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  • The New World of Travel Writing

    Intelligent Travel
    Don George
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:21 pm
    As a writer, editor, and teacher, I care about travel writing that matters. My own journey of learning about and reflecting on the ever-evolving world of travel writing and publishing is a continual one, propelled each year by the Book Passage Travel Writers and Photographers Conference, held each summer in the Bay Area, where I live. Even more recently, I was thrilled to attend the Melbourne Writers Festival and TBEX travel bloggers gathering as a guest speaker—where the conversation gained momentum. One of my prime lessons this year has been the fact that today, what might be called…
  • Staying Connected While Travelling

    Europe a la Carte Travel Blog
    Karen Bryan
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:52 am
    Innovative improvements in technology mean fast internet connections no longer require a physical wired connection. Mobile technologies and broadband have transformed the travel industry and revolutionised travellers’ experiences. But how do mobile devices and broadband impact travellers’ behaviour and where do you find cheap broadband deals?
  • Stunning Fall Colors Around the World!

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    Soul Travelers3
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:10 am
    Stunning Fall Colors Around the World!Who doesn't love this colorful, crisp season of Autumn? In our travels around the world we've Who doesn't love this colorful, crisp season of Autumn? In our travels around the world we've seen so many stunning destinations in fall, so wanted to share these photos with you!That gorgeous vineyard and church scene above, is from Route des Vins d'Alsace in France and it was like walking into a painting. Fall is the best time to visit Beijing China like this terra cotta dragon at the Summer Palace. What a delight to discover these…
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site #283: Painted Churches in the Troodos Region

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

    Mike Richard
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:39 am
    Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. Chattanooga, I heart you. After an all-too-quick trip to the city this year, I was shocked by just how much there was to do. The downtown area is hip, fun, lively, and vibrates with the energy of a city on a serious upswing. Outside the city, there’s a lifetime worth of outdoor experiences to keep any adventure-loving traveler happy. Here are the essentials: #1: Whitewater Rafting on the Ocoee River Whitewater Rafting the Ocoee River Near Chattanooga You know how you’re always pondering: I wonder what it’s like to run through the…
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    Intelligent Travel

  • Louisiana, Three Ways: Creole Country

    Andrew Nelson
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:57 pm
    [Read Louisiana, Three Ways: NOLA] I’m in Killer Poboys to meet with Charles Chamberlain, a Ph.D. in American history and local History Man. Ten years a historian at the Louisiana State Museum before setting up his own company, Historia, to provide outsiders insights into the Pelican State, Chamberlain knows Louisiana. He’s just the guy, I figure, to explain why Louisiana is so different, even a little cray cray—and I don’t mean the fish. “Louisiana couldn’t be anything but,” he declares as we share a bag of Zapp’s Voodoo Potato Chips, a favorite Louisiana…
  • A Metamorphosis in Prague

    Intelligent Travel
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:45 am
    I was working on an animated film in Los Angeles in 1982 when I was ordered back to Prague by the communist Czech government. I wanted to finish my film and was tired of the government telling me what to do, so I decided not to return even though I knew this meant I might not see my family again. Then, in 1989, I became a U.S. citizen, and a few months later the Berlin Wall fell. I could once again go home. Whenever I visit, I try to swim against time, not to recall the oppressive fortress that used to be Prague but to reconnect with the favorite places of my childhood. Our family home is…
  • The New World of Travel Writing

    Don George
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:21 pm
    As a writer, editor, and teacher, I care about travel writing that matters. My own journey of learning about and reflecting on the ever-evolving world of travel writing and publishing is a continual one, propelled each year by the Book Passage Travel Writers and Photographers Conference, held each summer in the Bay Area, where I live. Even more recently, I was thrilled to attend the Melbourne Writers Festival and TBEX travel bloggers gathering as a guest speaker—where the conversation gained momentum. One of my prime lessons this year has been the fact that today, what might be called…
  • Five UFO Hot Spots in the American Southwest

    Intelligent Travel
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:19 am
    The dramatic geology and wide-open spaces of the American Southwest lend themselves to UFO activity—imaginary or real—making it one of the top spots for sightings. Roswell, New Mexico, may be the most notable name in extraterrestrial lore, but there are plenty of other hot spots in the region that deserve honorable mentions. Here are five: 1. Marfa, Texas On a desert plateau in western Texas, the town of Marfa is known for the Marfa Lights—reddish-orange spheres that are three to six feet (one to three meters) in diameter and travel at high speed. They are said to glow like a…
  • I Heart My City: Hannah’s Phnom Penh

    I Heart My City
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:57 pm
    Nat Geo Young Explorer Hannah Reyes is a photographer and travel enthusiast whose work has taken her to the unlikeliest of places to document threatened indigenous cultures. After growing up in the Philippine capital, Manila, she chose a similarly chaotic city in Cambodia—Phnom Penh—as her new home base. With its rich history and its diverse landscapes, Hannah says, “those who decide to take a close look at this changing place enjoy the reward of discovering its wonderful secrets.” Here are a few of her favorite things about the city she calls home. Learn more about…
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  • What’s New on the North Shore

    Lauren Rolland
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:31 am
    Oahu’s North Shore is infamous for their food trucks. Scattered from Haleiwa to Hau‘ula, these casual eateries have made a name for The post What’s New on the North Shore appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Surfing’s Circus Comes to the Country

    Jamie Winpenny
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:19 am
    Professional surfing’s World Championship Tour has stricken the tents and winner’s stand at Moche Beach in Portugal. That seems, at first, irrelevant The post Surfing’s Circus Comes to the Country appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Top Free Tours on Oahu

    Bruce Fisher
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:29 pm
    The best things in life are free, right? Especially when your vacation destination is a tropical group of islands where the sun The post Top Free Tours on Oahu appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • 3 Simple Things Hawaii Residents Miss

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

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

    Katka Lapelosa
    25 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Photo via PMK/BNC Alexa Vega can currently be seen in the film 23 Blast in theaters now, as well as the hit television series Nashville. 1. Name your favorite travel destinations. What makes them so special? AV: My husband and I love to escape to Maui, we camp all over the island. We also love warm weather of Miami, and we have a bunch of family all over Florida. Florence, Italy was so beautiful. I’ve had to go there for work, where I literally flew into Florence for the day, but the city still took my breath away. It’s so romantic! My husband and I are obsessed with cruises as well. We…
  • Travelers are old souls [photos]

    Branden Eastwood
    25 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Travel is often depicted as an activity for the young of body, but rarely for the young of spirit. It takes the courage of an old soul to leave the familiar and examine the cultural assumptions that are the foundations of our lives. It is the travelers who refuse to accept “because that’s the way it is” as an explanation of why we live as we do. With that in mind, we approached members of MatadorU and asked them to illustrate a moment in their travels where they felt like old souls, or a moment when they realized travel had irrevocably aged their souls. See their answers below. 1 Maria…
  • 12 things to do before having kids

    Matt Hershberger
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Photo: Joe Stump I love getting old. I’m 28, and I much prefer it to being 22. I found a few gray hairs earlier this year; I’ve finally grown a decent beard; and I’m getting carded less and less at bars. I actually enjoy adult things like having money, too. I spend it on “investments” (i.e., a basic savings account) and fancy Scotch whiskies. If I pass an abandoned pizza box, I’m not as tempted as I used to be to just take a chance on it for the free calories. I don’t even eat ramen from styrofoam cups anymore. Welcome, adulthood. I’ve been expecting you. But earlier this…
  • Story behind the shot: Fang-Od

    Bernice Beltran
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Photo by the author. It was a long trip from Manila to Kalinga: 12 hours by bus, three hours by jeepney, another hour by minivan, and finally, three hours of trekking into the jungle. Finally, we approached a small house. Outside the door was a plywood sign, “Welcome. Tattoo Artist Fang-Od,” written in red paint. She was tattooing someone at that very moment. Seeing her work, slowly and methodically with a stick tipped with an orange thorn, and a pot of ink, I was completely starstruck. Fang-Od was old, the wrinkles of a long life carved into her face, and yet she sat with poise,…
  • Most inspiring NYC timelapse ever

    Piotr Wancerz
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    [mn-post-social-video] About a year ago I was invited by the creators of to make a video that shows New York City in a creative way — as one of the most-photographed and documented cities in the world this was no easy task! So I bought a ticket and started wondering what I should to do to make my edit stand out. I really didn’t want to make another NYC timelapse of traffic and sunsets. I wanted to use a subject in the edit to act like a guide showing off the best spots in Manhattan. So, I called my friend Roza — she’s a Polish painter who was staying in…
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    Wanderlust and Lipstick

  • 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)…
  • The Curtis Hotel in Denver

    Beth Whitman
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:58 am
    On our recent visit to Denver, we stayed at The Curtis hotel in downtown Denver (as I mentioned in my post about us hiking). It was my first stay at The Curtis and I loved it because of how unique the hotel is. Every floor is themed and every room is decorated based on the theme of that floor. I thought it would be fun to share with you some photos of those rooms… We were on the 13th (scary movies) floor in the Ghostbusters room. It’s hard to tell from this photo but the darker green squares on the floor were actually filled with a gooey substance so that when you stepped on it,…
  • Denver-area Hiking

    Beth Whitman
    5 Sep 2014 | 3:10 pm
    As part of our training for the Snowman Trek, Jon and I took a very short trip (two nights) to Denver to get in some last-minute high-altitude hiking. It was a good thing we did because we learned a thing or two that we hadn’t quite figured out during our warm summer hikes. Though we had already done some high altitude hikes–14,000 foot Mauna Kea in Hawaii and 12,600 foot Santa Fe Baldy in New Mexico–this was the first time we were really in cold weather. It was 38 degrees when we set out at about 7 A.M. I have to admit that I was a bit unprepared for that low temp. While I…
  • Road Tripping in New Mexico

    Beth Whitman
    4 Sep 2014 | 11:10 am
    This post is a bit late in coming as I was in New Mexico earlier this summer. Still, I wanted to make some time for one of my very favorite destinations. Though I make Seattle my home, my heart always gets pulled back to The Land of Enchantment. If I didn’t feel the need to be near water, I would likely be living there. But the Pacific Northwest’s green mountains and plethora of lakes, rivers, bays and sounds makes it my number one choice. I do travel to New Mexico fairly regularly, particularly now that I lead culinary tours to Santa Fe once a year. When I can, I tack on extra…
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  • Top 3 Celebrity 123go Sale Deals

    Rich Tucker
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:28 am
    For your next Celebrity Cruise, how would you like to choose from Free Adult Beverage Package, Free Gratuities, or an Onboard Credit of up to $300? With the Free Adult beverage package being a $700+ value on a 7-night cruise, this sale is tough to beat. For the standard Celebrity 123go Sale, if you book an oceanview or higher on almost any Celebrity Cruise departing February 2014 – April 2016 then you will get to choose 1 of the above..and if you book a Europe Cruise – you get to choose 2 of the above. CLICK to view full Terms & conditions BUT WAIT, THERE’s MORE! Most of you know…
  • Jamaica Cliff Diving GoPro Video at Ricks Cafe

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

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

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

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

  • Review of RE London Shoreditch Hotel

    Karen Bryan
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:10 pm
    I stayed at the RE London Shoreditch for two nights in late May 2014. I was searching for a hotel in the Shoreditch/Hackney area to be to close to the Aegon Retiready event which I was attending for my personal finance blog. I booked the hotel around ten days in advance of my stay through lastminute's 'Top Secret' hotels.
  • Staying Connected While Travelling

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

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

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

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

  • Robert Genn’s Last Year to Live

    Chris Guillebeau
    25 Oct 2014 | 9:31 am
    They considered how to spend the time they had left together. There were thoughts of trips to Hawaii or the Galapagos, but Genn wanted to end his life as he had lived it: in his studio, making art, with his family close by. James fashioned a reclining chair so his father could continue to paint, lying down, as his illness took a physical toll. “He made it is his mission to go as long and as far as he could with a paintbrush in his hand, and he was painting small canvases right up until the last few weeks,” James said. “There’s a thing in the culture that says, if you’re given a year…
  • Top 5 Credit Card Signup Bonuses for Miles & Points: October

    Chris Guillebeau
    25 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Every year I earn well over one million Frequent Flyer miles and points. About 250,000 of them come through actual travel, and the rest come through travel hacking: the art of seeing the world on a budget. One of the easiest ways to earn a lot of miles all at once is through credit card signup bonuses. This post contains the best current card offers as of Friday, October 24. If getting every card from this post, you’d earn 165,000 points or miles and $250 in cash. Happy travels! In this edition: Chase Sapphire Preferred SimplyCash® Business Card from American Express U.S. Airways…
  • Do You Want to Be Right or Do You Want to Be Free?

    Chris Guillebeau
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:39 am
    I’ve been thinking about this question recently (thanks, Danielle). There’s a lot of freedom in giving up on a matter of principle, so you can move on with your life. When at an impasse in a difficult situation, the freedom comes in saying “OK, whatever. Have it your way, but let’s stop the silliness.” Letting go is tough, though… because you’re right. And you want everyone to acknowledge it! But there’s a price to pay for being right and receiving the acknowledgment. “Life is too short for this” is a great mantra for conflict management. Do you need to be right all…
  • 100 Books in 100 Months: Eugene Yiga’s Literary Quest

    Chris Guillebeau
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    This is a quest case study. (Read others or nominate yourself Eugene Yiga fell in love with the written word – and took that love to quest-level when he decided to read the 100 Greatest Books of All Time, in the 100 months leading up to his 30th birthday. Here’s his story. Tell us about yourself: I’m regularly told I sound British or American, but I was born in South Africa and have lived in this amazing country all my life. Even though I studied finance, accounting, and classical piano at the University of Cape Town, I now work as a writer, consultant, and coach with almost two…
  • The Abandoned Airport in Congo that Became a Playground

    Chris Guillebeau
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    I spend a lot of time in nice airports—and plenty of not-so-nice ones, too. But seeing these photos from war photographer Michael Christopher Brown made me reflect on my days as an aid worker in West Africa. While flying around the region, I saw plenty of abandoned planes on derelict runways. The airlines changed names and ownership in shady deals every couple of years. Flights would be canceled with no explanation, and sometimes the entire airport would be closed off, thwarting the plans of hundreds of travelers. But the situation in Goma, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, takes things…
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    TripAdvisor Insights

  • Management Photo Friday: Four Seasons Resort Vail

    24 Oct 2014 | 6:21 am
    Vail, Colorado, USA is most closely associated with the flurry of skiers that flock to its snowy peaks in the winter months.
  • You’re invited: World Travel Market London 2014

    23 Oct 2014 | 8:48 am
    Take advantage of the opportunity to learn how to drive direct bookings from TripAdvisor experts at this year’s WTM in London.
  • 8 things I look for in a TripAdvisor review

    Helen Anne Travis
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:41 am
    Here’s a confession: I’m a bit of an over-planner when it comes to traveling. My biggest fear is that I’ll miss something amazing during my trip: a new craft beer bar, a restaurant that serves only soup, a contemporary art exhibit about cats. You get where I’m going here.
  • Excellent Service stories: Going above and beyond

    21 Oct 2014 | 6:52 am
    The TripAdvisor Excellent Service campaign sends special pins to frequent reviewers so they can honor hospitality staff that really impress them.
  • How Going Green Can Help Your Business

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

  • Aloha Friday Photo: Spouting Horn

    Sheila Beal
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Mahalo to Laura and Marco from Milan, Italy for sharing this excellent photo with us for Aloha Friday Photos.Here’s what our Italian friends shared about their photo of Spouting Horn, one of Hawaii’s best blowholes:We arrived to  Kauai the day  before Hurricane Iselle hit the Hawai’i islands. No damages in Kauai, but lots of rain and flash flooding.Just after “Iselle” left the area, we visited the Spouting Horn , and it was “spouting” quite  a lot!Compared to what we’ve seen of Spouting Horn in the past, it really does look like it’s…
  • How to see the sea cliffs of Molokai

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    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. 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

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

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

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

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

    Mike Richard
    25 Oct 2014 | 11:42 am
    Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. “Diverse Microclimates. Dynamic Flavors. Perfectly Located.” This succinct tagline describes the unmistakable appeal of California’s Central Coast, particularly for wine growers and wine aficionados. But it’s also revealing of the many other facets of San Luis Obispo county, including the myriad outdoor experiences that await more adventurous travelers. After a week along the Central Coast, we experienced more of the region than most sane travelers might see in a month. Here are just seven of our favorite outdoor adventures in…
  • 7 Essential Outdoor Adventure Experiences in Chattanooga

    Mike Richard
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:39 am
    Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. Chattanooga, I heart you. After an all-too-quick trip to the city this year, I was shocked by just how much there was to do. The downtown area is hip, fun, lively, and vibrates with the energy of a city on a serious upswing. Outside the city, there’s a lifetime worth of outdoor experiences to keep any adventure-loving traveler happy. Here are the essentials: #1: Whitewater Rafting on the Ocoee River Whitewater Rafting the Ocoee River Near Chattanooga You know how you’re always pondering: I wonder what it’s like to run through the…
  • Photo of the Moment: Lone One-room Schoolhouse in Montana

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Travel to Poland – Episode 441

    25 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    Hear about travel to Poland as the Amateur Traveler talks again to Chris Bogdon about his recent trip to Poland. Chris brought his kids and his parents to experience the country where […] The post Travel to Poland – Episode 441 appeared first on Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast.
  • Kansas City, Missouri – Great American Road Trip

    22 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    Kansas City, Missouri We spent a weekend in Kansas City with the excuse of seeing the San Francisco Giants play the Kansas City Royals in what we now know was a preview […] The post Kansas City, Missouri – Great American Road Trip appeared first on Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast.
  • Alligators and Airboats – Amateur Traveler Video #76

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

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

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

  • At The End Of The World in Argentina

    Serra Sozen
    25 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Having succumbed to the sweltering heat in Buenos Aires, I can assure you that arriving at Ushuaia “The End of the World” Argentina in 45 degree Fahrenheit weather, wearing a t-shirt, sweat pants and flip flops was not the most pleasant feeling. I scurried off the plane and paused to look around at the scenery that encompassed Ushuaia International Airport. The plane had touched down on a strip of land so narrow that if the pilot had landed a few feet off course, surely the aircraft would have plummeted into the Pacific Ocean. The craggy, snowcapped Martial Mountain range loomed in the…

    Giselle Samontan
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
       LOST AND FOUND IN THAILAND     One scenario in my not so old life has just happened this year that really made me lost. Losing a baby in the womb and having a miscarriage for a woman like me is really a terrible and painful experience life could bring…      I was really devastated, having regrets, and felt lost and down for this catastrophe that came my way couple of months ago.  And one more thing that made me so helpless was the thought that my husband was away when this happened. Coping without each other is really the hardest — cause he works as a seafarer and…
  • The Father of Adventure Travel: Richard Bangs

    Lisa Ellen Niver
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:52 am
    Richard Bangs is a judge for the We Said Go Travel Gratitude Writing Contest. Share your story in our sixth international contest. Enter now until Thanksgiving. This story about him is from Outside Magazine. Sponsored by Tudor. The Father of Adventure Travel: Richard Bangs For more than 40 years, no one has done more to shine a light on the globe’s most intriguing corners for workaday adventurers than Richard Bangs. Now 64, the father of American adventure travel is proof that old-school adventure is as alive as ever. 604SHARES     Photo: Didrik Johnck Every once in a while, in every…
  • What America Means to Me

    David Warren
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    America is a tired farmer wiping sweat from his brow as he sits on a flatbed of hay that he’s baled in a central Indiana field. America is the timeless beauty of the orange Texas sun glowing down on the ageless bricks of the Alamo at dusk. America is a child with a red face full of Italian Ice swaying her heels as she looks at the Brooklyn Bridge in New York America is a jazz procession following a casket in the French Quarter of New Orleans. America is a proud old man thanking a soldier in an airport for fighting for all our freedoms. America is high school kids with painted faces waiting…
  • Living Beyond Breast Cancer: “We Can Survive” Concert Oct 24

    Lisa Ellen Niver
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    STAR-STUDDED “WE CAN SURVIVE” CONCERT AT THE HOLLYWOOD BOWL TO BENEFIT LIVING BEYOND BREAST CANCER OCTOBER 24. 2014 #WCS Taylor Swift, Pharrell Williams, Iggy Azalea, Alicia Keys, Sia, Paramore and Lady Antebellum and Gwen Stefani to Headline   Join me at the We Can Survive Concert presented by 5-hour ENERGY and CBS Radio benefiting Living Beyond Breast Cancer at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, California. The concert has an incredible lineup of artists including Taylor Swift, Pharrell Williams, Ariana Grande, Iggy Azalea, Sia, Paramore, Lady Antebellum and will include a…
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  • Trouble on the road? Maybe the government can help (seriously)

    Christopher Elliott
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Donald Lessard did a double take when he saw the name on his airline ticket: “Donald Jeffries.” “I called American […] The post Trouble on the road? Maybe the government can help (seriously) appeared first on Elliott.
  • No, you probably can’t afford this – but pay attention, anyway

    Christopher Elliott
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:40 am
    The largest Four Seasons hotel in the world opens today in Orlando, and since I live in Orlando, I’m here […] The post No, you probably can’t afford this – but pay attention, anyway appeared first on Elliott.
  • My infant daughter doesn’t have a ticket – who’s responsible?

    Christopher Elliott
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Allison Ruark’s infant daughter doesn’t have a ticket. Who’s responsible for this mess? Question: Earlier this year, I booked tickets […] The post My infant daughter doesn’t have a ticket – who’s responsible? appeared first on Elliott.
  • I’m giving away $500 in HotelPower credit – here’s how to qualify

    Christopher Elliott
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:33 am
    Can you feel the excitement building? Every day during our October fundraiser, I’ve been giving away luggage, books and other […] The post I’m giving away $500 in HotelPower credit – here’s how to qualify appeared first on Elliott.
  • Hey Verizon, what happened to those discounts you promised?

    Christopher Elliott
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Verizon promises Allen Myers $35 in monthly discounts on his bill, and he has it in writing. So why isn’t […] The post Hey Verizon, what happened to those discounts you promised? appeared first on Elliott.
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    Upgrade: Travel Better

  • Coupon Codes for October 2014

    24 Oct 2014 | 11:23 am is a popular online accommodation booking website founded in 1996 Redeem a coupon code for... additional discount on your next booking. has more than 550,000 room reservations daily. Customers are able to find rooms from hotels worldwide at this site and they can easily book the one they like. Latest Coupon Codes for October 2014 I'D LIKE: 50% Off         20% Off        50% Off at Booking.comTake 50% off at when... ▼Book your next trip through to receive up to 50% off select…
  • Discount Codes for October 2014

    23 Oct 2014 | 2:01 pm is a leading website for booking hotel accommodation Originally launched in 1991 and has developed, since then, a number of 85 sites in 34 different languages. It currently lists around 325,000 hotels from all over the world. The website is a leader as it allows you to book a hotel in over 19,000 locations with coupons that discount the price of your next stay. Latest Coupon Discount Codes for October 2014 I'D LIKE: $100 Rebate         $5 Off         5% Off        $100 Booking RebateGet a $100 rebate…
  • Best Hotels In Las Vegas

    22 Oct 2014 | 10:52 am
    Going to Vegas? Pick the Best Hotel For You Ask any Sin City enthusiast, and they’ll tell you straight up: to have the best time in Las Vegas, you gotta stay on the strip. But, if you’re willing to venture away from the action, you’re bound to run into a treasure or two. And for a city known for excess luxury, big-ticket shopping and million-dollar jackpots, you can bet that its hotel stays match the opulence and exorbitance of the guests’ play.
  • Which Americans have passports, and which Americans don’t?

    Mark Ashley
    8 Mar 2011 | 6:30 pm
    30% of Americans have passports. But where do those Americans live? New Jersey takes the prize for the highest percentage of passports issued: 68.36%. At the low end: Mississippi, with just 19.86%. Via C.G.P. Grey, see the graphic below: For the “yes, but…” file: This dataset actually reflects addresses for issuance, not ownership of US passports. That’s because it’s based on addresses at the time of application, so if you got your passport when you live in Los Angeles and then move to St. Louis, you’re in the California stats, not the Missouri stats. Also,…
  • Double up? Citibank’s American AAdvantage Visa comes with a connected Amex

    Mark Ashley
    7 Mar 2011 | 7:36 pm
    The Citibank envelope that was in the mailbox when I returned home today contained two new American Airlines AAdvantage linked cards. But, in a first for me, I received both a replacement Visa and a new American Express. Huh? When I signed up for the card, it was just a Visa. How did I now get two different cards? The enclosure explained: We have enhanced your Citi/AAdvantage credit card account. You now have two Citi/AAdvantage cards, including a Citi/AAdvantage American Express card, to access your existing account and credit line. These two new cards – which are enclosed and carry no…
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    Soul Travelers 3

  • Stunning Fall Colors Around the World!

    Soul Travelers3
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:10 am
    Stunning Fall Colors Around the World!Who doesn't love this colorful, crisp season of Autumn? In our travels around the world we've Who doesn't love this colorful, crisp season of Autumn? In our travels around the world we've seen so many stunning destinations in fall, so wanted to share these photos with you!That gorgeous vineyard and church scene above, is from Route des Vins d'Alsace in France and it was like walking into a painting. Fall is the best time to visit Beijing China like this terra cotta dragon at the Summer Palace. What a delight to discover these…
  • What to do in Spain? The Ultimate Checklist!

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

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

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

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

  • Cranky on the Web (October 20 – 24)

    25 Oct 2014 | 3:45 am
    If anyone happens to be going to a Stanford class reunion today, then come on by and see me on a travel panel at 930a. We’ll be on the third floor in Encina Hall. Southwest tries to get back on schedule – Marketplace Morning Report After my post about Southwest’s terrible on time performance over the last year, I had a chat with Marketplace about what happened. That was, of course, whittled down into a bite size chunk. In the Trenches: Revisiting Our Core Product I spent a lot of time thinking about new offerings, but every so often, we need to step back and make sure our…
  • Here’s Why Those Stories Claiming Ticket Prices are Cheaper on Sundays are Completely Wrong

    24 Oct 2014 | 3:45 am
    It’s rare that I post something on a Friday, but sometimes there’s a topic that gets my blood boiling and a story just can’t wait until Monday. Today is one of those days. You might have heard about a report put out by the Airlines Reporting Corporation (ARC) saying that plane tickets are cheapest when you buy them on Sunday. There’s nothing wrong with this study (except for some confusing phrasing toward the end), and I have no doubt that this is correct. The problem, however, is that reporters are completely misinterpreting what this means. In short, you’re NOT…
  • Ode to the MD-11, An Airplane That Proved the Importance of Innovation (or Lack Thereof)

    23 Oct 2014 | 3:45 am
    This week marks the final passenger-carrying commercial flight of the last of the Douglas widebody aircraft. When KLM flight 672 from Montreal touches down in Amsterdam at 635a on Sunday, the era of the trijet in airline service will officially end. I’ll miss the MD-11, but today I’m going to focus on the negative. The MD-11 was a symbol of failure for McDonnell Douglas, and there are lessons to be learned. Senohrabek / It’s no secret that I love Douglas airplanes. After all, the Douglas Aircraft Company built nearly every jet it produced here in Long Beach,…
  • Everything You’ve Ever Wanted to Know About US Airline Tail Numbers (Part 2)

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

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

  • Despite Rising Airfares, You Can Still Save on Thanksgiving Travel

    24 Oct 2014 | 11:11 am
    Read the full article on at - Despite Rising Airfares, You Can Still Save on Thanksgiving TravelToday, I went on CBS This Morning to talk about holiday travel—and what you need to do to get the best airfare rates. Let’s start with the bad news. Airfares for holiday... Read More...The post Despite Rising Airfares, You Can Still Save on Thanksgiving Travel appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
  • From Firefighter to Flight Attendant: JetBlue Hires First Responders

    24 Oct 2014 | 10:44 am
    Read the full article on at - From Firefighter to Flight Attendant: JetBlue Hires First RespondersFor more than a decade, airlines have been hiring first responders to work as part of their flight crews. But one airline has been focusing on a particular group of... Read More...The post From Firefighter to Flight Attendant: JetBlue Hires First Responders appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
  • Ghost Tours & Black Dinners: 13 Halloween Hotel Events

    24 Oct 2014 | 8:24 am
    Read the full article on at - Ghost Tours & Black Dinners: 13 Halloween Hotel EventsLooking for some haunting spots for Halloween? Many hotels are offering their own unique take on spooky activities and ghostly events that are suited for the entire family. We’ve rounded... Read More...The post Ghost Tours & Black Dinners: 13 Halloween Hotel Events appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
  • Travel Tip: The Friendliest Hotel Ghosts

    24 Oct 2014 | 5:21 am
    Read the full article on at - Travel Tip: The Friendliest Hotel GhostsHalloween is approaching, so you know what that means: time to visit a haunted hotel! Don’t worry, haunted doesn’t have to be scary. Some hotel ghosts are as friendly as... Read More...The post Travel Tip: The Friendliest Hotel Ghosts appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
  • Travel Tip: When to Use a Travel Agent

    23 Oct 2014 | 5:24 am
    Read the full article on at - Travel Tip: When to Use a Travel AgentNot sure when to use a travel agent? Some of you might think that with the Internet, travel agents are past their expiration date. Not even close. What a lot of the... Read More...The post Travel Tip: When to Use a Travel Agent appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
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    Nancy D Brown

  • Molokai, Hawaii: Things to Do

    Nancy Brown
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Are you visiting Molokai, Hawaii for the first time? Below is a list of “Insider Tips” for things to see and do on the Friendly Isle.     When I have a visitor from out of town, the most authentic Molokai experiences I suggest are the mule ride to Kalaupapa National Historical Park – a […]
  • Rhine River: Christmas Market Cruising

    Nancy Brown
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    My wanderlust and love of boating each began at the same time: on the “It’s a Small World” ride at Disneyland when I was a child. At first the exotic costumes and props sparked my interest — then it struck me how pleasant it was to see the world pass by as I floated on […]
  • Spa Week Deals

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

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

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

  • 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.
  • Describing Hawaii

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    25 Oct 2014 | 12:38 pm
    Isfahan - Isfahan, Iran Isfahan, IranOur guide arrived at 9 am and from then on we had a whirlwind of sightseeing activity until 6pm in the evening. It would be impossible to describe in detail everything he showed us and the amazing things he told us about Isfahan and Persian history. I absolutely loved every minute of. So much of what I heard is connected to pieces I knew from European history. The guide really had the ability to make history come alive and it was a fantastic tour. The first thing the guide showed us was one of the largest mosques in Iran. It is a huge complex (with three…
  • Isfahan — Isfahan, Iran

    25 Oct 2014 | 12:38 pm
    Isfahan - Isfahan, Iran Isfahan, IranAs we were moving hotels today and because of the whirlwind day we had yesterday we decided to take it very easy in the morning, getting up late, reading on our balcony and just relaxing. In the afternoon having moved all our belongings to the new hotel we decided to explore part of what we had seen yesterday by car on foot. So we started walking around Isfahan, but as usual the traffic in Iran puts a huge damper on this means of getting around. Every street is just car after car after car with no gap to change sides without risking your life (and I am…
  • Pyrenæerne - Madrid — Jaca, Spain and Canary Islands

    25 Oct 2014 | 12:36 pm
    Pyrenæerne - Madrid - Jaca, Spain and Canary Islands Jaca, Spain and Canary IslandsJaca - Jaca Efter en utrolig flot tur gennem Pyrenæerne kom vi til Jaca . En by som "ligger på 1. Sal ". Det var ligeledes et gensyn , da vi også var der sidste efterår. En flot camino by med en stor katedral og en borg/citadel, som vi besøgte på vores bytur. Videre mod syd over flotte bjerglandskabet og gennem et par tunneler Vi havde talt om at besøge Zaragoza, men da vi havde læst om byen, og fundet ud af at " det var mest kirkeseværdigheder " , som vi ser…
  • Karangahake Gorge and Bowentown — Katikati, New Zealand

    25 Oct 2014 | 12:35 pm
    Karangahake Gorge and Bowentown - Katikati, New Zealand Katikati, New ZealandThe weather broke as we travelled down the east coast towards the Bay of Plenty so we decided to head inland to the Geothermal area around Rotorua. However, we found a lovely campsite at the end of a Peninsula overlooking Katikati and Matakana Island. It poured with rain all night and we wondered if we might be bogged in the morning, thankfully not, and the sun appeared before we left so we could see across to the other side of the bay and to the island.
  • Tips And Tricks For Bettering Your Lead Generation Experience — Iasi, Romania

    25 Oct 2014 | 12:35 pm
    Tips And Tricks For Bettering Your Lead Generation Experience - Iasi, Romania Iasi, RomaniaYou may have previously been stymied by lead generation, but that needs to change. This article is the first step to educating yourself on the topic. Read all the tips below to find methods for generating the leads you need. Learn about the buying cycles related to your business when developing lead generation plans. Consumers generally consider getting offers, search for information on it all, then figure out whether or not to…
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  • The Secret Sauce: How Your Airline/Hotel Credit Card Actually Works

    Gary Leff
    25 Oct 2014 | 10:15 am
    A question I got yesterday in the comments prompted me to put together a post explaining how airline credit cards work — how co-brand credit card deals get put together by banks, airline or hotel company, and payment network like Visa or MasterCard. (With American Express, the card issuer and payment network is usually the same.) I thought some readers would find it interesting to discuss a bit about ‘how the sausage gets made’ and what that means for which banks will issue which cards for which airlines and hotels going forward. Reader Win asks, @Gary, how are co-branded…
  • Boeing Sales to Iran, Life Advice, Jet Lag and Weight Gain, and the TWA Terminal at JFK

    Gary Leff
    25 Oct 2014 | 7:40 am
    News and notes from around the interweb: Someone was foolish enough to ask me for life advice, and just crazy enough to publish it. Hopefully appropriate caveats are offered at the outset of the piece. Photos of the abandoned TWA terminal at JFK (With apologies, I can’t seem to track down which reader was kind enough to share this with me.) Boeing’s first sales to Iran since 1979. Alaska Airlines is now apparently willing to match status from other airlines up to their top tier MVP Gold 75K and no longer just to MVP Gold. Even bacteria gets jet lag. And that may explain some of…
  • Cadillac Test Drive Miles Promotion Pulled Early: What Happened?

    Gary Leff
    25 Oct 2014 | 5:05 am
    At the beginning of the month I spoke with American AAdvantage President Suzanne Rubin and Cadillac’s Chief Marketing Officer Uwe Ellinghaus about the new marketing tie up between the two companies. American launched Cadillac tarmac transfers for their top ‘Concierge Key’ customers making tight connections at certain airports. And they shared that a promotion was coming, offering 7500 American miles for test driving a Cadillac. I noted at the time that, Suzanne said that the offer would last about two months, but both she and Ellinghaus said they were going to evaluate how the…
  • A True Thank You for Sharing Your Comments, Here’s What It’s Meant

    Gary Leff
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:20 pm
    You’ve been sharing your feedback (good and bad!) with me — as well as your questions, insights, and wisdom — for a very long time. Nearly 150,000 times. And I thank you from the bottom of my heart for that. You’ve posted many more times to this blog than I have, and I appreciate the chance I have to interact with you… here in the comments, in person at events or when we run into each other during our travels, and by email. I appreciate you more than you’ll ever know. You’ve helped keep me going for the past twelve and a half years. And for any of you…
  • Air Canada Thinks Their Elites Are Over-entitled. And They’ve Actually Done Something About It..

    Gary Leff
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Air Canada announced changes to elite benefits for 2015. Put another way, Air Canada has shown us what you do when you think that your customers are the problem. I’m not an Air Canada elite member. Air Canada, the airline, runs their elite program while Aeroplan — a separate public company — is the mileage program. I have more than my share of Aeroplan points, and I figure those have already been devalued enough with award chart changes and the imposition of fuel surcharges that those are hopefully safe. But I’m glad today that I’m not an elite member with the…
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  • Japan tax free items now include cosmetics, food and beverages

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

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

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

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

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

    Tony Wheeler
    25 Oct 2014 | 4:41 am
    ▲ Take the nose and tail of three private jets past their use-by date, join them together with long twisting tubes and turn them into three snakes writhing across the gallery floor. It’s Telle mère tel fils by Abdel Abdessemed. Art galleries are all the go in China and the Yuz Museum in Shanghai is definitely worth a visit. The creation of Budi Tek, he’s Chinese-Indonesian and has another Yuz Museum in Jakarta, it’s housed in a converted aircraft hangar. The museum is about 7km from the centre of Shanghai and you can get there by taxi or on the metro. Check the Yuz Museum…
  • Goodbye Mecca

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

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

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

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

  • Factory tours in Colorado

    Charlie Leocha
    25 Oct 2014 | 1:04 am
    I visited Colorado for years, skiing, hiking and climbing. I never thought of the industries that made the state hum. But, as a kid, my dad took me on tours of the factories of the midwest and northeast. Why not Colorado?
  • Do we really want DOT making cell rules for airlines?

    Charlie Leocha
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:04 am
    Is the uproar against using cell phones on plane a knee-jerk reaction? Using cell phones would be far more expensive and controllable than cell phone use in normal life. Should a cell phone rule be nationwide and for all flights? And, implemented by the government?
  • Why business-traveler friends book Southwest

    Charlie Leocha
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:04 am
    The Southwest effect is still alive. Plus, with no cancellation and change fees or baggage fees, this airline is on its way becoming a small-business-traveler's best friend.
  • Halloween parades in Vegas, Virgin America/China Airlines codeshare, ride your suitcase

    Stephanus Surjaputra
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:03 am
    Two halloween parades in downtown Vegas, Virgin America/China Airlines codeshare, ride your suitcase to the airport and through the airport
  • Do frequent flier miles trump customer service?

    Charlie Leocha
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:04 am
    Forgive me. Though there have been sales on JetBlue and Virgin America, I booked on US Airways and American Airlines in pursuit of elite status.
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    EuroCheapo's Budget Travel Blog

  • 5 tips for visiting Birmingham, England on a budget

    Alex Robertson Textor
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:35 am
    Birmingham, the UK’s second-biggest city in terms of population, is no London copy. The West Midlands city is full of classic Victorian buildings and bold contemporary architecture alike. Historically an important center of manufacturing and modern industry, Birmingham has more recently seen an extended refurbishment of canals and industrial areas and the creation of a media and arts district in the Custard Factory. Birmingham’s weekend crowds consist mostly of locals, in refreshing distinction to London’s tourist-filled inner districts. Here are five tips for watching your pennies in…
  • 10 French phrases that will save you money in Paris

    Bryan Pirolli
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:45 am
    So you’re feeling like you’ve mastered the “bonjours” and “mercis”? Maybe it’s time to kick it up a notch. Sometimes in Paris, hand signals don’t always work when you are shopping or dining in a café. We know the feeling when you want to say, “No, stop, please, I didn’t want the €65 box of chocolate,” and sometimes you just can’t find the words. So here are a few simple phrases to keep in your back pocket when purchasing items or dining out so that you can avoid spending too much. Bon courage! 1. Ça coute combien? – This costs how much? Use this one when you…
  • Rolling Along: A Cheapo at Work in Amsterdam

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

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

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

  • Costa Rica Ecotourism Extremely Popular Destination

    Alice Benny
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:34 pm
    With its tremendous natural beauty and superior biodiversity, Costa Rica is one of the world’s top ecotourism destinations. Unlike other types of travel, ecotourism allows vacationers to responsibly visit natural areas. Carefully planned explorations preserve natural resources and enhance the economic stability of the locals. Ecotourism is becoming increasingly popular in many destinations, but it’s… Read more The post Costa Rica Ecotourism Extremely Popular Destination appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • 10 Things To Do With a Toddler in London

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

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

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

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

  • 6 Quick and Quirky, DIY Travel-Themed Halloween Costumes

    24 Oct 2014 | 2:20 pm
    Halloween is right around the corner and, if you've been traveling a lot or just plain lazy, you probably are just now trying to brainstorm costume ideas. Jaunted to the rescue! Below we've rounded up a few of our favorite travel-themed get-ups, all easily DIY-ed and definitely doable, from a day of preparation to a few minutes before you really have to head to that party. Have any suggestions of your own? Pop 'em in the comments for all to see, and Happy Trick-or-Treating!
  • Florida: Horror Movie Filming Locations You've Gotta See for Yourself

    24 Oct 2014 | 1:23 pm
    Filmmakers love Florida for romantic beach scenes and car chases, but the state has been featured in plenty of scary movies, too. Here are three Florida filming locations that might seem scary on the big screen, but in reality they couldn't be more serene. · Florida has a long history on film. One of the state's first appearances in a horror movie was back in 1954 when producers used Wakulla Springs in Florida's Panhandle for underwater shots in Creature from the Black Lagoon. Wakulla Springs, one of the world's largest fresh water springs, is now a state park open daily for hiking,…
  • The Whales on the Plane Go Splish Splash

    24 Oct 2014 | 12:46 pm
    Ever packed heavy for a trip, only to have the airline check-in agent weigh your bag with a scowl on her face? Overweight/oversize luggage is nothing compared to what FedEx has to deal with. As you may know, Reddit hosts Q & A sessions called an "AMA" (Ask Me Anything), to essentially allow anyone to ask questions of celebrities, politicians, and those with incredibly unique careers. We can't believe we missed it but, back in 2012, an AMA was conducted with Dave Lange, Managing Director of the Aircraft Charters Department at FedEx Express. That vague title hides what is perhaps one of the…
  • Porto: Wish You Were Here: Porto, Portugal

    24 Oct 2014 | 11:16 am
    View from Gaia across the Douro River to Porto Last year, we spent a week exploring Lisbon, Portugal's capital and largest city. We loved it so much that we celebrated it as the 2013 destination of the year, diving head first into into its Fado culture, personable neighborhoods, and undiscovered nature. At the end of our trip, we vowed to return to explore more of the country, and this week we landed in Porto, Lisbon's rival city up north built alongside the Douro River. It may be much smaller than Lisbon, but it sure doesn't feel like it as you walk its streets. Numerous vistas provide…
  • Brussels: Why Brussels Airlines is a Central Figure in the Ebola Panic

    24 Oct 2014 | 9:41 am
    A Brussels Airlines A330, like the one Spencer took on his BRU-JFK flight "Freak out like it's Hurricane Sandy 2.0" - the Facebook status of a friend, after last night's news that a doctor in New York City had been diagnosed with Ebola. Of course his status is tongue-in-cheek, but we won't be surprised to see a few face masks on subway straphangers this weekend, not to mention increased use of those teensy-weensy Purell bottle keychains. Doctors Without Borders volunteer Craig Spencer flew Brussels Airlines for his travels to and from West Africa. Spencer returned from his trip to Guinea via…
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  • 'Jane The Virgin' Actually Takes Place at This Hotel

    24 Oct 2014 | 3:19 pm
    The new TV show, "Jane The Virgin" is not just the answer to the prayers of "Ugly Betty" fans, who have been in mourning since the show went off the air a few years ago. "Jane The Virgin" is also extremely clever and funny, yet unabashedly apologetic about its soapy premise. That premise involves Jane, a virgin who's about to get engaged, getting accidentally inseminated by a distracted gynecologist, who just happened to use her brother's last surviving sperm which he had frozen before his chemotherapy treatment. (It's the brother of the gynecologist, not Jane's. No one is ready to see a show…
  • The Next Big Hit From Marcel Wanders Is Coming To Zurich In 2015

    24 Oct 2014 | 1:50 pm
    We recently shared the news, and our excitement, about the upcoming Kahema Bay Portals resort in Majorca, opening in early 2015. With this new hotel well underway, we have another new hotel to look forward to, the Kahema Grand Zurich, opening in Spring, 2015. This is the latest hotel to be delivered by the team of Lifestyle Hospitality & Entertainment Group, tecArchitecure as architect, and Marcel Wanders, as interior designer. Having just received renderings of the Kahema Grand Zurich, we think this 'Mod Squad' of talent and vision may have another hit on their list.
  • 6 Quirky Hotel Courtesy Cars

    24 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Getting picked-up from the airport or dropped off for your dinner reservation by your hotel is a luxury that many hotels offer for either an extra charge or as part of the room rate. More often than not, hotels will whisk you away in some sort of luxury sedan like a BMW, Mercedes or Porsche but occasionally, you just have to hide your face when they pull up in an 8-person van or mini-bus. However, there are a few hotels that totally nail the idea of cool wheels for a courtesy cars. This is a smart move for a few good reasons. One, it shows the hotel has some personality by choosing an…
  • Miami Beach: An All-Suite Extension of Miami's Hot Spot, The Gale, Will Open in December

    24 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    We've already given you 5 hotels to put on your radar when planning a trip to Miami Beach this winter but we don't call it Miami Hotel Mambo for nothing. Hotels be opening left and right in this loca caliente city. And here's another one.The Gale Suites at Kaskades is an extension of the extremely popular Gale Hotel South Beach on Collins Avenue. The Gale Suites won't actually be adjacent to The Gale but they will be close by, located in a building behind The Gale on 17th Street. (The hotel says its only 10 steps away.)
  • Amsterdam: This Old Amsterdam Building Is About To Generate A Load Of Hype

    24 Oct 2014 | 7:34 am
    Generator Amsterdam: the 1950 look Don’t you just love it when people keep a secret? No, us neither, but luckily the folks at Generator Hostels aren't too good at it, because we have news just in time for the weekend – Generator is opening in Amsterdam next year. “Why, aren’t they already opening elsewhere in 2015?” you might say. Congrats – yes, they’re opening Paris and Rome. But as any young American who’s crossed the pond will know, no grand tour of Europe is complete without a pitstop (just enough time to inhale) in Amsterdam. Boiler Room Bar…
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  • Introducing TripDoc 2: The Best Way to Organize Your Trips

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

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

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

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

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

  • Out of Office: Katie in Iceland

    Viator Travel Team
    25 Oct 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…
  • 5 Offbeat Sights to See in Nicaragua

    Viator Travel Team
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:31 am
    Its armed conflicts behind it, Central America’s largest country now lists tourism as its second largest market in the country. In 2010, one million tourists opted to spend their vacation in Nicaragua, which has the lowest crime rate in Latin America, 700 species of birds, unspoiled beauty and low prices. Granada Nicaragua popularity also means you can’t expect privacy at any attractions that have made the top-ten lists. Luckily, for travelers with an appetite for adventure, there are still plenty of offbeat things to do in Nicaragua that are a departure from the average tourist…
  • Top Travel Deals of the Week

    Viator Travel Team
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Looking for something new and fun to do while traveling this week? Check out Viator’s best travel deals available around the globe this week and make the most of your travel budget Here are the top Viator Travel Deals through Oct. 28, 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,…
  • Halloween Tours: Ghosts, Ghouls, & Haunted Histories

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

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

  • Kidnapped Writer Michael Scott Moore Released in Somalia

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

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

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

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

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

  • Travelers are old souls [photos]

    25 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Travel is often depicted as an activity for the young of body, but rarely for the young of spirit. It takes the courage of an old soul to leave the familiar and examine the cultural assumptions that are the foundations of our lives. It is the travelers who refuse to accept “because that’s the way it is” as an explanation of why we live as we do. With that in mind, we approached members of MatadorU and asked them to illustrate a moment in their travels where they felt like old souls, or a moment when they realized travel had irrevocably aged their souls. See their answers below. 1 Maria…
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    Perceptive Travel Blog

  • Greg Salamone, World Traveler, 1979 – 2014

    Brian Spencer
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:09 am
    Greg Salamone, right, with friend in February 2014 Greg Salamone once asked me to travel with him to Uzbekistan, even though we had never even ventured north of Houston Street together. He invited me to Yemen, too… or was it Mali? Greg detailed his ambitious plans for tackling these far-flung destinations in group emails to
  • Mountainous Nebraska and the Oregon Trail at Scotts Bluff

    Sheila Scarborough
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:42 am
    It boggles the mind that when Conestoga wagon trains and other westward-bound Oregon Trail travelers reached this point on their 2,000 mile trek, they were only one-third of the way through their journey. It also boggles the mind that hundreds of feet of soaring sandstone and siltstone at Scotts Bluff National Monument is located in Nebraska,
  • Brief Notes from Three Days Near Canggu, Bali, Presented in Proper Travel-Writing Format for Your Reading Leisure

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Helen Elfer
    19 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    If Paris is the world’s foodie capital, then why is it so hard to find a great restaurant there? Stick to picnics and you’ll eat much better, says Lonely Planet editor Helen Elfer. Picnic à la Paris. Image by Bruno De Hogues/ Photographer’s Choice/ Getty   We’d spent all morning at the Musee d’Orsay, and between the Rodins and the Renoirs, we had worked up one helluva appetite. It was time for my other half and I to enjoy a well-earned, quintessentially French, three-course lunch. I have a firm belief that eating at restaurants near famous attractions increases the…
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  • Favorite Fall Photos From Around The World

    Matt Long
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:55 pm
    Fall photos is the theme of #FriFotos this week and since it’s my favorite season, I have a few to share not only from the United States, but from around the world. One thing that I’ve learned traveling is that how we perceive seasons and the emotions they bring differ remarkably around the world, as these photos I hope show. Stellenbosch, South AfricaThe College of William and Mary in VirginiaNew ZealandIrelandSt ThomasBruges, BelgiumQuebec CityVenice, ItalyBermudaMarylandThe post Favorite Fall Photos From Around The World appeared first on LandLopers.
  • Royal Jordanian Crown Class – A Great Business Class Option

    Matt Long
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:50 pm
    I never shy away from trying a new airline and while my flight with Royal Jordanian Airlines wasn’t my first time with Jordan’s national carrier, it was my first opportunity to experience their Crown Class.I just have to add the caveat that from North America, Royal Jordanian (RJ) flies an Airbus 340-200. It’s an older aircraft and so some of the photos and descriptions of in-flight services will most likely differ depending on from where you are flying.As I thought about my flight with RJ I began to fully appreciate the importance of great flight attendants. Of course they are…
  • 7 Little Known UNESCO World Heritage Sites You Should Visit

    Matt Long
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:55 pm
    While I’m not obsessive about it, I do enjoy visiting UNESCO World Heritage Sites whenever possible. In case you’re not familiar with them, in 1972 the UN, through the UNESCO World Heritage Committee, began recognizing important sites around the world that they consider vital in order to maintain the cultural and natural heritage we have all inherited. We all know the big ones, but why I especially love visiting these sites is because most of them I wouldn’t know about if it weren’t for their UNESCO designation. I’ve discovered a lot of little known, off the beaten path sites that…
  • Rare Storm Rolls Over The Desert In Jordan

    Matt Long
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:50 pm
    The post Rare Storm Rolls Over The Desert In Jordan appeared first on LandLopers.
  • Exploring Mantua, Italy In 7 Photos

    Matt Long
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:55 pm
    Italy is home to a lot of beautiful towns and cities; it’s just part of what makes traveling there so much fun. I recently had the chance though to explore one that was new for me, one that I didn’t know a lot about and one that frankly blew me away. Many people know about the beauty and history of Mantua, Italy, and after exploring this beautiful city in Italy’s Lombardy region, I quickly understood why so many people consider it one of their favorite places to visit. Here’s a look at how I experienced Mantua in seven of my favorite photos from my time there.Market LifeThe markets in…
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    nerd's eye view

  • The Names of Things

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

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

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

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

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

    Tim Leffel
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:13 pm
    We've Moved! Update your Reader Now. This feed has moved to: Update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from us. Meanwhile, you can always see what's new by visiting!
  • The Evolving Value of a Travel Dollar

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

    Tim Leffel
    12 Oct 2014 | 9:03 am
    We've Moved! Update your Reader Now. This feed has moved to: Update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from us. Meanwhile, you can always see what's new by visiting!
  • Terrible Flight Delays? You May Score Some Compensation

    Tim Leffel
    6 Oct 2014 | 9:13 am
    We've Moved! Update your Reader Now. This feed has moved to: Update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from us. Meanwhile, you can always see what's new by visiting!
  • Martinique Grooves, Handmade Oaxaca, and Death in the Afternoon

    Tim Leffel
    3 Oct 2014 | 8:58 am
    We've Moved! Update your Reader Now. This feed has moved to: Update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from us. Meanwhile, you can always see what's new by visiting!
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    Travel the Home Exchange Way

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • “Guidebook selfies” on the road

    Rick Steves
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:13 am
    Everybody loves to snap “selfies” on the road these days. But what about your guidebook? At home, a man’s best friend might be his dog. But on the road, if your guidebook’s any good, it can be your best friend, too. On my last trip, I was in Dresden and realized the view I was enjoying was on my guidebook’s cover. It was as if it had come home to spawn.   Do you find yourself taking “guidebook selfies” while on the road? If so, let’s see it! Please share your photos with me on Facebook.
  • Hitting the road in Oregon

    Rick Steves
    9 Oct 2014 | 12:08 pm
    I’m out of the office this week, traveling across Oregon. I thought Washingtonians were cool, but we’ve got nothing on Oregonians. I’m meeting wonderful people at each stop. I just have to share this interview with KGW-TV’s Reggie Aqui. Reggie is the first reporter who has managed to find out how many pairs of underpants I pack on a two-month trip.   KGW interview with Rick Steves I’m here on a ten-cities-in-six-days barnstorming tour, in support of Vote Yes on 91. The campaign hopes to regulate, tax, and legalize marijuana use for adults in next month’s election, as…
  • Interview by Chuck Robinson of Bellingham’s Village Books

    Rick Steves
    7 Oct 2014 | 2:33 pm
    I was recently interviewed by Chuck Robinson, who runs the delightful Village Books independent bookstore in Bellingham, Washington (an hour up the road from my hometown). I thought you may find our conversation interesting.   Q: You’ve been traveling in Europe for more than thirty years.  What are you most excited about seeing each time you go back? A: I spend four months a year in Europe with a pretty scattered itinerary, ranging from the deep south to the far north. My goal: to update books, scout TV scripts (a happy byproduct of guidebook research), and produce our TV shows…
  • Thank you for joining NORML

    Rick Steves
    6 Oct 2014 | 12:44 pm
    Thank you to the hundreds of you who joined NORML in the past week. Your free DVD copy of Evergreenis on its way to you now. (Evergreen is an exciting new documentary that tells the story about how my friends and I helped legalize, tax, and regulate marijuana in Washington State.) My state finally considers responsible, adult recreational use of marijuana to be a civil liberty. And now, we are working to legalize marijuana in Alaska and Oregon. If you’d like to get involved, you’re still welcome to contribute $50 to NORML and get your DVD copy of Evergreen. Click here to find out more.
  • The Lonely Hebron Walk

    Rick Steves
    3 Oct 2014 | 1:45 pm
    All this week, I am sharing a behind-the-scenes look at the production of my new public television special, “The Holy Land: Israelis and Palestinians Today.” Here’s a little clip I took on a no-man’s-land street….until a soldier told me not to shoot there. Hebron is a thriving city in the West Bank or Palestine. With the Tomb of Abraham — so revered by both Jews and Muslims — it’s the place where I felt the most tension in the West Bank. Jews expect access, as do Muslims, and, with a history of massacres on both sides, trust is fragile there. Palestinians can do…
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  • Toshiba to launch Ultra Slim Camcorders

    travel boy
    25 Oct 2014 | 8:29 am
    The worldwide leader in advanced 3CCD color video imaging, Toshiba has unveiled their new ultra compact digital camcorders. S10 and P10 are the newest members of Toshiba Camileo range and they offers... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Things to do in Greece

    Mircea Giurca
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:25 pm
    Greece is a beautiful and wonderful country, most areas of the country lies between several mountains, gorges, and islands. There are lots of historic monuments in the country, especially in the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Top 5 Sailing Destinations

    Mircea Giurca
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:18 am
    If you love the waters and plan to go an adventure trip with your buddies, sailing is an activity which can provide the adrenalin rush and the calm when you enjoy the seascape. Pack your clothes.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Cheap Hotels in Las Vegas (yes, they’re real)

    Mircea Giurca
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:12 pm
    Las Vegas is a city constantly on the move, and the wealth of casinos and culture of bright lights, gambling and partying does give the place a restless, very energetic atmosphere, where the big time... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Best New Hotels in New York City

    Mircea Giurca
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:03 am
    New York is known for a lot of things. The place is always busy and adapts to changes that happens around it. Whether in the field of sports, entertainment and of course fashion, it just keeps on... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • Brimming with Style

    Sophia Jones
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:38 am
    Courtesy of Manufacturer Shade your face from the sun in sophistication. This trendy topper makes any outfit complete. San Diego Hat Company Ultrabraid Belted Floppy Hat, $35;
  • Nautical Knots

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

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

    Hannah Sills
    13 Oct 2014 | 9:43 am
    Courtesy of manufacturer Give your home a welcoming scent for the holidays with this charming candle. Votivo Candle in Red Currant, $26;
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    10 Oct 2014 | 2:30 pm
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  • OTAs dominate search for travel deals
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:10 am
    When it comes to offering consumer savings opportunities, travel sites like Expedia and Tripadvisor have mastered the right content, whereas airlines and hotels haven’t performed as well historically in this category, according to new data by BrightEdge. In fact, nine of the top ten players are OTAs - only Hilton made it into the list.
  • Accor reveals guests’ social media behaviour
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:09 am
    The findings from Accor Asia Pacific's second Social Media Monitor suggests that travellers are spending as much time researching, planning, boasting about and reporting on their travels as they do enjoying the actual holiday.
  • Expedia launches image library
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:08 am
    Empowering the travel community with incredible access to free high-quality travel visuals, Expedia launched Expedia Viewfinder Image Library - a free online resource containing more than 40,000 images for media outlets, journalists, bloggers and other content creators.
  • Splendia launches crowdsourced travel guides
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:07 am
    Luxury travel site Splendia has launched Instagramers City Guides that crowdsource photos to create information on popular travel destinations. Built in conjunction with Paris agency Kindai, the website features photos from cities such as New York, Rome and Barcelona.
  • Online travel reviews raise question of ethics
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:06 am
    Most consumers realize online reviews are not always trustworthy. But a recent magazine column raised new ethical questions about reviews when a traveler said he deleted a complaint after a hotel gave him a 50 percent refund. Did the hotel buy the reviewer’s silence?
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  • Cuyahoga Valley National Park and Kennywood Park

    Marc Ricketts
    25 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    A Day By Near The Bay Lake Cuyahoga Valley National Park and Kennywood Park by Marc Ricketts Recently I took the family to a part of the country that is new to us, Ohio and…The post Cuyahoga Valley National Park and Kennywood Park appeared first on MiceChat.
  • George Reviews Marvel Universe Live

    George Taylor
    25 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Captain America. Iron Man. Thor. Wolverine. The Hulk. Spiderman. The Green Goblin. The Red Skull. Loki. Oh yeah. And the Black Widow. I took my eleven year-old (who is certified as a Marvel junkie) to…The post George Reviews Marvel Universe Live appeared first on MiceChat.
  • Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast #113 – News, Rumors and Irish Q&A

    Lee Mallaby
    25 Oct 2014 | 12:01 am
    The Unofficial Universal Orlando team are back and we begin as we always do with our news shows, with listener Butterbeer preference, this time from listener Cesar Juarez from California. Don’t forget you can record…The post Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast #113 – News, Rumors and Irish Q&A appeared first on MiceChat.
  • Disneyland Gears up for Holidays as Halloween Wanes

    Norman Gidney
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    It’s Friday  and time for a brand new update from the Disneyland Resort from In The Parks.  Between the last time that we covered the park on Monday and now there has been plenty to…The post Disneyland Gears up for Holidays as Halloween Wanes appeared first on MiceChat.
  • Alice in Wonderland and its “leafy vine” track

    Werner Weiss
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:17 pm
    Yesterland presents vintage photos of Alice in Wonderland in its early years. See the narrow “vine” track as it evolved over the years.   Read the full YESTERLAND article HERE: Alice in Wonderland   When…The post Alice in Wonderland and its “leafy vine” track appeared first on MiceChat.
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    A Luxury Travel Blog

  • 5 tips on getting through security easily and as quickly as possible

    Tony Tomasyan
    25 Oct 2014 | 12:09 pm
    Traveling has become a way of life and so has the use of planes which inevitably means – airports.  As convenient as flying has become, airport security has increasingly turned out to be more stringent and time consuming with heightened security and safety concerns. As a busy traveler, time is money and no one wants […] 5 tips on getting through security easily and as quickly as possible is a post from A Luxury Travel Blog The post 5 tips on getting through security easily and as quickly as possible appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
  • 8 top tips for flying first class on frequent flyer award tickets

    Hilary Stockton
    25 Oct 2014 | 2:54 am
    Ever dream of flying Singapore Suites, Cathay Pacific First Class, Etihad First Class Suites, Lufthansa First Class and other first class airline cabins, but think that they’re impossibly out of reach? They don’t have to be, depending in part on where you’re located, on your credit score, and on your flexibility. You don’t even have […] 8 top tips for flying first class on frequent flyer award tickets is a post from A Luxury Travel Blog The post 8 top tips for flying first class on frequent flyer award tickets appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
  • Top 5 gardens to discover in Paris

    Didier Moinel Delalande
    25 Oct 2014 | 2:44 am
    One of the reasons why I am still so attached to our dear capital, like a limpet to its rock, is the abundance of gardens. Simply climbing up a little is enough to see that Paris is a green and leafy city. These green areas are places to rest, to wander and also to recharge […] Top 5 gardens to discover in Paris is a post from A Luxury Travel Blog The post Top 5 gardens to discover in Paris appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
  • 4 of the best bars in Wellington

    Lizi Oldham
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:55 am
    Wellington is a lively city with an array of unique bars to suit absolutely everyone’s taste. Take a stroll down Courtney Place, explore side roads and alleys around the city and uncover hidden gems or simply follow this list to discover four of the best and most unique bars to be found in Wellington. CGR […] 4 of the best bars in Wellington is a post from A Luxury Travel Blog The post 4 of the best bars in Wellington appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
  • 4 Australian destinations to explore by private jet

    Oscar Arce
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:59 pm
    When it comes to the greatest adventures on Earth, the land Down Under offers a heady array of sheer wonder, excitement and one of the best natural playgrounds in the world. Admire the majestic Sydney Opera House, snorkel the pristine waters of the Great Barrier Reef and discover the magic of the outback as you […] 4 Australian destinations to explore by private jet is a post from A Luxury Travel Blog The post 4 Australian destinations to explore by private jet appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
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    Discovering Puerto Rico

  • Where to Celebrate Oktoberfest in Puerto Rico

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

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

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

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

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

    24 Oct 2014 | 11:11 am
    Kilauea volcano lava flow picks up speed, poised to cross Pahoa town road on Hawaii Island An aerial view of the lava flow as of Wed., Oct. 22, arrows indicate important landmarks. Click to enlarge. Photo: Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.A lava flow from Kilauea volcano that has slowly advanced toward the Hawaii Island town of Pahoa over the last two mont...
  • Alaska Airlines launching Kailua-Kona-San Diego route with introductory $219 one-way fare sale

    24 Oct 2014 | 4:05 am
    Alaska Airlines launching Kailua-Kona-San Diego route with introductory $219 one-way fare sale An Alaska Airlines 737-800 plane will be used for the new Kailua-Kona-San Diego route. Photo: Alaska Airlines.Alaska Airlines announced on Wednesday that it plans to launch a new non-stop service between Hawaii Island’s Kailua-Kona and San Diego in March 2015. The carrier is offering introductory one-way fares as low as $219 for the route.The new route will make Alaska Airlines the only carrier offering ...
  • Passion fruit in fashion at the 2nd annual Big Island Lilikoi Festival in Hilo, Oct. 25

    23 Oct 2014 | 7:57 am
    Passion fruit in fashion at the 2nd annual Big Island Lilikoi Festival in Hilo, Oct. 25 Lilikoi. Photo by Victoria Rachitzky Hoch via Flickr Creative Commons.Lilikoi (passion fruit) may be Hawaii’s favorite exotic tropical fruit. Its sweet and tangy orange pulp can be found in (and on) countless confections served throughout the Islands: stuffed into malasadas, poured over ice cream, baked into cakes, tossed into salads, shaken into cocktails or smeared on bread as butters and pres...
  • Our 2014 “Best of Hawaii” issue is out! Check out some of our picks for Best Hawaii “Fun, Etc.”

    22 Oct 2014 | 3:09 am
    Our 2014 &ldquo;Best of Hawaii&rdquo; issue is out! Check out some of our picks for Best Hawaii &ldquo;Fun, Etc.&rdquo; Photo: Rappel MauiHAWAII Magazine’s 2014 “Best of Hawaii” issue is on-sale nationwide now! The perennially popular guide features our annual collection of stuff that makes our Islands great, selected by our editorial team.The September/October “Best of” issue is chock-full of staff-curated standouts, highlighting the best of the best throughout the state. From the “Best Edible Jewels,” to the “Best Comfort Food…
  • Lahaina Plantation Days celebrate West Maui’s sugar-cane history, Oct. 24 and 25

    21 Oct 2014 | 3:02 am
    Lahaina Plantation Days celebrate West Maui&rsquo;s sugar-cane history, Oct. 24 and 25 The restored Pioneer Mill smokestack and one of the original steam locomotives used by the company. Photo: Lahaina Restoration Foundation.West Maui’s sweet history will be celebrated at the sixth annual Lahaina Plantation Days this Friday and Saturday evening (Oct. 24 and 25). The community event offers visitors food, entertainment and a window into plantation camp life from the area’s sugar and pineapple past.The two-day festival will be held at the restored Pioneer Mill smokestack on…
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  • Adventure Is a State of Mind

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

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

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

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

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

  • Snorkeling!

    Kayt Sukel
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:06 am
    My kid has always loved the water.  Even as a wee one, he’d throw himself headfirst into any body of water, mud puddles to oceans, without a second thought. But despite that love of water, snorkeling hasn’t always come so easy to Chet.  Maybe it’s the weird mask that sticks to your face like a [...]The post Snorkeling! appeared first on Travel Savvy Mom: Family Vacations, Hotels, Destinations, and Gear.
  • Avoiding Bat Guano under Austin’s Congress Street Bridge

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Ava Stochinsky
    13 Jul 2014 | 6:44 pm
    We are fortunate that we at Vagablond get to experience lovely hotel destinations worldwide. It is seldom that I am surprised by the level of hospitality and professionalism. I expect it, but our stay at the Dolce Vita Guesthouse was one of the most pleasurable travel experiences I have enjoyed in recent history. What draws tourists to Estoril? Estoril and Cascais are the birthplace of tourism in Portugal and they are popular mostly because of the casual chic ambiance and the local beach life. Also, the fact we are only half an hour by car or train to Lisbon and close to Sintra, makes this…
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  • Top 10 hotel bars: the Smith Awards shortlist

    Kate Weir
    25 Oct 2014 | 2:03 am
    We asked you discerning hotel-bar hoppers to vote for the best spots to toast and tipple in; suggestions for the Hottest Hotel Bar at the Smith Hotel Awards 2014 poured in and we distilled them into a top 10 shortlist of the world’s best hotel bars. While the Smith Awards judging panel drink in the results, before the winner is announced on 7 November, here are the mixologists that wowed you with their sleight of hand, the bar crowds that turned your heads and the far-flung, home-from-home hotspots you’d love to make your local – read on to find your next best night…
  • Hotel of the week: Aava Resort & Spa, Khanom

    Sarah Jappy
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:23 pm
    This week, we’re dreaming of pink dolphins and azure waters – better make the fantasy a reality with a trip to Aava Resort & Spa in beachy Khanom, whose powder-soft shores and looming limestone mountains guarantee holiday snaps worth bragging about. Just a ferry ride away from party-cool Koh Samui, Khanom’s waters are dotted with long-tail boats and the local fisherfolk, whose ancestors have traded here for around 800 years. Now it’s your turn. Style Perfect Finnish Setting Nine-kilometre Nadan Beach Why this week? The local, but extremely rare pink dolphins are…
  • Top 10 eco hotels: the Smith Awards shortlist

    Richard MacKichan
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    They’re a good start, but you’ll need more than energy-saving lightbulbs and some garden-grown greens to be truly considered ‘eco-friendly’ these days. The hotels battling for the Eco Award in the Smith Hotel Awards 2014 display a commitment to conservation, a drive for sustainability and an all-encompassing ethical approach – without compromising on comfort. From off-grid jungle lodges to community-spirited castle retreats, these are the 10 best eco-friendly hotels shortlisted by your public votes – the places where five-star treatment is extended to the environment…
  • Top 10 hotel restaurants: the Smith Awards shortlist

    Anthony Leyton
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:34 am
    The people have eaten, the public has spoken and the 10 most amazing hotel dining experiences in the world have been shortlisted and passed over to the Smith Hotel Awards judging panel. We’ll reveal the final winner here on 7 November, but while the judges chew over the contenders, cast a hungry eye over 2014’s official ‘Best Hotel Restaurant’ top 10. We asked you where gourmands should gather for great food and good times. This is what you said… LA BASTIDE DE MOUSTIERS, PROVENCE, FRANCE Gourmet highlights  Winner of the 2013 Smith award for Best Hotel Restaurant • Garden-fresh…
  • Top 10 best spa hotels: the Smith Awards shortlist

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

    24 Oct 2014 | 6:17 am
    On the third Friday of every month, Cameron Wears from The Traveling Canucks is here to give us tips and advice on how to travel better with your kids. This is an often requested topic so I’m excited to have him on the team! Here is this month’s article. No matter how well traveled you are, traveling with young kids is a very different experience than solo backpacking or couples travel. I remember planning our first family trip to California like it was yesterday. We had so many questions and didn’t know where to begin. How do we get a passport for a baby? Do we need to get…
  • Take the First Step Out the Door (A Community Challenge)

    23 Oct 2014 | 8:45 am
    The Dutch have a saying: “He who is outside his door already has the hardest part of his journey behind him.” It’s one of my favorite travel quotes. The first step in any endeavor is always the hardest. It takes courage. You have to overcome your fears, and that’s not always easy. I remember how hard it was to take the first step when I started traveling. I was scared and nervous. Would everything turn out alright? Once I got out the door, I realized there was nothing to worry about. It was all in my head. The first step doesn’t need to be big. It can start at…
  • 30 Fantastic Photos from Iceland to Inspire Your Next Trip

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    24 Oct 2014 | 9:26 am
    Biking Across Albania   A photo gallery by Melissa Adams The biker group assembles before the ride in Albania. A shepherd by the road {loadposition article-ad} Read the story about Read... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Albania: Crossing a Balkan Land by Bike

    24 Oct 2014 | 9:11 am
      Albania by Bike Discovering a Mysterious Balkan Land on Two Wheels   By Melissa Adams When I informed friends I'd be cycling through Albania, I encountered everything from curious... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Czech Republic: A Day of Mushroom Hunting

    23 Oct 2014 | 12:33 pm
      Hunting Mushrooms in WallachiaA big handful of mushrooms picked in Wallachia, Czech Republic. Melinda Brasher photos. By Melinda Brasher When I first arrived in the Czech Republic, one of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Louvre-Lens Shines Bright in a Once-Sad City in France

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Barbara Weibel
    25 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: Violin shaped bar on the ground floor of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in downtown Chicago (Visited 7 times, 7 visits today)The post PHOTO: Violin Bar at Chicago Symphony Orchestra appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
  • PHOTO: Italian Renaissance Torchiere at Chicago’s Palmer House Hotel

    Barbara Weibel
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: One of a pair of Italian Renaissance gilt-bronze torchieres in the lobby of Chicago’s historic Palmer House Hotel (Visited 19 times, 19 visits today)The post PHOTO: Italian Renaissance Torchiere at Chicago’s Palmer House Hotel appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
  • PHOTO: Jaume Plensa Sculpture in Chicago’s Millennium Park

    Barbara Weibel
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: Jaume Plensa sculpture is unveiled on the 10th anniversary of the Crown Fountain, in Chicago’s Millennium Park (Visited 47 times, 47 visits today)The post PHOTO: Jaume Plensa Sculpture in Chicago’s Millennium Park appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
  • PHOTO: Crown Fountain at Chicago’s Millennium Park

    Barbara Weibel
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: Crown Fountain at Millennium Park on Chicago’s downtown lakefront displays digital faces of Chicagoans on the columns, come rain or shine (Visited 42 times, 42 visits today)The post PHOTO: Crown Fountain at Chicago’s Millennium Park appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
  • Treasures of Culture and Commerce in Historic Downtown Chicago

    Barbara Weibel
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    It’s fashionable to say that New York is the greatest city in the world, but this Chicago girl prefers the Second City. For the first time in many years, I had an opportunity to spend summer in the Chicagoland area, where my family still lives. As I always do whenever I’m here, I took one of the many walking tours offered by the Chicago Architecture Foundation. Last time I opted for a lunchtime tour of the Chicago Board of Trade Building, which provided a fascinating in-depth architectural look into the art deco skyscraper and allowed me to watch commodities traders screaming out…
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  • The Gardens at Highgrove

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Donna Hull
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    The beautiful coast of West Maui. Although Alan and I are big advocates of boots on the ground adventures to truly know a destination, there is also something special about seeing it from a seat in a small aircraft or helicopter. Take the Hawaiian Islands, for instance. Steep sea cliffs with thundering waterfalls are no match for our boomer hiking skills. That’s why, when Visit Maui invited me to experience a Maui helicopter tour, I jumped at the chance. Actually, my Maui helicopter tour with Air Maui included a late afternoon ride over West Maui and Molokai’s north shore. For…
  • Learn How to Earn and Spend Frequent Flyer Miles

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Ellen Perlman
    23 Feb 2014 | 11:15 am
    "Upscale" and "hostel" don't usually land together in a sentence so I was thrilled to read the story in today's Washington Post about the "new breed" of hostels opening in this country. They are "very high-end, clean, design-focused," according to the owner of a hostel soon to open in Pittsburgh. The story describes the Firehouse Hostel in Austin, the Cleveland Hostel and the Freehand Miami, along with the 20-year-old Green Tortoise hostel in San Francisco...
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  • 6 Years, 5 Months, 27 Days of Travel in One Post

    Christine Gilbert
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:58 pm
    It started with this post. In 2008, I quit my job as a software project manager at GE, a dream job by all accounts, to become a writer and photographer – and to travel the world. As far as plans went, this was only the faintest sketch of a direction. I didn’t know how I’d do any of those things, let alone get paid for it. My husband thought my panic attacks about quitting the best job I’d ever had were somewhat, well, hilarious, so he suggested I name the site: “Almost Fearless”. The point was that I wasn’t fearless at all, but I was going to do it anyway. Me with the dogs. I…
  • Why I Love Living in Sibiu, Romania

    21 Oct 2014 | 11:27 am
      After our bike trip ended, we found ourselves in Croatia, sans bikes and without a plan. We took a bus east to Belgrade, Serbia. I loved it but Drew didn’t (he later regretted leaving because he missed the food). We took a bus to Timisoara, Romania, not really sure where we were going, but convinced that Romania would be a good place to spend a few months. A few people recommended Sibiu to us, so we took the train over. Well, we tried to take the train. First we took the wrong train. We got off at the first stop we could, about two hours away, but what we didn’t know was…
  • Should You Teach Your Kids German?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Tasting the Good Life in Carmel Valley

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    23 Jul 2014 | 6:41 am
    TweetA city like Copenhagen can be comfortably sailed throughout its neighborhoods, and be admired from a genuine perspective. Can you imagine contemplating the Little Mermaid from the water, while she stares at you from the rocks? It is ironic, but a recommended experience! This famous sculpture’s position is very different depending on the season: at […]
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  • Oct 22, Permai Rainforest Music Festival

    22 Oct 2014 | 4:18 am
    The Permai Rainforest Music Festival Kuching held each July is a unique Sawarak festival experience and highly recommended. Read more here...
  • Oct 17, Orangutans in Borneo

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Lanzarote Weekend 24-26th October 2014

    24 Oct 2014 | 2:15 am
    It’s Oktoberfest this weekend in Puerto del Carmen and the Gala Opera Night concerts in Puerto Calero & Bodegas El Grifo. Here’s what else is happening over the next couple of days in Lanzarote. Arrecife: The Pool & Bar in the Gran Hotel, Arrecife have Desirée Dorado (Bossa Pop) playing on Friday 24th October which is free entry and the Lanzarote Big Band on Saturday 25th which costs €6, both at 22:00. U.D. Lanzarote are playing at home this Sunday, kick off starts at 13:30 if you want to go to the stadium in Arrecife to support the Rojillos (Reds).
  • Norwegian Embassy Presents Books To Tias Ayuntamiento

    24 Oct 2014 | 1:47 am
    The Norwegian Embassy to Spain will give the municipality of Tias a collection of Norwegian books, translated into Spanish on Thursday October 30 in Puerto del Carmen. The Scandinavian community on Lanzarote is a very active group, and has been on the island for many years. The first regular charter flights to Lanzarote came from Norway in 1975, and tourism from the region has grown steadily over the years. 7 % of all the tourists coming to Lanzarote last year came from the Nordic countries. In 1989 the Norwegian Seamen's Church / Norwegian Church Abroad was established in Lanzarote, and is…
  • English Cinema in Lanzarote 30th October 2014

    24 Oct 2014 | 1:22 am
    Only two of last week's English movies remain and will be shown in Lanzarote only on Thursday the 30th of October with one session changing time: At Multicines Atlántida in Arrecife: At the same time of 19:45 The Good Lie.  Having been orphaned by the civil war in Sudan, 'The Lost Boys' are given the chance to resettle in America arrive in Kansas, where their encounter with an employment agency counsellor called Carrie (played by Reese Witherspoon) forever changes all of their lives.  read more »
  • Submarine Safaris in Lanzarote

    24 Oct 2014 | 12:08 am
    There aren’t many places in the world where the public can dive to 30m in a submarine, Lanzarote is one of them. The aptly coloured yellow submarine called Sub Fun Tres operates out of the marina at Puerto Calero. This submarine can accommodate up to 44 passengers per dive, it’s deceptively spacious inside, with two stool style seats to each porthole there’s plenty of viewing space for everyone. Below the porthole there is a monitor which shows a camera view from the submarine when above surface and switches to a monitor with interesting information such as the depth and water…
  • Greenpeace ship Artic Sunrise in Lanzarote

    23 Oct 2014 | 2:26 pm
    The international organisation Greenpeace have sent one of their most emblematic ships to support the fight against the Repsol oil surveys in the Canary Islands. Image: Wikipedia Salvatore Barbera from Amsterdam, The Netherlands - Arctic Sunrise in Libya The Artic Sunrise arrives in Lanzarote on Friday morning and will be here for the weekend, departing on Monday to visit Puerto del Rosario in Fuerteventura and Gran Canaria. The Cabildo of Lanzarote encourage people to join them on  read more »
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  • GoPro HERO4: The Adventure of Life in 4K

    29 Sep 2014 | 4:43 am
    GoPro HERO4: The Adventure of Life in 4K All around the world GoPro users are capturing incredible experiences, from the heart-stopping to the heartfelt. Into the caldron of an active volcano, the n... From: GoPro Views: 15471314 68060 ratings Time: 04:14 More in Sports
  • Going to College (in Ethiopia)

    9 Sep 2014 | 2:57 pm
    Going to College (in Ethiopia) In which John talks to students at Addis Ababa University (and Bill Gates) and discusses the diversity and complexity of contemporary Ethiopia. Friendly remi... From: vlogbrothers Views: 258120 12097 ratings Time: 04:01 More in People & Blogs
  • 10 Weird Things Banned by Governments

    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: 920230 13422 ratings Time: 02:55 More in Education
  • 10 Weird Facts about the Bermuda Triangle

    24 May 2014 | 9:02 am
    10 Weird Facts about the Bermuda Triangle 10 Weird Facts about the Bermuda Triangle Putting fear into the heart of the bravest sailor, the Bermuda Triangle has been claiming lives for centuries. Find out more about the sinister patch... From: Alltime10s Views: 2055488 19401 ratings Time: 03:00 More in Education
  • Travel Friendly In-Flight Beauty Tips

    Michelle Phan
    18 May 2014 | 7:57 pm
    Travel Friendly In-Flight Beauty Tips I'm going to show you my in-flight beauty routine for a long haul flight. You're going to survive it and look fabulous at the same time :) This is my mish-li... From: Michelle Phan Views: 1671474 66874 ratings Time: 06:18 More in Howto & Style
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    Hotels in Orlando & Things to do in Orlando

  • Hotel Rooms: To Clean or not to Clean?

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

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

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

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

    Robyn Kurth
    15 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    If you are planning a trip to Walt Disney World in the near future, chances are you have already visited the website and called the main Disney World telephone number at 407-939-5277. This is the main phone number to find out everything from theme park hours to location and hotel choices at the resort. To book a room […]
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  • Color Up 5k in Killeen, TX

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

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

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

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

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

    Lola Akerstrom
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:34 am
    Djurgården, Stockholm. One of Stockholm’s many islands – Kungliga Djurgården (Royal Game Park) – is where many of the city’s historical museums, palaces, gardens, and lush green parks are located. You can grab a rental bike from Stockholm City Bikes or from the waterfront stand right next to Djurgårdsbron (the bridge which leads onto the island) and enjoy a leisurely hour ride around the park. Recommended stops on Djurgården include Vasamuseet – home to the Vasa warship which sank in 1628, Skansen – the world’s oldest open air museum, Nordiska museet to learn…
  • Things I’ve learned as a freelancer with a newborn

    Lola Akerstrom
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:48 pm
    This isn’t my first child. I already have a two year old with the vocabulary of a six year old and the energy of a skate-boarding teenager. And during the first few months of her life, I tried to balance being a new mom and a freelancer and I struggled quite a bit. So I vowed to do things differently the second time around. Well, the second time around came a little over a month ago and while it feels disingenuous to already state all the things I’ve learned so far with this newborn, the difference between the first go and this second time is already astounding. Months before my second…
  • Postcard: Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial at dusk

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

  • Why Do We Have to Go Back?

    22 Oct 2014 | 8:29 am
    If you’ve traveled a while and then tried to come home, you’re familiar with that feeling of conflict over leaving the exhilaration of life on the road for the perceived hum-drum of “real” life at home. It’s not that life at home is hum drum... quite the contrary. In fact, some of the best adventures are had in one’s own backyard. It’s that our perspective has changed, and with it, our expectations of self and others. It’s easy to feel, when we’re away, that we can be our truest selves, that we aren’t bound by the constraints of convention or of societal expectations. We…
  • Leaving Corporate Life Behind

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

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

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

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

  • Dragon Teeth

    Trey Ratcliff
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:02 pm
    Categories Down below I mention that I have several shots from Milford Sound here on the blog. Don’t forget you can click on “Milford Sound” right under the title there to see all the photos! Daily Photo – Dragon Teeth You've now seen me post MANY shots from Milford Sound down here on the South Island of New Zealand. It's such an awesome place, and I enjoy trying to do “new” photographic things while down there. As you can imagine, there's nothing wrong with a straight-up shot, but I thought of this sort of idea on my most recent sojourn down…
  • Walking on an Alien Surface

    Trey Ratcliff
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:02 pm
    A great blog post Here’s a very nice blog post about Being Brave from Marjorie McDonald. Thanks so much Marjorie! She’s one of the lucky Apprentices to get into The Arcanum and her Master is the great Ron Clifford! New Post on the Flatbooks Blog Did you know that we started a new blog over at Flatbooks? We’re posting articles full of tips & tricks from our authors over there. A new one just went up from Scott Wyden Kivowitz on neutral density filters. We also have a new Facebook page as well – make sure you follow it to get all the latest! Daily Photo –…
  • Hay it is Flooding

    Trey Ratcliff
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Beaming Into the Geekhouse Here’s a video clip of an appearance I made a few weeks ago when I virtually visited Cali and John at their new Geekhouse. Here’s more on their website! Daily Photo – Hay it is Flooding Okay that may be one of my dumbest photo titles ever, but I'm gonna stick with it. We had a ton of rain here in Central Otago at the end of winter so there was quite a bit of flooding. Flooding is the wrong word, really… it never really got into houses or over roads or anything… just a TON of ponds everywhere because it is so hilly here. I was…
  • Into Skipper’s Canyon

    Trey Ratcliff
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    The Arcanum, a Game Changer Molly Kate, one of the Apprentices in The Arcanum, just wrote a beautiful piece all about her experience on her blog. Wow! Thanks so much Molly – that means a lot to all of us! Daily Photo – Into Skipper's Canyon I'm embarrassed to admit two things. The second I just realized. The first is that this place here, Skipper's Canyon, is literally 15 minutes from my home here in New Zealand and it took me over a year to find it! I felt so lame when I finally realized where it was and why people talked about it so much. It's worthy of a lot…
  • Fresh Kill In the Trees of Botswana

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

  • Fun in Paris Design: Des Habits Tues & Guillaume Trontin

    Renee Blodgett
    25 Oct 2014 | 3:28 pm
    I discovered a fabulous designer in the Paris scene while I was meandering through the Marais over the summer. His name? Guillaume Trontin. His site? Des Habits Tues, where you can get an idea of his style. While he didn’t have his own shop yet as of mid-summer, he is actively participating in what Paris calls “pop up shops,” which is a shop or site that houses different designers depending on the day. I saw his clothing line at a small shop I’ve been to several times in the Marais over the years, off a little side street, but it’s not where you’ll…
  • The Ever So Traditional & Historical Au Pied de Cochon in Paris

    Renee Blodgett
    25 Oct 2014 | 1:31 pm
    I recently had a charming traditional lunch at the famous Au Pied de Cochon in Paris with a journalist friend of mine who thought it would be a great way to sample a classic without traveling out of the city center. On the out and inside, it’s classic old French brasserie style, specializing in top notch quality food and seafood of course. In addition to the white tableclothed tables inside, you can also sit outside which is a little more casual and there’s a beautiful bar with decadent walls and ceilings throughout. This renowned restaurant in Les Halles has been around since…
  • Experiencing Saint Anne & Auray’s Spiritual Side

    Renee Blodgett
    25 Oct 2014 | 11:31 am
    Even though Brittany is most definitely in France, I never quite feel like I’m in the same France as the rest of the country. The people of the region seem to have a hunger for learning from new things and people around them and a generosity and warmth that Paris and more urban centers can’t touch. Brittany is a bit like that regardless of where you go. Although I had been there before, it had been many years and Auray wasn’t one of my stops. What a hidden gem — I LOVED Auray. Of course, it didn’t hurt that we had incredibly knowledgeable guides, were able to zip…
  • Under the Umbrian Sun: Roccafiore Country Chic Resort & Spa

    Donna Sozio
    25 Oct 2014 | 9:04 am
    Whilst in Umbria, Roccafiore is what the locals call da vedere….which means it’s a must see. An even greater compliment to Roccafiore is that you’ll find locals dining at the table next to you and ordering their wine from the cantina. What often starts as just lunch at Roccafiore turns into hours under the Umbrian sun dining al fresco with sweeping views of Todi, a hilltop medieval town, visiting Roccafiore’s lavender gardens, organic wine tasting in their cantina, sunbathing by their luxurious pool or indulging in a day pass at the Wellness Center. Or just give in and stay…
  • Caroga Lake & The Adirondacks: How Nature Can Heal You

    Renee Blodgett
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:31 pm
    It’s no secret to anyone who has followed my posts for awhile, that I have a soft spot for the Adirondacks and that I spent my childhood hiking in her woods, climbing her peaks and swimming in her waters. For those who haven’t followed my travels and may not even know where the Adirondacks are, it refers to the Adirondack Mountains, a mountain range in upstate New York, roughly a 3-4 hour drive from New York City. The Adirondacks are not that close to get to for urban travelers nor for those who only have a short window to see a few major highlights when they come to the states.
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    Business Travel Destinations

  • Industrial Light & Magic Opens New London Facility

    Business Travel Destinations
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:50 am
    Wednesday 15 October 2014 Lucasfilm’s Industrial Light Magic (ILM) held a ceremony today marking the official opening of ILM London’s new building located in Central London and recognizing the new research and development initiatives the company will be undertaking in the London office. Participants at the ceremony included Chancellor George Osborne; The Hon Edward Vaizey, Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy; Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy; ILM President and General Manager, Lynwen Brennan; ILM Chief Creative Officer John Knoll and ILM London’s Director of…
  • MGM Resorts International and NRG Energy Celebrate the Installation of the World’s Largest Convention Center Solar Array

    Business Travel Destinations
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:48 am
    LAS VEGAS, Oct. 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — NRG Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NRG) and MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) today announced the completed installation of the world’s largest rooftop solar array on a convention center. Covering approximately 20 acres atop the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, the 6.4 megawatt (MW dc) [5.0 megawatt ac (MW ac)] photovoltaic array will produce enough electricity to power the equivalent of approximately 1,000 U.S. homes annually and is the first of its kind on the Las Vegas Strip. In conjunction with the celebration, MGM Resorts and NRG also…
  • London welcomes record number of tourists

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

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

    Business Travel Destinations
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:27 am
    LAS VEGAS, Oct. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) will release the Company’s financial results for the third quarter 2014 before the market opens on Thursday, October 30, 2014. The Company will host a conference call that day at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time, which will include a brief discussion of the results followed by a question and answer session. The call will be accessible via the Internet through under the Investors section or by calling 1-888-317-6003 for domestic callers and 1-412-317-6061 for international callers.  The…
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    A Postcard a Day

  • Rue de Rivoli, Paris

    24 Oct 2014 | 2:32 pm
    I've loved this card since I first saw it in someone's gallery on Postcrossing but only this week it arrived in my letterbox as a great surprise.It shows cute little children crossing, "crocodile" fashion, the rue de Rivoli in Paris just opposite the Jardin des Tuileries and the Louvre. It brings back so many memories from the three years I lived in Paris.A post for Postcard Friendship Friday hosted by Beth Niquette on her blog, The Best Hearts are Crunchy. Click on the button to visit and join in.
  • The horse drawn carriages of Emperor Qin Shihuang

    22 Oct 2014 | 3:06 pm
    I had heard of the Terracotta Army, I suppose most people have, but I hadn't realised until I received this card that there was much more to it than the name implies - terracotta soldiers.  There is indeed the army of 6000 or so soldiers but that is just in Pit 1 of the excavated sites.  There are three other pits, the second containing cavalry and chariots, and the third is a command post.  The fourth is empty.It is said that going to China and not seeing the Terracotta Army is like going to Egypt and missing the pyramids.The card shows one of the two carriages excavated from…
  • Colmar

    21 Oct 2014 | 2:03 pm
    I've always wished to visit the Alsace region of France and this beautiful postcard from Colmar confirms at least one reason why.  Another reason for visiting could be that Colmar is the capital of the Alsace wine region and is situated on the 170 km long wine route, la Route des Vins d'Alsace.Colmar, along with much of Alsace, alternated between being French and German through its history. As a result, there are both French and German influences in food, drink, crafts, and even in the spoken language.
  • Raplamaa

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • All Things Pumpkin

    Sue Lobo
    25 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    For centuries pumpkins have been used for cooking. Native Americans cut them into long strips and roasted them over a fire. Colonists removed the pumpkin’s top and its seeds and then put milk, honey and spices into it and cooked it in hot ashes. There’s a lot that can be learned about this colorful fruit. Pumpkin Facts – The word “pumpkin” means ‘large melon’ in Greek. Native Americans actually called them “isqoutm squash”. – Pumpkins are technically a fruit because they contain seeds. However, when it comes to cooking many people…
  • History of Jack O’ Lanterns

    Sue Lobo
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    If you have kids or just love Halloween then you are probably going to be making pumpkins into jack o’ lanterns this year. This hard orange fruit is often carved into a ghoulish looking face or a character with a toothy grin. Jack o’ lanterns have been bringing joy to adults and children for centuries. Stingy Jack Jack o’ lanterns originated from the Irish tale of “Stingy Jack”. According to the legend, Stingy Jack asked the Devil to have a drink with him, but when it came time to actually pay for his drink, he didn’t want to. He then talked the Devil into…
  • Inside Ecuador

    Sue Lobo
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:46 am
    The wonders of Ecuador go far beyond the Galápagos Islands. This South American country, roughly the size of Colorado, offers astonishing contrasts well worth experiencing. Ecuador will beguile you with volcanic peaks, cloud forests and jungles. You’ll revel over some of the most fantastic train rides in the world, colonial cities with centuries of history and exceptional places to stay — from traditional to ultra modern. In cities such as Quito, 16th-century architecture blends seamlessly with contemporary design, exemplified by five-star heritage hotels and restaurants…
  • Explore Australia and New Zealand

    Sue Lobo
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    There are a variety of new experiences that await you when you visit Australia and New Zealand. From the fuzzy koalas to the tropical rainforests, this is a trip worth taking. The following sights are so unique that they draw visitors in from around the world. Interesting Wildlife - When most people think of Australia and New Zealand, they think of the wildlife. This is because there is so much of it that is not commonly seen in other parts of the world. Besides the koalas, there are kangaroos, Tasmanian Devils and platypus. A popular place to see this wildlife is at the Australia Zoo in…
  • Scariest Haunted Houses in America

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

  • Ginger and Generosity

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

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

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

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

    19 Aug 2014 | 10:43 pm
    It was sometime after dark when I stepped off the train in Pamplona, Spain. Somewhere during the 4-hour journey between Barcelona and Pamplona I had completely
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    22 Oct 2014 | 7:06 am
    The following Brazil tours are an excellent starting point when ready to explore the South American giant. You can also create your own custom tour...

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    America del Sur permanecera contigo por siempre. Es magica, es unica! Participa de este fantastico viaje por Sudamerica para descubrirla. Bienvenidos a Unique South America Travel
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    Wild Junket

  • Traveling Iran — What it’s Like

    Nellie Huang
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:47 am
     I’ve just completed my Silk Road journey through Central Asia with Oasis Overland. Our trip started in Kyrgyzstan and we traveled through Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Iran and ended in Turkey. During this overland trip, we spent just under three weeks traversing through Iran, from the eastern corner to the western edge. As a curious traveler, I believe visiting a place for myself is the best way to learn on-the-ground knowledge and to see a place beyond the headlines. My recent visit to Iran – just like my previous trips to troubled lands like North Korea and…
  • Photo Highlights of Iran: from Persian Architecture to Outstanding Hospitality

    Nellie Huang
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:06 am
    I’ve just completed my Silk Road journey through Central Asia with Oasis Overland. Our trip started in Kyrgyzstan and we traveled through Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Iran and ended in Turkey. During this overland trip, we spent just under three weeks traversing through Iran, from the eastern corner to the western edge. It was the highlight of our trip and I hope these photos will show you what an amazing country it is. Mention Iran and many think of burkha-clad women, burning flags and war. But these stereotypes can’t be further from the truth. For those who are curious…
  • Is Ashgabat the World’s Strangest City?

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

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

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

  • South Africa’s elusive aardvark – 7 places to see it

    Wanda Coustas
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Send to Kindle The aardvark. The only surviving member of the prehistoric species Tubulidentata.  It looks like a rabbit crossed with a piglet and a kangaroo, and is sometimes called an African antbear, or a Cape anteater.  Actually, its name comes from the Afrikaans meaning ‘earth pig’ or ‘ground pig’, due in no small part to its habit of burrowing under the ground to avoid the heat of the day (they only come out at night). Despite its name, the aardvark is not even...
  • Dining at Hamiltons Restaurant in Malelane

    Helen Rushton
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Send to Kindle A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of dining not once, but twice in the same day at the superb Hamiltons Restaurant in Malelane. Located just outside the well known Leopard Creek Golf Estate and named after Stevenson Hamilton, the first Kruger National Park ranger, Hamiltons offers good quality food prepared with fresh, local ingredients. Originally a trading store and now a family run restaurant Hamiltons is a firm favourite with both locals and visitors alike…...
  • 10 favourite MTB trails in South Africa (the thrills and spills of our top outdoor trails)

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

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

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

  • Reunion Island video – the ultimate adventure island

    Keith Jenkins
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:46 am
    We stood at the very edge of the canyon to get this amazing view! My trip to Reunion Island was nothing short of epic. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect of this island in the Indian Ocean (map) but once I arrived, I was simply blown away by its spectacular natural beauty. Its stunning lagoon-fringed coastline and breathtaking mountains are the perfect decor for an adventure holiday. We went on long drives around the island, clambered through lava tubes (formed by recent volcanic eruptions), hiked through the mountains, trudged through amazing canyons and flew over the island in…
  • Finding paradise in Grootbos

    Keith Jenkins
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:25 am
    Walker Bay Grootbos is a private nature reserve near the southernmost tip of the African continent. Nestled between the mountains and the ocean, Grootbos is a two-hour drive southeast of Cape Town and a short 30-minute drive from Hermanus, the premier destination for land-based whale-watching in South Africa. Literally translated, Grootbos means ‘big forest’ in Afrikaans (or Dutch), a reference to the ancient milkwood forests surrounding the estate; some of these trees are more than a thousand years old! I’d heard of Grootbos before from various people who’d been there…
  • An unforgettable tour of Ecuador

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

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

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

  • Uber Moves into Las Vegas, Then Kicked Out

    Carol Margolis
    25 Oct 2014 | 6:20 am
    Timing is everything. Only one day after I wrote this article stating that Uber was not in Las Vegas, they began service in Las Vegas. Last night I spent 90 minutes writing an update with a nice workaround for the Uber restrictions. All of that was in vain as I learned this morning the Uber service was dismantled after a Carson City judge signed an order preventing Uber from offering any service until at least November 7th. Sometimes writing is challenging. It’s always been pretty obvious how powerful the taxi lobby is in Nevada but how serious are they about insuring they keep Uber out…
  • American Adds Service from MIA to FRA But…

    Carol Margolis
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:06 am
    In an interview with the Miami Herald, American Airlines CEO Doug Parker announced that the carrier will begin non-stop service to Frankfurt next year, as well as adding additional domestic flights. This is great news for Miami International Airport which very much wants to fill their international terminal to capacity, already seen as the Gateway to Latin America. The timing was nice since this was the 25th anniversary of establishing Miami as an AA hub. But there was one disappointment obvious to the editors and reporters on hand. Parker made it clear there are no plans to run service from…
  • Apple Pay for Travel: Very Far from Great, or Even Good

    Carol Margolis
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:02 am
    Quite a few years ago now, I needed a new cellphone but I didn’t want an iPhone. Sure, my husband had one as did all of our kids, but I wanted something different. Two hours later I returned home. With an iPhone. Since then I have added updated models, an iPad, and a Mac Air so I guess I am kind of iHooked. Everyone has different features they most like about the new iPhone 6 but for me, one of them was the long awaited Apple Pay. As I said in a previous post, this has the potential to be a real game breaker for processing purchases. Would it really be possible to leave my credit cards…
  • Marriott Offers $50K New Year’s Eve Package

    Carol Margolis
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:10 pm
    A couple years ago I enjoyed New Year’s Eve in Orvieto, Italy. It was extraordinary, and a bit expensive, but nothing like what the Marriott Marquis is offering for this year’s New Year’s Eve. For only $50,000, the hotel is inviting you to New York to enjoy three nights in one of their presidential suites and includes a hair and makeup stylist for New Year’s Eve. Not wanting to appear to be cheap, the price also includes daily breakfast and their New Year’s gala event. They will even pick you up and return you to the airport. Okay, this might sound expensive to…
  • Is the Time Right for Flying Biometrics?

    Carol Margolis
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:14 am
    I know, what does flying biometrics even mean? Are there weird biometrics flying around us? Is this some kind of new band? Sorry, I didn’t know exactly how to word the title but what I am talking about is the evolution of biometrics related to the airline and airport industry. It is easy to remember the days when electronic tickets replaced paper tickets and more recently, when boarding passes began downloading into our phones. So what do airlines do for an encore? Biometrics. Alaska Air (AS) wants to make it easier for travelers. Their plan is to use your fingerprint to replace your…
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  • Life on Rio Dulce – It’s Not as Dulce (Sweet) as it Looks

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

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

    Marina Kuperman Villatoro
    14 Oct 2014 | 1:06 am
    Travel Experta - Specializing in Unique International Family Travel - Helping Families Get the Most of Their International Travels with Kids Coastal areas are really charming and with the added perk of having quick access to the beach, it would be a great idea to go camping or caravanning in these places. Caravans are certainly becoming more popular these days as they are convenient and a caravan trip seems to be quite adventurous although you should make sure that you have the necessary insurance coverage for caravans. When you are sure that you have the necessary insurance cover for your…
  • Best Ways to See a Country

    Marina Kuperman Villatoro
    13 Oct 2014 | 4:05 pm
    Travel Experta - Specializing in Unique International Family Travel - Helping Families Get the Most of Their International Travels with Kids Visiting another country is a great way to get a taste of life abroad, but so often, we just fly in, visit one area and leave again without really getting a feel for the country itself. If you want to get more out of your holidays and experience more of the countries you are visiting, it is worth planning your trip before you go. Do some research Fortunately the internet is full of guides and reviews from people who have already been to your destination,…
  • Great Churches of the World

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

    24 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    New and old Berliners, together with the entire world, will take to the streets on November 9, the global 25th Anniversary celebration of the Fall of the Wall in 1989. The city, its citizens and friends will participate in the joyous events that commemorate the Peaceful Revolution. Among the key projects are the web portal Fall of the Wall 25 where everyone is welcome to post their memories, opinions and thoughts about the world-changing event. Another project is a concept called Lichtgrenze by artists Christopher and Marc Bauder. It is a a row of 8,000 white luminous balloons, 15-kilometre…
  • Artist And Sculptor, Benedetta Mori Ubaldini

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

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

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

    12 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Like its namesake, the Paris-Nice express train of the 1950s, Le Mistral gift shop in Tokyo is precise and orderly. With its navy blue base color and strict visual rules reminiscent of a dapper railway uniform, the interior is an effective vessel to display the tightly (strictly) edited selection of gift items from around the world. Designed by Jumpei Matsushima of JP architects, the 61 square-meter (656 sq.ft.) shop is also thoroughly Japanese in its sparse coloring and its neat and exact (precise)  division of space in ever-repeating rectangles. By giving clear rules (in both meanings…
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  • Tasting our Way Through Florence at Acqua Al 2 San Diego

    James Hills
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:51 pm
    While in Florence, he studied under Chef Stefano Innocenti, owner of a popular Florence restaurant. After mastering the secrets there wanted to take that famed Italian hospitality and share that experience with Americans back at home and so he opened Acqua Al 2 in San Diego in 2000. Fourteen years later, the two chefs still maintain close ties but the San Diego location has grown to become a favorite of hollywood stars and professional athletes when they visit San Diego. While Gaslamp restaurants in San Diego are always known for their patio seating, Acqua Al 2 has a generously sized but…
  • Affligem Beer Tasting Party in San Diego

    James Hills
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:05 am
    {youtube}E6epqABOvf8{/youtube} To be fair, Affligem beer does have a pretty great history. It was founded in 1074 AD when Roman soldiers put down their weapons and armor and decided to be monks and brew beer. Today, the abbey of Affligem is owned by Heineken International and based on that same original recipe. How Does it Taste? The beer itself is fairly typical of Belgian style beers with a very smooth flavor that was almost creamy, slightly fruity, and had a hint of honey towards the end of the body. When you add in the "soul", the extra yeast from the bottom of the bottle gives it a…
  • We Sailed Away with Styx & Carnival Live and it was Awesome

    James Hills
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:09 pm
    I'll save the review of the cruise for a separate article, but this was our first time experiencing a "2.0" ship and it was awesome with new venues like Cucina del Capitano, Red Frog Pub, DJ Irie trained DJs, the new Carnival "House Band" concept and more. In short, even without Styx joining us for one night Carnival Breeze had hands down the best entertainment I have experience on any ship to date and I can't wait to go back again! {youtube}UezxQdt2xi4{/youtube} That video pretty much sums up the Carnival Live experience. It combines the best of an amazing intimate concert with the fun and…
  • My New Traveling Accessory from Pulsar and Why Watches are Great to Have! #spon

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

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

    Anthony The Travel Tart
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:46 am
    Will It Rain Today? Well, if you live in England, the answer is most likely to be ‘yes’! ;P But it’s usually that annoying drizzle that makes you feel depressed. But there are some places in the world that measure their rainfall in metres – not in paltry millimetres. You can literally see the raindrops bouncing off the ground! This place is called Tully in Far North Queensland, Australia and I checked it out after Europcar Australia lent me a car to drive around in for a few days! It doesn’t rain every day in Tully, but when it does, it buckets down from a great…
  • Asimo Robot by Honda – has probably travelled more than you!

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

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

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

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


    24 Oct 2014 | 6:14 am
    Happy Friday jet setters!  It's been about two weeks since I've blogged- one week jet setting around Spain, and one week settling in and overcoming jet lag!  We had a wonderful time in Spain, and I plan on posting more about it next week.  In the meantime, here's a Fashion Friday post in one of my favorite new tops from H&M.  I love stripes, and this top is flowy and super comfy.  I even wore it when we were in Spain.  I also put on my favorite new over-the-knee boots from Marshalls- such a great fall/winter wardrobe staple!  It's bittersweet being back.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Mariellen Ward
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:30 am
    Me, near Dharamsala in north India on my first trip (2006) My top tips for getting ready to travel the world I AM CURRENTLY getting ready to embark on my seventh lengthy trip to India. I remember well my first trip, back in 2005, and the months of research, shopping, packing trials and other preparations. But now, getting ready to go is part routine and part ritual, and I have it down almost to a science. If you are preparing to go on a long-term trip, especially for the first time, I hope you will find my story and my tips useful. Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what to take,…
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  • What to Do and See in the Southern Highlands, New South Wales, Australia – Unique Experiences with the Southern Highland Trike Tours

    Zhiqiang &#38; Tingyi
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:11 am
    The Southern Highlands is known for its picturesque towns like Berrima, historic mansions and public buildings.  The Highlands is also a popular weekend getaway where one can get in touch with nature and relax among the gentle green hills of the Southern Highlands and enjoy the cool climate. The Highlands is worth visiting all year round.  Spring is tulip time while summer has fragrant roses and autumn, flowering bulbs. Bowral Tulip Festival runs from the end of September until early October; the Autumn Garden Festival is held in May. Shopping and Dining at Berrima Village Our first stop at…
  • Savouring Black Pot, Tofu, Kimchi Hot Pot After Morning Hike Up Jeju Seongsan Ilchulbong (Sunrise Peak)

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

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

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

    Zhiqiang &#38; Tingyi
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:01 am
    From exquisite Cantonese cuisine at Hai Tien Lo to traditional Japanese cuisine at Keyaki to seven distinct regional open kitchens at the Edge, Pan Pacific Singapore is itself one of the most vibrant dining destination in Singapore with 6 restaurants and bars in the hotel! Champagne Breakfast, Afternoon Tea, Evening Canapes and Cocktails at Pacific Club Besides dining at these restaurants and bars (hotel guests enjoy 20% savings for dinner), Pacific Club guests can also enjoy champagne breakfast at Pacific Club or buffet breakfast at Edge, from 6am to 10.30am or in-room dining breakfast at…
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    Kaleidoscopic Wandering

  • Fall Madness!

    21 Oct 2014 | 6:04 pm
    Fall is one of my favorite times of the year, and I think it’s definitely one of the best times to experience Las Vegas. The city comes alive again after a long, hot summer, and we can finally turn the air conditioning off and open the windows. The weather is ideal for long runs, and when we take the dogs for a walk in the evening, the air has just the right amount of autumn chill in it. Some of my other favorite things about spending fall with my family: Long talks over the fire pit in the evenings. Hot soup or chili and sandwiches for dinner. Outdoor arts festivals. Meals in the garden.
  • Thinking About Art in Basel, Switzerland

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

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

    21 Oct 2014 | 9:57 pm
    In my last few visits to Guanghzou before leaving the region I got to experience a whole new side of this vibrant metropolis.   First off, I visited Redtory, the new growing art district was once a large factory, but the government designated it to artists and galleries, trying to imitate 798 in Beijing and M50 in Shanghai, and it does seem like it’s headed in the right direction.       Their website has a decent English intro: Guangzhou Redtory Art & Design Factory is located at the east side of the center axis through the CBD of Guangzhou, Zhujiang New Town.
  • Visions of Nara : Japan

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

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

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

    8 Oct 2014 | 12:04 pm
    Senado Square is small piece of Europe at the heart of Macau. I previously wrote about Saint Dominic’s Church and the Ruins of St. Paul’s Cathedral in Macau, but the area that ties these attractions together is the Senado Square, where you can walk along the alleys of what’s left of the former Portuguese colonizing culture. Senate Square, now a UNESCO heritage site, dates back to Ming dynasty. Most of what you’ll see looks like Europe, although the massive Chinese tourists crowds taking a break from spending billions at the nearby casinos really takes away from the European…
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  • Reno Zombie Crawl 101

    Nicole Duxbury
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:45 pm
    If you’re looking to meet someone who will love you for your brains, this is the event for you! This Saturday, Oct. 25, the undead will awaken for a night of drinking, dancing, and crawling from bar to bar with fellow zombie friends. For those of you who are new to the Reno bar crawl scene, [...]
  • Google Awards Reno as Nevada’s 2014 eCity

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

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

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

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

  • The Coolest Hotel in Every State

    24 Oct 2014 | 3:57 am
    This post comes from our editorial partners at Thrillist. Unless your name happens to be Arthur Fonzarelli (in which case, that's crazy!), it’s hard to define the word "cool". And even harder to a...
  • Chefs Team Up For Taste of Waldorf Astoria

    23 Oct 2014 | 8:33 am
    Eggs benedict, red velvet cake, Waldorf salad, Thousand Island dressing—the world is a better place thanks to these foodstuffs. Seriously, red velvet cake could end wars. And eggs benny? Sunday m...
  • W Hotels and Jennifer Hudson Ask Americans to "Turn It Up For Change"

    23 Oct 2014 | 7:41 am
    It’s not every day you see an Academy Award-winning actress, a Top Chef, a hardcore punk singer, and a drag queen sitting at the same table watching two transgendered dancers battle it out in hee...
  • Dancing on the Great Barrier Reef

    23 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    These days, it is not unusual for dance companies to perform on beautiful open-air stages, especially in the summer.  Some venues are well-established: Jacob's Pillow in the Berkshires, the Sarat...
  • International Airlines Make a Push for the U.S. with New Nonstop Routes

    22 Oct 2014 | 9:07 am
    Another week, another nonstop international flight. Over the last year—and into 2015—many overseas airlines, including Etihad, Emirates, Korean Air, and Cathay Pacific, are enhancing their presen...
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    Cruise Radio

  • Ebola Virus Scare On Cruise + Cruise News

    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, she joins us and talks about the ebola virus scare last week on a cruise. Stewart Chiron, The Cruise Guy stops by with…
  • Star Princess Review + Cruise News

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

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

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

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

  • Where I’m At: Buenos Aires

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

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

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

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

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

  • Taste Seattle: Off the Eaten track

    Deb Barracato
    25 Oct 2014 | 8:15 am
    Seattle's Pioneer Square - Photo credit: Ming-yen Hsu Seattle begins at Pioneer Square, the historic heart of the city’s original downtown. Rebuilt after a catastrophic fire in the late 1880s, this neighborhood of Richardsonian Romanesque style enjoyed a turn as Seattle’s “it” scene before deteriorating into the city’s “skid road.” A brief revival largely fueled by artists took place in the 1980s and early ’90s. Once home to the storied Elliott Bay Book Company, the area again lost a bit of favor with both residents and tourists at the end of the 20th century, when suddenly…
  • CityPASS - A Great Gift For the Holidays

    Melissa Davidson
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:54 am
    CityPASS Makes a Great Holiday Gift Being frugal these days is a lifestyle choice for many. And what exactly is living frugally? It’s up to you to decide! It could mean buying quality, used clothes from a thrift store. Or maybe it means shoving those extra napkins from fast food into your glove box. Perhaps it means not ordering drinks and appetizers at dinner. Maybe it entails buying a thoughtful and classy gift at a discounted price. Christmas will be here before you know it. Be prepared this year. This is where CityPASS comes in. Because savvy savers know a thing or two about penny…
  • Haunted Houston Attractions

    Dan Patterson
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:58 am
    Houston, Texas, is an exciting mix of old and new where history meets innovation. The most heavily populated city in Texas and fourth-largest U.S. city in terms of residents, Houston started as a humble railroad hub in the 1860s. Today, it’s home to oil fields, NASA, a thriving finance industry, and a flourishing arts scene. As Halloween looms closer, it brings to light Houston’s haunted side. This Southwest metropolis is home to a number of legitimately haunted houses and hotels. If you’re Texas-bound and in the mood for some haunted happenings, check out a few of our picks for haunted…
  • Golden Gate Park Surrounded By Restaurant Variety

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

    Melissa Davidson
    14 Oct 2014 | 3:57 pm
    Rainbow Room at Rockefeller Center The Rainbow Room is shining brightly once again, high above New York City on the 65th floor of 30 Rockefeller Plaza. Doors of the famed restaurant and dance hall reopened in early October for brunch, dinner and entertainment. After being closed several years for renovations, the legendary Rainbow Room is back with the same spirit, style and sophistication. The dazzling crystal chandelier and revolving dance floor are still the centerpieces of the room, just as they were in the 1930s and beyond. The Rainbow Room will be open to the public for most holidays,…
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  • This $47,720 Ski Vacation Sweepstakes is Way Over the Top

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

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

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

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

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

  • Visit Chris Pavone’s Luxembourg

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

    Vera Marie Badertscher
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:19 am
    Destination: Paris and Provence Book: Lisette’s List by Susan Vreeland I never resist the lure of France–particularly when you combine, a book, fine art and some history with the trip.  I’ve read several books and movies about the artists of France here, for example,   Renoir (the movie) Degas and Cassat in I Always Loved […] To comment on this article, or find more information, click on over to A Traveler's Library We'll leave the light on for you.      Related StoriesThomas Kennedy: Seeking Bars, Jazz, and Love in CopenhagenDark Family…
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  • Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cupcakes with Chocolate Frosting

    Jessica Nunemaker
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Best Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cupcakes Recipe These chocolate, chocolate chip cupcakes are crave worthy. In a way, it’s kind of funny. I thought that I was making the fabulous one bowl chocolate cupcakes recipe I shared just the other week! As I was mixing together the ingredients it dawned on me that I wasn’t making the cupcake recipe I thought I was. I was bummed for about half a second until I realized that either way, I end up with cupcakes! These are so good. Although it wasn’t what I originally wanted, we really enjoyed these. The chocolate frosting was the perfect…
  • Indiana INTERNnet: A Small Business Solution!

    Jessica Nunemaker
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Indiana INTERNnet Internship Information: Jennifer Fisher, a Culture and Retention Manager at Group Dekko I recently attended a talk about Indiana INTERNnet, a state-wide internship matching program. Not knowing what to expect, I took a break from editing little Indiana THE BOOK and headed to Saint Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, Indiana to hear from a variety of speakers about Indiana INTERNnet and EARN Indiana. Indiana INTERNnet: A Small Business Solution Grabbing a plate of food, I sat down at a friendly-looking table I shared with folks from the Crisis Center of Rensselaer and a…
  • Biff’s Pioneer House Bakery and Restaurant in Mooresville, Indiana

    Jessica Nunemaker
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Biff’s Pioneer House Bakery and Cafe in Mooresville, Indiana You would never guess that Biff’s Pioneer House Bakery and Restaurant in Mooresville, Indiana was the start of something very, very good! Every small business hopes for longevity. Unfortunately, many don’t achieve the long run or the type of fame that comes with creating a bakery item like this Morgan County bakery. Biff’s Pioneer House in Mooresville Since 1956, this downtown bakery and cafe has been the local meeting place. Serving breakfast and lunch, Biff’s is known for dishing out a delicious…
  • Images from Lakeview Orchards in Rockport, Indiana

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

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

    Carrie Keplinger
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    I don’t know about you, but as much as I love a good cup of tea, as soon as 5:00 hits I’m ready for something a bit… stronger. Yes, dear readers, I am talking about vodka, and I don’t think I’m the only one who feels this way. If you, too, are ready to turn your next tea party into a cocktail party, read on! Let’s Do Some Prep The first thing you’ll want to do is to prepare the vodka. This can easily be done the night before you’re planning to imbibe. Remember when we learned about infusing vodka? I hope you were paying attention, because we’re going to do it again! Add…
  • One Pot Meal Recipe: Easy Sausage Delight

    Andy Hayes
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:48 pm
    This feature was brought to you by Hillshire Brands and Safeway. We know that some nights, an extravagant dinner party spread is just not possible, especially on those late weeknights. But having a hot, home cooked meal with a glass of wine is such a great way to end a hard day. I suspect, if you’re like me, you like the idea of products that make life easier, but most of those box mixes are flat on flavor. A one-pot meal recipe is a great way to fix a fast, yummy dinner. Today, I’m featuring a recipe I have been wanting to try for ages: easy sausage delight This particular…
  • Savory and Sweet: Dried Fruit and Meat Appetizers for Your Next Gathering

    Krista Bjorn
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Roasted bacon-wrapped dates are a consistently delicious part of many an appetizer platter. The salty meat and sweet fruit are a winning combination and can be extended to other dried fruits and charcuterie to give a new twist to an old favorite. Pairing Fruits and Meats Most fruit, dried or fresh, is taken to a delectable level of flavor through roasting. Dried fruits become soft and mellow while fresh ones melt into a caramelized jam consistency that pairs beautifully with crispy, slightly charred cured meats. Try dried apricots wrapped with highly seasoned Danish or Hungarian salami. The…
  • Roasted Squash with Cider Sauce

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

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

    Jeanine Barone
    25 Oct 2014 | 7:45 am
    Health and safety are always major concerns when I'm traveling alone around the world, but my month-long trip to Southeast Asia, including journeying along the Mekong River in Laos, presented some particular concerns. For one, I would be traveling during the rainy season which meant malaria was a big risk. Sure, I was taking medication -- doxycycline, an age-old drug with a long safety record -- as malaria prophylaxis. But I still needed to protect myself from other mosquito-born diseases, such as Dengue Fever, and preferred not to use any insect repellent containing DEET.My second concern…
  • Laos In Pictures

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

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

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

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

    24 Oct 2014 | 6:45 am
    $1051 — Soufrière: Breakfast & Dinner Package for 2, 39% Off Ladera resort features 32 luxe suites each with private plunge pool & other complimentary amenities. Travel from January 3 through June 30, 2015. Saint Lucia: One-Bedroom Bayview Suite Package for 2 Package includes complimentary room upgrade, breakfast for two, $50 spa credit and more complimentary amenities. $324 [...]
  • Jamaica Travel Deals

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Carrie Finley
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:13 pm
    Innovations galore on Quantum of the Seas The latest Royal Caribbean ship is causing a lot of buzz, especially with regards to innovations. Where tech meets the sea – innovative spaces and activities These venues and onboard activities on Quantum of the Seas are sure to wow. One of North Star’s first flights came with a spectacular sunset view! — Royal Caribbean PR (@RoyalCaribPR) October 21, 2014   Two70°— a revolutionary multi-level great room, named for its magnificent 270-degree panoramic sea views through vast, floor-to-ceiling glass walls…
  • Regal Reunion on Princess Cruises

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

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

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

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

    24 Oct 2014 | 6:43 am
    The Caribbean is full of treasure, not the kind that sparkles and shines, but the natural kind that causes onlookers to watch in amazement. This Caribbean Weekly Wrap Up features some treasure that I think you’ll enjoy. Watching flocks of brightly colored Flamingos on Great Inagua in the Bahamas is a treasure, snorkeling with humpback whales in the Dominican Republic definitely qualifies, and spending time at the charming Santana’s Beach Bar on Little Exuma is something I wouldn’t trade for gold. Enjoy this Caribbean treasure hunt. Caribbean Weekly Wrap Up Little Exuma:…
  • Nine Packing Tips for a Caribbean Sailing Vacation

    22 Oct 2014 | 6:44 am
    Deciding what islands to explore during your sailing vacation is the hard part. Melody Delgado at has plenty of suggestions to help you decide on the perfect vacation. Once your sail charter is booked, the next decision is what to take with you. Nothing can be easier than packing for a sailing vacation in the Caribbean. Unfortunately, most first time sailing vacationers pack too much! With plenty of sun and sea, life on the Islands is very casual, and you really need very little. The following nine tips should help avoid over packing and ensure you have a great sailing…
  • Book Review: Second Chance Gold

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Christine Dayao
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:50 pm
    For some, Chocolate Day is every day, but one chocoholic went the extra mile and declared October 28 as National Chocolate Day. Here are just four of the sweetest places to celebrate: Hershey, PA You can’t have a conversation about chocolate without mentioning “The Sweetest Place on Earth” — Hershey. The community built itself on Hershey chocolate and is also famous for Hersheypark (which is closed through Memorial Day but hosts seasonal events for Halloween and Christmas). Open almost year round is Hershey’s Chocolate World, where you can take a free tour and see how one of…
  • Deal Alert: Kimpton Hotels from $99 This Winter

    Christine Dayao
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:03 am
    Kimpton Hotels & Restaurant’s annual Karma Rewards Sale is back! This means the boutique hotel group is offering its lowest rates of the year — starting as low as $99 at some properties — along with double stay credit. To take advantage of the special rates, you’ll have to become a Karma Rewards member, but joining is free. The sale is happening across 22 U.S. cities like New York, Philadelphia and Los Angeles. Bookings must be made by midnight on October 26, and you can stay through March 1, 2015. Some hotels allow you to stay any day of the week, while others specify…
  • How to: Choose Between Napa and Sonoma

    Teresa Bitler
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:11 am
    Napa and Sonoma both offer great wines, great food, and incredible experiences, but because there’s so much to do in each county that visitors usually focus on one or the other. Which is the best option for you? Here’s a guide for how to choose. Wineries Napa: If name recognition is important, you’ll probably want to head to Napa, where you’ll find Robert Mondavi Winery, Berringer Vineyards, Sutter Home Family Vineyards, Inglenook, and more. The region also has outstanding boutique wineries such as Stags’ Leap Winery and Grgich Hills Estate. Tasting rooms are typically more…
  • Q&A: Jenny McCarthy’s Favorite Chicago and Boston Restaurants

    Hilary Sheinbaum
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Jenny McCarthy is a Chicago girl at heart, but now, her heart belongs to Boston-born hubby Donnie Wahlberg. And it’s no secret she loves to eat, so we had to ask what her favorite spots are back home as well as in Donnie’s hometown. Check out Jenny’s restaurant recommendations, must-shop stops, and more in our exclusive interview. Where do you find the best deep dish pizza in Chicago? Giordanos, by far. If you’re going to go to Chicago and try deep dish pizza, you have to go there. I get the cheese and sausage; most people like the cheese. Just know that it’s very cheesy, so you…
  • Four Unexpected Gems Just Outside Daytona Beach

    Christine Dayao
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    After shedding an unfortunate reputation for being a go-to destination for raucous spring breakers in the ‘90s and early 2000s, Daytona Beach has become a year-round destination for couples and families. And it’s more than just sand and strip malls — there’s visiting the Museum of Arts and Sciences, working on your swing at the many mini golf courses, tackling a zipline course, and getting suited up like a professional racecar driver during the Richard Petty Driving Experience at the Daytona International Speedway. As guests of the Daytona Beach Convention and Visitors…
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  • Foodie Friday: Where to Celebrate National Chocolate Day

    Christine Dayao
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:50 pm
    For some, Chocolate Day is every day, but one chocoholic went the extra mile and declared October 28 as National Chocolate Day. Here are just four of the sweetest places to celebrate: Hershey, PA You can’t have a conversation about chocolate without mentioning “The Sweetest Place on Earth” — Hershey. The community built itself on Hershey chocolate and is also famous for Hersheypark (which is closed through Memorial Day but hosts seasonal events for Halloween and Christmas). Open almost year round is Hershey’s Chocolate World, where you can take a free tour and see how one of…
  • Deal Alert: Kimpton Hotels from $99 This Winter

    Christine Dayao
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:03 am
    Kimpton Hotels & Restaurant’s annual Karma Rewards Sale is back! This means the boutique hotel group is offering its lowest rates of the year — starting as low as $99 at some properties — along with double stay credit. To take advantage of the special rates, you’ll have to become a Karma Rewards member, but joining is free. The sale is happening across 22 U.S. cities like New York, Philadelphia and Los Angeles. Bookings must be made by midnight on October 26, and you can stay through March 1, 2015. Some hotels allow you to stay any day of the week, while others specify…
  • How to: Choose Between Napa and Sonoma

    Teresa Bitler
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:11 am
    Napa and Sonoma both offer great wines, great food, and incredible experiences, but because there’s so much to do in each county that visitors usually focus on one or the other. Which is the best option for you? Here’s a guide for how to choose. Wineries Napa: If name recognition is important, you’ll probably want to head to Napa, where you’ll find Robert Mondavi Winery, Berringer Vineyards, Sutter Home Family Vineyards, Inglenook, and more. The region also has outstanding boutique wineries such as Stags’ Leap Winery and Grgich Hills Estate. Tasting rooms are typically more…
  • Q&A: Jenny McCarthy’s Favorite Chicago and Boston Restaurants

    Hilary Sheinbaum
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Jenny McCarthy is a Chicago girl at heart, but now, her heart belongs to Boston-born hubby Donnie Wahlberg. And it’s no secret she loves to eat, so we had to ask what her favorite spots are back home as well as in Donnie’s hometown. Check out Jenny’s restaurant recommendations, must-shop stops, and more in our exclusive interview. Where do you find the best deep dish pizza in Chicago? Giordanos, by far. If you’re going to go to Chicago and try deep dish pizza, you have to go there. I get the cheese and sausage; most people like the cheese. Just know that it’s very cheesy, so you…
  • Four Unexpected Gems Just Outside Daytona Beach

    Christine Dayao
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    After shedding an unfortunate reputation for being a go-to destination for raucous spring breakers in the ‘90s and early 2000s, Daytona Beach has become a year-round destination for couples and families. And it’s more than just sand and strip malls — there’s visiting the Museum of Arts and Sciences, working on your swing at the many mini golf courses, tackling a zipline course, and getting suited up like a professional racecar driver during the Richard Petty Driving Experience at the Daytona International Speedway. As guests of the Daytona Beach Convention and Visitors…
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  • Foodie Friday: Where to Celebrate National Chocolate Day

    Christine Dayao
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:50 pm
    For some, Chocolate Day is every day, but one chocoholic went the extra mile and declared October 28 as National Chocolate Day. Here are just four of the sweetest places to celebrate: Hershey, PA You can’t have a conversation about chocolate without mentioning “The Sweetest Place on Earth” — Hershey. The community built itself on Hershey chocolate and is also famous for Hersheypark (which is closed through Memorial Day but hosts seasonal events for Halloween and Christmas). Open almost year round is Hershey’s Chocolate World, where you can take a free tour and see how one of…
  • Deal Alert: Kimpton Hotels from $99 This Winter

    Christine Dayao
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:03 am
    Kimpton Hotels & Restaurant’s annual Karma Rewards Sale is back! This means the boutique hotel group is offering its lowest rates of the year — starting as low as $99 at some properties — along with double stay credit. To take advantage of the special rates, you’ll have to become a Karma Rewards member, but joining is free. The sale is happening across 22 U.S. cities like New York, Philadelphia and Los Angeles. Bookings must be made by midnight on October 26, and you can stay through March 1, 2015. Some hotels allow you to stay any day of the week, while others specify…
  • How to: Choose Between Napa and Sonoma

    Teresa Bitler
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:11 am
    Napa and Sonoma both offer great wines, great food, and incredible experiences, but because there’s so much to do in each county that visitors usually focus on one or the other. Which is the best option for you? Here’s a guide for how to choose. Wineries Napa: If name recognition is important, you’ll probably want to head to Napa, where you’ll find Robert Mondavi Winery, Berringer Vineyards, Sutter Home Family Vineyards, Inglenook, and more. The region also has outstanding boutique wineries such as Stags’ Leap Winery and Grgich Hills Estate. Tasting rooms are typically more…
  • Q&A: Jenny McCarthy’s Favorite Chicago and Boston Restaurants

    Hilary Sheinbaum
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Jenny McCarthy is a Chicago girl at heart, but now, her heart belongs to Boston-born hubby Donnie Wahlberg. And it’s no secret she loves to eat, so we had to ask what her favorite spots are back home as well as in Donnie’s hometown. Check out Jenny’s restaurant recommendations, must-shop stops, and more in our exclusive interview. Where do you find the best deep dish pizza in Chicago? Giordanos, by far. If you’re going to go to Chicago and try deep dish pizza, you have to go there. I get the cheese and sausage; most people like the cheese. Just know that it’s very cheesy, so you…
  • Four Unexpected Gems Just Outside Daytona Beach

    Christine Dayao
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    After shedding an unfortunate reputation for being a go-to destination for raucous spring breakers in the ‘90s and early 2000s, Daytona Beach has become a year-round destination for couples and families. And it’s more than just sand and strip malls — there’s visiting the Museum of Arts and Sciences, working on your swing at the many mini golf courses, tackling a zipline course, and getting suited up like a professional racecar driver during the Richard Petty Driving Experience at the Daytona International Speedway. As guests of the Daytona Beach Convention and Visitors…
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  • Foodie Friday: Where to Celebrate National Chocolate Day

    Christine Dayao
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:50 pm
    For some, Chocolate Day is every day, but one chocoholic went the extra mile and declared October 28 as National Chocolate Day. Here are just four of the sweetest places to celebrate: Hershey, PA You can’t have a conversation about chocolate without mentioning “The Sweetest Place on Earth” — Hershey. The community built itself on Hershey chocolate and is also famous for Hersheypark (which is closed through Memorial Day but hosts seasonal events for Halloween and Christmas). Open almost year round is Hershey’s Chocolate World, where you can take a free tour and see how one of…
  • Deal Alert: Kimpton Hotels from $99 This Winter

    Christine Dayao
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:03 am
    Kimpton Hotels & Restaurant’s annual Karma Rewards Sale is back! This means the boutique hotel group is offering its lowest rates of the year — starting as low as $99 at some properties — along with double stay credit. To take advantage of the special rates, you’ll have to become a Karma Rewards member, but joining is free. The sale is happening across 22 U.S. cities like New York, Philadelphia and Los Angeles. Bookings must be made by midnight on October 26, and you can stay through March 1, 2015. Some hotels allow you to stay any day of the week, while others specify…
  • How to: Choose Between Napa and Sonoma

    Teresa Bitler
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:11 am
    Napa and Sonoma both offer great wines, great food, and incredible experiences, but because there’s so much to do in each county that visitors usually focus on one or the other. Which is the best option for you? Here’s a guide for how to choose. Wineries Napa: If name recognition is important, you’ll probably want to head to Napa, where you’ll find Robert Mondavi Winery, Berringer Vineyards, Sutter Home Family Vineyards, Inglenook, and more. The region also has outstanding boutique wineries such as Stags’ Leap Winery and Grgich Hills Estate. Tasting rooms are typically more…
  • Q&A: Jenny McCarthy’s Favorite Chicago and Boston Restaurants

    Hilary Sheinbaum
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Jenny McCarthy is a Chicago girl at heart, but now, her heart belongs to Boston-born hubby Donnie Wahlberg. And it’s no secret she loves to eat, so we had to ask what her favorite spots are back home as well as in Donnie’s hometown. Check out Jenny’s restaurant recommendations, must-shop stops, and more in our exclusive interview. Where do you find the best deep dish pizza in Chicago? Giordanos, by far. If you’re going to go to Chicago and try deep dish pizza, you have to go there. I get the cheese and sausage; most people like the cheese. Just know that it’s very cheesy, so you…
  • Four Unexpected Gems Just Outside Daytona Beach

    Christine Dayao
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    After shedding an unfortunate reputation for being a go-to destination for raucous spring breakers in the ‘90s and early 2000s, Daytona Beach has become a year-round destination for couples and families. And it’s more than just sand and strip malls — there’s visiting the Museum of Arts and Sciences, working on your swing at the many mini golf courses, tackling a zipline course, and getting suited up like a professional racecar driver during the Richard Petty Driving Experience at the Daytona International Speedway. As guests of the Daytona Beach Convention and Visitors…
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  • Foodie Friday: Where to Celebrate National Chocolate Day

    Christine Dayao
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:50 pm
    For some, Chocolate Day is every day, but one chocoholic went the extra mile and declared October 28 as National Chocolate Day. Here are just four of the sweetest places to celebrate: Hershey, PA You can’t have a conversation about chocolate without mentioning “The Sweetest Place on Earth” — Hershey. The community built itself on Hershey chocolate and is also famous for Hersheypark (which is closed through Memorial Day but hosts seasonal events for Halloween and Christmas). Open almost year round is Hershey’s Chocolate World, where you can take a free tour and see how one of…
  • Deal Alert: Kimpton Hotels from $99 This Winter

    Christine Dayao
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:03 am
    Kimpton Hotels & Restaurant’s annual Karma Rewards Sale is back! This means the boutique hotel group is offering its lowest rates of the year — starting as low as $99 at some properties — along with double stay credit. To take advantage of the special rates, you’ll have to become a Karma Rewards member, but joining is free. The sale is happening across 22 U.S. cities like New York, Philadelphia and Los Angeles. Bookings must be made by midnight on October 26, and you can stay through March 1, 2015. Some hotels allow you to stay any day of the week, while others specify…
  • How to: Choose Between Napa and Sonoma

    Teresa Bitler
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:11 am
    Napa and Sonoma both offer great wines, great food, and incredible experiences, but because there’s so much to do in each county that visitors usually focus on one or the other. Which is the best option for you? Here’s a guide for how to choose. Wineries Napa: If name recognition is important, you’ll probably want to head to Napa, where you’ll find Robert Mondavi Winery, Berringer Vineyards, Sutter Home Family Vineyards, Inglenook, and more. The region also has outstanding boutique wineries such as Stags’ Leap Winery and Grgich Hills Estate. Tasting rooms are typically more…
  • Q&A: Jenny McCarthy’s Favorite Chicago and Boston Restaurants

    Hilary Sheinbaum
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Jenny McCarthy is a Chicago girl at heart, but now, her heart belongs to Boston-born hubby Donnie Wahlberg. And it’s no secret she loves to eat, so we had to ask what her favorite spots are back home as well as in Donnie’s hometown. Check out Jenny’s restaurant recommendations, must-shop stops, and more in our exclusive interview. Where do you find the best deep dish pizza in Chicago? Giordanos, by far. If you’re going to go to Chicago and try deep dish pizza, you have to go there. I get the cheese and sausage; most people like the cheese. Just know that it’s very cheesy, so you…
  • Four Unexpected Gems Just Outside Daytona Beach

    Christine Dayao
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    After shedding an unfortunate reputation for being a go-to destination for raucous spring breakers in the ‘90s and early 2000s, Daytona Beach has become a year-round destination for couples and families. And it’s more than just sand and strip malls — there’s visiting the Museum of Arts and Sciences, working on your swing at the many mini golf courses, tackling a zipline course, and getting suited up like a professional racecar driver during the Richard Petty Driving Experience at the Daytona International Speedway. As guests of the Daytona Beach Convention and Visitors…
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  • Day Trip to Ubol Rat Lake for Grilled Fish, Khon Kaen, Thailand

    Mark Wiens
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    The next step of filming for the Thai food tv show was to go to Khon Kaen (ขอนแก่น), one of the major cities located in the Isan region of Thailand. I’ve been to Khon Kaen a number of times, and each time I’m reminded just how good the som tam (green papaya salad) is in this area of […] Day Trip to Ubol Rat Lake for Grilled Fish, Khon Kaen, Thailand is a post from: Migrationology - Food Travel Blog The post Day Trip to Ubol Rat Lake for Grilled Fish, Khon Kaen, Thailand appeared first on Migrationology - Food Travel Blog.
  • Raw Pig’s Blood Soup – This Thai Dish Goes Against Everything You Know About Cooking

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

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

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

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

    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

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

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

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

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

  • Book Review : Paris Vacation Apartment Guide

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

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

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

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

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

  • Angoulême’s Fabulous Flights of Fancy

    Guest Contributor
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:45 am
    One of the reasons I travel is to discover and learn. When I first visited Europe, I didn’t know what a rampart was. But as I travelled from one old French town to another I saw how towns, questing for invincibility, had fortified themselves with surrounding walls. They were standard issue in Europe of yore. […]
  • The Five Best World War II Museums for Americans to Visit in Normandy

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

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

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

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

  • "Happy New Year" Movie Review

    Shrinidhi Hande
    25 Oct 2014 | 10:07 am
    The best part of going to the theater to watch Happy New Year Movie was the trailers of six other movies that were shown before the main movie.Of course, Happy New Year has made lots of money in its opening day compared to other recent hits. I feel this is because the producers are getting smart in their business. Why bother searching for a sensible/interesting story and work hard on making a good movie? Instead, follow these simple steps:Get some story- any story or even no story, get some star  studded cast, make a crappy movie, but do great marketing of the movie, build some hype…
  • India Taxi booking: checkpoints and precautions to take

    Shrinidhi Hande
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:02 am
    Of late I noticed a few complaints on facebook about non-arrival of taxis causing spoilsport with people’s holiday plans. Two complaints were about Taxi for sure (one by Vishal Srivatsava and another by Srikant Eswaran) and few others on rest of the brands.Particularly during festive seasons, taxis have high demand, drivers are asked to do multiple back to back trips without rest and often a high profitability demand (say for a long trip) makes operators either re-arrange or at times completely ignore smaller booking (say railway station drop).If you’re booking tourist taxis in…
  • ​Wayanad Family Trip Travelogue

    Shrinidhi Hande
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:16 pm
    I had done a Wayand roadtrip in 2008, with friends and in a Hertz Scorpio. (Read travelogue Part 1, Part 2, and an Ergo article). That was a brand new scorpio Vls with its ribbon on the bonnetThis October, after about 6 years, went there again. This time also in a Scorpio, again from Hertz (Carzonrent) and a relatively new one with ribbon on its bonnet. But this time went with family. Above: 2014 Scorpio Vlx, Below: 2008 Scorpio Vls, both from CarzonrentWe left from Mysore very early in the morning, stopped at Nanjanagud for sometime, for I thought hotels in Gundlupete may not open…
  • Zoomcar XUV500 video-Blr to Hogenakkal and back

    Shrinidhi Hande
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Below is a short video I made out of Zoomcar's XUV500. For some strange reasons, this video has been extremely challenging, both to shoot and to process. If you're interested to know more about the story behind the video, read further, else you may skip below content.When I booked XUV500 from Zoom I had some clear ideas in my head as to how the video should appear. I made a huge list of various shots to be taken. But all through the day, ended up making lots of compromises, because of which I lost some possibly good video bytes. The GoPro suction mount from Amazon never came and partially…
  • Booking Experience Update

    Shrinidhi Hande
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:38 am
    Ever since I made my first booking with Stayzilla some 6 months ago [review here], I’ve been regularly using this website for my accommodation needs.I made one booking at Girivihar Lonavala, another at Belgaum which I couldn’t use and one at Herbal Nest Wayanad. In this post I am sharing my recent experience with StayzillaOverall their service is satisfactory. No disappointments as such. But they do have scope for improvement.At times inventory on the website is not real time. I'd first booked at Wayanad Gate Hotel, I was later told it is sold out and then I had to…
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    Solo Traveler

  • Solo Travel Destination: Helsinki, Finland

    24 Oct 2014 | 8:36 am
    A Solo Travel Society member recommends Helsinki as a great destination with friendly people, delicious food, gorgeous scenery and a relaxed vibe. The post Solo Travel Destination: Helsinki, Finland appeared first on Solo Traveler. A new article has been added to Solo Traveler
  • Pic of the Week: Kristiansand, Norway

    23 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    A dramatic shot of the sun and the horizon in Kristiansand, Norway courtesy of a Solo Travel Society member. The post Pic of the Week: Kristiansand, Norway appeared first on Solo Traveler. A new article has been added to Solo Traveler
  • Surprising Sights in the Parks of China

    22 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    With mass urbanization occurring, the public parks of China have become scenes of a wide variety of group and individual activities. This is a photo post. The post Surprising Sights in the Parks of China appeared first on Solo Traveler. A new article has been added to Solo Traveler
  • Travel Quote of the Week: Flirting with Life

    21 Oct 2014 | 5:56 am
    This week's travel quote likens traveling to flirting with life. Which begs the question, "Will you ever settle down with one destination?" The post Travel Quote of the Week: Flirting with Life appeared first on Solo Traveler. A new article has been added to Solo Traveler
  • Planning a Solo Travel Itinerary Without Pulling Your Hair Out

    20 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    Planning a solo travel itinerary can be frustrating. Here are my top tips to get the trip you want. The post Planning a Solo Travel Itinerary Without Pulling Your Hair Out appeared first on Solo Traveler. A new article has been added to Solo Traveler
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  • Do You Think You Can Get Away with Texting While Driving? (Aaron "Danger" Bradford)
    5 Oct 2014 | 3:53 am
    Backpacking around the world HappytimeBlog | Do You Think You Can Get Away with Texting While Driving?  Photo from Flickr by orangesky3 Texting is one of the most dangerous distractions for drivers. You have a phone in your hand that should be on the driving wheel. In addition you are not looking at the road but the phone in your hand. If you cannot see the problems in this scenario you really have a problem. And those problems will lead to serious consequences one of those days. How Dangerous Is Texting While Driving? According to the THINK campaign you are 4 times more likely to have…
  • Tips to Save Money on Your Trip to Earls Court London (Aaron "Danger" Bradford)
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:07 am
    Backpacking around the world HappytimeBlog | Tips to Save Money on Your Trip to Earls Court London London is among the most expensive cities of the world. Despite this, hundreds of people visit this destination every month, for both business and leisure. With a long and eventful history, London offers great sightseeing pleasures. Being a commercial hub, this city also offers great business opportunities. So, a trio to this destination may be a great idea. The good news is that there are several ways in which you can save money, with a little bit of planning.   Affordable Accommodation…
  • How To Afford That Gap Year You’ve Been Dreaming About (Aaron "Danger" Bradford)
    9 Sep 2014 | 11:46 pm
    Backpacking around the world HappytimeBlog | How To Afford That Gap Year You’ve Been Dreaming AboutPhoto from Flickr by 401(K) 2013 A gap year can cost a lot of money. You have to pay for travel, accommodation and living costs. Some travellers even decide to pay to take part in volunteer projects. The mounting expenses can cause frantic penny pinching which results in people compromising their enjoyment on a potential trip of a lifetime. Here we take a look at the ways you can afford your dream gap year so you don’t have to miss out.   Why save? There is nothing wrong with taking…
  • 48 Hours In London (Aaron "Danger" Bradford)
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:14 am
    Backpacking around the world HappytimeBlog | 48 Hours In LondonPhoto from Flickr by Simon & His Camera City breaks can be a great way to break up the monotony of ‘normal life’. But, do it wrong and you can end up with a weekend long headache drinking in overpriced tourist restaurants and queuing for hours to see stuff you don’t really want to see. London is the perfect city to spend a weekend away, but with the warren-like tube system, smog and millions of visitors every day of the year, you need to make like a good boy- (or girl)- scout and prepare. Just a little bit. Fortunately…
  • The best student holiday destinations in Europe (Aaron "Danger" Bradford)
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:07 am
    Backpacking around the world HappytimeBlog | The best student holiday destinations in EuropePhoto from Flickr by LenDog64 Many young people look forward to taking a long break after they’ve graduated from university. They dream of exploring a new place or just relaxing after their exams. These days, it’s easy to get around Europe by train and there are some places that just shouldn’t be missed. Best of all, these places can all be explored on the budget of a student traveller with the help of firms like Railbookers who travel to a number of fun and exciting destinations – find out…
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    501 Places

  • What would Lenin say now?

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

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

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

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

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

  • Lapping up the Christmas spirit in Lapland, Finland

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

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

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

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

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

  • The Face of God

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

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

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

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

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

    Julie Ruditzky Loffredi
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Forget logo branded t-shirts and shot glasses. These hotel gift shops forgo stocking their shelves with those usual tchotchkes in favor of products that raise their retail status as high as the penthouse suite! The six shops that make our list make it so you don’t even have to leave the hotel to score some seriously awesome merchandise. After shelling out some green, you can head back to your luxe digs to admire your vacation loot. Now how to pack it all in your suitcase… The Plaza, New York City Heard of the children’s book series Eloise — about a little girl…
  • River Surfing: The Latest Craze Among Locals and Vacationers in Canada

    Julie Ruditzky Loffredi
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:05 am
    It may not be Malibu, but land-locked surfers in Canada have found some white caps in an unlikely place — rivers. And so now river surfing is all the rage in Calgary these days (no joke). So grab your board and head across the border for some water play. (Just bring your wet suit, because these rivers will be chilly! And we’re not joking about that either…) The pros at the Alberta River Surfing Association gave us tips on the top spots to ride the river waves in Canada. Check them out after the jump >> Green Tongue: The Green Tongue is a two to three-foot wave…
  • The Most Haunted Hotels in the World

    Megan Wood
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    Anyone who’s watched The Shining late-night has probably had at least one nightmare featuring hotel ghosts. (Truth be told, we watched it during broad daylight. And we were still terrified…) Whether you believe in paranormal encounters or not, be prepared to shiver from more than the autumnal chill in the air if you book at stay at one of these haunted hotels this Halloween. The Place d’Armes Hotel, New Orleans New Orleans is famous for its paranormal activity, so the title of “most haunted” isn’t one to be taken lightly – and Place d’Armes Hotel,…
  • America’s Most Haunted Bars

    23 Oct 2014 | 11:56 am
    This post comes from our partners at Travel + Leisure.  Here’s one way to ensure a bar will be haunted: open it in a former morgue. That’s the case with Captain Tony’s Saloon in Key West, FL, also a former speakeasy, where you may find yourself sipping gin and tonic next to a grave—or a ghost. “Ghosts tend to go to places they frequented when they were alive,” says California-based Loyd Auerbach, author of A Paranormal Casebook: Ghost Hunting in the New Millennium. “Consequently, places like bars, where people gather for social reasons or for other personal reasons, are often…
  • Worthy of the Commander-in-Chief: A Dozen Hotels Where U.S. Presidents Have Stayed

    Lara Grant
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    It’s almost November, which has us thinking about elections and presidents – even if that vote is a couple of years away. While leading the country is one of the harder jobs you can have, it does come with a few perks. We imagine the extensive traveling is exhausting, but at least it gives presidents the chance to see some amazing places and stay in some of the world’s most luxurious hotels: Four-poster beds, dining rooms, and spacious bathrooms are always on the checklist. We’ve been lucky enough to get to peek inside some of these fabulous properties and their…
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    Wicked Good Travel Tips

  • Before You Get Too Old! Five To-Die-For Snowboarding Destinations

    Guest Author
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Five Exhilarating Snowboarding Destinations You'll Want To Visit At Least Once In Your Life Every snowboarder has a bucket list as long as their arm of places to ride before they stop shredding forever. However, with many of these “dream” destinations the idea of the place is better than the actual riding to be had. So before you grab your snowboards and head out the door, here are five snowboarding destinations that should be at the top of your list and will NOT disappoint: The post Before You Get Too Old! Five To-Die-For Snowboarding Destinations appeared first on Wicked Good Travel…
  • Ultimate Australia Roadtrip – Sydney to Cairns With All The Best Stops Along The Way

    Guest Author
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:20 am
    Australia's Most Iconic Road Trip - Sydney to Cairns With All The Stop Along The Way Australia is known all around the world as one of the dream destinations for RV enthusiasts – sunny beaches, dramatic scenery and great weather are just a few of the things that attract thousands of RV-rs each year. However, although you would probably have a hard time finding a soul that wouldn’t know about the beauty of cities like Sydney and Cairns, there’s actually an unforgettable trip that waits by traveling between the two cities. In the two and a half thousand kilometers that separate these two…
  • Learn To Sail in a Weekend and Discover a World of New Horizons

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

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

    Susan Kohlback
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:13 am
    Excitement is building in anticipation of the children's film, Paddington, due to be released in the U.S. in mid-December and late November in the UK. The movie features the adventures of lovable bear, Paddington Brown, a storybook bear who has been entertaining young children (in book form) for over 50 years. London (Paddington's hometown) is pulling out all the stops to honor the nation's most beloved bear. 50 specially outfitted Paddington Bear statues will dot the city, appearing in strategic spots where Paddington encountered his most memorable adventures. Families will be able to follow…
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  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-24-2014

    24 Oct 2014 | 11:22 am
    One's real life is often the life that one does not lead. (O. Wilde) — Authenticity is turning that real life into reality. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-24-2014 appeared first on
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-23-2014

    23 Oct 2014 | 11:22 am
    You're never too old to set a new goal, dream a new dream. (L. Brown) — Life only ends when you stop growing and changing! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-23-2014 appeared first on
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-22-2014

    22 Oct 2014 | 11:22 am
    He is the richest whose pleasures are the cheapest. (H. Thoreau) — I must be wealthy beyond measure, skinflint that I am! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-22-2014 appeared first on
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-21-2014

    21 Oct 2014 | 11:22 am
    The earth delights to feel your bare feet, the winds long to play with your hair. (K. Gibran) — Give them what they want! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-21-2014 appeared first on
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-20-2014

    20 Oct 2014 | 11:22 am
    If you experience stress, you're doing it wrong. (J. Levinson) — It never gets easier unless you do things differently! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-20-2014 appeared first on
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  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-24-2014

    24 Oct 2014 | 11:22 am
    One's real life is often the life that one does not lead. (O. Wilde) — Authenticity is turning that real life into reality. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-24-2014 appeared first on
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-23-2014

    23 Oct 2014 | 11:22 am
    You're never too old to set a new goal, dream a new dream. (L. Brown) — Life only ends when you stop growing and changing! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-23-2014 appeared first on
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-22-2014

    22 Oct 2014 | 11:22 am
    He is the richest whose pleasures are the cheapest. (H. Thoreau) — I must be wealthy beyond measure, skinflint that I am! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-22-2014 appeared first on
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-21-2014

    21 Oct 2014 | 11:22 am
    The earth delights to feel your bare feet, the winds long to play with your hair. (K. Gibran) — Give them what they want! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-21-2014 appeared first on
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-20-2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Climbing my very first Via Ferrata – in South Tyrol

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

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

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

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

    Heather Cowper
    29 Sep 2014 | 2:34 pm
    If Knomo were your best friend, she’d be one of those cool, stylish people who lives life to the full – always on the move, trying out the latest gadgets, working on some interesting, creative project or other. Perhaps she’d be a photographer, designer or even a blogger, moving effortlessly from an informal business meeting to drinks with friends. Knomo is a girl who doesn’t really care about logos and labels, she just loves things that are beautifully designed and work for her lifestyle. Understated elegance is her trademark, she’s the sort of girl that always…
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  • It’s Ski Week with the Best Ski Resorts-Win Ski Gear for Kids-Weekly Digest-10/24/14

    Michelle McCoy
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:51 pm
      To stop receiving this email. Click here. Destinations Tips Talk Book Hotels Buy Gear Blog Giveaways It’s Ski Week with the Best Ski Resorts – Win Ski Gear for Kids! Friday October 24, 2014 It’s almost Halloween, which means…it’s time to plan your winter ski vacation! That’s right, now is the time to find the best ski resort deals, find the perfect ski gear, and start planning for a great winter getaway.Trekaroo has you covered during Ski Week!Looking for the perfect ski resort for your family’s needs, or have a family favorite? Vote in the…
  • Ski School: What to Look for in a Ski Resort When Traveling with Kids

    Amanda Williams
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:19 am
    As the autumn leaves fall and the kids are well underway in school, temperatures are dropping and resorts are starting to make snow. Yes, ‘tis the season to think skiing! Bringing the kids on a ski vacation can be a treat the whole family, but it can be daunting the first time around, especially if you have little snow bunnies. The crowds, the choices, the prices, and all kinds of variables should be considered (and if you’re like most vacation planning parents, you want everyone to have a magical time worthy of a photo book when you’re finished!). Well, fear not, we have tips to get…
  • Ski Week 2014: Planning a Winter Vacation in Central Oregon

    Amy Whitley
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:01 am
    Ever wanted to ski on a volcano? How about snowshoe to a caldera? Climb into a lava tube? My kids have been saying ‘Yes yes, and yes!‘ for years, as we head to Central Oregon over and over again for family outdoor winter vacations. I know what you’re thinking…’Wait…where?‘ It’s true that when most families think of destination ski vacations, the first regions to come to mind are Lake Tahoe, the Colorado Rockies, or perhaps Vermont and New Hampshire. Unless you live in the Pacific Northwest,  you’re probably not thinking about Central…
  • Ski Week Guide: Best Ski Gear 2014

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

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

  • Overnight Breakfast Casserole

    Cindy Schultz
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    A few years ago we had a family reunion. My in-laws rented a house on the water in Homosassa Springs, FL. To share in the work load, each family was in charge of a different meal. My husband’s cousin and his wife were in charge of breakfast one morning. The night before they left the campfire and went inside to start preparing breakfast. I thought it was odd but I stayed and enjoyed my s’mores. The next morning breakfast was several pans of Overnight Breakfast Casserole. I was hesitant to eat it because up to that point, I wasn’t a fan of sausage. Well, I tried a few bites…
  • Grand Opening Studio Movie Grill Tampa

    Cindy Schultz
    23 Oct 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.”My husband and I were excited when we were invited to attend the grand opening of Studio Movie Grill in Tampa. We were in need of a night out and this one included…
  • Planning Your Wedding Ceremony

    Cindy Schultz
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    The wedding ceremony is the most important part of your wedding day. This is the legal and spiritual portion of your day. While the ceremony usually costs much less than the reception, its planning should be well thought out. There are many different types of wedding ceremonies, based mostly on religious and cultural traditions. For the purpose of this post I will focus on what I know, a Christian wedding ceremony. Christian wedding ceremonies vary in length and contents depending on the desires of the couple I will outline the basic parts. It is important for the couple to have an idea of…
  • Win It Wednesday 10-22-14

    Cindy Schultz
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Welcome back to this week’s Win It Wednesday Giveaway Linky! All of this cooler weather has me thinking about comfort food. I thought I’d share 3 of my favorite comfort food recipes with you today. Aunt Lynette’s Mostaccioli Crockpot Apple Cobbler Crockpot Chicken & Stuffing ENJOY! 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…
  • Niche Parent Conference 2014 Recap

    Cindy Schultz
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    I am just home from the Niche Parent Conference 2014. This was the third year for this conference and the first time I attended. The conference was held at Coronado Springs Resort at Walt Disney World. I came home exhausted, with my brain full of knowledge and my heart full of love from new friendships that were made. I am going to share with you some of my thoughts about this weekend. The Conference Venue I have attended several other conferences that were held at Walt Disney World, and this is the second one at Coronado Springs. This is my least favorite resort on Disney property for two…
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    IndiaVision News and Information » Travel

  • The best bars in Sydney

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

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

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

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

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

  • How to Make them Mountains Sing!

    Brendan van Son
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:03 pm
    I know that if you’ve read the title, you’re already judging my merits as a travel writer.  I think, if you see the video, you might start to worry about my merits as a travel photographer as well.  But, it’s all good.  What I’ve learn over the years is that mistakes are good.  Well, they’re [...]
  • How a Travel Photographer Takes a Vacation

    Brendan van Son
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:12 pm
    Aside from the usual, “what’s your favourite country,” and “how do you make money?” the question I get asked the most by people is what I do, and where I go for a “vacation”.  Well, a while ago I answered that a bit with my article on defining the word vacation, but I’ve never really [...]
  • The Art of Photo Location Scouting in Waterton Lakes National Park

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

  • Review; Shamrocker Adventures 7 Day Tour of Ireland

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • The Best New Wonders of October

    24 Oct 2014 | 2:28 pm
    The foundation of Atlas Obscura is contributed by intrepid users around the world, out exploring the places no one else is noticing, or delving into history that's been all but forgotten. Here we are highlighting five of our favorite recent additions to the Atlas. Have a place we've missed? Create an account and become a part of our community. TRUNYAN Bali, Indonesia Trunyan Cemetery (photograph by Yusuf IJsseldijk/Wikimedia) For centuries in a Bali village, the dead of the Bali Aga people have been placed out in the open beneath a giant banyan tree. The Trunyan…
  • Roundup Obscura: October 24

    24 Oct 2014 | 1:02 pm
    For your Friday-afternoon pleasure, a new regular feature: Roundup Obscura, one photo and five links to fascinations around the world and the web.  Photo of the week: "Cata Sopros," an interactive sound installation by Elas Duas at the Museu de Alberto Sampaio in Guimarães, Portugal. This "collective musical instrument" is made from paper windmills and transform users’ breath into haunting and melodic sounds. The title is a a play on the Portuguese word for windmills — cata ventos means wind catchers, so cata…
  • A Condensed History of Quarantine's Success and Failure

    24 Oct 2014 | 12:54 pm
    Ebola facility in Sierra Leone, August 2, 2014 (©EC/ECHO/Cyprien Fabre) Death, disease, and fear ravage much the world right now, as thousands die of Ebola in West Africa, and hundreds of thousands across the globe read about it. In such a climate, it only makes sense to quarantine the affected areas to stop the swell of infection, or does it? Sitting at home, our idea of a quarantine probably brings to mind one of two images. The first is a humane and sanitary containment system, where victims are tended to by healthcare workers versed in precautionary measures to prevent spread, and…
  • Square-Dancing Fish and the World's Oldest Genitals

    24 Oct 2014 | 7:15 am
    Mating female and male Microbrachius, by Brian Choo, Finders University Scientists have long believed that prehistoric fish all mated externally by releasing eggs and sperm into the water. But a new discovery — "one of the biggest in the evolutionary history of sexual reproduction" — has led an Australian professor to conclude that Microbrachius dicki, prehistoric armored fish, actually had genitals, and were using them to copulate internally 385 million years ago. Paleontologist and Flinders University Professor John Long made the discovery accidentally,…
  • How Brooklyn Is Like Buenos Aires: Toward a Science of Cities

    23 Oct 2014 | 1:41 pm
    Location of the 131 cities in the study's dataset and geographical repartition of the different groups (via Royal Society Publishing)  Marc Barthelemy and Rémi Louf, researchers at L'Institut de Physique Théorique outside of Paris, are seeking quantitative approaches to understanding cities. They use philosophy and physics to determine things like the ways traffic burdens cause cities to fragment, or whether large or small cities are smoggier. In their latest paper, "A typology of street patterns," published in the Journal of the…
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    Atlas Obscura

  • Leather Archives & Museum in Chicago, Illinois

    23 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Cataloguing the history of both the BDSM and leather culture through artifacts, equipment, and a massive library of literature, Chicago's Leather Archives & Museum is more than just a collection of handcuffs, whips, and chains, treating the history of fetish subculture as a serious movement worth preserving.   The museum covers all manner of niche sexuality from straight fetishism to LGBT interests of all stripe. There are displays of bondage equipment, leather apparel, and the sort of underground artifacts one might expect from a leather museum. There are antique sexual…
  • Los Feliz Murder Mansion in Los Angeles, California

    23 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    On the night of December 6, 1959, in a mansion that sits on a Los Feliz hilltop, Dr. Harold Perelson struck his wife to death with a hammer, severely beat his 18-year-old daughter, and then ended his own life by drinking a glass of acid. For the next fifty years, the mansion would remain completely untouched and uninhabited by anyone. A year after the gruesome murder-suicide, the mansion was sold to a couple, Emily and Julian Enriquez, who only used the 5,050-square-foot house as a storage site. Neighbors recall seeing the couple bringing boxes to the mansion, but never staying overnight. In…
  • Tomb of Jesus Christ in Shingo, Japan

    23 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    The small village of Shingo in Japan's Aomori Prefecture is known not only for its cattle ranches and yam production, but thanks to one rogue cosmoarcheologist the village is also home to the supposed Tomb of Jesus Christ.  According to apocryphal religious writings known as the Takenouchi Documents, it was not Jesus who was crucified on that bloody Golgotha, but in fact it was his younger brother, Isukiri. After being captured by the Romans, it is said that Jesus escaped by switching places with his younger brother, taking only a lock of the Virgin Mary's hair and one of his brother's…
  • Shades of Death Road in Great Meadows, New Jersey

    23 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    In rural Warren County, New Jersey the darkly named Shades of Death Road has unsurprisingly accrued a number of terrifying legends and seems to be spawning more supposedly haunted locales as the years go by.  No one is quite sure how Shades of Death Road got its morbid moniker but most stories agree that the area was once known as "The Shades" and after a series of fatal occurrences, the thoroughfare earned its more over the top reputation. However the details of the scary stories vary. Some say that a number of murders took place along the road beneath the over hanging trees from which…
  • City Methodist Church in Gary, Indiana

    23 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Opening a grand, million dollar church always seems like a good idea at the time. Such beautiful structures can bolster a community and give a unique sense of place to an area. Of course when the local economy dries up, supporting such a massive edifice is usually the first item to be cut from the budget. Luckily it often results in lovely modern ruins such as those of the City Methodist Church in Gary, Indiana. The City Methodist Church was first built in Gary in 1926 for an astronomical final cost of over a million dollars (which would translate to over seven million today),…
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    Life In Flight

  • Find Your Next Destination

    Carolyn Paddock
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:50 am
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  • Chart Your Course

    Carolyn Paddock
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:35 am
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  • Take Flight

    Carolyn Paddock
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:20 am
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  • “What Happy People Know…”

    Carolyn Paddock
    8 Oct 2014 | 10:42 am
    I want to be happy! No doubt,  you’ve heard these words before. And you have probably have said them yourself more than once. Happiness = Nirvana. Right? I hear this very phrase from my clients, some of who are at a crossroad and want more from life after years of hard work and sacrifice. Happiness is often at the top of their list. But what exactly is Happiness? Is it a place, a thing, a relationship, a position, a title, and can you buy it? And why is it so damn elusive at times? Do you have to wait “until X happens” that you be happy, or is it only for some people…
  • Is Curiosity the Mental Fountain of Youth?

    Carolyn Paddock
    20 Sep 2014 | 11:36 am
      This morning I was thinking about the magic of curiosity. Merriam-Webster says it’s the desire to know. The desire to know comes from the place of not having or knowing all the answers. A willingness to have an open mind, to ask questions, and the excitement of learning something new. And in doing so you automatically forsake some of the comforts of judgement or prior knowledge. I’ve learned to keep curiosity is in the forefront of my mind, especially when I’m coaching. An inquisitive mind enables me abandon my own way of thinking, and allows me to ask thoughtful…
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  • Art International Review

    22 Oct 2014 | 5:50 am
    The contemporary art fair, Art International, welcomed thousands of visitors during the four day event. Many enthusiastic art lovers came to the vernissage on Thursday night. At 6 p.m. the fair started with a glass of wine in the foyer of the congress hall. Many artists and galleries had been there before like the Ukranian […] The post Art International Review appeared first on Vivamost!.
  • Liam Neeson talks about his life as an actor

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

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

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

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

  • 10 Questions: Joachim Hartl, Conrad Algarve

    Joy Pecknold
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    In our General Manager series, we catch up with heads of hotels for some unique insight and perspective on the hospitality industry. This week, Joachim Hartl of the Conrad Algarve in Portugal answers our questions. Best hotel room at the property: Our 300-square-meter Roof Garden Suite with private, en suite swimming pool and retractable roof, […]
  • Photo Essay: Two days in Toronto

    Joy Pecknold
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:25 am
    Toronto gave us French fries, fashion, cocktails and a whole lot of gold—check out these snaps from a recent trip to Canada’s largest metropolis. First things first. When settling in to a luxury hotel for the night, I like to indulge in the finer things, mainly organic beer and French fries. Speaking of the finer […]
  • Fall Activity Guide: New York City

    Joy Pecknold
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:51 pm
    New York is magical year-round, but it just seems to get that much more enchanting as autumn rolls into winter and the city rolls out a bevy of special events. Herein, we round up seven that have us itching to plan a Big Apple getaway. Smorgasburg, until November 23 Saturdays at Williamsburg’s East River State […]
  • The List: 7 Sizzling Places to Stay in Miami

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

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

  • China: Chengdu Laochemi 100km Road Race

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

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

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

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

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

  • JayWay Destinations Flying High in the Charts

    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…
  • Dubrovnik’s Good Food Festival

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

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

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

  • Review: What to expect at Blackout Haunted House in New York City (Halloween 2014)

    Claudia Oddo
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:12 pm
    This review is written by Downtown Traveler contributor Claudia Oddo, a first-time visitor to Blackout Haunted House. In 2014, Blackout plays by new rules. Do not speak unless instructed to do so Follow all directions The safety word is “safety” ….the choice is not yours… Claudia after "surviving" NYC's scariest haunted house, Blackout As I waited in anticipation at New York City’s most terrifying haunted house and read the mandatory waiver, each line filled me with more and more panic. I scanned the document as a cold-faced woman checked in visitors one by one. What…
  • Experience NYC’s scary past at Nightmare haunted house (2014 review)

    Claudia Oddo
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:08 pm
    New Yorkers, get ready to face your fears. Now in its 11th season, Nightmare haunted house stays fresh by embracing a new theme each year. The 2014 haunt, New York, pays tribute to the city’s dark past and chilling present, blending legendary horror stories and urban legends into a fearsome experience. My Nightmare journey began while waiting to enter the house in a room displaying some of New York’s spooky history, including references to infamous serial killer Andre Rand (known as the evil incarnation of the mythological Cropsey legend), Typhoid Mary and another notorious murderer,…
  • 22 Badass Cosplay Weapons from NY Comic Con 2014 (PHOTOS)

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

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

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

  • Four Greek Myths to Know Before Visiting Athens

    Natalie Holmes
    25 Oct 2014 | 8:24 am
    Athens is awash with ancient wonders, from theaters and temples to the mighty Acropolis. The world of  Greek mythology can be closely tied to many of these sites.  Understanding the backstory before visiting in order to get a vivid impression of their significance, sparks the imagination of children and adults alike. Here are our top four myths to prepare for a visit to Athens. Erechtheion, from the south; via Wiki Commons 1. Athena and Poseidon compete over patronage of Athens Site: Erechtheion While the East Pediment of the Parthenon depicts the dramatic moment of the birth of Athena,…
  • Rome Beyond the Historic Center

    Emily Knight
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:58 am
    While we love Rome’s historic center, the city is so much more than Piazza Navona or Vatican City.  We surveyed our docents to get their insider takes on what areas of Rome are worth spreading your wings for and exploring during your next jaunt.   Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana, EUR. Photo Jessica Stewart 1. EUR (Liz Brewster) EUR was conceived when Benito Mussolini decided to showcase fascist modernism with the 1942 Universal Exhibition. The exhibition was aborted after the outbreak of World War II, but the neighborhood grew up in southern Rome around the monumental axis of via…
  • Picasso’s Paris: Five of the Artist’s Paris Haunts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Top 6 caves to visit in South East Asia

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Jody Halsted
    6 Oct 2014 | 7:53 am
    Our many thanks to Frazee Gardens in Brownsburg, Indiana, for showing us how to create gardens the faeries will will love to visit! At 8 and 10 my girls still believe in faeries. Since their first encounter in Ireland when they were just toddlers, my girls find proof of the ‘little people’ nearly everywhere. It’s a belief I encourage as I think children are made to grow up and leave ‘childish things’ behind far too quickly. Besides, I still believe in faeries…. Because we spend quite a bit of time camping, the girls can often be found constructing faerie…
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  • Video: Five Wild Adventures You Just May Love

    24 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    Five of the world’s most insane adventures to add to your bucket list.
  • Anassa Hotel Offers Luxury 5 Star Beach Getaway

    Donna Sundblad
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    The word “anassa” means “queen” in the ancient Greek, and the Anassa Hotel offers a luxury 5 star hotel resort stay that will make you feel like royalty. This majestic resort offers a stunning secluded beach location situated on the Mediterranean shores of Cyprus. Mediterranean Style Accommodations The Anassa Hotel’s whitewashed buildings invite guests to […]
  • Video: The Best Haunted Attractions in The U.S.

    23 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    If you’re in need of a good scare this Halloween, Rachel Trobman profiles three of the best haunted attractions in the country. From the Bates Motel and Pennhurst Asylum outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to the 13th Floor in Denver, Colorado, to the Cutting Edge in Dallas, Texas, there’s something for all those adrenaline junkies.
  • Ramen Shop in Oakland a Popular Hot Spot

    Donna Sundblad
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Ramen lovers looking for casual dining with great taste can be found in droves at the Ramen Shop in Oakland. If your concept of Ramen are the bricks of noodles found on grocery shelves, a visit to this popular Ramen hot spot will quickly transform your thinking. The Ramen Shop makes their noodles fresh daily, […]
  • Video: Top 10 Australian Tourist Destinations

    22 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    Do you fancy taking a trip to the land down under? Or are you living down under and need a quick holiday? Well, we’ve got your travel suggestions right here. Join us as we count down our picks for the top 10 Australian tourist attractions.
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  • Bluesmart, The World’s Smartest Luggage, Just Blew Past Its Funding Goal: Here’s Why

    Matt Stabile
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:27 pm
    If you’re in any way connected to the travel world and have been on social media in the last day or so, chances are you’ve come across Bluesmart, the “smart” carry-on suitcase that blew past its initial Indiegogo goal of raising $50,000 in less than a day (as of the date of this article, Bluesmart had raised about $200,000 and counting). So what makes this piece of luggage so interesting that people are willing to plunk down $295 even though they won’t be able to get their hands on it until July 2015? The reasons are plenty. The main reason people are are so…
  • 25 Free Things You Can Do In Sydney

    Matt Stabile
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:38 pm
    By Matt Stabile / Matt Stabile is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of You can read his writings, watch his travel videos, purchase the book he co-edited or contact him via email at any time at The post 25 Free Things You Can Do In Sydney appeared first on TheExpeditioner Travel Site.
  • Why The Holidays Are The Best Time To Travel Out Of The Country (And To Scotland)

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

    Matt Stabile
    13 Oct 2014 | 6:16 pm
    This cinematic stunner from Cambodia, “My Cambodia,” was made by filmmaker Ken Ng Jia Quan and shot with the Canon 5D Mark III using a 24-105mm lens. You can also check out another video of his that we featured last year featuring Myanmar. [My Cambodia by Kevin Ng Jia Quan/Flickr] By Matt Stabile / Matt Stabile is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of You can read his writings, watch his travel videos, purchase the book he co-edited or contact him via email at any time at The post A Cinematic Tour Of Cambodia appeared first on TheExpeditioner…
  • Top 5 Off-The-Beaten-Path Things To Do In Prague

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    8 Oct 2014 | 4:04 am
    The original can be found here: X ALP by Salomon: A Review. Please read the original.A review of X ALP, a new line of outdoor gear by Salomon that I personally tested in the mountains.Monkeys and Mountains - Adventure seeker and explorer by day, luxury seeker by night
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  • Top 10 Autumn Retreats

    24 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    F. Scott Fitzgerald insisted that, ‘life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall,’ and we can’t think of a better excuse to retreat from the fray than a log-fired and woolly-jumpered period of rejuvenation.  To help you escape it all, we’ve picked 10 of our favourite autumnal getaways, perfect for dropping off-grid for a brief burst of hedonistic hibernation. The Gunton Arms, near Cromer, Norfolk If you want to see the leafy autumn chorus in all its glory, you’ll have to get rural. This Norfolk pub with rooms is not only suitably secluded, but it also sits beside a…
  • Spotlight on… the Caribbean

    22 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    The Caribbean: that dreamy collection of 7,000 islands and islets located in the dazzling azure sea somewhere between North and South America. With a tremendous array of golden sands, dramatic landscapes, distinctive cultures and water sports to choose from, not to mention fabulously diverse food, you’re sure to discover your perfect island pairing here. The Pitons, St. Lucia Why go? Flying overhead, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the specks below were just that. But you’d be wrong. The Caribbean is an assortment of dreamy tropical islands, long considered the ultimate honeymoon…
  • Family Escape of the Month… Jaci’s Safari Lodges

    20 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    To call Jaci’s Safari Lodges ‘family-friendly’ would be an understatement. Not only do the lodges have free babysitters and child-friendly menus, but they also have a number of activities with kids in mind. This includes their famous ‘bumbles’ game, perfect for little explorers. It’s amongst the most child-friendly lodges in South Africa and a fantastic place to give kiddies their first experience of safaris. That said, it’s not all about the kids – the outstanding views and abundant wildlife will appeal to all the family. Rooms: The 18 rooms are split between 2 Lodges:…
  • 1,500 hotels: the i-escape team pick their favourites

    17 Oct 2014 | 2:25 am
    First we took a trip down i-escape’s memory lane, then we heard from some i-escape fans as well as our directors. Now, last but not least, in celebration of reaching 1,500 hotels, we reveal the i-escape team’s favourite hideaways. After numerous intrepid trips and countless hotel visits (it’s a tough job) we’ve helped put together the bread and butter of the i-escape collection. These are the places that have stuck with us… SARAH BREAUX, Bookings Consultant “Hotel De las Letrasis bang in the centre of my second home, Madrid. I love it for the colourful, classy rooms, great…
  • 1,500 hotels: i-escape’s directors pick their favourites

    15 Oct 2014 | 2:11 am
    In celebration of us reaching 1,500 hotels, we recently heard from some of our fans about why they love i-escape, but now it’s time to hear from the people who were here at the beginning. We asked our enviably well-travelled i-escape founders and directors all about their favourite trips and travel tips. Here’s what they had to say… LAILA RAM, Founding Director, Strategy and Finance Laila grew up living in Holland, Denmark, Switzerland, India, the UK and US, and has been travelling ever since. She teamed up with Nikki Tinto, one of her best friends and travelling companion…
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  • Are you ready to Drop Your Transient Assumptions & Follow Your Path with a Heart?

    Andrew Crusoe
    8 Oct 2014 | 5:12 pm
    In Life, there is a remarkable Spectrum of Experience available to you. And it’s on you to decide how you spend your time — and thusly your Life. But there’s a next step, beyond consciously choosing what you do. During my travels on Hawaii, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting a fascinating flock of people from all over the spectrum: business owners, artists, wanderers, massage therapists, builders, poets, and of course, vagabonds. Each of them show me a different color of the Spectrum of Experience, and invariably I find the ones who are the most unconventional are the ones I…
  • 5 Hard-Earned Tips for Hawaii Work-Trade (& WWOOFing) that will ensure Success

    Andrew Crusoe
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    During my adventures on these Hawaiian Islands, I have witnessed some remarkably unconventional and intriguing ways of living—ways that aren’t nearly as common on Mainland USA. The single most profound difference I’ve encountered on these islands is the social agreement known as Work-Trade. Before I came here, I’d never work-traded anywhere. Heck, I don’t think I’d even heard of it before, but it turned out to be the best way for me to live cheaply on the Big Island while I wrote my 2nd book. No joke. If you’re not familiar, work-trade is a type of living situation where a…
  • To Succeed, Become Obsessed With What You Do

    Andrew Crusoe
    30 Jun 2014 | 4:01 am
    There’s been a lot of talk about how, if you do what you love, it doesn’t feel like work. From experience, I happen to think there’s some truth in this. But I don’t think it’s going far enough. If you really want to make a splash in your field, you don’t just have to do what you love, you’ve got to become, in some way, frakking obsessed with what you do. Don’t get me wrong. I don’t mean obsessed in an unhealthy way. But I do mean that you can’t help but keep thinking, continually, about the thing you love to do—whether that be…
  • What is the point of a Friendship if it fades?

    Andrew Crusoe
    21 Apr 2014 | 3:01 am
    I’ve been asking far too few questions lately. Usually when I share something with you here, I want to give you something to be excited about, someplace you can dream to see someday. But today, as I was triaging through old files, I came across a folder on my Mac called “Friend Docs,” resulting in a cascading series of events that led me straight down Memory Lane. You see, ever since I got a new iPod, I’ve been shooting ABSURD amounts of HD video, and it’s filling up my drive faster that I anticipated. Turns out, a surprisingly large chunk of my space was also…
  • MacKenzie Park: Brown Noddy cliff birds video

    Andrew Crusoe
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:49 pm
    Welcome back to MacKenzie Park! The “Byteful Glimpse” video series continues with a short (and hilarious) video about some other things we saw by the park cliffs (henceforth to be referred to as the Cliffs of Insanity). This one is EASILY the wackiest one yet. Share & Enjoy! Transcript: A: You keep talking about these birds, but I never see them. R: Well that’s because you’re too busy looking at your camera. Birds are flying around as we speak. A: Well, okay. Screw that. Where? R: Off the edge of the point there. Every once in a while a black bat-like face comes…
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  • Casey + Sarah's Valle Crucis Anniversary Adventure | Boone, NC Couples Photography

    24 Oct 2014 | 2:13 pm
    By the time Casey contacted me I was already booked on their anniversary date. I was photographing a wedding that weekend, but because their schedule was flexible we were going to shoot for a session on the day after on Sunday. While I knew I'd be worn out after 16+ hours of wedding photography two days before, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to be a part of his anniversary surprise!To celebrate their one year anniversary, Sarah bought Casey tickets to see a Washington Redskins game, one of his favorite teams. So, to step it up, he wanted to surprise her with an anniversary session at the…
  • Portrait Photography for Adventurous Folks | Boone & Blowing Rock, NC Area Photographer

    10 Oct 2014 | 2:51 pm
    I had so much fun doing family portrait photography and engagement photography last year during the fall and holidays that I wanted to offer Choose Your Adventure Sessions again this season! It's not something that I can do throughout the year as often as I'd like even though I get many requests for family photos. Weddings are taking over! But, I decided to set aside some time this October and November so that I can help families, couples, and individuals create lasting memories because it's something that I truly love to do!Choose Your Adventure Sessions are for free-spirited folks who are…
  • Allyson + Younes' Destination Wedding at Westglow Mansion in Blowing Rock, North Carolina

    3 Oct 2014 | 2:37 pm
    Chatter from family and friends could be heard upstairs as they began to gather in the Westglow Mansion. Allyson, the dazzling bride, stayed behind closed doors with her bridesmaids as she eagerly awaited word that, "It's time!"At 3:00 pm the ceremony proceedings had yet to begin, so I elected to go downstairs and find out where we were in the timeline. Jen, the wedding coordinator whispers, "Don't tell Allyson, but the groom hasn't arrived yet!"After hearing this development, the last thing I wanted to do was go lie to her face, but keeping a calm bride was more important! So...I sucked it…
  • Ali + JB's Blue Ridge Mountain Wedding at Grandfather Golf and Country Club | Boone NC Photographer

    26 Sep 2014 | 3:02 pm
    “Where could it be?!” Ali wondered. “When were you last wearing it?!” one of the bridesmaids questioned as we attempted to solve this conundrum.We were all perplexed as we retraced her steps to the ceremony site. Somewhere along the way Ali’s veil blew off and it was nowhere to be found.Since we were so clueless, I ended up looking back through the wedding pictures to see when I photographed her wearing it last. I confirmed that she had it on while making her way to the altar but it disappeared before she walked down the aisle.The mystery of the lost veil didn't last long, though,…
  • How Spontaneous Adventures Can Strengthen Your Relationship

    19 Sep 2014 | 10:23 am
    “If it was sanitary, I’d give you a high five right now because that was the best freakin’ meal I’ve eaten in a while!” I was not quiet about it either because the fella who had just walked up with his family interjected with, “I’m glad to hear that!”Good food makes me happy, simple as that. So, when I stumble upon a roadside taco and slider stand with five star food during a spontaneous adventure, you better believe that this gal gets giddy!Apparently, The Roost, located in Linville, NC, has been opened for two months but we are just now finding out about this gem. That…
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  • Ten Scenes of Lisbon After Dark

    23 Oct 2014 | 5:55 am
    I love cities after dark, like Jekyll becoming Hyde they take on a new personality. The darkness prods our primeval fears, adding a sense of adventure and danger (often imagined, sometimes real) to exploring the shadows. You never know what you will find… or what will find you when you venture out after dark. Lisbon is as fascinating and enchanting a city when night falls as it is during the hours of light; from the raw energy of Bairro Alto to the elegance of its squares and the secrets of mysterious alleys. Street Life There’s something West Side Story about some of these old…
  • Review of Hotel Inspira Santa Marta in Lisbon

    22 Oct 2014 | 7:14 am
    Rua de Santa Marta 48, Lisbon Strolling the Avenida da Liberdade after staying in uptown (literally) Barrio Alto for four nights, we felt as if we’d found another Lisbon, a different Lisbon. This one had replaced second hand and alternative clothing shops with Emporio Armani, Louis Vuitton and Prada outlets; swapped narrow, near-vertical streets with trams trundling up and down their centre with a tree-lined avenue the size of Champs Elysée, and substituted old ladies eating pastries in pastelerias and hedonists drinking in the streets, with Gucci wearing shoppers and suit-clad…
  • Travel Moments, Manchester United on the Yangtse

    22 Oct 2014 | 6:49 am
    “I wonder if anywhere will be showing the Manchester United Champions League match tonight?” I pondered out loud as our riverboat made the final adjustments to moor against a floating jetty linked to the bank by a thin, slippery metal walkway resting on a series of pontoons. “That’s the trouble with you Manchester United fans,” the Irish dentist standing behind me scoffed. “You think everyone is interested in Manchester United. They’re not. This is the Yangtse. Nobody has heard of Manchester United here.” The riverboat secured, we shuffled off the old boat single file,…
  • The Mysterious Life of a Volcanic Village on El Hierro

    20 Oct 2014 | 9:19 am
    There’s something about the village that niggles; something not quite right. It feels like there are pieces of the jigsaw missing. Probably, like so many things connected with the Canary Islands, forgotten about during the passage of the centuries. The village, now an Eco Museum and sanctuary for some of El Hierro’s giant lizard population, lies in the Valle de Golfo at the foot of an overbearing cliff face that looks as though it could turn malevolent on a whim. A village hewn from the volcanic rock that surrounds it; so seamlessly integrated with its surroundings that landscape…
  • Seven Nights of Eating Our Way Around Lisbon

    17 Oct 2014 | 4:08 am
    Deciding where to eat in a city I’m visiting for the first time overwhelms a bit, there’s just too much choice. Normally we’re only in a city for a few days at best, which doesn’t help, but with Lisbon we had seven nights in which to explore the culinary scene. Thanks to local advice, guidebook recommendations and spontaneity, we covered an interesting mix of cafés and restaurants, eating at some crackers and a couple of duds along the way. These are the delicious delicacies, the so-so, the surprising and the never-again places of the Lisbon restaurant scene where we…
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  • Gay Friendly Hotel | Ashworth By The Sea – Hampton Beach, NH

    22 Oct 2014 | 12:12 pm
    Ashworth By The Sea | 295 Ocean Boulevard | Hampton, NH 03842 | 1-603-926-6762 This past summer my wife Jennifer and I had the pleasure of staying at the only full-service oceanfront hotel in Hampton Beach — Ashworth By The Sea. Ashworth By The Sea was built in 1912 as one of the first hotels on … Continue reading →
  • 21c Museum Hotels – Gay Friendly Hotel Spotlight

    15 Oct 2014 | 10:04 am
    21c Museum Hotels – Redefining The Art of Modern Southern Hospitality.  21c Museum Hotels was born out of the desire to integrate contemporary art into everyday life. To redefine the art of modern Southern Hospitality. Launched in downtown Louisville, Kentucky in 2006, 21 Museum Hotels has since expanded to Cincinnati, Ohio and Bentonville, Arkansas, The Durham, North Carolina.location will … Continue reading →
  • Gay Friendly Halloween Attractions

    15 Oct 2014 | 8:56 am
    Gay Travel Blog | Gay Travel | Gay Travel Reviews | Gay Travel Agency | Gay Travel Agent | Halloween in New England | Haunted Houses  Starting the end of September, when the temps cool, leaves change colors and sweaters resurface, we here at Gay Travel Information have one thing on our mind — HALLOWEEN. We are … Continue reading →
  • Eagle Creek Luggage – Inspired by Travel

    14 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    EAGLE CREEK – Luggage, Packing Solutions, Travel Accessories and Everyday Bags As frequent travelers my partner and I are always searching for great new luggage. My partner is a fanatic when it comes to organization so she (and I) were in heaven when we discovered Eagle Creek luggage!  Eagle Creek, which was born in the … Continue reading →
  • Mirror Lake Inn Resort and Spa – Lake Placid, NY

    2 Oct 2014 | 12:34 pm
    Adirondacks Gay Travel | Lake Placid Gay Accommodations | Lake Placid Gay Friendly Accommodations | Gay Friendly Lake Placid | Gay Friendly Adirodancks Mirror Lake Inn Resort & Spa / 77 Mirror Lake Drive / Lake Placid, NY 12946 / 1-518-523-2544   Sitting down to write this review of Mirror Lake Inn Resort & Spa, … Continue reading →
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  • 10 Things NOT to Do in Chicago
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    There’s a lot to see and do when visiting Chicago—restaurants, shopping, nightlife, sporting events, boat tours, outdoor activities, museums, and more—but do you know what you shouldn’t do while you’re there? This comprehensive list will help you avoid common tourist mistakes and reveal what you should not eat, when not to visit, and what you shouldn’t waste your money on. Follow this expert advice on what not to do in Chicago, and you’re guaranteed to have a truly authentic experience. By Michael Alan Connelly Michael Alan Connelly is the…
  • Fodor's Week in Travel: Go West
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:30 pm
    The American West has an array of delightful activities just as diverse as its many landscapes—and we at Fodor's have especially taken notice this week. Hot air balloon rides over the desert and balmy days spent on the beach are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to traveling in this region. Get some ideas for your next Wild West adventure with our weekly roundup here to guide the way. Las Vegas's 10 Best Free Family Activities There's more to Vegas than the glitzy game floors and lavish musical productions that characterize Sin City—you can also find a slew of…
  • Where to Eat in San Francisco Now
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Keeping up with restaurant openings in San Francisco can be a challenge, even for locals. While some new restaurants get a lot of buzz, others fly under the radar. Whether heavily hyped or best kept secrets, these recent additions are worthy of a detour. Urchin Bistrot Hiro Sone and Lissa Doumani are restaurant royalty adored for their Michelin-starred restaurants as well as their gracious hospitality, but their latest restaurant opened very quietly. Urchin Bistrot, located on Mission Street, offers cozy dining in booths downstairs or at small tables upstairs. It’s an informal take on…
  • 10 Best Luxury Hotels to Visit in the Off-Season
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    For some travelers, cold weather means an escape to hot beaches; for others, it’s a chance to take part in winter sports like skiing and snowboarding. But what about travelers looking for something a little different? It may not seem intuitive to visit places like Long Island or Chicago in the wintertime, but aside from great prices, there are fascinating activities and packages to take advantage of during the off-season. We’ve combed through hundreds of special offers and activities across the U.S. to find the most unique, exciting, and luxurious ones so you can make the…
  • 5 Reasons to Visit La Jolla
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Native Americans originally called this seaside enclave just north of San Diego Woholle, or "hole in the mountains," a nod to the red-brown grottoes that pepper the Pacific shoreline here. When Spanish settlers arrived on the scene in the 1700s, they changed the name to La Jolla, "the jewel," which gave rise to "Jewel City," a suitable moniker for this cliff-top community that's now carpeted with multimillion dollar homes and surrounded on three sides by clear blue waters. La Jolla's mix of natural beauty and high-end, high-adrenaline, leisurely pursuits has been beloved by…
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  • Browsing the Markets in the Aveyron, France

    Iain Mallory
    14 Oct 2014 | 1:16 pm
    Iain MalloryIainMallory An autumnal mist was stubbornly hanging around as our group browsed the colourful market stalls of Villefrance-de-Rouergue, in the Aveyron region of France. It obscured the high spire at the top of the Church of Notre Dame, and even swirled just above the canopies of several of the stalls. The markets take place on Thursdays, […] The post Browsing the Markets in the Aveyron, France appeared first on Mallory On Travel.MalloryOnTravel
  • Wildlife Watching in Alutaguse, Estonia

    Iain Mallory
    12 Oct 2014 | 12:27 pm
    Iain MalloryIainMallory “Sssshush” was the swift, and abrupt rebuke in reply to my slightly too enthusiastic “Hi”, as the door to the hide opened. They take wildlife watching seriously in Alutaguse, Estonia. Dusk was rapidly descending outside the shelter, and the other ‘watchers’ were already quietly staring out towards the clearing. All were hoping for a glimpse of […] The post Wildlife Watching in Alutaguse, Estonia appeared first on Mallory On Travel.MalloryOnTravel
  • Costa Rica, Naturally – Itinerary

    Iain Mallory
    11 Oct 2014 | 1:02 pm
    Iain MalloryIainMallory In a few days I’ll be taking off from Manchester for a new, and very exciting destination for me, Costa Rica. Organised by Minube the trip is over the period 15th to 22nd October, 2014, and apart from visiting San José, some national parks, a volcano, and a jaguar rescue centre. It promises a very exciting trip, […] The post Costa Rica, Naturally – Itinerary appeared first on Mallory On Travel.MalloryOnTravel
  • Grand Canyon Oman; A Natural Wonder

    Iain Mallory
    9 Oct 2014 | 11:32 am
    Iain MalloryIainMallory Being the biggest, deepest, or longest doesn’t necessarily make something the best; Grand Canyon Oman isn’t a mile deep, or a mile wide, but it still demonstrates the creative splendour of Mother Nature, the architect. On the day we visited there weren’t any mule trains, or trekkers making their way up, and down, it’s unlikely it’s as […] The post Grand Canyon Oman; A Natural Wonder appeared first on Mallory On Travel.MalloryOnTravel
  • Cassagnes Comtaux; A flavour of the Aveyron

    Iain Mallory
    7 Oct 2014 | 9:24 am
    Iain MalloryIainMallory All travellers that take photographs probably have a number of images which instantly spark a memory, transporting them back to a place, or time. The reasons can be many, but often it’s just that the image seems to typify the destination, this is how this panoramic from Cassagnes Comtaux in the French Aveyron appears. The […] The post Cassagnes Comtaux; A flavour of the Aveyron appeared first on Mallory On Travel.MalloryOnTravel
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    FareCompare » Travel Advice

  • Standby Flights: How Does Flying Standby Work and How Much Does It Cost

    Collin Quick
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:31 pm
    Flying standby used to mean buying a cheap ticket for the next flight with empty seats. But today, standby generally means you have purchased a ticket already, but want to get on an earlier flight, or you have missed your flight and want to catch a later one. Here’s what FareCompare readers need to know about standby policies of airlines in the U.S. AirTran AirTran offers two options for making changes the same day of the flight. A customer may fly standby for another flight to the same destination at no charge. For ticketed passengers who want an earlier flight, Airtran charges $50 per…
  • Cheapest Days to Fly and Best Time to Buy Airline Tickets

    Rick Seaney
    3 Oct 2014 | 11:01 am
    Editor’s note: We updated this popular post as of Oct. 3, 2014 with new and easy-to-use information. One thing hasn’t changed, though – it’ll still help you save money every time you shop for airfare. LISTEN: Airfare expert Rick Seaney with more way to find the best deals. How to Get Cheap Flights We get it. You’re busy and your time is valuable. When you want airline tickets, you want the best comparison shopping site and you want to find the cheapest flights quickly and easily. These tips will help you do just that. What are the Cheapest Days to Fly Cheapest…
  • How to Find Cheap Flights When Your Flight Dates are Flexible

    28 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Editor’s note: We updated this popular post as of Sept. 29, 2014 and loaded it with fresh information and useful tips. One thing hasn’t changed, though – it’ll still help you find the cheapest airfare deals available. Flexibility is a wonderful thing – especially when it comes to travel. The more flexible you can be, the more you’ll save. [Check out the video below] LISTEN: More great tips from ace expert Rick Seaney. See the latest airline sales on the Deals Blog Flexibility Savings: Shopping and Flying Follow these six rules to find cheaper airline…
  • 5 Reasons to Take a Connecting Flight over a Non-Stop

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

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

  • The Terracotta Warriors: Piecing together the legacy of the first emperor of China

    Lucy Haines
    2 Oct 2014 | 4:33 am
    Peering down over the railing at the site of the well, I had to wonder what it must have been like to unearth one of the biggest archeological discoveries of our time. I remember the excitement of digging up old sherds of pottery in the garden when I was young and being adamant that I had made some great archeological … The Terracotta Warriors: Piecing together the legacy of the first emperor of China is a post from: Luxury Holiday Blog - Tropical Sky
  • See the orangutans in Borneo

    Nicola Dunkinson
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:05 am
    The name orangutan means ‘person of the forest’. They are easily recognised by their reddish brown hair, big body, long arms and short legs. Males can weigh up to 118kg and their arm span can reach up to 6.6ft!  They are one of the most intelligent primates and can live for over 30 years. They like to spend most of their time … See the orangutans in Borneo is a post from: Luxury Holiday Blog - Tropical Sky
  • Top 10 spa hotels in the world

    Michelle Dunn
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:25 am
    There is little more indulgent than holing up in a luxury hotel with a sublime spa for all your pampering needs. Tropical Sky uncover the world’s most blissful retreats designed to relax, revitalise and rejuvenate. 10. The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris The scene: One of the largest spas in Paris, this glamorous beauty retreat is decked out … Top 10 spa hotels in the world is a post from: Luxury Holiday Blog - Tropical Sky
  • Top 10 rooftop bars in Bangkok

    Justin Mewse
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:03 am
    There’s simply no better way to escape the relentless hustle and bustle of Thailand’s first city other than to disappear up on the roof. The capital’s rooftop bars are some of the very best in the world and if you’re looking to discover the secret doors and lengthy lift time then check out our top 10 rooftop bars in Bangkok … Top 10 rooftop bars in Bangkok is a post from: Luxury Holiday Blog - Tropical Sky
  • Exploring Cancun

    Nicola Dunkinson
    26 Sep 2014 | 4:09 am
    Margarita’s, fajitas, beaches, bars and tequila maybe the things that spring to mind when thinking about Cancun. The Mexican holiday mecca offers all of the above and much, much more. It is a great place to be based for a beach holiday and to enjoy a vibrant nightlife, along with exciting day trips and adventures all on the doorstep. Take … Exploring Cancun is a post from: Luxury Holiday Blog - Tropical Sky
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  • Far Flung Points, Posers, and All the Beaches Inbetween - St. Croix, Part 4

    Darryl Musick
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    “I have a challenge for you,” I tell the concierge. “We’d like to take a snorkel trip to Buck Island but we haven’t been able to find a boat willing to take the wheelchair.”“Challenge accepted,” she tells us. While she goes off to find that tour, we’re off to find the sunrise.  No, we’re not actually getting up at the crack of dawn, we’re just driving to the end of the island.Watch The Video!Point Udall is the eastern end of the island.  It’s also the eastern-most point of the United States.It’s still hard to wrap our heads around that this is still our…

    Darryl Musick
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    Our ratings are...Fully Accessible - You can access all of the attraction, with no problem, in any type of wheelchair.Mostly Accessible - You can access most of the attraction, and all of the important parts of it, with your wheelchair.Partially Accessible - You can access a good deal of the attraction but some parts are inaccessible and some important parts you'll miss.Inaccessible - Kind of speaks for itself, avoid if you're in a wheelchair.Here's London, England...Tower of London - Partially Accessible. You will get to see just about everything except the original inner tower. The…
  • Crashes, Feeding Frenzies, Disappointments, and Triumphs: St. Croix, Part 3

    Darryl Musick
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    Need to catch up? Click on the following links for Part 1 and Part 2 of this trip.We’re here, we’re squared away as far as access goes…why don’t we start enjoying St. Croix?The Buccaneer is an historic, family run hotel sitting on over 300 acres just east of the town of Christiansted. It’s a rambling affair with a great house on the hilltop overlooking three beaches and a golf course. All guests receive a complimentary, full breakfast buffet with an option of omelets or eggs cooked to order.Watch the Video! Since we’re trying to do this on a budget, the plan is to eat a big…
  • THE COCKTAIL HOUR: Crucian Rum Punch

    Darryl Musick
    19 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    This week, Tim and I are coming to you from the beautiful island of St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Our quandary: we're not staying at an all-inclusive resort and have to pay for the majority of our drinks. Our solution: make a new, very easy to make, delicious cocktail that we can mix using cheap local ingredients.Watch the Video!The result is this rum punch using rum, cranberry-raspberry cocktail, and lime juice.  Here's the recipe...INGREDIENTS1.5 oz rum2 oz cranberry-raspberry cocktailjuice of half a limeIn a lowball glass filled with ice, squeeze in lime juice. Pour rum…
  • Bad Omens and Good Luck in the Virgin Islands...St. Croix, Part 2

    Darryl Musick
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    You can catch up with Part 1 of our St. Croix trip here.We’re on the runway at Miami International, engines powering up, about to take the final flight to St. Croix when the pilot comes on the intercom as the engines wind down.“Folks, we’re going to have to return to the gate. The second button on the radio is not working and FAA regulations say we can’t fly without it. Hopefully, this will be a quick fix and we can be in the air shortly.”Uh oh, I’m already nervous about this trip, booking an unbelievably cheap trip to St. Croix in the U. S. Virgin Islands and crossing my fingers,…
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    Teen Travel Talk

  • My Itinerant Self

    Joshua Goldstein
    19 Oct 2014 | 7:26 pm
    Hello readers of the world! My name is Josh Goldstein and I am a senior in high school. I currently reside in New Jersey, but throughout my life, I have been to many places throughout the United States and the world! In other words, I am a big fan of traveling to different places. While tourism is the largest industry in the world, traveling to and touring places allows one to see how much time, money and effort is put into tourism. I, myself, have been to at least 15 US states, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and as far away as China! As a young boy traveling there for the first time, I was…
  • The Little Things I Miss About Michigan

    Hye Sung
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:13 pm
    I lived in Michigan for about two years and have spent time in West Michigan, Northern Michigan, and the Detroit Metro area, so I feel like I have a fairly thorough understanding of this state–despite my lack of experience in the Upper Peninsula. This oddly-shaped state is charming, and I always manage to get teary-eyed at the ‘Pure Michigan’ commercials and advertisements. There is much to love about this state, but here are a few things I miss about this beautiful state. Michigan’s own ginger ale Saying ‘pop’ instead of ‘soda’. I know this…
  • Pumpkins and More At Local NYC Area Farms This Fall

    1 Oct 2014 | 6:40 am
    This is a beautiful time of year. With the leaves changing from green to red, yellow, and orange, the weather becoming cooler, and the many pumpkins, apples, and other fruits and vegetables available and in season, fall is a great time to hit the road and experience the best of New York and New Jersey farms. There are many locations to choose from, but the following may just be the best of the bunch. New York Stuart’s Fruit Farm in Westchester County promotes the fact that visitors can pick their pumpkins of choice directly from their vines. The best pumpkin picking experiences require…
  • Golden Gate Park, San Francisco

    29 Sep 2014 | 8:16 pm
    Oh, how I love San Francisco! Recently I went to an amazing park called Golden Gate Park. The playground is seriously beautiful! As soon as I saw it, I wanted to go down the slide with all of the five year olds. Is that weird? I mean just look at it!     I haven’t even gotten to the best part:   I don’t know why I’ve never seen these in other parks! You see how all of those kids have cardboard, that is key to not RIPPING YOUR PANTS!  These little five year olds outsmarted us, I did have a hole afterwards…  I won’t tell you where… Right next…
  • Creeks and Sandwiches in Oregon

    Hye Sung
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:48 pm
      A few weeks ago, a few friends and I decided to bike to Troutdale, Oregon, which is about 12 miles from my house in Portland. After an hour or so of biking, we reached the creek and spent the whole afternoon floating on the river, laying out in the sun, and fighting the fairly strong currents of the river. Though I brought some gatorade, a peanut butter sandwich, and rice crackers, I was famished, and therefore pretty cranky. Thankfully, I got an Italian soda, some amazing Oregon strawberry ice cream (Tillamook is slowly becoming one of my favorite ice cream brands), and a hot dog, and…
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  • 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…
  • How to Build a Travel Capsule Wardrobe

    Fred Perrotta
    9 Oct 2014 | 6:38 am
    Steve Jobs wore his trademark black turtleneck. President Obama keeps his wardrobe simple to avoid decision fatigue. “You’ll see I wear only gray or blue suits,” he said. “I’m trying to pare down decisions. I don’t want to make decisions about what I’m eating or wearing. Because I have too many other decisions to make.” Forbes even made a list of celebrities who always dress the same. What can we learn from the idiosyncrasies of the rich and famous? You don’t want a closet with dozens of the same outfit. You aren’t Superman. We can…
  • The Tortuga Air is Now Available for Pre-Sale

    Fred Perrotta
    2 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Everything I needed for the weekend was packed in my Tortuga, but I still had room left over. Of course I ended up filling up that room with more stuff. Not because I needed it but because I could. Have you ever left for a trip with lots of unused space in your backpack? Neither have I. Constraints are helpful when packing. Otherwise, you’ll pack based on how much space you have, not how much stuff you need. For longer trips, using a carry-on-sized bag is a good way limit how much you bring. Packing carry-on-only is a big adjustment for most people. But not every trip is a multi-week,…
  • Why and How to Wear a Hip Belt… Even Though It Doesn’t Look Cool

    Fred Perrotta
    25 Sep 2014 | 6:28 am
    Remember in high school when everyone wore their backpacks by a single shoulder strap? We were all too cool to wear two straps. Ergonomics was for nerds. One strap was plenty to carry a bunch of heavy books… right? Oh, teenagers. Thankfully we all grew up and started caring about the comfort of our gear. Except for one thing… We still see travelers’ hip belts dangling around their legs. Their overworked shoulders sag under the weight of their backpack. A good hip belt is a boon for comfort, even if you aren’t carrying an 80L hiking bag. Your backpack can weigh up to 10…
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  • Roses Gap Road after 2014 Grampians Fire (Grampians)

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:33 pm
    Roses Gap Road after 2014 Grampians Fire - Grampians visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Roses Gap Road after 2014 Grampians Fire' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Victoria.Panorama photographed by klaus mayer who wrote:Panorama of burned bushland along Roses Gap Road near Wartook 3 months after the Northern Grampians Complex Fire in January 2014. Several fires were started on 15 January 2014 by lightning strikes. When 3 of these fires combined, the Northern Complex Fire burned through approximately 52,000 hectares…
  • View from Chatauqua Peak (Grampians)

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:33 pm
    View from Chatauqua Peak - Grampians visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'View from Chatauqua Peak' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Victoria.Panorama photographed by klaus mayer who wrote:View from Chatauqua Peak, Halls Gap, Grampians
  • Street of San Salvatore (San Salvatore)

    23 Oct 2014 | 8:16 am
    Street of San Salvatore - San Salvatore visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Street of San Salvatore' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Sardinia.Panorama photographed by Jacques Rochet who wrote:Street of San Salvatore
  • Spiaggia Di Piscinas (Costa Verde)

    23 Oct 2014 | 4:11 am
    Spiaggia Di Piscinas - Costa Verde visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Spiaggia Di Piscinas' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Sardinia.Panorama photographed by Jacques Rochet who wrote:Spiaggia Di Piscinas in the Costa Verde...
  • Capo Testa... (Capo Testa)

    23 Oct 2014 | 3:58 am
    Capo Testa... - Capo Testa visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Capo Testa...' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Sardinia.Panorama photographed by Jacques Rochet who wrote:The Capo Testa
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  • This Week in Disney Parks Photos: Halloween at Disney Parks

    25 Oct 2014 | 5:57 am
    With Halloween less than one week away, celebrations are now in full swing at Disney Parks. Gallery This Week in Disney Parks Photos: Halloween at Disney Parks view all Here at the Walt Disney World Resort, guests are enjoying Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party fun at Magic Kingdom Park. At the Disneyland Resort, families are having a blast at Mickey’s Halloween Party and Haunted Mansion Holiday at Disneyland park, and Mad T Party at Disney California Adventure. Be sure to click through the gallery above for a look inside all of the fun. This Week in Disney Parks Photos: Halloween at…
  • And the 2014 Orbitz Best in Stay Elite Award Goes to … Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa!

    24 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    The magic of a vacation to Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, is at the top of any must-do list for families looking for a once-in-a-lifetime getaway. With included amenities designed for every age like Aunty’s Beach House, Painted Sky and the Aulani Starlit Hui, it’s no surprise that Orbitz recently recognized this beautiful Hawaiian resort with the 2014 Orbitz Best in Stay Elite Award! The 2014 Best in Stay Awards recognize up to five properties in each category, and Aulani earned the Elite Award for being the highest-rated hotel in the Family category. Each of the winners were…
  • Minnie Cheers On Her Disney Side With Never-Before-Seen Moves

    24 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    With some never before seen fancy footwork, unique dance moves and a cheer lift, Minnie Mouse and her spirit team recently stopped by the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort to cheer on her Disney Side. Performing never before seen moves, Minnie is looking to inspire college cheer and dance squads to show their Disney Side and compete in the nationwide Cheer Your Disney Side campaign. College cheer and dance squads have until November 10 to create and submit a 30-second Disney Parks-inspired routine using remixed Disney Parks attraction music to show off their Disney…
  • Minnie Cheers On Her Disney Side With Never-Before-Seen Moves

    24 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    With some never before seen fancy footwork, unique dance moves and a cheer lift, Minnie Mouse and her spirit team recently stopped by the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort to cheer on her Disney Side. Performing never before seen moves, Minnie is looking to inspire college cheer and dance squads to show their Disney Side and compete in the nationwide Cheer Your Disney Side campaign. College cheer and dance squads have until November 10 to create and submit a 30-second Disney Parks-inspired routine using remixed Disney Parks attraction music to show off their Disney…
  • Tween-Directed Film ‘Rocket Boy’ Takes Disney Side To Theaters

    24 Oct 2014 | 11:30 am
    As we shared earlier, our Yellow Shoes Creative Group has been working with a few tween filmmakers to bring to life their vision of what their Disney Side would look like on film as a part of the “Direct Your Disney Side” project. Our friends at Yellow Shoes just shared the first of these short films, which is titled “Rocket Boy,” by Elwood Walker. As a part of the “Direct Your Disney Side” project, this short will also appear in theaters nationwide starting today as a part of the NCM First Look pre-show content (which will run before film previews begin). We’ll have two more…
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  • The NaMos are Coming! The NaMos are Coming!

    Michelle W.
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    November is one week away, and that means NaNoWriMo and NaBloPoMo are, too! If you’ve been thinking about reinvigorating your blogging or are finally ready to stop procrastinating on that book you’ve always wanted to write, these two great events (and communities) can give you the jolt of motivation you need. NaMo what now? NaNoWriMo and NaBloPoMo are short for “National Novel Writing Month” and “National Blog Posting Month,” respectively. In the first, writers commit to writing a 50,000-word novel between November 1 and November 30; in the second, to…
  • New Themes: Minnow and Cols

    Tammie Lister
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    We’re happy to introduce two brand new free themes today! Minnow Designed by Mel Choyce, Minnow is a light, simple theme that puts your social presence front and center. A social links menu is displayed prominently below the site title and logo, so readers can easily find you on your favorite social networks. When activated, the optional Custom Menu or Widget area appear in a slide-out sidebar, making secondary content accessible while keeping the focus on your content. Learn more about the free Minnow theme at the Theme Showcase, or preview it by going to Appearance → Themes. Cols…
  • Longreads’ Best of WordPress, Vol. 7

    Mark Armstrong
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:08 am
    Here it is! A new collection of our favorite stories from across all of WordPress. As always, you can find our past collections here. You can follow Longreads on for more daily reading recommendations, or subscribe to our free weekly email. Publishers, writers, you can share links to your favorite essays and interviews (over 1,500 words) on Twitter (#longreads) and on by tagging your posts longreads. 1. What Happens When a Veteran High School Teacher Becomes a Student for the Day Grant Wiggins “I waited fourteen years to do something that I should have done my…
  • A New My Sites Section

    Andy Peatling
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:10 pm
    My Sites just got a new look, but more importantly, it got a technical overhaul, making the page dramatically faster and more powerful. From one central location, scan and select any of your WordPress sites or create new ones with the support of a more visual interface. Head directly to the posts or pages of a particular WordPress or launch stats to glimpse trends and get inspiration for blog or website content.  Access themes, user settings, and sharing options with a click to make WordPress your own. The new My Sites page is a small piece of a larger effort to make faster,…
  • New Theme: Penscratch

    Caroline Moore
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Today we have a brand new free theme especially for writers and bloggers! Penscratch Penscratch is a clean, sophisticated theme for sharing your writing. Whether you’re working on an analytical essay, an anthology of poems, or a piece of long-form fiction, Penscratch makes for a pleasant reading and writing experience all around. Choose between a one- or two-column layout by adding widgets, add links to your favorite social networks, customize your home on the web with a site logo or header image, or add fancy pull quotes throughout your content. Penscratch is also responsive, ensuring…
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    Travelerfolio - Travel Blog Singapore

  • 100 Doraemon Secret Gadgets Expo

    Eunice Khong
    11 Oct 2014 | 11:28 pm
    Enter the world of Doraemon and friends! The 100 Doraemon Secret Gadgets Expo is just across the border in Johor Bahru. From now till 4th Jan 2015, Doraemon fans can relive the fascinating memories of childhood with the blue robot cat at Johor Bahru City Square. Themed ‘Everyone wants a Doraemon!’, the Expo showcases the […]
  • ‘A Glorious Decade’ @ Hai Tien Lo, Pan Pacific Singapore

    Eunice Khong
    3 Oct 2014 | 7:48 pm
    The weekend staycation at Pan Pacific Singapore was well spent with great company and indulging on quality food. As fans of Cantonese cuisine, we had a sumptuous lunch at Hai Tien Lo (海天楼). The award-winning restaurant serves exquisite dim sum, Peking duck, traditional braised dishes, double boiled soups as well as contemporary dishes such as […]
  • Travel with Visa card

    Eunice Khong
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:03 pm
    Planning for a trip to Myanmar, Vietnam or Laos? Nowadays, travellers can conveniently withdraw local currency from ATMs with their Visa cards and secure card payments at major outlets such as hotels, retailers and dining establishments in these countries. Gone were the days when visitors had to bring in stacks of cash while travelling in […]
  • Staycation @ Pan Pacific Singapore

    Eunice Khong
    27 Sep 2014 | 6:31 am
    When it comes to staycation, there is a nice selection of hotels to luxuriate in, get pampered with 5-star services and satiate the appetite with culinary delights by celebrity chefs. It’s purely rest and relaxation for a short retreat without the hassle of crossing borders. That’s why these days the lazy traveller in me enjoys […]
  • Holiday to Xi’an with Tigerair

    Eunice Khong
    11 Sep 2014 | 3:13 am
    Recently launched on 15 May, Tigerair is the only direct flight from Singapore to Xi’an, home to the terracotta warrior army, the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World’. With a rich historical heritage, Xi’an is an important cultural, industrial and educational hub in the central-northwestern part of China. Operating 3 times weekly, the 5.5 hour Tigerair […]
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    Tourdust Blog

  • 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…
  • Hitting the Beach in California

    22 Oct 2014 | 9:37 am
    For many, a holiday is simply not complete without some serious beach time. With more than 1,100 miles of stunning coastline and a fantastic climate, California has plenty to offer beach lovers, from wild and secluded surf spots to sunbathing amongst celebrities near LA. As a general rule, the further north you go along the coast, the beaches become quieter and wilder, with some stunning landscape to complement the shore. (Of course beach towns and cities form an exception to this rule.) In a complete generalisation, it would be fair to say that people watchers & sun-bathers should aim…
  • Letting off some steam in Blyde Canyon

    15 Oct 2014 | 3:33 am
    Even when she very young, my middle daughter was always on the move. While her older sister could sit happily for hours colouring in and drawing, Milly needed action, preferably outdoors. From the moment she was mobile, she would crawl over to the front door and wait for someone to open it so she could head for the great outdoors.  So when I decided to bring her with me on a recent trip to South Africa, I was intrigued (and slightly nervous) about how she would cope with sitting on game drives for hours at a time with no outlet for her energy.   In reality, the short answer to that…
  • Highlights of Africa - The Five Best Safaris for Families

    9 Oct 2014 | 5:46 am
    For us, the best safari is not just about seeing the big five. Experiencing the wilderness, spending a night out fly camping under the stars, getting out of the 4WD and exploring on foot or horseback, spending some laid back time with the Masai practising with spears and making bows and arrows, these are the things that bring your safari alive. And not just that, they give you a sense of Africa that you will never get if all you ever see is the inside of a 4WD and luxurious camp. In our experience children love game drives initially, but depending on the child, their enthusiasm will start to…
  • Relaxing at Lake Tahoe

    8 Oct 2014 | 7:01 am
    I had heard of Lake Tahoe as a winter sports destination, but when a friend of mine suggested it as an idea for some summer r & r with some watersports thrown in, I was a little surprised. Home to the 1960 winter olympics, it is well-known as a mecca for skiers and snow boarders, but I was rather sceptical about the idea of spending some relaxation time on the beach of a lake. However, I have always secretly fancied giving stand up paddle boarding a go, so decided to head over and try it out for myself. The lake itself is huge. At it's widest point it measures 19km and it is 35km long and…
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    My Melange

  • Book Review : Paris Vacation Apartment Guide

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

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

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

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

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

  • 5 Star Brazil – Pousada Casas Brancas in Búzios

    Joseph Olson
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:05 pm
    What does ‘5 Star’ luxury look like on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro? Look no further than the Pousada Casas Brancas in beautiful Búzios, Brazil. This elegant little boutique hotel sits on a hill overlooking the picturesque bay. Defined by its gleaming white exterior and charming Mediterranean style architecture, the “white houses” combine a relaxed atmosphere […] The post 5 Star Brazil – Pousada Casas Brancas in Búzios appeared first on South America Travel News Blog | A Travel Blog All About South America.
  • Surfing South America: Where to Go for the Ultimate Waves

    Joseph Olson
    9 Oct 2014 | 1:06 pm
    Surfing is one of the most popular oceanic sports in the world. The continent of South America features thousands of miles of coastline with picturesque beaches that receive waves from the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Add in the ideal climate that most of the continent enjoys for a majority of the year and all the ingredients are there for ideal surfing conditions. Join us […] The post Surfing South America: Where to Go for the Ultimate Waves appeared first on South America Travel News Blog | A Travel Blog All About South America.
  • TrustPilot Reviews Offer Independent Analysis for Prospective South America Travelers

    Joseph Olson
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:53 am
    If you’re reading this then chances are you’ve already spent some time researching a trip to South America. You’re likely well aware of the many online sources of information, reviews and tour planning tools available to the consumer. But while many travel enthusiasts are familiar with websites like Trip Advisor and Wikitravel, fewer have typically heard of the […] The post TrustPilot Reviews Offer Independent Analysis for Prospective South America Travelers appeared first on South America Travel News Blog | A Travel Blog All About South America.
  • Lord of Miracles Festival in Lima Each October

    Joseph Olson
    25 Sep 2014 | 1:44 pm
    The Lord of Miracles festival (Señor de los Milagros de Nazarenas) takes places each October in Lima, Peru, leaving the city awash in purple and drawing an audience from across the continent. The festival runs October 18-28 with the main event days being the 18th, 19th and 28th. Those are the days that large portions of […] The post Lord of Miracles Festival in Lima Each October appeared first on South America Travel News Blog | A Travel Blog All About South America.
  • This Week Only Antarctica 50% Off in November and December

    Joseph Olson
    22 Sep 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Don’t be left out in the cold on this amazing Antarctica travel opportunity If you’ve been dreaming of a trip to the seventh continent of Antarctica, you might not find better pricing than this…EVER! From Monday, September 22nd through midnight on Friday, the 26th you can book an 11, 12, or 20 night Antarctica cruise […] The post This Week Only Antarctica 50% Off in November and December appeared first on South America Travel News Blog | A Travel Blog All About South America.
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    The Traveller

  • Centre Pompidou

    24 Oct 2014 | 3:41 am
    Centre Pompidou – Complex Building-High Tech ArchitectureCentre Pompidou which is also known as Centre Georges Pompidou is a complex building in Beauborg area of the 4th arrondissement of Paris which is near Les Halles, rue Montorgueil and the Marais. The Centre Pompidou has delighted and amazed many visitors since it was opened in 1977 not for its outstanding collection of modern art, the largest in Europe but for its radical architectural statement.It had been designed in accordance with the style of high tech architecture by a team of architectures comprising of Richard Rogers and Renzo…
  • Lake Karachay

    22 Oct 2014 | 11:02 pm
    Lake Karachay – Largest Leakiest Nuclear Facilities LakeKarachay is a small lake in Russia on the south west Chelyabinsk region which is close to the modern border with Kazakhstan and placed within the Mayak Production Association. It is one of the country’s largest leakiest nuclear facilities.Built in top secret and in great haste somewhere between 1945 and 1948, the Mayak plant was at first a reactor for the creation of plutonium for the Soviet atomic bomb project. Following the procedure of Stalinist as well as supervised by NKVD Chief Lavrenti Beria, the production of large…
  • Prince Edward Island National Park

    19 Oct 2014 | 7:27 pm
    Prince Edward Island National Park, a National Park is located in Prince Edward Island. It is situated along the north shore of the island, in front of the Gulf of St, Lawrence. Prince Edward Island National Park was established in 1937 and protects a landscape that includes superlative red sandstone cliffs, submerged estuaries, offshore bars as well as some of the nations’ most popular and longest beaches.Moreover, the park is also a narrow wooded sliver of land which stretches over 40 km along the northern coat of Canada’s smallest province where the theme of the parks is `sea people…
  • Tuvalu – A Polynesian Island Nation

    18 Oct 2014 | 1:47 am
    Tuvalu, was formerly known as the Ellice Island, a Polynesian island nation situated in the Pacific Ocean, halfway between Australia and Hawaii. Tuvalu comprises of nine small islands which are placed over 500,000 sq. mile of the western Pacific to the south of the equator and the islands include Niulakita, Nukulaelae, Funafuti, Nukufetau, Vaitupu, Nui, Niutao, Nanumaga and Nanumea.Tuvalu’s EEZ – Exclusive Economic Zone comprises of an oceanic area of around 900,000 km and its nearest neighbours are Kiribati, Nauru, Samoa and Fiji. It has a population of 10,873 making it the third least…
  • Boiling Lake in Dominica

    16 Oct 2014 | 2:53 am
    Boiling Lake – Dominica’s World Heritage SiteThe Boiling Lake in Dominica is located in the Morne Trois Pitons National Park which is considered as Dominica’s World Heritage site. Located in Dominica, it is a beautiful Caribbean island and is the second largest natural hot spring on earth.The lake’s cool outer areas maintains temperatures which are between 180 and 197 degrees Fahrenheit and no one till date has made any attempt to measure the temperature at the centre of the lake which seems to be actively boiling.The lake is around 200 feet to 250 feet across and the recorded depth…
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  • Travel Deeper Brazil: Best Beaches in Florianopolis

    17 Oct 2014 | 12:59 pm
    Let me take you on a journey across an island with over 4o beaches, as I spend a long weekend tracking down the very best. Florianopolis (or Floripa as it’s known) is a large island and capital of the Brazilian state of Santa Catarina in Southern Brazil. It’s a very popular spot for Brazilian holidays and summer and it’s also one of the most famous places in Brazil to surf. Thanks to the help of some local friends, I rented a car and traversed the island over the course of 24 hours, experiencing all the best beaches in Florianopolis. Here are the best beaches I visited as…
  • Salvador Brazil in Photos

    14 Oct 2014 | 10:38 am
    Traveling to Salvador, Brazil was a once in a lifetime experience that gave me the opportunity to see and experience a different side of Brazilian culture and history. I ate, I explored and I took a lot of photos of Salvador in the process. Here are a few of my favorite snaps from a week in the Northeastern city of Salvador da Bahia, Brazil. To get a behind the scenes look at the sites and sounds, including all the street food, capoeira lessons and late night Forró dancing, check out the first episode of “Travel Deeper Brazil” from Salvador, Brazil. Flying into Salvador, you can…
  • Travel Deeper Brazil: Salvador Bahia

    9 Oct 2014 | 9:08 pm
    Salvador is the cultural capital of Northeastern Brazil and heart of Afro-Brazilian heritage. Like the wrinkles that shape an old man’s smile, the city is an incredible blend of beauty, history and grittiness. I had the opportunity to spend a few days exploring Salvador with a local friend, and absolutely loved it’s character and diversity. The above video is the first in a new series called “Travel Deeper Brazil.” I plan on uploading a new video every week on the T2T YouTube Channel that highlights my Brazilian adventures over the past eight months of living and traveling in Brazil.
  • Rio de Janeiro in Motion

    17 Sep 2014 | 8:22 am
    Rio de Janeiro is such an amazingly photogenic city that I decided to change things up and try my hand at a little tilt-shift video I call “Rio in Motion.” Over the course of the past eight months of living in Rio, I’ve gathered these shots from all over the city by hiking, climbing and talking my way into good lookout spots above the action. This is the result of getting high and just letting the camera run. I hope you enjoy “Rio in Motion.” For best quality, watch in HD on YouTube or on the T2T Vimeo Channel. Music: “Start of Something Good” by…
  • Brazil Tourism Partnership Goes Live

    12 Sep 2014 | 9:48 am
    Months ago I told you all about a T2T partnership with the Brazilian Tourism Board and I’m so happy to finally announce that we’re now live! Although things have been relatively quiet here on Tourist 2 Townie, I promise it hasn’t been the result of a lack of content. I’m currently traveling through Northeastern Brazil and writing like crazy for the brand new Visit Brasil Travel Journal. I’ll be sharing my wild and wonderful Brazilian travel experiences through 39 photo-filled articles from 13 unique locations across the country. Posts will go live twice a…
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    Trans-Americas Journey

  • Photo Essay: Death of the Diablos Rojos – Panama City, Panama

    Karen Catchpole, CWO (Chief Writing Officer)
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:23 am
    Images, video and other formating may not be properly displayed in this RSS feed/email. Please view this post on our Trans-Americas Journey blog to view the post as it was intended - Photo Essay: Death of the Diablos Rojos – Panama City, Panama Unlike in the US, where the dominant bus line has the word “grey” right in the name, buses in much of Latin America are pandimonious converted Bluebird school buses covered in bright artwork, stickers, flashing lights and anything else the driver/owners can think of to one-up the competition in the unspoken bus beauty pageant that goes on in…
  • End of the Road – Yaviza, Darién Jungle, Panama

    Karen Catchpole, CWO (Chief Writing Officer)
    3 Oct 2014 | 8:41 am
    Images, video and other formating may not be properly displayed in this RSS feed/email. Please view this post on our Trans-Americas Journey blog to view the post as it was intended - End of the Road – Yaviza, Darién Jungle, Panama For all but the craziest among us (more on them later), driving through the Darién Jungle overland is not within the realm of possibility. But that doesn’t mean you can’t travel to the end of the road in the Darién and visit a town called Yaviza where the pavement of the Pan-American Highway stops and ass-whupping jungle begins. Our truck…
  • Border Crossing 101: Paso Canoas, Costa Rica to Paso Canoas, Panama

    Karen Catchpole, CWO (Chief Writing Officer)
    28 Sep 2014 | 7:31 am
    Images, video and other formating may not be properly displayed in this RSS feed/email. Please view this post on our Trans-Americas Journey blog to view the post as it was intended - Border Crossing 101: Paso Canoas, Costa Rica to Paso Canoas, Panama Crossing international borders in Latin America is rarely easy or pleasant (why do they always smell like pee and desperation?). Things are even more complicated when you’re driving across borders in your own vehicle as part of an overland road trip. Theseborder crossing 101 travel tipswill help you travel from Paso Canoas, Costa Rica to Paso…
  • Central America’s Most Infamous Jungle – Darién, Panama

    Karen Catchpole, CWO (Chief Writing Officer)
    25 Sep 2014 | 2:25 pm
    Images, video and other formating may not be properly displayed in this RSS feed/email. Please view this post on our Trans-Americas Journey blog to view the post as it was intended - Central America’s Most Infamous Jungle – Darién, Panama Mention the Darién Jungle or the Darién Gap or just plain Darién and images of impenetrable greenery filled with hostile critters and even more hostile interlopers (drug runners, guerrillas and others) spring to mind. Like most places, however, there’s more to Central America’s most infamous jungle, which straddles the border…
  • Our Latest Work: An SATW Win, Colombia’s “Liquid Rainbow”, Best Bed in Bogota & Luxury on the Rails in Ecuador

    Karen Catchpole, CWO (Chief Writing Officer)
    21 Sep 2014 | 8:47 am
    Images, video and other formating may not be properly displayed in this RSS feed/email. Please view this post on our Trans-Americas Journey blog to view the post as it was intended - Our Latest Work: An SATW Win, Colombia’s “Liquid Rainbow”, Best Bed in Bogota & Luxury on the Rails in Ecuador You know what makes freelance travel journalists like us happy? New outlets for our latest work and we’ve got two to tell you about this month. But first, something that makes us even happier: We’re delighted to let you know that the Selling Pablo feature we did about…
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    Barbados Vacation Specials

  • Point View Apartments: October/November 2014 specials

    22 Oct 2014 | 1:59 pm
    Book now for special 2 bedroom/2bathroom deluxe apt. Nightly rate US$130.10% discount for weekly rate.Rates VAT inclusive. Valid 27th October to 30th November 2014 
  • Adulo Apartments: Stay 5 Nights and get 1 Night Free!

    22 Oct 2014 | 12:42 pm
    Stay for 5 nights and get 1 night free! Booking must be made between Oct 1 2014 and Dec 31 2014 For travel between Oct 1 2014 - Nov 30 2014 and April 1 2015 - Dec 31 2015 
  • Direct Car Rentals: This Week's Special

    21 Oct 2014 | 12:47 pm
    FREE DAYS SPECIALS! Get FREE DAYS in OCTOBER on ALL models! E-Mail NOW for extra discounts on weekly rates. Barbados Island Inclusive coupons accepted. Best Value Guaranteed. Book on-line NOW and save!! (promo code DR1490) 
  • Atlantis Submarines (Barbados) Inc.: Online Specials

    17 Oct 2014 | 6:34 am
    Book now for FREE round trip transfers from your hotel a US$7.50 value per person. Adult Day – with free transfers - Now US$99.00 Adult Night - with free transfers - Now US$109.00 ** Please indicate if you need transfers from your hotel** Experience a unique way to view the underwater world - A REAL SUBMARINE! 
  • Little Bay Hotel: Summer Deal

    13 Oct 2014 | 2:04 pm
    Great Fall Special.Studios (sleeps two)as low as US$76.38 tax inclusive.One bedroom (sleeps four)US$99.88. Price quoted includes taxes and allrooms are ocean view. 
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    Have Baby Will Travel

  • Using Car Seats on Planes

    19 Oct 2014 | 9:27 pm
    We know it’s not mandatory. We know it’s expensive. But we also know that the FAA recommends using car seats on planes. So if we bite the bullet and purchase baby their own seat on the airplane, and lug their car seat (or go through the expense of purchasing an additional car seat specifically for travel) what happens when we run into trouble once we’re on board? Sadly many flight crews are not well-versed on the proper usage of cars seats on planes, nor the FAA requirements around their correct usage. It’s my goal with this post to inform parents choosing to purchase…
  • Finding a Vacation Babysitter or Child Care

    2 Sep 2014 | 8:11 pm
    FDR Resort in Jamaica. The one with the NANNIES :) While a family vacation is about fun for every member of the family, sometimes that fun involves mom and dad enjoying some grown-up time together – be it a fancy dinner, going out dancing, or even just relaxing beach-side sans enfants. But that couple time can’t come at the expense of the safety of your children, so how to ensure the kids are well-cared for without spending all your spare time looking for a suitable vacation babysitter or child care? Book hotels with kids’ clubs… In my pre-parent days, I completely looked down my…
  • The Toronto Zoo – A Family Favourite From Day One

    23 Jul 2014 | 9:20 am
    A funny thing happened on our last visit to the zoo. We actually got to to walk at a leisurely pace and stop to study the animals. It was glorious, but if did feel a little “off” at the time. Why wasn’t I chasing a toddler off the rocks? Why was I not changing a diaper and most of our clothes in the bathroom? Trust me, I am NOT complaining. It had been a while, so I’m glad MasterCard reached out to suggest we get out and explore our “Priceless City” (#pricelesstoronto) The Toronto Zoo is the first and only attraction in Toronto where we purchased a yearly…
  • Airport Tips and Tricks with Kids

    30 Jun 2014 | 9:34 am
    We all know by now that flying with babies and toddlers is not for the faint of heart – even before you board! Getting everyone packed, organized, and ready to go through security with little fuss can be (or feel) challenging. The Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) has passed along a few airport tips and tricks as helpful reminders, to help make your summer air travel experiences a little less stressful. Know how to carry-on Children get hungry for snacks. You know this and you want to be prepared. Solid foods such as apples, granola bars, or sandwiches can be packed in…
  • Centreville Amusement Park: A Toronto With Kids Must-Visit!

    10 Jun 2014 | 1:51 pm
    Centreville was my absolute favourite place to visit when I was a kid. With the now-closed Ontario Place being its only competition at the time, that wasn’t a particularly tight race. But my kids have traveled extensively, and spent a great deal of time at the Holy Grail of theme parks – Walt Disney World. But their favourite Toronto attraction? Centre Island. The charming Centreville amusement park is an absolute must-visit for a trip to Toronto with kids. The Toronto Island Ferry, not “Fairy” Just getting to Centre Island is part of the fun for my family. I laughed when my…
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  • GoNOLA Find: November Project

    Liz Beeson
    25 Oct 2014 | 8:16 am
    November Project at the Dome (photo via Facebook) What is the November Project? This week’s GoNOLA Find is a free fitness movement that was born in Boston as a way to stay in shape during cold New England months. Now present in 17 cities across the U.S., the movement is focused on motivating and encouraging people of all ages, shapes, … Read the rest -»
  • Let the Good Times Roll: Biking in New Orleans

    Liz Beeson
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:45 am
    There is no better way to view the beautiful details of New Orleans than on two wheels. In fact, we were named one of the top 50 best cities for cycling in the U.S. by USA Today. Just take a look at the numerous bike trails in our city, the Rails to Trails project, and routes all across Louisiana … Read the rest -»
  • Halloween in New Orleans: What to do on Halloween Night

    Addie K. Martin
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:46 pm
    Halloween is a widely celebrated holiday here in New Orleans, especially when it falls on a Friday night as it does this year. If you’re still figuring out what the evening holds for you and your crew, you’re in the right place. Halloween Events in New Orleans Frenchmen Street. As has been the trend in recent memory, general merriment and … Read the rest -»
  • GoNOLA Recommends: 5 Things To Do In New Orleans This Weekend

    Mallory Whitfield
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    This weekend in New Orleans offers plenty to do, as always. Art lovers have plenty of choices, with Prospect.3 opening festivities all weekend long, plus a special exhibit of photography by local children at DuMois Gallery. There’s no excuse not to take advantage of beautiful October weather on Saturday with two different free festivals on tap: Mirliton Festival in the … Read the rest -»
  • Boudin, Bourbon & Beer: Chefs’ New Orleans Favorites

    Lauren LaBorde
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    On Nov. 7 more than 50 top chefs descend upon New Orleans for Boudin, Bourbon & Beer, a fundraiser for the Emeril Lagasse Foundation co-chaired by Lagasse and chef Donald Link. The chefs try their spin on the Louisiana sausage, and the other “Bs'” of the festival will be bountiful thanks to sponsors Abita Beer and Buffalo Trace. Participating chefs … Read the rest -»
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  • 5 of the World’s Most Amazing Waterfalls

    Vago Damitio
    10 Oct 2014 | 6:27 am
    How does one decide which waterfalls are the most amazing in the world? Is it the tallest, the widest, the fastest, or the most scenic? There are just so many to choose from. Check out the story... Come to Vagobond to read the rest - it's better with pictures!!!!
  • The Dangers of Coming Home – and other Travel Dangers

    Vago Damitio
    9 Oct 2014 | 12:36 pm
    From 1998 to 2013 – I was pretty well on the road. From 1998 to 2001 I was exploring the USA from North Carolina to Florida to California to Alaska and loosely based in Seattle and Bellingham... Come to Vagobond to read the rest - it's better with pictures!!!!
  • 10 Cheap Things To Do In Florida

    Vago Damitio
    4 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    With unrivalled opportunities to soak up sea, sun, scenery and local culture, the sunshine state has something to offer every type of vacationer. You Might Also Enjoy: 10 Free Things to do in... Come to Vagobond to read the rest - it's better with pictures!!!!
  • The Glorious Caravan Lifestyle

    Vago Damitio
    3 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    It’s that time of the year when people are thinking of heading back to school and work from their summer holidays, but there’s still plenty of time for the last hurrah of summer, so... Come to Vagobond to read the rest - it's better with pictures!!!!
  • Where To Go Vintage Shopping in Boston

    15 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    You may think you know where to go in Boston, but do you know where to go vintage shopping in Boston? Read on! Vintage shopping is experiencing something of a renaissance at the moment, both in the... Come to Vagobond to read the rest - it's better with pictures!!!!
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    Sophie’s World Travel Inspiration

  • Europe by Train

    Anne-Sophie Redisch
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:36 pm
    When I was a teenager, InterRail (Eurail for Europeans) was for 14 – 18 year-olds. Flying was expensive then; budget airlines didn’t exist (really, young’uns!), and InterRail was the cheapest way to get to southern Europe, sleeping on the floor all the way. Well, things have changed. And to prove that, the good folks at InterRail invited me to try their service from north to south, from Scandinavia to Italy. So a few weeks ago, I hit the rails, along with two Dutch and three Swedish travel journalists and bloggers. We quickly discovered that InterRail in 2014 means much more…
  • Silent Sunday: Baskets for sale at the market in Inca

    Anne-Sophie Redisch
    19 Oct 2014 | 4:39 am
    Baskets for sale at the colourful market in Inca, Majorca in the Balearic Islands, Spain Silent Sunday: Baskets for sale at the market in Inca is a post from Sophie's World
  • Autumn in Munich

    Anne-Sophie Redisch
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:52 am
    Last year, the girls and I spent a spring day in Munich, mostly enjoying the lively Marienplatz, and hanging about Viktualienmarkt, the wonderful farmers’ market in the city centre. This time, it’s autumn in Munich, which means one thing: Oktoberfest. Or in our case, pre-Oktoberfest. We’re about a week early, which means we have a bit of elbow room compared to the crowds of the coming weeks. Oktoberfest is the world’s largest festival, with more than 6 million visitors popping in. Bavaria has a unique beer culture. During the 16 days of Oktoberfest, nearly 7 million litres of beer…
  • Silent Sunday: Autumn in Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia

    Anne-Sophie Redisch
    12 Oct 2014 | 5:27 am
    Pumpkins at the roadside – autumn in Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia, Canada Silent Sunday: Autumn in Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia is a post from Sophie's World
  • World at a Glance: While we’re waiting for Nobel…

    Anne-Sophie Redisch
    8 Oct 2014 | 9:58 am
    The Nobel Peace Prize is frequently called the world’s most prestigious prize. 278 have been nominated this year, the highest number ever (these can nominate). The Norwegian Nobel Committee, who makes the decision, is obliged to keep the list of nominees and nominators secret for 50 years, according to the terms of Alfred Nobel’s will. The nominators are under no such obligations. And then there are speculations. Two favourites this year are Pope Frans and Malala Yousafzai. Other faves are the many nominated gay rights’ activists (from Russia, Uganda and Nepal, as well…
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    FeedBlitz News

  • The One Easy Gmail Tip for Tracking and Testing

    Phil Hollows
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:48 am
    We recently sponsored the slightly-awkwardly-named-but-totally-worthwhile Type-A Parent Conference in Atlanta, and so naturally the topic of email came up (surprise!), especially in relation to testing email forms with different email accounts. It can be a real pain to create yet another email address for your site, and so we all have only a few addresses to go around. Right? Wrong! If you have a gmail account – and who doesn’t? – you effectively have an infinite number of email addresses. And I was surprised how few of the experienced bloggers and content marketers I met…
  • Feeds, Clicks and DNS Problems

    Phil Hollows
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:32 am
    If you or your subscribers have been frustrated trying to get to a FeedBlitz feed (or click through to a link in a FeedBlitz feed) in the last 24 hours or so, the reason is because some third party DNS servers have been returning the wrong results for The net effect is that although FeedBlitz is up and your feeds are being served, some subscribers are being sent to the wrong servers, and getting errors as a result. Update: We’ve routed traffic from the “wrong” server to one of the “right” ones, so even folks affected by this should now get…
  • Today I Learned: How to Enable Flash Developers

    Phil Hollows
    15 Aug 2014 | 9:39 am
    Not having Flash development experience in-house, we were puzzled recently when we received a support request from a Flash guy wondering why a file we’d never heard of (crossdomain.xml) was giving a 404 file not found error when he requested it. Because it wasn’t there, obviously. Thankfully, the developer in question was kind enough to throw us a link about why that file was needed for Flash, and a few minutes later we had everything we needed to know. Thanks, Chad! So if you’re a Flash developer, crossdomain.xml is now available on our servers to permit you to use…
  • New: RSS Image Enclosures Now Visible

    Phil Hollows
    13 Aug 2014 | 6:58 am
    A funny (peculiar, not haha) thing about major media site RSS feeds is that not only are the feeds often little more than a plain text (and so kinda boring) sentence, but also that their RSS feeds tend to include thumbnail images as enclosures. Enclosures are the part of a feed typically used for podcast media files, and the problem with stashing an image as an enclosure is that most people won’t see it, since the picture isn’t part of the main content. As a result, the feed and downstream feed usage (e.g. email subscriptions) are much less engaging for us carbon based life…
  • The FeedBlitz API: Workflow for Building a Plugin

    Phil Hollows
    12 Aug 2014 | 12:48 pm
    The goal of this example is to show you what API calls to make so you can programmatically add a subscriber’s email (and other information) to a list at FeedBlitz. Let’s assume you’re developing a plugin for WordPress; any WP plugin developer should be able to integrate with FeedBlitz! The example below isn’t limited to plugins, of course; it can work with any web site, product or service you can extend programmatically.  You use simple Web requests, so it’s pretty easy for a web developer to do. Prerequisites The user of your plugin will need: A FeedBlitz premium account At…
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    Man On The Lam | Travel Blog

  • 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…
  • Soapbox Racing, Romanian style