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  • Why You Should Spend New Year’s Eve in Dublin, Ireland

    Europe a la Carte Travel Blog
    Karen Bryan
    23 Nov 2014 | 10:34 pm
    There's plenty going on for Dublin New Year's Eve. NYF Dublin is a three day festival running from 30 December 2014 to 1 January 2015. The Procession of Light starts at Dublin Castle at 6.
  • SoCal: 5 best holiday light shows to see over Thanksgiving

    LA Times
    27 Nov 2014 | 8:15 am
    The season of light has begun. Here are five of the best ways to light up your holidays.
  • A Visit to the City of Fog: London

    We Said Go Travel
    Abdulrahman Abbas
    27 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    A gloomy sky hung above, clusters of clouds moved and rain poured ever so slightly. The murky water of the Thames accepted the droplets of rain, and a concoction of languages were floated throughout the crowded street behind me. It was an experience from a tourist’s point of view; the continuous hand waves to halt the famed black cabs of London every now and then, the eerie looks I got walking down the streets by rushing Londoners, and the numerous stops I made to take photos of prominent victorian-era buildings. A first stop. A mysterious window into the ocean. The London aquarium is…
  • Black Friday Travel Gear Deals

    Peter Greenberg Travel Detective
    PeterGreenberg.com
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:33 am
    Read the full article on PeterGreenberg.com at - Black Friday Travel Gear DealsBlack Friday is just a day away, and millions will be stuck in traffic jams at malls across America. But it may also be a  great time to save on some must-have travel gear.... Read More...The post Black Friday Travel Gear Deals appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
  • An Afternoon of Pizza, Beer, and History (… and Beer) in Boston’s North End

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    Mike Richard
    25 Nov 2014 | 12:29 pm
    Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. Boston’s North End (aka “Little Italy”) is among the most historic neighborhoods in one of the most historic cities in the United States. It’s also one of the most densely populated, both with people and restaurants: 12,000 people and 120 restaurants fill an area less than 0.4 square miles. It’s a foodie’s (and an agoraphobic’s) dream. Mrs. Vagabondish and I have both lived within an hour of Boston for most of our lives. So it’s a bit shameful to admit that we’ve never really explored the North…
 
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  • How to Raise a Museum-Loving Kid

    Heather Greenwood Davis
    27 Nov 2014 | 9:37 am
    Something strange happens to us when we become parents: we forget how boring “adult thinking” can be. When I was a kid, the idea of spending hours at a museum or art gallery was enough for me to tighten my fluorescent Madonna-esque head tie and demand that someone “gag me with a spoon.” And yet, time and time again, I find myself offering the same “we should go to the museum” pleas to my own kids and then being surprised when their eyes glaze over at the prospect. But after dozens of museum visits and a decreasing number of eye rolls, I think I’ve stumbled upon the…
  • Old Is New Again in Athens

    Intelligent Travel
    27 Nov 2014 | 6:01 am
    The Caryatids, a clique of statuesque ladies that once supported the roof of the Acropolis’s Erechtheion, stand more beautiful than ever after a three-year makeover. The ancient treasures were restored using technology developed by the Acropolis Museum in Athens. Working on-site, scientists applied infrared and ultraviolet lasers to peel off layers of grime without damaging the caryatids’ intricate hairstyles and elegantly draped attire. Radiant Relics: Through digital reconstructions based on 3-D scanning, scientists also revealed how the Parthenon frieze originally looked: decorated…
  • I Heart My City: Erin’s Williamsburg

    I Heart My City
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:11 pm
    Nat Geo Young Explorer Erin Spencer is a marine scientist with a curious fascination with invasive lionfish and tri-cornered hats. After visiting Virginia’s Historic Triangle every year as a child, she ended up moving to Williamsburg to attend the College of William & Mary. Though she now lives in Washington, D.C., she takes frequent trips to satisfy her colonial cravings. Here are some of Erin’s favorite things about her home away from home. Follow Erin’s story on her personal website, Twitter, and Instagram. Williamsburg Is My City When someone comes to…
  • The Siren Song of Singapore

    Intelligent Travel
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:15 am
    Even in the most sweltering months of my Singaporean girlhood, the outdoors called to me. I’d clamber onto a bus, flash my school bus card, hope for a window seat and perhaps a whiff of a breeze, and settle in for the stuffy ride east. Densely packed apartment buildings and car-clogged streets would gradually give way to lush trees and dusty squat row houses. The destination: Changi Village, a somnolent neighborhood perched on the far northeastern shores of the island. Rustling palm trees lulled me into a trance during walks in one of Singapore’s oldest coastal parks. From the jetty, I…
  • #NGTRadar: Travel Lately

    Intelligent Travel
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:36 am
    Travel Lately—a roundup of the best new dispatches from the travel blogosphere—is a regular feature on Intelligent Travel every other Wednesday. You can play, too. Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTravel and tag your favorite travel stories #NGTRadar to help us find the crème de la crème on the Web. Here are our latest picks: No matter if you’re looking for a “bustling bar scene” or an afternoon of culture, Lisbon has something for everyone. Get the scoop on the neighborhoods that make up Portugal’s capital city. @piggybackrideAZ There’s no doubt that a…
 
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  • Honolulu Marathon Tips (for non-entrants)

    Jamie Winpenny
    26 Nov 2014 | 11:19 am
    One of the hallmarks of the holiday season in Honolulu is the annual Honolulu Marathon. Taking place on the second Sunday of The post Honolulu Marathon Tips (for non-entrants) appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Go Ride! Hawaii’s Skateparks for Kids

    Jamie Winpenny
    24 Nov 2014 | 3:16 pm
    It can be a bit of a challenge when vacationing with kids to find activities to keep young minds and bodies occupied The post Go Ride! Hawaii’s Skateparks for Kids appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Upscale in Kapolei? At Plantation Tavern, you bet.

    Jamie Winpenny
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:46 am
    Oahu’s Ewa Plain isn’t necessarily the first place residents think of when it comes to upscale dining. It’s a land sprawling with The post Upscale in Kapolei? At Plantation Tavern, you bet. appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Sighting Endangered Species in Hawaii

    Jamie Winpenny
    18 Nov 2014 | 1:39 pm
    There is a handful of animal species native to Hawaii and Hawaii waters that residents take particular delight in spotting. Sadly, part The post Sighting Endangered Species in Hawaii appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Cooking Hawaiian Style – The Book

    Bruce Fisher
    17 Nov 2014 | 12:40 pm
    A quick perusal of the names of some of the recipes included in Cooking Hawaiian Style by Lanai Tabura and Frank Abraham The post Cooking Hawaiian Style – The Book appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
 
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  • Be thankful that places like Fiji’s “Grand Canyon” and forward-thinking people still exist

    David Miller
    27 Nov 2014 | 1:49 pm
    I recently came across this video of the “River of Eden” in Fiji, which is the only protected watershed in the entire South Pacific. Take a minute to appreciate the story of this place and people, from Filmmaker Peter McBride, on “why the locals said no to easy money from resource extraction, and how they turned to tourism to fund a conservation area that protects one of the most beautiful rivers on Earth.” Win.
  • This snowboarding video is epic

    Rory Moulton
    27 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Follow Matador on Vimeo Follow Matador on YouTube It’s about the connection to the mountains — not the competitions, not the sponsors, not the gear, not even the sick lines — says pro snowboarder Will Jackways in this short film. Amen, brother. Follow the stoke and find happiness. It’s not all that difficult, really, and you don’t have to be a professional athlete — your stoke can be anything. Find it, follow it, live it, share it.
  • 9 signs you've become a nomad

    Matt Hershberger
    27 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Photo: Éole Wind You know the exact date your passport is set to expire. It’s not sitting forgotten in some drawer near your desk, next to expired Bed, Bath & Beyond certificates and Subway punch cards. You know the exact procedure for getting it renewed, and you’re aware that some countries won’t accept a passport that is due to expire in a few months. You also know the Department of State is supposed to send the expired passport back to you, and you’re planning to hold onto it as a keepsake until your death. Apartment hunting is a bitch in cities where year-long leases…
  • Thank hipsters for craft beer

    Matt Hershberger
    27 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Photo: Perfectance THERE’S A BILLBOARD near me in New Jersey for Miller Lite that says, “All other light beers: I am your father.” God knows why this is a thing to be proud of, but I, for one, find it refreshing that Miller Lite is comparing itself to one of the most evil movie characters in cinematic history. Which officially makes it the first time I’ve been refreshed by Miller Lite. America, unfortunately, has been known in the past for its shitty light beers. It won a 2010 survey on which country produced the worst beer, far outstripping the runner-up, China. Beer tourists are…
  • Ways to outdo your guidebook in Peru

    Marie Cleland
    27 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Run, and you’ll have Machu Picchu all to yourself. Photo: fortherock Opt out of the convoy of buses that meander up the winding road every day from Aguas Calientes. Walk the Inca Trail instead. It can still be crowded, but offers you the chance to be the first to visit Machu Picchu that day. On the last morning, trekkers line up at a gate to get their passports stamped. The gate opens at 5.30 AM. Line up no later than 5 AM to be first in the queue. As soon as the gates open, start jogging – the last stretch of trail takes about an hour and a half to walk, or about 40 minutes to jog.
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  • Gordini Gloves – WanderGear Wednesday

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

    Beth Whitman
    17 Nov 2014 | 11:48 am
    I completed the Snowman Trek more than a month ago but haven’t yet posted about my experience. Mostly it’s because I spent some down time in Kauai after the trek and then went to Thailand to lead a tour of fab women on our Northern Thailand and Laos Hill Tribe tour. But I also haven’t written about it because it’s difficult to know where to start writing about such an epic trip. 25 days, 220 miles across Bhutan’s Himalayas. For future posts, I’ll likely break the trip down into a photographic journey and share stories based on some of my top images but…
  • Icebreaker Tech Top Long Sleeve Crew ~ WanderGear Wednesday

    Beth Whitman
    5 Nov 2014 | 3:05 am
    I had not fully grasped the value of merino wool and, more specifically, Icebreaker merino wool, until I started doing some heavy duty hiking earlier this year. I suppose if I’m confessing, I have to admit I really got turned on to it because of Jon, who’s almost always right and also almost always way ahead of me on these types of things. While I was hiking in the Pacific Northwest in t-shirts and non-technical clothes, Jon was wearing Icebreaker t- and long-sleeved shirts. When the weather started to warm up and he was sweating more, his Icebreaker shirts, frankly, never…
  • Trekking: What the Nepalese could learn from the Bhutanese

    Beth Whitman
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:10 pm
    Our guides after hanging prayer flags for good luck. You’ve undoubtedly heard about the tragedy on the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal last week where 40+ people died when heavy snow and blizzard conditions unexpectedly hit during prime trekking season. While it’s believed the bodies of all foreigners have been located, local porters and guides are reportedly still missing. Having just returned from the 25-day Snowman Trek in neighboring Bhutan, I can’t help but think this sort of tragedy would never happen there. Not because the weather is so perfect in Bhutan – snow often…
  • Snowman Trek Time

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

    Rich Tucker
    27 Nov 2014 | 6:46 am
    Last night Jimmy Fallon was on board the Quantum of the Seas  with Higgins and it was pretty funny. They were on board to demonstrate the iFly Ripcord skydiving simulator. Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon Quantum of the Seas Video   The Quantum of the Seas only has 18 sailings before she heads to China.  CLICK HERE to check availability and pricing for 2015 Quantum of the Seas cruises departing Bayonne, NJ.
  • Cruise Deals: Best Ships for Family Cruises

    Martha Allen
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:54 am
    Besides the weather, this is the my favorite time of year because we get to spend extra time with our families.   While you have everyone together, it’s a great time to start planning your 2015 family cruise vacation. Below, I’ve highlighted a few of our favorite ships for multi-generational cruising with links to the best deals. Ships designed with your entire family in mind Selecting the right cruise ship is incredibly important when booking a cruise for your family. You have to look at more than the sticker price and the size of the ship. You have to make sure that there…
  • #QuantumoftheSeas Photos and Instagram Videos

    Rich Tucker
    23 Nov 2014 | 8:46 pm
    We returned on Friday from the Quantum of the Seas Royal Family inaugural 3 day event. It was the first sailing from the US that allowed kids and we were able to bring our 7-year old daughter who was able experience a ton of firsts. This was her first flight, first time in NYC, and of course she was one of the first kids ever on Quantum of the Seas. I’m working on several Quantum of the Seas blog posts, but first I wanted to share all of our Instagram Videos and Photos. #QuantumoftheSeas in 15 Second Videos: 15 seconds from CLT > Quantum of the Seas #roadtotheQuantum complete!
  • Cruise Deals: Last Minute Deals from $108

    Martha Allen
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:27 am
    Sometimes when a cruise line has a lot of cabins to fill before the ship sets sail, we find some great bargains. These cruises are all sailing within the next 30 days at rates that are sure to fill cabins. Right now you can book a 4-night Caribbean cruise for just $108 or a 3-night Mexico cruise for just 129! These are phenomenal offers – from less than $30 a day. At these rates, it is cheaper to cruise than to book a week long “stay-cation” at a hotel. For a complete list of our hand-picked deals, visit our Last Minute Cruise Deals page. Our favorite Last Minute Deals:…
  • Oasis of the Seas Price Drops |Save $620!

    Rich Tucker
    14 Nov 2014 | 3:52 pm
    Earlier today, I was given a little inside info that the Oasis of the Seas prices will drop up $620 per cabin on the 11/22, 11/29 or 12/6 this is the weekend. REMINDER: The Oasis of the Seas was recently refurbished, so she is looking brand new.  $549 for Thanksgiving Cruise on the World’s largest cruise ship is an awesome deal! Watch this quick video for details and proof of pre-sale prices. CLICK TO SHARE and SAVE THIS POST ON FACEBOOK On Saturday, 11/15 use the link below to view the itinerary and to book the Oasis of the Seas at the new lower rate: Links to Book Oasis of the Seas:…
 
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  • Walking Trails in Ibiza

    Karen Bryan
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:52 pm
    Ibiza boasts an abundance of cliff top walks, mountain hikes and countryside trails, making it a great choice for those who enjoy discovering a destination on foot. From casual ramblers to avid hikers, there are multiple marked trails to suit all fitness and adventure levels, and all spoil the explorer with scenic landscapes and breathtaking views Below are three examples of beautiful walking trails in Ibiza. Check them out on your next holiday.
  • Why You Should Spend New Year’s Eve in Dublin, Ireland

    Karen Bryan
    23 Nov 2014 | 10:34 pm
    There's plenty going on for Dublin New Year's Eve. NYF Dublin is a three day festival running from 30 December 2014 to 1 January 2015. The Procession of Light starts at Dublin Castle at 6.
  • The Best Places to Buy a Holiday Home

    Karen Bryan
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:08 pm
    The 'Where to Buy: An International Holiday Home' infographic by the holiday home insurer Schofields reveals the best places to buy a holiday home to achieve the highest return on investment. Many purchasers base buying a holiday home on being able to at least cover their costs by renting out the property when they're not using it.
  • Well Done East Coast Trains

    Demetrius Vouyiouklis
    18 Nov 2014 | 10:31 pm
    On the 4th of November I was booked on the 16.22 Cross Country train from Berwick upon Tweed to Edinburgh, aiming to get the bus to Edinburgh airport and catch my flight to London Gatwick with a connection to Thessaloniki, Greece. I'd left plenty of time (or so I thought) for any possible mishaps/delays, including getting to the airport 1.
  • Street Art in Bratislava

    Karen Bryan
    16 Nov 2014 | 10:19 pm
    When I'm exploring a city, I'm always on the lookout for interesting street art. The first batch of street art which I spotted in Bratislava was around the pedestrian access to the Novy Most (New Bridge). For me, the best street art in Bratislava was behind St Martin's Cathedral, north off Panska.
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  • Is a Quest Better if it Helps Others?

    Chris Guillebeau
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    I got an interesting question from Allan about the nature of quests: I really enjoyed “The Happiness of Pursuit.” It appealed to the adventurer in me. I understand that you are encouraging others to pursue whatever quest they are passionate about, but my question is, “Do you notice that people who pursue quests that give something to others are more happy than quests for self interests?” I love this question, and I think the answer is two-fold. In the long-term, I do believe that most of us are happier when we find a way to combine our dreams with something that also…
  • 2014 Thanksgiving Sale: Avoid the Crowds, Save 15% Or More, and Eat Pie

    Chris Guillebeau
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:27 am
    Hey everyone, Happy Thanksgiving! Well, almost. And if you’re in Canada, you’ve already had this drill last month. Wherever you are, and whether you celebrate Thanksgiving or not, I hope your holiday season is beginning restfully, and perhaps even without any all-night camping in front of the electronics store. Over here, I’m planning a long run and an early start to this year’s Annual Review. We’re also kicking off the only sale we do every year at Unconventional Guides. Only one! And now it begins. —-> Our Annual Holiday Sale Is Here! For the rest of the…
  • How to Make the DMV a Happier Place: Dan Pink’s New “Crowd Control” Series

    Chris Guillebeau
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:00 pm
    You might remember Daniel Pink from his New York Times bestsellers, A Whole New Mind, Drive, and To Sell is Human, or from his hugely popular Ted Talk about motivation. Using behavioral science, Dan has done some really interesting things to show us why we do the things we do. His newest project is a series on National Geographic called Crowd Control: “a hidden camera series that uses high-tech and mechanical builds to manipulate bad behavior.” Here’s the synopsis: “What if we could make the DMV a happier place by adding a little laughter? Or curb America’s…
  • Remember to Earn Miles for Everyday Purchases (“AKA Shopping Online While At the Apple Store”)

    Chris Guillebeau
    24 Nov 2014 | 11:00 am
    I went to the Apple Store to buy a new computer. I had already done my research and knew what I wanted. I just needed to verify a few things in person, which I did with the helpful associate. “OK, I’m ready,” I said—and then I logged on to a website from the in-store computer to make the purchase. The associate was a little confused. “I can ring you up right here, and for the same price.” “I know,” I said, “But this way I’ll earn more miles.” I bought the computer through the AA shopping mall and selected “In-store pickup.” For pickup time, I selected…
  • Recruiting an Army of Allies: Essay for “Making Your Mark”

    Chris Guillebeau
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:03 am
    I’m a big fan of 99U, an offshoot of Behance that exists to help people implement their great ideas instead of just brainstorming more and more ideas. Last week they published have a new book of collected essays, and I contributed one about “Recruiting an Army of Allies.” You can check out my essay below, or (even better) pick up a copy of the book for essays by much smarter people. Recruiting an Army of Allies by Chris Guillebeau *** The blog post asking for donations went up with no preamble. There was no launch campaign and no guilt trip, just a simple description of the…
 
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  • Waikiki Thanksgiving Dinners and Events 2014

    Sheila Beal
    24 Nov 2014 | 10:44 am
    Waikiki Beach is a popular destination to celebrate Thanksgiving. Whether you’ll be in Waikiki or just dreaming about it, you’ll enjoy this list of special dining options and fun things to do over the holiday weekend.If you are looking for a place to dine for Thanksgiving, many Waikiki restaurants will be offering special Thanksgiving menus. We recommend you secure reservations as quickly as possible. For last minute reservations and availability, check OpenTable.com.Waikiki Thanksgiving BuffetsThe following Waikiki Beach restaurants are offering special Thankgiving buffets. Most…
  • Mahalo for making Go Visit Hawaii a top travel blog!

    Sheila Beal
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:41 pm
    Mahalo nui loa for your votes and support. With your help, we made the list of the top travel blogs for 2015!© Go Visit Hawaii – Republication of this entire post is prohibited without prior permission. Using extracts of less than 100 words is permitted with full attribution and link back to GoVisitHawaii.com. Under no circumstances may any site scrape content automatically from our site or this RSS feed.
  • Aloha Friday Photo: Surfer at Sunset

    Sheila Beal
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:04 am
    Mahalo to Deborah Hettesheimer-Citarella for sharing this nice sunset shot with us for Aloha Friday Photos.Deborah took this photo earlier this month in Lahaina Harbor on Maui. The silhouette of the surfer pausing for the moment adds a lot of interest to scene. I’d like to think that the surfer is enjoying the sunset while feeling gratitude for the day.Happy Aloha Friday! © Go Visit Hawaii – Republication of this entire post is prohibited without prior permission. Using extracts of less than 100 words are permitted with full attribution and link back to GoVisitHawaii.com. Under…
  • Jaw-dropping new enhancements at Four Seasons Resort Lana’i at Manele Bay

    Sheila Beal
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:04 am
    Four Seasons Lana’i Resort at Manele Bay pool area with view of Hulopoe Bay.It’s no secret that we are big fans of Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay. We first visited in 2007 and since then, we’ve returned back there more often than any other resort in Hawaii. In fact, whenever we’re making plans to visit other islands, we always try to determine if we can include a stop at Lana’i.Until recently, the resort design remained the same. It was tastefully decorated and there wasn’t anything that we didn’t like about it.After Larry Ellison purchased…
  • Please help!

    Sheila Beal
    14 Nov 2014 | 5:48 pm
    We need your help, please!If you have enjoyed the Hawaii photos, videos and articles on Go Visit Hawaii, will you please take a few seconds to vote for Go Visit Hawaii as a top travel blog?Here’s how to vote: 1.  Click this link to vote. Note: the poll closed as of 3pm EST Monday, November 17. Winners will be announced November 21.2.  After the link opens, click the button to the left of Go Visit Hawaii3.  Click the Vote button.Voting is very easy, fast and you don’t have to register or provide any information.We are grateful for the nomination of best travel blog. The vote is…
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  • November Nile Geese

    GJE
    18 Nov 2014 | 4:59 am
    Not many people know The Hague has canals. Not so many as Amsterdam off course, but we have some an you can cruise the canals. However our bridges are lower than the average Amsterdam bridges, so the best tours are with small uncovered little canal boats. Good weather gives a better experience. Yesterday I was tested as a volunteer skipper for one of the companies offering trips, De Willemsvaart. I believe the boss was satisfied with my maneuverability. So it is possible you have me as your captain when you book a tour in 2015. They close down for the winter next week. While maneuvering the…
  • Slovakian Flying Car Aeromobil 3.0 Unveiled

    GJE
    10 Nov 2014 | 2:25 am
    Slovakian Flying Car Aeromobil 3.0 Unveiled I Came across this video of the Aeromobil 3.0 which speaks for itself. The Aeromobil 3.0 is the flying car’s second or third version. It was recently unveiled in Vienna at the inventors show. From the site Aeromobil : Transforms in seconds from an automobile to an airplane. Gives you freedom to move. AeroMobil is a flying car that perfectly makes use of existing infrastructure created for automobiles and planes, and opens doors to real door-to-door travel. As a car it fits into any standard parking space, uses regular gasoline, and can be…
  • Opening Suite Novotel The Hague

    GJE
    6 Nov 2014 | 2:29 pm
    Opening Suite Novotel The Hague Today the Alderman of The Hague, Karsten Klein, jointly with the COO of Accor Benelux, Caro van Eekelen opened the new Suite Novotel (118 rooms) in The Hague. Time permitting you will see me reviewing this interesting hotel. Opening Suite Novotel The Hague is a post from: Happy Hotelier. Would you like to subscribe to my newsfeed, or my weekly newsletter? Last update: Thursday, November 6, 2014Opening Suite Novotel The Hague is a post from: Happy Hotelier. Would you like to subscribe to my newsfeed, or my weekly newsletter?
  • Happy Halloween

    GJE
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:17 pm
    Found this street artist in Madrid during a recent visit. Happy Halloween to all Happy Halloween is a post from: Happy Hotelier. Would you like to subscribe to my newsfeed, or my weekly newsletter? Last update: Tuesday, November 4, 2014Happy Halloween is a post from: Happy Hotelier. Would you like to subscribe to my newsfeed, or my weekly newsletter?
  • CaixaForum Madrid

    GJE
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:54 am
    Caixa Forum Recently I was in Madrid. I visited the CaixaForum Museum of modern art: An old power station renovated by the Swiss architects Herzog and De Meuron in 200-2001, shortly after they renovated the Tate London, also a decommissioned power station. I could crop a selfie from the first photo. What’s a bit annoying is that the CaixaForum Madrid doesn’t have its own web presence. It is part of the big Caixa Foundation. Caixa is a large Spanish bank. You can find a bit on the Foundations Website, but it’s not much. This is what the architects say about the impressive…
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  • Shop and Drop at a Hotel

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

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

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

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

    CajunMama
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:46 am
    We’ve had Chicago on our minds lately here at TravelingMamas.com, 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…
 
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    Vagabondish

  • An Afternoon of Pizza, Beer, and History (… and Beer) in Boston’s North End

    Mike Richard
    25 Nov 2014 | 12:29 pm
    Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. Boston’s North End (aka “Little Italy”) is among the most historic neighborhoods in one of the most historic cities in the United States. It’s also one of the most densely populated, both with people and restaurants: 12,000 people and 120 restaurants fill an area less than 0.4 square miles. It’s a foodie’s (and an agoraphobic’s) dream. Mrs. Vagabondish and I have both lived within an hour of Boston for most of our lives. So it’s a bit shameful to admit that we’ve never really explored the North…
  • Travel Quote: “Live Every Day Like It’s the Day You’ll Be Remembered For”

    Mike Richard
    14 Nov 2014 | 10:37 am
    Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. Original photo © Nicki Varkevisser The post Travel Quote: “Live Every Day Like It’s the Day You’ll Be Remembered For” appeared first on Vagabondish.
  • Wanna Upgrade Your Travel Headphones? We’re Giving Away a Cambridge Audio DacMagic Headphone Amp!

    Mike Richard
    14 Nov 2014 | 7:37 am
    Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. Wanna seriously upgrade your laptop audio? Of course you do and here’s how … After checking out Cambridge Audio’s latest DacMagic XS headphone amp this week, I’ve been completely hooked on it. The sound is ridiculously awesome: I tested the unit on a variety of different music genres (including talk/podcast, EDM and of course some Bieber) and in my opinion this thing sounds great! I admit that I’m no audiophile, but it kicks out some seriously loud sound from my budget RHA earbuds. Cambridge Audio promises a boost of up to…
  • The Only Gadget You Need to Make Your Travel Headphones Sound Amazing

    Mike Richard
    12 Nov 2014 | 9:13 am
    Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. Stay tuned in the next few days! We’ll be giving away a free DacMagic XS to one lucky reader! Did you know that computer manufacturers spend as little as $2 on the sound cards in many modern laptops? Which explains why their cheap headphone jacks frankly suck. They’re simply not good enough to get the most from your headphones. Which leaves you with two options: buy a high-end (read: expensive) pair of better headphones with built-in processing. Or buy a DAC (digital audio converter) headphone amp with which you can use any pair of…
  • Discover a Fresh Way to Fly in the First Ever Dreamliner 787-9

    The Vagabondish Team
    11 Nov 2014 | 11:03 am
    Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. The modern vagabond knows how crucial and imperative a great in-flight experience is to successful traveling. When choosing between differing flights, jet setters take comfort well into consideration. With the addition of a new aircraft to their impressive fleet, Air New Zealand is changing the way we approach flying. Air New Zealand recently unveiled the first ever Dreamliner 787-9. The new Dreamliner 787-9 features the distinctive black version of the airline’s new-look livery. Ushering in a new dimension of global aviation, customers will…
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    Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast

  • Travel to Vermont – Episode 440 Transcript

    chris2x
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:59 pm
    transcript of Travel to Vermont – Episode 440 Chris: Amateur Traveler episode 440. Today the Amateur Traveler talks about long lakes, mountains, farms, and Ben and Jerry’s as we go to the […] The post Travel to Vermont – Episode 440 Transcript appeared first on Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast.
  • Greek Fishing Boat – Athens, Greece – Photo

    chris2x
    23 Nov 2014 | 7:15 pm
    Receive A $200 Air Credit Per Couple On 2014 Air Inclusive Europe ToursSeine River Cruises - save 10% I enjoy taking pictures of things that are not just new and shiney and […] The post Greek Fishing Boat – Athens, Greece – Photo appeared first on Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast.
  • Memphis, Tennessee – Great American Roadtrip

    chris2x
    22 Nov 2014 | 3:14 pm
    Memphis, Tennessee One of the highlights of our Great American road trip last Summer was Memphis. We spent less than 24 hours in Memphis but were able to see some great sites. National […] The post Memphis, Tennessee – Great American Roadtrip appeared first on Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast.
  • Travel to Fiji – Episode 445

    chris2x
    22 Nov 2014 | 9:55 am
    Hear about travel to Fiji as the Amateur Traveler talks to David Brodie from Travel in 10 about his trip to this Island Paradise. David says “of all the places I have […] The post Travel to Fiji – Episode 445 appeared first on Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast.
  • Puerto Rican Honeymoon

    Liz Christensen
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:07 pm
    “International travel on easy mode” Let me introduce myself. I am Liz (Christensen) Powell, guest blogger and daughter of the Amateur Traveler himself. My husband Danny and I got married last month […] The post Puerto Rican Honeymoon appeared first on Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast.
 
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    We Said Go Travel

  • A Visit to the City of Fog: London

    Abdulrahman Abbas
    27 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    A gloomy sky hung above, clusters of clouds moved and rain poured ever so slightly. The murky water of the Thames accepted the droplets of rain, and a concoction of languages were floated throughout the crowded street behind me. It was an experience from a tourist’s point of view; the continuous hand waves to halt the famed black cabs of London every now and then, the eerie looks I got walking down the streets by rushing Londoners, and the numerous stops I made to take photos of prominent victorian-era buildings. A first stop. A mysterious window into the ocean. The London aquarium is…
  • Gratitude Contest Enter by Sunday Nov 30!

    Lisa Ellen Niver
    27 Nov 2014 | 9:29 am
    FALL 2014 GRATITUDE TRAVEL WRITING CONTEST submit your entry here  Enter until Sunday November 30, 2014 at midnight PST! (Winter 2015 contest will open January 2, 2015) WeSaidGoTravel.com invites you to enter its Travel Writing Contest with CASH prizes and no fee for entry. The theme for the Fall 2014 contest is “Gratitude: A Place That Inspires You to Feel Strong and Hopeful.” We hope your article will inspire others to travel more and find their inner hero!  We are looking for an article about your act of gratitude–a place you chose or that allows you to stand up for…
  • Gratitude in Alaska

    Caleb Hedin
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Gratitude in Alaska As the waves crash over the bow I shut my eyes momentarily while the ocean spray reaches my face. Some days this happens every time I encounter a wave. Some days it doesn’t happen once. The goal every day is the same; to fill the boat, and no day is the same in terms of weather, tides, hours, or amounts of fish. These variables change by the hour and are almost always unpredictable. It’s the ultimate gamble, and it’s what I do for a living. It’s the ultimate gamble in terms of income, and it’s the ultimate gamble in terms of safety. If you don’t love it you…
  • Grateful News: Writing Contest, Articles and Thanksgiving!

    Lisa Ellen Niver
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    Filming with Ashely in Bermuda at the Swizzle Inn NOVEMBER NEWS from WSGT: HAPPY THANKSGIVING! I am grateful for your support for me and We Said Go Travel! Thank you! WRITING CONTEST:  The Fall 2014 Gratitude Travel Writing Contestis open. Free entry and cash prizes. Share your story of how you are a hero!  The theme for the Fall 2014 contest is “Gratitude: A Place That Inspires You to Feel Strong and Hopeful.” We hope your article will inspire others to travel more and find their inner hero! Share your story your act of gratitude–a place you chose or that allows you to stand…
  • Thattekad riot of colors, Paradise of Birds in India

    Shawli Das
    25 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Being born with a lazy born I avoid every chance to go for birding trips. I would rather sit in 4×4 vehicle for hours spotting a Tiger coz it’s probably easy way out. Birds are super active species and will make you run around the jungle, so I must have done thousand coin tosses to see if I can talk myself out of it. On my way to Thattekad I was officially in ‘GOD’S OWN COUNTRY’ driving through sleepy towns of Kerala enjoying beautiful churches, temples, spice and rubber plantations and shining waterbodies on both sides of the road. However, purpose of the trip…
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    Elliott

  • My PayPal account is frozen – can you unfreeze it?

    Christopher Elliott
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Paypal closed Hunter Roquemore’s account after he sold a computer on eBay. How can he unfreeze it? Question: About a year ago, I sold a computer through eBay using PayPal. A few weeks later I received the first of many calls from PayPal that I owed them the money. The first time, a...
  • Airlines always seem to be on the take, but why?

    Christopher Elliott
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Why do airlines do some of the outrageous things they do? Sometimes, there’s no reasonable explanation, as Mitchell Katz discovered. He recently gave United Airlines a lot of miles and money for nothing. Katz, flying from Washington to Cancun, Mexico, was tempted to redeem some of his...
  • Do you believe the reason for these fees?

    Christopher Elliott
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    If you thought airline fees were ridiculous, try booking a ticket to a live performance. That’s what Jeff Paintner did: Five tickets to Disney on Ice through a site called TicketNetwork.com. “These are etickets,” he explains. “So I get to print them myself.” The...
  • I want a full refund for my broken down rental car

    Christopher Elliott
    23 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Deborah Gray’s rental car broke down and she wants her money back. Hertz won’t pay her. She’d like me to encourage the company to reconsider. The circumstances surrounding the mechanical failure are unfortunate. Complicating things further, there’s no provision in...
  • Who really benefits when airlines are penalized?

    Christopher Elliott
    22 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Although the U.S. Department of Transportation fined seven airlines a total of $1.7 million last year for violating its controversial tarmac-delay rule, most of it went straight to the U.S. Treasury. Why isn’t the money awarded to the passengers who sat on planes for hours before taking off? That’s...
 
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    Soul Travelers 3

  • Gratitude Quotes, Autumn Beauty & Giving Thanks!

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

    Soul Travelers3
    24 Nov 2014 | 12:38 am
    Chateaux Spectacular! Mozart at Chenonceau, Loire ValleyWhat is your favorite castle  nin Europe? I'm not sure I could pick one, as we've seen so many stunning What is your favorite castle in Europe? I'm not sure I could pick one, as we've seen so many stunning castles on our years of road trips around Europe from Pena Palace to  Blarney to Carcassone to the Alhambra and more. We explored many castles in the Loire Valley and the Château de Chenonceau was a delight for Mozart and the whole family. As I mentioned in 5 Best European Vacations, France is the number…
  • Camping Europe in Style

    Soul Travelers3
    19 Nov 2014 | 12:02 am
    Camping Europe in StyleReady to plan a camping trip European style? Camping is the cheapest way to visit Europe Ready to plan a camping trip European style? Camping is the cheapest way to visit Europe and the most popular way for middle-class European families and retirees to travel, but sadly, most Americans miss this opportunity. A motorhome is a especially useful and ideal for families, couples or small group of friends, as they are both transportation and accommodation and one of the best ways to meet other Europeans like the creative folks in the photo above that made us smile when we…
  • Stunning French Stone House Photo

    Soul Travelers3
    16 Nov 2014 | 5:09 pm
    Stunning French Stone House PhotoYou just don't see stunning stone houses like this one in France any where in the world like you do in You just don't see stunning stone houses like this one in France any where in the world like you do in Europe and it is one of the reasons we love that continent so much. I thought you'd enjoy this travel photo as much as I do. Don't you love the charming details of the red picket fence, matching wooden door and rail plus bright flowers in boxes all around, surrounded by greenery? How it enhances the natural stone! These are the kind of…
  • Giveaway: Win Amazing Not Your Mother’s Hair Products!

    Soul Travelers3
    12 Nov 2014 | 1:07 am
    GIVEAWAY: Win Amazing Not Your Mother’s Hair Products!Don't miss Mozart's Giveaway Celebration to win Not Your Mother's hair products that are Don't miss Mozart's Giveaway Celebration to win Not Your Mother's hair products that are on par with leading professional hair care brands, yet available to all. We love these trend-setting products and discovered them on our own before they asked Mozart to be the youngest reporter at New York Fashion Week. To celebrate her 2066 subscribers on our Soultravelers3 Youtube Channel, Mozart wanted to give back something to her…
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    The Cranky Flier

  • The True Meaning of Thanksgiving 2014

    CF
    27 Nov 2014 | 3:45 am
    Ah, Thanksgiving. It’s my favorite holiday of the year. This time, a quick road trip brought me to Phoenix, so no airplanes needed. For everyone else, hopefully you’ve had easy travels despite the snow in some parts of the country. (If you live in Buffalo, that’s an understatement.) As always, I’ll let Robert take it away with the true meaning of the holiday. Dear traveler, As the last of the leaves flutter down from the trees, the seasons roll forward to a festive time of year. A comfortable mid-November day in the skies with middle seats left empty and upgrades…
  • Delta’s Choice of the A330neo and A350 For Its Widebody Fleet May Seem a Little Peculiar

    CF
    25 Nov 2014 | 3:45 am
    We’ve been waiting a long time for Delta to decide what widebodies it would order to replace its 747s and 767s, and now we finally know. The A330-900neo and the A350-900 have both been chosen. That’s kind of strange considering they have nearly the same capacity, but as always, there is a method to Delta’s madness. Twenty-five A350-900s are being bought to replace the 747s in the fleet (moment of silence, please). Delta has already started retiring those, and we know that the airline feels there’s too much capacity out there. So it’s going smaller. The A350-900…
  • JetBlue is Making Changes That You Think You Won’t Like, But You Might Be Wrong

    CF
    24 Nov 2014 | 3:45 am
    Remember when we talked about what Wall Street wanted JetBlue to do in order to improve financial performance? Well, JetBlue agrees. The airline has announced that it’s going to add more seats to its airplanes and start charging for bags. But it’s not that simple. As you would expect from JetBlue, the airline is being very thoughtful about how it’s doing this. Three Fare Families Coming Soon When it comes to charging for bags, JetBlue is doing it through fare families. You can probably guess which one of these I made up (if not, you need serious help), but the other three…
  • Cranky on the Web (November 17 – 21) – Ethiopian Madness, Rebanking in Miami, More

    CF
    22 Nov 2014 | 3:45 am
    Ethiopian Airlines: The Flexible Airline (or, why you shouldn’t combine multiple tickets on one itinerary) – Travel Babbo One of our clients wrote about his saga dealing with Ethiopian. Not only did they re-route his airplane to the other side of the country, they canceled another flight and rebooked him 2 days later. When we told the airline that wasn’t acceptable and he just wanted a refund, they actually balked. That wasn’t the worst of it. Amazing. Cranky Analysis: The Re-Banking of Miami – $$PlaneBusiness Banter (subscription required)$$ I’m back with…
  • Topic of the Week: Frontier in Denver

    CF
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:45 am
    I already wrote about Spirit and Allegiant this week, so we can’t leave Frontier out of the mix can we? Frontier announced it would start cutting back Denver with reduced flights and jobs. Is this the right move? What do you think will replace that flying?
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    Peter Greenberg Travel Detective

  • Travel Tip: Where You Can See the Northern Lights in North America

    PeterGreenberg.com
    27 Nov 2014 | 5:22 am
    Read the full article on PeterGreenberg.com at - Travel Tip: Where You Can See the Northern Lights in North AmericaThe Northern Lights, or aurora borealis, is a natural light display based on solar activity, which becomes more visible the farther north you get. You’re even more likely to catch a glimpse... Read More...The post Travel Tip: Where You Can See the Northern Lights in North America appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
  • Black Friday Travel Gear Deals

    PeterGreenberg.com
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:33 am
    Read the full article on PeterGreenberg.com at - Black Friday Travel Gear DealsBlack Friday is just a day away, and millions will be stuck in traffic jams at malls across America. But it may also be a  great time to save on some must-have travel gear.... Read More...The post Black Friday Travel Gear Deals appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
  • Travel Tip: Parking Tickets When You Travel

    PeterGreenberg.com
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:22 am
    Read the full article on PeterGreenberg.com at - Travel Tip: Parking Tickets When You TravelIt’s difficult enough to navigate city streets when you’re driving in another city, but parking signs only add to that confusion. Have you ever seen parking signs where nothing seems... Read More...The post Travel Tip: Parking Tickets When You Travel appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
  • Organizations You Can Support This Year for #GivingTuesday

    PeterGreenberg.com
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:27 am
    Read the full article on PeterGreenberg.com at - Organizations You Can Support This Year for #GivingTuesdayChances are, many of you are already planning on spending money on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. But if you want to put your hard-earned dollars toward a good cause... Read More...The post Organizations You Can Support This Year for #GivingTuesday appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
  • Travel Tip: Why Rideshare Companies are Applying Surge Pricing

    PeterGreenberg.com
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:24 am
    Read the full article on PeterGreenberg.com at - Travel Tip: Why Rideshare Companies are Applying Surge PricingIf you’ve already jumped on the rideshare bandwagon, you know that finding a car through services like Uber and Lyft can be pretty convenient and even affordable. But those days... Read More...The post Travel Tip: Why Rideshare Companies are Applying Surge Pricing appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
 
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    Nancy D Brown

  • Giving Thanks for Wild Turkeys

    Nancy Brown
    27 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    This is not a story about my amazing trip to Turkey. In fact, I have yet to visit Turkey, but it is on my travel destination list. This is a post about giving thanks for our wild turkeys in California.     My husband and son are hunters. Now let’s not get upset. I like […]
  • Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale Troon North: Cowboy Up

    Nancy Brown
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Cowboys and luxury don’t always go hand in hand, or should I say from cowboy boots to leather gloves? Fortunately, cowboys and cowgirls fit right in at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale Troon North. Located away from downtown Scottsdale, Scottsdale Troon North takes its name from its relationship with well-heeled neighbor, Troon North Golf Club. That’s […]
  • Charlevoix, Canada: Things to Do

    Nancy Brown
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Are you visiting Charlevoix for the first time? Below is a list of “Insider Tips” for things to see and do in the Charlevoix region of Quebec, Canada. Situated within a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, the Charlevoix region is a unique nature area including parts of the north shore of the Saint Lawrence River and […]
  • Movie Review: Wildlike

    Nancy Brown
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    I am drawn to Alaska. I have visited this wild frontier in the winter, spring, summer and fall. Perhaps it’s the gorgeous scenery that pulls me in like a magnet or the wide open spaces that it offers up to active adventure travelers such as myself. Whatever the case, I jump at the chance to […]
  • Cebu City, Philippines: 3 Historical Don’t Miss Houses

    Jamie Rhein
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:40 pm
    Cebu City,  on the island of Cebu in the Philippines was not on my bucket list until my dad started traveling there and mentioned how much he thought I’d like it. So I went. And I did.  Cebu City is the oldest city in the Philippines and the first Spanish settlement which means there are several […]
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    Hawaii Aloha Travel » Podcast Posts

  • Holidays are upon us – Tips for flying to Hawaii during the busy season

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

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

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

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

  • The Magic of Celtic Harp (Valerio Mauro)

    A Road Retraveled
    13 Nov 2014 | 5:03 am
      Autumn in Italy means many opportunities for festivals: truffle festivals, wine festivals, and as in our case….a chestnut festival in the lakeside town of Bracciano (just about 1 hour outside of Rome in the countryside). This is how I came to meet the talented Valerio Mauro who enchanted everyone wit his Celtic Harp. Cultural and historical festivals in Italy celebrate ancient traditions, change of seasons, harvest times, and they honor significant holidays.  Often times the Medieval and Renaissance eras dominate the theme, and enhanced with historical music, reenactments and games…
  • Sbandieratori – Italian Flag Throwers

    A Road Retraveled
    11 Nov 2014 | 9:32 am
    All over Italy festivals take place throughout the year in celebration of historical events, change of seasons, harvest times, and special holidays.  In the fall you have wine festivals, truffle festivals, and even chestnut festivals – as the one that took place in the lakeside town in Bracciano on a sunny Sunday in early November. The main attraction: the Sbandieratori – Italian Flag Throwers! The Medieval and Renaissance eras dominate the theme, costumes, crafts, music, games, and performances. One of the highlights of any such festivals are the sbandieratori – or flag…
  • How to make Piadina – Romagna style

    A Road Retraveled
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:06 am
    Buon giorno and welcome to A Road Retraveled! In this episode we enjoy the beaches of Bellaria Igea Marina, and Nonna Violante will show us in her cooking class how to make the famous Piadina – the unbelievably delicious flat bread that is nationally recognized one of Romagna’s official traditional foods! Bellaria Igea Marina Bellaria Igea Marina Beach   Bellaria Igea Marina is a charming seaside town along the Adriatic sea in Italy’s Romagna region. Miles and miles of sandy beaches, fresh sea air, relaxing atmosphere, family-style hospitality, and delicious local cuisine…
  • 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)

    Rob
    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…
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    TravelPod.com TravelStream™ — Recent Entries at TravelPod.com

  • Norwich — Norwich, United Kingdom

    27 Nov 2014 | 3:28 pm
    Norwich - Norwich, United Kingdom Norwich, United KingdomWell, we did it. Landed in London, cleared Customs and were on our way. We caught the Heathrow Express to Paddington Station, then a Circle Line train and a District Line train to Liverpool Street Station and the 4.30pm train to Norfolk. I still managed to not co-ordinate the weather and my wardrobe. London was very murky - they had had a huge thunderstorm on Thursday night and it rained in places on Friday too although we missed that. So, it was hot and humid and not overly pleasant!! Today it's foggy in Norwich. The fog may lift by…
  • Fifth Stop- Panama Canal — Panama, Central America

    27 Nov 2014 | 3:28 pm
    Fifth Stop- Panama Canal - Panama, Central America Panama, Central America DAY 5- PANAMA CANAL The Panama Canal day! This is the day I am probably most excited about! The Panama Canal is just so interesting. With the way it works and how much history is behind it. I find it so interesting. So even though it is very touristy, I knew I had to go and see it. It is one of the most difficult and largest engineering projects ever accomplished. It is truly fantastic. It also has an amazing impact on the sailing routes between the two oceans. Instead of having to go around South America, you could…
  • Freshers’ Week on Wheels — Waitomo Caves, New Zealand

    27 Nov 2014 | 3:27 pm
    Freshers’ Week on Wheels - Waitomo Caves, New Zealand Waitomo Caves, New Zealand Where I stayed Kiwi Paka Waitomo Waitomo CavesWednesday morning came around and we were up early for breakfast before the start of our Kiwi Experience; a big green bus that takes a group of backpackers around New Zealand on a set route. Our bus arrived outside the Base hostel and we were slightly puzzled by the fact that it was white, but hopped on board nonetheless with assistance from our driver. The woman in question introduced herself as Bridge (short for Bridget) and seemed a character from the outset…
  • Tips For Guaranteeing The Safety Of Your Home — Minneapolis, United States

    27 Nov 2014 | 3:27 pm
    Tips For Guaranteeing The Safety Of Your Home - Minneapolis, United States Minneapolis, United StatesWhat do you wish to defend? Is it your loved ones? Pets? Possessions? Whatever it's, your personal home needs to be secure. This text particulars a big selection of strategies and techniques you'll find a way to easily implement to keep your home protected from harm. The experts have supplied you the advice you need, so read on. The company you select to buy and set up your property safety system is important. You want to ensure the corporate has the most reliable system and knows what they…
  • Sun, sea, sand and Sydney! — Sydney, Australia

    27 Nov 2014 | 3:26 pm
    Sun, sea, sand and Sydney! - Sydney, Australia Sydney, AustraliaSydney began with a fair amount of mooching, and general hanging out when we arrived on Monday. As the evening progressed however it slowly turned from chilling out to chilled cheap wine-or 'Goon' as the Ozzies like to call it... Needless to say our start to the East Coast went off with a bang. Ahem. Our trip to Sydney wouldn't be complete without a tourist day - Complete with hoola hooping in front of all major landmarks in the city. We took a trip to see Sydney Harbour Bridge and The Opera House during the day, followed by…
 
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    FareCompare » Tips & Advice

  • Six Airline Fees Worth the Money

    Rick Seaney
    18 Nov 2014 | 11:31 am
    It’s holiday time. If you’ll be flying, you paid plenty for your ticket. The last thing you need are more airline fees. But before you shut your wallet, take a look at the following fees; they’re not expensive and they could make your life a whole lot easier. Sometimes it pays to pay a little more. But don’t pay this fee – the worst one ever. 1. Cut-in-line fees That’s what I call early boarding fees and whether you’re traveling solo, with little kids or seniors or just want to board early while there’s still bin space for your carry-on, this…
  • Southwest Airlines: Best Time to Buy Cheap Airline Tickets

    Rick Seaney
    10 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Editor’s note: We updated this popular post as of Nov. 11, 2014 with new, easy-to-use information. One thing that hasn’t changed is our mission: to help you save money every time you shop for airfare. The cheapest day to shop for airfare is generally Tuesdays (at 3 p.m. eastern time) and this is true for most U.S. airlines. If you’re looking for deals on Southwest, here’s what else you need to know. Always Compare Southwest Prices Southwest does not sell its fare anywhere except on Southwest.com. If you want to see Southwest prices, go there – then compare…
  • How to Avoid Getting Sick on a Plane

    Rick Seaney
    10 Nov 2014 | 9:45 am
    Most of us don’t get sick on planes. But, it happens – and with cold and flu season coming up, it could pay to take a few extra precautions. NOTE: I’m no doctor so consult a health care professional if you have any big worries, especially if traveling to a country where dangers lurk. If you’ll be flying in and out of regions where Ebola is a concern, please read this fact sheet from the U.S. State Department. LISTEN: More ‘stay healthy’ tips from Rick. Protect Yourself from Common Bugs There are a lot of things you can do – to protect yourself and…
  • Finding Last-Minute Deals for Thanksgiving: It’s All About the Return Date

    Rick Seaney
    4 Nov 2014 | 8:19 am
    Still don’t have your Thanksgiving airline tickets yet? Shop now but as you shop, pay special attention to your itinerary’s return date. That is the key to saving money. LISTEN: Airfare expert Rick Seaney’s latest ways to save. Thanksgiving: Best and Worst Dates to Fly There is no such thing as a good deal at Thanksgiving (Nov. 27). Your only hope lies in finding the best of the bad deals. Best deals: Return on the Friday after Thanksgiving (Nov. 28), the Saturday after (Nov. 29) or the Monday after (Dec. 1). Worst deals: Most expensive fares are typically found in the…
  • 5 Unexpected Things that Can Ruin a Flight. Don't Let That Happen.

    Rick Seaney
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:28 am
    Don’t let unexpected snags ruin a trip during the upcoming holidays – or any time. We’ve got solutions for problems you can fix and coping mechanisms for those you can’t. LISTEN: Travel expert Rick Seaney’s been there. Oh, has he ever. 1. Lost ID Ever done this? As you approach the TSA airport security line, you reach into pocket or purse and – no driver’s license. Where did it go? More importantly, how will you get through security without your precious ID? What you can do: TSA officers are used to this and have a procedure which involves pulling you…
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  • The Credit Card That Gives Automatic Delta Gold Status

    Gary Leff
    27 Nov 2014 | 2:00 pm
    In a comment on my post about the card that earns 2 Delta miles per dollar on all spend, Tokyo Hyatt Fan points out that there’s also a card that gives you Delta Gold Medallion status. It’s an American Express card. And it’s issued in Japan. US carriers in foreign markets have unique challenges. Generally speaking their benefits are geared towards US consumers, but with a substantial presence elsewhere they may try to tailor their offerings. Delta in particular inherited a big Japan presence from Northwest Airlines (formerly Northwest Orient) in their merger. Delta, through…
  • Don’t Mileage Run!

    Gary Leff
    27 Nov 2014 | 11:00 am
    Win asked whether or not he should mileage run. I’ve not flown since before September 11, 2001 and am tired of driving around in the car. Time to get in the air! An American Airlines/US Air mileage run (using weekends only) to earn elite status might be fun – any thoughts on an optimal strategy? (I’ve got the US Airways Premier World MasterCard but not earned any preferred qualifying miles). Thanks for a great blog! If you’re flying for leisure purposes, and you’re not flying constantly, you do not need and probably shouldn’t, mileage run. See also: the Final Death of…
  • Getting an Extra Free One-Way Ticket Each Time You Book an Award: The Programs That Still Let You Do It

    Gary Leff
    27 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Peter asked about “free one-way tickets on awards.” If you can summarize which airlines allow for free one-ways on international award tickets, that would be helpful. I know there’s been some changes in the past few months. The idea of the “free one-way” is that when you redeem a roundtrip award ticket, with an airline that allows stopovers, you can ‘throw in’ an extra flight at the end of your award without spending an additional miles. For instance, if you need to fly Newark – London – Newark, why not fly Newark – London (destination),…
  • Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!

    Gary Leff
    27 Nov 2014 | 5:05 am
    Thank you. Thank you for stopping by to visit my blog. Thank you for commenting and sharing you experiences. Thank you for the e-mails — expressions of your own thanks, but also your questions, I love answering them and working through puzzles with you, and I love knowing when I’ve contributed in some way to you. I’ve said this many times before but I really do consider myself one of the luckiest people, and certainly much more fortunate than I could have ever imagined. I was a semi-frequent flyer as a young child. My parents divorced when I was young and I flew back and…
  • This Never Gets Old

    Gary Leff
    26 Nov 2014 | 4:15 pm
    Even the comments on the video, many from hotel employees, are priceless. You can join the 40,000+ people who see these deals and analysis every day — sign up to receive posts by email (just one e-mail per day) or subscribe to the RSS feed. It’s free. You can also follow me on Twitter for the latest deals. Don’t miss out! The post This Never Gets Old appeared first on View from the Wing.
 
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  • Afghan Carpets

    Tony Wheeler
    26 Nov 2014 | 4:41 pm
    I’m regularly amazed at how many people I know who have spent time in Afghanistan, have connections with Afghanistan or even visit the country. Alexandra and Leigh Copeland have been dealing with Afghan carpets ever since they spent time in the country in the early 1970s. They came back from a recent trip to Peshawar in Pakistan with a collection of new (and old) carpets to show at their Melbourne, Australia gallery Weft. ◄ We bought this one, which now sits just inside the entrance to our house in Australia. It’s from the Baluchistan region of south-west Afghanistan and those angry…
  • Five more tech challenges

    Tony Wheeler
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:36 pm
    I posted earlier in the month about how there seems to be some new ‘tech challenge’ almost every day. OK, here are 5 more of them: • Once you’ve subscribed to a magazine it’s a race to see how soon they can suggest you resubscribe. Of course when they make their resubscription offers they never show when your current subscription expires. Time Magazine are particularly good at this, I recently had a resubscribe offer when my current subscription expires not this year (2014) or even next year (2015), but not until 2016! OK – they admitted when I queried this – we were just trying…
  • Brisbane – Bicycles & Do Do Land

    Tony Wheeler
    22 Nov 2014 | 8:25 pm
    ◄  Seems like everywhere I go these days has recently signed up to a bicycle rental scheme. I’ve posted about my encounters with them in London, Paris, Melbourne, New York, San Francisco and now Brisbane. Back in September I was in Brisbane for the Brisbane Writers Festival and one afternoon set out with a friend to try the new scheme out. Seems like anywhere you go the rental systems are put in either by a Canadian company in Montreal or by a French company. This one was the French model although curiously their website was named abo-brisbane-cyclocity, calling something abo-brisbane…
  • Eight Months on Ghazzah St

    Tony Wheeler
    13 Nov 2014 | 8:56 pm
    Hilary Mantel wrote a number of books before her big breakthrough with Wolf Hall. Followed up by her second Booker Prize winner Bring Up the Bodies. I saw the two books, as plays, in London earlier this year. On the same day, matinee and evening performance so it was a Mantel overload. I’ve just read one of her early novels, Eight Months on Ghazzah St, published back in 1988. It’s the story of an eight month stay in an apartment on Ghazzah St in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Hilary Mantel lived in the Kingdom for four years, when her husband was working there, just like the husband of the…
  • It’s Time – the Whitlam Era

    Tony Wheeler
    12 Nov 2014 | 4:03 pm
    ▲ Maureen and I arrived in Australia – on the beach at Exmouth on the North-West Cape of Western Australia – on 7 December 1972. In a few weeks time that will be 42 years ago. ▲ Exactly five days earlier Gough Whitlam had been elected Prime Minister with the election slogan ‘It’s Time.’ The photo above is of Whitlam Place in the Melbourne suburb of Fitzroy, a region of Melbourne which definitely would have voted for Whitlam. And it certainly was time, his election brought an end to 23 years of sometimes stifling conservative rule in Australia. A change was well overdue. Within…
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  • London: Breaking down 3 popular discount offers

    Nina Derham
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:32 am
    While many of London’s most interesting sights, such as the national museums, are completely free to visit, there are still those “must-see” places that come with a hefty price tags. Whether you’ve got your heart set on sailing over the city at the London Eye, delving into its gory depths at the London Dungeon or getting to grips with its history at the Tower of London, you’ll quickly find yourself out of pocket after one or two entrance fees. Here, we break down the best money saving options for different types of visitors coming to London. London Pass: For the diehard…
  • Roll with it, Folks: Venice is not going to ban your suitcase

    Monica Cesarato
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:10 am
    You may have heard the recent head-scratching news that rocked Venice’s tourism scene last week. According to reports that shot around the Web on Friday, the city was (allegedly) set to impose fines on tourist who dared to roll through the streets with suitcases that feature hard plastic wheels. According to news reports, this new law was intended to prevent sound pollution and damage to the city’s historic cobblestones. Rolling offenders would face fines of €500! Why, oh why would they do this? Doesn’t the city rely upon tourists rolling forth from the train station,…
  • Amsterdam: 10 budget tips for planning an affordable trip

    Audrey Sykes
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:50 am
    Amsterdam isn’t the most expensive city in Europe (we’re looking at you London!), but it’s certainly not the cheapest. You can expect to pay a little bit more for all of the essentials than you would in a place like Italy or Spain. Luckily, with a little bit of planning and know how, a tourist’s budget can stay affordable. Here are ten tips to keep in mind as you plan your Amsterdam vacation: 1. Avoid taxis if you can Amsterdam is small and walkable, and public transport covers all areas of the city. A cab ride that costs you €20 to Museum Square is an easy €2.80 on the…
  • WOW, $99 to Europe? Yes, but the devil is in the details

    Alex Robertson Textor
    17 Nov 2014 | 11:10 pm
    Travel blogs have been abuzz in the last few weeks in the wake of Iceland-based WOW Air’s announcement that they will be offering summer 2015 transatlantic flights starting at $99. How is this possible? Is it really possible? There must be a catch, right? Before we dive into the analysis of these deals, let’s take a moment to review Iceland’s recent and rather exciting low-cost passenger airline history. A little bit of history Before there was WOW Air there was Iceland Express (2003-2012), which also flew transatlantic routes. The airline flew from Iceland’s Keflavík Airport (near…
  • 10 free things that will make you fall in love with London

    Frances Ambler
    13 Nov 2014 | 10:50 am
    There’s that famous phrase “tired of London, tired of life.” But it’s not that we get tired of London’s countless entertainments and diversions—it’s just that sometimes our wallet does. When that budget starts to bite, it’s worth remembering that the many things that London offers for free, can be every bit as inspiring as all of the paid stuff. In fact, when you start to account for all of the free things that visitors can take advantage of, maybe London isn’t so expensive as we always make it out to be. Here are ten ideas for starters. The incredible view from the…
 
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    Go Green Travel Green

  • Legoland Chicago – Everything You Need to Know

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

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

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

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

    Greg Head
    15 Nov 2014 | 2:40 pm
    Since Go Green Travel Green is somewhat of a Niche Green Travel Blog (although we think sustainable travel is something that should be pervasive and not a niche), I love the personal stories that get told in travel blogs. Just as relationships with family and friends change when you quit your job and spending several months traveling,… Read more The post Go Green Travel Green Travel Blogs You Should Be Reading appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
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    Jaunted - The Pop Culture Travel Guide

  • Half-off Hotels and More Black Friday Deals at HotelChatter

    JetSetCD
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:10 pm
    Happy Thanksgiving! We're taking the holiday off, but we'll be back bright and early Friday morning. Our sis site HotelChatter does a bang-up job of covering the latest news and trends in the hotel world. We're also including a few links from VegasChatter, the newest member to the family. So check in and stay awhile. HotelChatter: · Inside the rooms of the newest Virgin Limited Edition hotel · The Ultimate Guide to 2014 Black Friday and Cyber Monday Hotel Deals · Any clue which hotel was Beyonce's video setting? · AC by Marriott marks two cities in the Midwest…
  • First Look: The 2015 Red Bull Air Race Schedule

    JetSetCD
    26 Nov 2014 | 2:02 pm
    Are you a fan of high-performance airplanes zooming through an obstacle course of pylons while traveling at speeds up to 230 mph only 50-80 feet above water or track? Then you likely had an awesome time this past year for the Red Bull Air Race World Championships, and should mark off your iCal with the news of their 2015 race schedule, just announced today. 2014 marked the return of the race after a nearly 4-year break to re-evaluate safety. The most recent series of races concluded with a stop in Austria in late October after hitting Abu Dhabi, Rovinj (Croatia), Putrajaya (Malaysia), Gdynia…
  • This 737 Flight Simulator Calls Boston Home

    Scott Kearnan
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:37 pm
    Imagine: You’re inside a 737, flying over the Atlantic at 40,000 feet. Food poisoning incapacitates the pilots. A flight attendant cries over the intercom: “Attention! Is there a passenger on board who knows how to fly a plane? We repeat: Is there, a strong, brave passenger with sinewy, rope-like muscles who is capable of displaying such great heroism that men and women everywhere will fall forever at their feet?” You stand. You’ve got this. Why? Because you’ve conquered Flight Experience, a flight simulator that just opened its first American location in Boston.
  • Cartagena: Where to Begin in Cartagena, Colombia: The Best Special Occasion Restaurants

    StevenD
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:15 am
    Cartagena's so hot right now. New flight routes and a fresh focus on safer tourism in Colombia means more international visitors are arriving to this city of colonial charm and coastal allure. This week we're exploring how to reach and enjoy this city, nicknamed "Door of the Americas." Street food? Cartagena's got it. Casual lunches on alfresco cafe terraces? Oh yes. Both of these eating options you can arrive at with a quick stroll in the walled central city, but for a special occasion the decision is much more difficult. Cartagena, home to specialties like lionfish, arroz de coco, and all…
  • We're Thankful for Instagrams from Outer Space

    JetSetCD
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    It may not be "Follow Friday," but if you only follow one social media account this week, let it be that of the International Space Station. Instagramming as @iss, the crew frequently post photos of the Earth below them, completely blowing away any other cappuccino foam or macro flower photo on Instagram. Recent geographic photo highlights from the ISS feed include the "Blue Eye" of Mauretania, Las Vegas-McCarran Airport, and the Nile River Delta.
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  • From VegasChatter + Jaunted: More Black Friday and Cyber Monday Travel Deals

    juliana
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Finding a hotel is often only one part of your trip. The other half is getting there. And our bro Jaunted does a bang-up job of covering the latest news and trends in the travel world. Out in Vegas, VegasChatter is keeping us informed on what's going down in Sin City. Remember, tomorrow is Turkey Day so we'll see you again on Friday...10 pounds heavier. VEGASCHATTER · The Real Magic Of Bellagio's Conservatory · Rumor Has It The Birth Of A Franchise Is Being Captured In Vegas · Will Robo-tenders Make Their Way To Vegas? · SLS Las Vegas To Offer Half Off Rooms For Black…
  • 73440 Saint Martin De Belleville: This New Club Med Resort in the French Alps is Looking Pretty Swish

    DesignMinder
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:30 pm
    It's been fun looking for symbolism in the design of Club Med Val Thorens Sensations. So does anyone other than us see sunglasses in the mirrored artwork on the wall? Club Med, the original fun-in-the-sun, all-inclusive resort brand that may have peaked in the 90s, is now going to new heights with its latest destination in the French Alps, Club Med Val Thorens Sensations, opening for the winter season on December 14th. This is an uber-stylish, high-end resort, literally, as Club Med claims to offer the highest snow elevation in Europe, if not the world. Advanced skiers take note while we take…
  • Milne Bay: These Over-Water Bungalows Show How Pretty PNG Can Be

    wakeandwander
    26 Nov 2014 | 11:25 am
    The Nuli Sapi Lodge outside of Milne Bay and Alotau So far, we've talked mostly about how difficult it can be to travel in Papua New Guinea, both in terms of finances and logistics. Yesterday, when we presented you with one of the more reliable options for traveling around the country, we mentioned that most travelers who come to PNG decide to post up somewhere, like a dive resort or on a cruise, to avoid dealing with the challenges that come along with moving from point A to point B. If you decide that you're not quite courageously or financially fit to tour the country, you will be happy to…
  • Where Did Beyonce Film Her Awesome New Music Video?

    juliana
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:35 am
    In case you missed it, the queen of everything, Beyonce, dropped a new music video for her song, 7/11, over the weekend. And it is, as usual, flawless. But also, a bit goofy. Can we borrow your foot phone, B? The video features Beyonce and her back-up dancers extremely turnt up in their hotel suite, in the hotel hallways, the hotel bathroom and out on the hotel balcony. Have you ever danced like no one was watching in your hotel room? You have, you know you have. Well, imagine if you are Beyonce and you're blessed with fierce dance skills, gorgeous hair, a tight bod and tons of money. Then…
  • Two More AC Hotels by Marriott Will Open in the Midwest

    juliana
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:35 am
    The other day we did a quickie round-up of the expected AC Hotels By Marriott, which include Kansas City, Chicago and Miami Beach, and now there are two more ACs to add to the list--Des Moines and Minneapolis. A tipster sent us the information, pointing to a couple of news articles for each property. In Des Moines, the AC Hotel will go up at the southeast corner of East Fourth Street and East Grand Avenue. It will have 108 rooms and should open as early as this spring. There was/is some issue concerning the "over saturation" of hotels in downtown Des Moines (a Hampton Inn and a Residence Inn…
 
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    Viator Travel Blog

  • Out of Office: Catherine in Los Cabos

    Viator Travel Team
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    Viator’s team of travel insiders is obsessed with finding the best things to do everywhere we travel. From traditional tours to once-in-a-lifetime experiences, everywhere from Australia to Zimbabwe, we spend our time scouring the globe for the best tours and activities around the world. Whether traveling for work or pleasure (or both!) our staff members are always on the go and we want to share their experiences with you! In this new series, Out of Office, we’ll bring you their stories, highlighting the best things to do and see in destinations around the world, as experienced by a real…
  • Top Travel Deals of the Week

    Viator Travel Team
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:00 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 Dec. 2, 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,…
  • Where to Go in December: 20 Places to Travel Now

    Zoe Smith
    24 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    With the holiday season under way and Christmas and New Year just around the corner, December is the perfect time to dust off your passport and celebrate in style. Whether sipping mulled wine at Europe’s legendary Christmas markets, seeing in the New Year on the beaches of Rio or escaping the snow in the tropics, here are some ideas for where to go in December. 1. Israel Church of the Nativity Opt to spend the holiday season in the Holy Land and reconnect with the spirit of Christmas minus consumerism, visiting revered sights like the UNESCO-listed Church of the Nativity and the Church of…
  • Visiting Vittoriosa and Senglea in Malta

    Viator Travel Team
    17 Nov 2014 | 2:15 pm
    Located right in the middle of the Mediterranean, the island nation of Malta is known for two things: its breathtaking landscapes and its history. Gorgeous day for a gorgeous view. Though it may seem small on a map, it’s actually quite a big place when you see it in person and there’s so much to do that it can be a bit overwhelming. After having stayed there for a week, I highly recommend touring the Three Cities (Vittoriosa, Senglea, and Cospicua) along the grand harbor to get a sense of Maltese culture and history before venturing out and exploring the rest of the island. The…
  • The Viator Photography Guide is Here!

    Viator Travel Team
    17 Nov 2014 | 9:42 am
    Check out Viator’s new photography guide! Taking great vacation photos just became a whole lot easier! Check out Viator’s new photography guide. This all new guide will show you all the best tips and tricks to get the best photos. All it takes is a little knowledge of the basics elements of photography and a bit of practice and your photos will look as beautiful as the memories they capture. First things first: before you leave home, consider what type of camera and accessories you’ll need. Choose the camera that fits you best (and that you’re likely to never leave in your…
 
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    Perceptive Travel Blog

  • Austin Rocks: Treasures at the Harry Ransom Center

    Sheila Scarborough
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:06 pm
    If you’ve had your fill of live music, yummy trailer food or checking out my favorite Austin bar, maybe it’s time for more intellectual pursuits. The Harry Ransom Center is a humanities research library and museum on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin. It houses a couple of permanent exhibits that you
  • Seven Quirky Places to Stay in New Zealand’s South Island

    Liz Lewis
    23 Nov 2014 | 8:34 pm
    Fancy staying somewhere a bit different? From  jailhouses to castles, New Zealand is a country full of quirky and unusual places to stay. Here’s seven of the best around New Zealand’s South Island that are historic, romantic, and a little bit bonkers. Spend the night in jail A prime example of ‘Gothic Revival’ architecture, this
  • In Jakarta, 2,000 Rupiah for Nightmares Filled with Animated Corpses of Legendary Seafarers

    Brian Spencer
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:09 am
    In the chilling season one finale of HBO’s Lynchian drama The Leftovers, a chain-smoking cult known as the Guilty Remnant break into homes of their fellow Mapleton, NY, residents and set up creepy, life-sized dolls acutely resembling family members who disappeared during a rapture-like event three years prior. Dressed in clothing worn by the departed
  • Discovering Nashville at Hatch Show Print

    Sheila Scarborough
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:29 am
    Part of the cultural fabric of Nashville, Tennessee since 1879, the designer-printer folks at Hatch Show Print still do letterpress printing and typesetting the old-fashioned way: with inky fingers. For decades, iconic Hatch posters were…. “….the primary advertising medium for Southern entertainment, ranging from vaudeville and minstrel shows to magicians and opera singers, from Negro League
  • Ireland: Welcoming Winter Celebrations

    Kerry Dexter
    17 Nov 2014 | 11:02 pm
    Dark comes early and sunrise comes late in Ireland as the year turns toward winter and winter holidays. It is a season for family, for gathering in, for the preparation of Advent and the celebration of Christmas. As you travel through Ireland in winter, you will find bright evenings in cities and quiet joys in
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  • London population to reach record high next year

    Dave Hill
    27 Nov 2014 | 2:45 pm
    Soon there will be more Londoners than ever before but some of the challenges the city will face are much the same as they were decades ago At some point in the New Year it will be formally announced that Greater London’s population is the biggest in its history. City Hall number crunchers are trying to pin down a date to proclaim that the previous high of 8.615 million has been topped.Some may be surprised that the present record figure was hit not recently but in 1939, the first year of World War II. London survived the Blitz but spent the next four decades thinning out. The 1981 census…
  • Paris’s hottest new micro-quartier near Gare du Nord

    Sam Gosling
    27 Nov 2014 | 2:45 pm
    Steps away from where passengers disembark the Eurostar trains from London lies one of the city’s hippest neighbourhoods, full of exciting new restaurants, bars and shops• Guide to Paris Gare du Nord: where to stay, eat and drinkTuesday marked the 20-year anniversary of the Eurostar service, which has ferried more than 145 million passengers between London, Paris and Brussels. The French capital has changed immensely in the past two decades, with several down-at-heel areas being reinvented as hip neighbourhoods full of exciting new bars and shops.The latest hotspot is in a micro quartier…
  • 10 of the easiest mountains to climb around the world

    Tori James
    27 Nov 2014 | 2:45 pm
    Ahead of the Kendal Mountain Festival, Tori James – the youngest British woman to climb Everest – chooses 10 mountains for hill-walkers who want to progress to higher altitudes and multi-day treks Continue reading...
  • KidZania – the theme park where kids work for their fun

    Michael Booth
    27 Nov 2014 | 2:45 pm
    KidZania, the global chain of theme parks where children take on adult work roles, is coming to London next year. Michael Booth visited the Tokyo version with his two sonsMy eldest son, aged seven, is examining a crime scene with his new colleagues. A stolen wallet has been found, and they must trace the owner. The mood is solemn, intense.Meanwhile, across the street, my youngest, aged four, is busy making pizza. He is bursting with can-do pride, but trying to look as though he does this kind of thing every day. Continue reading...
  • Best tropical holiday destinations in Africa & Indian Ocean under £40

    Jessica Hatcher
    27 Nov 2014 | 2:45 pm
    From jungle lodges in Africa to paradise island-beach shacks in the Indian Ocean, we round up the best affordable winter-sun escapesSee hotels in Australia | South America | Central America & Caribbean | AsiaUpepo Boutique Beach Bungalows, near BwejuuTanzanian hotelier Shareef and his Canadian filmmaker wife Karen will help you explore the wonders of Zanzibar. Their bungalows and beach house, all with private outdoor seating, are on a quiet stretch of white beach near Bwejuu village and well away from the tourist mecca of busy Stone Town. A fisherman catches dinner to order, and cookery…
 
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    Lonely Planet blog

  • Have your say on the future of the Thorn Tree forum

    admin
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:40 am
    Since its inception back in 1996, the Thorn Tree has been synonymous with a diverse, engaged and helpful travel community and, like any long-running site, the forum has gone through a number of incarnations over the years. Last year we started what will hopefully become an annual tradition, launching a detailed survey to collect feedback from Thorn Tree members and visitors alike. It ran from mid-November until early December, and more than 300 individuals participated to let us know how they felt about the functionality and usability of the site at that time. Many of the points from the 2013…
  • #LPChat: your best travel stories and recommendations for 2015

    Emma Sparks
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:16 am
    With the recent announcement of our Best in Travel destinations for 2015, we decided it was time to ask our Twitter community for some of their travel recommendations. We asked questions inspired by our Best in Travel regions and were met with hundreds of 140-character nuggets of inspiration. We couldn’t let these transient tweets go to waste, so we’ve collected them here for your wanderlust-filled perusal. Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado [View the story "#LPChat: Best in Travel 2015" on Storify]
  • #LPInstawalk: Washington DC edition

    Emma Sparks
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:09 am
    We recently revealed that Washington DC is our number one Best in Travel city for 2015. To celebrate this, and the launch of our brand new Washington DC pocket guide, we’re offering four lucky instagrammers the chance to join Lonely Planet expert Regis St. Louis (@RegisStLouis) and talented instagrammer Jarrett Hendrix (@BrilliantArtistry) on a bespoke tour of Washington DC on Saturday 6th December. We’ll share some of our insider tips on where to go in the capital, and some top tips for instagramming your travels. Who is @BrilliantArtistry? Jarrett has been documenting the world…
  • Join our Best in Travel 2015 chat on Twitter at #LPChat

    Emma Sparks
    7 Nov 2014 | 8:58 am
    Wondering where to go next? Lonely Planet’s experts have trekked the globe to select the best places to visit in 2015. Join us as we discuss travel plans for next year, lesser-known regions and what makes our chosen destinations so special in our Best in Travel #LPChat on Wednesday 12th November at 7pm GMT/2pm EDT. The tweeter with the most creative and inspiring answers will win a copy of Best in Travel 2015 and a Microsoft Surface Pro 3 courtesy of MSN. How do I take part? 1. Follow @lonelyplanet and the hashtag #LPChat on Twitter on Wednesday 12 November from 7pm GMT/2pm EDT.
  • Lonely Planet Kids: Space Explorer competition

    Emma Sparks
    6 Nov 2014 | 3:43 am
    Last month we went back in time to the age of the dinosaurs with our Lonely Planet Kids ‘design a dinosaur’ competition. We received some fantastic entries and can’t wait to see what your travellers-in-training dream up next. For this month’s creative competition, we’re looking to the future and visiting unexplored territories, inspired by our How to be a Space Explorer book. The winner will get their hands on a bundle of Lonely Planet Kids books! The task First, watch our How to be a Space Explorer video. Then write your own rap, poem or short story about a…
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    LandLopers

  • Trying Acupuncture For The First (And Probably Last) Time

    Matt Long
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:55 pm
    I mostly like spas. Better said, I like the concept of spas but normally my brain refuses to shut off completely, which means they don’t usually put me into the relaxing mood everyone else feels. Typically I stress out about not being able to relax and find myself unable to decompress. Yeah, I’m a riddle in an enigma and all that jazz. But while sailing onboard the new Regal Princess, Princess Cruises’ newest cruise ship, I noticed a category I don’t often see on spa menus and I instantly knew that I had to give it a try – acupuncture.Now, I’m not a new age kind of guy. While I do…
  • Playful Sea Lion On Kangaroo Island, Australia

    Matt Long
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:50 pm
    The post Playful Sea Lion On Kangaroo Island, Australia appeared first on LandLopers.
  • Five Reasons Why Everyone Should Visit Western Australia

    Matt Long
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:55 pm
    Although Australia is at the top of almost everyone’s travel wish list, I don’t get the feeling that Western Australia is what first comes to mind. More often wanderlusters list Sydney with its Opera House or the Red Center and its giant rock as places they first want to visit, and that makes sense. But they should also plan on including a visit to Australia’s largest state, Western Australia, on that first trip. Although some of the places in Western Australia (WA) that make it so great may not be on the tip of the average tourist’s tongue, that doesn’t mean they are any less…
  • Procession To The Big Buddha Statue On Lantau Island, Hong Kong

    Matt Long
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:50 pm
    The post Procession To The Big Buddha Statue On Lantau Island, Hong Kong appeared first on LandLopers.
  • Not-So-Preachy Post About Exercise and Travel

    Matt Long
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:55 pm
    The other day I was in a really bad mood; I’m talking deep blue funk. I was fatigued, felt horrible and was as blah as I’d been in a long time. Then I went to the gym for my normal daily workout and afterwards I noticed a funny thing. I felt better; not 100 percent, but there was a marked improvement. That made me think seriously about the benefits simple workouts give us and so I thought I’d extrapolate that to the travel experience.I’m not a super buff, work out fiend. Far, far from it, but in the last couple of years I have made health and fitness a much bigger part of my life. The…
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  • Thank You.

    Pam Mandel
    27 Nov 2014 | 10:05 am
    Henri Rousseau | The Sleeping Gypsy | 1897 Oh, hey. Sorry, I thought I was dreaming, but I’m awake and you’re still here. Thanks for that. I mean it. The fact that you keep showing up here to wander around inside the messy place that is my brain means… Some of you for nearly fifteen years. Yeah, that long. And you’re still here. Damn. I work as a writer, so it means everything to me. And I wanted to say thank you for that. Thank you.   The post Thank You. appeared first on nerd's eye view.
  • Self-Editing Checklist for Aspiring (Travel) Writers

    Pam Mandel
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:59 am
    You could hire me to edit for you, sure. I’m good at it, and fast, but I’m also expensive. Or, you could just pay attention to the following rules: Whack-a-Mole via Angela N on Flickr (Creative Commons) Speak plain English, by god. Jargon and complicated phrasing doesn’t make you look smarter. It alienates your readers — who might very well be your customers. Plain. English. If you can replace the place name with any other place name and the sentence still works, you need a different sentence. Plus, it’s likely you’re using a cliché. Don’t. Your…
  • Azerbaijan is Ready for Mass Tourism, Almost

    Pam Mandel
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:30 am
    Baku’s latest pride and joy, the Carpet Museum TL:DR? They’re working on it. They have all the components, but the people putting the engine together need more training and new tools. It was after 7pm on a Monday night when I received the email inviting me to a press trip in Azerbaijan, barely three weeks away. The invitation was so odd, with its ongoing late night infomercial but-wait-there’s-more tone, that I had to read it twice to be sure it wasn’t extremely well targeted spam. The capper of this hard-sell invite was the equally hilarious and sad line, “Best…
  • Skyway Luggage

    Pam Mandel
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:05 am
    Skyway started making luggage in 1910. The company still exists as a brand, owned by Ricardo Beverly Hills, though it looks like their luggage is made in China now, no surprises there.  The old Skyway building, which was once their headquarters, sold to a music company in 2012 but it’s still wearing a For Sale sign. The neighborhood is fast turning to condos, so it probably won’t be too long before this funky old warehouse site, an endangered species in the Belltown neighborhood, is gone, replaced by highrises with units starting at 300,000 for a lower floor studio  unit with no…
  • Guest Post: Fishing for Tourists

    Pam Mandel
    17 Nov 2014 | 4:08 pm
    The sunrise glared purple and orange over the palm trees, the colors mirrored in the Indian Ocean, but a different spectrum caught my eye, guiding my morning walk. On the far side of Passikudah Bay, the paint on a school of fishing boats gleamed algae green and saltwater blue as groups of men dragged each wooden hull out of the water by hand. Smiling young boys, still excited by their catch, unloaded sardines the size of the fingers I’d later use to eat them. Unsmiling old men, their enthusiasm squished by the daily work, strung up flat fish that dwarfed their upper bodies. At first, I…
 
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  • Filter Out the Safety Noise on International Travel

    Tim Leffel
    24 Nov 2014 | 1:15 pm
    We've Moved! Update your Reader Now. This feed has moved to: http://www.cheapestdestinationsblog.com/feed/ Update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from us. Meanwhile, you can always see what's new by visiting www.CheapestDestinationsBlog.com!
  • Is There a Quest in Your Future?

    Tim Leffel
    19 Nov 2014 | 3:45 pm
    We've Moved! Update your Reader Now. This feed has moved to: http://www.cheapestdestinationsblog.com/feed/ Update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from us. Meanwhile, you can always see what's new by visiting www.CheapestDestinationsBlog.com!
  • What You Get, and Give Up, Living Abroad

    Tim Leffel
    14 Nov 2014 | 5:55 am
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  • Perception Busting Through Photos: Panama

    Tim Leffel
    10 Nov 2014 | 7:49 am
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  • Aligator Mothers, a Greek Painting Monk, and Ziplining on the Edge of Danger

    Tim Leffel
    4 Nov 2014 | 10:25 am
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    Travel the Home Exchange Way

  • How to be the perfect home swap host

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

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

    Home Base Holidays
    10 Nov 2014 | 3:24 am
    There are plenty of reasons why a home swap is a fantastic way to spend your next vacation. The first step is to set add your home to the home swap site, add as much details of your home, area and personal description. Make sure to also add photos to your listing to make your home swap offer stand out. Next, it is time to search for your perfect home swap partners. There are few things to think about before booking your flight and packing your bags. Here are five helpful tips to have the best and smooth home swap experience.  Start early To find the ideal home swap partner can take some…
  • Make your home swap listing stand out

    Home Base Holidays
    1 Nov 2014 | 5:05 am
    With so many home swap offers to choose from it can sometimes seem hard to make your offer stand out in order for you to receive attractive inquiries. Read our tips how to help make your property stand out and so really make the most of your home swap membership. Include a profile picture It is really nice to see the person behind the listed property - it helps give a more personal touch which in turn helps to build trust. All members wants to have someone stay at their own place they feel comfortable with. You can almost compare home swap platforms with dating sites. After all you not only…
  • Q&A: Swapping a holiday cottage

    Home Base Holidays
    25 Oct 2014 | 8:39 am
    Q: I am interested in joining Home Base Holidays. I own a holiday cottage in the Lake District. Can I swap a week with another holiday cottage owner? A:  Your cottage in the Lake District should certainly be popular for home swaps. You can swap a week (or shorter/longer) with other holiday cottage owners (and with main homes too). If you are particularly interested in exchanges with other holiday home owners, you can limit your search to second homes. Visit the site and, on the detailed search page, tick the box beside 'second home' and select any other important criteria; then click…
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    Twitter Travels

  • Introducing the Best Furniture Museums in the US

    andreas
    11 Nov 2014 | 11:48 am
    If you’re like me who visits Ikea just to admire and appreciate their furniture collection, then why not go to an actual furniture museum? See how present furniture trends today have been influenced by the remarkable designs dating back to pre-World War I period. So if you desire inspiration for your home or office, then stop by these furniture museums for some aesthetics and history! High Point Museum North Carolina’s town of High Point saw first-hand the economic and social contributions of the booming furniture manufacturing era, which began in the 1880s. At the turn of the 20th…
  • Romantic Things to Do in Charlotte NC

    andreas
    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

    andreas
    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.

    andreas
    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

    andreas
    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…
 
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    Rick Steves Travel Blog: Blog Gone Europe

  • Rick Steves’ #ShareYourPlate Challenge

    Rick Steves
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:34 am
    Happy Thanksgiving! This Thanksgiving I’m caught up in a fun little movement, inspired by Pope Francis, that we do more than just be thankful and pray for hungry people…but that we raise awareness and actually do something to fight hunger. And, as you may know, I’m a big fan of advocacy—encouraging our government to embrace programs that tackle poverty and hunger head on. (Just this last week we raised $250,000, with your help, to empower Bread for the World for this work — more on that in a future post.) This fun little video clip is in response to a #ShareYourPlate challenge from…
  • L.A. Times Op-Ed: Tune Out Cable News and Turn Away Fear

    Rick Steves
    24 Nov 2014 | 3:33 pm
    Thanks for the many thoughtful comments on my recent LA Times editorial about fear (which you can read at the end of this post). One man, noting that he was “getting closer to that permanent dirt nap,” acknowledged that he needs to put the fear aside and see our world. Others took my thoughts a step further, noting that “Fear is the next sex… it sells, sells, sells” and “Fear is a first cousin to Hate.” I had hoped to run the editorial before our recent election, but missed it by a few days. In light of our election — which provided a reminder of how media and fear mingle…
  • My 1972 high school German oompah band

    Rick Steves
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:03 pm
    Let’s throw it way back…to 1972. I’m tooting away on my sousaphone in our high school German oompah band. Cobbling together my Norwegian sweater (complete with pewter buckles), a good German felt hat jangling with souvenir pins, and bell bottoms rather than lederhosen, I’m right on the beat. The conductor was my German language teacher, Harry Reinhart. When I quit German after less than a year in class, Mr. Reinhart took me out into the hall and declared, “Steves, you’ll regret this.” I didn’t dream how right he’d prove to be. But we all march on.
  • My top 10 tips for making travel a political act

    Rick Steves
    17 Nov 2014 | 1:31 pm
    To celebrate the release of the second edition of my book, Travel as a Political Act, I’m sharing my top tips for making travel a political act. For me, the great value of travel is the opportunity to pry open your hometown blinders and bring home a broader perspective. And when we implement that worldview as citizens of our great nation, we make travel a political act. Here are my top ten practical tips for doing just that:   1. Get out of your comfort zone. Choose Managua over Mazatlán, or Turkey over Greece. When visiting Israel, make time to also explore the West Bank. You can…
  • Our 1990 pilot show: Baggy khakis, aviator glasses, and good tips

    Rick Steves
    13 Nov 2014 | 1:34 pm
    This video clip was from our 1990 pilot show — back when I couldn’t say more than one sentence at a time to the camera. (I’ve found that now my barrier is 100 words — try as I might, it takes me forever to get an on-camera of over 100 words right.) I’m still waiting for the baggy khakis and aviator glasses to come back into style. But the tips are still good.
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    JourneyEtc

  • Top 7 Gadgets you must have when traveling with your pets

    Mircea Giurca
    27 Nov 2014 | 11:53 am
    During the Global Pet Expo which was held in Orlando, Florida, ingenious entrepreneurs launched a line of products that can actually make traveling more enjoyable for you and your pets. Whether... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The Most Expensive Cities in America

    Mircea Giurca
    26 Nov 2014 | 11:49 pm
    When you live in a city with topnotch hotels and malls where luxury shopping is the main event, it’s easy to drain out your bank account. For example, Mojitos in Miami can cost as much as $15, and if... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Travel Tips: UK holiday on a budget

    Mircea Giurca
    26 Nov 2014 | 11:45 am
    The United Kingdom is really a blatantly extravagant destination to getaway. Lodging and food are generally expensive and gas prices are constantly increasing so perhaps even going out for a good... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Cheap Hotels Chicago

    Mircea Giurca
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:42 pm
    Chicago is an amazing urban landscape, with a stunning skyline including dazzling skyscrapers and magnificent gothic inspired buildings (including the Tribune Tower on Michigan Avenue) and some of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Every Beginner’s Guide to Good Tea: Experts Talk About How It’s Done

    Mircea Giurca
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:39 am
    From buying it to slurping it: in this article, tea aficionados teach new recruits how to pick good tea, and to keep everything at a budget. After all, much of it involves knowing what you’re looking... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Daily Catch

  • Christmas Creature

    Sophia Jones
    27 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Courtesy of Manufacturer Give your gift a lift with this playful pattern. Our favorite eight-armed animal under the sea will make yours the best-wrapped present under the tree. Paper Source Holiday Octopus Wrapping Paper, $8; papersource.com   
  • Chic Shades

    Hannah Sills
    24 Nov 2014 | 10:01 am
    Courtesy of manufacturer We love the color and shape of these frames, and the fact that they resist corrosion is an added bonus. Costa Sunglasses Loreto in Rose Gold with Gray 580P lens, $199; costadelmar.com
  • Merry and Bright

    Hannah Sills
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:43 am
    Courtesy of manufacturer Trim your tree with extra glimmer this holiday season. We love these festive, paper mache decorations. Zig Zag Ornaments, $28 for a set of 2; tuvaluhome.com
  • Fine Fragrance

    Hannah Sills
    17 Nov 2014 | 1:37 pm
    Courtesy of manufacturer This eau de cologne’s woody scent is reminiscent of exotic island adventures. Tommy Bahama Compass, $70; macys.com
  • Pillow Talk

    Sophia Jones
    13 Nov 2014 | 10:29 am
    Courtesy of Manufacturer Use this mod cushion as an accent piece to brighten any space. Jiti Grill Confetti Square Cotton Pillow, $97; wayfair.com
 
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    HOTELMARKETING.COM

  • Former Expedia president downplays Google’s travel move

    markus.busch@hotelmarketing.com
    26 Nov 2014 | 11:10 pm
    Former Expedia president Simon Breakwell downplayed the potential for Google to move further into travel by becoming an agent itself. But he advised travel firms to minimise their reliance on the dominant search engine saying the rising cost of advertising has changed the economics of travel.
  • Hotels no longer strategic focus for Webjet and Zuji

    markus.busch@hotelmarketing.com
    26 Nov 2014 | 11:09 pm
    Webjet has gone cold on the consumer hotels market just a couple of years after declaring the sector would be an engine of higher margin growth for the company. The company said hotels are "no longer a key growth focus due to intense market competition."
  • Australia: Expedia records 80% rise in bookings from Asia

    markus.busch@hotelmarketing.com
    26 Nov 2014 | 11:08 pm
    The Expedia group has reported that travel demand from Asia for hotel bookings in Australia increased more than 80% in the third quarter of 2014, compared to the same period in 2013. The strongest growth in demand came from Malaysia, as Expedia experienced triple-digit growth from Malaysia.
  • Luxury hotels declare specialisation and segmentation as the new watchwords

    markus.busch@hotelmarketing.com
    26 Nov 2014 | 11:07 pm
    The industry is changing in many ways. The axis is shifting from Europe becoming more influential towards Asia rather than the other way around, and more than anything else this is bringing with it specialisation. Hotels are looking for icons to set them apart, and this is happening with restaurants and bars.
  • Meet Airbnb’s hospitality guru

    markus.busch@hotelmarketing.com
    26 Nov 2014 | 11:06 pm
    Chip Conley tries to make sure that guests using the online room rental service have a smooth stay as the company tries to become full-fledged hospitality business. Conley’s hiring is intended to enhance Airbnb’s appeal at a time when it is trying to become a full-fledged hospitality business.
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  • The Modern Desert (Palm Springs Then & Now)

    Marian
    17 Nov 2014 | 2:59 pm
    Named to its list of America’s Dozen Distinctive Destinations, The National Trust for Historic Preservation has recognized Palm Springs as one of only twelve destinations for architectural tourism, and Preserve America has cited it as an important architectural preservation site. For good reason. Kicking it off in the late 1920s, the Hollywood party moved inland when the grande dame El Mirador Hotel went up (sadly since destroyed) and the famed Racquet Club drew the tennis and cocktails set. More stars followed and the great desert playground migration began along with an amazing story in…
  • We Visit Corsica

    Heinz
    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…
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    MiceChat

  • Great Dickens Christmas Fair and Victorian Holiday Party

    Roger Colton
    27 Nov 2014 | 2:30 am
    If one was to look for a story that sums up this time of year for many people, they would not have to go much farther than the novella of Mister Charles Dickens, entitled “A…The post Great Dickens Christmas Fair and Victorian Holiday Party appeared first on MiceChat.
  • Dining with Food Allergies – House of Blues

    Kelley Lord
    27 Nov 2014 | 2:04 am
    House of Blues is one of those often overlooked dining treasures at Downtown Disney.  The food is fantastic and the prices aren’t any higher than a typical Disney location.  While the Sunday gospel brunch draws…The post Dining with Food Allergies – House of Blues appeared first on MiceChat.
  • Window to the Magic Podcast – Take a Discovery Stroll in DCA with Bryn

    Paul Barrie
    27 Nov 2014 | 12:01 am
    Take a stroll around DCA with Bryn as she goes outside of her comfort zone to experience some things she normally doesn’t do… BE SURE TO SEND IN YOUR COMMENTS ABOUT THIS SHOW! Enjoy! *********************************…The post Window to the Magic Podcast – Take a Discovery Stroll in DCA with Bryn appeared first on MiceChat.
  • Bob’s True-Life Adventures No.17 – Tivoli Gardens and the Genesis of Disneyland

    Bob Gurr
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Today’s Wheel of Adventures has stopped at 2007, and off we go. . . In the years leading up to Walt Disney’s construction of Disneyland, Walt did a lot of research on various amusement parks.…The post Bob’s True-Life Adventures No.17 – Tivoli Gardens and the Genesis of Disneyland appeared first on MiceChat.
  • Gingerbread Holidays at the Walt Disney World Resorts

    Cory Disbrow
    26 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    This week, we’re taking a look at 4 of the WDW resorts and how they get all spruced up for the holidays. Well, that’s gonna wrap things up for this week. We got rained out…The post Gingerbread Holidays at the Walt Disney World Resorts appeared first on MiceChat.
 
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  • 10 unforgettable experiences around the Riviera Maya, Mexico

    Carmen Anderson
    27 Nov 2014 | 2:28 pm
    Are you ready for some fun? You can’t beat the Riviera Maya as a fun holiday destination. It is one of the most visited places in the world, and I assure you, you will have a blast! It offers you all that goes into making a holiday perfect. The startling blue of the Caribbean Sea […] 10 unforgettable experiences around the Riviera Maya, Mexico is a post from A Luxury Travel Blog The post 10 unforgettable experiences around the Riviera Maya, Mexico appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
  • Top 4 unusual ski experiences

    Tom Marchant
    26 Nov 2014 | 2:37 pm
    As soon as one winter season is over, talk quickly turns to the next for eager snow lovers. From world class après ski to skiing across untouched powder in remote fjords, feast your eyes over these incredible destinations, from Norway to Japan. They’re perfect for a more unusual ski experience. Fjord skiing in Lofoten, Norway For those skiers wanting […] Top 4 unusual ski experiences is a post from A Luxury Travel Blog The post Top 4 unusual ski experiences appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
  • Photograph of the week: King penguins on South Georgia

    Paul Johnson
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:24 am
    Louise Miller’s party made their first landing of the day at St Andrews Bay on South Georgia. Hundreds of king penguins covered the shore as far as they could see. Most of the passengers had already headed down the beach towards a glacier to the north. Louise on the other hand was busy photographing them […] Photograph of the week: King penguins on South Georgia is a post from A Luxury Travel Blog The post Photograph of the week: King penguins on South Georgia appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
  • 5 of the best luxury ski hotels in Europe

    Rebecca Taylor
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Skiers visiting the Alps by and large usually prefer the independence and freedom that a luxury ski chalet provides, however one mans meat is another mans poison, some prefer the hotel experience. For those that do prefer to stay in a hotel there are a wide range of options, from the cosy and intimate small […] 5 of the best luxury ski hotels in Europe is a post from A Luxury Travel Blog The post 5 of the best luxury ski hotels in Europe appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
  • 5 surprisingly sumptuous hotels in Guatemala

    Leslie Patrick
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:20 pm
    Between Mayan chocolate and volcanic hot springs, ancient ruins and textile markets, Guatemala has a little something for everyone. But no matter what your itinerary is like on your trip to this friendly Central American country, you’re going to need a place to lay your head. Guatemala may not be well known as a vacation […] 5 surprisingly sumptuous hotels in Guatemala is a post from A Luxury Travel Blog The post 5 surprisingly sumptuous hotels in Guatemala appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
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  • HAWAII Magazine’s “75 Places to Eat Like A Local”: Japanese Food

    25 Nov 2014 | 11:35 pm
    HAWAII Magazine’s “75 Places to Eat Like A Local”: Japanese Food Sukiyaki, sashimi and tempura teishoku at Teshima's Restaurant.HAWAII Magazine’s 2014 Food Issue is on sale now. And one of its main courses is “75 Places to Eat Like a Local,” our now annual guide to the Hawaii places you’ll find residents like us heading for great eats when we're hungry. We change the overall menu theme of “75 Places” every year...
  • Inaugural Maui Makahiki happening Nov. 29

    25 Nov 2014 | 4:06 am
    Inaugural Maui Makahiki happening Nov. 29 Offerings are given to the Hawaiian god Lono at a Makahiki festival on Oahu in 2010. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.It’s Makahiki season, and this year residents and visitors to Maui can join the inaugural Maui Makahiki. The community event will take place this Sat., Nov. 29 on the grounds of Maui Tropical Plantation in Wailuku.Makahiki is the Hawaiian celebratory season that coincides with the first sighting of Makalii, the constellation Pleiades, as it rises above the horizon at sunset. Celebrati...
  • West Maui’s Sugar Cane Train, closed in August, will reopen

    24 Nov 2014 | 1:49 am
    West Maui’s Sugar Cane Train, closed in August, will reopen The Sugar Cane Train's locomotive No. 1, Anaka. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.It won’t be long before train whistles can once again be heard in Lahaina. The Sugar Cane Train, a popular West Maui attraction that was shuttered in August, has found a new owner with plans to reopen. The Lahaina, Kaanapali and Pacific Railroad’s Sugar Cane Train—a steam-powered locomotive that took passengers along a six-mile track between ...
  • 2nd annual Hawaii Honey Festival buzzes on Hawaii Island this Saturday

    21 Nov 2014 | 2:35 am
    2nd annual Hawaii Honey Festival buzzes on Hawaii Island this Saturday Visitors at the first Hawaii Honey Festival last year. Photo: Danielle Downey.This weekend, something sweet is happening just south of Hilo. The Big Island Bee Keepers Association will host their 2nd annual Hawaii Honey Festival Sat., Nov. 22 at Nani Mau Gardens on Hawaii Island. The event celebrates the hard work of Hawaii’s honeybees and their keepers.Visitors to the Hawaii Ho...
  • Six reasons to visit the Windward Oahu town of Waimanalo

    20 Nov 2014 | 1:31 am
    Six reasons to visit the Windward Oahu town of Waimanalo Oahu map indicating the location of Waimanlo. For a detailed area map, see the link at the end of the article. Image: Google Maps. Waimanalo is a small, rural community sandwiched between the Koolau mountain range and Waimanalo Bay on the eastern side of Oahu. Visitors to Oahu’s lush Windward side often bypass Waimanalo for its larger and more northerly neighbor, Kailua town, or drive through on their way to Sea Life Park on the island’s southern tip, Makapuu Point. But that’s a mistake.
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  • A Maasai Circumcision After-Party [VIDEO]

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

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

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

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

    Alan Sorum
    4 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    Trap and snare safety for pet owners becomes important where animals are allowed to run off-leash without supervision. Pets wandering loose on public lands run the risk of encountering a leg hold trap or snare during the winter fur-trapping season. Quick action is vital to preventing injury or making the situation worse. The Alaska Department […] The post Trap and Snare Safety for Pet Owners appeared first on Information About Alaska (IAA).
  • Alaskan Fisheries are being threatened from ocean acidification

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

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

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

    Alan Sorum
    3 Jun 2014 | 11:41 am
        The post Coast Guard Conducts Boating Safety Training in Juneau, Alaska appeared first on Information About Alaska (IAA).
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  • Meet Mr & Mrs Smith’s anonymous hotel reviewers: #14 Oli Beale

    Kate Weir
    24 Nov 2014 | 2:47 am
    His was the Virgin complaint letter heard around the world: when ad man Oli Beale penned his distaste for Richard Branson’s in-flight cuisine, his ire earned him internet glory. Smith saw potential in this part-time karaoke critic, creative who worked on the Kaiser Chiefs’ album launch (with fellow anonymous hotel reviewer Ricky Wilson) and frustrated commuter, so we secured his unflinching eye and mightier-than-the-sword penmanship for boutique hotel reviews. Since then, he’s inhaled canisters of oxygen from the minibar at The Standard, East Village (while wearing a…
  • From Lisbon to Porto: a gourmet cheat sheet

    Madevi Dailly
    22 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Prepare to put some time in on the treadmill: you’ll need legs of steel and a ravenous appetite to tackle Portugal‘s finest foodie cities. Perched on picturesque – if treacherously steep – hills above glistening rivers, our boutique hotels in Lisbon and Porto are within easy reach of tumbling houses, cobblestoned lanes and azulejo-tiled churches. A quick two-and-a-half-hour train journey separate the two cities, making a twin-centre getaway a tantalising prospect. You’ll need more than a long weekend to stray from the obligatory (custard) tarts-and-port action, but if…
  • Smyth, New York: hotel of the week

    Amelia Mularz
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:09 am
    New York is starting to get nippy, so the unveiling of Smyth hotel’s recently revamped digs couldn’t have been better-timed. What’s more enticing than settling down with an artisanal cocktail by the toasty fire in this luxury stay’s new-this-month Evening Bar? Its farm-to-fork restaurant, Little Park, is new, and equally compelling, too. Style Mad Men modern Setting Tailored triangle below Canal Why this week? In the spirit of Thanksgiving next week, we’re thankful for the Evening Bar’s expertly shaken Manhattans and Smyth’s suave new…
  • Smith Hotel Awards 2014

    Rachel Juarez-Carr
    13 Nov 2014 | 9:06 am
    Our second annual Smith Hotel Awards took place last week, celebrating the very best boutique hotels in the world from throughout our global collection. We gathered more than 20,000 of your votes, our expert panel of judges carefully deliberated… and then we partied with more than 700 fabulous friends at South London’s Bankside Vaults. We debuted our Christmas film, too! First up, massive congratulations to every magnificent winner, all announced from the stage by our original Mr and Mrs Smith, co-founders James and Tamara Lohan. Check out each award’s winner and runners-up on…
  • Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius: hotel of the week

    Editorial
    7 Nov 2014 | 6:04 am
    As the nights draw longer and the winter approaches, we’re dreaming of white sand beaches, translucent lagoons and secluded coves. In short, we’re craving sunny Mauritian serenity, and our friend Maurice knows all about that… Constance Le Prince Maurice hotel, that is. Style Thatch and gliz Setting Chic-en-Flacq headland Why this week? November is already upon us: Christmas is on its way. So as we embark on the season of stodgy festive feasts, treat yourself to an Indian Ocean escape that’ll serve as the world’s most delightful post-Xmas rehab – the hotel offers the…
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    Nomadic Matt's Travel Site

  • 6 Lessons Learned from 3 Months in China

    NomadicMatt
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    China is a fascinating and rapidly changing country. Old customs and habits hang on as modern skyscrapers go up every second, the country becomes more of a global powerhouse, and people from around the world move there. Last year, my friend, Scott Young, best known as a learning hacker who learned MIT’s entire computer science program in one year, said to me “I’m going to travel the world for a year and learn languages.” I was thrilled with the idea! Today, he shares what he learned while living in China for three months and how the media portrays countries is often…
  • How to Change the “I’m Too Poor to Travel” Mindset and Say Yes to Travel

    NomadicMatt
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    “Your advice is great if you are middle-class, your parents are giving you money, or you’re from the West. Your website can never work for me. I’m too poor to travel. This advice is only for privileged people.” I encounter this line of thought frequently, and after two recently-published articles on Thrillist and Thought Catalog, I’ve heard it even more lately. Every travel naysayer believes their situation is special, that they can’t manage what someone else did for “x, y, or z” reason. And it’s not just travel. We all make excuses as to why we can’t do something we…
  • 10 Common Fears That Stop You from Traveling Solo

    NomadicMatt
    12 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    On the second Wednesday of the month, Kristin Addis from Be My Travel Muse writes a column featuring tips and advice on solo female travel. It’s not a topic I can cover and, since there’s a lot of female travelers out there, I felt it was important to bring in an expert. This is her column this month. If you had asked me five years ago if I would ever travel alone, I would have immediately said, “No way. That can’t be safe, it must be lonely, and I’d get so bored.” Before I started traveling, I was scared of even the idea of eating dinner alone! Then I started to realize…
  • The No-Nonsense Guide to Data Security for Travelers

    NomadicMatt
    4 Nov 2014 | 5:59 am
    On the first Tuesday of each month, Dave Dean from Too Many Adapters gives us great tips and advice on travel tech and gear. This month’s column is on data security. It’s topic that worries a lot of travelers (especially folks like me who work online) so Dave is delving deep into the subject today. If there’s a less sexy travel subject than data security, I don’t know what it is. When you’re planning your trip and up to your elbows in guide books, maps, and blog posts about deserted beaches and delicious foods, it’s not going to be backup strategies or…
  • Falling in Love with the Land of Elves

    NomadicMatt
    3 Nov 2014 | 7:32 am
    As we stared up at the sky, patches of neon and dark green changed to light pink and back to green. They came out of nowhere, hung like curtains on invisible hangers, and danced a duet to an unheard symphony. They would appear, vanish, and reappear all over the sky. My companions, Lulu and Germaine (two friends from France spending the week driving around Iceland), and I stared, bewildered, as the Northern Lights danced above us. It was the first time we had seen them, and even though it was bitterly cold and we were too lightly dressed, we stayed out, shivering, for hours, watching…
 
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  • Surviving A Timeshare Sales Presentation In 2014

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

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

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

    26 Nov 2014 | 12:10 pm
    This statue by Martin Milmore at Mt. Auburn Cemetery was commissioned by Dr. Jacob Bigelow and dedicated to those who lost their lives in the Civil War. Photos by Stephen Hartshorne.Underground... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Traverse City Michigan: A Favorite Getaway

    26 Nov 2014 | 11:55 am
    Tasting wines at the Black Star Farms winery in Suttons Bay, Michigan. There are 30 wineries in the area. Max Hartshorne photos.   Traverse City: A Beloved Getaway for Michiganders By Max... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Republic of Georgia: Svaneti Photo Gallery

    26 Nov 2014 | 10:43 am
    Svaneti, Republic of Georgia Photo Gallery Svaneti and Ushguli Republic of Georgia By GoNOMAD Far in the north of the country, near the Russian border, are places that look like it's still the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Guatemala: Four Weeks of Spanish School

    26 Nov 2014 | 8:37 am
      The tools of learning Spanish. James Tennet photos. Learning Spanish in Quetzaltenango By James Tennet Sitting across from my teacher, internally squirming under her expectant stare, I... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Barbados: The Perfect Beaches and More

    25 Nov 2014 | 12:07 pm
      Surf Salt Ash at Barrys Surfschool, on the South Coast of Barbados. Lars Zeekaf photos.Barbados: A Surfer's Point of View By Lars Zeekaf With ease I walk down the street, greeted by every... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • PHOTO: State Historical Museum in Red Square, Moscow

    Barbara Weibel
    27 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: The State Historical Museum of Russian history, which anchors one end of Red Square in Moscow, features exhibits from prehistoric inhabitants through the Romanov dynasty. At night, the lighting makes it look like an enormous red wedding cake with spies. (Visited 2 times, 2 visits today)The post PHOTO: State Historical Museum in Red Square, Moscow appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
  • PHOTO: St. Basil’s Cathedral in Red Square, Moscow

    Barbara Weibel
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow’s Red Square, today serves as a museum. It was built from 1555–61 on orders from Ivan the Terrible, and it’s full name is the Cathedral of the Intercession of the Most Holy Theotokos on the Moat. (Visited 35 times, 35 visits today)The post PHOTO: St. Basil’s Cathedral in Red Square, Moscow appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
  • PHOTO: Red Square in Moscow

    Barbara Weibel
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:30 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: One end of Moscow’s famous Red Square: The Kremlin and Lenin’s Tomb (left); State Historical Museum (center); and the enormous GUM Department Store (right). (Visited 44 times, 44 visits today)The post PHOTO: Red Square in Moscow appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
  • PHOTO: Aktion T4 Memorial in Berlin

    Barbara Weibel
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: Memorial at Philharmonie in Berlin, former site of the headquarters of Aktion T4, the agency that ordered “euthanasia” of people with mental disabilities or illnesses during the Third Reich, on the the National Socialist government. During my visit, dozens of Berliners filed past the photos and documentation in utter silence. (Visited 32 times, 32 visits today)The post PHOTO: Aktion T4 Memorial in Berlin appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
  • PHOTO: Konzerthaus Berlin at Gendarmenmarkt

    Barbara Weibel
    23 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: Konzerthaus Berlin, located on Gendarmenmarkt square near the historic center of the city, is considered to be one of the five best concert venues in the world due to its excellent acoustics. During the Christmas holidays, the Gendarmenmarkt hosts one of Berlin’s most popular Christmas markets. (Visited 53 times, 53 visits today)The post PHOTO: Konzerthaus Berlin at Gendarmenmarkt appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
 
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  • Wat Jetlin (Chedlin) in Chiang Mai

    Dave from The Longest Way Home
    25 Nov 2014 | 3:57 pm
    Wat Jetlin or Chedlin in Chiang Mai Thailand My favorite Wat in Chiang Mai is Wat Jetlin There’s rarely a buddhist temple in Thailand that doesn’t have more than one name. Wat Jetlin is also known as Wat Jet Lin, Wat Chedlin and Wat Nong Chalin. I’m going to call it by the name outside the main gates: Wat Jetlin. Even the monks call Wat Chedlin “Wat Jetlin” Located on Prapokkloa Road the 16th century Wat Jetlin is often overlooked in the touristy old walled city of Chiang Mai. Truth be told, I’m kinda glad it’s overlooked too. It only adds to one of…
  • Thai Food: Tom Yam Soup

    Dave from The Longest Way Home
    18 Nov 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Tom Yam soup with prawns from Thailand Tom Yam or Tom Yum? Either way it’s very tasty No visit to Thailand should be marked complete without tasting some Tom yum soup. I’m not a great fan of Thai food and I’m soup lover at all. But credit where credit is due Tom Yum soup is one of the most delicious soups in the world! The real key to Tom yam is finding a place that serves a wholesome bowl full of the special ingredients that make this soup so good. What is Tom yum soup? Tom yum soup is a spicy sour flavorsome soup from both Thailand and Laos. It’s known locally as tom…
  • Looking for something different to do in north Thailand

    Dave from The Longest Way Home
    11 Nov 2014 | 3:56 pm
    Bangkok Thailand … I think it might be better up north! Destination choices for the north of Thailand Between travel visas and economics I find myself once taking a stride into Thailand. It’s become quite the place to stop over. My initial thoughts were to veer south to Malaysia and perhaps take a saunter into Thailand’s southern beaches. The only angst with this is my own very much “been there done that” mentality. I’m not a beach person and to repeat it for nothing more than a saunter would be fruitless. I think of North Thailand and to the east.
  • Having Surgery in Asia: my experience

    Dave from The Longest Way Home
    4 Nov 2014 | 4:56 pm
    I’ve been to hosptials all over Asia … some good, some not to good The longest way to surgery in Asia Long term readers who subscribe to my newsletter might remember a few years back I wrote a very personal newsletter about experiencing colon pain and having a colonoscopy in South East Asia. It was a smorgasbord of misdiagnoses, the unknown, impending death and getting the all clear. For the past number of years wherever I’ve traveled I’ve sought out the best doctors and hospitals to give me answers. Last week that all came to ahead as I experienced a building pain in…
  • 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…
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  • Ten Luxury Gifts for Travelers, 2014 Edition

    Nicole
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:31 am
    Now that we’ve come out with our yearly 20 under $20 Gift Guide for 2014, of course, we had to address those special travelers who have, let’s say, a certain taste for the good life. Our 2014 Luxury Gift Guide includes some great luxury gift ideas for that good-life loving traveler in your life. Michael Kors Jet Set Travel Messenger Bag ($145.00) – For those strong, silent types, this great messenger bag does all the talking. Sleek, classy and useful, the $145 price tag is actually quite reasonable. White + Warren Women’s Cashmere Travel Wrap Scarf ($298.00) –…
  • 20 Under $20: Gifts for the Boomer Traveler, 2014 Edition

    Nicole
    24 Nov 2014 | 1:33 am
    Holiday shopping at Hong Kong’s Jade Market Welcome to the 2014 edition of 20 boomer traveler gifts for under $20. This year, we’ve got a great list of inexpensive, yet ultra- useful travel items that make great gift ideas for your traveling friends or family members. Or heck, why not treat yourself to one  of the many travel trinkets we have on the list? We promise not to tell! ON THE ROAD Acure Organics Dry Shampoo($11.29) – Don’t have time or a proper place to rinse that travel right out of your hair? Powder shampoo is a must for any on-the-go traveler. Carex Bed Buddy…
  • News for the Week

    Donna Hull
    22 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    New Mexico’s Gila Wilderness offers plenty of active travel opportunities for boomers. Will you be going “over the river and through the woods” on the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday? Alan and I will be crossing the Bitterroot River and traveling near the Bitterroot National Forest for a holiday stay at Triple Creek Ranch. Stay tuned for our photos and articles. When you can’t be with family, we highly recommend a travel diversion for Thanksgiving or Christmas. This Week’s Articles Even on a snowy day, a cruise through the Rhine gorge is beautiful. Read about our…
  • Saturday’s scene: Hiking Pilot Mountain

    Donna Hull
    22 Nov 2014 | 12:05 am
    The Big Knob of Pilot Mountain Driving north on Highway 52, Pilot Mountain is the stony punctuation in the rolling hills of the North Carolina countryside. You can’t miss it. The quartzite mountain rises to 2421 feet and is a remnant of the ancient Sauratown Mountain Range in the Yadkin Valley. Native Americans, wildlife and explorers have used Pilot Mountain as a landmark for centuries. I visited Pilot Mountain State Park while on a trip to explore Winston-Salem, about 24 miles to the south. Leaves were still clinging to the hickory and oak trees, making a colorful backdrop to…
  • Winter on the Rhine

    Donna Hull
    18 Nov 2014 | 12:05 am
    Wintry day in the Rhine Gorge On a foggy, sleety day, AmaWaterways Amacello winds through the Rhine Gorge where medieval castles and vineyards compete for attention above scenic river banks. Alan heads outside to take photos but returns quickly, unable to shield his lens from pelting sleet. Most Rhine River cruisers hope to view the Upper Middle Rhine Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, in beautiful weather, especially for the outstanding photo opportunities. But that was not to be on our Rhine River Christmas Markets cruise. Instead we press our noses and cameras against the glass of…
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  • An Unexpected Turn: Buying Marijuana in Barcelona

    Christine Gilbert
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:53 am
    The back of Drew’s marijuana club membership card. My husband and I have been together for 14 years… we started dating in the summer of 2000, when I whisked him away to Seattle and we started our lives together. Since the very beginning we have dealt with what has become known in our family as “Drew’s ADHD”. Drew was about two years too old to be swept up in the ADD diagnosing craze that followed him. Instead he went without treatment his entire life, until a few years into our marriage when we finally had to figure out what was going on. It wasn’t that…
  • Interesting Times in Barcelona

    Christine Gilbert
    6 Nov 2014 | 9:51 am
    This is in Catalan, but 9N stands for Nov 9th and is shorthand for the vote. It says, “We called the 9N (vote), now we have to win” We just arrived in Barcelona, our new home base. Our forever home. Coming off the flight from Bucharest, I was a little nervous. We hadn’t been here in six months. Would we still love it? Is this really the place? Would my kids love it? My heart just sings, “yes” the moment we land. I love that things are in Spanish and I can once again understand people. I love that it’s bilingual and there’s Catalan signs everywhere. I…
  • Booking Airbnb with Kids

    5 Nov 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Hello booking websites, we’re small, but please don’t list us under the section called “Other” where you mention whether you accept pets. Last spring, I booked a hotel in San Sebastian, from my iPhone, just a half mile from the hotel. I wanted to hold the room so we could bike over. It took us less than 20 minutes to get there but when we arrived we were turned away. “I’m sorry we don’t accept children,” the hotel employee checking us in said. I didn’t like it, but I was resigned. “Okay, so we’ll just get a refund and be on our…
  • Perfect for the Holidays, Romanian Cozonac Bread with Cocoa and Walnuts

    4 Nov 2014 | 6:18 am
    I made this bread while in Romania, doing absolutely everything wrong, and it still came out great. I used this recipe, which has great photos and instructions. My version is little more simple, and it demonstrates that you don’t really need fancy things like measuring cups or even all the ingredients to make a great cozonac. First, you make the nut filling. The instructions recommended making this the night before and putting it in the fridge, which I did, but then you have to take it out the next day or it’s too cold to spread. I didn’t do that. So either you have too hot…
  • Announcing: The Wireless Generation Film Tour

    Christine Gilbert
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:45 am
    We are very excited to announce that the film tour for our documentary, The Wireless Generation, is coming to the United States this spring. It is a documentary about a new generation of people who are taking their careers online in order to travel the world. WHERE CAN YOU SEE IT? Seattle – February 5th, 2015 San Francisco – February 19th, 2015 Los Angeles – March 5th, 2015 Denver – March 19th, 2015 Austin – April 2nd, 2015 Boston – April 16th, 2015 NYC* – April 30th, 2015 * NYC is the last US screening and the entire Gilbert family will be there.
 
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  • local roots

    susan
    9 Nov 2014 | 6:43 pm
    When traveling, the key to unearthing a place’s culture is often found in its food – when you avoid restaurants with menus that even attempt to cater to tourists, sip wine from local grapes and drink beer brewed with local hops. Sometimes, it’s even taking the extra step to visit a market to really live, breath – and eat – the life of the locals. It’s a habit that can get lost when you’re home. Routines and busy schedules can sometimes prevent us from stopping to appreciate what our own unique places have to offer. Yesterday, Ina Garten played in…
  • peeling back the layers

    susan
    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

    susan
    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

    susan
    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

    susan
    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…
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    Travel Wonders of the World

  • Remembrance Day

    Mark H
    10 Nov 2014 | 1:52 pm
    In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below             – In Flanders Field (John McCrae) The red poppy, one of the few flowers that continued to grow in the war-ravaged Western Front, emerged soon after The Great War to help... Read the full story at http://www.travel-wonders.com.
  • Photo of the Week: Old Wharf, Dover (Tasmania)

    Mark H
    6 Nov 2014 | 3:36 pm
    In the deep south of Tasmania (and Dover is Australia’s most southerly town with a population of 1,000 or more), mother nature dominates. Cool temperature rainforests dominate inland while unspoiled azure blue seas lap the coastline. Meantime seagulls rest on the rickety character-filled old wharf that bears witness to Dover’s dynamic fishing industry. Farming of salmon, trout,... Read the full story at http://www.travel-wonders.com.
  • Return to Blogging for Spring (Sydney, Australia)

    Mark H
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:31 pm
    I needed a break from blogging and there is no better time than Australian spring to give the energy pep needed to get back to publishing Travel Wonders. Below are a handful of beautiful springtime blooms photographed recently in Sydney’s magnificent cool climate Mt Tomah Botanic Gardens where rhododendrons, waratahs (the NSW state flower) and a broad variety of other flowers are... Read the full story at http://www.travel-wonders.com.
  • Benidorm Attractions That You Shouldn’t Miss (Spain)

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

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

    Cathy
    5 Nov 2014 | 5:42 am
    Attending the travel jamboree that is World Travel Market in London this week, I faced my annual dilemma of whether to commute to the show daily from my home or stay up in town. The daily trip to Excel takes at least 2 hours (assuming Southern Rail/DLR behave) so this year, with evening events also on my agenda, I decided to hunt down the best value London accommodation. My first thought, being a big fan, was to check out Airbnb. I’ve had some great experiences renting through Airbnb and it is usually way cheaper than hotel options. With an ever expanding army of hosts looking to take…
  • Heathrow Terminal 2 – The Queen’s Terminal

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

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

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

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

  • 5 great alternative winter sports

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

    Christin
    16 Nov 2014 | 5:25 am
    TweetThey allow us to cross rivers safely and without getting wet, to pass from one district to another, or even to enter a different country altogether. But in many cases they not only fulfill such practical purposes but are architectural masterworks in their own right. Let’s pause for a moment, and marvel at ten of […]
  • 5 gigantic monuments

    Lena
    9 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    TweetThey will stand firmly in place for many decades, perhaps centuries, and turn the people in their shadows into awesome dwarves. Apparently the only thing that is life-size about the following five oversized and imposing monuments is their creators – monuments given the difficult task of anchoring in global memory heroes, milestones, and ideologies. Now […]
  • 5 spooky places in Europe

    Lena
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    TweetApropos, through 10/31 you can get the whole Europe Package for only 19.99 EUR in the tripwolf app!   Halloween is knocking on the door, and in a few days you will be confronted by witches, vampires, and killer clowns. Doesn’t matter whether your costume is a white sheet with holes cut out or Freddy […]
  • How to make the most of a rainy trip

    tripwolf
    26 Oct 2014 | 7:45 am
    TweetGuest article by Elisabeth Magesacher (translated from German).   Wet socks, cabin fever, not to mention the vain battle you and your umbrella fight against the wind in order not to take off like Mary Poppins. Rain during your vacation can really give you the blues. But that’s no reason to give up hope! Here […]
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    Walking and Drinking Beer

  • Around Northern Italy by Train

    16 Nov 2014 | 11:36 am
    Varenna has train service.  From here you have to take a ferry to Bellagio. The Italians are many wonderful things – but slow, safe and sane drivers, they are not.  Italian highways resemble race tracks more than roads, and cars can be expensive and a hassle in the country’s ancient, pedestrian-oriented cities. The solution is to tour Italy by train.  All the grand stops of Northern Italy are 2-3 hours apart by rail.  Italian train cars are efficient and comfortable and many seats come with tables and power outlets so you can catch up on emails as you zip through the…
  • A European Weekend in the Desert of Las Vegas

    8 Mar 2014 | 1:11 pm
    The dancing fountains of Bellagio.It was winter and I’d had enough of America.  Too much snow, too much cold, too many chain stores and too much traffic.  I needed a summer in Europe.  I needed to walk in twilight past splashing fountains, to linger over a good meal at an outdoor cafe, to feel the sun and the rustle of green tree branches overhead, to see flowers and statuary and history and art, all placed around me, for no reason except for their beauty.  I needed to experience the joy de vie, the wines and the haute cuisine of the French and Italians.And so I went to…
  • Unlocking the Mystery of Custer’s Last Stand

    29 Jan 2014 | 4:06 pm
    "Call of the Bugle," by J.K. Ralston is one of the more accurate depictions. On the afternoon of June 26, 1876, on high bluffs above the Little Big Horn River, Col. George Armstrong Custer halted the 7thCavalry and dictated an order.  “Benteen.  Come On.  Big Village.  Be Quick.  Bring Packs.  P.S.  Bring Packs.”  The order was scribbled and handed to trumpeter John Martin, who grabbed it and galloped off in the direction of Captain Benteen and the left battalion of Custer’s command.  As he rode away, the trumpeter turned in his saddle for…
  • Walking and Drinking Beer in Yosemite

    29 Nov 2013 | 11:52 am
    On March 27, 1851, a gold miner named James Savage, led a group of militia into the rugged Sierra Nevada mountains of central California in search of Tenaya, chief of the Ahwahneeche people.  The tribespeople had burned Savage’s trading post, so in revenge, Savage formed the Mariposa Battalion and ordered his armed men up the Merced River.  Every time they encountered a Native American camp, they burned it, destroyed its provisions, and drove the people from the land.El Capitan, Kenny Karst, DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite, Inc. As they marched up river, these soldiers…
  • Walking and Drinking Beer on the Street of Dreams -- Hollywood Boulevard

    23 Aug 2013 | 2:29 pm
    From the 1920s to the 1950s, Hollywood Boulevard was the most glamorous street in the world – a place where movie stars came to party, walk the red carpet to film premieres past search lights and popping flashbulbs, meet with their agents in Art Deco offices, cruise in convertibles with hair flying,  palm trees overhead, or hobnob with writers and directors in long, cool dark bars like the Musso & Frank’s or the Cat & Fiddle.   But times change.  In the 1960s, the street, like the movies, went into a steep decline.  Hollywood Boulevard became a joke…
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    Fascinating Travel Destinations Blog

  • Nov 25, sightseeing in samoa

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

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

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

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

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

  • Healthcare in Taiwan: Medication Usage and Patient Safety

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

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

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

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

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

  • Telamon Shipwreck To Be Scrapped

    Jules
    27 Nov 2014 | 1:57 pm
    It’s hard to pass the Telamon at the moment, knowing that this iconic landmark is going to disappear from Lanzarote in the near future. She’s been part of our coastline between Arrecife and Costa Teguise since a storm in October 1981 took it’s toll on the dilapidated boat, forcing the crew to beach her next to the Puerto de Los Mármoles. Recuperadora Lanzaroteña have already presented the definitive documentation to the Autoridad Portuaria de Las Palmas with the intention to scrap the vessel from this autumn. The company will dismantle the  read more »
  • Puerto del Carmen Carnival Theme

    Jules
    27 Nov 2014 | 10:35 am
    The Auntamiento of Tías have opened an internet vote to decide the theme of the carnival in Puerto del Carmen for 2015. Four categories have been suggested for the Puerto del Carmen carnival which takes place from the 19th to 22nd of February 2015, or if you prefer you can submit a different theme for the fancy dress costumes. The proposed themes are: El Bosque Encantado (The Enchanted Forest)  read more »
  • Another Storm Warning

    Jules
    27 Nov 2014 | 5:25 am
    Lanzarote and the Canary Islands are bracing themselves for another stormy weekend. The islands are on orange alert for winds reaching 100-130 km/h & 5-6 metre waves in coastal areas as well as a yellow alert for heavy rainfall of 15 mm accumulating within an hour. The Consorcio de Emergencias de Lanzarote have suspended open air activities for this weekend due to the meteorological conditions and the Plan de Emergencias Insular has been activated. Alerts for Lanzarote Gusts of wind reaching 100 km/h starting from midnight tonight until 18:00 on Saturday 29th November Waves of 5-6 metres…
  • Lanzarote Weekend 28th to 30th November 2014

    Jules
    27 Nov 2014 | 4:27 am
    There’s lots happening in Lanzarote this weekend, it’s the marathon in Costa Teguise, there’s a food & wine festival in the old capital of Teguise, the last rally of the season with 50 cars participating across the island, plus Black Friday & Stockazo discount shopping events. Costa Teguise: The Lanzarote Marathon has the kids event on Friday 28th starting from 17:00 with registration for children aged 0-17 years old at 16:00. Their races will take place in front of the Sands Beach Resort Hotel in Costa Teguise. The full marathon starts from Costa Teguise at 09:00, the half…
  • Christmas Hampers in Lanzarote

    Jules
    27 Nov 2014 | 3:02 am
    Brown Deli have produced a fabulous range of hampers for Christmas which would make an ideal present. You can order online for delivery to any loved ones living on the island or treat yourselves to a basket of goodies for your festive holiday if you’re planning to fly over to for Christmas & the New Year. There are 14 different hampers available for foodies, wine lovers and children which includes a toy and treats. Each of the hampers contain a greeting card and your personal message. Please visit the Christmas Hamper page on the Brown Deli website for full information on all of these…
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  • Could We Actually Live On Mars?

    AsapSCIENCE
    16 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    Could We Actually Live On Mars? What would it take to survive on Mars? SUBSCRIBE! It's free: http://bit.ly/10kWnZ7 Get Your Free Audiobook: http://bit.ly/XIcZpz ---Links to follow us below-... From: AsapSCIENCE Views: 710721 20631 ratings Time: 04:03 More in Science & Technology
  • Australians Taste Test American Snacks

    BuzzFeedVideo
    15 Oct 2014 | 3:03 pm
    Australians Taste Test American Snacks "It has the consistency of like, dried foreskin." Like BuzzFeedVideo on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/18yCF0b MUSIC Soak It Up Licensed via Warner Chappell Produ... From: BuzzFeedVideo Views: 2125019 26099 ratings Time: 02:16 More in Entertainment
  • Australians Taste Test American Sweets

    BuzzFeedVideo
    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: http://on.fb.me/1rGD5Y8 Like BuzzFe... From: BuzzFeedVideo Views: 2507961 45633 ratings Time: 02:38 More in Entertainment
  • 10 Weird Things Banned by Governments

    Alltime10s
    19 Jun 2014 | 9:16 am
    10 Weird Things Banned by Governments 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. Dis... From: Alltime10s Views: 958377 13643 ratings Time: 02:55 More in Education
  • The 10 Most MIND-TWISTING Paradoxes of All Time!

    Matthew Santoro
    22 Mar 2014 | 8:21 pm
    The 10 Most MIND-TWISTING Paradoxes of All Time! http://wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_paradoxes Subscribe! New videos every Saturday: http://bit.ly/Subscribenow Facebook (Like): http://fb.com/MatthewSantoroOff... From: Matthew Santoro Views: 3954562 79279 ratings Time: 08:12 More in Education
 
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  • Eden XO Challenges UMGD!

    14 Nov 2014 | 4:37 pm
    Eden XO Challenges UMGD! Eden XO throws down her dance challenge to the Universal Music Group. From: Universal Music Group Views: 1161 29 ratings Time: 00:25 More in Music
  • #Schooled: Adelitas Way

    12 Aug 2014 | 1:18 pm
    #Schooled: Adelitas Way For more videos like this, follow Universal Music Group on Youtube. Listen to Digster's Back to School Playlist here: http://umg.fm/1f83YeH. From: Universal Music Group Views: 605 48 ratings Time: 00:27 More in Music
  • #Schooled: Grizfolk

    12 Aug 2014 | 1:09 pm
    #Schooled: Grizfolk For more videos like this, follow Universal Music Group on Youtube. Listen to Digster's Back to School Playlist here: http://umg.fm/1f83YeH. From: Universal Music Group Views: 24166 81 ratings Time: 00:30 More in Music
  • #Schooled: August Alsina

    12 Aug 2014 | 11:40 am
    #Schooled: August Alsina For more videos like this, follow Universal Music Group on Youtube. Listen to Digster's Back to School Playlist here: http://umg.fm/1f83YeH. From: Universal Music Group Views: 615 22 ratings Time: 00:24 More in Music
  • #Schooled: Rixton

    12 Aug 2014 | 11:37 am
    #Schooled: Rixton For more videos like this, follow Universal Music Group on Youtube. Listen to Digster's Back to School Playlist here: http://umg.fm/1f83YeH. From: Universal Music Group Views: 190 13 ratings Time: 00:20 More in Music
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    Hotels in Orlando & Things to do in Orlando

  • Our one week Cyber Monday Sale is the largest promotion

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

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

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

    Sunil Govind
    10 Nov 2014 | 10:48 am
    Once upon a time, vacations were reserved for lazy afternoons by the beach, drinking and eating at the finest restaurants, and pursuing fun activities worthy of the family photo album. In recent years, however, vacations have transformed to offer tourists the opportunity to not only engage in R&R, but also work up a sweat. That’s […]
  • 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? […]
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    USA Travel Guide

  • Holiday Festival of Lights

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

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

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

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

    Carolina
    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.
 
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  • Traveling with baby: My essential gear

    Lola Akerstrom
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:57 am
    I finally took my two-month old son to go get his passport yesterday. This means I’ve already got upcoming travels on the horizon and this also means traveling with a baby all over again now that my daughter is a full blown toddler. When it comes to packing for travel with my baby, I pack for convenience. Meaning, since I’m usually traveling with other gear like a camera and laptop for assignments, I pack what I need to make sure baby is comfortable while I work. I save minimalist packing for when I go solo. That said, I do minimize whatever I carry on board because between wrestling a…
  • Snapshot: Chanel Brown

    Lola Akerstrom
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Chanel Brown is a photographer and a New York City based travel blogger who is passionate about sharing the foods, people, and cultures of a destination with the world. Chanel has traveled to over 30 countries and has carried her camera with her every step of the way. How would you describe your style of photography? In my photography, I aim to capture one (or more) of following four things: life, color, design, and light. In regards to life, I might capture animals, small insects, or people in their natural environment. If something catches my eye or there is a moment that I want to…
  • Latest News and Updates – Portraits and Photo Tips

    Lola Akerstrom
    19 Nov 2014 | 11:11 pm
    While shooting portraits at Electrolux, I met Nejc Škoberne who pretty much looks like Clark Kent. Well, a little Photoshop work later.. I realize it’s been awhile since I’ve posted what I’ve been working on the last few weeks. I usually round up latest publications, editorial contributions, and such. I’ve been doing a bit more commercial work for clients like Electrolux, Absolut Vodka, and MOVE Guides plus I cut down a lot in preparation for the baby. Now I’m slowly ramping back up on work — within reason. Publications Here are my latest articles and…
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  • 5 Things I’m Thankful for Because of Travel

    admin
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:03 am
    Travel is an excellent teacher - of so many profound subjects that are difficult to learn any other way. If she is the supreme mistress of any one, in my life experience, it is gratitude. Anyone who has traveled, even the most peripheral manner, has returned happy for home, hearth, and his own bed to sleep in. The longer we travel, the deeper we travel, the more profound those lessons of gratitude become.As I sat on Kailua beach, sipping a glass of white wine with my friend, it happened. We squished the sand between our toes and watched our children laugh into the surf. Waves of gratefulness…
  • Gift Guide for Long-Term Travelers

    admin
    25 Nov 2014 | 12:03 am
    Do you have a travel lover in your life? Is your family always asking for gift ideas around the holidays, and you never know what to tell them? We did the legwork for you, compiling our favorite travel related items into one big gift guide for long-term travel lovers.Jump to:Under $100Under $50Under $30Under $20Under $10SplurgeUnder $100[product title="World Map Wall Mural" image="http://www.bootsnall.com/articles/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/World-Map-Wall-Mural.jpg"…
  • How I Travel: Andrew Evans

    khammel
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:03 am
    ANDREW EVANS: He's Been Everywhere, Man (or he's on his way) Andrew Evans has packed a lot of experience into his short lifetime—he’s a writer, an endless wanderer and a bus passenger who traveled from Washington D.C. to Antarctica. The National Geographic Traveler contributing editor got his start by writing the first guidebook to Ukraine. Since then he’s written for a wide range of travel publications, spending months at a time on the road without his wanderlust losing the least bit of luster. Read on to see why the guidebook writer doesn’t carry one himself, how he avoids jet lag…
  • Inspiration to Get You On the Road

    admin
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:03 am
    When someone starts planning a long-term trip, usually one of the first things they do is look at photos to inspire them. In 2014, there is no better place than Instagram to be inspired by travel photography.The truth is there can be lots of crap to sift through on Instagram. And if you're tired of being inundated with bad selfies, cats, and brown sloppy food, there are several great instgrammers who are posting mouth-watering food shots and destination photos that will make you want to ditch your life and buy an airline ticket.While we could write an entire article on the debate over posting…
  • Getting Kids On Board With Your Big Trip

    admin
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:05 am
    It can be a daunting thing to set out on a long term adventure as a family. There are so many logistical issues to address, in addition to the educational considerations to be made. Even parents who are firmly convinced of the overwhelming benefits to their children of an extended journey can struggle with their resolve when faced with less than enthusiastic young people.[banner top_title="hide" description="hide" subscribe="hide" title="Wanna take your kids on the ultimate field trip?" button_type="orange" button="Sign up for RTW30 - Family Edition"…
 
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    Travel Blissful

  • Georgia to Maine On the Appalachian Trail

    Travel Bliss
    16 Nov 2014 | 8:06 am
    I’ve always wanted to see what lies over the next hill or around the next bend in the road. Traveling is an adventure, anticipating those surprises that wait ahead, those serendipitous meetings or discoveries that you never imagined. I knew hiking the Appalachian Trail would be an adventure. I’d read many accounts by thru-hikers (folks who hike the entire 2,174 miles in one season) of how the hike had changed them. But I never imagined how dramatically it would change my own life. I’ll back up just a bit to tell you that I was running pretty hard in the same rat race that many people…
  • A Dream About Hanoi

    Travel Bliss
    15 Nov 2014 | 8:52 am
    A few years ago I had a dream about Hanoi. I knew where I was because I saw a sign saying Hanoi. I believe all dreams mean something and I remember thinking the dream must mean that I should travel there — although I didn’t even know anything about the city. I even went to the library to lend a book on how to learn Vietnamese. Later I realized that the dream probably meant I will travel to Hanoi someday, not that I have to make it happen within the next few months. Below are some phrases I learnt before I decided to give up on my impulsive idea. But since then I have always been very…
  • LONGING FOR LYON

    Travel Bliss
    15 Nov 2014 | 8:39 am
    Shopping & Sightseeing Shopping and sightseeing in 35 degrees Celsius is not the best combination, but we enjoyed our day in Lyon. After breakfast purchased in a health food shop at Course Vitton we walked to the big park Parc de la Tete D´Or, not far from Boulevard des Brotteaux, crossed the river, and continued to the center of Lyon. There, we found great shopping along the pedestrian Rue de la Republique, from Hotel de Ville to Place Bellecour. Rue Victor Hugo on the other side of Place Bellecour, the location of the tourist office, is also popular among shoppers. In the afternoon we…
  • PASSION FOR PARIS

    Travel Bliss
    15 Nov 2014 | 8:39 am
    How to Get Around Even though strolling down the streets is a terrific way to discover Paris, the Metro is a perfect alternative for longer distances. You can buy ten tickets at a time and go as far as you like on one ticket. If you plan to travel a lot, buy the Metro card “Paris Visite”, which allows up to five days of unlimited traveling. The Metro is quick, easy, punctual, and a great way to get around. A plus is the beautiful Metro stations spread out across the city. Unlike metro stations in other European cities, many of the Parisians have class. Stunning Sights A favorite sight in…
  • SAYING GOODBYE TO SALZBURG

    Travel Bliss
    15 Nov 2014 | 8:38 am
    Mozart’s Birth City Even though the weather didn’t cooperate in the way I had hoped (grey clouds were ever-present), my stopover in Mozart’s birth city turned out better than expected. A lot in Salzburg revolve around Mozart. You can even visit the house where he lived, and see the piano he played. House of Mozart’s Birth, a big house with several floors, is located at Getreidegasse 9 and attracts curious tourists all year round. Apart from boasting one of the most famous birth houses in the world, Getreidegasse is an exceptionally pretty shopping street lined with boutiques, cozy…
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    Stuck in Customs

  • 26 Nov 2014 | 9:01 pm

    Trey Ratcliff
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:01 pm
    The Creation Wars, Episode 1: “Internet Scissoring” Welcome to the premier episode! This is a weekly show featuring a really fun photography competition, represented by some great Masters from The Arcanum! This week we have Karen Hutton, Cap’n Ollie Dale, Jessica Lark, Martin Bailey, and A.D. Wheeler! Tell your friends outside The Arcanum to come support the show at http://www.patreon.com/thearcanum where for as little as $0.01 they can get access to special stuff like getting the show a week early, watching it LIVE, see Pre and Post Show PARTAYS, and more. The show is also…
  • Black Friday Sales for Fans and Photographers

    curtissimmons
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Save 35% on all Presets, Tutorials* and eBooks This Black Friday sales begins NOW and ends on Monday, December 1st All the cool kids are holding Black Friday sales so we thought we would join the fun! Stop by the Stuck in Customs store and save 35% on all Presets, Tutorials* and eBooks! No coupon code is required. We have a variety of different tools and learning resources perfect for any skill level, from amateurs to professionals. See you there! Hey what’s up with asterisk on the Tutorials? Well we JUST launched a brand new Textures tutorial a few days ago. We priced the tutorial and…
  • A Quiver Tree Stands Alone

    Trey Ratcliff
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Portrait Orientation and Composition There is a rule that is sometimes okay to break that you should not put the subject in the middle of your composition. Well, when you switch into Portrait-orientation, all those rules go right out the window! You’re fully allowed to plop things (like the tree below!) right plum in the middle of the frame. Daily Photo – A Quiver Tree Stands Alone These trees are unlike any other tree I've ever seen! They are spread all around many desert-y areas of Namibia, and they are often quite spread out from one another. Each one has a totally unique…
  • Over the Ghost Town of Kolmanskop

    Trey Ratcliff
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Overhead Panos This is a new thing I am going try to do more of — taking a series of photos while looking straight down then pasting them all together. Most of the cameras on these quadcopters are pretty good, but you can really amp up the resolution if you take a ton of photos and paste them together, like in the image below. Daily Photo – Over the Ghost Town of Kolmanskop Here's a very strange and confusing photo of one of the many abandoned buildings in Kolmanskop from above. The quadcopter was flying overhead and taking pictures straight down. This is a panorama that was…
  • In the Townships of Johannesburg

    Trey Ratcliff
    23 Nov 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Curtis in Soweto It was fun hanging out with all the kids around here. I was with Curtis, and I took a photo of him that ended up being his profile photo. You can see it here! Daily Photo – In the Townships of Johannesburg We started our Africa trip in Johannesburg where we settled for a few days to prepare for several weeks in Namibia. While there, we decided to go to into Soweto to visit the townships one day. I didn't know much about them, and I was a little on-edge, but I was with a local guide and everything felt good there. And right after we arrived, we were pretty much…
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    We Blog The World

  • Escape To Sri Lanka For Solitude Time & Serenity

    Sherry Ott
    27 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
        I went backwards in time from fall to summer this week and crossed continents into Asia. I landed in Sri Lanka for my third time to attend a Travel Blogging Conference and to soak up a little warm weather before I entered back into the heart of winter for the holidays. The conference included a pre trip with 40 other awesome bloggers in which we were shuttled around to a few of the main sites and introduced to Sri Lankan cuisine and culture. Even though I felt like I spent the majority of my time on a bus getting from place to place I was able to also do some hiking at one of…
  • Exploring the Moldovita Monastery in Bucovina Romania

    Jonny Scott Blair
    27 Nov 2014 | 12:17 pm
    After a few days in Bucharest, I boarded a train heading north to Suceava and then on to the town of Campulung Moldovenesc where I stayed at the trendy Dor de Bucovina. I had read all about the Bucovina region and made it a priority to visit the UNESCO listed coloured monasteries here. I first headed to Moldovita Monastery. UNESCO listed Moldovita Monastery. Moldovita is a grand complex on the top of a slight hill in the town of Moldovita. Getting here isn’t particularly easy since there is no public transport. This place is slightly less beaten than you expected it to be. In its untouristy…
  • 10 Reasons Why Colombia Needs To Make Your Bucket List

    Jessica Festa
    27 Nov 2014 | 10:13 am
    I recently had the opportunity to visit Colombia, traveling through Cartagena, Santa Marta, Tayrona National Park, Medellin and Bogota. At the end of my stay, I wasn’t ready to return home — the country had completely stolen my heart. Here’s why: Salsa Dancing Everywhere The one thing in the world that I love just as much as traveling is dancing. As the type of person who has trouble sitting still, I appreciate cultures that weave shaking their hips and twisting their feet into everything they do. Colombia is home to one of these cultures. While many places I stayed offers…
  • Silicon Valley’s Liquid Amorality – Water Will Find Its Way

    Tom Foremski
    27 Nov 2014 | 8:05 am
    The Facebook campus sits next to colorful algae on salt flats along San Francisco Bay. Ten years ago in mid 2004 I left the Financial Times and started publishing Silicon Valley Watcher. Silicon Valley was starting to wake from a long downturn from the dotcom deflation and Google’s August IPO was a good sign after several years of bad news. The culture of Silicon Valley was different then. The software engineering community was more radical than today, and far more socially conscious. The open source software movement was very strong among engineers and there was overall an…
  • The All Things To Do Guide For St. Louis Missouri

    Robert Schrader
    26 Nov 2014 | 2:31 pm
        Thanks to its location right in the middle of America. St. Louis often gets lost amid the shuffle of great American cities. Even if you except that St. Louis was one of the most important cities in the world as recently as 100 years ago (hello World’s Fair), it’s still unfair that such a well-rounded city gets ignored like it does. To be sure, more than 200 years have passed since the city’s founding, so the idea that you can sample amazing things to do in St. Louis in a short time might seem too good to be true. If you’ve got 24 hours and a sense… Read more...
 
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    Business Travel Destinations

  • MGM Resorts International Completes $1.25 Billion Senior Notes Offering

    Business Travel Destinations
    27 Nov 2014 | 11:09 am
    LAS VEGAS, Nov. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) today announced that it has completed its previously announced issuance of $1.15 billion in aggregate principal amount of 6% senior unsecured notes due 2023, which were issued at par, and its issuance of $100 million in aggregate principal amount of additional 6% senior unsecured notes due 2023, which were issued at 100.75%.  The Company plans to use the net proceeds from the offering for general corporate purposes, including repaying certain indebtedness maturing in 2015 and funding a portion of the…
  • All set up for the XX MITM AMERICAS & VI CULTOURFAIR, Puebla, Mexico. Dec 3-5, 2014

    Business Travel Destinations
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:24 am
    All is set up to hold the twentieth edition of MITM AMERICAS, Meetings & Incentive Travel Market and sixth edition of CULTOURFAIR, International Cultural Travel Fair in Puebla, Mexico, from December 3rd to 5th, 2014. From left to right: Charo Trabado, General Manager of GSAR Marketing, Roberto Trauwitz Echeguren, Tourism Secretary and Matthijs de Kool, Director of Expo Puebla. Courtesy image MITM Americas is the oldest international and interactive MICE fair in the whole American continent and Caribbean which, same as CULTOURFAIR, change venue yearly. From the twenty editions of MITM…
  • Paddington designs by David Beckham, Boris Johnson and Nicole Kidman unveiled

    Business Travel Destinations
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:57 am
    Monday 03 November 2014 Paddington designs by David Beckham, the Mayor of London Boris Johnson, Hugh Bonneville, Nicole Kidman, Emma Watson, and Benedict Cumberbatch were unveiled today for the first time ahead of the launch of The Paddington Trail tomorrow 3 NOVEMBER 2014 – LONDON. Today VisitLondon.com, the NSPCC and STUDIOCANAL revealed 15 of the much anticipated statues for The Paddington Trail, sponsored by Barclaycard.  The stunning statues were accompanied by some of the celebrities and artists who designed the unique artworks that will go on display across London from tomorrow…
  • Molton Brown for Men Review

    Rob Hard
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:11 am
    I’m a fan of high-end toiletries — shampoos, lotions, face and body washes when traveling. Testing out these amenities at hotels is a great way to know if I will want to spend money on them at home. And Molton Brown is one of those brands. I’ve stayed at many hotels that offer Molton Brown, such as the Waldorf London and Grand Velas Riviera Maya. Courtesy image Molton Brown is based — and made — in London, but you’ll find it all over the world. Their products are sophisticated and expertly blended. And if you’ve tried their travel-sized bottles…
  • MGM Resorts International Announces Proposed Senior Notes Offering

    Business Travel Destinations
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:53 am
    LAS VEGAS, Nov. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) today announced that it proposes to offer $1.0 billion in aggregate principal amount of senior unsecured notes due 2023.  The Company plans to use the net proceeds from the offering for general corporate purposes, including repaying certain indebtedness maturing in 2015 and funding a portion of the development costs related to its Maryland and Massachusetts resort projects. Pending such use, the Company may invest the net proceeds in short-term interest-bearing accounts, securities or similar investments.
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    A Postcard a Day

  • Sant Climent

    27 Nov 2014 | 12:39 am
    The churches of the Vall de Boí in Spain are listed by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites because of their Romanesque architecture.  There are nine of them altogether and the church of Sant Climent de Taüll above is one of them, probably the best preserved.  It dates from the early 12th century.The valley is a narrow one, high up in the Pyrenees and has a ski resort and national park as well as the Romanesque churches.
  • Crete, doors and windows

    25 Nov 2014 | 2:04 pm
    Doors and windows are a popular collecting theme as far as postcards are concerned, and here we have a little of both. Someone in Germany went on holiday to Greece and visited Crete, the largest of the Greek islands. She brought the card home and sent it to me just last week: a pleasant reminder of summer holidays and warm weather.
  • Tarn et Garonne

    24 Nov 2014 | 2:42 pm
    As today is the 150th birthday of Toulouse-Lautrec, I attempted to find a map of the area around Albi in the Tarn département (south west France) where he was born.  I failed but here instead is a map of Tarn et Garonne the next département along to the west.  Albi is almost directly to the east of Montauban.Henri Toulouse-Lautrec was an artist, now probably best known for his posters such as the one above advertising the Moulin Rouge.
  • Yngve Ekström' furniture

    23 Nov 2014 | 3:32 pm
    I've just returned from having been away from home for three weeks so I wasn't expecting to be able join in this week's Sunday Stamps.  During most of that time I've had my Postcrossing account inactive but I changed it back to active last Wednesday evening - and the postcards have already flooded in!Are you sitting comfortably?  Then I'll begin...One of those cards, by happy chance, comes from Sweden and the stamp is one from a set that features Swedish furniture design.  This particular stamp shows the Lamino chair and stool by Yngve Ekström, designed in 1956.This is a…
  • Young roe deer

    21 Nov 2014 | 11:59 am
    I travel home tomorrow, so I hope to post more regularly and with a little more to say for myself. The postcsrd showing the young deer came from Belgium.
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    Travelojos

  • How to Plan a Perfect Trip to London

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

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

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

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

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

  • Thanksgiving Quiz Time

    Sue Lobo
    27 Nov 2014 | 4:30 am
    Just a little “stuffing” for those brain muscles! 1.  What is the name of the ship the Pilgrims took on their 66 day journey? 2.  What year did they land in Provincetown Harbor? 3.  Where did the Pilgrims settle? 4.  What drink did they have with dinner? 5.  How Many Pilgrims arrived in the New World? 6.  What woman’s letters convinced Congress to make Thanksgiving a National Holiday? 7.  The first Department Store to Hold a Thanksgiving parade was? 8.  Which President is said to be the first to pardon a turkey and start the annual…
  • How The World Celebrates Thanksgiving

    Sue Lobo
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    Around 87% of Americans celebrate Thanksgiving. The United States isn’t the only country that has some form of Thanksgiving celebration. While actual reasons why Americans celebrate Thanksgiving are unique to the United States, we are not the only country that has a celebration due to a successful harvest of food. Many countries have similar holidays that bring together their family and friends for a huge feast. Canada Canada has actually been celebrating their own form of Thanksgiving long before we have been here in America. For them, the celebration started with the explorer Martin…
  • Football and Thanksgiving: Your Guide To The Big Games

    Sue Lobo
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    Football has become synonymous with Thanksgiving. Professional football has been played on Thanksgiving since 1920. In many households it’s one of their favorite parts of turkey day. We’ve included not only information about the upcoming big games, but some interesting facts about Thanksgiving football so that you can prepare for all of the upcoming action. Interesting Facts -Until 2006 Thanksgiving Day games were only played in Dallas and Detroit. Since 2006, games have been played at variety of different cities and evening games have been added as well. -Two teams have never…
  • Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade Lineup

    Sue Lobo
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    The Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade has been running for 88 years now and is the official kick off to the holiday season. It’s an annual tradition at our house: Every Thanksgiving, the family gathers in the living room with hot chocolate, coffee and assorted breakfast foods to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on television. As the parade goes on, we tend to end up in the kitchen as we get our turkey in the oven and our side dishes started. We are cozy and warm (sometimes with the air conditioning running, as we do live in Florida!) and 1,500 miles away from the action in…
  • Discovery Networks Hit Shows On Princess Cruises

    Sue Lobo
    22 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    Princess Cruises has teamed up with Discovery Communications to give travelers a whole new cruise experience. What this means is that passengers will get to experience a whole host of activities that will feature some of Discovery’s hit shows like Animal Planet and Ghosthunters. Here’s a little bit of information about this exciting new offering. Discovery Activities For Children and Teens Young travelers will get to participate in several hands-on activities that are inspired by the popular TV show Mythbusters. They can also do some Gold Rush type activities where they will get…
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    TRAVEL BLOG

  • ANTARCTICA TOURS

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

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

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

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

    4 Nov 2014 | 10:21 pm
    Pick any of the following Colombia tours and you will get to understand why it's considered South America's best-kept secret. Explore and book your tour here.
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  • 8 of My Favorite Sunsets Around the World

    Guest Blogger
    27 Nov 2014 | 8:36 am
    Here’s a guest post from my friend Tom Mcloughlin, who’s here to share with us his favorite sunsets around the world. There is something about seeing the sun go down that makes everything in sight look beautiful, calm and romantic. The beauty of the sun resting on the horizon of the ocean, mountains and skyscrapers is such a heart-warming moment. The ethereal beauty of the blood-red sun and the skyline brings out emotions that are both surreal and enigmatic. Do you know where to find the best sunsets around the world? The list could go on forever, and Nellie has covered some…
  • Win a Free Trip to India!

    Nellie Huang
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:24 am
    Since launching our Rickshaw Run fundraising campaign two weeks ago, we’ve received so much kind support from you guys. Here’s a big THANK YOU! But our fundraising goal is $4,000 and we’re still a long way to go from our target — we need your help! India is home to a third of the world’s poorest community, with climate change hitting them the hardest. Unprecedented heat waves, cyclones and floods are already displacing thousands of families. We believe in the positive impact of tourism, and hope to contribute directly to the communities of India during our Rickshaw Run. Remember…
  • Traveling the Silk Road — A Quick Guide

    Nellie Huang
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:30 am
    The Silk Road is the greatest travel route of all time, spanning 8,000km across continents, weaving through deserts, mountains and grasslands and bringing traders from East to West and vice versa. The original overland odyssey has long lured travelers, from the likes of the world’s first professional traveler, Marco Polo, to modern-day Silk Road author, Colin Thubron. For centuries, caravans of over 1,000 camels trekked through Central Asia trading everything from gold to gunpowder. But these days, traveling the Silk Road can seem daunting even for the most hardened traveler. It often…
  • Overland Travel in Central Asia: Tips and Review

    Nellie Huang
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:30 am
    Traveling Central Asia is the stuff of dreams, evoking images of golden sand dunes, vast steppes, yurts, and exotic ancient architecture. For centuries, this region has been closely tied to the Silk Road and has acted as a crossroad for the exchange of goods, people and knowledge between Europe and Asia. The first travelers came to this region in 200 BC, and since then it has attracted an influx of Silk Road travelers over the centuries. Stretching from the Caspian Sea in Azerbaijan to the Tien Shan mountains straddling between China and Kyrgyzstan, Central Asia is a massive region of varied…
  • Updates from Sri Lanka — A Week of Learning and Discovering

    Nellie Huang
    13 Nov 2014 | 9:38 am
    Ayubowan from Sri Lanka! I’m currently writing to you from Colombo, the country’s biggest city. It’s exciting to be in this part of the world, with the tropical humid air greeting me upon landing and a subtle hint of chaos buzzing from the streets. I’ve only been here for a day, but Colombo has already surprised me on several levels. Despite being the biggest city in Sri Lanka, it’s much calmer than I’d expected (nothing like India) and it also seems very prosperous, lush and green. I’m here in Sri Lanka to attend the Travel Blogger Conference Asia…
 
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  • 10 attractions that will have you packing your bags for the Upper Karoo

    Wanda Coustas
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Send to Kindle For many the Karoo is a great expanse of (dry) land somewhere in the middle of South Africa. Just where this place of great heat and frosts, with an annual rainfall of next to nothing, starts and ends is a mystery, expounded by the impression that its extent is unknown (although we estimate it as nearly 400 000 square kilometres). We have rather a romantic notion about its limitless skies, Marino sheep, succulents, windmills and little hillocks. Rightly so, as it is unusually...
  • The Exceptional Bakery and Deli is popular with the local crowd

    Helen Rushton
    24 Nov 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Send to Kindle I’ve discovered somewhere that is fast becoming my favourite coffee spot. Located in the village of Umhlali, The Exceptional Bakery and Deli has only been open for six short weeks but is quickly gaining popularity with the local crowd. What makes this venue so attractive is its premises … slap bang in the middle of the Karibu Nursery! There are a number of tables on a raised and covered deck area which overlooks the majority of the nursery area and there is certainly...
  • 7 tips to cut the cost of your next holiday

    Wanda Coustas
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Send to Kindle It is a challenge not to spend a lot of money when on holiday. If you typically spend more on holidays than you budget for, then you’re not alone. We’ve put our heads together to come up with a list of ways to spend less on your next holiday, without having to sleep on your friend’s couch or stay in a relative’s guest bedroom. Here are 7 tips to cut the cost of your next holiday:     1. STAY LOCAL Overseas holidays are expensive. They...
  • 8 favourite South African writers, for your Christmas stocking

    Wanda Coustas
    19 Nov 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Send to Kindle I first connected with South African fiction when I read Etienne van Heerden’s The Long Silence of Mario Salviati, and was hooked. If you consider it was 2002, it took me rather a long time to get there. Since then I’ve read much and often. Here is a list of my 8 favourite South African writers, in no particular order. Any of their books make great holiday reads, or gifts… Etienne van Heerden   That Etienne van Heerden’s father was a merino farmer...
  • The ultimate checklist: Remote places to stay to survive Christmas

    Wanda Coustas
    12 Nov 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Send to Kindle A friend of mine recently emailed with a request. She needed a remote hideaway for her family, who want to escape the Christmas festivities; get away from it all to reconnect with what really matters – nature, their children and stillness. And it is only fair to share. Here are 12 remote places to stay in South Africa where you can survive Christmas. Enjoy!   Photograph: Papkuilsfontein Guest Farm   PAPKUILSFONTEIN GUEST FARM, Nieuwoudtville, upper Karoo, Northern...
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  • Things to do in Malta, Gozo and Comino

    Keith Jenkins
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:18 am
    Things to do in Malta, Gozo and Comino. Arriving with Air Malta from any of the 45+ European destinations, you won’t always be treated with the most lush views from the sky. Especially when visiting in the dry, warm months of June-August, before the rain falls. But there is much more to these three small islands in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea than a first glance would make you suspect. In fact, with a history dating back to 5200 BC, cultural influences from all around the world and apparently being the country with the best climate in the world, you’ll probably leave with…
  • A hotel fit for a king

    Keith Jenkins
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:54 am
    In my previous post, I talked about what makes an accommodation ‘epic’ and my assignment from Booking.com to find an accommodation that reflects my definition of ‘epic’. I thought hard about what I look for in a hotel and the factors that make me want to gush about the hotel to everyone. It took a bit of soul-searching and slightly less time finding an accommodation that matched the requirements. I knew it, once I found it, that this accommodation was truly ‘epic’. So, what did I choose? Please allow me to introduce you to *DRUMROLL*… Hotel Alfonso…
  • What makes an accommodation epic?

    Keith Jenkins
    14 Nov 2014 | 7:06 am
    Would this accommodation qualify as epic? “What are you doing?”, my partner asked. “I’m working on a project with Booking.com and I’m looking for an ‘epic’ accommodation”, I replied without looking up from my laptop screen. A few moments passed and then… “What’s ‘epic’?” That simple question stopped me in my tracks. Yes, what is epic? The Oxford Dictionary defines it, amongst others, as something “grand in scale or character“. But what makes an accommodation epic? Booking.com has a website called…
  • Experiencing the Mashpi Cloud Forest

    Keith Jenkins
    11 Nov 2014 | 10:45 am
    The mist-shrouded cloud forest. The Mashpi Cloud Forest Reserve is located about a four-hour drive north of Quito, Ecuador. The drive from Quito is gorgeous, with stunning vistas of the snow-capped Andes mountains and lush forests and past sleepy villages. You even cross the Equator several times along the way! I’d done some research about the Mashpi Cloud Forest before this trip and I was certainly looking forward to staying at the Mashpi Lodge, which looks absolutely phenomenal in the photos. In a relatively small area, there’s a staggering 500 species of birds – including…
  • The Heritage sites of Malta and Gozo

    Keith Jenkins
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:38 am
    Heritage sites of Malta and Gozo. When you visit some of the heritage sites on Malta, you will find that the architecture on the islands (some dating back to more than 5000 years a go) reveal something exceptional: the Maltese temple culture disappeared abruptly in the third Millennium BC and researchers still don’t know exactly why. Surrounded by mystery, Malta’s megalithic structures served as the inspiration for the beautiful and monumental churches that you can find all over the villages these days. In addition to that, the country has no less than three UNESCO World Heritage…
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  • Charter Service Adding JFK-HAV Flights to Cuba

    Carol Margolis
    26 Nov 2014 | 4:36 pm
    Cuba Travel Services is adding JFK to its list of airports offering non-stop service to Havana, Cuba. The charter will be flown on 2-class Sun Country 737-800’s. Interesting that their first airport choice was Newark (EWR) because of the larger Cuban population in New Jersey. However, that airport turned them down. CTS already offers Cuban charter flights that originate in Florida – Miami (MIA), Ft Lauderdale (FLL), and Tampa (TPA). In addition toregular flights to Havana (HAV), CTS also has charter service to other Cuban cities including Santa Clara (SNU), Santiago (SCU), Camaguey…
  • Theater-Style Seating on a Plane?

    Carol Margolis
    26 Nov 2014 | 11:09 am
    For sure, aircraft seating is changing though not always for the better. Nevertheless, there are some concepts out there attempting to make travel by air more comfortable. After all, ten years ago few even thought about lie-flat seats and today, some claim they can’t live without them even for flights of 5-6 hours or less. Previously I wrote about the PaperClip Butterfly design and Factorydesign’s Air Lair pods concepts. Now comes what may be the strangest seating design of all. It seems Airbus filed for a patent where seating will be in-the-round instead of rows. It’s quite…
  • Travel Table for $7

    Carol Margolis
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:09 am
    Saw an ad last week for a travel table. You know, the kind of thing that opens up, attaches to your carry-on bag, and becomes a table. Some of them are better than others. Not saying this is the best one made but it is the only one I know that sells for less than $7. And it includes free shipping. The size when opened is 17″ x 14″ x 1.5″ – not quite as large as the advertised size – and the maximum weight it can hold is 15 lbs. However, the traveling size is 8.5″ x 14″ x 3″ because it folds in half. If you have a carry-on bag with a front pocket, this…
  • Orlando Airport Throwing Away $2 Million?

    Carol Margolis
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:24 pm
    In a surprise move, the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA) has tentatively agreed to change airport concessionaires. The surprising part is that the existing company, Areas USA, which has held the contract for the past seven years, actually bid $2 million more than the apparent winner, SSP. As one who travels through Orlando International Airport (MCO) very regularly, I can tell you the airside concessions are not particularly great but not very bad either. Also, GOAA does not have much of a history of awarding airport contracts to those firms who give them less money, much less $2…
  • Traveling for Thanksgiving? Check out the Weather Forecast

    Carol Margolis
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:02 am
    Being a weather forecaster has to be one of the greatest jobs ever. What other job can you be right only half the time and still keep your job? J The Washington Post says there is some nasty weather heading up the East Coast for the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday. The mid-Atlantic region will be affected as well as the Northeast Corridor, everything from rain to snow. While rain will not generally delay flights, snow and wind certainly will, as will lightning. Please remember, your flights might be affected even if you are not flying in this region. It is possible you may have a flight that has to…
 
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  • Dulce de Coco – Traditional Colombian Food

    Marina Kuperman Villatoro
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:50 am
    Travel Experta - Specializing in Unique International Family Travel - Helping Families Get the Most of Their International Travels with Kids OMG, the one thing Colombians and I definitely have in common is our sweet tooth. Walking along the Malecon (boardwalk) during my trip to Guatape, Colombia all I saw were food stands selling deliciously unique sweets. There were way too many to chose from, so I had to pick wisely. Usually, aside from the actual food, I love the experience. So when I came upon a huge caldron being stirred by a lovely Colombian woman, I knew I found my sweet of the night.
  • Sancocho de Gallina – Traditional Colombian Food

    Marina Kuperman Villatoro
    23 Nov 2014 | 4:26 am
    Travel Experta - Specializing in Unique International Family Travel - Helping Families Get the Most of Their International Travels with Kids While visiting Guatape, Colombia I noticed that most of the restaurants really pushed and promoted Sancocho de Gallina. After plenty of walks around the Malecon and in the Central Plaza, I decided I had to have me some of this Traditional Colombian Food. It is said that the sancocho originally came from the people of Canary Islands, a Spanish colony off the shores of Western Africa. Why Sancocho de Gallina is a Typical, Traditional Colombian Food Even…
  • What To Do and See in Guatape Colombia

    Marina Kuperman Villatoro
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:36 am
    Travel Experta - Specializing in Unique International Family Travel - Helping Families Get the Most of Their International Travels with Kids Guatape Village is called the ‘Little Switzerland’ of Colombia. And rightfully so. This tiny village is located about two hours outside of Medellin and is the perfect day trip experience.  You can come here on your own by taking a bus, or a private driver (what I did) or do it as a tour. Since I had a place to stay in Guatape, I decided to do it alone and it was great. Personally I don’t think you really need a full-on guide or tour…
  • Hotels Keep Reinventing Themselves in Las Vegas

    Marina Kuperman Villatoro
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:01 am
    Travel Experta - Specializing in Unique International Family Travel - Helping Families Get the Most of Their International Travels with Kids Las Vegas has long been a major center for new business creation. From the latest technology showcased at conventions in Las Vegas to services that have risen up around the ever-evolving wedding industry, the city has become synonymous with innovation. There are few industries in Las Vegas that have seen the dramatic changes that the hospitality industry has. Steve Wynn and his luxury hotel brand stand out as an example of innovation in the hospitality…
  • Trunkster Zipperless Luggage

    Marina Kuperman Villatoro
    18 Nov 2014 | 9:50 am
    Travel Experta - Specializing in Unique International Family Travel - Helping Families Get the Most of Their International Travels with Kids I’m always searching for produts that can make my trips a lot easier and enjoyable, this time I found a curious product on Kickstarter called the Trunkster. It is a piece of lightweight, durable and scratch resistant luggage with a singular design and cool features that I think are useful for all travelers. Its features are: 1. A waterproof sliding door instead of the regular zipper. 2. A battery that can provide enough energy so you can charge…
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  • Hunter Boots Flagship Store - London

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

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

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

    1 Nov 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Toronto’s funky, ever-evolving King West Village has just gained another interesting entrepreneurial tenant at the brand-new, 12-storey condo and townhouse project, Fashion House, at 556 King Street West. The newcomer is Her Majesty’s Pleasure, a flexible concept by husband and wife, Jeff Armstrong and Sara Kardan. The sunny space functions as a hair, nail and beauty salon, a coffee and tea bar (during the day), a cocktail bar (at night), a shop, and even an event space, all tied together by a tightly controlled palette of colors (mainly black, white and wood) and materials. The…
  • Vienna's Steirereck

    29 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Chef-owner Heinz Reitbauer is a member of the Reitbauer family that operates the famous Steirereck restaurant and the Meierei café beneath it in Vienna, and the Pogush Country Inn in Styria, in the southeast of Austria. His family’s latest contribution to the Austrian culinary excellence is the complete and spectacular renovation of Steirereck that consistently places among the top of the world’s 50 best restaurants list. In 2005, the Reitbauers moved Steirereck from its home of 35 years in Weißgerbe Lände to Vienna, and took up the former Milchhauspavilion, an…
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  • Top 10 Things To Do with Time Saved by Ordering your Thanksgiving Feast from Buca di Beppo

    James Hills
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:07 am
    The real question is what are you going to do with all that time you saved? Here's our top 10 Ideas: Hide out in the den and start your Black Friday shopping Sneak a pie out to the back porch and hang out with the guys Watch even more college football! Give your wife an extra hug and kiss (she deserves it!) Thank your mom for all the hard work she put in before curb-side Thanksgiving dinners from Buca di Beppo were available Do an extra check on your Christmas lights to make sure they are ready to turn on tomorrow Grab your tablet and start planning your next mancation  Amaze the younger…
  • Schlitz Beer is Fighting Back to the Top with Schlitz Bouts!

    James Hills
    22 Nov 2014 | 9:23 am
    One of our guys was at the recent event in LA and had an absolute blast. This was his first time trying Schlitz and he said he is looking forward to trying it again soon! The event was one part stage show with costumed characters representing (and promoting) Schlitz beer, one part authentic amature boxing match, and all wrapped up as an awesome corporate party with a band, ring girls, and fashion show.             This was probably one of the best corporate parties / launch events we have seen in a long time as it was fun but authentic and left us truly wanting…
  • Niki is Trying Something New: Purina ONE Smartblend Dog Food

    James Hills
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:09 pm
    What I did discover though is that she LOVES Purina ONE Smartblend: Vibrant Maturity 7+ Senior Formula and frankly from a human perspective it looks a lot more appetizing with a mix of different kernels compared to the brown chunks that she had previously. How do I know she loved it? Well after filming I left her in the kitchen ... a few min later she jumped in my lap and let go a very satisfied burp! For a dog that is normally very dainty and "grazes" all day that is a pretty strong sign that she was happy! What changes will you see during the 28-Day Challenge? They say though that it takes…
  • Guys Night Out Idea - More than "Popcorn and a Movie Night"

    James Hills
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:37 pm
    The pallet is available at 1500 Walmart stores nationwide so make sure you check this list to ensure that you go to a store that has it available before you leave the house. It should be available in either the Electronics section or right up front of the store as you walk in until 11/24/2014. However even if the pallet is gone - you can still pull together a great movie night on your own - it might just require you to go on a little tour of the store ... but hey all that walking can help you burn off some of the calories you are about to put back on!   Initially, I wasn't sure which of…
  • Margaritaville Island Hotel to Open in Pigeon Forge this Spring

    James Hills
    18 Nov 2014 | 10:47 pm
    The perfect blend of mountain latitude and island attitude, Margaritaville Island Hotel brings a new perspective to the Smoky Mountains experience with its contemporary surroundings, high level of service and attention to detail. Inspired by the lyrics and lifestyle of singer, songwriter and author Jimmy Buffett, Margaritaville Island Hotel is the perfect setting for vacationers to escape the everyday, discover a new outlook and just chill. The laid-back, welcoming approach of the islands combined with genuine Southern Appalachian hospitality, creates an exceptional hotel experience where the…
 
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  • Ultimate Bucket Lists for Travel – The Silliest One Ever!

    Anthony The Travel Tart
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:31 am
    One big tend in travel blogs is people publicly showing their Bucket Lists for travel – that is, the destinations and experiences around the world they want to indulge in before the breathe their last breath and leave the planet. This concept was probably made popular by the movie of the same name starring Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson where these two characters get up to all sorts of crazy stunts before Morgan Freeman’s character passes away from a terminal disease. Doing sod all on a beach for ages usually makes a lot of Bucket Lists. This beach is in Zanzibar. Not too…
  • Machu Picchu.. means..

    Anthony The Travel Tart
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:45 am
    Machu Picchu is probably one of the biggest, but most spectacular travel cliches in the world. It’s at the end of the other big South American cliche which is popular on the gringo trail – that is, the four day, thirty kilometre walk called the Inca Trail. That is, if you can actually score a spot on it! It’s pretty hard to get a spot these days because the walk is often booked months in advance, so you just can’t turn up and start walking for the sake of it. You might be confined to the train instead! However, whilst it can be a bit of a tourist trap,  it’s…
  • Things to Do at Changi Airport in Singapore – Become a Millionaire!

    Anthony The Travel Tart
    17 Nov 2014 | 10:19 am
    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. Thousands of people work there and the airport alone it’s a big contributor to the Singapore economy because it’s a major Asian hub and stopover. It’s one of the busiest airports in the world and it’s known for it’s crazy facilities like a butterfly sanctuary, swimming pools, and  few themed gardens so you can pass the time before your next flight. It’s one of my favourite airports in the world, because at…
  • How To Make A Paracord Bracelet – From A Watch!

    Anthony The Travel Tart
    14 Nov 2014 | 5:02 am
    There are all sorts of survival shows out there that show a number of skills of how to get away in situations that usually mean almost certain death for other mere mortals. This includes stuff like ‘How To Make A Paracord Bracelet‘, which is a survival type bracelet that some people wear around, just in case they need to tie something up! But I’ve come across something that does away with the hours of trying to making one from scratch – and that’s just to have a paracord bracelet included in your watch band! Anyway, Alexander from Webbem Watches asked me recently…
  • G20 Countries – What I’d Like Them To Chat About at the Summit!

    Anthony The Travel Tart
    10 Nov 2014 | 12:41 pm
    Silly season is about to start – the G20 summit in Brisbane will happen in a couple of days where the leaders of the world’s 20 biggest economies will sit down for a big talk fest to chat about loads of world issues in depth so that nothing will probably be done about them! ;P Anyway, I’m sure that if any of us are going to be a fly on the wall, the talks would probably be a great cure for insomnia! I doubt media coverage will surpass the mass of cat videos out there in internet land, but there might be a blip in the Twitter trends for a little while! Security has been…
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  • 5 Tips for Microadventures

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

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

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

    Chris Cavallari
    12 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    ~Light Embrace~ by Charlie Widdis | www.charliewiddisphotography.com/ Ok, I admit it. I’m totally ripping this idea off from The Insatiable Traveler, but when you stumble on a good idea…what’s that about imitation and flattery? Anyway, I’m a photography geek. I’ve loved it since I was a mere babe in diapers, and it’s had a profound effect on the way I see the world. Photography is, in fact, why I started Part Time Vagabond Adventures. So it’s only fitting that I should share some of the amazing photographers who capture my attention on these here…
  • Announcing Part Time Vagabond Adventures

    Chris Cavallari
    6 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Oh, hey there! It’s been awhile. No, I wasn’t off on some remote tropical island, sipping on an adult beverage that involved a coconut and way too much rum, laying in a hammock, working on my tan, and watching the palm trees sway. But that sounds nice, doesn’t it? In fact, I’ve been hard at work carving out a new piece of the Part Time Vagabond puzzle, and I’m really excited to show it to you today. Ladies and Gentlemen, I am proud to announce the launch of: A few months ago, I was trying to figure out how to marry two of my passions into one glorious adventure.
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  • STYLE INFUSIONS: POLKA DOTS

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

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

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

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

    11 Nov 2014 | 5:39 pm
    On our third day in Spain, we decided to take a day trip to Toledo- the former capital, and it was simply amazing!  We took a train from Madrid, which took less than an hour.  The city is so picturesque with winding cobblestone streets, an impressive 13th century cathedral, shops and cafes.  It rained when we first arrived, but then the skies cleared and we were able to spend the afternoon wandering and enjoying the sites.  I'll let the pictures do the talking!
 
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  • Mirabai Expedition 1: Lost in Vrindavan

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

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

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

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

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

    Zhiqiang & Tingyi
    18 Nov 2014 | 7:21 am
    When considering how to travel, many turn to air travel as the easiest and least time-consuming method. Although driving can be a fun way to see the sites, it can be difficult to drive long distances with young children or elderly individuals who cannot sit for long periods. However, some are put off from air travel because of the expense of the flight and of checking bags. Following a few simple tips can help individuals and families find budget-friendly flights no matter what time of year it is. Buy Air Tickets Ahead of Time First, potential flyers can aim to plan for their business and…
  • A Singaporean Guide to Travel Hacking – Eight Tips to Save Time and/or Money on Airfare, Accommodation, Local Transport, Food, Attractions

    Zhiqiang & Tingyi
    10 Nov 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Travel hacking is about tapping on innovative resources and opportunities to keep travel costs as low as possible. This is quite a big deal in the USA where there are often deals and promotions of airline miles for purchases. One interesting story of a travel hacker is that of David Philips who earned 1.25 million airline miles just by buying pudding – he spent about US$3000 on puddings and earned more than enough miles to fly around the world a few times – and travel in style in Business Class as the million miles also earned him the “American Airlines AAdvantage Gold club” which…
  • What to Do When Visiting Phoenix, USA

    Zhiqiang & Tingyi
    9 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    Though it might sound cliché, Phoenix is like no other city in the U.S. If you’re coming to Phoenix, expect more than the standard urban experience. Popular for outdoor excursions and business conferences, Phoenix has a lot to offer if you decide to plan a vacation here. Follow these four tips for a memorable experience. Stay in a Beautiful Hotel Phoenix has a large hotel offering because it is such a popular destination for business conferences. While you can stay at one of the large hotel chains, like one of the many Hampton Inns, if you want a unique experience, book a room at the…
  • Things to See and Do in London

    Zhiqiang & Tingyi
    9 Nov 2014 | 12:47 am
    Being one of the biggest cultural capitals in the world, the city of London has lots to offer in terms of places to go and things to do and see, from cultural attractions to historical monuments to modern architecture. Here are just 5 of the best sightseeing places in London The London Eye Towering over the city of London at almost 135 metres, the London Eye attracts about four million visitors each year and is  one of the most popular sightseeing attractions in the city.  We have the Singapore Flyer back home but I still recommend checking out this gigantic wheel – London Eye because…
 
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    Kaleidoscopic Wandering

  • Family Backpacking Trip to Hidden Forest

    JoAnna
    9 Nov 2014 | 6:32 pm
    Cory and I are planning an epic backpacking trip along the entire route of the 221-mile John Muir Trail this summer. In preparation, we’re planning several weekend and extended weekend backpacking trips where we’ll be testing out gear and getting into shape. What an awesome bonus that we’ll be able to visit new areas around us that we’ve previously been unable to explore and that Ane gets to see parts of the Southwest that we haven’t been able to share with our other foreign exchange students, simply because we’ve been unequipped. This weekend’s trip was to a cabin in Hidden…
  • In Las Vegas, Life is Beautiful

    JoAnna
    7 Nov 2014 | 7:37 pm
    Las Vegas is rarely on the festival circuit, so our city did what any normal city would do when it’s left out of something … it created its own festival. Now that I’ve gone to our homegrown festival two years in a row, I have to say it’s an awesome event. What makes our urban festival so incredible is that it’s more than just a massive concert spread across multiple stages. Our event, Life Is Beautiful, is a four-pronged festival that celebrates several verticals of art and creativity: Music, food, education and art. This year, I particularly enjoyed acts by Galantis and Broken…
  • Halloween, Vegas Style

    JoAnna
    4 Nov 2014 | 3:01 pm
    The longer I live in Las Vegas, the more I love Halloween. Our city completely loves Halloween, and it’s so much fun. Things I’ve learned about living in Las Vegas on Halloween – and embracing what that means: Bonus day off of work! October 31 is also Nevada Day – the day our state became a state – so state offices are closed and everyone has off of school. Sometimes the Nevada Day celebrations are moved to accompany a weekend, but this year it happened to land on a Friday, so we had a double holiday in Las Vegas. The weather is superb! I’ve mentioned before that October is…
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  • Pantheon : Rome

    Fili
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:53 pm
    A forced stayover in Rome due to the conflict in my intended destination gave me a day to explore the wonders of Rome. I decided to spend the day roaming around the city by foot, walking between Piazzas aimlessly, enjoying the Italian culture, the food and the atmosphere. Tourists aside, this makes for a very pleasant city with hidden treasures in every corner. Take this Pantheon, for example, an unintended discovery while walking around the Piazza della Rotonda, it’s one of the best-preserved of all the ancient Roman buildings in the capitol dating back to 1st century BC during the…
  • Robert Allerton Park : UIUC – Illinois

    Fili
    22 Nov 2014 | 3:22 pm
    Moving to live in Urbana-Champaign I had very little expectations regarding things to see in the area. The reputation of the twin towns as being mostly corn fields is well-deserved, although my wonders around the world have taught me that there’s something to see almost anywhere. But, still, the Allerton Park 30 minutes to the west of Champaign was a very pleasant surprise. A huge estate, beautiful gardens, classical and Asian sculpture art, hiking trails and lakes, Allerton Park has it all.     The official website writes about the gardens and art: Befitting a splendid…
  • Le Touquet beach : Northern France

    Fili
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:57 am
    France has some great beaches. Although my recent visit to France was not beach oriented, but after an overload of castles, estates, wine/champagne, and colonial history, a break was long overdue, and so the familia decided to make a detour up north and find a nice beach to relax for a couple of hours. The chosen beach retreat – Le Touquet, up north west.   Honestly, I was pleasantly surprised. Very clean, great facilities, not too many people, not over commercialized, there’s much to enjoy here…     The British Telegraph goes as far as calling this the…
  • San Francisco Walk : California

    Fili
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:56 pm
    San Francisco was a very pleasant surprise. I had unpleasant memories of San Francisco when I visited around the year 2000, and so wasn’t sure what to expect, but San Francisco turned out to be a gorgeous city, and one of the many ways you can enjoy this city is by foot.   Below are some of the photos from my walking tours of San Francisco, starting from the downtown area, up the hills, and overlooking the break-taking San Francisco Bay…   The Colt Tower should be one of your stop-points…       It’s a climb up the hill, but the views from above…
  • Gion Old Geisha District : Kyoto

    Fili
    16 Nov 2014 | 7:05 pm
    Not much that’s left from the old Geisha world, atleast not for foreign tourist folks with my kind of budget, but if you’d like to see a bit of that, you’ll be able to get a glimpse at Gion – the old Geisha District in Kyoto. Nowadays, it’s a fairly upscale posh dining and entertainment district and the part that’s not is filled with tourist souvenir shops, but still the whole area is quite charming and the Kimono wearing Japanese female tourists make for some pretty awesome photo ops.   Like this one…     The comprehensive Japan Guide…
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  • Reno Aces Will Host Reno’s Ice Rink This Winter

    Nicole Duxbury
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:25 am
    Reno’s popular ice skating rink is moving to a new location this winter: Reno Ace’s Ballpark! This new “Ace Skating” spot should be a positive change, as it gives skaters a fun place to go and allows the Reno Aces to stay connected to fans and locals during their off season. With 20 downtown area [...]
  • Have You Been to Legends Outlets at Sparks lately? Here’s Why You Should!

    Nicole Duxbury
    17 Nov 2014 | 4:39 pm
    Legends and the Outlets at Sparks is a great destination for shopping, dining, and movie viewing and you should definitely add it to your must-go the next time you go out! The mall is open seven days a week (Monday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm and Sunday from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm). The [...]
  • Thanksgiving Fun For Everyone!

    Nicole Duxbury
    14 Nov 2014 | 8:54 am
    Thanksgiving is a time for family and close friends, and the long weekend gives us all plenty of time to relax and have some fun. The Reno area has quite a few events to celebrate the holiday, and whether you’re looking to bring your family along or trying to escape them for a little while, [...]
  • Tesla Charging Stations

    Nicole Duxbury
    10 Nov 2014 | 4:42 pm
    With its recent arrival into our area, Tesla has brought plenty of charging stations with them. Tesla has worked with resorts in our community to install powerful electric vehicle (EV) charging stations throughout Reno. These locations, which are in partnership with Tesla Motors, are a part of the “Destination Charging” program. This program gives hotels, [...]
  • Veterans Day 2014

    Nicole Duxbury
    6 Nov 2014 | 11:21 am
    Veterans Day is Tuesday, November 11th, and Reno is doing its part to celebrate our veterans and to have some fun! Idelwood Park will be hosting the Inaugural Veterans Day Run in Reno. The race will feature two options: a 5K run and a 1-mile walk/run for families and supporters. The 5K will begin at [...]
 
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    Travel Blog | Travel + Leisure

  • Food Photography Tips and Tricks for Your Smartphone

    25 Nov 2014 | 4:16 am
    You do it. I do it. We all at one point or another have taken Instagram photos. Food and culture have always remained intertwining emblems of travel and as our social media driven world has grown...
  • Cross 5 Mountains Off Your Bucket List at This Ultimate Scenic Viewpoint

    25 Nov 2014 | 3:55 am
    As a frequent visitor of Seattle, I have a special place in my heart for Mt. Rainier. When you grow up in the New York City area, you just don’t see snowcapped mountains—especially ones that ming...
  • New Ideas In Travel Innovation

    24 Nov 2014 | 9:31 am
    Each year, T+L travels to the Phocuswright conference to hear about the latest in travel technology. This year’s gathering took place in Los Angeles at the JW Marriott at L.A. Live, where the cro...
  • How to Avoid the Worst Thanksgiving Traffic

    24 Nov 2014 | 6:01 am
    Almost 90% of Americans who are traveling this Thanksgiving are doing so by car, says a new study by AAA. So if you’re among the road tripping set this week, you’ll need to strategize in order to...
  • Be Thankful! This Bar Saves Lives

    21 Nov 2014 | 8:57 am
    This month, while we all give thanks for our full plates and second-helpings, the philanthropic granola bar, This Bar Saves Lives, is partnering with Ojai Valley Inn & Spa in Southern California ...
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    Cruise Radio

  • Insure My Trip: When To Purchase Travel Insurance

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

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

    cruiseandblog
    14 Nov 2014 | 6:31 am
    We are behind the scenes with the Love Boat cast for an unscripted conversation. 
  • Regal Princess Caribbean Shakedown Cruise

    cruiseandblog
    13 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    This week we are broadcasting aboard Princess Cruises latest ship, Regal Princess. She was first launched May 2014 in Europe and is now spending the winter and spring in the Caribbean. The 3,560-guest Regal Princess now begins her maiden season of Caribbean cruise vacations out of Ft. Lauderdale. Among the special features found onboard the ship are a dramatic multi-story atrium serving as the social hub of the ship, offering a host of dining and entertainment options; an over-water SeaWalk, a top-deck glass-bottomed walkway extending 28 feet beyond the edge of the ship;…
  • Ebola Virus Scare On Cruise + Cruise News

    cruiseandblog
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:38 pm
    For years the cruise industry has asked boarding passengers to fill out a health questionnaire, primarily to help stop the spread of norovirus. In light of the Ebola concerns, cruise lines today began asking more pointed questions about whether they’ve had contact with a person with Ebola or someone who helped care for such a patient, according to the CLIA. Theresa Norton Masek is the editor-in-chief of Vacation Agent Magazine and cruise beat writer for TravelPulse.com, she joins us and talks about the ebola virus scare last week on a cruise. Stewart Chiron, The Cruise Guy stops by with…
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    Nomadic Notes

  • Nomadic News: Saigon Garden Cafe Edition

    James Clark
    23 Nov 2014 | 8:32 am
    Greetings from Saigon. Here is this weeks edition of Nomadic News. Travel How we afford to travel full-time by Sean from Venturists. No house, no mortgage, no worries: these nomadic travelers are homeless — by choice – Yahoo features the world of long-term travellers. Living Abroad Going global: 6 opportunities to take advantage of when working abroad – I’m a big advocate for working abroad, whether it being employed or in your own business, and this post lists some of the benefits. Mexico has its own immigration problem: American retirees – It’s not all…
  • Tips for staying at the Chungking Mansions – budget accommodation in Hong Kong

    James Clark
    22 Nov 2014 | 2:11 am
    [Chungking Mansions – Hong Kong] Do a search for cheap hotels in Hong Kong and you’ll find a list of accommodation options for the Chungking Mansions. The first time I stayed in Hong Kong I booked a place here not knowing what I was getting myself into. I had a vision of a run-down colonial mansion with high ceilings, a lazy ceiling fan swooshing overhead, and old wooden window shutters looking out on the the streets below. Instead I was greeted with a drab water-stained concrete block with air conditioning units and washing hanging out from the windows. The “mansions”…
  • Hand of Punta del Este, Uruguay

    James Clark
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:18 am
    The Hand of Punta del Este (Mano de Punta del Este) is a sculpture at Brava Beach in Punta del Este, Uruguay. The hand (by Chilean artist Mario Irarrázabal) has become the landmark image of Punta del Este, and I’ve even seen it as the representative icon of Uruguay in some tourist brochures. Punta del Este is sometimes described as the Monaco of South America. Hmm, I don’t know about that one as it was a low-season ghost-town when I was there. That comparison is more for the wealthy South Americans who come to holiday here, and perhaps attend to banking in the relatively stable…
  • Nomadic News: London Soho Edition

    James Clark
    16 Nov 2014 | 7:27 am
    Greetings from Saigon. I’m mixing things up a bit this week by trying out a weekly version of Nomadic News and retiring the weekly updates (that weren’t that weekly). I’ll just put any news and updates here, along with the links that I have read over the last week. And of course I will still be showcasing where I have been working with the Office Of The Week feature. Here is this weeks Nomadic News. Cost Of Living Cost Of Living In Central Bangkok – Manfred from Renegade Travels has put together a realistic cost of living plan for a couple living in Bangkok. While…
  • Notes on Buenos Aires

    James Clark
    15 Nov 2014 | 4:03 am
    I love wandering around big cities and one city I’ve always wanted to visit for urban exploration was Buenos Aires. I ended up spending 11 days in BA, and I could have easily spent more time given the chance. I can see how many travellers I’ve met have ended up staying for way longer than they planned. I wasn’t expecting to travel to South America this year, but when I was planning my annual trip to London I was contacted by Air France/KLM to write about one of their South American destinations. They asked me to pick a city and I said Buenos Aires. So what has London got to…
 
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    City Traveler Blog

  • The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade balloons come to life

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

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

    Kristin Girard
    14 Nov 2014 | 5:53 am
    Kids love science like peanut butter loves jelly. So if you’re visiting Boston with kids, be sure to stop by the Museum of Science: “kid-friendly” doesn’t begin to describe it. The MoS’s exhibits – including over 700 interactive ones – are so hands-on, so beautifully geared toward the enjoyment and excitement of science, it’s a perfect fit for the curious kid in your life. Here are six of the must-see exhibits for you and the kiddos to enjoy. Archimedean Excogitation (entrance hall, lower level) Upon entering the museum, you’ll encounter Archimedean Excogitation, the…
  • Enthusiastic Experts Lead Walks of New York

    Deston S. Nokes
    5 Nov 2014 | 5:35 pm
    Walks of New York - "Broadway Behind the Scenes" Everyone has their preconceived “musts” when they visit New York City. For some, it’s the landmarks: Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty and Times Square. Others prefer the riches found in some of the world’s greatest museums, such as the Met, MoMA and the American Museum of Natural History. And there are those who find pure joy in getting to know the different boroughs, sampling the ethnic flavors, visiting quirky haunts and eating incomparable cuisine. The fact is that there’s just no way to see everything in a visit or three.
  • The Best Beer Gardens Around the U.S.

    Dan Patterson
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:52 am
    The biergarten as we know it has come a long way from its German ancestor. (I can’t imagine Bavarian dukes playing ping pong or bocce ball, can you?) Yet, one idea ties them together: being among friends outside on a crisp autumn afternoon is one of the best ways to enjoy your beer. Cities across the United States have caught on, continuing to combine the traditional biergarten with their unique, local characteristics. There are many fantastic beer gardens throughout the United States, but we’ve narrowed down the list to a few notables you must keep in mind when traveling to any of these…
 
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    XpatMatt.com

  • Make Screening A Breeze This Winter

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

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

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

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

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

  • Old Fashioned Western Saga

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

    Vera Marie Badertscher
    7 Nov 2014 | 10:32 am
    Taking a break from books, we went for a sail with eagles on Bras d’Or Lakes in Nova Scotia. Here are some pictures from that sail. For the rest of the story–follow this link to  My Itchy Travel Feet. 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 StoriesEat Your Culture: History CookbooksAnother Chilling Read from the ArcticQuestionable History, But Reasons to Travel to Italy 
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  • Thanksgiving in Kauai

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

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

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

    MsTravelingPants
    18 Nov 2014 | 4:24 pm
    With my 6th anniversary coming up on the 25th of November, I wanted to take the month of November to celebrate. I will be unveiling some of my favorite travel services and products. In this post, I want to rave about my experience with Uber, a global ridesharing service connecting drivers with riders. Have you heard of Uber? Ok, if you haven’t heard of Uber, you are not alone. I hate to admit it, but I had not even heard of Uber and its ridesharing product until I took a trip back to South Florida this summer and fall. I had spent the majority of late 2013 and 2014 on Kauai, which still…
  • Exclusive Travel Savings with Ms Traveling Pants Discount at Travel Set Go

    MsTravelingPants
    13 Nov 2014 | 4:14 pm
    It has been nearly six years since the start of Ms Traveling Pants. In November 2008, I started sharing my good times and good stories geared towards adventure travelers as well as those interested in cultural tourism (food, dance, language, drinks, etc.). As a way of thanking you for being a part of this journey from Spain and Cuba to New Zealand and now Kauai, I wanted to give you a FREE gift for being a Ms Traveling Pants fan. What to learn more? As a fan, you’re entitled to a $100 Travel Savings Gift that enables you to receive discount travel savings exclusively from Travel Set Go, a…
 
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  • Indiana Books and Indiana Authors: Great Gifts

    Jessica Nunemaker
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:01 pm
    Rensselaer, Indiana Birds Eye View Here’s a wide-ranging selection of Indiana authors and books with an Indiana theme! I like to keep an Amazon Wish List full of things I’m interested in that I can carry with me every time I venture inside of a mom ‘n pop shop! Yes, you may buy these from the publisher or, the next visit you make to a small town, you might just find the titles and authors listed below. I no longer have to remember where I hid a list–or even remember to bring it with me! My beautiful LG G3 smartphone (courtesy of Verizon Wireless) has an Amazon…
  • Soft Buttery Homemade Breadsticks Recipe

    Jessica Nunemaker
    13 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Buttery Homemade Breadsticks Recipe Ever since I had the best breadsticks EVER at family-owned Red Star Pizza in Seymour, Indiana, I have not been able to get them out of my mind! Since I can’t make that kind of drive whenever the craving hits, I will forever turn to this exceptional soft, buttery homemade breadsticks recipe! It’s not the same. I know that. I don’t know what they do to their breadsticks but man oh man is it good. Still, it’s a wonderful substitute that is even better than my recipe for quick breadsticks! For homemade breadsticks that really satisfy,…
  • Rossville, Indiana: Dan the Man’s Taco Stand Images

    Jessica Nunemaker
    12 Nov 2014 | 10:35 am
    Rossville, Indiana has excellent dining options for such a small town! Taco lovers should head to Dan the Man’s Taco Stand. Easy to find downtown, this restaurant is a bit of a hybrid! It pulls in that fun tiki feel of beachfront restaurants with it’s large, serene murals of water and sand and tiki beverage hut but with a difference. At Dan the Man’s Taco Stand, you may expect to find traditional Hoosier favorites with Dan’s excellent twist. Interested in a pork tenderloin sandwich? It doesn’t get much more “Indiana” than that! Although you could…
  • Past ‘N’ Present by Michelle in Salem, Indiana

    Jessica Nunemaker
    11 Nov 2014 | 10:10 am
    Past ‘N’ Present by Michele in Salem, Indiana Primitive Furniture and Country Decor Who can resist a bit of shopping when there are locally owned businesses like Past ‘N’ Present by Michelle in Salem, Indiana? Located just off the downtown square, it’s a tidy and bright home turned Washington County shop! Past ‘N’ Present by Michelle in Salem, Indiana Park on the street along the sides of the shop. Walk up the main sidewalk and prepare to enter a shop with an abundance of country decor! The smell of flavored coffee fills the air. They offer a free…
  • The Viking in Monon, Indiana

    Jessica Nunemaker
    7 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    The Viking in Monon, Indiana Pork Tenderloin Sandwich and Fries It was a beautiful day so I surprised our boys with a road trip to The Viking in Monon, Indiana. After hearing plenty about the pork tenderloin sandwiches, I was ready to try it for myself! The Viking in Monon, Indiana This isn’t some fancy pants sit down place but it sure is friendly. The Viking in Monon is all about serving food, well, fast! Locals rush in during their lunch break. Families flood the booths during dinner. Everyone chit chats and relaxes. It’s a place where everyone knows everyone else–and the…
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    Plum Deluxe

  • 3 Crispy, Crunchy, and Delicious Gluten-Free Crackers for Your Next Cocktail Bash

    Sandy Smith
    27 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Whether or not you avoid gluten-containing products in your diet, you’ll love this trio of easy-to-make gluten-free snack crackers! If you’re searching for a gluten-free cracker that doesn’t taste like cardboard to serve with your cheese platter, try the Herbed Amaranth Crackers. When you’re craving a salty snack you don’t have to sneak, whip up a batch of Almond Crackers with Sea Salt and Cracked Black Pepper. The next time you serve cocktails, pair them with delicious Sesame Rice Crackers. Sesame Rice Crackers These are delicate, crispy crackers perfect for serving alongside…
  • Beyond Decking the Halls: 4 International Winter Holidays to Make Your Own

    Janice Bear
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Perhaps you missed it, but come October 15 (give or take) the winter holidays were upon us. The most prominent among them is Christmas, but it certainly isn’t the only thing celebrated this time of year. There’s Hanukkah, Kwanza, Boxing Day, and a whole slew of religious and secular festivities under way all over the world. There are probably a thousand reasons for this season, but here are four celebrations known in the international community that you should consider making your own. Saturnalia: December 17, 2014 This Roman-born holiday of the deity Saturn was originally marked as a…
  • Taco Tortilla Soup with Tabasco Chipotle Topping

    Andy Hayes
    24 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are of the author. Here at Plum Deluxe, we love soup — so much, we have an entire Pinterest board dedicated to it. Personally, one of my favorites is tortilla soup. It’s sort of like taco night, but you can use a spoon. This recipe is my own spin on the traditional tortilla soup; it’s the same base, but I’m adding in seasoned taco meat, a bit more spice, and a tasty bit of cream for the topping. While the ingredients list is long, trust me — this soup is easy-peasy, and you…
  • A Culinary Adventure South of the Border: A Weekend Getaway to Baja California, Mexico

    A Guest Writer
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Visiting Mexico — to drink wine? That’s probably not the first thing that comes to mind when you think of our neighbor to the south, but if you appreciate good food and wine, consider a visit to Baja California’s Valle de Guadalupe. This scenic agricultural valley, just inland from the city of Ensenada, is known for innovative wines, local seafood, and farm fresh ingredients. Some of the world’s most exciting new chefs and winemakers are working in the region, and American celebrity chefs like Anthony Bourdain and Rick Bayless are helping to share the love. The best part is that…
  • Classy DIY Catering: Mini Croque Monsieurs

    Andy Hayes
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:22 am
    Here at Plum Deluxe, there’s no denying our obsession with all things French. French food, while not the easiest to master, always impresses. You don’t have to go all out, though — and today, we’re going to show you an easy, straightforward French classic that will have your next special occasion feeling classy and chic, no catering staff required. Mini Croque Monseiurs makes 16 minis For the bechamel sauce: 1 tablespoon butter 1 1/2 tablespoons flour 1 cup of whole milk, warmed over low heat 1/4 cup grated Jarlsberg cheese Pinch of nutmeg Salt and pepper For the…
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    J The Travel Authority

  • Gear Review: Comfortable Wool Sport Underwear

    Jeanine Barone
    26 Nov 2014 | 11:52 am
    What I'm about to say I packed on my month-long trip to Southeast Asia this past summer may be one off the most surprising things you've read on my blog. That's because, though the temperature and humidity were both off the charts, I carried along three pairs of wool underwear -- and the only underwear I brought. Yes, you heard correctly, wool, Merino wool, at that. It may sound like an odd, ill-conceived choice but, in fact, it was the best thing I could've worn against my skin. I chose the Women's PhD Seamless Bikini underwear manufactured by SmartWool. They performed impeccably, keeping me…
  • 2015 Landscape, Nature, Travel Photo Calendar

    Jeanine Barone
    19 Nov 2014 | 11:08 am
    Right in time for the holiday season, I'm now accepting orders for my 2015 wall calendar. This 12-month calendar features 33 of my landscape, nature and travel images (including on the front and back covers) captured all over the world, including Thailand, Vietnam, Montenegro, Cambodia and Israel. Each month contains two and more often three images of mine. The calendar measures 13" x 10.4". There's a limited supply. You can purchase this calendar here or contact me for more information.
  • Portugal's Centro Region in Pictures

    Jeanine Barone
    17 Nov 2014 | 11:08 am
    Though I visit Portugal pretty much every year, there's always something -- or more than something -- to be discovered. On my latest trip to the Centro region, I spent one day feeling like I stepped into Hogwarts, the fictional school of magic created by J.K. Rowling in her Harry Potter novels.  As I roamed the ornate halls and library in 13th century Coimbra University, passing some students garbed in the traditional long black cape, I found it surprising that I never realized that this university may have  provided Rowling, who once resided in Portugal, some inspiration.This…
  • European Cemeteries That Resemble Botanical Gardens

    Jeanine Barone
    11 Nov 2014 | 2:45 pm
    It's a shame that cemeteries are typically associated with the macabre, where supernatural influences are ever present. On many of my travels, I've come to appreciate cemeteries as open-air museums and botanical gardens. I chose to visit one treasured cemetery in Lisbon, Reykjavik, Valletta, Zagreb and Helsinki for what they each could tell me about indigenous plants, renowned artists, notable politicians, and much more. Find out what I discovered about botany, architecture, and sociology in this article on the loveliest European cemeteries that I recently wrote for National Geographic…
  • Hanoi, Vietnam In Pictures

    Jeanine Barone
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:32 pm
    My week in Hanoi was wrapped up with visits to contemporary art galleries and bucolic parks and gardens. (All of these were steps away from an ulta chaotic traffic scene where crossing the street was  an adventure that I preferred to avoid.) The little visited Botanical Garden was a delight with the web of roots emanating from a 19th-century tree becoming a magnet for both people who want meditative solitude as well as those who just want to snap a selfie. The coffee culture is vibrant with whitewashed shops displaying edgy art, such as giant ants crawling up columns. A trip to expansive…
 
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    Two Kids and a Map

  • Planning Meals for Your Ski Vacation

    Jen
    11 Nov 2014 | 6:11 pm
    Skiing can be an incredibly pricey adventure. Living in Denver affords us the luxury of being day skiers if we are ready and willing to brave the traffic on I-70, but we try to spend a few days in the mountains when we can so that we don’t have to drive back and forth. Last year, we had the opportunity to stay in a timeshare for a week at Christmas. A week! That is far too many days to be eating meals out and about around the ski resorts. Even if your resort is located in a town like the one we visited, Winter Park, it can still get costly as you buy three meals a day for your entire…
  • DETER Insect Repellent – A Natural Botanical Formula

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

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

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

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

  • Happy Thanksgiving

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

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

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

    Ratedapartments.com
    17 Nov 2014 | 1:50 am
    “Jazz stands for freedom. It’s supposed to be the voice of freedom: Get out there and improvise, and take chances, and don’t be a perfectionist – leave that to the classical musicians.” – Nat Wolf A genre of music with its origin in African-American communities during the 19th century, Jazz spans an array of music for over 100 years. It makes profound use of polyrhythms, syncopation and improvisation along with the facets of European harmony and African musical basics. With unique styles based on various local, regional and national musical cultures, Jazz has undeniably gone far…
  • Shopping in Paris

    Ratedapartments.com
    10 Nov 2014 | 4:54 am
    The eclectic markets of Paris offer tourists a chance to get a glimpse of authentic Parisian life. Needless to say, the city has a market for everyone. Right from the biggest flea markets dedicated to chic antiques, designer clothes and second hand goods to places selling flowers, fabrics and vegetables, the city never fails to offer one a vibrant and inspiring market experience. There are markets selling the bizarre on one hand and there are high end stores selling nothing but the exclusives on the other. Out of a long list of markets in Paris, here are some really good ones. Marche aux…
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    Cruise Buzz

  • Azamara Club Cruises – Cyber Monday cruise sale

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

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

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

    Carrie Finley
    7 Nov 2014 | 12:51 pm
    Marmaris, Turkey port review: Turkish Riviera, there is such a thing. Panoramic view of stunning Marmaris, Turkey from the castle. Azamara Quest called on Marmaris, Turkey, a beautiful port on the Turkish Mediterranean that is said to be the region that served as the location of the courtship between Antony and Cleopatra. For those cruise passengers wanting to pay homage to Cleopatra  Azamara Club Cruises offered a Land Discoveries tour to Sedir Island, which was quite popular from the buzz I heard from passengers choosing this exploration. Smaller Ships, Better Parking Azamara Quest right…
  • Rhodes, Greece by day and night via Azamara Quest

    Carrie Finley
    6 Nov 2014 | 8:50 am
    Roaming around Rhodes via Azamara Located in the Aegean Sea, Rhodes is a popular tourist destination located 12 miles off the coast of Turkey. Besides going to the beach and nearby archaeological sites, most cruise visitors will be happy spending the day meandering around one of the best preserved medieval towns in Europe. Azamara Quest in Rhodes Getting around Azamara Quest called on Rhodes, Greece, which is an UNESCO World Heritage Site. During the day I took a self-guided walking tour of the medieval city and at night I was able to go back into town for Nights and Cool Places of Old Town…
 
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  • The 312 Clematis Boat Drink Recipe from Bob at the Westin Grand Cayman

    RumShopRyan
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:08 am
    After one sip, you’ll be knee deep in the waves of Seven Mile Beach. It’s that time of day, time to soak in that cotton candy sky full of dazzling reds, purples and blues. The transition between day and night is always a special occasion and it should be celebrated–especially when watching from the beach. Your toes are buried in the soft white sand of Seven Mile Beach on Grand Cayman, the calm Caribbean waters lap at the shore and you watch as the sun dips into the sea. What could possibly be missing from this seemingly perfect experience? A Boat Drink of course! During a…
  • Ivan’s Beach Bar on Jost, Memories and Construction Progress

    RumShopRyan
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:57 am
    It’s not good to live a life full of regrets. The past is the past, move on. But I do have one regret that became very clear a few weeks ago during a trip to Jost in the British Virgin Islands. Our flotilla of pirate castaways sailed into White Bay on Halloween. We grabbed a mooring ball on the quieter eastern side of the bay, the side where the much-talked-about Ivan’s Beach Bar and Campground calls home. Ivan’s is currently closed for a massive rebuild and it was easy to see the all the construction as we floated about 100 yards off shore. That’s Ivan’s in the…
  • Mad Gringo Tropical Shirts Is Kicking The Bucket

    RumShopRyan
    22 Nov 2014 | 9:16 am
    https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/madgringo/mad-gringos-long-adios-tropical-shirt-tshirt-book Hey Castaways, I wanted to help my friend Mad Greg of the Mad Gringo clothing line out with his final act, the last hurrah, the grand finale, the fat lady has sung, no mas, roll the credits, no more enchiladas. This kickstarter campaign is your last chance to grab a piece of the Mad Gringo. Cheers! Do you remember me? The Mad Gringo? I was interviewed by Rum Shop Ryan back in 2010. http://rumshopryan.com/2010/12/02/mad-gringo-tropical-shirts-interview/ My company is going the way of the Dodo.
  • Caribbean Weekly Wrap Up

    RumShopRyan
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:18 am
    Bareboat sailing, underwater rum, rainforest monkeys, and a “secret” island…these stories will hopefully tempt your salty island soul to chuck winter out the window and plan an adventure to the warm sand of the Caribbean. I know my mind was racing with island fantasies as I put this post together! Cheers! Caribbean Weekly Wrap Up Underwater Aging of Spirits Proves Sucessful: Underwater aging that has been tried and successfully used by my friend Walker Romantica with his “Seven Fathom” rum is now being touted by the wine industry as successful.  This is the…
  • The B-Line Beach Bar and the Passion Confusion Drink

    RumShopRyan
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:47 am
    “Hide the Cashmere, the bomber is focused in!” As soon as we grabbed the mooring ball near Diamond Cay, we had the dingy in the water and were motoring towards Little Jost Van Dyke and the B-Line Beach Bar. When Castaway Lorrie says go, we go. I aint arguing. The B-Line Beach Bar is the new kid on the block when it comes to British Virgin Island beach bars. Opening earlier this year (2014) by owner Christina Washburn from Tortola, the B-Line is the only establishment on Little Jost making it even more special. Its seclusion really gives it a charm that the other more popular beach…
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    In the Know Traveler

  • An Inca Trail Revelation

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

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

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

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

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

  • $655+ Roundtrip Flights to Europe: KLM Cyber Monday Sale

    Kristine Hansen
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:23 pm
    This just in: KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is lowering fares from the U.S. to four ever-popular cities in Europe by up to 35 percent, in Cyber Monday sale launching December 1. This winter and spring, the sale gives you the chance to explore art in Amsterdam, mosques in Istanbul, thermal baths in Budapest, and street food in Bucharest. The sale covers any U.S. gateway city, including NYC, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Chicago, L.A., and San Francisco — for travel between December 29, 2014 and March 27, 2015. While exact numbers are pretty hush-hush, we did reach out to KLM to find that rates…
  • 2014 Black Friday & Cyber Monday Travel Deals: Spa & Adventure Edition

    Kristine Hansen
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:05 am
    What’s your preferred stress-buster: pampering at the spa, or hopping on a pair of skis or surfboard? With this year’s Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals, we say you’ll afford to do both. We found deals for surfing in Southern California, skiing in Telluride, spa-ing in the Arizona desert — and even for luxury touring in Chile. Miraval Resort & Spa – $750 Credit This Tucson, Arizona spa is offering a $750 credit — per person — when you book a three-night stay. That’s on top of the already complimentary healthy meals and transfers from Tucson…
  • 2014 Black Friday & Cyber Monday Travel Deals: International Edition

    Kristine Hansen
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:30 am
    In the latest installment of fabulous Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals coming up in the next week, we take a look at under-$100 Caribbean getaways, a 75 percent discount in Panama City, and even a stellar sale for flights to Fiji. Get those credit cards ready… Westin Playa Bonita Panama — 75% Off Fresh off the 100th anniversary of the Panama Canal, Panama’s Westin Playa Bonita in Panama City celebrates with 75 percent off rates. To nab the deal, good for stays between December 2, 2014 and June 30, 2015, book on December 1 using promo code CYBER. Grand Lucayan Bahamas Beach…
  • Business Class: Here’s What You’re Paying For

    Laura Motta
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:43 am
    Flying business class on the world’s top-rated long-haul airlines (think Cathay Pacific, Singapore, Emirates, Qatar Airways, Etihad…) isn’t exactly an inexpensive proposition. Round-trip flights on any of these airlines to their respective home airports in Asia can run you more than $8,000. An economy-class ticket on these same flights can run you between $1000, with a good sale, to $1500 — significantly less. So why the markup? The answer isn’t so cut-and-dry. You can’t just add up the cost of the extra amenities offered in business class and come up with a concrete value…
  • Cruise Tracker: 100 Free Days, Waived Supplements, and Dream Destinations

    Donna Tunney
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:17 am
    Which cruise lines are making headlines this week? Travel journalist Donna Tunney — ShermansTravel’s cruise expert — has all the latest news. Check back every Tuesday for trends, new amenities, and money-saving ideas that help you plan a perfect vacation at sea.  Want to win 100 days of free cruises? We sure do. And that’s exactly the grand prize in a new campaign from Carnival Corp., the parent company of 10 well-known cruise lines. Here’s all you need to do: Visit worldsleadingcruiselines.com and choose the advertising concept that you think does the best job…
 
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  • $655+ Roundtrip Flights to Europe: KLM Cyber Monday Sale

    Kristine Hansen
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:23 pm
    This just in: KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is lowering fares from the U.S. to four ever-popular cities in Europe by up to 35 percent, in Cyber Monday sale launching December 1. This winter and spring, the sale gives you the chance to explore art in Amsterdam, mosques in Istanbul, thermal baths in Budapest, and street food in Bucharest. The sale covers any U.S. gateway city, including NYC, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Chicago, L.A., and San Francisco — for travel between December 29, 2014 and March 27, 2015. While exact numbers are pretty hush-hush, we did reach out to KLM to find that rates…
  • 2014 Black Friday & Cyber Monday Travel Deals: Spa & Adventure Edition

    Kristine Hansen
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:05 am
    What’s your preferred stress-buster: pampering at the spa, or hopping on a pair of skis or surfboard? With this year’s Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals, we say you’ll afford to do both. We found deals for surfing in Southern California, skiing in Telluride, spa-ing in the Arizona desert — and even for luxury touring in Chile. Miraval Resort & Spa – $750 Credit This Tucson, Arizona spa is offering a $750 credit — per person — when you book a three-night stay. That’s on top of the already complimentary healthy meals and transfers from Tucson…
  • 2014 Black Friday & Cyber Monday Travel Deals: International Edition

    Kristine Hansen
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:30 am
    In the latest installment of fabulous Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals coming up in the next week, we take a look at under-$100 Caribbean getaways, a 75 percent discount in Panama City, and even a stellar sale for flights to Fiji. Get those credit cards ready… Westin Playa Bonita Panama — 75% Off Fresh off the 100th anniversary of the Panama Canal, Panama’s Westin Playa Bonita in Panama City celebrates with 75 percent off rates. To nab the deal, good for stays between December 2, 2014 and June 30, 2015, book on December 1 using promo code CYBER. Grand Lucayan Bahamas Beach…
  • Business Class: Here’s What You’re Paying For

    Laura Motta
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:43 am
    Flying business class on the world’s top-rated long-haul airlines (think Cathay Pacific, Singapore, Emirates, Qatar Airways, Etihad…) isn’t exactly an inexpensive proposition. Round-trip flights on any of these airlines to their respective home airports in Asia can run you more than $8,000. An economy-class ticket on these same flights can run you between $1000, with a good sale, to $1500 — significantly less. So why the markup? The answer isn’t so cut-and-dry. You can’t just add up the cost of the extra amenities offered in business class and come up with a concrete value…
  • Cruise Tracker: 100 Free Days, Waived Supplements, and Dream Destinations

    Donna Tunney
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:17 am
    Which cruise lines are making headlines this week? Travel journalist Donna Tunney — ShermansTravel’s cruise expert — has all the latest news. Check back every Tuesday for trends, new amenities, and money-saving ideas that help you plan a perfect vacation at sea.  Want to win 100 days of free cruises? We sure do. And that’s exactly the grand prize in a new campaign from Carnival Corp., the parent company of 10 well-known cruise lines. Here’s all you need to do: Visit worldsleadingcruiselines.com and choose the advertising concept that you think does the best job…
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  • $655+ Roundtrip Flights to Europe: KLM Cyber Monday Sale

    Kristine Hansen
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:23 pm
    This just in: KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is lowering fares from the U.S. to four ever-popular cities in Europe by up to 35 percent, in Cyber Monday sale launching December 1. This winter and spring, the sale gives you the chance to explore art in Amsterdam, mosques in Istanbul, thermal baths in Budapest, and street food in Bucharest. The sale covers any U.S. gateway city, including NYC, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Chicago, L.A., and San Francisco — for travel between December 29, 2014 and March 27, 2015. While exact numbers are pretty hush-hush, we did reach out to KLM to find that rates…
  • 2014 Black Friday & Cyber Monday Travel Deals: Spa & Adventure Edition

    Kristine Hansen
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:05 am
    What’s your preferred stress-buster: pampering at the spa, or hopping on a pair of skis or surfboard? With this year’s Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals, we say you’ll afford to do both. We found deals for surfing in Southern California, skiing in Telluride, spa-ing in the Arizona desert — and even for luxury touring in Chile. Miraval Resort & Spa – $750 Credit This Tucson, Arizona spa is offering a $750 credit — per person — when you book a three-night stay. That’s on top of the already complimentary healthy meals and transfers from Tucson…
  • 2014 Black Friday & Cyber Monday Travel Deals: International Edition

    Kristine Hansen
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:30 am
    In the latest installment of fabulous Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals coming up in the next week, we take a look at under-$100 Caribbean getaways, a 75 percent discount in Panama City, and even a stellar sale for flights to Fiji. Get those credit cards ready… Westin Playa Bonita Panama — 75% Off Fresh off the 100th anniversary of the Panama Canal, Panama’s Westin Playa Bonita in Panama City celebrates with 75 percent off rates. To nab the deal, good for stays between December 2, 2014 and June 30, 2015, book on December 1 using promo code CYBER. Grand Lucayan Bahamas Beach…
  • Business Class: Here’s What You’re Paying For

    Laura Motta
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:43 am
    Flying business class on the world’s top-rated long-haul airlines (think Cathay Pacific, Singapore, Emirates, Qatar Airways, Etihad…) isn’t exactly an inexpensive proposition. Round-trip flights on any of these airlines to their respective home airports in Asia can run you more than $8,000. An economy-class ticket on these same flights can run you between $1000, with a good sale, to $1500 — significantly less. So why the markup? The answer isn’t so cut-and-dry. You can’t just add up the cost of the extra amenities offered in business class and come up with a concrete value…
  • Cruise Tracker: 100 Free Days, Waived Supplements, and Dream Destinations

    Donna Tunney
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:17 am
    Which cruise lines are making headlines this week? Travel journalist Donna Tunney — ShermansTravel’s cruise expert — has all the latest news. Check back every Tuesday for trends, new amenities, and money-saving ideas that help you plan a perfect vacation at sea.  Want to win 100 days of free cruises? We sure do. And that’s exactly the grand prize in a new campaign from Carnival Corp., the parent company of 10 well-known cruise lines. Here’s all you need to do: Visit worldsleadingcruiselines.com and choose the advertising concept that you think does the best job…
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  • $655+ Roundtrip Flights to Europe: KLM Cyber Monday Sale

    Kristine Hansen
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:23 pm
    This just in: KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is lowering fares from the U.S. to four ever-popular cities in Europe by up to 35 percent, in Cyber Monday sale launching December 1. This winter and spring, the sale gives you the chance to explore art in Amsterdam, mosques in Istanbul, thermal baths in Budapest, and street food in Bucharest. The sale covers any U.S. gateway city, including NYC, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Chicago, L.A., and San Francisco — for travel between December 29, 2014 and March 27, 2015. While exact numbers are pretty hush-hush, we did reach out to KLM to find that rates…
  • 2014 Black Friday & Cyber Monday Travel Deals: Spa & Adventure Edition

    Kristine Hansen
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:05 am
    What’s your preferred stress-buster: pampering at the spa, or hopping on a pair of skis or surfboard? With this year’s Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals, we say you’ll afford to do both. We found deals for surfing in Southern California, skiing in Telluride, spa-ing in the Arizona desert — and even for luxury touring in Chile. Miraval Resort & Spa – $750 Credit This Tucson, Arizona spa is offering a $750 credit — per person — when you book a three-night stay. That’s on top of the already complimentary healthy meals and transfers from Tucson…
  • 2014 Black Friday & Cyber Monday Travel Deals: International Edition

    Kristine Hansen
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:30 am
    In the latest installment of fabulous Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals coming up in the next week, we take a look at under-$100 Caribbean getaways, a 75 percent discount in Panama City, and even a stellar sale for flights to Fiji. Get those credit cards ready… Westin Playa Bonita Panama — 75% Off Fresh off the 100th anniversary of the Panama Canal, Panama’s Westin Playa Bonita in Panama City celebrates with 75 percent off rates. To nab the deal, good for stays between December 2, 2014 and June 30, 2015, book on December 1 using promo code CYBER. Grand Lucayan Bahamas Beach…
  • Business Class: Here’s What You’re Paying For

    Laura Motta
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:43 am
    Flying business class on the world’s top-rated long-haul airlines (think Cathay Pacific, Singapore, Emirates, Qatar Airways, Etihad…) isn’t exactly an inexpensive proposition. Round-trip flights on any of these airlines to their respective home airports in Asia can run you more than $8,000. An economy-class ticket on these same flights can run you between $1000, with a good sale, to $1500 — significantly less. So why the markup? The answer isn’t so cut-and-dry. You can’t just add up the cost of the extra amenities offered in business class and come up with a concrete value…
  • Cruise Tracker: 100 Free Days, Waived Supplements, and Dream Destinations

    Donna Tunney
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:17 am
    Which cruise lines are making headlines this week? Travel journalist Donna Tunney — ShermansTravel’s cruise expert — has all the latest news. Check back every Tuesday for trends, new amenities, and money-saving ideas that help you plan a perfect vacation at sea.  Want to win 100 days of free cruises? We sure do. And that’s exactly the grand prize in a new campaign from Carnival Corp., the parent company of 10 well-known cruise lines. Here’s all you need to do: Visit worldsleadingcruiselines.com and choose the advertising concept that you think does the best job…
 
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  • $655+ Roundtrip Flights to Europe: KLM Cyber Monday Sale

    Kristine Hansen
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:23 pm
    This just in: KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is lowering fares from the U.S. to four ever-popular cities in Europe by up to 35 percent, in Cyber Monday sale launching December 1. This winter and spring, the sale gives you the chance to explore art in Amsterdam, mosques in Istanbul, thermal baths in Budapest, and street food in Bucharest. The sale covers any U.S. gateway city, including NYC, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Chicago, L.A., and San Francisco — for travel between December 29, 2014 and March 27, 2015. While exact numbers are pretty hush-hush, we did reach out to KLM to find that rates…
  • 2014 Black Friday & Cyber Monday Travel Deals: Spa & Adventure Edition

    Kristine Hansen
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:05 am
    What’s your preferred stress-buster: pampering at the spa, or hopping on a pair of skis or surfboard? With this year’s Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals, we say you’ll afford to do both. We found deals for surfing in Southern California, skiing in Telluride, spa-ing in the Arizona desert — and even for luxury touring in Chile. Miraval Resort & Spa – $750 Credit This Tucson, Arizona spa is offering a $750 credit — per person — when you book a three-night stay. That’s on top of the already complimentary healthy meals and transfers from Tucson…
  • 2014 Black Friday & Cyber Monday Travel Deals: International Edition

    Kristine Hansen
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:30 am
    In the latest installment of fabulous Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals coming up in the next week, we take a look at under-$100 Caribbean getaways, a 75 percent discount in Panama City, and even a stellar sale for flights to Fiji. Get those credit cards ready… Westin Playa Bonita Panama — 75% Off Fresh off the 100th anniversary of the Panama Canal, Panama’s Westin Playa Bonita in Panama City celebrates with 75 percent off rates. To nab the deal, good for stays between December 2, 2014 and June 30, 2015, book on December 1 using promo code CYBER. Grand Lucayan Bahamas Beach…
  • Business Class: Here’s What You’re Paying For

    Laura Motta
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:43 am
    Flying business class on the world’s top-rated long-haul airlines (think Cathay Pacific, Singapore, Emirates, Qatar Airways, Etihad…) isn’t exactly an inexpensive proposition. Round-trip flights on any of these airlines to their respective home airports in Asia can run you more than $8,000. An economy-class ticket on these same flights can run you between $1000, with a good sale, to $1500 — significantly less. So why the markup? The answer isn’t so cut-and-dry. You can’t just add up the cost of the extra amenities offered in business class and come up with a concrete value…
  • Cruise Tracker: 100 Free Days, Waived Supplements, and Dream Destinations

    Donna Tunney
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:17 am
    Which cruise lines are making headlines this week? Travel journalist Donna Tunney — ShermansTravel’s cruise expert — has all the latest news. Check back every Tuesday for trends, new amenities, and money-saving ideas that help you plan a perfect vacation at sea.  Want to win 100 days of free cruises? We sure do. And that’s exactly the grand prize in a new campaign from Carnival Corp., the parent company of 10 well-known cruise lines. Here’s all you need to do: Visit worldsleadingcruiselines.com and choose the advertising concept that you think does the best job…
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  • Lamp Shells and Seafood Adventures in Trat, Eastern Thailand

    Mark Wiens
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Have you ever eaten lamp shells? They were new to me. I can’t say I had ever seen them in a seafood market in Thailand or ever seen them on a menu either. So I was pretty happy to not only eat, but to find these creatures from their source. While we were in Trat (ตราด), filming for the […] Lamp Shells and Seafood Adventures in Trat, Eastern Thailand is a post from: Migrationology - Food Travel Blog The post Lamp Shells and Seafood Adventures in Trat, Eastern Thailand appeared first on Migrationology - Food Travel Blog.
  • Doi Chaang – How To Visit Thailand’s Coffee Paradise

    Mark Wiens
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Unlike Ethiopia, Costa Rica, Colombia, or even Indonesia, Thailand is not really known for its coffee. Sweet tea with an abundance of sweetened condensed milk is one of the most popular drinks of choice in Thailand, but coffee culture, is not a part of the traditional Thai society (that being said, there are some wonderful up […] Doi Chaang – How To Visit Thailand’s Coffee Paradise is a post from: Migrationology - Food Travel Blog The post Doi Chaang – How To Visit Thailand’s Coffee Paradise appeared first on Migrationology - Food Travel Blog.
  • Thailand’s Sausage Paradise – The Little Town of Amphoe Phon (อำเภอพล)

    Mark Wiens
    13 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    As you fly past in your bus or car, you’ll see the strands of sausage dangling on the side of the road. In between Korat (โคราช) and Khon Kaen (ขอนแก่น), in the Isaan region of Thailand, is a little place called Amphoe Phon (อำเภอพล). Over the years, I had actually passed through a number of times, flying […] Thailand’s Sausage Paradise – The Little Town of Amphoe Phon (อำเภอพล) is a post from: Migrationology - Food Travel Blog The post Thailand’s Sausage Paradise – The Little Town of Amphoe Phon…
  • Mok Huak – Eating Tadpole Casserole (หมกฮวก) in Isaan

    Mark Wiens
    10 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    One of my favorite things to do is eat things I’ve never tasted before. I love both foods that look familiar and that include familiar ingredients, and I also love to eat things that might be a little exotic, or perhaps bizarre. One of the episodes for the Thai food TV show I’m filming, is about exotic […] Mok Huak – Eating Tadpole Casserole (หมกฮวก) in Isaan is a post from: Migrationology - Food Travel Blog The post Mok Huak – Eating Tadpole Casserole (หมกฮวก) in Isaan appeared first on Migrationology - Food Travel Blog.
  • How to Eat Thai Chili Sauce (น้ำพริก) Like a Thai

    Mark Wiens
    6 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Since the day I was born, I’ve been a lover of dips and chili sauces. What could be better than adding more flavor, plus extra spice, to every bite? That’s the way I like to think of it. When I first traveled to Southeast Asia and started exploring the cuisine, I was fascinated (and I […] How to Eat Thai Chili Sauce (น้ำพริก) Like a Thai is a post from: Migrationology - Food Travel Blog The post How to Eat Thai Chili Sauce (น้ำพริก) Like a Thai appeared first on Migrationology - Food Travel Blog.
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  • Astro Boy Crossing Signal

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

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

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

    Travis
    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:Coffee in Japan – The KissatenRobotic Comedy DuoBook Review: Japan’s World Heritage SitesA Stroll Through Japan in 8 MinutesFukushima Radiation Levels “Low”
  • The Days of Hanako

    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…
 
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  • What’s New in Paris for 2014

    robin
    5 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    There is so much new in Paris this year, it’s been hard to keep up! New museum openings, new services cropping up and even a new Paris tour that I’m offering. I’ve already covered What’s New in France this year which also contains some Paris highlights, but there was more than enough happening to create a stand alone post for Paris. I keep adding to it as things pop up – so make sure you check back often. New Museums, Tours and Attractions > After a six-year restoration, amid lots of drama, the Picasso Museum finally reopened. The new space at the Hôtel…
  • Travel Resources for Slow Food, Wine and Stays in Italy

    robin
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    When it comes to Italy, less is more. Which is why I sing the praises of slow travel and slow food in Italy. Taking it easy, savoring every moment and not packing too much into your vacation.  Staying in an agriturismo, (farm stay) or on a vineyard in Italy is really a perfect way to relax and adopt a slower pace on vacation.  And isn’t that what vacation should be about? But where do you find these gems? From where to stay, where to eat and places to either drink wine or visit vineyards and wineries – here are some invaluable resources that will help you find and connect…
  • Book Review : Paris Vacation Apartment Guide

    robin
    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!

    robin
    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

    robin
    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…
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  • Holiday Gifts for Travelers

    Terri Fogarty
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:26 am
    Every year we try to come up with some great gifts for the travelers on your Christmas list; from that perfect gift for that special someone to some wonderful stocking stuffers for traveler friends or lovers, our list has something for everyone. Kindle Paperwhite I took my new Paperwhite on our last trip and I loved […]
  • Greek Food: A Taste of the Ancient Past

    W. Ruth Kozak
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:59 am
    Did you know that when you sit down to a hearty meal of Greek food that you are often eating exactly the same dishes their ancestors did in ancient times? The first cookbook was written by a Greek, Archestrolus, in 350 BC suggesting that food was always an important part of Greek life. Some of […]
  • Top 10 Belgian Trappist and Abbey Beers

    Roy Stevenson
    17 Nov 2014 | 10:49 am
    We are shameless fans of lists – especially beer lists. They give us something to argue about. For those lucky folks experiencing Trappist beers for the first time, this gives you a starting point. Here is our list of the top 10 Trappist beers. Some are widely available, others are very hard to get. We […]
  • My Favorite Foods of Europe

    Hannah May
    14 Nov 2014 | 9:10 am
    To travel is to taste the world. And Europe presents a particularly eclectic hotchpotch of flavours. From the strange to the sublime, I’ve sampled various dishes and foodstuffs throughout my jaunts across the continent and here (in no particular order) are some of my personal favourites: Gran Canaria Though the Atlantic archipelago presents a popular […]
  • Memories of Communist-era Prague

    Guest Contributor
    10 Nov 2014 | 12:31 pm
    Prague is undeniably a magical city, a beautiful tourist paradise rich in history. But a visitor who was a student there 45 years ago reveals a different city hidden in plain sight, one with a drab, painful, and very recent past. Travelers just need to know where to look.  Prague in 1969 My friend Mike […]
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  • Sir Lakshmiswar Bahadur Singh, Maharajah of Darbhanga: Statue at BBD Bagh corner

    Shrinidhi Hande
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:41 pm
    Accidentally spotted this statue in a corner opposite HSBC building in BBD Bagh.This is the statue of Sir Lakshmiswar Bahadur Singh, Maharajaj of Darbhang (now in Bihar).Intricate details of on the statue is simply amazing.More details about the Maharaja can be read from his wikipedia pageCheck this post for photos of Writer's building and other interesting structures in BBG Bagh area of Kolkata
  • Writer's Building, GPO BBD Bagh Kolkata

    Shrinidhi Hande
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:22 pm
    Writer's building is West Bengal's secretariat, similar to Bengluru's Vidhana Soudha. Currently it is under renovation, with half the offices shifted to a new building in Howrah.The clerks who worked for British East India company used to work from this building, hence the name.Few photos clicked during a short walk around the BBD Bagh area:  RBI building nearbyThere's a small lake (Lal Dhigi) and a park in front of the writer's building. But it was closed. Not sure if it is exclusive property of elected representatives GPO or General Post Office building is the next building…
  • Chennai to Bengaluru weekend bike ride in TVS Apache

    Shrinidhi Hande
    24 Nov 2014 | 4:53 pm
    Last weekend, I rode from Chennai to Bengaluru and back in my recently bought bike, Apache RTR160. This wasn't my longest drive. We had rode 2000 kms last year in Thailand [related posts here] and I'd ridden Chennai to blr and back 8 years ago in my earlier bike, a less powerful Bajaj Discover. Back then I didn't have an active blog or proper camera to capture and share the details.After first service, the impulse to ride long distance gave in and I set off for a quick ride. This post shares some photos and experiences from the ride.To reduce weight, I didn’t carry DSLR. Only mobile…
  • Selfdrive car rentals India: Updates from Zoom and Myles

    Shrinidhi Hande
    24 Nov 2014 | 10:47 am
    This post shares a set of new items related to self drive car rental business in India1. Zoomcar to launch soon in Gurgaon: Bengaluru based startup Zoomcar, which is less than 2 years old, had launched their second location at Pune earlier this year. Now they are gearing up to launch their 3rd location, this time up north in Gurgaon.  Soon people in NCR will have more options to rent a car and zoom around. Exact details are not known yet. Stay tuned to Zoom's facebook page for more updates.2. Zoomcar also raised USD 8 million recently. (That is about…
  • AirBnB like Private accommodations vs Hotel rooms

    Shrinidhi Hande
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:40 pm
    Booking a hotel was traditional way of buying accommodation so far. But of late, there are many options opening up for the travelers. Global sites like Airbnb are providing platform for small time operators and individuals to list their properties and get some revenue. Apartment owners, those who have few extra rooms in their houses, small time hotel/guest house operators can easily list their properties online and get some business, without spending much effort in marketing or selling their rooms.But one question that keep bothering me is "what are the key differences between a hotel and a…
 
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  • Pic of the Week: Shower the People You Love with Love

    Janice
    27 Nov 2014 | 4:30 am
    Today's Pic of the Week is of home, not a faraway destination. On American Thanksgiving, enjoy a little James Taylor, a little sunshine, and a lot of love. The post Pic of the Week: Shower the People You Love with Love appeared first on Solo Traveler. A new article has been added to Solo Traveler
  • Solo in St Ives: a Day in Photos

    Janice
    26 Nov 2014 | 4:30 am
    What to do on a rainy day in Cornwall, England? Go to St. Ives. Here's my day in wonderful hues of grey, mauves, greens and blues. The post Solo in St Ives: a Day in Photos appeared first on Solo Traveler. A new article has been added to Solo Traveler
  • Travel Quote of the Week: Someplace You’ve Never Been

    Tracey
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:08 am
    Today's Travel Quote of the Week urges you to go someplace you've never been. It doesn't have to be far, or for very long, it just has to be new. The post Travel Quote of the Week: Someplace You’ve Never Been appeared first on Solo Traveler. A new article has been added to Solo Traveler
  • Terms & Conditions: the fine print of my travel life.

    Janice
    24 Nov 2014 | 4:30 am
    Looking into the details of my travel insurance I learned that I'm covered for more than I thought. What a relief. The post Terms & Conditions: the fine print of my travel life. appeared first on Solo Traveler. A new article has been added to Solo Traveler
  • Solo Travel Destination: Scotland

    Guest
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:53 am
    This Solo Travel Society member fell in love with Scotland, the land of lochs, glens, and bens, enjoying the gorgeous scenery and friendly people. The post Solo Travel Destination: Scotland appeared first on Solo Traveler. A new article has been added to Solo Traveler
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  • 4 Uses for Cannabis You’ve Never Heard of Before

    aaron@happytimeblog.co.uk (Aaron "Danger" Bradford)
    18 Nov 2014 | 3:06 am
    Backpacking around the world HappytimeBlog | 4 Uses for Cannabis You’ve Never Heard of BeforePhoto from flickr by M. Martin Vicente   Whatever you call it, and however you personally use it (or don’t use it), Cannabis comes in many forms. From the ongoing movement to legalize recreational use, to the more widely accepted medical uses of marijuana, there are lots of different uses for Cannabis. Here are four you’ve probably never heard of before:   Cooking Oil CBD Oil is an edible oil that is meant to help ease symptoms associated with a range of disorders, including anxiety,…
  • $25 Dining Voucher + Free Casino Shuttles at Niagara Falls Marriott Gateway

    aaron@happytimeblog.co.uk (Aaron "Danger" Bradford)
    11 Nov 2014 | 10:33 pm
    Backpacking around the world HappytimeBlog | $25 Dining Voucher + Free Casino Shuttles at Niagara Falls Marriott GatewayPhoto from Flickr by nikhil_hegde Book yourself a romantic break at the fabulous Niagara Falls Four Star Hotel, The Marriott Gateway On The Falls, and enjoy a free $25 dining voucher plus free casino shuttle transport during your stay. If you and your partner have always dreamt of discovering the dramatic sights of Niagara falls, now is the perfect time to book your getaway! The Marriott Gateway hotel are offering a brilliant package deal which includes $25 to spend at the…
  • Do You Think You Can Get Away with Texting While Driving?

    aaron@happytimeblog.co.uk (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@happytimeblog.co.uk (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@happytimeblog.co.uk (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…
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  • Tell-tale signs of a free press flight

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

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

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

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

    Jane Reynolds
    27 Nov 2014 | 5:17 am
    Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Oyster.com!! In keeping with the holiday spirit, we're sharing some Thanksgiving-themed links we love...The best spots for watching the Thanksgiving Day Parade (aside from your couch) >>15 things you didn't know about the parade >>Where to work off those extra turkey/stuffing/pumpkin pie pounds >>Andrew Carmellini (mastermind behind The Greenwich Hotel's Locanda Verde restaurant) shows you how to make the best turkey ever >>
  • These Pools on the Greek Island of Rhodes Are Stunning

    Lara Grant
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:45 am
    We just made a trip to Rhodes, one of the most beautiful islands in Greece. Known for its lovely beaches and stunning medieval architecture, Rhodes also has some pretty magnificent weather -- so we extended our stay, and visited nearly 60 properties! Each hotel we saw had its perks, but these nine had, by far, the most gorgeous pools. Dive right in!  Lindos Blu The 70-room boutique Lindos Blu is a luxury, adult-only hotel built into a steep hillside outside historic Lindos, with spectacular panoramic views of the Aegean. Though the rectangular outdoor pool isn't very large, it…
  • You'll Moon Over Mexico's Moon Palace Resort

    Jane Reynolds
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:41 am
    Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort (NEW on Oyster!) is a gigantic, all-inclusive, luxury resort along Cancun's Mayan Riviera. With 2,433 rooms across three resort sections -- each with their own decor, design, amenities, and appeal -- it's no shock that this is the largest Palace property in the world. From Sunrise's larger-than-life pool and Flowrider machine, to the charming boutique-vibe of the Moon Grand, to the fabulous kids' club by Nizuc, and the standalone spa and golf center, this resort truly is all-inclusive. Read the full review here, or take a tour of the gorgeous…
  • Party Like Celebs at These Seven Hotels

    Lara Grant
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:18 am
    Looking for a club to party at this weekend? (Let's be honest, you'll probably need to blow off some steam after all the family bonding.) Well, some of the best, most star-studded spots ever are in swanky hotels around the globe -- so you can even book a room if you really need some space! These often very exclusive spots are fun, pricey, and convenient for celebrities who are staying in the guest rooms. So if you want to experience the nightlife of your favorite stars and are willing to schmooze the doormen and pay a pretty penny for a cocktail, these seven hotels will let you party like a…
  • 10 Luxurious Ski Resorts We Love

    Alex Creange
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:04 pm
    We all love a little kitsch, and ski resorts in particular are known for them; throughout our travels, we've seen more antler chandeliers and bearskin rugs than we know what to do with. And while that can be great for a fun ski getaway with friends, sometimes you're looking for something a little more refined: That's where these 10 ski resorts come in. The hotels that make this list are some of the most luxurious around. Will you see an antler? Maybe one or two, but only in the most refined of ways -- it'll seem more chic than kitsch, we promise. Here are 10 gorgeous, elegant ski resorts we…
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    Wicked Good Travel Tips

  • Just-The-Best Black Friday, Cyber Monday Travel Deals for 2014 – Get Ready to Save A Bundle!

    Susan Kohlback
    26 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    We've found some sensational Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals. BUT, it's important to keep your eye on Facebook and Twitter this weekend as all the major travel brands will be popping up great discount promotions and giveaways to win your devotion and dollars. So give some thought to where you want to go and then zero in on the social media pages of hotels, airlines and tour companies that service that destination. Here's a look at some of the best travel promotions you'll find for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The post Just-The-Best Black Friday, Cyber Monday Travel Deals for 2014…
  • 3 Caribbean Gems You Should Get To Know Better

    Guest Author
    24 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Get to Know These 3 Caribbean Gems For A Fascinating Island Vacation Beaches, crashing waves, and beautiful people in bikinis are just a few of the things that pop in people’s minds when thinking of islands in the Caribbean. While these islands can certainly serve up some of the best island relaxation and tropical attractions, how about getting to know some these islands a bit more than what’s on the surface? What are islands known for? Do they have something unique about them? What’s a random fact about the idyllic dot of land in the middle of the Caribbean? Well, you can find out…
  • Guide To Understanding Hotel Meal Plans – Which One Is Best For You?

    Susan Kohlback
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:36 am
    Every time I book a hotel stay in Europe, I have to stop and try to figure out just what those meal plan initials mean.... EP, MAP? While All-Inclusive and BnB are pretty self explanatory, who can figure out the meal plan difference between European Plan and American Plan? I know one of them includes lunch, but for the life of me, I can never remember which one it is. Here's a great Infographic prepared by itravel2000.com that walks you through the differences in meal plans and how to determine which plan is the best for your next vacation. The post Guide To Understanding Hotel Meal Plans…
  • Bucket List Alert – See The Best Northern Lights in a Decade This Winter

    Guest Author
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:39 am
    Get mesmerized this winter by the “best of a decade” Northern Lights displays and tick 'see the northern lights' off of your bucket list! Here's why this year will see the best northern lights display in many years. The Northern Lights are a magnificent sight that takes place in the far north during the wintertime. Also called the aurora borealis, this phenomenon is caused by solar activity, and scientists are predicting a superb viewing opportunity late this year. Scientists from NASA have foreseen that this December the sun’s maximum solar activity will once again reach its highest…
  • Six Ways To Get An Extreme Rush In New Zealand

    Guest Author
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:14 am
    Things done to an extreme level can be a good thing, or a bad thing. All extreme activities in New Zealand though, are not only good, but mind-blowing. If you’re looking to take your life experiences to the next level, then New Zealand is the spot to head to. Widely considered the adventure mecca of the world, New Zealand has more adventure activities to choose from than almost anywhere else on the planet. Here are six of the most extreme and exciting adventure activities you'll find in on the North and South Islands of New Zealand. The post Six Ways To Get An Extreme Rush In New Zealand…
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  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 11-26-2014

    Ramona
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:22 am
    Do exactly what you would do if you felt most secure. (J. Eckhart) — Either choose to wait for safety or start living. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 11-26-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 11-25-2014

    Ramona
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:22 am
    Life has no limitations, except the ones you make. (L. Brown) — You can either build walls or knock them down. Your choice. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 11-25-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 11-24-2014

    Ramona
    24 Nov 2014 | 10:22 am
    Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly, until you learn to do it well. (Z. Ziglar) — And have fun, even if you suck! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 11-24-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 11-23-2014

    Ramona
    23 Nov 2014 | 10:22 am
    He who leads and has no one following him is only taking a walk. (Unknown) — But with others beside you, it's an adventure. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 11-23-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 11-22-2014

    Ramona
    22 Nov 2014 | 10:22 am
    Stress is the desire to get things done and the fear of not getting them done. (C. Titmuss) — Trade fear for commitment! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 11-22-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
 
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  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 11-26-2014

    Ramona
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:22 am
    Do exactly what you would do if you felt most secure. (J. Eckhart) — Either choose to wait for safety or start living. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 11-26-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 11-25-2014

    Ramona
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:22 am
    Life has no limitations, except the ones you make. (L. Brown) — You can either build walls or knock them down. Your choice. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 11-25-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 11-24-2014

    Ramona
    24 Nov 2014 | 10:22 am
    Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly, until you learn to do it well. (Z. Ziglar) — And have fun, even if you suck! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 11-24-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 11-23-2014

    Ramona
    23 Nov 2014 | 10:22 am
    He who leads and has no one following him is only taking a walk. (Unknown) — But with others beside you, it's an adventure. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 11-23-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 11-22-2014

    Ramona
    22 Nov 2014 | 10:22 am
    Stress is the desire to get things done and the fear of not getting them done. (C. Titmuss) — Trade fear for commitment! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 11-22-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
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  • 26 Cocktails and Tips for Your Next Cruise

    Randy Kalp
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:18 am
    If there’s one down side to traveling as a couple, it’s that we don’t have to go out of our way to meet people if we don’t want to. On trips, it’s all too easy to become insulated in our own traveling bubble, sharing the experience with one another while the world swirls around us. To ensure that this didn’t happen on our Carnival Caribbean cruise, we decided to create a fun assignment for ourselves, in which we would buy cocktails for 26 different people–each drink, though, would have to start with a different letter of the alphabet. Plus, we…
  • Love Mountain Adventures? Join Us, @AFARmedia and @EddieBauer Tomorrow (11/5) on Pin-Up Live!

    Randy Kalp
    4 Nov 2014 | 5:06 pm
    Now that we’re spending more time in Massachusetts during the winter months, I’m really trying to embrace winter more. See, I grew up in the white stuff, and absolutely loved it; I used to get out of the house and really  live it up. I skied and snowboarded all of the time, and when I wasn’t doing that, my friends and I were hiking or sled riding down our neighborhood streets. I’ll be the first to admit that over the last couple of years, I’ve lost this side of my youth, something that I swore would never happen. But, you know what, I’m ready to take it…
  • 5 Awesome Tips To Help You Travel Better

    Randy Kalp
    4 Nov 2014 | 12:38 pm
    I think one of the coolest things about being a traveler in the digital age is the abundance of travel tips and hacks that are available online. From the best times to score cheap flights to hacking hotels, and essential travel apps to seeing Europe through the backdoor, every bit of travel advice that you could possibly want is just a Google search away. With our upcoming trip to the western Caribbean with Carnival just a few weeks out, we’ve decided to put together a collection of our go-to travel tips that we’ll be using on our adventure. Some of these tips are ones that…
  • 16 Travel Instagrams from 8 Days in Jordan

    Randy Kalp
    1 Nov 2014 | 7:17 pm
    Before traveling to Jordan last month, I had heard a lot of good things about it. Everyone we spoke with who had been talked highly of the food, people, and sweeping beauty of the country. I’m happy to say that Jordan lives up to its reputation that travelers have bestowed it. We traveled from Amman, Jordan’s capital city, to Aqaba on the Red Sea. Along the way we made overnight stops at Petra and Wadi Rum. Then on the way back to Amman, we spent an evening at the Dead Sea, where we took a sunset float. For us, the trip was an instant classic. Everyday brought new highlights, and…
  • The Incredible, Edible Flow Festival in Helsinki, Finland

    Bethany Salvon
    1 Nov 2014 | 2:40 pm
    Until you hear otherwise from me, the Flow Festival in Helsinki is the best music festival I’ve ever been to. Period. From its location at the Suvilahti–a shuttered energy plant in central Helsinki, whose steel-enforced concrete buildings and skeletal remains are juxtaposed with circus big tops and fairy lights–to the festival’s overall design which, excuse the pun, flowed with its surroundings–beer gardens were nestled into small grassy coves with ping pong tables tucked in between buildings, for example–the Flow Festival felt more like a neighborhood…
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  • Our weekend break at the Moorland Garden Hotel in Devon – video

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

    Guest Author
    17 Nov 2014 | 2:21 pm
    In this guest article, former pastry chef Andrea Duty takes us on a mouthwatering tour of the best deserts and sweet stuff in London – heaven for sugar addicts! The torrid reputation of English food is infamous. Time and time again, foodie travelers pass on the UK’s bland traditions in favor of Vietnamese spice or French indulgence. And while it’s true that the culinary scene in London had an exceedingly long awkward phase, it’s since grown into a modern, dynamic contender as one of the best food cities in the world. I could talk for pages about the various curry houses, chippers,…
  • South Tyrol Designer Giveaway – WAMS socks and Re-Bello t-shirts

    Heather Cowper
    10 Nov 2014 | 3:59 pm
    The beautiful region of South Tyrol in Italy ticks lots of boxes; picturesque Alpine farmsteads, clear as crystal mountain air, stunning views of the Dolomites – but fashion? When I visited South Tyrol in September I met with two different fashion companies run by energetic young entrepreneurs who were taking inspiration from both the natural environment of South Tyrol and also the modern spirit of Italian design. With the fashion capital of Milan only a couple of hours away these companies can enjoy a lifestyle surrounded by nature while tapping into the best fashion design and…
  • A drive along the west coast of Sardinia – Flamingos, black rice and dancing candle men

    Guest Author
    8 Nov 2014 | 3:23 pm
    In this article, our guest author, Astrid Ruffhead takes us on a drive along the west coast of Sardinia from the bustling capital Cagliari to the coastal resort of Alghero taking in the candle festival of Sassari. Located on the southern coast of Sardinia, Cagliari has throughout history been a leading trading seaport in heart of the Mediterranean. The oldest part of this bustling capital is the Castello, perched like a crown on top of the hill in the town centre. Park the car outside the city walls and enter the city via the Porta Christina. Immediately to your left you find the former…
  • Athens is on the menu for 2015 – a taste of Greece with TBEX – video

    Heather Cowper
    5 Nov 2014 | 3:50 pm
    “We want you to help the world dream about Greece”, the Minister of Tourism, Olga Kefalogianni told us at the opening night party for the TBEX travel bloggers conference in Athen. The city had opened its arms wide to welcome over 500 travel bloggers attending the conference so that we could help change perceptions about what Greece has to offer. In the opening speeches the Mayor of Athens, Giorgos Kaminis told us “We felt that during the economic crisis we were treated unfairly by the mainstream media and so we wanted to invite you bloggers to see Athens for yourselves…
 
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  • Black Friday and Cyber Monday Travel Deals

    Katie Bodell
    27 Nov 2014 | 11:02 am
    Happy Black Friday and Cyber Monday, family travelers. Here are some of the best travel deals you can score online this year! Nationwide Family Travel Deals This year, Omni’s Seasons of Savings Package gives shoppers a nice head start before Black Friday/Cyber Monday to book pre-or-post holiday vacations at nearly every Omni hotel or resort. The package kicked off on Nov. 18 and is bookable through Cyber Monday, Dec. 1. Guest will find special rates from $89 through $169. Prices vary by location. The offer is valid for stays through Jan. 31, 2015. You can find more information on…
  • Top Family Holiday & Christmas Events in Chicago

    Cheryl Eugenio
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:01 am
    It’s the best time of the year for families. And, if you live in Chicago or are planning a visit during the holiday season, you’ll notice that Chicago goes all out with spreading the holiday cheer. Whether you need to pay a visit to Santa, enjoy a peaceful ride or fun-filled walk through a lights display, or catch a holiday performance, one thing is for sure—any of these will surely invoke the holiday spirit. And, who knows? You may find yourself a new annual tradition. Here’s wishing you and your loved ones a fun-filled holiday adventure (or two)! Special Light Displays…
  • 5 Not-to-Miss Holiday Light Shows in Portland Oregon

    Amy Whitley
    25 Nov 2014 | 12:49 am
    Every December, the City of Roses turns into the City of Lights as some of the best light shows and festivals of the Northwest light up the winter sky. We love traveling from our Southern Oregon home to Portland each holiday season to catch one or all of these beautiful light displays. Here are five not-to-miss Holiday Light Shows in Portland. 1. Festival of Lights at The Grotto In December, 500,000 lights transform Portland’s Grotto during the Festival of Lights. Families can also hear 150 choral performances, listen to carolers, and even visit the on-site petting zoo. Admission is $10…
  • Holidays & Christmas Events in New York City with Kids

    Sharon Rigney
    25 Nov 2014 | 12:01 am
    There is nothing more magical than the streets of New York City during the holidays. The holidays kick off with the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and end with the ball drop in Times Square. Everywhere you look, you will find a festive touch. Read on to find classic holiday and Christmas events in New York City, favorites that families of all ages can enjoy. See a Show New York City is home to some of the best plays you can find on Broadway. Start a new holiday tradition and head into the city for a show! Looking for something Christmas themed? Then, you can’t go wrong with the…
  • Unique and Interesting Neighborhoods to Visit with Kids- Weekly Digest- 11/21/14

    Michelle McCoy
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:01 pm
      To start receiving Weekly Family Fun Digest emails. Click here. Destinations Tips Talk Book Hotels Buy Gear Blog Giveaways Unique and Interesting Neighborhoods to Visit with Kids Friday November 21, 2014 Who are the people in your neighborhood? Cultural and historic neighborhoods are great places to visit with kids and we’ve got great suggestions on where to go!  Unique and Interesting Neighborhoods Boston | Los Angeles, CA | New Haven, CT | New York City | North Carolina Mountains and Piedmont | Philadelphia | San Francisco | Texas | Toronto …scroll down to find more…
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  • Tips for Wedding Hashtags

    cindy
    26 Nov 2014 | 11:00 am
    Not all couples want their weddings to become social media events, and that is fine. Some couples don’t care either way and others want it all. Aaron and Summer have chosen to allow their guests to share their wedding on social media through the use of a hashtag. Why use a wedding hashtag? Hashtags are searchable on Twitter, Facebook, instagram and G+ so anyone who posts a picture or comment using your hashtag can be found and collected. By using a wedding hashtag, guests can share their view of the ceremony and reception and often, they will focus on things your wedding photographer…
  • Win It Wednesday 11-26-14

    cindy
    26 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    Happy Thanksgiving week and for us this is wedding week too! Yikes! I hope you all have a blessed Thanksgiving and that you get to spend time remembering everything you have to be thankful for. The Win It Wednesday Giveaway Linky Rules 1. Make sure the link is to the giveaway post, not the home page of your blog. Links to home pages will be deleted. 2. Put the end date in the title of your giveaway. 3. Link to an image of the prize, not your blog button. 4. If you post a giveaway enter at least one giveaway someone else posted. This is just one way to play nice with others 5. Please add the…
  • Mom Maven Talks Toilet Paper #sponsored

    cindy
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:00 am
    I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Charmin. I received product samples and a promotional item to thank me for my participation.The holidays are here and that means parties and house guests. We seldom host people at our home but with the wedding this week we do have friends and family in town and some of them will be staying at our house. We have been working hard to get the house ready for our guests. Saturday we had an all-hands-on-deck cleaning session as Aaron and Summer prep to move out and we prepare for our guests. In our home we battle our…
  • Sol Republic RELAYS Review and Giveaway

    cindy
    25 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”I am excited to be working with Sol Republic on 2 amazing holiday giveaways this season! Today I introduce you to the Sol Republic RELAYS. After you read about the…
  • Turn it up Tuesday 62

    cindy
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:00 pm
    It’s here! The busiest week of the year! It is Thanksgiving week and wedding week. We got the kids moved into their new house last night and then Aaron packed a suitcase and moved back home for the week. We are finishing last minute errands for the wedding, Wednesday we will be decorating for the reception. Thursday we will enjoy Thanksgiving at my mom’s house with friends and family. Friday we have more wedding prep plus the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner and Saturday is the wedding. I’m tired just thinking about it. If you want to follow along on Saturday, the wedding…
 
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    Fire in the Belly...!!

  • Healthy Child is a Happy Child; leading to a Happy Home.

    11 Nov 2014 | 12:13 am
    Chances are you may have kids running around the house and there may be days when you may think to yourself that if you are at home or a wild circus. But here's the thing, try to be at home when the kid is sick or not at home and you will miss that circus and the energy, i bet. This is what i called "the power of a healthy child".I have a niece and when she is at home, she keeps everybody on their toes with her continuous mischief's and surprisingly i feel so content and happy amongst the chaos and clutter. The basic idea is keep the kids happy and they will make the home happier. As adults,…
  • Looking for a date, here's how to get one!

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

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

    26 Dec 2013 | 2:28 am
    9:00AM :  Tum se hi din hota hai.     (Abey Filmy) 10:00 : Dil ki breaking news baj rahi hain,.....koi.....sune toh zaraaaa.     (Pardon........Not audible)11:00 : Mein pareshan...pareshan....pareshan.....pareshan.                (Take a off...u fool.....oh...lot of work...no off) 12:00 : Dil kyun ye mera shor karein.....          (that not 'shor' - its called heartbeat...i need oxygen u know) 13:00 : Pyar hamein kis mod me le aayaaaa........ke dil kare haii...(haii).....koi ye batein kya…
  • Unsaid Emotions

    12 Oct 2013 | 3:21 am
    बहुत सुनना था, कुछ सुनाना भी था।  अब कोई वजह नहीं हैं। बहुत प्यार करना था, थोडा लड़ना भी था।  अब कोई वजह नहीं हैं। तुमको मिल गयी कोई और वजह, हमारे पास कोई वजह नहीं हैं।तुम खुश रहो सदा, हम तो खुश हैं तुम्हारी ख़ुशी में क्यूंकि हमारे पास…
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    Vino Con Vista Italy Travel Guides and Events

  • Andersonville’s Holiday Events 2014 and St. Lucia Festival of Lights in Chicago

    www.vino-con-vista.com
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:44 am
    When: Saturday, December 13, 2014  Where: 5211 N. Clark Street in Andersonville in Chicago Image via Wikipedia Attend the St. Lucia Festival of Lights in Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood St. Lucia Festival of Lights – Saturday, December 13 A candlelit, carol-filled procession down the sidewalks of Clark Street, followed by singing and treats at the Museum. Admission is $1, or a toy or a can of food to benefit Care For Real, Edgewater’s food pantry.   The festival of St. Lucia is a Sicilian tradition adopted by the Swedes, a celebration of lights prevailing over the…
  • Paso Robles Blendfest 2015

    www.vino-con-vista.com
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:53 am
    Sunstone Winery Jamie Slone Wines Summerland Tasting Room Mangerum Wine Vino con Vista Map of a section of Santa Barbara Country PASO ROBLES WINE COUNTRY PARTNERS WITH CAMBRIA AND SAN SIMEON TO LAUNCH “BLENDFEST” On February 21, 2015 Paso Robles Wines Converge on the Coast for a Limited Attendee Special Event “The Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance (PRWCA), in conjunction with the Cambria Tourism Board, San Simeon Tourism Board and Wine Coast Country announced a new partnership to bring a Paso Robles wine event to the north coast of San Luis Obispo County. On February 21, 2015 the…
  • My Glorious Vino Con Vista Weekend in San Diego

    www.vino-con-vista.com
    4 Nov 2014 | 9:24 am
    Image via Wikipedia English: Imperial Beach, California The symbol of this surfers’ community south of San Diego. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) If you follow my posts, you already know that I wax poetic about my on-going love affair with Italy. Basically every nook and cranny of the magnificent peninsula and surrounding islands take my breath away. But you probably didn’t know that my second love is San Diego. There are 33 beaches, and 70 miles of coastline stretching from Imperial Beach to Oceanside. There are about 267 glorious days of sunshine per year. No wonder San Diego is…
  • Wine Spectator’s List of Maps of the Major Wine Regions in Vino con Vista France

    www.vino-con-vista.com
    3 Nov 2014 | 9:34 am
    Français : Les vignobles de la Côte de Beaune (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Vineyards in the French wine region of the Rhone valley. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Les vignobles de la vallée du Rhône (Photo credit: Wikipedia) I found this list on Wine Spectator; an overview of France’s major wine regions including: Alsace, Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Languedoc, Loire Valley, Provence and Rhône Valley. On their website you can view the following interactive maps: http://assets.winespectator.com/wso/Maps/Francemap.pdf Alsace A detailed look at the appellation’s top crus, broken out…
  • Eleventh Annual San Diego Bay Wine and Food Festival 2014

    www.vino-con-vista.com
    2 Nov 2014 | 9:27 am
    A tower in Balboa Park, San Diego. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) I must confess, my house is adorned with San Diego Wine and Food Festival Posters. One of my favorite Southern California events is the week-long culinary feast known as the San Diego Wine and Food Festival. If you’re looking for interesting things to do in San Diego check out: “My Glorious Vino con Vista Weekend in San Diego.” You can read it here: http://wp.me/pRq9Q-fC At San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Who doesn’t love San Diego? Every year the Festival posters get…
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  • Alaska Airlines reverses direction: Health certificate no longer required for in-cabin dogs

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

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

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

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

    Mary-Alice
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:14 pm
    Reader Heather recently sent Dog Jaunt’s Facebook page a series of quick reports from the air about the under-seat spaces she and her pup encountered on several domestic United flights.  She kindly agreed that I could re-post them here (thanks, Heather!). Not being a obsessed dog travel blogger, Heather didn’t have a tape measure on hand, but you can get an idea of the spaces involved if you know that her pet was traveling in a large SturdiBag carrier, which is essentially 18″ long and 12″ high and wide, but will flex to fit into a space that’s, say, only…
 
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  • The 1920s Puppeteer Whose Inflatable Monsters Changed Thanksgiving

    26 Nov 2014 | 2:46 pm
    Tony Sarg & an elephant balloon (via printmag.com) As the procession of bands, balloons, and high-production spectacles makes its annual appearance in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, let's time travel back to the 1920s to the innovative puppeteer who made the inflatable characters part of the American holiday. The Macy's parade started in 1924, but in 1927 its collaboration with Tony Sarg took things way up a few whimsical notches. Working with fellow puppeteer Bil Baird, a 60-foot balloon dragon, tottering Felix the Cat, hummingbird, and other buoyant wonders…
  • Alcatraz's Off-Limits Hospital Opens its Decrepit Wards

    26 Nov 2014 | 1:11 pm
    Ai Weiwei's "Bloom" installation of porcelain flowers in a bathtub and sink in the Alcatraz hospital (all photographs by the author) Usually locked and off-limits, the abandoned hospital at Alcatraz is accessible to the public for a brief time. @Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz, which opened in September and is on view to April 26, 2015, has the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei infiltrating the cells, wards, and rarely-seen buildings with art examining human rights and free expression. Ai Weiwei has himself been subject to arrest and detention, and is still prohibited from…
  • Twilight of the American Roadside: A Museum of Lost Americana Survives off the Map

    26 Nov 2014 | 9:30 am
    The Miracle of America Museum in Montana (all photographs by Eliza Berman & Dan Logan) It would be easy to drive right past the Miracle of America Museum were it not for the rusty orange VW Bug perched on its flat roof. Two billboards on the west side of U.S. Highway 93 implore drivers to make a pit stop in Polson on their way toward northern Montana. But with no explanation for what, exactly, the Miracle of America is, it’s hard to know whether it will be worth the detour. If you do pull off the highway and walk by the sign announcing “This Is Not a Tourist…
  • Predatory Glow Worms Discovered in the Amazon Rainforest

    26 Nov 2014 | 9:01 am
    photo by Jeff Creamer The Amazon is the most biodiverse tropical rainforest, which 1 in 10 known species in the world call home, including about 2.5 million species of insect. This October, as reported by Neatorama, a group of scientists may have discovered one more: a predatory glow worm.  The term "glow worm" is a catch-all for the bioluminescent larvae of various insect species, from fireflies to beetles. They are most commonly found in Australia and New Zealand, where they tend to congregate in dark, dank spots like the Waitomo Glowworm Caves and…
  • Hell on Earth: Five Experiences of Eternal Damnation before Death

    25 Nov 2014 | 5:02 am
    Devoured by a monstrous worm or boiled nude in a vat of searing pus — what sort of extraordinary agonies await you sinners in the afterlife? Mythological and religious concepts of death and the afterlife are loaded with convolution, ambiguity, and speculation. Many cultures embrace a trial of judgment after death, whereupon their souls are either salvaged or pitched into eternal damnation. Here we will look at five representations of hell, and what transpires during that final judgment. Chinese Mythology: Diyu Fengdu Ghost City, which was built to represent Diyu (photograph by…
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    Atlas Obscura

  • Rosh HaNikra Grottoes in Rosh HaNikra, Israel

    26 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Located on the coast near the border to Lebanon, Israel's Rosh HaNikra Grottoes are a popular nature site that was once only available to divers, but thanks to the installation of the world's steepest cable car, anyone can come and see the incredibly blue waters of these natural caves. Through millennia of strong waves bashing up against the soft chalk cliffs on the Mediterranean Sea, large sea caves have formed around the base. Since their modern discovery these lovely geological anomalies have generally been open only to those with the skill and equipment to approach the formations from…
  • The Wolf's Lair in Ketrzyn, Poland

    26 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Hidden deep in a Polish forest, the remains of the Nazi stronghold known as The Wolf's Lair (Wolfsschanze) are slowly being reclaimed by nature, but the room where Operation Valkyrie nearly blew up Hitler with a suitcase bomb can still be found. Built in 1941, miles removed from the nearest village, The Wolf's Lair was Germany's secret headquarters on the Eastern Front. The heavily fortified concrete bunker buildings were protected behind multiple layers of security and the location of the site was a well-kept secret, ensuring that the Nazi leaders could strategize in relative safety. In fact…
  • Museum of the Great Patriotic War in Kiev, Ukraine

    26 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    While the conflict between German and Soviet forces on the Eastern Front during World War II were part of the larger narrative of the war, they also took on a singular identity as a private war unto themselves. The tellingly-named Museum of the Great Patriotic War in Ukraine tells the story of this portion of the war via hundreds of thousands of exhibits and an undeniably Soviet sense of design.  One of the Ukraine's largest museums, commemorating a patriotic perspective of World War II between the Soviet Union and Germany. The museum - containing more than 300,000 exhibits - and related…
  • Cave-In-Rock in Cave-In-Rock, Illinois

    26 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Located in a state park bearing its name, in a village that does as well, Cave-In-Rock is now a fairly peaceful public park feature, but it actually has a storied history of gambling, prostitution, piracy, murder, and general villainy.  The relatively small cave (55 feet wide) sits on the bank of the Ohio River and takes its name from the explorer who discovered it 1739, dubbing the natural shelter, "caverne dans Le Roc." The cave features a fissure in the top which acts as a natural chimney, making the cave perfect for wilderness habitation. However, almost immediately after the cave…
  • Fort Proctor in Saint Bernard Parish, Louisiana

    26 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Looking like the remains of some lost kingdom, the castle-like Fort Proctor in St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana rises up out of the shallow waters of Lake Borgne, actually dating back only to the Civil War. But rather than being a base that was abandoned after being routed, this stronghold was never even used. During the Civil War, Fort Proctor was constructed to protect the strategically crucial waterways surrounding New Orleans. At the time it was built, it seemed as if the British forces crossing the lake would be held off by the fort, however the battlement proved to have been a…
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    Vivamost!

  • A perfect Master Class with Fatih Akin

    Véronique
    23 Nov 2014 | 11:59 pm
    The cheerful film director has much to say! During one hour during the 10th Zurich Film Festival and in front of a sold out crowd, Fatih Akin talks about his new movie “The Cut” and his work. The German director with Turkish origins, arrives at the festival tent looking so relaxed and with a tee-shirt […] The post A perfect Master Class with Fatih Akin appeared first on Vivamost!.
  • November 21st, 2014 – Photo of the week

    Véronique
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:49 am
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  • The Mercedes-Benz Fashion Days in Zurich

    Véronique
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:49 am
    The fifth edition of the Fashion Days in Zurich ended on Saturday night with some glamorous Swiss designer runways. During four days from November 12th-15th more than 25 national and international designers came to present their  Spring/Summer 2015 collections. 5000 people visited the shows at the Schiffbau in Zurich West. The highlights of the year were the Max Mara […] The post The Mercedes-Benz Fashion Days in Zurich appeared first on Vivamost!.
  • Zurich activities for families from Nov. 20th, 2014 until Jan. 2015

    Véronique
    18 Nov 2014 | 3:13 am
    On Thursday this week Lucy, the Zurich Christmas lights, will be turned on at 6 p.m. The Bahnhofstrasse will become the most beautiful street in Zurich. The best place to be is at Paradeplatz where you can also see the Christmas tree from Crédit Suisse. It will be the 10th year that the bank has its own tree […] The post Zurich activities for families from Nov. 20th, 2014 until Jan. 2015 appeared first on Vivamost!.
  • Flashback into the 50’s & 60’s with The Definitive Rat Pack show

    Véronique
    17 Nov 2014 | 9:50 am
     Live from Last Vegas with Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. Are you longing for an entertaining and warm-hearted show before the Christmas holidays? Then, don’t miss The Definitive Rat Pack show at the Maag Halle in Zurich. For two hours you are transported into the world of The Summit, who used to perform […] The post Flashback into the 50’s & 60’s with The Definitive Rat Pack show appeared first on Vivamost!.
 
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    Travelated

  • Top 10 Christmas Vacation Spots

    Emily
    15 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    by Margo Smith 1. Switzerland Plan to be in Switzerland in time for Advent, which begins 4 Sundays before Christmas Eve. Count down the days until Christmas as you spend about a month in this country of rugged mountain beauty, snow and breathtakingly beautiful outdoor scenes with quaint villages. Take pleasure in a traditional approach to the Yuletide season as you join in with the celebration of these days using candles instead of electric lights and hark back to old fashioned values of gathering around with family. 2. New Zealand New Zealand and any of its smaller islands is a wonderful…
  • Best Places for a Picnic in Chicago

    Alex
    20 Jan 2014 | 4:16 pm
    By David Wilson – Chicago has an excellent range of well maintained public parks and spaces but some of these are much better spots for a summer picnic than others. The perfect picnic needs beautiful weather, fine company, good food and a serene green space to enjoy. Here are some of Chicago’s best Welles Park 2333 W. Sunnyside Ave. Welles Park offers something for everyone to enjoy. There’s a fenced in dog free playground along with a more traditional open area. If you’re a couple then you could cozy up in a romantic gazebo or grab a serene spot on the lawn. At night the gazebo…
  • The 5 Strangest Airports in the World

    Alex
    16 May 2013 | 6:49 pm
    By Christy Faith – For most of the world’s 2.5 billion annual air travellers, airports are necessary evils. They’re the places we’re hassled by TSA officers, confused by ill-thought layouts, and bored by lengthy waits. But an airport visit needn’t drag if you visit one of these unusual terminals! Portugal’s Madeira Airport Offers Most Dangerous Landings Image via Flickr by futureshape Travelers take their life into their own hands when they land at Portugal’s Madeira Airport. Its island location, with the Atlantic Ocean on one side and volcanic…
  • Exploring Berlin’s East German Identity

    Alex
    29 Apr 2013 | 9:35 pm
    By Michael Bastin – The city of Berlin still struggles a bit with its identity – the difference between new and old, past and present, east and west. Yet, even with all the opposites in its makeup, Berlin makes it work. Within the city, one can experience all that Berlin has been and catch the spirit of the future within the present. However, even decades after reunification, the first thing many visitors think about is the ‘divided city’ and the difference between having lived in the west as opposed to living in the east. While younger generations of Berliners don’t think much…
  • Tips for Returning Home Happy After Vacation

    Alex
    25 Mar 2013 | 8:56 pm
    By Adam Price – Everything about a vacation is great, right? That is, until you go home to jeans that don’t fit because of too many margaritas and too few morning runs, a peeling, painful sunburn, and a wicked case of motion sickness from your cruise. Follow these tips for getting away from it all without letting yourself go and you’ll thank yourself when you’re back home. 1. Feeling relaxed doesn’t always equal low stress levels. Keep them in check by going on one or two short, ten-minute runs every day. Pack a running belt so you don’t lose your hotel key when out for a jog.
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    Business Travel Guru

  • Qantas Retro inspired Boeing 737 Photos

    Ben Hoffman
    19 Nov 2014 | 3:19 am
    A closer look at the retro themed livery of Qantas' latest Boeing 737-800 that will service domestic routes from next week
  • 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 […]
 
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    Bikedan in Asia

  • New Zealand: Around the Mountains Cycle Trail

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

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

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

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

    Bikedan
    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…
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  • Three Tantalizing Tallinn Day Trips

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

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

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

    Charlie
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    It’s late October and that can only mean one thing, the release of the travel press charts. We love seeing our destinations do well and this year is no exception. Lonely Planet Best in Travel for 2015 Picked by the guidebook company’s travel experts, the Lonely Planet Best in Travel lists are split into the top 10 cities, regions and countries in the world. On the Top 10 Cities list, the up-scale Austrian capital and frequent winner of standard-of-living comparisons Vienna comes in at number 8. For us a pleasant surprise was lovely Lithuania placing 3rd on the Top 10 Countries…
  • 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…
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    Context Travel Blog

  • Practical Facts: Understanding Beijing Pollution

    Sophie
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:14 am
    Blue skies over Tiananmen Square   Google “Beijing Pollution” and you’ll see what appear to be stills from Apocalypse Now. The air in Beijing is hazy, yes, but it’s not worth letting smog cancel your visit to China’s capital, home to the Forbidden City and the Great Wall of China, two of the world’s most visited tourist attractions. Here’s what you need to know about the pollution in Beijing and how to enjoy your trip despite it. Health risks According to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), “Particulate matter”, or PM, is…
  • The Imperial Women of Byzantium

    Ezgi Memis
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:41 am
    Istanbul bears witness to the accomplishments of remarkable women who lived centuries ago. Largely forgotten in modern times, they did much to shape the history of the Byzantine Empire, which endured for more than a thousand years and whose capital was known, fittingly, as the “Queen of Cities.” Visitors to Istanbul today can discover traces of their remarkable accomplishments. Docent Zachary S. Taylor, who leads our Byzantium on the Golden Horn walk, among others, shares with us some examples of these influential women. Portrait of Anicia Juliana ca. 512. Anicia Juliana is…
  • Docent Spotlight: Art Historian Lora Sariaslan

    Jessica Stewart
    17 Nov 2014 | 1:46 am
    Art historian Lora Sariaslan is a native of Istanbul, Turkey and has been working in our Amsterdam network since early 2014. Currently pursuing her PhD at the University of Amsterdam, Lora has curated exhibitions abroad and in Turkey, working as a curator at the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art (Istanbul Modern) and curating the 2nd Mardin Biennial. In 2011 she was selected to participate in the Japanese-Middle East curatorial exchange program and has been the Turkish National Correspondent to the European Museum Forum since December 2009. With her wide range of experience, we thought there…
  • Concepts of Ideal Beauty in Renaissance Florence

    Emily Urban
    13 Nov 2014 | 3:49 am
      Titian, Venus of Urbino, c. 1538, oil on canvas, Uffizi Have you ever wondered why the blonde-haired, blue-eyed woman is often considered the Western paradigm of ideal beauty?  For the answer we turn to Renaissance Florence and to the humanist and poet Francesco Petrarch. Upon meeting an enigmatic woman named Laura, Petrarch was so enraptured by her beauty that he dedicated much of his remaining life’s work to its praise. Le Canzoniere, or The Sonnets, a series of 366 poems written between 1327-1368, describe Laura and her charms, most famously her blonde hair, blue eyes, and pale…
  • Four Sites to Commemorate WWI in and around Paris

    Lily Heise
    11 Nov 2014 | 1:41 am
    2014 commemorates not only the 70th anniversary of D-Day, but also the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the WWI. Once referred to as the Great War, it was sadly not the war to end all wars. In many Europe countries, as well as those of the Commonwealth, November 11th, or Remembrance Day, is the date dedicated to commemorating both world wars. With this in mind, we’ve brought together the best sites in or near Paris to pay homage to our fallen and to learn more about these tremendously important historical events. Musée de l’Armée: Seen from the Front, Representations of the…
 
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    Go BIG or Go Home

  • Bird Kingdom, Niagara Falls, ON: World’s largest indoor free-flight aviary

    Traci Suppa
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:26 am
    Sure, you go to Niagara Falls to watch 225,000 cubic feet of water per second plummet nearly 200 feet into the gorge below. After taking in the scene for 15 minutes…then what? With kids in tow, you need a plan. Luckily, there is plenty to do in Niagara Falls, especially on the Canada side. One of our favorite attractions was Bird Kingdom, home to the world’s largest indoor free-flight aviary. You can easily spend an hour or more here, going through the three floors of exhibit space – themed as the “lost kingdom” home to hundreds of both bird and animal species. You set your own pace…
  • Rock City Park, Olean, NY: World’s largest exposure of quartz conglomerate

    Traci Suppa
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:15 am
    Our family is on a nature exploration kick lately, and no one is more surprised than me. It’s never really been our thing. Granted, we stick to “bunny slope” versions of hiking trails, and I don’t go anywhere without a backpack filled with antibacterial wipes and provisions for a potential week in the wild. Earlier this fall we scrambled over a mossy rock embankment to reach the Old Stone Church in Dover Plains, a town park in the Hudson Valley. Most recently, we explored Rock City Park, home to the world’s largest exposure of quartz conglomerate, in Olean, New York. It’s a…
  • 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…
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  • Make screening a breeze this winter

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

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

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

    Ayngelina
    28 Oct 2014 | 12:26 pm
      This post may not be a surprise to many of you as I have slowly started to introduce Chef Rouge into the fold. Bacon is Magic is different… and it has been for a long time.   April 1, 2010: The last photo of me in my old life. It was once the story of a girl in her 30s who left to find inspiration in Latin America, it’s now the story of a couple of food hunters who only want to eat when they travel…well actually Dave likes to see stuff but I’m just content to eat and drink.   He’s been behind the scenes for a while, taking most of the photos and…
  • Easy Halloween Treats in Under 5 Minutes

    Ayngelina
    26 Oct 2014 | 10:43 pm
    I’ll admit it. I’m not much of a Halloween fan. Maybe it’s because I can never think of a good costume or because I’m such a pansy I don’t like scary movies. There is only one thing I like about Halloween. Chocolate. It’s bite-sized so even when you eat the equivalent of six full chocolate bars you have none of the guilt. And this year I was surprised with a basket of chocolate bars with cute Halloween names like Coffin Crisp instead of Coffee Crisp. I ate almost all of it in two days. With the few remaining I asked Chef Rouge to make the recipe that came…
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  • Win a trip to Dubai, airfare and stay at a great hotel

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

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

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

    Michael Hodson
    17 Nov 2014 | 11:53 am
    Thanks for following and reading Overland Travel Adventures from Go, See, Write Taking A Different Type Of Cruise To See The Northern Lights One of the most popular items to feature on the bucket list of many people is to see the Northern Lights, and in Northern Norway the Aurora Borealis is a relatively common sight in the night sky. The green, yellow, red and violet lights are caused by particles entering the upper atmosphere, and it is only really at the higher latitudes that these spectacular sights can be enjoyed. Taking a cruise north to see these amazing sights with Hurtigruten is a…
  • How I saw 8,000 dead people in one morning

    Syd Schulz
    6 Nov 2014 | 11:35 pm
    Thanks for following and reading Overland Travel Adventures from Go, See, Write (Happy belated Halloween, ya’ll.) In the middle of Palermo, Italy, there is a church full of dead bodies. Technically they are mummies, but I don’t know about you, when I think mummies, I think Egyptian and, um, you know, actually mummified. Like, wrapped up in stuff and probably buried with lots of gold and their favorite horses and servants. The bodies in the Catacombs of the Cuppuccini in Palermo are not at all like that. First off, there are lots of them, and before this experience I sorta thought…
 
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  • Parenting: Lifetime Love and The myth of “18 Summers”

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

    Heather
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:27 am
    Use your Points: Travel Rewards = Winter Travel Getaways It’s November, many of us have already had the first snowfall (or two…sorry Buffalo) and the malls are decked out in their holiday finest. I’ve already had to shake my fist in a mall parking lot, slipped on a pool of water left behind from a child’s boot in the hallway and caught myself singing the carols. It’s time people. It’s time to book a getaway. Sometimes leaving before things go from happy & jolly to all “bah humbug” is exactly what the season demands. But what’s a girl…
  • Olde Bridge Place Bed & Breakfast Inn – Ontario Travel

    Heather
    13 Nov 2014 | 4:02 pm
    Olde Bridge Place Bed & Breakfast Inn – Ontario Travel Since returning from Italy in early September I’ve been quietly working away at stories, meeting with destinations and editors and doing the writing that doesn’t always get done when you’re living out of a suitcase. It’s been a different pace than I’m used to and I’ve been enjoying the time at home – even going so far as to play host to friends from Sweden last week. It didn’t take long, however, for the itchy foot syndrome to start up again. The problem is that the longer I’m home, the…
  • Sandals Foundation – Just One Photo – Reading Roadtrip – Jamaica

    Heather
    7 Nov 2014 | 3:20 pm
    I’ve been trying not to share this picture with you all day. I wanted to wait until I could tell you the whole story behind it, with the fact and figures it demands. But I can’t wait  anymore because the experience I had today was so incredible that I want to share it with you now, while it’s still fresh, while I’m still processing what I experienced . I want you to see it while I’m here. Here is Ocho Rios, Jamaica. I am here on a trip with a few other writers to explore the Sandals Foundation – the charitable arm of Sandals Resorts.  I’m staying at…
  • Globetrotting Kids: WE Day 2014 Rocks!

    Cameron
    3 Nov 2014 | 4:33 pm
    WE Day Rocks: Toronto 2014 Have you been to We Day? Well, I went last month and I’m going to show you what it was like with some pictures and writing. First, I will talk about how you get to We Day 2014 and what happens, then who I met there, and last what Empowerment is.   Get there | WE Day 2014 So, you can’t buy a ticket to We Day 2014. You have to earn it by doing good deeds for the environment (like We Bake For Change) or helping with charities like Me to We. You can also be invited if you’re media – like I was. There’s lots of security for We Day.
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  • Hot Tech Gifts Your Family Will Be Asking For This Year

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

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

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

    Jody Halsted
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:35 am
    Our explorations in Hendricks County were made possible in partnership with Visit Hendricks County.  Fall weekends are perfect for enjoying the outdoors. Though it is still warm during the day, the air holds the seasonal change in its every breath, cooling the evenings to a crispness ideal for light jackets. Autumn is my favorite time of the year, and my family found Hendricks County, Indiana, to be a wonderful host to the changing seasons. Fall Fun in Hendricks County Our fall fun began and ended at the Cottage at Natural Valley Ranch. This vacation rental was perfect for our family.
  • The Cottage at Natural Valley Ranch is a “Natural” Choice for Family Vacations in Hendricks County, Indiana

    Jody Halsted
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:26 am
    Our stay at the Cottage at Natural Valley Ranch was arranged in partnership with the Hendricks County CVB. There is just something about a farm cottage that immediately relaxes me. Maybe it’s the wrap around porch that I can all too easily imagine spending evenings relaxing on, listening to crickets chirp and birds twitter as the sun sets. The Cottage at Natural Valley Ranch Maybe it’s the idea of enjoying a cup of tea each morning in the company of a purring farm cat. Kitty waits on my private porch Or maybe it was just the quiet peacefulness that soothed my soul. Whatever the…
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  • Video: Vancouver Trump Hotel And Tower

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    27 Nov 2014 | 10:30 am
    Ivanka Trump says the unique twisting Trump tower designed by Canadian architect Arthur Erickson highlights Vancouver’s natural and urban features.
  • Philadelphia’s Volver Restaurant Offers Pre-paid Tickets

    Donna Sundblad
    27 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    The new Volver Restaurant opened in April at Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. Two weeks after opening, they had their first sold-out Saturday night. How did they achieve this level of success so quickly? You might think it has to do with the 15-course tasting menu, and while that’s part of it, it […]
  • Video: Sun Buggy Fun Rentals in Las Vegas, Nevada

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    26 Nov 2014 | 10:30 am
    Take a look at Sun Buggy fun rentals in Las Vegas in Nevada.
  • Ion Iceland’s Luxury Adventure Hotel

    Donna Sundblad
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    If you’re looking for a quiet getaway where you can commune with nature, but want a destination that offers outdoor adventure, Iceland’s Ion Luxury Adventure Hotel offers it all with a touch of opulence. Here you’ll be able to trek across an ancient glacier, immerse yourself in nature beneath the Northern Lights, dive in Silfra […]
  • Video: The World’s Worst Airports

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    25 Nov 2014 | 10:30 am
    We doubt you’ll be surprised by number 10! The annual list of the world’s worst airports was just released. Think the one closest to your home made the cut? Sean Dowling has the details.
 
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  • This Couple Is Traveling The World Making A Travel Video A Day

    Matt Stabile
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:44 pm
    365 days. 365 stories. 365 videos. It’s as simple as that, if by simple, you consider traveling the world, meeting locals and having them tell you interesting and unique stories, then sharing them by video one day at a time, simple. Amazingly, this is exactly what one Australian couple has set out to do. Comprised of Epiphany & Carl, the couple has set their ambitions high, and have so far been successful in their mission, making it through the U.S. and most of Europe thus far. The above video comes from Madrid, Spain, where the couple interviews Beleida, a performer at…
  • 3 Countries To Visit In 2015 If You Don’t Want To Be Lame

    Matt Stabile
    10 Nov 2014 | 6:43 pm
    Lonely Planet recently named Singapore their number one county to visit in 2015, which in it of itself is fine, except for the fact that it’s technically a city/state, right? That’s like saying my favorite food in the world is gum. While technically correct, it’s not exactly a satisfying an answer. (Actually, I don’t really chew that much gum — I’m more of a Werther’s Original guy, but that’s besides the point). They have some other good suggestions on the list as well, including Namibia, The Philippines and Nicaragua, all of which are worthy…
  • Book Excerpt: ‘The French House’ By Don Wallace

    Matt Stabile
    8 Nov 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The following is an excerpt from The French House: An American Family, a Ruined Maison, and the Village That Restored Them All, by Don Wallace. Chapter one Far Breton It’s another day in Kerbordardoué. Up at eight, before the others. The sun doesn’t set until nine thirty or ten during summer at this latitude, so it feels early. Treasuring the quiet, moving like a French Country Ninja, I put on the water, light the gas stove, quietly clean off the wineglasses, dessert plates, and empty bottles from last night. I ease open the window facing the dining table. A giant flowering bush pushes…
  • The Top 50 Travel Blogs (3rd Quarter: 2014)

    Matt Stabile
    1 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    Below is a list of the top 50 travel blogs for the 3rd quarter (July — September) of 2014 ranked by visitor traffic. There are a few other sites that have put together their own lists of the “top” travel blogs. However, each has their own subjective means of ranking sites, using everything from Alexa scores, Twitter followers, Facebook likes, estimated traffic, inbound Google links and even subjective design criteria. My intention was to create the most objective and accurate list of the most popular travel blogs. Therefore, this list is based solely on the number of visitors a…
  • The Buried Life Is Helping You To Start Crossing Things Off Your Bucket List: Here’s How

    Matt Stabile
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:54 pm
    Eight years ago, three friends and I (The Buried Life) made a “100 Things to Do Before You Die” list and decided to help people we met cross items off their own bucket list. We borrowed an RV, bought a camera on eBay, made matching t-shirts and hit the road for a two-week road trip. Since then we have traveled the world and crossed off items from our list such as: make a TV show (#53), write a New York Times best selling book (#19), play ball with Obama (#93) and ask millions of people the question, “What do you want to do before you die?” Over the last few years,…
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  • Dubai: A City of Superlatives

    Aaron
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:09 pm
    I never wanted to visit Dubai. I grew up in a very fake city (Las Vegas) so the thought of visiting another very fake city just wasn’t appealing to me. But when I jumped on a great flight deal from Emirates I found myself with a 5-day stopover in Dubai, so I figured I’d delve in to explore this ultramodern playground for the rich. An elaborate light fixture at an Arabic-themed section of Dubai Mall, the largest mall in the world. Thanks to CouchSurfing, I learned that (surprise, surprise), there’s more to Dubai than meets the eye. I stayed with an Iranian ex-pat who had lived in Dubai…
  • I’m Off on Another Adventure!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Happy Thanksgiving 2014

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    27 Nov 2014 | 8:12 am
    If you like this article, you'll find more to enjoy at Traveling with MJ - Practical travel information for practical travelers. I’m spending the day with family and friends, giving thanks for the opportunity to explore this big, beautiful world around us. I hope day is fabulous and full of blessings. Happy Thanksgiving! If you like this article, you'll find more to enjoy at Traveling with MJ - Practical travel information for practical travelers.       You might also likeSunday Stories for November 23, 2014Sunday Stories for November 16th, 2014Sunday…
  • Tuesday Deal Day: Holiday Getaway at Mandarin Oriental, San Francisco

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:58 am
    If you like this article, you'll find more to enjoy at Traveling with MJ - Practical travel information for practical travelers. The double Five-Star Mandarin Oriental, San Francisco invites guests to enjoy all that the City by the Bay has to offer this holiday season. From a festive family vacation to a romantic getaway, the hotel is pleased to offer travelers of all ages the ultimate holiday escape. Mandarin Oriental, San Francisco Festive Family Fun Package From the renowned Ferry Building to historic Ghirardelli Square, many of the city’s top attractions are within walking distance…
  • Recommended Thanksgiving Reading

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:45 am
    If you like this article, you'll find more to enjoy at Traveling with MJ - Practical travel information for practical travelers. AAA projects that 46.3 million people will travel at least 50 miles from home during the Thanksgiving weekend, the highest travel rate since 2007. I’ll be traveling just slightly more miles than that, and I’m loading up my Kindle Paperwhite with good reading to take along on the journey. I’m always keeping lists of things I’d like to read, and today I share these recommendations with you – whether you need something to keep your company while in transit,…
  • Sunday Stories for November 23, 2014

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    23 Nov 2014 | 8:52 am
    If you like this article, you'll find more to enjoy at Traveling with MJ - Practical travel information for practical travelers. The stress level has been high this past week, with an annual training class (always stress inducing), some family decisions needing to be made, and the holidays right around the corner. I’ve spend much of this weekend tuning out the real world, hunkering down in a good book (or two), and getting centered before jumping into Thanksgiving week. Despite the turmoil this week brought with it, I’m thankful daily for the many joys in my life. I hope you find…
  • Talking About Instagram

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:12 am
    If you like this article, you'll find more to enjoy at Traveling with MJ - Practical travel information for practical travelers. Let’s talk about Instagram. I love this photo sharing platform, and although I have no prowess as a photographer, I think my family, friends, and readers appreciate the moments I choose to share on Instagram. Some pics are hits, others misses, but my Instagram stream is a synopsis of my day-to-day life and experiences, interspersed with some highlights from the past. Here are a few of my most popular photos shared on Instagram last month (October).
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    Cellar Tours Blog

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Meteora: Calling All Adventure Seeking Monks

    Laurel
    12 Nov 2014 | 6:00 pm
    The original can be found here: Meteora: Calling All Adventure Seeking Monks. Please read the original.Meteora is home to some of the world's most adventure-seeking monks! They have to rock climb over 300 vertical meters to reach the monasteries!Monkeys and Mountains - Adventure seeker and explorer by day, luxury seeker by night
  • Wielkopolski National Park in Poland

    Laurel
    11 Nov 2014 | 7:35 am
    The original can be found here: Wielkopolski National Park in Poland. Please read the original.Wielkopolski National Park is a popular getaway for Poznan locals! If I lived in Poznan, I’d be there every weekend! Located just 15km south of Poznan, Wielkopolski is easily reached by bus or train (the Poznan to Wroclaw line), or you could even cycle there for more of a work out. There are two look […]Monkeys and Mountains - Adventure seeker and explorer by day, luxury seeker by night
  • Sigirya: The Lion Rock Where Monkeys and Mountains Meet

    Laurel
    8 Nov 2014 | 6:46 am
    The original can be found here: Sigirya: The Lion Rock Where Monkeys and Mountains Meet. Please read the original.When I first told a friend I was going to Sri Lanka, her first question was Are you going to climb that rock? That rock, she was referring to is called Sigiriya Rock, or Lion Rock. It’s the most visited historic site in Sri Lanka and one of the country’s eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites. […]Monkeys and Mountains - Adventure seeker and explorer by day, luxury seeker by night
  • The Number One Bird Watching Spot in Finland

    Laurel
    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

    Laurel
    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
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    i-escape travel blog

  • Easy Escapes for December

    Melissa
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:33 am
    December is the one month a year when it’s genuinely delightful (even desirable!) to wake up to frosty mornings, wrap up in layers, and warm your evenings with a roaring fire. Festive decorations and delicious eggnog just don’t work in the blazing sunshine, so why fight the wintry weather?! We’ve scoured the globe for great prices, so all you have to do is book*. Secure your accommodation through i-escape, then follow our recommendations for travel, and voila! It’s time to start packing… A British break – £130 per person (2 nights, 14-16 December) The Seven Sisters Escape…
  • Escape of the Week… The Grazing Goat

    Lyndon
    23 Nov 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Within a 5-minute walk of Marble Arch and near many of London’s most stylish shops, you’ll find a friendly slice of England’s countryside in The Grazing Goat – or at least a slightly more cosmopolitan version, with open fires, oak panelling and a fantastic restaurant to boot. This small boutique pub with rooms is ideal for a wintry visit to the capital for a spot of Christmas shopping or to catch a show, particularly as it’s a wonderfully peaceful bolthole to get back to at the end of the day. With friendly staff, a buzzy bar and a hidden-away location, it feels like a…
  • Top 5 Art Hotels

    Lyndon
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:00 pm
    To welcome the stunning Artist Residence London to our collection of quirky boutique stays, we’ve rounded up a selection of hotels with an art-themed aesthetic. From Brazilian sculpture walks to eccentric Cotswold boltholes full of vivid canvases, these  spots are ideal for the artistically inclined.   Artist Residence London, Pimlico, London Though subtler than sister hotel Artist Residence Cornwall, the latest addition to the Artist Residence collective offers a trendy foray into the world of innovative design. From the original Eine artworks and vintage inspired bathrooms to the…
  • Just back from… the South of France

    Emily
    18 Nov 2014 | 11:00 pm
    This summer, Editorial Assistant Emily and her boyfriend Kristian embarked on an epic 400km drive across the South of France in order to check out some new hotels and visit some old favourites. They travelled across 3 regions, ate 2 Michelin-starred meals and had one hell of a time – all in the name of bringing you the best boutique boltholes, of course! France truly is timeless. I’m always bowled over by the unique personalities of every region, but there’s always something universally French, too; perhaps it’s the bustling markets, enticing bakeries, quaint boutiques and…
  • Family Escape of the Month… Culloden Cove, Jamaica

    Lyndon
    16 Nov 2014 | 11:00 pm
    We welcome numerous slices of heaven to the i-escape roster every year, but they don’t always boast the child-friendly credentials of beautiful Culloden Cove. In fact, this staffed villa and cottage for 4-12, complete with a private beach and gorgeous gardens, is so well equipped for families that it won the title of ‘Best Newcomer’ in our 2014 Kids Awards It’s easy to see what makes Culloden Cove so special. There are ample provisions for smaller children and babies, while older kids will love the sea-view pool, Eden-like gardens and private beach with its shallow water. The…
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    Wayfaring Wanderer

  • 12 Tips for Taking Awesome Family Holiday Photos w/ Wayfaring Wanderer | Boone Photographer

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

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

    14 Nov 2014 | 9:05 am
    "You must have the patience of a saint!" Alyce proclaimed. "I promise you, it's not the first time I've had to deal with something like that! It happens pretty often." I assured her.We both couldn't help but laugh as we recalled the full-body tantrums that their two-year-old toddler, Kelby, was having during our family photo session earlier this week at Bass Lake in Blowing Rock, NC.I got to see the kid-free couple the next night at Speakeasy Tattoo's Annual Beard & Moustache Competition so we recounted the ups and downs with beers in-hand.In all honesty, I'm used to headstrong…
  • Kim + Dennis' Linville Falls Engagement Adventure | Boone NC Engagement Photographer

    6 Nov 2014 | 10:26 am
    Just one day after Dennis proposed, I received an email from Kim inquiring about engagement photos. They wanted to go back to the spot where he popped the question and was wondering if Linville Falls was a place I would consider going.I eagerly emailed her back with a response and told her how much I love hiking there myself, and that working with adventurous folks is what I do so this type of engagement photography was right up my alley!We couldn't have asked for better weather on the day of their engagement pictures. It was unseasonably warm for this time of year but it made for a beautiful…
  • Share the Wander Photo Contest and Mini-Session Giveaway | NC Family Photographer

    3 Nov 2014 | 1:30 pm
    We've already received our first snow of the season here in Boone and as a result I'm already feeling the Christmas spirit, so I've decided to host a few fun giveaways this year to show my appreciation for all of the amazing supporters I have in this community. Your referrals and kind words mean so much to me and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for making this the BEST year yet, so this is my way of giving back! Want to WIN a session with Wayfaring Wanderer? Keep reading!This contest will be for a 30-minute Short + Sweet Session (valued at $299)STEP 1 - Share an image from any family…
 
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    Travel Nonu

  • The perfect family friendly tourist destinations of the world

    Kavitha Joseph
    3 Nov 2014 | 1:14 am
    All of us long for a family vacation, especially after the hectic and strenuous work life. It is very important to have family vacations. This helps kids to spend quality time with their parents, open up their thoughts and to stay rooted to family values. When an individual plans a family vacation it is very […]
  • 10 Best Things to Do to Enjoy Delhi’s Night Life

    admin
    27 Oct 2014 | 3:14 am
    New Delhi, the capital city of India, is not a true night city. Though there are places you can visit in night to make your every night in Delhi the best one. Other than good night clubs offered by the big hotel chains like Taj, Le Meridian etc., there are other options also to hit […]
  • Rocking nightlife of Bangalore

    Kavitha Joseph
    21 Apr 2014 | 1:47 am
    Bangalore has always carved a niche for itself for its nightlife. Bangalore is often called as the “Pub capital of India”. There are over 800 night clubs, pubs and lounges in Bangalore. The city has seen a high increase in the pub culture, post the city was named as the IT hub. The city sees […]
  • Commercial street – Undisputable shopping haven of Bangalore

    Kavitha Joseph
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:26 pm
    Bangalore is the largest city and the capital of Karnataka. This city has undergone a huge change in the past few decades. The transformation can be owed to the, influx of people from all over India coming to the city and making Bangalore, the place of choice for their work and home. Even a visit […]
  • Delhi’s Three Popular Unusual Nightlife Hangouts

    Kavitha Joseph
    25 Mar 2014 | 5:56 am
    Delhi the capital city of India is growing in popularity for its nightlife. The natives of the city and also tourists from all over the Country and globally come to this fascinating city to experience its nightlife. The best part of Delhi is that each corner of the city portrays a different image and it […]
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    buzztrips.co.uk

  • Seven Quirks in the Canary Islands

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

    Andy
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:34 am
    Nr. 632 – A – 4824 Gosau, Austria It had been an exhilarating day hiking in the Dachstein Mountains from Zwieselalm to Stühlalm including some nervous moments as we traversed sheer slopes of slippery scree atop high mountain ridges. Back at Hotel Gosauerhof, we sank a well earned beer on the terrace and watched the Gosaukamm Mountains as the sun began to set on another perfect day’s hiking. Later that evening, as the dessert dishes were being cleared away,  Brigitte poured all the guests a shot of schnapps and Anni left the kitchen to join us all in the dining room for a…
  • Men in Lycra and Braggies, WTM Travel Market Trends 2014

    Jack
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:50 am
    Tourist industry reports prepared for the World Travel Market in London in November each year usually throw up interesting revelations and trends. Some are unexpected, some confirm what we already suspected and some are just curious. This year sees the rise of braggies, peer-to-peer bookings and MAMILs. Whether you’re a traveller or involved in the industry there are some interesting developments taking shape. Travelling Trends United Kingdom 70% of Brits have taken at least one holiday in 2014. If anything is going to be sacrificed for economic reasons, it won’t be the holiday.
  • Aloe Vera, Fuerteventura’s Lily of the Desert

    Andy
    14 Nov 2014 | 5:35 am
    Descending from the perfect crater rim of Gairía volcano and traversing the rough fields of Malpaís Chico, we emerge onto a ridge. To our right lie the scattered white, single storey houses of the hamlet of Tiscamanita and to our left, the bruised mountains of Montaña de la Goma, Morro de los Halcones and Agudo brood. Ahead of us, emblazoned on our retinas in the intense midday sun, is the beautiful and mesmerizing sight of hundreds of thousands of Lily of the Desert plants in full bloom. These are the interminable fields of Barbadensis Miller Aloe Vera plants which fill the horizon, their…
  • Visions of Camargue

    Jack
    12 Nov 2014 | 10:09 am
    It’s a dangerous place Camargue. Full of glowering gypsies, fleeing scientists, untrustworthy gastronomes and the occasional British spy. A place where if men on snowy white steeds aren’t chasing you across the wetlands, angry bulls are. That’s the picture that was etched into a boy’s overactive imagination by Alistair MacLean and a dodgy novel called Caravan to Vaccares. I knew it was all nonsense, but the notion Camargue was a mysterious and slightly dangerous place lingered. It’s the same with Marseilles. The wonderful thing was the reality didn’t…
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    Gay Travel Information (and more)!

  • Gay Friendly Company- Morey’s Piers Holiday Sale

    gaytravelinformation
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:40 am
    Morey’s Piers’ Holiday Sale Offers the Best Deals of the Season on Ride Passes, Water Park Admissions, and More! The Wildwoods, NJ – November 25, 2014 – Gift givers looking to impress the thrill seekers and wave chasers on their list need look no further. Starting December 1, 2014 through January 9, 2015, Morey’s Piers & Beachfront … Continue reading →
  • Gay Friendly Business Spotlight – Tipsy Elves

    gaytravelinformation
    22 Nov 2014 | 12:14 pm
    TIPSY ELVES - Not Your Typical Sweater Store We first discovered Tipsy Elves last year (you can read our spotlight HERE). We have been head-over-heels since!  Tipsy Elves offers a wide variety of brand new, never worn ugly Christmas sweaters that are sure to make you the hot topic at any Ugly Christmas Sweater Party … Continue reading →
  • White OUT Gay Ski Weekend – Sunday River, Maine

    gaytravelinformation
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:48 am
    White Out Weekend February 6-8, 2015 Thrill, entertain, amuse, seduce: All synonyms for “wow.” At Sunday River, we’re so devoted to wowing you that we took an entire weekend and called it WOW! We’re proud to host White Out Weekend (WOW) in association with OutRyders, New England’s largest GLBTQ ski and snowboard club. Sunday River brings eight … Continue reading →
  • Gay Friendly Hotel Spotlight: Fairway Suites at Peek ‘N’ Peak Resort – Clymer, NY

    gaytravelinformation
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:28 am
    Fairway Suites at Peek’ N’ Peak Resort / 1433 Conway Road / Clymer, NY / 1-716-355-5014 Luxurious Vacations in Four Seasons of Fun!  The Fairway Suites is ideally located within walking distance to golfing, dining and skiing available at the Peek’ n Peak Resort in Clymer, NY. In addition, gay friendly Fairway Suites is the perfect location … Continue reading →
  • Detours Gay Adventure Travel

    gaytravelinformation
    14 Nov 2014 | 6:49 am
    DETOURS GAY ADVENTURE TRAVEL  Detours is not your average group tour operator.  If the idea of a clipboard-wielding tour guide at the front of a 50-person bus barrelling through 15 countries in 10 days makes you cringe then Detours may be just what you’re looking for.  They’ve done away with restricting daily itineraries and daily … Continue reading →
 
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    Fodor's Travel Wire

  • 10 Off-Beat Hotels Around the U.S.

    news@fodors.com
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:15 pm
    Leave your typical routine on the curb as you check in at one of these wildly creative destination hotels, where your room becomes the main attraction. From a treehouse, to a jail cell, to a stationed cruise ship, you’ve never spent the night in more imaginative surroundings. Here are 10 off-beat hotels around the country to make your next stay away from home a memorable one. By Zachary Laks
  • 5 Reasons to Visit North Wales

    news@fodors.com
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:00 pm
    With its dramatic scenery, charming villages, and surprisingly creative food scene, it's a mystery why visitors to Great Britain still often overlook Wales for its cousins Scotland and England. Many who do choose to experience the Welsh lifestyle stick to southern cities like Cardiff and Swansea, but the smart traveler will head north to explore the fierce beauty and delicious natural bounty there, all while avoiding the crowds found elsewhere in Britain (you're on your own navigating around all those sheep, though). Here are five reasons to make North Wales the top spot on your…
  • Paris's 20 Best Barista Cafes

    news@fodors.com
    24 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Coffee lovers take note: Paris has finally escaped its slump and joined the 21st century. An ambitious group of native and expat roasters and baristas are more than making up for lost time, serving up meticulously sourced, roasted, and crafted coffees of a quality to rival any in the world. New cafés are opening all the time, but the ones listed here represent Paris's best, covering a wide swath of neighborhoods and featuring a variety on sensibilities, from intimate and homey to streamlined and designed. All offer top-quality, often inspired, gourmet menus along…
  • Black Friday/Cyber Monday 2014: The Best Travel Deals

    news@fodors.com
    24 Nov 2014 | 10:45 am
    Thanksgiving Weekend is a great time to snag deals not only on holiday gifts, but also on travel: Hotels and resorts around the world are offering incredible booking incentives like complimentary gifts and on-site activities plus major discounts on rooms. If you yearn to escape to a warm locale to break up the cold winter months ahead, browse around online, look up your dream destinations, and see what kinds of deals you can find. To help you out, here are some of our favorite Black Friday and Cyber Monday travel deals: Mexico • Book a room at the all-suites…
  • 10 Places to Go This Winter

    news@fodors.com
    22 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    Winter may not have officially arrived just yet, but the time to start planning your next vacation is now. There are plenty of winter festivals on the horizon, as well as important anniversaries: In 2015, Switzerland will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the scaling of the Matterhorn, while America’s oldest city will the mark the 450th anniversary of its founding. Whether you’re looking for a warm-weather escape or the ski trip of a lifetime, you’ll find inspiration on our list of the top 10 destinations to visit this winter. By Michael Alan Connelly Michael Alan Connelly…
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    Mallory On Travel

  • Finding Accommodation with Villas.com

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

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

    Iain
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:05 pm
    IainIainMallory The clouds that give the forests of Monteverde, their name were rolling in, as the last drops of colour leaked from the evening sky, the first rumbles of thunder were heard. The sun had played hide and seek in the dense clouds, providing a spectacular light show, as it peeked out from every gap, adding […] The post Storm Watching in Costa Rica appeared first on Mallory On Travel.MalloryOnTravel
  • My Top Travel Experiences of 2014

    Iain
    17 Nov 2014 | 2:14 pm
    IainIainMallory As the year comes to an end, it’s traditional to review the year, and share the best moments. I’ve often been accused of being premature (don’t ask), so it’s possibly appropriate that I jump the gun, and recall a few memories which made 2014 an especially good year. This may be a risky strategy, the year still […] The post My Top Travel Experiences of 2014 appeared first on Mallory On Travel.MalloryOnTravel
  • A Culture of Hospitality at Ksan Historical Village and Museum

    Iain
    16 Nov 2014 | 11:43 am
    IainIainMallory After taking a short detour to see the Totems of Kitwanga, and several unscheduled photographic pauses along the way, the drive from Smithers to Prince Rupert was taking slightly longer than planned. Arriving at the Ksan Historical Village, and Museum, near the Hazeltons, my curiosity was immediately piqued, this seemed one detour well worth taking. The […] The post A Culture of Hospitality at Ksan Historical Village and Museum appeared first on Mallory On Travel.MalloryOnTravel
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    FareCompare » Tips & Advice

  • Six Airline Fees Worth the Money

    Rick Seaney
    18 Nov 2014 | 11:31 am
    It’s holiday time. If you’ll be flying, you paid plenty for your ticket. The last thing you need are more airline fees. But before you shut your wallet, take a look at the following fees; they’re not expensive and they could make your life a whole lot easier. Sometimes it pays to pay a little more. But don’t pay this fee – the worst one ever. 1. Cut-in-line fees That’s what I call early boarding fees and whether you’re traveling solo, with little kids or seniors or just want to board early while there’s still bin space for your carry-on, this…
  • Southwest Airlines: Best Time to Buy Cheap Airline Tickets

    Rick Seaney
    10 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Editor’s note: We updated this popular post as of Nov. 11, 2014 with new, easy-to-use information. One thing that hasn’t changed is our mission: to help you save money every time you shop for airfare. The cheapest day to shop for airfare is generally Tuesdays (at 3 p.m. eastern time) and this is true for most U.S. airlines. If you’re looking for deals on Southwest, here’s what else you need to know. Always Compare Southwest Prices Southwest does not sell its fare anywhere except on Southwest.com. If you want to see Southwest prices, go there – then compare…
  • How to Avoid Getting Sick on a Plane

    Rick Seaney
    10 Nov 2014 | 9:45 am
    Most of us don’t get sick on planes. But, it happens – and with cold and flu season coming up, it could pay to take a few extra precautions. NOTE: I’m no doctor so consult a health care professional if you have any big worries, especially if traveling to a country where dangers lurk. If you’ll be flying in and out of regions where Ebola is a concern, please read this fact sheet from the U.S. State Department. LISTEN: More ‘stay healthy’ tips from Rick. Protect Yourself from Common Bugs There are a lot of things you can do – to protect yourself and…
  • Finding Last-Minute Deals for Thanksgiving: It’s All About the Return Date

    Rick Seaney
    4 Nov 2014 | 8:19 am
    Still don’t have your Thanksgiving airline tickets yet? Shop now but as you shop, pay special attention to your itinerary’s return date. That is the key to saving money. LISTEN: Airfare expert Rick Seaney’s latest ways to save. Thanksgiving: Best and Worst Dates to Fly There is no such thing as a good deal at Thanksgiving (Nov. 27). Your only hope lies in finding the best of the bad deals. Best deals: Return on the Friday after Thanksgiving (Nov. 28), the Saturday after (Nov. 29) or the Monday after (Dec. 1). Worst deals: Most expensive fares are typically found in the…
  • 5 Unexpected Things that Can Ruin a Flight. Don't Let That Happen.

    Rick Seaney
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:28 am
    Don’t let unexpected snags ruin a trip during the upcoming holidays – or any time. We’ve got solutions for problems you can fix and coping mechanisms for those you can’t. LISTEN: Travel expert Rick Seaney’s been there. Oh, has he ever. 1. Lost ID Ever done this? As you approach the TSA airport security line, you reach into pocket or purse and – no driver’s license. Where did it go? More importantly, how will you get through security without your precious ID? What you can do: TSA officers are used to this and have a procedure which involves pulling you…
 
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    The World on Wheels

  • London, England - 2006

    Darryl Musick
    24 Nov 2014 | 4:30 am
    London…our first experience into Europe is now starting to feel familiar and comfortable as we make our way back for a third time. Just for a few nights as we are tacking this on to the end of our trip to the South of France.Just about every winter, around February, British Airways offers a great discounted deal that includes 2 free nights in a London hotel. We take advantage of this and buy our tickets early for a June trip and choose the Jury’s Inn in Chelsea for our free nights. We add one more night on our own dime so we can have a little time to enjoy the city.Today, we are…
  • The Cocktail Hour - Hurricane

    Darryl Musick
    23 Nov 2014 | 4:30 am
    Below is the video for the Hurricane but read the recipe at the bottom for an extra ingredient that made it much better.The Hurricane is the classic New Orleans drink.  Sold in take-out windows so you can drink while perusing the French Quarter, it's a very tasty thirst quencher.  It's also quite potent.  Many of the recipes I found called for up to six different spirits (yikes!), so I experimented a little before coming up with this lighter version...that is if you can still call something with two shots of rum in each drink light.In the video above, I used a different…
  • French Riviera

    Darryl Musick
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:30 am
    We’re a bit nervous. For some strange reason, I took the bait and bought airline tickets that would give the three of us, including Tim in the wheelchair, a scant 45 minutes to change planes here in Munich smack in the middle of the World Cup crowds coming to the airport (Germany was host to the event in 2006). We are told that would have to include going to the terminal and going through passport control. Our plane is parked far away from the terminal, at the outer reaches of the apron, with about a dozen other aircraft. How are we ever to pull this off?We’ve already been traveling 20…
  • ACCESSIBLE ATTRACTIONS: Munich, Germany

    Darryl Musick
    19 Nov 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 Munich, Germany...Viktulienmarkt - Partially Accessible. The market and beer garden are accessible. The lines through the snack bars might be…
  • THE COCKTAIL HOUR: Cafe de Playa

    Darryl Musick
    16 Nov 2014 | 4:30 am
    It's Blooper Reel week here on The Cocktail Hour!  Not really, but you will see a major prop malfunction in the video below (what happens when whipped cream isn't whipped?  Find out below). It's getting colder now and we're going to go with a hot drink.  Cold means 58 degrees mid-afternoon here in Southern California, but it's also very windy today and we need something hot if we're going to sit out on the patio.Watch the Video!Today, it's the Cafe de Playa, which means beach coffee in Spanish.  If you're on a cold beach this winter (which can be very fun...if you have a…
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    Teen Travel Talk

  • Gas Works Park in Seattle, Washington

    Hye Sung
    23 Nov 2014 | 6:53 pm
    One of my favorite things about Seattle is the abundance of parks. There are literally dozens of parks, hundred of acres worth of them, in this city. My absolute favorite has to be Gas Works Park. These 19.1 acres of public park are located where the Seattle Gas Light Company gasification plant was once located. In fact, some ruins from the plant are still present and even incorporated into the park. It’s history and their current innovations accommodating to their history’s remnants make it this park very quirky and bizarre,  and the Seattle Times called it ”easily the…
  • San Francisco Zoo

    Briza
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:46 pm
    As you guys probably know, I love San Francisco… I’ve talked about the amazing park with the concrete slide, the incredible interactive museum, the world famous Fisherman’s Wharf, and the delicious chocolate factory! But there’s more! There’s always more! This time I went to the zoo!   First off, its huge. There are so many different animals, ones I didn’t even know existed! My family and I had fun walking around trying to spot all of the animals. My favorite was the tiger (who was actually active and walking around–kind of intimidating, but…
  • Savory Providence

    Joshua Goldstein
    15 Nov 2014 | 5:35 pm
    Hello all again! What started out as a normal trip to visit colleges in New England turned into something much more rewarding. Upon arrival at Providence, Rhode Island, I was greeted with long, narrow, cobblestone roads and century-old brick buildings that alluded to the colonial period. The verdant trees consisting of an array of colors were attracting to every citizen. It was as if a giant rainbow had become three dimensional for everyone to enjoy. Walking down the quaint streets, I smelled the savory scents from the restaurants adjacent to each other. One extremely memorable restaurant was…
  • Favorite Travel Hacks

    Briza
    6 Nov 2014 | 2:23 pm
    Courtesy of Pinterest! There are so many things that could make your travelling life easier. If only you knew these before! These are just a few of my favorite things I learned, thanks to Pinterest! Put a dryer sheet at the bottom of your luggage to make your laundry smell fresh! Lost your charger, or forget it at home? Luckily, if you’re staying at a hotel, people have left their chargers there and they always have a spare. Just ask!   For girls–Bobby pins are always getting lost, right? If you put them in your makeup bag, they immediately get lost or its hard to find them.
  • A Perfect Saturday Afternoon in Downtown Portland

    Hye Sung
    2 Nov 2014 | 9:29 pm
    First off, let it be known that I am talking about Portland, Oregon and not Portland, Maine. The former was actually named after the latter in 1845. Portland, Oregon, though, seems to be getting a tad bit more airtime than his Maine namesake. Young adults are flooding in to Portland attracted to its, dare I say, “hipster” culture, made hyper-popular by the IFC show “Portlandia”. This city has been enthusiastically, but perhaps a little more quietly, brewing Portlandian culture for quite awhile now, and has been growing steadily the past 15-20 years. That being said,…
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  • Share Your Packing and Gear Knowledge: Write for Packsmith

    Fred Perrotta
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:36 am
    Most people dread packing, but you love it. You are a meticulous list maker. You have a strong opinion on the best brand of socks. You could pack for a weeklong trip while blindfolded. You love the articles on this blog but know you can do ever better. If that sounds like you, join us and share your knowledge with other travelers. We are looking for paid freelance writers to contribute to Packsmith, the Tortuga Backpacks’ blog. At Tortuga Backpacks, our mission is to help people take amazing trips. Packsmith supports this goal by helping travelers decide what to bring and how to pack it.
  • Packing for 12 Days in the Tortuga Air

    Fred Perrotta
    6 Nov 2014 | 6:04 am
    Earlier this week, I returned from a 12-day trip to China. There I met with our suppliers and attended the Canton Fair, a massive import/export trade show. As a personal challenge, I packed for my trip in only the Tortuga Air. We usually recommend the Air for short trips, from one to three nights. I wanted to show an example of extreme light packing and to demonstrate that you can travel indefinitely even in a small bag. This approach isn’t for everyone, but perhaps you can find a more sensible middle ground for yourself. Today’s post will outline what I packed for the 12 day trip…
  • We’re Hiring. Work With Us and Our Awesome Customers.

    Fred Perrotta
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:20 am
    Applications are now closed. Thank you for your interest. We will be posting more opportunities in the future. Keep an eye here and on our jobs page. Do you love to travel and, more importantly, talk about travel? Have you ever helped someone else plan a trip? Are you the go-to source of travel info for your friends? Then we want you to join our team as a Concierge. You’ll help fellow travelers choose the right gear and ensure they have a great trip. But first, a bit of information about us. Why Tortuga Backpacks? We are a small, fast-growing company that’s just starting to hit its…
  • The Road to Location Independence: How to Find Remote Jobs

    Fred Perrotta
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    For those of us running our own online businesses, like Tortuga Backpacks, location independence is (relatively) easy. With my laptop and a WiFi connection, I’ve worked from London for a month, taken a workcation to Mexico, and am now headed back in Guangzhou, China for two weeks. Even if you wouldn’t use your freedom to travel constantly, having the option to travel when and for how long you want to is empowering. What if you don’t own a business? What if your employer doesn’t allow for remote work? We’re here to help. You can find plenty of information online about finding work at…
  • 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…
 
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    Panoramic Earth

  • Flinders Ranges Farming Country (Flinders Ranges)

    27 Nov 2014 | 2:44 am
    Flinders Ranges Farming Country - Flinders Ranges visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Flinders Ranges Farming Country' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from South Australia.Panorama photographed by klaus mayer who wrote:Panorama of hilly outback farming country near Hawker in the Flinders Ranges region of South Australia.
  • Big City Sleep at Old Spittlefied Market (London)

    23 Nov 2014 | 5:21 am
    Big City Sleep at Old Spittlefied Market - London visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Big City Sleep at Old Spittlefied Market' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Greater London.Panorama photographed by Peter Watts who wrote:Panorama showing Old Spittlefield Market at the beginning of the Big City Sleep fundraising event which I went to to raise money for the work ABC Trust is doing with street children in Brazil. This area was where 50 or so people would sleep out for the night.
  • Furka Pass with snow (Gletsch)

    18 Nov 2014 | 11:47 am
    Furka Pass with snow - Gletsch visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Furka Pass with snow' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Wallis.Panorama photographed by isabel Marques who wrote:[[10829,Furka Pass with snow]]
  • Furka Pass - Another View (Furka Pass)

    18 Nov 2014 | 11:41 am
    Furka Pass - Another View - Furka Pass visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Furka Pass - Another View' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Uri.Panorama photographed by isabel Marques who wrote:[[10829,Furka Pass - Another View]]
  • Furkablick (Furka Pass)

    18 Nov 2014 | 11:41 am
    Furkablick - Furka Pass visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Furkablick' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Uri.Panorama photographed by isabel Marques who wrote:Furkablick The [[10796,Furka Pass]] connects [[10800,Gletsch]] in [[58,Canton Wallis]] with [[10833,Andermatt]] in the Canton of [[10836,Uri]] in Switzerland, is one of the most impressive Alpine passes at an altitude of 2431 meters. On the side of Valais is located in the [[10806,Rhone Glacier]], which is born in the [[10802,Rhone River]]. With a spectacular…
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  • Happy Thanksgiving from Disneyland Park

    admin
    27 Nov 2014 | 10:01 am
    Holidays at the Disneyland Resort may have started November 13, but our autumn colors are in full force right alongside the Christmas trees and tinsel. I wanted to show you this lovely photo taken by Disneyland Chief Photographer, Paul Hiffmeyer, showing golden autumn leaves against the icy slopes of the Matterhorn. All of us here at the Disneyland Resort wish you and your loved ones a happy Thanksgiving. Happy Thanksgiving from Disneyland Park by Erin Glover: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog
  • Happy Thanksgiving from the Disney Parks Blog Team

    admin
    27 Nov 2014 | 6:01 am
    Happy Thanksgiving! It may be a holiday weekend, but our authors have a few fun surprises to share with you right here over the next few days, including a new Disney Parks Blog wallpaper, another live stream announcement, and more. And those of you who can’t wait to indulge in Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping over the next few days can find everything you need to know about Disney Parks deals in this post by Steven from earlier in the week. We hope you have a wonderful holiday weekend! Happy Thanksgiving from the Disney Parks Blog Team by Jennifer Fickley-Baker: Originally posted on…
  • Every Role a Starring Role – Hotel Programs Coordinator

    admin
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:01 pm
    Did you know that guests staying at any of the three Disneyland Resort hotels have an opportunity to participate in fun, exclusive activities? Hotel Programs Coordinator Dave Lay and his team work together to create and facilitate these unique experiences for our hotel guests, including learning to drawing Mickey Mouse and morning power walks through Disney California Adventure park, before it’s open to day guests! Watch how Dave leads hotel guests through these one-of-a-kind activities in this “Every Role a Starring Role!” Every Role a Starring Role – Hotel Programs…
  • Real Super Heroes at the Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon at the Disneyland Resort

    admin
    26 Nov 2014 | 2:00 pm
    I love runDisney finish lines. Short of running and crossing myself, there is no place I would rather be during an event weekend. The shouts of joy, tears of happiness and the pure emotion of runners achieving their goals is amazing. Although it is exciting to see the winners and top finishers cross, it’s the runners in the middle of the pack and at the end of the race where I find the most inspiration. For many of these athletes, and yes they are athletes, it is their first race. They set a goal, trained hard and are now experiencing one of the greatest accomplishments in their lives.
  • Celebrate Thanksgiving With A Disney Parks Turkey Leg Wallpaper

    admin
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Just in time for Thanksgiving Day, we have our latest holiday-inspired Disney Parks Blog wallpaper. The art features one of our famous theme park turkey legs and Disney Artist Jeff Maurer created it so you can spruce up your smartphone or computer for the big day. Be sure to check out the terms of use about using the wallpaper before you download it. And check out our complete gallery of wallpapers on our special wallpaper page. Celebrate Thanksgiving With A Disney Parks Turkey Leg Wallpaper by Thomas Smith: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog
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  • Black Friday Special: A Year of Unlimited Premium Themes

    Ran
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Our Black Friday special is a great way to get your blog ready for the new year. This weekend, every purchase of WordPress.com Premium will include a free year of unlimited access to all our premium themes — a $120 USD value — so you can use any theme at no extra cost. The special sale starts just after midnight on Friday, November 28th, and ends just before midnight, on Monday, December 1st, for all time zones. That’s right: this year, our offer will go live on Black Friday and remain in effect through Cyber Monday, and will be available on these dates across the globe,…
  • Explore Longform with Writing 201

    Michelle W.
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    We often think of blog posts as being just a few paragraphs long, or being a “less serious” kind of writing. Not so! In this challenge, we’ll focus on writing longform pieces that are equally at home on your blog or in a magazine. Whether you have trouble organizing your thoughts in longer pieces of writing or simply want to challenge yourself as a blogger, Writing 201: Beyond the Blog Post can help. What is Writing 201: Beyond the Blog Post? Writing 201: Beyond the Blog Post is a four-week course to help those beginning to explore longform writing (or who are frustrated…
  • Just Released: New Blogging U. Ebooks

    Ben Huberman
    10 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Our recent Writing 101 and Writing 201 Blogging U. courses were a huge success — so we thought you should be able to enjoy them even if your schedule didn’t allow you to take them in real time. We’re happy to announce that both courses are now offered as free ebooks, available for download in .pdf, .mobi (Kindle), and .epub (iBooks) formats. While conceived with nonfiction writers in mind, fiction writers (we know you’re out there, NaNoWriMo participants!) could find both courses just as useful. Which ebook should you choose? Writing 101: Build a Blogging Habit…
  • Emoji Everywhere 🎃

    Marcus Kazmierczak
    6 Nov 2014 | 3:05 pm
    Emoji? What are they? “Emoji” is a Japanese term meaning “picture character.” It’s a standard for showing smileys and other little symbols inside text. But unlike traditional smileys that are made up of a sequence of letters like , every emoji has its own letter. Emoji blossomed on smartphones, where quickly picking out an emoji is often faster than typing out a long sentence. Today we’re rolling out hundreds and hundreds of emoji across WordPress.com — 872 to be exact. Do they look familiar? That’s because Twitter has graciously decided to open-source their entire set,…
  • New Themes: Editor and Sequential

    David A. Kennedy
    6 Nov 2014 | 7:16 am
    Today, we have two new free themes ready for you! Editor Meet Editor, a new addition to our theme collection designed by Mike McAlister at Array. Geared toward personal bloggers and photo bloggers, Editor features big typography and images and a tab-based sidebar with a spot for featured posts, a site logo, and a social links menu. Editor makes it easy to put a personal stamp on your site or blog. Learn more about the free Editor theme at the Theme Showcase, or preview it by going to Appearance → Themes. Sequential Crafted by Thomas Guillot, Sequential is a contemporary, clean, and…
 
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    Italy to Los Angeles and Back

  • Festa della Madonna della Salute: a votive bridge, a cathedral, candles, prayer and delicious mutton soup

    Marie Ohanesian Nardin
    22 Nov 2014 | 2:59 am
    A view of the Chiesa della Madonna della Salute from the votive bridgeYesterday, November 21st, I joined thousands of others who participated in the annual Festa della Madonna della Salute and paid tribute to this most Venetian tradition. A commemoration dating back to 1630 when the Venetians prayed for an end to the Bubonic plague and Nicolò Contarini, Doge of the Republic of Venice, promised that if their prayers were answered he would have a worthy cathedral built. Apparently, mere weeks later their prayers were answered when the spread of the epidemic slowed down, and then ceased a year…
  • You might add Procida Island to your travel destination list

    Marie Ohanesian Nardin
    1 Nov 2014 | 11:44 am
    Marina Corricella at sunset Procida, a small island forty minutes by motorboat off the coast of Naples, Italy, is a place many visitors to the Amalfi Coast have never heard of. That's probably the reason it's held onto its authentic feel and has attracted filmmakers for decades. Capable of welcoming guests with its delicious fresh-seafood restaurants, quaint and colorful marinas, narrow volcanic-sand beaches and moderate but comfortable hotels and B&B's, it's the island I favor over Capri and Ischia. I fell hard for Procida. So much so, that I hesitated before sharing my photos…
  • Il male minore: un porto turistico offshore per Venezia o scavare la laguna ancor di più?

    Marie Ohanesian Nardin
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:32 am
    Bacino San Marco-settembre 2013Le grandi navi da turismo portano centinaia di migliaia di turisti a Venezia ogni anno, i quali, in cambio, contribuiscono all’economia locale e nazionale sostenendo, in parte, i lavori nell’ambito del turismo. Ad ogni modo, come Gulliver che pesta Lilliput, questi enormi grattacieli su acqua navigano attraverso la laguna veneziana e il fragile centro storico—il bacino di San Marco e il Canale della Giudecca—lasciando le loro impronte.  Dopo la tragica vicenda che ha coinvolto la Costa Concordia, nella quale hanno perso la vita trentadue persone…
  • The lesser of two evils: An offshore touristic port for Venice or more canal digging?

    Marie Ohanesian Nardin
    14 Sep 2014 | 11:58 am
    St. Mark's Basin-September 2013Cruise ships bring hundreds of thousands of tourists to Venice each year who, in turn, contribute to the local and national economy by sustaining, in part, tourist related jobs. However, like Gulliver stepping through Lilliput, these gigantic floating skyscrapers sail through the Venetian lagoon and the fragile historical center—St. Mark’s Basin and the Giudecca Canal—and leave their footprints, too. Two years after the Costa Concordia fiasco, which tragically took 32 lives off the Tuscan coast in January 2012, few people would disagree that large cruise…
  • My guest blog post on InsidersAbroad.com: #UNLOCKYOURLOVE-Venetians taking their city’s problems into their own hands

    Marie Ohanesian Nardin
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:01 am
    #unlockyourlove logo by Alberto Toso FeiAfter one of the most trying tourist seasons today’s generations of Venetians can remember, a grassroots group—tired of visitors using the city of Venice, Italy, like a beach, a picnic area or more crassly as an outdoor toilet. Yes this is happening in Venice, too—is saying basta!Enough of the abuse their spectacular town, a U.N.E.S.C.O. World Heritage site, has been forced to succumb to....Please continue reading my blog post here on Insiders…
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    Tourdust Blog

  • America's Most Iconic Drives

    19 Nov 2014 | 7:41 am
    With vast horizons, quiet roads which stretch on forever and a plethora of National Parks and Monuments, the USA is a road tripper's dream. The Western states of Colorado, Utah, Arizona, Nevada & California have more than their fair share of the iconic drives stakes. Here are some of the routes which absolutely must not be missed on a USA road trip. 1) Scenic Byway 12, Utah Perhaps one of the most beautiful drives of all time, this road snakes away from Bryce Canyon up through mountains to Capitol Reef National Park.  Covering a distance of 124 miles, the road takes you through…
  • USA Holidays Need to Know

    19 Nov 2014 | 7:33 am
    What is different about your holidays in the USA? We have developed our USA collection to get the optimum balance between independent and guided activities. There are some places where you don’t need a guide and you will have more fun exploring independently. However, there are also activities and places where having a guide will deeply enhance your experience. We strike a careful balance between these two and, having tried and tested the trips ourselves, believe we have developed itineraries that are unique and exciting. In a nutshell: Handpicked activities and accommodation and a…
  • Travelling in Peru with Children

    6 Nov 2014 | 4:50 am
    Peru is, by is very nature, a family friendly destination. You will find that local people are particularly welcoming if you have children and you won’t ever feel out of place in a restaurant with your children as they will be welcomed with open arms. If you were planning on taking them anywhere in Latin America, Peru has to be top of the list; with accessible, dense rainforest, stunning scenery and ancient Incan ruins, it offers something of interest for everyone in the family. Older Children For families with older children, Peru has adventurous activities on tap, especially in the…
  • Adventure & Creepy Crawlies in the Amazon

    6 Nov 2014 | 2:56 am
    Visiting the Jungle was on my wishlist for as long as I can remember, so I absolutely jumped at the chance to go and visit a jungle lodge deep in the Amazon. The approach to the jungle lodge is by boat, so before you can blink, you are whisked from the plane to store your luggage (there are strict weight restrictions in place) and you are then shuttled to the port to catch a boat upstream. The Tambopata River, snaking its way through the jungle is all you could hope from a rainforest waterway; brown, murky and mysterious. With a two and a half hour boat ride up to our jungle lodge, there was…
  • The Best of California's Theme Parks

    24 Oct 2014 | 3:41 am
    Whether you're a die hard theme park fanatic, or a real cynic, it's hard to resist a trip to a theme park when you're visiting California. With the right attitude and a sense of fun, even the most reluctant visitors can have an enjoyable day out. Prepare for hot sun, high prices and long queues and leave your cynicism at the door and we guarantee you will end the day with a smile on your face. Here is our low down of the best of the theme parks on offer.  1) Disneyland The original Disney theme park has been drawing crowds since it first opened it's doors in 1955. Now officially known as…
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    My Melange

  • What’s New in Paris for 2014

    robin
    5 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    There is so much new in Paris this year, it’s been hard to keep up! New museum openings, new services cropping up and even a new Paris tour that I’m offering. I’ve already covered What’s New in France this year which also contains some Paris highlights, but there was more than enough happening to create a stand alone post for Paris. I keep adding to it as things pop up – so make sure you check back often. New Museums, Tours and Attractions > After a six-year restoration, amid lots of drama, the Picasso Museum finally reopened. The new space at the Hôtel…
  • Travel Resources for Slow Food, Wine and Stays in Italy

    robin
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    When it comes to Italy, less is more. Which is why I sing the praises of slow travel and slow food in Italy. Taking it easy, savoring every moment and not packing too much into your vacation.  Staying in an agriturismo, (farm stay) or on a vineyard in Italy is really a perfect way to relax and adopt a slower pace on vacation.  And isn’t that what vacation should be about? But where do you find these gems? From where to stay, where to eat and places to either drink wine or visit vineyards and wineries – here are some invaluable resources that will help you find and connect…
  • Book Review : Paris Vacation Apartment Guide

    robin
    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!

    robin
    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

    robin
    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…
 
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    South America Travel News Blog | A Travel Blog All About South America

  • South America Travel Planning Guide

    Joseph Olson
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:30 am
    South America is a BIG continent! As travel consultants, we know that proper planning is essential to creating an enjoyable trip. If you plan to travel to South America in the next couple years, this guide can help you make sure that every box is checked for a safe, fun and successful adventure. Items covered below include: […] The post South America Travel Planning Guide appeared first on South America Travel News Blog | A Travel Blog All About South America.
  • 4 Star Peru – Hotel Majoro in Nazca

    Joseph Olson
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:50 pm
    The Hotel Majoro in Nazca, Peru provides ideal accommodations for those seeking to view the famous Nazca Lines. The property has a fascinating history that goes back over 400 years and includes a conversion from a villa to a convent and back into a hotel. With 62 rooms on 60 beautifully manicured acres, this Hacienda Boutique […] The post 4 Star Peru – Hotel Majoro in Nazca appeared first on South America Travel News Blog | A Travel Blog All About South America.
  • Traveler Tales: Joe and Louise in Chilean Patagonia

    Joseph Olson
    12 Nov 2014 | 10:41 am
    “We would both recommend Patagonia as a destination. There are so many amazing landscapes, and we found the Chileans to be friendly and helpful.” — Louise B. Recently, Joe H. and Louise B. returned from their trip to Chile and Patagonia. They were nice enough to share their experience with Tye, their travel consultant, who put together a […] The post Traveler Tales: Joe and Louise in Chilean Patagonia appeared first on South America Travel News Blog | A Travel Blog All About South America.
  • Special Offer for Galapagos Safari Camp in November, December

    Joseph Olson
    5 Nov 2014 | 4:20 pm
    “When was the last time you saw something for the first time?” This is the famous phrase of Galapagos Safari Camp, a popular and exclusive eco-luxury destination in the Pacific Ocean chain known as the Enchanted Islands. This is where some of nature’s best kept secrets roam the land and surrounding waters, over 1,400 kilometers […] The post Special Offer for Galapagos Safari Camp in November, December appeared first on South America Travel News Blog | A Travel Blog All About South America.
  • Patagonia Cruises 30% Off – 3 Nights from Punta Arenas or Ushuaia

    Joseph Olson
    3 Nov 2014 | 10:15 am
    Have you been dreaming of a trip to Patagonia recently? Or perhaps this exotic location, positioned on the Southern Cone of South America, has been on your list for a long time, but also just out of your price range. Now is the time for travel enthusiasts to save on 23 Patagonian departures between now […] The post Patagonia Cruises 30% Off – 3 Nights from Punta Arenas or Ushuaia appeared first on South America Travel News Blog | A Travel Blog All About South America.
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    The Traveller

  • Portland – The City of Roses

    24 Nov 2014 | 12:40 am
    Portland, the city of roses is one of the largest cities in the U.S. state of Oregon, near the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia rivers. Its population of 583,776 according to the 2010 census is estimated to have reached 609,456 in the year 2013 thus making it the 29th most populous city in the United States as well as the third most populous city in the Pacific Northwest region.Around 2,314,554 inhabitants live in the Portland metropolitan area MSA, the 19th most populous MSA in United States. Portland is the county seat of Multnomah County which was incorporated in 1851. It has a…
  • Colonia Tovar; The Germany of the Caribbean

    21 Nov 2014 | 9:42 pm
    Colonia Tovar is a town of Venezuela, the capital of the municipality Tovar in Aragua state. It was founded in 1843 from the independent state of Baden then, by a group of immigrants which was later incorporated into Germany.It is called the `Germany of the Caribbean’, and this northern Venezuelan community has great Bavarian architecture and pride. The economy is dependent on agriculture and tourism and the town is situated 42 km from Caracas. Colonia Tovar is known for its temperate corps like peaches, beets, strawberries, cauliflower, carrots, cabbage, chard, broccoli, onions, potatoes…
  • Cotswolds

    19 Nov 2014 | 12:26 am
    Cotswold - An Area of Outstanding Natural BeautyCotswolds is located in south central England with the Cotswold Hills which is a range of rolling hills that rise from the meadows of the upper Thames to escarpment such as the Cotswold Edge. This is above the Severn Valley and Evesham Vale and the area is defined by the bedrock of Jurassic limestone creating a kind of grassland habitat which is rare in U.K, and is quarried for golden coloured Cotswold stone.In 1966, it was designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is considered to have some amazing features from the local Cotswold…
  • Cook Island, New Zealand

    14 Nov 2014 | 10:33 pm
    Cook Islands – Formed by Volcanic ActivityThe Cook Islands is an island country in the South Pacific Ocean in free association with New Zealand located in Polynesia between French Polynesia to the east and Tonga to the west. This archipelago comprises of 15 inhabited islands which are spread out over 2.2 million square km of ocean with no land between the tropical Cook Island and the Antarctica.Its main population centres are on the island of Rarotonga which has an international airport. One will also find larger population of Cook Islands in New Zealand especially in the North Island.
  • Iowa, United States

    12 Nov 2014 | 11:45 pm
    Iowa – American HeartlandIowa, a US state in the Midwestern United States is a region which is called the `American Heartland’. It is lined by the Mississippi River towards the east and the Missouri River and the Big Sioux River on the west. Iowa is the only U.S. state which has the eastern and the western borders entirely by rivers where it is bordered by Wisconsin and Illinois to the east, Missouri to the south, South Dakota and Nebraska to the west and Minnesota to the north. Iowa was part of French Louisiana, in colonial days and its current state flag is designed after the flag of…
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    Travel Deeper with Gareth Leonard | Tourist2Townie.com

  • Beaches & Buggies in Natal Brazil

    Gareth
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:21 pm
    Natal is my favorite city of the four major northeastern Brazilian cities (Fortaleza, Recife, Salvador), because it seems the cleanest, safest and most visually stimulating them all. While Salvador reigns supreme as the culture capital, Natal is undeniably the epicenter of an endless supply of ridiculously beautiful beaches. If you look at a map of Natal Brazil and the surrounding area, there are literally hundreds of beaches to choose from. Look. I only had a few days to meet the city so I divided into two equal parts of relaxation and adventure. On day one I explored a few of the beaches…
  • Gluttony in Gramado

    Gareth
    14 Nov 2014 | 7:52 am
    Just a two-hour bus ride from Porto Alegre is the beautiful town of Gramado, Brazil. Thanks to the Portuguese, German and Italian immigrants who settled here in the 1800s, the town’s architecture, food and culture makes you feel like you’ve landed in Europe rather than Brazil. I arrived from Porto Alegre early one morning and decided to indulge myself in the many beers and chocolates that are produced in and around Gramado. That proved to be a more difficult task than I had anticipated thanks in large part to a lunch fit for a small army. Local friends in Porto Alegre told me that…
  • Porto Alegre: Gauchos, Galleries and Girls

    Gareth
    6 Nov 2014 | 10:20 pm
    Porto Alegre, home of great meat and beautiful women. If I made a welcome sign for the city that’s what it would say. Maybe it would have a Gaucho on their too, maybe holding a paint brush. Porto Alegre is the Capital of the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul in Southern Brazil and is one awesomely diverse, traditional yet modern, artistically inclined city. It’s home to many European immigrants, who have messed with the gene pool just enough to figure out a perfect combination of Brazilian figures and skin tone with blonde hair and blue eyes. It’s just not fair. For those…
  • Brasilia, The Futuristic Capital [VIDEO]

    Gareth
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:52 pm
    In 1956, Brazilian President, Juscelino Kubitschek decided it was time to move the nation’s capital from the southern city of Rio de Janeiro to a more central location. He marked off vacant land in the middle of the country and commissioned renowned Brazilian architects, Lucio Costa and Oscar Niemeyer to create the urban landscape. The result was a modern city that is funky and futuristic and very well organized. It is safe, clean and not the typical tourist destination for those thinking about traveling to Brazil. Home to the President, branches of government and most major political…
  • Things To Do in Sao Paulo, Brazil

    Gareth
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:25 pm
    São Paulo, Brazil is the largest city in South America and known for its incredible food, buzzing nightlife and never-ending high-rises. As I said in the video, I was completely overwhelmed when I arrived in the big Brazilian metropolis, so I enrolled a few of the 11 million plus inhabitants for some help. Here is the advice and recommendations they gave me in regards to things to do in Sao Paulo… Things to do in Sao Paulo (including closest metro stops): Veloco restaurant for delicious coxinhas, one of the best Brazilian foods! Breakfast in Padoca – Pao na Chapa / Pao na chapa com…
 
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  • South Gap Hotel: Fall Special Promo!!

    19 Nov 2014 | 9:12 am
    Travel October 01- December 20 2014 And Receive Up To 20% Off All Rooms! Stay 3 Nights or more and get a six pack of Banks Beer in your room on arrival!!! New Reservations only. Email us at reserve@southgapbarbados.com or Call us at 246 420-7592. 
  • South Gap Hotel: Fall Special Promo

    19 Nov 2014 | 9:11 am
    Travel October 01- December 20 2014 And Receive Up To 20% Off All Rooms! Stay 3 Nights or more and get a six pack of Banks Beer in your room on arrival!!! New Reservations only. Email us at reserve@southgapbarbados.com or Call us at 246 420-7592. 
  • Walmer Lodge Apartments: Summer Special

    17 Nov 2014 | 6:52 pm
    FOR EVERY 5 DAYS STAY 1 DAY FREE! Offer valid until December 15th 2014. Visit our website to book now! 
  • All Seasons Resort - Europa: Book now and save

    17 Nov 2014 | 7:14 am
    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$ 141.00, single or double occupancy, in selected room categories. Email us at reservations@allseasonsresort.bb for details. 
  • All Seasons Resort - Europa: Fall Sale

    17 Nov 2014 | 7:14 am
    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$ 141.00, single or double occupancy, in selected room categories. Email us at reservations@allseasonsresort.bb for details. 
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    Have Baby Will Travel

  • Ideas for Merry Holiday Family Travel

    Corinne
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:34 pm
    Somehow it’s the middle of November already–the weather is colder and the holidays are creeping up! If you’ll be making some holiday family travel plans for this winter, it’s time to get started! Travel budgets tend to take a back seat to holiday wish lists, but according to TD, over 80 per cent of Canadians are members of at least one travel rewards program. It’s time to use those points to put towards a present for yourself–a vacation! When using points, booking early is key to securing the flights and accommodations you want. And here are five ideal (and…
  • Travel Insurance Pregnancy Coverage

    Corinne
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:25 pm
    Anaheim Urgent Care Clinic, CA On almost every family vacation we’ve taken, we’ve used our travel insurance to cover a medical expense. I’m not exaggerating. Maybe we’re a little more accident-prone or unlucky than most–but either way–when we get home, after filling out a few complicated forms and photocopying a gazillion recipts, we’re reimbursed for the expenses we usually have to pay up front. The most we’ve had to pay (up front)  is a few hundred dollars. Not $1,000,000, like Jennifer Huculak and her husband Darren Kimmel from Humboldt,…
  • California Love: A Taste of Orange County

    Corinne
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:12 pm
    Huntington Beach, CA We went to California this summer. I instantly fell in love. I certainly wasn’t expecting to, and maybe that’s why I did. I’ve been to many beautiful places and I just couldn’t see how California could compare. Well it does, and I’m a bit embarrassed to say that I still can’t put my finger on exactly why. There’s a reason there’s like, a gazillion songs about California. Going there, dreaming about there, never leaving there… I get it now. California’s many diverse cities could hardly be classified as “less…
  • Planning a Family Getaway to New York City

    Corinne
    5 Nov 2014 | 8:07 pm
    © NYC & Company/Julienne Schaer It’s one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations and the second largest city in North America, so it seems a bit odd to classify New York City as a “City Less Traveled” for Hipmunk. But I’ll bet New York is probably not the first place that comes to mind when planning a family vacation. One of Have Baby Will Travel‘s very first articles was submitted by a colleague who traveled to Manhattan with her toddler and had a fabulous time, so it’s always been top of mind to bring my kids there. I like to think of…
  • Toddler Tech, Baby Headphones, and Travel Accessories for Kids

    Corinne
    3 Nov 2014 | 8:10 pm
    I hate lamenting how parents these days have it so much easier–I know it makes me sound old. But dudes, I traveled with tiny glass jars of baby food, and you guys get these handy dandy foil pouches. AND they’re organic. Ok, I digress Seriously though, the one gadget that has made the biggest impact in our traveling life and lightened our carry-on bag immensely is the tablet computer. I kid you not, we used to travel with a portable DVD player, DVDs (natch), at least three books, plus assorted games. Our bag was HEAVY. So while my inner luddite wishes I could somehow keep my kids…
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    mydiscoverireland.com

  • Ireland : Best in Travel 2015

    admin
    12 Nov 2014 | 3:31 am
    Lonely Planet names Ireland as ‘one of the top countries to visit’ Lonely Planet’s experts have explored the world to select the best cities, regions and countries to visit in 2015. It’s official, Ireland made it in the top 10 countries list ranking #5th. We’re not surprised! The real deal: Ireland is stunningly scenic, its traditions – music, dance, whiskey and beer – Lonely Planet Let’s see what Ireland offers;   The Wild Atlantic Way; A 2500km scenic drive that is seen competing against Australia’s Great Ocean Road & California’s Pacific…
  • Discover Ireland your own Way

    admin
    8 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    Tips on Touring Ireland by Phil Teare from My Ireland Tour. To Drive or not to Drive They say there are two types of people in the world: those who think there are two types of people in the world, and those who don’t. Well, there are certainly two types of people who tour Ireland – those who self-drive and those who book escorted tours of Ireland with a driver-guide. If you decide to self-drive, your first port of call will be a good car hire company – you can find an Irish car rental company through the homepage of My Discover Ireland. Driving, you will have the freedom to…
  • Waterford Crystal History & Visitor Centre

    admin
    4 Sep 2014 | 1:13 am
    Waterford, the oldest city in Ireland and situated on the south-east coast has established many claims to fame over the centuries. Arguably, the best known is the founding of the world famous House of Waterford Crystal that is responsible for many glorious works, including chandeliers in Windsor Castle, Westminster Abbey and the Kennedy Centre in Washington, DC, as well as the 2688 crystals that adorn the New Year’s Eve ball that drops in Time Square, New York, every January 31st. The History and Visitor Centre, in The Mall in Waterford, is located very close to the original factory and…
  • The Ring of Kerry – 4 Personal Highlights

    admin
    2 Sep 2014 | 3:49 am
    The Ring of Kerry has so much to offer tourists. The 180km route does take a bit of time to explore. This article looks at some highlights along the Ring of Kerry and off the beaten track that should be explored. The attractions listed here are in order of preference of the author. Geokaun Mountain Valentia Island is one of Ireland’s most westerly points, and is linked to the mainland by the Maurice O’Neill Memorial Bridge. Maurice O’Neill for those who are interested was shot dead in 1942 for Republican Activities. He was a young farmer from the nearby town Cahersiveen. The first…
  • Road trip to Mayo, Ireland

    admin
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:16 am
    I wanted to do a road trip to see all these beautiful places in Ireland, scenic photos have been popping up everywhere even more so when the Wild Atlantic Way launched earlier on this year.  An 2500km route along the coast, boasting to be the biggest in the world, a road trip was a must! We jumped in our rental car from Europcar, a car of only 2 months old! After a  four hour drive to Ballina from Dublin, we unloaded our stuff into Suncroft b&b, our base for the weekend. Ballina is a lovely little place with River Moy running through it, the “home of salmon fishing in…
 
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    GoNOLA.com

  • Gift Giving Season Begins: How to Shop in New Orleans

    Lauren LaBorde
    27 Nov 2014 | 10:47 am
    It’s officially the holidays, and maybe you like fighting off the crowds at big-box stores and shopping malls when it’s time to shop for the holidays. Maybe it’s thrilling for you — that’s fine. But if you’re like me and think those experiences are stressful, not fun and usually not very fruitful, you can take advantage of New Orleans’ wealth … Read the rest -»
  • 5 Places to Get Great Pie in New Orleans

    Lauren LaBorde
    27 Nov 2014 | 9:17 am
    Pies are a big part of this time of the year, with pecan and pumpkin pies flying off the shelves of local bakeries in anticipation of the holidays. But everyone loves a pie — sweet or savory — any time of the year, especially since New Orleans has recently experienced an explosion of pie purveyors. Here’s a few of our … Read the rest -»
  • GoNOLA Recommends: 5 Things To Do In New Orleans This Weekend

    Mallory Whitfield
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:01 am
    From classic holiday traditions like Thanksgiving Day at the races and Celebration in the Oaks, to weird and wacky events like the Robot Parade and Ball and 9th Annual 24-Hour Draw-A-Thon, this weekend in New Orleans offers plenty of things to do. Join the celebration at Bayou Classic, with festivities downtown all weekend long, or get an early start on … Read the rest -»
  • Business in the Front, Party in the Back: 2014 Bayou Classic

    Sara Watson
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:18 pm
    A tie-breaker 40 years in the making. That’s what fans can expect at the 2014 Bayou Classic on Saturday, Nov. 29 at 1:30 p.m., when the Grambling State Tigers take on the Southern University Jaguars in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Since the start of the rivalry in 1974, the scores are in: 20 wins for Grambling, and another 20 for Southern. … Read the rest -»
  • GoNOLA Top 5: Childhood Treats with a Twist

    Emily Smith
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:51 am
    New Orleans is known for bringing out everyone’s inner kid. We stay up past our bedtimes, love to dress in costumes, listen to music way too loud, and think it’s completely appropriate to eat beignets and king cake for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We might have to act like adults sometimes, but that’s why New Orleans restaurants create menu … Read the rest -»
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    Vagobond

  • Do you know the five reasons Beijing residents are happier than you?

    Beijing
    27 Nov 2014 | 1:38 am
    It used to be that we would hear about the poor starving kids in China or how we were lucky we didn’t live in Peking, but these days a lot has changed. The people that live in Beijing are happy... Come to Vagobond to read the rest - it's better with pictures!!!!
  • How I Found Inner Peace in Athens Greece

    Athens
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:12 pm
    If you’ve ever talked with someone that’s been to Athens, chances are the words that you’ve heard are dirty, polluted, crowded and of course magnificent, cultural, and educational.... Come to Vagobond to read the rest - it's better with pictures!!!!
  • Exploring Argentina’s San Carlos de Bariloche

    admin
    24 Nov 2014 | 12:02 pm
    San Carlos de Bariloche in Argentina is one of the world’s least known ‘hotspots’.  With skiing, trekking, hiking, and the fabulous Andes mountains surrounding the gorgeous... Come to Vagobond to read the rest - it's better with pictures!!!!
  • Bariloche – Patagonian Paradise

    admin
    23 Nov 2014 | 6:30 pm
    North Americans tend to think of South America as something between a banana republic and a third world poverty hole – nothing could be further from the truth. This is especially true when you... Come to Vagobond to read the rest - it's better with pictures!!!!
  • Top 5 Australia Gold Coast Adventures

    Vago Damitio
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:28 pm
    The world is a big place and while I’ve been fortunate to see a lot of it – there is a lot more of it that still beckons to me. I look forward to exploring far off India, Japan, South... Come to Vagobond to read the rest - it's better with pictures!!!!
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    Sophie’s World Travel Inspiration

  • Most popular Instagrams in October 2014

    Anne-Sophie Redisch
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:54 am
    October began in Gdansk for all three of us, and we’ll get back to this fascinating city on the Baltic soon enough. Along with Copenhagen, Gdansk proved a popular subject from the iPhone lens last month; and just like in September cityscape of Gdansk was the best liked ‘gram of the month. Here are the 10 most popular photos in our Instagram gallery from October. 1. Gdansk, Poland View of Gdansk as seen from the roof of Muzeum Archeologiczne (the Archaeological Museum). 2. Gdansk, Poland Autumn atmosphere; a little shop on pretty Ulica Mariaca (Mariaca Street). 3. Home A clear…
  • Silent Sunday: Pastel pots at Slipway in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

    Anne-Sophie Redisch
    23 Nov 2014 | 6:26 am
    Bright pastel pots at Slipway Dar es Salaam in Tanzania Silent Sunday: Pastel pots at Slipway in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania is a post from Sophie's World
  • Colours of Rajasthan, Diwali and hill forts

    Anne-Sophie Redisch
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:04 am
    In the late 90s I spent quite a bit of time in India, but haven’t been back since. I’ve been tempted to return lately. The mountainous north, Kashmir and Ladakh, hold the greatest draw. I’d love to stay on a house boat on Lake Dal in Srinigar. Now to convince the girls to come along… (Alex, my oldest, has already been. When she was 16, she visited Ladakh on a high school trip, trekking through Markha Valley and up to Kong Muru in the Karakoram Mountains.) But I’d also like to return to fascinating Rajasthan for a closer look. So I’ve been going through…
  • Silent Sunday: View of Tbilisi, Georgia

    Anne-Sophie Redisch
    16 Nov 2014 | 5:29 am
    Tbilisi views: overlooking the capital of Georgia from Narikala Fortress Silent Sunday: View of Tbilisi, Georgia is a post from Sophie's World
  • World at a Glance: Great Zimbabwe

    Anne-Sophie Redisch
    12 Nov 2014 | 2:57 pm
    I had 4-5 hours to kill in Masvingo once, waiting for the last bus to Harare. Must have been 16 years ago. So I did what I often do when I’m short on time: I asked a taxi driver if there was anything interesting to see. A slightly dubious practice, I know, and certainly one that can end up costing a pretty penny. Then again, I’ve rarely encountered any difficulties when using this strategy. In Masvingo, he suggested the ancient ruins of Great Zimbabwe. A lost city; how could I say no? Legend has it the Queen of Sheba resided here at Great Zimbabwe. True or not, it was an…
 
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    FeedBlitz News

  • For the Fallen – We Will Remember Them

    Phil Hollows
    11 Nov 2014 | 4:15 am
    They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them. From “For the Fallen” by Robert Laurence Binyon For the benefit of my mostly US audience, in the UK and many other countries we buy paper poppies around the 11th to commemorate those who served and those who fell during the World Wars. The poppies specifically memorialize the killing fields in France and Belgium during WWI where the “lions led by donkeys” on both sides killed each other in…
  • Resolved: Overnight click-through issues

    Phil Hollows
    2 Nov 2014 | 4:57 am
    Although feeds were being served and email sent OK, some publishers experienced click-through issues overnight; the problem has now been resolved. We’re sorry for any inconvenience. Any subscribers seeing an error message now need to simply refresh the page. Today, job 1 is to update our monitors to better detect this kind of issue, which unfortunately went undetected by our automated system health tracking.        Related StoriesFeeds, Clicks and DNS ProblemsSome Metrics May Be Missing TemporarilyFalse Alarms and Click Through Issues Aug 1 
  • The One Easy Gmail Tip for Tracking and Testing

    Phil Hollows
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:48 am
    We recently sponsored the slightly-awkwardly-named-but-totally-worthwhile Type-A Parent Conference in Atlanta, and so naturally the topic of email came up (surprise!), especially in relation to testing email forms with different email accounts. It can be a real pain to create yet another email address for your site, and so we all have only a few addresses to go around. Right? Wrong! If you have a gmail account – and who doesn’t? – you effectively have an infinite number of email addresses. And I was surprised how few of the experienced bloggers and content marketers I met…
  • 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 feeds.feedblitz.com. 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…
  • Today I Learned: How to Enable Flash Developers

    Phil Hollows
    15 Aug 2014 | 9:39 am
    Not having Flash development experience in-house, we were puzzled recently when we received a support request from a Flash guy wondering why a file we’d never heard of (crossdomain.xml) was giving a 404 file not found error when he requested it. Because it wasn’t there, obviously. Thankfully, the developer in question was kind enough to throw us a link about why that file was needed for Flash, and a few minutes later we had everything we needed to know. Thanks, Chad! So if you’re a Flash developer, crossdomain.xml is now available on our servers to permit you to use…
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    Man On The Lam | Travel Blog

  • Make screening a breeze this winter

    editor
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:10 pm
    The fine folks at the Canadian Airport Transport Security Authority (CATSA) are responsible for ushering you through airport security lines year round, but their job becomes about a zillion times more difficult over the Christmas season. I’m talking to you with the boots and the coats and the wrapped Christmas gifts and the bottles of Christmas cheer bellying up to the screening line. Yes. You. They asked if they could share a guest post and video on best practices for a saner airport experience this holiday season, and I was only too happy to oblige. So over to you CATSA……
  • Croissant Craving at the Poznan Croissant Museum

    Raymond Walsh
    13 Nov 2014 | 9:46 am
    Okay people of Poznan, you’ve got some explaining to do. How did I not know about the Poznan Croissant Museum before my visit to your cute little town? Why is it not screamed from the rooftops? Why is there no town crier bellowing “Hear Ye, Hear Ye” at the top of his (or her) lungs? Why did I only happen upon it on my last day there, just minutes before the last show of the day? I mean, people…it’s a museum for CROISSANTS! The Poznan Croissant Museum (Rogalowe Muzeum Poznania) is a relatively new attraction in Poznan. And although the name is a little misleading (there are no dusty…
  • Whatever you do, do not go to the Owl Museum on top of Penang Hill

    Raymond Walsh
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:06 am
    The Owl Museum, George Town, Penang, Malaysia “Whatever you do, do not go to the Owl Museum on top of Penang Hill.” That was one of many negative TripAdvisor reviews of the Owl Museum in Penang, Malaysia, but by no means was it the most harsh. “A Waste of Time and Money” “Insanity! Don’t fall for it. If you like just giving money away – I will send you my address.” “Such a Rip-Off!”  “No real owls inside.”” “It actually made me a headache after going through.” “Don’t be a twit twoo.” “This is the most terrible museum I went in my life.”…
  • Malaysia’s Laguna Redang Island Resort

    Raymond Walsh
    19 Oct 2014 | 7:52 am
    Laguna Redang Island Resort, Terengganu, Malaysia The thing I liked most about Laguna Redang Island Resort was something that I didn’t even get to see, or touch, or feel, or even experience. Yes, there is powdery white sand. And super-comfy beds. And views to die for. There’s even plenty of clownfish (you know, the Finding Nemo type) chilling in the waters off the beach. Even a popular Hong Kong movie called Summer Holiday was filmed here. (That’s the tea house from the movie below, now the resort’s gift shop.) But I had never seen the movie, so it wasn’t that. It does play 24/7 on…
  • The Secret Life of Warsaw

    Raymond Walsh
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:23 pm
    A Walking Tour of Warsaw, Poland The beauty of taking a guided walking tour in any city is not only seeing the major sites up close, but also in uncovering the secret history that may be not be so readily apparent.  On my recent trip to Poland, our guide Kuba gave our group the low-down on some secret tidbits that many don’t learn if they just do a self-guided hop-on hop-of bus tour of Warsaw. Our guided walking tour of Warsaw begins in front of the monument to one of Poland’s most famous sons — Nicolaus Copernicus. He’s the chap whose idea is credited for one of the most famous…
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  • Admiring Il Duomo – the Jewel of Milan

    The Quirky Traveller
    19 Nov 2014 | 3:14 am
    With its towering spires soaring up to the sky, delicate stonemasonry and beautiful proportions, whichever direction you approach Milan Cathedral from, Il Duomo is stunning. I first saw Il Duomo on a sunny afternoon in September and it’s like something imagined by the most creative minds in Italian history. Which in a way it is, because though started in 1386, it wasn’t completed until 1813 and so encapsulates over 400 years of master craftsmanship. Yet, because the original concept has been adhered to, it has a pleasing symmetry of Gothic splendour with Baroque overtones. Beautiful on…
  • A Weird Weekend in Tokyo

    Kirstie Pelling
    14 Nov 2014 | 5:45 am
    If the Tokyo of your imagination is bling encrusted, neon lit and surreal it’s still unlikely to compare to the real thing. Japan’s capital is an assault on all the senses, as Kirstie Pelling from The Family Adventure Project found out when she took the kids… I thought life didn’t get much weirder than a Japanese cat café. The phenomena is spreading to London and Paris but if you haven’t visited one before then imagine a kind of Mad Hatter’s Tea Party with bells. I find myself dangling a mouse (toy) over a cat (real) while chugging down an iced coffee in a small room in a…
  • Which Belgian City is Best? The Ultimate Face-Off

    Andy Jarosz
    7 Nov 2014 | 7:27 am
    Beer, chocolate, boring, moustached-detectives: for a relatively small country Belgium has acquired plenty of lazy labels over the years, some with more merit than others. Yet while many bypass the country for more glamorous destinations it is in so many ways the perfect place to go for a short break. Brussels is two hours by Eurostar from London and if you’re travelling by car then Bruges is barely an hour from the Eurotunnel terminal in Calais. And once you’re in Belgium, getting between the major cities is remarkably quick and easy; travelling between any of Brussels, Antwerp and…
  • Prancing on Ice: 6 London ice rinks popping-up this Christmas

    Mark Elwood
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:33 am
    Christmas in the capital: think festive shopping on Oxford Street, Big Ben in the snow and… ice-skating? No, NOT on the Thames… Believe it or not, London has been notorious for its pop-up ice rinks since 1876 – when Chelsea became home to the world’s first Glaciarium (that’s a mechanically frozen ice rink, don’t you know). And we’ve been gliding round London every year since, against a backdrop of some of the city’s favourite attractions. So dust off your skates, dig out your thermals and prepare yourself for one seriously brrrrr-uised backside at one of these…
  • 11 of the Most Colourful Hotels in Europe

    Martin Solly
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:53 am
    We’ve already taken a look at some of Europe’s most colourful destinations, but what about some colourful hotels themselves? The shades around us can have a big impact on our mood and how we feel, so try these bold and bright stays to leave you feeling picked-up, perky, bright and cheery… Pantone Hotel, Brussels What better place to start than with Pantone – the world’s best known colour referencing company. Or in their own words: “The world-renowned authority on color”. We wouldn’t say Pantone OWN colour, but… Pantone pretty much own colour. And this property, in the…
 
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  • Happy Thanksgiving!

    Dominique King
    27 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    We're celebrating Thanksgiving this weekend with our families and we hope this week finds you all well and enjoying the pleasures of a good harvest and great times with your own friends and family. Here's wishing everyone the happiest and healthiest of all holiday seasons! Tim and Dominique Fall harvest in Michigan © Dominique King 2014 All rights resereved
  • Discover Defiance Ohio at Discovering Ohio

    Dominique King
    25 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    We love exploring small towns with great histories behind them, and history is something that the northwestern town of Defiance definitely has and celebrates. Defiance is less than an hour from Toledo and the ride into town takes you through peaceful Ohio farm country on Route 424 along the scenic Maumee River. Historic markers along the ride and in town tell visitors a lot about Defiance's Revolutionary and early 1800s battlefield history, as well as the town's history as a bustling canal town in the latter part of the 1800s. Town treasures include a pretty Carnegie Library with a stained…
  • Eating out in Grand Rapids, Michigan

    Dominique King
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    We visit Tim's family in Grand Rapids, Michigan fairly often and I thought I'd write about a few Grand Rapids eateries where we've dined in recent months. The southwestern themed Sundance Grill and Bar is a favorite for us. We originally found Sundance downtown on Pearl Street while visiting one year during the city's annual ArtPrize (a combination art competition/gallery showing /festival that we attend every year). We enjoyed the convenience of being able to walk to the restaurant from our hotel or while we were checking out some of the art displays near the Grand River. I'm not a huge…
  • Check out these great Midwest car collections!

    Dominique King
    18 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    I'm a big fan of car museums, and I suppose it may come partly from the fact that I grew up near the Motor City, partly from the fact I grew up in a family business involved in the automotive supply chain, and partly from the fact that I'm really a secretly frustrated gear head or engineer. Automotive design, advertising and innovation have always fascinated me, and I've found a good number of automotive museums in the Midwest to help feed that interest over the years. I'm especially thrilled when visit a museum and come away with some great images of my dream car (a 1968…
  • Family matters at the Allen County Public Library and Genealogy Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana

    Dominique King
    13 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    I first discovered that Allen County, home to Fort Wayne, Indiana, has an extensive collection of online genealogy materials and resources while I researched a story about an old church with an interesting cemetery that we spotted along the Lincoln Highway a couple years ago. I put the Allen County Library's Genealogy Center on our Midwest bucket list, hoping to see the more of the county's genealogy and history research resources, and we finally got the opportunity to check it out the center during our most recent visit to Fort Wayne. The Genealogy Center's Manager, Curt Witcher, met us and…
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  • Ferme Cotiere, Brittany, France

    Laetitia Barreau
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:25 pm
    A beautiful old farmhouse has undergone a seamless and surprising transition in style and tone, creating a very modern living experience. Created by retail design experts, the house is populated with a curious and lively selection of modern art and decor and blends old and new with style. Set along the windswept coast of Brittany facing the sea, it’s a quiet and picturesque area ideal for family vacations.   The stone structure’s charming rustic character has been restored and  retained and a new modern wing added to enlarge and expand the footprint. Vibrant and…
  • Skyline Mansion, Los Angeles

    Maria Reeves
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:48 am
    Glamorous and stately with glittering views of the downtown skyline, the Pacific Ocean and Catalina beyond, this expansive newly built villa is an exclusive and supremely comfortable example of west coast glamour. With an enormous footprint covering three floors, the house is ideal for large mixed groups or families. The Tuscan inspired construction and architectural characteristics are a throwback to classic European elegance but with modern Los Angeles flair and refinement.     The multilevel residence boasts a graceful wrought iron grand staircase that connects with several…
  • Mulholland Mansion, Los Angeles

    Maria Reeves
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:41 am
    Sitting atop the famed Mulholland drive with sweeping views of the entire Los Angeles area and beyond, this gated mansion commands attention. A curious and atypical architectural combination of silhouettes have been combined to create a structure with castle like proportions and expansive modern interiors. The geometric facade employs horizontal design accents with vertical heights, while the soaring double height glass entry and foyer greets you with bright open space, anchoring the two wings.   A massive multilevel residence, the entry staircase connects with several comfy and chic…
  • Events at House of the Sun, Ixtapa, Mexico

    Rosa Maria
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:16 pm
    Situated on a bluff overlooking the Ixtapa coast with stunning views across the Pacific, this villa is a luxurious and inspiring blend of elements that are both rustic and and chic. Designed by famed Mexican architect Diego Villasenor, the juxtaposition of elements and design aesthetic are seamlessly integrated into the land for maximum effect and impact. Quoted in Architectural Digest about his vision, Villasenor says architecture is “about the art of living…and has to emerge from the forms and mechanisms that nature has to offer.”  The masterful use of all natural…
  • Cabana de Jardi, Minorca, Spain

    Karina Rodekohr
    17 Nov 2014 | 2:09 pm
    Petite and charming, this recently renovated cottage sits within beautifully walled gardens in the countryside and near to Menorca’s beautiful old Ciutadella region and sparkling beaches.   Entirely solar and wind powered, this is low tech peaceful living that enables you to enjoy a slower pace and quiet island life. The traditional Mediterranean and Spanish architecture is brightly colored with interiors full of light. The layout is open and airy with high wood beamed ceilings and lots of windows overlooking the gardens. The kitchen is nicely equipped and has a unique rolling…
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  • 4 Travel Gadgets You Need On Your Next Trip (Win A Pack For Yourself)

    The Aussie Nomad
    23 Nov 2014 | 9:21 am
    Being an ex IT guy I’m big into travel gadgets and tech I can take with me on the road. Purists will say try to leave as many gadgets as possible at home and get out there and enjoy the experience of travel, seeing it with your own eyes and not through a camera. And while I somewhat agree it’s nice to be able to capture all those memories to bring home to share with family and friends or to connect with new friends online to continue a friendship. What these devices, computers, cameras, smartphones and tablets need however is power, and lots of it. What you don’t have when…
  • The Problem With Making Decisions On Travel Is…

    The Aussie Nomad
    9 Nov 2014 | 7:32 am
    Travel is an all-consuming all desiring addiction that many of us suffer from enjoy and that’s why making decisions about it are so difficult. The allure of something new, something foreign, something to satisfy that feeling is a drug you can pursue for your entire life. But it’s not the dream that makes decisions so difficult, no no. The problem with decisions for a travel addict is choice. Many of us have a bucket list of items we want to see before we die, that’s longer than it should be and for most of us will never be fully crossed off. The definition of cruel is giving…
  • 5 Things I Feared About Living Abroad

    The Aussie Nomad
    26 Oct 2014 | 10:04 am
    If you’ve had friends that have lived abroad for any length of time then you’ll no doubt have heard all the stories of their adventures, or at least seen the millions of pictures they have uploaded online. It’s an envious lifestyle looking at it from the outside, one week it’s Rome the next is Paris and the one after they are in Dublin. There’s a certain amount of jealousy as you dream of following in their footsteps to move abroad at some point in your life. Living abroad for all intents and purposes is one of the greatest experience you can have in your life…
  • A New Beginning

    The Aussie Nomad
    12 Oct 2014 | 3:37 am
    Since starting this site in December of 2009 I’ve backpacked solo around Europe, lived the expat life in London and spent time living in Belgium and Ireland while trying to work out what to do next. In all that time I’ve seen an experienced some amazing things and I’d do it all again in a heartbeat, it was without a doubt a defining moment in my life. During that time the one thing I’ve always done was keep the stories, information and love for travel flowing right here from this site to help you the reader learn from me and then seek out some travel of your own. As a…
  • Jurien Bay Jetty At Sunset

    The Aussie Nomad
    17 Jun 2014 | 7:33 pm
    Since moving to Western Australia I’ve been quietly exploring the area and getting to know my new home. To say I’ve enjoyed what I’ve seen is an understatement. To give you a sample of what’s to come on the blog now that I’m catching up, a few weeks back I took a road trip up the north coast and stayed in a caravan park right next to the Jurien Bay Jetty which you can see above. I often took sunsets for granted but over here in the west they are something else. The one above was captured right after a storm had rolled through the town which made for a great…
 
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  • Abroad Life: Thanksgiving in Madrid

    Gabrielle Amado
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:58 am
    MADRID, SPAIN. For Americans abroad, this time of year can be an emotional rollercoaster. With the crisp fall air comes a traditional holiday feast that only the United States can produce: Thanksgiving. But perhaps when it comes to Thanksgiving abroad, we are simply not looking hard enough to find it. American traditions have spread throughout the world like wildfire, and Thanksgiving has proven to be no different. While we may be under the impression that Thanksgiving abroad is simply not an option, Madrid has proven that to be a false assumption. With easy access to imported products and…
  • From Cine to Cena

    Gabrielle Amado
    4 Nov 2014 | 12:04 am
    Dinner and a movie? How about dinner at the movies. That’s what Platea offers Madrid’s tourists and locals alike, as the Carlos III Cinema has been converted into 6,000 sq. metros of pure dining heaven. Located in the posh Serrano neighborhood, Platea offers a meal, a drink and a show to satisfy the masses. The gastronomic center is a 4-level theatre prepared to feed and entertain hundreds on any given night. As you walk down Calle Goya and into the Platea’s small entrance, you are met by an array of vibrant colors as a market of fruits and vegetables greets you at the door. But fear…
  • MADRID GUIDE | Neighbourhood Guide, Malasaña

    DECA MADbudget
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    As the capital city of Spain, Madrid is a beautiful and lively city that has a range of different activities and places to see. In this Series, MADbudget offers an insider’s guide to the lifestyle of Madrid and essential information for anyone planning a visit to the city. MALASAÑA, MADRID. The Malasaña district is a popular area that hosts some of Madrid’s best cultural and alternative venues for shopping and social activities. Malasaña is located in the north of Gran Via on the streets between Fuencarral and San Bernardo which cluster around the social square Plaza Dos de…
  • MADRID GUIDE | Neighbourhood Guide, Chueca

    DECA MADbudget
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    As the capital city of Spain, Madrid is a beautiful and lively city that has a range of different activities and places to see. In this Series, MADbudget offers an insider’s guide to the lifestyle of Madrid and essential information for anyone planning a visit to the city. CHUECA, MADRID. Madrid takes pride in the fact that it caters to all, whether you’re gay, lesbian, bisexual, or straight. Perhaps one of the best-known gay areas in the city is Chueca. Chueca: A diverse and vibrant area This ‘barrio,’ or neighbourhood, can be found in the centre of Madrid, just off Gran…
  • MADRID GUIDE | Neighbourhood Guide, Opera

    DECA MADbudget
    18 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    As the capital city of Spain, Madrid is a beautiful and lively city that has a range of different activities and places to see. In this Series, MADbudget offers an insider’s guide to the lifestyle of Madrid and essential information for anyone planning a visit to the city. OPERA, MADRID. The neighbourhood of Opera is home to Madrid’s main Opera Theatre the Teatro Real (or Royal theatre). Opera, Madrid.   The Teatro Real   In front of this theatre is the Royal Palace. The Royal Palace now serves as a cultural monument and is sometimes used for state functions. The architecture…
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  • Famous London Bus is celebrating 60 years of service

    Cecil Lee
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:40 pm
    If you have ever been to London, or watched in TV programs, one of the iconic sights to be seen have to be no other but the red double-decker buses. They are the famous London Bus. Serving the public since its first appearance in 1954, this year 2014 marks its 60th spectacular years of service!Thanks to the Refresh Accommodation blog, here I share this interesting infographic showing some of the cool facts about London Bus. I didn’t know this as well before. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do.Fascinating isn’t it? I couldn’t believe it either when I first read it. 60 years…
  • Would you go all out for the Airasia FREE SEATS 2015 which not actually free?

    Cecil Lee
    14 Nov 2014 | 7:01 am
    Do you feel like grabbing the deal? Airasia has just opened flights booking for the second half of year 2015 last Sunday! As usual, the booking started with the highly sought after Free Seats sale for all Airasia domestic as well as international flights, and free seats are also offered to Airasia-X long haul flights.This Airasia Free Seats 2015 sale started since last Sunday midnight, 10th November 2014, and will end by this Sunday midnight, 16th November 2014. Booking is for flights departing in between 10th June 2015 until 17th January 2016, roughly spanning through a 6 months…
  • LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort Won Best Attraction & Tourism Experience Awards 2014

    Cecil Lee
    11 Nov 2014 | 4:36 pm
    LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort won Best Attraction & Tourism Experience Award as part of the Expatriate Lifestyle’s The Best of Malaysia Awards 2014 recently. Here is the story in details.For the second time, LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort has successfully clinched the coveted Excellence Award for Best Attraction & Tourism Experience during the ninth edition of Expatriate Lifestyle’s The Best of Malaysia Awards, held at Club Esperance, Fraser Business Park on 28th October, 2014.Other attractions competing in the category included Sunway Lagoon, Aquaria KLCC and KL Tower.The Best of Malaysia…
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  • Thai Village Food – Cuisine Crimes

    Martyn
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:50 am
    The idea for this post, Thai Village Food – Cuisine Crimes, came about from a tongue-in-cheek post I made on Facebook group Thailand Wine & Dine. My contribution to the Pattaya based group, which gives reviews of members dining experiences in Thailand, was well received but did however question my skills as a culinary artist. I’ve [...] (Visited 86 times, 3 visits today) The post Thai Village Food – Cuisine Crimes appeared first on Beyond The Mango Juice.
  • Bubba’s Bar and Grill in Udon Thani For Sale

    Martyn
    13 Nov 2014 | 12:44 pm
    Bubba’s Bar and Grill in Udon Thani is one of the most popular bars and restaurants in the city and TripAdvisor currently ranks it number 3 out of 95 restaurants in Udon Thani. The well-established bar and grill has a tried-and-true reputation for its quality food, excellent service and its sunny side up hosts Bubba and Jun. It’s a credible turnkey business [...] (Visited 76 times, 1 visits today) The post Bubba’s Bar and Grill in Udon Thani For Sale appeared first on Beyond The Mango Juice.
  • Thai Village Life – Som Tum Spicy Thai Salad

    Martyn
    8 Nov 2014 | 2:41 am
    Early this year my Thai partner Wonderful Wi set up shop in our village garden selling som tum (spicy papaya salad). A Thai style thatch roof kitchen was built and the village’s newest snack service rolled out. It wasn’t by any means an innovative business idea, but there was a hungry market out there willing to be fed. Thai Village [...] (Visited 155 times, 1 visits today) The post Thai Village Life – Som Tum Spicy Thai Salad appeared first on Beyond The Mango Juice.
  • Sang Khom, Udon Thani – One Horse and No 7-Eleven

    Martyn
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:11 am
    Sang Khom in Udon Thani Province is a typical small Thai rural town. It’s not to be confused with Sang Khom in Nong Khai Province – the latter nestles on the banks of the Mekong River with a splash of tourist appeal. Udon Thani’s Sang Khom sits among rice fields and is a rustic cornball kind of place. I [...] (Visited 96 times, 1 visits today) The post Sang Khom, Udon Thani – One Horse and No 7-Eleven appeared first on Beyond The Mango Juice.
  • Nong Khai Bars – Down by the Riverside

    Martyn
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Nong Khai is a lovely city and the area by Tha Sadet Market on the banks of the Mekong River is my favourite hang out place when I visit there. The market can get very busy and rabid hot. I shop for what I want and then hit one of two bars at opposite ends of the market. [...] (Visited 267 times, 4 visits today) The post Nong Khai Bars – Down by the Riverside appeared first on Beyond The Mango Juice.
 
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    The Runaway Guide

  • Charged By A Herd Of Wild Elephants In Kaudulla National Park, Sri Lanka

    The Runaway Guide
    15 Nov 2014 | 5:15 am
    They’ve almost completely surrounded us now. There are four behind us, five to the left and one 12 foot tall mammoth to the right. Foot by foot they converge on our jeep. Their deep growls reverberate into my chest. Their prehistoric trumpets pierce my ears. They stare at us with unwavering blood red eyes. In them I see myself. I see panic. I see an animal ready to take flight for its life. Suddenly the engine roars. But as the jeep thrusts forward, the heard begins to charge. The driver instantly slams on the break and we glide to a muddy stop. The heard pauses, their eyes…
  • Kamakura Chaos With My New Friend D

    The Runaway Guide
    11 Nov 2014 | 9:42 pm
    It was overcast, I hadn’t heard back from my friend and I didn’t know where I was going to stay. I was starting to lose morale and beginning to regret coming to Kamakura when all of a sudden I bumped into a old friend for the first time. D aka De-hi was his name. He had full moon party paint on his face and an unyielding confidence that this day would be a great one. Together we made a Lau Chu (Chinese liquor) fueled ruckus around town, talking to everyone, flirting with girls, and discussing potential Japan tour ideas. Reminded me how a crap day can quickly turn into one of the…
  • Leif & Tsuyoshi Go To Kyoto: Shrines, Temples, Diarrhea & Ramen

    The Runaway Guide
    5 Nov 2014 | 1:08 am
    November 4th, 2014. I’m not quite sure where I am anymore. Across the street a lady in a kimono bows low to a departing customer. Behind me there’s a McDonalds where a girl is handing out flyers. We make our way across the bridge. Salary man, samurai, salary man, samurai. I look down the river, it’s banks are dominated by huge bank buildings. I look the opposite way and find hundred year old homes. I can’t keep the grin off my face. If you only visit one city in Japan, Kyoto is the place. This ancient capitol epitomizes Japan, and the wonderful juxtaposition of…
  • Get 35$ Towards Top Hotels On Travel Pony

    The Runaway Guide
    1 Nov 2014 | 3:26 am
    Sometimes I love sleeping rough with a ceiling of stars and walls of freedom. But to be honest, I love staying at high end hotels even more. There’s nothing better than escaping to a cozy room with HBO in the middle of a chaotic city. Unfortunately, for someone on the road as much as me, it’s totally unsustainable. However, I recently came across a hotel booking website that makes mid to high end hotels much more affordable. So affordable that I’m even considering splurging for a night or two. This website is Travel Pony Why Is Travel Pony So Cheap? Travel Pony…
  • 5 Ways Travelers Can Make Money Online

    The Runaway Guide
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:44 am
    From Korea to Guatemala I saw them. They always looked so clever clicking away on their laptops. “So you actually make enough money online to travel?” I would ask, my eyes squinting with incredulity. “Yea, it’s really not too hard once you get the hang of it,” they would reply, taunting me and my dumpster diving ways. I didn’t think it was possible. I didn’t believe a drop out runaway like myself could ever do it. But the more people I met the more I realized the potential of the Internet as a means to fund my travel addiction. Today I know it’s definitely possible. And you…
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  • New Event!

    2 Nov 2014 | 2:03 pm
    Start Date: December 23, 2014 End Date: December 24, 2014 - Wine On Ice is your opportunity to taste regional wines, sample gourmet cheese and fare from local restaurants and shop for unique gifts and household treasures from a myriad of local, craft businesses.
  • New Event!

    2 Nov 2014 | 2:02 pm
    Start Date: December 18, 2014 End Date: December 18, 2014 - At 2300°F, hot glass gets interesting-and so do things at The Corning Museum of Glass. Enjoy glassmaking demonstrations, live music, and great food and drink. Free and open to the pub