person, company, organization and/or entity that initiated contact. The people representing various companies within the timeshare community wouldn't agree with me for one reason or another. They had their reasons, I have my guesses as to why. Back then, as now, I had yet to come across any company that would make me change my stance. However, it is reassuring that some…
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  • Louvre-Lens Shines Bright in a Once-Sad City in France

    20 Oct 2014 | 2:58 pm
    The Gallery of Time at the new Louvre Lens, in Lens, Northern France. photos by Max HartshorneLouvre-Lens Brings Great Art to the North Where there was once a coal mine, is now a World-Class Museum... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Eating Prince Edward Island

    18 Oct 2014 | 1:44 pm
    Eating Prince Edward Island By GoNOMAD Eat Relax Repeat Charlottetown Farmers Market By GoNOMAD Charlottetown Farmers Market where town and country meet.The market was... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Ten Best and Worst Airlines and Planes

    18 Oct 2014 | 12:38 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! ]]
  • Indonesia's Capital City

    18 Oct 2014 | 12:37 pm
    An artist does a portait in Jakarta Kota. photos by Mike Smith, Asia Photo Stock. Jakarta: Gateway to Indonesia Mike Smith says you need time, private transportation & a great deal of patience... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Going in China: A Guide to Local Toilets

    18 Oct 2014 | 12:29 pm
    Using China's Toilets: A Step by Step GuideA sign meaning a Western toilet in China. Most compliants from tourists in China are about the toilets! By Nadine Cresswell-Myatt The pandas at the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • How You Can Help The Children

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

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

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

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

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

    Barbara Weibel
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: Bronze-plated cast-iron ornamental work of the Sullivan Center in Chicago, formerly the downtown Carson, Pirie, Scott and Company Building on State Street (Visited 20 times, 20 visits today)The post PHOTO: Ornamental Work on Sullivan Center in Chicago appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
  • PHOTO: Land Use Plan for City of Chicago – Ahead of its Time

    Barbara Weibel
    19 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: Model of the City of Chicago at the Chicago Architectural Foundation, showing extensive green space along Lake Michigan. The plan was ahead of its time, and successfully set aside a large swath of public space along Lake Michigan, which makes Chicago’s downtown one of the most stunning in the country. (Visited 71 times, 71 visits today)The post PHOTO: Land Use Plan for City of Chicago – Ahead of its Time appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
  • PHOTO: Trinity College in Central Dublin, Ireland

    Barbara Weibel
    18 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: Trinity College in central Dublin, Ireland, faces College Green and a series of 19th-century buildings that are mostly banks (Visited 71 times, 71 visits today)The post PHOTO: Trinity College in Central Dublin, Ireland appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
  • PHOTO: Brian Boru Harp at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland

    Barbara Weibel
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: Brian Boru Harp, sacred symbol of Ireland, stands on exhibit in the Long Room Library on the campus of Trinity College in Dublin (Visited 46 times, 46 visits today)The post PHOTO: Brian Boru Harp at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
  • PHOTO: Lake at St. Stephen’s Green in Dublin, Ireland

    Barbara Weibel
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: St. Stephen’s Green, a 22-acre park in the center of Dublin, Ireland, has maintained its original Victorian layout, including this serene lagoon (Visited 88 times, 88 visits today)The post PHOTO: Lake at St. Stephen’s Green in Dublin, Ireland appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
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  • The Gardens at Highgrove

    4 Oct 2014 | 6:15 am
    I visit gardens the way most folks watch MasterChef, I love to watch someone else perform but I haven’t a clue how to garden. Still, when the announcement arrived from my daughter’s school that tickets had been obtained to tour the Prince of Wales's gardens at Highgrove, I leapt at the chance. MasterChef Grand Finale here I come.It’s a bit complicated getting oneself to Highgrove southwest of Tetsbury in the Cotswolds. First, you must pre-book a ticket from the website or you can call the booking office on 0207 766 7310.  I’ve been told tickets for the season go fast. On arrival,…
  • 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…
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  • Blizzard Kills Trekkers on the Annapurna Trek in Nepal: updated

    Dave from The Longest Way Home
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:22 am
    En-route to the Thorong La Pass Trekkers die on the way down from Thorong La Pass on the Annapurna Circuit The past 24 hours has had tragic news coming out of Nepal. 20 30 39 trekkers have so far been reported dead in an unexpected blizzard that hit the popular Annapurna mountain range on Tuesday. I’ve been in constant with people I know in the area and am very thankful they are safe. I want to give some reassurance and information to other people who know of friends, family and loved ones who may be in the area. What happened in on the trek? A blizzard with high snow fall and strong…
  • Is it safe to travel to The Philippines?

    Dave from The Longest Way Home
    12 Oct 2014 | 4:41 pm
    With beautiful pristine beaches The Philippines has all the potential to be one of the top tourist destinations in the world News of murders and kidnappings puts people off visiting the Philippines As someone who has spent a lot of time in The Philippines I feel it’s important that readers here know of recent events on the island nation.The vicious murders of two tourists in Thailand in September has put a lot of focus on both the safety of tourists in South East Asia and the apparent dismal criminal investigations that take place in the region. Last week in The Philippines three…
  • How to use a food court in Thailand

    Dave from The Longest Way Home
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Is a food court in Thailand the best place experience your first street food dish? Is a Thai food court your best option to first experience Thai food? You arrive into Thailand full of excitement at the multitude of wonders it holds. From dazzling temples to world renown shopping centers Bangkok it seems to have it all. What’s more Thailand has a great reputation for food that you can’t wait to try. But once you hit the hot sticky streets of Bangkok to the row of street food carts your gut tells you to slow way down. How long had that food been there? The flies, the car fumes the…
  • Tips on how to leave from Kathmandu airport

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

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

    A Guest Writer
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:37 am
    If you’re like most people, trying to unravel the web of travel miles can be incredibly frustrating. However it doesn’t have to be that way. Today’s guest writer, Summer Hull, explains just how to reap the best of airline frequent flyer miles and travel the world as a result. It’s a boomer travel resource that you’ll want to bookmark. You’re probably a member of a frequent flyer or hotel loyalty program, but have you actually used those miles and points to your advantage? I began leveraging my loyalty currency back in my college days as a way to stretch my…
  • News for the Week

    Donna Hull
    18 Oct 2014 | 1:05 am
    One of Alan’s favorite Italian travel memories: Boomer Adventure in Ferrari Land Rather than explore Montana during a beautiful break in our fall weather (what were we thinking?), Alan and I spent time choosing cruise excursion for this winter’s 64-day South Pacific Cruise on Silversea Cruises.  Whew! Glad that’s done. Also, I devoted some quality time to writing this week. It felt great to crank out a couple of articles that have been swirling around in my brain. I hope you enjoy the reads. You’ll find them in “This Week’s Articles.” This…
  • Exploring Coolidge Ghost Town in Southwest Montana

    Donna Hull
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    One of the houses in Coolidge Ghost Town On a cold, September day, the one-mile walk to Coolidge Ghost Town is sort of spooky. Trees crowd each side of the level trail that parallels a creek. The trees give the trail a closed-in feeling, blocking out the weak sunlight so that shade accompanies most of our walk. Leftover equipment from Montana‘s silver mining history is scattered here and there in rusted piles. The crunching sound of squirrels scurrying through the fallen leaves looking for nuts makes me jump. Besides the squirrels, Alan and I are the only visitors…
  • Paragliding Over Maui

    Donna Hull
    15 Oct 2014 | 1:05 am
    That’s me paragliding over Maui! I’m paragliding over Maui. Let me write that again. I’M PARAGLIDING OVER MAUI. The wind whips through the wing (you might think of it as a parachute) as Dexter Binder, certified instructor at Proflyght Paragliding, offers calm instructions. On a tandem ride, we swoop left and right across the Maui hillside. Paragliding is the most quiet, peaceful experience I can imagine. This may just be my best boomer adventure in Hawaii ever. When Visit Maui offered the chance to try paragliding during my trip to The Valley Isle, I hesitated. Hmm,…
  • News for the week

    Donna Hull
    11 Oct 2014 | 1:05 am
    Montana’s sky is big on the Pioneer Mountains Scenic Byway Roadtripping in the fall is simply the best. The leaves are turning and there’s a crispness to the air that hints of adventure. Alan and I had a great time exploring Southwest Montana last week. We’ll be writing more about it soon. But until then, check out the photos from our Exploring Southwest Montana photo album on Facebook. Be sure to click like while you’re there. This Week’s Articles Have you considered a home exchange as a budget-friendly way to travel? In her guest article, How to Exchange Your…
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  • Superstar of solo travel meeting new people wherever she goes

    Ellen Perlman
    10 Oct 2014 | 5:08 am
    I now have a solo travel idol. Her name is Laura and she's 25. She and her friend Alexa, two country girls from the (still) United Kingdom stayed with me in August, a few days before Alexa had to fly home and Laura was getting ready to continue traveling around the U.S. on her own for two months. In return for a few nights at my place, the two of them cooked me dinner and...
  • Solo travel tips from writers and experts

    Ellen Perlman
    15 Jun 2014 | 10:25 am
    Nearly every day, I find solo travel stories from around the world. Here are just three of the dozens I've collected. More to come. Activities good for solo travelers: From Peter Greenberg, a story on how to find friends when traveling solo. Some of these I've mentioned about before - such as staying at upscale hostels or B&B's or going to a dude ranch - but he offers some interesting new ones. For example, certain...
  • Delayed flight remedy: tweet the airline

    Ellen Perlman
    6 Apr 2014 | 1:27 pm
    A decade ago or so, I remember feeling so clever when, after my flight was canceled, I called the airline to find me another flight, while I stood in a long customer service line at the airport. Within a few minutes, I was rebooked to my destination and I stepped out of line. It had barely budged. Twitter has upped the ante. A Washington Post story today describes how a woman got great service from...
  • 12 tips for solo travelers

    Ellen Perlman
    9 Mar 2014 | 3:00 am
    Recently, my good friend and fellow travel writer Clark Norton asked if I would share some tips for women traveling solo because he was going to be interviewed on the topic. I realize I haven't blogged on solo travel tips lately. And, hey, I was flattered that Clark, who is an expert in baby boomer travel, called my pointers "valuable." So I thought I would share here what I shared with his audience. * Travel...
  • Upscale hostels good for social solo travelers

    Ellen Perlman
    23 Feb 2014 | 11:15 am
    "Upscale" and "hostel" don't usually land together in a sentence so I was thrilled to read the story in today's Washington Post about the "new breed" of hostels opening in this country. They are "very high-end, clean, design-focused," according to the owner of a hostel soon to open in Pittsburgh. The story describes the Firehouse Hostel in Austin, the Cleveland Hostel and the Freehand Miami, along with the 20-year-old Green Tortoise hostel in San Francisco...
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  • Should You Teach Your Kids German?

    14 Oct 2014 | 4:39 am
    We already know that teaching a child a second language has lots of long-term benefits (there are short-term benefits too, like an increased ability to multitask — but studies have also shown that bilinguals stave off the effects of dementia for four years). I am working on raising my kids as bilingual and when we started I picked languages like one would pick hypothetical extra curricular activities… what was going to be the most useful, where is the language trending, how can I best prepare my kids for the future? I started this process about three years ago and at that time the…
  • National Geographic Travelers of the Year

    Christine Gilbert
    9 Oct 2014 | 3:31 am
    Everything is crazy. Go read the story here. I can’t even figure out how to write this post, except to say, “Yay!” a million times and then collapse on the ground. Okay so last March, we were trying to get Stella’s passport in Mexico, so we could, you know, leave Mexico, I got an email from George Stone, an editor at National Geographic. He was putting together this year’s list of the Travelers of the Year and I was on it. (Woah.) I completed the interview, and a few months later we arranged a photo shoot, and Drew, the kids and I all took the bus to Girona,…
  • I Disappear When I Write, But For My Kids I Can’t

    8 Oct 2014 | 1:06 pm
    We came to Romania so I could write. The book I’ve been working on, the massive project spanning three years, three continents and three languages is finally wrapping up, and I had a deadline for myself to get the first draft done. So because we were in Europe, and because we don’t have a home, anywhere, we looked at the map and I said, “ooh Romania” and then we were here. It’s perfect for writing, it’s quiet, easy, cheap and the internet is super fast. I sat down with my notes, years of notes, and my research, just volumes of it, and I start pounding away.
  • Barcelona Workshop 11/10/14 & Online Course (Self-paced)

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

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

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

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

    6 Oct 2014 | 10:02 am
    I’ve never taken a Mexican vacation with my kids, although it’s been on my radar for a few years. I really don’t have an excuse as there are direct flights to the Yucatán Peninsula from both the Philadelphia and Baltimore airports and, at least during the low season of August and September, tickets are very affordable.   I went to Mexico in September to speak at a blogging conference and was lucky enough to be invited with a group of bloggers for a complimentary two-night stay in Playa del Carmen, just south of Cancun. We were hosted by HouseTrip, an online holiday rental website.
  • Planning a Panama City Beach family vacation

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

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

    18 Oct 2014 | 7:30 pm
    Today my yoga teacher laid out an analogy that made me think intellectually for the first time in a while, probably because these days, yoga – the third class I’ve been to in maybe a year – is the only time I have no choice but to think of nothing but the present. She told a story about her life before yoga, which included an array of fitness roles, from aerobics instructor to personal trainer. In those roles, she told us that one of the most asked questions she’d receive was, “how do I get six pack abs.” Her answer: “you have them, you just have some…
  • adventures in homebrewing

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

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

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

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

    Josh Steinitz
    9 Oct 2014 | 10:43 pm
    Life was good: a glass of wine in one hand, and a bocce ball in the other, gazing out across a vineyard at the scrub-forest hills of the Carmel Valley. As my wife knocked my ball out of scoring position, I silently complimented myself on the choice to come to Bernardus Lodge for our first year wedding anniversary. Bernardus Lodge Bernardus Lodge is well-known among some Bay Area cognoscenti for its enviable location, several miles inland of the fog zone that entraps so many unsuspecting coast-bound tourists in the Big Sur/Carmel/Monterey region, but close enough to the ocean to benefit from…
  • Hard Days and Soft Nights in Montana Ranch Country

    Josh Steinitz
    7 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Walking along the deck toward our tented cabin, I heard a rustling in the brush to my right. There calmly munching the greenery was a large female moose, along with her calf nearby. I slowed to a shuffle as she picked up her head to evaluate my intentions, and for a moment I was concerned that my path of travel might alarm her given the proximity of her calf to our cabin. Fortunately, she soon returned to feeding and left me with another classic Montana experience at The Ranch at Rock Creek. momma moose Leaving Interstate 90 en route to the ranch from Missoula early in October, we soon found…
  • In Marrakech, Variety Is the Spice of Life

    Josh Steinitz
    25 Mar 2014 | 10:27 pm
    The sun dipped low on the horizon, and a cacophony of sounds filled the square—percussion beats, singing and chanting, the calls of touts, the hiss of burning charcoal, and the flutes of snake charmers. This sensory overload mixed with the smells of freshly-squeezed orange juice, meat on the grill, exotic spices, and a mass of diverse humanity. Taking in the scene of the medina’s main square and forming an imprint on my brain, despite being nothing more than a tourist, I felt for a brief moment as if I had found the pulse, heart and soul of Marrakech. Marrakech main square In some…
  • Travels in the Western Cape

    Josh Steinitz
    29 Dec 2013 | 10:56 pm
    The skies darkened and the rain started. Soon, it was coming down so hard that it sounded like a jet engine roar on the roof. Then came some cracks of lightening, which sounded at increasing frequency until it felt almost continuous. Fortunately, while the 30-year storm raged outside, my wife Sylvia and I were comfortably relaxing in our spacious and well-decorated villa at La Petit Dauphine Guest Farm, a luxury boutique property in the Franschhoek (“French Corner”) wine region of South Africa about 75 minutes north of Cape Town. Entrance to La Petit Dauphine Our travels around…
  • Mozambique Rising

    Josh Steinitz
    8 Dec 2013 | 8:24 pm
    The Portuguese pilot chatted amiably over the radio as our small plane banked around for a final approach. As we descended toward sand dunes and scrub brush, he explained why he left the air force for a more relaxed lifestyle. Mozambique was relaxed, good for his family, his wife had a job she enjoyed, he liked flying small planes, and the country was on its way up. The argument was strong enough to have him pack his bags and move from Europe. Over the course of 11 days in Mozambique, we came to appreciate that the country is most definitely a haven of opportunity for travelers, and a select…
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    tripwolf travel blog - your travel guide

  • 5 surreal underwater places

    19 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    TweetSightseeing usually takes place on the surface, on solid ground and with sufficient air to breathe. However, those who have the license and the know-how to breathe compressed air out of a scuba tank have a completely different range of possibilities when it comes to choosing sights to visit. Under the surface of the water […]
  • Autumn Leaves: 5 travel destinations

    13 Oct 2014 | 2:25 am
    TweetGuest post by Elisabeth Magesacher.   It’s undeniable. Whether it’s promenades through colorful autumn forests, city trips or a late seaside vacation during the off-season: autumn is a great time for traveling! These 5 destinations are especially attractive even late in the year.   Tours (France) Half-timbered houses, little boutiques, narrow alleyways, cafés and boulangeries […]
  • It’s tapped! The Oktoberfest Survival Guide 2014

    17 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    TweetMunich in autumn isn’t all beer, pretzels and short dirndl dresses – in order for you to enjoy your time outside of beer tents as well, you can now download the tripwolf Munich guide for free until the end of the Oktoberfest! Have fun! On September 20th, the (in-)famous Oktoberfest festivities begin in Munich – […]
  • Five travel health myths and what’s actually true – expert information from travel doctors

    14 Aug 2014 | 2:49 am
    TweetThe main travel season is upon us, and everywhere backpackers, city trippers and entire families are setting off on their summer holidays. Wherever their trip takes them, their health should be an issue they always pay attention to. While some may choose to neglect this topic, others might be unsettled by health myths. In order […]
  • Treasures and secrets in Copenhagen

    23 Jul 2014 | 6:41 am
    TweetA city like Copenhagen can be comfortably sailed throughout its neighborhoods, and be admired from a genuine perspective. Can you imagine contemplating the Little Mermaid from the water, while she stares at you from the rocks? It is ironic, but a recommended experience! This famous sculpture’s position is very different depending on the season: at […]
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  • Oct 17, Orangutans in Borneo

    17 Oct 2014 | 4:59 am
    To see Orangutans in Borneo is a dream for many. Visit Sepilok and Semmingoh Wildlife Sanctuaries, or see in the wild for an awesome experience.
  • Oct 17, Nagasaki Sightseeing

    17 Oct 2014 | 3:38 am
    Nagasaki sightseeing is a fascinating look at this Japanese city in Kyushu famous for its Portuguese and Dutch history, and the dropping of the atomic bomb. Read about the many attractions.
  • Oct 17, Mulu National Park

    17 Oct 2014 | 3:29 am
    Mulu or Gunung Mulu National Park in Malaysia is a wonderful place for the magnificent caves, the canopy walk, trekking through rinforest into Camp 5, the more....
  • Oct 17, Mulu Caves

    17 Oct 2014 | 3:24 am
    Mulu Caves are a fascinating underground experience....each cave spectacular and different. With 4 main caves and a cave trek for experienced cavers be sure to visit Mulu Caves when in Borneo.
  • Oct 17, Mulu Canopy Walk

    17 Oct 2014 | 3:19 am
    Mulu Canopy Walk is an exciting walk in the tree tops over 15 swing type bridges. A "must do" activity when you visit Mulu National Park.
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    My Several Worlds

  • Pride Parade Taipei – The Biggest LGBT Pride Parade in Asia

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

    Carrie Kellenberger
    25 Sep 2014 | 7:54 am
    I’ve just spent the last month in Canada. It is always good to go home to Canada, but when I hit the third or fourth week mark, I find myself longing to return to Taiwan. I really do love my life here, and that is why I decided that my post today would be about some of the things that Taiwan does right. And when I mean right, I mean, really, really right. (Stay tuned for my article on things that Taiwan gets wrong.) 1. Temples everywhere Taiwan is crammed with Buddhist and Taoist temples. You can throw a stone in Taiwan and hit a temple – that’s how prolific they are.
  • 30 Authentic Taiwanese Experiences

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

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

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

  • Halloween in Lanzarote 2014

    20 Oct 2014 | 12:10 am
    Traditionally we celebrate the 1st of November as All Saints Day in Lanzarote, it’s a public holiday in Spain. The night before is the Víspera de Todos los Santos. For those visitors asking for information about Halloween themed events in Lanzarote, the first ones have been confirmed and we’re sure more will be added before the end of the month. There are fancy dress shops on the island, so you can buy costumes, props and make up locally if you decide to join in the fun last minute. Puerto del Carmen: Club Las Adelfas is holding a Halloween Monster Mash Party with cockails, buffet and…
  • Lanzarote Active Club Excursion to Alegranza

    17 Oct 2014 | 2:44 am
    The Lanzarote Active Club have a few places left on their special boat excursion on Monday 20th October to discover the marine reserve in the north of Lanzarote. The island of Alegranza is privately owned, so special permission is required from the owner before you can visit. That’s why excursions here are limited and one of the reasons you should take the opportunity when there’s a chance of a trip. This is a full day excursion with the Lanzarote Active Club and it’s one of my all time favourites. The day starts with a transfer from your accommodation to the harbour in Órzola, where…
  • English Cinema in Lanzarote 20th & 23rd October 2014

    17 Oct 2014 | 1:07 am
    The same three English movies remain and will be shown again in Lanzarote on Monday the 20th and Thursday the 23rd of October, with only one session changing time: At Multicines Atlántida in Arrecife: At the same time of 19:45 The Good Lie.  Having been orphaned by the civil war in Sudan, 'The Lost Boys' are given the chance to resettle in America arrive in Kansas, where their encounter with an employment agency counsellor called Carrie (played by Reese Witherspoon) forever changes all of their lives. At the later time of 22:30 This Is Where I Leave You.  When their father passes…
  • Possible case of Ebola in Tenerife

    17 Oct 2014 | 12:39 am
    A person who may be suffering from Ebola is currently in an isolation unit and under observation at the Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria hospital in Tenerife. Image: Oona Räisänen (Mysid) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons The man who is considered “high risk” due to recently being in contact with those infected with Ebola in Sierra Leone, presently only has symptoms of a sore throat and a mild fever of 37.7º. It’s understood that he is a Cruz Roja nurse who left Sierra Leone on the 8th of October arriving in Tenerife on Sunday 12th October. The man was transferred to hospital…
  • Scandinavian Dance Nights 2014

    16 Oct 2014 | 11:06 pm
    The Scandinavian Dance Night goes into it's 10th season on Lanzarote, and is starting up on Wednesday, October 22nd in Cinco Plazas in Puerto del Carmen, and is held every Wednesday until Easter next year. Dinner is served from 6:30 pm, both from the buffet table or the menu, and the dance starts at 8:30 and goes on till 11:00. (No obligation to eat!) The bar is open all night. Scandinavian music will be  read more »
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    The Travel Word

  • When You Travel to Cuba (It’s Possible!), Help Keep Its Nature Intact

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

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

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

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

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

  • Wanda Sykes on Flying

    1 Oct 2014 | 2:40 pm
    Wanda Sykes on Flying The comedian opened up to Ellen about her experience in traveling the world. From: TheEllenShow Views: 266032 4516 ratings Time: 03:05 More in Entertainment
  • Australians Taste Test American Sweets

    1 Oct 2014 | 1:28 pm
    Australians Taste Test American Sweets I hope that's it otherwise I'm getting diabetes from all the sh*t I've just eaten from your country.” Share on Facebook: Like BuzzFe... From: BuzzFeedVideo Views: 1413184 33711 ratings Time: 02:38 More in Entertainment
  • GoPro HERO4: The Adventure of Life in 4K

    29 Sep 2014 | 4:43 am
    GoPro HERO4: The Adventure of Life in 4K All around the world GoPro users are capturing incredible experiences, from the heart-stopping to the heartfelt. Into the caldron of an active volcano, the n... From: GoPro Views: 13782760 65275 ratings Time: 04:14 More in Sports
  • Going to College (in Ethiopia)

    9 Sep 2014 | 2:57 pm
    Going to College (in Ethiopia) In which John talks to students at Addis Ababa University (and Bill Gates) and discusses the diversity and complexity of contemporary Ethiopia. Friendly remi... From: vlogbrothers Views: 255930 12071 ratings Time: 04:01 More in People & Blogs
  • 10 Weird Things Banned by Governments - Alltime10s

    19 Jun 2014 | 9:16 am
    10 Weird Things Banned by Governments - Alltime10s 10 Weird Things Banned by Governments Avoid gum in Singapore, steer clear of gaming in Greece, and don't even think about playing Fall Out Boy in Russia. Discover the ten surprising things... From: Alltime10s Views: 917447 13407 ratings Time: 02:55 More in Education
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    Hotels in Orlando & Things to do in Orlando

  • Hotel Rooms: To Clean or not to Clean?

    Robyn Kurth
    15 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    It’s a given that every hotel guest expects a clean room upon arrival: beds made, linens washed, towels neatly folded and accommodations that are odor-free (or at least freshly scented). But after spending one night in a hotel room, how soon afterwards does a guest require–or at least, desire–maid service to clean up the room? […]
  • Family Fights and Road Trips: How to Maintain the Peace

    Sunil Govind
    3 Oct 2014 | 3:52 pm
    There’s nothing like the freedom of the open road – unless, of course, you’re stuck in the car with your family. Road trips and families go together like peanut butter and jelly. It’s practically an American tradition to pile your family and luggage into a four-door sedan, point to a destination on the map, and […]
  • Top 10 Wine Bars and Lounges in Orlando

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

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

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

  • Color Up 5k in Killeen, TX

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

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

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

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

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

  • Postcard: Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial at dusk

    Lola Akerstrom
    15 Oct 2014 | 10:38 am
    While in Washington DC in January, I went around the city and photographed a lot of its monuments at dusk for a client. You can check out more of the lowlight dusk images in my Washington DC image bank (click the image below too).
  • Verbatim: Journal entries from Luxor, Egypt + Photos

    Lola Akerstrom
    13 Oct 2014 | 4:06 pm
    All photos from Luxor, Egypt. I always travel with a journal. Most writers do, to quickly pen down notes, observations, experiences, and such. I usually write my notes in an outlined bulleted form as I go through the day. Time permitting at the end of the day, I often try to piece those bulleted notes into a longer form narrative in my journal. Most times after the trip, all I have are these types of outlines to feed the narratives along with specific photos I take as visual notes when I find slices of time back home. These become the lead-ins, fillers, and core content for articles I write…
  • Postcard: Plovdiv, Bulgaria

    Lola Akerstrom
    11 Oct 2014 | 1:47 am
    Plovdiv, Bulgaria The view from a small seafood restaurant under a pedestrian bridge in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Will start editing photos from that set this week and will be sharing them on my Facebook page.
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    BootsnAll Travel Articles

  • Leaving Corporate Life Behind

    20 Oct 2014 | 1:03 am
    Traveling has been the underlying guiding force in my adult life. Though I’ve led several lives already, from oil rig engineer in the Persian Gulf, to MBA student in Spain, to renewable energy business developer in Denmark, to Happy Nomad all over the world, my passion for traveling is about the only constant in an otherwise perpetually chaotic and evolving life.It took nearly a decade of living abroad to figure out that my present incarnation, a wandering do-gooder, is who I am supposed to be.Achieving my false dream I was brought up in the U.S. by an immigrant father and a mother who was…
  • How I Travel: Zane Lamprey

    17 Oct 2014 | 1:03 am
    ZANE LAMPREY: THE GLOBETROTTING TIPPLER Zane Lamprey is intensely curious, disarmingly funny, and by all accounts a genuinely nice guy. He’s also one of the few travel hosts on TV who doesn’t mind letting loose, drinking what’s handed to him, and making good use of the international language of laughter. He has fun with his work and we have fun watching him on shows like Three Sheets; Have Fork, Will Travel; and Drinking Made Easy. This week, Zane made time to talk with How I Travel about his love for Croatia, working with a hangover and why he’s a bit wary of street food.The first…
  • Connect With Locals and Enhance Your Experience Abroad

    16 Oct 2014 | 1:03 am
    Why is there an increased interest in connecting with locals?With the spread of tourism, more and more destinations have been discovered. What only backpackers would see in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s has, since the millennium, formed part of mass tourism. But the desire to venture off the beaten track and to explore those destinations that have not been discovered (or aspects of destinations that welcome thousands of tourists) has not disappeared. In recent years, there has been an increased interest in getting to the bottom of the undiscovered.How can we connect with locals abroad? And how will…
  • Fighting Fears

    15 Oct 2014 | 1:03 am
    I can’t tell you the number of times it’s happened:Standing at the top of the cliff, video camera in hand, watching the kids leap fearlessly the forty or so feet to plunge out of sight in a veil of bubbles and explode from the surface screaming with joy. I had the conversation one more time.“WOW! That’s amazing! You’ve been traveling for four years with your family?! Those are your kids?! So cool. I wish I could do that, but....”She filled in the blank with yet another fear.[banner top_title="hide" description="hide" subscribe="hide" title="Ready to get over your fears?"…
  • Seven Experiences Not to Miss in Bolivia

    14 Oct 2014 | 1:03 am
    Landlocked Bolivia may not be the most popular country to visit in South America, but it easily could be the most varied and beautiful.  It constantly amazes me when I see South American itineraries that leave this gorgeous country off the list.  Yes, it sucks that you have to pay $100 for a visa; yes, the public transport is certainly lacking; and yes, it is not always the easiest place to travel.  But whatever negatives it has, it more than makes up for in stunning scenery.Never have I seen more variation in terrain within one single country than in Bolivia.  Massive mountain peaks…
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    Stuck in Customs

  • Fresh Kill In the Trees of Botswana

    Trey Ratcliff
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Invercargill PhotoWalk and Speaking Event! Open to all! This will be a great event and I’m really looking forward to it. Thanks again to Val and the Southland Photographic Society for organizing the event! We’ll start with a great PhotoWalk together. ALL Skill levels are allowed and it’s a family friendly event! Bring a friend even! Anything from a mobile phone to a DSLR is perfectly cool. The PhotoWalk will go on for about 1.5 hours and then we’ll head into the presentation + Q&A. It’ll be a great night and I look forward to meeting everyone! Day: THIS…
  • A Pair of Winter Trees

    Trey Ratcliff
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Five Days of New Tips/Tricks Videos on the Blog! Day Four! Let me know if you have any questions… happy to answer! This was shot inside the Beijing Planning Museum. This sounds like a boring place eh? But it’s not! You can see how I chose to compose this shot… Processing like Cooking I had a great time processing this photo. I had no idea what I was going to do with it and started with half an idea. I’m not sure I could ever process this photo exactly like this again… I try new stuff all the time. I was thinking that processing photos is a lot like cooking food…
  • Autumn Awesomeness in Queenstown

    Trey Ratcliff
    18 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Sony A6000 Review! Come see the new Sony A6000 Review! I’ll keep adding to it as the weeks and months go on, but I thought you might enjoy an early look! Five Days of New Tips/Tricks Videos on the Blog! Day Three! Let me know if you have any questions… happy to answer! Here’s some behind-the-scenes from our recent autumn workshop! Don’t forget to check out the New Zealand Photo Adventure page to find out more about that upcoming event! It’s the only thing planned now for 2015… it’s gonna be another great one! Daily Photo – Autumn Awesomeness in…
  • Approaching Aït Benhaddou

    Trey Ratcliff
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Five Days of New Tips/Tricks Videos on the Blog! Day Two! Let me know if you have any questions… happy to answer! Here’s a collection of behind-the-scenes videos from Morocco. I started at the Mausoleum of Mohammed V in Rabat them moved on to Fes when I was at Ryad Alaya (highly recommended – thanks Hassan!) Using many different cameras! I’ve been using a bunch of different Sony cameras lately! While in Africa, I used a Sony A7, A7r, A7s, and an A6000 (come see the new Sony A6000 Review! ! Whenever I get some time, I’m gonna write up a few more reviews……
  • Light on the way to Milford Sound and Tiananmen Square Photography

    Trey Ratcliff
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Five Days of New Tips/Tricks Videos! Day One Each day for the next five days, I’m gonna post a new video here on the blog! Let me know if you have any questions… happy to answer! I’m here with my friend Tom in the middle of Beijing. I decided to go to Tiananmen Square for the day and take photos… here’s a little of what happened. A bunch of people came up to me that had never seen a white person before; I was like a freakshow! Daily Photo – Light on the way to Milford Sound One of my favorite drives is from Queenstown to Milford Sound. I've made it…
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    We Blog The World

  • Over a Million Flood Toronto’s Streets For The Nuit Blanche Art Festival

    Jim Bamboulis
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:32 am
    Nuit Blanche is an annual art festival that takes place in various cities around the world, including Toronto.  It starts at sunset and finishes up at sunrise. Over one million people flood the streets and take in the various exhibits scattered throughout the downtown. This is what it looked like on Queen Street West this year.     Queen Street West closed to traffic and open to thousands   Over the years, the festival itself has been great and other years, boring. Last year, dry. This year, fun and inspiring. People enjoyed themselves and the energy was great.One of the…
  • Be Awed By Color, Wildlife & Nature During Fall In Finland

    Robert Schrader
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:05 am
    “Finland is boring when there isn’t snow on the ground,” a Facebook friend warned me upon my jubilant check-in at Rovaniemi, the main airport serving the Finland’s northern Lapland region. “Autumn is a boring time of year in Finland.” His statement annoyed me, mainly because a cardinal travel rule of mine is never to rain on anyone else’s parade, even if they’re traveling in your least favorite place in the world. Moreover, as my friend Antti and I made our way through the Lappish forest toward a village that proudly describes itself as the “middle of nowhere,” I could…
  • The Kimberly Hotel Rooftop for Cocktails in Manhattan

    Cheryl Lock
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:39 pm
    Last night I ticked another rooftop bar off my NYC bucket list with two friends who I needed to say goodbye to before we leave. The place was The Kimberly, and the rooftop of the hotel is an enclosed bar (although I think during nice weather it’s actually open) with a fantastic (on a normal day without fog) view of the Chrysler building and midtown Manhattan. I’d recommend checking out The Kimberly Hotel rooftop if you’re in the midtown area — it’s definitely worth at least a pit stop.  
  • An Immersive Experience in the Helsinki Archipelago

    Robert Schrader
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:05 pm
    I live in a very “work first, play later” way, in travel as well as in life. I capped off the month I spent in Indonesia earlier this year, for example, with four days in a remote archipelago that extends just west of Papua island. Raja Ampat might very well be the world’s last paradise, a fact that results from how difficult it is to get there – it takes 24 hours, even from Jakarta. I remember sitting in the back of a speedboat, more than 17 hours after having begun my journey on the island of Sulawesi, and as the light began to fade over the open ocean, feeling delighted by how…
  • Trends & Indian Culture in the Work Environment

    20 Oct 2014 | 10:42 am
    Earlier this week, Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide announced its plan to move their global headquarters nearly 8,000 miles and ten time zones from Stamford Connecticut to India for the month of March 2015. The Times of India reports that this is the third temporary “leadership move” Starwood has undertaken, which fosters an innovative approach to developing a global business culture and fostering relationships in developing markets. Previously, Starwood Hotels has sent their executives to China in 2011 and Dubai in 2013. Starwood President and CEO, Frits Van Passen had this to say…
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    Business Travel Destinations

  • London welcomes record number of tourists

    Business Travel Destinations
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:28 am
    Wednesday 08 October 2014 London’s world-class visitor attractions are helping drive a big increase in tourists coming to the capital – putting the city on course for its most successful tourism year. Official figures released today (Thursday 9 October) show that international tourists made nearly 8.5 million trips to the city in the first six months of this year, a 7.6 per cent increase when compared to the same period in 2013. Visitor numbers are predicted to stay high as museums and galleries across the capital open their doors for a blockbuster Autumn Season and the city gears up to…
  • IMEX America 2014 hits a four year high

    Business Travel Destinations
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:07 pm
    IMEX America’s fourth edition came to a close earlier today at the Sands Expo®, Las Vegas, with IMEX Chairman, Ray Bloom, declaring the trade show the biggest to date with growth in all key areas. Ray Bloom and key show partners report on growth at shows closing press conference. Courtesy image Ray Bloom and key partners report on growth at show closing press conferenceHe confirmed that the number of exhibiting companies taking part had once again risen, going up from 2694 in 2013 to 2900 in 2014. This was reflected in a 13 percent increase in the size of the show floor. In addition Bloom…
  • MGM Resorts International Announces Third Quarter 2014 Earnings Release Date

    Business Travel Destinations
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:27 am
    LAS VEGAS, Oct. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) will release the Company’s financial results for the third quarter 2014 before the market opens on Thursday, October 30, 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…
  • SAP’s McDermott in no doubt at IMEX America – “Meetings industry drives global economic growth”

    Business Travel Destinations
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    On the day his book, Winners Dream, launched in the US, Bill McDermott, Global CEO of SAP, the world’s largest business software company, told members of the meetings and events industry gathered at IMEX America in Las Vegas: “Your industry is at the forefront of driving growth in the global economy.” Bill McDermott, CEO of SAP (courtesy image) McDermott was interviewed live by satellite during IMEX America (Oct 14) from New York by Kevin Olsen, President of One Smooth Stone, a long-time friend and business associate of McDermott’s. Speaking to a room packed with meetings industry…
  • TCEB inaugurates ‘Thailand CONNECT the World’ campaign for US market

    Business Travel Destinations
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:46 pm
    The Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) introduced, n in the US market of the ‘Thailand CONNECT The World’ to the US market for fiscal year 2015. Aiming to reaffirm Thailand’s leadership position in the business events industry in Asia, the latest global brand communications campaign focused on international meeting professionals and the business travelers who attend these programs from around the world. It highlights three fundamental pillars of Thailand’s MICE industry, including: Destinations of Thailand: Your modern metropolis, the world’s business events…
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    A Postcard a Day

  • Raplamaa

    20 Oct 2014 | 2:48 pm
    Unfortunately I know little about Estonia and even less about Raplamaa, one of the 15 subdivisions or counties of Estonia. It lies slightly to the west of central Estonia.A map for Monday.
  • Autumn

    19 Oct 2014 | 3:18 pm
    The beautiful colours of autumn on the card please me so much that I have in fact posted it before (two years ago) but Sunday Stamps gives me the opportunity this time to show the stamp.  I'm showing the se-tenant strip because I think it's both attractive and clever.  All four seasons are shown, trees reflecting on water.  Not only that, the names SUOMI and FINLAND are shown in reflection on the two stamps and so too the denominations.Other seasonal stamps I've found have been mainly mushrooms. From Poland, the Mushrooms in Polish forests series, issued in August 2012From…
  • Apples and Books

    19 Oct 2014 | 2:57 pm
    When I chose this card I felt it had an autumnal atmosphere, the apple harvest having been good this year and I'm looking forward to reading by the fireside.  On closer inspection however the apples at the bottom left, and possibly the books on the right, seem to be partially buried in snow.  Oh well, it did come from Russia.A post for Postcard Friendship Friday hosted by Beth Niquette on her blog, The Best Hearts are Crunchy. Click on the button to visit and join in.
  • Hradec nad Moravici - White Castle

    14 Oct 2014 | 3:36 am
    I haven't received many shaped cards but here is a recent one from the Czech Republic.  I'm always slightly surprised that they get through the postal systems without being damaged.The card shows the White Castle of Hradec nad Moravicí, in the Moravian Silesian region (Moravskoslezský kraj) which is in the north east of the Czech Republic. The coats of arms belong to the towns of the area, with the larger one at the top for the region itself and the bottom one is for the town of Hradec nad Moravicí.
  • A map of Cracow

    13 Oct 2014 | 2:49 pm
    The extent of the old city centre of Cracow or Krakow, shows very clearly on this map card.  It really is ancient - it dates back as far as the 7th century.  the entire town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has been since 1978.The numbers refer to places of interest which are listed on the reverse of the card.
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  • Going to Wyoming: A Packing Checklist for All Seasons in Jackson Hole

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

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

    17 Sep 2014 | 9:53 pm
    People who have recently tied the knot are really spoiled for choice when it comes to exotic and romantic honeymoon locations. Many of these destinations boast an enchanting natural setting, while offering couples the chance to take part in a number of exciting activities if they can manage to tear themselves away from their hotel room. Here is a selection of top destinations that should not be missed. Pokhara This stunning lakeside city is set in the heart of Nepal and is surrounded by enchanting mountains. Pokhara offers a number of world class hotels and restaurants for couples to enjoy,…
  • Travel Insurance for the Over 80’s

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

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

  • Scariest Haunted Houses in America

    Burt Brages
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Do you want to be frightened? If you are hoping to be truly terrified this Halloween season, then we have information about the scariest haunted houses in America. Be warned: These are not for the squeamish! Every one of these haunted house Halloween attractions will make your skin crawl, and just might send you off screaming. Here are the ones we recommend… if you dare! The Scarehouse in Pittsburgh, PA  The Scarehouse has been called “one of America’s scariest Halloween attractions” by the Travel Channel. It takes place in a 100 year old building.  This…
  • Guedelon Medieval Castle in Modern Times

    Sue Lobo
    19 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    Guedelon Medieval Castle in Modern Times The Guedelon Castle in Treigny, France is not your ordinary castle. It is being built using only material and techniques that were used during the Middle Ages. The goal is for it to look like an authentic medieval castle when it is completed. History and Construction Maryline Martin and Michel Guyot started this project in 1997. They picked the site for the castle because of the nearby pond, forest and stone quarry that they knew would be very beneficial to this project. The materials used for the castle consist of mostly stone and wood. Everything…
  • Check Adventure Travel Off Your Bucket List

    Sue Lobo
    18 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    This is your planet. Introduce yourself. Traveling with G Adventures is the very best way to get up close and personal with your planet in a way you’d never manage on your own. Stoke your wanderlust with these handpicked itineraries MEXICO DAY OF THE DEAD IN OAXACA OAXACA  From candy skulls and colourful parades to family picnics in historic cemeteries, the Day of the Dead is a party like no other—and this tour is your backstage pass.6 nights from $999 per person TASTE OF TURKEY ISTANBUL – GOREME – SELCUK – CANAKKALE Throughout 9 days of…
  • Your Bavarian Fairytale Begins with Globus

    Sue Lobo
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    You can visit the storybook setting of Bavaria with its breathtaking alpine views, or you can write yourself into your very own fairytale. Bavarian Alps Why admire King Ludwig’s Neuschwanstein Castle from a distance when you can hear the haunting echo of your heels tapping against its legendary floors? Why merely shop for local treasures when you can learn the fascinating stories behind the stein, the cuckoo clock and lederhosen? Why only digest the battles of famous wars when you can also taste the spiciest bratwurst and the richest cakes at the cafes only the locals know?
  • Great Places To Visit In The Fall

    Sue Lobo
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    It’s the most colorful time of year in many places. The crowds are less, the weather is cooler and savvy travelers are able to save on accommodations and flights. The following list highlights some great places to visit in the fall. Paris, France Many travelers prefer to visit Paris in the fall. The city is beautiful during this time of year and peppered in colorful leaves.The mornings and evenings often times have cool temperatures which makes it comfortable to walk around the city. In particular the Seine River is a great place to visit during the morning hours. There also a several…
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    What's New in the Backpacking Blog?

  • Ginger and Generosity

    13 Oct 2014 | 9:07 am
    South Korea is known for many healthy foods: kimchi, rice and seaweed to name a few. However, ginger is one health item that is often overlooked. Ginger
  • Food Tourism and Culinary Travel

    24 Sep 2014 | 6:41 am
    How to get the most out of your food tourism experience if experiencing a country's foods is one of the main reasons you travel.
  • Cultural Differences

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

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

    19 Aug 2014 | 10:43 pm
    It was sometime after dark when I stepped off the train in Pamplona, Spain. Somewhere during the 4-hour journey between Barcelona and Pamplona I had completely
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    19 Oct 2014 | 2:57 am
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    Wild Junket

  • Is Ashgabat the World’s Strangest City?

    Nellie Huang
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    I’m currently traveling through Central Asia and am updating this blog on the road. Forgive me if they’re short and snippety. Our trip started in Kyrgyzstan and we’ve traveled through Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, and have now reached Turkmenistan. I hope these live updates will give you a sense of my Silk Road journey When it comes to peculiar sights, Turkmenistan is off the charts. First it’s the Darvaza gas craters, burning gas craters that resemble the gates to hell, that tops my list of the strangest sights I’ve seen; and as if it weren’t bizarre enough, Ashgabat brings it to a…
  • The Gates to Hell — Darvaza Gas Craters in Turkmenistan

    Nellie Huang
    13 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    I’m currently traveling through Central Asia and am updating this blog on the road. Forgive me if they’re short and snippety. Our trip started in Kyrgyzstan and we’ve traveled through Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, and have now reached Turkmenistan. I hope these live updates will give you a sense of my Silk Road journey In the middle of the Karakum Desert, a roaring fire burns from deep beneath us, its flames dancing in the darkness taunting and teasing us. The walls of the oval crater drop vertically down into the abyss of fire — one careless step and you may well be on your way to hell.
  • The Walled City of Khiva: A Place of Myths and Legend

    Nellie Huang
    8 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    I’m currently traveling through Central Asia and am updating this blog on the road. Forgive me if they’re short and snippety. Our trip started in Kyrgyzstan and we’ve traveled through Kazakhstan and have now arrived in Uzbekistan. I hope these live updates will give you a sense of my Silk Road journey The flaming orange yolk is quickly making its descent, taking with it the blanket of gold it has splashed on the sand-colored medressas and turquoise minarets of the city. By this time, all the other travelers around me have all gone and I’m all alone on the watch tower of Konya Ark,…
  • Bukhara — Uzbekistan’s Holiest or Most Touristy City?

    Nellie Huang
    6 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
     I’m currently traveling through Central Asia and am updating this blog on the road. Forgive me if they’re short and snippety. Our trip started in Kyrgyzstan and we’ve traveled through Kazakhstan and have now reached Uzbekistan. I hope these live updates will give you a sense of my Silk Road journey  With a history spanning a thousand years, Bukhara is dubbed Central Asia’s holiest city by many publications including Lonely Planet. As part of my Silk Road journey with Oasis Overland, we spent some time in Bukhara, learning about its history and much revered architectural…
  • The Golden Road to Samarkand: Uncovering Silk Road History

    Nellie Huang
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    I’m currently traveling through Central Asia and am updating this blog on the road. Forgive me if they’re short and snippety. Our trip started in Kyrgyzstan and we’ve traveled through Kazakhstan and have now reached Uzbekistan. I hope these live updates will give you a sense of my Silk Road journey We travel not for trafficking alone, by hotter winds our fiery hearts are fanned. For lust of knowing what should not be known. We take the Golden Road to Samarkand. – James Elroy Flecker, The Golden Journey to Samarkand Indeed, nowhere else is as evocative of the Silk Road as…
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    South Africa Travel News

  • 10 favourite MTB trails in South Africa (the thrills and spills of our top outdoor trails)

    Wanda Coustas
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Send to Kindle I recently heard South Africa described as the ‘deep south’ of the MTB (mountain bike) community. If you consider the MTB scene in South Africa is hotting up, this description fits.  The country is full of exceptional mountain bike trails in areas that manage to combine gobsmacking scenery with a healthy ride and a good dose of tourist attractions.  So when things freeze over in the northern hemisphere, a trip down south sounds all the more appealing with bike trails...
  • 4 sun-drenched day trips along the Sunshine Coast

    Wanda Coustas
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Send to Kindle If there was a place that guaranteed more sunshine hours than anywhere else in the country, wouldn’t you head there? Stretching between Tsitsikamma and East London is just such a place; its coastline gives you over six hours of driving pleasure along the N2. And whilst I know you’re itching to know what it is (no, it isn’t the Garden Route), you’ll be tempted to slap me when you hear it’s (ta da): the Sunshine Coast. Obvious, yes… But what...
  • Dining at The Royal Coachman in Dullstroom

    Helen Rushton
    14 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Send to Kindle We recently did a bit of a road trip to Malelane in Mpumalanga and spent a night en-route in the quaint town of Dullstroom. Although we had booked a self catering unit at Treelands Estate, who really wants to self cater when there is such a choice of restaurants to dine at? After strolling through the town on our arrival two venues caught our eye; The Royal Coachman and The Mayfly. We decided on The Mayfly and reserved a table but after chatting to our host at Treelands and...
  • 15 great Garden Route adventures (something for everyone)

    Wanda Coustas
    13 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Send to Kindle The 200 km strip of coastline between the Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma mountains is one of the country’s most beautiful. A collection of beaches, mountains, ancient forests, lakes, rivers, waterfalls, artists’ communities, mountain hideaways, kloofs and bustling country towns combine in such an exceptional way that thousands of visitors visit every year. The secret is to make enough time for the many adventures available to visitors. Be warned: a week in the Garden...
  • Eastern Cape Beaches Go Blue

    Amelia Gibson
    9 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Send to Kindle The Eastern Cape and Garden Route boast some of the prettiest and most extensive beaches in South Africa, with warm waters from the Indian Ocean making them excellent choices for water sports. In recognition of their beauty, excellent swimming conditions and commitment to the preservation of the local fauna and flora, 20 Eastern Cape beaches were given Blue Flag status in 2014…     Blue Flag is an esteemed international award that is only given to beaches...
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    Velvet Escape

  • An unforgettable tour of Ecuador

    Keith Jenkins
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:09 am
    A sea lion watches the sunset on Galapagos. It was a photo of the spectacular Cotopaxi volcano that first captured my imagination. I was ten years old and I promised myself that I would one day visit Ecuador. I had an opportunity in 2008 while I was in South America on my round-the-world trip. I’d planned to fly to Lima from Buenos Aires and spend some time exploring Peru and Ecuador. That didn’t work out as I ended up staying in Buenos Aires for almost two months (BA does that to you)! Several months ago, I received an invitation from Metropolitan Touring (the premier tour…
  • Plane views: Cape Town

    Keith Jenkins
    13 Oct 2014 | 2:13 pm
    When I published a post a while back on airports you must book a window seat for, I received various comments from readers saying that I should include Cape Town in that list. I’d flown to Cape Town quite a few times previously but I’d always arrive at night (direct flights from Amsterdam arrive in the evening) so I never got to check out the view. That changed on my last trip. Instead of flying direct from Amsterdam, I flew via Johannesburg. I arrived in Cape Town in the late-morning and this glorious view awaited me. The approach into Cape Town International was indeed amazing:…
  • Experiencing the Etihad Airways A380 roll-out

    Keith Jenkins
    29 Sep 2014 | 4:10 am
    Entering A380-land! A kid in a mega candy store! Yep, that’s what I felt like when I recently visited the Airbus A380 assembly facility in Hamburg. I was invited by Airbus to attend the unveiling of Etihad Airways new livery on their first Airbus A380. Aside from the ceremony, I would also get an exclusive peek inside the assembly lines and paint shop. I started to drool the second I read the invitation, being the aviation geek I am. “Erm… yes please!”. Inside the Airbus A380 hangar The Airbus A380 is the largest commercial liner in service, capable of carrying almost…
  • Winter fun in Quebec – the #LoveWinter video

    Keith Jenkins
    23 Sep 2014 | 12:59 am
    The #LoveWinter crew! It was a trip filled with laughter and various firsts for me: I learned how to snowboard (well, kind of), joined in the fun at a winter festival and I went ice-fishing on the frozen Saint Lawrence River. Together with my four friends, Melvin, Caspar, Nienke and Becki, I embarked on an unforgettable one-week trip to experience winter in Quebec. I have to admit, I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with the winter season. I love the scenery but I’m not a fan of the cold. This trip changed my perceptions of winter in many ways. For one thing, despite the freezing…
  • Ten romantic things to do in Saint Lucia

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

  • Airbnb Under Pressure in New York

    Carol Margolis
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:03 am
    Controversy is nothing new to Airbnb. As I discussed before, the alternative hotel startup had to deal with a nasty incident in California. Now comes New York City with a lawsuit against the apartment rental hopeful, calling them “illegal hotels.” No doubt this action was fueled by State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s report called Airbnb in the City. In that 40-page report, Schneiderman pointed out that last year, 4,600 units (primarily Brooklyn and Manhattan) were rented out through Airbnb for a period of at least three months with nearly 2,000 of them occupied this…
  • Will the Ebola Scare Affect Corporate Travel?

    Carol Margolis
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:50 am
    Ebola is still the news of the day but what impact will it have on corporate travel? The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) surveyed 421 corporate travel managers last week. Eighty percent said that the recent Ebola news would have little or no impact on international travel while ninety percent said the same about domestic travel. Put another way, 20% said this news about Ebola will impact their international travel and 10% said it would also affect their domestic travel. Some may wonder why only 20% of these managers are concerned about the Ebola news affecting their travelers. The…
  • Ban Travel To/From Africa? Not So Fast

    Carol Margolis
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:03 am
    Ebola is nasty stuff and certainly has the potential to be an extremely deadly worldwide disease. But as I said here, it is not thought to be an airborne virus so most people exposed to someone with Ebola will never get it themselves. Rather, what makes this illness so scary is that those who are exposed to a victim’s bodily fluids dramatically increase their chances of transmission and infection. The political brain trust in Washington believes that if we ban U.S. travel from West Africa, we are out of the woods. With all due respect to these pols, they are the same people who got us…
  • App Review: SmartDepart

    Carol Margolis
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:14 am
    There are many websites and apps out there with hotel reviews. What’s typically absent is the ability to see these properties side-by-side. Enter SmartDepart. With this app – or through their website – you can sort hotels in a city by price, number of stars, reviews, or amenities. The web version won’t win any awards for beauty but behind the sparse home page sits a wonderful engine. A great feature is the ability to limit your search to properties within a chain such as Marriott, Hilton, or Starwood. For example, you can search only for a Courtyard or DoubleTree or…
  • AA/US FFP Merger by Year End?

    Carol Margolis
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:10 am
    I recently read this article from Business Insider about which airline offers the best award redemption rates. While I generally agree with their conclusions here, it should be pointed out that their angst toward Delta Air Lines is a little misguided. Yes, Delta has long been the devil for award travel but beginning next year – which is only a few months from now – the airline will finally offer one-way awards and they claim that the number of miles required for flights will be more balanced and available. In fact, Consumer Reports recently asked their staffers to try to book award…
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    The Travel Expert(a)

  • Life on Rio Dulce – It’s Not as Dulce (Sweet) as it Looks

    Marina Kuperman Villatoro
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Travel Experta - Specializing in Unique International Family Travel - Helping Families Get the Most of Their International Travels with Kids Rio Dulce is better known as the Amazon of Guatemala. And for good reason. It’s lush, full of water canals, a rain forest and full of amazing birds and wildlife. It is also a place for fishermen and local people. Here’s a glimpse into their lives on the river. The main mode of transportation here are dug out canoes. Little kids ride them around when they see tourist boats and try to sell off exotic animals. If that doesn’t work, they…
  • Wanna See What Punta Manabique in Guatemala Looks Like?

    Marina Kuperman Villatoro
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Travel Experta - Specializing in Unique International Family Travel - Helping Families Get the Most of Their International Travels with Kids I’d love to show you what the real Punta Manabique looks like, but the waves were way too choppy for us to get to it. So instead we got to another area which is a deserted island like spot. It had some houses on it, but not sure when was the last time anyone has actually been there. You can only get here with a private boat. This is one of the houses here. It’s so dilapidated that we were nervous to enter it in fear it will collapse under…
  • Great Churches of the World

    Marina Kuperman Villatoro
    13 Oct 2014 | 12:56 pm
    Travel Experta - Specializing in Unique International Family Travel - Helping Families Get the Most of Their International Travels with Kids When you’re travelling the world with your family, it can sometimes be a difficult to make a visit to a church an exciting proposition. Even if you’re not particularly religious, visiting churches, mosques, synagogues or other places of worship can be a fascinating insight into the history of a place, the culture and its people. When you’re by yourself, it’s easy to spend hours just quietly exploring the churches of a city, but if you’ve got…
  • The Cordless Travel Buddy

    Marina Kuperman Villatoro
    13 Oct 2014 | 11:18 am
    Travel Experta - Specializing in Unique International Family Travel - Helping Families Get the Most of Their International Travels with Kids If you have a smartphone, regardless of it being an iphone or android you know you horrible it is to be traveling around and not being able to depend on an app on your phone or to use the camera because you ran out of battery. That’s why I always carry around my charger but it is really annoying how tangled it gets, especially if you are carrying other chargers with you. Luckily someone out there thought of an extremely tiny (perfect for throwing in…
  • Salsa Classes – Antigua, Guatemala

    Marina Kuperman Villatoro
    12 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Travel Experta - Specializing in Unique International Family Travel - Helping Families Get the Most of Their International Travels with Kids I’m not a big dancer. I was into clubbing when I was younger. And loved dancing. But actual classes were never something I aspired to take. Buttttt…. When in Antigua… I went a different route. We actually did a private class. I got the first half to myself. One on one time works better for me than in a roomful of hopeful wanna be salsa dancers. And the second part was for my Latino hubby, who caught on way faster than I did.
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  • Artist And Sculptor, Benedetta Mori Ubaldini

    20 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Our most recent artistic pick is Milan-based, London-educated artist and sculptor, Benedetta Mori Ubaldini. There is something strangely intriguing and mesmerizing about her chicken-wire sculptures. Trying to put our finger on it, we came up with more than a few explanations why we love these so much. One appealing aspect is that they look somehow unfinished and raw. The wire frame is usually the part of a sculpture we do not see. It is not the final product. And yet, these airy and lightweight pieces seem to lack nothing at all. They are very much finished and completed. And the lightness…
  • A Toddlers Playground by Espace Libre

    19 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Children deserve much more attention in urban planning than what they are getting currently. As small children and toddlers are not likely to raise their voices to demand the attention, it is up to us adults to do something about it. We need to support, demand and finance more initiatives that help children – and their parents – enjoy the outdoors, even in urban settings. French urban planning and architecture firm Espace Libre, has created a delightful multi-functional play area for toddlers in the commune of Alfortville, located 7.6 kilometres (4.7 miles) from the centre of…
  • Dune Villa in Utrechtse Heuvelrug, The Netherlands

    13 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    If we had only one word to describe this residence, we’d use harmony. If we’d have just two, we’d use harmony and elegance. Luckily, we can use many more, and timeless is a third word that comes to mind immediately. Architects Geert Bosch and Annemariken Hilberlink of Berlicum, Netherlands-based HILBERINKBOSCH architects designed this timeless gem for a couple whose children have already left the house. The villa is located in Utrechtse Heuvelrug, a municipality in the Dutch province of Utrecht. The key to the harmonious elegance of the house is the way it sits on its site.
  • Le Mistral Gift Shop in Tokyo

    12 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Like its namesake, the Paris-Nice express train of the 1950s, Le Mistral gift shop in Tokyo is precise and orderly. With its navy blue base color and strict visual rules reminiscent of a dapper railway uniform, the interior is an effective vessel to display the tightly (strictly) edited selection of gift items from around the world. Designed by Jumpei Matsushima of JP architects, the 61 square-meter (656 sq.ft.) shop is also thoroughly Japanese in its sparse coloring and its neat and exact (precise)  division of space in ever-repeating rectangles. By giving clear rules (in both meanings…
  • Unisex Wrist Watch

    10 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    A simple take on the classic time-teller. Featuring a sandblasted, matte-black stainless steel case, with cool grey face and premium tan and black leather band. With Japanese Quartz Movement, Stainless Steel Bezel, Case & Caseback this watch is both beautiful and high quality. $129 - Purchase here
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  • My New Traveling Accessory from Pulsar and Why Watches are Great to Have! #spon

    James Hills
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:50 pm
    What I discovered was that having a watch was a great accessory that is now a standard part of my gear when traveling. My journey began by selecting what watch I wanted from a pretty extensive selection on Pulsar's site. I knew that I wanted something that was stylish but not garish, something rugged that would stand up to the sand and surf but I didn't necessarily need something for diving. Also, I hate reading hands on a watch so I wanted something that also had a digital display. The watch I selected was the PW6011 from their "On the Go" Collection. As you can see, it isn't a fancy "Swiss…
  • Team Up With Timbaland Sweepstakes from Lenovo

    James Hills
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:43 pm
    It's easy for fans to enter though -  just enter here by October 22 for your chance to win. Don't forget, you can enter daily! Since the contest began, more than 5,000 independent singers, songwriters, and music artists have entered the Team Up with Timbaland Sweepstakes Giveaway presented by Lenovo and Microsoft. Timbaland plus the team of judges have narrowed it down to 5 finalists.   These five finalists will now be given a two-week surprise challenge that will help determine the winner. The artist that emerges at the top will win the grand prize - a day in the…
  • Six Steps to Plan an Awesome Mancation

    James Hills
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:50 am
    Here are five suggestions to help make your next adventure epic! Decide why you want a mancation. Yes, you want to relax and escape the stress with your best buds, but how do you want to relax? Do you want to relax by exploring something completely new and exciting? Do you want to relax by finding something familiar and predictable? When you get the "why" right, then the "where" falls into place. Plan well ahead of time. Once you've decided where to go, plan early to get the best airline prices and the best hotel rates. Contact your friends in the travel industry or use the Internet to figure…
  • 2015 Kia Soul EV Review

    James Hills
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:30 pm
    To help set the mood for the launch, Kia invited me and a bunch of other bloggers, journalists, and social media influencers to the St. Regis Hotel in beautiful Dana Point, California where they did an amazing job of giving us a chance to live what they called the Kia Cali lifestyle - if only for a couple days. The event kicked off with a gourmet food truck party featuring entertainment by a great California band while we watched the sunset over the Pacific Ocean and then we watched Chef in a mock of a drive-in theater while noshing on cupcakes from another food truck.  The next morning…
  • I'm Taking Part in the Breathe Right Sleep In - You Can Too!

    James Hills
    14 Oct 2014 | 11:17 pm
    The folks at Breathe Right have a new lavender scented strip that they sent me for this post to try out and let you guys know how it was.    It's a little weird at first but circumstantially I can say that it helped me sleep better and my wife tells me my snoring wasn't as bad and that I didn't have a stuffy nose in the morning like I often do without the strips. Millions of people around the world use Breathe Right strips to help them sleep better. These little strips help by opening nasal passages so you can breathe more effectively through the nose, alleviating nasal congestion…
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  • Asimo Robot by Honda – has probably travelled more than you!

    Anthony The Travel Tart
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:28 am
    Asimo is a cool humanoid robot that is able to conduct a lot of human-like movements that makes you almost think there is a pint sized human inside him taking the piss out of all of us. Well, that’s what used to happen in the old days when robots where characters in TV shows! Unlike popular TV robots like the one in Lost In Space, and the Daleks from Dr Who, Asimo is able to navigate a flight of stairs no problems at all without coming to a complete halt! In fact, he can move backwards and forwards, go up and down stairs, and even do a bit of a boogie which would probably make my…
  • Changi Arrivals – Singapore Airport Deals from Changi Recommends, including Wifi Addicts..

    Anthony The Travel Tart
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:48 pm
    This article is supported by Changi Recommends, a service that extends beyond Changi Airport ‘s doors in providing exclusive deals (shopping, dining and attractions) and mobile connectivity solutions for travellers upon arrival in Singapore. As far as airports go, Changi Airport at Singapore is probably one of the best places around to catch a plane, or transit while waiting for another. Millions of people travel through here, and Singapore is a popular stopover destination for many of them. There are truckloads of things to do there, but the airport is also known to have a variety of…
  • Snowfall Amounts – I Love Big Dumps!

    Anthony The Travel Tart
    13 Oct 2014 | 10:19 am
    It’s silly T-shirt time again, and on this occasion, it’s about a double play on words regarding Snowfall Amounts for the ski tragics out there who can’t get enough of the white stuff! And I’m not talking about hard narcotics either! One of my friends shares my passion for funny t-shirts that make people at least giggle, or even better, a belly laugh. Other silly items of clothing I’ve featured from him have include the I love boobies T-shirt from Ecuador and the National Geographic send up. I’m sure I’ll have more to come in the future! I actually…
  • Beer Stores of the World – The ‘World’s Steepest Pub’

    Anthony The Travel Tart
    10 Oct 2014 | 4:14 am
    There’s nothing like a cold beer on a hot day. I even have a page on this silly website devoted to the Beer Index, a shoddy cost of living matrix highlighting the cost of each country to travel in via their beer prices. In fact, if this stupid website wasn’t a travel blog, it would be a beer blog based on the number of articles relating to the amber fluid. Things like the following: Space Beer! Sake Bomb The Beer Tower Beer Vending Machines Happy Beer! Knockout Beer! The Beer Can Balancing Man Beer Cup Snake The Beer Chandelier My Wife’s Bitter Efes Pilsen Pub Of The Year Of…
  • African Animals and Landscapes – Photos That Make You Want To Ditch Your Fluorescent Prison Called The Office!

    Anthony The Travel Tart
    6 Oct 2014 | 8:13 am
    Okay, it’s toilet break time! Well, not quite, but this is an article where I’m dumping a lot of images about African Animals and Landscapes because I’ve temporarily run out of ideas to write about ;P. Or maybe I’m just trying to score a job at National Geographic! Apparently posts with few words and lots of pictures do really well, probably because people have short attention spans and would rather scroll through some colourful pics instead! So this is just an obvious attempt to cash in on some of that traffic! But seriously, Africa is a great place to shoot animals…
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    Jet Set Smart


    10 Oct 2014 | 5:01 am
    Happy Friday!  I always love Fridays and the weekends, but I especially love today because we are jet setting to Spain!  Rich, the boys, my in-laws and I will spend one week there.  I am so excited to go to Spain because I have never been, and I'm happy to take the boys to Europe this young...I want them to grow up to be jet setters and enjoy traveling the world just like we do!  So in honor of going to Spain, I figured I'd put together an outfit that I think has some European flair.  The weather in Madrid now is very much like the weather is here right now in New…

    8 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    A little over a week ago I turned 35!  Yes, I'm in my mid-thirties!  Should I scream?  Should I be scared?  Some say 35 is the new 25...right?!?  More like, yeah right!!!  Haha!  Seriously, I don't know if I agree with that or if I even want that.  I'm happy to be 35 and a mom of two sweet little 35 I feel alive!  And that's why I decided to wear sequin pants for my birthday (see below)...because birthdays are more fun in sequins!  Am I right?  It was a great birthday, my parents got me my all time favorite cake from Ferrara's…

    7 Oct 2014 | 6:57 pm
    For me, the official start of fall happens the weekend we go apple and pumpkin picking!  I don't know, but something about the cool breeze, the leaves changing, hot apple cider, hayrides, and picking out the best apples and pumpkins makes me embrace the season.  This year we checked out Wemrock Orchards for pumpkins and went back to Eastmont Orchards for apples.  It was so much fun to take the boys and to watch them run around the orchard together.  We all had a blast! Here are some outfit pictures and details from what I wore:Top: Loehmann's (old, similar here)Vest:…

    6 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    We're just back from a week long vacation in paradise...aka San Juan, Puerto Rico!  The last time we were there, Richie was only a few months old, so it was fun to go back with Richie and Brody now.  We had an amazing time in the pool, on the beach, and checking out Old San Juan.  Puerto Rico is such a beautiful country and holds such a special place in my heart.  What's not to love about delicious food, gorgeous weather, and beautiful sites only a short plane ride away?  I love building and creating memories in Puerto Rico with my boys!

    3 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Did the title of this post get you?  Because it certainly got me!  I was in the mall recently and found these awesome pants at Forever 21.  I love the color, the print, and most of all the price...$10!  You really can't beat that!  Here I paired them with a cream short sleeved blouse because it was hot this past weekend, but I look forward to wearing them with a black over sized sweater and boots this winter.  I love pants that are multi-seasonal.  Hope you all have a great weekend!Top: Forever 21 (similar)Pants: Forever 21 (similar)Clutch: Forever…
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  • Staying at Canada’s castle hotels

    Mariellen Ward
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:56 am
    The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, Banff, Alberta Fairmont Hotels, among Canada’s oldest and most iconic, are a “must do” experience THEY RISE LIKE medieval castles above historic ports and bustling cities, among soaring mountains and thickly forested retreats. Fairmont Hotels are some of Canada’s oldest, most iconic and most majestic hotels. Many were built in the late 19th century, along the burgeoning railroad line, to attract wealthy tourists and entertain visiting dignitaries. Many are part of the nation’s history, woven into the Canadian tapestry as a social…
  • Spicy, wild and spectacular: A week in Vancouver

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

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

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

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

    Zhiqiang &#38; Tingyi
    19 Oct 2014 | 12:35 am
    After spending the whole morning hiking up Jeju’s Seongsan Ilchulbong Sunrise Peak, we had to treat ourselves to a good lunch to replenish our energy – Jeju is known for its black pork and seafood – we tried the abalone porridge earlier near Cheonjiyeon waterfall and we heard that there was a restaurant near Seongsan Ilchulbong known for its black pork tofu kimchi hotpot. I do not know the name of the restaurant but I have lots of pictures showing what the restaurant looks like and most importantly its Jeju phone number which we use as GPS coordinates to guide us to the…
  • Planning for 2015 Public Holidays Long Weekend Vacations: 6 Possible Getaway Destinations in Asia

    Zhiqiang &#38; Tingyi
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:45 am
    Do you know that we will have TEN long weekends in 2015 because of public holidays in Singapore? That means you only need to take about 3 days of vacation leave from work to enjoy 30+ days of holidays and you can do so almost once a month in 2015 (except for March and October when there are no public holidays). I will share with you SIX destinations in Asia (including Australia) you can consider for holidays over these long weekends next year. It is good to plan ahead as many others will have the same idea as you i.e. travel over the long weekends and push up demand for flights and hotels,…
  • Advice for First Time Travelers to Singapore

    Zhiqiang &#38; Tingyi
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:38 am
    When you’re looking for a different kind of vacation destination, somewhere that fuses a range of cultures both old and modern, Singapore fits the bill perfectly. It’s a multilingual, multicultural and cosmopolitan city – in fact, it’s a city-state – its Asian roots coexisting happily with the modern influences. If you’re traveling to Singapore for the first time you should do what you’d do for any new place: find out as much as you can about its culture and attractions and plan your journey carefully. Travel and hotels It may be very basic advice but do…
  • Review of Pan Pacific Singapore’s Sunday Champagne Brunch Buffet

    Zhiqiang &#38; Tingyi
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:01 am
    From exquisite Cantonese cuisine at Hai Tien Lo to traditional Japanese cuisine at Keyaki to seven distinct regional open kitchens at the Edge, Pan Pacific Singapore is itself one of the most vibrant dining destination in Singapore with 6 restaurants and bars in the hotel! Champagne Breakfast, Afternoon Tea, Evening Canapes and Cocktails at Pacific Club Besides dining at these restaurants and bars (hotel guests enjoy 20% savings for dinner), Pacific Club guests can also enjoy champagne breakfast at Pacific Club or buffet breakfast at Edge, from 6am to 10.30am or in-room dining breakfast at…
  • Giveaway: 2 Pairs of Tickets to see Peter Pan, The Never Ending Story at Resorts World Sentosa Singapore

    Zhiqiang &#38; Tingyi
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:27 am
    Direct from Europe to Singapore, Peter Pan, The Never Ending Story makes its Asian premiere at Resorts World Sentosa (at the Resorts World Theatre) on 27 November 2014, Thursday. The show – Peter Pan, The Never Ending Story tells the enchanting story of Peter Pan, a mischievous boy, with the ability to fly and refuses to grow up. One night, he visits Wendy, John, and Michael Darling in their London nursery and takes them on an unforgettable flight where the Lost Boys, Indians, mermaids and pirates await them at Neverland. In adventures beyond their wildest imaginations, the villainous…
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    Kaleidoscopic Wandering

  • Thinking About Art in Basel, Switzerland

    5 Oct 2014 | 10:58 am
    Basel, Switzerland, is a weird place. It sits at the confluence of the Rhine River, where Switzerland, France and Germany meet, so parts of the city have a very industrial feel, yet other areas have definitely maintained a touch of charm, especially in the historic downtown area. I’ve been trying to think about just the right things to say about Basel since I’ve been home, as it’s home to a number of museums and culturally and historically interesting, but I haven’t really been able to decide how I feel about it. One of the things I enjoy searching for when I visit new towns is the…
  • Zermatt, Switzerland: Home of the Matterhorn

    4 Oct 2014 | 6:07 pm
    To reach Zermatt, Switzerland, you have to take a train that leads into a bowl surrounded by mountains. It is a quaint little mountain village with tons of chalets and a lot of transplants from other areas. While I met people who were born and raised in Zermatt, the vast majority arrived in the area and just never went home. And I can appreciate why that is: The area is stunning — and perfect for people who love being outside. In the summer, there are miles upon miles of hiking trails throughout the Swiss Alps. And in the winter, these mountains turn into a skier’s paradise. It’s a bit…
  • My Favorite Photos from Northern Wisconsin

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

    19 Oct 2014 | 4:06 pm
    This post concludes my visit to the lovely city of Nara – the ancient capital city of Japan, an hour south from Kyoto and east to Osaka. Temples, shrines, huge seated Buddhas, museums, Japanese gardens, and most importantly – deer, you will not be disappointed.   My posts on Nara: Deer of the Ancient Capital : Nara Park – Japan The temples and shrines of Nara Park Todaiji Temple : Nara Park – Japan Isuien & Yoshikien Japanese Gardens : Nara Park   Below are some of my quick captures of the very photogenic scenic old town …          …
  • The temples and shrines of Nara Park

    17 Oct 2014 | 3:59 pm
    Wrapping up my trip to Osaka-Kyoto, I spent a day touring the ancient city of Nara. Although smaller than Kyoto and with supposedly similar temple atmosphere, Nara has a lot to offer that is different from Kyoto. Most of what Nara has is laid within the compact Nara Park, and you probably do not need more than a day to see all the attractions there. The highlight of the park, are the Nara deer that roam freely, and the huge seated Buddha within Todajai Temple, but there are also other small temples and shrines spread out across the campus as well as some wonderful small Japanese gardens.
  • Computer History Museum : San Jose – California

    12 Oct 2014 | 3:32 pm
    I’ve always considered myself a bit of a geek. Okay, a lot of a geek. Since I laid my eyes on the XT machine my dad brought home to run an experiment back in the early 80s I was completely hooked. Although I wasn’t quite aware of what preceded that, looking at how boring the TV was compared to this very simple computer and the already prevalent Atari games, I knew this is where the future was. My aunt and uncle who came back from years in academia abroad brought back with them the first Mac a year later and to me that was simply heavenly. But computers have a history that goes…
  • Senado Square : Macau

    8 Oct 2014 | 12:04 pm
    Senado Square is small piece of Europe at the heart of Macau. I previously wrote about Saint Dominic’s Church and the Ruins of St. Paul’s Cathedral in Macau, but the area that ties these attractions together is the Senado Square, where you can walk along the alleys of what’s left of the former Portuguese colonizing culture. Senate Square, now a UNESCO heritage site, dates back to Ming dynasty. Most of what you’ll see looks like Europe, although the massive Chinese tourists crowds taking a break from spending billions at the nearby casinos really takes away from the European…
  • Visions of Jerusalem #2 : Israel

    5 Oct 2014 | 12:19 pm
    Although I’ve lived in Jerusalem for most of my young life, Jerusalem remains a treasure of hidden gems and spectacular beauty. Every time I visit back I get to see and capture more of its beauty, appreciate things that I’ve taken for granted before. Though my photography skills are still quite basic and I mostly use a mobile camera, Jerusalem makes capturing breath-taking photos very easy. There’s a special atmosphere to this city, and it comes across in every photo I take.   Here’s my second part of Visions of Jerusalem, a tribute to my beloved home-town (first…
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  • Reno Zombie Crawl 101

    Nicole Duxbury
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:45 pm
    The Reno Zombie Crawl is just a short work week away! This Saturday the dead all come together for a night of drinking, dancing, and crawling from bar to bar with their fellow zombie friends. For those of you who are new to the Reno bar crawl scene or anybody looking for a bit of [...]
  • Google Awards Reno as Nevada’s 2014 eCity

    Nicole Duxbury
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:50 am
    Google has named Reno as the 2014 eCity for the State of Nevada. The eCity Awards recognize the strongest online business communities in all 50 states. The businesses in these communities are embracing the web to find new customers, connect with existing clients, and fuel their local economies. Reno joins the ranks of America’s leading cities in the [...]
  • Are you getting scared, yet?

    Nicole Duxbury
    15 Oct 2014 | 4:32 pm
    There are plenty of events surrounding Halloween weekend (check out our blog on 21+ Halloween parties for some awesome Halloween events happening throughout the month), and it seems as though Reno is trying to make Halloween a month-long holiday (but hey, we’re not complaining! Maye Reno is looking to transition into a real-life Halloweentown). Are [...]
  • ULTRA4 National Championships

    Christina Erny
    15 Oct 2014 | 3:11 pm
    More than 100 of the same vehicles that compete at King of The Hammers will be rolling into Reno Tahoe, October 17-18! The course combines technical rock obstacles with short course racing, showcasing the four-wheel drive capabilities of all the ULTRA4 classes. Seating provides excellent views of the entire course to enjoy the dynamic race [...]
  • Fantasies in Chocolate celebrates 30th year with black-tie, costumed event

    Christina Erny
    14 Oct 2014 | 10:20 am
    Indulge in your dark side… Dress in your finest villainous black-tie wardrobe, and head to the 30th annual Fantasies in Chocolate, wine tasting and chocolate sampling fundraiser, benefiting the RGJ Foundation on Saturday, Oct. 25. This year’s black-tie, costumed event includes a villainous theme incorporating the spooky season and is being held at Grand Sierra [...]
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    Travel Blog | Travel + Leisure

  • October in St. Pete Beach, FL

    20 Oct 2014 | 3:44 am
    This post comes from our editorial partners at Sure, people are always giving props to California for its year-round perfect weather, but what about Florida? You know, the sunshine s...
  • “Eataly per Duomo” Brings Centuries-Old Sculptures to NYC’s Italian Flagship

    17 Oct 2014 | 10:09 am
    This week, Eataly New York debuted a few new staples in their marketplace. This time, it’s not Italian fare, but Italian history. A collection of sculptures were carefully extracted from Milan’s ...
  • 10 Ways to Never Pay for Travel Again

    17 Oct 2014 | 10:03 am
    Traveling for free doesn't have to involve couch surfing, dumpster diving, or stowing away in the wheel well of a 747. It doesn't even have to involve credit card fraud. No, there's a kind of ...
  • New Virgin America Ad Targets "Blah Airlines"

    17 Oct 2014 | 7:15 am
    No weekend plans? You might want to consider watching a new 5 hour and 46 minute advertisement from Virgin America.  In a genius attack on its competitors, it recreates a flight, populated by ma...
  • Artsy Postcard: Frieze London

    17 Oct 2014 | 3:56 am
    Artsy, the art collecting and education resource, travels to one of the world's most important art hubs for London’s Frieze Week. The team sets out for seven days of fairs, auctions, and exhibiti...
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    Cruise Radio

  • Star Princess Review + Cruise News

    17 Oct 2014 | 9:52 am
    On this episode Jason Leppert, editor of Popular Cruising joins us to talk about his latest experience aboard Princess Cruises’ Star Princess, a cruise ship based seasonally on the West Coast. Jason gives us a full review of the itinerary and a bow to stern review of this 950′ cruise ship. This Star Princess review includes: dining, entertainment, ports, embarkation, public areas and first time thoughts. Star Princess is scheduled to remain based in San Francisco, operating cruises to Mexico and Hawaii. Stewart Chiron, The Cruise Guy stops by with Cruise News on:  Cruise…
  • NCL Pride of America Review + MSC Cruises Packages

    9 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    On this episode Jason Leppert, editor of Popular Cruising joins us to talk about his latest experience aboard Norwegian Cruise Line’s Pride of America, a cruise ship based year-round in the Hawaiian islands. Jason gives us a full review of the itinerary, the ship, dining venues and entertainment aboard the ship. Finally a cruise that spends multiple nights in different ports! MSC Cruises has launched Inclusive Experiences, a new pricing structure in which guests choose an “experience” based on their own personal preferences and amenities desired while cruising. Valued at up to $700+…
  • Carnival Sunshine Review, Cruise Week + Cruise News | Carnival Cruise Lines

    4 Oct 2014 | 8:13 am
    Listener Rick from Jacksonville, Florida returns to Cruise Radio to gives us a complete Carnival Sunshine review. Rick gives us his impressions of the ship, the food, entertainment, ports and some first time cruise tips for Carnival Sunshine. Emily Kaufman, has been a leading expert in travel since her first television appearance in 1996. She currently contributes to The Today Show as a frequent guest, was the travel contributor to Good Morning America, is currently the travel contributor on The Steve Harvey Show, and regularly appears as the travel expert in top 25 TV markets across the…
  • Disney Fantasy Review, Carnival Great Vacation Guarantee + Cruise News

    30 Sep 2014 | 4:58 am
    Carter and his wife are from Central Florida and just returned on a seven-night Eastern Caribbean sailing aboard Disney Fantasy. Carter joins us to give us a bow to stern review of Disney Fantasy, leaving now stone unturned. Carter covers embarkation, first impressions, the stateroom, dining, entertainment, how the outside of the ship handles itself on sea days and some first time cruise tips for Disney Cruise Lines. You won’t want to miss this Disney Fantasy Review. Jim Berra is the Chief Marketing Officer for Carnival Cruise Lines and joins us to talk about Carnival’s Great Vacation…
  • Carnival Inspiration Review + Cruise News | Carnival Cruise Lines

    17 Sep 2014 | 4:53 am
    Listener Marcy Bucy from California joins us to give us her review on her latest sailing aboard Carnival Inspiration, a three-night Mexico cruise her family recently took out of Long Beach. Marcy gives us a bow-to-stern review of Carnival Inspiration and talks about the Cheers Beverage program and Faster to the Fun.  Stewart Chiron the Cruise Guy has cruise news on: Royal Caribbean is busy over in Europe cutting steel and getting Quantum of the Seas, Anthem of the Seas and their upcoming ship that they just cut the steel on.  Carnival’s Vacation Guarantee  Holland America named their new…
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    Nomadic Notes

  • Where I’m At: Buenos Aires

    James Clark
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:24 pm
    Greetings from Buenos Aires. I’m in Argentina and Uruguay for 3 weeks thanks to Air France/KLM, who are flying me from London. My first leg of the trip was from London to Amsterdam, and then onwards to Buenos Aires with KLM. I have friends who have lived in Buenos Aires (or visited longer than they planned) and have talked about what a great city it is. With this background I came here with a heavy burden of expectation. Fortunately I haven’t been let down. I like big urban metropolises so this is a city that suits my style. Buenos Aires is described as the Paris of South America…
  • Nomadic News: October 12, 2014

    James Clark
    12 Oct 2014 | 5:24 pm
    Greetings from Buenos Aires! In case you are wondering why I am in Argentina, here is the background for my trip to South Ameria. I’m only here for a short visit so there will be more wandering than working. I do know a few digital nomads who live here so be getting the lowdown from them on life here. I’ve been on the road for the last two weeks so I haven’t found as many links as usual, so here is this weeks Nomadic News. Location Independence Airbnb Lifestyle: The Rise Of The Hipster Nomad Digital nomads chased out of Thailand’s PunSpace and detained by police – A…
  • Cafes to work from in Taipei

    James Clark
    9 Oct 2014 | 2:08 pm
    If you are looking for a city in Asia to base yourself as a writer or digital nomad then add Taipei to your consideration list. With 90 day visa on arrival for most western countries and unadulterated internet, Taipei is a good base for location independent types. Taipei is well known for its food scene and soon it may be known for the cafes as well. I spent two weeks in Taipei which gave me enough time to visit the most popular cafes and explore some lesser known ones. It’s an odd cafe scene. Some cafes look like they are straight out of Brooklyn, while some are just gaudy cake shops.
  • Where I’m At: Autumn in Amsterdam

    James Clark
    8 Oct 2014 | 1:23 pm
    [Bridges and bicycles - a common scene in Amsterdam.] It occurred to me this week while I was seeing my breath that I have been in tropical/hot climates since July last year, thus my 15 month summer came to an end when I arrived in London last week. Not that I mind as I’m enjoying the novelty of not sweating through my clothes when I step outside. I would have to say that October in Europe is my favourite time of year. The summers crowds have dispersed, it’s cold without being freezing, and you get the bonus of autumn leaves. By November my street food and coconut cravings will be…
  • I’m going to South America!

    James Clark
    6 Oct 2014 | 11:48 am
    South America has been a glaring omission in my travels so I’m happy to announce I will be making a trip to Argentina and Uruguay this month. For this trip I am partnering with Air France/KLM who are providing my flights from London to Buenos Aires and Montevideo back to London, via their respective hubs in Amsterdam and Paris. And as Air France and KLM are based in two of the great cities of Europe I’ll also be making a stopover in Amsterdam and Paris on this project. UK to South America with Air France/KLM Air France/KLM are currently promoting their South American destinations…
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    City Traveler Blog

  • Golden Gate Park Surrounded By Restaurant Variety

    Deb Barracato
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:31 pm
    If Central Park is New York’s heart, Golden Gate Park is San Francisco’s soul. A 1,000-acre rectangle wedged between Richmond and Sunset, the providentially engineered expanse of green stretches from The Haight to the sea. Flowers, lakes, museums and elbow room make Golden Gate a favorite haunt among residents and a must-do destination for city visitors. Any patch of grass in the park could serve as a leisurely picnic location, but with so many notable restaurants in close proximity, we suggest that you work up your appetite with a short walk and experience San Francisco’s stimulating…
  • Rainbow Room Welcomes New Era at Rockefeller Center

    Melissa Davidson
    14 Oct 2014 | 3:57 pm
    Rainbow Room at Rockefeller Center The Rainbow Room is shining brightly once again, high above New York City on the 65th floor of 30 Rockefeller Plaza. Doors of the famed restaurant and dance hall reopened in early October for brunch, dinner and entertainment. After being closed several years for renovations, the legendary Rainbow Room is back with the same spirit, style and sophistication. The dazzling crystal chandelier and revolving dance floor are still the centerpieces of the room, just as they were in the 1930s and beyond. The Rainbow Room will be open to the public for most holidays,…
  • A Quaint Paradise Only a Short Ferry Ride from Seattle

    Deston S. Nokes
    8 Oct 2014 | 2:08 pm
    If you need a break from the hustle and bustle of urban life, a weekend on Vashon Island is just the ticket. It certainly was for me. Vashon Island’s western beach. Photo: Deston Nokes Driving through Tacoma, WA, to catch the ferry (the only way onto Vashon Island without an airplane), I absent-mindedly hurried through a yellow-but-actually-red light. Few things will force you to slow down like a moving infraction. But, even if a ticket from Tacoma’s finest doesn’t do it, the 30-minute ferry ride to the Puget Sound’s largest island gives you time to pause and enjoy the feeling of the…
  • Dolphin Tale 2 spotlights Clearwater Marine Aquarium’s good works

    Deston S. Nokes
    3 Oct 2014 | 5:53 pm
    Winter and Hope. Photo courtesy of Clearwater Marine Aquarium. With September’s release of Dolphin Tale 2 on movie screens across the country, the spotlight is back on the animal preservation efforts of Tampa Bay’s Clearwater Marine Aquarium (CMA), one of the Tampa Bay CityPASS attractions. The aquarium not only serves as the real-life home to the film’s bottlenose dolphin movie stars, Winter and Hope, it also works to rescue, rehabilitate and release a variety of sick or injured marine animals. In fact, marine animal rescue and rehabilitation is the foundation of both Dolphin Tale and…
  • Tampa Bay CityPASS Giveaway + $500

    City Traveler
    2 Oct 2014 | 12:48 pm
    Are you ready to plan your winter escape? Enter our Tampa Bay giveaway for a chance to win $500 plus 4 Tampa Bay CityPASS booklets. Entries close October 31. Don't miss your chance to win and enjoy some fun in the sun! PS - Share with your friends for the chance to earn additional entries!
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  • This $47,720 Ski Vacation Sweepstakes is Way Over the Top

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

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

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

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

    Matt Gibson
    1 Aug 2014 | 12:51 am
    I got started travel blogging differently than most other bloggers I know. Most of the travel bloggers I know loved travel so much that they wanted to find a way to earn a living while traveling. I arrived in this occupation from a completely different direction. I always wanted to be a writer (you can read more about my writing adventures in my Timeline of My Life As A Writer on this page) and I studied journalism in university. I was teaching English in Taiwan then I first started pitching magazines, but I wasn’t getting assignments as consistently as I wanted to. I thought that choosing…
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    A Travelers' Library

  • Visit Chris Pavone’s Luxembourg

    Vera Marie Badertscher
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:57 am
    At the wonderful website for travelers who read–Packabook-- you can sign up for a newsletter “book club” and read a book, as Packabook provides analysis and background information, then find out what it would be like to travel to that country. Recently Packabook’s newsletter focused on Luxembourg in Chris Pavone’s book, Expats. You may have […] To comment on this article, or find more information, click on over to A Traveler's Library We'll leave the light on for you.      Related StoriesDark Family Tale in Northern IrelandAnother…
  • Back to France and the Impressionists

    Vera Marie Badertscher
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:19 am
    Destination: Paris and Provence Book: Lisette’s List by Susan Vreeland I never resist the lure of France–particularly when you combine, a book, fine art and some history with the trip.  I’ve read several books and movies about the artists of France here, for example,   Renoir (the movie) Degas and Cassat in I Always Loved […] 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 StoriesThomas Kennedy: Seeking Bars, Jazz, and Love in CopenhagenDark Family…
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  • Images from Lakeview Orchards in Rockport, Indiana

    Jessica Nunemaker
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Lakeview Orchards in Rockport, Indiana may have loads of peaches during the warmer months, but when Autumn rolls around, apples and pumpkins and freshly canned jams and jellies are waiting! This was such a gorgeous drive! We drove along the country road before the leaves turned. I can only imagine how lovely it must look when all of the peach trees are in their seasonal colors. Make sure to call ahead before driving out for this one. It’s so cute and a great local option! While you are there, be sure to explore the rest of the fun in Rockport, Indiana! Lakeview Orchards in Rockport,…
  • Bill’s Clockworks in Flora, Indiana

    Jessica Nunemaker
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Bill’s Clockworks in Flora, Indiana You’ve never seen so many clocks in one space like you will at Bill’s Clockworks in Flora, Indiana! The shelves and walls are full of so many kinds of clocks. Bill’s Clockworks in Flora There’s a photo inside the tidy shop that shows a twenty month old Bill looking intently at a clock. He’s never the lost the passion for them in the days since! As a child, his grandfather first introduced him to winding and regulating clocks. As he grew older, he tinkered and learned so that when it was time to head to college, he was…
  • Chocolate Marshmallow Cookies Recipe

    Jessica Nunemaker
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Chocolate Marshmallow Cookies Recipe Soft and delicious, this Chocolate Marshmallow Cookie recipe will be a hit in your home! I was in the mood for baking. I had a bit of extra time on my hands so I could even whip up a cookie recipe that had multiple parts. Grabbing my Into Our Second Century School Sisters of Saint Francis cookbook that I picked up six or seven years ago from Greene’s Exit 215 Antique Mall in Rensselaer, Indiana, I found the marshmallow cookie recipe. Remembering how much we enjoyed Chocolate Marshmallow Bars before, I figured this would go over well. These nuns can…
  • Cataract Falls in Cataract, Indiana: Indiana’s Biggest Waterfall

    Jessica Nunemaker
    14 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Cataract Falls Covered Bridge in Cataract, Indiana Near the Upper Falls lies Cataract, Indiana.Though sleepy and very quiet now, I’m assured that many years ago it was a busy place. But today, Cataract’s claim to fame lies in it’s waterfalls, Indiana’s biggest! Cataract Falls in Cataract, Indiana Wait a minute…Cataract Falls is considered Indiana’s biggest waterfall? I thought that was Williamsport Falls in Williamsport, Indiana! They both get to keep their claim to fame. Williamsport Falls are the tallest while Cataract Falls is the largest waterfall by…
  • Images from Schoolhouse Shop and Antiques in Furnessville, Indiana

    Jessica Nunemaker
    13 Oct 2014 | 9:30 am
    Just outside of Chesterton lies a shopping hub: Schoolhouse Shop and Antiques in Furnessville, Indiana. This 1886 built schoolhouse turned series of shops displays the type of resourcefulness that keeps abandoned buildings from becoming demolished buildings and turns them into beautiful usable spaces! Other towns and entrepreneurs should take note. More than just an antique shop, this building features multiple levels with a variety of shops. Florals, clothing, jewelry, toys, home decor, and even kitchen items are neatly organized and arranged.  Each shop is absolutely amazing! Again, no…
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  • Roasted Squash with Cider Sauce

    Phoebe Canakis
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    I had an amazing vegetarian dish at Stoudt’s Brewery in Adamstown, Pennsylvania, on a recent visit. I am afraid they will rotate it off the menu and had to try my hand at it at home. Let’s be honest, when I made this Roasted Squash with Cider Sauce dish it was one of those days when the fridge was empty and the only things left to cook from the pantry were rice, beans, and other basics. It wasn’t pretty, folks. We have been on the road for a bit, thus the empty fridge. I really wanted soup, but the diced tomatoes have gone missing. (If you find them please tell them…
  • Tea-Infused Hot Drinks, 3 Ways

    Krista Bjorn
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    On a cold day, there’s nothing quite so comforting as a hot drink to warm your fingers while it warms your insides. Traditional fall beverages include coffee, hot chocolate, cider, and tea. While these are tried and true favorites, sometimes it can be fun to mix things up a bit and create a totally new drink with all the comforts of the original. Layer In the Flavor Tea is a delicious way to add layers of flavor to hot drinks. Instead of brewing your morning coffee with plain hot water, try it with hot tea. Chai will give spicy notes of cardamom and clove while an after dinner tea such…
  • Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Mindful Moments and Self-Care

    Carey Ruhl
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:52 pm
    Our founder, Andy Hayes, was recently interviewed on Feel Good and Look Fabulous with Irina, one of the fabulous shows on the Holistic Health Talk Radio for Women. In this episode, Irina and Andy share some practical conversation about Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and how mindfulness can lead to – as the show promises – feeling good and looking fabulous! Resources Mentioned in the Show DIY Creamy Tea Spa Mask Fresh Ideas for Making Moments Matter Worksheet Reading Nook Tea Blend Orange Spice Tea Blend Learning more about Acupuncture  Source: Plum Deluxe
  • Best Apps for Tea Time

    Carrie Keplinger
    15 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Shout out to all you tea lovers! There’s an app for everything these days, and tea is no exception. Naturally, we’ve been downloading and playing with some of the fantastic different apps out there, and we’ve agreed on a few favorites. Here are some of our top picks for Mac and Android users who enjoy a good cuppa. For Mac Products Tea by Samuel Iglesias This all-in-one app is well worth the price tag. Not only can you keep a catalog of all your teas, but you can also save custom brew settings, track how much of a certain tea you have left, and use the in-app brew timer. If that…
  • Perfect Weekend Apple Cardamom Coffee Cake

    Phoebe Canakis
    13 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    I’m not one to tell you how to enjoy your food — this is a unique circumstance — but I need you to act in your own best interest and enjoy this cake with your favorite hot beverage and good company while it’s still warm from the oven. That last bit is important, “while this cake is still warm from the oven.” Don’t get me wrong, it’s amazing on day two, but so good straight from the oven. This is the perfect weekender, brunch day recipe. With pears and apples in season you can easily substitute either. I shared it as a vegan recipe, but if you prefer to do it all up…
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  • Laos In Pictures

    Jeanine Barone
    10 Oct 2014 | 12:21 pm
    Journeying along the Mekong River that courses through Laos, and driving along the rough roads that rise and dip through the lush interior, I found a wealth of treasures: riverside villages where women wove traditional textiles, wonderful coffee shops in Luang Prabang, the UNESCO World Heritage city, charming waterfront chalets and restaurants in the town of Vang Vieng that's noted for its adventure sports and much more. This short YouTube video slideshow provides a window into my two-week trip in Laos. 
  • Gear Review: My Favorite Socks -- Blisters No More

    Jeanine Barone
    3 Oct 2014 | 2:58 pm
          The stifling weather in Southeast Asia where I spent a month recently dictated the clothing I carried along in my carryon-only piece of luggage. And that included the kinds of socks. They couldn't promote blisters, especially because I'd be walking and hiking all day long. Since it was ultra hot and humid, I couldn't tolerate socks that warmed up my feet even warmer than they were from the ambient temperatures. Nor did I want socks that retained moisture, especially that I'd be wearing them all day long. I wanted something cushiony but one that didn't bunch up. Plus, I…
  • Gear Review: Perfect Hot Weather Shirts

    Jeanine Barone
    21 Sep 2014 | 5:46 pm
    With temperatures in the high 80s, and the humidity soaring above 80%, I walked around Hanoi, Siem Reap, Luang Prabang and Bangkok in perfect comfort. It wasn't because I was so well acclimatized to the hot, rainy season in Southeast Asia. (I wasn't.) I was wearing shirts that allowed me to briskly race around these towns without becoming a damp mess. Of course, I hadn't checked luggage on this month-long journey, necessitating frequently washing my clothes. Again, these shirts dried quickly and didn't wrinkled when packed in my small backpack. I only carried two of these Travex shirts…
  • Shoes That Make Carry-On-Only Packing Easy

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

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

  • Jamaica Travel Deals

    20 Oct 2014 | 6:45 am
    $120 & up — Jamaica All-Inclusive Resorts, Save up to 55% Jewel Resorts deal includes fees, transportation & more. Travel now through December 2014. $187 & up — Jamaica All-Inclusive Resort incl. Daily Credit This resort with a private beach is located on the grounds of an 18th century sugar plantation. Travel select arrivals through March 31, 2015. $939 [...]
  • Fiji Travel Deals

    17 Oct 2014 | 6:45 am
    $1939 & up — 9-Nts. Fiji Islands, Auckland & Sydney w/Air Combine the three most desired destinations in South Pacific. Includes flights, accommodations & breakfast. $1290 & up – 5 Nights Ocean View Garden Bure Package for 2 Travelers, 50% Off Koro Sun Resort in Savusavu, Fiji, welcomes you to an idyllic island retreat, and offers the kind [...]
  • Orlando Hotel Deals

    15 Oct 2014 | 6:45 am
    $59 — Orlando Hotel near Disney incl. Breakfast, Save 30% Includes daily breakfast for two, complimentary Wi-Fi and complimentary transportation to some of the Disney parks. $59-$79 — Orlando Water Park Resort incl. Weekends, 50% Off This family-friendly water park resort offers free shuttles to Universal and SeaWorld, discount on food & beverage purchases & more. $79 — 4-Star [...]
  • Australia Travel Deals

    13 Oct 2014 | 6:45 am
    $2099 & up — Australia: Sydney & Cairns 8-Night Trip w/Air Visit the world’s most resplendent harbor in Sydney and experience the acclaimed Sydney Opera House. Then travel north to a holiday maker’s paradise – Cairns. $2690 & up — Sydney, Melbourne & Auckland 9-Nts. w/Air Includes flight into Sydney and out of Auckland, flight Sydney – Melbourne, [...]
  • Hawaii Hotel Deals

    10 Oct 2014 | 6:45 am
    $139-$156 — Hawaii: Kauai 1-Bedroom Villas, Save 40% Feel right at home in a spacious one-bedroom villa with a fully equipped kitchen. Stay Oct. 7 – Dec. 18 w/ 2-nt minimum stay. $179 & up — Waikiki Beach Hotel incl. Wi-Fi, Reg. $284 Chic rooms up to 40% off plus 2 free daily buffet breakfast & kids 17 [...]
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  • BNP Paribas Masters 2014

    shalini Singh
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:29 am
    An annual tennis tournament for male professional players, the Paris Masters is held in France and is part of the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 on the ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) Tour. It is officially known as the BNP Paribas Masters because of its sponsorship. For its 29th edition to be held from 25th October 2014 to 2nd November 2014, the ambitions are really high. It is not just an outstanding level tennis but also a live show with a remarkable atmosphere, thereby offering you an experience of a lifetime. The event has the record of offering people a unique and matchless urban…
  • Art Elysees & Design Elysees

    shalini Singh
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:46 am
    “The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.” -         Pablo Picasso A mecca for art lovers, Paris pulls the known and the not so known of the world owing to its fascinating history of art and design. Having produced legendary figures like Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Jean-Michel Sanejouand, Henri Matisse, Gustave Courbet, Patricia Erbelding, Nicolas Poussin and hosted influential artists like Picasso himself, Paris’ grandeur is truly inspiring. As the eighth edition of one of the most popular and definitely inescapable events, Art Elysees begins, here’s…
  • Festival Paris Banlieues Tango 2014

    shalini Singh
    6 Oct 2014 | 7:02 am
    The international and multicultural spirit of the famous Paris Banlieues Tango Festival is purely matchless. One of a kind in Europe and presently in its 17th edition, the festival has grown and developed all these years while keeping its style and identity intact. For seven long weeks starting October 13 this year, the city of light will enjoy to the tune of dances, tango concerts, workshops, courses, lectures, theatre, exhibitions and a lot more. The festival attracts audience from all nationalities, ethnicities and areas. The festival, through more than twenty concerts offers a chance to…
  • 58th London Film Festival

    shalini Singh
    26 Sep 2014 | 7:15 am
    As the largest and grandest international showcase of cinematic art is here, get ready to be blown away by a spectacular hurricane of ingenuity and imagination. Bringing the best cinema to the United Kingdom, the London Film Festival screens as many as 300 features, shorts and documentaries from nearly 50 countries. The festival showcases the finest contemporary transnational cinema from the reputable as well as emerging film-makers. Presently in its 58th year, the festival runs under the aegis of British Film Institute and combines artistic power with red carpet glamour in a stupendous…
  • Shoreditch: A Hub of Art and Creativity

    shalini Singh
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:04 am
    A dynamic and developing kaleidoscope of talent and creativity, it’s almost impossible to find a place that matches the character of Shoreditch. Situated in the East End of London to the north of the City of London, this inner city district is truly the epicenter of art, imagination and yes, hipsterism. Artistic History Once upon a time defined as “desolate and rough”, Shoreditch has grown leaps and bounds over the past 20 years. Before the 1990s, it had too many warehouses and very few people. This was when the likes of artistssuch as Alexander McQueen, Tracey Emin and Gary Hume got…
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    Cruise Buzz

  • Regal Reunion on Princess Cruises

    Carrie Finley
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:08 am
    Regal Princess Countdown to Ft. Lauderdale Festivities Love Boat cast reunion taking place in Ft. Lauderdale next month. Regal Princess photo from Princess Cruises.   After making her inaugural cruise on May 20, 2014, Regal Princess spent her summer in Europe.  Her next big milestone is the ship’s naming ceremony, which will kick off the celebrations that will mark the company’s golden anniversary. The buzz around the naming ceremony is the reunion of some of the Love Boat cast, with Tori Spelling, actress and daughter of famed Love Boat producer Aaron Spelling, serving as the…
  • Holland America Line West Coast Cruises

    Carrie Finley
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:08 am
    Get your HAL on in Mexico or Hawaii Holland America Line cruise news for California cruisers. New cruise options for you to choose that sail to Mexico and Hawaii for 2014-15 winter  season. In case you missed the news, Holland America Line is offering three new cruise experiences from the West Coast. Cruise to Mexico or Hawaii on a variety of itineraries from now through spring 2015. This is good news to those living on the West Coast, and gives new options to those that prefer not to make the cross-country transit to the Florida coast to take a Caribbean cruise. Two ships will sail the…
  • Top 6 reasons to cruise on Azamara Club Cruises

    Carrie Finley
    13 Oct 2014 | 3:08 pm
    Why Azamara Club Cruises? Thanks to Twitter and Larry Pimentel, you can now discover what the President & CEO of Azamara Club Cruises claims are the top reasons for choosing to cruise on this boutique cruise line. Why Azamara Club Cruises? 1. Best Itineraries 2. Outstanding staff 3. Great Value 4. Longer Stays 5. More Over Nights 6. Night Touring — Larry Pimentel (@LarryPimentel) October 13, 2014   Agree or disagree? On November 1st, I will be embarking Azamara Quest for an indepth exploration of the History of the Aegean. I can’t wait to see what all the buzz is about  If…
  • 7 ways Princess Cruises is celebrating their 50th Anniversary

    Carrie Finley
    9 Oct 2014 | 7:53 am
    Let’s get this party started! To help celebrate the 50th anniversary of Princess Cruises, the cruise line is s treating guests to festive onboard celebrations including a themed menu, cocktails and entertainment. “We love helping our guests celebrate their many milestone occasions aboard their cruises, so to be able to mark our company’s golden anniversary with them in 2015 is very special,” said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises president. “We’ve developed many not-to-be-missed experiences commemorating our 50th and we know our guests will thoroughly enjoy the lively atmosphere…
  • Travel Photography at #TWchats

    Carrie Finley
    8 Oct 2014 | 9:58 am
    Landmarks, food, fun memories & (of course!) travel selfies! When it comes to traveling, some people think that if  you don’t take photos, it didn’t happen. Taking photos while traveling is easier than ever: use a cell phone, tablet, or fancy camera to capture and and share your memories (the best souvenir). Inspired by Travel Weekly’s #TWchats, I put together some of my photo memories …. Mark yr cal, search yr photo library for FAVE TRAVEL PHOTOS & join us for #TWchats: Wed 3 pm EDT/Noon PDT. Info: — Travel Weekly (@TWtravelnews) October…
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  • Book Review: Second Chance Gold

    20 Oct 2014 | 5:53 am
    How do you do a book review without spoiling the book? Hang on tight because we’re going to give it a try! Second Chance Gold is the 4th book in a series written by author John H. Cunningham. The series follows the adventures of Buck Reilly, a once hotshot darling of Wallstreet, now a down on his luck pilot that lives in a hotel in Key West. Buck is what I would call a cross between Jimmy Buffett and Magnum P.I.; laid-back seaplane pilot scratching out a living on the southern most rock, and hard-nosed, authority-hating, natural born investigator. A very entertaining combination.
  • Caribbean Weekly Wrap Up

    17 Oct 2014 | 5:54 am
    Let’s go island hopping in this week’s Caribbean Wrap Up! We start off in the Bahamas with the announcement of the 2015 Festival Rum Bahamas. Then we sail south to find out what to do on Bonaire above the water. We head back up to the Bahamas and pay Cat Island a visit. Finally we sink our toes in the sand on St. Lucia at Sugar Beach. Ahhhh, I feel more relaxed already. Cheers! Caribbean Weekly Wrap Up Festival Rum Bahamas 2015: Save the date! Feb. 27th-March 1st, 2015. One of the biggest rum events of the year. See you there. -Story by 21 Cheapest Nonstop…
  • The Blue Magic: Boat Drinks Recipe

    15 Oct 2014 | 6:51 am
    After one sip, you’ll feel the Caribbean magic. Blue turns me on. Blue skies, blue water, blue eyes, and blue drinks–all good things that up the old heart rate just a little. Being that today is a Boat Drink Recipe day we are going to focus on a glass of blue sumthin’ sumthin’. The drink is called The Blue Magic, fitting being that it’s, umm yeah, blue. I found the recipe on Pinterest but it was called the Electric Smurf, which I thought was about as cool as a kick to the neck. So a new cooler way cooler name was glued on, but the alterations didn’t stop…
  • South Frigate Bay, “The Strip” – St. Kitts: Island Lime Videos

    13 Oct 2014 | 6:42 am
    What can I say about St. Kitts that hasn’t already been said, it’s just a special special place. The people, the lush rainforest, the beach bars–St. Kitts has a little bit of everything, but still holds on to that rustic old-world Caribbean vibe. This Island Lime Video features the soothing waves of South Frigate Bay, or better known as “The Strip”. The Strip is the main entertainment area on St. Kitts, it’s a stretch of sand located a few miles south of the capital town of Basseterre and just a couple minutes drive from the large St. Kitts Marriott Resort.
  • Caribbean Weekly Wrap Up

    10 Oct 2014 | 5:48 am
    Good day Castaways! I think you’re really going to like this week’s Caribbean Wrap Up. New amazing rum bar…check. Lobster Festival in the BVI…check. Exploring the treasure that’s known as Saba…check. Relaxing on a floating bar on St. John…check. Yeah, like I said, it’s a good week! Cheers! Caribbean Weekly Wrap Up Rum Journal: This Is the Caribbean’s Best New Rum Bar: In a Caribbean full of bars, less full of proper rum bars (that is, bars that focus exclusively on rums from around the region), there’s a new place that understands the…
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  • San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

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

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

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

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

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

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

    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
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  • Head to These Spooky National Parks for a Wild, Haunted Experience

    Teresa Bitler
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    Why spend a fortune for just a few hours at a fabricated haunted house when you can explore truly spooky sites for a whole day in the wild? Some of the most haunted sites in America are part of the National Park system, with varied histories from Civil War bloodshed to tragic love stories. Here are seven with spectacularly spooky reputations: Gettysburg National Military Park: As many as 51,000 soldiers died in the pivotal Civil War battle commemorated here, and even though the battle ended 150 years ago, some continue to wage war beyond death. In addition to hearing phantom gunshots and drum…
  • Deal Alert: Downtown San Francisco Hotel Under $200

    Kristine Hansen
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    In the thick of the action, a block from San Francisco’s bustling Union Square, Hotel G is offering two promotions through the end of the year  as it finishes a fresh round of renovations. The Our Story Continues special celebrates the hotel’s new era with rates as low as $181 on November 20-27 and December 24-30. In the second half of November and the rest of December, we still found many rates hovering below or just slightly over $200, with few topping $230 — very competitive for such a central location in this West Coast city. The promotion essentially slashes 30 percent…
  • Big Changes Are Coming to the Daytona International Speedway

    Christine Dayao
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    For decades, race fans have flocked to the Daytona International Speedway to watch history being made, from moments of speedster glory as well as tragedy — most notably the passing of legendary driver Dale Earnhardt in 2001. (Since his untimely death in 2001 after crashing in the Daytona 500, he’s been immortalized with a statue that stands proudly at the front of the Speedway’s Visitors Center.) Even for the biggest racing fans, though, attending an event has largely been a day-trip affair, thanks to a lack of on-site lodging as well as other entertainment options. That’s all…
  • Deal Alert: 25% Off at the Swanky W Fort Lauderdale

    Jaymie Degaetano
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Looking for an excuse to get away? With this offer from the AAA 4-Diamond W Fort Lauderdale, you won’t need one. The chic oceanfront property is beckoning guests to pay South Florida a visit this season with its Any Occasion Celebration offer, which starts at $270 per night. That saves you 25 percent compared with rates over the busy winter and spring seasons. To help you celebrate — whether it’s a milestone like a birthday or something as simple as life itself — the W provides guests with a complimentary bottle of champagne, valet parking (a $35 value per night),…
  • York, England: The Perfect London Day Trip

    Nicole Serratore
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    We have lots of love for London, but there’s much more to England. If you’re looking to explore further, consider York, less than two hours away by train. Given its proximity, this historic walled city can easily be a day trip — but with its affordable B&Bs, free activities, and other cheap thrills, we suggest thinking about an overnight. Getting There Taking the train is easy and affordable. For the best savings, book ahead online. Although the first class carriage offers free WiFi and drinks, we suggest that you save your money for the short journey to York and book a…
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  • Head to These Spooky National Parks for a Wild, Haunted Experience

    Teresa Bitler
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    Why spend a fortune for just a few hours at a fabricated haunted house when you can explore truly spooky sites for a whole day in the wild? Some of the most haunted sites in America are part of the National Park system, with varied histories from Civil War bloodshed to tragic love stories. Here are seven with spectacularly spooky reputations: Gettysburg National Military Park: As many as 51,000 soldiers died in the pivotal Civil War battle commemorated here, and even though the battle ended 150 years ago, some continue to wage war beyond death. In addition to hearing phantom gunshots and drum…
  • Deal Alert: Downtown San Francisco Hotel Under $200

    Kristine Hansen
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    In the thick of the action, a block from San Francisco’s bustling Union Square, Hotel G is offering two promotions through the end of the year  as it finishes a fresh round of renovations. The Our Story Continues special celebrates the hotel’s new era with rates as low as $181 on November 20-27 and December 24-30. In the second half of November and the rest of December, we still found many rates hovering below or just slightly over $200, with few topping $230 — very competitive for such a central location in this West Coast city. The promotion essentially slashes 30 percent…
  • Big Changes Are Coming to the Daytona International Speedway

    Christine Dayao
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    For decades, race fans have flocked to the Daytona International Speedway to watch history being made, from moments of speedster glory as well as tragedy — most notably the passing of legendary driver Dale Earnhardt in 2001. (Since his untimely death in 2001 after crashing in the Daytona 500, he’s been immortalized with a statue that stands proudly at the front of the Speedway’s Visitors Center.) Even for the biggest racing fans, though, attending an event has largely been a day-trip affair, thanks to a lack of on-site lodging as well as other entertainment options. That’s all…
  • Deal Alert: 25% Off at the Swanky W Fort Lauderdale

    Jaymie Degaetano
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Looking for an excuse to get away? With this offer from the AAA 4-Diamond W Fort Lauderdale, you won’t need one. The chic oceanfront property is beckoning guests to pay South Florida a visit this season with its Any Occasion Celebration offer, which starts at $270 per night. That saves you 25 percent compared with rates over the busy winter and spring seasons. To help you celebrate — whether it’s a milestone like a birthday or something as simple as life itself — the W provides guests with a complimentary bottle of champagne, valet parking (a $35 value per night),…
  • York, England: The Perfect London Day Trip

    Nicole Serratore
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    We have lots of love for London, but there’s much more to England. If you’re looking to explore further, consider York, less than two hours away by train. Given its proximity, this historic walled city can easily be a day trip — but with its affordable B&Bs, free activities, and other cheap thrills, we suggest thinking about an overnight. Getting There Taking the train is easy and affordable. For the best savings, book ahead online. Although the first class carriage offers free WiFi and drinks, we suggest that you save your money for the short journey to York and book a…
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  • Head to These Spooky National Parks for a Wild, Haunted Experience

    Teresa Bitler
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    Why spend a fortune for just a few hours at a fabricated haunted house when you can explore truly spooky sites for a whole day in the wild? Some of the most haunted sites in America are part of the National Park system, with varied histories from Civil War bloodshed to tragic love stories. Here are seven with spectacularly spooky reputations: Gettysburg National Military Park: As many as 51,000 soldiers died in the pivotal Civil War battle commemorated here, and even though the battle ended 150 years ago, some continue to wage war beyond death. In addition to hearing phantom gunshots and drum…
  • Deal Alert: Downtown San Francisco Hotel Under $200

    Kristine Hansen
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    In the thick of the action, a block from San Francisco’s bustling Union Square, Hotel G is offering two promotions through the end of the year  as it finishes a fresh round of renovations. The Our Story Continues special celebrates the hotel’s new era with rates as low as $181 on November 20-27 and December 24-30. In the second half of November and the rest of December, we still found many rates hovering below or just slightly over $200, with few topping $230 — very competitive for such a central location in this West Coast city. The promotion essentially slashes 30 percent…
  • Big Changes Are Coming to the Daytona International Speedway

    Christine Dayao
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    For decades, race fans have flocked to the Daytona International Speedway to watch history being made, from moments of speedster glory as well as tragedy — most notably the passing of legendary driver Dale Earnhardt in 2001. (Since his untimely death in 2001 after crashing in the Daytona 500, he’s been immortalized with a statue that stands proudly at the front of the Speedway’s Visitors Center.) Even for the biggest racing fans, though, attending an event has largely been a day-trip affair, thanks to a lack of on-site lodging as well as other entertainment options. That’s all…
  • Deal Alert: 25% Off at the Swanky W Fort Lauderdale

    Jaymie Degaetano
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Looking for an excuse to get away? With this offer from the AAA 4-Diamond W Fort Lauderdale, you won’t need one. The chic oceanfront property is beckoning guests to pay South Florida a visit this season with its Any Occasion Celebration offer, which starts at $270 per night. That saves you 25 percent compared with rates over the busy winter and spring seasons. To help you celebrate — whether it’s a milestone like a birthday or something as simple as life itself — the W provides guests with a complimentary bottle of champagne, valet parking (a $35 value per night),…
  • York, England: The Perfect London Day Trip

    Nicole Serratore
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    We have lots of love for London, but there’s much more to England. If you’re looking to explore further, consider York, less than two hours away by train. Given its proximity, this historic walled city can easily be a day trip — but with its affordable B&Bs, free activities, and other cheap thrills, we suggest thinking about an overnight. Getting There Taking the train is easy and affordable. For the best savings, book ahead online. Although the first class carriage offers free WiFi and drinks, we suggest that you save your money for the short journey to York and book a…
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  • Head to These Spooky National Parks for a Wild, Haunted Experience

    Teresa Bitler
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    Why spend a fortune for just a few hours at a fabricated haunted house when you can explore truly spooky sites for a whole day in the wild? Some of the most haunted sites in America are part of the National Park system, with varied histories from Civil War bloodshed to tragic love stories. Here are seven with spectacularly spooky reputations: Gettysburg National Military Park: As many as 51,000 soldiers died in the pivotal Civil War battle commemorated here, and even though the battle ended 150 years ago, some continue to wage war beyond death. In addition to hearing phantom gunshots and drum…
  • Deal Alert: Downtown San Francisco Hotel Under $200

    Kristine Hansen
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    In the thick of the action, a block from San Francisco’s bustling Union Square, Hotel G is offering two promotions through the end of the year  as it finishes a fresh round of renovations. The Our Story Continues special celebrates the hotel’s new era with rates as low as $181 on November 20-27 and December 24-30. In the second half of November and the rest of December, we still found many rates hovering below or just slightly over $200, with few topping $230 — very competitive for such a central location in this West Coast city. The promotion essentially slashes 30 percent…
  • Big Changes Are Coming to the Daytona International Speedway

    Christine Dayao
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    For decades, race fans have flocked to the Daytona International Speedway to watch history being made, from moments of speedster glory as well as tragedy — most notably the passing of legendary driver Dale Earnhardt in 2001. (Since his untimely death in 2001 after crashing in the Daytona 500, he’s been immortalized with a statue that stands proudly at the front of the Speedway’s Visitors Center.) Even for the biggest racing fans, though, attending an event has largely been a day-trip affair, thanks to a lack of on-site lodging as well as other entertainment options. That’s all…
  • Deal Alert: 25% Off at the Swanky W Fort Lauderdale

    Jaymie Degaetano
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Looking for an excuse to get away? With this offer from the AAA 4-Diamond W Fort Lauderdale, you won’t need one. The chic oceanfront property is beckoning guests to pay South Florida a visit this season with its Any Occasion Celebration offer, which starts at $270 per night. That saves you 25 percent compared with rates over the busy winter and spring seasons. To help you celebrate — whether it’s a milestone like a birthday or something as simple as life itself — the W provides guests with a complimentary bottle of champagne, valet parking (a $35 value per night),…
  • York, England: The Perfect London Day Trip

    Nicole Serratore
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    We have lots of love for London, but there’s much more to England. If you’re looking to explore further, consider York, less than two hours away by train. Given its proximity, this historic walled city can easily be a day trip — but with its affordable B&Bs, free activities, and other cheap thrills, we suggest thinking about an overnight. Getting There Taking the train is easy and affordable. For the best savings, book ahead online. Although the first class carriage offers free WiFi and drinks, we suggest that you save your money for the short journey to York and book a…
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  • Head to These Spooky National Parks for a Wild, Haunted Experience

    Teresa Bitler
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    Why spend a fortune for just a few hours at a fabricated haunted house when you can explore truly spooky sites for a whole day in the wild? Some of the most haunted sites in America are part of the National Park system, with varied histories from Civil War bloodshed to tragic love stories. Here are seven with spectacularly spooky reputations: Gettysburg National Military Park: As many as 51,000 soldiers died in the pivotal Civil War battle commemorated here, and even though the battle ended 150 years ago, some continue to wage war beyond death. In addition to hearing phantom gunshots and drum…
  • Deal Alert: Downtown San Francisco Hotel Under $200

    Kristine Hansen
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    In the thick of the action, a block from San Francisco’s bustling Union Square, Hotel G is offering two promotions through the end of the year  as it finishes a fresh round of renovations. The Our Story Continues special celebrates the hotel’s new era with rates as low as $181 on November 20-27 and December 24-30. In the second half of November and the rest of December, we still found many rates hovering below or just slightly over $200, with few topping $230 — very competitive for such a central location in this West Coast city. The promotion essentially slashes 30 percent…
  • Big Changes Are Coming to the Daytona International Speedway

    Christine Dayao
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    For decades, race fans have flocked to the Daytona International Speedway to watch history being made, from moments of speedster glory as well as tragedy — most notably the passing of legendary driver Dale Earnhardt in 2001. (Since his untimely death in 2001 after crashing in the Daytona 500, he’s been immortalized with a statue that stands proudly at the front of the Speedway’s Visitors Center.) Even for the biggest racing fans, though, attending an event has largely been a day-trip affair, thanks to a lack of on-site lodging as well as other entertainment options. That’s all…
  • Deal Alert: 25% Off at the Swanky W Fort Lauderdale

    Jaymie Degaetano
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Looking for an excuse to get away? With this offer from the AAA 4-Diamond W Fort Lauderdale, you won’t need one. The chic oceanfront property is beckoning guests to pay South Florida a visit this season with its Any Occasion Celebration offer, which starts at $270 per night. That saves you 25 percent compared with rates over the busy winter and spring seasons. To help you celebrate — whether it’s a milestone like a birthday or something as simple as life itself — the W provides guests with a complimentary bottle of champagne, valet parking (a $35 value per night),…
  • York, England: The Perfect London Day Trip

    Nicole Serratore
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    We have lots of love for London, but there’s much more to England. If you’re looking to explore further, consider York, less than two hours away by train. Given its proximity, this historic walled city can easily be a day trip — but with its affordable B&Bs, free activities, and other cheap thrills, we suggest thinking about an overnight. Getting There Taking the train is easy and affordable. For the best savings, book ahead online. Although the first class carriage offers free WiFi and drinks, we suggest that you save your money for the short journey to York and book a…
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  • Raw Pig’s Blood Soup – This Thai Dish Goes Against Everything You Know About Cooking

    Mark Wiens
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    I specifically remember when I was growing up, my mom used to always tell me, “beef is alright to eat rare, but ALWAYS make sure pork is fully cooked.” (this came from my mom who is Chinese) Alright, now let’s proceed… Many dishes in Thailand are consumed raw, everything from a huge assortments of salads, […] Raw Pig’s Blood Soup – This Thai Dish Goes Against Everything You Know About Cooking is a post from: Migrationology - Food Travel Blog The post Raw Pig’s Blood Soup – This Thai Dish Goes Against Everything You Know About Cooking…
  • Myanmar Barbecue on 19th Street Yangon, Chinatown

    Mark Wiens
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:27 am
    When you’re in Yangon and searching for places to eat, you’ll likely come across Yangon’s famous 19th Street in the Chinatown area of downtown. Every evening, the main street of Maha Bundala comes alive with vendors of all kinds, selling all sorts of edible foods, ranging from Chinese to local Myanmar dishes. 19th Street – […] Myanmar Barbecue on 19th Street Yangon, Chinatown is a post from: Migrationology - Food Travel Blog The post Myanmar Barbecue on 19th Street Yangon, Chinatown appeared first on Migrationology - Food Travel Blog.
  • Cooking Food in Bamboo with the Akha Hill Tribe in Chiang Rai

    Mark Wiens
    9 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Chiang Rai, located in the northern tip of Thailand, is one of my favorite regions of the country. The green rolling hills and mountains, the thick jungle, and the peacefulness of the area, is what I love most about visiting. While filming the Thai food documentary, we went to Chiang Rai province to film a […] Cooking Food in Bamboo with the Akha Hill Tribe in Chiang Rai is a post from: Migrationology - Food Travel Blog The post Cooking Food in Bamboo with the Akha Hill Tribe in Chiang Rai appeared first on Migrationology - Food Travel Blog.
  • Myanmar Tofu Salad – A Different Kind of Tofu Experience

    Mark Wiens
    6 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    If you’re like me, you might think it’s a wheel of cheese. On my first visit to Myanmar, back in 2011, I was puzzled for a number of days, as to what exactly was that wiggly round of yellow matter, that people were eating on the streets? To cure my curiosity, I sat down at a street food stall and […] Myanmar Tofu Salad – A Different Kind of Tofu Experience is a post from: Migrationology - Food Travel Blog The post Myanmar Tofu Salad – A Different Kind of Tofu Experience appeared first on Migrationology - Food Travel Blog.
  • Bloody Lunch – Eating “Sok Lek (ซกเล็ก)” in Korat, Thailand

    Mark Wiens
    2 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Eating raw meat is enjoyed in many places around the world. From steak tartare to carpaccio, beef and many other meats, are beloved in their uncooked state. In Ethiopia, one of the the ultimate favorite local dishes is kitfo, minced raw beef with Ethiopian spiced butter; It remains one of my all-time favorite Ethiopian dishes. Isan is one […] Bloody Lunch – Eating “Sok Lek (ซกเล็ก)” in Korat, Thailand is a post from: Migrationology - Food Travel Blog The post Bloody Lunch – Eating “Sok Lek (ซกเล็ก)” in Korat, Thailand…
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  • Japan’s Coffee Making Robot

    15 Oct 2014 | 9:44 am
    Pretty cool, but I don’t think I could wait this long for a coffee. After a couple of minutes I may need to be pulled off the robot. I need it now! Related Posts:Honda Unveils Upgrades to their Asimo RobotCoffee in Japan – The KissatenRobotic Comedy DuoBook Review: Japan’s World Heritage SitesA Stroll Through Japan in 8 Minutes
  • The Days of Hanako

    3 Oct 2014 | 9:51 am
    Hi, my name is Hanako! I have been drawing cartoons about funny moments in my life, and I have been sharing them on my blog, The Days of Hanako. I was born and raised in Aomori, which is a small city in northern japan. I met my Canadian husband Kevin while he was working in Aomori, and eventually, I moved to Toronto. Living together in both Japan and Canada has provided me with many stories about our experiences. I have a lot of funny moments to share about when we first met and the challenges we had understanding each other, often miscommunicating with funny results. Then we had to overcome…
  • Japanese Idiom: Start with a Dragon end with a Snake

    26 Sep 2014 | 9:02 am
    Photo Credit: Christopher Chan At first glance, I had no idea what this Japanese idiom was about. Can you guess what it is? :) Ryuto dabi ni owaru – 竜頭蛇尾に終わる (りゅうとうだびにおわる) Meaning – Start with a dragon’s head and end with a snake’s tail. This is a pretty visual idiom and it can be most compared to the idea of starting something off big but petering out at the end. If you’re like me, you probably have a closet full of projects that looked like they were going to be dragons, but ended up being measly little snakes in the…
  • How to Eat Sushi

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

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

  • Book Review : Paris Vacation Apartment Guide

    28 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
      Over the years I’ve researched and booked many Paris apartments for my clients, so I know a thing or two about the process. I’ve also written about how renting an apartment isn’t for everyone. For those who are new to the process and are considering renting and booking an apartment on your own, there’s a helpful new e-book resource you should have. It’s called The Paris Vacation Apartment Guide: Rent with Confidence – Learn Where to Stay Without Getting Overwhelmed, Ripped-off or Scammed! and I was lucky enough to get my hands on a copy for review.
  • Off The Beaten Path in Paris – 5 Must Do’s in The City of Light!

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

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

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

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

  • The Five Best World War II Museums for Americans to Visit in Normandy

    Roy Stevenson
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:10 am
    On June 6, 1944, 150,000 American, Canadian and British troops landed in rough seas along a sixty-mile series of flat sandy beaches on the French coast at Normandy. The liberation of France and Western Europe was underway. They fought their way up sloping white sand dunes, towering cliffs, and through small seaside villages until, after […]
  • Belgium’s Top Ten Beer Festivals

    Roy Stevenson
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    France has wine shows. Germany has its Oktoberfest. Belgium has beer festivals. Mention that you’ve frequented Belgian beer fests to a fellow enthusiast and you may get some envy or respect–for good reason. These events typically appeal to the aficionado rather than the casual beer drinker. Every year, thousands of Belgian and foreign beer hounds […]
  • The Oxford Experience: A Summer Learning Program

    Guest Contributor
    13 Oct 2014 | 10:21 am
    And that sweet City with her dreaming spires, She needs not June for beauty’s heightening, Lovely all times she lies, lovely to-night! “Thyrsis,” Matthew Arnold, April 1866 A century after Arnold penned those words about the city of Oxford a latter-day pop manifesto urges us to “Open your mind, arms and heart to new things […]
  • Wiesbaden: Spas, Sightseeing and a Stunning Hotel

    Roy Stevenson
    10 Oct 2014 | 6:52 am
    It’s amazing how two German spa towns can be so different. I’d been staying in the small town of Baden-Baden, tucked away in the foothills of S.W. Germany’s Black Forest. From there I went straight to Wiesbaden, the capital city of the Federal State of Hesse, expecting to see much the same tourist fare offered […]
  • Five Prague Festivals for Fall

    Fiona Gaze
    7 Oct 2014 | 9:11 am
    The fall is arguably the nicest time to visit the Czech capital, as the hordes of tourists have long gone home and the sweltering heat’s given way to crisp, sunny days. Culturally speaking, too, there’s a flourish of festivals and special events that round out the season, from music to art to fashion and wine, […]
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    eNidhi India

  • Read before buying GoPro Camera!

    Shrinidhi Hande
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:50 pm
    In past few months I’ve seen lots of interest in GoPro, with many friends contemplating buying one. Earlier it was available only on or on global website with international courier charges [My Experience and Comparison here]. But of late, GoPro models can be seen listed on Snapdeal and Flipkart as well. If you are also thinking of buying one, you should be aware of below aspects1 No service centres or sales office for GoPro in India: GoPro has no support centres in India. Should the camera stop working, there aren’t any shops who can fix it. Some elements like lens kit…
  • Feedback: Travelparkz Mysore, Reliable taxi operator

    Shrinidhi Hande
    18 Oct 2014 | 11:08 pm
    My uncle used to book most of his taxi needs with TravelParkz Mysore. When I needed a car for rent in Mysore, first thing that came to my mind was Travelparkz. I called them on phone and booking was instantly created and confirmed.This post shares my personal experience with Travelparkz, should be helpful if you're looking for a taxi operator in Mysore.Travelparkz mysore reportedly have a fleet of over 200 cars, of different types. For a 5 seater like Verito, charges are Rs 9 per km and for Innova/Xylo, Rs 12/km. This is slightly expensive than lesser known operator, but you may not mind this…
  • Offroad Part 2: Mud Bogging-Thars and Jeeps negotiating mud

    Shrinidhi Hande
    18 Oct 2014 | 9:13 pm
    Mud blogging... sorry bogging was the second challenge at the Terrariders Offroad Adventure I got to experience last Saturday near Pavanjur. [Read Part 1 here]After clearing the first obstacle, a rock, our convoy headed to second. This one was to cross a stretch of pit covered with muddy water. It wasn't deep enough to sink the suvs and just appeared superficial. As Arka explained what to do, one of the participant promptly asked- "in this situation, who has better advantage? one who crosses first or one who crosses last?"  There was no clear answer to this. Both first and last car…
  • Terratigers Offroad Adventure near Chennai-Part1

    Shrinidhi Hande
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:46 pm
    When I learnt from Srini about an offroad event happening near Chennai, I pinged the organizer to check if I can join to observe. Kind person that he was, Mr Arka Dutta facilitated my joining the event.  Vishnu, one of the organizers picked me up in his monster ford endeavor and we headed towards a village 80kms from Chennai. During the journey I got some insights into the Palar challenge and Rain forest challenge. We also picked up Srini on the way. [Some early pictures of the event here]Vishnu told me that many SUV owners are afraid of trying offroading, fearing the possible damage to…
  • Karlad Lake, Wayanad

    Shrinidhi Hande
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:54 pm
    We took a diversion and went to Karlad lake, Wayanad out of curiosity. Karlad lake is not one of the well known places of interest in Wayanad and is often skipped by many. Since it was 2 kms off the Kalpetta-Manathavadi main road (that's what the board said, actual distance is little more) we went there to check it out.Karlad lake is large enough to have a quick visit, but as such there aren't any facilities/attractions and the lake isn't maintained well. So if you skip it, you won't miss much. Compared to say Pookud lake, this one is larger, isolated and will suit solitude seekers well.Some…
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  • Planning a Solo Travel Itinerary Without Pulling Your Hair Out

    20 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    Planning a solo travel itinerary can be frustrating. Here are my top tips to get the trip you want. The post Planning a Solo Travel Itinerary Without Pulling Your Hair Out appeared first on Solo Traveler. A new article has been added to Solo Traveler
  • Solo Travel Destination: Dieppe, France

    17 Oct 2014 | 9:26 am
    This Solo Travel Society member recommends Dieppe as a beautiful and historically meaningful destination. The post Solo Travel Destination: Dieppe, France appeared first on Solo Traveler. A new article has been added to Solo Traveler
  • Pic of the Week: Colorful Venice, Italy

    16 Oct 2014 | 6:20 am
    Ah, Venice. Where even a photo of a wall looks like a masterpiece. This one comes to us courtesy of a member of the Solo Travel Society. The post Pic of the Week: Colorful Venice, Italy appeared first on Solo Traveler. A new article has been added to Solo Traveler
  • Affordable Nashville: 32 Free and Low-cost Tips

    15 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    32 ways to enjoy Nashville on a budget. Why not take your leftover cash and splurge on a big show. The post Affordable Nashville: 32 Free and Low-cost Tips appeared first on Solo Traveler. A new article has been added to Solo Traveler
  • Quote of the Week: Smell It

    14 Oct 2014 | 5:42 am
    Today's Quote of the Week from Rudyard Kipling points to the importance of using our sense of smell as we travel. The post Quote of the Week: Smell It appeared first on Solo Traveler. A new article has been added to Solo Traveler
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  • Do You Think You Can Get Away with Texting While Driving? (Aaron "Danger" Bradford)
    5 Oct 2014 | 3:53 am
    Backpacking around the world HappytimeBlog | Do You Think You Can Get Away with Texting While Driving?  Photo from Flickr by orangesky3 Texting is one of the most dangerous distractions for drivers. You have a phone in your hand that should be on the driving wheel. In addition you are not looking at the road but the phone in your hand. If you cannot see the problems in this scenario you really have a problem. And those problems will lead to serious consequences one of those days. How Dangerous Is Texting While Driving? According to the THINK campaign you are 4 times more likely to have…
  • Tips to Save Money on Your Trip to Earls Court London (Aaron "Danger" Bradford)
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:07 am
    Backpacking around the world HappytimeBlog | Tips to Save Money on Your Trip to Earls Court London London is among the most expensive cities of the world. Despite this, hundreds of people visit this destination every month, for both business and leisure. With a long and eventful history, London offers great sightseeing pleasures. Being a commercial hub, this city also offers great business opportunities. So, a trio to this destination may be a great idea. The good news is that there are several ways in which you can save money, with a little bit of planning.   Affordable Accommodation…
  • How To Afford That Gap Year You’ve Been Dreaming About (Aaron "Danger" Bradford)
    9 Sep 2014 | 11:46 pm
    Backpacking around the world HappytimeBlog | How To Afford That Gap Year You’ve Been Dreaming AboutPhoto from Flickr by 401(K) 2013 A gap year can cost a lot of money. You have to pay for travel, accommodation and living costs. Some travellers even decide to pay to take part in volunteer projects. The mounting expenses can cause frantic penny pinching which results in people compromising their enjoyment on a potential trip of a lifetime. Here we take a look at the ways you can afford your dream gap year so you don’t have to miss out.   Why save? There is nothing wrong with taking…
  • 48 Hours In London (Aaron "Danger" Bradford)
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:14 am
    Backpacking around the world HappytimeBlog | 48 Hours In LondonPhoto from Flickr by Simon & His Camera City breaks can be a great way to break up the monotony of ‘normal life’. But, do it wrong and you can end up with a weekend long headache drinking in overpriced tourist restaurants and queuing for hours to see stuff you don’t really want to see. London is the perfect city to spend a weekend away, but with the warren-like tube system, smog and millions of visitors every day of the year, you need to make like a good boy- (or girl)- scout and prepare. Just a little bit. Fortunately…
  • The best student holiday destinations in Europe (Aaron "Danger" Bradford)
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:07 am
    Backpacking around the world HappytimeBlog | The best student holiday destinations in EuropePhoto from Flickr by LenDog64 Many young people look forward to taking a long break after they’ve graduated from university. They dream of exploring a new place or just relaxing after their exams. These days, it’s easy to get around Europe by train and there are some places that just shouldn’t be missed. Best of all, these places can all be explored on the budget of a student traveller with the help of firms like Railbookers who travel to a number of fun and exciting destinations – find out…
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    501 Places

  • What would Lenin say now?

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

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

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

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

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

    6 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Lapland is the ultimate Christmas wonderland. From reindeer sleigh rides and ice skating on real solid ice lakes to meet the very man himself who makes Christmas possible - Santa Claus! The Lapland Christmas Resort in Finland is a child’s (and big kids!) dream come true. If a holiday here doesn’t get you in the festive spirit I’m not sure what will. Everywhere you look snow dusted Christmas card scenes fill your vision, with cosy log cabins, grazing reindeers, open lit wood fires and the smell of cinnamon and cloves whirling all around you - Lapland is Christmas in one…
  • Africa's amazing off-the-beaten-path places

    25 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Africa - a continent shrouded in a contradictory mix of raw beauty and dark misinterpretation. Don’t believe everything you see on the TV about it. Because although Africa has had its problems just like anywhere else, it’s vibrant, proud and infectious sprit will outshine any preconceptions you had about this wondrous continent before you arrived. Where else could you be literally feet away from a whole lion’s Pride within their natural habitat? Wave at giraffes as they munch away at leaves from treetops, make friends with mischievous orangutans and witness the gentle grace…
  • London's architectural beauties

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

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

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

  • The Face of God

    14 Oct 2014 | 12:36 pm
    LanceAround and Mrs. LanceAround on Their Wedding Day in 1987.  “To Love Another Person is to See the Face of God.” The Face of God When Mrs. LanceAround and I married 27 years ago we wrote our own wedding vows. I don’t know that I can quote my entire vows verbatim, but I am absolutely certain of the last six lines.  As I gazed into Mrs. LanceAround’s eyes on the best day of my life I said to her: “Take my hand . . . And lead me to salvation Take my love . . . For love is everlasting And remember the truth that once was spoken . . . To love another person is to…
  • Stuck at Disney’s Magic Kingdom

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

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

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

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

    Kelsey Blodget
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    This post originally appeared on Yahoo! Travel. We’ve all spent some time California dreamin’ at one point or another — and who can blame us? The state has just about everything, including gorgeous natural scenery, sunshine, and miles upon miles of beautiful coastline. We especially love the idea of cozying up in one of the state’s coastal inns. To us, a trip that involves whale-watching, walking along rugged cliffs in misty mornings, exploring quaint towns, and relaxing in a rustic-luxe cottage with a glass of wine sounds like heaven. At many of these eight spots, it’s possible…
  • Apartment Therapy’s Maxwell Ryan Favorite Hotels

    Julie Ruditzky Loffredi
    19 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Maxwell Ryan, founder of Apartment Therapy, knows a thing or two about turning up interior charm. He started out his career as an “apartment therapist,” transforming homes into beautiful, organized, and healthy-to-live-in spaces. You could say he’s a bit of a hybrid — part interior designer and part life coach. His style is about comfort, simplicity, and a lack of clutter. Today, his website has become the go-to site for design inspiration. Since our main decor interest here at is hotel-focused, we asked Maxwell to turn his creative eye towards…
  • Beautiful Libraries: The Top 10 Hotel Libraries in the World

    Lara Grant
    18 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Whether you’re traveling on business or avoiding rain-filed cloud, sometimes you’re stuck indoors while on vacation with little to do; but the best hotels have features that are ideal for those not-so-great sightseeing days. An indoor spa, welcoming bar, and game room are a few of our preferred indoor spaces, but our favorite may be a cozy library – especially once the cold weather hits (and it has). Bookshelves lined with classic authors and city history books, burning fireplaces, and plush seating make a snug, snuggle-ready setting for reading. We’ve seen many…
  • Have a Ball at These Stunning Hotel Ballrooms

    Lara Grant
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Whether it’s a sweet sixteen, wedding, or 50th anniversary, events held in a ballroom evoke luxury. Gorgeous crystal chandeliers, high ceilings, and ornate gold drapes are just a few things that come to mind when picturing a ballroom; it’s clear why these stunning spaces are popular choices when hosting a soiree. From grand rooms that fit hundreds of people, to smaller spaces designed for more intimate — yet equally impressive — gatherings, the following 12 hotels are amazing choices — as long as you’re willing to pay up, of course. Harbour Grand Hong…
  • NYC Marathon 2014: Hotels Along the Route

    Katherine Alex Beaven
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    It seems like everyone we know is lacing on sneakers and hitting the ground running these days. With marathons picking up speed and popularity across the globe, we’re happy to call the host of one of the most popular –  The New York City Marathon — home. Runners will put their best (and fastest) feet forward this year on November 2nd, when just over 26 miles of ups and downs will route them through all five boroughs. Couldn’t summon the will power to train over the last six months? No worries; you can still participate by cheering on those who dragged themselves out…
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    Wicked Good Travel Tips

  • Learn To Sail in a Weekend and Discover a World of New Horizons

    Guest Author
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:49 am
    Discover Your Inner Swabby by Learning to Sail in a Weekend How can two land-locked adventure seekers with the dream to sail around the world learn to sail? By taking lessons, of course. The dream of sailing around the world in our first few years of retirement has been ours since we first met. But life is short and we figured we’d better not wait until then to begin the adventure. We were in love with the idea of sailing, but we really didn’t know if we would like sailing. Good news-- It’s even more fun than it looks. It’s hard to describe the inner calm that develops while quietly…
  • 5 Hikes To Heavenly Hot Springs in Colorado

    Susan Kohlback
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:46 am
    Now that fall temperatures have started to cool and Colorado landscapes are turning to gold, it's a wonderful time for some high-altitude hiking to hot springs in Colorado. Colorado is blessed with an abundance of scenic hiking trails to tease you into the mountains, but none so compelling as hikes that lead to soothing hot springs. What could be a better prize at the end of an energetic hike than to throw off your hiking boots and splash your way into the relaxing waters of a bubbling hot spring? Here for your daydreams then are 5 Colorado hikes that lead to wonderful hot springs pools. The…
  • Plan A Family Vacation To London And Find Paddington Bear All Over Town!

    Susan Kohlback
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:13 am
    Excitement is building in anticipation of the children's film, Paddington, due to be released in the U.S. in mid-December and late November in the UK. The movie features the adventures of lovable bear, Paddington Brown, a storybook bear who has been entertaining young children (in book form) for over 50 years. London (Paddington's hometown) is pulling out all the stops to honor the nation's most beloved bear. 50 specially outfitted Paddington Bear statues will dot the city, appearing in strategic spots where Paddington encountered his most memorable adventures. Families will be able to follow…
  • Ski Resorts In Europe That Are Perfect For Beginners

    Guest Author
    13 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Five European ski resorts where beginners can concur the slopes It can be intimidating to know what to expect on a ski trip to Europe, especially if you’ve never planned one before. If you're new to skiing, there are lots of resorts overseas that will make you feel comfortable and excited to hit the slopes. Start by picking a resort that suits your needs as a beginner; one with plenty of accessible pistes that match your skiing ability. Here we’ve chosen a selection of five of Europe’s best ski resorts for beginners, with great facilities and gentle slopes, helping new skiers find their…
  • Where Is The Best Place In The World To Be Today?

    Susan Kohlback
    10 Oct 2014 | 5:54 am
    This compelling question tickles our imagination and is the basis of a terrific new book published by Lonely Planet: The BEST Place To Be Today, 365 Things To Do & The Perfect Day To Do Them. The premise of this entertaining guide is to provide interesting and unique places you should consider traveling to - on the very best day to visit that particular spot. With something intriguing to do on every day of the year in 2015, this book makes it on our list of great Christmas presents for your favorite travel enthusiast. So what's the first day you would look up? Your birthday, anniversary,…
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  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-20-2014

    20 Oct 2014 | 11:22 am
    If you experience stress, you're doing it wrong. (J. Levinson) — It never gets easier unless you do things differently! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-20-2014 appeared first on
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-19-2014

    19 Oct 2014 | 11:22 am
    Not all that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it's faced. (J. Baldwin) — You must see to shift. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-19-2014 appeared first on
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-18-2014

    18 Oct 2014 | 11:22 am
    Do only 4 things: show up, pay attention, tell the truth, detach from the outcome. (A. Arrien) — 5: love without limits. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-18-2014 appeared first on
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-17-2014

    17 Oct 2014 | 11:22 am
    As I go about in pity for myself, a great wind carries me across the sky. (Ojibwe Saying) — Your worries are blown away. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-17-2014 appeared first on
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-16-2014

    16 Oct 2014 | 11:22 am
    An unexamined life isn't be worth living, an overexamined life is hell. (A. Thomas) — Self-absorbed is never enlightened! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-16-2014 appeared first on
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  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-20-2014

    20 Oct 2014 | 11:22 am
    If you experience stress, you're doing it wrong. (J. Levinson) — It never gets easier unless you do things differently! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-20-2014 appeared first on
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-19-2014

    19 Oct 2014 | 11:22 am
    Not all that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it's faced. (J. Baldwin) — You must see to shift. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-19-2014 appeared first on
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-18-2014

    18 Oct 2014 | 11:22 am
    Do only 4 things: show up, pay attention, tell the truth, detach from the outcome. (A. Arrien) — 5: love without limits. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-18-2014 appeared first on
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-17-2014

    17 Oct 2014 | 11:22 am
    As I go about in pity for myself, a great wind carries me across the sky. (Ojibwe Saying) — Your worries are blown away. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-17-2014 appeared first on
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-16-2014

    16 Oct 2014 | 11:22 am
    An unexamined life isn't be worth living, an overexamined life is hell. (A. Thomas) — Self-absorbed is never enlightened! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-16-2014 appeared first on
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    Beers & Beans

  • 7 Reasons Why We’re Over the Moon About Traveling to Jordan

    Randy Kalp
    12 Oct 2014 | 2:44 pm
    To say that my life got better when I met Beth would be a colossal understatement. On our second date, for example, she told me confidently that we’d travel the world together and, like so many other things, she was right. In those early days, we talked a lot about our dream destinations, and Jordan was always at the top of her list. I must admit, I didn’t know too much about the country then, other than parts of Indian Jones were filmed in the kingdom.During the next couple of years, however, I learned more about the country from friends and bloggers, like Matt Long of…
  • Helsinki and the Flow Festival in 12 Snaps

    Randy Kalp
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:21 pm
    Helsinki popped on to my radar a few years back when we interviewed skateboarder Bam Margera at the X-Games in Los Angeles. The Jackass star said the city topped his list of favorite places to visit. Why? A thriving music scene and some terrific skate spots were the big reasons.Now that we’ve spent a few days in Helsinki ourselves, I couldn’t agree more with Margera’s assessment–it’s everything he said and more. For example, the capital city’s food scene is off the hook, in particular the many delicious food trucks on hand in the streets. Design also plays…
  • 8 Essential Android Apps for Working on the Road

    Randy Kalp
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:38 pm
    Whenever I get a new device, be it a laptop, phone or tablet, I love scouring its respective app store for ways that I can work smarter while we travel. As an early adopter to smart devices, it is exciting to see how far the app world has come in only a few years. These days running our blog, as well as handling our newest business, Speakeasy Travel Goods, is now possible from an Android tablet, as I found out early this month during a road trip with my family, when I tested Acer’s newest tablet, the Iconia Tab 8, to see how it could handle a life of travel. After spending about six…
  • Acer Iconia Tab 8 Review: Can It Really Handle a Life of Travel?

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

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

  • Climbing my very first Via Ferrata – in South Tyrol

    Heather Cowper
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:06 pm
    Before today I thought that a Via Ferrata was a hiking trail with some sections of ladders and cables to keep you safe on the tricky bits. Now I’m in South Tyrol, in the heart of the Dolomites, I quickly realise that a Via Ferrata is not a hiking trail, but a rock climb and since I’ve never climbed in my life it’s a somewhat scary prospect. On my previous hikes in the Alps on the Tour de Mont Blanc I’d come across the odd cable or ladder, but always managed to find an easier alternative route. Today there’s no escape. I meet my guide Veronika at the Catores…
  • Verona – a weekend in the city of lovers

    Guest Author
    14 Oct 2014 | 4:19 pm
    In this article our guest writer, Francesco Visconti, takes us to Verona for the weekend to find the true Italian heart of the city beyond the story of Rome and Juliet. Everybody in the world knows Verona as the set for Shakespeare’s romance Romeo & Juliet and lovers go there as pilgrims just to see the famous Juliet’s balcony. But for an Italian who loves to travel and tries to discover the real soul of place, like me, it’s easy to perceive that this city is much more and that its romantic atmosphere came before Juliet’s balcony. A few weeks ago I spent a weekend in Verona, with…
  • Törggellen time in South Tyrol – a feast of autumn

    Heather Cowper
    10 Oct 2014 | 12:43 am
    In this article our guest author, Lee McIntyre, shares some of the foods of South Tyrol she came to love while living in Bozen/Bolzano, Italy and invites us to experience the Törggellen festival, a mouth-watering celebration of autumn. Bozen/Bolzano is a beautiful medieval town nestled at the foot of the Dolomite mountains, a town with a subtle blend of Italian style and Tyrolean tradition. But the thousands of visitors who use the town as a base to explore the surrounding natural wonders of the South Tyrol also know that there are a number of Tyrolean food specialties that shouldn’t…
  • From gladiator training to chocolate – a trip to Rome with the kids

    Guest Author
    6 Oct 2014 | 5:39 am
    In this article our guest writer Angelina Van Kemenade shares with us some of the places in Rome that her kids love to visit from a vintage chocolate factory to gladiator training at the Colisseum. Rome is definitely one of my family’s favorite holiday destinations, offering a wide selection of sightseeing spots and activities that are surely captivating to both adults and kids. Spending a holiday with the whole family is one of our favorite bonding activities. Just like me and my husband Patrick, our kids love Rome, not only because of the famous Gladiator movie and the Hercules cartoon…
  • My luxury carry-on case from Knomo – Bolsover luggage review

    Heather Cowper
    29 Sep 2014 | 2:34 pm
    If Knomo were your best friend, she’d be one of those cool, stylish people who lives life to the full – always on the move, trying out the latest gadgets, working on some interesting, creative project or other. Perhaps she’d be a photographer, designer or even a blogger, moving effortlessly from an informal business meeting to drinks with friends. Knomo is a girl who doesn’t really care about logos and labels, she just loves things that are beautifully designed and work for her lifestyle. Understated elegance is her trademark, she’s the sort of girl that always…
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  • Ski Week Guide: Best Ski Gear 2014

    Amy Whitley
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:01 am
    Remember when you could ski on a whim? Just toss your boots in the back of your car, grab your only winter jacket and your trusty skis or board, pack a sack lunch (perhaps after your final college class of the week), and head to the mountain? Good times. And for some of us, far distant times. Today, getting ready for a ski day takes a lot more preparation, especially for families with multiple kids to outfit and gear up. The good news: we have a much wider variety of ski and snowboard gear to choose from, with smart, quality picks just a click away. Read on for a round-up of Trekaroo family…
  • Ski Week 2014: Best Ski Resorts for Kids & Families…Decided by You!

    Amy Whitley
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:01 am
    A single Google search will yield dozens of ‘best ski resorts’ lists and round-ups for the US and Canada. But best for whom? For families planning one or two ski trips this winter, finding the right resort for their specific needs is paramount. Enter the Trekaroo Best Ski Resorts for Families poll! You Decide: The Best Ski Resorts for Kids and Families First, we had to narrow down the list of resorts to three per category…no easy task. We started by quizzing our own Trekaroo skiing experts–all family travelers with kids of various ages and ski ability. Then, we reached…
  • Ski Week 2014: Enter to Win Family Ski Gear

    Katie Bodell
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:01 am
    With the winter season just around the corner, we are excited to announce the beginning of Trekaroo’s 2014 Ski Week coverage that will get your family ready to hit the slopes in no time. Don’t miss Tuesday’s Family Ski Gear Guide (live Tuesday, October 22), and our coverage of the Best Ski Lodging & Amenities for Families coming Thursday, October 23. On Wednesday, October 22, we’ll tempt your family with the reasons they should explore Central Oregon’s Family Friendly Ski Resorts, and we’ll hear from you on Friday, as we ask you to Vote for your…
  • Best Pumpkin Patches across the USA & Canada with Kids- Weekly Digest- 10/17/14

    Michelle McCoy
    18 Oct 2014 | 8:24 am
      To start receiving Weekly Family Fun Digest emails. Click here. Best Pumpkin Patches Across the USA & Canada With Kids Friday October 17, 2014 Pumpkin patches are a world of fun for kids whether you pick-your-own or jump on an inflatable in a parking lot. Pick out the perfect Jack-O-Lantern today!Canada: Greater Toronto Area | Vancouver and the Lower MainlandCalifornia: Los Angeles | Orange County | San Diego Area | San Francisco Bay Area | Half Moon Bay | Santa Barbara, Ventura, and Malibu | Valencia Colorado: Colorado Springs | Denver & Boulder Areas Florida: Orlando | Tampa…
  • Deep in the Heart of West Texas – Abilene with Kids

    Cori Higgins
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:36 am
    Located deep in the heart of West Texas lies the kid-friendly town of Abilene. This small town’s western feel makes it a fantastic spot to enjoy a long weekend of family-friendly fun. We chose Abilene as the place to celebrate my husband’s birthday and discovered that this Texas town is a fabulous destination for families to visit. Western Events & Activities Abilene boasts the West Texas Fair and Rodeo during the second weekend of September. In spite of a cold and rainy morning, we were able to enjoy games and rides on the boardwalk after strolling through the livestock…
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    The Mom Maven

  • Turn It Up Tuesday 57

    Cindy Schultz
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    I made it home from an awesome weekend at Niche Parent Conference 2014! I had a great time and if you subscribe to my blog, you’ll see my recap post soon! Welcome to the 57th week of Turn It Up Tuesdays!!! We’re so happy to have you here this week – and thanks for the amazing posts last week! Turn It Up Tuesdays is all about being happy, excited, energetic…and having fun! Link up your favorite posts (old or new) and meet some awesome bloggers in return! Link up your funny stories, DIY posts, recipes, mommy moments — anything at all, as long as it is…
  • Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party 2014

    Cindy Schultz
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    I know it isn’t even Halloween yet but you need to get your tickets now for Mickey’s very Merry Christmas Party at Walt Disney World. The party at the Magic Kingdom kicks off in less than 3 weeks! We always attend the party in early November and it kicks off our Christmas season. You can’t attend the party and not get in the Christmas spirit with the lights, music and even the snow on Main Street, USA! Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party takes place from 7:00 PM to midnight, on November 7, 10, 13, 14, 16, 20, 21 and 30; and December 2, 4, 5, 7, 9, 11, 12, 14, 16, 18 and…
  • 10 Delicious Pumpkin Recipes

    Cindy Schultz
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Fall is here and with that brings PUMPKIN everything. My son just said, “What isn’t pumpkin nowadays? There is even pumpkin ice cream!” Pumpkin drinks, baked goods, crafts, printables and activities are all over the Internet. I decided to do the research for you and find some of the best pumpkin recipes and gather them here for you to enjoy.  I hope you find this round-up helpful and delicious and that it allows you to add some healthy pumpkin into your fall family activities. Yum! 10 Delicious Pumpkin RecipesClick To Tweet - Powered By CoSchedule 1. Pumpkin Bars-The Mom…
  • Pee-wee’s Playhouse Coming to Blu-ray

    Cindy Schultz
    16 Oct 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.”If you are a child in the 80’s or 90’s you probably remember the cult classic, Pee-wee’s Playhouse. Winner…
  • Choosing Your Wedding Food…It’s Not Just Beef, Chicken or Fish Any More

    Cindy Schultz
    15 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Choosing what food to serve at your wedding is a huge decision. Almost half of your wedding budget goes toward your reception (47%) and a large chunk of that is for food. There are many factors that go into deciding what type of food you will have and how it will be served. Some of those factors are: Venue Budget Theme/Style Ethnicity Venue If you are holding your reception in a ballroom or country club, chances are you have to use their caterer/chef and choose your food from their “packages”. If you are holding your reception on a ranch or in a barn, a barbecue dinner of chicken…
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    IndiaVision News and Information » Travel

  • The best bars in Sydney

    18 Oct 2014 | 5:39 am
    Australia’s largest city Sydney is chock-a-block with quirky bars, glamorous nightclubs and casual watering holes. Whether you’re looking for delicious cocktails, stunning views or some seriously good liquor, it won’t be hard to find the perfect place for your nocturnal fix. Ivy Pool Club A colourful blend of opulence and style, The Ivy Pool Club is one of the most stunning rooftop bars in Sydney. Sip your favourite cocktail while you recline under the shade of tall palm trees during the day, or party the night away in your private cabanas. The Glenmore Hotel If you want to…
  • 5 Mumbai gardens that are perfect for a quiet break

    16 Oct 2014 | 5:07 am
    Mumbai boasts of many beautiful and well-maintained gardens. So, leave behind the space-crunched brick and mortar houses and take a walk to a lush green udyaan. You don’t need to always spend big bucks on an outing. One of the most affordable and enjoyable ways to unwind over a weekend is by taking a walk to a green patch, some where close to your residential area. Mumbai boasts of many beautiful and well-maintained gardens. So, leave behind the space-crunched brick and mortar houses and take a walk to a lush green udyaan. Victoria Gardens Rani Jijamata Udyaan is a well-laid out garden…
  • Goa for the heritage lover

    8 Oct 2014 | 4:22 am
    Old Goa The former Portuguese capital of the region before Panjim, Old Goa is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that’s home to several magnificent churches and cathedrals. Fort Aguada There are numerous remains of rugged forts scattered along Goa’s coast and rivers. The most famous of them is Fort Aguada, located next to the Candolim beach. Fontainhas It has been described as India’s only Latin quarter. The quiet charm of this Panjim neighbourhood’s narrow streets and tile-roofed houses is best discovered on foot. Houses of Goa museum The brainchild of well-known architect Gerard da Cunha,…
  • A romantic getaway to Udaipur

    20 Sep 2014 | 4:56 am
    With the majestic city palace looming over the old city, a lake studded with palaces in the middle and romantic restaurants interspersed in every nook and corner, couples will never run out of things to do in Udaipur. As the backdrop of countless romantic movies, Udaipur charms with its regal splendour and stately aura. Pretend to be king and queen for a day, slow down on a romantic boat ride, stay near the glistening waters of Lake Pichola and walk hand-in-hand through Dudh Talai—here is your guide to discovering Udaipur’s most romantic spots. Spend an evening strolling around at…
  • The top attractions in Ahmedabad

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

  • The Art of Photo Location Scouting in Waterton Lakes National Park

    Brendan van Son
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:55 am
    I’ve only been to Waterton Lakes National Park once; last year on the awesome #ExploreAlberta road trip I did around the province.  However, I only got one good morning, then a blizzard hit and I was locked in my room the other day.  Thus, I made sure that I got around to almost all the [...]
  • Everyone’s got a Poo Story

    Brendan van Son
    14 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    It’s crazy to think that it’s been nearly 10 years since I made my first ever solo backpacking trip.  It’s a little bit embarrassing thinking back to the green traveller I was back then, the travel mistakes I made, the way I acted so naively, and of course, the times I got sick.  Since then, I’ve [...]
  • Epiphanie Camera Bags Review

    Brendan van Son
    13 Oct 2014 | 1:25 pm
    One of the things I started to notice on my latest trip around the world was that I am getting lazier with age.  Before, I’d have no issue packing all my camera gear wherever I went, and using my big backpack to transport it.  However, I noticed myself getting fairly lazy this time around.  I [...]
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    Runaway Jane

  • Review; Shamrocker Adventures 7 Day Tour of Ireland

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

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

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

  • Genoa Italy: The Legend of Christopher Columbus and the UNESCO Connection
    8 Oct 2014 | 9:06 am
    Image via Wikipedia English: Christopher Columbus Česky: Portrét Kryštofa Kolumba od malíře Sebastiana del Piomba (Photo credit: Wikipedia) English: Genoa, Piazza Principe: Monument to famous Genovese Christopher Columbus. Italiano: Genova, Piazza Principe: Monumento al famoso genovese Cristoforo Colombo. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Genoa, Italy (Photo credit: jimbo0307) Genoa is the capital city of Liguria. It is located in northwestern Italy, on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea. Genoa, which forms the southern corner of the Milan-Turin-Genoa industrial triangle of north-west Italy, is…
  • Chicago’s Columbus Day Parade 2014
    7 Oct 2014 | 10:45 am
    Image via Wikipedia A attend the annual Columbus Day Parade in Chicago. The parade celebrates the historic 1492 voyage of Christopher Columbus as well as Italian-American Culture. Columbus is from Genoa Italy. Here’s a Genoa Video for all my Italian friends on Columbus Day When: October 13, 2014 Where: The parade will be on Columbus Dr. from Balbo Avenue to Monroe Street. Photo credit: City of Chicago, Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events   Hours: 12:30 p.m. Columbus Before the Queen. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) There will also be a…
  • Chicago’s Andersonville Arts Weekend 2014
    6 Oct 2014 | 9:50 am
    English: View of Andersonville, Chicago, near Foster and Clark (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Plan to attend the 12th annual Andersonville Arts Weekend from Friday,  October 10th to Sunday, October 12th, 2014 in the general vicinity of Clark and Foster. Andersonville (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Andersonville Arts and Design Weekend October 10-12, 2014 Get your creative juices flowing by celebrating Andersonville’s artistic community and fabulous array of locally-owned businesses. Features original artwork by dozens of local artists and designers showcased in businesses throughout the…
  • Lynn Sage Breast Cancer Ressearch Foundation 2014 Fall Benefit Luncheon in Chicago
    5 Oct 2014 | 2:58 pm
    Fall Benefit Luncheon October 14, 2014 Hilton Chicago 720 South Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60605 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. “Their largest fundraiser, the annual Fall Benefit Luncheon, includes a captivating keynote address from a famous personality affected by breast cancer and the popular Purse-sue the Cure™ silent auction which features designer and collectible high-end purses. This event attracts over 1,200 attendees. To purchase tickets or sponsor this event please call: 312.926.7133.” Buy Tickets Sponsorship Opportunities Donate Now To help Purse-sue the Cure™! Please…
  • Chicago’s Andersonville Dessert Crawl 2013
    5 Oct 2014 | 8:52 am
    English: Swedish American Museum in Chicago (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood has a rich cultural history of Swedish immigrantion. Here’s an Andersonville Video highlighting some of the neighborhood features. Attend the 9th annual Andersonville Dessert Crawl. WHEN: Sunday October 26, 2014 from 2-5 pm WHERE: Clark Street in Andersonville in Chicago. You can visit the Swedish American Museum and buy tickets for the events. There are numerous events throughout the year in chic Andersonville. Chicago’s Andersonville…
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    Dog Jaunt

  • Reader’s report: Bicycle customized for three (and ideas for motorbike carriers)

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

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

    19 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    You’ve been wondering when I’d post another scoop law sign, amiright? You haven’t seen one on the blog since March, and darn it, they’re the main reason you read Dog Jaunt! Well, here’s a very peculiar one indeed, sent in by scoop law sign scout Jessica from Gearhart, an otherwise charming town on the Oregon coast: Photo by @springtidepress, whose Instagram feed is not to be missed I’m usually a little spooked by this hot-dog-limbed human, but add a hot-dog-limbed pup, and put them both in a thick mist like Warren Beatty in Heaven Can Wait  (except that…
  • Reader’s report: Sleepypod Air (and Olive!) on a United 737-900 plane

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

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

  • The Crucified Sheep, Tattooed Frogs, and Crocheted Skeletons of a Rogue Taxidermy Fair in Brooklyn

    20 Oct 2014 | 1:24 pm
    Atlas Obscura at the Rogue Taxidermy Fair (all photographs by Steven Acres, visit to view more of his work) Transforming cast off creatures from roadkill to vintage discards, some contemporary taxidermists are reimagining the art of preservation. This October 5, Atlas Obscura co-presented a Rogue Taxidermy Fair with the fellow Brooklyn-based Morbid Anatomy in celebration of a new book on "rogue taxidermy." Robert Marbury's Taxidermy Art: A Rogue’s Guide to the Work, the Culture, and How to Do It Yourself published by Artisan Books, examines…
  • Celebrating Life While There's Still Time: Halloween Meets Mexico's Days of Death

    20 Oct 2014 | 11:20 am
    Offerings at the Palacio Municipal at La Calaca Festival (photograph by Reka Nyari) David Metcalfe, author, researcher and founder of Liminal Analytics — Applied Research Collaborative — co-authored this piece. Dr. Andrew Chesnut is Professor of Religious Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University and is author of the only book on Saint Death in both Mexico and the US, Devoted to Death: Santa Muerte, the Skeleton Saint. Metcalfe and Chesnut direct, a site dedicated to news and analysis of the fastest growing new religious movement…
  • A Quarantine Island, Abandoned Railroad, and More NYC Ruins That May Soon Be Reclaimed

    20 Oct 2014 | 5:11 am
    Although it sometimes seems today's New York City is made up of nothing but brand new, ultra-luxury, high-end condominiums, it is still scattered with an incredible number of derelict buildings, abandoned historical sites, and disused infrastructure spaces. The most high-profile recent ruin repurposing is the High Line — 1.45 miles of disused railway tracks made over into a linear park, the final piece of which opened just last month. The project was massively successful, especially in terms of rising real estate prices nearby and a huge influx of tourism in the…
  • A Gigantic Female Atlas Is Now Holding up the Ceiling of the Sea

    17 Oct 2014 | 1:44 pm
    All photographs by Jason deCaires Taylor unless noted Jason deCaires Taylor creates massive underwater sculptures that are not only visually stunning, but are designed to improve the environmental diversity of their surroundings. His latest work, Ocean Atlas, sponsored by the Bahamas Reef Environment Education Foundation, was installed off the coast of Nassau the first week of this month. Weighing in at more than 60 tons, the Bahamian girl holding up the sea is the largest underwater sculpture in the world.  An award-winning sculptor, photographer,…
  • The Deepest, Darkest, Oldest, Loneliest Hotel Room in the World

    17 Oct 2014 | 11:12 am
    It is extremely rare one gets to experience true, utter darkness — a darkness that has no shadows, no movement, and no light. It's even more rare to experience complete silence. We are not just talking about a normal silence, with the wind blowing past and a few crickets chirping. This silence is so silent that you can hear your own breath, heartbeat, and inner monologue. I had the privilege (perhaps misfortune?) of experiencing both of my senses being deprived while staying overnight at the Grand Canyon Caverns Underground Suite, known as the deepest, darkest, oldest, and…
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  • Lazaratto Quarentine Station in Tinicum Township, Pennsylvania

    20 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Considered by many to be the Ellis Island of Philadelphia, the Lazaratto Quarentine Station once inspected every person and piece of cargo washing in off the Delaware River, now, hundreds of years after its construction, the large hospital complex is in danger of collapse thanks to decades of abandonment and neglect. The current Lazaretto complex was originally constructed in 1799 to deal with the devastating Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793 which killed thousands in Philadelphia alone, and forced the government from the city which had been the seat of power up to that point. The disease center…
  • St. Peter’s Spiritual Temple in Memphis, Tennessee

    20 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    As most locals would have it, St. Peter’s Spiritual Temple, the Memphis neighborhood known to most who don't live there as, "Voodoo Village" is a haunted hub of strangeness responsible for stopped cars and voodoo curses, but in reality, it is simply a community that expresses their spirituality through homemade art installations rife with Masonic imagery. Legends about the off-the-beaten path neighborhood abound among the local teens. ranging from raving voodoo priests to ghosts to very real, baseball wielding maniacs. These strange tales are thanks in no small part to the countless,…
  • The Dime Savings Bank of Brooklyn in Brooklyn, New York

    20 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Tucked away on DeKalb Avenue at the far end of the Fulton Street mall is one of Brooklyn's most beautiful buildings; Mowbray and Uffinger's 1908 Greco-Roman masterpiece, the Dime Savings Bank of Brooklyn.  Founded in 1859 the bank chose its name to advertise that you could open an account with just one dime. Starting in a small room in a post office on Montague Street, Brooklyn resident John Halsey became the first investor in the bank when he deposited $50. As Brooklyn flourished, so did the Dime bank's fortunes, and by 1884, the bank had over 40,000 customers, investing over…
  • The New York and New Jersey Telephone Company Building in Brooklyn, New York

    20 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    The Jay Street-Metrotech neighborhood of Brooklyn doesn't attract many architectural tourists, but hidden amongst the new high rise apartments, hotels, and budget stores of the Fulton Street mall, there are still gems to spotted for the discerning visitor. One such diamond in the rough is the old New York & New Jersey Telephone Company building. Founded in 1883, the company was the local service provider for Alexander Graham Bell's original Bell company. Serving the rapidly expanding population of Long Island, Staten Island and upper New Jersey, as the demand for more and more telephones…
  • Harold Warp's Pioneer Village in Minden, Nebraska

    19 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Born in the impoverished small town of Minden, Nebraska, boot-strapping businessman (and possible superhero if his name was any indication) Harold Warp worked his way from his childhood sod house to being a millionaire plastics magnate. His hardscrabble rise inspired him to create his Pioneer Village, a replica town that celebrates the rags-to-riches American dream. Once Warp achieved his millions, instead of buying a leopard or something he instead used his wealth to create a monument to the opportunities America afforded him. Purchasing a number of the historic buildings from his hometown…
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  • Liam Neeson talks about his life as an actor

    20 Oct 2014 | 1:24 am
    “It is a great life” Liam Neeson was recently interviewed at the Zurich Film Festival by the film reporter and actor Ben Lyons. Who has not heard of the Irish actor Liam Neeson? Since his role as Oskar Schindler in the “Schindler’s list” (1993), the Oscar nominee does not need anymore introduction. And the 62 years old man […] The post Liam Neeson talks about his life as an actor appeared first on Vivamost!.
  • The Salon du Chocolat celebrates its 20th anniversary

    18 Oct 2014 | 3:46 am
    Twenty years ago two French entrepreneurs, Sylvie Douce and François Jeantet, had the idea to start a chocolate fair. For many people around them it was a rather foolish idea! The couple believed in it and worked very hard. While in 1994 the fair opened in Paris with only 30 exhibitors, 40.000 visitors came. The success was immediate […] The post The Salon du Chocolat celebrates its 20th anniversary appeared first on Vivamost!.
  • October 17th, 2014 – Photo of the week

    17 Oct 2014 | 12:50 am
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  • The Definitive Rat Pack Show at the Maag Halle: 20% discount for our readers

    15 Oct 2014 | 8:33 am
    SHOWS IN ZURICH FROM NOVEMBER 15TH – 30TH “In the 1960s, legendary stars Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr. and Dean Martin performed at the famous Sands Hotel in Las Vegas, drawing in crowds night after night to hear the «Rat Pack». With their stirring songs and cabaret-style interludes, they were the gambling city’s must-see show. […] The post The Definitive Rat Pack Show at the Maag Halle: 20% discount for our readers appeared first on Vivamost!.
  • Mercedes Benz Fashion Days Zurich 2014: November 12th-15th

    15 Oct 2014 | 3:34 am
    The Mercedes-Benz Fashion Days will be back in Zurich in November. The annual event, taking place at the Schiffbau,  is expected to bring 5,000 visitors. For the fifth year Swiss and International designers will come to present their Spring/Summer collection. Famous models will be on the runway accompanied by great music and entertainment. Here is the program: Wednesday November […] The post Mercedes Benz Fashion Days Zurich 2014: November 12th-15th appeared first on Vivamost!.
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  • The List: 7 Sizzling Places to Stay in Miami

    Robyn Yager
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:02 am
    Fall and winter are synonymous with trees shedding their leaves and the arrival of snow. Not quite the case in Miami. An energetic American paradise, it offers the chance to experience summer all over again, alongside a bevy of cool arts and culture events. Known for it’s rich nightlife, Art Deco architecture, multimillion dollar homes, […]
  • The List: 8 Must Take Ski Holidays

    Adam Nagy
    15 Oct 2014 | 4:48 pm
    The air is getting crisp, the leaves are falling, and the world over people are dreaming of ski season. From a winter wonderland in Canada to the Austrian Alps, learn about this Winter’s 8 Must Take Ski Holidays below. The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise To say The Fairmont Chateau Louise is picturesque is supreme understatement. Your deluxe room, […]
  • The List: 8 Great American Beach Escapes

    Joy Pecknold
    10 Oct 2014 | 9:52 am
    Inside most of us is a little migratory bird just begging to fly south for the winter. Listen to the bird. Indulge the bird, at least for a few days. You needn’t fly far to find warm sand and balmier weather. Bask in one of the eight great American beach escapes herein. Maui: Montage Kapalua […]
  • The List: 6 Chic Cities for Long Weekend Getaways

    Joy Pecknold
    7 Oct 2014 | 5:01 pm
    Summer’s over, but the fun needn’t fade—it’s weekend warrior season. We’ve rounded up eight hotels in six of North America’s coolest cities for a quick getaway, from cultural capitals to desert oases. LAS VEGAS Aria Resort & Casino Sleek and stylish, Aria satisfies both whims—easy access to that notorious nightlife and an elegant refuge away […]
  • Photo Essay: Rainy Season Costa Rica Teeming with Color

    Adam Nagy
    3 Oct 2014 | 11:36 am
    Few countries can offer as much as Costa Rica when it comes to wild beauty. From vibrant blue rivers to breathtaking waterfalls, nature beckons at every corner. With summer winding down, Kiwi’s Adam Nagy and his wife took a road trip around northern Costa Rica. Tabacon Hot Springs, otherwise known as heaven on earth. Have […]
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    Business Travel Guru

  • Virgin Australia Business Class Suite Pictures

    Ben Hoffman
    25 Sep 2014 | 11:12 am
    The Australian Business Class seat race is heating up with details of Virgin Australia's state of the art Business Class Suite being released, which will be introduced into the airlines Domestic East Cost to Perth and Boeing 777 International routes.
  • 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 […]
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    Bikedan in Asia

  • China: Chengdu Laochemi 100km Road Race

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

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

    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…
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  • Celebrating St. Martin’s in Prague

    Jacy Meyer
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:29 am
    Goose and wine are the stars of this November 11 holiday celebrated across the Czech Republic. If you are familiar with the French tradition of Beaujolais you already know pretty much what will happen on St. Martin’s Day. At 11am on November 11, bottles of Svatomartinské víno (St. Martin’s wine) are opened in wine cellars and bars across the country. Contrary to the Beaujolais events (in which a young red wine from a specific grape is served) St. Martin’s wine is a young Czech or Moravian wine from the current year’s harvest, allowed to mature for only a few weeks. In order to be…
  • Dubrovnik’s Good Food Festival

    Jacy Meyer
    6 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    We talk a lot about Croatia’s fabulous food but we can’t help it. We like food and just thinking about the freshness and flavor makes our mouths water. And now there’s a food festival dedicated to all their delicious cuisines, aptly titled the Good Food Festival. The festival is in Dubrovnik and is the first of its kind. From October 23-26, 2014 you can immerse yourself in good Croatian food via presentations of the various culinary specialties from their region; culinary workshops and of course food and wine tastings. Even better local restaurants will offer specially designed menus…
  • Berlin & Prague Celebrate Fall of Communism

    Jacy Meyer
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:31 am
    2014 is the 25th anniversary of the end of communism in Central Europe. Cities across the region are marking the occasion with both onetime events and longer exhibitions. While Budapest and Warsaw commemorated their anniversaries in June, Berlin and Prague still have some celebrating to do. Berlin November 9, 2014 will mark the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Some related events to check out now and in the coming months: Berliner Philharmoniker: Concert to mark the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. November 6 & 9, 2014. Light Installation: Twelve kilometers…
  • KGB Museum Vilnius

    28 Sep 2014 | 1:53 pm
    The official name of the museum is The Museum of Genocide Victims but locals refer to it as the KGB Museum. Regarded by most guidebooks as a must-see, we tend to agree, with the proviso that some will have a problem with the chilling nature of such an exhibition. The KGB Museum is housed in a large building on Gedeminas Avenue completed in 1890 when Lithuania was part of the Russian Empire it was designed to house the court of the Vilna Governorate. During the German occupation in WWI, it was used by the German Empire, its occupants shifting with whoever was in power at the time, Bolsheviks,…
  • Lighting Up Berlin

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

  • 22 Badass Cosplay Weapons from NY Comic Con 2014 (PHOTOS)

    Leslie Koch
    12 Oct 2014 | 5:49 pm
    Got scythes? If you’ve always dreamed of wielding a massive sword, scythe, hammer or gun, then you need to get yourself to NY Comic Con. It’s a safe place to interact with weaponry that could only be dreamed up in comics, anime, films or TV. New York-area cosplayers have an impressive ability to shape EVA foam, pizza boxes and Nerf guns into weapons that can only be described as badass. Read on for the biggest, baddest weapons I spotted on the convention floor during my Thursday visit to NY Comic Con. For more photos, check out my 2012 article about impressive cosplay weapons!
  • 23 Creative Kids Costumes from NY Comic Con 2014 (PHOTOS)

    Leslie Koch
    12 Oct 2014 | 8:54 am
    What kid doesn’t like dressing up for Halloween? The only thing better is dressing up on a random day, meeting up with tens of thousands of like-minded peers, and receiving dozens of compliments on your creative costume. Perhaps that is what draws so many child and teen cosplayers to NY Comic Con. That, and fanboy parents! Each year I’m impressed by the passionate boys and girls that pay tribute to their favorite comic, film, TV, anime and video game characters at NY Comic Con. Some come with parents who also dress in costume, while others roam the halls in packs of tweens. In…
  • Top 10 Trends in Womens Costumes at NY Comic Con 2014 (PHOTOS)

    Leslie Koch
    12 Oct 2014 | 7:39 am
    Think all the attendees of NY Comic Con look like “Comic Book Guy” from The Simpsons? Get with the program… this is 2014! The annual pop-culture convention at the Javits Center attracts plenty of women with a passion for comics, anime and video games– as well as cult films, TV shows and web series. Whether dressed as Japanese lolitas or badass warriors, women cosplayers arguably have the best costumes at NY Comic Con and certainly attract a lion’s share of attention, especially when opting for racy costumes. I love meeting and interviewing the dedicated…
  • Celebrating 10 Years of Terror: 5 Reasons to Visit NYC’s Blood Manor Haunted House

    Claudia Oddo
    28 Sep 2014 | 4:25 pm
    Today’s post is written by Claudia Oddo, a New York City-based writer and editor of This was her first time visiting a New York City haunted house. You haven’t experienced NYC nightlife until you’ve partied with the undead. This week I attended an exclusive press preview for one of NYC’s most prominent haunted houses, which does not open to the public until October 3rd. Before leading visitors on a spooky tour of the haunted house, Blood Manor actors flooded into the press party– sneaking-up behind guests and crouching under tables– giving…
  • 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…
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    Context Travel Blog

  • Picasso’s Paris: Five of the Artist’s Paris Haunts

    Lily Heise
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:02 am
    With the excitement of the Picasso Museum finally reopening after five years of lengthy and extended renovations, it’s the ideal time to reflect on the artist who undoubtedly left the biggest mark on 20th century art and also on his adopted city of Paris. For pilgrims looking to pay homage outside the revamped museum walls with the help of our modern art historians we’ve pulled together a list of five of places throughout the city intrinsically linked to the exceptional artist’s years in Paris. Le Bateau Lavoir“Of course I would start with Montmartre for the bohemian years of…
  • Practical Facts: Traveling Central Europe by Train

    Natalie Holmes
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:55 am
    Traveling between Amsterdam, Berlin, Prague, Vienna and Budapest by train is not only a wonderful way to experience the changing landscape; it’s also often more efficient than flying, when you factor in journey times to the airport and the rigmarole that accompanies air travel. We’ve put together a guide that answers your oft-asked questions about train travel in Central Europe. Amsterdam to Berlin The Dutch landscape is famously as flat as the proverbial pancake, and things don’t change much as you cross the border, though you will start to see more of the majestic wind turbines for…
  • Insider Tips for Exploring Tango in Buenos Aires

    Lily Heise
    13 Oct 2014 | 2:15 am
    A great cultural fascination of Argentina is unquestionably the enigmatic world of tango. We’re thrilled to have as one of our first walks in Buenos Aires Tango, Beyond the Dance, a three hour walk which takes visitors on an insider tour of this art form. However, to supplement the walk, we’ve asked a few of our tango docents to reveal some of the secrets to embarking into tango culture in Buenos Aires on your own, here are their tips. The evenings of Buenos Aires resonate with tango. While the area of San Telmo might live and breathe tango, across the whole city there are  hundreds of…
  • 3 Questions About the Ecology of Venice

    Emily Knight
    11 Oct 2014 | 5:39 am
    During our Ecology of Venice walk, our docents describe and explain the structural characteristics of Venice, the problems that the city faces, and some of the remedial measures currently being carried out. We spoke with docent Luca Zaggia, who has been working for the last 15 years as a coastal oceanographer for the National Research Council of Italy, Institute of Marine Science in Venice, and asked our three top questions regarding the challenges this city faces. Context Travel: What accounts for the damaging effects of saltwater to the city’s various structures? Our docent Luca Zaggia…
  • Discovering Buenos Aires with Art Historian Georgina Gluzman

    Lily Heise
    8 Oct 2014 | 5:57 am
    While it might be a young country, Argentina still has a rich artistic and architectural heritage. Buenos Aires is ideal for discovering these cultural aspects, from the majestic Art Deco Towers from the turn of the century Belle Epoque to contemporary artists making their mark on the international art scene. We’ve touched base with Context docent Georgina Gluzman to have an insider’s look how to best explore these and make the most of your stay in the Argentine capital. Context Travel: Can you tell us more about your research? Georgina Gluzman: I am currently pursuing my…
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    Go BIG or Go Home

  • Save the Date: The world’s largest family reunion, June 6, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

  • Top 6 caves to visit in South East Asia

    bobby Dennie
    7 Oct 2014 | 7:43 am
    1. Soon Doong Cave in Vietnam Soon Doong means “Mountain River Cave” and is the world’s biggest cave at an impressive size of about 9000m in length, 200m wide and 150m high. This is about twice the size of the Deer Cave in Malaysia, previously considered to be the world’s largest cave. It was first The post Top 6 caves to visit in South East Asia appeared first on Perdu en Asie.
  • The Efficient Asian Stereotype Debunked: Discrimination and Racism

    Carl T. Slater
    17 Dec 2013 | 10:24 am
    “ Me, lazy? I work like a Japanese beaver ! ” that is what our beloved Homer Simpson replied to his wife Marge after she made the remark that he was lazy at work. We laugh. We get the irony. Homer is super lazy, Japanese are super productive. Like the creators of the Simpsons, most The post The Efficient Asian Stereotype Debunked: Discrimination and Racism appeared first on Perdu en Asie.
  • Yellow Fever White men fetishes for Asian women

    Carl T. Slater
    15 Oct 2013 | 8:50 am
    From where White men fetishes for Asian women come from. Since the emergence of Asia in the mainstream pop culture , the syndrome affects one quarter of the North American and European  male population. Even big names such as John Lennon and Baseball star Pete Rose, were achieved. I’m talking about the Yellow Fever or “fetishism” The post Yellow Fever White men fetishes for Asian women appeared first on Perdu en Asie.
  • Konglor a 7km cave Khammouane province Laos

    bobby Dennie
    12 Oct 2013 | 8:01 am
      One week to take it easy in a villa in Krabi: Thailand. Good; not too expensive; experience that is fun for a group or family . Just $ 20-30 per person in low season. In the pool, the sea and many other sweet treat . We can plan a tailor made holiday at The post Konglor a 7km cave Khammouane province Laos appeared first on Perdu en Asie.
  • Sōkaiya : corruption or Japanese business solution

    bobby Dennie
    10 Oct 2013 | 8:02 am
    Summer is the season of annual shareholder meetings in Japan , which means that it is the “season” of sōkaiya . They can then see and hear especially during the boards, ” persuading ” the shareholders to approve strategies . However, they are far from being as strong- arm. In the field of business, sōkaiya The post Sōkaiya : corruption or Japanese business solution appeared first on Perdu en Asie.
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  • A Tribute To Discomfort

    Adventured Staff
    26 Sep 2014 | 11:44 am
    Take yourself outside of your comfort zone with today’s video, a Tribute to Discomfort: A Tribute to Discomfort: Cory Richards from Blue Chalk on Vimeo. “I have realized; it is during the times I am far outside my element that I experience myself the most. That I see and feel who I really am, the most! I think that’s what a comet is like, you see, a comet is born in the outer realms of the universe! But it’s only when it ventures too close to our sun or to other stars that it releases the blazing “tail” behind it and shoots brazen through the heavens! And…
  • One of The World’s Most Beautiful Fish

    Adventured Staff
    7 Jun 2014 | 2:16 pm
    Today’s Photo Of The Day features on of the world’s most beautiful fish, Synchiropus splendidus, also known as the Mandarin Fish. More About The Mandarin Fish “To date, S. splendidus is one of only two vertebrate species known to have blue colouring because of cellular pigment, the other being the closely related psychedelic mandarin (S. picturatus). The name “cyanophore” was proposed for the blue chromatophores, or pigment-containing and light-reflecting cells. In all other known cases, the colour blue comes from thin-film interference from piles of flat, thin…
  • Jake Curlee – The Next Sensation?

    Adventured Staff
    6 Jun 2014 | 7:12 pm
    On May 27, 2014, Jaycob Curlee (Jake Curlee) stepped out onto the stage of America’s Got Talent with shaky hands and a story that will both inspire you and bring you to tears… After doing some research, we’ve got thirteen (13) acoustic performances by Jake Curlee from his YouTube Channel. Is Jake the next big sensation? judge for yourself: Remix To Ignition (R. Kelly) I Won’t Give Up (Jason Mraz) Free Falling (Tom Petty) Stand By Me (Ben E. King Small Bump (Ed Sheeran) Waiting on The World To Change (John Mayer) Landslide (Fleetwood Mac) Home (Phillip Phillips) Little…
  • 20 Most Interesting Photos of Nature

    Adventured Staff
    3 Jun 2014 | 9:46 pm
    Please enjoy these 20 interesting photos of nature! Press play (below) for best effect: You can browse thousands of websites, and find photos of nature everywhere. Yet when I came across these photos, it’s as if they were hand-picked to inspire the adventurous soul. When viewing them, it revived my adventurous spirit, and I can’t help but pass them along to you! source: trey ratcliff, Matt Shalvatis, Steve Wall, Kicki, Alan English, Spreng Ben, Janos Kerekes, Tati, Pavel Ahmed, LIC The post 20 Most Interesting Photos of Nature appeared first on Adventured.
  • Redbull’s Incredible Squirrel Suit Video

    Adventured Staff
    3 Jun 2014 | 7:52 pm
    If you weren’t able to adventure today, soak in this incredible Squirrel Suit Video by Redbull. In the video, daredevils incredibly thread the needle while sky diving in wingsuits (also known as squirrel suits). What is Squirrel Suit/Wing Diving? “Wingsuit flying or wingsuiting is the sport of flying the human body through the air using a special jumpsuit, called a wingsuit, which adds surface area to the human body to enable a significant increase in lift. [read more on Wikipedia]” The post Redbull’s Incredible Squirrel Suit Video appeared first on Adventured.
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    Bacon is Magic

  • Pancakes and Porn aka Niagara Falls

    8 Oct 2014 | 3:14 am
    Niagara Falls, Canada If you subscribe to my newsletter (gosh, why wouldn’t you??) you know that the last few weeks of my life have been pretty hectic. Chef Rouge left his job to pursue his passion, which means in less than 2 weeks we opened a pop-up restaurant called Loka Snacks, with the long term dream of opening a 20 seat restaurant called Loka. It’s been nutso. I put all my work aside to help him and so far it’s been an amazing ride. But even with all the support we really needed a break. For him that meant midweek roller coasters at Canada’s Wonderland. I jumped…
  • Yonderbound is the Easy Way to Book Travel

    23 Sep 2014 | 5:22 pm
    I mentioned that I’m planning big things for the site. Slowly for the last year I’ve been creating a list of resources for you when you begin to plan your trip. You see I get lots of emails. Emails asking for where to eat, where to go, what to see, where to stay. So many emails I wondered why I wasn’t sharing important details. So behind the scenes I’ve been slowly working to create resource pages for people planning a trip, it will be a new section of this site under the Resources tab up top. It’s been taking a long time to try to catalog 5 years of travel…
  • The Year I Walked Toward Love

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

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

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

    Syd Schulz
    19 Oct 2014 | 8:34 am
    Thanks for following and reading Overland Travel Adventures from Go, See, Write Everyone has that quirky thing that they look for when they travel — the corner cafe with little umbrellas and perfect croissants, the museum with prehistoric skulls, desert cave paintings, a lewd shot glass to add to their collection, the best pizza, etc. My thing just happens to be volcanoes. Sometimes this is inconvenient because volcanoes, despite their size, are not always easy to find. When I found out that I would be able to spend three weeks in Sicily this fall, the first thing I did was see how…
  • Love to Ski? For Free? Read on (and enter)

    Michael Hodson
    10 Oct 2014 | 11:18 pm
    Thanks for following and reading Overland Travel Adventures from Go, See, Write If you enjoy spending some time on the slopes, or have considered taking up skiing or snowboarding, then I think you’re going to be very excited about this competition. I’m partnering with the team at Peak Seasons Sweepstakes to bring you a stunning skiing package that won’t just take you on one skiing vacation, but two! Both skiing vacations are for two people, and the prize package also includes all of the equipment that you will need in order to enjoy your time on the slopes. The Grand Prize…
  • Free (or nearly free) things to do on Maui

    Nat and Tim Harris
    9 Oct 2014 | 8:12 am
    Thanks for following and reading Overland Travel Adventures from Go, See, Write Maui has loads of activities to keep you busy, and although it can get quite expensive, there are still plenty to enjoy for free or nearly free. We had the opportunity to spend five months there recently and, being on a strict budget, we had to seek out affordable things to do. These are some of our favorites. monkey pod tree Hui No’eau Visual Arts Centre – free Located at 2841 Baldwin Ave. between Paia and Makawao, Hui No’eau Visual Arts Centre is one of the last remaining historic properties still…
  • 5 essential tips for surviving the Everest Base Camp trek

    Guest Poster
    3 Oct 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Thanks for following and reading Overland Travel Adventures from Go, See, Write When I set out to tackle the Everest Base Camp trek in February 2013, I knew it would be challenging. To be certain, hiking 125km and ascending 2500m is no walk in the park. But what I didn’t know beforehand was that other aspects of the trek, rather than the trekking itself, would prove more difficult to manage. I had to quickly learn on the fly how to deal with the frustrating Nepalese infrastructure, piece together the myriad logistics of my trek in under a day, and above all: cope with the coldest…
  • Insta-recap: September on Instagram

    Michael Hodson
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:56 pm
    Thanks for following and reading Overland Travel Adventures from Go, See, Write I’ve been getting more into using Instagram lately (are you following me yet?), and I post a lot more of my own photos there than I do anywhere else online right now. So let’s do an Insta-recap of some of my best Instagram photos from the last month, in case you may have missed some of them. September on Instagram This month was all about looking back at some of my most memorable photos. And what do you know? Quite a few were sunsets, like this one taken in the Philippines. An old boat that looks a little…
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    Northwest Navigation Co.

  • Untrammeled By Man

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

    14 May 2014 | 12:19 pm
    Kayaking at Sucia Island We just got back from our first trip of the 2014 season. It was a lovely 4-day cruise with wonderful family of six on board. We left Bellingham and motored to Stuart Island. Along the way we found a bunch of Steller’s sea lions lazing on Spieden Island’s Green Point. They made a few guttural grunts, but otherwise they took little notice of us. When we arrived at Stuart Island’s Reid Harbor, our guests went ashore for a walk to the Stuart Island School House. While they were away, I spent the early evening making a Coq au Vin for dinner and a fresh…
  • A New Season Begins

    30 Apr 2014 | 10:39 am
      Sticking to it- When we bought the David B in 1998, we knew that we’d be battling a lot of uncertainty. First we needed to rebuild the boat, a project which we initially thought would take two years, but instead took eight. Then we needed to learn how to run our business, get people’s attention, and fill up trips. At times figuring out how to get people to find us and come cruising with us has seemed like an impossible task. We struggled through the economic downturn by doing whatever we needed to do to keep advertising, paying the bills, and taking care of the boat. Finally going…
  • Looking Ahead

    3 Jan 2014 | 3:32 pm
      Looking Ahead This is the time, the holidays are nearly over, and in a couple more days it will be back to the January winter grind. The relatives have come and gone, the holiday parties are almost over. It’s not too early to start planning something fun for the summer and give yourself something to look forward to during the rest of the cold winter months. We Suggest: The Inside Passage August trips on the MV David B are warm and sunny. Desolation Sound is hot enough that it makes for great swimming (really — often 70°F water and 85°F air temps). We stop there on all of…
  • Traveling When You Were Young

    17 Dec 2013 | 11:47 am
      Traveling When You Were Young Traveling as a kid was so much fun. You didn’t have to worry about anything and you still got to enjoy all the same sights.  You could watch the world go by, albeit from the backseat window, but you still could see it all. Someone else took care of making sure you got there and making reservations and all that. All you had to do was look out the window and enjoy the ride. When you finally arrived, you got to explore and find things: the ice machine at the hotel, or the trail to the beach from the campground. It was un-scripted. You could run off and…
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    Globetrotting Mama

  • Italian Food: Gelato University in Italy

    Heather Greenwood Davis
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:21 am
    Italian Food: Gelato University in Italy There comes a time in a girl’s life when her needs must be met. When it’s no longer enough to simply enjoy the gelato of  Italy. When she must take the plunge, take the berries into her own hands and …yes, make the gelato herself. For me, that time was now. Carpigiani Gelato University | Gelato Behold Carpigiani.  To say that Carpigiani is known for its gelato technology would be a major understatement.  The company, in business since 1946, is now the world leader in the “production of equipment for fresh ice cream, pastry…
  • #Dukoral Contest: Take the Quiz and Win!

    Heather Greenwood Davis
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:01 am
    #Dukoral Contest: Take the Quiz and Win! Traveling with Ish has its pros and its cons. Pros: You will meet everyone. The man has yet to meet a stranger he won’t transform into a friend. Cons: He’s a public health officer by profession and public health never takes a holiday. Public Health on Holiday: Ish peering into yet another pot as we travel. That often means that where I see “curious local choices” and “adventurous opportunities,” he sees meat hanging without proper refrigeration and milk that we can’t be sure was pasteurized. It also means…
  • BC Road Trip Planner – National Geographic Traveler

    Heather Greenwood Davis
    12 Oct 2014 | 3:32 pm
    BC Road Trip Planner –  National Geographic Traveler For two weeks we were together on the roads of British Columbia. It was just us:  Ish, the boys and I. We landed in Vancouver and after spending a day in the city set out on a road trip that reminded me of some of the things I am most grateful for. Among them: 1. My awesome traveling crew Our “we survived Whistler mountain biking” photo. 2. How much I love a good road trip. 3. How awesome my home and native land really is. A view to remember in Blue River, BC I’ve been to British Columbia many times but this trip,…
  • Cameron Turns 10

    Heather Greenwood Davis
    4 Oct 2014 | 6:47 am
    There are two ways that a second child can behave in the family. Either they come in meek, secretly begrudging the kid who got their first, or they carve their path, determined to be heard, on their own terms, in their own voice. My Cameron is the latter. When he arrived, I was already mom to a 2-year old. He took all of the parenting skills I  thought I’d learned from my first and turned them on their head. He liked time outs. He wasn’t going to be subdued by Baby Einstein videos. And despite me saying not to since the day he could, he still climbs over the back of the couch.
  • Milan Graffiti Art Surprises

    Heather Greenwood Davis
    27 Sep 2014 | 3:15 pm
    Milan Graffiti Art Surprises I think the thing I liked the most about Milan was that it surprised me. I went in expecting high fashion and designers I couldn’t pronounce (seriously, “Bvlgari” is “Bul-Gahry?”) and I got some of that.The plaza around the Duomo had its fair share of Gucci, YSL, Versace and Prada and the well-dressed clientele to match. But that was just a small part of the crowds and shops I encountered. Galleria Vittorio Emanuel across from the Duomo di Milano is home to the fashionable set. In fact, most of the people peeking through the windows…
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    Family Rambling

  • Deluxe Dining in Hendricks County, Indiana

    Jody Halsted
    18 Oct 2014 | 1:29 pm
    Our dining experiences were arranged in partnership with the Hendricks County CVB. I’ve yet to figure out why so many believe that dining is finer in large cities. I’ve traveled all over the US and have to be honest – some of the best restaurants I’ve eaten in are in small towns. That proved to be the case during a recent trip to Hendricks County, Indiana, where we found some of the finest restaurants near Indianapolis. Deluxe Dining in Hendricks County My favorite aspect of Midwest restaurants is their dedication to locally sourced ingredients – which you will…
  • Nobody Leaves Indy Without Visiting the Track

    Jody Halsted
    14 Oct 2014 | 9:10 am
    Our afternoon at Lucas Oil Raceway was arranged in partnership with the Hendricks County CVB. My age is likely showing here, but does anyone remember the movie Adventures in Babysitting? The part where the babysitter and the kids are running to get away from the car thieves and they enter a Blues club through the back door and end up on stage? And, as they try to get off stage they are blocked by a guitar and told, “Nobody leaves this place without singing the Blues.” Of course it all works out for the best. Apparently Chris is not only a dead ringer for a pin up girl, but she…
  • Enticing the Faeries at Frazee Gardens in Brownsburg, Indiana

    Jody Halsted
    6 Oct 2014 | 7:53 am
    Our many thanks to Frazee Gardens in Brownsburg, Indiana, for showing us how to create gardens the faeries will will love to visit! At 8 and 10 my girls still believe in faeries. Since their first encounter in Ireland when they were just toddlers, my girls find proof of the ‘little people’ nearly everywhere. It’s a belief I encourage as I think children are made to grow up and leave ‘childish things’ behind far too quickly. Besides, I still believe in faeries…. Because we spend quite a bit of time camping, the girls can often be found constructing faerie…
  • Exploring Omaha Without a Car

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

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

  • Video: Halloween Attractions: Jump Out of Your Skin at ‘The Beast’

    20 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    Can you handle this haunted bayou filled with angry gators and werewolves?
  • Stay Seaside at Cornwall’s Bedruthan Hotel and Spa

    Donna Sundblad
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    North Cornwall’s Bedruthan Hotel & Spa is an award-winning hotel that features stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean and North Cornwall’s coastline. Many of these awards are for its child- and baby-friendly services. Along with award winning service, this hotel offers a peaceful seaside getaway with serene sun-bleached days and turquoise waves that peacefully finger […]
  • Video: Bogart’s African Queen Returns to Key Largo’s Water

    17 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    Suzanne Holmquist has restored the iconic African Queen boat made famous by the 1951 movie of the same name staring Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn. She is located in Key Largo Florida and is available for canal and dinner cruises daily.
  • Bodie California: A Gold Mining Town Frozen in Time

    Donna Sundblad
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Bodie California offers a chance to visit a well-preserved ghost town. This former mining town was established back in 1876 and is located about 75 miles from Lake Tahoe in Bodie State Historic Park. Ghost Town In its heyday, Bodie was a boomtown and home to 10,000 residents and as many as 65 saloons. According […]
  • Video: Dream Surfing Destinations

    16 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    Life is short and the world is big. So go to these must-see surfing destinations for great waves and incredible scenery.
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    TheExpeditioner Travel Site

  • 25 Free Things You Can Do In Sydney

    Matt Stabile
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:38 pm
    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 25 Free Things You Can Do In Sydney appeared first on TheExpeditioner Travel Site.
  • Why The Holidays Are The Best Time To Travel Out Of The Country (And To Scotland)

    Matt Stabile
    13 Oct 2014 | 6:21 pm
    Is there any worse feeling in the world than coming up to the end of the year and realizing the number of vacation days/personal days you have left outnumbers the number of days left in the year? These are days your employer is literally paying you not to come into work and to instead enjoy life and capitalize on the very reason you spend all those days in the office in the first place. This is not something you want to treat casually. Do not make this mistake, and before it gets too late to do anything about it and you realize that you may end up spending a couple of those free days in late…
  • A Cinematic Tour Of Cambodia

    Matt Stabile
    13 Oct 2014 | 6:16 pm
    This cinematic stunner from Cambodia, “My Cambodia,” was made by filmmaker Ken Ng Jia Quan and shot with the Canon 5D Mark III using a 24-105mm lens. You can also check out another video of his that we featured last year featuring Myanmar. [My Cambodia by Kevin Ng Jia Quan/Flickr] 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 A Cinematic Tour Of Cambodia appeared first on TheExpeditioner…
  • Top 5 Off-The-Beaten-Path Things To Do In Prague

    Matt Stabile
    6 Oct 2014 | 5:47 pm
    After spending 5 months living in Prague a few years back, I can confidently say that it’s my favorite city on the planet. Prague’s unique culture and blissful atmosphere is unlike anywhere else in the world. In addition to the beautiful cobblestone streets and medieval castles surrounding the city, Prague is one of the most budget-friendly cities in Central Europe. Everyday needs are extremely affordable, such as accommodation, transportation (taxis and metros), food and especially beer. In fact, beer is cheaper than water in Prague, and the Czechs are known to be the biggest beer…
  • Introducing Iran: The Up & Coming Travel Destination

    Matt Stabile
    3 Oct 2014 | 10:58 am
    Hushed whispers about Iran’s friendly people, intriguing history and stunning historical sites are finally starting to penetrate through these once secluded borders. The closer you travel to Iran, the more you’ll hear about what an amazing travel destination it is. But what makes Iran so special? Why are so many people talking about the Persian Islamic Republic? This post will attempt to shed some light on this amazing travel destination, while putting to rest some of the misconceptions about the nation, its motives and its people. The History Iran has a deep and compelling…
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  • Symptoms of Ebola When Flying

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

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

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

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

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

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:13 pm
    If you like this article, you'll find more to enjoy at Traveling with MJ - Practical travel information for practical travelers. Evzoni in front of Athens Presidential Mansion The Presidential Mansion is located across the street from Athens’ National Gardens, and I happened upon it at the changing of the guard. Called the Evzoni, the guard is an elite ceremonial unit drawn from the Greek Army, and members are usually identified early in the military career while in basic training. The Evzoni are responsible for guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Presidential Mansion, and…
  • Hotel Review: Cherry Wood Bed, Breakfast & Barn, Yakima Valley

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    6 Oct 2014 | 8:03 am
    If you like this article, you'll find more to enjoy at Traveling with MJ - Practical travel information for practical travelers. Cherry Wood Bed, Breakfast & Barn Address:  3271 Roza Drive, Zillah, Washington (Yakima Valley) Value Luxury Rating:   (out of 3 hearts) Features:  Set on a working farm in the Yakima Valley,  Cherry Wood Bed, Breakfast & Barn offers overnight accommodations  in 22 foot teepees. This specialty bed and breakfast has barbeque grills, compact refrigerators, deparate super-clean and private water closets, along with an open-air shower to round out…
  • Sunday Stories for October 5th, 2014

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    5 Oct 2014 | 9:27 am
    If you like this article, you'll find more to enjoy at Traveling with MJ - Practical travel information for practical travelers. It’s hard to believe that I’ll be headed off to Greece in two week. And I’m NOT READY! The first week will be busy with TBEX responsibilities, but I am taking an additional week for some personal rest and relaxation, along with discovering some new editorial content for the blog. I’ve been dithering away between going to Santorini or Mykonos, but currently it’s looking like the latter, and I’m looking forward to the slower paced,…
  • Sunday Stories for September 21, 2014

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    21 Sep 2014 | 9:32 am
    If you like this article, you'll find more to enjoy at Traveling with MJ - Practical travel information for practical travelers. Falls Park on the Reedy River in Greenville, South Carolina I’ve been spending a long weekend in Greenville, South Carolina, for a huge culinary and music festial called Euphoria. It’s been an amazing weekend, meeting and getting to know locals, trying some great foood, and learning about the culinary scene here in the south. This was also an opportunity for me to visit a “new” state, and this sampling of South Carolina has been interested in…
  • Postcard from Peace Center Amphitheater

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    20 Sep 2014 | 5:21 am
    If you like this article, you'll find more to enjoy at Traveling with MJ - Practical travel information for practical travelers. I’m in Greenville, South Carolina, for Euphoria 2014, and Friday night was Taste of the South held at th Peace Center. To accompany the great food and drink, Sixwire played in the amphitheater. A wonderful Friday night. This is a really great event and a wonderful way to kick off a weekend. If you like this article, you'll find more to enjoy at Traveling with MJ - Practical travel information for practical travelers.       You…
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    Monkeys and Mountains

  • The Number One Bird Watching Spot in Finland

    19 Oct 2014 | 11:52 am
    The original can be found here: The Number One Bird Watching Spot in Finland. Please read the original.Liminka Bay is the number one bird watching spot in Finland, according to wildlife photographer Jari Peltomäker, who promises that he's not biased. You can find over 200 bird species there!Monkeys and Mountains - Adventure seeker and explorer by day, luxury seeker by night
  • Growing On and Off the Mountain

    14 Oct 2014 | 5:23 am
    The original can be found here: Growing On and Off the Mountain. Please read the original.What happens on the mountain doesn't stay on the mountain! The confidence that you gain carries over to the rest of your life.Monkeys and Mountains - Adventure seeker and explorer by day, luxury seeker by night
  • The Not So Secret Success Sauce for Travel Bloggers

    11 Oct 2014 | 3:09 am
    The original can be found here: The Not So Secret Success Sauce for Travel Bloggers. Please read the original.Travel bloggers are always asking other bloggers What's the secret to being a successful travel blogger? I won't pretend to have it all figured out, but I do know that face-to-face connection is a big part of the secret sauce.Monkeys and Mountains - Adventure seeker and explorer by day, luxury seeker by night
  • Kalajoki and Maakalla: Exploring the Lesser Known Side of Finland

    10 Oct 2014 | 9:33 am
    The original can be found here: Kalajoki and Maakalla: Exploring the Lesser Known Side of Finland. Please read the original.Kalajoki and Maakalla may not be well-known outside of Finland, but that’s what makes them so special! Admittedly, I hadn’t heard of them either until recently, but that’s what draws me in. Remote can be difficult to find in our ever connected world – especially in Europe  but that’s what I found in Maakalla. I […]Monkeys and Mountains - Adventure seeker and explorer by day, luxury seeker by night
  • X ALP by Salomon: A Review

    8 Oct 2014 | 4:04 am
    The original can be found here: X ALP by Salomon: A Review. Please read the original.A review of X ALP, a new line of outdoor gear by Salomon that I personally tested in the mountains.Monkeys and Mountains - Adventure seeker and explorer by day, luxury seeker by night
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    i-escape travel blog

  • Family Escape of the Month… Jaci’s Safari Lodges

    20 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    To call Jaci’s Safari Lodges ‘family-friendly’ would be an understatement. Not only do the lodges have free babysitters and child-friendly menus, but they also have a number of activities with kids in mind. This includes their famous ‘bumbles’ game, perfect for little explorers. It’s amongst the most child-friendly lodges in South Africa and a fantastic place to give kiddies their first experience of safaris. That said, it’s not all about the kids – the outstanding views and abundant wildlife will appeal to all the family. Rooms: The 18 rooms are split between 2 Lodges:…
  • 1,500 hotels: the i-escape team pick their favourites

    17 Oct 2014 | 2:25 am
    First we took a trip down i-escape’s memory lane, then we heard from some i-escape fans as well as our directors. Now, last but not least, in celebration of reaching 1,500 hotels, we reveal the i-escape team’s favourite hideaways. After numerous intrepid trips and countless hotel visits (it’s a tough job) we’ve helped put together the bread and butter of the i-escape collection. These are the places that have stuck with us… SARAH BREAUX, Bookings Consultant “Hotel De las Letrasis bang in the centre of my second home, Madrid. I love it for the colourful, classy rooms, great…
  • 1,500 hotels: i-escape’s directors pick their favourites

    15 Oct 2014 | 2:11 am
    In celebration of us reaching 1,500 hotels, we recently heard from some of our fans about why they love i-escape, but now it’s time to hear from the people who were here at the beginning. We asked our enviably well-travelled i-escape founders and directors all about their favourite trips and travel tips. Here’s what they had to say… LAILA RAM, Founding Director, Strategy and Finance Laila grew up living in Holland, Denmark, Switzerland, India, the UK and US, and has been travelling ever since. She teamed up with Nikki Tinto, one of her best friends and travelling companion…
  • 1,500 hotels: our fans pick their favourite

    13 Oct 2014 | 1:25 am
    We, of course, love all of the 1,500 hotels on i-escape. But it would be rude if we did all the talking, so we asked some lovely writers, bloggers, directors and fashionistas to tell us which i-escape hideaway holds a special place in their hearts and why. Covering destinations as far and wide as Scotland and Sri Lanka, the answers came fast and enthusiastically. Here’s what they had to say… MAYA BOYD, Editor and Writer Maya writes a weekly travel column for Metro and has contributed to titles including ElleCondé Nast Traveller and The Guardian. She spends over half of the…
  • Escape of the Week… Neeleshwar Hermitage

    13 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    We don’t have many hotels named after gods, but Neeleshwar Hermitage is just that – a spoiling Keralan retreat which shares its nomenclature with Shiva, the God of Transformation (among other things). It’s not an accident; the warm and welcoming hosts encourage you to forget all troubles and ‘start your life anew’. It’s a bold claim, but if there‘s any idyllic hideaway that can do it, this cluster of 16 cottages (and one houseboat) on the calm and stunning Indian coast, is it. Just metres back from the beautiful beach (with swimmable sea) is the hotel’s large infinity pool and…
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    Byteful Travel

  • Are you ready to Drop Your Transient Assumptions & Follow Your Path with a Heart?

    Andrew Crusoe
    8 Oct 2014 | 5:12 pm
    In Life, there is a remarkable Spectrum of Experience available to you. And it’s on you to decide how you spend your time — and thusly your Life. But there’s a next step, beyond consciously choosing what you do. During my travels on Hawaii, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting a fascinating flock of people from all over the spectrum: business owners, artists, wanderers, massage therapists, builders, poets, and of course, vagabonds. Each of them show me a different color of the Spectrum of Experience, and invariably I find the ones who are the most unconventional are the ones I…
  • 5 Hard-Earned Tips for Hawaii Work-Trade (& WWOOFing) that will ensure Success

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

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

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

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

  • Portrait Photography for Adventurous Folks | Boone & Blowing Rock, NC Area Photographer

    10 Oct 2014 | 2:51 pm
    I had so much fun doing family portrait photography and engagement photography last year during the fall and holidays that I wanted to offer Choose Your Adventure Sessions again this season! It's not something that I can do throughout the year as often as I'd like even though I get many requests for family photos. Weddings are taking over! But, I decided to set aside some time this October and November so that I can help families, couples, and individuals create lasting memories because it's something that I truly love to do!Choose Your Adventure Sessions are for free-spirited folks who are…
  • Allyson + Younes' Destination Wedding at Westglow Mansion in Blowing Rock, North Carolina

    3 Oct 2014 | 2:37 pm
    Chatter from family and friends could be heard upstairs as they began to gather in the Westglow Mansion. Allyson, the dazzling bride, stayed behind closed doors with her bridesmaids as she eagerly awaited word that, "It's time!"At 3:00 pm the ceremony proceedings had yet to begin, so I elected to go downstairs and find out where we were in the timeline. Jen, the wedding coordinator whispers, "Don't tell Allyson, but the groom hasn't arrived yet!"After hearing this development, the last thing I wanted to do was go lie to her face, but keeping a calm bride was more important! So...I sucked it…
  • Ali + JB's Blue Ridge Mountain Wedding at Grandfather Golf and Country Club | Boone NC Photographer

    26 Sep 2014 | 3:02 pm
    “Where could it be?!” Ali wondered. “When were you last wearing it?!” one of the bridesmaids questioned as we attempted to solve this conundrum.We were all perplexed as we retraced her steps to the ceremony site. Somewhere along the way Ali’s veil blew off and it was nowhere to be found.Since we were so clueless, I ended up looking back through the wedding pictures to see when I photographed her wearing it last. I confirmed that she had it on while making her way to the altar but it disappeared before she walked down the aisle.The mystery of the lost veil didn't last long, though,…
  • How Spontaneous Adventures Can Strengthen Your Relationship

    19 Sep 2014 | 10:23 am
    “If it was sanitary, I’d give you a high five right now because that was the best freakin’ meal I’ve eaten in a while!” I was not quiet about it either because the fella who had just walked up with his family interjected with, “I’m glad to hear that!”Good food makes me happy, simple as that. So, when I stumble upon a roadside taco and slider stand with five star food during a spontaneous adventure, you better believe that this gal gets giddy!Apparently, The Roost, located in Linville, NC, has been opened for two months but we are just now finding out about this gem. That…
  • Kari + Chad's Mountaintop Destination Wedding at Kilkelly's in Blowing Rock, NC | Boone Wedding Photographer

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

    20 Oct 2014 | 9:19 am
    There’s something about the village that niggles; something not quite right. It feels like there are pieces of the jigsaw missing. Probably, like so many things connected with the Canary Islands, forgotten about during the passage of the centuries. The village, now an Eco Museum and sanctuary for some of El Hierro’s giant lizard population, lies in the Valle de Golfo at the foot of an overbearing cliff face that looks as though it could turn malevolent on a whim. A village hewn from the volcanic rock that surrounds it; so seamlessly integrated with its surroundings that landscape…
  • Seven Nights of Eating Our Way Around Lisbon

    17 Oct 2014 | 4:08 am
    Deciding where to eat in a city I’m visiting for the first time overwhelms a bit, there’s just too much choice. Normally we’re only in a city for a few days at best, which doesn’t help, but with Lisbon we had seven nights in which to explore the culinary scene. Thanks to local advice, guidebook recommendations and spontaneity, we covered an interesting mix of cafés and restaurants, eating at some crackers and a couple of duds along the way. These are the delicious delicacies, the so-so, the surprising and the never-again places of the Lisbon restaurant scene where we…
  • Reinvented Portuguese Classics at Tasca da Esquina in Lisbon

    16 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    From the moment I dipped my warm bread into the creamy amanteigado cheese I was sold. And that was at the couvert stage. The Tasca da Esquina You’re not likely to accidentally stumble across Tasca da Esquina. It sits on a corner (hence the name) at Campo de Ourique, an area of Lisbon built on what was once farmlands just outside the centre of the city. You can travel there on the 28E tram from Martim Moniz. We took the metro to Rato and walked from there, passing through the Jardim de Estrela and in front of the Basilica, both of which proved a distraction. The Basilica because it…
  • A Night of Authentic Fado in Maria da Mouraria, Home of Lisbon’s First Fadista

    15 Oct 2014 | 8:02 am
    We had seen José Malhoa’s painting ‘Fado’ all over Lisbon and now, as we entered Maria da Mouraria restaurant and Fado house it was there again, filling one wall of the tiny house. But there was a distinct difference between this version and the one we’d seen on tiles, posters and  doorways of Fado houses in Alfama and Bairro Alto. Depicting a male Fado singer playing a Portuguese guitar and to his side, a woman in a scarlet skirt and off-white camisole, slumped across a table, her head lolled back, one foot sprawled across a stool and a cigarette in her fingers.
  • Lisbon’s Gourmet Fast Food Scene at Mercado Da Ribeira

    14 Oct 2014 | 3:05 am
    Rows of chunky, pristine pine tables flanked by high stools stretch as far as the eye can see beneath a hangar-sized, glass and corrugated iron roof festooned with factory-chic lighting. A constant tide of tray-carrying diners ebbs and flows from the tables to food kiosks that line the outer walls, each displaying trendy black and white boards that entice with menus  including traditional Portuguese percebes and clams; gourmet burgers; Asian rice and noodles; pizzas; steaks; and sushi and sashimi. A liberal sprinkling of home made cakes and artisan ice cream provides simpler, sweet desserts…
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    Gay Travel Information (and more)!

  • 21c Museum Hotels – Gay Friendly Hotel Spotlight

    15 Oct 2014 | 10:04 am
    21c Museum Hotels – Redefining The Art of Modern Southern Hospitality.  21c Museum Hotels was born out of the desire to integrate contemporary art into everyday life. To redefine the art of modern Southern Hospitality. Launched in downtown Louisville, Kentucky in 2006, 21 Museum Hotels has since expanded to Cincinnati, Ohio and Bentonville, Arkansas, The Durham, North Carolina.location will … Continue reading →
  • Gay Friendly Halloween Attractions

    15 Oct 2014 | 8:56 am
    Gay Travel Blog | Gay Travel | Gay Travel Reviews | Gay Travel Agency | Gay Travel Agent | Halloween in New England | Haunted Houses  Starting the end of September, when the temps cool, leaves change colors and sweaters resurface, we here at Gay Travel Information have one thing on our mind — HALLOWEEN. We are … Continue reading →
  • Eagle Creek Luggage – Inspired by Travel

    14 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    EAGLE CREEK – Luggage, Packing Solutions, Travel Accessories and Everyday Bags As frequent travelers my partner and I are always searching for great new luggage. My partner is a fanatic when it comes to organization so she (and I) were in heaven when we discovered Eagle Creek luggage!  Eagle Creek, which was born in the … Continue reading →
  • Mirror Lake Inn Resort and Spa – Lake Placid, NY

    2 Oct 2014 | 12:34 pm
    Adirondacks Gay Travel | Lake Placid Gay Accommodations | Lake Placid Gay Friendly Accommodations | Gay Friendly Lake Placid | Gay Friendly Adirodancks Mirror Lake Inn Resort & Spa / 77 Mirror Lake Drive / Lake Placid, NY 12946 / 1-518-523-2544   Sitting down to write this review of Mirror Lake Inn Resort & Spa, … Continue reading →
  • Halloween Horror Nights 24 – Universal Orlando

    19 Sep 2014 | 10:26 am
    HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHTS 24 – UNIVERSAL ORLANDO | September 19-Nov 1, 2014  MICHAEL MYERS IS COMING HOME…TO HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHTS AT UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT For the first time ever, John Carpenter’s horror classic comes to life as a haunted house at Universal Orlando!  Everyone is entitled to one good scare…and beginning September 19, Universal Orlando … Continue reading →
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    Fodor's Travel Wire

  • How to Use Apple Pay When You Travel
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    With the release of a software update for its iPhone operating system today, Apple has officially launched Apple Pay, the tech giant’s mobile payment system that uses NFC-based technology to allow consumers to pay for a variety of services with their phones. Time will tell how revolutionary this new payment system turns out to be—especially since Google and other companies have failed to see widespread adoption with their own similar products—but Apple Pay has the potential to largely impact the way travelers book and pay for things. First things first: In order to use Apple…
  • The Everything Guide to Planning a Cruise
    18 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Whether you like it or not, cruises touch on a tantalizing vacation trifecta: good value, hassle-free planning, and the promise of adventure. Pay an upfront rate and you've got a floating hotel, three meals a day, ample entertainment and activities, luxe services, and an expert itinerary in multiple destinations. Now add to that the fact that you only have to unpack your bags once. We know the reputation that cruises still have, but even staunch non-cruisers will want to become first-timers after considering this stress-free kind of travel. Whether you're a cruising veteran or an…
  • 25 Splurge-Worthy Hotels for Luxury Seekers
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:30 pm
    It takes a special hotel that delivers the right mix of pampering, fine dining, and premium accommodations to warrant a high price tag. Many properties around the world have mastered this trifecta, attracting loyal guests who keep coming back for more. Go all out in style at any of these splurge-worthy hotels from our 2014 Fodor's 100 list, and get ready for a retreat that makes you feel like royalty. By Megan Suckut
  • Travel Inspiration: Follow Fodor's Editors on Instagram
    16 Oct 2014 | 12:30 pm
    As travel editors, when we're not writing about our adventures around the world, we're posting photos of them. If you're looking to get your wanderlust fix, be sure to follow us on Instagram to see where we're traveling, what we're eating, and so much more. Scroll down to see some of our recent snapshots from locales both near and far.  Arabella Bowen, Editor-in-Chief   Loading I woke up to this view, a carafe of hot coffee, and no wifi to distract me. Bliss. #psv #petitstvincent #grenadines #nofilter View on Instagram   Linda Cabasin, Editorial Director…
  • What We're Reading This Week: Breakfast, David Sedaris, T. E. Lawrence
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    As a parent of a one-year-old, I am constantly thinking about what to feed my daughter to ensure she enjoys a variety of “real” food as she grows into toddlerhood and beyond. I found two New York Times articles of particular interest this weekend. Mark Bittman’s piece on testing out recipes on his children and having them eat everything except octopus was heartening. And the beautiful photo-essay on what kids around the world eat for breakfast reminded me that breakfast doesn’t have to be eggs, oatmeal, or Cheerios, even for the under-two set. Although I think I will…
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    Mallory On Travel

  • Browsing the Markets in the Aveyron, France

    Iain Mallory
    14 Oct 2014 | 1:16 pm
    Iain MalloryIainMallory An autumnal mist was stubbornly hanging around as our group browsed the colourful market stalls of Villefrance-de-Rouergue, in the Aveyron region of France. It obscured the high spire at the top of the Church of Notre Dame, and even swirled just above the canopies of several of the stalls. The markets take place on Thursdays, […] The post Browsing the Markets in the Aveyron, France appeared first on Mallory On Travel.MalloryOnTravel
  • Wildlife Watching in Alutaguse, Estonia

    Iain Mallory
    12 Oct 2014 | 12:27 pm
    Iain MalloryIainMallory “Sssshush” was the swift, and abrupt rebuke in reply to my slightly too enthusiastic “Hi”, as the door to the hide opened. They take wildlife watching seriously in Alutaguse, Estonia. Dusk was rapidly descending outside the shelter, and the other ‘watchers’ were already quietly staring out towards the clearing. All were hoping for a glimpse of […] The post Wildlife Watching in Alutaguse, Estonia appeared first on Mallory On Travel.MalloryOnTravel
  • Costa Rica, Naturally – Itinerary

    Iain Mallory
    11 Oct 2014 | 1:02 pm
    Iain MalloryIainMallory In a few days I’ll be taking off from Manchester for a new, and very exciting destination for me, Costa Rica. Organised by Minube the trip is over the period 15th to 22nd October, 2014, and apart from visiting San José, some national parks, a volcano, and a jaguar rescue centre. It promises a very exciting trip, […] The post Costa Rica, Naturally – Itinerary appeared first on Mallory On Travel.MalloryOnTravel
  • Grand Canyon Oman; A Natural Wonder

    Iain Mallory
    9 Oct 2014 | 11:32 am
    Iain MalloryIainMallory Being the biggest, deepest, or longest doesn’t necessarily make something the best; Grand Canyon Oman isn’t a mile deep, or a mile wide, but it still demonstrates the creative splendour of Mother Nature, the architect. On the day we visited there weren’t any mule trains, or trekkers making their way up, and down, it’s unlikely it’s as […] The post Grand Canyon Oman; A Natural Wonder appeared first on Mallory On Travel.MalloryOnTravel
  • Cassagnes Comtaux; A flavour of the Aveyron

    Iain Mallory
    7 Oct 2014 | 9:24 am
    Iain MalloryIainMallory All travellers that take photographs probably have a number of images which instantly spark a memory, transporting them back to a place, or time. The reasons can be many, but often it’s just that the image seems to typify the destination, this is how this panoramic from Cassagnes Comtaux in the French Aveyron appears. The […] The post Cassagnes Comtaux; A flavour of the Aveyron appeared first on Mallory On Travel.MalloryOnTravel
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    FareCompare » Travel Advice

  • Standby Flights: How Does Flying Standby Work and How Much Does It Cost

    Collin Quick
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:31 pm
    Flying standby used to mean buying a cheap ticket for the next flight with empty seats. But today, standby generally means you have purchased a ticket already, but want to get on an earlier flight, or you have missed your flight and want to catch a later one. Here’s what FareCompare readers need to know about standby policies of airlines in the U.S. AirTran AirTran offers two options for making changes the same day of the flight. A customer may fly standby for another flight to the same destination at no charge. For ticketed passengers who want an earlier flight, Airtran charges $50 per…
  • Cheapest Days to Fly and Best Time to Buy Airline Tickets

    Rick Seaney
    3 Oct 2014 | 11:01 am
    Editor’s note: We updated this popular post as of Oct. 3, 2014 with new and easy-to-use information. One thing hasn’t changed, though – it’ll still help you save money every time you shop for airfare. LISTEN: Airfare expert Rick Seaney with more way to find the best deals. How to Get Cheap Flights We get it. You’re busy and your time is valuable. When you want airline tickets, you want the best comparison shopping site and you want to find the cheapest flights quickly and easily. These tips will help you do just that. What are the Cheapest Days to Fly Cheapest…
  • How to Find Cheap Flights When Your Flight Dates are Flexible

    28 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Editor’s note: We updated this popular post as of Sept. 29, 2014 and loaded it with fresh information and useful tips. One thing hasn’t changed, though – it’ll still help you find the cheapest airfare deals available. Flexibility is a wonderful thing – especially when it comes to travel. The more flexible you can be, the more you’ll save. [Check out the video below] LISTEN: More great tips from ace expert Rick Seaney. See the latest airline sales on the Deals Blog Flexibility Savings: Shopping and Flying Follow these six rules to find cheaper airline…
  • 5 Reasons to Take a Connecting Flight over a Non-Stop

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

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

  • The Terracotta Warriors: Piecing together the legacy of the first emperor of China

    Lucy Haines
    2 Oct 2014 | 4:33 am
    Peering down over the railing at the site of the well, I had to wonder what it must have been like to unearth one of the biggest archeological discoveries of our time. I remember the excitement of digging up old sherds of pottery in the garden when I was young and being adamant that I had made some great archeological … The Terracotta Warriors: Piecing together the legacy of the first emperor of China is a post from: Luxury Holiday Blog - Tropical Sky
  • See the orangutans in Borneo

    Nicola Dunkinson
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:05 am
    The name orangutan means ‘person of the forest’. They are easily recognised by their reddish brown hair, big body, long arms and short legs. Males can weigh up to 118kg and their arm span can reach up to 6.6ft!  They are one of the most intelligent primates and can live for over 30 years. They like to spend most of their time … See the orangutans in Borneo is a post from: Luxury Holiday Blog - Tropical Sky
  • Top 10 spa hotels in the world

    Michelle Dunn
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:25 am
    There is little more indulgent than holing up in a luxury hotel with a sublime spa for all your pampering needs. Tropical Sky uncover the world’s most blissful retreats designed to relax, revitalise and rejuvenate. 10. The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris The scene: One of the largest spas in Paris, this glamorous beauty retreat is decked out … Top 10 spa hotels in the world is a post from: Luxury Holiday Blog - Tropical Sky
  • Top 10 rooftop bars in Bangkok

    Justin Mewse
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:03 am
    There’s simply no better way to escape the relentless hustle and bustle of Thailand’s first city other than to disappear up on the roof. The capital’s rooftop bars are some of the very best in the world and if you’re looking to discover the secret doors and lengthy lift time then check out our top 10 rooftop bars in Bangkok … Top 10 rooftop bars in Bangkok is a post from: Luxury Holiday Blog - Tropical Sky
  • Exploring Cancun

    Nicola Dunkinson
    26 Sep 2014 | 4:09 am
    Margarita’s, fajitas, beaches, bars and tequila maybe the things that spring to mind when thinking about Cancun. The Mexican holiday mecca offers all of the above and much, much more. It is a great place to be based for a beach holiday and to enjoy a vibrant nightlife, along with exciting day trips and adventures all on the doorstep. Take … Exploring Cancun is a post from: Luxury Holiday Blog - Tropical Sky
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    The World on Wheels

  • Crashes, Feeding Frenzies, Disappointments, and Triumphs: St. Croix, Part 3

    Darryl Musick
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    Need to catch up? Click on the following links for Part 1 and Part 2 of this trip.We’re here, we’re squared away as far as access goes…why don’t we start enjoying St. Croix?The Buccaneer is an historic, family run hotel sitting on over 300 acres just east of the town of Christiansted. It’s a rambling affair with a great house on the hilltop overlooking three beaches and a golf course. All guests receive a complimentary, full breakfast buffet with an option of omelets or eggs cooked to order.Watch the Video! Since we’re trying to do this on a budget, the plan is to eat a big…
  • THE COCKTAIL HOUR: Crucian Rum Punch

    Darryl Musick
    19 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    This week, Tim and I are coming to you from the beautiful island of St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Our quandary: we're not staying at an all-inclusive resort and have to pay for the majority of our drinks. Our solution: make a new, very easy to make, delicious cocktail that we can mix using cheap local ingredients.Watch the Video!The result is this rum punch using rum, cranberry-raspberry cocktail, and lime juice.  Here's the recipe...INGREDIENTS1.5 oz rum2 oz cranberry-raspberry cocktailjuice of half a limeIn a lowball glass filled with ice, squeeze in lime juice. Pour rum…
  • Bad Omens and Good Luck in the Virgin Islands...St. Croix, Part 2

    Darryl Musick
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    You can catch up with Part 1 of our St. Croix trip here.We’re on the runway at Miami International, engines powering up, about to take the final flight to St. Croix when the pilot comes on the intercom as the engines wind down.“Folks, we’re going to have to return to the gate. The second button on the radio is not working and FAA regulations say we can’t fly without it. Hopefully, this will be a quick fix and we can be in the air shortly.”Uh oh, I’m already nervous about this trip, booking an unbelievably cheap trip to St. Croix in the U. S. Virgin Islands and crossing my fingers,…

    Darryl Musick
    15 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    Our ratings are...Fully Accessible - You can access all of the attraction, with no problem, in any type of wheelchair.Mostly Accessible - You can access most of the attraction, and all of the important parts of it, with your wheelchair.Partially Accessible - You can access a good deal of the attraction but some parts are inaccessible and some important parts you'll miss.Inaccessible - Kind of speaks for itself, avoid if you're in a wheelchair.Here's San Francisco, California...Alcatraz Island - Mostly Accessible. There's an accessible uphill path to climb and the ferries going over do not…
  • DOMINICAN REPUBLIC IN A WHEELCHAIR: Riu Palace Punta Cana and Area Access Features

    Darryl Musick
    13 Oct 2014 | 4:45 am
    Here's how we found access in the Dominican Republic...ON ARRIVAL: Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ) does not have jetways. All passengers board and deplane via stairs. Four men carried Tim down the stairs (and back up when we left) in the plane aisle chair.  An airport chair awaited us at the bottom.Wheelchair users are escorted though the entire arrival process, including through immigration and customs all the way through to your ground transportation. Our gate checked chair was provided to us at baggage claim.The airport, other than the boarding stairs, is very accessible and…
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  • My Itinerant Self

    Joshua Goldstein
    19 Oct 2014 | 7:26 pm
    Hello readers of the world! My name is Josh Goldstein and I am a senior in high school. I currently reside in New Jersey, but throughout my life, I have been to many places throughout the United States and the world! In other words, I am a big fan of traveling to different places. While tourism is the largest industry in the world, traveling to and touring places allows one to see how much time, money and effort is put into tourism. I, myself, have been to at least 15 US states, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and as far away as China! As a young boy traveling there for the first time, I was…
  • The Little Things I Miss About Michigan

    Hye Sung
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:13 pm
    I lived in Michigan for about two years and have spent time in West Michigan, Northern Michigan, and the Detroit Metro area, so I feel like I have a fairly thorough understanding of this state–despite my lack of experience in the Upper Peninsula. This oddly-shaped state is charming, and I always manage to get teary-eyed at the ‘Pure Michigan’ commercials and advertisements. There is much to love about this state, but here are a few things I miss about this beautiful state. Michigan’s own ginger ale Saying ‘pop’ instead of ‘soda’. I know this…
  • Pumpkins and More At Local NYC Area Farms This Fall

    1 Oct 2014 | 6:40 am
    This is a beautiful time of year. With the leaves changing from green to red, yellow, and orange, the weather becoming cooler, and the many pumpkins, apples, and other fruits and vegetables available and in season, fall is a great time to hit the road and experience the best of New York and New Jersey farms. There are many locations to choose from, but the following may just be the best of the bunch. New York Stuart’s Fruit Farm in Westchester County promotes the fact that visitors can pick their pumpkins of choice directly from their vines. The best pumpkin picking experiences require…
  • Golden Gate Park, San Francisco

    29 Sep 2014 | 8:16 pm
    Oh, how I love San Francisco! Recently I went to an amazing park called Golden Gate Park. The playground is seriously beautiful! As soon as I saw it, I wanted to go down the slide with all of the five year olds. Is that weird? I mean just look at it!     I haven’t even gotten to the best part:   I don’t know why I’ve never seen these in other parks! You see how all of those kids have cardboard, that is key to not RIPPING YOUR PANTS!  These little five year olds outsmarted us, I did have a hole afterwards…  I won’t tell you where… Right next…
  • Creeks and Sandwiches in Oregon

    Hye Sung
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:48 pm
      A few weeks ago, a few friends and I decided to bike to Troutdale, Oregon, which is about 12 miles from my house in Portland. After an hour or so of biking, we reached the creek and spent the whole afternoon floating on the river, laying out in the sun, and fighting the fairly strong currents of the river. Though I brought some gatorade, a peanut butter sandwich, and rice crackers, I was famished, and therefore pretty cranky. Thankfully, I got an Italian soda, some amazing Oregon strawberry ice cream (Tillamook is slowly becoming one of my favorite ice cream brands), and a hot dog, and…
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  • What to Leave in Your Bag and Never Unpack

    Fred Perrotta
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:10 am
    Ever heard of a bug out bag? Or a go bag? As defined by Wikipedia: A bug-out bag is a portable kit that contains the items one would require to survive for seventy-two hours when evacuating from a disaster. But out bags are popular with disaster response personnel, survivalists, and those anticipating a zombie apocalypse. What does a bug out bag have to do with travel? This list doesn’t resemble a packing list. Fleeing from a natural disaster doesn’t sound like a fun trip. Eating MREs doesn’t qualify as a culinary experience. You may not need a small bag packed in case of…
  • How to Build a Travel Capsule Wardrobe

    Fred Perrotta
    9 Oct 2014 | 6:38 am
    Steve Jobs wore his trademark black turtleneck. President Obama keeps his wardrobe simple to avoid decision fatigue. “You’ll see I wear only gray or blue suits,” he said. “I’m trying to pare down decisions. I don’t want to make decisions about what I’m eating or wearing. Because I have too many other decisions to make.” Forbes even made a list of celebrities who always dress the same. What can we learn from the idiosyncrasies of the rich and famous? You don’t want a closet with dozens of the same outfit. You aren’t Superman. We can…
  • The Tortuga Air is Now Available for Pre-Sale

    Fred Perrotta
    2 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Everything I needed for the weekend was packed in my Tortuga, but I still had room left over. Of course I ended up filling up that room with more stuff. Not because I needed it but because I could. Have you ever left for a trip with lots of unused space in your backpack? Neither have I. Constraints are helpful when packing. Otherwise, you’ll pack based on how much space you have, not how much stuff you need. For longer trips, using a carry-on-sized bag is a good way limit how much you bring. Packing carry-on-only is a big adjustment for most people. But not every trip is a multi-week,…
  • Why and How to Wear a Hip Belt… Even Though It Doesn’t Look Cool

    Fred Perrotta
    25 Sep 2014 | 6:28 am
    Remember in high school when everyone wore their backpacks by a single shoulder strap? We were all too cool to wear two straps. Ergonomics was for nerds. One strap was plenty to carry a bunch of heavy books… right? Oh, teenagers. Thankfully we all grew up and started caring about the comfort of our gear. Except for one thing… We still see travelers’ hip belts dangling around their legs. Their overworked shoulders sag under the weight of their backpack. A good hip belt is a boon for comfort, even if you aren’t carrying an 80L hiking bag. Your backpack can weigh up to 10…
  • 3 Simple Ways to Extend the Life of Your Backpack’s Zippers

    Fred Perrotta
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Top quality gear is an investment. You pay a bit more for better materials and construction. You expect your gear to last longer. Manufacturers like us strive to build the best products. We use quality materials and hardware. We invest in better construction. Even the best components will wear down if not properly maintained. Occasional, minimal upkeep will extend the life of your gear. You wouldn’t buy a car then neglect to wash it or change the oil, would you? Zippers are a common fail point on backpacks. Even YKK zippers, regarded as the best brand (and the one that we use), will…
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  • Le lac de Bimont et son barrage (Aix-en-Provence)

    17 Oct 2014 | 2:15 am
    Le lac de Bimont et son barrage - Aix-en-Provence visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Le lac de Bimont et son barrage' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Provence.Panorama photographed by de LACLOS Bertrand who wrote:Le lac de Bimont et son barrage
  • Place de l'hotel de Ville (Aix-en-Provence)

    17 Oct 2014 | 2:15 am
    Place de l'hotel de Ville - Aix-en-Provence visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Place de l'hotel de Ville' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Provence.Panorama photographed by Eric Franckson who wrote:This panorama was taken at the corner of the Rue des Cordeliers and place. The narrow streets and the height of buildings in the old city make it very difficult to take panorama of the historic center. The choice of this angle allowed me to show not only the place but the streets that lead there.
  • Furka Pass 5 (Gletsch)

    14 Oct 2014 | 11:44 am
    Furka Pass 5 - Gletsch visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Furka Pass 5' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Wallis.Panorama photographed by isabel Marques who wrote:[[10796,Furka Pass 5]]
  • Furka Pass 4 (Gletsch)

    14 Oct 2014 | 11:38 am
    Furka Pass 4 - Gletsch visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Furka Pass 4' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Wallis.Panorama photographed by isabel Marques who wrote:[[10796,Furka Pass 4]]
  • Furka Pass 3 (Gletsch)

    14 Oct 2014 | 11:35 am
    Furka Pass 3 - Gletsch visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Furka Pass 3' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Wallis.Panorama photographed by isabel Marques who wrote:[[10796,Furka Pass 3]]
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  • The New Anna & Elsa’s Boutique in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort Will Give You ‘Chills’

    20 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Can you feel the chill in the air? ‘Frozen’ has taken over the newly themed Anna & Elsa’s Boutique in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort. Here’s a look at some of the magical transformations taking place! If you’re a fan of Anna, Elsa or Olaf and of course, warm hugs, be sure to stop by on your next visit! The New Anna & Elsa’s Boutique in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort Will Give You ‘Chills’ by Michelle Harker: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog
  • A runDisney Love Story at the Disneyland Half Marathon

    20 Oct 2014 | 1:02 pm
    So do you think you love Disney? Do you think you love Disney enough to run 13.1 miles? If the answer is yes to both questions, you are not alone. Christine Cheng and Anthony Tsang’s love for Disney and each other have put them on the course to love runDisney. “We run because of runDisney,” Christine recently told me when I visited them at home in San Francisco, just before they completed the Dumbo Double Dare at the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna at Disneyland Resort. “We have really never exercised too much before, but Disney gives us the motivation to get out…
  • Haunt Your Disney Side Contest, Week 3 (Pumpkin Carving Tips)

    20 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Halloween is almost upon us and “Grim, Grinning, Ghosts” are coming “Out to Socialize!” Which means you only have a short time left to show your Halloween Disney Side by uploading photos of your Disney Parks-themed Halloween decor, food and drinks, carved pumpkins and costumes at This week’s blog post focuses on our favorite orange Halloween decoration – jack-o-lanterns. The Disney Parks Blog‘s John Graham caught up with Disney Channel star Olivia Holt (“I Didn’t Do It”), who has some experience with all things…
  • Pumpkin Carvers Show Their Disney Side During Halloween Time at Disneyland Park

    20 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    From “it’s a small world” to “Frozen,” the pumpkin carvers design an elaborate display showing their Disney Side each day at the Halloween Carnival in Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree at Disneyland park. I recently caught up with one of the creative carvers and asked her about her colorful creations. Which Disney character or attraction would you like to see produced on a pumpkin? Pumpkin Carvers Show Their Disney Side During Halloween Time at Disneyland Park by Shannon Swanson: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog
  • Glow With the Show Evolves Into Made With Magic This Fall at Disney Parks

    20 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    I have exciting news to share about the next evolution of Glow With the Show. Introduced in 2012 at Disneyland Resort, this ear hat technology allowed guests to become a part of a show by lighting up in time with or in the same color scheme as a nighttime show or fireworks display. Last year, it was added to nighttime spectaculars at Walt Disney World Resort such as Fantasmic! at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Wishes nighttime spectacular at Magic Kingdom Park. This fall, we are adding some new merchandise items that contain this interactive technology under a new name called “Made With…
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  • A New My Sites Section

    Andy Peatling
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:10 pm
    My Sites just got a new look, but more importantly, it got a technical overhaul, making the page dramatically faster and more powerful. From one central location, scan and select any of your WordPress sites or create new ones with the support of a more visual interface. Head directly to the posts or pages of a particular WordPress or launch stats to glimpse trends and get inspiration for blog or website content.  Access themes, user settings, and sharing options with a click to make WordPress your own. The new My Sites page is a small piece of a larger effort to make faster,…
  • New Theme: Penscratch

    Caroline Moore
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Today we have a brand new free theme especially for writers and bloggers! Penscratch Penscratch is a clean, sophisticated theme for sharing your writing. Whether you’re working on an analytical essay, an anthology of poems, or a piece of long-form fiction, Penscratch makes for a pleasant reading and writing experience all around. Choose between a one- or two-column layout by adding widgets, add links to your favorite social networks, customize your home on the web with a site logo or header image, or add fancy pull quotes throughout your content. Penscratch is also responsive, ensuring…
  • Starting Next Week: Blogging 201

    Ben Huberman
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Blogging 201: Branding and Growth starts Monday, October 20. If you’re a recent alum of Blogging 101 looking to build on the skills you’ve developed so far, or a blogger looking for new ways to grow your site and its audience, this is the course for you. What will Blogging 201 cover? We’ll introduce tools to increase your traffic within as well as through other platforms, discuss ways to develop a coherent, effective brand for your blog, and show how to use your archives and your site’s stats to build your readership. During this two-week course…
  • Around the World in Nine Photos

    14 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Do you love stories from around the world? Check out the work of the following nine photographers on and allow your imagination to take you away… Nathanael‘s monochrome photo of the Star Lite Motel in Mt. Airy, North Carolina, conjures images of wayward romances and clandestine meetings. We loved the marquee’s message, “Forgive and forget its human to err.” (sic) which offers an almost haunting absolution. For more of Nathanael’s work, check out his blog, G’Nat’s Eye View. Photo by P. Nathanael Gough The image below, by UK…
  • Add Gmail, Calendar, and Drive to Your Site

    Min Wei
    13 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    The content you publish on your site is the result of a lot of behind-the-scenes activity — and we’re not talking only about drafting posts and pages. Emails, meetings and events, documents and spreadsheets: as business owners and publishers you have a lot to juggle. We’re excited to announce that we’ve teamed up with Google to offer our users the incredible power of Google Apps for Work right in their dashboards. A powerful suite of tools With the Google Apps for Work integration you’ll be able to set up your own custom email address based on your…
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    Travelerfolio - Travel Blog Singapore

  • 100 Doraemon Secret Gadgets Expo

    Eunice Khong
    11 Oct 2014 | 11:28 pm
    Enter the world of Doraemon and friends! The 100 Doraemon Secret Gadgets Expo is just across the border in Johor Bahru. From now till 4th Jan 2015, Doraemon fans can relive the fascinating memories of childhood with the blue robot cat at Johor Bahru City Square. Themed ‘Everyone wants a Doraemon!’, the Expo showcases the […]
  • ‘A Glorious Decade’ @ Hai Tien Lo, Pan Pacific Singapore

    Eunice Khong
    3 Oct 2014 | 7:48 pm
    The weekend staycation at Pan Pacific Singapore was well spent with great company and indulging on quality food. As fans of Cantonese cuisine, we had a sumptuous lunch at Hai Tien Lo (海天楼). The award-winning restaurant serves exquisite dim sum, Peking duck, traditional braised dishes, double boiled soups as well as contemporary dishes such as […]
  • Travel with Visa card

    Eunice Khong
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:03 pm
    Planning for a trip to Myanmar, Vietnam or Laos? Nowadays, travellers can conveniently withdraw local currency from ATMs with their Visa cards and secure card payments at major outlets such as hotels, retailers and dining establishments in these countries. Gone were the days when visitors had to bring in stacks of cash while travelling in […]
  • Staycation @ Pan Pacific Singapore

    Eunice Khong
    27 Sep 2014 | 6:31 am
    When it comes to staycation, there is a nice selection of hotels to luxuriate in, get pampered with 5-star services and satiate the appetite with culinary delights by celebrity chefs. It’s purely rest and relaxation for a short retreat without the hassle of crossing borders. That’s why these days the lazy traveller in me enjoys […]
  • Holiday to Xi’an with Tigerair

    Eunice Khong
    11 Sep 2014 | 3:13 am
    Recently launched on 15 May, Tigerair is the only direct flight from Singapore to Xi’an, home to the terracotta warrior army, the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World’. With a rich historical heritage, Xi’an is an important cultural, industrial and educational hub in the central-northwestern part of China. Operating 3 times weekly, the 5.5 hour Tigerair […]
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    Tourdust Blog

  • Letting off some steam in Blyde Canyon

    15 Oct 2014 | 3:33 am
    Even when she very young, my middle daughter was always on the move. While her older sister could sit happily for hours colouring in and drawing, Milly needed action, preferably outdoors. From the moment she was mobile, she would crawl over to the front door and wait for someone to open it so she could head for the great outdoors.  So when I decided to bring her with me on a recent trip to South Africa, I was intrigued (and slightly nervous) about how she would cope with sitting on game drives for hours at a time with no outlet for her energy.   In reality, the short answer to that…
  • Highlights of Africa - The Five Best Safaris for Families

    9 Oct 2014 | 5:46 am
    For us, the best safari is not just about seeing the big five. Experiencing the wilderness, spending a night out fly camping under the stars, getting out of the 4WD and exploring on foot or horseback, spending some laid back time with the Masai practising with spears and making bows and arrows, these are the things that bring your safari alive. And not just that, they give you a sense of Africa that you will never get if all you ever see is the inside of a 4WD and luxurious camp. In our experience children love game drives initially, but depending on the child, their enthusiasm will start to…
  • Relaxing at Lake Tahoe

    8 Oct 2014 | 7:01 am
    I had heard of Lake Tahoe as a winter sports destination, but when a friend of mine suggested it as an idea for some summer r & r with some watersports thrown in, I was a little surprised. Home to the 1960 winter olympics, it is well-known as a mecca for skiers and snow boarders, but I was rather sceptical about the idea of spending some relaxation time on the beach of a lake. However, I have always secretly fancied giving stand up paddle boarding a go, so decided to head over and try it out for myself. The lake itself is huge. At it's widest point it measures 19km and it is 35km long and…
  • Yosemite in Photos

    8 Oct 2014 | 4:40 am
    Yosemite has to be one of the most scenic National Parks in the USA.  With sheer white granite rocks, beautiful alpine lakes and far-reaching views, it is a photographer’s dream.  We have selected some of our favourite views to give a taste of what awaits you in one the USA's oldest National Parks. The iconic half dome, visible from Glacier Point. If you look through binoculars, you can see hikers on thr summit. Taken in the Ansel Adams wilderness area adjacent to Yosemite Park, this photo gives a sense of the sheer magnitude of the parl and the contrast of the lakes and trees…
  • Our Favourite Family Activities in Yosemite

    8 Oct 2014 | 4:01 am
    Located in central California, Yosemite National Park is a breath-takingly beautiful place with vast sheer granite cliffs, lush green meadows and fast flowing waterfalls. Established as a national park in 1864, it has been a Unesco World Heritage site since 1984. Most of its tourism is focussed on the main valley, however the park actually stretches over 1,200 miles.  With views to rival the Grand Canyon and a huge amount of ‘must do’s’ in the guidebooks, it can be a little bewildering to know where to start, especially when you are visiting as a family. Children have…
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    My Melange

  • Book Review : Paris Vacation Apartment Guide

    28 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
      Over the years I’ve researched and booked many Paris apartments for my clients, so I know a thing or two about the process. I’ve also written about how renting an apartment isn’t for everyone. For those who are new to the process and are considering renting and booking an apartment on your own, there’s a helpful new e-book resource you should have. It’s called The Paris Vacation Apartment Guide: Rent with Confidence – Learn Where to Stay Without Getting Overwhelmed, Ripped-off or Scammed! and I was lucky enough to get my hands on a copy for review.
  • Off The Beaten Path in Paris – 5 Must Do’s in The City of Light!

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

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

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

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

  • 5 Star Brazil – Pousada Casas Brancas in Búzios

    Joseph Olson
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:05 pm
    What does ‘5 Star’ luxury look like on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro? Look no further than the Pousada Casas Brancas in beautiful Búzios, Brazil. This elegant little boutique hotel sits on a hill overlooking the picturesque bay. Defined by its gleaming white exterior and charming Mediterranean style architecture, the “white houses” combine a relaxed atmosphere […] The post 5 Star Brazil – Pousada Casas Brancas in Búzios appeared first on South America Travel News Blog | A Travel Blog All About South America.
  • Surfing South America: Where to Go for the Ultimate Waves

    Joseph Olson
    9 Oct 2014 | 1:06 pm
    Surfing is one of the most popular oceanic sports in the world. The continent of South America features thousands of miles of coastline with picturesque beaches that receive waves from the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Add in the ideal climate that most of the continent enjoys for a majority of the year and all the ingredients are there for ideal surfing conditions. Join us […] The post Surfing South America: Where to Go for the Ultimate Waves appeared first on South America Travel News Blog | A Travel Blog All About South America.
  • TrustPilot Reviews Offer Independent Analysis for Prospective South America Travelers

    Joseph Olson
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:53 am
    If you’re reading this then chances are you’ve already spent some time researching a trip to South America. You’re likely well aware of the many online sources of information, reviews and tour planning tools available to the consumer. But while many travel enthusiasts are familiar with websites like Trip Advisor and Wikitravel, fewer have typically heard of the […] The post TrustPilot Reviews Offer Independent Analysis for Prospective South America Travelers appeared first on South America Travel News Blog | A Travel Blog All About South America.
  • Lord of Miracles Festival in Lima Each October

    Joseph Olson
    25 Sep 2014 | 1:44 pm
    The Lord of Miracles festival (Señor de los Milagros de Nazarenas) takes places each October in Lima, Peru, leaving the city awash in purple and drawing an audience from across the continent. The festival runs October 18-28 with the main event days being the 18th, 19th and 28th. Those are the days that large portions of […] The post Lord of Miracles Festival in Lima Each October appeared first on South America Travel News Blog | A Travel Blog All About South America.
  • This Week Only Antarctica 50% Off in November and December

    Joseph Olson
    22 Sep 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Don’t be left out in the cold on this amazing Antarctica travel opportunity If you’ve been dreaming of a trip to the seventh continent of Antarctica, you might not find better pricing than this…EVER! From Monday, September 22nd through midnight on Friday, the 26th you can book an 11, 12, or 20 night Antarctica cruise […] The post This Week Only Antarctica 50% Off in November and December appeared first on South America Travel News Blog | A Travel Blog All About South America.
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    The Traveller

  • Prince Edward Island National Park

    19 Oct 2014 | 7:27 pm
    Prince Edward Island National Park, a National Park is located in Prince Edward Island. It is situated along the north shore of the island, in front of the Gulf of St, Lawrence. Prince Edward Island National Park was established in 1937 and protects a landscape that includes superlative red sandstone cliffs, submerged estuaries, offshore bars as well as some of the nations’ most popular and longest beaches.Moreover, the park is also a narrow wooded sliver of land which stretches over 40 km along the northern coat of Canada’s smallest province where the theme of the parks is `sea people…
  • Tuvalu – A Polynesian Island Nation

    18 Oct 2014 | 1:47 am
    Tuvalu, was formerly known as the Ellice Island, a Polynesian island nation situated in the Pacific Ocean, halfway between Australia and Hawaii. Tuvalu comprises of nine small islands which are placed over 500,000 sq. mile of the western Pacific to the south of the equator and the islands include Niulakita, Nukulaelae, Funafuti, Nukufetau, Vaitupu, Nui, Niutao, Nanumaga and Nanumea.Tuvalu’s EEZ – Exclusive Economic Zone comprises of an oceanic area of around 900,000 km and its nearest neighbours are Kiribati, Nauru, Samoa and Fiji. It has a population of 10,873 making it the third least…
  • Boiling Lake in Dominica

    16 Oct 2014 | 2:53 am
    Boiling Lake – Dominica’s World Heritage SiteThe Boiling Lake in Dominica is located in the Morne Trois Pitons National Park which is considered as Dominica’s World Heritage site. Located in Dominica, it is a beautiful Caribbean island and is the second largest natural hot spring on earth.The lake’s cool outer areas maintains temperatures which are between 180 and 197 degrees Fahrenheit and no one till date has made any attempt to measure the temperature at the centre of the lake which seems to be actively boiling.The lake is around 200 feet to 250 feet across and the recorded depth…
  • Buckingham Palace

    15 Oct 2014 | 4:15 am
    Buckingham Palace – Official London Residence of the MonarchBuckingham Palace is the official London residence and the principal work place of Britain’s sovereigns since 1837 and is presently the administrative headquarters of the Monarch. The palace is located in the City of Westminster, between The Green Park, Hyde Park and St. James Park and is the centre of state occasions as well as royal hospitability.It is the main focus for British people during times of national rejoicing. The State Rooms at Buckingham Palace can be visited by the tourist though it has been in use for several…
  • London Eye

    12 Oct 2014 | 8:29 pm
    London Eye – Popular Giant Ferris WheelThe London Eye is a giant Ferris wheel which is a modern and a very popular tourist attraction. This amazing structure adjoins the western end of Jubilee Gardens which was previously the site of the former Dome of Discovery, on the South Bank of the River Thames between Westminister Bridge and Hungerford Bridge, in the London Borough of Lambeth.It is a giant observation wheel that is 135 metres tall structure built as a part of London’s millennium celebrations. Known as the Millennium Wheel, the official name was originally the British Airways London…
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  • Travel Deeper Brazil: Best Beaches in Florianopolis

    17 Oct 2014 | 12:59 pm
    Let me take you on a journey across an island with over 4o beaches, as I spend a long weekend tracking down the very best. Florianopolis (or Floripa as it’s known) is a large island and capital of the Brazilian state of Santa Catarina in Southern Brazil. It’s a very popular spot for Brazilian holidays and summer and it’s also one of the most famous places in Brazil to surf. Thanks to the help of some local friends, I rented a car and traversed the island over the course of 24 hours, experiencing all the best beaches in Florianopolis. Here are the best beaches I visited as…
  • Salvador Brazil in Photos

    14 Oct 2014 | 10:38 am
    Traveling to Salvador, Brazil was a once in a lifetime experience that gave me the opportunity to see and experience a different side of Brazilian culture and history. I ate, I explored and I took a lot of photos of Salvador in the process. Here are a few of my favorite snaps from a week in the Northeastern city of Salvador da Bahia, Brazil. To get a behind the scenes look at the sites and sounds, including all the street food, capoeira lessons and late night Forró dancing, check out the first episode of “Travel Deeper Brazil” from Salvador, Brazil. Flying into Salvador, you can…
  • Travel Deeper Brazil: Salvador Bahia

    9 Oct 2014 | 9:08 pm
    Salvador is the cultural capital of Northeastern Brazil and heart of Afro-Brazilian heritage. Like the wrinkles that shape an old man’s smile, the city is an incredible blend of beauty, history and grittiness. I had the opportunity to spend a few days exploring Salvador with a local friend, and absolutely loved it’s character and diversity. The above video is the first in a new series called “Travel Deeper Brazil.” I plan on uploading a new video every week on the T2T YouTube Channel that highlights my Brazilian adventures over the past eight months of living and traveling in Brazil.
  • Rio de Janeiro in Motion

    17 Sep 2014 | 8:22 am
    Rio de Janeiro is such an amazingly photogenic city that I decided to change things up and try my hand at a little tilt-shift video I call “Rio in Motion.” Over the course of the past eight months of living in Rio, I’ve gathered these shots from all over the city by hiking, climbing and talking my way into good lookout spots above the action. This is the result of getting high and just letting the camera run. I hope you enjoy “Rio in Motion.” For best quality, watch in HD on YouTube or on the T2T Vimeo Channel. Music: “Start of Something Good” by…
  • Brazil Tourism Partnership Goes Live

    12 Sep 2014 | 9:48 am
    Months ago I told you all about a T2T partnership with the Brazilian Tourism Board and I’m so happy to finally announce that we’re now live! Although things have been relatively quiet here on Tourist 2 Townie, I promise it hasn’t been the result of a lack of content. I’m currently traveling through Northeastern Brazil and writing like crazy for the brand new Visit Brasil Travel Journal. I’ll be sharing my wild and wonderful Brazilian travel experiences through 39 photo-filled articles from 13 unique locations across the country. Posts will go live twice a…
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    Trans-Americas Journey

  • Photo Essay: Death of the Diablos Rojos – Panama City, Panama

    Karen Catchpole, CWO (Chief Writing Officer)
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:23 am
    Images, video and other formating may not be properly displayed in this RSS feed/email. Please view this post on our Trans-Americas Journey blog to view the post as it was intended - Photo Essay: Death of the Diablos Rojos – Panama City, Panama Unlike in the US, where the dominant bus line has the word “grey” right in the name, buses in much of Latin America are pandimonious converted Bluebird school buses covered in bright artwork, stickers, flashing lights and anything else the driver/owners can think of to one-up the competition in the unspoken bus beauty pageant that goes on in…
  • End of the Road – Yaviza, Darién Jungle, Panama

    Karen Catchpole, CWO (Chief Writing Officer)
    3 Oct 2014 | 8:41 am
    Images, video and other formating may not be properly displayed in this RSS feed/email. Please view this post on our Trans-Americas Journey blog to view the post as it was intended - End of the Road – Yaviza, Darién Jungle, Panama For all but the craziest among us (more on them later), driving through the Darién Jungle overland is not within the realm of possibility. But that doesn’t mean you can’t travel to the end of the road in the Darién and visit a town called Yaviza where the pavement of the Pan-American Highway stops and ass-whupping jungle begins. Our truck…
  • Border Crossing 101: Paso Canoas, Costa Rica to Paso Canoas, Panama

    Karen Catchpole, CWO (Chief Writing Officer)
    28 Sep 2014 | 7:31 am
    Images, video and other formating may not be properly displayed in this RSS feed/email. Please view this post on our Trans-Americas Journey blog to view the post as it was intended - Border Crossing 101: Paso Canoas, Costa Rica to Paso Canoas, Panama Crossing international borders in Latin America is rarely easy or pleasant (why do they always smell like pee and desperation?). Things are even more complicated when you’re driving across borders in your own vehicle as part of an overland road trip. Theseborder crossing 101 travel tipswill help you travel from Paso Canoas, Costa Rica to Paso…
  • Central America’s Most Infamous Jungle – Darién, Panama

    Karen Catchpole, CWO (Chief Writing Officer)
    25 Sep 2014 | 2:25 pm
    Images, video and other formating may not be properly displayed in this RSS feed/email. Please view this post on our Trans-Americas Journey blog to view the post as it was intended - Central America’s Most Infamous Jungle – Darién, Panama Mention the Darién Jungle or the Darién Gap or just plain Darién and images of impenetrable greenery filled with hostile critters and even more hostile interlopers (drug runners, guerrillas and others) spring to mind. Like most places, however, there’s more to Central America’s most infamous jungle, which straddles the border…
  • Our Latest Work: An SATW Win, Colombia’s “Liquid Rainbow”, Best Bed in Bogota & Luxury on the Rails in Ecuador

    Karen Catchpole, CWO (Chief Writing Officer)
    21 Sep 2014 | 8:47 am
    Images, video and other formating may not be properly displayed in this RSS feed/email. Please view this post on our Trans-Americas Journey blog to view the post as it was intended - Our Latest Work: An SATW Win, Colombia’s “Liquid Rainbow”, Best Bed in Bogota & Luxury on the Rails in Ecuador You know what makes freelance travel journalists like us happy? New outlets for our latest work and we’ve got two to tell you about this month. But first, something that makes us even happier: We’re delighted to let you know that the Selling Pablo feature we did about…
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    Barbados Vacation Specials

  • Atlantis Submarines (Barbados) Inc.: Online Specials

    17 Oct 2014 | 6:34 am
    Book now for FREE round trip transfers from your hotel a US$7.50 value per person. Adult Day – with free transfers - Now US$99.00 Adult Night - with free transfers - Now US$109.00 ** Please indicate if you need transfers from your hotel** Experience a unique way to view the underwater world - A REAL SUBMARINE! 
  • Little Bay Hotel: Summer Deal

    13 Oct 2014 | 2:04 pm
    Great Fall Special.Studios (sleeps two)as low as US$76.38 tax inclusive.One bedroom (sleeps four)US$99.88. Price quoted includes taxes and allrooms are ocean view. 
  • All Seasons Resort - Europa: Fall Sale

    13 Oct 2014 | 1:27 pm
    Book now for travel before December 21, 2014 at the rate of US$ 79.00 per night or travel after December 21, 2014 at special rate of US$ 150.00, single or double occupancy, in selected room categories. Email us at for details. 
  • All Seasons Resort - Europa: Book now and save

    13 Oct 2014 | 1:26 pm
    Book now for travel before December 21, 2014 at the rate of US$ 79.00 per night or travel after December 21, 2014 at special rate of US$ 150.00, single or double occupancy, in selected room categories. Email us at for details. 
  • Chateau Blanc Apartments on Sea: Summer Special

    9 Oct 2014 | 12:17 pm
    Book directly with us during October and November and get 15% off our regular rates. The special applies to stays between October 1st, 2014 and November 30th, 2014. Just mention Summer Special at the time of booking to get your discount! 
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    Have Baby Will Travel

  • Using Car Seats on Planes

    19 Oct 2014 | 9:27 pm
    We know it’s not mandatory. We know it’s expensive. But we also know that the FAA recommends using car seats on planes. So if we bite the bullet and purchase baby their own seat on the airplane, and lug their car seat (or go through the expense of purchasing an additional car seat specifically for travel) what happens when we run into trouble once we’re on board? Sadly many flight crews are not well-versed on the proper usage of cars seats on planes, nor the FAA requirements around their correct usage. It’s my goal with this post to inform parents choosing to purchase…
  • Finding a Vacation Babysitter or Child Care

    2 Sep 2014 | 8:11 pm
    FDR Resort in Jamaica. The one with the NANNIES :) While a family vacation is about fun for every member of the family, sometimes that fun involves mom and dad enjoying some grown-up time together – be it a fancy dinner, going out dancing, or even just relaxing beach-side sans enfants. But that couple time can’t come at the expense of the safety of your children, so how to ensure the kids are well-cared for without spending all your spare time looking for a suitable vacation babysitter or child care? Book hotels with kids’ clubs… In my pre-parent days, I completely looked down my…
  • The Toronto Zoo – A Family Favourite From Day One

    23 Jul 2014 | 9:20 am
    A funny thing happened on our last visit to the zoo. We actually got to to walk at a leisurely pace and stop to study the animals. It was glorious, but if did feel a little “off” at the time. Why wasn’t I chasing a toddler off the rocks? Why was I not changing a diaper and most of our clothes in the bathroom? Trust me, I am NOT complaining. It had been a while, so I’m glad MasterCard reached out to suggest we get out and explore our “Priceless City” (#pricelesstoronto) The Toronto Zoo is the first and only attraction in Toronto where we purchased a yearly…
  • Airport Tips and Tricks with Kids

    30 Jun 2014 | 9:34 am
    We all know by now that flying with babies and toddlers is not for the faint of heart – even before you board! Getting everyone packed, organized, and ready to go through security with little fuss can be (or feel) challenging. The Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) has passed along a few airport tips and tricks as helpful reminders, to help make your summer air travel experiences a little less stressful. Know how to carry-on Children get hungry for snacks. You know this and you want to be prepared. Solid foods such as apples, granola bars, or sandwiches can be packed in…
  • Centreville Amusement Park: A Toronto With Kids Must-Visit!

    10 Jun 2014 | 1:51 pm
    Centreville was my absolute favourite place to visit when I was a kid. With the now-closed Ontario Place being its only competition at the time, that wasn’t a particularly tight race. But my kids have traveled extensively, and spent a great deal of time at the Holy Grail of theme parks – Walt Disney World. But their favourite Toronto attraction? Centre Island. The charming Centreville amusement park is an absolute must-visit for a trip to Toronto with kids. The Toronto Island Ferry, not “Fairy” Just getting to Centre Island is part of the fun for my family. I laughed when my…
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  • NOLA History: 6 Interesting New Orleans Cemeteries

    Edward Branley
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    October is a wonderful time of year for exploring cemeteries in New Orleans. The heat of the summer has broken, making it more comfortable to explore outdoor spaces. Here are seven interesting cemeteries in New Orleans. We can’t guarantee they’re haunted, but you’ll learn some history along the way, for sure. Hebrew Rest in Gentilly (photo courtesy Infrogmation) Hebrew Rest… Read the rest -»
  • My New Orleans: 20 Questions with Chris Trew

    Ann Marshall Thomas
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    “At the time, there was no place in New Orleans to pursue comedy. There was no leadership,” said comedian Chris Trew. He first got into comedy as a student at LSU, but found himself unable to pursue his dreams in his favorite city. So the seed was planted. Chris decided he wanted to open up a space in New Orleans … Read the rest -»
  • Prospect.3: A New Orleans Art Scavenger Hunt

    Lauren LaBorde
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:55 am
    Starting Oct. 25, contemporary art invades every corner of New Orleans with Prospect.3, an international art biennial featuring work by 58 artists in 18 venues. Venues include New Orleans art galleries and museums, but you’ll also find art in outdoor spaces and even on a barge on the Mississippi River. There are also community events and parties held in conjunction … Read the rest -»
  • GoNOLA Recipes at Home: Bad Bart’s Black Jambalaya

    Sara Watson
    19 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Bad Bart’s Black Jambalaya delivers on meaty flavors. You won’t find seafood here: smoked sausage, roasted chicken thighs, and braised pork are a trinity in and of themselves, although the classic trio of celery, peppers, and onions makes an appearance, too. Just the tiniest teaspoon of cayenne pepper heats this jambalaya right up – so much so that it was … Read the rest -»
  • GoNOLA Find: May Books

    Liz Beeson
    18 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    May Books in Sterling Provisions (Photo: Liz Beeson) Tucked away in the beautiful Sterling Provisions, a vintage furniture and houseware store in the Faubourg Marginy, the newly opened May Books is a hidden gem for enthusiasts of design, art, architecture and photography. Created as an extension of the May Art Gallery, this well curated book shop is home to a … Read the rest -»
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  • 5 of the World’s Most Amazing Waterfalls

    Vago Damitio
    10 Oct 2014 | 6:27 am
    How does one decide which waterfalls are the most amazing in the world? Is it the tallest, the widest, the fastest, or the most scenic? There are just so many to choose from. Check out the story... Come to Vagobond to read the rest - it's better with pictures!!!!
  • The Dangers of Coming Home – and other Travel Dangers

    Vago Damitio
    9 Oct 2014 | 12:36 pm
    From 1998 to 2013 – I was pretty well on the road. From 1998 to 2001 I was exploring the USA from North Carolina to Florida to California to Alaska and loosely based in Seattle and Bellingham... Come to Vagobond to read the rest - it's better with pictures!!!!
  • 10 Cheap Things To Do In Florida

    Vago Damitio
    4 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    With unrivalled opportunities to soak up sea, sun, scenery and local culture, the sunshine state has something to offer every type of vacationer. You Might Also Enjoy: 10 Free Things to do in... Come to Vagobond to read the rest - it's better with pictures!!!!
  • The Glorious Caravan Lifestyle

    Vago Damitio
    3 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    It’s that time of the year when people are thinking of heading back to school and work from their summer holidays, but there’s still plenty of time for the last hurrah of summer, so... Come to Vagobond to read the rest - it's better with pictures!!!!
  • Where To Go Vintage Shopping in Boston

    15 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    You may think you know where to go in Boston, but do you know where to go vintage shopping in Boston? Read on! Vintage shopping is experiencing something of a renaissance at the moment, both in the... Come to Vagobond to read the rest - it's better with pictures!!!!
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    Sophie’s World Travel Inspiration

  • Silent Sunday: Baskets for sale at the market in Inca

    Anne-Sophie Redisch
    19 Oct 2014 | 4:39 am
    Baskets for sale at the colourful market in Inca, Majorca in the Balearic Islands, Spain Silent Sunday: Baskets for sale at the market in Inca is a post from Sophie's World
  • Autumn in Munich

    Anne-Sophie Redisch
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:52 am
    Last year, the girls and I spent a spring day in Munich, mostly enjoying the lively Marienplatz, and hanging about Viktualienmarkt, the wonderful farmers’ market in the city centre. This time, it’s autumn in Munich, which means one thing: Oktoberfest. Or in our case, pre-Oktoberfest. We’re about a week early, which means we have a bit of elbow room compared to the crowds of the coming weeks. Oktoberfest is the world’s largest festival, with more than 6 million visitors popping in. Bavaria has a unique beer culture. During the 16 days of Oktoberfest, nearly 7 million litres of beer…
  • Silent Sunday: Autumn in Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia

    Anne-Sophie Redisch
    12 Oct 2014 | 5:27 am
    Pumpkins at the roadside – autumn in Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia, Canada Silent Sunday: Autumn in Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia is a post from Sophie's World
  • World at a Glance: While we’re waiting for Nobel…

    Anne-Sophie Redisch
    8 Oct 2014 | 9:58 am
    The Nobel Peace Prize is frequently called the world’s most prestigious prize. 278 have been nominated this year, the highest number ever (these can nominate). The Norwegian Nobel Committee, who makes the decision, is obliged to keep the list of nominees and nominators secret for 50 years, according to the terms of Alfred Nobel’s will. The nominators are under no such obligations. And then there are speculations. Two favourites this year are Pope Frans and Malala Yousafzai. Other faves are the many nominated gay rights’ activists (from Russia, Uganda and Nepal, as well…
  • Silent Sunday: Belle Epoque steam boat on Lake Geneva

    Anne-Sophie Redisch
    5 Oct 2014 | 8:55 am
    The Belle Epoque steam boat Rhône plies the waters of gorgeous Lac Leman (Lake Geneva) in Switzerland Silent Sunday: Belle Epoque steam boat on Lake Geneva is a post from Sophie's World
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    FeedBlitz News

  • The One Easy Gmail Tip for Tracking and Testing

    Phil Hollows
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:48 am
    We recently sponsored the slightly-awkwardly-named-but-totally-worthwhile Type-A Parent Conference in Atlanta, and so naturally the topic of email came up (surprise!), especially in relation to testing email forms with different email accounts. It can be a real pain to create yet another email address for your site, and so we all have only a few addresses to go around. Right? Wrong! If you have a gmail account – and who doesn’t? – you effectively have an infinite number of email addresses. And I was surprised how few of the experienced bloggers and content marketers I met…
  • Feeds, Clicks and DNS Problems

    Phil Hollows
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:32 am
    If you or your subscribers have been frustrated trying to get to a FeedBlitz feed (or click through to a link in a FeedBlitz feed) in the last 24 hours or so, the reason is because some third party DNS servers have been returning the wrong results for The net effect is that although FeedBlitz is up and your feeds are being served, some subscribers are being sent to the wrong servers, and getting errors as a result. Update: We’ve routed traffic from the “wrong” server to one of the “right” ones, so even folks affected by this should now get…
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